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MIT drives Aaron Swartz to suicide, guards JSTOR for ivory tower and intel analysts only

RSS pioneer, Reddit cofounder and information activist Aaron Swartz, was found hanged this week. He was 26. Swartz was facing 35 years for hacking, aka liberating MIT research archives buried behind a pay-wall, often to the frustration of their own authors. You might think schools of higher learning are in favor of disseminating knowledge instead of confining studies in repositories. Aaron Swartz did. Swartz advocated for uninhibited access to information over the internet, in particular with scholarship often bought, paid for, and then buried by academic institutions. Swartz was charged with hacking into MIT's JSTOR archives, in September 2011. They might have considered his motives, but instead pursued charges. MIT's response to Swartz's suicide was to direct anyone affected by his death to "Mental Health Services".

The Nerve of Minerva

Just as you thought it couldn't get any worse, NORAD is running a Department of 'Homeland Security Studies' over at UCCS (The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs). The Pentagon has begun its Minerva Consortium, a program to help the Pentagon destroy and bomb to oblivion all university level Social Science Departments around the country!   The Pentagon is out to nuke American academia! Run to the bomb shelters NOW, Graduate Students! Can you see it now? The Department of General Pinochet International Studies Center? The General Francisco Franco Spanish Studies Department? The General MacArthur Asian Studies Department? I'm really looking for a very liberal university environment in the days ahead! Students will be demonstrating to get the military off campus Directly inside the class room soon. Professor, your class really is a Five Star failure. I hear that Professor General Petraeus's courses are really easy to pass, but Professor General Colin Towel will give it to you right up the Rear Admiral! What courses are you going to take, Dwight? This will open up more Academic General Gates!