(*Satire Alert!*) The Onion, two years ago spoofed terrorist organisations who issue press releases and videos threatening to unleash destructive attacks on Western civilisation. Only this time the fierce language is hilarious Buddhist rhetoric. The press release warns of "the group's plans to inflict a wave of peace and tranqulllity on an unprecedented scale will be visited on Western cities." Reads the satire here.
"The state of emergency in Baltimore began long before today's protest," said a Baltimore clergy-person. In this video clip we hear two news reporters describing the scene in the streets of Baltimore. One reporter is deeply touched by the courage and commitment of the clergy marching on the streets in Baltimore, "in harm's way." The other reporter stirs the pot as usual, unimpressed by the extraordinary demonstration of solidarity between the churches and the issues of the poor, instead she focuses on property damage. News media has the potential to enlighten and the power to confuse. This clip comes from WBALTV, Baltimore.
In the Indian state of Maharashtra, buying beef has been made illegal. A New York Times article outlines the political arguments on both sides of India's current diet wars. It would seem that banning meat is a victory for kindness and ahimsa, yes? What happens when you mix in politics with your humanitarianism? Zoo carnivores like tigers must switch to chicken! What about the two-legged tigers?
Leading child psychotherapist Julie Lynn Evans believes easy and constant access to the internet is harming youngsters.
In an article posted in the UK's The Telegraph, a Canadian child-psychotherapist of 25 years cites her experience dealing with exploding numbers of disturbed children seeking help. She thinks the "pocket rocket" of smart phones with broadband access available to 80% of the children she sees is a contributing cause to troubled youth.