CiTiZEN KiNO #44 : The Bitmaker’s Afterlife and FuNdRaisER updates

March 23rd, 2015

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{ C-Kino #44 work-in-progress }

< April 16th > CiTiZEN KiNO #44: The Bitmaker’s Afterlife, at Artists Television Access, w/ special guests and fundraiser launch party (part 1). 8:30 pm. 922 Valencia St, SF

We are continuously collecting an amazing archive for our upcoming show of media bits that will help you navigate Neo-Liberal and Neo-Libertarian Gentrification, Silicon Valley’s Technotopian Occupations, and the apocalyptic endgame of The Anthropocene-sters, which is NOT inevitable.

Yes 3 themes we’ve been deeply researching over the last few years, squeezed fresh for new XLterrestrials analysis, all in one show ! But wait, there’s more ! We don’t just navigate, we propose a future social organism, a new operating system and upgrades to higher intelligence, without the systemic parasites sucking all your time space-time continuum and all the material realities of your earthbound existence.

And we are launching an Indiegogo campaign, very very soon ! more news coming ! Stay tune ! And if you’d like to donate already, contact us. We need your support to spread the arts+praxis revolutions !

We’re working on gifts and investor premiums for C-KiNO patrons + donors + super heroes. i.e. Catacomb-Kino-club card memberships, signed XLterrestrials movie posters, Globalista soundtracks for your daily resistance, your spring+summer fertility rites and all your liberatory+autonomous zone pleasures. Or make premium suggestions, while we’re still brainstorming :) !

to be cont.

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< March 27th > Bextala Drom – Balkan + Burlesque Nites w/ Dj Podinski (a pre-XLT-fundrasier party) spinning the Carpathian and Psychomagic Beats ! w/ many guests. At Amnesia in the Mission District, SF.

( note : everything we do is to raise funds for saving the planet for the peeps, all species and all relations, so c’mon down and give us a shake-your-booty boost. Note to selves:  if we don’t remember to feed our desire+pleasures – even in the dark times – the spirit dies ! )

And thx to Zeljko – from Kafana Balkan – for reconnecting us to the bay area balkan scene, it’s been Many years since we participated in an official gig in California.

CiTiZEN KiNO eastside tour + FUNDRAiSER

March 10th, 2015

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It’s time to think BIG ! … There’s too little time for anything else…

The Social Organisms are requiring a re-plant, a re-seeding, a re-harvesting… And a few matriarchal interventions !

So the XLterrestrials are launching a FUNDRAISER ! To help fund our east-side cultural exchange .. our upcoming tour…

We’re heading on the road with Nomadic Village 2015, a project visiting the rural zones of eastern europe to research autonomous zones, healthier neighborhoods, sustainable collaborations, arts+praxis for the peeps ! etc.

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Points on the Road:

< May 21–30 > 1st Nomadic Village @ C.M.A.K./Slovenia

< May31-June19 > Galeria Nowhere/Travelling Exhibition

< June 20-28 > 2nd (Urban) Nomadic Village @ Water Tower Art Fest, Sophia

< July > Austria ( TBA )

If you are in these areas during May thru July, get in touch with us… we are seeking collaborations and inviting special guests to participate in the upcoming CiTiZEN KiNO shows on this tour.

XLterrestrials contact Here

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{ more info on our remaining SF BAY shows > go here }

Ongoing California Tour, March/April/May :

AND before we go, we have some important events to pull off in the SF BAY Area:

< April 16 > Artists Television Access, SF

< April TBA > Internet Archive, SF

< April TBA > Omni Commons, Oakland

etc.

FUNDRAISER ! Coming Soon !

Standby for am Indiegogo campaign News … and have we got some juicy incentives for you to contribute to fertile and fuzzy resistance !

more info to come…

Below is an excerpt from our proposal for Nomadic Village:

Read the rest of this entry »

Left Coast Stammtisch – Eastbay/Westbay

March 8th, 2015

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* Stammtisch – translates to a table for the tribe(s), … a reserved table, usually at a local Bierstube / pub for a regularly attending group.

Social Laboratory nights for upgrading collective intelligence:

A Stammtisch in Berlin was founded by the Telekommunisten, a politically engaged collective art group to have informal weekly gatherings of fellow alien minds in the field of arts + politics + economics … or whatever it is that you do. Amidst their busy schedules intervening in digital culture ( contributing to open-source software, crypto-parties, security+share concerns and strategies, creating manifestos for a ‘far copyleft’ Net, and worker-owned models, etc. ).  They’ve been hosting these salon-like meet-ups for over 11 years, providing a face-2-face space + ’social glue’ for a very vibrant scene… of social thinkers and tinkerers.

