American opposition movements have always focused on the notion of organization.
It has been their goal to organize the people – to wield the collective power of the disaffected, downtrodden, and exploited as a single unit against the concentrated power of the ruling class.
While the hope of these movements has been noble, their methods have been foolish. Organized resistance has many drawbacks.
The only effective resistance is a completely disorganized, decentralized, and leaderless opposition.
On the face of it, this claim seems absurd! It is counterintuitive. Nevertheless, it is the ONLY method of resistance that will work within American society.
Americans, culturally, are anarchists, and few Americans realize this.
Most Americans: do not trust leaders or government. They do not believe that there is a systemic solution to their problems.
Most Americans wish to be left alone. They think of themselves as independent. They believe that others should be free to do what they choose provided that they do so in private and do not harm others
Most Americans do not register as Democrat or Republican, and do not vote.
American political parties have more in common with the Mafia than they have with their counterparts in more democratic societies. Like the Mafia, each political party competes for control of territory in order to maximize the benefit to their business constituency.
Like the Mafia, the two parties attempt to mold the system to maintain their positions and access to resources. Like the Mafia, they force the average citizen to pay “protection” under the threat of violence (taxes). And like the Mafia, each political party uses this protection money for its own advantage.
By defining our political system in terms of the “majority” and the “opposition,” our Constitution enshrines this two-mafia system into law.
Any resistance movement that chooses to become an organization is in competition with these Mafiosi. The deck is stacked and the power of the state will waste the time and resources of any newcomer.
A newcomer can only succeed by rejecting the political system, draining its resources, and undermining the rule of the state.
In American society dissidents are systematically slandered, libeled, harassed, and made into villains. If they become successful, they are murdered (eg: Martin Luther King, Malcolm X).
Movements that look to leaders are decapitated. Leaders are a liability, not an asset.
Organizations can be (and are) infiltrated. Organizations can be taxed. They have legal responsibility. They have membership lists, and lists are tools for the oppressor.
Organizations take on lives of their own. They struggle to exist, and their continued existence takes priority over their mission.
Organizations attract opportunists and attention seekers. They tend to exploit their rank and file for the benefit of their inner circle.
Disorganizations share none of these defects.
Bureaucracy cannot comprehend disorganization. Disorganization is invisible. The asymmetry of the relationship between organization and disorganization favors disorganization.
Organization depends upon planning. Planning requires predictability. But disorganization cannot be predicted. This leaves organization at a disadvantage.
Organization requires a supply chain, and supply chains can be disrupted. But disorganization depends only upon the resources of its members. Supply chains that do not exist cannot be eliminated.
Disorganized movements rely upon swarming.
Swarms are difficult to defend against. If you cut a swarm in half, you have two swarms. If you eliminate one of the resulting swarms, you still have a swarm.
Organization grows, whereas disorganization breeds. The many and dispersed is a more difficult target than the large and concentrated.
Organizations take their steps by design. If the design is flawed, then the organization fails. Disorganization relies not upon design but upon evolution.
The motivating notions of disorganization are memes.
Memes evolve and compete with one another. This process improves the motivating notions of disorganization and produces multiple courses of action. While some may fail, others are likely to succeed.
Taken as a whole, disorganization is more likely to succeed. A movement based on disorganization will continue to survive, evolve, and expand without cost.
But there are limits to disorganization.
We do not propose a complete absence of organization. Instead, we propose a disorganization comprised of units.
Units can be as small as a single individual, or as complex as a cell of individuals working together. Cells may be internally organized, but they should not be statically organized from cell to cell.
The movement should have no commander. It should have no central committee or governing body.
No global plans should be made. The modus operandi of each unit should be to think globally and act locally. Ideas, strategies, and tactics should float freely and compete as memes within the medium of the collective consciousness.
We need to construct a disorganized movement. You need not apply to join. In fact, it might be better if you did not contact anyone except those with whom you wish to form a unit.
Your ideas, strategies, tactics, and lessons learned should be spread anonymously or by word of mouth. When you act, should you decide to act in resistance, then attribute your actions to “the Resistance.”
The growing din of disorganized disruption will be felt as an earthquake. There will be tremors. The tension will mount, and in time, there will be an earthquake.
