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Apr 24, 2004

yes thats right...the rant has moved.

new URL is http://katrant.bravejournal.com/

I hope you'll drop by my new place...


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Apr 17, 2004
saturday afternoon musings

Have you ever paused to wonder why there is no egg in eggplant, no ham in hamburger and neither pine nor apple in pineapple?

No? Well, does it bother you that English muffins weren't actually invented in England? Or that french fries didn't originate in France?

No again?

Fair enough.

 Such peculiarities do  puzzle the bored mind of an aussie kat on a saturday afternoon when she is trying to while away the waiting hours productively.  In fact they puzzled me SO much, i made a LIST of some of the many paradoxes which abound in the English language. (yes, ANOTHER list)


How is that quicksand sucks you down slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig neither comes from Guinea nor is a pig?

If writers write, how come fingers don't fing? If the plural of tooth is teeth, shouldn't a collection of phone booths be referred to as phone beeth?

If you are taught by a teacher, why then aren't you praught by a preacher? If a vegetarian eats only vegetables, what the heck does a humanitarian eat?

What logic is there in a language when a house can burn up and at the same time burn down, and in which you fill in a form by filling it out?

And how is it that when the stars are out they are visible, but when the lights are out, all things are invisible?

Do you believe infants enjoy infancy as much as adults appear to enjoy adultery?

And if love is supposed to be blind, why is lingerie so popular and seductive?

Who in their right mind would invest all their hard-earned finances with someone called a broker?

Why is a piano player termed a pianist but a person who drives a racing car not called a racist?

Why are wise men and wise guys considered to be total opposites? Why do overlook and oversee mean entirely different things?

If horrific means something horrible, why doesn't terrific mean something terrible?

Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety one? And if lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, shouldn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked and dry cleaners depressed?

Why is that if someone tells you there are a billion stars in the universe you are likely to believe them, but if a sign warns you that the paint on a wall is wet, you have to touch it to be sure?

If you take an oriental gentleman and spin him around several times, does he, like you, become disoriented?

And if people from Poland are called Poles, why are people from Holland called Dutch instead of Holes?

Fascinating, isn't it? Yeah...I THOUGHT so!


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Apr 12, 2004
i've done all the dumb things...

Well, its monday, a public holiday. And I got to thinking...people sure do some dumb things dont they?
So I thought some more about what dumb things would be good to do..and i came up with a few lists..and since we havent had a good list since new years...hehe...here they are!

Learn Japanese 
Postulate a complete unified field theory including a quantum theory of gravity
Become a member of Parliament
Authorize drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Become better acquainted with the dingos
Join a Pixies cover band
Dig for fire
Dig for oil somewhere besides the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Write revolutionary manifestos in low-circulation mimeographed ‘zines
Mock John Howard
Sell myself short
Declare bankruptcy
Take various jobs and shove them
Collect a paycheck
Get a loan
Join the navy
Talk loudly on the train
Talk about whatever’s on my mind
Wake up in the morning regretting pretty much everything I’ve done up until this point
Think about the future
Dance with the devil in the pale moonlight
Solve crimes
Get away with things if it weren’t for those meddling kids
Live like Shaggy
Perform novelty hit songs that everyone will eventually deny ever having liked
Collect royalties
Drink Pepsi
Become Britney Spears 
Star in unfathomably bad films
Win a Grammy
Collect useless things
Learn useless languages--Dutch, for instance
Wear wooden shoes
Learn to balance my chakras
Open the lines of communication with my loved ones
Go on Springer
Become a best-selling author
Become a best-selling ghostwriter
Eat chips
Eat salsa
Figure what horrible genetic defect causes  good people  to wholeheartedly embrace polka music
Unspool the Double Helix
Roll out the barrels
Put cash on the barrelhead
Get on a Greyhound bus to anywhere
Contemplate infinity
Send a plague of frogs to my neighbours
Become bitter
Become the girl your mum warned you about
Not cop out when there’s danger all about
Become inscrutable
Place a personal ad
Place a want ad
Become waifish
Become a supermodel
Espouse unpopular liberal opinions
Put bumper stickers on the back of a battered VH Commodore
Be harmful for children and other living things
Be unsuitable for young children
Join the illegitimate government of an obscure Asian nation
Eat Asian food
Get MSG headaches
Make perfect
Wear a raspberry beret
Change my name to an unpronounceable glyph
Start a dungeon
Pull myself together
Snap out of it
Make it snappy
Make it funky
Burn down the house
Become a TV news anchor
Do some interior design
Install track lighting
Throw water on wicked witches

Thats alot of dumb things to do in one day...I may have to space them out over two or three days.
But what if I get busy...say I take over the world or stuff? You know, I have seen alot of evil overlords come to greif cos theyre STUPID...so I have learned from their mistakes!

