Lefty Blogs
williampfaff ++ ++
Russian News ++
seaton-newslinks. USA expat in Europe ++
bilegrip Asu spleen ++
us-rockstroh a rant, not a blog ++
aboutmyplanet eco ++
sfgate ++
crookedtimber ++
onthecommons ++
sjlendman ++
abutamam freeiraq ++
airamericaradio +
amygdalagf +
angryarab ++
annezook +
antiwar ++
billmon ++ whiskeyB
consortiumnews ++
dailywarnews ++
drforbush +
english +
halcyondays ++
hereticalideas ++
boxspinning boxes

jamaicaobserver newspaper
jameswolcott +
lefarkins +
liberalgirlnextdoor ++
lonehighlander Libya, not lefty
mahablog +++ solid
maruthecrankpot +
indymedia melbourne
messopotamian +7Apr06
monkey ++
motherjones ++
nocapital +
norightturn +NZ
peakoil ++
pilger +
politicalhumor +
rafahtoday Feb05?
rense w= wacko conspiracies
rigorousintuition x
hegemon ++
ruckus ++
rudepundit ++
satiricalpolitical +
scaramoucheblog ++
secretsinbaghdad ++15Ap06
aliveinbaghdad ++
riverbendblog ++
sideshow +++
signs-of-the-times +++
slashdot ++techy
talkleft ++
thinkprogress ++
thismodernworld +++
uncapitalist ++
velorution ++ bicycles
org ++Brazil peasants
warandpiece +
warfare.ru +russia military
alternet ++
gbruno ++YT
axisoflogic ++
bobharris +
bradblog +
buckfush +funnies
buggery +
buzzflash ++
counterpunch +++
crooksandliars ++?
grist ??
huffingtonpost ++
infoshop +
inthesetimes x
iranmania x
juancole ++
kuro5hin ++ notlefty
kurtnimmo ++
lrb ++ Iraqi?
lewrockwell ++
marklynas climate change
mnftiu get your war on comics
rall ++ Ted Rall cartonist
selvesandothers ++
theleftcoaster +
thepoorman +
tnr ++ magazine
tompaine ++ mag
traprockpeace ++
truthout +
boondocks ++
. . . helix
rain radar
worldtribunal +
worldwatch ++ $ required
zaman + Turkish news
youcantmakeitup + ?
youngfox ????????????
bareknucklepolitics videos?
popdrain videos??
discovery videos??
cs videos??
aegisIraq video??
mariyaguchi video??
iwilltryit video..
ahram cairo newspaper
jfaughnan 28/04/2006 10:25AM
shrillblog +
thinkprogress +
marchforjustice + pictures
messopotamian + Iraqi not so radical, but scared (also see IraqTheModel which was a USA front, but is now also scared)
scaramoucheblog +
blogads liberal blogs by CPM $ per view
malakandsky ++ stolid?
republicoft + black gay parent??
dailykos ++
rawstory ++
democraticunderground ++
atrios ++
workingforchange +
leftinthewest +
dembloggers +
talkingpointsmemo +
firedoglake ++
vastleft ++
pamspaulding +
americablog +
washingtonmonthly ++
mydd +
politics1 +
bartcop ++
politicalwire +
sisterstalk black lesbian?
culturekitchen ++
wonkette +++
billstclair +
freefreedomtoldhere ++ pipe bomb

almuajaha defunct
whynot defunct
winstonsmith defunct
samadams dormant
mquinn02 defunct
iraqblogcount ++14Apr06 suspended
iraqicomments most recent: jan2005
iraqidoctor most recent: Aug2005
georgemustgo + moved?
vialls ++Dormant (joe is dead)
warblogging Defunct
hammeroftruth quiescant?
mediastorm quiescant? +
bushwhackedusa defunct
hamasonline defunct

24 April 2003

Baxter Refugee Prison [aka detention centre] (South Australia): I have as yet no source for this story..
I heard this morning that the High Court had decided that several detainess must be released because they cannot be repatriated
[Isaeli rulers had refused a West Bank person the right of return - this one may now have been resolved]
Apparently some Iraqis were adjudged liable to release, since the Aus Govt cant return them there.
So ACM (USAnian mercenaries hired as guards) just dumped them in the main street of Baxter without alerting their lawyer. Some residents found them sitting on the road and took them home.

