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Weekend Dancing: Michael Jackson. Here's to Bradley Manning

This one is for Bradley Manning, who took these words seriously.


I'm starting with the Man In The Mirror,
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have
Been any clearer:

If you want to make the
World a better place
Take a look at yourself and
Then make the change

Bradley showed an incredible spiritual faith in what he did. It was simply the right thing to do. He knew it. Rules and laws be damned. And not only did he know it, he did it.

The song is a triumph. It is a gospel. It is beautiful, and it speaks in the sacred geometry of spiritual truth combined with emotion.

Westerners might miss themselves in the video, looking at the starving children of Africa. Poor kids over there. But the bodies of those kids are just metaphors for our souls here in the western world: Poor, starving, frightened, afraid, alone. Above all, weak. Spiritual weakness.

That is what this system, call it what you will - capitalism, socialism, communism, corporatism --whatever -ism you want to call it, this is what it does to our souls. It grinds away our spirit.

The system - who cares what you call it.

Manning had courage. He didn't listen to that fear. That is what makes him not just a great man, but a Great man. He planted his stake in the ground, and stood by to defend it. This has nothing to do with the laws of men. This has to do with a higher law, a spiritual law.

Glen Beck has recently been bellygazing about the differences between "conservatives," and "libertarians," and "how to unite them." Well Glenn, you don't do it though philosophy, you do it through action.

And here is a clear cut case. What do you say Glenn? The Libertarian community is waiting.

Which way will Beck blow on the Manning case? Man's law, or spiritual law?

Bradley Manning is a free man. Freer than we'll ever be.

I would recommend Freedom and Destiny.

Here's to Bradley.

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Sorry Michael... but I don't think you've ever spent a day in solitary confinement... just guessing if you would say he is FREE.

What really gets me... is all this "support" for Bradley Manning IMO - if I were him.... DOES NOT MEAN SQUAT WHILE I SPEND EVERY DAY IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.

SO... WHEN are WE going to go and GET HIM OUT? I'm ready... but obviously won't have much success by myself. Another thing... all this "support" Bradley has on the internet from all these keyboard warrior "patriots," guess what I have a newsflash:


Looking at oneself

in the mirror without ego being involved is often times difficult.

Bradley Manning, one step down from God.

There is no way, I, as a US citizen, believe that what happened in the video he produced, should have ever been hidden from the public.
The soldiers showing such callous disregard for the people they killed, was horrifying. (will we be next?!) It makes it even worse, when we found out the fact that the military killed two reporters and innocent people, trying to help them. The outrage should have been enough to end the war, immediately!!

Bradley manning will spend years in jail for doing what any good Christian should have done, with that type of information!

Thanks Michael for this

Thanks Michael for this video.

I've always loved this song, probably one of my favorites, because the message is deeper and truer than most in our time.

I can't expect or demand that someone else change; I must change.

Bradley Manning will probably go to prison for many years for leaking the documents (which he wisely plead guilty to). That is the kind of sacrifice many of us will have to make for us to overcome that hideous strength that now confronts us.

I won't participate in any "Free Bradley Manning" nonsense; we need to keep our eyes on the prize of liberty and not get distracted by fighting the consequences of civil disobedience.

We need more civil disobedience like Manning's.

Ha! Funny you should be posting this video Michael ...

Check this post I added to DP over a year ago:


Yeah, prefect song/video to post up on DP :) At the time I posted it, nobody noticed, but this time glad to see it's on the front page :)


Mr Nystrom

Long time reader, first time writer. Ironically, I have chosen a moment that has made me absolutely speechless to make my very first post on this wonderful resource.

The reports Bradley Manning's trial today have galvanized me to move away from fearing those who have imprisoned him, to loving the oppressors, for that is the only way.

It is only with love that we can bewilder those dictatorial monsters enough to free ourselves from their aggression. And it is only through love that the cause of Liberty will be ignited in enough of our brothers and sisters that we may join together in numbers that reach beyond our imaginations.

Fear is the only blindfold that prevents us from seeing The Man In The Mirror. Not only that, but it has been fear that has alienated people from "waking up" out of apathy, no matter what news story or House Resolution being presented to them: Fear of facing same fate of Bradley Manning, or Abdulrahman Al-Awaki, or JFK, or MLK, or even David Koresh.

