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Cognitive Dissidents

By Josh Corman & Brian Martin

2011

This multi-part article, with original artwork by Mar, is a follow-up to a one hour panel discussion at DEFCON 19 titled “‘Whoever Fights Monsters…’ Confronting Aaron Barr, Anonymous and Ourselves” moderated by Paul Roberts, discussed by Josh Corman, Brian Martin and Scot Terban. The views of the authors are not meant to be a criticism of Anonymous, nor are they meant to be encouragement for future criminal activity. It is an inevitable fact that Anonymous, or similar groups, will become bigger, stronger, and more effective. Discussions on how to build a more potent digital hacktivism group (illegal hacking to achieve a political goal) have occurred for over a decade. This article will not attempt to introduce groundbreaking new ideas, but rather will summarize many existing ideas and subject them to analysis from two security practitioners on two sides of this issue. If…

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When Conspiracy Theory Becomes Conspiracy Obvious

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment

when conspiracy theory becomes conspiracy obvious

President Obama doesn’t look like Adolph Hitler and you wouldn’t think they have much in common and I doubt seriously Obama, a former  “senior lecturer” of law who  taught courses in constitutional law at the University of Chicago, is intending to set himself up as supreme dictator. Rather he is another pawn is the schemes of the ruling elite to subvert the constitution and take America for themselves by force and by attrition. America and the world, should they succeed, will most likely be ruled by a board of directors.
Much of what has been done to further the aims of the New World Order in the last 15 years has actually been accomplished through legislation as well as executive orders.
This type of legal style assault on democracy has been seen before. In Nazi Germany. Hitler himself seized power through a series of legislative acts that allowed him to consolidate his hold over Germany and it’s people. The first, the Reichstag Fire Decree or the Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State was used allowing for wide interpretations of the law to eliminate civil liberties and allowed to state to suppress whoever may oppose them. It went something like this…
Articles 114, 115, 117, 118, 123, 124 and 153 of the Constitution of the German Reich are suspended until further notice. It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom , freedom of (opinion) expression, including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Warrants for House searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.
The Reichstag (German Parliament) fire was most likely set by the Nazis themselves, then blamed on the communists to garner support for themselves. Much the same theory as seen in conspiracy theories involving the 9/11 attacks.
The second legislative act Hitler used to make himself dictator was the Enabling act of 1933 which allowed the cabinet to make laws without the participation of the Parliament, or congress in American terminology. We have seen a plethora of Presidential executive orders and signing orders in the last few decades. George W. Bush used signing orders to circumvent many civil liberties and constitutionalities. Dick Cheney is a big fan of absolute presidential power that thumbs it’s nose at the congress and the people. He has been a player in corrupt administrations going back to Nixon and Reagan. Their administration worked very hard to throw the balance of the three branches severely out of whack in favor of a strong authoritarian Presidency.
The enabling act was mean only to last for four years unless renewed which it was, much like our Patriot Act. It was during this time that Hitler assumed control of the Presidency of the republic and cemented his grip.
Laws that followed included the antisemitic Nuremberg Laws, The Nazi Anti-Flag Desecration Law and many more.

Does any of this ring a bell? sound familiar? seem a little suspicious? It should. This pattern is being repeated right here in America and throughout the world.
The answer may seem simple. If a law is unconstitutional or unjust you simply don’t obey it. It worked for Gandhi, right? Thoreau was a smart guy, right? Civil Disobedience  has a certain appeal as opposed to violent confrontation, right? Well lets hope so.

