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Assange, Hero or Trickster?
WikiLeaks Ready to Release Giant 'Insurance' ... Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, has circulated across the Internet an encrypted "poison pill" cache of uncensored documents suspected to include files on BP and Guantanamo Bay. One of the files identified this weekend by The Sunday Times — called the "insurance" file — has been downloaded from the WikiLeaks website by tens of thousands of supporters ... The military papers on Guantanamo Bay, yet to be published, have been supplied by Bradley Manning, Assange's primary source until his arrest in May. Other documents that Assange is confirmed to possess include an aerial video of a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan that killed civilians, BP files and Bank of America documents. One of the key files available for download — named insurance.aes256 — appears to be encrypted with a 256-digit key. Experts said last week it was virtually unbreakable. – FoxNews/SundayTimes
Dominant Social Theme: This fascinating man, Julian Assange, has thought of everything. He is the proverbial "Trickster [hero] who serves as a transformer ... who creates order out of chaos." (- Britannica)
Free-Market Analysis: Here at the Bell, we continue to cover the ever-growing story of Julian Assange and to ponder whether or not the entire affair is something of an elite promotion. Every day, there is something new, and this has all sorts of financial and sociopolitical ramifications in our view. If the "Assange affair" is not a promotion, then the Internet is becoming an ever-more powerful and independent environment – one where increasingly almost anything goes. If Assange has been "put up to it," then we would argue such a ploy has some characteristics of elite desperation. In this article, we will once again examine both sides of the Assange phenomenon, with a special emphasis on how elite dominant social themes are formed and presented – partaking, in some cases, of ancient tribal "Trickster" narratives.
The modern power elite often seems to structure its promotions in the form of a Hegelian dialectic. It may be that the modern sociopolitical conversation is so out-of-control (thanks to the Internet) that in order to corral both sides of the dialogue, elite spokespeople must begin to take libertarian-like positions. In other words, the power elite is being forced to reestablish the goal-posts so far down the field that its own mainstream media mouthpieces end up giving voice to the very free-market oriented perspectives that the elite once hoped (in the 20th century, anyway) were thoroughly eradicated. Assange could be representative of this trend, far-fetched as it may sound.
If Assange is authentic, he is using the Internet in a heroic fashion to make increasingly authoritarian, Western states less feasible; if he is not authentic, he is still accomplishing some good by making government bureaucracies nervous. But we must add that if Assange's persona and work are indeed a promotional ploy, then this is certainly one of the most important dominant social themes of the 21st century. (Thus, we hope some who stop by here, download and store, or even circulate, Bell articles on Assange and generally as well.) You can see some of our other articles on Assange here:
We don't know what to think. Nor is it incumbent upon us to come to a conclusion. We have certainly pointed out the almost movie-like "back story" of Assange's life, his apparent run-ins with Australian intel agencies when very young (at which point a relationship could have been generated). We have pondered the leaks themselves and noticed more and more that they support current Anglo-American power elite objectives – vilifying Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia (among other countries) while doing very little damage to the strategic objectives of the West.
We have even suggested that the sex charges against Assange and his general high-profile association with WikiLeaks is gradually creating public acceptance for more and more government interference with the Internet and certain websites. This is now being mentioned in articles we read, such as this recent one (excerpted below) from the Wall Street Journal:
Julian Assange, Information Anarchist ... WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hopes to hobble the U.S. government. Whatever else WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has accomplished, he's ended the era of innocent optimism about the Web. As wiki innovator Larry Sanger put it in a message to WikiLeaks, "Speaking as Wikipedia's co-founder, I consider you enemies of the U.S.—not just the government, but the people." The irony is that WikiLeaks' use of technology to post confidential U.S. government documents will certainly result in a less free flow of information ...
Most recently as we noted just yesterday in the Holland interview After Thoughts, there have been reports linking him directly to mainstream media reporting, as follows: "Julian Assange has close links to the Rothschilds (By Jane Burgermeister at birdflu666.wordpress.com) ... WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has won an award from the Economist magazine, a financial publication controlled by the Rothschild banking family, and he has also featured on an Economist video clip, raising questions about conflicts of interest."
