On the subject of death

This article by Professor Charles Mercieca on the weapons industry (the main source of terrorism in the world which survives by encouraging wars around the world and funding themselves via fear), begins with the following question:

What is the difference between the massacre of 5,000 innocent civilians killed by a lawless group of virtually unknown origin and the massacre of 5,000 innocent civilians massacred by a legally existing agency known as the military?

Now, from the people's point of view there is of course no difference at all — but from our point of view, the first group are “victims of terrorism” and the second group, equally innocent and equally dead and equally uninvolved, are “collateral damage” — unfortunate but acceptable deaths in a war.

Anyway, do read the article — it's short and really simple easy reading, so I'm not asking you to read anything difficult. Its arguments are to-the-point and quite pure.

Remember how you all got warned that July 4th there'd be huge attacks? Well, July 4th has come and gone with not a single terrorist attack, so what are the fear-mongers to do? They've now issued new warnings — September 11th, 2002 is the next big attack apparently. Set yourself on “fear mode” until then folks! Whatever you do, don't question GeorgeAnother Bush, Another RecessionBush.

I wanted to link to this story again… I know I've talked about my problems with farm subsidies before, both in the US and in Canada, but it's really an important world issue that people tend to overlook. Every dollar in farm subsidies handed to farmers here is ten dollars taken from West African farmers (where do you think our excess grain gets dumped?). That's right — farm subsidies have little to do with protecting farmers. Farm subsidies primary action is to keep the third world poor and unstable, thereby allowing us to extend this global pyramid scheme a little longer.

Finally, what does it matter, we're fucked anyway. Assuming we keep consuming and destroying at our current pace, we'll have used up all of the Earth's resources by 2050… I do have a little good news though — last Thursday the survey of the BME homestead in New Brunswick was completed, and this week we'll do the aerial photos. You thought we'd forgotten that project? Not at all!

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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