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Anonymous moves into the real world, calling for flash-crowd style protests on February 10th.

Complete with a very smart guide to how to organize a successful peaceful demonstration:

Text of video behind cut:

These rules do not represent the writings and ides of any one person. Rules may vary depending on your location.

The following video is intended as guide for Anonymous preparing to engage in their first real-life public demonstration. It will also provide a refresher for those of you who have experience with this modality of petition.

The purpose of the demonstration in a modern western society is to convey a message to the public. In keeping with this objective, Anonymous has drafted 22 rules that Anonymous can follow in order to assure epic win and no loss of hit points on your part.

Rule#0: Rules 1 and 2 of the internet still apply. Your memes are not, at this juncture, something that the real world can appreciate. Although meme speak between fellow Anonymous is acceptable, focus on the targetand keep it to a minimum.

Rule #1: Stay cool.

Rule #2: Stay cool, especially when harassed. You are an ambassador of Anonymous.Although individuals trying to disrupt your demonstration will get onyour nerves, you must not lose your temper. Doing so will harm the protest and tarnish the reputation of Anonymous.

Rule #3: Comply with the orders of law enforcement officers above all else. Doing otherwise is harmful to the demonstration as a whole and may compromise your performance as a human being. Do not request badge numbers unless you are being treated in a very abusive manner, as doing so will anger officers.

Rule #4: Notify city officials. Most jurisdictions either have rules about public protests, or would prefer to be notified that they are taking place. Know the rules for your jurisdiction and abide by them.

Rule #5: Always be across the street from the object being protested.

Rule#6: In the absence of a road, find another natural barrier between yourself and the target of protest. Doing so will make it more difficult for individuals hostile to your cause to come and harass you.

Rule #7: Stay on public property. You may be charged for trespassing if you do not.

Rule #8: No violence.

Rule #9: No weapons. The demonstration is a peaceful event. Your weapons. You will not need them.

Rule #10: No alcohol or pre-drinking. Violating this rule may easily precipitate a violation of rules 1 and 2.

Rule#11: NO graffiti, destruction, or vandalism. Rule #12: If you want todo something stupid, pick another day. These should be self explanatory. Violation of these rules during a demonstration will tarnish the reputation of Anonymous, harm the demonstration itself and leave you vulnerable to attention from law enforcement.

Rule#13: Anonymous is legion. Never be alone. Isolation during a protest marks you as a target for handlers who wish to provoke an angry reaction from you and other hostiles. In keeping with this principle...

Rule #14: Organize in squads of 10 to 15 people.

Rule #15: One or two megaphones per squad. A megaphone is helpful for maintaining the overall cohesion of a demonstration and spreading your message.However, too many will confuse the public and render you hearing impaired.

Rule #16: Know the dress code. Forming a loose yet reasonable dress code for protest members will help to maintain cohesion and get the public to take you seriously.

Rule #17:Cover your face. This will prevent your identification from videos taken by hostiles, other protesters or security. Use scarves, hats and sunglasses. Masks are not necessary, and donning them in the context ofa public demonstration is forbidden in some jurisdictions.

Rule #18: Bring water.

Rule#19: Wear good shoes. Following these rules will assure your comfort during the demonstration. Keep in mind that demonstrations may often bequite lengthy.

Rule #20: Signs, flyers, and phrases. Have yours ready. Make sure that signs are large enough to read. Also ensure that the text on your signs and your phrases are pertinent to the target ofthe protest.

Rule #21: Prepare legible, uncomplicated andaccurate flyers to hand out to those who wish to know more regarding the motivations behind your actions.

Finally, Rule #22: Document the demonstration. Videos and pictures of the event may be used to corroborate your side of the story if law enforcement get involved.Furthermore, posting images and videos of your heroic actions all over the internet is bound to generate win, exhorting other Anonymous to follow your glorious example.

If you follow these simple rules,the success of your action is virtually assured. However, keep in mind that the success of the demonstration as a whole hinges on the good behavior of all those who participate. Ignore these rules at your own peril. Follow them, and victory will be yours.

We are Anonymous.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
And now, we are expected

Interesting that Anonymous is now speaking ex cathedra (as much as a meme can have a cathedral) to Anonymous as GLaDOS.

The cake is a lie.


Damn, I wish I could tattoo those 22 points on the eyelids of some people running/taking part in protests.

Good stuff.
That is, indeed, both practical and artfully done.
I suppose in some ways, here is a viable way to tell whether or not "Anonymous" is having an impact upon the physical realm (as opposed to the virtual realm - which is not to downplay their virtual victories, but rather to delineate between the two). I'll be watching this.

I think a whole lot of people are.
I've been watching closely. Their publicly linked wiki goes down and up all day, as countermeasures are taken and then they counter those. And yet, they are able to organize pretty much everything via a wiki, completely available to their target. It's inspired. They've even tried to clean up the chanspeak on the publicly viewed pages (they call everyone and everything ___fag, which is their slang, but certainly offputting to people who don't know that.)

I'm kinda impressed, here.
Re: the Wiki.

That's counting coup, is what that is. And the thing about counting coup is it works.

Monkeys are mightily impressed by anybody who can walk up and tweak the silverback's nose and walk away again unscathed. And if the silverback looks too worried about it....
The fact that the Flatiron Building is in the video, is that relevant?

The rules are pretty basic, and obvious to anybody with any experience of protests and demonstrations.
Alas, there are far too many out there without a ckue about How To Do It Right--Alinsky would shake his head and cry.
I saw that video earlier today and added it to my video/link archive (forgive the formatting problems). I am incredibly intrigued by all of this, and eager to see how the protests play out. One can only hope that the practical, effective advice given in this video is heeded.
That's a good general rule, but I would be amazed if Anonymous breaks into song on the 10th if only because it is not easy to find a rhyme/meter in which "Scientology" will scan.

I mean, how many hours of "hey hey, ho ho/scientology's got to go" can one stand?
Very well-said indeed.
There's a CoS just down the road from me. I'll be interested to see if there's any protesting on the 10th.
I probably would not join them -- sorry, not passionate enough about this to stand outside in Seattle in February for any amount of time -- but I find the Church pretty scary, and some people I care about were harmed by it, so I find that I'm tempted to sneak out there late the night before and post signs in the vicinity.
There likely will be. I know there are protests in Boston, NYC, Toronto, and Austin, because I looked at the list before the wiki went down again.

Nothing local to me, however.
Anonymous knows protest and crowd organization. Very slick. Very professional.

Anonymous also knows how to work a message.

And talk to geeks. That's what really impressed me.

Linguistic playfullness coupled with a slick professional message. Very. Nice.