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My flight back…

Posted on July 30th, 2006 at 15:06 by John Sinteur in category: News

… is tomorrow. I haven’t posted any pictures, because my bandwidth here in the resort was too low – and if the choice is to wait an hour for a few uploads, or go out in the sun, well, you can guess what my choice was…

but I will show you some of the underwater beauty of Curaçao once I’m back and unpacked!


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  1. Welcome back, John. Please don’t forget those mermaid shots…

  2. Welkom thuis…

  3. Ha John! Tijd geleden! Je hebt gedoken op curacao?? Ben erg benieuwd hoe dat was! Zelf ga ik naar Bali binnenkort om te duiken! 🙂 En vanavond even het zwembad in voor een tune-up!

Microsoft COO Tells Google Keep Off Corporate Search

Posted on July 17th, 2006 at 3:57 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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“Those people are not going to be allowed to take food off our plate, because that is what they are intending to do.” Impassioned words, coming from the chief operating officer of Microsoft, Kevin Turner, at a company conference.

The “people” that Turner was referring to was Google, and the “food” was corporate search customers. Google has been wading into the world of enterprise search with its Google Search Appliance, which sells for around $2,500 pop. The software allows company employees to search through platforms like intranets, content management systems and file servers.

But Turner, who joined Microsoft from Wal-Mart Stores 11 months ago, was adamant that corporate search is “our house.” “Enterprise search is our business, it’s our house and Google is not going to take that business,” he told 7,000 delegates in Boston.

*snif* *snif*

I smell fear…


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T-Shirt

Posted on July 16th, 2006 at 9:11 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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  1. Amen to that!!!

Putin rejects Bush’s Iraq democracy model

Posted on July 16th, 2006 at 9:08 by John Sinteur in category: News

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During a joint news conference Saturday in St. Petersburg, Bush said he raised concerns about democracy in Russia during a frank discussion with the Russian leader.

“I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world, like Iraq where there’s a free press and free religion, and I told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia would do the same,” Bush said.

To that, Putin replied, “We certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy that they have in Iraq, quite honestly.”

Gee, I wonder why Putin said that…

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Gunmen kidnapped the head of Iraq’s Olympic committee and more than a dozen employees Saturday after storming a sports conference in Baghdad, police said. The kidnappers wore camouflage Iraqi police uniforms and security guards outside the meeting said they did not interfere because they thought the gunmen were legitimate law enforcement, police said.

Ahmed al-Hijiya, president of the committee, was taken in the assault, which came a day after the coach of Iraq’s national wrestling team was killed by kidnappers, said police Lt. Thaer Mahmoud.

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In other violence, Iraqi soldiers and gunmen clashed in Baghdad, leaving at least three people dead and 11 wounded, police said.

Seven people were injured in a mortar attack near Haifa Street in downtown Baghdad, blocks from the Green Zone, which houses U.S. and British embassies and the Iraqi government.

Similar clashes broke out blocks away, injuring four and killing two civilians. U.S. troops sealed off the area after the attacks, said Iraqi Army Maj. Salman Abdul-Wahid.

The area along Haifa Street has seen heavy violence in recent weeks, which prompted Iraqi leaders.

Iraq’s parliament voted Saturday to extend a nearly two-year state of emergency in Baghdad for another 30 days.


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Much of United States in heat wave

Posted on July 16th, 2006 at 8:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Temperatures in the 90s or higher blanketed large areas of the United States on Friday from southern California to southern New Jersey.

In California, the operator of the state’s electrical grid asked residents to cut back on power use because the heat was expected to drive demand to record levels. The National Weather Service predicted temperatures topping 100 in the Santa Ana Mountains and inland areas, the Orange County Register reported.

The heat, combined with high winds, helped spread a massive wildfire near the San Bernardino National Forest.

The weather service also declared a red flag warning for parts of North Dakota because of the danger of wild fire.

In the Phoenix area, where the temperature was expected to reach 113 degrees, record power demand was also expected, the Phoenix Business Journal said. In North Texas and parts of Oklahoma, temperatures were also in the triple digits, with the NWS predicting no break earlier than Monday for Dallas/Fort Worth.