Cant source this story yet, but it shows that utility rules over humanity and common sense in Auz, despite the media freedom evinced below.
Powers of Detention

23 April 2003

Iraq Stuff 23April 03

Children held at Camp Xray, US admits (On Australian news, Not USA news) 22April03

The US military has revealed it is holding juveniles at its high-security prison for terrorists at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, known as Camp Xray.
The commander of the joint task force at Guantanamo, Major General Geoffrey Miller, says more than one child under the age of 16 is at the detention centre.
However, Maj Gen Miller has revealed little more about their welfare.
Children in Camp Xray
23April03 smirking chimp is a rabidly anti Dubya site

Smirking Chimp

which leads on to such nifty sites as these

Nimmo Iraq Blog
Conservative Magazine
Consortium News
Common Dreams

Israeli WMDestruction sites
Mosul not yet taken? Kurds to be sent home
April 23 2003

"We want to tell America, which claims it came here to protect freedom, that if it does not do so, it will have to deal with the Iraqi people," he said.

About 5000 fist-shaking people had turned up at the same spot on Monday to rail against the Americans.

A statement circulated by the protesters vehemently denounced Sheik Fartosi's alleged arrest, as well as that of sheiks Abdul Rahman Shwili and Abdel Rahman Fetlawi and three travelling companions.

The statement charged that it "recalled the methods of the tyrant Saddam Hussein and his gang", and warned of "serious consequences".

[latest news indicates that Fartosi has been "released" despite never being "detained" in the 1st place]

Doug Rokke's address on Depleted Uranium
Peak Oil :what the fightins about
some innovative graphs from C J Campbell showin how cheap oil peak happens around 2006

Peak Oil

(aka Hubbert peak)
Pat Buchanan:
"We charge that a cabal of polemicists and public officials seek to ensnare our country in a series of wars that are not in America's interests,"
Conservative Magazine

- Nice to see Pat upholding those true Conservative values.
What has happened to all those Yankee gun-totin, anti-big-Government, libertarians. Revolting though they were, they did stand for some sort of freedom.
Not a peep out of them since the USA recently lost Habeus Corpus, Privacy, Due Process, and any balance in their MainStream Media.


22 April 2003

That mysterious face in those ancient photos is Nana Caty
Mother dying assumes just such a thin gypsy look

Lew wants to cut up the ancient photo album to display mothers face
I turn away as he unties the withered bootlaces binding tiny images
there will be others .

Big bumblebees patrol the air, giant blackback gulls ride the front rolling rain
in from the heads

fat tuis tumble out from the trees

Orcas sniff clean modern waters
where royal albatross once paddled for blood scraps

Auntie Dorothy checks the doorway to see who is arriving for Ro's funeral
leaning into her walking stick,

Auntie Pat walks in, has a good look

Ivan Skinner, inventor of the earthquake shake table, startled to be still alive

Margaret Mary, reflecting on another round for the black dress.
Marian and Anne noshows, something about Mother scares them still.
Justine is here from Clapham Junction, Karen is in from San Salvador.

Margaret Rieger, made it from Palmie, shocking the world with Christianity in wartime.
He reads from the gospel of Mary Magdalene, The Beloved Disciple at the foot of the cross
The Basilica is bereft of its festoons of Cambrian cobwebs

Gabrielle Gavin cycles around the world.
Paul Gavin in a white striped blazer at father's funeral.

Mother takes her last breath, stops, startled by some realization, at last, there,
in that place, the front porch to some hallway to a staircase,
Wonderful hint of a gathering behind a carefully varnished doorway

Paul holds his supremely confident baby, who enters without question.

Anna's child keeps her gaze with no unease

Old cups, surely thats not all from those packed gown nights?
The whiskey decanter is smashed, something must be broken at each death.

The BVM still stands riding the crescent moon
crushing beneath her heel the dwarf of reason.

Googies Chinese lamp, cant find a place to put it, believe I dont need the
light. Greed for life, all those early technocolor movies.

Kena crashes in the noisy flat in Willis
just down from where we sat in Suzy's before Godard movies in the
twotoned decades
Silly Wellington shapes, forgiveness.
Moving mother through some narrow doorways,
putting her on trestles, what's her best height

Why slip into those anxieties, didnt we roll up that carpet
years ago? another drink? and then?

Tim's trumpet tone, the weight of coffin handle, turn away,
Wahine Day
Dr.Mary Day (maths) careless of her cousins
Dr.Joan Skinner
Kevin misses the plane.

Jo is on the phone.
Mother takes a hit of Pethidine upstairs, such labour.

