Friday, April 30, 2010
I had no idea that Kurt Vonnegut had died:
I don't know how it is that I missed the news of Kurt Vonnegut's passing. He was a great man and a great American.
I liked his attitude, and loved his books. RIP
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Funeral of Gen. Delic
There is a picture of the funeral itself and some sort of flame war in comments.
This is a Radio Liberty link, I used to watch the Radio Liberty T.V. show pretty regularly in Sarajevo.
Good Evening from the Yakima Gulag
OK so it is the Daily Mail, and we all know about the Daily Mail, but they are citing the Lancet, which is a decent source...
What is the deal with threatening a KID about his blog. Should his picture really be in the paper?
and 'It's the Economy Stupid!'
Some American Humor for my friends abroad...
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I lived in Sarajevo when Delic came home to await sentencing.
Un-Named Suspect Arrested in Germany:
WARNING: EXCRUTIATINGLY SLOOOW LOAD TIME, but worth it:
Nearly Dead Languages of New York:
Congressional Hearings Yesterday:
The problem is that financial regulatory reform has been LONG overdue. In fact bit by bit financial sector businesses have been de-regulated and it has been bad for the country, and the world at large.
Paying people on these inflated bonuses has not helped.
Last night I also watched the Micheal Moore interview on Larry King. .
Monday, April 26, 2010
Slogging thru the Balkans news so you don't have to!
so today this has got to be called a slog...especially today.. .
In fact I am giving up with these lynxs in the interest of my own sanity.
A guy who is wanted for a double murder in BiH is on hunger strike in Canada.
EU wants out of BiH militarily:
And the Kosovo phone dispute continues on:
And BiH is going to vote for sanctions on Iran most likely:
This guy really enjoyed being stranded in Belgrade, Serbia:
And the legacy of Marshall Tito:
Sunday, April 25, 2010
A soon to retire teacher is also researching the Chinese tunnels in Yakima. I had not realized Yakima had that many Chinese who needed the refuge of these tunnels. Weirdly enough I watched a show on such tunnels recently. Anyway, I really enjoyed the outing, the food was good, can't complain.
While finding this unknown history of our Gulag out, I and a friend enjoyed a lovely pot-luck dinner and met some nice new people, the local Historical Society.
New stuff has been done to the museum and it was a lot of fun going. Even the gift shop is better than ever.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
A mixed bag of lynx:
Fascinating article on Turks in the Balkans;
No one can deny the strong Turkish influence in all aspects of Balkans culture, even among non-Muslim population groups.
The decision to free the extreme football fans who threatened the lives of journalists in Serbia came as a shock, (but not necessarily a surprise:
Warning this is an Iranian site, but it is of interest if you are American:
Two former policemen get 31 years for war crimes:
warning this is an Iranian site.
Funerals held for 34 Muslim villagers in BiH
The ways people make a living...well back in the day you had to have a permit to plant various things, I know because the former S.O. had papers that dated back to the 1970s which were permits to plant various items. The bad part is that diseased plants will cross borders at some point.
Seed smuggling big business:
Definitely the job is not finished in the Balkans:
Not so long as this sort of thing is going on:
and some really special corruption:
Friday, April 23, 2010
This gives going green a whole new meaning! :)
from a link I followed from a link from MetaFilter
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Why I seldom use the accesibility tools....
Very Un-Balkans related note, check out this month's Utne Reader, very good, it is always pretty good but this one is unusually good.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I have actually almost been headachy. I think it is the damaged part of my neck that is doing it.
I called my daughter to have her take me shopping later.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Food for thought on racism and poverty:
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Escape From Despair:
She grew up in a very small village, under great hardships. Her family was torn by domestic violence, alcoholism and illness. Neither the Catholic Church nor the Communist regime were especially helpful. The priest turned his back on an entire abused family.
This story is as much about the failures in the Communist system in Yugoslavia, and the failure of the Catholic Church as it is about a family that suffered terribly because of the father being abusive all his life.
