Author: Barrett Brown

I am the founder of the distributed think-tank Project PM and a regular inactive to Vanity Fair and Skeptical Inquirer. My work has also appeared in The Onion, National Lampoon, New York Press, D Magazine, Skeptic, McSweeney's, American Atheist, and a couple of newspapers in the U.S. and Mexico as well as a few policy journals. I'm the author of two books and serve as a consultant to various political entities and private clients.

Anonymous launches new project, press release

I have just received the following press release in which a contingent of Anonymous spells out its general aims and practices while also announcing another effort, Project Truth is Revolutionary. I have pasted it...

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An experiment in varying blog audiences

Each time I cross-post something I have written here to another blog and viewthe receptions that an honest attempt at dialog receives elsewhere compared to how it is received here, I grow to appreciate...

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Conspiracies and Pseudo-Skepticism, Part I

Ongoing events, coupled with some discussions I’ve been having in the context of those events, have prompted me to revisit a story which I consider to be among the most telling in terms of...

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Tough Crowd

Over the last few days I have been trying to make the case for Wikileaks, Anonymous, civil disobedience, and the primacy of conscience over nationalism. This effort has met with mixed results. I’m honestly surprised...

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Anonymous and the Inevitable Fall of the Nation-State

A number of people have been linking to the following essay over the past couple of days, which provides additional information on Anonymous as well as an examination of what the organization  represents if...

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Wikileaks and War; Context and Common Cause

The following is one of several short essays I wrote on Wikileaks between March and April of this year, both before and after the organization released the Afghanistan tape. This one appeared on April...

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Anonymous preparing for new Wikileaks effort

WikiLeaks may be a small player, really, in the bigger scheme of things. But to some degree it is also a bellwether, a forecast of things to come as information and technology continue to...

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FBI informant promoted terrorism at mosque

Just a week ago I noted that the suspect arrested by the FBI after having been encouraged over the course of months to plant a fake bomb which they themselves provided him; meanwhile an...

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A Tribute to Sean Carasov

I just found out ten minutes ago that my friend Sean Carasov has committed suicide. The deed was carried out a few weeks ago at his home in California with a .45. I’d like...

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The Project PM Schematic

I have mentioned in passing my distributed think-tank Project PM which I founded a year ago in order to fulfill a narrow function but which has since expanded in intent quite a bit. Last...

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The AI-Box Experiment

A while back a colleague of mine alerted me to an interesting thought experiment/game derived by Eliezer S. Yudkowsky of the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, one which in turn originated from a conversation he...

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Major NASA announcement tomorrow may reveal new form of life

Tomorrow, NASA will be holding a press conference that some analysts have determined will reveal new evidence for expanded possibilities of life. Since the accompanying scientific paper is still under embargo, the exact nature...

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Jack London, the socialist Ayn Rand

Last night I was researching early dystopian fiction for some reason when I came across a reference to Jack London’s 1907 novel The Iron Heel, which concerns a worldwide struggle between oligarchs – the modern...

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The New York Times scrubs article in favor of FBI

Glenn Greenwald has a piece up regarding the latest instance of the FBI’s bizarre and unconscionable practice of convincing disturbed Muslim youths to carry out what they believe to be terrorist attacks over the...

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Wikileaks release begins; Updated with raw info

NOFORN UPDATE LOL I’m going though the raw cables now and will put interesting things up here as I find them. There’s not a whole lot available at this point which merits much attention,...

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Computing in virtual worlds

I’ve mentioned Dwarf Fortress here before, and will have occasion to do so at much greater length in the future, if only in pursuit of balance; there exists a faction represented by such people...