Indymedia

We are a wide affinity group working to reboot the global indymedia network using modern federated protocols such as #activertypub. This reboot will be based on the OMN project code.What is the OMN (Open Media Network): The project is to shift power to the producers and consumers of media. It’s about good UI and simple empowering #KISS tools to move content, by categorising it with a grassroots folksonermy. This simple approach is balanced by shared site level syntax for the complex crew.
Working Project Site https://unite.openworlds.info/explore/organizations
Background http://hamishcampbell.com/index.php/tag/indymedia/
In the end it’s about bringing trust back into news.

What Planet of the Humans Reveals About Us

To counter the squirming of the #brightgreen pushback to the MM documentary. A #deepgreen view of the way out of the #deathcult mess.

And yes the documentary is full of bad journalism.  So read and reply to the thinking. Please take care to not be a “liberal” troll.

here’s an essay written by suzanna jones about planet of the humans, and the response to it.

What Planet of the Humans Reveals About Us

The recently released documentary Planet of the Humans takes direct aim at the major threat to the Earth: us. It does this by asking fundamental questions: can Nature withstand continued industrial extraction; can humans – particularly those in the dominant West – persist in taxing the natural world to fulfill our own ‘needs’ and desires; is ‘green’ energy the savior for our climatic and environmental problems or is it a false prophet distracting us from confronting the gargantuan elephant in the room, what writer Wendell Berry calls “history’s most destructive economy”?
Filmmakers Jeff Gibbs, Ozzie Zehner and Michael Moore don’t just ask questions, they highlight the hypocrisies of big shots like Al Gore and the national Sierra Club. Even Vermont comes in for less than flattering commentary. Planet of the Humans depicts Green Mountain Power’s ridge-destroying Lowell Mountain industrial wind project, Burlington’s McNeil wood burning electric generating plant and Middlebury College’s biomass gasification facility as examples of the renewable energy delusion. And Bill McKibben, Middlebury’s Scholar-in-Residence, is cast as a string that connects all three.
The film has struck a nerve. Those depicted unfavorably have reacted. Some who admit to having enjoyed Michael Moore’s filmmaking strategy in the past don’t find him so funny this time. The criticisms reveal how much power and money lie behind the renewables-as-savior myth. With so much at stake, the industry and big environmental organizations have little appetite for discussing or even acknowledging the unsavory side of the technologies. And ultimately, the core issues remain unaddressed; the most important things remain unspoken.
Frankly, the green energy ‘movement’ is really about sustaining our way of life and the economic system that it depends upon, not the health of the biosphere. Capitalism is brilliant at co-opting anything that resists it. Green energy – like much of the broader environmental movement – is no exception. It’s business-as-usual in camouflage.
Back when Green Mountain Power’s bulldozing and blasting began at Lowell Mountain, a group of locals organized ‘open-house’ walks up the mountain to view the devastation. Hundreds attended these fall/winter treks. Shock and heartbreak were the response. Bill McKibben was personally invited to attend. Though his response was polite, he would not be coming. He dismissed our concern for the mountain as “ephemeral.”
Ephemeral?
That word underscored what has gone so terribly wrong with green energy “environmentalism.” Something is absent. That something? Love. Love of the places and living beings that are suffering or being destroyed so that we can live our electronic, nature-less existence. Affection for the natural, non- human world is missing in the discussions about climate, carbon and techno-fixes. Nothing seems to matter now but humans and their desires.
“Although it’s morally wrong to destroy the land community, people are going to sustain it, not because it’s morally right, but because they want to; affection is going to be the determining motive”, Wendell Berry has explained in the past. “Economic constraints might cancel out affection, but genuine affection is going to be the motivating cause.”
Without affection, we’re more likely to thoughtlessly sacrifice living beings on the altar of economics. When the film reveals who is paying the ultimate price for our ‘green’ energy consumption, we recognize affection for the casualty it has become. We are half-asleep, anesthetized by the barrage of meaningless marketing, with its hollow premise that we can continue to consume our way to happiness.
As I was planting in the garden this warm, spring day, the returning swallows joyfully zipping overhead made me stop. Usually this ritual is accompanied by the background droning of distant car traffic, but due to the pandemic, the infernal engines were silent. It made me wonder. Can we live in healthy reciprocity with the natural world? Can we make the shared economic sacrifices that are necessary or will we continue to sacrifice Nature? Can we make drastic reductions in consumption and live more local, less materially prosperous, more fulfilling lives? Can we replace modernity’s painful alienation from Nature with a genuine sense of intimacy, affection, meaning and responsibility? Will those in power let us? Will we allow them to decide for us?
Our way of life is inherently unsustainable. We can’t buy or build our way out of this one. Yes, the climate crisis is both undeniable and existential, but it is not the only way the Earth is being destroyed. Simply changing the fuel that powers our destructive, planet-killing system is not a solution.
Planet of the Humans challenges our assumptions and our arrogance. It asks us to face what we have done, experience the grief, and then allow our hearts to consider an entirely new path into the future.

