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chris foren

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  • The GOP's War on Science Endangering America: Climate Change, Evolution, Regulation
    • Juan, I think there is a typo in your first paragraph: where you say "35 metric tons" I think you miss out the word "billion".

      Keep up the good blogging!

  • The Pentagon's Imperial Overstretch and Victory Culture (Engelhardt)
    • christopher foren 10/10/2012 at 7:09 am

      This reminds me of the lyrics of that 1960s protest song - "when will they ever learn?"

      Here in Britain we are just now learning of the true, horrifying extent of the human rights abuses perpetrated by our soldiers in Kenya during the Mau Mau wars. This included setting fire to people and castration with pliers. It makes me ashamed to be British even though it happened before I was born.

      We were taught in school that the British empire was a force for good - civilising the natives etc. The reality was that it was a great way of extracting wealth from less powerful people and using indiscriminate violence if those people tried to organise or protest.

      Sadly, US culture seems to be a gun culture. My rule of thumb is that one can start watching a US film (sorry, movie) at any point and that within 5 minutes a gun will be fired or brandished. I don't know how you turn that around. Keep up your good work.

  • Video on Syrian Gov't Torture Centers (Human Rights Watch)
    • Brian's question is a good one. UK and US protest against this kind of obscenity rings hollow because both have been complicit in torture and, in the case of the US, still hold kidnap victims in Guantanamo Bay.

      It seems that governments in both those countries still fail to understand that these tactics, together with murderous drone strikes in Pakistan and Afghanistan, produce more terrorism not less.

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