Socialist Social Media for the New Days: Long Live TIKKIT! [review]

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annnarkehmedia.com subscribers will be aware that following the most recent social mediapocalypse, I went dark for a little while on Big Tech’s social media monopolies, while I investigated what alternatives are currently available. I’m still not posting much to the old platforms. Spending a little time away from them has been really good for my mental health. Particularly in terms of getting a better perspective on the state of it all.

This will be my second review of alternative social media platforms.
You can also read about my first week on steemit.com, here.

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One of the first new platforms I joined recently was tikkit.co.uk – which was only launched about a month or so ago. If I’m remembering correctly, it’s been endorsed by the great George Galloway on his radio show, the Mother of All Talk Shows. (I’ve not been able to find the link to that endorsement yet, so could be remembering it wrong. Apologies if so. I’ll update this post if and when I find the link).

INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW

(From tikkit.co.uk‘s ‘about’ section)
“The aim of Tikkit is to become the most used site on the web, replacing Twitter to make mobile social media a truly free experience, no data collection, no location collection, no care for whatever app or site you last visited.

The software is owned by one person and it’s use has been gifted to everyone. The owner, admin and moderators are all left wing socialists based in the UK.

Together we have the power to make this the first socialist media platform based in the UK, created by the left for us all, not just the profiteers

Zero tolerance to fake news.”

The ‘one person’ who owns the software is a chap called ‘Tony X‘, who appears to be a proper old school socialist. Tony has been very responsive to every issue I’ve raised since joining Tikkit and he’s answered every question I’ve asked regarding Tikkit.

For example. When I first joined, the site only had the traditional binary gender designations; male or female. Being a genderless, anarcho-punk emoji, I tagged Tony asking them to add an ‘other’ option, which they did almost immediately. Similarly, when selecting which nation state you belong to, I wanted the option of being a ‘Citizen of the World’ which again, Tony made happen almost instantly. They even took some time to answer a few questions for this review.* (Thanks Tony, much respect)!

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*wiixiiw is a new video hosting platform which Tony’s also been developing.

#AdvertisingShitsInYourHead

There’s currently no advertising on Tikkit, which is of course a most welcome and r3V0_|utionary change from the big social media monopolies’ abuse of our data. For me, the advertising industry’s mass manipulation of human thought and behaviour has been one of the most pernicious aspects of Big Tech in recent decades.

Apart from a distinct absence of corporations trying to sell you ideas and material shit you don’t need, Tikkit feels very much like a facebook/twitter hybrid. There’s a top trending hashtags column which displays the current top 5 trending hashtags. Another key distinction, is that the main prolefeed looks like it’s literally just a chronological list of posts. Seemingly no algorithms silently deciding which content you get to see and which you don’t.

ECHO CHAMBERS AREN’T NECESSARILY BAD

Initially, I was concerned that Tikkit would, by definition be a bit of a ‘Leftist’ ideological echo chamber. It is, though I’ve actually come to quite like that about it. It’s been great to have a space which is overtly and deliberately ‘left’ leaning to retreat to when the post truth, post satire world gets too much for my poor little brain. I think because everybody knows it’s a left leaning platform makes it an interesting and useful echo chamber to have.

However, having only launched recently it’s still quite sparsely populated. I decided to just follow everybody who’s joined so far, to get a decent overview of how it’s doing. It looks like there’s only about 330 users there so far but new people have been joining almost every day I’ve been there. As with all the burgeoning new platforms, it seems to be a question now of how many of these new users will start actually using their shiny new accounts or not.

You can create groups and 8 have been set up already; Disability, What About The Workers, BizEpeople, memes, inforapenny, Occupy2018, Philosophy and Jineology.

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I didn’t know what Jineology was and had to look it up. So even with a smaller user base, Tikkit is already providing me with a useful social experience, ie: teaching me about stuff I didn’t already know.

CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF TIKKIT

At the moment, only a small handful of people seem to be posting regularly. Most of these seem to just be ‘hit and run’ or ‘flash’ posts, or flash floods of posts. (We’ve all done it…) That said, the quality of posts has generally been higher than on the old platforms and the few interactions and discussions I’ve had there have been generally friendlier and more interesting than on the old social media.

There’s scant other information about Tikkit, on the website or elsewhere on the internet. There’s no wikipedia entry about it and no FAQ, yet. I quite like this ‘mystery’ angle about it too. I don’t know how it’s going to turn out but my gut tells me that they’re good people.

