Grid-locking the peripherique in both directions …
“But we are told that we need not fear; because those in power, being our representatives, will not abuse the powers we put in their hands. I am not well versed in history, but I will submit to your recollection, whether liberty has been destroyed most often by the licentiousness of the people, or by the tyranny of rulers.
“I imagine, sir, you will find the balance on the side of tyranny. Happy will you be if you miss the fate of those nations, who, omitting to resist their oppressors, or negligently suffering their liberty to be wrested from them, have groaned under intolerable despotism!
“Most of the human race are now in this deplorable condition; and those nations who have gone in search of grandeur, power, and splendor, have also fallen a sacrifice, and been the victims of their own folly. While they acquired those visionary blessings, they lost their freedom.”
The above quotation appears at the end of a great essay by Charles Hugh Smith WikiLeaks: The Banality of Evil and Imperial Over-Reach.
Some additional quotes from Mr. Smith himself:
“A republic has little to fear from transparency and much to fear from Elites’ shadowy secrets.”
“Empires have much to fear from transparency, as they depend on Elites’ control of shadow worlds kept secret from the citizenry.”
“A republic has a public forum, an Empire has a Coliseum serving entertainment and distraction.”
“Is the American Empire acting in the best interests of the U.S. and its citizenry? Though the two are being “sold” as identical, both to the world and to American citizens, the two are separate entities. The United States will endure if its empire vanishes.”
The film below is a space shuttle launch from the perspective of a solid rocket booster, one of the giant white rockets attached to the belly of the shuttle during its ascent. Thanks to a tiny camera and contact microphone attached its frame, you can ride along with it as it sends the shuttle into orbit, then free falls back to earth. There’s not much going on visually until the boosters separate at about the two-minute mark–but after that, it’s a film even Stanley Kubrick would be proud of.
This clip was shot during STS-124, a mission flown by the shuttle Atlantis to deliver a new Japanese module to the International Space Station.