Well, I think it's safe to say that the order came down from the-great-eye-worshipped-by-the-fearful, and commanded reddit to fall into step with the rest of the mainstream media.
In addition to the censorship enacted on /r/politics as seen in the video above, this post [original cached] was recently made (and subsequently removed in a staggering show of cowardice) to /r/worldnews to let us know that news of SOPA/ACTA/PIPA/CISPA would no longer be tolerated on that sub. Nor would news of the secret preparations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership be allowed. The broken logic behind this, delivered in one voice by various shills upon challenge, is this: "Once the american initiative to collar, monitor and completely monetize the (global) internet becomes a reality, then it will become world news. Until then, it's US politics, which of course you can freely post to any of our other (also censored) subs (if you can get it seen among all the cat pictures)." I guess someone got tired of renaming their little draconian pet projects.
From posting links to /r/worldnews and a few other subs about the TPP a few months ago, I know that this is simply the visible part of reddit's censorship. During that time a few months ago, before TPP-related links were allowed to make it to the front page of any sub, I noticed that the posts relating to TPP were simply disappeared. You could still find it via the URL, but in the sub's "new" list, and even in searches, the TPP links were simply not there to be seen or upvoted.
The masks are coming off. Presidents go on national teevee and simply lie to the public, knowing that everyone knows they're lying, knowing that they are completely opposing the heartfelt lies they made months ago that allowed them to keep their skins for another quarter. It seems they have forgotten which hand feeds them. It seems they haven't counted how many people they left with nothing to lose. Jokes about the stupidity of politicians and their attending co-parasites are everyday, and yet this show of it is unbelievable. Impressive, even. The novelty will soon wear off.
We have the power. The people who possess of consciousness have the ability to do just about anything, once we have decided on it. Many with this ability have not yet awakened. It seems that maybe the ride on the gravy train got to be too smooth, and many of its occupants decided it was time for the wheels to come off. I won't argue with them, but thanks for the help.
Video via Washington's Blog
Michael Hastings died in a single-vehicle automobile crash in his Mercedes C250 Coupé at approximately 4:25 a.m. in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles on June 18, 2013. A witness to the crash said that he seemed to be driving at the car's maximum speed before the car fishtailed and crashed into a palm tree. Witnesses described the car's engine being ejected 50 to 60 yards from the scene. One eyewitness said Hasting's car exploded prior to crashing, and some press reports have described the crash as suspicious; the Los Angeles Police Department has said there are no signs of foul play.
Earlier the previous day, Hastings indicated that he believed he was being investigated by the FBI. In an email to colleagues, which was copied to and released by Hastings' friend, Army Staff Sergeant Joe Biggs, Hastings said that he was "onto a big story", that he needed to "go off the radar", and that the FBI might interview them. WikiLeaks announced that Hastings had also contacted Jennifer Robinson, one of its lawyers a few hours prior to the crash, and the LA Times reported that he was preparing new reports on the CIA at the time of his demise. The FBI released a statement denying that Hastings was being investigated.
According to Biggs, Hastings' remains were cremated and returned to Vermont. Biggs stated that his family did not want Hastings to be cremated.
First, they came for the oil.
The next generation of gaming consoles is shaking the world with its death rattle. Turns out sony shooting themselves in the foot seems like a misstep after microsoft felt that they should not be outdone. But the people who still have intentions to buy into the next generation of DRM boxes spoke, and the message was clear: Fuck you.
Full strip in today's Penny Arcade
No surprise, after the recent revelations about the back room deals of just about every major technology company on the internet. Make no mistake; the only protection intended by ubiquitous spying is the protection of profit.
That they would think that they could make any kind of significant profit from another generation of consoles during the collapse of currency is one thing, but for them to think they could do it with the "xbox one world one order" is beyond me. Perhaps they're just having a laugh. Perhaps they don't have internet or teevee or radio in their bunker.
The failure of the next gen console has, strictly speaking, not yet happened. Somehow, though, the fall has already reverberated backwards in time and out through one of the (now ex) spokes-holes of microsoft. Let their arrogance and stupidity stand as a warning to all who can see:
When dealing with the bullshit vendor class of merchants, the questions that don't get answered are usually the important ones. Building 7 is an obvious example, seemingly not existing in the wild and inaccurate saga of 9/11 as it is known in the mainstream.
Exposition in a short article describes bitcoin thus:
Bitcoin is a form of fully-digital currency that is widely used is some (often seedy) corners of the Internet. “Bitcoin mining” refers to the algorithmic process by which Bitcoins are earned. A computer or group of computers attempts to solve an extremely complex equation, and once the answer has been reached, a block of Bitcoins are awarded. The equations get more and more difficult as the years go on to compensate for increased computing power.
It can take years to solve just one of these equations on a single PC, so as a result some people network their PCs in a coordinated effort.
