Monthly Archives: December 2010

Freedom of Sp**ch

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Man Of The Times

It’s funny, the power that one man can have. If he is smart enough. Clever enough. Can foresee more than ten steps ahead of himself, and not have to look back to see the broader scope of things.

It’s funny. How a man can find water in a desert that hasn’t rained for months. Collect blood from a stone. The one and only stone among thousands of other empty stones. How would he know? And what would he do with it?

We have had the fortune to come across this very sort of man in our lifetime. And unlike those few before him, he has made himself known to the world. In most all other cases, only a handful of people laid eyes upon such a legend, knowing the capabilities such a man possessed. But this one is different. This one is special. And the timing couldn’t be more perfect.

He is known to the world as Julian Assange. He is a journalist. An activist. And now internationally recognised as something of a terrorist.

His methods are simple: Share the truth, as much of it that can be gathered, at all costs. His means, how he gathers this information, is still yet unclear. It is only known that others sympathise with his cause, and have chosen to share confidential, classified (though not top-secret) cables to and from key players in international politics and the Global War on Terror.

Some would argue that merely obtaining this information is a crime.  That this kind of information, in the wrong hands, can be turned into a deadly weapon. That it threatens national stability, national security, and that releasing this kind of information to the naive masses can only lead to an overreaction. That it can lead to protests, to mobs, to riots; to violence. That the only inevitable conclusion is anarchy and chaos springing from pockets all across the country, across the globe, spreading out, and closing in the worlds  leaders.

And so, the natural reaction to this, from the standpoint of Washington, London, Kabul, and pretty much every other nation documented, or whose reputations have been affected by the release of these leaked documents, has been to condemn these leaks. Naturally, the first reaction was to discredit the validity of the content. However, as this has proven fruitless, they proposed the argument of national security. So what did they do? The cut him off at his sources. They cut him off from his bank account. They suspended service to his sites. They convinced PayPal to discontinue service with him. And even Visa and MasterCard  have broken relations with him. In other words, as his sites (non-profit, I might add) had been funded by public donations, they decided to pull him out by the roots; one by one. And in the meanwhile, built up false allegations, collecting false accounts of sexual misconduct, and calling for his extradition to Sweden. In other words, since his work has been widely accepted and praised, the only thing left was to invalidate the material by discrediting the man behind it.

Enlightenment With The Help Of A Few Shadows

So now he is in custody, and without bail.  Some say he is better off there than if he were to remain a free man. For  inevitably, there is at least one bullet with his name on it in every country. The Powers that Be, those who truly make the world go ’round, must be quite impressed; and equally infuriated. He has done the one thing that so many conspiracy theorists, anti-federalists, anti-globalists, and anarchists have dreamed of doing, yet failed to achieve. Which is why he has the envy, admiration, and allegiance of thousands all across the world.

All of the forums have been abuzz since his work was first made known. But of course, that always calmed as a new sensational story blitzed the headlines and teleprompters. Yet every time it has come up, another leak, another video or document containing material of public interest, the public once had shown interest. Each time, increasing his following. And the more they condemned him in the spotlight, the more support he gained in the shadows.

And today, he has the support of some very special shadows. Those whose work is best achieved in the dark. For while his aim is to enlighten others to the truth, he has now, at his aid, the service of those who would bring darkness to his enemies. Those who  would cut him off are being cut off. Those who would betray him are so being sabotaged. It is almost Karmic in nature. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And yet, none of this came as a surprise. These shadows, you see, though hidden, have made no effort to stray from the public eye. Their voices, their echoes, have all been heard and read loud and clear.  Whoever makes themselves any enemy of those who would remain Anonymous, whoever would stand against their will and freedom, their values; whoever would suppress the truth, oppress the masses, they are all equally targets in the eyes of the Anonymous. Though, some have proven to hold a higher priority than others.

