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Actor / EntertainerIamA Singer and Voice actor Megumi Ogata. 歌手、声優の緒方恵美です。AMA!

Jun 8th 2017 by Megmi_Ogata • 29 Questions • 4548 Points

My short bio: I was a freelance writer for outlets like Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Skeptic, and Huffington Post when I was invited to assist a faction of Anonymous that was assisting with the Tunisian revolution. Shortly afterwards Anonymous hackers stole 70,000 e-mails from an "intelligence contracting" firm that had put us under surveillance, thus exposing the Team Themis conspiracy whereby Palantir, HBGary Federal, and other firms with "black propaganda" capabilities had proposed hacking, disinformation, and intimidation of activist groups like Code Pink as well as Wikileaks and even its supporters, including Glenn Greenwald. Although one CEO had to resign, a Congressional investigation was quickly derailed and no one suffered any consequences (despite having planned DOS attacks, the exact thing for which Anonymous participants had been pursued for via heavily armed FBI raids after they took down MasterCard and Paypal websites for a few seconds in protest of their refusal to process donations to Wikileaks).

Thereafter I repurposed my online "think-tank," Project PM, to continue researching these firms and others like them, compiling our research on a wiki called Echelon2.org (since moved). The FBI eventually raided my home and my mom's house, with the search warrant listing our website and group as subjects of interest. Thereafter they threatened to indict my mother if I failed to cooperate; instead, I threatened to "ruin" the life of the lead agent, using the same tactics that HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr had planned to use against activists with the DOJ's blessing. Separately, I vowed to defend myself against any further raids. The two statements were conflated by the DOJ and used to indict me for threatening a federal agent, which actually requires one to make a violent, non-conditional threat, whereas I'd made one non-violent threat and one conditional threat.

Later, I was charged with 11 counts of aggravated identity theft for having copied and pasted a link from one chat room to another that I believed contained more e-mails, but which in fact included credit cards. I faced 22 years for that link alone, in addition to other charges. The DOJ later had to drop those and other charges, and I plead guilty to one count of internet threats, one of interference with a search warrant, and one of accessory after the fact (I called Stratfor, a company that had been hacked, and offered to help redact any e-mails that could put someone in danger). I was also ordered to pay over $800,000 in restitution to Stratfor.

There are several documentaries covering much of this, including Hacker Wars, We Are Legion, and Alex Winter's 18-minute film Relatively Free, as well as some pretty good articles at WhoWhatWhy and The Nation describing the other plots we uncovered and documented.

While imprisoned, I continued writing, doing a column called The Barrett Brown Review of Arts & Letters & Prison that was later picked up by The Intercept, and for which I won the National Magazine Award for commentary/columns in 2016.

I was released November of last year, and am now preparing a new project, called the Pursuance System, by which to build up a cohesive yet agile network of opposition to criminalize institutions while also helping activists and non-profits to cooperate more efficiently. You can read more about it here.

My Proof: Picture from last week sent to mods here. Here's a live video from my Facebook. Can resubmit that picture as well if needed.

EDIT 5:34 CST I'm going to run down to the store, but will be back in fifteen or twenty minutes to answer more questions.

EDIT Am back, and will continue to answer questions sporadically through the evening.

EDIT 9:00 PM EST I'm going to play some Team Fortress 2 for a bit and relax and whatnot but I'll be back to answer more questions later tonight, and will get to more tomorrow as well.

EDIT 1:53 am EST Well, my Facebook account has suddenly been disabled without explanation, in case anyone's wondering why the link above no longer works.

Q:

What was it like working with Hideaki Anno?

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Huge fan of your writing, Barrett. Your book 'Keep Rootin' for Putin' was ahead of the curve in calling out the bullshit of mainstream pundits. One of the points you make is that internet can be used as a force for good in order to fact-check all the nonsense they spout; all of their contradictory bullshit is now a matter of permant, public record.

How do you think the media landscape has changed since that book came out? with the rise of Breitbart and the like, and the sometimes-justified concerns over "fake news", it doesn't really seem like the media have gotten any more reliable over the past years.

Anyway, what the US government has done to you is a travesty and I wish you the best.

Also, go on Chapo


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I respect him greatly. He knows what he wants, and makes work without compromising his vision.  

