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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby matthew on Wed May 25, 2016 11:45 pm

bishopdante wrote:
big_dave wrote:
connor wrote:(part of a coordinated antisocialist smear campaign pushed by several neocon thinktanks in 2014)


This shit makes my blood boil...

...organized Livejournal and 4Chan harassment and "trolling" campaigns back in the '00s, then suddenly they're part of organized post-Occupy anti-feminist and anti-socialist groups...


big_dave wrote:...Because I'm mostly Anon but...


It's very hard to be hidden from the "five eyes" these days. It's one thing to be hidden from easy public access, but I believe it is very hard to be truly anonymised.

big dave wrote:...getting their "dox" and info on reds...


That's been going on for a while in various ways...

big_dave wrote:The culture of denial around corporate funding of certain online advocacy groups and their ties to social media corporations, consultancies and free market thinktanks


...and... paramilitary/clandestine agencies.

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There's an elephant in the room.

Almost nobody knows about how murky information technology has been since before the Internet.

Here's a story from the '80s that appeared in wired in '93.:

http://www.wired.com/1993/01/inslaw/

The problem with data or software is... it's very portable, information in itself is weightless. The more information that's collected... the easier it is for somebody else to collect.

Copying or piracy... it would seem it's not just people copying music...

Stuff can go out the back door as well as out the front. Copying is very hard to detect.

The story is about a database-integration tool designed for the department of justice which was lifted from the Department of Justice, the sanctioned company who developed the software was bankrupted, and the software repurposed as a scary big-brother tool for tracking political dissidents, manipulating legal cases... all sorts.

Designed as a case-management system for prosecutors, PROMIS had the ability to track people. "Every use of PROMIS in the court system is tracking people," said Inslaw President Hamilton. "You can rotate the file by case, defendant, arresting officer, judge, defense lawyer, and it's tracking all the names of all the people in all the cases."


But the real power of PROMIS, according to Hamilton, is that with a staggering 570,000 lines of computer code, PROMIS can integrate innumerable databases without requiring any reprogramming. In essence, PROMIS can turn blind data into information. And anyone in government will tell you that information, when wielded with finesse, begets power. Converted to use by intelligence agencies, as has been alleged in interviews by ex-CIA and Israeli Mossad agents, PROMIS can be a powerful tracking device capable of monitoring intelligence operations, agents and targets, instead of legal cases.


Asked why Israeli intelligence would have been so interested in Inslaw and PROMIS, Ben Menashe said, "PROMIS was a very big thing for us guys, a very, very big thing … it was probably the most important issue of the '80s because it just changed the whole intelligence outlook. The whole form of intelligence collection changed. This whole thing changed it." PROMIS, Ben Menashe said, was perfect for tracking Palestinians and other political dissidents.


Using the computers in his command center, North tracked dissidents and potential troublemakers within the United States as part of a domestic emergency preparedness program, commissioned under Reagan's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to sources and published reports. Using PROMIS, sources point out, North could have drawn up lists of anyone ever arrested for a political protest, for example, or anyone who had ever refused to pay their taxes. Compared to PROMIS, Richard Nixon's enemies list or Sen. Joe McCarthy's blacklist look downright crude. This operation was so sensitive that when Rep. Jack Brooks asked North about it during the Iran-Contra hearings, the hearing was immediately suspended pending an executive (secret) conference. When the hearings were reconvened, the issue of North's FEMA dealings was dropped.


the willful destruction of a company, the plundering of its software, the illegal resale of that software to further foreign policy objectives, and the overt obstruction of justice


Freelance reporter Danny Casolaro spent the last few years of his life investigating a pattern which he called "The Octopus." According to Casolaro, Inslaw was only part of a greater story of how intelligence agencies, the Department of Justice and even the mob had subverted the government and its various functions for their own profit.

Casolaro had hoped to write a book based on his reporting. His theories, which some seasoned investigative journalists have described as naive, led him into a Bermuda Triangle of spooks, guns, drugs and organized crime. On August 10th, 1991, he was found dead in a Martinsburg, W. Va., hotel room.


Casolaro's death has only deepened the mystery surrounding Inslaw. Among the more unusual aspects of his death: He had gone to Martinsburg to meet an informant whose name he never revealed. He had called home the afternoon before his death to say he would be late for a family gathering. Martinsburg police allowed his body to be embalmed before family members were notified and warned hotel employees not to speak to reporters. The hotel room was immediately scrubbed by a cleaning service. Casolaro had told several friends and his brother that if anything ever happened to him, not to believe it was an accident. And his notes, which witnesses saw him carry into the hotel, were missing.

His death was ruled a suicide by Martinsburg and West Virginia authorities several months later. Friends, relatives and some investigators still cry foul.


Chilling.

Suffice to say the computer power of 2016 is quite different to a VAX machine in the '80s.

Some people have very big budgets.


It suffices to say that you're bloviating and need to calm down.

Give it a rest. This post of yours has nothing to do with Jacobin.

