Blatant lies & Elusive Truth

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, you see, makes it a federal crime for any company participating in the surveillance to publicly acknowledge the existence of that surveillance. Thus, executives at Facebook, Google, Skype and others would all face arrest and federal prosecution as “terrorists” if they admitted the truth to their own users.
http://How Google, Facebook, Skype, Yahoo and AOL are all blatantly lying to their own users in denying NSA spy grid scheme.

So there we have it. A well set up system for the collection of information about us all, that the executives of social media sites don’t need to lie about and are nevertheless complicit. It’s an ample demonstration of when ‘the truth’ is all about the careful use of words and can be ‘disguised’ to appear as the real truth, but is in fact just the thin veil which shrouds the real truth, the facts and what is actually going on. No doubt Prism employs many, keeps a lot of people busy and off the streets and exercises the minds of those who otherwise might be doing something far more dangerous. It would be interesting to see an assessment of how much of the collected information is actually useful to Government – would you hazard a guess of around 0.0000001%?
Hopefully, all those folks out there who once believed that anything posted online is theirs and theirs alone and are surprised by evidence to the contrary, will no longer be so reckless or so naive. It has always been that we need to be aware that every word we post online is available to all, any time, anywhere. If you really want to be anonymous, stay home, away from the keyboard and keep your mouth shut!
Here’s another interesting truth that has a bearing on the adoption industry – Africa isn´t poor: it is full of natural resources. The reason many Africans are poor is because of corporate colonialism, which exploits their people, owns their governments, and steals their resources.
Africa doesn´t need or even want our money: they want us to stop tollerating those destroying their environment, their communities, and empowering their governments to oppress the people. If the nations where people were starving were not exporting food, there would be no one starving.
How does that have a bearing on the adoption industry? In times of poverty and extreme crisis, children are exportable commodities, money earning assets and are used to keep the rest of a family afloat, fed or given a rudimentary education. Their sale may be the difference between life and death for others. In some places where communities are trawled for prospective ‘hits’, adoption is sold as a pathway to education, a better life and those who adopt from this avenue have no problem justifying their actions as being life saving.
We find so often that judging by our standards of what is an acceptable life is very different from that of others and we are adept at imposing our views on others as being superior and the only ones acceptable. While no-one wishes to see others starve or live in abject poverty, it is possible to survive in much simpler ways, with much less than most of us currently do. The majority of us would be better of, in better health, without the things we often insist are necessities. To pare down our needs, our possessions and our lifestyle is a useful goal for most and can have the bonus of making life far less complicated, more enjoyable and rewarding. Simplicity is in itself a beautiful thing. As William Morris declared – “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” If we are lucky enough to have possessions, let them be of use and things of beauty which last and give us pleasure. They don’t have to be expensive or new and can be rehomed, recycled, restored, reworked and rehabilitated, often for no or little cost. One of the items in my house which gives me daily enjoyment is a simple basket, made by an artist friend, from honeysuckle prunings, which she wound together in a pleasing shape. I don’t use it as a basket, but keep it on a wall where it catches the light, makes pleasing shadows and makes a previously uninteresting space a joy to look at as I pass. Simple things, simple pleasures in a simple life.
If you haven’t already seen this or even if you have, it is worth a second viewing. Jeanette Winterson talks about her book based on her adopted life but introduces a fictional character, so is neither fiction nor memoir. When this first came out, I remember one rather well known mother-of-loss reviewing the book and saying it was a work of great truth and honesty! Nothing is ever quite what it seem in adoptionland! Truth can be elusive and honesty a scarce commodity! Have a peaceful Sunday!


3 thoughts on “Blatant lies & Elusive Truth

  1. Reblogged this on lara (author-blogger) and commented:
    because you need someone like Jeanette to break through your heart, please watch this if you are not adopted and if you are, I had a good cry and you will too… Trace and Lara

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