Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Basically Muslims are not persecuted in Croatia, but it's nto socially an advantage either to be Muslim in Croatia either. I'd say that it might be a bit hard actually outside of areas which border on Bosnia-Hercegovina, where at least there are quite a few Muslims. I can just imagin what Mama i Tata have to say.
Still given how the Church has handled itself in certain recent scandals in the U.S. and in the rest of Europe, maybe it's not so unforseeable developement. The article is in Slobodna Dalmacija and I don't have time to translate the lot. I will come back and update later.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Yet another Jailbreak Update
On another subject, latest big fat urban talk radio rumor to take with many grains of salt: They have found food packages with Arabic lettering on them. D'uh! increasingly you can find such packages in all kinds of food catagories, I got for example some cans of chicken Vienna sausages with Arabic writeing on it to the effect that it was 1. halal, 2. a list of ingredients. I have also purchased containers of Thai coconut milk and noodle soup products that have had lists of ingredient and notation that the food inside was halal. I personally am Catholic, but I do buy cans of Vienna sausage, and if the chicken kind is on sale for REAL DIRT CHEAP I am going to over look little oddities like Arabic writeing, French writeing, Spanish writeing. I notice that overseas, places like Ireland, the U.K. So anyway the fact of detritus on the border that happens to have the odd bit of Arabic writeing is not that significant.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Update on the Jailbreak
Bruce Lee Statue in Mostar Vandalized Already...:(
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Massive Jailbreak in Yakima Gulag
Of course how badly the jail is bult is not entirely his fault, other people were in on the decisions that led to a badly built facility that everyone knows could easily be escaped.
There have been over the years numerous articles about the poor design of hte place.
Yakima has an unfair share of the state's criminals in any case, mostly in the form of Level 3 sex offenders, and meth heads and crack heads. It all makes the place more dangerous than it has to be, and the stupid city is worried abotu graffitti and lawns, much more than figureing out where the sex offenders who register as transient live.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
But then again he has not gotten one of those high up there degrees like some of those people in India. Another thing, I thought as I heard the story, I had to 'tone down' my resume to get the job when I did. If I went for such a job now, the same thing would be true.
Well I feel sympathy for the young people working in those places. The ones I heard on the program sounded intelligent, these are the very sort of young people who used to immigrate here.
Again Thanks Mario, incidentally if you don't read Kosovoreport, and want to keep track, it's a good place The guy does his best to just be objective. Some nasty little flame wars in thsere though.
Yes I am a NaNoWriMo winner, the novel the is called 'The Last Queen' and it halfway sucks but it's overall decent, Hell it beats Danielle Steele!
So you come out of this thing with a serious looking Certificate, I suppose I shall have to have it printed out and get out it suitably inscribed by someone who has prettier handwriting than I do I mean I have only been in one country where people thought I was pretty Bosnia and Hercegovina and only one country where anyone besids my immediate family thought I was pretty, and that too was BiH.
So anyway I have the thing written and all it needs is some revision.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
50601 / 50000 words
Anyway I am glad this is all over. I can now fully concentrate on school and my sucky few pages of a sucky novel is a full first draft, and can be edited, livened up and etc. I think it might make a good screen play actually...
Monday, November 21, 2005
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Ten years after Bosnia's bloodshed ended in a peace accord reached 5,000 miles away in Dayton, Ohio, a bunch of Bosnian teenagers set out to determine why their country is still dysfunctional.
They soon discovered what a new generation of Bosnians has learned the hard way: Dayton was a roadmap to peace, not a blueprint for the future. So they have written a new mock constitution for a nation with an unwieldy power-sharing system that is designed - but often fails - to satisfy everyone.
"Dayton may have worked at the time to stop the war, but its shelf life has expired," said 15-year-old Senad. "On the state level, we have three presidents and they don't get along. Such a country cannot work."
The high schoolers' work has drawn the attention of the U.S. ambassador to Bosnia, Douglas McElhaney, who says he will take it to Washington, where negotiations are under way for changes in the existing constitution. But the negotiators face many of the same problems that bedeviled the authors of the Dayton accord - rival claims, rooted in ancient historical, ethnic and religious grievances, over a corner of the Balkans smaller than West Virginia.
Brokered by the United States in the privacy of Wright-Patterson Air Force base, the accord was announced on Nov. 21, 1995, in Dayton and signed in Paris three weeks later. It ended a 1992-95 war among Muslims who call themselves Bosniaks, Orthodox Serbs and Roman Catholic Croats that claimed 260,000 lives and drove another 1.8 million people from their homes.
