[Posting here while blogger is down 8Jun2006]
Some Aus chap has been thrown into prison for killing a cat by grabbing its tail and banging its head against the ground. This is actually the recommended way to kill a small animal, Its absurd to use courts & prisons for this.
When I studied physiology, we were told to kill a rat without alarming it.
Something about liver function & adrenaline.
The recommended method was to gently and calmly grab the tail, then as quickly as possible to swing it around and crack its head on the lab bench.
I also got to kill a white rabbit by injecting a couple mil of air into a vein - a very quick death
2.3E9 ybp Snowball Earth - ice 1/2mile thick?
eukaryotes existed 50 - 100 million years before that ice age
cyanobacteria..were pumping out oxygen for millions of years before that
"ice probably was not consistently as thick as a half-mile"
..droplets of oil encased in rock crystals dating from 2.4 billion years ago..from the Elliot Lake area Ontario .. contained biomarkers..structurally identified as having come from specific types of life. ..A paper reaching the same conclusion was hailed as one of the top science breakthroughs of 1999. ..Adriana Dutkiewicz U Sydney in Australia
Galaxies simulated abc
Dr Jerome Buhl U Sydney ..at a low density of insects, the locusts swarmed around chaotically.
At intermediate density the locusts banded together but changed their marching directions quickly.
..the critical tipping point - 20 insects per square metre - the group immediately massed together and swarmed as one in a persistent direction.
..a set of simple local rules. If somebody drives past them they must move and follow next to them. If they see a dodgem car a little further away then they must move towards them. If they get too close to another dodgem car they must bounce away from it,"
..you suddenly get to a number where they all start moving in the same direction together."
..statistical physics models of disordered and ordered particles.
Lockheed CEV .. CEV
NASA has chosen the RS-68 engine to power the core stage of the heavy lift vehicle
..the most powerful liquid O2/H2 booster ..650,000 pounds of thrust ..
..33-foot diameter tank..five RS-68 engines.
used in the Delta IV..
..supersedes NASA's initial decision to use a derivative of the space shuttle main engine ..
420,000 pounds thrust
..a dramatic cost savings..
wind turbines south of here in Thomas, W.Va., have been lethal to bats
More than 2,000 were killed in 2003 at the Mountaineer project, whose 44 turbines are owned by FPL Energy
The total share of energy that wind farms generated nationwide in 2004 was tiny — about one-third of 1 percent, according to the Energy Department. But by 2020, according to industry estimates, wind's share of the county's energy portfolio could grow ten- or twentyfold.
animal baby Ginkgo biloba, to treat asthma, bronchitis, and brain...
mice lacking heme oxygenase recovered poorly from stroke...
..converts heme,..that produces damaging oxygen radicals, to less harmful compounds
..ginkgo biloba might activate heme oxygenase, thereby protecting brain cells.
[ so if you have a stroke, gulp some Ginkgo & light a spliff]
RNAis present in the centrosome Mark Alliegro of Louisiana State U..
..could be a molecular relic from the RNA world,..
..a centrosome itself replicates.
..Palazzo .. centrosomes from.. surf clam eggs.
..finding five sequences that looked nothing like any known RNA ..1 reverse transcriptase..
[Lyn Margulis must be pleased]
the use of the FtsZ ring in dividing mitochondria and chloroplasts further establishes their prokaryotic ancestry.
[Lyn Margulis must be very pleased]
58th birthday this month, I notice that I must eat less to maintain my weight compared with 20 years ago.
Maybe my "gut bugs" have got more efficient at converting food into absorbables?
Gordon's investigations .. He compared normal mice to a strain of gnotobiotic, or germ-free, mice,... mice with bacteria in their guts ate 29% less and had 42% more body fat. The bacteria made the mice fat.
1988, when Tony Blair was shadow energy secretary, he launched a passionate attack on the Conservatives’ climate policies.“What is unbelievably depressing about the government’s response,” he said, “is that they see, in the evidence about greenhouse gases, not an opportunity to promote environmental concern but a chance to make the case for nuclear power. ... Having made a big issue of the greenhouse effect, it became clear that energy efficiency was the best way to deal with it, but … the government’s position has been characterised by a malign reluctance to have anything to do with the notion of energy conservation.” What better description of his own legacy could there be?
[JHoward loves nuclear because it represents centralised power, which must kick-nack to politicos]
LEED system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which grades buildings in areas like energy and water consumption, indoor-air quality and use of renewable materials...certified (26 to 32 points) to platinum (52-69);.. Seven World Trade Center received 35 points,..for "core and shell" buildings, with no tenants.
..lobby filled with air that has been ventilated and filtered. "
[- where I come from "Green" or "Environmental" does not mean Industrial/Mechanical filtered air, it simply means air, usually from a few thousand k of open ocean]
..Because the triangles are so efficient .. 21% less steel tonnage than a conventional building
.. 90% recycled content.
(Since virtually all the structural steel produced in the United States comes from mills that use scrap steel as a raw material, project managers would have been hard pressed to find beams and columns made from iron ore.)
..all the glass in the building will have a coating that tends to admit visible light while reflecting a large part of [IR]
The floor of the atrium will be fitted with pipes that contain chilled liquid that will absorb the heat ..
[sadly, almost all "water features" now are ghastly, with chlorine treated water recycling.. Renaissance fountains with water running by gravity (no motors humming) and untreated from the mountains.. impossible now, but why settle for a smelly imitation?But note the Hearst building does collect rainwater, so the 'feature' may sometimes be once-through]
Most of the 12 desert regions, including the Great Victoria desert of Australia, for which the future climate has been modeled in a computer, face a drier future, the report said.
..rainfall would fall by as much as 20% by the end of the century.
Compounding the threats ..the melting of glaciers that sustain many deserts, such as the Atacama and Monte deserts in South America
The world's deserts are home to some 500 million people today
..The glaciers on the Tibetan plateau, for example, may decline by as much as 80% by the end of the century, according to the IPCC..
..water ..in the arid Southwest of the United States, the deserts of Central Asia and the Atacama and Puna Deserts on both sides of the Andes is drawn from rivers that originate in the glaciated/snow-covered mountains,"
..also in danger. It cited the Rio Grande and Colorado Rivers in North America, the Tigris and Euphrates in southwestern Asia and the Amu Darya and Indus Rivers in Central Asia ..
..Chad, Iraq, Niger and Syria scarcity by 2050
..wealth in Arab lands.. convoys of hunters sweeping through the arid landscapes of Arabia, Kazakhstan and Sudan.."shooting what they can or running it down in Jeeps".
[nb the extent of deserts under Climate Chaos Warming appears to be under debate]
Hungry cassowaries hit town in search for food 29May 2006
..The critically endangered and famously testy flightless bird, known for its ability to disembowel humans with its razor-sharp claws, is running amok through the backyards and suburban streets of north Queensland in search of food.
..left rainforest areas after ..fruit-bearing plants .. were knocked down by Larry's 260km/h winds.
..The birds are..the only animals capable of distributing the seeds of more than 70 species of trees whose fruit is too large for any other forest-dwelling animal ..
