Network Analysis in Political Activism

“… Corporations offer us more opportunities to apply network analysis than any other formation in which we are interested, save perhaps for the Israeli government itself. Corporations can be bound to other entities through parent-subsidiary relationships, through overlapping boards of directors, or through R&D or marketing partnerships. They may rely upon supplier networks in order to manufacture their products, or upon distribution networks to deliver them to consumers.

“Large corporations can possess a staggering array of relationships with other entities:

  • Customers/clients
  • Investors, funders, or creditors
  • Employees, unions, or staffing agencies
  • Licensors, franchisors, or IP owners
  • Corporate giving recipients/Grantees
  • Professional services firms (including ad agencies, PR firms, training providers, and countless others)

“These relationships all exist within networks, and within these networks lie all manner of exploitable weaknesses. Mapping these networks can allow us to discover opportunities for tertiary boycotts, to locate key dependencies and bottlenecks, reveal hidden paths of influence, identify potential allies, and even to anticipate the impact of changes to the competitive landscape or relevant market conditions. It’s like having the blueprints to the Death Star. Sort of. …”

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/abraham-greenhouse/network-analysis-palestine-activists-science-successful-bds-campaign

The network structure of “the establishment” is what gives it its resiliency.  It’s why the 60s and 70s never produced structural changes in power relationships in the USA.  You can be sure that such sophisticated analysis is being directed at political activists right now, both by governments and corporations.

Complexity is the stuff of life.  It’s a force of nature.  Use it or it will use you.

The Destruction of American Education

“It might seem that the word “destruction” in the title of this essay is a bit over the top. But it’s the only accurate description of what has happened and is happening in America today. The capitalist cabal that now controls the U.S. Obushmahas systematically destroyed American education in general and is currently attacking each academic discipline.

“Obama, the cabal puppet, has continued the Bush onslaught against public education and initiated a new attack through what he calls his “Race to the Top” initiative. Actually, it constitutes a race to the bottom for American students.

“The basic idea is to force state governments to compete for $4.35 billion in federal assistance, with the money going to those states which do the most to promote charter schools, utilize standardized testing, and weaken workplace rules for teachers. Essentially, the scheme sets up a bidding war among the states for desperately needed funds on the basis of an anti-public education agenda that has been promoted for decades by the right wing.

“Pairing the Democratic Party demagogue Sharpton with Gingrich is aimed at suggesting that a broad coalition has formed behind Obama’s education agenda.

“Sharpton’s role is to defuse opposition in largely African-American urban schools that will be particularly devastated by Obama’s policies. Citing the ‘achievement gap’ that remains between black and white students, Sharpton now champions the same policies he opposed when they were put forward by the Bush administration. …”

http://www.hermes-press.com/education_index.htm

Is it permissible yet to talk of a cabal or conspiracy even though we don’t know each and every conspirator and each and every mechanism of control and we don’t have sworn testimony in open court with the mainstream media faithfully reporting its proceedings?   Is it clear yet that it’s no longer reasonable to expect the judicial system or the media to act in the interest even of national preservation?  Do we really need proof of intent in order to act in an organized way to obviously systematic destruction?

At this point the crooks have a gun to our heads.  They’ve loaded the chamber and are in the process of squeezing the trigger, and still they mouth soothing platitudes about how they’re working for us in some way which, to put it mildly, is not readily apparent.

I’ve heard that everything hitler did was legal.  I don’t know about that, but so far everything the bush/clinton/bush/obama regime has officially done was legal.  It’s what they’ve done under the table to produce the current legal situation that was criminal.  So you have a choice, you can pretend that we’re in a gentleman’s game and stay in the comfortable role of the loyal opposition, or you can start thinking for yourself.  But the thing is, time is running out.  The rising level of consciousness among the public is in a race with the final preparations of those who have controlled this country behind the scenes for decades.

History repeats itself because human institutions are immortal and their institutional interests don’t change.  The cabal which links wall street and the city of london was behind the rise of hitler and mussolini.  The virus of empire has been transmitted from britain to the USA.  We’re back in 1776.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKzEpQc-yo8&feature=player_detailpage#t=398s

What kind of psychopathic thought processes could provoke such a statement in such a context?  What is going on in the minds of the ruling elite?

