Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
Over my dead body
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Sign the petition
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Who said it?
2. I haven't committed a crime. What I did was to fail to comply with the law.
3. Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean, I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.
4. Sure there have been injuries and deaths in boxing, but none of them serious.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
1. A mythical organisation to which anybody killed or detained/tortured by 'coalition forces' belongs.
2. An organisation dedicated to hating our freedom as opposed to wanting their own.
Al-Qaida linked/Taliban linked: Cannon fodder
Clashes: A description that covers a wide range of activities including the bombing of schools and homes by coalition forces (see above). Suggests that there is some symmetry in the type of warfare being waged although this is almost never the case.
Coalition forces, International peacekeepers, Nato-led forces: A rhetorical device to be used when describing US-forces. Provides a measure of comfort that we are not doing the killing alone therefore we must be in the right.
Defence Sales: Sales of lethal attack weapons including cluster bombs, warplanes, tanks, armoured vehicles, torture equipment, guns, ammunition, missiles, explosives and chemical weapons to various 'friendly' reshimes around the world.
Hamas-controlled coastal strip: The territory also known as Gaza whose borders and airspace are controlled by Israeli forces who limit access of water, food, electricity and medicines.
Hardliner (see also firebrand): A politician from a 'rogue reshime' who does not pay due respect to western countries or politicians.
1. Donations of money and weapons to corrupt friendly reshimes yet implying that the money will do some good to the local population- see 2
2. Donations of food, medicine or shelter made by non-governmental organisations to a local population with no government money involved.
Islamists: Always Al-Qaida linked or Taliban linked.
Israel's right to exist: A mythical declaration allowing Israel the right to occupy and to impose its own will.
1. Anybody who uses a gun against occupation forces.
2. Any military age man (14-65) who happens to be in the vicinity of 1
Occupation: A term that can sometimes be applied to Western forces in Iraq but never in Afghanistan or to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Palestine: A country wiped off the map by the forces of zionism.
Recognition: Something that can be done to Israel but not by Israel. See also Israel's right to exist.
Reconstruction: A mythical activity that costs hundreds of billions yet never has any actual structural effect in the country where it is reputed to be taking place (See Iraq or Afghanistan).
1. Something that politicians must always engage in, in order to be seen to be doing something.
2. Something other countries must do to come into line with western policies.
Reshime-change: removal of a government regardless of its nature when it is not subservient to western policies.
Rogue reshime: Any country that does not automatically comply with western demands for 'reform'.
Security: Something Western nations and Israel are entitled to whatever the cost. Not available or to be mentioned for other countries or certain sub-populations.
Suicide-bombing: The act of blowing up one's body using explosive devices usually resulting in at least one up to dozens of casualties. Much more heinous than airstrikes.
Suspects: People destined to be killed. (See also Al Qaida-linked or Taliban-linked)
Terrorism: An activity engaged in by Muslims in particular, leading to 'airstrikes' and 'reshime-change'.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Dracula touted for Blood Bank Job
Small wonder that this move is already being applauded in Israeli government circles, because his track record of supporting every bombing by Israel is immaculate as is his record of condemning Palestinian terrorism at every possible opportunity. It remains unclear what the Palestinian reaction will be but no doubt Mahmoud Abbas will take his opportunity to stick his own proboscis into Blair's rear entry. However, I doubt whether he will have the red carpet rolled out for him in Gaza city as there appears to be a bit of a shortage of those, along with food, fuel and water. However guns, ammunition and misery are easily available commodities.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
- She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
- Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.
- While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.
- The patient has no previous history of suicides.
- Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
- Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.
- Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.
- The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stock broker instead.
- Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.
Gravity was invented by Issac Walton. It is chiefly noticeable in the autumn when the apples are falling off the trees.
The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men.
Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.
Answer phone messages
Hi. I am probably home. I’m avoiding someone I don’t like. Leave me a message, and if I don’t call back, it’s you.
This is not an answering machine. This is a telepathic thought recording device. After the tone, think about your name, your reason for calling and a number where I can reach you, and I’ll think about returning your call.
We’re sorry. You have reached an imaginary number. Please rotate your phone 90 degrees and try again.
