Monday, December 11, 2006
Hot Links: How far would you go?
Posted By CNN: 11:13 AM ET
There are many Chileans that remain as "LOS DESAPARECIDOS" to this very day; another of this brutal dictator's, dare we say, "HANDY WORK."
Posted By Anonymous Liz Walters, Howell, NJ. : 11:40 AM ET
Posted By Anonymous Liz Walters, Howell, NJ. : 11:48 AM ET
Everytime a famous person has un untimely death, especially if they were beloved around the world, there seems to be a need to find a mysterious cause of death. Case in point Elvis, JFK & many more. Its easier to accept with a conspiracy theory than to think there is an everyday simple reason for the world to lose such people. The driver of Diana's car was drunk, they were going too fast and the paparrazi were following them. That would be more than enough to make them crash.
Posted By Anonymous Bev Ontario Canada : 11:51 AM ET
So,we now have confirmation Henry Paul was drunk. Does it really matter ??? Princess Diana was someone very very special and it's good to keep on talking about her but at some point, just out of respect for her sons and family, isn't about time we let her rest in peace ??? Shouldn't we just focus on all the people she helped instead ???
Posted By Anonymous Manon, Longueuil, Quebec : 11:51 AM ET
You have some very interesting topics here. I think they prove one point for the AC360, "how far would you go" segment. Perfection is not a word that would fit, when describing the world. It's imperfections are what make daily life the most fun. No one person has complete control over their lives. So how far would I go for perfection? Well, I'd go as far as to say..I'll leave the striving for perfection for others. Life is exhausting enough without the drive for perfection. I'll be content not being..Positively PERFECT.
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif : 11:51 AM ET
I'm interested in the "How Far Would You Go" segment because I think we've created a society of crazed "perfection" seekers. I admit, there are plenty of things I would love to change but I've seen too many horror stories about botched plastic surgery. Honestly, if you are stupid enough to let a doctor in Mexico perform surgery on you in his house, you probably deserve to be permanently deformed. I actually saw a story about that once. I think too many of us have bought into that idea of what perfection is-but is that society's fault or the individual's? I'm not sure, but I do think there's entirely too much pressure to conform to someone else's ideals. If you've ever seen documentaries about "Operation Smile" it will make you think about what it would be like to be so afflicted. And all they want is to look normal. When I see things like that, I am very grateful,humbled, and ashamed.
Posted By Anonymous Debbie Darby, Denham Springs, LA : 12:51 PM ET
I have always been disturbed by the "blood diamond/conflict diamond" tragedy in Africa, so I was excited to hear about the release of the movie "Blood Diamond." However, I am surprised that the subject of conflict diamonds took so long to get to the "Big Screen." This corruption and exploitation has been happening in places like Angola, Congo, Sierra Leone, and Liberia for decades. Although the movie takes place in Sierra Leone in the late 1990s, according to Amnesty International, some of the problems continue to exist.

Even though the adoption in 2002 of the Kimberley Process System, which tracks diamonds from their origin to place of sale, has drastically reduced the problem of conflict diamonds, it is not a foolproof solution and loopholes continue to exist. According to Amnesty International, "In October 2006, a report of a UN Group of Experts on Cote d'Ivoire, concluded that conflict diamonds from (the rebel controlled coast of) Cote d'Ivoire were infiltrating the legitimate diamond trade through Ghana, a Kimberely Process participant." They had been "certified as conflict-free due to Ghana's weak system of internal controls." The Cote d'Ivoire and Liberia continue to be banned from exporting diamonds due to a UN resolution.

It is a disgrace that although Africa produces about 65 percent of the world's diamonds (about $8.4 billion a year), the industry has done little to reduce poverty for the residents of these diamond-producing countries. Two-thirds of all diamond purchases are made in the United States.

In September, I recall commenting on a related blog post by Anderson ("Dying in silence) regarding the mining of minerals in the Congo. I still don't believe that enough people care about where their "luxuries" come from, or who had to suffer to produce them, as long as they are still available for their consumption. Maybe this movie will bring additional attention to the subject, and in return, some assistance to the poor living and working in these countries. Maybe negative publicity is the best way to further reduce these problems.

