Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; to keeping information available and free; and to not only fighting for personal privacy, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. All these efforts find representation on her blog "ah, Mephistophelis," so named after the last line of Chirstopher Marlowe's in his famous Dr. Faustus, which, as some would have it, successfully flouted the censor for a time. A female Faust, she is a poet, always.

M.W.K.P.A. | BODY COUNT "NO LIVES MATTER" | NSFW | FTP


Past due for another Music What Kicketh Political Ass. Needless to say, NSFW.



 
Body Count "No Lives Matter" from the album Bloodlust

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Trump Justifies 75yo Man's Brutal Treatment By Police | A Citizen's Open Letter In Response





@realdonaldtrump's tweet:


My response:

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020



@realdonaldtrump:


Let us engage in a little thought experiment, for the sake of argument, shall we? 

Let us assume that, as you say, he was allied with the Antifascists, & let us be generous, & NOT assume that you would stoop to bending the truth or embellishing facts or even lying outright, just because his political alignment puts him opposite your camp.  Let us assume that you, @realdonaldtrump, like me, consider that beneath you.  

Let us say your sources are correct, & this elder member of the Antifascist Movement was attempting “to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment.” 

Let us look at the logical implication of the facts as you have stated them, had events gone as they ought to have. We will find that what actually happened was not a morally defensible outcome even if what you have said in this tweet is 100% correct.

What is the appropriate response of Law Enforcement in this situation in any jurisdiction anywhere in these United States of America?

If you said “to neutralize the effect of his actions, which were attempting to carry out an unlawful intent that threatened their lawful Law Enforcement activities, the Police should throw him to the ground & not care what happens to him” you, sir, would be wrong.  

In case you were wondering, the proper thing for Law Abiding Law Enforcement to do is to arrest him & detain him  so that they could determine the truth of these allegations.  It is still their job to protect his health, & it is their duty to consider him innocent until proven guilty.  Ask your lawyers.

This is the duty of every American, no matter what their beliefs.  This is your duty as well.

In contrast to this, NO ONE HELPED HIM. 

They STEPPED OVER HIM and left him on the ground BLEEDING out his EARS & the BACK OF HIS HEAD from his fall.  

How old are you again? Imagine if Antifa was in power — don’t get distracted by that, it is not my main point — & the cops were aligned AGAINST your political interests, would they have the right to do that to you? Would you think that was fair?  On the suspicion  or the rumour of your intent?  Without evidence, or a trial, or the ability to confront the charges against you?  That is NOT America.  That goes against the Constitution.  Highly illegal, unfair, unjust, undemocratic, &, in a word, fascist.



Thank you for your time.

I remain,



@femalefaust,
American Citizen




In case you live under a rock, the original video:



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UPDATED | SELECT MUST-SEE VIDEOS FOR AMERICANS (ESPECIALLY "WHITE" AMERICANS)

 
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UPDATE:  WATCH THIS ONE FIRST - CLICK HERE


I remember the teaching circles during Occupy Oakland, where Panther-era seniors and seasoned anarchists had to take turns patiently explaining the same old concepts to faces fresh to activism.  Concepts like the ones below.

This title was originally "Out of the ashes, a Pheonix."  

It only took us nine days of protesting, eventually involving all 5o states and several other countries, but all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd have finally been charged.

There seems to be reason for hope, despite the added pain and in some cases loss of life that that caused.

Because maybe we are getting somewhere after all.






John Oliver

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Jimmy Kimmel



Trevor Noah



Cornell West



Seth Meyers




Lessons from the past:

(Who knows maybe we won't have to repeat it...)

Tim Wise (not long)



Tim Wise (longer)




Bill Hicks


WATCH OUT: Elite, Corporate Govt, Tech & Media Believe Chinese Surveillance Tech-Centric Socio-Political Model Far Superior, Desireable, US Should Switch NOW — & Will Try To Convince You Any Way They Can


"They let their magic tortoises go" a Faustian mosaic powered by TurboMosaic.  11x8. Click to enlarge or right-click to download.

This may blow your mind.  

Did you know car ownership, physical cash and credit cards, lack of ubiquitous surveillance, and past American prosperity are all obstacles in the way of our future progress?  That if we do not eliminate these obstacles, we will lose our superpower status and risk our very way of life?

What?

Did you know that the Chinese model of Total Government Domination & Control Of The Socio-Political Sphere & Its Discourse (Online & Off) is the most successful -- that, as the Atlantic puts it, one thing we learned from the coronavirus pandemic was that "China was right?"

