“So why are the young not taking to the streets (properly; with a great purpose, environmental…; should be, fighting for their economic place in the world)? A Neutered Generation – They’re too busy trying to get by, argues Caroline Mortimer, a recent graduate, “We’re aware of the problems of an ageing population. But we can’t think about pensions and buying houses because we’ve got to get an actual job and pay the rent.” She argues that the notion of “respecting your elders” may also have blunted the desire to take on the baby boomers. And there’s still an attitude that young people are “ungrateful”, she believes. “Older people are worried about their own children but not other people’s kids” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21302065 Time to kick arse, “We are currently in the longest depression – with the economy failing to recover to its previous peak level of output” – since before the 1920s http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20617088 And, “Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith (Conservative Party UK – nick-name, ‘the nasty party’) has insisted he knows what it is like to “live on the breadline”. The comment comes after 250,000 people signed a petition urging Mr Duncan Smith to try living on £53 a week” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22006841 An Exception – Is this the, ‘New Training Ground For Youth in Turkey’ – Arab Spring? “One of Turkey’s big trade union groups is staging a two-day strike to support continuing anti-government protests in a number of cities. The left-wing Kesk trade union confederation, representing some 240,000 workers, accused the government of committing “state terror”. Protests and clashes with police continued into the night on Monday. A second death in the protests has been confirmed by the governor’s office in the southern city of Antakya. Abdullah Comert, 22, a member of the youth wing of the opposition Republican People’s Party, was “seriously wounded… after gunfire from an unidentified person,” the governor’s office said, adding that he died later in hospital” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22762391
“Everyone wants to save the world, but no one wants to help mom with the dishes.” P.J. O’Rourke.
“Respect for authority is always wrong and violence is sometimes right” Karl Popper.
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Iraq: 10 years on – ‘We wish that we, the public, had those feelings when the decision to go to war was made then Tony Blair’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21576509 BBC Newsnight. “Watch a one hour Newsnight special, Iraq: 10 Years On, on Tuesday 26 February 2013 at 10:30PM on BBC Two, and then afterwards on the BBC iPlayer.”
“Scientists say they have published the most detailed brain scans “the world has ever seen” as part of a project to understand how the organ works” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21660159 Mirror Neurons ‘The Emerging Mind’ Vilayanur Ramachandran.
Jenna Miscavige Hill, who was involved in the Scientology movement from a young age but left the organisation in 2005, has now written a memoir of her experiences. She describes some of the events which led to the writing of her book.
The Prehistoric Mind. How did Prehistoric Man Think? The Primitive Mind. Posted on September 2, 2007 by luckyme0 by luckyme0 In Word on SkyDrive, as I am having some trouble – thousands of hits! Word link: And,”A study of Neanderthal skulls suggests that they became extinct because they had larger eyes than our species. As a result, more of their brains were devoted to seeing in the long, dark nights in Europe, at the expense of high-level processing. By contrast, the larger frontal brain regions of Homo sapiens led to the fashioning of warmer clothes and the development of larger social networks” The study is published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B And, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21759233 And, “Changes to their surroundings can trigger “rapid evolution” in species as they adopt traits to help them survive in the new conditions, a study shows. Studying soil mites in a laboratory, researchers found that the invertebrates’ age of maturity almost doubled in just 20-or-so generations. It had been assumed that evolutionary change only occurred over a much longer timescale. The findings have been published in the journal Ecology Letters” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22039872
Heavens Gate http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2120869/Heavens-Gate-cult-committed-mass-suicide-15-years-ago.html And, http://charleslizzy.com/2008/02/20/bridgend-mass-suicides-wales-uk-children-and-vulnerable-adults-self-harming/
Iraq: Did My Son Die in Vain?
Duration: 1 hour – ”
Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, retired headteacher, Geoff Dunsmore, travels to Basra to follow in the footsteps of his son Chris, an RAF reservist who was killed there in 2007.
Geoff has never believed for a second that Chris died in vain, saying that his son believed in what he was doing and believed in why he was going to Iraq. Now, Geoff is going to see exactly where his son was killed and find out the impact of the war and occupation on the lives of the ordinary people of Basra. Has the western involvement in Iraq improved things for ordinary Iraqi people?
Accompanied by local guide, Mazin Altayar, Geoff hears firsthand what life was like for Iraqis under the dictator Saddam Hussein. He visits a rundown primary school that British troops tried to help during the occupation and hears from a man who claims 12 of his family were killed when American soldiers opened fire on his vehicles.
