The XLT Guide to Realistic Goals +/or Dreaming Like Eco Ninjas at #COP21 and Beyond ( Part 6 )

December 7th, 2015

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Not exactly the image we were looking for this COP21 entry… We were hunting for Shaolin kids in a forest, gender diversity, and/or a group of mixed generation people and nationalities all training together, a ferocity of discipline and determination. That combination would be the right direction for seeking solutions under these endangered times.

But because we’ve been reading many articles where the image of ferocity became the most alluring … this is Shaolin Master Yuan-Shi-Xing-Wu to help get us started. To help cut through all the misleading crap and/or the soft-n-fuzzy diplomacy of the “sensible” corporate lackey journalism….

Then a friend ( from The Center for Biological Diversity, Thx ! ) sent us an article filled with all the necessary nitty-gritty to get a handle on the whole scope of the matter at hand ! Perhaps one of the most realistic assessments of the situation, and best analysis and tactical considerations we’ve come across thus far… And it got us back on a perhaps more realistic track :

Paris and After

- by Tom Athanasiou – the director of the Earth Island project EcoEquity.

The shifts to a healthier climate will take about TWO TRILLION DOLLARS a year for DECADES, and that’s just for the energy sector transitions …

But do not despair, the eco-ninjas are plotting, and it ain’t just about robbing the globe-trampling banks, the tech titans, and the celebrity-creep-savants …  it’s a multiple-levels thing ! :)

And steering clear of the #FalseSolutions

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Well, ol’ Arnold “governator” Schwarzenegger who arrived in Paris this week ( along with Gov. Jerry Brown )  is spouting half-reasonable words of urgency… even a broken clock is right twice a day.  And one should remember what his turning GREEN looked like in 2004. This celebrity egghead owned SEVEN HUMMERS… and assisted bringing the gas-guzzling military-designed vehicle to a consumer market.

to be cont.

An XLT Guide to Movements On The Rise at #COP21 ( part 5 )

December 6th, 2015

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BREAKING: Flotilla in Paris led by Indigenous Peoples from the Arctic to the Amazon.

They [ and we ] want the protection of indigenous rights in the climate deal, real solutions and are calling on world leaders to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Follow these groups for more info + SHARE THEM :

Indigenous Environmental Network Idle No More Amazon Watch

” THE THREATS TO OUR HABITAT – OUR EARTH – SHOULD BE A CONCERN TO EVERYONE ! WE ARE ALL A SPECIES AT RISK ! WE ARE ALL INDIGENOUS NOW ! IT’S TIME TO RAISE OUR VOICES, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY, AND TOGETHER FIND AN END TO THE INVASIVE + UNCOOPERATIVE SYSTEMS WHICH ENDANGER LIFE  ! THE FUTURE IS TO RE-DISCOVER AN EQUALLY SHARED PLANET. ” XLterrestrials analyst

Media Resources:

‘Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground: A Declaration for the Health of Mother Earth’ by John Quealy at Common Dreams

An in-depth report on the indigenous voices in Paris for COP21, but not inside the meetings! And their demands have certainly been omitted in the pandering corporate media, so it’s up to YOU to share widely !!

Dissent at COP21 :

False Solutions 21… protestors demanding a right to speak out at COP21 are being dragged out by undercover police.

Another version of this clip, and others decrying the removal of dissenting voices from 350.org (on facebook)

La Fête (est Finie) -  Powerful Art to wake u up ! … hackworld take note ! … party-on-hangers beware !

Spread these clips !

to be cont…

The XLterrestrials Guide to Tech Titans, Techno-Fascism and Stoopid Media at #COP21 (part 4)

December 4th, 2015

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The XLterrestrials Guide to…  #COP21 …

Part 3 | Part 2 | Part 1

Part 4 :

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These are players who just aren’t ready to address Real System Change

Surfing the news of #cop21 today has been a very depressing affair… and one of the scary things that jumps out at us – XLterrestrials analysts – is mass media and the Global mis-leaders looking to the so-called Tech Titans and corporate sector business for solutions to the Climate Crisis.

You could reasonably argue that we will need them to take such giant steps in these urgent matters… and so it’s ok to have some very mixed feelings… and we’ll need to process all angles very carefully ! BUt, first we must shoot from the hip… i.e. when it comes to corporate criminals, shoot first, and ask questions later ;)

We ended the last XLt report w/ a link to the article about Zuckerberg, Gates and Richard Branson forming a coalition for renewable energy investments…

And given the latest news about Zuckerbergs’ rather dubious approach to charity in a letter to their new-born daughter – what the New Yorker and others are calling the Rise Of Philanthrocapitalism … a little or ALOT of suspicion is warranted in regards to looking to the Titans for what has essentially already been decades of abuse by such billionaire “social planning” – otherwise known as Shock Doctrines, Disaster Capitalism, Predatory Markets… or…  as we like to call it Corporate Krapitalism.

Another Titan not in this particular coalition is Elon Musk – Capitalism+ tech sector’s New Great White Hope, weighing in on the carbon tax on fossil fuel solutions. As James Hanson also does on Democracy Now 2day.

