XLt Analysis : The High and Low Tides of Chaos #33c3 – Part 1

January 4th, 2017

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( We will post most links at the end, so you can hopefully read to the end of the article, without surfing off into the hyper-ether . Images collected from the web, fotographers still to be added below. )

The High and Low Tides of Chaos #33c3

One of our favorite parts of visiting Congress this year was staying on the east side of Hamburg and riding each day to and from the city center along the Elbe River by bicycles. A long meditative ride, which provided a small window of time to breathe in this unfamiliar modern port and to meditate on the complex dilemmas of a society on the brink of environmental, economic and civic collapse. A society, with its tentacles of technological creations reaching into all aspects of daily life and pulling us like a powerful tide out into deep unchartered waters. Not exactly a hospitable place for mammalian bodies nor democracies, but an apparently seductive place for human brains, at least those who are diligently absorbing all the ads for a disembodied technotopian tropical island somewhere out there in the thick fog.

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The industrial organ of this port city has now evolved to be on one side of the river as a separate territory from the living space of its inhabitants, with the appearance of a clean tidy division between the labor, the machines, the “plumbing” and the guts of its primary economic engine on one side, and the areas where people live on the other.  But there are of course other versions of interspersed lives + livelihoods on the city-side which we’ll have to come back to further down.

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We should preface here that one of our primary agendas to go to #33c3 was to meet with our colleagues from the Uncivilisation list [ #Unciv ] * which is a growing diverse community which develops a complimentary and/or radical Other view of all these technologically-centered frames being presented at a hacker conference. Some are longtime participants of the hacker culture going back to the early days ( i.e. Hippies From Hell ) and now very involved in the current hacklab scenes, primarily in the Netherlands. That said, we seem to have taken a relevant turn, a bend in the river, and have begun to deeply question the possibilities of creating any kind of sustainable culture out of this wave of obsessive pre-occupation with the wired worlds. But no doubt there are others in the group with topics that go beyond and/or contrary to this description.

The list name Uncivilisation is in part inspired from the writings of Dougald Hine and Paul Kingsnorth and their own network created around the Dark Mountain Manifesto * . In short, many or most on the Unciv List, consider our current civilization will ultimately, inevitably collapse, and very likely quite soon. There are many debates about this, and many discussions and strategies for another possible world, and how to address the current and looming challenges regardless of one’s level of dystopian/atopian outlook + analysis.

If you have read any of our own arts + praxis blog, the Unciv peeps are a natural garden for the XLterrestrials to inhabit, experiment and plant fresh ideas + strategies, and to engage in concerned and respectful dialogues re: fertile cultures of resistance.

Since there’s a diverse crowd at 33c3, it helps in focusing this article as though it is an ongoing discussion with Unciv.  Otherwise we would be stumbling into all sorts of territories which are better sorted out by the the adept coder/programmer tribes.
Nevertheless, as we express a critique of the current technological-based (+biased) trajectories, from sociological, environmental, humanitarian, philosophical and non-anthropocentric angles – an XLterrestrial psychomedia analysis – which may be crucial to avoiding the pitfalls of a cybernetic agenda + logic… the precarious, unstable and wildly speculative digital exodus now underway …  and the technotopian’s faith in western progress, we also gladly welcome those of you on the other side of the river, on the side of the machines so-to-speak, into the dialogue and debates.

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The Myopic Tech + The Nerd-Selfies On The Edge of A Raging River of Madness

Ok, enough pleasantries, Houston we have some major motherfuckin problems !

There’s a majority of sessions we have yet to examine ( and will never get to many extraordinary presentations ), so in this report we will only have time  to take a tiny cross-section analysis of two crucial talks. Consider this the work of cultural sector security hackers discovering gaping holes in the Chaos perspectives, tactics and approach.  We share them as respectful colleagues to raise the alarms, and welcome the community’s feedback !

“An Uninvited Security Audit of the US Presidential Election”

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“Welcome to The Anthropocene?”