There are less than 1200 cassowaries left Baboons in the room:
johnhawks .. baboons
"I was sitting outside one day, the kids were swimming in the pool, when Eric just flew through the burglar bars and into the house," said Debbie Ellis, who lives in the Imhoff's Gift district. Eric is the alpha male of the local troop.
"It was a bit frightening to see a five-foot-four male baboon standing behind my three-year-old goddaughter."
There has been a leaking fuel rod in one of Koeberg's nuclear reactors "for some time", but Eskom says this is nothing to worry about
This blog has some loose talk about Roberti Bellarmine, or St Robert as the Catholic Encyclopedia calls him "the hammer of heresies." Here is more from the presumably infallible tome:
... 1599 he [Clement VIII] made him Cardinal-Priest.. Bellarmine did not live to deal with the later and more serious stage of the Galileo case, but in 1615 he took part in its earlier stage...it became Bellarmine's official duty to signify the condemnation to Galileo, .. [RB dies 1621 or 22?] ...a life which had been no less remarkable for its virtues than for its achievements.
The good book fails to mention Giordano Bruno and is eminently weasel-wordish about RB's old buddy Galileo. I suppose there is a viewpoint from which burning a man alive could be considered a "remarkable virtue" RB book advertised here http://www.stjohnfisherforum.org/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=CWS4516
a calm and personable Aristide in a navy-blue suit tells Ribbe that before his ouster, he was visited by two high-ranking French emissaries -- Regis Debray and Veronique Albanel -- who threatened him. ''Either you resign or you might be shot,'' Aristide said he was told. - a threat, noot a warning. In the '60s, Regis Debray fought beside Che Guevara in Bolivia. dir 2 years in chokey. Seems to have swung as far right as anyone of our generation. Now acting as a heavy for Empire, deserves to be shot on sight.
coon pictures http://www.flickr.com/photos/latenightowl/3877626/ .. http://www.flickr.com/photos/latenightowl/5323556/ ... and dog http://www.flickr.com/photos/latenightowl/4921598/in/set-16693/ cant link to this kind of flickr, you have to click.
Mae Marsh This was on my wall for years even tho Birth of a Nation was a shill for the Klan. I also had an Arthur Iles Maori girl with moko, some say AI was sentimental & colonial but this girl was fierce
other Iraq treatment welcome back to Fallujah http://photos3.flickr.com/4536862_b8dc8a4bcd.jpg cruise missile 'freedom' http://photos3.flickr.com/3702108_8b11d7bcc0.jpg girl terrorist http://photos2.flickr.com/3357634_e7e1932e06.jpg girl terrorist http://photos2.flickr.com/3357636_fff0fcfc40.jpg rpg http://photos3.flickr.com/3476143_92df8db7bc.jpg ______________________________________________ Nanosolar Palo Alto promising solar electricity at 5 cents per kWh .. molecular self-assembly..quantum dots (10nm) 100x thinner than thin-film amorphous Nanosolar SolarPly 14 x 10 feet 120 W/in² at 110V ..below $1 per peak watt. http://www.nanosolar.com/products.htm ______________________________________________________________________ I'm thinking of going to Bamako & Dakar, for the music. I've never travelled to a desert country, not even back of Bourke. Mali being tres poor, there probably arent as many buses as SEAsia. Plan to spend all the inheritance. Then what? Suicide is painless, but it aint easy. As a youth I would climb up unfinished buildings, sit on the 10th floor slab, think about the jump (building site security was lax in those days]. Later I got hold of Potasium Cyanide, sometimes would lie with a cap held in forceps over my open mouth. Threw those caps away one day in Grey Lynn in 1971, after smoking some Aceh black. Life suddenly seemed immensely interesting.
Mali Climate cool, dry season October - March very hot April - June rainy July - September ..when it rains it doesn't last all day, nor does it rain every day; and the countryside is green and fresh (dust-free). Syd-Paris $1800-$2200 Paris-Bamako $1270 Mopti has a Paris plane, but not Internetted.
_______________________________ "I am surprised and embarrassed to be a part of the first American generation to leave the country in far worse shape than it was when we first came into it," he wrote last year. "Big darkness, soon come. Take my word for it." Hunter S T
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_________________________________________ 3/3/2005 10:55AM 42nd Mersenne prime 225,964,951 - 1 7,816,230 digits. by a Dr Nowak in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (Gimps) ________________________________________ 2/3/2005 SBS TV Dateline John Martinkus interview with GAM Commander Muharram "They attacked us with all their war machinery, their huge fighting force, their warplanes and ships, their Scorpion tanks and so on. They also conducted brutal operations against the people. The slightest suspicion, such as giving a cigarette to a GAM member, could get you shot. Because they conducted such brutal operations, they banned the international community from coming to Aceh. They don't want them to come to Aceh to report what they see. Why don't they want them here? Because they don't want the world to witness their brutality."
Aceh: Nusa: 20Jan05 "We are still waiting for the elephants to come and pull out all the trucks,"
Ray Kurzweil and the Spike. Lets be clear. The Spike is real and immanent. But its foolish to believe in: 1) Computers smarter than people: Lots of GFlops do NOT a super intelligent being make, merely a faster computer intelligence requires a body, a care. fast switches do not intelligence make. We care because we die, and because we have chemical emotions. Machines dont care. Even if we try to make them care, say by adding a "care" accumulator, a 'smart'; machine would simply set the accumulator to 'full', bingo, care no more! Something like a junkie machine.
2) self replicating nanobots. Before a tiny machine can replicate, show me a normal size factory that needs no people supervision at all. It takes an entire economy to make a gadget like a DVD player. No nanobot can do it alone.
3) immortality We have no idea how the inside of a cell works, nor how neurons grow. There is NO possibility of replacing my right sciatic nerve. Absent that, 'immortality' is an absurdly hopeless proposition.
4) Scanning nd downloading minds. This is an absurdity. It is just not possible to scan at the Molecular level. It is probably impossible in principle. There is certainly no inkling of a method. Even if a scan was possible, the reconstruction is not. It is by no means clear that a molecular-accurate scan would constitute a mind.
5) Teleportation is meaningless Even granted scanning & transmission, what would be constituted at the far end would be my twin, not me. At this end I am supposed to agree to be destroyed so my twin can walk free at the far end? Not on your Nellie.
Despite these caveats, it seems clear that exponential growth in machine complexity will lead to a social complexity beyond current comprehension. BUT EcoCrash may subsume the Spike.
Ecocrash: Soil depletion. Water contamination. PeakOil [PO] no cheap oil will gut this culture. 2 Billion township souls with no gardens, no water tanks, will trash the towns. Cheap weapons and sensors will render security obsolete. Car culture, having trashed village level interactions, will stall with PO, leaving us within walking distance of precisely nothing. Global Warming imposed on an unstable system - aka agriculture - will cause instability, wide swings, aka crash. Nothing to eat, no trucks to truck it, no pumps, no water.
Human rights, habeas corpus, due process have already gone - did you notice? Torture, disappearance, assassination, character assassination, have arrived - did you notice? Forgery has replaced elections - did you notice? Forever war has arrived - did you notice? Concentration camps are in use - have you noticed?