These are players who just aren’t ready to address Real System Change.  And to some extent, it’s turning our oppressors ( the 1%) into some white knight saviours…  a kind of Stockholm syndrome of the energy + climate crisis. BUt we -as a thinking , acting society can and should imagine better ! Much much better … One XLt analyst responds:

” We can’t help think that ideally we should be imagining how to withdraw from the influence of the so-called Tech Titans and billionaire’s being our energy providers and the gatekeepers to the new technologies. Isn’t it now possible w/ technological breakthroughs to start thinking of local de-centralized mesh network energy via renewables, i.e. localized house-to-house solar grids as opposed to massive solar farms…?? and whatver new forms are on the horizons… There’s just too much waste and greed and consumer manipulation in the for-profit systems which got us into all theses crises to begin with. Let’s halve, if not entirely remove, our intake of Billionaire Flatulence at Cop21… and everywhere else ! If we’re gonna look to tech to help us get out of this looming catastophe, let’s DIY it, post-capitalize it, re-distribute the power and wealth of new innovations… and drop these little system tweaks from those who already spent the last decades fucking our planet … into a 6th Mass Extinction! “

Obviously without alot of scientific detail to follow thru on here, but one has to aim one’s sights in the proper directions first… So, calling all science brains to start weighing in … on these OTHer … more radical … real… paradigm shifts ! And there’s of course tons of work going on in the realm of Commons Transitions and P2P, but we’ll have to investigate that in other articles.

We will come back to write more on this topic… re: Techno-fascism… Alot of which we’ve written about previously in its relation to Techno Solutionism, Technotopias, and the whole Anthropocene debates. ( links ).

Techno-fascism at Cop21 is , as we expected, showing its fangs by trying to exclude the struggles and rights and survival needs of Indigenous people who are AGAIN getting the colonizer’s shaft…

And we’ll need to elaborate on the Rise … or … the continuity… of good ol’ neo-liberal +neo-colonial aggressions in the form of A New Techno-Industrial Fascism… ( think global-scale DISRUPTIONS )

stay tune. With links to some of the indigenous groups representing in Paris.

meanwhile:

Indigenous Peoples Release Joint Statement to UN Talks in Paris on Climate Change

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NOT !

the Kent Brockman meme ( more on the Kent Brockman character, created in the early 90s by Brad Bird and voiced by Harry Shearer )

Brockman is an ingenious lampoon of pandering corporate media… If you really want to get involved in solutions to climate change and destruction of our only habitat- planet earth. Turn OFF the Stoopid capitulating media ( or keep it in the corner of your eye and re-contextualize it, in order to assist in the de-brainwashing of the seduced masses who consume + consult it as truth ). In short, FUCK THE CORPORATE SELL-OUTS !

( and sorry, we borrowed this meme link, from a nice article critiquing Zuckerborg’s “charity”, but not sure where now. too much surfing 2day. )

to be cont.

The XLterrestrials Guide to Global Misleaders + Climate Terror Interventionists + Climate Justice Warriors ( Part3 )

December 3rd, 2015

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Without global citizens protesting, Cop21 might look like another episode of #TitanicCops … Yep the #21 means that they’ve been at it for 21 years, and are still bumbling about like fools with vested-interest corporate funding up their asses ! And Global MISLEADERS currently seem more interested in starting another World War than solving global crises … ie. the Syrian Vote in the Cameron-conned UK.

The XLterrestrials Guide to Global Misleaders + Climate Terror Interventionists + Climate Justice Warriors ( Part3 )

Part 2 + Part 1

And if you listen to Naomi Klein’s reports at Demo Now ( nov.30 ) … You will understand that it was dedicated environmental activists who put pressure on govt. policy makers, i.e. the White House backing down and dropping their corrupt krapitalist plans like the XLpipeline deals… So without people going to Paris and putting pressures on the Global MISLEADERS, we are all in even deeper shit…

Sure, there’s some stoopid stuff with some of these NGOs, activist orgs, some privileged jet-setter campaigners … BUT let’s first just show some Fr*ckin SOLIDARITY for the people who are there putting the necessary pressure on… and some real climate justice warriors !

WHERE’S Yur SOLIDARITY ?!!!

Sure it doesn’t make sense for all of us to fly 1000s of kilometers to Paris and fight for Climate Justice there, but let’s get creative and show support for all those who are working there to do what they can under the extreme pressures … and the new state of distracting and/or bogus emergencies. The Corporate Military Industrial State is THE emergency !

[ And btw, if you're near enough to still get to Paris by/for dec.12th with a bus / train / carpool, pretty sure that some presence there will be greatly appreciated ! So many hard-working orgs and all the alternative voices could use your help to make a wider impact! ]

Your ideas to spread the tactical messages here:  __________ !  ( suggestions welcomed ! )

As somewhat experienced tactical media artivists, we’d recommend flooding the net with all the global warrriors who have inspired you thus far. And let’s amplify the indigenous and developing nation voices who aren’t getting enough media attention.

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I.e. this video from Rueanna Haynes, Trinidad & Tobago’s First Secretary to the UN (frackbook ) – and her full talk ( on Nov 16th, pre-Cop21 )


And of course, mere Clictivism is NEVER going to be ENOUGH ! So jog yur BRAINS and your FEET for new ways to turn up the heat on the Corporate Climate Terror ! … net-wide, globally and locally. Hey why not organize some local actions TODAY !??

