Sunday, June 27, 2010

G20 Protesters Torching Cop Cars in Toronto

 
    
Toronto seems an unlikely place for violence, but evidently it is not, at least when a G-20 summit is in session there.  Just in case you are fuzzy about just what the G-20 is, it is finance ministers of 19 countries plus the EU, meeting to discuss the world economy.  The G-20 comprises 85% of the world's GNP so this is important stuff.

So who, you might well ask, are the violent demonstrators who torched four police cars Saturday night and are set for more violence today? 300 of them ended up in jail . Their supporters quickly organized an all night jail solidarity dance party from midnight till morning via their website and social media.  Doesn't sound too violent does it?  Nor does the prayer vigil scheduled by the Student Christian Movement  or the "Bike Block" which calls for " hordes of cyclists to storm the streets of Toronto in a festive parade" today, Sunday, June 27th.

It smells like the '60's with  the rebellious and idealistic young insisting on "love not war." But this is not just some sort of 21st century Woodstock.  There are darker forces at work here because the world is more connected than it was then. Because of so many things, including the internet, we no longer think in purely nationalistic terms. We can't.  People flow over national  borders.  Workers in  India know what working conditions are like in Europe or North America and visa versa. Education is global and so are schools and friendships. The ground rules have changed a lot since the '60's  but human nature clearly has not. We have those same hunter/gatherer brains we had when we were living in caves and wearing bearskins.

How we are going to adjust to a world in which narrow national interests and  who has the biggest army are no longer appropriate ways to resolve conflict?  It requires a new way of thinking and frankly, torching cop cars and breaking windows is not helpful. It is just more of the same old angry victim crap  acted out by the less stable and more angry of every generation as they come of age.

 In most cases, it is deeply personal and not really very idealistic.  It is about feeling empowered rather than finding answers. Anarchy is not a new idea. Nor is Nihilism. Both are not very helpful in a day and age when the world economy teeters on the brink, the planet is warming, and the world population is growing as resources shrink.

Like it or not we are all in this together and the kids who are torching cop cars in Toronto should be turned over somebody's knee.  Message to protesters: Grow Up!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Political Quote of The Day



Don't know what her politics are, but her handwriting needs a little work. 
The sign, however, carries a powerful message. The text is hard to read, scrawled as it is on a piece of brown cardboard box, but here's what it says: 

"Politicians are like condoms. They give you a sense of security while you are getting screwed. "

Ahhh that is deep, very deep, dontchathink? Stop laughing-- this is serious :-)

A tip of the hat to White Trash Politics for this one.Click on the link to read the original post


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Autotuned Obama Kicks Ass

Kick-Ass Obama is playing hardball-- at least with the Autotune the News Guys. They've had fun with the President's interview with Matt Lauer Tuesday on The Today Show, where he talked about BP and the oil spill.

Sometimes you just need a laugh


Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Ugly Truth About Israel

There is an ugly new truth rearing its head in America. Israel is no longer automatically considered the good guy. Those of us raised on the heroic efforts of  its founders after WWII, the brilliance of it's underdog army,  and  who were shocked by what happened to Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics are saddened and disappointed to see how the nation of Israel is behaving these days. Can it be true that Israel is not wearing the white hat and that perhaps there is no black or white.  All hats are gray?

As accounts surface of what really happened last week when the Israeli Army attacked a flotilla bringing supplies to beleaguered Gaza, Israel is looking more and more like the aggressor, not the victim it would have you believe it is.

The ship, Mavi Marmara, was boarded in international waters and nine activists were killed. One Israeli soldier was wounded. It was definitely overkill.  The question being asked is who fired the first shot? Israel claims self defense, but with 60 reporters on board to witness and record the event, it is not possible for Israel to hush this one up. It tried. Reporters were jailed and their film and videos confiscated.  Both sides are putting their spin on the facts. As usual the truth is probably somewhere in the middle.  The story is being told on YouTube. Watch the videos below to get an idea of what I mean.

It's classic, isn't it?  Victims of abuse so often end up  becoming victimizers themselves. Hey Hey USA-- stop being the classic enabler . A  thorough, neutral, international inquiry is in order here-- not a show trial conducted by Israel  with President Obama as an " advisor"  For an excellent analysis of the situation and good links to even more information, see Glenn Greenwald's excellent article at Salon.com.


Interview with Al Jezeera Reporter



Video of Attack Shot and Edited by Israeli Defense Force



It's just like kids in the schoolyard. It's hard to know who started the fight so the only alternative is to stop the fight, separate the kids and keep an eye on the bully. The truth may be ugly, but it is important to get to it. Another ship challenged the blockade today and was stopped by Israel with no incidents. Let's see what happens next, shall we?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

BP TransOcean and Halliburton Owe the Planet an Apology

It's not just BP that isn't getting the job done in the Gulf of Mexico..  What about Transocean  and our old friend, Halliburton.? Seems Transocean, especially, is partly responsible. Why is nobody slapping their hands?  Seems BP is taking the spear for all of them.

Perhaps it doesn't matter anymore who is at fault.  This disaster has moved beyond the blame game.  This morning, it seems that President Obama, on day 43 of the spill  is finally taking over and putting the power of the Justice Department behind his words. About time. 

Today the spill has reached the banks of the Mississippi and is only a few miles from the beaches of Florida. Once it hits Florida, the public outcry will be huge.  We are not a patient people. This is the largest oil spill ever and things will never be the same for the nation or for the responsible parties.  Even if we bankrupt BP, Transocean and Halliburton with fines and reparations it won't matter. It is too late. There are some things money can't buy. We've gone over the edge. 

It's not nice to fool with Mother Nature