covert control

MacDennis: Abusive Power and Control

There’s something to be said about how differently Mac and Dennis assert control over each other. I’m still on the fence over whether their toxic behaviors cancel each other out, or are magnified when put together… it might be the latter.

Dennis, the manipulator, aggressive:

  • Positive reinforcement: praise, flattery, charm, attention, touch
  • Traumatic tactics: verbal abuse, explosive anger
  • Manipulation and control: deception, covert aggression, mind-games
  • Minimization: belittling and trivializing, rationalizes actions with victim’s behavior

Mac, the nagger, repetitive:

  • Pathological jealousy: accusations of giving attention to others, constant questioning of behavior, interrogations of whereabouts and company
  • Psychological punishment: nagging, guilt trips, playing the victim
  • Exaggeration: amplifying achievements, obstacles, and problems to seek attention and avoid responsibility

Motivations of Dennis:

  • Personal gain
  • Feeds feelings of power and superiority
  • A need to feel in control
  • A means to raise self-esteem
  • Fear of abandonment

Motivations of Mac:

  • Self-righteous egocentric narcissism

Dennis needs control. Mac’s personality doesn’t give in to that. Mac oscillates between annoyingly asserting his dominance and ignoring Dennis’ wants and needs. This feeds Dennis’ anger and the cycle continues. The cycle that Dennis has shown time and time again that he desperately wants to get out of. But he can’t. Mac has woven himself so deeply into Dennis’ life, that Dennis literally can’t function without him. 

Mac is the one who’s been nurturing dependence the entire goddamn time. 

Today in Strangeness

On August 3rd, 1958, the Nautilus, an atomic submarine, became the first vessel to cross underneath the North Pole. On this day in 1967, James Law and some high school buddies rode the entire New York City subway system in a total of 22 hours and 11 minutes. The United States Senate began hearings on the covert CIA mind-control program, MK-ULTRA, on today’s date in 1977.

July 17, 1894 - Radigan Conagher Finishes the Life Extender Machine

In the late 19th century, Blutarch Mann, covert controller of half the world’s governments, approached brilliant engineer Radigan Conagher to build him a machine that would extend his life indefinitely. Conagher, as an inventor, had spent his life obsessed with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, specifically with coming up with devices that may have saved the President’s life. These included a hat which would shoot at the attacker, a chair which would have swung under or over the balcony to remove Lincoln from the danger zone, or a teleporter. Conagher accepted Mann’s offer.

Not long after, Conagher was approached by a representative of Redmond Mann, Blutarch Mann’s triplet brother and lifelong nemesis, and also the owner of the other half of the world’s governments. Blutarch’s motivation for the life extender machine had simply been to ensure that he outlived his dear brother, but as soon as Redmond got wind of the scheme, he could not allow it to come to pass. Redmond’s representative offered Conagher a supply of Australium in exchange for continuing work on the machine, but also constructing a second one for Redmond. Conagher accepted the Australium, using the highly adaptable metal (which also enhanced its user’s natural abilities) to complete Blutarch’s machine on July 17, 1894; he would finish Redmond’s a couple of weeks later. By then, Australium exposure had transformed Conagher, making him taller, bulging out his muscles, giving him a newfound thirst for beer, and sprouting an incredibly manly mustache and chest hair in the shape of the state of Texas.

(Team Fortress 2, 2007)

We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell.

Try as I might, I can’t shake the feeling that 2014 is the year we lose the Web. The W3C push for DRM in all browsers is going to ensure that all interfaces built in HTML5 (which will be pretty much everything) will be opaque to users, and it will be illegal to report on security flaws in them (because reporting a security flaw in DRM exposes you to risk of prosecution for making a circumvention device), so they will be riddled with holes that creeps, RATters, spooks, authoritarians and crooks will be able to use to take over your computer and fuck you in every possible way.

As near as I can work out, there’s no one poised to do anything about this. Google, Apple and Microsoft have all built proprietary DRM silos that backed the WC3 into accepting standardization work on DRM (and now the W3C have admitted the MPAA as a member - an organization that expressly believes that all technology should be designed for remote, covert control by someone other than its owner, and that it should be illegal to subvert this control).

Once this is standardized at the W3C, all the alternative browsers (eg Firefox) will also have to ship closed, opaque, illegal-to-report-vulnerabilities-in software to support it.

And it’s basically all being driven by Netflix. Everyone in the browser world is convinced that not supporting Netflix will lead to total marginalization, and Netflix demands that computers be designed to keep secrets from, and disobey, their owners (so that you can’t save streams to disk in the clear).

We are Huxleying ourselves into the full Orwell.

I’m not kidding about any of this. I can’t sleep anymore. I think it may be game over.

About Jamaican Independence 6-8-2014

is an empty word as long as the overt control is simply replaced by covert control… here is a quote, worth reading:

“There is no better example of the point I am making here than South Africa.
During the period of apartheid, it was an open dictatorship by the few of the many. As a result there was a clear target and so internal and external rebellion led to the removal of that regime. Along came the first black president, Nelson Mandela. He is probably a nice man, but a powerless puppet in truth, and since then Thabo Mbeki has replaced him. Black people now have a vote and so South Africa is free. Yippee! Oh really?
Now, South Africa is free, yes? The bloodline branch managers of South Africa are the Oppenheimer family and their network. Under the open dictatorship of apartheid, they controlled some 80% of the country’s stock market, owned the gold and diamond mines on which the economy depends, and controlled the media through their various frontmen. Today, since the election of Mandela and Mbeki, the apartheid dictatorship has been replaced by "freedom”.
I know this is true, I heard it on the news. Under this “freedom”, the Oppenheimer family and its networks, continue to control some 80% of the South African stock market, own the diamond and gold mines on which the economy depends, and control the media through their frontmen, not least an Irishman friend of Robert Mugabe and Henry Kissinger called Tony O'Reilly.

Isn’t freedom just wonderful?

And this has happened everywhere as the same forces have remained in control since the illusion of “independence”. But look at the South African experience. Under the overt dictatorship with apartheid there was widespread rebellion inside and outside the country. But now, under covert dictatorship…silence. Everyone thinks South Africa is now free and “independent”.

So you see that the “hidden hand” method is by far the most effective way of controlling people and dictating events. This exchange of overt for covert control has happened on every continent…“

David Icke - Children of the Matrix, 2001