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lunes, 24 de octubre de 2016

IFA call for solidarity with DAF in Turkey & Kurdistan

Source: IFA call for solidarity with DAF in Turkey & Kurdistan 24.10.2016

Since the coup in Turkey and the imposition of the state of emergency, we have seen increased repression of many groups and movements operating there. This is not only aimed at the organizers of the coup, but a wide repression of democratic, socialist, Kurdish groups and including our anarchist comrades of the DAF (Devrimci Anarsist Faaliyet / Revolutionary Anarchist Action).

On two occasions, in 2010 and 2012, DAF has already been investigated by the state as a terror organization but these cases were dropped. Now, because of the state of emergency, the ability of DAF to organize is even more difficult. Their newspaper Meydan has been closed down and three new investigations have been started. This has also had serious economic impact for DAF.

In recent years DAF has been involved in many struggles including Gezi Park and supporting the Kurdish revolutionary process in Rojava and Bakur including refugee support. They are involved in workers’ and youth movement activities, ecological actions and anti-militarism, opposing patriarchy and supporting the LGBTI movement, and have been developing practices of collective living and economy and self-organisation.

IFA has already been involved in the solidarity movement with Rojava in many respects and in close cooperation with DAF. Now, due to the changed situation in Turkey, we must expand our support to DAF in more concrete ways. We also have to be vigilant of the real possibility of increased repression of DAF and the wider anarchist movement in the region and to be able to respond rapidly with strong solidarity actions. IFA is committed to this and we call on all friendly organizations to join us and also provide financial solidarity to DAF.

To support the call for solidarity & concrete support, you can contact the IFA secretariat

secretariat [at]

DAF website:

domingo, 23 de octubre de 2016

Chronic and Advances in the International Anarchist Congress in Frankfurt 2016. Anarchists of the World Unite!

All we individual and collective anarchists around the globe are not alone, there are thousands of comrades scattered throughout the world and fighting, dreamers, freethinkers and nonconformist, wishing to organize:

Our efforts can be coordinated by the IFA!

We encourage everyone to contact! It's free, without compromis and as easy as participate in a global campaign a year. Each one in its own way and according to its possibilities, formal or informal, all the comrades are important.

Through microorganization of global decentralize network, we ants will chop down elephants.

Health! PHkl / tctca
Tarcoteca Translation of: "Construir redes, fortalecer las luchas, Congreso Anarquista Internacional en Fráncfort" Tierra y Libertad, sep 2016, IFA-FAI

Its concluded the intense anarchist meeting in which participated hundreds of fellow delegates in the four days of discussions, labs and projects, during the International Anarchist Congress held in Frankfurt from 4th to 7th August 2016.

New South American organizations have joined to the IFA (International of Anarchist Federations) galaxy: the Valdivia Local Anarchist Federation  from Chile, the Initiative for the Brazilian Anarchist Federation and Mexican Anarchist Federation, during the Congress, while the Greek APO (Anarchist Political Organization) has request to joint. New organizational networks that enhance the possibility of social transformation in antiauthoritarian terms, particularly in Latin America.

Kurdish , Azeri, Turkish, Dutch, Croatian, Portuguese, American, New Zealand, Cuban, Dominican, Salvadoran and Venezuela anarchists realities have participated enriching the four days.

The times of collective discussion alternated with small groups workshops, to ease the confrontation and debate between present realities.

Coordinate the struggles and experiences, confront the international macro-process who looks enworsening in everyway from environmental conditions of life to the exploited classes work, in addition to the continuous reduction of the spaces of freedom together with the set of increasingly imposed policies by authoritarian governments and states, have been the focus of discussions and laboratories of Congress.

We have lacked spaces to compare experiences, to project and develop common campaigns against militarism, repression, patriarchy, solidarity and migrants support.

We will experience the success of these campaigns only over time and fight, but the fact of meeting and coordinate between geographically distant realities has already strengthened and enriched the experience we are carrying out on a local or national level.

