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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Albuquerque Defend the Second Amendment Rally

Today I went to the Defend the Second Amendment Rally at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial (1100 Louisiana Blvd SE).

About 50-60 people attended the rally, which started at about 11:00 AM (we were congregating in the parking lot up to and a bit past 11:00).

Shawn Haufe and Jamie Fraser-Paige

Jamie Fraser-Paige and event organizer Shawn Haufe talked for about 45 minutes about various points of interest to Second Amendment supporters, including —

  • There were only 50-60 people attending today, versus several thousand at the recent victim disarmament rallies in New Mexico.
  • Most rank-and-file law enforcement officers are solid supporters of the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right.
  • The outspoken Democrats are almost in lockstep unison behind the victim disarmament agenda.
  • Properly secure your weapons when not using them or carrying them.
  • The lamestream snoozemedia is almost in lockstep unison in support of the victim disarmament agenda.
  • We don’t care if you’re black, white, Hispanic, gay, straight, Christian, Jew, whatever, just so long as you support liberty for everyone.

Republican candidate for Secretary of State JoHanna Cox attended. She told the audience that this is her first time running for public office, she’s an attorney by trade, and that one of the things she’s looking to do as Secretary of State is to help people who have completed their terms of parole or probation or been pardoned get their Second Amendment rights to own and carry weapons reinstated.

JoHanna Cox addressing the audience

(In a freer nation, once someone completes their probation and parole terms or is pardoned, THAT’S IT — their pre-existing civil, human, Constitutional right to own and carry weapons, as supposed to be protected from government infringement by the Second Amendment and Art.II Sec.6 of the New Mexico State Constitution, would once again be upheld and respected in full.)

The next rally is tentatively scheduled to be at Veterans Memorial Park in Rio Rancho (950 Pinetree Rd SE) on Saturday, 12 May 2018, at 11:00 AM. Check in with the Gun Owners of New Mexico pages (here and here) and group on Facebook for details and updates!


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs — Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Google Plus / Gab / Liberty.Me / Minds / Oneway / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page
    4. New Mexico Dissent and Expose Facebook page
    5. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    6. Vote Dumpster Fire Facebook page
    7. Vote the Air Facebook page
    8. Duke City Pink Pistols Facebook group
    9. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico Facebook group
    10. Gun Owners of New Mexico Facebook group
    11. Independent Insights Facebook group
    12. Pink Pistols – Albuquerque Facebook group
    13. New Mexico for Liberty Facebook group
    14. New Mexico Gun Rights Facebook group
    15. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    16. New Mexico Lest We Forget (Voters Remorse) Facebook group
    17. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

Monday, 25 September 2017

Freenet: The forgotten cryptopunk paradise, by “Draketo” / Arne Babenhauserheide

Freenet: The forgotten cryptopunk paradise

by “Draketo” / Arne Babenhauserheide

I planned to get this into a newspaper, but it was too technical for the Guardian and too non-practical for Linux Voice. Then my free time ran out. Today I saw Barret Brown report (freenet mirror) on his 5 years court sentence for quoting a Fox news commentator and sharing a public link. Welcome to Freenet: The forgotten cryptopunk paradise!

# Freenet: The forgotten cryptopunk paradise

A long time ago in a chatroom far away, select groups of crypto-anarchists gathered to discuss the death of privacy since the NSA could spy on all communications with ease. Among those who proposed technical solutions was a student going by the name sanity, and he published the widely regarded first paper on Freenet: A decentralized anonymous datastore which was meant to be a cryptopunk paradise: true censorship resistance, no central authority and long lifetime only for information in which people were actually interested.

Many years passed, two towers fell, the empire expanded its hunt for rebels all over the globe, and now, as the empire’s grip has become so horrid that even the most loyal servants of the emperors turn against them and expose their dark secrets to the masses, Freenet is still moving forward. Lost to the eye of the public, it shaped and reshaped itself — all the while maintaining its focus to provide true freedom of the press in the internet.

Table of Contents

A new old hope

Once only a way to anonymously publish one-shot websites into Freenet that other members of the group could see, it now provides its users with most services found in the normal internet, yet safe from the prying eyes of the empire. Its users communicate with each other using email which hides metadata, micro-blogging with real anonymity, forums on a wide number of topics — from politics to drug experiences — and websites with update notifications (howto) whose topics span from music and anime over religion and programming to life without a state and the deepest pits of depravity.

