Category: humanist


1. We all mean well, at least initially, and struggle to express this.

2. As an intensely competitive species, our struggle can employ critical thought or default to violence.

3. Compassionate, affinity and spiritual emotions seek more than second place.

4. Agreement on anything is amongst our greatest challenges, words always fail us.

5. Religion emerged in human history to forge large-scale agreements, especially in law for peace.

6. Agreement, truth and belief are related within culture that scientific method tests into known facts.

7. Belief and faith were culturally-sanctioned agreements pre-dating science and survive subjectively.

8. Religion was not only the law we had, before we developed secular, rights-based law.

9. Religion was also the science we had, before we developed science.

10. Religion was the medicine we had, before we developed medicine.

11. Religion was the politics we had, before we developed politics.

12. Religion was the arts form we had, before we re-liberated the arts.

13. Other forms of all these things existed before we developed religion.

14. Religion filled many gaps for many years, before we improved the knowledge and expertise.

15. Religion made systematic a compassionate choice for the earliest organised societies, for good.

16. Religion was the original statecraft and as such is unavailable today.

17. Hope for a better world that conforms with derived belief has many still clinging to religion.

18. The world and universe do not conform with belief, human or supernatural, being material facts.

19. The growth of religion has been primarily the growth of human unity of purpose, always needed.

20. Religious study teaches us things about human unity that nothing else can, our major driver.

21. Religion is easily misunderstood, undervalued and dismissed, as a social fact, to our detriment.

22. Religion has always been exploited to justify evil killing, not killing evil, which needs to cease.

23. Our tribal nature explains most about religion and transcendence it can bring.

24. What makes a god real in one culture is the same for every god in every other culture.

25. Faith as a unifying mechanism merges many gods into one god, logically and historically.

26. From many gods (superstitious causation theory) came one god (politically unified superstitious causation).

27. Superstitious belief held science and industrial transformation back unsuccessfully in western Europe?

[Third draft – more to come – thanks for visiting]

Trends:

Losing our religion: Kiwis losing the faith in record numbers – Newshub, 6 Feb 2017 http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/02/losing-our-religion-kiwis-losing-the-faith-in-record-numbers.html

Occupy Christchurch: In Our Own Words

Occupy Christchurch, Information, Oct-2011

Occupy Christchurch, Information, October 2011

A lot of excellent oral history work by Byron Clark is soon to add to the written record of the late-2011-to-early-2012 Occupy movement moment in New Zealand. The content progress can be followed and listened to here: archive.org/details/OccupyChristchurch

Transcript for Kindle available online here:
goodreads.com/book/show/29745296-occupy-chirstchurch-in-our-own-words

Watch for a publication date here:
amazon.com/Occupy-Christchurch-Our-Own-Words-ebook/dp/B01DMEOV5U

Well done OChch and Byron! Thank you for all your efforts.

Here’s the project website: occupychristchurch.nz

I will next write a blog post inspired by reflection upon the collective Occupy Christchurch experience, as now expressed through Byron’s work. The aim is for this to become an informed philosophical and practical talk, to also be presented soon. We look forward to the book launch!

Kia ora. Kia kaha. Ka kite ano.

Update 6May16
Occupy ref. “Noam Chomsky on the death of the American Dream
Famed scholar, activist and political theorist Noam Chomsky talks frankly to Nine to Noon’s Katherine Ryan about politics, society and his new film, ‘Requiem for the American Dream’. Filmed over five years, the 87 year old unpacks the US policies of the past half-century which have lead to an unprecedented concentration of power in the hands of the select few. The documentary gets its New Zealand premiere at this years Documentary Edge International Film Festival It screens in Wellington today and on Sunday and in Auckland on Tuesday May 24th and Saturday May 28th.” radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/201799712/noam-chomsky-on-the-death-of-the-american-dream

Protest Is Broken’: Co-Creator of Occupy Wall Street Calls for New Mental Shift occupy.com/article/protest-broken-co-creator-occupy-wall-street-calls-new-mental-shift  “Occupy.. was a ‘constructive failure’” 2 July 2015 “..the main trigger for the next revolutionary movement will be a contagious mood that spreads throughout the world and the human community. For me, the main thing we need to see is activists abandoning a materialistic explanation of revolution – the idea that we need to put people in the streets – and starting to think about how to spread that kind of mood, how to make people see the world in fundamentally different way. That’s about it. The future of activism is not about pressing our politicians through synchronized public spectacles.. In the long run, it is much better to develop nonviolent tactics that allow you to create a stable and lasting social movement” – re new book:  The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution by Micah White micahmwhite.com/the-end-of-protest-micah-white-phd 15 March 2016

Found, found, icon of iconoclasm,
USA-fireball, burning the night.
Youtube video bring face-to-face,
“Dean Moriarty. Dean Mo-ri-ar-ty!”
http://www.jackkerouac.com/home/links/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Kerouac
Read them ALL and weep,
But re-mem-ber, to-live!
beatnikparty Jack Kerouac was overnight burdened with role of mentor to every post-war generation in dissent. It killed him, too young, at 47. But the uncorked materialist hedonism of the 1960s proceeds in Kerouac’s name – he was completely appalled and drank himself out, just to keep up. Too sad for words.

Every party-goer since, every pill-popper, drinker and junkie needs to wake up. Kerouac’s story and outlook needs to be known. Understood. Explained. Absorbed. Substanc-iated.

