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Geopolitical, Environmental, Social, Economic and Technological threats to HUMAN LIFE (GESET Part 2)

Bulletin_of_the_Atomic_ScientistsIn GESET part 1 of this article series I wrote: Each one of us, individually, is responsible for the world we are living in today and every day. Thus I hope each one of us also realises that regardless of the risks and challenges presented here, positive change always starts within. – This was my most compelling statement in the 1st part of my GESET series and my statement is specifically referring to controlling our human ego – the “lower self” (as opposed to the “higher Self” which refers to our Consciousness).  The human ego, this lower self, is the entity in charge of most individuals on Earth and my conclusion is that the human ego is the real cause of most of the awful things and all the madness happening on Earth. A fraction of this madness was mapped by me in my GESET research and it is presented here in a centralised mindmap which should make the understanding of these risks effortless.

However I must stress this paramount point in advance: regardless of the drivers/causes present to you in each threat/trend category, the real cause of each problem lies at the top of the pyramid – and at the top of the pyramid is the human ego.  We wouldn’t be here, in this inhumane mess, if it wasn’t for the human ego which desired more and more and a never-ending more. Human intelligence didn’t create our parasitic financial system, it was the ego of a number of individuals who wanted control and power and were driven by their ego to pursue the never-ending “more”. The ego of these individuals created one of the most perfect systems of mass-control – money – which in turn keeps billions of people in a never-ending rat race, while stimulating all the awful desires in a human being. Therefore to be clear, the process that got us here and which is driving us off the edge of the cliff is:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

As the current cycle seems to be coming to its end, we are fast approaching a potentially inevitable reset in our way of life. If this reset brings ethical positive changes or augmented negative outcomes, I do not know; but I feel that we still have some (diminishing) time left and the difference in outcome can be created by our choices. Now what facts am I basing such a dramatic statement on? First, please read the 1st part of this post called The paramount requirement for Self-Awareness, Critical Thinking and Adaptability (Part 1)so you can understand where I’m coming from. Second, read on and please feel free to disagree with me.

Notes:

  • I published the references and my sources of information for my research in the post: “My Top200 RSS info sources for ethical activism and global research“.
  • All the information listed in my research is already public and my results can be easily replicated by following either my sources of information, or by a simple Internet search for each topic of interest.
  • If someone has the resources to help me create a threat modelling expert system (AI), I’d be most grateful if you could please contact me
  • I’m sharing all this research with the hope that we will be able to mitigate the highlighted threats in time. Please note that the images in this post provide much more information than the text below which is just a high level summary of the mindmap.
  • With a few exceptions, all of the following threats are ego-driven man-made, money-driven man-sustained (for profit) and all of them can be mitigated through ethical means and sustainable alternatives.
  • In regards to the exceptions which have to do with the Earth itself or the Sun’s life cycle, we can at the very least mitigate their impact through predictive information awareness and proactive preparedness.
  • The most concerning part about this list is that each one of the listed threats are also trends:

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CAT i) Top 5 categories of Geopolitical threats (for further details please see the mindmap)

Note: Only the high level categories of threats are listed below from least impactful to most damaging. Some solutions to each are presented in the GESET mindmap and they will be detailed in GESET part 3.

  1. Armed conflicts and active civil conflict areas where losses of lives occur
    • Syria
    • Ukraine
    • Iraq
    • Yemen
    • Palestine
  2. Manipulation of public actions (online and offline) through:
    • Mass media: established TV, newspapers, radio
    • Nocebo advertising
    • Marketing of deceitful/twisted political ideas
    • Ridicule and suppression of alternative ideas or of ethical apolitical leadership
    • Political ponerology
  3. Rising geostrategic competition to established system
    • BRICS
    • Eurasian Economic Union
    • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
    • China’s multi-front strategic partnership with Russia
    • China, Russia and Iran planning gold backed currency
  4. Unethical and abusive political leadership
    • Numerous outrageous human rights violations in multiple countries on 6 continents: Africa, Asia, South America, North America, Oceania and Europe.
  5. Potential nuclear conflict
    • NATO vs Russia – Main driver: Economic and geopolitical domination
    • USA vs China – Driver: China’s expansion in South China Sea due to USA pressure and USA’s rejection of China as a rising military power.
    • Israel vs Iran – Main driver: complex history with increasing escalating hostilities.
    • USA/NATO (using Romania and/or Poland and/or S.Korea and/or Japan and/or other unknown ways) to provoke Russia or China to strike first with nuclear weapons and then attack the aggressor in a world-wide nuclear war.
    • Nuclear conflict purposefully started through a planned accident or a false flag (created with the purpose to ignite a nuclear conflict between two or more nuclear powers). Main driver: Economic and geopolitical domination; Reset of the existing financial system due to its imminent collapse.

GESET - Geopolitical➤ If war wouldn’t be profitable, every single one of the above geopolitical threats would be easily avoided. But war is profitable and until we take the profit out of human killing, we will continue to see these barbaric trends.  The choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

 

CAT II) Top 5 categories of Environmental threats (for further details please see the mindmap)

Note: Only the high level categories of threats are listed below from least impactful to most damaging. Some solutions to each are presented in the GESET mindmap and they will be detailed in GESET part 3.

  1. Pollution
    • Air & Atmosphere pollution
    • Lakes, Sea and Oceans pollution
    • Land and Home pollution
    • Human Food pollution
    • Fresh Water pollution
  2. Ecological disaster
    • Waste disposal
    • Gas fracking
    • Oil and gas leaks/disasters
    • Cyanide gold mining
    • Nuclear leak or meltdown
  3. Exhaustion of core natural resources, including drastic loss of biodiversity
    • Depletion of essential industry resources
    • Deforestation
    • Unexplained wild animal mass-deaths
    • Wild fish stock depletion and wildlife extermination
    • Bee colonies deaths and mass pollinator shortages
    • Oceans acidification
  4. Natural planetary changes
    • Climate change (warming/cooling)
    • Extreme weather events
    • Considerable uptick in Earthquake and Volcanic activity
    • Earth changes due to (minimum) Solar activity
    • Geomagnetic abnormalities
  5. Cosmic threat
    • Meteor impact on Earth
    • Earth directed CME (Coronal Mass Ejection)
    • Earth directed Solar Flare
    • Gamma radiation from space
    • ELE cosmic body impact on Earth

GESET - EnvironmentIf we continue our current trends of “economic growth” at the cost of environmental destruction, I have no doubt that we will negatively impact the quality of our life, but most importantly we will undoubtedly permanently damage the core environmental elements which sustain our life on planet Earth: pressure, temperature, radiation, oxygen, clean water and healthy food. The choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

 

CATiii) Top 5 categories of Societal threats (for further details please see the mindmap)

Note: Only the high level categories of threats are listed below from least impactful to most damaging. Some solutions to each are presented in the GESET mindmap and they will be detailed in GESET part 3.

  1. Manipulation of public actions (online and offline) through:
    • Mass media: established TV, newspapers, radio
    • Nocebo advertising
    • Marketing of deceitful economic ideas
    • Ridicule and suppression of alternative economy which is not profitable/legalised for taxation
    • Political ponerology
  2. Privatisation of knowledge
    • “Patented world”
    • Growing private possession of ideas and creations results in the erosion of human rights and the lack of development for individuals without the means to pay for education (not referring just to academic education here).
    • Suppression of publicly beneficial open-projects (open-source, creative-commons, copyleft etc) by for-profit entities.
  3. Financial pressure forcing individuals to rely on unethical means for survival
    • Prostitution (including sugar daddy/mammy)
    • Joining extremists
    • Mercenary army signups
  4. Human condition degradation
    • Propaganda and media programming
    • Porn & uncontrolled sexuality
    • Entertainment industry
  5. Numerous crisis of various types
    • Human rights
    • Fresh-water
    • Food supply
    • Migration
    • Threat of war.

