|Kavanah (i.e., intention), the Jewish tradition believes, has as much value when one is unable to act - for reasons beyond one's control - as the act itself would have been.|
a list of the
countries that the U.S. has bombed since the end of World War II [compiled
by historian William Blum]
China 1945-46In how many of these instances did a democratic government, respectful of human rights, occur as a direct result?
|Terrorism is the unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.|
| In the official record of the interrogatory of 18 August
1947, Cracow, Kremer stated as follows: "On 2 September 1942, at 3 a.m.
I was already assigned to take part in the action of gassing people. These
mass murders took place in small cottages situated outside the Birkenau
camp in a wood. These cottages were called 'bunkers' (Bunker) in the SS
men's slang. All SS surgeons, on duty in the camp, took turns to participate
in the gassings, which were called 'Sonderaktion' (special action-Editor's
note). My part as surgeon at the gassing consisted in remaining in readiness
near the bunker. I was brought there in a car. I sat in front with the
driver and an SS hospital orderly (SDG) sat in the back of the car with
an oxygen apparatus to revive SS men, employed in the gassing, in case
any of them should succumb to the poisonous fumes. When the transport
with people, who were destined for gassing, arrived at the railway ramp
the SS officers selected from among the arrivals persons fit to work and
the rest- old people, all children, women with children in arms and other
persons not deemed fit to work-were loaded upon lorries and driven to
the gas-chambers. I used to follow behind the transport till we reached
the bunker [Faurisson note: the word is in the singular]. Here people.
were first driven to barracks where the victims undressed and then went
naked to the gas-chambers. Very often no incidents occurred, as the SS
men kept people quiet, maintaining that they were to bathe and be deloused.
After driving all of them into the gas-chamber the door was closed and
an SS man in a gasmask threw the contents of a Cyklon tin through an opening
in the side wall. Shouting and screaming of the victims could be heard
through that opening and it was clear that they fought for their lives
[Lebenskampf]. These shouts were heard for a very short time. I should
say for some minutes but I am unable to give the exact span of time."
Particularly unpleasant had been the action of gassing emaciated women from the women's camp. Such individuals were generally called "Muselmänner" ("Moslems"). I remember taking part in the gassing of such women in daylight. I am unable to state how numerous that group had been. When I came to the bunker [Faurisson note: "bunker" is in the singular] they sat clothed on the ground. As the clothes were in fact worn out camp clothes they were not let into the barracks but undressed in the open. I could deduce from the behavior of these women that they realized what was awaiting them. They begged the SS men to be allowed to live, they wept, but all of them were driven to the gas chamber and gassed. Being an anatomist I had seen many horrors, had to do with corpses, but what I then saw was not to be compared with anything seen ever before. It was under the influence of these impressions that I had noted in my diary, under the date of 5 September 1942: "The most horrible of all horrors. Hauptsturmführer Thilo - was right saying today to me that we were located here in 'anus mundi'. I had used this expression because I could not imagine anything more sickening and more horrible."
|Medical experts report that aging is now classified as a disease -- a disease that can be prevented.|
Some people have questioned whether viruses should
count as life, because they are parasites, and can not exist independently
of their hosts. But then most forms of life, ourselves included, are
parasites, in that they feed off and depend for their survival on other
forms of life. I think computer viruses should count as life. Maybe
it says something about human nature, that the only form of life we
have created so far is purely destructive. Talk about creating life
in our own image.
Laws will be passed, against genetic engineering with humans. But some people won't be able to resist the temptation, to improve human characteristics, such as size of memory, resistance to disease, and length of life. Once such super humans appear, there are going to be major political problems, with the unimproved humans, who won't be able to compete. Presumably, they will die out, or become unimportant. Instead, there will be a race of self-designing beings, who are improving themselves at an ever-increasing rate.
It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value. Bacteria, and other single cell organisms, will live on, if all other life on Earth is wiped out by our actions. There is support for the view that intelligence, was an unlikely development for life on Earth, from the chronology of evolution. It took a very long time, two and a half billion years, to go from single cells to multi-cell beings, which are a necessary precursor to intelligence. This is a good fraction of the total time available, before the Sun blows up.
I prefer a fourth possibility: there are other forms of intelligent life out there, but that we have been overlooked. There used to be a project called SETI, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. It involved scanning the radio frequencies, to see if we could pick up signals from alien civilizations. I thought this project was worth supporting, though it was cancelled due to a lack of funds. But we should have been wary of answering back, until we have developed a bit further. Meeting a more advanced civilization, at our present stage, might be a bit like the original inhabitants of America meeting Columbus. I don't think they were better off for it.
Vermont Population: 575,691
White: 98.6%Vermont Religious Profile
|When Charles deGaulle decided to retire from public life, the British
ambassador and his wife threw a gala dinner party in his honor.
At the dinner table the Ambassador's wife was talking with Madame deGaulle.
"Your husband has been such a prominent public figure, such a presence on the French and International scene for so many years! How quiet retirement will seem in comparison. What are you most looking forward to in these retirement years?"
"A penis," replied Madame deGaulle.
A huge hush fell over the table. Everyone heard her answer... and no one knew what to say next.
Le Grand Charles leaned over to his wife and said, "Ma cherie, I believe ze English pronounce zat word, 'appiness!'"
|"The priorities are insane. Cigarettes are legal and kill 1,200 people
a day - in this counrty alone - but marijuana is illegal and the woest
that can happen is maybe you'll raid your neighbor's refrigerator....
There have been more than 12 million marijuana busts in America since
there are in fact several hundred million marijuana and hashish smokers worldwide being prosecuted, jailed and sometimes put to death for their use of cannabis. There is no other group, no religious organization, no single kind or color of people who are persecuted in such numbers in so many different places anywhere on the globe....
an anti-drug booklet with a foreword by Senator Orrin Hatch, informs parents that among the warning signs their children are using marijuana or other drugs is " excessive preoccupation with social issues, race relations, environmental issues, etc"
In Mississippi, anyone found guilty of possessing marijuana for any reason could face the removal of a limb if proposed legislation became law. Rep. Bobby Moak (R.-Lincoln County) introduced a bill which authorized "the removal of a body part in lieu of other sentences imposed.... A provision in the bill mandated that a convicted person and the court "must agree on which body part shall be removed" ....
Partnership for a Drug Free America
excerpts from Paul Krassner's introduction to his book "Pot Stories for the Soul"
complete cessation of suffering