What the US Really Fears About Iran

Washington’s imperial expansion policy has backfired big time.  They’ve finally killed the dollar.

“As tensions between the US and Iran heat up, author Michael T. Winter believes the main reason behind America’s harsh stance is Tehran’s move to seek an alternative to the dollar as an oil currency.

“­Economic sanctions, spearheaded by the US and, less willingly, the EU could have a disastrous effect on both of their respective economies.  If Iran cannot sell their oil to Europe, there are plenty of customers waiting in the wings, and if they come bearing not petrodollars, but gold and sovereign currencies, then all the better for Iran.  These sanctions, if enforced, will in effect place a serious dent in the power of the petrodollar.  Any rhetoric regarding Iran’s nuclear program and the insistence on crippling it is nothing more than a US attempt to force regime change for one more receptive to maintaining the hegemony of the petrodollar. …”

http://rt.com/news/iran-attack-us-allegations-243/

 

What Israel Really Fears about Iran

“Israel does not really see Iran as an “existential threat,” at least not in the sense that Iran would fire a hypothetical nuclear bomb at Israel. Rather, Israel fears that an Iranian bomb would tilt the strategic balance, since Israel now holds a nuclear monopoly in the region, as William Blum explains. …”

http://consortiumnews.com/2012/02/04/what-israel-really-fears-about-iran/

Preppers Movement: Hope for the Future

“Prepper (noun): An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons (i.e., being self-reliant), or without substantial assistance from outside resources (govt., etc.) in order to minimize the effects of that change on their current lifestyle. ”

http://www.prepper.org/

People are planning for the post empire world.  There’s even a missouri chapter.  This is good.

DHS Looking for Excuse for Martial Law

“The threat that most unsettles the criminal U.S. ruling class is not the threat of Iran or the threat of terrorism, but the threat of a second American revolution, triggered by the political awakening of the American people.

“The scale of America’s political awakening and mankind’s political awakening is too demographically large and geographically widespread to manage, ignore, or suppress with traditional methods of control such as propaganda and the political manipulation of elections. …”

http://disquietreservations.blogspot.com/2012/02/homeland-security-will-use-excuse-of.html

Obama Pushing Robo-signing Settlement: Last Chance to Make Them Pay

“A foreclosure settlement between five major banks guilty of “robo-signing” and the attorneys general of the 50 states is pending for Monday, February 6th; but it is still not clear if all the AGs will sign. California was to get over half of the $25 billion in settlement money, and California AG Kamala Harris has withstood pressure to settle.

“That is good. She and the other AGs should not sign until a thorough investigation has been conducted. The evidence to date suggests that “robo-signing” was not a mere technical default or sloppy business practice but was part and parcel of a much larger fraud, the fraud that brought down the whole economy in 2008.  It is not just distressed homeowners but the entire economy that has paid the price, resulting in massive unemployment and a shrunken tax base, throwing state and local governments into insolvency and forcing austerity measures and cutbacks in government services across the nation. …

“Foreclosure defense attorneys armed with the tools of discovery have discovered that robo-signing — involving falsified signatures assigning mortgages back to the trusts allegedly owning them — occurred not just occasionally or randomly but in virtually every case.  Why?  Because the mortgages had to be left free to be bought and sold on a daily basis in the money market by investors.  The investors are not interested in making 30 year loans.  They want something short-term with immediate rights of withdrawal like a deposit account.”

http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/02/05

If this deal goes through it will no longer be possible to challenge foreclosures based on lack of paperwork by the bank.

America is a Military Dictatorship

Some light reading for a sunday afternoon …

“Unquestionably, the United States is now a military dictatorship! We’re living in a fascist police state in which absolute power is concentrated in a capitalist criminal cabal that uses military and police power to dominate the people mentally and physically.

“The U.S. had been moving toward a total military dictatorship since about 1913; but in 2012 the final nail in the coffin of democracy and justice was hammered into place with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act, Title X, Subtitle D (NDAA) …”

http://www.hermes-press.com/militarismindex.htm

The apparatus is in place, it only needs to be activated.  The next staged event will provide the excuse.