hey, there!

welcome to my little corner of the internet. i hope someone will find something worthwhile on my sites.

i’ve made several attempts at creating a website that is a valuable resource to anarchists, people interested in anarchist ideas and practices, and others just wanting to know about alternatives to the current shitstem that has us within it’s grip.

at one point, i had 6 separate websites going, which is too much for one person to keep up with, if you ask me, so i tried cramming all my interests into 2 sites. neither of these approaches have worked out very well, and have left my sites in a convoluted jumble of news and announcements from around the anarchist world, with a sprinkling of original writings here and there. in order to make everything easier for you – the visitor – i’m now in the process of sorting through the various postings in order to put all my own writings and rantings on one, easily searchable site. some related content will be moved to stand-alone sites. others will be organized into separate categories here, while i plan to start an entirely new site for the things i am currently working on.

as someone who was working from home the past five years or so, i had a lot of free time and the internet. this, along with my own innate curiosity, led me to a lot of discoveries in science, but particularly in historic revisioning. it seems like i’m not the only person who has thought that history as it is taught to us in schools is really not at all accurate.

also, 21st century technology is giving us a much keener understanding of how the universe works. 18th and 19th century theories are no longer very relevant. look forward to seeing much more about history and science in my future ramblings.

this site will mostly be divided up into these categories:

  • anti-civ (the struggle against capitalism and western civilization’s war against life on earth.)
  • end times news (blog posts from my former newsite, which got to be too much for me to keep up with maintaining. too bad – it was by far my most successful site!)
  • illegalism (i keep forgetting that this was mostly what i was into when i started posting things online.)
  • reviews (books, mostly, but some films here and there. i’ll be reviewing some online journals, too.)
  • revolting world (news and comment on insurrection, revolution, building community, and other aspects to anarchist praxis.)
  • video (it’s been my ambition to make weekly videos featuring news about insurrectionary events in the world. someday…)

there will also be a new site to feature new writings, since they will mostly be related to revisioning history.

i also have a separate website for  a bunch of related writings i did while incarcerated:

ULTRAMODERNISM; the master race’s ultramodern schemes

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land of the lost

my homage to a place where i once dwelt…from archive.com’s wayback machine

Out in the woods, off the country road – There!  Where the out-of-place welcoming sign stands beside the parked vehicles.  Between the greenhouse and the garden beds, there winds the trail – a trail to adventures of the imagination, a trail into the possibilities of the moment.  Go that way, up the hill and through the Douglas firs.  You have found the Land of the Lost, a place for wanderers, students of rebellion, self-exiled romantics determined to make their lives their own!

The first clue for what is to come is the outdoor brewery. What can be learned about a place with no indoor plumbing, or any indoor whatever, when the first primitive pole-and-plywood structure one finds is the 40-gallon brewery?

Continue up the hill, across the stream and on to the kitchen, the gathering area where meals are shared.  Notice the outdoor library.  The titles are mostly in five categories:  food preparation, gardening (permaculture), brewing, rebellion and fictional works of mayhem, wonder and dread.

Of course you are welcomed to stay, to linger by the creek with your books and journals, to dig in the earth, to play and create music, to drink and share stories around the fires and lanterns.  You learn of mutual friends, not only around the area, but around the globe.  You combat the mosquitoes and hide from the rain and cold.  Each day begins with the anticipation of something wonderful coming, while the view of the surrounding mountain distracts your attention from whatever it was you had in mind, until you want just to be there, overwhelmed with scents and sights and sounds.

It’s a leisure-filled life of unmotivated afternoons and pleasant evenings.  The days melt away until the world of clocks and schedules seems but a distant, disturbing memory.  Yet, the time finally does get your attention.  You were just passing through and have stayed longer than you had planned.  There were destinations, goals, meetings to make:  time demands that you depart.  You leave, wondering why your life can’t always be like this, what makes the compelling reasons for leaving so damned compelling?

As the answer comes to you while travelling the twisting road out of the valley, you have one of two reactions:  you vow to return for a longer stay, to learn to live this way so that one day you, too, will have your breakaway station from the oppressive world of consumption and domination.  Or you speed away with the greatest haste, fleeing the seductive world you’ve found before it’s too late to turn away.

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against the gulf war, against privileged campus activists – from 1991

i’m not 100 percent sure, but i believe this is just about the first time i used the pseudonym “rob los ricos.”

this is a letter to the editor of a magazine published at UT in the 90s, the polemicist. they had run an article denouncing the anarchists involved in the austin campaign for peace in the middle east, in the days leading up to the war in the persian gulf.

we had greatly offended them by refusing to submit to the leadership of the New Left-over campus marxists. we organized a direct action wherein we shut down traffic so hard in downtown austin, it backed up traffic on I-35 from waco to san antonio, and made national and international news. pretty strong showing, if you ask me.

but, it was NOT sanctioned by the leadership of the acpme, who instead focused their time and energy denouncing and attempting to discredit us. what this did in the short term was a stifling of dissent on campus, because NO ONE wanted to go through what we did – particularly the outing of working people who had attempted to use pseudonyms as a means of keeping their employers from knowing about their political activities. by people who very obviously had no concerns about such retaliation.

oh, there is so much more to be told about that time – maybe one day some of my student allies from those days will share their memories…

(the students involved went under the name youth against militarism, thus the derogatory label “yammies.”)

Yo Polemicist!

As two of the “confused Yammies” referred to in Kathy and Purnima’s biography of the ACPME, we feel a need to respond to some of what was written, both about the Campaign and Youth Against Militarism/Anti-Militarist Action (YAM/AMA).

The authors seem to believe that a secret power elite did not form in the Campaign until sometime in January. This is not a realistic portrayal of the events which led to the formalization of the “shadow government” by the Campaign’s self-defined leaders, hereafter referred to as the Oberfuhrers-O-Peace, or “Oopsies,” and their followers. The Oopsies made their presence known from the very beginning of the Campaign and had divided the group into friend-or-foe camps within the first month of the Campaign’s existence.

The article briefly mentioned the scantily attended press conference the Campaign held at the Austin American-Statesman, but does not mention the anti-war rally held earlier that month at the Federal Building. It was from the Oopsies’ handling of this event that a debate began in the Campaign about the decision-making process, and not at the Town Meeting, which was held almost two months later.

Rob missed the first planning meeting for the October 20th rally, however, at the second meeting learned that in the time between the first and second meetings, the time and location of the rally had been changed. The original plan was to hold the rally at a highly visible location, Camp Mabry, a military base right here in Austin, sitting right alongside a well-traveled highway.

Instead, the invisible hand of the Oopsies had moved the rally to a side road in the heart of downtown, at noon on a weekend, where the chance of reaching people – and letting them see that there were people actively opposed to this war-thing that Bush wanted – was very slender. The redirection of the group’s planning into the largely ineffective, hidden rally was so discreet and complete, one “confused” member of the Campaign later stated that the FBI could not have done a better job of sabotaging it. This was only a sample of what was to come.

After both the Fed Building rally and press conference were seen by the Campaign as ineffective, the Campaign began to examine its decision making process to rectify problem areas, so that future actions would be more successful. In fact, for the remainder of the year, much of the time in Campaign meetings was devoted to stifling debate regarding the establishment of new processes. Not that any of the discussions mattered anyway, as is evident by the Oopsies absolute control over the definition and establishment of the new campaign order.

In the “pre-deadline” days, as the US was still escalating troop movements to the Middle East and propaganda drives at home, YAM decided to organize direct action in opposition to the impending war, separate from the Campaign hierarchy and control. At a planning meeting for a December action, one Campaign member came and told us that she had been asked by some Oopsies to attend the meeting and report her “findings” back to them. This was not an official Campaign “outreach” to other arms of the “movement,” since a number of “Yammies” were actively involved in the Campaign. Rather those Oopsies had sent this woman to infiltrate the meeting, collecting information for solely their benefit.

After the war had started in earnest, when Bush ordered the bombing of Kuwait and Iraq, some Oopsies used the media to denounce YAM and other resisters’ actions as “hostile” and “discouraging” in the promotion of the Campaign as the “real” movement against the war.

The Oopsies’ repertoire of control tactics included the discrediting of groups autonomous of their and the Campaign’s “leadership” as undercover agents and informers in collusion with the government. These reckless allegations, having no evidentiary factual basis, served as a means of alienating many members of the Campaign from each other, the Campaign, and the movement itself. Ultimately, these infiltration rumours led to the establishment by the Oopsies of an exclusionary rule in the Campaign’s official policy guidelines whereby the 12 members of the Steering Committee had the absolute authority to kick people out of the Campaign.

