Thanks for your feedback. That's what I value this list for, and for
learning about things and authors I never read!
But my point about Q'Anon is NOT in support of the white supremacist and
indeed fascist Bannon-type lunacies, but how to counteract it among
millions of people (groan!), given that so many good people are being
sucked into Q in real time. So that is the "real
How should the Left organize Q's base out from under Bannon et
Reich's "Mass Psychology of Fascism" becomes unfortunately
relevant here, again.
People often cannot be reached by rational argument. Their underlying
emotional needs have to be addressed.
That's one of the incredibly important things I learned (again) from
Occupy Wall Street
People there craved and took part in caring discussions without being
judged or condemned. Over time, they focused more and more on the class
enemy, which is why the U.S. State conspired (truly!) to break it up
As a result, we now have Q to fill that void.
At 02:32 PM 9/27/2020, you wrote:
Mitchel, I share your wish for
holistic understanding, as expressed in a recent post on this list.
And I share your confidence in SOME (not all) of the guides you listed in
the search; Dick Levins, for example. But this looks to me like a
lamentable diversion. Let QAnon waste their energies on this
numerology, and please let you & Vandana Shiva direct your energies
to problems of the real world.
On 2020-09-27 1:23 p.m., Mitchel Cohen wrote:
Vandana Shiva makes excellent
points here about the integration of all life and corporate attempts to
commercialize it even further. But one claim troubled me. Is it an
example of Vandana falling into conspiratorial overreach?
She writes that "on March 26, 2020, at a peak of the coronavirus
pandemic and in the midst of the lockdown, Microsoft was granted a patent
by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Patent WO 060606
declares that ‘Human Body Activity associated with a task provided to a
user may be used in a mining process of a cryptocurrency
As far as I can tell, Microsoft, however, has NOT (yet) been granted such
a patent. See application at
But the rest of what Vandana writes seems accurate. And it is reflective
of a holistic vision of life that I share.
The corporate behemoth did apply for a patent, number WO2020060606A1 and
then published that application.
Right wing blogs have gone to town on this. Some make a big deal in
announcing that "the first inventor listed is a jew named
Dustin Abramson, who is a software engineer working with AI. Here is a
link to the patent and here is the
archive of it in case the original
is taken down."
To them, the fact that Abramson is Jewish (most likely) seems to matter.
Why? No mention is made of the others listed as "inventors" and
- ABRAMSON, Dustin
- FU, Derrick
- JOHNSON, Joseph Edwin, JR.
- MINHAS, Sandip S.
- CHEN, Wei-Chen Nicholas
- HINOJOSA, Brianna L.
- HOLMES, Danielle J.
- SWAIN, Cassandra T. [patent attorney at Microsoft, head of
- WONG, Thomas S.
- CHOI, Daniel
- HWANG, William C.
- WIGHT, Stephen A.
- CHATTERJEE, Aaron C.
- JARDINE, John S.
- GOLDSMITH, Micah P.
- TRAN, Kimberly
- PEREZ, Edgar
The Q'Anon movement says that this is patent "666" -- the sign
of the devil -- and that the "WO" stands for "World
Order". The fact is that millions of patent applications before WIPO
are assigned "WO," which signifies "World Intellectual
Property Organization" and the year of application.
A1 signifies the patent is being applied for, but is not (yet) granted,
though it well might be, down the road.
So are the remaining numbers 060606 the sign of the devil?
Evocative? Yes. How to interpret this -- the word of God warning everyone
against Satan? A randomly selected designation -- the next number in
line? or a number chosen by Gates or some other being to scare us, or
warn us, or play with our heads?
Q'Anon and others say that patent application, if granted, would allow
Gates et al. to 1) implant microchips into every person in the world, and
2) track and commericalize body activity. (Note that these are two
separate claims that are being conflated.)
Microchips, Q says, are to be injected via this patent into every human
being via Bill Gates' push for worldwide vaccination against
But the patent application is for wearable technology, such as a smart
watch, and makes no mention of implanted microchips.