Shambled across the Earth. He meant no harm. Only good. Revealed mystery

I was propelled to Kerouac research by an equal tragedy, after Christmas 2015, that referenced Jack directly.[1]

Ian Murdock was a GNU/Linux hero, whose legacy product underpins my daily online work, with Debian as Ubuntu. Like Kerouac, Ian went out from alcohol effects it seems. Such a waste of great brains. Such enormous loss.[2]

Constant revival of Kerouac interest merits adding condolence words.[3] Thanks man. Stay straight.

Footnotes
[1] October in the Railroad Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hjPZpaXNsw from http://pastebin.com/raw/dX3VSPkM

[2] http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/12/30/ian_murdock_debian_founder/

[3] http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/sep/16/jack-kerouac-ex-girlfriend

For the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_Generation

Last week’s Audio Culture profile brings back memories, and myths that can now be dispelled, thanks to the internet. For the benefit of fans/supporters of The Johnnies, and of posterity, here is more information from one who was there: http://www.audioculture.co.nz/people/the-johnnies

AudioCulture.co.nz 22.7.15

AudioCulture.co.nz 22.7.15

From the top; yes Jolly-Ups spawned the Johnnies, and were a ska group with ‘Rudy’ Bruce Curtis as their laugh-a-minute singer who prided himself on wearing “dead men’s suits” from second-hand stores; when he was dressed! They were great fun. Bass player Mike Smith and Rudy had been work colleagues of mine so when the time became right I joined their music progression. Mike had Neil McRobie as drummer, making a solid rhythm section, then found keen guitarist Vince Haughey. Yes, every punk was at the Gladstone pub venue those days, including Vince. That the Johnnies were never invited to play the Gladstone seemed unfair, especially to Vince.

After the Jolly-Ups had folded, so had my first bands, so by completing Vince’s three chord thrash, the Johnnies got us all going anew – after 1981, a dramatic year in NZ-UK. My role was lead vocals and sometimes second rhythm / feature guitar. We all wrote most of the songs together, and me most of the original lyrics. I wasn’t new at it, which was why I was asked to join.

From Mairehau High, 1978 was the last and schoolboys The Plague practise year, writing and learning songs and a set at a hired church hall in Burwood with my brother Chris and friends. This we got kicked out of for loud obscenity / being too punk. Fair enough! Better things awaited. Leaving school and home, our Gloucester Street, Linwood flat (just down the road from Paul Kean and Jane Walker of Toy Love) became base for Plastic Impact and entry to the Christchurch pub entertainment scene. All having jobs, we could buy equipment and beer. This punk, new wave-looking band went well and did many gigs at local halls and pubs over the next two and a half years, and had a good following. We upheld “The Plague” anthem, more original works, and some Ramones, Pistols, Wire, Buzzcocks, Voidoids, etc covers that people loved dancing to.

Impact terminated to saddened cries of “Don’t break up!” at the Arts Centre one Saturday night mid-1981, still gaining audience but setting everyone free with the same earnings share. I had been lead singer and manager. Chris (later Anzak) took a new course with The Solatudes (pre-Wastrels) sharp, tuneful rock, moving from guitar to bass, influenced by glam (also Doors, Beatles). I started learning guitar, and practised with The Orggies three-piece from the Impact circle, still on vocals doing basic all-original work. We played the Gladstone once, and nowhere else I can recall. No legacy remains of that short period (until now).

But the core punk ethos was still gaining strength, against new wave trend, and so the Johnnies formed. From punk transition came division, nee joy. This was very much an echo of 1981, characterised by civil protest stopping a Springbok rugby tour, Brixton Riots, Muldoon-Reagan-Thatcher rule, miners’ strikes, South American invasions and Falklands war. Counter-politics had voice and platform in punk. As did regular partying.

A practise room was rented, above Peaches and Cream on St Asaph/Colombo Street corner, and used diligently. Mike, Rudy and I were all students before long, and eventually shared a flat with other friends in Peverell Street, Riccarton, which was very enjoyable.

But a sexist line in the signature song “Who killed Johnny?” was required of whoever would sing for this band. As artistic portrayal of a warmly memorialised character, I chose to show willing to air it. Changing ideas is neither easy nor quick.

The Johnnies’ first performance opportunity came through a social connection of the new band, and this was to mark it permanently. A Sunday afternoon backyard drinking session hosted us, a private party at the home of casual white supremacists, for maybe a gang. The boot cause took a shine to us instantly and attended almost every Johnnies gig to come. From this notoriety grew. We never fed it consciously – listen to the recording – and this occasion would be the only negative fact about the Johnnies to unearth, for what it’s worth.

None of the Johnnies had a skinhead punk persona. But many of our audience did. Confrontations with police happened where we played, with an incident outside Caledonian Hall making a newspaper headline. So controversy began. This was the band’s first public appearance, around the height of the skinhead punk phase, when a minority were coalescing as nazi-punk (Oi). This drift necessitated the term neo-punk, or abandonment of punk altogether by some adherents, over time. There was an atmosphere of typical youth rebellion, with politics non-specific; that was most of the ‘skins’ – generally exuberant, harmless rockers, going through a youth phase. A few more gigs were found, with better detail listed by Audio Culture than I can write. A Horticultural Hall performance maybe too? A minority of times there were problems, but when there were they stuck.

