“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

01/16 Morning Report

Such as it is, this article onILLEGAL immigration is a great illustration of the problems. The article does a good job of pointing out both sides of the issues. Then, it makes racism the focus of all efforts to control ILLEGAL immigration. Why is it racist to want the laws—existing laws—enforced? Why can I, a non-Hispanic, really have a problem with Illegal immigration without having a problem with non-Illegal Hispanics? Taking this from another angle, do we enforce immigration laws differently for those from Latin America than we do for those from say Nigeria? I work with two people from the African continent. They tell me there is a difference. So, why should Mexicans, or El Savadorans, or whoever be treated any differently? And, why am I branded a racist for wanting that?
(…aren’t we thankful for no media bias on such issues…)

Of course, that just goes right along with the Mexican government plan to give GPS units to migrants--just in case they need help from the border patrol.

The locators would be given to migrants who are thinking of crossing the border, and would give U.S. border patrol agents the location of those in trouble. The U.S. government has yet to sign off on the project, which is still in the planning stages.
(…sure…the Mexican government wants to help us fight ILLEGAL immigration…right…)

And, of course, we are always told the truth, right? In a surprising announcement, it seems that low levels of “bad” cholesterol may be bad for you. There seems to be a link with Parkinson’s disease.
(…this is becoming like eggs many years ago…first they are bad…then they are not…then they are…then…so where do you think “bad” choloestorl will end up?...)

Speaking of health issues, the BBC has an interesting map of the spread of bird flu. This along with the news of a fresh outbreak in Japan and two women dying in Indonesia just a few days ago. There is a high risk with this disease—if it truly crosses over to humans. The similarities between this flu strain and the flu strain that decimated populations at the end of WWI are striking.