I like Tony X and team Tikkit’s style. If enough comrades migrated there (and started using their accounts) it could become a powerful Leftist space, for both networking and possibly also for organising.

Onwards comrades, to the new days!

Long live TIKKIT!

PS: Little toes ARE really weird, but essential.

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Is This Post-Capitalism? My First Week on steemit.com [review]

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annnarkehmedia.com subscribers will be aware that following the most recent social mediapocalypse, I’ve mostly gone dark on the big social media monopolies while I investigate what alternatives are currently available.

This will be the first of several reviews which I’ll be posting.

steemit.com is by far and away the most mindblowing of all the new social media platforms I’ve discovered on my post-social mediapocalypse journey, so far. It’s so much deeper than I had anticipated. I’m realising that it’s potential for positive systemic change on a global scale is incredible. Unprecedented in fact, as far as I’m aware.

I was only looking for new social media platforms but it turns out that steemit could also be part of the solution to the world’s hopelessly corrupt monetary system.

Which is nice.

*CAVEAT/WARNING* these are my personal reflections after just over a week on steemit. It’s been challenging and some of my assumptions, conclusions and advice could yet prove to be wrong. I am fast becoming a steemvangelical but steemit might yet prove not to be the glorious utopia it currently appears to be.

Any corrections, further advice and constructive criticism welcome.Steemit

INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW

Steemit, Inc. is a private company based in New York City, headquartered in Virginia. The company was founded by Ned Scott, and Dan Larimer, creator of BitShares, and EOS. It’s been building STEEM since it launched in March 2016.

There are very few rules on steemit but the context, culture and etiquette are very different to the old social media platforms and I’m still only just starting to figure it all out.

Steemians upvote posts and comments and the authors who get upvoted can receive a monetary reward in a virtual currency token named Steem and in US dollar-pegged tokens called Steem Dollars. People are also rewarded for curating (discovering and sharing) popular content. Vote strength and curation rewards are influenced by the amount of STEEM Power held. Steemians are affectionately referred to as ‘plankton, minnows, dolphins and whales’, representing the scale of their STEEM power, (wealth) and influence.

You don’t have to ‘buy in’ to get started on steemit.com. My account‘s currently got 0.788 STEEM power. At the current market rate, that’s about 50cents for my first day’s activity. Upvotes accumulate for a week at which point you can claim them. My most popular post on STEEMIT so far has reached the current market equivalent of about $1, give or take. My second most popular post has reached the market equivalent of $2. So it’s not about how many people upvote you, it’s about who upvotes you.

$2 isn’t a lot but it’s $2 more than big data were sharing with me. And it’s $2 just for posting something that I wanted to post, that had value to me, that others saw value in.

If everybody migrated to steemit the quality of popular discourse and the value of STEEM could both rise significantly.

THIRD PARTY APLICATIONS

Steemit includes a host of third-party applications, such as d.tube, which is a decentralized video platform. It’s similar to YouTube, but instead of advertisements, it uses the built-in STEEM currency which is awarded by people upvoting other people’s vids. #AdvertisingShitsInYourHead

There are LOADS of other third party apps, up and running and in development on steemit, including front ends which I haven’t looked at yet. I’m particularly excited to explore D.live – the steemit livestreaming service. Livestreaming to the blockchain would be really useful.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOURAL MODIFICATION

There are many subtle but profound differences between steemit and the old social media platforms, which I’m still adjusting to. At the moment they almost all seem positive, apart from the inevitable phenomenon of some (a lot) of people literally just unashamedly milking it for the sake of milking it.

So why do I think steemit is so good?

  • It’s not just that participating in the community is incentivised monetarily.
  • It’s not just that there are no advertisements constantly shitting in your head.
  • It’s not just that the preferred etiquette is for less frequent, higher quality posts
  • It’s not just that there’s no censorship, that you know everything you say and do is indelibly stored in the blockchain forever, so people are further incentivised to be more considerate and thoughtful.
  • It’s not just that there are no constant ‘notifications’ and other triggers demanding your attention and modifying your behaviour

It’s all of these things and many more which give me real hope in steemit, as a potentially paradigm shifting solution to so many of the micro and macro challenges which humanity currently faces.

THE ANCAP CHALLENGE

There seem to be quite lot of self identifying ancaps involved in and supporting steemit.com. I had always rejected anarcho-capitalism in the past, because I found the concept somewhat oxymoronic but in the context of the steemisphere and it’s relationship to actual social value I have to warmly welcome and applaud their work, and their ostensibly long sighted ethical and moral compass.