Let’s begin with Matt Bernhard and J. Alex Halderman’s talk on US elections. It is absolutely unacceptable that a house full of 13,000 hackers, many activists + several thousand more viewers online should let 2 speakers walk out of the room claiming that the US election was NOT HACKED ! * And that the US public and the global population can retain confidence in the process of US elections.

WHY you ask ?! …

The only way one could possibly come to this absurd and infuriating conclusion is if you immersed yourself in a myopic tech bubble perspective of how democracy and ballot counting works. Which is an extremely naive, cowardly and/or careerist thing to do, given that a racist misogynist billionaire demagogue has just taken the reigns of what was an already dangerously imperialistic and predatory super power.  There’s no need to go for the Godwin jugular here, making comparisons to the 3rd Reich times, because things are far more complex than that, and possibly far worse !  Given the contexts of environmental challenges, finite natural resources, deadly corporate krapitalism + globalisation terror now melting down into isolationism and free-for-all neo-liberalism + nationalism, WW4 potentials growing, etc etc … THE LAST THING THE PLANET NEEDED WAS AN ORANGE CLOWN BANGING HIS FLABBY + PUFFED TWITTER CHEST and running global-scale policies from a NEW YORK REVOLVING-OLIGARCH’s PENTHOUSE DOOR !

OK, granted Bernhard and Halderman are meticulous, scholarly and perhaps well-intentioned … though we must say: it’s exactly this kind of detached, soulless academic, scientific reductionism that NORMALIZES ATROCITIES, as they are coming swiflty down the expanding pipe !

A number of people we spoke with ( including an EFF colleague ) have already pointed out that a good scientist will – by necessity – limit their talk, proof or a thesis down to a reasonable territory and scope. Otherwise it will just become a mess of inconclusive theories and speculation. Fine. We do not disagree with their findings; We disagree with the insufficient and obfuscating approach to a nasty life-(+planet-)threatening emergency ! ( i.e. See: Chomsky’s latest article) . In short, we do not and cannot afford to accept a retreat into this myopic techno-bubble !

So in the conference’s own clever title/words: NO, THIS DOESN’T WORK FOR US ! – ( us being the human species, us being the non-U.S. internationalists/globalistas,  us being the XLterrestrials ! )

The analogy here would perhaps be if you told us how you devised, proofed and foolproofed a successful method of counting the living and the dead after a national contest of Russian Roulette. [ No offense, blame, or provocation to Russians ;) ]. And then you explained: We can now be confident in this election process because we are improving the paper trail, and the numbers coming out of this Casino-House-Always- Wins Suicide cannot be hacked ! Great ! Moreover we assure you, this is an authenticated and secure democracy, and with that we’ll be better prepared in 2020 to prevent ballot hacking ! Smiles all around, everyone goes home safer, happier.

Pulling out the manual: How To Strangle Scientists !

This (S)elections/horse-race-blinder mentality may in fact be a strange but useful analogy which we can apply to the current trajectory of technological fixes in a complicated world floating deeper and deeper out from reality and into a truly foggy technological-induced mindfuck !

Stay tune !

Links:

* https://unciv.nl/

* http://dark-mountain.net/about/manifesto/

* ADDED:

What we mean when we talk about an election being “Hacked”, and what the CCC presentation describes as “Unhacked” :

For us the US elections are hacked in myriad ways. The list would be too long to be comprehensive here, but to provide just a few of the glaring examples…

- the dilemmas of a locked-in two-party system

- selected Rep + Dem candidates ( now ludicrously exacerbated by the need for candidates to be millionaires and billioniares to run a successful campaign )

- Super Pacs + Corporate Lobbydom

- a colluding corporate media, which downloads to the public the only 2 “acceptable” candidates, and excluding any outside voices.

