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Dante’s Vision…

Posted in Stories and reviews by Kathy Da Silva with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by kathydasilva

Mist through window

‘Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself  in dark woods, the right road lost’….Dante’s Inferno

Like Dante’s descent into hell, where tortured souls finally reveal the reason for their presence there, an analysis of the current times and the ‘actors’ involved in today’s performances, would reveal the intricate and damning, state of our era. Why this vision? Why does Dante take all of us on that journey, some call an allegory?

When you try to analyse degrees of injustice, when you try to see through the mire of perhaps decades of planning, of businesses that have escaped, tax payments, and the rich who seek only to stay away from the burden of egalitarian politics. There it is staring at you. The fact that all the different individual’s in our society have only their own plans before them. What we do with a lifetime, how we manage our life on this earth will depend on what values, and what kind of love we were in receipt of during our childhood. And God set us free. Free and independent of His presence, to see how we perform, to see if we would turn back and to see if we might seek Him, out of our own free will. We are not enslaved to Him, unless we choose to be.

‘Through me the way into the suffering city, through me the way to the eternal pain, through me the way that runs among the lost’ …Dante’s Inferno

So instead of acting on conscience most of us, potter, or speed along with no idea how damaging, or uncreative we are, sometimes. We seem to always need prompts, where our conscience is concerned. Only ‘do good’ if, they ‘do good’ to you, some might say. And blow the rest of mankind? And what happens if we all choose that possibility of hard nailed determination no matter the cost? So there is no mercy, shown, for fear of some financial compromise.

‘My maker was divine authority, the highest wisdom’…Dante’s Inferno

It’s like the oil business, well any big industrial business, how many times, does planet earth suffer, until after many mistakes, spills, and explosions, do we choose to stop! Well never? BP, tried drilling where the crust was known to be thin in the Gulf of Mexico, and what happened. Ask the people of Florida and you will get the answer. A very big environmental mess, occurred, to beaches, wildlife conservation areas, and it’s true that there is an effort to clean, but this takes a long time. People, who are they? The ones manipulating market forces? Who are they, playing like Russian roulette with ‘our’ lives? Who will be hit next? And this is what has occurred to me. That if you felt powerful enough because of your wealth and believed there was no higher authority than yourself, then it would be an easy thing to think that getting rid of opponents need not have to be such a burden. So the devil in those people, has risen like some wild beast upon our present day. And all at the bequest of the ‘state’? I don’t want to think this is true. But, it would take the authority of people at the highest part of government surely to put a black ops into action. Or a mafia. So who is responsible for the events, that seem tied together by date code? Assassinations, silently, pervading the calm of our regular lives. We hear someone has mysteriously died, by drug overdose, or some armed robbery, the villain shooting all the family? The victims? Aaron Swartz, internet hacktivist, who felt public-duty enough to campaign for freedom of movement and rights of everyone on the internet. Apparently ‘took his own life’? Barnaby Jack, found overdosed with drugs, a week before an important conference and talk he was due to give. Barnaby was from New Zealand, a famed computer hacker professionally, who researched internet security. The creator of Grey State, David Crowley, and his family were found dead in their home in Minnesota, just recently. Grey State, a film whose subject was life under martial law with strict state control of everything. Charlie Hebdo’s magazine, four of the best cartoonist/satirists, shot dead, by apparently a band of extremists. Any one that seems to speak out, and confront the wrongs it would seem in society.

‘I reached a place where every light is muted, which bellows like the sea beneath a tempest….The hellish hurricane, which never rests, drives on the spirits with its violence: wheeling and pounding, it harasses them..…..Dante’s Inferno

Should we be afraid? Thankfully when you see the support and anger shown by the French, last week that four million marched to La Place de la Republique, I feel heartened to think the vast majority of the populace would not take this kind of action lying down.

Barrett Brown, sits in the court room today, tolerating, what I consider a system in turmoil. The fact that he spent two years in jail without trial seemed bad enough. I feel anger his rights were not protected two years ago sufficiently to allow for bail, and it seems because they fear he was a hacker, and capable of theft, this may have been the reason for his detention, without the right to access computers. His writing career, seems almost on hold, although he has been allowed to publish some articles, it seems, but, certainly, the refusal of the state to allow him near a computer says something.