If like me you’re primarily interested in steemit as a means of keeping the internet free and escaping big data’s myopic nightmarish filterbubbles, don’t make the mistake of just sacking off all the crypto-guys as hopeless breadheads, as I very nearly did. The crypto-currency side of it is a daunting learning curve which I’m only just now, reluctantly starting. The thing I’ve come to realise though, is that for steemit to deliver on it’s paradigm shifting potential the emerging crypto-markets need to be succesful.

This is quite a challenge to accept and reconcile. It seems to me now like some sort of weird, new, anarcho-crypto, post-capitalist, Max Keiser and Jeff Berwick via Jaron Lanier and David Graeber hybrid, which I’m struggling to get my head around because it’s such a monumental challenge to all my previous assumptions about economics and society.

Dos and Don’ts

I dramatically underestimated just how steep a learning curve steemit would be. While in many ways it’s very similar to the old social media platforms, the differences are deeper and  more significant than they first appear. Don’t just dive in at the deep end like I did, don’t rush, take your time, as I’m trying to do now.

Don’t just skim the introductory material and the FAQ!
I just dived straight in and made a lot of ‘plankton’ (n00b) errors…
Again, steemit.com is way deeper than it looks at first.

Do have actual real conversations with people on your posts and on theirs. Check your replies and respond to them. This should just be standard but bears mentioning, as it’s such a cultural shift away from facebook and twitter’s incessant and addictive notifications. Steemit doesn’t send you a notification every time somebody farts, or hassle you to post something if you spend a day or two offline.

Don’t just follow back everybody who follows you, as you might have done on the old social media. I made the mistake of following back 150 odd people who followed me and had to spend a day or two trawling through removing loads of bots, dead accounts and other bods who I found disinteresting. I’ve probably got a fair bit more following and unfollowing to do before I get it right for my personal ‘niche’.

Do check out the people who have followed you and follow them back if they seem interesting and cool to you.

It’s not about how many followers you can acquire anyway, it’s about the quality of the interactions you have and the actual connections you make along the way.

RECOMMENDATIONS

If you’re interested in learning more and joining the steemit community, use the time queuing for your account to properly familiarise yourself with the white paper, the blue paper and the FAQs.  There’s a lot to digest but don’t be put off and don’t just skim through it all like I did at first. There’s way more exciting information in these documents than I can helpfuly relay here and now.

You don’t need an account to have a look around the platform and its various affiliates like Dtube, Dsound etc.

Say goodbye to being dripfed bullshit by big data’s prolefeeds. You’re responsible for how you use your time on steemit and for what content you create, curate, upvote and share.

Don’t be put off by the ‘trending’ ‘new’ and ‘promoted’ feed being mostly drivel, as it is on big data’s platforms. Don’t be put off by the mountains of posts about cryptocurrency and markets if they’re mostly illegible to you, as they are to me.

Go straight to the ‘View all tags’  link (at the bottom of the trending tags bar) and have look for stuff you’re interested in. If what you’re looking for isn’t in the long top trending list, use the searchbar. This takes you to a google search – set that to ‘by date’ to find the most recent posts and discussion about what interests you.

Tags I’ve personally found interesting on steemit.com so far include:

#anarchy #eco-train #earthdeeds #earthtribe #informationwar * #news #nature #science

*Important note: the ‘informationwar’ account and tag is not affiliated with Alex Jones and his hatemongering crew of alt-right wrong uns. Thanks to @sloe for pointing this out and to @informationwar for confirming.

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CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM OF STEEMIT

From my perspective, it’s a bit of a shame that so many people on steemit are currently there just for the purpose of making money. At the same time, I fully respect how much effort those same people have put into making this potential utopia a reality. Given all the other benefits of the paradigm shift that steemit represents for the digital space and the material world, I’m prepared to suspend my disbelief and challenge my preconceptions.

One of the only two criticisms on the wikipedia entry about steemit.com, is from Joe Lee, co-founder and CIO of digital currency trading platform Magnr, who told CoinDesk:

Whether Steem succeeds as a digital currency will be more a reflection of Steemit’s success as a platform as opposed to the economics of the coin itself. This is a good example of a digital currency whose value will be closely affiliated to its utilitarian value as a social networking and sharing platform.”

So, the ‘whales’ and the ‘planktons’ successes on the platform are inextricably intertwined. Community cohesion and monetary value are inextricably and immutably connected. If the steemit community absorb this criticism constructively steemit could save the internet which could help save the world!

