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A Simple Theory of Complexity and Systemic Collapse

April 24, 2013 by

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Hypothesis Every system has an activation, minimum, and maximum input level of materials and energy. Definitions: By system, I mean anything from a lightbulb to the US Interstate; ie any designed or analysable system. By input, I mean those materials and energy necessary for the system’s functioning. By maximum input, I mean that level of input […]

The Farce of Bradley Manning’s Persecution

March 11, 2012 by

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At long last, Bradley Manning has been charged. It has only taken almost two years, and was more likely resulting from the military’s inability to ‘break’ him by torture into becoming a star ‘witness’ against Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. The death penalty is probably still on the table, despite comments to the contrary, if merely […]

Censored News as Manufactured Corporate Products

January 17, 2012 by

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As many noteworthy events unfold in these United States and elsewhere (National Defence Authorisation Act, for example), the disconnect between what is perceived important by people, and what is presented as important to people, is increasingly jarring. Calls of ‘censorship’ are growing, and with good reason: The lack of meaningful news, especially from domestic news […]

Working General Theory of Taxation

January 16, 2012 by

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This essay consolidates several different posts, which can be read via Part 1 of the series. Additionally, I have refined and improved upon these previous writings, so if you read them, please keep in mind they have been superseded. Basic Taxation Taxation has often suffered a rather negative showing in the arena of public opinion. […]

Organised Opposition and the Health of the Body Politic

January 6, 2012 by

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 Image via Wikipedia. In this excellent post, Rick Falkvinge (Twitter) touched upon ‘the four boxes of liberty‘ concept, and uses that as a springboard for a discussion about privacy in the context of rising authoritarianism, amongst other concerns. For those who are unaware, the ‘four boxes’ are as follows: “There are four boxes to be […]

NDAA: Building the Terror State

January 3, 2012 by

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Image via the band Anti-Flag With the passage of the (insufficiently infamous) National Defence Authorisation Act, or NDAA, into law, there are growing and well-founded cries of ‘police state’, even ‘martial law’. The second is not accurate, although I understand the sentiment. Martial law is when military authorities take over order enforcement, because the civilian authority […]

A Story of PERF-idy

November 29, 2011 by

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Image via The Daily Bail. Ever since this Democracy Now! interview, the Police Executive Research Forum, or PERF, a previously unregarded police strategy NGO, has been receiving some clearly undesired attention. In that interview, PERF Executive Director Chuck Wexler unwisely let slip that it was PERF which had been coordinating the conference calls which Oakland […]