Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Not Sex

Posted on Mar 10, 2008
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AP photo / Oded Balilty

By Chris Hedges

War creates a world without empathy. Those who have empathy cannot, as did Palestinian gunman Alaa Hisham Abu Dheim, coldly murder students in a Jerusalem library. Those who have empathy cannot drop tons of iron fragmentation bombs on crowded Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza, killing more than 120 Palestinians in a week, of whom one in five were children and more than half were civilians. Those who have empathy do not, as Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai did, thunder at the Palestinians that they face a shoah, meaning catastrophe or holocaust. Those with empathy are unable to rejoice, as many leaders of Hamas did, over slaughter, as if the murder of the other’s innocents is justified by the murder of your innocents.

We live in a world, at home and in the Middle East, hardened and distorted by hate. We communicate in the language of fear and violence. Human beings are no longer viewed as human beings. They are no longer endowed in our eyes, or the eyes of those who oppose us, with human qualities. They do no love, grieve, suffer, laugh or weep. They represent cold abstractions of evil. The death-for-death means we communicate by producing corpses. And we are all guilty, Americans, Palestinians, Iraqis and Israelis. But we are not all guilty equally.
Israel and the United States bear the responsibility for a world that has unleashed twisted killers such as Abu Dheim. It is the decades of repression in Gaza, as well as the callous occupation in Iraq, that has bequeathed to us a new generation of jihadists and gunmen who walk into yeshivas and spray automatic fire at people bent over books. For as the poet W.H. Auden pointed out:

I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, unable to break Hamas with the siege and frustrated by the Palestinians’ spontaneous rupture of the barricades that separate the Gaza Strip from Egypt, is trying to pound Gaza into submission. During the past three months of unrelenting Israeli strikes, over 300 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have died in Israeli attacks. The strikes have done nothing, however, to halt the rocket attacks on Israeli towns or end Hamas rule.

@ Truthdig


This will NEVER end. As long as religion allows people to act the fool like they alone are holy blessed to smite their enemies, it will NEVER end.

We can read about it here but we will never understand fully until we are there will we?

Understand this, people are dying for different religious beliefs.

Is that any way for God's children to act?



Saladin said...

DEN, the reporting of the conflict between Israel and Palestine is so one sided it's no wonder nothing changes. The IOF can murder babies all day long but you won't hear anything about it in the MSM. Raw sewage running in the streets, no fuel for hospitals or schools, no clean water, people dying at the endless check points, families split up because of that hateful wall, I could go on and on, but you already know. South African apartheid was unacceptable, and fully supported by Israel, but apparently the Palestinian people will just have to learn to live with it, because the world just doesn't give a shit.

Ron Paul-Lone Dissenter Against Gaza Resolution.


Congressman Ron Paul's Statement on Gaza Bill
Published 03/06/2008 - 1:42 p.m. GMT

(PressMediaWire) March 5, 2008 Congressman Ron Paul states - Madam Speaker: I rise in opposition to H. Res. 951. As one who is consistently against war and violence, I obviously do not support the firing of rockets indiscriminately into civilian populations. I believe it is appalling that Palestinians are firing rockets that harm innocent Israelis, just as I believe it is appalling that Israel fires missiles into Palestinian areas where children and other non-combatants are killed and injured.

Unfortunately, legislation such as this is more likely to perpetuate violence in the Middle East than contribute to its abatement. It is our continued involvement and intervention – particularly when it appears to be one-sided – that reduces the incentive for opposing sides to reach a lasting peace agreement.

Additionally, this bill will continue the march toward war with Iran and Syria , as it contains provocative language targeting these countries. The legislation oversimplifies the Israel/Palestine conflict and the larger unrest in the Middle East by simply pointing the finger at Iran and Syria . This is another piece in a steady series of legislation passed in the House that intensifies enmity between the United States and Iran and Syria . My colleagues will recall that we saw a similar steady stream of provocative legislation against Iraq in the years before the US attack on that country.
I strongly believe that we must cease making proclamations involving conflicts that have nothing to do with the United States . We incur the wrath of those who feel slighted while doing very little to slow or stop the violence.


Our disgusting Israeli ass kissing reps have sold us out. Israel is now the top priority, not we the people. 3 billion a year for that terrorist state, while our veterans coming home from a war fought primarily for them have little or no health care and many are sleeping in the streets.