GESET - Societal➤ Our society is very deeply broken. Not by the people living in it. But by those who rule over it. The sooner we realise that this zoo of a society we were born in and conditioned into, is just a construct of those in charge of the monetary system, the faster we will earn our freedom (intellectual freedom 1st, then emotional, and finally physical). If we want to fix the core problems in our society, we need to “wake-up” intellectually and then move beyond our current economic paradigm because our monetary system is the underlying issue that gives rise to the vast majority of the world’s problems.

I realise that most people cannot conceive a world without money, but a world without money would function exponentially better than our current one..However lets not jump ahead of ourselves and first consider improving the existing economic system to make it fair and sustainable. The first step would be to change it in such a way that we don’t need to compete against one another, but work together against social and scientific challenges. This way, as we develop technologies, our tech will be used to serve our needs and make our lives here easier, as opposed to being the means of ever greater levels of social control and exploitation. If we’d just spend some time to think about it, we’d see that given our current tech, it would be a lot easier to shift from a scarcity-driven and money-dependent neo-feudalist economic model we slave under, to a world where every person has their needs fulfilled, has an appropriate education for the era and preferably a high standard of living. This way we could work together efficiently and effectively (like a bee-hive) to focus on solutions to what’s truly important in our lives and our individual/collective development. And the priorities for our efforts can be easily decided based on our shared needs and interests, instead of having a few overlords amassing vast sums of wealth in [insert_name_here – they’re all the same] political system, while billions starve right in front of our eyes. Our reward (as if happiness and well-being were not enough) would be fulfilment of our needs, self-development, social progress and success in our chosen fields. Just imagine the possibilities for such a human society.. If you can’t imagine it, then just read about this topic to understand how such a society can be created.

We have the capabilities to produce more than enough to sustain many more billions of people on this Earth and to thrive here. However, the core problem is lack of self-awareness, lack of ethical mass-education, and greed – which is simply the natural by-product of system that re-enforces conquest and competition in pursuit of the ownership (i.e. enslavement) of the labour of others as well as their material resources. I feel that we have little time left but I know that we can do so much better in the time we have left..The choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

 

CAT iv) Top 5 categories of Economic threats (for further details please see the mindmap)

Note: Only the high level categories of threats are listed below from least impactful to most damaging. Some solutions to each are presented in the GESET mindmap and they will be detailed in GESET part 3.

  1. Extreme income inequality
    • Jan 2016: 62 people own the same wealth as half the world – Oxfam Davos
    • Jan 2016: The richest 1% now have more wealth than the rest of the world combined
    • The wealth of the richest 1% individuals continues to grow, while that of the poorest half of the world (3.6 billion people) stagnates.
  2. Manipulation of public actions (online and offline) through:
    • Mass media: established TV, newspapers, radio
    • Nocebo advertising
    • Marketing of deceitful economic ideas
    • Ridicule and suppression of alternative economy which is not profitable/legalised for taxation
    • Political ponerology
  3. Economic warfare
    • US and Western financial systems vs Russian & Chinese competition (i.e. BRICS, AIIB, EAEU or EEU)
  4. Over-dependency of the economic system on the financial system
    • Our financial system is in charge of our economy, politics, society, science, health, education, human growth and human development.
  5. World-wide Economic DEFLATION
    • Wide-spread Deflation which proves the lack of sustainability for our financially-reliant economic system. The economic and social chaos that will follow such an event, will undoubtedly give the opportunity to those in charge to implement a new and “better” system.

GESET - Economic➤ Human beings are the only species on this planet which needs money to…LIVE, to survive. Over the millennia, we, the highly intelligent human beings living here on top of the food chain on this planet, we have been systematically conditioned to believe in various religious or political systems of mass-control. And as we know from history, over the millennia we believed in those systems of control and we suffered greatly at the cost of millions of lives. But now, in the age of the Internet, we have no excuse to remain slaves to another system of control – the monetary system ruling this planet controls our lives without our awareness nor active permission. How could we, the superior intelligence beings that we think we are, don’t realise that in order to even survive (nevermind thrive) on this resource-rich planet, we must rely on a monetary system controlled by very few men? How can we not realise that this monetary system, which we don’t control, is the middleware between our most basic needs and the satisfaction of our needs? How come we haven’t replaced money yet with an ethical, equal and fair economic system? How do we not realise that we don’t need money to survive and thrive here? How is this even possible..today..in the age of the Internet? Nevertheless, the choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

 

CAT v) Top 5 categories of Technological threats (for further details please see the mindmap)

Note: Only the high level categories of threats are listed below from least impactful to most damaging. Some solutions to each are presented in the GESET mindmap and they will be detailed in GESET part 3.

  1. Mass surveillance & Government control of digital Internet
  2. Cyber-warfare and core infrastructure hacking
  3. Unethical (military-focused) Transhumanism
  4. Artificial Intelligence and sentient robots/machines
  5. Nuclear disaster / nuclear leak / nuclear weapons.

GESET - Technological➤ Last year I wrote a detailed post about “How to communicate securely & privately in today’s digitally surveilled world -and why do so?” What I wrote then is perfectly valid for this category because it turns out that my concerns were well founded. Considering the fact that the threat to individual privacy is strongly connected with the dangerous security threats we are experiencing today, we must be aware of the increasing trend in cyber-warfare, and economic & industrial cyber-espionage which has devastating effects on all of us living in this digital reality. Cyber-threats (cyber-weapons) such as Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, Gauss, Regin and countless other mal/ransomware & APTs, are not just a digital threat like a pesky computer virus, they are a real physical danger to our core infrastructure, to our personal identities and to our individual security and privacy. Therefore we must find an ethical way to combat such threats through policies, legislation and technology which enforce security against cyber-threats, and we must do this without taking away people’s privacy and liberties in the process. Our technology today can help us fulfil beneficial dreams or destructive desires.

Unfortunately, digital technologies are subversively used at global scale to guide, control and protect not just an unnecessary financial system which is corrupt beyond imagination, but digital tech is also used to manipulate our real-life thoughts, words, knowledge, behaviour and actions. The digital tools (both software and hardware) are now literally shaping the new generations of humans. This is especially concerning given the fact that some of the controversial world events which took place in the last 15 years, have given Orwellian powers to governments and unethical individuals who own these tools and the “factories” which makes them.  As a result of a very unfortunate combination of events, the Internet itself is now at risk to be owned and used as a power tool for control and profit. And the most unbelievable thing about all this is that the users of Digital are not just ignorant of the dangerous digital trend used against humanity, but they’re also its messengers, happily (or unknowingly) transferring their own real life into digital format and in the process they surrender their identity…

To be perfectly clear, digital technologies by themselves are not harmful or “evil” and this is not an argument against technological developments. The real threat here is due to the way digital technologies are abused by those in power to create undesirable outcomes for billions of individuals. This is what Aaron Swartz died for, this is why numerous activists and journalists are trapped/incarcerated, this is what Snowden warned us about, and this is why we all need to wake up and stand for what is ethical! The choice is ours and the change starts at the source:

Human ego (source) -> Money (incentive/cause) -> Human Behaviour (effect) -> GESET threat (after-effect)

Conclusion & Solutions: TBA in GESET part 3.