The accord recognized Bosnia, formerly a piece of an imploded Yugoslavia, as an independent country. NATO deployed 60,000 peacekeepers to keep its armies apart. Now a force of 7,000 European Union troops busies itself with fighting organized crime and illegal logging in Bosnia's lush forests. Bosnia's own army, 13,000-strong and multiethnic, is being formed.
More than 1 million refugees have returned to their homes, and this week Bosnia is expected to sign an agreement to prepare it for its cherished long-term goal of joining the prosperous, democratic EU.
"The peace stabilization has been a miracle," said British diplomat Paddy Ashdown, Bosnia's international administrator for the past 3 1/2 years. Richard Holbrooke, the U.S. diplomat who brokered the Dayton deal, says: "It is hard to think of any other peace process in the last decade - anywhere in the world - that has done nearly as well as this one."
Bisera Dzidic, a 46-year-old news editor, says of Bosnia's new army: "I never expected soldiers who shot at each other 10 years ago in such a brutal war to now be serving a unified army under one flag. That's truly amazing."
The Dayton accord divided the nation of 3.2 million into two ethnic mini-states with broad autonomy, a shared parliament and government and a three-man presidency. But the power to impose laws and fire officials is in the hands of a foreigner, currently Ashdown.
A consensus has emerged that Bosnia has outgrown Dayton. "The current constitution of Bosnia is not really sufficient. If they want progress with Europe, they have to amend it," said European analyst Tomas Markert.
Parallel or overlapping agencies compound Bosnia's problems of poverty, corruption and 40 percent unemployment. Sixty-two percent of Bosnia's youths want to leave, a recent U.N. study found.
But Senad and his friends who spent their summer writing a constitution are resolved to stay and wear clothespins on their collars to symbolize the effort to hold Bosnia together.
"Our constitution erases the mini-states, foresees one president and does not separate 'us' from 'them,'" he said.
"I swear now that I will stay here and fight for my dream to come true," he added, his voice rising to a shout. "Please help me!"
There are other harbingers of changing mindsets.
The country is still run by its wartime parties, but more flexible leaders are ready to talk and make small steps forward. The old nationalists have been removed from the leadership or even put on trial for war crimes, mismanagement or corruption.
Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, wanted since 1995 for genocide and crimes against humanity by the U.N. tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, still eludes capture. Yet there are signs that some of those who once lionized him as a hero now disparage him as a burden.
Graffiti urging the former psychiatrist to surrender has appeared even in fiercely nationalistic Serb regions such as Mount Romanija. "Hospital in The Hague urgently needs a psychiatrist," says a slogan sprayed on a billboard.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
NaNoWriMo update, 35,624 words in my kind of sucky little novel. Probably someone is going to want to kill me, I have her emotionally but NOT physically involved with a peasant who used to live in the village below the castle. It's not as bad as it sounds, she is widowed, and the most they do is kiss and hug. It is a comfort thing that a couple times almost got out of hand, nothing worse.
I'd like to sell this book and you have to put some sex in a book if you are going to sell it. The only actual sex is legit, the people doing it are married. The plot isn't running out too soon, but it's been fun makeing sure of details sometimes.
I am not sharing it with you guys cuz seriously it sucks.
I am closer all the time though to the 50,000 word goal.
Friday, November 18, 2005
Computer Gameing and it's value for work readiness
I am in awe of him and my daughter, at what they do. They make things work for people. my daughter is a baker, she makes cakes for people, and bread, and other good things of life, and my son makes sure someone gets to your house and fixes your fridge, you oven, your washer, your dryer.
There is a lot of logistical talent required in games like 'Kingdom of Loathing,''Everquest' and other real time strategy based Massive Multiplayer games. The good players develope skills useful for careers in management, dispatching, air traffic control, etc. So I'm proclaiming this weekend 'Get off your kid's back weekend'
Thursday, November 17, 2005
The James Joyce Linguistic Institute, Pula Republic of Croatia
Originally uploaded by Melita.
whnvr someone rites al rong and mestup well I like to ask if they learned their English at the James Joyce Linguistic Institute in Pula. James Joyce spent a lot of time in Pula because it was cheaper than Triest, and above all it wasn't Dublin! He led a pleasant life in boht places.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
23223 out of 50,000
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
One thing I like about the Australians is they are a lot less 'politically correct' than Americans are. Sometimes all that sensitivity gets to the point that no one knows what is being discussed anymore. I want to print this out for my instructor in Medical Interpreting so that she too can have a good laugh.
Disclaimer NOTHING IN HERE IS IN ANY WAY INTENDED TO UPSET OR OFFEND ANYONE!
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
15363 / 50000 words
See you guys all in the 15-20k club, yes this novel sucketh but like children what sucketh groweth!
Dovijenja comrades! over the hill to the next battle!
yes that is the sound of someone not doing their homework! xaxaxaxaxaxaxax
oh don't think you can find me, I have an alias going. laku noc prijatelje!
Friday, November 11, 2005
The Invasion of the Yakima Gulag.......PSYCHE!!!....Actually thies are some pix of the Vetrans Day Parade...
Finally last night broke the 10,000 word barrier at NaNoWriMo l!!!
Never mind if it sucketh badly.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
For the record I feel the same way about modern churches, especially those damned ugly concrete things that over do the modern bit by resembleing washing machine agitators and which have meaningless decorations which are not even beautiful.
It's my dislike of the most sterile, conformist, plasticated aspects of modern life that is my problem with this. Nice to know I'm not alone, and nice to know a lot of people in BiH feel the same way.
There is a lovely picture of the rebuilt Stari Most in the article. check it out.
This talk of integration is all very well but there is more to it than that. These young men in France need more than 'integration' 40% unemployment of young people in France in general is 10%. I think if the situation were reversed there would be French youth of purely French descent rioting.
At the same time, there is 50%+ unemployment in BiH among young people, and it doesn't cause rioting, so I don't know. Perhaps the fact that in France, there are gangs dealing drugs doesn't help, but that exists in the U.S. and there are not riots as a rule.
Perhaps the difference in BiH is they can see that the misfortune is pretty evenly spread around, that religion and ethnicity are not really factors, the economy and the fact of the war 10 years ago fell as hard on everyone. I'm not saying that's not dangerous for the future, but it's so far been possible to avoid this sort of violence.
What I find puzzleing is why are the latest riots worldwide in the WINTER? In the old days no one would go out and riot in the cold like that...sorry I had to put in that snarky comment, but hasn't anyone else noticed this? seriously what's up with that?
Monday, November 07, 2005
A lot of the players in this region are actually from the Balkans, some of us have ethnic ties, ancestral ties and some are just interested. I've made a few friends from all over and I like the game. Of course at whatever point I need to leave the Yakima Gulag, I probably can't play regularly and will have to allow my carefully cultivated Nation to die. That will feel very sad for me even if it's just a game.
Anyway I recomend this Region for anyone who can't get enough of the Balkans, we do have some empty map space drop me a line if you'd like to join in on the fun!
I have invented a cast of characters for my Nation, so has Annoyastan, and so have all the others, our Nations each have complex histories and places on the map which only have the vaguest relationship to actual historical facts.
People who ordinarily might not get along have been reaching out to one another and makeing friends too. That part is most cool... And no the game's not just for bored teenagers, as you can see the age range in my Region is 60 something to 13. Go ahead, check out the map, check out our Forums.
Bosnian court accuses Serb, Turk of terrorist acts on foreigners
SARAJEVO, Nov 6 (KUNA) -- A Bosnian court said Sunday it accused a Serb and a Turk of attempting to carry out terrorist attacks against foreigners in Bosnia, the Bosnian radio said.
The attacks were foiled by Bosnian police in cooperation with European forces on October 19. The culprits were arrested and identified as Muslims from different European nationalities.
The radio quoted court spokesman Nenad Cavka as saying the court accussed Mirsad Bektasevic, A Muslim Serb from Sandzak, and Censur Abdulkader, A Turk living in Bosnia, of trying to attack an European embassy and official Bosnian-based west European institutions.
The court is still questioning three others over the same case, while the two accused will remain in custody for another month.
The spokesman said the court was interrogating dozens of Bosnians over the attacks. (end) yr.
This is interesting on several counts, I noted that the Bosnian accused in the case has been let go, and hasn't been named anywhere so far, I think this individual might have been the informant. The other interesting thing is that the earlier information I had indicated that the Turk was a person born in BiH. The other one Mirsad Bektasevic has a pretty typical name for the region, and is from Sandzak. One doesn't hear much about disturbances in Sandzak. The one thing I ever read about disturbances there was an altercation between Muslims with political differences, and didn't involve any Orthodox Serbs. So why is this guy even IN BiH? Seriously!
On the upside, at least there is an effort being made to disrupt terrorist activity in BiH that is from the government. That has to be viewed as progress.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
WHAT it's not a party until someone blows something or someone up?
Peace begins in the home! Without peace in the home there is no peace in the world.
So I hope that the Serbian visitors are asking to see how these things work and don't work here in the States, that would be great!
Again thanks Mario!
Friday, November 04, 2005
couternix who visits East Ethnia often and has a good blog of his own posted this link in comments and really you should go to this site even if you do not read the language because of the pictures, there are a lot of them, one of the best is in htis advertisement for apples.
The Yakima Gulag is Apple Country, the Fruit Bowl of the World etc 7rla i.t.d. So I noticed that picture right away, besides the handsome guy who has the box of apples D'uh what girl with anything like red blood in her veins would not look at that covjek? I mean really, very good lookinig guy!
oh then there's the apples. I mean for ONCE an advertisement aimed at the primal urges of FEMALE HUMAN BEINGS! DA!
OK my funny apple story. When I was in Sarajevo the second time, my Significant Other was not well. He is also a terrible cheapskate. I love him, but he IS let's just be honest about it. It's ok, so am I.
Anyway, I was going to need to go to the airport and it was horrible and cold out. I did not want him going to the airport which had not been refurbished yet, and was horrifically cold, and which due to the fact Bosnians like to smoke a LOT, would be smoke filled. I could see him getting sick again, we'd already had kind of a lousy time because both of us got sick during that time. I didn't want him to get sick again, I knew he'd take the taxi there with me and go home in the tram. Ordinarily that would have been ok but both of us were recoveing from bad flu. I said 'I don't trust you, you will take the tram back and get sick again..you should not be in a freezeing cold airport, you should be resting. Just call the taxi and go back to sleep when I'm gone.' He argued about it, but I insisted. So he called his friend that drives a taxi, a very fine looking man who is Muslim. My significant other is a Croat. Anyway was afraid I'd be nervous about rideing in the same car with someone Muslim, so he said 'I have known this man for years and he is a good guy even if he is Muslim, and you don't need to worry because he's one of the best drivers in Sarajevo!' Anyway the man arrived, called us on his mobile phone that he was there. Right there that is SERVICE because there is nothing like a cold dark predawn in Sarajevo. He came just after the first azan, and wasn't the least bit late!
So once I was in the cab, the driver remembered me from my first trip to Sarajevo, and said 'I remember you, you are from America, I notice now you speak our language pretty good' 'Thanks' I said 'Where are you from in America?' 'Yakima Washington' 'Were is that?' 'In the very middle of the State of Washington' he didn't say anything, so I said 'Our town is famous for apples' and he laughed out loud 'You mean those very pretty big huge red apples which taste of nothing?' 'You should give them another chance, they are better now! Everyone is trying to raise apples that taste better now.'
Anyway let it not be said that I didn't defend the Washington apple!
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
bonus points for makeing it down to this tid-bit:
The meeting paid tribute to Harold Pinter, playwright and author and recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, who was a strong opponent of the NATO-sponsored war that led to the dismemberment of Yugoslavia.
uummm Comrades, Pay attention, I will speak very slowly..... the dismemberment began and was well underway before ANYONE did anything one way or the other about it!
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Attack of the CAT PEOPLE
Venus Fly Trap
on the Dark Side
Originally uploaded by Yakima_gulag.
This was one of the best costumes in my opinion, it is so hard to choose because everyone was really creative.
Originally uploaded by Yakima_gulag.
I loved this costume, despite the bling it was really more respectable than the normal everyday attire of some of my fellow students!
Queen of the Last Mardi Gras
Queen of the Last Mardi Gras
Originally uploaded by Yakima_gulag.
Whew I feel so much BETTER rightside up!
Originally uploaded by Yakima_gulag.
If you live in the Yakima Gulag, don't forget to go see this exhibit.
Off topic, did you all hear that because of this Bird Flu business there may be travel restrictions?
More Halloween Pictures from Halloween
The Clergy were much in evidence, keeping some sort of order I suppose! But LOOK! 'Reverend Ian Paisly was RIGHT about the Kremlin Vatican Axis! oooooj
This is a good friend, the Queen of the Last Mardi Gras, 'I walked all that way after my house blew away, I walked so long I broke my foot walking and I STILL haven't got my check!'
I loved the Mardi Gras beads and the absolutely beautiful mask, the photograph doesn't do it justice, there were all those beautiful peacock feathers on it and quail feathers. This lady is a very cool person anyway, and it was a pleasure seeing her, quite aside from the fact that we represented destroyed places, I dressed as Comrade Katjusa was representing the old Soviet Union and she was representing New Orleans, right there, is vast common ground!
The winners were a dreamer and his nightmare, shown at the top.
Other pictures will follow later today. Must do some actual school work...