Posted by: Monkeyzbox | August 29, 2011

Anonymous’ Response To NATO

NATO recently stated that the hacker-activists Anonymous are a threat to society, citing cases such as when they attacked the systems of the companies entering the boycott against Wikileaks.

The Anonymous responded in the best way possible, with the fantastic open letter that you read below. As Brunno Apolonio suggested of the post, future generations will study this document in history lessons. But rather than reading an explaination why not read it. Worth the time investment.

Greetings, members of NATO. We are Anonymous.
In a recent publication, you have singled out Anonymous as a threat to “government and the people”. You have also alleged that secrecy is a ‘necessary evil’ and that transparency is not always the right way forward.
Anonymous would like to remind you that the government and the people are, contrary to the supposed foundations of “democracy”, distinct entities with often conflicting goals and desires. It is Anonymous’ position that when there is a conflict of interest between the government and the people, it is the people’s will which must take priority. The only threat transparency poses to government is to threaten government’s ability to act in a manner which the people would disagree with, without having to face democratic consequences and accountability for such behaviour. Your own report cites a perfect example of this, the Anonymous attack on HBGary. Whether HBGary were acting in the cause of security or military gain is irrelevant – their actions were illegal and morally reprehensible. Anonymous does not accept that the government and/or the military has the right to be above the law and to use the phoney cliche of “national security” to justify illegal and deceptive activities. If the government must break the rules, they must also be willing to accept the democratic consequences of this at the ballot box.We do not accept the current status quo whereby a government can tell one story to the people and another in private. Dishonesty and secrecy totally undermine the concept of self rule. How can the people judge for whom to vote unless they are fully aware of what policies said politicians are actually pursuing?
When a government is elected, it is said to “represent” the nation it governs. This essentially means that the actions of a government are not the actions of the people in government, but are actions taken on behalf of every citizen in that country. It is unacceptable to have a situation in which the people are, in many cases, totally and utterly unaware of what is being said and done on their behalf – behind closed doors.
Anonymous and WikiLeaks are distinct entities. The actions of Anonymous were not aided or even requested by WikiLeaks. However, Anonymous and WikiLeaks do share one common attribute: They are no threat to any organization – unless that organization is doing something wrong and attempting to get away with it.
We do not wish to threaten anybody’s way of life. We do not wish to dictate anything to anybody. We do not wish to terrorize any nation.
We merely wish to remove power from vested interests and return it to the people – who, in a democracy, it should never have been taken from in the first place.

The government makes the law. This does not give them the right to break it. If the government was doing nothing underhand or illegal, there would be nothing “embarassing” about Wikileaks revelations, nor would there have been any scandal emanating from HBGary. The resulting scandals were not a result of Anonymous’ or Wikileaks’ revelations, they were the result of the CONTENT of those revelations. And responsibility for that content can be laid solely at the doorstep of policymakers who, like any corrupt entity, naively believed that they were above the law and that they would not be caught.
A lot of government and corporate comment has been dedicated to “how we can avoid a similar leak in the future”. Such advice ranges from better security, to lower levels of clearance, from harsher penalties for whistleblowers, to censorship of the press.
Our message is simple: Do not lie to the people and you won’t have to worry about your lies being exposed. Do not make corrupt deals and you won’t have to worry about your corruption being laid bare. Do not break the rules and you won’t have to worry about getting in trouble for it.
Do not attempt to repair your two faces by concealing one of them. Instead, try having only one face – an honest, open and democratic one.
You know you do not fear us because we are a threat to society. You fear us because we are a threat to the established hierarchy. Anonymous has proven over the last several years that a hierarchy is not necessary in order to achieve great progress – perhaps what you truly fear in us, is the realization of your own irrelevance in an age which has outgrown its reliance on you. Your true terror is not in a collective of activists, but in the fact that you and everything you stand for have, by the changing tides and the advancement of technology, are now surplus to requirements.
Finally, do not make the mistake of challenging Anonymous. Do not make the mistake of believing you can behead a headless snake. If you slice off one head of Hydra, ten more heads will grow in its place. If you cut down one Anon, ten more will join us purely out of anger at your trampling of dissent.
Your only chance of defeating the movement which binds all of us is to accept it. This is no longer your world. It is our world – the people’s world.
We are Anonymous.

We are legion.

We do not forgive.

We do not forget.

Expect us…

Posted by: Monkeyzbox | May 12, 2011

Buildings and Vampires

Buildings and Vampires

There were some buildings. There were these really tall buildings and they could walk. Then there were some vampires and one of the vampires bit the tallest building and his fangs broke off. Then all his other teeth fell out. Then he started crying. Then all the other vampires said, ‘Why are you crying, aren’t those just your baby teeth?’

And err… he said, ‘No, those are my grown up teeth’.

And the vampires knew that he couldn’t be a vampire anymore. …so they left him.