And then there is the information regarding the giant "insurance file" that Assange has circulated around the Internet. While Assange has been very clear that he has become the public face of WikiLeaks only reluctantly, his presentation of documents as a kind of blackmail against nation-states personalizes WikiLeaks' mission beyond any argument. Assange IS WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks will or will not release information depending on what happens to Assange. How do people who contributed the information feel about that?
We want Assange to be the powerful, courageous, brilliant young man he seems to be. But there is so much being written about Assange; perhaps only the elite can muster this kind of firepower, and only for important promotions. Certainly there are less provocative ways that Assange could have gone about his business. There is, for instance, an extant model called Cryptome.org that has been functioning since the mid-1990s, and has the same kind of publishing philosophy that Assange has. Cryptome continues to publish regularly and for US$25 will ship two DVDs of the Cryptome 14.5-years archive of "leaks" from June 1996 to November 2010. Cryptome's principals harbor doubts about Assange and his promotional methodology.
If Assange is indeed a creation of the Anglo-American power elite, there are certainly precursors that would render this unsurprising. In fact, looking back on the power elite's 20th-century machinations from the standpoint of conspiratorial history, it becomes clear that major manipulations became more scientific after World War II. This was when the elite banking families that have run the conspiracy (at least in part) for the past 60 years made their strongest strides, in our view.
One of the ways that the elites gained further control over Western governments was by formalizing their own private intelligence agencies by positioning them with British and American governments. In this way, domestic and foreign intel ops were able to receive all the resources of vast governmental power while still reporting, essentially, to the elites that have created them. The Anglosphere elites thus kept domestic "enemies" in line and just as importantly kept the political processes moving smoothly ahead. When history – real history – is written about these agencies throughout the West, they will be seen as doing the bidding of the elites at the expense of the democracies they supposedly served.
At the same time as Anglo-American elites established internal intelligence controls, they also apparently formalized their social-control operations, which were essentially based on the growing science of psychology as constructed by the famous trio of Freud, Jung and Adler. One of the main research centers for how to apply mind-control to Western societies was – according to Internet conspiratorial history – the British group Tavistock. Feedbacker Bill Ross just yesterday sent us this description of Tavistock in relation to Assange, as follows:
"All Tavistock and American foundation techniques have a single goal – to break down the psychological strength of the individual and render him helpless to oppose the dictators of the World Order. Any technique which helps to break down the family unit, and family inculcated principles of religion, honor, patriotism and sexual behavior, is used by the Tavistock scientists as weapons of crowd control."
Now while this sounds rather grim, the Anglo-American elite has from a business perspective the goal of centralizing power under the roof of one world government. Here at the Bell, as our efforts and network of diligent elves has expanded, we have been surprised by the power and breadth of Anglosphere efforts. It now appears to us that a host of 20th century events were orchestrated by Tavistock and those providing its funding and direction. These events COULD include the rise of the Beatles (and a fake Paul McCartney), a faked NASA moon-landing, Operation Gladio (in which Europe was supposedly destablized by faux-Marxist military operations) the Vietnam war (which was started by an admittedly false-flag operation) and even (in our humble opinion) the fall of the Soviet Union and the demise of most of the world's more clear-cut Marxist movements.
All of the above orchestrations (if that is what they were) strengthened Western regulatory democracy (the state) and its credibility at the expense of individuals and families. They would be "promotions" (the ones that exist) – fear-based exercises and their ultimate goal is to frighten Western middle classes into giving up more wealth and control to specially constructed facilities of the power elite such as the UN, WHO and other unelected international organizations. There are of course different kinds of promotions and some are bigger than others. The biggest promotions – the overarching ones – are central banking (money from nothing); state-mandated monopoly justice; regulatory democracy itself and of course the various manufactured wars that Western citizens are regularly stampeded into supporting.
We ought to mention at this point that there are several alternative Internet news outlets that are vociferously promoting the idea that Assange is somehow a creation of Israel and the Mossad. It is true, in our opinion, that the Mossad provides support (in certain operations) for the CIA and MI6, and may even taken the lead occasionally. But given what we have just presented above, it makes no sense to focus specifically on the Mossad and Israel as regards Assange. The Assange promotion (assuming it is) can easily be contextualized within the efforts of the Anglosphere.
