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VOYEURISM, THE INTERNET, AND BIN LADEN

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on September 19, 2010

The internet, and saturation news coverage, has turned

us into voyeurs who see human suffering merely as some

kind of diversion, and despite the fact that the issues can

be found in our homes, on our tvs and monitors, often in

real time, we insist that we are only meant to be voyeurs.

How much suffering do we need to witness before we act?

The main defense of the ignorant –‘I didn’t know’– is clearly

not applicable here. We do know. And we choose to do nothing. Why??

Bin Laden says that all Muslims must be concerned with what is done to any Muslim anywhere, and to take

action to assist their fellow Muslims. To me the black South African boy, and the old Inuit woman,  Jew,  Muslim,

Christian, or Animist, and all in between, are my brothers and sisters, and I am obliged to treat them as such,

to respect them, and to take that action which is appropriate to assist them. And I accept that as I share, I likely

will have less myself. I don’t want to buy a pair of shoes made by a child working in a factory earning 50 cents

a day. We in the West selfishly demand priority, in resources and decision-making, and build our lives on the

toil of near-slaves. What is the difference between the terrorist’s indiscriminate bombing, and our

indiscriminate consumerism? A quick death or a slow death?

The Western tradition is based on three planks:  christianity, capitalism, and democracy.

The compromised morality of christianity says the world, including all animals,  is god’s gift to us to do with as we

please,  to exploit without restraint.

Capitalism subjugates everything to the single goal of profit,  as if that goal in itself justifes all actions and

decisions and inequalities, and will exploit any situation to its illogical or unreasonable or unfair conclusion.

Democracy gives us the opportunity to choose in particular those who we wish to lie to us and to deceive us,

but all the while knowing they will do anything to maintain their position in power.

Have we really come thousands of generations through history to be here at this point??

“The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to consume.

It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a

moment’s hesitation to crush beauty and life.”

Above all, we need to act, and now.

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STATE AND NON-STATE TERRORISM

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on April 1, 2010

39 Russian civilians were killed in two suicide bombings on trains

in Moscow.

The suicide bombers are believed to be women, and from the

North Caucasus, a string of majority Muslim provinces that

include Chechnya, Dagestan, and Ingushetia.

In 1999 then Russian President Putin ordered an invasion of

 Chechnya and installed an unelected pro-Moscow government.

 During the invasion, there were independent and corroborated accounts of atrocities by the Russian forces against

civilians, including (intimidation, theft, assault,)  torture, rape, and murder.

After the invasion, poverty, corruption, and abuses of power prevails in Chechnya.

Violence and the abuse of human rights has continued, according to a number of human rights organizations, and a

number of aid workers and human rights activists have been abducted and murdered.

According to Amnesty International, “The authorities in Chechnya have continued to intimidate and persecute

human rights defenders and those who seek justice for abuses.”

The now Russian Prime Minister Putin has said that he will “scrape them (the rebels) from the bottom of the

 sewers”, and “we will destroy them”.

Anon, the madness of the upright ape knows no bounds. . . . on and on and on . .

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THE TERRORIST AS THE NEW BOGEYMAN

Posted in Uncategorized by thecuriousmail on July 27, 2009

The kiddies know. Merciless and vengeful is the new bogeyman.

 As you lay in bed at night, in your bed in your room in your house, and you’re about to turn out the light, the kiddies know and dread the terror to come . You know he comes for you at night. And no mercy for you dear child.

The terrorist waits in the dark, in your wardrobe, in the corner, under your bed. You know you can hear the noises he makes as he slowly makes his way to your bed.  He wants to kill you .  And he will kill you dear child. There is nowhere to run or hide.

Your fate is sealed kiddie. The terrorist is in your room now. And he is coming to get you dear, dear child.

 

8 people died in the recent Jakarta bombings.

About 100,000 people around the world starve to death every day of the year.

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