By @anarchyroll

What could be a more authentic way to celebrate Thanksgiving in America than rich white people trying to take land and resources away from Native American tribes?

It’s practically a reenactment going on in North Dakota. Although instead of small pox infested blankets, the weapons of choice are water cannons, rubber bullets, and concussion grenades.

What is going on in North Dakota in the bigger picture is truly a teachable moment for those paying attention. It teaches all of us who is in charge of America. It teaches all of us what American values actually are. It shows us and the world the true colors of America.

American history is literally impossible to tell without telling the story of genocide against the indigenous population that preceded the Europeans who settled here. I guess that’s not fair to say. To be fair it was more a cycle of forced evacuation, genocide, reparation, reneging, repeat.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. Don’t let the virtual reality, rise of kale and loot crate economy fool you. The world is more or less the same for more people as it was decades ago. That point can be disputed but what can’t be is who is in charge in America. The election of Donald Trump was an emphatic reminder of that.

The old, rich, white men who posses the resources and finances are who controls America regardless of who is in the Oval Office.

Want to guess the demographic of the person in charge of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)?

One might think the outgoing, minority President, who understands a thing or two about discrimination might be speaking out about the DAPL. One might think the recent loser of the presidential election might be making noise to further endear her to minority groups feeling scared, threatened, and cheated by her loss. One might think any prominent member of the Democratic party might be speaking out about the treatment of the DAPL protesters, given that the party has been tagged with being only working for the economic elitists, who are neutral on social issues. One would be wrong, total media silence.

Double emphasis on media silence as the media has been too busy talking about glutenous eating, shopping, travel, and the recent election to inform the masses of what is happening at Standing Rock.

I’ll give you one guess to figure out who the most prominent politician who is talking about the Dakota Access Pipeline. You only need one guess, though if you voted for Clinton, you probably don’t want to know who it is.

Any public school student in America from the last half century knows how much the Native American people have had taken from them…repeatedly. What is left to take?

Who gives a shit about North Dakota? Exactly, that’s why we gave land to them there. Can we not let the people who we have taken everything and then some from, have some land that we don’t want? North Dakota doesn’t even qualify as a flyover state and all of a sudden this real estate is too valuable to continue abiding by the law of the land that federal treaty protected?

Something stinks and if the ETP has its way that stench will be oil polluted drinking water.

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By @anarchyroll

Were you one of those “With Her”? If so, your consent and endorsement of documented sabotage, corruption and collusion of the Bernie Sanders campaign in the primaries is to blame for Trump’s presidency. Your protest of the general election result is as sad and pathetic as it is hollow and immature.

Your single minded, arrogant, elitist, sexist ideology that it was time for the first female president rather than the most qualified candidate with the best chance to win; is why we now have a climate change denier as leader of the free world.

You, thinking you know best and she knew best because of her gender allowed your rationality to be blinded to her historic unfavorablility rating. You wouldn’t listen to reason, you listened to your emotions. You endorsed a candidate being investigated by the FBI during her campaign. You locked yourselves in echo chambers of glad handing pseudo news to only be informed about what you wanted to hear.

You castigated a majority of your political base with rhetoric and hubris who desperately pleaded with you for months to side with facts and rationality rather than homogenized matriarchy.

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Even now, you refuse to look in the mirror and accept that you sabotaged your own best interest and the future of our country, our planet. Opting instead to literally cry, shout obscenities, and refusing to accept reality.

But why act differently now? You refused to accept the reality of who was the actual most qualified, democratic candidate, whose time had come was. The person who was drawing such huge crowds to hear them speak that the term revolution was placed upon them, rather than artificially formulated by political public relations sycophants.

Refusing to accept reality, instead demanding that fairytale of the princess becoming queen be (wo)manifested into reality. As for the signs, scandals, protests, polls, and investigations into your chosen one? Ignore them! Pretend they don’t exist! After all, you already booked the hotel lobby with the glass ceiling in Manhattan, why let something as pesky as pragmatic realities and facts get in the way of your sexist symbolism?

