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Sunday, August 31, 2014



Durham, NC "Selective Buying Campaign"
In February 1968 the Vietnam War was raging and America’s young men were being slaughtered. Among them were African American military personnel from Durham, North Carolina

The Carolina Times used the term “”his country” in citing the date of his enlistment. This is an example of the experience(s) of African American military personnel throughout the many wars fought in the name of United States of America. (“Posthumous Awards for Sgt. Couch”, Sunday, Durham, 20 April 1968, 1A)

Nationwide, university campuses buzzed with political activity, which addressed issues that governments—local, state and federal—viewed as being subversive and unpatriotic. Hippies, yippies, Black Nationalists, feminists, environmental and other activists—aligned to an inexhaustible number of issues—alarmed the status quo institutions of America. The ghettos of America’s largest cities rumbled with calibrated fury in the wake of such rebellions as Watts and Newark.

Watts Rebellion, August 1965
There is a tendency to label inner city rebellions of African Americans as “riots.” But, as Robert Allen points out in Black Awakening in Capitalist America:

"Rebellion, however, connotes an undirected emotional outburst. It what Camus called an ‘incoherent pronouncement.’ The rebel may transform himself into a revolutionary—he may conclude that liberation really does require the ‘final destruction of this mad octopus’—but this is not an automatic consciousness, however rudimentary, which imbued the rebellions with political meaning. While the rebellions did not constitute a conscious assault on American capitalism, they did involve attacks on some exploitative aspects." (Allen, Black Awakening, 1990)

Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidential aspirant Robert Kennedy were assassinated that year; and the agendas of both parties were highlighted by platforms of “Law and Order” at their national conventions. Americans, regardless of race; ethnicity; gender; age; political affiliation; and religion, took to the streets in sustained protest over government policies (Ibid).

Student protesters were particularly incensed concerning American domestic policy and denounced it as racist, classist, sexist, homophobic, ecologically insane and xenophobic. United States foreign policy in general, Vietnam especially, supplied the fuel that the white youth of this nation needed to forge an intense moral challenge to the government after southern Free Speech MovementAnti-War Movement, and Black Studies Movement. All met with stiff and sometimes deadly force. The federal government responded to those movements with force, subterfuge, provocateurism and militaristic repression.
Kent State Massacre, May 1969
black student participation in the Civil Rights Movement had ignited national student protest in 1960. The result of the initial thrust was the University as well as high school, and in some cases, junior high school campuses erupted in violence as educational administrations were viewed as tentacles of the government—places where freedom of expression would not be tolerated. The Feds and the “rednecks” had become not-so-strange bedfellows who were even less tolerant than in years past of those who threatened their ideas of God and “democracy.” (Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, Agents of Repression: The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement, 1988)

“Regardless of its precise technical meaning in ‘Bureauese,” reads a passage from Agents, “COINTELPRO [code name for FBI counterintelligence program] is now used as a descriptor covering the whole series of sustained and systematic campaigns directed by the Bureau against a wide array of selected domestic political organizations and individuals, especially during the 1960s.” (Ibid)

The words of former U.S Marshall and Community Relations Officer James A. Davis describe the stance of the U.S. Marshall Service, which is the law enforcement branch of the Department of Justice this way:

“During that period of time, the focus of federal law enforcement was on radical groups and individuals such as the Weathermen, Bonner Meinhoff Gang, Black Panthers, SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and H. 'Rap' Brown." (Interview by author 13 April 1994)

Davis also analyzes these factions as having characteristics, which were threefold—economic, Vietnam war resistance, and a rigid generation gap. Black objectives were more economic, whites had agendas, which centered more on social change—they also viewed their parents as not being concerned about their future. Black students were concerned with prosperity.“The average black male was going to ‘Nam and never returning while whites were getting deferments and fleeing to Canada. This dichotomy created a nationalistic revolutionary mindset for which the country was not prepared.” (Ibid)
The former 82nd Airborne “Screaming Eagle” depicts black military experience,

“Most black nationalistic movements,” Davis asserted, “sprang from out of the Martin Luther King assassination; and local law enforcement agencies were caught by surprise. They did not have the equipment, tactics, or training. The Feds were thrown off balance also and had to reassess its analysis of the problem. There are two problems that permeated America law enforcement circles before large-scale violence erupted. One was the need to develop a rationale for the formation of these groups; and the second was determining a profile of member-types. The interesting thing was that the only profile that could be developed was that they were young people concerned about change.”

