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‘The Serene Disciple’

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When in the soul of the serene disciple
With no more Fathers to imitate
Poverty is a success,
It is a small thing to say the roof is gone:
He has not even a house.

Stars, as well as friends,
Are angry with the noble ruin.
Saints depart in several directions.

Be still:
There is no longer any need of comment.
It was a lucky wind
That blew away his halo with his cares,
A lucky sea that drowned his reputation.

Here you will find
Neither a proverb nor a memorandum.
There are no ways,
No methods to admire
Where poverty is no achievement.
His God lives in his emptiness like an affliction.

What choice remains?
Well, to be ordinary is not a choice:
It is the usual freedom
Of men without visions.

— Thomas Merton —
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“Smash the System”

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On Capitalism:
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“This economy condemns and enslaves men and women. It is the dung of the devil. Dear young people: shake things up and make a mess! Then organise to tidy it up.”

~ Pope Francis ~

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“Serve without Fear”
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— Islamic Christmas Card —

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Islamic Christmas Card

“And peace be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and
the Day I am resurrected alive. Such was Jesus, son of Mary, and
this is the truth of the matter in which they doubt.”  ~  QUR’AN

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On peace (4)

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Image: ""If guns kill people . . . do pencils misspell words?" ~ Unknown.
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“If guns kill people,

do pencils misspell words?”

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Unknown  ~
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‘The Evidence Room’

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Image: padlockImage 2013 © Patrick O’Brien

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It was a standard practise to tamper with the evidence. Often, the exhibit that
was before the court was not the exhibit that I had purchased or obtained
from the target.” ~ Patrick O’Brien | Campbell Live, TV3 News

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A former detective sergeant in charge of the Northland Organised Crime Unit has been charged with the supply of cannabis and methamphetamine which he took from a police exhibits locker, aka the evidence room.

While the courts will decide a verdict — every drug squad informant knows that police exchange drugs for information, it’s standard practise, nothing out of the ordinary, and a reasonable presumption can be made that, in this particular case, the detective must have pissed someone off to find himself in this predicament.

Bad luck, copper . . . here’s what usually happens:

Secret Inquiry
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On dissent (5)

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Image: "Before a revolution can start in the streets, it first must happen in the mind." Image 2013 Patrick O’Brien
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On love (8)

Image: "Those who are hardest to love need it the most." ~ SocratesImage 2013 Patrick O’Brien
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On courage (6)

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Image: "Never underestimate the power of persistence." ~ Unknown .
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‘Nothing to Fear’

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Image: "You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide" ~ Josef Goebbels, Nazi German Minister of Propaganda (1933-45)..

“You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide.”

Paul Joseph Goebbels  ~
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Minister of Propaganda
Nazi Third Reich (1933-45)
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On fear (5)

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Image: “Do not be afraid; our fate cannot .be taken from us — it is a gift” ~ DanteImage 2012 © Patrick O’Brien

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“Do not be afraid; our fate cannot
be taken from us — it is a gift”

Dante  ~
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Of women and men . . .

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“A woman’s highest calling is to lead a man to his Soul, so as to unite him with his source; her lowest calling is to seduce, separating man from his Soul and leave him wandering aimlessly. A man’s highest calling is to protect woman, so she is free to walk the earth unharmed. Man’s lowest calling is to ambush and force his way into the life of a woman.” ~ Native American Cherokee Proverb
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Blank verse . . .

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“A father and his tiny son, blowing kisses
on the train today, made those around
smile, and think of higher things . . .”
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Letters from Sweden
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On freedom (4)


“A trip calls for a man who has not yet been caged, who has not yet been fucked by the big Fear that makes all society go. Unfortunately, most men overestimate their worthiness as basic and free individuals, and it is the mistake of the hippie generation not to trust anybody over 30. 30 doesn’t mean a damn thing. Most beings are captured and trained, totally, by the age of 7 or 8. Many of the young LOOK free but this is only a chemical thing of body and energy and not a realistic thing of spirit. I have met free men in the strangest of places and at ALL ages – as janitors, car thieves, car washers, and some free women too – mostly as nurses or waitresses, and at ALL ages. The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it – basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them.” 

~ Charles Bukowski ~

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On simplicity (4)

Image: “Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.” ~ Cicero Image 2013 Patrick O’Brien
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On life (4)

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“After a certain age, every man has the face he deserves.”

~  Albert Camus  ~
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On freedom (3)

Image: "It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong." ~ VoltaireImage 2013 Patrick O’Brien
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On faith (4)

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Image: "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream." ~ C.S. Lewis.

“You are never too old to set another goal,
or to dream another dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis
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— The Espionage Act 1917 —

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“The best Jihad is to speak a word of truth to a tyrant ruler.”

~  Prophet Muhammad  ~

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Under the Espionage Act 1917  it is an offence . . .

To convey information with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the armed forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies — punishable by death or by imprisonment for not more than 30 years or both.

And . . .

To convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies when the United States is at war, to cause or attempt to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or to wilfully obstruct the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States — punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 20 years or both.

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I have come to hold the view that the US Government is the enemy of all humanity and so, henceforth, I feel duty bound . . .

