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Not dead. Yet. Really.Plus: stupid governments

Yikes. Sorry. I didn’t mean to be away from the blog this long. Expected to be back with you by Sunday afternoon, but each time I hoped to sit down at the computer, chaos piled on the chaos that was already piled on top of the chaos.

And that on top of an Internet connection that’s extremely sketchy and drops entirely every five or 10 minutes.

So give me a couple more days to really get coherent, please. By Wednesday I should also have a functioning ‘Net connection, too. Knock wood. Cross fingers. Throw salt over shoulder. Burn incense to the technology gods. Whatever it takes.


But clearly police states hither, thither, and yon have stormed on apace in my absence. Or should I say stumbled and bumbled on. Egypt’s new “democracy” is turning out … interesting (not to mention knee-deep in blood).

And now, on a smaller scale but with similar intent, intelligence, and finesse, we have Britain (aka Adorable Little Sock Puppet) “detaining” Glenn Greenwald’s partner under the auspices of a “terrorism” statute.

Yegads. All these years the U.S. and its client governments have had the media on their side even when everybody else was turning against them, and what do they go and do? What do those morons go and do? Attempt crude and obvious intimidation of one of the world’s best-known journalists. Who also happens to be a member of the GLBT community. Just because he reported the truth about their illegal “security apparatus.” Oh yeaaaahhhh, that takes brains.

And clumsy lies, of course. (And how do you like that name for a professional White House deputy liar? Josh Earnest. Couldn’t have done better in the irony department if they’d hired Dudley Do-Right.)

But then, this is why freedom ultimately wins. Because power is DUMB.

Since my brain is currently of the same calibre (albeit vastly different makeup) as your typical government security agent, I’ll let friend S. (who emailed) do the ranting for me:

Some numbskull decided that hassling Glen Greenwald’s spouse would be a good idea. Under the UK’s all-too-aptly named Terrorist Act, the thugs can kidnap someone for up to 9 hours before filing charges or releasing – no evidence or basis for suspicion is required. Some sources claim that it is a criminal offense to refuse to co-operate with questioning. All agree that access to a lawyer is denied.

They held him for 8:55. It has provoked a firestorm from within and without the UK government. No one pretends that it is anything other than the UK acting as puppet for the US government.

They have made things far, far worse for themselves. It took some major tone-deafness to pick on a gay partner of the most prominent journalist in the world, during a period of intense discussion both about overreach by spy thugs AND about Russia’s anti-gay laws and the advisability of Russia’s hosting the Olympics. Stephen Frye has called for the IOC to halt the games, going straight to the Hitler argument. That particular pit of corruption would never do anything so principled, but the topic is hot.

Now they will have the UK parliament as well as US congressthings who can smell votes even better than they scent blood in the water. Greenwald was no friend of the UK government; now he is their enemy. Look for renewed energy in disclosing the most embarrassing documents possible. He’ll have plenty of fresh help from UK and Brazillian journalists.

Andrew Sullivan, no freedomista, now claims to have seen the light.

In one swell foop they‘ve brought every blogger, GLBT, and MSM journalist a huge step closer to understanding the real danger of our times. Anyone who travels should have been alarmed years ago; now a lot more of them will be. How many people will learn about Section 7 because of this one instance of obvious abuse?

All because some moron, who is unlikely to be identified, couldn’t foresee the all too precictable consequences of what even a moron would know is a purely symbolic act. Even if Greenwald was foolish enough to have his partner act as a courier (and he is no fool) they would certainly have encrypted everything.

The brain is well and truly dead, the rot is spreading rapidly, and the flailing tail now gores the belly of the beast. I’m going to pop some popcorn, this is fun to watch.


  1. Shel
    Shel August 20, 2013 8:03 am

    Putin has allowed Snowden to stay in Russia on the condition that he not release any more damaging information about the U.S. I accept that I’m innately paranoid, but this is consistent with intentionally allowing our government time to find and destroy any other records that he obtained. It’s so hard to tell how deep the levels of deception lie.

