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12.7.10

wikileaks reads

-My favorite political thinker just linked to this piece by Glenn Greenwald for some perspective on the Wikileaks drama: Wikileaks Lies and Propaganda.

-Despite ambivalence about Wikileaks’ modus operandi and the necessity for governments to have some secrets, this writer is calling for journalists worldwide to stand-up for Wikileaks or else: Defend WikiLeaks or lose free speech

-This from The Atlantic: The Shameful Attack on Julian Assange.

-The Australian just published an editorial from Julian Assange.

-This may be TMI for those interested in the (alleged) details of the molestation charges.

-Also, this intimate mini-documentary called Inside Wikileaks and this recent Guardian readers Q&A with Assange and this recent Forbes interview.

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12.7.10

live updates

Kick-ass live blogging about Wikileaks/Julian Assange/Cablegate from at The Nation and The Guardian. And straight from the horse’s mouth is Wikileaks’ Twitter and Facebook (which is about to reach a million followers.)

As a side note, here’s a *rich* tidbit from The Guardian live blog that I just had to share. Earlier today, the US State Department sent out a mass email to media outlets that reads…… “The United States is pleased to announce that it will host Unesco’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from 1-3 May in Washington, DC. The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers.

The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information. We mark events such as World Press Freedom Day in the context of our enduring commitment to support and expand press freedom and the free flow of information in this digital age.”

I clicked over to the World Press Freedom Day 2010 announcement and here is the promotional photo:

You can’t write this shit.

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9.8.10

did you know about this?

My jaw dropped when I read this shocking report. More details can be found here (warning: the photos are graphic.) Please share this with others. Twitter it. Blog it. Facebook it. Awareness is the one and only power that we have.

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7.26.10

bring it on

You know how we look around the world and wonder how in the hell things will ever change with all the private interests, corruption, lies, secrets, greed, manipulation and propaganda? Well, Wikileaks is one of those game changers that is clearly going to start holding The Powers That Be accountable. I’ve had my eye on them since their Iraq massacre video leak back in April, but yesterday the savvy venue for whistleblowers has risen to a new level of power with this latest leak of 90,000 US military inside documents on the Afghan war.

When a small independent activist group affiliated with no country becomes a major player in the global geopolitical landscape, you know the revolution is underway. This is just the beginning and it’s beyond exciting to watch it happen. Though, as expected, it isn’t without its critics and controversy…

Ironically, for an organization that has described itself as an “…intelligence service of the people…”, much of Wikileak’s operations remain intentionally shadowy. Founder Julian Assange, an Austrialian reformed computer-hacker, says Wikileaks has hundreds of volunteers around the world to help translate and authenticate documents, but he won’t name them. The site’s servers are said to be scattered in dozens of locations; again, Assange won’t say where. Even Assange himself cloaks himself in mystery, shuttling between undisclosed locations and unnamed supporters.

Not surprisingly, Wikileaks’ activities have earned it praise from some free-speech quarters and harsh criticism, or worse, from a variety of national and institutional interests. The site has faced numerous lawsuits (all of which they’ve won), hack attacks, police harassment in Germany, Israel, Kenya and elsewhere. Assange says he himself has been the target of high-level intelligence services. In an interview earlier in 2010 with VOA, Assange described his job as part journalism, part advocacy. “Wikileaks aims to achieve just political reforms by getting out information that has been suppressed to the public,” he said. “We never censor,” he added. “And as far as we’re aware, we’ve never made a mistake.”

If you’re fascinated by Wikileaks (and a new paradigm that’s changing the world as we know it), you’ll want to watch this fantastic TED interview with founder, Julian Assange, for insight into how Wikileaks began, how it all works and how they have already made a massive impact (i.e. this Icelandic freedom of speech initiative creating a global haven for investigative journalists.)

And in this interview here, Julian specifically addresses the Afghan War Logs and why the nature of this latest leak, in his opinion, does not constitute danger to our troops – rather, it presents critical information enabling people to make an informed decision on whether the nature, methods and results of the war in Afghanistan are in line with WHAT WE ARE BEING TOLD by a media who is completely failing the people.

Whatever you think of Julian Assange, you can’t say he isn’t courageous.