Your power hungry political penis envy has put a person who admittedly can’t take criticism in charge of mass surveillance and nuclear weapons.

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Now you take to the streets and shout not your president? If only your impotent protest placards could patch hole in the ozone layer that will only grow larger with a climate change denier in the White House.

Filming yourselves crying on your smartphone to post on social media? If only your tears could be used as medicine to millions who will loose insurance under someone who wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Pride comes before the fall. Hillary Clinton and those “With Her” displayed not just arrogance but open contempt for and denial of disputing facts and figures that repeatedly pointed to her unelectability. In many cases she refused to comment or address negative facts and figures. Her supporters openly pled ignorance, were ignorant, or played the feminist martyr card when her nomination at the DNC convention received 3x the protest of Trump at the RNC.

And now your failure, your fall, is all of ours.

All of us who believe in climate change. All of us who believe healthcare to be a right. All of us outside the top 1% economic class who need government regulation of capitalism to ensure a more even/equal playing field. All of us, men and women must now endure half a decade of potential societal setbacks and draconian policies.

You sabotaged your own access to abortions and  potential to receive equal pay for equal work by tying yourselves to an anchor in the middle of the ocean. Then refusing to take the hand our potential savior, because he was an old white man.

Now because of your by any means necessary feminist fairytale, Donald Trump has got his hands on this countries balls. Or in this case, because of you, he has been given complete reign to grab the free world right in the pussy.

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by @anarchyroll

When you’re in the presence of someone who is a master of their craft, you’ll only know if they want you to know. When they want you to know, you can’t actually prepare yourself for the experience that awaits you. Imitation and generic is pervasively more commonplace than the real thing these days.

Concerts are held all the time all over the place. You can go to your local dive bar on a certain night and see a band play in the corner and tell yourself you went to a concert. You can see a cover band play on a legit stage and say you went to a concert. You can go to an EDM show and say you went to a festival. But when you are in the presence of a master, you don’t go to a concert or a festival, you go sensory experience.

Derick Vincent Smith is not just another electronic music producer. He is not just another dj. He is not another dude with Ableton and a desire to cash in on the rise of electronic dance music to the pop music trend of this decade.

The rise of the EDM festival scene of the past decade is just another turn in the cycle of music audiences wanting a visual aspect to compliment their auditory experience. Just like the shock rockers and hair bands before them, electronic music festivals give their audiences a show rather than just a group doing a karaoke session on a stage in front of a large group of people.

The customization of each song/track played compared to that of a traditional band playing traditional instruments is only comparable to a jazz ensemble. But while jazz bands are essentially limited to what they can do with their instruments, a master dj like Pretty Lights has the visual element to customize and layer on top of the depth of layers that electronic music enables.

But Pretty Lights combines electronic music, instruments, and visuals.

Layering media on top of each other to create art and not just a bunch of random stuff that’s going on. Creating one thing out of layers and layers of media on media.

  • Lights
  • Lasers
  • Smoke
  • Screens
  • Instruments
  • Turn tables
  • Song samples
  • Original created music material

Layers on layers, racks on racks, experience on experience, all the feels all the way up.

I was obviously expecting to have a good time during the last weekend of summer. What I wasnt expecting was a revelation.

Not about life, nature, humanity, or the universe. But about what it means to be an entertainer, a storyteller, a master of ceremonies, a disc jockey.

To have so many different people, with so many different backgrounds, with so much different things going on individually and collectively, and to put them all on the same frequency is a skill, an art, a science, and a gift.

Pretty Lights is a group of the gifted. And they have chosen to share their gifts with those who choose to join their journey to spread good vibes and be lovers of the light(s).

Pay for #Privacy

Posted: November 9, 2016 in Anarchy Journal Constitutional

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By @anarchyroll

Do we value our privacy or not?

A simple question on the surface. The difficulties come when digging deeper to give a thoughtful answer.

We as a society say we value privacy. Humans in general espouse the sanctity of our homes, as the safe place for our private lives.