There is a nice irony in car bombs: oil troopers pulverised by cars packed with explosives. Car culture brought these troops to this town, Cars smash them down
We made the trek down to a base near the ruins of ancient Babylon. I stayed right next to the Euphrates River, which is significantly smaller than the Tigris. The camp was dotted with hundreds of date palms, olive and pomegranate trees, and thick reeds next to the river.
The next morning I birded in the ruins of Babylon proper. An Iraq babbler sat obligingly on a fence for a few minutes before diving into the reeds. In the same area I saw a few young white-cheeked bulbuls that were just fledging. A pond near an amphitheater from Alexander the Great's time had a black-crowned night heron, a few little egrets, pied kingfishers, and black-winged stilts.
Near the ruins I saw my first laughing dove. It was walking around near the base of a date tree. I really enjoyed the combination of the lush surroundings, the birds, and the history of Babylon, not to mention that this base is much safer than mine -- it almost never gets attacked.
I returned to Baghdad and took another walk to the scrubby area near the lake. I was treated to a great view of an immature isabelline shrike hunting insects along a dirt berm. I also saw two male black francolins -- large chicken-sized game birds -- chasing each other around in the scrub. When I got too close to them they flew a short distance on their broad, short wings and scurried away into the brush. The birds were spectacular, with their black bellies, deep chestnut collars, and white cheek patches.
SouthWest Sydney suburb Macquarie Fields. 4th night standoff, youth vs cops the news man say "police taking on an entire suburb" daytime snatch squads seen carrying sub-machine guns
Two words for the yout: "frozen grapefruit" - South Auckland yout fire frozen grapefruit from pvc tubes - a tough version of potato guns. Auckland has lotsa grapefruit trees in the streets, the only city I've lived in where you could get breakfast from the street
potato gun Unscrew the plug at the back, and give a short burst of hair spray. Note that the amount of fuel is VERY critical; too much will not ignite, and not enough will give you a poor shot. Other references suggest WD-40; try just about any aerosol, but avoid things like liquid oxygen, as PVC shrapnel is difficult to remove.
"Never seen a gun like that," Rydell allowed. "What's it shoot?" "Grapefruit cans," Turvey said. "Fulla concrete." "No shit?" "Watch," Turvey said, and brought the thing to his shoulder. It had a sort of breech, very intricately machined, a trigger-thing like part of a pair vise-grip pliers, and a couple of flexible tubes. The latter ran down, Rydell saw, to a great big canister of gas, - Gibson "Virtual Light"
Take up the White Man's burden-- Ye dare not stoop to less-- Nor call too loud on Freedom To cloke your weariness; By all ye cry or whisper, By all ye leave or do, The silent, sullen peoples Shall weigh your gods and you. Rudyard Kipling 1899 in response to USA invading Philippines
We have been trying to suppress agrarian guerillas in the southern Philippines since the day we took the islands from the Spanish in 1898. We called the peasant rebels Moros and then Huks, now they are being called some kind of “militant” or “terrorist” group, like the Abu Sayyaf. The endless American attempt to squelch whomever it is in the southern Philippines who seem to have a mind of their own is even interwoven with the story of the legendary Colt .45 Automatic Pistol. That weapon with its massive blasting power had been specifically designed to be used against the Moro and Huk rebels in close comba
Under the agreement signed on Sunday, Russia would supply fuel for 10 years, after which Iran plans to make its own fuel. The head of Russia's atomic energy agency, Alexander Rumyantsev, said the first batch of enriched uranium fuel was in Siberia ready to be shipped.... Sunday's deal could start the countdown to an attack by the US or Israel to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities before nuclear fuel is delivered, in order to avoid radioactive fallout.
In "Beyond the Rubicon" Michael C. Ruppert says SBG (SaudiBinLaden Group) owns the iridium satellites. But Howard Altman in "Phil in the Blanks" says "..Iridium satellites --..originally funded in no small part by the SBG (Eventually, Iridium LLC went bankrupt and its assets, including the satellites, were purchased by a group that has no connection to SBG.)" so what is Usama's number? Ruppert has some wacky ideas about computers that can read everything, but his ideas on Caspian oil are interesting. It was late in the year 2000 that it was realised that Caspian oil was not another Saudi field, but only 1/10th of that. Hence the panic. June 2001: new rules discouraged fighter interception of errant airliners. The rest is History.
_____________________________________________________________________ Humanoid robots walk naturally
Walking is easy, forget all those motors, let the legs swing (mine are still walking, barely) I suppose that the problem of consciousness will be solved in the same way that the problem of Flocking was solved. By realising that there is no problem. Birds and fish "flock" by following a few simple local rules. There is no central plan. Rodney brooks hexapod robots have local intelligence at each limb. Consciousness will be seen as the result of a myriad of 'local' neural patterns see Edelmans 'drum' shaped neural clusters, and Marvin Minsky's 'Society of Mind'
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_____________________________________________________________________ "Oppie's membership in a closed unit was very secret indeed."
_____________________________________________________________________ "the fetters imposed on liberty at home have ever been forged out of the weapons provided for defence against real, pretended, or imaginary dangers from abroad." Madison _____________________________________________________________________ "If they kill me, there will be a really guilty party on this planet whose name is the President of the United States George Bush," Venezuelan Pres..Hugo Chavez , in his weekly radio programme 'Hello, Mr President. '21 Feb05 _____________________________________________________________________
Wellington fog. not my pic, its from Flikr. Note IExplorer users, this scrolling image is better in Firefox
a mobile phone is more intimate than a regular digital camera textamerica moblog quickly censored these, so here they are in tblog Khao San Hotel Siam City refused entry to this girl, we had to find another hotel. Auto-Racism, hypocracy, inhospitable, call it what you will, KS is soem sort of backpacker enclave, noli tangere anyone outside your whitebread scandavian- melboourne love bead set my advice is to skip KS altogether. Its miles from the skytrain anyway.
vialls at present America has a finite number of military aircraft, ships and tanks, but cannot afford to import the raw materials to build more. What you see is what you get, and George W. Bush is fast starting to look like Romulus Augustulus, the last emperor of the Roman Empire. Dimona micro-nuke in Beirut
Its often said that rich countries are cleaner than poor countries. so we should concentrate on development not environment But: 1) UnClean on a global scale: looks clean but about to cook the planet ClimateChangeGases
Recent simulations suggest 11° warming is a possibility The planet hasnt been there since the planetoid bombardments stopped. can anyone say "Runaway Greenhouse" "Venus"
energy is invisibly dirty note: Clear skies seen when power plants stopped recently for 2 days in NE-USA no Contrails in the air over USA on 12Sep01 so "clean rich" is relative 2) waste disposal: rich send old circuit boards to be cooked over crude fires in China 3) rich send polluting factories to Mexico 4) rich do not help the poor. except: 1940s & 50s the USA ordered land reform in Japan,SKorea,Taiwan hence Industry in those lands The USA did not order land reform in Philippines: hence Latafundias and poverty 5) rich lend money to elites, payed back by the masses 6) cut flowers and strawberries grown on poor peoples land where once food grew >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> What is to be done?