WHAT?

READ MORE HERE (archived version)

Here are some links to secondary sources, to give you an idea what you are in for:

https://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2020/04/weekly-privacycivil-rights-news-stories_13.html
"Canadian police are to begin visiting homes to enforce the government’s COVID-19 quarantine, the RCMP said on Friday, warning that “recklessly” failing to comply could result in a $1-million fine and three years in prison. he maximum fine for failing to comply with the quarantine is $750,000 and up to six months in prison, but those who put others at risk could face harsher penalties ...
 
Narrative Managers Argue China-Like Internet Censorship Is ...
Narrative Managers Argue China-Like Internet Censorship Is Needed ... Silicon Valley tech giants are collaborating with western governments to censor speech.

The NSCAI says, "mass surveillance is a killer application for deep learning. As our government applies AI deep learning to things like CCTV cameras, cellphone locations, and license plate readers, a person's entire life can be predicted.

The NSCAI says, "mass surveillance is a killer application for deep learning. As our government applies AI deep learning to things like CCTV cameras, cellphone locations, and license plate readers, a person's entire life can be predicted.

Listen and download Up is Down Podcast's episodes for free. In this episode of Up Is Down I go over the just published article by the one and only Whitney Webb. This article is so important to know about that I... Podcast: Up is Down Podcast. Channel: Up is Down Podcast. Time: 01:01:56 Uploaded 22/04 a las 02:36:59 50299271






Techno-Tyranny: 
How The US National Security State 
Is Using Coronavirus 
To Fulfill An Orwellian Vision

20 Apr 2020   Posted by Whitney Webb 

Last year, a U.S. government body dedicated to examining how artificial intelligence can “address the national security and defense needs of the United States” discussed in detail the “structural” changes that the American economy and society must undergo in order to ensure a technological advantage over China, according to a recent document acquired through a FOIA request. 

This document suggests that the U.S. follow China’s lead and even surpass them in many aspects related to AI-driven technologies, particularly their use of mass surveillance. This perspective clearly clashes with the public rhetoric of prominent U.S. government officials and politicians on China, who have labeled the Chinese government’s technology investments and export of its surveillance systems and other technologies as a major “threat” to Americans’ “way of life.” 

In addition, many of the steps for the implementation of such a program in the U.S., as laid out in this newly available document, are currently being promoted and implemented as part of the government’s response to the current coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. This likely due to the fact that many members of this same body have considerable overlap with the taskforces and advisors currently guiding the government’s plans to “re-open the economy” and efforts to use technology to respond to the current crisis.

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But the kicker is the source PDF. 

Here is a video interview with Whitney Webb, who broke the story:
 


This PDF has no text search; it is all images.  So you're welcome, I tagged all the slides so you can search it by title of slide.  Fulltext download, including OCR is over at -102,* my anti-censorship memory hole blog:

ESSENTIAL READING: Chinese Tech Landscape Overview NSCAI Presentation - an EPIC FOIA | FULLTEXT, CONTEXT (incl' video), OCR ,& MIRRORS

The above post also includes alternate links and mirrors, and links to articles and online discussions current as of the time of this writing.

Let's all take a deep breath and keep our wits.  We will need them.

Chinese Tech Landscape Overview

Core Tech vs Tech Enabled

The Players
Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent

Bytedance, Meituan, Didi

SenseTime, Yitu, Face++, Cloudwalk
Xiaomi, BYD, DJI

International Expansion and its Consequences

Chinese Tech Landscape

New Escalation Paths In Global Tech Ecosystem

Appendix

Creation, Adoption, Iteration
Digital Payments - Adoption Defined Vertical

Invalid American Advantages
In China, there are more than 20 apps with 150+

Watermelon

Creation, Adoption, Iteration

Digital Payments - An Adoption Defined Vertical

Relative Competencies: "Core tech" vs "tech enabled" businesses

Semiconductors are the canonical vertical where bottleneck is core tech
Open Questions for the Future of Technology

The Importance of a US/ China Al Cooperation

Social Credit

Social Credits

Judgement Default Blacklist

Alibaba's Sesame Credit
Alibaba and Tencent were both jumpstarted by strategic investments

Real Name Verification

How could this become draconian?

