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When gifted children try to share these concerns with others, they are usually met with reactions ranging from puzzlement to hostility. They discover that others, particularly of their age, clearly do not share these concerns, but instead are focused on more concrete issues and on fitting in with others' expectations. Often by even first grade, these youngsters, particularly the more highly gifted ones, feel isolated from their peers and perhaps from their families as they find that others are not prepared to discuss such weighty concerns.

When their intensity is combined with multi-potentiality, these youngsters become particularly frustrated with the existential limitations of space and time. There simply aren't enough hours in the day to develop all of the talents that many of these children have. Making choices among the possibilities is indeed arbitrary; there is no "ultimately right" choice. Even choosing a vocation can be difficult if one is trying to make a career decision between essentially equal passion, talents and potential in violin, neurology, theoretical mathematics and international relations.

The reaction of gifted youngsters (again with intensity) to these frustrations is often one of anger. But they quickly discover that their anger is futile, for it is really directed at "fate" or at other matters which they are not able to control. Anger that is powerless evolves quickly into depression.

In such depression, gifted children typically try to find some sense of meaning, some anchor point which they can grasp to pull themselves out of the mire of "unfairness." Often, though, the more they try to pull themselves out, the more they become acutely aware that their life is finite and brief, that they are alone and are only one very small organism in a quite large world, and that there is a frightening freedom regarding how one chooses to live one's life. It is at this point that they question life's meaning and ask, "Is this all there is to life? Is there not ultimate meaning? Does life only have meaning if I give it meaning? I am a small, insignificant organism who is alone in an absurd, arbitrary and capricious world where my life can have little impact, and then I die. Is this all there is?"

Such concerns are not too surprising in thoughtful adults who are going through mid-life crises. However, it is a matter of great concern when these existential questions are foremost in the mind of a twelve or fifteen year old. Such existential depressions deserve careful attention, since they can be precursors to suicide.

How can we help our bright youngsters cope with these questions? We cannot do much about the finiteness of our existence. However, we can help youngsters learn to feel that they are understood and not so alone and that there are ways to manage their freedom and their sense of isolation.

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By Admin (from 08/12/2010 @ 08:00:11, in ro - Stiinta si Societate, read 1276 times)

 Pare destul de greu de crezut, dar in curand omul va putea sa converseze cu animalele, in limba lor. Nu direct, ci folosind un fel de „translatori”: roboti creati de cercetatori dupa chipul si asemanarea fapturilor pe care ne-am obisnuit sa le numim si necuvantatoare. Mai mult decat atat, mesajele comportamentale atat de importante in lumea animala vor fi descifrate tot prin intermediul creaturilor artificiale.

Balul fazanilor

La prima vedere pare o jucarie: o fazanita asezata pe un vagonet care ruleaza pe sine si avand fixata pe ceafa o mica antena. Datorita acesteia, se controleaza de la distanta miscarile complexe ale pasarii-robot, al carei corp este plin de motorase minuscule. Miscari programate in prealabil, pentru a fi identice cu cele ale animalelor reale. Scopul principal nu este altul decat sa se testeze reactiile masculului ispitit astfel de o parada nuptiala. Si nu numai ispitit, ci cazut chiar in insolita capcana, dovada fiind dansul specific pe care il incepe, cu frumosul penaj al cozii desfacut in evantai.

Ideea si punerea ei in practica ii apartine americancei Gail Patricelli, biolog la Departamentul de evolutie si de ecologie din Universitatea California, demersul nefiind deloc simplu. Pentru a arata ca este regele balului, fazanul mascul isi umple cu aer un buzunar de dimensiuni considerabile aflat la nivelul esofagului, apoi il goleste brusc, cu zgomot asemanator destuparii unei sticle. Totul dureaza doar trei secunde, dupa care „doamnele” seduse trebuie sa-si aleaga perechea.

Semnale de alarma

Ceea ce nu se cunoaste este modul de optiune al fazanitei, iar Gail e convinsa ca robotul sau ii va oferi cheia limbajului comportamental al speciei. Totusi, tehnica pacalirii animalelor cu ajutorul unora false nu e noua. In anii 1940, etologul David Lack observa ca botgrosii ataca orice pasare cu pene rosii care ii incalca teritoriul, insa nu reactioneaza la prezenta altor specimene; chiar la vederea unui singur fulg rosu, botgrosul devine agresiv.