There seems no question to us that between dominant social themes and sub dominant social themes, the Anglo-American power elite in the 20th century dominated the Western cultural, political and military conversation. It increasingly created what we consider the foundation for an elaborate New Dark Age, one that has only now begun to fracture thanks to the Internet. It is in fact the Internet that, like the Gutenberg press before it, has begun to create a new Renaissance and Reformation ushering in a time when the miracles of humanity are beginning to be rediscovered once again.
Man did NOT, perhaps, go the moon in the 1960s; but it may well be possible that ancient Indians some 15,000 years ago DID go to the moon, and beyond in mercury-powered space ships. Man did not build great cities 5,000 years ago, but it is possible (for some of them have been found offshore) that he built a global network of such coastal municipalities multi-millennia ago, and these cities were drowned when the sea level rose. Man did not invent nuclear power in the 20th century but in fact may have invented it 15,000 years ago – and used it destructively as well.
The architect of the modern atomic bomb who was in charge of the Manhattan Project, Robert Oppenheimer, was asked by a student after the Manhattan explosion, "How do you feel after having exploded the first atomic bomb on earth?" Oppenheimer's reply to the question was, "Not the first atomic bomb, but the first atomic bomb in modern times." Oppenheimer strongly believed that nuclear weapons were used in ancient India, and he based this conclusion on accurate descriptions of such weapons found in the Mahabharata. He believed that the ancient Vedic weaponry mentioned in Mahabharata matched the modern nuclear weapons he was involved in developing. (- IndiaDivine.org)
Yes ... it is possible that cures for cancer and other diseases have been kept out of the mainstream by determined censorships but exist nonetheless. It is possible that space and time are an electrical phenomenon, not a gravitational one. It is possible that there are forms of infinitely renewable power that have already been discovered and merely need to be refined for every day use. All of this information (speculative though it may be) and more is readily available on the Internet today (even on Youtube next to the cute cat jokes!) and has been in increasing quantities for the past decade.
There is little the Anglosphere can do about it in our view. It is too late for censorship to make much of a difference to thinking people who have already become aware of the lacunae in the Great Conversation; the World Wide Web is likely too complicated to control with any reasonable assumption of success. Thus it is, the tide is turning; or at least the outcome is not predetermined. The elite is not reptilian. They are not space aliens. Their collective IQ seems to be about 130 plus – high, but certainly not at genius level. They have a series of manipulative techniques that have been developed intergenerationally. That's what they've got ... and lots of gold.
The Daily Bell and its elves have tried as hard as they can to get out this message: the elite is not impregnable. (Even the Illuminati may be a promotion of sorts.) It may eventually rethink its goals and stake a step back. Once people realize that history is repeating itself – that the Internet is fracturing elite mind-control as thoroughly as the Gutenberg press did by triggering the Renaissance, etc. then people will feel better about themselves and less helpless.
Within this context, we continue to ponder whether Julian Assange is a kind of disinformation agent. We don't want him to be. We want to hail him as a heroic figure and to write articles defining his heroism. But there are certain patterns that seem to militate against this view. We can travel back thousands of years, in fact, to buttress our case. In tribal days (pre-Neolithic), Shamans and clan leaders used stories about the birth of the world to provide cultural glue and to cement their own leadership as providers of sacred "Trickster" narratives. Assange, in this reading, is a Trickster and when we wrote our original story about an Assange-like character (Comes a Blond Stranger) we had a kind of Trickster narrative in mind – this narrative being the oldest of all kinds of storytelling. But don't take our word for it ...
In oral traditions worldwide, a [trickster] story features a protagonist (often an anthropomorphized animal) who has magical powers and is characterized as a compendium of opposites ... The trickster-hero serves as a sort of folkloric scapegoat onto which are projected the fears, failures, and unattained ideals of the source culture. Trickster stories may be told for amusement as well as on serious or sacred occasions. Depending on the context, either a single tale or a series of interrelated stories might be told. ... Often the trickster serves as a transformer and culture hero who creates order out of chaos. He may teach humans the skills of survival, such as how to make fire, procreate, or catch or raise food ... ( – britannica.com)
Ah, dear reader, do you think the gurus at Tavistock are unaware of the Trickster narrative? They have crooned well-constructed, literate fairytales for more than a half-century now, apparently with great success. (The Beatles were seemingly constructed as Elizabethan dramaturgy with Ringo as the Jester.) Assange, were he providing an elaborate kind of disinformation, is smack in the middle of the Trickster narrative. He is a kind of metaphorical bulls-eye, in fact. The Anglo-American elite would be seen as using techniques as old as human pre-history itself. Even the attacks on Assange can be seen as ritualistic within this perspective. They are like modern Samurai swordplay; fiercely struck but not damaging; or not so far anyway.
