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Friday, January 26, 2007

The Flame of Fire

Twilight hit it on the head in her recent posts about the state of the Executive Branch. She turned me onto a speech made by Al Gore that seems to have slipped the media radar... I am sure it was an innocent mistake... One of the beautiful things that I find about the blogosphere is that very little actually slips past the radar. It just isn't as accessible to the majority of Americans, or the world. Blogging isn't new, and it is getting to be a hotter form of communication every day, but still most Internet surfers have no clue what a blog is, or what it does.

A blog is a website, yes. It's an online journal, yes. It's a community, yes. Wikipedia says: A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order. It is all these things, and yet so much more. It is uncensored ramblings of whatever the blogger wants to say. Usually there is a theme. But often there is an element of free association. A blog isn't powered by advertisers, although a blogger may generate a great, or mostly meager, income from advertisements. A blog is powered by content. And that content doesn't have to coddle to anyone, except the blogger's conscience.

This post has no tie in at the end to Astrology. I try to keep my own opinions to a minimum and show other people's views, rather than use this blog to further my own chart sales, services or agendas. However, no matter what side of the fence you sit on, people in this country are alarmed, concerned and anxious. Truth be told we should be... About a lot of things.

We work longer hours and earn proportionately less than our past counterparts. Divorce is higher than ever. People who have two income households file bankruptcy over health problems despite having health insurance. We have an all time high debt ratio, even those who have "good credit". Workers are considered "human resources" and not the backbone of an organization. Fewer people can afford to purchase homes than ever before. Due to dubious lending practices, foreclosure and repossession is at an all time high. If you are a millionaire, you can file bankruptcy and not pay off one US debtor, but you can't do this if you a "common person" in need. One could nit pick at any number of things, but to me the most alarming trend is the fear of the media to cover anything substantial in nature.

We rely on the nightly news, newspapers and magazines to keep us impartially informed. Through knowledge comes power. Yet, the mainstream media is owned by a handful of giants, kicking to curb the David media taking on the Goliath stories. Good reporters and investigators can't get their stories printed.

Instead of covering a scathing speech by Al Gore, accusing George W Bush of breaking the law, all major networks and cable news stations covered an overturned tanker truck in New York.

A simple man, Malachi Ritscher, lights himself on fire near a intersection to protest against the policies in this war. He is one of a handful of incidents of this type of protest in the history of the United States. He gets no media mention.

Below is a snippet of the Gore speech, with a link to the text. Further down is a short documentary about Malachi Ritscher. There are many types of fire and fire is used to burn as well as to illuminate. I ask you: What's going on?

"I call upon Democratic and Republican members of Congress today to uphold your oath of office and defend the Constitution. Stop going along to get along. Start acting like the independent and co-equal branch of American government you are supposed to be under the Constitution of our country. But there is yet another Constitutional player whose pulse must also be taken and whose role must be examined in order to understand the dangerous imbalance that has accompanied these efforts by the Executive branch to dominate our constitutional system."
Al Gore's Martin Luther King Day Address

Description of "Flame of the Millennium"
MAN LIGHTS HIMSELF ON FIRE AS A PROTEST AGAINST THE WAR. THE MEDIA YAWNS. Malachi Ritscher wanted to draw attention to himself as a symbol of the horrors that are being committed in our name. The media, particularly TV, has been very quiet about it. His statement can be found at his website

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At 7:42 AM, Blogger Twilight said...

Wonderful piece, VB !! These things need saying. We are privileged to have the opportunity to say them 'bloggily', and we need to treasure and utilise that privilege because I'm sure certain people would like to take it away !

At 2:15 AM, Blogger Velvet Blade said...

This piece was so personally challenging for me. I had to take an "intensity" break!

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