A:

Unfortunately, the mainstream press didn't really have the gravity or the integrity of action to prevent other, even worse outlets from popping up. Had the New York Times not continued to employ Thomas Friedman even after it became clear that he was less than worthless in terms of explaining world politics, they would have more room to make their own case. Same thing with the Washington Post and Charles Krauthammer, who, as I showed in an old Vanity Fair online piece, was wrong about every U.S. military engagement since Kosovo. Those aren't the only problems with these respectable national outlets, of course, but they're very telling regarding the cowardice of editors and publishers who continued to promote incompetent commentators simply because they've made some vague name for themselves.

And of course WaPo's failed attempt to identify some website that could sort out "fake news" is indicative of the chief fact of our press culture - that much of how it operates is haphazard at best, and that falsehoods can creep in to any outlets, regardless of pedigree, if its operators lose track of basic principles such as hiring competent people and firing incompetent ones. Personal relationships, inertia, ambition, and that sort of things are the chief problems facing our political press, rather than corporate interference or anything else of that sort.

EDIT:

Here's an incomplete case against Friedman; a more comprehensive argument as to why he represents a crisis of ethics within the legacy press may be seen in my free book, Keep Rootin' for Putin (the title of which is taken from an actual Friedman column from 2000). column


Q:

What is your opinion regarding the situation of the seiyuu industry right now and what has changed from the 90's?

A:

firing competent ones.

Should be firing incompetent ones I suspect


Q:

The concept of "Idol-seiyuu" which was born in the 90s is now bigger than ever, for better or for worst, but it seems that seems to be the focus of the seiyuu industry right now. At the same time, what's expected of someone working as a seiyuu is different now as well. To be more like an idol, to be better looking, to know how to sing and dance, and you have to be great at talking and variety too. If you don't have all those qualities, then you're not likely to debut at all. If you're over a certain age, then you're also bound to get replaced by someone younger soon too. Since lots of works are now filled with young rookies, as a new seiyuu you don't have many senpai to learn from, and the turn-over risk is very high. I think that's a sad thing. But in any industry can be the same environment of competitiveness, so the people who do stay can say they are truly talented and worked hard to get there. In that sense, it's not all bad.

A:

Oops, my mistake. Fixed.


Q:

Hello, thank you so much for doing this AMA! I'm such a huge fan and you are my all time favorite seiyuu! I was so excited to see that you were doing this!

As for my question, between the timidness of Shinji, the toughness of Haruka, and the eccentricities of Komaeda, how do you prepare yourself when you voice such a large range of personalities? What do you do to get into the mindset of each character?

A:

In one of your recent D Magazine articles you noted "But most of all, I realized that journalism will not be enough to save this country." - can you elaborate on that Barrett? and also what does this mean about the future of your journalism? Thanks!


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First, for any role I try to understand the situation and circumstances that the character has been set in. We're all born on a blank slate. What our parents were like when they raised us, how we were treated, those things affect the people we grow up to be. With that understanding, I pull out the parts in myself that I feel match the character and return my emotional state to a younger age to match the character in their mindset. Once that happens, I can pretty much live as the character.

A:

Journalism is still necessary, but in a nation like the U.S. where the bulk of the citizenry is either fascist or unwilling to do their part to oversee the vast machinery of state that we support through our taxes and which inflicts vast harm at home and abroad, we're going to need a class of people who make up for the failures of the rest of the country. You can get a sense of what I mean by this by looking through the pursuance presentation; this is a framework that is intended to expand into a new and viable force by which to challenge systems from without.

Something along those lines, drawing upon the new ability of humans to collaborate in ways never before possible, is going to happen at some point anyway. We think this is the time to try it.


Q:

What's your favorite drink? And your favorite snacks?

A:

Hey Barrett, mod of /r/WikiLeaks here.

Any thoughts on the work WikiLeaks has done, past or present?

How do you see leaks, whistleblowing, and hacks shaping the future of governments and companies?

Do you still plan on leaving the US in the near future?

Thanks for doing this AMA.


Q:

Haha, my favorite drink is Scotch or Burbon highball. As for snacks, I don't really like sweet things, but I enjoy 80% cacao dark chocolate sometimes.

A:

I was an early supporter of Wikileaks, and continue to support the leaking of files from any state or other institution that engages in criminal activity on a large scale.

I have no doubt that leaking, as well as hacking by various ideologically-motivated groups, will become more common in the coming years.

Yes, I will not remain in the United States after my term of probation is up. Most likely I will move to Berlin or Iceland, at which point I'll revoke my citizenship.


Q:

Hi Ogata-san! Do you have favorite Uranus and Neptune (ウラネプ) moments from the 90s Sailor Moon anime? :)

A:

Welcome back! 1. Where is my pizza recipe? 2. How is the bobcat?


