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Posted: August 16, 2011 in dystopia, film
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Tron sequel distills the nature of “bad” societal code

BTC – While taking a break this Christmas, I was drawn into and captured 3 times by the world of TRON Legacy (regular, 3D, & 3D IMAX). I found what I believe to be true about the power of cyberidentity staring back at me from the screen.

Disney’s TRON Legacy amazingly demonstrates the drama of gotham’s Big Tech sectors and the ongoing power strains of its inverted political society. The movie is strikingly current, as it opens with disaffected twenty-something & heir-apparent, Sam Flynn, on a mission to carry out an ethical hack to the dismay of estranged corporate board members.   Flynn “Junior” in TRON Legacy is posed as the human 2.0 version of his disappeared father, Kevin Flynn. The Son of Flynn obviates the younger class of tech geniuses who move out wildly popular social networks and web applications. Some have personal loyalties and a robin-hood sense of justice; while others fall in line towards self-service and the status quo. Flynn Jr.’s journey ahead is to adopt responsibility for the deep problems of “the machine” as it currently exists.

Sam follows a prompt by one of the board members to return to his father’s video arcade. Through exploratory events he finds himself dropped onto his father’s dark, tech grid world. He is picked up immediately by a Recognizer for the first offense of being unidentifiable. Later Sam, assumed to be a program, is given an identity disk. He is informed that if he is found without his disk, he may be “derezzed”; which is to be deleted or killed by the system. He survives a sentence to play the Program Games after he is discovered by Tron, a character devoted to the user. He then becomes hunted, known as The Son of Flynn.

If you lose your disk, or fail to follow commands, you’ll be subject to immediate deresolution.

TRON Legacy shows us the drama of a utopian technocracy gone totalitarian; including exile, political imprisonment, a high-level coup and genocide. Kevin Flynn, portrayed immaculately by Jeff Bridges, is an evolved California tech-zen guru who became a prisoner of the game he built. CLU, Kevin Flynn’s digital avatar, operates an absolute rule of technology against the indecisive, imperfect needs of vulnerable users. The Son of Flynn confronts the perils of being on the downside of power amid digital sycophants, tyrants, and innocent victims of his father’s grid world gone rogue. The film exhibits subtleties of human interplay towards singularity; where once useful, companionable relationships with technology turn into a struggle for power over the user base of humanity, power over identity is GOD and anonymity a crime.

TRON Legacy suggests that technology will mimic hidden flaws of human logic and the arcane dangers of perfection we may not be able to escape unless we evolve spiritually. It seems as if our human evolution has yet to break through and ethically catch up to pace of our gadget development. If technology tends to be running your life, with or without you – take a break and go see this film.

ALSO: The “score” on the Tron Legacy Motion Picture picture soundrack 

BTC – By all affects, the federal Real ID legislation is a paper zombie. However, the Nevada adoption of Real ID criterion is spreading the undead policy like a pandemic to its other major cities. Why? Governor Gibbon’s gave in to a knee jerk response to DHS’ call of “TERROR!!” inspired by the now diffused Underwear bomber.

Nevada DMV ‘Real ID’ program expands to Las Vegas

The Associated Press
Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 | 11:31 a.m.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is now requiring additional proof of address from people renewing or applying for driver’s licenses in Las Vegas.

State DMV spokesman Kevin Malone said the Advanced Secure Issuance card program was working fairly smoothly Monday at a West Flamingo Road DMV office.

Malone says applicants now need two forms of identification such as a birth certificate or Social Security card _ plus utility or phone bills, bank statements or other proof of address.

Malone says people don’t need to get the new DMV cards unless they’re renewing or changing current information.

Some states have balked at implementing the program under the federal Real ID Act.

Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons enacted it as a way to prevent terrorists and illegal immigrants from obtaining ID cards.

THIS WEEK ON WAKING UP ORWELL


This week we’re back to our regular news magazine reporting and commentary format.

SPECIAL GUEST: Judith McGeary of Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance analyzes the prospective defeat of National Animal ID (NAIS), associated with animal chipping mandates.

THIS WEEK’S DIY GOVERNMENT: Downsize D.C., proud sponsor to comprehensively repeal the Real ID Act so there is nothing left for Joe Lieberman to cling to, supplements FARFA’s work with an online campaign.

BUZZWORD: “Intervention” preferred to “revolution”.

FEATURED GUEST: Filmmaker Tim Jackson discusses the history and art of the political prank exhibited in his film Radical Jesters. Politics tends to be rough and intense waters, which makes it prime real estate for the comic and satirical humorist. Much of dissent in the form of direct action has become criminalized. (i.e. It’s illegal to stop traffic by stepping into the streets during business hours with intent to assemble for purposes of demonstrated protest.) The last bastion of dissent is to get really creative using what you know, who you are and what you have on hand.




