RIP Danny the Yippie.

I met Danny Schechter in Portland Oregon in 2010.a-danny-schechterThere was an anarchist “unconvention” of some type at a local college, and Schechter was scheduled to present a screening of his new film “Pludner” and a lecture. Unfortunately, Noam Chompsky was speaking at the same time, and so there was no audience for Danny. I was there selling copies of Chief of Staff and Class War. He looked through Class War and expressed interest in some of the documents it contained. I explained to him where he could locate them all online, for free, and he expressed surprise that I would undercut my own “profit motive” by giving away knowledge for free after putting a price tag on it. In the end we bartered. He gave me a copy of Plunder and I gave him a copy of Chief of Staff.
The following then transpired on 2/18/11,  via Email:

  Me

I’m sorry I didn’t realize earlier who you were. When we ran into each
other at the Hippie convention in Portland, and you gave me a copy of
Plunder and I gave you a copy of Chief of Staff. I took that copy of
Plunder down to southern Mexico, where I lent it to the son of a
baseball player who’s opinion was “it’s very repetitive” so I haven’t
yet had the leisure time to read it. It travels with me still, though,
part of that inevitable ephemera bubble each of us engenders as we
push our way forward through this nightmare.

I’d like to see your film. I think it’s a right shame that Gnome guy
stole all the limelight. I’d seen WMD and In Debt We Trust, both fine
films, and wish I’d taken the time out of my busy day to recognize you
and thank you  for your quality productions.

Anyway, I’m trying to find a copy your Plunder film online so I can
watch it. I recently released the book I was selling at the conference
as a free ebook, under the following press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Attention all revolutionaries. In support of our brothers and sisters
currently liberating Egypt, we at Obscene Works Imprint have decided
to release the PDF/E-book version of CLASS WAR for FREE! Almost 600
pages of detailed instructions for dismantling government. If you’re
one of the few Egyptians with internet access, this is 413MB you need
to allocate room for immediately.

http://www.lulu.com/product/file-download/class-war-a-citizens-guide-to-insurrectionary-warfare/14703778

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More recently I’ve been delving into nature of the Masonic fraternity
ruling America. I’ve released another book on that topic, currently
available for free here:

http://www.lulu.com/product/file-download/freemasonry-defrocked/11904701

Both documents are large and information dense.

Anyway, I’m just wondering what you’ve been up to, and how I can see
your film over the internet. I will soon be departing for six months
in southern rural mexico and would like to download it or view it via
a streaming media site before I leave.

Peace be among you,

-Owen Ferguson
http://owen_ferguson.elance.com/

 danny@mediachannel.com
My film, Plunder The Crime Of Our Time is on iTunes, Netflix etc. See plunderthecrimeofourtime.com
I am still struggling to get it seen….

I have two books on this subject: Plunder: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (2008) Cosimo Books and The Crime Of Our Time (2010)-Disinformation Books”

If the son of a baseball player says “it”–what? the film, the book, both?–is repetitive, it must be. My apologies to the world. Smile

Was that a “hippie convention” I went to? I was a YIPPIE.

Keep rocking

Danny

 Me
He said that he found the book repetitive. We’re both still trying to
see a copy of the movie.

 danny@mediachannel.com
sorry, i guess he knows it all….I don’t think it is repetitive. So there
Go to iTunes

 Me
Fair enough. I’ll let you know my own take once I get a chance to read it.

 Me to gerardo, danny
Hey G. This is the guy who wrote that book that I lent you and you
said was repetitive. I told him your opinion, but he wants it for
himself. Let him have it. Remember, he’s from the world of TV, where
they repeat things and mean them in different ways with pictures
behind the words.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Treachery_of_Images

-o

Danny: you need to be the news vivisectional. I know you understand
the TV medium better than any of us writers ever could. The kids don’t
have time to wait for the systems to suicide through slow collapse.
People in Mexico are burning down telephone booths in record numbers.
It was in those YIPPIE! activist magazines printed with withe trust
fund money that were scattered about the place at Econvergence before
HRH Noam arrived to opine from the socialist godhead. You and me,
we’re just the guys on the outside, looking into the glass onion. I
respect the body of your work immensely. Wish I had been smart enough
to option you for my imprint really early, before TV producing made
your writing more narrative and immaterial. The feeling my wife and I
got as we showered in the handi-capped washroom in the basement of
that church, was “Not Hippie – Preppy!” Like, manufacturing consensus
about the awesomeness of democracy. Kids are paying extra to got to
schools that teach them the wrong words for economic literacy.