The lowlight eclipsed a high for the Johnnies, at a Battle of the Bands mid-winter in the Star and Garter hotel, 1982. Playing second to last, we powered through a blistering set. The dance floor was packed and pumping, demanding more, perhaps the biggest crowd we ever engaged with. We had run out of songs. This one-and-only encore ever required of The Johnnies could only be “Who killed Johnny?” played again. Happy punters! Then to the last act, the Wastrels, newly-formed. Quieter. Much less of a dance band that day. Moderate calm anticipation. Jordan Luck was there. The judges must have picked technical skill/musicianship over sheer momentum, and gave the win to the Wastrels. It felt like injustice to most people there. The place spontaneously erupted. Boot boy and girl rage let rip on the hotel doors, lower walls and maybe washroom porcelain; I don’t know. The venue was vacated pretty promptly, before authorities arrived. The Johnnies could rarely get bookings to play after that.

Skin gig violence spelt a definite end to punk-era fun, and peaked the following year, as documented around Evasive Action. It was atypical of original punk mind-expansion and drove most far away from it.

Differences and minor scraps may have put the Johnnies off any prospect of touring together, but mostly we all had jobs or studies that we were committed to. This was a disciplined, professional outfit, in enough ways, if somewhat oxygen-deprived. The shining exception was an Otago foray, to play upstairs at a small pub with the PD Boys, who were good company. I’m unsure where they came from – Ashburton? – or what happened for them next. The PD Boys and the Johnnies contrasted the national pop “Dunedin sound” taking hold through that time, so no ovations there. A good after-event party though.

Guitar with social commentary sounds parallel to the Johnnies were Gang of Four and Killing Joke – far from Oi bands. We existed near the boundary of Oi, as did every punk band in early-80s Christchurch, of which there were several. Oi fought weakly for the heart of all these music groups and got nowhere as far as I know. It wasn’t like England, where football support tours got taken over for pitched battles around this time. In New Zealand we are typically liberal-left, always improving our embrace of cultural diversity; so too in Christchurch predominantly. If an individual chose to pitch The Johnnies to an Oi audience, in an Oi way as the archived PJ’s gig poster indicates, that was beyond democratic decision of the band and of arguable significance: an isolated and misguided expression of free speech. We were in it for the music, enjoyment and an appreciated profile, at the end of the day. Marketing is very difficult to monopolise.

Bands most closely related to the Johnnies were Unauthorised and Desperate Measures. Of course The Androidss broke ground for us all and had just played out. Ballon D’Essai surprised at the Gladstone.

Although we’d all get on fine now, at the time young musicians can be egotistical and very competitive. Fault-finding is qualification for ‘cool’ discrimination. In that light came The Star interview and slanted comment that Andrew Schmidt repeats. My non-appearance at the interview was by accident, not intention, contempt or having “nothing to say”. Quite the opposite. A lot of band organising had fallen to me, then a full-time student, including studio booking, manufacture, distribution and publicity for The Johnnies’ EP. Without gigs we needed some kind of outlet! The Wellington trip to EMI record-press enabled the Chelsea Records drop from which Schmidt’s disc purchase became possible. So it was a case of – as one wouldn’t expect – forgetting a last, most important action: the Star media interview appointment. I had set all the guys up to go, after which the date slipped my own mind as lead organiser. Unfortunately mistakes happen. This made the Johnnies look unaccountable and maybe worse.

Punk had extreme innovation and energy – it could find any direction, and did. What happened with The Johnnies was a bit like the Sex Pistols, when Glen Matlock (who brandished a picture of Karl Marx on his bass) was replaced by Sid Vicious (who could barely play). These people were many of our generation’s heroes, our inspiration, and Sid’s fate was symptomatic of steady degradation of wit, tone and point, getting ‘out of it’ on the substances of rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

The final Johnnies gig was probably its best though, at the University of Canterbury Students’ Association upstairs bar, February 1984. Our sound was really tight, powerfully motivating and on the edge. People thrilled to hear it, most often for a single time, and met it with their feet. Then their hearts and minds. The Johnnies had gained tuuturu punk mystique through struggle to exist, and a smooth routine on instruments; a story ending well.

This was a farewell party performance, for my brother’s next new band and my own, and all our friends, as we two were UK-bound. Leaving Christchurch and music behind, for a very long time, was a sure way of resolving the tension between Johnnies popularity and frustration. I sold my black Telecaster and Rockit amplifier so there could be no turning back. Politics was better pursued without a soundtrack, I was learning (like Peter Garrett).

Both The Gladstone and the Star and Garter got pulled down, before and after the Canterbury earthquakes, and are fondly remembered by very many musicians and audiences. Excellent days and nights! Thank you everyone who played a positive part. Kia ora.

Ref. http://www.failsaferecords.com/history/intro.htm

Copyright – Rik Tindall 2015 – please contact me if you wish to republish.

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Thank you to all involved in making The Imitation Game film – writers, director, producer, cast and crew, etc. It is a truly insightful watch, a most excellent movie.[1] What it taught me anew was the moment of history, when war became won not by physical, material force, but by power of abstraction, by calculated information. Horrendous propaganda was met on its own terms, breaking new ground. The film too is a product of this, with shaping mythology a never-ending task – much like the mathematics profiled.

