Help Save Troy Davis

8 09 2008

Please help save Troy Davis.

Troy Davis is a man in Georgia who is currently scheduled to be executed on September 23rd, for a shooting which he quite likely did not commit. No murder weapon has been found, no other physical evidence exists, and seven of the nine state witnesses have either contradicted or recanted their original testimony, many signing sworn affadavits that they were pressure or coerced by the police into their testimony. One of the two remaining witnesses has been suggested to have been the actual gunman in the case. We cannot be unjust, and expect justive for ourselves, nor can we be unmerciful, and expect others to grant us mercy in our turn. In short, we must love one another or die.

From Amnesty International:

Troy Davis was sentenced to death for the murder of Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail at a Burger King in Savannah, Georgia; a murder he maintains he did not commit. There was no physical evidence against him and the weapon used in the crime was never found. The case against him consisted entirely of witness testimony which contained inconsistencies even at the time of the trial. Since then, all but two of the state’s non-police witnesses from the trial have recanted or contradicted their testimony. Many of these witnesses have stated in sworn affidavits that they were pressured or coerced by police into testifying or signing statements against Troy Davis.

One of the two witnesses who has not recanted his testimony is Sylvester “Red” Coles – the principle alternative suspect, according to the defense, against whom there is new evidence implicating him as the gunman. Nine individuals have signed affidavits implicating Sylvester Coles.

Please, help in any way that you can. Amnesty International lists a number of ways on their page on the matter. Perhaps most importantly, send the Georgia Board of Pardon and Paroles informing them that you oppose this breach of justice. Please help.

Global Warming

31 03 2008

I am not particularly opinionated on the subject of the existence global warming — I consider the evidence for both positions relating to its reality to be rather too sparse to be able to make an adequate determination on the matter. However, I am fully in support of attempting to curb the phenomenon, as, although I am not convinced of its existence, neither am I convinced of its unreality, and I am revolted by the “wait-and-see” attitude towards an issue of this magnitude. Let’s briefly consider both probable scenarios: in situation one, global warming is not occurring. Fine, we’ve spent some money that didn’t need to be spent. Whoop-de-do. At the moment, we are spending millions of dollars a day in Iraq, there’s no reason why we can’t spend a barely-comparable quantity on peaceful endeavours. In scenario two, global warming is indeed occurring, and our efforts have apprehended it — or not, if we haven’t attempted to do so. If the latter is the case, the planet overheats, the ecosystem gets torched, and we regretfully look back at the idyllic years when there was actually vegetation outside. I’m of the belief that the former is rather preferable.