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WATCH: Crucifying Julian Assange

In his RT “On Contact” show, Chris Hedges interviews Joe Lauria, Consortium News editor, about the efforts to force Julian Assange out of his refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London so as to prosecute him using the Espionage Act; and the media’s unconscionable participation in this endeavour.

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  1. Frankly Speaking says

    There is a journalist Julian from Wikileaks,
    Who for humanity great freedom he seeks,
    He was falsely accused of rape,
    His intentions were merely agape,
    Yet Neocons will imprison him in a few weeks…

  2. Assange is not stupid & I’ll bet he has a ‘Silver Bullet’ in his possession & it could be the murder of Seth Rich by HRC?

    • frank says

      Considering that Assange has not seen daylight for 6 years and is whiter than milk it might take a silver bullet to kill him, as he’s clearly a vampire.

      Maybe I should not joke about this because the powers that be would certainly not stop at taking his life.

  3. Not even one hair will fall from his head
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-kSuuJrzMo
    the other clown too
    https://www.nbcnews.com/video/snowden-on-9-11-268996163613?v=railb&
    take care of the real victims of the empire as dr. David Kelly

    Craig Murray: “What do you expect? The leak is being managed by the grandly but laughably named International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which is funded and organised entirely by the USA Center for Public Integrity. Their funders include:
    Ford Foundation
    Carnegie Endowment
    Rockefeller Family Fund
    W K Kellogg Foundation
    Open Society Foundation (Soros)”

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    • Robbobbobin says

      The Carnegie Endowment? When that sort of outfit gets into bed with the likes of the Kellog Foundation, which grew out of an obsessive urge to prevent masturbation by inventing cornflakes for breakfast, what indeed can one expect?

    • frank says

      Wow, that’s quite the bad photoshop job.

      (Original: https://hooktube.com/watch?v=fpwGMdJdyl0)

      And here we go again with the 9/11 argument, as usual. That’s all you got?

      The real stooge is Glenn Greenwald, that’s why the Snowden leaks were mismanaged. Snowden was the victim actually.

      • See the @mark entry below or wait for a messiah or superhero like everyone commenting this entry on the Consortium News. But how many of you can afford to boycott the system? How many of you work for this system and its corporations? In the USA, 60% (maybe more) of people are working on a war machine. They can be saved only by messiah or superhero because they will not abandon their work. They will continue to carry out orders and commands dreaming in front of the TV about superhero who will do all the work for them. The herd needs a superhero. For some sheep it’s Trump or Putin for other Mossange or Snowden. Someone must tell them what to do and what not to do. For example, you must believe in the official version 911 because your superheroes told you so. You believe? Why?
        What’s the difference between your superheroes and Bush, Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Cheney in this case?
        You believe Cheney? Why not?

        “That’s all you got?”

        I have more of it. You know it?
        https://homment.com/3K3xdsYD7a
        Although it will not change anything for you.
        Even if Bush came out and said: “my father’s friends from al-cia-da did it – I was too stupid” you would have believed Mossange and Snowden anyway.

        • frank says

          I don’t consider Assange to be a messiah or superhero. He’s a publisher who exposed government wrongdoings. (And has subsequently been persecuted for it.)

          And I don’t believe something because some authority said so. I believe in something based on information, facts, evidence, logical argument etc.

      • uppity says

        “And here we go again with the 9/11 argument, as usual. That’s all you got?”

        nothing else is needed. frankly. 9/11 is the litmus test.
        for him to be annoyed by 9/11 truth, shows which side of truth he sits on. fact is, the amount of publicity given to him by MSM is also a blindingly obvious sign that he is not on the side of truth

  4. Frankly Speaking says

    Too many armchair supporters, counting all of us here. Why aren’t people thronging to the Ecuadorean embassies in support of Assange on a regular basis? Why aren’t we all calling them to ask about him as the recent OG article suggested? We are largely complicit in allowing the totalitarian takeover of our democracies and freedoms.

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    • binra says

      Frankly Speaking – go right ahead!
      What is stopping you?
      Or indeed are your truly moved to do this?
      If you aren’t then why expect others to – and then judge them as failing?

      If you blame ‘everyone else’ for not doing what in fact you are not doing – is that because you assign yourself a sin of omission?