The End

Buildings and Vampires

Posted by: Monkeyzbox | November 23, 2010

Carbon Footprint of Spending A Pound

Ecological disaster strikes the gulf of Mexico during an attempt to extract more oil. Deforestation all across the rain-forest to make space for more cash crops. A coal-fired power station is decommissioned because it is no longer needed. Who is to blame? Well, a lot of people are ‘to blame’, the majority of them do not work for these industries directly but – like me and you – give our money to them without much thought. You buy petrol and you contribute. You buy chicken fed of rain-forest cultivated soya and you contribute.

Here is a link to an article in the Guardian about the carbon footprint of spending a pound.

Posted by: Monkeyzbox | November 6, 2010

The King and The Beaver

Le Royaume from Sébastien Hary on Vimeo.

Posted by: Monkeyzbox | October 11, 2010

New Direction

Mr Robert Dudley
Chief Executive
BP

Dear Robert,

I am writing to you with the simple suggestion to slow BP right down. Stop extracting and selling fossil fuels at such a high rate and consider how you can get the rest of the gas, oil and coal industry to do the same.

For a few centuries our civilization has been living like there is no limit to the resources available to us and as if there is no limit to the Earth’s capacity to take care of the pollution and waste we produce. We can all see how absurd that is now. Lots of intelligent groups are suggesting how a transition can be made to a post-carbon civilization. Get on board with that! Listen to the ideas of the Post Carbon Institute, the New Economic Foundation or research the work surrounding the Transition Cities projects. Do something for everyone’s benefit, something that does as little harm to others as possible – right now.

Obviously you are in a position of massive power, conventional wisdom teaches us that it is not easy to keep an uncorrupted mind when you’re in such a position but that doesn’t make it impossible.

I wish you all the best,

Sincerely,
Laurence Lord

Posted by: Monkeyzbox | October 7, 2010

Beautiful World

In Yasuni National Park, Ecuador…

Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

…something is happening…

For more info follow these links:

http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/…
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/…
http://www.sciencedaily.com/…

Posted by: Monkeyzbox | October 7, 2010

Reverse-highways, Super skyways and National Parks

Open letter to Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete.
Re. Tanzania’s Proposed Serengeti Highway
Link. http://forests.org/…

Looking out over the Serengeti these days

Dear President Jakaya Kikwete,

I am writing in response to the commercial highway across the Serengeti plan. I feel the highway, as suggested, is a terrible idea. It will draw considerable criticism from the international community and lead to the destruction of the Serengeti – one of Tanzania and the Earth’s most crucial assets. Please may I draw your attention to one case of an alternative to commercial development:

“In a first-of-its kind agreement, Ecuador has pledged not to develop the 850 million barrels of crude oil under Yasuni National Park for the next 10 years in return for $3.6 billion from the United Nations.”
http://www.care2.com/causes/environment/blog/ecuadors-yasuni-national-park-preserved-from-oil-drilling-in-historic-un-agreement/

Ecuador achieved this money as the international community were in support of protecting Yasuni National Park and Ecuador were able to demonstrate to United Nations how much money they would forego by reframing from the development that put the park in danager.

Check-out REDDs for information about one UN initiative to prevent climate change: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reducing_Emissions_from_Deforestation_and_Forest_Degradation

The Yasuni case shows how the United Nations can be persuaded to compensate developing nations for money they would miss out on by not developing National Parks. Obviously the cases of Serengeti and Yasuni are different in some regards but there are also simliarities that it is worth focusing upon.

National Parks and other such Wilderness are valuable resources for the Earth as a whole, this is starting to be recognized by the UN and other global authorities.

Here are two more links to Yasuni articles:
http://e360.yale.edu/feature/deep_in_ecuadors_rainforest_a_plan_to_forego_an_oil_bonanza/2315/
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100119133510.htm

There are also cases that can be found of alternative highways which use tunnels and very high bridges to avoid destructive interference of the natural migrations of animals. It is important that a new highway does not lead to urban sprawl along the length of the highway, thus dividing large areas of wilderness into smaller pieces as has happened in parts of the Amazon. This is another reason why the international community would oppose a conventional highway through a national park however, a sky road of underground highway might be an acceptable alternative.

I pray that my message is well received.

With best wishes, sincerely,

Laurence Lord
laurence.lord@gmail.com

Posted by: Monkeyzbox | September 29, 2010

How does one respond to a video like this?

Survival International encourage a lot of people to write to judges and politicians.
It has an effect.

Not buying from the industries responsible for the invasions also has an effect.

Tricky business.

Posted by: Monkeyzbox | September 24, 2010

The Power of Now

Eckhart Tolle speaks about what it is like to live in the present moment.
A complicate subject, well expressed in this video:

Posted by: Monkeyzbox | September 23, 2010

Thoughts On Joy and Suffering

Some of that centuries-old, Buddhist, wise-one poetry.

Whatever joy there is in this world
All comes from desiring others to be happy,
And whatever suffering there is in this world,
All comes from desiring myself to be happy.

But what need is there to say much more?
The childish work for their own benefit,
The Buddhas work for the benefit of others.
Just look at the difference between them!

From Saint Shantideva. More via Khandro.net…

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