Devizes Melting Pot

“Protection. Conservation. Restriction. Deep ecology. Give me deep technology any day. They don't scare me. "I'm damned if I'll crawl, my children's children crawl on the earth in some kind a fuckin' harmony with the environment. Yeah, till the next ice age or the next asteroid impact." (Moh Kohn, The Star Fraction)/ "This is the fight between God and the Devil. If His Grace is with God, he must join me, if he is for the Devil he must fight me. There is no third way" King Gustavus Adolphus

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Location: Devizes, Wiltshire, United Kingdom

University graduate, currently working as an Information Assistant for the NHS. Interested in politics, history, sci fi etc.

Friday, February 25, 2005

The Downside of Democracy ~ What if the U.S. doesn't like what the voters like in the Mideast and beyond?By Juan Cole

A Pattern of Deception From Kiev to Damascus by Justin Raimondo

House arrest bill 'unjustified and rushed'

I am amazed at how authoritarian and frankly rascist Britain has become, the government think 9/11 is a good enough reason to constraint our freedoms, to detain people of colour and to lock up people without trial, what gives the government the right to lock up someone without proof. Either charge them or let them go, holding them in limbo is wrong, you only need to see the disgusting, perversion going on in Guantanamo Bay and even in our own Belmarsh to see how very wrong the government is, when did we forget our values? Why do we lower ourseleves to such levels? I tell you what, the government has become a bullying bossy cow basically, it even ignores the Law Lords and does not listen to sane voices.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

The two biggest contributers to the west's Renaissance were the Byzantine and the United Arab-Muslim empires ('Abbasid, Umayyad and Fatimids).

The Ottomans did the west a big favour by sacking Constantinople because all those Greek scholars fled to Italy with lost knowledge which helped to kickstart the Reanssiance.

The Crusadeswere also beneficial in one small way because it brought the west in contact with the Muslims.

The Catholic Kings (King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile) reconquest of Spain also brought preserved Graeco-romano and Muslim knowlege via the libraries at Cordoba, Seville and Granada.

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Queen Isabella I of Castile

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King Ferdinand II of Aragon

The West does not properly acknowlege the part played by the east in its modernity. Today the west in the shape of America illegally invaded Iraq, the place where civlization began, you could say the American conquest of Iraq is like the Mongol sacking of the city of Bagdad in 1258.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

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Today I brought the movie Hero on DVD, I had not had a chance to see it at the cinema but it looked like an amazing film and it was!

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It puts most hollywood films today to shame, its beauty, poise, action and photography are sublime.

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The swordfights are beautiful and the outfits gorgeous. Zhang Yimou has crafted a masterpiece, Hollywood which at the moment is suffering creative bankrupty with their endless remakes and sequels leaves its breathless.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

To many of us we find it hard to comprehend ancient religions, with our Judaeo-Christian Monotheism view. I recently had a lecture on Ancient Egyptian religion and it was really interesting, so i thought I would share what I learnt.

The Osirian Cycle, Solar cycle and the idea of Syncretism.

The Osirian cycle is the most well know due to a ancient Greek writer called Plutarch

The Osirian cycle is about death and rebirth.

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To the Ancient Egyptians Orisis was the first King of Egypt, he was meant to of been murdered by his brother Seth, who was jealous of his success, all was not lost however since Osiris had a powerful magican for a wife and sister in
Isis who with her sister Nephtys collected all his pieces together and mumified him, Isis even managed to concieve a child.

Osiris and Isis


This child was Horus
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Horus avenged his father's death by fighting Seth. The fight got pretty nasty because Seth ripped out Horus's eye and in revenge Horus tore off Seth's testicals. To cut a long story short, Horus was awarded Egypt, the land of Kemet while Seth was given the desert. The battle between Horus and Seth is about the battle between order and disorder, the Egyptians lives were pratically governed by the Nile and they led a pretty conservative life.

Another part of Ancient Egyptian religion was the Solar Cycle and Syncretism, the Ancient Egyptians believed the sun traveled on a barge across the sky. There were three different suns though they were:

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Kheper-Ra - This was the sunrise, the egyptians believed the sun was pushed out by a dung beetle

Midday was Ra-Horakhty
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As you can see Ra-Horakhty is on a barge with the sun disk on his head traveling across the sky

Sunset was seen as an old ram, he was then called Atum-Ra
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Atum-Ra then went to the far off world where he was merged with Orisris. The Solar cycle merged with the Osirian cycle.
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Nephtys and Isis

Monday, February 21, 2005

We had 2 bags a of grass, 75 pellets of mesculin, 5 sheets of high power blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, a whole galexy of multicolored uppers, downers, screamers laughers, also a quart of tequila, quart of rum, case of beer, and a pint of raw ether, the only thing that worried me was the ether, there's nothing more helpless and depraved then a man in the depths of an ether binge... Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Hunter S Thompson dies at 67

