Paul Watson points us to yet another example of how engaging with fans of your work (even if, technically, they infringed on your copyrights) can lead to pretty happy outcomes for everyone. The basic details are that comic book artist Steve Lieber discovered that folks at 4chan had scanned in and uploaded every page of his graphic novel Underground. Now, the typical reaction is to freak out, scream “piracy,” whine about “losses” and demand that “something must be done.” But, in a world where obscurity is really a much bigger issue than “piracy,” another option is to actually engage with those fans who liked his work so much that they put in the effort to share it with the world. And that’s exactly what Lieber did. He went to the site and actually started talking about the work with the folks on 4chan (image from Paul): Nice. But, what did it actually mean? Well, the day after he engaged with fans on 4chan, Lieber posted a blog post highlighting his sales. As he says, “pictures help us learn.” But “piracy” is killing the ability to earn money, right?
Who Is REALLY Benefiting From This Recovery? - MOC #231 (by @LeeCamp)
We’re told the economy is in recovery. But is it really? Recovery for who?
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It is within the nature of mankind for a disproportionately small percentage of men to attempt to exert control over the greater multidinous horde. The primary method of control is achieved through violent oppression.
Violence is required as most people will not willingly submit to control by others, be it few or many. For violence to be perpetrated, weapons are required. Our history as a species can be defined, in large measure, by the vehicles of violence (weapons) employed at the point in history being addressed.
#REALNESS - The #FBI Fosters, Funds and Equips American Terrorists! (by @corbettreport)
TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=7276
The Boston Marathon bombing has provoked shock, grief and outrage from around the world. After decades of conditioning, the public automatically equates such terrorism with Muslim radicals. But the evidence shows that every major terror plot on American soil in the past 10 years has been fostered, funded and equipped by one organization: the FBI.
Questions for Jim - How are the changes in the sun related to The Shift? (by @MasteringAlchemy)
Jim Self, a leader in the field of spiritual development, founder of Mastering Alchemy, international speaker and author, answers questions about the Shift in Consciousness that we are experiencing.
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A brief overview of the Rockefellers, the rise of John D. Rockefeller, and how he made one of the world’s largest fortunes in the oil business during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A look at Rockefeller-Morgan alliance: one of the largest joint private empires in the world. Sensing a profound discord among the nations of North America, Europe and Japan, the Trilateral Commission was founded by David Rockefeller to foster substantive political and economic dialogue across the world. The Rockefellers, money and domestic US politics, what’s their agenda, who do they support, how much money do they spend on lobbying? How do they exert pressure to obtain favorable policy?
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The Senate will not take up the controversial cybersecurity bill, is drafting separate legislation
CISPA is all but dead, again.
The controversial cybersecurity bill known as the Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives last week, will almost certainly be shelved by the Senate, according to a representative of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.
The bill would have allowed the federal government to share classified “cyber threat” information with companies, but it also provided provisions that would have allowed companies to share information about specific users with the government. Privacy advocates also worried that the National Security Administration would have gotten involved.
"We’re not taking [CISPA] up," the committee representative says. "Staff and senators are divvying up the issues and the key provisions everyone agrees would need to be handled if we’re going to strengthen cybersecurity. They’ll be drafting separate bills."
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.V., chairman of the committee, said the passage of CISPA was “important,” but said the bill’s “privacy protections are insufficient.”
That, coupled with the fact that President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the bill, has even CISPA’s staunchest opponents, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, ready to bury CISPA and focus on future legislation.
"I think it’s dead for now," says Michelle Richardson, legislative council with the ACLU. "CISPA is too controversial, it’s too expansive, it’s just not the same sort of program contemplated by the Senate last year. We’re pleased to hear the Senate will probably pick up where it left off last year."
That’s not to say Congress won’t pass any cybersecurity legislation this year. Both Rockefeller and President Obama want to give American companies additional tools to fight back against cyberattacks from domestic and foreign hackers.
But cybersecurity legislation in the Senate, such as the Cybersecurity and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2013, has greater privacy protections than CISPA does. Richardson says that bill makes it clear that companies would have to “pull out sensitive data [about citizens]” before companies send it to the government and also puts the program under “unequivocal civilian control,” something CISPA author Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., was unwilling to do.
Even if the Senate gets something done, Rogers and other CISPA supporters will likely have to compromise more than they’ve been willing to over the past year as Obama has made it clear he will veto legislation that doesn’t have more privacy protections.
"The way [Rogers] talks, [the House] has gone as far as they possibly can on privacy," Richardson says. "I don’t know if that’s true and I’m not sure how they’ll respond when the Senate puts something back to them. But if they don’t figure out a compromise, they might not get any legislation at all."
The commerce representative says that the Senate committee is “working toward separate bills” to improve cybersecurity, which are currently being drafted. But don’t expect these bills soon, as the Senate considers immigration, an Internet sales tax, the aftermath of the Boston bombing and the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control crisis in the wake of sequestration.
Richardson says she thinks it’ll be at least three months before the Senate takes a vote on any cybersecurity legislation.