BP, you’re next…

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7.1.10

scientism

My new favorite word:

Scientism is the idea that natural science is the most authoritative worldview or aspect of human education, and that it is superior to all other interpretations of life.[1] The term is used by social scientists such as Friedrich Hayek,[2] or philosophers of science such as Karl Popper, to describe what they see as the underlying attitudes and beliefs common to many scientists, whereby the study and methods of natural science have risen to the level of ideology.[3]

For me, science has recently become a word that’s as loaded as religion. (The word debunk comes in a close third to science and religion.)

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6.21.10

the bigger spill

I feel ashamed for not knowing about this. I knew oil was a dirty business, but this is unconscionable.

NYTimes: “Big oil spills are no longer news in this vast, tropical land. The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are long since lifeless.

Perhaps no place on earth has been as battered by oil, experts say, leaving residents here astonished at the nonstop attention paid to the gusher half a world away in the Gulf of Mexico. It was only a few weeks ago, they say, that a burst pipe belonging to Royal Dutch Shell in the mangroves was finally shut after flowing for two months: now nothing living moves in a black-and-brown world once teeming with shrimp and crab.

[…] As many as 546 million gallons of oil spilled into the Niger Delta over the last five decades, or nearly 11 million gallons a year, a team of experts for the Nigerian government and international and local environmental groups concluded in a 2006 report. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 dumped an estimated 10.8 million gallons of oil into the waters off Alaska.

Do we blame the CEO’s of these companies? Or do we blame ourselves for not organizing (inter)national boycotts and refusing to gas up our cars and fly on big jet planes until this stops? Would that even make a difference? There must be a way for the people to wield their power (i.e. wallets) and make an impact. Maybe this horrific spill in the Gulf will be the tipping point?? Ultimately, as a unified group, we hold the power. The question is… how to unify effectively?

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6.9.10

mountain bounding

“We just fly over the cliff and go to land on another nice place for skiiing.” The footage between 1:10 and 1:50 is awe-inspiring. (And there’s a good wipe out toward the end of the video.)

*Found on Noodles and Waffles.

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5.16.10

super human

We are so on the cusp of an evolutionary leap, and it’s all about mind over matter…

Soon we’ll be walking on water. Wait, we already are!

And if this is to be believed (I certainly do), some of us won’t even require food and water to survive, unless we’re in the mood. How come stuff like this yogi not eating for however many years isn’t on the cover of the New York Times, but rather stuck on the back pages of some MSN blog?

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4.26.10

the future

TIME Magazine has a piece called 10 Ideas for the Next 10 Years: A thinker’s guide to the most important trends of the new decade and I’m feelin’ Reihan Salam’s contribution, The Dropout Economy, and where he thinks we’re headed…

Imagine a future in which millions of families live off the grid, powering their homes and vehicles with dirt-cheap portable fuel cells. As industrial agriculture sputters under the strain of the spiraling costs of water, gasoline and fertilizer, networks of farmers using sophisticated techniques that combine cutting-edge green technologies with ancient Mayan know-how build an alternative food-distribution system. Faced with the burden of financing the decades-long retirement of aging boomers, many of the young embrace a new underground economy, a largely untaxed archipelago of communes, co-ops, and kibbutzim that passively resist the power of the granny state while building their own little utopias.

Rather than warehouse their children in factory schools invented to instill obedience in the future mill workers of America, bourgeois rebels will educate their kids in virtual schools tailored to different learning styles. Whereas only 1.5 million children were homeschooled in 2007, we can expect the number to explode in future years as distance education blows past the traditional variety in cost and quality. The cultural battle lines of our time, with red America pitted against blue, will be scrambled as Buddhist vegan militia members and evangelical anarchist squatters trade tips on how to build self-sufficient vertical farms from scrap-heap materials. To avoid the tax man, dozens if not hundreds of strongly encrypted digital currencies and barter schemes will crop up, leaving an underresourced IRS to play whack-a-mole with savvy libertarian “hacktivists.”

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12.19.09

spiraling light

“Defense experts” suggest this spiral of light filmed in Norway on December 9th (that then erupted into a black-like hole) is a failed Russian test missile launch. Okay. Uh-huh.

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