Other News, Perspectives, Angles …

On another note, We were actually very curious to know what it means for the 27 activists ( may be more by now ) who were put under house arrest for Cop21… and The Intercept did a nice report to show us a little of what the harrasment looks like.

And in the world of litigation activism, the case against Exxon-Mobil is going to get very interesting. Only let’s NOT compare this to the tobacco industry cases… they are still in business, and no one went to jail. Let’s THINK BIGGER, let’s consider seizing the assets of climate terrorists, and perhaps even nationalizing criminal krapitalist enterprises and thereby taking away the corporate charters which have allowed their unaccountablity … Companies which have mangled and destabilized entire nations like Shell did in Nigeria.

And of course ENDING the fossil fuels industry is the ultimate goal, and BUILDING UP local-scale renewables, as opposed to re-inventing corporate giants w/ new green costumes and their greenwashing PR branches.

OMFG , have you seen Shell’s new ( sexist and dim-witted) ad campaigns ??? , if you have time these are hilarious, and could use a little culture jamming.

News items on this story:

Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Cover Up

As NY State Probes Exxon, Oil Giant Targets the Journalists Who Exposed Climate Change Cover-Up

XLterrestrials do not sit idly by while corporations harass dedicated journalists doing their job to expose the mother-earth-fuckers ! We ACT !

The Corporate Sponsors of Cop21

Why are fossil fuel companies sponsoring the Paris climate talks?

And this is really cute …

Zuckerberg, Gates and other tech titans form clean energy investment coalition

Stand-by for a deep analysis of the 1st world emergency response team Welcome to Techno-Fascism…  in our next report.

to be cont.

An XLterrestrials Guide to C02lonialism at #Cop21 (part 2)

November 30th, 2015

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XLterrestrials Guide To Corporate Climate Terror – #COP21 and BeyondPart 1 is here

XLT Guide TO C02lonialism at #Cop21 (part 2) :

In Germany’s largest left media outlet, Die TAGESZEIT  headline image for Dec.1st is the row of world leaders as a mock choir singing “We Are The World”, and a tag for the foto breaking down the 151 leaders of nations representing, which includes 10 women, 9 Monarchs, one Kardinal, and 1 Kanzlerin.

It’s a little hard not to be cynical , depressed, distressed, pissed off…  about what’s transpiring in Paris, though the words coming out of their lips seems to be more rational than usual. And we are all hoping that Some Giant Steps to a more rational global strategy for climate change AND climate justice will be negotiated, instead of the the usual buffet of war, oppression, exploitation, corporate dominance and doublespeak.

But as a young indigenous leader from North America, Eagle Woman appearing only in fringe left media says. ” IF YOU ARE NOT AT THE TABLE, YOU ARE ON THE MENU.”

From what we learned ( and were reminded ) from a NY Times article on Sunday, the dealings around limiting CO2 emissions is a massively complex and literal tug-of-war business between rich and poor nations. And one cannot imagine coming to these meetings with any Band Aid sentimentality, especially if you happen to be on the low-end of this hierarchical nightmare !  The equation + situation for fair dealings is practically  impossible without a more evolved and empowered council of nations. [ the U.N. in this case, is merely like a priest at an orgy of bankers and Mafioso. ]

Meanwhile on the OUTSIDE of the COP21


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For all us situationist-inspired artists, guerilla media-makers, culture jammers, etc. #brandalism hitting #COP21 is an eye-pleasing and soul-teasing exercise… And the more people take part in it the better ! There’s even a How-To video to get you started…

> BrandalismUK@BrandalismUK 23h23 hours ago
Inspired by our #brandalism actions? This is how easy it is: https://youtu.be/dbW2WiNCeWg – Video by our friends at @SpecialPatrols <

But if anything, the gravity of what’s going down in Paris should be signifying a sea-change in what is required of all artivists + citizens + outsiders in the 21st century. We need new tactics, and we need them fast !

A picturesque 20,000 empty shoes is not going to cut it. We appreciate the beauty of symbolic actions, we appreciate the commitments to non-violence, we respect all who step-up to push back with civil disobedience, but we’ll need to put more bodies and commitment on those “red lines”, and we all in our hearts should know that … by now.

New forms of solidarity, mass action and civil disobedience…

and/or un-civil unrest ?

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to be cont…

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An XLterrestrials Guide to Corporate Climate Terror at #Cop21

November 27th, 2015

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Coming Soon To A Global Theater Near You ! :

< Nov.30-DEc.11 > 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP21 -

Anyone out there wanna help compile some resources for this – for #cop21 and Beyond – and help construct the XLt analytic and tactical view ?!? … contact us ! Send us your thoughts, your links, your strategies !

Here’s the relevant and inspirational links so far:

*new* Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws ( 27.11 )

*new* Paris Climate Talks Avoid Scientists’ Idea of ‘Carbon Budget’ ( 28.11 )

What’s really at stake at the Paris climate conference now marches are banned by Naomi Klein

Call climate change what it is: violence by Rebecca Solnit

etc.

