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Saturday, February 28, 2004

Osama captured??
The radio's external service, broadcast in Pushtu, said USSecretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's trip to Pakistan on Thursday had been made in connection with the capture.

"The capture of the al-Qaida leader has been made sometime before, but (US President George W.) Bush is intending to announceit when the American presidential election is held," the radiosaid.

Contacted by IRNA, an Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting(IRIB) announcer at the Pushtu service confirmed the news, saying that they had got it from a "very reliable source" in Peshawar, Pakistan.


I'm not sure but IRNA seem to have it. If true they'll probably publicise it when there's full leverage to be gained. Bush may have the Whitehouse once more..

Thursday, February 26, 2004

Hmm lips..
But otherwise it's why we buy the Guardian.
Vintage Buruma, this..
Herzl could not possibly have foreseen this, and yet the seeds of tragedy are already buried in his text, which was well meant, deeply idealistic, and in many ways typical of everything that people who feel so victimized by the West that they wish for its destruction find most hateful. We call such people Occidentalists.
How utterly original..
I only knew what Said said about him..
This is the man who thinks that Babur's invasion caused a deep wound from which the country never recovered; the man who got the history of the Vijayanagara Empire wrong; the man who refused to speak out against the Gujarat riots; the man who said that he accepted the Deputy PM's personal assurance that Gujarat would never happen again; the man who has such a contempt for Indians that he can say "But Indians are not interested in the history".
Hurree has some links on VS Naipaul's BJP connection. I have such limited time for reading anything these days that I have to avoid stuff that might cause me to start setting things (like people) on fire.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Panic!
I can't believe I still haven't got to grips with neonatolgy. The exam's this week! I think my memory atrophied with all that sugary tea. Help me, I might cheat.
And God, this is SO inaccurate. I might be Baywatch fit*, but my colleages are mostly nicotine stained, depressed and suffer delusions of adequacy. Delusions have dopamine in them. (link via oldhag)

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Delicious
MoorishGirl has an awesome new look.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Deja Vu
Just a few days until the next exam. I'll post when I next take a break. This has the highest failure rate of any final so do help me not to waste time.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

Guantanamo Brits
The first thing the four 'released' will face upon their arrival in London is arrest under the Terrorism Act 2000 and interrogation at the hands of Special Branch officers. Will they know that they're any nearer freedom? Or will they be left in ignorance to keep up the psychological pressure? In any case a fair trial would surely be impossible now. Wouldn't it?
I felt sad listening to Jack Straw as he miserably failed to pronounce (or even read) a single one of the names correctly. The issue can't have been very high up on his agenda, since even most journalists can by now say 'Shafiq Rasul' without getting tongue tied.

Friday, February 13, 2004

World now safe for all
Terrorism Gone, Everyone Totally Awesome to Each Other Now
How long since you paid him a visit?

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Don't care as long as I pass..
Apologies in advance to Fudgeit for this blatant plagiarism of style, but yesterday:
Colleague: What's that on your trousers?
Me: Vaginal discharge.
Colleague: Hehe. I had meconium over my wristwatch yesterday.
Me: My socks are soaked in meconium.

Alas I am at a loose end. I have exams in two weeks and I'm not seeing any patients. I've been kicked off labour ward because the midwives are too f*ing possessive.
Midwife: She doesn't want a student in here do you bab?
Bab: Shakes head
Me: No problem. Thanks for asking for her anyway.
What really irritates me is that these patients must think medical students should learn solely from books and never touch or see a patient. Well fair enough, since I'm now crap at bimanual palpation, I'll just have to forget to ask about LMP's when I'm working next year just so I don't have to do it. Someone will inevitably exsanguinate via her ectopic but hell who cares, I waited outside while the patient had her one to one with the midwife.
Worst read?
THE ALCHEMIST
I nominate these pseudo-philosophic witterings of Paolo Coelho as the worst read of all time. I cannot easily imagine a sadder, more wasteful, end to the life of a tree. For a noble plant to finish up as a lump of coincidence-ridden, idiotic claptrap masquerading as deep thought is truly unnecessarily tragic.


And besmirching the good name of JK Rowling:
As home tutor to an excluded pupil, I read aloud the first four Harry Potter books, as he would listen to nothing else. What totally unbelievable drivel! What daily torture! What joy when my pupil was found a place in school a month before the fifth book appeared! There is a god.