Arts + Politics + Cultures of Resistance + in-the-flesh connections … We propose a Leftcoast Stammtisch, cause we desperately need a high quality place to hang, where there’s seriously good music … and even better… collaborative schemes being hatched … A new resource for SF Bay Area peeps !

Stay tune for (venue) locations for both the Eastbay + SF… and if you’d like to join the conversation threads .. there’s a new facecrack page called the Left Coast Stammtisch. Join us!

to be cont.

Mission District 9, Save San Francisco ! Save Station 40 !

March 3rd, 2015

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The Mission District in San Francisco is under siege, again ! A diverse, ethnicly- rich, vibrant working class neighborhood is once again at the center of a collision between wealthy development players and the everyday citizens who struggle to survive.

White-colonizer supremacy and gentrification takes on new monstrous proportions which brings to mind one of the creepiest sci-fi films we encountered back around 2010, as an in-flight movie ( released in 2009). We had to switch channels before the end, as it was truly freaking us out. Too close to home, to us, nomadic aliens! ;)

The plot : ” A tale of extraterrestrial refugees stuck in contemporary South Africa… They were the last of their kind, and in order to accommodate them, the government of South Africa set up a makeshift home in District 9 as politicians and world leaders debated how to handle the situation. As the humans begin to grow wary of the unwelcome intruders, a private company called Multi-National United (MNU) is assigned the task of controlling them. But MNU is less interested in the aliens’ welfare than attempting to understand how their weaponry works. Should they manage to make that breakthrough, they will receive tremendous profits to fund their research.” ( from Fandango ).

This plot weaves heavy social fiction into the scenarios of  racist attitudes, and hired private military to deal with an unwanted populace, that is not too far from South Africa’s still tormented and unresolved realities as the so-called “post-apartheid” land festers w/ brutal race+class divides. And so many implications for global struggles in cities just about anywhere ! … Though granted the film muddies the waters of both immigration + indigenous struggles. And in our remix above we’ve flipped the situation, making the (grotesque) aliens the gentrifiers. We’ve been wondering all day, if this is too confusing a culture jam to represent solidarity for the diverse inhabitants of the Mission in SF. Well, if you’ re reading this far, at least we got you thinking about a complex analysis.

Of course this juxtaposition will tend to come off as extremely sensationalist as any Peter Jackson brand of Hollywood escapades… Nonetheless, we’re an outsider arts+praxis journo outlet, attempting to stab at your eyeballs in a war for your attention, in a rising sea of internet overdoses … So we’ll take the over-dramatized agitprop approach, in the hopes we get a few xtra savvy rebel-ready readers. And always some little abstract hope to get a little viral action, not for the attention, but for the utility of mobilizing the hood in the times of front door crises ! [ Though we've long lost any trust or gusto for a neutral net and web games. "The Internet, It fails us now! " ... c/should be the new Gang of Four anthem for the well-fleeced digital natives. Check the original G04 version.]

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{ foto: 48 Hills }

For a more down to earth analysis, we recommend Tim Redmond’s short and sweet and spot on summary of the latest fight to save the Mission neighborhood in 48 Hills, the new outlet from the former SF Bay Guardian editor. But it’s probably not gonna agitate as much as fringe journalism can… and should !

So you can also listen to the inspiring and incredibly well-formulated stand taken by the not-exactly new Rebel Tenants ( and Friends of ) of Station 40 at Indybay.org

FOLLOW THIS STORY ! SPREAD IT ! SUPPORT THEM ! ENGAGE.. the fight is ON ! … and if there’s any scenario that can help trigger reaction from a wider public, this is one of the best chances left to defend against the rapidly ’sterilizing’ forces shaping San Francisco… in this current tech wave ( and neo-liberal agenda ) Boom !

And we’ll take it a bit further into the emotionally tumultuous … personal anecdote… cathartic… and pissed-off variety below… in an attempt to get YOU more ‘invested’ in the struggles… and even to re-convince ourselves …

stay tune ! work-in-progress …

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{ from press conference at 16th St. Bart, 3.3.15 }

ACTIONS :

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{ frackbook invite / link }

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February 26th, 2015

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{ more great paste-ups in SF Bay … some of which may be from Political Gridlock, whom we’ve posted before. }

” YEY, humans, we won, the Open net, we be cyborg sushi, who’s coming to the Amazoooglefrackbook party ? ;) “

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{ from our friends at EFF }

The problem with electoral politics-crumbs in the age of neo-liberal corporate democracy vortexes, is that the public is likely to choke to death on them before any benefits ever trickle down into any real shaping of society.