A Simple Proposition

As the author of this article, I find it is my duty to share with you my thoughts, my feelings on this whole affair. You see, I do not condemn this man, Julian Assange. I do not condemn his sentiments or actions. To the contrary, I believe, whole heartedly that this man is right. Or, at least, that his actions are truly what is best for this world.

This man surely could be a stunt. His work might not have been his own. This agenda might not even be what we have all made it out to be. It could yet be a distraction. Giving us a little bit of truth, making us feel satisfied with a few, harmless cables, feeling like we’ve gotten the real story, meanwhile remaining blinder than ever, if that is even possible. In other words, he could merely be a puppet, and experiment, and all of this information did not merely fall into his hands, but was given to him from the source, instructing him exactly how and what to do with it.

Indeed, even as a he fulfilled his obligation, it is possible that they chose to dispose of him once he rendered himself useless. Another terrorist, now caught. Look at what good the world has done! And these allegations, perhaps they are true? Perhaps they are not. In any case, what ever is his true cause, whatever were his real ambitions, personal behaviours, I believe that good has come of all of this. And this man, if even a puppet, or a truly a criminal, must be recognised for the global icon that he has become. He is a symbol of truth, of the freedom of information. And has made an impact that perhaps the global Powers that Be yet underestimated. Perhaps he did his job too well, and that is why they would want to rid themselves of him so soon?

In any case, whatever he truly is, has become an inspiration to me, all of my friends and family, and thousands upon thousands of others — possibly in the millions even. The real numbers may not be known for quite some time, if at all. Personally, I believe this matter can and will be forgotten in very little time at all. Man has a fickle attention span, and even fickler memory. Some might describe it as selective. I for one find that selection is very often made by everyone else but the man who possesses those memories. They change the environment. Change the scenario. Create a new scandal, and smother the old one. Meanwhile, let the U.N. charge him with innumerable crimes, and sentence him to a penalty worse than death. It must be known to all journalists the consequence of such actions, while keeping such an outcome private from the eyes and ears of the rest of the world. Something of an open secret: Clear and lethal.

I fear for this man, and I fear for the knowledge that he has set out to share with the world. And I fear for the consequence of these battles. For if he is shot down now, the world will do everything it can to seal all every crevice, every crack, every leak. And every loose lip will be sown. Every eager hand cut off. Every curious  eye gouged out. Tyranny, and oppression on a level not yet witnessed by this world ever before. Yet never to be spoken of, all the same. We have already borne witness to the first stages of a fascist institution over these holidays.  For it is the armour we wear, and the visors in our helmets that betray us. We are taught to trust the soldiers and yet,  little by little, they have stripped us of our arms. We become more and more defenseless by the day, yet we are encouraged to have faith in our troops.

A Shot In the Dark

Do you still have faith in the troops? In national security? I trust the soldier, I don’t trust his trigger finger, or his commander. A man can be made to do terrible, unthinkable things in a time of  war. Anyone could be a terrorist. Everyone could be a  combatant.

A lie is a very powerful force to behold. It can be a spark, or the slightest caress of a domino. One wrong move, and it all comes down. One right move, and all your enemies can be wiped clean away.

Fast, efficient. A plan a long time in the making, swiftly executed. The world is being taken hostage, and we are just the beginning. Assange, if he ever gets out of this alive, could be the thread that unravels it all. How long before he is clipped, and lost forever? And who among you will seek to create other loose threads? If he is gone, will you continue his work? Or will you, like so many others, forget him soon after this media storm is all over? Will you believe the lies, the allegations against this man? The evidence will be compelling. How long before you give in and say, “maybe?” How long before you discount this man, and disregard all he worked to achieve? Your dreams crushed, back to work; business as usual. You didn’t really have time for this anyway. You have food to put on the table. So why were you rooting for him anyhow?

