This is NOT the kind of world I want. And so long as the U.S. continues to block any effort to sanction Israel this sort of thing will continue.

Al Jazeera reports (Aug 11):

ISRAELI SOLDIER ACCUSED OF KILLING TWO WOMEN IN GAZA WILL SERVE 45 DAYS IN PRISON AFTER A PLEA TO A LESSER CHARGE

IDF soldier sentenced to 45 days for death of mother, daughter in Gaza war

http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/idf-soldier-sentenced-to-45-days-for-death-of-mother-daughter-in-gaza-war-1.457649

Military advocate general reaches plea bargain in the most significant event mentioned in UN Goldstone Report; Givati soldier was accused of shooting women who raised white flag.

When will the world decide that enough is enough? Or will Israel ultimately impose its own version of human extinction? Israel has the means and no compassion whatever for "the other." Collective insanity from which the U.S. is not immune.

These are my ideas for the kind of world I DO want, not in order of importance:

1. I want a world where talk does not substitute for action.

2. What kind of world do "we" want? A make-believe world.

3. What kind of world do I want? A world less populous composed of active, engaged people who have some semblance of intelligence, of compassion and understanding. In other words, a world that never was and never will be.

4. A world with no skyscrapers, no cell phones, no video games.

5. A world where plumbers do proper work and charge reasonably (I've just had to re-plumb a bath).

6. A world where sport is what people do for pleasure, not for pay.

7. A world in which humans accept and engage in voluntary extinction through birth control.Please click on this web address before making uninformed comment: http://www.vhemt.org/aboutvhemt.htm Also please click on the image that accompanies this post, and then click on this web address for more infomation http://www.ninapaley.com/silversnipaward.html

8. A world without Israel.

9. I want a world where poets are presidents.

10. I want a world where rogue nations cannot unilaterally exempt themselves from prosecution and punishment for their crimes.

11. I want a world without religion. Where all mosques, tabernacles, cathedrals, temples or other religious buildings become community centers, libraries or museums. Where any “holy” book may be exchanged for ten books of great literary merit selected by the individual. Where Rome’s “Holy” See becomes a center for the arts, a public park and a playground for children.

12. A world in which educators are the most respected, the most highly educated and the best paid members of society.

13. A world that requires - and provides support for - every aspirant to higher education to first obtain a four year liberal arts (humanities) degree.

14. A world in which no one individual possesses more than ten times the average wealth of all.

15. A world in which there’s no such thing as victimless crime. No victim, no crime.

16. A world where prostitution - both male and female - is a legal and respected profession.

17. I want a world that understands, acknowledges and extols - perhaps even rewards in some way - the very real differences between the sexes We understand well enough our similarities – both sexes normally have two feet, etc.

18. A world that considers “voluntary exit“ not only legal but honorable http://www.exitinternational.net/

19. A world that does not allow members of the general public to possess or have access to any automatic or assault type weapon nor to any explosive device intended to harm or disable people.

20. A world whose international organization – today’s U.N. – does not permit any one nation to veto majority decisions.

21. I want a world whose inhabitants are literate, well-read and eager to learn.

22. And, of course, a world at peace.

I just flicked on television and there was John Lennon. Imagine.

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The World I DON'T want, the World I DO.

Comments

Alberto Ceras 2 years 8 weeks ago
#1

What are we doing to create the kind of world we want? Very little. We conjure up a closed world of make believe, a world that never was and never will be. We seem unable to accept the world as it truly exists. Good people might with honest, determined effort move the world closer to a humanitarian ideal.

This article from The Guardian, UK, gives support to my item numbered 18:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/24/peaceful-death-plan-it

“If you want a peaceful death you may have to plan for it"

"Embracing the inevitable and making a death plan gives you a better chance of avoiding final days of loneliness and pain”

Alberto Ceras 2 years 7 weeks ago
#2

No question about it. This isn’t the kind of world that I want. But I’m old and apparently can no longer distinguish between the significant and the trivial. Now don’t y’all miss the latest “…Shades of Grey” sequel.

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/09/theories-about-hookup-culture-are-just-another-way-telling-our-lady-parts-wh

Theories about "hookup culture" are just another way of telling us what to do with our lady parts

Which is more offensive - being called a "slut", or being slotted into a sweeping cultural theory?

By Rhiannon and Holly Published 03 September 2012

And here…

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/07/there-any-point-making-porn-women

Is there any point in making porn for women?

Perhaps if the choice weren't so limited, women would be a bit more interested.

By Rhiannon and Holly Published 09 July 2012 8:33

Alberto Ceras 2 years 6 weeks ago
#3

I don't want this kind of world. Perpetual war (perpetual killing) is the only thing keeping the U.S. economy afloat, an economy from which only the rich and powerful profit. Revolution may be the last hope but these days revolution appears impossible. A national work stoppage - nobody, but nobody working, everyone in the streets - would do it but where is the leader capable and willing to take charge?

The OWS movement should have had one objective, ONLY ONE, a permanent, not temporary, wealth tax coupled with an end to unjustifiable inheritance of millions and billions. It would put an end to the worst of the obscene and growing inequity.

Articles from The New Statesman and The Independent:

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/employment/2012/08/what-can-iceland-teach-us-about-wealth-tax

Furthermore, in an effort to raise income without affecting consumption, the government implemented an emergency wealth tax rate for the period of 2010-2013. As of January 2011, one year after introduction, the tax rate is 1.5 per cent of net capital for single individuals with more than ISK 75,000,000 (£390,000) or 100,000,000 (£519,000) for married couples. By taxing the top 2.2 per cent of the population, the Icelandic government was able to raise 0.3 per cent of GDP in revenue every year.

http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/leading-articles/leading-article-politics-to-be-sure-but-a-wealth-tax-merits-a-look-8092586.html

Leading article: Politics to be sure, but a wealth tax merits a look

In their liability to tax, it seems, the rich are still different from the rest of us

Thursday 30 August 2012 That there was a doubtless tactical dimension to the Deputy Prime Minister's proposal does not mean, however, that the idea deserves to be dismissed as no more than cynical politicking. It can reflect political calculation and still have merit. And the concept of a temporary wealth tax is worth more than a cursory glance, not least because it will test whether there is finally an appetite in Government for tackling a long-standing conundrum. If, as it appears, raising income tax above a certain level results in no more – or maybe less – revenue for the Treasury, because the wealthy can move their income around in a way that others cannot, how can any government extract more money from those most able to afford it? Wealth has always been adept at seeking out the most profitable and secure home; increasing income tax, it can be argued, simply increases the incentive for the highest earners to shop around.

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