Temporal Multiverse Enforcement
Officer Assigned: Darloch Khentari
Case file 1783: Subject: Thousand Sons
The entity known as ‘Thousand Sons’ went missing several days ago. This department has sought his apprehension for multiple violations of multiversal treaties and laws. He is armed and presumed extremely dangerous. Very little is known of his origins. What is known is that he is an entity from a non-standard reality, manifesting himself in various guises in different dimensions. In one, he was the dictator of a small country, now in exile. In another dimension he is a foolish jester, too silly for words. In another he was an undead emperor of a star faring technocratic empire. In the reality Officer Khentari is currently assigned to, he is a rakish devil-may-care assassin for hire from outer space. This department will go to any lengths to apprehend him there as it is the most easily accessible with our current technology.
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“Who would give his daughter to a tradesman?" This was the question posed by a young Saudi explaining why he turned down a job as a butcher, according to Al-Madinah newspaper.Between Pride and a Hard Place
He doesn’t hold a professional degree; in fact, he has an elementary school education. He’s been unemployed for three years. But the young man doesn’t have the courage to work in the handicraft jobs to support himself and his family for fear of the social stigma. So he chooses poverty and joblessness over embarrassment.
He is one of many unemployed young Saudis who want to move forward but are rejecting work due to family pressure about social embarrassment, says the paper. Meanwhile, more than 1,800 jobs for Saudi tradesmen — many offering free training and living expenses -remain vacant. Al-Madinah met some young Saudis who find themselves between pride and a hard place.
One man with only a primary school education said he’s been forbidden by his family to take work as a tradesman.
“I wish that I could work in any job to support myself instead of borrowing money from them," said Mohammed Al-Harbi, a 19-year-old Saudi who’s been unemployed for four years. “There is nothing wrong with working in any job as long as I am making honest money. The real shame lies in remaining unemployed when I have the ability to work."
It may not even be a young man’s own parents, but other parents who wouldn’t consider tradesmen appropriate husbands for their daughters. “I wouldn’t feel shame of working in such jobs, but it’s like the community would be embarrassed for me if I accepted the job, especially when it comes to marriage," said Salem Al-Bakri. “Some parents reject giving their daughters to a craftsman because it doesn’t pay enough money."
Obviously Saudization is difficult without Saudis to Saudize.
“There are more than 300 vacant jobs currently offering good salaries and training without requirements," said Abdul Aziz Al-Harthi, manager of an employment agency. “It only requires waking up at six in the morning and working for 8 hours. We’ve been advertising these jobs in many newspapers, but no applicants are coming forward."
Real estate development companies are seeking as many as 1,500 workers in the construction and architectural fields.
“We have negotiated a contract with a large company to train architecture graduates. They’re paid transportation and residence fees and later get jobs after they become qualified to work in the labor market," said Mesfer Al-Badran, manager of the Vocational Training Center in Jeddah. “On the other hand, though there are many vacant jobs, the number of applicants is small. Not more than 30 graduate a year because our society still doesn’t welcome these building trades jobs."
Of course, there are factors other than social stigma. “I’m afraid of heights," said Nasser Al-Shemrani, who has rejected working in high-rise construction.
Regardless of whether it’s pride and a hard place — or a high place — thousands of jobs remain vacant, and thousands of young Saudis remain unemployed.
“Misery can only be removed from the world by painless extermination of the miserable."A thimbleful of cognac to mountainecho for sending along this excellent article.
—a Nazi writer quoted by Robert J. Lifton in The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide
The case of Terri Schiavo has been framed by the media as the battle between the “right to die�? and pro-life groups, with the latter often referred to as “right-wing Christians." Little attention has been paid to the more than twenty major disability rights organizations firmly supporting Schiavo’s right to nutrition and hydration. Terri Schindler-Schiavo, a severely disabled woman, is being starved and dehydrated to death in the name of supposed “dignity." Polls show that most Americans believe that her death is a private matter and that her removal from a feeding tube—a low-tech, simple and inexpensive device used to feed many sick and disabled people—is a reasonable solution to the conflict between her husband and her parents over her right to life.
The reason for this public support of removal from ordinary sustenance, I believe, is not that most people understand or care about Terri Schiavo. Like many others with disabilities, I believe that the American public, to one degree or another, holds that disabled people are better off dead. To put it in a simpler way, many Americans are bigots. A close examination of the facts of the Schiavo case reveals not a case of difficult decisions but a basic test of this country’s decency.
Our country has learned that we cannot judge people on the basis of minority status, but for some reason we have not erased our prejudice against disability. One insidious form of this bias is to distinguish cognitively disabled persons from persons whose disabilities are “just" physical. Cognitively disabled people are shown a manifest lack of respect in daily life, as well. This has gotten so perturbing to me that when I fly, I try to wear my Harvard t-shirt so I can “pass" as a person without cognitive disability. (I have severe cerebral palsy, the result of being deprived of oxygen at birth. While some people with cerebral palsy do have cognitive disability, my articulation difference and atypical muscle tone are automatically associated with cognitive disability in the minds of some people.)