A message to Humanity – speech by Charlie Chaplin

“Be the change you wish to see in the world!” Be good. Be ethical. Be human!

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Posted by on July 11, 2016 in Academic, Personal

 

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The paramount requirement for Self-Awareness, Critical Thinking and Adaptability (GESET Part 1)

self-awarenessI find myself here, part of an unimaginably complex and beyond extraordinarily beautiful natural world which is slowly being annihilated by our ignorant society – proudly led by amoral, unethical and profit-driven individuals whose thirst for more conquest, domination and power seems to be insatiable. I find myself here, part of it all, powerless to change something significant to make a difference at a large scale, but nevertheless empowered to change myself, and to positively make a difference with what I’m capable of thinking/doing. Despite the odds against me (of which I’m perfectly aware of), I feel empowered to contribute in making a positive difference at a large scale by acting ethically at my small scale. I want to create and inspire ethical change and the first step in the right direction I think is in recognising the here, recognising the illusionary construct we’re living in. Neil Kramer’s video describes very well the boundaries and methodologies used in this illusionary construct to keep us here in it. Therefore given the gravity of the global risks I came across, I will instead focus on the paramount and immediate necessity for self-awareness, critical thinking and adaptability. Adaptability  is the quality of being able to change (or be changed) in order to deal successfully with new situations. And this capacity for adaptability is within our control – but in order to consciously adapt (i.e. not to be changed without our own will), we need self-awareness. While this post will detail my work on global risks, it is dedicated to self-awareness  for reasons which are completely obvious from the gravity of the threats to us uncovered by my research. For now lets start with the importance of self-awareness (or lack of it):

The Four Horsemen of Self-Awareness: Directionlessness, Detachment, Disassociation, Distraction.

Heraclitus wrote 2500 ago that “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change”. While his statement holds true until today, and will most definitely continue to be true in the future, those of us who want to stay conscious and self-aware, need to take heed to his wise words and let go of our fear of change. IF we want to become self-aware, to adapt and make a positive difference, we need to be able to deal with fear of change. Otherwise we can continue embracing Brendon’s 4 horsemen of self-awareness as described in the video above and hope for the best.. However, if we choose to make a positive difference, we need to understand that our fear (of the change we don’t control), manipulates us into wanting the illusion to keep things the same, regardless of how bad they really are. And as you will find out from my personal research presented here, the real reality is much worse than the fragmented one presented in mass media and various other for-profit sources. For the record, nobody asked me to do this and I didn’t ask or received anything in return for the resources I spent on compiling this research. The only reason why I’ve done it and now I’m sharing it publicly, is because I believe that if we don’t take positive action and things do continue to stay on the same course, it will most probably be the end of our humanity. How I’ve reached this improbable conclusion can be deducted from my research. However, probability aside, I’m absolutely sure of one thing: the choice is ours on how we decide to use our most valuable resource to continue to stay ignorant/fearful, or to act ethically and make a positive difference.

But do we know what is the most valuable resource in our possession? Do we know what is the most valuable resource on this planet and maybe even in this multiverse (to the best of our knowledge)? Do we realise what is the absolute most important resource in our lives? Take a moment to think about the answer and before you read further, feel free to write down at least 3 potential answers to these questions…OK, so have you written down 3 answers to those questions? If the answer is yes, then lets move on. To give you a clue, the answer is the same resource, and this one most important resource can’t be created, or mined, minted, traded or bought. I’m about to give you the answer I learned to be the most valuable resource in our lives, but before you read it, please draw a vertical line after your own 3 answers and write my answer on the other side of your line, so you can compare your answers with mine: time. The individual time we all have while we are alive is the most valuable resource we have available during our spark of life here. Our time alive is our most valuable resource and implicitly is also humanity’s most valuable resource. But here is the catch: we don’t really realise that do we? We, the individual humans living together on this space rock, we don’t get that. We don’t individually have the self-awareness to collectively understand that our time is our most valuable resource, nor do we realise that we are living here together. And here is were it got us:

[by Spencer Cathcart (@Freshtastical), the creator of “The Questions We Never Ask”]

Our lack of self-awareness brought us here. It wasn’t just the emperors and their armies, or the religious fanatics and their terrors; or the ‘royal’ blooded families and their wealth, or the industrialists and their technology, or the for-profit corporations, or the deceitful politicians and their never-ending lies, or any other label-carrying entity or faction. No, it wasn’t just ‘them’. They are indeed the creators of this very mad world we’re living in, but they couldn’t haven done it without the rest of us. All of us. And for as long as we continue to lack self-awareness (in time and space), it will always be so because each one of us, individually, is responsible for the world we are living in every day. Thus I hope everybody can realise that regardless of the risks and challenges presented to you, change always starts within.

 

Now onto global threats. In November 2014 I randomly came across a piece of information which encouraged me to pursue my curiosity on a new and interesting path. I followed my curiosity down the proverbial rabbit hole and +500 hours of research later, I ended up with a large mind map containing a very large number of threats to our: mental health, emotional health, physical health and potentially spiritual health too. (I wrote “potentially” because I have no way to measure it objectively, but subjectively I sense it being influenced too).

However, a few minutes ago I realised that if I continue writing the global threats details in this post, it will turn out to be a very long read which may take away some value from the core point – taking ethical actions to mitigate mostly man-made global threats affecting us at species level and at a personal level. Therefore I decided to split the post in 2 parts and provide the core details on global threats in the 2nd part. If now I’m too tired to make sense of it and it turns out to be incoherent, I apologise and I promise I will re-edit both posts after they’re published. Also this is my first draft and feedback is most welcome as always.

PS: There is a lot more info in this post about self-awareness and critical thinking than meets the eye at first glance. If interested in finding out more, feel free to click on the highlighted words as they are hyperlinks to various supporting resources and inspiring videos like:

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2016 in Personal

 

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Deșteaptă-te, Române!

 La Multi Ani tuturor si un An Nou care sper sa ne aduca Lumina, Pace si Armonie!

Pe 1 Decembrie 2014 am publicat articolul “Ethical Human Education, Wisdom & Evolution” cu scopul educativ de a impartasi cunostintele mele si cu speranta ca voi inspira pe toti cititorii mei sa inteleaga urgenta necesitatea  de a utiliza activ ETICA in tot ceea ce facem in viata de zi cu zi. De 1 Decembrie 2015 am pus doar 2 mesaje (primul si al doilea) pe twitterul meu pentru ca nu am apucat sa imi adun gandurile sa scriu un articol dedicat Românlor si României. Insa sper sa ma recompensez prin randurile de mai jos.

