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Freedom does not equate to democracy

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"Not long after the start of the 21st Century, we like to tell ourselves an uplifting story in which freedom expands whenever tyranny is overthrown.

We believe that freedom and democracy are inseparable, so that when a dictator is toppled the result is not only a more accountable type of government but also greater liberty throughout society. "

Obviously, such a point of view is fallacious as can be easily evidenced just by looking at the results of such a perspective in the actions of nations. And what's sad is that the meme is NOT one that those in positions of power actually believe. Read below the fold...

University of Occupy - Majoring in Freedom

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Rage. Almost every adolescent feels at one time or another or most of the time a feeling of suffocation and expresses that feeling with rage. David Graeber in his on line essays on revolutionary social movements called “Revolutions in Reverse” , focuses on this alienation. Why were so many American teenagers “entranced” by Raoul Vaneigem’s book “The Revolution of Everyday Life ?” he asked himself. Then he answers his own question. “It must be the highest theoretical expression of the feelings of rage, boredom, and revulsion that almost any adolescent at some point feels when confronted with the middle class existence.” The young see before them mind-numbing unimaginative work and it freaks them out. Read below the fold...

Wikileaks needs cash

"Wikileaks has probably produced more scoops in its short life than the Washington Post has in the past 30 years" — The National, November 19. 2009

Wikileaks:

To concentrate on raising the funds necessary to keep us alive into 2010, we have reluctantly suspended all other operations, until at least Jan 18.

We have received hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release. You can change that and by doing so, change the world. Even $10 will pay to put one of these reports into another ten thousand hands and $1000, a million.

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violence or non-violence -- Gandhi on israel, Zionists, Holocaust, etc -- some history --

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Gandhi, his Grandson, Israel, and the Jews --

... what did Mahatma Gandhi actually think of the idea of Israel, and of the fate of the Jews of his time?

As it turns out, M.K. Gandhi engaged in sustained conversation with Jewish intellectuals of his day—many of whom were dismayed by the great man's insistence, for example, that Jews in Germany should have willingly "offered themselves to the butcher's knife."

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"Because you did not obey my instruction."

The world's safest and most useful tool is working impressively again, in Utah. (All you taser fans in the crack den *cough cough* get out your lotion, because this stuff is hot.)

Tasered in front of wife and baby? Check.
Tasered for a speeding ticket? Check.
No threat and no warning? Check.
Sarcastic approval from other cops on the scene? Check. Read below the fold...

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A Miracle In Lourdes? Or, did TSA fumble on the holy water?

From Reuters comes this story of just how much more credibility the right-wing "security" theatre gives to authoritarians it finds sympathetic: Catholic pilgrims to Lourdes (remember "The Song of Bernadette"?) aren't allowed to bring back holy water from the spring. But the Church can plant some in every seat on the plane.

I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. Read below the fold...

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The First Step to Real Power

Good on you, Chris. One of the advantages of being ahead of the game is that you get to make decisions like this one, and Chris is showing he's a 'money where his mouth is' kind of guy. I encourage all of our readers with a little pocket change to toss in. No, I'm not getting any, but I agree with Chris and many others- sooner or later we're going to have to start getting serious about organization, compensation, and support. What, did you think Soros was going to do it for you? Read below the fold...

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Paying One Half the Poor to Kill the Other Half

This makes me want to cry.

Most used pseudonyms, but no subject was taboo: sex, off-color jokes, personal confessions, and dumping on the ruling clerics. Read below the fold...
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Counterparts Abroad

I'm both impressed and a little jealous- blogs are changing the government...of Red China? Shit, I guess we've got a ways to go:
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Good News

From the SaveTheInternet website:

rom Blue Meme, May 26, 2006

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has approved a bill that would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or impairing their customers’ access to Web content offered by competitors.

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