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daily archive: 03/20/2005
evariste in Discarded Lies:
Winds of War is up!
Featuring yours truly and Bill Roggio, it's another one-stop-shop for all you bloodthirsty warmongers! Monday Winds of War: Mar 21/05
And you thought I forgot in all the Terri blogging! Don't underestimate me, mortals.
Condi demands AQ Khan; US convinced Iran after nukes shocka; FH plays Breakout!; three carrier battle groups can blow lots of stuff up; Saudi Arabia is totally not scared of anyone blowing up its oil fields so don't even try; Iran intransigence; Irangeles; Kurds inflitrating Iran; Arafat's moolah; Al Qaeda wannabes busted; Full Lebanon pullout; bombings all over the Middle East; Homeland Security is vigilantly protecting the nation's miniature golf courses; blowing up satellites; US weapons import sting operations net many bad guys; East Africa coast threat to shipping; UN to take more concrete action on Sudan?; Ethiopian troops to Somalia?; Taiwan invasion dress rehearsal; Russia offers plastic surgery for tips on Basayev; did we lose our wargame with India on purpose?; IRA threatens to bomb the UK mainland again; Spain arrests a Syrian; UK coppers stifled by bureaucracy, spend 90% of their time filling forms; the SEALs get a really nice new gun while the Marines get virtual marksmanship training; deserters; rendition; blood for oil and much more...
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
House Bill Passes, Headed for the President to Sign
House passes Schiavo bill
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After an unusual and emotional Sunday night debate, the House passed legislation early Monday morning aimed at prolonging the life of Terri Schiavo, whose feeding tube was removed Friday under court order.

The Senate unanimously passed its version of the legislation earlier Sunday.

The bill ordered a federal court to review the case of the Florida woman, who doctors have said is brain-damaged.

Congress has no authority to order the feeding tube re-inserted, but the federal court could choose to do so while it reviews the case.

The lawyer for Terri Schiavo's parents, David Gibbs, said before the bill's passage that Terri could begin receiving food and water again within hours after it is signed by the president.

The family hoped to file a lawsuit in federal court in Tampa on Monday, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., Gibbs said.

"We've heard that the judges will be willing and ready to move expeditiously," he said.

Bush left his ranch in Crawford, Texas, and arrived in Washington on Sunday afternoon so he could quickly sign any legislation passed. House Democrats temporarily blocked a GOP-led effort earlier in the day to pass such legislation unanimously, forcing the House to wait until Monday for a vote.

House leaders reconvened the chamber about 9 p.m., with three hours of debate scheduled. The 203-58 vote ended about 12:45 a.m.

For a vote to take place, 218 of the 435 House members were required to be present. Though many members of Congress had left town for Easter, 261 ended up casting votes on the measure.

The chamber was nearly empty as the debate got under way, with only about six to eight members from each party present, plus staff members. The bill needs a two-thirds majority of those present to pass. The visitors' gallery also was less than full.

UPDATE: President signed Schiavo bill
President Bush signed emergency legislation sent to him by Congress early Monday to allow Terri Schiavo's parents ask a federal judge to prolong their daughter's life, capping days of emotional debate over who should decide life and death.

"In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life," Bush said in a statement after signing the bill.
My sentiments exactly, Mr President.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Praying for her death
Aruna Shanbaug has been in semi-coma for 31 years. She weeps, laughs and screams but people are praying that she dies. Instead of hoping for any sort of rehabilitation therapy, the author of a book about Aruna Shanbaug wishes they would withhold food from her and let her die because "it's intolerably cruel that she's being kept alive." Starving her is not cruel?
More than 31 years after being brutally raped by a Bombay hospital sweeper, nurse Aruna Shanbaug remains in a state of semi-coma, her bones twisted and fingers clawing into her palms.

Shanbaug periodically screams then flies into fits of uncontrollable laughter before sinking into muddled weeping. Her head lolls on her pillow. Her cropped hair is now white. Her limbs are forever flexed. She’s blind and her teeth jut out, most of them rotting.