All these possibilities emerge from its decentralized datastore and the tools built on top of a practically immutable data structure, and all its goals emerge from providing real freedom of the press. Decentralization is required to avoid providing a central place for censorship. Anonymity is needed to protect people against censorship by threat of subsequent punishment, prominently used in China where it is only illegal to write something against the state if too many people should happen to read it. Private communication is needed to allow whistleblowers to contact journalists and also to discuss articles before publication, invisible access to information makes it hard to censor articles by making everyone a suspect who reads one of those articles, as practiced by the NSA which puts everyone on the watchlist who accesses Freenetproject.org (reported by German public TV program Panorama). And all this has to be convenient enough for journalists to actually use it during their quite stressful daily work. As a side effect it provides true online freedom, because if something is safe enough for a whistleblower, it is likely safe enough for most other communication too.

These goals pushed Freenet development into areas which other groups only touched much later — or not at all. And except for convenience, which is much harder to get right in a privacy-sensitive context than it seems, Freenet nowadays manages to fulfill these goals very well.

The empire strikes the web

The cloud was “invented” and found to be unsafe, yet Freenet already provided its users with a safe cloud. Email was found to spill all your secrets, while Freenet already provided its users with privacy preserving emails. Disaster control became all the rage after hurricane Katrina and researchers scrambled to find solutions for communicating on restricted routes, and Freenet already provided a globally connectable darknet on friend-to-friend connections. Blogs drowned in spam comments and most caved in and switched to centralized commenting solutions, making the fabled blogosphere into little more than a PR outlet for Facebook, but Freenet already provided spam resistance via an actually working web of trust — after seeing the non-spam-resistant forum system Frost burn when some trolls realized that true anonymity also means complete freedom to use spam bots. Censorship and total surveillance of user behavior on Facebook was exposed, G+ required users to use their real names and Twitter got blocked in many repressive regimes, whereas Freenet already provided hackers with convenient, decentralized, anonymous microblogging. Now websites are cracked by the minute and constant attacks have made it a chore for private webmasters simply to stay available, though Freenet already offers attack resistant hosting which stays online as long as people are interested in the content.

All these developments happened in a private microcosm, where new and strange ideas could form and hatch; an incubator where reality could be rethought and rewritten to reestablish privacy in the internet. The internet was hit hard, and Freenet evolved to provide a refuge for those who could use it.

The return of privacy

What started as a student’s idea was driven forward by about a dozen free time coders and one paid developer for more than a decade — funded by donations from countless individuals — and turned into a true forgotten cryptopunk paradise: actual working solutions to seemingly impossible problems, highly detailed documentation streams in a vast nothingness to be explored only by the initiated (where RTFS is a common answer: Read The Friendly Source), all this with plans and discussions about saving the world mixed in.

The practical capabilities of Freenet should be known to every cryptopunk. But a combination of mediocre user experience, bad communication and worse PR (and maybe something more sinister, if Poul-Henning Kamp should prove to be farsighted about project Orchestra) brought us to a world where a new, fancy, half finished, partially thought through, cash-cow searching project comes around and instead of being asked “how’s that different from Freenet?”, the next time I talk to a random crypto-loving stranger about Freenet I am asked “how is Freenet different from X which just made the news?” (the answer which fits every single time is: “Even if X should work, it would provide only half of Freenet, and none of the really important features — friend-to-friend darknet, access dependent content lifetime, decentralized spam resistance, stable pseudonyms, hosting without a server”).

Right now, many years of work have culminated in a big step forward for Freenet. It is time for Freenet to re-emerge from hiding and take its place as one of the few privacy tools actually proven to work — and as the single tool with the most ambitious goal: Reestablishing freedom of the press and freedom of speech in the internet.

Join in

If you do not have the time for large scale contribution, a good way to support freenet is to run and use it — and ask your friends to join in, ideally over darknet.

freenetproject.org

Since the focus of Freenet has been on the big goals, there are lots of low hanging fruit; small tasks which allow reaping the fruits of existing solutions to hard problems. For example my recent work on Freenet includes 4 hours of hacking the Python based site uploader in pyFreenet which sped up the load time of its sites by up to a factor of 4. If you are an interested software developer and want to join, come to #freenet @ freenode to chat, discuss with us in the freenet devl mailing list and check the github-project.

