Mental malady’s and their antidotes – Ideology
* Right-wing ideology's are based on fear.
* Left-wing ideology’s hope.
This is simple, you can see why we have a never ending war on “terror”. Its a self feeding product of and outcome of right ideology.
And the failed left is based on the same ideology, a fear based one.
How do we escape from this “straitjacket of fear”? The are many practical examples of the “left” activist subcultures working but they fall into the activist memory hole.
The is a role for librarians, historians and grassroots media makers to find and crystallise these “successes” and plant a garden filled with sprigs of “hope” and as this grows it will play a role in nourishing the left.
Compost is a social need to feed the garden of “hope”. The fallers of the left can be piled up here.
Pests are a balance in a healthy garden.
Big thinking lose and wild has lead the left to repeatedly go down the factory root in the 20th century, we aren’t building farms, just gardens. Its the media, communication that has the value, the bright vegetables and flowers have intrinsic value but “nourishment” comes from the “story’s”.
We are feeding minds and “spirit” and from the “hope” that blooms from this the unknown future can grow.
Lets plant 100's of gardens, and get media bees buzzing and pollinating the future seeds.
For the ones who cant follow convoluted metaphors - lest try lots of small left projects and document what dose and dose not work.
To livestream the event we have these options:
A lot of our equipment is broken or missing.
Mobile phone samsung note with line in from sound deck. Might have to use with the mini mixer with 12v battery for sound to work. Would need long USB cable (or big USB battery) for phone and tripod and holder. Stream this to any basic live streaming account. Could use the oneplus one but think the sound adapter will not work.
This is simple and will work, but basic.
Acer Silver laptop running wirecast with USB HD webcam on Tripod, stream this to youtube. Can have a second camera in vire mobile (oneplusone) IP camera but issues with audio sync on IP camera. Phone holder + big USB battery
This is better but our equipment is under speck and needs a windows re-install to increase reliability
Black thinkpad T410 laptop, FireWire to DV camera Tripod sound into camera (we don't have a working DV camera), with USB webcam as second camera + ip mobile if needed.
This is the best and most reliable working setup but we don't currently have a DV camera with working firewire output. It is also based on obsolete technology so not looking forward.
The best setup would be medium power gaming laptop with 2-3 usb HD cameras with remote control and zoom. Run wirecast and stream to youtube. would be useful to have a mobile hub to help the internet and ip camera to work. Budget for this is 2-3K
Have a 3 camera setup working, one HD USB webcam and a USB to oneplusone phone and will try a wifi IP conection to a samsuneg note for the full setup. Now youtube streaming is not quite working yet, next step.
The audio feed from the venue failed and they could not fix it so this is from the mic on top of a webcam.
The ideology of Isis has too legs
The first leg is in Saudi Arabia – Wahhabi's its deeply intolerant and imperialistic with petro dollars behind it.
The second leg is western arrogant imperialism hiding behind the tatty mask of liberalism.
If we need to bomb anyone maybe it should be the home county and the posh bits of Washington. If we need sanctions they should be on our alies the Saudi's.
Its basic stuff. The question for me is our ideology and were are its legs.
Looking at what we have to base open media on – my initial reaction is one of anger that what we have is so crap and ill-suited but you can only work with the tools you have.
Looking to set-up a seed network using existing CMS's. WP, Druple and Davie Winers CMS
We are using RSS02 for something its not directly made for, we are using it for a database object exchange format. To do this we need to understand how it is “extended” http://www.disobey.com/detergent/2002/extendingrss2/
So you can get custom feeds out of WP http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/what-is-rss-how-to-use-rss-in-wordpress/
We have an issue with terminology category/tag
OK we have two WP test sites set-up, we need to get them subscribed to different feeds with tags/category working – the get custom tag/category RSS feed to cross post between them.
When this is working we have the basics for WP
Looking at Drupal next
My first reaction is AHHHAAAHHH... keep digging...
This in theory should provide RSS in functionality we need https://www.drupal.org/documentation/modules/feeds
And there seems to be built in RSS feeds for each “category”, so in theory we have a working set-up.
Will try this tomorrow.
First stage of testing open CMS's for the OMN project
Setup 3-4 sites each with
* RSS in and out via tag
* We need to make sure the RSS can be full text and that it can transport the tags
* We need to be able to display the RSS as short article with a link to the original source
* We need to clearly show the sources for items and turn off comments
* We then need to see how the “de-duping” handles content clericals (?) and content updates etc
Got to a stage were I was hitting scripting complexity dead ends on both CMSs, and took a week off to digest.
Both can do the OMN but both have flaws for the core project. They don’t understand open flowing data, they both work within their own paradigms - that is, they are silos not networks.
