I had to lie down and bleed a little.
I've been taking your advice Chris. I hope that I have calmed myself down. :?) My advice to you is to start thinking of strategies to make things better. Railing about injustice is a dead end. It must be time for you to become an activist.<<<>>>
That piece by Sacha Trudeau was quite interesting Sam. Castro the Patriarch, puts things into a different context doesn't it? Having grown up in the home of a patriarch, I can imagine that the Cuban people must be champing at the bit to experience some freedom. As to Trudeau's suggestion of anti-US, Cuban bias, do you think it doesn't exist? I've never been to Cuba, myself, or spoken to Cubans, personally. Castro, certainly, is no friend of the US. I have to admit that I don't read the Star. Most of my news comes from various public radio stations and from online sources. I forgot to mention www.truthout.com I usually check it every day to see how it compares to NPR.
Thanks to your suggestion Sam, I'm also checking out the Drudge Report. What a lot of banal stuff it carries, along with world affairs. I've read some of the authors on Truth Out. By the way Sam, which news has no bias? I'm rather dismayed that you would think that I restrict my reading to Canadian sources, only. Do you read American publications exclusively? We never watch TV.
I'll get back to you on your other questions about children. This link will introduce an approach to education that is responsive to Objectivist principles. http://www.highscope.org/About/allabout.htm I'd be interested in what you think about it. <<<<>>>
I regret yelling at you, Kurt, I'll try and speak with more magnanimity. Please accept my apology.
You challenged me on my accusations about global corporatism. Well, I have noticed how US foreign policy follows US corporations as they are established in different countries around the world. Am I seeing things? Also, I've read a lot recently from critics of the Iraqi invasion, lamenting the corporate featherbedding; and the huge uncontrollable cost over-runs. Is there no truth to these charges? It appears to me that the new colonialists are the corporations. Maybe I should call them imperialists. They'd love to be above the law.<<<< >>>
Sorry to expose that tribalism in your closet. lol It seems that Objectivists forget that the brutality, of today's Muslim traditions, is very like what went on in Europe and North America a few centuries ago. Already, 21st century Muslims have modulated some of their earlier punishments. My family has recollections of ancestors who were persecution as Huegenots; and the Scottish clearances were no fun either. Did you ever hear of the massacre of Glencoe? My husband's family had to face that.
I almost forgot to mention the Salem witch trials. I see many Muslims as developmentally delayed in scientific and social knowledge. Their young ones need some education, some good role models, and a few decades. Unless we enlightened ones take them under our wing and bring them along, or they turn out to be quicker studies than our ancestors; Muslims can't be expected to uplift themselves, so very much faster than our ancestors did. I'd say that first, is to teach them about the benevolent view of nature. <<<>>>
Marginalizing the Arabs, as if they didn't exist has not been an effective strategy for the Jews. I don't support their colonization without consultation; and I don't support statism based on supernatural beliefs. It's of no consequence to me, how many letters they have behind their names. Race or religion does not have its privilege. The Jewish settlers who do not want to acknowledge the First Nations People. This arrogance is at root cause. The Arabs are reactionaries to this arrogance. The same arrogance that exudes from the White House. <<<<>>>
I found a speech that one of your senators, Chuck Hagel, delivered at the end of July. It illustrates the place of world opinion on US foreign policy. Perhaps Hagel has no credibility with you; but he spoke good sense to me. If you don't want to read all 37 pages, the question and answer section begins at page 19. Here's the link www.brookings.edu/comm/events/20060728.pdf
If you don't agree with Hagel, then arm up your children and start the Islamic genocide. If ethnic cleansing is on your mind, you might want to think about diversity in nature; and whether or not it serves any purpose in regards to humankind as a species. Are Arabs and Muslims the modern Neanderthals to you?