- manufactured consent ( and edward bernays and perceptual management )

This pretty decent, but brief, Guardian article – Five things that got broken at the oldest hacking event in the world – covering the CCC and the election talk was sent to the XLT analysts via the Unciv listers, to suggest that there is another interpretation of their conclusions:

via Guardian: “The abortive recount didn’t find any evidence that a hack had happened; it just also didn’t find evidence that it hadn’t happened.

But if you watch the CCC archive, they clearly state that from their conclusions we can trust the results of the ballot count and election process in 2016. [ at c.46min ].

The absurdity here if we must elaborate further… Who cares if you can properly count votes, when the system has successfully gamed the electorate by forcing their desires into a miserably self-abusive choice between RED or BLUE, corrupt Dems vs. corrupt Reps ?! A suicidal roulette or a nation-wide Kool-aide ?

PART 2 on:  The Digital Natives in A Dark Anthropocene Back Alley

coming soon !

33C3: Tech Sector Perpectives in A Neo-Lib-(+Techno)-Fascist 2.0 World

December 26th, 2016

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< 27-3o.12 > 33C3 – Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg

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< THurs. 29.12 > CiTiZEN KiNO #59: Strategies For Turtle Islands,

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See: the Wiki page for Self-organized Sessions

This episode (#59) “Strategies For Turtle Islands” we examine the ways of seeing all our global struggles through the native americans’ ( indigenous) current resistance to the fossil fuels industry, climate terror and various aspects of a technotopian society disconnected from the environments and resources we require for autonomous being. I.e. In an interview with the indigenous drone pilots at Standing Rock in Dakota we begin to hear a new language evolving around the use of technology to “defend the sacred” and reclaim physical territories! Other curated media will also link the new technological colonialism to our own reservations of displaced spirits and disembodied times. Mini Waconi / Water is Life !

A sample clip from AJ+ report ” #NoDAPL Drones Monitor North Dakota Police

For More resources and XLT analysis, see our series on “ Strategies For Turtle Islands v.1-14

Thanks to CryptoPartyBerlin, and the #Unciv community for helping make this one possible !

Also XLT anlaysis of #33c3 coming soon…

The problems inherent in the narrow lens of a tech sector + a conference environment bubble…. ( i.e. Geologists debate over Anthropocene and the forensic analysis of US Elections – Hadley ) …  coming soon !

CiTiZEN KiNO # 58 : The Rise Of Turtle Islands

December 16th, 2016

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< 18.12 > CiTiZEN KiNO #58: The Rise Of Turtles Islands at Club der Polnischen Versager, Sontag 20:00h

We continue our theme of Strategies For Turtle Islands as a response to the neoliberal agendas expanding and wreaking havoc on our planet. This is essentially a part 2 to the episode we presented in Nov. just prior to the election of Trumplands. We will provide updates to the ongoing indigenous resistance in Dakota… and a number of other practices to reshape + reclaim our society from below.

Frackybook invite, please share, if your using it…

https://www.facebook.com/events/120702868421705/

We don’t want to say too much about this show… ( and besides much of what we will screen relates to our many entries re: Strategies For Turtle Islands )

but suffice to say…

THis will be the last C-KINO of 2016 in Berlin … And it’s going to scare the shit out of you, make you laugh your head off, cry a river of tears… and/or get up off yur internet couch and rise to the occasion … DONT MISS THIS !

And finally, dear friends and accomplices… the XLterrestrials independent-makers’ budget didn’t allow us to print up any flyers this time around … So please take a moment and a few clicks to blog, tweet, link, share with good people who give a f*ck about our planet. Thx !

Turtle Island Strategies v.15 : Normalization = Complicity !

December 16th, 2016

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Arts + Tech Strike Back

Let the shaming begin! …

Trump met up with the Tech Titans of Silicon Valley this week… a full list of those participating coming soon.

Google co-founder Larry Page, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Oracle CEO Safra Catz, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos … all decided it was OK to meet with a misogynist, racist, kleptocrat-installing authoritarian, who hired a White Supremacist to run his campaign + now staff,  and essentially bought the US election with billions of dollars. And if Trump* follows through on his policies claiming climate change is a hoax, could ultimately become the most murderous dictator in the history of civilization ! … NORMALIZATION is COMPLICITY !