Such Pretty Words, But Life’s No Story Book

Such dreams are so beautiful, and so attractive when they are most fragile. It is that intangibility, that duality that they possess that catches our minds’ eyes. Dreams of fighting, of changing this unbearable reality before us. And it is equally, if not more unbearable knowing the fact that, for as much we would want to change it all, it is only our lack of courage that separates these dreams from reality. The courage to stand through it all. To face a world against you. A world resistant to upsetting the status quo. To face the world is to forsake your own. And that is a very uncomfortable state of affairs. Few have manifested the courage to do it. And those who have were quickly forgotten. And we don’t want to be forgotten. Not when if we are willing to give up so much? Why then would it be worth it? What left could we hold on to? A better life, a better way? Hah! If we’re going to fail anyhow, why then must they be also in vain? Who will follow after us? Who will take up the torch and keep moving on?

I don’t know. Who believes in faery tales anymore? Let’s just call it a night. Honey, please? Just. Turn off the TV and come to bed already?

Click!

Good night, honey. Tears stream down from twinkling eyes reflecting a broken heart and spirit.

*sniff*

Good night.


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Ignorance Isn’t Necessarily Bliss

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From A

So I have this tendency to butt into to any discussion that interests me. I know, I’m nosey, annoying and, half the time, really ought to keep my mouth shut. However, I like a nice discussion, even if and when it turns into a heated argument. Either I win, and others learn from the exchange, or I lose, and I learn from it. Either way, it can be educational.

So lately I’ve found myself battling anti-theists. Don’t know the term? It’s one I’ve developed for people just as ignorant as the narrow-minded bigots they actively contend with. Allow me to elaborate:

Theists

First you have the Theists. These are the guys that believe (or, at least say that they believe) in God, a god, many gods, or some form of supreme ruler, designer, creator, etc. whatever. And half the time, these guys have no clue as to how their faith is actually meant to work. I mean, let’s face it. The Q’ran, the Torah, The Bible, The Bhagavad Gita, they’re not just story books; they’re instruction manuals of how to live our lives. And what happens when we attempt to assemble a structure without reading, but glancing at the instructions? We fuck it up. We put things in the wrong holes, etc.

Oh, but there’s more. Over time it has become relevant that humanity has become lazy, docile, complacent. So how do we move forward as a people when everybody’s just scattered about, grazing here and there, as if they’re in their own little world? Well, we need one of us to step up and as act as a leader. A shepherd and a sheriff. Are you fine with that? Yeah? I am too. I don’t have to do anything right? No responsibility? Just donate a little right? To keep civil order; to make sure society doesn’t disintegrate by falling into hedonistic degeneration? Sure. I’ll donate a little of my time to listen to you read. To teach me, to guide me. As long as I don’t have to take any personal responsibility for any of this.

A Purpose For Them, You Say?

So perhaps originally there was reason for all of this. Maybe we didn’t need policemen as long as our laws were all reflected in our culture. But all that’s changed in the last two-thousand years. Now we have a diversity far greater than any of our Christian, Muslim, Judaist, etc forefather’s could ever have dreamed or tolerated. So how are we to keep order in a society with mixed values? A society with mixed ideas, philosophies of what is appropriate, and what is not. Why, we could separate church from state. Now I know, originally that was installed as to protect the churches, so that we wouldn’t a situation like Great Britain where the Arche Bishop isn’t elected by the Church, but the current monarch. Please, do correct me if I’m wrong. But I’m pretty sure that’s how it works. At any rate, the natural order of things has led the separation of church and state to mean “keeping politics protected from theistic dictation.” However, the unfortunately, in as much as we believe in this, and as much as it is believed throughout most English-speaking nations, as well as most progressive European nations, the fact remains that the religious majority almost always ends up winning anyhow. After all, it is the will of the people. And if the people are mostly Christian, Muslim, etc, then who is it really hurting? Right? Except, what about the minorities. The disenfranchised. The second-class citizens. Who is going to represent them in a time when intolerance for these people is at its height?