The Rainbow Myths and Traditions

ben.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow_

Have been organically grown nomadically by word of mouth by doing from the early 1970’s. They obviously fail when applied to settled life. If you want to try that you need to look beyond the rainbow to other connected traditions. The are meany place to start to look at this.

Could start here: Https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

On this subject a persional rainbow story came from a comment on #failbook rainbow page.

Q. I remember with a smile this scene, where Hamish and an other guy were fighting with sticks and spears for a space in a car. Hamish wanted the place for himself and the other guy to transport rubbish from a beach to the center of athens, make a scupture and become famous on TV….. Hahaha… lets laugh… Anyway the enviromental organisations of the village collected the rubbish, after I have asked them… So much to rainbows, growing camps, peace love, practical thinking and harmony…

A. it was a bit more complex than your memory. The other guy was abusing a nice but meek local greek guy with a car who need to leave for work. This had already delayed him from leaveing the gathering for two days because the arty germony guy and “rubbish” project was not ready to leave for the festival. I stepped in to ask the germon guy to stop takeing the piss. He replied by threatening to hit me, i replied quite seriously if we should fight with clubs or spears to this he blustered and backed down. To stop him threatening/manipulating the greek guy I started to practice spear throughing on the beach, am kinda good at it 😉 The greek guy, allready late for his job, left the gathering latter in the day with relief i left with him for Athens. The Germany guy turned up to threaten us both agen before we left. He was a ego asshole playing the holly roller. The trash project was abandoned at the art festival unfinished i heard latter from the greek guy with the car.

Its kinda funny but also dangerous and abusive. Its intresting how rainbow deals with issues like this have seen a few. My favorite story is from the European gathering for the solar eclipse in Hungary way back. The was a guy abusing and shouting at people and being violent/threatening kids. Circling on what do do went round and round with lots of people speaking and no outcome. At dusk a group of witches from the circal grabbed the guy and tied him to a tree to cast spells at him all night. The next day he was back to his dangerous behavior. A nurse working in the healing area took the solution into her own hands and called the police who came and peacefuly took him away. It turned out he was schizophrenic and had stopped taking his meds at the gathering. Kinda funny, kinda sad, kinda bad. He came back fine after a stay in a hospital for a few days.

What is the Open Media Network (OMN)

The project is to decisively shift power from the geeks and admins to the producers and consumers of media. In this its about good UI and simple empowering #KISS tools to move content by categorising it with a bootum up folksonermy. This simple approach is balanced by shared site level higher languages for the complex crew.

“This is the Internet”

GET

PUT

POST

DELETE

–MERGE–

This Odata is the #4opens #OMN project.

People can get involved at a level they feel they can add to the project to reshape there world.

Consuming content

* simply on a portal/app (aggregation top site/app)

* on there own site as a sidebar or page.

* as a part of an admin team on a middle/bootem site

*

Producing content

* from a feed from there own site or #dotcons account

* writing linking articals as a part of a top/middle/bootm site

*

Aggravating content

* as a embed on there own site

* on a bootem/middle/top site

*

For the geeks the project is based on #4opens protocols

1) For bringing legacy content in – RSS

2) For talking to the fedivers – Activertypub

3) And for internal working – OData

Lets look at the last:

OData fundamentals (from https://blogs.sap.com/2018/08/20/monday-morning-thoughts-odata)

OData is a protocol and a set of formats. It is strongly resource oriented, as opposed to service oriented. There are a small fixed number of verbs (OData operations) and an infinite set of nouns (resources) upon which the verbs operate. These OData operations map quite cleanly onto the HTTP methods

OData operation HTTP method
C – Create POST
R – Read GET
U – Update PUT
D – Delete DELETE
Q – Query GET

 

If something is important enough it should be addressable in that elements should have addresses, not hidden behind opaque web services endpoint. In the case of an HTTP protocol like OData, these addresses are URLs. And the shape of the data can be seen in the way those URL addresses are made up.

OData goes back further than you might think, its a grassroots project.

TThe protohistory of OData

OData’s origins go back to 1995, with the advent of the Meta Content Framework (MCF). This was a format that was created by Ramanthan V Guha while working in Apple’s Advanced Technology Group, and its application was in providing structured metadata about websites and other web-based data, providing a machine-readable version of information that humans dealt with.

A few years later in 1999 Dan Libby worked with Guha at Netscape to produce the first version of a format that many of us still remember and perhaps a good portion of us still use, directly or indirectly – RSS. This first version of RSS built on the ideas of MCF and was specifically designed to be able to describe websites and in particular weblog style content – entries that were published over time, entries that had generally had a timestamp, a title, and some content. RSS was originally written to work with Netscape’s “My Netscape Network” – to allow the combination of content from different sources (see Spec: RSS 0.9 (Netscape) for some background). RSS stood then for RDF Site Summary, as it used the Resource Description Framework (RDF) to provide the metadata language itself.