After all, that's what this thread is about.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby bishopdante on Thu May 26, 2016 12:19 am

Just call it a contribution intended in good faith to inform some of the background of what contemporary journalism is up against, and a hair-raising example of how dangerous criticising or investigating the more corrupt aspects of the contemporary power structure can be, which connects quite directly to the contemporary incredulity espoused by most people in the west assuming that the governments, businesses and militaries have no corrupt or machiavellian behaviours.

connor wrote:(part of a coordinated antisocialist smear campaign pushed by several neocon thinktanks in 2014)


Smear campaigns are to be expected.

Go near some of the more corrupt and less-well-known features... accidents can happen.

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This also springs to mind: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petraeus_scandal

Hastings became a vocal critic of the surveillance state during the investigation of reporters by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013, referring to the restrictions on the freedom of the press by the Obama administration as a "war" on journalism. His last story, "Why Democrats Love to Spy On Americans", was published by BuzzFeed on June 7. Hastings died in a fiery high-speed automobile crash on June 18, 2013, in Los Angeles, California.


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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby matthew on Thu May 26, 2016 12:38 am

bishopdante wrote:Just call it a contribution intended in good faith to inform some of the background of what contemporary journalism is up against, and a hair-raising example of how dangerous criticising or investigating the more corrupt aspects of the contemporary power structure can be, which connects quite directly to the contemporary incredulity espoused by most people in the west assuming that the governments, businesses and militaries have no corrupt or machiavellian behaviours.


Man, you're funny.

Let's all three of us....you, me and Connor get a coffee sometime.

Perhaps it'll be a PRF sort of man-date...see what I did there?
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Thu May 26, 2016 12:42 am

Turns out the kid who got in a 30 minute debate with Bill Clinton is a Jacobin subscriber.

We just upgraded him to a lifetime subscription, naturally.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby numberthirty on Thu May 26, 2016 12:47 am

connor wrote:Turns out the kid who got in a 30 minute debate with Bill Clinton is a Jacobin subscriber.

We just upgraded him to a lifetime subscription, naturally.


Man, Bill.


While dude's current nonsense does need to be addressed, it's almost like kicking a walker out from under someone in their nineties.

What exactly happened to him?
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby matthew on Thu May 26, 2016 12:54 am

connor wrote:Turns out the kid who got in a 30 minute debate with Bill Clinton is a Jacobin subscriber.

We just upgraded him to a lifetime subscription, naturally.



Connor...

Mr. Clinton is campaigning for his wife. That's why he was where he was and why he engaged that fellow. He's also a very insecure lothario.

Mr. Clinton is just a tool, and a very easy-to-use tool at that. Sheesh. Can't you see that?
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby numberthirty on Thu May 26, 2016 12:58 am

matthew wrote:Perhaps it'll be a PRF sort of man-date...see what I did there?


Posted something nowhere near as interesting as the average Bishop post?
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby smud on Thu May 26, 2016 1:03 am

Matthew is starting to resemble Rupert Pupkin.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby matthew on Thu May 26, 2016 1:26 am

Man, I love this thread.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby brisket on Thu May 26, 2016 8:08 pm

well, I reckon Jacobin is pretty great. Quality control, no party line.
So does my Mum. She's a very, very experienced (notorious even, in this part of the world) political activist (still active). In fact, I think you should consider giving her a lifetime subscription. She's just finished a PhD on the viability of left-wing think tanks.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Fri May 27, 2016 9:12 pm

brisket wrote:well, I reckon Jacobin is pretty great. Quality control, no party line.
So does my Mum. She's a very, very experienced (notorious even, in this part of the world) political activist (still active). In fact, I think you should consider giving her a lifetime subscription. She's just finished a PhD on the viability of left-wing think tanks.

salut to yr mom!
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Mason on Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:39 pm

FM connor has made a very good appearance on the Chapo Trap House podcast.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby gjp on Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:19 am

Mason wrote:FM connor has made a very good appearance on the Chapo Trap House podcast.

So good.

Chapo Trap House is my new favorite podcast.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby connor on Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:34 pm

Their opening First Blood/BernieBro thing keeps making me laugh.

Proud to be the Col. Trautman of brocialists.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Gramsci on Fri Jun 10, 2016 4:03 pm

connor wrote:Their opening First Blood/BernieBro thing keeps making me laugh.

Proud to be the Col. Trautman of brocialists.


Great interview/chat. I was listening at work today and quietly sniggering during most of the show. Now a subscriber.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby Andrew. on Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:04 pm

Interview with Bhaskar Sunkara on where things are at with the publication.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby tmidgett on Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:47 am

Not crap, great public service, finally subscribed and read the issues and now I feel like a numbnuts for not doing so earlier
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby jimmy spako on Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:29 pm

If you appreciate the Jacobin, you might check out the Majority Report's long-form interviews that often feature Jacobin contributors. Here's an interview with Sunkara from yesterday building on a short piece FM Connor contributed to. Editorial assistant Branko Marcetic is on right now being interviewed about Trump inheriting Obama's national security state. Good shit. They also interview Verso authors fairly frequently.

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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby dontfeartheringo on Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:56 pm

Just subscribed. Recommend me things I must read.

Get at me, yf.
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Re: Magazine: Jacobin

Postby AdamN on Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:33 am

Easy Not Crap. Their take-down of Jordan Peterson is beautiful and well-needed, as I've had a few friends fall under his spell lately. Oh yeah, FM Connor was great on Chapo too.
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