Oh, That’s Right, We’re On A-Theists Now

Anyhow, let’s go back to our definitions. So who’s next? Oh, the A-Theists – that’s right. So who are the A-Theists? These are the sincere men and women who don’t believe in a god, deity, supreme creator, whatnot, etc. They believe in rationality. Practicality. Using losing logic and reason to explain how there is not only no god or supreme being, but there is, in fact, even no reason to have such a being in the first place. In this case, sound reason through observation and logical arguments is their guide. As for societal order, they don’t find a need in differing to a mysterious figure for answers, but again through sound reason. That is, order can be established naturally if we except mutual benefit and consequence. To steal is not a sin. To steal is cause harm to another, thus resulting in discord on the part of the offended. This could result in him or her behaving irrationally, possibly even violently. Furthermore, to go without punishment is to set a precedent that this kind of behaviour can continue to occur until some form of penalising consequence happens to the thief. This could be any number of things. Resulting in either compensation through acquisition of the thief’s property, imprisonment, or violence, possibly even death — depending on the situation. Man has a tendency to obsess over things, and can even over-react. If you steal from a hot-headed man, and the item(s) is of substantial consequence, it could turn into a situation of life or death.

Bored Yet?

At any rate, not to bore you. The point is, A-Theists are smart, use reason to guide  society, and find no reason to differ to the authority of an intangible figure. And you know what, I admire that. At least they’re thinking. They’re using their heads and making the world a better place. However the ones I don’t admire are those who bear the label A-Theist, when in fact, they are Anti-Theists.

Anti-Theists

And so, what exactly are Anti-Theists? Anti-Theists are no better than the lazy sheep that we call the Theists. The Anti-Theists do not think, but follow. They have no original arguments of their own. Yet, in fact, much like the Bible Thumping Christians, all they spout out is mindless rhetoric. (I know, I really should have constructed this article better, but I’m assuming you all know where I’m coming from I as I discuss this matter). What makes Anti-Theists so different from A-Theists is that they do not offer solutions in substitution for a Theological figure, but just tend to assume that the complete abolition of Religion (world-wide) would do the world good. It wouldn’t. And why? Because even “organised religion” still has a purpose left on this world. It still has its institutions, its charities. And until others of equal value can be substituted in their places,  it really would end up doing more harm than good.

Blind Prejudice, or Simple Observation?

Furthermore, (in my humble opinion) as the Anti-Theists are misguided, motivated not through rationality, but dissatisfaction with the restrictions imposed by a Theistic society, the only consequence that can result from this is societal chaos. After all, (again, in my humble opinion) half the time they are not using their heads. They are selfish, materialistic, and motivated purely by want and desire. And if religion gets in their way, then it is an obstruction that must be over-come. But that doesn’t mean they are justified, and that doesn’t mean that society will be healthier in the long run. To the contrary, without A-Theistic leadership, the Anti-theists are blind fools.

We Are But Children

Like children left alone in the garage, playing with their dad’s power tools. Eventually someone’s going to get hurt. So obviously, even without a god or some deity, we still need something to move through us, to motivate us to keep order. As our nature is childish, we need something to guilt us into doing the right thing. But how, and who will step up and help us to establish order if the Anti-Theists actually get their way? And please, tell me you’re not one of them? And to answer the question, I don’t really know, but I’ll leave that up society to figure it out. And if we don’t, then [figmentive] God, help us all!

To Zed — Or Omega, If You’re Greek

Anyhow, where was I going with all of this? Ah, yes, these discussions I’ve been having with Anti-Theists. Can you guess what arguments they’ve proposed? That’s right: All of the atrocities, all of the lives ended in the name of this Theism or that.

The argument has been made time and time again, and this exactly the kind of rhetoric I was talking about. The argument is that Christianity, Islam, Judaism and all other “organised religions” are responsible for more blood shed, more lives oppressed than any other phenomenon in our human history. I tend to disagree.

Ignorance Is Bliss — Or is it?

