I am knitting when at home, but I can’t seem to concentrate on knit blogging lately. There is too much to distract me, and when I get home, my head hurts and I don’t want to turn on the computer. Scroll down for the progress report, but frankly I think these items are more important. Read no further if you don’t want a dose of reality – I realize that is not what you came here for.
[Apologies to those of you who know me in my other blogging capacity, not to be mentioned here, who have already seen my rants on the first bit below.]
1. The US has decided that an appropriate reaction to receiving ‘credible intelligence’ that three al-Qaeda member responsible for US embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam back in 1998 are hanging out in Somalia is to launch airstrikes that have killed 31 civilians in two Somali towns.
2. The following is from Riverbend’s Iraq blog. Just for some perspective. The latest horror is the study published in the Lancet Journal concluding that over 600,000 Iraqis have been killed since the war. Reading about it left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it sounded like a reasonable figure. It wasn’t at all surprising. On the other hand, I so wanted it to be wrong. But… who to believe? Who to believe….? American politicians… or highly reputable scientists using a reliable scientific survey technique?….Let’s pretend the 600,000+ number is all wrong and that the minimum is the correct number: nearly 400,000. Is that better? Prior to the war, the Bush administration kept claiming that Saddam killed 300,000 Iraqis over 24 years. After this latest report published in The Lancet, 300,000 is looking quite modest and tame. Congratulations Bush et al.
[Emphasis mine. For those of you not familiar, she has been anonymously blogging from Iraq since the “end” of the war in Iraq in August 2003. You can read her blog entries in book form through 2004 in Baghdad Burning.]
3. I would like to write something about seeing Blood Diamond the other day, but I can’t – suffice it to say that you should all please please PLEASE consider the ramifications of your actions should you choose to support the diamond industry in any way, which I strongly discourage. Even though this movie was set in Sierra Leone in the late 1990s, and the blurbs at the end would have us believe that the war is over and everyone is happy, and you’re all set as long as you demand “certification” from your local jeweler, it is not over. Children and adults are still risking their lives and being exploited wherever there are natural resources. Just in the past few days, over 40 people were caught in a collapsed diamond mine in DR Congo, and 30 are still unaccounted for. Thirteen are confirmed dead.
I can barely stomach typing about knitting now. But here it is. I finished some socks for a belated Christmas present. I still have to knit button bands for the short sleeve cardi from Sarah Dallas’ Vintage Knits. I am on the LAST sleeve of Bjerk. Still working on my red scarf. And even though I am trying to keep the rotation down to only a few (hah!), I started a shawl that I can’t say anything else about just now, since it’s a gift for someone who might be reading this…