Pana acum am publicat pe blogul meu doar articole scrise de mine insa azi voi posta un articol care l-am gasit pe activenews.ro care descrie cu acuratete multe din concluziile mele despre ce se intampla in România. Dar inainte de paragrafele articolului mentionat, vreau sa evidentiez (dpmdv) un concept de viata esential in intelegerea situatiei personale, sociale, culturale, economice, politice si de sanatate mentala, emotionala, fizica si spirituala din România: piramida nevoilor vietii. Indiferent daca vorbim de planta, pasare, peste, animal sau om, atata vreme cat se incadreaza in categoria “viata”, are nevoi foarte bine defininte de viata. De exemplu, plantele, printre altele, au nevoie de nutrienti, de apa si de soare.  Pasarile fiind pe un nivel existential superior plantelor, printre altele, au nevoie de apa, oxigen, mancare, soare, reproducere si..socializare (ex. pinguinii). Pestii si animalele, cel putin la fel ca pasarile si plantele, au nevoie printre altele de oxigen, apa, hrana, soare, reproducere, socializare (ex. delfinii), atentie (ex pisicile), comfort (ex maimutele) si exprimarea emotiilor (ex cainii).

Evident omul fiind mult mai complex decat plantele, pasarile, pestii si animalele, are nevoi mai multe si mai complexe. Dar suntem oare invatati macar care sunt acestea? Suntem invatati cum sa le identificam, cum sa ne disciplinam ca sa le tinem in frau si cel mai important, cum sa le satisfacem fara repercursiuni negative/imorale/distrugatoare asupra noastra, a semenilor nostrii si asupra mediului din care facem parte?  Ei bine, avand in vedere ca sunt sigur ca voi toti care cititi aceste randuri puteti si raspunde la aceste intrebari simple menite sa stimuleze gandirea individuala critica, eu ma voi limita doar la faimoasa piramida a lui Maslow. Imaginea atasata e evident-explicativa, insa va atrag atentia si asupra culorilor fiecarui nivel de la baza la varf:

https://ovidiubernaschi.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/881dc-piramida.jpg?w=645

Sper ca v-ati dat seama ca in România, nivele superioare (galben-verde-albastru) sunt subiecte de reclame si povesti, insa noi suntem directionati si strategic tinuti la nivelele inferioare de baza (rosu si portocaliu). De exemplu, in filme, publicitate si mass media se descrie fericirea, successul, sanatatea, multumirea de sine, distractia cu prietenii etc  Dar datorita (multor motive, nu doar) realitatii economice din tara, majoritatea oamenilor nu au siguranta zilei de maine si muncesc ca robii pentru ca sa-si asigure nevoile de baza (rosii): hrana, acoperisul, siguranta de azi si sanatatea (nivelul portocaliu). Iar datorita bombardamentului cu publicitate si propaganda, se pare ca oamenii incearca sa tina pasul si cu ‘moda’ ca sa apara in societate asa cum e la ‘moda’ sau macar sa apara in cercul social fericiti si sanatosi (fizic, mental, emotional si optional spiritual)..Asta e o iluzie ce incearca sa mimice nivelul galben si cu cat mai multi oameni vorbesc despre asta cu atat imi dau seama de cat de multa disonanta cognitiva exista in societatea Româneasca de azi.  Nu ma intelegeti gresit, in nici un caz nu afirm ca asa sunt toti compatriotii nostrii. Nu, eu ma refer la strategia nationala folosita la noi care tine populatia la cele 2 nivele de baza si duce la rezultate distrugatoare pentru individul Român, pentru poporul Român, pentru cultura Română, si pentru mediul inconjurator a acestor meleaguri stravechi care ne tine pe toti. Ma intreb, daca unui om nu i se da sansa si suportul de a-si asigura nevoile de baza, cum ar putea vreodata reusi sa gandeasca la nivelele superioare de verde si albastru si sa constientizeze cat de importante sunt in evolutia umana? Asadar concluzia mea e ca problemele cauzale la noi tin de blocajul nostru in nevoile inferioare rosii, si de lipsa educatiei care aduce intelegerea tuturor nevoilor personale si umane care sa ne ajute sa evoluam la autorealizare. Si acum ca eu am incheiat intro, sa trecem la articolul publicat pe activenews.ro si atitudini.com:

Pr. Dr. Mihai-Andrei Aldea este o voce cunoscută în lumea ortodoxiei românești. Cleric, dar și istoric, etnolog, scriitor sau editorialist, părintele Aldea s-a remarcat întotdeauna prin tăria cuvântului său, ca un om care nu s-a ferit niciodată să spună ce gândește.  Într-un interviu acordat revistei Atitudini, editată de Mănăstirea Petru-Vodă, părintele Aldea vorbește despre politică, societate, relații internaționale, economie și istorie.

Părintele Aldea despre naționalizarea resurselor

“Suntem chiar atât de lipsiți de discernământ? Statul actual a avut în mână, din ianuarie 1990, toate resursele țării. Toate! (referinta) Ape, pământ, subsol, aer, energie, oameni, cultură, credință, tot, tot, tot! Și a vândut sau a distrus tot! Și voi vreți să dați din nou acestui Stat, acestei clase politice, tot ceea ce a vândut deja cel puțin odată, ca să le vândă iar! Dar nu vedeți că singurele lucruri pe care Statul nu le-a vândut au fost cele din proprietatea oamenilor?
Da, pentru că au urmat exemplul și îndemnul Statului, pentru că au făcut ceea ce Statul i-a învățat și i-a pus să facă. Suntem singurul Stat atât de dement – vă rog să spuneți așa, „dement”, căci asta este demență – încât să își vândă pământul către străini. Și asta este o hoție și o infracțiune și o trădare națională. Constituția interzice colonizarea de populații străine pe teritoriul României, dar ei dau voie la vânzarea imobilelor către străini, ceea ce înseamnă că România poate fi colonizată în voie. Este o lege anticonstituțională, dar nimeni nu a sesizat până astăzi acest lucru. Nici n-am mai spus că Legea Românească – și orice Constituție ar trebui să țină seama de rânduielile noastre străbune – Legea Românească nu dă voie niciodată să se vândă pământ unui străin, sub niciun cuvânt. De fapt și vânzările de acum sunt ilegale, pentru că sunt făcute sub o lege neconstituțională. Și vor fi anulate, aceste vânzări, mai devreme sau mai târziu, iar pământul va redeveni românesc. Într-o Românie demnă niciun cetățean străin și nicio firmă străină nu pot deține proprietăți sau imobile. Pot să le închirieze sau arendeze, dar nu să le dețină.
Oricum, ca să revenim la întrebare, cred că este o greșeală uriașă să se lupte cineva pentru naționalizarea resurselor naționale. Asta înseamnă să le dăm iarăși Statului. Păi un oarecare prim-ministru a vândut resursele platoului continental încă înainte să-l obțină la Haga! Vă dați seama ce fericiți sunt politicienii de asemenea inițiative cetățenești?”
Daca doriti sa cititi mai multe, va invit sa vizitati activenews.ro si atitudini.com insa cel mai importat lucru pe care-l putem face pentru o schimbare reala in bine, e sa incepem sa gandim etic, sa vorbim etic si sa actionam etic. Moralitatea nu tine de religie, nu tine de politica sau de culoarea pielii, sau de nationalitate sau de orice alta categorizare. Tine de logica.
https://i2.wp.com/lammas-school.co.uk/Images/content/1441/672213.jpgDe exemplu daca albina aduce polen pentru ea, pentru colonie si pentru regina sa, atunci o sa-i fie bine si ei, si coloniei si reginei. La nivelul uman, noi trebuie sa luam exemplul albinelor si stramosilor nostrii care au biruit greutati enorme doar lucrand impreuna si unii pentru altii (ca albinele). Daca vrem si noi sa lucram impreuna pentru binele colectiv, noi prima data trebuie sa ne educam reciproc sa fim morali prin gand-vorba-fapta si sa-i invatam si pe altii din jurul nostru sa fie etici. Daca reusim sa raspandim “Eticalitatea” (invataturi etice + libertatea de a alege daca le urmezi sau nu), sunt sigur ca o sa construim o societate pe masura inteligentei noastre si pe masura mostenirii sangelui Dacic ce curge prin venele noastre. Daca ne vrem tara inapoi de la colonialisti, si daca vrem sa castigam definitiv impotriva raului care ne conduce de atata timp, trebuie sa realizam ca aceasta lupta nu se castiga cu violenta, ci cu intelepciune. Focul nu se stinge cu foc iar impotriva parazitilor care stapanesc mintea, cultura, societatea, pamantul si valorilor Romanesti, nu se poate lupta sustenabil si eficient prin violenta mentala, verbala sau fizica. Aceasta lupta se castiga definitiv prin evolutie etica colectiva. Asadar, Deșteaptă-te, Române! 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2016 in Personal, Romana

 

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THRIVE: What on Earth will it take?

