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June 29 2009
A pre-dawn chorus

I awoke at 3.30 this morning as the first glimmers of light were starting to change the sky from black to less than black. Then a voice started to sing; it was Derryn Dhu, our partially tame blackbird. First he sang a short phrase, shorter than usual, followed by a repetition but with a resolution at the end, a pair of exercises, a limbering up; no hint of the self-confident virtuoso displays he gives during the day and especially in the evening, he was clearly exercising his song muscles rather than extemporising. He kept it up for some while before another voice added to his, another blackbird some distance away, they sang phrases to each other back and forth. Soon, others had joined in and there was a full blown chorus, still with Derrin Dhu's distinctive voice keeping it going. After an hour they all quieted down and then there was silence; they had all gone back to bed, secure in the knowledge that once again the sun had returned to the world. I, on the other hand, couldn't sleep, and lay there for more than an hour trying to banish thought, the enemy of sleep, and join them, wondering how a friend in Florida was making out recovering from an auto smash and now the hurricane season must be making life 'interesting'. Eventually I must have dozed off, waking again at 7am, my normal time, by which time all the birds were up and about their business of finding food for breakfast.

June 25 2009

That time of year again

For the last few weeks I've enjoyed seeing the lambs running about the fields where I walk the dogs; rushing about with their twins and cousins, pronking with the sheer exuberance and joy of being alive, crying for mum when hunger niggles, with their voice being recognised across a field of voices.

Yesterday the first truck of many went past on the main road from Wales crammed with their young bodies, frightened faces staring uncomprehendingly through the metal slats at a world they know nothing of, bound for a brutal death. Destined to titillate palates with their tender young flesh. If they are unlucky, they will be heading for a halal butchering warehouse in the Midlands where they will be suspended by their back legs and their throats slashed and left to die. In human years they would probably be three or four year olds, barely had a life in just a few short weeks. Their mothers will cry for them for a day or two as usual.

Humans aren't strangers to compassion, but it's selective, no need to apply it to animals we like to eat, that would be a bit awkward, embarrassing even, if not to say difficult. That leg which only recently was propelling its young owner round the field in joy at being alive is now food for a hominid.

Bon appetit.

June 24 2009

A moral decision was needed

Looking out the window into the street today, I saw two young men sitting on the grass over the other side of the road, relaxed, chatting in the sunshine at the end of the hottest day so far this year.

And I wondered if I should go over there and tell them that that very spot is where my dog pees most days, since it's the first bit of grass she can get to when busting for a pee. Would it be better to tell them, so they then spent the rest of the day aware that they had absorbed urine into their trousers but had the option of returning home to change, or better to let them remain blithely unaware and carry on enjoying the day without the feeling of being somehow tainted and uncomfortable. They might notice they were rather popular with dogs who all wanted to sniff them for long periods, but hopefully none of them would cock a leg and add to the scent.So I decided on balance to leave them in blissful ignorance. No harm done.

June 21 2009
Looks like a revolution, smells like a revolution

Well Twitter is keeping me informed from the street in Iran of what's happening, and this article on Al Jazeera by Mark LeVine, professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of California Irvine is a perfect and clear analysis of the situation, which he starts by warning 'I have never encountered a situation that changed so fast that one could write an article that becomes outdated in the time it takes to write it.' as I wrote here on the 14th - Only a revolution will unseat these power-crazed clerics, is Iran ready for that? - and it seems Iran is ready for it. And, as Mark Levine explains, it could all be down to a fit of pique by the Supreme Leader; Mousavi had been telephoned and told to prepare for his win and not to be triumphalist, then suddenly Ahmadinejad was declared winner against everyone's expectations other than his mother's. Some suspect that his beardedness the Supreme Liar suddenly flipped and decided there was no way he could tolerate Mousavi winning since they hate each other from way back. I bet he regrets it now. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Bad call, could he be senile?

More than a dozen people have been killed, lots of others slashed with razors, a favourite weapon of the Basiji, the private army of the Supreme Fascist [they're the ones you see in the videos riding round the streets on motorbikes] who have a licence to do anything to anybody, not even the police have control over them. Many arrests have also taken place sometimes of the injured, and there will now be widespread torture going on in the prisons. If those left, and they are many, don't press on, but instead recover their fear and slink away, they will abandon those in prison to the regime. Their only hope is for the regime to fall, or to be changed fundamentally. But the leaders are arguably as bad as those they oppose, and none of them represent the aspirations of the crowd. When do they ever?

June 20 2009
Crunch time for Iran

The old pervert has spoken, made threats, had his [all male] audience waving their devoted fists in the air, and tried to blame the democracy protesters for the crimes his military and police thugs are going to commit. If the people were to back down now all would be lost, the deranged, power-crazed mullahs would have won and women especially will be the losers. But I don't think the people, who have already demonstrated in staggering numbers that they demand change from the theocracy that took over from the Shah, will be bowed by this unelected old man, he is of the past [the distant past] and has nothing to offer the 21st century. You know he's on shaky ground when he bangs on about Britain being 'the most evil state', when the UK, as well as most other western governments, has been silent on the flagrant stealing of Iran's election by a bunch of bearded men in skirts who seem to have an inexplicable fear and hatred of women. The dictator always rails against other countries, rather than addressing the very real issues of those who oppose him.