May Hunter S Thompson Rest In Peace, I only read one of his books (and yes I did watch the movie, which was rather good), but he was darn funny! Even to a Yoof like me!

other news: -

My mother went to see George today, he is an hansdom animal, so here is some catblogging

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George and Friends

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George and Friend

The other important news is i signed a contract my a house for the 2nd yr, here are some pics of my house (who i will be sharing with 3 friends) rent is only £48 had to put down a £200 deposit though but at least i can now concretrate on finishing my 1st year

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Sunday, February 20, 2005

The mole, the US media and a White House coup ~ The reporter who wasn't is part of a wider press scandal, writes Paul Harris in New York

Bushcalls for Europe and America to unite

Why 'Mr Lebanon' had many enemies Diplomats doubt that Syria would kill its former ally s evidence points to the billionaire being victim of an 'ordinary bomb'

Hopeslips away for refugees ~ Victims of the insurgency are losing again as the king attacks democracy

A small but welcome step Press Release, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Israeli cabinet endorses Gaza plan

Israelis shoot Palestinians in Gaza

Scores Killed in Fresh Iraqi Attacks

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.

new style blog

Things which have been bothering me: -

John 'Death Squad' Negroponte being made intel chief by Bush!

The whole Gannon/Guckket scandal

Hard to believe Negroponte was made intel chief, i think Americans should be very afraid, after all he gave shelted to the Death Squads in Honduras , and was also invovled in the Iran Contra Affair Just proves how fascist this Bush adminstration is!

Now the most delicous scandal this month has to be the Gannon/Guckket affair, i mean how did a gay hooker get access to such high level documents? this proves how the media really are a bunch of whores now in the US, Bush time and time again is allowed to get away with all sorts of crap, there is so much scandal surrounding Bush it just seemes to slide off him, the mind boggles!

I found out a new ideology last night, known as Mutalism - free market anti captalism

stories i found interesting today

A Shi'ite Iraq Emerges by Juan Cole

Carcinogenic dye in hundreds of food products

His father went to Germany to topple a wall - now George Bush arrives to mend fences

Suicide bombers target Iraq's Shia mosques on eve of holiest day

Putin defends Iran and eyes up nuclear fuel deal

Lebanese wary of UN investigation

The Arab property tycoon, the Israeli settlements and a clever plan to boost Gaza

Blair to defy opponents over terror 'house arrest' plans

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Driving a Flattened Iraq by Tom Engelhardt and Dilip Hiro

Iran and Syria confront US with defence pact

Charges dropped in Sharon funding scandal

Guantánamo inmate tells of Libyan death threat

US journalists lose freedom of press appeal

A hireling, a fraud and a prostitute ~ Bush's agent in the press corps has given spin a new level of meaning

How to defeat New Labour - and still re-elect Labour ~ Progressives are right to fear that their votes will be used against them

Stop this folly now ~ There is no need to sacrifice free speech in order to protect British Muslims

The 9th Nuclear State?

Al-Hariri family joins call for inquiry

Iraqi politician seized, police killed

Widow's trees threaten Israeli security

Yaalon to Leave Post Ahead of Pullout

They Kill Journalists, Don’t They?

Mother upstages Blair on live TV show

Iran blast panics financial markets

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Syria in the Crosshairs You didn't think they would stop with Iraq, did you? by Justin Raimondo

Hariri Killing Sure to Bolster US Hawks by Jim Lobe

Confusion surrounds Iran blast reports

Kyoto protocol comes into force

From four-star sanctuary to star of Hollywood: the hotel that saved hundreds from genocide

Sharon firm on West Bank sites

The real election campaign gets down and dirty on race ~ Labour's macho front goes weak at the knees if the Tories say boo

When the party is over ~ By failing to hold any ideological ground, New Labour has sown the seeds for a resurgent right

A West Bank Story: New Year's in a Garden on the Moon

PA: Israel is violating truce

Iran and Syria talk alliance

How Israel Is Once Again Redefining the Terms of Peace

Halliburton Wins Gas Drilling Contract in Iran Despite U.S. Sanctions on Iran

NeoConservatism - Where Trotsky Meets Stalin & Hitler

TROTSKY, STRAUSS, AND THE NEOCONS ~ War Party's leftist and elitist roots exposed

NeoCons: Radical Foreign Policy for U.S. Global Empire

Apathy is greatest threat to Labour as poll predicts lowest turnout since 1918

Fallujah: the truth at last ~ Doctor Salam Ismael took aid to Fallujah last month. This is his story of how the US murdered a city

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Unfading commitment ~ Two years after more than a million people marched through London against the looming Iraq conflict, Simon Jeffery examines the state of the UK's anti-war movement

Beirut shuts down in wake of bombing

Hundreds dead in Chinese mine blast

Sunnis admit poll boycott blunder and ask to share power

Israel fears Jewish terror

Battlefield in a larger conflict ~ Lebanon is used by and against Syria in this struggle for power

