• I am pretty sure that her story is fabricated. After all, she didn't actually charge him with anything until she found out he had a girlfriend.  

    In general , rape is a non consensual offense. Given the fact that they were still involved with each other after the alleged offense occurred, and that she only filed a complaint with the authorities after a) about three weeks had passed, and b) she found out that there was another woman - my vote here is that this is more of a domestic dispute than it is a violation of someone's sexual identity and person.

    But it makes sense that, as you yourself said in this comment - you forgot all about the rape charge. Alot of people apparently did, including the woman herself. She 'remembered' it , probably with the help of 30,000 dollars .

     

    One thing I will offer: it is wrong to hurt women. And it is not a good idea to run from the law. Julian Assange called the police, and had them meet him at a train station. If he broke the law, he can meet authorities to discuss the matter.

    But if you readily accept a false charge against a person, for exercising his right of free speech - and perhaps, because he espouses a form of investigative journalism that branches away from news media entertainment - and the 24 hour news cycle - then I will offer to you that you have become the vector of a sort of disease that spain suffered from in the late 1930's.

    And ultimately, it developed into a full-on case of Ferdinand Franco.  The symptoms were pretty easy to diagnose if you were looking for them.

    His political enemies kept disappearing. One died in a strange plane crash... the other... just died.  And still another , died. You see. Spain did not really have a free press at the time. No one asked the difficult questions.

    That's how a fascist came into power. I'm not the most virtuous man, by a long shot. But I know when a man is speaking truth to power. And my version of democracy is not threatened by such things. Sure they're annoyances.... but.. then again... .

    So are you.

    :)

     

     

     

  • comment on a post Julian Assange Surrenders to Authorities over 3 years ago

    His food is controlled by a government. His location is controlled by a government authority. He is not allowed to speak unless the government first screens everything he says, and he is now under constant surveillance.

    So , Donkeykong - what side of this debate are you on. Liberal. Or conservative.

    I am on the side of the debate where a misdemeanor offense like having a condom break on you is one in which they don't break down your door, and hold you prisoner without bond.

    But then again, I am also the one who has figured out that corporations are centrally planned economies and their lobbyists - that control most of the GOP - are nothing more or less than a new form of government in which corporations get treated as people, are allowed to make shadow contributions to campaigns -

    And can buy off the US House of Representatives for 3.87 billion dollars, and some change.

    "November is a bad time of year for a new product rollout"

     

     

  • comment on a post Wikileaks: Technology and Government over 3 years ago

    Here's a good bookmark - Wikileaks, by IP Address.  Any website can be hit just by their address, no DNS required.

     

    http://213.251.145.96/

  • One of my favorite little shibboleths out there in the world - is a passage from "Breakfast of Champions" by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

     

    He writes.. "I realized my national anthem was a song that was nothing more than gibberish, punctuated with question marks"

     

    In order to 'get it' , with the internet - you have to realize that it has to stay an open forum. The bozos all tend to fall by the wayside.

     

    That's what happened to the GOP, basically. They were so totally and completely thrown out of power in 2008, and then their lobbyists spent 4 billion dollars to get them back into power and the best they could do was gain a few seats in the house. The GOP has been poisoned by the lobbyists.

    When people are suffering from poison, sometimes they hallucinate.

    :)

  • on a comment on Cynical and Obvious over 3 years ago

    oh yeah. PS. The do-nothings want to shut down government and then get paid 200,000.00 a year to do it.  

     

    Needless to say, everyone else in America is working twice as hard as they were before, for half the pay. How is it conservative, to get a paid vacation and sit around listening only to lobbyists ...?

     

    The best one for me this year  was a republican congressman who ran on getting healthcare reform bad-mouthed and defiled in public - but as soon as he got to washington, he complained loud and long that his healthcare plan wouldn't start until next year. He wanted it to start NOW. lol.

     

     

  • on a comment on Cynical and Obvious over 3 years ago

    oh yeah. PS. The do-nothings want to shut down government and then get paid 200,000.00 a year to do it.  

     

    Needless to say, everyone else in America is working twice as hard as they were before, for half the pay. How is it conservative, to get a paid vacation and sit around listening only to lobbyists ...?

     

    The best one for me this year  was a republican congressman who ran on getting healthcare reform bad-mouthed and defiled in public - but as soon as he got to washington, he complained loud and long that his healthcare plan wouldn't start until next year. He wanted it to start NOW. lol.

     

     

  • comment on a post Cynical and Obvious over 3 years ago

    This congress has , at least on the democratic side of the aisle - earned the nickname 'hard worker'.

     

    The other side I'm going to call the do-nothings.  They're basically promising here to try to shut down government.

     

    This makes sense - given that they were trying to get someone like Christine O Donnell elected, to vote on the confirmation of supreme court justices - who doesn't even know the first amendment.

     

    I'm interested in how this turns out. The house is passing , as we speak, a bill that keeps my tax cuts in play. If the do-nothings don't act on it in the senate - there are only one of two possibilities.

