Photographer Alan Pogue took this striking photograph of an injured Iraqi child in March of 2000. He had traveled to Iraq to participate in a Veterans for Peace and Voices in the Wilderness project to rebuild a water treatment plant in Basra. In December of 2002 he returned to Iraq and found her in the remote southern village of Abu Floos, where she lives with her family.
Her name is Israa Abdul Amir. Israa was severely injured in a missile attack conducted by the US military on the morning of January 25, 1999. She had just finished a test at the Al Najed primary school and was walking home from school when the missile struck. A large piece of shrapnel severed her right arm below the shoulder and she suffered chest and abdominal wounds. A metal fragment remains lodged in her skull, a souvenir of the American Empire; doctors could not remove it for fear of killing her. Israa was nine years old.
Cole Miller and Alan Poque went to the Middle East in March of last year in an attempt to bring Israa to the United States for medical care and a prosthetic arm. They stayed in Amman and went to the Iraqi embassy each morning in the hope that visas to enter Iraq would be made available to them. However, the visas did not come through before the invasion began and Israa was left behind.
On August 9, 2004, Cole Miller and Alan Pogue began a Journey to Basra, Iraq to bring Israa, the girl in the No More Victims poster, to Shriners Hospital in Houston, Texas. Read their daily posts from the Middle East in the Journey to Iraq Journal. You can help support this project by making a tax-deductible contribution.
I'm posting this because Alan Poque and Cole Miller have just returned. Their trip blog is an interesting and compelling thing to read.
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Below are the various graphic images I use for Thunderstorms. Since I prefer a black background color (#000000) and sometimes design the images with that in mind, I've also displayed how they might look on a medium tone or color (#999999) and a white (#FFFFFF) background color. Some of the images are animated, some are not. Some shown are one of two similar static images that are animated, or made dynamic in some way, by using mouseover html code.
In order to create a link to Thunderstorms using any of these images, you must first save the image on you PC. Click your right mouse button over the image you want and select save as. Put it in your own file space for the images you display on your web site.
Don't hotlink. I have a habit of moving my images from one server to another and that would cause you to have a file/image missing error message appear on your web pages, if you hotlink the images here. You don't want that. It's annoying and lame. After you have the image displayed on your own web page where you like it, simply wrap the image in the normal A HREF html code to link to a web address (URL) here. An example:
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If you have any questions, you can TAG or Contact Me on the left side panel for help. Also, if you're a regular contributor to the comments around here, I will consider making some images for you, if you're totally clueless about how to create images or add them to your web site. I'm actually a more generous person than I like to let people think I am. Most people read the blog and think I'm grouchy -- which I am, don't forget -- but I have made web graphics for people in the past. Ask me on a good day.
I must be clairvoyant. (couMEMO-GATEgh) During my hurricane hiatus at the beginning of September, I worked on a number of things on the PC offline. In between the days when the weather was nice enough and my strength was good enough for me to go outside and literally hack away at the tree on the house with my handy-fucking-dandy machete, there were some predictably stormy days when I spent time inside on the PC offline. I wrote a few things. I played a few games of Quake 3 Arena. I worked in the FL Studio and created a few MP3s. I did some digital doodling.
I have an almost perfect collection of all the various text and image files I have already put online. I even burned some back up archives just in case of various imaginable emergencies. I thought it might be a good opportunity to do something new or different on the Thunderstorms, too.
If you follow the Conspiracy Theory Menu links above, you should get an idea of what the new section is all about. I already posted those four entries: Intro, Contents, Submissions, and Resources. I'll leave you to read those entries rather than bore you by repeating what's in them. So, if you hate the idea, [Make some thunder!] here, now, and get it out of your system. You'll be seeing the conspiracy theory blog entry header from time to time anyway, once I start digging into it and doing my own research on conspiracy theory topics that interest me.
I'll eventually put a link for Conspiracy Theory on the left side panel. That should make it easier for visitors interested in this section to find it faster in the future.
But, since it's just you and me talking right now, and they aren't listening, I'll tell you a secret ...
