Back to the future on steroids.
The fabric of our culture is being ripped asunder. Onion-skinned trump is destroying the social contract by keeping the social chaotic, by sowing divisiveness, by pitting mini-cultures against each other and inoculating everything with chaos. Chaos begets fear, becomes the norm. It is easier to control people that way. And control is the name of the game. Maximum gain with minimal pain.
The warp and weft of the social contract were already fraying in the 60s. It had been fragmenting for many from the beginning. MLK pointed that out and lost. It happened so fast and no one was prepared for Death. But now we are.
George Floyd changed that. Time and space compressed at that moment. Truth and lies merged and in a flash we all saw the excruciating horror of who we are. We can no longer be complicit.
"My Dream has turned into a nightmare. … Now we are confronting issues that cannot be solved without costing the nation billions of dollars. I think this is where we are getting our greatest resistance. They can put it on many other things but they can’t get rid of slums and poverty without it costing the nations something."
Fast forward thirty years. We surprised the corporate state and we surprised ourselves.
But buyer beware. Every trick the establishment has is being used to maintain control.
During the George Floyd protests federal law enforcement agencies stoked the fires by telling the Minnesota police they were being targeted by radicals and extremists thus escalating the violence. But, the recently dumped Blueleaks data files are shedding light on police actions. They contain millions of documents stolen from a Texas company named Netsential, a web hosting service for various US law enforcement organizations. I am highlighting this again because the 270 gigabyte data dump is being blocked. This was recently reported in the Evening Blues and in enhydra lutris’ Open Thread.
Federal and local agencies collected intelligence drawn from private online messaging groups and Slack channels, according to the documents. The agencies also tracked Facebook RSVPs to peaceful protest events, including a suburban candlelight vigil. … While the documents reveal concern over groups with a professed commitment to unrest, like the far-right group Boogaloo, they also suggest a tendency to categorize standard protest behavior as a threat to police.
The window into the police’s internal memos came thanks to a trove of documents called Blueleaks, which were published on the website Distributed Denial of Secrets. The site’s founder told Wired that the documents came from the hacking collective Anonymous, or someone claiming to be affiliated with the group. Government officials whose files appeared among the documents told the Intercept they were “illegally obtained,” but no questions have been raised about their authenticity. The documents on Minnesota are from a host of local and federal law enforcement agencies and coordinating offices that worked to share information between them.
Apparently every effort is being made to keep this information out of the mainstream news. Twitter has banned the DDoSecrets account that distributed the Blueleaks. There is little information available on this now. Here are two links.
Chaos is the new normal. How can we keep the momentum going? Are we done being surprised yet...