Archives for : October 2014

THE WEB LOVETT WOULD WEAVE

I just want to clarify an earlier post, in which I wrote that I consider both presidential candidates fatally compromised, “Tooms by his ties to corporate billionaires, Lovett by her past as head of the secret service.” This is emphatically not to say that I think Tooms, if elected, wouldn’t use the various intelligence agencies to continue attacks on privacy, as every president before him has done; nor that Lovett wouldn’t immediately cozy right up to every corporate overlord in the western hemisphere, and eagerly facilitate business as usual. Each candidate would be only too happy to play the other’s game.

In fact, the more I learn about Lovett, the more convinced I am that her campaign’s embrace of the Internet and social media is just the beginning of some longer con she’s running. I’m going to go out on a limb and speculate a secret partnership between the former governor and a major web player—Google, or Apple, or Panjea—with the aim of gathering as much intel on its subscribers as possible.

Actually, that would just be the means to the end; the end itself would be—what? Got to be something larger than just selling more crap to more people. Maybe selling policies…or propaganda. Manipulation of some kind is the key. Because government types— especially a ruthless insider like Lovett, who’s a kind of Wonder Wonk—won’t be able to resist taking the Internet, the greatest boon to social and cultural freedom in a hundred years, and turning it against itself. Making the World Wide Web into a spider’s web, and getting us all happily tangled up while they drain us dry. Your thoughts…?

A LABOR DAY MANIFESTO—WITH A KICKER

Don’t know how I missed this one. Back on September 1, the new hacktivist collective Dramatis Personai (who by now I think we can safely describe as indefatigable) reminded us of what Labor Day is really all about…then concluded a special gift for Walmart employees forced to put in their hours on the holiday ostensibly set aside for the relief and enjoyment of workers. Have a look. It’s priceless.

ACTUALLY, IT *IS* A GRAND INQUISITION

Another revelatory post from Full Cort Press, whose high school is hosting the next presidential debate in two weeks. Full Cort (a.k.a. Courtney Garcia), the student whose essay won Granville High the honor of hosting the debate, has been grilled by the advance team of Secret Service agents about her blog activity. At one point they told her not to worry, that “it’s not a Grand Inquisition.”  Which jarred Courtney, because she’d just used that exact phrase in a private Panjea message to a friend. Or should I say a supposedly private message.

I think Courtney’s figuring out what many of us already know: that when a government representative speaks in the negative—“I am not a crook,” “I did not have sex with that woman,” “This isn’t a Grand Inquisition”—it’s only because for them, every day is Opposite Day.

THE OFF-THE-CHARTS MILITARIZATION OF OUR POLICE: A PRIMER

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With each day’s news feed seeming to bring yet another story about a police force armed like a SWAT team gunning down citizens whose only offense seems to be showing up in their gun sights, the timing couldn’t be better for indispensable blogger Elite Agenda’s in-depth look at the increasing militarization of our American police state. Read it, and know what we’re up against—because if we don’t take action, it’s only going to get worse.

DRAMATIS PERSONAI VS. THE URGE TO MERGE

After a highly visible weekend of staging demonstrations around Manhattan, one might’ve thought Dramatis Personai would take a moment to bask. But I’m pleased to report the group hasn’t forgotten its raison d’être: hacktivists hack. And according to a video released today, they’ve just broken into the internal servers of Fox, Time Warner, and Comcast and posted all documents pertaining to those megacorps’ impending mergers. I admit it: I laughed. What else can you do, when someone expertly veers tragedy into farce? More, please!

 

 

GRANVILLE HIGH: THE SHOCK TROOPS HAVE LANDED

High-school blogger Full Cort Press (a.k.a Courtney Garcia) is having her first encounter with real power, as the advance teams for the two presidential hopefuls infiltrate Granville High in preparation for the debate Courtney won for the school (via an essay to CNN). Courtney tries to make light of the disruption, but you can sense the strain behind the smile. And just wait till the candidates themselves arrive, and the whole operation steamrollers over students and faculty alike. Hey, Courtney, keep your eyes and ears open…and try to keep from becoming collateral damage.

“SILENCE OF SIX” REVEAL STILL NOT LOUD ENOUGH

Dramatis Personai has released their second video…and if the latest hacktivists on the scene left some unanswered questions the first time around, this time they’ve got me completely befuddled.

Is this supposed to mean something to me?…I’m a guy who pretty much lives his life with his ear to the ground, and the term “Silence of Six”—much less “Silence of Six murders”—is hitting me for the first time. That there have apparently been congressional hearings on this issue is more than a tad sobering. Kudos to DP for uncovering this footage and bringing it to our attention…now can they please tell us where they got it, and how? I’ve got that awful “government conspiracy to keep the public in the dark” feeling again…

LOUD FROM NEW YORK, IT’S DRAMATIS PERSONAI

As promised, photos from today’s protests:

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DRAMATIS PERSONAI TAKES MANHATTAN

As I was advised yesterday, the new hacktivist organization Dramatis Personai is currently coordinating three separate public protests: at Javits Convention Center (currently hosting Comic Con), Google HQ, and Union Square. The DP members are wearing red hoodies with white full-face masks—the same mask seen in their now infamous debut video. If you’re nearby any of the demonstrations, check them out—and if you can send some photos my way, even better. I’m already getting some good ones from some associates on the scene, and will be posting them throughout the day. So keep checking in…Fawkes Rising is your front-row-seat to Dramatis Personai’s inaugural action!

 

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Clue 5: Part 3

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SOMETHING TO LOB AT LOVETT

Just a suggestion for Full Cort Press, a.k.a Courtney Garcia, the teenage blogger who’ll be fielding a question at the presidential debate she personally scored for Granville High this month. As my longtime readers know, I have no favorite in this election—to me, both candidates are fatally compromised, Tooms by his ties to corporate billionaires, Lovett by her past as head of the secret service. But Lovett’s hypocrisy particularly begs for calling out: how does America’s former top spymaster get away with vowing to end surveillance of the American public? And how can she not realize that lofty claim is totally at odds with her support of more government regulation of the Internet? Just asking.

And so, I hope, will Courtney.