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And for the real story, get the book IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE by Robert Mathiessen.
And by "real story" I mean the bible of a book that Mathiessen offers up, with every detail and fact imaginable, and the book the FBI sued for years to keep off the shelves.
For every Mandela showing us the best we are capable of as a species, it feels like there are 10,000 sh*tbags showing the worst. Will our species ever get it's sh&t together, ever?
How many black people fighting for the same equality, right here in the US, not so long ago, ended up being just another victim of brutality and corruption. thrown away in the name of power. It's happening right now, on every habitable continent. And throughout all of human history, only a very few make it out and manage to make real change, to one day admired by all of humanity. And the countless processors who suffered unspeakable acts never to be known.
I hate that a Nelson Mandela ever needed to exist, that some men are so power craven and ruthless there is no end to the atrocities they will commit in order to retain their status.
And God knows what Snowden would face should he return to the US. As the fact of his revelations become increasingly appreciated and even extolled, he is still considered as a pariah and none dare speak of him.
Opposing or exposing our government comes with stiff penalties and long prison sentences - coupled with a 21st century brand of cruelty.
I'm not equating Manning or Snowden with Mandela.
But I'm not separating them either.
I am referring to the uncomfortable similarity of what our government has become with some of the crueler totalitarian regimes of history.
For all our many current problems, we are hardly a totalitarian society, and I find it really offensive that you would seek to equate our country with "some of the crueler totalitarian regimes of history."
Because I can assure you, were that actually the case, you certainly wouldn't be posting such comments -- at least, not for very long. Rather, I reckon that either you'd find yourself being held in some undisclosed locale pending charges of subversion or misprision of treason, or you'd be sustenance for the crustaceans prowling the bottom of the Hudson River or Chesapeake Bay.
Offering up such overheated false equivalencies only serves to undercut your own arguments, many of which are otherwise often quite valid, because it makes you sound both irrational and intemperate. That tends to turn most people off, to the point where you end up preaching only to a very small choir of like-minded individuals. That's hardly the way to effect any sort of meaningful change.
Cassandra may have had the gift of prophecy, but Troy was still heedless of her warnings about its fate, because its denizens thought her to be a crackpot.
Was there another comment that was deleted?
(And this is hilarious as I look at it, a little bonus pic, my favorite shot from our wedding, coming up on 17 years ago New Year's Eve.)
Happy Wednesday, my friends. I'd say humpday but it's so tacky. And I would never be tacky, oh no. ;-)
But that's probably one of the many reasons she loves ya isn't it;)
The story is simply absurd.
From what I read the guy was repeating the same gestures, but do it to a cadence, and not using any sort of facial expression which apparently is important when signing in the language that is universal in either Africa or South Africa, I can't remember which one.
When it was happening, people from all of there world were complaining, so I don't think anyone is flying off the handle. If it's an actual sign language, they can't find anyone who knows it. And the experts seems to think the guy was just repeating the same handful of gestures over and over.
Speaking of signing, if you ever see someone signing a spelling bee on TV, pull up a chair, ditto for the close captioning.
How do you communicate a word that is being used because it's obscure and/or hard to spell, to people who can not hear without spelling it ? It's entertaining and you really see how gifted some of the signers/typers are. Even if they know it, I suspect they are told to never ever spell it correctly before the contestant.
Nelson Mandela's native language was Xhosa. He learned English in order to become a lawyer, and then Afrikaans while he was imprisoned on Robben Island, so that he could converse with his jailers. South Africa's current president, Jacob Zuma, is Zulu.
The overwhelming majority of South Africans I met during my time there were multilingual. As you can imagine, communications can be rather complex, and people do make a great effort to accommodate one another in that regard. I can't imagine what it's like to sign for the hearing impaired with so many languages.
And since yesterday, most stories also have reported that this is a repeat offender, who was been the cause of past complaints from the signing community to the South African government.
Just a thought: Did you read any of the reports, which would have spared you the exercise? (Of flying off to the wrong conclusion, that is.)
That said, it might be safe to come back now.
What you said should really go without saying -- or one would certainly hope so, at least here if nowhere else.