24. March 2004 · Categories: Uncategorized

All politics aside, I think the world population is a bottom line that can’t be ignored. It affects everything. The U.S. Census Bureau says that the world population is declining.

For me the magnitude of the population issue generates the power to bend my morals-based reasoning. (At least within context of passive consideration.)

For example, consider the AIDS issue in Africa, which is nothing smaller than the Black Plague that haunts our Eurocentric history books.

Today, large percentages of populations are being slaughtered by hunger and disease. According to what I remember from the Economist’s 2002 Annual Issue, there is a correlation between population growth and education.

I tend to think of it more in terms of specific poplulations, for instance, North America and Europe having been industrialized the longest and generating enough wealth to send a waves of prosperity and elevated life styles under the feet of a middle class, but… when the middle class gets too wise, growing smaller families and larger estates, population growth declines and the population itself, get’s older and more expensive.

Wouldn’t this explain the hunger for money to consume the developing world? On a scale of one continent to one American mid-west city, the effect can already be predicted. Just look at the way the first wave of American industrialism sparked off fires of energy and wealth creating cities like Detriot and Chicago. The fires burn white hot in the centers of these cities, until new fuel is found in the developing areas outside, and the money vacated, leaving behind the ‘hoods of a burned-out inner-city.

Anyway, getting back to world population, the plague that is ravaging Africa and many other regions, is causing a reversal in population growth. This kind of balances things out, doesn’t it? And since it’s the developing nations that have been inflating the world population, their hunger and disease should slow global population down. Overall, from a pure logical stand point, this sounds like a good thing for those of us in the exhaust population, doesn’t it? At least, giving us time to attempt a controlled crash, rather than a psychotic one.

This is why I’m ultimatley disconnected. I can’t always resolve the conflict between what makes logical sense and my deeper sense of morals.
Source: BBC

At least 100 detainees have been released from Guantanamo. Some of them have since reported examples of severe mistreatment that U.S. officials have promptly denied. So there appears to be some conflicting stories. Aside from treatment of prisoners, there is also some dispute about the whether or not all the prisoners are indeed terrorists. Steve Rodriquez, veteran intelligence officer who oversees the interrogation team, says “If I were to believe the stories they tell me at first, then 90 percent of them are innocent rug merchants.”

Well, of course the terrorists are going to deny the charges and of course the man in charge of the interrogation team is going to deny any possibility of making a mistake. Rodriguez also claims that the detainees have provided a stream of intelligence to interrogators during the past two years. That sounds like an excuse to me. Is he trying to make an excuse for the unjustified mistreatment of people that have not actually been proven guilty in any court?

As stated in the article, there is no way to prove the claims of either side. The U.S. government has closed the doors to any kind of investigation or monitoring. So are we supposed to just believe the government? The same government that said that they had proof that Iraq had WMD and posed an imminent threat?

I still don’t understand the closed door policy. Why can’t they be taken to court, proven guilty and then interrogated? If they are in fact guilty then wouldn’t the stream of intelligence be the same? As far as I can see, the only advantage this sort of closed door policy can provide to the government is to allow them to hide their brutality and injustice.

It doesn’t matter what Rodriguez says. Even if we are gaining intelligence to help us counter terrorism to some degree, no matter how rich or limited it may be, it still pales, in my mind, when compared to the loss of trust and respect for our government. I don’t care of it’s Osama bin Laden himself.. If a man is guilty then a fair trial should not only confirm his guilt but it would enforce our nation’s position as fair and just. Also, a fair trial would not limit our ability to punish a terrorist or gain information from a person proven guilty.

So, if the government isn’t hiding their own inhuman behavior, then why are they closing the doors? Why don’t they even bother trying to explain it?

 

I hear these talking heads like Sean Hannity constantly bring up the idea that Reagan won the war against communism and brought the Soviet Union crashing down. I’m not so sure that’s anything more than rhetorical fantasy. I think the collapse of the Soviet Union would have eventually happened no matter who the president was. If you really take a look at the way Soviet communism was set up, which I doubt Hannity has ever done, you can see that it was a flawed system, right from the beginning. During the entire Soviet history, the confused and incapable failure of communism was propped up by state enforcements, it was only a matter of time before those enforcements would snap and the system would collapse under it’s massive dead weight. I think Reagan just happened to be the one in the Whitehouse when it happened.

In fact, I tend to suspect that the Soviet collapse was likely last thing Reagan wanted. Our military-industrial complex that Reagan loved so much was extremely dependant on some kind of public enemy and the cold-war with it’s “Red-Dawn” fantasy was the perfect mass-emotional catalyst. After the fall of the Soviet “threat” we were left with no boogeyman to scare our citizens with. Bush Sr. tried the war on drugs, which just didn’t have the same impact. Finally, a later Bush administration found the answer in terrorism, the new best friend of the military-industrial complex.

No wonder I see dubya smiling so much these days. Don’t forget George, keep a straight face when talking to us about terrorists. It’s important to keep up the act.