What can the ordinary ‘citizen’ do? And it is probably the best thing to become a little more consumed with who a person should vote for and just what is being offered to the people. Grace is really the only answer in any situation the invisible good force of grace. But, again, I would have to turn to my God, and do the prayer needed, maybe fasting also, who knows?

I think the ‘thinking people’, need to definitely join together in support, every time one of our number is accused, or challenged beyond what would seem reasonable. To keep the press free, to keep speech free, and to honor everyone’s right to live in a properly democratic society. Yes the people have a right to their own opinion.

Barrett Brown’s Case is Tomorrow! All Those present rise..!

Posted in Stories and reviews by Kathy Da Silva with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2015 by kathydasilva








The Honorable Sam A Lindsay
United States District Judge
1100 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas, 75242
Dear Sir,
I am writing in support of the writer Barrett Brown, who has been in custody of the United States Prison system for a period of two years. I would like to say that Barrett, has been the most outstanding citizen, in the true meaning of the word. In a world where inequality still seems to reign, this man undauntedly through his journalism and writing has been challenging this inequality through the very expression of free speech and writing.
Last week in Paris, the whole world bore witness to the destruction of twelve lives at gunpoint, a very cynical censorship would you not agree of journalists working for the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Four million unmasked French citizens filled La Place de la Republique square, in protest at such ‘censorship’, including our Prime Minister David Cameron for the Sunday March.
I wish to implore you to consider the considerable merits of this young and enthusiastic writer Barrett Brown. Published, articles in the Guardian, other papers and magazines including Vanity Fair, surely warrant the respect of his profession as a young writer.
I too am a writer, artist, and photojournalist. I would like to say that the realm of investigative journalism is as wide as it is deep. There are murky corners to our world today. Recent news events globally, have proven the need for accuracy and objectivity in the rendering of fact and exposition of real crime. Crimes against humanity surely are at the forefront currently, ever more exposing the need for governments to be transparent and truthful and accountable. Free speech is part of the American constitution and culture. Currently there seems to be an invisible insidious hand at work in our world which seems bent on spreading darkness and disillusionment.
Consider what I witnessed:
The story with link, was published before Christmas 2013. The event took place on 1st September 2013.
It seems that although this small group of protestors, managed to attract some press in London, the whole event, and subsequent reporting disintegrated thereafter. What of the seven hostages? How is it possible, that some of these events have been planned and symbolically carried out on dates that are in some ways memorable simply because of numbers in the date. Charlie Hebdo massacre, was 7th January 2015. Something ties all of these events. Both dates add up to the number 7 in a coded way.
If investigative journalism, is not allowed to progress stories simply for the exposition of crime. Even crime which might still as in the last world war, involve world leaders. How can justice reign? If the law books are only used to slight the poor, is that justice? Is that true justice? I call it inequality. I call it the beginning of a dictatorship.
I am very much imploring you Mr Lindsay, to consider all things where the rendering of truth lies, that journalists need to do their job honorably. Barrett Brown has only ever told the truth, as he sees it. And I think his integrity has remained intact throughout his current ordeal of events. Please consider in a selfless way Barrett Brown has written with only justice for the majority in mind, nothing cynical. Any error he may have made through the misuse once of social media I am sure he has already shown regret about an would publicly apologize. I feel sure you will see truth only issuing from this young writers pen. I think truth needs to be honored not abandoned. Please consider leniency for this very young writer. Please would you consider time served as enough punishment for one moment of bad behavior.
Yours sincerely Katherine M Da Silva




Posted in Stories and reviews with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2015 by kathydasilva

Hi Everyone,

I have just published an e-book of my short stories under the title Nemesis, on the Kindle Amazon site.  Am hoping it might generate some interest for the writing. Please browse the page and see, that if you are already a Kindle owner you can read this publication for free. If anyone wants to purchase a permanent copy for either PC or tablet or smartphone it is free to down load the Kindle App, just go to or if you are in America

HAPPY READING! Happy holidays…Happy New Year!

Hoping this gets some of my writing out to an audience. As a result of how simple it is to upload a manuscript to Amazon, I feel now the impetus to create a whole novel, possibly Novella …see how far I get a new title is in the offing The Island… however not decided whether to use this title yet….but for now it’s The Island great experience finally putting some words down and a story that is my own…though it’s true we are all influenced by the genius writers  our predecessors and I guess it might influence some of the themes….. holiday mayhem, and darker aspects of travel….oh ho..see you all soon! Kathy Da Silva