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26 May 2006

Bambini nel centro di accoglienza Boa Esperança, Maputo, Mozambico 2005


Ken Lay, Sabrina Houssami, 16th Brigade, Climate sites

Kenny Boy, 'Tis you, 'tis you must go , off to the slammer

Sabrina Houssami Miss World Australia 2006
A Muslim, father from Lebanon, Mother a hindu from India.
- MultiCulturalism is alive in Aus. Good to see the name 'Sabrina' has survived from the 60s
(you had to be there, and listen to the Goon Show)
Prime Mini John Howard spoke on teev as Aus troops hit the ground in Dili.
As much as I despise the little weasel, I am forced to admit he spoke well.
Gravitas, none of the silly mannerisms. He appears charged up, from speaking to all those State occasions on his (swansong?) world trip. Maybe he's had some speech coaching. Only one "a" pronounced like "Hay". The rest spoken like a normal person, rhyming with "up".
When Blair bales JH will be the last man outside Cheneys range who claims that the illegal Iraq invasion is a sound idea. Oddly JH sent the troops to East Timor without a signed request, so technically its another illegal invasion.

...just like Saddam
the 16th Brigade represented a new frontier.
The brigade, a 1,000-man force set up by Iraq’s Ministry of Defense in early 2005, was charged with guarding a stretch of oil pipeline that ran through the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dawra. Heavily armed and lightly supervised, some members of the largely Sunni brigade transformed themselves into a death squad, cooperating with insurgents and executing government collaborators, Iraqi officials say.
“They were killing innocent people, anyone who was affiliated with the government,” said Hassan Thuwaini, the director of the Iraqi Oil Ministry’s protection force.

Climate sites
Salinity is not increasing
(linked from Warwick Hughes 'Greens are Bunkum' site - WH says that the drought aint that bad, and he very usefully, states that a Sydney De-Salination plant would be a big mistake - onya Warwick!
climateark exploratorium panda office
debunk the debunkers..

25 May 2006

Audio distortion, Hobbit heads, Prisoners, Big Coal, space-elevator cable

Audio Distortion
This will be the first generation to pass on Audio of worse fidelity then they received from their forebears.
(Also fewer species, probably more refugees, and if trends continue, more govt intrusion and less habeas corpus)
MP3 is a joke to those hi-fi fans who read 'Audio' magazine in the 60's
Also, if listen on a computer, the residual buzz means a signal-to-noise that would cause grimaces of disgust amongst audio-philes over a certain age.
I still have my 95 litre speakers, with an equaliser to offset the cheap woofer resonance. (12" speakers are a minimum requirement, for us enthusiasts)
But I imagine the next time I move, doubtless to a tiny apartment if I'm still in this town, I will wave goodbye to my racks of 430mm black & adjust to sounds from much tinier things.
A 2-finger sized mp3 player & ec2 ear-buds. Maybe my phone will also be my sound system.

hobbits still contentious

prisoners of the world

Whitewashing the Usanian backed death squads
"people were dancing in the street with the commandos."
- seems a definite psy-op is underway. - Build admiration for the latest set of psychotic murderous death-squad thugs sponsored by the USA.
The Salvador Option. Without the dead nuns & RC bishop.
But finally, Rummies Street Dancing
Since 2001, Rolling Stone contributing editor, Jeff Goodell has traveled the country, and even to China to examine the faulty assumptions underlying coal’s revival, and shatter the myth that cheap coal is the energy for the twenty-first century.
book reviews
Goodellby Jeff :Big Coal; The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future 0-618-31940-9
the end of cheap oil and the arrival of global warming. Both are profound threats to our comfortable notions of civilized life. We should be grateful for the vast reserves of coal we have left and use them wisely, but it’s important to recognize that our bounty of coal is not going to save us from anything. At best, exploiting our coal reserves will buy us a decade or two of time and come at enormous expense, both in terms of the environment and public health and in terms of the billions of dollars that will be invested in a fuel source that is, at best, a short-term solution. In many ways, the world’s coal reserves only make our energy problems worse, because they give us a false sense of security: If we run out of gas and oil, we can just switch over to coal; if we can figure out a way to ‘clean’ coal, we can have a cheap, plentiful source of energy. In reality, however, facing the twin challenges of the end of oil and the coming of global warming is going to require reinventing the infrastructure of modern life. The most dangerous aspect of our continued dependence on coal is not what it does to our lungs, our mountains, or our even climate, but what it does to our minds: it preserves the illusion that we don’t have to change our thinking.”