If we didn’t value privacy as a people, there would not even be a fake outrage whenever a data breach is reported in the news or when whistleblowers reveal conspiracy theories about the mythical Big Brother are both real and the law of the land.

But the outrage always fades. If the masses demanded our privacy as a whole be respected by the public and private sector then Facebook would struggle to make a profit and Edward Snowden would now be running the NSA rather than a fugitive.

We will soon find out just how much the masses in America value their privacy. The term put your money where your mouth is a golden rule like indicator for measuring commitment in America. And it appears that the biggest internet service providers (ISPs) in America will be forcing the hand of legislatures and consumers alike to determine exactly how much privacy is worth and to be respected.

The gatekeepers to the internet are now officially saying that if consumers want to access the internet, the price has gone up. In addition to constantly increasing the monetary cost, consumers must now forfeit any and all objects to their online activity being monitored and mined for the monetary gain of the ISPs.

Early adopters and techies aren’t enough to move the needle on this. The masses must make their voices heard using their wallets on this one. It seems as though we are at a genuine turning point in the way we live our lives. Put up or shut up time is seemingly upon us.

  • Do we value our privacy?
  • Is digital privacy worth the same, less, or more than physical/real world privacy?
  • What are we willing to do to keep our privacy?
  • Do we want to continue trading our privacy to avoid spending money for access to online services?

Our collective answers to these questions will echo for generations and in this instance, silence is consent.

 

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By @anarchyroll

What is it about important events that will actually effect all of humanity that allows it to fly under the radar? It doesn’t bleed so I guess it doesnt lead. It’s easy to blame the gatekeepers of information but in the era of internet news, is there such a thing as news/information gatekeepers?

Humans do not like thinking about their mortality. We hate acknowledging the fact that we will die. We spend billions of dollars trying to delay death and even more trying to look not as near death as we are. I suppose its natural that we also don’t want to think about the end of the world.

Just like how we are all guaranteed death, the Earth is guarenteed to meet its end one day. That day is incomprehensibly far in the future. However, the world ending and the world being uninhabitable for human beings are two very different things.

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Hearing or reading about things like rising sea levels, coral bleaching, and global warming doesn’t shout out apocalypse. The Earth has withstood much worse than all three of those forces combined. Which is true. Global warming on steroids wont be the end of the Earth. The massive disruption in the food chain caused by coral bleaching wont come anywhere near the end of the world.

But apocalyptic scare tactics have never been the point of bring environmental news to the forefront of people’s attention. The Earth will be just fine. But will it be inhabitable for humans? That is a whole other story and is the issue at hand when environmentalists and NASA ring the alarm about carbon dioxide in the air, acidity in the sea and draughts on land.

We all love Earth, but we love ourselves more. Distracting ourselves from our problems is a natural part of the human condition. Without memes and gifs my slow work days would be soul dissolving. But the distractions must not continue to overshadow the purpose when we are reaching external benchmarks for disaster such as the carbon dioxide tipping point.

 

 

by @anarchyroll

Life is shades of gray. Black and white, right and wrong seems to increasingly be in the eye of the beholder. Edward Snowden to say the least is a controversial figure. A hero to some, a traitor to others? Did he break numerous laws? Yes. Did he do the American public a great service? Yes.

Privacy is a unique topic of discussion. It is a special issue in that the vast majority of people regardless of political affiliation, gender, race, or religion believe we as humans are entitled to our privacy. From the strictest catholic straight white man to the most flamboyant, liberal, multi racial, transgender. If we didn’t value privacy, there would be no suburbs, there would be no houses, there would be no doors.

The first world may have given up its privacy unknowingly/ignorantly as it embraced smartphones and free internet services over the past decade. When Edward Snowden helped reveal to America and the world the scale of privacy invasion being purposefully deployed by the US government on its citizens, the outrage was split evenly.

One part anger at the government for abuse of power, one part at Snowden for breaking the law and potentially endangering military operation(s), and one part anger at ourselves for being willfully blind to what we as a society didn’t want to think about or acknowledge…that there is no such thing as a free lunch. The free services that seemed too good to be true, were. We have been paying for Facebook, Google, Spotify and the like with our personal data and privacy.

