Is it Just a Coincidence That Steemit.com is Down Today? #OCCUPYSILICONVALLEY

Firstly, Happy 7th Birthday Occupy!

Today is September 17th, the 7th Anniversary of Occupy Wall St and Adbusters have launched #OCCUPYSILICONVALLEYa call to reject the big tech monopolies’ control over us in whichever way is most appropriate to you.

They’ve suggested four online actions you could participate in, or that you could simply take a day off the internet altogether.

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I’ve only been on steemit a couple of weeks now but I’ve rapidly become a steemvangelical. I had been plugging steemit to comrades in my various little Occupy circles regarding it’s apparent multiple benefits to our mutual aims. I’d also been plugging #OccupySiliconValley to my fellow steemians, as quite a good day to promote steemit to people who would probably quite appreciate it there.

The Press Release Big Tech Doesn’t Want You To See.

OSVpressreleaseSearching for more information about steemit being down, I found this fragment from a link in an ecosia search result:

is under attack. There is huge DDoS ( get hundred thousand requests per second from botnet.… by fbslo”

isitdownorjust.me/steemit-com/* reckons it’s a problem with their servers. (*tip: it’s probably more helpful to check if it’s back yet using isitdownorjustme than directly requesting a page from steemit.com until the attack is over).

If I understand it correctly though steemit.com is decentralised, so that must imply either a very co-ordinated DDoS attack or a massive system error.

Or on the upside, it could also mean an absolutely momentous uptake in terms of new users, or fresh ‘plankton’. Either way, I’m reasonably sure that the good folk at steemit will have it back up and running again soon.

Is it just a coincidence that steemit.com is down today?

I’ve started a 24 hour poll on twitter.

UPDATE – Turns out it was just a bug in the code, apparently.

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WTF!!? Brexit Obsessed Idiots Need Slapping About the Face With Wet Fish

UK citizens are so hopelessly hypnotised that some (many) of them explicitly care more about Britain’s future trading relationship with the EU than they do about the ongoing extinction level event which is likely to kill them, their friends, family and quite possibly all vertebrate life on planet earth.

The CGI weather report from the Weather Channel, from which the stills in this meme are taken shows the grim reality of flood projections, which sadly most people on earth are too poor to evacuate from.

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To the braindead ‘Brexiteers’ and ‘remainers’ though, it was just another opportunity to meme about their favourite all encompassing, divisive, disempowering distraction: Fucking Brexshit.

Whoever made this meme seriously needs a good slap about the face with a wet fish.

That is all.

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GONE DARK

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Since the latest Social Media Apocalypse, I’ve been limiting my public use of the big social media monopolies, (namely facebook, twitter and youtube) even more than I previously had done.

I’m now officially ‘going dark’ on these platforms.

Going dark is military lingo for the termination of communication. It is used to describe a scenario in which communication appears to have ceased, but in reality has just moved from public communication channels to more private communication channels to prevent eavesdropping,…or in this case, data abuse and behavioral manipulation.

It’s been really good to spend some time away from the big platforms and generally away from the internet. I was becoming extremely vexxed by the state of it all. I displaced the stress onto some comrades who didn’t deserve it. I really regret falling out with them and will be properly apologising as soon as I find the right words.

New Platforms 

Steemit

I got my shiny new steemit beta account today. I’m looking forward to figuring it out and how to use d.tube, which seems to be some sort of affiliated partner. I’ve never used a block chain enabled platform before, it’s exciting!
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I’ve been enjoying the new socialist social media platform, tikkit. it’s still quite sparsely populated at the moment but feels good so far. Obviously a bit of an echo chamber but nice to find a space that’s explicitly for ‘left minded’ people.
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And I’m also on minds.com which seems to have become a refuge for all the racists, sexists, islamaphobes, Trump supporters, Alex Jones fans and far-right wingnuts who’ve been booted from the rest of the internet. Interestingly, virtually the entire nation of Vietnam have also recently migrated from facebook to minds.com.

I haven’t spent a lot of time there yet but there’s certainly a really interesting and challenging blend of different folk, compared with the myopic filter bubbles I had become used to.

More thorough reviews of these platforms will be forthcoming as soon as I’ve finished setting them up and figured them out. Any more recommendations would be most gratefully received, of course.

