41x1sy+e6f8r3fbkbc08 | 26 Jun 20:27 2016

Sex, onions and CIA

(assuming that most nettimers don't wade in the dark pastebin swamps)
(for the related CIA agent inside Tor story, see http://pastebin.com/WPAmqkW8 )


I am in the security community and work on Tor.

There are number of facts behind the campaign to destroy Jake that I know of. Some are personal. Some are
political. Some are cultural.

1) the US government is responsible for the majority of Tor financing. This funding stream was put at risk by
Jake's publication of NSA documentation in Der Spiegel and his cooperation with WikiLeaks and the CCC.
Jake's constant mention of WikiLeaks and Snowden to use Tor was also an important irritation.

2) Shari's appointment as the Executive Director of Tor; the entrance of Alison Macrina

3) Jake's internal opposition to Tor hiring a CIA contractor last year. This is still not public knowledge

4) The rise of the "micro-aggression/trigger/safe space/victim" American subculture

5) A sexual culture clash between Germany and the United States; the regular use of MDMA in the Berlin scene

6) Jake, although a vulnerable person in broader US society, has "rockstar" social capital in a subculture
with scarce resources (women, prestige, finance)

7) The creeping "NGO"ization of Tor

8) Old enemies and rivals of Jake trying to payback; Jake has slept with hundreds of women and men. Some he has
not kept good relations with. There are many envious sexually unsuccessful men, angry lovers & their
partners and professional & political rivals. Over time, in this small pond and its extended community,
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siegel allan | 26 Jun 05:30 2016

to Brexit or not to Brexit that was only one of the questions


As Brian Holmes has stated, "Yesterday's vote is a stunning development and it foreshadows the possible
end of an era shaped, in many positive respects, by 1968 and  the immense and diverse forces of liberation
that flowered in its wake.” This is only partially true; but, nevertheless, indicates an important
frame of reference in regards to the implications of the Brexit vote. Like the ’68 events, and more
generally the political movements that flowered during the post-war period (including the
revolutionary movements in Africa and Latin America as well as the civil rights and anti-war movements in
the U.S.) what was brought into the foreground was the necessity of the Western democracies to deliver on
the promises of their anti-colonial rhetoric. They didn't. And, putting aside (for the moment) whatever
truths lay behind the propaganda battles of the Cold War, what we do know is that the colonial powers of
Europe and the neo-colonial upstart, the U.S, needed to be forcibly pushed to relinquish their colonial
dominions AND often the changes that did take place were short lived or only partial. But this serves only
as a fragmentary context of the times.

What was significant about this historical moment is that it dramatically highlighted the disconnect
between the rhetoric of democratic regimes and social reality. In the U.S. this disjuncture was
painfully obvious in regards to the limitations on human rights and violence directed towards
America’s Afro American citizens, in particular. And, while the post-68 generations carried forward
many forces (and ideas) regarding human liberation, and other social movements, “in their wake” was
an equally forceful counterrevolution incorporating what Marcuse called ‘repressive tolerance’
as well as an avalanche of neoliberal policies and wars that created the ground work for new forms of social
alienation and political disconnections. 

The complexity and diversity of today's emerging social movements are significant and have parallels
with an earlier time; they define a prologue that suggests new forms of political dscourse and actions;
they consciously seek to diverge from traditional and stale political institutions. We see this in the
Bernie Sanders campaign in the U.S., in France, In Spain, in Greece and very soon in England. The common
denominator here is youth, disempowered and disillusioned youth who, like the youth in ’68, see the
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Patrice Riemens | 25 Jun 08:17 2016

John Harris: 'If you've got money, you vote in ... if you haven't got

Most of what is written here on the situation in the UK awaking from the 
morning after Brexit, applies mutatis mutandis to the rest of the 
Europe. The powers that be in the EU can now take the momentous English 
that became British vote as the golden opportunity to come to their 
senses and start serving the needs of the population at large for real. 
If they don't (and, sorry, I'm afraid they won't) it simply will be the 
end of Europe as we know it, after a more or less protracted spell of 
what Yanis Varoufakis so splendidly dubs "Extend and Pretend". Greece 
will be, again, probably the first country to fall off, and will 
probably be pushed out in desperation. "Ah well, we can live without 
Greece" - yeah, just as you can live with a quarter of your brain 
removed. The Netherlands, and possibly France will be the next to go, 
amidst law and order problems not yet seen in Europe since the war. And 
it will not be the people against the police, or only partially so, but 
different strata of the population going at each others' throats, the 
kind of situation that is beyond control. But that is all future worry. 
Now, we may best fight for the best, and prepare for the worst.

