Julian Assange

My fingers are crossed for Julian Assange, or, as they say here in the Czech Republic, I’m holding my thumbs.  Nothing’s happened yet, and I hope nothing will, but reputable sources (Glenn Greenwald, for one) say that the Ecuadorian embassy in London is getting ready to hand him over to British Authorities.
You just can’t trust anybody, anymore.  Maybe that’s  being a bit harsh on Ecuador.  They have hosted him for years, which was quite heroic of them.  They are a small nation and, I imagine, the pressure from England and, even more so, the U.S., must have  been tremendous.
Also, I suppose  it’s possible  they just got tired of having a permanent guest in the embassy.  That’s what always  happens on “I Almost Got Away With It,” a reality crime show, telling the stories of people who’d run from the law and got away with  it for awhile.  If you watch for awhile, you learn a couple  of  things.  First, the police couldn’t catch a cold, as the saying goes.  Second, most of these guys get caught because somebody  calls  the police and narcs on them.  It’s al.ways like “Man, he’s my cousin and I don’t want to turn him in, but he just sits around the  house all day  drinking my beer and watching fucking television, so if you could come over and arrest him,  that would be cool, here’s my address…..”

The big question  is, though, what would happen if they do?   The British have been howling for his arrest, but as far as I  know he hasn’t broken any British laws, except  for  being in the country too  long, and technically he hasn’t been in the country, because he’s  been in the Ecuadorian embassy.  There’s that trumped-up Swedish sex charge, I suppose they could extradite him to there.  But, I suppose they’ll try to extradite him to the U.S., which is pretty horrifying as Julian Assange is not American and has broken no American laws.
I sure hope he’s got a good lawyer.  I mean, a great lawyer.

 

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In and Out

Frank Zappa sang “You’ve gotta get out of it before you get into it.  You’ve gotta get into it before you get out of it.”  I think we’re seeing that proven right before our eyes in  the way the quest for scientific knowledge is evolving.
As we delve down to the sub-atomic level, the laws of physics  change and it’s like we’re dealing with a different universe, the universe of which  our universe is made.  I read today that they’ve discovered a 5th basic force of the universe, don’t  remember if it even has a name yet, but it will be listed up there with gravity, electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force.  Oh, one more thing.  It only affects protons and neutrons, so we’re not  likely to hear about  it much in our every day lives, but it is  an example of getting into  it before you  get out  of  it.
Par contre, a satellite mapping technology called  Lidar has uncovered not just  one ancient Mayan pyramid, not just  one ancient Mayan city, but the whole damned empire, cities, towns and individual dwellings, all interlinked by a system of roads.
I love the names.  Tikal, Holmul, Witzna, and Xmakabatun, which  is pronounced something like it rhymes with Shmack a Platoon.  People lived in those cities, worked, maybe shopped because you  get settlements of  those sizes barter becomes complicated, maybe went to schools.  Certainly they ate, and made music and danced, and had families.  Their civilization  still collapsed long before the Western world knew about  them, so  we’ll never  know much of  their history, but nonetheless.  It is a lost world that was discovered from space.

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Finding the Truth

I find it rather strange – I would say  ironic but somebody would probably accuse me of using the word incorrectly – that we know the individual parts of the atom, the age of the universe, and which dinosaurs ate which other dinosaurs, but we don’t know whether the DNC documents, the ones which proved that Hillary rigged  the primaries, were leaked by Clinton staffer Seth Rich,  leading to his  murder, or hacked by evil Russians.
Of course, I enjoy watching Trump twist in the wind while everybody (even some staunch Republicans) accuse him of treason, which I’m sure he’s perfectly capable of.  But I still think the documents were released by Seth Rich.  Otherwise, his  murder is  a giant mystery, because the story of a mugging gone bad makes no sense at all.  Picture it.  A dark street, no witnesses in sight, the mugger shoots him twice in the back (which is often known to cause death) and then thinks ‘OMG, what have I done?’ and flees the scene  without taking anything.
Of course, on the other side, there’s the unanimous word of all our intelligence agencies, but it  wouldn’t  be the first time they all lied to us.  They lied about Saddam Hussein’s ‘weapons of mass destruction, they lied (I’m pretty  sure) about 9/11, they lied about the babies being pulled from the incubators in the run-up to the first Gulf War, even using the Kuwaiti Ambassador’s daughter as an actress pretending to be a nurse, they lied about Iran-Contra, they lied  about Chile, they lied about the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, they lied about  the Cuban  missile crisis, and they’ve been lying since the 1930s about marijuana.
In any event, I  am in favor of finding out the truth.  I think everybody involved should be investigated, under oath, attached to a lie detector, and whatever answers they give should be investigated, and so on and so on, until there are enough Democrats, Republicans, and rogue CIA agents in jail for American democracy to begin to recover.

