Archive for November, 2007

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Trouble in Paradise

November 3, 2007

Here’s another post that I seemes to have misplaced, hopefully there are no more.

 

A few days ago Kevin posted this article on Cryptogon about New Zealand security forces arresting potential ‘terrorists’ in the New Zealand Bush and about a series of dawn raids that were being made. As soon as I read it I was suspicious about the nature of the police activity, not least because of an article that talked about how the people under suspicion were a group of Maori, Environmental & Political activists. “How convenient” I thought to myself, all those people in one easy round-up. At the very least this is going to be used as a propaganda tool

Since then it’s gotten worse. Even a former high profile cop who later became a right wing politician has come out saying the police have been heavy handed in their approach. Plus a government MP has said that he’s uncomfortable with what is going on, although he then (was made to?) retract some of his statements. Hell even the right wing papers seem unusually subdued about supporting police behaviour this time.

The government it denying that the arrests have anything to do with new, ‘anti-terror’ laws currently before parliament. These are laws that will bring us into line with overseas ‘anti-terror’ laws. I’ll leave it to the reader to decide for themselves whether they believe that :-)

There is lots of information on our local Indymedia site and lots of planning of protests about the event, there have even been protests overseas about what has happened here. Scoop.co.nz is of course a good source of info about this as well. One thing you’ll notice if you read up on this is that the police have said they are going to make more raids around New Zealand. At first I didn’t think much about it but then I realized that announcing you’re going to be raiding people who are stashing supplies of weapons is somewhat counter productive – unless you main aim is actually to scare people, or unless you’re raiding people who don’t have a clue that they would be on your list.

This is a Propaganda War. The powers that be will ensure that the high profile pictures of arrests of ‘terrorists’ will be associated with activists of all stripes and what frustrates me is that a lot of activists seem to be happy to reinforce this idea by being publically contemptuous of the police. Indymedia is currently crawling with people using terms like ‘filth’ and openly advocating a violent response and sure enough people like Russell Brown who is your classic left wing sellout journalist are quoting these people.

I felt moved to write something for Indymedia about Activist PR because in my opinion the powers that be couldn’t be happier with the behaviour of most activists in this country, they seem intent on alienating anyone who is slightly mainstream and are naively providing aid to the people putting out the propaganda – the very people they oppose. You can see the scathing response my suggestions received from some people who, to my ears, sound like criminals when they talk about the police. I guess it fits because the police view activists as criminals as well. Interestingly, I got called for one anti-community comment I made in the piece. Truly an oversight, and one that might surprise readers of this blog, but I am the product of middle class training and sometimes it still shows.

A couple of years ago I was given some excellent advice by someone active in the GE movement about the fact that we should be trying something different instead of using the same tired tactics every time – I immediately put his advice into practice in a presentation of our local council about GE where I focused on the image I was putting across as much as the message.

I’d love to see activists get smart and start turning up to demonstrations dressed like ‘nice’ middle class people. No doubt many would think of this as selling out but really what it’s doing is removing distractions so that people can focus on the message. And imagine how much it would shock everyone to see activism associated with the middeclasses – who at the moment feel very alienated by that sector of society.

I suppose this divide should come as no surprise since it’s the people who are already outside the mainstream who are best placed to see deceptions that most of us are under but the double edged sword aspect is that most of this divide is about how people identify with themselves, as Ran and Dan often mention (further reading at this link provided by Dan)

Despite comments about Sheeple and how dumb the general public is from the powers-that-be and those who oppose them, the people in power know that the most powerful force in any country is the population. If they decide to rise up en-masse then they will always win. It’s not going to happen here any day soon but the powers that be are very, very focused on massaging public opinion just in case. I’m sure their paranoia knows no bounds which is why they are so good at PR. I just wish we weren’t so bad at it, like I said on Indymedia, some activists are their own worst enemy in this area.

Things just got a whole lot worse though. I discovered yesterday that the police raided the home of Brian Innes and Jo Pearsall in Taupo. New Zealand is a small place and I heard about it through a friend of a friend – but I checked and it has been reported in the news. This event really rips the cover off as far as I am concerned. I’ve met these people and interviewed Jo prior to an Eco-show (they are the organisers of the event) and they are some of the last candidates I could think of for violent insurrection. The are gentle people. It’d be funny if it wasn’t so damn serious. Jo and Brian are permaculturists, they teach all around the country and started up the eco-show in an attempt to spread the word on a bigger scale. They must be in their 50’s, don’t own a firearm and the police raided their home with police dogs, herded them, their family and guests into the lounge and ‘detained’ them while they searched the house.

This blew me away but then I found something that made me even more curious. The Eco-show just happened last weekend and one of the lecturers who was still staying with them is a Swedish academic who is involved with JAK bank in Sweden. JAK bank is an interest-free bank that has been operating for 40 years using what must be considered to be a proven alternative to conventional banking. To say this gentlemen would be unpopular with the international banking cartel would be something of an understatement. Needless to say the police made off with his laptop.