These are not people struggling to make ends meet, struggling to feed families, they are almost all billionaires, who have the power to speak out ! … Are they ALL SPINELESS !? … Are they wanna-be FASCISTS !? …

Artists, technologists, media makers, etc… can all be a powerful force to discredit or put pressure on those people who play a role in NORMALIZING these criminal behaviors which are now endangering our species’ ( and many others ) entire planetary future !

* note: We left some of the more controversial words to describe Trump above… but he still faces accusations of RAPE, FRAUD, TAX EVASION, etc, etc … And it’s hardly controversial to call him a LIAR,  an unstable NARCISSIST, and/or a corrupt KRAPITALIST BULLY , but we left those out to remain within the boundries of accepted ‘mainstream’ facts.

Added:

- This depressing article from Intercept points out why the Silicon Titans are unlikely to rock the boat much, but all the more reason that need to be pressured in the public sphere not to NORMALIZE the extremely dangerous situations we face with a Trumpy administration.

- This approach from EFF ( via Cory Doctorow + Boingboing ) is very tactical !

- The full list of companies and reps at the Trumpy table:

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Turtle Islands Strategies v.14: From Front Line Organizers …

November 28th, 2016

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There’s a whole lot of analyzing and a whole lot of blaming and a whole lot of anxiety… BUT what’s to be done !??

We’ll be adding to this list, as time allows, but here’s a few good strategy guides, beginning with Bill Quigley – the Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans, who first came to our attention during the Katrina crisis.

1. Twelve Ideas Post-Election from Front Line Organizers

2. The Yes Men’s Guide to Resisting Trump

3. Is America ready for a municipalist movement? by Alexander Kolokotronis for ROAR

4. Art Strikes Back : Against the Normalization of FASCISM ( work-in-porgress)

5. The #NoDAPL struggle. All the strategies we can learn and expand upon, happening currently in Dakota, which we’ve been reporting on. See our previous Strategies For Turtle Islands blog entries, where you can find links + resources ( needs work ).

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For the XLterrestrials, the Dakota resistance represents a crucial focus for a new environmental movement which in the era of the climate change threats  becomes a front line issue, which could effectively bridge a wide variety of groups in solidarity and civil actions.

And for us the indigenous language bypasses many of the tangled and stuck fragmentations of the left.

Protecting Mother Earth, Water is Life, Seven Generations, and Sovereignity + Survival for culture(s) – concepts + strategies that essentially pre-date the invasive Krapitalist species that has turned the world on its head, and/or the turtle on its back.

Could we reboot or re-ground ourselves again from a point in human existence which is prior to the departure when civilization/ society no longer functioned as a co-existing organism on planet earth ?! Could we all take the lead from indigenous culture which still embodies most of those pre-krapitalist, pre-consumerist, pre-industrialism ideals and ways of life !? And take those directives and ethical positions to counter the ecocidal governance that is now accelerated by failing democracies.

Not to be boggled in new agey thinking, this needs to be as concrete as the standoff at Standing Rock ! And we might ask ourselves : Could this resistance be replicated by communities acting in solidarity to the front lines of wherever you are right now !?

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more to come !

T.I. Strategies v.13 : Art Strikes Back – Against the Normalization of FASCISM

November 21st, 2016

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When Mass Media becomes primarily a tool owned by the powerful and wealthy, it becomes, more often then not a weapon against the masses. For-profit communication technologies are then used to steer and manage perception…  to download direction and instruction, to distract and misinform, to channel and capture the crowd,  to lure and manipulate consumers… in short, to use its audiences for its own agendas.

During the recent US (s)election campaigns, communication technologies owned by corporate enterprise stooped to an all-new and dangerous low by amplifying the voice of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, narcissism and hate ! Not an entirely new phenomenon, but never done with such consolidated recklessness as to swing an election for a president of the world’s most militarized nation into the grip of a rising fascist mentality.

