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the sleeper must awaken

“A person needs new experiences. They jar something deep inside, allowing you to grow. Without them, it sleeps- seldom to awaken. The sleeper must awaken. ”
Frank Herbert

Thesis submission – 42 days and counting.

Stephen Harper abusing the courts?

“The Conservatives will appeal a federal court ruling that orders the government to repatriate Canadian-born terrorism suspect Omar Khadr from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, the CBC is reporting.

According to the report, the government has filed a stay pending appeal of a Federal Court of Appeal ruling earlier this month forcing the government to seek Khadr’s return, meaning the Supreme Court of Canada will now decide whether to review the case.”


Let’s not forget Stephen Harper already appealed, and lost the appeal. I wonder what the Supreme Court can do at this point? It’s too damn late. Regardless of what the Supreme Court does, it shows how the court system can be manipulated by the governing party in such a way laws really don’t mean shit [unless you are “just” a Canadian citizen].

Meanwhile, over in the U.S. we are finding out that torture techniques included threatening peoples family and children, and faking executions.

When will the madness end?

[arguing with a classmate about this brought up another position: that if Khadr was brought here he’d have to be tried, whereas in the U.S. that might happen sooner or be thrown out… I figure it would get thrown out here too. He thought my position was partison bullshit. I’m looking forward to hearing the supreme court decision.]

Stephen Harper vs. Canadian Law – The case of Omar Khadr.

After supporting the U.S. administrations (past and present) illegal detention and torture of Omar Khadr, Stephen Harper has finally been forced to help repatriate him:

“The Federal Appeal Court upheld a ruling Friday that ordered the Canadian government to press for the return of Omar Khadr from a U.S. military detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba…

… the Appeal Court agreed with O’Reilly that Canada had an obligation to take steps to “protect Khadr from further abuse” and that by refusing to request his repatriation, his charter rights were also violated.”

Where does this leave Omar Khadr? In jail… But at least now Canada can’t contribute to his abuse, and they have to “try” to repatriate him.

The courts have given me some hope, but then I think about a kid spending seven years in a foreign jail, being threatened with rape and urine, interrogated, kept in solitary confinement, deprived of sleep, etc…   well shit… this is why people ignore it all isnt it? It’s just too damn disgusting to imagine. So when Harper is forced to see whats going on, given that hes paid as Prime Minister and it’s his job, how did he turn a blind eye so easily? What kind of person does that?

[and as if he just turned a blind eye, he actually appealed the first decision and did everything he could NOT to help… this wasn’t lazyness, he is one of many *directly* responsible for keeping Khadr locked up this long!]

[and canada’s most biased news source has killed all coverage of this for some reason –> If you are looking for a good anthro project, we need studies on how canadian media companies manipulate the news!]

scamming academics

A few weeks ago a peculiar piece of email spam came to my attention. The email was a rather sophisticated scam, that involved posing as a soldier in the U.S. army, offering “sensitive” documents, which required that you visit a website, signup for “secure” access, etc…

I did a search on Google for parts of the message, and found that the email had been flagged on numerous spam databases.

Today I came across another such attack being discussed, the “Lambert Academic Publishing” scam. In this one, researchers are told that the publisher is interested in their work, dissertation, etc… They are sent to a website which is a replica of an actual publishers website. It appears very real. At some point they ask for ones bank information so that they can pay you the proper royalties.

Funny that they are targetting academics so directly. Are we more gullible? I figure they aren’t the richest bank accounts!

regime change

Welcome the new thesis regime.

  1. wake up.
  2. run
  3. eat / coffee
  4. write thesis 9am – 12pm
  5. eat again
  6. look outside at sunshine
  7. find summer job—> Yes its similar to the last one I came up with – but I’m sticking to it this time.

    [Goal: Finish final draft of thesis prior to start of Montreal Jazz Fest at end of June.]

Some hope for Omar Khadr

Proving Stephen Harper is an “a-hole”, Janice Tibbets reports,

A federal judge has ordered the Harper government to seek Canadian Omar Khadr’s repatriation to Canada.

“The ongoing refusal of Canada to request Mr. Khadr’s repatriation offends a principle of fundamental justice and violates Mr. Khadr’s rights under . . . the charter,” wrote Federal Court Justice James O’Reilly in a ruling released Thursday.

After being tortured and held in captivity for years, I’m hoping Omar Khadr will be set free on his return to Canada.

That is if our Prime Minister will get of his ass and stand up for a teenager being locked up and tortured.

I would smile now, witnessing a judge shame Stephen Harper so publicly and so badly – but Khadr is still in jail, and his government continues to sit on its ass.

just me and my thesis

and a latte… this is montreal.

The crocuses have bloomed and classes are over. My window stays open at night finally – fresh air feels goooood.

A quick medical note: after living a year with a bizarre feeling in my left ear, and having it checked out by numerous doctors, I was finally sent to a specialist who removed an enormous amount of what he called “debris”. He did not react like the previous nurse, who gasped “what the hell is this stuff in your ear”, nor did he freak out like the previous doctor, who said “oh look at that.. I think you have an ear fungus”.

Instead, he reached into his torture drawer and carefully selected the right tool – for this job a curved set of tweezers – which he manipulated a bit too joyfully.

Fungus? He wasn’t sure, but he did confirm the debris. 15 minutes later and I was out the door, less an earful.

I feel lighter now, and my hearing is much much better.

Yes, this is chapter 1.

Cold? Tired? Have some energy.

Big thanks to Rich at “The New Freedom” blog for sharing this video on his about page. Feeling tired mid-winter? Here is the perfect medicine to freezing cold February and a thesis:

Better than coffee.

is away

writing a thesis.

When I have something I’ll be back.