I mentioned this fact to Kevin in an email and he pointed out this comment from an article he wrote a while back:

I don’t know who’s behind the wheel of this thing, but it’s not Kiwis. There is some kind of insidious, international banking octopus thing happening here. New Zealand politicians are selling their own country out to a global criminal elite that is going to eat this land alive and spit what remains out into the sea.

I’d also recommend this article from Kevin as well on the same subject.

It’s one thing to watch stuff like this happening in the US but quite another to see it happening here. I feel very angry about it – especially about what went down in Taupo. I am not willing to just lie down and let these people do this to our country. I haven’t been doing my alternative news radio show for a while but I am going to have to find the time to get back into it. No one else is doing anything like it in New Zealand – I will have to make a real effort to get it played on lots more stations as well. I hope that other people will feel the same way, I hope that this event will backfire and lots more people will get active. New Zealand has been subject to a lot of propaganda but we’re not as far gone as the US public and I still hold out hope that we’ve got the guts to do something about this.

I know people like Kevin say that the powers-that-be let activism continue because it’s a pressure release valve for the small proportion of society that needs it and it makes no difference anyway but I think that could be another line the powers-that-be have fed us. It’s certainly a comment that makes me think about where I put my energy because a lot of activism is in-effective, it’s true, but I also know that the GE movement in this country has been way more effective than anyone realizes. It’s not just luck that there are no commercial GE crops growing here, it’s because 75% of the public is opposed to it. Essentially what I am saying is that we are not totally powerless.

It will not be easy but if there is the slightest chance we can stop this country turning into a fascist cess-pool then it’s worth making the effort. We can certainly slow them down and it probably won’t be long before centralized power starts to fade away so we might just be able to make a permanent difference. Plus I find it really unnatural to not oppose it, I just hope I’m not the only one.

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Exit Conspiracy

November 3, 2007

This was supposed to be posted about a week ago when it would have been much more timely. On the better late than never theory, here it is, late;

Tim’s got a post about stepping out of the conspiracy theory headspace and it’s got me thinking about how much good judgment is missing in our world. I have friends who like to tell me that people are spontaneously getting stupid or that we have evolution in reverse or some such. Frankly I think this is just another sign of poor judgment, it’s a step up from common poor judgment but we really need to get to the top of the stairs and not just be smug about being on a different step to the rabble.

One of the problems is that our judgment is stripped from us as we grow up. We’re supposed to learn to use our own judgment via our relationships with stable adults and from our ever-growing body of life experience. School very effectively prevents this by separating us from the grounding experience of our connection with our parents and presenting subjects as discrete disconnected areas of information, which can only ever be verified by reference to a higher authority (the teacher). It’s interesting how often the word separation comes up in there, (almost) needless to say it also separates us from genuine life experiences and nature.

The mess this creates is then locked-in as adults by the media, which both distracts us and distorts the flow of information that we need to make sense of the world. By now we’re getting into the 3rd generation of this carry-on and you can see the results in these comments of an old teacher that I keep hearing about ­everywhere. It obviously strikes a chord but I don’t think anyone knows what to do with it.

The teacher is right about technology short circuiting kids brains but he misses the part of his institution in it. Both serve to provide disconnections. The technology is particularly insidious though and is worth dwelling on. Under the guise of connecting us up it actually serves to disconnect us. Teenagers don’t have to learn the dance of saying what they want to say without insulting people (it would help if their own parents hadn’t insulted them throughout their child hood of course) because it’s not necessary to worry about that when you txting. Me, I can’t stand txt, I always want to be as clear as possible because I’ve learnt the need for clear communication from a lifetime’s experience of a million communication failures. Tis is only one example of the real-life experiences that kid are missing out on as they sit in the fake environment of school texting each other under the desk.

I mentioned before that no one knows what to do with this situation but there is perhaps one person who does. Gordon Neufeld, psychiatrist, dissects the issue of ‘peer attachment’ in Hold on to Your Kids and leaves the reader with the distinct impression that teenagers today are basically a case of the blind leading the blind (with occasional help from Britney Spears). Once I read about this issue a lot of things fell into place. It certainly explains what the old teacher is talking about and has stopped me from passing off such comments as merely being the result an ever-widening generation gap.

Back to Tim:

Upon my return to terra firma, it was rather difficult to untangle the effects of looking at the world through this lens. But I somehow did it. Part of it, I think, was simply having to go through unrelated emotional drama in my own life,

Emotional drama (if properly dealt with) must be a very grounding experience. I don’t know what Tim went through but I know that my own experiences have taught me a lot about myself – basically all the things I had to forget in order to be good at school. I was very good at school so I have a lot of things to unlearn.

