News from the frontlines

Blackadder: [after noticing a portion of his newspaper has been cut out] Baldrick, why has half the front page been cut out?

Baldrick: I don’t know.
Blackadder: You do know, don’t you?
Baldrick: Yes.
Blackadder: You’ve been cutting out the cuttings about the elusive ‘Shadow’ to put in your highwayman’s scrapbook, haven’t you?
Baldrick: Oh, I can’t help it, Mr B.! His life is so dark and shadowy, and full of fear and trepidation!
Blackadder: So is going to the toilet in the middle of the night, but you don’t keep a scrapbook on it!
Baldrick: I do.

“Relax,” the mug reads. “You’re on GTMO time.”

It’s Xmas day and this time in 2003, 13 years ago my husband was languishing in an Australian refugee detention facility.

I was suffering from other people’s suffering. More specifically the insane concept that anyone would be expected to survive ‘intact’ the injustice of ‘arbitary indefinite detention’ on my watch. 

13 years later one of humanity’s dirtiest injustices the deep scar of the West’s War on Terror remains a blot on the Cuban landscape and a living example of man’s inhumanity to man.

Obama promised to close it. He also promised….. well here’s what he said to AIPAC in 2008 when he won the candidacy for the Dems…

I had grown up without a sense of roots. My father was black; he was from Kenya, and he left us when I was 2. My mother was white; she was from Kansas, and I’d moved with her to Indonesia and then back to Hawaii. In many ways, I didn’t know where I came from. So I was drawn to the belief that you could sustain a spiritual, emotional and cultural identity. And I deeply understood the Zionist idea — that there is always a homeland at the center of our story.

The Zionists he spoke of have strengthened their grip over Palestinians everywhere but nowhere stronger than in the Gaza they created in 1967 as an indefinite prison for over 1.7 million people under an inhumane Israeli blockade. 45% of them now under 14years with 41% of 15-24year olds unemployed.

Back to Obama’s speech to AIPAC in 2008….

As president, I will work to help Israel achieve the goal of two states, a Jewish state of Israel and a Palestinian state, living side by side in peace and security. And I won’t wait until the waning days of my presidency. I will take an active role, and make a personal commitment to do all I can to advance the cause of peace from the start of my administration.

Anyway we all know he did SFA on proressing either this piece of political rhetoric or his I will close GiTMo bullshit.

I am thankful for the xmas decorations and joyful return of East Alleppo to Syrian Army, thankful that Putin is not Boris Yeltsen though he’s no Fidel, thankful that I can be peacefully off work with my husband for 4 days. 

I remain hopeful that his family will return to their home in Syria and rebuild their lives as refugees in the one of the few Arab countries other than Ghadaffi’s Libya ..
..that showed it was not a lackie to Western ideology.
Anyway …Gaddafis gone, the sociopath that said “we came, we saw – he died” is in the political wilderness, we still lock up refugees, GiTMO is still running and Obama is struggling not to look as bad as his predecessor in his last days by ‘generously’ not offering the usual veto on yet another empty UN resolution on Israeli land grabbing.

Have a quiet Xmas. 😨 and a little gift that speaks to everyone who still has a soft romantic side.

Farrago in the Age of Uncertainty

It has been a while.Feeling the need to do more than retweet and have disjointed conversations that are misread or misunderstood. 

I miss deep connection and honesty of seeing, listening, reflecting and sharing.

There is so much we dont know and so little we understand. Is it so hard to admit, to accept our own vulnerability? 

The march of the pigs is in full swing. Is it time to choose? If so is mediocrity a choice? 


But of course that needs quickly deconstructing so you wont get me wrong. I mean make an effort…dig get yourself dirty

From the comfort of the couch, people who should spend some time on the couch (to explore their own issues) spit vile aggression and righteous certainty about other peoples reality. They do this from the safety of anonymity through fingers on a keyboard in the prison that is lack of empathy. 

Empathy does not come from taking vicarious pleasure and feeling no pain.

I will not slide into that abyss.

Does this mean your opinions should be kept to yourself? I dont think so. How else do we grow wiser and not just growing to a point where learning becomes tedious and pushing the envelope too hard. 

Share opinions, listen feel learn. This life is complex. Opinions that deny this are dangerous. Let them he said but call them out for what they are-way too simplistic.

The simple – Us and them, black and white, good and bad, love and hate encourages the same antagonism as the academic reduction of complexity and chaos to false dichotomy. Easy to understand but no understanding.

I wont play. I am too tired and life is too short. Take me to the fractyl and I will leap in empty handed.

My word of the day – farraginary.