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Posted on January 22 at 4:37 p.m.

All of you sicken me. I suppose you think you're good Christians too.

I'm an immigrant from Australia. I've never felt shafted by "illegal" immigrants. On the contrary. They risk their lives to get here, maybe just like your forebears when they came to America. I got in the easy way; by filing forms.

Americans, not the immigrants, create the demand that brings them here. We lure them, then we steal from them - we pay parents and grandparents awful wages and they and their children live in squalid conditions among the greatest wealth in the world. For shame!

You are all illegal immigrants too. It's stolen Native American land you're living on. Whole civilizations were eradicated for you to have what you have as Americans. The people from the south of the border are much more native to America than you will ever be.

Oh, and I'll sign off with my real name.

Simcha Udwin

On Rally ’Round Reform

Posted on December 18 at 3:47 p.m.

If Professor Falk compared Israel's actions to those of the perpetrators of the Holocaust, it's no wonder he was not admitted to a country that was built by Holocaust survivors. Some academics are acutely brainless, particularly those, like Professor Falk, who try to sow division with overblown propaganda, between people struggling to reach peace. It's always easier to destroy than to build.

And I agree with "revisionist". There are far worse examples of suffering than that experienced by either side in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Every 2 seconds, a starving child dies. Disabled people are caged for life in stinking insitutions worldwide. In the Congo, rogue soldiers are forcing women to be raped by their sons, then forcing them to watch as they kill their sons, and finally thrust machetes into their vaginas: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/...
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/...

But somehow this isn't worthy of more than fleeting coverage, because the antics of rich people who've allowed their privileges to lull them to stupidity - including socialites, entertainers, and this time a professor - are more important.

Simcha Udwin

On UCSB Professor Expelled from Israel

Posted on December 12 at 12:53 a.m.

"Free ride"? How inhumane! People living in poverty must be helped with dignity, not regarded on the suspicion that they are looking for a "free ride". How would you like to be treated this way if you were in their shoes? As a free-loader?

We all get "free rides" all the time from one another in a cooperative society among nature that gives us things for - wait for it - free. If you don't like it, hire your own private firefighters, policemen, and don't breathe the air. Make your own.

On Habitat for Humanity to House Area Families

Posted on December 6 at 11:49 p.m.

Terry, I think yours is an excellent and much-needed analysis. Your insight is piercing, honest and highly reasoned. Pity your critiques are only present at the Independent. They need a far greater audience, that will attract serious reflection and discussion on how to implement them.

One reason Jewish voters may have voted so strongly against Prop 8 is because Jews and gays were firsthand and together tortured with the effects of so-called morally motivated, popularly supported discrimination: in the Nazi concentration camps. The memory of these terrors and the popular hate that caused them is in the living memory of many of our Jewish neighbors in L.A.

Simcha Udwin

On None

Posted on November 29 at 3:39 a.m.

BeachLivin,

Don't have the courage to sign off your hate with your real name?

Simcha Udwin

On Lesbians Walk for Justice

Posted on November 22 at 4:44 a.m.

Perfect article! Thank you, Starshine!

On None

Posted on July 9 at 9:37 a.m.

Mr. Doose,

I'm delighted that your article on Victoria Broje's invention for oil spill recovery was front-page news (at least on the online version) of the Independent. I don't read mainstream newspapers because the news is so skewed, and presents insignificant hype to distract us from the real issues that affect our lives. News like your article should be front-page news all over the country - that is, articles on the technologies actually available (or in development) to halt global warming and other environmental and social catastrophes, that are the critical issues of our age, NOW. Otherwise, people are given the impression that environmental catastrophe is inevitable, and also not as important as the other issues (petty politics, poorly planned and researched economics, sex scandals, and details on the lives of vapid celebrities) that are splayed out on front covers daily and distort the realities of what is really possible for humankind to achieve, what are the real problems we
face that need the exciting technological and methodological solutions which already exist and which are in development, what is really occurring in our world in general, and how our knowledge of our world is constantly expanding with deeper scientific, historical and other understanding through research and discovery.

Bravo!
Simcha Udwin

On Skimming the Surface

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