Instead, think of FitBits. Or, as per Microsoft, merging with BitCoins to
Meanwhile, it's clear that the new 5G technology is needed to accumulate,
access, quickly sort through, and commercialize such huge amounts of
Even debunking the idea of microchipping everyone, the commercialization
of human biological activites (breathing, heart rate, blood pressure,
sweating, etc.) is scary enough. It is capitalism, taken to the nth
degree. Like genetic engineering, it seeks to colonize and profit from
areas of life that had heretofore been walled off from direct
Could the reason for getting us to stand six feet apart (as opposed to 4
feet, or 17 feet, etc.) be to enable satellites and other computerized
"collectors" (which is what Microsoft's application actually
includes) to obtain clear signals from each person, without one person's
information signal interfering with another person's? Are we unknwowing
victims of a social-psych experiment performed on us that takes advantage
of the pandemic to prepare us for getting used to and accepting what's
I searched through other patent applications numbered 060606, and there
are hundreds upon hundreds, with no relation to this Microsoft patent
This one actually sounds interesting:
WO/2009/037056PNEUMATIC VEHICLE TYRE
- WO - 26.03.2009
B60C 11/03 Appl.No PCT/EP2008/060606 Applicant
CONTINENTAL REIFEN DEUTSCHLAND GMBH Inventor SENG, Matthias
What patent applications were numbered 060604, 05, 07?
WO/2012/168245CHICORY FOR PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF
- WO - 13.12.2012
A61K 36/28 Appl.No PCT/EP2012/060606 Applicant NESTEC
S.A. Inventor DURGA, Jane
- The invention pertains to a composition comprising chicory,
particularly roasted chicory root,for use in the prevention or treatment
of a neurodegenerative disorder and/or a loss of cognitive ability. In a
further aspect, the invention pertains to a non-therapeutic method for
maintaining mental or cognitive capabilities.
Well, 060604 is also filed by Microsoft and it looks to be possibly
related to providing functionality to the patent application under
What about 060605? Also filed by Microsoft, and also interrelated:
METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERSONALIZED, ZERO-INPUT SUGGESTIONS BASED ON
SEMI-SUPERVISED ACTIVITY CLUSTERS
- Examples of the present disclosure describe systems and methods that
provide a pipeline to generate personalized
queries that are associated with and based on a user's interests
determined from a user's past searches, on an Internet search engine,
and/or the content the user viewed from the past searches. The
suggested queries can be shown in a user interface component associated
with the user interface of the search engine and before the user enters
anything, such as a new Internet search. This pre-population of searches
associated with a user's interests gives an opportunity to the user to
try these queries without manually entering in a search string.
How about 060607? Filed by Western Digital Technologies, it's also
apprently applicable to the Microsoft patent applications (interesting
that these all are located in the same patent sequences, as though
nothing else in the world is being invented in that period!)
APPROXIMATE NEAREST NEIGHBOR SEARCHING STRATEGY GENERATING BASED ON
- The present disclosure discloses a technique for generating nearest
neighbor searching strategy for vectors based on reinforcement learning.
A searching technology using vectors approximate matching may be applied
in a searching engine. More particularly, the searching engine may be
subjected to a training by suing a reinforcement learning so that a
mapping relationship between a calculation state and a behavior action
may be obtained. The searching engine may automatically generate a
searching strategy for an enquiry content by using the mapping
We should be examining others in proximity to these.
CUSTOMIZING CONFIGURATION OF STORAGE DEVICE(S) FOR OPERATIONAL
- Non-limiting examples of the present disclosure relate to execution
of in-situ manufacturing for a data storage device. In-situ manufacturing
is on-location configuration of a data storage device within an
operational environment in which a data storage device is being deployed.