The result of this disrespect is the devaluation of lives of people like Terri Schiavo. In the Schiavo case and others like it, non-disabled decision makers assert that the disabled person should die because he or she—ordinarily a person who had little or no experience with disability before acquiring one—“would not want to live like this." In the Schiavo case, the family is forced to argue that Terri should be kept alive because she might “get better"—that is, might be able to regain or to communicate her cognitive processes. The mere assertion that disability (particularly cognitive disability, sometimes called “mental retardation") is present seems to provide ample proof that death is desirable.
Essentially, then, we have arrived at the point where we starve people to death because he or she cannot communicate their experiences to us. What is this but sheer egotism? Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, this is obviously an attempt to play God.
Not Dead Yet, an organization of persons with disabilities who oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia, maintains that the starvation and dehydration of Terri Schiavo will put the lives of thousands of severely disabled children and adults at risk. (The organization takes its name from the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail in which a plague victim not dying fast enough is hit over the head and carted away after repeatedly insisting he is not dead yet.) Not Dead Yet exposes important biases in the “right to die" movement, including the fact that as early as 1988, Jack Kevorkian advertised his intention of performing medical experimentation (“hitherto conducted on rats") on living children with spina bifida, at the same time harvesting their organs for reuse.
Besides being disabled, Schiavo and I have something important in common, that is, someone attempted to terminate my life by removing my endotracheal tube during resuscitation in my first hour of life. This was a quality-of-life decision: I was simply taking too long to breathe on my own, and the person who pulled the tube believed I would be severely disabled if I lived, since lack of oxygen causes cerebral palsy. (I was saved by my family doctor inserting another tube as quickly as possible.) The point of this is not that I ended up at Harvard and Schiavo did not, as some people would undoubtedly conclude. The point is that society already believes to some degree that it is acceptable to murder disabled people.
As Schiavo starves to death, we are entering a world last encountered in Nazi Europe. Prior to the genocide of Jews, Gypsies, and Poles, the Nazis engaged in the mass murder of disabled children and adults, many of whom were taken from their families under the guise of receiving treatment for their disabling conditions. The Nazis believed that killing was the highest form of treatment for disability.
As the opening quote suggests, Nazi doctors believed, or claimed to believe, they were performing humanitarian acts. Doctors were trained to believe that curing society required the elimination of individual patients. This sick twisting of medical ethics led to a sense of fulfillment of duty experienced by Nazi doctors, leading them to a conviction that they were relieving suffering. Not Dead Yet has uncovered the same perverse sense of duty in members of the Hemlock Society, now called End-of-Life Choices. (In 1997, the executive director of the Hemlock Society suggested that judicial review be used regularly “when it is necessary to hasten the death of an individual whether it be a demented parent, a suffering, severely disabled spouse or a child." This illustrates that the “right to die" movement favors the imposition of death sentences on disabled people by means of the judicial branch.)
For an overview of what “end-of-life choices" mean for Schiavo, I refer you to the Exit Protocol prepared for her in 2003 by her health care providers (available online at http://www.cst-phl.com/050113/sixth.html). In the midst of her starvation, Terri will most likely be treated for “pain or discomfort" and nausea which may arise as the result of the supposedly humane process of bringing about her death. (Remember that Schiavo is not terminally ill.) She may be given morphine for respiratory distress and may experience seizures. This protocol confirms what we have learned from famines and death camps: death by starvation is a horrible death.
This apparently is what it means to have “rights" as a disabled person in America today.
The Dutch government, the first to legalize euthanasia for some terminally ill people, will tackle an even thornier ethical dilemma: what to do when doctors say it is best to end the lives of infants, the mentally handicapped or the demented.
Churches Speak OutSee? All this Christian love available in one central location. Of course, it's all very spiritual and intellectual. But don't worry, you won't be asked to study history, give to the poor, love your neighbor or anything difficult like that. All you have to do is continue not supporting Israel! If you get really spiritually energized, you can then move on to supporting the Palestinians.
REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA
2004 Synod Passes Resolution Condemning Christian Zionism as a Distortion of the Biblical Message
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
An Alternative Voice to Christian Zionism
Resolution as approved by 24th General Synod of the United Church of Christ (2003)
The United Church of Christ has adopted a resolution expressing the concern that Christian Zionist political positions on the Israeli/Palestinian situation do not reflect the teachings of the Biblical prophets or of Jesus Christ.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (USA)
Assembly endorses Israel divestment
RICHMOND, July 2 - The 216th General Assembly approved several measures opposing the Israeli occupation of Palestine Friday, including a call for the corporate witness office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) to begin gathering data to support a selective divestment of holdings in multinational corporations doing business in Israel/Palestine.