Desperate and short-lived schemes are apparently the staple of collapsing economies. Bitcoin seems to fall into this category, purporting to solve the problem of currency issue, but introducing significant problems of its own. I conclude its moment of prime profit must be short-lived because I strongly suspect that gaping flaws work much better for currencies people were born with, than one that's sold to them in the age in which many persons carry an evolved resistance to infomercials.
It so happens that it is also the age in which giant banks (beneficiaries of the current gaping flaws in currency issue) extract further advantage by using massively powerful server farms and low latency network connections to automate sheep shearing of the stock market, AKA High-Frequncy Trading.
A question you won't find answered relating to bitcoins, is how those who already acquired the most resources would be prevented from extracting unfair advantage via the new system. Bitcon is designed around the premise that more processing power equals more money. Even if the generation of bitcoins could be limited per account, the creation of fake accounts (in effect fake persons) could not be limited without a key component.
The solution to this basic design flaw that we're no doubt meant to come up with—but not until enough people have a stake in the success of the bitcon—is that a hard accounting should be made of all activity by some appointed authority. Being the first true digital, and global, currency, that would require a detailed (and mandatory) centralised global ID system, tied directly to your financial activity.
It is particularly noteworthy that further centralisation is usually the solution offered by the bullshit vendor class of merchant, having extracted all the profit from the problem that it could. Centralisation serves to concentrate control, and means therefore power. It is further noteworthy that control and power (or "order" as it is amorously referred to) is usually sought by those so unable to cope with the realities of existence that they go to extremes to make the universe appear to accord with their limited understandings.
The rest of the jokes in today's Penny Arcade.
I've been following this comic for years, and recently linked this important document posted by one of its creators.
The answer is always more art; the corollary to that is the answer is never less art. If you start to think that less art is the answer, start over. That’s not the side you want to be on. The problem isn’t that people create or enjoy offensive work. The problem is that so many people believe that culture is something other people create, the sole domain of some anonymized other, so they never put their hat in the ring. That even with a computer in your pocket connected to an instantaneous global network, no-one can hear you. When you believe that, really believe it, the devil dances in hell.
To say that our society is bifurcating is an oversimplification, but it seems clear that two distinct paths will dominate. First we have "our" dying culture. To name it would be to invite lobbyists to subvert yet another idea in favour of the status quo, but I expect we all have a relatively clear sense of what its constituent parts are: Materialism, wilful ignorance, lack of empathy, all symptoms of unchecked fear. It's been inevitable since fear was a thing, but its current form started taking recognisable shape when mass-produced media made it possible for people with money to speak louder than anyone else. Since then it's been maturing at a growing pace, and right now this culture is discovering ways for itself and its participants to die of their own stupidity.
We're past the point where it was getting surreal. Surreal levels of imbecility, broadcast en masse, is the new normal. This is all anyone could really expect from anything that could only flourish where cognitive dissonance is a requirement of participation.
Today we'll be focusing on the trends in gaming. If you weren't aware, games are the emerging art form of our times. Somewhere in the range of 90 to 99 percent of everything that's sold in this medium is utter shit. Never has this been more apparent than it is now. I now follow the medium strategically, no longer avidly; letting the news find me. Even from this level it is clearly apparent that the old guard—the money men—are begging to be put out of their misery. The newly-announced PS4 is such a good example that I just had to put in a few words about it. Here are some straight words on the matter from an unbiased source. In this case, unbiased means "not a conspiracy theorist".
Yes, sony have shot themselves in the foot. So painful was their action that it could be felt ahead of time. If some of the things I've heard about windows 8 are any indication, microsoft will guillotine both their own proverbial legs in response to their rival (though it's hard to imagine them making a bigger mess). How this happened, I will attribute to the visible results of the Paris Hilton Effect. To summarise: They are building on foundations that in no way can support the weight they wish to put on it. In this case, the weight is immense. As the second linked article from the Penny Arcade Report points out, sony has no idea what it seeks to accomplish (except profit). So they have turned to this second's buzzword: Social. While there are many eyes—and thus ad revenue—in the world of social, there is not much of anything that matters. Massively expensive viral campaigns come and go before they can make any impact more substantial than a few million "lol"s. It's the weakest of weak foundations, and sony's next gen console is the heaviest single thing I've yet seen placed on it. The crash has not yet happened, but it is already being felt.
The other way
Which leads us to the second path humans can take. Sentient beings have the ability to sense the future, and it's clear that emerging trends are nurturing this ability even in those that do not actively seek it. In truth, I suspect it's not so much an ability to see the future as it is an ability to see the present, along with a projection of consequences. The culture in which we have been immersed is toxic, and it's getting close enough to the end game that human mammals are starting to feel mortally threatened, and our sense of survival are bringing useful abilities to the fore. We live in interesting times. For many this will not be a curse, but an awakening.