It is human nature to direct and reflect self-hatred outward. That is what Edward Snowden‘s critics are doing. They are angry that he let the world know that which we wish we didn’t. That we are being watched.

That is what he blew the whistle about. That is why he is in exile in Russia. That is why the newspapers that he leaked his information to are swimming in Pulitzer Prizes. Because he removed all shadow of doubt that the government is indeed watching us. They’re watching us, listening to us, tracking us, and there is nothing we can do to stop them. Just typing that out makes me angry. Reading it probably makes you angry or apathetic, both are natural.

It’s natural to point the finger and blame a person. It’s natural to label one person as an enemy.

Snowden is not the enemy. Trying to profit from the information would have made him the enemy. Staying silent, blind, deaf, and dumb would have made him the enemy. But rather than stay comfortable, he took the road less traveled by. He faced the fear of being classified an enemy of the US government. But whistleblowers are not the enemy of the people. They are some of our greatest allies. Snowden is an ally of freedom, an ally of privacy, an ally of innate human rights. Snowden shouldn’t need a pardon but whistleblower protections have failed him. He did the right thing for the public, let’s do the right thing for him, and push for a pardon so he can come home.

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By @anarchyroll

Current events and news topics don’t come much more complex and far-reaching than the TPP. The entire thing has been constructed in the shadows of backrooms under the table off the record. Everything that is publicly known about it doesn’t even count as a starting point for the ramifications of this deal.

Sound like hyperbole and conspiracy theory fringe? Then why is this not a topic covered on nightly news? This trade deal if passed will affect millions of people. Forget pro or con, there is no denying that millions of lives will be effected by legislative change that the Trans Pacific Partnership will bring. So why not cover it at depth like a news story or event? Does it not warrant similar coverage to the 2016 Presidential Election, Rio Olympics, or Harambe’s death?

International free trade deals are certainly no naked, lubed-up Kim Kardashian holding a champagne bottle. Butt, NAFTA wasn’t considered a sexy issue until it bubbled up in the 2008 Democratic party primary debates. Sometimes people just need to get warmed up and have a few drinks before something dry and dense becomes cute and sexy.

The TPP got moved from the shadows of being one of those third tier news stories on a newspaper website that is so far down the page the text isn’t bold, highlighted, or even a larger font size ; to stealing some of President Obama’s thunder during his speech at the DNC.

 So what does all of this mean? Who gives a shit about the TPP? Why would anyone who isn’t in the 1% care about some international trade deals off the record, earmark ramifications? Does this whole thing not scream of white people problems?
If I had answers, I wouldn’t just have a blog. But the questions anyone and everyone who reads this or any piece of writing involving the TPP needs to ask themselves are;

  1. Why was the TPP constructed and negotiated in secret?
  2. Why are environmentalists and labor unions passionately against it?
  3. Why would Democrats protest it during Obama’s last major speech as President?

The TPP has more questions than answers. That tends to happen when a massive bill with massive legislations is bred and conceived in secret. The TPP is to trade what the Patriot Act is to civil liberties. With the TPP though there is no act of economic terrorism to induce its passage into permanent fruition. Mainly because the economic terrorists of the world are the rich white folks in mansions as opposed to terrorism’s impoverished brown folks in caves.

The TPP is so shady to its core that it is probably the one issue that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton agree on during this 2016 campaign season. The bill has been declared all but dead in terms of passage this year. So again the question is, who gives a shit? Why does this matter?

The TPP is a symbol. Both literally and metaphorically.

Literally, on the record, it is a symbol towards China.

Metaphorically, the TPP has come to represent globalization itself. Much like communism and laissez faire capitalism it reads well on paper and sounds good in theory as a utopia of equality. In practice however, it’s just another means of exploitation for the 1% to get richer and the 99% to get poorer. Something this big requires the most transperancy. The fact it has been treated with the least, makes it’s intent see through. The TPP’s hush hush, secret negotiations speak so loudly, it’s legalese need not be orated.

