Friday, May 27, 2005

From truthout
Amnesty slams Gitmo as ‘gulag of our time’
The big recent news story

US Memorial Day is about forgetting
But for all the talk of war and remembrance, no time is more infused with insidious forgetting than the last days of May.

This is a holiday that features solemn evasion.
I saw insidious war/state propaganda again on the box recently in an otherwise good documentary about people who restore and fly B-17 bombers: there is a need for weapons and these planes show the beauty of the design (æsthetic) of their time and are marvellous machines representative of it, and yes, there’s the romance (nostalgia) of a more innocent, idealistic time. I’m all for these museum planes. But the way the soldiers were described (and I’m sure a lot of them were really decent fellows — some of them work on these museum projects) went beyond Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation stuff into religious allusion and metaphor (sacrifice, spilt blood, sacred values) more like the Byzantine Rite canons I read every morning than the ugly reality of World War II, which these boys were conscripted to fight. It approaches the real meaning of ‘taking God’s name in vain’, or worse a kind of idolatry of the state.

BTW, US Memorial Day began as the defeated and occcupied Confederacy’s way to honour their war dead.

Death rate for reservists in Iraq rises

Seal officer’s trial gives glimpse of CIA role in abuse

Abbas seeks clear US commitment to Palestinian state

US Senate compromise on filibuster wont’t stop president’s quest for absolute power

By Sidney Blumenthal

But Bush gets this one right
Embryonic stem cells. The New York Times and truthout get it wrong. That said the Republicans aren’t really pro-life, certainly not in the Catholic near-seamless garment sense of this blog. They simply know how to play pro-lifers better than the Democrats do.

The Pill may cause permanent loss of sex drive
Actions have consequences: what a concept

What women want
A subject that LRC has touched on: the real reasons for the so-called ‘glass ceiling’ may be to do with inherent differences between the sexes (not artificial ‘genders’) and not prejudice. Such discrimination by bosses may simply make good business sense but as the article points out, sometimes women, who tend to be collaborative and not competitive, have the better approach.

US Senate considers formal apology to Native Americans
Nothing wrong with that

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