Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
You're here for the baby pictures, aren't you? Oh, come on, don't be "polite" about it. We both know that this has been coming for a long time. I'm being honest with you, please be honest with me.
Yep, that's what I thought. If you're hitting this site, chances are that you'd prefer to see a video of Bryce taking his first steps, or playing with cars, or having a bath, or just sitting there being a cute 10.5 month old, or Bryce doing anything at all than say, an overlong first-hand account of some folk-singer you never heard of and his descent into madness and eventual suicide.
I get it. I'm okay with it. Heck, I'd rather see the Bryce pictures myself, all things being equal. That's why I'm starting a new blog over here. http://superduperficiality.blogspot.com. It's called "Self Indulgence" because that's what it is. If you want to read whatever eclectic interest has popped into my magpie mind, that's the place.
But if you want family updates/baby pictures/videos of milestones? No need to add any bookmarks. Nothing's changed.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
What a strange city this is. On the fringes of the far West Side, the housing developments march faceless and souless, one clone-home subdivision after another rising starkly out of the concrete covered desert. All context of place is strangely absent here, the snakeweed scrub and the sagebrush scraped from the ground along with all but the barest hint of natural topography. This is an area where the past is severed and the future is unthought of; this is the realm of a quintessentially modern world of short term vision, where land has no meaning until it is carved up for quick profits.
And yet, paradoxically, for an immediate sense of Albuquerque’s long history and its distant past, there is perhaps no better place to be. Because here, past the developments, past the bulldozers and the cleared land waiting for the next “KB Homes Community” that may never arrive in the current economic climate, there is a transcendent and sacred place.
Article Continued on Forgotten Albuquerque
Israeli shelling kills dozens at UN school in Gaza
• Reports of more than 40 killed in and around UN shelter
• 12 members of family killed in Gaza City air strike
The civilian death toll in Gaza increased dramatically today, with reports of more than 40 Palestinians killed after missiles exploded outside a UN school where hundreds of people were sheltering from the continuing Israeli offensive.
Two Israeli tank shells struck the school in Jabaliya refugee camp, spraying shrapnel on people inside and outside the building, according to news agency reports.
The medical director of the hospital in Jabaliya told the Guardian 41 bodies had been brought in so far and more could be on the way. Reuters journalists filmed bodies scattered on the ground amid pools of blood and torn shoes and clothes. A donkey lay on the ground in its own blood.
In addition to the dead, several dozen people were wounded, hospital officials said. The Israeli military said it was looking into the reports.
Elsewehere at least 12 members of an extended family, including seven young children, were killed in an air strike on their house in Gaza City. The bodies of the Daya family were pulled from the rubble of a house in Gaza city's Zeitoun district after it was hit by two Israeli missiles. The dead included seven children aged from one to 12 years, three women and two men. Nine other people were believed to be trapped in the rubble.
Hours earlier, three young men – all cousins – died when the Israelis bombed another UN school, the Asma primary school in Gaza City. They were among about 400 people who sought shelter there after fleeing their homes in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza.
The UN, which said the school was clearly marked, said it was "strongly protesting these killings to the Israeli authorities and is calling for an immediate and impartial investigation".
"Where it is found that international humanitarian law has been violated, those responsible must be held to account. Under international law, installations such as schools, health centres and UN facilities should be protected from attack. Well before the current fighting, the UN had given to the Israeli authorities the GPS co-ordinates of all its installations in Gaza, including Asma elementary school."
The killings take the total toll in Palestinian lives since the Israelis launched their assault on the Gaza Strip 11 days ago to above 600. Doctors at Gaza hospitals say that at least one-fifth of the victims are children and a large number of women are among the dead.
Israel continues to insist that the bulk of those killed are Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters, although its claim to be going to extraordinary lengths to target only "terrorists" has been undermined by one of its own tanks firing on a building being used by Israeli troops, killing four.
The sharp spike in the number of civilian casualties came as Israeli troops and tanks moved into Gaza's second largest city, Khan Younis, for the first time today, supported by intensive artillery strikes as the military pledged to press on with its attack.The heaviest fighting has been in northern Gaza, with witnesses reporting wave after wave of bombing strikes across the north of the territory accompanied by gunfire from helicopters and artillery from land and sea. Thousands of Palestinians have been ordered to leave their homes or forced to flee the fighting.