My noble half-brother whose throne I usurped will  not kept anonymously imprisoned in a forgotten cell of my dungeons.

The artifact which is the source of my power will not be kept on the Mountain of Despair beyond the River of Fire guarded by the Dragons of Eternity. It will be in my safe-deposit box. The same applies to the object which is my one weakness.

I wont gloat over my enemies' predicament before killing them.

When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot him. No, on second thought I'll shoot him then say "No."

After I kidnap the handsome hero, we will be married immediately in a quiet civil ceremony, not a lavish spectacle in three weeks' time during which the final phase of my plan will be carried out.

I will not include a self-destruct mechanism unless absolutely necessary. If it is necessary, it will not be a large red button labelled "Danger: Do Not Push". The big red button marked "Do Not Push" will instead trigger a spray of bullets on anyone stupid enough to disregard it. Similarly, the ON/OFF switch will not clearly be labelled as such.

I will not interrogate my enemies in the inner sanctum -- a small hotel well outside my borders will work just as well.

The hero is not entitled to a last kiss, a last cigarette, or any other form of last request.

I will never employ any device with a digital countdown. If I find that such a device is absolutely unavoidable, I will set it to activate when the counter reaches 117 and the hero is just putting his plan into operation.

I won't require high-ranking female members of my organization to wear a stainless-steel bustier. Morale is better with a more casual dress-code. Similarly, outfits made entirely from black leather will be reserved for formal occasions.

Well I think I'm pretty set to be an evil overlord type person dont you? But lets not waste allthe dumb stuff on ME...what kind of dumb things will annoy people the MOST?

Adjust the tint on your tv so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way".
Sing the Batman theme incessantly.
Staple papers in the middle of the page.
Sew anti-theft detector strips into people's backpacks.
Write the surprise ending to a novel on its first page.
Set alarms for random times.
Learn Morse code, and have conversations with friends in public entirely of "Beeeep Bip Bip
Beeeep Bip..."
Buy large quantities of mint dental floss just to lick the flavor off.
.Change channels five minutes before the end of every show.
.Wear your pants backwards.
Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complementary mints by the cash register.
Leave someone's printer in compressed-italic-cyrillic-landscape mode.
.Repeat everything someone says, as a question.
Write "X - BURIED TREASURE" in random spots on all of someone's roadmaps.
Repeat the following conversation a dozen times: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never
mind, it's gone now."
.Wander around the restaurant, asking other diners for their parsley.
Demand that everyone address you as "Conquistador".
Push all the flat Lego pieces together tightly.
At the laundromat, use one dryer for each of your socks.
Wear a cape that says "Magnificent One".
Stand over someone's shoulder, mumbling, as they read.
Sing the "This is the song that never ends..." song.
.Pretend your mouse is a CB radio, and talk to it.
.Inform others that they exist only in your imagination.
Ask people what gender they are.
Reply to everything someone says with "that's what YOU think."
.Routinely handcuff yourself to furniture, informing the curious that you don't want to fall off
"in case the big one comes".
Lie obviously about trivial things such as the time of day.
Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
Invent nonsense computer jargon in conversations, and see if people play along to avoid the
appearance of ignorance.
Listen to 33 rpm records at 45 rpm speed, and claim the faster speed is necessary because of
your "superior mental processing".
Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophesy".
Ask the waitress for an extra seat for your "imaginary friend".
Ask your co-workers mysterious questions, and scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter
something about "psychological profiles".
Incessantly recite annoying phrases, such as "sticky wicket isn't cricket."
Select the same song on the jukebox fifty times.
 Do not add any inflection to the end of your sentences, producing awkward silences with the
impression that you'll be saying more any moment.
Construct elaborate "crop circles" in your front lawn.
Construct your own pretend "tricorder";"scan" people with it, announcing the results.
Shout random numbers while someone is counting.
Make appointments for the 31st of September.
Invite lots of people to other people's parties.

And finally...some real live DUMMIES! See? People really ARE stupid...I always KNEW it!

REAL STUPID FACTS-real people doing dumb things

Look Ma, I'm On TV
Two dumb people robbed a house and stole a DVD player, a television, and a camcorder. Excited about their stolen items, the men videotaped everything they did at the house and the entire ride home. Then they took the stolen items to the pawnshop and sold them, forgetting to take out the tape of their crime.

