Falsely Real

 

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Not everything is a false flag.  However we are terribly misled in this country by the mainstream media where more than 90% of all print, radio, and television is controlled by just 6 corporations.

The mainstream media (MM) regularly promotes opinion bias as though it were fact.  While no one is without bias, the mainstream media purposefully promotes opinion in place of fact.  Facts lead us to the truth, listening to someone’s opinion does not guarantee that their perception is accurate. 

But this is not the greatest offense by the MM.  They are most guilty of LIES BY OMISSION.  They would rather report that Kayne is broke than investigate if Turkey has been funding and coordinating with ISIS in Syria.  They would rather talk about the latest gadget (advertising in place of news) instead of  reporting on “the 28 pages”.  They would rather bounce opinions off two so called “experts” with what is going on in the market instead of reporting on aggregate demand and OTC derivatives exposure. 

Bottom line: There is no real news in the MM any more.  Probably hasn’t been for some time.  Sites like the Zero Hedge and Ben Swann make this painfully obvious. 

But alternative media is also under attack.  You cannot influence the masses unless you can control the message.  Soon sites like the Zero Hedge, Ben Swann, and RT will all be censored in one fashion or another. In fact some already are. 

Many folks have reported being censored on Facebook or Youtube for posting what is considered “controversial content”.  Topics that are censored include those  critical of the government or it’s policies.  This is not hearsay.  This has happened to me directly.  Upon investigation, I can tell you that it’s happening far more than you are likely to believe.  Youtube will no longer monetize videos like “Storm Clouds Gathering”.  Facebook will remove controversial posts like discussing the pro’s and con’s of the Iran Nuclear Deal from your timeline.  It’s already happening folks. 

But it doesn’t stop there.  Sen. Diane Feinstein (D) has expressed a desire to prevent just anyone from reporting online.  She has stated that it’s dangerous for bloggers and websites to report the news and that only “approved” sites should be able to report.  I’m not making this up.  It’s out there if you wish to see it from the horses mouth.   Have you noticed how ZH goes down whenever the market is sinking?  Do you think this is coincidence?  It’s happened several times.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2013/08/feinstein_looks_to_exclude_bloggers_new_media_from_press_shield_law.html
It’s difficult to impose tyrannic rule on the masses quickly.  They are apt to wise up and revolt.  But if you do it slowly enough – like bringing a pot of warm water up to a boil, you can pretty much get away with anything.

There are two specific times that tyrannic rule can be imposed and the masses are apt to go along with it.  The first is when things are going great.  The boom of the 90’s is a good example.  The economy was stronger than ever, the Cold War was over, the Berlin wall fell.  Things were on a roll.   People thought they could let their guard down and let the government do it’s thing.  That’s when we passed NAFTA, repealed Glass-Steal, and allowed OTC derivatives to come into existence, all of which have proven to be disastrous for the masses (and many still do not realize it).

The second way is to capitalize on tragic event like 9-11.  it doesn’t matter if it’s an actual attack, a false flag, or if we allowed it to happen by letting our guard down.  What matters is that they use the emotional fear that is created from such an event against the masses.  In this way the people gladly hand over their rights in order to feel more secure (which is an illusion).  They gladly support things like torture as well (50% of the country still does).  During such times, martial law can be declared indefinitely (like in France and Turkey today) allowing for a brutal crackdown on the people.  Freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, a required warrant and probable cause, and even your right to a trial are all suspended.  Never let a good catastrophe go to waste.

This is how the ruling class does what it does.  They are patient.  They are cunning.  They think the masses are too stupid to notice.

And thus far, I’d have to say they are right.  Most people are far too caught up in their every day lives and their favorites fictional tv series to pay attention to what is really going on.  Most people just don’t care.  They may have strong opinions (based on MM propaganda) but they take very little time (if any) to investigate the facts .

This is the world we live in folks.  Tyranny cannot take hold without the consent of the people.  The genocide of the indians, slavery, segregation, Japanese American concentration camps, the Patriot Act, NSA surveillance, heck, even Hitler came to power  WITH THE CONSENT of the people.

All evil needs to succeed is for good people to remain silent.  Your apathy is consent.  Sadly, it appears to be human nature for the majority of people to remain willfully ignorant and apathetic.  People are easily manipulated as a result.

QUESTION EVERYTHING.

Most Americans live in a fucking cage they constructed for themselves based on carefully-crafted plans handed to them by their masters. But you get to chose from several different models to give you the sense that you’re in charge of your own destinly. False reality? Who gives a damn at this point – most people deny that they even live in a cage and and scoff at anyone that claims that we have ‘masters’. We’re FREE, God damn it!

The only orchestrated event was us building our cages to begin with. All the rest can be random shit for all it matters. Is someone really trying to trick us by orchestrating events and controlling the narrative? Who gives a crap – you live in a FUCKING CAGE! Get it???

