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Monday, November 23, 2009

The Twelfth Planet by Zecharia Sitchin

Sumeria is the father off all our civilization. Mankinds alphabet, vocabulary, legends and science. The Sumerians also had vwery advanced knowledge of astronomy. They were a civilized high point amongtst a time of very primative people. Too advanced to be explained away by such a term as evolution or natural growth. Te author uses Sumerian legend and the bible to figure it all out, in those works lies the key. The twelve Gods are present in Sumerian,Mesopatamian, Greek and Roman Lore.

Who were these Sumerian gods? Where did they originate? Why are they so human like in their behavior? Due the cuneiforms etched in stone offer us any clues? Yes says Dr. Sitchin. They do. Back wheh the solar system was just forming and the planets had different names. A rogue planet called Nabiru or Marduk was sailing acoss the universerve when all of the sudden it got sucked into our solar system by a strong gravitational pull. As it sailed into our solar system it collided with a planet called Tiamat. The Planet broke in half leaving the other half to roam our solar system as Asteroids. These asteroids have an eliptical pattern. Nabiru also has an eliptical pattern. It does one revolution around our sun once every 3,600 E#arth Years.

Many years later inhabitants of Nabiru would visit Earth and settle their. These astronaughts from Nabiru were called Anunaki or Nephillim the fallen ones ones. They came to our planet after the ice age. THey found harsh conditions and the only area they could really settle was the plains of Mesopotamia. This plain was called Edin which meant plain. It was in Mesopatamia that they built spaceports for their space ships. There main puose was not settlement but mining for gold. Whcih was done off the Southern Horn of Africa. Many Anukaki worked in harsh work conditions until thjey finally rebelled. It was at this point that Anu the leader of planet Nabiru decided to vote in favor of the worker. THe anunaki then took indigenous Homo Erectus and performed genetic experiments. This created Homo-Sapeins the perfect worker. Later the flood would come leaving few human survivors. It was after this that the Anunaki chose to teach humans the rudiments of civilization.

Friday, November 13, 2009

" The Partisan's Daughter" by Louis De Berniere

Chris a gentleman in his mid forties unhappily married in a loveless marriage meets a woman named Roza dressed up as a prostitute standing on a street corner. He picks her up but the woman tells him that she is an ex prostitute. Chris drives her home and the two share a cup of coffee. From their a platonic relationship develops. Chris is married to a woman he calls the "Great White Loaf" the marriage is sexless and loveless. He makes his living by selling medical equipment to physicians. Typical middle class gentleman.

Roza on the other hand smoke and drinks while living in a broken down apartment with the wires hanging out of the walls. She has lived a fast life totally opposite of what Chris lives. The relationship builds upon the stories that Roza tells about herself. She has lived a fast life so there is lots to tell. This contrast greatly with Chris's boring life.

Roza was the daughter of a partisan as the title so aptly tells. Her father a a soldier for Tito the great uniter of Yugoslavia. He fought against Bosnians, Croats and Albanians. He took five bullets in the chest which could never be removed. He has front teeth that were smashed in by a helmet. Roza adored and loved him. She even seduced him at one time, something which made her feel good and the father feel like garbage. Her father and mother were polar opposite who end up getting divorced after she is 18.

Roza grew up on a farm falling in love with her animals and pets until one day a cat eats her pet bird. While growing up she stumbled upon a corpse. While growing up she had a best friend whom she shared a lesbian relationship. Of course this ended like all good things as her best friend leaves to get married.

Roza's life takes a turning point when she goes to college and falls in love with a Croatian man. He ends up leaving her for another woman which prompts Roza to leave the university and try to make it to England. She cannot get there due to Visa requirements. Instead she decide to go to Bosnia. She can feel the Bosnian disdain for Serbs and Christians on her skin. She works there for several months until she is finally accosted by an Albanian man. She has to flee for her life, and ends up taking a boat to England . She falls in love with the boat owner Tommy. She leaves him when she gets to England. Later in England she will work at an escort club get abducted and raped.

The relationship builds as Chris goes there every night to hear her stories. The turning point happens when Chris gets drunk and shows up at her apartment. What happens after that I will let you read and find out.