In-situ manufacturing occurs at any point after a data storage device is
shipped from a manufacturing plant or factory. When an operational
environment of the data storage device is known, parameters of the data
storage device can be configured (or re-configured) on-location within an
operational environment to optimize capacity management as well as
performance of the data storage device.
Vandana Shiva is, I think, onto something. And so are some claims of
those movements deemed to be "conspiracies" and thereby
dismissed as "serious" by the Left.
Vandana points to a way to challenge what's coming down without feeding
into right-wing insanities, while addressing some of the underlying
concerns that motivate many people to join movements like Q'Anon --
concerns that are being manipulated by Trump and others and distorted to
serve a white supremacist and fascist agenda.
The Left, on the other hand, must take those concerns seriously, show how
the underlying concerns are valid, and organize those same people into
focused actions directed at the system itself and not onto
the scapegoats the right wing is misleading people against.
- Mitchel Cohen
"The dystopia is one where children
never return to schools, do not have a chance to play, do not have
friends. It is a world without society, without relationships, without
love and friendship. "
- Vandana Shiva
September 24, 2020
Photograph Source: Billionaires
Success – CC BY
In March 2015, Bill Gates showed an image of the coronavirus
during a TED Talk and told the audience that it was what the greatest
catastrophe of our time would look like. The real threat to life, he
not missiles, but microbes.’ When the coronavirus pandemic swept
over the earth like a tsunami five years later, he revived the war
language, describing the pandemic as ‘a world war’.
‘The coronavirus pandemic pits all of humanity against the virus,’ he
In fact, the pandemic is not a war. The pandemic is a consequence
of war. A war against life. The mechanical mind connected to the
money machine of extraction has created the illusion of humans as
separate from nature, and nature as dead, inert raw material to be
exploited. But, in fact, we are part of the biome. And we are part of the
virome. The biome and the virome are us. When we wage war on the
biodiversity of our forests, our farms, and in our guts, we wage war on
The health emergency of the coronavirus is inseparable from the health
emergency of extinction, the health emergency of biodiversity loss, and
the health emergency of the climate crisis. All of these emergencies are
rooted in a mechanistic, militaristic, anthropocentric worldview that
considers humans separate fromand superior toother beings. Beings we
can own, manipulate, and control. All of these emergencies are rooted in
an economic model based on the illusion of limitless growth and limitless
greed, which violate planetary boundaries, and destroy the integrity of
ecosystems and individual species.
New diseases arise because a globalized, industrialized, inefficient
agriculture invades habitats, destroys ecosystems, and manipulates
animals, plants, and other organisms with no respect for their integrity
or their health. We are linked worldwide through the spread of diseases
like the coronavirus because we have invaded the homes of other species,
manipulated plants and animals for commercial profits and greed, and
cultivated monocultures. As we clear-cut forests, as we turn farms into
industrial monocultures that produce toxic, nutritionally empty
commodities, as our diets become degraded through industrial processing
with synthetic chemicals and genetic engineering, and as we perpetuate
the illusion that earth and life are raw materials to be exploited for
profits, we are indeed connecting. But instead of connecting on a
continuum of health by protecting biodiversity, integrity, and
self-organization of all living beings, including humans, we are
connected through disease.
According to the International Labour Organization, ‘1.6 billion
informal economy workers (representing the most vulnerable in the labour
market), out of a worldwide total of two billion and a global workforce
of 3.3 billion, have suffered massive damage to their capacity to earn a
living. This is due to lockdown measures and/or because they work in the
hardest-hit sectors.’ According to the World Food Programme,
a quarter of a billion additional people will be pushed to hunger and
300,000 could die every day. These, too, are pandemics that are
killing people. Killing cannot be a prescription for saving
Health is about life and living systems. There is no ‘life’ in the
paradigm of health that Bill Gates and his ilk are promoting and imposing
on the entire world. Gates has created global alliances to impose
top-down analysis and prescriptions for health problems. He gives money
to define the problems, and then he uses his influence and money to
impose the solutions. And in the process, he gets richer. His ‘funding’
results in an erasure of democracy and biodiversity, of nature and
culture. His ‘philanthropy’ is not just philanthrocapitalism. It is
The coronavirus pandemic and lockdown have revealed even more clearly how
we are being reduced to objects to be controlled, with our bodies and
minds as the new colonies to be invaded. Empires create colonies,
colonies enclose the commons of the indigenous living communities and
turn them into sources of raw material to be extracted for profits. This
linear, extractive logic is unable to see the intimate relations that
sustain life in the natural world. It is blind to diversity, cycles of
renewal, values of giving and sharing, and the power and potential of
self-organising and mutuality. It is blind to the waste it creates and to
the violence it unleashes. The extended coronavirus lockdown has been a
lab experiment for a future without humanity.