For the most part, with the country still suffering from terrorist violence, the repercussions of the conflict have been devastating and long lasting. Yet on the streets of Basra Geoff also meets a group of young people who have grown up knowing nothing but war but believe that they can build a different future in Iraq today” – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rgrn9
“North Korea has said it is entering a “state of war” with South Korea in the latest escalation of rhetoric against its neighbour and the US” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21980395
“The former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has accused David Cameron of making Christians feel marginalised. He said it was a “bit rich” for the prime minister to tell religious leaders to oppose secularisation. This follows comments made by the PM at a pre-Easter Downing Street reception for faith leaders. A Downing Street spokesman rejected the criticism, saying Mr Cameron valued “the profound contribution” Christianity had made to UK life. But Lord Carey wrote in the Daily Mail that the government seemed to be “aiding and abetting” aggressive secularisation” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21979034
“The UK government’s chief scientist has said that there is already enough CO2 in the atmosphere for there to be more floods and droughts over the next 25 years” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21357520
Clay on Mars, Neanderthals, Cholera, Tapeworms – Death threats (the ‘internet and dogma clash’) for Professor Chris Rapley, he discusses “dangerous” ideas in science! Quentin Cooper is at the Edinburgh International Science Festival which runs until April 7th. With Professor Colin Blakemore and Professor Chris Rapley, he discusses “dangerous” ideas in science. And what is the lasting value of science festivals? Are they any more than “feel-good” events for the committed? Quentin discusses this theme with Ian Wall – who claims to have invented the Science Festival over 20 years ago and – Keir Liddle of Edinburgh Skeptics, an organisation which runs science events alongside arts festivals, including the Edinburgh Fringe” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rgmb7
“US President Barack Obama has unveiled a new initiative to map the brain. Speaking at the White House, he announced an initial $100m investment to shed light on how the brain works and provide insight into diseases such as Alzheimer’s and epilepsy. President Obama said initiatives like the Human Genome Project had transformed genetics; now he wants to do the same with the brain” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22007007
“It’s just under two weeks until the deadline (16 April) in the Government’s consultation on its proposed new national curriculum. We’d like as many of you to respond as possible. In particular, we need to ensure that evolution is added to the primary curriculum (as is proposed), to call for improved sex education (it is currently inadequate), and to ensure that equalities, human rights and freedom of speech continue to be taught as part of citizenship (it is proposed that they are not). The BHA has taken an interest in education since it was founded in 1896. We provide educational resources such as Humanism for Schools, hold public events such as our recent Voltaire Lecture and upcoming annual conference, and also campaign on matters of educational interest that humanists have in common. Our overriding interests are to ensure that schools are inclusive to all (hence our opposition to state-funded ‘faith’ schools) and that young people are taught a broad and well-rounded curriculum. The current national curriculum consultation deals with many areas of concern for us. On the plus side, evolution is proposed to be added to the primary national curriculum – something we have long campaigned for – and teaching about the scientific method is to be strengthened. However, sex education in science remains woefully insufficient, failing to equip young people with the information they need to deal with puberty and lead to the best outcomes in terms of healthy relationships and sexual health. We are also extremely concerned about the removal from the citizenship curriculum of all references to equalities, human rights and freedom of speech. We think it’s vital that young people understand these concepts and areas of law and why they are so important. The current citizenship curriculum refers to human rights repeatedly, along with the rights of children. The draft curriculum does not mention any of these concepts at all. So please respond before 16 April, whether you are an educator, parent, pupil, or otherwise interested in this vital area. We’ve provided our draft response to assist you in doing so.” http://humanism.org.uk/
“Self-styled messiah Sun Myung Moon, whose Unification Church became famous for marrying thousands of people in a single ceremony, has died, aged 92. Moon set up the Church, whose members are often called Moonies, in the 1950s in the South Korean capital, Seoul. He claimed to have millions of members, many in the US, but was accused of brainwashing and profiteering. Moon built up a global business empire, setting up newspapers, arms factories, universities and food distributors” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459604
Advice to young. Do not engage in any causes or political movements (*exception, Climate Change. War – Ignorance – Poverty http://libcom.org/history/march-2003-schoolkids-against-iraqi-war). Timescale is too short. Just – learn, teach, and explore, and add a little knowledge to the world – remain free in every sense and very mobile. ” Obama condemns ‘act of terrorism’
US President Barack Obama says the Boston marathon bombings were a “terrorist act”, but cautions that the motive and culprit are not yet known” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22171684 And, “Information is emerging about the lives of brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who are suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22219116
‘God-like figure’. “In North Korea everything was about the Kingdom of Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il,” she says. “Without their sanction nothing could happen. We were told our orders were ‘ratified’. They only used that word when the orders came from the top. “Kim Il-sung was a god-like figure. Anything that was ordered by him could be justified. Any order would be carried out with extreme loyalty. You were ready to sacrifice your life.” From what she tells me, it is clear Kim Hyun-hui has gone from one-time true believer in the Kim cult to an ardent hatred of the regime and a deep sense of personal victimhood. “There is no other country like North Korea,” she says. “People outside can’t understand. The whole country is set up to show loyalty to the Kim royal family. It’s like a religion. “People are so indoctrinated. There are no human rights, no freedoms.
