Organizing tactics to oppose pipeline construction along a continuum of success, requires identifying pipelines stopped by prayer. I want to add those to this map.
No disrespect intended for those who pray against pipelines but being a child of a culture that scars and exploits the earth itself, I measure tactics in more immediate results.
It’s true some day Dick Cheney will roast on a spit in Hell, but that’s little comfort to the victims of his preventable crimes against them.
I have mentioned DAPL becoming a $3.8 Billion non-operational pipeline warning to investors. Changing their culture, driving investments into renewable energy, making pipelines an investment to be feared, are some outcomes that can change pipeline culture in the US and elsewhere.
Data science, broadly conceived, can create persuasion campaigns, disfavor entities attempting to finance, build or operate pipelines, identify corrupt public officials, enable interference with unlawful pipelines, etc.
If you know of any pipelines permanently stopped by prayer, ping me firstname.lastname@example.org with the details.
If you are interested in using data science to advance your cause, same address.
“Dakota Access estimates and targets that the pipeline will be complete and ready to flow oil anywhere between the week of March 6, 2017, and April 1, 2017,” company attorney William Scherman said in the documents filed in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
Opponents to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) have two choices, #Resist or #EffectiveResist.
The new moon for February, 2017, was February 26, 2017 (yesterday). (Bookmark that link to discover other new moons in the future.)
Given the reduced visibility on nights with a new moon, you can take up rock sculpting with a thermal lance.
This is a very portable rig, but requires the same eye protection (welding goggles, no substitutes) and protective clothing as other welding activities.
Notice in the next video, which demonstrates professional grade equipment, the heavy protective headgear and clothing. Thermal lances are very dangerous and safety is your first concern.
If you create a bar-b-que pit from large pipe, follow Zippy the Razor‘s advice, “Down the block, Not across the street” to create long cuts the length of your pipe.
Will DAPL be a lesson to investors on the risk of no return from oil pipeline investments? Pending court litigation may play a role in that lesson.
The first inaccuracy/lie of the Sierra ad is that logging isn’t already ongoing in the Tongass.
The Sierra ad and its links also fail to mention (in millions of board feet) harvesting from the Tongass:
A drop from 560,975,120 board feet to 44,076,800 board feet looks like the Forestry Service is moving in the right direction.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Unlike the Sierra Club that wants to excite alarm without giving you the data to decide for yourself, I have included links with the data I cite and data I don’t. Explore the data on your own.
I say the Sierra Club propaganda is “ineffectual” because it leaves you with no clue as to who is logging in Tongass?
Once again the Forestry Service rides to the rescue with Timber Volume Under Contract (sorry, no separate hyperlink from Forest Management Reports and Accomplishments), but look for it on that page and I picked Current Calendar Year Through: (select Jan).
That returns a spreadsheet that lists (among other things), ranger district, unit ID, contract form, purchaser, etc.
A word about MBF. The acronym MBF stands for thousand, as in Roman numberals, M = 1,000. So to read line 4, which starts with Ranger District “Thorne Bay,” read across to “Current Qty Est (MBF)”, the entry “6.00” represents 6,000 board feet. Thus, line 23, starts with “Juneau,” and “Current Qty Est (MBF)”, reads “3,601.00” represents 3,601,000 board feet. And so on. (I would have never guess that meaning without assistance from the forestry service.)
The Sierra Club leaves you with no clue as to who is harvesting the timber?, who is purchasing the timber from the harvesters?, who is using the timber for what products?, etc. The second and third steps removed the Forestry Service can’t provide but the harvesters gives you a starting point for further research.
A starting point for further research enables actions like boycotts of products made from Tongass timber, choosing products NOT made from Tongass timber and a whole host of other actions.
Oh, but none of those require you to be a member of the Sierra Club. My bad, it’s your dues and not the fate of the Tongass that is at issue.
If the Sierra Club wants to empower consumers, it should provide links to evidence about the Tongass that consumers can use to develop more evidence and effective means of reducing the demand for Tongass timber.
BTW, I’m not an anti-environmentalist. All new factory construction should be underground in negative-pressure enclaves where management is required to breath the same air as all workers. No discharges of any kind that don’t match the outside environment prior to its construction.