” Today the FCC voted three to two to reclassify broadband Internet access as a common carrier service under Title II of the Communications Act, and forbear from the parts of the Act that aren’t necessary for net neutrality rules. This reclassification gives the FCC the authority to enact (and enforce) narrow, clear rules which will help keep the Internet the open platform it is today. ” from EFF.org

We distinctly noticed no added clause that all those who’ve have been fracking n tracking your data since. let’s say, the 80s, and all the ensuing wild west/ gold-rush/ feeding-frenzy players will NOT be obliged to hand over a penny, will NOT go directly to jail, BUT will indeed pass GO on the Monopoly board, and will eat your brains in a slightly slower fashion than previously expected.

Sure, this was hard work, and congratulations to all who helped … it prevents The Cybernetic Regime from fucking YOU today at a higher bandwith … for now.

It does not suddenly occur to an XLterrestrial, that something has been lacking in the analysis of just where exactly we’re at today in The Great Net Migration Enterprise: YOU… WE … AREN’T WINNING !

We just came across this great piece by Charlie Stross today… where he writes:

“We’re living in an era of increasing automation. And it’s trivially clear that the adoption of automation privileges capital over labour (because capital can be substituted for labour, and the profit from its deployment thereby accrues to capital rather than being shared evenly across society). “

We’ll post that link further down, but before we make your head hurt too much… Let’s back up a moment…

Ivan Illich once astutely clarified that highways designed and constructed in the pre and post-war build-ups were not exactly a public service, they were paving the way for industrial capitalists to make you buy a car. This was anything but a public transportation system ! … but sure, you’re thinking : “But i love my freedom on the road.” Meanwhile the social costs are STILL piling on insurmountably, beyond your wildest petrol-guzzling imaginations ! Beyond your puny mass extinction concerns !

Douglas Rushkoff not-so-long ago astutely clarified: The Internet is Not Free, Nothing’s Free (in this game). Your sitting on thousands of dollars of devices to read this right now. Possibly TENS of THOUSANDS if you add up all you’ve purchased to keep up-to-speed with the digital revolution since the 90s. Apple, for instance, is one of the Minotaurs drooling on your face right now, and btw, they helped craft the legislation of the so-called Open Internet.

In the 1950s, for those kind of spilled wages, you’d be owning your own house about now. Welcome to the Thin Mac Air !

Is anyone gonna wake up from this dreamy technotopia game in time ?!… otherwise known as Techno-Fascism to all those concerned w/ indigenous rights and a sustainable, equitable, inhabitable world.

to be cont.

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{ more from ground-zero Valencia Street, in the shadow of the Silicon Beasty , but hey that’s nothing compared to hell in a Cobalt Mine, or on the assembly lines at Foxconn. }

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RT : Ian Bogost @ibogost · Feb 24 Well, this photo of NSA director Mike Rogers should put everyone at ease.

Footnote: Thx to the Uncivilization List for all the great resources … and all the new nightmares… but we still love you … for being true. ;)  !

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The Leaked ZappaBush Wedding Photos …

February 24th, 2015

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Washington Post reports today that Jeb Bush, Columba and Frank Zappa were wedded in 1974 , by photographer Marvin Bush. Here’s the WaPo facts. ( In short, the story goes, Marvin used the same roll of film twice, and all but one of Jeb’s wedding fotos were destroyed … by a Zappa concert. )

But we’ve got more …

Truth be told, the XLterrestrials believe this WAPO bizness is to pre-emptively cover for fotos of Marvin, Jeb and Columba on the Sheik Yerbouti Tour in 1977, which are undoubtedly going to surface during the 2016 campaign, so why wait til then…

XLterrestrials are currently processing the leaked photos. More coming Soon !

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The Even More Real story behind #ZappaBush is that all this useless, disembodied information has taken a toll on our brains…

Why, it’s almost as useless as electoral politics in a neo-liberal house of smoke and horror$… ( Bush vs. Clinton 2016, Holy FUCK ! )

Why it’s almost as pathetic as all that 24/7 streaming crap-hose of a corporate press…

Who makes all this viral web nonsense ?!