Decision Dilemma

One of the dilemmas I’m currently considering (again) is whether or not to just delete the monopolistic platforms altogether. ‘Going dark’ is a temporary compromise while I reflect, investigate alternatives and theorise the best plan of action.

Though also fairly monopolistic, google and wordpress have never banned me overtly, and as far as I can tell they haven’t censored, or ghostbanned me yet either, so this website will continue to be my principle outlet for new things and stuff.

I’ll still be logging back in to kafkabook, twatter and yootoob occasionally, to post new content from this site, to support twitterstorms, to share any urgent information and to check messages. Incidentally, I’ve noticed some really strange stuff with my personal inbox and the inboxes of other pages I administrate on facebook. I no longer rely on that as a secure method of communication, at all.

If you want to get hold of me try one of these new platforms, or email;
annnarkeh (at) gmail (dot) com

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Regarding the ‘Social Mediapocalypse’…

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TL:DR and trigger warning. This post is for my own sanity and for people who are trying to pay attention to the collapsing everything. It asks more questions than it answers.

Since the recent spate of bannings on social media, I feel I should write a little more on the subject. Digital censorship is something I’ve written about at some length in the past and most of my conclusions about the issue remain the same as they were last time round. I don’t want to dwell on it too much now but ICYMI, the digital hammer is coming down again, repeatedly. All over the place. Like cyber whack-a-mole.

Simultaneously, the right wing, billionaire owned corporate media and their chums in parliament have inadvertently revealed the most problematic elephant in the room.

The Palestine anti-semitism debate flame war has been fueled by the anti-Corbyn, pro-Israel lobby to epic proportions now. As absurd as it is, this #WreathGate mullarkey seems to have been a significant watershed moment. Corbyn’s graceful, powerful riposte to Netanyahu on twitter seems to have galvanised pro-Corbyn and pro-palestinian supporters, who have been speaking up louder than ever. The way people are thinking and talking about the world is finally, dramatically changing, on Israel/Palestine and an overwhelming number of other significant things that really matter, materially and ‘spiritually’ for want of a better word.

In this context, the social media crackdown looks like an inevitable overreaction by the status quo against the internet’s rising consciousness, which is once again threatening to disrupt business as usual. Whether it’s ‘top down’ collusion and censorship, co-ordinated campaigns by third parties to get certain channels suspended, or both is largely irrelevant at this point. (It looks like a bit of both to me).

Between all this and the chaos of Trump and Brexshit, most people’s attention has been diverted away from grappling with the painful reality of the actual apocalypse, the 6th Mass Extinction event which is escalating, rapidly. Here too, an awful lot more people are engaging with it than ever before though.

The ‘digital commons’ still represents one of our best hopes for developing, discovering, sharing and implementing positive global solutions to the greatest challenge in history: Survival.

Ironically, the carbon footprint of this digital activity now needs to be factored into our calculations too. We need to be more efficient than ever.

Continue reading Regarding the ‘Social Mediapocalypse’…

Backwards Together!™©® a new but familiar British political party

After a lifetime of not understanding how ‘centrism’ could possibly be a helpful idea for a healthy, functioning democracy, I’ve finally seen the light. Having heard that there is a serious prospect of one Mr Chuka Ummuna MP forming a new, radically regressive ‘centrist’ political party, undermining the huge gains Corbyn has made for Labour and for the quality of public awareness fills me with delight*.

The fact that it’s apparently called ‘Back Together’ leaves it wide open for this obvious pun, and probably much more hilarity.

So I’ve started designing some concept art for ‘inertia™©®’, an imaginary new centrist activist group, to spread the good word about Backwards Together! and why we should keep things how they’ve been going for the last three decades or so.  If you think I should keep going with this, let me know.

*This entire post is just satire.

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If you loved Neo-Liberalism, Thatcherism, Blairism, Centrism and want to keep Britain going the way it had been for the last three decades or so, join us, Backwards Together! to fight against the progressive politics that is threatening to redistribute our wealth and power.

Concept art by annnarkehmedia.com for the imaginary grassroots group, inertia™©®

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National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist, London, 13th October 2018

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I’m very proud to have collaborated with my mate, Donnachadh McCarthy again, helping to put together the posters, flyers and social media materials for the National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist, organised by Stop Killing Cyclists and supported by a broad coalition of campaign groups.

