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Has Saddam’s Execution Made Him a Martyr? January 8, 2007

Posted by Dan in Must Read, News, Politics.
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The gruesomeness of the Saddam Hussein execution, as witnessed by the “Cell Phone Video” posted earlier at Webmerica, may have inadvertently turned Saddam into a martyr.

Many are disgusted by the manner in which he was executed. I myself feel it was too much like every other terrorist video from the region… not dignified and horrific to watch. The Constitutional term is: “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.” Now, protests in Italy over his death (and in fact, all capital punishment) have put the US Justice System on trial. Should we execute heinous criminals? This site says “no.” In the case of Saddam’s execution, it does not adequately punish him, nor does it deter others from following in his stead. In fact, it seems to rally others away from us, making us into the archetypical “bad guys.”

However, this is not a failure of our Justice System (or that of Iraq’s), but rather of its ability to adapt. Capital punishment was once heavily used throughout the world. But, as time has a way of evolving our opinions, it has become less acceptable. In America, we seem to have a problem recognizing failed policy and correcting it. Our pride has given way to arrogance. “The United States is the greatest country in the world,” or so we are all taught in school.

While I still believe this to be true, we have forgotten what it was that made us great. Freedom, Democracy, Justice, Possibility…. these were the hallmarks of our country. The world dreamed of living here. There were even those who believed our streets were literally “paved with gold.” But, little by little, we have made compromise after compromise and slowly eroded away those values that formed the very core of our society. In the name of National Security, we have given up Freedom. In the name of Politics, we have given up Justice. And in the name of Capitalism and the Free Market, we have made the American Dream almost unattainable. The bottom line is: If we don’t recognize that we have shortcomings, we will never succeed in fixing them! Our country will continue on its downward spiral of public opinion until we are no longer the great Superpower in the World. Adaptation is necessary, but it demands a return to our core values. Otherwise, we’ll go the route of Rome as we slowly crumble from the inside out.

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The Origin of AIDS: VIDEO – Most Important Documentary You’ll Ever Watch January 8, 2007

Posted by Dan in Health, Must Read, Science, Video.

We now know with an almost certainty where the AIDS virus came from, thanks to a theory that is only now beginning to emerge. You’ve probably never heard any of this before, and so a lot of it should seem questionable. However, I would like to stress that this video (posted below) is not one of conspiracy, and that is the only reason why I allow it on this site. I do not go for conspiracy theories. In my experience, the simplest explanation is usually correct (Occam’s Razor) and elaborate plots to deceive millions do not fit that criteria. As proposed in this video, AIDS results from an accident, due to an oversight, in a zealous charge to eliminate another deadly virus from the world; something infinitely more plausible.

In the 1950’s, a doctor by the name of Hilary Koprowski developed an experimental Polio vaccine within the Belgian Congo (what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in Africa. The requisite human medical trials involved the inoculation of approximately 1 million people with that test vaccine. It is proposed by this video that, because the vaccine was produced using the kidney’s of local Chimpanzees, one or more batches were accidentally contaminated with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a variant of Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), common amongst Chimps, and the precursor of AIDS. Its an hour and half, but if you have the spare time, I highly recommend this documentary as the most solid argument for the cause of the greatest epidemic of our times….

Eventually this study was denounced by the World Health Organization as “an example of the way in which not to conduct trials of this nature.”

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