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07.11 7,000+ Colleges and Universities Declare Climate Emergency and Unveil Three-Point Plan to Combat It [Fox News and Betsy DeVos never talk about this stuff so it must be Bull Shit, right?]
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Health Care & Environment
07.17 Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen forced out by board [Given that states have lost abortion rights on political grounds recently, Wen's philosophical approach to protect abortion rights based on ‘health care’ was smarter – therefore it was that smarter strategy that was killed at the secret meeting.]
07.17 What is happening in America's Cancertown is tragic, immoral and evil [Niggardly white government policies could change to produce better students, better jobs and net revenue instead of costs. But it seems they enjoy more cruelty—like Trump.]
07.15 Extinction Rebellion protests block traffic in five UK cities [Non-corporate human animals make their annoying bleating sounds...]
07.14 A Glacier the Size of Florida Is Becoming Unstable. It Has Dire Implications for Global Sea Levels [The willfully ignorant needn't read more, Trump]
07.13 'Climate Despair' Is Making People Give Up on Life [Willfully ignorant governments—having fired many of their best scientists—have made themselves too stupid to despair]
07.13 Trump administration to approve pesticide that may harm bees [The worst government money can buy!]
07.10 Plastic Has A Big Carbon Footprint — But That Isn't The Whole Story [Fixing our world begins by educating your consciousness with the best truth from trustworthy news sources—so you'll then insist truly bad things will get fixed. But if instead you are educated by untrustworthy news sources—then your consciousness could be warped to where you are hating and fighting with your best friends. Clue: untrustworthy news sources never seriously report news about the world's most critical emergency—Global warming.]
07.09 Judge reinstates Madrid's low emissions zone [Yeh!]
07.07 How Solar Panels Work (And Why They're Taking Over the World) [Hope they leave space between panels for wild flowers to grow so birds and butterflies can flourish!]
07.04 US produces far more waste and recycles far less of it than other developed countries [As expected—and made worse by Trump—the U.S. is best at being the worst]07.03 Booming LNG industry could be as bad for climate as coal, experts warn
07.03 Caravan of Americans battling diabetes heads to Canada for affordable insulin [3:36 video; Like Central Americans flee for their lives from criminal drug gangs, Americans flee for their lives for affordable pharmaceutical drugs]
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US Politics, Policy & 'Culture'
07.18 Inside Trump's DC hotel, where allies and lobbyists flock to peddle their interests [Also, too much ignored by media, the $millions "donated" corrupting moderate Democrats and Republicans every election cycle must stop]
07.18 This Republican's Case for Medicare for All [A well-informed Republican is rare, so let's hold him in the light so others may learn]
07.18 Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar [1:03 video shows Trump pandering to his ignorant idolaters, and together they're making America a greater shit-hole country]
07.16 As Trump Sows Discord, Chief of Staff Mulvaney Reportedly Focused on 'Building Empire for the Right Wing' [And the South shall rise again...]
07.16 Turnstile teaching [The problem is NOT the color of students skin, as our fake President reflexively thinks. The problem is the lax attitude and deficient funding by government to always do a much better job for a better future.]
07.16 Contempt [Variations of frequent loss & theft of property title by organized legal efforts against black owners]
07.15 Australia 'deeply concerned' about China's treatment of Uighur people [What are the reasons, exactly, that justify harsh imprisonment of a million people?]
07.15 Zuma tells South Africa corruption inquiry he is victim of foreign plot [Unaccountable corrupt governments are so in fashion these days...]
07.14 Warren vows to probe U.S. crimes on immigrants if elected [Can you imagine living in a nation with a working Justice System? How far we've fallen!]
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07.18 ‘No rioters, only a tyrannical regime’: Thousands of Hong Kong seniors march in support of young extradition law protesters [Most people around the world have more in common with these Hong Kong Chinese protestors than with the ignorant people at Trump rallies]
07.18 Dozens Arrested as Over 1,000 Jewish Activists and Allies Shut Down Entrances to ICE Headquarters Demanding Closure of Trump Detention Camps [Obviously these are not the immoral and less educated right-wing jews who support Netanyahu, Trump and ICE, and who slowly exterminate Palestinians when no one is looking]
07.17 Trump Murdered the Iran Deal—And Europe Isn’t Too Happy About It [Only psychopathic Saudi Arabia and Russia are U.S. ’allies’ now...]
07.15 Australia now has the highest minimum wage in the world [From 1960 to 2018 – the U.S. has fallen from 1st place to below the tenth place and off the chart]
07.14 At least 24 Yellow Vests lost eyes in violent protests. Now they're more determined than ever [Protests of all kinds will continue until systemic inequality loses political dominance]
07.13 After a Police Shooting, Ethiopian Israelis Seek a ‘Black Lives Matter’ Reckoning [Since so-called modern humans evolved there have been 10,000 generations of people. It is extremely far-fetched to think anyone is racially pure. SO ALL THIS HATE IS INCREDIBLY STUPID.]
07.13 Brazil’s President May Appoint Son, Friend to the Trumps, as Ambassador to U.S. [Friend of the Trumps, so we know they're all brain-dead except about near-term profits. They are clear-cutting the Amazon Rain Forest to feed-then-butcher millions of methane farting cows, over and over. Yep, that's there business plan. So therefore the rest of the world will hopefully plant billions of trees elsewhere to sequester CO2 to offset what the Bolsonaro family and investors are destroying. What's wrong with this picture?]