Alan Turing photo Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

Alan Turing photo licensed under Fair Use via Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alan_Turing_photo.jpg

Alan Turing’s ‘math’ (for he studied at Princeton which clearly had consequences) – arguably the pinnacle of British science in the twentieth century – cohered a team that defeated Nazi dictatorship and the leading German science of the day: there’s was rocket technology, e.g. (more on this later).
The Imitation Game portrays gargantuan subtle shift in the World War II balance, in a thoroughly believable way, and the lesson here is one every human being will benefit from learning. Immensely.
For we are all drawn ever-deeper into the technical result of Turing’s practical and theoretical work, every day – such as your ability to read this review, over ICT.[2]
The greatest mystery of our lives unfolds before our eyes – ‘the Universal Machine’ that Alan Turing uniquely conceived.
That The Imitation Game focuses liberally on Turing’s divergent, non-mainstream sexuality, that could yield no progeny, mostly misses the point, the meaning of his life. One could ask why; or just provide an alternative script..
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Creative Britain (no, Hollywood!) proudly relates its 1940s propaganda war victory in The Imitation Game which endeavours to extend the role: many are sacrificed for the benefit of the most, purportedly, in this scenario. Turing’s ‘character flaw’ is magnified to explain his reported suicide, in the dramatisation of his life, where much more plausible is his Cold War murder. If Turing did tell his story to the Manchester detective as the movie depicts, then he had breached the state secrecy demanded of him (also shown in the movie: “If any of you breathe a word of this you’ll be hanged for High Treason”) and signed his own death warrant, effectively.
The question is, though, which secret service assassinated Turing – the British or the American? Or both together? Despite wartime integral connection, in 1954 both were building hegemony against Stalinist Russia. Bigger than this collaboration, they were at commercial conflict with each other by then too, founding competitive computer industries out of times of deep economic depression and destruction. So the United States probably had most to gain from Turing’s premature departure. A fair assumption to make, given what was at stake and what wasn’t. Turing’s post mortem report says “Death appeared to be due to violence.”[3]
But The Imitation Game maintains form and sets up the metaphors, determinedly, of the received version of Turing’s death: the cyanide spilt in the break-in and the apple shared as chief symbolic means of disassociation remedy. In this way it regurgitates the myth of a fatally flawed personality ending itself. Too convenient. Turing wasn’t unhappy. Turing knew too much.
The Imitation Game falls short of telling Turing’s main story, of documenting his real significance – the system value he created and lost. Whereas the Soviet access to academic English intelligence was part of Allied victory and explained in the film, post-war this became intolerable. Where doubt may have existed over Turing’s promises and stability, at that time could his secrets be left at risk? No, and there was likely gain in their extinguishing.
What The Imitation Game omitted, as what happened next after the breaking of Enigma, was the probably more important part of cryptographic history. And that was how Allied signals became superior.
The trans-Atlantic cable, dating back to telegraph days, could be tapped by Nazi submarine and obviously was – in the same way that Enigma-encoded radio messages could only be sent in plain sight, on public airways. What the secret breaking of Enigma-code allowed was a higher form of encryption to be invented, using the mathematical algorithms that Turing pioneered. It was these new mechanically induced algorithms that gave birth to modern digital computing.[4] Their immediate value was to securely encode trans-Atlantic signals, and these helped essentially to co-ordinate fighting resources and quicker, less expensively, win the war.
Turing’s time in America, as well as advancing his algorithmic capacity, eased the way for placing cypher and decyphering equipment at either end of the trans-Atlantic cable. This was the world’s first reproduced manufacture of a programmable computer, based on the Polish Bombe model prototype perfected by Turing and his team at Bletchley Park. It necessitated immediate shipping to the United States, which stopped any notion of copyright at step one, and the modern computer era was born – Made in the UK, and with the task of encryption and decryption over the first-ever leg of internet cable converted as its founding application – truly the century’s technical breakthrough, which the next century would open still at siege to.
But if the Germans could never access what was transmitted inside the Atlantic data cable at that time, neither could the Russians ever be allowed to.
Alan Turing’s liberal university background created doubt intolerable at the height of the McCarthyist witch-hunt: “Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were arrested in 1950 on charges of stealing atomic bomb secrets for the Soviets and were executed in 1953.” And, the culmination of his work, built on top of Princeton US mathematical experience – Turing’s algorithmic discoveries as intellectual property – had already been transferred; under wartime conditions bankrupting of Great Britain (duress). More than just a security risk, by the 1950s Alan Turing had been made ‘expendable’.[5]
The story of the American space program, into which German scientists were shipped wholesale post-war, is very well known: success built upon that of V1 and V2 rocketry that rained automaton terror on Great Britain during The Blitz, though ultimately failing. – To where would the yet unseen impact of the V3 be directed?
The modern computer industry is the inside, even more influential story – only the contributing country was not a wartime enemy this time, but the main United States ally held over a barrel. Capitalism’s new headquarters gathered in resources cunningly from all over the globe, enabling imperial expansion on a whole new scale.
Alan Turing’s sacrifice was one further price to be paid by a long-running but finally eclipsed British Empire: trade secrets kept safe, down-payment on Cold War security.
Postscript: Author Roger Bristow, “72, who was a founder member of the Bletchley Park trust, is a former mayor who has spent almost 30 years researching Turing and his work. He has used the post-mortem evidence to develop a theory that the scientist was carrying out secret code-breaking work before his death. And he says the FBI wanted him dead because he held ‘damaging information’ on Russian agents who had managed to get themselves into top American Government jobs.”[6]

[1] The Imitation Game http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2084970/ 2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Imitation_Game see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5CjKEFb-sM

[2] ICT = information and computer technology

[3] What ‘The Imitation Game’ didn’t tell you about Alan Turing’s greatest triumph, 20 February 2015 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/what-imitation-game-didnt-tell-you-about-alan-turings-greatest-triumph/2015/02/20/ffd210b6-b606-11e4-9423-f3d0a1ec335c_story.html “Alan Turing.. did as much as anyone to create the digital revolution that continues to erupt around us” – well-researched article with academic video clips, which include a still of Turing’s post mortem report: “Death appeared to be due to violence.”