I created a theme song for our Conspiracy Theory in the Imajica. It's called Psycho Sarah. Snarf it up now, because I don't know how long I'm going to leave it on Hygelic's server space to suck down bandwidth faster than a fat pastor slurping hot sauce off a plateful of chicken wings at Hooters watching a college football game and authoring the Sunday sermon.
Right-Click and Save As on Psycho Sarah to get the MP3 or do whatever you want to do. After a time, it'll only be available on the P2P nets.
Giorgio Armani, Ferdinand Porsche, and Frank Lloyd Wright are famous designers of the things we may use in our everyday modern life. However, what you might not know, for example, is that Ferdinand Porsche's biggest design impact on society was the Volkswagon Beetle. The Design Files will highlight interesting design and designers.
Eat my shorts, hurricane [ insert name here ]!! It's been an irritating, but not devastating month of weather. People all over Florida are dealing with the aftermath of these impressively dangerous storms. People are still cleaning up from hurricane Charley. I'm still cleaning up from hurricane Frances. Hurricane Ivan really nailed the Gulf Coast. Storm damage continued for several states inland, as well. Our local news is nothing but hurricane related news and yammering politicians who approve their own message.
Well, today, our Hurricane Hiatus is over. We're back in black.
Even if the next one, Jeanne, reorganizes and comes screaming toward my house, I don't think it's going to be that difficult. I mean, hell, I haven't finished getting the house back to pre-Frances or even pre-Charley status. I still have two PCs-worth of electronics wrapped in plastic and stacked up in the bedroom. I still have everything in a gym bag from evacuating. I think I could spend about an hour getting ready and confidently re-evacuate without too much stress, if I needed to do so.
Don't take what I'm saying the wrong way -- I totally respect the immense power and destruction of these hurricanes. There were people in my area that didn't evacuate; I think they were foolish to stay and just lucky to have remained unharmed during hurricane Frances. We live about an hour's drive from either coast and the debris here was pretty extensive. I feel for the people who live in so many areas that were totally destroyed by the hurricane winds, gaggles of spawned tornadoes, or all the inland flooding that is still plaguing communities.
Now that I'm back online, I'm still catching up around here. I went through a pile-o-mail yesterday. Wow. I hit a few sites and said, "hello and thanks". It may take me a few days to get back in the swing of things and blogging regularly.
So what can you expect to see on Thunderstorms over the next month? Well first, there's some housekeeping to do on this site. I was smack in the middle of remodelling and reorganizing things here when the digital umbilical cord was chewed off at the beginning of the month. I did work on a few new things offline and I'll be inviting you to participate or get involved in some of that stuff. New topics or sections will be unveiled.
Finally being able to read my email put some priorities on the front burner. For one thing, there is very little time left if you have still neglected to register to vote in your state. Then, of course, I'll be nagging you to actually get off your cottage-cheese ass and vote on election day. By the way, no matter who actually gets elected president of the United States, there are a number of issues that will likely remain. The president may be the captain of the governmental ship, but our U.S. Congress has some seriously lame legislation floating around in its committees right now that will have an actual effect on your pathetic little life, too. So, politix will still be a topic around here -- more so in the near future.
At the same time, I'll be developing topics and sections that I wanted to explore that has nothing (hopefully) to do with politix. I have several ideas. You'll see them when you see them. If they get enough participation, then we'll continue with the various ideas. If not, so be it.
But, one thing is clear -- I don't really enjoy arguing about politix everday here on Thunderstorms. I am still interested in political issues. I am not interested in having conversations with mindless or anonymous nut-jobs that come scurrying out like insects on an overturned rock and do drive-by grammar in the blog entry comments or the TAG board. These people don't read, or do any research, or even think. They only watch FOX news and parrot some soundbyte that has been repeatedly and unrelentlessly hammered into their soft gray matter.
I am more interested in society, culture, news, entertainment, technology, art and ideas. If I blog about those things, hopefully it might scare off the individuals who have the attention span of a fruit fly or at least I won't have to argue about it.