In 1928, Justice Louis Brandeis.. "The greatest dangers to liberty," he observed, "lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning, but without understanding."
..the zealots have been brought in from the far-right fringe on the golden chariot of George W,..hardly well-meaning

fouledplanet .. via: oldamericancentury
President George W. Bush, intentionally or unintentionally, admitted that global warming is taking place and that something should be done about it.
“New technologies will change how we live and how we drive our cars, which all will have the beneficial effect of improving the environment,” Bush said. “And in my judgment we need to set aside whether or not greenhouse gases have been caused by mankind or because of natural effects and focus on the technologies that will enable us to live better lives and at the same time protect the environment.”

Filed under: Global Warming Climate

the best shape for a space-elevator cable would be a ribbon, ..a metre wide and as thin as paper. ..to withstand 62 gigapascals (GPa) of tension..
..individual nanotubes can withstand 100 GPa .. But if missing just one carbon atom, this can reduce its strength by 30%. .. fibres made from nanotubes .. much lower than 1 GPa.
..high-quality nanotubes have found.. missing one C atom out of every 10^12 bonds; .. one defect over 4 µm..

16May2006 ..June.. Current Anthropology, Melinda Allen (U Auckland ) ..long-lived Pacific corals..
During the "Medieval Warm Period" ca. A.D. 900-1200, conditions in the tropical Pacific were cool and possibly dry. ..during the "Little Ice Age" ca. A.D. 1550-1900, the central Pacific was comparatively warm and wet, with stormy conditions more common.

The San Bartolo art provided David Freidel..with insights for interpreting a discovery.. at Yaxuna in the Yucatán. .. structure that contained a cloverleaf pattern like a quatrefoil. .. pottery, an ax and other artifacts from the late Preclassic period but in the style of the earlier Olmec civilization... which faded away in the fifth century B.C.
Other recent digs have revealed stone monuments, altars and figurines at La Naranjo, near Guatemala City, that was occupied as early as 800 B.C. Naranjo, Dr. Stuart said, "is proving to be one of the most exciting excavations in the Maya area."

diebold election machines

wired entire internet. These installations enable the government to look at every individual message on the internet .. .. . (The location code of the cabinet is 070177.04, which denotes the 7th floor, aisle 177 and bay 04.)

afterdowningstreet solid blog

The Great Iraq Oil Grab
PSAs are the worst possible deals for countries; in Latin America some of the worst PSAs gave domestic governments royalties of just one percent of their natural gas revenues.
Iraq's permanent oil law is being written with the help of Bearingpoint Inc. under a contract from USAID. The Virginia-based company (which was KPMG until it changed its name after being embroiled in the Arthur Anderson accounting scandal) prepared a report for the Bush administration in 2003 that concluded "foreign participation [is] the most efficient way of developing the sector,

eye on the Iran campaign

taylormarsh dig this blog

Iran Race badges is a Neozion psy-op lie

abu_ghraib_torture_pictures" .. msnbc


23 May 2006

Death Squads, Sunni,Badr,Mehdi??

Iraq Death Squads/Commandos
are they Sunni/Shia? our/theirs?

It seems the usa population is being switched from

"Shia death squads, criminal, but we need them to control those dastardly Sunni"

the new meme seems to be

"Sunni death squads, tough guys, criminal, but we need them to control those dastardly Shia"

Recap of recent posts

1) Commandoes are Sunni: (May06)

NYT has a long article on Interior Ministry Commandoes buy Peter Maass.
Intriguing because
1) That typical Usanian way of describing horrendous murders in an off-hand, 'whatever gets the job done' (and the job is most definitely not democracy)
2) He describes Sunni Baathist commandos, whereas many recent reports from Sunni neighbourhoods describe attacks by Interior Ministry Shia 'commandos' - On balance I suspect the NYT is doing some sort of psy-op. Describing brutality in a half-praising way to immure their citizens. Perhaps the beginning of a campaign to align with Sunni death squads as Shia seem to strong?

2) Insurrection are Baathist: (March06)

Everybody is wearing the same uniforms. Whole sections of the city have virtually fallen to gangs and terrorists, and this is especially true for the "Sunni" dominated neighborhoods. People and businesses are being robbed and the employees kidnapped en mass in broad daylight and with complete ease as though security forces are non-existent, although we see them everywhere.