The federal government finally began to understand nationalistic groups during the de-escalation of the Vietnam War. The Community Relations Service was developed as a direct result of this understanding as a vehicle to address the pressing needs of the nation’s communities.
This department worked with them to change the institutions and mindset that were the major contributors to social conflict. Finally, the government fashioned policies that were in the interests of those who felt that the gap between “demos” (the people) and “kracy” (rule) was too wide. (Ibid)

The tenor of Black southern protest quickly began to shift toward the premise of self-defense as the more militant voices of the African American Community rejected the Civil Rights Movement as a symbol of castration, ineffectiveness, and misguided ideology. Durham’s African American Community had erupted as early as the 1940’s during WWII. It erupted again in 1967—a prelude to an even more violent demonstration of frustration after the death of King. (Interview by author, 15 April 1994, A. J. Howard ClementA. J. Howard Clement, North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company)

As the Black Community labored in the wake of King’s death, its leadership determined that it could no longer apply traditional methods to address the state of social, political, and economic inequality that existed between black and white.

Black nationalism had been spreading throughout the country for years in the expressions of “dap” (a national embodiment of black solidarity symbolized through a series of handshakes and body language) and rhetoric of the war-weary, freedom-hungry, no-nonsense-taking black veteran. By 1968, it was steadfastly moving throughout the black citizenry of Durham. They loudly, clearly, and forcefully expressed that no longer would they tolerate “business as usual.” (Ibid)

Lerone Bennett Jr. (now Amiri Baraka) succinctly describes the major requirement of the Black Rebellion in the August 1969 issue of Ebony Magazine:

Power: that’s the requirement of the situation. The white problem in America cannot be solved without the creation of new currents of power which can mount sustained assaults on industries and institutions which derive
Ebony Magazine August 1969
enormous profits from bigotry and bias. The problem cannot be solved without profound structural modification in American society. (Lerone Bennett, “Of Time, Space and
Revolution, Ebony Magazine, August 1969)

Bennett further explains that the problem was of such proportion that “real changes” in the tax structure, relations between the private and public sectors, values; definitions of work, leisure and private property, and redistribution of income had to be realized in order to effect a relevant revolution. In effect, his assessment called for an allocation of billions of dollars be applied to a well-planned incremental reconstruction of American cities.

Since it was utopian to believe that America would adopt a program of such magnitude without “massive pressure,” he underscored the need for Black Power and the need for sustained and unrelenting pressure.

One year earlier Durham’s African American leadership had begun to understand the simplicity of the relationship of power in an institutionally racist society—their understanding embraced the belief that there would be no power shift toward the African American Community if those who were beyond the scope of reason continued to control the dynamics of power from warped interpretations of what economic redistribution and political power signified. (R. Kelly Bryant, Jr., North Carolina Mutual Insurance Company
Officer, Durham, Interview by author, October 1992)

Those who were beyond reason included blacks and whites who were headed toward the abyss of urban war. Both parties, one as oppressor, the other as oppressed, were so blinded by this dialectic that they could not conceive of anything less than violent confrontation. Saner voices were needed to divert bloodshed. Whatever social and psychological construct one may use to analyze the situation, these opposing forces were extreme expressions of a society which had long ago made peace with violence.

