Update on Operation

12 October 2018

Well, I’m heading home today and a little bit more info on the very long operation I went through yesterday. Apparently, it was quite a difficult one, which is why it took 1 1/2 hours! It took two surgeons, one for one artery and another for the other artery. I’m absolutely shattered! My entire body aches and I feel very fragile but they’re sending me home today nevertheless.

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I’m taking an (enforced) break

11 October 2018

Update: Same day but later

Fixed! Amazing! Had a 1 1/2 hour operation on my heart (again) and it was a success. I’ll be out of hospital tomorrow, Friday. All power and all thanks to the wonderful workers at St. Thomas’ s Hospital. I’m gobsmacked. And this is the system the Tories (and before them, Labour) are destroying, the barbarians!

Well actually, a hospital break. More heart probems, so tests, lots of tests, probably for the rest of the week, and then an operation of some kind. In fact, I’m typing this from my hospital bed, here in London. Hopefully I’ll survive a little longer.

Bill

Food, Justice, Violence and Capitalism By Colin Todhunter

7 October 2018 — CounterCurrents

In 2015, India’s internal intelligence agency wrote a report that depicted various campaigners and groups as working against the national interest. The report singled out environmental activists and NGOs that had been protesting against state-corporate policies. Those largely undemocratic and unconstitutional policies were endangering rivers, forests and local ecologies, destroying and oppressing marginalised communities, entrenching the corporatisation of agriculture and usurping land rights.

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Welcome to the new home of the old InI

7 September 2018 — William Bowles

I suppose I should have had an official announcement about the move — from the hosting company I’ve been using since 2003 — and the move to this WordPress-hosted site, so this will have to be it. But the site went ‘live’ today with the rerouting of the domain, which means the original site is now dee-funct.

Readers who know the old site, will be amazed at the difference in loading times, the new location positively flies along. It does have however, a number of limitations that I didn’t have on the self-hosted WordPress site (unless I upgrade to ‘Premium’). WordPress unfortunately is now monetising tools that used to be free. The ethos that got WordPress going in the first place is now fast disappearing. It also has something called ‘Happiness Engineers’, who are I assume, employees of the parent company which is I think is called Autommatic.

So, welcome to the new site, hopefully it will inspire me as well the readers to do something.

William

Fried fish, collard greens and brown rice with lots of black pepper By William Bowles

26 July 2018

I ‘lost’ this essay, that is to say, it vanished into the morass of my hard disk until, quite by chance, I ‘rediscovered’ it. Written for Carol’s funeral celebration by her friends in NYC, it needs no further explanation. WB

A memory of Carol By William Bowles 

20 October 2013

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It’s a freezing cold night in Brooklyn and I’ve not long been in New York. It’s November or maybe it was December 1975 and I’m on my way to meet Carol for the very first time. My friend Valerie Wilmer gave me some names of people she thought I’d should meet when I got to New York. Amongst them was Carol and Rajah Blank.

So I get off the subway at Marcy Avenue which is in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and pretty much a wasteland of abandoned factories and burned out brownstones and walk down Broadway toward the East River, past a steak house called Peter Luger’s, frequented by gangsters and cops (if you can spot the difference). But in that desolate and abandoned section of Brooklyn, the wide street outside the solid brick-faced building is incongruously lined with a row of long, black Cadillacs. A single neon sign on one end of the building is the only indication that it’s a restaurant. Welcome to New York.

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Corbyn or Bust? By William Bowles

24 May 2018 — Investigatingimperialism

I need to continue my previous essay, it remains woefully incomplete. I kinda hinted at it in the last para but never completed the thought.

Then I got an email from a comrade and friend in NYC after I’d published it:

Thanks, but the question left unanswered is: does the road to “regroupment” or whatever you want to call run through supporting Corbyn or opposing Corbyn and the LP? To me it’s the same question that was faced in Greece 2015. Did regroupment require supporting or opposing Syriza. And in either case, why? And what is the alternative?

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