Anonymous launches new project, press release

I have just received the following press release in which a contingent of Anonymous spells out its general aims and practices while also announcing another effort, Project Truth is Revolutionary. I have pasted it below the fold and will update above with whatever additional developments I find myself privy to throughout the day. Update Michael…

Tough Crowd

Over the last few days I have been trying to make the case for Wikileaks, Anonymous, civil disobedience, and the primacy of conscience over nationalism. This effort has met with mixed results. I’m honestly surprised at some of the opposition I’ve encountered. In saying that, I don’t mean to imply that my own position is so…

FBI informant promoted terrorism at mosque

Just a week ago I noted that the suspect arrested by the FBI after having been encouraged over the course of months to plant a fake bomb which they themselves provided him; meanwhile an alleged “technical error” resulted in the most evidentially crucial conversation of the whole ridiculous ordeal not being available but nonetheless entered…

A Tribute to Sean Carasov

I just found out ten minutes ago that my friend Sean Carasov has committed suicide. The deed was carried out a few weeks ago at his home in California with a .45. I’d like to say a few things about Sean and what motivated him, and would prefer to do so now while I’m still…

The Project PM Schematic

I have mentioned in passing my distributed think-tank Project PM which I founded a year ago in order to fulfill a narrow function but which has since expanded in intent quite a bit. Last night I created a video presentation by way of a visual overview of how the schematic works in order to supplement…

The AI-Box Experiment

A while back a colleague of mine alerted me to an interesting thought experiment/game derived by Eliezer S. Yudkowsky of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, one which in turn originated from a conversation he summarized as such: “When we build AI, why not just keep it in sealed hardware that can’t affect the outside world…

Jack London, the socialist Ayn Rand

Last night I was researching early dystopian fiction for some reason when I came across a reference to Jack London’s 1907 novel The Iron Heel, which concerns a worldwide struggle between oligarchs – the modern term “fascist” had not yet been derived from the old Roman symbol – and a distributed socialist union of labor. The…

Computing in virtual worlds

I’ve mentioned Dwarf Fortress here before, and will have occasion to do so at much greater length in the future, if only in pursuit of balance; there exists a faction represented by such people as Roger Ebert who believe that one may refer to one’s self as cultured while knowing almost nothing about the state…

$200,000,000 per arrest

The 4,000 air marshals who have been put in place on the ridiculously insignificant chance that they will be in a position to stop a hijacking or other significant event make about 4 arrests a year altogether, a fact that was brought to light last year by Rep. John Duncan and mentioned more recently by…

On the other hand…

… it was the WASPs that kept such people as Palin/Bachmann spiritual advisor Lou Engles away from the levers of power. Back in the day, they used to let Billy Graham come into the White House and do his thing for a couple of hours each presidential term, and that was it. Then he’d go…

Check out these WASPs

I’m sorry, but look at this WASP shit. We’ve got King WASP and Queen WASP of the WASP dynasty sitting here buzz buzz buzzing their WASP perspective to some emissary of Greater Non-WASPdom. Thank God we’ve started to marginalize these people. Forgot how we did it; the important thing is that it’s done.

The virtues of Caligula

The manner in which I depicted Nerva in the latter of the two bizarre pieces of nonsense I have written so far today – not counting e-mails – was inspired by John Gieldud’s performance in Caligula, one of the most underrated films of the 20th century and one of only two works of which I…

Nonsensical assertion of the day

Over at Commentary’s website, some person named J. E. Dyer opens a discussion on the Israeli settlement situation with a passing reference to “the generally left-leaning Economist,” which has endorsed George W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, and David Cameron for the most important positions in the Western world. On the other hand, the publication…

Free advertising

I was going to write up a parody ad for whatever it is that Apple is launching tomorrow but then it occurred to me that this is a company that advertised the advent of its first major product by comparing the rest of the computer industry to Oceania or some such thing and itself to…

Crowd sourcing vs. network news

(Update Below) A missile was fired off the coast of California. CBS repeatedly referred to it as a “mystery missile” and bothered the ambassador of NATO about it, with moderately comic results: “It’s spectacular… It takes people’s breath away,” said Ellsworth, calling the projectile, “a big missile”. Then they called up the Navy, which denied…

Underestimating the internet

While Joe Carter and I decide how to proceed with the debate in a more specific and purposeful manner than I’ve provided for thus far, I’d like to bring attention to this Newsweek article from 1995 in which a scientist and early internet user named Clifford Stoll manages to get the next decade and a…

Debate: My Opening Argument

Before this debate began I introduced a quotation from the Emperor Theodosius I, who reigned at the end of a long and telling struggle between the two major Christian factions of the time: those who ascribed to the Trinity as three co-equal components of the deity which had been worshiped and apparently misunderstood by the…