Radicalfilms.co.uk Has Moved!

My fellow radical film-buffs,

I’ve moved radicalfilms.co.uk to a new server, so please update your bookmarks.

This wordpress-hosted version will no longer be updated. At least, I’m gonna see how it goes. My viewing stats may be dramatically affected, my ranking with google may tumble, but I just need that extra freedom to go that bit further over the edge into the information age.

The new site is now at www.radicalfilms.co.uk.

It’ll look much the same apart from a social bookmarking and star-rating system. Plus a few things will seem out-of-place, or outright gone, which I’m working on.

I’m hoping to install all kinds of nice new features and more content on the new server, all in the name of progress.

Peace and education,

Ed

Filed under: Web,

Jay Rockefeller: Internet Is Public Enemy No.1, it “should never have been invented”

According to the great-grandson John D. Rockefeller, nephew of banker David Rockefeller, and former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller the internet represents a serious threat to national security. Rockefeller is not alone in this assessment. His belief that the internet is the “number one national hazard” to national security is shared by the former Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and Obama’s current director Admiral Dennis C. Blair.

“It really almost makes you ask the question would it have been better if we had never invented the internet,” Rockefeller mused during the confirmation hearing of Gary Locke (see video), Obama’s choice for Commerce Secretary. He then cites a dubious figure of three million cyber “attacks” launched against the Department of Defense every day. “Everybody is attacked, anybody can do it. People say, well it’s China and Russia, but there could be some kid in Latvia doing the same thing.”
Jay Rockefeller’s comments reveal an astounding degree of ignorance – or if not ignorance, outright propaganda. Since the September 11, 2001, attacks the government has cranked up the fear quotient in regard to cyber attacks and so-called cyber terrorism, a virtually non-existent threat except in the minds security experts and politicians. In the years since the attacks, not one real instance of real cyberterrorism has been recorded.
“Cyberattacks on critical components of the national infrastructure are not uncommon, but they have not been conducted by terrorists and have not sought to inflict the kind of damage that would qualify as cyberterrorism,” writes Gabriel Weimann, author of Terror on the Internet. “Nuclear weapons and other sensitive military systems, as well as the computer systems of the CIA and FBI, are ‘air-gapped,’ making them inaccessible to outside hackers. Systems in the private sector tend to be less well protected, but they are far from defenseless, and nightmarish tales of their vulnerability tend to be largely apocryphal.”

“Psychological, political, and economic forces have combined to promote the fear of cyberterrorism,” Weimann continues. “From a psychological perspective, two of the greatest fears of modern time are combined in the term ‘cyberterrorism.’ The fear of random, violent victimization blends well with the distrust and outright fear of computer technology.”
“The sky is not falling, and cyber-weapons seem to be of limited value in attacking national power or intimidating citizens,” notes James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Such a threat is overblown, Lewis explains. He notes that “a brief review suggests that while many computer networks remain very vulnerable to attack, few critical infrastructures are equally vulnerable.” In other words, Rockefeller’s example of a kid in Latvia with a laptop posing a serious “hazard” to national security is little more than sensationalistic propaganda.
So-called cyber terrorists are far less of a threat than government. China and Australia have recently imposed draconian censorship on internet freedom. Brazil, Denmark, Canada, Finland, Ireland , Italy, Israel, the United Kingdom, the United States, and many other countries also impose nominal censorship on internet freedom. Urgent calls to restrict the medium in various ways through legislation and government action have increased over the last few years (for more detail, see Internet Censorship: A Comparative Study).
However, the real threat to internet freedom is currently posed by IT and ISP corporations, not the government.

As Alex Jones explained last June, large corporate ISPs are now in the process of imposing bandwidth caps and routing traffic over their networks and blocking certain targeted websites. For instance, in 2005 AOL Time-Warner was caught blocking access to all of Jones’ flagship websites across the entire United States. Other instances of outright censorship include the UK ISP Tiscali blocking subscribers from reaching material on the 7/7 London bombings and Google’s continued and habitual censorship of 9/11 material and Alex Jones’ films on the ever-popular YouTube. There are many other instances as well.

http://www.tyspk.cjb.net

Who is this asshole? Will somebody please f—-ing fire this dickhead.

