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Name: Know your rights...and be empowered in Queensland/
Location: Australia
About: Too often we act on information that others give us without knowing our rights. this can lead to bad choices and outcomes..this is a place where people can share their experiences and knowledge to help others in similar situations.


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This community, Justice In Action, is now open to public membership. Anyone can join the community, but I still ask that you follow our guidelines for posting.

This community has been very inactive since its creation, but I am back off a long hiatus now and feel up to moderating for this group.

I should note, that there is no moderator approval process for posts here - you type them up, post them, and they appear. However, I may delete posts, or edit posts if I must. Just a warning.

Addendum: I should probably go over the rules again, so I shall repost them here.

THE RULES

1. Post your post titles in the "Topic - Title" format at all times on this community. Comments to posts are excuded.
We hope to keep the posts in this community orderly for such a time if/when we can move the community blog, as well as the archives, to a permanant webspace.

2. Do not troll or flame on this community. You do and you are OUT.

Pretty self-explanitory, I think. I hope not to have to enforce this rule, ever. Debates are fine, controversial posts are fine, but I do not want to see posts intended just to get newbies riled up. I do not want to limit free speech on this group, but I will in extreme circumstances.

3. Do not use racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, or other such offensive terms unless it applies to the topic being discussed.

Again, pretty self-explanitory. There are times when people will use the terms jokingly, and while I would not recommend doing that, we are not the Nazi Gestapo and will not kick you out for a joking mention of "faq" or "queer". We do believe in freedom of speech, and that gives you the right to say what words you want, even hateful ones. So, if you want to use these kind of terms jokingly, I would suggest adding [sarcasm] [/sarcasm] tags.

4. If you're posting a link and not an essay on something, at least add your short opinion on the link.

I'd rather not see multiple posts with only a link in them. Give some context for what is in the linked page, or something. Again, I hope I do not have to enforce this.

5. This is not a journal about your personal life, do not use it as such.

Unless something that happened in your day in newsworthy (meeting the president, talking to the Pope, seeing a plane crash), we do not necessarily want posts on what happened to you in school today. Still, do not be afraid to talk about your personal experiances in your essays. They make them all the more interesting.

6. You must keep comments enabled on all posts at all times.

We want free discussion of your posts, so please do not turn off commenting.

7. Briefly introduce yourself.

We want to know a little about you, so go ahead and tell us a bit about who you are and what you do. This is a community, after all.

8. Respect others and keep an open mind.

I expect no less from all of you.

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Iraq is the most dangerous warzone in recent history for journalists. Since the beginning of the invasion in March of 2003, at LEAST 64 journalists have been killed and 29 journalists kidnapped. Compare that to Vietnam, which had 63 journalists killed... between 1955 and 1975. More journalists have died in Iraq in two and a half years than did journalists in Vietnam over 20 years. The death rate for journalists in Iraq is simply unacceptable: it dwarfs the number of deaths of journalists in any recent war: Gulf War, Algeria, the Balkans.

The most recent American journalist to die in Iraq is Steven Vincent, a freelance war correspondant. He was murdered in Basra, possibly by off-duty police upset that he had been reporting on the various militias that participated in the local government and police forces. Apparently in addition to Shi'ite militiamen joined local police forces and government agencies, off-duty police officers in Basra were assassinating political enemies. Mr. Vincent recently reported all of this activity for the Christian Science Monitor, and felt after digging up these stories that the lives of him and his translator were in danger. He was correct, now he is dead and his translator is critically wounded and in the hospital.

For more on these issues, I refer you to Reporters Without Borders, the Christian Science Monitor, and Steven Vincent's blog.

Peace and love.

Requiescat in pace Steven Vincent

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From now on, this community shall be known as Justice Inaction. =P

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Ok, so I've been reading The Da Vinci Code recently and it opened my eyes up to a few possibilities. However I did additional reading in the book Holy Blood Holy Grail and have also been looking up information online. So it is time I bring the "truth" to you, my faithful readers.