Factor4: energy efficiency is not "NoGrowth" its "SmartGrowth" pumps, ducts, heat exchangers, process heat Smart glass Thermal building design , ventilation Sensors, switches, changing to conditions the efficient future involves lots of fussy maintenance of pumps, vents, heat exchangers retrofitting of Solar thermal & electric on roofs (its not risk free, lots of people are going to die falling off those roofs)
The point is that this could mean economic growth with less exhausts Monbiot is partially correct, growth must have a limit. but a few billion$ invested in large scale PhotoVoltaic production could mean jobs, economic growth and clean skies. Government currently picks winners - big Carbon gets huge subsidies. BigCarbon have been winners since 1760, but not anymore. Time for Govt subsidies for PV fuelcell & biomass But these are de-central, so big Govt has no incentive, So PV will have to make it on its own Wind generators are doing ok in Old Europe >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Are cars for transport or excitement? if for transport 30kw is plenty, electric hybrids with 10kw petrol engine are adequate 30kph is plenty fast enough to get around town In my fathers day, the entire town of Woodville took the train for a town picnic. My grandfather, the town cop, had the first car in 1922
If cars are for excitement, or to impress women, then there is no limit on size or power or gas emissions. This is the weak link of Homo Sap. Sexual selection has no limit. The tiger puts a paw on the peacocks tail.
____________________ George MonbiotTuesday February 15, 2005 ...A rise of just 2.1 degrees, almost certain to happen this century, will confront as many as 3 billion people with water stress. This, in turn, is likely to result in tens of millions of deaths. GM copped some flack from the InfiniteGrowth crew, but hes mostly correct _________________________________________________________ Nick Schulz , just a young chap, shame he's so stuck in the OldOilParadigm hasnt read Factor4
"For the developing world, they understand that mandating severe limitations on greenhouse gas emissions means slowing down their economies... As their economies grow, they will use increasing amounts of energy to develop the transportation infrastructure, telecommunication systems, industrial and manufacturing bases, medical systems and housing enjoyed by the developed world. Since there is no currently available technology to reduce emissions..." _______________________
Stephen Schwartz on dhimma Published 02/17/2005 a Tech Head who seems to be knowledgable about the Ottamans.. _________________________________
"the first director of national intelligence .. After a prolonged search in which several others turned down the job," Elliott Abrams Its a good idea to watch out when mass murderers are promoted One thing about "chickenHawk Cards that disturbs me is "conflict avoided" Vietnam - it seems that was the morally correct choice cf Kerry, who sailed merrily along machine-gunning Vietnamese.
But if these covert ops were tragedy, the Chavez plot was farce. The rapid unraveling of the coup suggested that the Venezuelan plotters would have done better seeking advise from Supreme Court Justice Rehnquist rather than from Reich. It soon became public that Bush officials maintained a web of connections with the conspirators and appeared to have foreknowledge of the plot. Using the same conduit Reagan used to fund the contras, the National Endowment for Democracy, the administration had funneled money to Venezuelan opposition.
So, "when did McD’s start recruiting for Lucifer, Prince of Darkness? I mean, I know their corporate fortunes are on the wane, but come on. Now, being an atheistic and non-supernaturalist kind of guy, I don’t really care about the demon part, although the violent aspect seems pretty crappy. But don’t they sell a lot of burgers to the families of JesusLand? Where’s the outrage? Where’s the boycott?" ozrock
The hour is late...he is doing his best to get drunk. Standing off in a corner, trademark shades in place, stoned as usual, he looks oddly depressed. This is not his kind of crowd. Everyone appears to be over thirty. They are wearing suits and ties. None of them is stoned. And they are all so calm. That is the real problem: none of them is crazy. They wouldn’t understand the demons that live in his head. He drains his glass in a gulp and orders another drink. And then another. Buy the end of the evening, he will have had many drinks, and will still be sober. It is his special curse: to be able to fill his body with alcohol and drugs, and always have it function; never to be able to blot out what he has seen, what he knows. And looking around, he knows that it is over: the revolution, the fighting, the chance to be different. The counterculture has become The Culture, and out there in the streets is the proof.... (1976) ..Robert Sam Anson (Doubleday, 1981)
"I hate to advocate chemicals, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me" "When the going gets weird,the weird turn pro." _________________________________________ I want a "Lake Toba" cap seen recently on GAM and TNI heads... Toba picture : http://gbruno2.blogspot.com/2004/04/great-calderic-lakes-i-have-swum-in.html
socialistworker.co.uk I ran into the kitchen to put on my veil, since men were going to enter our house and it would be wrong for them to see me with my hair uncovered. This saved my life. As my father and neighbour approached the door, the Americans opened fire on them. They died instantly. Me and my 13 year old brother hid in the kitchen behind the fridge. The soldiers came into the house and caught my older sister. They beat her. Then they shot her.
2000 years from now, Uranium will remain poisoning the earth around Babylon. The brief USAnian empire will be remembered only as more filthy and more evil than the Roman empire. At least the Romans brought roads.
I love spiders. These 2 make orb webs in my yard. The furry one was at face level when I walked into her web. Didnt know such fat furry beasts made orb webs I dont mind Huntsmen indoors, but they are curious. I saw one above by the door, decided to leave her alone, next thing shes appearing over the arm of the sofa. Attracted to movement I guess. Anyway huntsmen are docile, brush into a pan, and they will generally sit still while you carry them outside.