A history lesson
In between 1948 and 1967, Gaza became a huge refugee camp restricted severely by the respective Israeli and Egyptian policies: both states disallowed any movement out of the Strip. Living conditions were already harsh then as the victims of the 1948 Israeli politics of dispossession doubled the number of the inhabitants who lived there for centuries. On the eve of the Israeli occupation in 1967, the catastrophic nature of this enforced demographic transformation was evident ..... continued at link here
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Chaos in Palestine
Israel plans attack on Gaza
No doubt this will lead to the kind of carnage we saw in Jenin some time ago but on an altogether greater scale. This is a massacre that has not yet happened but that we are sponsoring against people that dared to elect the wrong type of government. Meanwhile the misery and disorder goes on. Journalist Charles Levinson is on the scene, bravely writing up his experiences on his blog Conflict Blotter. Here is an excerpt:
I’ve had a busy day and haven’t had time to post much until now. We spent most of the day interviewing Fatah fighters and officers from the routed security forces. There is an important story to be told here, but I am going to hold off another day to tell it so I can do some more reporting and strengthen the case.
We visited the Tel al Hawa headquarters of the Preventative Security Services. After a bit of back and forth our persuasive fixer at last convinced Hamas to let us in and we were given free run of the place. The place was trashed, with papers and broken glass littered about all the offices. I looted some new Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades stationary.
A pair of older generation Hamas members were there for a visit just as we were. They had come to see the jail cells where they were tortured in the 1990s. Hassan al Ayorki, a soft spoken 46 year old physics teacher, walked us through the interrogation rooms and cramped cells where he says he spent 59 days in 1996. He even found a wooden slatted stool, that sits about 20 cm off the ground which he was forced to sit on, bound and blindfolded for six straight days, he said. He wasn’t allowed to sleep and if he fidgeted or spoke he was beaten, he said. Once they signed a confession they were tossed into their cells for a week before they were dragged back up and endured another round of sleep deprivation and beatings.
“The only accusations against the people was that they had a beard,” he said.
The cramped cells had names and dates etched into the walls. The most recent dates were from mid-May of this year, just a few weeks ago. It’s a reminder of some of the deep rooted grievances that lie at the heart of this conflict.
At the Prime Minister’s office in Beach Camp we hung about hoping to grab a chat with Haniya, but no luck. Haniya’s guards were decked out in shiny black uniforms, remarkably similar to the ones the presidential guard used to wear. We’ve heard that the convoy of “weapons” that Hamas attacked in Nuseirat camp a few weeks ago turned out to be carrying nothing more than new uniforms and ever since then Haniya’s guards have been sporting new duds. Among the spoils reaped after Fatah’s collapse was a brand new black Land Rover for Haniya and a suped up sky blue Jeep Cherokee with grey leather interior and runner boards for his personal guard detail.
The Hamas guards milling about outside were eager to chat and hear our thoughts. Do you feel safer now they asked us. Kidnapped BBC journo Alan Johnston was repeatedly mentioned.
“If they don’t release him there will be a war,” one guard said. “We’ll take him by force.”
Another guard snapped his hands like he was striking somebody. “Dagmush,” he said and spat.
“If we get Alan Johnston back, will Britain recognise Hamas?” another asked me.
continued at link.
Friday, June 15, 2007
A new buzzword: Hamastan
The evolving U.S. strategy would let the Hamas-run Gaza Strip while attempting to bolster Abbas as a moderate leader who can actually govern and deliver peace with Israel. The senior administration official noted that fend for itself. Gaza has no territorial issues with Israel, since there are no Israelis in Gaza, so the Hamas entity there would have no stake in potential peace talks concerning the border on the West Bank.
Referring to Abbas, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters yesterday that "we fully support him in his decision to try and end this crisis for the Palestinian people and to give them an opportunity to return to peace and a better future."
But analysts said yesterday that this strategy of dividing the moderates from the extremists -- which was the core of Bush's 2002 speech -- proved ineffective and may have led to the dilemma facing the administration.