You see, I don’t believe it’s Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc responsible for all of these deaths. I think it’s belief in anything at all. Anything that man en mass tends to embrace (be it a political doctrine, philosophy, religion, whatever) can and will be used against her, if enough are ignorant of it. That is to say, if one-thousand naive, uneducated people insist that they believe in something that they do not, in fact understand; it only stands to reason that the most charismatic individual who  steps up and claims to be most educated and comprehensive of the dimensions and ramifications of this idea  will be crowned leader of that faith, religion, philosophy,  etc;  and thus gain a great following. And yes, this does happen time and time again. It happens with religion, it happens with science, it happens in politics all. the fucking time.

Hitler did it. Stalin did it. Bush did it. We all do it. We all let it happen. Don’t blame King Richard. Don’t blame the Ayatollah. Blame the people. Blame the masses. Sleeping, drugged, distracted. Uneducated, naive, complacent. It’s the ideas that we claim to embrace that are used against others, as well as ourselves. And thus, the key to any truly progressive society is not just a society without faery tales, but a society that is educated, that comprehends beyond the flesh and material. We have a frontal lobe for a reason. So we are still only using it when it’s convenient? And why is it that those most sinister are using it more than we are? Not to go off on a tangent *too late* but we live in a nation that insists on having a strong, strict national security. And yet, borders we claim to defend are not to keep terrorists from coming in, but the ideas we used to know (yet forgot so long ago) out. Our armour, our naivety, and our ignorance is our weakness. And yet with all the money to we put into to building the largest standing military, we put so little of it into education. And (still keeping in mind the Anti-Theist argument) allow me to propose this idea to you all: if Religion, world-wide, is finally abolished. What do you think will take it’s place? Because, I don’t really think that we will fall into chaos just yet.

Practically Speaking

I imagine that the A-Theists and Anti-Theists alike will sprout up from the newly plowed proverbial fields and rise to power. And, even though A-Theists all agree that there is no god, they don’t all agree with where to go from there. Each has her or his own ideals. And so there will always be beliefs, doctrines, philosophies to follow:

So when does life begin? And if we genetically modify a pig and give it human genes, do we give it the same rights as a man if it demonstrates sentience? It’s all out there. Still no consensus. Hell, scientists can’t even agree if whether global warming is a real or a scam to sell “green products” so you know that as a race, it’s going to be some time before we come to any real understanding in as far as practice, politics, etc.

Someone’s ideal, or set of ideals will end up prevailing throughout this cycle, or the next. And so on, and so on. And so, whether or not we call it good or evil, sin or God’s will, we will always be moved, always be used and guided here or there, or wherever the present Powers That Be want us, until we can all really start to think for ourselves. Make sense?

Are We Done Yet?

Anyways, that really was a tangent, but I hope you understand where I’m coming from. It’s not Religion, it’s ignorance that has led to so much bloodshed in this world. Then again, perhaps the common denominator is simpler than we think. Maybe it’s man. Men. I mean, after all, in all of our history, who can you say gave the order to take as many lives? I’m pretty sure you will find it was arrogant, power-hungry, egotistical men behind every major atrocity.

So how about this: Let’s make a move to disenfranchise men. Strip them of their power and rights as we women have endured throughout all our history. See, then, how many lives are lost at the helm of not just one woman, not a handful, but only women. I have a feeling that we, as a people (not just of this nation, but of the world) will get along a lot better without the instruction or guidance of men. No more war. Not necessarily anymore oppression. How about compassion. Sympathy. Working together. And as one comedian was so quick to point out, at most, as things get heated, there wouldn’t be wars, just really “intense negotions….every twenty-eight days.”

All Apologies

Anyways guys, I know. I danced here and there and my writing style is kind of annoying.  Sorry about that. But hopefully through all of the tangents and wandering you found something you can take from all of this. If even that is “never read a blog from Jadis ever again.” Take care y’all. I will write again soon.

-Jadis Illiana Argiope