This leads back to how the Oopsies officially structured the Campaign as a rigid, centrally-controlled organization. The Steering Committee had been given the task of submitting proposals (in the plural) for structural change that would accommodate the growing number of members in the decision making process.

Instead of submitting these proposals for discussion, the Oopsies entered the next meeting with a newly established centrally-controlled process, effective immediately, no discussion. Few people were pleased with this and the membership requested more proposals and scheduled another discussion, only to be dismissed yet again due the difficulties the Oopsies had in presenting more than one option to the membership, despite the fact that two other proposals had indeed been submitted.

The Oopsies proposed that their structure be “temporarily” adopted since the Campaign was suspending meetings for the upcoming winter student vacation anyway. Alas, the large scale debate over various processes never occurred. When the Campaign started up again amid the flurry of the beginning of the war, the Oopsies’ structure and process were already well established tradition: Oopsies “facilitate” all discussion and the elite, limited member steering committee had exclusive decision making power in the “facilitation” of meeting campaign goals.

Kathy and Purnima’s article attempts to separate this “facilitation” from the more negative connotations of “power” through the formal acknowledgement of the decision makers of the Campaign so that members would have greater understanding of exactly who is responsible for the decisions made. The major problem with this proposal is the very “accountability” that it attempts to address. while those few people in positions of power to direct the Campaign would be singled out as answerable to the general body, the general membership itself was completely disempowered of access to the decision-making process, thus elevating the Oopsies to positions of absolute authority.

Probably best illustrating this is a quote from the article itself: “(The Yammies and others) confused dialogue with “decision-making.” These members never saw the actual decision process that developed outside of the impossible and cumbersome meetings, and eventually superseded them.” In other words, any discussion arising outside of the officially authorized, or at that time “tacitly permitted,” oligarchy-o-process-n-position is useless and as such, repudiated as an avenue of affecting campaign strategy.

The self-imposed impotence expected of Campaign members in the unquestioning acceptance of Oopsie “leadership” is similar to the vegetative state of the populace necessary for acceptance of George Bush’s unilateral decision to engage in a war in the Middle East. Those people opposed to the status quo and its war, and determined enough to resist despite this lifelong conditioning of abnegation, only encountered the same warped “you ignorant masses must be led by we educated and competent leaders” ideology of oppression in the “peace and justice” community. We, the community of resistance, don’t need to replace the old shit with new shit, even if it’s mollified by “oops. We had too much unrestricted control.”

The quest for control, of either the world or the resistance movement, is always too restrictive.

Rob Los Ricos
Sylvia Guisto

Bose and Mitchell respond: We just wish to note that this letter was actually written by J**** S***** and Robert Thaxton. Despite years of imprisonment as a Slavic revolutionary, when Bakunin lashed Marx for authoritarianism, he had the courage to do so under his own name. The use of a pseudonym for personal security, in our context, reflects no more than an inflated sense of self-importance.

PS – i just want to point out that i was not a student at this time, and was cautioned by my employers to keep out of the media, whereas the other participants in this saga were either grad students or faculty. talk about hiding behind privilege! btw – i thought of the people named above (kathy and purnima) as allies, even on the friendly side, before their attacks against anarchists in the anti-war movement. which is why we only used their first names, to remind them that we are friendlies.

also, bakunin was a russian aristocrat, whereas i’m just this guy, you know?

i slightly edited the above letter, mostly just adding punctuation. if you insist on seeing the original, here it is:

LETTERS

May 1991; pages 16-17, 19; Volume 2, No. 6
Polemicist

crush fascism forever – now is the time!

THIS HAS ALL HAPPENED BEFORE – DOESN’T MEAN IT HAS TO HAPPEN AGAIN!

as heated street battles rage between anarchists and fascists in austria, spain,and greece, we must remind ourselves that the inevitable social chaos which follows economic collapse WILL be exploited by the ruling powers to increase their authority over us. this is where they are headed, whether we like it or not, and the banksters will use the fascists – as they always have – to wage a war of attrition against the unruly, starving masses, striving to maintain their lives and dignity in the ruins of an economy which was purposely burnt to the ground by unindicted financial terrorists in government administrator’s clothing.

BE FOREWARNED, THOUGH – THE FASCIST STREET THUGS WILL BE ABSORBED INTO A “LAW AND ORDER” POLITICAL PARTY.

unsurprisingly, seeing as how many cops and other populist authoritarians are fascists already. once they’ve served their purpose, the fascists will be exterminated, too, in order to make the new technocratic institutions of power appear to be humanity’s saviors.

in depression-era germany and italy, fascists rose to power through street mobs. much the same as they are attempting in greece, via the golden dawn party. peronistas in argentina did likewise.

now more than ever, it is easier to discern everyone’s enemy, in every land – the banksters, their toadying politicians, ginormous corporations, evil scientists,  murderous enforcers, child-molesting cult leaders…the shit never ends.

until we decide to end it.

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the ones who walk away…

in the summer of 2009, a group of literary-minded people hosted a “summer reading” series of events in portland. one of the events featured ursula k leguin’s short story THE ONES WHO WALK AWAY FROM OMELAS.

the story was posted online for interested parties to
read, and the author herself made an appearance at a
trendy watering hole to discuss it. no way i was going
to miss a chance to attend a (free) public event featuring
one of the most amazing writers in the science fiction genre.

instead of giving a summary of the story, i’ll paste a link to a pdf
below, then share my impressions of the crowd’s reaction. sorry, but the rest of my commentary about the event will not make much sense unless you’ve read it.

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

by Ursula K LeGuin – from The Wind’s Twelve Quarters; Short Stories

i arrived late to the event, and ms. leguin was addressing the overflow crowd. afterwards, a microphone was made available so that people could make comments or ask questions about the story.

the reaction was pathetic. one speaker after another stepped up to demand that people would not tolerate such cruelty and that it was possible to show compassion for the sad, mistreated child, who suffered so that everyone else in omelas could live carefree, joyous lives. to me, the entire point of the story was that we, here in the nations formerly designated as the “first world,” enjoy lives of comfort and ease that the majority of the people in the world will never attain. instead – in africa, south and central america, polynesia, and asia –  millions of people live in squalor and destitution.

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many of the regions with almost incalculable amounts of wealth in natural resources are also the location of failed nations, where the local inhabitants are massacred, the women raped, the children conscripted into service as slave laborers and soldiers by the latest rogue militia. why? because working people to death is cheaper than paying them.

the corporations that bankroll these atrocities make unbelievable profits from illegal mining and other resource extraction.

the DRC has proven to be a playground for violent rapists, as marauding armies sweep through the countryside, massacring villages, conscripting children as soldiers and sex toys, raping women by the thousands, and rewarded with piles of currency by manufacturers in desperate need of minerals. people pretend this is NOT happening, so desperately do they need their playstations. while they were diverting their eyes, it's snuck up on them.

we all live in omelas, but the good, kind, happy citizens just aren’t interested enough about the lives of distant, dark-skinned people to be bothered to care about how much the opulence available to us causes suffering around the world, to billions of people. i get heartsick every time i think about this. isn’t it time for us to abandon this globalized deathcamp and create something different?

since there is no “away” for us to walk to, we’ll have to make our something different here. though this may seem like a dangerously daunting task, what we must never forget is that we – the people –  made this country, and we can remake it according to our own desires. we should not be afraid of creating ruins.

