How I Hacked My Way into #MeToo via the Arts.

Cadmium Blood.  Black oil from Austin, Texas streets, yellow is cadmium sulfide, red is cadmium sulfoselenide.

I’ve worked for about three years with people involved in the Standing Rock water protection movement in the United States documenting abuses with the misuse of AI by companies like G4S, TigerSwan, etc. independently away from any media outlet or money source. Everything has been self funded with help by my mother. We’ve been at this for nine years since a false mental health diagnosis at MIT in 2010 while I was a postdoc at the Whitehead Institute of MIT in the lab of Susan Lindquist. It’s a really long story that I’ve documented on my blog in the form of poems, photos, and art. It’s my long term hope to publish the content of this blog in a book called “Steal This Facebook!” modeled after Abbie Hoffman’s book “Steal This Book!” I am looking for readers and people that might serve as friends and allies in this long struggle for peace and serenity. I’ve been on the margin of poverty for a number of years because MIT and Berkeley blacklisted me as a chemist making it nearly impossible to find work. My advisors sold out Berkeley to British Petroleum for $0.5 billion as explained by this LA Times article. Chemistry and other upper level sciences has long had a problem with abusive research advisors both at the graduate and postdoc level. It’s my sincere hope that my poetry and other art can help other people in similar situations see past the darkness to a more holistic way of life. I’ve adopted a more spiritual path to life after grad school and have found a great deal of healing in the way the arts can help and serve as a bridge to others.

About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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