I expect today to see the biggest demonstration yet, with millions out on the streets, not just in Tehran but other major cities, and the result could be the collapse of the Islamic republic, no less. When one unelected creep, calling himself the 'supreme leader' challenges people to abandon their free will and obey his command, there's only one thing to do, take him and his thugs on. This is shaping up to be the reformation battle Islam has always avoided up to now, and the result could affect other Islamic countries as people see there can be a better way of organising their lives than letting a bunch of old fascists dictate to them how to live. Women, especially, have nothing to lose but their chadors. Today will be an interesting day.

Of all the crazed religious brain viruses that have affected humanoids over their evolution, Islam is the most pernicious, anti-life, misogynistic and full of hate for outsiders, many of its habits having been grafted onto it from a range of backward, ignorant cultures. Reassuring that so many are willing to take risks to oppose its hold over their lives, seven have so far paid with their lives, there could be more before it's all over.

Interesed in finding out what's happening with the planned march forbidden by the Supreme Liar, I found a lot was coming from Twitter, and, since the media have been saying that Twitter has been the only way those fighting the fascist regime are communicating, I bit the bullet and joined. I am now on Twitter and I guess that means that occasionally I may Tweet, or it might just be wind from that curry. My view of what I've gleaned of Twitter from the outside has not been positive: too many people firing off short randome thoughts throughout the day could lead to digital clutter far worse than what we have already. So far, it's proving quite exciting since I'm getting tweets from people actually on the streets in Tehran, and that's how I know the state forces are shooting people, there's been a suicide bomber blow up Khoemeini's tomb - general opinion being it's an inside job by the state to legitimise any violence they have planned [as usual, ineptness crept in and Iran TV broadcast details of the explosion before it happened].

I also read that Google Earth is updating its images of Tehran, which raises the prospect of real time updating of an event which could rank as of major importance at least to Iran, and most probably to the world. The Russian revolution had no such scrutiny. So far there seem to be no mass gatherings filling streets, perhaps because parents would naturally fear putting their children at risk, but there are a lot of people now, and many are carrying the Koran and holding it out at police and other thugs. Interesting times. As I get less confused about Twitter - already it's firing at me from all sides, I have a number of followers and I've barely been there an hour! - if I ever do, I shall maybe tweet occasionally, and when I can I'll look into installing a twitter icon here, I think that's how it's done. I've been too busy to concentrate on all this stuff, it's so time consuming to become familiar, and the tower of babel threatens until I want to run away to the meadows where the birds fly free and sing to me of other ways, other lives. Has the naked ape really reached the pinnacle of evolution and is it happy?

June 14 2009
I'madinnerjacket wins

Now there's a surprise. Anyone thinking the clerics running Iran were going to allow a reformer to win were naive in the extreme. Islam and democracy just don't fit together, and this theocracy was only paying lip service to the idea of everyone, including women, having a say. the toxic peasant I'ma dinnerjacket knew what the result would be beforehand, and has duly accepted the role of president for another term despite widespread condemnation of those who thought a landlide for the modernisers had been won. So it's more of the same as the Islamic idiots continue to pose, spout and bluster as if they are equal to the rest of the world and aren't a bunch of frock-wearing, woman-hating mysogenists. Only a revolution will unseat these power-crazed clerics, is Iran ready for that?

Swine flu continues to threaten to even out the playing field and reduce human numbers to more manageable levels. Born in the intensive pig farming mega-factories, a perfect, temperature-controlled environment to incubate previously unknown viruses, of the US pork industry, no one in America was much concerned at the plight of an intelligent mammal in these appalling places until the health issue became obvious, now Americans are avoiding pork like the plague, which they well might, as this could be the modern plague. Our demise will inevitably be due to our species' stupidity, lack of respect and greed, a fitting end to a species with too little care for others and too much care for itself.

June 9 2009
Sometimes I could just weep

The German power company, RWE, has submitted plans for a nuclear power station at Kirksanton in Cumbria, which will result in the destruction of the two long established Haverigg windclusters, including three turbines owned by Triodos Renewables.

The Haverigg windcluster site, on the fringes of the Lake District National Park, is home to one of the UK’s first wind energy projects. Commissioned in 1992 by Windcluster Ltd, a small privately owned company, it was heralded by Friends of the Lake District as a fine example of appropriate wind energy development. The wind turbines were financed by a pioneering group of ethical investors and are widely regarded as an exemplary example of sensitive and sustainable wind energy development. The site was subsequently expanded to a total of eight turbines and enjoys widespread local support.

If RWE’s plans proceed, these turbines will be destroyed and the green electricity they produce will be lost. MORE

He may be a lame duck prime minister who nobody wants and most despise, who wasn't elected and who has no mandate, but Brown can still do damage before he is finally flung out, he's pro nuclear along with all the challenged idiots who just don't get it. So much can still be ruined by these thechno-wankers.


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