Paulo Friere (Pedagogy of the Oppressed), plunges into the morass when he states:

“Never in history has violence been initiated by the oppressed. How could they be the initiators if they themselves are the result of violence? How could they be sponsors of something whose objective inauguration called forth their existence as oppressed? There would be no oppressed if there had been no prior situation of violence to establish their subjugation. Violence is initiated by those who oppress, who exploit, who fail to recognize others as persons—not by those who are oppressed, exploited, and unrecognized. It is not the unloved who initiate disaffection, but those who cannot love because they love only themselves. It is not the helpless, subject to terror, who initiate terror, but the violent, who with their power create the concrete situation which begets the ‘rejects of life.’ It is not the tyrannized who initiate despotism, but the tyrants. It is not the despised who initiate hatred, but those who despise. It is not those whose humanity is denied them who negate man, but those who denied that humanity (thus negating their own as well). Force is used not by those who have become weak under the preponderance of the strong, but by the strong who have emasculated them. For the oppressors…it is always the oppressed (whom they obviously never call ‘the oppressed’—but depending upon whether they are fellow countrymen or not—‘those people’ or ‘the blind and envious masses’ or ‘savages’ or ‘natives’ or ‘violent,’ ‘barbaric,’ ‘wicked,’ or ‘ferocious’ when they react to the violence of the oppressors.”

Saturday, August 23, 2014

7 Radical Tips for Online Business Explosive Growth

7 radical tips to help your entire online business to EXPLOSIVE growth & durability, strategical automation

Automation is known to be the "holy grail" in our internet and information age! The trend here is Especially ahead with great speed. Where Earlier there were edged link generator or chunky site submitters, you can already draw on a variety of smart automation tools today. The technical range includes semi-automated content structure & linkbuilding, to traffic building, tracking, email marketing to affiliate marketing.
That this is the famous “end of the story” is far from a technical point of view that is currently being provided and proved to us impressively by the well-known marketing professionals Heiko Häusler and Tobias Knoof. Both have agreed in the fall of last year, behind closed doors, quietly & secretly on a common line and their two companies unified together by fusion. Actually, this warning sign was already big enough for the experts of the scene. But the real reason of the fusion was probably (would you believe!) of building an online and offline-based international franchise system for the next few years.
Both bake no small buns. They have already proven in the market before with their millions in sales and huge launches. But what they are up to now, can quite amaze even the inclined critics: in the summer of 2013 Heiko Häusler had already fished the franchise expert Thomas M.Duda, who already had his fingers in the game and in the construction of the multi-billion dollar franchise giants “conrad electronics”, from Nuremberg. Shortly thereafter, they both started a franchise system that nearly boasts of a 100 stores in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) after only 6 months. And also Mr. Knoof, who was in the start wings a few months later .
Then the fusion of the three marketing giants would, in the Spring, be presented and the Onebiz project announced at the Internet Marketing Conference in Berlin, where it immediately achieved record sales since the inception of IMK. Well, I managed to get one of the first accounts of the new Cloud-Services OneBiz. OneBiz – a term that haunts the industry for months and made some excitement. The new service according to a statement of the operators offers some radically simple options for the future, with largely automated content, traffic & link building to operate and accelerate the growth of your own business. I would like to briefly share the 7 most radical tips here with you:

7 radical Tips to run your business on a fast track

  1. Think in closed systems
    It is not new that clever Web services are built in closed systems. That is to put it bluntly: New users come in, no one comes out. The idea is HOWEVER simple: build websites, services, cloud architectures, Marketing Funnels or funnels in closed system and let the user circulate on the system (keyword Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn or Google).
  2. Build a viral loop in the system
    One of the smartest ideas for vigorous growth, which I have found on the Internet and Tobias Knoof has spoken about at the IMK in Berlin and the OneBizCON in Stuttgart. It is in its essence to incorporate a closed system called “inherent virality”, so that the virality is caused by the use of the Service, or the Site itself. If you have 100 users today the next day will be atleast 101 users. One then speaks of a viral loop and the site begins to grow exponentially (keyword: “Butterfly Marketing”)
  3. Clones the system, including viral loop.
    If you have set up the system of viral loops once, the next step is for extreme growth. This self-contained, provided with a viral loop system, according to the principle of self-similarity is to cloned as often as possible. Just as nature does, it is the goal to duplicate what grows out of itself. Like the seed of a flower, which already contains full potential and spreads with each new flower.
  4. Empower the system to Fractally Grow.
    Large networks like Skype, Xing, Linkedin, Youtube and Facebook have demonstrated this time and again. These networks do not think in “link building”, they think in “viral loops” and the dissemination and duplication of the same. Properly constructed, it will lead to the duplication of closed systems (viral loops, cells, seeds) and thus to a fractal growth. Websites, accounts or profiles get “cloned” to self-similar manner. In each of these “seed” there is virality, equality & viability inherently integrated.
  5. Duplicate the “genetics” of the company. 
    We will understand most of the processes, systems, procedures and documentations as genetics of the company. For extreme growth, it is therefore not sufficient to create closed systems to then integrate into a viral loop and help the closed system to clone and fractally grow. Extraordinarily rapid growth occurs when, in each clone (cell, seed, closed system), the entire genetics of the “mother company” is cloned. Just as it is of great franchise systems. Each represents a copy of THE original!
  6. Work with the EKS method.
    As one of the strongest growth driver for branch and franchise systems (which already can grow radically fast by itself), the so-called doctrine of “bottleneck-focused strategy” (from German short for EKS: Engpass-konzentrierten Strategie) by Wolfgang Mewes is mentioned again and again. It is noteworthy that a majority of franchise systems are, after the EKS principle, actively working for years on closer inspection on the market and numerous major corporations. The strategy works on the weak points, the so-called “bottlenecks” of a company and fixes them successively. Just as nature does. The nature (of a company) helps not by constant excessive watering, but fixing vulnerabilities through “Evolution”, for development & growth.
  7. Automate key processes.
    The key to radical growth is, however the main process, as well as to analyze, standardize and thereby automate increasingly the main processes, and in particular the resource-sapping processes in the company. You think of those time wasters such as content, traffic or link building. Smart software tools or cloud services can completely take over this and outsource the processes mentioned “easily” and automatically.
This is what the new cloud service Onebiz draws on. The service sees itself as a giant “Social Auto-responder” from which one can publish his content on the Web in a time-controlled manner (scheduling of content). This should lead to, in fact, enormous content, link and traffic building for each individual user without Google having a problem with that. All contents can thereby be spinned and thus “unique” content will be published in their own profiles on article pages, video pages, press pages, news pages, blogs, forums, communities or social accounts. And even if Google kicks your own website, the traffic will come nevertheless from other websites and the business will continue to run
I don’t easily get excited, but whoever knows Knoof & Häusler, knows that it could once again and in plain German “crash” positively. And a very cool tool will come out of this for sure, when a seasoned franchise professional like Thomas M. Duda has his fingers in the game. The statement alone that the two former competitors had to merge their companies is a clear enough indication. As far as I know, the system will also start in many languages ​​and in different currencies. I myself have already reserved my account here as, according to the official website, there will be only a limited number at the start to ensure the stability of the system. The registration is yet basically free of charge, but you never know what comes, and you get at least, “the finger on it” before it does.
If one looks at the current pre-launch and the resulting excitement, only then can one take the hat off like the big players in the industry that always manage to arouse such attention. Over 16,000 people worldwide have already signed up. A number which no one, by my knowledge, boasts of in the German industry. Onebiz seems to have hit the “problem-nerve” of the industry. I’m curious about what comes next and if the development will be pursued and furthermore be reported on!
Good Luck! / Posted from OneBiz
PS: For more information please visit http://osakwe.onebiz.com/en/.