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Posted by: Anthony Thorne - 19-02-2020, 06:52 PM - Replies (1)

Trine Day under apparent attack by shady distributors, Amazon among them. If anyone is keen on some of their better JFK books, an order to Kris might not go astray at this point.

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The new site is nice, but quoted material shows up as black-on-charcoal on my computer.  Is there a way to adjust background color or text color?  THANKS

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  Why Fascism is the Wave of the Future
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Posted by: Lauren Johnson - 10-02-2020, 05:36 PM - Replies (1)

by Edward Lutwak, London Review of Books, April 7, 1994

That capitalism unobstructed by public regulations, cartels, monopolies, oligopolies, effective trade unions, cultural inhibitions or kinship obligations is the ultimate engine of economic growth is an old-hat truth now disputed only by a few cryogenically-preserved Gosplan enthusiasts and a fair number of poorly-paid Anglo-Saxon academics. That the capitalist engine achieves growth as well as it does because its relentless competition destroys old structures and methods, thus allowing more efficient structures and methods to rise in their place, is the most famous bit of Schumpeteriana, even better-known than the amorous escapades of the former University of Czernowitz professor. And, finally, that structural change can inflict more disruption on working lives, firms, entire industries and their localities than individuals can absorb, or the connective tissue of friendships, families, clans, elective groupings, neighbourhoods, villages, towns, cities or even nations can withstand, is another old-hat truth more easily recognised than [i]Gemeinschaft[/i] and [i]Gesellschaft[/i] can be spelled.