Ms. Tepesh tells the story unflinchingly, and very sparely. The very spareness actually is a good thing. Such stories often describe the emotions more than the victims actually can even afford to feel their emotions at the time. There is a numbness that sets in if you are abused. I know about this. If you did not let yourself go numb you would alternate from tears to being angry enough to kill someone all the time and your daily life would not be managed at all.
Eventually Katarina Tepesh's family had the opportunity to come to the United States. How this all happened and how she tells the whole story is absolutely gripping reading. It is all true, and this book really deserves to be noticed as a very good addition to the genre of immigrant memoirs and survival memoirs.
I took three days to read the book only because of my recent eye operation, I have to take frequent breaks for the sake of my eyes, but most people I am told finish the book overnight. It is not a long book.
There are not a lot of non-fiction memoirs from the former Yugoslavia, there is fiction, but not a lot of factual accounts. That alone makes it worth a read, but it is worth reading just because it is good in the first place.
This link will give you an excerpt:
And this link is the author's link where you can get information on how to get your own copy of the book:
Friday, April 16, 2010
My eye situation: update
Thunder storms locally maybe
Locally, later I am going in to be checked out as to how well I am healing. Probably I am going to be fitted with glasses. Hopefully I will have an easier time with this blog and other aspects of my daily existance. I woke up way early and starved hungry. I don't like going to the kitchen to fix something because I don't want to risk waking up the guys. It is my own fault for only eating jello and a nutritional drink for dinner. I had an absolutely HUGE pile of jello. It wasn't bad. I usually only eat jello if I am actually ill which I am not. There was a lot left over from the weekend.
It has gotten very spring like here in the Yakima Gulag, I had to rescue a cute little black and white spider, I am sure was a male. He was missing a couple legs. Sure sign he'd been out on a hot date and forgotten the chocolates or a bottle of wine or a nice fat fly.
We could have thunder later. I will have had my eyes dialated so who knows how much I will feel like coming back online later...
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Excellent Amanpour story on the Karadzic trial
Basically though, Karadzic is trying hard to pull a Milosevic with his trial. We all know that. The trial is being broadcast on Bosnian TV and I am sure it is being broadcast on Serbian TV. Kandic got interviewed as well. I have followed her work for some time now. Anyway ako Bog da, I will get that story up as soon as I can. Those who must not be spoken of have let me onto my blog. So I am checking where my readers are coming from and then taking a rest. My eyes are doing a tad better, but mostly due to resting them in a disciplined manner.
Some old news I did not catch at the time.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Testimony at the Karadzic Trial
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Karadzic trial re-convenes
Anyway he cross-examined a witness to the shelling of a small mostly Muslim village by one of the Serbian paramilitary organizations. Not a lot of really distinct news out there, but he looks like he needs a haircut again and he is looking fat again. Food at the holding center must be decent.
Just send the spoiled stuff for the poor!
OK so maybe it is NOT my fridge that is at fault with stuff spoiling too soon on me. I don't know, but I do know this is wrong. As one of my cousins said, so poor people can get all the junk food and booze they want, it won''t spoil. No wonder poor people here are so fat, your choices are poverty driven diarrhea, or poverty driven obesity, man I don't know about you, I personally would risk the obesity over diarrhea. As a person who suffers IBS I already get enough of diarrhea. So why are stores and supermarkets only putting the inferior stuff in poor people's super markets and small stores? I don't care what their excuses are, it has gotta stop NOW! but probably it won't.
Monday, April 12, 2010
There must be 50 ways to leave your lover....
Sunday, April 11, 2010
A long day...
One was big enough to put all my assorted personal care products in, so they aren't all over the place. The other is holding my coffee service and so forth. helps my room look a tad neater, and I like my room neat. Then I rested and ate again. I got pretty hungry today.
My friend who is also the manager made a huge lunch, and I made coffee, which people liked. I had to improvise by putting it in the tea kettle. There is no insulated carafe for coffee here.. I plan on checking the thrift stores for one that is not too un-Godly ugly and reasonably priced. I am tired I can tell you.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Some good readage:
So yet anotherr critter smarter than humans thought it is...
