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Archive for May 16th, 2011

To everything (turn, turn, turn)

Posted by Charles II on May 16, 2011

Harriett Sherwood, The Guardian:

Video testimonies by around two dozen ex-soldiers – some of whom are identifying themselves for the first time – will be posted on YouTube. The campaign by Breaking the Silence, an organisation of former soldiers committed to speaking out on military practices, launches with English subtitles on Monday.

Some of the former soldiers describe the “neighbour procedure”, a term for the use of Palestinian civilians, often children, as human shields to protect soldiers from suspected booby traps or attacks by militants. The procedure was ruled illegal by Israel’s high court in 2005.

Others speak of routine harassment of civilians at checkpoints, arbitrary intimidation and collective punishment.

Isa. 1:16b-17a: Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.

And today, Israel fired on unarmed protesters who marched toward the border to commemorate the establishment of Israel. Matthew Kalman, Independent:

Israeli security and intelligence chiefs traded accusations yesterday over who allowed more than 100 protesters to cross the heavily guarded border with Syria, as Palestinians marked the “catastrophe” of Israel’s founding in a string of incidents that left 15 unarmed protesters dead and Israel’s doctrine of border deterrence in tatters.

Israel’s border deterrence was shattered by Sunday’s marchers, who simply walked through a minefield thought to be deadly. Not a single landmine exploded.

Think about it. People living outside of Israel marched, unarmed through a minefield and broke down a fence to protest injustice. They were shot down. Apparently the Syrian army is otherwise occupied, and distracted from its complicity in oppressing the Palestinians in Syria. (See also Juan Cole).

God is not going to like this, nor will He bless those who use violence against those who reprove the doing of wrong.

Time to turn to peace.

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Posted by Charles II on May 16, 2011

One of the saddest sights of all is academics whose work is compromised by ideological funding. The last line of defense in preventing the coal and oil company global warming denialists from overwhelming the debate has been independent peer review. But when corporate whores (with apologies to all honest sex workers) are injected into universities, then they are the ones doing the peer review. It’s like injecting cancer cells into a healthy body.

Lee Fang of Think Progress has an important piece describing how the Kochs have managed to use their money, and the destitution of academia to create just this situation. Here’s a list of the Koch brainserfs:

George Mason University
West Virginia University
Brown University’s Political Science and Economics departments
The Economics Department at Florida State University
Troy University’s Center for Political Economy
Utah State University’s Huntsman School for Business
Beloit College’s Student Research Program

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And more sad

Posted by Charles II on May 16, 2011

Usually I like listening to Dahlia Lithwick, one of the least toxic of the punditocracy. But in her recent show on BlogTalk radio, she tells us that the reason that justices like Thomas and Alito are so extreme is that they were brutalized in their Senate hearings.

I would point out three things: first, if someone takes revenge on completely unrelated parties because of what some Senators said about them years earlier, are they fit to sit on the Supreme Court?

Second: does Dahlia Lithwick not understand that Senate hearings for candidates for the Court constitute a job interview for a great job, with a high salary, plenty of benefits, and enormous power? Does she think that judges should not have to answer questions that are no more severe than those asked of many a job applicant?

Third: Hasn’t everything alleged against Clarence Thomas been proven to be true?

Our media: sucks. Even the best of it.

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