A mass migrate to steemit could improve the quality of the steemit platform, the diversity and quality of the content there, the cohesion amongst the community and at the same time raise the living standards for everybody, rapidly.

It could lead to an actually grassroots-led third sector that could be infinitely more effective than the current one, (which rewards it’s CEOs six-figure salaries while leaving the problems themselves unsolved for decades on end)…

A mass migrate to steemit could be just the r3V0_|utionary paradigm shift we need.

Could steemit.com be Post-Capitalism?

It certainly looks promising to me!

Reviews of all the other social media platforms I’ve been investigating will be posted very soon.

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Update and reblog: CO2nsensus? A Response To @kennyskitchen and @elamental

Quick social mediapocalypse update:

Despite it’s imperfections, I’m fast becoming a steemvangelical. I’m still also loving tikkit.co.uk. Proper, full reviews will be forthcoming, imminently.

I wrote and published this on steemit.com 4 days ago and it’s been upvoted 74 times, earning the equivalent of $2.07. Already. Despite the market currently being low. It’ll keep accumulating upvotes for another 3 days and at that point, I’ll be able to claim it.

The monetary aspect is a welcome and potentially paradigm shifting bonus, but what’s been more significant for me has been the steemit community; the quality of the interactions and discourse there. It’s been a dramatic change from the tiny little filter bubbles that I had previously been trapped in. I was getting nowhere near this much interaction on my old channels, which supposedly have a greater number of followers and reach. This is particularly striking when you consider that steemit’s user base is significantly smaller than the old channels…and I’ve only been there a week.

It’s not all peachy and utopian of course but I’ll leave the more challenging aspects aside for now. So far, I’ve only met friendly and helpful people on steemit. @elamental has invited me to write about the Extinction Rebellion for their ‘Earth Deeds’ project and that little bit of scribbling has already stimulated some interesting discussions, (including the mandatory token flat earther, who was very nice and reasonable actually).  It’s been so refreshing not to be constantly bombarded with adverts and to be able to see and hear some views which I viscerally disagree with. The only channels I’ve had to mute so far (for my own sanity) have been the Alex Jones ones.

A more thorough blog will be forthcoming imminently about all my adventures exploring the new social meda, including tikkit.co.uk and my first week as a steemian and D-tuber, but for now, I thought I’d share this little ramble with you all, to strongly endorse steemit.com as a very promising long term solution to so many of the current problems with the big social media monopolies’ platforms:

  • NO advertising – #AdvertisingShitsInYourHead
  • NO censorship – immutable blockchain on the back end
  • VIRTUAL CURRENCY REWARDS

The fact that you also get paid, not just for creating content but for finding, ‘curating’, liking, sharing and commenting on quality content is still blowing my mind. The implications of a mass migrate to steemit really would be immense, if I’m understanding it correctly.

Caveat: I’ve only been there for a week and am still figuring it all out.

There’s a 1-3 week queue for new accounts at the moment, so I’d strongly encourage everybody to apply for one NOW! I know some of you have applied already, I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

Anyway, here’s that blog what I wrote. If you’re interested, you can read the full context and the comments on the original post, here.

CO2NSENSUS

CO2nsensus? – A Response To @kennyskitchen and @elamental

It’s my fourth day on steemit and I’ve encountered my first serious intellectual challenge here. @elamental of Earth Deeds fame has shared with me a thorough 2-part article by @kennyskitchen debunking the mainstream ‘consensus’ on climate change science, specifically the human-made, CO2 analysis. I’ll admit, my instinctive reaction was to roll my eyes. “Oh great. Another mindless conspiraloon out to sabotage the deep green movement…”

Determined to rise to the challenge though, I read Kenny’s articles and was pleasantly surprised, not just by how thorough they were but also by how much I agreed with their analysis.

Here are Kenny’s two articles;

GLOBAL COOLING! No, wait… GLOBAL WARMING!! Ah, um… CLIMATE CHANGE!!! Just be afraid & give us more power!

So, we’ve seen that most #ClimateChange “science” is complete BS… Why is the agenda being pushed? And by whom?

No Platforming?

Before I begin, it bears mentioning that there have been calls recently to ‘no-platform’ all climate science deniers, refusing to debate with them at all. Some of my personal heroes and sheroes, including the incredible Dr Caroline Lucas MP have signed an open letter in which they explain why they are refusing to lend their credibility to debating climate change skeptics. I can understand where they’re coming from. In my lifetime the debates around climate change have been unbearably frustrating; biased in favour of the skeptic perspective against all reason. The signatories to the letter claim that there is nothing substantive to debate with the skeptics, whose position is funded by the fossil fuel lobby.

