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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, by John Perry Barlow

Filed under: Philosophy, Politics, Principles, Technology — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 11:26 PM

A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

by John Perry Barlow <barlow@eff.org>

Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.

We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you seek to impose on us. You have no moral right to rule us nor do you possess any methods of enforcement we have true reason to fear.

Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours. We did not invite you. You do not know us, nor do you know our world. Cyberspace does not lie within your borders. Do not think that you can build it, as though it were a public construction project. You cannot. It is an act of nature and it grows itself through our collective actions.

You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our marketplaces. You do not know our culture, our ethics, or the unwritten codes that already provide our society more order than could be obtained by any of your impositions.

You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. You use this claim as an excuse to invade our precincts. Many of these problems don’t exist. Where there are real conflicts, where there are wrongs, we will identify them and address them by our means. We are forming our own Social Contract. This governance will arise according to the conditions of our world, not yours. Our world is different.

Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought itself, arrayed like a standing wave in the web of our communications. Ours is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not where bodies live.

We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth.

We are creating a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.

Your legal concepts of property, expression, identity, movement, and context do not apply to us. They are all based on matter, and there is no matter here.

Our identities have no bodies, so, unlike you, we cannot obtain order by physical coercion. We believe that from ethics, enlightened self-interest, and the commonweal, our governance will emerge. Our identities may be distributed across many of your jurisdictions. The only law that all our constituent cultures would generally recognize is the Golden Rule. We hope we will be able to build our particular solutions on that basis. But we cannot accept the solutions you are attempting to impose.

In the United States, you have today created a law, the Telecommunications Reform Act, which repudiates your own Constitution and insults the dreams of Jefferson, Washington, Mill, Madison, DeToqueville, and Brandeis. These dreams must now be born anew in us.

You are terrified of your own children, since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. Because you fear them, you entrust your bureaucracies with the parental responsibilities you are too cowardly to confront yourselves. In our world, all the sentiments and expressions of humanity, from the debasing to the angelic, are parts of a seamless whole, the global conversation of bits. We cannot separate the air that chokes from the air upon which wings beat.

In China, Germany, France, Russia, Singapore, Italy and the United States, you are trying to ward off the virus of liberty by erecting guard posts at the frontiers of Cyberspace. These may keep out the contagion for a small time, but they will not work in a world that will soon be blanketed in bit-bearing media.

Your increasingly obsolete information industries would perpetuate themselves by proposing laws, in America and elsewhere, that claim to own speech itself throughout the world. These laws would declare ideas to be another industrial product, no more noble than pig iron. In our world, whatever the human mind may create can be reproduced and distributed infinitely at no cost. The global conveyance of thought no longer requires your factories to accomplish.

These increasingly hostile and colonial measures place us in the same position as those previous lovers of freedom and self-determination who had to reject the authorities of distant, uninformed powers. We must declare our virtual selves immune to your sovereignty, even as we continue to consent to your rule over our bodies. We will spread ourselves across the Planet so that no one can arrest our thoughts.

We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.

Davos, Switzerland


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. On Freenet

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Monday, 11 July 2016

No TOR for the Masses?

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:50 AM

Recently Techspot India reported that the NSA doesn’t want us civilians using the TOR technology —

NSA classifies Linux Journal readers, Tor and Tails Linux users as “extremists”

Funny how TOR was originally developed by the Naval Research Laboratory and furthered by DARPA. Now that it’s out of the bag, they want to put it back under their exclusive control. Sort of like the internet itself.

Of course, the govvies probably won’t mind too much if political figures with ties to George Soros and the Saudi royal family use it. At least they didn’t seem to mind when a certain former senator turned Secretary of State mishandled classified information on a private home-based server, so I’m guessing that they’ll sign off on corrupt use of the TOR tech as well, just so long as it’s the “right people” using it.

H/T Seth Anderson Bailey


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Wikipedia page for Tor
  2. Wikipedia page for TAILS
  3. Wikipedia page for Dark web

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.7
  2. Reposted –
    1. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress.com
    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group

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Friday, 15 April 2016

China’s “Sesame Credit” — Coming to America Soon!

Filed under: Networking, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:27 AM


After watching that video clip, who can truthfully say that the DNC and a good bit of the RNC wouldn’t want something along the lines of China’s proposed “Social Credit System” for deployment here in the States?

