...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



from rt:

“In a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you,’
-Sen. Dick Durbin
Occupy 'pepper-spray cop' awarded $38k settlement... ...workers’ compensation settlement totaling $38,059... The video made it to news outlets around the globe, and activists aligned with the underground Anonymous movement warned him, “Expect our full wrath."
There's the downside of the thing which is that "Anonymous" - script kiddies with no ethical governance, and by virtue of their invisibility, unreachable by any means except criticism-at-a-distance or superior tech firepower.
The rest of us have to rely on the internal integrity of whoever/whatever that is. Or suffer the presence of still another bunch of clueless assholes with some of the right ideas and a bunch of the wrong, viz. the NSA, the FBI, and a whole lot of vigilantish clots here and there, whose claims to righteousness never get the clean-up of exposure and debate. Set aside the nature of anonymity means anyone can claim the digital badge and digital gun.
Set aside cowardice in service of moral goals degrades their attainment.
Pike is a pawn in a much larger game that he neither originated nor understands. He makes a far easier safer target than the anonymous social groups that put him there with that mace in his hand.
I share most of what seems to be Anonymous' positions, I like the idea of a power engaged which isn't susceptible to the oppressive force that Pike was employed by, and their work exposing the sexual carnage still so awfully evident.
But this horseshit of threatening people with your immense might is pretty familiar. At some point digital pepper spray is all we're looking at. Just that it's in the hands of anonymous "officers" who are enforcing our values. That's not progress.
My point is Pike's not much more than a can of pepper spray himself - use it, then discard it when it's empty.

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