What is new-hat about the present situation is only a matter of degree, a mere acceleration in the pace of the structural changes that accompany economic growth, whatever its rate. But that, as it turns out, is quite enough to make all the difference in the world. Structural change, with all its personal upheavals and social disruptions, is now quite rapid even when there is zero growth, becoming that much faster when economies do grow. The engine turns, grinding lives and grinding down established human relationships, even when the car is stopped; and reaches Ferrari-like rpms at the most modest steamroller speeds.
One obvious cause of the increased destructiveness of the capitalist process is the worldwide retreat of public ownership, central planning, administrative direction and regulatory control, with all their rigidities inimical to innovation, structural change, economic growth, individual dislocation and social disruption alike. From Argentina to Zambia, with the entire Communist world in between, state ownership of economic enterprises was once accepted as the guarantor of the public interest: it is now seen as the guarantee of bureaucratic idleness, technical stagnation and outright thievery. Central planning, once honoured as the arithmetic highway to assured prosperity, is now known to be impossible simply because no group of mere humans can predetermine next year’s demand for every one of hundreds of different polymers, not to mention two to three million other items, from tower cranes to toothpicks. Administrative direction, once gloriously successful in Japan, Korea and Taiwan, at least helpful in France, a famous failure in George Brown’s Britain, and ineffective or corrupt, or ineffective and corrupt, almost everywhere else, is now being abandoned (slowly) even in Japan, having been abandoned long ago almost everywhere else.
As for regulatory controls, they do not cease to increase in number, because even if steam locomotives need no longer be prevented by speed limits from causing cows to abort, many rather more recent technical novelties entail regulation, and some positively demand it – for example, to allocate frequencies. Other reasons for regulation are legion, but commercial (e.g. airline) as opposed to health and safety and environmental regulation has definitely retreated, and continues to do so. With that, efficiency increases, once-secure enterprises face the perils of the market, and employees once equally secure no longer are so.
Another partly related and equally obvious cause of accelerated structural change is the much-celebrated unification of the puddles, ponds, lakes and seas of village, provincial, regional and national economies into a single global economic ocean, and thus the increasing exposure of those same puddles, ponds, lakes and seas to the tidal waves of change in the global economic ocean, owing to the removal of import barriers, capital-export prohibitions, investment controls and licensing restrictions on the sale of transnational services; the advent and rapid geographic spread of reliable, cheap and instant telecommunications that ease the formation of new commercial relationships both materially and psychologically; the diminishing significance of transport costs due to the waning material content of commerce, as well as to the cheapening of transport with the improvement of air services, harbours and roads – notably rural roads in Asia and Latin America if not Africa; the diffusion of up-to-date technologies for the production of export goods or components, even within otherwise backward local economies; and the hammering-down of once diverse consumer preferences into uniformity by transnational mass-media imagery and advertising.
The overall effect of ‘globalisation’ is that any production anywhere, can expand enormously, far beyond the limits of the domestic market, insofar as it is competitive – and of course that any production anywhere, and the related employment, can be displaced at any time by cheaper production from someplace else in the world. Life in the global economy is full of exciting surprises – and catastrophic downfalls.
Still another cause of disproportionately rapid structural change is the rather sudden arrival of the long-awaited, very long-delayed, big increases in administrative and clerical efficiency that machines for electronic computation, data storage, reproduction and internal communication were supposed to ensure long ago. Partly because with generational change even senior managers can now themselves work those machines if they want to, thereby allowing them to understand their uses, abuses and non-uses; partly because more junior managers are increasingly compelled to use those machines in place of clerical help and clerical companionship; and partly because computer networks allow managers at the next level up literally to oversee, right on their own screens, the work that their underlings are doing or not doing, thereby giving it the same transparency as assembly-line work, with the same immediate visibility of inefficient procedures, inefficient habits and inefficient employees – for all these reasons the long-awaited, long-delayed increase in the efficiency of office-work has finally arrived, exposing hitherto more secure white-collar workers to the work-place dislocations, mass firings or at least diminishing employment prospects that have long been the lot of blue-collar industrial workers in mature economies.
At the present time, for example, even though the US economy is in full recovery, white-collar job reductions by the thousand are being announced by one famous corporation after another. They call it ‘restructuring’ or, more fancifully, ‘re-engineering the corporation’, and duly decorate the proceedings with the most recently fashionable management-consultant verbiage, those catchy, suggestive yet profoundly shallow slogans coined by the authors of the latest business-book bestsellers, who proclaim them expensively and with evangelical insistence on the corporate lecture circuit, with the result that they are then repeated with great solemnity to audiences of deferential, bewildered employees in corporate briefings, ‘workshops’ and ‘retreats’. But the real economies that Wall Street anticipates by bidding up the shares – thereby hugely rewarding mass-firing top executives who have stock options – come not from the background music of the management-consultant verbiage but rather from the displacement of telephone-answering secretaries by voice-mail systems, the displacement of letter-writing secretaries by computer word-processing and faxboards, the displacement of filing secretaries by electronic memories, and the consequent displacement of clerical supervisors; as well as from the displacement of junior administrators by automated paperflow processing and the consequent displacement of their administrative supervisors; as well as from the displacement of all the middle managers who are no longer needed to supervise the doings and undoings of both clerical and administrative employees. That is why corporations whose sales are increasing are nevertheless not adding white-collar positions; corporations whose sales are level are eliminating some white-collar positions; and corporations in decline are eliminating very many – tens of thousands in the case of the sick giants IBM and GM.
Economists have long deplored the disappointing productivity gains of the administrative superstructure in advanced economies, in spite of the proliferation of office electronics. This was numerically irritating to the fraternity, because the goods-producing sector, whose productivity did keep increasing very nicely, has long been of diminishing significance, so that the productivity lag of administrative activities was lowering the numbers for the economy as a whole. Those particular economists need fret no longer: office-work productivity is finally increasing at a fast pace, allowing employers to rid themselves of employees just as fast.
There may be additional explanations for the acceleration of structural economic change. What counts, however, is the result: Schumpeter’s ‘creative destruction’ – the displacement of old skills, trades and entire industries with their dependent localities, by more efficient new skills, trades and entire industries – is now apt to span years, often very few years, rather than generations. And that is quite enough to make the colossal difference aforementioned. The same rate of structural change that favours global prosperity, that benefits many nations and regions, and that many other nations and regions can at least cope with, now brutally exceeds the adaptive limits of individuals, families and communities. When the sons and daughters of US steelworkers, British miners or German welders must become software-writers, teachers, lawyers or for that matter shop attendants, because the respective paternal industries offer less and less employment, few of them have reason to complain. But when the same mechanisms of change work so fast that steelworkers, coalminers or welders must themselves abandon lifetime proclivities, self-images and workplace companions to acquire demanding new skills – on penalty of chronic unemployment or unskilled low-wage labour – failure and frustration are the likely results. To be sure, nothing could be more old-hat than to worry about the travails of steelworkers, miners or welders, obsolete leftovers of the hopelessly passé white/male industrial working class. So the big news is the dislocation of white-collar employment as well.
I have no statistics that measure the decline in [i]security[/i] of employment. But statistics do show very clearly the impact of a weakening demand for white-collar labour in the decline of white-collar earnings. Back in the early Eighties, when trade-union officials and incurable proletariophiliacs were bitterly complaining that American workers were being extruded from well-paid industrial employment into minimum-wage ‘hamburger-flipping’ jobs, the lusty defenders of the infallibility of free-market economics silenced them in [i]Wall Street Journal[/i] editorials by pointing to the rapid increase in ‘money-flipping’ jobs in banking, insurance and financial services, as well as in then-booming real-estate offices. That is where the debate ended – prematurely. By the end of 1992 more than 6.8 million Americans were duly employed in the financial sector (banking, insurance, finance and real-estate offices). One might assume, as the [i]Wall Street Journal[/i] certainly presumed, that these people were a well-paid lot: but the average earnings of the 4.9 million non-supervisory employees among them were only $10.14 per hour, as compared to $10.98 for production workers in manufacturing. The 1.1 million clerks, tellers and other rank-and-file employees of banks earned much less than the sector’s average at $8.19 per hour, while 48,500 of their counterparts in stock and commodity brokerages – at the very heart of ‘money-flipping’ – duly earned much more at $13.53 per hour. Still, if any disemployed industrial workers did equip themselves with the obligatory broad red suspenders to seek their fortunes on Wall Street, they would have found the rewards surprisingly modest.
At a time when it was forever being explained that it was silly to worry about the decline of manufacturing jobs in the age of ‘services’, the much larger story is that service employees throughout the US economy are actually paid much less than their counterparts still holding industrial jobs. Moreover the average hourly earnings of service employees have been going down for years in real dollars net of inflation. In the entire retail trade, for example, from department stores to street-corner news-stands, the 17.7 million ‘non-supervisory’ employees earned an average of $6.88 per hour in November 1990. In fact, their hourly average went down from a peak of $6.20 in 1978 to $5.04 in 1990 in constant 1982 dollars. To be sure, the retail trade is full of teenagers still in school who work only on weekends and holidays, and married women who work only part-time. That can be expected to depress earnings, and it does. Besides, many retail employees get commissions that are not reported to the collectors of labour statistics. But neither part-timers with modest demands nor commissions are to be found in transportation and public utilities (including railroads, local bus services, mass transit, trucking, courier services, river barges, airlines, telephone companies etc). Nevertheless, the 4.9 million non-supervisory employees in that entire sector had average hourly earnings of $13.07 in November 1990 – substantially more, $2.09 more as it happens, than their counterparts in manufacturing, but still substantially less than those same employees had earned in the Seventies in real money. In fact their earnings peaked in 1978 at $11.18 per hour in constant 1982 dollars – as opposed to $9.58 at the end of 1990 in those same dollars.
In the varied mass of service employees as a whole, there are predictable highs, e.g. the 135,400 non-supervisors in film-making who earned $18.87 per hour, and the rank-and file employees of computer and data-processing services at $15.29 per hour, who numbered only 87,700 in 1972, but reached the impressive total of 637,700 by the end of 1990. The lows are just as predictable. The 1.3 million in hotel/motel non-supervisory jobs were paid only $7.14 per hour on average – though quite a few also receive tips, no doubt. But nobody tips the 436,900 line employees of detective, armoured-car and security agencies who earned only $6.35 per hour on average. From advertising to zoo-keeping many service jobs paid better than that, of course, but the average earnings of [i]all[/i] non-farm, non-government employees were less, at $10.17 per hour, than those of manufacturing workers at $10.98 – so the brave new service economy obviously pays less than old-fashioned industry. Even that is only half the story, because the higher volatility of services makes those jobs less and less secure. In other words, the relative impoverishment of those working lives is accompanied by even more dislocation.
Even bigger news is the dislocation of managerial lives. That is the latest trend in the always progressive United States – and it is most definitely a structural trend, rather than merely cyclical. Now that the dull-safe ‘satisficing’ corporation (moderate dividends, moderate salaries, steady, slow growth) is almost extinct, top managers as a class earn very much more than before, rank-and-file managers who can keep their jobs earn rather less, and it is very difficult for those managers who are forced out to find any comparable jobs elsewhere. Few are destined to grace the pages of business journals as entrepreneurial wonders, not born but made by unemployment. Some adjust undramatically if painfully, by accepting whatever middle-class jobs they can get, normally with reduced pay. Others are much worse off. The 50-55 year old male, white, college-educated former exemplar of the American Dream, still perhaps living in his lavishly-equipped suburban house, with two or three cars in the driveway, one or two children in $20,000 per annum higher education (tuition, board and lodging – all extras are extra) and an ex-job ‘re-engineered’ out of existence, who now exists on savings, second and third mortgages and scant earnings as a self-described ‘consultant’, has become a familiar figure in the contemporary United States. They still send out résumés by the dozen. They still ‘network’ (i.e. beg for jobs from whomever they know). They still put on their business suits to commute to ‘business’ lunches with the genuine article or to visit employment agencies, but at a time when more than 10 per cent of the Harvard graduates of the class of 1958 are unemployed, lesser souls in the same position have little to hope for.
Just in case the sentimental anecdotage is unpersuasive, or seems absurdly disproportionate as compared to the plight of, say, indebted Indian peasants, there are now statistics that quantify the downward slide of the entire population from which the class of middle managers is drawn. The median earnings of [i]all[/i] males in the 45-54 age bracket with four years of higher education – some two million Americans, all but 150,000 of them white – actually peaked in 1972 at some $55,000 in 1992 dollars; they stagnated through three downward economic cycles until 1989, before sharply declining to $41,898 by 1992. From other evidence we know that those numbers average out two phenomena that are equally unprecedented in the American experience: in that same population, the combined total income of the top 1 per cent of all earners increased sensationally, and the combined total of the bottom 80 per cent declined sharply. Again, that implies in one way or another a more-than-proportionate quantum of dislocation. Needless to say, individual working lives cannot be dislocated without damaging families, elective affiliations and communities – the entire moss of human relations which can only grow over the stones of economic stability. Finally, it is entirely certain that what has already happened in the United States is happening or will happen in every other advanced economy, because all of them are exposed to the same forces.
In this situation, what does the moderate Right – mainstream US Republicans, British Tories and all their counterparts elsewhere – have to offer? Only more free trade and globalisation, more deregulation and structural change, thus more dislocation of lives and social relations. It is only mildly amusing that nowadays the standard Republican/Tory after-dinner speech is a two-part affair, in which part one celebrates the virtues of unimpeded competition and dynamic structural change, while part two mourns the decline of the family and community ‘values’ that were eroded precisely by the forces commended in part one. Thus at the present time the core of Republican/Tory beliefs is a perfect non-sequitur. And what does the moderate Left have to offer? Only more redistribution, more public assistance, and particularist concern for particular groups that can claim victim status, from the sublime peak of elderly, handicapped, black lesbians down to the merely poor.
Thus neither the moderate Right nor the moderate Left even recognises, let alone offers any solution for, the central problem of our days: the completely unprecedented personal economic insecurity of working people, from industrial workers and white-collar clerks to medium-high managers. None of them are poor and they therefore cannot benefit from the more generous welfare payments that the moderate Left is inclined to offer. Nor are they particularly envious of the rich, and they therefore tend to be uninterested in redistribution. Few of them are actually unemployed, and they are therefore unmoved by Republican/Tory promises of more growth and more jobs through the magic of the unfettered market: what they want is security in the jobs they already have – i.e. precisely what unfettered markets threaten.
A vast political space is thus left vacant by the Republican/Tory non-sequitur, on the one hand, and moderate Left particularism and assistentialism, on the other. That was the space briefly occupied in the USA by the 1992 election-year caprices of Ross Perot, and which Zhirinovsky’s bizarre excesses are now occupying in the peculiar conditions of Russia, where personal economic insecurity is the only problem that counts for most people (former professors of Marxism-Leninism residing in Latvia who have simultaneously lost their jobs, professions and nationalities may be rare, but [i]most[/i] Russians still working now face at least the imminent loss of their jobs). And that is the space that remains wide open for a product-improved Fascist party, dedicated to the enhancement of the personal economic security of the broad masses of (mainly) white-collar working people. Such a party could even be as free of racism as Mussolini’s original was until the alliance with Hitler, because its real stock in trade would be corporativist restraints on corporate Darwinism, and delaying if not blocking barriers against globalisation. It is not necessary to know how to spell [i]Gemeinschaft[/i] and [i]Gesellschaft[/i] to recognise the Fascist predisposition engendered by today’s turbocharged capitalism.