Here’s our absolute, honest reality: American’s freedoms and rights are innate, automatic and unlimited – for as far as you can reach your little chimp paw beyond your God damn cage bars.

Waiting for the rest of America to wake the fuck up? Why would you be so God damn oblivious to the mental state of most Americans? Most of their cages areALREADY unlocked. They don’t want to live outside where they have to take care of themselves – that’s the government’s job! It’s scary outside and bad things can happen without big brother. What are you going to offer them – a fucking key? They don’t want it. You’re the enemy!

I would like to think it’s a pail of cold water in the face for most people, but then – most people would never read a book like that until they were already awake.

Sad to say, but books like this are increasingly unnecessary in the U.S. for younger people. I thought I was cynical, but I can’t hold a candle to the twenty- or thirty-year-old college grads living in their parent’s basements. People that make up the bartenders and waitresses economy we have today. You cannot truly understand the vampire rentier masters and government-as-parasite cage you live in until you cannot afford one, you don’t qualify for government charity, i.e., free-shit-army benefits and your student loans have been sold to a half-dozen bill collectors.

I could afford to be poor for a few years in/after college without government help: beater cars, shared living, Ramen-only diet, etc. Today, you are just completely fucked, and there are not ‘better times’ for them to look forward to. They might work enough to afford a car someday, but stupid-assed stuff like health insurance is out of the question and the possibility of ever owning a house is a fucking joke.

What do you tell someone like that who wants to know what they did wrong and how come their world is so fucked up? Why are people on welfare better off then they are (or seemingly ever will be)? Why are the lazier, stupider, anti-social mouth-breathing bastards they grew up with better off than they are right now?

Here’s the absolute worst part: the ones I know to be in this situation don’t even ask me “Why?” These are healthy, intelligent, hard-working young adults (probably more than I ever was). They don’t seem confused or angry with their situation, they’re just resigned to a life of shit. I’m angry enough about their situation that I’mabout damn ready to roll out the wood-chipper, but they would never bother showing up for the revolution. They know nothing will really change for them – people pedalling revolutions are just another set of lying psychopaths. Not that I disagree with them in the least, but how fucking sad is that?

On the other hand, maybe that’s the precise clarity needed to finally fix anything. Psychopath-proof your revolution before it ever get’s started, or it’s not worth the bother because nothing will really change. The old, dead guys were on the right track a couple hundred years ago, but depended on someone smarter than them to fiddle with their constitution in the future to make it better. The past few generations (including mine) have failed – we’ve made it far worse (in practice). Maybe it’s time to hand it over to the really hard-core cycnics in mom’s basement. They seem to understand the psychopathic clownfuckery at play here more than we do.

Legally Human

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Ok here it goes, again a lot is copy & paste from various sources:

A ticket is simply a contract to pay or appear in court nothing more and one needs not sign. It’s voluntary and only stupid people go for it. Don’t sign it they got nothing.

Consent, contract, declaration

Add ONE of the following:-

I am the Beneficiary of [the NAME it was addressed to].

I am the Beneficiary and Administrator of [the NAME it was addressed to].

I am acting as Agent for the Beneficiary of [the NAME it was addressed to].

Or, if you want to really distance yourself from the whole load of nonsense:-

I am acting as Agent for the Beneficiary and Administrator of [the NAME it was addressed to].

ALWAYS READ THROUGH YOUR REPLY AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVEN’T SOMEHOW ADMITTED TO BEING THE NAME. Never state you are the Trustee.

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“There are NO Judicial Courts in America and have not been since 1789. Judges do not enforce Statutes and Codes. Executive Administrators enforce Statutes and Codes.” (FRC v. GE 281 US 464 Keller v. PE 261 US 428, 1 Stat 138-178)

If you go to court and a judge tells you that he or she is the judge of the law, just say “I object!” And then read the content in the block quotation above out loud to the judge. US judges aren’t really judges. Instead, they are public trustees pretending to be Executive Administrators!

One of the first things you need to do when you are in a courtroom is to tell the judge which role you are playing. Why? Because courts in the USA (this also applies to courts in other Western countries) are all based on presumption. In other words, it is a “game”. This is why it is called a “court-room”. What do people do in a court? They play games, like a basketball game or a tennis game. They didn’t call it the “court” or the “court-room” by accident. Are you starting to see the big picture?

When you walk into the court, you are about to play their game; therefore, the judge automatically presumes that you are playing the role of the trustee (slave). To trick you to consent to be the trustee, the judge will ask you if you are the legal name (i.e., JOHN DOE), which is the name on your driver’s license, birth certificate, etc.

If you answer yes to being that legal name, you just agree to be a legal fiction, which is a corporation. A corporation is a “corpse” or dead entity. If you look at the word “corporation” closely, you can almost see the word “corpse” in it. This is no accident. It is right in your face folks!