The struggle for freedom and anarchy does not stop.

Get Organized!

jueves, 20 de octubre de 2016

The CNT-AIT Barcelona gives a 700 million slap to 'El Corte Ingles' Leviathan corp. Victory!

Tarcoteca Translation of:

The CNT-AIT Barcelona hits a 700 million € slap to 'El Corte Ingles': IECISA ban to work in the public sector for 3 years and lose its contracts

The Union Section of CNT trought the 'Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Catalonian Generalitat' [regional government agency] has managed, after 6 years in conflict, to the ban the contract of 'Informática El Corte Inglés' (IECISA) by the public sector for 3 years. This prohibition, enacted by 'Work Inspection' also affects 2 filian companies, Serikat and Cast-Info, and covers contracts and subcontracts with Local, Regional and National Administrations in any member State of the European Union.

To remember that the three companies and the same Catalonian Generalitat were sentenced in 2013, with a final judgment in 2015, for illegal move of workers and null dismissal due to the vulneration of Fundamental Rights (freedom of association, right to strike and right to judical protection). These facts are considered as Very Serious infringements and reason for disqualification under the 'Act on Public Sector Contracts'.

These 3 companies, whose anti-worker and abusive practices are widely known in the tecnology industry, and allied with the political mafia, have spent years looting the Public Coffers. Once again it shows that State and Employers go hand in hand with the aim to enrich at the expense of the Worker.

During the conflict ECI tried to buy the comrades with insulting amounts of money, them were move and finally fired away without even paying the current on course. After the judical sentence to reincorporate to work in 2013, the Human Resources dept decided to deny access to their workplace, paying payroll without going to work for 2 years, since the company is not interested in workers who defend their dignity. Nevertheless, they still stood, facing down the outsourcing mafias and their lackeys in the Administration.

All unpleasent happened to the companions and all the time invested, have been worthwhile as the beating that means for ICA not work for 3 years for the public sector will remind for long time the labor dispute with the CNT. And that is becouse the most of the 700 million euros annual billing by IECISA came from public contracts. Hundreds of millions of euros of losses because of their arrogance in believing that three precariuso could never face them. We also want to emphasize in the lucrative contracts with wich CTTI (a Generalitat public company) has awarded Cast-Info, how the 'General Council of Judiciary Power' [the highest judical institution in Spain] is one of the mean Serikat customers, or its more recent contract worth € 1 million with the Catalunyan Parlament.

Now they loose the cushy contracts. At least for 3 years these parasites will not get rich from the public money and we have been able to demonstrate the profound contempt we feel for all of them. We've made a deep wound and we still dream to completely finish them.
No Pity for this Merciless capitalist!
To know more
*El Corte Inglés is one of the 3 most important Comercial Center corporation in Spain with deep links with fascism, the PP Far Right party on Government and Media. Policial and Militar supplier, also in deals with the ISIS, with 150.000 uniforms. Is an IBEX mafia member and part of his capital comes from the throatcutter Al-Thani Qatar monarchy.

miércoles, 12 de octubre de 2016

Spain: Nothing to celebrate. painted appear in the Columbus statue in Barcelona and other monuments

Source- Nada que celebrar. Aparecen pintadas en la estatua de Colón en Barcelona y en otros monumentos – Tu diario de izquierdas
A painted at the foot of the image dedicated to religious Bernat Boïl, which is represented with a pathetic image of a crouching beside Indian. Now you can read: "12-O Res to celebrate" (Nothing to celebrate), along with a estelada, sickle, hammer and feminist symbol, in response to the events planned by the Spanish nationalism.

Solidarity with organized mexican students against corruption and institutional violence!

