Archive for June, 2007

30
Jun
07

No News, Part 2

I was watching the Colombian news this morning and it struck me – our news really isn’t as relevant to us as Caracol is to its people. In addition to the sports, weather, and major news stories for the world and the country, they always impart some sort of cultural or societal information and go to the various regions of the country to get their take on whatever the subject happens to be. From watching the Colombian news for a few weeks I can learn about how to eat right, cultural food traditions from all over the country, what various regions feel their contribution to Colombian culture is, how language and dialect varies throughout the country, favorite vacation spots and how (and why) the preference for beach, mountain, or jungle resorts changes depending on their state of origin, and many other things (including history, science, technology, etc…).

In a country of 30 million people with a struggling economy that has been mired in civil war for over 50 years, journalists can bang out a spectacular 60 minute news program (with commercials) filled with relevant news from the country, the region, and the world, and report what’s significant, regardless of where it’s happening. In contrast, in a country of 300,000 million people with one of the strongest economies in the world, the news from America will be 30 minutes long, have possibly one ACTUAL story that MUST be relevant to Americans, will contain NO cultural or societal analysis, and will avoid (all all costs) any REAL questioning of the government or its politicians.

And CNN.com’s new format has made this information MUCH more difficult to find:
3,576 US Soldiers killed in Iraq
26,350 US Soldiers wounded in Iraq

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28
Jun
07

And Now For Something Incredibly Frightening

c/o The Department of Homeland Conspiracy

Contingencies for nuclear terrorist attack

Government working up plan to prevent chaos in wake of bombing of major city

As concerns grow that terrorists might attack a major American city with a nuclear bomb, (why the concerns? Is there something you’re not telling us) a high-level group of government and military officials has been quietly preparing an emergency survival program that would include the building of bomb shelters, steps to prevent panicked evacuations and the possible suspension (ending) of some (all) civil liberties.

Many experts say the likelihood of al Qaeda or some other terrorist group (Bush & his Dick) producing a working nuclear weapon with illicitly obtained weapons-grade fuel is not large, but such a strike would be far more lethal, frightening and disruptive than the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (The attack “they” didn’t stop) Not only could the numbers killed and wounded be far higher, but the explosion could, experts say, ignite widespread fires, shut down most transportation, halt much economic activity and cause a possible disintegration of government order. (Oh no “we”can’t have that)

The efforts to prepare a detailed blueprint for survival (who’s Survival? the governments?) took a step forward last month when senior government and military officials and other experts, organized by a joint Stanford-Harvard program called the Preventive Defense Project, met behind closed doors (why the the closed doors? what do “they have to hide?) in Washington for a day-long workshop.

The session, called “The Day After,” was premised on the idea that efforts focusing on preventing such a strike were no longer enough, and that the prospect of a collapse of government order (“they” seem obsessed with keeping ORDER) was so great if there were an attack that the country needed to begin preparing an emergency program.

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27
Jun
07

Homosexuality in America

There’s been a fury of research about the gays lately. I think it’s probably an attempt to neutralize the issue so that it’s not a large part of the upcoming election. One researcher thinks that a person’s homosexuality can be perceived by the way they walk. If that’s true, I’ll be watching the Republican National Convention VERY carefully. More Americans are beginning to believe that if a person IS gay, he or she was born that way. I think that would stand to reason as I can’t imagine people would choose to be ostracized by a majority of their society, such as the military and the Christians. Maybe this is our biological answer to overpopulation and the homosexual community should be celebrated as humanity’s saviors.

27
Jun
07

Censorship

The Baghdad bombings in which over 75 people have been killed are not being covered due to censorship. Tapes of the bombings and subsequent coverage are being confinscated. Stories that were posted on CNN.com a few days ago have been removed. Fourtnunately, the BBC doesn’t have to do what the Bush Administration says and is reporting that over 200 people have been killed in these bombings. I can’t imagine why the Bush Administration would want to this information from the American people. Could it be that they want us to believe that this war is going better than it really is?

26
Jun
07

Faith-Based Decisions

The Supreme Court seems to be making a lot of decisions based on faith and very few based on justice lately. One of the most recent involves giving millions of tax dollars to faith-based charities with the justification that taxpayers do not have the “standing” to challenge the White House. What the HELL does that mean? We don’t have the “standing”? Aren’t we the ones who pay their salary? Aren’t we the ones who elect them? And we don’t have the political standing to sway their decisions or forced them to make moral and ethical ones.

But to show I’m not biased, I agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case. Though I think the student has a right to free speech, and the school shouldn’t be able to do anything if he’s talking, say, in the cafeteria, about doing bong hits for Jesus, to put it in writing at a school-sponsored event is a violation of school policy and he should have been punished. Parents have the right to expect that their children won’t be exposed to advertisements seemingly promoting drug or alcohol use (though I believe profanity should be allowed).

3,566 US Soldiers killed in Iraq
26,129 US Soldiers wounded in Iraq

26
Jun
07

Thinking Green

I don’t believe in supporting the movie industry. I think it has sold out in a variety of ways, and I’m not going to get into them now. I haven’t gone to see it yet, but I feel I should support Evan Almighty for its work in creating a green set. Whatever your stance on Global Warming, it goes without saying that humans need to reduce their impact on the environment. I applaud Universal Studios, director Tom Shadyac, and The Conservation Fund for setting a new standard for making movies.

In the same general vein, Big Ideas for a Small Planet on the Sundance Channel has become one of my favorite series. It has given us a lot of great ideas for things we can do around the house and organizations we can get involved in to help reduce our carbon footprint.

And in totally off-the-wall environmental news, a lake in Chile has disappeared recently. It’s probably not due to Global Warming, though a rise in the suspected earthquakes may be connected to climate change.

War is never good for the environment, but it’s GREAT for overpopulation:
3,557 US Soldiers killed in Iraq
26,129 US Soldiers wounded in Iraq (at least we’ll have a use for some of those plastics)

24
Jun
07

Stop the Hate

On Flimsy Sanity there is a discussion going on about racism. Several people have taken the “what can you do” approach, and that it really disturbing for me. The don’t-make-waves culture of America has gone to far and everyone is so concerned about Political Correctness that they have completely forgotten about Actual Correctness.

It is NOT okay to be racist. It’s just not. Don’t make excuses. Don’t say, “everyone has to hate someone”. Don’t laugh uncomfortably and walk away. It is WRONG to hate someone because of their race. Yes, everyone has a right to their opinion, but if their opinion is offensive or intolerant, YOU have the right to call them on it. all you have to do is say, “I am not a racist person and I would really appreciate it if you would not make those comments/jokes around me.” How hard is that?

It is NOT okay to proselytize. Again, let’s not make excuses. It is not okay for someone to come to my home and try to convince me that the way I am living my life is wrong. It is WRONG to try and make everyone think that if they don’t believe what you believe, they are going to hell. You shouldn’t have to hide inside, turn the TV down, and pretend you’re not home. Open the door. Say, “I am an adult. I know all about religion and I am not interested in hearing what you have to say. I don’t appreciate you coming to my home to tell me that how I’m living my life is wrong. Please don’t come back here again.” Then shut the door.




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