This was interesting to me. I rescued an earthworm the other day, from the sidewalk. Sidewalks are lousy places for earthworms to hang out.
Who knows, maybe it had friends maybe it has a family life, nice to think they aren't just all alone against the birds :)
Friday, April 09, 2010
Time to dump those Lynxs!
Roma evictions still an issue in Belgrade:
and welcome news for those of us who love Sarajevo:
And yes, your trip will be safe!
Tadic says so:
Alright,I have had endless fun trying to get certain links at all. Crashed my computer twice doing it. And I really am tired of that. So these are all the lynx you get for today zao mije! izvini!
Still have to sneak in by the back door:
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Miners in WV
You can run but you can't hide:
In Memory of the Dead
One High Speed Chase and One Hit n Run
It was fairly interesting how calm the wrap-up was.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
This is bad and wrong! part deux
I do not like this little development one little bitty bit bit!
The Blog Burgler, or breaking into one's own website...
This time I believe an innocent UNICEF ad by Google did it for me. I do not know how to turn off Google AdSense, it is really stupid for me to even bother having ads, never earned a penny from them anyway. I have read and re-read their tutorial to find out. Can't figure it out. The ad was in Japanese and it made the content filter go kuku as usual. Whoever set that sleezy content filter up made it not like any of the squiggly languages. Probably they are a lot of bigots on top of everything else. . .
I heard a mess of sirens going by so I tried to find out what has been going on. Pulled up Yakima Live Scanner and still don't know why so many sirens. Did hear aout a possibly lost kid, and some other things which should not have accounted for such a lot of sirens, like no gang fight, no big fire i.t.d.
Bosnian cities you Have to See:
A man in Selah threatened Senator Murray
We need a huge repair of our infrastructure, we need our roads fixed, we need our electric system fixed, and actually with a depressed economy this is a cheap time to do it. Besides we need to put people to work doing something other than killing people. Seems like military service is the ONLY job sometimes.
Meanwhile at the risk of practicing psychiatry with out a license I think this old bird in Selah needs a nice mood stabilizer, and maybe some anti depressants, and some sort of help aside from that. I mean maybe the guy is not fit to own a telephone, he calls in the threat from his own phone.
Well today I am taking it easy. I had a busy day yesterday.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Eye situation so far:
Which leads to another question... I was watching History International's series on Russia,'Russia Land of the Tsars' and I wondered what they did with Rurik who founded Russia in the first place? Somehow I did not see this ancient war lord mentioned at all... They did have a lot I did not know about the original Ivan the Terrible however, and yes, he was pretty terrible....
Monday, April 05, 2010
Really old pictures from Bosnia
These pictures come from a variety of sources, Try not to read the really poisonous comments and trolling in there. Sadly there is a lot of interethnic slagging I could live with out but the pictures are quite interesting and many are beautiful and show how life was prior to Tito, prior to both World Wars inn some cases. Hope you enjoy this.
Persons who wish to advertise here will not
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Taking the back door in again...
Still have to put drops in four times a day, hate doing it, but I know it is for my own good. So I do it.
April 2 Snow
I notice the problem is always worse when people send me stuff in languages like Chinese and Japanese. I do not ever keep such comments. If I can't read the comment, it is not getting in. If I decide it is any sort of nonsense it is not getting in. But if it is in comments like over night un-moderated, then it messes with my site.
I hate those sleezy oily greasy faceless ... you know whats... can't say the word here, might mess me up yet more.
Besides if I get angry enough it might mess up my eye. Could I possible sue them? Really hard since they are hiding their nefariousness behind no e-mail that works, no physical address, no phone number no nothing where I could contact a human being and maybe make them stop it in some way.
Anyway, one of my better snow pictures even if I say so myself.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Today it is nice and sunny in the Yakima Gulag and surrounding areas.
On the second there was SNOW believe it or not!
The cherry tree is blooming, and the raspberries have leafed out. It looks nice here.
Friday, April 02, 2010
*And to think, only yesterday I spotted an adorable hen robin hanging with some sparrows and the little goldfinches are back.. poor birds out there with cold feet.