Solidarity with organized mexican students against corruption and institutional violence! – Ruptura Colectiva (RC)

Revolución Internacional / World Revolution
Ruptura Colectiva (RC)
On Friday, October 7, a group of organized students of “CECyT 5” in Mexico City, who maintain an indefinite strike, was brutally repressed by about 60 thugs outside the campus. Many of them were seriously injured, bruises and a boy has deep head wounds. The reasons for this movement are the corruption of the authorities that make dirty dealings of financial resources of public universities, and the constant violence against of all organizational efforts of students, parents and academics, conducted by the interim director Ernesto León Pineda, through these thugs groups, the Industrial Bank Police (PBI) and cowardly defamation on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
The authorities of the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), the CECyT 5 -defended by the mass-media- have initiated a number of legal demands against some students who only exercise their right to protest.
CECyT 5: ¡no más agresiones!

sábado, 8 de octubre de 2016

Call to Cooperation: Earth First! zine - we want your writing

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miércoles, 5 de octubre de 2016

What Theresa May Forgot: North Korea Used British Technology to Build Its Nuclear Bombs?- GR, D. Lowry

When Theresa May proclaims in Parliament that we need the £200 billion Trident nuclear missile system to see off the North Korean nuclear threat, writes David Lowry, just bear this in mind. It is a threat that the UK, global nuclear proliferator in chief, created in the first place, providing both the reactor technology and vital centrifuge materials to make North Korea’s nuclear dream come true.
The reactors at Calder Hall on the Sellafield site, then called Windscale, were opened by the young Queen Elizabeth in 1956. But it was never meant as a commercial civilian nuclear plant: the real purpose was to make plutonium for nuclear bombs.

