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

02 December 2005

Not a good morning.
Things to avoid:
Firefox 1.5 (I have managed to revert to 1.0.7, not everyone can) 1.5, when it works at all, demands permission to communicate with a bunch of Ad sites .. ugh...
Singapore if packing. Anyway junkies are not bothered by death, they want to die.
Air New Zealand if man. The can't organise seating discreetly, prefer to publicly humiliate man passengers. The last guy seat-shunted away from a child on suspicion of molester tendencies is apparently up a tree, refusing to descend until AirNZ issue an apology.

The whole molester PC hysteria has nothing to do with protecting children. A thousand times more children are crippled and killed by casual SUV/4WD drivers than are injured by molesters. The campaign is designed to humiliate men, and to get women to despise men.
Capital is for now happy with this, it furthers the atomising of society, every individual must earn and consume alone. Womens lib , after a great start in early 70s, has been reduced to forcing women into black suits in middlemanagement. This was not what we fought the Cultural Rev for. Women hate men and marriage vz below-replacement birthrates from Spain to Taiwan. Capital will soon be conflicted, it needs workers and it needs growth.
Expect clumsy State attempts to promote breeding, and expect State sanctions against abortion.
- I predicted both a few years ago, and they are both beginning now.
Something to worry about:
english.aljazeera.net is timing out, maybe Turdblossom has bombed their servers...

Weird Science...

Gas up
Levels of CO2 27% percent higher than at any point in the past 650,000 years..
..[cores covering] four glacial cycles.
29/11/2005 Science..deepest ice core Dome Concordia (Dome C) in East Antarctica.
European Project for Ice Coring in Antarctica, outstrips Vostok by 210,000 years

Reasons to be cheerful #1001
Nature is giving me free access to a couple of articles on membranes

30 November 2005

spirits dance

spirits dance, originally uploaded by Tatiana Cardeal.


Toumani Diabaté, Sedition, Rabies

\Diabaté has suddenly recorded three new albums, all of them very different.
The first album to be released will be his series of duets with Touré, In the Heart of the Moon, which can already be judged as one of the key African albums of the year.
My big bro needs a security clearance for his new job (not in this country)
He has to provide address of sibs,wives, etc.
Bad luck since I am still advocating the overthrow of the Govt by any means necessary,
at least until the silly sedition laws pass the upper house, by Xmas?
Funny how fast the night falls, fascism arrives. Founded in anti-refugee racism, we now have the rapid removal of Habeas corpus, presumption of innocence, minimum wage, union representation, free speech. Attacks on the unemployed and disabled begin. Capital commences to discard the fancy wrappings of Rights and Justice.
Rights dont affect me much, my wife is banned from immigrating here, no income prospects, might as well be banged up for sedition, with state food & rent. Not so happy about the torture bit tho...
Paralytic rabies after a two week holiday in India BMJ 2005 331: 501-503
..a woman in her late 30s who was admitted to hospital with shooting pain in her lower back and left leg. Three and a half months earlier, she had been bitten by a puppy on a lead during a two week holiday in Goa. It left a slight graze, but she did not seek medical help, and she had not received a vaccination before travelling. She was diagnosed with rabies and died after 18 days in hospital.
.. I'm regretting now I only had 3 of the 5 shots after dog bite in Thailand (on Koh Samet) 4 months ago
.. If I die after saving $40 feel free to have a good laugh at my funereal.

29 November 2005

Sodis & phthalates


Kill germs in water by putting plastic bottles in the sun for 5 hours:
"Important for an efficient inactivation of faecal coliforms is sufficient exposure of the contaminated water to the sun (500 W/m2 during at least 5 hours) in an appropriate container and clear water (water turbidity should be less than 30 NTU)."
BUT abc
..phthalates are endocrine disrupting ..
.. Prof Niels Skakkebæk Rigshospitalet .. Environmental Health Perspectives.
..newborn testis may be fragile to such toxins,
..continuously exposed to phthalates from products such as PVC flooring, children's toys, detergents, cosmetics and food packaging.
..100 baby boys in Denmark and Finland.
At three months, boys have a peak in hormones.."mini puberty"..
..analysed the concentration of six phthalates in the mother's breast milk.
"If mothers had more of certain phthalates in their breast milk, the boys apparently responded by having less testosterone action," ..
..the observed correlations between phthalates in breast milk and hormones in boys could be due to exposures to phthalates ..in utero ..
..another recent study in EHP..found mothers who excreted high amounts of phthalates in their urine had male children with a smaller anogenital distances.
"They were slightly demasculinised," says Skakkebæk.
..In cosmetics..parabens, which also act as endocrine disruptors, he says...
"..that most young girls with premature breast development have toxic levels of phthalates in their blood; those phthalates appear to have seeped out of plastic food and beverage containers. ..Plastic containers that become warm are more likely to ooze phthalate .. Environmental Health Perspectives..On the cover of the issue in which the report appeared, the editors chose to feature the picture of a young woman drinking water from a plastic bottle.
32.Ivelisse Colón et al., "Identification of Phthalate Esters in the Serum of Young Puerto Rican Girls with Premature Breast Development," Environmental Health Perspectives 108, no. 9 (2000): 895–900.
in sodis pdf
"..Levels of the plasticizers di(2-ethylhexyl)adipate (DEHA) and di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) detected in the water were 0.010 - 0.046 µg/L for DEHA and 0.10 - 0.71 µg/L for DEHP. As concentrations in blank samples were in a similar range (average 0.018 µg/L for DEHA and 0.11 µg/L for DEHP),"
The "blank" samples apparently indicate the fact that phthalates are everywhere!
The authors believe that the DEHP levels from this small test are not dangerous. They may be right. ( nb 0.71 looks to be significantly higher than 0.11 - maybe...)