He has forgotten that girls name, who vamped the butcher boy while
hiding pregnant in Grandad's bedroom.

He washes death from his hands three times.
in the airport toilet. Face,nose, mouth rinsed.
Surgical lever taps aseptically elbowed.

His wife calls from a tricycle in dark Novaliches, To
love, to speed into dawn through the vegetable markets of an Asian Capital
surrounded by smiles going back to the Island. Children's sounds noisy down the phone.

To shovel sticky Makara clay onto such dark roses.

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Described here:
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

The translation I read is here:
another translation

"...and Desire said, 'I did not see you descend; but now I see you rising. Why do you speak falsely, when you belong to me?' The soul answered and said, 'I saw you, but you did not see me or recognize me; I served you as a garment and you did not recognize me.' After it had said this, it went joyfully and gladly away. Again it came to the third power, Ignorance. This power questioned the soul: 'Whither are you going? You were bound in wickedness, you were bound indeed. Judge not' [cf. Matt. 7:1]. And the soul said, 'Why do you judge me, when I judged not? I was bound, though I did not bind. I was not recognized, but I recognized that all will go free, things both earthly and heavenly.'

After the soul had left the third power behind, it rose upward, and saw the fourth power, which had seven forms. The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth the arousing of death, the fifth is the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the wisdom of the folly of the flesh, the seventh is wrathful wisdom. These are the seven participants in wrath. They ask the soul, 'Whence do you come, killer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?' The soul answered and said, 'What seizes me is killed; what turns me about is overcome; my desire has come to an end and ignorance is dead. In a world I was saved from a world, and in a "type," from a higher "type" and from the fetter of the impotence of knowledge, the existence of which is temporal. From this time I will reach rest in the time of the moment of the Aeon in silence.'"

I started reading about Gnosis in Elaine Pagels The Gnostic Gospels 1989
there are bound to be more recent books.

It now seems clear that the "Teacher of Rightousness" is from a 100 BCE text and could not be JC.

Finally read Claire Tomalin's "Katherine Mansfield a secret life" 1987
It has the piece "Leves Amores" [typescript handed to CT by the son of Vere Bartrick-Baker]
Leves Amores starts "I can never forget the Thistle Hotel.."
the text is here;
Leves Amores

KM may have brushed shoulders with Grandad there.

Auntie Pat says
"Dad once said to me that you never feel old inside - he still thought of himself as the cocky 19yr old setting off from Port Chambers (in his case to the fleshpots of Ponsonby Road in the 1900"s) when he started work"

I dont understand the Ponsonby Rd reference - did Grandad work in Auckland? But I believe He drank at the Thistle late in his life, when the shades of KM may have faded.

Unfortunately the 26 minute short film of the Thistle made by Ishtar films (date?) has been queerly reviewed as
"A lovely short film about two free-spirited women in early 20th century San Francisco."
the Thistle

Some scenes I would like to see in a KM film:

1915 Katherine cuts her hair short disguised as a soldier, visits Carco in the trenches in France

Spring Cornwall 1916 High Tregerthen Katherine and DHL in a dinghy singing "Row Row Row your Boat"

1917 Spring Asheham Virginia and Katherine walked on the downs, observing thistledown, butterflies and many aeroplanes overhead


Gloomy thoughts as we move into a new dark age. The Museum and Library left to burn in Baghdad, while the oil ministry is protected - as oddly is the psychiatric hospital (pace Michel Foucault).

I find solace in explanation in John Ralston Saul's Voltaire's Bastards description of Ignatious Loyola, Paris 1535, hearing that the Inquisition has noticed his "Exercises" he proceeds directly to their offices and insists they examine his book.
The inquisitor says that is not necessry, IL insists they read it immediately, The inquisitor reads it and says it presnets no problem, but please leave a copy, which leaves it hanging over IL's head.. IL insists they officially clear him, goes and brings a notary, gets a signed document from the Inquisition clearing him . Thus begins the age of reason.

Sayyid Qutb:
"Even the Western world realizes that Western civilization is unable to present any healthy values for the guidance of mankind. It knows that it does not possess anything which will satisfy its own conscience and justify its existence..."

.....understand the imperfections, injustices and moral poverty of jahiliyya

Didnt Happen (yet?)
February 26, 2003 No.7
The train of death is on its way. Its riders are steadfast. Nothing will stop them or turn them back, Allah willing, from the goal: neither the bushes of the enemy nor his weeds, neither his reptiles [nor] his lizards will stop its progress."