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BP’s destruction of the Gulf of Mexico – extinguishing life on earth for unnecessary corporations’ profits

just like international criminal banking cartels are too rich and powerful for the government to touch, so are giant corporations – especially those that provide the precious oil that allows international trade to be possible.

no crime against humanity or nature is so great as to be a punishable offence. not murdering indigenous people who refuse to allow oil exploration in their homelands in the amazon rainforest, the mountainous islands of indonesia, the niger river delta…anyplace the oil companies destroys through their incompetence and evil machinations – well, that’s the price of doing business. evil business.

if their wreckless disregard for life isn’t enough to convince you of oil companies’ inherent evil, the fact that WE DO NOT EVER NEED TO USE PETROCHEMICALS EVER, FOR ANYTHING, EVER should provide the proverbial icing on the evil cake for anyone with even rudimentary intelligence.

the creation of energy through burning things is pre-19th century technology. it was surpassed and made irrelevant by Nicolai Tesla over 100 years ago.

bp-oil-spill-containedbut, just as the banksters are allowed to launder drug cartel billions, while a teenager smoking a joint in his bedroom could be sent to prison for possessing the products the cartels provide, the rich are allowed to do anything – pollute the land and sea, and kill everything and everyone in the way; molest children by the thousands; steal everything that’s not nailed down – while people without huge piles of money to burn can have their lives ruined – either by being between a corporation and their potential profits, or by being incarcerated for having the exact same habits as the country club crowd has, but not having enough money to hire one of them as your lawyer.

we’ve entered a new age of corporate feudalism, with an uber-class of murderous scumbag psychopaths ruling over people too frightened, confused, misled, blinded, and/or crippled by the corporations and their minions to even know what’s happening around them and to them – much less figure out a way to cope with a ceaseless shit-train of epic atrocities ignored, or facilitated by a government led by a man who can kill with the stroke of his pen; anyone, anywhere.

i, for one, am not a serf, wasn’t born to provide scumbag psychopaths with luxury i cannot even fathom, and will not willingly consent to being treated like i owe the banksters, the government, or any profit-generating entity ANYTHING. i am perfectly willing to see all institutions of power crumble into ruins and pass from our collective memory.

and what about the economy? i’ll let you in on a little secret – until about 100 years ago, hardly ANYONE on earth needed money to survive in this world. we still don’t – we just let the media and government tell us we do.

as far as the banksters, their corporate uber-lords, their minions, mouthpieces, and loyal idiots – as we used to say in texas – i wouldn’t piss on them if they were on fire.

below are examples of how the courts look after the interests of foreign corporations, even at the expense of lives and widespread economic damage as a result of their shenanigans.

– rob los ricos

2013/03/16 – OWOC Gulf Flight – Taylor Energy

Three years after the BP Macondo well disaster, the Gulf of Mexico is still covered in oil and barely sustaining visible life above or below the surface. Undisclosed white matter is appearing and leakages with other drill sites appears to be problematic. With such a massive dead zone, it makes you wonder how long oil rigs have negligently been spewing toxins and the rig disaster wasn’t part of a long term plan to expand the dead zone to include the entire Gulf of Mexico; all aimed at turning the entire region into a vast wasteland of oil rigs leaking oil, Corexit and other toxic chemicals into the core engine of the oceans converter belt.

To keep the sheen suppressed under surface water, spraying Corexit is still a daily routine on behalf of BP. So, below where it mentions the Macondo well looks good after one week, it took thousands of gallons of Corexit to break up the sheen and sink the toxic goo below the surface.

Published on Mar 16, 2013

20130316 – On Wings Of Care Gulf Flyover. This video was taken with our belly viewer (the front of the airplane is to the left in this video; that’s our nose wheel showing at the lower left, because the videocamera is tilted slightly forward to give the pilot a short lead time to center the plane over the target. Sorry it looks like we’re flying sideways, that’s how the videocamera fit best into the belly port!). This is the chronic Taylor Energy pollution site, about 12 nm southeast of the Louisiana coast. Lots of rainbow sheen here today, and even some brown weathered crude floating in it near its east end, which is just west of the Nykor Energy platform (unrelated to the sheen). For more photos and videos and discussion, see the article at OnWingsOfCare.org

reposted from 2012: the awakening Gulf of Mexico ~ Disappearing sheen, disappearing life

The Ongoing Great Gulf Coast Holocaust

Dave Hodges
Activist Post

It’s been labeled the worst environmental disaster in world history, and rightfully so, because the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is like the nightmarish gift that keeps on giving. BP and the United States government would have the public believe that all is well in the Gulf. Nothing could be further from the truth. The crisis is not only ongoing; its effects are worsening

The April 20, 2010 the Deep Water Horizon Explosion will  be back in the news again. The explosion of this oil rig represents the biggest false flag event in history; the devastation of this false flag event is still being felt and the worst is yet to come. You may have heard about the explosions near the New Madrid Fault and the thousands of generators being shipped to Louisiana by FEMA. Soon all readers of this series will connect the BP oil spill to these recent current events.

Over 34 months later, the oil spill has destroyed the welfare, livelihoods, health and futures of tens of millions of Gulf Coast residents, not to mention the destruction of the fragile ecology in the Gulf of Mexico.

Originally, BP was ordered to initiate $20 billion in restitution to the Gulf Coast victims. In retrospect, BP has never made full restitution to the victims. The overall physical health of the region has been decimated and the mainstream media and government officials reaching as high as President Obama have been complicit in covering up the geological and medical magnitude of the event. Even to this day, BP is still covertly carpet bombing Corexit in the Gulf and the much of the environmental catastrophe remains untouched by the BP cleanup crews.

see the rest of the article, from activist post

BP Urges Government To Halt Gulf Oil Disaster Relief Payments For Future Losses

Oil giant BP is urging the federal government to stop making payments to Gulf Coast residents affected by last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil geyser. BP claims that the improving economic conditions among areas hit the hardest by the oil provide enough evidence to show that they no longer need to be compensated for future losses from the environmental disaster.

To date, roughly $4.5 billion worth of claims have been paid out of the $20 billion fund established by the government and funded by BP to pay victims of the oil catastrophe. Claims continue to be filed with the government seeking compensation for their losses.

BP is not attempting to halt payments to current claimants with recognizable losses – only those who are claiming that their future income will be impacted. The company released a letter to the government and to the press.

To determine if BP’s claims of economic recovery are true, all you have to do is look to the past. The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred more than 20 years ago, yet oil still coats areas of Alaska today. And the difference between the two oil leaks is that with Exxon, we knew exactly how much oil was spilled into Prince William Sound. In that case, it was roughly 11 million gallons of oil.

However, there is no precise measurement of how much oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico, but the best estimates say that it was as much as 184 million gallons of oil. It is highly unlikely that all of this oil disappeared or washed up on beaches. When this oil eventually turns up, claims will continue to be filed by those affected.

But it isn’t just the economy that BP is saying has recovered; they also make the claim that the fishing industry is back to pre-spill health.

from desmogBlog BP Urges Government To Halt Gulf Oil Disaster Relief Payments For Future Losses

BP sues to block settlement payouts

BP has sued to block what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The London-based oil giant accused the court-appointed administrator for the settlement, Patrick Juneau, of trying to rewrite the terms of the deal. BP said Juneau violated the settlement in the way he used a complex formula to determine the payments to businesses.

Last week, BP warned investors that the settlement’s price tag will be “significantly higher” than initially estimated.

“Although the ultimate exposure is at this time inestimable, it grows daily and could cost BP billions,” the company’s lawyers wrote Friday.

U.S District Judge Carl Barbier appointed Juneau and has upheld his decisions for calculating payments. Juneau’s spokesman declined to comment on BP’s lawsuit.

Attorneys who worked on the class-action settlement with BP said the payments to businesses were spelled out in the agreement.

“Simply put, BP undervalued the settlement and underestimated the number of people and businesses that qualify under the objective formulas that BP agreed to,” attorneys Steve Herman and Jim Roy said in a statement.

from the sarasota herald-tribune

Alabama attorney general blasts BP for challenging Gulf oil spill claims

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is blasting British oil giant BP for challenging certain claims that could cost the company billions of dollars as part of a class-action settlement the company agreed to last year with victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

“At the same time BP lauds its efforts for restoring the Gulf in the media, it blames others in court for its own mistakes to avoid responsibility for its own conduct,” Strange said in  statement Thursday.

Strange said that if BP underestimated how much it would owe under the terms of its agreement, that is BP’s problem, not the citizens’.

“BP cannot undo a settlement it wrote and signed, just to avoid its consequences. The courts should not allow it,” he said.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans has scheduled an April 5 hearing on BP’s request to prevent payments of what the oil company calls fictitious or inflated claims that are being made as part of the settlement.

In an emergency filing last week, BP said it will suffer irreparable harm if the judge doesn’t grant the injunction relating to  business economic loss claims.

Separately, BP filed a complaint against the settlement program and its administrator, Patrick Juneau, alleging breach of contract. The complaint doesn’t seek monetary damages, but it does ask that Juneau be ordered to change how he  interprets the agreement so that he complies with what BP believes the agreement says.

And Strange said in his statement that “a legion of BP attorneys wrote and negotiated the terms” of the agreement.

