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-TAO (The Art) of Unix Programming
-=================================
+TAO (The Art) of Unix Programming (and related systemic epiphanies)
+===================================================================
This is a ruby-powered, ANSI-enabled, fortune-like program to espouse wisdom at
opportune moments, such as when you log in.
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@@ -107,3 +107,22 @@ puts white{ "Pike's 5th Rule:" } + white{ bold{ " Data dominates." } } + white{
# hackers of history
puts '--- Hackers of History ---'
puts white{ 'The libertinistic rake is ' } + white{ bold{ 'anti-authoritarian' } } + white{ ',' } + white{ bold{ ' anti-normative' } } + white{ ', and ' } + white{ bold{ 'anti-traditional' } } + white{ '.' } + black{ bold{ ' - Wikipedia on 17th century \'Rake (character)\'' } }
+
+# robert david steele
+puts '--- Robert David Steele ---'
+puts white{ bold{ 'We are at the end of a five-thousand-year-plus historical process' } } + white{ ' during which human society grew in scale while it abandoned the early indigenous wisdom councils and communal decision-making [...] Power was centralised in the hands of increasingly specialised \'elites\' and \'experts\' who not only failed to achieve all they promised but ' } + white{ bold{ 'used secrecy and the control of information to deceive the public' } } + white{ ' into allowing them to retain power over community resources that they ultimately looted.' } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ bold{ 'The preconditions of revolution exist in the UK, and most western countries' } } + white{ '. The number of active pre-conditions is quite stunning, from elite isolation to concentrated wealth to inadequate socialisation and education, to concentrated land holdings to loss of authority to repression of new technologies especially in relation to energy, to the atrophy of the public sector and spread of corruption, to media dishonesty, to mass unemployment of young men and on and on and on. [...] Preconditions are not the same as precipitants. ' } + white{ bold{ 'We are waiting for our Tunisian fruit seller' } } + white{ '. The public will endure great repression, especially when most media outlets and schools are actively aiding the repressive meme of \'you are helpless, this is the order of things.\' When we have a scandal so powerful that it cannot be ignored by the average Briton or American, we will have a revolution that overturns the corrupt political systems in both countries, and perhaps puts many banks out of business. Vaclav Havel calls this ' } + white{ bold{ '\'The Power of the Powerless.\' One spark, one massive fire.' } } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ 'The west has pursued an industrialisation path that allows for the ' } + white{ bold{ 'privatisation of wealth from the commons' } } + white{ ', along with ' } + white{ bold{ 'the criminalisation of commons rights' } } + white{ ' of the public, as well as ' } + white{ bold{ 'the externalisation of all true costs' } } + white{ '. Never mind that fracking produces earthquakes and poisons aquifers – corrupt politicians at local, state or province, and national levels are all too happy to take money for looking the other way. ' } + white{ bold{ 'Our entire commercial, diplomatic, and informational systems are now cancerous.' } } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ 'When trade treaties have secret sections – or are entirely secret – one can be certain the public is being screwed and the secrecy is an attempt to avoid accountability.' } + white{ bold{ ' Secrecy enables corruption. So also does an inattentive public enable corruption.' } } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ bold{ 'Predatory capitalism is based on the privatisation of profit and the externalisation of cost' } } + white{ '. It is an extension of the fencing of the commons, of enclosures, along with the criminalisation of prior common customs and rights. ' } + white{ bold{ 'What we need is a system that fully accounts for all costs' } } + white{ '. Whether we call that capitalism or not is irrelevant to me. But doing so would fundamentally transform the dynamic of present day capitalism, by making capital open source.' } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ bold{ 'We have over 5 billion human brains that are the one infinite resource available to us going forward' } } + white{ '. Crowd-sourcing and cognitive surplus are two terms of art for the ' } + white{ bold{ 'changing power dynamic between those at the top that are ignorant and corrupt, and those across the bottom that are attentive and ethical' } } + white{ '. The open source ecology is made up of a wide range of opens – open farm technology, open source software, open hardware, open networks, open money, open small business technology, open patents – to name just a few. The key point is that they must all develop together, otherwise the existing system will isolate them into ineffectiveness.' } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ 'I\'m not surprised. ' } + white{ bold{ 'Open source everything pretty much undermines everything the national security state stands for.' } } + black{ bold{ ' - Nafeez Ahmed, The Guardian, 2014-06-19, on ex-Marine, ex-CIA, Open Source Inteligence expert Robert David Steele\'s unanswered 2014-05-01 letter to US Vice President Joe Bidden urging the establishment of an Open Source Agency to cut costs and increase accountability.' } }