I’ve never supported no-platforming and don’t think I ever will. The only circumstances in which it’s appropriate are to prevent the incitement of violence and hatred. There is the argument that climate change denial does incite violence to the planet, by advocating more burning of CO2. What is problematic about this argument is that the perceived violence is now so widespread and normalised that it requires no incitement. Indeed, the only way to stop it is to ‘win’, (or resolve) the debate.

No-platforming stinks of intellectual cowardice and prevents learning, so when I received this challenge today, I knew I had a responsibility to respond to it as fully as I possibly could.

‘Scientific’ Consensus

One of the most significant points from Kenny’s first article is how the focus on ‘scientific consensus’ is absurd, given that consensus is not by itself a scientific method. “the scientific consensus used to be that the earth was flat”. Pretty much every scientific breakthrough ever has, by definition, required a rejection of consensus by an individual, or a small minority of rebels. Furthermore, the #CimateGate emails, the doctoring of data, and the ‘hockey stick’ graph do all lend themselves to the notion that the ‘consensus’ might be illusory and that some sort of conspiracy is probably at play.

The second article was the most compelling. It details some of the many other ways in which humanity is destroying the biosphere, some of the individuals, corporations and mobs responsible for this destruction and ends with a list of Kenny’s conclusions, which I’ll cut and paste here;

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  1. CO2 is not a pollutant
  2. Most “climate science” is complete fraud
  3. The biggest polluters on the planet are the military, animal agriculture, and companies like Monsanto
  4. No matter the problem, more government is NEVER the solution
    a. Government is simply the use of violence & coercion against others instead of taking responsibility to change your own life
  5. The Earth is not warming (at least not linearly, different regions are all warming & cooling separately)
  6. The Earth is not overpopulated, we can easily feed everyone a well-balanced diet, and eugenics is ALWAYS immoral (not just when the Nazis did it)
  7. For the first time in history, we have the ability to share the truth faster & wider than the system can spread its lies
    EVERY SINGLE THING YOU DO CHANGES THE WORLD! Here are some big things you can do to make the world better
    a. Stop paying taxes
    b. Eat a organic, non-GMO, vegan diet (growing it yourself is best)
    c. Stop taking in corporate media of any kind
    d. Begin practicing radical personal responsibility, stop acting like a victim or outsourcing responsibility for your actions
    e. If someone is trying to convince you to be afraid, chances are they are planning to take advantage of you somehow

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CO2nsensus?

The only really significant bone of contention I have with this list (and with Kenny’s general analysis) is their first point, regarding the effect of CO2 on the atmosphere. From ‘my side’ of the debate, this question has been pretty much ‘settled’ since the Exxon papers leaked. #ExxonKnew#ShellKnew

Exxon Knew

I’ve been tracking fossil fuel industry (military industrial complex) propaganda for years now. Exxon publicly pioneered climate science back in the day but stopped publishing their findings in the 70s, once it became clear (to them at least) that the industrial scale of CO2 emissions would likely lead to the abrupt and dramatic changes to Earth’s climate which we are witnessing today. They deployed the same PR firm and the same tactics as Big Tobacco had done, namely sowing seeds of doubt in consumer’s minds about the certainty of the science. A recent analysis conducted by Carbon Brief investigated 900 recently published scientific papers, all of which cast doubts on climate change or speak against it. They found 9/10 of the most prolific authors were in some way connected with Exxon Mobil.

The net effect of this decades long PR campaign has been to keep industrial society dependent on the oil wells pumping and the coal fires burning, while preventing the growth of sustainable, renewable energy technology and markets.

For these reasons and many more, I believe that CO2 is most likely a pollutant, which is not only accelerating climate chaos but which is also ruining people’s health by making the air so toxic that it’s causing instances of respiratory disease to rise and life expectancy to fall, dramatically, in all the world’s major industrialised cities.

Apart from this though, I thought the rest of Kenny’s analysis was pretty much spot on. In spite of disagreeing with their conclusion on CO2 emissions I found the reasoning behind it very interesting, if not entirely persuasive.

Summary/Conclusions

If the scientific consensus on CO2 is correct, (as I believe it probably is) it doesn’t make any of the rest of Kenny’s observations any less correct. Particularly prescient is their research on methane, which is one of a great number of factors which could yet prove more significant in the long term. Some of the projections regarding the potential release of methane that had until recently been trapped in arctic permafrost are particularly dire.

