Excerpt From An Iraqi Citizen's Blog

Written by TrysDan Roberts

To understandrepparttar toll onrepparttar 146322 people of Iraq, forgetrepparttar 146323 US cable news networks,go torepparttar 146324 people of Iraq. The following is an excerpt from one of Iraq's citizens taken from: http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/

The cousin, his wife S. and their two daughters have been houseguests these last three days. They drove up torepparttar 146325 house a couple of days ago with several bags of laundry. “There hasn’t been water in our area for three days…” The cousins wife huffed as she dragged along a black plastic bag of dirty clothes. “The water came late last night and disappeared three hours later… what about you?” Our water had not been cut off completely, but it came and went duringrepparttar 146326 day.

Water has been a big problem in many areas all over Baghdad. Houses without electric water pumps don’t always have access to water. Today it wasrepparttar 146327 same situation in most ofrepparttar 146328 areas. They sayrepparttar 146329 water came for a couple of hours and then disappeared again. We’re filling up plastic containers and pots just to be onrepparttar 146330 safe side. It is not a good idea to be caught without water inrepparttar 146331 June heat in Iraq.

“I need to batherepparttar 146332 children and wash all these clothes,” S. called to me asrepparttar 146333 older ofrepparttar 146334 little girls and I hauled out their overnight bag. “Andrepparttar 146335 sheets- you know nothing has been washed since last weeks ajaja…” We call a dust storm an “ajaja” in Iraq. I don’t think there’s a proper translation for that word. Last week, a few large ajajas kept Baghdad in a sort of pale yellow haze. What happens when an ajaja settles onrepparttar 146336 city is that within a couple of hours,repparttar 146337 air becomes heavy and thick with beige powdery sand. Visibility decreases during these dust storms and it often becomes difficult to drive or see outrepparttar 146338 window.

On such occasions, we rush aboutrepparttar 146339 house shutting windows tightly in a largely futile attempt to keep dust out ofrepparttar 146340 house. For people with allergies or asthma- it’s a nightmare. The only thing that alleviatesrepparttar 146341 situation somewhat is air conditioning. The air feels a little less dusty when there’s an air conditioner pumping cool air intorepparttar 146342 room.

One dust storm last week was so heavy, E. slept for a couple of hours during its peak and woke up with little beige-tipped lashes fromrepparttar 146343 dust that had settled on his face while he was dozing. You can even tasterepparttar 146344 dust inrepparttar 146345 food sometimes. These storms can last anywhere from a few hours to several days.

Afterrepparttar 146346 ajaja is over andrepparttar 146347 air has cleared somewhat, we beginrepparttar 146348 cleaning process. By this time,repparttar 146349 furniture is all covered with a light film of orangish dirt,repparttar 146350 windows are grimy, andrepparttar 146351 garden, driveway and trees all look like they have recently emerged from a sea of dust. We spendrepparttar 146352 days after such storms washing, wiping, polishing and beating dust out ofrepparttar 146353 house.

“I’ve been dying to washrepparttar 146354 curtains and sheets sincerepparttar 146355 ajaja…” S. breathed, pulling out dusty curtains fromrepparttar 146356 plastic bag. She paused suddenly, a horrific idea occurring to her, “You have water, right? Right?” We had water, I assured her. I didn’t mention, however, that there had been no electricity forrepparttar 146357 better part ofrepparttar 146358 morning andrepparttar 146359 generator was providing only enough forrepparttar 146360 refrigerator, television and a few lights. The standard washing machine consumed too much water and electricity- we would have to userepparttar 146361 little ‘National’ washing tub, or ‘diaper machine’ as my mother called it.

The pale yellow plastic washing tub is a simple device that is designed to hold a few liters of water and to swish around said water with a few articles of clothing tossed in and some detergent. Next,repparttar 146362 clothes have to be removed fromrepparttar 146363 soapy water and rinsed separately in clean water, then hung to dry. While it conveniently uses less water thanrepparttar 146364 standard washing machine, there is also a risk factor involved- a sock or undershirt is often sacrificed torepparttar 146365 little plastic blade that swishes aroundrepparttar 146366 water and clothes.