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ACTIONS for # COP21 :

< Nov. 30 – Dec 12 > Climate Games Project … ( From some of the same peeps who organized actions at COP16 in Copenhagen ). Excellent press/media page there as well.

< Nov. 29 > #climatemarch – everywhere

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< Nov. 29th > Global Climate March,  in Berlin, Hauptbanhof

www.globalclimatemarch.de

Fedbook invite

“Yo Btropolis, in case you need a reminder for 2morw…. yeah, it’s just another MARCH ( and Sunday at that, when all the politicians are not around ) … BUT think of it as a place to find your friends and a place where you have to plant bigger seeds…. and .. if ya don’t… well then, we might all just be really really fuck’d ! ” XLterrestrials analyst

MEDIA RESOURCES:

- Want to get really really angry? … Want to wake up from the nightmares surrounding us ? … Qant to know what you should be doing these next weeks to educate about the ?#?cop21? summit… Start here to learn about the coporate terror :

The Age Of Stupid ( full doc )

*new* SPREAD THIS VIDEO :

State of Climate Emergency – JOIN US IN PARIS !

# COP21Paris #ClimatDePaix #marcheclimat #creatclamor #MSLC21 | velorutionD5 | #fightwithlight #amazonwatch | challengers Ingenieux | atelier des possibles #cestcalurgence #villagemondial #ANVcop21? #climatejustice4peace #climategames

Follow Democracy Now! coverage

Live from Paris

>> WATCH: French authorities have canceled a mass march against climate change scheduled for this Sunday. 200,000 people were expected to take to the streets to call for a global deal to avert climate catastrophe. On Tuesday night, hundreds gathered at an emergency meeting in Paris to oppose France’s state of emergency, which prohibits demonstrations for three months. The attendees vowed to protest during the U.N. climate talks. Democracy Now! will broadcast live from Paris for two weeks starting Monday. Follow our on-the-ground updates on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter. #COP21 #climatechange #climatejustice

Good reports from:

Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung like this one from Ken Henshaw from Nigeria

The Internationalist - http://newint.org
http://twitter.com/newint

BIGGER STRATEGIES / MOVEMENTS ( to begin this topic which we hope to expand on in later segments ) :

The Leap Manifesto

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Also coming soon :

< 16.12 – Weds. > CiTiZEN KiNO #48: An XLt Guide to Corporate Terror and/or Inhabitable Futures at Spektrum, Berlin

( a tactical media event and public forum to navigate the challenges we face, and to upgrade to collective community intelligence )

to be cont.

Hang the Mother-Earth-Fuckers ?!!

November 26th, 2015

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Yes, we all can blabber all we want in some vague fury or some toxic clicktivism on social media * that this is CAPITALISM, CORPORATE INSANITY, and/or TECHNO-FASCISM.

And yes, it’s all three. But it’s also a specific company with a CEO, and its major investors…

Wonder if all the other f*ckhead CEOs would continue running such high risks, if you immediately took this CEO and all the major shareholders and put them on trial with possible death sentences and/or lifetimes in a punitive labor colony , immediately froze their bank accounts like any other captured terrorist, took away ALL THEIR ASSETS and BELONGINGS and gave it to the damaged families, and canceled the companies business licenses FOREVER…

THEN, we might 2morrw, still have dreary, dangerous, uncreative krapitalism, but we wouldn’t have to fear a looming fucking apocalypse on a daily basis… HANG THE MOTHER-EARTH FUCKERS !!

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{ effects of the dam break in Bento Rodrigues, Brasilien, report in German }


* btw , XLterrestrials attempted to post this new advocacy for possible death penalty for corporate terrorists on Frackbook as a status update, but it was immediately censored. Just a reminder that this is not the poeple’s communication medium, rather … fracky-fed-book works in not-so-mysterious ways… … it will not let us rant about the most serious problems our civilization faces… it will not let us stategize in these challenging times to come, it will not let us talk with teeth … it’s a spineless corporate parasite, it’s a slimy bottom-feeding Zuckerborg w/ attached blood-sucking copbots !

Just so you know, as things heat up, we will need to communicate more on other … Real Peoples’ Platforms.

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And of course not to single Brazil out, we advocate this new type of governance world-wide to hold those responsible for the Gulf Oil Spill, for those that gave rise to and perpetuate the war in Syria and Iraq, to all environmental atrocities… to whomever endangers the future of an inhabitable planet for all.

#samarco  + #hangtheMEF

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{ Samarco on wikipedia, owners: Vale S.A. and BHB Billiton }

CiTiZEN KiNO #47: Guinea-pig-dom, Will Eat Itself !

November 5th, 2015

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“When our neighborhoods, our culture , our civilization, our planet are being made into a guinea pig farm and an exploitative industrialized shithole the best thing to do is to go on the OFFENSIVE ! “  XLterrestrials analyst in the lab preparing for the next C-KiNO…

< Nov. 16 > CiTiZEN KiNO #47: Guinea-pig-dom, Will Eat Itself ! at Spektrum, Berlin. 20:00h.

Cinematic experiments to Test Your Willingness To:
a.) Join The Cultural Devolution
b.) The Global Uprising
OR …
c.) Defend Your Hood (Earth) !