To paraphrase the late, great Bill Hicks: it is Fear that drives our inclinations to buy bigger locks, buy guns, board up our windows, turn off our GPS tracker in our phones, etc. But it is only through Love that we realize that we are all One, and will always be. It is only through that realization that we begin to act selflessly. And like he said, it is a choice.

It has been said (in a meme in my case) that one has not truly lived until they have done something that another person will never be able to repay them for. Pvt. Manning has done just that for millions of people around the globe.

This man may have just done more in one single act to ignite the brushfires of liberty than Dr. Paul has done throughout his entire life. We can never express enough gratitude to this soldier for what he has done. He has set the precedent for the level of commitment each and every one of us must show to the cause of Liberty in order for it to thrive.

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Thank you

And welcome.

He's the man.

Well Said, Michael!

The Higher Law
The Natural Law of the Spirit
The Spirit of Love
The Spirit of Freedom
The Spirit of Truth

Inhale the Air of this Invisible Spiritual Law
Exhale this Higher Law into the Visible World
Become the Incarnation of this Spiritual Breath
Become the Hands of Love
Become the Wings of Freedom
Become the Mouth of Truth

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

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That is beautiful.

That is profound.

I feel like the universe just grabbed you and said, "Hey - tell Nystrom this. Can I borrow your fingers for a sec?"

He's the man.

We live in True Conspiration

It's called the True Conspiracy in its etymological sense. Conspiration as "breathing together". We commune and communicate by conspiring with each other as our True Community is the Invisible Community of Conspirators (together-breathers).

I have been just writing last night a Conference Submission concerning this topic of True Conspiracy.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

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I have often thought of a "headless conspiracy" that we're all involved in. It is just as you described. We are locked into a co-creation.

But the co-creation is a natural creation. It morphs and changes, it pulses and undulates with the universe. A pattern emerges at a macro level. We're all just following the flow, wherever it leads. Like that video of the starlings. That is humanity as well. Dodging, weaving, spontaneously moving - towards something.

Free will. Submitting to the fact that you don't have it is oddly liberating.

Did Ron Paul have free will? Was there any choice for him, but to be up on that stage, at that time? History simply called him, and he answered that call.

He's the man.


I agree with you.

A French philosopher Gaston Bachelard (who is my absolute favorite thinker together with Merleau-Ponty) talks about this 'natural creation' in a very interesting and inspiring way. For him, all true creativity is not at all in the first place our own invention, but something what he calls "elemental imagination". All the elements (air, fire, water and earth) have their own form of imagination. In my PhD the aerial imagination is the key question. In his book 'Air and Dreams' Bachelard, for example, has following kind of formulations about creativity. "In human reverie, the world imagines itself" and "the world dreams within us dynamically."

If you ever have time I truly recommend to you to read Bachelard's "Air and Dreams" or "The Poetics of Space" or "The Poetics of Reverie". I am pretty sure you would be quite inspired by them.

Also this my below motto of my posts about aerial freedom is from his book "Air and Dreams".

This video of the starlings is one of the most amazing videos I have ever seen. That is pure Aerial Imagination in action. By the way, in "Air and Dreams" Bachelard speaks a lot about birds.

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--


I have a HUGE SMILE on my face!

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--

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Sometimes all this sh!t blows my mind. Like Neo, in the Matrix, throwing up after having seen the truth. His mind couldn't handle it. He was rejecting everything. His whole body was in a state of rejection. Thus the vomit.

Sometimes I feel like that. Like when thinking about if 911 really was an inside job. The implications of that. And this.

What are we, really? What are we really made of? What is "reality" - truly, after all. And sometimes, I think I might just go mad. All of this knowledge, this information. It is too much to encapsulate. I'm going to blow a fuse!

He's the man.

Thank you, dear Fool!

I understand exactly what you are saying.

When I am about to go mad I listen music like this. It gives me a lot of strength.

So NOW this song is dedicated to you.

Giovanni Lindo Ferretti: Intimisto

"Air is the very substance of our freedom, the substance of superhuman joy....aerial joy is freedom."--Gaston Bachelard--