They say: "According to God's distribution of nations, the Land of Israel has been given to the Jewish People by God as an everlasting possession by an eternal covenant. The Jewish People have the absolute right to possess and dwell in the Land, including Judea, Samaria, Gaza and the Golan."Amen, brothers and sisters! It's those Christian Zionists who are obstructing peace! You didn't think it was Palestinian terrorists, did you? Well, now you know better. Want to help? Join the debate! Here's a sample exchange:
We say: This highlights why we believe Christian Zionism to be one of the greatest barriers to peace in the region. Christian Zionists reject any Palestinian claims to the land. They reject a two state solution. Given their political clout in Washington this should be a concern to anyone concerned about achieving a just solution to the conflict.
psaturn: I find it quite ironic that you are talking about fighting for democracy and security. First, Israel is the ONLY DEMOCRATIC nation in the Middle East...Go on, you know you want to! Challenge Christian Zionism!
xxpat: This tired cliche is getting old. Israel is a democracy for Jews who live in Israel. Israeli Arabs are allowed to vote but have a number of restrictions put on them which are not in keeping with a full democracy. As for Israel's treatment of those who live in the lands they occupy I don't believe it is necessary to point out that there is nothing even remotely democratic about their governance here. If you are interested I have an excellent article by a long serving missionary in the Arab world which speaks of democracy as it is practiced in a number of Arab states. Quite illuminating.
psaturn: xxpat, we have discussed this before. I am quite tired of such an attitude that what I say is an old cliché. You do not want to acknowledge that Israel is surrounded by people that want to see her totally destroyed and be thrown to the sea. You do not want to see that the Arab children are raised to hate the Jews.
And thank you BetterLand for the link of the Refuseniks website in Israel. That supports my position that Israel is a free democracy and that people are free to speak out their conscience and are free to support the other side. Meanwhile, guess what happens to Palestinians that want to support Israel and were actively helping them ? They get shot and killed without an impartial trial.
With time running out for Terri Schiavo, a federal appeals court Wednesday rejected her parents' latest attempt to get the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube reconnected.
The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to consider an emergency bid by Bob and Mary Schindler for a new hearing in their case, raising a flicker of hope for the parents after a series of setbacks in the case. But the court rejected the request 15 hours later.
Three times last week, the court also ruled against the Schindlers.
While New York Sen. Hillary Clinton has virtually gone into hiding - as have many other Democrats - regarding whether or not Terri Schiavo should be starved to death, ex-President Bill Clinton was reportedly "egging on" one of Hillary's colleagues to support federal intervention to rescue Schiavo.(A cappuccino to Mary in LA)
Federal Appeals Court Agrees to Consider Schiavo PetitionA jug full of wine to jlfintx for the alert! I'm not sure what specific petition they're hearing, or what the hopes and chances are. I hope it turns out well.
ATLANTA - A federal appeals court early Wednesday agreed to consider a petition for a new hearing on whether to reconnect Terri Schiavo's feeding tube.
The ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals came as the severely brain-damaged woman entered her 13th day without nourishment.
Schiavo's parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, have maintained that Schiavo would want to be kept alive and have asked the courts to intervene. Schiavo's husband, Michael, insists he is carrying out her wishes by having the feeding tube pulled.
The AP is reporting that the court will "consider a motion by attorneys for Bob and Mary Schindler on the issue that a Tampa federal judge should have considered the entire state court record and not just the procedural history when he ruled against the family."HoustonChronicle.com - Court agrees to hear petition for Schiavo
In seeking a new hearing late Tuesday, attorneys for Schiavo's parents argued that the District Court "committed plain error when it reviewed only the state court case and outcome history."
Now, the court will consider the request for a new hearing based on the facts of the case, rather than whether previous Florida court rulings have met legal standards under state law.
There was no time frame for the court to consider the motion, but the Schindler's attorneys asked to have the tube reinserted immediately "in light of the magnitude of what is at stake and the urgency of the action required."
From the flsenate.gov home page:
"The Senate will convene on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 from 9:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m., or upon the Call of the President."
That's 0600 Pacific time, people. No time to waste!
More senators to call:
Sen. Tom Lee, President of the Senate: (850) 487-5072
Sen. Daniel Webster, the author of the original bill, who now seems to be losing heart (cheer him up, but nicely!):
I would also call all the Senators in the Black Caucus that were lobbied by Rev. Jackson, according to the AP news article. There's no listing, but here's my best guess as to who might have gotten the Rev.'s calls:
Sen. Larcenia Bullard (D): (850) 487-5127
Sen. M. Mandy Dawson (D): (850) 487-5112
Sen. Alfred Lawson, Jr. (D): (850) 487-5004
Sen. Lesley Miller, Jr. (D): (850) 487-5059
Sen. Gary Siplin (D): (850) 487-5190 (per AP article, he probably won't change his mind)
Sen. Frederica Wilson (D): (850) 487-5116