“Maybe this world is another planet’s Hell.” Aldous Huxley
Hmmm…let’s see what’s been going on here on Earth in the last 12 hours…
Police: Five dead in plane crash south of London A small plane crashed into several homes in a neighborhood outside London Sunday afternoon, killing all five on board, Scotland Yard reported.
Black in America: Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination CNN Presents: Black in America: Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination premieres on April 3, 2008 from 9:00 — 11:00 p.m. ET on CNN
McCain on Romney GOP candidate Sen. John McCain speaks about Mitt Romney and Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. in Salt Lake City, Utah. From KSL
McCain looks ahead as Dems duke it out Sen. John McCain this week begins a bus tour of five states that he says helped shape his views and make him the politician who will carry the GOP torch in the upcoming presidential election.
Rep. Lewis: Race controversy good for dialogue Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis suggested Sunday the controversy over Sen. Barack Obama’s former pastor has reignited a conversation about race that could ultimately be beneficial for the country.
Zimbabwe opposition claims early victory Defying a government order, Zimbabwe’s main opposition party released its election results Sunday, claiming an early victory for their presidential candidate.
Behind the scenes with Obama Go behind the scenes as Sen. Barack Obama tours a dairy complex at Penn State University in Pennsylvania.
Cheetahs attack woman at cat sanctuary The owner of a wildlife sanctuary was attacked by two cheetahs Saturday and hospitalized with about 40 puncture wounds to her extremities and back, authorities said.
Al-Sadr calls off fighting amid airstrikes, crackdown Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told his followers to stop fighting and to cooperate with Iraqi security forces Sunday, as U.S. and Iraqi forces targeted his Mehdi Army in Basra and Baghdad.
LA Times apologizes Showbiz Tonight’s Brooke Anderson has the latest stories making headlines in entertainment.
Elephants caucus for candidates Four elephants determine the next president of the United States.
Olympic torch protest Tibetan exiles in Munich, Germany, carry symbolic flame to mock the official Olympic torch.
Running of the ‘wools’ Nearly two thousand sheep race along the streets in Waikato, New Zealand, to imitate Pamplona’s running of the bulls.
Militia violence continues in Iraq Militia fighters celebrate following clashes in the streets of Basra.
Tibet speaker: Dalai Lama not behind riots The speaker of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile denied China’s allegations that the Dalai Lama and his supporters instigated recent riots in the Himalayan region and said a “brutal” crackdown by Chinese security forces was continuing.
Hockey team bus fire The Portland Pirates’ bus burst a tire then caught fire on its way to a minor league hockey game in Providence, RI.
Campaign standoff Hillary Clinton has no intention of dropping out of the presidential race, as CNN’s Jim Acosta reports.
Zimbabwean exiles Three million Zimbabweans are scattered around the world. CNN’s Atia Abawi reports each one has a story of pain…and hope.
Rice gains ‘concrete steps’ from Israel, Palestinians Israel and the Palestinians agreed Sunday to a series of “concrete steps” aimed at paving the way for a final peace agreement later this year, beginning with Israel’s pledge to remove some West Bank roadblocks.
Texas Showdown Supporters of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton endured marathon conventions Saturday across Texas. KVUE’s Elise Hu reports.
Singing for Votes Which music stars have lined up behind the candidates in the presidential race? CNN’s Josh Levs reports.
Brief scuffle at Olympic torch relay The Beijing Olympics torch relay reached the ancient Acropolis on Saturday amid heavy police security and brief demonstrations by small groups of protesters.
Obama Goes Bowling for Votes Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama spends time bowling in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
Tibetans and police clash Police in Nepal dragged and beat some of the 200 Tibetan exiles that protested outside the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu.
North Korea warns South of ‘pre-emptive strike’ North Korea threatened South Korea with destruction Sunday after Seoul’s top military officer said he would consider attacking the communist nation if it tried to carry out a nuclear attack.
New era under ‘open skies’ CNN’s Richard Quest reports from the first trans-Atlantic flight under the new ‘Open Skies’ agreement
Pulpit politics CNN’s Rick Sanchez talks with his panel about the latest in the controversy surrounding Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
What an utterly absurd mix of ridiculousness! Maybe Aldous Huxley is right. Because if we were to judge by the offerings of CNN and all the other world news reports—Reuters, World News, BBC News—which are all similar on any given day, most of us would come away with that assessment, that Huxley is right.
Is it any wonder that blackness, darkness continues to appear to pervade our world when reports ad nauseum are in front of our faces for consideration every morning in papers and all day on the radio and TV? It seems a barrage of badness, it seems Darth Vader enforcing the Galactic Empire’s rule every hour of every day of every year.
It’s tempting to say we are being programmed to see only bad, but for the fact that “we” are the ones that seem to be doing the programming, we are the ones appearing to gravitate to the dark side by doing the dark deeds and choosing the predominantly lightless mainstream media fare. But then how is it that “we” are also the same ones that know not only bad things are happening in our world?
How is it that a faction of “we” already chooses to look for the good things going on? But how many are the ones that choose to spread the message of the goodness that already exists and the goodness that has an amazing potential to exist? What is the actual count within “we” that chooses to do good things to bolster the wellbeing of ourselves and others every single day? Are there not enough to tip the scales?
What is “good” and what is “bad,” anyway? Whether or not we truly know appears to matter little when the majority of us seem to agree on the definitions, yet still we seem too few or too powerless to tip the scales. Perhaps they are being tipped only we can’t quite see evidence of it yet.
What is the true balance of good to bad? It appears heavy on the dark side. We know this is a world of opposites, of polarity—of hope and despair, beauty and ugliness, freedom and imprisonment—so we might not expect to eradicate everthing we label as “bad,” but might we expect to visibly tip the scales such that things look even, or maybe edge over substantially on the good side?
Can we expect and effect world news reports that feature more edifying headlines than ruinous ones? And I’m not talking about stuff like “Dave Stewart, Nokia envision brave new mobile world” and “Museums exhibit high-tech appeal.” I’m talking about the BIG CHANGE stuff, the Mother Teresa stuff, the Mahatma Ghandi stuff, like “Teenager spreads hope to children in need,” “Earth Hour Goes Global,” and “World governments start talks on climate change agreement.” If we can’t expect and effect monumental greater good, why not? And might the answers to “why not?” yield the most helpful clues to avenues of change?
Do you have a new idea to tip the scales to good that you’re pursuing and/or promoting?
Do you already support existing solutions that sound good to you, that are designed to make this planet seem a little more like Heaven?
Do you believe that if we band together for the cause of good vibes, good world, that we can be successful?
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“The Last 24hrs” CNN news list above was clipped from http://www.cnn.com/24hours/ at 5pm ET.
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