Friday, December 01, 2006
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Is it just me or has this whole world gone stark raving mad?? I've only been a CNN news junkie since hurricane Katrina so maybe things in this world have always been pretty bad and I just didn't notice. Does anyone else find it eerie and very scary when if it's not a war that's killing people in droves it's the damn crazy and unpredictable weather? I've always had a decent respect and belief in my Christian religion so please induldge me when I honestly have to say that GOD is VERY angry with all of us!! Between ruining the planet HE gave us or killing each other in ridiculous so called HOLY wars, we should be ashamed of ourselves, I know I am and I fear for my children and grandchildren's future.
Posted By Anonymous Lisa Scarboro Ontario Canada : 11:00 AM ET
The Pope really said 'religions must not seek direct political power'? From his mouth to his own ears.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 11:21 AM ET
Good Morning!~
I would like to reiterate what a great job all of you with 360 did this week. I'm almost dissappointed that the week is over but I know Anderson, Charlie, et all are ready for a nap!
Lisa~ Don't take it so hard. The world has always been messed up. At least as long as humans have been around. Just think of it like this, because of modern technology, we are able to see wars, hurricanes, genocide,and other disasters in the comfort of our own homes. It all still happened when we weren't watching, it's just now we have the option of sometimes doing something to change a situation in the world because these journalist increase our awareness and it weighs heavy on our concious. The fact that you are upset is actually a good thing. It means that the more people who get upset, the less we will tolerate injustice against humanity. So Lisa, it's Friday, don't get your blood pressure up. Get a glass of wine and pat yourself on the back for caring!
Everyone~ have a great week~end!
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 11:50 AM ET
The world has always been in turmoil, some decades worse than others. And this is a bad one. We all need to be informed and engaged. But I work with the public and everyday I see that there are good, happy people, who laugh, who care, who give to others. And I agree with them completely. Yes, the world is a powder keg, but we can't lose it everytime we hear bad news. We can't help anyone if we become bitter, cynical and angry all the time. Sorry, I know this sounds preachy..But the earth is not spinning off into the twilight zone. Hopeless is not a word we should embrace. Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 11:53 AM ET
I just read the link "The meaning of the Pope's trip". I found it quite interesting. There was certainly more going on than what appeared on the surface but at the bottom of the report it says that there is more left to do. It's nice to see that people have gone past their upset over what he quoted to work together. Please keep posting the links I find them informative.
Posted By Anonymous Em, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : 12:45 PM ET
Hi. Thank you for re-airing Christiane Amanpour's excellent documentary on AIDS. For those of you who haven't seen it, I hope you can make the time to do so (I would probably watch it again if I weren't going to NYC for the weekend).

Any chance you (the blog elves, that is) can post some resources related to World AIDS Day? Perhaps info on protecting ourselves (there is a lot of good info linked from www.medlineplus.gov) and orgs working to make a difference in fighting AIDS and poverty globally (such as Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross)as well as here in the US.

My mom is a chaplain who works with homeless people with AIDS, so I have seen some of the horrors of this disease. For those of you with kids, please make today an excuse to talk to your kids--again, I hope-- about safer sex (if you need some help knowing what to say, try searching "talking to your kids about AIDS" on www.medlineplus.gov). If you work in a school, perhaps you can work it into the curriculum next week by sharing news coverage and perhaps the documentary with your students.

Again, thank you for re-airing this and thank you to Ms. Amanpour for her reporting that, as usual, is simply full of humanity and intelligence.
Posted By Anonymous Norah, West Chester, PA : 12:59 PM ET
I taped and kept "Where have all the parents gone" when it aired last. I was so moved by the all show. Christiane Amanpour is simply amazing and touching. Two things really got me emotionnal,no,three. The little guy whom both parents had aids(the father died), the group of children singing,the grand-mother taking her grand-kids to get tested for aids.
As a mother myself, it really struck a cord. THey should air it in every school class.

