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.

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Heidi and George chilling out

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Last night me, my parents and my sister went round to my paternal grandparents shelted accommodation (Crammer Court) they were celebrating their 1st aniversary living in the newly built accommodation. It was a good time so thought I'd share some photos

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Uncle Pete, Grandad Ron, Uncle Mick, Aunty Di and my Dad (Uncle Mick and Uncle Pete are my dad's younger brothers)

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Nan and Grandad dancing

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Crammer Court Residents havin fun

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Heidi and George

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Saturday Cat Blogging

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Heidi and George in the cats cradle

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Heidi and George snoozing

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George Resting

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Heidi looks very romantic here

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Heidi and George biffing each other up

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George Sunbathing

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Heidi washing herself

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George playing

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

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Heidi and George

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Close Up of George

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Close Up of Heidi

Thailand orders Burmese refugees to border camps

Refugees have been fleeing Burma for decades to escape the military dictatorship, brutal repression and economic stagnation. The flow increased with the crushing of the democracy movement led by Aung San Suy Kyi in the late 1980s. Regular crackdowns on dissent prompt new flows to the border.

I don't see Bush or his cohorts comming to free Burma. But then again its no where near the Middle East and it does not fit in with the Neocons Imperial Plans. Which goes to show Iraq was about oil and regime change, a weak easy target and a starting place for the Neocon's utopian plans for the Middle East, the Neocons don't care about Iraqis, they don't care about the Burmese Refugees, they are a bunch of sociopaths and we are trapped in their nightmare.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Heidi and George

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Monday, March 21, 2005

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Elaine, Mum and Heidi

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Sunday Cat Blogging

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Cute Heidi

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George on his favourite perch

Thursday, March 17, 2005

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George enjoying the sun

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Tuesday Cat Blogging

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Playful George

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Cute George

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Photographer George

Monday, March 14, 2005

More Cat Blogging

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Catnip George

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A Burmese Kitten, Heidi - our second kitten

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Sunday Cat Blogging

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Mum and Sally holding George

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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Guantánamo jail switch planned ~ US inmates face threat of worse abuse under scheme to send them to prisons in their own countries

This is quite shocking, the US has clearly lost the moral ground if they send the inmates to places like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Yemen, they are basically saying ok to torture, Saudi is hardly a democracy, Afgahistan is run by warlords, do they really expect these countries to look after the inmates? This is disgusting. Guantánamo is already a blot on America, does the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War mean nothing to these people?

Friday, March 11, 2005

Peers remain defiant on terror law

The Wonderful Wizard of Washington If ever a Wiz there was – our fantasy-based foreign policy by Justin Raimondo

Iraq war revelation: There was no full legal advice

Clarke olive branch over terror

I cannot believe how stubbon Blair is, time and time again his anti terra plans have proven to be worthless, the Law Lords made it very clear the government was breaking the law. The recent revelation that there was no full legal advice on the Iraq war throws Blair's anti terror plans into sharp relief, Blair has clearly lost trust with the British electorate, his constant lying is proving harmful, as he lied to us about Iraq, how can he be trusted to look after our best interests and civil liberties? He is caving in basically, he is following Bush's footsteps, he is really spinless and I won't be voting for him or the Labour party this election, they don't deserve my vote and trust.

Thursday, March 10, 2005

U.S. Called Ready to See Hezbollah in Lebanon Role

Pro-Syrian Lebanese PM re-appointed

What a flip flop from Bush and the Neocons, one minute Hezbollah is a 'terra' organisation, the next Bush is ready to recognise it, how will the wingnuts and their propaganda machine spin that? Shows how totally phony the 'cedar revolution' and the whole illusion of democracy in the Middle East really is and how confused the Bush adminstration is.

Lords defy Blair on terror law

The Lords are really doing a great job protecting our civil liberties from being abolished, Blair cannot admit being wrong, he keeps pushing this ill concieved leglisation despite the law lords ruiling it illegal, does Blair want to break the law? not the first time, the invasion of Iraq was an exmple of the PM breaking the law.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

500,000 mass for Hizbullah in Beirut

The Specter of Fascism Before Bush, there was Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Justin Raimondo

There are two sides to every story, just as the wingnuts bleat on about the 'cedar revolution', so the Shia Muslims of Lebanon go put their point across but suprise they are not awarded accolades, cause it does not fit in with the wignuts myopic vision.

An excerpt from the Guardian article:-

The anti-Syrian protesters who have attracted worldwide attention are mostly Christians, plus Sunni Muslims and Druze, and they are generally from the better-off sections of Lebanese society. Yesterday's masses were overwhelmingly the poorer - and historically downtrodden - Shia, who form 40% of the population.

Clearly they have just a valid point as the anti syrian protestors, but that seems to of passed the wingnuts by.

They also seem to of forgotten the Syrians were brought in as part of an effort to end the 25 year civil war which tore Lebanon apart but I guess History does not mean much to Bush and the Neocons.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Something for all you Fundies out there! A lil bit of humour too!

The Inquisition Song The Inquisition": from the Spanish Inquisition portion of the 1981 movie, "History of the World: Part 1" by Mel Brooks

The Inquisition (Let's begin)
The Inquisition (Look out sin)
We have a mission to convert the Jews
(Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew, Jew)
We're gonna teach them wrong from right.
We're gonna help them see the light
and make an offer that they can't refuse.
(That those Jews just can't refuse)
Confess, don't be boring. Say yes, don't be dull.
A fact you're ignoring:
It's better to lose your skull cap than your skull (or your govalt!)
The Inquisition (what a show)
The Inquistion (here we go)
We know you're wishin' that we'd go away.
But the Inquisition's here and it's here to stay!

