Alexandre Carvalho | 25 Nov 16:28 2014

Thunder Valley #Ferguson #Virality

insurrection is always welcomed here. not to be feared. not to be shunned
or frowned upon. power must fear the people, not the opposite. don't
be scared away. ! chaos and turmoil is how change comes about ! fire,
shattered windows, flipped cars;; police in flight. broken lives made
manifest ~ hear the social S???REAM

ah, god is dead and yet so alive! domestication is not a fucking moral
ideal when we are being killed by this order ~

V:: ??? insurrection is metamorphosis//
Vishnu then smiled,
  and the sky cried with rain
   as we sunk



Alexandre Machado de Sant'Anna Carvalho, M.D./MPH
#OWS Revolutionary Games
 <at> revplay
2009 Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship
"Imagine Impossibilities" - James Joyce

Carsten Agger | 25 Nov 15:04 2014

Re: Open call: Technoshamanism encounter in Aarhus, Denmark

Just a brief follow-up to the call:

The event was a success. It was a strong confluence of permaculture, 
Amerindian shamanism and hacker spirit, located in our hacker space in 
Aarhus, involving a healing sound ritual with the participants' 
harmonies supported by frequencies composed in source code.

There are pictures from the event here: <at> N08/sets/72157649435839485/

Sound from day one here, with talks on nature and permaculture, 
technoshamanism and waste and Amerindian perspectivism, afrofuturism and 
the ritual:

Sound from day two, with talks and lots of discussions on cultural 
scripting, greenhouse IT, sustainability and strategies to support the 
homeless - and a noise concert:

A lot of people turned up who had never seen each other before, and we 
had many vibrant disucssions.


Den 11-11-2014 kl. 22:21 skrev Carsten Agger:

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Patrice Riemens | 24 Nov 12:24 2014

Polish elections: big advances for urban movement lists.

bwo INURA list/Kacper P.

Dear Inurians,

We are happy to announce that the election outcome (which came in, due to a
vote counting system major break-down, only this Friday) has been pretty
favorable to us. First of all, in one of Poland's regional capitals, Gorzow
Wielkopolski, our candidate for the major won with a landslide 61% of votes
and thus Gorzow will be Poland's very first city where urban movements will
actually rule. Our RTTC group, Ludzie dla Miasta (People for the City),
will have 7 councilmen and councilwomen.

In most of other cities, we scored a two-digit results, and as a
consequence will have members of city councils in 6 cities, and in Warsaw
(where we didn't run for mayor nor for city council but only for district
councils) we will co-govern the key Central District Council with 4 seats
(and the two major parties have 10 and 11 each, so we can choose with whom
we want to form a coalition). In Gdansk and Krakow we got pretty good
results (12% in former and 7% in latter) but no seats (because the
electoral system favors big players) but pundits have already declared that
we are the "third force" in Polish politics besides the liberal Civic
Platform and the conservative Law and Justice. So even in cities where we
nominally "lost" the political situation will never be the same. Also
because, the support for the incumbents in most of major cities have been,
to the surprise of most pundits, very low, and e.g. in Poznan (where we got
only 1 seat) there is a very high chance the incumbent will loose to a
candidate endorsed by urban movements in the second rounds coming Sunday.

Best and thanks to those who endorsed our struggle.

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Janos Sugar | 24 Nov 21:18 2014

CSIS on Hungary

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS):
In the case of Hungary, many of these trends have toxically blended 
to produce an increasingly authoritarian regime. Over the last 
decade, Hungary has maintained strong economic and political ties 
with Russia. Russia is Hungary's largest trading partner outside the 
European Union, and the country remains 80 percent reliant on Russian 
energy. As Russia's grasp on Hungary's economy has tightened, 
nationalist and xenophobic groups-such as the neo-fascist Jobbik 
party-have also risen to prominence, further undermining the 
country's Western, liberal orientation. Moreover, Hungarian Prime 
Minister Viktor Orban has articulated a significant shift in national 
direction and policy orientation, declaring in July that Hungary must 
strive to build "an illiberal new state based on national 
foundations" as evidenced by legislative motions to restrict free 
speech (including an oppressive advertising tax), centralize 
authority (Hungary's new constitution has been amended five times), 
and erode the independence of the judiciary. Noting that the 
geopolitical "wind is blowing from the East," Orban has credited 
Moscow for these latest Russian-styled Hungarian "reforms." These 
illiberal trends have been accompanied by distinctly pro-Russian 
foreign policies in Budapest. Orban has consistently derided the EU's 
sanctions against Russia, and Hungary abruptly discontinued its sale 
of excess gas supplies to Ukraine after a visit from the CEO of 
Gazprom this fall. Hungary received a 10 billion euro loan from 
Russia for a new nuclear power plant facility, increasing Hungary's 
energy dependence on Russian technology and financial support. 
Negative developments in Hungary and its neighbors threaten to derail 
wider European efforts to restrain Russian recidivism. Although the 
21st-century East-West confrontation does not bear the ideological 
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nettimocrat | 23 Nov 15:52 2014