Shanbaug turns 57 this year, still glued to a bed in King Edward Memorial hospital in the heart of Bombay, India’s western economic hub.

The attack took place before the first International Women’s Day 30 years ago, but the lessons of her tragic case and decades of struggle appear to have done little to improve the plight of women in India.

According to police figures, a woman is raped every hour in India, although women’s rights groups claim the crime is vastly under-reported because of the stigma Indian society attaches to rape.

British charity group Oxfam estimates that every six hours a married women is either burnt or beaten to death or forced to commit suicide in India.

Rohini Patkar of Jagori, a women’s non-governmental organisation which has been working for 20 years highlighting violence against women, says the crime rate against women is increasing.

“On the other hand, the issues are also being highlighted. It is a challenge but there is also a greater recognition of violence against women," she said.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Drudge with audio of Terri and Dad
In about 11 minutes Drudge's radio show starts on one of the affiliates; 41 minutes on the others. DRUDGE REPORT 2005
DRUDGE RADIO to present audio of Terri Schiavo responding to her father on Friday, immediately following the removal of her feeding tube.... Check local listings...
A goblet full of wine to Marine Momma for alerting us...
UPDATE: After 17 minutes of radio I'm ready to shoot someone. What is it about radio that makes everyone's voice so grating and irritating?

Can you say hi? "Hiiiiiiii"
Is something hurting you? "Yeeeeeeeeeeah"
Her dad then asks about several body parts and whether they hurt, and she responds either by silence or tentative sounds or definite "yeeeeeeah"s. This woman is disabled, but conscious and aware. Starving her is murder.
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kianb in Pahlaver:
Iran: A Teenager Awaits Execution
Iran Watch Canada:
Iran Feminists Tribune : June 2003, " Seyed Mohammad Mim. " a 16 years old , grade second technical high school student , homed in Shiraz , a night before the exam quarrelled with another boy, 21 years old who lived as neighbours , both of them armed with knife, both wounded but the 21 years old died as a result of the stab wound and Mohammad instead of school went to " Adel Abad " prison.

Mohammad's family is trying to speak to the victimes family to forgive their boy . Islamic judiciary law " Ghesas ( eye for an eye ) " is going to apply on this case too. The boys mother says: " It's almost 2 years that I see the victim's family to ask them to forgive my boy , I was beaten, I was insulted , I told them instead of my son you kill me.....they didn't accept." Now Mohammad is 18 years old and is in "Adel Abad prison" in the city of Shiraz.

They have been told that the sentence will be carried out after the new years holidays ( New years holiday starts on March 20 and ends 13 days later). He is now being kept with adult prisoners.

According to the article 37 of the convention on child's rights which Iran also is a signatories , Execution of individuals with less than 18 years is banned but the regime by ignoring this article still executing childeren under 18 years of age. We have to help this boy otherwise the regime as usual will carry the " Ghesas" .
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Gerard Vanderleun on the State of Florida today
The State of Florida @ AMERICAN DIGEST

In Pinellas Park, Florida , there's a man that has gotten the entire legal establishment of the state to help him starve his wife to death, and has arranged for the police to arrest anyone that's trying to bring her food or water. This man is running around free and getting a lot of attention. He has a judge working hard day and night to make sure that his wife will die.

In Homosassa, Florida a man named John Evander Couey, has confessed to abducting and killing a nine year old girl. He is in jail and under suicide watch to make sure he does not die.

In Collier, Florida, Michael Lee Swails, has been put in jail charged with starving his cattle herd.

In Florida today, I score it:
Wives get to die because their husband says so.
Child killers get extra attention so they can't just kill themselves.
Men who starve cattle go to jail.