Monday, November 9, 2009

"The Seige" by Ismail Kadare

Pasha Tursun is sent off to faraway Albania to subdue a rebellious population and make Albania part of the Ottoman Empire. One Citadel decide to hold out against Ottoman rule. They refuse to submit and they refuse to convert. Their mythical leader Skanderbeg holds them to their Christianity and binds them to the Catholic Church. The Ottoman Army is comprised of many different nationalities and they are all camped by the wall of the Citadel ready to take it over. Pasha Tursun has also fallen out of favor with the Sultan so it is imperative that he overtake the Citadel. He brought along with him his four wives, a usual no no for a military campaign.

The Albanian Defenders desperately hold on in the face of overwhelming odds. The first assault by the Ottoman army takes them for a bit of a surprise. THe Turks have brought a cannon which reeks havoc on the walls. but the attack fails. The Albanian forces hold them off. The cannon fails to bring down the walls. The Turks try at least four different assaults against the garrison all of which fail. They try sabotaging their water supply by finding it with a horse. They are successful in finding the water and the defender do encounter intense thirst. but that does not bring them down. Next the Turks try infiltrating the fortress with rats in order to bring disease bu the Albanians counter that with rat traps. They also try tunneling into the fortress but the fortress cave in on them. While the Turks may have destroyed the defender's water supply the defenders destroyed the Turks food supply which was being shipped by Christian Venetians. The defenders also stage a night raid against the Turks.

In the end it is safe to say the Turks hold out. THe book does delve into Military camp life, Ottoman intrigues as well as the the lusty side of Turks in battle. Many soldier are concerned with the women they will capture. Their are feuds between officers over power struggle and little young boys. An officers life in the Otoman army is one of a constant power struggle and always watching your back. To see who may try to kill you for their next advancement.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

When Insults had Class

When Insults Had Class
These classic insults are from an era before the English language
got boiled down to 4-letter words.

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."
He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second.... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.." - Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx

Monday, November 2, 2009

GENOCIDE NEVER TO BE QUESTIONED

Aysor
Oct 30 2009
Armenia

At today's press-conference Armenia's Foreign Minister Edward
Nalbandyan said Armenia didn't see any reasons to abandon the process
of international recognition of issue of Genocide. This statement was
made as journalists mentioned that foreign media outlets had reported
such suggestions after Armenian-Turkish protocols signing ceremony
in Zurich.

According to Mr. Nalbandyan, anything unsaid in a couple of articles
among wide circulation cannot show any trends. He stressed that
Armenian leadership had repeatedly stated would never question Genocide
and importance of its recognition.

"Armenian Genocide recognition is a matter that concerns not only
Armenian people but all humanity in order that such crimes could
never happen again," said Armenian FM adding that Armenia always
welcomes Genocide recognition initiated in other countries. He also
mentioned that more than 20 states have officially characterized
and recognized mass killings and deportations of Armenians in the
Ottoman Empire a Genocide. Moreover 3 states had recognized Armenian
Genocide long before Armenia's sovereignty. Besides, two members of the
U.S. Senate have recently introduced legislation calling on President
Barack Obama to officially term the 1915-1918 mass killings and
deportations of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire a Genocide. Senators
Robert Menendez and John Ensign who drafted the resolution urge to
"accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation
of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide."

Jerusalem Armenians rallied at the building hosting Turkish Republic

31.10.2009

About 30 Hai Day Bureau and Jerusalem's Armenian
Community representatives held a protest rally in front of a building
hosting a reception in celebration of Turkish Republic Day, Hai Dat
Bureau representative in Jerusalem, Georgette Avagian told
PanARMENIAN.Net reporter.

''We expressed our protest against Israeli ministers and politicians
attending the reception, by reminding them that Turkey was 1,5 million
Armenians' Genocide perpetrator and the one who deprived us of our
historic motherland. We condemn the Israeli government, whose nation
survived the Holocaust, for non-acknowledgement of the fact and
maintaining friendly relations with Turkey,'' Georgette Avagian
emphasized.

Genocide Trials in Israel

Armenian Genocide resolution hearings might be resumed at Knesset
Recently, Hai Dat Bureau representatives in
Jerusalem met Israeli Knesset members. As Hai Dat Bureau
representative in Jerusalem, Georgette Avagian told reporter, the parties discussed the possibility of Armenian Genocide
resolution's inclusion on Knesset agenda. `We urged the
parliamentarians to refrain from linking the issue above to RA-Turkey
rapprochement process. Armenian Genocide discussions are scheduled at
Knesset in April, yet we'll do our best for them to start earlier,'
Georgette Avagian noted.

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