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- 06:19am Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7110
USA tv .. Mike MOORE notes there were over 600,000 homeless
sleeping rough on the streets. These people sleep in their cars,
the sewers, parks, on the street - in mortal danger. Pity the USA
government doesn't think
to spend some money on public housing for it's poor.
- 06:20am Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7111
Maybe that suffering and privation is beautiful to the
people who are setting priorities -- maybe they feel the need to
keep people afraid - - and the treatment of the homeless is a
good way to do it.
Fear is a big part of American life. Maybe "freedom from fear" --
economic fear, would give too much freedom to people who might
question things -- and so examples of horror have to be easy to
- 06:45am Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7112
3/15/01 3:40pm ..... I know something, from my personal
perspective, about how afraid a high ranking American press officer
was of the truth, when I was personally involved.
VERY afraid. And so were a number of employees of The New York
But I thought then, and think now, that fear was partly a hopeful
sign. When people are afraid, they have a sense of vulnerability --
and for people of good faith, that's close to a sense of doubt. Once
doubt takes hold -- a moral sense can give courage. That has
happened often enough to make the United States a much better
country than it would otherwise be.
6/15/01 7:36pm . . . . The US has some uncomfortable and anxious
things about it, too.
. Guardian Talk Issues Mankind's
Inhumanity to Man and Woman - As natural as human goodness? http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?13@@.ee7b085/193
describes a a situation where there was a good deal of fear
The link leads to #163, a posting I did in
response to an inquirry, on another Guardian thread, by an
anonymous reporter who I suspect, judging from output, filed
without my help the next day.
3/15/01 3:50pm .. said:
" If the leading media outlets can be frightened
and coersed to paticipate in lie and propaganda, this Democracy is
as shalow as the one, used to be found in USSR. "
We need to do better than that.
Heroics aren't necessary, or won't be necessary often. What's
needed, is more checking -- and more insistence on checking -- and
getting our standards raised, a step at a time. It can be done, and
needs to be.
6/14/01 2:11pm .... MD5106 rshowalter
The hero in Tiniamin Square must have been
very afraid, and very alone. In America, there are different things
to fear -- but things that sometimes scare Americans very
thoroughly. Even so, there are times when it seems necessary to
- 07:01am Jul 17, 2001 EST (#7113
6/29/01 1:10pm ... June 28: Corrosive Corruption: Companies
that participate in corrupted dealings do themselves no favors. http://www.exxonmobil.com/news/opeds/
" Corruption can take many forms, and the effects
can accumulate. Where government officials seek special favors or
bribes, the costs can discourage honest companies and deter needed
investments. Scarce public resources are squandered on
noessential, shoddily built, or too-costly projects, while needed
investments go begging. Corrupt officials may thwart the growth of
more honest and democratic institutions. Public cynicism,
contempt, and dissillusionment can become widespread.
" Companies that participate in corrupted dealings
also do themselves no favors. Although a business deal here or
there may be obtained, the sost includes creating a culture of
dishonesty within the company. If cheating or bribery or fixing
the books are tolerated for certain purposes, the company can
never again be sure that these dealings are not tolerated for
others. The whole organization can come to believe that dishonesty
is an accepted approach. . . . . "
That can happen to technical programs, to military forces, and to
alliances, as well.
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