If "Blood Diamonds" is nominated for an Oscar next year I wonder if the "rich and famous" will be flaunting their "Harry Winston's" on the Red Carpet? I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

Jo Ann
Posted By Anonymous Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 2:24 PM ET
Hello again!

Yes, I just did this, but clumping babies an cosmetic surgery in with the other subjects just didn't seem right. One speaks of perfection and beauty, the other pure horror.

First thing is to define perfection. That's a tall job, isn't it. Mountains and forests are perfect to me, others prefer the desert. You like blonde, I never dated a blonde guy. Perfection is a newborn baby(yours of course, hers is ugly)the world that God gave us. See how tough this can be?

Could I not have children I would undergo any approved treatment and tests. Should that not be successful I would definitely adopt. It would,t matter, in either case, if it was a boy or girl. And my adopted child would be beautiful. The key word in this is "my". If it's yours it's beautiful. it's perfect.

Cosmetic surgery? Hey to each his own.
I had work done lpng ago, for a damaged hand which I couldn't use, but I don't know about the more serious stuff. There are people who have had so much done, top of head to toes, that it's ridiculous. If Grandma looks younger than her fifteen year old granddaughter, ask for her surgeons name.Disabilities are different. No one should look or feel hideous, this is much more than aging, "perking" things up, you know?

Great "Special" page Anderson. It's PERFECT!!

Posted By Anonymous Maggie, Grain Valley, MO : 2:55 PM ET
The common thread through the first four articles gives one pause to think about the well-entrenched culture of the USA as a Nation Builder. Blood Diamonds or Coke and H need a market with traffickers, sellers and buyers. Pinochet backed by Nixon. The Taliban created by the USA with backing during the war between the USSR and Afghanistan. USA monitoring Di's phone calls. So much for the idea of the Peace Corps.---Hey, maybe the conspiracy was not about Di at all, but involved the Taliban, diamond smugglers and natural gas folks with a vendetta terrorist attack against the boyfriend. But one thing for sure, the drivers of the Papparazzi Cars going at the speed, in that tunnel, hot on the tail were sure NASCAR good to not get involved in the accident.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 4:34 PM ET
Words cannot express my feelings about Africa. I am far too compassionate to keep reading these stories about Africa, a forgotten nation.

This year I have been more and more active in society. These stories break me down and I have to do more for international causes that seem irrepairable. I mean more than donating money. I have to be part of the solution. It is my resolve and my focus.
Posted By Anonymous tanya, london, canada : 11:18 AM ET
It is disturbing to read the "rules" of the Talibans. Education is freedom,no wonder they are making sure that they don't have access to it. They are prying on individuals already broken by violence,poverty,hunger. Just a note on the article that says that during winter the attacks are less frequent. In an article I read yesterday, they say that in the south right now, they are seeing an anormaly high rate of attacks on Canadians soldiers and civilians for the period of the year.

As for Princess Di, let her rest in peace.

Would I go far for plastic surgery?It depends, am I paying? Seriously, no, that's not for me. Unless I'm sick,I don't intend to go under the knife in that lifetime. I had a surgery to remove a tumor on my arm. I have a scar and it's staying there! It reminds me to appreciate life. At 39, after two pregnancies, everything is still holding up fine! If my face starts to sag, I'll just sleep upside down!LOL Plus, I can't do surgery because I decided that I would live until 115 years old. So, how am I going to go? Well, I figure that by that age, gravity will have done it's job and I will trip on my saggy breasts,fall and hit my head!LOL
Seriously, I have a friend who is a breast cancer survivor and she did reconstructive surgery. That's the only kind I would do. I think that most people do plastic surgery because of insecurities. The surgery won't get rid of it. You have to work on yourself. For me, I choose to let nature take its course.

Joanne Ranzell
Laval Quebec
Posted By Anonymous Joanne Ranzell Laval Quebec : 11:19 AM ET
It is disturbing that a story seems to become news only after Hollywood deems it so. The tragedy of blood diamonds has been around for years but it is now a hot topic because it is a movie. It seems a sad commentary on how tied the media has become to the public relations of the day.
Posted By Anonymous Stephanie H., Brooklyn NY : 12:54 PM ET
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