20 Things You Should Know About the Bill That Could Ruin America


Oh dear. Better had wake up and have some participatory democracy and such like

20 Things You Should Know About the Bill That Could Ruin America

20 Things You Should Know About the Bill That Could Ruin America


Oh dear. Better had wake up and have some participatory democracy and such like

20 Things You Should Know About the Bill That Could Ruin America

The Case for Rage and Retribution


This was written for Time magazine by the journalist Lance Murrow two days after 9/11. 

I can imagine he was still impassioned after what happened, given that Time has offices in New York. 

I’ve pulled out a few choice quotes.

  • For once, let’s have no fatuous rhetoric about “healing.”

 

  • Let America explore the rich reciprocal possibilities of the fatwa.

 

  • A policy of focused brutality does not come easily to a self-conscious, self-indulgent, contradictory, diverse, humane nation with a short attention span

 

  • America needs to relearn a lost discipline, self-confident relentlessness–and to relearn why human nature has equipped us all with a weapon (abhorred in decent peacetime societies) called hatred.

 

  • It’s a practical matter, anyway. In war, enemies are enemies. You find them and put them out of business, on the sound principle that that’s what they are trying to do to you.

 

  • America, in the spasms of a few hours, became a changed country. It turned the corner, at last, out of the 1990s. The menu of American priorities was rearranged. The presidency of George W. Bush begins now. What seemed important a few days ago (in the media, at least) became instantly trivial

 

  • The worst times, as we see, separate the civilized of the world from the uncivilized. This is the moment of clarity. Let the civilized toughen up, and let the uncivilized take their chances in the game they started.

 

By all means read the whole article. It isn’t much longer than the sections I extracted it’s just that these particular extractions and the article as a whole are terrifying and mark in many ways the emotions that allowed for the surveillance state that we now live in.

 

Always best to watch out for those trick emotions no matter what the awful thing that has been done to you or your country.

 

As Gore Vidal said, “Goebbels never pulled it off that well.”

The Case for Rage and Retribution

The Case for Rage and Retribution


This was written for Time magazine by the journalist Lance Murrow two days after 9/11. 

I can imagine he was still impassioned after what happened, given that Time has offices in New York. 

I’ve pulled out a few choice quotes.

  • For once, let’s have no fatuous rhetoric about “healing.”

 

  • Let America explore the rich reciprocal possibilities of the fatwa.

 

  • A policy of focused brutality does not come easily to a self-conscious, self-indulgent, contradictory, diverse, humane nation with a short attention span

 

  • America needs to relearn a lost discipline, self-confident relentlessness–and to relearn why human nature has equipped us all with a weapon (abhorred in decent peacetime societies) called hatred.

 

  • It’s a practical matter, anyway. In war, enemies are enemies. You find them and put them out of business, on the sound principle that that’s what they are trying to do to you.

 

  • America, in the spasms of a few hours, became a changed country. It turned the corner, at last, out of the 1990s. The menu of American priorities was rearranged. The presidency of George W. Bush begins now. What seemed important a few days ago (in the media, at least) became instantly trivial

 

  • The worst times, as we see, separate the civilized of the world from the uncivilized. This is the moment of clarity. Let the civilized toughen up, and let the uncivilized take their chances in the game they started.

 

By all means read the whole article. It isn’t much longer than the sections I extracted it’s just that these particular extractions and the article as a whole are terrifying and mark in many ways the emotions that allowed for the surveillance state that we now live in.

 

Always best to watch out for those trick emotions no matter what the awful thing that has been done to you or your country.

 

As Gore Vidal said, “Goebbels never pulled it off that well.”

The Case for Rage and Retribution

25 Great Articles about Information


tetw:

A Tetw reading list

Suffering from information overload? Perhaps a little more information about all that information is the answer?

Info-bath – Let the Deluge begin!

25 Great Articles about Information

25 Great Articles about Information


tetw:

A Tetw reading list

Suffering from information overload? Perhaps a little more information about all that information is the answer?

Info-bath – Let the Deluge begin!

25 Great Articles about Information

Surveillance Blowback: The Making Of The US Surveillance State, 1898-2020


We’ve always been watched. 

It’s time to watch back.

Or something more eloquent and pro-active than what I just wrote…

Surveillance Blowback: The Making Of The US Surveillance State, 1898-2020

Surveillance Blowback: The Making Of The US Surveillance State, 1898-2020


We’ve always been watched. 

It’s time to watch back.

Or something more eloquent and pro-active than what I just wrote…

Surveillance Blowback: The Making Of The US Surveillance State, 1898-2020

How I Feel Today.


“Whenever I get interviewed by The American Government I always feel that I’m one wrong answer away from getting a bag placed over my head and being bundled into a van to be taken for an extended stay in a facility with no windows to be beaten about the body with rubber tubing.”

The Reluctant Technophobe – Panopticons, Prisms & Xbone.


So. Just this quote, because of the news coming out about the massive surveillance society we have willingly embraced  and the fact that everyone is being watched by everyone at all times and on top of all of that Microsoft want us to have an always on…

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The Reluctant Technophobe – Panopticons, Prisms & Xbone.


So. Just this quote, because of the news coming out about the massive surveillance society we have willingly embraced  and the fact that everyone is being watched by everyone at all times and on top of all of that Microsoft want us to have an always on…

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The Reluctant Technophobe – Panopticons, Prisms & Xbone.


So. Just this quote, because of the news coming out about the massive surveillance society we have willingly embraced  and the fact that everyone is being watched by everyone at all times and on top of all of that Microsoft want us to have an always on camera in our homes that records everything that we do:

“He thought of the telescreen with its never-sleeping ear. They could spy upon you night and day, but if you kept your head you could still outwit them. With all their cleverness they had never mastered the secret of finding out what another human being was thinking. . . . Facts, at any rate, could not be kept hidden. They could be tracked down by inquiry, they could be squeezed out of you by torture. But if the object was not to stay alive but to stay human, what difference did it ultimately make? They could not alter your feelings; for that matter you could not alter them yourself, even if you wanted to. They could lay bare in the utmost detail everything that you had done or said or thought; but the inner heart, whose workings were mysterious even to yourself, remained impregnable.

George Orwell, 1984

Except with the Xbone the inner heart isn’t impregnable because the new, more sensitive kinect, can measure your heart rate and by extension your stress levels.

We are welcoming awful things into our homes. Let us not do this thing. Especially given what we have already conceded.

I am certainly being paranoid but that does not mean that my warning holds no merit and should not be listened to.