The Suppression:

During the Council of Neance (spelling?) many decisions were made regarding the "young" Christian faith. These included what gospels would be included in the New Testament as well as holidays. The leader who presided over these "councils" was none other than the Pagan Emporer Constantine. Some of you believe that he was Christian and made Rome Christian; that is incorrect. He saw a wave of change coming and leaped on it. He was baptized against his will on his death bed. Now, many of the gospels left out were ones which pictured Jesus not as a diety but rather as a man. Not only just a man, but a father and a husband. Before this the feminine was considered sacred. It was only with Christianity that introduce the idea of original sin, and that of females being an offshoot of males. Before that birth was a sacred act of creating life. Orgasm was even the ultimate atonement with God (and in early Jewish synagogues this was practiced. Yes, in early times the Jews had sex in their "churches" and believed that was how they got in touch with God). Long story short the Church supressed many ideas inorder to make the religion easier to digest. In addition to this many holidays were changed. Many historians believe that Jesus was born some time in October according to the Gregorian calander. We celebrate it in December due to the coinciding with the Birthdays of Isis and Dionysus (something like that, not 100% positive.. this isn't a term paper damnit). If you have a chance to read about it and are interested, I think you should. Much of it is very interesting, including the history of Mary Magdelene, the Christ bloodline (Merovingians [Dagobert II]), the legend of the Grail, and that of the Knights Templar.

The Grail:

It's a metaphor. Just as many of our religious ideals that we now hold to be literal, the Grail has literally become the Cup of Christ. It is not. The "Grail" that carries the blood of Christ was his wife who bore his child, Mary Magdelene. Some of the symbology was due to the Church's desire to silence this. It was become accepted belief of many "educated" circles that the Grail is nothing more than many of the forbidden gospels which label Jesus as a person and not a deity. It is also believed that this truth would rock the basis of Christianity. Why? What if our prophet and messiah had a child, was born of a non-literal virgin birth, literally did not walk on water, and all the other miracles which could be metaphors turn out to be just that. If this information is around, I wish it would come to the surface. Those who have the strongest convictions are those who believe blindly and are not open-minded. Just to add my own frustration with Calvinism, I believe Predestination is BS. Reason? What kind of malevolent, kind, and merciful God would create souls purely for damnnation? Neigh, He gave man the ultimate gift, the gift of choice. It is our choice what we become, whether it be angels or demons. Go read "Oration on the Dignity of Man" by Pico dela Mirandola.

Conclusion:

Does this mean we should all upheave against the church? No, the reason I bring this forth is for you to remember something. Blind faith is something that noone can afford. Always keep an open mind and remember that history is something that is written by the winners. In addition fo this religion has made people better. Those who have found it, even misguided as it may be, are helping others when they are able. Although I personally do not believe in going to church (I think everyone is their own shepard, do not follow a man, he is just that and capable of falsehood); I do support religion. The ideas and its morals and lessons are a good basis for children to grow up on. Do not give up on it, continue to learn and continue to have faith. Your salvation is always one less breath away every time you breath.

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AlterNet has posted an article by Chalmers Johnson called "Porter Goss' WIA - Worthless Intelligence Agency". The article is on Goss's internal memorandum saying to the CIA employees, "[Our job is to] support the administration and its policies in our work. As agency employees, we do not identify with, support, or champion opposition to the administration or its policies."

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Okay, first let's get our basic rules out of the way right now.

THE RULES

1. Post your post titles in the "Topic - Title" format at all times on this community. Comments to posts are excuded.
We are trying to keep the posts in this community orderly for such a time if/when we can move the community blog, as well as the archives, to a permanant webspace.

2. Do not troll or flame on this community. You do and you are OUT.

Pretty self-explanitory, I think. I hope not to have to enforce this rule, ever. Debates are fine, controversial posts are fine, but I do not want to see posts intended just to get newbies riled up. I do not want to limit free speech on this group, but I will in extreme circumstances.

3. Do not use racist, sexist, classist, homophobic, or other such offensive terms unless it applies to the topic being discussed.

Again, pretty self-explanitory. There are times when people will use the terms jokingly, and while I would not recommend doing that, we are not the Nazi Gestapo and will not kick you out for a joking mention of "faq" or "queer". We do believe in freedom of speech, and that gives you the right to say what words you want, even hateful ones. So, if you want to use these kind of terms jokingly, I would suggest adding [sarcasm] [/sarcasm] tags.

