Friday, November 11, 2011

What Price Life and Liberty?

A short hard hat post, feel free to agree or disagree. I don't want to keep on about this subject, but it does keep on turning up with stuff that just shouldn’t happen.

This is what you get when self justifying misogynist males get too much power (for "too much" read any power). I am sure they felt they were doing Allah's will and were all real fired up with moral outrage.

Scarily they probably feel aggrieved that anyone would even criticise them for what they did.

Sadly I guess they can’t have been too bright, or prone to self examination, or doubt. I guess they must have been fed a good diet of hate with their religious education by some wicked evil old men.

They use Sharia Law to justify what they did. And its supporters might be reluctant to criticise, others might say you can't make omelettes without breaking eggs.

No matter what excuses supporters of Sharia Law make, there is no argument that it sanctions and enables brutal repression and murder. It uses ultimately extreme force to steal life and liberty particularly from all women also any and all non Muslims.

I figure the only reason things are not far worse through the Islamic world is that most normal people (of whatever religious flavour) are more civilised and try to stop the worse stuff like this from happening.

I just cannot see how there can be a place for such laws or behaviour in a truly decent and just society.


I added this because it seems to me like another example of intolerance and persecution sanctioned by Sharia Law.

Clerics in two Islamic Malaysian states (Pahang and Malacca) are planning not only to persecute gays using Sharia Law but also anyone who objects to their persecuting them (promoting or supporting illegal activities).

It seems to me love is.. love, and being gay is basically a harmless enough thing. It is a rocky enough road to tread even without officially sanctioned persecution adding to it.

I do wonder what is behind such hatred and I can't help wondering if it is maybe a tiny worm of doubt about their own sexuality in those who hate and persecute.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dona Nobis Pacem

This is my fifth year of participation in Mimi's Blogblast for Peace. I have chosen a new quote for the globe from that venerable Roman sage, Marcus Tullius Cicero.

But again, I choose to reproduce for the body of the post, John Lennon's very moving vision of what the world could be like, should be like - his dream for all of us. May the day when the world will be as one come in my lifetime. Peace be with you.

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

John Lennon, 1971

Mimi's Blogblast for Peace Official Website

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Castles Surf and Beach babies

Not a hard hat post, I wonder if anyone will have anything to say?

I have been wracking my brain on what to post about. I have not done much in sl the last week or two. Our clan (not a Gorean one) is moving. So decisions need to be made about what our main place will be. Probably a castle, but not sure what design yet.

The new land is near the ocean, but surrounded by small and inconsistent plots that I don't like the look of at all. I do hope we can buy them up and clear them.

I will have to pack up all my stuff and see what space I have in the new place.

The places have lived in sl that I liked best of all were basically a beach houses or villas.
Before I joined the clan I lived with a group that had an oceanside villa.

White stucco plaster, ochre floor tiles and roof tiles.

The house was perched by the ocean with a stone wall like a harbour wall. There was a white balustrade to stop you falling in the ocean, and steps that lead down to a stone jetty and more steps from that into the water.

The tiled balustradeed open area was bordered on two sides by a colonnade. There was a table and chairs and you could dance there to the music of cicadas.

My room was on the second floor, I had a balcony with railings and a view, the colonnade was below my balcony. There was a roof terrace also that you could sit out on. Lovely.

When I first joined the clan their main place was this beach house with lots of picture windows and a deck that extended out over the ocean, with a dance floor on it and steps down to the water. Part of the building was on stilts. The main door was land side.

I had a ground floor bedroom that looked out across the beach at some palm trees and opened into the Living area. You could hear the sound of waves from my room. We had fun there.

I had a jet ski and we used to swim. Also we had sunshades and rubber rings and stuff.

We had a bit of beach set aside with logs, cushions and towels where we kept a fire for beach parties.

I spent a lot of time being a sun bleached blond tanned beach bunny then.

Like living a permanent holiday. All you have to do is step round a notional corner from everyday rl for a moment… and your sl is one long relaxing and basically carefree (if you can avoid dramas) holiday.