Where Thinking Is The Bond

Monday, January 03, 2005

Tsunami Aid Pours In -- After Some Pressure

Just to keep up to date with the Tsunami relief. Now the aid is at $350 million! Wow, that's excellent, it went from $15 mil to $35 mil -- then to $350 mil. Maybe our country couldn't open its wallet until pressured to do so amid accusations of 'stinginess.' The truth is, Americans are very good at giving, but the country -- or, government -- sometimes needs some political prodding. It is noble and many people will say 'See? there's the US's donation!' To put things in perspective, $350 million is a drop in the bucket. We are pouring billions into Iraq to 'help the people of Iraq' (by killing them) since the WMD were a bucket of camel. If we are in Iraq supposedly for 'humanitarian' purposes, wouldn't this same reasoning say that we should do all we can to save more immediate problems in the world to relieve pain and suffering?

What is the lesson here for humans living in the early 21st century? In the future, will our grandchildren look at how misspent our treasure is? Billions for war and millions for relief? Wake up America. We could help the world in much more effective ways than causing chaos in the desert. Thoughts?


Thursday, December 30, 2004

Accept Defeat, Accept Democracy

It appears that losing isn't good enough for Washington State Republican governor candidate Dino Rossi or Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. The two have something in common. Maybe they're related. Rossi, get over it, you lost in Washington state, the votes were tallied, recounted, and concluded. The Republicans over there are claiming that it is a 'flawed' election! Heaven forbid, an election that isn't perfect? They want a new election. I wonder why. If Rossi was AHEAD by 100 votes, you think they'd want a new one just to make sure the vote is 'legitimate?' Let me tell you something Rossi, that's how it is, you lost, your the loser go home. The democrats dealt with it after Georgie Bush 'beat' Al Gore in 2001 by 537 votes. Gosh, I wonder if they should have had a new election in Florida. Well, they didn't, and no Republicans were lifting a finger despite REAL reports of voter fraud and intimidation. In fact, they didn't even have the benefit of doing a thorough recount in Florida like you had! Don't you feel lucky, Rossi, having a recount of all votes -- and some poor voters whose votes weren't tallied in the machine count? Aren't you glad the Democrats forked over money to do the hand recount so that the election was fair?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Rossi's doppleganger Yanukovych is REFUSING to accept that he lost. Sigh. It appears that some old ways die hard. Yanu (can i call you Yanu?), time to eat your foot and realize that the world has caught on to your deceptive first election. So you weren't reelected. Go home, cry about it, drink some vodka, and accept it, cause the people of your icy cold country have spoken. But realize we feel your pain, I mean, the elections in the US are hardly fair. I'm one of those 'disenfranchised voters' who don't even trust election results any more. But results are results (unless the world agrees they're fraudulent). The ironic part is that our leader supports your opposition & pushed for a 'fair election.' Wow, Georgie wants a fair election?

So, whoever you are, whatever useless country or state you run, get used to the fact that losing is a part of life and that your just look like a crybaby by prolonging the loser's walk home.


Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Credit Cards

Have you ever noticed how many credit card offers show up at your doorstep? I keep tearing them up but they keep coming back for more. They just don't take no for an answer. Buy buy buy! Spend spend spend! But don't pay it all back -- let us milk you for 19.95% APR. I got one and one is all I need, so stop knocking.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Natrual Disaster Chaos Vs. American Disaster Chaos

With and estimated 44,000 deaths counted so far and fears of up to 100,000 reported, the Asia Tsunami is by far the most devastating natural disaster to hit in my recent memory. Millions of lives disrupted and towns left like smoldering piles of ruins. Our country is repoted to be donating $15 million to the cause. $15 million. Say it again. Gosh, we're really doing the 'morally right' thing. Families lost kids, parents relatives. Towns were washed out to see. The grief that was spread by this giant wave is unimaginable.

A few thousand miles from this quake's epicenter, another tragedy has been unfolding in the desert of Iraq. With approximately 15,000 civilian deaths estimated to be caused directly by the US military and thousands more deaths caused indirectly by our presence in the region, this human cost in blood is not yet recognized by the media as a humanitarian catastrophe of our own making. The 'insurgents' are the cause of much suffering these days. But where do they get their support from? Having something to fight (the US) is only fueling their cause. Without an international force, we are perceived as occupiers by many, and they are giving their lives to fight for what they believe in. Our soldiers are giving THEIR lives to fight for what they believe in.

Who is right in a struggle of morals? From our point of view, clearly we are in the right... but turn around and picture what the other side is thinking. What FUELS their struggle? If my brother or mother was killed by a jittery soldier at a checkpoint, or an errant bomb, or the 'liberation' of a city, I might be inclined to take up arms against this enemy. Luckily, no one is occupying the US right now (other than a hypocritcal band of fat cats).

The solution to conflicts will only be understood by seeing the world in shades of gray, not black and white.

Sunday, December 26, 2004

The Free Thinking Association Is Established

Welcome. Today, we begin a journey to break the bounds of box that has been placed around us. No longer will we be labelled "consumers," but rather, "Free Thinkers."

In the days, weeks, months, and years ahead, this association will be dedicated to attempting to free our "democracy" from the subtle mind control that occurs on a daily basis. Whether it's when we see a corporate logo, hear a song, or read a headline, we our being influenced by the very forces that deem our society as "free."

Political, religious, or scientific -- associates of the FTA will ultimately spread and encourage free thinking. Free thinking is not red or blue, white or black, rich or poor. It's understanding and accepting that there is no single perspective. We live in a world of billions of perspectives. The only way to heal is to explore and understand each other.

And so, without any sort of fanfare or multi-million dollar event, the story begins. Read, think, contribute. This is the beginning of the Free Thinking Association (FTA). Perhaps you are already, unknowingly...

...a Free Thinking Associate.

Best wishes now and until next time,

FTA Prime