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By @anarchyroll

Personal development and self-help are prime examples of noble causes with righteous intentions, hijacked by hacks and exploited for profit by wannabe writers and book publishing pigs. The gap between the advice of personal development material and its audience taking action is where mindless, repetitive, reused content has been plugged in for profit, for decades rather than an evolution of the genre for the betterment of the populace.

Tony Robbins seems like he wants to help the little guy, then you look at what it costs to attend his seminars and cynicism sets in quicker than you can say to yourself, I can’t afford that! I own written and audio copies of Stephen Covey books, yet no one I have ever lent them to has ever been able to implement his advice. Seth Godin attributes much of his success to Zig Ziglar, but for every Seth there are thousands upon thousands of people who bought those books on tape and got NOTHING out of them beyond something to listen to on the car ride to work.

I have listened to dozens of personal development audio books and read paper and electronic copies of even more. The vast majority of the material is presented in equal parts dense and abstract manner with ZERO emphasis on tangible application.

Tangible application is what the personal development genre of podcasts has been founded on over the past few years. Tim Ferriss is the unquestioned leader of the how to turn knowledge into application movement. His books have sold millions, and he is the unquestioned, undisputed king of podcasts as of press time. It came as little surprise to me that Tim Ferriss helped mentor Ryan Holiday into the literary and personal development powerhouse he is quickly becoming.

I read both The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy in record time for my standards. Both books have been revised, produced, and presented in a way that is a model for personal development books to follow going forward. Easily digestible, not overwhelming, not abstract, and ALL directed towards turning the knowledge into application for the average person.

Based in stoicism, the usual amounts of inspiration quotes and past stories are given. But what Holiday proves his worth at is bringing all his concepts from thousands of years ago, to hundreds, to the present day. From camels, to horseback, to Uber. From scribes, to letters, to the iPad.

So much personal development material is based upon the concept of thoughts and general information OR is merely a tool to get people to pay money for coaching and seminars. Those are why self-help and personal development is laughable to many and considered snake oil to many others.  Holiday’s material is about action. What to do, how to do it, when to do it, where to do it, why to do it. Examples of historic figures are used but Holiday repeatedly emphasizes the importance of the readers’ duty to define what IT means to them.

Guiding people through their personal internal and external limits is no easy work. In his books The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy Ryan Holiday does an exceptional job at leading his readers to water on how to conquer both. Both books are easy, quick reads without sacrificing depth or breadth of credible, applicable information. I can’t recommend these enough and the earlier in life one is able to read these books the better. Knowledge like this will certainly help the populace more than algebra and frog dissection.

By @anarchyroll

Scientific studies just sound like the most credible thing in the world don’t they?

Not only is it scientific, but it involves studying. How can you go wrong with that combination? Unless you’re religious of course. Because then you start entering the; are their dinosaurs and dogs in heaven matrix. Which will only end in ruined dinner parties and tears.

A wise man once said that facts can be used to prove anything that’s remotely true, facts, shmacts. That wise man was of course the great philosopher Homer Simpson. In the era of 24 hour news cycles and twice a week podcast drops, scientific studies are the new facts.

What’s the difference between a scientific study and a proven fact? Well if you are trying to prove a point, win an argument, or create online content to market then the answer is nothing. But the actual difference is an important one. The difference between facts and hearsay is deep and wide, just ask a lawyer or a judge.

But if you’re trying to create content for a cable news show or it’s website, or are publishing the findings of a scientific study to make a splash to get more funding for more scientific studies, the difference between facts and hearsay is razor thin. John Oliver did a great job pointing this out on the previous season of Last Week Tonight.

Around the same time I first saw the above video, I also saw an alarming headline about medical error being the third leading cause of death in America.

It grabbed my attention, how could it not?

I sat down to write an article about it at a later date and when I went to look the article up, there was already a story challenging the study as being sensationalism over scientific. Science is not content in need of marketing, it is light in need of spreading.

