Posted by: quiscus | July 29, 2010

July 29, 2010

1.  “Your Master’s Voice

“Reprehensible,” says US Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) of the public release of thousands of documents relating to the US occupation of Afghanistan. It “risk[s] American lives.” It is the government’s responsibility to “protect state secrets.”

It’s not the risk to American lives that has Kay Granger upset. It’s the fact that Wikileaks has outed the actual results of the policies she — and a majority of the 534 other US Representatives and US Senators she works with — supports and enables.

Like most politicians, Kay Granger’s bread and butter is the control of information. She’ll tell you what she’s going to do with the money she steals from your paycheck. Later she’ll tell you what she’s done, how swimmingly things are working out, how badly you need more of her and more of her talent for high-level machination. And, to the best of her ability, she’ll prevent anyone from superimposing inconvenient facts over that narrative. Her deepest, dearest desire is to be your master’s voice, the only voice to which you hearken.

The major threat to the modern state isn’t foreign invasion or even armed native insurrection — it’s the increasing ease with which its opponents can disseminate the truth about what government is and what government does. Government withers and dies under the harsh light of disclosure, exposure, transparency.

Congresswoman Granger is alarmed by the public release of thousands of “classified” (read “kept secret because they’re embarrassing to the state”) documents … and alarmed she should be. Her ability to keep you in the dark is an indispensable weapon in her overgrown street gang’s war for control of your life. In the age of Wikileaks, that weapon is quickly becoming as obsolete and anachronistic as a 12-pounder Napoleon would be in a modern artillery battery.”

2.  “FBI backs record-keeping on prepaid cell phones

FBI’s Robert Mueller supports anti-terror record-keeping requirement on prepaid cell phones”

3.  “American Soldiers Brainwashed with “Positive Thinking”

The healthy option to negative thinking is not positive thinking but critical thinking.

While pushing drugs and teaching positive thinking earns mental health professionals money and brownie points with the elite, there is another path for mental health professionals working with U.S. soldiers. First, offer soldiers respect for their critical thinking, even if such critical thinking brings them to conclusions unwanted by their superiors. Second, if soldiers are anxious or angry because they believe that an ego-tripping commanding officer is going to get them killed, do NOT tell them to stop “catastrophizing”; instead take what they say seriously.”


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