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”
“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.”

The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.. In honour of life’s irrepressible urge to thrive and in memory of all those who have been persecuted or killed for their commitment to truth and justice, we gracefully invoke their courage as we come together to stand up for our lives. – Foster & Kimberly Gamble ThriveMovement.com

I just finished watching for the first time the documentary called “Thrive” and since this documentary confirms a lot of the core problems uncovered by my own independent research into global threats, I decided to postpone my sleep time by another few minutes just so I can post this at 4:30AM 🙂

THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what’s really going on in our world by following the money upstream — uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future… If each of us uses our unique gifts, and we collaborate with others, we can create the world we want to live in. We already have what it takes to thrive. Now is the time! (ref)

We have the power to change our world for the better but do we want to? Do we look beyond our personal interests to find solutions which will fit us, humanity and the Earth? Such solutions are not rocket-science, quite the contrary. And the main solution is actually very simple: instead of continuing to use our exiting self-destructive model of profit-before-people, we need to switch to an ethical, decentralised and “evil-proof” model based on Trinity-Balance: we should pursue only the individual needs which also take into consideration the individual’s interconnectivity with the whole of humanity, and the protection (or at the very least not destruction) of our home: the Earth. And how could we kick-start this simple solution? A: by being ethical in everything we do, in the way we think, speak, act, live, work, behave. As I described in my post Ethical Human Education, Wisdom & Evolution, in my view, an ethical action must respect two simple rules:

1. Respect human Life and act to protect Life, or act in a way which does not harm Life.

2. Take positive action which is in favour of the individual, but only if:

  • 2A: it doesn’t violate the 1st rule,
  • 2B: it doesn’t hurt or disfavour other individuals,
  • 2C: it doesn’t damage the environment which the individual and his/her peers belong to. (The environment in our case is: room-building-estate-city-county-country-continent-Planet Earth and the impact must be considered at our maximum reach which now is global level, not just personal and local.)

Positive change is literally this simple..But if positivity is not everyone’s “cup of tea” as the Irish say, I’m sure happiness is. And while it may seem irrational or counter-intuitive, I strongly believe that long-term happiness has a very strong foundation in ethics:

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2015 in Personal

 

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My Top200 RSS info sources for ethical activism and global research

bizarroworldThis post is for all divergent thinkers, critical thinkers, researchers, writers, ethical activists, ‘curious cats’ and pretty much anyone else interested in trying to find out what’s actually going on in this profitdriven Bizarro World we live in…I’m writing this as part of my “how-to” practical tutorial series and it focuses on the Top200 RSS information sources I’m actively using to keep up to date with the global agenda and with local developments in Roumania, Europe and the world. Please note that unless you’re a researcher, you most likely don’t need all of these sources for a “normal” periodical update, therefore feel free to select only the sources you like/require. The reason why I’m using so many sources is because for the last 5 months I’ve been working on/off on an independent (secondary) research project. Since “all the easy problems have already been solved”, I decided to try and compile a map and a report on: Highly Dangerous Global Trends & Risks to humanity. I self-started this personal project in 2014 and my goal was (and is) to:

  1. Analyse public data & media info which may be related to major threats to the well-being of people living on Earth, with a focus on Europe, particularly Roumania and Eastern Europe;
  2. Identify dangerous trends, sort and rank the main threats in the following categories: Environment, Human Society, Economy, Geo-politics and Technology;
  3. Attempt to produce accurate ethical insights which reflect the real truth, and not some profit-driven agenda (e.g. corporate/academic/governmental/private-driven agenda);
  4. Suggest viable ethical solutions using my existing and newly gained knowledge.

Therefore, in the last 5 months I read a fair amount of info from multiple sources (many of them didn’t actually make this list because of their too strong bias), and what you see below is my curated list of balanced-bias information sources. While my self-driven purpose is to find as much factual information as possible about what’s really going on, I’m well aware that the complexity is enormous and I can only cover a tiny percentage. However, based on my progress to date, I think I’m on the right track, so with a bit of luck I’m hoping to publish my first draft with my findings in the next couple of weeks.

Now to get to the “how-to” part, please note that all the web-links below are for an RSS news aggregator. (i.e. Firefox’s Live Bookmarks or Thunderbird or Liferea). For a comparison between the available RSS news aggregators please see this Wiki page. And if you’ve never used RSS feeds, then you may want to see this short tutorial for Thunderbird. (the principle is the same for all aggregators). So why am I using RSS? At first because RSS is the most efficient way to quickly go through 100s of articles per hour, and considering my goal and scope, time is of the essence. For those who are not familiar with news aggregators, please see the RSS benefits listed below (and for more info visit tutorialspoint):

  • Save time by not visiting each site individually.
  • Control the flow and quality of information you receive.
  • View and scan multiple content streams simultaneously.
  • Ensure your privacy by preventing the need to join each site’s e-mail newsletter.
  • Obtain fresh content automatically, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Avoid missing information if you forget to check a certain site.
  • No ads (a well-configured hosts file helps. alt1; alt2).
  • All news sources in one place. For example:

Liferea_ovi So now without further ado, my Top200 RSS info sources for ethical activism and global research are:

==== RSS ROMANIA ====

(all in Roumanian, for English sources just scroll down)

Surse Principale

Mass Media Romania

Economia Romana

==== RSS EUROPE (All in English) ====

EU info sources

==== RSS WORLD ====

Earth and Environment

Essential Sources

Human Rights

Independent Info Sources

Economy and Business

Research Centres

Global Mass Media

Tech and Science

Health and Nutrition

Knowledge and Development

Prepping and Survival

Fun stuff

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Aye! arrr.. 😀

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2015 in Academic, IT stuff, Personal, Romana

 

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Any intelligent fool can make profit..and destroy the planet in the process

Any intelligent fool can make profit. But as Einstein said: “it takes a touch of genius & a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction!” Choose to be a courageous genius! 😉

Pursuing more money and material things than practically necessary is always very satisfying in short term. It’s a personal ‘win’ and makes one feel great in front of the mirror and his/her social circle. Such pursuits and ‘wins’ provide a continuous ego boost in long term and for those who don’t feel/know any better, these wins provide some superficial happiness in a vicious circle. However, regardless of the amount of money one has, if (s)he can’t find happiness in ways that actually matter to the whole of the human being (intellect, physical body, emotions, spirit and consciousness), all the more money, more profit, and the more material things will never ever provide peace and true happiness. -That’s unless one’s a narcissistic psychopath or sociopath which processes emotions through the ego and not the “heart”. In such a case, one is of course the exception, because such an individual (see if you recognise him in the attached image) is easily capable of manipulating and enslaving others through any and all possible means available, just so (s)he can get the much needed personal ‘win’.. Now why do these sick individuals matter?