      How to interpret or discern what is true here?
      Then acting and living in the light of what is revealed.
      When I saw ‘free Nelson Mandela’ badges, I extended freedom to him – not captivity.
      I did what it said on the tin!
      But only because it came naturally from a deep sense of what freedom is.

      I might wonder how many truly pause from mind-reaction to feel into the nature of what their relationship really is here. But I would not add guilt to such a deeply learned habit.
      Noticing a habit is freedom – because you don’t have the habit anymore.
      Now you have a choice.

      Why is the world like it is?
      Why isn’t it more like I want it to be?

      Perhaps the bias and investment in the latter, grows the discontent that feeds the negative agenda of the attempt to get fantasy fulfilment from others, and get rid of the fallout – onto others.

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      • Frankly Speaking says

        I don’t have time or eneregy to philisophise today. I’m essentially raising the real and general point that in our modern world we are generally happy to complain and protest online, launch change.org campaigns, tweet, etc

        It now takes the national disaster of handing the UK over to the US neoliberals, or thousands of people dying needlessly in our failed NHS, before people get up off their backsides and get mobilised. Less obvious issues such as the despicable situation of Assange seem to have no chance of firing enough people up off their backsides.

        It’s not just our corrupt media that have misrepresented Assange, it’s also our current lack of desire to go out and be counted. Thuggish and kettling police have a lot to do with it too, scaring protesters away. Maybe that IS the answer, the UK has become a police state?

        I don’t pretend to have answers for this, just highlighting the point for discussion.

        • I find it ironic that the tools for the escape or transcendence of conflict and suffering are those that are belittled by sufferers.

          Do people WANT to moan and complain MORE than they want to escape or undo tyranny? Is giving the impression of joining in identity set against the ‘hate criminal’ not an attempt to escape such a role oneself?

          Opinions are indeed the stuff of mutual self-reinforcement – in alliance or opposition. A world of opinions is a market of invested consumer unconsciousness.

          The ratcheting up of powerlessness in the population is a broad spectrum ‘capture’ of what once were social or cultural functions. The idea of people ‘mobilising’ or organising resistance is stifled at the outset by a lack of ability to discern the exact nature of the ‘enemy’. And so opinions coagulate to focus on various ‘enemies’ that then become weaponisable and marketisable to manipulators who seek to extend their impact and influence by using others to serve a hidden agenda.

          Only it isn’t so ‘hidden’ now – because its destructive intent and effect is less able to be masked over – and so the mask falls away to reveal the fist that was always there beneath.

          ‘People’ generally are not willing to abide such ugliness and do most anything the draw the curtains. Might they instead be willing to withdraw allegiance from the fist AND the curtains as two facets of one deceit? I suggest only if and as and when they ‘bottom out’ – when there really is no other seeming option or ‘wiggle room’ to manoeuvre or evade a self-knowledge the ‘world’ was used to hide.

          The rising up of Leicester against mandatory vaccination was an example of intelligent cooperation. So it may be that biological vectors of a tyrannous intent that trigger the Call to Live – because nothing else has any power to resist tyranny. The Call to live is not a ‘philosophical’ opinion, but a behavioural change as a result of recognizing and refusing the Call to Die. this – as I see it is an individual awakening and not a social engineering of any apparent intent.

          But we can promote and create conditions that serve individual awakening – just as we can promote and create conditions in which there is no time to consciously reflect and hold to true account.

          Trouble has to come home to roost to make a waking difference. And yet ‘trouble abroad’ (outside self) is ever a way to delay the inevitable reckoning in truth. Because truth has never gone anywhere, while a mind in its own nightmares has locked it out as a basis for maintaining control of nightmares under the conviction that such is the stark nature of reality.

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          • DunGroanin says

            Amen Binra,
            “The ratcheting up of powerlessness in the population is a broad spectrum ‘capture’ of what once were social or cultural functions. The idea of people ‘mobilising’ or organising resistance is stifled at the outset by a lack of ability to discern the exact nature of the ‘enemy’. And so opinions coagulate to focus on various ‘enemies’ that then become weaponisable and marketisable to manipulators who seek to extend their impact and influence by using others to serve a hidden agenda”

            Here are a couple of examples of ‘capture’ going on from todays Groaniad:

            https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/27/david-icke-unite-labours-factions-conspiracists
            – this says that if you are a labour supporter, you have a commonality with alt-rightists and the lizard man! So you must be wrong and mad.

