Ignorance, bigotry, Islam, Christianity – a wasteful formula of terror, pain and suffering that we don’t need.

CNN pushed an interview with Reza Aslan which helped show how ignorant the media treatment of culture is.   His commendably calm response to the interview’s thoughtlessness elucidated many of the issues that raise political tensions needlessly. Here’s an extract: Female Genital Mutilation is NOT a “Muslim” problem – its a central African problem. Eritrea has …
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Only the strongest can kill themselves for peace.

In a Japan, a man set himself on fire to protest a change in policy allowing Japan to fight overseas, which goes against the constitution which bars the country from using force in conflicts except for self-defence.  It follows another self-immolation in June, in an apparently similar protest. Suicide is not an easy option.  It …
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Being one, being part of it all, being happy.

DTRTTRW in yoga pants: FouseyTube

More than 15 million people have watched Yousef Saleh Erakat’s most popular video – the Yoga Pants Prank.  It’s funny and it works. Erakat highlights embarrassing aspects of modern culture, like men gawking at women (when they shouldn’t) and women flaunting their booty in public, which encourages men to be misogynistic and other women to flaunt …
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Euthanasia’s time is coming.

Death is an unknown and that makes it easy to fear it.  Although it is a natural part of the cycle of life, western culture tends to ignore it and treat it as an unfamiliar phenomenon requiring dark rituals.  That approach contrasts starkly with the advanced technology we play with every day and the deep …
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Facing down immorality might not pay, but it’s the only option.

Ethical Corp, an on-online magazine, published an article Executive whistle blowing: what to do when no one listens (with useful comments too).   It is difficult to broach the subject of dealing with immoral behaviour in companies because people who are immoral don’t care and those that do can rarely change the culture.  The culture comes …
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Big company CEOs earned 275X the typical employee.

That’s a huge difference.  And it’s not the difference between the top and the bottom, it’s the difference between the average and the average of the bosses.  According to a report in The New Yorker, in 1965 big company CEOs earned 20X the typical employee; today it’s 275X.  In terms of productivity and value added, …
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Tweedle Dee Tweedle Dum

It was difficult to decipher the actual lyrics when we were children singing along at the top of our voices to the scratchy single on the little record player.  But maybe the chorus line influenced the idea that fighting is not a good idea. If you knew the reason for their fighting you would never …
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The Commonwealth Charter – a good idea

Charter of the Commonwealth We the people of the Commonwealth: Recognising that in an era of changing economic circumstances and uncertainty, new trade and economic patterns, unprecedented threats to peace and security, and a surge in popular demands for democracy, human rights and broadened economic opportunities, the potential of and need for the Commonwealth – …
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Thousands of Gaza residents poured on to the streets to celebrate.

Ceasefire. Egypt to receive assurances from both sides that they will abide by the deal, and will follow up any reports it has been broken. Does not everyone wish for peace? So, let us make it so.   BBC: Gaza crisis: Israel-Hamas ceasefire agreement holds