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20190421

Je nie le néant et je promets l’espoir

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"I deny nothingness and I promise hope."

It just sounds better in French.

Or in German...



But then again...

Form is no other than emptiness
Emptiness no other than form...




Or so the saying goeth:



But don't quote me on any of that.



Anyhow...

Happy Easter, bitches!



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20190415

It has been said nothing unmasks a man like his use of power

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In this context, the word man is gender neutral, so the same, of course, is true of a woman...



It is also true of a government.

Or an entire nation.



Or just simply an entire species, like the Naked Ape.

Ah Pook is here.



Power is as power does. And the power of power rests in the demonstration of power.

Just like the Shock and Awe use of overwhelming force during the invasion of Iraq (or the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in other times before it) was a "demonstration" of power, so has been, in its own way, the relentless persecution of Julian Assange.

That's what the whole exercise is about: a demonstration of relentless, raw, naked power.

Know your place, people.

Submit to your better.

Don't rock the boat.
 
And, oh yes, remember to vote for whom you are told to, every four years or so.

Imagine an organization like Wikileaks in the 15th or 16th century publicly disseminating incriminating documents about the House of Borgia. Well, it would be of no consequence to the Borgias, of course. The people at large already knew or strongly suspected most of what would have been revealed and worse, and, in a way, had grown to expect it from people in power. Wikileaks would only have confirmed what "everybody knows." And, then...what?
 
Wikileaks, on the other hand, would be destroyed by the Borgias. Publicly so, so as to make an example. Julian Assange, no doubt, would have his tongue cut out, and would be hung, strung and quartered for good measure.

This is what most people fail to realize about our era, the Borgias' times were but only yesterday.

Our young fledgling modern democracies are hardly democracies, at all.

The seemingly gentler era we are living in, that thin veneer of civilization, is but a fragile illusion.


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20190411

How Many Lights Do You See?

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The STNG scene (S6, E11) is nearly verbatim from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four's
"2 + 2 = 5".

Stack Exchange user 1030, here, describes it best:



Enters the Fourth Estate...



Ay, there’s the rub!



But then again the digisphere is well and alive!

So, there is always that...



Hat Tip to the Onion: Cackling Julian Assange Disintegrates Into Lines Of Code As Baffled Authorities Attempt To Handcuff Him


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20190325

Men die and they are not happy*

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*It's a quote from Albet Camus's Caligula: "Les hommes meurent et ne sont pas heureux."

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