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  Me, Whistblower...
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Posted by: David Guyatt - 06-02-2020, 04:03 PM - No Replies

The below is a LONG read, but an absolute tour de force (imo) of all the ailments of society today - corruption et al.  Those uninterested in football (soccer) I suggest you just scroll past that section and get to the nitty gritty that is the body of the article/s.

The original full article (more than this) can be found at: 

https://meawhistleblower.blogspot.com/20...g-spy.html


Quote:Structures do not walk the streets" - Jacques Lacan

From autarky to autarchy.
[Fragmented] cartels, monopolies, duopolies, opaque layered mature markets, gamed regulation or self-regulation or no regulation, dark pool poker tables of corruption, sinister darknet operations, Deep States bifurcating between the kleptocratic and the plutocratic, disaster capitalism templates helicoptered in to scenes of desperation, state and self-imposed mainstream media censorship, corporate lobbyists controlling the democratic process and filtering knowledge via their control of press output, the imprisoning of whistleblowers, the omnipresence of shadow banking and dark money matrices, certain investment houses operating as states within states directly influencing world governance via a confiscation of power, global warming our way to a new planetary equilibrium state with irreversible feedback loops, akin to the early phases in the development of the acidic atmosphere of Venus, all of this blended together with the hard right politics of divide and rule and class war.
That’s late capitalism!
Take The Atlantic Bridge (TAB). Established two decades ago as a part of the UK’s dark money network with the aim to transform what was allegedly a transatlantic special relationship into an even more special relationship between political and corporate power, TAB is a blueprint for hard right corporate totalitarianism in the interests of all the usual sociopathic sectors – tobacco, big pharma, munitions, oil – together with the far right lunacies of UKIP, the Tea Party and other Mad Hatters of the personality disordered far right.
TAB merged into the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation - the anchor on the US side of the Atlantic.
As research by George Monbiot has revealed, the political agendas so created were myopic and psychopathic – funding climate change denial bodies, targeting whistleblowers and hackers, the erosion of employment rights, lowering minimum wage structures, granting corporations and certain states immunity from prosecution and, deeper down thirty years away from any possible public scrutiny, spying on one’s own citizens and neighbouring governments, firewalling the state, undermining democratic processes for proprietary gain while, not content with the impending suicide driven death of their system and our planet, choosing to kill our beautiful game by turning football into poker in a final act of spite.
Where is the separation between the Deep State and the government? When spectacular moneyed elites act out their farces for their own entertainment, all the forces of the Deep State – law, enforcement, military intelligence – ensure that chaos reigns when the curtains come down. Chaos is a good thing.
Non-cybernetic virtual private networks of tax evasion in offshore financial centres under the various evolutions of the imperial Anglo-Saxon flags of yore encapsulate the revolving door culture between treasuries, tax collection agencies and the big four accounting firms - a mafia-structured monopoly if ever there was one.
The 1% know how to look after their own interests as power serves only power in their elite system of socialism for the rich and cowboy capitalism for the poor. When their grotesque social experiment went belly up in 2007/8, true colours of governments and even truer depths of states were revealed. The primary architects of the crisis together with hard right think tanks scrambled to create new paradigms of irrational distortion to spin out their game for another role of the dice. Mervyn King’s one good act in his life is the chess playing anecdote above. His book “The End of Alchemy” is a literary monetarist power grab which attempts to reveal new truths but suitably ignores the roles of systemic corruption, irrational psychology, the fractal misbehaviour of markets analysed by Benoit Mandelbrot, the whole issue of the validity of efficient markets in twisted infrastructures while, tongue firmly in cheek, claiming that it would be a fine thing to give more power to the central banks and the IMF (empower the bankers, economists and politicians at the service of the Goldman Sachs oligarchy). “We might have fucked up last time but give us power to have another chance at our totalitarianism”.
Looking through the microscope of monetarism and lecturing...
Why should we be expected to give any attention to a man whose failings were an input to the Great Recessionary Depression? The rigging of the Libor by the Bank of England for the benefit of UK institutional bodies has equivalence with the fixing of football matches for British market participants.
Illegitimate claims of capitalism producing growth when, as Piketty intimated, the only growth is due to an expansion in the global populace – late capitalism is the conclusion of a Ponzi scheme orchestrated in the late Middle Ages but doomed to a disastrous death from day one, as with all pyramid schemes. “Growth is not democracy. Profusion is a function of discrimination”.
It is the worst of times, it is the worst of times, it is the age of foolishness.
Capitalism, despite the support of Deep States, is a Ponzi scheme collapsing under the weight of its own absurdity.
But All-Under-Heaven suggests that the situation should be observed a level deeper…
… the level of the mafia state.
The Italian mafia state targets Sicilian magistrate Nino di Matteo for exposing the state as mafia, the Heritage/TAB mafia states imprison (directly or otherwise) Snowden, Assange, Hammond, Manning, Love to various loci of solitary confinement for exposing state mafiosi behaviours, while a fragmentally cartelised web of geographically scattered mafia states orchestrate the systemic corruption and matchfixing that has destroyed global football. It is suitably ironic in a postmodern way that a game that is played on turf should have become a mafia battle over turf.
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"Do it. Call things what they are. People will be so mad" - Heather Marsh


