Who Else Is Getting Tired?

By: Brian Golden

For those who may not remember, and for those who might and simply don’t give a damn; but most especially for those who do, on both accounts, I can’t stand ignorance – stupidity even less – yet pure, unadulterated plagiarism?

That I truly despise.

All three wrapped up in one ... that makes me angry.

Perhaps even worse, however, our penchant to believe everything we read, particularly when it comes to the almighty Internet. We’ve all seen the commercials and heard the jokes ... you know, I found it online so it must be true. It’s not all that surprising really, yet once in awhile some twisted individual comes along and decides to not only pen a truly despicable piece of commentary, but take an unsuspecting public figure (in this case comedian Bill Cosby), and put said celebrity’s name to said writing. The following excerpts – in italics – are just that. Some moron with too much time on his hands, very little in the way of intelligence, and the nerve to “put words in someone else’s mouth,” in the absolute most disgusting way possible.

Maybe you remember when this all went down; I certainly haven’t forgotten it. And before we move on, a big thanks to Evening Sun Staff Writer Ashley Biviano, who provided the research for our collective response to what amounts to absolute ignorance. I have no tolerance for plagiarism, as stated, nor an ignorant soul. Stupidity, I’ve always thought, could be cured through intelligent and honest discourse. Now I’m not so sure. Because the following is lower than low. This is ignorant, stupid and downright hateful to its core.

This is exactly what is wrong with this country.

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I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

The Chenango County Department of Social Service’s fraud department released a report to the county’s Health and Services Committee estimating cost savings of nearly $736,000 in detected welfare fraud in 2012. Of that $736,000, the majority – $632,640 – comes as a result of the Front End Detection System (FEDS) which entails detecting fraud, and whether it is intentional or unintentional on the part of the beneficiary at the point of application (see Evening Sun Staff Writer Shawn Magrath’s recent articles on the topic). The number of fraud reports received by the Chenango County Department of Social Services has declined in the last five years. DSS fraud unit received 315 fraud reports in 2008; 311 in 2009; 300 in 2010; 276 in 2011; and 286 in 2012.

I'm tired of being told that Islam is a "Religion of Peace," when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor,” of Muslims rioting over some slight offense, of Muslims murdering Christians and Jews because they aren't “believers,” of Muslims burning schools for girls, of Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery,” of Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls, all in the name of Allah, because the Qur'an and Sharia law tells them to.

The number of civilian casualties resulting from U.S. and coalition forces invading Iraq since 2003 has been contested by some, as neither the U.S. government nor Iraqi government have released official documents. Iraq Body Count (IBC) is a human security project that keeps a tally of civilian deaths caused by violence since the invasion. IBC estimates 113,164 to 123,873 (a low number in my estimation) civilians have been killed. Individual reports are on record for a small number of victims, with names, ages, dates and incident locations. The occupations of some of the casualties include: election candidates, judges, journalists, petrol station owners, university professors, newspaper editors (ouch) and lawyers.

Women and children have been – and continue to be – victims of the invasion. This is likely attributed to the weapons systems used by U.S. and coalition forces. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, “Female Iraqis and Iraqi children constituted the highest proportions of civilian victims when the methods of violence involved indiscriminate weapons fired from a distance: air attacks and mortars.”

These weapons systems have not only direct consequences which result in death and injury, but also pose a public health threat and damage infrastructure; hence the continued victimization of civilians even though the U.S. occupation of Iraq has technically ceased.

The NEJM reported the male civilian casualties were most commonly caused by close-quarter contact such as precise gunfire and execution. It was reported that execution with torture was used against male adults as opposed to women and children, yet the men targeted were civilians.

The Costs of War project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, scholarly initiative based at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. According to the Costs of War Project, 16,725 to 19,013 civilians have been killed since the war in Afghanistan began and – in 2004 – the life expectancy of an Afghan was 42 years, yet 25 percent of children did not live to see the age of five.

Afghan civilians have died at the hands of crossfire, air-strikes, assassinations, improvised explosive devices, and raids of homes of suspected insurgents. An indeterminate number of civilians are now amputees and burn victims as a result of the occupation and violence that ensues. The Afghan Ministry of Public Health reported in 2009 more than two thirds of the population suffer mental health problems. This could be attributed as an indirect result of the U.S. and coalition occupation.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), there are approximately 447,547 internally displaced people in Afghanistan. These are Afghans who may have had hopes of continuing their life in their region of origin, but due to the continued violence, instability and insecurity are unable to and live in informal settlements. Close to two million refugees fled to Pakistan, where The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports CIA drone strikes between 2004 and the present day have killed 411 to 890 civilians, 168 to 197 children, and have wounded more than 1,400.

