commented on Ideology Today: How Many Iraqi Deaths?
Good Morning Charles,
I am going to part with you on this one. I disagree strongly with your last sentence.
The number of Iraqis killed during the 2nd Iraq War beginning in 2003 is hotly contested especially in the scientific/statistical community. It has less if anything to do with "capitalist ideological media". I am aware that the left-of-center Guardian uses adjectives like "peer-reviewed", "reputable" and "scientific (2X)" to enhance this "possible estimate". Are these estimates not going to be scientific?
I can believe war especially this Iraq War a tragedy. I can believe the number of civilians killed to be possibly 100,000 (I don't agree that 10,000 Iraqi civilians were killed) over ten years. On the other hand, I don't believe 500,000 total Iraqis were killed in this war.
Number of deaths' estimates in wars is a fickle science especially if the war is extended (5+ years). The number of soldiers killed vs. civilians is relatively easier but not by much because of actual deployment numbers and dog tags on each soldier. Governments issue (GIs) these.
I grieve for the civilian and combatant losses on the part of Iraq or any war for that matter. I agree the 2nd Iraq War is also a hotly contested legitimacy. However, this "capitalistic ideological media" has supplied reasonable evidence that suggests 100,000 have been killed. I actually do keep some track of this horrible statistic.
Finally, consider this. It would be great if the Guardian kept track of another recent war that warrants attention, the Congolese War of the prior decade. A reasonable estimate of the number soldiers and civilians killed in that conflict is 3 million! Yes, 3 million. Hardly anybody knows of that here in the West.
commented on Portland Wants Our Business
Good Afternoon Charles,
That's a pretty cool promo poster. I like the art and that it is placed inside a Seattle transit station. Maybe Seattle has a promo poster in one of Portland's light rail transit stations?
commented on The Neverending Love for Blackface
Charles & @1,
Indeed, I read that article as well. I was startled to find the repellant character endearing especially among children. I thought "The Netherlands?". I had thought it one of the more enlightened countries in Europe and that it wouldn't tolerate such nonsense. That's most unfortunate.
Alas, African-American caricatures have been used in this country. Many years ago I read "Devil in the White City" by Eric Larson. In a lecture about researching the book, he mentioned that Aunt Jemima Pancakes distributed by Post (?) was orginally introduced at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair as "Slave in a Box"! No kidding.
I then recalled as a boy seeing the box in my Mom's kitchen cupboard. I noticed the logo/face of Aunt Jemima resembled a "mammy" with a kerchief tied around the back of her head. I never knew then that is was a caricature. Obviously, I do now. I also have noticed the logo/face has changed. The box now features an elegant black woman wearing earrings and a nice hairdo.
We still have much to do regarding these debasing images.
commented on Poem of the Day
An extraordinary image. I really enjoy the Hubble's photography. Truly awesome. Thanks.
commented on Black Friday: White Women Fighting for Rachel Ray Cookware at Tennessee WalMart
Good Morning Charles,
Alas, that spectacle is quite ridiculous. Gratefully, there appears to have been no blows thrown i.e. "fighting" and no one appeared injured.
Also, I agree with @6, MID. There's no need for the qualifier "white" to these shoppers in the title of your posting. They happen to be all women. Like you, I deplore Black Friday which I wish it wasn't dubbed BTW. Human behavior like this can be exhibited by people of any "race" or ethnicity under these conditions. I believe the post Thanksgiving Friday holiday shopping rush unnecessary and uncivilized.
commented on The Morning News: Happy Thanksgiving!
Good Point. I haven't done any research regarding that. Still, smallpox was devastating.
BTW, one other thing regarding Mexican history. A late friend who grew up in Mexico once told me that the only requirements to be president there were that the man needed to be Roman Catholic, to have Indian blood and be a Mason(!) I never followed up with that. But, I'm fairly certain that isn't true now.