The Lie Detector Test
Police in Jersey City interrogated a suspect by placing a metal bowl on his head and running wires to a copying machine. When the police thought he was being untruthful, they pushed the copy button and printed a copy of a sheet that read, He's lying! The criminal eventually confessed, believing that the machine could really tell he was lying.

Check Out My Swing
A man who was going through English customs carrying a golf bag began to make conversation with one of the customs workers about golf. The customs official soon realized that the man didn't know what a handicap was, and that he had demonstrated his golf swing backward. Customs checked the bag and found four pounds of marijuana.

High Voltage Dummies
Two New Mexico men were attempting to steal copper wire, which they intended to resell, from electric lines. They were zapped by the wires, which they were unaware were live. Each of the men spent 3 weeks in the hospital. Whoops!

The angel of death is calling
A Colorado man accidentally shot himself to death when he attempted to answer his phone, which was lying on his nightstand along with a revolver. He picked the gun up by mistake and put it to his head, where it discharged, killing him.

Catch me if you can
A man who claimed to be tired of walking stole a steamroller and led police on a chase that never exceeded 5 mph. Finally, a police officer walked up and jumped onto the machine, forcing the man to stop.



Posted at 02:56 pm by redkat
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Apr 10, 2004
saturday's rant..the week revisited!

ha! tricked ya hey...its not FRIDAY is it! Nope...its SATURDAY!
Well, I missed POETS day...but thats ok, it was a public holiday so technically thursday was the last day of the working week...which is a moot point cos i STILL dont have a job, so I wasnt working anyway...yeah you get what I mean right? right!

so...what did I learn this week? HEAPS of stuff!

I learned....

dont expect your mum to be satisfied with the intense cleaning you did in preparation for her visit...she wont be.

never trust someone who says " trust me"

when your brother says he emptied the recycle bins...he didnt REALLY do it...he just MEANT to.

dont tell your current web host youre moving hosts till AFTER you move everything...anyone ELSE notice the red crosses where my pics USED to be?

and finally...this week I learned...the truth is a rare and elusive thing...most people lie.

Groovy Emails I got this week

ok, funniest email in my inbox THIS week was from Mike..thanks bud!

and the nicest email I got? well I got this LAST week...but its so nice and I love it so much I kept it..its from my good friend tony...thanks tony!

Stupid spam emails I got this week

from optinmail.com.....your pre-approved loan is ready...it IS? well cool...i'll fwd you my standard pre-rejection.

from yourpoints.com......Gail, read this mail NOW for 50 points....what IS it with these points things? If I earn enough can i buy my email addy off of their bloody list?

from online pharmacy.com....buy medication in bulk and SAVE.....wow! just think..i could buy a whole load of pills and stuff, and save em for when I need 'em...cos who knows WHEN that debilitating disease is gonna strike...man...is it SAFE to be sending out prescription meds in the mail? I DONT THINK SO!

other groovy week stuff

I bought a DOMAIN! yep...my very own domain name...which is rather cool if youre me...and of no obvious interest to anyone else...lol

its easter and i managed to not buy ONE chocolate bunny...of course i bought alot of other chocolate stuff...but NO BUNNIES....although I did recieve a couple from people who wish to taunt me with bunnies.

download: the waifs...in london still

watch: the ice age...very cool animated movie!

ok thats the rant that was...happy easter everyone...stay cool!
luv ya's! =^.^=

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Mar 26, 2004
friday follies- its POETS day again!

ya POETS day! Cause for much celebration and happy stuff....it's kinda good cos its the weekend, and it's kinda bad cos it was the last day of my temp job and now I'm unemployed again so I have no money to do anything good on the weekend....blah.

So...the week that was....

things I learned...

when you store the cooked chicken that is for the cat's dinner....label it " cat food " .

when you tell your housemate he ate the cat's dinner...run away really fast.

dont eat in restaurants where the waiter taste tests your food with his FINGERS!

check who is calling BEFORE you answer the phone with " hey hottie " hehe

and the best thing I learned this week....REAL friends don't judge, no matter what happens.

Best Emails I got this week

I didnt actually get many emails this week, because some mindless retard hacked my inbox and I had to change addies...but I did manage to save a couple...here they are

funniest email was from Rosa..thanks flower.....velly punny!

and the cutest email was from Renata...cheers Rennie!

assorted DUMB spam I got this week...

I didnt get TOO much spam this week, I suppose I have ONE thing to thank hack wanker for eh? lol But among the gems were....

CHRISTIAN SINGLES.....girls are waiting for YOU!  Well hey thanks but ummm..I'm catholic and the Pope says girllls are baaaddd mmmkay???

MY POINTS.COM.....get 50 points for reading this mail.  Cool....just what I need! 50 points! think of everything COOL I can get with my 50 points! Ummm...whats my points.com ?

And the best one? not really spam as such....from 3Dceltic@hotmail.com  titled a question....and containing a download of the virus netsky. Yeah THANKS but NO thanks dickhead! and here's a question for YOU....do you really think I'm THAT dumb? Hang on..let me rephrase that..do you really THINK? nah...course ya dont, retard.

Other groovy week stuff

This is too cool.....find out your pirate name! arrrr! mine is iron mary roberts btw...hehe...thanks for this link roxy!

whats your pirate name

download: too lost in you by the sugar babes....way groovy song

watch: " Pirates of the carribean"....Not usually a Johnny Depp fan but hey he was STYLIN' in this movie! check it out!

AFL starts this week...for any of you who DONT know....and a big boo hiss if you dont CARE..lol....AFL is aussie rules football, and its the REAL football...that OTHER game is soccer...* glaring at that one who disagrees with this*,,,you KNOW who you are! Check it out here if ya want...and remember that Port Adelaide Power are the BEST team!

Aussie Rules football

that's it for this week rant addicts...have a good weekend and stay cool!
love ya's!

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Mar 24, 2004
hump day and bunnies

well welcome to wednesday...affectionately known as hump day. Because supposedly once Wednesday is over, the weekend is that much closer..I guess that's true.

I decided today to give up being nice to retarded morons for lent. Not that I know alot of retarded morons that well...mostly I just run into them by accident...although I do work with one or two. and not that I officially celebrate Lent...dont tell my mum that ok? Cos she pretends I do and I pretend that she's right and we're both good with that.
Lent and celebrate really seems like an oxymoron anyway...how is giving up something you LIKE celebrating? Hence my decision to give up something I dont like...hence the retarded moron thing...you see where I'm going with that, yeah? thought so.

And why am I talking about Lent? Because easter is coming! how do i know this? because ever since the day after bloody XMAS, the shops have been full of chocolate bunnies, fluffy bunnies, stuffed bunnies, bunny slippers, bunny ears, bunnies eating carrots...enough of the goddamned BUNNIES aleady! If i WANTED to exist solely on chocolate bunnies I would buy a chocolate factory that only MADE bunnies...well I wouldnt, but you get the idea. Today, I just wanted to buy some envelopes...and maybe a chocolate bunny..noooo...no bunnies..envelopes. that was it. The newsagents was closed, so I went into the supermarket..which is open till 9 pm every night, for those of you who may need a chocolate bunny. And could I FIND the envelopes? Nope...after walking up and down EVERY aisle, I could find no envelopes...so I did what anyone would do..I asked the nice young man stacking the shelves...Excuse me..where would I find envelopes? What? envelopes...for letters? Yes..envelopes for mailing letters..Oh. Dunno. Have you tried in the stationery aisle?  Yes..I did try there, but theyre not there....Oh. well maybe we dont have any. You dont have any...are you SURE?....No, we probably do have some, but I dont know where they are, just walk around and look.
Walk around and look...I HAVE walked around and looked, and i cant FIND them! you do WORK here dont you? youre not just a customer who didnt like the shelving arrangements and decided to rearrange them?....at this point he mumbled something and walked away. I'm not sure what he mumbled, it was probably rude. I dont really care, because he is obviously going to stack shelves forever more and that in itself probably excuses his behaviour...but you know what REALLY pissed me off? Yep....he was filling the shelves with more of those bloody BUNNIES! arrrghhhh....some days its just not worth gnawing through the restraints to get outta bed is it.

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Mar 19, 2004
stupid is as stupid does...fridays follies

well its poets day again....what can I say...the week sucked, and not in a GOOD way either.

I got so many dumb emails this week that I couldnt delete them fast enough. so this weeks friday follies is dedicated to the dull, the inane and the stupidly boring....unfortunately none of those people have the brain power needed to read my blog so they will probably never benefit from my educational post to them!

To the people who sent me REAL emails..I thank you from the bottom of my heart....I'm keeping them until next friday, which is sure to be better than this one, because I sincerely doubt it could suck more!

why is ie that there are trained pigs that can use joysticks, but you morons can't even send me an intelligible email? I can't read half the crap you send me , and I'm not going to try. If you can't spell or use proper punctuation and grammar, don't email me. In fact, here are some helpful guidelines so you can know when NOT to email me:

