Saturday, October 31, 2009
Lynx Saturation Saturday
'Listen Up Muslims We Fought For You'
The Cambridge historian Brendan Simms, who has made a particular study of the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, wrote some years ago that “many in the European establishment have never forgiven the Americans for being right about Bosnia. Most Muslims, in Britain and worldwide, have forgotten it, if they ever knew it in the first place. For a long time I saw the inability of the US to parlay its efforts on behalf of European Muslims into credit ... as a failure of American public diplomacy. But in the course of my own modest efforts at public meetings, and the odd appearance on Muslim channels, I quickly realised that I was hitting a brick wall”.
and a new find of a mass grave in Eastern BiH
And the children of mixed marriages face intolerance
I know that there is a huge stigma on mixed marriages, one good thing about my former S.O.. was he did not buy into that attitude!
“Ethnic intolerance was not a precursor to war, but its consequence,” psychologist Dinka Corkalo Biruski, of Zagreb University, says. Her conclusion follows years of research into communities affected by war.
and this quote seems apropos
The more integrated the people are, the more violence is required to separate them,” Doubt writes in his book Sociology after Bosnia.
** really rings a bell on Black White relationships in the U.S. actually, because
Americans, whether Black or White have more in common with each other than they do with foreigners.
and what could be going on in Karadzic's warped excuse for a mind:
and file under 'Why am I so very unsurprised?'
and not Balkans related at all, just weird as Hell, because coyotes just don't attack people, not by ones twos or threes so something weird is up
looks like I am not alone in my reaction t to Plavsic's release and welcome
and that damned Dodik again...
and some stuff on Kosovo
Also this article about Magpies
If TSA procedure is of interest to you, this should be read.
From MeFi, and fascinating, 'Do I have the right to refuse this search?'
At some point maybe people will show up, and I had hoped someone might call, you know, like the mobile phone? or reply to my post in the forums? I mean that works for me!
I do not have the numbers of anyone else, they must have gotten lost when I last moved. I could have sworn I knew where to find them but NOOOOO!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Sadly I did not get to go
Editing is incredibly hard, I am trying to learn how to set it up in 'Landscape' and get the guttering right. Why does that need to be so hard to do? I am using Linux, I tried a few things today and decided to read the Help file and see what I understand. Then I will try again.
Happy Internet Birthday!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
School is so much fun when you are NOT actually a student! :)
nothing on Karadzic today
This kind of thing is very disquieting to say the least. These are home grown. I think the problem is partly less than really Muslim prison converts who set these things up. I think it is far closer to criminal enterprise actually than anything political and it bothers me a lot. The Christian Science Monitor had an article recently on this sort of thing.
Speaking of shoot-outs WAAY too much gunplay in the Yakima Gulag, gang shooting right by my kid's former high school! jebiga!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Check this out,
Kirk Johnson has been right on the money for some time, and if you are not reading his work regularly you should be, at least if you want to know more about Bosnia...
More on the Karadzic trial
But noooo, they weren't he let a LOT get by.
The present judge is making some good loud noises about wanting to impose a lawyer if need be. I hope he does so soon, because in this case there is way too little justice even possible and what there is ought not be delayed.
Totally a non Balkans story but good news!
well, times have changed, I guess enough people who used to be members have gone other places that Costco has decided to take the food stamp card!
I really am grateful they did and I know many Yakimans will be grateful too!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Biljana Plavsic freed
Monday, October 26, 2009
Craft Distilling Now Legal in Washington State
Come ON Mr. Karadzic, you have had a WHOLE year!
Karadzic was arrested a bit over a year ago! He's had time. He's had time even if the dog ate his lawyer's homework! I would have LOVED in my college days to simply absent myself when I did not have a paper ready! I would have totally gone for that! But guess what it doesn't fly to do that, professors will FLUNK you if you do that.
The Court owes it to themselves to stop people playing that game. I don't think any judge in the Yakima Gulag would tolerate this level of nonsense. The Hague definately should not and as to Mr. Karadzic playing these games, oh he was brave enough ordering the deaths of all those people, the shelling and the sieges, just not man enough to come to court and face the music.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
So Karadzic is too chickenshit to attend his own trial..
The relatives of victims of his reign of terror are going. The BBC had a story of one victim, and there is this
and some theories about how Karadzic evaded justice this long.
and an annoyingly slow loading video if you want to see an interview with Kardzic
and lately Russia has really been cosy-ing up to Serbia, letting them have gas etc, so are they using Serbia to help them with the rest of Europe? I think it's likely
looks like my initial instinct for caution on this story was justified...