“But now, BP is objecting to the terms of the agreement it signed.  This challenge is not surprising; it is consistent with BP’s past behavior,” he said.

from fuel fix

“I find you guilty of continuing to be involved in the anarchist movement”

strange what you can find on the internet…this is from 2003, when i was incarcerated in the oregon state penetentiary…from autonomedia interactivist exchange

This year started on an interesting note. On January 2nd, Oregon Department of Corrections Security Threat Group manager came by to visit. He threatened to send me into exile in Eastern Oregon — far from my daughter in Portland — if I didn’t move out of the cell I shared with Brian McCarvill.

Brian is currently suing ODOC over their mailroom policies, which result in the rejection of anarchist literature sent to him. This has been something that has bothered me the past 3 years — I have over 200 mail violations notices concerning letters and publications sent to me here in prison. Their favorite reasons for such “violations” are because the publications are “anarchist-related” or because of “STG symbol” — in this case, a circled “a”, a symbol used internationally for “anarchy”. I support Brian’s lawsuit. Plus, he is a valued and trusted friend. We chose not to split up. Brian actually said he could get more legal work done in the hole because he’d have more free time.

On January 7th, we received write-ups about “unauthorized activity” and “disobedience of an order”. This had to do with a card writing campaign I’d initiated a month earlier. I’d asked people to send postcards to us with a circled “a” symbol on them, along with the caption — “This is not a gang symbol”.

Two days after receiving the write-up, we were called to a disciplinary hearing. After discussing the issue with me, the hearings officer told me, “I find you guilty of continuing to be involved in the anarchist movement”.

Pretty illuminating, as this was not what I was charged with. But it does actually sum up ODOC’s attitude towards me. It has not been easy, but I have attempted to stay involved with events on the outside of these walls. I’ve been incarcerated since the international Reclaim the Streets day of solidarity to oppose the G-8 summit in Cologne, Germany, June 18th 1999. I’ve missed out on the Battle of Seattle, the anti-IMF/WB protests, the protests against both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and GW Bush’s bloodless coup.

The summary of my hearing contained a few lies and half-truths, designed to make me appear to be a threat to the safety and the security of ODOC facilities, if not the world at large.

The hearings officer noted that I threatened to use my 30 years of organizing skills to “cause trouble” for ODOC. What I actually said was that I’d assured Benny Ward as well as the STG managers here at OSP that I would not use my extensive organizing skills to create trouble for them (i just wanted to do my time and get out intact). And I asked if it would be too much to expect that I be allowed to have my mail? Apparently it is. (was: Brian won the lawsuit – he does that a lot – and they started allowing a lot more stuff in.)

The most alarming aspect of this, though, is the fact that ODOC has come to the conclusion that I am a member of the Earth Liberation Front. This despite the fact that I?ve never been arrested for an action by the ELF, nor have I ever been questioned about any actions by the ELF. Indeed, there is no evidence or rumor of evidence that can connect me to the ELF in any way what so ever.

The ELF is a clandestine group whose sole purpose is to carry out acts of sabotage against corporations and research facilities that the ELF considers responsible for despoiling the earth.

As such, it has been listed as a terrorist organization, and is one of the targeted focal points for several Joint Task Force(s) on Terrorism in cities, and stated across the US.

I am a writer and an activist. It has been a deliberate decision on my part not to undertake acts of sabotage, since I lack the skill and knowledge to do so effectively and safely. So far, no one has been hurt or killed by an ELF action.

Despite losing my job in the prison infirmary, being sent to the hole for 120 days and being labeled a “terrorist”, I will continue to write for anarchist and “alternative” publications. I am an enemy of the New World Order. We, the people, shall overthrow the rule of corporate power.

Sì Se Puede!

Rob

(ps – may, 2012; i miss my comrade Brian – feel free to write letters of support to him. envelopes must contain a full name and return address): 

Brian McCarvill #11037967
Snake River Correctional Institution
777 Stanton Blvd
Ontario, Oregon 97914-8335

to add a little more retrospective background to this story:

i was getting threats from other prisoners because of the over-the-top censorship from the mail room. it had reached the point that they were rejecting any publication with a visible circle-a on it. mind yu, this was during the short-lived “riot tourist” era in the early 21st century. there were photos of people carrying banners and waving flags with @s on them in newspapers, magazines, etc. a lot of them, even local dailies and mainstream publications. so, as you can imagine, there were complaints and finger-pointing, with much of the blame being directed at me.

Brian and i had agreed that this was an issue worth fighting over. for one thing, Brian is a very capable, self-taught litigator. he regularly kicks the State’s Attorney’s best lawyers asses in court cases. Brian encourages other prisoners to litigate, and usually works a clerk and legal aid in the legal library – when such positions are allowed.

to get back to the story, we were 100 percent certain we would win this – it has been litigated and decided before, but neither the ODOC nor apparently the State’s Attorney’s office have very high competency  standards, and really think they can just do whatever. the US supreme court sorta kinda agrees, but also have firmly ruled that your constitutional rights do not end at the gate.

the court decision came after we had been locked up in the DSU (the hole) for almost four months. we won. we knew we would, and we had been telling people that it was in the courts, be patient. i won’t say we came out to hero’s welcomes, but many of the prisoners who knew what was what came up and shook our hands, usually with many on-lookers (this is called “showing” respect. almost means the same as “if you got a problem with this guy, you got a problem with me.”) i also made it a point of asking people who had flicked me shit about their mail if it had gotten better. got a few apologies, got a few thanks, and also got a few requests concerning legal issues. if there wasn’t an easy, obvious answer for their questions, i’d refer them to the legal floor to request an advisor who had access to the legal library. i had a little skill – kept reference material in my cell. (best place to start: Prisoners’ Self Help Litigation Manual)

Brian got shipped out to another facility shortly afterwards. there’s more to this story, but i’m not sure people would believe me if i wote about it. i suppose it could be verified through ODOC records, but i’m not into it. tell ya what, though – buy me a pint or two and i’ll tell you all about it. cheers!

U.S./SINALOA PACT RESULTS IN ESCALATION OF INSANELY VIOLENT DRUG WARS

when drug wars collide with u.s. foreign policy, no one is safe

 A TALE OF TWO CARTELS

if i were a little more callous or jaded, i’d publish more horrific images with this post, but they are trauma-inducing. the violence of the mexican-cartel dominated phase of the drugwar is on a level of brutality that can only be characterized as psychotic and insane – sadistic is an understatement, considering the torture for days, often with propane torches, the beheadings, the bodies hacked to pieces and left in piles, the bloody torsos…just do an image search for “cartel violence” if you’re interested, but it’s difficult to take. and there’s so much of it. so much pain, so much suffering, so many bodies, so much money, so many crimes, so many levels…

one of the consequences of active cooperation between a drug cartel and intelligence agencies of the u.s. has been an increase in over-the-top, insanely bloody violence. to be sure, once it is known that a certain group of people cooperate with the authorities to incarcerate or otherwise eliminate cartel members, the cartels seek to set an example of what people who cooperate with the authorities can expect when the cartels catch up with them. it doesn’t matter to the cartels that some people might be responsible for doing away with a rival gangster. what’s important to them is that some people have cooperated with the law.

sadly enough, the law can’t always protect people from cartels: not their informants, not the bystanders in the streets, not even the police are safe from the violence of the cartels. the one thing an informant cannot expect from the cartels? mercy.

This is the story of two drug cartels. one is comprised of a long-standing mexican cartel based out of sinaloa mexico. it is currently headed by El Chapo (“Shorty’) Guzman, who has been in a leadership position with the sinaloa federation for a long, long time. long enough to have ties to elements within the u.s. government. how cozy is the united states government with the sinaloa federation? enough to sell them weapons – tens of thousands of small arms since 2006.  if you can call it selling. many of the weapons were acquired by undercover intelligence assets, with money provided by the taxpayers of the u.s.a.

the u.s./sinaoloa coalition:

from the l.a. times:

When the ATF made alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta its primary target in the ill-fated Fast and Furious investigation, it hoped he would lead the agency to two associates who were Mexican drug cartel members. The ATF even questioned and released him knowing that he was wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

But those two drug lords were secretly serving as informants for the FBI along the Southwest border, newly obtained internal emails show.

Drug lords targeted by Fast and Furious were FBI informants

More proof that drug kingpins were paid FBI informants

According to the LA Times today, Congressman Darrell Issa, R-CA, and Senator Charles Grassley, R-IA, stated in a memo to the their respective committees in the House and Senate that the ATF should have known that the drug kingpins in question were FBI informants and shut down the operation immediately.

