The Wax Weekly

The Wax Weekly  is back in the mix monkeys! Get the week’s dose of news and inspiration. A new blog post will be on its way later today but while you wait get informed and be inspired!


-Future Soldier by Michio Kaku

-The Fighter’s Peace with Rickson Gracie

-Jason Silva and the Extended Mind Thesis

-Bill Hicks spits wisdom

-Why Pot makes you feel good

& More…


Hope everyone has great Friday!


Anonymous, Wiki-Leaks and the Freedom of Information


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The beat of the battlefield drum pierces the peace of everyday life, but this battle is not one of bloodshed and death but instead is a war for the minds of the masses.  It is an information war which each and every person plays a significant role.  We are currently witnessing the cries of a dying system which clutches for dear life onto the hearts and minds of a wavering public.  It is a public that used to hang upon the drama and poetics of political pageantry and media manipulation.  It is a public now thrown into an ocean of information which no longer adheres to, nor relies upon the antiquated practices of politics and media.   This is a new sea of information, an unfettered truth which pours forth and peels back the many layers of opinion and speculation and lays waste to contradiction and confusion.

This is a post-Wikileaks world that is familiar with Julian Assange, Anonymous, Bradley Manning and Aaron Swartz.  The heroes of our post-modern world are being found and formed in the most unlikely of places.  We are in the era of rogue journalism like that of Wikileaks and political vigilantism as we have seen by the hidden keystrokes of Anonymous and it’s 250,000 plus members that have decided to pursue truth instead of the next big headline.  The people have spoken and what they want to say is “Dear Establishment, We no longer believe you!!!”  This is not a government for the people and by the people but instead a government pitted against its people in an attempt to hold onto its fading power.  The real power is in the truth and that truth now lies in the hands of “The People” to whom it belongs.  The information is the new real world manifestation of  the law, the blind justice which seeks to balance the scales.  These scales which have been tipped one too many times by the hands of the wealthy and powerful. This “information,” this “justice,” will shine its light upon the prince and pauper alike.  We have seen the vastness of its reach from diplomat to denizen, with stories like Wikileaks exposing  government complacency by publicizing United States Diplomatic cables and more recently with Anonymous exposing injustice in a small town of Stubenville that closed its eyes to a local high school “rape crew “ that had hidden behind the veil of local law enforcement.

This is a new world inextricably linked with the tsunami of information which it finds itself immersed.  For better or worse we will ride this new wave of disclosure to its end, and both government and citizen alike will have to bend to its will.  This is the Pandora’s box of myth which once opened can no longer be secured.  The truth is in our midst and in the great battle for the minds of the people it will serve as our only weapon against the attacks of a dying establishment.  We will one day look back upon this time as the Great Information Revolution, a volatile moment in history whose leaders were held and tried for treason, because they stood for a new idea. An idea that all information should be open and free to all people; rich, poor, powerful and powerless.  We have all been born to this world via caste or circumstance but it is our freedoms and faculties which give rise to true Justice.  It is these gifts that we should craft and cultivate so as to build upon the foundation constructed by those giants who preceded us.  So turn off your television and begin thinking for yourself, realize your mind’s true potential, diversify your information chain and open your mind to the possibility that all that you know has been manufactured and manipulated.  Inform yourself and inform the world – become the truth you seek.

Just. B.

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Let’s Talk about Bahrain: A Story of Silence and Propaganda

Our world has become littered with oppressive governments that continue to support and participate in human rights violations.  As United States citizens and so-called children of the free, our assumption is that we not only are not included within the ranks of these oppressive governments but we stand against such tyranny as leaders of the free world.  Although this belief is widely held, unfortunately  it is far from the truth.  Our leaders maintain that our country’s intentions foreign and domestic are rooted in furthering and maintaining freedom for people the world over.  Though their words are captivating and hopeful it is our governments actions which tell a different story, this is a story that has been concealed by our leaders and has been spun by mainstream media news fabricators for quite some time.  Fortunately a new era of journalism and information dissemination which no longer is dependent on corporate and government funding is flourishing across the planet.

Three time Emmy award-winning former CNN investigative journalist and documentarian Amber Lyon has been recently outspoken about the ills of our media and her personal experience with United States propaganda and media manipulation.  Her disenchantment with her former employer CNN’s journalistic integrity stems  from a documentary that Lyon had created for CNN, iRevolution, which documented human rights violations by the government of Bahrain.  The violations included the continual tear gassing of neighborhoods, torturing of protesters, doctors and nurses, as well as the deaths of many protestors at the hands of Bahrain security forces.   In addition, Lyon and her crew during the filming of iRevolution had been violently detained and held at gunpoint by the governments security forces.  Due to the brazen and violent activities of the Bahraini government against its people, Amber Lyon and her crew felt it was imperative that the world see what was going on in Bahrain.

Much to their surprise CNN international refused to air the award-winning documentary, a confused Lyon attempted to appeal to the network but to no avail.   Her requests were met with threats by the network and ultimately the loss of her job which the network maintains was due to the closing of their documentary department.  But, the most important aspect of this story is that apparently a department of the Bahrain government was and still is a paying customer of CNN’s.  In other words, a foreign government is paying one of the largest news houses in the United States to perpetuate propaganda across its airwaves to international viewers.  What about national viewers?  We can only assume that the purchasing of favorable content is a standard practice for the network.

So where does the United States government play into all of this?  Why are we not more outspoken about the human rights violations going on in Bahrain?  Why is it that the United States government continues to support and have close ties to a government which seems to stand for the exact opposite of American values and principles?  Well, it just so happens that we have a strategic military naval base which plays a pivotal role in our dealings with Iran.  If the people of Bahrain succeed in overthrowing the current government then it could affect our naval presence in the region.  So the question remains, is our government truly interested in the protecting and furthering  of human freedoms?  What about the people of Bahrain who are interested in their freedom from an oppressive government?

There was a time when our leaders stood for freedom, not just for some people but for all people.  Let us not forget that “All men are created equal” and all of us have “inalienable rights”.  These are the American values that set us apart, and it is these values that should serve as our guide in our actions foreign and domestic. Let us not succumb to the temptations of tyranny and ultimately become that which we despise.  Journalists and whistle blowers like Amber Lyon are heroes, great disseminators of information, but it is what we do with that information that is of the utmost importance.  If there is an ill within the fabric of our society, it is our responsibility to cure it.  We should be interested in the betterment of society in all of our endeavors, not just those which serve to benefit us.     Each of us plays a role in the future of our global community and it is our responsibility to fight for all humans rights the world over.

Just. B.

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