“and groups can limit their membership. All that you/me will know (assuming that we not members on Crabgrass) is that the group exists.”
…they can limit their membership, sure, but they know nothing about members other than a few bits of anonomous data, unless its by personal invite, from ‘real world’ contacts for example. yes I suppose you’ve got me there! (that could be limiting and cliquey)
“Third, the way Crabgrass works means that a group can be set up in such a way that you/me cannot know that group exists, useless we are explicitly invited to join it. Searching for it without being logged on as a member will simply return a page not found which is indistinguishable from an incorrect URL”
…only because theres a hobbled site search engine – which is limiting in many ways I suggest in terms of people finding groups they like and people they want to connect with…as in a sort of activist aspect networking space. The point is I cant actually locate anyone or anything else I might be interested in here because the site search engine is set up to be obscure in order to cloak climate change activist networks and the like. Actually thinking about it those (climate change groups) sorts of groups tend to be quite free and unparanoic and so would allow anyone usually to join via the anonimity of the computor keyboard. I can see how the obscureness of the set up could help democracy activists in Burma..or Tibet for example…but also Al Qa’ida and ALF type headcases.
“Whilst I would encourage all activists to use rise up or other activist providers, a search in your favourite search engine for ‘free web space’ will find a large number of organisations that will host non-commercial sites for free.”
It might be me, but I tried this and only came up with samey servers offering free space at the cost of ads that are out or users control even. I am aware of the option to buy space,(say Greennet) and thus control any possible ads…which might well be reasonable in many regular contexts…but I wanted the knoledge I’d accumulated to go into a non commericial context…thus here. Please anyone give actually URL’s of non commercial space for webpages and the like that dont have ads. Cheers.
Currently in Manali India by the way having hiked alone for one month in Himalaya, Spiti and Lahaul. I saw from a distance the storm that headed over to Leh and resulted in 100’s of deaths. These sorts of rains were unheard of previously. I have seen high altitude desert with ultra high UV levels. Totally manic. The climate is changing…fast…and it is ‘babylon’ ritual abuse system that is firing this ‘armagedeon’. The ultimate solution is positive magic….rather than ritual abuse. Direct action can of course be part of that process, but its important to keep in mind the root, source, crux, of the issue. I would say by the way that many things are ‘direct action’, not just the ‘front line’ type activities. Permaculture is DEFINITLY a positive solution to many problematic issues in current society…especially in the context of thinking about and making free sharing networks. I have been rich. There is only so much alcohol, drugs, and consumer crap you can swallow…it becames a horrible chore. Its about about food, cloth and shelter…and sharing and love. Last week I hiked with full sack over a 5000 metre col. Here local people see the mountains as sacred sites…unlike the ritual abuse negation to this ultimate reality in the western reality. I did a charras ritual. Boy I was high. I fasted for 5 days. Now back in Manali..full English breakfast, a bed without fleas or bedbugs. I keep thinking of that storm. Leh will never be the same again. everyone is upset…its global warming climate change…Again the ultimate solution is awareness and (positive) magic, believe it or not my materialistic friends.
All the best,