Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A day filled with unfortunate headlines

Cultural monstrosities number 17: whaling.
Those of us in the non-blubber-consuming west consider this to be a heinous crime, almost as bad as eating flipper or lassie. I am as culturally sensitive to this as anyone else --- and the fact that the species being hunted are endangered makes it easier to employ this cultural rage. But I wonder which of our cultural habits enrage the rest of the world. Other than our attempts at world hegemony, of course: that one is obvious.

Other distressing headlines involved a baby surviving near death from hanging while siblings and mother died, another surviving falling in a pit teeming with maggots, and, seemingly, strife everywhere.


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