In legal term, a corporation is an artificial person. If you want proof of this, look at Black’s Law Dictionary 6th Edition for the legal term “corporation” and you should see this definition, “an artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of the laws of a state.”

Once you agree to be a legal fiction (corporation), it puts you under their jurisdiction. This means that you have to play under their rules. As a result, it is pretty much game over. Why do you think most people don’t win court cases?

Instead of agreeing to be that legal name or legal fiction, tell the judge that you are the Administrator of that legal name. If you want to learn how to effectively defend yourself against the corrupt Western court system, you need to study Natural Law, trust law, contract law, common law, canon law, and admiralty/maritime law.

Once you gain enough knowledge of these laws and learn how to use them to defend your natural rights, judges and attorneys will run away from you like scared little children. For proof of this, watch the short video below.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzjv20sC5CY

There is a simpler way to deal with natural right violations , instead of going though the whole “I object” thing which creates conflict, initially it’s better to not talk to the court except in writing and get the judge/magistrate to read it into the record. If you have time before going to court you would submit and affidavit stating that you are a man and you require a man to come forward with a claim that you have done wrong. If the court cannot produce a man that has a claim against you then you require that the case be dismissed. Then attach a fee schedule letting the judge know by name that for every minute you are held in custody without a man bringing a claim against you that he can be held liable for damages and compensation man to man.

If you don’t have time the first thing you do is to write that on a piece of paper and submit that to the court before answering any questions and have the judge read it into the record. Continue to repeat that your claim has been handed to the court if they try to distract from your claim. If he asks you if you understand the charges against you, let the court know that you do not speak legalese and you are an idiot (Man that is not a professional within that particular statutory jurisdiction) and that there is no law requiring you to speak the courts legalese language. Stick to your story no matter what happens.

If you have do no wrong under common law, its really better to submit a claim of trespass against your property (rights are property) who arrested you before you go to court so that you are on the offense instead of on the defense. Then you can call attention to the fact that the proceedings need to be suspended until your case is heard in a common law court. You need to move that case into your court ( a common law court) and you need to know how to move your own cases so I would research karl lentz’s talks on talkshoe if you have to go that far.

  1. Fake Law

Just like many other aspects of our society, we are also surrounded by an entire system of fake law. Our legal system has been overtaken by admiralty jurisdiction or maritime jurisdiction, which was formerly used as the main commercial jurisdiction to adjudicate disputes among merchants sailing with goods on the seas between ports and countries. However, the average man or woman is at a big disadvantage walking into commercial jurisdiction (rather than common law jurisdiction) where many rights don’t apply, because things are run strictly on contract, not rights.

Much of today’s “law” is not true law but fake law: statutes, regulations, rules, policy, by-laws and codes. These are all commercial terms which only apply to commercial entities – such as your legal person or strawman, the capital letters name/version of yourself, which functions as the joinder or bridge to cross over from common law into commercial law. The Government and Legal society rely upon deception to trick you into accepting their presumptions of law as facts of law. These presumptions become unrebutted facts unless you challenge them. The truth is that all of these statutes do not apply to you unless you agree to be part of some society or organization, and this includes unwittingly admitting you are a citizen or resident of a country, which legally means you are a member/employee/franchisee of the United States Inc. or any other privately-incorporated Government. The same goes when you admit you a “taxpayer” to the IRS. Once you accept responsibility for the legal entity that bears your name, you contract yourself to be bound to the Commercial laws that govern such a legal entity, not the Common laws that govern flesh and blood human beings.

You can learn more about how to escape all of this trickery by educating yourself with these sovereignty resources, or check out this article for an introduction to the concept of legal and personal sovereignty: If We Are Free Sovereign Beings, Why Do We Ask For Permission?

www.politicalvelcraft.org/sovereignty

About your birth certificate and common law:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQKn_xw1n28

www.reddit.com/r/conspiracy/comments/3p762f/ever_wonder_what_the_hell_that_number_on_the_back

The gist of it is that when you’re born they print your birth certificate on bond paper. Bond paper is used to print, well, bonds. These guys are essentially saying your birth certificate and the numbers on it are being used to secure loans from the federal banking system to the US for promise of future payments based off expected tax revenues the “employees” (citizens) of this “corporation” called USA earn. This also ties in with your SSN, because it has some identifiers that puts you into certain demographics. The more whites born, the more you can borrow.

In other words…

www.neilkeenan.com/neil-keenan-update-the-connection-between-911-jfk-and-the-global-collateral-accountsneilkeenan.com/Cease&DesistFeb_2014%20USA.pdf

The United States is a corporation. The Fed is the CEO of that corporation. The government is the manager of that corporation. The citizens are the unwitting employees of that corporation. The managers take a portion of the moneys, goods, and services the employees produce, and they give it to the CEOs.

It’s the workers that make the whole ship really sail…and without them (us), the ship would sink. Problem is that the workers don’t know that and they don’t know their strength…so they keep doing and saying whatever the management tells them to…and the management is only doing what the CEOs tell them to.

