Saddam Hussein was hanged just before dawn Saturday morning in an undisclosed location in Baghdad. Earlier, his defense lawyers had tried to stop the transfer of Hussein from U.S. custody to the Iraqi officials, but the motion was denied. Iraqi officials have said that a doctor was present and the entire procedure was videotaped. (How soon before that hits Gootube?*)
"Today Saddam Hussein was executed after receiving a fair trial - the kind of justice he denied the victims of his brutal regime.
Saddam Hussein's execution comes at the end of a difficult year for the Iraqi people and for our troops. Bringing [him] to justice will not end the violence in Iraq, but it is an important milestone on Iraq's course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and defend itself, and be an ally in the war on terror.
Many difficult choices and further sacrifices lie ahead. Yet the safety and security of the American people require that we not relent in ensuring that Iraq's young democracy continues to progress."
Saddam Hussein supporters will call him a martyr. In other God news, apparently God tried to send George Bush a message while he was waiting on word of the execution. The first family had to briefly evacuate the Crawford Ranch house to a tornado shelter.
Some observers noted that some Kurdish leaders were not so happy, because they wanted to put him on trial for crimes against the Kurds. One problem: Iraqi law doesn't allow people to be executed after the age of 70. Hussein was 69 and his birthday, April 28th was fast approaching. George Bush recently celebrated his 60th birthday.
* Apparently, Fox News can show arabic-language TV when it suits them. See the video.
YouTube links (added January 1st)
This video was broadcast on Iraqi TV, now with over 1 million views.
This video is Fox News Alert coverage and jabbering.
This video was taken with a cell phone by a witness in the gallows room. It shows what was not broadcast on television. It is gruesome and disturbing, as witnessing an execution would be to most people. Also disturbing to me is simply hearing the bloodlust in the voices of the witnesses to the execution. I link to it here so there can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein is actually dead.
So ... why? Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries. Mainly, I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new tag. When it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly. My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.
The second rule: if the entry was older. But, the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories. So, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).
Then, the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al). These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?" So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.
So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.
jude » Happy New Year you...yeah, you. Brandon Starr » No, your reply to JD wasn't too snarky. It seemed right on target to me. jude » Merry Merry, big guy! chita » e hugs to you too! Gloria » Merriest Christmas, J. All the best to you and your kitty! Halcyon » Merry Christmas silent_will » Maligayang Pasko John! Rita » Merry Christmas, John!!! chita » hey! Ituloy angsulong » Merry xmas J f Z » Your mom reads this, Boang ... after I let her out of my bed. Boang » Who reads this crap? Kyle » Your blog is cool as well Very informative, especially the stuff on the Bush administration and this war. Brigham » Thank you for the welcome. Brigham » This is a very, how do I put it. Advance place you got here. I like it. silent_will » Happy Holidays J! Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon! chrysalis » Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful holiday season, J f Z. Here's to a better, more peaceful 2007 ... brindha » cool! an awesome informative blog. really nice...chau J f Z » Snicker doodle! melicious » Sings... "It's the most wonderful time of the year. This pic just doesn't get old... tee hee" love ya Gloria » Halcyon » I'm having trouble with the 3oz obsession. Does orange juice become explosive above this limit? Halcyon » <-- Kyrel Black, earning money Xaos » hey hot stuff *bite* silent_will » *peeks* Have a good day! Authenticia » Happy H-days Boi! evie » halloooooo chita » meow meow spacenoodle » boing chrysalis » Dropping by to say hi and leave muddy tracks on your front porch ... sorry 'bout that ... LiNGeR » hey JFZ, thanks for your comment in my latest blog.. was surprised; wasn't aware somebody is reading those shits.. hehehe.. Halcyon » It might be his bank, a handy check of my account online shows the money disappearing on the 1st Steph » My first visit. I arrived here because of Herb, on of my personal favorites. Thanks for posting him! Rita » It's a "hoot" to pop over here and see my "mug" on your blog. I'm honored. Hugs and blessings to you, John. jude » *settles in to read* wailfulrhyme » *huggles* Dennis » It's really good to connect with you again. I thought your blog was gone - it was only "glitched" from my "Favorites" - God bless - happy/serene season! (Wish I was there - not here)
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Recently, I have been trying to do some research and gain a better big picture understanding of the many facets involved in the nuclear energy fuel cycle. On the one hand, moving away from energy dependence on foreign oil sources sounds like a good plan. On the other hand, nuclear reactors produce waste that remains toxic and harmful for the next few billion years, or basically forever in practical terms of modern society. Trying to cut through the disinformation and connecting the dots about this topic is not easy, but it is necessary.
I'm just a dumb-ass bricklayer from Detroit, so the labyrinth of federal bureaucracy applied to this mostly classified subject over the last 50 years is a challenge for truth. I hope you may become interested in it and add to the public understanding of what is going on in the many windowless, sub-terranean exective board rooms of government agencies and corporations, both of whom only consider the public good -- the health and well-being of you or your family -- if it involves an embarassing or profit-killing civil lawsuit.