Atom. Like RSS, the key to Atom was the structure with which weblog content was described, and actually the structure was very close indeed to what RSS.

An Atom feed, just like an RSS feed, was made up of some header information describing the weblog in general, and then a series of items representing the weblog posts themselves:

header
  item
  item
  ...

A few years later, in 2005, the Atom format became an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard, specifically RFC 4287, and became known as the Atom Syndication Format:

“Atom is an XML-based document format that describes lists of related information known as “feeds”. Feeds are composed of a number of items, known as “entries”, each with an extensible set of attached metadata. For example, each entry has a title.”

What was magic, though, was that in addition to this format, there was a fledgling protocol that was used to manipulate data described in this format. It was first created to enable remote authoring and maintenance of weblog posts – back in the day some people liked to draft and publish posts in dedicated weblog clients, which then needed to interact with the server that stored and served the weblogs themselves. This protocol was the Atom Publishing Protocol, “AtomPub” or APP for short, and a couple of years later in 2007 this also became an IETF standard, RFC 5023:

“The Atom Publishing Protocol is an application-level protocol for publishing and editing Web Resources using HTTP [RFC2616] and XML 1.0 [REC-xml]. The protocol supports the creation of Web Resources and provides facilities for:

  • Collections: Sets of Resources, which can be retrieved in whole or
    in part.
  • Services: Discovery and description of Collections.
  • Editing: Creating, editing, and deleting Resources.”

Is this starting to sound familiar – OData is exactly this – sets of resources, service discovery, and manipulation of individual entries.

AtomPub and the Atom Syndication Format was adopted by Google in its Google Data (GData) APIs Protocol while this IETF formalisation was going on and the publish/subscribe protocol known as PubSubHubbub (now called WebSub) originally used Atom as a basis. And as we know, Microsoft embraced AtomPub in the year it became an IETF standard and OData was born.

Microsoft released the first three major versions of OData under the Open Specification Promise, and then OData was transferred to the guardianship of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and the rest is history.

Something that humans could understand, as well as machines. The resource orientation approach has a combination of simplicity, power, utility and beauty that is reflected in (or by) the web as a whole. One could argue that the World Wide Web is the best example of a hugely distributed web service.

OData has constraints that make for consistent and predictable service designs – if you’ve seen one OData service you’ve seen them all. And it passes the tyre-kicking test, in that the tyres are there for you to kick – to explore an OData service using read and query operations all you need is your browser.

Have a quick look at an OData service. The Northwind service maintained by OASIS will do nicely. Have a look at the service document and, say, the Products collection.

Excerpts from the service document and from the Products collection

Notice how rich and present Atom’s ancestry is in OData today. In the service document, entity sets are described as collections, and the Atom standard is referenced directly in the “atom” XML namespace prefix. In the Products entity set, notice that the root XML element is “feed”, an Atom construct (we refer to weblog Atom and RSS “feeds”) and the product entities are “entry” elements, also a direct Atom construct.

Today’s business API interoperability and open standards are built upon a long history of collaboration and invention.

Food for thought #OMN

Nourishment for action

A look at the internal mess of the uk indymedia project

The project i like to point to as an example. The indymedia project an early alt-media network that spread the use of open source software and #4opens organizing around the world at the turn of the century. In the UK the was a #geekproblem vs #openweb fight that became nasty over what we would now understand as “activertypub” the fedivers vs more centralized silo approach. In the UK you can see this stress point fought as a proxy war over #RSS

The #openweb aggregation side were sold a dud by the #fashernistas being swayed by the #geekproblem It was obvious that the project had to change and move away from central servers to a more aggregation model. BUT the movement was torpedoed by an obviously pointless opensource project instead of implementing a existing standerds based RSS they created there BETTER, BRIGHTER flavor which was of coures incomparable with everyone else.

This is an example of a “better” but obviously pointless open source project and also destructive behaver. The #indymedia project in the UK was ripped apart internally from this same devide in the end. A bad “open source” outcome. You can find similar behaver today in the fedvers if you look.

Its a intresting thing to look at. Actually you can see 3 active sides in the internal uk #indymedia mess and important to see the outcome that they ALL LOST in the end.

1) #encryptionists (being pushed by the #geekproblem)

2) #fashernistas (being influenced by the #geekoroblem)

3) #openweb being sidelined by the rest

1) The first resisted and blocked aggregation and #RSS from privacy and “securaty” issues.

2) The second is a obviously failed compromise by keeping control of “there” own better, non comparable RSS format.

3) The last, the one the whole project was based on were ignored and sidelined.

