Karmic Reverberations

Politics, human rights, and current events

  • Archives

  • Categories

Archive for the ‘politics’ Category

Plant Releases Dangerous Chemicals, Doesn’t Tell

Posted by karmalily on April 21, 2009

In a move reminiscent of the cover-up surrounding the accident at Chernobyl, managers of a chemical plant of in West Virginia waited hours to inform emergency officials about a dangerous chemical it accidentally released. Two employees at Bayer CropScience were killed, with six firefightered made sick.

From the New York Times:

Devices meant to detect releases of the chemical, methyl isocyanate, known as MIC, had been disabled, and video cameras had been disconnected, steps that “raise concerns about an orchestrated effort by Bayer to shroud the explosion in secrecy,” said the subcommittee chairman, Representative Bart Stupak, Democrat of Michigan.

Apparently the plant thought that they could “refuse to provide information” to the board that was created to lead the investigation. They claimed that some of the documents requested contained sensitive information, and their release could jeopardize the plant’s safety. However, the law the company used to get out of releasing those documents was actually created to protect port security, and Bayer CropScience had to say they were under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard.

This is worrisome because more people could have been hurt, and when you live near a chemical plant or any other such location, you want to know that you are secure and that the managers of the plant are doing everything they can to keep the chemicals safely contained. This is one example of how dangerous the inept leadership of companies can be. Officials should have been notified of the release of dangerous chemicals as soon as it happened, not hours later.

Advertisements

Posted in environment, politics, pollution | Leave a Comment »

A Great Day for America – Barack Obama is Elected

Posted by karmalily on November 4, 2008

barack_obama

Tonight is a wonderful night for America. Barack Obama has won what is one of the most important elections in U.S. history, and has become the first African-American to become the president. He has broken the barrier, and, I hope, will not stop there. Obama has the opportunity to turn America around and make our country so much better. Good luck, President Obama. Make history.

I’ve been glued to CNN since 6pm. The moment they announced Barack Obama as the president-elect, I burst into tears. I’m still crying. I’m so proud of America and of everyone who voted today. I’m so gleefully happy that the John McCain supporters booing Obama can be ignored during McCain’s fair speech. I’m thrilled that I will be able to tell future generations that I saw history made, and that I was a part of it.

Congratulations President Obama.

Posted in barack obama, candidates, courage, democrats, election 2008, freedom, happiness, joe biden, john mccain, politics, republicans, sarah palin, voting | 1 Comment »

What comes next for America?

Posted by karmalily on November 4, 2008

Obama has won. This alone should give us great hope for the next four years.

What makes this amazing victory even better is the now overwhemingly democratic Senate. American politics have changed in the course of just one night. For example, in my home state of North Carolina, the long career of Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole has ended with Kay Hagan’s defeat.

During the next four years, we have a more freedom loving, liberal government to look forward to. America will have the opportunity to reverse and improve on the distructive George W. Bush administration. Hopefully we will see minorities playing a stronger roll in politics, with the first African-American president to take office in January.

What are you looking forward to in the next four years?

Posted in candidates, Congress, election 2008, politics | Leave a Comment »

Terrorists on Twitter?

Posted by karmalily on November 2, 2008

sigh I can’t believe our government is so unable to use our tax dollars to do meaningful things. From AFP:

A draft US Army intelligence report has identified the popular micro-blogging service Twitter, Global Positioning System maps and voice-changing software as potential terrorists tools.

Oh please. The government has not actually seen evidence that terrorist networks are using sites like Twitter, it’s purely “theoretical.” How much longer before our government pries even ffurther into our personal lives.

What makes me so angry about this is what the Army’s definition of a terrorist is:

“Twitter has also become a social activism too for socialists, human rights groups, communists, vegetarians, anarchists, religious communities, atheists, political enthusiasts, hacktivists and others to communicate with each other and to send messages to broader audiences.”

Yeah, we’ve gotta watch out for those Amnesty International types. Damn hippies.

I feel like America is quickly losing our freedoms. We have the obvious threats like the PATRIOT Act, but there is also more subvert actions like taking down peaceful protesters at the RNC and this “Twitter threat” that makes our country look more and more like 1984. It’s scary stuff folks.

