Ravings From The Bog

Sherrybaby – Another Great Gyllenhaal Movie!
December 30, 2008, 12:17 am
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Maggie Does It Again!Just finished watching Maggie Gyllenhaal in Sherrybaby – everything a good independent film should be, and more! Best film I’ve seen in 2008 by far. Recommended!


Grief And Fear In Gaza

New Concentration Camp!Israeli Zionists continue to slaughter Palestinian civilians along with Hamas freedom fighters – this report from the BBC:

BBC journalist and Gaza resident Hamada Abu Qammar describes the impact of the current wave of Israeli airstrikes against Hamas targets.

The streets of Gaza are deserted, apart from a few cars taking urgent cases to hospital and families screaming and shouting as they take bodies to the cemetery to be buried.

This morning I visited Shifa Hospital, the main one in Gaza.

I spoke to one man, a civilian, and also a 14-year-old boy who were injured in an airstrike on a police station in the east of Gaza City this morning.

The man said he had been going to work in a clinic when he heard the sound of planes and turned back. But after that he cannot remember what happened – he just woke up injured, with wounds in his hand, leg and stomach.

The teenage boy had blood on his head and was in a lot of pain. He could not even remember his own name. “I don’t even know where I am,” he said to me.

I saw a body too, in the emergency room, with a stick of wood stuck through the chest.

Yesterday I also went into the hospital; the morgue was full and bodies were left in the streets. Parents were scouring the hospital for their children.

I followed one woman who was screaming “my son, my son” as she searched the building.

Eventually they located him, a young man was in his twenties. The staff would not let her see the body, but I saw it. It didn’t have a head and there was no stomach. She fainted on top of the remains of her son, which were covered with a white sheet.

The relatives in the hospital scream and scream. They don’t have words to express their feelings, they just say “God help us”, over and over.

I have seen several Israeli airstrikes this morning – one on a Hamas police post on the coastal road, another on a house about 200m from the BBC office. Smoke pours into the sky. The largest so far today was on the Hamas security headquarters, which is also near to our office, a few hundred metres away.

I was watching it from the window. There were three very loud bangs and a power cut. I could hear women screaming in their houses, and gunshots from Hamas men surrounding the area to keep people way.

The compound was in a big residential area, with lots of high buildings and apartments. Some of the homes are only about 5m from the site – and of course those buildings were damaged, with windows shattered and falling to the ground.

Electricity comes and goes as usual. Most shops are closed. There is a lack of everything – the UN relief agency UNRWA has not been able to deliver food aid for about 750,000 people.

There are shortages of anaesthetic gas, medical supplies, flour and milk – but many of the people I have spoken to say they don’t feel like eating while this is going on.

Families are just sitting in their homes. I spoke to one of my neighbours, Iman, a 14-year-old-girl. She was so scared she could barely speak.

“I don’t know where to go. I don’t know where is a safe place to stay. We don’t know when they will strike again,” she said.

Israel is not currently permitting international journalists to cross into Gaza


Israeli Air Strikes Against Democratically Elected Govt.

Gazan GenocideUS built and supplied Israeli F-16 fighter-bombers again attacked Gaza this morning. Having elected the “wrong type of Arab” for US and Israeli imperial tastes, Gazans this morning suffered the wrath of the America’s 52nd state. The latest count is 120 dead and over 400 injured.

Here’s the link:   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/7800985.stm


Visiting The Outlaws…
December 25, 2008, 6:55 pm
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Worst part of the Christmas holiday! I want to fall asleep in front of some Christmas movie, not go round to my sister-in-law’s house to sit sober, while everyone is raucous and drunk – not my bag!

The Lull Before The Storm
December 25, 2008, 5:23 pm
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The lull before the storm!The lull before the storm! Everything’s peaceful at the table but not for very long…

Really Sore Feet!
December 24, 2008, 12:35 am
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Bloody aching!One of the “blessings” of working in retail is the aching feet you suffer, especially at Christmas when a standard day means almost 12 hours on your feet constantly changing direction and pace while trying to avoid being run over by manic idiots who leave everything to the last few days before Christmas – we’ve had most of this stock on shelf since September/October, so don’t make faces when we cannot supply Christmas napkins or tins of Quality St the day before Christmas – it’s YOUR fault for not planning properly!

Human Beings – Adrian Mitchell Poetry
December 24, 2008, 12:27 am
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Adrian Mitchell 
Look at your hands
your beautiful useful hands
you’re not an ape
you’re not a parrot
you’re not a slow loris
or a smart missile
you’re human
not british
not american
not israeli
not palestinian
you’re human
not catholic
not protestant
not muslim
not hindu
you’re human
we all start human
we end up human
human first
human last
we’re human
or we’re nothing
nothing but bombs
and poison gas
nothing but guns
and torturers
nothing but slaves
of Greed and War
if we’re not human
look at your body
with its amazing systems
of nerve-wires and blood canals
think about your mind
which can think about itself
and the whole universe
look at your face
which can freeze into horror
or melt into love
look at all that life
all that beauty
you’re human
they are human
we are human
let’s try to be human