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  • From: Nimer Jaber <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:48:13 -0600

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Subject:        New: From The BLOG
Date:   Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:51:13 -0500
From:   Hanif Kruger <grr@xxxxxxxxxx>
To:     nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx

Greetifications nimer

Wellcome to this newsletter thing over here.
This is a newsletter that updates you on the newest additions to my personal Weblog.

My name is Hanif and I live and work in Pretoria, South-africa. When browsing the internet, reading newsletters or generally mucking about, I always find interesting things on the wild, wild web. Keeping these bits of info in my bookmarks is probably an option but, I love to share and besides, keeping a publically accessible record available, benefits many people.

Politics, computers, software, tips and lots of other stuff is covered on my blog.

Also, if you are visually impaired or would just like to get access to a new, small but, perssonal collection of useful software applications, mostly for windows, be sure to visit <>

If you have anything to contribute, in the form of articles, opinions, etc, please feel free to let me know by replying to this email or by clicking on the link below. Contact Me. <>

Enjoy and Take care

Hanif Kruger


   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 12:00 PM.:

     Spiritual Energy: Your Renewable Resource - By Rena M. Reese

Category: Insparational <index.php?catid=33> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | 1 Comment <index.php?itemid=1789#c>
What are you?

Ask that question of a thousand people and the vast majority will likely respond with their occupation or job. I am a parent, teacher, lawyer or a whatever-I-do-to-earn-money-and-fill-my-day. Yet this is not who we are. We are not what we do. Think about that for a moment; while it sounds simple, do you really know who you are when extricated from the identity a profession, role or achievement provides? Can you tell me what you are without naming what it is that you do? The most accurate answer to that question is actually the same for each of us. The truest response is the same for you, me, your doctor, your mail carrier as well as each person with whom we share this gorgeous planet.

We are energy. The parts of us we can see and feel, as well as those we cannot, are pure energy. We may visualize a storehouse of energy in our body much like a gas tank contains the fuel for a car. On some level of consciousness, we check in with our energy supply regularly, acknowledging when we are powered up or running dangerously low. We know it is true since we innately...

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   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 11:06 AM.:

     Liberty Has Been Lost - By Paul Craig Roberts <index.php?itemid=1787>

Category: United States <index.php?catid=34> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | Add comment <index.php?itemid=1787#c>
Originally published on January 06, 2009
-- I had just finished reading the uncensored edition of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s book, In The First Circle (Harper Perennial, 2009), when I came across Chris Hedges article, “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists”. - - In Hedges’ description of the US government’s treatment of American citizen Syed Fahad Hashmi, I recognized the Stalinist legal system as portrayed by Solzhenitsyn.

Hashmi has been held in solitary confinement going on three years. Guantanamo’s practices have migrated to the Metropolitan Correction Center in Manhattan where Hashmi is held in the Special Housing Unit. His access to attorneys, family, and other prisoners is prevented or severely curtailed. He must clean himself and use toilet facilities on camera. He is let out of solitary for one hour every 24 hours to exercise in a cage.

Hashmi is a US citizen but his government has violated every right guaranteed to him by the Constitution. The US government, in violation of US law, is also subjecting Hashmi to psychological torture known as extreme sensory deprivation. The bogus “evidence” against him is classified and denied to him. Like Joseph K. in Kafka’s The Trial, Hashmi is under arrest on secret evidence. As...

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   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 10:58 AM.:

     The Coming Fury Of An Angry America - By Aetius Romulous

Category: United States <index.php?catid=34> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | Add comment <index.php?itemid=1784#c>
January 06, 2009
-- A tiny part of a tiny part of the population of the earth will set the terms for the future of all humans. A tiny part that is broken, spent out, and increasingly disillusioned. That sliver of humanity is the broken, spent out, and increasingly disillusioned American middle class, burdened with the task of spending all America out of catastrophe. When they break under the weight of desperate impossibility, how will the heartlands good citizens react, and what will they do?

According to the World Bank, there are 6,692,030,277 human beings on the earth. 308,108,741 of them live in the United States, about 4.6% of the total. Of these fortunate Americans, about 231,000,000 are of voting age. In general elections in history's greatest democracy, about half those eligible to vote actually do...115 million people. History's greatest democracy has only two options every election, a choice between two almost similar positions, and the winning option typically enjoys the support of only half of those who choose, approximately 60 million individuals.