You can watch Radical Jesters in chapters at RadicalJesters.com.
Fiction based on actual policy based on occult science seems to be the stuff of Daniel Pinchbeck’s 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl or from the upcoming film 2012.
You may have seen an advertisement on TV recently for the Institute for Human Continuity, which strikingly mimics current wheels of underground government disaster planning.
An obscure but a very real shadow government was created in the 1970’s to carry on human existence based on nuclear and apocalyptic disaster planning. It is known simply as Continuity of Government or COG .

So, who cares about public governance if the world cracks in half? Some of the people who seem to care the most have worked for Haliburton, Lockheed Martin, KBR and are eugenics propulsion leagues who believe that to do a better job of living with themselves now, people who aren’t them need to die.. like yesterday. Whoever is left- and left in charge – gets to rule the world. That is COG and your shadow government.

The buying and selling of goods to keep COG mongols, like Dick Cheney, in both money and power are dependent on 2 things: an actual disaster and the threat of an actual disaster. For example, H1N1 is known as “swine flu”, but the vaccines are pork barrel derived. The World Health Organization projects whopping numbers of people contracting the disease. Most of them essentially staying home in bed with soup and sickness. Pork flu actually targets minorities in poorer communities so it won’t be affecting robust white men in affluent financial districts. Even if it did, they wouldn’t be the ones dying; just women, children and brown folks. H1N1 vaccine profiteers achieve COG approved commerce by substantiating a pandemic disaster and preparations for the threat of a pandemic disaster.

2012 awareness, intended or not, is now being connected with disaster consciousness, profit by destruction and the electronic larceny of an urban world. You are present in the midst of all of this: living, seeking knowledge, relating to family, finding love and purpose. As usual Washington and the federal government has their plan for what they want from you. Identity is a relevant and hot commodity for those in governance. It commands the power to create a situation of perpetual compromise for the individual.

Case in point, you are ill advised to trust the U.S. government with your identity on the auspices that they are trustworthy authorities during federal disasters. People miss the compassion and warmth naturally anticipated from their fellow man during times of federal disaster. Especially when they are met by the immediate occupancy of XE/Blackwater mercenaries handling domestic transit. I would prefer to drown in non-potable water than risk being mangled by a corporate military police temp with ZERO accountability for how they handle a civilian during a disaster. Ask those now living with the aftermath. After Katrina, bureaucrats lied and Americans died. Blackwater was on the scene manhandling locals.

In a life threatening situation, the 4th Amendment might as well be the Torah, and privacy a holy scroll. Nothings is more sacred than an individual’s power to determine and establish their identity to themselves and others, as they deem necessary.

Identity cards have a property of smallness which lend to conditions of micromanagement. People tend to dispense identity like pez for bean counters at local WalMart in-store banks. [Which card was that?] The demand on that smallness turns and steers lives in controlling ways much like a bit in the mouth or a rudder on a boat. A practice test in personal liberty tolerances may be to live a few days without providing a plastic card for what you need to live. [Send reports of your experiences to beatthechip@gmail.com.]

It takes energy to moderate a liveable standard for *exactly* who you are. Everyday demands on your identity bring pressure tests to the limits of privacy. Machines have the ability to size you up in seconds and immediately deliver that information to an imperfect human being. When you lack control over who gets your information and how, it can be maddening.

The circuitous nature of mundane living doesn’t add the call to think about what happens to the individual during dire situations of critical mass survival. The current pop-culture obsession with 2012’s celebrated turnover of the Mayan calendar inspires these considerations to surface more often. The apocalypse itself has a lot of fans due to the collective suffering felt by so many people. End time believers need justification for their One True Path. The hope is that all suffering will end soon, including and especially one’s personal suffering on December 31, 2012.

We wondered if it’s any coincidence that the deadline for federal identity compliance benchmarks lands on December 31, 2009.

We fed a line of correspondence to Reality Sandwich’s, Dan Pinchbeck to get a contrasting and potentially higher minded perspective about freedom, responsibility and identity if & when “the big machine” breaks. If he bites we will bring the story.

SNEAK PREVIEW: The gut tells me he isn’t as concerned about FEMA as we are.

Zeitgeist: Resource Based Economy

Posted: March 9, 2009 in economy, film

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=3932487043163636261&hl=en&fs=true

Compliments of friend & activist, Peter Thottam.

Zeitgeist Movement: Orientation Presentation (click left) or see the entirety of the 1 1/2 hr film (just released today, March
7, 2009) on the homepage of my website. You can maximize the picture to full screen size for a full video.

Note: The other two prior Zeitgeist films, Zeitgeist & Zeitgeist Addendum, are at the very bottom of the
video page on the website here–> http://www.peterthottam.com/video/video.htm.

http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/

http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docid=7065205277695921912&hl=en&fs=true