I'm just not getting this. I'm not getting it at all.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Terri's tube will be reinserted as soon as her law is passed
via Straight Up with Sherri
Attorney Gibbs came out and said that he filed the required briefs with the federal court and they will be poised and ready to reinsert the feeding tube right away as the law is passed early in the morning. The House of Reps will meet at midnight and are expected to have about 40 mins of debate before the vote, Bush will be ready to sign, and then they can put the tube in!!!
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
How Terri's hospice plans to cover up the horrible agony of her brutal murder
Note to readers: I'm rerunning this post for the benefit of those that missed it. This is what is happening to Terri now and over the next few days. For information on how ineffective the painkillers they're giving her will be, read aridog's comments in this thread.

via Thrown Back:
Cheryl Ford, RN, a nurse from Tampa who has been very active in the efforts to save Terri's life, recently undertook, on behalf of the Schindlers, a review of medical records from when Terri was first admitted to Woodside Hospice. Woodside Hospice is run by Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. It is of interest to note that Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, was a member of the Board of Directors of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast until the Terri Schiavo case began to attract widespread public attention a few years ago.

In her research, Ms. Ford found a document titled "Exit Protocol" in Terri's file. The document is on Hospice of the Florida Suncoast "Patient Care Notes" stationery, and is dated April 19, 2001. This document lays out, in clinical detail, the procedures to be followed in bringing about Terri's death by starvation and dehydration.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
No visitors period! The murderer gets bolder
Hyscience: Michael Schiavo: NO VISITORS PERIOD!
He's planning to kill her somehow. I just know it. Who emboldened him? Maybe those two sonofabitch Democrats who stalled on saving Terri's life? If she dies in the next ten hours, you know who fucking did it. And I'm not talking about just Michael Schiavo.

Michael Schiavo: NO VISITORS PERIOD!





UPDATE: Someone overruled the slimy scumbag, per Blogs for Terri:
UPDATE: Parents have just been allowed back in
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
DeLay promises to hold Greer in contempt of Congress
This is from Friday but I only now spotted it. DeLay pledges to hold Greer in contempt
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay pledged Friday to hold Florida state judge George Greer in contempt of Congress for ignoring a congressional subpoena for Terri Schiavo's testimony, saying, "No little judge sitting in a state district court in Florida is going to usurp the authority of Congress."

"The Congress will pursue this, if we have to hold him in contempt of Congress," DeLay told radio host Sean Hannity.

Pressed on whether he intended to hold Judge Greer in contempt, the top Republican told Hannity: "Absolutely, absolutely."

"We will do everything to enforce the power and authority of the Congress and no little judge sitting in a state district court in Florida is going to usurp the authority of Congress," he added.

Earlier in the day Judge Greer rebuffed the Schiavo subpoena, telling attorneys in the case, "I have had no cogent reason why the [congressional] committee should intervene." He claimed that the last-minute action on the part of Congress does not nullify years of legal proceedings.

But DeLay told Hannity, "This judge and the Supreme Court of Florida are well known to be liberal judges that have a different worldview and they're imposing their worldview on the law."

The top House leader said that "no sane person" could look at Schiavo and say she's in a persistent vegetative state.

DeLay called a lawyer for Michael Schiavo, who has pressed for years to have his wife starved to death, "the personification of evil."
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Cait's Oz: Terri's cerebral cortex has NOT been replaced with spinal fluid
We're being misled about what CAT scans can and can't tell us, according to Katrina Maguire: Judgment on Judges
Ridiculous legal reasoning and demonstrated ignorance of facts is the reason Congress had to intervene in the Schiavo case. Consider this.

2003 opinion of the Second District Court of the State of Florida;

Over the span of this last decade, Theresa's brain has deteriorated because of the lack of oxygen it suffered at the time of the heart attack. By mid 1996, the CAT scans of her brain showed a severely abnormal structure. At this point, much of her cerebral cortex is simply gone and has been replaced by cerebral spinal fluid. Medicine cannot cure this condition. Unless an act of God, a true miracle, were to recreate her brain, Theresa will always remain in an unconscious, reflexive state, totally dependent upon others to feed her and care for her most private needs (emphasis added).

The medical evidence is that Terri did not have a heart attack. Her enzymes were not elevated as they would have been in that event.

CAT Scans may have shown an abnormal brain structure but they did not show that "much of her cerebral cortex is simply gone and has been replaced by cerebral spinal fluid." That is because CT scans are very limited when it comes to imaging the cerebellum.

And what about this?

"Also, she clearly does not consistently respond to her mother."

