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Bruce Sterling once said something like: “the future is on a sliderbar between the grim meathook future and the bright green spime world“. Well it’s clear now that those are two options on the one Möbius…

THE HIDDEN INFRASTRUCTURE / INFRAECONOMY OF JOB ‘THREAT’ BILLBOARDS


  Now let’s follow this down a rabbit-hole to the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) … and into the shadowy world of Front Groups.
  
  EPI is an odious US lobbying company, an umbrella for a series of hit-n-run front-groups, that is run by Rick Berman, the self-styled “Dr. Evil,” “Conservative Weapon of Mass Destruction” and “Astroturf Kingpin” - a man who has grown fat and bald on the money these companies recieve to lobby against Healthcare, minimum wage increases, etc. The EPI is like corporate ‘cloud’ - nebulous, a business barely present in the physical world; it doesn’t have offices or employees - it “shares office space with Berman & Company on a cost pass-through basis” - makes millions from its clients, yet is registered as tax-exempt organisation and passes itself off as a ‘non-profit’ organisation.
  
  It has much in common with the Infrastructural targets of #Stacktivism - a network of tenuous, teflon-coated companies, websites and IRS-reflective cash-conduits; an intangible organisational infrastructure that refuses to be concretised, it’s only solid-world front-end a series of billboards and adverts designed to seed fear amongst low-paid workers and those without health insurance. Its tangled web of influence and barely-visible cash-flows make it the ideal target for an open-journalism compaign.

THE HIDDEN INFRASTRUCTURE / INFRAECONOMY OF JOB ‘THREAT’ BILLBOARDS


  Now let’s follow this down a rabbit-hole to the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) … and into the shadowy world of Front Groups.
  
  EPI is an odious US lobbying company, an umbrella for a series of hit-n-run front-groups, that is run by Rick Berman, the self-styled “Dr. Evil,” “Conservative Weapon of Mass Destruction” and “Astroturf Kingpin” - a man who has grown fat and bald on the money these companies recieve to lobby against Healthcare, minimum wage increases, etc. The EPI is like corporate ‘cloud’ - nebulous, a business barely present in the physical world; it doesn’t have offices or employees - it “shares office space with Berman & Company on a cost pass-through basis” - makes millions from its clients, yet is registered as tax-exempt organisation and passes itself off as a ‘non-profit’ organisation.
  
  It has much in common with the Infrastructural targets of #Stacktivism - a network of tenuous, teflon-coated companies, websites and IRS-reflective cash-conduits; an intangible organisational infrastructure that refuses to be concretised, it’s only solid-world front-end a series of billboards and adverts designed to seed fear amongst low-paid workers and those without health insurance. Its tangled web of influence and barely-visible cash-flows make it the ideal target for an open-journalism compaign.

THE HIDDEN INFRASTRUCTURE / INFRAECONOMY OF JOB ‘THREAT’ BILLBOARDS

Now let’s follow this down a rabbit-hole to the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) … and into the shadowy world of Front Groups.

EPI is an odious US lobbying company, an umbrella for a series of hit-n-run front-groups, that is run by Rick Berman, the self-styled “Dr. Evil,” “Conservative Weapon of Mass Destruction” and “Astroturf Kingpin” - a man who has grown fat and bald on the money these companies recieve to lobby against Healthcare, minimum wage increases, etc. The EPI is like corporate ‘cloud’ - nebulous, a business barely present in the physical world; it doesn’t have offices or employees - it “shares office space with Berman & Company on a cost pass-through basis” - makes millions from its clients, yet is registered as tax-exempt organisation and passes itself off as a ‘non-profit’ organisation.

It has much in common with the Infrastructural targets of #Stacktivism - a network of tenuous, teflon-coated companies, websites and IRS-reflective cash-conduits; an intangible organisational infrastructure that refuses to be concretised, it’s only solid-world front-end a series of billboards and adverts designed to seed fear amongst low-paid workers and those without health insurance. Its tangled web of influence and barely-visible cash-flows make it the ideal target for an open-journalism compaign.