            And,

            https://www.theguardian.com/technology/live/2018/nov/27/fake-news-inquiry-facebook-to-face-mps-from-around-the-world-mark-zuckerberg-live-updates
            – This allows FarceBook to answe only questions that are not relevant. – the committee hasn’t asked how many uk users were involved in their work with the brexit campaigners; how many adverts were served up to each user; and how much FaceButt charges for a BILLION targeted adverts? Hell they won’t even ask in which other countries FB/CA have been collaborating to subvert their elections.

            They are touting an extremely dodgy study/poll with the name of Cambridge University on it to claim that we are all lunatic conspiracy theorists as part of their narrative manufacturing.

            Marching on the streets as millions instinctively did against Blairs sexed up Iraq attack – didn’t stop him. Nor the legal advice saying it was illegal, or the senior civil servants and ministers who resigned!

            The only mass protest that could be said to have had any influence were the poll tax riots andbefore than the old general strike – and they weren’t instantaneous climbdowns either!

            Assange can only be free by legal means and guarantees. Which court is independent and powerful enough to grant him a fair hearing?

            To FranklySpeaking, I say you should mount a picket outside of your MP’s office and demand they make it an issue in parliament at every opportunity – you’ll soon see their true colours. Good luck.

    • wardropper says

      No, we are not complicit.
      We are hindered at every single turn by perfectly-honed, consummate wickedness, greed and corruption.
      I don’t even live in Britain, but my turning up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London – and thence to jail, along with a hefty fine for obstruction of Her Majesty’s pavement, would not achieve anything at all. The media most certainly would show absolutely no interest either.
      If we knew how to keep a large-scale sense of justice alive in our current western world, the Occupy Movement would still be going strong, and Wall Street would be on its knees. We have to face the fact that, confronted by the forces of relentless, billionaire-backed opposition, we are going to need a very clever mind to come up with a way of seriously ending this brave man’s terrible persecution.

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      • What if ‘very clever minds’ tricked us into this situation?
        Do we then seek more of the same to escape it?
        Generally – yes that is what happens.
        The worship of the clever mind is the capacity to make freedom out of slavery and induce people to struggle and suffer to get it.

        If a silk purse is in FACT a pig’s ear – then we don’t have to mobilise against the silk purse because it doesn’t exist. But growing a cultural expression of worth uncovered in what DOES exist is an exercise OF freedom.
        Use it or lose it.
        And with respect to deceit – stop using it to lose it.

        The problem is not solvable in the terms of its own expression.
        And in re-evaluating the true nature of the problem, it shows us the answer – if we are investing in the answer rather than protecting investment in the problem.

        While the problem seems to BE an answer – ie sickness feeds the Pharma – there is no willingness for healing the problem. We all have hidden investments that show up as ‘blocks’ or resistance to align in sharing answers. I see that these ‘blocks’ operate like a ‘hidden hand’ in maintaining the conditions of the ‘known’ order, in fear of the ‘unknown’ – onto which is projected all our deepest and nameless fears.

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      • Frankly Speaking says

        The average German was complicit in the Holocaust by knowing about, yet ignoring, what was happening in their country. In a similar way we are complicit because at least some of us know what’s happening now with the rollout of totalitarianism, yet all we do is to academically, remotely, tap on keyboards. It’s nice, but it’s not enough. If you feel relaxed about it well good for you, but personally I don’t feel I’m doing enough.

        • Gezzah Potts says

          Frankly Speaking: I hear you. I’ve been involved in different solidarity groups in the past, as well as taken part in anti war protests, protests against welfare cuts as well as protests in support of Julian Assange and also Wikileaks. And here I am tapping a reply to you on my phone. I too, feel a deep sense of frustration and like you see what’s happening. And its pretty bloody surreal. You go on protests, and the media ignores it. In my experience, the big majority of passersby ignore you, and don’t want to know, even when you’re trying to hand them a leaflet. Do peaceful protests; marching on a predetermined route from A to B, watched over by cops, then politely clapping various speakers change anything? No. How do we overcome the apathy and indifference – and dare I say, fear, of the large majority of people out there? And yeah, I see what’s coming also, and I feel fear also. I think education is one key, a large civil disobedience campaign another key, and a general strike another one. But most importantly, its joining with like minded people in groups or organisations that oppose Neoliberalism, that oppose the censorship of the internet, that oppose rank injustice. Thats where we start – connecting with other people. As long as we stay isolated individuals, there is no hope of anything changing.