In Chicago, the city has opened six cooling centers to help those who live without air conditioning.

The disclosure of this weather is disgraceful. We’re at war with nature, which wants to hurt the United States of America, and for people to leak that weather, and for a newspaper to publish it, does great harm to the United States of America.


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dolchstosslegende

Posted on July 16th, 2006 at 8:05 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Every state must have its enemies. Great powers must have especially monstrous foes. Above all, these foes must arise from within, for national pride does not admit that a great nation can be defeated by any outside force. That is why, though its origins are elsewhere, the stab in the back has become the sustaining myth of modern American nationalism. Since the end of World War II it has been the device by which the American right wing has both revitalized itself and repeatedly avoided responsibility for its own worst blunders. Indeed, the right has distilled its tale of betrayal into a formula: Advocate some momentarily popular but reckless policy. Deny culpability when that policy is exposed as disastrous. Blame the disaster on internal enemies who hate America. Repeat, always making sure to increase the number of internal enemies.


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The week in Armageddon

Posted on July 16th, 2006 at 7:49 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Van Hilleary For U.S. Senate, door-to-door campaining

Posted on July 16th, 2006 at 7:45 by John Sinteur in category: News

From the campaign website:

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I believe innocent life must be protected. I have always been pro-life.

From reality:

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But Hilleary is counting on television ads to remind people that he is running for U.S. Senate. Hilleary said once they find out, they say, ‘Gosh, you’re my guy.’

Meredith Hilleary, Van’s wife, who was out walking door to door in 90 degree heat while being eight months pregnant, said she hears the same thing “five or 10 times a day.?


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Ecuador volcano spews molten rock, villagers flee

Posted on July 16th, 2006 at 7:28 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano spewed ash, gas and molten rock for a second day on Saturday, driving hundreds of evacuated villagers into nearby schools and churches in search of refuge.

Tungurahua, located about 80 miles (130 km) south of Quito, has been increasingly active since May, when it blew out big clouds of hot gas and prompted officials to renew a limited state of emergency in nearby towns.

Civil defence authorities and police continued to evacuate seven small villages around the volcano, whose name means “throat of fire” in the indigenous Quichua language.


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Wiretap Surrender

Posted on July 16th, 2006 at 7:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) has cast his agreement with the White House on legislation concerning the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance as a compromise — one in which President Bush accepts judicial review of the program. It isn’t a compromise, except quite dramatically on the senator’s part. Mr. Specter’s bill began as a flawed but well-intentioned effort to get the program in front of the courts, but it has been turned into a green light for domestic spying. It must not pass.

The bill would, indeed, get the NSA’s program in front of judges, in one of two ways. It would transfer lawsuits challenging the program from courts around the country to the super-secret court system that typically handles wiretap applications in national security cases. It would also permit — but not require — the administration to seek approval from this court system, created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, for entire surveillance programs, thereby allowing judges to assess their legality.

But the cost of this judicial review would be ever so high. The bill’s most dangerous language would effectively repeal FISA’s current requirement that all domestic national security surveillance take place under its terms. The “compromise” bill would add to FISA: “Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the constitutional authority of the President to collect intelligence with respect to foreign powers and agents of foreign powers.” It would also, in various places, insert Congress’s acknowledgment that the president may have inherent constitutional authority to spy on Americans. Any reasonable court looking at this bill would understand it as withdrawing the nearly three-decade-old legal insistence that FISA is the exclusive legitimate means of spying on Americans. It would therefore legitimize whatever it is the NSA is doing — and a whole lot more.


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New House Majority Leader Keeps Old Ties to Lobbyists

Posted on July 15th, 2006 at 22:19 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Representative John A. Boehner won the job of House majority leader amid a post-Abramoff clamor for an overhaul of lobbying and ethics rules. But nearly six months later, the changes are still tied up in Congress.

And far from trying to put the brakes on lobbyists and the money they channel into Republican coffers, Mr. Boehner, who has portrayed his ties to Washington lobbyists as something to be proud of, has stepped on the gas.