I can agree to disagree with Kenny regarding CO2 emissions, given that I agree with so much of the rest of their analysis. I find it extremely interesting that we should have so much parity on green issues, yet fall into opposing camps because we generally disagree on this one aspect. It makes me wonder if the CO2 angle has been deliberately exploited to create unnecessary disagreements and schisms amongst greenies who might otherwise have been natural allies.

Whether or not these schisms are deliberate, I feel both our camps are left weaker for it.

Ultimately, the ‘human-made’, CO2 causality aspect is just one of so many causal factors behind the 6th Mass Extinction that it would be foolish not to talk to each other because we disagree on one analysis. While I’m currently inclined to believe the CO2 human-made hypothesis, none of my positions are fixed. To quote Caroline Lucas, “none of us have the monopoly on wisdom”

I’m glad I took the time to read @kennyskitchen ‘s articles. I hope this response to them was useful.

Here’s a short documentary I made last year, articulating the World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity, A Second Notice. CO2 emissions are just one of many aspects covered in it.

https://d.tube/#!/v/ann-narkeh/ajo2trn4

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Stop The Arms Fair release schedule for week of action against #DSEI

Every two years, the DSEI arms fair takes place at the Excel centre in London docklands and they are greeted by a massive coalition of civil society, determined to oppose them.

DSEI (Defence & Security Equipment International) is the world’s largest arms fair, where arms buyers and sellers get together to network and make deals, profiting from the death and suffering their weapons cause worldwide.

The arms fair has been taking place at the docklands since 2001, opening it’s doors there for the first time the same day as the 9/11 atrocities. DSEI has always been met by opposition and resistance. By 2011, a network of groups and individuals called Stop The Arms Fair had emerged, united by their campaigns to put a stop to arms fairs in the UK.

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Every two years, the arms dealers are forced to negotiate actions designed to make them reconsider their line of work and to prevent them from being able to set up their exhibition. Stop The Arms Fair have just published the schedule for this year’s blockade, 4th to 11th September 2017 and it looks more action packed than ever, with multiple actions planned for each day.

Last time round in 2015, hundreds of people blocked the entrance for six consecutive days and nights, preventing the arms fair from setting up properly. Occupy the Arms Fair activists and others livestreamed from a small camp throughout the week of action and conducted a night raid on the exhibition centre. A hardcore few remained for the duration of the exhibition. Some dressed as the grim reaper to greet the arms dealers as they arrived. They were compelled to step over bodybags as they avoided probing questions from activists, all livestreamed – broadcast live to the internet.

There is a camp planned again this year, so remember to bring a tent!

Activists all over the country have been holding training sessions, planning meetings and running workshops, film screenings and other events to prepare for this year’s resistance. If you haven’t already, get trained up!

Let’s make 2017 the year we finally shut this murderous industry down and usher in a lasting era of peace and enlightenment!


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BEAUTIFUL TROUBLE: Still Elegant and Incendiary [The Occupied Sun Book Review]

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Beautiful Trouble is more than a book, it’s the serious artivists’ wikipedia. A constantly evolving web toolboxand an international network of artist-activist trainers whose mission is to help grassroots movements be more creative and more effective.  The project has been ongoing since 2012, successfully sharing the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest with today’s generation of change-makers’ experiences on the frontlines.

Beautiful Trouble lays out the core tactics, principles and theoretical concepts that drive creative activism, offering an array of tools to help activists learn from recent successes and failures, and from the broad, rich history of our struggle(s).

There are currently five modules; Tactics, Principles, Theories, Case Studies and Practitioners, all excellently researched, brilliantly written and painstakingly cross referenced, full of insights for cynical old artist-activists and fresh faced noobs alike.

The materials are being updated and added to constantly, if you’ve got something you want to share or add, you can get involved, here.

We encourage readers to explore our website, beautifultrouble.org, which is more than simply an appendage to the book, but in fact stands as perhaps the fullest expression of the project. In an easily navigable form, the website includes all the book’s content as well as material that, due to constraints of both space and time, we were unable to include in this print edition.

With the participation of readers, the body of patterns that constitute Beautiful Trouble could continue to evolve and expand, attracting new contributors and keeping abreast of emerging social movements and their tactical innovations.