Pornind de aici, s-a observat ca reactiile comportamentale sunt insotite de anumite semnale sonore, cunoscute de toti congenerii. Foarte interesant e amanuntul ca, unele reactii spontane, neprecedate de „ritualul” unor miscari precise, pun in garda intregul grup din care face parte exemplarul respectiv. De pilda, la porumbei apare in mod frecvent semnalul de alarma care determina punerea la adapost a stolului. Si aici raman insa deocamdata cateva necunoscute esentiale, privitoare la postura fata de care animalele devin cu adevarat sensibile.

„Teleasti” cu fulgi si blana

De ce nu s-a recurs la animale-robot pana acum? Pentru ca nu exista tehnologia necesara construirii lor, pana in anii 1990. Pe langa biorobotica si informatica, nanotehnologiile castiga teren in etologie. Cercetatorii danezi au realizat chiar o albina mecanica, din alama acoperita cu ceara si cu o lama de ras pe post de aripa (unica). Dusa intr-un stup si facuta sa-i vibreze fie doar aripa, fie doar corpul, ei au cules informatii pretioase despre felul in care albinele reale comunica despre depistarea unor surse de hrana.

Ce ne rezerva viitorul? Cunoscandu-se codurile de comunicare intre animale, se va putea controla comportamentul acestora si vor fi determinate sa execute anumite operatiuni. Deja o realizare importanta este Insbot, minirobotul acoperit cu feromoni care „pozeaza” in gandac de bucatarie, atragandu-i pe cei reali in locuri unde nu merg de obicei. In fine, sa mai mentionam ca, daca fabricarea unui animal-robot e prea complicata, animalele speciei testate sunt puse sa-si priveasca la televizor congenerii. Scopul scuza mijloacele!

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By Admin (from 07/12/2010 @ 14:00:59, in ro - TV Network, read 1920 times)

Mircea Badea: "Din ce bani sunt platiti cei de la Evenimentul Zilei?"

Mircea Badea despre ziarul Evenimentul Zilei care vinde 20.000 de exemplare pe zi si care este depasit de cotidianul local Unirea din Alba Iulia si ziarul Patriarhiei.

Mircea Badea: "La noi lumea chiar este credincioasa"

Mircea Badea despre credinciosii romani care au fost la biserica Sfantul Gheorghe Nou din Bucuresti la racla cu mana dreapta a Sfantului Nicolae unde oamenii si-au frecata portofelul de cruce.

Mircea Badea: "Rromi sunt discriminati pozitiv"

Mircea Badea despre elita romilor care este sucarita pe ideea de tigan, bate campii cu texte de la Kogalniceanu despre robie.

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By Admin (from 07/12/2010 @ 12:00:50, in it - Scienze e Societa, read 1517 times)

Forse non tutti conoscono Crodo, piccolo borgo piemontese nella provincia di Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, ma a tutti è ben noto il “Crodino”, la celebre bevanda nata qui nel 1964, tuttora prodotta dal gruppo Campari. Popolata da appena 1457 abitanti, che affettuosamente la chiamano “Crò”, Crodo è una serena cittadina termale, centro principale della Valle Antigorio, situata 16 km a nord di Domodossola. Nell’aria frizzante, quasi sempre dominata dal sole, si stagliano le sagome innevate delle montagne, i tetti aguzzi delle casette graziose, i campanili delle chiese che costellano il borgo e le colline. Passeggiando per le stradicciole del centro, dal sapore intimo e accogliente, si può sentir raccontare una leggenda, che racconta le vicende della Crodo lontana e delle sue antiche terme.

 

La storia vuole, infatti, che le proprietà benefiche delle acque locali siano state scoperte al tempo delle crociate. Pare che un cavaliere, tornando da Gerusalemme, si sia fermato a Salecchio in fin di vita, stremato dall’impresa e dal viaggio. Abbeverandosi a una sorgente trovata per caso, che zampillava da una roccia, avrebbe ripreso miracolosamente le forze, e lo stesso sarebbe accaduto alla sua cavalla: da allora i cittadini, che avevano assistito alla scena stupefacente, si servirono dell’elisir per alleviare ogni tipo di malattia. Come l’antico cavaliere, oggi sono molti i visitatori che si recano a Crodo per beneficiare delle cure termali, in uno stabilimento accogliente e curato, dotato di ogni comfort. L’acqua, medio minerale-solfato-bicarbonato-calcica, è ideale per le patologie del sistema urinario e digerente, ma anche per i disturbi del metabolismo, il diabete o, più semplicemente, l’alimentazione durante la gravidanza.