There is also the case of members of the U.S. Army's 5th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division who took part in killing and mutilating Afghan civilians for “sport” in the Maiwand District of the Kandahar province in 2010. This self proclaimed “kill team” was led by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs who was found guilty by a military jury on 15 counts, including the premeditated murder of three Afghan civilians. It was also alleged Gibbs cut off pieces of their corpses and planted weapons on the bodies post-mortem so they appeared as though they were members of the Taliban. Gibbs was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after ten years minus the 547 days of pretrial confinement. Five other soldiers allegedly involved in the “kill team” faced murder charges and seven others had been charged with participating in the coverup of the murders. Photos surfaced and were published of the US military members posing with the bodies of the civilians murdered, one of which was a 15-year-old boy.

According to the Centre for Research on Globalization based in Canada, the Afghanistan Information Network reported in late 2012 that members of the U.S. Special Forces raided a village in Chahar Bolak area of Balkh province in Afghanistan, separated the men and women among an estimated 15 families and raped a number of the women. The name of the village was not released as it was reported the U.S. forces warned to repeat similar attacks if the villagers spoke out about the crime.

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales was accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians on March 11, 2013, many of whom were sleeping women and children. He pleaded guilty June 5, 2013 and will be sentenced in August. He stated on the record there was “not a good reason in the world” for his actions. Prosecutors claim he snuck away in the middle of the night, killed residents of the village, then returned to wake up a fellow soldier to tell him about what he had done. The soldier did not believe Bales, who left again to attack another village.

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I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

According to NASA, the modern climate era began about 7,000 years ago with the abrupt end of the most recent ice age. NASA reports Earth’s climate has seen seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat in the last 650,000 years, most of which have been attributed to small variations in the earth’s orbit that change the amount of solar energy the planet receives.

However, satellites that orbit Earth along with other technological advancements allow scientists to now collect information about the planet showing a warming trend “of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years.”

NASA reported the global sea level rose 6.7 inches within the past century. However, the rate of growth in the past decade alone is double that of the last century.

“All three major global surface temperature reconstructions show that Earth has warmed since 1880. Most of this warming has occurred since the 1970s, with the 20 warmest years having occurred since 1981 and with all 10 of the warmest years occurring in the past 12 years. Even though the 2000s witnessed a solar output decline resulting in an unusually deep solar minimum in 2007-2009, surface temperatures continue to increase,” reported NASA.

The top 2,300 feet of the oceans have warmed .302 degrees fahrenheit since 1969 and the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets have lost mass, with Antarctica losing about 36 cubic miles of ice between 2002 and 2005.

“Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent.This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the oceans. The amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the upper layer of the oceans is increasing by about 2 billion tons per year,” reported NASA, which added, “On Earth, human activities are changing the natural greenhouse. Over the last century the burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil has increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2). This happens because the coal or oil burning process combines carbon with oxygen in the air to make CO2. To a lesser extent, the clearing of land for agriculture, industry, and other human activities have increased concentrations of greenhouse gases.”

The consequences of changing the natural atmospheric greenhouse are difficult to predict, but certain effects seem likely:

• On average, Earth will become warmer. Some regions may welcome warmer temperatures, but others may not.

• Warmer conditions will probably lead to more evaporation and precipitation overall, but individual regions will vary, some becoming wetter and others dryer.

• A stronger greenhouse effect will warm the oceans and partially melt glaciers and other ice, increasing sea level. Ocean water also will expand if it warms, contributing further to sea level rise.

• Meanwhile, some crops and other plants may respond favorably to increased atmospheric CO2, growing more vigorously and using water more efficiently. At the same time, higher temperatures and shifting climate patterns may change the areas where crops grow best and affect the makeup of natural plant communities.

Our ignorant online “friend” goes on to say how tired he is of drug addicts and their so-called “disease,” how weary he’s become of wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians making “innocent” mistakes when the only mistake they really feel they’ve made is getting caught (this one I happen to agree with), how he’s fed up with young men and women expressing themselves by “bedazzling their bodies with tattoos and face studs (ever hear of the Constitution buddy),” and so on and so forth.

I’m tired (as is Ashley ... she told me so) of people like this not only having the nerve to publish such filth online, but attributing it to a well known (and well liked) celebrity. I’m tired of ignorant morons slowing any attempt at progress in our towns, our county and our country. I’m tired of the bigotry and racism that seems somehow more prevalent than ever.

I think a lot of us are getting tired.

Follow Brian Golden on Twitter ... @evesunbrian, or Ashley Biviano ... @evesunashley.


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