” … today the threats from countries such as Russia and North Korea remain very real.”
In the debate on Trident nuclear WMD renewal in Parliament last week, the new UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, in a peculiarly ill-informed speech – demonstrating her political career that has virtually no experience in security or defence affairs – made, inter alia, the following unsupported assertions:
  • “North Korea has stated a clear intent to develop and deploy a nuclear weapon, and it continues to work towards that goal, in flagrant violation of a series of United Nations Security Council resolutions.”
  • “North Korea is the only country in the world to have tested nuclear weapons this century, carrying out its fourth test this year, as well as a space launch that used ballistic missile technology. It also claims to be attempting to develop a submarine-launch capability and to have withdrawn from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.”
  • “Based on the advice I have received, we believe that North Korea could already have enough fissile material to produce more than a dozen nuclear weapons. It also has a long-range ballistic missile, which it claims can reach America, and which is potentially intended for nuclear delivery.”
It reminded me of the similarly ill-informed former Prime Minister Tony Blair, in his speeches to MPs trying to win them over with dodgy ‘advice’ from British intelligence, to go to war by invading Iraq in 2003.
MPs have short memories, despite the Chilcot Report on the Iraq invasion disaster not yet two weeks old, and 472 motley MP fools backed May and Trident replacement. As with the Iraq invasion, MPs will in future have to admit their regrets at being fooled. And again, they ignord the thousands of demonstrators outside, calling for Trident to be abandoned.
Britain’s nuclear proliferation ‘secret’
But May was right in one way. North Korea has developed nuclear weapons. But what she did not say was they did it with copied British bomb-making technology.
There is significant evidence that the British Magnox nuclear plant design – which was primarily built as a military plutonium production factory – provided the blueprint for the North Korean military plutonium programme based in Yongbyon. Here is what Douglas (now Lord) Hogg, then a Conservative minister, admitted in a written parliamentary reply in 1994 to Labour MP Llew Smith:
We do not know whether North Korea has drawn on plans of British reactors in the production of its own reactors. North Korea possesses a graphite moderated reactor which, while much smaller, has generic similarities to the reactors operated by British Nuclear Fuels plc. However, design information of these British reactors is not classified and has appeared in technical journals.
The uranium enrichment programmes of both North Korea and Iran also have a UK connection. The blueprints of this type of plant were stolen by Pakistani scientist, A Q Khan, from the URENCO enrichment plant in The Netherlands in the early 1970s.
(see David Albright, Peddling Peril, 2010 pp 15-28, Free Press, New York)
This plant was – and remains – one-third owned by the UK government. The Pakistan government subsequently sold the technology to Iran, who later exchanged it for North Korean Nodong missiles.
A technical delegation from the A Q Khan Research Labs visited North Korea in the summer of 1996. The secret enrichment plant was said to be based in caves near Kumch’ang-ni, 100 miles north of the capital, Pyonyang, where US satellite photos showed tunnel entrances being built.
Hwang Jang-yop, a former aid to President Kim Il-sung (the grandfather of the current North Korean President) who defected in 1997, revealed details to Western intelligence investigators. (Levy A, Scott-Clark C Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Global Weapons Conspiracy, 2007, p.281, Atlantic Books)
Magnox machinations
Magnox is a now obsolete type of nuclear power plant ( except in North Korea) which was designed by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in the early 1950s, and was exported to Italy and Japan The name ‘magnox’ comes from the alloy used to clad the fuel rods inside the reactor.
The reactors at Calder Hall on the Sellafield site – then called Windscale, and operated by the UKAEA – were opened by the young Queen Elizabeth on 17th October 1956. But it was never meant as a commercial civilian nuclear plant: the real purpose was to make plutonium for nuclear bombs.
The UKAEA official historian Kenneth Jay wrote about Calder Hall, in his short book of the same name, published to coincide with the opening of the plant, referring (p.88) to“major plants built for military purposes, such as Calder Hall.” Earlier, he wrote (p.80): ” … The plant has been designed as a dual-purpose plant, to produce plutonium for military purposes as well as electric power.”
The term Magnox also encompasses:
Nuclear ‘self sufficiency’ on the Korean peninsula
Olli Heinonen, senior fellow at the internationally reknown Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University in the US has explained how North Korea obtained its uranium enrichment capability. He wrote five years ago:
The pre-eminence of Juche, the political thesis of Kim Il Sung, stresses independence from great powers, a strong military posture, and reliance on national resources. Faced with an impoverished economy, political isolation from the world, and rich uranium deposits, nuclear power-both civilian as well as military-fulfills all three purposes.
History and hindsight have shown a consistency in North Korea’s efforts to develop its own nuclear capability. One of the first steps North Korea took was to assemble a strong national cadre of nuclear technicians and scientists. In 1955, North Korea established itsAtomic Energy Research Institute. In 1959, it signed an agreement with the Soviet Union to train North Korean personnel in nuclear related disciplines. The Soviets also helped the North Koreans establish a nuclear research center and built a 2 MW IRT nuclear research reactor at Yongbyon, which began operation in 1969.
Throughout the 1970s, North Korea continued to develop its nuclear capabilities, pursuing a dual track approach that was consistent with the idea of nuclear self-reliance. While engaging in discussions to obtain Light Water Reactors (LWRs) from the Soviet Union, North Korea proceeded with parallel studies on graphite moderated gas cooled reactors, using publicly available information based on the Magnox reactor design.
North Korea also carried out plutonium separation experiments at its Isotope Production Laboratory (IPL), and successfully separated plutonium in the same decade. The North Koreans worked on the design of a reprocessing plant for which, the chemical process was modeled after the Eurochemic plant.
Eurochemic was a research plant dedicated to the reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel. It was owned by thirteen countries which shared and widely published technologies developed. The plant, located in Dessel, Belgium, operated from 1966 to 1974.
When negotiations to acquire four LWRs from the Soviet Union failed, North Korea had already embarked on its indigenous nuclear program. Throughout the 1980s, North Korea constructed a 5 MWe reactor, fuel fabrication plant, and a reprocessing plant at Yongbyon, with no known documented external help and with minimal foreign equipment procured.
When the joint statement on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was concluded in December 1991, all three facilities had been fully operational for a number of years, with two additional (50 MWe and 200 MWe) graphite moderated gas cooled reactors under construction.