 

Benchè sia un piccolo paese, Crodo offre tanti altri gioielli da non trascurare. Per chi non rinuncia a un pizzico di cultura, infatti, ci sono dei monumenti interessanti: nella frazione di Avernolo, a 1000 metri di quota, c’è il Muro di Avernolo o “Muro del Diavolo”. Si tratta di un’antica costruzione megalitica, formata da massi monumentali, che in epoca preromana fungeva probabilmente da luogo di culto.

Risale a un passato più recente la Torre di Rencio, nell’omonima località, di cui rimangono alcune rovine. Abbarbicato a uno sperone roccioso, il castello di Rencio fu edificato tra il IX e il X secolo allo scopo di difendere la valle e controllare le rotte commerciali subalpine. Tra le chiese del borgo vale la pena di visitare la parrocchiale di Santo Stefano, costruita nel X secolo ma ampliata nel 1582 e nel 1616; la cinquecentesca chiesa di S. Giulio, in stile romano-gotico, affiancata dall’oratorio di San Giovanni Battista; infine il santuario della Madonna della Vita, realizzato nel XVII secolo e affrescato all’interno dal Giuseppe Borgnis nel 1715.

Ma l’aspetto più affascinante di Crodo sono forse le sue tradizioni, le usanze popolari, le credenze legate alla vita genuina di un tempo. Per chi desidera conoscerle, nella vicina frazione di Viceno, c’è l’originalissimo Museo della Montagna, aperto in estate ma visitabile tutto l’anno su prenotazione. In una caratteristica casa di montagna, con i muri in pietra, il tetto di piode e le finestre con le inferriate, è allestita questa esposizione dedicata alla vita contadina di un tempo. Cimeli, suppellettili, mobili e attrezzi da lavoro –tra cui spicca un grande telaio- sono custoditi nelle varie stanze, arredate con cura secondo il gusto passato.

 

Di tutt’altro genere è il Museo Nazionale delle Acque Minerali “Carlo Brazzorotto”, una collezione unica nel suo genere: qui sono raccolte più di ottantamila etichette e novemila esemplari di bottiglie di acque minerali. Chi ama la vita all’aria aperta troverà pane per i suoi denti nel territorio di Crodo, che fa parte del Parco Naturale Veglia-Devero. Qui ci si potrà avventurare lungo una fitta rete di sentieri, attraverso l’ondeggiare delle praterie d’alta quota e l’imponenza austera delle montagne più aspre.

 

Persino i più pigri non sapranno resistere alla tentazione e si avventureranno in qualche passeggiata. Complice il clima mite di Crodo, che gode di temperature dolci e tante ore di sole: i valori medi, infatti, vanno da un minimo di 5°C a un massimo di 11°C in gennaio, il mese più freddo. Si passa invece dai 21°C ai 27°C in luglio, il mese più caldo. Le precipitazioni, scarse in estate, si concentrano in primavera e autunno, quando piove in media per 8 giorni al mese.

A completare la ricca offerta turistica ci sono alcuni appuntamenti immancabili, distribuiti nell’arco dell’anno. Tra gli eventi più attesi ci sono le degustazioni di ottobre, dedicate ai prodotti più rappresentativi della regione: “Dalla magia di un riccio…ai piaceri della tavola” è il nome, ad esempio, della rassegna dedicata alle castagne, protagoniste assolute di piatti deliziosi. Deliziose anche le specialità, dolci e non, che si potranno assaggiare tra la fine di ottobre e l’inizio di novembre, in occasione della sagra “Mele e Miele”.

 

Chi ha deciso di raggiungere Crodo per un soggiorno rilassante, salutare e appassionante, può scegliere tra diverse possibilità di viaggio. Chi usa l’auto e viene da Torino deve percorrere la A4 in direzione Milano, prendere il raccordo dell’Autostrada A26 in direzione Sempione Confine di Stato, raggiungere Gravellona Toce e proseguire sulla superstrada fino all’uscita per Crodo. Per chi viene da Milano il tragitto è lo stesso, ma l’autostrada da percorrere è la A8 in direzione Sesto Calende, da cui prendere il raccordo A26. Per chi sceglie il treno la stazione ferroviaria di riferimento è quella di Domodossola, a circa 14 km da Crodo, collegata a Novara, Milano, Locarno e Briga. Per chi si serve dell’aereo c’è l’Aeroporto di Torino Caselle, a 195 km dalla meta.

