Anti-Datamining, Counter-Revolution, Education, Liberty, Resistance, Russia

What our Favorite Democratic-Socialist has to Teach Us…

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Truth-Seeker. I dig into topics that I find interesting and I research them exhaustively. Until I have followed every associated rabbit hole and nuance to their rational conclusion, using methodic process and pattern recognition, and know the subject matter inside and out. Then, I apply theory until it breaks. And I start over. That’s how my brain works. And until that process has been satisfied, I don’t pretend to know much about a topic.

I am also very direct when I speak and, while this medium doesn’t indicate it, I apparently have a very deep and unmistakable voice. My employers have critiqued it. My employees have suffered under it. My loved ones, more or less, tolerate it.

As a result, I am the world’s worst teacher.  Invariably, when I attempt to help someone learn something, it is a subject that I know well (because I’ve studied it exhaustively), and I typically hurt someone’s feelings (because I see feelings as secondary to helping someone understand my position).  The hurt feelings are almost always a result of my directness and tone. I’m absolutely sure that I come off as a condescending prick but, that is absolutely not my intent.

The best teachers/mentors I’ve had, without exception, instructed me in the same way. Brusque, to the point, authoritative, and… correct. When I seek information, I seek the folks who know the topic I’m studying. What I’ve found is that the most knowledgeable teachers possess what most would consider to be the worst “bedside manner”. And, I have adopted that delivery. To a fault.

My experience tells me, however, that the best teachers are not intentionally abrasive. But, they know the subject matter so well, it makes such perfect sense to them that, everything they say about that topic is delivered directly and in a matter-of-fact manner. They pull no punches when telling you that something is incorrect. And, they tend to offer little praise when you are correct. And, to me, that’s a sign of affection. Teachers wired in such a way are direct because directness is the most efficient way to deliver information. And, if they didn’t care enough about you to want you to get it right, they’d probably be less direct and/or more ambiguous… just before they turned their back on you never to teach you anything again.

Ambiguity and lies are equivalent to me. Both are falsehoods, varying only in degree. And, if someone is ambiguous or lying, you must ask, “why?”.

Ambiguity indicates to me that one would like you to make some assumptions that may not be true. Typically to cast their knowledge in a favorable, but unjustified light. It’s an indirect means of control by allowing you to believe something that is not true.

Lies, on the other hand, are intentional falsehoods communicated with the intention of directly controlling you through deliberate misinformation. In both cases, it’s about control.

There are lots of justifications that people use when being ambiguous or lying. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to hurt feelings. Maybe they are attempting to inflate my opinion of them. Maybe, like our friend in the video, it’s because they feel that the falsehood is the “morally correct” position. But, even that is a specious argument. Can we really separate truth from morality? Not in my world. I would rather have my feelings hurt and get good information that I can then use to make educated decisions than to feel really good about being incorrect. Your mileage may vary.

But… and this is important… the control aspect is my largest concern. Why is that liar attempting to control me? And, what is their desired outcome? Are they attempting it for my benefit or their own?

This plays directly to my disenchantment with the Social Media circus that we are all familiar with and modern communications in general.

I’m no tech guru.  I make no bones about that.  Though, I’m certainly not a Luddite and was a fairly early adopter of internet technology when it became available but… I do not fancy myself knowledgeable about all the nuts and bolts of how e-things work.

That disclaimer made, I do attempt to avail myself of communication and browsing avenues that are “safer and more secure” than the mainstream.  I hate the Goolag.  I despise FaceSpace.  And social media, generally, is insufficient for privacy or actual, substantive conversation. And, all those media are liars and ambiguators. Microsoft, Apple, Twitter, and most hardware manufacturers, are all similarly in the bag when it comes to end-user privacy.

They have lied to us from day one about their intentions and how they use their platforms to harvest information from each and everyone of us. They have been caught in their lies and dis-ingenuousness more times than any of us can count. The purpose of those deceptions is pretty clear. They are attempting to control people.

As a result, I tend to browse through secure connections and research volatile topics through VPNs and Relays.  And, I use a paid, secure email service for actual communication with people I want to communicate with electronically.

I have for sometime, suspected that, the Social Media phenomenon was an attempt to funnel communications in such a way that one’s content was scrutinized (by God knows who) and to discourage (through publicizing the porous security those forums provide) actual conversation and communication between anonymous parties.  The fact that the platforms encourage frenetic and poorly crafted writing doesn’t help either. Again, more control. If they can control parties’ ability to effectively communicate, there is no effective communication.

