Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Shoot 'em Bastards?

I think this happens all the time. In the face of pointless, mad, irrational violence people often get these equally pointless, mad and irrational proposals for how to diminish chances for such violence taking place. Thanks God not all the time. But there is a certain tendency... When we see something which we cannot comprehend, we try to escape the real problem.

This time I am talking about Virginia Tech shooting.

While looking through some commentaries kindly provided by Svenska Dagbladet's editorial blog, I came up on this one. And I almost exploded by just reading it. Does the author really want to suggest that shootings like this one can be rooted out by giving more guns to people? Any human being in his sane mind can see that too many guns in too many hands is the overall problem in U.S.

Of course, just having some gun-free zones is not gonna solve the problem (though there certainly is a reason behind why places connected with education should be kept gun-free). But giving anybody both the right and possibility to act like a sherriff is nothing else but madness. Shooting down one mad gunman in one case is not gonna solve the deeper prolematics. And even less so will do just the probability that perhaps, maybe some bystander might have the possibility to take the guy out.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Gender Trouble, Why Make It Double?

Scenario A: a woman puts on slacks and sneakers, a metallica t-shirt, no makeup and a baseball cap

Scenario B: a man puts on a skirt and blouse, heels, a little makeup and curly hair

the interesting point is that the male and the female are BOTH "cross-dressing" - however the oddness of a female doing so wore off about 45 years ago.

why are male gender roles SO TIGHTLY controlled and enforced?

(honestly stolen from vic108)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Survival Sickness in the World of Terrorism

Nearly 500 terrorist attacks in Europe last year, according to Europol. Don't you wonder how it is possible that we are still alive after all these attacks? And how many of them did you notice?

The ones who certainly noticed the attacks are those ca 700 who got arrested in connection with them. Though not too many of them got convicted for the supposed crimes...

Infinite justice, here we come! Everyone has the right to be accused of terrorism and get arrested, just to be announced innocent a bit later! Though positive discrimination is reserved for islamists, separatists, left-wing activists and, of course, anarchists. And poor nation-states, they are still completely exempted from the very possibility of involving in terrorist activities. The same poor states which are "often powerless to ensure the protection and the liberty of its own citizens before terrorist menace, whether or not it has a religious or nationalist alibi", according to Derrida.

We still have some things to work on... The fight goes on, comrades!!!