Q:

Every scene...I'll love Neptune always, and forever.

A:

The FBI took it. Sorry.


Q:

What do you do to overcome nervous feelings when performing?

A:

What are your thoughts on the Bilderberg Meetings?


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I think nervousness stems from having to make yourself "seem" better to the people before you. I always try to face my performances by simply being just myself, or in terms of playing a character, as the character "his/herself", which is why I never really get nervous!

A:

It's very indicative that they don't receive adequate coverage. The problem is that many journalists and editors have only heard of Bilderberg in the context of what they assume to be wacky conspiracy theories. Although some of the theories about the extent of Bilderberg's importance are clearly wrong, that doesn't change the fact that this is a meeting of influential figures from around the world which is closed to the public, and is thus of legitimate interest. But, again, many journalists are fools and/or cowards.


Q:

Hello, Ogata-san! Congratulations on your anniversary. I have a quick question... If Yu Yu Hakusho were to have a 25th anniversary remaster of the series, would you reprise your role as Kurama? Thank you very much for your hard and inspiring work over the years!

A:

How does your Pursuance system check for and detect agent provocateurs or hostile parties intent on spying or corrupting a work group? Are there any plans to include vetting or granting status within a group – which would imply hierarchies, which might work against the equal collaboration roles.

What security (E2E encryption, TLS, PFS, etc) is planned, or is the system designed more for openness, broadcasting and social aspects?

Not casting shade: balancing security, authenticity and collaboration is a difficult task. :)


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If I had the opportunity, absolutely yes.

A:

Each pursuance has a variety of security options by which to minimize the problem of hostile parties, aside from the conventional encryption tools; chief of all, one can set their pursuance to be opaque to those who aren't members. The structure itself of the average pursuance, which grows on the margins, is far more difficult to effectively infiltrate than the IRC chat rooms that Anon used, which anyone can just drop into for the most part (and did).

Granting status is actually a big part of the system. Everyone is equal when they join the system in the sense that they all have equal rights to create pursuances and apply to join others; at the same time, everyone who creates a pursuance has the right to define how it functions, which will often includes divisions of labor and even hierarchies. Anyone who dislikes that sort of thing can create a pursuance, give full rights to other participants, and attract others who prefer that method. And pursuances of very different organizing principles can still collaborate with each other to the extent that each one agrees to do so.

More info on the exact technical aspects, including what security is involved, will be put out before the minimum viable product is released.


Q:

I hope someday I can hear a "Zettai Kibou Birthday" live performance, (especially 『ずっと ! 』), would you plan to tour in the United States?

A:

A friend wants to know if you are single. She has a thing for nerdy ex-cons. Are you single?


Q:

I really would love to perform in the US! If the album that I'm currently crowdfunding does well, then I may be able to consider a tour in the US!

A:

Yes, I'm single.


Q:

Hello, Ogata-san! Appreciative all of your hard work, participation in this AMA included. I would like to know what some of your more memorable experiences were acting for Yu Yu Hakusho, and additionally (or alternatively) how do you prepare to do any sort of recording?

A:
  1. That's good to know, but I didn't ask whether you were planning to lead investigations. I asked why you were focusing your tool-building on tools for organizing humans into roles, rather than tools for better intelligence analysis or fact finding.
  2. What tools do you intend to provide in the pursuance kit, aside from pre-existing comms tools bundled for fast deployment?
  3. The roles-based organization of pursuances sounds like something that could benefit from smart contracts. Are you implementing anything like smart contracts to enforce roles and task completion? If not, why?
  4. How do you expect to prevent a slow degradation of competence and quality as the network extends outward from yourself, without specific task and analysis oriented tools, or are there some in development that you've neglected to mention at this time?

Q:

Yu Yu Hakusho is my debut work, so I have quite a lot of memories... I'm so happy and blessed to be able to have met Kurama and be picked to be his original seiyuu. But since he's a yokai who has lived for hundreds of years, his character itself is very deep, and that was a very difficult thing for me when I was first starting out. I really tried my best, but I think the me now, may actually be closer to Kurama's character. So if I had the chance, I really would like to voice him again... though I don't think there's any plans for that just yet haha.

A:
  1. We're also incorporating tools for analysis, including Transparency Toolkit, but that's not our chief focus, which is getting people to use these tools in the first place in a coordinated way.

  2. We don't have a final list yet, which will be available when we're closer to launching.

  3. We are indeed.

  4. The structure itself minimizes the problem of less competent people joining over time, as each pursuance is something of a "filter." This is explained a bit more in some of the other documentation that will be up this month.