What are we to make of this statement? That she does respond, albeit inconsistently? Their Honors need a refresher course in logic and clear thinking because it is plain that if she responds to her mother at any time then she is clearly not in a permanent vegetative state.

The court finds that based on the credible evidence, cognitive function would manifest itself in a constant response to stimuli.

How wrong and how dangerous is this reasoning? There is absolutely nothing to suggest that cognitive function would manifest in a constant response to stimuli. There could be all kinds of medical reasons why response is not constant. I've already discussed Locked In Syndrome in a previous post.

Based on their reasoning in this case the judges of the Second District Court have no reason to be judges.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Democrats are scum
No one could twist Wexler and Blumenauer's arms enough to shut the fuck up and go along with the rest of the Democrats in the House? Two jackasses are gonna hold up the will of 533 other legislators? Their leadership couldn't get them into line?
What an outrage by these posturing sons of bitches. I blame the entire Democratic party. I have no doubt that these two had at least the tacit approval of their leadership to do this; where are the House Minority leaders denouncing this on TV? Nowhere, because they're Democrats, and they let the rest off the hook to look like they supported Terri but not actually have to vote on it.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress on Sunday put off action on a bill aimed at prolonging the life of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, in the face of anticipated objections from at least one Democrat that could temporarily stall the measure.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, convened the House in rare Sunday session, but immediately recessed it until further notice.
Terri is going to starve and be thirsty for, let's see...from 2pm till midnight is ten more hours...meanwhile Wexler and Blumenauer will probably have at least two meals, some snacks, and probably several drinks.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Terri has an infection
Hyscience: Terri Groggy and Unresponsive: High fever last night likely due to infection caused by improper removal of the feeding tube

According to a trusted source, Terri developed a high fever last night, most likely due to infection caused by improper removal of the feeding tube... she is groggy and unresponsive, and may not make it much longer.


Please if you have a fax machine take a moment and contact by fax the offices of Congressman Robert Wexler: 19th District of Florida - FAX 202 225-5974

Email here

and Earl Blumenauer - FAX 202 225-8941, Email here

Their voice mails are already full! These two are going to oppose the legislation today that will save Terri Schiavo. Please stress the following: (copy and paste if needed or write your own message)

This is NOT about interfering in states' rights. It is the job of the Federal Government to ensure that State Law is followed and that Terri Schiavo and others like her receive their right of due process, which to this point, has been denied. The federal amendment will ensure that Terri and other disabled people like her will receive a review of the procedures followed by state courts - a right everyone is entitled to, especially in matters of life and death.

Please stand up for the life of those who are unable to speak for themselves and pass the Incapacitated Persons' Legal Protection Act without delay. To allow Terri to die based on the hearsay testimony of a husband who has abandoned her, a lawyer who is a euthanasia advocate - and a judge who has allowed both state and federal law to be broken would be a gross travesty of justice. Judicial tyranny in this country
must end!!

Robert Wexler and Earl Blumenauer are human scum, but don't let on your opinion of them on the phone.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
More from Cait on PVS
Cait's Oz Blogs : Is Terri A Waste Of Time?
Has Terri Schiavo already died? Are we wasting our time trying to save the life of a person who is not living?

Is Terri truly in a Persistent Vegetative State? Is PVS even a true medical condition?

The term Persistent Vegetative State was coined by Jennett and Plum in 1972 to describe the behaviour of people who have profound cortical brain damage.

According to those who believe in PVS (I do not) it is a state in which “all components of mental life are gone, including self-awareness, thought, emotion, feeling and sensation."

People said to be in PVS tend to breathe spontaneously, have a regular heartbeat, digest and process nutrition, and go through sleep/wake cycles. They are said to have a grasp reflex, yawn and chew, and may swallow spontaneously. Their eyes are open and may wander, but without following people or objects in the room in a consistent, meaningful, and purposeful fashion. The patient may also turn in the direction of loud noises and talking.

Hmmm, well here we are being asked to believe that a person with no feeling or sensation may turn in the direction of loud noises and talking. How contradictory is that?