David B. Benson said...

Money does grow on trees.

At least around here.

The plant is not realy a tree, a perennial root system with annual stem, leaves and seed pods.

The seed pods are round, sort of, and turn silver in the autumn. Then these appear a bit to be silver quarters, half-dollars and dollars.

I find them too lovely too spend. :-)

DEN said...

Want rise above the frey?
NASA TV will help you see the Earth as it was meant to be minus wars from orbit.

DEN said...

Keyboard activism:

The folks over at Firedoglake put together a vote for which member of Congress played the biggest role in eroding our rights by pushing for the telecoms to get retro-active immunity for their role in Bush's warrantless wiretapping program.

You can vote on who you think is the worst here:


Once we've picked the biggest offender, we're going to start going about taking him or her down.


ºCºarol said...

Den, yes I clicked on the link last night but I exed it out. I clicked on it a second time to watch what it did, then exed it out again.

DEN said...

Carol, better check your cookie jar.

Tools/Options/Privacy, in Firefox

David B. Benson said...

Following in a long, long tradition:

Bush spending U.S. tax dollars to foment unrest in Bolivia

At least he didn't send in the Marines.

Oh wait. No Marines around to send in...

Alan said...

Dr. B, I never got to see the clip at NASA you referred to. I seen others that I could've watched though. Oh well...

So, does this mean you can watch videos now, with the new computer?

Check out Crooksandliars.com then. They always have some good ones posted... and they just won 'best political blog' at "the bloggies" held in Austin.

º¿carol said...

Check my cookies and do what? I'm not going to delete them all!

logged out again! said...

Alan --- I dunno about videos on this machine. But anyway, won't watch. I've never had a telly and I don't intend to start now.

Little confused about whatever from NASA I might have posted. Duhhh...

DEN said...

Carol do not delete them all.

I have hunted all files trying to find my 'exceptions' file for cookies which blocks tracking cookies and such but cannot find it, dammit!

Best way to describe it is in Firefox to go to tools/options/privacy/cookies(open window) and 'exceptions'(open window) Probably have to close original 'privacy' window. Look at your cookies one by one, click the plus box at the beginning of each cookie and a cookie list will drop down for that particular cookie.

Time consuming as hell but look at each cookie and ones with descriptions longer than the page width with lots of characters, copy paste the cookie name (usually like adjuggler.com or www.tacoda.com) from the lower (gray part)that shows the cookie originator and paste into the 'exceptions'window and click block.

Questionable cookies can be copy/pasted to google search where you will find info on that particular one.

All cookies names have a .com or .net name of some sort, not all have the www. before them, some start like: .burstnet.com, copy paste them into exceptions without the www, it does not matter.

I mentioned some tracking cookies here but more are:

Google bad tracking cookies and someone most likely made a list.

Hope that helped.

Campaignwatch said...

Clinton, Obama on Energy Legislation
Mar 11th, 2008 | WASHINGTON -- Hillary Rodham Clinton has challenged rival Barack Obama on his record on energy policy, prompting Obama's campaign to counter that it was Clinton who voted against improvements in automobile fuel economy and promoting renewable fuels.

THE SPIN: "On the campaign trail, Senator Obama talks about clean energy. But in the Senate he voted for Dick Cheney's energy bill loaded with new tax breaks for oil companies. When he faced a tough choice, his support for a clean energy future turned out to be just words," said Clinton at a rally in Harrisburg, Pa.

Obama's campaign said Clinton "voted against renewable fuels and higher CAFE (auto fuel economy) standards until she started running for president" and that the bill Obama voted for "actually raised taxes on oil companies and made the largest investment in renewable energy in our nation's history."


Both sides refer to votes on an energy bill Congress passed in 2005. In the Senate, Clinton voted against the bill and Obama voted for it.

It is a stretch to call it "Dick Cheney's energy bill," a hot-button reference for many Democrats. Although the House bill was framed according to the vice president's energy priorities, by the time it passed the Senate many of those measures, such as drilling in an Arctic wildlife refuge, had been stripped away. Its broad new benefits for nuclear power and the coal industry mirrored Cheney's priorities, however.

Although opposed by environmentalists, many Democrats viewed the final bill as the best compromise that could be achieved in a GOP-controlled Congress. Clinton at the time said she opposed the bill because it did not do enough to cut reliance on foreign oil and address global warming.

