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(raforum.info) Philately: Anarchism and Stamps

There is a long anarchist tradition of stamp collecting. In most cases, receiving non obliterated stamps paid for the expenses. But often some comrade would start a collection and sell it to philatelists for the benefit of the movement.

Though many anarchists reached an international fame, it was very rarely that states would picture them, and whenever it was the case their philosophy was never mentioned.

Nevertheless, there are a few anarchists represented in stamps, the most frequent one probably being count Tolstoy, the author of War and Peace. The Spanish Civil War also occasioned a set of anarchist stamps, which were used for purposes of propaganda. There were also false stamps, for instance of Nestor Makhno.

The anarchist stamps that were printed in Spain during the 1936 Civil War are very rare and today very valuable. After Franco’s victory, people who kept them risked their lives.

Some of those who created those anarchist stamps and posters are relatively famous. Carles Fontseré (1916 – 4 of January of 2007) worked for the Spanish FAI, the CNT and the POUM. He worked with Salvador Dalí and Cantinflas and later was in Hollywood,

There has also been some exercise in imagination. New Zealand anarchist Bruce Grenville was the mastermind in the 1970s behind an extraordinary hoax involving the creation of an imaginary state: Occussi-Ambeno. See the stamps of Occussi Ambeno

Philately: Anarchism and Stamps, What’s new: 15 January 2007. [Online].
http://raforum.info/spip.php?article316

Earlier post in this topic: https://temporaryartist.wordpress.com/2010/07/15/anarchist-pix/

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ANARCHY is a word which comes from the Greek, and signifies, strictly speaking, without government: the state of a people without any constituted authority, that is, without government.

Before such an organization had begun to be considered possible and desirable by a whole class of thinkers, so as to be taken as the aim of a party (which party has now become one of the most important factors in modern social warfare), the word Anarchy was taken universally in the sense of disorder and confusion; and it is still adopted in that sense by the ignorant and by adversaries interested in distorting the truth.

We shall not enter into philological discussions; for the question is not philological but historical. The common meaning of the word does not misconceive its true etymological signification, but is derived from this meaning, owing to the prejudice that government must be a necessity of the organization of social life; and that consequently a society without government must be given up to disorder, and oscillate between the unbridled dominion of some and the blind vengeance of others.

The existence of this prejudice, and its influence on the meaning which the public has given the word, is easily explained. Read More

(theatlanticwire.com) This morning (sept 4) AntiSec released a list of 1 million out of 12 million Apple UDID’s that it said it got from the FBI, which has raised many questions, most prominently perhaps: Just what was the FBI doing with that data in the first place? First off, neither the FBI nor Apple has confirmed that the data released so far is real. Update: Just after we published this post, the FBI issued a statement to Gizmodo denying that the data came from them. “At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”  Before that statement, an FBI spokesperson told Computer World and Gizmodo that it was “declining to comment,” which has led Gizmodo’s Jamie Condliffe and Sam Biddle to suggest “it’s very much possible that an FBI computer is the original source of this alleged data dump.” Even though we have no proof of that, others have at least confirmed that the UDIDs out there correspond to actual phones, with ArsTechnica’s  posting responses from Security journalist Rob Lemos and “eCrime specialist” Peter Kruse saying that they have devices on the list. With so little information — AntiSec has refused to give interviews, for now — we still can’t be sure that these came from the FBI. But if the hackers are to be believed (an admittedly big if), it brings us back to that initial question: What did the FBI want with those Apple IDs? Some theories.

“FBI IS USING YOUR DEVICE INFO FOR A TRACKING PEOPLE PROJECT OR SOME SHIT.” That’s the explanation that AntiSec uses in its post, which Anonymous reiterated in the following tweet.

Read more:
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2012/09/what-was-fbi-doing-12-million-apple-ids-anyway/56492/