Fonte: ilturista.info

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By Admin (from 07/12/2010 @ 12:00:21, in ro - Stiinta si Societate, read 1801 times)

 Dincolo de aspectul religios al problemei, endogamia (acuplarea intre indivizi proveniti din aceiasi parinti) reprezinta clar una dintre anomaliile sexuale de care omul nu e deloc strain. Mult mai echilibrate decat noi, speciile animale se dedau la asemenea practici nefiresti doar in cazuri rarisime. Cu o singura exceptie, care a reusit sa-i uluiasca pana si pe oamenii de stiinta: pestisorul african numit Cichlidé smarald, bine cunoscut de acvarofili.

O familie fericita

Cazurile de consangvinitate la animale au fost observate in situatii extreme, cand specia (grupul) respectiv are nevoie de o solutie deosebita pentru a se reproduce: indivizii nu se pot deplasa catre alte populatii sau populatiile sunt prea mici ori raspandite intr-un spatiu unde animalele nu stiu sa-si recunoasca parintii. Pana in prezent, endogamia era considerata suta la suta un accident si in nici un caz o alegere libera.

Totusi, la amintitul pestisor african, cel putin in trei din patru imprejurari acuplarea se realizeaza cu sora sau cu fratele individului. Mai mult, la acest animal monogam parintii se ocupa impreuna de progenituri, carora le transmit si instinctul de a avea relatii intre ele; astfel, masculul imperecheat cu sora sa petrece mai mult timp ocupandu-se de pui si are doar rareori dispute cu consoarta. Altfel spus, in acest caz incestul favorizeaza buna intelege familiala.

Relatii funeste

Endogamia nu e blamata si condamnata in mod nejustificat, iar stiinta a demonstrat acest lucru. Mutatiile genetice survenite in urma acuplarii intre indivizi cu aceiasi parinti dau nastere unor pui cu sanse minime de supravietuire. Respectivul dezavantaj selectiv face chiar ca, la unele specii, sa se evite imperecherea intre toti cei ce si-au petrecut impreuna perioada de imaturitate. De aceea, la numeroase mamifere, tinerii de un anumit sex (de obicei masculii) parasesc grupul natal inaintea varstei adulte.

Daca totusi raman, de obicei femelele se acupleaza cu mai multi masculi, pentru siguranta ca descendentii nu vor proveni din parteneri cu aceiasi parinti. O alta strategie naturala de impiedicare a endogamiei s-a remarcat la cainele de prerie, unde tatal ramane in preajma fiicelor, lucru care le intarzie acestora maturizarea sexuala, intre timp puii masculi gasindu-si deja o pereche.

Omul e un animal bizar

La pestele african si la alte specii, in cazuri particulare, s-au observat si avantaje ale incestului fratern. Si, cum omul se considera fiinta superioara, a adoptat forme specifice de endogamie. In tari ca India si Pakistan, fenomenul e chiar institutionalizat prin traditie: uniunile consangvine se practica uneori pentru a se conserva patrimoniul unei familii. Revenind la regnul animal, vom mentiona ca femelele din specia fregatei de Pacific sunt cele ce-si aleg perechea si o fac preferand masculii foarte apropiati, frati sau veri.

Pe baza noilor observatii, oamenii de stiinta merg mai departe, punandu-si problema daca nu cumva endogamia e mai raspandita decat se credea, ea putand totusi sa nu fie cauzata de anumite constrangeri, ci pur si simplu de optiune. Lucru potential valabil la unele specii animale. Ceea ce nu inseamna ca in societatea umana putem vorbi despre acelasi gen de „normalitate”, caci la noi s-a demonstrat esenta patologica a unui asemenea comportament ce nu ne face deloc onoare.

Autor: ADRIAN-NICOLAE POPESCU - magazin.ro

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Dr. Webb is co-author of the book Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders.

It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression. Although an episode of existential depression may be precipitated in anyone by a major loss or the threat of a loss which highlights the transient nature of life, persons of higher intellectual ability are more prone to experience existential depression spontaneously. Sometimes this existential depression is tied into the positive disintegration experience referred to by Dabrowski (1996).

