CONCRN (audio)

San Francisco is not only a seat of empire in the United States, it’s also ground-zero for the surveillance state. Through social media and the various apps that have been created in Silicon Valley, people are tracked voluntarily through technology disguised as a means of helping rather than of controlling people.

The new Concrn app is no different. It uses people’s natural, instinctual empathy to help others by reporting homeless people to some authority that will track that person, record their image and location and what sort of mental state they’re in. This is an intrusive technology that we feel is not what it reports itself to be and instead of helping homeless people, it hurts them.

Listen to out conversation: CONCRN

Debbie Lusignan, also known as Sane Progressive, gives an example of how to research CONCRN(2).  Her critical analysis and research of who is funding CONCRN adds a layer of depth to this story that you may not be aware of.

Business Insider article referenced: San Francisco’s homelessness crisis is so dire, there’s now a 911 alternative to get people on the street instant help — here’s how it workshttps://www.businessinsider.com/concrn-app-helps-san-francisco-homeless-2018-4

Concrn app web sitehttps://concrn.org

More propaganda:

Tapestry

When the tapestry tears a little at  the seam, it can be ignored for a time. But eventually the stitches come loose and in this unraveling the material falls apart.   The thing that hung on your wall or stayed on your bed or was flung somewhere without thinking was always the thing that just was.  You didn’t question its shape or its condition or what it was made of.  But when the one little seam started to fray the whole thing lost its meaning and it eventually lay in scraps.  And those scraps, you realize, after looking at them from the right instead of the left, were never in the right order to begin with.  So you begin the reassembling process. And although the goal is to re-sew the thing to capture its original condition, you realize it can never be that.   In fact it was somehow wrong before.  Some of the material was garbage in fact. And you wonder how it got sewn into the thing in the first place.  You felt gross when you realized you had wrapped yourself in garbage.  So you threw those pieces away.  None of what you thought you had was left.  It was all mismatched pieces with giant gaps where pieces should have been.  And you realize after a great deal of time had passed in learning and accepting the thing for what you were told it was and then watching it all fall apart, and then spending so much time putting it together, that it wasn’t really anything at all.  You had placed your suppositions about the thing and your belief in the thing that was never really real to begin with.  And so you had nothing.  So you took the piece of it that seemed to be the most true and you built on that.  Maybe it’s on your wall. Maybe it never will be.  Maybe it’s that tapestry that can only really work with other non true fabrics that have their garbage pieces thrown away too.  You just don’t know.  And in the not knowing is a space. An emptiness that if you let yourself, you might quite enjoy.

Propaganda

 

In this hour long discussion on propaganda, we hash out what is believable and what is not believable and how much of what we see on both mainstream and social media should be left up to personal interpretation.

Whether through White propagandaBlack propaganda or the more insidious Grey propaganda everyone of us needs to be able to distinguish which level of propaganda we should filter all of our streams through.

Although not mentioned in the podcast, we recommend the book “The Power of Habit,” written by Charles Duhigg  for we know that advertising and public relations propaganda are effective means of changing the way we live and perceive things.

Listen: Propaganda

Thucydides Trap (audio)

The United States has a history of destabilizing other countries whose economies might present a threat to USA’s.  China is aware of this and taking appropriate measures to prepare for the inevitable conflict.

Who would be the best American representative to escalate this conflict?

Listen : Thucydides Trap

Correction:  In the audio, I say that the 300 Spartan warriors fought against Athens.  The “300” fought at the Battle of Thermopylae against the Persian king Xerxes I.  This battle was part of a series of battles where Persia’s end game was to invade all of Greece.