07.13 Trump’s Cruelty and Mexico’s Duty [Our president is immoral to his core and reacts to things like a child, not understanding that his actions are often crueler than they should be. And that cruelty will never completely be excused or forgotten—the people's hatred of Trump is growing, like the Texan's hatred when President General Santa Anna laid seige to the Alamo, which was Mexico's territory at the time...]
Rising from the Debris?
Out of our love for our religion, we Pakistanis have exalted killers into Messiahs. And we now finally understand that we truly are standing at the edge of the abyss.
3 August 2009
The Pakistani military elites must now realize that religion must never be exploited in a society of gross imbalances. That instead of pandering to religious zealots in state policies, they must appropriately treat such religions as a public menace.
We have saved Islam yet again.
With the burning alive of seven Christians in their houses in Gojra and injuring another 70 in the process, our faith emerges ever victorious, ever stronger. Almost a hundred houses too were damaged in the Christian colony there, just in case the unfortunate minorities in our great country were unable to get the message.
When will we say enough is enough?
Are we familiar now with the sense of doom that comes with the shipwreck? Are we tired of the chaos, sick of the shadows of death and destruction? Have we danced enough with our follies? Have we realized that the ghosts of our dreams have finally come calling on us? Are we ready to admit the problem and not shirk the blame any more? Are we finally ready to rise out of the debris as a nation?
Though it is still a difficult question to answer, for form’s sake let us assume that yes, we indeed are ready to rise from the debris. One does recognize, of course, that—by hoping we collectively realize that as a nation—we have finally sunk to such unprecedented depths that a further drop is not possible, this scribe is, perchance, being optimistic. Optimistic because many a time in the past, just when such a feeling crept in, we as a people surprised everyone by managing to burrow ourselves deeper still, and then thumb our collective nose at the world.
But let’s for a moment agree that with the raging insurgency, a fat daily toll of killings, rampant inflation, sectarian hatred, absent electricity, and a clear and present crop of bungling leadership whose ubiquitous imprints of haywire governance are visible in all departments, we indeed are scraping the rock bottom. Let us make believe that we all agree that Pakistan is now down on its knees because of continued poor governance, non-attendant justice, unbalanced growth, state-sponsored religious fanaticism, oppression of workers, lack of merit and, from education to employment, absence of equal opportunities to all Pakistanis.
If this indeed is the case, then it is fair to assume that...
...From religious and political stability to public order and fiscal growth, Pakistan’s intellectual, social, economic and military elites are now fully aware of the scope of the crises that confront the state; that they no longer feel that this time too, like in the past, they will somehow find a way to crawl through the net.
No atrocity is ever carried out with such complete conviction as it is when done from a religious belief.
...That they, especially the military elites, now realize that religion must never be exploited in a society of gross imbalances; that by pandering to religious zealots in state policies, they instead turn religion from a private solace to a public menace. And that no atrocity is ever carried out with such complete conviction as it is when done from a religious belief.
...That the military elites now realize that. as a matter of principle, militaries do not rule the countries that they serve; that the military and the intelligence services are organs of the state and not the state themselves. That up until now, they have been protecting their privilege at the cost of the rest of Pakistan’s society. That they, by having a veto power on all critical national issues, have turned the civilian governments in Pakistan into transient jokes. And that they now accept that they are swollen beyond all reason and in need of trimming some fat to become a hard-hitting professional arm, and volunteer to curb their influence in civilian governance while focusing instead on legitimate threats from within and without.
And for the rest of us, the admission that from the podium and the pulpit, we did allow our so-called Ulema to propagate hate. That we turned a blind eye to them when they were inciting their followers to kill innocent people in mosques and their places of worship, while audaciously claiming Islam as a religion of peace and a complete way of life. That our consciences have been put to a deep slumber with sweet ballads of our marvelous past while the world goes by at a breathtaking speed. That we have been so thoroughly brainwashed by them that we do actually keep hugging past splendors to our chest and remain prostate in prayers waiting for a Saladin to appear and restore us to our ‘rightful destiny’. That the so called Indo-Zionist or American conspiracies against Pakistan are no different than our foreign policy ambitions whether on regional or global scale. And that in fact each nation only works for its own interest and not for its neighbor’s.
That we have now become a completely intolerant society. That though we are particularly prejudiced against those whose faith is not Muslim, we will, given a chance, not shirk away from slitting even each others’ throats on issues as minor as procedural differences. That while today it is the turn of the Christians to see their lives laid waste and their properties rampaged, and not very long ago it was the Sikhs of FATA whose families were held hostage pending a payment of a ‘religious tax’ to the Taliban, it may not be long before we turn on each other in a free-for-all frenzy. That we now understand that we cannot restore ourselves to our glorious past by suicide bombings or beheading of innocent human beings, or by issuing Fatwas to that effect, or by continuing to pray for divine intervention. That out of our love for our religion, we have exalted killers into Messiahs. And that we now finally understand that we truly are standing at the edge of the abyss.
If this indeed is the case then we certainly are ready to rise from the debris as a nation. Cinch up the belts and HEAVE.
If not, then what nation, what debris, what rising? Let the vision of the blind take over for good.
Copyright 2009 by Anwaar Hussain. The writer, a former officer of the Pakistan Air Force, is now based in the United Arab Emirates. This story was originally published in Truth Spring, Mr. Hussain's blog. Mr. Hussain may be reached by email at email@example.com.
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This story was published in the Baltimore Chronicle on July 30, 2009.
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