  • If your keyboard doesn't work, don't send me email. I want SPACED words...with capital letters at the beginning of sentences, and punctuation..got that? PUNCTUATION....read it slowly, I know you don't understand big words.
  • If you're a retard, and don't know what a debate is, don't email me (this means you, Mr. "you're not debating, youre flaming," you dumb bastard).
  • If you tend to use the acronyms "LOL"  and " CUL8ER" a lot, don't bother trying to remember not to use it, it's just easier for you to not email me. Whatever it is that you have to say probably isn't important because you're an idiot.
  • If your email starts out with the phrase "I'm emailing you because I'm bored," save my DELETE key some wear by not sending me email.
  • If you want to show me what a righteous and forgiving person you are by calling me names such as BYTCH..(it's BITCH by the way) DYKE, BALL BUSTER or EVIL, don't bother, I've heard it all.
  • If your email ends with "I guess I went off on a tangent," you're a waste of air and probably dont even know what a TANGENT is, quit wasting my time.
  • Don't beg me to post your email, if your writing was that great to begin with, you'd probably have something better to do than to beg strangers on the internet to publish your witty retorts.
  • I know you think you're the first person to discover the cute ally mcbeal baby dancing, but assume that everyone has already seen it and DON'T SEND IT TO ME OR ANYONE ELSE. To be on the safe side, format your hard drive and cancel your internet account.
  • If you find yourself using a thesaurus more than twice per email, you're an idiot. Stick to what you know: drinking sherry and reading the latest chess manual while you write endless reams of meaningless essays and then tell everyone how educated you are.
  • "Dope" is not an adjective.
  • Don't assume I know what post from what forum you're talking about. I post in numerous forums and write numerous opinionated rants in numerous places. Dont email me and say stupid crap like " oh definitely, they should all be sent to live on a remote island somewhere...WHO should be? Idiots like you?
  • As a final note....if you're going to send me an email, or fill in the contact form, or tag me, and you're not sure whether or not what you have to say is inane and boring and only of interest to a small sect of retarded monkey in the amazon?...play it safe and presume it is. Together we can make my inbox idiot-free.  now go away.

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    Mar 14, 2004
    murders in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, what do YOU think?

    I'm not sure how many of you have read, followed or even know about this...but as a member of amnesty Intrnational, I receive their newsletters, reports etc.

    the following is a summary report about murders and abductions in a town in Mexico, that has been an ongoing investigation for ten years...it's estimated that there are 500 victims...perhaps more...and they are all women or girls. the youngest victim was six.

    Intolerable Killings: Ten years of abductions and murders in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua

    Summary Report and Appeals Cases

    "They have many lines of investigation, they have addresses, phone numbers, names and they haven't been handed over. I took them a lot of information and it isn't even in the case file. We don't deserve this treatment or the pain we are suffering every day. All I'm asking is that they find my daughter and for justice to be done". Evangelina Arce could not have imagined that on 12 March 1998 her daughter Silvia would never again return to her home in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua state. She has been searching for her desperately for over five years without discovering anything at all about her whereabouts. Throughout that time, Evangelina has repeatedly said that the authorities have ignored her demands for her daughter's abduction to be investigated and insists that no action has been taken on the case for five years.
    In Ciudad Juárez, and more recently in the city of Chihuahua, the abduction of Silvia Arce and her mother's appeal for her daughter to be found and for justice to be done are not isolated occurrences. The authorities currently recognize that the fate and whereabouts of around 70 women remains a mystery. For many Mexican non-governmental organizations, the number of women who are missing is more than 400. What is certain is that in the state of Chihuahua, a significant number of cases of young women and adolescents reported missing - in one case an 11 year old - are found dead days or even years later. According to information received by Amnesty International, in the last 10 years approximately 370 women have been murdered of which at least 137 were sexually assaulted prior to death. Furthermore, 75 bodies have still not been identified. Some of them may be those of women who have been reported missing but this has been impossible to confirm because there is insufficient evidence by which to identify them.

    12 May 1993 - The body of an unidentified woman found ... on the slopes of Cerro Bola (...) in the supine position and wearing denim trousers with the zipper open and the said garment pulled down around the knees (...) penetrating puncture wound to the left breast, abrasions on the left breast, blunt force injury with bruising at the level of the jaw and right cheek, abrasion on the chin, bleeding in the mouth and nose, a linear abrasion near the chin, light brown skin, 1.75 cm., brown hair, large coffee-coloured eyes, 24 years old, white brassière pulled up above the breasts. Cause of death asphyxia resulting from strangulation. (Preliminary Investigation 9883/93-0604, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, February 1998)"

    In a significant number of cases, the brutality with which the assailants abduct and murder the women goes further than the act of killing and provides one of the most terrible examples of violence against women. Many of the women were abducted, held captive for several days and subjected to humiliation, torture and the most horrific sexual violence before dying, mostly as a result of asphyxiation caused by strangulation or from being beaten. Their bodies have been found days or even years later, hidden among rubble or abandoned in deserted areas near the city. "When we found her, my daughter's body told of everything that had been done to her", said Norma Andrade the mother of Lilia Alejandra, whose body was found in February 2001, on waste ground in Ciudad Juárez, next to the maquila(1) where she worked. Like Lilia Alejandra, most of the women, some with children to support, come from poor backgrounds and have to take long bus journeys to reach their places of work or study. Sometimes, they have no choice but to walk alone across unlit waste ground and streets where they are at greater risk of possible attack.

