Monday, January 11

teacher, mother, secret lover.

So, a couple things i've seen on tv recently. We'll start with the lightest and move forward. First just briefly, tonight was the simpsons 20th anniversary special. It was okay, nothing breathtaking. I did think the commercial for it, in which they played part of cold play's yellow was nice. It's so obvious they don't get extra credit for the connection, but it was still nice. the first episode of the simpsons was in 1989. For anyone at studentu, think about how many people were born in the 90s. They have never lived in a world without the simpsons. The simpsons was around before the fall of the berlin wall, before the Independence of lietuva. I think even for people who aren't big time simpsons fans you have to acknowledge the achievement.

Moving forward. For anyone who watched any of the football games this weekend, and watched a commercial, you probably so the pepsi commercials. They were reasonably well done. All year the AFC has been wearing retro jerseys, and now pepsi is coming out with retro pepsi in their honor. That's all well and good, and the commercials were well done, but at the end was a little tidbit, that retro pepsi available for a limited time only, would be made with real sugar. I guess that was the original formula for pepsi, but it seems to me awfully embarrassing to have to say in your own advertisements that pepsi will be available with real sugar for a limited time only. Not that it's really pepsi's fault, sugar has been made illegal in the united states by the corn industry. Not technically illegal, but so expensive that nobody can afford to use it. That's when you know the system is messed up, when the corn industry is petitioning for (and getting) giant tariffs on sugar to prevent cheap sugar from being imported into the US. The reason of course is so we have to eat corn syrup in all our foods. I don't have any actual basis for this, but i feel like plain sugar has got to be healthier for you than corn syrup. With all the recent attention about health care etc. what if you just let companies put sugar in their products instead having corn syrup in everything we eat.

And finally we get serious, so stop reading at your own discretion. the awful thing i saw was a story on dateline (i think) or some equivalent. The basic story goes as follows, beautiful girl moves to the city to become a model is on tv/home shopping network, working her way up the ladder and starts going out with some guy. Meets said guy in a hotel room. then the guy beats her up rapes her, and threatens to kill her. She goes home doesn't leave the house, for 3 days. Finally he convinces her to go to an internet cafe to read some email he's written her promising never to contact her again. She leaves the house, and some guy he's paid off throws sulfuric acid into her face. It's not made clear, but i presume it was meant to kill her. Either that or scare her into never talking to the police. Anyway the rest of the story is about how she managed to cope with her disfigurement, the 20+ surgeries she had to go through, etc. And in general it was nice that she was able to move on with her life. But glossed over (as if it was great news) the guy who through the acid in her face was sentenced to life in prison, which we are told means 12 years. The guy who raped her and ordered the attack, was sentenced to 2 life sentences, which means 16 years. what? i think i missed something. How is 2 life sentences 16 years. obviously this is some new version of english that i am unfamiliar with. presumably those numbers are the minimums, and these guys may end up serving more, but who could possibly think that these men should ever be allowed to go free. Obviously they should not even be allowed to live. they should have sulphuric acid poured on them until they melt to death. I understand that theory of human rights, and we should treat even criminal humans with dignity. But it seems clear to me that these 2 men have demonstrated that they are in fact not human. When you commit a crime of this awfulness you forfeit your human card, and are no longer entitled to any of the benefits/rights that come with being a human citizen. Ditto for sexual slavery crimes/torturing innocent people crimes etc. If you're in the mafia and muder/torture other mafia members, well you're a criminal and should be arrested, but at least those who get it know what the deal is. When you commit a horrible crime like torturing a child to death, or throwing sulphuric acid in a women's face, i cannot possibly consider you a member of the human race any longer.

I think the underpants bomb guy should also be put to death, but at least i am willing to recognize him as a human. Misguided in my view, but understandable. I mean, say what you will about the tenets of radical islam, dude, at least it's an ethos. He should be put to death because that was his goal anyway. He tried to kill himself, and unless he has some use to us as a source of information, i think it's perfectly proper to finish the job for him. The idea that we are going to spend millions of dollars on a trial and imprisonment of the guy seems completely gooftastic to me. Unless you believe that the government/media is so powerful it could manufacture this entire story to frame an innocent man (in which case nothing we do matters anyway because the government/media is simply too powerful.) everyone in the world knows this guy is innocent. There's no possible interpretation of facts. He burned off his crotch in an airplane. But at least he believed in something and was willing to give his life for his cause. that is an admirable trait, even if i consider his attempted murder of hundreds of people despicable. But what you can read about in the news sometimes. Like an idiot i started watching a horror movie on netflix to be different. Luckily for me i stopped watching before even reaching the halfway point, but it is based on this real life story which i read about in wikipedia (read at your own discretion, it is horrible.) Or if you ever watch law and order SVU, which is a fictional show, but i'm sure based on realistic cases. I just don't see anyway how anyone capable of committing acts like those can possibly be classified as human. They should have a trial in case they are innocent, but if they are determined to have committed said acts immediate execution and eternity in hell, would be far too kind a fate for them.


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