Dark Days


Watching this speech, I realized two things:  1) Why insecure and compromised Western governments can’t not go after Julian Assange, and 2)  Why those Swedish tarts wanted to get naked with him.   Heck, by 1:08 or so I wanted to have his baby.  I know the speech is long, but I heartily encourage everyone to watch it.  With a grateful h/t to Che Pasa: I laughed. I cried.  It was better than “Cats.”

The simple fact that what Assange is living in is a postmodern melange of Kafka and Stalin in the supposed 21st century “End of History” is sobering indeed, but hardly surprising, after what happened to Cindy Sheehan, the Dixie Chicks, Ashleigh Banfield, Phil Donahue, and on and on.  This time the Gulag isn’t part of some nebulous and scary foreign regime; it’s business as usual, and too many formerly “free” countries have taken to it like ducks to water.

Although I’m not ordinarily a pessimist (snort), I doubt this will end well; our overlords simply have too much to lose (and a heck of a lot to gain), by turning Assange into yet another example for the rest of us.  This speech, which is sure to cause conniptions from authoritarians the world over (I’m talking to you, Hillary, and your hair looks like shit, too…), and as such is a profoundly courageous act on Assange’s part.  It will also, most likely, land him in a show trial leading to permanent imprisonment in the (choke) “Land of the Free.”

When the US finally descends into its Orwellian miasma, this speech will be the first thing down the Memory Hole.  Watch it while you can.

18 Comments

  1. Austin says:

    On the other hand, if Assange had done the equivalent in Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc. he wouldn’t be a ‘Cause célèbre’ at all. He’d just be dead.

    • cocktailhag says:

      And those countries are the democratic models to which we all should aspire.
      Back in the day, our human rights policies ran around in better circles.

  2. RUKidding says:

    I watched this yesterday and was very impressed. I’ve had some acquaintances whose opinion I usually respect comment that Assange is a “master manipulator” and that they don’t agree with what he did. I’m not even sure how to interpret that.

    That said, another speech of note yesterday was Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan and a whistleblower, himself.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlt_IiQvjNo

    Murray speaks out in support of Assange and all whistleblowers, which I believe is the more important point. Murray speaks about how many recent whistleblowers have immediately been charged with criminal actions, often alleged sex crimes. Many believe that the women who bedded Assange in Sweden were spooks of some sort sent forth to entrap Assange in the honey pot (a very common spy game).

    Naomi Wolf explains why the sex allegations against Assange in Sweden are most likely bogus:

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1143808

    Some blog commenters have said stuff like: What did Assange think would happen? Essentially: if Assange can’t stand the heat, why’d he get in the kitchen? I think such commentary really misses the point of what Assange has and is doing. I have great concerns for his safety and wish him well. Assange is truly striking a blow for freedom and First Amendment rights.

    Not to be whatever, but when I watched his speech I did have “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” start running thru my mind… erk.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Those quaint little balconies will do that to you….
      The Murray speech was quite powerful, and perhaps pulled the threads together even better than Assange’s.
      I never had any doubt that the Swedish tarts were a setup. Two of them? The changing stories? Boris and Natasha could have done better.
      As for this “what did he think would happen” business, what you’re noticing is the casual acceptance of unaccountable, authoritarian governments doing what they will with the uppity. It’s the fastest, and most horrifying change I’ve seen in my lifetime; Sept. 11 just put something that had been brewing since the first Gulf War on steroids.
      People have been carefully taught, as it were, that the government is only going after “bad guys,” so the rest of us shouldn’t pry. The media has happily gone along.
      Did you get a load of that first commenter, who boasted that at least we’re better than those other dictatorships?
      This is the new normal.

      • michlib says:

        Is it just me, or do you also want to poleaxe people who say ” Doesn’t bother me if the cops come to my house at two A.M. – I’ve got nothing to hide “. Shuffling towards Oceania.

        • cocktailhag says:

          If I knew what poleaxeing was, I’m sure I’d want to do it to them. Drives me to drink. More than I already do.

        • RUKidding says:

          I don’t know about poleaxing, but yes, that kind of comment – which I hear far too often – drives me crazy. Like why are US citizens such round heels that they’ll just cave in and give up all of their rights in a NY minute???

          Really dumbfounds me how fecking teh stoopit the majority of our citizenry apparently are.