Q:

What is it like playing working on Cardcaptor Sakura? I grew up with that show in the UK and am so glad to see that it's back! :~D

A:

Which blockchains are you looking at using?

EDIT: Just wanted to add that I'm a huge fan of your work. You are hilarious. And relevant. Such a great combination.


Q:

Thank you! I'm so happy to be working on it again as well. I loved voicing in this series and I really look forward to the new series.

A:

That's being determined by our more technical core people; I know very little about blockchains other than what I've read in magazines.


Q:

What do you think of Mamoru Hosoda's works?

A:

Is there someone I could contact about that? I'd love to write an article about you and your project in the crypto world. It's a great use-case for blockchain.


Q:

I love Mamoru Hosoda's works! Actually, for Summer Wars, I auditioned and made it to the final round, but sadly I wasn't able to debut as a role in the movie. If there's another chance I really would love to work together with director Hosoda again.

A:

Yes, PM me later.


Q:

What do you look for in a script? :~)

A:

are you going to revive project PM?


Q:

First I read the entire thing over quite objectively. On my second read, I read as the character. In doing so I'm more able to see where my character lies in the bigger picture and see how they should behave.

A:

Not as such, but we'll be running a "pursuance," as entities under the pursuance system are known, that will continue much of the same work of documenting the intelligence sector, private and public.


Q:

Hello Ms. Ogata! My friend mong and I are both huge fans of yours. Since she doesn't have a reddit account, I'll ask on behalf of her: what is your favourite song to sing during karaoke?

Thank you for doing an AMA! Really looking forward to reading all of your answers.

A:

excellent, and will you build "top down" (or at least, like before, bring in many individuals who might be interested to...pursue it) or will you build it organically?


Q:

I don't actually go to karaoke very often, but I tend to choose songs that gets the atmosphere going! Punk rock mostly. If I'm with friends who are into more relaxed songs, I'll sing some ballads. I like western rock music! Especially from the US and UK, and Northern European.

A:

I haven't decided on the exact form it will take or who will be in charge of day-to-day operations. I'll be involved to consult and give some direction where needed, but I don't plan on overseeing it myself at this point.


Q:

What was it like voicing Renjo Kyu and then for Ryunosuke Kamiki to portray the character in live action?

A:

Thank you immensely for your work, your courage, and your humor. I am genuinely grateful for the tireless, dogged journalism you've conducted over the years.

What do you think will be the fate of Trump? Your colleague at the Intercept, Jeremy Scahill, often asks if it'll be "Impeachment? Resignation? Or a Heart-attack?"

What do you think will happen to this newest alleged whistleblower, Reality Leigh Winner? Do you think Trump will try to make an example of her?

In the past, you've been labeled an anarchist--as cited in the criminal case against you. Do you label yourself similarly? Does this effect your work?

Again, thank you for all you do. '

EDIT: Spelling.


Q:

I think he was the perfect fit. :)

A:

It's increasingly likely that Trump will fail to finish his term, but that will depend on lots of factors that we can't really get a sense of.

I do think that Winner will be prosecuted rather severely, unless there's something else to this story.

I've been an anarchist since about the age of 13, when I read the work of Alexander Berkman and then Emma Goldman, though I've had varying degrees of sympathy for other political inclinations over the years.


Q:

緒方さん、amaしてくれてありがとうございます!

a couple of questions:
- which role do you feel has impacted your career the most?
- you voice a lot of different types of characters. do you have a preference? (gender, age range, etc)
- do you have a favourite character you've voiced? or a character you're particularly fond of?
- what kind of things do you like to do in your spare time?
- do you get recognised in public? do people ask for autographs etc?
- which other seiyuu are you good friends with?
- what do you think about the government's "cool japan" initiative? how do you think it could be improved (if at all)?

lastly, this isn't a question, but i also love tanemura arina, so i enjoy seeing whenever you interact on twitter, haha. thank you for this ama ♥

A:

What books about COIN and political repression (past and present) and about useful countermeasures and "security culture" would you recommend, if any ?


Q:

Thank you for participating in the AMA!

-I've been strongly moved by every role I've taken. They all make a part of me and I love them all equally; I'm not so sure if I can pick only one role has impacted my career the most.

-I do love every character that I play, but I think I prefer playing younger male characters between 13 ~ 18, when they are still developing most emotionally. That's when I feel like I can be myself the most when acting... maybe because I'm very "Chunibyo" myself haha.