Welcome to The WWW Spambots R Us, one of the cybernetic regime’s greatest achievements.

Welcome user, (unpaid) content-generator, pusher/product, cyber-suckers ! Your planet’s in peril, But nevermind THat ! Welcome to this endless realm of clickbaitery and brain-drain time+space colonialism !

Welcome to the virtual and wallowing wonderbread wasteland !

[ This ad is NOT an endorsement of GoogleAppleAmazonRepublicanDemocratNSA ]

to be cont.

The Academy Awards Jury Making Their Challenging Decisions …

February 23rd, 2015

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When asked how they made their tough decision for the best documentary, an academy awards juror stated, “We felt it was a powerful story for our times about a white american tech bro.”

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* For more statistics on the diversity of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which governs the Academy Awards, see below.

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Re: CiTiZEN FOUR

But seriously, congratulations to Laura Poitras and crew ! It’s truly an important and courageous film ! And if you haven’t yet watched it, here’s a link to watch in full ( no downloading required ). It is a MUST SEE film !

And here’s a clip of Poitras’ acceptance speech below from the Courage Foundation site based in Berlin. Though, while we can always sympathize with people who are nervous public speakers, and she certainly has added reason to feel xtra pressures having done such a huge task to craft + deliver the message of a unique whistleblower, it’s a little disappointing that there was NO POTENT RANT … i.e. against an administration which has more aggressively persecuted journalists and whistleblowers than any other in history, i.e. against the academy institution for even considering such a repulsive piece of propaganda like American Sniper, or for their omission of honoring a black woman director of Selma, etc, etc., etc.  … the list of outrages could go on !

https://couragefound.org/…/citizenfour-wins-oscar-for-best…/

And since we’ve bothered to even acknowledge this rather shameful Hollywood industry institution, we like to point your attention to Color Of Change’s call to #DiversifyTheAcademy #DiversityMatters … because who has access to these powerful media channels is no small matter :

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Plus…

the 7th XLT Leni Riefenstahl Awards

And of course, our annual (XLt) Leni Riefenstahl Award goes to none other than CLINT EASTWOOD ! Or shall we call it: Best Boner for Imperialism. A new category and new low for the Academy !

* More on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

While we did assume that the Hollywood Industry’s own awards organization is a mostly white male operation, we were a little surprised to find out that the current president is Cheryl Boone Isaacs an African American woman. But given that the institution is over 80 years old, and it’s the 1st African, and only third woman to lead the Academy is nothing to get warm and fuzzy about.  And in fact from a quick overview of the diversity of the current Board of Governors posted at the wikipedia page, the situation looks appalling, and for the most part, a lot like our comical picture above.

Though interesting to note, if you’re looking for a specific person to blame for the omission of Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma, it’s Kathryn Bigelow. The patriot-power-monger who chairs the board for the directors choice., who was a recipient of our Riefenstahl award  for her ‘pro-torture propaganda’, which was nominated for best film by the Academy in 2012 … ;) …

Added : Poitras, Snowden and Greenwald made themselves available 2day to answer question at an AMA Reddit

We caught this a little late, but our XLt question might have been:

Congratulations! And thank you for your work ! … Why no rant !? And how does it feel to receive an award from an institution which also acknowledges and champions directors like Bigelow and Eastwood who have clearly participated in warmongering propaganda. An institution which has only given the directors award once to a woman, unfortunately the same hollywood player who accepted support from the military industrial complex to make her pro-torture, pro-CIA “art”. … And ironically, we should mention : the category which you won, was chaired by Alex Gibney, who made a fairly misleading and considerably unsupportive documentary on Wikileaks and whistleblowers.

Added: RT > Ok, Things u WISH poitras,greenwald,snowden had said about Academy Awards + Hollywood W/O reservation http://xlterrestrials.org/plog/?p=13787 @reddit_AMA

Guess we’ll have to do it for them ! feel free to send us your wishful thoughts ! …And to get the ball rolling:

” All I can say is, if Travolta tries to touch me, i’m outta this creepy joint !” Poitras

” Btw, Ed have you got any dirt on the sleazebags who run the academy ?! ” Greenwald …

to be cont.

“The Occupied Territories” for Otherzine (Issue #28)

February 16th, 2015

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[ foto remix : podinski + ropinski ]

Our XLterrestrials article for Otherzine’s Issue #28: Autonomous Zones….  which goes online on February 21, including articles and artists’ projects by Erik Lyle, Lynne Sachs, Eric Stewart, Erin McElroy, Walter Alter, La Caca ColectivaXLterrestrials and others. Co-edited by Robert Edmondson and Molly Hankwitz.