As we have pointed out in an earlier piece, voters are hardly to blame, as the playing/battle fields are the construct of a mediated culture… one that, we might say, is managed as tightly as any dictatorship…  by the ruling class !

Strategies For Turtle Islands v.13 :

Alternative Media Art Strikes Back !

Ways to mobilize arts + media to counter the current attempts to normalize any racism, white supremacy and/or fascism !

Trump’s election is NOT normal, and no media should be portraying it as an acceptable or tolerable outcome. It was NOT a result of a legitimate democratic process, NOT the will of the people, NOT a majority victory, and NOT the way forward for an intelligent sustainable society !

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And here’s a template to make your own :

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MORE TACTICAL ART COMING SOON !

Strategies For Turtle Islands v.13 : Ckino + Cryptoparty + C-base

November 18th, 2016

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< 18.11 > Ckino + CryptopartyBerlin + Cbase , 2o:0o h at Rungestrasse

We will combine a cryptoparty skillshare session with a little interspersed CiTiZEN KiNO excerpts from the latest Strategies For Turtles Islands ( #57 ) …

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Here’s a sneak preview …

Technology can make the planet great again ! … come find out how 2nite at c-base Spacestation …. An XXxtra special Cryptoparty with special guests CiTIZEN KiNO and Dj Podinski and Vortex AB throughout. … 2o:0o h … all late-comers will be obliterated !

Ok, ok, in reality films and crypto teaching begins roughly at 20:30h … but if you come late you might have to buy us a beer… ;)

Check THIS ! http://www.trumpelectionreportingdevices.com/#/

AND THIS ! : M.A.M.O.N. – Latinos VS. Donald Trump

AAAAAND THIS ! : Indigenous Drone Pilots

MORE coming soon !

Ok, Let’s Break Down This Democrat’s Farewell … Obama in Btropolis

November 17th, 2016

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A picture above looks at the Adlon Hotel just down the street from Brandenburger Tor, The US and UK Embassy … where… ” Large areas of central Berlin have been cordoned off during the visit and the US president will travel to meetings in a 27-car motorcade. ” – From the UK Guardian’s “Obama meets Merkel in Berlin to discuss TTIP and Russia in wake of Trump win“.

Apparently, this last Prez Obama visit isn’t about trying to repair any of the many damages done by the Democratic Party’s miserable foreign policy strategies over the last eight years.  Certainly no talk of emergency and cooperative aid to a metastisizing refugee crisis, where still now in winter Medicine Sans Frontier reports almost DAILY about RESCUING up to 100, 200 fleeing HUMANS out of the Mediterranean Border Pool Of Death ; It’s about using the threat of the coming rabid recombinant dog Trump ( also in part a Democrats’ Frankenstein lab experiment gone awry ) to quickly coax or coerce its ‘closest partner’ * Germany into furthering the US vision of blood-sucking globalization !  From resurrecting the TTIP’s blatant corporate global putsch to the dreamy Cold War aggressiveness and the thoughtful gift of a returning eastern front ! Lovely conciliatory package isnt it ?

Corporate media is doing a wonderful job of pushing the White House PR agendas… More from the Guardian:

In a joint op-ed published on the eve of the president’s visit in the German weekly Wirtschafts Woche, the leaders appealed on behalf of TTIP, the future of which is in doubt after Trump’s election success and protests across Europe, saying “there will not be a return to a world before globalisation”.

Translation : There’s no going backwards to pre-neo-liberal fascism ! Let’s DO THIS NOW friends… before … god knows what other brands of fascism will come next !

For us Berliners, one can barely look at the Adlon Hotel without thinking of Michael Jackson waving a baby over his balcony for the crowd below… But, now perhaps it may come to be known as where Obama – the popstar charmer prez – came to do his last Juggling  ( Monsanto ) Carrots Act to entertain his fellow EU / G7 bizness clowns.

