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Sunday, January 11, 2015
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
MEDIA HOOLIGANISM IN THE GUISE OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. In the wake of last week’s attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, historian Tom Holland has written, for BBC magazine, an excellent article on both the precedents for and the ramifications of defending freedom of speech.
Despite the fact that I do not believe in violence and particularly not as a social sanction, I can understand what motivates it in this instance and how hard it is to resist, particularly when one believes passionately.
I am not a fan of the kind of humor which incites violence. There’s an old adage about sticks and stones breaking bones but words never harming. That has more horse manure in it than a paddock full of Clydesdales. We’ve been using epithets and insults to hurt one another since the dawn of time.
I am also not an iconoclast. I’m not mad at anyone and if my wit was likened to a weapon, it would certainly not be a rapier. I have a Frank Capra/Jimmy Stewart perspective on life and I love good examples.
Near as I can tell by the studying I’ve done, Moses, Mohammed, Jesus, Buddha and Confucius were all genuine human beings who were certainly wise and dedicated to compassionate behavior. God is a real person to me, someone I can talk to, joke with or simply ask for Her shoulder when tears fill to overflowing.
I think I’d be pretty angry if the media made fun of my beliefs and the things I value. At the very least, in every respectable household I’ve ever been in, it is considered rude. It is also cruel and in most cases, incredibly pointless. It certainly does not engender tolerance, understanding or any of the other nobler values all religions seem to share.
Violence is an extreme reaction and I do not condone it. But neither do I like media hooliganism practiced under the guise of freedom of speech. That’s not how this magazine does things.
Okay, once again, gang, thanks for the ear and have a great week, eh? And yep, if you enjoyed the last edition and would like to kick down a dollar or two for the this one, please go here
This is something all of us need to read. The #1 reason people die early, in each country
I wonder if Starbucks knows about this. The world’s top coffee cities
In the wake of the attack on French satirical magazine, our European associate said she hopes this will not provoke another wave of anti-Islamic violence. We agree and so, apparently, does the Islamic community. Raising Questions Within Islam After France Shooting:
A Suicide Bomb Attack In The Northern Lebanese City Of Tripoli Has Killed At Least
Growing Seattle Wonders How To Keep It Real
AIRASIA FLIGHT 8501
FRENCH MAGAZINE OFFICE ATTACK
My admiration for this young man is beyond words. Delta Teen Heading To U.S. For Experimental Cancer Treatment
This should never have happened. I hope the punishment meted out discourages others from doing it as well. 13 Dalhousie Students Suspended Over Sexist Facebook Page
It would be nice to finally know this. Unlocking The Mystery Of Sir John A. Macdonald’s Birthplace
We totally approve of this journalist’s behavior and hope it does not lead to a challenge to the American Bill of Rights. Defiant on Witness Stand, Times Reporter Says Little
I have a feeling Allah, Moses and Jesus are all cheering this man on. Teaching Islam’s ‘Forgotten’ Side as Germany Changes
I personally think this is a good idea and an appropriate use of some of my tax dollars. Obama Plan Would Help Many Go to Community College Free
This is outrageous. Toronto-Born Woman Who Died After Exposing Indian MP Husband’s Alleged Affair Was Poisoned
This is the equivalent of a good spanking and a well-deserved one. Honda Fined for Violations of Safety Law
This makes a lot of sense. Sigh. New Russian law includes transsexuals in long list of people with ‘disorders’ banned from driving
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
This is comforting. Apocalypse When?
This is a real good reason to go interstellar traveling. Stars Go Missing In Black Void
Even though we’ve been doing this for years, it’s nice to learn it’s apparently okay. A Green Light for Using Rain Barrel Water on Garden Edibles
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WORKFORCE DIVERSITY IS #2 BUSINESS PRIORITY IN NEW YEAR
Every New Year brings with it unique challenges and opportunities for individuals as well as employers. This post will examine fostering workforce diversity as the #2 business priority in the year ahead. My prior post addressed strengthening cybersecurity as the #1 business priority for 2015.
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It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
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This is fascinating. An animal that herds its own meat
This sounds like a real fun place to live. Where polar bears outnumber people
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