That would spur far better pollution control than any EPA regulation.
Water Protectors have meticulously defended moral and ethical obligations on behalf of the greater good for years now. Today, we all watched and waited for what would be the symbolic #LastStand and collision between Militarized forces and Peaceful Protectors. Things are ending peacefully as many left the camps in anticipation of the forces that hovered but some remain and sing peacefully in the face of riot gear and weapons. They still remain, they continue to sing, they burn sage, they are women, they are men, their hearts are heavy, but they will continue to pray peacefully.
WE HAVE DEFUNDED $69 Million Dollars from Big Banks: just from the people alone. Seattle Divested over $3 BILLION Dollars from Wells Fargo! University of California Divested $250 Million and Santa Monica is in the process of Divesting as well. There is more that is coming and we are all uniting behind the battle cry #StandingRock #NoDAPL #WaterProtectors there is beauty where there is pain, there is glory in defeat, there can be a better tomorrow when we come together and commit to fight.
Defunding is the right note to strike with banks, but DAPL isn’t the only injury investors have planned for the Earth.
Using pipelines for the movement of crude oil, NGLs, refined products, and natural gas greatly benefits the United States economy. Direct capital investments for the construction of new pipelines will average approximately $55 billion between 2014 and 2025, with more being spent between 2016 and 2020. This estimate considers a conservative path of oil and gas production during that time period. If access to off limit areas of production, like the Atlantic, the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific, and Alaska, is granted, direct capital investments will increase and average around $65 billion between 2014 and 2025. Regardless of the amount of production, these direct investments will further elicit indirect investments from others in the supply chain, such as steel manufacturing and engineering companies. Wages provided to workers will also be used to purchase consumer goods and contribute even further to the economy. In the end, while the approximate direct investment value may be between $55 and $65 billion, more contributions to the economy are likely providing all the indirect factors that are a part of construction and maintenance of gas and liquid pipelines. (Investing In Pipelines February 23, 2017)
That didn’t scale down very well but as you can see, if DAPL wasn’t close enough for you to take action, a closer opportunity is at hand.
Why Invest In Pipelines?
There currently are about 40 major interstate pipelines connecting to about 100 minor interstate pipelines operating in a highly regulated environment. As I wrote above, the barriers to entry are quite high if you’re considering building a pipeline any time soon. Most of the grid is in place, with access to building new lines ever more difficult because of urbanization. Oil and gas pipelines are simply great fixed assets that offer excellent long-term prospects for income-oriented investors seeking stable cash flow, upside appreciation and tax benefits from the way they are structured for the capital markets.
Because they are capital-intensive businesses, pipeline operators choose a structure that allows them to aggressively depreciate the huge amounts of money that go into building out and maintaining their lines. In practice, master limited partnerships (MLPs) pay their investors through quarterly required distributions (QRDs), the amount of which is stated in the contract between the limited partners (the investors) and the general partner (the managers).
Because of the stringent provisions on MLPs and the nature of the QRD, the vast majority of MLPs are energy-related businesses, of which pipeline operators tend to earn very stable income from the transport of oil, gasoline or natural gas. Because MLPs are a partnership, they avoid the corporate income tax on both a state and federal basis. Additionally, the limited partner (investor) also may record a prorated share of the MLP’s depreciation on his or her own tax forms to reduce liability. This is the primary benefit of MLPs and allows MLPs to have relatively cheap funding costs.
The tax-free income component to oil-and-gas-pipeline MLPs is very attractive to me at a time when higher income taxes are a reality fueled by a debt-ridden government. My view is that income investors seeking tax-advantaged income will continue to own MLPs and other tax-free investments if the tax code remains as is or becomes even more burdensome. I don’t see any major overhaul in the tax code with next year’s election because neither party in Congress has the will to cut spending. (The Advantages Of Investing In Oil And Gas Pipelines, February 23, 2017)
Altering the tax code to impact investment in pipelines is a theoretical possibility, but not an effective one.