He has been holding fund-raisers at lobbyists’ offices, flying to political events on corporate planes and staying at a golf resort with a business group that has a direct stake in issues before Congress.


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Adobe

Posted on July 15th, 2006 at 11:05 by John Sinteur in category: News


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Zidane headbutt outrage: new video evidence

Posted on July 15th, 2006 at 10:40 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Pity if you will poor old Zinedine Zidane: sent off during the World Cup final for a serious infraction of FIFA’s “no headbutting Italians” rule and now reduced to the status of French national hero with enough cash in the bank to enjoy a lifetime of truffles, stuffed songbirds and fine vintage champagne.

Indeed, while the rest of the world was struggling to contain its outrage at Zidane’s unsportsmanlike use of the Glasgow handshake, Jacques Chirac counterattacked with: “I would like to express all the respect that I have for a man who represents at the same time all the most beautiful values of sport, the greatest human qualities one can imagine, and who has honoured French sport and, simply, France.”

Well, therein lies the rub, mon ami. How you view the whole thing depends largely on your national perspective, as nicely demonstrated by a viral email we received this morning:

As seen by the Germans:

As seen by the French:

As seen by the Italians:

As seen by the Americans:

As seen by the press:


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  1. The French version looks most realistic.

  2. Notice how the Italian guy tries to kick Zidan in the nuts.

Dutch delicacy

Posted on July 15th, 2006 at 10:05 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!

I’m lucky enough to live across the street from Vishandel Koning. His product this year is indeed excellent. If you click the link, you can read that the yearly tests conclude he’s the best in the country, again. Last year he came in second, year before that he was the best as well.

but before you click, please be aware that I’m talking about raw herring


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Fokke & Sukke

Posted on July 15th, 2006 at 9:16 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Bende tassendieven in tram

Posted on July 15th, 2006 at 8:49 by John Sinteur in category: Nederland is Gek!, They never learn

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• De politie waarschuwt dat er een bende tassendieven actief is in de tram. Op camerabeelden van de HTM is duidelijk te zien hoe drie mannen te werk gaan bij het stelen van tassen van passagiers.

Puik idee hoor, om die camera beelden op het net te zetten. Prima gedaan, dat je alle overige, onschuldige, passagiers even afplakt zodat ze niet herkenbaar zijn.

Alleen, doe dat dan niet in PowerPoint zodat elke 11-jarige bavo scholier de grijze vlakjes weg kan halen…


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Zahrani

Posted on July 15th, 2006 at 8:38 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Missiles fired from Israeli jets hit the Zahrani bridge in south Lebanon July 14, 2006.

From the looks of it, Israel tells journalists where the air strikes are going to hit…

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Smoke billows from an Israeli air raid on Beirut airport. Israeli and Lebanese residents are braced for increased hostilities after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed “open war” amid Israeli attacks that have raised international fears of a devastating regional conflict(AFP/Joseph Barrak)


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G8 agenda

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 22:31 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property

Here is the agenda of the G8 summit meeting.

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This year, we plan to urge our partners to redouble efforts to ensure global energy security. We believe that today, it is crucial to find a solution to a problem which directly influences the social and economic development of all countries, without exception.

I am convinced that our efforts towards attaining this goal should be comprehensive and must stimulate stabilization of the global energy markets, development of innovation technologies, use of renewable energy sources and protection of the environment. We believe that today, we must think very seriously about ways to bridge the gap between energy-sufficient and energy-lacking countries.

The spread of all kinds of epidemics in the world emphasizes the need to step up the fight against infectious diseases. We are convinced that the creation of a global system to monitor dangerous diseases, the development of regular interaction between experts from different states, and broader exchange of research information about dangerous viruses will have a major positive influence on the solution of these serious problems.

In addition to the current agenda, we also plan to raise the issue of education in the G8. In our opinion, the time has come to focus on ways to improve the quality and effectiveness of national education systems and professional training. We must find tools for encouraging the international business community to increase investment into this sector.

Add that to a potential World War III brewing in the middle east right now, and you’ll certainly understand and appreciate the vital issue the British Phonographic Industry wants on the agenda as well: downloading MP3’s.

