[Noisebridge-discuss] Sigh -- I'm not helping with Maker Faires this year.

VonGuard vonguard at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 11:22:09 PDT 2012


I agree Martin.

I think it's rather silly to stay out of Maker Faire for the reasons
stated. Anyone boycotting because of this funding should really stop using
computers, and never use any technology out of MIT or CMU. ARPANET, which
became the Internet, was a military funded project. And MIT and CMU both
take huge amounts of DARPA money. Remember the self-driving car challenge?

Frankly, I'm happy our tax dollars are coming back to us in some way, no
matter how they get there. It's better than the government spending it on
its favorite overseas pass-time: killing brown people.

On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 9:23 AM, Martin Bogomolni <martinbogo at gmail.com>wrote:

> The -message- is important though.
>
> A recruiter is legally bound, by the contract they have signed with
> the US armed forces, to identify and attempt to recruit as many
> qualified people as they can through a number of enticements into the
> US armed forces.  This is their primary job.
>
> A DARPA STEM grant comes with a couple strings attached (it must be
> spent for the purpose the grant was applied for, namely
> Science/Tech/Engineering/Math education) but it does not commit anyone
> who accepts that grant to the purpose of recruiting, or to perform a
> research task for the US armed forces.
>
> The thinking that goes into a Military Recruiter is: "Send out our
> most charismatic, and experienced soldiers to go find people who will
> be useful to the military and recruit them."
>
> The thinking that goes into the STEM education fund is : "Support
> science, technology, engineering and math in schools and get people
> interested in science.  The more people get interested in these
> subjects, the higher quality pool of people we will have in the US in
> the future to draw on."
>
> I'm not going to scoff at DARPA money, especially since it doesn't
> require or _directly_ encourage people to join the military.   I would
> honestly be more delighted if this money came from an education
> initiative outside of the military, but because it doesn't tie the
> carrot on the stick directly to military service, I also don't have a
> problem with it.
>
> IMHOI it's taking millions of dollars away from projects that might
> directly be used to hurt people, and beating it into plowshares
> through education.   I feel this kind of thing should be
> ///encouraged///.    If it comes down to it, I'd rather that every
> agency in the government that could spend money on education and
> making participation in science and technology do so.   Certainly,
> many do (from the CDC in disease prevention and education to the FDA,
> from Welfare offering job training to the NSF directly funding
> science).
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