Yes, the internet is bad. It is bad for all the creeps who’ve been sucking off the general populus since the concept of the ownership of property. And before anybody here pins me as a “communist” (though, actually, yes do I believe in interdependent free-trading communities and I abhore centralisation of power) , please read Rousseau’s “Social Contract” about the legitimate formulation of political order.

Sadly, my friends, the internet is the last bastion of democracy as we once understood it.

Filed under: Corporations, Humanity, Journalism, Media, North America, Politics, Technology, Web, World Affairs, ,

UK Denied Access To Globe Magazine “Obama Gay Scandal” Story?

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UPDATE! It is March 20th 2009, and still the corporate information embargo goes on! Please spread the word! Bizarrely, even the popular alternative press are ignoring this story!?

UPDATE: I’ve had confirmations of no availability in Portugal, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. And still nobody seems to be discussing this. Thanks enormously to those who have contacted me thus far. This story isn’t sinking (the apparent global censorship of internet media outside the US), it has now officially sunk. The implications of the apparent ignorance of this enormous stonewall are disturbing.

Readers from the UK, please take a few seconds to check this google search link and then try clicking on the globemagazine.com links at the top of the page. I get nothing. It’s been like this since the 28th of February, now.

The google abstract reads “25 Feb 2009 Rumor has it that some of Globe Magazine’s internet servers had been shut down since the “Obama Gay Scandal” issue was published: I hope

… But check these links or try to get www.globemagazine.com at all.

Thinking this was some bizarre behaviour of my browsers cache, I checked it on Opera, IE (but it crashed…), and eventually walked over the road to a local internet cafe to check it there: still nothing. The stories bring about a 404 page not found error and the globemagazine home page states “page unavailable/under construction”. This seems to be strangely lax behaviour from a major American media corporation.

Please note: this is a UK ONLY PROBLEM AS FAR AS I CAN MAKE OUT.

Is this article being contained from the world wide web? Or is there a mundane, simple explanation to this strange coincidence?

My apologies to readers I may have mislead with my previous article: I thought, initially, that it was a world wide problem. I’m personally unaware of situations where a domain would be available to one country but not to others… Can anyone explain?

Filed under: Corporations, Media, North America, Web,

Globe Runs “Michelle Breaks Down Over Obama Gay Scandal” Story: Then Their Servers Mysteriously Go Down

Obama Gay Scandal

UPDATE! Globemagazine.com still unavailable in UK, Portugal, and New Zealand (confirmed).

UPDATE! Please note: this appears to be a UK only issue. My apologies for unknowingly misleading US readers. If you’re not based in the US, please try the links and report back in the comments section.

UPDATE! Three days and still “no news”. In fact, radicalfilms.co.uk seem to be the only ones talking about it. The Globe and The National Enquirer, among others, are run by American Media Inc (AM Inc). In fact, the Globe is a recent purchase. Here’s the wiki-page for it. The only link I can find is that of Roger Altman – former Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury, former Hilary-camp big-hitter, former advisor to John Kerry, and Graduate of The University Of Chicago Business School – who bought a controlling stake in AM Inc. in 1999.

Seems Altman has a hot and cold relationship with Obama, however, once being in the line up for Treasurer under Obama, and other times slinging mud at the new US President with the formidable tabloid vehicles The Globe and The Enquirer. Perhaps all that bailout money has finally started talking to EVERYBODY. Bush bought out the Senate, looks like Obama is trying to buy out the entire country (with It’s own money?!).

UPDATE! 10:31am – Read the google cache page here. Incendiary stuff.

