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

23 December 2005

Cheikh Lo, Lamp Fall, Vostok, Younger Dryas
Lamp Fall
Cheikh Lo - Lamp Fall recorded in Dakar & Brazil...
I havnt heard beyond standing with cans in 'So' records King St. CL has the most complex beats, on one hearing its hard to tell if he has done something great or merely good with Bahia sound

NYT jazz record of the year 1957 "Thelonious Monk Quartet With John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall" (Blue Note) - discovered 2005 April..Another of the year's new jazz records - John Coltrane's "One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note" (Impulse) - was made in 1965.
Vostok nasaa flash display of the Ice Core temperatures fromVostok
but see
its a great idea to show climate change, but the climatologists need to get their acts together

Transit strike NY - 25 years ago, my first week in the Black Tower, Transit strike, so bus to Staten Island, ferry to Manhattan, the towers looming through the fog. Walking home for hours down Brooklyn to Bay Ridge, what seemed like hundreds of identical blocks, with identical stores on each corner. Next day on the back of DJs Triumph, the only motorbike mad enough to brave the icy metal grill of the Brooklyn bridge. DJ , a young English guy, who bullshitted his way into a programmers job at Chemical, just to get the free flight & baggage from London. Got canned, but later, under the derelict western motorway, cold night, half a dozen boom boxes tuned to FM
"Rockaway, Rockaway" , his alarmingly young mother arrived on roller skates. DJ had been sent to Israel, didnt relish being shot at by Arabs, hit the big Apple with me. I last saw him crashing in the West side apartment of Susie, whos claim to fame was an affair with the funny looking guy from 'Bonnie & Clyde' Anyway DJ was into electronics, light shows & lasers. He hooked my hi-fi to the yoke of my colour TV to make a light show. I built a drum synth from a kit. We could have become the disco-engineers of the 80s, but I left town. Often wonder what happened to DJ,

20 December 2005

Merkel, Morales, Polar bears, xiaxue, Ama, NAC, Novaliches

After meeting with Rice, new German chancellor Angela Merkel stated that Rice had admitted a mistake in the El-Masri case. It isn't clear if Merkel intentionally outed Rice or if she hadn't yet learned the diplomatic art of being a good liar.
Monday, December 19th, 2005
Leftist Union Leader Evo Morales Poised to Become First Indigenous President of Bolivia
. Morales closed his campaign Thursday by declaring his election would be a: "nightmare for the United States."
..e has vowed to increase state controls over Bolivia's key gas resources and to protect coca plantations
...this really is a nail in the coffin of the Washington Consensus economic policies in the region.
livejournal timesonline
is the most fucked up headline I've seen in months:
Polar bears drown as ice shelf melts
researchers were startled to find bears having to swim up to 60 miles across open sea to find food. They are being forced into the long voyages because the ice floes from which they feed are melting, becoming smaller and drifting farther apart. Although polar bears are strong swimmers, they are adapted for swimming close to the shore. Their sea journeys leave them vulnerable to exhaustion, hypothermia or being swamped by waves.
“If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.” Any thinking person that happened to catch this little bit of wisdom on live television surely felt a sudden chill up their spine. He was being jovial when he said it, but the truest lines are often the throwaway ones.
davidcorn soft lib blog, seems to be up on political scandals
Never use the verbs ‘think’ or ‘believe’ when reporting what Bush administration officials ‘say’ about Iraq or Saddam. You do not know what these officials ‘think’ or ‘believe’; you only know what they SAY they think and believe.
funny politics allhatnocattle about
xiaxueSingapore girl, youre a great way to fly
Ama small
Ama big
cheerzhangover hangover prevention - I dont know if this works, but they list their ingredients
I personally swear by NAC N-Acetyl Cysteine - loads your blood up with Sulphur, totally prevents hangovers, but leaves you smelling like a night on the town - Rotorua that is
Google Earth 3.0.0762 build17Nov05 now works on Win2K
shocking how lo-res Wellington & Auckland are (Auckland waterfront is better)
The fine cone of Ngauruhoe [39° 10' S, 175° 38' E] doesnt show up, even with 2x height exaggeration.
Novaliches/Caloocan Norte images are lo-res, I have never found a decent map of the place.
Until recently I had only the vaguest idea of the whereabouts and direction to my house...
also 'Bagong Silang' translates as New Town so there are several of them.
The big one, is in Caloocan Norte , thats the one that sends shivers down the spines of would-be middle-class Pinoys.. where the truck dumps you after your squatters section has been bulldozed
The place I've experienced a lot of love & a lot of joy over 6 years.

19 December 2005

beach flashmobbing, bad Santas

19/12/2005 Over the weekend "the beach", actually most of them on this coast, were surrounded by 2000 cops, who stopped cars, got on buses, demanded cell phones, read all the text messages.
Apparently anglos & Lebs were 'flashmobbing' vis sms.
So the beach,a great Aus symbol of freedom, has fallen to the state.
The rule of fear has a positive feedback, every bourgeois right that is trashed emphasises the urgency.
More rights must be promptly stripped, to sustain the mood. Privacy, security of property, assembly, even movement, gone with habeas corpus & presumption of innocence.
Time was the NSA spying on USA citizens would have caused an outcry.
Permanent crisis, swift removal of rights. The state promises to protect us, but stands for nothing. This condition must weaken the nation it claims to defend. Rumours stir. In Auckland, 'bad Santas' rampage, the Santa suit & beards worn by scores of drunk Santanarchists make id impossible. So now the power needs to strip us of our Santa suits. The structure is as weak at the foundations as a New Orleans levee

aljazeera was more amused by bad Santas
Actually texting can be hazardous. I once lent my cell phone to a 15 yr old girl, who returned it forgetting to erase her texts. Among which were arrangements for secret meetings with a tourist client, who was incensed when I texted him about his illegal assignations.

discovery Ambush video
guerillawomentnsoldiers corpses shipped as freight
theheretikbulletproof burqa
Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend--you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people. Listen to your Mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit cards maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished.
.. Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man? Now I know what you're saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote.
.. But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes.
..On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side.
.. So, yes, God does speak to you. What he is saying is: "Take a hint."