When that earthquake strikes, the organized edifice of the oppressor will fall like a house of cards.
April 07, 2014
On Sunday (April 6th) when people had other things to do and weren’t supposed to pay attention, PayPal sent its account holders an innocuous-sounding email with this purposefully bland title: “Notice of Policy Updates.”
The email started with how PayPal is “constantly” changing things “to give you more of what you want and improve your experience using us.”
The email then discourages you from diving into it with sentences like: “this might not be your favorite stuff to read…but if you are interested take a look,” and, “if you have other pressing things to do we’ll understand.”
The click-through ratio of that link to these policy changes must have been near absolute zero.
It turns out that PayPal is a giant data hog.
First, PayPal has the information that you hand over to them when you sign up, including your name, your “detailed personal information” such as date of birth, address, phone number, banking and/or credit card information.
Then PayPal collects information about all of your “transactions and your activities.”
When you get on a PayPal site or use its services, it also collects “information sent to us by your computer, mobile phone or other access device.”
This information “includes but is not limited to: “data about the pages you access, computer IP address, device ID or unique identifier, device type, geo-location information, computer and connection information, mobile network information, statistics on page views, traffic to and from the sites, referral URL, ad data, and standard web log data, and other information.”
You read that correctly: “and other information” – meaning any information that they can get.
PayPal also collects personal data by putting cookies, web beacons (“to identify our users and user behavior”), and “similar technologies” on your device so that you can be tracked 24/7 even if you’re not using PayPal’s services, and you’re not on any of its sites.
By clicking on another link about those “similar technologies,” mentioned above, you find out that they include pernicious “flash cookies,” newfangled “HTML 5 cookies,” and undefined “other web application software methods.”
Unlike cookies, PayPal’s spy technologies “can operate across all of your browsers.” And you can’t get rid of them or block them through your browser the way you get rid of or block cookies. You have to jump through hoops to deal with them – if they can be dealt with at all.
In addition, PayPal sweeps up any information “from or about you in other ways,” such as when you contact customer support and tell them stuff, or when you respond to a survey (Just Say No), or when you interact “with members of the eBay corporate family or other companies.”
Yes, PayPal sweeps up information even when you interact with other companies!
PayPal may also “obtain information about you from third parties such as credit bureaus and identity verification services.” And it may “evaluate your computer, mobile phone or other access device to identify any malicious software or activity.”
So PayPal is snooping around your mobile devices as well.
When you download PayPal’s apps to your smartphone, or access its “mobile optimized sites,” it collects location data along with a host of other data on your mobile device, including the unique identifier that ties it to you personally in order to manipulate search results and swamp you with location-based advertising, “and other personalized content.”
After vacuuming up all this information from or about you, PayPal will then “combine your information with information we collect from other companies,” and create a constantly growing dossier on you that you will never be able to check into.
Who gets all the personal information that PayPal collects? They share much of the information with:
– eBay and its affiliates
– contractors that help with “marketing and technology services”
– financial companies that help to decide if you should receive credit card offers
– credit bureaus and collection agencies
– companies that PayPal might merge with or be acquired by in the future
– law enforcement and government agencies
– “other parties pursuant to a subpoena, court order, or other legal process”
And you can’t opt out of the PayPal apparatus. You can only opt out of receiving PayPal ads and sales pitches.
Activating that “do not track” (DNT) function in your browser to keep PayPal off your back doesn’t work. “We do not currently respond to DNT signals,” PayPal states laconically.
If you don’t enjoy being surveilled like this, you’re free to close your PayPal account.
But that’s not going to wipe out the information that PayPal has collected from or about you, and its automatic systems continues to collect data through cookies, beacons, and “similar technologies,” and through the sophisticated spy capabilities that are part of any smartphone worth its salt.
PayPal will simply mark your account as “closed” and you can’t get into it anymore.
But they will “retain personal information from your account for a certain period of time” – probably forever. And they will do all sorts things with it, including “take other actions as required or permitted by law.”
That’s right. They won’t do anything illegal with your information. That’s their only promise.
PayPal is not unique. They’re part of the enormous bubble of Big Data whose business model is to collect and monetize your personal information, which has become part of a new asset class. And seeing this, the NSA is dying of data envy.
