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Pints Of Guinness Make You Strong [18 May 2009|05:35pm]
Evelyn sits by the elevator doors
It's been 37 years since James died on St. Patrick's Day in 1964
But she could not hold it against him
There were times when there was nothing she could do
But lie in bed all day beside a picture of them together
A picture of better days

And just like James, I'll be drinking irish tonight
and the memory of his last work week will be gone forever
Evelyn I'm not coming home tonight!
If we're never together
If I'm never back again
Well I swear to God that I'll love you forever
Evelyn I'm not coming home tonight!

In all the years that went by she said
She'd always love him
and from the day that he died
She never loved again

And in his wallet she kept in her nightstand
an a.a. card and a lock of red hair
she kept secrets of pride locked so tight in her heart
it killed a part of her before the rest was gone.

She said, "If I would have known just how things would have ended up I just would have let myself die."

And just like james, I'll be drinking irish tonight
and the memory of his last work week wil be gone forever
Evelyn I'm not coming home tonight!
If we're never together
If I'm never back again
Well I swear to God that I'll love you forever
Evelyn I'm not coming home tonight!
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World Rallies Around Palestinians Amid Gaza Offensive [30 Dec 2008|12:48pm]
Published on Monday, December 29, 2008 by CNN

by CNN

LONDON, England - Israeli attacks on suspected Hamas strongholds in Gaza have triggered protests in more than a dozen countries.

The attacks entered their third day Monday, with more than 300 people in Gaza reported killed and hundreds more wounded. Israel says the military assault is in response to ongoing rocket strikes on Israel, which have killed two Israelis.

In London, England, dozens of protesters gathered outside the Israeli Embassy, waving flags and trying to push their way closer to the building, as police tried to hold them back and erect a barricade. Watch protesters push toward embassy [1]

Police in Germany said about 2,000 protesters marched peacefully down Berlin's Kurfuerstendamm Boulevard and dispersed after about three hours.

Protesters also have taken to the streets in Denmark, France, Italy and Spain, according to news reports. There also were reports of demonstrations in Caracas, Venezuela.

Iranian media reported that thousands took part in anti-Israel demonstrations in Tehran on Monday, which the government declared a day of mourning for the Palestinians in Gaza.

Photographs of the rallies posted by Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency showed black-shrouded women and men holding shoes in the air -- widely considered an insult in the Middle East -- while others held Palestinian flags and signs that said "Down with U.S.A." in English and Farsi.

Greek riot police clashed with protesters in Athens during a demonstration outside the Israeli Embassy, according to police and images broadcast on state television.

Protesters hurled stones in an attempt to break through the police cordon around the heavily secured embassy. Police responded with tear gas.

In Iraq, hundreds of supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demonstrated in al-Mustansiriya Square in eastern Baghdad. The demonstrators carried Iraqi and Palestinian flags, banners and pictures of al-Sadr and his father.

The demonstrators threw an Israeli flag on the ground, put President Bush's picture on top of it and set both on fire.

In the Muslim world, demonstrations also were held in Jordan, Egypt, Pakistan, Indonesia, Libya and Bahrain, the BBC and other news outlets reported. See world leaders' reactions to offensive

Also, thousands of Lebanese demonstrators packed the streets of Beirut as part of a rally called by the militant group Hezbollah. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah addressed the crowd via satellite from an undisclosed location.

Protests were also held in Israel, where students at universities in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem demonstrated against the Israeli military operation, ynetnews.com reported.
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Anarchists' fury fuels Greek riots [07 Dec 2008|02:21pm]
An uneasy truce between anarchists and police was shattered following a weekend shooting of a teen. A similar event in 1985 sparked months of daily clashes.

By Nicole Itano | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor

from the December 8, 2008 edition

ATHENS - Greece's worst rioting in years erupted late Saturday night after an Athens policeman shot and killed a teenage boy in a central neighborhood known as the base of anarchist and other antiestablishment groups.

By Sunday morning, with the riots continuing, a trail of devastation had been blazed across central Athens – with the stench of tear gas and smoke from charred vehicles and buildings hanging over parts of the ancient city. The violence quickly spread to other parts of the country, including Greece's second-city, Thessaloniki, and the vacation islands of Crete and Corfu.

The shooting and its violent aftermath threatens to escalate a decades-long conflict that has simmered between police and far-left groups. The conservative government, which was already struggling to stay in power in the wake of a recent land-exchange scandal, attempted to calm the rioters by arresting the two police officers connected with the shooting.

The fatal shooting took place in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a dense warren of concrete apartment buildings home to a mix of students and anarchists. Clashes between police and radicals are common in the neighborhood.

Anarchist groups frequently set off small bombs throughout the city – on Wednesday alone a bomb damaged the offices of the French news service Agence France Presse and arsonists torched a Bosnian embassy car and a bank cash machine.