Existential depression is a depression that arises when an individual confronts certain basic issues of existence. Yalom (1980) describes four such issues (or "ultimate concerns")--death, freedom, isolation and meaninglessness. Death is an inevitable occurrence. Freedom, in an existential sense, refers to the absence of external structure. That is, humans do not enter a world which is inherently structured. We must give the world a structure which we ourselves create. Isolation recognizes that no matter how close we become to another person, a gap always remains, and we are nonetheless alone. Meaninglessness stems from the first three. If we must die, if we construct our own world, and if each of us is ultimately alone, then what meaning does life have?

Why should such existential concerns occur disproportionately among gifted persons? Partially, it is because substantial thought and reflection must occur to even consider such notions, rather than simply focusing on superficial day-to-day aspects of life. Other more specific characteristics of gifted children are important predisposers as well.

Because gifted children are able to consider the possibilities of how things might be, they tend to be idealists. However, they are simultaneously able to see that the world is falling short of how it might be. Because they are intense, gifted children feel keenly the disappointment and frustration which occurs when ideals are not reached. Similarly, these youngsters quickly spot the inconsistencies, arbitrariness and absurdities in society and in the behaviors of those around them. Traditions are questioned or challenged. For example, why do we put such tight sex-role or age-role restrictions on people? Why do people engage in hypocritical behaviors in which they say one thing and then do another? Why do people say things they really do not mean at all? Why are so many people so unthinking and uncaring in their dealings with others? How much difference in the world can one person's life make?

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By Admin (from 07/12/2010 @ 08:00:31, in ro - Stiinta si Societate, read 1386 times)

 Pe rand ciuma, malaria, variola, sifilisul, SIDA, au rapus milioane de oameni. Iar astazi, in plina era cosmica, pamantenii au de infruntat un pericol infinit mai mare: microbii aducatori de boli, veniti din spatiul extraterestru... Pare un scenariu demn de un film de groaza, dar savantii spun ca nu e exclus ca intr-o zi microbii extraterestri sau chiar microbii ori virusii pamanteni adusi inapoi pe Terra, la bordul rachetelor spatiale, sa faca ravagii in randul oamenilor. Acesti microbi ar putea declansa molime grave, comparabile doar cu epidemiile de ciuma din Evul Mediu sau cu pandemia de gripa spaniola care a rapus milioane de oameni, la finele primului razboi mondial.

Temerea le-a fost intarita de o intamplare petrecuta nu cu multa vreme in urma. In septembrie 2006, naveta americana Space Shuttle STS-115 purta la bordul ei si mai multi germeni din cunoscuta bacterie Salmonella, principala cauza a toxiinfectiilor alimentare, cu potential adesea letal. Cercetatorii voiau sa observe modul in care voiajul spatial afecteaza germenii de Salmonella.

Metamorfoza Salmonellei

Rezultatul i-a surprins si i-a ingrozit: cobaii de laborator hraniti ulterior cu acesti germeni au contactat boala si au murit mult mai rapid decat cei hraniti cu germeni de Salmonella care nu fusesera „plimbati” prin spatiu insa fusesera tinuti la temperaturi similare cu cele existente in afara atmosferei terestre. Astfel, dupa 25 de zile, 40% dintre cobaii care primisera alimente contaminate cu Salmonella de pe Pamant erau inca in viata, dar numai 10% din cei care consumasera hrana avand Salmonella „spatiala” mai supravietuiau.

„Oriunde merg oamenii, microbii ii vor insoti. Nu poti steriliza complet un cosmonaut, nu-l poti trimite complet curat in Cosmos. Problema e ca, daca omul vine slabit dintr-o calatorie spatiala, microbii vin intariti si sunt, iata, mult mai virulenti. Am descoperit nu mai putin de 167 mutatii genetice produse in germenii de Salmonella, in timpul acestei calatorii”, afirma Cheryl Nickerson, profesor asociat la Centrul pentru Boli Infectioase si Vaccinologie de la universitatea statului Arizona.

Desigur, Nickerson apreciaza ca experiente precum cea efectuata de echipa sa sunt benefice, intrucat ii vor ajuta pe oamenii de stiinta sa descopere noi masuri pentru stoparea bolilor infectioase. Deocamdata, cercetatorii isi recunosc neputinta in a oferi o explicatie suta la suta sigura asupra celor intamplate. O posibila teorie ar fi ca, dezvoltandu-se in conditiile de microgravitatie de la bordul navetelor spatiale, germenii au tendinta de a se adapta acestor conditii, mai dificile decat cele de pe Pamant.