April 09, 2014
Imagine a world where drones never have to touch the ground after takeoff. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) PhD. candidate Joseph Moore is on the cusp of creating a drone that can “perch” on power lines just like birds in order to recharge its batteries.
Moore gave Business Insider a demonstration of the technology he’s perfecting. See photo.
If a drone is equipped with the a magnetometer, it should be possible to make the aircraft capable of identifying magnetic fields given off by power lines, then home in on the signal they emit and perch until fully charged.
Developing such a system for fixed wing aircraft is desirable because of their ability to carry heavier loads.
During the demo given by Mr. Moore, Business Insider reported that the glider, even without a fully-developed perching mechanism, was able to come to “within centimeters” of a mock power line.
Developing such a system for fixed wing aircraft is desirable because of their ability to carry heavier loads than those that use a quadrotor design, Business Insider reported.
March 31, 2014
“Smartphones are fading. Wearables are next” – CNN Money
In the near future, consumers will be adorning themselves with wearable technology that will weave an incredibly detailed picture of their lives.
A cloud of information will float around you with details on sleep habits, what you ate for breakfast, who you are meeting for dinner, your heart rate, and much more.
Insurance companies will likely harvest this data to adjust your rates. Governments will undoubtedly hack into this cloud of personal data to track down dissidents. Marketers will have access to a goldmine of personalized information that will be used to market products.
These wearables are being sold to the public as a means of making life easier, which they undoubtedly will. But with that convenience there will be a price to pay in terms of privacy.
Google Glass is the most widely recognized form of wearable technology. In anticipation of an expanding wearable tech market, Google recently announced a new version of the Android operating system designed specifically for wearable devices.
Smart watches, smart clothing, and even smart tattoos are all in the works.
IBM recently announced that we need to embrace the fact that “everything will be monitored” in an era of pervasive biometric surveillance.
According to Peter Waggett, the Program Leader at IBM’s Emerging Technology Group, “the information is out of the bottle already.”
Cell phones have become a primary method of surveilling the populace in the technological era. But with the advent of numerous other smart devices that will communicate within the “Internet of Things,” a whole new world of multidimensional surveillance is upon us.
“Smart cities” that are under development in South Korea and elsewhere will integrate these wearable devices into the environment with embedded sensors.
The potential for not only individuals but also governments to hack these wearable devices is very real. Medical devices like insulin pumps and pacemakers have already been hacked. New vehicles are vulnerable to hacking as well.
Will tech giants like Google, Apple, IBM and Microsoft build back-doors into wearable technology for the NSA like they have with iPhones and operating systems?
This future doesn’t have to be inevitable. The people have the power to choose. Cultural norms will shape the flow of technology and how it is used.
Convenience or freedom? It’s up to you.
March 17, 2014
“Within 50 years, we could have more life forms invented in a lab than we have ever identified in nature.” – Fidelity Investments
A Switzerland based company called Evolva has developed a synthetic vanilla set to be released in 2014. The vanilla is created using a process of genetic engineering called “synthetic biology.”
Synthetic biology, according to a 2005 European Commission paper is “the engineering of biology – the synthesis of complex, biologically-based (or inspired) systems which display functions that do not exist in nature.”
Unlike the older genetic science of splicing genes from different species together, synthetic biology is seeking to create whole new organisms that do not exist on earth.
Evolva’s synthetic vanilla is created by inserting computer coded DNA into yeast. Evolva calls this new method of genetic engineering is called “natural.”
Environmental organizations have recognized the potential danger posed by synthetic biology.
In its “Synthetic Biology Vanillin” fact sheet, Friends of the Earth (FOE) points out the distinct lack of oversight regarding the health impact of ingesting these engineered ingredients.
FOE has launched a campaign called “No Synbio Vanilla” to warn ice cream makers Haagen Dazs, Dreyers, Baskin Robbins, and others not to use synthetic biology vanilla.
GMO foods that have been genetically modified in the “traditional” method have been linked to sterility in hamsters. The dramatic rise in food allergies is also possibly linked to GMO foods. What health impacts will emerge from eating foods that our bodies have never before encountered?
And synthetic biology goes well beyond food engineering.