I have sent several e-mail messages in the last few days to friends I don’t talk to frequently yet, are close friends and advisors.  And, in many cases the recipients are in their <gasp> 60s and are not tethered to their e-mail.  Nor do they FaceSpace.  These are folks with whom communication typically occurs face to face and toe to toe.  In secure environments.  These are serious men who operate, solely in MeatSpace.

While the afore mentioned recipients typically take their time responding to e-mail, the fact that I have not received any sort of response from any of them puzzled me a bit.  So, I thought I’d run a test of my system.  Sending an unencrypted message from my personal account with TorGuard to my unsecure, Big Tech, Goolag, dummy account… my new message was promptly, and unceremoniously dumped into the spam folder.

I suspected as much.  And, now, I have (some) confirmation.  The big, free, common service providers filter messages in such a way that will discourage communication from those who refuse to use those same services.  Attribute whatever level of nefariousness you’re comfortable with.  Bear in mind that the Russian gov’t recently banned the use of protonmail, a secure, non-Goolag e-mail server. Why? Because they were unable to satisfactorily and consistently monitor the traffic on protonmail. It was a threat to their desired level of control.

The shallow take-away being, check your spam and trash folders.  And… create alternate communication avenues because, it is obvious that someone doesn’t like your ability to communicate in ways they are unable to control through servers they are unable to monitor.

Let’s bring this back full circle… Our friend above draws a distinction between facts and morality. I think that’s specious and controlling but, let’s define terms. Facts, are fully in the domain of intellect. Morality, as Ms Cortez would have you understand it, is something that makes you feel good. The message is that feelings trump intellect. Truth be damned.

But, again, morality and truth are not exclusive of one another. Morality, by definition, is: conformity to the rules of right conduct; moral or virtuous conduct. Hm… That’s interesting. They used the word “virtue” to define morality. Which virtue would that be? Exactly? Would it be prudence? Justice? Temperance? Courage? Faith? Hope? Or, Charity?

None of those traditionally accepted virtues are divorced from truth. None of them, necessarily, make you feel good. You see, this whole morality, feel-good equivalency is a fiction. It’s a play on emotion… which is divorced from intellect and, therefore, truth.

They want you to rely on emotion, based on a false understanding of what morality is. They want you to discard your intellect and truth. That’s how they win. Because, if truth is irrelevant, then how does one decypher right from wrong, good from bad, virtuous from sinful? You can’t. But, that line of reasoning doesn’t play well with the narrative. And, the narrative is too transparent if it’s simply presented as Panem et Circenses.

When I was a youngling, Pink Floyd released ‘Comfortably Numb’, a song about a young rock musician who buried the pain and angst of youth in a number of narcotic substances in order to escape reality and feel good. Eventually, through addiction the result was, best case, feeling no “pain”. Beyond that, it’s feeling nothing. And, when you feel nothing, that’s a good indicator that you’re dead.

That sort of thing is exactly what is being encouraged socially, today. The messaging is that feeling good is all that matters. No matter the cost. And, if you can’t feel good, then you should at least be numb. So, we are herded into using status-affirming devices like smartphones, to access addictive, endorphin producing, mindkilling platforms like FaceSpace, through technology produced by the Goolag, to promote a false newscycle manufactured by the entertainment information industry, to form our behaviour and cultivate a braindead mindset of adhering to an incorrect definition of morality and emotive reaction, devoid of reason.

Sounds awfully utopian… does it not? Or, is that dystopian? I can never keep those two words straight…

In any case, it’s all layer, upon layer, of incrementally imposed lies and subsequent control. It’s about slavery and only getting to do what someone else wants us to do. So… here’s the thing:

I’ve threatened to leave the Social Media circus behind. A number of times. And, have done so, for periods. I’ve been weak and have always managed to find my way back. I’ve had my reasons, but I’m putting a stop to it. Here and now. I will not be controlled.

This will be the last time I make a blog post to send to FaceSpace. I will continue to blog and to communicate by e-mail and phone… and possibly, handwritten snailmail. But, I’m getting off the Social Media bus. I am deleting my Social Media accounts and scrubbing the datafarming orgs, to the extent that I am able, of my presence.

To that end, there are many of you who I would like to be able to communicate with by any number of means. If you feel similarly, please log the following information. I can be reached by e-mail at factioix@stealth.tg   If you want me to know how to contact you, please drop me a line.  If you want to receive messages from me, please add that address to your address book.  If you find the blog useful and/or informative/entertaining, please subscribe with the subscribe button.