          • mark says

            You have a point. 36 million people demonstrating against the Iraq war in 2003, 2 million of them in this country, changed nothing. They went ahead and did it anyway. But there are more positive straws in the wind. Partly as a result of that, and so many other factors, general support and acquiescence for the elites and the systems that sustain them are dwindling and ebbing away rapidly. The world is becoming increasingly turbulent and unstable, and those elites have been forced to take off the mask to cling on to power, through shredding civil liberties and stringent censorship. One of the results of the Iraq war was that no one believes anything the MSM says any more. Trump (for all his faults) shredded what little remained of its authority and credibility. What is it, 9% ? still believe the US media? Assange and Snowden shone a spotlight on the true nature of the political class, revealing their criminality, mendacity, arrogance and incompetence for all the world to see. Brexit, Trump’s election, and the explosive growth of populism are all symptoms of this, for good or ill. 130 million people voted in the 2016 US election. 120 million (48%) didn’t. Despite the attendant media circus, they were repelled by, or indifferent to, the whole tawdry, degrading spectacle that was of little or no relevance to their lives. I have long argued that the best outcome in an election is as high as possible level of non participation, depriving these elites of the oxygen of legitimacy.

            A few years ago, MI5 undertook a study predicting that the middle class would become a new revolutionary force in society. Not by general strikes, storming barricades, holding mass demonstrations or forming political movements. It would do so by doing PRECISELY NOTHING. It would succeed through cynicism, apathy, indifference, refusing to participate and just withholding its support from the established order. Society, businesses, institutions, structures, require the active support of people working in them at quite a low level to function. Managers, supervisors, administrators, police officers, people with knowledge, qualifications and experience at all levels, millions of them. They make the system work, or just don’t bother when they are alienated and become cynical and apathetic. This is often cited as a factor in the sudden collapse of societies like the GDR in the 1980s, with remarkably little violence. Societies that lose legitimacy can collapse overnight like a pack of cards.

            MI5 argued that people had lost, or were steadily losing, everything that gave them a stake in the system. Reasonable wages, job security, pensions, maybe a certain amount of status. All going down the toilet, replaced by zero hours contracts, shredding of benefits, chronic insecurity and the gig economy. You can throw an almighty spanner in the works just by doing and saying nothing.

            So you don’t have to storm the barricades or hang around on street corners waving a banner and freezing your b***ocks off. Just do NOTHING. It’s a lot more effective and less exhausting. Just shake your head, shrug your shoulders, go home and drink your beer. Join the Great Army of the Cynical, Apathetic and Indifferent. Don’t believe their lies. Don’t read their newspapers. Don’t watch their BBC. Don’t vote in their elections, they don’t matter. Just fill your belly like good soldier Schwenk. Don’t parrot their mission statements and company credos. Don’t put anything in the suggestions box – nobody’s interested. Don’t do or say a thing when you see things falling apart in front of you.

            I’ve seen a lot of examples of this. There was a qualified electrical engineer who worked for a firm customising vehicles for the Middle East, installing special cabs on lorries, air conditioning systems in luxury cars, mobile homes and so on. The firm was doing well, but it was laying people off anyway so that the CEO could give himself an even bigger bonus or get a bigger yacht. He was given a job putting a new cab on a lorry, but he and the others noticed that the plans they were given were wrong, there was some confusion over metric/ imperial measurements or whatever. They said nothing and just made this useless cab at great cost to the firm. The boss pointed out that the cab was crap. – Yeah, we know. All the measurements are wrong on the plans. -Why didn’t you say something? If the firm goes bust, your jobs go as well. – So what/ The firm does well and our jobs go. The firm does cr*p and our jobs go. The firm does average and our jobs go. Makes no difference.

