This is a personal journal. Sharing thoughts forces me to organize them first. Maybe you will find something here that helps you in some way. I hope so.
Top Story of the Day: “Trash Radio” Harms Us All
Perspective: What we think and what we say should be the same. First we should think :
Here’s some good news:
Canadians are calling out “trash radio” for its role in the shocking mass murder in a mosque in Quebec. Of course, talk radio is not to blame for the shootings. But the Canadians are right to speculate about how trash radio screws up people’s heads.
It’s not just the news and informaiton media: “Trash talk” is everywhere nowadays. Ever tried to have an intelligent conversation on Facebook?
Hey! Could you do something for me? Could you let me know your thoughts? Go to the post where this excerpt was taken from, and you’ll see a form at the bottom of the page.
I’m not looking for tweets or Facebook likes. Just your real thoughts. Thanks.See More >>
Top Story of the Day:
Here’s some good news:
In Thailand, journalists are waging a protest. They want to stop a “media reform” bill from going too far. As written, the bill would give more power to the state, which is currently controlled by the military, to censor the media.
The protest is small, and probably will not attract a great number of people. Under an unelected military government, the people don’t raise their voice too often.
Here’s more good news :
Mexicans are calling out Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, on a statement he made on Twitter. A few days ago, Netanyahu voiced his support for Donald Trump’s idea to build a wall at the border of Mexico. In his tweet, Netanyahu claimed that a wall he built in Israel has kept out illegal immigrants.
In Mexico, the people have shown no hesitation in voicing their disdain for Donald Trump and his proposed wall. The people of Mexico, insulted already by the words and actions of the president of the United States, are right to be angry with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. What reason does Netanyahu have to insult the Mexicans, including the Jewish community of Mexico, with his support of Trump’s wall?
In Perspective : The protests in Thailand and Mexico may not amount to much. They may have little or no effect on things to come. Still the protestors should be commended for taking a stand. Their voices get added to the collective voice of reason. We are in hopes the voice of reason will only get stronger in the coming days as we confront the unreasonable.See More >>
Top Story of the Day: Trump Is Wrong – The World Is Right
Perspective: When A Tactless President Chooses The Wrong Enemy :
Here’s something you should know:Protestors continued to come out in droves against Trump’s ban on Muslim majority countries, and on refugees. You probably already heard that.
Here’s the good news though. Not only is this executive order being shouted down by thousands of people in the U.S., but media from allied countries have also weighed in. Even U.S. politicians from the same party as Donald Tump have spoken against the ban.
Which brings up a fair question:What about the other countries – particularly the predominately Muslim countries. What share of the refugee crisis are they helping with? A question to ponderSee More >>
Top Story of the Day: Defiance of Trump – Support for Refugees
Perspective:Swift Response To Inhumane Measures:
Here’s some good news:
Protestors came out in droves again in the U.S. This time against the president’s executive order to ban refugees from entering the U.S.
As with the successful Women’s March On Washington last week, the protests may or may not have an immediate effect on policy. But they show the world that Donald Trump does NOT represent many people in the U.S.
Disclaimer of sorts:
As a rule, this website is not about politics. It is partly about the people who shape the world we live in – – or try to with the power they have to do so. When those people use their power in a way that empowers more people, I see that as a good thing.
When a leader uses his power unwisely or deliberately in a way that harms other people, I see that as a potential stain on all of us. When people take action – such as a protest demonstration – to undo the unwise actions of their leader, I find that commendable.
Eventually it is the people, not just their leaders, who determine the shape of things to come.
Top Story of the Day: America Is Better Than Trump
Perspective:From Tradition And Tragedy Comes Determination :
Here’s some good news: Tradition: It is the eve of the lunar New Year. Year of the Rooster Wherever you see a Chinese community, you’re likely to see celebrations.
You’re likely to see the streets all decorated with ornaments and lights. Evenings are filled with music, food, and fireworks. And age-old traditions that have kept families and communities united.
Here’s something you should know: Tragedy: Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. There may be some candles lit, and some prayers said. And there may be mention of how the main victims – the Jewish people – have survived, perhaps because of their traditions and their determination to live and celebrate life.
The new Secretary General of the U.N. took the opportunity on Holocaust Remembrance Day to call our attention to the rise in xenophobia, racism, and anti-semitism throughout the world. He called for greater tolerance and understanding.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the new president of the United States, Donald Trump, issued an executive order to severely restrict people from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. To add insult, he ordered that non-Muslims – Christians – would be given priority.
Tradition, Tolerance, or Trump? The world needs to know this: Donald Trump does NOT represent the true America. Americans are better than Trump Americans will find ways to uphold American values of generousity and equal opportunity for all.See More >>
Top Story of the Day: Irony Of A Free Press
Perspective: As Traditions Go, So Go The People :
Here’s some good news: In China and other Asian countries, people celebrate the Lunar New Year, often called the Chinese New Year, for a week. A noisy week. Think firecrackers and fireworks.
You could say that much of Asia has become westernized. People wear western-style clothes and gorge on western style fast food. But on the Lunar New Year tradition is the word. Hordes of people are traveling thousands of miles to be with their families for this celebration.
Ironically, the U.S. is turning its back on one of its time-honored traditions. Freedom of the press – freedom of information – are being threatened. The very fabric of what has made America free is now formally challenged by a president who wants everyone to say only nice things about him. It might be easier to say nice things about the president if the press knows what he does. Just something to think about.See More >>