This is a messy collection of recommended links. Stuff I've stashed here for reference or your perusal; by no means definitive. It should be obvious that I don't necessarily agree with everything in the linked pieces.
Self-Governance and the News Media/Other Blocking It
- Heather Marsh's blog. PDF of her 2013 book Binding Chaos: Systems of Mass Collaboration; also audio interview with her about it. See Heather's blog for the book in other formats. These are ideas I strongly believe people should move toward. You might find the glossary helpful.
- Here are some posts from Heather's site that I find particularly important or accessible or relevant to my usual audience.
- 2012, November 5: The problems with democracy
- 2012, October 7: Society vs. dissociation
- 2013, February 13: A world without a financial system
- 2013, February 28: An economy for all
- 2013, April 2: Approval Economy: In Practice
- 2012, December 24: Stigmergy
- 2013, January, 23: Concentric groups, knowledge bridges, and epistemic communities
- 2014, November 12: Installing new governance
- 2014, November 21: The reactionaries
- 2014, November 18: The revolutionaries
- 2014, April 25: Great Men and how they are upheld
- 2014, May 1: Witches and how they are silenced
- 1974: The Dispossessed, a novel by Ursula K. Le Guin, at The Anarchist Library.
- 2012: The Joke's on You by Steve Almond. Against Jon Stewart and Colbert.
- Here are some posts from media critic Tarzie's blog The Rancid Honeytrap that I find particularly important or accessible or relevant to my usual audience.
- 2012, November 22: The cable news heroism of Chris Hayes. A sarcastic title.
- 2012, November 12: The toxically useful idiocy of Amy Goodman.
- 2014, January: Passing Noam on my way out: Part 1 and Part 2. On Noam Chomsky, including in regard to Aaron Swartz.
- 2013, October 18: A harbinger of journalism saved. A sarcastic title. Against Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar.
- 2013, November 19: No, Pierre Omidyar does not want to topple the government. Against Glenn Greenwald and Pierre Omidyar.
- 2015, March 27: White supremacy and magic paper. Lengthy post against free speech absolutism. Among other things, discusses the history of the white supremacist-allying ACLU, how the KKK reaches the top of government, and how free speech absolutism is tied into market libertarianism.
- The Duchin formula is Stratfor's strategy for corporations to use against grassroots activists. It gained more and new attention after Jeremy Hammond hacked the firm and gave more than five million of its internal emails to WikiLeaks. The formula is for GovCorp to divide activists into four categories to deal with them as follows: Bet on the opportunists, co-opt the realists, manipulate (often emotionally) the idealists into becoming realists by playing on their intrinsic altruism and faith in others' motives etc., and by doing all this, isolate the radicals and leave them without support.
Sort of Like a Blogroll
- Nonprofit news/analysis organization WhoWhatWhy.org, where my nonfiction is often published.
- The Cryptosphere, where I wish I wrote more! Run by raincoaster.
- WikiLeaks (Twitter). You've probably heard of them, right?
- Project PM. Analysis of the public-private spy industry. Founded by Barrett Brown.
Various Nightmare News, Mostly U.S.
- 2015 April 21: PayPal wants to replace passwords with brain implants and computers you swallow.
- 2014 November 13: Are Mexico's missing students the victims of U.S.-backed drug war? On the topic of Ayotzinapa-originating protests/actions.
- 2014 July 15: Bill of Rights Rollback in the U.S. Borderlands/Border Wars in the Homeland by Todd Miller. On the rise of Homeland Security's Border Patrol and their ingress into the main of the U.S. Checkpoints, surveillance. Contains lots of specific examples, plus links to primary sources and resistance.
- 2014 October 29: NPR story on a case where the FBI had inadequate evidence for a warrant, so they cut public utility and posed as repair persons to get surveillance access.
- 2014 April 10: A New Level of Secrecy and Control. Executive editor of your New York Times on unprecedented White House secrecy brought to you by your Obama administration.