To convey information with intent to interfere with the operation or success of the armed forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies.

And . . .

To interfere with the operation or success of the military or naval forces of the United States or to promote the success of its enemies when the United States is at war, to cause or attempt to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or to wilfully obstruct the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States.

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So help me, God.

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On peace (3)

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Image: Che Guevara poster ~ 4800 x 7200 resolution .

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“We must not let these harsh times destroy the warmth in our hearts.”

~  Che Guevara  ~

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‘Disassembled Lies’

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Image: animation of President Obama telling lies.
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“All Governments Lie.” 

I.F. Stone  ~

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Quick to defend itself when PRISM was disclosed, the US Government assured us that:

(1)  no American citizens had been spied on, and
(2)  Prism had helped prevent terrorist attacks.

Lies — both of them — and disassembled here . . . continues

On love (7)

Image: "Close your eyes. Fall in love. Stay there." ~ Rumi.
Image 2013 Patrick O’Brien

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Democracy (sic) in New Zealand

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Image: the Beehive and NZ parliament

‘Something is rotting in the Beehive’

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“Our democracy is being eaten away by a Government that persistently
undermines our basic democratic rights and institutions to give
special
treatment to its special friends.” ~ Russell Norman

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Extracted from a speech by the co-leader of New Zealand Greens, Dr Russell Norman, which he delivered to their AGM in Christchurch, earlier today.

While this writer is neither a member nor a supporter of the Green Party, Dr Norman’s speech needs be heard by every New Zealander and a copy is available on their Website.

Here’s a transcript of the speech in full . . . continues

‘The Daktory’

Image: Auckland Daktory, 2012Image 2012 © The Daktory
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“Live like it’s Legal”

Following years of police harassment, and imprisonment of its founder, Dakta Green, New Zealand’s first Daktory was shut down in December 2012.

Proof we can’t stop an idea whose time has come:  today’s announcement the Daktory will reopen this year in newer, bigger, brighter premises — and, right in the middle of heartland New Zealand.

Watch this space . . .

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On trust:

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Image: Joel Robison
Image 2012 © Joel Robison

“Trust yourself, you will start to trust others.”

Santosh Kalwar  ~

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Most of us have felt betrayed. We know its pain and anguish. Stumbling on, looking for a safe place, fearful and shut off from trust, determined that no one will hurt us again.

It’s worse for those of us who, like myself, have betrayed our fellow beings for we’ve learnt a terrible truth — anyone is capable of betrayal.  I know this, because, as an undercover agent, success depended on me gaining the trust of my targets, knowing all the while that, come the end of day, I would betray them.

And so it was I lost all trust in myself . . . locked inside what Graham Greene described as the most terrible cell of all, oneself. And it got worse: if I can’t trust me, how could I ever trust you, went my reasoning.

Cold and lonely, yet feeling safe.

It was a sad exchange — safety is a desolate place.

Then, in one of life’s little ironies, which I write about here, the pain of my situation brought me to open my heart, and with that came Love. It gifted me an understanding and a forgiveness for my betrayal — and, more importantly, an empathy with others; an acceptance of the human condition.

I trust myself again . . .

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On dissent (4)

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“If I were to remain silent — I’d be guilty of complicity.”

Albert Einstein  ~
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Notes to myself (4)

Image: "Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy." ~ Guillaume ApollinaireImage 2012 Patrick O’Brien
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― Zionism ―

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“That what must be said . . .”

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“No matter who you are, no matter what greatness you’ve achieved in your life, or what gifts you’ve given to the rest of humanity, if you criticize Israel, you must expect to become persona non-grata. You should expect an utter onslaught of attacks.” ~  Susan Abulhawa

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Rabid Zionists attacked our on-line freedoms this past week — their target Al Jazeera which had published an academic paper on Zionism by Joseph Massad, the Professor in Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University, New York.

The article — “Last of the Semites” — disassembles Israel’s claim to represent Jews and reasons that Zionists and Israel lobbyists are anti-Semites.

Quelle horreur !!!

Publication created intense criticism from Zionist extremists and the article was deleted.

Here’s a transcript of the paper in full . . . continues

Sticky (1)

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Image: "I'm sick of Israel and its supporters." ~ Sticky Note.

On prayer (4)

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"You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." ~ C.S. Lewis.

“You don’t have a life.
You are Life.”

Eckhart Tolle  ~
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Privacy Commissioner

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Locked: the GCSB will neither confirm nor deny they have been illegally spying on New Zealand citizens.

“We cannot expect people to have respect for law and order until
we teach respect to those we have entrusted to enforce our laws.”

Hunter S. Thompson  ~

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Following news the Government’s Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has been illegally spying on New Zealand citizens, I wrote to the Prime Minister and asked — has the GCSB been spying on me?

The GCSB’s director wrote back with a neither confirm nor deny response — claiming protection under provisions in our Privacy Act so as not to answer.

Irony!  Break the law, then use the law to hide one’s criminal offending.

Well, I’m not having any of it, and so, yesterday, I wrote to the Privacy Commissioner. Here’s my correspondence:

Privacy Commissioner
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 A selection of articles and references on the GCSB’s refusal to either
confirm or deny they’ve been illegally spying on New Zealand citizens.

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