image edited by Fernando Kaskais by Aylin Woodward on December 14, 2017 No More Equal Rights For Data In a 3-to-2 decision on December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the rules that regulate how internet service providers (ISPs) connect us to the world wide web. Termed “net neutrality,” these rules ensured that companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast couldn’t charge more for higher quality service or block certain websites. In short, they helped guarantee equality for all voices and prevented censorship. With net neutrality in place, ISPs had to treat all data — no matter what the … Continue reading Net Neutrality Is Dead. Here’s What The Experts Are Saying.
Vic Bishop, Staff Writer by Waking Times It’s tough to say when our societal values shifted so dramatically, but for some reason now, government at large has decided that charity for the homeless is a crime. In a society with such stunning abundance, efforts to feed the homeless are being met with legal challenges and even police action in America. This is a disturbing trend which has been gaining steam in recent years. In the latest publicized event, authorities in California have demanded that the United Methodist Church in Malibu, CA stop its meager yet hope-giving program of offering hot meals to the … Continue reading HAPPY HOLIDAYS – CALIFORNIA CITY DEMANDS CHURCH STOP FEEDING THE HOMELESS
by Gary ‘Z’ McGee, Staff Writer Waking Times “The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations which we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us.” ~Audre Lorde We are told what to think almost every day. We are less often taught how to think. From mainstream media to social media. From “real” news to “fake” news. From Facebook political pokes to Twitter Trumpisms. It’s getting more and more difficult to navigate the wide-open waters of the information age. There is so much information out there. It can be overwhelming. All too often … Continue reading CULTURAL NINJANEERING: OVERCOMING NEWSPEAK DOUBLETHINK
Power to the people; at a Town Meeting in Carroll County, Illinois. Photo by Farrell Grehan/Corbis/Getty How a generation of political thinkers has underestimated the abilities of ordinary people and undermined democracy by Nicholas Tampi is associate professor of political science at Fordham University in New York. He is the author of Kantian Courage (2012) and Deleuze’s Political Vision (2015). He is currently working on his third book, on democracy and national education standards. In early 2017, Scientific American published a symposium on the threat that ‘big nudging’ poses to democracy. Big Data is the phenomena whereby governments and corporations collect and analyse information provided by measuring sensors and internet … Continue reading Treat people as citizens
image edited by F. Kaskais By Dr. Binoy Kampmark Never miss an opportunity in the security business. A massacre in Las Vegas has sent its tremors through the establishments, and made its way across the Pacific into the corridors of Canberra and the Prime Minister’s office. Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull is very keen to make hay out of blood, and has suggested another broadening of the security state: the creation of a national facial recognition data … Continue reading The Face of Australia’s Surveillance: Malcolm Turnbull’s Facial Recognition Database
by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times By now, every possible angle of the Las Vegas shooting has been expounded upon by anyone with a website or a YouTube channel. Without a doubt, something doesn’t add up, but, we’ve gone through this before, many times now, and it never adds up. And it won’t ever add up, because the self-proclaimed authorities will never acknowledge contrary points of view. They’ll never publicly admit that the official story doesn’t jibe with the totality of facts and thoughtful observations openly available to anyone with an internet connection and a halfway open mind. And so we never come … Continue reading THE CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-REALITY THEORY OF TERROR, MASS SHOOTINGS AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE
by John W. Whitehead, Guest Waking Times “Mass shootings have become routine in the United States and speak to a society that relies on violence to feed the coffers of the merchants of death. Given the profits made by arms manufacturers, the defense industry, gun dealers and the lobbyists who represent them in Congress, it comes as no surprise that the culture of violence cannot be abstracted from either the culture of business or the corruption of politics. Violence runs through US society like an electric current offering instant pleasure from all cultural sources, whether it be the nightly news or a television … Continue reading MASS SHOOTINGS: THE MILITARY-ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX’S CULTURE OF VIOLENCE TURNS DEADLY