How mysterious, indeed. Check this google search link and then try clicking on the globemagazine.com links at the top of the page. Nothing. It’s been like this for 48 hours, now.

Larry Sinclair is determined to publish his book, alleging Obama’s drug habits as well as homosexual activity (among other allegations of involvement in fraud and murder), despite consistent threats. One publisher, Aadvark Global Publishing, has received a constant stream of threats regarding the publication, currently pegged at #43 on the pre-order best-selling list at Barnes&Noble.com.

So what is going on? When will the site be back up? Will the article ever see the light of day? Will it hit the newspaper stands at all or has it already? Difficult to tell here in the UK. Is this damage control being meted out by Federal Operatives? Is this the future of information on the global internet? That is, if you have enough power you can simply take down an entire organisations website to prevent information leakage? Can we now confirm, for once and for all, that there exists Quasi-Federal/Corporate dominance over our media and information infrastructures? Where can this lead? I think we know.

Check these links regularly or try to get www.globemagazine.com at all. One can only imagine the current media furore going on behind closed doors.

Filed under: Journalism, Media, North America, Politics, Web, World Affairs, , , ,

Walmart Selling Digital TV Boxes With Embedded Cameras HOAX

This is a hoax. I repeat, a hoax. However, your laptop has a camera and a microphone and Google has admitted they are using it to spy on citizens.

And check this neat trick out…

Filed under: Corporations, Journalism, Technology, Web, ,

Ron Paul And The Internet Revolution In Politics

“Ron Paul and Internet Politics: At the intersection of the Internet and politics, presidential candidate Ron Paul’s supporters are rewriting the rules of political campaigns. NOW explores how the Texas congressman and his supporters are using the Internet to attract voters—and massive campaign contributions—from across the political spectrum. Supporters include anti-war progressives, anti-tax libertarians, civil libertarians, and even some white supremacists. The common theme is anger over where the country is heading.”

The old media is dead, bought and paid for by the established elite. This is the beginning of something new and it is impossible to stop. The only question is, how long will it take? Or perhaps, how long do you want it to take?

Filed under: North America, Politics, Web, ,

Blogumentary, “Personal political writing is the foundation of our democracy”

BLOGUMENTARY playfully explores the many ways blogs are influencing our media, our politics, and our relationships. Personal political writing is the foundation of our democracy, but mass media has reduced us to passive consumers instead of active citizens. Blogs return us to our roots and reengage us in democracy. Shot in candid first-person style by director Chuck Olsen. NOTE: This film is presented here for non-profit, educational use only. You can make a donation at blogumentary.org if you’re so moved.

I’m sick of the slamming the blogosphere gets from the mainstream media and the political regime. When you whittle it down, what exactly is this? Well, it’s the powerful few chastising the many for engaging in their democratic right. Remember that next time you think about buying a Sunday paper or watching “the news”.

A light hearted exploration and celebration of the blog.

Filed under: Culture, Journalism, Media, Politics, Web

Wave Goog-bye To The Democratic Web?

Videos with profanities will be demoted. Guidelines are so vague they basically mean “anything we don’t like will be redacted.”

As far as I’m concerned, let them. It only opens up competition for somebody to produce a video-sharing site that ISN’T lobby-controlled, like http://www.liveleak.com, http://www.wikileaks.org, etc…

Bring it on, Google. This is planet Earth, not China.

Filed under: Journalism, Law, Media, Philosophy, Politics, Technology, Web, , ,

i-9/11 And The i-Patriot Act

Stanford University Professor Lawerence Lessig at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California.

Filed under: Corporations, Humanity, Law, North America, Politics, Technology, Web,

On Censorship At Digg.com: Creators And Affiliated Partners Connected With Homeland Security And Various Technology Security Corporations

Gee, how did a dumb kid make all that money? He must be sooo smart! If you’ve never heard of Bohemian Grove, watch this…

Filed under: Corporations, Crime, Culture, Journalism, Media, North America, Technology, Web, , ,

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