post-coital Europe digest [x2: jan, recktenwald]

Re: <nettime> 'fuck europe!' then what?

     Jan <janstr@...>
     Heiko Recktenwald <heikorecktenwald@...>

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From: Jan <janstr@...>
Subject: Re: <nettime> 'fuck europe!' then what?
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:58:30 +0100

Isn't Europe still the largest importer and exporter ?
And what/who is Europe; what about Alfred Crosby's thesis of the Neo-Europes ?


Op vrijdag 21 november 2014 18:35:48 schreef Keith Hart:

> In 1900 Europe contained 25% of the world's population, in 2100 it is
> forecast o be 6%. Europe is the main and permanent loser in this world
> crisis. Talk of reversion to the nation-state is just one symptom of that.

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From: Heiko Recktenwald <heikorecktenwald@...>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:32:59 +0100
Subject: Re: <nettime> 'fuck europe!' then what?

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Alex Foti | 22 Nov 07:58 2014

Re: 'fuck europe!' then what?

hi Keith, 

your pithy remarks are well taken, although i wouldn't put much trust
in demographic forecasts (they've always been wrong) 90 years down
the road, especially with rampant climate change. as you say, Europe
is the loser in the great recession, let's see if it's permanent -
the old world is a lot more mutant the new, even in recent decades.
However, taking the logic of your argument further, and considering
that population times GDP is a good proxy for global power, China
would end up dominating the world. It might be probable, but i don't
know how desirable that is..

nettime's_roving_reporter | 21 Nov 22:59 2014

FT: Google break-up plan emerges from Brussels

November 21, 2014 6:23 pm

Google break-up plan emerges from Brussels

     Henry Mance, Alex Barker and Murad Ahmed

The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of
Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the
technology group's power.

The gambit increases the political pressure on the European
Commission, the EU's executive arm, to take a tougher line on
Google, either in its antitrust investigation into the company or
through the introduction of laws to curb its reach.

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A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that "unbundling
[of] search engines from other commercial services" should be
considered as a potential solution to Google's dominance. It has
the backing of the parliament's two main political blocs, the
European People's Party and the Socialists.

A vote to effectively single out a big US company for censure is
extremely rare in the European parliament and is in part a
reflection of how Germany's politicians have turned against
Google this year.
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michael gurstein | 21 Nov 02:07 2014

The Caravan Has Set Out for a Neo-liberal Capture of Global Governance

Here is another take on the current state of play in Internet Governance.


The Caravan Has Set Out for a Neo-liberal Capture of Global Governance

(With governance of the Internet as the path being broken first)
The Just Net Coalition1 (JNC) comprises several dozen civil society
organisations and individuals from different regions globally, concerned
with issues of Internet governance, from the perspective of all human
rights, including democracy and economic and social justice

A new chapter in global governance has been opened with the launch of the
NetMundial Initiative (NMI) at the World Economic Forum. This is the first
time that such a corporate-led venue - although sold as "multistakeholder",
"open", and "voluntary", among others - is positioned as being 'the'
mechanism for global governance in a specific sector. In fact it is being
openly and explicitly positioned as a direct replacement for existing
UN-based governance models2, which are routinely the subject of harsh
critiques by most of the NMI proponents3.