"Law is the framework that produces the world we live in. Invisibly, it surrounds and shapes our daily lives. Like software, laws quickly become opaque once they are enacted, but they don’t stop running. There are brief periods when we are able to intervene, to prevent future injustice, and to call not only for the kind of law we would like to see made but also the kind of world we would like to live in, which will be inevitably produced by those laws. Making the case for terrorism suspects, for asylum seekers, for stateless refugees, is one of the hardest cases to make. But in these situations we see tested the most extreme cases of our law and our humanity."
James Bridle, <The Siege on Citizenship (via stoweboyd)

(via notational)

"Very Serious People know the importance of arming the rebels, and the rebels of the rebels, and of the governments fighting the rebels, and of the random people who might just be good guys today but who knows about tomorrow, because it’s what we know how to do and our friends get rich in the process."

Images on the Internet

protoslacker:

I passively follow on Twittter, but it seems to me that Vinay Gupta tweets in storms. When he does, I tune in because he very often asks important questions. Today, which the above tweet was a part, he was exploring the question:

Suppose you had a rule: never buy anything that wasn’t made by people you would trade places with in a pinch. Suppose we all did that?

The tweet I singled out, he marked with the hash tag #Soon, but what he’s talking about seems very much #Now to me. And if I, some old white dude in America, is seeing, I know lot of other people are. I know it because sometimes people talk about it.

One of the things that makes this different from “poverty porn” is the images showing up on social media streams now are not really anonymous. They show up as a result of social networks. Even if the images and messages of suffering are from “friends of friends” we’re aware nowadays of being part of a network with those who are suffering.

Gupta’s question would you trade places packs a punch because these other places really aren’t so remote from us.

What do we do when we know the names of the starving mother and child we see on the Internet?

"The ideological premise of the Internet of Things is that surveillance and data production equal a kind of preparedness. Any problem might be solved or pre-empted with the proper calculations, so it is prudent to digitize and monitor everything."

FAA Struggling To Deal With Drones, Cracks Down On Farmers And Realtors

dronejournalism:

To my knowledge, today is the first we’ve known publicly of the FAA issuing subpoenas. - MW

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In an era where decent food, water, education, and healthcare are luxuries; thinking and feeling are activities to costly for society to allow. They are a drag on “growth”; a burden on “productivity”; they slow down the furious acceleration of the bullshit machine.

And so. Here we are. Going through the motions. The bullshit machine says the small is the great; the absence is the presence; the vicious is the noble; the lie is the truth. We believe it; and, greedily, it feeds on our belief. The more we feed it, the more insatiable it becomes. Until, at last, we are exhausted. By pretending to want the lives we think we should; instead of daring to live the lives we know we could.

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"I’m bored, in short, of what I’d call a cycle of perpetual bullshit. A bullshit machine. The bullshit machine turns life into waste."
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A culture that prizes narcissism above individualism. A politics that places “tolerance” above acceptance. A spirit that encourages cynicism over reverence. A public sphere that places irony over sincerity. A technosophy that elevates “data” over understanding. A society that puts “opportunity” before decency. An economy that…you know. Works us harder to make us poorer at “jobs” we hate where we make stuff that sucks every last bit of passion from our souls to sell to everyone else who’s working harder to get poorer at “jobs” they hate where they make stuff that sucks every last bit of passion from their souls.

To be bored isn’t to be indifferent. It is to be fatigued. Because one is exhausted. And that is precisely where—and only where—the values above lead us. To exhaustion; with the ceaseless, endless, meaningless work of maintaining the fiction. Of pretending that who we truly want to be is what everyone believes everyone else wants to be. Liked, not loved; “attractive”, not beautiful; clever, not wise; snarky, not happy; advantaged, not prosperous.

It exhausts us; literally; this game of parasitically craving everyone’s cravings. It makes us adversaries not of one another; but of ourselves. Until there is nothing left. Not of us as we are; but of the people we might have been. The values above shrink and reduce and diminish our potential; as individuals, as people, societies. And so I have grown fatigued by them.

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scavengedluxury:

East Midlands Parkway is watching you. July 2014. scavengedluxury:

East Midlands Parkway is watching you. July 2014.

scavengedluxury:

East Midlands Parkway is watching you. July 2014.