Taking over all your Netz… Read more here!

Here’s our piece, which we’ll be adding to on this site, as we continue to develop our CiTiZEN KiNO versions on the housing struggles…

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Investigations for episodes #40-43 of CiTiZEN KiNO

By dr. Podrescu

Today on Valentine’s Day – just for YOU – we are racing against the clock to finish an article for Otherzine …

The XLterrestrials – the nomadic arts and praxis lab – have been researching the intersections of technotopian delusions AND the housing struggles, and we felt it might be a good time to report some recent findings …

Originally our  CiTiZEN KiNO project, a “cinema hacking” platform, came to tour California in Sept. 2014 to share our project called “Technotopia, All You Can’t Eat ! “ which was developed in Berlin ( and officially premiered in Amsterdam at the Interference Conference at The Occi ) to articulate a tactical critique of the technological occupation, or as we’ve recently expressed it : Living In A Cybernetic Regime.

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[ Poster for C-KiNO #40 returning in April 2015 ]

There can no longer be technological progress without social progress. All our innovations, and all our bases, are becoming an expansion of the (anthropocene) hole in which we bury our imbalanced, fractured and disconnected humanity… In short, it’s time to get our asses out of our e-holes !

There can be no doubt that the Digital Exodus Inc. is the world’s fastest growing religion ! There’s even the promise of an immortality factor: Just imagine yur pixelated brain stuffed like a detached Buffalo-head forever clicking + computing Likes and Links on the walls of Ray Kurzweil’s, Google’s, Frackbook’s and Amazon’s. Floating in the afterlife like a glorious and eternal gift-bearing CloudFart, made in The Holy Silicon Valley… or, to be more accurate, in unseen sweatshops around the globe.  “

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Since arriving to the western occupied territories, we felt a drastic shift in climate and priorities. Economic, political and social… and even temperature ;)  … From the eruption of the Ferguson protests and all the solidarity arising from similar militarized police killings across the land, such state-sanctioned violence was hardly new, but it was the sign of something now boiling over in a concentrated torrent of blatant injustices. And in our analysis, the #blacklivesmatter ( and brown ) movement can also be connected to reclaiming our rights to the city. Since what we are experiencing is a continuity of colonial power, privilege and abuse … doing its bloody business in various forms, new and old.

Again nothing new, but if you’re just catching on : Concurrent with foreign invasions and occupations, there is now little respite in living in the belly of empire, YOU are also under siege. The escalating trends of gentrification and disruptive neo-liberal capture (practice, agenda and mindset ) in our urban spaces are signs of  kleptomaniacal habits stretching beyond the ( militarily) weak prey of underdeveloped countries and poor neighborhoods, rather manifesting uncontrollably at every possible corner. The unprecedented destabilization may even provide a prime opportunity to create a new formidable solidarity across race and class lines. 99%-ers all ready for the good fight !

In the neo-liberal feeding frenzy, the new threat to the sustainability of an entire planet means we are all indigenous now! We all have a dysfunctional operating system pointed at our heads ! We are all now involuntary members of the Oppressed Club ! “

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[ Art from Fernando Marti, 1990s ]

In addition, the homelessness and displacement which had also been a longtime hemorraging of rights, and a festering of social dysfunction in these parts, is beginning to affect our daily sanity. It is just not a topic we can as good citizens or as artists ignore or hide from any longer.

And then personally, in our own precarious situation we suddenly experienced a TRIPLING of our rent, compared to our Berlin base … And yet we considered ourselves lucky. We had found a somewhat subsidized refuge in an old cinema ‘bunker’ w/ old comrades in the Mission District. And there certainly aren’t many of those left !  Our projects are at risk, and to a certain extent our lives, but of course we must admit it is hardly comparable to the precarity of so many others we are witnessing all over the city (and the planet).

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[ Graffiti in Berlin : “ Realize leftist free space, and defend it ! Reclaim Your City ! “ ]

In our own hearts and minds, we were growing pathetically nostalgic for the old autonomous zones of Berlin ( particularly in the 90s ), and the various social centers and squats we’ve visited on various tours and engagements throughout the EU over the years, from spots like Tacheles, Haus Schwarzenberg, NewYorck, K-77 , Kopi, Rigaerstr., Rote Fabrik, ReitHalle, Rhino and Duce 11, Christiania, Occi, Karlo Rojc, Metelkova, Tuzrakter, Squat Eurodisney, etc. And meeting people who are ready and mobilized to defend them.