Somewhere deep in their - at first glance - gentle blue eyes, the memory of opium transactions gleamed, and the lingering view of some harbour somewhere, filled with myriad shouts and a profusion of masts - Pusan, Mokpo, Dairun, Toentsin, Tsingtao, Shanghai, Keelung, Amoy, Hong Kong, Macao, Hanoi, Haiphong, Manila, Singapore. Even after they had returned to their home country, the entry 'Far East hand' remained, a single, mysterious, dark line in black ink in their personal histories, For the rest of their lives they could not escape the tiny, ugly aura of glory that hovers over men who have thrust their hands into exotic soil in search of gold dust." Yukio Mishima Forbidden Colours 1951
__________________________________________________________________________ Feb. 14 - The United States' fledgling missile-defense system suffered its third straight test failure Sunday night when an interceptor rocket failed to launch __________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________ Dorothy Stang In 2002, Sister Dorothy Stang told US environmental magazine Outside: "The logging companies work with a threat logic . . . They elaborate a list of leaders, and then a second movement appears to eliminate those people. If I get a stray bullet . . . we know exactly who did it." - REUTERS
..Maxi Cat Orange II is going gangbusters hoping to break Fossets JulesVerne & absolute Round the World (Fosset doesnt officially have the JV, he refused to pay the $30K fee, his crew voted for a $30K party instead) OrangeII has 24 hour world record (706.2 miles covered at an average speed of 29.42 knots),...OrangeII position
__________________________________ Another character who doesnt deserve to live
__________________________________ blogs funny intellectualize and Staunch spymaster. alicublog __________________________________ Good to see Old Europe (Austria) arming the Iranians. Steyr Mannlicher selling 800 long-range Steyr 50 HS semiautomatic rifles .. "they would be used to fight drug-related criminality and to secure the borders of Iran." (GWs ranting threats evidently qualify as "drug-related criminality" __________________________________ "The United States needs to lose the war in Iraq as soon as possible. Even more urgently, the whole world needs the United States to lose the war in Iraq. What is at stake now is the way we run the world for the next generation or more, and really bad things will happen if we get it wrong." Gwynne Dyer Future Tense: The Coming World Order
I agree with GD, its vital that the USA lose. After two years with 20,000 bitter Uranium soaked amputee vets pan-handling on its city streets, the USA has already lost. Despite the blathering, nervous, silly and slight Condi, no-one believes the USA is capable of any more wars for another generation. Excepting maybe Grenada. _________________________________________________ 08 Feb 2005 Indonesia Crude oil exports have declined by 70% in 2 years.. ..closer to becoming a net importer..a consideration to withdraw from Opec (after) 43-year membership . ..output fallen 5% annually over the past decade .. to 30,000 bpd in 2004 from 100,000 bpd in 2003. Soharto let Exon suck Sumatera dry.Trouble ahead. _________________________________________________ food detective We're paying for a 99-cent burger in our health-care bills, in our environmental cleanup bills, in our military budget, and in the disappearance of the family farm. So it really isn't cheap at all. _________________________________________________ Attack Map http://healingiraq.blogspot.com/attacks2.JPG _________________________________________________ rudepundit"If George Bush took a shit in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Orrin Hatch would appear on Fox "News" to declare how bold a shit it was and how mighty a loaf was pinched out and how are the Democrats going to deal with a President who is unafraid to take a dump with a stone Lincoln staring at him."
_________________________________________________ 2004 temperature anomalies __________________________________________________ ..Why cease fire while Neve Dekalim still contains live ones?
"when one reads that after the age of twenty-nine a man can no longer love and that he must wait until he is forty-nine before his capacity for affect revives, one feels the ground give way beneath one" (Black Skin White Masks, Franz Fanon 1952) __________________________________________ Juan Cole cuts: Cranky rich people hire sharp-tongued and relatively uninformed young people all the time and put them on the mass media to badmouth the poor, spread bigotry, exalt mindless militarism, promote anti-intellectualism, and ensure generally that rightwing views come to predominate even among people who are harmed by such policies. _____________________________- The mighty Kossacks have framed Bush’s frivolous asbestos comment accurately. Mesothelioma is now FREEDOM CANCER! And for our country to be free, we must suck it up and free small businesses from frivolous freedom cancer lawsuits. ___________________________________________________ Back Pain continued.. Pain in my arm, Physio says C5 but
suggests C8 Apparently there is no C8 vertebra, but there is a C8 nerve from between C7/T1 I wish I knew a good chiropractor. Father, a GP of the old school (Otago) was so vehemently opposed to the practice that I still am not completely sure they arent all bogus My L7/S1 saga of 1997 has an odd relic: the foot abductors on my left side are extremely weak. I failed to notice because I bike everywhere, and the extensors are ok. But with my C8 pain, biking is not fun, so I havnt done much for 2 months, noticed a "flappy" left foot.. Actually "ankle dorsiflexion eversion and inversion ankle plantar flexion" are the correct terms.. but what it means is I cant stand balanced on my left heel, and the walking action is floppy... So its evenings on the floor with the trusty old pulley bought at a lower Manhattan chandlers in 1980... Who would have a human spine...
. .Ward Churchill still copping flak from his 12Sep01 remarks "Some People Push Back" On the Justice of Roosting Chickens mystuff
ward_churchill_responds* It is not disputed that the Pentagon was a military target, or that a CIA office was situated in the World Trade Center. Following the logic by which U.S. Defense Department spokespersons have consistently sought to justify target selection in places like Baghdad, this placement of an element of the American "command and control infrastructure" in an ostensibly civilian facility converted the Trade Center itself into a "legitimate" target. Again following U.S. military doctrine, as announced in briefing after briefing, those who did not work for the CIA but were nonetheless killed in the attack amounted to no more than "collateral damage." If the U.S. public is prepared to accept these "standards" when the are routinely applied to other people, they should be not be surprised when the same standards are applied to them. ______________________ Ward in 2003
ratville The first line of defense by the Germans at Nuremberg was, "You can't try us for what you're trying to try us for. You're saying we're in violation of the Kellogg-Briand Pact  which outlaws aggressive warfare. We didn't sign it. We're not a party to that treaty. We can't therefore be prosecuted for violating it. What we did, we did within the parameters of legitimacy defined by our own domestic law. What we did was legal." And they said, "No. No. This is how it works boys. Customary law establishes the threshold of compliance for all nations. You're bound to comply with customary law whether you specifically agree with it or not. You violate it at your own peril."
____________________________________________ I left this on some Libertarians site that bumped Wards plight:WinDenv. . I am not a USAnian. To my shame, I once worked in the black tower of "Wankers Truss" opposite WTC. Of the people in "Liberty Plaza" (sic) none were innocent, excepting maybe the cleaners. I got out, not because of guilt, but for a deeper reason, it wasnt a fit place for a human being. BankersTrust was then illegally lending to Pinochet's tyranny, I saw the printouts. (Most computer testing is done with copies of live data, always a security/privacy leak). NY was a thrill, but obviously a target, even in 1980, so those who could get out, and did not, deserve no pity. I trust there werent many Guatemalan cleaners in WTC at 8:50 am. ... then some cheap anti USA lines, cant help it.. ____________________________________________
"We must do terrible things, things we cannot ever speak of publicly...but we must do them because they must be done and there is no one else to do them" Himmler
____________________________________ rare documents at auction: Alan Mathison Stirring's "On blogging with no application to the Entscheidungsproblem" ____________________________________ Global Warming: nasa free computer model available to classrooms (why this picture shows global cooling is not clear) - The BAS is now saying that WAIS may collapse before 2100 16 feet of water coming to your neighbourhood soon.. (British Antarctic Survey West Antarctic Ice Sheet) _____________________________
..01 February 2005 Aljazeera has been voted the world's fifth most influential brand in a poll of branding professionals that gave the top slot to US iPod and computer icon Apple.
______________________________________________ LondonReviewofBooks I heard the president’s mother say: ‘Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?’
I heard that, in the last year alone, the US had fired 127 tons of depleted uranium (DU) munitions in Iraq, the radioactive equivalent of approximately ten thousand Nagasaki bombs. I heard that the widespread use of DU in the first Gulf War was believed to be the primary cause of the health problems suffered by its 580,400 veterans, of whom 467 were wounded during the war itself. Ten years later, 11,000 were dead and 325,000 on medical disability. DU carried in semen led to high rates of endometriosis in their wives and girlfriends, often requiring hysterectomies. Of soldiers who had healthy babies before the war, 67 per cent of their postwar babies were born with severe defects, including missing legs, arms, organs or eyes.