Companies cannot patent naturally-occurring DNA, but synthetic biology will give them a patent loophole.
As Gene Watch reports:”One could theoretically upload a DNA sequence onto a computer, print out an exact copy of that DNA sequence, and then patent the synthetic DNA sequence as an invention.”
Geneticist Craig Venter is a pioneer in the field of synthetic biology. In 2010, his team was successful in creating what he calls “the first self-replicating species we’ve had on the planet whose parent is a computer.”
Google founder Larry Page met with Craig Venter in California at the Edge billionaires meeting in 2010. Also present were representatives from the State department, Bill Gates, Anne Wojcicki, Bill Joy, and dozens of other tech company CEOs and scientists.
Edge Billionaire meetings have discussed the future of genetic engineering, biocomputing, and the re-designing of humanity in a “transhumanist” era.
Physicist Freeman Dyson described the individuals leading this group as having god-like power to create entirely new species on earth.
According to Dyson, these scientists are “a new generation of artists who are writing genomes as fluently as Blake and Byron wrote verses, to create an abundance of new flowers, fruit, trees, and birds to enrich the ecology of our planet.”
Fred Ikle, former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy for President Reagan, sees the possibility of “annihilation from within.”
According to Ikle, “The prospect is that in the decades ahead, biotechnology, with other sciences, may fundamentally change the human species, and thus pose an elemental threat to democracy, the world order, and all civilizations.”
The technological elite is engaged in a mission to attain full-spectrum dominance over life and its complex processes – and in the process, to re-write the genetic code of the planet.
April 12, 2014
A Nevada cattle rancher appears to have won his week-long battle with the federal government over a controversial cattle roundup that had led to the arrest of several protesters.
Cliven Bundy went head to head with the Bureau of Land Management over the removal of hundreds of his cattle from federal land, where the government said they were grazing illegally.
The roundup began April 5, following lengthy court proceedings dating back to 1993, federal officials said. Federal officers began impounding the first lot of cows last weekend, and Bundy responded by inviting supporters onto his land to protest the action.
By Sunday, April 6, one of Bundy’s sons, Dave Bundy, was taken into custody for refusing to disperse and resisting arrest, while hundreds of other protesters, some venturing from interstate, gathered along the road few miles from Bundy’s property in solidarity. Dave Bundy was later released.
But clashes between demonstrators and authorities took a violent turn on Wednesday, with cell phone video showing some (demonstrators) being tasered at the site, including Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy.
As the movement grew by the day, and demonstrators rallied together, bonding by campfires at night, local protest leaders warned people not to wear camouflage and keep their weapons inside their vehicles.
“It’s about the freedom of America,” said another of Bundy’s sisters, Margaret Houston. “We have to stand up and fight.”
However, today the BLM said it would not enforce a court order to remove the cattle and was pulling out of the area.
“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public,” BLM Director Neil Kornze said.
“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner,” Kornze said.
Deleted from BLM.gov but reposted on the website Free Republic is a BLM document entitled “Cattle Trespass Impacts” which specifically states that the presents of Bundy’s cattle impacts the construction of “utility-scale solar power generation facilities on public lands.”
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The Walking Dead – season 2 trailer
April 07, 2014
by James Quinn
I was a late arrival to the “Walking Dead” television program. I assumed it was another superficial zombie horror show on par with the teenage vampire crap polluting the airwaves.
Last year, a friend told me I had to watch the show, and I was hooked immediately. What the show doesn’t openly reveal is the deeper meaning, symbolism, and lessons we can learn from viewing human beings trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.
How can you not see the parallels between American society and the zombies in the Walking Dead?
Walk down any city street in America and you will see hordes shuffling along, staring with blank faces and glazed over eyes at their iGadgets.
On Black Friday, Americans flock to malls across our apocalyptic suburban sprawl landscape. They proceed to stampede, gouge, and punch their way to a fantastic bargain on a Chinese slave labor-produced microwave that they must have in order to cook the toxic “Frankenfood” that was created by our corporate conglomerates.
The Black Friday crowds actually make the zombies from the Walking Dead seem well behaved.
What you note after watching a few episodes of the Walking Dead is that collapse happens suddenly. The show highlights the life-threatening difficulty of enduring on a day-to-day basis without the certainty of shelter, food, water, and fuel.