Welcome to Freenet, where no one can watch you read.


NOTES

  1. Original article [text-only version / PDF version]
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.me / Liberty Society / Minds / seen.life / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

Monday, 2 March 2015

An open letter to Ladd Everitt at CSGV

Filed under: Correspondence, Dark Side, Fun, Humor, Politics, Principles, Resistance, Revolution, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:32 AM (04:32)

Mr. Everitt –

As we all have noticed, you have a rather disconcerting obsession with the penises (penii?) of firearm owners and are constantly comparing them to the size of those who do not own guns. This particular fetish for penis size comparison is quite interesting, very much so to be honest. With that in mind we’d like to ask you a few questions.

  1. How long have you been meat gazing?
  2. Do you also compare the dick size of minors who enjoy guns?
  3. Is your comparison based on erect or flaccid penises?
    1. If erect to you give out a handie before measuring?
    2. If you give a handie do they get a happy ending or do you leave them with blue balls?
  4. Do you go “hands on” or just guesstimate?
  5. Do you ask to check penis size or do it surreptitiously?
  6. How many dicks have you measured over the years?

Considering your penis fetish, as displayed on your Facebook page, we feel these are valid concerns. We are most concerned with question #2 as most of our sons also enjoy the shooting sports and the fact you are checking out their dick size is rather troubling. As a matter of fact there is a word that describes adults who groove on checking out the genitalia of children.

Anyway we await the answers to our queries and thank you for your cooperation.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 8.3
  2. Original article

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Thursday, 7 June 2012

“Accomplishments” and Candidates

Filed under: Organizing, Principles, Revolution — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:56 AM (00:56)

Current mood: excited

If nothing else, please forward this on to someone who can use this information.

Sylvia Bokor [ http://sylviabokorcomments.blogspot.com/ ] wrote:

The word “accomplishment” refers to an action that results in a value, offers a benefit or enhances the enjoyment of life. It is an accomplishment to learn to play the piano. It is an accomplishment to be able to provide for one’s family by earning a living. It is an accomplishment to create a lovely garden.

It is not an accomplishment to take from those who earn their living and give it to others. That’s called looting.

It is not an accomplishment to force men to waste their time filling out paperwork, or to force them to take actions over which they have no say and with which they do not agree. That’s called enslavement.

It is not an accomplishment to pretend you have done work you have not done, to make false statements, or to make claims to property that is not yours. That’s dishonest. It’s called cheating.

If the Left’s intention in publicizing Obama’s “accomplishments” was to show how wonderful Obama is, they miscalculated. The lists actually show the extent to which his Administration has violated individual rights, throttled businesses, straight-jacket banking operations, interfered with overseas investment, intruded upon private enterprise compensation practices, established offices of soviet-style czars to harass and control hundreds of business activities.

In short, they constitute a clear picture of what the Left is after: statism.

Statism is the most corrupt of political ideas because it holds that might makes right, that men are slaves born only to serve and enrich their rulers, without benefit to themselves, without recognition of their rights, without recourse to law or justice.

The Left’s ideas are destructive. But come November they could win if those who can fight them and should fight them refuse to fight them.

If you are in a leadership position in a political party and you withhold money from deserving candidates who have major grassroots support, who champion de-regulation, free markets and individual rights, you are refusing to fight the Left’s destructive ideas, statism.

If you are a voter that deplores Obama’s policies but do nothing to support those who oppose those policies, you are refusing to fight the Left’s destructive ideas, statism.

I agree one hundred percent.

So I take it you’ll be supporting the true Tea Party candidates in the general election:

Gary Johnson for president – http://garyjohnson2012.com

Jon Barrie for U.S. Senate – http://jonbarrieforsenate.com

Anything else really is a wasted vote.

I’ve been “Tea Party” since 1996, when I started publicly stumping for individual rights, Constitutionally-limited government and fiscal restraint in the public sector.

Gary Johnson has been “Tea Party” in the same sense since 1994.