"We need to be vigilant as the year moves on to make sure that whatever the next product is, it’s not CISPA-lite," she says. "I think this is probably going to take the rest of the year."
Last week, as I noted in my interview with Barrett from prison, Barrett’s mother plead guilty to her charge of obstructing evidence: she hid his computers from the FBI. Late last night, the news broke through the “Free Barrett Brown” Twitter account that Brown’s Wiki, ProjectPM, which is described on the project’s Twitter page as being, “Dedicated to research of government corruption, sitting in bubble baths drinking wine,” was being subpoenaed by the Department of Justice.
ProjectPM is an online compendium where Barrett and his fellow researchers share information they’ve been gathering about the intelligence industry in the United States. The Department of Justice is suing the company’s hosting provider, CloudFlare. While ProjectPM appeared to have gone down on Wednesday, it seems the site is back up. This kind of spotty connection has been very common for the site over the past few months. Even Googling ProjectPM does not yield any results that point to the site.
Screenshot from Wednesday of ProjectPM error message
That said, certain articles on the site are available through Google Cache. One of the more disturbingly intriguing articles available is on Persona Management, the software developed by intelligence companies to develop phony online identities that can be used to manipulate others and disseminate propaganda. The article details a conversation—allegedly discovered through stolen internal emails, between Aaron Barr the former CEO of the security company HBGary and the former CEO of Mantech—where Aaron is demonstrating a primitive fake persona meant to “represent an intelligence contracting employee and USAF veteran, on Facebook and Twitter.” ProjectPM also claims that Aaron Barr and HBGary were out to “infiltrate Anonymous.”
Another article about Persona Development is even more concerning. The article details a PDF supposedly taken from a correspondence between Aaron Barr and Robert Frisbie that describes the tiers of fake personas and how believable they can actually become. It states that the “most detailed character[s]” also known as a “Level 3” are “required to conduct human-to-human direct contact likely in-person to satisfy some more advanced exercise requirements.
This character must look, smell, and feel 100 percent real at the most detailed level. This character will need to be associated with a real company, hold a real position with that company and have all the technical and business artifacts associated with the position and organization. The trick here is while the persona needs to be real, the actual person may not be working in this role 100 percent of the time. In these cases there are still tricks that can be used to more rapidly age or update accounts. One such trick is to build outward facing accounts such as twitter, YouTube, or blogs with generic names.”
If ProjectPM goes down, there is a similar site out there operated by the hacktivist group Telecomix. They run a Wiki called Bluecabinet that serves as a counterpart to Barrett’s own ProjectPM. I spoke to a volunteer for Bluecabinet, before the Department of Justice’s subpoena against ProjectPM, who described the differences between the two research projects to me: “Barrett Brown came to the Bluecabinet IRC mostly to discuss specific companies. He said that he liked Telecomix and Bluecabinet because we were more mature. But, both ProjectPM and Bluecabinet are concerned about the militarization of the internet and abuse of technology by governments that target the public, especially information activists.”
While Telecomix continues to do the same type of work as Barrett Brown, through their Bluecabinet Wiki, they do not seem discouraged by the punishment that Barrett is facing: “Barrett Brown was obviously targeted. He was outspoken and stood out as a journalist activist. The US government’s prosecution of information activists is so extreme, I’m concerned that they would create a honeypot or entrap me or other researchers. Obviously someone was monitoring Barrett in the IRC chatroom and documenting what links to data he posted. But his arrest has not slowed down the volunteer work of Bluecabinet at all. It has just made us more careful.”
ProjectPM’s lawyer, Jason Flores-Williams, has already launched a “Motion to Intervene and Quash Subpeona” and they have also published a press release online. In it, the Department of Justice’s subpoena is compared to the censorship in China: “The Department of Justice is abusing its subpoena power to invade lives, threaten freedoms and destroy people for simply exploring the truth about their government. Like China, they are trying to suppress and control the free flow of information and ideas.”
As reported yesterday in the Dallas News, the US Attorney’s office has requested that the motion is dismissed. According to the office, Flores-Williams is not “licensed to practice law in Texas and he failed to explain why it was not possible to confer with the government.” So far, there has been no response from the judge.
While this legal battle wages on, Barrett Brown will be sitting in jail for a full year before he even sees a judge. So far, ProjectPM has served as an online monument to Barrett’s work that has survived beyond his isolation from the real world, but if the Department of Justice succeeds in its case to take the Wiki down, that all may be lost.
Killah Priest- Ein Sof (Paradise) (Music Video)
holy shit this animation is amazing!!!!
this dude has two of the sickest music videos i have seen in years drop recently both animated… i hope he does this for the entire album..
if you are into sacred symbolism, mysticism, aliens, wu-tang, anime or especially all the above watch this album.
Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier. There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future. Everything up until now will have been lost. That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable. “I agree,” many say, “but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it’s perfectly legal — there’s nothing we can do to stop them.” But there is something we can, something that’s already being done: we can fight back. Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords with colleagues, filling download requests for friends. Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked up by the publishers and sharing them with your friends. But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It’s called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy. Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who can make copies. There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture. We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that’s out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access. With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us? Aaron Swartz July 2008, Eremo, Italy
#AaronSwartz - @Cryptomeorg’s open access guerilla warfare has released a library of #ebooks and papers relating to #cyberwar, #surveillance state, #propaganda, #crypto and #cybersecurity
For those that are hungry for knowledge, these are feasting times. Caches of knowledge are being released all over the place. Cryptome has been releasing a collection of ebooks that are very interesting for /r/evolutionReddit.