Brady Kiesling, a former US diplomat, who is writing a book about the Greek militant group November 17, says Greek police have limited power to use force against these groups because public sentiment will not tolerate it. This has resulted in a delicate balance in Exarchia, with neither pushing the other too far. Many Greeks cite the events of November 17, 1973 – a day that is still commemorated, when the army stormed the Athens Polytechnic University and killed a number of striking students – as a reason why the police must be restricted.

"The police stay out of certain areas, unless there's a major emergency, and the anarchists don't trash things badly unless there's a good reason," Mr. Kiesling says. But "once someone gets killed, the doctrine is massive retaliation."

Details of the shooting are disputed, but police issued a statement saying the two officers had been attacked by a group of youths. One officer threw a stun grenade while the other responded with three shots. At least one bullet hit the boy, reported to be 15 or 16. According to police, he died on the way to the hospital.

The last fatal police shooting of a minor in Greece, in 1985, sparked months of nearly daily clashes between police and anarchists. The terrorist group November 17 also bombed a bus full of riot police in retaliation, Kiesling says.

Both officers involved in Saturday's incident have been arrested. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the country's Interior minister, who is responsible for the police, promised punishment for those responsible.

Mr. Pavlopoulos, and his deputy minister, also offered their resignations, a move that was rejected by the prime minister.

"It is inconceivable for there not to be punishment when a person loses their life, particularly when it is a child," Pavlopoulos said in a press conference Sunday morning. The Interior minister also condemned the actions of the rioters. "No outrage, no matter how ideologically established it is, can lead to such incidents as we witnessed last night."

Shortly after the shooting, which took place before 10 p.m., an angry crowd – summoned by text message and the Internet – gathered in Exarchia. They clashed with police, shouting "Murderers in uniform," and burned and looted local shops.

Later that night, the rioters moved to other areas of the city center, burning or damaging at least 31 shops and breaking windows in the tourist neighborhood of Monistiraki and along one of central Athens' major shopping streets, Ermou. Just a few hundred yards from the ancient site of Hadrian's Library, a charred building still smoldered late Sunday morning. Some two dozen police officers were reportedly injured in the clashes.

On Sunday afternoon, more than 2,000 people gathered near the Athens Polytechnic to march towards Athens' central police station in protest of the killings. Greek law bars police from university buildings.

"The feeling is anger," says John Gelis, a 28-year psychologist, shortly before joining the march. "A kid was killed just like that. It's a sign of arrogance by the police. It's an act against democracy."

Mr. Gelis joined in the riots on Saturday night, saying the targets of the unrest included banks and multinational companies, not small businesses. "No one has anything against the little owners."

But some small businesses had been ransacked, including a family-run computer store in the heart of Exarchia. Business owners and residents say they are weary of the unrest. "I'm fed up with this," says Elina Dimitriou, a long-time resident of the neighborhood. "It needs to stop. But I don't know who to blame."
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[09 Aug 2008|03:53pm]
Lost the confidence to write a song,
So I found three simple chords
And held them together with my weak voice
On an out of tune guitar
My father gave to me.

And may Elvis turn in his grave
And Les Paul kiss my dirty, calloused fingers
And may the likes of this song never make
One fucking dollar,
leave it for a demo tape
To be played until it's broken,
Then remembered only for what it was.

That we gave them hell
That we gave them hell
That we gave them hell

That we gave them hell
That we gave them hell
That we gave them hell

To my friends and enemies who could of been anything,
Titans and heroes who found survival in cause and effect.
Behind counters,
Behind windows,
Striving just
To be people
With bitter ideals of justice.
Do we only need to keep working because it pays rent?
Sleeping under plastic stars glued to ceiling,
Muscles burning alcohol and nicotine
Every morning.

But we gave them hell
But we gave them hell
But we gave them hell

But we gave them hell
But we gave them hell
But we gave them hell

There's a height beyond skyscrapers,
There's a distance beyond the freeway,
More than pictures in a magazine,
More than tragedy in a rock and roll song.
It's more than the actions you know are safe to make.
It's more than money could ever buy.

Are we living to work and die in American cities?
And working to live and die in American cities,
And dying for what we worked.
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[25 Apr 2008|09:28pm]
In the time it takes to read this post, an area of Brazil's rain forest larger than 200 football fields will have been destroyed.

In the time it takes to read this post, about 6 women around the world will die. as a direct result of being pregnant.

In the time it takes you to read this post more than 40 children will decide to drop out of school, losing their chance at an education.

Another child will die in the time it takes to read this sentence. And the death of that child, a child who had a name and a personality, a family, and a future is a rebuke to all humanity.

Each day thousands of animals are victims of abuse. Think of how many animals will have been abused in the time you have been reading this post.