On March 26, 2020, at a peak of the coronavirus pandemic and in the midst
of the lockdown, Microsoft was granted a patent by the World Intellectual
Property Organization (WIPO). Patent WO 060606 declares that ‘Human Body
Activity associated with a task provided to a user may be used in a
mining process of a cryptocurrency system….’
The ‘body activity’ that Microsoft wants to mine includes radiation
emitted from the human body, brain activities, body fluid flow, blood
flow, organ activity, body movement such as eye movement, facial
movement, and muscle movement, as well as any other activities that can
be sensed and represented by images, waves, signals, texts, numbers,
degrees, or any other information or data.
The patent is an intellectual property claim over our bodies and minds.
In colonialism, colonisers assign themselves the right to take the land
and resources of indigenous people, extinguish their cultures and
sovereignty, and in extreme cases exterminate them. Patent WO 060606 is a
declaration by Microsoft that our bodies and minds are its new colonies.
We are mines of ‘raw material’the data extracted from our bodies. Rather
than sovereign, spiritual, conscious, intelligent beings making decisions
and choices with wisdom and ethical values about the impacts of our
actions on the natural and social world of which we are a part, and to
which we are inextricably related, we are ‘users.’ A ‘user’ is a consumer
without choice in the digital empire.
But that’s not the totality of Gates’ vision. In fact, it is even more
sinisterto colonise the minds, bodies, and spirits of our children
before they even have the opportunity to understand what freedom and
sovereignty look and feel like, beginning with the most
In May 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced a partnership
with the Gates Foundation to ‘reinvent education.’ Cuomo called Gates a
visionary and argued that the pandemic has created ‘a moment in history
when we can actually incorporate and advance [Gates’] ideas…all these
buildings, all these physical classroomswhy with all the technology you
In fact, Gates has been trying to dismantle the public education system
of the United States for two decades. For him students are mines for
data. That is why the indicators he promotes are attendance, college
enrollment, and scores on a math and reading test, because these can be
easily quantified and mined. In reimagining education, children will be
monitored through surveillance systems to check if they are attentive
while they are forced to take classes remotely, alone at home. The
dystopia is one where children never return to schools, do not have a
chance to play, do not have friends. It is a world without society,
without relationships, without love and friendship.
As I look to the future in a world of Gates and Tech Barons, I see a
humanity that is further polarized into large numbers of ‘throw away’
people who have no place in the new Empire. Those who are included in the
new Empire will be little more than digital slaves.
Or, we can resist. We can seed another future, deepen our democracies,
reclaim our commons, regenerate the earth as living members of a One
Earth Family, rich in our diversity and freedom, one in our unity and
interconnectedness. It is a healthier future. It is one we must fight
for. It is one we must claim.
We stand at a precipice of extinction. Will we allow our humanity as
living, conscious, intelligent, autonomous beings to be extinguished by a
greed machine that does not know limits and is unable to put a break on
its colonisation and destruction? Or will we stop the machine and defend
our humanity, freedom, and autonomy to protect life on earth?
The above is excerpted from Vandana Shiva’s book
vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom (Chelsea Green
Publishing, August 2020) and is reprinted with permission from the