Jesus Fucking Christ on a pogo stick, these guys really need a few whacks with a clue stick.


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Drowning in data – complexity’s threat to terror investigations

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 17:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

Maarten, I think you said something like a five minute follow-up?

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The Committee’s report accepts that the increasing number of investigations, together with their increasing complexity, will make longer detention inevitable in the future. The core calculation is essentially the one put forward by the police and accepted by the Government – technology has been an enabler for international terrorism, with email, the Internet and mobile telephony producing wide, diffuse, international networks. The data on hard drives and mobile phones needs to be examined, contacts need to be investigated and their data examined, and in the case of an incident, vast amounts of CCTV records need to be gone through. As more and more of this needs to be done, the time taken to do it will obviously climb, and as it’s ‘necessary’ to detain the new breed of terrorist early in the investigation before he can strike, more time will be needed between arrest and charge in order to build a case.

All of which is, as far as it goes, logical. But take it a little further and the inherent futility of the route becomes apparent – ultimately, probably quite soon, the volume of data overwhelms the investigators and infinite time is needed to analyse all of it. And the less developed the plot is at the time the suspects are pulled in, the greater the number of possible outcomes (things they ‘might’ be planning) that will need to be chased-up. Short of the tech industry making the breakthrough into machine intelligence that will effectively do the analysis for them (which is a breakthrough the snake-oil salesmen suggest, and dopes in Government believe, has been achieved already), the approach itself is doomed. Essentially, as far as data is concerned police try to ‘collar the lot’ and then through analysis, attempt to build the most complete picture of a case that is possible. Use of initiative, experience and acting on probabilities will tend to be pressured out of such systems, and as the data volumes grow the result will tend to be teams of disempowered machine minders chained to a system that has ground to a halt. This effect is manifesting itself visibly across UK Government systems in general, we humbly submit. But how long will it take them to figure this out?


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  1. I was talking about the first level filtering of suspicious communications or data patterns. This is talking about something else altogether.

  2. The first level of filtering is the NSA – what this article describes is the follow-up, the FBI footwork. Well, this specific article is about the UK, but the work is the same..

Sara Pipalini

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 13:09 by John Sinteur in category: Joke

Three Italian nuns die and go to heaven. At the Pearly Gates, they are met by St. Peter. He says, “Sisters, you all led such exemplary lives that the Lord is granting you six months to go back to earth and be anyone you wish to be.

The first nun says, “I want to be Sophia Loren” and *poof* she’s gone. The second says, “I want to be Madonna and *poof* she’s gone.

The third says, “I want to be Sara Pipalini…” St. Peter looks perplexed. “Who?” he asks. “Sara Pipalini” replies the nun. St. Peter shakes his head and says, “I’m sorry, but that name just doesn’t ring a bell.”

The nun then takes a newspaper out of her habit and hands it to St. Peter. St. Peter reads the paper and starts laughing. He hands it back to her and says, “No sister, the paper says it was the ‘Sahara Pipeline’ that was laid by 1,400 men in 6 months.”


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Disorders Made to Order

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 11:55 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

Advertising makes you sick. Literally.

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some comments from a pharmacology (drug development) grad student:

These drugs work very well for some people and give them a quality of life they never experienced before. How? Fuck if we know. If they worked directly by blocking the re-uptake of seratonin we’d see the effect almost immediately. Instead, antidepressants take about 2-3 weeks to have an effect. This indicates the blocking of seratonin reuptake triggers a secondary modulation of brain function that gives the antidepressent effect. It’s very humbling to hear leading researchers tell you they have no idea how one of the most popularly dispensed medications works.

That said, these drugs are way overperscribed. 95 (number pulled out of my ass) percent of people are just looking for an easy way out of their problems nd the drug companies are more than happy to give it to them.

Addiitionally, the whole peer review problem is a huge issue in science these days. The merging of industry and academia is great for the production of new treatments, but only if evaluated in a bias free atmosphere. Unfortunately with this administration the government is never going to play that role.

