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April 27, 2009


Watching the media treat torture as just another policy discussion shows how smooth the road to evil can become with the press' assistance. The Washington Post, for example, ran a story headlined:

Effectiveness of Harsh Questioning is Unclear

We look forward to further stories along this line such as

Experts Debate Effectiveness Of Concentration Camps For Unwanted Immigrants

Legal Scholars Examine Murdering Suspects As More Effective Drug Enforcement Tool

What Made Hitler So Effective?


Anonymous Mairead said...

I've gradually come to the belief that no individual or group should ever have the right to amplify their opinions using wealth.

Thinking that we can prevent abuse by regulating the wealthy is like thinking we can live with poisonous snakes by being observant and careful. It ignores the fact that we humans are limited-capacity, serial processors who are guaranteed to make mistakes.

It's madness for us to tolerate any system that the snakes would desire.

April 28, 2009 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just insane that we somehow think it's okay for lots of people to go without the basic necesseties of life. The class war stuff is just bizarre. These bankers really do think they make things and that they're more important than normal people.
They think doing paperwork constitutes putting 'blood, sweat, and tears" into their work.

April 28, 2009 11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we daily despise and deride the wealthpower giants for their lack of a single scruple, yet we refuse to even discuss limiting wealthtaking to the limited amount an individual is capable of contributing to the pool of wealth by one's own sacrifice of time and energies to working, ridiculously expecting the wealthpowerful to resist the greatest temptation there is.

so...who is insane and who is not?

April 29, 2009 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

Anon846, you make a point that should be repeated endlessly until people finally start to think about it.

No one should have the right to more wealth than they personally create with their own body and mind. (I make an exception, of course, for those whose body or mind is disabled)

April 29, 2009 4:58 PM  

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