Joanne Ranzell
Laval Quebec
Posted By Anonymous Joanne Ranzell Laval Quebec : 1:01 PM ET
Given the growing unrest in the world, I hope that were not in for another weekend of reruns and pre-recorded features. I keep saying that the world doesn't turn on the USA 9-5, M-F time table. More CNN International could be used and development of a week-end team could be a real plus to maintain credibility. Week at War has been a good addition.
Posted By Anonymous linda, bella vista,ar : 1:03 PM ET
Christianne Amanpour's special "Where Have All The Parents Gone" is a 'must' see. It should be shown in theatres around the world. I watched it twice. The first time I missed a lot because I couldn't see the TV for my tears. Watching those young boys and girls taking on the role of parents to their younger brothers and sisters just stunned me.
Thanks CNN
Posted By Anonymous Bev Ontario Canada : 1:51 PM ET
Concerning the Pope's visit to Turkey. I cannot see how it could possibly do any harm. You know, he was the one misunderstood, not the other way around, why should he be required to kiss feet and keep apologizing. Personally, I would have said exactly what he did-"I'm sorry what I said offends you." He didn't say he was sorry for WHAT he said, nor should he have.

My God, everytime someone opens their mouth these days someome else is bent out of shape. Those "boys" that screamed & yelled over some word they didn't like also had a few words to spit back at "Kramer" too. Gosh, when do they start their therapy? Oh, I know, they just heard it someone, they didn't mean anything. Mel Gibson? You can plead drunk or on drugs and get away with murder, but not calling someone an offensive word.

So while we're having fits over noyhing the true bad----s are taking over the world! Says a lot for us, doesn't it? Come on, give me a break! PC doesn't just stand for Politically Correct. It also stands for a P-of C-.

Maggie
Posted By Anonymous Maggie, Grain Valley, MO : 5:36 PM ET
Amen Maggie: Everyone's offended by something! We can't make laws dictating what's right and wrong to say. The Pope, Kramer and Mel Gibson can say whatever they want . It's their right.

The cool thing is that if you disagree, you have a constitutional right to denounce them.
Posted By Anonymous xtina Chicago IL : 6:58 PM ET
Anderson Cooper 360's show was truly amazing tonite Dec. 1st. He did such a great job of asking his guests Delia and Reza just the right questions about Muslim vs. Christian religions. Anderson never has to be 'in your face' asking the experts questions. He's content to take a back seat and just make sure his audience heard his questions before he turns it over for the expert answers. It was so nice to hear all about the Turks and Muslims from such a well informed young man like Reza, and I'm quite liking Delia's wide knowldge of many things. Shows like this will go a long way to help us have a better understanding of the Turks and the Muslim religion.
Thankyou Anderson, 360 crew and CNN
Posted By Anonymous Bev Ontario Canada : 11:10 PM ET
The Pope did a lot in terms of speaking about inter-faith dialogue, by going to a mosque, learning about the way of prayer, so forth. I think that is important, because learning about other faiths (whether you follow or believe in it or not) is very important. I think it helps with dialogue, which in turn can help bring together peace. It's about the commonalities, not the differences. I wish the Pope also spoke of peace, love, compassion, right conduct, non-violence, and so forth: I mean these are commonalities amongst all faiths?! But I guess he did...indirectly?

Also - Christiane Amanpour did a beautiful job with 'Where have all the parents gone?', the people were amazing, vibrant/full of life (ironically), planning their futures (the children), and cared about eachother, which I thought was just great. Really amazing stories...

I always wondered what you guys do when you leave a place in conditions this? Do you donate money? clothing? food? Is there legal issues involved? I always find it interesting how this transition works...I also wondered if there were other options in terms of websites that can be offered, for volunteer purposes? It's hard to donate money (aidvillageclinics.org), so do they accept volunteers?

thank you
Posted By Anonymous deepa, buffalo,NY : 3:35 AM ET
You link to Mr. Israely's article on meaning of Pope's trip:

He implies that only Christians "have a long way to go" in mending fences. Excuse me, but which religion burns effigies, takes to the street in riots, kills nuns and doesn't speak peacefully?
Posted By Anonymous xtina - chicago IL : 4:33 PM ET
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