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1 REVIEWING Publicity Isn't Always Good   @essay

Among a few of my associates who are also involved in the Iranian election aftermath, there has been some debate about whether or not we should be more open with our methods and information. Whenever it's mentioned, most people shoot the idea down immediately. After all, there's a lot of risks that go with showing who you are and what you do:

You put your tools at risk, since they may be subjected to a lot more scrutiny than they are now. So far we've been lucky enough to have a lot of our vital operations go unnoticed, so they've been able to live a lot longer than I thought they would. You put your clients at risk, since the tools they're using are now under harsher examination, and therefore their traffic might be tracked. You put other people making tools at risk, since their tools may get detected when yours are, or in the hunt for yours You put yourself at risk. Already there's been a fair amount of death threats going around to people who are helping the Iranian dissidents stay online. I'd much rather avoid some spotlight if it meant avoiding harassment

That said, there's also some good things about publicity:

Adoption. If your tool is written about frequently, you're going to have a much easier time getting it used inside Iran, most likely. However, this also means you're going to be a lot more well known to the Iranian government, which, as stated above, is a Bad Thing. Funding. No one wants to give money to someone if they don't know what it's going to. Well, almost no one. As Thursday and Friday showed, some people are willing to put aside disclosure, favoring trust to know where money is going. The plan is to, when Iran is over, get back to the people who have donated without being able to see to what, and get them a rundown of where their money went. Acknowledgement. As silly as it sounds, people do want to be acknowledged for the work they're doing. Being unable to discuss what you're working on on your blog, with your friends, and so on, isn't that fun. You see no direct benefit of the work, you just get reassured that it is being helpful.

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2 Robert Mueller's Life and Career   @essay

> Disclaimer: Mueller was technically at the top of my chain-of-command for a brief period in 2011, though I was unaware of that when writing this.

Who Robert Mueller is will be a frequent discussion here soon. Here's a summary of his life & career, so you can sound smart in conversation. It may also persuade you against believing rumors that he has a "bad man" who wants to "destroy America."

He was born in 1944 in Manhattan but was raised outside Philidelphia. He was an athlete in high school, and after his grauation, he went to Princeton, where he earned an A.B. degree in Politics. In 1968, Mueller volunteered for the Marines, influenced by the death of a friend with whom he'd played lacrosse while at Princeton.

After enlistment, he attended officer training at Parris Island, as well as the Army Ranger and Army Jump schools. He served as a platoon commander in Vietnam, where he was shot in the thigh, but later returned to active duty. During his service, he earned a Bronze Star (w/ Combat V), Purple Heart, commendations from both the Navy and Marines, and the Gallantry Cross from the Republic of Vietnam.

When he returned to the United States, he attended Virginia Law School and earned a law degree. Afterward, he spent three years as an attorney in San Fransisco, before moving to the US Attorney's Office for Northern California. He was promoted to the chief of their criminal division before moving to Boston, to work as the Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

After a stint there, he left to work as partner at a private legal firm, before joining the US Department of Justice to serve as assistant to the Attorney General and acting deputy Attorney General.

While working as the acting deputy Attorney General, Mueller oversaw the prosecutions of Manuel Noriega, the Lockerbie bombing, and John Gotti.

I'm skipping past the years of all this to keep this short, but everything from his graduation from Virginia to the prosecution of John Gotti was between 1976 and 1993.

After that, he moved back to the private sector, where he was again a partner at a firm in Boston, this time specializing in white-collar crime litigation. After a couple years, he returned to work as the senior homicide litigator for D.C.'s US Attorney's Office.

In '98, Mueller was appointed US Attorney for Northern California, where he worked until 2001, when George W. Bush nominated him for the position of FBI director. He was unanimously confirmed, and officially became the Director of the FBI on September 4th, 2001 - just before 9/11.

While serving as FBI Director, Mueller led the effort to curb domestic wiretapping, removed the FBI from participating in the CIA's enhanced interrogations, and more generally, but still worth noting, led the FBI through the years after 9/11, when we were forced to collectively ask a lot of questions about our intelligence community for the first time.

Mueller served as FBI Director for 12 years, a term long enough that it required explicit Senate Approval. In 2013, he was replaced by James Comey, and since that time has been teaching, speaking, and consulting… until he was asked to move back from the private sector, to help investigate our past presidential election.

Mueller played sports in high school. He volunteered to fight in Vietnam after a friend died. He's served in the public office for years but has also shown a keen interest in the private sector. But most importantly, he has around three decades of experience investigating white-collar crime, and despite having worked for employers from many parts of the political spectrum - and outside of politics entirely - has never been accused of any impropriety or bias.

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3 REVIEWING New Sam Jones House, The   @essay

Back in August, I moved into what was formerly Dr. Poplar's, and started calling it the Sam Jones House, after the property I lived at last summer.

The original Sam Jones House was intended to be an escape for musicians and other artists; it was where a lot of the conceptual meetings for Three Corners Collective happened. Unfortunately, I was involved in an accident which left me unable to properly maintain the space, plus my wheelchair wouldn't have fit in the bathroom. <_<

Annnyway, I'm again back in a house which I'd like to turn into Sam Jones House, 2!

It's much closer to town, slightly larger, and oh yeah, has its own recording studio, courtesy of Saman Khoujinian. Recording studio… oh yeah! We're also able to offer rehearsal space, and hushed tones maybe more musical services in the future.

Outside of the music stuff, I want to encourage artists of all mediums to get involved. There were be outdoor sculpture areas available, as well as wall-space for all you 2D sorts.

Beyond the arts, there's enough outdoor space here that I'm going to be able to clear more land than I'll be able to use. And that means a community garden! Details will be coming this spring, but already this fall my housemate and I have been establishing a hot compost pile, and I've been dipping my hand into vermiculture (composting w/ worms, which means I got'cher live bait, fisherfolk friends.)

For fans of the old Sam Jones, I'm again going to be producing yoghurt (the h means it's local & organic & crap), water kefir, beer, seasonal wines, a lot of pesto (hit me up if you're interested I've got a surplus ATM). New products this fall are various sprouts (bean sprout mixes for stir-frying and cooking, and salad sprouts for salads, and apparently sandwiches?!)), and red wiggler worms (very low supply in north carolina, and fish love 'em, google it).

This status is just to sum up what's happening here now. Expect some more posts to highlight what we're planning for the winter & spring.

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