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Saturday, May 15, 2010

What Does This Say?

They tell us not to judge everyone by the action of the few. At the same time, what are we to say when the few says nothing about the action of many? Many in the Muslim communities expect the Western culture to respect them, but at the same time they don't respect Western culture most cherished freedom, the freedom of expression. Listen, there are many things I find offensive too, and I would love to have those offensive things removed, but that does not mean that I will use violence against another person or employ mob-bullying mentality to intimidate in submission just because it is absolutely offensive to me. That isn't democracy! True democracy is allowing other their expressions, and also allowing those who have been offended to express their discontent with civility, respect and reason.

I am, however, curious about a few things. Where are the other Swedes who believe in the freedom of expression? Do they not care to protect their freedom of expression? Why are they not protesting against those who are employing a mob-bullying intimation against freedom of expression? All I saw is one vocal woman and lots of silence from many of the other Swedes in that room. Are they just that timid? Or are they just too nice? Don't they have the same courage as the cartoonist Lars Vilks has in showing his works?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Children Are Biased Toward Lighter Skin

Should this surprise us? Honestly, we act as if this is surprising. Just look at our language and the way we use to describe what is negative in our world. We describe evil as dark. When referring to redemptive or good experiences, we describe them by referring with lighter color like white -- the white dove is symbolic of peace and the angel of death is black. The dominance of white as the good color is deeply embedded in our psyche -- particularly where the Western culture is the dominant culture. An example of this dominance is in our tendency to say that light, which is good, is white and that dark, which is evil, is black. It is easy to spot racism when it is a flagrant miscarriage of justice, but the real problem is our silent racism, which is very hard to uncover and it is truly the driving power that still grips our society. One great example is in our metaphorical language to describe positive and negative matrix. This reporting by Anderson Cooper merely asserts the known truth that racism still has a very strong hold on our psyche.

Silent racism is the true destructive power that hold us captive by dividing us against one another and also by putting us against each other.

Silence racism has a strong hold on us; its shackles are invisible and unassuming in daily life. It is also very defensive -- i.e., to say that most of us in mainline America would be most offended and also fervently defend against any accusation of prejudice and racism. As long as, we aren't truly able to see our sin our; the truth of our being, we will not be able to free ourselves from the shackles of bigotry, intolerance, prejudice and racism.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Betty White Was All Classy

It has been a long time since SNL had something worthy watching for a whole hour.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Right-wing media attacks Obama over "unambiguously ... strong" jobs report

Okay, the right-wing media simply does not like President Obama and his administration. We get it, but this constant negative attack is beginning to sound like a broken-record that keeps on going and going on to the point that now it sounds like a nagging toddler. It is getting so bad that I want someone to shut the right-wing media up. But, in the end, I'm a big believer in free-speech. I just wonder if free-speech means no responsibility or accountability.

Just compare that with what others are saying about this unambiguously strong report:

Economist: "This is unambiguously a strong report." The New York Times reported MF Global chief economist James O'Sullivan's statement that "This is unambiguously a strong report for growth implications. ... It adds to the evidence that the pickup in growth is leading to a clear-cut pickup in employment. It is very clear there has been a bounce here, and momentum has been up.' "

Reuters: Increase in jobs "far more than analysts had expected." A May 7 Reuters reported that the "[a]nalysts polled by Reuters had expected nonfarm payrolls to rise 200,000," 90,000 less than reported:

AP: Unemployment increased "mainly because 805,000 jobseekers -- perhaps feeling better about their prospects -- resumed their searches for work." The May 7 Associated Press linked to by Drudge and Hoft reported: "The unemployment rate rose from 9.7 percent in March to 9.9 percent in April, mainly because 805,000 jobseekers -- perhaps feeling better about their prospects -- resumed their searches for work."

Economist O'Sullivan: Unimployment increase "more than accounted for" by labor force surge." The Times reported O'Sullivan's statement, "Of course one of the headlines is that the unemployment rate rose, but the rise was more than accounted for by a surge in the labor force."

Right-wing media isn't conservatism because conservatism at its best means to be balance, fair and critical -- which isn't FOX News for FOX News sounds more like a state-run propaganda machine that is more like North Korea state-run news media.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Not Religious But Taken By Its Artistic Beauty

The music is from Beethoven so it is a very beautiful music even with sacred words in it -- and I'm neither religious nor spiritual. Just an agnostic or as Colbert calls it, "an atheist without balls."

Regardless of whether one is a religious-nut or a intolerant-atheist, Beethoven' Symphony No. 9 is a beautiful musical arrangement.

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