Conclusion: We are like wide-eyed children gathered nightly about the flickering flames. We lean forward, straining to catch the utterances of our sages. The Trickster speaks and we listen. The Trickster explains; we internalize. We yearn to believe in the magic of these mystical narratives. Yes, the Beatles were musical geniuses; yes, we landed on the moon; yes, peace and love will bless us, yes, a blond stranger will save us ... Yes, as James Joyce wrote at the end of his great novel Ulysses, yes, yes, yes! ... And how much courage it takes to say no.
Posted by Vauung on 12/06/10 09:31 PM
@DB "These events COULD include ... the fall of the Soviet Union and the demise of most of the world's more clear-cut Marxist movements ... All of the above orchestrations (if that is what they were) strengthened Western regulatory democracy (the state) and its credibility at the expense of individuals and families."
-- At this point your conspiracism begins to cannibalize your free-market creds. The collapse of the USSR was the single greatest predictive achievement of the Austrian perspective. It was also the single most dramatic moment of liberation in human history to date.
If that event is no longer to be attributed to the inevitable consequences of radical market suppression, but rather to nebulous PE manipulations, then even unreconstructed Marxists could climb aboard your interpretation (ululating with gratitude). Hopefully that's a church too broad for you to endorse (but your ambivalent response to McGowan's avowed Stalinism erodes confidence on that front).
This (godzilla-sized) nit apart, excellent and fascinating article. Thanks.
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Believe what you wish. We have more questions than answers. If NASA did not go to the moon, if Paul McCartney is "NewPaul," if central banking is planned to fail, if two World Wars were plotted, if the war on communism if phony, if the war on terror is phony, too, if the EU was a pre-planned power grab ... where exactly do you draw the line? You must know more than we do. We are not very sure about any part of modern human history, currently. And it is our job to point out promotional elements of the elite ... (potential or otherwise).
Posted by Lewanna on 12/06/10 09:15 PM
As always, great work DB. The #1 email I look forward to everyday! Have you connected Assange to Soros yet? Follow the money. It's PsyOps.
Posted by Pete 8 on 12/06/10 08:43 PM
I am learning, it is all about the predictability of Human Nature
Franz Zappa said:
"Chop a line now. . .
Cocaine decisions . . .
You are a person with a snow-job
You got a fancy gotta go job
Where the cocaine decision that you make today
Will mean that millions somewhere else
Will do it your way
Cocaine decisions . . .
Cocaine decisions . . .
We must watch the stuff you make
You have let us eat the cake
While your accountants tell you Yes Yes Yes
You make EXPENSIVE UGLINESS
(How do you do it? " let me guess . . .)
Cocaine decisions . . .
Cocaine decisions . . .
Cocaine decisions . . ."
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Posted by Ben Titshaw on 12/06/10 07:09 PM
This is great an article with some Jungian flare. the archetype of the trickster maybe being played by the power elite to steer emotions from the peoples irrational collective unconscious (which is where the archetypes reside in the mind).
Posted by Al Kyder on 12/06/10 07:02 PM
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You are missing the point, onebornfree. We have benefited immensely in terms of having the financial crisis unfold in front of us. We have seen in a way that a thousand books on the Depression would not have informed us, how a fiat money system really works. And how terrible it is.
Now, if the Assange affair is a promotion, even partially, we have a chance to see a major elite dominant social theme unfolding in front of us. As analyzers of the memes of the power elite, we find it an extraordinary phenomenon and are learning every day.
@ DB, Exactly, I can assure you that Julian is above board. The information on Wilileaks could easily be a carefully crafted PE bait and switch ploy. The blackmail tactics are part of a long term strategy.
As I said yesterday "Its information such as what appears on wikileaks that has massive impacts. WikiLeaks is a game-changer, providing the raw data that can be used to shine light into the dark corners of corrupt corporate and civil institutions.
It can be expected to change the way governments and businesses operate. In the future, openness may be the default and arguments made about why something should stay secret. This profound and important paradigm shift is largely down to WikiLeaks.
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How do you know?