Millions around the world have awoken not just to the need to take action to reverse deepening inequality and ecological devastation, but to our own creative power to do so. You have in your hands a distillation of ideas gleaned from those on the front lines of creative activism. But these ideas are nothing until they’re acted upon. We look forward to seeing what you do with them.”

The project is a collaborative effort with over 70 prominent artist-activists-strategists and leading creative campaign organizations including the YesMen, Ruckus Society, Other 98% and others.

Praised by Naomi Klein as “a crash course in the emerging field of carnivalesque realpolitik, both elegant and incendiary,” the book is now available in 7 Languages and is being used by campaigns and classrooms worldwide.

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Beautiful Trouble is a MUST READ for everybody who’s seriously interested in fixing our world. bookreview

I was lucky enough to be bought a copy by a good friend some years ago and it continues to enlighten and inspire my artivism today.

Beautiful Trouble is available FREE under a creative commons license, so if you can afford to buy a copy, buy two,…or several…!

If you can’t afford to buy a copy, why not share the Beautiful Trouble website around and help support these wonderful people’s work?

ARTIVISM For The WIN!

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You might also enjoy this review of The Prostitute State, by Donnachadh McCarthy:

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Weekly Review – 8th January 2017

One of my Radical Resolutions for this year is to be more proactive and disciplined with celebrating, supporting and sharing other people’s stuff.

These were the most noteworthy, interesting and inspiring things from Ann Narkeh Media’s ideological echo chamber this week, for your edification and lulz.

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I’m not normally into the old sports and that, but these two stories caught my eye.

There was a great #NoDAPL #Divest banner drop at the US Bank stadium in Minneapolis on New Year’s Day.

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And Tunisia’s Club Africain fans displayed these “created by the poor, stolen by the rich” banners before their friendly against Paris St Germain:

 

The 70-mile long crack in the Larsen C ice shelf grew another 11 MILES in December alone. That leaves just 12 miles before an iceberg the size of Delaware snaps off into the Southern Ocean.

Wednesday was #FatCatWednesday when UK bosses had ‘earned’ more than the average worker’s £28k annual salary in just two and a half days…

On Thursday, London breached it’s annual air pollution limit for ALL of 2017 – In Just FIVE DAYS!

Hooray for Finland who have become the first country to put #Basic Income into practice!

2017 is going to be another busy year for the UK’s anti-fracking movement.

Fracking monsters Cuadrilla have started drilling in Lancashire. Reclaim The Power made this statement regarding the odious corporation’s move.
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Massive love and respect to whoever got the Anti-Fracking RickShaw Banner Response Unit together within hours of the news breaking…

Seems a good time to tweak this graphic which I rushed together for the last Cuadrilla comms blockade. (called off by Tina Rothery after winning her court case just before Christmas last year…)

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Simultaneously, INEOS are preparing to frack historic Sherwood Forest. Get yer tights on – it’s Robin Hood time! 

Drill or Drop‘s Ruth HayHurst put together this great roundup of some of this week’s protests against dirty fuel. frack-off.org.uk have published this map detailing all the current threats and the growing resistance around the country.

People are also mobilising against the latest round of PSPOS being used to criminalise and persecute the increasing numbers of homeless folk in the UK.

Sadly, yet another Ro̶u̶g̶h̶ ̶Sl̶e̶e̶p̶e̶r̶ Homeless HUMAN BEING has already frozen to death after being found in a Liverpool city centre gateway.

 

Scottish musician, Alasdair Codona has ended his 24 DAY hunger strike after MSPs finally agreed to talk about changing Scotland’s homeless laws. He had been starving himself to death outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to protest at the treatment of homeless people by local authorities. For 24 DAYS. He is currently recovering in hospital.

 

GOOD READS 

THIS article by Ed Jones for opendemocracy.net is a MUST READ for citizen journalists and everybody actually. It gets a bit scary towards the end, but being unaware is more scary in my very humble opinion.

Amongst many factoids about media corruption which may be familiar to this site’s filter bubble, the author offers this brilliant list of co-operative media sources – trustworthy alternatives to the fake news peddled by corporate controlled tabloid media;

Alternative media such as openDemocracy, Indymedia, Democracy Now andRed Pepper have existed for years, while The Canary was launched online a year ago. There has also been a resurgence of co-operatively owned media after some failed experiments in the 1970s, with The New Internationalist (now apparently the UK’s oldest workers’ co-operative) still surviving from that period. These media co-operatives are either owned by their workers, their readers or both as multi-stakeholder co-operatives. Corporate Watch and Strike! Magazine – both workers’ co-operatives – have been running since 1996 and 2012 respectively. The Morning Star has been a reader owned co-operative for several years. Ethical Consumer converted into a multi-stakeholder co-operative in 2008. The Bristol Cable has recently been created by local residents as a co-operative. Positive News has recently been crowdfunded by its readers to be a co-operative. STIR magazine is planning to transition to a co-operative structure. In the UK the co-operative movement founded their own publication in 1871 to report on the co-operative movement – the Co-operative Press – which continues as Co-operative News to this day.