    These crimes, classified by the authorities as "serial killings" have shocked the population of Chihuahua, a state which is characterised by high levels of violence against women, including killings as a result of domestic violence or other types of violence.

    The first cases of abduction and killing of women and girls exhibiting a similar pattern were reported in Ciudad Juárez ten years ago. Located in the desert on the border with the United States, it is now the most heavily-populated city in Chihuahua state. Its geographical position has turned it into fertile territory for drug trafficking and this has led to high crime levels and feelings of insecurity among the population. However, throughout the past few decades, the establishment of so-called maquilas, assembly plants for export products set up by multinational companies, has also meant that it has been privileged in terms of economic development. The profitability of the maquiladora industry is largely derived from the hiring of very cheap local labour. Despite the low pay, the need for a wage or the desire to get across the border to the neighbouring country to the north in search of a better future has turned Ciudad Juárez into an "attractive" city for a large number of people from different parts of Mexico.

    Several of the missing or murdered women were employed in maquilas. Waitresses, students or women working in the informal economy have also been targeted by the assailants. In short, young women with no power in society, whose deaths have no political cost for the local authorities.

    In fact, in the first few years after the abductions and murders began, the authorities displayed open discrimination towards the women and their families in their public statements. On more than one occasion the women themselves were blamed for their own abduction or murder because of the way they dressed or because they worked in bars at night. A few years later, in February 1999, the former State Public Prosecutor, Arturo González Rascón, was still maintaining that "Women with a nightlife who go out very late and come into contact with drinkers are at risk. It's hard to go out on the street when it's raining and not get wet".(2)

    Over the years, the pressure brought to bear by the families and non-governmental organizations and their calls for the crimes to be clarified have succeeded in attracting national and international attention. Proof of this was the visit and subsequent report on the situation of women in Ciudad Juárez by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)(3). As a result of the national and international interest in the cases of the women from Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, the authorities have been forced to moderate their responses before public opinion on the issue, although they continue to insist on treating each crime in isolation and deny that the abductions and murders of the women and girls in question share common gender-based characteristics.

    The failure of the competent authorities to take action to investigate these crimes, whether through indifference, lack of will, negligence or inability, has been blatant over the last ten years. Amnesty International has documented unjustifiable delays in the initial investigations, the period when there is a greater chance of finding the woman alive and identifying those responsible, and a failure to follow up evidence and witness statements which could be crucial. In other cases, the forensic examinations carried out have been inadequate, with contradictory and incorrect information being given to families about the identity of bodies, thereby causing further distress to them and disrupting their grieving process. Other irregularities include the falsification of evidence and even the alleged use of torture by officers from the Chihuahua State Judicial Police, in order to obtain information and confessions of guilt.

    The creation in 1998 of the Special Prosecutor's Office for the Investigation of Murders of Women, also failed to live up to the expectation that there would be a radical change in the actions of the state authorities to stamp out such crimes. So far, despite the fact that the institution has had seven different directors, there has been no significant improvement in the coordination and systematizing of investigations in order to put an end to the abductions and murders. The father of María Isabel Nava, for example, reported his daughter missing to the Special Prosecutor's Office on 4 January 2000. However, according to him, instead of taking immediate action, the Special Prosecutor said to him: "It's only Tuesday" and insinuated that his daughter had gone off with her boyfriend. The father replied indignantly: "Are we going to wait until she turns up dead?". His fears were justified. The body of María Isabel Nava was found 23 days later. According to the autopsy, she had apparently been held in captivity for two weeks before being killed.

    The situation is made worse by the failure, time and again, to keep the families informed of developments, causing deep distrust of the judicial apparatus and politicians. Furthermore, demands that a formal criminal investigation (averiguación previa, preliminary investigation) be immediately opened from the first day on which a woman is reported missing in order to determine whether a criminal offence such as unlawful detention (privación de libertad) or kidnapping has been committed, have been ignored. According to the authorities, such a request is not appropriate because they claim that the cases of women reported missing are investigated in the same way and with the same degree of urgency as if a formal investigation had been opened. However, in the Mexican justice system, a formal criminal investigation offers better guarantees and forces the State to justify its actions. In the absence of a criminal investigation, the family has no right to justice and is dependent on the good will of the authorities dealing with the case. In Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, the ineffectiveness of the investigations have prompted the relatives and friends of the victim themselves, fearing that something bad may have happened to their daughter or sister, to organize searches throughout the city. Responsibility for gathering evidence also falls on them.