__________________________________________ Kellogg Brown & Root .. provides food, mail, telephones and other basic services to US troops in Iraq - submitted an estimate.. $16 billion.. $100,000 per soldier Astounding how the US people have willingly handed their country to a cult of 9 men, (+ Condi) who are handing their taxes to the Veeps firm, and are about to hand their pensions to other thieves No reason to expect higher standards than Enrons perfidy. Deficit devaluation, death. The USAnian population, in its illeducated ignorance, has thrown away their preeminence fo an absurd farrago of vicious follies. [ps. Is KBR involved in sodomy involving breakfast cereal?] ________________________________________ RFID car keys 40 bit crypto easily broken... 29Jan05 Matthew Green Johns Hopkins U Jan. 29 cracked the "immobilizer" systems from Texas I.. millions of Fords, Toyotas and Nissans. ..to steal a car ..a moment next to the car owner to extract data from the key, less than an hour of computing, and a few minutes to break in, feed the key code to the car and hot-wire it. ..The implications..go beyond stealing cars. RFID systems deduct highway tolls from drivers' accounts and restrict access..
Aviel D. Rubin..three graduate students.. exposed flaws in electronic voting systems and wireless computer networks. ..The "immobilizer" .. an enormous success. TI..150 million keys..chip can do is restricted by ..it has no power..electromagnetic field from the car's transmitter. a tag reader..for $280..a general diagram on the Internet, from the ..German division.. ..a relatively short..key..If..40-bit keys, you'd immediately conclude that the system is weak..Ari Juels..RSA Security, which financed the team.... ..challenge and response... tried to duplicate the response by testing 1,099,511,627,776 possible keys. Once they had the right key, they could answer future challenges correctly. ..Mr. Sabetti of TI ..grabbing the code from a key would be very difficult..short broadcast range..12 inches..with large antennas .. cost of equipment several hundred dollars, Dr. Rubin said.. Adam Stubblefield.. the entire attack could be done with a device the size of an iPod." The TI chips.. used in millions of the Speedpass tags.. to buy gasoline at ExxonMobil stations .. .. .. they can buy gas with a cracked code.. .. RSA Security..is developing RFID tags that resist unauthorized eavesdropping.. people could block eavesdroppers by keeping the key or Speedpass token in a tinfoil sheath ..
The equipment needed to capture the data required to clone a DST tag at close range. From left, a microreader, a laptop, and a serial cable
________________________________________________- ..DNA data traces the origin of four major bat lineages to a brief period in the Eocene Epoch when the average global temperature rose by about 7°C. ..bats originated inLaurasia..bats split away .. the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. (google ocean burp)
inthesetimes.. Andy Grove, the founder of Intel, predicted last year that the United States will lose the bulk of its information technology jobs to China and India over the next decade.... ..John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, is typical of many corporate leaders when he said: ‘China will become the IT center of the world, and we can have a healthy discussion about whether that’s in 2020 or 2040. What we’re trying to do is outline an entire strategy of becoming a Chinese company.’.. General Motors is laying the groundwork for moving the U.S. auto industry abroad by purchasing $4 billion in auto parts from China by 2009, up from $200 million last year. ___________________
blackcommentator . . .The first Black female U.S. Secretary of State will inevitably preside over a general and dramatic decline in American influence in the world, a process that accelerates with each passing week. So bizarre is American behavior – so disconnected from objective facts and from international conversation and evolving human standards of conduct – that Condoleezza Rice cannot escape becoming a caricature of diplomacy.
______________________ hamasonline. . .Video: NEW: Ingenious Iraqi Resistance operation ambusing US occupiers on a bridge. ____________ The Life and Times of Noam Chomsky:.. "Having a Jewish state is a very bad mistake, and the older people who were in the groups that I was sort of the younger part of did treat it as a tragedy." _______________________________
Seymour Hersh: "We've Been Taken Over by a Cult" democracynow Let's all forget this word insurgency. It's one of the most misleading words of all. Insurgency assumes that we had gone to Iraq and won the war and a group of disgruntled people began to operate against us and we then had to do counter-action against them. That would be an insurgency. We are fighting the people we started the war against... the amazing thing is we are been taken over basically by a cult, eight or nine neo-conservatives have somehow grabbed the government. Just how and why and how they did it so efficiently, will have to wait for much later historians... ..We are systematically bombing that country. There are no embedded journalists at Doha, the Air Force base I think we’re operating out of. No embedded journalists at the aircraft carrier, Harry Truman. That's the aircraft carrier that I think is doing many of the operational fights... bombing is going to be key to it, which means that what happened in Fallujah, essentially Iraq -- some of you remember Vietnam -- Iraq is being turn into a free-fire zone right in front of us....
____________________________________ Gore Vidal on Bush's Inaugural Address: "The Most Un-American Speech I've Ever Heard"
____________________________________ pdfb . . .The Developing Iraqi Insurgency: Status at End-2004 Anthony H. Cordesman CSIS Denial as a Method of Counter-Insurgency Warfare... As late as July 2004, the Administration’s senior spokesmen still seemed to live in a fantasyland in terms of their public announcements, perception of the growing Iraqi hostility to the use of Coalition forces, and the size of the threat...
Hubberts Peak: cheap oil no more no more cheap transport, food, industry
Fat cats: wasteful consumption 200m2 houses un insulated, un-aligned, airconned fat cars for fantasy drives across faux nature
Warmongering: Big Old Oil sells war to ignorant mid-Westerners well-head dwellers fight back
Global Warming distorts crops, ports, forests 11° means all major cities abandoned, crop growth uncertain
Coal smoke from China & India covers the globe
Population grows to 9Billion and all want a Pajero and grainfedsteak
nuclear reactors abounding million year guards needed, a plutonium tyranny forever
engineered cells and virii from cheap tiny labs
smart cheap low flying rockets
Habitat destruction causing mass extinction
Funny how 1 to 4 are about oil, 5 & 6 involve oil, 7 & 8 may be weapons in oil wars 4 makes 10 worse 1 & 2 make 3 worse
7 abates 4 but makes 3 worse _______________________________________________________________________________________________ ..Global Warming is 'Twice as Bad as Previously Thought' by Steve Connor nature Biggest-ever climate simulation warns temperatures may rise by 11°C. Professor Bob Spicer, of the Open University, said average global temperature rises of 11°C are unprecedented in the long geological record of the Earth. "If we go back to the Cretaceous, which is 100 million years ago, the best estimates of the global mean temperature was about 6°C higher than present," Professor Spicer said. "So 11°C is quite substantial and if this is right we would be going into a realm that we really don't have much evidence for even in the rock [geological] record."
---------------------------- What is climateprediction.net? Climateprediction.net is the largest experiment to try and produce a forecast of the climate in the 21st century. ..we need people around the world to give us time on their computers .. climateprediction.net . .Participating in the Climateprediction.net experiment ___________________________________________________________ Most of the universe is suffused with organic sludge Ice with a smear of "tar-like substances" This morning I decided that humans are determined to bring Earth into line with the rest. Maybe not ice, perhaps a Venusian acid smog. We stand on the shore of a liquid water ocean. How rare and precious, and endangered is that?
