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Yes, yes people I have emerged from my self realised obscurity to bestow knowledge on all headz. Used ta be out and about now strictly lying low dispensing wisdom.
Too much going down to stay quiet, now all of us have to rise up and speak truth to power.

There has to be more to us than dhal roti and Nokia phones...



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The 'war' on terror

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Now lets get this straight I was shocked and
concerned like any UK citizen about the bombings
on July 7th but the most recent laws they're
attempting to pass right now will just make it worse.
Detaining suspects for three months and
introducing a law against glorifying terrorism will do
very little to combat the danger that exists. Peeps
need to face up to the fact that the war has come
home and you can no longer fight 'virtual' wars abroad
without any comeback. What gets me angry the
most is that papers like the Sun, Mail and the
Express are doing more damage and causing
more incitement then any amount of 'mad' mullahs
will ever do but are they being called to account?
The low value that seems to be put on Iraqi lives in
the civil war situation that has now been created is
also sickening. No silences for them, no recognition
just nuthin...

'Hypocrisy is the greatest luxury - raise the double standard'
Micheal Franti
17th Sep 2005, 01:27   | tags:

Dhamaka says:

I agree completely. The world's getting scarier and scarier

17th Sep 2005, 07:25

critical g says:

those newspapers make me sick dude. the hatefulness of their prose is shocking.

17th Sep 2005, 10:58

mat says:

"The world's getting scarier and scarier" - I disagree. On the numbers, the world today is safer than it has ever been, if you live somewhere Rich, like we do. The perception of danger is the thing that's getting worse and worse. We're constantly told that we live under the shadow of international terrorism - yet international terrorism is at it's lowest for years (according to official CIA reports).

Thousands of people die each year becuase they don't have smoke alarms - where's our "War on Fire Risk"? War on Road Safety? War on Bird Flu? War on entire countries starving while the West throws away tonnes and tonnes of grain? War on stupid and unfair trade tariffs? It's a matter of perspective - how many people have died as a result of terrorism in the last year, compared to how many have died becuase of underfunding in the health service? I know where I'd rather see the money spent, and it's not on a stupid, pointless, avoidable, impossible "War on Terror".

You can't, really, blame the media. They only produce what people want. Sadly, it's the people who buy the papers that drive the content and tone of them. If people were less bigoted/predujiced/shortsighted, the Daily Mail wouldn't exist because nobody would be there to buy it.

Still, we do at least have the chance to extract huge amounts of free energy from George Orwell spinning in his grave. (note to governments: 1984 was never meant as an advisory handbook on how to run a state, it's supposed to be a warning)

17th Sep 2005, 13:16

bronxelf says:

Crap. Mat beat me to it.

Oh well...he said it better than I could have anyway. So, yeah. What he said.

The war on terror is much like the war on drugs. A pointless buzzphrase, that only equates to "wasting a hell of a lot of money on an ambiguous, arbitrary, and impossible goal, that ultimately serves to do nothing more and subvert civil liberties in the name of "freedom"."

17th Sep 2005, 13:32

Matt says:

what Elf said :)

17th Sep 2005, 13:33

Steve says:

I was going to add to this but I don't see the point, Mat has but it beautifully.

I do believe that the papers have a duty of care to the general public that should have them fighting against the easy headline. Asylum seekers, sex, and terrorists sell papers, the truth does not. However I cannot see a way to implement restrictions of this kind without going down the even scarier route of censorship.

(Love the Orwell Comment)

17th Sep 2005, 13:38

crickson says:

Without wishing to make Dhamaka shrink further, I also agree (for what my opinion is worth). There are real problems in this world - like emerging diseases, global climate change, etc. But they are the really hard ones that require everyone to think about how they can make a positive contribution.

Incidently Mat, becoming vegetarian would help both quite a lot - heehee ; )

17th Sep 2005, 14:11

Dhamaka says:

Apparently I didn't make myself clear, It's not the safety of normal people that scare me (at least not in the way you seem to think), its the way our rights are being eroded, in particular our right to privacy, our right to reasonable treatment by the police, our right to make to make our own choices without intrusion by the nanny state. Visions of Orwell and Huxley together, and then some. That's what scares me, has for years and is part of why I started writing for a living..

A greater part of why I started writing is because I felt I was faced with a decision - either to act to try and decrease the things I believe are wrong or to shut up and stop complaining. If my writing changes or opens just a few people's minds I'll be happy. They don't have to agree with me - just to think.

I also believe that it's not possible to fight everyone's battles or every battle you see, even if it disturbs you. You have to pick one or two and not be diverted or your message will be weakened and you won't have the energy, resources or time to do any of them justice. I made a decision about which battles I would join and have been working on them since (although I reserve the right to change my mind in the future, in the light of new information). But I would *never* *ever* presume to tell someone what their priorities should be because I'm not in their shoes and don't see what they do.

Mat - do you think it is perception or awareness that has changed? They are different, and while I've not seen the CIA info you quote, are you happy with their metrics, statistics and scope?

As for the media producing what people want, in my limited experience it's not that simple. Media (read paper publications editors, as that's my main experience) print a compromise of what they think will sell the publications and what their budgets will allow. I don't think that is quite the same thing as what people want - although it has something to do with what they will tolerate/accept. But people are complicated and the choices they make really aren't that simple.

Finally, you're unlikely to make me 'shrink' guys. I write about the stuff I believe in .. and get it published.. because I decided that making a difference in the world was more important than what I used to do. I really, really believe in what I say and will also say if I haven't thought things through or just keep quiet. It's not an invitation to 'have a go' but I'm not going to be particularly bothered if someone misinterprets - or understands and flames - what I write, especially when it's not a fully reasoned, complete piece or is a few lines in response to a photo and opinion.

17th Sep 2005, 20:00

Gael says:

I don't think anyone's "flaming" you here, Dhamaka and in any case you're eloquent enough to "defend" yourself if required.

17th Sep 2005, 20:26

Dhamaka NLI says:

I know they weren't, meant it for the future because by answering the way I did, I have kinda set myself up... *grins*

17th Sep 2005, 20:29

Steve says:

I think you big enough to look after your self D, it would take a fair bit to "shrink" you

18th Sep 2005, 01:20

Dhamaka says:

*grins again*

18th Sep 2005, 09:29