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Those Crazy Brainwashing Christians

Posted by karmalily on September 30, 2007

First, let me add a disclaimer. I don’t hate Christians, nor do I hate Christianity. What I hate is Christian fundamentalism, or nationalism. The idea that America is a Christian nation and should be governed as such.

The last few years have seen two things: growing awareness of this movement (such as Jesus Camp and Michelle Goldberg’s fascinating book, Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism) and the movement itself.

The aspect of Christian nationalism that makes it so terrifying is that if it succeeds it would completely do away with our basic freedoms and rights. Freedom of religion would be gone, women’s rights would go down the drain, along with so much more that we currently take for granted.

Although many people consider them extremists (which they are) and don’t think that they’ll ever actually succeed in politics, I feel that they are a major threat. Children are being brainwashed into Jesus-loving zombies whose only goals are to spread their religion among the god-hating heathens. For example, read this post from Feministe: Onward Christian Soldiers.

The idea of Christian nationalism and what would happen if they take power in this country has terrified me for years. What are your takes on this?

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You might take advantage of them now, but…

Posted by karmalily on September 28, 2007

The Top 100 Effects of Global Warming

A few samples:

Scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory predict hotter temps will cause a 40 percent drop in California’s avocado production over the next 40 years.

“The World Health Organization has identified more than 30 new or resurgent diseases in the last three decades, the sort of explosion some experts say has not happened since the Industrial Revolution brought masses of people together in cities.” Why? Global warming “is fueling the spread of epidemics in areas unprepared for the diseases” when mosquitoes, ticks, mice and other carriers are surviving warmer winters and expanding their range, bringing health threats with them.”

A recent study done by the International Institute for Strategic Studies has likened the international security effects of global warming to those caused by nuclear war.

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Ignore overnight shipping

Posted by karmalily on September 28, 2007

I think overnight shipping is a scam. Because I live on campus with no car, I rely a lot of internet shopping (especially for all that yummy vegan food). I have never paid for overnight shipping or quick delivery, yet I always get my package in two days. I also bought a computer not too long ago and I picked it up at the post office the day after I got an email from HP confirming that my order was sent and I would receive it in 5 business days. What’s the point of paying $25+ for something you can get in the same amount of time as if you hadn’t paid extra?

Have any of you experienced something similar, or what are your thoughts about paying so much for quick delivery?

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Myanmar

Posted by karmalily on September 27, 2007

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Myanmar Monks Want Three Things

Posted by karmalily on September 27, 2007

From Al Jazeera:

There are three steps that we want.

The first step is to reduce all commodity prices, fuel prices, rice and cooking oil prices immediately.

The second step – release all political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and all detainees arrested during ongoing demonstrations over the fuel price hike.

The third step – enter a dialogue with pro-democracy forces for national reconciliation immediately, to resolve the crisis and difficulties facing and suffered by the people.

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Coverage of the Situation in Myanmar

Posted by karmalily on September 27, 2007

History repeats itself in Burma
Leaders condemn Myanmar Crackdown
Shots fired at Burmese protesters
UN sends envoy to meet generals
Burma protests follow night raids
Police raid Myanmar monasteries
UN urges restraint on Burma junta
Myanmar monks’ three demands
Myanmar’s media in exile

send me whatever you have

Update:
Burma’s cyber-dissidents
Eyewitness: Rangoon protests
Who are Burma’s monks?
Nine killed in Burmese crackdown
Burma protesters defy crackdown
In pictures

Another update:
Accounts from inside Burma

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Blue Cross Blue Shield

Posted by karmalily on September 27, 2007

Feministing posted a link to an article about the absurd behavior of Blue Cross Blue Shield. To summarize quickly: A woman and her family had insurance with BCBS, and they wouldn’t cover her miscarriage because, according to them, it was an “elective abortion”. Here’s the link to the article: Blue Cross Blue Shield Calls Miscarriage “Elective Abortion”, Denies Claim.

This is one of the many reasons America needs universal health care. I hope this gets a lot of attention in the mainstream media.

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A New Way to Visualize All That Money

Posted by karmalily on September 27, 2007

The U.S. is in debt. Everyone knows that. But how much?

$9,001,542,833,585.02

A number that large is hard to fathom, so here’s a new way:

$87,000,000,000.00

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Giuliani exploits 9/11 – Surprised? No

Posted by karmalily on September 26, 2007

The International Association of Fire Fighters is reporting that Rudy Giuliani is using 9/11 for political purposes by asking people to donate $9.11 to his campaign. Giuliani’s group says that they did not organize the fund raiser.

Is anyone really surprised at this? The only reason Giuliani is even being considered for the presidency is because he made some nifty talks after 9/11. Of course he’s going to exploit it.

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Ol’ Man Columbus

Posted by karmalily on September 25, 2007

I apologize for this being the second quote I’ve found using one of my textbooks that I’ve decided to post, but it struck me in such a way that I just had to share it. Christopher Columbus wasn’t the hero he’s portrayed as, and Americans are slowly starting to realize that, but this quote is phenomenal.

They… brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned… They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features… They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane… They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.

I know this was written in a completely different era from our own, but still.

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