At the end of the day though, if all the employees really got together and held a concerted strike, the whole ship would come grinding to a dead halt, and we would have the power. We need to all come together and form a worker’s union, cuz the CEOs fucking suck.

Your Birth Certificate is what backs the “Full Faith and Credit” of the United States! You are a slave from birth. Your labor is owed for the debt of the nation.

Up to 2007 you could look up the value of your birth certificate at:

www.fidelity.ca

The Failing Human

I found something i wanted to Copy and paste here for future reference. insteading of hiding it on one of my obscure pages or just keeping it as a perma draft, i figured i’d just post it here since i think about this all the time. Something like the anchor bias to me is devastating when people interact.

Some unpleasant facts that have been found through experiment, or through journalistic investigation


  1. The Millgram Experiment showed that people obey authority even to harm others. The average percentages of participants who are prepared to inflict fatal voltages (on another person) for US studies (61%) for non-US studies (66%).
  2. In the Stanford Prison Experiment, student were selected to be guards or prisoners. Guards enforced authoritarian measures and ultimately subjected some of the prisoners to psychological torture. Many of the prisoners passively accepted psychological abuse and, at the request of the guards, readily harassed other prisoners who attempted to prevent it.
  3. “People are reluctant to change their minds, even when facts don’t match what they believe” — Univ. of Iowa study finds equity analysts who issue written forecasts about stocks may be subject to this confirmation bias and do not let new data significantly revise their initial analyses.
  4. Why Society Doesn’t Change: The System Justification Bias — System Justification or as I call it Statusquotarianism is an ideological product of internalized inferiority of disadvantaged groups : To quote Radiohead, “You do it to yourself. You do. And that’s what really hurts”
  5. Study finds our beliefs and behaviors influenced by shared social connections — the larger the group, the ‘more contagious’ an idea is, meaning that nearly all truths are by consensus, not by actuality. The solution is science and empircism.
  6. We get stuck in online filter bubbles; trapped in echo chambers which inhibit new information.
  7. Good people can turn evil because of groupthink and authority abuse via Dr. Zimbardo’s “Lucifer Effect”.
  8. Most people do not have a productive and optimal relationship with time (future positive orientation), and this causes many societal problems and personal woes.
  9. We’re stuck in a timeloop with global amnesia, by design, because that’s what’s good for business
  10. We have many cognitive biases and use them in arguments
  11. We have deep cognitive dissonance and many times it’s institutionalized
  12. We have paid-astroturfers posing as pseudoskeptics. What’s more alarming than their existence is that there are actual people doing this…people who can put their ethics and morals aside. I characterize this as compartmentalized psychopathy, but I’m not a qualified psychologist.
  13. Finally, Social Psychology itself has become weaponized by the cryptofinancial elite via their military-intelligence goons, an army of astroturfers who operate to disrupt rightful organization; willfully use propaganda, mass messaging, deception, pushing stories, alias development; denial of service attacks, spoofing and masquerading; gaslighting, confabulating, confounding, and confusing; screwing with people’s attention; willfully sending users disinformation over the internet (QUANTUMINSERT); destroying both their access to truth and their ability to process it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment

http://www.medicaldaily.com/confirmation-bias-stock-market-traders-who-forecast-changes-market-wont-adjust-362044

http://www.sott.net/article/248767-Why-Society-Doesnt-Change-The-System-Justification-Bias

http://www.sott.net/article/306587-Study-finds-our-beliefs-and-behaviors-influenced-by-shared-social-connections

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink

https://np.reddit.com/r/sorceryofthespectacle/comments/3sp9ik/spectacle_as_a_presentpostive_timetrap_a_trap/

http://lifehacker.com/this-graphic-explains-20-cognitive-biases-that-affect-y-1730901381

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2261375

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confabulation

 

The Thin Veil

 

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Everything is on a razor’s edge. I really feel like Neo sometimes with this mad sense of everything being amiss. There is a very thin veil covering the truth, suturing the rivers of blood of misery that rain down around us. There is a thin veil that holds our CIVILIZEDation together. There is a thin veil that protects you from violence as consequence. There is a thin veil… and i think you see it to.