Why enrich the people when you can enrich uranium?
North Korea’s closed society and isolationist position has made it immensely difficult to accurately gauge its nuclear activities. Pyongyang has gone to great lengths to hide much of its nuclear program, including its enrichment route.
Nevertheless, there have been indications, including procurement related evidence, that point in the direction that North Korea has been actively pursuing enrichment since the mid-1990s, with likely exploratory attempts made up to a decade earlier.
It is clear that North Korea received a key boost in its uranium enrichment capability from Pakistan through the A Q Khan network. Deliveries of P-1 and P-2 centrifuges, special oils, and other equipment from Pakistan to North Korea in the late 1990s were acknowledged by former Pakistani President General P. Musharraf in his memoirs, In the Line of Fire.
President Musharraf also wrote that, separately, North Korean engineers were provided training at A Q Khan’s Research Laboratories in Kahuta under the auspices of a government-to-government deal on missile technology that had been established in 1994. In all likelihood, North Korea also received the blue prints for centrifuges and other related process equipment from the Khan network during that period of time.
In the late 1980s, North Korea acquired vacuum equipment from a German company. While such equipment was primarily meant for North Korea’s fuel fabrication plant then under construction, some of the vacuum pumps could have been used for enrichment experiments. But additional attempts made in 2002 to again acquire vacuum technology after the completion of the fuel fabrication plant strongly pointed to its use for enrichment purposes.
Evidence of North Korea’s procurement activities in the late 1990s to the early 2000s showed its objective to achieve industrial or semi-industrial scale enrichment capacity, based on a more efficient Pakistani P-2 centrifuge design. In 1997, an attempt was made to acquire large amounts of maraging steel suitable for manufacturing centrifuges.
UK contributes again – by exporting high strength aluminium
In 2002 / 2003, North Korea successfully procured large quantities of high strength aluminium from Russia and the United Kingdom, another requirement in making centrifuges.
A simple tally of the amounts and types of equipment and material sought by North Korea suggests plans to develop a 5,000-centrifuge strong enrichment capacity. This appears consistent with a separate earlier enrichment offer A Q Khan had made to Libya.
For North Korea to have embarked on procuring equipment and materials meant for a (semi-)industrial scale enrichment facility, it is highly likely that the known Uranium Enrichment Workshop (UEW) at Yongbyon, which in reality approximates a full sized facility, is not the only one that exists. More workshops would have been needed to serve as test beds for pilot cascades of P-1 and P-2 centrifuges prior to (semi-)industrial scale enrichment operations.
While we have signs of North Korea’s enrichment goals, the final picture remains unclear given that the actual amount of items procured remains unknown. This problem is compounded by the fact that the North Koreans have and are continuing to source nuclear material and equipment from several parties. Moreover, there remains a high degree of uncertainty concerning the level of North Korea’s enrichment technology development.
In April 2009, after expelling IAEA inspectors, North Korea publicly announced for the first time that it was proceeding with its own enrichment program. To reinforce its intentions, North Korea followed up with a letter to the UN Security Council on September 3 to confirm that it was embarking on an enrichment phase.
In November 2010, the North Koreans unveiled to Siegfried Hecker, a pre-eminent nuclear expert and former director of the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory, an enrichment facility in Yongbyon with 2000 centrifuge machines similar to the P-2 version, built with maraging steel rotors. (S. Hecker, ‘Redefining Denuclearization in North Korea’, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, December 20, 2010.)
Implications and consequences
On March 22, 2011, North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, portrayed Libya’s decision to give up its nuclear weapons as a mistake that opened the country to NATO intervention following its domestic Arab Spring uprising.
Such conclusions drawn by North Korea make an already difficult case to engage North Korea to give up its nuclear weapon deterrence that much harder. At the same time, the alternative of disengagement will in all likelihood bring about greater problems.
In engaging North Korea, several key hurdles have to be tackled. First, North Korea shows a poor proliferation record. It was the suspected supply source of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) to Libya via the A Q  Khan network – the uranium gas used in centrifuges to separate out the fissionable 235U needed in nuclear bombs from non-fissionable 238U.
There is also mounting evidence that North Korea was involved in the construction of a secret nuclear reactor at Dair Alzour in Syria that was subsequently destroyed in 2007. It is plausible that North Korean personnel assisted Syria in building the reactor. (‘North Korea’s Nuclear Enrichment: Capabilities and Consequences‘, 38; 22 June 2011).
Lessons of history
This sorry tale has several important lessons for us today. First – and this must never be forgotten – the UK’s early ‘atoms for peace’ nuclear power programme was specifically designed and intended to produce plutonium for nuclear bombs. And it was not just nuclear waste from Calder Hall that went for plutonium extraction at Windscale, but from other sites that were meant to be purely civilian such as Hinkley Point.
The UK is therefore guilty of ‘breaking the rules’ that are meant to separate civil and military nuclear activities, and its complaints of other states doing the same all carry the unmistakeable whiff of ripest humbug.
Second, for all its public position of seeking to restrain nuclear proliferation, the UK is actually one of the world’s most egregious nuclear proliferators: providing arch-nuclear enemy North Korea with both the Magnox technology it has used to produce plutonium for atom bombs; and the high strength aluminium it has used for its uranium centrifuges.
So when Theresa May stands up in Parliament and proclaims that we need the Trident nuclear missile system to see off the North Korean nuclear threat, remember: it is a threat that the UK created in the first place, providing both the nuclear reactor technology and the centrifuge materials to make it happen.
And when the UK cites the nuclear threat from North Korea as a reason to spend an estimated £200 billion on the next generation of Trident, we can be sure that North Korea and other countries aspiring to their own nuclear weapons are applying precisely the same logic to the British nuclear threat.
And that considering the UK’s history of aggressive regime-changing interventions in Iraq and Libya, the hundreds of (up to 225) nuclear warheads in its possession, and its ability to target them accurately anywhere in the world, North Korea’s fears are probably a great deal better founded than Mrs May’s.
Dr David Lowry is senior research fellow at the Institute for Resource and Security Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

