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The Theater of Ultra-Violence

violence-headerOn Wednesday, a man approached a couple talking on a patio, a man and a woman. It became apparent that the two were News reporters. How they spoke, the put-together clothes, and makeup , gave it all away. We see the scene in the first person, as if we’re watching Half-life or Call of Duty. This sense is increased when the point of view pulls a guns and fires repeatedly into the bodies of three reporters.

So runs Bryce Williams’ video footage that was discovered on social media minutes after the shooting. Traumatic real world violence, performed for the camera both on live TV and social media. We discovered his account moments before CNN did, so I didn’t know what I would find when I clicked it.

When I saw it, for a moment, I couldn’t believe it was real. This is a common reaction even in the midst of real violence — somehow the surreal cuts in.… Read the rest

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Entrapping the Entrappers on Domestic Surveillance and Psyops

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Domestic surveillance and psyops have long gone together in America. The FBI, for example, subjected Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to a combination of these techniques in response to his Civil Rights Movement activities. One such combination entailed recording his affairs, calling his wife, and playing the tape — then sending him a letter suggesting he should commit suicide because if the affairs came out, it would hurt the movement.

This sort of thing is happening now with social media, e-commerce, phone, and physical elements of misinformation, harassment, intimidation, and threats. It has the potential to achieve an inestimable breadth and depth of professional and personal damage. In the military term of art, this is full-spectrum dominance — against civilians in peacetime. And the American people might not approve of it if they knew what was happening in their name.

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Breaking: TWO JOURNALISTS SHOT DEAD ON LIVE TV

breaking-header-810x456Rebel News reports:

While on live television this morning reporting from Bridgewater Plaza outside of Roanoke, VA, reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, who worked together as partners at station WDBJ7, were murdered by a shooter who is, as of now, on the run.

Freeze frames of the live remote, which was on television around 6:45 a.m., have popped up on the Internet showing the shooter’s face, pointing the gun at his victims.

Pops can be heard in the disturbing video, with the camera Ward was holding falling to the ground with him, as he turned towards the assailant. The shot then quickly cut back to the studio with the anchor confused and questioning what just happened.

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Should Your Next Cause Be Tackled As Anonymous

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If you’re involved in activist circles, or spend any amount of time reading up on “hacking” news, chances are you’re already familiar with Anonymous. If not, the whole thing can be a little hard to get your head around. There’s no real structure or boundaries of the group, no leaders or official sites or the usual trappings of a real organization. That lack of structure is at once Anonymous’ greatest weakness and strength: no one can control it, for good or ill.

That’s all well and good for “theory of hactivism 101”  but you’ve got things to do. Anonymous is a brand that’s available to anyone for any cause. When you’re considering how to take on a new cause, or planning to change tactics on a cause near and dear to your heart, how do you decide whether to take the plunge and put on the mask?

There is no arguing that the sight of all those plastic masks at an event makes for a striking image.… Read the rest

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Glorious Revolutions: Lived And Lived Again

GloriousRevolutions-header-1-810x456I still remember when the Wall fell. November 9, 1989. If you were alive, you remember.

A newscaster on the television, his image warped and tattered by static around the edges, was talking about the end of nuclear threat. It was a revolution of culture, some said. Then President Reagan appeared, and took credit for the fall of Communism.

Revolutions leave an indelible stamp on those lived through them. But how did a falling wall end the Cold War, let alone stanch the tide of violent revolution? This is the kind of rhetoric we are fed. We’re given the pieces to this puzzle, but never told what image they’re supposed to make.

If it wasn’t already painfully obvious in 1986, it certainly is now. No one should have thought that violent uprising was a thing of the past. The legacy of globalization has generally been more revolutions, not fewer. It’s as if, with every generation, we forget the lessons learned by those that came before.

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Beyond New Age The Problem Isn’t Just Belle Gibson

001-belle-gibsonIt’s a well known truism that, in life, we tend to find what we’re looking for.

I realize this truism is tautological, and it’s been rendered down so far that it seems meaningless, yet it is something we repeat to one another in so many forms.

This idea has been central to the positive thought movement for well over a hundred years, with many different off-shoots, but all can be considered unified in regard to this particular idea: “our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in daily living.”

The belief is that Somehow (and this is The Secret), our mental picture effects the world. This produces the “law of attraction,” whereby like attracts like, and our thoughts somehow manifest reality. This is the very foundation of what’s happened with Belle Gibson, as JR Hennesey explored on the Guardian today:

Gibson needed to fake cancer, because the New Age narrative of transcending physical and spiritual sickness is so ingrained into its marketing.

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Project Monarch: 404

angelsI was at the high school dance. Waste of an evening. I mean, I wouldn’t have even considered going to something like this. It was embarrassing. But I knew she’d be there. I spent the whole night wishing I could get closer to her. Excuses to brush by, to look just a moment more. I didn’t want to be creepy. I wanted to be her friend.

And then the song started. You know the one. “You spin me right round baby, right round.”

Cheesy shit but we can all dance ironically. That makes it safer somehow.

Yeah I, I got to know your name. Well and I, could trace your private number baby. Amber. That was her name. Different hair color every week it seemed. Different piercings and tattoos. Same eyes. Nothing could change them. I wanted to.

So I stood in the corner. Gibberish numbers were bouncing around in my head, blocking everything else out.… Read the rest

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Google Announces Launch of SnuggleNet [Satire]

By James Curcio

As luck would have it, Google had just launched SnuggleNet, billing it as “an iPhone you could snuggle.” And you were getting no kind of affection from virtual friendships. It seemed a worthwhile purchase.

SnuggleNet is a peripheral, already connected to all the social networks you’ve been a part of since you were a child. “It knows what you need and when you need it,” the advertisements said.

After a difficult day of work, it will wrap you in a warm embrace and say, “hey, you need to watch some Venture Brothers. And fuck that, you know, thing that piece of shit @heretic357 was saying about you on Twitter—”

You will quickly discover SnuggleNet is kind of a notorious shit mouth.

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The Liminal Spaces Part 2: Hidden Architecture

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Or “how to write while you sleep.”

Part 1: Get Creative: The Liminal State

Most people understand writing as a function of the conscious mind. You have an intention, you sit down and express it best you can.

However, the actual writing process is far more convoluted than that, and there are many “off-label” uses for the lesser understood parts of consciousness, where writing is involved. Nowhere is this more true than with the long-form creative process, which is more like a marathon than a sprint, and more like a surrealist “drift” than even a marathon.

Indeed, many of these byways, alleys and side-paths lead us through a meandering labyrinth, and we may even care to engage the physical process of one foot before the other.

Ambiguity is the labyrinth’s central nature. It is always unstable, changing its personality and ours as we change perspective. … Like a psychic nuclear reactor, the labyrinth generates creative emotional and psychic processes in whatever guise it appears.

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Pale Emperor In The Mirror

First, a confession. I feel uncomfortable reviewing Marilyn Manson’s “The Pale Emperor.” I mean, I’m thirty six, for christ’s sake. Haven’t we outgrown the shock rocker of the 90s, and the androgynous king of self indulgence that followed in the 00s, finally bottoming out in almost overnight, Robert Smithesque debauch that spurned on memes like:

Well. Haven’t we all outgrown it?

I think that’s precisely the point. You get the sense throughout this album of a kind of dawning, bleary eyed sobriety. The album gets more raw as it goes. Seven days? Imagine waking up from a twenty year long binge. And your alter ego once took control of the airwaves, it took over your personal life, and only when that was smoking wreckage did you manage to take a look backward and see the alter ego staring back at you. And on the other hand is the ever immanent grave.… Read the rest

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