Thomas Piketty: “… wealth accumulated in the past grows more rapidly than output and wages. This inequality expresses a fundamental logical contradiction. The entrepreneur inevitably tends to become a rentier, more and more dominant over those who own nothing but their labour. Once constituted, capital reproduces itself faster than output increases. The past devours the future. The consequences for the long-term dynamics of wealth distribution are potentially terrifying, especially when one adds that the size of the initial stake and that the divergence in the wealth distribution is occurring on a global scale.”
While virtually all advocacy, transparency and tax justice entities (with their bevies of characterless fuckwit hipsters and private income interns) focus on offshore financial centres, money laundering and current abuses of the template of capital, the real wealth inequalities exist on the basis of old money and all those forgotten crimes.
Josiah Wedgwood: “Political democracies that don’t democratise their economic systems are inherently unstable.”
The Ponzi scheme in its late capitalism phase is hurtling towards its precipitous conclusion – the collapse of All-Under-Heaven. “If we are going to do Armageddon we might as well do it with some panache”.
To decelerate if not prevent the self-harming disorders of this neo-con death cult there is only one solution in this first phase of the deconstruction of a pseudo-system – a markedly progressive tax on the largest fortunes worldwide (targeting both capital and income) to prevent inheritance trumping meritocracy and to enforce an efficient use of capital for global rather than proprietary benefit hence ending the austerity-based matrices of social injustice.
With a burdensome progressive tax in place, the psychopathic incentive to amass huge fortunes in the first place would be undermined.
Piketty: “Such a tax would also have another virtue: it would expose wealth to democratic scrutiny, which is a necessary condition for effective regulation of the banking system and international capital flows… The primary purpose of the capital tax is not to finance the social state but to regulate capitalism.”
National wealth has become markedly privatised in the last four decades. Currently, in the US, incomes are as unequally distributed as has ever been observed anywhere anytime – the top 1% earn 35% of income while the bottom 50% of population earn just 25%. There are only three tools for getting rid of the current levels of debt in the developed nations – taxes on capital, inflation or austerity. Austerity isn’t a prerequisite, it is an option. As one vice-president of a leading bank stated: “It’s corporate fraud on an industrial scale, sanctioned by the government”.
Baudrillard: “Misfortune, misery – all these things are traded very easily these days. There is a stock exchange of negative values, so to speak.”
Piketty: “… capitalists do indeed dig their own grave: either they tear each other apart in a desperate attempt to combat the falling rate of profit… or they force labour to accept a smaller and smaller share of national income, which ultimately leads to a proletarian revolution and general expropriation. In any event capital is undermined by its internal contradictions.”
Late capitalism yields a plethora of Ponzi bubbles - these are not Kondratieff waves but rather expressions of robust Malthusian ecological limits blended with the conclusion of this viral pyramid scheme. One of our lawyers views our universe as the three-dimensional surface of a four-sphere equivalent to an expanding Ponzi scheme which creates bubbles at the current three-dimensional surface which quantum in and out of existence.
Yanis Varoufakis: “Just as one person’s debt is another’s asset, one nation’s deficit is another’s surplus. In an asymmetrical world the money that surplus economies amass from selling more stuff to deficit economies than they buy from them accumulates in their banks, but these banks are then tempted to lend much of it back to the deficit countries or regions, where interest rates are always higher because money is so much scarcer. In this way, banks help maintain some semblance of balance during the good times… Bankers, in this sense, are fair-weather surplus recyclers… As long as the fair financial weather continues, fair-weather surplus recycling endures. But it cannot endure forever. With the certainty and abruptness that a pile of sand will collapse once the critical grain is added on top of it, vendor-financed trade will always go into sudden, violent spasm. No one can predict when but only fools doubt that it must… Panic reaches a deafening climax and Keynes’s inimitable words resonate once more: ‘As soon as a storm rises,’ bankers behave like a ‘fair-weather sailor’ who ‘abandons the boat which might carry him to safety by his haste to push his neighbour off and himself in’. It is the destiny of fair-weather surplus recycling to prompt a crash and occasion a complete halt to all recycling. This is what happened in 1929. It is also what has been happening since 2008 in Europe.”
A death spiral.
A system of cascading death spirals.
And it is also the skewed incentives of diabolical wealth accumulation together with short-termist inversion capitalist structures with the supportive networks of tax havens and regulatory capture that have allowed the deconstruction of football as a sport over the last quarter century.
As soon as there is an imbalance in favour of market depth over sporting kudos, corruption is a given.
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"What the fuck do we know?"