            It seems to work. I’ve seen similar things with computer people being laid off to save money crashing the whole system before they go. A young girl hairdresser doing the same when she left. This works. If everybody did it, we could find the whole system collapsing like the GDR. JUST DO NOTHING!!!

            • Gezzah Potts says

              Mark: appreciate your reply, aye. Agree with you that the World is becoming increasingly turbulent and unstable, agree with you that the elites have had to remove their masks, agree with you about non participation in elections (different faces, different party, the status quo remains; same shit) agree with you about not reading their newspapers or watching their BBC (ABC here in Aussie) agree with you about the system starting to collapse, but the ‘Do Precisely Nothing’ part got me annoyed. Apathy dosn’t change anything in my opinion. And further, what happens After the system collapses if we do Precisely Nothing now to prepare for that collapse?

              • I found that I wasn’t the first to use the phrase “Don’t just do something, stand there!” – when I read it recently in Ivan Illich’s work. But it has a profound meaning to the willingness to listen – and there’s the rub.

                Reaction of an emotionally charged state indicates a personal investment resonating in the situation and without owning that investment, the personal need fulfilment mechanism operates the mask of sympathy or concern. That’s your need and no blame – but know what you do.

                This can be called ‘getting in our own way’ – and so don’t DO anything from a conflicted sense of self or you ‘do’ conflict as if a peacemaker – just like those you judge against.

                Not doing – in the sense I suggest – is ONLY doing what truly moves you – as a result of owning or knowing yourself. That does not mean care less ness – but caring for truth – or if you prefer self-honesty – as the basis from which to live – which means staying alert and vigilant against deceit – which will be uncovered within your own mind as you grow in the capacity to pause reaction – and be receptive and abiding against the grain of your emotional reactivity.

                But if you just want to feel good about yourself by doing something – then go right ahead.
                This is the basis of addictions as ways of not feeling what you feel.
                The only way to truly feel ‘better’ is to truly FEEL better.
                This is not unconsciousness, but an alignment in integrity that uncovers the ground from which to be with what is and recognise what is true.

                Your choice or acceptance is the basis from which you live your relationships so is it wise to act first and look at ‘due process’ later? You have to live the consequence of your actions which are choices that may never have been recognized because they ran a default set of conditionings that you acquired as part of learning to survive the human world.

                • Gezzah Potts says

                  Binra: I hear you mate, and appreciate the feedback, tho find some of your comments pretty deep and challenging. Perhaps that’s due to my ‘clouded mind’? Just out of curiosity, are you are a Taoist or Zen Buddhist? Do you have a personal philosophy?

                  • binra says

                    If philo-sophy is ‘love of truth’ – then that is where I align my personal sense. It takes one to know one.

                    Science was once (and its truth still is) the ‘natural philosophy’ of enquiry into the revealing of the already true nature of the world.
                    Religion was once (and in truth still is) the love that is revealed as the basis and nature of all relationship.

                    The personal mind is something we each and collectively have learned to develop for our own reasons and along the lines of our own themes. Yet while identified in its thinking, we assume to look out on the world as if what we see is true – or as we must have believed true – because our actions and emotional reactions belie the fact of such an acceptance.

                    I don’t have the sense that the forms that work for me should apply to another – excepting in the sense that if anything opens in a sense of joy in my day, then that joy goes forth as an unselfconscious radiance – and does this go out on the ‘inner net’ as a gift to whoever shares a like willingness? We are all receivers – but are we all conscious as to the tuning and the nature of our giving?

                    Are we being ‘told’ to WATCH: the crucifixion of Assange?

                    Do we get what we ask for or invite without realising that all sorts of garbage goes under our radar – and comes back in like kind? Or that what we wish for comes in a form that we don’t expect and like less?

                    No I don’t identify in any particular box, so much as am identified in opening communication outside the boxing ring.

                    Many as yet do not look within, or want to, but live the life that thinking gives them. I was once the same.