I encourage you all to do the same with your Social Media accounts. Be difficult to control. Be disobedient. As a friend and mentor I respect a great deal says, “The truth, and nothing but the truth, no matter where that may lead”.

Do not be comfortably numb…

 

 

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Back to the Land, Banksters, Catholicsm, Resistance, Social Justice

Cash is (still) King

I’m going back to funding my life with cash.

There was a period of time, from the early ’00s to the early ’10s, when I had washed my hands of the banking system and was living on a cash only basis.  That was partly by necessity and partly by choice, but what I discovered during that time was, that my spending decreased and my level of financial security increased.  Were there some “incoveniences” paying bills?  Yes, there were.  Discipline eliminated those.

Over time, my life changed a bit and circumstances dictated that I work through a bank.  I wasn’t thrilled about transitioning back into the “system” but, it appeared to be the best option at the time.  Change being what it is… I have new incentive to walk away from the banking system.

This morning, I discovered that my personal checking account was feeling ~$3000 lighter than it was yesterday afternoon.  Apparently, someone had seen fit to process 3 separate charges, overnight, for hotel room rentals in Miami Beach, at both https://www.loewshotels.com/miami-beach (2 charges for $541.50 each) and https://www.edenrochotelmiami.com/ (1 charge for $1,740.22). The problem is, I don’t live in South Florida, I’m not travelling in South Florida, and I have no current plans to visit South Florida.  In the perpetraitors’ defense, the hotels and rooms seem very nice from the photographs and online reviews.

Ok.  So, somebody decided to place fraudulent charges on my account.  So be it.  I have recourse in the form of a fraud claim with my bank of choice.  In this case, USAA.

I opened my account and attempted to start a fraud claim for each of the 3 transactions.  I was e-informed that I could not do so because the charges had not posted to my account yet.  They were simply pending.  But, that I should contact the vendor(s) and attempt to resolve the issue in that manner.  Fine.

I called the reservations hotline at Eden Roc Hotel in Miami and discussed the issue with a nice lady on the other end.  She dutifully asked me who’s name the reservation was made in…  “I have no idea”, I told her.  “But my name is…”

Long story short, she was unable to assist me because I couldn’t identify a reservation and she couldn’t simply query the system to pair my debit card account number with a reservation.  Disappointing but, understandable.

So, I called USAA.  They allowed me to file the fraud claim, and let me know that the money would be returned to my account in 1-2 business days.  Stop.

“Today” being Friday (the last business day of the week) meant that, best case, I wouldn’t see those funds returned until Tuesday.  Five days later.  That was a non-starter for me on principle.  So, I asked to speak with someone who could authorize an expedited time frame.

After a long hold, the USAA lady put me on the line with “Rita” from the Fraud Dept.  She continued the narrative of there being nothing to be done until the charges actually posted to the account and, then, 1-2 business days later I’d have my money.  Wait.  What?

The simple math and history of my account tells me that those charges are not likely to post until the beginning of next week.  Probably Monday.  So, the timeline to resolution had effectively been lengthened.  Now I was looking at 6-7 days before I was made whole.  Unacceptable.

After another lengthy hold period, I was connected with “Chris”, Fraud Dept Supervisor.  He dutifully explained the same nonsense and let me know that my claim couldn’t be expedited because, from USAA’s point of view, the funds were still present and with charges pending, ie. charges had not been posted.

That being true, of course, didn’t solve my problem.  From a consumer point of view, a pending charge may as well have cleared because the funds are just as unavailable to said consumer either way.  “Chris” was also nice enough to let me know that once the charges posted, the resolution would be made complete 1-3 business days later…  Stop the damned bus, “Chris”.

Now, real potential, we were talking about late next week or possibly the week after, I would be made whole.  Every successive person I spoke with gave me a slightly longer timeframe.  Now I was just pissed.  When I asked “Chris” to put me in touch with the next person higher on USAA’s foodchain, he was unwilling/unable to do so.  While admitting that he was constrained by bank policy, federal regulations, and was apparently at the top of the Fraud Dept, he was not USAA’s “top dog” but, had no idea who could resolve this to my satisfaction because, that was the purview of the Fraud Dept and his hands were tied by procedure, policy, regulation…  <insert endless loop of BS, corporate-flunky speak here>

So, to recap, somebody fraudulently charged my debit card $3000 overnight and the systems in place to reconcile such activity is unacceptably inadequate to the degree that I apparently need to insulate myself from occurances such as this by removing my money from the banking system’s sphere of control.