Hayek was bad enough but free markets have been replaced by bureaucratic state monopoly control – markets are a terror of value without equivalence.
Take the efficiency of markets (financial or football).
Eugene Fama was one of three winners of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2013.
His hypothesis regarding the efficiency of markets is elegant but also entirely wrong (give the man a gong for being wrong). Not particularly impressed with his Fama-French Three-Factor Model either (but more on that later).
If there were no Deep State interferences, no psychopathies, no mass behavioural irrationalities, no corruptions, no insider trading and if markets didn’t always evolve towards a cartelised maturity, he would be right. But there are and they do so he’s wrong.
The Efficient Markets Hypothesis is divided into three levels – strong-form, semi-strong-form and weak-form efficiency. Strong-form suggests that market prices reflect all information, public and private, and it is not possible for anyone to earn excess returns. In semi-strong-form, prices adjust to new information rapidly and rationally. While in weak-form structures, prices simply follow a random walk.
Before we go any further we need to look at the architecture of markets. The public markets are just the tip of an iceberg of submerged dark pool markets – there are hundreds of non-regulated dark pools where deep insiders trade against deep insiders in markets that the public only sees when an excess of over-enthusiasm occurs. It is in these markets where the significant corruption occurs.
All assessments of Fama’s hypothesis require a dichotomous approach then – the public markets and the dark pools.
Markets are rarely efficient, efficiency being a fluke rather than an achievement. Work from the sixties onwards by Daniel Kahnemann, Amos Tversky, Paul Slovic and Richard Thaler had already introduced psychology into the market and, in 1979, Kahnemann and Tversky developed Prospect Theory which represented the final nail in the coffin of Efficient Markets. Investors do not behave in a rational manner for a whole continuum of different reasons that exist both within themselves and in interaction between themselves in complex ways to produce the behaviours we collectively project. Market prices represent human psychology far more than they do unproven economic fundamentals.
"The problem is today, when you have chaos or disorder, people lose their cognitive mapping” -Slavoj Zizek.
So, by 1979, Fama’s hypothesis should have been put to bed…
… unfortunately, it took the blinkered Chicago School until 2007 to acknowledge the impact of behaviouralism (individual and mass) in the markets, attempting to convince us in the meantime that an efficient pricing infrastructure underpinned the alleged validity of Friedmanian late capitalism.
Fama also fails because all of the information is not in the market compromising all three levels of Fama’s efficiency hierarchy. Public markets are reactive to deeper forces and are unable to respond instantaneously to the flow of real information. The public markets offer a distilled filtered form of this driving dark pool bazaar. Private dark pool trading strategies convert into proprietary holistic public market strategies as dark pool power and liabilities are exploited or hedged in the public sphere. The information flow in dark pools is, by its very nature, opaque. Proxy trading, algorithmic distortions, hidden players away from the table, quantised consortia, disinformational trading and the sociopathy of cornered markets etc. At any given time, the market tends to inefficiency and as mature markets are able to evolve into anything the primary operators desire, the prices can be anything too - supply and demand don't set prices, billionaires do.
Mature markets are largely under the semi-absolute internal control of a small grouping of operators. These cartelised structures include entities with hidden and private agendas co-operating on shared agendas to mutual benefit. Even when such infrastructure is held in place with extra robustness due to governmental Deep State scaffolding around the marketplace, the dominant player(s) is/are still able to gravitate the price to loci more favourable to their returns. In effect, a near monopolistic corruption distorts any semblance of efficiency in the market.
Disaster capitalism thrives on chaos. When a disaster strikes or, as in the case of Chile or Brexit, is created, the Hayekians move in with their shock tactics to further destabilise an already destabilised people. As US security entities enter the vacuum, the markets are utterly chaotic. Although some efficiency improvements are exported via these security entities, the holistic performance of the markets drive efficiencies off the bottom of Fama’s scale.
Private information is introduced to the public market in a variety of strategies that, by their very nature, imply market inefficiencies being created for dark pool gain. Deep insiders possess powerful market information that must be released to the market strategically. Just think of the variety of ways in which, say, Ben Bernanke could have utilised his absolute knowledge of the variables related to quantitative easing. A flawed man, with strategies evolving in real time, could profit without the full reality ever hitting the market by placing trades laterally and peripherally across the time continuum. Only the greedy fully reveal their hands.

This is how █████, the owner of █████, fucks over the sport via the █████ syndicate (and associated network) while putting on a charitable public face.

The most evident ways that financial markets are inefficient is by their refusal to accept the cost of negative externalities in the price of an asset. How on earth can a price be efficient in the holistic sense if externalities are not included in the equation? The timing of the eagerly anticipated systemic implosion is an unknowable variable. It is an unknown known. Temporally.
Disaster myopia in a disaster capitalism complex!
Although dark pools are elevated up the efficiency hierarchy due to a reduction in time-lag from information to market and the quality of the knowledge, such improvement is marginal.
Fama’s only other claim to fame is the Fama-French Three-Factor Model. This attempts to replace the old and inadequate Capital Asset Pricing Model. By ignoring psychology and the impacts of corruption, this model also fails. Entertainingly, Foye, Mramor and Pahor (2013) have shown an improvement in the performance of the Fama-French model if one of the terms is replaced by a term which acts as a proxy for accounting manipulation!
Mandelbrot: “Financial economics, as a discipline, is where chemistry was in the 16th century: a messy compendium of proven know-how, misty folk wisdom, and unexamined assumptions and grandiose speculation.” As a former pupil of Mandelbrot, Fama should know better.
Economics claims the status of a science but it is only scientific at Foucault’s threshold – “If one recognises in science only the linear accumulation of truths or the orthogenesis of reason, and fails to recognise in it the discursive practice that has its own levels, its own thresholds, its own various ruptures, one can describe only a single historical division, which one adopts as a model to be applied at all times for all forms of knowledge.”
Through the provision of a psychopathic regulation-lite template where individuals are rewarded for antisocial public displays of their disorders, elevating themselves up the power hierarchy, it is hardly surprising that the system itself has become psychopathic. Short-termism engenders systemic risk. Refusing to recognise externalities produces super-systemic risk.
Neo-classical economics is pre-Galilean in its simplicity. Multi-disciplinary, it is not! There came the chartists and the technical analysts, believing in their candlesticks and their head-and-shoulder formations, all blinded from the whole to the specific, plotting the same lines on the same charts. Then came the idiot physicists – the econophysicists – to spread disaster far and wide. Holistically challenged, this new breed of trader possessed all of the professional inadequacies of their predecessors but with an extra twist – black boxes. Algorithmic trading has grown exponentially in the last two decades in coincidence with the Permanent Depression which also took root around 1997. Micro-focused high frequency trading incrementally shaving creative arbitrages to improve micro-efficiencies within the macro-chaos counts as strategy as archaic theory and unsustainable edifices provide one another with bravos and encores while we approach super-systemic catastrophe scenarios.
On October 19th 1987, Wall Street fell by 29.2% in the biggest daily decline in a century. The probability of Wall Street falling this amount is 10 to the power of 50. Mandelbrot: “You could scan the powers of 10 from the smallest sub-atomic particle to the breadth of the measurable universe – and still never meet such a number.” Only in an immeasurable multiverse do we surpass such numbers – in the Infinite Patch Multiverse, your nearest doppelganger is 10 to the power of 10 to the power of 29 metres away.
Big shout going out…!