Consult a tax lawyer for the exact details but investors in a pipeline partnership make money two ways:
Pass through of depreciation for the pipeline and its maintenance
Pass through of income from operation of the pipeline
Assuming there is nothing to be done to alter #1 (changing the tax code), altering investor behavior depends solely upon #2.
Altering #2 means no oil or gas flowing through the pipeline.
One of the aspects of pipeline that make them attractive to investors, as mentioned above, is stable income. Whatever the prices of oil or gas, it’s not worth anything unless it can be brought to market, hence the constant demand for pipelines.
As I mentioned in Stopping DAPL – One Breach At A Time, a pipeline cannot deliver oil or gas if it has even one breach in it. A breach renders it just pipe in the ground and that doesn’t produce any income.
Breaches in pipelines do occur but as far as reported, only by accident, so investors see no uncertainly to the revenue they expect from pipelines.
What if that were to change?
What if the final 13% of DAPL becomes irrelevant because the completed 1,172 miles of pipe begins to resemble Swiss cheese?
DAPL False Flags
Because I mentioned thermite recently, someone asked about a video showing its capabilities:
Be forewarned this was created by a 9/11 conspiracy theorist but it is a good illustration of the power of a pound or so of thermite. Properly used, breaching even 1/2″ steel pipe is a matter of seconds.
could take a bit longer.
That plus a #NoDAPL flag:
made me think of a DAPL false flag operation.
Assuming someone is to foolish as to dig up a portion of DAPL and breach it with thermite, then cover it back up with dirt and plant a #noDAPL flag, how would you distinguish that from a freshly dug area, with a #noDAPL flag?
Or any number of freshly dug areas with #noDAPL flags?
Would you not dig on the hopes there wasn’t a breach of the pipe?
Gives the idea of a “false flag operation” more immediate currency. Yes?
PS: Tracking proposed oil pipelines requires monitoring all fifty (50) states. There is no centralized regulation of such pipelines.
If anyone asks you to use explosives to interrupt the DAPL pipeline you should, of course, decline, but if, nevertheless, they persist, give them this advice:
Under no circumstances use explosives (commercial or homemade) so as to endanger law enforcement personnel, members of the public or even yourself. Many law enforcement officers are avid hunter and care as much for the environment as anyone. Don’t make yourself “special” by endangering or harming members of law enforcement or the public.
Always use commercial explosives. Homemade explosives as seen on the Internet are dangerous and a trap for the “independent” minded. Sure, you can waste your time, energy and endanger yourself by attempting to make homemade explosives but why? Yes, there restrictions on the sales of explosives but there are laws against human trafficking as well.
The Trafficking in Persons Report 2016 — Complete Report (PDF) reports that despite being illegal, human trafficking continues. I’ve seen it reported that 200 to 300 children are trafficked through the Atlanta airport, every month. Somehow I doubt the existence super effective enforcement efforts on explosives.
A longer post is coming but remember that investors, even investors in pipelines, are risk adverse. Should it come to pass that even a passing mention of DAPL creates waves of panic over the potential for entirely lost pipeline investments, the investment environment of and interest in pipeline investments will change.
After all, who wants to invest in 1,172 miles of sporadically broken, virgin pipe that has never carried a drop of oil? Yes?
PS: If you don’t know 1960’s civil rights history, the moniker Bull Connor of the North may escape you. Bull Connor used fire hoses and dogs against children marching for civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama. He, like the Bull Connor of the North, is a stain on the history of law enforcement in the United States.
Red Team Journal was founded in 1997 to promote the practice of red teaming, alternative analysis, and wargaming. Since its founding, the site has influenced a generation of red teamers to think systematically and creatively about their assumptions, challenges, adversaries, and competitors.
My encounter with Red Team Journal was quite accidental but welcome since despite years of protests, the Dakota Access Pipeline, spanning four states, is nearing completion.
The bravery and dedication of those who have fought a long and lonely fight against that project are to be admired. But continuing with tactics that allowed near completion of an 1,172 mile long pipeline isn’t a winning strategy.
What tactics for stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline occur to you?
One of the disadvantages Standing Rock faces is government sycophants who favor the pipeline can focus all their efforts at Standing Rock.
