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Drspargenator wrote

Thank god i dont lift on cam. They caught me about to lift at cabelas and i discovered the cams were following me. i was banned from the shop but they couldn't charge me. im sure they reviewed the many other times ive lifted there too and couldn't get the evidence. The loss prevention guy was pissed i tried to appologize and he wouldn't look at me or talk to me.

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Cheeks wrote

I'm not a primitivist by any means, but I agree with you. The science is there, anthropology suggests and often proves a lot of anarchist 'theories.'.

Even Emma Goldman quoted(some other dead theorist that escapes me right now) and I am paraphrasing, 'the true founder of civilization is the person who enclosed a piece of land and found others stupid enough to believe them.'

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sudo wrote

How are you supposed to access your email, bank, and other personal accounts using Tor?

The easiest way to check your email over Tor is to download Thunderbird (an email client), and install the TorBirdy addon. That will route all of your email traffic through Tor. Be warned, though - using Tor to log in to a Gmail, Outlook, etc. email address will probably trip their safety programs. They may ask you to two-factor authenticate every time, which defeats the purpose of using Tor for anonymity, or they may decide to lock your account and force you to change you password every time you try to login via Tor. So, if you want to use email over Tor, you'll have to abandon any email addresses you have registered with email giants (which you should do anyway), and set up an email with a service like riseup.net or disroot.org. Both of them allow email over Tor.

You won't be able to do any online banking over Tor. Every bank blocks Tor traffic.

Can you buy stuff from commercial websites given that we use credit cards to do that? Do I have to use a Visa gift card to be safe or eventually figure out BitCoin?

I don't know, since I've never tried it over Tor. But I suspect they wouldn't allow it. Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies are probably the way to go, but the drawback there is that bitcoin transactions use massive amounts of electricity, so that's not something I can support doing. Also, if you're blocking Javascript like you should be, that will mean that every major ecommerce website will not work. You might be able to buy something from a small business with a website designed in the 90s, but that's it.

You can't use YouTube on Tor right? Is HookTube the only alternative right now?

Without Javascript enabled, you will not be able to do anything on Youtube. That doesn't mean you can't watch Youtube videos anonymously, though. See this guide.

Don't a bunch of websites require JavaScript/Adobe to work?

Correct. Sadly, due to the danger of browser fingerprinting, it is too dangerous to enable Javascript to get these websites to work. You'll just have to find other websites that do the same thing that do work without Javascript, or just go without whatever you were looking for.

This is where Tallow comes into play right? Is it pretty straightforward to install?

I don't think so. From what I can tell, it just routes all of your computer's traffic through Tor. It's also for Windows, so if you care about your privacy, get the fuck off of Windows right the fuck now. Windows spies on everything you do. Back up all of your personal data to a flash drive, then, using another flash drive, install Linux on your computer. Fedora is a pretty good operating system, and it's not difficult to set up. Follow the guide I linked you to, but be sure to put the "live" version of Fedora on a different flash drive than the one you have all of your data backed up on.

What VPN do you all use?

Repeat after me: you do not need a VPN if you're using Tor. You do not need a VPN if you're using Tor. You do not need a VPN if you're using Tor. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either lying to try to sell you a VPN subscription, or they have been duped by the former. Tor already obfuscates your traffic very well, so adding an extra layer in the form of a VPN isn't necessary. Now that a free and more powerful alternative to paid VPNs exists, VPN companies are seeing their main source of revenue slipping away, so they're resorting to spreading misinformation to save their profit margins. Don't fall for it.

"But my country/ISP blocks Tor, so I need to use a VPN to connect to Tor!" No you don't. Use tor bridges. "But if I connect directly to Tor / use Tor bridges, my ISP will know I'm trying to hide something!" They'll also know you're trying to hide something if you connect to a VPN. If you use a VPN to connect to Tor, you'll be going around your elbow to get to your thumb, and you'll be paying for it, too. Just use Tor.

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ziq wrote

A lot of anarchists put their fingers in their ears the moment civilization is called into question, and it means they'll never really understand how the state aquired and maintains its power or how egalitarianism is kept at bay.

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boringskip wrote

Hooktube is fascist, pretty sure YouTube will use html5 if JavaScript is off. Tor Browser has JS enabled by default for HTTPS sites.

Not sure what Tallow is

If you use BitTorrent, use a VPN, not Tor, they're safe enough from the copyright police. Mega over Tor will be REALLY SLOW, and I think they use JavaScript.

PDFs can have a ton of malware, either use https://mat.boum.org/ or open them in a VM. Maybe the default Linux PDF reader is OK, I don't think it executes anything or makes internet connections. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

I would suggest either AirVPN (it allows you to run servers behind it, too!), Cryptostorm is very secure but not for noobs, NordVPN is pretty trusted, and Private Internet Access was court-ordered to turn over logs and sorta proved they don't keep them. If speed isn't a concern, Riseup.net has a free one thats fine for occasional torrenting. But if you're just concerned with pirating, any VPN is fine.

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Cheeks wrote

Not only that, but also another shining example that egalitarian societies, not only are a large chunk of our historical record, but do in fact work.

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ziq wrote (edited )

He oversaw Kronstadt and was responsible for countless murders of anarchists.