Free market capitalism underprices risk. In fact, it frequently excludes risk from the equation entirely. Every single quantum reality impacts on the future market price as butterflies flutter across fractal space.
While all of the free market ideologues and their apologists are shuffling the papers, printing the money, pretending that there is another boom-and-bust possibility in this game yet and extending their pretences to the territory of carbon markets and cap and trade schemes, each fundamentally flawed in their Ponzi capitalism, there are super-systemic fractals that might just be worthy of closer inspection. And not just by climate change scientists either.
Mandelbrot: “The two poles of human experience – deterministic systems of order and planning and the stochastic or random systems of irregularity and unpredictability.” The latter of these two poles dominates the markets today.
Andrew Haldane describes the inability to judge risk as “disaster myopia” – a lack of awareness of the network externalities in combination with misaligned incentives. But this is merely the first level of disaster myopia. The feedback loops, the fractals, the super-systemic risk, the threshold entanglement of different equilibrium states would combine in a second layer – more “catastrophe myopia” really.
There is no such entity as a sustainable Ponzi scheme. Every free market structure is pure Ponzi, a consequence of which is that we now reside in what Sun Tzu called the Worst Variety of Ground. The fractals yet to be unleashed, the toxicity still to surface, the mass delusions and engendered mass psychologies yet to spiral out of perceived rationality, will all come to fruition against the backdrop of a super-systemic lack of stable equilibrium. So, a system that returns negative growth if externalities are included produces this lack of utility on an unstable foundation which spontaneously combusts repeatedly and fractally.
Dark pools and many other forms of ‘shadow market’, utilised for the trading of huge blocks of institutional knowledge, are entirely non-regulated. Investors are able to trade inside information anonymously on the deepest market platforms – the dominant strata in any market. Stock markets and global football betting markets are getting darker.
The whole dark pool edifice exists in a protective bubble. The broker-dealers and exchanges offering dark pool access are in a very privileged position – primary level cloned trading in a mature market sector is a portfolio to die for. Securing crucial temporal edges for a ‘financial elite’ these highly regressive structures are the future of financial markets. Non-regulated private markets offer a Pandora’s box of market abuse away from the prying eyes of oversight. Co-ordinated market strategies may be orchestrated to corner a particular market to the benefit and demise of suitable entities – fake markets with induced short-term momenta. By taking advantage of private markets to trade their information insiders are severely hampering price transparency.
In chaotic windows and in truncated markets, the temporal edge is most important. Markets are volatile in stormy waters and volatility is easy money. In the most serious state of market paralysis, this temporal edge offers massive advantage – just like the ticker-tape did in the Great Depression.
This is an illusory game of exchange, a giant poker table where our realities are determined.
Speculators are always blamed for the cyclical crises of capitalism but this is too simple a view. Speculators are merely finessing the non-regulated dark pool market inefficiencies riding the surf rather than generating the wave in the first place. So blame NYFix and Turquoise and Baikal and blame the state-based economic systems that allow this chicanery to take place.
Economists always look to the past for solutions yet no economic hyperreality is replicable and the fractal nature of the crisis inputs renders economic research as quite pointless – systemic and super-systemic risk are the new market yardsticks.
Not only is it a necessity for all market activity be non-regulated but also it must be self-rating. Ratings Agencies that are relied upon by investors yet are paid by those they rate – a systemic enigma built into the fake infrastructure.
Baudrillard: “The illusion of the economic sphere lies in its having aspired to ground the principle of reality and rationality on the forgetting of this ultimate reality of impossible exchange.”
Sigmund Freud: “Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.”
Michel Foucault: “There is a battle ‘for truth’… It is necessary to think of the political problems of intellectuals not in terms of ‘science’ and ‘ideology’, but in terms of ‘truth’ and ‘power’. ‘Truth’ is linked in a circular relation with systems of power which produce and sustain it, and to effects of power which it induces and which extend it. A ‘regime’ of truth… The problem is not changing people’s consciousnesses – or what’s in their heads – but the political, economic, institutional regime of the production of truth.”
Nomi Prins (from her book ‘Crony Capitalism and Corruption – An Entirely Rigged Political-Financial System,): “Too big to fail is a seven-year phenomenon created by the most powerful central banks to bolster the largest, most politically connected US and European banks. Synthetic bank and market subsidisation disguised as ‘monetary policy’ has spawned artificial assets and debt bubbles everywhere. Complex products, risky practices, leverage and co-dependent transactions have contagion ramifications. The notion of free markets in which each participant has access to the same information is a fallacy. Democracy is predicated on the idea that every vote counts equally, and in the utopian perspective, the government adopts policies that benefit or adhere to the majority of those votes. In fact, it is a minority of elite families and private individuals that exercise the most control. What we have is a plutocracy of government and markets.”
Benjamin Franklin: “The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism.”
Taking on a death cult in the end times can only lead to a date with Dignitas…
… or the deep dark net.
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"If we are going to end up being exotics of our own lives (as we all are), we may as well cultivate radical exoticism" - Jean Baudrillard


Ecclesiastes: “The simulacrum is never what hides the truth – it is truth that hides the fact that there is none. The simulacrum is true.”
The 4 Phases of the Image, Lacan’s Real, Symbolic, Imaginary, the surreal hyperreal (the neohyperreal) versus the public spectacle. A triptych of fact, fiction, fusion.
Max Hastings: “The 2013-15 revelations of Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee who has seen fit to disclose the scale of western eavesdropping... has done important damage to American and British security. He inhabits a new universe, in which old definitions of conflict, and also of patriotism, are no longer universally acknowledged. The balance of tactics and methodology in struggles between nations has changed, is changing, and will continue to change. Secret war, as it was practised by the nations that fought the conflict of 1939-45, may well prove to be the future war.”
Imprisoned hacktivist Jeremy Hammond: “I had an obligation to use my skills to expose… injustice – and to bring the truth to light.”
Enter the Wu Shu Hackers, infamous before we started - legendary Chinese monkeys whose aim is to defeat the greedy warlords and give football back to the people.

Futurescanning.

Always futurescanning.
Ojo del Toro, a 0-Day Guru.
Row Phisherman Row.

[b]We open markets.[/b]

Gabriella Coleman: “In the 1950s a small group of MIT-based computer enthusiasts… adopted the term ‘hacker’ to differentiate their freewheeling attitude from those of their peers… hackers courted contingency, disregarding norms or rules they thought likely to stifle creative invention… hackers repurposed tools in the service of beauty and utility.”
Whackers do the same but to an underlying single issue agenda, in our case – to save football from the mafia and, after tracing information, we expose and share via 5th Estate channels. Sometimes the only goal is copyrighting the content into the hyperreality, at other times we share with the hive mind, but always we are mocking the perpetrators.
Only 29% of organisations have a cybersecurity expert in their IT departments and lowest common denominator security structures are open to exploration - they should have expected us.
Multiple servers, parallel realities in coincident time, robust cellular networks ripping apart markets while, on the square, the hacking Deep State spies through the maze of espionage, allowing them to think that it is Ojo del Toro who has been lost in a maze while traps are set when, in reality, the reverse is true. Sousveillance and hacktivism are the two brigades that bind chaos. IWSH are an underground Sun Tzu force for the social media age, chapeau blanc hackers who disturbed the equilibrium too much for their hacks to be made public. Evolving beyond the emerging threat of the likes of DEADPOOL, the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Unit at GCHQ with their dirty tricks and attempted infiltrations to destroy, deny, degrade and disrupt ‘enemies’ by discrediting them. Low level prankster DDoS attacks and more guesstimate hacking is not going to solve the system's problem with hackers.
The Deep State, demanding of evidence which is then provided, sets up the sting to arrest the Raj - a matchfixing mafia man who intended to buy the outcome of a match in the UK - in a wired hotel room before the call was sent to operatives from on high to withdraw at the final moment as machinations many leagues under the surface determine realities upon it.
Always ask why the state sponsors corruption.
Coleman: “Hackers and their projects have become routine, authoritative, and public participants in our daily geo-political goings on. There are no obvious, much less given, explanations as to why a socially and economically privileged group of actors, once primarily defined by obscure tinkering and technical explorations is now so willing to engage in popular media advocacy, traditional policy, law-making, political tool building, and especially forms of direct action and civil disobedience so risky that scores of hackers are currently in jail or exile for their willingness to expose wrongdoing".

