aiwendil

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aiwendil wrote

We should start making take tattoo sleeves that we can wear to protests. It really wouldn't be too hard to do. But I do warn comrades about this frequently. Anything that is identifying needs to be completely covered during any direct action of any kind. We live in a dystopia society, so anything that can identify you needs to be immediately disposed of.

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aiwendil wrote

It is no biggie until somebody wants to do things that step on the other mods toes and then everybody is angry at each other. I've seen that happen with mods that were not democratically elected. Also whatever method we use for voting needs to be bot proof, because I could see those fuckers on voat coming over and rigging votes to get mods installed and subvert things here. I know this is the same concern Castro always cited for not having democratic elections in Cuba, but it is a legitimate concern for both Cuba and Raddle.

Because of these undemocratic elements that will abuse democracy for their own goals, we need to be very thoughtful in how we ensure that 1 person is 1 vote. I think that we need to have something in place to be able to correlate a tor user to an account that has had to go through a number of difficult to automate steps. With non-tor users IP address would be enough of a control measure, but I think putting together the system I've mentioned in other threads where we have some sort of tor cookie tied to a valid email address, even if the email is anonymous, will make doing this easier too. We could have votes from tor accounts be confirmed via that email address, as well as some sort of captcha(I don't support recaptcha, so hopefully we can find or build a better solution), but I will defer to those technically implementing this.

Anyway, back to my initial point, I think that we might need to have some public system on which mods decide issues together if we are going to have multiple mods like you suggest and then have a way to remove a mod that is behaving poorly.

I don't think we can underestimate potential adversaries in their willingness to undermine our processes.

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aiwendil wrote

I would mostly agree with this, but I do think mental illness exists. Like many people are having anomalous experiences that are difficult to cope with, whether they would exist in a capitalist society or not, but I would argue that it is a much smaller group than those we've officially labelled mentally ill as a way to strip them of their rights in many cases(take California's rediculous 5150 policies, where a doctor never has to see you for you to get institutionalized and loose some of your rights).

For the small group of people having truly difficult to cope with experiences of the world, Schizophrenic people, severely Bi-Polar people(not by the diagnoses criteria people seem to think is legit, like generic moodiness, but manic states that truly break from reality) and people with Major Depression, these are all brought on in a lot of cases by the stress of living in a Capitalist society. In studies done on schizophrenia, rates are much higher in our cities, which in America are the centers of commerce, very much hyper capitalist zones(http://schizophrenia.com/prevention/country.html).

As somebody that suffers from Major Depression, I can honestly say that I find it to be correlated to living in our society. I feel consistently disappointed by the way I have to live currently in order to avoid being targeted by authorities. I don't feel like I can amount to anything being chained down by capitalism. I think I have done a lot of interesting and good work in my life, but almost all of it was done for nothing(which in a capitalist society means that it has no value). I feel that I have no value to anybody that I live around and that thought process contributes to me feeling depressed most of the time. Most people assume that these feelings are internal and can be changed, but I think that my depression is related mostly to external things that I cannot change, nor can I cope with them. This is all anecdotal and not scientific, but that is how I feel about it.

I do think a lot of mental illness is preventable in how we structure society and a lot of it is totally mis-diagnosed nonsense. When I was a difficult teen, I was diagnosed with Oppositional Defiance Disorder, which the DSM describes as somebody that is resistant to deferring to authority. That seems like a really convenient thing to institutionalize. I was also diagnosed with ADD, though I had no trouble concentrating on things I was interested in, for example, I taught myself how to program and even though I skipped a lot of school I did well in Math and Science classes, often significantly better than guidance counselors expected. If I didn't like a teacher or didn't care about the material, I just didn't do the assignments. So I personally think those were bullshit diagnoses meant to be an excuse to drug me up and make me easier to control. I hated how clouded the meds made me feel, so I just refused to take them, or put them under my tung. Again, this bit is all anecdotal, but that has been my relationship to mental illness.

I totally agree that if we talk to each other and support each other, we could realistically do away with the entire mental health apparatus that is designed to keep us complacent. We should have an emotional wellbeing sub, though I don't see the harm in a mental illness sub also for people really struggling with illness. We don't have to fix or normalize anybody, we can accept that capitalism made us this way and there may not be fixing it now, but for people like myself, I would like to change how I live to mitigate the effects that capitalism has on my mental health.

I don't see capitalism going away any time soon, but we can learn to live on the fringes of it more frequently, which can go a long way in making one feel significantly better.