[4] The computer algorithms that run our lives, 23 February 2015 http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ninetonoon/audio/20168287/the-computer-algorithms-that-run-our-lives “Seeta Gangadharan is a Senior Research Fellow at the Open Technology Institute in Washington DC. She discusses the automated systems, known as algorithms, that are replacing human discretion more and more often. Algorithms are a simple set of mathematical rules embedded in the software to complete a task. They allow google to rank pages according to their relevance and popularity when people conduct an internet search, and allow internet sites like Amazon and Netflix to monitor our purchases and suggest related items. But open technology advocates say there is not enough oversight of these algorithms, which can perpetuating poverty and inequality.” – 20-minute audio.

[5] Alan Turing: Inquest’s suicide verdict ‘not supportable’ http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-18561092 “the investigation was conducted so poorly that even murder cannot be ruled out.. ‘In a way we have in modern times been recreating the narrative of Turing’s life, and we have recreated him as an unhappy young man who committed suicide. But the evidence is not there.'” 26 June 2012

[6] Was Alan Turing’s death MURDER not suicide? http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/alan-turings-death-murder-not-4799480 12 December 2014

Further reading:

“a number is computable if its decimal can be written down by a machine” – Alan Turing, On Computable Numbers, With An Application to the Entscheidungsproblem, 1936 http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/Turing_Paper_1936.pdf

http://www.biography.com/people/alan-turing-9512017

http://www.turingfilm.com/turing-suicide

http://www.ip-performance.co.uk/alanturingpostmortemexaminationreport.php

CHAPTER 23 “The third possibility, that Turing was murdered, might seem far-fetched, yet stranger things have been done in the national interest. There was a Cold War on. Could there have been an ‘operation ruthless’ against Alan Turing himself, now that he had managed to get himself classified as one of Europe’s security risks? In 1950 Senator Joseph McCarthy had initiated America’s hysterical ‘McCarthy era’, and by the end of 1953 McCarthyism was in full spate. McCarthy declared that homosexuals who were privy to national secrets threatened America’s security.35 In Britain, David Cornwell—better known as novelist John Le Carré—worked for both MI5 and MI6 during the 1950s and the 1960s. Cornwell told the Sunday Telegraph in 2010: ‘We did a lot of direct action. Assassinations, at arm’s length.’36 ‘We did some very bad things’, he said. There is a bare possibility that Turing was murdered, but in terms of evidence the most that can said be said for this hypothesis (apart from the curious business about the shoes) is that Turing was clearly on the security services’ radar during the previous year’s ‘Kjell crisis’, described in Chapter 10.” Ref.36 ‘British spies carried out assassinations during Cold War, claims former agent Le Carre’, Mail Online, 29 August 2010. http://www.beck-shop.de/fachbuch/leseprobe/9780199639793_Excerpt_001.pdf

Was Bletchley Park code breaker Alan Turing murdered? Shocking claims made by former Milton Keynes mayor http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/local/was-bletchley-park-code-breaker-alan-turing-murdered-shocking-claims-made-by-former-milton-keynes-mayor-1-6467202

http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/was-alan-turing-murdered-author-roger-bristow-says-yes.html “Turing had been doing some secret work just before he died. Roger Bristow maintains that the German Enigma code cracker was killed by the FBI because he held secrets that were either intensely embarrassing or damaging. The author further said that before he died, Alan Turing had been working on operation Verona, a top secret affair, which dealt with the deciphering of wartime radio signals for the identification of Russian agents sent as spies in the United States. According to him, several of these agents were able to penetrate prominent positions in the government including one who became a personal assistant to then US President Franklin Roosevelt.” Ref. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2870499/Was-Alan-Turing-murdered-New-book-claims-Enigma-machine-genius-didn-t-kill-all.html 11 December 2014

A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing, 19 December 2014 http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2014/dec/19/poor-imitation-alan-turing/ “even if you believe that Turing was driven to his death, The Imitation Game’s treatment of his fate borders on the ridiculous.”

Decoding Apologies to Alan Turing: Is Post-Mortem Pardon Meaningless? 31 December 2014 http://www.thecritique.com/articles/decoding-apologies-to-alan-turing-is-post-mortem-pardon-meaningless/ “In particular, the circumstances surrounding Turing’s prosecution and death have long been suspicious. Is there more to the story, and might it require government cooperation and a team of investigative historians to get to the bottom of it? I do not mean to stoke conspiracy, the McCarthy-era paranoia about ‘perverts’ going rogue and trading military secrets for gay Soviet sex makes one wonder.”

