Dec 23, 2013 fahima commented on Good Grief and Great Tits.
There's no holiday on Eid either, Dan. You have Muslim readers too you know.
Please don't let them take away 'Merry Christmas'. Merry Christmas!
Mar 18, 2013 fahima commented on Addendum to SL Letter of the Day.
Making a powerful group *feel* marginalized is a bad streategy if you want to see real change. This group usually have sway over a swath of unthinking people who can be manipulated to think that their existence is threatened, and lash back against an imaginary enemy, viz. you. I like Dan's NALT approach. Consistently pressurize them to change their system from within for their own sake.
Mar 18, 2013 fahima commented on Addendum to SL Letter of the Day.
Of course everyone should be able to state a well-founded statement about the pope and child molesters. But Bill's consideration lies in this line, (and he's right to be thinking this way): 'I should assume that he's probably not a baby-raper, or someone who approves of the pedophile cover-ups.'
Dec 9, 2012 fahima commented on How to Write a Letter of Support to Bradley Manning.
He didn't 'fuck up' and he deserves to be free. Bradley Manning had the balls to do the right thing of such proportions and you can't even give a freaking verbal support without caveat?
And these comments! When it comes to things that matter and moments of truth, Americans are so similar to the citizens of every other country of the world, yet they speak with such self-righousness about other peoples (China, Russia, MENA countries etc) as if they owned everything about ethics, morality and freedom... the discrepency is nauseating.
You are being lied to by your government (like every other people in the world), and he showed you the tip of that iceburg.
Learn to recognise your heros, you guys.
Nov 27, 2012 fahima commented on Wal-Mart Has No Idea Where All of Its Cheap Stuff Comes From.
There were actually a lot more than 112 people.

And the gates were locked, as they always are during work hour, and the workers were told to keep working without worrying about the fire downstairs, as the factory must meet its daily production quota.
Nov 24, 2012 fahima commented on SL Letter of the Day: This Twin-Fetish Thing.
Identical twin twice the hots - isn't that kind of thinking extremely disrespectful? That's forever a turnoff...
Nov 22, 2012 fahima commented on Two of the Three Fronts in the Current Israeli/Palestinian War Are Virtual.
I also love this video of a British Jewish parliamentarian, who says
'My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers who kill Palestinian grandmothers'…
Nov 21, 2012 fahima commented on Two of the Three Fronts in the Current Israeli/Palestinian War Are Virtual.
This is for anyone who thinks Israel's latest attacks were in re: some Hamas/other rockets:
From an Israeli guy actually, which is great cause you can't find a PC way to swear at him :)…

Also, the following for anyone who so far thinks it's an Israeli-Palestinian 'conflict' but may be intelligent enough to be persuaded into reading around a little bit (Although like any other critic of Israel he has been villified enough: the other side of freedom of speech, 'if you can't ban them, make them irrelevant'). Here:

"The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel, it is not about achieving peace.

The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battlefield on a largely defenseless civilian population, is the final phase in a decades-long campaign to ethnically-cleanse Palestinians.

Israel uses sophisticated attack jets and naval vessels to bomb densely-crowded refugee camps, schools, apartment blocks, mosques, and slums to attack a population that has no air force, no air defense, no navy, no heavy weapons, no artillery units, no mechanized armor, no command [and] control, no army… and calls it a war. It is not a war, it is murder.

When Israelis in the occupied territories now claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population they are crushing. You can't defend yourself when you're militarily occupying someone else's land. That's not defense. Call it what you like, it's not defense."
(Noam Chomsky, ZNet)
Nov 21, 2012 fahima commented on Why Is the Murdoch Owned Press So Consistently Anti-Semitic?.
Hey sarah70 @24, the persecution that Jewish people went through for centuries was wrong, and I can see why they dreamt of having a country of their own.
But a) it's wrong to create a religion-based boundary. Just look at the India-Pakistan partition of 1945. It doesn't work. And it's wrong because it encourages segregation instead of other way around.
b) no matter how much one group of people suffered, it doesn't give them the right to oppress another group of people. I'll never understand what gave the British any right to mandate a state to house outsiders (i.e. other than the original Jewish population) in the middle of a region where no one wanted it in the first place - say, how would you feel if similar thing happened in the middle of North America? - But that was a crazy world back then when imperialism didn't seem as crazy as it did now. So, that being aside, as much as I empathise with the plight of the Jewish people, Palestinian plight is no less deserving of sympathy and outrage.
Nov 21, 2012 fahima commented on I Didn't Know James Bond's Newest Nemesis Was Julian Assange.
Spy movies and novels have always been propaganda mechines. The ones with Russians now seem so transparent. Now there are the terrorists in shows like 24. Assange may be a new twist, but very much in the same vain. Can't believe people keep buying into the bullshit.