Consider this illustration of spreading their efforts over a wider area, say the 1,172 miles of the pipeline:
One or two breaches might be manageable and repairs would make economic sense. What about five major breaches? Or perhaps 10 major breaches? Each one in different sections and not too overlapping in time.
Interest, as you know, runs on loans 24 x 7 and repairs drive up the break even point for any endeavor.
Hemorrhaging cash at multiple locations isn’t sustainable, even for large foreign banks. Eventually, how long is unknown until figures come in for repairs, etc., the entire pipeline will be unprofitable and abandoned.
In the mean time, those points where cash is being lost by the barrel full (sorry), will capture the attention of investors.
Local sheriffs, underfunded and short staffed, are charged with guarding DAPL’s 1,172 length, in addition to serving their communities.
Places to patrol include heavy equipment rental companies in Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Sheriff’s won’t have to pay overtime and these maps will help deputies reach their patrol areas every day:
Illinois heavy equipment rental
Iowa heavy equipment rental
North Dakota heavy equipment rental
South Dakota heavy equipment rental
Hunters have long used pipelines as lines of sight, which could put deputies patrolling the pipeline in harms way. Sheriffs should advertise the patrol locations of deputies well in advance. Due to their professionalism, you won’t find any breaches being made in the pipeline in areas under active deputy patrols.
Some people may question the effectiveness of patrolling heavy equipment rental companies and announced deputy patrols of the pipeline. But sheriffs juggle competing demands for resources and the good of their local community everyday.
A community that sees higher restaurant, motel, employment figures as breaches are repaired.
If I were a sheriff, I would also bear in mind the local community votes in elections, not foreign banks.
“Our hope is that the new administration in Washington will now provide North Dakota law enforcement the necessary resources to bring closure to the protests,” said Kyle Kirchmeier, the sheriff of the local Morton County Police, in a press release.
The last 1.5 mile (2.4 km) stretch of the pipeline is expected to be completed in less than 90 days.
Kyle “Bull Connor” Kirchmeier is the sheriff responsible for spraying Standing Rock protesters with water canon in sub-freezing weather. A real piece of work.
For speculation purposes, let’s assume the government does overwhelm the protesters at Standing Rock.
Aside from completion, what does the 1,172 miles of DAPL require to be used?
It must have no known holes.
That is to say that if the pipeline were breached and that breach was known to the operator (as well as members of the press), no oil would flow.
What do we know about the DAPL pipeline?
First, since the pipeline can be approached from either side, there is 2,344 miles of land for staging actions against the integrity of the pipeline.
Construction of the new pipeline would require a typical construction right-of-way (ROW) width of 125 feet in uplands, 100 feet in non-forested wetlands, 85 feet in forested areas (wetlands and uplands), and up to 150 feet in agricultural areas. Following construction, a 50-foot wide permanent easement would be retained along the pipeline. … (page 12)
Which means staging areas for pipeline interference activities can be located less than 30 yards (for US football fans) from the DAPL pipeline on either side.
99.98% of the pipeline is installed on privately owned property in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. The Dakota Access Pipeline does not enter the Standing Rock Sioux reservation at any point.
Which of course means that you can lawfully, with the land owner’s permission, park a backhoe,
or, a bulldozer,
quite close to the location of the DAPL pipeline.
Backhoes, bulldozers and suitable heavy equipment come in a wide variety of makes and models so these images are illustrative only.
The Dakota Access Pipeline is an entirely underground pipeline. Only where there are pump stations or valves of testing stations is there any portion of the pipeline above ground. The pipeline is buried nearly 4 feet deep in most areas and in all agricultural lands, two feet deeper than required by law.
In the days since Donald Trump became president on January 20, 2017, millions of protestors have gathered in cities both big and small across the globe. And while presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet The Press” that, “There’s really no way to quantify crowd numbers“–digital humanists, data scientists, librarians and geographers beg to differ.
Let’s check in on some projects attempting to use GIS to visualize the recent political protests, preserve data and keep activists informed.