Our most interactive and strangest event yet !

And here’s a C-KiNO #47 TiTaN PaD Link for collecting notes and possible media for the theme(s). Feel free to make suggestions. Our project is intended to be a participatory open sourced, open forum, tactical cinema. If you would like to make your own event, feel free to use the resources there, and investigate the topics with YOUR LOCAL communities.

Some Notes:

We’re just reading today about the news that the full text of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) was made available, long after much of it was leaked to the public by orgs like Wikileaks ! It’s a nauseating and criminal power grab, of course we knew that already. Under such plans, you are just an eXTra in the really shitty B-movie made by scumbags. The world becomes a sinister marketplace laboratory, where no one knows the results, nor gives a flying fuck.

But more important, what is the people’s wildest wishlist !? This is the crazy dream of demented corporate pigdom,… but when are we gonna make our demands ? Instead of constantly playing defense, constantly sticking our fingers in the dam to prevent the flood and swill of the idiots, and constantly fighting for damage control.  Are we just gonna ask for some vague “democracy” ?

In C-KiNO #47, we’re going to play a game. We’re going to compile a list of the impossible things WE WANT NOW ! If we’re going to be treated like Guinea Pigs, we might as well go WHOLE HOG ! … and think tactical … in implementing the scenarios we’d rather live in, outside the walls of the neo-liberal fantasy wasteland !

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CiTiZEN KiNO #47 : Welcome to #guineapigdom ! experiments to test yur … frickin patience ! http://xlterrestrials.org/plog/?p=14666

More Coming Soon !

GuineaPigdom and The Climate of Control ( Part 3 )

October 25th, 2015

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GuineaPigdom and The Climate of Control

( Part 3 of our analyzing current events in Btropolis, see previous blog entries )

Reflections on the UNCOMMONS Conference put together by Berliner Gazette w/ many partners, such as Bundeszentrale Fuer Politische Bildung, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. EU (?), Knight-Mozilla Open News, Zeit-Stiftung, Avec Lab, Supermarkt, etc…

We won’t have time to make any deeper comments on their funding structure and partner relationships, but we are familiar enough with Berliner Gazette programs over the years to appreciate the information shared,  the people they bring together, and the experimentation with workshop formats ( rather than just the usual celebrity-speaker downloads). They really make an effort to create a tactical community engagement that resonates beyond the conference platform. That said, we don’t expect a lot of vociferous challenging of the so-called experts in the field, because they remain close to “center-left” positions … and those angles which do not ruffle too many institutional feathers. And in these contexts the atmosphere often remains overly polite.

We only arrived on the last of 3 days, so we really can’t give anything of a complete analysis or review. And it was very difficult to pull away from the HKW program on Wohnungsfrage ( On The Housing Question ). Focusing on this crisis of housing struggles in the midst of a vicious global trend to capitalize on basic human needs for survival. The housing market is one of the most visible and tangible dilemmas which exposes how the market is willing to forego social responsibility + care for social relations in order to “make a killing”. And this territory makes for a powerful common cause to bring about new systems and infrastructures through which to exit the devastating and exploitative neo-liberal trends and planning agendas.

And for us, it has been a satisfying switch to go into researching issues related to more immediate needs and concerns of communities under siege, rather than the, often abstract and remote, desires for upgrading society through technological developments, or say, defending the internet as a public tool to realize and facilitate “share culture” and a more sustainable global commons approach. Which as we will see, is not always w/o vested and colonizing interests.

That said, we were eager to hear the panel featuring Max Haivens, Michel Bauwens and Jochai Benkler on ” What could be our commons? “.

We won’t have time here to encapsulate all that was said, but if the video archive gets posted we’ll come back to share the link.

To preface our impressions, we will say that there was an impressive wealth of knowledge on the stage, and sincere intentions to articulate the struggles required in transitioning to more intelligent and collaborative social relations, beyond the predatory Krapitalism, which currently dominates our lives around the globe.

But where we wish to enter into this conversation, is from our now long-developed XLterrestrials critique that the dream for technotopian solutions, such as the digital commons, is now in a severe crisis, and not merely from a Post-Snowden perspective, but from a wider-angle view. From a historical perspective – brief as that may be in terms of net culture – there is an increasing mistrust that arises from analyzing the technological industrialization of human and cultural interactions and endeavors. The current forms of communication capitalism ( i.e. Jodi Dean, Astra Taylor ) that primarily drives the developments have already become a dangerous vortex. We should begin these conversations by asking: Will we succeed by going deeper ?! Will we survive the incorporated Net ?! Can cybernetic systems even be considered as re-routable ?!

We have many angles from which to critique the net effects of the current networked cultures, and we won’t address them all here… Our most recent text below aims at questioning how we arrived at this rather strange and perhaps untenable notion that the internet has become and should be so central to our future, and to the much-touted hope that therein lies the ultimate tool to achieve change of consciousness and new social structures on a mass scale. We might even argue that change on the local community level has more promise, especially in respect to averting totalitarian-type disasters and/or corporate abuse. Just as one can sharply critique that Monsanto’s grand plan for agricultural production to feed the world is clearly a profiteer’s ruse !