Posted in action, activism, animal rights, fear, free speech, freedom, human rights, justice, politics, protest | Leave a Comment »

The Big Ol’ Media’s Attack on Sarah Palin

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

According to a report from the Culture and Media Institute, an organization whose objective is to “preserve and help restore America’s culture, character, traditional values, and morals against the assault of the liberal media elite, and to promote fair portrayal of social conservatives and religious believers in the media,” the media’s negative stories on Sarah Palin are causing the American people to view her as “unfavorable.”

The report, titled “A Study in Character Assassination: How the TV Networks Have Portrayed Sarah Palin as Dunce or Demon,” makes the claims that the reason Sarah Plain is losing support in the polls is due to overwhelmingly negative media segments on TV.

From the report:

CMI found that during the study period, the media crafted three principal narratives about Palin. 1) Palin is a dunce lacking the qualifications and intellect to be Vice President. 2) Conservatives are revolting over the dunce’s nomination. 3) Palin is a demon, little more than an attack dog victimizing Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Yikes! Who is negatively portraying who here? I never once heard a reporter refer to Palin as a “demon.” And for some reason I doubt the possibility that the media worked together to criminalize Palin’s intelligence.

Part 1 of their report, that the media portrays Palin as stupid, is “proved” by the fact that the media repeatedly showed the worst parts of Palin’s interview with Katie Couric and that they left out her most successful quote, in response to being asked if she was a feminist:

I do. A feminist who believes in equal fights. I believe that women, certainly today, have every opportunity that a man has to succeed and to try to do it all, anyway. And very, very, thankful that I’ve been brought up in a family where gender hasn’t been an issue. You know, I’ve been expected to do everything growing up that the boys were doing.

Sidenote: Sarah Palin a feminist? Hah! A feminist doesn’t force rape victims to pay for their own rape kits, cuts funding for low-income mothers, doesn’t support emergency contraceptive, and is governor of the state with the highest percentage of sexual abuse. Plus, when asked the same question by Brian Williams of NBC, she said this:

“I’m not gonna label myself anything, Brian. And I think that’s what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America different, different backgrounds, different… I’m not going to put a label on myself.”

Sounds like a feminist to me. (Please note the sarcasm)

Part two discussed the liberal media’s attention on conservatives who do not support Palin. According to CMI, the media completely ignored people like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, who were supportive of Palin. Because, like, they are totally serious journalists.

Finally, part three’s title was this: “Palin Is an Obama-Attacking Demon.” It sounds like something from The Onion. But, alas, it is not. And the section’s first sentence is laughable: “With attacks on Palin’s competence blunted by her debate performance, the media switched to a new approach: depicting Palin as nothing more than GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s attack dog.” They use examples such as her accusation that Obama works “with a former domestic terrorist who has targeted his own country” (which just isn’t true).

CMI says that they could only find two positive segments out of their sample. They defined positive as “stories that included more elements placing Palin in a favorable light than elements criticizing her.” Could it be because she’s does indeed have more negative traits to offer than positive? I think so, but then again, the CMI would just say I was another proponent of the “liberal media.”

At the end of this report, CMI concludes that the media serves to elevate Obama while showing his opponents “in the worst possible light.” And acknowledging Saturday Night Live on the news? “As if frivolous entertainment belongs in the evening news.” Surely, a frivolous report such as this would know.

Posted in candidates, election 2008, politics, sarah palin | 1 Comment »

Palin 2012?

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

If Barack Obama wins the presidency on Tuesday, what do we have to look forward to besides a stronger, better, and freer America? Well, Palin in 2012.

Sarah Palin has said that she does not want to leave national politics if she and McCain lose this election. Scary, I know, but really, we don’t have much to worry about. Sarah Palin is one of the reasons Obama is doing better in polls. She’s not experienced, and people aren’t going to forget that in 2012. Running as a VP for a losing ticket doesn’t exactly add to one’s qualifications. She’ll never get the nomination after the Republican Party has seen how polarizing she has been outside and (especially) within their own party.

And as governor as Alaska, we might hear more from her than we used to, but she won’t have a hand in our national governance, unless you include her continuing to “watch” Russia from her porch.

Here’s CNN’s story on Palin’s plans:

Who know though? Maybe this is that change the Mayans were so concerned with.

Posted in election 2008, john mccain, politics, sarah palin | Leave a Comment »

John Cleese on Sarah Palin

Posted by karmalily on October 30, 2008

I love John Cleese 🙂

Posted in candidates, election 2008, humor, politics, sarah palin | Leave a Comment »

Please Go Vote Tuesday!