Because they rule us and the human society. Our world may feel like its ran by C-grade students, but it only seems that way. The chaos, the inequality, the wars and the massacres that are happening in the world are not a coincidence, and they’re definitely not due to our politicians’ incompetence. On the contrary. People are not starving because there isn’t enough food for them or money to feed them…no! They’re starving because feeding them does not make profit. In multiple areas of our planet people are dying of countless trivial causes simply because its not profitable to build hospitals in the areas where they live or to ship first aid kits and qualified personnel there.. Worse of all, wars happen because of the greed of the sociopaths mentioned above which want more ‘wins’ through expansion/domination, and to achieve it they need land and resources. Wars don’t happen because of silly ideologies or the ego of some leader..Good people die in wars because they’ve been “programmed” with some manufactured propaganda that someone (or some nation) is the enemy of some current ideology, and they need to be eradicated though war because they’re a threat. In this process of peace destruction and common eradication, those who manufacture that propaganda and create the plans for expansion, domination and war, make huge profits from it. However, I will stop here with this subject and close the paragraph with one of my favourite quotes on the matter:

I don’t know about you, but I am thoroughly convinced that our profit-driven system of thinking/living/working is not just deeply unethical but completely unsustainable and inevitably suicidal. Why do I think so?  I could give many examples to support my statement, but I only have one night to write this and out of the sea of answers, I will pick the electricity scenario:

Do you ever think about the sources of our electricity? Have you ever imagined the path from your light bulb to its real source? Have you tried to follow (with your imagination) the electricity from the light bulb filament through its casing, house wiring, fuse box, building wiring, power meter, street wiring, regional amplification station, high voltage aerial and underground cabling which go all the way to the source power plant? And depending on the power plant, has your imagination reached the actual source of the energy powering your light bulb? If yes, then you already know what I’m talking about. If no, please let me explain:

  • If the source power plant is a hydro-power plant, you would then imagine the force of the water turning massive turbines as it falls from a height which helps the hydro-turbine create the electricity that powers your light bulb. Therefore the real source is gravity, water and a man-made conception which uses water and gravity in an innovative way to create power.
  • If the source power plant is an air farm, you would imagine the force of the air turning those massive wind turbines which in turn create electricity by harvesting one of the elements of nature: wind.
  • If the source power plant is a wave farm, you would imagine the waves of the ocean moving up and down those massive snake-like floating devices which harvest the free energy of the ocean/sea.
  • If the source power plant is a solar farm, you would imagine the heat of the Sun touching an army of solar panels which innovatively transfer that heat into electricity which eventually ends up in your light bulb.

Now fortunately, all of the above mentioned energy sources are sources of CLEAN renewable and sustainable energy, and the real power source is just “one level” beyond the power plant: Nature. Therefore the power plant is harvesting the force of Nature directly to create power for our..light bulbs.

However, due to the desire to make profit at all costs, we unfortunately only use such clean energy in very tiny amounts. As most people know, almost all our electricity is produced with coal, oil-based fuels, gas and worst of all, nuclear energy – all sources which are not just unsustainable but they also damage the environment beyond measure. For example, in nuclear power plants we still use plutonium (Pu) and uranium (U) despite the fact that Thorium is 1000x cleaner and it doesn’t damage the environment for 10000 years like Pu and U. The downside of Thorium is of course that it cannot be weaponized and therefore the powers to be can’t make nuclear bombs with it; so its not used to produce clean nuclear power around the globe.

Therefore knowing this, what we would actually need to imagine as our source of electricity in the power plant is: coal, oil-based fuels, natural gas and radioactive nuclear fuel. And here is the catch: the source of this unsustainable “dirty” electricity is not only “one level” beyond the power plant into Nature. Oh no no, the source is many many levels and layers beyond the power plant. The raw source of the dirty fuel needs to be mined/extracted from the Earth, processed, transported, processed, shipped to the power plant, processed, loaded into containers which eventually ship it to be..burnt into an oven. Just try to imagine all the people and the resources necessary to do all that just to keep a fire burning which lights up your light bulb. So what does this process remind you of? I don’t know about you but this makes me feel like a Neanderthal 2.0 where the only (relevant to the subject) difference between me and v1.0 is that I don’t need to make my own fire in my room because an army of men and countless resources keep it burning somewhere out of my reach so the owners of all that unnecessarily destructive process can charge me for it..

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But..but..we’re no Neanderthals, we’re in the XXI century and we also have nuclear power! Well here is the best part about that: the process I described above is countless times more complex in the case of nuclear energy, because apart from the fact that its extraction, manufacturing and handling needs a ridiculously complex process costing a fortune, the “best bit” about it is that it CANNOT be disposed of.  Nuclear fuel (Pu and U) is never “burnt” but “used”, and since we have no way to get rid of it safely, we store it very deep underground until we either run out of deep holes to hide it in, or we’ll have the tech to probably ship it into space/Sun/blackhole, and in that process contaminate/destroy other cosmic bodies not just our planet…

Therefore, would it not be easier, more efficient, more effective, cheaper and also actually ethical, healthier and sustainable (among many other positive things) to just use clean renewable energy from the Sun, wind, water and the Earth? Any person with a functional brain and some common sense would agree that sure it is.. However its not our lack of intelligence, innovation, technology or ….(fill in reason)… that’s stopping us from advancing the human race while also protecting ourselves, our children, future generations AND the planet. The answer is simple: what’s stopping us is…Pxxxxx..take a guess! What’s the 6 character English word which is created by greed and ignorance, and which starts with “P”? 🙂

And this is my nano-short answer to the original statement, provided with help from a bit of imagination, a bit of common sense and the bulb-powered energy journey as an example. Today we pay titanic amounts of money to energy corporations (and we will pay a lot more in the near future even under the pretext of switching to clean energy because for some irrational reason that costs more..), when our electricity could be almost free if not completely free. On the almost free argument I will only point to the plethora of tutorials online on how to create self-sustainable buildings and passive buildings. On the free electricity I will point to Nikola Tesla who wanted to offer free electricity to everyone on this Earth, but his “sponsors” pulled all the funding away from him and destroyed his Tesla towers arguing that “they can’t make profit from free electricity“.

My final conclusion on the matter is that the more we use a profit-oriented model of thinking/living/working, the deeper we are digging ourselves and our children into a very dark future. I am hopeful that we still have a fair chance to spiral out of the circle of destruction which is about to complete yet another cycle; however if we are to stand any chance, we need to do it now and we need to do it together through ethical decentralised collaboration efforts, not by using the existing corrupt models focused on profit. Same thinking produces same results. If we are to think the same way as in the last 100 years, and if we are to do the same thing over & over while expecting different results, then we are by definition…insane and I rest my case.

