Yeay! We Are Great!

Prescription charges in Wales end today! Take that the rest of the UK!

Patients in Wales are now entitled to free prescriptions, on the day the cost rises to £6.85 in the rest of the UK.
GP and pharmacist representatives in Wales said scrapping the charges was “good news” for those who find paying for medicines difficult.

Prescription charges had been gradually reduced to £3 – but Welsh Assembly members voted earlier this year to scrap them altogether from 1 April. –

Big pharma are of course moaning as the link between money and health is altered to give priority to need not profit. Socialised medicine in the Motherfucking House!

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Idiot Journalist Watch- AP’s Steven R. Hurst

In a blow job of a piece on Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi & CIA stooge he says:-

In an interview with The Associated Press last week, Allawi said the U.S.-backed draft oil law has the potential to “cause a severe backlash in society.”
The draft law, designed in part to create a fair distribution of oil profits to all Iraqis, is perhaps the most important piece of legislation for Iraq’s American patrons. But the measure, which would give foreign companies some access to the country’s enormous oil reserves, has not yet been put before parliament.-

Er, is he actually on the same planet as us? Is this a parallel Iraq where the oil law wasn’t an imperial atrocity written by big oil/Bushco? –

Vice-President Dick Cheney, who said in 1999, while he was still chief executive of the oil services company Halliburton, that the world would need an additional 50 million barrels of oil a day by 2010. “So where is the oil going to come from?… The Middle East, with two-thirds of the world’s oil and the lowest cost, is still where the prize ultimately lies,” he said.

Oil industry executives and analysts say the law, which would permit Western companies to pocket up to three-quarters of profits in the early years, is the only way to get Iraq’s oil industry back on its feet after years of sanctions, war and loss of expertise. But it will operate through “production-sharing agreements” (or PSAs) which are highly unusual in the Middle East, where the oil industry in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the world’s two largest producers, is state controlled.

Opponents say Iraq, where oil accounts for 95 per cent of the economy, is being forced to surrender an unacceptable degree of sovereignty.-

The AP provides copy for thousands of news outlets so one bad or bought hack can have immense influence, worse still stories may not be credited to a named writer so you may not know you are reading Stevie boy’s hapless fantasies.

Outsourcing And The Corporatocracy

When government is nought but a commissioning agency for corporate contracts the take over will be total, and corporations will not be answerable to you, they can hire their own military and deal with you. Good times ahead!-

Since the 2001 terrorist attacks and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the federal government’s demand for complex technology has soared,” writes by Bernard Wysocki, Jr. for the Journal. “But Washington often doesn’t have the expertise to take on new high-tech projects, or the staff to oversee them.
“As a result,” he continues, “officials are increasingly turning to contractors, in particular the hundreds of companies in Tysons Corner and the surrounding Fairfax County that operate some of the government’s most sensitive and important undertakings.”-

He fails to say the govt. chose to have these needs thus creating a market for the contractors it now ‘needs’ because state employees have been progressively reduced under the ideology of privatisation, which of course was enacted by er, them. It’s a classic grift, create a problem then miraculously provide a solution which also exacerbates the original problem making a rising spiral of corporate welfare:-

The number of private federal contractors has now risen to 7.5 million, which is four times greater than the federal workforce itself, the report indicates. Such a trend is leading the government to what Wysocki calls the “outsourcing [of] its brain.”-

Simply it is the ending of democratic influence (small though it is) on the ruling classes who flit between elected office and CEO positions continually -purely for the purpose’s of stripping democratic control of our capital and institutions, in govt. to pass the laws and sign the contracts, then joining the corporations who profit from the same laws and contracts – you are laughed at for raising the question of ‘conflict of interest?’ even when the political operatives are holding positions in corporations concurrently- and guess who’s funding it? Us. The article is in the Wall Street Journal so it does not go into these motives particularly, the most important thing to remember is that the largest private military contractor Blackwater is run by a christianist republican who currently profits from the genocide level of slaughter in Iraq. His barbarity and that of his atrocity hardened troops will be a valuable asset should any of us get uppity over our stolen democracy.

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In an article in the NY Times some blackly hilarious evil is described:-

Speaking before a combatant status review tribunal charged with determining whether he had been properly designated an enemy combatant, Mr. Nashiri said he had confessed to many terrorist activities under torture.

“From the time I was arrested five years ago, they have been torturing me,” Mr. Nashiri said through a translator, according to the transcript. “It happened during interviews. One time they tortured me one way, and another time they tortured me in a different way.”