+puts white{ 'The national security state is an expensive, ineffective monstrosity that is simply not fit for purpose. In that sense, ' } + white{ bold{ 'the national security state is it\'s own worst enemy – it\'s bound to fail.' } } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19, summarizing his book \'On Intelligence: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World\', with a foreword by Senator David Boren, immediate past chairman of the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence' } }
+puts white{ bold{ 'The National Security Agency (NSA) has not prevented any terrorist incidents. CIA cannot even get the population of Syria correct and provides no intelligence - decision-support - to most cabinet secretaries, assistant secretaries, and department heads' } } + white{ '. Indeed General Tony Zinni, when he was commander in chief of the US Central Command as it was at war, is on record as saying that he received, "at best," a meagre 4% of what he needed to know from secret sources and methods.' } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ bold{ 'The 1% are simply not as powerful as they, and we, assume them to be.' } } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19, as paraphrased by Nafeez Ahmed.' } }
+puts white{ 'Open source everything is about the five billion poor coming together to reclaim their collective wealth and mobilise it to transform their lives. ' } + white{ bold{ 'There is zero chance of the revolution being put down' } } + white{ '. Public agency is emergent, and ' } + white{ bold{ 'the ability of the public to literally put any bank or corporation out of business overnight is looming' } } + white{ '. To paraphrase Abe Lincoln, you cannot screw all of the people all of the time. We\'re there. All we lack is a major precipitant – our Tunisian fruit seller. When it happens ' } + white{ bold{ 'the revolution will be deep and lasting.' } } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, ex-Marine, ex-CIA, Open Source Intelligence Expert in The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ bold{ 'Top down power has failed in a most spectacular manner, and bottom-up consensus power is emergent.' } } + white{ ' "Not in my neighborhood" is beginning to trump "Because I say so."' } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ bold{ 'The one unlimited resource we have on the planet is the human brain' } } + white{ ' – the current strategy of 1% capitalism is failing because it is killing the Golden Goose at multiple levels. Unfortunately, ' } + white{ bold{ 'the gap between those with money and power and those who actually know what they are talking about has grown catastrophic' } } + white{ '. The rich are surrounded by sycophants and pretenders whose continued employment demands that they not question the premises. As Larry Summers lectured Elizabeth Warren, \'insiders do not criticise insiders.\'' } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ bold{ 'The national security state works for the City of London and Wall Street' } } + white{ ' – both are about to be toppled by a combination of Eastern alternative banking and alternative international development capabilities, and individuals who recognise that they have the power to pull their money out of the banks and not buy the consumer goods that subsidise corruption and the concentration of wealth. ' } + white{ bold{ 'The opportunity to take back the commons for the benefit of humanity as a whole is open – here and now.' } } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, ex-Marine, ex-CIA, Open Source Intelligence Expert in The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }
+puts white{ '"My motto, a play on the CIA motto that is disgraced every day, is \'' } + white{ bold{ 'the truth at any cost lowers all other costs' } }
+puts white{ 'Others wiser than I have pointed out that ' } + white{ bold{ 'nature bats last' } } + white{ '. We are at the end of an era in which lies can be used to steal from the public and the commons. We are at the beginning of an era in which truth in public service can restore us all to a state of grace."' } + black{ bold{ ' - Robert David Steele, ex-Marine, ex-CIA, Open Source Intelligence Expert in The Guardian, 2014-06-19' } }

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