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jueves, 29 de septiembre de 2016

Tech Giants Team up to Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Public Despite Dire Predictions

(ANTIMEDIATechnology powerhouses Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Google, and Amazon announced yesterday they have joined forces to create the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Benefit People and Society.
According to their website, the non-profit organization was “[e]stablished to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.”
The non-profit’s website shows the coalition’s main goal is to show the public that these companies are conducting extensive research and developing Artificial Intelligence technology to benefit the people in an ethical manner. In order for people to want to purchase AI products when made available, they first have to trust the fundamental technology  — and right now, not many people do.
It should come as no surprise that software programmed by humans, who are flawed, will reflect and even amplify those human flaws. The White House released a report in May highlighting the major potential for discrimination in “Big Data.” A quick look at the table of contents shows that mitigating discrimination is a challenge in every area. A report published byProPublica showed risk assessment programs used by courtrooms across the nation turned up significant racial disparities, falsely labeling black defendants as future criminals at twice the rate of whites.
Though the public is skeptical of AI, most people are unaware of these shortcomings.
Even so, a poll conducted by the British Science Association shows “60 per cent think that the use of robots or programmes equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to fewer jobs within ten years, and 36 per cent of the public believe that the development of AI poses a threat to the long term survival of humanity.”
In 2014, theoretical physicist and author Stephen Hawking penned an op-ed in the Independent that cautioned against it:
“Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. In the near term, world militaries are considering autonomous-weapon systems that can choose and eliminate targets.”
While Hawking acknowledges and praises advancements in technology using AI, which have undoubtedly improved the quality of life for many, he warned in a2014 interview that “humans, limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete and would be superseded by A.I.”
In 2015, Hawking signed an open letter released at last year’s International Joint Conference on AI warning that artificial intelligence could be more dangerous than nuclear weapons. He was joined by Apple, Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak and inventor and tech mogul Elon Musk, along with thousands of other industry giants and AI researchers. The letter was put together by The Future of Life Institute and warns of the very serious dangers of AI weapons:
If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce. It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group.”
Musk has even gone as far as to say that “[w]ith artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon,” calling AI “our biggest existential threat.” He has stated his investment in the AI research company DeepMind is intended to “just keep an eye on what’s going on with artificial intelligence. I think there is potentially a dangerous outcome there.”
Even Bill Gates stated last year:
“I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.”
It’s important to point out the myriad ways in which AI is saving lives and improving the quality of life of millions across the globe. It’s even more important to be careful not to embrace a technology that could easily slip out from under our control. Earlier this year, TechCrunch published a thought-provoking article by Doc Huston on the subject, which pointed out that “no one knows where the actual crossover point — the edge or tipping point — exists, and thus we mortals are unlikely to be able to prevent it from occurring. Said differently, there is a very high probability that we will misjudge where that crossover point is and will thus go beyond the key threshold. Overshooting is the norm in biology and in most, if not all, evolving systems, but especially man-made ones.”
While many of these AI research companies are currently conducting likely harmless research with good intentions that will be successful in mitigating threats to humans, Huston warns “there is no reason to assume…that governments and military organizations throughout the world will play by the same rules. Rather, as all of history tells us, they will bend or break rules however they see fit under the claim that the ends justify the means. That is classic realpolitik — if we don’t do it, ‘they’ will…and we lose.”
After all, MicrosoftIBMFacebookGoogle, and Amazon already have ties to the government in one form or another, and the Department of Defense is plantingfirm roots in Silicon Valley.