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The event will honour and mark the deaths of:

  • over a thousand cyclists killed on our roads in the last decade
  • the thousands of cyclists killed by traffic pollution
  • the hundreds of thousands of people who wanted to cycle but were afraid to, due to the lack of protected cycle lanes and who thus died from horrific lung & heart diseases, asthma, diabetes and a plethora of other diseases brought on by the sedentary, petrochemical lifestyle.

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National_Funeral_800X800_V3UK Gov. Plc has invested almost nothing on safer cycling but tens of £billions on ever more roads for the car-lobby. £billions more is given in annual tax-cuts to the toxic diesel/petrol lobby, which is accelerating the 6th Mass Extinction.

The excellent photograph in the poster captures the scale of Stop Killing Cyclists’ first mass die-in, at Tfl headquarters, 5 years ago. 1500 people came together to protest, after 6 people were killed while cycling in one month.

This year’s National Funeral for the Unknown Cyclist hopes to be the largest ever Die-In in UK history, to ensure the Chancer of Death, Phillip Hammond, the incumbent PM, Jeremy Corbyn and his incumbent Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell hear two clear demands for the Autumn budget:

£3 Billion per year investment in cycling

A reversal of tax cuts on toxic diesel and petrol

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Donnachadh explained how they had arrived at the £3 Billion per year figure based on doubling the Dutch model, which invests the equivalent of £30 per person per year on cycling. The UK needs to catch up with 50 years of failure to invest in safer cycling.

The Dutch have the safest cycling infrastructure in the world. Despite some hotspots, they also enjoy some of the cleanest air in Europe.

More Dutch Cycling = Safer Cycling + Less Pollution + Cleaner Air

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#Divest

The second demand, a reversal of the year on year tax-cuts on toxic fuel should be a no-brainer, given the calamitous state of our collapsing climate. If we are to survive the 6th Mass Extinction, we must create a cleaner, safer world. Electric vehicles alone aren’t going to cut it, especially if the electricity which powers them is still produced by burning toxic fossil fuels and distributed across an ancient, inefficient power grid. Electric vehicles still have a massive embedded carbon footprint.

The UK, and the world must fully divest from fossil fuels as Ireland has done and properly invest in safe cycling infrastructure.

Righteous Rage to Peaceful Action.

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Channel your anger at all these injustices into peaceful direct action and demand better from UK Gov. Plc.

If you’re not able to attend, please share this event with your networks.

Cheers.

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EXTINCTION OR SURVIVAL? Imagining a Future for our Scorched Planet.

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In my lifetime, I’ve witnessed a lot of batshit crazy. I suppose I should feel privileged to live in a time of such unprecedented global challenges.

We were taught about global warming in school. It was all a bit flakey back then because the fossil fuel corporations had just started distorting and disputing the climate science. A school of science which incidentally they had pioneered. The basic principles were understood long before I was born. #ExxonKnew

When I started primary school, we were being taught that the apocalyptic climate collapse we’re witnessing now might happen in a few hundred years but if we recycled more and changed our light bulbs and used catalytic converters and stopped using CFCs everything would  probably be OK.

By the time I started secondary school, they were saying this cataclysmic tragedy might unfold in about a hundred years and we should probably all recycle more to be on the safe side. By the time I finished, they were saying maybe 50 years, if we didn’t take more meaningful action.

As I got older, they  revised it down further, saying probably within our lifetimes. Then the IPCC report. The World Scientists’ Warnings to Humanity. TWENTY THREE years of annual international climate conferences (COP24 will be in December this year). All too little too late and still held back by an industry determined to protect it’s short term shareholder interest.

Now, everything’s collapsing around our ears and it has become difficult to imagine a future in which organised human life on planet Earth is viable. Or life at all for that matter.  It turns out most of the recycling we’ve been diligently doing has been going to landfill and incinerators all these years. Increasing numbers of people believe that we’ve already passed the tipping point. An uninhabitable planet is now baked in to the mix.

Corporate media have starting to make the most monumental U-turn in history: We should now accept that an increasingly chaotic climate is the ‘new normal’. We should be preparing for more heatwaves and sea level rise of 60m. (normally I wouldn’t link to sky news but it’s interesting that even they are now starting to accept the stark reality). It has become undeniable. Much of humanity’s minds are being blown. Like frogs in boiling water, slowly realising our shared fate too late.