    However, the relatives do not only have to live with the pain caused by the loss of a loved one and the anguish of not knowing their whereabouts. In Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, the authorities have frequently criticized or tried to discredit the work carried out by non-governmental organizations and the relatives in their search for justice. Some organizations have even been publicly accused of using the cases of the women for financial gain without any evidence for such accusations. Worse still have been the threats and intimidation to which lawyers, relatives and members of NGOs have been subjected with no attempt being made to identify those responsible and bring them to justice.

    Impunity reigns

    As far as the state authorities are concerned, most of the murders - including cases of domestic violence or other types of violence - have been "solved". However, although, according to their figures, 79 people have been convicted, in the vast majority of cases justice has not been done. Impunity is most evident in the case of the so-called "serial murders" that have been recognized as such by the state but in which there has been only one conviction for the kidnapping and murder of a young woman and 18 detainees awaiting the outcome of the judicial process, in some cases for several years. Furthermore, the quality of the investigations and the alleged failure to provide adequate guarantees during the trials cast doubt on the integrity of the criminal proceedings brought against several of those arrested in connection with these crimes. Meanwhile, year after year, the crimes continue. The discovery of the body of Viviana Rayas in May 2003 in the city of Chihuahua and allegations that those arrested in connection with the case were tortured, demonstrate yet again that the abductions and murders in question are far from being solved.

    The fact that the state authorities have not managed to clear up or eradicate these crimes has led to much speculation about who might be behind the murders. There is talk of the involvement of drugs traffickers, organized crime, of people living in the United States, as well as rumours that those responsible are being protected. There are also theories about the motives being connected with satanism, the illegal trade in pornographic films and the alleged trafficking of organs. However, at the moment, since the investigations have so far not been able to confirm any of them, such hypotheses are simply helping to fuel even greater fear among Chihuahuan society.

    For years the federal authorities overtly kept out of the investigations on the grounds that, unlike, for example, organized crime, the murders of women in Chihuahua state did not come under their jurisdiction as they were not federal crimes. However, during 2003, the Office of the Attorney-General, has confirmed that it has claimed jurisdiction over several cases on the grounds that they may constitute federal offences and this could give a significant boost to the investigations. Given the scale of these crimes, Amnesty International believes that, in order to prevent, punish and stop the abduction and murder of women in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua as well as the abuses of power which have hindered the earlier investigations, it is essential for mechanisms to be set up to ensure proper coordination between all authorities at municipal, state and federal level.

    The Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua cases display many of the features which undermine the credibility of the Mexican justice system and foster impunity. Amnesty International has repeatedly called for a profound structural reform of the justice system to be undertaken in order for its investigative procedures and capabilities to be able to provide full access to justice for the victims and a fair trial for the accused by ensuring that all their rights are guaranteed.

    The inability of the state authorities to address these violent offences against women also means that Mexico is in breach of international conventions to which it is a party, including standards that are specifically aimed at eliminating violence against women.

    The violence against women demonstrated in these cases is not only a form of discrimination but also constitutes violations of the rights to life, physical integrity, liberty, security and legal protection enshrined in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the American Convention of Human Rights and the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)(4), among others. These international standards reaffirm the State's obligation to establish the truth, dispense justice and provide reparations to victims, even when their rights have been violated by private individuals.

    The Americas is the only continent which has a binding treaty specifically directed at combatting violence against women: the Inter-American Convention for the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women (Convention of Belem do Pará).(5) The Inter-American system also set a precedent when, fifteen years ago, it reaffirmed that the State incurs a responsibility at the international level when it fails to exercise due diligence in investigating and punishing human rights abuses committed by private individuals, thereby establishing a doctrine which is particularly relevant for women who are suffering systematic violence in the domestic domain and in the community.

    The full document, entitled "Mexico: Intolerable killings - Ten years of abductions and murders in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua" (AI Index: AMR 41/026/2003), addresses the inability of the Mexican authorities to treat the cases in the context of a specific pattern and their failure to provide the relatives with a proper response or effective legal remedy. Through the use of specific cases, the report provides an analysis of the state's failure to exercise due diligence in preventing, investigating and punishing the crimes in question. It also sets out Mexico's obligations under international human rights standards and includes a series of conclusions and a set of recommendations which, in Amnesty International's opinion, need to be fully and effectively implemented. The appeal cases described below provide an example of ten years of intolerable crimes.

