Murder in the House, by Jakub Schikaneder
The Suffering of the Victims
Every day people are killed. Shot, stabbed, or beaten to death. Sometimes one, or several people, kill a large group of seemingly random people. These are horrible events. All of them result in people whose lives are untimely brought to an end. The victims died for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
People consider events like this to be extra horrific for three reasons. The severity of the body-count; the apparent randomness; and the fact that it is purely due to the evil deeds of another person. This makes it different from a regular murder, or a plane crash. The only thing required to prevent such needless slaughter is for the perpetrator to come to his senses before committing the deed.
Mass killings such as this, can be more or less divided into two categories. There are the mentally deranged and there are the terrorists.
Forest Landscape, by David Vickboons (1633)
The Global Warming Media Focus
Recent decades have seen a revival in the debate on climate change. The debate is highly salient and is frequently discussed on the news or on conferences attended by world leaders. It is a debate that centres around our emission of greenhouse gasses and its impact on global temperature. In line with the usual conclusion that these emissions do indeed influence the earth’s temperature, measures are taken to reduce our CO2 production, or at least these plans are drafted.
There’s talk about how bad cars are, or how bad it is that we eat beef, since cows produce methane. The story culminates in the idea that if we do not prevent climate change, we are heading for extinction.
But, will all that focus on global warming and CO2, other topics, which have received way more attention in the past but were never actually solved, are no longer getting the screen time and exposure they should.
Freedom for Tibet
Population replacement. A term mostly heard in fringe right-wing groups, closely linked to the racists and white supremacists of the world. At least, that is when it comes to Europe. In China the situation is easier to observe – the population of Tibet really is being replaced.