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              • mark says

                Yes, I know it can sound a bit pathetic but I genuinely believe it isn’t. It’s more a form of passive sabotage. Refusing to participate. Imagine if a large majority decided to save on the shoe leather and just didn’t bother turning out for their meaningless elections. This worries the powers that be more than any number of pointless demonstrations. It would cut them down to size and deflate their self importance. I have spoken to a lot of people from eastern Europe, Rumania, Bulgaria, Slovakia etc. They just automatically assume from their experience pre and post communism that all politicians are corrupt, self serving, lying criminal low life who aren’t worth giving the time of day to. But they do so without a trace of anger or frustration – to them it’s like saying that hot air rises or river water flows downstream. They seem genuinely puzzled that anyone could imagine anything different. It’s more a case of yawning indifference and treating them with the casual contempt they deserve.

                • Frankly Speaking says

                  Not so sure Mark. The fewer people that turn out to vote, the higher that those who have been manipulated represent of the total. It’s easier to push them over the FPTP winning line.

            • Mark, that’s very sad. Reminds me of a wallcard in a dispirited workshop in London, just before Heath switched off the lights on the Xmas tree and Snatcher finished off Society:

              “I spend 8 hours a day here. Do you expect me to work as well?”.

          • Frankly Speaking says

            Gezzah, it’s bloody tough, and I understand where you are coming from. I’m a Yorkshireman born and bred, yet these days due to work I am living and working in Europe, rarely come back to Britain, let alone being in a postion where I can join locally with others, and get out on to the streets. All I can do at the moment is to sympatise, support, and send some donations to what I think are well deserved causes.

            • Gezzah Potts says

              Frankly Speaking: thanx for that, appreciate. I live in Australia, tho am a New Zealand citizen, and had a factory job here that got shipped off to China, so now sell The Big Issue mag to survive. Thats my only income as not entitled to any welfare from Aussie Govt. Its tough, but get too meet people from all walks of life, go to a different suburb every day, have no time clock or supervisor hovering over me barking orders, have some semblance of freedom, and get all my needs met. I get to see Society in action first hand – right at the coalface. I genuinely believe we are in for a very rocky, perilous, and nerve wracking journey. I believe the Anglo Zionist Empire has begun its collapse, and those who rule will mindlessly lash out in anger and fear as their power crumbles. All the provocations, the whole Russiagate crap, the use of their proxies, whether in Ukraine or elsewhere, everything they’ve been doing – Its bloody scary, aye. Wherever you are in Europe, hope your week goes well.

  5. When does a tyrannous intent achieve a tyranny?
    When fear gives power to it – in place of the true power and thus as an experience of capture or powerlessness.
    What is the nature of the fear but self-interest served at the sacrifice of others?
    After being made an ‘offer’ that ‘cannot be refused’?
    Or shown examples of what happens to those who refuse?
    What is the nature of the fear that is held over journalists and anyone else in the public arena?
    Is it an actual power to cause pain and loss to one’s life?, or the belief that such a power is overwhelming, and thus futile and foolish to contest?

    Personally I feel that resorting to moral guilting – or shaming – journalists into ‘coming out’ is itself a fear and hate driven act and not a compassionate witness and support for the willingness to relate, to listen and to honestly acknowledge.

    Of course it is a fearful and hateful experience to feel betrayed or see such withdrawal of support as betrayal – but fear and hate do not allow a clear appreciation of the nature of what is presently in act – being ‘tyrannous’ to the mind that gives its energy and attention to them.

    If Julian is reading – then I greet you in simply being, and remind you – if you need reminding, that there is a power of standing in a core integrity of being, that is of a different order from identity framed against a disintegrity seen in others. Resisting tyranny in the purest sense, is to give it no power. That is to give it disregard because you are listening to truth now instead of to self-division.

    But in the sense that Jesus warned against when he said ‘resist ye not evil’, the mind gives reality to its INTERPRETATION of evil and then attacks that ‘mind’ seen in others, and thus offers reinforcement to what it hates or fears as the framing narrative of any attempt to escape or counter it.
    What we resist, persists because what we are trying NOT to relive or encounter, is in mind all the time we enact seeming strategies against it. Fear then operates a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    The forgoing or desisting and disinvestment from the reactive mind is the release of the framing in fear – within which tyranny operates through the mind of doublethink as the basis of social inclusion, acceptance and survival.

    I recall the examples in LOTR of Theoden who was besieged and enfeebled by the deceits of Wormtongue – who Gandalf ‘awakened’ to go forth and live the day – and Denethor who failed to hold siege under attack and abandoned all love to a despair fed by a mind that saw much that was hidden and far off – but always in such a wise as to feed a sense of futility and cynicism.

