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G20 protestors blasted by sonic cannon

Sonic cannon in action against G20 protestors. It's worth looking at this article just for the comments underneath!!!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2009/sep/25/sonic-cannon-g20-pittsburgh

What about little old ladies/men who were just off to the shops and need to support themselves to stand so they can't cover their ears and run away? What about babies whose mothers/fathers are trying to get them away from the noise and can't cover their ears at the same time? Deafness is not reversible...It's blanket sonic invasion of everyone's space, fuckers.

Unknown Unknowns

"... as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know." - Donald H. Rumsfeld ( US Secretary of Defense) February 12, 2002

How are you affected by something you can't see or can barely perceive? After a period of brainstorming and a dramaturgy workshop, Susanne Bentley now reformulates the direction of the Bent Object's "Below 20" research. Distilled research elements include:
- Relationship between the performance (including performer) and spectator
- Presence of performer/environment
- Infrasound - biological effects, subliminal influence
- Suggestion rather than statement
- Domination of the individual by an environment, placed within a period in history in which Western man believes in an increase in control.
New elements to be added include storytelling, visiting hours and possibly some known knowns.

Past & present wisdom from the White House

"Rumsfeld: Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones."

He was right you know...

http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=2636

But even "unfree" countries have had problems, that have been fixed by "real-time intelligence", while now the homeland is protected by the new National Counterterrorism Center... Thank you George.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/12/20081217-6.html

oh and the surveillance bill...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7500937.stm

Form 696

Musicians and performers in London will soon be required by law to complete and hand over to police an eight page form detailing all their personal information and the ethnic background of their audience if they want to perform.

http://www.infowars.net/articles/december2008/021208Musicians.htm

Is your printer spying on you?

"In a purported effort to identify counterfeiters, the US government has succeeded in persuading some color laser printer manufacturers to encode each page with identifying information. That means that without your knowledge or consent, an act you assume is private could become public. A communication tool you're using in everyday life could become a tool for government surveillance."

The full story: http://www.eff.org/issues/printers

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