The time seems to have come round again. Marches, sweet hippies, marches! This weekend showed the way back to the beginings.
Hope, that’s what blossomed this weekend. Hope, and the spirit to try again. The powers that be may have thought they had us beaten down but it looks like they were wrong and that this is just the beginning! That’s the thing about a big multi- city event, especially when it includes D.C. it’s a crack in the dike of oppression of every sort. And, there’s a lot of oppression in that dike. I know that this weekend can be the start of the people rising up and remembering their power.
We let them take away that belief, that knowledge in the power of the people but it’s not too late! Sadly, there are a myriad of causes to fight for and oppression to fight against. All we have to do is look around us. The injustices are threatening to crush us but our spirits are strong. Watching these marchers and listening to their words gave me hope. When the people rise up and our feet hit the pavement even the robber barons and their pet congresscritters are going to have to listen.
RIGHT ON, sisters and brothers, all people of justice, truth and love,
In psychology our belief system shapes our perceptions of the world around us, in fact becoming our very sense of reality. Our primary caregivers, most often our parents, project their view of us and their world onto us and we in turn internalize their views as our own sense of developing self and world view. In this last century the influence of mass media has also come to increasingly shape our world and self-concept. As adolescents and young adults we often change and modify our perceptions of the world based on our own interpersonal experience particularly with peers and movement to finding resonance with a more authentic, individuated self in relation to our surrounding world. But with time and more adult experience often comes an existential dilemma and/or crisis if and when we encounter growing dissonance between what we thought we knew and changing reality input increasingly at odds with our old world view.
Currently in America and many places throughout the world many of us are undergoing a fundamental change in our belief system as we come to realize what we have been taught as reality turns out anything but. Many of us on the planet are currently undergoing a mind-altering, transformative shift in how we view life and our world, in effect causing a simultaneous global shift of belief amongst a sizeable portion of the earth’s population. An unprecedented shift is moving away from what we humans have traditionally and historically been told is the truth to a state of mounting disbelief, skepticism and doubt in what our political leaders, mainstream media and educational systems have been feeding us since we were young. Today more and more people around the globe are waking up to the new emerging reality and insight that what we have historically been taught, socialized and raised to believe politically as the truth is but a crock of outright bullshit. Continue reading Today’s Oligarch Curtain of Lies, Theft, Death and Destruction Are Exposed As Never Before→
By Phil Polizatto,WWH/CJE – The other day as I climbed into the passenger seat of our trusty truck, lovingly known as The Ashtray, I reached for the buckle of the seatbelt, but couldn’t find it. My friend and I were already deep into a laughing fit and righteously stoned, as we struggled to pry the stubborn buckle from between the seats.
I fingered out old caramel popcorn, fast food French fries of yore, and roaches I thought were worth saving (though my friend did not,) all in search of something looking like it had jaws of steel with a leather top, when it dawned on me that not too long ago, we would have never taken the time to wrestle a buckle from between the seats, let alone have the audacity to write a sentence this long. We would have said, “The hell with it,” and driven off, leaving the rest of the world in the dust.
Do you remember those days? When seatbelts were merely ‘recommended?’ When most men were too macho to use them? When it became law that some men were so irate they actually protested and said it violated their constitutional rights?
Now we think of it as silly. We put our seatbelts on almost instinctively. And if my friend had had to put the car in Park, pull up the
emergency brake, push the driver’s seat forward, get on his hands and knees and rummage through the junk on the floor to get at that damned buckle, he would have done it. We would have taken the time to do it. That’s how highly we regard seatbelts.
At first, we did it at because it was the law. Regardless of your politics, most people were law-abiding citizens. We teenagers rebelled as
usual until the cops started actually enforcing the law, or until a bunch of our buddies got killed in horrifying crashes. That’s what it took back then.
Then we realized the seatbelt really did save lives. It was validated time and time again. So we adapted. We no longer made fun of the strap, but had a good brotherly attitude toward it. We valued its existence. And putting on a seatbelt became habitual, instinctive. We do this ritual every time we get in a car because what used to be just a behavior has now been
transformed into a belief!
This is not how most behaviors happen. Most often, a person believes
something is true and that determines what they value, their attitude, and
ultimately their behaviors. A woman believes using pesticides on food is bad. Her attitude toward pesticides is negative. She therefore values
organic food. Her behavior is that she only patronizes markets that sell
organic produce. Her behavior is a result of her beliefs. Naturally, if the
consequences of her behaviors are always beneficial, they will reinforce her
beliefs, which reinforce the behavior.