I mentioned before about the anchoring effect of adults in a child’s life and I think once you get to know yourself better you reclaim the internal anchor that you were supposed to have from the moment you became an adult. Once that is achieved I think we can all start to work outward from our own center to create a properly functioning model of world. The key about this model is that it will not be handed to us, we will base it on our own judgment – which is another thing we can claim back as adults.

Tim refers to Jeff Wells as being someone who has learned to swim in the world of conspiracies. It’s possibly one reason his site is so popular, I always feel strangely calmed after visiting his site despite having just read about all manner of strangeness. I really don’t understand how he does this except to guess that he is the rare, maybe unique, event of a person who really does have a handle on the conspiracy landscape.

Of course he can’t really help his visitors who still bang on about how Noam Chomsky is a CIA asset or those who think that if we could just prove the JFK was assassinated by the powers that be or that 9-11 was organized by people in power we could finally change the world.

I think the main reason Chomsky won’t go into that territory is that he’s well aware that the evidence he presents of corruption in high places should be adequate to prove things are not as they seem. If his iron-clad and easier-to-stomach evidence can’t convince someone then swimming in the much murkier waters of JFK or 9-11 conspiracies is not going to achieve it either

The reason I back Chomksy as a person of substance is less about the evidence that people put forward and more about my understanding of people and emotions. To me it defies good sense to think that Chomsky is a construct of any kind. His analysis of the issues he’s prepared to entertain is far too good to be faked and I just think that he doesn’t want to confront the weirder more confusing stuff at an emotional level. This should hardly be considered a matter of surprise given that every one has their limit and most people’s limits are much less radical than Chomsky’s. Essentially what we’ve got is a guy who is more radical than 95% of the population and people are criticizing him for not going far enough.

To be honest, even if David Icke’s reptiles turned out to be the real deal I’m not sure what I’d gain by learning about it. There’s not much I can do about reptiles, I alredy know that the mainstream is just a matrix of lies and I’ve already decided to leave the beaten track and chart my own course – what more can I do?

I’ve got far more from following the truths I’ve learned in anti-civ writing about how I have been effected and how I might change in order to have the sort of life I want. Maybe the attraction of conspiracy land is that it takes responsibility away from people so that they don’t have to enter into the much more difficult territory of working on themselves – which means that all they have done is swap one matrix for another one. If a lot of mainstream people consciously make the decision to not get into this stuff because they know what it will mean for their lives (and they do) then living in conspiracy-land where you still don’t have to change anything means all you’ve done is move sideays into a much more cunning matrix.

I think once we’ve learned enough factual truths about our reality to see that a lot of mainstream beliefs are based on lies then we need to move on to dealing with the spiritual/mental truths of reality – which is why I get so much from Ran’s writing. I’ve learnt enough about how corrupt power systems are and now I’m learning how to undermine them with a different kind of power.

Kevin has arrived at a similar point, he’s more technical about it than Ran but has proven over and over again that the most powerful act we can undertake is to drop out of their system and to stop feeding the beast.

People on the Rigorous Intuition comments board sometimes refer to people like Chomsky and Amy Goodman as being Gatekeepers who’s job is to prevent people from looking too far least the uncover truer and deeper conspiracies. In my case Chomksy wasn’t a gate-keeper so much as a gate-way who led me into a new world that included Derrick Jensen, Ran Prieur, Jeff Wells…. It’s a long list. I think if people aren’t going through the gate it’s got more to do with what’s happening in their minds than Chomsky’s.

Essentially I used Chomsky as a stepping stone as I moved further and further into the fringes and gradually built up my map of the world. I’m now in a position where I can make all the connections from my personal experience out to those fringes. I think it may well be the people who haven’t used any stepping stones but have gone directly to deep conspiracy that have lost their anchor and tend to see a conspiracy behind every rock. At the very least if I keep my emotional intuition intact I can read Chomsky and evaluate what he has to say based on, well, what he has to say. Usually it seems pretty smart and I’ll take it on board. If I don’t like what he has to say, fine, I can leave those comments behind without having to build a great conspiracy theory to explain my actions.

Really, I think learning on the fringes (regardless of how deep you go) is great but at some point you need to get into some kind of action because that’s a natural human response. From Ran and Kevin I would say that dropping out of the world’s system is a key strategic move but if you really want to cement these changes in place then choosing how you raise you kids is going to make have biggest long term impact. To inform this decision I think that Hold on to Your Kids, for it’s technical insight and The Continuum Concept for it’s inspirational value are important resources but essentially they the can both be summed up with the advice to simply love your children. I have to add though, because many people love their kids but somehow don’t respect them, to remember that loving them includes respecting their opinions and the choices they make, even when they’re very little.

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Away

November 3, 2007

I’m going to be away for about 3 weeks in Japan and the UK. Strangely I’ve just discovered that something I posted last week never made it on to the blog, I’ll have to see what happened to it.

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