Posted by J.D.Beck on 12/06/10 05:58 PM
Ever heard of double agents... May there be many more "Assange's' Once again : there is conspiracy by Intent and by Opportunity....the times we live in Opportunity rules the day...
Posted by Jeff Albertson on 12/06/10 05:00 PM
I am still taking Wikileaks at face value because this is causing the clueless to really lose it with respect to the very mild nature of what has been released so far.
Assange has basically stated that one of his prime motives is to cause paranoia and distrust within the "authoritarian conspiracy" and to elicit the very overreaction that we are witnessing.
The the equivalence of the hysterical official American response to WL and (for instance) the hysteria of the Moolies over the Danish cartoons, the call for Assange's death and Rushdie's is obvious.
It would seem that the "trickster" has indeed triggered the authoritarian auto-overeaction indicative of their weak "hand".
I would caution anyone saying nothing important has been disclosed to remember that most of what is available has not been released yet, 842 out of 251,287, so it's a bit early to say there's nothing there.
Also, Assange has stated that one of the main reasons for releasing these "secrets" is to cause this overreaction and disrupt the internal habits of communication and trust within the conspiracy.
The shutting and blocking of websites and even secondary commenting shows that he has succeeded, brilliantly, it seems to me, much like the clownish overreaction by the TSA to the underpants bomber, or the possibility that a prankster with a firecracker could shut down air travel in the USSA.
Although I haven't read the original piece referred to, this blog entry is the best thing I've read so far on WL. If you happen to have some spare time, check out this discussion of Assange's motives and methods;
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There was also a very good discussion of this, especially in the comments section, at Zerohedge, concerning the absolute genius-level thinking behind the encrypted "Insurance" file, and the purpose of releasing the information in small tranches.
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Thanks for the links.
Posted by Beverlee on 12/06/10 03:59 PM
Murdoch's News Corp's reaction to WikiLeaks continues to amaze.
Reading Crovitz' WSJ column last night drew a jaw-dropping reaction, and the level of vitriol on Fox hurts the ears. Why?
If WikiLeaks is staged, at least the technical apparatus is now in place for an Assange-wannabe to release the information on the promotion. Fortunately the tech sector remains outside of any government regulatory web because it appears to be beyond control.
Hopefully. The power elite, in whatever form it exists today, must stage something this big (or bigger) to spawn reliable public response demanding government regulatory control -- so it's terrific that the Bell is watching it so carefully (despite some of us longing for Assange to be John Galt-like).
The promotion would, therefore, spawn a call for a world-wide regulatory clamp down on internet usage -- but more importantly a 100% ban on internet innovative technology creation.
Message to Rothchilds, Rockefellers, Morgans (and Murdoch?): "Good luck with that."
Posted by Roberto on 12/06/10 03:58 PM
Trickster,lean and in long coyote fur is down from the hills slinking through the fields below the ranch house salivating over the house pets.
A quick net search and through an open window the voice of a jackrabbit in distress carries to him through a tiny electronic speaker on the laptop.Ears up he heads straight for the front porch.Unable to resist the crying ,plaintive call eerily similar to that of a human infant,
Trickster, more surprised than anyone this day, soon finds himself safely and humanely removed from the possibility of harming himself or others.
Posted by IT Karma on 12/06/10 03:53 PM
It appears to me that even if Mr. Assange is a puppet, the ability of any government to control the Internet is eroding faster than laws can be passed to regulate it. If these developers are successful, it signals the beginning of an entirely new information age. I suspect many of you have already seen this, but it's a must read.
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Posted by Don on 12/06/10 01:17 PM
"The irony is that WikiLeaks' use of technology to post confidential U.S. government documents will certainly result in a less free flow of information"
Murdoch pitches his dream to the masses yet again. Ewwww.
Posted by Bill Ross on 12/06/10 01:10 PM
We will soon be hearing about dead (and non-existent) spooks, et al whom have allegedly been outed by WikiLeaks.
It will be out in the open, in our faces, a clear choice from the stacked deck:
Freedom OR Security. One or the other. Which do we deserve?
As to Assange being arrested, it will have to be for treason against Australia. A non-citizen cannot be guilty of treason against the US. Doubt his arrest will be a trigger for the poison information pill and he's too hot to assassinate. No, suspect, elites are all in and want to kill the internet, by LAW.