Practic, savantii ii „antreneaza” astfel, pentru a face fata unor conditii grele, iar atunci cand microbii se vor intoarce pe Terra, astfel intariti, ei vor penetra mult mai usor fluidele corporale. Mucoasele organismului vor deveni prin urmare mai vulnerabile in fata lor si desigur ca cel mai afectat va fi chiar tractul gastrointestinal unde desigur ca germenii de Salmonella se vor simti ca acasa... „Acesti microbi sunt uluitori, ei pot detecta schimbarile de mediu instantaneu si isi pot transforma intregul mecanism genetic, pentru a supravietui”, apreciaza Nickerson.

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PRESS RELEASE
Tue 7 Dec 15.55 GMT

Julian Assange Defense Fund frozen.

The Swiss Bank Post Finance today issues a press release stating that it had frozen Julian Assange's defense fund and personal assets (31K EUR) after reviewing him as a "high profile" individual.

The technicality used to seize the defense fund was that Mr. Assange, as a homeless refugee attempting to gain residency in Switzerland, had used his lawyers address in Geneva for the bank's correspondence.

Late last week, the internet payment giant PayPal, froze 60Keur of donations to the German charity the Wau Holland Foundation, which were targeted to promote the sharing of knowledge via WikiLeaks.

WikiLeaks and Julian have lost 100Keur in assets this week.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the Cablegate exposure is how it is throwing into relief the power dynamics between supposedly independent states like Switzerland, Sweden and Australia.

WikiLeaks also has public bank accounts in Iceland (preferred) and Germany.

Please help cover our expenditures while we fight to get our assets back.

http://wikileaks.ch/support.html

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(Via @wikileaks. Source: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/7bg5kc )

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By Admin (from 07/12/2010 @ 01:00:18, in en - Global Observatory, read 2015 times)

(If you missed the previous installments in this series, please click here.)

New Zealand Herald: Editorial: Red alert over WikiLeaks unnecessary

"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has suggested the disclosure "puts people's lives in danger, threatens our national security and undermines our efforts to work with other countries to solve shared problems". Such language does not bode well for a cogent and calculated response. In fact, the intelligence information released so far contains nothing to substantiate Mrs Clinton's claims.[...]

Obviously, Washington is embarrassed. But, so far, that is all. There has, contrary to the Secretary of State's view, been no irresponsible naming and endangering of individual lives or national security.

Much of the credit for this must go to WikiLeaks' decision, as with military documents released this year, to rely on three major newspapers - the Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel - for a reasoned analysis of the cables. This has been no anarchic exercise, based on a naive view that it is right and proper for all information to be in the public domain.[...]

The cork is out of the bottle. If WikiLeaks is silenced, others will pick up its ideas."
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Paul Craig Roberts, CounterPunch: What the Wiki-Saga Teaches Us

"The reaction to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange tells us all we need to know about the total corruption of our “modern” world, which in fact is a throwback to the Dark Ages.

Some member of the United States government released to WikiLeaks the documents that are now controversial. The documents are controversial, because they are official US documents and show all too clearly that the US government is a duplicitous entity whose raison d’etre is to control every other government.

The media, not merely in the US but also throughout the English speaking world and Europe, has shown its hostility to WikiLeaks. The reason is obvious. WikiLeaks reveals truth, while the media covers up for the US government and its puppet states."
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Guy Rundle, Crikey: Bob Brown supports WikiLeaks, is Phillip Adams in the frame?

"Greens leader Bob Brown has spoken out in support of WikiLeaks, following its Cablegate document release to major media that began last week. While urging the global whistleblowing website to be "diligent" in ensuring that its released documents do not put lives at risk, Brown told Crikey that "the documents have caused increased scrutiny on often controversial aspects of US foreign policy. Such scrutiny is a good thing."

Brown's statement comes as the Gillard Labor government, which remains in power with the support of Green MHR Adam Bandt, continues to explore ways in which it can prosecute Julian Assange. Attorney-General Robert McClelland stated yesterday that "... the Australian Federal Police are looking at whether any Australian laws have been breached," a repeat of earlier statements. However, he is yet to specify any crimes with which Assange might be charged.