So 'Glad Midsommar!' (and beyond) to you all!

from Skåne Province (S. Sweden), patrizio & Diiiinooos!


original to: 

'If you've got money, you vote in ... if you haven't got money, you vote 

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ari | 25 Jun 12:44 2016

Self-activity makes you blind. Remain was not lost by the city.

 In a self-celebratory tone, the so-called radical left that has peddled 
 anti-EU rhetoric as its best card to gather a movement of its own at a 
 transnational level, is now claiming some credit for the result of the 
 UK referendum. The financiers have lost. The EU bureaucrats have lost.

 The same movement that runs expert workshops on how to apply for EU 
 funding to sustain its vanity arts projects often more to do with 
 shameless self-promotion than anything like local development, that sees 
 the EU as the wallet for its own self-activity, that now extends its 
 expertise on funds grabbing to how to cheat local welfare systems in EU 
 countries, is now celebrating the victory of UK nationalism as 
 supposedly a victory against the city.

 Good morning. This was a referendum on immigration and the vote was a 
 vote against immigration. You, EU cosmopolitan urban creative activists, 
 are not welcome in the UK. On your next EU funded trip to go and 
 organise the English working class against the City, you are likely to 
 come across barricades of Poles defending themselves from hate attacks. 
 You won’t be asked which side you are on. Enjoy the celebrations.

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John Young | 24 Jun 19:46 2016

Fwd: The GCHQ is leaving the EU. A chance for

Perhaps. But 5-Eyes will resurge against RU and CN with WMD iron
fist free of EU velvet glove disarmament, and collaterally impact
EU if it seeks western protection from Bear and Tiger. Puny EU is
everready for war waged by others, superior to the Middle East
for diplomacy and weapons testing.

France's nuclear arsenal might sway the 2 to 2 tie but poised to
strike from below is Israel's. Israel's strike who remains to be

>Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:38:49 +0200
>From: carlo von lynX <lynX@...>
>To: nettime-l@...
>Subject: <nettime> The GCHQ is leaving the EU. A chance for democracy?
>With its practices of JTRIG[1] and KARMA POLICE[2]
>the UK government is responsible[3] for a massive
>attack on democracy as the case of the Malvinas in
>2008 has shown.[4] Does the new development represent
>a chance to let the supporters of civil rights in the
>European Commission dominate over the dumbheads that
>still promote the idea that data were a fuel for the
>economy when it primarily is the medium to blackmail
>each individual person alive on the planet? And do we
>now have a greater chance of redemocratizing the EU?

carlo von lynX | 24 Jun 12:38 2016

The GCHQ is leaving the EU. A chance for democracy?

With its practices of JTRIG[1] and KARMA POLICE[2]
the UK government is responsible[3] for a massive 
attack on democracy as the case of the Malvinas in
2008 has shown.[4] Does the new development represent
a chance to let the supporters of civil rights in the
European Commission dominate over the dumbheads that
still promote the idea that data were a fuel for the
economy when it primarily is the medium to blackmail
each individual person alive on the planet? And do we 
now have a greater chance of redemocratizing the EU?

[1] https://theintercept.com/2015/06/22/controversial-gchq-unit-domestic-law-enforcement-propaganda/
[2] https://theintercept.com/gchq-appendix/
[3] https://theintercept.com/2015/09/25/gchq-radio-porn-spies-track-web-users-online-identities/
[4] https://theintercept.com/2015/04/02/gchq-argentina-falklands/

P.S. Is it a shame that I only come up with one decent
     source to cite?


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Alex Foti | 24 Jun 06:42 2016

England leaves Europe

As Nigel Farage toasts to the independence of the UK, it's in fact
England leaving the EU. At first glance it's the Thatcherite South
and the deindustrialized North (and Wales) who have voted to leave,
while Scotland has voted to remain, like Northern Ireland. A second
Scottish referendum has already been invoked, and a referendum on the
reunification of Ireland is not impossible (Sinn Fein has already
asked for it). Cameron will resign and Boris or Gove will take his
place. Labour voters have voted 2/3 to stay and 1/3 to go.

Although we could debate or months on englishness, britishness,
napoleon, bismarck etc - i.e. is England part of Europe in a
historical sense? Definitely yes, although Stratford-upon-Avon voted
otherwise;) The point is the majority of English voters don't feel
part of the Continent in a political sense, and maybe they haven't
since Waterloo. Anyway, panic in financial markets this morning is
quite a spectacle and neoliberal instability could have passed a
threshold beyond which it will never regain confidence. I want to
sketch here the likely geopolitical consequences of brexit and discuss
how plausible they are.

