Category Archives: PMC

Recovering Berlin Competition is Launched

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Yes Men – Halliburton’s SurvivaBall

A Guide to the Basic Functions and Properties of the Halliburton Model X7 SurvivaBall
For use in catastrophic or potentially catastrophic conditions.

“SurvivaBall is nothing less than a self-contained living system–truly, a gated community for one. If you have a SurvivaBall, even if everyone else is dying, at least you can weather all storms.”  Of course, while SurvivaBall is its own brand, it was created by America’s largest companies (the Website boasts the logos of Shell, Ford, Exxon, GM, etc.) to avoid dealing with their impact on the environment in a non-profitable manner.  “The SurvivaBall builds on Halliburton’s reputation as a disaster and conflict industry innovator,” said Wolf. “Just as the Black Plague led to the Renaissance and the Great Deluge gave Noah a monopoly of the animals, so tomorrow’s catastrophes could well lead to good – and industry must be ready to seize that good.”

“The Survivaball not only hyperbollically anticipates the long-term intensification of environmental disadjustments as the condition for future profit making, but also provides the appropriate protective equipment for those contracted to manage the perpetual state of emergency generated by the energy-industrial complex.”

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covert construction of hardened facilities

Hardened Structures is a Professional Construction Program Management Company specializing in the confidential planning, design and covert construction of hardened facilities, hardened homes, underground bunkers, survival communities, rural compounds and fortresses.

These facilities are designed with independent sources of power and water and typically incorporate a substantial underground component. They can serve as a primary dwelling, vacation home, corporate retreat, long term shelter or expanded multi-function compound. Client confidentiality and total project secrecy are paramount on all of our design/build projects.

By its nature, a Hardened Structure is usually designed to perform its primary mission both during and after a war-like or criminal attack, in the event of a major natural disaster or accidental/man made emergency. Thus making hardening one of its primary requirements and a significant part of the cost.

• All Shelters are Approved by FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
• All Shelters are designed by our Structural Engineers
• Underground Steel Storm Shelters Starting at $4,795.00
• Underground Steel Bomb/Fallout Shelters Starting at $17,295.00
• Above Ground Steel Safe Rooms Starting at $3,895.00
• Custom Designs for Community Centers, Fire Departments, Town/City Hall

Check out their interactive demo:

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Satellite Surveillance

Power and Alliances    As surveillance technology becomes smaller and cheaper, large corporations are gaining more control over space.  Presence in space has long been equivalent with power on Earth because it increases control over political, economic, and military landscapes.  In the YB LE DN system, the Nation-State and its boundaries will no longer be prevalent, it is the PMC (private military company) in control of advanced technologies that will have power.

satellite constellation: When 2 or more organizations partner across borders in order to allow for constant monitoring of a certain region as their satellites orbit the earth.

Turkey  New satellite technologies could be “especially meaningful for a country like Turkey which has a large area for natural resources monitoring and development, as well as a sensitive geopolitical position which makes it important to observe the region for security and defense.” – from the article The Place of Small Satellites In Fulfilling The Earth Observation Requirements of a Developing Country

DARPA’s Transparent Earth initiative  The Pentagon is investing $4 million into the creation of real-time, 3-D maps that display “the physical, chemical and dynamic properties of the earth down to 5 kilometer depth.” Detecting sub-surface activities would allow for early responses to dramatic natural disasters, but also targeting enemies in UGF’s (underground facilities). Depending on who gets their hands on the technology, this greater transparency could also amount to stealing natural resources .  Check it out on WIRED.

Image from Danger Room

Total transparency will be the result of all these systems (synthetic aperture radar, optical, video, acoustic sensors, moving target indicators) forming a network (or constellation) to provide real-time information on military operations, hidden agencies, geographic substrates, climate, etc.

DARPA wants to use these technologies in addition to crowdsourcing to enhance the knowledge of the system.  But, they also feel crowdsourcing would provide validation – drawing on as many sources as possible provides “validation in environments that may be partially compromised by adversaries.”

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Private Military Company

PMC (Private Military Company): a $100 billion per year industry.  Companies like Halliburton (an oilfield services corporation that was audited and accused of overcharging the Pentagon for oil and for getting special treatment in operations in Iraq, Kuweit and the Balkans) and Blackwater (renamed Xe, a private military security firm) are in this sector which is hired by the military when it cannot keep up with the manpower demands of wartime operations.  Such firms are hired under No-Bid Contracts, also known as “sole source contracts,” which grant exclusive contracts of operation to singular contractors.  These are illegal in the EU, but are used by the American military in cases of urgency.  Under Coalition Provisional Authority Order 17, contractors were “not subject to Iraqi laws and regulations.”  The exclusive contract compounded by Order 17 result in a lot of economic and political power and leniency to unaccountable corporations.

These ideas can be the background foundation for our project.  The automated architectural machine thus starts by providing reconstruction and housing services in extreme conditions of natural or warfare disasters.  They are contracted by means of this No Bid Contract and receive more and more exemptions from local law throughout the world in order to facilitate and accelerate their operations, under the rationale of extreme urgency.

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