If you are still reading at this point 2 woman in the US have been raped.

Don't you think it's time you stopped reading and started helping?
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Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations [23 Apr 2008|01:04pm]
Criminologists and legal scholars in other industrialized nations say they are mystified and appalled by the number and length of American prison sentences.

The United States has, for instance, 2.3 million criminals behind bars, more than any other nation, according to data maintained by the International Center for Prison Studies at King’s College London.

China, which is four times more populous than the United States, is a distant second, with 1.6 million people in prison. (That number excludes hundreds of thousands of people held in administrative detention, most of them in China’s extrajudicial system of re-education through labor, which often singles out political activists who have not committed crimes.)

San Marino, with a population of about 30,000, is at the end of the long list of 218 countries compiled by the center. It has a single prisoner.

The United States comes in first, too, on a more meaningful list from the prison studies center, the one ranked in order of the incarceration rates. It has 751 people in prison or jail for every 100,000 in population. (If you count only adults, one in 100 Americans is locked up.)

The only other major industrialized nation that even comes close is Russia, with 627 prisoners for every 100,000 people. The others have much lower rates. England’s rate is 151; Germany’s is 88; and Japan’s is 63.

New York Times Article
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[15 Apr 2008|08:46pm]
I'm sure I hate 'em, there ain't no maybes,
bodylice & crabs, headlice & scabies.
You take your pick.
They make me sick.
Well, I'll scratch until I bleed,
so there'll be scabs for me to pick.
It drives me mad as I scratch my body raw,
sometimes it feels like sex when I'm scratching with my paws.
Sometimes it feels better, when it gets wetter;
lubed up with puss & blood... but later I'm upsetter.
Cause of the pain when the rash becomes inflamed,
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Actor Jason Beghe is the first celebrity Scientologist to leave Scientology [15 Apr 2008|05:04pm]
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WFP Food Crisis [14 Apr 2008|08:46pm]
Everyone is touting how bio-fuels are a green source of energy and better for the environment then fossil fuels. Now we see some of the major car companies getting behind bio-fuels such as ethanol, but has anyone thought of the negative impacts of these bio-fuels. Below is an excerpt from an article I was reading. In our rush to be green has anyone thought of the amount of grain we are wasting for fuel, that could be better used to feed people?

The World Food Program blames soaring food prices on a convergence of rising energy costs, natural disasters linked to climate change, and competition for grain used to make bio-fuels like ethanol.
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[12 Apr 2008|03:24pm]
i refuse to bow before you any longer
i will not suffer from the yokes of oppression
i am a free man born of free will
i will revolt against you and others like you
you may destroy my body but my mind will always be free
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Ex-Terror Detainee Says U.S. Tortured Him [29 Mar 2008|06:52pm]
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Best Song About Nothing [11 Mar 2008|10:09pm]
Descendents - Blast off

Stay away from the chili verde
unless you want to get blown away
treat the spider with a little respect
you take the heat - it's gonna bite back

blast off at cape canaveral
toilet seat is your launching pad
blast off at cape canaveral
4-3-2-1 blast off!

Capsaicinoids are a thing to aviod
unless you want to burn in that 'roid
we'll be laughing
and rolling on the floor
when we hear you screaming through that door

blast off at cape canaveral
all systems go!
blast off at cape canaveral
4-3-2-1 blast off!

Jalepeno, habenero
burning all yo' hair down there-o
picinu, vindaloo
they're gonna getcha
they're gonna getcha, too

you know those red things in the jung pao?
don't say I didn't warn you now
take the time to pick them out
or the spider gets grouchy
and it's time to countdown!

blast off at cape canaveral
(oooh! oh oh oh!)
blast off at cape canaveral
blast off at cape canaveral
(Houston, we have a problem)
blast off at cape canaveral
4-3-2-1 blast off!
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Writer's Block: All in the Family [07 Mar 2008|08:24pm]
How do you think having siblings (or not having siblings) affects who you are as a person?

I don't think it affects me at all. I am who I am. I don't believe having siblings would have changed the person I am. I have decided my own path in life without influences from any outside source. And nothing would have changed that.
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Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher [04 Mar 2008|07:02pm]
[ mood | sick ]

High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.

Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and Mind journal of philosophy.

"As far Moses on Mount Sinai is concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on Tuesday.

Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush," suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances.

"The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a clasic phenomenon," he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to "see music."

He mentioned his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil's Amazon forest in 1991. "I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations," Shanon said.

He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently mentioned in the Bible.