Almost all of us (hopefully) know that the world needs fixing. While one butterfly is unlikely to be able to fix it in one wing flap, a large amount of ethical individuals can. They can, by contributing with whatever they can think of and whatever they can do, as long as their actions are ethical. In my opinion fixing the world is as simply as willing to do so together: “many many very very small drops of water make an ocean, not a few big fish…

“I see such potential for our species. We could be so much more than we are”…

Takeaways and some homework:

We are consuming all #Life on #Earth and if we don’t stop, we will end up consuming ourselves.. Currently, the global population is cutting down trees faster than they regrow, catching fish faster than the oceans can restock, pumping water from rivers and aquifers faster than rainfall can replenish them and emitting more climate-warming carbon dioxide than oceans and forests can absorb.

Highly recommended reading:

  • 5 Ways To Unf##k The World:

“Here’s the thing: the Earth is not f##ked. The Earth will go on evolving with or without us. In fact, in many ways it is better off without us. No, it’s the human world that’s f##ked. Either we adapt and overcome by making cooperation primary and competition secondary, or we’re f##ked. It really is that simple.

Unf##king the world will not be a walk in the park. It will be a complete upheaval of what we think we know about how human beings are “supposed” to live on this planet. We’ll have to turn the tables on our egos, our so called leaders, and even our loved ones. We’ll have to outgrow being indifferent and get used to being different. We’ll have to awaken and clear outdated, multigenerational patterns that need interrogation and then integration at a higher vibration..Here are five ways to attempt unf##king an otherwise f##ked up world. Without further ado, let the unf##king begin!

1.) Unf##k Yourself…” Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-18/guest-post-5-ways-unfk-world

save Earth

PS: this was just a quick post as the thought crossed my mind last night and I wanted to write it over night and share it. However in the next few weeks I will share the comprehensive research I’m working on for the last few months. My independent work includes a map with global threats to humanity from 2015 onwards, some research on sustainability and my proposed practical project management framework (InoviPM) for implementing ethical projects, and maybe even a new sustainable decentralised collaborative economy.. Thanks for reading!

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2015 in Personal

 

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How to communicate securely & privately in today’s digitally surveilled world -and why do so?

Fear is the name of the game when it comes to global mass surveillance.”

This post is a follow up to the series of essays I wrote on the topic of Security and Privacy. In line with my previous posts on security and privacy, I am sharing all this knowledge in the name of human rights to help protect our privacy and to positively inspire others to stand up for similar ethical actions. Since this is a “how-to”, I have compiled the results of my research and expertise in a mindmap with an easy-to-read structure. The mindmap contains a considerable number of highly-secure apps (mostly Open Source & free) and tutorials on how an individual can secure their digital data and online communications by using true encryption (as opposed to snake-oil encryption used for marketing purposes or as Orwellian honey-traps).

This article is dedicated to Aaron Swartz, who in January 2013 (at age 26), died for what he believed in: A free and open digital society. The first sentence of his Open Access Manifesto reads: “Information is power.” It continues with: “But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves.” (ref) – I highly recommend everyone to read his full Manifesto because I think that we all have so much to learn from the work of this extraordinary young man who never had the chance to finish his fight for our digital and intellectual freedom. However, since Aaron’s death two years ago, unfortunately for us things have only changed for the worse. While the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 12, clearly states that: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference. And the European Parliament’s report on the US NSA surveillance program clearly states that: “privacy is not a luxury right, but the foundation stone of a free and democratic society” (ref.) And Europe’s top civil liberties body has declared on Tuesday the 27th of January that online privacy is a human right, and challenged the British government’s plans to introduce more surveillance on communications technology. Despite all the mentioned formal reports and ethical legislation (plus a lot more!), the recent revelations about the extent to which a number of governments violate everyone’s right to privacy show that unethical governments and corporations will stop at nothing to fulfil their agendas (ref). Under EU data retention law, ISPs can now reveal all of our online and telephone communications, including our digital identity, to the authority upon request; and such data sharing includes the confidential data of investigative journalists too! For example, on Monday, 19 January 2015, it was reported that thousands of emails of journalists in international media organisations were collected by the British intelligence agency..but there was no formal reaction to such profound unethical actions (ref). Furthermore, following decades of mass spying due to various reasons (i.e. cold war, political conflicts etc), now we know that criminalizing people for using privacy tools has a deep chilling effect on everybody, and especially on human-rights defenders, journalists, and activists in particular. Nevertheless, despite this inhumane unethical trend, giving up your basic right to privacy due to fear or embarrassment, is unacceptable. Security and personal privacy are not a crime and should never be treated as such. (ref)

Surv500Considering the threat to individual privacy is strongly connected with the dangerous security threats we are experiencing today, we must also be aware of the increasing trend in cyber-warfare, and economic & industrial cyber-espionage which has devastating effects on all of us living in this digital reality. Cyber-threats (cyber-weapons) such as Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame, Gauss, Regin and countless other mal/ransomware & APTs, are not just a digital threat like a pesky computer virus, they are a real physical danger to our core infrastructure, to our personal identities and to our individual security and privacy. Therefore we must find an ethical way to combat such threats through policies, legislation and technology which enforce security against cyber-threats, but without taking away people’s privacy and liberties in the process. I don’t believe in counterbalancing security with privacy, and I’m willing to prove it anytime that this is a myth perpetrated by some to fulfil an unethical agenda! In today’s unethical world, indeed we can’t have privacy without having security, but we can definitely have security without violating people’s privacy and without taking away individual rights!

While some specific malware and APTs made by various (private and governmental) organisations may be used for cyber-warfare, illegal financial gains and other unethical purposes, the recently uncovered mass surveillance programs (i.e. NSA spying timeline, Snowden revelations, EFF list of sources) have more to do with creating a hostile environment for truth rather than sorting through the googolplex of data related to any genuine or manufactured threat under the brand of “national security”. The need for encryption is not coming from the desire to do no-good and hide from the law, on the contrary. The need for using encryption is coming from the strict necessity to protect the individual privacy given the fact that most democratic governments today (which were originally founded on ethical values), are now unethically monitoring (Et tu Hibernia? Et tu Roumania? Et tu Europa?…) all our digital data: telephone calls, emails, texts, SMS, VoIP conversations etc. What is happening in our free world today is the equivalent of the actions which took place during the eras of dictatorships and wars, only that today no war or dictatorship has been declared!

 

The necessity of encrypting everything with your own [strong] keys

encryption_keyA large number of unethical governments have transformed the fair Greek democracy into just a wishful-thinking philosophical concept without any connection to reality other than for propaganda used to justify attacks, conflicts and removal of human rights. As a result of such unethical actions, we now have mass-spying programs which go well beyond monitoring digital data. Such programs are capable of manipulating online polls to channel public opinion in a particular direction, impersonating and discrediting targets, spamming targets with SMS messages, tracking people by impersonating spammers, posting social media content, and with help from human agents can even create false flag operations! (Guardian ref, Intercept ref). As if monitoring all digital data and manipulating the digital info we consume is not bad enough, in the last few years, various corporations and spy agencies have started to use the very term “security” to defend profiteering and crush activism. On top of all this, governmental leaders of countries like USA and UK have openly condemned the use of encryption in Internet communications and demanded a backdoor into all encrypted applications. This literally nullifies ALL digital privacy and leaves the public open to a full scale implementation of  George Orwell’s 1984.

So what can we do!?

We can make use of secure apps implementing true encryption (as opposed to snake-oil encryption used for marketing purposes or as Orwellian honey-traps). We can also follow EFF’s Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance. Now since I have some professional expertise in this field, I compiled my relevant research into a comprehensive JAVA mindmap. If you click on the mindmap image below, it will open a PNG image at full scale in a new window. However, please note that the PNG image is the compact version of my research. If you wish to see the full & interactive JAVA version (and you have the latest version of JAVA installed on your machine), then click here.

