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Friday miscellany


  1. Standard Mischief
    Standard Mischief December 3, 2010 9:34 am

    The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. -John Gilmore

  2. naturegirl
    naturegirl December 3, 2010 5:51 pm

    Angeles Duran can get in line with all the other idiots who’ll never see any money out of me….BTW, that’s a pretty long line LOL…..

  3. Sam
    Sam December 4, 2010 10:55 am

    Nigeria, like a good many other countries (Peru and Zimbabwe come to mind) is SO corrupt that the “anti-corruption police” (what a joke!) themselves run cons – and like any good con-artist, they go after people who have money and a reason to buy them off; if for no other reason than that you can’t go anywhere if you have an Interpol warrant out on you. So Cheney’s rep certainly isn’t sullied any MORE by being fingered by Nigeria.

  4. AlanR -
    AlanR - December 4, 2010 7:42 pm

    Not in response to anything here, other than the miscellany maybe:
    If you have ever moved cross country with pets (and I know you have), you must read this. IT’S ALL TRUE. There are even illustrations.

  5. Pat
    Pat December 5, 2010 7:36 am

    Under Miscellany (apropos of nothing above): Today is Prohibition (or Repeal) Day

    Not just about alcohol anymore; it’s time to repeal the War on Drugs and the War on Guns. Plus: repeal *all the Powers That Be* who brought us to this fascist state today.

  6. Scott
    Scott December 6, 2010 10:11 am

    Maybe Angeles Duran is an updated Emperor Norton..they let her do it just because it’s entertaining..

  7. Claire
    Claire December 6, 2010 11:04 am


    LOL … Good comparison. Funny how the egomaniacal “real” power players in the world never see themselves in the Emperor Nortons or Angeles Durans.

  8. Karol
    Karol December 8, 2010 9:11 pm

    Help me out, Claire, regarding Wikileaks: Don’t governments have to have some secrets? The world is not full of nice people saying “can’t we all just get along?”. This whole thing smells a bit fishy to me. e.g. Why doesn’t Assange and his bunch hack into the Chinese government’s emails, or those of N Korea or Iran? Afraid of getting his skinny ass killed?

  9. Claire
    Claire December 9, 2010 6:51 am


    Well, I’m an anarchist. I don’t think government should have anything

    But if you’re actually looking for another viewpoint (which I don’t think you are, given your tone and comment about Assange “getting his skinny ass killed”) here’s a mainstreamish view that’s hardly pro-Assange, but hints at how WikiLeaks might end up enhancing the government secrecy you cherish by prompting the fedgov to take better care of its data (because, after all, this all began with the U.S. government being incredibly cavalier with its alleged “secrets”):

    That doesn’t represent my view. But it’s true that systems need to be tested and WikiLeaks is giving the fedgov a serious reality check.

    And as to Assange and his bunch “hacking” into other countries’ systerms — don’t you understand that’s not what WikiLeaks does? Despite Assange’s history and skills as a hacker, that’s not what he’s doing here. Like journalists, the WikiLeaks people take what’s given to them from employees of governments, corporations, etc., examine it, and publish some of it. I’m pretty sure they’d happily publish Chinese, North Korean, or Iranian secrets. And if you actually search the material on WikiLeaks, you’ll find they’ve published documents from all manner of sources, not just the U.S. government. (Although since no other government on earth currently strives for global empire, the secrets of the U.S. fedgov certainly provoke the widest interest.)

    Finally, if you’re on an honest quest, I hope you’ll look into what a huge culture of secrets the fedgov has — the kinds of completely innocuous data they’ve classified — the number of people who have security clearances — the way federal agencies routinely (and illegally) refuse to respond to Freedom Of Information Act queries, etc. — and ask yourself how can a government claim to represent “the people” when it’s determined to keep those very people from finding out most of what it does?

    Added: Here’s an example of the secrets “our” leaders now keep:

    If that’s what you want from a government, you’re welcome to it.

  10. Karol
    Karol December 9, 2010 11:11 am

    Thank you, Claire, for your patient reply. I’m new here, having just heard of you on Brian Wilson’s show. I don’t want to waste any more of your time, so I’ll rummage around a bit for the answer to my next question.
    Given human nature, I’m trying to figure how anarchy would work. If I remember, even Jefferson lamented (in his later letters) the abuses at the U of Virginia; having founded the institution with very limited restrictions on the freedoms of students and faculty. I think I read that it was sort of an experiment in freedom and more along the lines of what he would have wanted for the country, but had to compromise away in order to get the articles or constitution accepted. (Sorry, I’m blessed with a lousy memory.)

  11. Claire
    Claire December 9, 2010 11:24 am


    I should thank YOU. I think your response was more patient and gracious than mine. Thanks for being here. I hope you find plenty to interest you and keep you coming back.

    Anarchist, minarchists, Tea Partiers, unaffiliated curmudgeons — everybody’s welcome here. For the record, I don’t expect to see functional anarchist institutions in my lifetime, or maybe anybody’s lifetime (and you have a pretty darned good memory if you recall that much about Jefferson and the U of V). But daily life among the civilized is a decent mini-anarchy. And I’ll be content — nay, delirious with joy — if we can simply achieve smaller, less intrusive, and more accountable government.

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