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/goldman/works/1938/trotsky-protests.htm

Leon Trotsky is outraged that people should have revived the Kronstadt “episode” and ask questions about his part. It does not occur to him that those who have come to his defence against his detractor have a right to ask what methods he had employed when he was in power, and how he had dealt with those who did not subscribe to his dictum as gospel truth. Of course it was ridiculous to expect that he would beat his chest and say, “I, too, was but human and made mistakes. I, too, have sinned and have killed my brothers or ordered them to be killed.” Only sublime prophets and seers have risen to such heights of courage. Leon Trotsky is certainly not one of them. On the contrary, he continues to claim omnipotence in all his acts and judgments and to call anathema on the heads of anyone who foolishly suggests that the great god Leon Trotsky also has feet of clay. He jeers at the documentary evidence left by the Kronstadt sailors and the evidence of those who had been within sight and hearing of the dreadful siege of Kronstadt. He calls them “false labels.” That does not, however, prevent him from assuring his readers that his explanation of the Kronstadt rebellion could be “substantiated and illustrated by many facts and documents.” Intelligent people may well ask why Leon Trotsky did not have the decency to present these “false labels” so that the people might be in a position to form a correct opinion of them.

Now, it is a fact that even capitalist courts grant the defendant the right to present evidence on his own behalf. Not so Leon Trotsky, the spokesman of the one and only truth, he who has "never repudiated his banner and has never compromised with its enemies."

One can understand such lack of common decency in John G. Wright. He is, as I have already stated, merely quoting holy Bolshevik scripture. But for a world figure like Leon Trotsky to silence the evidence of the sailors seems to me indicative of a very small character. The old saying of the leopard changing his spots but not his nature forcibly applies to Leon Trotsky. The Calvary he has endured during his years of exile, the tragic loss of those near and dear to him, and, more poignantly still, the betrayal by his former comrades in arms, have taught him nothing. Not a glimmer of human kindness or mellowness has affected Trotsky’s rancorous spirit.

What a pity that the silence of the dead sometimes speaks louder than the living voice. In point of truth the voices strangled in Kronstadt have grown in volume these seventeen years. Is it for this reason, I wonder, that Leon Trotsky resents its sound?

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Zooombooom wrote

As someone who hated being single, the best thing to do is just focus on other, non-romantic/sexual stuff in your life. You'll eventually run into someone who likes you. Kind of a bummer, but what else can you do?

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Zooombooom wrote (edited )

There is comfort and security in the promised bond to always be there for one another. Everything is life in a trade off. Love is the most anarchist thing.

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ziq wrote

That's gonna be a rude awakening. I doubt even 1% of them would stay in the desert without AC and imported food / water.

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ziq wrote (edited )

Yes. But it's very relevant to this forum too since it explains the origin of statism.

there is a crucial, direct link between the cultivation of cereal crops and the birth of the first states. It’s not that cereal grains were humankind’s only staples; it’s just that they were the only ones that encouraged the formation of states. “History records no cassava states, no sago, yam, taro, plantain, breadfruit or sweet potato states,” he writes. What was so special about grains? The answer will make sense to anyone who has ever filled out a Form 1040: grain, unlike other crops, is easy to tax. Some crops (potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava) are buried and so can be hidden from the tax collector, and, even if discovered, they must be dug up individually and laboriously. Other crops (notably, legumes) ripen at different intervals, or yield harvests throughout a growing season rather than along a fixed trajectory of unripe to ripe—in other words, the taxman can’t come once and get his proper due. Only grains are, in Scott’s words, “visible, divisible, assessable, storable, transportable, and ‘rationable.’ ” Other crops have some of these advantages, but only cereal grains have them all, and so grain became “the main food starch, the unit of taxation in kind, and the basis for a hegemonic agrarian calendar.” The taxman can come, assess the fields, set a level of tax, then come back and make sure he’s got his share of the harvest.

It was the ability to tax and to extract a surplus from the produce of agriculture that, in Scott’s account, led to the birth of the state, and also to the creation of complex societies with hierarchies, division of labor, specialist jobs (soldier, priest, servant, ministrator), and an élite presiding over them. Because the new states required huge amounts of manual work to irrigate the cereal crops, they also required forms of forced labor, including slavery; because the easiest way to find slaves was to capture them, the states had a new propensity for waging war. Some of the earliest images in human history, from the first Mesopotamian states, are of slaves being marched along in neck shackles. Add this to the frequent epidemics and the general ill health of early settled communities and it is not hard to see why the latest consensus is that the Neolithic Revolution was a disaster for most of the people who lived through it.

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ziq wrote

I don't live in a fantasy.

I'm also a lifelong vegan.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Also, I should point out that when it comes to various indigenous groups, very few qualified as nomadic. Most of them, the extent of their wandering, was that they had a winter home and a summer home that they traveled between. Others would stay in a place until the land was used up, move away to a new patch of land, returning to the original a few generations later after the land has had time to repair.

Whatever the circumstances, in the wake of a collapse, what will emerge, are different kinds of living, not just one, because the One-Size-Fits-All approach we've been using, doesn't fit anyone. Different areas have different needs. We've only been able to pretend otherwise for so long, thanks to oil, that we can ignore the reality of the land, but once the last of that is used up, people in Phoenix, Arizona will be forced to discover that they are, in fact, living in a desert, and a person living in a desert, simply can't expect to have the same kind of living (houses, food, etc.) as someone living in, say, Kalamazoo.

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Copenhagen_Bram wrote (edited )

i have now mastered bluealsa

edit: don't know why you're being downvoted, it's a perfectly valid opinion