Ovis Apps for Secure CommunicationsClick here for the PDF version (fully expanded)

But…Why?

In line with Voltaire who wisely stated “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers”, lets first start with the most essential question we all ask during our childhood (but which we actively suppress as we grow up): WHY? We must use our critical thinking ability to ask meaningful questions on a daily basis.If you’d like to find our how, please watch this 6min video on how to use Critical Thinking anytime anywhere with anything:

Now, in regards to security, here are a few examples of questions which come to my mind:

  • Why care about proper security when just “good enough” is literally considered to be enough to get a product to the paying customers?
  • Why care about digital security and privacy when there’s a gigantic amount of profit to be made from harvesting people’s wants and needs?
  • Why care about people’s privacy at all when analytics and big data are directly based on tracking people’s actions, behaviour and desires?
  • Why care about security and privacy when you think that “you don’t have anything to hide”?
  • Why care at all about privacy?

Since all these are perfectly valid questions (in my opinion), I will provide some suggested answers via the paragraphs below and via the TEDtalk video by the ethical investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. In October 2014, Glenn Greenwald gave a terrifying TEDtalk on mass surveillance and privacy, and I took the liberty to quote the following from his speech, as an intro to his speech: The renowned socialist activist Rosa Luxemburg once said, “He who does not move does not notice his chains.” We can try and render the chains of mass surveillance invisible or undetectable, but the constraints that it imposes on us do not become any less potent.

I hope Glenn’s words caught your attention and provided you with a soft intro to what I’m about to share. I hope you understood that Privacy is paramount to a free and open society and that it doesn’t just matter as a theoretical concept, but it truly matters in every moment of our lives. And to quote Glenn Greenwald yet again, please remember that the people who say that privacy isn’t really important, [they are knowingly or unknowingly hypocrites because] they don’t actually believe it. And the way you know that they don’t actually believe it is that while they say with their words that privacy doesn’t matter, with their actions, they take all kinds of steps to safeguard their privacy. (for more details please watch Glenn’s video and read more in my post  How to surf (relatively) anonymous in today’s digital world?)

Now back to our individual micro-cosmos. You may think and believe that your computer can’t harm you, unless you fiddle with the power supply or its internal wiring – and you’d be generally correct from this physical perspective. However, if you think that the computers (including devices like your phone, laptop, desktop, mac..) which capture and store your personal data with or without your permission and knowledge, can’t harm you in real life, then you’re absolutely wrong and that would be completely understandable. If you’re not a geek like me to spend most of your time absorbing new information,  I’m almost certain that you haven’t noticed that we’re at the beginning of a war fought at digital level. This cyberwar is still in its infancy and we could very well stop it, but unfortunately for us (“the 90%” majority of the planet’s population who are not mil/billionaires, bankers, politicians or military), we are not on track to stop it, quite the contrary. And the reason for that may be because of the ignorance of the majority of the population towards essential issues regarding our interconnectivity. But since this mass ignorance (or controlled mass mobilisation in the wrong direction), has its roots in a very well operated system which keeps us very busy working for it to make profit for its owners, no wonder we can’t see the direction we’re heading to! How could we see the truth when we’re kept in cyclic financial collapses, in austerity campaigns, we are continuously fed digital entertainment and distractions so most people are either too confused or too tired to search for the truth deep enough. ON the other hand, if you’re a journalist or an active citizen looking for the truth because its your job, don’t be surprised if you’re placed in the “threat” category…The man who gave us “The Century of the Self” documentary – Adam Curtis – is currently working on a new documentary which will help us lift the veil on a terrifying global agenda with chilling goals and I can’t wait to see it in a few months time! For more details on the subject, perform a private search and also feel free to read my post on ethical education and my “Imagination is more important than Knowledge” essays.

 

The impact of physical – digital interconnectivity

The regular ethical and honest citizens of this planet may think that they have no reason to worry about the data bits normally found in the world of Tron, because those computer bits are not in our world and therefore have nil (0) impact in the human bio-physical reality. As I disagree, let me remind you that the mechanics of our industry, agriculture, economy and way of life, are directly dependent on the functions performed by computers, and we willingly gave computers the control over our energy, food, transport, security and way of life. While that’s not entirely a bad thing because the computers allowed us to progress exponentially (if only we would have done it in the right direction..), the actual real problem today is that unethical people own those controlling computers and therefore they have control over our way of life (i.e. what food is available, what’s in it, how much it costs etc). Just think about this for a few moments…

 It is paramount that we consciously understand that our world today has an incredibly thin line between Real and Digital with the current balance in favour of the Digital. If ethical people would rule the world, this imbalance and this blur wouldn’t absolutely be a negative thing, and maybe in an ethical world it wouldn’t have happened at all since all things digital would be seen for what they truly are: tools used to reach goals (like a fishing pole-kit used to catch fish and allow an individual to relax while fishing). However, this is not the case in our world today, is it? In our world today, where the virtual borders between people are more vivid in our minds than the clear border between Real and Digital Fantasy, unethical individuals rule the majority. By using their own tools (i.e. mass media, industrial education, political systems etc), these rulers educated us to focus on our struggle to build better tools for them and some toy-tools for us to keep us distracted, instead of spending our free time on this planet to create tools to reach meaningful goals in balance with ourselves and with nature. Continuing my simplistic fishing kit analogy, we are now competing against eachother to make better fishing poles, but with which we’ll never have the time to fish, because we have to go back to work and build more fishing kits so we can receive the money we need to pay in a store for…a fish. Not just that what we’re doing is completely idiotic and we’re only two steps away from Mike Judge’s Idiocracy, but we never get to enjoy doing what we love because first we must do what’s profitable and which aligns with the expectations of the powers that be.. Considering we are the only species on Earth which pays to live here, or else the individual dies, do we actually understand the critical problem with our “civilised” society/world?

In our civilised world we are thought to perceive Digital as “cool” and fun to use/own (and sometimes it is), but while we are not directly thought that Digital is better than Real Life, the effect is very clear – just watch the chaos unfold if your kids or teens are not allowed to use their pad/smartphone or social media for a while. All this may seem like natural human evolution, but a sharp observer will notice that in practice, Digital is subversively used at global scale to guide (and control) not just an unnecessary financial system which is corrupt beyond imagination, but is also used to manipulate our real-life thoughts, words, knowledge, behaviour and actions. funny-human-evoThe digital tools (both software and hardware) are now literally shaping the new generations of humans. This is especially concerning given the fact that some of the controversial world events which took place in the last 14 years, have given Orwellian powers to governments and unethical individuals who own these tools and the “factories” which makes them.  As a result of a very unfortunate combination of events, the Internet itself is now at risk to be owned and used as a power tool for control and profit. And the most unbelievable thing about all this is that the users of Digital are not just ignorant of the dangerous digital trend used against humanity, but they’re also its messengers, happily (or unknowingly) transferring their own real life into digital format and in the process they surrender their identity…To be clear, digital technologies by themselves are not harmful or “evil” and this is not an argument about technology, but about how digital technologies are abused today to create undesirable outcomes for so many free individuals. This is what Aaron Swartz died for, this is why numerous activists and journalists are trapped/incarcerated, this is what Snowden warned us about, and this is why we all need to wake up and stand for what is ethical!

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