Note how they say Gaza has 'no territorial issues with Israel'. Well, there is the small matter of the territory being sorrounded, blockaded and the water, electricity being controlled by Israel. Plans to cut off the electricity are already being discussed, although they deny that water will be cut off as well. They envisage aid to the PA in the West Bank but make no mention of the expanding occupation, the wall nor the expulsion of people from their homes in Jerusalem, Hebron and elsewhere. The editorials are as blinkered as ever pointing to Fatah's acceptance of Israel whilst denying that Hamas has repeatedly accepted the two state solution based on the 1967 borders. Now they want the Israeli and US governments to throw a few scraps towards Abbas so that they can again pretend that they are interested in peace and to provide another fig-leaf for the occupation. Alvaro de Soto revealed in his leaked report the constant bullying of the UN, the US obsession with preventing criticism of Israel and for promoting the violence between Fatah and Hamas. Indeed the US envoy twice declared in meetings that "I like this violence." This is not civil war but the political equivalent of cock fighting sponsored by the US. This was not a failure of policy for them but a calculated and cynical success.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
The Killing Zone of Somalia
...the gunship attacks on refugees were just the first part of the secret U.S. mission that was "Africa Command's" debut on the imperial stage. Soon after the attacks, "Task Force 88, a very secret American special-operations unit," was helicoptered into the strike area. As Barnett puts it: "The 88's job was simple: Kill anyone still alive and leave no unidentified bodies behind."
Some 70,000 people fled their homes in the first wave of the Ethiopian invasion. (More than 400,000 fled the brutal consolidation of the invasion in Mogadishu last spring.) Tens of thousands of these initial refugees headed toward the Kenyan border, where the American gunships struck. When the secret operation was leaked, Bush Administration officials said that American planes were trying to hit three alleged al Qaeda operatives who had allegedly been given sanctuary by the Islamic Councils government decapitated by the Ethiopians. But Barnett's insiders told him that the actual plan was to wipe out thousands of "foreign fighters" whom Pentagon officials believed had joined the Islamic Courts forces. "Honestly, nobody had any idea just how many there really were," Barnett was told. "But we wanted to get them all."
Thus the Kenyan border area -- where tens of thousands of civilians were fleeing -- was meant to be "a killing zone," Barnett writes:America's first AC-130 gunship went wheels-up on January 7 from that secret Ethiopian airstrip. After each strike, anybody left alive was to be wiped out by successive waves of Ethiopian commandos and Task Force 88, operating out of Manda Bay. The plan was to rinse and repeat 'until no more bad guys, as one officer put it.At this point, Barnett -- or his sources -- turn coy. We know there were multiple gunship strikes; and from Barnett's account, we know that the "88s" did go in at least once after the initial gunship attack to "kill anyone still alive and leave no unidentified bodies behind." But Barnett's story seems to suggest that once active American participation in the war was leaked, the "killing zone" was abandoned at some point. So there is no way of knowing at this point how many survivors of the American attacks were then killed by the "very special secret special-operations unit," or how many "rinse-and-repeat" cycles the "88s" were able to carry out in what Barnett called "a good plan."
Silvia Cattori interviews Hedy Epstein
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Modelled on Iraq
Report from the Arab monitor:
Gaza, 13 June - UNRWA, the UN relief organziation for Palestinian refugees, suspended its mission in the Gaza Strip after two of his workers, both Palestinians, were killed today in the course of the ongoing armed confrontation between Hamas and Fatah armed forces..
The Hamas-affiliated Executive Forces are reported to have completely destroyed the headquarters of Mohammad Dahlan's Preventive Security Forces, organized and payed for by the United States. The Executive Forces are reported to have called on all armed forces of the Presidential Guard and the Preventive Security Forces to hand in their weapons within Friday this week.
Top Fatah leaders based in Ramallah have threatened to kill Hamas exponents all over the West Bank, if the Fatah-affiliated armed forces in the Gaza Strip were subdued by Hamas.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
'When money is given, checks and balances should be imposed. A large share of the money is spent on sending foreign consultants here to write reports; they come with their laptops in their slingbags, like intellectual mercenaries. Such spending does not put food in the bellies of the people of Sierra Leone.'According to the anti-corruption commission of Sierra Leone, 95% of people believe that corruption is endemic in government. If you feel the need, you can report any corruption in confidence online secure in the knowledge that bugger all will be done about it, unless the person reported is an official enemy of the government. Not unlike the UK police, so they are learning something after all.