Posted by karmalily on October 29, 2008

Posted in barack obama, candidates, democrats, Easy activism, election 2008, freedom, joe biden, john mccain, politics | Leave a Comment »

UK’s Nick Eriksen: "Rape is Like Being Force-Fed Chocolate Cake"

Posted by karmalily on October 26, 2008


The UK’s Nick Eriksen, who was the British National Party’s candidate for the London Assembly this year, said the following in his blog:

Rape is simply sex (I am talking about ‘husband-rape’ here)… Women enjoy sex, so rape cannot be such a terrible physical ordeal… To suggest that rape, when conducted without violence, is a serious crime is like suggesting force-feeding a woman chocolate cake is a heinous offence.

This comment is incredibly offensive and cruel. Rape is never okay, including when the rapist is a husband or boyfriend. In fact, 85% of rape victims know their rapists, and 35% happen within the victim’s family. (Concordia University)

Sentiment of this sort is dangerous to women. According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 60% of sexual assaults and rapes are never reported. Data from Rape Crisis Scotland found that

  • In 2002 the UK Home Office published the findings of a British Crime Survey to which 6,944 women has responded. Nearly half (45%) of rapes reported to the survey were committed by perpetrators who were victims’ partners at the time of the attack. Strangers were responsible for only 8% of rapes reported to the survey.
  • The survey also found that partner rape entails the highest occurrence of multiple rape (62%) and attacks by partners and ex-partners are more than twice as likely to result in some injury to the victim (39%) as attacks by strangers (19%).

So not only is rape by a spouse more likely to result in violence, but it’s undoubtedly true that a large percentage of those non-reported assaults occur when a woman is raped by a boyfriend or husband, and is confused as to whether or not what happened to her was really rape. If a woman says ‘No,’ it is rape, regardless of who she is saying no to.

Another reason not taking rape seriously is so dangerous is the following statistic from RAINN: “1 out of every 6 American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.” 1 out of 6. That is equal to 17.7 million women, which is far too high.

This isn’t the first time Eriksen has made such statements. He has pretty much said that rape is okay:

I’ve never understood why so many men have allowed themselves to be brainwashed by the feminazi myth machine into believing that rape is such a serious crime…

The BNP is trying to distance themselves from Eriksen’s destructive comments by removing him as their candidate. However, when a candidate fucks up, people tend to blame not only the candidate, but also their party, much like Americans are weary of the Republican Party due to George W. Bush’s inadequacy. In this case the British people have a good reason to blame the BNP, after they made this statement:

It was felt that no matter how much Nick Eriksen’s blog comments, written back in 2005, had been distorted and taken out of the context of a blog which reflected our tough stance on all sorts of crime, they could still be perceived as trivialising the issue in a manner that many women in particular could have found extremely offensive. [emphasis mine]

The statements that Eriksen made are not taken out of context. The BNP’s attempt to sugarcaot Eriksen’s comments make the party just as responsible for what was said.

Posted in crime, feminism, human rights, politics, rape, women's rights | Leave a Comment »

McCain uses baseball to try to score against Obama

Posted by karmalily on October 22, 2008

I’m so very tired of John McCain and his bullshit. Seriously.

What is McCain’s latest reason you shouldn’t vote for Barack Obama? Baseball.

From BBC News:

Speaking in Pennsylvania, Mr McCain said: “Now, I’m not dumb enough to get mixed up in a World Series between two swing states.

“But I think I may have detected a little pattern with Senator Obama. It’s pretty simple really. When he’s campaigning in Philadelphia, he roots for the Phillies, and when he’s campaigning in Tampa Bay, he ‘shows love’ to the Rays.

“It’s kind of like the way he campaigns on tax cuts, but then votes for tax increases after he’s elected.”

What did Obama actually say?

“I’ve said from the beginning that I am a unity candidate, bringing people together. So when you see a White Sox fan showing love to the Rays – and the Rays showing some love back – you know we are on to something right here.”

Seriously, that’s exactly what McCain was referring to. So not only is McCain a liar, he pathetic. Maybe he thinks talking about baseball, America’s favorite sport, will win him some votes. I doubt it.

McCain’s strategy is becoming more and more like a disgruntled child who isn’t getting what he wants.

Posted in barack obama, candidates, democrats, election 2008, john mccain, politics, republicans | Leave a Comment »