In Shajaiyeh, east of Gaza City, Israeli troops seized control of three apartment blocks and set up gun positions on the rooftops. Residents were locked in their homes and soldiers confiscated their mobile phones, neighbours said.
Three of the four Israeli soldiers killed by friendly fire died when a tank mistakenly fired on a building where the soldiers had taken up positions. There was heavy artillery fire to cover the evacuation of 24 soldiers who were injured, including the commander of the Golani infantry brigade, one of Israel's key fighting forces.
Israel's defence minister, Ehud Barak, said his country's troops would continue their operation despite mounting Palestinian casualties and growing international calls for a ceasefire.
"Hamas has so far sustained a very heavy blow from us, but we have yet to achieve our objective, and therefore the operation continues," Barak said.
The Israeli foreign minister, Tzipi Livni, said the offensive was intended to change permanently the shape of Israel's conflict with Hamas. "When Israel is targeted, Israel is going to retaliate," she said. Israel has rejected calls for a ceasefire.
The military said it had bombed more smuggling tunnels across the border with Egypt, in the south, and hit more than 40 other sites across Gaza including buildings storing weapons and rocket launching areas.
In Gaza, Mahmoud Zahar, the most senior leader of Hamas in the strip and a hardliner in the movement, appeared on the party's al-Aqsa television station and gave a defiant speech threatening attacks not only in Gaza but elsewhere.
"The Zionists have legitimised the killing of their children by killing our children. They have legitimised the killing of their people all over the world by killing our people," Zahar said. He urged Hamas fighters to "crush your enemy".
Another Hamas figure, a recognised military spokesman called Abu Ubaida, said thousands of Hamas fighters were waiting in Gaza to take on the Israeli military, and that rocket attacks would increase. More than 40 were fired into southern Israel yesterday, including one that landed in an empty kindergarten, which, like all schools near the Gaza border, has been closed since the conflict began.. Israeli police said a total of 520 rockets had been fired in the past 11 days of fighting.
Israeli troops are now deployed in and around the major urban areas of Gaza, particularly to the north, in Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahiya and Jabaliya. Using leaflets, telephone calls and radio announcements, they have ordered residents in many areas to leave their homes, forcing at least 15,000 Palestinians to flee to safety elsewhere. At least 5,000 are staying in 11 different UN schools and shelters.
The UN said more than 1 million Gazans were still without electricity or water and that it was increasingly difficult for staff to distribute aid or reach the injured. It said more industrial diesel was needed to reopen the strip's sole power plant, which has been shut for a week. Ten transformers have been damaged in the fighting.
More wheat grain is needed for food handouts, and the UN said Karni, the main commercial crossing, should be reopened to allow it in. Four ambulances and three mobile clinics were destroyed when bombs hit the headquarters of the Union of Health Care Committees in Gaza City.
John Holmes, the UN emergency relief coordinator, said Gaza represented an "increasingly alarming" humanitarian crisis, and that the territory was running low on clean water, power, food, medicine and other supplies since Israel began its offensive. Israeli leaders claim there is no humanitarian crisis.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Friday, January 02, 2009
So here's the story-
The pipe was burst, indeed, the water raining down through the ceiling, trickling somehow between the wall and the paint, terrible bladders of latex paint inflating behind pictures, knocking a mirror down to shatter on the floor. Many things ruined, Denise's computer, her printer, her television, her art. Definitely a disaster.
The manager of the apartment complex was asininely adamant that somehow, with two inches of water on the floor and all, the unit was still "livable" and that the Company would most definitely not be providing alternate lodging... An incorrect reading of New Mexico state law, I assure you. Denise went to the hotel anyway, we sent a nasty letter or two, obtained a phone number for the next step up on the chain of command (what's with these complexes?), called and called and called. Next time Denise showed up, the original manager offered her another unit. Nice how that works out, but why the stubborn refusal to look facts in the face at the beginning of this mess? So Denise moved, one floor down, two buildings over. And there she is today. Insurance adjusters are still involved and... investigating... but for now the situation is more or less Resolved.