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ahh.... [02 Mar 2008|07:53pm]
[ mood | sick ]

Walk away if your reactions are gone
I can't believe he thinks this is fun
I would like to be inside his head
If it's empty there's no room for me to
kick out both his eyeballs, and punch out both his ears
I'll find the braincell that he's got
Play ten-pin bowls and fuck it up
But it doesn't matter, It doesn't matter a bit
cause he's a fucking genius

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[27 Feb 2008|04:50pm]
Why do people concern themselves so much with the dead, when it is the living who need to be helped? Answers anyone???
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Ohio school suspends boy over Mohawk [27 Feb 2008|08:55am]
PARMA, Ohio - A kindergarten student with a freshly spiked Mohawk has been suspended from school.

Michelle Barile, the mother of 6-year-old Bryan Ruda, said nothing in the Parma Community School handbook prohibits the haircut, characterized by closely shaved sides with a strip of prominent hair on top. The school said the hair was a distraction for other students.

"I understand they have a dress code. I understand he has a uniform. But this is total discrimination," she said. "They can't tell me how I can cut his hair."

An administrator at the suburban Cleveland charter school first warned Barile last fall that the haircut wasn't acceptable. The school later sent another warning to her reiterating the ban.

Mohawks violate the school's policy on being properly groomed, school Principal Linda Geyer said. Also, the school district's dress code allows school officials to forbid anything that interferes with the conduct of education.

Ruda's hair became a disruption last week when Ruda arrived freshly shorn, Geyer said. Administrators called Barile on Friday telling her to pick Ruda up from school.

"This was his third infraction," Geyer said Tuesday. "We felt that we were being extremely patient."

Rather than request a hearing to appeal the suspension, Barile said she'll enroll him at another school. Changing the hairstyle is not an option, she said.

"It's something that he really likes," Barile said. "When people hear Mohawk, they think it's long, it's spiked, it's crazy looking, and it's really not."
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Gazans discuss human chain protest [25 Feb 2008|05:31pm]
Three Palestinians discuss their involvement in the "human chain" demonstration against the Israeli blockade of Gaza and how the siege is affecting them.


Ramy is a spokesman for the Popular Committee Against the Siege, which organised the human chain in Gaza. Ramy says the action highlighted humanitarian concerns

Our human chain stretched from Beit Hanoun in the north of Gaza down to Rafa in the south. There was wide participation - thousands of people turned up.

We urge the international community to put more pressure on the Israelis to end the siege of Gaza.

Life here is getting worse. People are suffering and we are asking Israel and the international community not to push us to breaking point.

If the Israelis are really so afraid, why are they pushing us into a worse place? Let the medicine and the food into Gaza.

We want people to take part in our actions and to do it in a civilised, peaceful way. If they stay at home, no-one will see them.

We are an independent committee, we did not organise this with Hamas.

Of course, Hamas would be one of the beneficiaries of the lifting of the siege - and they were among the many people in the chain. We welcomed them and everyone else.

The siege does not target specific people, everyone suffers.

If you jail a prisoner you at least give him food. We are not talking about the politics of it all, just the violation of our basic humanitarian needs.

And if people outside keep silent about it, they are taking part in it too.


I joined the chain for about 15 minutes. I work full time so could not stay longer. It was peaceful and there was no violence.

I got a scholarship to study in Italy last year, but I couldn't leave because the borders were closed

It was very crowded and there were lots of journalists and film crews too.

Groups of children were hurrying with their teachers to head north, to start the chain in Beit Hanoun.

People are very angry about the siege and how it's affecting us.

I saw people from Fatah, from Hamas, from the Popular Front, people forgot their different groups for a time.

The organisers are not hardline Hamas - they talk to Israeli groups and media.

The siege has affected me enormously. I got a scholarship to study in Italy last year, but I couldn't leave because the borders were closed.

I now have an invitation to represent Palestine in Canada later this year, at a forum for young journalists in Quebec.

I have to go to Egypt for my interview, but I'm worried I will lose it, as I lost my chance in Italy.


I didn't go to the demonstration. I cannot afford to be political, because my work [in a multinational NGO] means I must be impartial.

The people who called for this human chain are actually neutral, but of course Hamas support them because they want the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) and the Israelis to lift the siege too.

The current political agenda is not helping the situation.

It cannot work with just Fatah, or just Hamas. We need unity. Our leaders should start leading all of us.

Closing the Rafah border has affected people badly. Students cannot go to university, patients cannot travel for treatment. There's very little petrol.

We rely on all sorts of goods coming from Israel - which no longer arrive. The Israelis decide what can and cannot come through.

I work in health care. Clinics lack basic medicine for core diseases and conditions - like high blood pressure.

People have to store medicines in the fridge - and then the electricity cuts out.

Patients are dying because they cannot leave Gaza for treatment.

There is a shortage of stationery. There is no printing paper available in the markets, so schools are using old textbooks and notebooks.

My son is nine years old, he has to do his homework on a blackboard.
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