4. If you're posting a link and not an essay on something, at least add your short opinion on the link.

I'd rather not see multiple posts with only a link in them. Give some context for what is in the linked page, or something. Again, I hope I do not have to enforce this.

5. This is not a journal about your personal life, do not use it as such.

Unless something that happened in your day in newsworthy (meeting the president, talking to the Pope, seeing a plane crash), we do not necessarily want posts on what happened to you in school today. Still, do not be afraid to talk about your personal experiances in your essays. They make them all the more interesting.

6. You must keep comments enabled on all posts at all times.

We want free discussion of your posts, so please do not turn off commenting.

7. Briefly introduce yourself.

We want to know a little about you, so go ahead and tell us a bit about who you are and what you do. This is a community, after all.

8. Respect others and keep an open mind.

I expect no less from all of you.

Those are the rules, and if you have any questions about them you can comment to this post, e-mail me at randystarkiller@yahoo.com, or leave a comment in my journal (randystarkiller) or in cnumartyr's journal if you must.

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Just incase you have been living under a rock recently, I will update you. During a recent game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons a player (Ron Artest) jumped into the seats and punched a fan. The Pacers were getting blown out by fifteen with under a minute to go in the fourth quarter. Ron Artest fouled Ben Wallace, who in turn shoved Ron Artest. Artest ended up lying on the scorers table for some reason. A fan (John Green) threw a cup of beer at him. Artest jumped up and ran at the man, and grabbed the man next to him. During the melee other Pacers players got involved. Long story short, Jermaine O'neal was suspended for 25 games, Stephen Jackson for 30, and Ron Artest for the remainder of the season (73 games).

First of all let me say that I disagree with what was done. Stephen Jackson jumped into the stands and began to punch fans without any provocation. Although I do not condone the actions taken by Ron Artest, I can certainly understand why he took off. If anything, Jackson should be gone for the season. O'Neal hit a fan who had gone onto the courts. Fact is if a fan is on the court it doesn't give the player the right to strike him, but I can understand it to a degree. Anyways, on to the problems.

One of the problems with this sport is the closeness of the fans. Unlike football or baseball where the fans are separated from the athletes, the fans are up close and personal. Often times the front row begins right behind the benches. Therefore the first step would be more separation from the players and the fans, perhaps a wall such as the NFL uses.

Secondly, how many players every year skip college and go right into the NBA? Quite a few. What happens when you give an 18 year-old a multi-million dollar a year contract? Nothing good is going to happen. Imagine a college kid with access to that kind of money, speaking just for myself, I wouldn't be sober for years. The fact is that college is a good place for the athletes to learn maturity and constraint. It also creates problems for College Basketball. The Duke Blue Devils have lost a few good players from the NBA Draft (both recruits and current players). Perhaps 4 years at a college and a college degree would actually bring some maturity into the NBA, as well as some restraint.

It also seems that there is a lack of early recognition. Everyone knew about Ron Artest's "track-record", yet nothing was done. What does it say about an organization who knows that it's players have anger management/emotional problems yet do nothing to help that player? The organization OWES it to that player to say "You have a problem, take care of it" at a bare minimum. For those of you who do not think it is the teams problem, think about this: Who is getting the bad publicity for this incident, just the players? No, the entire NBA, the Pistons, and the Pacers are all getting bad press.

This is also just a product of our society. Violence is becoming more and more acceptable. Yet we expect to hold athletes as our "heroes" and think they are above us in some way. We are a war-like society, and we love war. It's a natural progression in our nations history, we average a major war every 20 years. Yet we expect athletes to be better than us and restrain themselves. They are exactly like us, they have problems with emotions, or restrain, or money. Maybe if we didn't expect so much of them, we wouldn't be so disappointed.

In closing I would like to say that I used to love the NBA. I cannot stand to watch it now. College Basketball is so much more exciting. The players are there because they love basketball and they want to develop their skills and possibly their maturity. The NBA has a lot of work to do if they want to recover from this.

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This is a new community for those who wish to comment on sociopolitical issues, economic issues, sports issues, and more. Posts shall be topiced as follows: "Topic - Title". Example: "Economy - U.S. Currency Value Plummets".

More rules shall come later on. For now, I'm setting up the community.

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