But regardless of whether or not the ATF agents on the ground knew that the kingpins were informants, top level Administration officials knew as indicated by hundreds of documents previously released by the Department of Justice.

Further, an internal Congressional memo made public in February shows that most if not all of the Mexican drug cartel suspects supposedly targeted by the ATF were paid FBI informants.

How, then, could a scheme such as Fast and Furious be described as a ‘sting operation’ when the very suspects it was designed to ‘catch’ were working for our own government?

The problem with the House investigation of Fast and Furious as it moves forward is that it is too narrowly focused. It has become obvious that multiple levels of the federal government were involved in the scandal, including the FBI, the State Department, and Homeland Security.

there’s more, from the examiner; More proof that drug kingpins were paid FBI informants

in exchange for protection from arrest, the sinaloas have provided the u.s. with information on rival cartels, thus enabling spectacular busts, while keeping the cocaine, heroin and pot flowing into the u.s., courtesy their partners.

this arrangement could go back quite a while, seeing as how elusive “el chapo” guzman has been over the years.

while still an up-and-coming lieutenant for the guadalajara cartel, el chapo was captured in guatemala, after narrowly escaping an attempted assassination that instead killed a roman catholic cardinal. he was extradited back to mexico and held at a maximum security prison in guadalajara until 2001, when he escaped in a laundry truck – allegedly with the aid of prison officials and guards.

since then, his sinaloa-based operations have thrived, with el chapo taking over smuggling routes along the mexico/u.s. border in both tijuana and ciudad juarez. despite his notoriety – there is an entire genre of nacrocorridors, inspired by his status in sinaloa as a modern-day robin hood, forbes magazine lists him as one of the world’s most powerful billionaires, ahead of former president sarkozy of france and current ruler of venezuela, hugo chavez – he continues to expand his operations. his wife even crossed the border into l.a. to have twin girls.

co-incidently enough, since his jaibreak, many of his rivals have suffered defeat after defeat at the hands of mexican president felipe calderon’s aggressive war on drugs. calderon was elected on a promise to utilize the military to destroy the cartels, after former president vincente fox’s top narco-cop was found to have taken almost $500,000 from one of el chapo’s allies. 

both the united states of mexico and america state publicly that capturing el chapo is their number-one priority, but the evidence points to the contrary conclusion – in short, that el chapo is in collusion with powerful people in the u.s.a. and mexico.

in 2001, just months after his escape from prison, some rival druglords in colombia attempted to give the u.s. DEA information on el chapo, in return for lenient treatment. shortly thereafter, el chapo eluded capture in los cabos, baja california. that first year out was quite eventful for him, as he was constantly on the move, the mexican police hot on his trail. in the ensuing chaos, his brother was captured. 

el chapo is purported to have helped mexican authorities imprison one of his former rivals and sometime partner alfredo beltran, then launched an attack upon the remainders of the beltran leyva gang. 

see a wikipedia entry on el chapo

the current, real, horrific drugwar began in earnest bloodiness on may 8th, 2008, when the beltran leyva gang killed el chapo’s son, edgar. in retaliation, el chapo began a bloody war of attrition that spread slowly from his homebase until it has engulfed people from texas to colombia. in the first three months of fighting, 500 people died, including dozens of police. 

THE RIVALS:
the main rivals to the u.s./sinaloa coalition are the zetas – an insanely violent cartel that specializes in committing atrocities against their opponents, be they journalists, recalcitrant addicts, informers, police, judges, or gangstas not under their control.

there are a couple of minor players in this tale – like the juarez, michoacan, and gulf coalitions – who had been involved in the drug trade for longer. the zetas were a gang of  military deserters who became hitmen for the gulf coalition, though the two are currently in a bloody dispute – along with the u.s./sinaloa coalition – over control of drug traffic along the u.s./mexico border, particularly along the texas border.

the gulf coalition has been around long enough that they are firmly entrenched in some places, like veracruz, matamoros, and reynosa. yet, the  zetas are attacking their rivals in 23 mexican states. they are such a feared enemy, the former leader of the juarez cartel moved to colorado, turned himself in, and demanded protection in return for information. he likely sold out his former employees in exchange for protection from them.

click on image to see more maps, from compiled by borderland beat

 in central america, meanwhile, 15 members of the michoacan/la familia cartel have been busted – including the leader Gabriel Maldonado Soler, a former federal police agent – and the cartel effectively shut down. courts in nicaragua and costa rica have been busy prosecuting cartels, as has mexican president calderon.

with each bust or death, a power vacuum is created for the survivors to fight to fill. though the zetas have been quick to snatch up the spoils, the sinaloa federation has been busy building alliances with other old-school cartels, including the remnants of la familia, the gulf cartel, leftovers of the juarez cartel. the tijuana cartel has also been alarmed about the appearance of zetas in their domain and are alleged to be in alliance with the u.s./sinaloa coalition.

for more on the drug war, see

BORDERLAND BEAT

as i write this – over a period of two weeks – the zetas are waging an offensive campaign in the heart of their enemies’ territory. 
there have been days-long gunbattles in rural sinaloa, journalists slaughtered in veracrua, and reynosa is a free-fire zone. the media there stopped mentioning narco-violence long ago. there was an attack on a colombia-themed nightclub in mexico city. people have been hacked to pieces in nuevo laredo, and others hung from a bridge that connects to the u.s. 
The bodies of seven men where found dead next to a soccer field just a few meters from the Sierra Madre school in Ciudad Juarez, Chih. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. The bodies had their hands tied, showed signs of torture and had a shot to the head. "Narcomantas" (banners with messages against rival drug gangs) where found next to the bodies. Ciudad Juarez, Chih. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. Photo: Staff / El Diario
The bodies of seven men where found dead next to a soccer field just a few meters from the Sierra Madre school in Ciudad Juarez, Chih. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. The bodies had their hands tied, showed signs of torture and had a shot to the head. “Narcomantas” (banners with messages against rival drug gangs) where found next to the bodies.
Ciudad Juarez, Chih. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008.
Photo: Staff / El Diario

99 percent of what?

i have no feelings of solidarity with:

law enforcement employees

judges

jailers

                                                  soldiers who do not question orders

book worshiping zombies

child molesters

other politicians

communists

republicans

democrats

voters

anyone who craves wealth

scientists who create new lifeforms

scientists who genetically modify life to suit the interest of petrochemical industries

people who destroy life for a living

informants

snitches

liberals

conservatives

moderates

white supremacists

fascists

free marketeers

white separatists

 people i feel a great deal of solidarity with:

shoplifters

traveler kids

pirates

squatters

buskers

adventurers

people of the land

people born dark, and unashamed of that

rebel lovers

outlaws

sacred clowns

magicians

rioters

bank robbers

counterfeiters

witches

hackers

mad-scientist geeks

nerds

toddlers

primitive skills sharers

urban foragers

forgerers

alchemists

the homefree

workers who organize to rid their lives forever of banks, economics and all forms of coercion, power, and paper bondage

power to the imagination!

from the arissa press book, This Country Must Change

The Revolution continues not to happen, despite the presence of many revolutionary organizations in this country. Or is the presence of these groups actually inhibiting revolutionary activity here in the US? I don’t want to examine this point too deeply now, but I do wish to address the first point above, and that is the failure of allegedly revolutionary organizations to gain any following amongst the masses they always discuss at their meetings and in their literature.

The main activity of most revolutionary groups is to educate people about the need to rise up and overthrow the capitalist system which oppresses them. No doubt, they are sincere in this desire to reach out and organize the masses.

Despite appearances to the contrary, most people are too cynical to blindly follow self-appointed leaders — unless they see there is something immediately rewarding to them – personally – in doing so. The difficult part for the revolutionaries is not the actual educational aspects of this form of organizing, but is to be found in the challenge of educating people while not awakening in them a sense of empowerment.

Sure, every revolutionary group would like to see people arise and set alight the Powers That Be – but only if the resulting revolution would result in the rise to power of their revolutionary organization. To this regard, they are not to be seen as enemies of the system, but as yet another faction in contention for State power. The revolutionaries don’t want to smash the State; they want to be the State. This is why so few people – college students, mostly – fall for their schemes.

It’s all but impossible for people to live in this era and not have an opinion about the legitimacy of authority. Almost everyone has run afoul of some code of conduct, law or regulation at some point in their lives, and almost every one of these instances very likely convinced the transgressors of the unfairness of the enforcing authority’s power, or the idiocy of the rule/law/code transgressed. With few exceptions, authoritative power is seen as something rather arbitrary by most people.

