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Sunday, December 31, 2006
Skiddy Plays Fetch


I know I had promised some of you this video to prove what I was saying.  I thought I'd put it online before the end of the new year.

It's my cat, Skiddy.  She plays fetch.

Apparently, fetching cats are not all that uncommon.  I won't tell Skiddy that she's not special, though.

 

 



The cat keeps murbling to buy her this:
Kimba The White Lion Ultra DVD Box Set (Limited Edition)
Staring Eiichi Yamamoto



Saturday, December 30, 2006
Iraq: Saddam Hussein executed


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?*)

The BBC quoted U.S. President George Bush's reaction:

"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.

CNN reports about celebrations in Baghdad.  Meanwhile, The Detroit News reports there was a party in the streets of Dearborn, Michigan.

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.

 

 



Currently watching:
The Original Faces of Death
Staring Samuel Berkowitz



Thursday, December 28, 2006
Tag Board Archive - Nov Dec 2006


Everyone!  Into the pool!!
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.

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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)


rt JFZ needed back at the ranch by distressed animals
Malthus SHAP!!! Thanks JFZ...you're alright, man.
Nic Thanks for the heads up on the Iranian women. Unfortunately women are considered chattle there and human rights in the middle east are not a given.
keithoe great blog!
Authenticia Hey boy how the hell are you?
tomatothoughts huwow, your blog has serious talking!
EV, fka Jagged heya, long time no speak. i'm at a different addy now, so i figured i'd let everyone know..... happy christmas half-time! (thanksgiving, in other words)
Cari Happy turkey day!
J f Z I bought 3 dozen egss ... If we don't eat them, I'll donate the remainder to the snowflake chicken orphanage at the White House.
melicious try again i was away from my desk - sorry!
melicious Thanks for the callback babe but can you call me at work? I'll email the number, its 30% important ~mel
J f Z Thanks, Duke. I just spent an hour on Skype with her, but I will have to call her back to her about her surprise visit with you recently!
Duke hey man, Melicious is worried about ya, shez been tryin' to get a hold of ya, can ya give her a call or drop her an email?
J f Z "Tremor" was created by MD & TL from Blogdrive, but I have made some minor modifications to it.
J f Z Dear Hopeless: This blog template is one of the many free ones available to blogdrive users. It's called "Tremor."
HopeLess hie.. do you mind sending me your blog templet in .txt format via email? mat_bicker88@hotmail.com thanks



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Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Nukes: Introduction and Link List


mutating the genone
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
  • nuclear weapons 
  • gulf war syndrome
  • pentagon cover-ups
  • defense contractors
  • 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.

Nuclear Link List
(open in a new window)

U.S. Government

News - Press Releases page
Nuclear Energy Office
DOE Office of Science
Ames Laboratory
Argonne National Laboratory
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratories
Energy Information Administration Nuclear Stats
Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
Environmental Management
EM Consoildated Business Centers

Strategic Command (STRATCOM)
Northern Command (NORTHCOM)
North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)
Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC)
Army Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)
Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
Defense Threat Reduction Information Analysis Center (DTRIAC)
Joint National Integration Center (JNIC)
Advanced Missile Signature Center (AMSC)
Naval Surface Warfare Center - Corona (NSWC-Corona)

Nuclear Accident Preparedness Info (FEMA)
FEMA Regional Offices
Directorate for Science and Technology (S&T)
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO)
Ready Campaign
Citizen Corps

 

 

Congressional Oversight Committees

Armed Services Committee
Energy and Natural Resources (ENR)
Environment and Public Works (EPW)
Foreign Relations
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC)
Intelligence
Veterans Affairs (VA)

Armed Services (HASC)
Energy and Commerce
Homeland Security
Intelligence (HPSCI)
International Relations
Resources
Science
Transportation and Infrastructure
Veterans Affairs
Ways and Means

 

Environmental Advocacy and Peace Activist groups

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Mordechai Vanunu

 

Nuclear Industry Trade Associations

AALA - American Association for Laboratory Accreditation
Academy of Radiology Research
ACI - American Concrete Institute
ACIL - American Council of Independent Laboratories
AEIC - Association of Edison Illuminating Companies
APPA - American Public Power Association
ARMR - The Association of Radioactive Metal Recyclers
ASFE - Association of Professional Firms Practicing in the Geosciences
ATA - American Trucking Association
ATAA - Air Transport Association of America
BWOG - B&W Owners Group
BWR Owners Group
CASEnergy Coalition
CMBG - Configuration Management Benchmarking Group
CNSS/ANSS - Council of the National Seismic System
CPS - Coalition for Plasma Science
CROET - Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee
ECA - Energy Communities Alliance
EEI - Edison Electric Institute
EFCOG - Energy Facilities Contractors Group
EII - Environmental Industry Interactive
EMA - Emissions Marketing Association
EPSA - Electric Power Supply Association
ETEBA - East Tennessee Environmental Business Association
MANTG - Mid-Atlantic Nuclear Training Group
MNTA - Midwest Nuclear Training Association
MPIF - Metal Powder Industries Federation
NEI - Nuclear Energy Institute
Nevada Alliance for Defense, Energy & Business
NNOG - Nuclear Nonoperating Owners' Group
NSA - Nuclear Suppliers Association
NSWMA - National Solid Wastes Management Association
NUCA - National Utility Contractors Association
NUPIC - Nuclear Procurement Issues Committee
RBMA - Radiology Business Management Association
SWANA - Solid Waste Association of North America
SwitchOnAmerica
STAPPA/ALAPCO - State/Local Air Pollution Control Agencies
TRTR - National Organization of Test, Research, & Training Reactors
UIG - Utility Industry Group
USA - Utilities Services Alliance
USEA - US Energy Association
USUG - Utility Simulator Users Group
VOHMA - Vessel Operators Hazardous Materials Association
WASTEC - Waste Equipment Technology Association
WesTrain

 

Selected Defense Contractors

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)

 

International Organizations

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP)
Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM)
U.N. Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR)
World Nuclear Association (WNA)

 

 

 



I'm hoarding drugs for:
The Day After
Staring Jason Robards


Timeless Neocon Video Bible:
Dr. Strangelove (40th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition)
Staring Peter Sellers



Monday, December 25, 2006
Merry Christmas


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:

 

 



Currently listening to:
Lost
By Museum



 
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