To modify this would likely need some programming rather than scripting. Anyone have a second opinion on this?
Not sure the best way to move on from this.
Private Eye used to have a column called "Mystic Mogg" reporting the hilariously erroneous predictions of William Rees-Mogg, sometime editor of The Times. I suspect this kind of journalistic aberration occurs when their analysis of what is happening is subverted by what they wish would happen. There was a splendid instance this week, when apocalyptic predictions across the media of a Labour vote collapse in Oldham West and Royton were embarassingly contradicted by the actual result (a 7% swing to Labour). Here are some of my favourite gazes into the journalistic crystal ball, which turned out to be more of a hallucinogenic disco ball.
The ever-reliable left-hater, Dan Hodges from the Telegraph on November 21st:
"The word among Labour MPs is that their party is in trouble in the Oldham by-election. One northern MP said: “The white working class vote is haemorrhaging. And it’s haemorrhaging in our heartlands. We’re reaching the point where you’re going to see double-digit constituencies drifting into recount territory.”
But readers of this blog will be accustomed to hearing that the so-called liberal press is more extremely anti-Corbyn. Rafael Behr in the Guardian excels himself:
"Labour will probably cling on in Thursday’s byelection. But the party’s troubled relationship with its northern heartlands seems to be on the rocks......Hopes that Corbynism might be the adhesive reconnecting a dislocated core to the party seem misplaced. It feels more like a catalyst for decline, another iteration of tin-eared disregard for local sensibilities – distinct from Blairism only in the sense that they are opposite sides of one Islington coin."
This is only some of the bile in this sadly unprophetic article.
Ian Warren in the Guardian on 1st December: "I have identified three distinct groups that will decide this byelection on Thursday – and it doesn’t look good for Corbyn." Ian's distinction is that he is director of an election analysis consultancy. I hope this article is added to his CV.
I'm a big fan of the experts, and there are none better than Rob Ford, research fellow at Manchester University's Institute for Social Change, in the Guardian: "Labour has good reason to feel nervous about its poll test in Oldham" he pontificates on 28th November, but the rest of his "analysis" sounds more like Armstrong and Miller's desperate royal correspondent: "Low turnout and Tory recruits can narrow the gap, but a Ukip win would also require large numbers of voters to switch from Labour to Ukip." No shit, Rob! By the way, Rob Ford is the co-author of a dodgy book arguing that UKIP was more of a threat to Labour than the Tories, which maybe explains his psephological errors, as dissected by Richard Seymour.
Robert Hardman in the Daily Mail on 3rd December was also hedging his bets: "...there is no doubt that its whopping 14,738 majority, won just seven months ago at the General Election by the late Michael Meacher, will be slashed.....a tropical heatwave would not avert this slump in Labour’s appeal."
Now begin the surreal. The Daily Mirror's Dan Bloom, who prepared his readers for Labour's demise with the headline "Dark Night of the Polls for Jeremy", had to refute himself a few hours later: "Jeremy Corbyn has defied his critics in spectacular fashion as Labour won a thumping victory in his first ballot box test." Throughout this "turnaround" in elite expectations, a notable feature has been a lack of humility about previous mistakes.
One example of this is Helen Pidd, who benefits from local knowledge by being the Guardian's Northern editor in Manchester. She was cringe-makingly racist about Asian voters in Oldham, and then failed completely to retract anything, keeping in sync with the Blairites' "despite Jeremy" argument: "The message from the leadership came after Corbyn’s critics, who had predicted a narrow win for Labour in the byelection, were confounded by the scale of McMahon's victory. Shadow cabinet ministers had predicted a collapse in the white working class vote, with many of those voters turning to Ukip." She modestly fails to mention her own role in this error. Amusingly, when Corbyn visited after McMahon's victory she tweeted the name of the constituency as Oldham West and Royston, unconsciously linking it to the League of Gentleman's Royston Vasey, a fictional northern town of feral grotesques. Sometimes I have the feeling that middle-class journalists project their own unacknowledged prejudices onto an image they have of a racist, ignorant white working class. "Jeremy Corbyn, never 'eard of 'im." "But he's on every leaflet UKIP pushed through your door." "Oh, ah thought that were Father Christmas."
This is the first stage of the Open Blogging Network. Currently you have to have a blog on the OMN server, but a bit of programming will enable any blog (vier a RSS feed) to be a part of the network.
Don't be a spectator, be part of the conversation. If you post to your blog on your public page, it is automatically syndicated out to twitter, facebook, and any sites that embed the news aggregator. Just add the relevant tag when you publish (such as frontpage, grassroots, globalviews, friendlyfire, plugandplay, headmix).
Matthew Paul Foster