http://sites.duke.edu/randomthoughts/2015/01/18/two-movies-about-alan-turing/

The Long Road to ‘The Imitation Game’ http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/the-business/the-long-road-to-the-imitation-game “Director Morten Tyldum and writer and producer Graham Moore tell Kim Masters how the journey of making their Oscar-nominated film about codebreaker Alan Turing started years ago at a fateful cocktail party. Former sitcom writer and novelist Graham Moore and Norwegian director Morten Tyldum may seem like an unlikely pair to be behind The Imitation Game, a movie about a British mathematician in World War II. They were brought together by an independent producer who snatched up the script after it languished at a studio for a year. Now, their indie about Alan Turing is up for eight Academy Awards, including best picture, best director and best screenplay. Today, Alan Turing is considered the father of computer science. But the genius who broke Germany’s Enigma code during World War II–saving countless lives as a result–was never publicly recognized for his achievements during his lifetime–or for many years after his death at age 41 in 1954. Rather he was persecuted for homosexual acts, which remained illegal under British laws that weren’t wiped from the books until 2003. Turing was granted a posthumous pardon in 2013.
In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch plays a very eccentric Turing in a role that earned him an Oscar nomination for best actor. The film garnered eight nominations total, including including best picture, best director and best screenplay. But for years, it looked doubtful that the film would ever even get made. Our guests, director Morten Tyldum and writer and producer Graham Moore, may seem like an unlikely matchup on this project. The Imitation Game is Tyldum’s first film in English and former sitcom writer Moore’s first film period. They tell Kim Masters about the film’s creation story, from how it grew out of a chance run-in at a cocktail party, to a “lost year” at Warner Bros, to a hungover casting conversation held via Skype. Throughout it all, they were determined to stay true to their vision of telling the story of a genius and a hero, a man who was unfairly persecuted, and whose achievements had been kept secret for far too long.” – 20-minute KCRM.com audio.

Alan Turing 1912–1954

Alan Turing 1912–1954

Alan Turing: The Enigma biographer website.

AlanTuring.net computing history archive.

The Turing Digital Archive TuringArchive.org

Wondering why anyone should care to write this? – There are legion amateur computing fans and everyday users not even knowing that they are (upon smartphones and touchpads). We don’t all look up to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates for inspiration, and often find, when we do look, Alan Turing’s versatile AI ideas to deify instead.

The closing scene of The Imitation Game, positing a broken Turing in love with Victory machine (somehow renamed “Christopher”) as pitiful and demented substitute for true human bond, is worse than fiction. It is sheer insult, making fetish of the individual.

The gratuitous fantasy can only serve to provoke comments like “F___ you, Weinstein. Just what are you trying to hide?” …

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The fake-left dirty politics exposed in my previous post can be seen as Labour’s as well as Mana’s fatal flaw: trade union corruption distorting the public realm. The historic task of the New Zealand labour movement is to cast representative failings aside, and chart a courageous new course for honest direct democracy today.

The clandestine back-room dealing, plots and monopoly tactics, that discredited Mana so badly in 2014, are syndicalist labour methodology that simply has to go. It isn’t good enough to replicate National capital manipulations, on behalf of a counter-posed working class, and expect to win. The world deserves much better, through ethical and modernised inclusion.

David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little, David Parker and David Shearer contest for Labour leadership, 2014 - Newspix/NZ Herald

David Cunliffe, Grant Robertson, Andrew Little, David Parker, David Shearer? and …? contest for Labour leadership, October 2014 – Newspix/NZ Herald

When the Mana Party imploded in the 2014 general elections, it was from abandoning democracy. Inside Mana, in Te Tai Tonga (the south) electorate experience, Unite union was extending corrupt hegemony over the left through amoral administrators Gerard Hehir and Ben Peterson – as a short-cut image recovery from the P-seller conviction of Peterson’s predecessor. They did this by shutting down any competing leadership voice within Te Tai Tonga, using Stalinist Fightback hatchets led by Grant Brookes. This foul play synchronised Labour campaign strategy, of stopping left candidates from competing with them in any sensitive general seats, making Matt McCarten – National Secretary for Unite and David Cunliffe’s campaign manager for Labour – a master manipulator at the tree top.

All these corrupt and anti-democratic, shady and opaque, trade union dirty politics must go, for New Zealand to breathe fresh and invigorating democratic air.

In the digital age, voter re-engagement and parliamentary bloat necessitate online direct democracy in the vision for a progressive future. Watch this space for more policy details and a whole new credible politics just waiting to be born.

Kia ora.

Full credit to Kim Dotcom for getting the IMP waka moving, but the sooner he hands over his rudder the better. Kim’s hirelings are building a ‘representative’ structure per instruction, but will Kiwi people endorse them? Only if democratic norms prevail – something New Zealanders understand and value a lot.

Without rank-and-file input for where the Internet Party is going, it is bound to hit the rocks of reaction. So let’s stand up for what is right in representation and take the reins – should Kim be willing to pass them on.

Otherwise the negative publicity based on sound analysis will prevail and drag Internet Party followers down:

Octo-Kim - June 2014

Octo-Kim – June 2014

…… A bigger, more meaningful campaign than what has been proposed is required, to replace the National government in 2014. It must be good, just, open and fair. Let us get on with it. Stop the Internet Party write off

A nation dishonest at core, built on vigorous colonial and post-colonial theft, of course must be led in that direction – as royal pillage has. Moral upgrade and progressive change, with inclusive economic development, would look very different. But in the meantime it is more of the same:

The New Zealand ‘Labour’ and ‘Green’ parties (traditional reformist social-democrats) imitate the openly corrupt National Party (former Reform, big land/business owners) in far too many ways.[1] The mainstream ‘Opposition’ here fail to appreciate that the alternative they offer must be completely different and devoid of corruption, and so they are strongly flavoured with the manipulative and monopolist tactics they only pretend to oppose, awaiting their inevitable turn in the big chair.