Despite Conway’s remarks, a Google Doc started by Jeremy Pressman at the University of Connecticut and Erica Chenoweth of the University of Denver soon began to collect crowd-sourced estimates from the Women’s Marches on January 20, 2017 organized by city, state and country. As they say on the public spreadsheet, “We are not collecting this data as part of a research project. We are doing this in the public interest. We are not affiliated with any other efforts to collect data on the demonstrations.” Over at Vox, graphics reporter Sarah Frostenson turned their data into a static map. Other researchers also weighed in. Doug Duffy, a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, made an interactive map of Pressman and Chenoweth’s data here and posted the visualization to his GitHub page. He even cleaned the data for easy download and reuse (with attribution) by others.
The post has links to a number of other projects that are mapping data related to resistance and political protests.
If that wasn’t encouraging enough, Sarah’s post appeared in Forbes, which isn’t known for being a hotbed of criminal syndicalism.
Can using GIS to plan resistance and political protests be very far away?
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Executive Relations, Office of the CEO:
100 N Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28255
(emphasis in original)
Bank of American maintains a rogues gallery of people to contact about its business and lending practices. Complete with photos should you happen to recognize one of them while shopping or in a crosswalk.
Brian Moynihan, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America Corporation
Jack O. Bovender, Jr., Lead Independent Director, Bank of America Corporation; Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HCA, Inc.
Sharon L. Allen Former Chairman, Deloitte LLP
Susan S. Bies Former Member, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Frank P. Bramble, Sr. Former Executive Officer, MBNA Corporation
Pierre J. P. de Weck Former Chairman and Global Head of Private Wealth Management, Deutsche Bank AG
Arnold W. Donald President and Chief Executive Officer, Carnival Corporation & plc
Linda P. Hudson Chairman and CEO, The Cardea Group, and former President and CEO, BAE Systems Inc.
Monica C. Lozano Former Chairman, US Hispanic Media Inc.
Thomas J. May Chairman, Eversource Energy
Lionel L. Nowell, III Former Senior Vice President and Treasurer of PepsiCo, Inc.
Michael D. White Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of DIRECTV
Thomas D. Woods Former Vice Chairman and SEVP, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
R. David Yost Former Chief Executive Officer, AmerisourceBergen Corporation
In addition, the governance page notes:
Persons seeking to communicate with the Board of Directors, any director, non-management members of the Board as a group or any committee of the Board should send a letter to the Corporate Secretary at Bank of America Corporation, 214 N. Tryon St., NC1-027-20-05, Charlotte, NC 28255. The letter should indicate to whom the communication is intended. The Corporate Secretary or the secretary of the designated committee may sort or summarize the communications as appropriate. Communications that are commercial solicitations, customer complaints, incoherent or obscene will not be communicated to the Board or any director or committee of the Board.
ABN Amro Capital USA LLC offers commercial banking services. The company was incorporated in 2009 and is based in New York, New York. ABN Amro Capital USA LLC operates as a subsidiary of ABN AMRO Group N.V.
100 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Founded in 2009
Key Executives For ABN Amro Capital USA LLC
ABN Amro Capital USA LLC does not have any Key Executives recorded.
January 28, 2017 1:42 PM ETBanks
Company Overview of ABN AMRO Group N.V.
ABN AMRO Group N.V. provides banking products and services for retail, private, and corporate banking customers in the Netherlands and internationally. […] ABN AMRO Group N.V. was incorporated in 2009 and is headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Gustav Mahlerlaan 10
Amsterdam, 1082 PP
Founded in 2009
Phone: 31 09 000 024
Key Executives For ABN AMRO Group N.V.
Mr. Kees C. van Dijkhuizen
Chairman of the Managing Board and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Johan van Hall
Vice Chairman of the Managing Board and Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Wietze Reehoorn
Chief Risk Officer and Member of the Managing Board
Ms. Caroline E. Princen
Mr. Chris F. H. H. Vogelzang
Member of the Managing Board
In addition to the identity of the chief officers of this miscreant, we now know of some 21,089 (as of 2015) employees who may be more environmentally conscious than their masters. Enabling poisoning of water along a 1,172-mile-long pipeline is no small thing.
