Truth Is Not Treason

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Jonathan Hari, writing in the Independent shortly after the arrest of Julian Assange, sums up rather succinctly why we need to be thankful for the gargantuan testicles of the WikiLeaks founder:

“Every one of us owes a debt to Julian Assange. Thanks to him, we now know that our governments are pursuing policies that place you and your family in considerably greater danger. WikiLeaks has informed us they have secretly launched war on yet another Muslim country, sanctioned torture, kidnapped innocent people from the streets of free countries and intimidated the police into hushing it up, and covered up the killing of 15,000 civilians – five times the number killed on 9/11. Each one of these acts has increased the number of jihadis. We can only change these policies if we know about them – and Assange has given us the black-and-white proof.”

Of course, it is those testicles, or parts rather close to them, that may have gotten him arrested. There certainly exists many a precedent in history of men who have done great and noble things who have turned out to be sexual predators and/or rapists. Also worth considering, however, is the laundry list of people whom the CIA has smeared for boldly crossing a line such as WikiLeaks clearly has crossed.

What the WikiLeaks releases show, and will continue to show, is that Governments lie to their people, not in extraordinary circumstances, but that governments lie to us on such a regular basis that the entire narrative of how we view the world must be called into question.

I’ll repeat that: The entire narrative of how we view the world must be called into question.

What is possibly even more obscene is that most of you considering that previous statement are nodding in agreement. In fact, I am not telling you something you don’t already know.

And yet, for those of us lucky enough to have won the birth lottery and were born in a rich and powerful country, it can be more comfortable to occupy- in the metaphoric real estate of our mind- waterfront property near that famous river in Egypt. From this comfortable position the truth, like a shock of cleansing cold water on the unwashed bodies of the masses, is not only refreshing but a much needed jolt to wake us from the collective slumber that makes is easier for the ruling class to manipulate us.

Truth is not treason.

-Dennis Trainor, Jr

Iranian Cleric: Promiscuous Women Cause Earthquakes


by Davis Fleetwood
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“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” so says a senior Iranian Cleric in Iran. “What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble? “There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes.”

Note to self: Create a revival of Footloose reconceived and reset in small town Iran and produce it an open air Tehran theatre next season. Footloose to Iran will be what Hair was to the U.S.: an anti establishment bit of revolutionary agit prop that will eventually be co-opted by capitalists and rendered an impotent and cute costume drama. On second thought, perhaps that is not such a good idea.

An Earthquake waiting to happen

In Iran, women are required by law to be covered from head to toe, but many younger women flout the law- pushing their hijab all the way back to reveal – gasp- hair and inviting a devastating earthquake in Tehran.

“A divine authority told me to tell the people to make a general repentance. Why? Because calamities threaten us,” the cleric said.

Or, as scientist view it: There have been two decades of warnings from Seismologist that the capitol city of Iran will be struck by a catastrophic earthquake in the near future. Continue reading