- 2014 February 21: Anatomy of the Deep State by Mike Lofgren, on Bill Moyers' website. This is a poor anatomy in certain ways, but the place and how it is written might break some Overton windows, so I'm leaving it here.
- 2014 April 26: Facebook-funded Silicon Valley police station, with free Wi-Fi, opens. "A major corporation funding a police department—particularly in a well-to-do city like Menlo Park—seems extremely rare in the United States, if unprecedented."
- 2013 August 5: Reuters exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans. About DEA parallel construction.
- The Free Snowden website catalogs revelations from his leaks.
- Fifty-page PDF from the nonprofit Corporate Policy Center titled Spooky Business, about corporate spying on nonprofits. Democracy Now! interview about the report: Part 1, Part 2.
- WikiLeaks Trapwire releases from the Stratfor/Global Intelligence Files: 1, 2, 3. Some initial reports on TrapWire: Storify, RT, another RT, NYT (crap), Wired, Gawker, ACLU PrivacySOS, another ACLU PrivacySOS. Check those links for links to patent applications, Stratfor documents published by WikiLeaks, and more.
- 2011 December 15: essay by Mohammed el Gorani, an innocent person who was the youngest held at Gitmo. An interrogator told him he was on an "island in the middle of the ocean. Nobody can run away from here and you’ll be here forever."
- 2015 July 7: at Esquire, an article about how climate change scientists are feeling and preparing for what appears to be the next great age of extinction. When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job: Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can't really talk about it.
- 2012 October 30: at Mother Jones, regarding Hurricane Sandy, NASA Warned New York About Hurricane Danger Six Years Ago.
- 2012 July 19: at Rolling Stone, Global Warming's Terrifying New Math.
Occupy Wall Street
- 2013 November 13: Occupy Wall Street's debt buying strikes at the heart of capitalism. In buying debt so cheaply and writing it off, Occupy has revealed the illusory and circular nature of owing money. Strike Debt!
- 2012 August 12: Occupy Austin: The Cost of Erasing Dissent.
- Occupy Austin (Twitter).
- See also 2014, November 21: The reactionaries by Heather Marsh.
Political and Other Prisoner Support
- Free Jeremy Hammond. Hacktivist/whistleblower. I researched and published on documents he made available via WikiLeaks.
- Free Barrett Brown. Writer and journalist known for working with Anonymous. I wrote multiple articles on his case.
- Chelsea Manning Support Network. The whistleblower formerly known as Bradley Manning.
- Free Snowden. The NSA whistleblower who argued mass surveillance would be acceptable were it ratified, but thanks for the docs.
- Jason Hammond Support Network. He of the righteous melee. See also.
- March 2015 illustrated guide to political prisoners and POWs by NYC Anarchist Black Cross.
- Prisoner solidarity section of Jeremy Hammond's website.
- Prison Abolition and Prisoner Support.
- FREE Omar Khadr Now.
- Free Xinachtli (formerly Alvaro Luna Hernandez; his recently taken new name means "Seed").
I will be updating this more next time, but for now, the following:
- Free test for autism spectrum traits. One that was recommend to me, by a self-described aspie, that seems good.
- Free test for Myers-Briggs personality type. Fast to take but still high quality, I think.
- Jordan Reyne (Twitter).
- Binärpilot (Twitter). Free high-quality MP3s. You can tip him via Flattr. Some of my favorite tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4.
- Some of my favorite music that I'll link more next time I update this page: God Is an Astronaut, A Tribe Called Red, Metallica and Megadeth up through about 1994, The Knife, DJ Spooky, Panic Volcanic.
Creativity and Writing Advice
- 2012 August 14: Compilation of Clarion 2012 writing advice.
- My series of ten blog posts about my experiences at the 2008 Clarion West Writers Workshop.
- Reportedly from 1991: John Cleese lecture on creativity.