However, scientific studies have had their credibility leveraged as a tool to confuse and persuade rather than educate and enlighten. Our silence and gullibility makes us culpable in this practice becoming not just commonplace but foundational in creating content for televised news in America. Television was created by product marketers for product marketers. Anything that appears on television, much like anything seen at a pro wrestling event, is for entertainment purposes only.

The problem is that was a memo that never got sent out. It is a course not taught in schools. It is a life lesson many parents don’t think to pass on. So people take what they see on the news as gospel and adjust the way they live their lives accordingly. If disposable science says the third leading cause of death is medical error, I wonder where death via scientific study error ranks.

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By @anarchyroll

Michael Jordan has ended his silence and neutrality on social issues in America. 

As someone raised in the Chicago area, Michael Jordan is on his own level of the iconosphere. He is beyond the words hero and role model. He is the unquestioned, undisputed Greatest Of All Time at his profession. To have been privileged enough to see a part of his career are memories I can’t forget even if I want to.

Another thing I can’t forget about Jordan even if I want to (besides Space Jam) is the fact that he never took a stand on any social issue during his playing career. Race, religion, economic inequality, gender pay gap, abortion, immigration. You name it, MJ was neutral or silent about it.

To take a stand on a social or political issue means you upset and/or alienate potential customers. In addition to being the greatest basketball player of all time, Jordan is also the greatest product spokesman of all time. His list of endorsements is lengthy and legendary. Jordan didn’t just make money with his endorsements, he made companies and changed culture with his endorsements.

That is why fellow NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said Jordan chose “commerce over conscious” with his silence on any and all social issues during Air Jordan’s run of greatness in the 1980s and 90s.

Better late than never is a term served well in this case. There has been a lot of inequality and death in the African-American community since Jordans playing career. 2016 seems destined to go down as either a tipping point or a boiling point of race relations in America. Jordan breaking his silence with words and cold hard cash to raise both awareness and tangible prospects for progress are as welcome as they are overdue.

Michael Jordan has a net worth of $1.14 billion. Out of that billion, he has donated $2 million, split evenly between the NAACP and a community policing organization. A token gesture is better than no gesture. When it comes to race relations between African-American communities and the police, it’s all hands on deck and help will be taken anywhere it can be received.

Rapper and former Bernie Sanders campaign representative Killer Mike recently challenged Jordan to do something beyond a token gesture.

Dear MJ #23, on the behalf of black people and cops (I have loved ones who are both) thanks for the million dollars to the NAACP & Police Orgs. Now we wud like to Challenge you to send the profits of this Olympic Jordan Drop Into a Black Financial Institution. We know that with your example other Players will follow. I'm sure Jim Brown, Kareem & Bill Russell will agree. Love ya man. U truly were/are the greatest. *********************************** Black People and Allies of black people instead of buying this or any shoe. (1) Start an account with a black bank or credit union. (2) Save 400 bucks and get a secured credit card (#citzenstrustbank has a good one). (3). Charge these or any shoe, pay your bill on time building your credit. This way u r fresh as u wanna be, saving your actual cash and building your credit score. That way these shoes are a tool for your empowerment and not something that chains you into poverty. ************************************* I hope MJ and Us, Do The Right Thing!

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How can $2 million be a token gesture? How can the most famous athlete in the world breaking three decades of silence and neutrality be a token gesture?

Are there not already African-American athletes donating money? Have prominent celebrities not already spoken out to draw attention and press to this issue? Is it not clear that there exists a very big problem with race relations in America?

$2 million or .2% of Jordan’s net worth is a good start, but is only a good start. If it is not the beginning of a plan or process than it is like shooting a heat seeking missile into the sun. It is a month later and this story is all but forgotten. Which is fine, the story can be lost in the shuffle, but Jordan’s tangible impact shouldn’t be. Diverting income from his already flushed coffers into black financial institutions for the long haul is how Jordan shows his actions are meant for serious impact rather than news cycle fodder.