    If you are going to ‘crucify’ Julian Assange in portrayal – then notice your resort to narrative inflations of emotional reaction to what has not actually happened. Appeals to emotional sympathy are dangerous to a sane appreciation and response-ability. They are however normal currency for a ‘post truth’ politic.

    Fear operates a breakdown of communication to a fragmenting and fragmented state of conflict, under narrative control – when given power by reaction. The very act of fight or flight reinforces and persists the interpretation, and so bringing this into awareness is the way to bring the mind-frame itself to light.

    Fears that are disowned or evaded are then projected onto others and world as a projection of exceptionalism whose ‘survival’ in such terms is identified as both our ‘self’ and our power of protection against feared and believed pain and loss.

    But is that true?

    Or is it an investment in identity currently deemed too big to fail? – or in other terms, a non negotiable set of conditions that demand sacrifice of true in conformity and compliance – or make sacrifice by denial.

    How much true witness can be sacrificed but unreality runs in its place?
    How much true function can be sacrificed but destruction and degradation of a broad spectrum powerlessness runs as an ‘Economy’ of sucking life from breaking it?

    As you brought crucifying into mind, I note another of Jesus’ sayings:
    “Sufficient unto the day be the evils thereof”.
    So live this day well, and trust that whatever obstructions or conflicts arise in the course of its unfolding are where a greater curiosity and willingness for healing unto wholeness of being are called for as the natural step to be taking now. In a sense, this is not strategy of a subjective projection of past fears into future yet to come, but a continuity of presence rather than ‘narrative set’.

    If what is being lived today is not serving our greater purpose – then perhaps we have yet to wake to life having one – and run whatever the situation triggers by reaction as if surviving and prevailing over situations is our purpose. But joylessness, powerlessness (compulsive or coercive subjection), and lovelessness of unshared life under suspicion and distrust, all give witness to a failure to align in purpose – or of succeeding in becoming purposeless (fragmented, conflicted and essentially dissociated from reality).

    The recognition of a problem as relational is a call to facilitate restoring of relational communication – which is not ‘agreement’ or ‘consensus’ but an honouring of a deeper honesty than grievance set.

    • Frankly Speaking says

      Binra, you are well-meaning.
      However, with the utmost respect, this is not the place to post reams of your philosophical thoughts. It’s intended that posters here make, brief, pertinent posts.
      If you are not able to do so then you really need to have your own blog / website and here merely post links to it.
      Namaste.

      • Your freedom is mine Frankly.
        If you seek to censor perspectives intended to the core themes of which the social political are symptoms – then go right ahead. You are quite right that I could post a smaller part and link to a blog and sometimes I have done so.
        I suggest you ignore me or take a random paragraph as a brief pertinent hologram of the whole – because they generally are so.

        It wouldn’t make any difference to the ability to follow. If peace is not in your active desire then for you it is simply unreal. Not peace as a relative state to war – but an unconflicted awareness beneath or inside the screen of thinking.

        While you may think only perspectives that extend the current model have validity, I suggest they merely persist the problem – perhaps in different forms.

        The nature of our times is far more dire than your current fears imagine – yet I do not resort to fear in order to persuade or manipulate. You are free and I appreciate that you desire to have me go away articulated in a well meaning manner.

        My well-meaning is your freedom along with my own.

        If you are writing as an official admin for OG – then you should identify this.

        I don’t have a sense of writing ‘philosophy’ – but directly felt qualities or meanings that are effectively observed and given clothes in prose.

        It is said – don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story.
        We love a good story – until of course we really don’t – and in great distress have to reach beyond our known world for resources to meet our need.

        Its all on a need to know basis. If you don’t need to read me – don’t!

