WikiLeaks founder Assange the center of worldwide attention "Interpol -- a worldwide police organization -- placed Assange on its most wanted list, though not for the controversial work of his website. Instead, the agents of Interpol issued a warrant on charges of rape and sexual harassment against Assange in his adopted home of Sweden - charges he has vehemently denied."
What a coincidence.... Interpol suddenly wants him. And because he's been accused of it, it must be true. We really don't believe that people are innocent until proven guilty anymore... Not really. But, how convenient that he's being accused of something...
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in UK (He TURNED HIMSELF IN - they didn't put that in the headline.)
They're going to shoot the messenger...
So, a friend recently asked me what I thought about this whole Wiki-leaks thing.
Well, at first I thought, woah... How necessary was this... This is going to cause a lot of problems. But then, the more I contemplated it, wouldn't there be nothing to worry about if everyone were just honest? I know it sounds simple and that that's the "ideal", but still... Why AREN'T we reaching for the "ideal"? Even if we don't reach it, we'd be closer for trying, no? Why have we settled for this is the way things are bullshit...? So maybe, if there were more "transparency" and accountability, maybe our world leaders would be forced to be more honest in their interactions with one another... and ourselves.
I believe that secrecy breeds corruption.
I'm so tired of the American view that we don't need to know everything. Why? WHY DON'T WE?? Are we not capable of handling information, and then processing that logically - through that old nasty trait - deductive reasoning?
Don't answer that.
But, we SHOULD be. And just because many don't, doesn't mean we shouldn't.
Or is it as Colonel Nathan R. Jessep (Jack Nicholson) said, "You can't handle the truth!"?
Can't we? Or won't we...
Ignorance IS bliss, after all. And knowing would make us a deliberate accomplice to deplorable behavior. But, willful ignorance doesn't make anyone less of an accessory.
We should expect MORE of ourselves and one another - as individuals AND a society.
I just think that we've gone along with "top secret" and "confidential" for so long that it encourages us (as a people) not to question much, if anything. And I don't think that can ever result in anything good. It's like we're children.
Or sheep being led to slaughter.
Or at least kept in a herd and fed until we're fat, slow and stupid.
We're easier to corral that way.
And really, when you think about it, the way we do things, is it working? Where has it gotten us? Is the world better off? Are we as world citizens, as Americans, as individuals... are we better off? And if you think so, how? HOW are we better off? I'm sincerely asking...
Oh, this secrecy is to protect our national interests...
And what might those "national interests" be? Oil? Resources from other countries? So, we can rape natural resources of OTHER nations to satisfy our insatiable hunger of consumption? And then, not only have we pillaged another culture's assets for our "needs", what we're using it for (energy) turns into mass sewage. Which we just ship back to those countries after we're done using it in the form of garbage and an environmental disaster.
OR, we all get to choke on it. Either way, everyone loses.
And we pay for those "national" interests with the lives of our children and the blood of innocent people.
As "modern" nations, we're sure in a hurry, but just exactly where is it that we're going so fast?
Or is this secrecy to protect our "freedom"? Is that it?
I understand the current need for covert operations to thwart off threats like the recent terrorist in Portland, Oregon. But again, like my previous post stated, maybe if we acted morally and ethically through our foreign interactions (state and corporate, which are becoming one and the same), we wouldn't have terrorists to begin with.
I'm not saying that there still won't be Hitlers or Stalins or Pol Pots out there to deal with. But, I am saying in our dealings and relationships, we shouldn't set the stage for an opportunity for such a villain to arise in the first place. Because if we're paying attention to history, the conditions were ripe for these murderous assholes to take their places.
So maybe in the case of Iran, maybe we SHOULDN'T have meddled in their affairs in 1953 and overthrown their DEMOCRATIC government because they were taking back control of THEIR OWN OIL FIELDS... away from Western control.
Or maybe in the case of Iraq, maybe if we were SUPPORTING Saddam Hussein and supplying his weapons, maybe we SHOULDN'T have been supplying the opposite side ILLEGALLY (Iran) as well. So, that they could conveniently keep fighting one another.
