Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; to keeping information available and free; and to not only fighting for personal privacy, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. All these efforts find representation on her blog "ah, Mephistophelis," so named after the last line of Chirstopher Marlowe's in his famous Dr. Faustus, which, as some would have it, successfully flouted the censor for a time. A female Faust, she is a poet, always.


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Source artwork by: 
thierry ehrmann
Mosaic powered by: 
Boris A. Glazer's
The image above is only 41in. tall, 
making it a small, low resolution thumbnail.

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an archive

which includes all source images

Perverse & disgusted, I was originally going to write a post with a title something like "The Reasons Why Assange Is Not Anything At All Like You & Me, So Don't Worry About What's Happening To Him." Well, actually, something a lot less sarcastic, you know, believable, but still along those lines. 

Then I had planned to list all the current talking points as of the beginning of June 2019. Including but not limited to calling a rapist; an evil hacker; not a journalist; irresponsible; a rude guest; a health threat; a threat to a free democratic society; & an asshole.

I was going to diligently go through them, then, & painstakingly expose them for the obvious & pandering puerile propaganda they are. But of course somehow all the while not letting on.  Fingers crossed just out of sight. 

It was my best plan to change a mind or two.

This hasn't changed, but I am heavy hearted.  Not up to the task, not sure of success.  So in the spirit of a picture being worth a decent sized essay, I made you all something, that I hope you will share.

Because the fact is that there is extremely little to mitigate the relevance of the fate of Julian Assange to the fate of any & every man & woman on this planet – every man & woman, that is, with a mind of their own, & a conscience. 

Nothing, in fact.  

Should any of us happen upon the opportunity, or find him- or her- self in a position, to make certain hidden things public, what do you think we should we do?  By hidden things, I mean hard proof of high crimes that would otherwise leave no trace. Evidence of the corruption of the elite.  Secrets that expose the evil of those in power. 

Would you want that person to aid & abet the evil, the corruption, the exploitation, that ultimately would come back to roost as suffering, as injustice, as a degradation of the quality of your life?   

What should they do? What would you do?  I think I know.  Or rather, let me say, I hope I am right.  

After that, there is no difference between you & the man that the United States intends to see convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917. 

After that, it is only a matter of degree.

So, because we can affect that fate even now as it hangs in a precarious balance,  I made you all something that I hope you will share, that I hope will encourage  discussion and strengthen solidarity.

I made a photo mosaic of faces of people on the Internet, the censored, the demonized, the curious: podcasters & YouTube niche celebs & profiles from everywhere, from Twitter & Instagram & Myspace & Reddit & Pinterest & Snapchat & Tumblr & LiveJournal & even Facebook; faces of activists from BDS & BLM & OWS; faces of journalists of all kinds, anonymous & pseudonymous & eponymous, citizens all; whistleblowers & more whistleblowers & more whistleblowers; magazine publishers & rock stars & politicians & webmasters & authors & artists & poets & revolutionaries.

All of you who think for ourselves.  Thousands & thousands of faces.  

I made a mosaic.  You should see it.  I made it for you. 

You just might be in it.

It is seven & three quarter feet tall, but fully zoomable on your device’s screen.  Check it out. I call it “We Are All Assange.” 

93in/27900px tall : 7.75 feet

Above, is the highest resolution I could manage, made possible by EasyZoom . You can finger zoom without leaving this page.

The mosaic contained in the archive, below, is much smaller, only around 22in/6600px tall.  It's in HTML format, allowing you to mouse over an image,  get its filename, & then click to view the source image). It includes all the original source images. Click (or right-click-&-save-as) here (WARNING: .zip file is about half a gig). 

Should you desire a copy of the SEVEN & THREE-QUARTER-FOOT (still can't believe it) mosaic, with a filesize of nearly two gigabytes, it is available from EasyZoom, my gracious host: just click o the upper left corner.  (Any problems, let me know). 


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"Our future will not know us for our powerlessness, our helplessness, our lack of options or our desire to wait for the best moment to speak.  If indeed the future notices our silence, they will call it complicity."

–Johanna Faust

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MWKPA: "More Data" by Negativeland (AWESOME MUSIC VIDEO)

Screenshot from awesome new video from Negativeland, More Data, below.

Another instantiation of Music What Kicketh Political Ass.  This one brought to you from the Grandfathers who were most definitely 'in' before most of us had determined which, of the various versions of 'it' competing for underground attention, 'in' upon which to be.

Here's an excerpt from Negativeland's own introduction, via Boing Boing.

Without a legal recognition of the right to digital self-ownership, this resulting 'person' must not exist. As Negativland nears the finish line on an ambitious pair of interconnected albums of all new content (a project begun over ten years ago, and including material that dates back to the earliest workings of the group), there is a track from the second album that is asking to be heard sooner rather than later.

read more. 

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Time for another installment of Music What Kicketh Political Ass.  This one goes out to the Corporatocracy: Let my people go.

I can't help it if The Coup has been featured before.  They'll probably be in these pages again.  Deal with it.  Here's a video, made with archived footage by TheChurchOfVinyl:

The track is off the 2001 album, "Party Music." The one which came out BEFORE 9/11.  "Every single is a bomb threat" -- and this particular prescient choice of album cover did not, shall we say, help. Not so much.

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Mueller To Barr About The Four Pages (FULLTEXT)

Special Counsel Robert Muellers's March 27, 2019 letter to Attorney General Bill Barr concerning the so called summary of The Mueller Report that Barr sent to Congress three days prior.  Thought you'd like to know.

via Matthew Kahn of the Lawfare Blog (h/t!).
Available in PDF here, and also here.

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Viral PDF Detailing Near-term Catastrophe Supposedly So Scary That Some People Immediately Quit Their Jobs To Start Prepping

You decide.

I learned about it via word of mouth – from someone reading aloud “The Climate Change Paper So Depressing It's Sending People to Therapy” over at Vice.

"Deep Adaptation" is quite unlike any other academic paper. There's the language ("we are about to play Russian Roulette with the entire human race with already two bullets loaded"). There's the flashes of dark humour ("I was only partly joking earlier when I questioned why I was even writing this paper"). But most of all, there's the stark conclusions that it draws about the future. Chiefly, that it's too late to stop climate change from devastating our world – and that "climate-induced societal collapse is now inevitable in the near term". 

How near? About a decade.

Read or download Zing Tsjeng's full review or the full text of the original paper (DOWNLOAD, permalink).

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