The present composition of either board isn’t entirely clear from records on the company website but current member or no, the individuals listed no doubt have useful information/insight to share about the company.
For general contact purposes, the company website offers:
If you have questions about ABN AMRO Group’s financials, business activities, capital, funding, credit ratings or related issues, please contact our Investor Relations team.
Phone: +31 20 628 22 82
Head of Investor Relations
+31 (0)20 383 05 17
Deputy Head of Investor Relations
+31 (0)20 383 58 36
+31 (0)20 343 49 82
+31 (0)20 628 25 86
+31 (0)20 383 72 44
Investor Relations Analyst
+31 (0)20 343 94 88
+31 (0)20 383 32 35
Suggestions improving upon this starting point:
First, the company website claims a presence in Asia, Australia, Europe, North American and South American so you should have little difficulty finding one or more of those 21,089 employees (as of 2015) who can impact ABN Amro’s participation in this environmental outrage.
Second, I have kept copies of the various corporate documents should the links to resumes fall prey to link rot or other mishaps. Those may be useful in identifying specific individuals.
Third, this surface examination of ABN Amro and those of the other listed enablers to follow, are a prelude to exploring the recursive question: Who owns the enablers?
Emily points out some banks are dodging public comment on their investments.
Banks are toadies for their owners and if you can persuade their owners, the banks will dance another tune.
Discovering the owners of banks, human owners, isn’t a straight forward task.
Tables adapted from MorningStar provide a starting place, show the ownership of Wells Fargo (#1 on Emily’s list) by institutions and funds, as:
% Total Shares Held
Berkshire Hathaway Inc
Vanguard Group Inc
BlackRock Fund Advisors
State Street Corp
Fidelity Management and Research Company
Wellington Management Company LLP
Columbia Insurance Company
Capital World Investors
J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc
National Fire & Marine Insurance Co
Dodge & Cox
Northern Trust Investments N A
State Street Global Advisors (Aus) Ltd
State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins Co
MFS Investment Management KK
Geode Capital Management, LLC
Government Pension Fund of Norway – Global
Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC
T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.
TIAA-CREF Investment Management LLC
% Total Shares Held
Vanguard Total Stock Mkt Idx
Vanguard 500 Index Inv
SPDR® S&P 500 ETF
Vanguard Institutional Index I
Dodge & Cox Stock
Financial Select Sector SPDR® ETF
Vanguard Wellington™ Inv
VA CollegeAmerica WA Mutual 529B
MFS Value A
Fidelity Spartan® 500 Index Inv
VA CollegeAmerica Amercn Bal 529E
VA CollegeAmerica Inc Fund of Amer 529E
Vanguard Value Index Inv
Franklin Income A
CREF Stock R1
Vanguard Windsor™ II Inv
iShares Russell 1000 Value
Vanguard High Dividend Yield ETF
Parnassus Core Equity Investor
If these ownership tables look like, appear to be, the sort of relationship information that can be captured by a graph, topic map, etc., you are right in one!
Moreover, the ownership information of other funding banks, such as SunTrust Banks Inc., shows a number of institutions and funds in common.
Meaning that if we pierce the corporate veil and get the names of people, as officers, board of directors, shareholders, etc. those will be valid for one or more of the other funding banks for DAPL as well.
A graph of human owners for a bank, will intersect and overlay other ownership graphs for other banks, enabling activists to focus on persuading the most influential human owners.
Discussion of identifiers for the owners you see listed in this post coming tomorrow!
Not ignored by just anybody, ignored by the media.
On Jan. 20 — 16 years ago — thousands of protesters lined the inauguration parade route of the incoming Republican president. “Not my president,” they chanted. But despite the enormity of the rally, it was largely ignored. Instead, pundits marveled over how George W. Bush “filled out the suit” and confirmed authority.
“The inauguration of George W. Bush was certainly a spectacle on Inauguration Day,” marvels Robin Andersen, the director of Peace and Justice studies at Fordham University, in the 2001 short documentary “Not My President: Voices From the Counter Coup.”
It’s nearly impossible not to anticipate the eerie parallels between George W. Bush’s inauguration and that of Donald Trump.