I don't know anymore what can be done to rescue the situation. At least, those who are supposed to be in positions of responsibility should stop lying and painting a false picture. It has to be admitted that the city is under siege and has become the front battle line. Emergency measures have to be put in place immediately, otherwise as everbody in Baghdad knows, the whole city is going to fall soon.
[nb messopotamian was/is? Pro-Invasion "that great liberation day in April of 2003." ]
He says:
"terrorism gravitated towards Baghdad and its surrounding (Sunni Belt÷ of villages and farms, Mahmoudiya-Iskandariya-Latifiya etc. to the South; Tarmiya, Mshahda, Taji in the North; Nahrawan and the road to Dialla in the East and of course Abu Ghraib and the approaches to the Anbar in the west. These outskirts of Baghdad are the source of the worst sectarian atrocities that we have seen lately and the source of the corpses dumped daily in Baghdad these days." - which is odd since the impression we otherwise get is that (Shia?) death squads are dumping Sunni corpses, but messop. says
"The "insurrection" is lead by the Baathists, without any doubt, and they are converging on Baghdad and seriously bent on taking over. "

Evidently the "Salvador Option" [terrorise everyone with death squads ofgrotesque brutality]
comes with (deliberate?) confusion

3) Death squads are in the defense and interior ministries (March06)

.."The deaths squads that we have captured are in the defense and interior ministries," Minister of Interior Bayan Jabr said during a joint news conference with the Minister of Defense.

4) same as 1) Death squads/Commandos are Sunni (Maass ,Interior Ministry) (June05)

from aliveinbaghdad FUL506A
For Iraq, "The Salvador Option" Becomes Reality by Max Fuller 2Jun2005
... New York Times Magazine, in September 2004 Counsellor to the US Ambassador for Iraqi Security Forces James Steele was assigned to work with a new elite Iraqi counter-insurgency unit known as the Special Police Commandos, formed under the operational control of IraqYs Interior Ministry (µThe Way of the CommandosY, Peter Maass, Commandos
From 1984 to 1986 then Col. Steele had led the US Military Advisory Group in El Salvador, where he was responsible for developing special operating forces .. composed of the most brutal soldiers available, replicated the kind of small-unit operations with which Steele was familiar from his service in Vietnam. Rather than focusing on seizing terrain, their role was to attack µinsurgentY leadership, their supporters, sources of supply and base camps. In the case of the 4th Brigade, such tactics ensured that a 20-man force was able to account for 60% of the total casualties inflicted by the unit ..
...The Police Commandos are in large part the brainchild of another US counter-insurgency veteran, Steven Casteel, a former top DEA man who has been acting as the senior advisor in the Ministry of the Interior. Casteel was involved in the hunt for .. Pablo Escobar, during which the DEA collaborated with a paramilitary organization known as Los Pepes, which later transformed itself into the AUC, an umbrella organization covering all of ColombiaYs paramilitary death squads

[Steele & Casteel, which is the real tough guy?]

... as successive imperialist powers have shown, the bottom line in combating the hopes and dreams of ordinary people is to resort to spreading terror through the application of extreme violence. In Iraq, the Salvador Option may mean returning home to find your entire family seated at table with their own severed heads served to them and a bowl of blood for relish.

BAGHDAD, March 7 (Reuters) ..the commander of all Iraqi troops in Baghdad died from a bullet to the head while in a patrol convoy on Monday...
"The outsiders have hands on the inside," one general said.
.. ..the killing of Major General Mubdar Hatim al-Dulaimi, a Sunni Muslim who commanded the 10,000-strong 6th Division in Baghdad..
..Dulaimi, a divisional commander under Saddam Hussein
..only one bullet was fired, apparently by a sniper in a high building.

5) Interior Ministry is controlled by Sciri (Shia, Badr ) (Feb06)

28/02/2006 10:45AM http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article347806.ece
Iraq's death squads//
26 February 2006
John Pace, who left Baghdad two weeks ago, told The Independent on Sunday that up to three-quarters of the corpses stacked in the city's mortuary show evidence of gunshot wounds to the head or injuries caused by drill-bits or burning cigarettes...erior.
..last July the morgue ..received 1,100 bodies, .. 900 of which bore evidence of torture or summary execution. ..December, ..780 bodies, about 400 of which had gunshot or torture wounds.
..Mr Pace, who worked for the UN for more than 40 years in countries ranging from Liberia to Chile. "But the bulk are attributed to the agents of the Ministry of the Interior."
Mr Pace said the Ministry of the Interior was "acting as a rogue element within the government". It is controlled by ..Sciri ..the Interior Minister, Bayan Jabr, is a former leader of Sciri's Badr Brigade militia..
..Many of the 110,000 policemen and police commandos under the ministry's control are suspected of being former members of the Badr Brigade. .. Wolf Brigade, the Scorpions and the Tigers..accused of acting as death squads.....
.. Mr Pace, a Maltese-Australian who has now retired ..to his home in Sydney, says the constant violence and utter lack of security in Iraq are creating a vicious circle in which ordinary citizens are turning to extremist sectarian groups for protection.