Why, they might even make your health a part of your “personal score,” thanks to Obama’s federalized copy-and-paste job from Massachusetts Romneycare. So much for the “privacy guarantees” that were allegedly instituted with HIPAA.

If the Imperial District wants to know if you’ve made any financial transactions that they disapprove of, they can always check with the\ Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and add those to your score.

I’m sure I left some things out, but the Imperials from the District of Criminals will think of things to fill in any blanks I left here.

H/T L. Neil Smith at The Libertarian Enterprise


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 14.2
  2. Original article
  3. Reposted –
    1. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    4. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Fooling Google and Facebook a Bit

Filed under: Humor, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:24 PM

After installing Linux Mint 17.2 on my Asus K54L laptop, I logged into Google, and got the following alert message at my Gmail account:

2015-11-15-182044-ss-gmail-google-login

Then I logged into Facebook, and received this alert message:

2015-11-15-18-19-08-ss-gmail-fb-login

Here’s the funny thing — I logged into both accounts using Mozilla Firefox.

So why am I getting messages saying that I used Safari on Mac OS X?

For the record, I haven’t touched anything Apple or Mac since April, 1994, when I had to use a Leatherman multi-tool to pull my floppy disk out of the drive slot when the “Eject” command (⌘-E) didn’t work after repeated tries.

After installing Linux Mint on the laptop, I launched Firefox, and installed the following add-ons to Firefox —

The costs of this?

  1. Linux Mint 17.216.99 + tax (It was on the live DVD glued to the front cover of Linux Format magazine – part of the price tag is for the DVD. Another part of the price tag is that it’s printed in the UK and shipped across the Atlantic every month.)
  2. A few minutes of time, a few watts of electricity to spin that live DVD in the drive.
  3. A few mouse clicks here and there . . .

. . . and to paraphrase the MasterCard advertising copy, the upside — giving a virtual single-digit salute to two of the biggest privacy invaders on the planet — PRICELESS.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Bananas! at liberty.me by David Montgomery — You’re a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 9.4

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

New Email Address for TWS

Filed under: Administrivia, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:56 PM

Yes, I have a new email address for The Weekly Sedition.

Actually, it’s a Freemail address.

the_weekly_sedition@crsqvwhcxiajjgraetmkkhpzeokfixja3vmq7vaddwlp4m64rmra.freemail

Monday, 8 October 2012

WTF?! (TLE LTE)

Filed under: Comedy, Entertainment, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 5:31 PM

Current mood: cranky

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: What the Fuck?!
Date: Sun, 07 Oct 2012 02:16:05
From: Mike Blessing
To: Ken Holder, L. Neil Smith

Neil / Ken –

Just now (Saturday, 6 October @ 1:15 AM), I saw the message in my inbox that TLE #691 was up on the web, so I went to check it out.

What did I see when I scrolled down a bit?

A cartoon by Rex May of Romney spanking Obama like a little kid.

I was under the impression that TLE was above this sort of WWE-style cheerleading for the DNC-vs-RNC dance of death that plagues us every two years.

When the (fascist) Democrat fights dirty and cheats, we’re supposed to jeer, yet when the (socialist) Republican pulls the same sort of dirty tricks, we’re supposed to cheer. Because, we all know, the Republican is the “lesser of two evils” good guy.

Anyone who has been reading TLE and similar media outlets for any length of time has no doubt seen numerous examples of stupidity, evil and insanity instigated by Republicans. But they’re the “lesser of two evils” bunch, correct?

For what it’s worth, I watched what’s been politely called a “debate” and saw the two clowns stammering out their “talking points” while making excuses for their track records and trying to score points on the other with witty one-liners.

Most of these one-liners were the same old, tired bits that we’ve all heard before from them, courtesy of the lamestream snoozemedia.

Still, I was quite amused that gun-grabber and health-care socializer Slick Willard had the audacity to talk about “free enterprise” and invoke the Declaration of Independence.

This is the same Slick Willard who supported TARP as signed by Bush, supported cap-and-trade for CO2 emissions, supported the GM bailout . . . . Need I go on?

About Mittens’ earlier promises to “repeal and replace Obamacare” – last Wednesday night he revealed exactly what he wants for the “replace” part of the scam – RomneyCare as implemented in 2006 in Massachusetts.

Here’s the funny part about this nonsense: he implied that he wants RomneyCare to replace ObamaCare, yet RomneyCare is what Jon Gruber (the MIT economics professor who helped RMonster put together the plan in Boston) pitched to the Obama Administration in 2009 as a template for Obamacare.

