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» Aaron Swartz Hangs Himself in NYC on January 11
UPDATE - Oh, this is sad. Very sad. I just saw that Aaron Swartz hung himself today. At age 26. In New York City. (Brooklyn.) January 11th, 2013.
Such promise. Such remarkable promise. What a loss. What a colossal loss .. for the cause .. of sanity against insanity.
Of certainty against uncertainty. Of freedom against incarceration. Of life against death.
A beacon in the darkness .. extinguished, silenced forever.
It may surprise you, Mr. U.S. Justice Man, but some people actually need a reason a live .. and you took his away.
When unrighteous shit like this happens to our brothers, to our prophets .. we need to cry out .. to make it know .. that we DO NOT AGREE with our ancestors deeds.
Therefore, let it be known unto you. Let this serve as a solemn protest.
» Fight of the Ages!
Announcer: "Ladies and gentlemen, in THIS corner! .. we have » Yesterday!" [ crowd cheers with wild enthusiasm ]
"And in the OTHER corner, we have » Tomorrow!" [ crowd curiously silent ]
Confused-sounding Announcer » "Uh .. something seems to have happened to Tomorrow."
Tomorrow has been persecuted (by Yesterday) so savagely .. that Tomorrow said, "Fuck it!"
Tomorrow is a butterfly that has been broken over a wheel.
A beautiful butterfly, broken over an ugly wheel.
A very ugly wheel. A corrupt ugly wheel .. that discriminates against youth .. on the behalf of age.
Do you not recognize .. can't you see .. that Tomorrow is being sacrificed .. for the sake of Yesterday?
From my perspective, it is not difficult to see. Not at all difficult. Because clearly, Yesterday can vote ..
.. while Tomorrow can't. And you only seem to care about getting (re)elected. That's sad. Very sad (.. especially for Tomorrow).
You know .. if the government were smart, it would have funded a Research Group .. and made Aaron the director. Just imagine what effect that remarkable young man might have had ..
. on technology that increases efficiency .. and that helps people everywhere become more efficient ..
.. sort of like, you know » Steve Jobs, Mr. Apple himself. Patriarch of one of our nation's largest companies.
Aaron already HAS contributed to our nation (.. and the entire world) .. things which have had a positive effect. But you dont seem to value his contributions .. as much as the ones by those who MAKE MONEY.
Perhaps this is why our economy is still sputtering after .. years, now. Why it is only benefitting a select few.
Perhaps .. in their fear of radically new things / technologies ..
.. they are unwittingly stifling good old fashioned Unites States creative ingenuity.
I don't understand why you continue to focus all of your energy on bullshit .. and ignore the real problems facing our nation and our economy.
You need more vision .. than just what you can see leading up to the next election cycle. I think the term for your condition is » myopia. Political myopia.
[ And you need to grow some cojones while you work on fixing the vision problem. Obama needs to grow the courage to follow the law .. just like you & me .. and all the other "little people".]
» The Weight of a Suicide .. of a Geek's Geek
I did not know Aaron, but this grieves me .. more than I expected. I needed to go for a walk. The weight was surprising. (Perhaps because this comes so soon after Newtown. Less than a month. Maybe I am still grieving for those 20 first-graders.)
What a stark reminder that human beings have limits .. to the bullshit they can endure .. especially those who are more human than most.
Even a cursory look at the circumstances and the comments coming in from around the world make it easy for me to identify with him. Because he was Geek's geek ..
.. caught up in an heartless legal system .. that was bound and determined .. to grind him into sausage meat .. without any regard for the need for human dignity. "If you dare disagree with the Overlord$, you are not even worthy of human dignity."
It seems as tho our government cannot tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys. As Harvard professor, Lessig [ who knew Aaron since Aaron was just a kid ] said »
"Remember, we live in a world where the architects of the financial crisis regularly dine at the White House -- and where even those brought to "justice" never even have to admit any wrongdoing, let alone be labeled "felons."
I admit .. this kind of shit (injustice, inequality) pisses me off. It frosts my ass. Because it clearly isnt right.
Aaron stood for what I myself stand for. So it feels like a part of me has died .. under nasty circumstances. Horribly nasty.
Light a candle, ye Geeks. A candle of remembrance. The flame will speak.
Meanwhile Jon Corleozonie .. you know » Mr-Uh-I-somehow-LOST-$1.6-Billion-Dollars-of-Other-People's-Money .. has never even been charged with a crime.
[ Not hard to find victims THERE, is it, Jonnie? Because they have lined up .. and line disappears around the block.
The Authorities: "What's that, Jon? You lost a few billion of other people's money? No problem. Hey, shit happens, bro."
Meanwhile, the same Authority a little later: "Hey you over there .. with the 6-pack tucked under your arm. Dont make me tase you, dude." ]
How do we reconcile such vast disparity in justice? We can't. It is merely one-more-spotlight .. on the sad fact .. that our government has been co-opted. Clearly the wealthy-few OWN our government. And therefore they own us.