Clinton's claim that the bill "was loaded with new tax breaks for oil companies" also overstates the case. While it included $2.6 billion in tax breaks for oil and gas industries, that was offset by nearly $3 billion in oil taxes, mostly in an extension of the oil spill liability tax. The bill's $14.3 billion in energy tax breaks mostly went for renewable energy and efficiency programs and the nuclear and coal industries, both of which are prominent in Obama's home state of Illinois.

Obama is correct when he says Clinton voted against renewable fuels and auto fuel economy. During the 2005 energy deliberations, Clinton voted against an amendment that would have required an increase in the federal auto fuel economy standard, known as CAFE; Obama voted for it. The measure failed, 28-67.

Clinton opposed the energy legislation's mandate for more ethanol use as a gasoline additive But on that, she was not alone as Northeast and West Coast senators worried the ethanol requirement would lead to higher gasoline costs outside the Farm Belt. Democratic Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts, both now Obama supporters, and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., also voted against the energy legislation as did California's two Democratic senators.

In late 2007, as they geared up to begin running for president, both Clinton and Obama voted for boosting auto fuel economy by 40 percent to 35 miles per gallon, and for a huge expansion of ethanol use as part of the energy bill passed by Congress. President Bush signed the bill into law last December.

Daylight saver said...

I've saved all the daylight I can stand.

Going to go spend some of it.

•c•arol said...

Thanks, Den. I'll check them out. I know when I run Spybot it kicks out a few of the ones you listed, but they are there every time I run it. Don't know where I pick them up at though. There just always there.

David B. Benson said...

Like Adm. Fallon, I took early retirement.

Similar reasons, sort of...

DEN said...

Carol, delete Spybot S&D, there are issues it creates. It will not remove tracking cookies permanantly as you have found out. By blocking them you stop them from installing, be sure to delete the bad cookies after blocking.

I use Reg Scrub XP to monitor registry changes along with Hijack This to monitor what is on your hard drive and also use Adaware.

Copy/paste and Google should answer any questionable entries, watch forums tho, they can be timewasters trying to find info, scrolling, scrolling.

I get my computer stuff from Major Geeks

DEN said...

Carol, one more thing, too many spyware programs can cause major problems, use the bare minumum.

If you have a lot installed use add/remove programs to get rid of them then check a program files and software entries for those removed program named entries in the registry and delete them manually, google can help questionable stuff there too, back up the drive before modifying the registry, course you knew that.

DEN said...

Carol, Lexun RegscrubXP

Regscrub finds problems/should only be 7 listed directly related to Microsnot Software, boot the rest.

carol said...

I've had Spybot and Ad Aware for years. Ad Aware has decided to quit updating. I just now tested it and once again it said there was an error. I supposed I should uninstall and go out and reinstall it again.

I don't have Spybot set to watch my computer. I run it when I get a whim to do it.

Thanks for all the advice.

DEN said...

Big O takes Mississippi!

Next primary 04/22.

Has anyone heard the chimp singing?

KO had the vid on and he mocks the entire criminal enterprise of his, how they have been evading the evil dems, from Scooter to h.meirs, what a rude cocky little prick!

He laughs cause he thinks nobody can stop him.

And so did the crowd.

DEN said...

On that note--ZZZZZZZZZZZ

Retiree with standards intact said...

Like Adm. Fallon, I took early retirement.

Similar reasons, sort of...


Alan said...

Dr. B, my bad. That was Den who posted a link to a NASA clip.

Carol, my AdAware has been giving me probs on "update" too. It doesn't DO anything when I click on the tab to check for updates. Then when I bring up the Task Manager, it shows the program isn't responding. So I ran it without an update... then updated and ran SpyBot as well. Like you, I don't have either of 'em running in the background. I just open and use 'em when I'm ready.

Now, somebody tell me why y'all keep some cookies. So that page will load faster??? or what? So they 'know' you when you come back? I have login password sites that Windows remembers the password without any cookies, so... that can't be why to keep some of 'em. I delete them ALL after each 'session' of surfing.

Alan said...

About the Houston Rockets and their 19-game win streak. Seen a wise-acre today say that the last time the Rockets lost, Castro still ruled Cuba and oil was only $90.76 a barrel. haha