Perhaps if our civilization were not currently so deeply immersed in,  and at the mercy of, corporate-capital designs, the internet would indeed provide some radical transformations in social engineering and new sustainable infrastructures. But even then, our analysis paints a picture that these technological achievements do not provide a soft landing for human-scale and local community existences. They do not operate in our lives without severe reductionist implications and impacts. Brought in to bear on such all-encompassing aspects of living on the material and embodied plane, there begins a long list of questions regarding the directions we take, which are not being addressed adequately.

Perhaps due to a technology evangelism, perhaps due to the engrained linear-trajectory plans ( which begins with the history of mass media ), perhaps due to industry and/or academia entanglements, perhaps due to stubborn pride and/or hubris, perhaps due to positions of power within the very fields that benefit the most.

One thing is pretty clear, after two and a half decades of a supposed public domain internet, we have greatly accelerated the climate of control and empowered krapitalist domination. And our thinking needs to shift accordingly, because the hopes of Net-made liberation appears now to be a very unlikely outcome of our deep investment in the virtually-connected worlds.

We may have reached a crossroads…

The 1st world wishes to “complete” this massive project of connecting the world through the cybernetic realm ( or even more extremist : mass exodus, total transference, ie. the Singularians), while the disenfranchised and developing world (which is really far more ubiquitous than this small sector of 1st world technotopian planners ) is clamoring for affordable shelter, access to agricultural lands and natural resources, clean water, migratory rights, a voice to determine their own futures, and a safe harbor refuge from the incessant disruptions of global-scale business.

The idea that The Net will provide them any of this is increasingly slim, rather it connects them to subjectification of powers from above, and embeds a technological realm that is far more suited to manage and control a population’s access to EVERYTHING ! ( i.e. EU borders )

Because…  we have obviously arrived at a breaking point and a finite earth, where the high standards of living are only attainable and maintainable for some, and not the many. Should we remain under the illusion that the market evolution of these powerful tech tools will bring about a reasonable equality, or even something remotely sane.

This is certainly not to contradict the desires to transition to a commons; That absolutely has to happen ! It is to question to what extent, realistically, will the digitally connected, incorporated networks be the primary facilitation to get us there. Sure, there’s great people working on the tools and a net culture by and for the people. But why put all our eggs in one basket ? Many things operate extremely well outside the realm of digital environments, and the inherent danger there of total domination by the same ol’ krapitalist controls is now propelled by the new wave of powerful global-scale-reaching technologies.

Analogies of 1.Airports + 2.Libraries

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1. Comedian CJ Lewis has a monologue that went viral expressing how westerners are incredible whiners regarding our modern achievements, and do not see that the sheer awesomeness in the fact that one can sit in a metal tube 10,000 meters high in the sky, flying from one side of the planet to the other, arriving in various cities within hours. Of course missing from this western-centric picture is the fact that a large percentage of non-westerners ( and westerners ) may never experience this opportunity, in their krapitalist contexts, and there is a very real debt – and ongoing massive cost – to the developing world and its peoples for these miraculous advancements.

But aside from that, YES, an airplane is a pretty mindblowing technology, we are already living in an incredible science fiction world. And YES, The internet is a pretty mindblowing technology.

But how did we arrive at the scenario where now this wonderous INTERNET has become so CENTRAL to our future ?! Sure, it’s a powerful tool, a powerful new language… but allowing it to “disrupt” all language and culture and our relationship to the SPECTACULAR “natural” environment around us… suddenly appears as an inconceivable con job.

As airplanes and airports are an incredible means to get from one place to another, we would never consider moving into an airport, or spending the better part of our days inside a metal tube. Though we can picture some zombie business suit doing just that: stepping out of the machine to shake the hand of another bizness player and then getting back into the cage to make a next appointment across the country.

We should never consider transfering all our cultural assets into these new airports. The airlines are a way to get from one place to another, as the internet transports us from one bit of knowledge to another.

Sure there are interesting elements of the net as a massive game-changer, a new language, new territories like the written word,  electricity, algebra, computing + code, film and media, or molecular biology, but we don’t have time in this essay to anlayze all that… Rather we wish here to say, if the development of this technology – the “Technosphere” – is willing to sacrifice so many other pre-existing forms with all their STILL invaluable and magical additions to LIFE, then you know it must be a corporate con, cause it could only be a corporate krapitalist agenda that would attempt to play us for such Idiots ! And beware, cause we are apparently easily seduced idiots, easily entranced by the new ads for the future on our screens !

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2. Now let us put the analogy of a traditional social space – Public Libraries – into the mix, as they  became a part of the day’s conversations ( from a concerned elder).

The Digital Cult(ure) Enterprise has almost entirely inverted the concept of a shared resource, by designing a massively privatized form of a library. Using the internet is hardly a free-entrance public domain…

The industry has made the costs to enter the new libraries several thousand euros and upwards ( if you take into account the multiple devices, planned obsolescence techniques, the ability to keep pace in competitive environments, and rapid platform shifts which play favor the leading technology companies. – See: Rushkoff ).

