8 Responses to Nothing New Under the Sun

  • The girl ate hamburg meat with her hands in a restaurant with utensils, because Rockford held his hamburger in the traditional manner?
    The guy didn’t even scratch his name off the list when he was informed and laughing along, just checked for safety in numbers of names?
    Well, what’s new is the display of support by admin. for OWS. That’s good, no question there.

  • Ecclesiastes Chap 1: “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. […] And, behold all is vanity, and vexation of spirit. The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite.”

  • Been there.

    Back in the early 1990s, a girlfriend got into the Amnesty International movement and asked me to help with the letter writing campaign. Every month, a newsletter would come with lists of political prisoners and contact information for the persecuting country’s offices in the US. You write a little letter, along the lines of the recommended text, stamp it, and send it.

    I probably sent fifty letters that year with no more information about the victims than their name, date of incarceration, and country. Then the annual booklet came in the mail.

    This was a sort of master list with all of their long-term prisoners of conscience and political prisoners. It was arragned by country and I was surprised to see a section for the US. Therein was Mumia Abdul Jamal – the notorious cop killer.

    I realized that, if Mumia is on their list, there were certainly many other people on their list are actually justly incarcerated. Mumia is no more a political prisoner than Manson. I had been ridiculously petitioning other governments to release prisoners that I knew almost nothing about.

    I never wrote another letter for Amnesty. Fool me once…

  • Some pretty girls G-Veg can get guys involved in some pretty dumb causes!

  • Re: Amnesty International, the corruption of human rights organizations has been an unhappy fact of the age, though I am surprised that Amnesty was so blatant that many years ago.

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