For a scant 90 years, America has been the wealthiest, most powerful group of humans in all 20,000 years of recorded civilization. Decisions made by Americans can and do...

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   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 10:51 AM.:

     Viva Palestina Starts Entry To Gaza <index.php?itemid=1782>

Category: palestine <index.php?catid=30> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | Add comment <index.php?itemid=1782#c>

/ Wednesday January
06, 2010 21:28/

*Report by George Galloway*

   The Viva Palestina Convoy, and after facing ongoing Egyptian
   rejection and violent
   attacks by the Egyptian security forces, started on Wednesday
   evening to roll into the besieged Gaza Strip.

Thousands of Palestinians, carrying flowers and flags, gathered in
the streets while the convoy continued to move in.

A Press conference would be held on Thursday and would be followed by the official ceremony of handing the international humanitarian

The Qatar-based Al Jazeera reported that a convoy of eight truck started crossing the Rafeh Terminal.

On its website the Viva Palestina reported that “convoy continues to move into the strip to be greeted by flowers and flag-waving crowds. Press conference later to be followed tomorrow with ceremony to hand over the aid”.

*17.30 GMT Wednesday 6th January*

One month, thousands of miles, ten countries, one ship and a four flights later, Viva Palestina has begun to
enter the besieged Gaza Strip.

"We are all emotional to see that
all of Gaza are out to greet us! Our Viva Palestina convoy is symbolic! It shows the Palestianian people just how much the people of the West
do care.

" We come in peace to deliver humanitarian aid and we hope that our convoy (and convoy's like ours) will help
to build pressure on the Israeli government to...

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   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 09:52 AM.:

     Assassination without borders - By Peter Schwarz

Category: United States <index.php?catid=34> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | Add comment <index.php?itemid=1780#c>
CIA and mercenaries plotted murder of German citizen
7 January 2010
Four years ago in Hamburg, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and mercenary firm Blackwater planned and prepared the assassination of the German-Syrian businessman Mamoun Darkazanli. This is reported by the American magazine Vanity Fair in its January issue. The report has unleashed considerable turmoil in German political circles. It reveals that the policy of targeted killing, the liquidation of alleged terrorists by the US, does not stop at the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan or Yemen. It is also practiced on the territory of Washington’s NATO allies.

The information about the plans to murder Darkazanli can be found in a lengthy article about Erik Prince, the boss and founder of Blackwater, now called XE. Prince founded the company in the mid-1990s with the help of an inheritance worth billions. This former member of the elite US Navy Seals offered to provide specialised training for US military units at the company’s premises in North Carolina.

Blackwater’s big moment came with the declaration of the “war on terror” by President George W. Bush. The company evolved into a private army, which could be deployed wherever it was too hot for the military or intelligence forces. Between...

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   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 09:35 AM.:

     Failed Detroit bombing used to justify crackdown on British
     universities - By Paul Bond <index.php?itemid=1776>

Category: United Kingdom <index.php?catid=65> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | Add comment <index.php?itemid=1776#c>
Originally published on 7 January 2010
The British ruling establishment has been quick to use the failed attempt to bomb Flight 253 into Detroit on Christmas Day to demand greater security monitoring. In particular there have been demands for the exertion of greater control over universities. Attention has focused on student societies and on the regulation and restriction of foreign students.

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian-born attempted bomber, had studied Mechanical Engineering at University College London (UCL) between 2005 and 2008. During that time he was President of the UCL Islamic Society, and organised a number of speaking events. Abdulmutallab’s family have suggested that he may have made contact with Al Qaeda while in London, but they believe that he was trained by Al Qaeda later on a subsequent trip to Yemen. His father, a former banker, alerted US authorities to his suspicions.

In the aftermath of the incident, Home Secretary Alan Johnson stated that Abdulmutallab, who had studied legitimately at UCL, had had his second application for a student visa rejected. Abdulmutallab had claimed for a non-existent course, resulting in the British authorities placing his name on a watch-list. This list is shared with treaty partners, such as the United States. Johnson...

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   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 09:29 AM.:

     US cold snap highlights depth of social crisis - By Kate Randall

Category: General <index.php?catid=1> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | Add comment <index.php?itemid=1774#c>
Originally published on 7 January 2010

A protracted cold spell eased somewhat Wednesday, but wide areas of the US—from the Northern Plains to the East Coast and stretching to the South—were bracing for more winter weather and freezing temperatures this weekend. The cold snap has spelled misery for many, especially in areas unaccustomed and ill-prepared for the frigid conditions.