“Forty percent of the public still believed that Bush had not been legitimately elected, yet there’s almost no discussion of these electoral problems or the constitutional crisis,” Andersen explains in the film. “Instead, Bush undergoes a kind of transformation where he fills out the suit and becomes a leader. Forgotten are any of the questions about his ability, his experience or his mangling of the English language. His transformation is almost magical,” she adds.
Andersen estimated the inauguration protests, which occurred throughout the country, garnered approximately 10 minutes of total coverage on all the major networks.
“When we did see images of protesters, there was no explanation as to why. We were asked to be passive spectators in this ritual of legitimation when the real democratic issues that should have been being discussed were ignored,” Andersen says in the film, reflecting on the “real democracy” in the streets of Washington, D.C.
Your choice. Ten minutes of coverage out of over 24 hours of permitted protesting, or the media covering a 24 hour blockade of the DC Beltway.
Which one do you think draws more attention to your issues?
A new president will be inaugurated on January 20, 2017, but its your choice whether its him, his wife and a few cronies in attendance or hundreds of thousands.
The crossbow arrest formation is found at pages 48-49 and illustrated with:
A number of counter tactics suggest themselves, depending upon your views on non-violence. Passive resistance by anyone who is arrested, thereby consuming more police personnel to secure their arrest. Passively prevented the retreat of the arrest team and its security circle. Breaching the skirmish line on either side of the column, just before the column surges forward, exposing the flank of the column.
Requirements for the crossbow arrest formation
What does the crossbow arrest formation require more than anything else?
Don’t get me wrong, crowds can be a good thing and sometimes the only solution. Standing Rock is a great example of taking and holding a location against all odds.
But a great tactic for one protest and its goals, may be a poor tactic for another protest, depending upon goals, available tactics, resources, etc.
Consider the planned and permitted protests for #DisruptJ20.
All are subject to the police formation detailed by FEMA and the use of “less lethal” force by police forces.
How can #DisruptJ20 demonstrate the anger of the average citizen and at the same time defeat police formations?
Parallel Distributed Protesting
Instead of massing in a crowd, where police formations and “less lethal” force are options, what if protesters stopped, ran out of gas, had flat tires on the 64-mile DC Beltway.
I mention the length of the Beltway, 64 miles, because it is ten miles longer than marches from Montgomery to Selma, Alabama. You may remember one of those marches, it’s documented at The incident at the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Protesters who honor Lewis, Williams and other great civil rights leaders can engage in parallel distributed protesting on January 20, 2017.
Each car slowing, stopping, having a flat tire, is a distributed protest point. With distributed protest points occurring in parallel, the Beltway grinds to a halt. No one enters or leaves Washington, D.C. for a day.
Not the same as the footage from the Pettus Bridge, but shutting down the D.C. Beltway will be a news story for months and years to come.
Lewis, Williams and others were willing to march into the face violence and evil, are you willing to drive to the D.C. Beltway to stop, run out of gas or have a flat tire in their honor?
PS: Beltway blockaders should always be respectful of police officers. They probably don’t like what is happening any more than you do. Besides, their police cruisers are also blocking traffic so their presence is contributing to the gridlock as well.
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Without leaks, journalists would have never connected the Watergate scandal to President Nixon, or discovered that the Reagan White House illegally sold weapons to Iran. In the past 15 years alone, inside sources played a vital role in uncovering secret prisons, abuses at Abu Ghraib, atrocities in Afghanistan and Iraq, and mass surveillance by the NSA.
At least historically speaking. Back in the days when hard copy was the norm.
Hard copy isn’t the norm now and leaking guidelines need to catch up to the present day.
Someone could have leaked a portion of the Office of Personnel Management records but in a modern age, digital was far more powerful. (That was a straight hack but it illustrates the difference between sweaty smuggling of hard copy versus giving others the key to a vault.)
If instead of leaking documents/data, imagine following these instructions:
The best option is to use our SecureDrop server, which has the advantage of allowing us to send messages back to you, while allowing you to remain totally anonymous — even to us, if that is what you prefer.
