I was in two minds about upping this as the first post of 2013.
Initially I wanted to start with a positive bang, but sometimes certain things just need to be said.
The title of the blog update is from the Romans and it means 'Do Justice and let the skies fall'.
Pretty powerful words.
Speak out and damn the consequences.
As long as it is the truth that is being uttered then let the world we have created shake and crumble for tomorrow is always open to new beginnings.
I like the sentiment of that.
Fresh starts built on the ruins of misdeeds that have been dragged out into the light.
In a small way it provides me with some comfort as more than once I have found myself to be a lone voice in opposition, the unbending and unrelenting malcontent that will not go with the flow.
The person who wants to shine the light on the distasteful, the man often called an unbending bastard, and it's true.
I am that man.
It's good to know that since ancient times others have felt exactly the same way though.
However being unable to tuck what some would call a moral compass away out of sight may be a laudable character trait in literature, but in reality it makes relationships with others difficult and fraught with issues.
I am well aware of this.
It can be ugly, and long months can pass with friendships feeling the strain, or even breaking, due to my unwillingness to let the truth of a situation go - not the truth as I perceive it, but instead one that can be demonstrably proven - and it would be far easier if I could just turn a blind eye to certain situations, but I can't.
I genuinely can't. It's not a character strength, but a flaw.
A laudable, but fucked up, flaw I suppose.
Thankfully to an extent the internet has allowed me to commune with like minded individuals who like myself can't hold their tongue, and that has been a hugely positive experience.
By way of the click of a few buttons I am not alone.
Pockets of people all over the world have been using social networking to push the issues that for one reason or another their family, peers and even governments, don't want aired out into the open.
From personal issues with wrongdoings on a very basic level to global problems that we are all aware of ,there are those who are speaking out and opposing the darkness with the truth.
From the Arab spring to the Occupy Movement, from the protests in Delhi on the horrifying attitudes to rape to the dismantling of the NHS, ever more people than ever before are bravely speaking out and joining their voices together to push for justice to be done, even if the sky does fall in the aftermath.
This now brings me to the actual point of the update.
As I sit here on the eve of a new year there is much that is going on in the wider world that concerns me.
Upheaval and change are everywhere.
What country has not heard the cry of the dissident?
We are possibly on the cusp of very large global changes that will alter the world and how we exist in it dramatically.
For this to happen we need to listen to those who will state the truth though, and to that end I would appreciate that on the first day of this new year that you read the following article from Naomi Wolf that was featured in the comments section of the Guardian, and then consider the ramifications of the information that she has brought to a wider audience.
It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the level of the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and local police. The crackdown, which involved, as you may recall, violent arrests, group disruption, canister missiles to the skulls of protesters, people held in handcuffs so tight they were injured, people held in bondage till they were forced to wet or soil themselves –was coordinated with the big banks themselves.
"FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) … reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat … The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country."
"This production [of documents], which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI's surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement … These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America."