-I sleep alot! haha. My other hobbies include weight training, and relaxing! Things like sitting down in cafes and drinking good coffee, walking around in the park, massages, yoga, movies. And I love to drink :).

-Actually yes. Suprisingly lots of people recognize the faces of seiyu...but my stature is big as well, so maybe I'm noticeable that way haha.

-I go out and eat with lots of my fellow seiyuu, both those around my age and my kohai as well. Actually yesterday I went to eat with Nobuyuki Hiyama, who plays Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho.

-I'm happy to see that there are fans who know enough about the industry to mention Cool Japan! However, it seems to me that the initiative is very surface level, and those of us who reside beneath this surface are suffering, and frankly in bad condition. If I can be honest, I wish that intellectual property like anime, game, and music could also be included under the TPP, and also bring down taxes for these properties to more easily export to other countries so to reach overseas fans.

A:

The Burglary and The Devil's Chessboard. Most of all, read anything by Peter Dale Scott, the former diplomat and Berkley professor who carefully documented a great deal of the amorphous security culture from the early '60s to recent years, mostly in regards to JFK and Southeast Asian drug running by CIA affiliates.


Q:

Aniki!

Would you rather go on a date with Yukito or Yue from Cardcaptor Sakura?

Also, what are some rock bands that you like? I'm a big fan of Japanese band きのこ帝国!

A:

Despite the general dearth of public discourse, your recent appearances are stirring some useful debate. Will you continue to interact in accessible ways?


Q:

Well... Yue and Yukito, are both techinically a part of me... so it would be like dating myself! haha. As for rock bands, some I used to really love are Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Hall & Oates, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Gino Vannelli, Nirvana...Gregory Lemarchal, KEANE, Maroon 5, etc. That was a lot but there are more than I can write haha. For Japanese bands, I love The Blue Hearts!!

A:

Absolutely. I almost always agree to interviews if a large enough audience can be reached.


Q:

What is your favorite anime?

A:

Why do you still wear Oxford button down shirts and those silly assed Roper cowboy boots? Aren't you concerned that folks will mistake you for a deranged Texas oilman?


Q:

I don't think I'd be able to list all my favorites! There's too many.

A:

That's my disguise.


Q:

What's your favorite piece of baseball equipment?

Also, if the moon were made of cheese, would you try and eat it?

A:

Do you think they'll ever catch AVunit?


Q:

The ball I guess...? To me emotional communication can be like "emotional catchball". And if the moon were made of cheese? I'll travel to the moon with my favorite Bourbon highball in hand haha.

A:

They'll never catch the midnight rider.


Q:

Would you ever like to do some acting in an English language project?

A:

What was your favorite book you read while in Prison? Favorite book of all time?


Q:

If it were possible, I'd like to try voicing characters I've played in English.

A:

It's hard to really narrow them down to a particular favorite, but I very much enjoyed the series of George Orwell's notes, articles, and letters, which someone sent me a volume of and which I eventually obtained in full.


Q:

Were you surprised when you were introduced to characters who were in "abnormal" relationships, such as Haruka with Michiru and Yukito with Touya?

A:

Hey there Barrett, I wish you the best. Are you allowed to use a computer now? Or have you always been? I remember reading something on Frontburner that said you are not allowed to.


Q:

I didn't focus too much on the sexuality part of the relationship since I think that everyone has at some point in their live "loved" someone of their same sex. So to me they were normal, and I could easily relate to that aspect. It wasn't a matter of "normal" or "abnormal" to me, and was able to act out of love for my companion character.

A:

The BOP had claimed that I couldn't use computers during my home confinement period, but now I'm on probation under DOJ, which allows me to use a computer so long as it's monitored, which it's going to be anyway.


Q:

Have you ever admitted publicly that #OpCartel was a huge scam built atop a foundation of lies?

Glad you're out of prison.

A:

No, because that's not true. OpCartel came out of the Anon Veracruz faction, and although there was a great deal of confusion about it in the press - such as the idea that I had started it, or that I had the documents, or that I was in direct negotiations with the Zetas, when in fact these other guys were in charge of it at all times - I have no reason to believe that their basic claims were untrue. I supported the original operation and thereafter tried to use the momentum to match Mexican journalists with U.S. press who could publish info on cartel infiltration with relative safety. Very little came of that.


Q:

What do you think of the DNC Leaks?

A:

I'm in favor of any leaks that reveal corruption within institutions.


Q:

Hey Barrett, 2 questions.