    There was an article in our local newspaper on Saturday about this, including some interviews with members of a drug and terror ring....he described the killings as " a way to celebrate...you make a really big score and then you just feel like celebrating by killing women."

    The police and the local government have been accused of covering up the crimes and sheltering the guilty, with many "suspects" escaping custody and never being apprehended. some in fact go on to be members of the police force or Govt themselves.

    My thoughts on this are that any society or community that encourages or supports through the lack of punishment, the killing of women, is not one that should be allowed to continue with it's present ruling govt in place. What are your thoughts?

    for those of you who wish to read the full documentation of this case, go here

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    Mar 12, 2004
    friday follies..POETS day again ALREADY?

    Well damnit , it's Friday AGAIN...didn't we just HAVE friday?
    Apologies for no new entries all week but I've been sick...blah.
    Anyway..on with the week that was...

    Things I learned this week

    The clothes dryer works better if you plug it in to the power point.

    bright blue socks SHOULDNT be washed with white jeans.

    White jeans look kinda cool streaked with blue.

    The cat DOESNT like to be locked in the linen press and expresses this by drawing threads on the best towels.

    and finally...the opinions of others only matter if THEY matter.


    funniest email i got this week was from Scott..it was called WATER ON MARS..hehe...tyvm Scott!

    Funniest animal email I got this week was from Frank....cheers Frank!


    from all natural.com....IT'S BETTER THAN BOTOX! umm...WHAT is better than botox? I cant think of ANYTHING better than injecting my lips with botox...but hey..what would I know?

    from credit online....pre-approved visa card.....yeah RIGHT....can I get one for my dog too??

    from single girls....SOMEONE IS LOOKING FOR YOU!  oookkayyy...at a guess I would say it is my mum, or perhaps my bank manager...either way they both know my number so they'll call back!

    and the BEST one? from Dr Jones.....YOU GOT BIGGER BREASTS!...I did? when? more to the point..WHERE? Really, I think I wouldve noticed....when my clothes started to get  little tight perhaps, or when i rolled over and SMOTHERED my cat! Oh well..I suppose it's better than the three inches i got LAST week!


    listen to: Everclear, SANTA MONICA....it's cool

    watch: Harvey Krumpet...a REALLY funny toon.

    ok, that's it for now....take it easy...=^.^=

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    Mar 5, 2004
    the friday follies....POETS day summary

    Ah, welcome to POETS day...for those of you who dont know...POETS day is aussie for Piss Off Early Tomorrow's Saturday. Yeah I know...it's not even friday yet in some of your worlds...but it is in MINE!

    So here's a wrap of my week:

    Things I learned this week

    wearing a red bra under a white shirt does not look business-like...well, it does in SOME areas of empoyment but i'm not in THAT "business"!

    never leave paper work on top of the air cooler cos its gonna turn on as SOON as the boss walks in.

    dogs like to chew your jeans, so dont leave them on the floor.

    no one but me does the dishes

    and finally...some people are annoying...no matter how many excuse you make for them..theyre ANNOYING...it's as simple as that!

    Best emails I got this week

    The funniest email I got this week was from Jo...thanks Jo!

    And the cutest email I got this week was from Paul....cheers Paul!

    Assorted DUMB spam I got this week.

    from romance.com...MEET SOMEONE REAL...hmmm...they mean instead of someone who is a figment of my imagination?? okayyy...

    from burn busters....BURN THOSE KILOS AWAY...honey if i get any skinnier I'll be able to get a job as a pipe cleaner...and anyway it sounds like theyre gonna set FIRE to me! eep!

    from poetry.com....YOUR AWARD IS WAITING....waiting for WHAT? WHAT award? how do these people get my email anyway?

    and the BEST one? from a person called ALLAN....GAIL....ADD INCHES TO YOUR PENIS TODAY!.....well yeah allan...thanks so much...as soon as I GET a penis, I'll give ya a call...perhaps you can donate a few inches from the penis that seems to be hanging from your FOREHEAD???? and just for the record...how many BLOKES do you know called GAIL? moron.

    Other groovy week stuff

    I got a cool anti-chain letter email from Paul that I was gonna post here but I deleted it by mistake...oops..it was good..trust me!
    Download Robbie Williams new tune..its called Monsoon..it rocks.
    My basketball team won by 26 points...ha! we kicked ass...6 of them points were MINE..:)

    Well, enough about me...what do YOU think of me..lol...just kiddin'...have a great weekend everyone.

    Posted at 03:41 pm by redkat
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