There are civilian and military uses for nuclear materials. When problems arise in either sector, however, history shows us that the response is often to cover-up the truth. It usually takes years to cut through official lies, propaganda, and the cloak of classified information.
I won't be able to comprehensively cover this topic in a single blog entry. There is simply too much information out there -- and I want to explore various issues that fall under this general topic in 2007.
civilian use of nuclear materials
use of nuclear waste
disposal of nuclear waste
military use of uranium munitions
gulf war syndrome
citizen activists and whistleblowers
As you can see, there is a lot to cover. While there is a difference between civilian and military use of nuclear materials, the issue converges on the global stage. If you wish to contribute to this amateur research, feel free to contact me with information you might have and I'll link to it, as I continue writing about this topic and updating this initial page.
ATK - leading provider of advanced weapon and space systems with $3.4 billion in annual sales, approximately 15,000 employees, and operations in 21 states. The company is the world's leading supplier of solid rocket motors and the nation's largest manufacturer of ammunition. (ATK self-description)
NAC International - USEC's wholly owned subsidiary, is a leading provider of transportation and storage systems for spent nuclear fuel and offers a wide range of nuclear and energy consulting services. NAC also provides a variety of services for the U.S. government related to the tracking of nuclear materials. Established in 1968, NAC is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia. (NAC self-description)
USEC - (NYSE: USU), a global energy company, is a leading supplier of enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants. Revenues in 2005 were $1.56 billion. USEC headquarters are in Bethesda, Maryland. (USEC self-description)
The inspiration for the name, Thunderstorms in the Imajica, partially came from the weather in central Florida, but also because central Florida is the land of theme parks, like Disney. Clive Barker described his Imajica as consisting of five different worlds, or physical realms of existence, in which Earth was the only unreconciled place. Travel among the reconciled dominions was possible and commonplace because they still believed in and practiced the ancient arts of myth and magic, whereas that knowledge of what we call magic had been banned as being too dangerous for us.
It was replaced by organized religion; and their secret societies, like the Tabula Rasa, were set up in perpetuity to protect mankind from the dangers of this greater knowledge because of the disasters that followed the last time reconciliation was attempted here -- when god (Hapexamendios) sent his son to Earth to perform magic (miracles) and reconcile Earth with the other dominions.
Like many good fiction books, Imajica is about 900 pages long and is an epic tale. While it can be as violent as the Bible, the sex scenes are better because they haven't been censored by organized religion.
Here's an entertaining video I found this morning concerning Christmas:
A) Contempt B) Slight happiness C) Controlled anger
A) Fear B) Disgust C) Sadness
Take this quiz.
Can you properly identify the emotions associated with these five facial expressions? The correct answers will be in the comments. See how well you did with this quiz.
This fairly simple quiz is just a small part of the larger body of work done by Paul Ekman, PhD. Retired in 2004, Dr. Ekman was professor of psychology at University of California for many years. His main focus of research was in non-verbal communication and interpersonal deception.
As one can imagine, reading faces and detecting lies would be useful skills to possess in law enforcement activities. Dr. Ekman has created training programs and consulted with the FBI, CIA and other federal agencies over the years. For details of this training, see his web site. For a more difficult challenge of your own abilities than the five faces above, try this realistic interactive test.
This area of psychology suggests that there are universal emotions displayed by all the people who inhabit Our Little Spinning Ball of Mud®. Researchers, like Ekman, first categorize human emotions down into a basic set of seven: sad, angry, surprise, fear, disgust, contempt, and happy. Not only do those seven emotions exist universally, but also the way we express them with our face has been apparently hard-wired into the genetics of our species over the span of many thousands of generations in our family of poo-flinging, grumpy monkeys.
When I took a minute to ponder this concept, I had two initial thoughts. The first one had to do with the constititutional travesty that happened about two months ago, when the Democrusader happily signed the "Millitary Commissions Act of 2006" into law. Among other things, this heinous law codified the Bush administration's strategy of torture for intelligence purposes and exempted them from certain criminal prosecution.
If CIA interrogation of suspected terrorists involves torture, wouldn't that simply overload the suspect with displaying fear, anger or contempt? You could never pick up on honest emotions displayed by the suspect, and therefore, you could not really tell if that person was lying or telling the truth. That's probably why experienced interrogators have constantly reported that torture is a useless tactic for gathering information because the person will simply make up wholesale lies in the hope that you will hear what you wanted to hear and stop torturing them. Some people think the Bush administration is evil. I think they are also misguided and incompetent, as well.
On a lighter note
I took the interactive facial test. At first, I had some real difficulty getting the right answers. It took me several times before I realized I had to carefully look into the eyes of the image displayed in order to see the quick flash of the emotional face and interpret it correctly. I did really well after that.
The second thought I had about this subject had to do with the fabled "Women's Intuition." It's quite clear to me now. Women can read non-verbal communications, interpret and discover interpersonal deceptions far better than men because of the obvious reason. When in conversation, women look at men's eyes while men look at women's breasts.
Feel free to visit my Amazon Wish List. If you're feeling generous, please buy me a copy of Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Blink," where he explores this topic much further and in a more useful way for everyday life.