    I have no idea if this is bogus, but if it isn’t I won’t be reaching for popcorn.

  2. Pat
    Pat August 20, 2013 8:18 am

    Hope the chaos isn’t physical or professional – just a part of everyday coping. Carry on…

    And to think these political blunders (on both sides of the pond) are made by people we’re supposed to respect and honor! Jeez…

    I wonder when/if the media will now start recognizing – and defending! – bias against the rest of us.

    Re: _beforeitsnews.com_ link by Shel: British air troops (via the U.N.) were in Virginia several months ago being shown how to operate some American military planes, and given GPS coordinates and flight plans over unidentified (to the public) areas. Adding insult to injury, the regional media ate it up, as if the local bases were hot stuff and we should all be honored those bases were chosen.

  3. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty August 20, 2013 10:15 am

    All that sword rattling would seem like another excellent reason to at least get out of the big cities, even if you can’t get west of the Mississippi. That ugly dinosaur may well be dying, but he’s going to take a lot of innocent folks with him.

  4. Kevin Wilmeth
    Kevin Wilmeth August 20, 2013 1:39 pm

    Going after Glenn Greenwald’s spouse? On one hand, sure–“tone-deaf” doesn’t even approach describing the stoopid on that.

    On the other hand, the snarkicist in me wonders if this isn’t just the next logical step in trying to get the plebes to “go hot” in the ongoing War On All Of Us. Perhaps, having got nowhere after years of trying to provoke the gunnies, the darkies, furriners, potheads, freelance bigots of various stripes, etc., who have been altogether too polite to set off a proper war, maybe Master has appointed its next Vizzini to start the war another way.


    Either way, here’s hoping Greenwald’s audience explodes in size, and that he continues his outstanding work in full view of everybody.

  5. LarryA
    LarryA August 20, 2013 1:56 pm

    Remember when you could listen to a conspiracy theory like this and dismiss it as ridiculous, without crossing your fingers because the government just publicly did something equally dumb?

  6. Kyle Rearden
    Kyle Rearden August 21, 2013 5:51 am

    Speaking about the idea that “freedom wins because power is dumb” hypothesis, may I suggest a potential cause (or corollary) of it?

    May it just be the case that “freedom wins because power is dumb” simply due to the fact that governments, much like gods, don’t even exist in the first place? If so, what just might be the implicit ramifications of this realization?

  7. Jim B.
    Jim B. August 21, 2013 10:53 am

    One problem with that. I define Government as a bunch of thugs with the ability to force you to hand over your money and rights for their purposes. There’s a reason why they have guns and they don’t want you to have any.

  8. Pat
    Pat August 21, 2013 11:46 am

    But a gang of thugs has no more legitimacy than government – both are self-proclaimed entities with no power other than what we give them.

    That’s why it galls me when Congresspeople say they have no recourse but to *beg* NSA for information, and complain/whine when they are ignored and refused. Congress is the only entity that can _legitimately_ represent the rest of us… can _legitimately_ grant or deny what is needed to guide the country. Congresspeople alone have the power to fund – and unfund – these rogue departments and bureaucrats. They alone have the rightful power to pass laws, and to thwart tyranny-in-action.

    They should grow some backbone, and DEMAND answers – from NSA, IRS, CIA, the diplomatic corps, the President himself. They should insist on transparency in all aspects of government.

    They *should* – but won’t. Because that would throw the light on themselves, their own ambitions and quest for power. For that reason, I’m convinced their power is not “dumb”; they know what they’re doing.

    [End of mini-rant, which got somewhat off-topic. Sorry about that.]

  9. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau August 22, 2013 10:32 am

    [Congress is the only entity that can _legitimately_ represent the rest of us…]

    They don’t represent me – not if the word “represent” is to retain any meaning.

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