The students who got sick were not sickened by toxins as had been feared.
and some imam in Albania got busted for alleged terrorism.
this is a really wierd case..
and Sanader is bailing! Opa!
and for the Kultur Korner:
Kadare is getting a prize. I did not realize he was still alive! :)
well this I guess should be it for Lynx Saturation Saturday.
Friday, October 23, 2009
The Oniion Movie
Also rescued a spider, a gorgeous fluffy black and orange one with green iridescent eyes. It resisted rescue, it liked our door, but I was afraid one of the less spider friendly residents might have done it in. I filmed and photographed it as well.
NaNo is starting up in like 10 days.
Nice news, 'Capitalism a Love Story' has actually been held over! This means it's making money for the Mercy family! YEAH! I am glad it's making money in our Gulag! It means that maybe those drug raids have shifted the 'zek vs urki' equation! :)
also the 'Mad Cowboy' is going to speak Nov. 8th. I hope to get to that one.
I did do a cool hack with some shoes. I had gotten a big bag of shoe laces, and some were suitable for the nice boots a friend gave me but too short. There were however SCADS of appropriate laces, so I took four of them, cut end and knotted it for each side and then laced as usual, works and there's enough lace! :) and it doesn't look that wierd.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Really worthwhile article in this weeks 'The Nation'
Funny stuff from 'Attack of the Show'
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
65 th Anniversary of NAZI s being driven out of Yugoslavia
I have enjoyed having the BBC on twice a day on PBS a lot. They cover many stories that don't get covered in U.S. media, even PBS or NPR. I realize a half hour format is not friendly to the type of in-depth coverage the BBC is noted for, and noticed he wasn't the only reporter cut short before finishing a story. Maybe it was just a bad morning.
It actually warmed up a little here in the Yakima Gulag. The sunflowers are bravely trying to bloom again, actually the raspberries, particularly the ones behind the garage have been trying to yield more fruit, BUT the weather is so up and down I doubt we'll see the usual second harvest of raspberries. Too bad really since they are so nice. They have to be trimmed back, and that is being arranged for.
I am still thinking about stuff that was in 'Capitalism a Love Story' So much of it made me mad, but a lot of it inspired me, especially the workers at Republic Windows, and the people who took back their homes that they'd been foreclosed out of, and the sherriff in Wayne County, Michigan who decided not to enforce any more foreclosures. If all those people wind up on the streets, all over the country, that is a recipe all kinds of trouble. Seeing people fight back short of that point is a good thing. Seeing them do so non violently is beautiful!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Cop tech stuff...
Now for 'BCCI the Great Untold Story'!
Capitalizim ljubavna prica
There's stuff that was covered which I missed out on in my year in BiH. Some of which might have caused me to round up any scythe and pitchork and torch inclined neighbors to go do something about....
Readers of this blog already know I have a problem with the concept of usuary, it is un-Scriptural, it is against ANYONE'S Scriptures!
I wish the two priests and the bishop interviewed had mentioned the fact that interest is DIRECTLY forbidden in Scripture, I wihs that Micheal Moore had interviewed a Rabbi and perhaps an Imam and a really well informed Protestant minister on the subject of interest and dealing in interest. It would have really been good for the point he was making.
I of course really loved the part about Republic Windows. Also for the record, I have been to personally areas in BiH that got rocketed and bombed to Hell that look better than Flint, Michigan, and some other 'Post Cards From Hell' once wonderful, or at least O.K. towns and cities across America. I want this film shown in places that send us a lot of illegal entrants! I think it might turn back some people. That would be a good thing right now.
There were several urban eviction actions which were shown, guess what, take away American's T.V.s, their homes, their comforts and guess what, Americans don't make bad rebels after all! I was a little concerned on that score to be honest with you all...
Friday, October 16, 2009
File Under Annals of Bad Design...
Capitalism a Love Story will be whown int the Yakima Gulag
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Bee in my bonnet...
Alright, I wanted to see if home generators can be run off biodiesel, and it looks like with certain precautions and modifications the answer is 'yes' ... I was sort of wondering about that late at night after seeing a comercial for home generators on T.V., the kind you run off diesel or gasoline.
Home generators are essential survival tools for people who have appliances, and it seemed weird I'd never even seen mention of the diesel kind, let alone biodiesel kind of home generators.
Free cookies :) followed by free coffee! :)
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sit! Stand.! Sit Stand!