The Global heatwave is symptom of early stage cycle of civilisational collapse

Extinction_RebellionThe world’s ‘leaders’ (such as they are) have procrastinated and lied and squabbled and squandered decades that could have made a difference. The farcical folly of the greenwashing industry; recyling going to landfill and incinerators,  ‘catalytic converters’,  ‘carbon trading schemes’ and so on tell us all we need to know about their ‘leadership’ on the issue.

You need only look at the brutal corporate policing of protests from Standing Rock to Preston New Rd to understand how intractable the problem is.

The fact that at least FIVE pacific islands have already been lost to rising sea levels is not yet commonly known or understood. I had hoped that this news might have woken up more people when it happened. Two years ago.

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I’m suppose I’m lucky to have been engaged with the problem of catastrophic climate collapse and human extinction for quite a long time. I’m not as panicked by it as people who are just coming round to the concept now, so I can at least offer a relatively calm perspective. Continue reading EXTINCTION OR SURVIVAL? Imagining a Future for our Scorched Planet.

Anarcho-Pedantry Corrections Department FAO: Red London

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FAO: Red London

I like the Red London facebook page. A lot. It’s one of the best at balancing horrific truth with the need for lulz to cope. In a hysterical, hostile environment with a collapsing climate and fascists apparently emboldened, this is an increasingly difficult balancing act to maintain.

On Saturday, Bookmarks socialist bookstore in London was “ambushed” by far-right thugs, chanting “Trump” and “Make Britain Great Again”.  There is very little that is lulzworthy about this.

Without reading the full post, I watched and shared Red London’s mirror of the footage to a number of pages. Shortly after, I received the following message from a comrade via The Occupied Sun facebook page.

“Ginger is he? You’re lowering yourselves to their level, which is very sad. His hair colour has fuck all to do with anything, fascists.”

Confused and intrigued, I clicked through and read the full OP from Red London’s mirror of the video:

“painfully stupid crew of Alt-Right morons The People’s Charter Foundation – Make Britain Great Again under the leadership of gimpy ginger midget Luke Nash-Jones decided to, in their own words, “ambush” Bookmarks socialist bookshop after their demo in support of fat lunatic Alex Jones outside the BBC. Pathetic scenes follow, with the cameraman picking up random books and getting bamboozled trying to think of reasons why they’re bad, before the whole lot of them get ushered gently out by the shopkeepers like the care-in-the-community cases they are. Absolute freaks! 😄original uploadeders title was “MAKE BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN INVADES COMMUNIST BOOKSTORE”

Edit to add: look out for Margate’s own David Coppin, confirmed fascist who kicks about with the South East Alliance and the Infidels. Yet this lot are going on about ‘anti-semitism’!

update: they’ve deleted the video off they’re channel”

Thinking I understood the problem, I wrote to Red London, pointing out that “they’re” choice of language was unhelpful and offensive to various comrades. I asked them to edit it. I expected them to respond positively, but their response was juvenile, unhelpful and depressing.

The irony of further alienating “gimpy, ginger, midget, fat and care in the community (sic)” comrades is apparently lost on them.

So anyway, having asked nicely, I decided to indulge my equally juvenile anarcho-pedantry and correct the post for them:

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Hopefully this is just helpful and lulworthy enough to get us all back on track, fighting the fascists, together. With lulz and unity.

No comrades were harmed in the writing of this post.

All comments in solidarity.

PS: It occurs that now might be a good time to share that cool meme that Anarchist Federation edited and made even cooler.

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Post Satirical Corbyn Smears Super Football Action Meme [Video]

t’s difficult not to comment on the seemingly absurd pantomime that corporate media have made of a serious issue. The ‘anti-semitism in the Labour party’ debate has been raging forever and has been dominating our newsfeeds for weeks now.

From an objective position, it looks like there is a real problem on the fringes of the Labour party (as in all parties, society in general) but it’s not of anti-racist, incumbent PM, Jeremy Corbyn’s making or doing.

From here, the mainstream discussion seems to have been about semantics, rather than semitism.

It also looks like a blatant, crude smear campaign.

Hence this superfunny video meme.

 

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Hear Hear, Mr James O’Brien. [Brexshit Pantomeme]

Erudite and concise analysis.

Speaks for me.

Most memeworthy.

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UPDATE – since creating this meme, Mr James O’ Brien has disappointed me with some tasteless, unhelpful comments relating to kitkats. I wish I hadn’t made this now. Still it was an elucidating observation at the time. Leaving here for posterity.

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