..interstellar dust particles ..consist mostly of 3-dimensionally cross-linked organic macro-molecules, so-called polymeric-heterocyclic- aromates. "They rather resemble tar-like substances than minerals" .. "It is the size of these molecular fragments with nuclear masses of up to 2000 .. "Only organic molecules can reach those sizes". The largest molecules found in space so far are the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) which reach masses of a few hundred mass units. ..interstellar dust must have about 10% of nitrogen and/or oxygen in addition to hydrogen and carbon. This means that these cannot be pure PAHs, which are planar, but are especially due to the nitrogen extend into all three spacial directions. ............... 1978 Wickramasinghe conducted experiments in the laboratory that showed infrared light passed through dried bacteria was absorbed in a characteristic way between 2 and 4 micrometers. He then confirmed that the infrared spectrum of GC-IRS7 (a powerful infrared light source from the center of the Milky Way galaxy) matched this absorption. This may mean that space is full of dried bacteria, but how can this be?
Noted in the New York Times web site 25Jan05.. Two sex stories
1) A Sex offenders tale: group therapy, leader in nice suit & tie "for respect" the central villains crime is playing games involving touching a 12 year old near genital region. Typing some rude suggestions to her on his computer. Punishment: 35 year parole, compulsory group therapy. The central narrative here is the complex humiliation routines in the group. Claims of expectation of the truth when asking about "fantasies" - unless the prisoner produces an acceptable unacceptable fantasy about pre-puberty sex, he is regarded as recalcitrant. The therapist demands a narrative, an obscene narrative. The therapists satisfaction is objectively indistinguishable from a purchaser of pornography. In the recounting of the therapeutic process, the therapist is us, in a nice suit. He elicits and packages obscene fantasy narratives for our uneasy delight. We demand these tales. The process aims to shackle a bunch of men for life. It could be anyone is a sub-text. We have the means of humiliation and control.
2) Journo buys 2 "teenage" girls in Cambodia and returns them to village with $100 B-girls can have no narrative except as "rescued" eg Dennis O’Rourke's film "Good Woman of Bangkok" The narrative of a woman from SEAsia who marries a rich German, gets bored with Germany, returns to the Bar scene. Her daily life, her friends, her son in the province with her mother, her Sicilian boyfriend, parties till dawn. This complex life, with its load of excitement, can never be the subject of a narrative. She would laugh at the offer of $100 to return to her village for a year. She might make $100 in a few days. Those days might involve true affection,true fun. . . .Is this narrative a grotesque fetish of the Journo?. He pays 2 or 3 hundred for the rescue fantasy. Disrupts the family income. ($100 for small shop, expecting the family to go hungry) He gets a grand performance at a very low daily rate. A typical client might pay $100 over a few days. This journo expects a years worth of righteous indignation, followed by a self-satisfied glow - a years performance for $300. This is truly disgusting exploitation. Too mean to give a decent amount of money. To give $100 for a year is so distant, demeaning, disgusting.
Both stories exhibit fantasies of control. "Any man, any girl, can be put through the wringer of our narrative. We are bringing a new definition of free and acceptable, and we have enforcement to hand."
But: To protect children, lets start with a 30kph speed limit on all cars. This would prevent a huge number of deaths and maimings, but we wont have it. We like foolish speed, we are sold it. we buy it
Then: allow imports from poor countries, and cancel repayments of spurious loans that benefitted only a tiny rich class. True comprehensive aid, true development. Not on the agenda.
The agenda is not protection of children, it is a narrative of control.
Modest Witness Boylefound a number of ways of displaying modesty. One of the most straightforward was the use of the form of the experimental essay. The essay, that is, the piecemeal reporting of experimental trials, was explicitly contrasted to the natural philosophical system. Those who wrote entire systems were identified as "confident" individuals, whose ambition extended beyond what was proper or possible. By contrast, those who wrote experimental essays were "sober and modest men," "diligent and judicious" philosophers, who did not "assert more than they can prove."
.."The U.S. dollar is no longer -- in our opinion is no longer -- (seen) as a stable currency, and is devaluating all the time, and that's putting troubles all the time," Fan said, speaking in English. "So the real issue is how to change the regime from a U.S. dollar pegging ... to a more manageable ... reference ... say Euros, yen, dollars -- those kind of more diversified systems," he said. . ..another 200 million or 300 million people need to move into the cities from the countryside to spur development
__________________________- bushspeak .."Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to humanity." This is not a request for divine favor; it is a declaration of divine wishes. Such rhetoric positions the president as a prophetic spokesman for God rather than as a petitioning supplicant. .. One is inclined to hope that Bush might recall the words of St. Augustine of Hippo to a student: "I wouldn't have you prepare for yourself any way of grasping and holding the truth other than the one prepared by him who, as God, saw how faltering were our steps. That way is, first, humility; second, humility; third, humility; and as often as you ask, I'll tell you, humility." _________________________________________________ Talk across the world for free: skype download ______________________________________________________________ Airport search & seizure, or fancy a USAnian holiday?
barlow busted hey greeted me with same distaste they'd likely have shown an actual terrorist and treated me accordingly for the remainder of that very long day. On the counter lay small quantities of marijuana (for which I have a physician's recommendation), mushrooms, and ketamine that had allegedly been encountered in my suitcase. That the total volume of this prize was significantly more compact than the amount of high explosive necessary to endanger an aircraft, and indeed, insufficient to merit a felony charge on any count, didn't matter to them. They clearly regarded me as a threat to public safety. When I pointed out to the officials that they only had authority to search for threats to the aircraft, one of them, a bug-eyed, crew-cutted troglodyte, declared that, if I had taken any of these substances, then I would have endangered Flight 310. That such an obviously ungifted person was capable of so imaginative a conceptual leap remains a marvel to me.
halcyondays ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ ..what’s about to go down in Iraq. The 1982 Salvadoran elections, artificially imposed by the U.S. in the middle of an internal war, not only failed to bring democracy, but rather stoked the conflict and prolonged the bloodshed. The Salvadoran war lasted a full decade more, taking the lives of another 35,000 people (mostly all civilians, mostly all killed by the "democratic" and "elected" government legitimated by the hollow Potemkin elections). _______________________________ No change, no peak, no shortage, no worries, no forsight:
Growing demands for energy .. 2020 will have substantial impacts n geopolitical relations... particularly that of China and India. .. energyconsumed probably will rise by about 50%..compared to a 34 %..from 1980-2000, with an increasing share provided by petroleum. •Renewable energy .. only about 8percent .. The International Energy Agency assesses .. supplies will be sufficient to meet growing global demand..
