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BTC –  Facebook, MeetUp and other online groups have proven their worth as a tool for activists and organizers. While some may doubt their tweets, e-mail and calls-to-action online may have little effect on government, you should watch the following video titled, The State of the Social Net: A Catalyst for Civil and Political Revolt

Here’s a really balanced article higlighting the fears and concerns of government in the age of Social Networking by Clay Shirky.  It’s not a fix-it article but it’s intention is to keep government from flipping over their own boats.

The Political Power of Social Media
Technology, the Public Sphere, and Political Change  

Also very good from the Family catalog, Stand! 

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BTC – Over the weekend discussions continued about ways to create punitive damage to Facecrook for selling private details of users lives.  Organizers are starting to draw lines in the sand against Facebook for blowing the public trusts, colluding with US intelligence agencies, and selling anything given them to the highest bidder.

Facebook is begging to be stopped.


On May 31st 2010, organizers “mmilan” and Joseph Dee are quitting Facebook, but they are certainly not alone.  They are organizers for Quit Facebook Day – an online group looking to steer their friends, or to create portability, to more private social networking sites which didn’t take the extreme licenses Facebook has even in the recent past.

Other California organizers are gathering their ranks and becoming informed.   Facebook attracts a lot of people in the see and be seen crowds.  Many young people complain they are non-entitys without social networks.  This is why it is standout to see a Facebook protest cropping up where the bonfire of vanities burn in Los Angeles County. One personality by the name of Alana Joy and another USC student, Christina Gangnier are gathering to resist Facebook in the only ways they know how – by posting and organizing a protest on Facebook and then promoting it using social media.

Other privacy advocates closer to Facebook’s epicenter in Northern California are collecting their thoughts and proceeding with caution.  So far, many objections and concerns were shared at the local Privacy Camps and Web 2.0 workshops, dialogue is ongoing.  One plan is to use Facebook’s extreme example to propell an upgrade for privacy laws which pre-date the Internet.

SEE ALSO: EFF’s Social Networking Bill of Rights

While local and national US concerns are based on privacy and unsolicited surveillance by federal intelligence agencies, Facebook has become a world wide tool for activists today.  The following video shows Egypt’s government grows concerned about the Internet and use of social media by organizers.

BTC-Alex Jones evolved to become the name to both support and then to discredit the 911 truth movement. He’s come full circle as a provacateur. My worst notions about controlled opposition and Alex Jones are now confirmed.
I had earnest suspicion of this news makers use and abuse of news to serially discredit the (L)iberty movement. Here is video proof of a legitimate rally where he is outing his presence as a provacateur.



Your government appointees at work:

Cass Sunstein seeks ‘cognitive’ provocateurs
Cass Sunstein is President Obama’s Harvard Law School friend, and recently appointed Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
In a recent scholarly article, he and coauthor Adrian Vermeule take up the question of “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures.” (J. Political Philosophy, 7 (2009), 202-227). This is a man with the president’s ear. This is a man who would process information and regulate things. What does he here propose?

[W]e suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies (acting either virtually or in real space, and either openly or anonymously) will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity. (Page 219.)

Read this paragraph again. Unpack it. Work your way through the language and the intent. Imagine the application. What do we learn?
* It is “extremists” who “supply” “conspiracy theories.”
* Their “hard core” must be “broken up” with distinctive tactics. What tactics?
* “Infiltration” (“cognitive”) of groups with questions about official explanations or obfuscations or lies. Who is to infiltrate?
* “Government agents or their allies,” virtually (i.e. on-line) or in “real-space” (as at meetings), and “either openly or anonymously,” though “infiltration” would imply the latter. What will these agents do?
* Undermine “crippled epistemology” — one’s theory and technique of knowledge. How will they do this?
* By “planting doubts” which will “circulate.” Will these doubts be beneficial?
* Certainly. Because they will introduce “cognitive diversity.”
Put into English, what Sunstein is proposing is government infiltration of groups opposing prevailing policy. Palestinian Liberation? 9/11 Truth? Anti-nuclear power? Stop the wars? End the Fed? Support Nader? Eat the Rich?
It’s easy to destroy groups with “cognitive diversity.” You just take up meeting time with arguments to the point where people don’t come back. You make protest signs which alienate 90% of colleagues. You demand revolutionary violence from pacifist groups.
We expect such tactics from undercover cops, or FBI. There the agents are called “provocateurs” — even if only “cognitive.” One learns to smell or deal with them in a group, or recognize trolling online. But even suspicion or partial exposure can “sow uncertainty and distrust within conspiratorial groups [now conflated with conspiracy theory discussion groups] and among their members,” and “raise the costs of organization and communication” — which Sunstein applauds as “desirable.” “[N]ew recruits will be suspect and participants in the group’s virtual networks will doubt each other’s bona fides.” (p.225).
And are we now expected to applaud such tactics frankly proposed in a scholarly journal by a high-level presidential advisor?
The full text of a slightly earlier version of Sunstein’s article is available for download here.