No, No No … the democrats have much more to own up to for the current chaos ! And those of us who don’t swallow corporate PR briefs whole, aren’t gonna be mesmerized by this embarrasing final trade show !

And btw, GO HOME OBAMA and deal with your promises made to the indigenous communities in Dakota. #NoDAPL .#waterislife .. And in your last 2 months quit shoving more fossil fools and anti-labor trade pacts down our throats !

GO HOME and deal with Flint, #waterispoisoned , victims of militarized racist police #blacklivesmatter, the mass surveillance apparatus  + drone assassinations ( now in the hands of white supremacists ), pardoning Chelsea Manning, Snowden … and Leonard Peltier, etc, etc. …

Oh … and … not to be too hard on the poor Democrats who have lost their brains , their guts, their spines and their underpants… but still have all their Wall Street friends… We should all be reminded this is the party whose apparent recourse for the next four years is to say “Hey,  Let’s give Trump a chance ! “

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* Is Germany Obama’s closest partner, because intel sucks the data off of the Chancelor’s mobile or because Merkel and Co. really, sovereignly likes you ?!

Strategies For Turtle Islands v.12 : Let’s Elect Water Protectors on Nov. 15th

November 15th, 2016

< Nov. 15 > BIG STRATEGY DAY OF ACTION ! #StandWithStandingRock !

WHERE: EVERYWHERE !

https://actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/nov-15-nodapl-day-of-action-at-army-corps-of-engineers


Nevermind imperialist pighead presidents, let’s elect WATER PROTECTORS … … Let’s vote for people like Winona Laduke, Dallas Goldtooth, Tara Houska, Bill Mckibben, Naomi Klein, Chairman Dave Archambault II, Josh Fox, Tulsi Gabbard, etc. …

TO PROTECT ALL LIFE !

Who are the candidates you trust to be the guardians of our shared habitat, planet earth !?

Let’s begin the strategy of a parallel politics. We don’t need no more presidents ! We need a council of elders, councils of youth, councils on environmental protection… councils which will make political decisions based on the well-being of the commons and all who live within and from them !

Now’s the time !

End the fossil fools industry … and Stop This Black Snake… before it’s too late  !


{ foto from indigenous water protector and drone operator Myron, see below. }

Listen to Winona LaDuke on Democracy Now explain the struggles with eloquent ferocity …  HERE.

Some Water Protectors to follow on twitter :

#StandWithStandingRock

@dallasgoldtooth
@WinonaLaduke
@zhaabowekwe
@billmckibben

@MyronDewey

Unicorn Riot ?@UR_Ninja

@eelk

Demonstration in Solidarity in Berlin:

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to be cont.

Turtle Islands v.11: Remedies For Inflammated + Unelected Trumps

November 14th, 2016

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Strategies for Turtle Islands… it’s time to assemble a list of emergency responses ! This Trumposis is a life-threatening new illness which further complicates the already fragile state of  living systems …  We were already in critical condition, and this additional human-made + corporate empowered + fascistic state menace is extremely contagious and a serious danger to becoming a planetary, terminal epidemic, requiring immediate global citizen attention… This is NOT A JOKE !

But there are MANY POSSIBILITIES to prevent any further outbreak and to quickly reduce the nasty swelling !

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Now is a crucial time for creative + independent-thinking media, action, courage, bold moves, new vision and solidarities across a broad spectrum… And we need to work collectively and on multiple scales ! We welcome your ideas and strategies. Write us !

The XLterrestrials and the CiTiZEN KiNO project are still fundraising, and could use your help now more than ever… IF you’re able to consider donating to our media education and all our arts + praxis, please contact us NOW !

New maps: While the one above might be a joke … It can still represents some outside-the-box and not-yet-articulated strategies that might actually become real objectives ( when researched or combined with grassroots people power ), real threats, real tests of our constructed boundaries …  and newly opened frames, even if it isn’t one we have a critical mass to mobilize.

more coming !