A Fresh Approach to North Korean Nukes Is Needed

EXPOSÉ: THE “CHRISTIAN” MAFIA ~Where Those Who Now Run the U.S. Government Came From and Where They Are Taking Us By Wayne Madsen

Blocking Out the Sun

Shock and Horror at Ex-Premier’s Brutal Assassination

Mideast: Let’s Hope Moderates Win the Argument

Israel wall prevents healthcare

US accused of plan to muzzle al-Jazeera through privatisation

Vast palace of Rome's first kings discovered deep beneath the Forum

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Noam Chomsky: U.S. Might Face "Ultimate Nightmare" in Middle East Where Shiites Control Most of World's Oi

Shi'ite Bloc Wins Iraq Polls, Sunnis Marginalized

Shias win Iraqi election

Israel to release 500 Palestinians

Blair says he has listened

Madrid's Biggest Fire Destroys Skyscraper

Shia list wins most votes in Iraq polls

Abbas confronts Hamas after rocket attacks threaten truce with Israel

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Iraq hospital bomb kills 17

Sectarian massacres shake Iraq

Sorry George, but Iraq has given you the purple finger ~ The party likely to win the election opposes the US presence and policies

Abbas confronts militants after attacks on Israelis

Dam burst in Pakistan leaves 400 missing

Could Bush Possibly Make the Same Mistake Twice? Yeah. by Charley Reese

Car bomb south of Baghdad kills many

Blair's six pledges set the battle lines for election

Abbas Arrives in Gaza to Enforce Cease-Fire

Friday, February 11, 2005

Iraq's Dodgy Election Isn't it long past time to announce the winners? by Justin Raimondo

Labour reveals election pledges

Abbas to confront militant leaders

Iraq attacks kill 24

Iran defiant over nuclear programme

Schröder races to halt neo-Nazi 'funeral march' in Dresden

The cheers were all ours ~ Iraq's illegitimate election did not justify the invasion, nor did it make occupation popular

A royal wedding ... oh, that deep sinking of the heart ~ This tripe, trivia and tosh poisons British politics and belittles us all

The Sharm El-Sheikh Summit: An interview with Saleh Abdel Jawad

Abbas appoints new Gaza police chief

Bush team tried to suppress pre-9/11 report into al-Qa'ida

Monday, February 07, 2005

Sadr Marginalized … for Now by Juan Cole

The Myth of Iraq's 'Liberation' Did the election set Iraq free? Not by a long shot…by Justin Raimondo

Terror laws face new court test

Iraqi suicide bombers kill 27

Religious right fights science for the heart of America

Bush's budget axe to fall on poor

A nuclear Iran is not the problem ~ Whatever happened to the theory of mutually assured destruction?

Spain to legalise illegal immigrants

Uraiqat: US should follow road map

Sistani Wants Islam to Be Sole Source of Legislation

Mideast Peace Can’t Be Built on Stolen Land

Why Zionism today is the real enemy of the Jews

Friday, February 04, 2005

Iran attack 'not on US agenda'

Ulsterstandoff after new IRA threat

US opposes UK's debt relief plan

Iran and Syria hit back at Bush

Israel promises to release 900 Palestinian prisoners

We've Been Warned The state of our union:perpetual war by Justin Raimondo

Killing of Palestinian girl shatters family

Weekly report on human rights violations

Saida's Six Days of Curfew

Britain 'shamed by child poverty'

Thursday, February 03, 2005

The Shiite earthquake by Juan Cole

Mandela calls for action on 'unnatural' poverty

Bush warns Syria and Iran over terror

Hopes rise for Middle East ceasefire

Utopian cul-de-sac ~ Bush's take on post-election Iraq was first triumphant, then paralysed. We should be very worried

The third way's dirtiest secret ~ Ministers have tried to cover up their dependence on forced labour

Israel approves West Bank pullback

Speaking out about Israel to save the Jewish soul

Abbas, Sharon to Meet in Egypt

Seven soldiers face Iraq murder charge

IRA withdrawal threatens peace process

Democrats look to Dean to help turn the Republican tide

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Misreading the Middle East
an interview with Juan Cole

Liberal Wimps for War
Watch out for the 'nation-builders'by Justin Raimondo

Neocons: More Cannon Fodder, Please by Jim Lobe

Sharon to attend Egypt peace summit

Surprise release for terror suspect

Shia group claims sweeping victory

Four more dead in Naples mafia war

Banning, house arrests - it all sounds eerily familiar

Israel's fantasy stands in the way of peace

Letter from Prison: My Interview with Israel's Shin Bet Intelligence Agency

Israeli forces kill another Palestinian girl inside school

Baquba attacks claim lives

Israel arrests US peace activist

Israel ordered to rescind land grab law

Israel Puts Off Power Transfer

The Problem with Western Democracy in the Middle East

New police chief has middle-class cocaine users in his sights

French politicians clash over 35-hour week