"thousands of jobs depend on our ethical decision. If we don't supply the weapons of mass destruction, somebody else will and then we will have no choice but to invade in order to find them, leading to unnecessary blood shed, none of which will be our fault. My job is to advise on what is in the best interests of the country, particularly the bit which sells arms to foreign dictatorships."Genghis Khan wonders whether his weapons are in-line with the Mongol ethical foreign policy.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Early man in Charleston County
Dear Mr. Williams:
Thank you for your latest submission to the Institute, labeled "93211-D, layer seven, next to the clothesline post...Hominid skull." We have given this specimen a careful and detailed examination, and regret to inform you that we disagree with your theory that it represents conclusive proof of the presence of Early Man in Charleston County two million years ago. Rather, it appears that what you have found is the head of a Barbie doll, of the variety that one of our staff, who has small children, believes to be "Malibu Barbie." It is evident that you have given a great deal of thought to the analysis of this specimen, and you may be quite certain that those of us who are familiar with your prior work in the field were loathe to come to contradiction with your findings. However, we do feel that there are a number of physical attributes of the specimen which might have tipped you off to its modern origin:
1. The material is molded plastic. Ancient hominid remains are typically fossilized bone.
2. The cranial capacity of the specimen is approximately 9 cubic centimeters, well below the threshold of even the earliest identified proto-homonids.
3. The dentition pattern evident on the skull is more consistent with the common domesticated dog than it is with the ravenous man-eating Pliocene clams you speculate roamed the wetlands during that time.
This latter finding is certainly one of the most intriguing hypotheses you have submitted in your history with this institution, but the evidence seems to weigh rather heavily against it. Without going into too much detail, let us say that:
A. The specimen looks like the head of a Barbie doll that a dog has chewed on.
B. Clams don't have teeth.
It is with feelings tinged with melancholy that we must deny your request to have the specimen carbon-dated. This is partially due to the heavy load our lab must bear in its normal operation, and partly due to carbon dating's notorious inaccuracy in fossils of recent geologic record. To the best of our knowledge, no Barbie dolls were produced prior to 1956 AD, and carbon dating is likely to produce wildly inaccurate results. Sadly, we must also deny your request that we approach the National Science Foundation Phylogeny Department with the concept of assigning your specimen the scientific name Australopithecus spiff-arino.
Speaking personally, I, for one, fought tenaciously for the acceptance of your proposed taxonomy, but was ultimately voted down because the species name you selected was hyphenated, and didn't really sound like it might be Latin. However, we gladly accept your generous donation of this fascinating specimen to the museum. While it is undoubtedly not a Hominid fossil, it is, nonetheless, yet another riveting example of the great body of work you seem to accumulate here so effortlessly. You should know that our Director has reserved a special shelf in his own office for the display of the specimens you have previously submitted to the Institution, and the entire staff speculates daily on what you will happen upon next in your digs at the site you have discovered in your
We eagerly anticipate your trip to our nation's capital that you proposed in your last letter, and several of us are pressing the Director to pay for it. We are particularly interested in hearing you expand on your theories surrounding the trans-positating fillifitation of ferrous ions in a structural matrix that makes the excellent juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex femur you recently discovered take on the deceptive appearance of a rusty 9-mm Sears Craftsman automotive crescent wrench.
Yours in Science,
Chief Curator- Antiquities
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Gaza - the automatic killing zone
Both Jane's Defence Weekly and Defence News reported last week that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) have begun deploying automated gun stations in pillboxes along the Gaza border. The robot systems are said to mount cal-fifty (12.7mm) machine guns, protected by "armoured folding shields" until ready to fire...."each machine gun-mounted station serves as a type of robotic sniper, capable of enforcing a nearly 1,500-meter-deep no-go zone".The implications are terrifying and horrific. Children and animals will be cut to ribbons or blown to smithereens whilst inside
"The IDF's Southern Command is also considering adding Gill/Spike anti-tank missiles to extend the no-go zones to several kilometers, defense and industry sources here said."...