Finally, know how we find new antidepressants? They take mice and abuse the shit out of them. Shake their cage, wake them up, withhold food, spray them with water, tell them their mother’s fat, etc. These mice respond by never leaving the corner and shivering constantly (as would you). Scientists figure these mice are depressed, but who really knows? The mice won’t tell us themselves. Anyways, they take these mice and well-treated mice and hang them up by their tails until the stop struggling. “Depressed” mice will generally not struggle that long, while the control mice will struggle for a while. A drug is considered an “antidepressent” if it can make the “depressed” mouse struggle as long as the control while not making the control mouse hyperactive. There are entire warehouses in the midwest full of hanging mice and hopeful scientists.

Ain’t science great?


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  1. There are three things here. Animal torture, the appropriateness of lesser mood disorders, and drug company marketing. I’d say the first two are to be taken seriously; you (John) yourself can certainly understand that people have subtle issues that deeply affect their lives. (eg aspartame) It’s easy to bash the phramaceutical companies for the way they push these things, but they are providing new options and some hope for people with hard to diagnose issues.

  2. I agree with your point about the first two things – I most certainly know how subtle it can be. And yes, they are providing new options, but I think it should be up to the specialist treating the patient to find out if a new drug is relevant or not. Right now they’re marketing it in a way that “uncovers” disorders where before there was no problem, and that is reprehensible.

  3. Eli Lilly is a big drug company that puts profits over patients.
    Daniel Haszard Bangor Maine zyprexa caused my diabetes http://www.zyprexa-victims.com

Iran wants disputed clay tablets returned from US

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 11:29 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ

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Iran said on Wednesday it wanted to use diplomacy and cultural channels to ensure ancient clay tablets at the center of a compensation case are returned from the United States but said it was also ready for a legal fight.

The 2,500-year-old Persian tablets, which have been studied for decades at the University of Chicago, give a unique insight into the workings of the Persian empire with cuneiform etchings of payments and rations made to priests, guards and workers.

Many tablets in the collection loaned to the university have already been sent back to Iran but those still under study are at the center of an Israeli compensation suit connected to a shooting in the West Bank blamed on an Iranian-backed group.

A U.S. court has ruled that Iran’s assets can be seized and last month a U.S. judge upheld the ruling, prompting a new campaign by Iran to secure the tablets’ return, including an appeal to the U.N. cultural body UNESCO.

“We should first exhaust diplomatic ways, cultural correspondence, administrative and friendly ways to take all of the property back,” said Omid Ghanami, director of legal affairs at Iran’ Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.

I expect countries to stop lending to institutions in the US — and start taking back everything they’ve loaned already, just in case. The US can’t be trusted to return what it borrows. “We are so sorry, but because of a recent ruling under the JINGO act, a man in Des Moines who burned his lips on french fries now owns your twenty best Renoirs. Sorry, France.”


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Baghdad starts to collapse as its people flee a life of death

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 10:57 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia

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As I hung up the phone, I wondered if I would ever see my friend Ali alive again. Ali, The Times translator for the past three years, lives in west Baghdad, an area that is now in meltdown as a bitter civil war rages between Sunni insurgents and Shia militias. It is, quite simply, out of control.

I returned to Baghdad on Monday after a break of several months, during which I too was guilty of glazing over every time I read another story of Iraqi violence. But two nights on the telephone, listening to my lost and frightened Iraqi staff facing death at any moment, persuaded me that Baghdad is now verging on total collapse.

Ali phoned me on Tuesday night, about 10.30pm. There were cars full of gunmen prowling his mixed neighbourhood, he said. He and his neighbours were frantically exchanging information, trying to identify the gunmen.

Were they the Mahdi Army, the Shia militia blamed for drilling holes in their victims’ eyes and limbs before executing them by the dozen? Or were they Sunni insurgents hunting down Shias to avenge last Sunday’s massacre, when Shia gunmen rampaged through an area called Jihad, pulling people from their cars and homes and shooting them in the streets?

Ali has a surname that could easily pass for Shia. His brother-in-law has an unmistakably Sunni name. They agreed that if they could determine that the gunmen were Shia, Ali would answer the door. If they were Sunnis, his brother-in-law would go.