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The Role of Higher Consciousness in Real Life

True to my hippie roots,  I do have plenty of new age thinkers among my Facebook friends.  Now, some of it I’m  down with, some of it I’m not.  I’m ready to keep an open mind on all herbal  and folk  remedies, but I’m certainly not an anti-vaxxer.  I don’t mind talking about the zodiac as long as nobody takes it  too seriously, and I’m kind of into Tarot.  So, it’s a mixed bag.
But, one post that was posted  today  was such an exercise in empty reasoning, such a complete rejection of  common  sense, that I  had to respond.
The gist of it was that  we needed to  rise above the left-right, Republican-Democrat paradigm and realize that the universe is  all  in our minds and so, we should all strive  to  reach a higher consciousness and our worries will  disappear quicker than morning mist on a hot July morning when there aren’t any clouds in the  sky.
Which struck me as rather nonsensical.  ‘The universe is what we perceive the universe to be’ is a nice philosophical sounding thought, worthy of Kahlil Gibran or Paolo Coelho, but it is not true.  If you are hit over the head with a  shovel, it is going to hurt and no amount of meditation is going to change that.  As long as there are things, things matter.

Higher consciousness is great, and I’m all for trying to achieve it (if I ever get there, I’ll let you know) but the lower consciousness doesn’t stop existing. In fact, it is important to existence, because the lower consciousness is the consciousness which keeps us from stepping in front of a bus.

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Putin’s Poodle

Whether or not there has been ‘hacking’ and ‘collusion,’ it’s pretty obvious Putin has Trump by the short and curlies. I put ‘hacking’ and ‘collusion’ in quotes because I think there was more ‘leaking’ and ‘Seth Rich.’

Nonetheless, in Trump’s time on the Helsinki stage, he very much did come across as Putin’s puppet.   It was noticeable in the body language, and plenty of  people noticed it.  It was in his tone.  After acting like a complete jackass in the NATO meeting and in England, he’s suddenly deferential as crazy.  And, of course, it was in what he said.

So, the question is why.  Why would the leader of the ‘most powerful’ country on Earth act like that?

I see two possibilities.  One is that the infamous pee tape actually exists.  Although his supporters  forgive him for marrying a stripper, for going through multiple wives, for cheating on all of  them, but  some of  them  might just draw  the line at paying hookers  to pee on a hotel bed.  Oh, they’d watch.  They’d watch again and again. But, it might cost him a bit of support.  He can laugh off corruption, he can appoint horrible people, he can appear weak in front of a foreign leader, but that  might hurt him a bit.

Theory #2 is that it has to  do with Trumps finances.  Some even say that it goes  back to  the  late 80s, when he was bankrupt and they bailed him out, and he’s been their poodle ever since. It’s possible.  I  actually find it  more likely  than the  pee tape.  There’s one quick way to find  out.

Somebody (and by somebody I mean Robert Mueller) needs to look  at his  taxes and financial records.  The truth  is out there.

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When The Shit Hits the Fan, It Flies in all Directions

It appears the shit has well and truly  hit the fan.  Not so much from the 12 indictments that were handed down a couple of days ago, which have the Hillbots jumping up and down because they’ve been looking for the smoking gun so long that everything looks like a smoking gun, and has me scratching my head.  If these  are Russians, and they are in Russia, what difference does an indictment make.  If they fail to appear in court, there’s not a whole lot anybody can do about it.
The shit has hit the fan because of the orange numpty’s reaction to it.  With Putin, in Helsinki, he said something along the lines of “I believe Putin, I don’t  believe the FBI.”
Well, this has got people going apeshit on both sides of the aisle.  Before he’s through, the tiny fingered fucknugget will  have more diversity  among his haters than Hillary  Clinton herself.
Bernie Sanders, with his usual talent for understatement, said “this is not normal.”  On the opposite ridge of the chasm of good and  evil, Paul Ryan said “of course Russia meddled in  the election.”  He didn’t exactly call for impeachment, or  even  censure, but he did directly contradict Trump.  John McCain called it  the most disgraceful performance he’d ever seen from  an  American president.
I am glad to see  this, and would  be perfectly  happy to  see the mangled apricot hellbeast spend his last, miserable days in jail – the kind of  jail that does  not have a golf course – but I’m not  sure we’re  going to see it just yet.

Also, if it does happen, I would like to  remind people that the  crime the Russians allegedly committed  was  to hack into the DNC servers, and to expose some of the documents they found there, mostly e-mails and stuff.  Documents which proved that Hillary and the DNC cheated Bernie out of the nomination.

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Lies on the News

I just watched a thing on  CNN, which does not make me happy.  We’ve got a guest  staying with  us at the moment, and he watches pretty  much nothing but the news.  I decided long ago that watching the news was not  the best way to get the news.  Not that my way – to see what people are posting on Facebook and, if it’s an interesting story, follow the links.  Then, it’s into the fray  with  the  comments, and you will gradually gather information because there’s always somebody ready  to  rebut anything you say- is totally  foolproof.  There is all  sorts of confirmation bias, and an inherent selectivity in the range of acceptable opinions because, of course, I  don’t have  many Trumpeteers among my friends.
So, like I  say, it’s a flawed system, but it’s better than CNN, and no  doubt a kajillion times better than Fox.

Anyway, this particular scene happened on CNN, so they  are the object of  my  derision this evening.  The announcer was saying “Police had to dodge things being  thrown by the crowd,” and the filmed footage clearly showed a bunch  of police beating up a single individual.  It was  like every single  sentence  she was saying was in direct contradiction to the picture on  the  screen.
There are two takeaways from this:  1. the news people lie, like all the time, and 2. it’s a lot better  with  the sound off.

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