Though of course things are currently in a difficult, and at times depressing, state in Europe as well. This Berlin graffiti above ( from the aughts? ) lists a number of autonomous house projects, a few of them have already ended in forced evictions. Hungary’s freezones are in a dire state w/ an extremely rightwing regime. Christiania in Denmark, an occupied military barracks since the 70s housing over a 1,000 people is an entire semi-autonomous village in the middle of an extremely expensive Copenhagen, is now under siege with new institutionalizing expenses being imposed.

There is a fascinating book (we’ve been utilizing for our presentations) called “The City is Ours” with perspectives given case-by-case; Each chapter covers a different city in the EU, each with its own tactics and scenarios to fight for living space.

“ While the squatting movement attracted those who wished to protest the lack of affordable housing, rampant property speculation, and the negative effects of post-war urban redevelopment, it also offered an opportunity for many to quite literally build an alternative habitus where the very practice of squatting became the basis for producing a common spacial field, a field where principles of cooperative living intersected with juggled political commitments, emotional attachments, and the mundane materialisms of domesticity, occupation, and renovation “

from Alex Vasudevan’s chapter on Berlin ( PM Press 2014 )

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[ poster for C-KiNO #42, graffiti from the Valencia wall by Political Gridlock ]

We wished to take up the new pressing themes and local struggles and think in terms of recouping or re-introducing those valuable + fruit-bearing dreams of sustainable autonomous zones… A very different species from the temporary zones and festival forms that now seem to dominate the California dreaming.

What could we trigger for discussions and tactical thinking by showing (excerpts from) docs like Paths Through Utopias (2013), Ecumenopolis: city without limits (2011), Mittendrin (2003 ), Retort ( 2014 ), and radical news coverage from media groups like Leftvision Clips, etc. ?! And we continue to collect various media on this very concrete resistance territory. Knowing quite well, this is not easily transposed to a place with rabid property laws and already trigger-happy police.

At the very least, in cities like Oakland, SF and its outskirts, we should be demanding that social centers and cultural spaces should exist outside the market-rate rents, and the feeding frenzies for property in cities awash in speculative gaming !

More importantly, we must put back at the forefront of the struggles the human right to, not only shelter, but an unoccupied existence. NO ONE in a Free Society should be threatened with evictions for lack of funds, NO ONE should even be threatened with some ultimatum of submitting to wage slavery just to have a roof over one’s head. This is the basis of another kind of slave colony !

Of course we were already far off the map from anything resembling a Free Society, especially in the shadows of the Silicon Valley Beast, and a whole trail of genocidal cultures before us. And no matter where one is these days, to varying degrees, we are all losing a foothold for such rights and freedoms in every major city on the planet. There’s only limited refuge in autonomous housing projects, but could we expose the entire toxic environment + industrialized labor complex as a place of imminent recuperation ?! Could that open up new fronts for re-making a sustainable life !?

Note: There is so much to add to this article, and so much great research + resources already out there, but we’ll have to close here. The XLterrestrials will be writing more on the subject, providing links and sites for films + media on our blog:

www.XLterrestrials.org/plog

And we will be posting new dates there soon for C-Kino’s Occupied Territories part 3… and a newer version of Technotopian critiques coming in April.

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Resisting The Paralysis of Apocalyptic Predictions

February 10th, 2015

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“Never scream alone, when everyone around you is in the same intolerable boat !” XLt collective analyst

So the last few nights we’ve been perusing some of the deep analysis doomsayers, and as much as we can agree that humans currently appear to be “up shit creek, clueless, and without a paddle”, and that in many cases we are being lied to about the severity of the crises, a total collapse scenario is not one we should get comfortable and cuddle with, but rather view as a portal to extraordinary  paradigm-shifting and/or transmigrational times.

Without being in denial about the state of the planet and civilization, challenged on multiple fronts: ecological, political, economical, psychological, spiritual, etc., it makes no tactical sense to submit to the logic of the end times, to bow out and begin to chant “Om” with our friends … and enemies.

There are far too many variables, possibilities and unforseen factors that might not only counter the so-called terminal diagnosis of the human species, but should give you absolute courage…  to reject any further abuse.