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We phoned the US military trainer attached to Iraqi security forces in the area. He said there was nothing to be done: “There’s always shooting at night here. It’s like chasing ghosts.?

In fact the US military generally responds only to request for support from Iraqi security forces. But as many of those forces are at best turning a blind eye to the Shia death squads, and at worst colluding with them, calling the Americans is literally the last thing they do.

West Baghdad is no stranger to bombings and killings, but in the past few days all restraint has vanished in an orgy of ethnic cleansing.

Shia gunmen are seeking to drive out the once-dominant Sunni minority and the Sunnis are forming neighbourhood posses to retaliate. Mosques are being attacked. Scores of innocent civilians have been killed, their bodies left lying in the streets.

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“There is a campaign to eradicate all Sunnis from Baghdad,? said Sheikh Omar al-Jebouri, of the Iraqi Islamic Party, a Sunni parliamentary group. He said that it was organised by the Shia-dominated Interior Ministry and its police special commandos, with Shia militias, and aimed to destroy Mr al-Maliki’s plans to rebuild Iraq’s security forces along national, rather than sectarian, lines.

Ahmed Abu Mustafa, a resident of the Sunni district of Amariyah in western Baghdad, was stunned to see two police car pick-ups speed up to his local mosque with cars full of gunmen on Tuesday evening and open fire on it with their government-issued machineguns.

Immediately, Sunni gunmen materialised from side streets and a battle started. “I’d heard about this happening but this was the first time I’d seen police shooting at a mosque,? he said. “I was amazed by how quickly the local gunmen deployed. I ran for my life.?

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A local journalist told me bitterly this week that Iraqis find it ironic that Saddam Hussein is on trial for killing 148 people 24 years ago, while militias loyal to political parties now in government kill that many people every few days. But it is not an irony that anyone here has time to laugh about. They are too busy packing their bags and wondering how they can get out alive.

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In one of the few comprehensive surveys of how many Iraqis have fled their country since the US invasion, the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants said last month that there were 644,500 refugees in Syria and Jordan in 2005 — about 2.5 per cent of Iraq’s population. In total, 889,000 Iraqis had moved abroad, creating “the biggest new flow of refugees in the world?, according to Lavinia Limon, the committee’s president.

To put that “2.5 percent” into perspective, it’s as if the entire population of New York had moved to Canada..


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  1. Yet the U.S. administration (and mainstream press), spin the same old yarn that it is all because of al-Qaeda. What nonsense. It has been and still is a full fledge civil war -predicated by many before the U.S. attacked and occupied. Pandora’s Box has indeed been opened by the zealot Americans and their allies. What’s worse is the conflict is and will continue to spread. Isn’t this what the right wing wants? That is to hasten the day to Armageddon?

One more desktop picture

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 10:19 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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But this will probably be the last one before I leave…


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Cartoons

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 10:14 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Illegal logging kills more than just trees

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 9:53 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Rock

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 9:32 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Counting down until monday…

Posted on July 14th, 2006 at 9:12 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Arrow-shot ibis lives, evades helpers

Posted on July 13th, 2006 at 21:25 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News

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The sight is so odd that Holly Hill resident Quinn Woodward said, “I could not believe what I was seeing. It’s unbelievable.”

The bird is like the feathered equivalent of Steve Martin’s Wild and Crazy Guy routine when the comedian would prance around stage with an arrow sticking out both sides of his head.

Except this is no fool, having eluded the capture of well-meaning humans and hungry hawks for at least four days.

“I have captured hundreds of birds,” said an exasperated Bob Hunt, a volunteer with the Bird Rescue Center in New Smyrna Beach. “You would think this would be one of the easier ones.”

Michael Brothers, the manager of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, said the wound must be superficial because it “flies so well.”


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Deja vu

Posted on July 13th, 2006 at 19:34 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia

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A little Mormon boy in Utah, Timmy Poppleton, wrote his senator begging him to intervene: “I’m only eight years old, but I know that Lieut. Calley was defending our freedoms against Communism.” His mother–many mothers–had explained that the villagers of My Lai must have done something to deserve it.


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