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Introduction to Permaculture – 40 hours of Free video lectures

April 12, 2012 Leave a comment
40 hours of free permaculture lectures can be found here

Permaculture means ‘permanent culture,’ (or ‘permanent agriculture’) and …’is the conscious design and maintenance of cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem.’ (Bill Mollison)

This course will explore, through lectures, discussions, field trips, and required projects, a design/thinking methodology that seeks to provide for our physical needs, food, water, shelter, energy, etc., while doing so in an environmentally friendly, sustainable manner.

also see the permaculture wiki for more information

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Modern Fascism

April 12, 2012 2 comments

Fascism: an economic system in which the power elite, variously termed oligarchy, plutocracy, cabal, or ruling class, employ the police power of the State to enforce the economic domination of privately owned cartels and corporations, industrial and financial; a militaristic regime that exalts nation above the individual, the rich above the poor, uses violence and modern techniques of propaganda and censorship to forcibly suppress political opposition, and stands for a totalitarian government headed by a dictatorial leader.

…or headed by a ruling corporate style board of directors as in this case.

Here is a useful link on Capitalistic Fascism

 

Change is no laughing matter.

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Now I’ve gone and done it.

April 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The first time I went down to my local occupation, Occupy Nashville, I was instantly struck by the conversations there. Some of the most intelligent dialogue I had heard in decades actually, the kind you no longer hear in politics, in the media or even from your family or neighbors.

TN State Capital, Occupy Nashville

TN State Capital, Occupy Nashville (Photo credit: robert.claypool)

One comment stuck with me for days afterward. An older women, one who had obviously lived through the 1960′s and 1970′s expressed regrets and said she felt like she, and others of her generation, had “dropped the ball”. An obvious reference to the social protests of the time and the falling back into complacency afterwards.
With the Vietnam war over and the civil rights issues seemingly resolved  highly visible social action transformed itself into quietly working on the self and the issues in a mostly unnoticeable mode. Change has come slowly but surely. Positive things have been achieved over time on issues that matter. The environment being one of the most clearly obvious ones.
Yes, it has been a constant back and forth struggle between the powers of good and evil on this and many other issues, but imagine a world where the behavior of the governments, corporations and self serving special interests of the world had gone unchecked back then. As bad as things are now, imagine how terrible it might have been if people had not stood up for themselves and their world in such a pivotal moment in history.
We stand today at another pivotal moment. One which may well decide the fate of the people and the planet once and for all.
Positive change has been chipped away at by attrition over the years. Special interests have contrived and manipulated the system, degraded the law, usurped the American constitution and laid waste to the socioeconomic landscape in an attempt to set themselves as the a ruling elite with the rest of us indentured to them as debt slaves.
No longer content to simply colonize the resources of the third world countries of the world.  These elitists now use the vast economic power, political leverage and military might at their disposal to prey on all of the weaker nations of the world, be they enemy or friend. They rule by debt and austerity and the threat of military intervention.
Nations like Greece, Spain and Portugal are now enslaved to a New World Order who can control them and loot them as they see fit. They are firmly under the thumb of these fascists. Nations like Germany, Italy and even the United States will most likely be next.
Plans have quietly been laid over the last 60 years to conquer America by attrition.  Many of these plans have included  the same tactics  that Hitler used to take control over Germany and bring the Nazis to power. Clearly he was a role model. It has often been said that they greatly admired Mussolini’s fascist state and hoped to recreate such a model as well. Almost daily now legislation is created and passed that further restricts freedom and sends the world closer to the abyss of destruction. The blatant arrogance of the Bush, Cheney years has been replaced by the gentler, kinder arrogance of the Obama administration. Truly politicians are simply puppets of the corporations and the policy making think tanks that have secretly ruled America and much of the world for some time now. Self serving corporations and policy making think tanks that are not elected by anyone but who design and set policy for the worlds nations.
People all over the world are recognizing the danger and standing up and saying “No!” and like the woman I referenced at the beginning of this article I feel as though I “dropped the ball”, spending years doing things other than what I should have been doing which is preparing for this moment. I knew it was coming, I have no excuse and no recourse but to pick up the ball and say “No!”.
This blog and related efforts are my first efforts at entering into solidarity with the pro democracy forces at work against the monster which now faces us. I promise it will not be my last effort.

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