6) Death squads are Shia (Nov05) ( Badr?)

whiskey barAnd so now we have Iranian-backed Shi'a death squads hunting their political enemies through the slums of Baghdad under the pretext of fighting the insurgency, while Sunni Baathists (and/or their jihadist allies) blow up Shi'a mosques at prayer time under the pretext of fighting the American occupation.

7) Death squads are Shia, Badr (Jan05)

Scott Ritter 20Jan05
..Tipped off by the CPA's covert operatives, the Badr assassination squads killed dozens of Baathists in and around Baghdad...
..History, on the other hand, treats harshly the occupying power which resorts to the use of the tools of terror to subdue an occupied people.
In an effort to reverse this trend, Bremer rescinded his de-Baathification programme, and ordered the Badr assassination squads to stand down.
..The Sunni-based resistance, having been targeted by the Badr assassins, struck back with a vengeance.
..In a campaign of targeted assassinations using car bombs and ambushes, the resistance has engaged in its own campaign of terror against the Shia, viewed by the Sunni fighters as being little more than collaborators of the American occupation.
..Having started the game of politically motivated assassination, the US has once again found itself trumped by forces inside Iraq it does not understand, and as such will never be able to defeat.
..History will eventually depict as legitimate the efforts of the Iraqi resistance to destabilise and defeat the American occupation forces and their imposed Iraqi collaborationist government.

8) Interior Ministry is attacking Sunnis: (March06)

I tentatively suggest that the intelligence apparatus at the Interior Ministry is contriving attacks on Sunnis and that British and US special forces in conjunction with the intelligence apparatus at the Iraqi Defence Ministry are fabricating insurgent bombings of Shias. Overseeing the entire operation is the µcreamY of CMAD under the direction of top-level US intelligence asset Mowaffak Rubaie, a man already experienced at participating in bombing campaigns, undoubtedly working hand in glove with the CIA and the National Security Council in the US.

9) Death squads are anti Baathist but see below Rasheed seems to be Sunni
.. Commander of the Iraqi Special Police Commando Division, Major General Rasheed.
.. While languishing in prison under the Saddam regime, General Rasheed and his superior, General Adnon, formulated the idea of a commando style unit. .. [this is absurd, unless the General knew of the Baathist plan to supply insurgents for a 10 year resistance, and he was _already_ making counter plans. Hardly. The Commandos seem a recent usanian invention]
"people were dancing in the street with the commandos." - finally Rummy's street dancers!
redneck isnt clear who the insurgents/terraists are. But if Rasheed was in Sadaams prison, he is presumably anti-baathist, which sort of implies the insurgents are Baathists, which sort-of implies that Rasheed is a Shia. (but see below)
But redneck is rather vague about everything except that , at last, its dancing in the street under usa backed guns.

Google "Major General Rasheed"
gets this:
Al-Qaeda in Iraq .. May 2, 2005..
In one communiqué, the group voices displeasure with their attempted assassination of the leader of Baghdad's commando forces, Major General Rasheed Aflayeh, today, stating: “The criminal police Brigade General Rasheed Aflayeh, the supporter of the Christians and the Jews, you will not get away with your disbelief you God’s enemy.”
May 1, 2005 -- LA Times.. the U.S. is providing technical and logistical support to the Maghawir ..brigades, the Interior Ministry's special commandos, according to Major General Rasheed Flayih Mohammed...12,000-strong Maghawir (Fearless Warrior) brigades..have worked closely with U.S. forces in Najaf, Fallujah and Mosul and include the Wolf, Scorpion, Tiger and Thunder brigades.
On January 8, 2005, Newsweek magazine first published a report that the Pentagon had a proposal to train elite Iraqi squads to quell the growing Sunni insurgency. The proposal has been called the "Salvador Option,"
Sunni Arab leaders have increasingly accused the Shiite-led government, particularly the Interior Ministry's paramilitary police units, of operating death squads targeting Sunni Arabs. T
Date: 08/08/2005..Al Nasiriyah Branch, which consists of Badr Organization,.. etc July 2005 in Al Nasiriyah. They ..listed the following names on the assassination list:
6. Major General Rasheed Fleih, from the interior ministry
[so Rasheed is opposed by Badr which makes him Sunni?
And finally then there's
Muqtada Al Sadr and his Mehdi Army, who some have accused of dressing in black and forming death squads.
Mehdi are Shia , and Muqtada Al Sadr is an Arab, not a Persian.