I can already hear howls of protest from the medical defenders of PVS along the lines of "how dare this ignoramus from outback Australia question a commonly accepted medical condition."

Well, excuse me, but......

We're also asked to believe that the person may emerge from sleep to wakefulness yet have no awareness. So they are awake but not aware? It may be a clever play on words but it is a contradiction in terms. If PVS is a genuine phenomenon, then, for the patient there is no difference between being asleep and being awake. It is therefore pointless to speak in terms of sleep/wake cycles.

PVS sounds suspiciously like a condition which has been medically defined with the sole intention of ridding society of inconvenient people. It's a very subjective condition, to say the least. I mean who decides whether or not a patient is reacting in a consistent, meaningful, and purposeful fashion?

The talk of sleep/wake cycles gives a whole new meaning to our understanding of being awake. In lay terms to be asleep is to be unconscious and consequently to be awake is to be conscious.

Ronald Cranford, the so-called expert who testified on behalf of Michael Schiavo states that people in a persistent vegetative state do not experience pain, suffering, or cognition. Cranford is obviously a functionalist who follows the argument that a PVS patient is already dead since all of what makes him or her a “person" is no longer extant.

If all this was so we could dispense with the niceties of starvng Terri Schiavo to death and allow Michael Schiavo and George Felos send her off to the crematorium right now.

But, who among us would be prepared to do that? Where are the Nazis when they're needed?

Terri Schiavo is not dead. She is not a mere shell. She has been sentenced to death because a judge has ruled that her life is devoid of any meaning.

In that assessment he is wrong. He does not know what life means personally to Terri, but he does know what it means for her family and the countless number of people who support her right to go on living.

To my mind PVS is not a diagnosis. It is a prognostic judgment which might be helpful in assessing a patient's long term prospects.

No one, not Ronald Cranford, Judge George Greer, Michael Schiavo, George Felos nor anyone else can predict with certainty who among patients claimed to be in this alleged condition will recover to any degree and who will not.
In the comments, in response to her reader Maggie's question about the death-dealing Cranford, Katrina says:
Response: Yes, Cranford spent 45 minutes and his opinion was accepted by Greer. Hammesfahr spent 12 hours but his opinion doesn't count.

Loaded dice. Felos is the dealer, Greer is the card sharp and Michael Schiavo is the gunslinger.

Posted by: Katrina | 19/03/2005
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
No such thing as PVS
An Australian woman named Cait has an interesting observation on "Persistent Vegetative State".
It is about time the medical profession discarded the concept of a Persistent Vegetative State as a meaningless hypothesis.

Certainly, for many people the concept of PVS has great appeal for both economic and social reasons. The world according to them can do without people who are unable to respond in a meaningful, purposeful way and are unable to do anything for themselves.

But, medicine is not about economics and usefulness. At least we hope not. It's supposed to be about the welfare of human beings.

As far as the Schiavo case is concerned it would seem that Judge George Greer has learned little about the history of PVS, even in law. I wonder if he is aware of the Gannon v. Albany Memorial Hospital case?

This case concerned an 86 year old woman, Carrie Coombs, who suffered a massive stroke. She became completely unresponsive, was unable to eat or drink and had to be fed by a gastronomy tube.

Doctors agreed that she was in a PVS. After hearing evidence from her sister that she would not want to be kept alive in such a condition the court permitted withdrawal of the gastronomy tube.

It noted that PVS was an irreversible condition and that PVS patients were incapable of consciously experiencing or appreciating life.

Before the court's decision could be implemented, however, Mrs Coombs woke up and started speaking and eating.

Just how many Mrs Coombs' are in the U.S. today is not easy to establish. However, one estimate by a national taskforce suggested that between 10,000 and 25,000 people were in a PVS.

Given that the most credible study of PVS found that 37 per cent of people were incorrectly diagnosed that would leave between 3,700 and 9,250 in extreme danger of having their nutrition and hydration removed on the basis of an error.