This distrust of authority can become a knee-jerk reaction that is difficult to unlearn, as it tends to burn itself deeply into the psyche of the person who it has transgressed. Why do you think we have to attend school for so long? Definitely, it is because we must be trained in obedience. This is why so many kids detest school. They do not desire to submit to an authority that is pre-existent, which they were given no voice in establishing.

Sometime in a person’s life, she must learn to handle the fact that she must recognize some entity’s power over her, whether that power emanates from a religion, school, family, or workplace. This generally does not make the person happy. To most people, it is humiliating.

Looking for a job is possibly the least favorite activity most people experience during their lifetimes. Since almost all of us are forced to work by the economic structure society imposes upon us, we manage to struggle through the pain and humiliation as best we can, often with some combination of booze, drugs, pharmaceuticals, religion and sex.

And when we hear someone speak about the need for revolution in our country, even when sympathetic to the message, folks generally tend to hope that someone else will take up the challenge, seeing as how they don’t have the time or energy, or think they don’t have the strength and courage needed to fight against the authorities. This is the weakness the revolutionary groups seek out in their intended victims. If there is a general feeling of something being very wrong in our society, but people feel helpless in the face of the overwhelming task of overthrowing the social order, the revolutionary group has at least a slight chance to convert some of the population into followers.

But, here lies the trick: how does one awaken another person’s sense of indignation at the ills of society, while maintaining that person’s willingness to submit to the group’s purpose? lt would be so much easier for the revolutionaries if they could hypnotize their intended followers into accepting the group’s leadership. This is, of course, precisely what the revolutionaries attempt to do.

By ceaselessly bleating the same slogans, the group can entrap their intended victims into believing that their group is much different than the many other tiny revolutionary groups. Some gullible people will accept the group’s message and begin to adopt that party’s doctrine. If the hypnosis doesn’t take effect„ the revolutionaries can always try to use guilt, try to shame people into submission. This works particularly well on people who were raised as Catholics, by the way.

It’s quite a difficult trick, trying to move people to action, while keeping them docile enough to be herded around by the leadership of the revolutionaries. No wonder revolutionaries find so little success in these endeavors. Most revolutionary literature is more boring than can be tolerated. And it is often written in some obscure idiom that is only decipherable to the initiated, much like the Bible. Indeed, the revolutionaries often offer the same thing as the bible-thumpers: salvation!

By joining their movement, people are told, together they can save the Nation, the Earth, the Blue Footed Booby – depending on the focus of the group. Still, there’s that knee-jerk reaction to authority that most Americans never seem to fully outgrow.

Why awaken to one scam, just to be lulled to sleep again by a different one’? Why choose Boss 13 over Boss A’? This changing-of-the-guard has happened so often that its ftitility is glaringly obvious, even though this is not bluntly stated in textbooks. The combination of boring obscurity and the spectre of yet another authoritarian regime the  wannabe revolutionary groups represent is not a winner in many people’s hearts and souls. In a nation obsessed by the mythology of seEmmaGoldmanQuote2000lf-reliance, it’s difficult to sell doctrines which require blind obedience. Not to the people most likely to arise with the rage needed to achieve any drastic changes in the systems that oppress us. In the marketplace of ideas, then – although the System gets much of the blame for what is going wrong – the revolutionary’s attempt to take over State power – rather than overthrow the System and disperse power into the population – does not gain a wide following. The revolutionaries are content to sit on the sidelines of history, and only make a fuss when some weakness in the System presents itself — like the current economic depression.

Inevitably, they will attract a number of people with their own ideas about what should be done about the situation at hand, and the revolutionaries will patiently explain that only their leadership can provide the proper solutions. Maybe not in this lifetime, though.

During the Bush II regime, Junta leaders demanded that leftists, environmentalists, and scientists never condemn the American Way of Life. That is to say, they were willing to go to war in order to secure oil and gas for Americans to use for whatever purpose they desired. As long as American citizens are willing to send their children to war in distant lands to ensure the flow of petrochemicals to the Fatherland, we can rest assured in knowing that there will be plenty of gas for our commutes to work, trips to the mall, and riding lawnmower races. Rather than criticizing consumers about the incredible amount of damage their lifestyles are inflicting upon the biosphere — as the revolutionaries often do — the Bush Junta insisted that it was inexcusable to suggest that the American Way of “Life” was in any way wrong. Which message do you think most people wanted to hear? That their over-consumption of the world’s resources must end before we destroy our planet’s ability to support life, or that everything’s just fine the way it is? Yes, Americans, like most people, are guided more by immediate self-interest than they are by wisdom gained by introspection and observation. This is what the revolutionary groups recognize as well. They do not call for a drastic change in the way we live our lives, they just want the ability to collect and spend the tax money we pay to the government in order to do so. It would be wonderful to think that the emergence of radical environmentalism would have produced some sort of alternative vision for our collective future at this point in the (end)game, but it hasn’t – and perhaps can’t.

Here we are, 30-odd years after the first Earth Day, and the most extreme change most people can envision in their lives is to drive hybrid cars to their wretched, demeaning jobs. (Just for the sake of enlightenment — there are regular, internal-combustion engine cars that are more fuel-efficient than hybrids. You IDIOTS!)

Youth are at least acknowledging the horrors they will have to face during their lifetimes, but even though they are questioning the consumerist lifestyle, what they generally come up with is more of the same – like riding bikes to their wretched, demeaning, collectively-owned-and-managed jobs, with some recycling thrown in along the way.

It’s clear to me that what we are suffering from is a failure of imagination. We cannot envision a world, or a way of living, that is vastly different (personally rewarding, nurturing, co-operative, gentle on our planet) because it is beyond the reach of our imagination.

At least part of the blame for this is the prevalence of Pragmatism in most educated people’s minds. Pragmatism is a way of thinking that is meant to defeat imaginative thinking and stifle creativity. We are told to be “practical” or “realistic.” This is a way of thinking that is inherently submissive. It is how a slave justifies her continued obscquience to her master, or a person trapped in an abusive relationship rationalizes her consent to remain in the relationship. Pragmatism discards the immense possibilities for the future in favor of those more immediately obtainable.

In this era of dwindling resources, Pragmatism is the logic of gradual, mass suicide, which rejects life and its infinite potential. Few of us find any meaning, comfort, or reward in our present lives, yet we cling to them. It’s all we know. Pragmatically thinking, there are powerful forces in place — economics, religion, police, and military, to name a few — which enforce consumerism, to ensure we do not wander astray of the Ruling Powers’ plans for our lives. This is a philosophy of fear. We are afraid of what will happen to us if we turn away from economics as our source of survival. We are afraid of how the police will treat us. We are afraid of the concentration camps and prisons our government is busy building to contend with the future unrest which will arise as the economy continues to take more from the majority of the population and hands it over to those already massively wealthy. But, by abandoning the workers here in favor of cheaper labor overseas, the Ruling Powers have left us little choice but to look for answers elsewhere. Their economic models just do not work, and require government intervention every now and then in order to continue to exist.

While preaching to the voters that it is tragically inappropriate – even evil – to suggest the government provide healthcare to its people (the way almost every nation on Earth already does), the public mouthpieces of the monied elite demand taxpayer money to protect their investment swindles. When the current economic meltdown began to spiral out of control, the voting public expressed their disapproval for any sort of bailout for the embezzlers and con-men responsible for the mess. Most public officials acknowledged that their constituents were voicing their opposition to such subsidies by a margin of 10-1. Yet there was never even a hint of doubt that the swindlers would get the funds they demanded. The needs and opinions of the general public mean nothing to the people in power in this country. Money — huge, mountainous piles of money, inaccessible to the vast majority of the population – is what this economy is all about.

And where is the outrage over this debacle — the greatest single instance of theft in recorded history? The public has moved on to other issues, mostly because they have to work so much harder in order to maintain their standard of living. Also, many of them were suckered into believing that a changing of the guard in the White House could potentially lead to a re-assessment of priorities by the government. What most people desire is a fix to the economic ills the nation is experiencing. They want what they see on TV. They desire to purchase the good things in life — a home and everything that makes a home life comfortable and desirable. They want this without having to sacrifice their privileged positions as first world consumers in order to achieve it. If we are not capable of envisioning a lifestyle vastly different from the one handed down to us, or the one depicted in advertisements and sitcoms, it’s because any sort of alternative vision of how to organize our lives has not been presented to us.

anarchfemThe one model we have now (Work or Starve!) was originally forced on people through overwhelming military force. Where people did not acquiesce to such a lifestyle, campaigns of genocide were – and still are to this day – conducted until the resisters are unable to continue with their ways of providing for themselves outside of Western economies. Instead of radically transforming our lives so that we can meet our needs without over-taxing what our environment can provide for us, even the Visionaries among us can only seem to envision more of the same — only “New and Improved”, or “Sustainable!” This society is horribly sick and twisted.