We spent some of yesterday and a good portion of today washing clothes, rinsing them and speculating on how our ancestors fared without washing machines and water pumps.

The electrical situation differs from area to area. On some days,repparttar 146367 electricity schedule is two hours of electricity, and then four hours of no electricity. On other days, it’s four hours of electricity to four or six hours of no electricity. The problem is thatrepparttar 146368 last couple of weeks, we don’t have electricity inrepparttar 146369 mornings for some reason. Our local generator is off until almost 11 am, andrepparttar 146370 house generator allows for ceiling fans (or “pankas”),repparttar 146371 refrigerator, television and a few other appliances. Air conditioners cannot be turned on andrepparttar 146372 heat is oppressive by 8 am these days.

Lies, Damned Lies… and Statistics: The U.S. Economic Reports

Written by Dene McGriff

Lies, Damned Lies…and Statistics

The U.S. Economic Reports

By Dene McGriff

Mark Twain, who said “there are three kinds of lies – lies, damned lies and statistics”, would turn over in his grave if he knew whatrepparttar government had been doing with its reporting. As a result of government hype and reporting,repparttar 146176 June Consumer Confidence Index soaredrepparttar 146177 month of June 2005 to 105.8 andrepparttar 146178 stock market rose triple digits onrepparttar 146179 news. Optimism abounds asrepparttar 146180 economy appears to be doing well. Housing continues to rise. The government tells us that new jobs are being created, inflation is under control andrepparttar 146181 economy is growing. If you listen carefully torepparttar 146182 pundits on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, FOX andrepparttar 146183 networks, they all say things are getting better and better. Just this morning (June 28, 2005) on NBC Good Morning America, Treasury Secretary Snow declared that allrepparttar 146184 economic indicators are good andrepparttar 146185 basics ofrepparttar 146186 economy are sound. We are told that Real Estate will always go up. So willrepparttar 146187 stock markets (at least forrepparttar 146188 long haul). We Americans are bullish onrepparttar 146189 future.

This isrepparttar 146190 first of a multi-part series titled, “Game Over – Collapse ofrepparttar 146191 World Economic System.” What we are facing is literally a disaster of Biblical proportions. The longerrepparttar 146192 growth cycle goes,repparttar 146193 greaterrepparttar 146194 fall inrepparttar 146195 end. We don't know when this will happen, but it will. There are extremely powerful forces keepingrepparttar 146196 whole system propped up and many prognosticators of gloom and doom have been proven wrong. If you understand what has happened and is happening, you will see whyrepparttar 146197 eventual fall is inevitable.

In order to understand what is happening inrepparttar 146198 world of economics you have to understand things from God’s perspective – from a prophetic Biblical perspective and then you have to dig deep to find out what is REALLY happening inrepparttar 146199 world today. But before we do that, we have to realize that there is a great deception out there – a kind of George Orwell’s 1984 “double speak” being carried out by our government.

The same government that lied about Pearl Harbor,repparttar 146200 Gulf of Tonkin, Kosovo and Iraq has been lying torepparttar 146201 American public aboutrepparttar 146202 economy for years by changing rules and definitions, twisting and turning – spinningrepparttar 146203 news withrepparttar 146204 full support ofrepparttar 146205 pundits who work forrepparttar 146206 corporate controlled news networks. Analysts whose real job is to sell and hype stocks ignorerepparttar 146207 facts and keeprepparttar 146208 smiley face on so that people will continue to buy stocks, refinance their homes, use their credit cards and run deeper and deeper into debt thinking they are attainingrepparttar 146209 American Dream. Let’s face it,repparttar 146210 analysts job is to build uprepparttar 146211 market – not tellrepparttar 146212 truth.

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