BTC – It’s time to beat Real ID like a cheap Christmas pin˜ata.
Since the “deadline” *cough-cough* is approaching 12/31/09, yelling into your megaphones today will clear the path for the repeal effort you want tomorrow.

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For Conservative Tastes:

REAL ID is scheduled to go into effect on January 1. The good news is that it may be repealed by then. The bad news is that it may be replaced by something worse, the PASS ID.

For General civil libertarians, or Left leaning palettes: ACLU’s

Take Action! Oppose PASS ID, the Real ID revival in the Senate

PASS ID would impose the United States’ first-ever national identity card system. It would enable restrictions on who can travel, enable increased surveillance of travel and purchasing habits, burden religious minorities, and it fails in its mission to make driver’s licenses secure.

Call your Senators today and tell them to oppose PASS ID (S. 1261), Sen. Akaka’s “Real ID-Lite”!

Click here to take action. Learn more about the problems with PASS ID here. Read the ACLU’s press release on PASS ID here.

For Moderates – or independent adventurers : 5-11 Campaign’s Action Alert + Grassroots Netroots Alliance

The PASS Act is an attempt to continue policies of identity surveillance present in the Real ID Act. The PASS Act would allow Real ID regulations and policies to continue, mandating RFID and biometrics technologies, which have been repeatedly proven to be insecure and inappropriate for identity. The PASS Act does not in fact repeal the Real ID Act. It simply changes the name and a few of the regulations so it can continue move forward over laws established to stop Real ID by 25 States.

Please tell your local and federal officials to vote NO on the PASS Act and that you will not accept a substitution for the Real ID Act when it should justly be repealed.



BTC Editorial – We celebrate the victory of Net Neutrality by posting an editorial.

We recognize the static between mainstream press and newer sensational journalism being cranked out by smaller government conservative blogs. Bloggers, like myself, are willing to report exactly what is wrong with delegating too much steerage to today’s U.S. government. The tenure of the current federal corp of political players has become excessive and damaging to freedoms we are entitled to at birth as Americans. Big fans of the Constitution understand the integrity behind a positive, robust checks and balance system.

Unfortunately, we don’t have that system in good working order right now or we are not working with that system at all. In the case of the latter, we need dust off the enduring preserves of personal power we all possess and take responsibility for ourselves and for the actions of our government.
In essence, we call you to a different type of service to your country, government accountability. This service is not necessarily one where you take up armed weapons and storm a tangible enemy. Let’s not aim for the fly with a sledgehammer and wreck the building in the progress. You don’t send in a bull to negotiate in a room filled with fine china. You send a decisive shrewd adult who will tell the crooked merchant inside they have unpenned the bull and unlesss they correct their course in a hurry the bull will be by shortly to break their cases.
This is a preface for my criticism of the often reckless turns of some of my alt-news contemporaries who indulge in apocalyptic levels of fearmongering with no empowering equipment or solutions for the ill informed masses they incite to hysteria. Somehow the affect this creates is a calcification or a hardening to the concerns of the people by political leadership. When they are approached they tend to ignore people who have been stirred up into a hornet’s frenzy over irresponsible and inadequate reporting. Politcians tend to adopt a defensive mask which appears much like indifference.
Some people are simply addicted to the adrenaline shock alarmist news creates. Others take it too seriously. Oftentimes it does not produce active, responsible people empowered with knowledge of what they can do to manage their government and their lives. Regardless, it is our goal to herald some bad news, tamp down rumors and report news of victories and achievements of The People. (We do not recognize corporations as a populist voice and probably never will, regardless of current legal interpretation.)

This is blog entry is dedicated to Lori Smith, who inspired this diatribe with a more direct reprint about the misappropriation of the power of live blogging alt-press titled: “Illuminati” bullshit, “patriot” idiocy, and fear.

Please celebrate your 1st amendment today by writing a note of thanks to the FCC congratulating them for deciding correctly on Net Neutrality. It was the right thing to do.

BTC EXCLUSIVE- Barcodes, microchip nano-implants, and RFID embedded licenses containing DNA laminates don’t discriminate based on race, creed, religion, background or political efficacy.

Some of the most dedicated and vocal opponents of Real ID are right wing liberty minded Republicans, minarchists, 9-11 Truth subscribers and Alex Jones fans who listen to survivalist advertising for precious metals and solar generators. Caucasian christian republicans are not the only ones who will inherit the “mark of the beast”. Real ID is dangerous to all Americans. Whether their favorite politicians are championing that fact or not is important.

