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Friday, December 26, 2014

December Can Be The Cruelest Month

Today is Boxing Day, or ST. Stephen's; tomorrow is Holy Innocents or Childermas, the feast commemorating children slaughtered by the order of King Herod, who wished to ensure that the new born child Jesus was killed, and no longer pose a threat to his dynasty's rule.

Ironic that the Birth and Death of children is celebrated in December.

The Newtown Massacre was in December.
The Peshawar Massacre in Pakistan was in December.

And in 1984, Bhopal was in December.

Der Spiegel
This December marks the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster, which is still the biggest chemical accident in history. It was even worse than the uncontrolled dumping of waste containing mercury in the Japanese city of Minamata, and its long-term effects are perhaps comparable only with those of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Some who feel reminded of the scope of the disaster caused by the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima call the Bhopal disaster "Bhoposhima."


In the poor residential neighborhoods over which the gas cloud descended in 1984 and where the worst of the toxic residues remain today, there is a disabled child living in one in seven huts. The rates of premature births and stillbirths in women who were exposed to the gas are about three times the national average. But there is a lack of long-term scientific studies. No government agencies and no hospitals in the city keep track of the abnormalities. Midwives from the neighborhoods, who practiced before the accident and have observed developments over the years, report gruesome abnormalities, including fetuses with greenish skin and deformed heads. "The birth of a child is normally a reason to celebrate," explains Parwati, who is from a family of midwives. "But in this area a birth comes as a shock to many parents."

The company responsible was Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary. Union Carbide is now owned by Dow Chemical.

These companies are among the entities that our Supreme Court has endowed with rights surpassing our rights, with the right to influence elections with voices far louder than our individual voices.

Skynet has already sent in his advance guard of corporate citizens free to commit crimes with the back-up troops of mindless governments.


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