"I was sitting in a temple.
I was minding my own business.
I was listening to a lovely Hebrew mass.
Then these Papus persons plungered
and they throw me in a dungeon
and they shove a red hot poker up my ass.
Is that considerate? Is that polite?
And not a tube of Preperation H in sight!"

"I'm sittin' flickin' chickens
and I'm lookin' throught the pickins'
and suddenly thes goyim pull down valls.
I didn't even know them
and they grabbed my by the stoghum
and started playing ping pong with my balls!
Ooh, the agony! Ooh, the shame!
To make my privates public for a game?"

The Inquisition (what a show)
The Inquisition (here we go)
We know you're wishin' that we'd go away.
But the Inquisition's here and it's here to-
"Hey Toquemada, whadda ya say?”
“I just got back from the Auto-de-fe."
"Auto-de-fe? What's an Auto-de-fe?"
"It's what you oughtn't to do but you do anyway."
Will you convert? "No, no, no, no."
Will you confess? "No, no, no, no."
Will you revert? "No, no, no, no."
Will you say yes? "No, no, no, no!"
Now I asked in a nice way, I said, "Pretty please."
I bent their ears, now I'll work on their knees!
"Hey Toquemada, walk this way.
We got a little game that you might wanna play,
so pull that handle, try you're luck."
"Who knows, Toq, you might win a buck!"

"How we doin', any converts today?"
"Not a one, nay, nay, nay."
"We flattened their fingers, we branded their buns!
Nothing is working! Send in the nuns!"

The Inquisition, what a show.
The Inquisition, here we go.
We know you're wishin' that we'd go away!
So all you Muslims and you Jews
We got big news for all of yous:
You'd better change your point of views TODAY!
'Cause the Inquisition's here and it's here to stay!

Monday, March 07, 2005

Foreign Occupation has Produced Radical Muslim Terrorism

Another excellent post by Juan Cole. Hits all the right points, Military Occupation indeed causes resenment, the West's meddling in the Middle East has created the results we see today weak states and a resentful populace.

Peers inflict defeat on anti-terror bill

Hurrah! Good on the House of Lords rejecting this rushed ill concieved frankly fascist bill. We won't have our civil liberties snatched away for the sake of some 'hypotheical' terra threat or lock up people with out trial or any process of law!

Friday, March 04, 2005

Blair's Bloody Hands

Amended house arrest orders 'may still breach human rights laws'

What amazes me is how the majority of the population is oblivious to Blair's and Clarke's creeping fascism. The attempt by the government to wiggle out of the Law Lord's rulings is quite disgusting. Does Blair truly think he is above the law? The fact that Blair wants to lock up you without evidence or trial is worrying, and people who say 'but 9/11 changed everything' or 'It'll never happen to me' are fools, these policies will in the end be used against the British populace by the increasingly authoritarian British government as they contiue to ramp up the 'terra' threat. Our civil liberties are being stolen so Blair can have more power. The British populace need to wake up otherwise it will be too late.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Israel to sieze more Palestinian land

Well I am not suprised by this. The Israelis are giving something up (the Gaza Strip), while keeping an iron grip on the West Bank. The settlements are wrecking Israel as a society and poisonsing relations with Palestinians.


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(the houses with red roofs is the Israeli settlement of Beltar,the Palestinian village of Nahalin is at the bottom)

I have a Palestinan friend who lives on the West Bank, I often chat with him on yahoo, and he was informing me on the encircling of his village by Israeli settlements, so far there are 5 settlements, a 6th one is due to be bulit soon here:-
Blocked road from Nahalin to Rosh Zurin

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This extra settelment will push the Israeli settler population up from 40 000 to 50 000.

The Palestinians need to sit tight and let the demographics have its way then declare Israeli citizenship.

The pictures are from here and here

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Lebanon's Hollow 'Cedar Revolution' More media hype from the usual suspects by Justin Raimondo

Lebanon Realignment and Syria

Can someone explain to me the whole hype surrounding the Lebanon? Do people seriously believe that Bush and the wingnuts are the bastion of 'freedom' and 'democracy'? You only need to see the mess that Iraq is, to see how incomptence the Neocons are. I really recommend Juan Cole's post on the subject, the history of the Middle East is very complex, which seems to of bypassed the Bush adminstration, whose main policy is 'crush, kill, destory', western barbarians you could say.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Blair meets Abbas at London summit

Is peace in Palestine about to break out?

Is peace in Palestine about to break out? thats a hard one to judge, there is so much bad blood between the Israelis and Palestinians, it will take years to normalise relations. The issue of Israeli settlements on Palestinan land is still an open wound. I often speak to to Palestinan friends online, and what i get from them is waryiness of any new peace inatives. The Palestinians he knows don't really want Hamas, but everytime an Israeli bulldozes a house or shoots a little girl, their support increases same with when a sucidie bomber blows up a Israeli bus or cafe, the Israelis are that just a little more supportive of projects such as the wall and they begin to dehumanise the Palestinians. Tit for tat violence has ruined both communites. The USA does not help itself since it is hardly an impartial observer, the pressure of Zionism in the states is very great indeed.

US policy in the Middle East has made the same mistakes France and Britain made when they were the top 2 powers in the world, their policy of backing strong arm dictators and corrupt despots against each other has just led to more misery. We are seeing this being repeated in Central Asia with the backing of Karimov, a guy who likes to boil his prisioners alive and he is meant to be an ally on the 'war on Terra' he is just another Saddam once he has outlived his usefulness or overstepped the mark he will be declared 'evil' and 'liberated'.