This blog is designed to dismantle our modern ideas and beliefs, specially the ones that shape our society and world views. //// The other, more personal blog (MANIFOLD-CURIOSITY.TUMBLR.COM), is made for human introspection, contemplation and expression.
Hey everybody, get a load of the cheater
Cheaters never prosper…oh wait.
Worship on Flickr.
I miss these kids a lot. Its nice knowing that God is really at work here and in their lives. These kids are beautiful and amazing and are going to rock the world some day.
Eww stop, white people just stop! This was tagged #missonary #mission #poverty seriously?
Why do white people always think Afrika needs their saving or some sort of religious conversion.
SERIOUSLY, YOU THINK THIS CUTE? ALL I SEE IS WHITE PEOPLE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF YOUNG AFRIKAN CHILDREN.
I DO NOT NEED THIS TONIGHT. WHITE PEOPLE COME COLLECT YOUR IGNORANCE OFF THE AFRICA TAG.
“When the missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said, ‘Let us pray.’ We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.” —Bishop Desmond Tutu
On October 5, 1988, Chile held a national plebiscite to determine whether Gen. Augusto Pinochet would continue as the country’s leader for another eight-year term. The “no” side won with over 55% of the vote. Pinochet eventually stepped down from office in March of 1990, putting an end to the military dictatorship that had ruled the country since the violent 1973 coup d’état that deposed president Salvador Allende.
Are you with the
any book worth banning is a book worth reading
I keep a running (but incomplete) list of banned books here if you want to check some out.
An Election Year Fairy Story
Is it that time again already ? Well gather around children and I will tell you a story. Are you sitting comfortably ? Good, then I shall begin.
Once upon a time there was a country where, every four years, a bizarre pantomime was enacted for the people in a gaudy, neon-lit theater. On stage, a right-hand sock-puppet would declaim loudly “vote for them and they will take your money and squander it wastefully to help the poor” and then a left-hand sock-puppet would pop up and reply equally loudly “vote for them and they will take your money and squander it wastefully to help the rich”.
By ritual the audience would divide into two groups, each cheering the statements of one or other of the sock-puppets. At the conclusion of the spectacle one of the sock-puppets would be chosen as a winner by popular acclaim. Then the audience would quietly leave the theater and go back to their everyday lives where absolutely nothing would change and everything would be as it always had been before while, behind the scenes, those who controlled the sock-puppets counted their profits and got on with business.
Of course this is just a fairy-story. In reality people would never be taken in by such a silly pantomime, would they ?
Shell on Trial for Murder
On October 1st, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will reconsider Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell Oil), a case which will determine whether corporations complicit in human rights abuses overseas can be sued in U.S. courts. Shell, through their work alongside the brutal military regime in Nigeria, is accused of complicity in the execution of nine peaceful protesters and the torture of many others in the Ogoni region of Niger Delta.
The case hinges on a law called the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows foreign citizens to bring lawsuits in U.S. courts for violations of international law. Shell says the ATS doesn’t apply to them, simply because they are a corporation. Only two years after the Supreme Court used corporate personhood to grant corporations unprecedented influence over U.S. elections, Shell is asking the same nine judges to give corporations immunity from human rights litigation under the ATS.
But it gets worse. In March, after the first Kiobel hearing, the Supreme Court decided to rehear the case and ask whether the ATS applies outside the U.S. at all. Now the court could strike down all international ATS cases, wiping out human rights cases against individuals, too! The United States aspires to be a world leader on human rights and the rule of law, and we cannot allow corporations to dodge responsibility for their complicity in human rights abuses, or to tear down the laws that offer justice to survivors of human rights abuses and the families of human rights victims.