If you want to call someone a pussy, just do it outright. It might make you feel better.<quoted text>
Every time I read your posts I hear a little 'MEOW'. I refer to your first sentence ;)
HOWEVER, you might, in the interest of fairness, have added the glaringly obvious omission of the AUSTRALIAN government's inability to act responsibly and in the best interests of one of its own citizens. Perhaps even for the 'greater good'. Your lack of mention smacks of the kind of nationalism that is so nauseatingly prevalent in Australians - it's always the fault of Great Britain, or the U.S. because OI OI OI and etc. This is precisely what I referred to earlier.
So this is the last bit of information you'll get from me because I am becoming bored with the conversation: You could begin by examining the way that language is used to persuade; Pilger has some good texts available for this, particularly his later works, in which his language becomes quite manipulative. The study of linguistics will help you with this.
Then you might take a look at Marshal McLuhan's "The Medium is the Message". Some of it has been argued pretty effectively but the basic concept is intriguing. You could also look at "Manufacturing Consent" by Chomsky, for interest.
And then there's the money trail... always interesting to follow the money. Who really has it? What government paid him for the information that he obtained by whatever means? The study of economics, religious and political history textbooks will help you here.
But in the end, I'm not really interested in changing your mind about anything. I don't need to. You're entitled to your heroes. I just don't need them.
Yip, Australian Government actions are also shameful. Problem is its run by politicians who merely pursue their own agenda while maintaining the status quo. Like all politicians, why would being separated by geography make them any different? The people are not though, they’re a good sort. Clever, friendly and enjoy a laugh; much like the English and Americans. You can keep trying to pigeonhole me mate, you might get close eventually, but I’d rather just stick to the topic.
You’ve already agreed that Wikileaks provides good information, being an advocate of Marshall McLuhan’s material is congruent with this. The published material is free to be interpreted from all angles. It provides free scientific and analytical examination to determine if power is used responsibly. I think we agree this was made possible by Assange.
You insist that he is my hero because of this. To clarify, I believe he does not deserve the persecution he is suffering because of this. I believe the attention on him is a misdirection and a media attempt to marginalise Wikileaks. I don’t want a hero. I’d rather have never even learned his name and be grateful that Wikileaks exists without being tainted by a smear campaign. But that is not happening. It is like Galileo being trailed for heresy. Instead of creating a big deal out of this one man, we should all take a step back to view the material for what it is and determine its validity.
Cheers for the reference though. Always a learning opportunity – just have to look for it.
Sorry to have bored you. Good luck with your pursuit of the truth.