Posted by lex, on December 18, 2006
From the BBC:
Muslims’ sense of belonging could be eroded by European nations not tackling discrimination, a watchdog has warned.
A report by a European Union-backed anti-racism body says the number of Islamophobic incidents in the 25 member states is probably under-reported.
And from the Daily Telegraph:
Jewish people are four times more likely to be attacked because of their religion than Muslims, according to figures compiled by the police.
One in 400 Jews compared to one in 1,700 Muslims are likely to be victims of “faith hate” attacks every year. The figure is based on data collected over three months in police areas accounting for half the Muslim and Jewish populations of England and Wales. The crimes range from assault and verbal abuse to criminal damage at places of worship.
Hmm. If there was only a way to link the two together, some sort of “unified field” theory…
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Posted by lex, on Fri – February 18, 2005 at 06:13 PM
Bottled water, just now. It’s still early, and anyway I had a beer (Guinness, if you must know – for strength * !) with lunch today.
How and why that came to be will be yours to discover once you have clicked “read more” below.
There is a long and circular tale about Monday that I want to share, only I am not quite sure just how to tell it. Hmm.
(Caution: If you can’t abide stories about men lashing the turf in search of little white balls to scrape around [golf, in other words], skip ahead a few lines, brother.)
Well anyway, the surface forces were having their annual golf classic at the air station where I work. Being the team player that I am, and believing it’s all for the best to share of oneself, I signed up a team from our organization. We were a pretty diverse bunch, if you can call four white naval officers between the age of 36 and 50 (I was not the oldest!) diverse. Which I know wouldn’t pass muster at the kinds of places where ethnicity is parsed with purséd lips and diversity is carefully sifted, weighed and assessed, but as I was saying, and to get back on the tale itself, we were diverse, for us: One aviator, one surface warfare officer (for form’s sake, and anyway he’s the best golfer on the staff), one submariner and an admin guy.
Posted by lex, on Thu – July 22, 2004 at 09:09 PM
Some time ago, Andy Rooney crafted a list of questions he wished someone would ask the troops actually on the ground in Iraq.
Now the troops have a chance to answer . It makes for interesting reading.
The op-ed page featured a column * by Andy Rooney opining about the character and morale of servicemen in Iraq. Rooney offered five questions that he wished a reporter would ask the soldiers, a group he dubbed “victims” rather than “heroes.”
** 07-25-20 Link changed; originally in Montana Standard.com – Ed
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By lex, on July 4th, 2010
A quantum of time for a timeless document, and the dream that must not fail:
By lex, on July 4th, 2010
Dashed out of the crushing burden of debt early this morning, for to whack the wee white ba’ into submission, like. Only for the terroristic tendencies that are in it. Found myself partnered with Hans, a gentleman of a certain age 28 years a citizen of this country come hither from Switzerland. The Churman part. Him being a community banker, and your humble being hisself, we found ourselves commiserating not merely upon the sly ocean break on the greens of the Torrey Pines Golf Course, but also the general state of the union and so on. No one being able to get small business loans on account of the inability of the market to evaluate risk, and the evident propensity of our political class to ignore it altogether.
By lex, on June 15th, 2008
Your correspondent has spent the last four weeks “off” in between careers, which time he has spent placing polishing touches on the World’s Longest Master’s Thesis – the higher I climb, the taller the hill – fixing the domestic irrigation system, flaunting the manifest will of Nature’s God by trying to grow grass in the coastal desert, hitting the gym from time to time in a vain effort to slow down the hands of time – they will not be stopped, far less turned back – flying the occasional airplane, penning the random bit of desultory (albeit deathless, no doubt) bloggery and generally being incautiously underfoot of the high, stern ladies of the demesne.
Posted By Lex, on October 11, 2003 at 2:29 PM
Squatting at the edge of the technology fire, looking in, eyes aglow…
So. Got the new ‘puter two weeks ago, coolest one I could reasonably afford (ed: who’s reason? – Hush). Now what to do with it? Got a good deal on Final Cut Express, which the helpful salesman at CompUSA informed me was a much more powerful tool than the installed iMovie.
By lex, on December 25th, 2006
People of all faiths and those of none can take heart from the lesson that one man – a man born into humble circumstances far from the center of the world – can change the world.
There’s something in here for all of us, I think – the reminder at least, that’s it’s not only about the presents:
By lex, on November 25th, 2009
Happy harvest to those who till the soil, and for the rest of us an opportunity to give thanks for our many blessings.
Here are a few of mine:
By lex, on September 11th, 2007
Long, and heartrending. Difficult.
At fifteen seconds after 9:41 A.M., on September 11, 2001, a photographer named Richard Drew took a picture of a man falling through the sky — falling through time as well as through space. The picture went all around the world, and then disappeared, as if we willed it away. One of the most famous photographs in human history became an unmarked grave, and the man buried inside its frame — the Falling Man — became the Unknown Soldier in a war whose end we have not yet seen. Richard Drew’s photograph is all we know of him, and yet all we know of him becomes a measure of what we know of ourselves. The picture is his cenotaph, and like the monuments dedicated to the memory of unknown soliders everywhere, it asks that we look at it, and make one simple acknowledgment.
That we have known who the Falling Man is all along.
There are no pictures. But you should nevertheless bear witness, you owe it to yourself.
After all, the Falling Man is you.
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