We will try to come back and counter the arguments and positions of specific authors ( until we can give sufficient replies, we’ll leave the names ambiguous for now ) who have concluded that the science is all in, and the trajectory is irreversible.

While it’s not inconceivable, nor even really debatable, that humans are now driving the earth to mass extinction, it is far more important to stay focused on the mitigation of the destructive systems in which we are being pinned and trapped. And it is far more exhilarating, empowering and productive in such dangerous situations to conceive the new paths for solidarity and collective liberation. And far more respectful to become compassionate actors in various initiatives and strategies which advance the channels and options for those who have already been dragged down and oppressed by the swamps of a systemic deathwish, greed and recklessness.

The times have perhaps never been more ripe for epic-scale change !

to be cont.

The XLterrestrialists, on the cartoon path against belief systems

February 3rd, 2015

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The Killing of The Gods … R Us

” It matters what you believe.” a nomadic urban tribesman

” Tools devised and used by humans in an upside down world are proportionately misused. ” XLT analyst

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Part 1: On the cartoon path against belief systems …


This juicy image above ( and 2 more below ) from a comic book series called God Is Dead – begun in 2013 by J. Hickman, Mike Costa, Di Amorim, etc. – is really an afterthought to something we started writing today in response to a blog-article from Mark Morford at the SFGate, online branch of the corporate SF CHRONIC(LE). We are curious about the premise of the comic book, which sounds like a really fun theme to play with in “cartoon” form:

Hickman: Well, when I first cooked up the idea for the book the premise was basically: What would all the mythological gods do if they were both real and returned to earth? I thought it would be hilarious if the first thing they did was re-educate the atheists, and then the book would descend into the death of logic, deity cage matches in the seven ancient wonders of the world, and other nonsense.

In 2008, I believe my initial pitch to William (Christensen, Avatar EIC) was a global power play between undercover metal bands, Harvard alums and Afro-French aristocrats, but he begged me to give him something he could actually sell, so I said, “How about Zeus killing atheists?”

( But more on that later ).

The idea to defend the concepts of spiritual practice, perhaps before they are codified into more organized religions that have morphed into businesses of control, as an actual tool for humanity, has been brewing a long time!

Certainly not because we have any love or respect for the 3 major radicalized religions stomping around the planet like an all-too-real and very bloody Godzilla movie.

Triggered by all the jingoist writing on the subject currently, which is almost always devoid of any philosophical, theological or anthropological understanding, we felt the need for some deep psychomedia analysis.

Perhaps Terry Eagleton said it best when reviewing Dawkins and Hitchens’ career-boosting and cartoonish tirades against religion. [ ADDED: the LSB Review, Oct.2006 ] … Roughly paraphrased : Having someone theorize on religions without ever having studied Aquinas ( not necessarily in a positive light) or read Rumi or heard MLK ( in the context of  preacher ) or listened deeply to John Coltrane, you would just have no clue where they are coming from, or what they are saying, nor able to tap their depth of devotion, experiences, inspirations and expressions…

And you’d sound about as scholarly, scientific and/or poetic as a tabloid drivelist rambling about evolution theory without having ever encountered Darwin’s Origin Of The Species or any history of Biology in academics.

Also in part, because of all the interesting conversations we had following the Hebdo massacre, but our readings and research came much much prior to all that. The manipulations + propaganda related to the “war on terror”, the currently fascist trends in regard to spreading islamaphobia, and the co-optations and mangling of religious teachings everywhere continue to exacerbate the  dwindling global intelligence on matters of ritual + spirit. Which is not soley the fault of American-brand hyper-materialism and consumer-culture-colonialism alone, but is undeniably one of the most prevalent mental and spiritual viruses in contemporary culture ;)

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So today while reading columnist Mark Morford’s tabloidy, click-baity blog pushed us into actualizing an XLterrestrial position on similar bandied-about nonsense:

Religion Will Be The Death Of Us All ( SFGate )

Morford invokes Edmond O.Wilson who explains the main reason “we’re on the [fun] train to self-extermination, and can’t/won’t get off” IS religion.

The XLterrestrialist reply :

It’s awfully trendy these days to attack “religion”. It’s a bit like uninformed-conspiracy theorists blaming lizard people from another galaxy for the current and catastrophic capitalist operating system. Sure, the system sucks, and it will indeed be the death of us all if we don’t change it. Sure, most of the existing organized religions are corrupt, deadly, instrumentalized, self-serving, and mostly moronic.

