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stop the signing of the TPPA

The government doesn’t understand the TPPA just like you. The Prime Minister is not your representative, he is your friend and equal. A likeable guy. I pay him to be your friend, a likeable guy. You pay him too. He’s a nice guy. Tim Groser doesn’t need to know what’s in the TPPA. Smarter guys than him, experts from overseas, have put this deal together and as a country we’d be stupid not to sign it. I knew Tim as a kid. He was a likeable kid. I wonder what his mother would say. But as a country we are not signing it. Representatives New Zealanders have elected are signing it on Thursday. Have New Zealanders elected these representatives and have they elected them to sign the TPPA? Is the signing representative of a consensus? These are academic questions. If you object to something your government is doing, there are channels to get your voice heard. Just as if you object to something your neighbour is doing you can complain to the council, which is obliged to, I feel like repeating that, obliged to respond. The Right Honourable John Key does not respond to any individual complaint because he is not answerable to anyone. He is not Robert Muldoon: he is not his own man. He is a man who belongs to the memory of a likeable kid, like Tim Groser, who as an adult and as the Prime Minister of New Zealand has put in place strategies to ensure his ongoing likeability. He is a bully about this. He will not be remembered. He will be liked. We’d be stupid not to. Why wouldn’t we sign? Why wouldn’t we like him? He is like us, likeable, just richer. And the Prime Minister. Elected. Part of the government. Representative. Signing on our behalf. Signing on behalf of our better selves.

What I feel like doing at this juncture is nothing. Inaction. Not industrial action, striking. But nothing. Not declaring, not striking, not acting, not accusing, shaming, judging, educating, but stopping what I am doing, whether I am driving the bus, tending the aged, signing the deal, any deal, selling the house, writing the paper, reading the paper, writing the article, talking, walking, teaching, arresting, selling, buying… stopping.

Who is protecting your job if you stop too?

On this day, stop your car. By all means take your keys. Turn off your computer. Walk away from your desk. Stop believing in social media as a tool for social activism. Turn off your phone. Leave your phone alone. Everything that ties you to this world of action is also a link in the chain binding you to the actions of your elected representatives. Who will sign. Who think it is better to act. Stupid not to. Stop.

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“The idea that therapeutic help can come from an app, in general, has been met with some skepticism” e-therapy for social media dependency

 

“social media [is] part of the person” – from herewhere we catch a fleeting glimpse of something glistening flesh-wet below the wire.

– Sebastião Salgado

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a new vision of revolution: trivial. Welcome to the Trivial Revolution. Brian Solis talks to Craig Newark (Craig Connects, Craigslist)

Brian:

“emotion is like the fabric of why we’re connected”

“transparency’s an important part of the social economy”

Craig:

“make sure that you’re getting rated”

“have something to say that’s brief and then stop talking”

“make it trivial – for your friends to help you out – they can magnify your message”

“that’s what I’m good at – being simple-minded”

“a nerd’s gotta do – what a nerd’s gotta do”

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just because I repeat it and repeat it don’t make it not true

I wish you weren’t using fb as a medium. It seems hypocritical to do so. This forum is a private enterprise profiting from unpaid public labour – in the guise of being a public good. Of course, Ggle and the browserscape similarly exploit – some predict its extinction – the middle class to benefit the rich corpocrats. But the web despite the spin put on it by these interested parties retains greater end-to-end neutrality – disinterestedness – than any of the social racketeers and initiatives of corpocracy. I am suggesting therefore that this material and its intentions and the causes here promoted would be better served by being on a website – clearly placarded as independent.

to where Bryan Bruce posted the ‘extras’ to his documentary – which it is important to see – Mind the Gap, dealing with the neoliberal legacy of 1984, once lightly, a little too moralisingly and with some questionable zombie action.

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R.I.P. Barnaby Jack, November 22, 1977 – July 25, 2013

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a link here to Bruce Sterling’s piece, “The Ecuadorian Library,” thanks F.L. – an excerpt:

Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, Google et al, they are all the blood brothers of Huawei in China — because they are intelligence assets posing as commercial operations. They are surveillance marketers. They give you free stuff in order to spy on you and pass that info along the value chain. Personal computers can have users, but social media has livestock.

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“Does this not promise a safer world, protected not only from bad actors attempting to do dangerous things, but from bad actors developing dangerous thoughts?”

I link to George Dyson

on NSA’s

“spectacular intelligence”

via Alan Turing

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Medium loves company

sounding familiar…

compare

 

 

with

C O M P A N Y

 

 

and request access to

 

Little Elephant Ltd.

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Please visit https://gust.com/c/littleelephantltd for more, request access and forward to friends who may be interested.

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correct identity

Hi Simon,

Rhio tagged you in a post. You can choose if you want to add it to your Timeline.

Rhio wrote: “”If I could find someone who just looked at me like I’m a girl, like a girl they want to be their girlfriend……I just want a guy to be dating me as a girl.” — Taylor Swift, Vanity Fair article, April 2013. Now, you tell me: does that sound like a 23 year old woman or a 15 year old teenager?”

Here’s a picture of me or Taylor Swift juxtaposed with what happened when I clicked on the link and broke fb’s suckerthumb.

Hi Simon,

Natacha tagged you in a post. You can choose if you want to add it to your Timeline.

Natacha wrote: “Magie Taylor “The Experience””

Here’s Maggie Taylor’s picture of me:

Here is an interesting link to an exhibition comparing Maggie Taylor and Jerry Uelsmann.

Meanwhile, as Scoop calls him, a Takapuna man has been named by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine as one of the world’s leading intellectual property strategists. Paul Adams is named among 300 worldwide.

Paul Adams is CEO of EverEdge IP, the company that undertook my Intellectual Property Position Review, recommending that the software and prototype for company be built. Paul Adams’s company additionally recommends that I bring together a team with the skills to take company to the public.

If you can help, please contact me.

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link to ink article on Indymedia & strangehold of corpocratic online networks

The rise of the giants has been propelled by massive investment in developing software.

The undoubtedly dirty money that the corporate monsters get through stealth advertising, selling other people’s content and from ‘no strings attached’ venture capital is what makes this constant development possible. 

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