The president of the tribunal, a Navy captain whose name was not disclosed, said, “Please describe the methods.”

The four-paragraph passage that followed in the transcript was redacted in six places, and the 36-page transcript, of a two-hour hearing, was redacted in many other places.

“They do so many things,” Mr. Nashiri said in one passage made public. “So many things.”-

This ‘hearing’ where the officers involved remain anonymous, where the trial transcript is blacked out by the prosecuting authority. Combined with yesterday’s blackmail gag order on David Hicks, Gitmo is a mockery of civilisation, that anyone can allow and even support this simply shows how easy it must of been for Hitler to rise to power, there’s always enough sheeple and bastards to let the cancer grow. Fuck me these Bushistas would probably support a bucket of dribly cum if they were told to (in fact they do with their rabid anti abortion base). Somewhat less funny is the clear lesson this teaches us, the human race has forgotten the lessons drawn from WWII within a lifetime. Everyday is a demonstration that the concept behind the name of this blog is deadly fucking accurate. Human fucking idiot race.

Iran Blogapalooza 3-Colours Blog

You may notice a slight change to the Iran Blogapalooza logo, so here is the story; Jadi wrote a post about the little logo:-

As you can see I have added a PEACE FOR IRAN logo designed by RickB. To be honest at first glance I wanted to ignore this logo but in the second toughth, I realized that I have to use the logo but ask RickB to change it. Why ?
As you can see, the logo contains a Peace in Farsi and English and a flag of Iran. But this is not MY FLAG. As most flags, Iran’s flag contains three colors:

Green. two interpretations: 1-color of life, 2-this is an Islamic country.
White. Peace
Red. Iranians are ready to die for their flag / country.

I am not an Nationalist and I do not insists that “we are raedy to die for our flag” or anything. Instead I want to talk about the Symbol in the middle of the flag.
In the white area (in the middle of the flag there is a symbol). This symbol represents the eras of Iran’s flag. The ancient one had a lion and a sun in it. Have a look youself:

This is not an Monarchy sign but a sign of all eras and many groups agree on it (even communist parties).
After the 1979 revolution, the new ideological regime changed the logo to this one:

It is a combination of Allah (In Farsi letters) and some other symbols (for justice and sword and …). I do not like it represents ONLY this ISLAMIC REGIME which tortures peoples and censors everything. I do not stand in front of this flag and do not believe in it. my PEACE sign does not has an ISLAMIC REGIMES sign on it. I want peace but without supporting this regime. I my self prefer a simple three color flag, without any ideology on it. I want a flag without Lion, without Allah and without Swastika. This does not means I am against Lion and Allah but it means my flag should mean Iran and not ISLAMIC REGIME or any other ideology.

RickB ? Are you interested in changing your Islamic Regime’s flag to Iran’s flag ?-

So my answer is yes I am more than happy to change the logo not least because a simple 3 colour band of green, white, red was my original design! D’oh. Plus Jadi made & sent me the gif of ‘Peace’ in farsi/Persian that adorns the logo so it is in fact a co-operative Anglo/Iranian logo and as such should be made so that both of us are happy.

David Hicks Gets 9 Months In An Australian Jail

Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks will be sent home to serve nine months in prison after being sentenced by a military judge at the facility.-

Pragmatically speaking this is a good result for his immediate welfare.

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Bisher al-Rawi Update

The Independent talk about Bisher al-Rawi’s involvement with MI5 and also list other UK residents in Gitmo:-

Jordanian. In Guantanamo since March 2003. Arrested, with Bisher al-Rawi, in the Gambia.

Ethiopian. In Guantanamo since September 2004. Indefinite leave to remain in UK. Travelled to Afghanistan in 2001.

Saudi Arabian. In Guantanamo since February 2002. Was applying for British nationality. Seized in Pakistan in 2002.

Libyan. In Guantanamo since August 2002. Allegedly appears on a “Chechnyan training video”.

Moroccan. In Guantanamo since May 2002. Worked in UK for 18 years. Accused of attending a terrorist training camp in 2001.

Algerian. In Guantanamo since March 2002. Alleged to have attended a training camp.

Algerian. In Guantanamo since June 2002. Went to Afghanistan in 2001 and was shot in Pakistan.

Uganda. In Guantanamo for more than three years. Was travelling in Pakistan when he was seized. –

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