You set yourselves up as gods when you do that » "We-up-here, above the law, can do whatever the fuck we like. While you chumps down there in Sausage-land .. have different rules. Sausage-manufacturing rules. Make more sausage faster."
» Bouazizi & Swartz » Both 26 when they Committed Suicides-of-Despair
Do you not recognize similarities with Mohamed Bouazizi, the kindly street vendor who torched himself in the streets of Tunisia .. which became the event that led to the outrage that ignited the Arab Spring?
.. who also died, coincidentally, at age 26 .. exactly two years and one week ago. And the fires are still raging there in the Middle East.
The same age Einstein was the year (1905) when he kicked maximum scientific ass .. while working in his SPARE TIME, no less ..
.. as a 3rd rate patent clerk .. because he could not land a teaching job, despite countless applications, nor even get into a PhD program.
The world is still trying to comprehend the implications of Einstein's muscular throw-down when he was just 26 years old. (Still.)
I also can't help but think of Alan Turing, the Father-of-Computer-Science, who committed suicide .. by eating a cyanide-laced apple .. after his government had him chemically castrated (.. for homosexuality) ..
in lieu of imprisonment .. after he played a major role in helping them win World War II .. by breaking the German Naval Enigma code (.. at Bletchly Park). No good deed goes unpunished.
Rumor has it that Alan's poison apple is where Apple Computer got its logo .. an apple with a single bite missing.
British government: "Thanks for helping us win the war, Alan. Looks like it's now time to cook your nuts now, seeing that we have no more wars for you to help us win. Thank-you for your service at Bletchley Park and cracking the German Enigma code that helped us win the war."
Dude, chemical castration .. is like dropping your 'nads into a pot of boiling water .. and leaving them there until they're well done. Hard-boiled.
That's what the British government did .. to one of the twentieth century's greatest geeks. So I'm not very surprised that he chose to kill himself (.. just like Aaron did).
[ I know it's hard to believe.. but governments have done worse shit than that. Waay worse. ]
» Warning Delivered | Warning Ignored | Momma Wizard Not Happy
Okay .. I tried to warn them » "Do NOT piss off the Geeks," I told them. I tried. You can lead a horse to water. I feel like I failed. Utterly.
Okay, here's what I said May 15th (.. copy-n-paste):
So you've been busy. But .. if you piss them off, they will come after your ass. And they have special powers. You will RUE the day, my friend. Mark my words.
Because they are not forgiving, like me (« Mr. Niceguy). No, sir. Like an angry African wasp, they will sting .. and KEEP stinging ..
.. until their asses are good-n-sore. (That's why you dont want to provoke them.)
If they get really pissed, they will come after your ass .. with a vengeance. And then you're fucked. (Give me points for clarity. Ozy sends his best.)
Interesting, no? .. that Ozy was published on this exact date (January 11th) 195 years ago (1818).
Tho I also added:
I am not one of these wizards, no. (Not hardly.) But I understand them. I can FEEL them (.. we must share some of the same geeky chromosomes). Thermo-nuclear bonding, you might say.
This is how I know that you are in trouble. And I'm here to help (.. cue audio track of cavalry bugle cry amid the sound of galloping hooves). Consider it a lifeline.
So it's not like they werent warned. And I TOLD you they were wizards .. didnt I? [ Momma wizard is going to be verrry angry. ]
You probably already know this .. but for the benefit of our obviously-clueless government officials » "Dude, there is a tsunami coming." I dont know when it will make landfall .. but it will not be pretty. You might wanna look around for something sturdy to grab hold of.
» Stand the Fuck By
And you thought Sandy was bad. "Stand the fuck by."
Dylan wrote "It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls." Unfortunately, Dylan never said when.
Japan had 9 minutes. The clock has started. Tickety-tock went the clock.
Update - Jan 26, 2013. Oh, I just saw » THIS .. Anonymous' response to the government's handling of Aaron Swartz (.. very well articulated, as usual) ..
.. which ends with a promise » "Not this time. This time there will be change or there will be chaos."
Give them points for clarity. Two weeks to the day. That was quick. Easy to see the 'love' they put into it.
I have been trying to tell you .. that they do not think like you. (And they seem to have the patience of a saint.)
Part of the art & craft of Writing, as I see it, is to convey the most .. in either the clearest, most efficient, or most artistic way .. depending on the desired result and your intended audience.
So I caught myself admiring the sentence construction. Nobody will be able to claim that their position was ambiguous. Certainly more tasteful than I would have done.
I find it noteworthy that Henry Miller wrote » "Dostoevsky is chaos and fecundity" .. implying that, in the writing of the Russian, the two forces meet to create a » "vortex in the bubbling maelstrom." In other words » humanity.
If you were selected to write the one sentence that was to initiate the countdown sequence to doomsday .. that would be it. =)
I jest of course, but it's the truthful undercurrent that makes it funny. Actually, the last two sentences go together. The repetition made me think of Hemingway.
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