1) I always thought it was ballsy of you to plead guilty while staring down the possibility of 100+ years in prison. Were you aware at the time that your sentence was likely going to be much shorter?

2) Is Leiderman as awesome as his "chicken-shit assholes" rant belies?

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  1. What actually happened was, I faced over 100 years worth of charges but refused to agree to the original plea bargain they proposed, which would have me plead guilty to one count of identity theft and whatnot and maybe do three or four years. I would not plea to anything involving fraud or deception, and I would not help them set a precedent whereby people could be prosecuted for linking to public information.

    Then my lawyers filed a motion to dismiss those charges, noting that they were misusing the statutes, that I clearly had no intent of committing fraud, etc, and they had to drop their own charges or else face possibility of being sued under a little-known provision whereby defendants of obviously fallacious charges can seek compensation, etc. That being done, I was willing to plea to whatever other nonsense they needed to save face, as the alternative was to go to trial in a system where the FBI can and does lie without consequences, and with a Dallas jury.

  2. Yep.


Q:

Six years ago, you told me I was not allowed to join Anonymous.

"You're not Anonymous, sweetheart."

You then asked /u/kiltrout why I "prank called" you, when you were the one who gave him your cellphone number, asking me to call you.

After you went to prison, and I was free to join Anonymous, I carried your torch - inspired by your instrumental role in Arab Spring (you deserve all the credit, afterall) - and I used the Anonymous brand to promote similar Brazilian and Venezuelan Springs in your name. I also assumed control of Project PM.

My question is: What future libertine activities do you have planned to promulgate the corporate American agenda abroad, and do you plan to continue using Anonymous, for which you are the official spokesman, as your vehicle?

A:

As you yourself have quoted, I did not tell you that you weren't allowed to join Anonymous. I told you that you're not Anonymous. I said that because you were not involved in Anonymous, and even opposed Anonymous, as you've yourself confirmed here, and as was clear then, as well as from the posts on your Twitter. Like your friend Kilgoar, who's run fake articles under my name at his site, you enjoy engaging in falsehoods against people who have done nothing to deserve it, which is certainly your right.

EDIT

And now you and Kilgoar have admitted to making up much of this:


Q:

Do you think Anonymous still has any political/social relevance in 2017, and if not what would it take (if anything) for it to become relevant again?

EDIT: I see someone asked a similar question, I'll clarify a bit: I sit firmly on the "no it does not" side of the first part, more curious what you, as someone who was around that scene in its brightest hours, think could bring it back to its former glory.

A:

I don't, frankly. That could change, but as I told someone else, what's needed now is something that can expand and serve as a serious counter against the powerful without burning out in a flash of chaos and disagreement. The pursuance system will be a mechanism for conducting civic affairs in such a way that everyone has the same clearly-defined rights to operate, to invent, to rise according to their talents and dedication; although Anonymous was allegedly something along those lines, the reality is that some people controlled the mediums, such as IRC servers, where much of the important work was conducted. That's just one of several fatal flaws Anonymous had - the conflict between its stated nature and its actual nature, and a lack of a mechanism for settling disagreements.


Q:

Did you trip the soap? Trip report?

A:

You mean, did I drop the soap?


Q:

Do you still think the Kosovo War was a good thing? If so why?

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Within the context of states engaging in warfare, I don't particularly oppose the Kosovo War, and didn't then, at least on principle, as the West has indeed adopted the concept, which I agree with, that it has a right and an interest in using force against those who perpetrate crimes against humanity. Obviously the U.S. has committed similar crimes, just with more window dressing, but I'm not opposed to its machinery being used against other, even more oppressive states with authoritarian tendencies - again, in principle.


Q:

Why was there a stuffed leopard on your wall in We Are Legion?

A:

My dad is a prolific hunter and I've had it since I was a kid.


Q:

What's the reason behind the timing of this ama? There doesn't seem to be anything topical in your life to inspire this ama. The only topical events that tie into your ama are 1) The intercept (whom you're promoting) is being accused of revealing a source. 2) James Comey, former director of the FBI (which you're decrying) is about to testify.

The questions in this ama seem staged and this whole thing stinks.

A:

For one thing, I just got allowed back on the internet for the first time in nearly five years last week, when my BOP supervision period ended, and I'm quite plainly promoting the upcoming pursuance system, which was recently announced and which I've talked about in a dozen comments, in addition to my original text above. I know the fact that I do actually have two important factors on the timing of this won't convince you that I don't, because I remember the internet quite well.