If we act in honesty, when it comes to leaks about our words or actions, maybe there would be less to worry about.
What our world leaders and our foreign diplomacy is lacking is simply integrity.
And without THAT, you have nothing.
"Integrity" - It's what we're taught, but don't practice. The practical is too impractical.
Look, I KNOW that this sounds naive. I KNOW that me boiling it down to traits like honesty and integrity seems childlike. But, I just want to encourage you to contemplate it. I want to encourage you TO BE childlike. Without "reality" to dilute things, children often see things for what they are... And of course, they remain, inquisitive. Because we're seldom rewarded for asking questions, I believe that we eventually stop asking. It's easier to "go with the flow" and travel with the herd. It's easier to do as we're told.
So, while we're walking below this surface of "reality", even when we're traveling below the conditioned air of "freedom", I strongly encourage you to
X-Ray THIS! (and they will) and John Pistole Can Suck It TSA chief warns against boycott of airport scans
TSA Chief John Pistole is WARNING US ABOUT BOYCOTTING???
He's WARNING us about practicing OUR FREEDOMS???
WHO THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, ASSHOLE?!
Things are feeling a bit slick, my friends...
So, how does it remove all of HIS hair,
and HER hair,
but not HER hair?
Eevveeryone's pistols go RIGHT in their cracks. It's not just for poop anymore! So, just theoretically, if they rip a mean one, does the gun go off? PPhhhhttt, BBBRRRRTTTTT, BANG! I know I'm reaching on this one, but it's possible, right? I mean, anything is possible, no?
So yes, it's all disturbing anyway, but it's kind of freaking me out even more that it removes people's hair... in some cases...?
But then be forewarned that they're going to pat you down and feel you up and flip you like a pancake.
Understandably, there's outrage. And there should be. I will decline that machine EVERY TIME. And not because I don't want anyone to see my peeper or my hole. I don't really give a shit about that. If they want to stare, let 'em. But, I'm not subjecting my body, my SELF to the unnecessary radiation.
If they want to fondle my balls and squeeze my cheeks? Great. Where do I sign and when to we get started? But, I know a lot of people aren't as pervy as I am and don't really want a cheap thrill, so really they should be keeping their hands to themselves.
It's unfortunate that our governments (yes, I mean plural here) don't have a more effective diplomatic foreign policy in the first place (And I don't just mean current administrations - I'm talking ineffective foreign policy since the end of WWII.). And it's too bad that our multi-national corporations aren't more acutely aware of the repercussions of their haphazard and destructive practices. It's unfortunate that they put money before people. It's unfortunate that greed trumps cultural sensitivity, environment, basic human rights and respect.
Because then, maybe we wouldn't have to worry about terrorism in the first place.
When there's a blatant disregard for what truly makes up a person and a people, and I mean this pertaining to the individual AND a culture, there's no acknowledgment. When the impulse of a selfish and narrow-minded world view is acted upon without thought to the anthropology and history, that leads to the sociology and psychology of a people and their region, there's a drop in communication. There's simply a mis-understanding (willful or not) because of a lack of basic empathy. And in personal relationships and socio-political relationships, this hiccup leads to war.
I'm not condoning violence of any kind.
I REPEAT, I'm NOT condoning violence of any kind. (Unless I have the opportunity to throw hot coals at Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann or John Boehner.)
But, when it comes to this massive wound right now, when it comes to this sickness that has led us to this point, rather than slapping on futile bandages for the injury, I'd like to see people diligently questioning and learning what has caused the trauma in the first place.
To know where we're going, it helps to know where we've been. And I'd like to see people say, "Where the hell are we and HOW did we get here?"
It would take actual effort and a real willingness to learn and an open-mind to understand.
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“All is change; all yields its place and goes.”
“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”
~ Euripides (Greek playwright, c. 480-406 BC)
"The name 'Euripides' always reminded me of someone who's constantly blowing big loud farts."
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