But sometimes, the process works in reverse. If, for some reason,
you behave in a certain way, and if the behavior is validated and reinforced repeatedly, the behavior may change your underlying attitudes, values and even your beliefs! We have just seen how this happened with seatbelts. There was huge shift, across the nation, from dislike of the law as an intrusion into personal freedom, to an embracement of it as a wise and
practical behavior that everyone agrees is in the citizens’ best interests and benefits everyone.
Take the abolishment of segregation. Oh, how many years that
struggle lasted! But even the most hardened against it eventually accepted it.
They recognized the moral authority of it as well as the legal one. The Civil
Rights Act eventually was regarded as something long overdue. And the
people adapted, as if that is the way it always was, and always should have
been. This is just another example of how behaving in a certain way actually
has the capacity to change hearts and minds. Continue reading Worldwide Hippies Phil Polizatto: As If→
Governments have transformed the internet into a surveillance platform, but they are not omnipotent. They’re limited by material resources as much as the rest of us. We might not all be able to prevent the NSA and GCHQ from spying on us, but we can at least create more obstacles and make surveilling us more expensive. The more infrastructure you run, the safer the communication will be. Download installation software for these programs. You can read detailed installation and setup instructions here.
THIS GUIDE IS A VERY BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO ONLINE SECURITY IN THE HOPES THAT YOU’LL INVESTIGATE FURTHER. DON’T TRUST YOUR LIFE TO IT.
Includes all you’ll need to access the Tor Network.
Makes it more difficult to trace Internet activity: Web browsing, online posts, instant messages and other communication forms. Cannot prevent monitoring of traffic entering/exiting the network. While Tor protects against traffic analysis, it cannot prevent traffic confirmation (also called end-to-end correlation).
It can be safely argued that those four words, written by the French philosopher Michel Foucault in his discussion of the “panopticon,” were never more true than they were this year. Our visibility — defined as ubiquitous, networked digital connectedness — has at long last enabled an unprecedented surveillance state. In 2013, the negative consequences of our contemporary lifestyles were impossible to ignore.
But not just for the most obvious reason — the avalanche of revelations about the depth and scope of government spying delivered by Edward Snowden, which seized the world’s attention from June onward. The surveillance society is hardly limited to NSA spooks. We are now open books for everyone to read: Our friends and our enemies and our stalkers. Our providers of email and texting and social media and advertising and entertainment. Our employers, our doctors and our teachers. We have never been more visible, never been more willing or able to open up every moment of our existence to the outside world. And in doing so, we have handed the watchers fantastic power.
When you use something as seemingly innocuous as the flashlight app on your smartphone, it’s entirely possible that your location data is being gathered. The particular constellation of apps you use most often is exploited to build a profile for targeted advertising. Netflix makes note of every time you pause or fast-forward an episode of “Orange is the New Black.” Facebook is analyzing even the status updates that you delete before posting. Google Now knows when and where I am traveling, what packages are on the way to my house, and, of course, what I have been searching for recently. Your employer is gathering every conceivable data metric for evaluating your job performance.
Visibility is a trap. The convenience of the smartphone is a trap. The web of connectivity that binds us into a seething, ADHD hive mind is a trap. Our daily lives are constructed out of ones and zeroes and because they can be counted, they will be counted.
But understanding this fact is, and must be, the first step toward escape; the Panopticon doesn’t work if we watch the watchers back. Knowing exactly how we are being surveilled is the set-up for a prison break.
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In its original formulation by the 18th century philosopher Jeremy Bentham, the “Panopticon” was an instrument of control, “a new mode of obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.”
The Panopticon, in Bentham’s formulation, is a building in which a single watchman or “inspector” can see every prisoner “without being seen” himself. The theory is that if we know it is possible that someone is watching us, we will behave ourselves accordingly, even if no one is actually minding the store. The concept, as imagined by Bentham, applied to much more than just your local jail.
No matter how different, or even opposite the purpose: whether it be that of punishing the incorrigible, guarding the insane, reforming the vicious, confining the suspected, employing the idle, maintaining the helpless, curing the sick, instructing the willing in any branch of industry, or training the rising race in the path of education: in a word, whether it be applied to the purposes of perpetual prisons in the room of death, or prisons for confinement before trial, or penitentiary-houses, or houses of correction, or work-houses, or manufactories, or mad-houses, or hospitals, or schools.
At first glance, our ubiquitous closed circuit camera society — in which every keystroke might be logged, and the FBI could be watching us through our laptop camera, our GPS-enabled tablets and phones have become “NSA primate-tracking devices,” and the content of our emails is being analyzed by Google’s algorithms — maps quite nicely to the all-purpose utilitarianism of the Panopticon. We are all constantly being inspected; or, in what amounts to the same thing, we all might be under constant inspection.