Loose Ties make WikiLeaks Strong

I can’t get over the fact that Tom Flanagan didn’t understand suggesting assassination was inappropriate.

Tom Flanagan thought assassinating Julian Assange was reasonable.

Canadians are becoming angry at the arrogance of our elected officials and their unelected advisors.

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Democracies around the world are facing calls for electoral reform. Coincidence?

Like Wikipedia, democracy can be altered in a heartbeat.

If we don’t protect our democracies, we’ll lose them.

The other night I stayed up far too late because I wanted to know that WikiLeaks was alright. Because I think WikiLeaks is important,

WikiLeaks shines a light on important issues– issues that the powerful and the self important want to keep dark.

Which is why powerful forces are arrayed against WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange is facing charges that I think even the most naïve schoolchild would realize are trumped up, along with both cyber and economic attacks, topped off with death threats. Wonder if that’s enough jeopardy for Malcolm Gladwell, who made the argument that real activism requires jeopardy in his New Yorker “Small Change” article, which prompted my rebuttal Tie Theory.

WikiLeaks is kind of a hybrid activist/news media. It is a truly international organization. Its only country is the Internet. That was the other fault Gladwell had with Internet activism: he thinks that activism requires people to be closely tied. WikiLeaks depends on being a “loose tie” network. You don’t get much looser than total strangers. Total strangers opt to host or mirror WikiLeaks on their computers. Because the more copies there are, the more spread out the network is, the looser the ties, the more difficult it is to shut it down.

In my post yesterday I called on the Pirate Party of Canada to be a Canadian host of WikiLeaks. I don’t know if they’ll do it or not, all I know is what I’ll do.

I am Hosting #cablegate

[Disclaimer: No, I don’t actually know how to set up something like this myself; I had help. 🙂 ]

You can peruse the cables at will on my Cablegate page,
or if you prefer to download or torrent You can do that here.

The thing is, I’m not alone. Here’s another list of WikiLeaks mirrors.

It isn’t much for one person to have to do, but there are rather a lot of us.

People connected through loose ties. We aren’t tied together by geography, ethnicity, family or religion, Malcolm, but only loosely connected by intangibles.

Ideas like:

#democracy,
#accountability,
#human rights,
#privacy…

That’s how “loose tie” networks work. And it’s also why loose tie networks can be superior.


WikiLeaks: Keep Us Strong


We all do what we can

You can just read the WikiLeaks Cablegate cables online. A new batch is released daily.

threethirty rt @WikiLeakMirror: Cables available at http colon slash slash bit dot ly slash ht6HqE semicolon includes LATEST cables bracket 12/4 bracket. Support free speech wikileaks #cablegate

Or, you can add your computer power to help, by seeding the WikiLeaks material that you have yourself downloaded via torrents.

rom1v  http colon slash slash 88 dot 80 dot 16 dot 63 slash torrent slash cablegate slash cablegate dash 201012041409 dot 7z dot torrent #wikileaks #backup #cablegate #statelogs

Or, last but not least, you can jump into the WikiLeaks network with both feet. Because the more spread out the network is, the more difficult it is to wipe out. This option is a bit more risky, particularly as it is lawmakers who want this stopped. Consider it carefully; remember you may wake up one morning to discover they have made this illegal.

jwildeboer  Are you brave enough? http colon slash slash 213.251.145.96 slash mass-mirror dot html #wikileaks #cablegate

Further Reading: Reporters Without Borders: WikiLeaks Hounded

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NoProRogue: De-MOCK-racy

No ProRogue Rally: January 23rd, 2010 @ Waterloo, Ontario

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Let There Be Reign - Picturing the Wizard of ID King - King Stephen I

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Sign in the crowd reads: Where's Our Voice?

There was a good turn out at the Waterloo NoProrogue Rally. Many Canadians want to know what has happened to our voice.

I'm Going To Work Tomorrow - Why Aren't You?

This sweatshirt reads: Tyranny Response Team

Love these signs!

Resist Harper's Rogue State

Pictured below are “the ghosts at the feast”. These few seats stayed empty… they were seats that were saved in vain for the area’s invited but absent Conservative MPs. It’s always a bad sign when your elected representatives won’t meet with constituents.

A sign taped to the vacant seats lists the names of the absent Conservative MPs: Braid, Woodworth, Goodyear, Albrecht

I grew up in a world where Canada preferred to house serial killers in our prison system, rather than allow their extradition to a place where they would face the death penalty for their crimes.

A Banner Reads: You Can't Hide The Truth - Torture is A War Crime - kw-anti-torture.ca

Clearly Prime Minister Stephen Harper was wrong when he made the cavalier assumption that Canadians don’t care about what goes on in other parts of the world.

A sign in the crowd reads: We Care: Torture, Accountability, Broken Promises, Democracy

Or that it wouldn’t bother Canadians to learn that our government was complicit in handing over people who will face torture.

This clever sign shows a multitude of arrows pointing every which way... We Care

The Time For Change Is Now

The Sign Reads: RESTORE DEMOCRACY Make Every Vote Count - FairVote.ca

Members of the Waterloo Region chapter of the non partisan electoral reform advocacy group Fair Vote Canada attended the NoProrogue Rally, disseminating literature and information about electoral reform.

No More Wasted Votes

It seems clear that Canadians prefer Perogies to Premature Prorogation.

More Perogies LESS Prorogation

One sign poses the question: Should Braid Get Paid? And another says; WANTED - Stephen Harper - For Crimes Against Democracy

The picture is a wonderful drawing of a scrumptious piece of pie  - The sign says: Fascism is a Dessert Best Served Prorogued

NO ProRogue

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No More Wasted Votes

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Big Crowd with more signs

Who Needs Democracy Anyway

All the signs were great, and a lot of creativity was on display that day. Still, I think that my absolute favorite was the “deMOCKracy” sign. Simple but to the point.

the sign reads: This ProRogue is deMOCKracy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s premature prorogation clearly mocks democracy.



Write to your Member of Parliament and tell them what you think about premature prorogation or anything else! You can find your MP with this lovely link – it will also help you find out who your MP is if you don’t know. It’s time that Canadians started letting them know what we think about how they represent us.
Find your Member of Parliament

Write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and tell him too!
Prime Minister/Premier Ministre Stephen Harper <pm@pm.gc.ca>

The government gives more weight to postal mail: you can mail your comments without a stamp!!:

The Right Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper, P.C., B.A., M.A.
1600 90th Avenue Southwest, suite A-203
Calgary, Alberta
T2V 5A8

Canada badly needs electoral reform. Take a peek at the Non-Partisan Fair Vote Canada site to get information some ideas of electoral reform. All Canadians need to join in these non-partisan discussions.