I believe I can detect a "plastic" taste from sun heated plastic bottles. It would be interesting to do a double blind taste test. Does a noticeable taste indicate danger? Does waste water treatement look for ppb?

28 November 2005

Holocaust Denier, JA loves Chavez, biogas is back, Evolution on & on

Holocaust denial: Juan Cole loses it (his rep as a human) joins the ranks of the New Holocaust Deniers
Cole: (…) If I had known the full extent of the damage that would be done to the city, I would have been against the Fallujah campaign; it is just terrible counter-insurgency tactics for one thing, and was a humanitarian disaster. But to say that the US military wilfully contravened its own regulations and knowingly broke US and international law on chemical weapons by deploying white phosphorus there would have to be proven from better evidence than has been presented.]

“If you had known”? Isn’t your website titled “Informed Comment” ?

Finally, in your website, I read:

This is a public relations issue, not an issue of war crimes

Free Radicals:
dahrjamail.com, zmag.org, antiwar.com, truthout.org, indymedia.org.uk, internationalclearinghouse.info, counterpunch.org, dissidentvoice.org, voicesuk.org.

Spicer's Aegis private goons in Iraq have been making videos while they machine-gun civilian cars for fun...
Aegis..recently awarded a £220 million security contract in Iraq by the U S government.. helped with the collection of ballot papers in the country's recent referendum

History: PNG paid Spicer to get the Bougainville copper mine back in 97. He failed pathetically and was booted out of the Pacific

The video first appeared on the website www.aegisIraq.co.uk. The website states: "This site does not belong to Aegis Defence Ltd, it belongs to the men on the ground who are the heart and soul of the company." The clips have been removed.

JA loves Hugo C:
If there's a silver lining anywhere to this thundercloud, it's that neocon America's latest push for world domination achieved through launching imperial wars has failed. It's going to be politically almost impossible now, eg, for Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld to invade Chavez's Venezuela.

And while many of their ilk will doubtless have found, in televangelist Pat Robertson's recent proposal that the Venezuelan president be murdered, a course of action with much to recommend it, the odds are that Chavez is relatively safe.

Which means in turn that Jamaica will probably go on getting from Venezuela the preferential oil prices on which this country crucially depends.


the Russian National Association for Genetic Security, Dr. Irina Ermakova described how within three weeks, half of a group of rats fed GM soy died, compared to less than a tenth from a non-GM soy group and little over 5% of non-soy controls. Within two weeks of feeding, the pups of the GM-fed rats were also significantly lighter in weight. (4)
...Everyday most of us eat a GM food that has been demonstrated to kill living creatures and affect their offspring. Any wonder that soy allergies skyrocketed in the UK by 50% after GM soy was introduced;
fish oil , the science... gene down regulation...
n-3 PUFAs inhibit eicosanoid synthesis and signaling and NFkappa B activation. This feature accounts for the anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic action of n-3 PUFA. There is also a strict requirement for 22:6n-3 over 22:5n-6 for normal CNS development and function.
This molecule acts as a trigger for inflammation and has been linked with the severity of inflammatory disease," explained Grimble. "Fish oil may act as an anti-inflammatory substance by suppressing the body's ability to make TNF."

t is calculated that gas generated from cattle dung in rural Nepal has lit around 140,000 kitchens, saving 400,000 tonnes of firewood, 800,000 litres of kerosene and preventing 600,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases from escaping into the atmosphere.
The project, known as the Biogas Support Programme, Nepal, (BSP), has been implemented in 66 of the nation’s 75 districts.
Odd how Deng* eliminated* thousands of biogas generators in China while de-communising,
the fashion for them is back in a big way,,,
[*no pun intended]

Evo-sci blogs


..from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, curcumin is a member of the ginger family...a food-preservative, a coloring agent, a folk medicine to cleanse the body, and as a spice to flavor food (2-5% of turmeric is curcumin).
..curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties,..cancer can result from inflammation .."The incidence of the top four cancers in the U.S. - colon, breast, prostate, and lung - is ten times lower in India,"

The U.S. stands 36th in infant mortality, 38th in life expectancy, 70th in literacy,


Young women, originally uploaded by flickanåtigern.

Mali, strangely few good pics from travellers there

seems the grenade in Wellington park was "innocuous" (28Nov05 Getty Images - cant get this news anywhere else
A reminder to keep up with Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, he has an old blog sopmewhere, but the Guardian selvesandothers is where he writes,
A British civil servant has been charged under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly leaking the government memo.
The Daily Mirror said the memo, stamped "Top Secret", turned up last year at the Northampton office of then Labour MP Tony Clarke.... Civil servant David Keogh, 49, is now accused of passing the memo to Leo O'Connor, who once worked for Clarke.
Both Keogh and O'Connor are due to appear in court next week on charges under the Act.
- (if W didnt plan to bomb Quatar, why thsi fuss from the English Law?)
"If your pictures aren't good enough,
you're not close enough," Robert Capa
cameltest (atempting to link to kodakgallery, yadpiss (yet another duff picture storage site)

Joan has left Mazar safely, Alhamdu lillah, but is still in Afghanistan, somewhere remote, I await the day when she safely leaves the place altogether. Cant be many tourists at the Blue Mosque today..

"STOCKHOLM - One of four Swedish NATO peacekeepers wounded in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan has died of his injuries, the Swedish military said late on Friday."
The four Swedish troops, two of whom were said to be seriously injured in Friday’s explosion in Mazar-i-Sharif, were from the NATO-led ISAF, which was set up in 2001, and were part of a British provincial reconstruction team.

"One British peacekeeper was killed and several ISAF soldiers hurt when gunmen fired on their vehicle inside Mazar city last month."