It is no mystery (to thinking people) as to why the threats posed by Edward Snowden and also by Wikileaks has caused such a flap inside the various governmental agencies. There is so much that I (and most U.S. citizens) don't know about the undercover workings and the probable carefully guarded absolutely Top Top Secrets (never to be released) of the government of the United States in Washington, D.C.
Do you remember the movie "Conspiracy Theory" starring Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts? How it first made us laugh at the kooky ideas so painstakingly evinced by Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) and then as more information is revealed how it made you wonder if perhaps, just maybe, there really does exists within our huge, huge government bureaucracy many more conspiratorial goings-on behind their sinister super-secrecy shroud than is generally known, or even suspected.
I, for one, still think and feel that way. At times.
I heard or read somewhere that ethics is sometimes called moral philosophy, and is concerned primarily with the question of the best way to live.
Wikiedia states that the main branches of ethics are meta-ethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics.
Meta-ethics concerns the nature of ethical thought, such as the origins of the words good and bad, and origins of other comparative words of various ethical systems, whether there are absolute ethical truths, and how such truths could be known.
Normative ethics are more concerned with the questions of how one ought to act, and what the right course of action is. This is where most ethical theories are generated.
Applied ethics go beyond theory and step into real world ethical practice, such as questions of whether or not abortion is correct. Ethics is also associated with the idea of morality,
It seems to me that the very concept of ethics is merely a mystical product dreamed up for intentional obfuscation, manufactured by manipulation of language, and is no more than a highly effective means of mind-control by those of a cabal of ultra-intelligence beings who wield the real (hidden) power behind the apparent power of all official government figureheads.
If that makes me appear somewhat paranoid, then so be it.
Such a group of super-geniuses could indeed exist, and most probably does exist -- based in the immediate area of Minnesota, perhaps. That makes sense. Just look at the that state's record for voting into power the most unlikely candidates one could imagine. Jess Ventura, Al Franken, Michelle Bachman, and too many more celebrities to mention here.
Of course, that doesn't prove anything. The theory of some unknown behind-the-scenes dark menace controlling the actions and thoughts of human beings merely resides within the questionable recesses of my own brain.
The brain of a sometime fiction writer.
Note: As I mentioned previously, my blog entries are essentially unedited First Drafts.
Often Mistakenly Attributed To Shakespeare
Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive.
--Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808)
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
--William Congreve (The Mourning Bride, 1.1)
On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
On this day, July 15 in 1903, the newly formed Ford Motor Company took its first order from Chicago dentist Ernst Pfenning: an $850 two-cylinder Model A automobile with a tonneau (or backseat). The car, produced at Ford's plant on Mack Street (now Mack Avenue) in Detroit, was delivered to Dr. Pfenning just over a week later.
Dr. Pfenning's order turned out to be the first of many, launching Ford on its way to profitability. Within two months, the company had sold 215 Fords, and by the end of its first year the Mack Avenue plant had turned out some 1,000 cars.
WORD FOR TODAY
to show clearly; make evident or manifest
(born July 15, 1961)
Forest Whitaker is an American actor, producer, and director. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, for his work in direct-to-video films and for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the award-winning television series, The Shield. Whitaker won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland.
(born July 15, 1950)
Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author and syndicated columnist. She is best known for her news website The Huffington Post. At one time a liberal democrat she later became a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990s, after which she adopted liberal political beliefs in the late 1990s. She is the ex-wife of former Republican congressman Michael Huffington.
(born July 15, 1951)
Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos) is an American politician, actor, author, veteran, and former professional wrestler who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003.
(born July 15, 1960)
Kim Alexis is an American model and actress. She was one of the top models of the 1980s. In 1983 she became the face of Revlon's premium Ultima II line, replacing Lauren Hutton. Alexis hosted health shows in the early 1990s on the Family Channel and Lifetime. She appeared in the 1998 movie Holy Man with Eddie Murphy. Alexis also appeared with Mike Ditka in the last episode of Cheers, "One for the Road" in 1993.
You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog.
--Harry S. Truman