          It’s the same kind of ‘tude that people sport at the airport about all the “security” that’s needed to “keep us safe.” Citizens blissfully permit themselves to be radiated in Chertoff’s cash cow porno rape-scan death Xray machines like the good little sheeple that they are. I always opt for the pat down, as obnoxious as it is. The TSA personnel constantly regale me about the XRay machines of doom “don’t take pictures and use only sound waves.”

          I want to scream: LIAR! But I know that they are hapless proles just doing their job.

        • Austin says:

          In case you don’t already have one, there’s rather a nice one available here: http://www.armor.com/pole010.html

          • cocktailhag says:

            Who knew? A poleax is pretty much just like it sounds. Even though I’m a history major, I have major gaps in my knowledge from the fall of Rome to the 18th century, so thanks for enlightening me via the Google Machine.

      • Austin says:

        I didn’t consider it a boast, more of an observation. I will plead guilty to not feeling especially sorry for Assange. I imagine the Bradly Manning regrets his association.

        • cocktailhag says:

          I imagine so, but that has more to do with government repression than anything Assange did. I only sympathize with Assange because he did something that all the rest of our joke of a media will no longer do, and as we’ve been discussing, no ordinary people will, either.
          That is, question and expose the heinous conduct of the world’s governments.

        • RUKidding says:

          Out of curiosity, I wonder why.

          I have heard some say that they think Assange has a big ego, or he should’ve known what he was getting into, or that he’s a “master manipulator,” and other things along those lines.

          I have few opionions about Mr. Assange, but speaking for myself alone, I feel grateful to him for pulling back the curtain. JMHO, of course, but I think he did us all a favor is in his big reveals. Team USA is pretty much out of control, in my opinion. I think we need whistleblowers like Assange.

          I may not always agree with what every whistleblower does or stands for, but I believe in First Amendment rights. That’s just me, though.

          Just curious as to your “take.” Thanks.

  3. Ché Pasa says:

    You’re right. Hillary’s hair is a fright.

    If Julian’s persecution is all a CIA plot to get him into the torture chambers or trussed up in the Gulags for the rest of his natural life, they’re certainly botching it.

    On the other hand, we never did see those BofA revelations he was touting just before the hammer came down, did we?

    And whistle blowing is more dangerous than ever.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Sadly, even the Guardian (GG’s new home) sounds almost like FOX when they talk about Assange. Lame as his tormentors are, they’re still winning.
      I think Hillary should just get a B-52′s wig and be done with it…

    • RUKidding says:

      Many have been wondering about the Bank revelations. Think it was more than just BoA. I suspect there was something “there,” but I suspect that Mr. Assange decided that his life was too endangered to release them. Perhaps they’ll see the light of day should something happen to Mr. Assange.

      Hilary’s hair is quite awful, and I’m usually not one to give a damn about stuff like that. She really needs to get a better hair dresser, stat!

      • cocktailhag says:

        I hope it was Chase, too. Maybe if Assange makes it to Ecuador, we’ll finally find out.
        Poor Hillary, she has always been a fairly attractive woman, just plagued with poor fashion sense; have you seen pictures from her youth and the Arkansas days? Sheesh.

        • RUKidding says:

          Well now, don’t hold one’s past history in terms of fashion sense & hair style against someone! Go look at some “olden days” photos from your past, and you may shriek in horror! I know I have huge laugh when looking at younger self in the 70s & the 80s.

          Hilary used to look quite fashionable for many years & has had some good “do’s.” I know she has kept up a quite grueling schedule, but I can’t believe she can’t find a good stylist/hair dresser to travel with her.

          • cocktailhag says:

            Admittedly, Hillary’s problem stems in part from the fact that the fashions or her youth and early adulthood were so horrifying. I too sported striped bellbottoms, big, cheesy glasses, and even an ill-advised perm or two, just like Hillary.
            I guess I’m critical now because she did become quite glamorous for a spell in the post-Monica era, and has really stumbled since she started running for President, and then became SoS.
            She’s a wealthy older woman in a high and quite public position; running around with hair that would only look good on Malibu Barbie just isn’t right.
            If she were a Republican, I would strongly suspect that gay beauty operators and shopgirls were deliberately sabotaging her (as I would in their shoes…).