If there are a couple of bright spots in this situations, they are this:  That $3000 isn’t going to make me miss any meals, and being self-employed, I can simply pay myself cash and eliminate the banking middleman in my personal life.  So, it’s time for a staged withdrawal.  Here’s the plan…

Like most Americans, I use a tapestry of various financial products and services.  In retrospect, entirely too many.  They are all billed as conveniences but, when looked at in their entirety, they form a complex mess.  Complexity is bad.  Avoid it.  Keep it Simple, Stupid.

Further, anytime you “outsource” something that is genuinely your responsibility, you are putting yourself at the mercy of some other entity’s whims, policies, and regulations.  Which means, you have lost control of something you are responsible for.  Think that through because it applies to any number of responsibilities in our day to day lives.  Whether it’s banking and money management today or self-defense tomorrow.  Whether it’s placing faith in the banks or in the governmental law enforcement… you’ve delegated away your ability to run your life.  Going back to my Army Leadership Education, I love this little gem: “You can delegate authority but you cannot delegate responsibility.”  Bear that in mind.

So… back to my “tapestry”…  I have a number of “auto-pay” items that USAA pays from my account monthly, as well as some various credit lines (Car Loans, Credit Card account, etc) just like many folks.  In fact, I read a book several years ago extolling the virtues of taking advantage of all the banking automation available to streamline your life and make your budgeting easier.  At the time, I didn’t really like it but, it was relatively easy and trouble-free… until you find you find yourself on the business end of a fraud problem.

Some of you may be familiar with USAA and know that typically branches are located on or near military installations.  I, on the other hand, am located nowhere near a military installation and, therefore, nowhere near a USAA branch location.  As a result, it makes it a little impractical for me to transact face to face by paying installments on lines of credit with USAA.  Fine.  I will identify those items that must be paid of my account monthly and plan accordingly by ensuring that there is enough in the account to cover those monthly expenses… and no more.  Further, I’ll accelerate my pay-off schedules on those outstanding balances.

As I mentioned before, I am self-employed.  USAA does not offer business banking, thus, I was forced into banking locally for business purposes.  The benefit to this is, I can do two things when it’s time to pay me.  On each payday, I write myself 2 checks.  One to deposit electronically for the minimum funds needed to cover my nut at USAA, the other to be paid, cash, to me.  Thus, freeing up the lion’s share of my income as liquid.

There are other monthly obligations that I pay from that account that are not lines of credit with USAA (mortgage, electric bill, Internet…) that will need to come out of my cash on hand.  These are really where it becomes “inconvenient”.  Because, again, none of these creditors are local.  So, the inconvenience will come in the form of having to make time to buy money orders and account for the time necessary to mail those payments to their recipients.  Yes, it’s a hassle by contemporary standards but… my financial peace of mind and access to my money is worth more to me than the incovenience this represents.  And, again, if the inconvenience is great enough… it acts as an incentive for me to resolve those debts as quickly as possible or to do without whatever service I’m inconvenienced by paying for.

Bigger picture, the governmental war on cash is real.  It’s use is being deliberately discouraged.  It’s too anonymous for an increasingly obnixious and intrusive State.  Which, wired like I am (resistive, counter-revolutionary, pain in the ass), makes my “bank exodus) all the more enjoyable.

If they continue to incentivize my withdrawal… The next step is untaxable barter.  Which is entirely do-able in the rural setting I live in.  I’m already strategizing a “back to the land” ideological existance.  And, truth be told, that’s the last thing that certain entities want.  If enough of the producers simply extract and vanish from the “system”, how can they be controlled?  The simple answer is, they can’t.  And, that, my friends would be the end of the “civilized” and “urban” world.

You see… The things that register as human “needs” are born of rural areas.  You know… crazy elements like agriculture for foodstuffs, lumber harvesting for building shelter, large open spaces necessary for power plants and natural resource aquisition, clean water sources, etc.

Urban areas, the places where politicians, hoodrats, seats of government, and bankers live… produce little that qualifies as a human “need”.  And, in that way they are expendable.  What they do produce is typically unwholesome, dependency-generating, and unnecessary.  In that way, they are detrimental.

The urbanites are the “takers” as opposed to the “makers”.  You might call them parasites.  They certainly fit the definition.

In all… the money being unavailable for a few days is a problem of principle and a minor inconvenience.  However, it was the stimulus I needed to do what I should have done some time ago and just hadn’t gotten around to.  And… it has me thinking of the next step of how to further extract myself and my family from the system and further prosper as a result.

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