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@troyburns (1430)
New Zealand
December 29, 2015 6:08pm CST
While most of us have been knee-deep in holiday preparations, the world has been moving right along in its own curious way. Here are some of the strange and disturbing news items you may have missed in the past couple of weeks. A Texas seventh grader was told to cover up his "offensive" Star Wars T-shirt at school because it depicted a Storm Trooper holding a gun. Not a gun that exists in the real world, mind you, but still "a symbol oriented toward violence." This minor incident was covered by hundreds of news outlets, possibly because it exposes some of the confusion and hypocrisy of the gun control debate. It is worth noting that in just a couple of days, Texans will be able to carry real handguns quite openly into most public places. Still in Texas, and the Lone Star state once again led the way in US executions. In 2015, 28 convicted prisoners were put to death - almost half of these (13) were in Texas. The barbaric practice is in severe decline elsewhere in America, with those 28 killings representing the lowest total since 1991. Likewise, death sentences handed down (49) hit a decades-long low and only six states actually got around to putting someone to death - the fewest for 27 years. I think it is important for America to show leadership on this issue and do away with capital punishment once and for all. A little moral high-ground may be useful in dealing with cruelties doled out elsewhere. In Iran, for instance, the number of those executed in 2015 may exceed 1200, while in Pakistan more than 300 prisoners have been hanged in the 12 months since the Peshawar massacre. Saudi Arabia has also hit a 20 year-high in public executions - more than 150 men and women have been beheaded in 2015. Those are ISIS-like numbers. The biggest news stories of the year have been the war in Syria and the refugee crisis, but many people still remain alarmingly ignorant about the details. This has been highlighted in a humorous way by surveys suggesting that almost one third of Republican voters would support the bombing of Agrabah, while almost half of Democrats surveyed say they would accept refugees from the same place. All well and good, except that Agrabah is located not in Syria, but in the realm of Disney's "Aladdin".
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
30 Dec 15
I heard about the Agrabah thing. Funny and sad. As for the kid's shirt, quite silly. Are you OK with the kid who brought a weird looking "clock" to school several months ago and defied his teacher's demand that he not bring it to his other classes?
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@troyburns (1430)
• New Zealand
31 Dec 15
@TheHorse - No, I'm not OK with that one either. If he hadn't been a Muslim it probably wouldn't have been an issue for the school. The outpouring of support for the lad from Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and others was a bit OTT as well.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Dec 15
@troyburns The kids I work with who get kicked out of school for antics like that tend not to be Muslim. I'm sure you read about that poor kid's father, who probably set the whole thing up.
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@TheHorse (65735)
• Pleasant Hill, California
31 Dec 15
@troyburns The kids I work with have disobeyed teachers, and some have gotten in fights and such. I don't think any have brought fake bombs to school. The bomb-clock kid's dad is some sort of self-proclaimed Imam, or some such. He's kind of a nut who likes publicity.
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@jaboUK (53924)
• United Kingdom
30 Dec 15
Capital punishment - it's a disgrace that it still happens, but at least it's on the decline in America now. Would that were the case in the other countries you mention.
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@jaboUK (53924)
• United Kingdom
30 Dec 15
@troyburns Yes. I'm talking about the Burmese boys. My daughter is a prison visitor over there in Thailand and made sure they had water, fruit etc.
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@trivia79 (7914)
• El Segundo, California
30 Dec 15
There are bad news but there are also good news. I'd rather spending my time on the good ones than to feel so energyless for the bad ones. I want some good vibes everyday to keep me have a positive outlook for life. Cheers!
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@troyburns (1430)
• New Zealand
30 Dec 15
@trivia79 - There are always good things happening around the world, but you usually need to dig a little deeper to find them in the news. It's certainly good to have your faith in humanity restored now and again.
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@trivia79 (7914)
• El Segundo, California
30 Dec 15
@troyburns Every bad things has a good side. Just look and understand on other perspective and you'll realize that bad ones still brought some goodness on a lower scale. But it's the main subject that matters and it outweighs sometimes the good stuff in the bad ones.
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@Bluedoll (17069)
• Canada
30 Dec 15
I find it interesting that in the United States there are not many national laws but that each state have their own laws. I'm not sure America can enact leadership with their own people let alone the world? Does it matter is another question. Iran and maybe Pakistan are not going to listen to anyone else regardless?
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@troyburns (1430)
• New Zealand
30 Dec 15
@Bluedoll - You're probably right that international condemnation won't change anything, but maybe a few sanctions will grab their attention. As always, real change has to come from within and one of the ways to do this is by directly affecting the people who live there. Unfortunate, but more effective than appealing to corrupt leaderships. The US authority system.can be confusing, but the big decisions are usually made at the federal level. The only challenge then is to sell the changes to Joe Public. Big topic.
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@jstory07 (67037)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Dec 15
There is a lot of weird things going on in the world.
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@troyburns (1430)
• New Zealand
30 Dec 15
@jstory07 - It does seem that things are at risk of getting out of control, but I think it's better to be informed about them than to sit back and wait for bad stuff to happen. There are few surprises if you know what to look for.
@amadeo (65755)
• United States
30 Dec 15
thank you for sharing this.I enjoyed reading this.Some I know and some I did not. Happy New Year.
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@troyburns (1430)
• New Zealand
30 Dec 15
@amadeo - Cheers Alfredo. Hope you have a good 2016.