Raif Badawi was supposed to get a second part of getting a 1000 lashes (50 a week for 20 weeks) last Friday, but it was delayed for medical reasons. In addition to his 1000 public lashes, of which he has already received the first 50, he is to serve 10 years for basically expressing his opinions and wanting a little more of what most of us consider basic human rights.
Je suis Charlie. I am Charlie. While I am not to the level that the satirical magazine in France is, I certainly take my shots and political figures and even on occasion those of religious stature as well. I want nothing to show my support for this sad situation and that for which it stands.
Over the weekend I heard a snippet from a TED talk talking about emotional correctness versus the much more accepted and used political correctness. The basic premise was that I do not have to like your ideas or point of view, but as a human I should respect you and keep that in mind during discourse with you.
Just saw a segment and CBS Sunday Morning that was just perfect and very much in line with exactly how I think the system should work. So, recently in Kansas City, a wealthy anonymous business man who has done Secret Santa cash giveaways for several years enlisted the help of the law enforcement officers there in Kansas City.
The current big news (aside from a an extension for the operating budget of course) is the recent release of the Senate’s report regarding the ‘enhanced’ methods used after 9/11 to gather information. In another word, and I said it at that time, it is a report on the US government and specifically the CIA using torture.
Corporations are NOT people. I said it before back when the Supreme Court made the first rulings that started us down this road and I will say it again, the rulings that give corporations the same constitutional standings as people are flawed and will have bad unintended repercussions.
Try as I might to keep out of politics, this one was just too much for me to resist. Glenn Beck, on his syndicated radio show, said something to the effect today of, “The liberals were right a few years ago, we should have stayed out of Iraq.” He went on to implore the powers that be of the current government, as broken as the process seems to be, to come together on at least the one issue of not getting involved in Iraq with this current set of dust-ups that has Iraq once again on the verge of an all out civil war.
First, it should be mostly obvious to the casual reader that I am largely indifferent in regards to Obama as president, neither being supporter by and large nor a rabid anti-Obama-ist that that seeks at every turn for his failure. That being said though, I will have to say that I am severely disappointed in his current bent toward what seems to be a no other option excepting a military strike against in Syria.
A friend and I had a conversation about the most influential person over the last two decades not too long ago. The conversation was lead off with some comment shortly after Steve Jobs passing (guess that dates the conversation a bit more then I care to recall) that he was probably the most influential person in the last twenty years to twenty five years or so. I took objection to that, and suggested that maybe it could be argued to be the case for the last decade or so (going back really to the iPod, including both the iPhone and iPad), but that really there are a LOT of other players to be considered for most influence even there, and especially if you look back as far as quarter century from 2012. What do you all think?