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December 3rd, 2011

o mon dieu

where have I been?


here and elsewhere...

September 1st, 2011

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once the ads end....

that'll never happen

January 12th, 2009

Here's a clear indication of the dimensions of the egos running the show in Israel... [But Olmert should watch out, 'cuz the egos in Washington are even bigger.]

Rice shame-faced by Bush over UN Gaza vote: Olmert
Mon Jan 12, 5:05 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was left shame-faced after President George W. Bush ordered her to abstain in a key UN vote on the Gaza war, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Monday.

"She was left shamed. A resolution that she prepared and arranged, and in the end she did not vote in favour," Olmert said in a speech in the southern town of Ashkelon.

The UN Security Council passed a resolution last Thursday calling for an immediate ceasefire in the three-week-old conflict in the Gaza Strip and an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza where hundreds have been killed.

Fourteen of the council's 15 members voted in favour of the resolution, which was later rejected by both Israel and Hamas.

The United States, Israel's main ally, had initially been expected to voted in line with the other 14 but Rice later became the sole abstention.

"In the night between Thursday and Friday, when the secretary of state wanted to lead the vote on a ceasefire at the Security Council, we did not want her to vote in favour," Olmert said.

"I said 'get me President Bush on the phone'. They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn't care. 'I need to talk to him now'. He got off the podium and spoke to me.

"I told him the United States could not vote in favour. It cannot vote in favour of such a resolution. He immediately called the secretary of state and told her not to vote in favour."

Bush has consistently placed the blame for the conflict on Hamas, telling reporters on Monday that while he wanted to see a "sustainable ceasefire" in Gaza, it was up to Hamas to choose to end its rocket fire on Israel.
But a US State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, denied Olmert's claim.
"Mr. Olmert is wrong," the official said.

Even if everything had gone according to plan, "she would have abstained. That was the plan," said the official. "The government of Israel does not make US policy."


December 4th, 2008

Psychic Winter

A new video...

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October 8th, 2008

oh well, then...


This is undoubtedly the lamest moment ever in Politics:

Palin may be related to Princess Diana, Roosevelt

For more of this stirring revelation in a desperate attempt to gain votes...

July 24th, 2008

17-year-old fatally zapped by Taser likely youngest stun gun victim: rights group

By The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - An international human rights group believes the 17-year-old victim of a police Taser in Winnipeg is the youngest Canadian to die after being zapped by a stun gun.

The teen, Michael Langan, died Tuesday.

A spokesman with Amnesty International says Langan is believed to be the youngest Canadian to die after being Tasered since 2003 - the year the agency recorded the first death linked to the device.

The group says at least 21 people in the country have died after being hit by a police Taser.

In Tuesday's case, police say the youth was a suspect in a theft and an officer deployed an "electronic control device" when he refused to put down a knife.


My emphasis.

July 2nd, 2008

Chomsky goes porno


There's only one correct answer to each question...



Now, that was unexpected. Icky, and yet...

June 16th, 2008

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June 10th, 2008

finding a bed

My 87 year old father-in-law is a World War II veteran. He was a navigator in the RCAF, flying 32 bombing missions over Germany, once making an emergency landing in Belgium, and once, when an engine caught fire over the Irish Sea, bailing out and parachuting onto Snowdon. But those days are long past. Because he is now increasingly unable to take care of himself, J and I last year started trying to find him an acceptable home for when he can no longer live on his own. Naturally, we consulted Veterans Affairs, and we were happy to discover that although the VA now only administers one veterans hospital in the whole country, that institution happens to be located on the island of Montreal (in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue) and is easy to get to from our place. When we contacted the hospital we were told that the waiting time for J's father would be about a month, and so we were content that moving him in wouldn't be difficult if and when it became necessary. Months later, J decided to confirm the details of the procedure for having him move in to the hospital, and she was told that the waiting time was now two years. Two years?!

Normally, you'd expect a gradual decline in the number of veterans making use of such facilities. There are no more Canadian veterans of World War I, and the numbers of World War II veterans is obviously dropping, so why the sudden bulge in patients at Ste-Anne? The answer is grimly telling. As J was told by the administrator at the hospital, there has been a wave of veterans coming back from Afghanistan to become patients at the hospital... mostly psychological cases.

Since 2001, about 15,000 Canadian troops have been stationed in Afghanistan. There have been 85 deaths of Canadian military personnel in Afghanistan (including one acknowledged suicide) and about 300 wounded. The vast majority of these casualties have occurred since 2006 when Canadian troops were deployed in the Kandahar region, taking on active combat missions. In a CBC report from November 2007:

A recent military survey of returned soldiers found that nearly 400 of the 2,700 who had served in Kandahar may have come home with mental health problems.

All of which gives some sense of the scale of the impact of our participation in this war. Nothing of the impact on Afghanistan, however. In fact, there has hardly been a serious study of the number of civilian casualties of the War in Afghanistan. Marc Herold, a professor with the Departments of Economics and Women's Studies at the University of New Hampshire, has conducted a study attempting to gauge the number of civilian casualties due to US bombing in Afghanistan for the period October 2001 to May 2003, finding between 3100 and 3600 deaths. This is, by his own admission, a minimum figure, and undoubtedly a very low estimate, only counting media-reported deaths directly caused by the bombing and purposely not including related but later deaths or deaths due to the repercussions of bombing, also not including civilian deaths caused by other military operations, notably, ground operations. In a 20 May 2002 article in the Guardian, Jonathan Steele reports estimates of about 20,000 civilian deaths directly and indirectly due to the US bombing. And that figure is only for the first 8 months of the war.

Finding the number of so-called Coalition deaths in Afghanistan is easy. Finding the number of Coalition wounded is a little harder - that's an impact of the war that doesn't have any mainstream media marketability, apparently - and finding the number of Coalition troops with psychological scars is harder still. As for the psychological scars of Afghanis... we'll never know, and we'll only be able to get a very small idea of the scale of such damage as we view - from our safe vantage point - ongoing developments in the country... its further decline into misery, war, hunger, narco-business, increases in small-time terrorism, the increased power of Islamic fundamentalism, the worsening of conditions for women... Rulers make victims, and victims make more victims, until there's either no one left... or the process is put to a stop.

May 31st, 2008



1 ~ elemental

2 ~ defying gravity

3 ~ singularity

4 ~ time dilation

5 ~ mind-matter dichotomy

6 ~ dark matter

7 ~ uncertainty principle

8 ~ blue shift

9 ~ mechanistic universe

10 ~ cosmological constant

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