Leaky things

Today, after a long time, a new post.

But my concern is not to inform you, my readers, about anything. It is more or less a call for independence. A call for curiosity.

Every now and then wikileaks makes its way into the news. The most recent example is the video of american soldiers blowing up reporters and civilians, like children. I think we all heard the pilot’s comment that “it is their own fault, bringing children into the war zone”. I sometimes ask myself, why soldiers are able to keep their limited world view. Is it military education? Education in general? Where is the empathy? And why do they sound and act as if they’re playing a first person shooter?

Questions all over again.

But this video is just a small extract of things, you are able to find on wikileaks. To make your mouth water and to insist that you, dear reader, will take a look yourself, here a few headlines from Wikileaks:

26. Mar. 2010: CIA report into shoring up Afghan war support in Western Europe, 11 Mar 2010
15. Mar. 2010: U.S. Intelligence planned to destroy WikiLeaks, 18 Mar 2008
24. Feb. 2010: Cryptome.org takedown: Microsoft Global Criminal Compliance Handbook
It may be true, that curiosity killed the cat – but it is also true that it died smater…
Now go and find out for yourself!

TINA – who’s that girl?

TINA.

In some contexts this is more than just a name.

I’m sure you have heard it, too. Maybe not in its shortened version…

TINA means: There Is No Alternative.

This seems to apply to everything these days. From global warming and carbon taxes to war against terror – everything is justified by TINA.

But why is that so?

Let’s take a look at how opinions are made. Yes, opinions are made today, because people not even have the possibility to think for their own. And again: Why?

One point is, that most of the mass media – i.e. TV Stations, Radio stations, newspapers and publishers are mostly part of only one or two companies, representing the same or almost equal interests and lobbies. Let’s take a look at the most obvious example we can think of: Italy.

Mr. Berlusconi owns the private TV and newspaper companies. He started regulations, like fees, that are a disadvantage for public stations, because they are not allowed to present commercials, either. Therefore Berlusconi is able to influence what is being broadcasted and told to the public. That means many things are not said and shown, that of course results in a public opinion that has nothing to do with a big picture or a free and objective formation of opinion. How could it? To be able to think about something you have to know what’s the truth and what’s the lie. Which is impossible when censorship is being imposed on the recipient.

But it not only depends on what is said, but also on what isn’t. Meaning when points that exist and furthermore which could make a huge difference in formating an own opinion are left out you get a wrong picture.

Of course there’s also the alternative to lie publicly and with enough might over the press you can even disguise the biggest lie as breathtaking truth. For example the pictures of Iraqi soldiers kicking babies out of their incubators in the war 1991 against Iraq, and even the witness, who testified in front of the court – these things were not real but staged events manipulating the public opinion. And remember the weapons of mass destruction evidence which was a hoax as well. All staged and invented by the american president and his head of intelligence. That’s how you get people to except that there is TINA.

There is no alternative to war.

There is no alternative to stop the climate change.

There is no alternative to capitalism.

There is no alternative to misinformation.

But that’s not true.

The point is, that this system only works, when the public believes what is told. But were told just a fraction of what really is. There are many tabu about which nobody is talking. Many terms are being changed in their entire meaning.

Once upon a time investigative journalism was a good thing, today it is – or at least seems to be –  equal to treason. This becomes very vivid when you think about the war against terror, where everybody who tried to look at the subject objectively and more or less pragmatically was denunciated as a traitor and unpatriotic.

If you do not believe me (and you should be sceptic with everything what you read and hear) take a look at this documentary: War made easy.

So back to TINA.

There is no alternative because they don’t want us to even think there could be one and I’m more than sure, that there always is an alternative.

We only have to stop building tabu. Wether they are political, social or a question of ideals – start thinking outside the box. Be sceptic and start thinking for yourself. Open your eyes and start being critical.

President Obama’s speech shows the TINA principal in purest and most excellent way, it is dripping from every sentence every word.

The high art of opinion formation – in the last century called propaganda.

So, to look back at the history of mankind, let’s stick to ancient Rome:

A senator suggested to label the slaves with white wristbands, so they could be recognized as slaves. But another senator said: “No, if we did this, they would be able to realize how many they are, which would result in a rebellion.”

And if the romans knew that…