The freezing weather has placed in sharp relief the devastating social impact of mass unemployment, growing poverty and the refusal of the Obama administration to provide any serious relief for the victims of the economic crisis.

The arctic blast began last weekend and has been blamed for a least seven confirmed deaths. The number is likely far higher, and confirmed deaths can be expected to climb as packed shelters turn away people seeking refuge and communities struggle to provide a warm place for the growing ranks of the homeless.

Other households may have a roof over their heads, but have had their utilities shut off due to non-payment. The use of space heaters, fires, candles and other unsafe sources of heating and electricity leaves families vulnerable to house fires.

Three people died early Tuesday morning in Detroit when their home caught fire. It is believed the...

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   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 09:16 AM.:

     Six million in the US with no income but food stamps - - Jerry
     White <index.php?itemid=1772>

Category: United States <index.php?catid=34> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | Add comment <index.php?itemid=1772#c>
Note: I predicted this, Haven't i? Smirks. End note.

Some six million Americans—one in 50 people in the US—are living on no income other than $100 or $200 a month in food stamps, according to an analysis of state data by the New York Times. The number of people who reported that they are unemployed and receive no cash aid—neither welfare, nor unemployment insurance, pension benefits, child support or disability pay—the newspaper reported, has jumped by 50 percent over the last two years, as the recession has taken hold.

According to the January 3 article, the number of people reporting no income tripled in Nevada over the past two years, doubled in Florida and New York, and increased nearly 90 percent in Minnesota and Utah. In Wayne County, Michigan—which includes Detroit, where half the population is unemployed or underemployed—one out of every 25 residents reports an income of only food stamps. In Yakima County, Washington, the figure is one out of every 17.

The figures reveal the vast scale of human suffering in the US as the new decade begins and puts the lie to talk of an economic “recovery.” The 6 million people in households reporting no income—which includes...

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   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 09:09 AM.:

     Court setback for Guide Dogs on Exhibition Road shared space
     scheme - By Ruth Bloomfield <index.php?itemid=1768>

Category: General <index.php?catid=1> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | Add comment <index.php?itemid=1768#c> I'm disgusted at this guy. Luckily, I do not reside in the UK> Thank the lord for small mercies.

Originally published on 6 January, 2010

A leading charity’s attempt to derail Dixon Jones’ revolutionary £25 million redesign of London’s Exhibition Road has suffered a major setback.

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC has refused to grant Guide Dogs permission to proceed with its judicial review against the scheme, which involves removing traditional kerbs and expecting pedestrians and motorists to share the same space.

Kensington & Chelsea council claim the change will force drivers to slow down, making the road safer, but the charity said the lack of a kerb could endanger the lives of the visually impaired.

Jeremy Dixon said he remained committed to the concept of shared surfaces.

“We are certainly confident that what we are dong has been tested and is a good solution. This is a sensible thing to do for the widest possible benefit.”

Council leader Merrick Cockell said he hoped the charity would now agree to work together with the council and the designers to enhance the safety aspects of the scheme.

In an open letter to the charity he wrote: “With over one hundred accidents in the area over the...

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   Thursday, January 07, 2010, 08:51 AM.:

     Telling the truth - By Yvonne Ridley <index.php?itemid=1767>

Category: newcat2 <index.php?catid=70> | Posted by: babagrr <index.php?memberid=1> | Add comment <index.php?itemid=1767#c>
Telling the truth can be a complicated business.

It was one of the first lessons I learned at a very tender age.

Still unable to grasp the importance of the school timetable in my first week, I rolled up for class 20 minutes late having been diverted by a rather splendid game of marbles. Four black jack chews and a sherbet dip were at stake.

By the time I walked in, the teacher was so fraught that lying seemed to be the best option.

Five minutes later I was before the headmistress because my colorful story about helping a blind man find his way home after his old crippled guide dog had dropped dead outside the playground gates was not believed.

At the end of the day, when my mother came to collect me, she was hauled in to the head’s office where I was forced to recount my rather elaborate story before being made to apologize to the grownups and promise always to tell the truth. Just as we were about to leave, she reminded my mother school finished at 3:30 pm and noted she had arrived five minutes after the bell.

My mother was really annoyed -- angry...

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