It’s Mid-december and it’s 70 out. Not once in my lifetime have I remembered it being this warm at this time in Winter.  It’s 2015 and the Internet is now the target of political attention and government manipulation. Corporations have begun to develop as super organisms that consume human life and time to fuel their insatiable need to grow and extend their own lives, of which the corporate lifespan has now begun to eclipse the multiple generations of man. Destroying the strength of Father to Son, mother to daughter lessons and strengths in all aspects of life. My Great Grandmother is 90 years old today, she survived the holocaust to come to america to become a slave to a system that separates her financially from  her beloved family in her ultimate time of need and reflection. A prohibitively expensive healthcare system creates undue hardship upon families everywhere, a healthcare system that has begun to show signs of complete failure under the abyssal sea of green that floods the accounts of anyone who even comes close to the industry supposedly devoted to healing…  The treatment of humans as if their emotions, thoughts, ideas, and opinions are irrelevant to their health is hilariously becoming the tragic norm of a typical frontline doctor to patient relationship. We seek to ignore our fellow humans when they go so insane from the weight of some unknown that they take up weapons and seek nothing more than to extinguish all the light around them that illuminates their own complete failures and extreme depression. We see this and distract ourselves with rhetoric about the objects these weakened humans used instead of making even an attempt at looking at the whole truth of it. Secrecy and lies have become incentivized at all levels of society due to the constant force of nature known as centralized banking that has forced itself into all of your every decisions. Its amazing how many of the issues our supposed leaders discuss aren’t even logically issues at all. It’s really simple half the population bears children. Guess what no regulation ever will cull the will of half the population no matter the circumstances; a woman will do what is right for them. Immigration shouldn’t even be a political term, saying one human can not reside in one area or another because of the patch of area they were randomly selected to be born onto as completely in need child is a an example of the complete breakdown of any semblance of moral or just actions in the face of COSTS. Suddenly that child is not aloud to enjoy the fruits this planet has to offer without suffering regulation and financial stress. It is barbaric that we still honor invisible lines in a time when we can look upon our planet’s finite nature from the point of view of the stars themselves. Everything that goes awry is met with severe and almost unending punishment from all angles. Kindness and empathy seem to be at all time lows. The vigorous pursuit of competition and appraise fueled by dehumanized incentives has pushed us all to the brink of hate. Maybe not daily or even frequently  for yourself necessarily but if you have been blinded by the ones and zeroes your lost time with your family has awarded you, then perhaps your perspective has been radically shaded while your eyes adjust to the darkness. But nevertheless I would wager that hate isn’t uncommon in the life that is on display around you.  Protection of one’s money and all of the things related to it (everything) supercedes ( in majority of the times) any sort of amicable intersection of the minds. Our methods and infrastructure related to education is deceptive and cunningly disarming. We place next to no value in probably the most important aspect of the human experience. This is evidenced by the fact that we have now tied profit motivations and incentives into a system that is meant to enrich the human experience. We have severely punished those seeking to learn by denying everyone credibility unless you acquiesce to the ultimate and unending COSTS of the one and only credible institution of education. Otherwise… your view…… your voice,…..will……..most likely…..blow away in the wind with the rest of that thin veil.

Making up the difference

 

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Woodrow Wilson, signs into the federal reserve banking system, and he’s involved with arguably the most important war… ever…

So that sucks

But you know what else he did, you know what makes him my favorite president.

Here’s what i think happened. He signs the federal reserve deal. He publicly makes a statement about the grave concerns he has about this(source life). So now if he had done this other thing before that it probably doesn’t matter, just because something like the federal doesn’t just suddenly happen, and it doesn’t happen over just five years or the term of one president, realistically those machinations are set in motion in advance manner that is rarely talked about. So anyways this other thing he did. The national park service. the magnitude of how important that is can not be understated.

Imagine for a moment if there wasn’t a long standing tradition of federal protection that prevented McDonalds from cornering the market rimside of the Grand Canyon, how much of your world is run by the decision to centralize your resources into a fiat currency… How important does it become that spaces like yellowstone or the rockies exist.

So many things are false issues, some things just can’t be undone, some ideas cannot be unthought, sometimes no matter the ramifications of one act, perseverance is always crucial to happiness, because happiness is probably somewhere in our National Parks, at least a little bit.

Milling about the Millennial Dilemma

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The age range for Millennials has to be reconsidered. Like we need to cut the top end of the line down, and potentially the bottom end too.

Think about it. There’s a significant thing happening. The information age, and the fucking internet. its pretty much universally accepted that the the internet has changed literally everything.

So i feel like people who grew up in youth who didn’t have it should be one generation. That might only mean cutting off ages 32+ but its important to note. On the other side, kids born and raised with only internet, definitely need to be a separate category as well.  The implications of how you were raised and the environment and experiences are literally the definition of your generation and major differences like the coming of the information age need to be taken into account to properly describe socio-demographic groups.

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Forum decorum

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Here is a little something on a place that i grew up in. It is a savage place that is best kept secret. I don’t think anything written here threatens anything though so here.

Warning the following was written years ago.

There is a world in which there exist no trees, no water, and no air, but where humanity survives in abundance. In this world, death comes only as the result of punishment, and the prudent may well live forever. Vulgarity is the norm and immorality the status quo, but there are a startling number of parallels which can be drawn from this world to our own. More importantly, this world is palpable evidence that in a micro-universe of its own creation, mankind can thrive and develop into a complex society. I must stress the fact that if you have never heard of this world before, you will never, ever be able to experience it firsthand. My testimonial here may well be the first and last time you ever hear of this place or see it discussed, so listen closely. The name of this world is LUE, and it is a child of the digital age.