I hope this makes sense. I think we agree more than disagree here, but I do think we need to keep room for people who are seriously struggling, because that is real and they need as much support as somebody experiencing physical traumas.

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aiwendil wrote

Yeah, I mean, clearly this is being cherry picked and if you look at the search results for almost any political topic, the results appear quite skewed to the right if you ask me and that is one reason I have stopped using google altogether. I don't find them to be particularly nefarious within the paradigm of capitalism. My critiques of them might not exist were we to live in a more socialist or even communist society under which they would be forced to operate by different rules themselves. In fact without the capitalistic rules that favor incumbency to any market, there might exist hundreds of google like search engines and you might choose yours based on any number of factors including how they slant their results on any given topic.

The cross domain tracking they do is pretty aweful though. Same with facebook. However because we have perpetuated an ad based economy online this level of tracking is absolutely necessary to their business model. I think if you want to see all of this go away really quickly, smash capitalism. Problem solved.

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aiwendil wrote

I find it hillarious that they are complaining about a registrar censoring free speech, but then they go to raddit's registrar and complain about speech. They don't care about free speech, they care about their speech. There is a big difference, because free speech would be universal. If they cared about free speech like they say they do, they would have to support dissenting opinions equally, which is obviously not the case.

I personally believe in free speech in the sense that you should be able to say anything you want without being cracked down on as an individual, but I don't believe there is inherent to that any right to a platform for said speech. No website or registrar should be forced to host your beliefs if they disagree with them. No search engine should be required to index you, no newspaper compelled to publish you, and no city forced to host your events. I believe in the right to peaceably assemble, but peaceably means without the intent of fomenting a fascist revolution inherently, because fascism is not peaceful.

These thoughts by our founding fathers were maybe intentionally left as vague, because a lot of them didn't actually believe in these rights. These are the ideas of a liberal democracy and contradict with their own ownership of slaves and their whole manifest destiny doctrine. I would personally make a whole lot of changes to the US constitution, but if it hadn't been eroded away by the courts over the years, it would be a pretty good document(2/3 compromise aside, because that was the worst form of gerrymandering I think this country has ever seen, although we have a modern equivalent in counting prisoners that are not allowed to vote in census data, so maybe nothing has changed substantially since then).

I do think we need to have a larger debate in the public sphere about what free speech is and isn't and it may be worth while to rewrite a constitution document that is more specific in that regard. I'm not sure we could get a country as large as the US to agree on any such changes, but that doesn't mean it isn't a worth while endeavor. John Locke was largely plagiarized in the Declaration of Independence. So the ideas you write, may influence the world in 10's 100's or as is the case with Greek philosophers, 1000's of years from now.

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aiwendil wrote

I wish I knew php, because I would love to contribute, but my skills in that area are not up to snuff. I am not complaining, because I think php is actually quite well suited for the task of building a dynamic content website. I appreciate the work you do though and I plan on trying to get acquainted with it so that maybe at some point in the indeterminate future I can contribute code and not just ideas.

I recognize that you have done a ton of work here though as I have perused the code on git. I am honestly really impressed that this has been done by just one person.

Could you recommend some material somewhere on learning php and composer so I will have an idea what I am doing? I haven't written any kind of website in years, so I need a total overview of how things are done at this point.

Anyway, I wish I could give a more meaningful critique, but so far I am very impressed! Good work!

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aiwendil wrote

If that happened I would definitely contribute code also, but I think it is mostly one dev at this point. It is pretty impressive they have been able to do this much on their own. I might try to work on my php skills so I can contribute.

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aiwendil wrote

I'm not worried about the neckbeards. I am confident that we can find a way to keep them out with each encroachment. Most of them aren't hackers, they are trolls. Their greatest resource is their time. I'd say let them waste it, because without it, they literally have nothing. It would be cool if the admins made a function here to flag accounts as trolls and when they log in, take them to a honeypot version of the site. Have it be a mirror of the site, except normal users don't have to see it at all. Then they will think we are all just really, really good at ignoring them.