_______________________________ "America and Its War with the Invisible Kingdom of Satan" by Norman Mailer The Sunday Times (UK), 23 January 2005 _________________________________________ vialls
The Republican Guard provocatively string a couple of American mercenaries up on a bridge in Fallujah, and then sneers "What are you going to do about it?" They already know the answer of course, and some slack-jaw in the Pentagon orders 13,000 out of America's 30,000 front-line combat troops to go and get tied down in Fallujah, while idiot Wolfowitz rubber stamps the order. Now how easy was that? Fine, the U.S. Marines rush through the almost deserted city of Fallujah, shoot a few unarmed civilians in church for fun, while using up huge quantities of incredibly valuable water, food, fuel and ammunition. While they are thus engaged the Republican Guard zaps a few more American convoys, meaning the Marines will have even less water, food, fuel and ammunition. Next up the Republican Guard kills a few more American soldiers further north in Samarra, and predictably sneers "What are you going to do about it?". The same slack-jaw in the Pentagon immediately orders 5,000 more front-line combat troops north to Samarrah, while Wolfowitz gets his rubber stamp ready. Neither man can read a map, so what the hell! Then as if by magic the Republican Guard causes havoc in Mosul, shooting a few dozen collaborators and setting fire to some useless empty buildings. No need to sneer now, because slack-jaw in the Pentagon is already behaviorally conditioned. Quick as a flash he assigns another 4,000 front-line combat troops to Mosul, though he has no idea where it is. Well, it's a heck of a long way north, and even longer coming back if the Republican Guard doesn't want you to.
___________________________________________ ____ SpongeBush SquarePants! .. .. We can only hope that Dr. Dobson doesn't pick up on the resemblance. SpongeBob, as his song goes, "lives in a pineapple under the sea/absorbent and yellow and porous is he!" SpongeBush lives in a bubble in D.C./absorbent and shallow and porous is he!
20 January 2005..The Sharon government intends to strip thousands of West Bank Palestinians of their property in occupied East Jerusalem.. The decision, reached by the Ministerial Committee for Jerusalem Affairs in June of 2004,..has not been publicised until now. ..By some estimates, the total land to be expropriated could add up to half of all East Jerusalem property.
____________________________________________ ..Tipped off by the CPA's covert operatives, the Badr assassination squads killed dozens of Baathists in and around Baghdad... ..History, on the other hand, treats harshly the occupying power which resorts to the use of the tools of terror to subdue an occupied people. In an effort to reverse this trend, Bremer rescinded his de-Baathification programme, and ordered the Badr assassination squads to stand down. ..The Sunni-based resistance, having been targeted by the Badr assassins, struck back with a vengeance. ..In a campaign of targeted assassinations using car bombs and ambushes, the resistance has engaged in its own campaign of terror against the Shia, viewed by the Sunni fighters as being little more than collaborators of the American occupation. ..Having started the game of politically motivated assassination, the US has once again found itself trumped by forces inside Iraq it does not understand, and as such will never be able to defeat. ..History will eventually depict as legitimate the efforts of the Iraqi resistance to destabilise and defeat the American occupation forces and their imposed Iraqi collaborationist government. Scott Ritter 20Jan05 ________________________ bushwhackedusa United States is a declining power..from the National Intelligence Council.."Mapping the Global Future: Report of the National Intelligence Council's 2020 Project." It is unclassified and available on the CIA's Web site. - USAnian decline sped by millennial morons, cant come soon enough.,, _____________________ Sabang Oct02
Hemi, Jim Baxter, a new Complete Poems" seen in Glebooks I didnt know Jim well, knew some who did, Got taught English by his biographer Father Frank "Taxi" McKay, who remained unphased when I discovered "the Rainbow" in St Pats library and became a DHL acolyte. Others in our atheistic ashphelt yard theological fifth form discussion group had other literary heroes. Simon Crase introduced us to "Murphy" & "Malone Dies" - who else was reading Becket in 1963 Wellington but us 15 year olds? John Sullivan, now curator of images at the National Library, introduced "We the Tikopia" the 1936 Anthropological classic, which, sadly, we read for the sex details. I cant remember if Jean Genet "Our Lady of the Flowers" was on our reading list by then.
High Country Weather
Alone we are born And die alone: Yet see the red-gold cirrus Over snow-mountain shine.
Upon the upland road Ride easy, stranger: Surrender to the sky Your heart of anger.
If this be Jims epitaph, it must be on the other side of this stone
If this be Jims epitaph, it must be on the other side of this stone ______________________ Considering kinship, Steve Sailer has suggested that Arab culture, Iraq in particular, is built on cousin marriage. So Arabs are more closely related to their families than Westerners are related to theirs. Hence clans remain stronger than nations. Arabs have a hard time trusting non-relatives to provide covering fire. Hence Arab military weakness? ..just another point of ignorance on the USAnians side. On Tuesday the Head Military honcho bunkered in Saddams old palace said "seems to be a lull" - an unwise crack, as the next day 37 USA stormin troopers got offed. Makes me cheerful to see invaders die. Good ole GW is weakening the USA with his rapacious idiocy. Cant get weak enough to satisfy me. May all your pension funds wither with Enron, may USAnians experience destitution as the6y have wreaked since 1900 Huk rebellion. _______________________________ Putin promises NOT to ship SA-18s to Syria. Wonder what rocket downed that helio yesterday? nice job, whoever did it. _______________________________ vic.greens Gunns wood chips (motto "Turn ancient forest giant into toilet paper") proposes to sue forest blockaders for "wilfully, maliciously, recklessly and contumaciously" causing their reputation harm. Gunns are a filthy bunch (chair Rouse was jailed for political bribery in 1989) May I join the ranks of "So Sue me" I hereby malign, libel, calumniate, detract, and spit upon Gunns I call upon all to boycott, blockade, burn, hang, eviscerate, these wood chipper obscenities.
Google will control your thoughts... picasa2 is a brilliant way to see all the images on your machine It can send pics to Blogger ie Blogger will host AND display images display is max 400, click that and you see the big version [max 1024 1Meg?] this is OK, the interface is clumsy - another reason to go home to google (google own Blogger & picasa & Gmail] As one journo said "why am I not as worried about this as I should be?
my old blog with some recent pics c/o picasa: __________________________________________________________
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From where I sit in Iraq, things are not all bad right now. In fact, they are going quite well . . . In the distance, I can hear the repeated impacts of heavy artillery and five-hundred-pound bombs hitting their targets. The occasional tank main gun report and the staccato rhythm of a Marine Corps LAV or Army Bradley Fighting Vehicle's 25-millimeter cannon provide the bass line for a symphony of destruction. Lt. Col. Tim Ryan Tacoma News Tribune January 18, 2005
______________________________________ thepoorman. .BAGHDAD, Jan 18 (IPS) - The U.S. military is resorting to collective punishment tactics in Iraq similar to those used by Israeli troops in the occupied territories of Palestine, residents say. Military bulldozers have mown down palm groves in the rural al-Dora farming area on the outskirts of Baghdad, residents say. Electricity has been cut, the local fuel station destroyed and the access road blocked. The U.S. action comes after resistance fighters attacked soldiers from this area several weeks back. ______________________________________
The United States signed and ratified the Geneva Conventions in 1956. In 1996, Congress passed the War Crimes Act, criminalizing breaches of the Conventions. A "grave breach" of Geneva is a federal crime, punishable by imprisonment "for life or any term of years," and Geneva explicitly states that no nation "bound by the Convention can offer any valid pretext, legal or other, for not respecting the Convention in all its parts."
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