America distances itself further from England (a process that started
with the failed vote over Syria) and gets closer to France - yes they
are rabble-rousers and bossnappers but they have been on our side
since day 1 and now vs isis. A US rapprochement with Germany is only
natural at this point - Hillary (she will win, i think) and Angela
could rekindle the Deutsche Amerikanische Freundschaft and find a
common position on Russia (meaning NATO) and Turkey.

For its own interests, the US will probably push for further political
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Jaromil | 17 Jun 19:24 2016

Bankers on ecstasy (but is the party over?)

dear nettimers,

following up the crypto-money craze on "Blockchains", the diva setup
of Ethereum we-will-run-the-computer-of-the-world (and you will all be
assimilated or obsoleted) left a big crater this morning (CET time)


(US is just waking up to it, many more articles will likely come)

An exploited bug in DAO contracts (the trans-humanist dream who wanted
to run automatic contracts because humans are too stupid and too slow)
burned more than 60 milion worth of dollars as ETH started flowing
into a mysterious account.

Those whom I have spoken to about the issue may remember: I've always
discouraged from stepping on ETH grounds, not just because of all the
fanfare and the me-me-me shilling grounds, but because there is little
reasoning on *computational language* in its implementation. A few
other people share this opinion, the very well respectable Bitcoin
developer Greg Maxwell for instance points out here
that "It's the recursive call issue, -- ultimately it's a design flaw
in the EVM that makes it very hard to write safe code. Even many of
their examples were vulnerable to it and similar forms."

as well bright researchers like Meredith point out in a twit now
"Told you gas wasn't sufficient to keep Ethereum secure. Turns out,
program semantics matter!"
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Felix Stalder | 17 Jun 13:25 2016

geography of copyright


QZ > Mongolia is changing all its addresses to three-word phrases

< http://qz.com/705273/mongolia-is-changing-all-its-addresses-to-three-word-phrases/ >

Mongolia is changing all its addresses to three-word phrases

Mongolia will become a global pioneer next month, when its
national post office starts referring to locations by a series of
three-word phrases instead of house numbers and street names.

The new system is devised by a British startup called What3Words,
which has assigned a three-word phrase to every point on the
globe. The system is designed to solve the an often-ignored
problem of 75% of the earth’s population, an estimated 4 billion
people, who have no address for mailing purposes, making it
difficult to open a bank account, get a delivery, or be reached in
an emergency. In What3Words’ system, the idea is that a series of
words is easier to remember than the strings of number that make
up GPS coordinates. Each unique phrase corresponds to a specific
9-square-meter spot on the map.

For example, the White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, becomes
sulk.held.raves; the Tokyo Tower is located at
fans.helpless.collects; and the Stade de France is at

Mongolians will be the first to use the system for government mail
delivery, but organizations including the United Nations, courier
companies, and mapping firms like Navmii already use What3Words’

Mongol Post is switching to the What3Words system because there
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Geert Lovink | 13 Jun 10:47 2016

Offline is The New Luxury/White Spots

   Offline is The New Luxury

   English version of Dutch video documentary produced for VPRO TV now
   available at [1]https://vimeo.com/169224545

   Digital networks are forever expanding. Places without cell phone
   reception or a Wi-Fi connection are increasingly hard to find. If tech
   companies have their way, the remaining 'white spots' on the digital
   map will soon disappear, leaving no place on earth unconnected. But
   what is happening off the grid?

   White Spots is a collaborative multimedia project by documentary
   filmmaker Bregtje van der Haak, visual artist Jacqueline Hassink, and
   information designer Richard Vijgen. Working in various media, they
   travel beyond the frontiers of the networked world to explore unwired
   landscapes, communities and lifestyles, questioning the need to be
   constantly plugged into a single, seamless planetary tech-topia. Will
   offline become the new luxury?

   This television documentary takes viewers on a tour of the offline
   world and includes interviews with internet critic Evgeny Morozov,
   psychologist Sherry Turkle (MIT), Amish minister Norman Yoder
   (Shipshewana, Indiana), poet and writer Aram Pachyan (Armenia), and
   Minister of Telecommunications Harin Fernando of Sri Lanka. The
   documentary is directed by Bregtje van der Haak and produced by VPRO
   Backlight. It comes with the free White Spots App (for android and
   iPhone, design Richard Vijgen).

   Within the framework of the documentary the White Spots App was
   produced. Please visit: [2]http://www.white-spots.net/.
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