Direct action is the only action.

Gottfried Frank: “… a festival of hatred towards all that can be called human joy. With gigantic strength the perilous hoard emerges, tearing hearts asunder and darkening the divine spark of gods with noisy, monstrous mocking.”

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"If any Wikileaks' journalist is under coercion they will recuse themselves and staff in another jurisdiction will ensure full publication" - Wikileaks tweet from April 5th 2017


Football has found a new equilibrium state as an augmented reality where manipulators create an illusion to create an event. Each paradigm develops its own Gestalt but any whole is temporary as, in effect, there is no paradigm, only corruption versus critical consciousness. There are no permanent facts, only interpretations. There are no absolutes. There is no solid ground.
Enter the hacker, the whistleblower, the spectator of the spectacle. Hannah Arendt: “Nothing and nobody exists in this world who’s very being does not presuppose a spectator”. The spectator is a key node in this charade.
But we are not in the arena of rogue individuals and solo bad apples here, we are dealing with a systemic and global stealing of the people’s game. The Deep State plus an ever-expanding circle of non-governmental advisers from banking, industry, commerce and sport who were cleared for highly classified information denied to large swathes of the real state have resolved to monetise the game to derivative levels of opacity. Zizek: "Of course, the market is a domain of egotistic cheating and lying: however, as Lacan taught us, in order for a lie to function, it has to present itself and be taken as truth”. By analysing corruption, one “removes the veil” and reveals truth. Others, in Calinescu’s view, blind themselves to nature and become “slaves of a lifeless dogma.”
There is a battle for truth with the vast majority of the 4th Estate being stationed on the incorrect side of the border. Fake news. Fake football. Glenn Greenwald: “[Snowden’s leak] changed the way people around the world viewed the reliability of any statements by US officials and transformed relations between countries. It radically altered views about the proper role of journalism in relation to government power.”
One should hack and steal information only where one cannot plunder – we give you theoretical violence and 5th Estate terrorism as you look down your gun.

Jacques Derrida: “Think like the miners who explode the beams that support their shafts.”

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"... when the authorities find it useful to tell the truth, it's because they can't find any better lies. Immediately this truth, coming from an official mouth, becomes a lie corroborated by facts" - Ian Birchall


Although ostensibly about corruption taking over football, this book will not be comfortable reading for the fundamentalist football fan. A primary reason that the game has been lost is the schizophrenic nature of the fan – corruption against Arsenal has been virtually ever-present in the Premier League over the last decade and against Glasgow Celtic since time immemorial until the club formerly known as Rangers ceased to be in 2011. Rightly so, the fans of these two clubs express outrage at the refereeing decisions of bias and corruption but most clubs will bend the rules and if one mentioned to Arsenal fans the refereeing performances of █████ or to Glasgow Celtic fans the close links of the club to bookmaking entities, the tsunami of abuse cascades from the moment of media disclosure. Corruption in the holistic continues due to this self-imposed divide and rule. If fans of all clubs were to unite against the corruption and demand change, there might be a hope of fixing football but would Boca bond with River Plate, El Betis with Sevilla, Galatasaray with Fenerbache, Inter with Juve, Arsenal with Spurs?


Modelling the holistic is easier than modelling the specific – mass psychology is a plug in for financial market analysts but individual behavioural traits are a science of specificity. Similarly, modelling systemic corruption across a sport is facile in comparison with the minutiae of myriads of corrupt actions within it. It is the cumulative hologram of total corruption that reverses Baudrillard’s phases of the image.
Football died with its biggest fairy tale – the rise of █████ to being Premier League champions - the remarkable story of sovereign wealth fund-backed billionaires backing local lads, bribing referees, doping local lads, buying superstars, doping superstars, buying off opponents, doping the markets, massively successful on the pitch and in the markets via institutional control and corruption. As we show in the book, the goodwill lost out of the █████ Affair is colossal – you can fool some of the fans some of the time, you can fool all of the fans some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the fans all of the time. It was a poor strategy allowing criminals to own the █████. But at least now we know that with doping, referee control and state mafia/sovereign wealth fund backing, anybody can win the Premier League.
More money, more greed, more envy - psychopathy of the individual and of the system. It is the systemic nature of the market-led corruption that underpins both neo-liberalism in financial markets and football. The fight to save football, although futile, has been a tragedy of intrigue, mystery and corruption but also of freedom, a passion for justice and struggle against impossible odds.
Nino di Matteo: “We live in a mafia state – a state that, in order to preserve the status quo, has to remove whistleblowers who want justice. We want to know the reason for the silence of mainstream media – why are they frightened to the degree they become accomplices in (and beneficiaries of) the corruption. We must rebel against this system and this mafia method.
“… Since receiving death threats, I have felt fear. My freedom is restricted. It is unlikely I will ever live a normal life again.”
There is nowhere for whistleblowers to turn. We live underground and invisibly most of our lives, OPSEC is second nature, automatic – number plate-face, the discarding of burners, the abuse of pagers, programming to intercept drones, different routes-different times, establishing secret office spaces, creating networks of proprietary VPNs, the daily changing of codes utilising proprietary random number generators, linked in a cellular manner to colleagues who one can rarely meet while at all times of crisis having to act solo in strategy and reactive in defence when communication routes are necessarily convoluted.
And, in the holistic, constructing doubled and trebled games of strategy to enmesh the enemy in our cosmic web of sousveillance.

When Deep States and Sovereign Wealth Funds combine with mafia and financial markets, whatever entity is leeched onto by the resulting monstrosity is fucked. Well and truly fucked. █████is not a fairy tale it is grimmer than that. It is a nightmare. As Brian Tuohy has shown with his books on US sport (particularly ‘The Fix Is In’ and ‘Larceny Games’), the same structures exist in the major American sports. It is the global collaboration of corrupt entities that separates football from these effectively insular US sports.
The Wikileaks Theory of Change (2006): “Where details are known as to the inner workings of authoritarian regimes, we see conspiratorial interactions among the political elite, not merely for preferment or favour within the regime, but as the primary planning methodology behind maintaining or strengthening authoritarian power. Authoritarian regimes create forces which oppose them by pushing against a people’s will to truth, love and self-realization. Plans which assist authoritarian rule, once discovered, induce further resistance. Hence such schemes are concealed by successful authoritarian powers until resistance is futile or outweighed by the efficiencies of naked power. This collaborative secrecy, working to the detriment of a population, is enough to define their behaviour as conspiratorial.”
Daniel Berrigan: “Every nation-state tends towards the imperial – that is the point. Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws and orders, myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the top...”
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"There is great disorder under Heaven, the situation is excellent" - Mao Zedong


Gabriella Coleman tweet on Feb 12th 2017: “The fact that citizens must break the law 2 protest the Trump’s egregious disrespect of the law shows that the law holds no universal status".

