Unmotivated sound and the narrative of mobbing (part 3, continued): The unreality of cyber-stalking

This is the time of cyber-stalking. Right now, as you stare at your device with cameras enabled and network ports open, with speakers powered and WiFi on, as handheld devices crisscross a mesh of public networks with interfaces readied to connect, and the use of routers sharing bandwidth between Ethernet and wireless interfaces proliferates, this is the moment of stalking and lurking, this is the time of cyber-crime.

The Setup

The conditions that make this moment perfect for cyber-crime are not limited to the proliferation of devices populating the Internet of Things (IoT) or the near-global access to the Internet. Those conditions are human, both in the individual and the institutional sense.

The human tendency to disparage concerns that are neither personal nor immediate is an immense factor in the fact of cyber-crime. We have lost sight of privacy, the experience of an individual, interior world so significant that is considered a human right. Each day we carry our active personal devices through the public square, with each time we bring our personal devices of communication onto the networks of public and private corporations, we sacrifice privacy—our own, others’, and that of the corporate entity—to convenience and trend.

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This week on the “On being mobbed” blog

These last days in Seattle have seen some beautiful weather with the turning leaves at the height of their color and the crispness in the air that heralds the winter ahead. I spent much of the weekend outside gardening and wasn’t able to publish any additional blogs. In the next few days, however, I’ll publish a blog on the unreality of cyber-crime that should have been included as a section in the already lengthy part 3 of Unmotivated sound and the narrative of mobbing. And, hopefully by the weekend, I’ll publish a blog on my recent report of the mobbing to the Seattle Police Department. I made some progress there, although it was not without cost. When I called to request a non-emergency visit to report “tenant relocators,” which seemed like it might yield better results than using the term “real estate mobbers,” Seattle Police Department dispatch asked me what “medications” I was on. Obviously, the dispatcher didn’t mean the extra-strength Ibuprofen that a physician recently gave me. The dispatcher’s question, and its underlying assumption, revealed not only ignorance but possible bias, an issue that the United States Justice Department continues to mediate with the Seattle Police Department through the Seattle Consent Decree (http://www.seattlemonitor.com/overview/). My blog on the visit of Seattle Police Department will describe my response to that too.

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Educate neighbors and help the cops catch the mobbers by demonstrating mobbing methodologies and countermeasures

Obtaining an investigation into the bad acts of a corrupt neighborhood watch is no mean feat. This I realized in the first year of my mobbing.

As I reported the early hoaxes in the mobbing and got funny looks whenever I tried to describe what I came to understand was harassment originating from radio, speaker, and ventilation, it became clear that  despite the boldness of this highly predatory crime in which tenant relocators may work from next door, getting an investigation requires a feat of rhetoric. Not in the sense of bullshit, but in the art of persuasion.

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Unmotivated sound and the narrative of mobbing (part 3)

Curiouser and curiouser!

—Alice in Louis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

Last we stepped through the looking glass, we were looking at how real estate mobbers, at least those in northeast Seattle, keep themselves and the shady investors and racketeering neighborhood watches safe from detection by the Seattle Police Department and the FBI.

Mobbing succeeds because it is an unbelievable crime. So says the Mock Turtie anyway: “Well, I never heard it before, but it sounds uncommon nonsense.” Alice herself puts it another way: “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.” But then, chaos and “illogic” are part of the terror. Why would your neighbors stare into your windows and use microphones to listen to you in your bathroom? And what cop would believe your report that they did?

Living on the other side of the looking glass is kind of like what happens when you put on a pair of new spectacles. At first, the world on the other side is all a blur. Slowly your eyes adjust, and as they do, the world is unveiled to you; you begin to see the world as it is; as Husserl would have it, you see  the things themselves. And if you’re being mobbed, and you stay in the mob, you too, will come to see the things not as the mobbers want you to see them, but as they are. You will see the things themselves.

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On the mob and the decision of Mayor Murray to dismantle the Seattle neighborhood council system

A couple months back, someone sent me a link to SEIU 775 president David Rolf’s opinion piece in the Seattle Times, “Seattle’s neighborhood councils have raised selfishness to an art form” (July 25, 2016, http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/seattle-neighborhood-councils-selfishness-raised-to-an-art-form/). Preoccupied as I was much of the summer with the sad process of evicting a deadbeat roommate, I didn’t get around to it earlier. But that’s just as well since I would have missed including a link to The Stranger‘s acerbic headline on Mayor Murray’s attempts to deal with Seattle’s housing affordability crisis: “Seattle’s Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested ‘Cartels,’ and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them.”

In his attempt to hold back the growing “economic apartheid” that exists in Seattle, Mayor Murray issued an executive order defunding the neighborhood “cartels,” and should be issuing further legislation on the matter to city council chambers, well, just about now. (The Stranger, http://www.thestranger.com/news/2016/08/03/24422135/seattles-neighborhood-councils-are-exclusionary-self-interested-cartels-and-the-city-wants-to-cut-ties-with-them.)

David Rolf’s op-ed piece begins with a single statement that acknowledges the position of those who rent in neighborhoods like my own:

We should not use taxpayer money to support Seattle neighborhood councils that have an agenda excluding renters, people of color, the young, the poor and those who need social services from their neighborhoods.

Rolf’s comments that neighborhood councils consistently argue against new development do not address neighborhoods like mine in which watch and council members welcome the razing of existing single family houses in favor of new single family residences that can be sold at the million dollar mark, or for razing smaller, older properties to allow speculators on either side to “build out” before they flip the homes they own.

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