Re: How Iranians Treat PrisonersNov 23rd, 2007
1,118,846 DEAD THANKS TO BUSH'S CRIMINAL INVASION:
www.justforeignpolicy.org/iraq/iraqdeaths.html (external - login to view)
Oh those Republican basturds!!
The Media Arranged for Brothel Owner to 'Endorse' Ron Paul
'The Associated Press carried a story about how a Nevada brothel owner had "endorsed" Ron Paul, downplaying the fact that the "endorsement" was actually arranged by the media. A recent Associated Press story about Ron Paul carries a headline that was carefully crafted to turn off many American voters. The headline proclaimed: "Paul Endorsed by Nevada Brothel Owner".'
www.jbs.org/node/6438 (external - login to view)
I agree that human beings have made a terrible mess of things, but the really disappointing feature of this nonsense is that we haven't learned anything over thousands of years....
Or have we?
The pictures and videos we see elicit an immediate response, and in many ways that's exactly the product of brainwashing disguised as advertising and "news" that keeps the corporate and government juggernauts plowing poison into the earth and paving over the planet to keep the wealthy in comfort and power. We like things the way they are.
We like accepting the notion that some external "force" is responsible for our obesity, our ADD and ADHD children, poverty and the gargantuan spread of illness and injustice throughout the planet.
We celebrate the extermination of the Taliban and Al Queada and if a few hundred or a few thousand are killed in the effort that's perfectly acceptable.... We pretend that our individual voices find resonance in our "election-process", when in fact we know if we examine the legislation and the laws that our governments pass every so often that the outcomes from those ideas are already made by business and money-brokers.
While this situation is disturbing, it's the only way the "locked-in" mentality of the great unwashed masses "see" life.
It may not be possible to effect change, because those changes necessary to resolve most if not all of humanities difficulties start at the personal level and involve critical thinking and considered judgment, two things that are regularly pre-empted by "belief" and "ideology".
I'm tired of what passes for "informed opinion" when it comes to most things in life, because once the prejudice and bull is stripped away, there's little difference between Cro Magnon Man and Postmodernity Mankind.
We freely choose to abandon beauty and peace in the name of greed and personal satisfaction. The mess we're in is because this way of dealing with life is habitual and enough people are comfortable and satisfied with this life the way it is to spare time money effort and attention to making life miserable for others....
Ain't life swell!