But “religion” means “an organized collection of beliefs, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence”. It’s a quite normal thing to have (one or more), and quite meaningful in society to have an intelligent one, but obviously extremely oppressive when it becomes an enforced game. (Afterall, it should be about self-discovery). At its best, a religion might provide something in one’s social life that puts values and goals ABOVE oneself, or one’s own community, or one’s own nation. Taking one of the best examples, the Hopi culture is centered around its respect for mother earth. And that all life is sacred.

Only an idiot from neo-America or some other ‘enlightened’ western-centric civilization, who knows nothing about who s/he is and where s/he lives would find such a “set of beliefs and practices” detrimental to a positive, intentional society … and sustainable culture.

Problem is, most of you reading this probably grew up with abusive and highly manipulative, and fear-based RELIGIONS INC., and so it is all too easy to think that’s all there is, and we should be done with it. And the problem without it, is that we will convince ourselves that living in a secular capitalist world (or New World Order ) is somehow NOT a religion/faith itself, and a horribly misguided one at that ! ”

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And always what these atheist and ideological cartoons like to forget is that we currently have tribal and so-called “religious” (world) wars because you essentially have a bunch of white supremacist-led nations attacking foreign lands+cultures on the premise that the Other’s belief system is obsolete, primitive, savage… Doh!

Try that in your neighborhood playground: tell the neighbors – with guns pointed at their heads -  their idea of the cosmos is stupid and that everything he/she devotes a life to ( ie. the rituals that, quite possibly, guide one’s daily consciousness toward serving the social good and humanity ) will have to be packed up and cleared out …  so the oil trucks and tankers can come in and make some good ol’ capitalistic rituals on your front yard, instead.

Apparently that’s what the white supremacist dickheads or various mafia thug players like to point their fingers at and call a religious war. And they’d be kind of right, but not because they have any clue, about religion, or much anything else beyond the tables upon which they’ve placed their bets to make a killing.

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part 2 : The Disconnect

This blaming of religion is an obfuscation of where the real destructive powers lie and how they function… Most “tribal wars” are actually more based on economic-factors or power-struggles. Religion, race+color of skin, cultural differences and nationalism are so often used to stir the rifts and motivate the pawns to fight wars that rulers initiate to amass greater power or too keep the population fighting an external enemy. This blog will attempt a deeper analysis on this current western game of disconnecting people from spiritual empowerment and ethical teachings.

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Part 3 : Navigating Death

It should also be noted that religions, which have not been tainted by power structures, and those which have been infused with higher wisdom and beauty have at times attempted to include a guide to facing and navigating one’s own death. Certainly an important teaching which is hardly covered by any other sector of social organization. One that has a huge impact on how one leads one’s life and daily conduct.

In fact, a culture without it, sort of reminds us of those primitive grade schools in primitive western societies, which have omitted any serious sexual education because it’s too challenging, taboo, awkward. Or simply a sign that one’s teachers exist in a defective social fabric, and themselves know too little about what it is they are meant to do. And so they become instructors for the factory cults instead. Teaching us to be servants, butlers and handmaidens, property, victims and spiritless vessels of demented authoritarian constructs.

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This image comes NOT from a for-profit comic book publisher ;) … It is in fact a nurturing character in a culture’s religious orientation, a character, spirit, entity – whatever you’d like to call it, that every child will generally know and grow up with in many regions of Asia… and encounter in their dream realms. It is a.) inspiring non-consumer art b.) a devotional painting and educational tool c.) a religious icon d.) an avatar e.) a projection of a wiser being than our mortal selves f.) a living archetype ( before the invention of trivial meme-i-fication via digital communications/simulacrums ) g. ) a shared entity/spirit of the collective unconscious h.) whatever you want it to be ….

Part 5: The Technological Ring

“we are as gods, we might as well get good at it”. Stewart Brand

When the corporate-technology-empowered empire begins to believe they are as gods… it’s probably time to RUN !

The XLterrestrials did analyze this a little bit recently after a recent talk at The Long Now Foundation : When The 1% Start Singing Whale Songs … but we’d like to elaborate more on the neo-religious aspects and implications, such as in the rise and growing movement of the Technotopians, the Singularians or the monolithic Incorporated Anthropocene.

Something which is an ongoing project of ours, as we analyze the Techntopian/Dystopian culture in which we find ourselves dangerously immersed, and getting pulled further and further out in the tide of Silicon Valley’s hubris ( + transnational corporate power ) and self-worship and the profitable mayhem.


tbc…