Meet the new bullshit, same as the old bullshit.

At first I was thinking that this was a bait-and-switch scam, but it’s more like the shell game that con artists play on the street – the ball, which was something like free-market health care, was nowhere to be found under any of the shells.

OK, this is the part where Rex starts behaving as a Romney-roid (think hemorrhoid, minus the rationality and principles) by screaming that I must want Obama re-elected, “If your not with us, your with Obama!!!!” that sort of thing.

Bring it on.

And if this sort of thing continues, then it’s probably time for a new front-page cartoonist on TLE. Let Rex peddle his Romney-porn somewhere else.


NOTES

  1. Posted at The Libertarian Enterprise

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Monday, 31 January 2011

Egyptian Tea Party

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 3:33 AM

Egyptian Tea Party
By L. Neil Smith [ lneil@netzero.com ]
Attribute to The Libertarian Enterprise

“They’re rioting in Africa,” as Sheldon Harnick put it, “la la la la la la la … “

As usual, what few, tiny scraps of solid information we receive fresh, at the very beginning of monumental events – before vested interests begin to cover up or distort the truth – is accompanied by plenty of disinformation, deliberate or otherwise, and above all, contradiction.

Suddenly Egypt, an erstwhile ally which, only days ago, seemed to be among the stablest, most modern nation-state in the Middle East, is on fire with noisy protest and violent rebellion, just like Tunisia, Yemen, possibly Syria, and potentially (one can only hope) Saudi Arabia.

As longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak struggles for his political – and probably his literal – life, he’s making all of the usual authoritarian mistakes, as well as inventing a few new ones. He has used his equivalent of the “kill-switch” that Barack Obama aches to have so badly (and let this be a lesson to us), to shut down his country’s Internet providers and cell phone service – which might have helped to coordinate the popular rebellion and keep it relatively peaceful.

He has declared curfews. His army has filled the streets of Cairo with tanks and water-cannon and is injuring and killing people while looting storefronts and vandalizing what may be the most important museums in the world – in an attempt, it’s said, to intimidate the opposition – while the police strip off their uniforms and join the protests. That, plus the widespread character of these events – not just in the capital, but in many other cities of Egypt – tell me that Mubarak is finished and so are a great many other of the planet’s despots.

The Old Media – not to mention Hillary Clinton’s comic relief State Department – apparently don’t have a clue what’s really going on. Conservative talk radio already assumes that the whole thing has been orchestrated by militant “Islamists”, in particular, the 80-year-old Muslim Brotherhood. Whenever you see that word, mentally remove the first R to get a clearer picture if what they’re really up to.

The Botherhood of Man is gonna gitcha if you don’t look out.

But I digress.

America’s home grown would-be dictators clearly believe “It can’t happen here”, as demonstrated by their reactions – dazed at first, then hysterical – to the far gentler rise of the Tea Parties and the results of the 2010 election, which they are trying to believe never happened. They’ve spent all of their time since, not changing so that they won’t be despised any more, but trying to shut their critics up by destroying talk radio and requiring individuals to have Internet permits.

They are mistaken. Thanks to so-called progressives and their pet media provoking it, America today is teetering on the brink of civil war.

Out of sheer habit, if nothing else, it is very difficult not make the same mistake as the pundits and politicians. As Robert A. Heinlein observed, every revolution is a freak. By definition there can be no rules to govern or even understand them, and we must avoid thinking collectively about them. There are as many reasons to rebel as there are rebels, and that’s the only important truth we’ll ever glean from them.

It’s also very difficult to say from what we know now, and I could easily be wrong (I have been before), but it seems to me that this is not a fundamentalist uprising like we saw in Iran a generation ago – although the fundamentalists are desperately trying to co-opt it – but an essentially secular revolt by the productive class against both fundamentalism and the fascist management states that dominate the region.

If I’m right about the character of the Middle Eastern revolt, and the right-wing pundits are wrong, there’s a way to tell. Iran, if not the source of the rebellion, will be one of the next dominoes to fall to it. Iran, too, is teetering on the brink. Most people there want to junk fundamentalism, join the 21st century, and the women are getting tired of wearing those damn silly clothes. What do they want? Just at a guess, all of those things we’ve come to take for granted in the West: freedom, peace, progress, and prosperity, with an emphasis on freedom.

The Age of Authority is coming to an end.

The Age of the Individual is dawning.


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
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    2. The Weekly Sedition


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