After that, it will be up to "we, the people" to decide, on an individual summing to collective basis:
"Rule of biased / opinionated man" or, "rule of law":
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Posted by Baron Von Berion on 12/06/10 12:58 PM
Clearly WikiLeaks is a false flag operation, designed to create the rationale for intense new
'international" (read anglo-american) regulation of the internet. Just like 9-11 and the "terrorism" theme...
Posted by Tawny on 12/06/10 12:51 PM
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Here's a good, short(10 min.),intelligent video conversation/analysis which agrees with the DB re Assange probably being a CIA tool. These guys suggest (among other things) that the Wikileaks flap could be used to justify more internet controls.
One rule of thumb that seems true 100% of the time is that if it's being touted by the major MSM print and electronic 'news' services, it is some kind of spin, disinfo, and it is being promoted for some reason(s) having to do with deceiving the masses on the way to the elites' pie in the sky global monopoly dictatorship/control of global wealth and resources (in which we figure in as either 'labor', 'entertainment', or 'useless eaters').
If the MSM are so eager to be first with earth-shattering important news, let's hear something from them about the elites' predilection for pedophilia (THE FRANKLIN COVER-UP) and for dealing in and using recreational drugs that they keep illegal to keep ROI high (COMPROMISED, THE POLITICS OF HEROIN, BARRY AND THE BOYS).
Yeah, right. You can hear a pin drop when it comes to these subjects. But the big bad naughty boy wonder Assange that they just can't seem to do ANYTHING about " even your 5 year old knows who he is...
Ummm... do you gotta be a rocket scientist to be a little suspicious here?
Posted by Ben on 12/06/10 12:50 PM
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Don't remember these bells and whistles being installed on the lunar module. Seems like your thermos theory has some problems. Please explain.
Posted by John Blenkins on 12/06/10 12:27 PM
The EU have just issued an arrest warrant for Julian and sent Scotland yard the paper work. Lets see how well his insurance policy works.
Posted by Bill Ross on 12/06/10 12:06 PM
DB: "explain what's going on?"
hence, the :)
If its peaceful and mutually consensual, I have ZERO issues... It was after all, a JOKE at the expense of those who consider such matters at all relevant.
Posted by AmanfromMars on 12/06/10 11:57 AM
"Regarding these leaks, I too have noticed that they really don't hurt the US position, but rather in some cases seem to give it added leverage. In the case of The House of Saud, it is now undeniable that their very survival depends on the US, and that they have zero consent of the governed." ..... Posted by ScipioNasica on 12/6/2010 8:43:50 AM
Scipionasica, I have to have a wry smile whenever I read the likes of "In the case of The House of Saud, it is now undeniable that their very survival depends on the US, and that they have zero consent of the governed." for the way things have been going for a long while now, it would appear that the House of Saud is not the one trying to keep a Ponzi economy going.
Oh, and it is what "competition" can read between the lines in sensitive information leaked that is the really enlightening stuff, for it directs smart attention to Achilles Heel weaknesses, which have no defenses.
Softly softly, Crash the System for it would appear that it is not for changing with the present power elite mindset incapable of thinking of something different and better.
And it would appear that Wikileaks is phorming an Invisible and Intangible Global Army, and that's going to be a Novelty to combat ......
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Posted by Joe on 12/06/10 11:42 AM
Anybody who stayed awake during Physics 101 class knows how heat is transmitted in a vacuum. Temperature extremes without radiation involved have nothing to do with equipment capabilities for survival of contents. For example, think of a Themos bottle.
Posted by Bill Ross on 12/06/10 11:37 AM
"ancient library fires and lootings"
Libraries and print (physical archives of knowledge) are also becoming obsolete.
Strategically placed orbital EMP blasts (alleged "sunspots" – nascent meme, preparing the ground) can wipe out all of our electrical / magnetically stored knowledge and ability to even communicate.
Electric cars are intended to be able to centrally control whether we have fuel and restrict our range of mobility (The earth is flat: don't go too far, or you will fall off the edge).
I am sure that states are archiving information, but, will OUR knowledge remain "public domain"? Central control of information can achieve "knowledge revision" and relegate much to the "memory hole". This is both a species lobotomy and equivalent to "library fires and lootings".
Are we starting to get an appreciation for how high the stakes are in the elite game? Is fear and inaction even a viable option?