Begin by bringing your personal computer to a Wi-Fi network that isn’t associated with you or your employer, like one at a coffee shop. Download the Tor Browser. (Tor allows you to go online while concealing your IP address from the websites you visit.)
You can access our SecureDrop server by going to http://y6xjgkgwj47us5ca.onion/ in the Tor Browser. This is a special kind of URL that only works in Tor. Do NOT type this URL into a non-Tor Browser. It won’t work — and it will leave a record.
If that is too complicated, or you don’t wish to engage in back-and-forth communication with us, a perfectly good alternative is to simply send mail to P.O. Box 65679, Washington, D.C., 20035, or to The Intercept, 114 Fifth Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, New York, 10011. Drop it in a mailbox (do not send it from home, work or a post office) with no return address.
And you send the following:
Your email address
Screen shots of legitimate emails you get on a regular basis
What passwords are the most important
The receiver constructs a phishing email and sends it to your address.
Like John Podesta and numerous other public figures, you are taken in by this scam.
Evil doers use your present password for access and you have system recorded evidence that you were duped.
How does that allocation of risk look to you, as a potential leaker?
PS: Some, but not all, journalists will be quick to point out what I suggest is, drum roll, illegal. OK, and the question?
Those journalists are being very brave on behalf of leakers, knowing they will never share the fate of a leaker.
I make an exception for all the very brave journalists writing outside of the United States and a few other areas at great personal risk. But then they are unlikely to be concerned with the niceties of the law when dealing with a rogue government.
If your are interested in activities around the checkpoints, see the larger map.
So You Want To Blockade A Metro Stop
A map of Union Station reminded me that open street blockading isn’t likely to close a Metro Rail stop.
Why? Even with a large number of hardened protesters, the police can approach you from all sides, driving you in particular directions with “less lethal” weapons.
But the architecture of a Metro Rail stop offers an alternative strategy to open air resistance.
Don’t blockade outside a Metro Rail stop, blockade the stop by occupying stairwells, access points, etc.
Anyone opposing the blockade will seek to restore service and so be less likely to use persistent gases or other irritants in closed spaces.
The other advantage of escalators, stairways is that the police can only approach from in front or from behind you. Enabling you to defend the edges of your formation with layers of the most recalcitrant protesters.
I know you intend to peacefully and lawfully assemble only but be aware you may have those in your midst who damage and/or disable turnstiles. Either with some variety of fast acting adhesives or jamming them with thin metallic objects. Although illegal, those acts will also contribute to delaying the restoration of full service.
More thoughts on blockades reduce the number of people reaching Metro Rail stops tomorrow.
PS: It’s unfortunate the Metro doesn’t use tokens anymore. There are some interesting things that can happen with tokens.
The list is short on location information for many of the scheduled balls but the Commander in Chief’s Ball, Presidential Inaugural Ball, Mid-Atlantic Inauguration Ball, Midwest Inaugural Ball, Western Inaugural Ball, and the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball, are all being held at the: Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Apologies but I haven’t looked up prior attendance records but just based on known scheduling, disruption in the area of Walter E. Washington Convention Center looks like it will pay the highest returns.
For the balls with location information and/or location information that I can discover, I will post a fuller list with Google Map links tomorrow.
If your not interested in “permitted” protesting, it could be the case that attendees and protesters alike find it difficult if not impossible to attend the inauguration. See protests for an ongoing series of speculations in that direction.
PS: I remember the Constitution reading:
Congress shall make no law … abridging…the right of the people peaceably to assemble…
Congress shall make no law … abridging…the right of the people to be permitted to assemble…
About 3,000 people holding purple tickets got stuck on foot in the Interstate 395 tunnel when trying to attend President Barack Obama’s first inauguration, causing many of them to miss the ceremony. The tunnel was later nicknamed the Purple Tunnel of Doom.
Data science projects should define criteria for success, before the project starts.
That helps prevent management from moving the goal posts to claim victory where none exists and protects you from “but it doesn’t ….” when that feature wasn’t included in the criteria for success.
In efforts to #DisruptJ20 the Trump inauguration, it appears that at least 3K people must be prevented from reaching the inauguration.