  6. Gezzah Potts says

    And not just the unconscionable behaviour of the gutterslime presstitutes in the media who claim to be journalists, but the many progressives and socialists who have completely turned their backs on Assange and act like he dosn’t exist. Several of these ‘socialist’ groups have not published one word about Assange since 2012. Six years plus. Why? Because they’re completely drunk on the kool aid of Identity Politics, and anyone who defends Assange is denounced by them as a ‘rape apologist’. I know people who were told by members of a well known ‘socialist group’ in Australia that those members were ‘instructed’ not too discuss Assange in any way, and that “they don’t defend rapists”. I believe the people that told me that. So, after everything Wikileaks exposed about the war crimes and corruption of the Anglo Zionist Empire, just this shameful silence by the very people who should be standing up for Julian Assange. Sometimes I feel this immense sense of frustration and angst at how far the Left has lost the plot; not just in Australia, but right thruout the West. Even Pamela Anderson was vilified here recently because she wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and was subjected to derogatory misogynistic crap coz she supported Assange. The situation is just f****d from where I stand.

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    • mark says

      The real reason the state controlled BBC and the corporate MSM vilify and denigrate JA (and Edward Snowden) is that they show them up for what they are – corrupt, servile, toadying, lickspittle, establishment courtiers. JA and ES area the real journalists, shining a spotlight on government crimes, abuses and mendacity. They do the work that the MSM should be doing but never do.

      I remember one article sneering and slagging off JA because he was wearing a pink shirt. I think it was the Independent, saying he didn’t have a very good image consultant. Another article on ES was slagging him off for having a “wispy” sparse beard, he didn’t have a very “manly” beard apparently. I don’t know if these were meant to be homophobic dog whistles. Maybe a bit ironic in view of the CIA smearing JA as some kind of rape fiend.

    • Frankly Speaking says

      Six years plus. Why? Because they’re completely drunk on the kool aid of Identity Politics, and anyone who defends Assange is denounced by them as a ‘rape apologist’

      Exactly that!

    • Kathy Heyne says

      Yes, the international deep state has done its propaganda work very well. If you defend Assange you are
      a) a rape apologist
      b) a Putin stooge
      c) a Trump supporter
      d) all of the above.

  7. harry stotle says

    Cases like that of Julian Assange typify the near complete absence of moral authority across our institutions and political class.

    Blair has never been punished – in fact he has only ever been rewarded with huge sums of money for his ‘peace’ work in the Middle East, not to mention regular columns in our enfeebled, identity politics obsessed media.
    Bush (or those around him) engineered then implemented a program of destabalisation and bloodhsed in the Middle East (on the back of mass murder of thousands of US citizens) – he was punished with re-election in 2004.
    Barak ‘drone’ Obama signed up to exactly the same foreign policies as the neocons failing to shut down Guitmo, while triggering cholera and nationwide starvation in the Yemen.
    Hillary ‘we came, we saw, he died’ Clinton is deeply implicated in the arming ISIS, an ideology said to be linked to 9/11 for those too fucking thick, or too fucking lazy to see through the official conspiracy theory – at least it has a nice sort of symmetry: arming the very groups alleged said to have triggered ‘the war on terror’ in the first place!

    Where is the outrage, where is the contempt, where is the absolute refusal to engage with such grotesque figures – I mean what chance has any whistleblower got when pitched against an array of such dark and amoral forces?

    Needless to say the Guardian has been cheering on the neocons with anti-Assange regular articles focussing on Pamela Anderson, or Russophobia rather than the fact it is now apparently OK to to torture frightened individuals in the heart of London while ignoring UN recommendations about the legality of what the British authorities have become complicit with.

    The moral of the story is that our country always has and always will continue to endorse torture or human rights abuses so long as they necessary in order to meet the economic and geopolitical interests of a few greedy hyper-capitalists.

    Would Assange have chosen differently if he had re-read ‘1984’? “But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no need to conspire. They need only to rise up and shake themselves like a horse shaking off flies. If they chose they could blow the Party to pieces tomorrow morning. Surely sooner or later it must occur to them to do it.”

    Will ever occur to them – I doubt it somehow?

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    • wardropper says

      Indeed. I will never forget Nancy Pelosi’s dismissive statement that the impeachment of Bush was “off the table”.
      She serves the same master as the whole of Washington today.
      “You know who”…

  8. Fair dinkum says

    Assange was regarded as a mere nuisance/troublemaker by the ruling psychopaths until he announced that Wikileaks was gonna expose the malfeasance and dirty deeds of multi national corporations.
    That’s when they began salivating over his blood.

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