Social-fascist rally, Christchurch Cathedral Square, 1 May 2014

‘Our Water Our Vote’ social-fascist rally, Christchurch Cathedral Square, 1 May 2014

The politics are basic twentieth-century, where ‘new world’ Anglo-militarism shattered 1900s working-class radicalism and became steadily fascist in its own way: Anglo-fascism reigns supreme. The monopoly capitalism of Lenin’s day became the corporate fascism of today, concentrated through the lens of industrial warfare, overcoming global economic depression, mostly through the agency of western social-fascist ‘Labourism’:

The capitalist class could not recover on their own; they needed eager subordinates – the ‘softer’ fascism of professional moderators, the New Zealand Labour Party of the 1930s, 40s and today; stopping strikes, squashing radical unionism and cancelling democratic elections (as in 1942) is Labour’s repressive forte.

So when National cancels democratic elections for Canterbury region in 2010, Labour are just hypocrites to complain. Why do they bother? Simply to maintain corrupt hegemony over workers and the alternative left discourse is the reason; that and seeing protest as an ‘elect me’ promotional opportunity in an election year. For in Canterbury it was the rotten Labour Party, under dairyman’s daughter Helen Clark, that set the course for running Canterbury aquifers dry. National simply wanting Labour’s dairying growth to continue – through artificial water storage for increasing dryland irrigation – explains why National pushed the Labour-led Environment Canterbury (ECan) council aside: they just want Labour’s dirty work done quicker, that’s all.

So when Greens connect with the fake Labour fightback, it is just as fake. Together they built their internal corruption into an ‘Our Water Our Vote’ foil with one main intention – to capture the radical mood of resistance to water degradation from Christchurch residents, to turn it to their own careerist advantage and defuse it. The Green Party in particular sought to extinguish a successful, competitive environmental brand, no matter what cost in loyal members, for centralist conformism.

May 1st’s weak Christchurch ‘protest’ shows that the social-fascist method is really working (negatively): 100-150 protesters is what various media have estimated attended, compared with the several thousands mobilised post ECan-intervention in 2010.

Our Water Our Vote sprang up immediately after the 2008 National government used Parliament to crush the successful Save Our Water (SOW) campaign of 2007, and never defended it one bit – because SOW’s appeal to honesty from agrarian representatives on council is something Labour-Green cannot stomach. Anything but honesty is Labour-Green’s method, and so they have dulled the water resistance’s radical edge; intentionally, as that is their corrupting historic role.

Corporate-fascist newsmedia, of course, connive with Our Water Our Vote to filter Save Our Water out of the discourse – such is its radical potential for change. Fascist apologists like Chris Lynch attack the former elected regional council without knowing much about it – experience and relevance are thrown out the window in NewsTalkZB’s rank toadying to government. Who is pulling Lynch’s strings? After all, he is muppet master. When Lynch attacks the former council, out of plain sensationalist ignorance, he defends the theft and lies of the irrigation sector and John Key himself, in inventing cause for stealing democratic assets, exposing Chris Lynch’s personal dishonesty stock in trade.

The spokesperson the journalist corporate cronies gathered around was MP Ruth Dyson – a Clark protege twinned with the city’s current mayor. No wonder Christchurch cannot move forward, when workers’ standing is eroded and substituted this way – a false ‘environmental’ opposition by dairying’s major advocates, and a broken church symbol they are preserving forever for the ‘heritage’ cause – as pictured above – again as substitute for human welfare policies. False False False, Labour-Green alliance.

It is the task of Aotearoa New Zealand voters in 2014, if they wish to see improvement in conditions, to bring down not only the corporate-fascist National Party but the social-fascist Green-Labour agglomeration as well – for their deceitful ‘conservative self-help’ is no less great.

Social-fascist leader James Dann, May 1st 2014

Local entertainer and social-fascist leader James Dann claimed ownership of the public water fightback in 2010 – with no knowledge of it except that it was news-worthy – determined to bury the Save Our Water drive for honesty and integrity from all politicians, that had felled two Labour ECan incumbents in Christchurch East, October 2007; at ‘his gig’ May 1st 2014, the speaking list was tightly controlled and an expression of Dann’s single-mindedness, careerism and oh-so-typical, sub-Tory personal corruption: Dann is representing Labour for Ilam electorate in 2014.

But the list of bogus leaders in the Canterbury water fightback goes on..

Dyson shockingly supported the commissioners’ work in her speech – of course she would, with corrupted Labour man David Caygill imposed by National upon the ECan water portfolio – “Protesters marking four years today since the Canterbury regional council was taken over, say it’s all about irrigation and favouring farmers”. Don’t forget dictatorial power; unless it’s your own? SHAME! http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/2594388/labour-writes-to-un-over-lack-of-democracy

“This week the first sod was also turned on the controversial Central Plains irrigation scheme, which will irrigate up to 60,000 hectares of Canterbury farmland.” http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/23108786/labour-asks-un-to-investigate-ecan/

“Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson says Canterbury people are being denied their democratic rights, contrary to international agreements we’re party to.” http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/23108893/mps-write-to-un-over-ecan-mess/

Save Our Water cause won't go away

Save Our Water cause won’t go away


“The protest paled in comparison to the first one four years ago, where thousands gathered to place river stones in a cairn to protest the appointment of the commissioners.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9997870/ECan-mourned-four-years-on

Aussie Norman rides the activist struggle of Cantabrians, into the ground. 1-5-14

Aussie Norman rides the activist struggle of Cantabrians, into the ground. 1-5-14


Truer words never said.  1-5-14

Truer words never said. 1-5-14


Populist hocus pocus preferred to authentic class contest, by the social-fascist ‘Our Water Our Vote’ cabal

Populist hocus pocus preferred to authentic class contest, by the social-fascist ‘Our Water Our Vote’ cabal


All from CTV News 1 May 2014: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPvIWXl2q0c#t=240 ; At pseudo-left above is MP Eugenie Sage, from private school Auckland then Helen Clark’s press office, more recently a ‘Green’ MP having ridden the wave of woe into plush surroundings. Pure traitor to the SOW cause, Sage never once spoke in support of exposure of the farmer-councillor illegalities on ECan, choosing to partner with them strategically instead: complicit in crime and never to be trusted.

