So, The Bloggess wrote a post kind of recently (“There should be a yelp for places you visit in your sleep”) that I only got around to seeing now because I am terrible at keeping up with blog-reading.
That said, I wholeheartedly agree.
Sometimes I have dreams that turn out to be prophetic, usually within a window of two days to two weeks (which isn’t much help at all, since they don’t come with any particular markers. I don’t even know they’re predicting anything until the exact thing they’re predicting comes to pass). All of my regular dreams take place on the same map, usually even in the same spots:
- Like the place with the really tall grass and the fat ponies that disappear if you get too close to them.
- Or the place with the square hills and the silver deer that don’t have any eyes.
- Or the renfaire that happens around the outside of this astonishingly enormous Grecian-esque temple that nobody goes inside because it was built by giants.
- Or the city on the concrete platform in the middle of the ocean, that’s only accessible by really high, swoopy bridges and monorails and taps right into my fear of bridges and riding up really steep, narrow roads.
- Or this beach with very soft, pretty white sand, and an extremely threatening-looking storm constantly looming on the horizon.
Even dreams that don’t happen in one of these areas always happen in a spot I know is geographically connected to one of them, and I always have a sense of where I’d have to walk, fly, swim, etc. to in order to reach them. It’s helpful for not-quite-lucid dreams– unpleasant dreams where I may not be fully aware that I’m dreaming and able to control the outcome, but I know that I can choose not to be there and go to an area that’s “safer.”
Sometimes I turn up in my dreams during holidays, like the time I dreamed I was in the ocean city when they were having a holiday that involved decorating statues with paper flowers and garlands. Nobody seemed to remember the original reason for it, but there was some speculation that tied it back to an ancient holiday during which people in the city would leave offerings to one particular statue. That turned from food and incense to paper decorations, which eventually turned into decorating all of the statues for good luck. In my dream, a dream-friend told me she’d left a garland on one of them in the hopes that it’d help her mother recover from gallbladder surgery.
This is probably why I never really feel rested after I sleep. It seems like I spend the whole night doing stuff.
The Torture Report summary has been released, showing the unconscionable treatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay (among other locations). People are howling for the heads of the Bush-era officials that sanctioned the use of torture, the ACLU is calling for “blanket amnesty” (fuckingwhat?), and Twitter is abuzz with a combination of shock, horror, and a coterie of “If u don’t want to b tortured than don’t b a terrorist”s. Someone has been indicted for all of this, though– the CIA whistleblower who called attention to it– for allegedly violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and three counts of violating the Espionage Act.
Eric Garner was killed, and the officer who did it received no punishment. This is true despite the medical examiner’s determination that it was a homicide, and despite the fact that the entire incident was caught on film by an onlooker. Someone did get indicted for it– the person who did the filming— for third-degree criminal weapon possession and criminal firearm possession, charges he claims are false. His wife was even arrested for an alleged assault a week later.
Regardless of whether or not these men are guilty of what they’ve been charged with, this is a situation that looks suspect at best. There’s a trend here. The police and the CIA are, whether they know and intend it or not, answering the question, “Who watches the watchers?”
These indictments may be unfortunate coincidences. These men may be guilty of breaking laws that are in place for good reason, and should remain so. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a stunning discrepancy between how they have been treated and the treatment of those who they’ve exposed.
Torture doesn’t work. It only strengthens an enemy’s resolve.
How can you trust “enhanced interrogation” techniques in the hands of an organization that accidentally tortured their own informants?
It is good to care about how the police do their jobs.
It is good to care about how detainees are treated.
It’s even good to care about how convicted criminals are treated.
Maybe what you’re doing just isn’t illegal yet.
If you’ve been on the internet for any length of time lately, you’ve probably heard of the renewed fight for net neutrality. In this case, the subject is FCC proceeding 14-28, which would grant internet service providers the ability to restrict users’ access to content based on whether it is “premium” or not.
So, what does this mean? The internet functions the way it does because it’s a level playing field. A startup isn’t treated any differently than a large corporate website– with a few SEO tricks and some ad dollars, they can even achieve the same visibility. 14-28 threatens to separate content based on whether it’s considered “base” or “premium” content by allowing ISPs to throttle loading speeds for sites that don’t pay them for faster access. Some users have already reported situations like this happening. In fact, https://www.battleforthenet.com/ gives a better breakdown of the situation courtesy of John Oliver:
This threatens to reshape the internet as we know it, and not for the better. Fortunately, internet users are able to submit comments on Proceeding # 14-28.
Don’t wait. Your access to the sites you know and love is at stake.