The figure of a 37 per cent error in diagnosis is horrific. It's proof that the hypothesis of PVS is fatally flawed. It's no more a medical condition than The Vapours, an apparent condition, which as we all know, resolved spontaneously with the removal of a corset.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
ev and zorkie's business meeting
As owners of a very huge blog about international issues, ev and I have a lot of business meetings. We cover many important subjects like "you know you forgot to give me a hat tip for that link I gave you, right?" "Oh yeah?" "Yeah!" "Huh..." and we're very adept with time management and multi-tasking: ev goes to the grocery store and I hold down bloggie and we usually start our meeting as he enters the store.

ev: Hey!
zorkie: Hi ev!
ev: I'm by the coke. Should I get diet coke or regular coke?
zorkie: Regular coke.
ev: Aww, but I like diet...
zorkie: Ok then, get diet...
ev: Hmm...do you really think I should get regular? Oh, I can't be caged here, I got things to do with my life. Awright...so...I don't need any spices...Hey, do I need any fudge?
zorkie: Do you need what?
ev: Fudge!
zorkie: What?
ev: Fudge!!
zorkie: No, you don't need fudge.
ev: Lemon curd?
zorkie: No, no lemon curd.
ev: Oh, so many people in here. Why are there so many people in here? Cahndy, cahndy, cahndy! I want these chocolate squares but I get tired of them at the end. What should I get, zorkie?
zorkie: Um...Ferrero Rocher?
ev: Ooh, you're so smart! Oh, tuna! There we go! Tuna in olive oil! Hey, do I like herring?
zorkie: You don't like herring.
ev: What if I do? What if I have Finnish ancestors? What if my ancestors liked herring?
zorkie: Well then try some herring.
ev: Let's see...do I want some authentic dumplings?
zorkie: No.
ev: Okay...So, how's bloggie doing? Are we busy?
zorkie: Yeah, kinda, RIP Ford was asking if -
ev: Oh look! They have - huh...it's like a combination of catholic statues and orthodox icons - huh! Do I need any of these?
zorkie: What?
ev: You know, candles! They have these candles with pictures of Jesus and other famous Christians on them?
zorkie: Oh. Yeah, you don't need any.
ev: Okay. Hmmm...Why do I always stand by the kosher stuff? I never get anything. Why do they always give me a pain in the ass about the pita bread? Why is it pre-cut?
zorkie: I'm sorry to hear that, I don't know why it's pre-cut.
ev: Should I get French or pagnotta?
zorkie: Get which one you like.
ev: I like them both!
zorkie: Get them both!
ev: You're so smart! Why do the French put a big nipple on the bread? It's a waste of bread. It pisses me off. La-la-la-la-la... I don't need any La Vache Qui Rit... Mozzarella! Smoked chicken artichoke pie...
ev and zorkie in unison: eeeeeewwww!
ev: So bloggie's busy? Are there a lot of people on?
zorkie: Yeah, and RIP Ford-
ev: Oh I have an idea! zorkie, write a php script for me really quick.
zorkie: Write a what? Are you nuts?
ev: Write a script! It's no big deal!
zorkie: ev, I don't know php!
ev: There's nothing to it! I'll help you, we'll do it over the phone-hey, do I want vegetarian pot pie?
zorkie: Yes. ev, we can't write a script over the phone! What if I blow up bloggie?
ev: Oh, don't worry about it, you won't blow it up! Hey! Do I want prosciutto? Yes! I want prosciutto! Excuse me! Hi! Yeah, a pound of prosciutto sliced very thin. Thanks! Okay, so open the template and take out all the contents and paste them in SciTe and then replace them with an include function and-
zorkie: ev! I'm not writing a php script over the phone!
ev: Sure you are! Hey! They have kasseri! zorkie, do I want kasseri?
zorkie: Yes. Okay, I took the stuff out of the template. This is making me very nervous, ev.
ev: Okay, now see the opening tag? That's the start of the include-Thanks! Mmmm! That smells good! What is it? Oooh! Roast beef! zorkie, do I want roast beef?
zorkie: Yes. Okay, now what?
ev: Okay, now find the end of the function. Hey! They have barbies!
zorkie: ev, you don't want barbies. What do I do now?
ev: But they have a whole aisle full of them! This is so weird! They weren't here last time. I guess it's a promotion thing - hey, do I need tea?
zorkie: I don't know, do you? So what do I do?
ev: Okay, you're going to include three more functions inside that, open and close each one of them and -hey! They have this very pretty jar with tea!
zorkie: ev, you don't need a jar of tea, just get regular tea.
ev: But it's so pretty!
zorkie: What are you gonna do with a pretty jar? And what do I do with this function? I'm sweating here!
ev: Okay, yeah, maybe I don't want a jar... Okay, did you close it?
zorkie: I don't know! How do I know if I closed it?!
ev: Okay, see the question marks - hey what kind of vegetables should I get?
zorkie: Umm... asparagus? Yeah I see the question marks - one for each function, right?
ev: Yes! You know, my pee is gonna turn green I've been eating so much asparagus. Hey, do I want spinach?
zorkie: No. So what do I do now?
ev: Okay now change all the double quotes to single quotes and save and it'll work!
zorkie: That's all?
ev: Yeah! Hey-what kind of lettuce should I get?
zorkie: Butter lettuce. Okay I saved. Rebuilding...rebuilding...rebuilding... Aaaargggh! ev! I blew up bloggie!
ev: ...
zorkie: ev?
ev: ...
zorkie: ev?
ev: -hey, are you there?
zorkie: ev, your battery is dying -
ev: -my battery is dying-
zorkie: ev, I blew up bloggie! What do I do now? Hello? Hello? ev?
zorkie: Shit.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Afghanistan: Encouraging Girls to Attend School
Since the fall of the Taliban, millions of Afghani girls have returned to school. Women have returned to the work force, they have rights guaranteed by the constitution and they have the vote. But in some places, it will take a lot longer for attitudes to change.
In five Afghan provinces, at least 90 percent of school-age girls are not attending school. “These are the provinces in the south and on the border with Pakistan, where it is still a tradition among families to keep their daughters from school," Aasen said.