"...[F]ar from being opposed to crime, law is the universalized crime, crime elevated to the level of an unconditional principle” - Zizek.

It begets a kind of secular study of the Talmud – the inflating expansion of the law and the enhanced avoiding of it.
Whistleblowing is a risk business. The targeting of other people’s inappropriate powers engenders psychopathic response. Aside from Wikileaks and the Courage Foundation, there is no support matrix for whistleblowers. The law has to be broken.
Ojo del Toro tweet on Sep 29th 2016: “Blaming entrapment, whistleblowers and hackers for revealing truth about corruption is crazy. Failure lies with institutions and government.”
Metamorphosis is the aim but mutually assured destruction the outcome – the death of football, the death of Ojo del Toro and other members of our network, the death of capitalism, the death of the social, the death of the planet.
The Infamous Wu Shu Hackers are a dynamic, moving target. We are opaque and elastic and geographically spread. The nodes are secure. We have moved the agenda along ahead of the curve for nearly a quarter of a century. The mainstream media doesn’t function. We by-pass this media to become the media. We are anarchists. We have spent our adult lives demolishing capitalism and the liberal state via direct action, sousveillance, hacking, whistleblowing, spying on the spies, setting hoax traps, constantly reconfiguring our security and our advantages. We are latter day Edelweiss Pirates. We give you our art and our graffiti. We offer you dietrologia – the science of what is behind something and we give you ‘pataphysics – the science of that which is superinduced upon metaphysics, examining the laws governing exceptions and universes parallel to this one. The science of imaginary solutions.
Which brings us to the realms of conspiracy. What is a conspiracy? How do you prove an ever-evolving organism other than in real-time? We can explain your corruption yesterday and today but can only monitor to understand your corruptions of tomorrow (despite all the predictive software). But we can tell you the outcomes of corrupted football matches before they are played. If you have any doubt about whether what follows is based on truth or the delusions of conspiracy theory, keep that in mind. We know the results before kick off.
Coleman: “Craftiness depends on a vigilant criticality, a willingness to scrutinize, always with a mind on identifying inconsistencies or upending convention … a dogged anti-authoritarianism.”
The Mentor from ‘Conscience of a Hacker’ (1986), written shortly after his arrest: “Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something you will never forgive me for.”
Eugene Francois Vidocq was a former criminal who set up the first French state security in 1811 – La Brigade de la Surete. Like Vidocq, we expanded our cell from the fringes – an anarcho-syndicalist network of sousvellance against surveillance. Bridges. Build. Burn. Creative destruction against the surface tension on inflating systemic corruption bubbles. It is a tragedy. We are all Hamlet. Death is liberation and we have no choice but to carry on. We have to maintain the tension, keep surfing that zeitgeist of corruption - the vacuum between reality and the public perception of reality. Destroying laws but voluntarily enacting new self-restraints to avoid abusing the powers that hacking provides. If we give up, we die. If we push our luck, we die. If we do not remain vigilant, we die. A normal distribution of potential strategic outcomes is brutalised by analyses of the Black Swan outliers. In the darkest times I wonder how long all of this can go on. The accident waiting to happen. The articulated lorry, the bicycle, the ditch. All-under-Heaven. Death. Multiverse. Life. A death culture turns the living into commodities, football for rent, leeching your entity onto the rotting corpse of the game and bleeding every last drop of essence and beauty from the tragic farce. Living in the end times.
Being entirely dominated by our future security led to the decision to make this book a hybrid of coded fiction based on fact. We have been made to understand our boundaries by the deepest of state operators (although we were aware pre-enforcement). This book will not blame the player but it does hate what the game has become. It is a prelude to the football of the future and a coda to the football of the past and present.
Recent inquiries and disclosures eg the McLaren report and Fancy Bears' Hacking Team show that this is sport’s last chance to save itself from oblivion – the triumvirate of matchfixing, doping and mafia is short-termist and, ultimately, suicidal. The game is up. Final whistle.
As Baudrillard showed, fighting corruption merely energises it, helping it to evolve into more complex forms, the whistleblower acts as an externalised security consultant to the corrupt edifice pointing out weaknesses, disclosing patterns, defining events – a virtual devil’s advocate, a destabiliser away from the table.

But.


We whackers guide our enemies via enticements to the loci of our primary strategies, persuading them of future potential corrupt options whilst we lie in wait on the shady side of the valley in narrowing passes.

Zizek"Our struggle is not against actual corrupt individuals, but against those in power in general, against their authority, against the global order and the ideological mystification which sustain it” and the strategy is later defined “… there is no way – but also no need – to fully subtract ourselves from the “corrupted” order of the State: what we have to do is introduce a supplementary torsion into it, to inscribe into it our fidelity to an Event. In this way we remain within the State, but we make the State function in a neo-statal way (in a similar way to how poetry, say, takes place within language, but twists and turns against itself, thus making it tell the truth). There is no need, then, to play the Gnostic ascetic and withdraw from fallen reality into the isolated space of Truth: while heterogeneous to reality, Truth can appear anywhere within it.”
And that is the game that hackers play. We are dealing with an arbitrary construct, it doesn’t mean anything, it is fake, it is make-it-up-as-you-go-along, “and therefore can be circumvented, in all likelihood”. As Lacan proclaimed in the introduction to 'Television': "I always speak the truth. Not the whole truth, because there is no way to say it all. Saying it all is materially impossible: words fail".
The Infamous Wu Shu Hackers monkeying around. Shu, our tactic, our art. Shu. Strategy. Shu. No one can fathom our motivations - the 'saving' of football was always our secondary (and eventually our tertiary) aim.
We reveal much in the book but some content is redacted and many individuals are coded. Names, characters, businesses, states, places, events and incidents may be either the product of a diseased imagination or used in a fictitious manner only linked to the truth via multiversal wormholes. Apparently, any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead or anywhere in between, or actual events is purely coincidental, a fluke, a freak entanglement.

The assertion of strong truths entails symbolic violence - "From a radical emancipatory perspective, violence is always legitimate since our strategy is the result of violence that we are exposed to but whenever necessary it will always be a matter of strategy whether to use violence against the enemy" - Zizek.

The Infamous Wu Shu Hackers have the biggest sports story of all time. Read on.
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Existentially, life is about death.

Adieu, adieu. Remember me.


W.B. Yeats: "All changed, changed utterly. A terrible beauty is born".

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UP at Kennedys and King.com is a new article on the TFX/F-111 fighter bomber.

Its a whole new perspective on that case which, I think, is more relevant and more factual that what the discussion was before. 

The TFX/F-111 was really about Kennedy and McNamara going up against the Pentagon to try and reform and economize the weapons procuring system.  It is a really interesting story.

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Will this Iowa Caucus "inside job hacking" continue into the entire election in 2020?

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