Love from Canada and Mexico,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCdh6b38dtA

gerardo
I studied Economics under some of the guys quoted on that book, yet I can
safely say that my greatest accomplishment is being the son of a AAA
ballplayer.

Maybe the book didn’t leave an imprint on me simply because the fleecing
of Americans by their corporations is far removed from my preoccupations.
I’m just drudging on, trying to cope with the 3000 kinds of shit raining
down on us here in Mexico.

Sometimes economic literacy is as useful as a fly swatter, locked inside a
cage with a tiger.

Cheers

 Me
The key is to bend the fly swatter into a tiny cage and convince the
tiger that you’re both outside its frame of reference, locked inside
the box by your collective shame and chagrin.

Or bend it out straight and convince him to dance for the jailers
while you pick the lock.

T minus 2 weeks

gerardo
Swat the eyes, not the balls.
Like in any business, the secret is: location, location, location.

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Cole Harbour Father & Son Redux

“The father of one of the men who pleaded [sic] guilty in the Rehtaeh Parsons case was arrested for allegedly using a computer at a Nova Scotia Canadian Forces base to make inappropriate web comments, and edit the Wikipedia entry about the girl’s death, according to her father.” -CBC

We here at Obscene Works have recently speculated on possible nepotism in Cole Harbor between fathers and sons in the military-industrial policing complex.

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Cole Harbour: Is poor father-son police work to blame?

In our last post we asked you for your ideas about what the point of this site should be. The internet seems to be suggesting that the point is investigating the strange nature of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada. This tiny place first skyrocketed to international renown when it allowed four of its young men to desecrate a young, suicidal woman to death and then abscond, first completely free and then, after facing multi-lateral scorn, completely free. Only two of the four alleged perpetrators even saw the inside of a courtroom (and then only because there was massive public outcry and real photographic evidence.) It is widely speculated that one of the boys who saw no sanction despite his involvement is the son of a police officer.

Today brings the name Cole Harbour back into the news in a possibly different manner. The same police force has announced that one boy is dead, another is in custody along with an American girl, and a fourth boy, who conspired with them all to stage a violent and bloody Valentines day massacre in a local shopping mall, has been questioned and released by police. He just happens to be a resident of Cole Harbour. Nothing to see here, he “was questioned and released without charge. He was known to police – but they would not say how. ”

Does anything link these two narratives beyond the location and the shared police force?

Only time, and perhaps a little digging, will tell.

 

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A call for ideas.

Now that the Rehtaeh Parsons story has pretty much wrapped up, Obscene Works is searching for a new focus.

To that end, we are asking you, our loyal readers, what you want to learn more about. We are planning to publish a series of short eBooks, but we’re at a loss as to what topics they should tackle.

What do you want to know more about?

Please leave your suggestions in the comments thread for this post.

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The Internet NEVER Forgets

There’s been a fair bit of talk online lately about something called the “right to be forgotten.” This directive from the European Parliament requires Google and other search providers to remove links to information which may be out of date, or is otherwise less-than-complimentary to the subjects involved. A process for this transaction has already been enacted, and Google is removing hundreds of links a day in response to requests from all over the globe.

The problem with this approach to information retention is that it encourages people to post stupid shit, and then believe they can remove it from the public record later by deleting it. Warren Kinsella recently provided a perfect example of this. As you may recall, he initiated Obscene Works’ involvement in the Rehtaeh Parsons investigation by publishing an ill-advised open letter to Anonymous demanding their assistance in apprehending her tormentors.

However, as soon as Anonymous published the information that he had requested, he immediately deleted the initiating post from his website, perhaps in an attempt to distance himself from the havoc he had wrought with his own ill-considered words.

Unfortunately, this occurred more than a year into the investigation, after many different parties had referred back to his post while explaining their own motivations to seek the truth. By “removing” it from the internet record, he essentially undercut the entire narrative that stemmed from his incendiary ignition.

Well, thankfully, the internet never forgets. We have maintained a complete copy of Warren’s words, as well as all the comments contributed by the community up until the day he pulled the plug. Feel free to browse it here, and do with it as you will.

Remember kids: The internet NEVER forgets.

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