With bend-over-backwards-for-Labour right-wing David Moorhouse – the Aoraki / Canterbury Co-convener who corruptly blocked aspiring Green candidates to favour his own political advancement – an unethical left obstruction was conceived that explains, as much as anything, why the Labour-Green empty pitch at the Treasury Benches will fail in 2014.

Moral and philosophical bankrupts that they are. Social-fascism will fade before great movement for CHANGE.

Summary
The corrupt, careerist and low-principled nature of the Green and Labour political machines has been revealed through Canterbury water politics. In 2007 Green members were part of the Save Our Water campaign that cut into two forms of Labour corruption on Environment Canterbury: a conflict-of-interest in the irrigation developments for one councillor and a tangata whenua iwi-corporate stranglehold, at the expense of less privileged, other-iwi Maaori and Tauiwi, in another: both were displaced electorally. Farmer-representative corruption on council using conflicted votes was then also exposed, so National sacked the whole council to hush things up and extend its crony capitalism directly as corporate fascism, in 2010. So what was Green-Labour’s response? To defend Save Our Water on principle? No. Never. Green-Labour started the Our Water Our Vote shill campaign (emphasising their job opportunities rather than environmental water quality and quantity) in competition, and won’t breathe a word about Save Our Water again. Why? To continue their own corrupt schemes, as adjuncts to National’s, as client social-fascists – the poor and begging cousins of the corporate fascism they will not name and challenge at all (extending the fascist expulsion of Save Our Water). None of these national political formations are part of a just, equitable and sustainable future at all, it has been shown.

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[1] wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Reform_Party; Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson are the names most recently associated with inappropriate and slack actions by National government ministers, leading to sackings. The rest were Richard Worth, Phil Heatley, Pansy Wong, Nick Smith, John Banks, Peter Dunne, Kate Wilkinson and Aaron Gilmore: never forget their rorting venality!

People First platform 20 Aug 2013

People First platform 20 Aug 2013

Join the campaign for rebuild justice, democracy and accountability in Canterbury. Make our main city an inclusive centre of hope for the 21st century, an icon of peaceful, humanitarian progress.

See: facebook.com/RikTindall4Chch for more information, and ‘like’ to support.

Kia ora 😀

For a cosmopolitan, internationally-connected, multicultural and progressive city rebuild, working hard for harmony and prosperity together, technically informed in the best Christchurch tradition, Vote Rik Tindall.

Rik & Cindy, Mill Park Vic, Sept 2012

Rik & Cindy, Mill Park, Sept 2012

First and foremost must be new jobs and training opportunities for local youth, in local small and medium sized business enterprise and projects backed by council. The north island, fly-in re-developers are killing local initiative and hope. Mayor Parker’s CCC was too focussed on inner city retail trade driving buildings, run by big players, and has missed seeing people / ‘the wood for the trees’, ignoring great social capital here.

Yet it is crucial that Christchurch voters show our city is open for business and welcoming work contributions from all around the world. Overseas workers must feel and be safe here. But the Christchurch mayoral nominations as at 15 August 2013 showed the city of old, living up to its bad reputation for intolerance:

ccc mayoral nominations as at 2013-08-15

ccc mayoral nominations as at 2013-08-15

Ref. ‘Counter-protest’ against racism The Press 22/03/2013.

Vote Team Christchurch

Vote Team Christchurch

There is a strong story to be told from a personal perspective.

Watch this space for Team Christchurch policy platform in more detail.

e.g. Calling for immediate cease of city council’s pressure waste-water domestic system conversions, per court judgement and pending consultation with recipient home-owner groups and exploration of the full range of alternatives. The climate of central government dictate is no excuse for council doing the same. Ref. Council to consult on wastewater tanks The Press 05/08/2013.

Improve council’s management of social housing, as one means of relief and stability for less able people under pressure. Other objectives of council electoral campaign are: jobs and opportunity for youth in the rebuild; more music events, alcohol-free, through council promoting CBS Arena, repairing Town Hall auditorium ASAP (but not expensive convention centre or covered stadium) and use of parks. Also call for more youth activity centres like Zebedees; better public transport frequency and exchanges, with commuter rail and cycling routes linking up.

Vote Christchurch Unity

Vote Christchurch Unity

Shift the the local political focus from the CBD onto helping people come through this ordeal of housing damage and loss.

Bring your Christchurch policy suggestions to this People First campaign to make them happen!

Do not accept division of council into A and B teams or constrained leadership by either!

Vote me in as impartial chair of the city team and let’s get to work, on Christchurch community recovery!

Thank you.

Authorised by Rik Tindall, PO Box 602, Christchurch 8140.

People First platform 20 Aug 2013

People First platform 20 Aug 2013