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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Archive for the ‘Resistance’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Sometimes you just have to be a pushy b*tch

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

I think a few people were laughing about me feeling intimidated and being submissive to cranky county fair volunteers yesterday. Found it pretty funny, myself.

In real life, I’m mostly just a person who’d rather get along or talk things out than make a scene — until you really offend my sense of right and wrong. Once you get my righteousness up, you’d best get out of my way.

I’m dealing with an IRL situation like that this very minute.

On Sunday I mentioned a Bad Thing I’d been told (not asked) to keep confidential. It already felt wrong to keep shut about it since it potentially affected a lot of people.

Then late yesterday I learned that the few of us who thought we were in the know had been lied to. In one very, very, very important, not to say absolutely crucial, aspect, we’d been shined on. We’d been led to believe that the Bad Thing had one very good aspect.

It does not. Someone apparently decided to invent that one allegedly good point for reasons unknown. To keep the natives from getting restless, perhaps? I don’t know. But we were lied to.

Now … no more Ms Nice Guy.

Either these people back down from their nefarious plans — and put that in writing. Or it’s warpath time.

I’m trying to be constructive. I’ve been working on possible solutions with some of the others involved. People (other than those responsible) are diligently and intelligently trying to route around the damage. There are excellent colleagues ready not only to fight back but to build for the future. We’re taking practical steps, discussing alternatives. There’s hope in sight.

But now that we know we’ve been lied to, I’ve gone from “OMG, how can this be happening? What can we do about it?” to “If the people responsible for the Bad Thing don’t back off and get the hell out of the way ASAP, there’s going to be blood.”

Well, blood on the blogs, at least. Figuratively speaking.

With no firm ground to stand on, I demand that plans undone. I want resignations. I call for public disclosure.

Of course, that’s useless. I’m impotent. Powerless. I have absolutely zero ability to fix this mess by demanding, wanting, and calling. But I’m mad as bloody damned hell and certainly not going to take this Bad Thing or stand by quietly as it’s imposed on others.

Of all the things I angrily demand, public disclosure is the only one I have any control over. And I will use it.

Also, it’s just a plain fact that making this wretched business public is the right thing to do. It gives a greater chance of having new people come up with new solutions.

So far, all I’ve managed to do is make myself look like a pushy b*itch. Which I hate. But you know, there are signs it might actually work. We’ll see.

I’m holding to confidentiality — well, the threads of confidentiality — still today because a lot of innocent people are involved and because solutions still seem possible at this point without public ruckus raising. I do apologize for talking to you about the mess twice now without actually saying anything. It’s eating my guts out and it’s hard to find the right line to walk.

But if certain perfidious, secretive, lying authoritarians have not taken their plans and agreed to creep away in the next day or two …

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Claire Wolfe

“Your right to assembly is not being denied.”

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

And that “is not open for discussion.”

Orwell in Ferguson.

Claire Wolfe

Snitch or suffer

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice (sic) is arguing that nobody has a right to refuse to snitch. That is, should you just say no when offered the “opportunity” to become the fedgov’s patsy, TPTB are free to punish you by means fair or foul to coerce and terrify you into doing their bidding. First Amendment does not apply. Nor any other amendment, for that matter.

So they argue and so (in today’s statist legal climate) they may prevail.

Another brick in the wall.

Another brick we’ll pull down on their evil, power-mad heads one day in the not too distant future.

The Simple Justice blog has some fine indignant words on the matter.

(H/T S)

Claire Wolfe

Big sale on at JPFO through July 31

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Everything — everything! (except memberships) — is 25 percent off at the JPFO store through Thursday. And even with memberships, there’s an ongoing 25th-anniversary special.

Much good stuff. Prices low enough to enable you to share many items with friends. Books. DVDs. Targets. Bumper Stickers. Those wonderful, EZ-read Gran’pa Jack booklets. Tee shirts & hats. More Izula knives!

I wish I’d thought of this line myself, but I’ll steal it from David Codrea, who headlined his post about the big sale at Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership with, “Have we got a deal for you!” :-)

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And speaking of David, his latest article at JPFO is a real headshaker.

“What Would Happen if ‘Battle of Athens’ Round Two Ever Becomes Necessary?”

Darned good question on general princples. But especially pertinent for the people of McMinn County, Tennessee, whose fathers and grandfathers won the original Battle of Athens. So, folks, why are you now sitting back as your local government gears up to wage war on you?

Claire Wolfe

Friday Freedom Question: What would be on your “mixtape”?

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Via jed: Artist sends the National Spy Agency a super-encrypted “mixtape.”

So why would Huerta create a mixtape no one else could open? Well for one, there’s no worry that someday he’ll regret sending our nation’s protectors a whole bunch of mushy love songs that will sound really, really cheesy 10 years from now. Oh, and there’s this, which he posted on his Medium blog: “The NSA can read my stupid Facebook updates but without my consent it will never be able to listen to my kick-ass mix tape, even if it’s sitting right in front of them.”

Actually, that simplifies things a little too much. Huerta explains in the same post that he was inspired to create his art statement because he has “[bleep] feelings about mass surveillance, and they are not warm and fuzzy. To take the Internet, which I grew up with so much hope for in being so much more free than the world I physically occupied and turn it into a panopticon brings out the tortured artist in me; I can’t help but respond.”

So the mixtape, which he says “contains a soundtrack for the modern surveillance state” is his response. It’s basically a giant “na-na-na-pooh-pooh” (my words, not his) to the NSA and a musical tribute to documentary filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras and lawyer-journalist Glenn Greenwald, both of published news stories based on NSA documents leaked to them by Edward Snowden. It’s also “a reminder that the rules of mathematics are more powerful than the rules of even the most powerful states,” says Huerta.

So what would be on your freedomista mixtape?

P.S. Hope he’s right about the security of his encryption — even if there’s nothing on the “tape” but bad renditions of “Dancing Queen” and “Lady in Red.” Wouldn’t count on it, though.

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, July 7th, 2014
  • A different way of fighting addictions. Article is a little vague on whether these newish ways are more effective than the old. But it’s certainly good to see the old “you’re helpless, forever sick, and dependent only on a higher power” model of treatment getting some competition.
  • Kim Jong Un is terrified of … poor-quality imitation Moon Pies??? Well, take it with a grain of salt, but stranger things have helped bring down tyrants.
  • Yes, some cops should be charged with murder. And conspiracy. And attempted coverup. And …
  • Obama The Great. Or why he thinks he is and is expects us peasants to acknowledge it. (Presidents do tend to be a scurvy lot, but I don’t believe we’ve ever had one more narcissistic than this guy.) UPDATE: G**gl* cached version, H/T. M. Original article has slipped behind a paywall.
  • It figures. There are actual scientists studying that great (and I really mean it) problem of modern life: why the heck all those electrical cords tangle into Gordian knots just by being left lying around.
  • Via jed: Order restored to universe as Microsoft gives back all those other-people’s domains it managed to crash.
Claire Wolfe

Catching up (and some ranting)

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

It has been so freakin’ BUSY! I’m sorry for the “lite” posting, but when I do have some time, summer tempts me to spend it elsewhere than the computer.

While articles are being written, doors are also being painted, junk heaps reduced, and projects planned.

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I even (I blush to admit) spent time last week prepping artwork to submit to the county fair.

« Read the rest of this entry »

Claire Wolfe

The power of the powerless

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Wendy McElroy’s latest. A good read for Independence Day. Spread it around.

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(I’m still deadlining. Two articles down, one to go. Plus Life. More soon.)

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Claire Wolfe

Week drawing to its hectic, weary end links

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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