The list continues, detailing co-operatively owned media sources around the world.

Another great article I missed towards the end of last year was by The Yes Men’s Andy Bichlbaum. An honest, uplifting account of his visit to the #NODAPL protest camp at #StandingRock How Standing Rock solved my 2016, First World problems. Initially frustrated by his inability to make himself useful, Andy meets a  “sexy, sassy, long-haired gay Navy vet named Hey” and many others who offer insights into why so many are compelled to help the long arc of history bend towards justice at standing rock and around the world.

Protesters are still being arrested at #StandingRock. The fight is not yet over there yet, it looks like it might be just beginning.

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA LIST: RECOMMENDATION

wrong_kind_of_green_logoI was recommended The Wrong Kind of Green, which is a 100% volunteer, critical-thinking collective which stands united behind ‘The Peoples Agreement’ to protect the rights of mother earth, agreed upon in Cochabamba, Bolivia, April 2010.

The site’s content focuses on exposing Big Green corruption, from spin doctors to false front NGOs to the doings of the Global Shadow Government and Military Industrial Complex.

This site has been added to the Alternative Media List.

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This toon by @SKZCartoons on the sickness of in 2017…is tragic, but brilliant.

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CROWDFUNDER!

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The ARTIST TAXI DRIVER, @chunkymark is crowdfunding BREXSHIT The Movie.

I’ve got no money to spare at the moment, so I made this poster for him instead.

Really pleased that he liked it enough to make it his profile picture! 😀

Click here if you can spare a few quid to help him out.

 


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THE PROSTITUTE STATE by Donnachadh McCarthy [The Occupied Sun Book Review]


The Prostitute State
is a transformative read.

book cover 24mmI was lucky enough to spend time with the author, Donnachadh McCarthy during Occupy Democracy’s Tarpaulin Revolution in 2014, where he was arrested several times for peacefully protesting the UK’s scandalous democratic deficit.

We occupied Rupert Murdoch’s news HQ together in 2015, where he generously gifted me a copy of his third book, The Prostitute State.

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Donnachadh McCarthy

The book is semi-autobiographical and explains how Donnachadh arrived at his conclusions. His insights into the inner workings of the corridors of power are as remarkable as his personal journey. Donnachadh is an incredible human being; a rare combination of fierce intellect and compassionate, sensitive humility.

The former vice chair of the Liberal Democrats turned whistleblower on corruption within the party, he has been tirelessly campaigning on environmental issues for over two decades both outside and within the system. His Victorian terrace home in Camberwell was London’s first carbon negative house.

Despite Donnachadh’s impressive CV, when I sat down to read The Prostitute State I wasn’t really expecting to glean much new information from it. In my arrogance, I thought I had already picked apart and understood the pillars of corruption which we all suffer under. I could not have been more mistaken. Donnachadh offers up revelation after revelation, backed by dense references, citations and peer reviewed datasets.

Whether you’re well aware of the revolving door or just noticed it’s existence, The Prostitute State is a must read for truth seekers worldwide.

In Donnachadh’s analysis, there are four main pillars of The Prostitute State; the Corrupted Political System; the Prostituted Media, Perverted Academia and the Thieving Network of Tax Havens. The book not only examines and exposes each of these pillars, but most importantly, it explains how the rich elites and corporations control the production of thought, the dissemination of thought, the implementation of thought and the funding of thought, and why this means we no longer live in a democracy.

Unlike other books which examine the doings of the 1%, The Prostitute State isn’t thin on suggestions for what can be done about the challenges we are facing either.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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Alternative Media List

From the outrageous conspiraloonies on Above Top Secret, to the earth shatteringly credible revelations of Wikileaks… Independent Bloggers, Vloggers, Authors, Citizen Journalists, Researchers, Photographers, Film Makers, Philosophers, Politicians and Livestreamers.

Individuals and Organisations, working together to reclaim our reality from the corporatocracy!

This list is by no means comprehensive. Keep sending me recommendations, and I’ll keep routinely updating.

Cheers.

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