Friday, September 30, 2005

Video from the tribal areas

A Frontline video taken in the Pashrun tribal regions east of Peshawar:
Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai, North and South Waziristan
Where in the world is Osama Bin Laden? Quetta

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Friend of the poor

Carol Bellamy

Why has Africa floundered

while Vietnam succeeds
1.the individual  : poor health
2.the village  : poor soil and no irrigation
3.the region  : poor transportation
[the video]

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Monday, September 26, 2005

One question for John Roberts

Would you go duck hunting
with Dick Cheney ?

Sunday, September 25, 2005


Should they have lawyers?   No
1. They are not charged with anything.
2. They will not be going to trial.
Do the Geneva Accords apply to them?   No
1. We are not at war.
2. They are not a recognized army.
3. They are not signatories to the accords.
So we can do what we want with them?   Yes
1.make them kneel for hours, for months handcuffs and gloved
3.blindfolded and deafened

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Groundhog Day in the Gulag
1956, Budapest

33 more years of winter.

1968, Prague


Kind Master

Many slaves had kind masters.
But they had to accept slavery.

Those who would not accept slavery
were sold down river.

The new Pharisees

What we have become:   camel swallowers.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Michael Robertson

asks a question that isn't asked too often:
Should we sell other people out?

Bush Waives Saudi Trafficking Sanctions

President Bush decided Wednesday to waive any financial sanctions on Saudi Arabia, for failing to do enough to stop the modern-day slave trade in prostitutes, child sex workers and forced labor. [PDF see waiver]

In related news, strip clubs have re-opened in New Orleans.

Saudi ambassador chats with Bush

Prince Bandar was the Saudi ambassador for 20 years. His dad is crown prince. Saudis will always have access to presidents, because:
1. they pay a legion of well-connected lobbyists
2. they have a lot of oil, and we need oil to make gasoline
3. they buy Bradleys, F15s and AWACS
4. they supply matching money for CIA and DoD wars
5. they buy US bonds
6. they provide work if the party loses the election
7. they spend like there is no tomorrow

George II opposed the 9/11 commission

George Bush II opposed the commission. He settled for being allowed to appoint its head. The first two people he appointed, Kissinger and Mitchell, were not able to serve because of conflicts.

The final report was missing 27 pages on Saudi Arabia.   Truthout reports that however one interprets the 27 pages, all who have read them agreed on one thing:

If they are made public, they will prove extremely embarrassing...

Friday, September 16, 2005

Turn your equipment off, #3

[no photo available]

At 1:58 into the audio, by Baton Rouge police, at refugee center.

from Democracy Now Sept 16th.
Note that both the police and the reporter are very well instructed on the legal issue of status - and there are only two. You are:
1. under arrest, or
2. free to leave

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Single Lens Reflex: Put the camera down.

The recovery effort will be done with dignity, meaning "no press"
"Zero access" says Army Lt. Gen. Russell Honore.
Army Lt. Col. Richard Steele later explained that that does not reflect the current or past position of the U. S. Government.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Opposing tyranny ®

Bread! Work! Justice! Freedom! ®
Or later, when it is already too late, the poor cry
Guns! We need guns!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

September 11th

Toppled by terrorists on second try.
The CIA tried to oust Allende in 1970, but failed.
On September 11th, 1973, Allende was finally killed.
He was succeeded by General Augusto Pinochet. [wiki]
[book:Pinochet&me] [movie:Missing]
Following the coup, a period of terror followed.
Pinochet was indicted for torture, in Spain, once he left office.

Most favored kleptocracy

Some facts about Saudi Arabia
1. The rulers get all the money.
2. The money trickles down, a lot to the bodyguards.
3. Everyone is wahhabi or discreet.
4. The oil infrastructure can't be protected.
5. Fifteen of the hijackers came from here.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

The only good X is a dead X

prolonged aggravated genocide (HIV)
AntiRetroVirals for jailed rapers, in Arusha,
but not for the women raped, in Rwanda.

Translations from the Arabic

Middle East Media ... latest

"No muslims were involved in 9/11" [video]
Dr. Abd Al-Subour Shahin teaches at that prestigious
seat of Sunni learning, Al-Azhar University [1] in Cairo.
This is not Dr Emad Shahin of the American University of Cairo/Poly Sci. [2]
[other MEMRI vidoes]

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Gretna police shoot at pedestrians
But allow cars to leave New Orleans

1. Shep Smith from the bridge above the Convention Center,
2. Geraldo Rivera from the Convention Center below.

They refer to an armed checkpoint keeping pedestrians from crossing, while cars are seen passing behind Shep Smith.
The convoy in the video is by the Dome, on Sugar Bowl Dr and Stadium Dr.

Traffic in Los Angeles


Friday, September 02, 2005

Can the eye see itself?

Can the mind grasp itself?

Can a computer emulate itself? Actually, yes it can, but the emulation will run slower and seem to have less memory.
So what? Well, by analogy, the brain could have a model of itself in itself, but the model will fall short.