Even now, as our elected (or self-appointed) leaders demand human sacrifice (the war in Iraq, the War on Drugs, etc.) to the god of the marketplace, many people refuse to question the values that shape our society. And how can we, when so many of us require pharmaceuticals, booze or other coping mechanisms in order to function in our day-to-day roles?

Our consumer-driven way of life is destroying us as human beings as well as our planet’s ability to support life, and. still we reproduce our place within it, day after wretched day. What the fuck is wrong with us?

This may sound silly, but it’s something that bothered me as a child and pisses me off to this day: Some of the iconic cartoons I grew up watching on Saturday morning served to re-enforce consumerism in the viewers by presenting it as both natural and never-changing. From the Flintstone’s Stone-Age to the futuristic lifestyle of the Jetsons, the lives depicted were little different from the lives being lived by the viewers. The level of technology may have changed from one show to the next, but the consumerist lifestyle was never any different: Work, buy, try to get ahead, buy some more! How can we break out of this cycle, when every element of society forces us to accept it as some sort of natural occurrence?

It’s not enough that some of us attempt to think outside of the proverbial box. We have to think beyond the means used to produce boxes.

The imperative we face now – those of us who can see beyond the mechanisms of the Ruling Powers – is to enact our visions of very different ways of relating to the places where we dwell. In order to do so, we must band together with strong-willed and like-minded people in order to produce working models of how we think life could be, were there not coercive forces severely limiting our options. It’s also important that more than one model of a different society be created. There should be as many as there are people committed to making their visions manifest in reality. There are, after all, many different ecosystems here on Earth, and each provides for different challenges for the people who desire to live within them., based on their unique attributes, as well as the amount of damage industrialism has inflicted upon them.

windmillsIt is not difficult to live on this planet. It has nurtured an astonishing variety of such ecosystems capable of providing for every imaginable need a human population requires in order to thrive. Everything we need is available almost everywhere, if we only know where (and how) to look for it. The greatest danger and difficulty will be found in the struggle to rid ourselves of the control the Ruling Powers possess in enforcing their lifestyle upon the rest of us.

They will use every method of coercion and violence available to them to either force us back into the vast herd of their docile servants or kill us if we will not be enslaved. As it stands now, they seem to be poised to jettison the bulk of humanity, as tremendous numbers of us are no longer required to fulfill their needs. To use the U.S. as just the most glaring example: Our standard of living has (just in my lifetime) gone from being equal to or above that of any nation on Earth to being “better than Somalia.” The U.S. ceased being a First World nation when it was crushed under the heel of the Reagan regime. And the bottom of this downward trend is nowhere to be seen. Food prices continue to rise, while people’s ability to purchase food continues to erode even among those still legally employed.

What we truly require in these times are courage and resolve.

We must turn away from slavish obsequience to this dead-end society. Since we are all but blind to any other vision of a society, there is no blueprint or pathway prepared for us to follow in order to establish a radically different method of conducting our lives. But we must turn away from the one we are trapped in now. In doing so, we will suffer – and. not a little. But not to do so is suicide.

We can create options for ourselves and our offspring— human beings are clever and adaptable creatures – and we need to do it immediately!

The one issue that continually comes to my mind is the abolition of economics. At the very least, the use of money as a means of exchange and accumulation should be abandoned. There is absolutely no sane argument for continuing along that path. It has only brought about severe limitations in the way most people conduct their lives, while rewarding thieves, thugs, warlords and swindlers. If that is not readily apparent to you, you should remind yourself every day that during this economic debacle, where over one-third of America’s accumulated wealth has evaporated in less than one year, the oil corporations and their subsidiaries are recording unprecedented profits. Then, ask yourself a question: Is this something worth the sacrifice of our children?

fireNrage

Coming Soon: Report to the Gaian Underground

i don’t know what to make of this…sometimes things just come my way, and i think “wtf?!?”…this appears to be the transcript of a talk someone made right around 2001…it reads like serious discourse…whatever…i like it…rlr

The Alien conquest of Earth is nearing completion. Places once thought to be too remote or densely forested for Alien assimilation have been successfully invaded and the free Humans there are in danger of being coerced into either integrating with the Aliens’ plundering of their homelands, or are being relocated (or exterminated). As the depletion of Gaia’s fossil memories nears termination, the value placed on them by the Aliens increases, which helps them escalate their attack upon the Wild Earth, as they can pay greater bounties to their minions.

There is no need to examine the methods utilized by the Aliens to achieve their conquest – Earth history is still not being suppressed, just ignored. However, it is necessary to understand how thoroughly they have ingrained their system of control into our fellow captives’ lives.

Until the last quarter century, it was still possible to enter into discussions of human-based concerns with the Alien’s slavemasters. This is no longer possible, as Alien control of media – even so-called “alternative” or “radical” media – are so completely under the influence of Alien ideas that even Human concerns are only addressed in Alien contexts. The world over, the Alien “economic” system has supplanted the Gaia-centric ones, which provided lives of abundance for all living beings the past millions of years. These nature-based systems are breaking down and the ability of Gaia to sustain life for complex organisms – without the utilization of Alien technology – is beginning to look doubtful.

The Aliens’ slaves don’t seem to grasp the seriousness of this situation, mostly due to Alien control of their consciousness through media and slave indoctrination systems – overt, subtle or coercive.

There are signs that resistance efforts are beginning to attract the attention of dissidents among the slave population, though there is still a lot of education required before they come to grips with the enormity of Alien control over their existence. The overwhelming majority of the dissidents still concern themselves with integration into the Alien slave system and control of Alien systems, rather than with the overthrow of these systems and re-integration into Gaian systems.

Many slaves are too immersed in their slave activities to either envision a wild, free existence or – more sadly still – even be aware of how they perpetuate and enforce Alien control over the Earth. Nevertheless, even with the almost absolute control over Human activity the Aliens exert, there is a growing feeling of uneasiness among the Slave population as Gaian systems breakdown or become noticeably erratic.

As a result, there have been at least the beginning stirrings of a militant opposition to the Aliens’ slavemasters.

Over the past decade, there have been numerous demonstrations against slavemaster organizations – the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the World Economic Forum, the list could go on – no matter where they choose to congregate and confer. Perhaps “demonstration” is too humble a description of these opposition gatherings – “assault” is a more accurate term. The avowed goal of the assailants is to disrupt the slavemasters conferences and prevent them from conducting their business. In this regard, they have achieved little success, with the exceptions of the WTO conference in Seattle, USA or 11/30/99 and WB/IMF summit in Prague, Czechoslovakia. As slavemaster of the 18th century remarked – plenty of slaves can be paid to kill the unruly slaves. So, not only has there been a massive use of paramilitary and police forces against the rebellious slaves, there has also been division among the dissidents, many of whom are frightened of angering their masters and losing whatever privileges they’ve been granted.

Still, there are a number of reasons to be encouraged by this astonishing development, though its significance should not be overstated. While it is exciting to see fits of rebellion among the slaves, so far it has not moved beyond symbolic acts of protest. Not only that, but the participants don’t seem to understand how to move beyond symbolic protest, or even what it is about their actions that makes them important.

I want to briefly mention what it is that I believe is most encouraging about this rebelliousness and what could help it grow into an actual – rather than symbolic- opposition movement, before concluding my remarks about this phenomena with a few words about its shortcomings.

First of all, there are two important aspects to these International Days of Solidarity that are of historic significance. The global scope of actions in opposition to slavemaster institutions on 9/26/00 and 6/18/99 was nothing less than spectacular. The slogan “Think globally, act locally” took on a new, more vibrant characteristic on those dates, particularly on 6/18/99, when various Alien systems’ Headquarters were directly targeted and their operations disrupted for the day.

This happened in dozens of countries around the world – stock exchanges, international banks, offices of the WB/IMF, WTO, even entire cities – were overrun with people out to celebrate their love of life and opposition to the effects of Alien activity, which constrains or otherwise destroys life and the potentials inherent in life.