Strategic Investments

Strategic Investment

THE BATTLE FOR THE NEXT BILLION USERS: Spectrum of Investments

Softbank and Didi are Carving Up the World

Cable Company Regional Monopolies

Pay TM
THE BATTLE FOR THE NEXT BILLION USERS: India's Mobile Wallet is Chinese Owned

LEAPFROGGING THE POST-WWII CONSUMER ECONOMY:Building for emerging markets does not mean primitive functionality Alipay, create 100% Google-free

LEAPFROGGING THE POST-WWII CONSUMER ECONOMY:Competing with cash, not cards, in India

LEAPFROGGING THE POST-WWII CONSUMER ECONOMY:India Big Break - Cancellation of 86% Currency Forcing People To Not Use Cash

LEAPFROGGING THE POST-WWII CONSUMER ECONOMY:Causes Mobile Wallet Early Adoption, Widespread Use, Unfathomable in West

Paytm following in Alibaba's footsteps

Why are Chinese tech giants now going abroad?

Why are Chinese tech giants now pushing to expand abroad?

Bytedance 's Regulatory Heat in China
Cutthroat Competition in China

How should we look at the Chinese market?

Softbank Vision Fund

THE BATTLE FOR THE NEXT BILLION USERS: Softbank, Ultimate Strategic Investors

SoftBank's Vision Fund is in a league of its own

THE BATTLE FOR THE NEXT BILLION USERS: Softbank's Strategic Investments

The Vision Fund is fundamentally not a traditional fund

Centralization to gain control = Big Company Disease

20th v 21st c type companies
Ties: based on capital vs buddy-like relations

Commodity Manufacturing

China Not Competitive In High Tech Hi Value... Yet

...Butr Dominates Production Of Commodity Hardware

What Is A Commodity?

Solar Panels Are Easier To Make Than Drywall

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER: Macro Trend

Figure 7: Number of parts in the powertrain

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER
THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER
THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

Chinese Battery Boom

Looks like lithium-ion batteries

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

THE WORLD'S DOMINANT ELECTRIC VEHICLE MANUFACTURER

Comparative Advantage

Ridesharing [China Leads Today]

Infrastructure [China Leads Today]

Autonomous Vehicles [Prediction]

State Datasets: Surveillance = Smart Cities

Al for Medical Diagnosis [Prediction]

State Datasets: Biotech and Healthcare

Immigration

Neutral Factors

The Lifecycle of New Tech
Al / Surveillance/ Gov't As Anchor Customer

In the press and politics of America and Europe, Al

Surveillance is one of the "first-and-best customers" for Al

Government investment and contracts allow Al

Facial recognition expands beyond surveillance

National Al Team: Government partnership can be even more explicit

Explicit Government Support

A lot of government data may have been gathered with

State Datasets: Surveillance = Smart Cities
State Datasets: Biotech and Healthcare

Simultaneously, the Chinese government is Private Industry, Regulator, Owner & Customer

China Exporting Al Globally

Too soon to say what will happen: Most cutting-edge research

Bytedance

TikTok goes global

Moderation

The Future of Global Media Distribution

They refer to themselves as an "Al first content platform"
Recommendations Engine is their Core

Clickbait Rabbit Hole Echo Chamber Problem

So in a major philosophical reversal, Bytedance has hired 400+ Human Moderators

Legacy Systems

Change In User Experience Drives Adoption

UNHINDERED BY LEGACY SYSTEMS: In America, e-commerce is dessert; In China, it is the main course

UNHINDERED BY LEGACY SYSTEMS such as past prosperity

LEAPFROGGING THE POST-WWII CONSUMER ECONOMY: Natural Consequence Of Structural Conditions

LEAPFROGGING THE POST-WWII CONSUMER ECONOMY: China E-Commerce Companies
Amazon Prime Day= 525 million; Alibaba Singles Day=14 Billion

UNHINDERED BY LEGACY SYSTEMS: What Happens When No One Has A Credit Card

China Smartphone-Based Payment Solutions=High Engagement

UNHINDERED BY LEGACY SYSTEMS: US Has Many"Good Enough" Legacy Systems

UNHINDERED BY LEGACY SYSTEMS: How "Good Enough" Hinders Adoption of Tech

UNHINDERED BY LEGACY SYSTEMS: MPesa handles 87% of Kenya's 55 Bln GDP

Semiconductor Independence

ZTE: The Cautionary Tale of Semiconductor Import Dependency

China Intends To Steal Semiconductor Tech To Address This Concern
Semiconductors and Reunification with Taiwan

TPUs: An Obvious Target for IP Transfer





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*(that's 'Minus 102' - because the value of the error code for file not found, 404, minus 102 is 302, file found)