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ColinC's Journal
ColinC's Journal
February 20, 2024

"I'm an American doctor who went to Gaza. What I saw wasn't war. It was annihilation."

Entering southern Gaza on Jan. 29, where many have fled from the north, felt like the first pages of a dystopian novel. Our ears were numb with the constant humming of what I was told were the surveillance drones that circled constantly. Our noses were consumed with the stench of 1 million displaced humans living in close proximity without adequate sanitation. Our eyes got lost in the sea of tents. We stayed at a guest house in Rafah. Our first night was cold, and many of us couldn’t sleep. We stood on the balcony listening to the bombs, and seeing the smoke rise from Khan Yunis.

As we approached the European Gaza Hospital the next day, there were rows of tents that lined and blocked the streets. Many Palestinians gravitated toward this and other hospitals hoping it would represent a sanctuary from the violence — they were wrong.

People also spilled into the hospital: living in hallways, stairwell corridors and even storage closets. The once-wide walkways designed by the European Union to accommodate the busy traffic of medical staff, stretchers and equipment were now reduced to a single-file passageway. On either side, blankets hung from the ceiling to cordon off small areas for entire families, offering a sliver of privacy. A hospital designed to accommodate about 300 patients was now struggling to care for more than 1,000 patients and hundreds more seeking refuge.

There were a limited number of local surgeons available. We were told that many had been killed or arrested, their whereabouts or even their existence unknown. Others were trapped in occupied areas in the north or nearby places where it was too risky to travel to the hospital. There was only one local plastic surgeon left and he covered the hospital 24/7. His home had been destroyed, so he lived in the hospital, and was able to stuff all of his personal possessions into two small hand bags. This narrative became all too common among the remaining staff at the hospital. This surgeon was lucky, because his wife and daughter were still alive, although almost everyone else working in the hospital was mourning the loss of their loved ones.


February 16, 2024

Trump is out on bail

Can’t we just start referring to him as “the guy out on bail”?

January 16, 2024

Trump now down to 54%, Haley in 2nd with 20%

Trumps numbers are decreasing quickly and Haley gaining a lot. Wonder how close it could actually be 🤔

November 8, 2023

I think: If Dems hold their leads in the VA House of Del. they will have 51-52 seats

and gain back control of the House of Delegates

November 8, 2023

Man It's looking really good for Dems tonight...

If I didn't have to work hours before dawn tomorrow, it would have been a great night for a drink (or 7)

November 8, 2023

Wasserman: Beshear (D) Wins Kentucky Governor's Race


Dave Wasserman
I've seen enough: Andy Beshear (D) wins reelection in #KYGOV, defeating Daniel Cameron (R).
October 22, 2023

HRW: Israel using white phosphorous in Gaza, endangering civilians

Israel has used white phosphorus in its continuing military operations in Gaza and Lebanon, putting civilians at serious risk, Human Rights Watch has said, following an investigation.

Human Rights Watch said it verified footage taken in Lebanon and Gaza on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, showing multiple uses of artillery-fired white phosphorus over the Gaza City port and two rural locations along the Israel-Lebanon border.


This is an old article but news to me. Curious how many people have been aware of this.

October 15, 2023

Exit poll: Poland opposition claims victory


WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s election result was on a knife edge as an exit poll said that the governing Law and Justice party won the most votes on Sunday but lost support compared to the last election. Opposition leader Donald Tusk said a coalition of opposition parties had enough votes to win the election.

The Ipsos exit poll suggesed that the opposition together has likely won 248 seats in the 460-seat lower house of parliament, the Sejm. Law and Justice, according to the projection, obtained 200 seats, while the far-right Confederation got 12 seats.

The new left leaning coalition winning spells the end of the ruling extreme right. This helps assure Poland is no longer headed the direction of Hungary and Turkey. Cautiously optimistic though as exit polls have been wrong in the past.
August 12, 2023

Child dies while en route to Chicago as part of Gov. Greg Abbott's migrant busing program

Source: Texas Tribune

After a 3-year-old began showing signs of distress, the bus of asylum-seekers traveling from Brownsville to Chicago pulled over and an ambulance was called. The child later died at a hospital in Illinois.

Read more: https://apple.news/ANxKtIxYcSUusH7xGKNsqaQ

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