The other aspects of the IDS I find significant is the fact that slaves in the most advanced areas of Alien development seem to be willing to abandon their privileged status in order to challenge Alien activity. Notably, the sudden arrival of the slaves in the USA into the fray – after years of such actions elsewhere – on 11/30/99 sent a wave of excitement throughout the world. Finally, the global resistance had achieved an undeniable presence, due to the high level of privileges allowed slaves there in the past.

In the year after the Seattle uprising, there have been attempts to recreate that symbolic victory by assailing meetings by other Alien and slavemaster institutions. This is certainly a welcomed starting point toward challenging the Alien’s hold on our planet, however, getting beyond the starting point either hasn’t occurred to the participants or they are not yet capable of doing so, either in thought or deed.

Which brings up the topic of the shortcomings of the nascent global resistance.

There is no doubt the IDS events like those of 6/18, 11/30 and 9/26 are inspiring more people to challenge Alien authority and to question Alien activity in regards to their effects upon Earth. Unfortunately, even those taking to the streets for these IDS actions are still influenced by media coverage – or more precisely, the lack of media coverage – of these worldwide manifestations of discontent.

What I mean is that too much emphasis is being placed on specific, transitory targets – i.e. conferences – while the dozens upon dozens of solidarity actions around the world receive little attention outside their immediate vicinity. This is as true for the alleged “alternative” and non-commercial media as it is for the Alien-controlled media. No one wants to mention how widespread the opposition actually is. We can expect the Alien media to silence their opposition, but the self-imposed muffling of dissident voices is rather odd.

This can in part be explained due to the fact that this newly-emergent opposition is widespread. So much so that no group or ideology can claim to represent it, not clamorous Trotskyites, Maoist robots, liberal cowards, socialist traitors, nor slave organizations.

Rather than embrace or learn from the more militant factions arising during the IDS, the various slave factions instead find reasons to attack one another as well as the rowdier participants of the IDS for not meeting some or another measurement of ideological purity. This displays – yet again – the important role the loyal slave organizations play in the divide-and-conquer strategy of the Aliens. The discounting of localized actions during IDS shortchanges the movement in its potential for growth or more expansive tactics while placing unnecessary emphasis on participating in the disruption of the targeted conference. Strategically, this is a purely symbolic action to begin with. These organizations have offices worldwide which implement long-term Alien programs everyday. To really have an effect upon Alien activity, the IDS activists should emphasize the disruption of continuous, localized activities of the targeted organizations.

The focus upon traveling to targeted cities has led to the emergence of a jet-set elite of privileged slaves who are desperately trying to control the rebellious spirit of the dissident slaves. Also, it’s clearly evident that many of the same tactics utilized by the Aliens and their lackeys during the last episode of global unrest (1968-’71) are being used again.

As we know from previous experience, during this formative stage of dissident activity, the slavemasters will allow a certain amount of public unrest. This gives them and their Alien overlords a chance to take note of who is participating in the street fighting and place them under closer surveillance. The apparent toleration of public dissent also gives the slavemasters an excuse to resort to harsher methods of control later – done for the sake of protecting the public order.

A word of caution – there is a history of loyal slaves pretending to be rebellious. Though some of these people actually are employed by slavemaster organizations, others are merely interested in becoming upper-echelon slavemasters themselves and will aid the various police organizations in identifying truly rebellious slaves. Dissident slaves who publicly proclaim sympathy or solidarity with the Aliens’ hired thugs should be avoided. So far, this hasn’t been much of a concern, as there is little in the way of concrete challenges to the authority of the slavemasters occurring within the IDS movement.

One has to wonder when the tens -if not hundreds- of thousands of unruly slaves will decide to take actual, effective measures to halt Alien activity. Or whether or not they are even able to do so, either conceptually or in action.

Meanwhile, the more militant rebels are being jailed at an alarming rate. Though this has not yet resulted in a serious depletion in the ranks of IDS participants, the escalation of arrests of and jail sentences for militant dissidents may cost the movement in the long term. Not only in lost comrades, but also in the number of slaves willing to face the consequences of rebellion. Not to mention the cost of legal defense and support for the captives.

In contrast to the futility of IDS events is the much more effective worldwide resistance to Alien plans for modifying life on Earth through genetic engineering. Though some of these actions have been carried out as public acts of destructive solidarity, many more have been done clandestinely. No doubt, there are many more genetic experiments being conducted – in secret and on a small scale – than we are aware of. However, even the slaves conducting the Alien experiments acknowledge that acts of sabotage against test crops has, in some instances, set back their research by as much as a decade.

If the IDS campaigners were to adopt the tactics of the anti-genetix activists, Alien control over the Earth would be in serious jeopardy. To further point out the relative pointlessness of the IDS events, the example of the Earth Liberation Front should be examined and I’ll give a brief account of their activities and organization.

To start off, let’s see how the ELF describes itself, this being a quote from “Resistance: Journal of the North American ELF Press Office.”

“The ELF is an underground, direct action organization that commits acts of economic sabotage against those who profit from the destruction of the natural environment…

“The ELF has no central authority, no public meetings and no mailing list…

“Due to this loose structure, actions could potentially be carried out against anyone who profits from the destruction of the natural environment…

“If we are to actually succeed in preserving all…which keeps us alive…We need to organize and partake in direct actions which defend ourselves from the murderous greed that is destroying our environment and ultimately killing us all.”

Also, from a separate article:

“The ELF does not commit merely symbolic acts to simply gain attention to any particular issues…

“The earth, and all of us born of it, are under attack…

“The only problems I can find with actions like these are that they are not happening frequently enough, and at severe enough levels…That the oppressive system itself isn’t brought to its knees by the people taking direct action and fighting back…”

The author also speculates that this is becoming at least a possibility in the near future and asks, “What other choice do we have?”

Since ’97, while the IDS movement was beginning to grow, the publishers of “Resistance…” have been notified of more than 20 actions which have resulted in over $34 million worth of damage to Gaia’s plunderers. This is quite a remarkable achievement, to be sure, and the emergence of ELF is encouraging.

We all know, however, that not only are the Aliens continuing their life-destroying activities in the regions they control, they are currently moving into new, previously untouched areas such as the mountains of New Guinea and the cloud forests of Columbia. Though the native people there are desperately struggling to halt the Alien intrusion into their homelands, they are receiving little attention and even less support from the dissident slaves in lands under Alien control.

In the war over Columbia, the slavemasters there are using chemical weapons to poison entire regions – the water, the soil, the plants and animals, even free Humans. The poison is being supplied be slavemasters in the U.S.A.

As of yet, there have been no ELF-type resistance to this campaign, or even IDS-type actions, either. Indeed, one must wonder if IDS participants would – even begrudgingly – actually help in the efforts to poison the mountainous forests of Columbia and hunt the free Humans there if their masters commanded them to do so.

With IDS emphasis on recurrent spectacular public events, I am left to speculate about the motivation and level of commitment of IDS activists. Since targets for IDS-type actions are plentiful, most slaves can work one into their master’s schedules and thus not inconvenience their masters and incur their wrath.

After the IDS, many of the participants then return to doing the Aliens’ bidding. As of now, there are only a few slaves willing to shed their chains and risk being labeled as runaway slaves, renegades. And who can blame them? A defiant slave can be held in captivity for years – either encaged in a slave correctional facility or required to regularly report directly to a slavemaster in order to confirm the slave’s continued servitude and even pay a monthly ransom to prevent the slave from being put into a cage.

Once encaged, a slave faces dire circumstances. Not only will the slave be separated from his/her comrades, but also potentially forgotten. Unfortunately for the encaged slave, the more militant – and thus more supportive – comrades at large might be both too busy carrying out more acts of defiance against the slavemasters, or too underground to maintain contact.

The more sheepish among the rest of the slave population will likely be either upset with the encaged slave for “rocking the boat,” or too afraid of unwanted attention from the slavemasters. This leaves the encaged slave with little contact or support from uncaged slaves.

So far, the fear of being caged hasn’t stifled enthusiasm for the IDS movement, much to the credit of the slaves involved.

To conclude, I think it is still too early to commence with actions to openly re-align ourselves, and our enslaved fellow Humans, with Gaia and take her from Alien control. The day to do so may come sooner than we could expect, though, if ELF and anti-genetix types of mass revolt were to arise on a global scale and truly set back efforts by the Aliens for absolute domination of the Earth.

Thanks for your attention, now go back to your efforts on behalf of Gaia.

Our time will come. Soon.

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