McClelland has also raised the possibility of cancelling Assange's Australian passport, though again no grounds on which this might occur have been raised.[...] The move is reminiscent of actions by the Menzies government at the height of the Cold War, when passport cancellation or refusal to issue was one of several techniques of political censorship and repression."
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Jeff Jarvis, The Huffington Post: Transparency: The New Source of Power

"Government should be transparent by default, secret by necessity. Of course, it is not. Too much of government is secret. Why? Because those who hold secrets hold power.

Now WikiLeaks has punctured that power. Whether or not it ever reveals another document -- and we can be certain that it will -- Wikileaks has made us all aware that no secret is safe. If something is known by one person, it can be known by the world.

But that has always been the case. The internet did not kill secrecy. It only makes copying and spreading information easier and faster. It weakens secrecy. Or as a friend of mine says, the internet democratizes leaking. It used to be, only the powerful could hold and uncover knowledge. Now many can.[...]

Now, in WikiLeaks, we see a new concern: that secrecy dies. It does not; secrecy lives. But it is wounded. And it should be. Let us use this episode to examine as citizens just how secret and how transparent our governments should be. For today, in the internet age, power shifts from those who hold secrets to those who create openness. That is our emerging reality."
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Micah L. Sifry, Tech President: After Wikileaks: The Promise of Internet Freedom, For Real

"So, while I am not 100% sure I am for everything that Wikileaks has done is and is doing, I do know that I am anti-anti-Wikileaks. The Internet makes possible a freer and more democratic culture, but only if we fight for it. And that means standing up precisely when unpopular speakers test the boundaries of free speech, and would-be censors try to create thought-crimes and intimidate the rest of us into behaving like children or sheep.

And, as Mark Pesce argues brilliantly, it's not like we can make this all go away. The potential for a Wikileaks moment--where a dissenter with the genuine goods of how an imperial organization actually carries out its business leaks that information into the global communications grid--has been inherent for years; now it has arrived. We are all living in a new age. And it does feel like radical changes in how the world works may again be possible."
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Chris O'Brien, Mercury News: Why we should applaud Wikileaks

"The reaction has been fierce. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., and ranking member of the Committee on Homeland Security, said this week that WikiLeaks should be labeled a terrorist organization. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the disclosures an "attack on America's foreign policy interests."

But the reaction is misguided. Our government is undermining its own credibility with this overheated rhetoric. And this lashing out says more about our politicians than it does about Assange or WikiLeaks.[...]

The proper response to WikiLeaks should be a national conversation about what material should be kept secret -- and to keep that at an absolute minimum. No one is arguing that there aren't some secrets the government needs to keep. Even WikiLeaks has held back some of the documents it received. But the circle around the stuff that falls into this category should be drawn as small as possible.[...]

But there should be no doubt that WikiLeaks' efforts to expose government secrets have done a great public service by puncturing a hole in the government's arguments that it needs to keep expanding its bubble of secrecy to keep us safe."
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By Admin (from 06/12/2010 @ 23:00:46, in en - Science and Society, read 2221 times)

Image(This article originally appeared in Libération)

"So why so much ado about these leaks? For one thing, they say what any savvy observer already knows: that the embassies, at least since the end of World War II, and since heads of state can call each other up or fly over to meet for dinner, have lost their diplomatic function and, but for the occasional ceremonial function, have morphed into espionage centres. Anyone who watches investigative documentaries knows that full well, and it is only out of hypocrisy that we feign ignorance. Still, repeating that in public constitutes a breach of the duty of hypocrisy, and puts American diplomacy in a lousy light.[...]

But let’s turn to the more profound significance of what has occurred. Formerly, back in the days of Orwell, every power could be conceived of as a Big Brother watching over its subjects’ every move. The Orwellian prophecy came completely true once the powers that be could monitor every phone call made by the citizen, every hotel he stayed in, every toll road he took and so on and so forth. The citizen became the total victim of the watchful eye of the state. But when it transpires, as it has now, that even the crypts of state secrets are not beyond the hacker’s grasp, the surveillance ceases to work only one-way and becomes circular. The state has its eye on every citizen, but every citizen, or at least every hacker – the citizens’ self-appointed avenger – can pry into the state’s every secret.[...]

One last observation: In days of yore, the press would try to figure out what was hatching sub rosa inside the embassies. Nowadays, it’s the embassies that are asking the press for the inside story."
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