LUE is an acronym for “Life, the Universe, and Everything.” Whether it should be pronounced “loo” or “el you ee” is a point of great contention, and while I myself prefer the former, you’re free to say it however you like. LUE is the most famous (or infamous) message board on the popular gaming website, http://www.gamefaqs.com, a site which I invite you to explore at your leisure should this paper spark your interest. At this very moment, the website reports at the top of the board list that there are currently 5,498 users logged in, browsing and posting on various message boards throughout the site. Some of the more popular boards are DOS/Windows General – General with , Current Events, and Random Insanity. To give you an idea of LUE’s popularity, it had the most active topics. Purges of topics occur every night and, on the more popular boards, these purges delete every topic that has not been posted in for more than a few days.

What’s fantastic about all this is that, while boards like Current Events have a constant influx of newly-registered users, LUE will never have more members than it does now. This is because there are several rules which regulate who is and who is not allowed to post on LUE. In order to even access the board, your user level must be Veteran or higher, you must have registered your account before a certain date, and you have to have participated in a special sign-up which occurred between January 4th and 15th of 2004 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamefaqs). But what is the reason for all of these regulations? Well, where should I start?

Users of the board identify themselves as LUEsers. To many GameFAQs users who do not post on LUE – and especially to those who are simply unable to – the board is seen as a hideous blight, a writhing cesspool of filth which commits all sorts of atrocities and has been known to bring the entire website under fire from time to time. To others it is simply an enigma, and a good portion of users are entirely unaware that the place exists at all. And while the assessment that LUE is nothing more than a pit of vulgarity is definitely an exaggeration, it isn’t entirely off base; some common topics of discussion include fecal analysis, pedophilia, masturbation habits, and incest. This alone is enough to warrant the user level restriction, and the other two restraints were instated soon after LUEsers invaded a number of websites – including a kids’ chat and the memorial LiveJournal of a girl who had committed suicide – flooding comments pages, chat rooms, and guest books with profanities, obscenities, and links to various shock sites, and bringing personal complaints from the respective websites against CJayC, the owner of GameFAQs. The invasions did not occur at the same time, but they were close enough together that they will forever stick in the memories of those who bore witness to them and the chaotic aftermath which followed.

CJayC’s first act of retaliation was to ban every user who’d had a hand in any of the invasions and establish the registration date restriction – that only users with a certain user ID or lower could access LUE. A few months later, he posted a topic on LUE in which he referred to LUE as a “cancer”, saying that it could not be destroyed without serious repercussions, and that instead it would have to be contained. Thus, the sign-ups occurred, and thereafter LUE became a private board. LUE fought these restrictions tooth and nail, and many LUEsers committed account suicide (a topic which will be touched on later) in protest. But for better or worse, that is the state of things now.

Many LUEsers predicted that the result of all this would be that the board would slowly die as users were inevitably banned for various offenses. However, to this day, and despite considerable losses, Life, the Universe, and Everything persists as the reigning king of all GameFAQs. LUE is a society in every sense of the word, and it has its own history, its own culture, and its own bizarre connections to real life.

LUE gets its name from a Douglas Adams book. The board’s index number is 402, and according to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the number 42 is the answer to the great question of life, the universe, and everything. I can never remember if the board’s name is a result of the number or if the number is a result of the name, but the connection is there nonetheless.

The board was initially created with the intent of harboring serious intellectual discussion of the sort which was previously not allowed on other social boards. I remember visiting LUE every now and then when it was still young and when I was only a casual user; at that time, it was overflowing with topics about quantum physics and heated religious debates. Soon after its inception, LUE developed rivalries with other social boards, especially Random Insanity. Ironically, RI began as the most radical board and LUE began as the most uptight (http://www.firefusion.org/lue/LUEhistory.htm). Slowly, LUE became less intelligent and more juvenile, and while intellectual conversation is a mainstay, invasions, fads, and sexual discussion eventually replaced it as the norm.

The fads are a point of interest, by the way. They are something akin to LUE’s own unique dialect and are often recognized by the board’s users as its most defining characteristic. Primarily, there are all sorts of catchphrases which fall in and out of popularity at varying times, with new ones being invented at regular intervals. Many catchphrases are stolen from various pop culture and internet sources, but some originate from the board itself. For instance, a common answer to the question “Why?” is the ever-popular, “Because you touch yourself at night,” which is a reference to the television show Family Guy. The customary LUEser greeting is, “y helo thar buttsecks?” which is taken from a flash animation depicting how males react to women on the internet (for reference: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/attention.php). “73 genders? What the hell kinda school do you go to?” originated on LUE, and came about in the topic, “I saw you in the locker room…” with a one-line message body of, “…all 73 genders of you,” to which another user responded with the aforementioned phrase, which for whatever reason immediately became a fad. And perhaps the most famous fad of recent times is an ASCII art (or text-based picture) of Mario and Yoshi from the Super Mario Bros. videogame series. This picture was christened “LUEshi” and is thought of by many as the symbol for the current culture of the board (a picture of LUEshi can be found at http://www.lueshi.com). The board was at one time so overrun with LUEshi’s that posting this simple block of characters which resemble a plumber riding a dinosaur has become a zero-tolerance offense which will result in your account getting suspended, if not permanently banned.