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martes, 27 de septiembre de 2016

Visit NAALPO at the LA Anarchist Book Fair, October 8th 2016

Dear comrades,
We wish to remind you about the upcoming Sixth Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair, taking place at CIELO Galleries on Saturday, October 8th!
Where: CIELO Galleries
3201 Maple Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90011
When: Sat. 10/8, 11am-7pm
Though space is filling up, we are still accepting applications for vendors and workshops until next Friday, 9/16.  Please consider sending either or both and letting your friends and comrades know about this second call-out!
Thanks to those vendors who have paid for their spaces ahead of time.  To those who have submitted vendor applications to us but not paid for the tables yet, we remind you to please send checks for the appropriate amount to Alexandra Hong at the address specified on the form itself!
Please also feel free to enjoy and distribute the attached flyers to promote the event!
See you next month!
In solidarity,
LA ABF Collective

martes, 20 de septiembre de 2016

Why we liberate Mother Earth through direct action?: A message of resistance from the Northern Cauca for the world

Why we liberate Mother Earth through direct action?: A message of resistance from the Northern Cauca for the world – Ruptura Colectiva (RC)
Revolución Internacional / World Revolution
Ruptura Colectiva (RC) -Colombia-

Why we liberate Mother Earth through direct action?: A message of resistance from the Northern Cauca for the world

* From “The Guanabano” in Corinto, Cauca-Colombia, one of the millenary liberators of Uma Kiwe (Mother Earth) explains what’re the dreams of the Nasa people in the ancestral lands, that are released through direct action are: food sovereignty and self-management, auto-organization of their economic activities, respect for indigenous governances and expansion of education under the worldviews of ethnic groups and peoples of Colombia, are some of the goals.

¿Por qué liberamos a la Madre Tierra mediante la acción directa?: Un mensaje de resistencia desde el Norte del Cauca para todo el mundo

Desde “El Guanábano” en Corinto, Cauca, uno de los liberadores milenarios de la Uma Kiwe (Madre Tierra) nos explica cuáles son los sueños del pueblo nasa en las tierras ancestrales que se liberan mediante la acción directa: la soberanía y autogestión alimentaria, la organización propia de sus actividades económicas, el respeto a las gobernanzas indígenas y la ampliación de la educación, bajo las cosmovisiones de las etnias y pueblos originarios de Colombia, son algunos de los objetivos.