September 29, 2003
East Africa Standard: Chanting youths disrupt speech by US diplomat
CBC: Protesters jeer U.S. delegate at AIDS conference
AIDS is a tragedy. I completely agree that it is most unfortunate that so many people are suffering from this disease. I also think that finding a cure should be a high priority for some of our best doctors and scientists.
But these protesters honestly make me wish they would just die.
They demand treatment for their diseases and not only that, but they also demand that it should be free.
These people, by virtue of their disease alone, believe that the world is their slave. Doctors, corporations, and even nations should kowtow to their suffering. They do not simply beg sacrifice but scream demands for it. (Isn't that always the case?)
No one can give a suitable reason to justify the case or why they think that someone else should pay for all this expensive medicine and treatment. No one even cares to ask whose fault it is that any particular individual is infected. And in spite of characterizing the current level of funding as inadequate, none can say exactly how much support would be adequate.
But you know what really gets me? It's not the fact that these "victims" are a bunch of squalling leeches because it's easy enough to ignore that. And it's not the fact the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Peter Piot, is completely unjustified in his moral judgment because at the very least, I don’t recognize him as anyone of authority and, more to the point, he's wrong. And it's also not much of a concern to me that Stephen Lewis' statement that closes the CNN article amounts to a threat because we could easily just say ‘I dare you.’
What really, REALLY irks me, is that Leslie Rowe went to Nairobi, Kenya as a representative of the United States of America to defend our charitable contributions.
This is so incredibly offensive that I very nearly can't find the words to express my outrage.
One does not need to defend or justify charitable actions. One need not offer any explanation to the amount or timeliness of charity. And the recipients of charity are certainly not in any position to question it.
What has happened is the most powerful and productive nation on the planet has accepted the position of a penitent to these beggars, thieves, and ruffians based solely upon the fact that it is the most powerful and productive nation on the planet. We are damned by our own virtue and success not only by those who would enslave us but by our own admission.
This is a blatant demonstration of the most vile and heinous moral treason that can be committed.
September 26, 2003
But check this out, y'all: CNN: French card deck names 'most dangerous' U.S. leaders
He's making you look bad.
As you may or may not be aware, lots of folks don't think highly of you these days and folks like this loon are only making things worse. Did you notice how you got fewer party invitations this year? I know you're concerned about what people think of you, so this is a pretty serious issue.
If you doubt me, look at how the none-too-subtle CNN spun this story. One little sentence unravels his credibility:
Meyssan is the author of a one-time French best seller, "9-11: The Big Lie," claiming that no plane ever crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, and that the attacks were plotted by a faction within the U.S. military.
And a little further on, he's said to be part of some left-wing group. This is how polite people describe a particular brand of crazy.
We have these people in America, too. We gently describe them as 'conspiracy theorists.' They're the sort of people who casually, but actively, disregard Okkam's Razor and live with 1984-Hand Maid's Tale-Farenheit 451 visions dancing in their heads.
So, you guys should really sit down and have a talk with this Meyssan fellow. If you keep this up, no one is going to want to be seen with you.
I just thought you should know.
September 19, 2003
MSN: Chile's Blob Of Flesh Mystery
CNN: Chilean scientists work to ID mysterious sea creature
CBC: Scientists study huge 'blob' washed ashore in Chile
I know I'm almost a month behind the Chilean Sea-Blob News, but I just found out it was a sperm whale. National Geographic: Chilean Mystery Blob Identified as Sperm Whale Skin
Was I the only one hoping for something a little more dramatic?
Either it really was a sperm whale or the government is covering up the beginnings of what may turn out to be a full-blown sea-blob attack upon human civilization.
You weren't seriously surprised that this was reported on July 4th, Independence Day, were you?
I'm not saying that we need to stock up on generators, bottled water, and milk like South Georgia under threat of snow, but I for one won't be surprised to hear about these blobs washing up on the shores of the Potomac next summer.
Paging Will Smith for some good, old-fashioned alien butt-kicking!
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