The new library has gone from access for all, to a vicious hierarchical battlegrounds. It is arguable that this krapitalist advancement of technology and telecommunications has not gone towards upgrading of public interest + infrastructures, as much as they have gone into strategic monopolization. Worse, the entire digital game is now built on the betrayal of the consumer by selling personal data to competitive business. As Jaron Lanier once pointed out: we are in deep shit if advertising industry drives the development of mass media and communications.

In this sense the internet has already become TV 2.0, an exploitative trancification of mass consciousness. A massive dumbing-down and cubicle-ization of social relations. And brace yourselves, Web 3.0, the Internet of (Mass Consuming) Things is already under construction !

Of course there’s sincere, sharp and dedicated players to help level the field of a library commons, but we’re not sure that this will realisticaly outmaneuver capital-financed infrastructures…. While it is a hopeful territory for power from below to re-code net culture, we must face the facts, as one presenter at Uncommons – Morana Miljanovic (Hertie School of Governance) – pointed out, the extent to which the entire infrastructure of the Net belongs to the for-profit business sector. [ her slide here ]

So we might suggest it’s high time to question the usual strategic tact, and/or revolt in ways that do not enhance our dependencies to net culture. In fact, it should be on the table at this seriously grim moment to consider various types of internet Boycotts, for clearly the net is BROKEN, and one could argue no longer heading in the direction of the public good ! At least not until the rules are overhauled and new dreams awakened in the context of lost territories ! Defeating trade codifications like ACTA and PIPA in this respect are only defensive measures, band-aids on a gaping wound. They are far from our demands for a reclaimed and safe net culture in co-existence with liberated embodiments. Such top-down enclosures will continue to keep us extremely busy … occupied ! And many of these battles are not won ! We have seen the success ratio of NGOs on this front, it’s not a pretty picture. [ Anyone know the battle score-card from an org like EFF? - wins / losses. We used to think that this would be too devastating to reveal, but now it's possible it's needed to really make the right decisions. ]

So one small idea, as a starting point point…. what if we consider returning the power of the net to the actual physical  domain of libraries, rather than attempting to win the battle of retro-actively levelling the field in the realm of personal consumer devices, gadgets, and the toxic flood of endless new electronic products, which are consistently designed by leading industry players ?! The hardware which massively shapes the user, massively separates the haves from the have-nots, and restructures are individual being to operate optimally FOR the machines’ evolution.

Is there more potential at achieving scenarios of equality and access by making actual refurbished libraries the public’s main access points to the Net ?!

Imagine 1000 Internet Archives ( in reclaimed “churches”, as in San Francisco ) arising. Each one actively participating in the (r)evolution of better non-commercial and non-predatory technologies.

As it is now Public Libraries are slipping behind in dwindling budgets and into anachronistic holes, rarely equipped to sufficiently serve the people at the street level. Those who cannot invest in the membership imposed by device consumerism are losing, badly.

Actually we may already call it an Asymmetrical Massacre, if we imagine the high-speed technologies being used for extremely cryptic high-speed stock market trading next to the kid in Kalamazoo logged in to share the latest viral meme ( which may have anyway been spawned by a marketing agency ), much less a family in Haiti trying to find information on water-filters from the one connected social center in the nearest town.

As we’ve written about before, we are falling into the One-Laptop-Per-Child trajectory of an industry’s myopic Dysneytopian fairy tale, which is a natural resources and toxic waste catastrophe ! One Anything Per EveryOne is a drooling marketworld plan, that is already creating unfathomable havoc on the ground.

Can we still de-personalize the user-interfaces? Return the internet to a publicly accessed and minimized hardware ?!

And perhaps the biggest advantage of such a shift in really-shared user technologies, is that skilled experts can actually create terminals which are secure. Educating the public sector to protect themselves will never keep pace in the new rising markets of security tech and governments w/ nearly bottomless black budget funds for intrusive developments.

The often- inspiring phenomenon of Hacklabs are already an encouraging movement in this direction. Though to this day, we’ve only seen ONE attempting to provide a nearly suitable number of terminals for public use. Noisebridge in San Francisco, an anomaly region which can take advantage of an abundance of skilled high-tech workers, gear and tech money to chip into these micro-experiments. But even in this kind of high-tech oasis, Other severe obstacles arise, because as much as they try to serve the average citizen, there’s a tendency to become social clubs for privileged techies, who do not necessarily share or perceive the desperations of the disenfranchised.  And they are NOT devoting the time required in social work, rather more-often-than-not joining in the competitive climbing of the tech industry ladders. And let’s not forget the military industrial complex is not sleeping:  “infiltrations” by DARPA-type funding + influence, and the recruitment of tech talent is becoming the norm.

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{ for CiTiZEN KiNO #47 : GuineaPigdom, coming in Nov. }

#Uncommons skewed

All these perspectives were highlighted by the 3 panels we attended at #UNcommons, and… in particular, as we butted heads with Jochai Benkler – a Harvard Guru of the Net, over whether or not our society could opt out of such a massive wave of new precarious technological developments [ at least to some extent,  in order to make various sectors of the populations less vulnerable to corporate power] . He misinterpreted or misrepresented our critique as retreating to some “pastoral life”, which he described as a dangerous idea.