Johnson spent eight years as Governor of New Mexico supporting “Tea Party” values – he kept the state in the black for all of that time, while managing to get re-elected in a state that’s 2-to-1 of the opposing party.

During those eight years, Johnson never treated gun owners (or any other group, that I could tell) as a political soccer ball, to be kicked around from the bully pulpit at a whim.

There’s a reason they call it the bully pulpit.

This stands in stark contrast to any other of the candidates for the presidency that I’ve seen. Most of them like to rhetorically stomp on one group or another for political brownie points. Not so with Gary Johnson. None are as . . . presidential as Johnson.

As for the other “big two” – both are anti-gun-owner bigots at heart, and the one who was a governor signed off on a plan to take over health care that was plagiarized on the national scene by the staff of the one who was a senator.

The big differences between them don’t seem to be of philosophy or ethics, but of severity and priorities.

Concerning the U.S. Senate seat from New Mexico that’s up for grabs – New Mexicans can play eenie-weenie-mighty-mo with the two socialist candidates who won the primaries last night. Or they can vote “Tea Party” by supporting Jon Barrie.

I’ve never met Jon, but I’d like to. He’s campaigning as a Christian conservative, yet was recommended to me by a long-time libertarian who’s an enthusiastic pot smoker and atheist.

Jon appears to be running his campaign the way a campaign should be run – by volunteers on a shoestring budget. Thus he needs all the help we can give him.

To start, Jon needs signatures on nominating petitions to get on the ballot. For those inclined to help, he’s got the paperwork all ready to go on his site.

That will be all for now. Thank you for reading.



Mike Blessing / http://mikewb1971.xanga.com / Phone – 505-515-7015

Who owns you? Who runs your life? Who should – you or someone else?
Freedom is the answer – what’s the question?

“If you wanna live long on your own terms
You gotta be willing to crash and burn”
– Motley Crue, “Primal Scream”


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Monday, 30 May 2011

Marilyn Steffen’s Radio Interview on the Internet

Filed under: Correspondence, Revolution — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:48 PM (22:48)

Current mood: excited

The radio interview with Marilyn Steffen (see last month’s issue of New Mexico Liberty or the LPNM blog) has been posted to the LPNM’s YouTube account in three parts –

 

Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

 

The interview has also been posted to lpnm.us as a single MP3 file –

lpnm.us/MediaFiles/MarilynSteffenInterview-KOOT.mp3

Thanks to Allen Cogbill for posting it to the net!


NOTES

  1. Original article


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Saturday, 7 May 2011

The LPNM in May 2011

Filed under: Correspondence, Events, Organizing, Revolution — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 3:57 PM (15:57)

New Mexico Liberty for May 2011

Albuquerque Liberty Forum is a no-host dinner, with discussion of issues important to libertarians, anarcho-capitalists, extropians, and Constitutionalists.

We’re currently meeting at the Sizzler at 7212 Menaul NE in Albuquerque (two blocks to the east of Louisiana Blvd., on the south side of Menaul), from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome. Speakers will have 30 minutes to make their case, then should be open to questions from the audience. Audience members are requested to ask questions of the speaker as opposed to making statements. All speakers will be considered to have consented to being recorded, including but not limited to audio or video devices, for posting to the internet (YouTube, etc.).

ABQ Campaign for Liberty

Facebook

FreedomConnect

FreedomTorch

Myspace

NMPolitics.org

New Mexico Liberty

Agenda for this event

  1. Round-robin introductions (if needed)
  2. State of the Party speech by LPNM State Chair Mike Blessing
  3. Notices about upcoming events
  4. Getting Started as an Activist


After-event review

What went well

  1. We stuck to the posted agenda fairly well – we didn’t get sidetracked much at all.
  2. We had a few new faces at this event – total attendance was twelve, which is double last month’s number.

What needs improving

The venue’s management seated us in the separate room after another group had previously reserved that same room for every Thursday. So at 7:00 PM, we had to move from that room to the main dining room, where we had to raise our voices to be heard over the piano.


NOTES

  1. Original article
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs – WordPress / Xanga / Yahoo!
    2. KCUF Media – WordPress / Xanga
    3. The Weekly SeditionWordPress / Yahoo!
    4. Partisans of the American Southwest – Yahoo!


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