Not only do the IDF robo-snipers pack a more arse-kicking gun, their automatic armour-shuttered pillboxes seem a lot harder to circumvent than the Korean SGR-A1's "anti-theft alarm".What's more, there seems to be a future plan for the Israeli gun systems to become true killer robots rather than just remote hardened weapon stations."At least in the initial phases of deployment, we're going to have to keep the man in the loop," an unnamed IDF commander reportedly told Opall-Rome. "We don't want to risk making tragic and politically costly mistakes with such a lethal system."That's OK then, as long as their is a period of grace before the whole of the Gaza population is blitzed to extinction. I'm sure the commanders will be crying into their bagels over murdering another few Palestinian kids, during the early testing period. Who wants to wipe who off the map? Murdering fuckers.
Integrated cohesiveness and CiP packs
Under this revolution, the teens of today will be in the enviable position of receiving a 'citizenship pack' to keep them in line with migrants and to create a sense of 'community pride'. Presumably, this CiP is like the unfortunate HiP for property sales but with an added inspection for dissenting tendencies and a full investigation to ensure that sufficient Britishness is retained in line with integrative cohesiveness targets. Allegedly, 3% discounts on repaying the student loan will also be offered in return for jury service and other essential civic duties like voting New Labour. Ruthless and Lie-am argue that the current policy is difficult to understand and unclear which is why:
'we are replacing it with a new 500 page dossier of regulations laying out the new integrated cohesive standards for Britishness with a check box to be ticked at the end of each page'.
Furthermore they issue a stark warning:
"there is a critical risk that after 40 years in which diversity has grown, Britain's communities stop looking outwards, celebrating what they have in common and instead begin looking inward, stressing their differences and divisions"
In line with this aim, compulsory Britishness celebration parties will be introduced and the citizen designate must attend at least one a year to keep themselves eligible for a temporary passport document and biometric identity card for a mere £350 a year.
These measures will also succeed in blowing away the 'toxic form of pollution around society' spread by people like muslims and the BNP. The government aims to respond quickly to a growing 'mood of nationalism' that is widely rejected by the BNP. Lie-am says that citizenship should be "earned and not handed out" and pointed to the decline of the rare white male in work species. It is predicted that by 2011 'only 20% of Britain's workforce will be white, abled-bodied men under 45.' This could have a disasterous knock on effect on the sale of esteemed organs such as The Sun, FHM and Nuts magazine. This touching concern for the indigenous population is shared by people like Margaret Bodge [Minister of State for Complaining About Bloody Immigrants] although she declined to comment, when asked to share her thoughts about the aboriginal population of Australia. Downing street is keen to link the current ethical foreign policy to overseas trade and aid packages given to countries that accept returns of illegal migrants and promise not to torture them (for at least 3 months).
Monday, June 04, 2007
Dodo screams blue murder
"If the British decide to go ahead with the boycotts, we will stop unloading cargo from British Airways aircraft and imports from Britain."About time too, Dodo! There should be no exports or imports from your racist fascist state until it stops murdering innocent Palestinians and turfing them out of their homes in Jerusalem, Hebron and elsewhere.
The hysterical reaction to the boycott reveals the automatic tendency to furiously target critics by Israeli right-wing zealots. The british media such as the Guardian and the BBC are regular targets for accusations of pro-palestinian bias, in order to pressurise them to keep their output firmly biased against Palestinians. You can often see the effects of the organised campaign by the zionist lobby on the 'have your say' pages at BBC online or the CiF on the Guardian website. Accusations of anti-semitism often do produce the desired result, with editors toning down criticism of the racist state whilst increasing the coverage of inter-Palestinian violence. It is not unusual to see the Holocaust invoked either. "My god they have boycotted us, that is exactly like the holocaust. They want to help the Arabs to wipe us out", they scream. Never mind the fact that the zionists have got Palestinians blockaded into concentration camps, sorrounded by a 10 ft wall, cut off from each other, starving and thirsty. Never mind that Israel has hundreds of nuclear weapons and millions of conventional missiles compared to the tin rockets and AK47s of Hamas. The Israeli reaction is a feat over melodramatic overacting and tantrum-throwing rarely matched even in Indian TV dramas.
These histrionics are widely used in Israeli politics in order to gain sympathy from the US sponsors and to evoke even further hatred against Arabs. Criticism of Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza is seen as 'anti-semitism', and even mainstream figures equate the proposed boycotts of Israel with the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.