     

    1. They're lining their own pockets with our cash, by keeping all our tax money.

    2. They're lining their own pockets with lobbyist cash - trying to get fat cat tax cuts for them.

     

    Is there anything the senate will be able to do to get the do-nothings out of the way?

     

  • I disagree.  Leaking information about others as "misconduct" or to character-assassinate someone is the exact opposite of what the site should do. I think it's doing a fine job of vetting the information , and publishing it carefully - and in a manner that guarantees the anonymity of the source. Remember, it was a 2600 style hacker that gave away the identity of the guy who leaked the Army stuff, and not Wikileaks. .. if they'd never met WL would not have given away the guy's identity.

     

    The concept of either WL as a peeping tom, or "going out of business" ( it's not in business anyway - there is literally no way to make it go away ) ... is false.

    WL is just another site, and its ability to get information to us - really represents a striking commentary on the fact that we, as Americans, are now the most well entertained and least informed people in the world.  Jefferson had a design in building our young country,  - as did Franklin, and Washington - they believed that the free press would be vital to keeping the engine of democracy alive.

    I see WL as a technological innovation largely because it serves a vital role in the instantiation of a Free Press, not only for the United States but also the world at large. At present, the news media entertainment companies do not represent a critical and investigative free press - although there are some news anchors that are really cute looking.

  • Not sure.  The DDOS attacks on Wikileaks are annoying but all of the content is now available elsewhere. They will find ways to get the documents out no matter how many DDOS are launched.

     

    Internet freedom is by its nature easily defensible as there is no one central architecture or structure to the net.

  • comment on a post Wikileaks: Technology and Government over 3 years ago

    is for myDD to mirror the wikileaks content - they offer it as a freely available bit Torrent -

     

    Wikileaks is down again today no thanks to Distributed Denial of Service attacks.

     

    I don't think WL will go away , but I do think that the best way to stop the attacks is to mirror the content. Five people working for only about  a year and a half under rigorous journalistic principles - have released more valuable and useful information than the entire news services of all countries of the world - over the last ten years.

    Jerome, ... ? Do you think this site is a good place to mirror that content?

  • comment on a post Weekly Audit: A Progressive Deficit Fix? over 3 years ago

    There is a definite pattern to tax burden - it is landing further and more squarely on the shoulders of common people - and shifting away from corporations.

     

    To me, this indicates a greater corporate presence in the institutions of Government - and a greater manipulation of laws to allow them to create a landed estate.

     

    Ireland, in my view - promised too much. But what you have said is sound - you wrote that its ironic that the promises that governments make to their citizens are endlessly renegotiable - while bond deals are ironclad. 

    It's not about faith to me, however, as much as it is a systematic shift to a new form of non-democracy in which corporations become living breathing voting public entities that control government.

    And for alot of reasons, I think that one citizen, one vote, one comment and one contribution - are a good way to go for this - it will allow a disperse, grassroots network to be the primary means of election and it will remove the influence of lobbyists.

     

    Financial or otherwise.

     

  • You said that the site is 'creating drama that will get people killed'. Is that more , or less of a number of people that can be killed by coverup? I seem to recall a certain war of convenience where the civilian body counts were excluded... to the tune the hundreds of thousands... of innocent people. 

    Also, you seem to be saying that "China and Russia" will get "stronger". How is this? Wikileaks has already revealed China's wide network of censorship. Google already pulled out of China in protest. That's a billion dollar company packing up and leaving your neighborhood. How does that make you stronger?  Wikileaks has been very consistent in revealing China's intense pattern of internet censorship and China is scrambling to try to cover things up and keep the network operant - but to less and less effect. 

    I grant you that the diplomatic initiative is harmed by all of this chatter cable traffic we've got out there - but WL seems to be going after everyone, not just the US - if you look at the broader picture. I will agree this is the biggest story they've launched but didn't they also expose all the deals that the ISP's were cutting with China in order that she might try to firewall the entire world?

     

    My perception is that Wikileaks stands to become a valuable resource for the world, and that we're on the internet right now - not some national boundary. As long as WL lives in that regime.. are you really going to see it all act on just one country?

     

  • Thank you for your comments.

    What do you think will happen in the long term? Do you feel that America will shift focus to attacking the site?

  • comment on a post Jerome, you were right. over 3 years ago

    :)

  • comment on a post Wikileaks: Technology and Government over 3 years ago

    Not sure, Donkeykong, if you hit comment twice because you just don't understand how to post - or if you enjoy reading yourself so much that you posted it twice just to look at it on the page.

    But hey. You know. That whole "lets do a catchphrase thing" that you're trying to do with the concept of liberalism... that's pretty cool.

    If you're into stuff from the '90s.

    My vote here is that Russia isn't going to get a free pass anytime soon. Nobody is. When your number comes up, you're going to get it.

     

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