20-22 May 2005.. ..Its coming apart at the seams now in Iraq. We saw on the news today that members of the Mehdi Army in the south, the militia of Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, exchanged gunfire with members of the ING (Iraqi National Guard) who in the south are primarily, if not entirely composed of members of the Badr Army, also a Shia group. So now we have Shia fighting Shia.

Badr Shia . . . . . . . . . . .OK with usa for now , have fought Mehdi, Iran influenced
Mehdi Shia. . . . . . . . . ."USA out now", fought alongside Sunni in Falujah, Arab not Persian
Sunni resistance. . . . . Baathists?
Maghawir in IM. . . . . Sunni Baathists killijng killing Sunni Baathist resistance????
Al Qeada, Saudi etc. . .Insignificant?, Waahabi = Sunni?

USA war crime Haditha, USA war crime Isahaqi, Pretty good Zfone, Kyrgystan, USA prisoners, Toys

salam pax is back. Iraq Health ministry elevators (lifts): his & hers [watch for the latest: lift bombs]

NYT has a long article on Interior Ministry Commandos by Peter Maass.
Intriguing because
1) That typical Usanian way of describing horrendous murders in an off-hand, 'whatever gets the job done' (and the job is most definitely not democracy)
2) He describes Sunni Baathist commandos, whereas many recent reports from Sunni neighbourhoods describe attacks by IM Shia 'commandos' - On balance I suspect the NYT is doing some sort of psy-op. Describing brutality in a half-praising way to immure their citizens. Perhaps the beginning of a campaign to align with Sunni death squads as Shia seem to strong?

USA War Crimes:
vastleft .. msnbc
15 civilians shot to death by Marines in Haditha in November.
and this:
16Mar2006 floyd
03/16/06 - TIKRIT, Iraq, March 15 (Reuters) - Eleven members of an Iraqi family were killed in a U.S. raid on Wednesday...
nytimes 21May06
Philip R. Zimmermann ..1991 Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) .. Sunday released a free Windows program, Zfone, encrypts a computer-to-computer voice ..
.. earlier .. Mac and Linux voice-over-Internet protocol, VoIP.
.. performs the key exchange inside the digital voice channel while the call is being set up, so no third party has the keys.
.. The FCC .. would force ISP & VoIP companies ..permits law enforcement ..to monitor conventional telephone calls...exempts programs that operate directly between computers
"..you can't regulate point-to-point communications, which I think will let Phil off the hook," said Marc Rotenberg, director of the EPIC
..British government is preparing ..authority to compel both organizations ..to disclose encryption keys.
[I believe this is already enacted]
.. Zfone can automatically encrypt any call between users of freely available VoIP software programs like X-Lite, Gizmo or SJphone. It can be downloaded at www.philzimmermann.com.
The system does not work with Skype, the VoIP system acquired by eBay, which uses its own encryption scheme. .. German.. .. intercepting and decrypting Skype phone calls,.. VeriSign..

Kyrgyzstan warned on Friday that the US risked eviction from its last military base in central Asia unless it agreed to a 100-fold increase in rental for aircraft landing and refueling facilities at Manas outside the capital Bishkek.
[I cant recall which 'stan' recently booted the USA out. Condi recently congratulated Uzbek for their brutality & corrupt electioneering, so I dont think its Uzbek. The Shanghai group called for a timetable (see Jan06), but thats just them. Its in my blog somewhere, but blogger search is non-functional. So I must search my text backups, which sadly are incomplete.]

1 in 136 U.S. Residents Behind Bars
USA Prisons, Jails Grew by 1,000 Inmates a Week From '04 to '05..
2.2 million people behind bars
..2.6 percent increase from mid-2004 to mid-2005
..gain of 33,539 inmates in jails.. 4.7 percent growth rate, cf 1.6 percent increase state and federal prisons.
Prisons = 2/3 of all inmates, or 1.4 E6 .. 750,000, were in local jails


Shure e2c er buds
I got these on ebay for $115, great bass. Isolation too good for use on bike. The 'plug in ear-canal' sensation will take a while to get familiar. For around $1k, musos get personally moulded plugs, so foldbacks are obsolete.
(Foldbacks still in use in the Beaconsfield concert)
Giant Farrago with disc braked $750 - currently out of stock in Sydney
Samsung E770 1.2M camera uSD mp3.. ebay: $348 with data cable (why r people are bidding $350+15 on ebay for a 2nd hand phone?)
Barracuda goggles (available Jul-Aug06
designawards .. skylinenw .. barracuda