Catchphrases come about when one user inadvertently says something humorous which can be applied to other situations, and a few other users start quoting him in other topics. The other type of LUE fad is the sort that breaks out like a rash all over the face of the message board. This begins when a user intentionally makes a topic title which is very similar to an already-existing topic title in order to either mock the similar topic or to crack a similar joke. For example, a serious topic such as “My friend’s mom took away my Playstation,” begets a joke topic such as “My friend’s mom took away my virginity,” which may or may not cascade into “My mom gave me my friend’s Playstation!”, “My friend’s Playstation took away my mom,” and on and on until the topics get so numerous that they become disruptive and the moderators step in. I made that one up entirely, but a real (and very recent) example of multiple joke topics was: “What did CJayC say when he took a dump? Log Out.” which pre-empted a massive sweep of “What did CJayC say…” topics which overran LUE for a good hour. The entire fad phenomenon is very characteristic of how any social group has a number of inside jokes which only members will get and which all members are expected to get. However, I am inclined to assert that with LUE, everything is in such grand proportion that this is less an example of exclusive humor and more an example of an entire pop culture on a small scale.

esides the plethora of catchphrases, there is an entire vocabulary which becomes second-nature to any veteran GameFAQs user. A “sig” is the two lines of text which follow the body of a message and is unique to each user. The “TOS” (Terms of Service) are the set of official rules for all GameFAQs users in general; getting “modded” is what occurs when one of your messages is deleted because it violated the TOS in some way; a “bannable” offense is something that will get you modded, and does not, as one might expect, necessarily mean that you will lose your account.

On LUE, it takes a while to get a true grasp for what sorts of things you can get away with and how harshly you can expect to be punished for certain discretions. It’s a rule that certain swear words must be entirely obscured with asterisks or else be abbreviated with only the first letter of the word. Breaking this rule unintentionally will net you a fairly hefty moderation, and breaking this rule multiple times in a single message in an obviously intentional manner will get you suspended or banned. That’s pretty clear-cut, but many other things are not; for instance, another thing that is against the TOS is “posting or requesting links to or material from pornographic, obscene, or hate-speech web sites” (http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/tos.php). You can’t post direct links to porn sites. You can discuss porn, and you can discuss specific porn sites. You can name specific porn sites, but you’ll get in some serious trouble if you add the www. and the .com. There are certain sites which have porn links in them, but for which you will not get modded for linking to. There are other sites which have porn links in them, but for which you will get modded for linking to. There is no list of these sites, nor any sort of official statement on the matter; the only way we know which ones are acceptable and which are not is through trial and error. Much like in real life, it’s all about knowing every nuance of the law and trying to get away with as much as you can. There are plenty of users who stay well within the boundaries of the rules, and there are an equal number who constantly push the limits.

LUE has its celebrities. There are a number of users who are well-known to all of the thousands of board regulars, and others come and go who become known to a large portion but never the whole. People like Umaro, Coolhand, Ishabuu, and Polished Car are all quite famous, while users such as Arcon (no longer with us) and chuckyhacks are infamous. Of course, the good guys have their share of detractors and the bad guys have their share of supporters, but that’s how it is in any society. Typically, users “of the moment” do one or two extremely memorable things and then fall back into obscurity only to be remembered a month later by a handful of other users. The LUEsers with charisma (or an extreme lack thereof) and staying power are the ones at the top of the pyramid.

For LUEsers, death is absolute. Once you lose your account, you can never get back in. Even users who have LUE-accessible backup accounts may not survive a usermap axe. If you screw up badly enough, even just once, there is no forgiveness. Life on a message board can be just as brutal as life outside of one. But death is what makes life dramatic, and this holds true on LUE as well. Intentionally violating the TOS in such a way as to get oneself permanently banned is known as account suiciding. People suicide in protest, in outrage, in disillusionment, and sometimes just because they feel like it. A number of famous LUEsers have suicided, and usually they are remembered as martyrs who died for a cause – or else as fools who threw away their accounts for no reason; LUE is not a place where anybody can agree on anything.