Thank you Cryptome!
- Aaron Swartz: Oxford Dictionary of Slang
- Aaron Swartz: Postcolonialism Introduction
- Aaron Swartz: End of the World Guide
- Aaron Swartz: Power Sex Suicide
- Aaron Swartz: March of Unreason
- Aaron Swartz: Global Catastrophes Introduction
- Aaron Swartz: Surviving Armageddon
- Aaron Swartz: Emerald Planet
- Aaron Swartz: Magic Universe
- Aaron Swartz: Information Society Theories
- Aaron Swartz: Democracy Inc: Totalitarianism
- Aaron Swartz: Governing Global E-Networks
- Aaron Swartz: Information Arts, Science, Tech
- Aaron Swartz: Wireless Internet Security
- Aaron Swartz: Internet Jurisdiction-Regulation
- Aaron Swartz: InfoTech Moral Philosophy
- Aaron Swartz: Thinking in Action On the Internet
- Aaron Swartz: Who Controls the Internet?
- Aaron Swartz: US-UK Spy Cooperation Post-911
- Aaron Swartz: Government Secrecy in Net Age
- Aaron Swartz: US Telecom Policy in Net Age
- Aaron Swartz: Cybercrime Principles
- Aaron Swartz: Cybersecurity Law and Economics
- Aaron Swartz: Global Transparency Perils-Promise
- Aaron Swartz: Cryptography and Complexity
- Aaron Swartz: Guerilla Open Access Manifesto
- Aaron Swartz: Marketing Rebellion (ie WikiLeaks)
- Aaron Swartz: Munitions of the Mind: Propaganda
- Aaron Swartz: Citizen Spy: TV Spying Propaganda
- Aaron Swartz: Spy Wars, Moles, Deadly Games
- Aaron Swartz: Spying Blind: CIA, FBI, 9/11
- Aaron Swartz: The Culture of Conspiracy
- Aaron Swartz: Norms in a Wired World
- Aaron Swartz: Prison State: Mass Incarceration
- Aaron Swartz: Media, Politics, Network Society
- Aaron Swartz: Internet Scientific Collaboration
- Documents Allegedly Downloaded by Aaron Swartz
- Aaron Swartz: Disposable Women of Global Capital
- Aaron Swartz: Achieving Human Rights
- Aaron Swartz: Constructing Knowledge in Networks
- USA v. Aaron Swartz Terminated
- Aaron Swartz: Managing InfoSys Emotional Intel
- Aaron Swartz: MIT Compile of Cognitive Sciences
- Aaron Swartz: Philosphy and Computing
- Aaron Swartz: Acts of Rebellion
- Aaron Swartz: Media Psychology
- Aaron Swartz: Interrogation-Confession Handbook
- Aaron Swartz: Psychology Law Truth and Lies
- Aaron Swartz: Psychology of Spying Analysis
- Aaron Swartz: Psychiatric Slavery
- O’Reilly donating ebook “Open Government” as a tribute to Aaron Swartz
- 18,592 scientific publications totaling 33GiB, all from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society and which should be available to everyone at no cost, but most have previously only been made available at high prices through paywall gatekeepers like JSTOR.
- Links scraped from Twitter hashtag #pdftribute
- Github for research. Searchable paper repository. Easy upload, perhaps with a tweet. Brought to you by a collaboration of the people behind pdftribute.net
- The Papester Collective. Need to get behind a paywall? Send a tweet.
- Open Access in Memoriam. Collecting email addresses for those interested in being a part of open access efforts going forward – based on the #pdftribute hashtag
- Operation Angel: Phase Two
- Also, if anyone is interested in helping build a P2P darknet library on retroshare, i2p and Tor – send me a PM. Basically, the aim is to build an unbreakable body of books and scientific papers accessible to all. But staying with the general eR theme of pushing darknet P2P as the final solution to a free information society.
- I also a very wildcard idea; but looking for someone who is familiar with using bots to submit to reddit.
White House Petitions:
- Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz.
- Fire Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Heymann.
- Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to reflect the realities of computing and networks in 2013.
Open Access Journals:
- arXiv.org – Open access to 812,816 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics
- Open Access Journals
- DOAJ – Directory of Open Access Journals
- Science Citizen – Doing Science in Public
- DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA
Book Collections on Tor:
This is far from over and the fight to release information from paywalls to the effective public domain has only just begun.
Blowing the Whistle on the #NSA (by @corbettreport)
TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=7271
Thanks to these insiders, we not know that the NSA has consistently and systematically broken the law in its surveillance activities, and in fact that these programs started before 9/11, which served merely as a justification for bringing them into the public spotlight. Find out more about the NSA whistleblowers in this week’s BoilingFrogsPost Eyeopener report.