“When I look back it makes me feel sad. Why did I have to be born in North Korea? Look at what it did to me.” She also believes, perhaps wishfully, that the days of the Kim dynasty are numbered. With the founders of the dynasty – Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il – now dead, their impoverished kingdom has been handed down to the 30-year-old Kim Jong-un. “North Korea is in a desperate situation,” she says. “Discontent with Kim Jong-un is so high; he has to put a lid on it. “The only thing he has is nuclear weapons. That’s why he has created this sense of war, to try to rally the population. He’s doing business with his nuclear weapons.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22244337
“Thousands of people are potentially at risk of being radicalised in the UK, Home Secretary Theresa May has said. She also told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that those at risk were at “different points on what could be a path to violent extremism”. Mrs May said a new taskforce would look at whether new powers were needed to tackle radicalisation.” ‘Out of the blue’ killing’ – “Three more arrests have been made in connection with the killing of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich. On Sunday, the family of Drummer Rigby visited the scene of his death and Woolwich Barracks. Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson also told the programme a Communications Data Bill should be “on the statute book before the next election”. “It is a resignation issue for our home secretary if the Cabinet do not support her in this central part of what the security services do,” he added.Lord Carlile, the Lib Dem former independent reviewer of terror laws, told the BBC that while it was not known whether the bill would have prevented this incident, “it might have [and] it would certainly help to prevent similar incidents in the future”.
But Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes said there is “no evidence at all” that the bill could have prevented the killing. In other developments: Prayers were said on Sunday at a service dedicated to Drummer Rigby at St Peter the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, in Woolwich, at a service at the town’s St Mary Magdalene Parish Church and in his local church in his home town of Middleton, Greater Manchester
- A 29-year-old man, arrested on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, has been bailed to return pending further inquiries
- French authorities are investigating whether the stabbing of a soldier in a Paris suburb was a copycat attack. The soldier, who was stabbed in the neck by an unknown man who escaped, is in a stable condition
- MI5 director general Andrew Parker is expected to present an initial report to a Parliamentary committee next week about what the security services knew about the two murder suspects
- There has been a large increase in anti-Muslim incidents since Wednesday’s murder, an inter-faith charity has said
Mrs May said the government taskforce announced this weekend would “be able to look across the whole of government” and look at institutions such as universities and prisons to see if more could be done in tackling the issue of countering extremism. The special government committee being set up will be chaired by the prime minister and will include senior cabinet ministers and security chiefs.
Downing Street sources have said the new taskforce will “build on” Labour’s Prevent Strategy, which was set up to counter radicalisation. The coalition reviewed this Prevent Strategy in 2011 reducing its annual budget from £63m to £36m saying at the time that some of the money was going to groups who should have been confronted” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22671619
Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer spoke of the subject in 19th century:
“And as the capacity for believing is strongest in childhood, special care is taken to make sure of this tender age. This has much more to do with the doctrines of belief taking root than threats and reports of miracles. If, in early childhood, certain fundamental views and doctrines are paraded with unusual solemnity, and an air of the greatest earnestness never before visible in anything else; if, at the same time, the possibility of a doubt about them be completely passed over, or touched upon only to indicate that doubt is the first step to eternal perdition, the resulting impression will be so deep that, as a rule, that is, in almost every case, doubt about them will be almost as impossible as doubt about one’s own existence.”—Arthur Schopenhauer, On Religion: A Dialogue
Several authors have been critical of religious indoctrination of children, such as Nicolas Humphrey, Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins. Christopher Hitchens and Dawkins use the term child abuse to describe the harm that some religious upbringings inflict on children. Dawkins has written a children’s book that seeks to convince them of what he deems to be the fallacy of various religious teachings and states that he is angered by the labels “Muslim child” or “Catholic child”. He asks how a young child can be considered intellectually mature enough to have such independent views on the cosmos and humanity’s place within it. By contrast, Dawkins points out, no reasonable person would speak of a “Marxist child” or a “Tory child.” He suggests there is little controversy over such labeling because of the “weirdly privileged status of religion”. On several occasions Dawkins has also made the controversial claim that sexually abusing a child is “arguably less” damaging than “the long term psychological damage inflicted by bringing up a child Catholic in the first place” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_and_children