Sunday, May 31, 2009

Breaking News

I was getting looking around online briefly before having to get some yard work done when I decided to see what was up at Feministing. I was immediately shocked to learn that Dr. George Tiller, an abortion provider in Kansas, was shot to death.

Besides being disgusted by this type of idiocy (as I think most people would be regardless of their stance on this issue), I don't know which is worse. That some asshole killed a doctor because of what he did or that Tiller was shot at church.

I've always had some issue with a lot of the people who call themselves "pro life" over inconsistency on some of their stances on certain issues once a person is born and actually becomes a person(especially in regards to war, the death penalty, torture, etc). Shit like this doesn't help. Fucking sickening.

Andrew Sullivan points out that this issue may have some connection (although influential more than concrete) to Bill O'Reilly.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Preventative Detention? WTF?

Many of you have at least probably read about President Obama's speech last week regarding a plan to shut down Gitmo. While he said a lot of good things, there was one chilling thing that deserved to be criticized. Part of his plan calls for "prolonged detention," which allows the government to detain someone without charges possibly indefinitely.

Scary shit, right? I think this deserves criticism regardless of who proposes it. Obama says it would only be used on those small minority of people held at Gitmo we can't try, but what's to keep the government from expanding it to everyday people (remember Dubya said they were only wiretapping suspected terrorists, but actually monitored all of us).

ONe of the better responses towards Obama's stance on reviving the military commissions and prolonged detentions came from WI Sen. Russell Feingold, who's letter to Obama is a must read.

I'll likely say more on this later, but this article should be a good starting point to get food for thought. Click on the link and read it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Is Abuse Still Goin' Down At Gitmo?

There's been a lot of talk about President Obama's plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay amidst allegation of torture from the Bush years. Obama signed an executive order to shut it down in the next year and is facing resistance from the Democrats in Congress over where the detainees will go. While this is an important issue, there's something scarier that hasn't been fully examined.

President Obama has promised that things would change on his watch, but recently I came across this article claiming that prisoners might still be abused at Guatanamo. Also here is the mention of a US soldier who underwent the same treatment in the name of training, with a code word to stop it, and ended up with brain damage because this force refused to stop. Watch below for more on this.

Why isn't the mainstream media calling Obama and company to account for this (yes, I already know the answer on this)? Yet more proof that any change we get in regards to the government only happens when we do everything in our legal power to make sure it happens, regardless of who gets elected. Scary shit indeed.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Scary Times Are Never Dull - Swine/Spring Breaker Flu Brief

My apologies for not being around here the last couple months. There has been a lot on my mind to deal with and a short term job kept me busy. Thus, I had less time to go online than anticipated. So, just to ease in a bit, Let me hint at some things to think about that I've come across.

With swine flu being the big news story (though little is mentioned of how globalization plays into it) I came across this article mentioning North Con and whether it will end up in all this mess.

A lighter approach on this comes from my friend Channing, who brings up the Spring Break aspect of H1N1.

And now a piece on globalization and swine flu that's worth reading.

Many of you have probably already read these, but I thought they were worth linking to. I'll be back with other things to talk about soon. For now let's be aware but not jump to any conclusions - especially the fucked up racist ones.