Tuesday, 30 June 2009

is looking forward to HOUSE returning tomorrow evening! :)
there are PLENTY of Australian Schools all over the world, but don't dare try to build an Islamic school in Camden or Liverpool!

Monday, 29 June 2009

A Brief History of the CIA in Iran

A Brief History of the CIA in Iran

The history of the CIA in Iran shows that it isn't the failures of the agency we need to worry about, numerous as they are. Its
successes-Iran is one of the biggest-are far more dangerous.

The CIA did exactly what was asked of it in Iran, deposing a mildly nationalist regime that was a minor irritant to US policy makers. As a direct result, a fiercely nationalist regime came to power 26 years later, and it has proved to be a major irritant to the US Government ever since.

In 1951, Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, "the most popular politician in the country," was elected prime minister of Iran. His major
election plank was the nationalization of the only oil company operating in Iran at that time-British Petroleum. The nationalization
bill was passed unanimously by the Iranian parliament.

Though Mossadegh offered BP considerable compensation, his days were numbered from that point on. The British coordinated an international economic embargo of Iran, throwing its economy into chaos. And the CIA, at the request of the British, began spending millions of dollars on ways to get rid of Mossadegh. The CIA's plans hinged on the young Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, a timid and inexperienced figurehead. (He was a mere shadow of his father, who had led a pro-Nazi regime during World War II.) In 1953, with CIA backing, the Shah ordered Mossadegh out of office and appointed a Nazi collaborator as his successor. Demonstrators filled the streets in support of Mossadegh, and the Shah fled to Rome.

Undaunted, the CIA paid for pro-Shah street demonstrators, who seized a radio station and announced that the Shah was on his way back and that Mossadegh had been deposed. In reality, it took a nine hour tank battle in the streets of Tehran, killing hundreds, to remove Mossadegh.

Compared to the bloodshed to follow, however, that was just a drop in the bucket. In 1976, Amnesty International concluded that the Shah's CIA trained security force, SAVAK, had the worst human rights records in the planet, and that the number and variety of techniques the CIA had taught SAVAK were "beyond belief."

Inevitably, in 1979, the Iranian people overthrew the bloodstained Shah, with great bitterness and hatred toward the US for installing him and backing him all those years. The radical fundamentalist regime that rules Iran today could never have found
popular support without the CIA's 1953 coup and the repression that followed.

Still up to their old tricks!

Sunday, 28 June 2009

H1N1 Update

Australian H1N1 deaths to date: 5, Victorian Road Deaths 28/06/09 alone: 6

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Watching a Movie

is watching "Taken" with Liam Neeson & our own Holly Valance!

Baking Scones :-P

is baking organic date scones with my daughter! :-)

We had a Win!

my lads (and lasses) finally had a win! and a decisive 0-6 victory at that! coach needs a coffee!

Friday, 26 June 2009

"The Illustrator" is on DVD!

wow! "The Illustrator" is on DVD - off to deliver 2 copies to SUFF http://www.suff.com.au/ - deadline is 5PM - time for a coffee on the way!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

dodgy coffee bag & UHT milk :-(

is struggling with a dodgy coffee bag & UHT milk - oh the pain & suffering! :-(
is in dire need of a coffee! - push on, push on! :-(
rough cut done! >5 hours 2 export! now a little more sleep, a tad more tinkering, LOTS more coffee & export 2 DVD! we *may* just make it! :)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

sorry Sydney Underground Film Festival! I'm not going to make it! My brain hurts! Will need a better machine than mine to export! :-(
is sick of editing! my brain has turned to mush! keep soldiering on....

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Masterchef Australia

way to go Sam on Masterchef Australia! BTW: I would have picked Justine too! :-)

Saturday, 20 June 2009

'there' and 'their' are TWO different words, and they ARE NOT interchangeable - just like 'loose' and 'lose'!
and finally some commonsense - http://ping.fm/xbbKa - our 'fair and balanced media at it again!
has a wet bum, no coffee and football called off! what a start to the weekend! :(

Friday, 19 June 2009

watching 'Cheong Yeon' (Blue Swallow) -gorgeous Korean biography of Pak Kyeong-Won - 1st female Korean pilot who flew 4 the Japanese Empire
is @ work, but there's a whole lot of fucking the dog going on! :-(

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Sydney Water - mmm http://ping.fm/idO2W
is marveling at the sheer genius; http://ping.fm/f5Ggj - certainly worth considering!
is iPhone 3.0 updated - fairly painless. I need a coffee!

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

thinks Nathan Millward is truly amazing - check out; http://ping.fm/aJ5Hg -Sydney to England on a Honda CT110 'Postie' Bike!
Socceroos defeat the Blue Samurai! Australia 2:1 日本 @ Full Time :-)
Australia 2:1 日本 @ 75' :-)
Australia 1:1 日本 @ 60' :-)
is looking forward to the day when we can watch our National Football team on Free-to-Air Television again!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

is watching 'Sunflower' - a beautiful autobiography by director Zhang Yang
got my ~25yo AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 repaired/cleaned - *almost* as good as a brand new one! :-)

Monday, 15 June 2009

is baking organic madeleines! :-)

Sunday, 14 June 2009

is editing :-(
H1N1 (let's call it what it is) > 1000 cases and *still* no deaths & it's a pandemic? They want to *keep* you scared.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

and ping.fm shortens links now! LOL - saves one step, I guess! :-)
facebook username - http://ping.fm/j6VrU - cool!

Friday, 12 June 2009

asks that you PLEASE vote for me at; http://sn.im/sda001 - I have NO idea of how I am going to do it, but would love to give it a go! :-)

Monday, 8 June 2009

is wishing Freddie Mercury & the gang a very Happy Birthday!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

is watching 'reel bad arabs' - excellent documentary on ABC1
and on to South Africa 2010!!! :)

Saturday, 6 June 2009

go the roos! just one more point, boys! Thanks for not letting me watch it, Johnny Howard!
the Chaser's skit so bad, yet Channel 10 News replays it tonight?

Thursday, 4 June 2009

is remembering 天安門 - 89年06月04日 - lest we forget!
China buys HUMMER - both frightening and sadly appropriate

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

is loving SBS TWO 太好了! :)
is loving SBS TWO 太好了! :)
is watching "Roger & Me" (again) on the day General Motors files for bankruptcy

Monday, 1 June 2009

total swine flu cases in Australia: 103, total deaths: 0