I have to say the day turned out nice. Had some of the squash last night, with mixed vegetables, and some ramen noodles and broke up a beef patty in it. It was pretty nice. I think I will try cooking some of the squash in milk and sugar another time, yeah let's take some really healty food and make it not so healthy! :)
We DID in fact have a small amoutn of snow late in the night.
I do have an official diagnosis of IBS now. IBS I guess is the mystery disease. They don't really know what causes it, basically my insides are healthy but they don't think they are. Well it has gone on for YEARS. I am glad I have a diagnosis at least. I did get her to change my pain medication to something coated at least, because the other stuff was making matters worse. I am sure one day they will find that IBS is in fact very physical. The symptoms sure are! jooooj!
Spent the time I waited for this computer reading 'Russian Life'. They had a cool article about the Trans-Siberian Railway. A person I knew took a trip on it from Moscow to the end of the line, and flew back to the States. Back then the Soviet Union still existed. She had a very great trip. then she got married and had twins! :)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
New and improved! Tuesday Lynx Dump!
Click on the 'read more' for some interesting discussion.
Karadzic immunity plea rejected
GOOD! I'm just sorry he's not in a nastier place to live. I shoud live so good! My kids should live so good! My friends should live so good.
And not so good... The UN delays Karadzic's trial.
And the Yakima Gulag is not alone in having an early Winter! :( Same goes for the Balkans...
Sarajevo got some really deep snow. We have only had the threat of snow...
And how has this specifically affected BiH?
It ain't pretty folks!
And this is good news, Germany is going to seriously help BiH :)
And I bet this will thrill his fans in BiH! President Obama has a real fan base in BiH
Srebenica the search goes on..
and the original Guardian article..
And from Stjepan Mesic, a good ally of Bosnia Hercegovina over the years...
We should not allow the Bosnian Serbs to tear BiH into pieces.
I am grateful to any man who calls Dodik on his shit.
and the visa issue keeps on keeping on na zalost.
India rejects Albania's demand for Mother Teresas remains
Mother Teresa may have been ethnically Albanian but she was born in Skoplje, which last time I checked is in Macedonia, and where people die of their own is where they should be buried as far as I am concerned unless there is a good reason otherwise...
Besides, I do not think she would want to be moved.
And an article on flying nightmares...
I may never fly again in my life the way things are going, but still, I feel some anger on this mans behalf, because of what he experienced. My advice, is whenever that happens, get help getting to where you need to go! I make them throw me on a cart and get me there.
Squashes! Squashes! Squashes!
I have a few cuts on my hands to show for the night's work. That is o.k. Winter is coming on so suddenly! They even said we might get up to an inch of snow. The snow hasn't fallen yet, but it is bleak out there.
The landslide in Naches, which led to the closure of Route 410 still is big news. Some homes have their power back, but a lot of people both up by the river and even in town where the river re-routed itself are going to have to move. It is a MESS! People were hearing rumblings in the hills for at least a week or two, but no one really knows what caused the landslide. All anyone knows is that it is a huge inconvenience to the people who have lived there for in some cases 2 or 3 generations.
Monday, October 12, 2009
First Killing Frost hits
The frost last night decimated our poor sunflowers, but the raspberries still are fruiting, theres FLOWERS ont hem. I picked a few this morning! :)
a big chunk of Highway 410 blocked off the small town of Naches, and took out the power. People had to be evacuated! Welcome to the opening salvos of a Yakima Gulag Winter!
Friday, October 09, 2009
Congradulations to President Obama!
Hope the 'go to Hell money' helps too!
(Go to Hell Money is a sufficient sum of money that you can afford to tell people to 'Go to Hell!' 'case you were wondering...)
Capitalism a Love STory NOT in the Gulag so far...
So odds are the fact that Micheal Moore's latest film is not showing here yet has more to do with distribution and profits than with the fact the owners are fairly conservative. I am giving them the benefit of the doubt because they HAVE in fact shown other Micheal Moore films.
HOWEVER these have frequently been special showings arranged by people who are in the Peace and Justice community. So maybe that will happen here. I sure hope so because I badly want to see this film. Odds are though, my friends and I will have to rent a copy, make mucho pop corn and watch that way. Steta. no ... SRAMOTA!
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Please Read this Book! Please read everything else she wrote!
Too Much Coffeee!!!!
Also saw on PBS last night and the night before an EXCELLENT two parter on how health care is currently hanlded in The Netherlands. I think it is a system that would actually fly in the States, and it appears to work. I know I get readers from that part of the world. I would invite comments on how they feel the system is working for them.
