Wednesday, January 14, 2015


…The sun is shining and the eagle is flying around the lake.  It’s Wednesday, a good day to be alive.
Unfortunately, there’s still so much evil in the world.

…This happened two days ago and barely made the news…

Hundreds of bodies remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria amid an ongoing attack described by Amnesty International as the "deadliest massacre" by Boko Haram.
Mike Omeri, the government spokesman, said fighting continued on Friday for Baga, a town on the border with Chad where Boko Haram fighters seized a key military base on January 3 and attacked again on Wednesday.
"Security forces have responded rapidly, and have deployed significant military assets and conducted air strikes against militant targets," Omeri said in a statement.
District head Baba Abba Hassan said most victims are children, women and elderly people who could not run fast enough when fighters drove into Baga, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles on town residents.
"The human carnage perpetrated by Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was enormous," Muhammad Abba Gava, a spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a defence group that fights Boko Haram, told The Associated Press news agency.
He said the civilian fighters gave up on trying to count all the bodies.
"No one could attend to the corpses and even the seriously injured ones who may have died by now," Gava said.
An Amnesty International statement said there are reports the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed.
A million displaced
"This marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram's ongoing onslaught," said Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International.
Boko Haram violence has killed more than 10,000 people last year alone, according to the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations.
More than a million people are displaced inside Nigeria and hundreds of thousands have fled across its borders into Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria.
Emergency workers said this week they are having a hard time coping with scores of children separated from their parents in the chaos of Boko Haram's increasingly frequent and deadly attacks.

Just seven children have been reunited with parents in Yola, capital of Adamawa state, where about 140 others have no idea if their families are alive or dead, said Sa'ad Bello, the coordinator of five refugee camps in Yola.

...Unbelievable, unspeakable...

...I just thought people needed to know, though it's not like everyday citizens can do anything about it.

...Not to leave things on a dour note, here are some lighter notions to consider:

“The unreasonable man attempts to adapt the world to himself. The reasonable man attempts to adapt himself to the world. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”  George Bernard Shaw

"We are so good at finding
the distance between bodies
and then measuring it,
as if the most important thing
were how to enforce the unit
that underlies each system.
the apple inside
the gravity
the tree tries not to believe in.”
-Christopher DeWeese
that underlies each system,
the apple inside the gravity
the tree tries not to believe in."
-Christopher DeWeese

“Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”  Nido Qubein
that underlies each system,
the apple inside the gravity
the tree tries not to believe in."
-Christopher DeWeese

“There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Rumi

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