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October 10, 2005

Earthquake!! 

Help!


Check out Humanitarian Man for updates and first hand information on the quake!

Do it, do it now!

Unicef bombs the Smurfs! 

Unicef bombs the Smurfs in fund-raising campaign for ex-child soldiers

October 09, 2005

Would you like to help? 


Any individual or group that would like to send money or supplies to the disaster in Pakistan can contact me through e-mail. I can deliver cash by hand starting Tuesday 10 Oct 2005. I can also provide resources for getting goods and supplies you would like to get to Pakistan.

I will be in the worst effected areas starting tomorrow, so anything you would like to give or send will get directly to the people who have lost everything.

Please visit Humanitarian Man for further information

October 08, 2005

This is the strongest quake in the last 100 years in this region 

I will be there Monday....

"Village after village has been wiped out," said another official in Muzaffarabad, the main town in Pakistani controlled Kashmir. "The Neelum River has been blocked because whole villages have fallen into the water."

AFP NEWS



"I could see rocks and homes tumbling down the mountains," said Ilahi, who was driving to his village of Garlat when the quake struck. "When I reached my village, there was nothing left of my home."

Associated Press

October 07, 2005

If President Bush was as cool as the Blues Brothers I wouldnt mind this kinda talk..... but he is not 

The comments were attributed to Mr Bush by Mr Shaath, a Palestinian negotiator, in the upcoming TV series Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs.
BBC
Mr Shaath said that in a 2003 meeting with Mr Bush, the US president said he was "driven with a mission from God".

"God would tell me, George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan. And I did, and then God would tell me, George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq... And I did.

"And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East. And by God I'm gonna do it."


Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who attended the meeting in June 2003 too, also appears on the documentary series to recount how Mr Bush told him: "I have a moral and religious obligation. So I will get you a Palestinian state."

October 06, 2005

So the NYPD now has its own CIA! 

So the NYPD now has its own internal CIA. They have operatives in foreign lands and are currently conduction intelligence collection activities in and outside of the New York state boarders AND outside of the United States boarders. How is this possible? Who is funding it? Where are the checks and balances to insure American privacy?
(To watch a video about New York’s CIA log onto www.cnn.com and choose the link “New York’s CIA” under the watch free video heading)

I can tell you the state of New York is not funding this alone, they are using FEDERAL money (read YOUR tax dollars) from counter terrorism funds to bypass federal government agencies and are operating way outside there jurisdiction. So how do they get away with it? Easy. The intelligence community and DOD can’t do a lot of stuff because they are restricted and managed by such laws as Executive order 12334, however when they get local state law enforcement officials assigned to their “fusion cells” or other joint operational working groups the loop hole is widened.

I have no problem and indeed want to see more states running there own intelligence programs within their states. The only reason there has not been more intelligence cells and operations set up by local and state police prior to 911 is that the FOP or other police unions and lobbies have done their best to control Law Enforcement jobs and not allow other professionals (such as experienced intelligence agents) to come into the organization except through the normal uniform wearing cop route.

I question the wisdom and motivation that lead to any New York law enforcement officers being posted overseas. A liaison on temporary duty is fine but this is ridiculous.

All intelligence agencies of the US government fall under Executive Order 12334--President's Intelligence Oversight Board


The Intelligence Oversight Act of 1980 amended the Hughes-Ryan Amendment to require notice of covert actions only to the two intelligence committees; the requirement to notify six other committees was eliminated. In 1982, the Intelligence Identities Protection Act became law, making it a crime to reveal the identity of intelligence agents. This was followed by the enactment in 1984 of the CIA Information Act, which exempted certain CIA operational files from requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.

10 miles, sleep, weigh in and beef jerky 

After a long day of canvassing Seattle for a firkin t-mobile store (I passed two of them many times with out noticing) it appears I have injured myself. When I got out of bed yesterday I had a huge shooting pain in my left foot when the ball of the foot touched the ground. I had shin splints already from my 10 mile walk but this was new and not fun.

I put on my cool new REI trail running shoes with the cool new insoles for support and headed off to the drycleaners. Every step I took was ridiculous. Today again the pain is there when I walk on it. Its like I have something pinched or pulled and any stretch or weight on it hurts. What a pain…. I don’t have time for this wimpy stuff. So off I go to the foothills of the Himalayas where I will be walking at least 2 miles a day probably…. Oh well. What doesn’t kill you makes you…….

I haven’t been able to sleep at night for 2 days. Last night I actually got out of bed at 2:45am and played Red Alert on my computer for an hour before getting to sleep successfully. I do go through my sleep all the time phase to my awake all the time phase, but the awake phase is not scheduled to start for another week…. Silly body can’t follow directions.

So tonight is the moment of truth as I borrow the neighbors scale to see if my bags are going to make it under the allotted weight. I was 20 pounds over each bag on the way here. The great part is most of the crap is either chocolate, tea, coffee or beef jerky for people at my destination.

October 05, 2005

Yet another phone....... 

As you know my cell phone decided to loose me a few days ago. As I have not been able to locate it I had to bite the bullet and go buy yet another mobile phone.

I purchase the RAZR V3. It seems cool thus far but worry about its ability to keep up with my clumsy lifestyle.

Either way I have a phone now, if you would like to hear from me (ever) it would be nice if you text messaged or e-mailed me you number cause I lost all of them.

October 03, 2005

I am out of passport visa pages. I should have gotten more put in while I was stateside this time, but I didn’t. So now I have to get more put in while I am over seas….. This is a pain. Hopefully I can get a contact to expedite it for me. I need to get another visa here soon and I have no page to put it on! Dang! Stupid small passport.

Lost my cell phone 

I found my digital video camera I lost last month but I have now lost my cell phone. So please use e-mail or skype if you want to talk to me or hear from me.

Discovering the Ugly bits of Humanitarian Aid Work 

A good Canadian friend of mine is working in a far off land for the campaign to ban landmines. She recently graduated from university and is out in a non-English speaking job. She is well traveled, well educated and comes from a family of humanitarian aid workers. I receive her monthly updates and read every word as they are both interesting and insightful. Here is a tiny bit of one subject covered in this months e-mail. There is nothing like the slow wearing down of innocence. Many people will never feel this awakening of realizing the world is not what they have been told or thought it was. It’s a hard process and only those with the most character survive this revelation and go on to wade through the mire that is the “real world” and try to do good in it.

“Discovering the Ugly bits of Humanitarian Aid Work
I already knew these existed from the frustrations that seeped out of my parents over the years from time to time. But now I’m dealing with them face-to-face: the ugly politics, who gives money to who, competition between NGOs, hob-nobbing with government, being shunned by the government, demands from beneficiaries, demands of donors, the huge difference between what’s written on paper and what actually happens in the real world, and the huge challenge of turning the best of intentions into the best of actions. The simple goal of helping people who need help is so much more complicated than it seems. I’m struggling with whether this is really an area of work I want to subject myself to (and whether it really does any good that is worth subjecting oneself to). These are tough questions….”
Killer Dolphins

You scored as The Operative. 

You are dedicated to your job and very good at what you do. You've done some very bad things, but they had to be done. You don't expect to go to heaven, but that is a sacrifice you've made for a better future for all.
What are you?

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