The #IMC project soon became irrelevant and died.

The stress and destruction of the boaters on rummelsburg bay in Berlin

ideas for trying to mediate the stress and destruction of the boaters on rummelsburg bay in Berlin:

  1. Keep things open, build many loose networks as well as strong organising groups. Don’t let one side dominate the other.
  1. The full moon gathering – this is a good place for a bay “parliament” in the early evening. Do go rounds/talking circles to bring up issues on the water and hear ideas to solve these issues. Affinity groups of action can and will be formed  organically as outcomes of this. Party latter.  
  1. The boaters “flee market” – swap meets on the landing are a good way of crossing the “invisible” hostile group divisions in the bay. Encourage the gift/swap side but keep the selling side in place to bring every group in. Invite the sorted people who come organically to the full moon gatherings.
  1. Keep the “spreepublik” in place as a more organised/affinity space and partner organisations to the two events above.

Talking to an “academic” what is rainbow

Q. I have been interested in the rainbow gatherings, particularly the political grounds where gatherings come from. Nothing on this subject is talked about on the facebook groups. People are only looking for a nice vacation destination or yoga lessons.

Do people share rainbow philosophy and political ideas?

A. lots of thoughts and experiences on this subject here http://hamishcampbell.com/?s=Rainbow

Q. have read it. The first few are mostly complaining about change. Without coming with answers or ideas. All there is is a call to go back to old values. Conservatism is not a route that i like to walk. I also dont see how it fits.

In other text there is more explenation and motivation. And i get the ideas. Althoug they seem to be pressed upon us with force and intrigic rigtiousness. What i also dont get is the jargon things seem to be traditionally different because of choice of words. But what they mean stays foggy. What is a “shadow worken” for example? And what if i simply dont agree?

I know what. Than i am a babilonian. And i should have no say because i question things. I should know my place amoung the elders and their traditions.

This does not sound free and healthy. There are obviously a lot of new people drawn to the rainbow movement. I think you should share awareness and knowlege in stead of blaming them for stuff they cant know about. Revieuwing vision is a nessecary need for all sorts of societys.

A. Seeing a “tredtional socierty” talking about its traditions as “conservative” which is I think a defernion of a tredtional society… think that a circle 🙂

A. What is rainbow? if it is NOT a set of myths and traditions is a question you might find interesting to look at?

A. I see you think the is a sold hierarchy were it duse not exist. The idea of rainbow as a “freespace” is the root of the current rot… its simply not and never has been. Yes it is a space were you can be “free” the is a difference 🙂

A. My advice to study rainbow is to cut vegetables in the kitchen, dig shitpits, become the thing you study for a time. The is a surface and then the are the roots, myths and traditions. Don’t stay on the suffice as its overrun by shit and trash and illness both physical and mental. Deep breaths and get you hands active, look up from your work actionaly and see with eyes that see, ears that hear and hands that touch the soil of life.

Don’t be a #fashernista its not helping 😉

The currency of the 21st century is information 

What is the effect of #geekproblem of privacy and encryption and there fetishization of crypto currencies?

The markit (liberal individualism and private property that comes with it) provides information on value based on  explotion greed and selfishness.

Opendata and meta data provides information on value based on connection, cooperation and altruism.

A #4opens approach spreads connection, cooperation and altruism into our social world.

A market approach (privacy, indivdalisam and private property based on encryption) allows expotation, greed and selfishness to be at the center of our society.

This is a old ideological and political divide that is not talked about at all in the #geekproblem as the is “no such things as society only individuals and there family’s ”.

Sociatey is based on social norms, walking down the street in safety – soft

Code is hard normes. A policeman on every street corner – hard

The question that we need answers to is how can we talk soft (social) power to the hard power (code) of the #geekproblem when for them such norms are invisible.

Opening up #openweb search

https://asciimoo.github.io/searx/

The idea is to incurage plugins for alt/grassroots search results to mix with the #dotcons results.

A “stepaway” project https://unite.openworlds.info/Open-Media-Network/Openweb-Search/issues looking for people to build the search plugins for the #activertypub codebases if you know anyone looking for a usefull and intresting project.

Blind

With out a wider “ideological” world view you have no place to stepaway from your past mistakes. Everyone needs to look at the world from differing perspectives. The current neo-liberal dogma in all its different fashionable clothes is just that a failed dogma that we clearly need to stepaway from.

The world can be different, I have lived most of my life in a different world to the one that is swallowing everything around me.

I use the word “blinded” to describe meany of the people I meet in tech and grassroots movements. They are blinded for differing surface reasons, on the hippy side it is conspiracy dressed as empty spiritualism. On the liberal progressive side it is internalized neo-liberalism feeding fear, cowardice and greed. Best not to mention the process geeks…

The are paths to stepaway from this mess #openweb #4opens is one that would be empowering for both non geeks and the more technically minded.