I am interested in hearing anything they think does work also what does not work...
The first night's stoy of the couple that moved from the U.S. to the Netherlands because their son is autistic especially intrigued me. The situation of children with autism is rather rough here, some parents are able to afford decent care, and others are not ablble to do much of anything for their kid, and it really depends on a patchwork of insurance and social services which may or may not work in a given case. I am also interested in the situation of adults with disabilities, especially autism and intellectual challenges because that is something that really tells if a health care system is really top of the line or not.
So is the treatment of people at the very bottom of society. I am interested in some voices from the Netherlands on this subject. Please it is Dutch De-Lurking Week! :)
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The Barefoot Burglar
check this s*** out!
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My big suggestion for getting rid of financial meltdowns...
This fact of life has been the case in sales for a long time. No salary, just commissions and bonuses. Well people start feeling insecure if they are not doing so well, they may cut corners at such times and then what happens?
Well what happens is one starts cutting corners. I was out of the business before it happened to me, my friends left in the business are good enough, have decent enough client bases that they have avoided being in a situation of cutting corners, but enough people have run into trouble that it is easy to cut corners.
'Positive Thinking' and all that has been really bad for people in sales, financial services and insurance! 'Positive Thinking' should really be called 'Magical Thinking'. I am not saying to be all negative all the time. I am just saying that too much 'Positive Thinking' and too little willingness to face reality and human nature has been a bad thing. Capitalism as we know it is bi-polar. It is time to break out the meds!
State-Wide Manhunt for 'The Barefoot Burgler'
I mention this because he's from the San Juan Islands, and was running around stealing stuff while I was on vacation with various family members there and we had NO IDEA! He just melts into the woods, and has really been elusive.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Small Stuff I Hate!
Monday, October 05, 2009
Monday Web Mondo
Amnesty International Demands Justice for war time rape victims
Considering how often rape is a part of war, despite all conventions and laws against it, any voicess against this vile behavior are welcome.
I still think the Algerian solution of declareing women who suffered this abuse as 'shaheed' would be another useful measure.
A Sarajevo FC fan was killed in a soccer rumble. Police were attacked as well.
EULEX finds signs of mass graves in Kosovo.
Promises not kept 9 years after revolution.
Former KLA members found guilty of torture
the missing link! :)
Lukomir the last mountain village in Bosnia
Irish Yes vote on EU opens doors for Balkans nations
Friday, October 02, 2009
Chcago misses out on Winter Olympics.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
More on young person shot to death in old neighvorhood..
Today's news brought to you by Tropical Heat!
Tropical Heat is a great place to come get coffee, and maybe even a foot-long hot dog! They have other good stuff to eat and drink and from my point of view, the best of all, free WiFi for customers! !
Alright on to today's news
This looked interesting
and so did this article
Like Clark I don't know what we do about the terrorists actually being in Pakistan, perhaps we need to arm wrestle our Pakistani allies a bit more? Tie some foreign aid to handing over terrorist suspects?
I wish they would not have put a deadline on the Hague Tribunal.
there ought not be a limitation on when you can prosecute war crimes.
Croatia and Slovenia resolving their border dispute is going to help Croatia.
Not Balkans news but important. Ireland is one country which is in real trouble. I no longer am sure if the EU would be good or bad for Ireland. I only know that Ireland is in a really serious recession, then again recession is a way of life in Ireland with a centuries old past! :(
Again, not Balkans news specifically, but important, because guess what? WOMEN ARE IMPORTANT! :)
plus this is kind of a cool web-site anyway...
The UN actually compensating someone? Great, about time....
now when do they do this for the people they failed in Srebenica?
Tuzla people protest Jurisic verdict..
and back to the subject of war crimes, I haven't had a Mladic update in some time...
This one is excellent and includes a photo gallery.
and here is a big fat hairy WTF!
gotta love the fake cops who have been crawling outta the woodwork like so many cucarachas!
don't forget to click on the part two! alright I am pissed off for the next week or so...
So in the interests of calming down, check this out, nice article about Lukomir, ..one of the places I did not get to go to in BiH. Unfortunately, altitude is not my friend, and Lukomir is way high up.. If you ever go to BiH and can do it, you should see Lukomir though. Maybe if I could take some coca leaf tea and an oxygen tank along....
More later. I am in Raymond Hall, but I am going down to Tropical Heat in a little bit.