Inviting meltdown: Preserving the Status Quo with Artifice and Lies Leads to Systemic Collapse


These few words refer to the “economic domain” and, in particular, the sad state of the Euro. However, what I wanted to highlight (perhaps reiterate would be a better word) is the universality of complex systems. Hence the ability for us to learn lessons in economics from biology, politics from forestry management, etc.

But these are lessons that each and every business owner or wannabe business “leader” would do well to understand and apply NOW and NEVER FORGET! This isn’t new news or new wisdom and if you don’t believe me, contemplate this, from a few centuries ago:

“…in its beginning it is easy to cure, but hard to recognise; whereas, after a time, not having been detected and treated at the first, it becomes easy to recognise but impossible to cure”

– Niccolo Machiavelli

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WikiLeaks: Truly shocking revelation–is nothing sacred!?


Just the very thing to brighten to start to the working week in January.

WikiLeaks’ Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us


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I am not an American citizen but I really don’t believe that "Government lies", particularly when it comes to warmongering,  are exclusively the domain of US! This is a matter that should concern every “global citizen”:

As important as is the issue of free speech, it is the question of whether the U.S. Executive is in fact protecting the American people through its mass murder abroad that really lies at the heart of the Wikileaks controversy. Executive Branch officials justify persecuting and threatening to murder Assange on the grounds that he has damaged U.S. "national security." If McChrystal is right, however, it is the past decade of U.S. Executive mass murder in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, now revealed beyond any doubt by Wikileaks, that is the real threat to U.S. national security.

I have been engaged in a lively debate on Linkedin:

"Is Julian Assange a vigilante free thinker and advocate for free press and open political disclosure or…a threat?"

Everyone is entitled to express their own opinion and many have. I have mine. I express it and am happy to provide evidence of the basis of my views because I am open to discussion and debate in the hope that I may learn, or, at least, share knowledge from which others may learn.

However, I find it alarming just how many educated people are happy to accept that the issue is – as their Government have portrayed it – the real or imagined danger to innocent people, etc. as a result of Assange/WikiLeaks actions…

…nasty, evil, man for exposing that, what had been reported was contradicted by the recorded facts, inconvenient truth, etc. call it what you will!

I know (or have read) of the reaction when one challenges the belief system that someone holds dear. That are blind to the most straightforward illustrations of the key factors, avoid questions that provoke contrary thought and become more entrenched in-spite of the weight of contradictory evidence. All of a sudden I am wondering why I am writing this knowing what I know!

But still I am amazed when the emerging through the, tried-and-tested, cynical smokescreen of political outrage is the messenger rather than the perpetrator!!!

These Wikileaks documents thus raise the most fundamental question citizens can ask themselves: to what extent to citizens of a democracy owe their allegiance to autocratic leaders who obtain the consent of their citizens through massive duplicity? And to what extent can they trust either their judgement or their decency?

Americans may find themselves increasingly pondering such questions in coming years, as economic decline and future terrorist attacks cause U.S. elites to bring home the authoritarian mindset that has caused so much damage abroad. It seems certain that American democracy will face greater challenges than at any time since the country’s founding.

But that is a long-term question. The key question now is whether Americans can hear the sound of suffering their leaders are causing abroad, as at this very moment innocent men, women and children are being murdered and maimed in what the Red Cross describes as the greatest civilian carnage since the Russians invaded 30 years ago.

Julian Assange should be applauded not persecuted for hearing the sound of their suffering.

Do we?

via WikiLeaks’ Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us | | AlterNet.

 

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WikiLeaks update: Fascinating video documentary


Understand them or not, like them or loathe them, support them or not I suggest that gaining an in depth understanding FOR YOURSELF, of what Assange and co. are trying to bring about…and why, has got to be better than relying upon mainstream media channels. Particularly when news is non-news depending upon Political whim or agenda.

I have listened to some passionate Americans  who feel Assange is anti-American. I do understand the sentiment and, perhaps, how it may have come about but I think that after watching some of the harrowing footage on this documentary some may rethink just who is more anti-American, Assange or its own civil servants!

Anti-institutional abuses [of trust, office, global citizens…]

 

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WikiLeaks: If you want a credible opinion…know the facts


Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have, understandably, figured prominently in the headlines over the last few months.For plenty of people the draw appears to be the sideshow surrounding the charges against him in Sweden. But most “right-minded” people recognise that there is a great deal at stake for the future our society…how Governments conduct their business (on behalf of its citizens), how sensitive information is secured and the role of the free-press. 

…If WikiLeaks is prosecuted for conducting a journalistic enterprise, what rights will be stripped from journalists in the future? One of the most respected journalistic institutions in the world, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is speaking out. Earlier this month, 20 faculty members drafted and signed a letter to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder saying that WikiLeaks’ prosecution will set a “dangerous precedent for reporters in any publication or medium, potentially chilling investigative journalism and other First Amendment-protected activity … Prosecution in the WikiLeaks case would greatly damage American standing in free-press debates worldwide and would dishearten those journalists looking to this nation for inspiration.”

The Walkley Foundation, an institution of journalism in Assange’s home of Australia, put it more succinctly in its own letter of support for WikiLeaks: “To aggressively attempt to shut WikiLeaks down, to threaten to prosecute those who publish official leaks, and to pressure companies to cease doing commercial business with WikiLeaks, is a serious threat to democracy, which relies on a free and fearless press.”

8 Smears and Misconceptions About WikiLeaks Spread By the Media

Shredding the corporate media’s malicious attacks on WikiLeaks.

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