The Just Net Coalition rejects firmly and forcefully the transfer of global
governance prerogatives to corporate led initiatives such as the NMI,
because such initiatives are not consistent with democracy. We additionally
have grave concerns at the abandonment by certain elements of civil society
of traditional values of democracy and social justice as some civil society
organizations are apparently choosing to enthusiastically enter into this
unseemly collaboration with global corporate and other elites as represented
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nettime's_roving_reporter | 21 Nov 01:20 2014

Milton Mueller: NYET-Mundial: Taming the Ambitions of the WEF/ICANN/CGI Alliance

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   November 20, 2014

Nyet-Mundial: Taming the ambitions of the WEF/ICANN/CGI alliance

   Who will inherit the legacy of the NetMundial meeting? A one-off
   meeting in April of this year that successfully brought together
   governments, business, civil society and the technical community to
   produce a set of principles and a `road map' was lauded as a major
   success for multistakeholder Internet governance. The question of how
   to follow up on its accomplishments has become a new source of
   controversy. For better or worse, efforts to institutionalize its
   legacy under the leadership of ICANN seem to be faltering. And that may
   be a good thing.

   Despite our mocking of it as the Not-Mundial, ICANN, the Brazilian
   Internet Governance Steering Committee, and the World Economic Forum
   insist on calling it the NetMundial Initiative (NMI). They have
   registered the domain and are attempting to position NMI
   as the place where any and every non-technical policy issue affecting
   the Internet can be addressed. The leaders of this initiative are now
   trying to form a "Coordinating Committee" composed of 25 people
   "distributed across 4 sectors and five geographies." This top-down,
   centralized organization defines its mission as "to energize bottom-up,
   collaborative solutions in a distributed Internet governance

"No" from the technical community
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nettime's_captive_audience | 20 Nov 14:05 2014

Google commits privacy seppuku at BT's request

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Google commits privacy seppuku at BT's request

   As I'm currently in temporary accommodation I have found myself without
   a permanent internet connection. 3G service in the area is pretty
   spotty, so I bit the bullet and ended up purchasing a single month BT
   Wifi pass, effectively piggy-backing a neighbours connection. I'm
   guessing they see very little of the £39 I paid.

   It is well-known that BT has filtering in place, supposedly for the
   protection of children, as required by the UK government. I don't agree
   with this policy, but accept that many do.

   However when it starts to affect privacy, I feel that BT's meddling of
   my internet connection has gone too far.

   Case in point, when using Google on BT Wifi I happened to notice a new
   message on the side:

     SSL search is off

     This network has turned off SSL search, so you cannot see
     personalised results.

     The security features of SSL search are not available. Content
     filtering may be in place.

     Learn More | Dismiss

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Alex Foti | 20 Nov 12:42 2014

'fuck europe!' then what?

is the european question the analog of the habsburg question or the ottoman
question in the 19th century? i don't think so, but there's certainly room
for the belief that the 'sick man of europe' is europe itselft, or rather
the EU.

One could counter that the stagnation that Merkel and the eurocracy are
casting upon Europe is actually limited to the eurozone. EU countries that
are issuing their own currency have escaped the Greek fate. And the UK is
timidly recovering (wages are still way depressed everywhere, though) while
Italy and Spain accumulate record after record in youth unemployment.

So the euro is the problem, and especially the deflationary bias intrinsic
to the Maastricht Treat, that monetarist cadeau poisonn?? wrapped up by
market theologists in good times when the neoliberal economy seemed to
deliver the goods (growth and low inflation). The much-praised Draghi is
actually not doing enough against the sound money balanced budget dogma of
Ordoliberismus. He hasn't gone fully QE and unlike the Fed he doesn't have
to care about escalating unemployment in Southern Europe, save for the
periodic staid sermons about 'structural reform' of public finances and
labor markets. In macroeconomic terms, monetary policy is not expansionary
enough (and the extra liquidity to shore up reckless banks doesn't
translate in extra loans) while fiscal policy stays viciously restrictive
to the point that it's hurting Germany itself, a country that can now
finance itself at negative real interest rates (imagine: you pay back to
the bank less than what you owe, perhaps for that student loan you were
forced to take for your studies).

But of course the point is that in political terms the European citizenry
has sent a huge 'fuck europe!' to Council and Commission at the last
European Parliametary elections, where less than 50% cares to vote and
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