Tuesday, February 28, 2017

We the Voiceless, and Devastated

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A Deliricum of Wisdom

In Syria, a doctor had to coin a new term in order to describe the condition of the Syrian children he has been treating: the Human Devastation Syndrome – an extreme form of war trauma or PTSD. But only people whose own humanity has been already devastated can perpetrate such crimes or remain silent or neutral as they are being perpetrated.

So, who speaks for the devastated?

Putin in Syria, 2017 (My latest contribution to the Brookings Institution’s Lawfare Blog)

Now that he has established a firm foothold in Syria, following 18 months of direct military intervention, Russia’s strongman, Vladimir Putin, has to politically safeguard his gains in order to ensure their long-term consolidation and present the world with a fait accompli. For this, he needs to create a new administrative architecture for the country and to introduce a new way for governing it, one that accommodates not only his interests and those of his allies but also the interests and concerns of some of his enemies as well, now that they can no longer pose a threat to Russia’s interests in the country. (More)

The Delirynth  
A rundown of developments from around our labyrinthine world. Readers are advised to constantly remind themselves that we actually do live in the world where these things are happening.

“Syrian children who survived the devastating ongoing crisis are suffering from post-traumatic stress. But their experience is more than the physical and emotional trauma that medical professions usually see.” For this reason, a Syrian doctor coined a new term to describe their “extreme war-trauma” – The Human Devastation Syndrome

Silver Lining: Muslims Give Money to Jewish Institutions That Are Attacked. “Two Muslim activists, Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi, asked Muslims to donate $20,000 in a crowdfunding effort to repair hundreds of Jewish headstones that were toppled near St. Louis last week. That goal was reached in three hours.”

Axios Exclusive: Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back. George Little, a top CIA and Pentagon spokesman under President Obama, told us: "It's doubtful that Congress can conduct an objective and independent investigation into ties between this White House and the Russian government if it is collaborating so closely on media pushback with the White House press secretary."

Silver Lining: Bush Weighs In On Trump Presidency, Calling Press 'Indispensable To Democracy.' "I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive. And it can be corrosive. And it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere."

In India, people know who’s to blame for the killing of an Indian citizen in Kansas City: Donald J. Trump and his xenophobic rhetoric.

Comment: Words have consequences especially when uttered by men in position of power, and Mr. Trump happens to occupy the most powerful position of all. Yet, while Mr. Trump denies being a racist even as he stokes all sorts of racist controversies, he remains conveniently silent when people get hurt by actions perpetrated by those who seem inspired by his words. We saw this in Quebec, now we see it in Kansas.

ЯeveЯsed Polarity (ЯP)
Real headlines, news and comments that strain credulity.

“I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end,” Mr. Trump said. “It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn’t feel like a very glamorous evening. I’ve been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad.”

Beyond Polarity: Indeed, Hollywood has gone too much into politics and the White House too much into entertainment of late. I wonder why that is. I can’t wait for things to return to normal.

The Merkel: A fortuitous and timely political development that represents a silver lining in otherwise darkened political skies.

The LePen: A type of external hemorrhoid known for its unusually large size and for being filled with a highly inflammable mixture of bile and blood resulting in a phenomenon known as anal eruptions during bowl movements. Doctors have so far classified the eruption types into four categories on the basis of their frequency, intensity and malodorousness, including: Evolian, Goebbelsian, Duginian and Breitbannonite. For reasons yet to be determined, the hemorrhoid seems to disproportionately afflict adherents of populist ideologies.

The Bannonites: Members of a radical religious sect known for its devotion to shitheads and its active promotion of an attitude of general shittiness towards others, especially Muslims and Jews. The sect was founded in the early 21st century by a shadowy figure known simply as Bannon the Stiff whose own origins remain a mystery to date – a saga shrouded in shit and mediocrity despite the man's belief in his own necessity. In certain obscure texts attributed to the sect, Bannon is said to have been born in an outhouse in the town of Shitswhatswecallit on the western banks of the Pussyssippi River. The sect has recently gone global and has cultivated grassroots following in many European countries especially France where its followers are known as Lepentomimes, and the UK where they are known as the Wily Faragers.

* Our continued survival as a species comes as a testament to a simple truth, one that we often forget on account of its subtlety: the sum total of the good we do every day far outweighs and outpaces the impact of the evil we perpetrate.

* Good begins as a choice then it becomes an impulse, while evil begins as an impulse before becoming a choice.

 The Shameless Trout With The Orange Scales

Excerpt from Act 2: Scene 1
Brian Kilmeade
You said before, 'I can take hits when it's justified.'
Donald J. Trump
Brian Kilmeade
Donald J. Trump
One hundred percent.
Brian Kilmeade
Can you give me an example of a time when someone was critical of you and you thought to yourself, I deserved that hit, I deserved that column, I deserved …
Donald J. Trump
No, probably I could never do that.
@ Ammar Abdulhamid , 2017

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