Have you ever sat up at night thinking about the injustice of it all, about how the corrupt politicians, Scientologists, captains of industry and the people running the entertainment cartels somehow get away with it all?
That was how it used to be, but not anymore — not since the Anon and Operation Payback and Occupy movements.
I used to quote Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, written in the mid-1990s, when the net was only just beginning to take hold.
We, the people
Its central character is Tyler Durden who towards the end of the book and (and movie) says to ‘Them’ >>>
Remember this. The people you’re trying to step on, we’re everyone you depend on. We’re the people who do your laundry and cook your food and serve your dinner. We make your bed. We guard you while you’re asleep. We drive the ambulances. We direct your call. We are cooks and taxi drivers and we know everything about you. We process your insurance claims and credit card charges.
We control every part of your life.
“The executives, politicians and ‘creators’ should have that in neon lights, hanging on the walls in their offices”, I said and still say.
“The net and P2P People Power are the Great Equalisers and now, for the first time, we can make sure our natural rights are respected.”
We’re doing that, but the battle is far from over. The powers-that-used-to be are hanging on and hanging in with grim determination.
They’ll never stop trying to use and abuse you.
The Anon Hive, collective, call it what you will, is now well established, but if you thought it was all over bar the shouting, you’d be wrong. ‘They’ haven’t gone away and nor have their efforts to enslave you,turning you into compliant drones, in any way diminished.
There’s an item in AnonNews, #OpHardLemonade,addressed to “Anonymous General and Specific Support for Protestors and Journalists”
it concludes >>>
This is Operation Hard Lemonade. This is a guide about how to
provide support without drama and how to interact with those who might not agree
with what we’re promoting. We protestors and pranksters often make things seem
effortless. But others may support our actions or may participate for their own
reasons. Some just come to see what’s going on, or to voice their dissent to the
We are, as some say, the spark not the fire. When we set things in motion, we do it
as a call to respond to idiocy or injustice. We light up that part of the human
spirit that never sleeps. Nothing we do is possible without the subtle intuition we
all share. Because we can’t predict what will happen, we shouldn’t leave people to
pull all of the weight alone.
We are not anyone’s personal army. We’re not going to hold people’s hands. But we
ourselves set things in motion. It is not a question of required duty. It’s a
question of voluntary responsibility. When we’re causing chaos online, everyone
brings their own resources. At protests, there’s some need to help out. It
resonates and people remember it.
The weather is hot. The weather is cold. Whether people support us or oppose us,
people can be angry when they are hungry. People can be dehydrated from marching or
standing for hours. People can be lost or confused without updates and news. They
may also be unable to get their materials set up without some help.
Operation Hard Lemonade Guide: AntiShock style
General theme (#OpRadar)
Food and water are essential. News and supplies are also important. News and
supplies can keep communications working and allows people to share ideas.
Get a list of protest events and the issues involved. Get a list of locations. Get
the weather reports. Get a list of people near the occupies around the locations.
This allows people to remain private about their locations as they likely follow
the location accounts. Find out what supplies and information people are likely to
General methods (#OpShield)
Making things go smoothly is the first priority. People should be able to go
through the day’s events without major hangups. This isn’t spoonfeeding. It just
means being aware and ready. We need to help both protestors (to some extent the
opposing protestors) and journalists trying to cover events.
Walk food and water to protestors and journalists taking a break during a march,
regardless of whether they support the actions. News to everyone or supporters
depending on context. Supplies like batteries to everyone. USB disks to those who
support. We don’t need to walk supplies between tables, but if people ask (even
from the other side), we can share water.
Specific theme (#OpPulse)
We are the spark, not the fire. The important thing is to be ready to hand over
most of the work to anyone who wants to participate, anon or otherwise. Our job is
to set alight a trigger that has already or needs to attract interest.
Connect locations to ideas. Connect Anons, Occupy, Tea Party, and Uncut groups. Do not assume one political group will not want to support. Some of the upcoming
events and issues will bring many groups together. The right / left flavor of most
issues will fade away. It’s either freedom or tyranny at this point.
Specific methods (#OpShadow)
This operation isn’t about changing a law or bringing out information against
someone. This is about supporting protestors and journalists. This is about
amplifying their ability to organize and get attention to issues.
A public protest is more likely to be compatible with black faxing than DDoS, not
that it doesn’t have its place. Street theatrics and humor is very useful. Passing
out fliers with QR codes and links to copies is a good idea. One thing people can
do is leave stacks of fliers and water bottles where a flier has been posted. Have
a few people around to explain. Let people choose the best places to put up fliers.
This spreads the feeling of accomplishment and desire to participate.
You know what to do, so do it …
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