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I was reading some of the older articles the other day and the subject of torture was pretty hotly debated. I had some thoughts and wanted to get some feedback from this community.

First, I've said (perhaps incorrectly) that arguing over the merits of whether or not torture can be justified is moot. The reason being is that torture is ineffective, that information gathered from threat or use of torture is little more than information the detainee provides only to avoid pain. If a lie can get them through the day, they don't have to give up valuable information. But I've started to question the merit of this so-called "moot point." If torture is ineffective, why do so many nations employ it? Are military interrogators really that stupid? Then again, I know of no empirical evidence that the use of torture has ever saved lives. The bottom line then, is that I'm not sure torture is in/effective.

Fidel Castro steps down - Yet Castro Circle Likely to Hold Power After His Resignation

From the New York Times - 2/20/2008 - HAVANA — Fidel Castro said Tuesday he would step down as the president of Cuba after a long illness, opening the way for his brother Raúl Castro or another member of his inner circle to become Cuba’s president when Parliament chooses a new leader this weekend.

The announcement was made in a letter to the nation under Mr. Castro’s name, which was read on radio and television programs that many Cubans heard as they headed to work.

Under the Cuban Constitution, a newly chosen Parliament will choose a 31-member council of state on Sunday, which in turn will chose the next president. Though Cuban officials say the process is democratic, experts on Cuban politics say the decision on a successor remains in the hands of Fidel Castro, his brother and his inner circle, many of whom hold positions in the cabinet.

There seemed to be little if any outward reaction to the news, which many Cubans had been expecting for months. Schools remained open, garbage continued to be collected, and clusters of ordinary people waiting for buses or trucks to take them to work seemed as large and numerous as ever.

Industrial society destroys mind and environment

I want to share my article with you. This is about the link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues. The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

Happiest countries in the world

United States falls 23rd in recent research of "Happiest Country in the World." Denmark pulls in first. Go here to chech it out!

USA harbors terrorists?

At the same time that Pres. Bush is saying that those who harbor the terrorists are the same as the terrorists, we are harboring 2 of the nastiest types of terrorists in Florida right now and have been for a while.

Jose Posada Carriles and Orlando Bosch killed 73 people when they bombed a Cuban airliner in the 1970's. One of them has been freed in the US and the other is being held by immigration authorities, while the US has refused to extradite him to Venezuela with whom we have an extradition treaty.

Do you as a US citizen feel ok with this sort of terror-supporting hypocritical behavior by your government?

Iraq's new versions of "Cops" and "Oprah"

My own little city of Kirkuk has a TV show about cops. How they catch the bad-guys and, well, get killed themselves. Viewers can call in and cheer or complain. See the news article here. This is an incredible sign of the new freedom, the great change in the way things are done in Iraq ... [Continued at Ernest Goes to Iraq]

Direct from the front: "Severely Blogged"

What if I told you that, after thousands of years of violence, Iraq is now a peace-loving nation? A great contributor to the world in terms of quality products and a strident ally in wars against dictators and terrorism. Its government and people refined and so ardent about improving that they stabilize the Middle-East. Their people are beautiful and enlightened, educated and productive. They agree that America will not remove its remaining bases from their land ... [continued at Ernest Goes to Iraq]

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