The Indy has the full selection to which you can (and should) add.


Thursday, February 05, 2004

conscienceofahipster
This is funny, apart from the odd nervous lie: Anyway, dudes, I'm just having fun, so chill. It's just satire.
This'll make you feel better!
POOR melancholy bird, that all night long
Tell'st to the moon thy tale of tender woe;
From what sad cause can such sweet sorrow flow,
And whence this mournful melody of song?

This mood matcher can sort you out too if you answer a few questions. I feel great! Obviously.
RIP
A political activist for the nationalist cause and a widely travelled oil economist, the breadth of his experience (he did not start writing until he was 40) enabled him to create a richly imaginative body of work. Books are, Mounif believed, an effective vehicle for change. In his words, "the mission of literature is to increase awareness and receptiveness in an attempt to create cases for renaissance and revival". Abdul-Rahman Mounif's obituary in the Guardian today. Moorishgirl posted a few tidbits a while back.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Anonybloggers anonyblogging
I've posted about this before and now it has an annoyingly unimaginative name.

Not surprisingly, journalism experts suggest anonybloggers are operating outside of any reasonable ethical line. 'One of the things that's going to have to become a standard for the Internet is, if you want to be taken seriously, you have to be identified,' says Alex Jones, director of Harvard's Shorenstein Center. 'Anonymity is almost always, for the mainstream anyway, something that says, 'Be very, very careful.''
But it hasn't stopped the mainstream from citing the blogs. The New York Times' Paul Krugman cited Atrios in a column, and Atrios has even appeared on public radio. Reports by Media Whores Online have certainly been picked up by partisans on the left, especially on CNN's 'Crossfire.'


Well, the mainstream media citing unidentified sources is nothing new, I wonder why Christopher Farah sounds a little pissed off. The whole article is here courtesy of Old Hag.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Once again, if you're about to enjoy your next feed...
You might not feel so hungry after this. Hmmm, that book deal could be quite the thing.
Wish I was catalogue-ready
What the maura..
I know its a crap name...
but I can't stop paying visits to Wonkette.
Although this is unfair. Come on, it's obvious that bilateral Bell's palsy is the cause of unblinking eyes. Common things are common, as they say.

I think I should visit shampoo more often
Bees pull weeds out of their minds.
They stop at flowers or bushes,
with or without petals.
And saliva on the dog’s jowls
doesn’t contract or intefere. Business.
The cloud moving above provides a clue
to cracks in the earth.
Five bees and a doorbell.
One hundred and three degrees.
Drought.
All of this
should touch their hearts.
The heartless fucking assholes.More, at shampoo

Monday, February 02, 2004

Skip this if you're about to eat something..
At the start of his trial in December, Meiwes said his motive for killing and eating his victim, Bernd Juergen Brandes, was born from a desire for this younger brother he never had - "someone to be part of me".
Shortly after his manslaughter conviction, Meiwes is said to be considering lucrative offers for film / book rights to his story (via Bookslut)

Later that evening Meiwes cut off Brandes's penis which both men then tried - and failed - to eat; a scene that Hollywood would surely struggle to portray.


Bluntness, desperation and deceit indeed..
So I said, 'maybe just the one' and before I knew it my head had swelled to the size of a water melon. Woman of a certain age, and more certain allergies, seeks Pirotin-carrying, lanolin-free man unlikely to send her into anaphylactic shock. Box no. 01/12

The latest LRB arrived on my doorstep and there's a few things I would link to if only (grind enamel) it was online. There's usually a delay of a few days, so in the meantime enjoy the personals.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

His greatest literary achievement was banning a book
The man who attempted to stop the publication of Spycatcher and has never written a book is an unusual figurehead for the 200-year old Literary Society, a dining club which counts Sir Tom Stoppard, Baroness James of Holland Park and Sir Vidiadhar Naipaul among its current members.

Yesterday, it was confirmed that one of the younger members, Robert Harris, the best-selling author of Pompeii, had resigned in protest.

It seems the appointment of Lord Armstrong of Ilminster as president of one of London's most elite literary bodies,
hasn't gone down too well.

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