To us it was as if suddenly a deep-thinking humanitarian was reduced to some caricature from Wired magazine, a Kevin Kelly-Donut or a Mark Zuckerborg peddling the latest digital sugar in front of the neighborhood public school, like a delirious eighties cyber cultist. This seemed really out of touch with just how predatory and dangerous the net – as it currently operates – has become.

And we would argue it is far more dangerous to imagine that we can live completely detached ( or decoupled ) from the land. [ see Monbiot ]. And in fact a vast portion of global civilization still subsists directly from its relationship to the land. And in fact the rest of the (urbanized and imbalanced) planet ALSO subsists from that connection… and that labor, which is almost always a neo-colonial slave labor !

Isn’t it far more dangerous to imagine being entirely dependent on an existence which becomes entirely managed and mediated through a corporate-held Technosphere ? Here there is a crucial point, and all the more reason to discuss rehabilitating the idea of a digital commons ( and in the mainstream discourse), but reveals an even more essential goal: to re-establish the commons of the land and agriculture !

Because, unless Benkler and all his comrades in the academic ivory towers have now all subscribed to purchasing Soylent packets ( an artificial food concoction from a Bezerkeley  / Silicon Valley start-up ) They and Us will all need a more reasonable public control of natural resources and land-based production to survive the next century.

We – XLterrestrials – do not surrender to a cybernetic regime, and “techno-industrialism”, of which he appeared to be an evangelical proponent. Put into the context of what the industrial world is now doing to our planet,  we should not argue whether or not the Technosphere is humanity’s destiny, but whether or not our participation in it equates to a form of Techno-fascism.

Participating in the build-up of technological industries on a global scale , as it lays waste to not just an entire ecosystem of sustainable livelihoods but also to the vast millions-year-old genetic library of natural species living amongst us is the perspective we must now preface any conversation regarding where we are headed on the accelerating high-tech horizons.

By the way, isn’t it long overdue to admit the cybernetic dreamers NAIVELY and SERIOUSLY FUCKED UP !? There is no logical reason to give these frenzied cybernetic gamblers, who have laid the foundations for both high-tech krapitalism AND deep state surveillance, more rope with which to hang us ! The Technosphere remains a seriously untested gambit – for the future of ALL LIFE on the planet.

In fact, technological remedies are often, now when we can begin to see how bad our global crisis has become, being pitched as the inevitable escape route, rather than facing them as the actual roots of an unfolding humanitarian disaster.

We do not reject further advancement of incredible online tech tools, but the tech community, after producing a number of massive FAILS, needs to realize they are no longer the central planning committee for an extremely diverse and multi-faceted citizenry of THE various COMMONS !

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Extra notes: MASS EXTINCTION, oops !

This article below, (which came to us via the Uncivilization list, which discusses these issue in-depth ) on the 6th Mass Extinction will help emphasize the current situations we are facing, and we will continue to investigate the programs on the Technosphere at HKW.

And our preface to the post:

We recently encountered the geologist Peter Haff in person in Berlin for the opening weekend of TECHNOSPHERE ( exhibition and seminars, a 4-year topic of investigations  ) …. A nice guy, pretty humble for a US scientist currently in the limelight…. But his theory is not entirely convincing … as it extends itself too easily to the Anthrobscene / Corporacene / Capitalcene, and humans ( collectively) have far more agency to opt out of this nightmare… when they understand the Faustian bargains involved. Warning: if your just tuning in to the 6th Mass Extinction topic, this article may disturb your sleep.

How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction, by Jeremy Hance – Oct. 20, 2015

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{ Electronic waste in Agbogbloshie dump, Accra, Ghana. E-waste trash pickers risk their health in search of metals they can sell. Foto: Andrew McConnell / Alamy. From Guardian UK }


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1st world Problems in Btropolis ?! ( Part 2 )

October 24th, 2015

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{ Cat 5 Hurricane * }

To which conference do we send the XLterrestrials to 2day : #UNCOMMONS or #WOHNUNGSFRAGE ??! …. 1st world problems in Btropolis ;)

Last nite following some goood tactical talks at Wohnungsfrage, we got ourselves into a ridiculous debate at the bar about whether Ubu-webby Kenneth Goldsmith is a dick, useless, an ego-tripper, career opportunist, white privileged douchebag and/or poetry killer ? We were arguing all of the above !

When we got home we surfed a little about the Cat 5 Hurricane crashing into Mexico and the refugee boats in the Mediterranean getting attacked by masked men attempting to prevent them from arriving on the EU shores,  and often leaving them to drown.

Last night we weren’t so sure, but this morning we woke up and felt pretty sure we won the argument.  At least we all hugged at the end.

1st World problems in Btropolis !

Today we hope we’ll stay more focused, and not let the heaviness of the world and sillier time-wasting conflicts pull us down.

< Okt. 22-24 > Uncommons at Volksbuehne, Berlin

Today : 3:00 p.m.: What could be our commons?
With Michel Bauwens (P2P Foundation, Chiang Mai) and Yochai Benkler (Harvard University, Boston). Moderation: Max Haiven (Radical Imagination Project, Halifax).

to be cont.

{ * actually a foto of Isabel (2003) not Patricia ( 2015 ) }