Posted by honestpoet on April 29, 2008
Here’s a sad article from the BBC about a 19-year-old boy who was apparently planning a suicide bombing. Thankfully he was found out before he could go through with it; now he’s facing charges of terrorism.
You know, it’s hard to be a teenager. He was new to Bristol. He’d recently converted to Islam.
When I was a teenager, when you wanted to piss off Mom and Dad, you just read the Tao Te Ching or something. Now kids are strapping on vests full of explosives and sharp objects. I think I prefer Taoism as a form of teenage rebellion; at least there’s nothing in the text that can be construed as encouraging violence.
Some Muslims will insist that the Koran doesn’t, either. But if that’s so, then how come so many have killed in the name of Allah? (And lest anyone think I’m claiming Christianity doesn’t, trust me…I know plenty of violence has been done by both Christians and Jews, too…I think they’re all nuts.)
And I’ll also give credit where it’s due: the article states that the kid was picked up after an investigation following a tip-off from within the local Muslim community.
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Posted by honestpoet on April 26, 2008
Here’s a funny op-ed at the BBC website (which we check daily to keep in touch with the world…we haven’t watched the news or read much in the way of newspapers for a long time). It’s from George Meyer, a long-time writer of the Simpson’s, and uses humor (on the mature list of Freudian defense mechanisms, Maj reminds me frequently) to talk about the rather serious predicament we as a species find ourselves in, creating the climate change that is going to threaten our survival (or at least our life as we know it) if we don’t get our act together in time to reverse it.
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Posted by honestpoet on April 1, 2008
We finally watched this movie. It was incredible! We looked up the writer/director/producer on wikipedia (discovering that he also played one of the characters), and I was saddened but not surprised to read of the negative critical response (as well as disappointing box-office figures) that it received. We all thought the movie was amazing.
I suppose I’m not surprised. That which is truly good is seldom well received by either the establishment or the masses. (I’m sure his treatment of the film-critic character in the movie didn’t help his standing with the film critics, but it sure had all of us rolling in our seats, laughing.) But I think the movie is perfect and Mr. Syamalan is a genius. It’s recursive, and funny (not just the part with the film critic), and just scary enough to be exciting, but not tediously so (like *I am Legend,* which we watched recently and had to take breaks from, as the tension was making me and my daughter nearly ill). And it was uplifting. Just magic. That’s what movies are supposed to be like.
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