The average asleep American isn’t prepared to last one week without the basics of modern life.
They haven’t stocked any food, water or fuel in case of an emergency. Their normalcy bias keeps them from even considering the high likelihood of even a natural disaster caused by a hurricane, snowstorm, or earthquake.
Recent examples of most people’s complete helplessness are the snow and ice storms that struck this past winter, and hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. Without power and access to food and water, modern society breaks down quickly, with chaos, looting and anarchy only days away.
The fragility of our debt financed, oil dependent, just-in-time global supply chain system is beyond the comprehension of the average zombie American. The most highly educated zombies will be the most shocked when they realize that the reality they believed was all an illusion.
When our central banker masters trigger the next financial system collapse…the resulting chaos will be epic when ATMs stop spitting out $20 bills and EBT (“food stamp”) cards for 47 million people stop functioning.
We got a glimpse into the future this past October when the EBT system went down in several states for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. Zombies began to ransack Wal-Mart stores, attempting to steal as much as they could get away with. Chaos, anger, and criminal behavior was virtually instantaneous.
A vast swath of EBT-dependent zombies live in our numerous urban ghettos, and when the EBT system goes down permanently, violence will quickly erupt.
Police will be vastly out-numbered. Hungry mobs will become armed gangs of violent looters burning down their ghettos and stealing everything that isn’t nailed down.
Suburbia will turn into a lawless landscape where neighbors turn on each other because they have failed to create real communities. The isolation and seclusion that have marked suburban existence for the last thirty years will contribute to the creation of criminal gangs who loot and pillage stores, businesses, and unprotected homes.
After the collapse, the only people likely to survive relatively unscathed are rural folk. No one will thrive in the world coming our way, but those not dependent upon or tied to our modern societal paradigm will have a better chance.
Times that will “try men’s souls” are on the horizon. The choices we make as individuals and communities will matter.
Every human being has the capacity for good or evil. We will be alone in deciding whether we gravitate toward the dark side of our character, or make a stand for all that is noble and decent.
Retaining our humanity during the trials and tribulations that await us will be crucial for creating a community that is sustainable and a future worth living and fighting for.
April 08, 2014
In Washington, Iowa, local police have recently acquired a Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle through a Defense Department program that donates excess vehicles produced for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to local police departments across the United States.
The MRAP weighs an impressive 49,000 pounds, stands 10-feet tall, and possesses a whopping six-wheel drive. Originally designed to resist landmines and IEDs, it sure seems like the MRAP will come in handy for the notorious war zone otherwise known as Washington County, Iowa.
Washington police officials have tried to justify possession of a vehicle they clearly have no use for. The excuses range from school shootings to a terrorist attack happening in central Iowa – because if there’s any place that seems ripe for a high-profile terrorist attack it’s Washington, Iowa, population 7,000.
The police could come up with better reasons to use their MRAP/machine of doom.
For example, drunken high-school house parties could be broken up by ramming the MRAP into the side of the building. People who have been trying to curtail underage drinking should consider the deterrent caused by a soulless war machine demolishing your kitchen.
In all seriousness however, this does highlight some disturbing trends in the American cultural landscape.
A collective paranoia has gripped post-9/11 America so tightly that small-town Iowa police officers are convinced that, any minute, the whole state could become engulfed in some Red Dawn-style conflict requiring the use of a device such as the MRAP.
It also reflects the out-of-control militarization of the police that has been occurring across small towns and big cities from Los Angeles to Waterville, Maine.
Radley Balko, author of the book “The Rise of the Warrior Cop,” found that in 2006 alone, the Pentagon “distributed vehicles worth $15.4 million, aircraft worth $8.9 million, boats worth $6.7 million, weapons worth $1 million and other items worth $110.6 million to local police agencies.”
The effects of cops moving from handguns to assault rifles and being equipped with tanks, bazookas, and Kevlar armor has been twofold.
First, civil liberties have absolutely been eroded, with police-brutality rates skyrocketing in last decade, according to the Justice Department.
Secondly, with the influx of military gear into local police forces, cops have begun to view themselves as soldiers whose main job is combat rather than keeping the peace.
How else can you explain the rise in police shootings since 9/11?