Thursday, July 29, 2010

July 30, 2010

Check out this New Yorker article about WikiLeaks' Julian Assange.
He had come to understand the defining human struggle not as left versus right, or faith versus reason, but as individual versus institution. As a student of Kafka, Koestler, and Solzhenitsyn, he believed that truth, creativity, love, and compassion are corrupted by institutional hierarchies, and by “patronage networks”—one of his favorite expressions—that contort the human spirit. He sketched out a manifesto of sorts, titled “Conspiracy as Governance,” which sought to apply graph theory to politics. Assange wrote that illegitimate governance was by definition conspiratorial—the product of functionaries in “collaborative secrecy, working to the detriment of a population.” He argued that, when a regime’s lines of internal communication are disrupted, the information flow among conspirators must dwindle, and that, as the flow approaches zero, the conspiracy dissolves. Leaks were an instrument of information warfare.

Doesn't this remind you of Vietnam? Poor Obama. He inherited this whole mess - the wars, the economy (both linked) - from the utterly inept Shrub. But why didn't he turn and run 180° in the opposite direction? And why doesn't he do so now? How much failure does it take to admit failure? Let's just declare victory and walk away.

More messages from China, translated by Google, then WorldLingo ...
G: Are there items in the law of stupid laws: "an organization of fools, Hengda is equal to two-thirds in.
W: Has the item of fool law is it possible that in the law: “In an organization's fool, is bigger than permanently is equal to 2/3.
These "comments" occur all the time now. They never have anything to do with the journal entry or image and also never make any sense, even allowing for a large 'lost in translation' factor. Suntori! Am I getting hacked or merely harassed? A Chinese translation appears below (if Google got it right).
Quote of the Day
The truth is more important than the facts.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Image ... Vietnamese Flower Shop, Dorchester.

1 comment:

  1. 在莫非定律中有項笨蛋定律:「一個組織中的笨蛋,恆大於等於三分之二。」. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .