Wednesday, December 30, 2009
News Lynx Dump
and this definately is not O.K.
but like we knew this already...
and a Mladic update:
given that Mladic has been living quietly someplace in Belgrade playing with his grand kids, well it's a disgrace he isn't in custody.
and always good for a flame-war... don't bother, you will be DELETED :) oh and so was Constantine I while we are at it...
and this is probably the Last Post for 2009, so Happy New Year for those of you who are into it! :)
A day in the Emergency Department
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Christmas Eve Lynx Dump
and 5 policemen are being investigated for war crimes too
Karadzic has to have a lawyer! :)
usuary messes things up in Kosovo's ag sector
Fiat takes over Zastava car plant
and Croatia is having elections, some commentary
and I hope he doesn't do this with his tongue out like that!
fashion in BiH is already much affected by trade with Turkey, so we'll see what this really does.
Happy Christmas to my Catholic and Protestant Christian readers!
So here in the Yakima Gulag it is frosty out. I crunched accross the lawn and thought that the Praying Mantis we had in ouir window did very wisely to shuffle off this mortal coil when she did. It is far too cold out for something that delicate. I am manageing thanks to a little help from my friends, a long sweater, the coat a friend gave me, lots of socks, both pairs of long underwear....
I am going to physical therapy and then home. I have to say I am grateful for it, because it is helping considerably manageing pain.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
It is quite well illustrated with pictures of Visoko, including the medieval fortress which belonged to some of my dead ancestors. So I nicked it. . . .
Monday, December 21, 2009
Anatomy of War Crimes Denial, Oliver Kamm
Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss!
Goran Markovic arrested
Former Serbian police chief feared for his own life during Kosovo war
an article about a trip to Albania that looked interesting to me.
Nothing my readers do not already know, but there is a marvelous icon illustrating this article.
and not such nice news from BiH
and speaking of Dodik,
Right to Link Campaign
this is so important that it deserves it's own post! linking is not an infringement, an infringement would be to copy and paste and not credit one's source! linkage builds traffict, I thought they were all about traffic! oooj!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
more worrying news from BiH
I wish someone would please give Dodik a sharp kick where it counts.... he is an obnoxious person.
this is also good, I feel glad anytime people wanted for war crimes get arrested.
and I was sort of wondering when this was going to happen...
and this is good news.
Snow means that the snow removal vehicles go by at odd hours. Living in a basement room, I have learned to tell that sound from the heater.
Right now I hurt like Hell from taking the groceries home. I feel like I have been beaten about the neck and shoulders. It is going to be nice to get back home! Really really nice! :)
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sarajevo-Belgrade Rail Line Re-opened!
We are going to get snow tomorrow, we had tiny flakes you could barely see today. I have to shop tomorrow.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Over time that all did some damage to my neck, and the rest of me, to add to what a simple fall in the snow years ago did.
School is not a picnic, it is hard work.
Blackwater aka Xe is in the news today. I guess they have had ties to the CIA, GEE Why Am I so Un-Surprised? I really have not liked them doing jobs soldiers do for a tenth the pay, they are scabbing on soldiers. I have not liked how they sometimes conduct themselves in other countries. I don't like outsourcing military functions because such contractors are not under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, they are far less accountable than a soldier. Accountability is very important in military operations. When you lose it, you get attrocities and misbehavior. When you have it you can conduct war in an appropriate manner.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Well on hte up side, it is sunny out!
I will be a bit more intermittant until the New Year because Raymond Hall, in the Library of the Yakima Gulag People's Institute of Higher Re:Education is closed for Winter Holidays, ooooops I meant Christmas Vacation! So Happy happy whateveer to all of you in this holiday riich part of the year! To anyone who'se holidays I missed, sorry I will try to do better in the New Year, I will be on and off as chance allows. Thanks for all the comments if I don't get the chance to say something about it.
Ciao! Bog! Dovidjenje! ~ :)
Even colder here
I love mild Fall weather or Spring weather, but being too hot or too cold is not my idea of a good time. Although with too cold, you do have the option of 'just put on some damned clothes already!'
Which believe me I did! My friend Jeannie gave me a beautiful wooden box with thin drawers and brass fronts, and a pair of purple leg warmers. I have them, TWO pairs of long underwear, a purple velvet skirt, a white silk blouse, a pashmina given to me for my birthday in Sarajevo when I was there, a purple silk scarf purchased when I was in Sarajevo, my brown rain jacket which has fake leopard lining given to me by Jeannie, BOOTS, and if I am indoors I will be too hot immediately.
One of the housemates purchased a 10,000 dinar note from Iraq, I don't know how old the note is, but it is very pretty. Lots of Arabic writing and some guy who was a mathemetician back in the day, and a water-mark with a horse's head as a security feature.
He has gotten interested in money as a collectible as a result of this.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Alright... this needed to STAY in the Dungeon very much...
A Double Bladed Battle AX! I just know he had to have said before the attack...
'Don't make me get all Medieval on your ass!'
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Still opretty cold here
The massage yesterday made a big difference, Julie was who massaged me. I told her I am in physical therapy and what for and we just bypassed anything she could damage and she did a gentle massage, I went straight home to a warm bed. Normally the day after therapy I feel like HELL till maybe 3pm. today I am not at all bad.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Friday, December 04, 2009
and a Lynx Dump for Friday...
here is why,
Disabled people receive 403 Bosnian marka (187 pounds) a month in the Muslim-Croat federation but 41 marka in the Serb Republic, Arapcic said, adding that the Muslim-Croat federation was in arrears on payments of 150 million marka dating back to 2006
and the Austrians are taking over operations in BiH
Oil in Albania?
and Serbia is mad at Bulgaria over Kosova.
and Karadzic has rejected a British lawyer.
he's considering a hunger strike.
and more positive Serbia news, the ever popular Exit Festival
interesting article on Kosova
and a bit of forgivedness in the region
At the dennis...
Thursday, December 03, 2009
OUtside Looking In
Cold and Sunny in the Yakima Gulag
Then again my physical therapist agrees with me that for now, purses, bags and back packs are the enemy. I would like them to NOT be the enemy but it is what it is for now. Pop some pills, plug on, suti i trpi! :)
I have meant to comment on the President's speech on Tuesday. I am really disappointed we are going to put more troops in Afghanistan. I do not care what the President says, it IS too much like Vietnam, except the opposition is 'green' not 'red'. I think sometimes Obama is forced to bend on things to prove that he is really an American, and really a patriot. I mean come on, the man is only ETHNICALLY Muslim, a concept any Bosnian understands, but Americans usually don't get it.
I really feel for him, because ANYTHING he decides is going to be picked to pieces and it really was not his war. Sadly now it sort of is. The biggest problem is that extremism, whether religious or political is not a nation, we are a nation and are stuck in positional warfare AGAIN! Which is where this is like Vietnam.
I am increasingly hearing comments from people who are your basic working class white Christian American that both Iraq and Afghanistan are probably bad mistakes. I think Andrew Basevic has had some pretty relevant things to say on the subject. He lost a son in Iraq. I also can't help remembering what a friend of mine who is now a soldier in Iraq said, which is that if we let go of either place, we can't just get them back. She had a valid point from a strictly military point of view. Obama may be thinking along those lines. I do not happen to agree with that.
I thought it was a good speech in many ways, he backed up his points, but I still think we need to get out of both Iraq and Afghanistan, sooner rather than later. We as a nation can't seem to take care of our own people adequately, and war just isn't as beneficial economically as it was back in WWII.
Our infrastructure needs work and our people need work, and our people need a single payer health care system not war.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
OK I lied, some Lynx for you!
damn is that Makedonija name game EVER gonna settle down?
on debt and 'cheap ' real-estate Elsewhere;
What Ceric has to say about the Swiss vote:
When I was in Sarajevo, I saw him walking on Ferhadija one time...
I guess being Muslim trumps being European or White..... just sayin....
file under sad passages:
Anti-burek stuff: I like cevapi better but today I could do with a burek! :(
This is why partition is bad, it messes stuff up whereever it is tried....
and oh yeah, you end up with a lotta articles like this one...just sayin...
I would do a lynx dump but there is hardly any time today
Finally I know what is going on with my insides ...
Anyway, I asked the doctor under all the Micheal Jackson stuff to keep this from hurting 'If my insides are so good, why am I suffering DECADES with my stomach?' I fell back asleep before he could tell me, this would be the wonder of those Michael Jackson type drugs, they do put you to sleep pretty fast...
I had to go back because of havign a consult, and I was afraid I might have to have another colonoscopy, because this was to rule in or out whether I have celiac disease. The good news is I picked some better dead ancestors, no celiac disease, thank God!
also I picked a few bad dead ancestors, one of whom was a little too secretive and a little too unwilling to see a doctor for an embarrassing problem, yeah Mom.... you! :(. OK here's the deal, I have lactose intolerance of some sort, I will always have it sad to say, and that is that, but I do have a treatment plan, so at least I can have less trouble. I am informed this is probably life long, but I was told that a patient who was 90+ years old came under treatment and she recovered enough in a few years not to have a problem. This was welcome news as this problem can be highly embarrassing and miserable.
Actually the person I saw did tell me I had done a couple things RIGHT in the meantime, like NOT getting involved with laxatives and anti-diahrea drugs. She said that that would have made matters much worse. Given I had a few people tell me ... including one doctor from Seattle .... who shall remain nameless that it was just my diet and just take the pink stuff and the other stuff. NOOO that was BAD advice.
Another thing, it was BEAUTIFUL really BEAUTIFUL to NOT be treated as if I were malingering! I appreciate that a lot, because from time to time talking with others about this frankly I have been treated kind of badly on this subject in the past.
It's nice because in one department I get to have some hope. And better yet, I can tell my kids how to cope if they start having a problem. And they can tell their kids and the cycle can be at least slowed down...
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Stuff abut my netbook
I thought it was a cheap ploy by coffee houses to make me buy more coffee, which I could understand except for a couple small details, 1. It was happening in OTHER free WiFi hotspots where purchasing something was not mandatory in any way, and 2, it was all the coffee houses, and 3 NO coffee house I patronize is at all sleezy. They are all run by extremely wonderful people wheter it is Tropical Heat or North Town or Essencia Bakery. Seriously all wonderful people and I really appreciate all of them because any marathon internetting I have to do on my own machine is probably happening in a coffee shop.
So here is what was happening and here is the fix just in case anyone else out there has had this problem.
1, these computers do not like to hold a lot of data, don't go more than half capacity, something called 'DCOP with a bunch of numbers will shut off unpredictably on you.
2. The WiFi thingie shuts off unpredictably. How to turn it on and off is a toggle thing it is the Fn key and F2 you hold them down. You will see a little box that will say your WiFi function is ON or Off with a little red international 'No' sign for 'OFF'
Fiddle with that if you think it has accidentally turned off and then you should be back in business.
I had a very frustrating time with NaNo this year, because literally I did not have unimpeded research time until last night. I finished out at just above 32,000 words, instead fof 50,000.
I should have gone with the Sci-Fi story instead of continuing on with my series.
All tthe NaNo friends were great to meet with this year, I am so glad to have had that experience. One thing about NaNo is that in the writing game, it is the absolute least poisonous bunch you can run into! I love them all! I will do it again next year, and I have a contingency plan for good internet or bad internet! :)