CHANGE is becoming unbelievable as Obama assumes more of the Bush positions every day on privacy and domestic intelligence efforts by climbing into the Internet. With Democrats dominating essentially every branch of the U.S. government, their representation on this issue becomes a focal point for anyone with federal legislative agendas.

We put in a call to the social conscience of the Anti- War movement, author, peace mom and celebrated activist Cindy Sheehan to compare notes on diversity as to who will be affected by a future with a Real ID compliant license and subsequent immigration policies overextended.

Cindy represents the survivors of an American war whose death and destruction has no bottom. Those who return from Iraq and the Iraqi nation itself struggle for misunderstanding.

Today I met Tony; a homeless veteran of the Iraq war who had problems holding down a job because of PTSD. He didn’t know the local Iraq Veterans Against the War, but he knew who Cindy Sheehan was.

Thankfully, we were welcomed onto the program to discuss more about Real ID, provide solutions and information for agendas and progress in todays federal forum.

Please listen to Cindy’s next program on Cindy Sheehans Soapboax on demand.

By Sheila Dean
As an agitator and activist, I love what I do, but I know when it is simply not working.
I came up with the term, cosmetic activism, over a year ago regarding a complaint I have with contemporary political culture. In Los Angeles, the best you can do is have roving performance art with a permit and call it a protest. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the best you can you do is show up to a scheduled Town Hall meeting and be allowed 3 minutes of public input. This is all I have ever had allowable in my adult life for political mass protest.
In the meantime, police personnel show up in full riot gear, hyper-vigilant for violence and are often guilty of provoking it themselves to bring dissolution to any legitimate mass protest.
I do not want to be jailed or beaten. Often during my militarized upbringing, I was not spared roughness by military police and arbitrary threat of force by U.S. soldiers stationed for duty. I learned early that the only divine hand strong enough to stop the U.S. military must be your own.
Rosa Parks & You
The problem with movement for social justice today is that Rosa Parks does not have permission to do today what she did for civil disobedience in American history. Non-violent civil disobedience today is met with tasering and blows by armed forces – forget that they are police. What’s happening right now is that police forces are now being trained as civilian military and given license to enforce federal law over State affairs. This is why you see America breaking out in hives by the titles Tenth Amendment Center, Campaign for Liberty, American Freedom, Courage Campaign and many many others who are out of practice, maybe new to the game of public protest, but understand acutely that something is wrong and they are afraid to do nothing and to stand by while Bush continues as Obama.
I don’t really have privacy anymore. Those paid to oversee also know I don’t care. It’s not really stopping me from creating a bridge to those who deliver on progress.
Mohandas Ghandi said of the British occupiers, challenged by India’s resolve for national independence, “they are desperate when they resort to martial law.” Martial paranoia includes citizen surveillance to preclude public prisoners of the state, watching for non existent wrong doing. This practice spawns boredom, from boredom wickedness and from wickedness, violence.
Ghandi did infinitely more than he said as an example to remedy blow-for-blow retaliation. Labor protests and marches are among the most effective and least utilized forms of protest in national histories. During one of Ghandi’s more famous labor rights protests in South Africa, the offending corporate tycoon sent in police wielding batons as threat of force. All the marchers followed Ghandi’s instruction to simply lie down. No one was within a baton’s reach. No one was hurt, except the corporation who lost productivity.
America & Real Protest
American patriots are known for hawking blood soaked, revolutionary tactics with slogans like “It’s time to water the tree of liberty.” However, it is such a different story when it’s no longer Hollywood props, cardboard, and makeup. After dealing with activists suffering from critical head injuries and a few who took longer to get out of jail than intended, you try to qualify protest efforts as “calculated risks” much as possible. Responsible activists with children, do more to make sure if they get hurt or seized upon by planning ahead if the police send in artful provacateurs. When you meet and speak to people targeted as examples for their resistance to the Federal government as gun owners, you have to appreciate the dichotomy which accompanies our culture. Our culture honors and respects brutality and bloodlust. However, when it is returned on the heads of those doing the dealing … Intuitively, we know the ugly and thoughtless results of this double standard.
“Smart people don’t need guns,” softer urbane civilians say; those with degrees, living decent lives. However, American life is getting less decent by the day as the unemployment and the bills climb paired. Smart, strapped people get desperate and angry too. That is why the Obama administration and the stagnant water in Washington, which won’t change itself, are fearful. It’s too little, too late and for far too long to not fear the American blowback for our luckless inheritance.
The real question is, what happens when smart, desperate, angry Americans with nothing to lose aim their lives at changing the way government happens?
Real protest. Not drive-time dinner theater. Convention defying, legal bending, technologically mutating protest that is both organized and effective. It won’t be your grandma’s protest. My only hope is that it will be peaceful.
It’s out there and its habit forming for people with less to lose everyday.