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aiwendil wrote

I have complicated beliefs about doxxing. I think it is easy to justify doxxing an adversary and easy to condemn doxxing a comrade. Yet knowing this bias, I still feel totally okay with any type of White Supremacist being doxxed and furthermore threatened, because they spend their lives doxxing and threatening other people with little consequence in regards to the law. I don't think doxxing should be the end either, it is just the beginning of information gathering and keeping tabs on groups that have shown themselves to be a threat to the peaceful existence of anybody in a group they don't like, which is more people than it isn't. If we know who they are, we can anticipate and adapt to their future moves. It is already criminal to stalk, harass and threaten people in most jurisdictions I am aware of. So doxxing for the purpose of doing those things should be illegal. So really what people do with that information is what is problematic. If you are taking that information and threatening to kill somebody who is not advocating murder themselves(I say this because Nazi's are inherently okay with the idea of putting Jews in ovens and thus need to be treated as an existential threat consistently. I would say that a person actually has no right to that opinion as holding that opinion infringes on another person's right to live peacefully. I would balance the right to live peacefully over the right to free expression of beliefs any day of the week). I think if that information is used to monitor people, to create hostile environments for them(combating their ability to spread their beliefs), gets them fired, makes their family shun them, etc, I think that is totally ethical and morally upright. I try to frame it this way to liberal people all the time who seem more concerned with supporting the rights of racist terrorists than they do the simple right to exist of marginalized people. Sometimes they get it, most of the time they don't.

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aiwendil wrote

"Back in my day, everybody worked until they died and when they died, they went to hell and worked some more and we were happy with our lot. All you millenials get handed everything(short handed shovels, pick axes), and you have the nerve to complain that you are working your lives away." Says old baby boomer on SSI, with a pension and healthcare.

This seriously seems like it was written by somebody's raving, senile grandpa.

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aiwendil wrote (edited )

Well, there is the whole Jacob Applebaum sex scandal thing. Also all the darknet market busts that happened. Seemed like people were careless about letting personal information slip, but really when running a project like that you don't have to be that careless. With all the attention you will get running a darknet site, where ever it happens to be that you slipped up is going to come out eventually. However, Sessions made some cryptic claims about people not being as anonymous as they think they are with tor and shortly there after Lucky green quit saying something along the lines of having to step down for ethical reasons. It seems like a lot of attacks on the credibility of tor all at once. I think it is time for some serious community auditing, because between Lucky's cryptic statements and Sessions' cryptic statements, I am starting to think the is some FISA gag order shit happening. Obviously that is just my impression, I have absolutely no proof, but it just seems like a lot of bad press lately.

In addition to what I covered in this post, I've also been running a script I wrote similar to needl from a few vm's to try to create a lot of dummy traffic through various entry and exit nodes as well as from the computer I typically browse through, so usage meta data theoretically becomes more difficult to collect, but I don't recommend others do this yet as running this code could be potentially identifying in and of itself.

I would like to see tor adopt something like i2p's system for combining multiple packets into one, so it becomes impossible to tell which, if any packet originated from your computer. Also having all computers on the network routing packets seems like another good idea... Also having separate tunnels for inbound and outbound taffic seems like a good idea. Ultimately I think I2P would be the future if there were more outproxy/exit nodes.

All that said, if tor has been infiltrated or compromised from the inside, none of this matters. So I2P's system of keeping the developers pseudonymous is probably a something tor should adopt as well. We don't need to know who the developers are in order to accurately audit the code...

I know that is a lot, but the darknet world is a kind of scary place right now. I could only find one country with favorable laws regarding data retention and they block hidden services somehow, so there are a lot of problems to address.

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aiwendil wrote

I hope both of these storms clobber the US, but unfortunately those hit hardest will be the already disenfranchised communities. I just hope it demolishes Mar-a-lago and anything else owned by the angry cheeto. Honestly the people of the Leeward Islands and Barbuda have already gotten hit bad enough. Much worse than anybody there probably deserves. However the wealthy Floridian schmucks down in Key West deserve whatever they get. I am planning to head to Houston soon to help with things there and then maybe head over to Miami if I can, but I have no interest in helping rebuild golf courses and/or McMansions. Fuck em'.

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aiwendil wrote

It's hard to really know until we get the next Snowden level leak, which is like a twice a century thing at this point. Most government employees are totally cool with what they are being asked to do in the name of "National Security," So since the modern intelligence community was formed during WWII, there have only been two leaks on that level, including the Snowden leak, but then there was the Pentagon Papers released by Daniel Ellsberg. It would be nice if we could get this kind of information out of the government every couple of years, but since we can't, let's just assume that they are constantly expanding the scope of data collection to the best of their modern abilities. A 5-6 years ago, those abilities were startling and now they should be assumed to be even more startling.

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aiwendil wrote

Alright, I am pretty sure I got all of those in the country codes. At the moment I have to remove StrictNodes part of the settings because it was seemingly causing issues getting to hidden services. Not sure why that would be. My confidence is really going down with tor lately, given everything going on with it.