Before we get too deep into this, however, I would like to examine how such a complete society is capable of subsisting in a digital environment in the first place. The answer to this may be understood in the concept that LUE is popular because LUE is popular. LUE is so popular that a message is posted at least once every second, at any given time of the day. When you post a topic, you can expect multiple responses within less than a minute. What makes this different from a regular message board is that, while the entire allure of the message board format is that you can walk away and do something else, then come back a little while later hoping for a response, LUE is so fast that if you walk away you might actually miss the discussion entirely. And if you stick around for the discussion, by the time you’re through fifty more topics have cropped up and at least ten of them are sure to catch your eye. Out of those ten, you’re guaranteed to get involved in at least one more discussion. It’s an endless cycle and it’s very addicting, much like a chat room. The thing is, unlike a chat room, the discussions on LUE don’t disappear when you close the browser. You can get bored, leave, then come back and see the entirety of everything that happened while you were away.

This format creates an environment in which conversations occur at a blinding pace, and yet where the records of everything that has happened within the past few days are always right at your fingertips. Even if you totally missed something, all you have to do is ask and you are sure to receive several detailed and varying descriptions from which you can piece together an almost perfect picture of what actually transpired. This is so incredibly alike to the social environment of a close-knit real life community that it is almost unsettling.

The disturbing thing, and the true point of interest here, is that a society can exist based upon values which are totally in opposition of what many would call the fundamental moral foundations of any functioning civilization. By all rights, LUE should have dissolved into anarchy and collapsed in on itself over a year ago. But it didn’t.

I want you to be unsettled. LUE is living, breathing proof that, as long as there is a proper medium in which to exist and a set of simple laws to discourage utter chaos, an entire culture with characteristics totally foreign and yet perfectly reflecting our own can develop upon whatever values it sees fit. Wake up and start taking notes. Stop giving a damn about ruins and aboriginals and ancient translations and everywhere else we’ve already been. This is where we are going.

 

YEARS LATER……….

At the end of the Internet, there is LUElinks. Don’t try to find it. It doesn’t exist. But if you somehow reached the home page, you’d find an Internet community in crisis. For nearly a decade, this secret collective has been building a vast infrastructure

MACULATE CONCEPTION
In May 2004, LlamaGuy posted a link to “Goatse” on Internet gaming site GameFAQs. “Goatse” was an early Internet meme, which entailed a single image of an adult male providing a view of his entire anal cavity. The GameFAQs forum, in turn, froze LlamaGuy’s account for two weeks. Three hours before its reactivation, he whipped up some code for his own Internet forum called LUElinks—“Life, the Universe, and Everything,” a reference to the third book of the five-volume The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. LlamaGuy intended the site to serve as provocative offshoot of GameFAQs where lewd content could thrive and link sharing was encouraged. LUElinks exploded through the cybersphere, jumping quickly to more than 4,000 users before LlamaGuy cut membership off from the public. Yet while LUElinks membership has remained static, its reputation has continued to grow; rumors circulate constantly about high-profile members in politics and culture, and LUEsers are famously protective over their accounts. This is the logic behind LUElinks’s non-existence—those who are in are eager to maintain secrecy; those who are not prefer to ignore it completely, refusing to indulge the LUElinks ego.

LUEsers face threats from the inside, as well. LUEsers are very careful to monitor the content of their posts and profiles, as the community might not only ban users from the site, but also pursue their enemies in far more dangerous cyber capacities: hacking social media, finding credit card information, or anything available on the web (which is, for the tech-savvy, everything). When I contacted a LUElinks user for an interview, he insisted on anonymity, concerned that speaking about a site that “doesn’t actually exist” could get him in trouble—we’ll call him Z. “You’re going to call LUElinks by name?” he asked. “They will find you. If this is on the Internet, they will find you.”

ALL YOU CAN EAT
For all the secrecy surrounding LUElinks, the site’s appearance is remarkably unimpressive. Where one might expect a community of programmers to create a site exploding with complex graphics and enchanting portals, there is only austerity: a simple grey header at the top of the page with links to forums written in blue Arial font on top of a plain black background.

The site is rife with vulgar content: “NSFW” tags litter the active threads; one quick glance at the opening page gives you the choice between viewing pictures of “underboobs,” “sideboobs,” or, if you’re a purist, just “boobs.” Other LUEsers opt for the “NLS” links—Not Life Safe—which, Z explains, “will fuck you up for life, like stuff I just can’t even or don’t even want to imagine.” Threads read like a chat room filled with fifth graders, brimming with vulgarity and ridicule.

THE CYBER FRONTIER

Cyber security experts frequently compare the Internet to the advent of the automobile. “When the automobile was first available, there were no rules of the road,” explained John Savage, An Wang Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. “Around 1900 it became clear that some order had to be introduced into driving and the stop sign was invented, making driving a lot safer… Eventually not only were rules of the road introduced, but auto safety requirements as well. On the information superhighway, the same types of problem arise.” According to Savage, the Internet remains a technology in its toddlerhood, and the government is just beginning to understand—and consequently regulate—its complex topography. In retrospect, the unregulated Internet of today will be nothing more than a nostalgic artifact.