Nader, a young man who has moved from the southern province of Kandahar to the capital Kabul, told IRIN that education of girls in the south was still a major problem.

“Girls are only allowed to go to mosques between five and eight years old to learn the holy book of Qoran. When they turn nine [the age they are considered to be approaching puberty] they are not allowed to go out of their houses as parents believe that they should not be seen by other men, meaning that they cannot go to school either," he explained. “The most difficult situation is in the province of Oruzgan, where the former leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, was from."

UNICEF acknowledged changing attitudes would be a tall order. “It will probably take some time to change this. But we believe when the message comes from the highest levels in the government, as well as from many families who have had a good experience with educating their daughters, we will be on the right track for change," Aasen said.

“Using the core messages that an educated girl is a source of pride for an Afghan family, the campaign strategy will focus on key people of influence in the community, including religious leaders, teachers, community elders and parents," Edward Carwardine, a spokesman for UNICEF Afghanistan, said.

Shugofa Sahar, a 12-year-old student at the Aysha-e-Durani High School for Girls, one of two high schools for girls in Kabul, told IRIN that according to Islam it was necessary for both girls and boys to go to school and study. “All the girls and boys from Afghanistan should go to school in order to rebuild and develop our country," she said.

A range of printed materials and radio and television ads were expected to start to filter out across the country from Saturday, accompanied by UNICEF-supported training sessions for key groups from communities, NGOs and government agencies.

“UNICEF this year will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the minister himself has committed to use the mosques and 75,000 religious leaders working with him to get the message out to the Afghan people that girls are welcome in school and families should feel comfortable in educating their daughters," Aasen maintained.

But there are signs of change. Mohammad, 33, a driver in Kabul, told IRIN that most of the girls in his village not far from the capital could not go to school several years ago as there were no education facilities in the district. “But there has now been a school in the village for a couple of years and most of the girls go there, including my two school-age daughters," he said, adding that the majority of parents in his village were positive about the idea of having girls educated.

“Our country had been at war for more than 20 years and there was no education, people’s minds became greatly affected by the years of war. In order to change this, people need education," he maintained.
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