April 29th, 2004

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Day 12, Dreaming the Music, and random musings

Thursday 29th April - already? It doesn't seem that almost four months have come and gone since the beginning of the year. Time is moving too quickly - I have to get into the driving seat of life at somepoint and slam on these breaks. I'll be retiring before I know it at this rate and that's just not on (well - unless I win a few million quid....). Life seems to be flying past me at the moment and has done for the last few years, problem being is that I feel like I'm crawling through life. My memories of ten years ago feel like they only happened a few months ago, months ago seem like last week. And it's not like I'm actually not doing anything - I've been more active and busy at work than I have been for a while. If any has the manual please let me know - I really want to slow this contraption down before I'm just a pile of dust in a box.

Day 12 - This is my 12th staright day of work....and I have still have two more to go. It wasn't planned but my days off seem to have vanished due to one reason or another. I might actually be in over the bank holiday too at somepoint if I'm not careful. I don't mind work as I enjoy my job (freak!!!!) but time off is also very good. I have things to do, people to see, a life to live outside these walls!!!! (Yes, I'm writing this from work - taking a few minutes off....). Anyway, Day 12, roll on Day 14 so I can have the 15th day of rest!

My dreams recently have been odd. Apart from the commercials that invaded my sleep a week or so back I was dreaming music videos last night. I woke up after dreaming what I think was a video of that band that covered Metallica songs with Chellos. I can't rememebr their name. Anyway it was a band with chellos playing in a sea with a Germanic-sounding goth singing over the top. It sounded very good and I'm pretty sure the video actually exists as I saw something similiar last year on the German VIVA channel when I was over there. Why I should dream of that though is anyone's guess.

Anyway I should finish this off and get back to wrapping up todays work load. Tomorrow is another day and all that. Unfortunately it looks like it'll be very similiar to today - although I do have All About Eve tomorrow night. Would have loved to have gone out afterwards to one of the many birthday bashes or club-goings sprees that various friends are organising or have invited me to but with Day 14 of work on Saturday (and we open earlier on Saturdays for some jurassic reason) none of those is going to happen. Damn and Curse it! Hope all of you have a great time though and no doubt I'll ramble some more later :-)


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Iraq abuses, Porn and the LA Riots

Electrodes tide to genitals; photos of naked prisoners being taunted or hit; male prisoners being made to simulate sex with one another. Is this the action of some third-world dictatorship? Some crackpot military dictatorship? Perhaps Nazi Death camps from 60 years ago?  But no - it's the US Army in Iraq.... Photos have been given to CBS News in the US that were taken 'for the family album' by soldiers stationed at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. They show complete a startling abuse of power and neglect of the geneva Convention. The excuse of 'we weren't given any guidelines' by one of the now arrested US guards is by no means any bloody excuse. Do you think it's right to ridicule and torture another human being? Of course not, how could you even 'think' this could be right you f**king idiot! What's worse is that he was a prison guard back in the US itself. For a full lengthy story check out Abuse of Iraqi POWs by GIs Probed (CBS News; Thursday 29th April 2004) for a shorter story check out US General Suspended Over Abuse (BBC-Online; Thursday 29th April 2004).

Now tell me that the US are conducting themselves with honour (or 'honor') in Iraq and winning the hearts and minds of not only the liberated Iraqi's, not only the Arab world but of every over damn nation on this planet and its own citizens. It's a disgrace and these soldiers actions are war crimes - although of course the US refused to sign up to the United Nations War Crimes Tribunal which would usually hold the trials of such f**kwits. I can see why they thought it wasn't in their interest now. Please for the love of God and the rest of humanity - put in a new government before you don;t only have the Arab world severely pissed off with you!

LA Riots Remembered: May 1992. The Guardian's report of the violence Night Beirut Came To Downtown LA (Guardian Unlimited Special Report; Thursday 29th April 2004)

I first heard about this case a few weeks ago via someone else's LJ linking me through to the Adult Entertainment Industry's Health Clinic site that has a warning up about male actor Darren James and asking those who worked with him to get checked. It looks like the scare has become a lot larger in recent weeks. Here are a couple of older articles about the scare -  HIV Scare Hits US Porn Industry (Guardian Unlimited; Sunday 18th April 2004) US Porn Industry Hit by HIV Fear (Guardian Unlimited; Friday April 16th 2004),

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Canada to Introduce Islamic Justice, BP to Quit Iraq, and more...

I didn't get round to posting the letter signed by 52 former UK diplomats (including Ambassadors to a whole host of countries such as Israel, Iraq, the former Soviet Union, UN, etc) but that was a big story this week (at least here in the UK). Further fractures in the 'Coalition of the Willing' are also appearing, especially amongst the commanders of the British forces in Iraq regarding US tactics. Here's a sample story.... Britain, America Begin to Diverge in Iraq (MSNB; Wednesday 28th April 2004)

America is beginning to find it hard to find more troops to send to Iraq. "Of the service's 10 active-duty divisions, all or parts of nine are either already in Iraq to serve 12-month tours of duty, or have just returned home in recent weeks after a year's duty. " Army Finds Troop Supply 'Getting Thin' (Yahoo News; Wednesday 28th April 2004)

Journalists under attack in Iraq. Sasha was talking to me about this the other day. I can't remember everything he said but the treatment of foreign journalists inside Iraq in some quarters has been terrible.  US Swells Iraq Media Death Toll (Guardian Unlimited; Friday 23rd April 2004)

An Iranian court has ruled that the US should pay $600million in compensation for supplying Saddam Hussein chemical weapons which were then used on Iraqi Kurds and Iranian troops. This one's from the New Zealand Herald (so even Harry should have read it by now!) Iranian Court Orders US To Pay (NZ)$963 Million Compensation (New Zealand Herald; Thursday 29th April 2004)

Also caught this one about Canada experimenting with using Islamic Justice in some disputes... Canada Introduces Islamic Justice In Some Legal Disputes (New Zealand Herald; Thursday 29th April 2004)

John Browne, BP's Chief Executive and friend of Tony Blair, claims that Oil Giant BP has no future in Iraq due to security and political fears. BP Ready To Quit In Blow To Rebuilding Hopes (Guardian Unlimited; Thursady 29th April 2004)