Anonymous, We Need you!
In 1981 I took delivery of the third IBM PC sold in Los Angeles. It was a 12 bit machine that ran an Intel 8088 processor. It had 56k of RAM. It had a floppy and a casette drive! No native software yet existed for it, so 8 bit programs were utilized in the interim. I also bought a Diablo daisy wheel printer, dBase, Lotus 1-2-3, and WordStar, all command driven programs, as no graphic user interface would be available for DOS machines until Windows 95. It all cost me more than a new Posche!
I became quite proficient in WordStar, and mastered dBase and Lotus well enough to teach classes in all three programs. I was even hired by Xerox to teach Lotus and DOS to their sales force.
I started law school the following year. Mine was the only computer on campus, although the law library had dumb terminals to access the Lexis legal database. The database was dialed up on a phone line, so it didn’t take too much ingenuity to hack into it from my computer.
While at Whittier Law School I headed the International Law Society and published and edited the first online law journal in the US, the Whittier International Law Review.
While I was relatively accomplished with the DOS operating system, the programming language BASIC, and the aforementioned applications programs, I was left in the dust when Windows 95 was introduced.
I took the course to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, but never used a bit of the info learned, and which I have now mostly forgotten.
I mention all this to show how completely out of touch I am with most technology of the past 20 years!
Today, most of my readers (and most middle school students), are undoubtedly more competent in computer science than am I.
Which leads me to the point of this article: The animal movement needs cyber warriors. And I am not one of them!
I frequently call for direct action, vigilantism, and revolution, as all our current and previous courses of action have done little for the animals in general, and for those trapped in the food system, in particular.
But cyber attacks on animal abusers, the slaughter industries, Big Ag, could be even more effective than any direct action.
Can you imagine the chaos and havoc we could wreak? Slaughterhouse employees laid off, vendors fired, orders cancelled, plants closed!
I am reminded of the flick ”Sneakers” (starring Robert Redford) in which his team of hackers depleted the bank account of the Republican National Committee and made anonymous deposits to environmental organizations with the loot!
Such computer expertise is beyond my capabilities. I wish I knew some of the people at Anonymous! They are my heroes! They have been doing great work for the political left. I hope this article reaches some who would be interested in fighting the Animal Holocaust.
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