[permaculture] THE MOVEMENT...EVOLVING

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Sun Apr 22 01:50:09 EDT 2018

Here is more from Ars Technica:

DHS defends media-monitoring database, calls critics “conspiracy theorists”
Says only wearers of “tinfoil hats” have issues with “standard practice

Earlier this week, Bloomberg Law uncovered a Department of Homeland
Security job listing
for a "media-monitoring services" request to keep tabs on more than 290,000
"global news sources" and develop an extensive database for an unconfirmed
number of "media influencers." After news outlets reported about the amount
of data sought by this job listing, DHS Press Secretary Tyler Houlton issued
a response <https://twitter.com/SpoxDHS/status/982372727309963264> on
Friday to verify its legitimacy and allege that the data project's aims
will be "standard practice."

What's more, Houlton added, "Any suggestion otherwise is fit for tinfoil
hat-wearing, black-helicopter conspiracy theorists."

DHS' contract listing
posted on Tuesday, seeks a firm to deliver "media-comparison tools, design
and rebranding tools, communication tools, and the ability to identify top
media influencers" for a span ranging from one to five years, all with the
aim of tracking "any and all media coverage related to the Department of
Homeland Security or a particular event." Part of that data-combing effort
would include the development of a "database" that gathers intel
about "journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers,
bloggers, etc.," including locations, beats, reporter "types," contact
details, overviews of each "influencer's" previous coverage, current
publications, and "any other information that could be relevant."

The firm would also be expected to deliver an app-based framework that DHS
staffers could use to parse "online articles and social media
conversations" and/or receive automatic alerts through internal smartphone
alerts, SMS, email, or Whatsapp messages. DHS only specifies "password
protection" for this app's security protocol, as opposed to any additional
data or networking safeguards.

On Sun, Apr 22, 2018 at 1:37 AM, Lawrence London <lfljvenaura at gmail.com>

> On Sat, Apr 21, 2018 at 11:38 AM, Scott Pittman <scott at permaculture.org>
> wrote:
>> I think this can be "a" step, "the next big step" not hardly.  I don't
>> have much faith in "Transition Town" they don't seem to have much traction
>> in the U.S.A.  Too much focus on process and too little on action seems the
>> most common complaint.
>> I also have given up on the IPC; I have flogged "invisible structures"
>> through four IPC's with my Elephant in the Room sessions and have been met
>> with scorn, approbation, and lack of interest.  The genome seems to be
>> configured to capitalism in most humans and I see that greed trumps (that
>> word again) "care". Without a major focus on ethics permaculture is mired
>> in the swamp of "herbal spirals" and "swales" and I, frankly, am bored to
>> tears with both subjects.
>> What brought me to permaculture was the ethics, principals and invisible
>> structures; all the rest was "technique".  Seems we have lost our focus and
>> are slipping back into the same old paradigm we were fighting to overcome.
>> The core of permaculture  is "care" and care translates into love in most
>> cultures.  Love has been at the core of virtually every spiritual tradition
>> since the maternalistic societies of the middle east and as such have
>> endured the ravages of time, though much diminished by religiosity
>> a "carrot/stick" pedagogy.
>> Where that leaves me is to continue thinking my way through how to escape
>> the mire of the current paradigm ( and certainly Trump is a huge harbinger
>> of this paradigm) without violence, and lies.  I am still puzzling my way
>> through my book "Dharma of Permaculture", but it is not an easy task.  I am
>> also trying to maintain so faith in the divine nature of man, though I
>> often want to sink into the nihilistic "fuck it".
>> Scott Pittman
>> Permaculture Institute
>> Well Scott and Steve and many others, do you think of yourself as a kind
> of journalist?
> or one of the following "journalists, editors, correspondents, social
> media influencers, bloggers etc." in a database that must be searchable for
> "content" and "sentiment".
> How about "social media INFLUENCER" by God. We've been trying to INFLUENCE
> since 1960! This list is a type of social media. I always wondered why
> there is so little traffic here these days.
> Are most members afraid to post?
> I refuse to buy any of this bullshit.
> Now if we were just trying to make lots of money with permaculture that
> would be A-OK I suppose.
> Here you go: have a field day...............................
> ---------- is this for real?
> Surveillance Database of Journalists to Be Compiled in the USA. Where Is
> the Outcry?
> https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/journalist-surveillance-usa
> Donald Trump is not known for being a friend of the media. Now he seems to
> be taking up new methods to control unfavorable journalists. The Department
> of Homeland Security wants to create a database of journalists and bloggers
> from around the world that can be filtered by location, content and
> sentiment. While the DHS claims this is standard PR practice, the alarm
> bells must ring. After all, surveillance is what upcoming autocrats
> commonly use to undermine democracy.
> The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for contractors to
> build up a Media Monitoring Service
> <https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=22aa793f75ce05efd160cfa36d7a8acc&tab=core&tabmode=list&=>.
> Details seem to be based on instructions by George Orwell: The DHS asks for
> the ability to scan more than 290.000 news sources within and outside the
> US, and store "journalists, editors, correspondents, social media
> influencers, bloggers etc." in a database that must be searchable for
> "content" and "sentiment".
> The DHS may claim that such a Media Monitoring Service is "standard
> practice of monitoring current events":
> --
> Lawrence F. London, Jr.
> lfljvenaura at gmail.com
> https://sites.google.com/site/avantgeared

Lawrence F. London, Jr.
lfljvenaura at gmail.com

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