Saturday, July 01, 2006


If you would like to add the blogroll to your own blog, cut and past the following code.

PS: Hosting the image on your own account is appreciated.
PPS: WordPress users who have difficulty with javascript may want to check out this post.


Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

The graphic is a little too wide for my sidebar. I wonder if others are having the same problem.

I have a reduced size graphic that I am using on my sidebar. Maybe others who run into the same problem can use this image instead.

5:51 AM  
Blogger elendil said...

Ugh, yes, I forgot to change it to the 125px version. I'll go do that now.

6:01 AM  
Blogger elendil said...

Done. The code above is now for the 125 px logo.

6:07 AM  
Blogger MrEMan said...

Absolutely happy to join in. It's posted on my blog along the left sidebar. It looks great on my site, and there's a new post at the top of the page announcing it to all who come by. It's sad that we have to go to such lengths, but I am proud to be affiliated with Bloggers Against Torture.


5:33 PM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

I created a 900-pixel graphic that I posted on my Flickr account. Click here to download either a 900, 500, 240, or 100-pixel wide graphic for your blog.

BTW, I posted my own plea for fellow DU members to join us but someone made a reply to my original post stating it was spam. Whatever.

2:01 AM  
Blogger Rena said...

You need to close your image tag. It will screw up some sites with strict code standards.

11:23 AM  
Blogger elendil said...

Thanks for telling me, rena, it's now fixed.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Elendil, I am still a bit of a novice when it comes to adding stuff to my site. I copied and pasted the blogroll unto my site and nothing shows. I seem to remember reading somewhere that is not 'blogroll' friendly?
Also, little scoop here. I got several film trailers from 'the road to Guantanamo' plus posters that I can print out (or as you saw, put in a post). There was a 'glitch' in being able to open the trailer files so tomorrow we're going to try again. If it works, I will send them over to you as I figure that you must have the master list of all the bloggers that you can forward it to. I have permission to forward it to anyone who wants to use it and I will attach that permission so everyone can see it's on the up and up.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Btw Elendil, do you think that global voices online would be open to the anti torture logo? since you're the initiator on this, perhaps it would be more appropriate for you to ask them. Just think of the many many many more sites would get exposure to this..
(sorry, I've been thinking PR all day I am still in my head)

7:47 PM  
Blogger elendil said...

Hi Ingrid. I had no difficulties getting the blogroll up here, so I know it's possible. I must confess that my technical knowledge in these matters is slim. My only suggestion is, did you republish the entire blog after updating the template?

I would be happy to link trailers for the movie. Are these different trailers to the one on the official site?

Thanks for the tip on Global Voices Online. After I get the next post up, I'll go harass them ;-) But in general, and this goes for everyone, I'd be happy for you to spread the word and approach other bloggers you know. Many hands make light work.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Elendil, I have been so busy in general this past week my brain has been online whilst trying to get a toddler to cooperate. thank goodness my dh is a good tag teamer!
Hey, I am kind of the person who doesn't want to step on someone else's territory if you will. Perhaps strong language, let me rephrase. This is it:credit where credit is due. I just found your other site, Calendar against Torture and I am very impressed how you've been on this for a long time. I have no qualms helping you out sending the trailers (if we can open them up, hubby is supposed to work on it today). Don't know if they are the same I will check it out this afternoon (need to go soon). The production company sent me those so hopefully they are a bit different. If not, perhaps it would be easier to use the ones you linked to.
I have emailed privately some other blogs to in order to spread the word and one of them told me he would do so in June.
I'll keep you posted on the trailer progress and if it is worthwhile, then I'll send them to you (if they're not the same or pose too much of a hassle, uploading wise. As for the blog roll..I'll keep trying. I do think I republished the whole darn thing, I keep reading the html tags to see if I am missing something. Good to know it can be done though.
To be continued...

7:13 AM  
Blogger elendil said...

Hi Ingrid. Please, step anywhere you like :-) I might be the one with the keys to the blog, but I couldn't have done any of this without the help of those on the blogroll. This belongs to everyone, and I'm happy for any help that we can get.

2:31 PM  
Blogger granny said...

Some gaming site has apparently latched onto the page after submitting verification for signing on.

7:30 PM  
Blogger elendil said...

Sorry about that. I had no option but to use a "free" service for the signups.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Lucky said...

Hi elendil,
I took some time joining, but made the decision today. How long does it take to 'show up' in the blogroll once I've joined? My button fits and works fine. I promise to link some of my daily blogging to the websites that are your sponsors and am finding a community of people who have some good shared values.
Thanks for doing something!

3:38 PM  
Blogger James said...

Added the graphic to my blog. Will definitely be spreading the word.

10:53 PM  
Blogger elendil said...

Hi lucky. New blogs will show up in the blogroll just as soon as I can add them. I'm on UTC+10, so I may be asleep or at work when you join. It should take under 24 hours, so don't worry if you don't get a response before then.

Thank you for joining, James. It's Friday night here right now, so not conducive to reading your academic papers, but I look forward to it in the coming days. I encourage everyone to spread the word. This blogroll relies upon the hard work of its members :-)

3:12 AM  
Blogger dove said...

I'll be posting on torture this month -- this is a really good idea.

1:39 AM  
Blogger Owl said...

I have a new post up on torture and the Bush presidency to kick off anti-torture month. It includes links to many earlier postings in Deep Blade Journal over the last couple years.

Very happy to see this campaign and I'm glad to participate. I want to thank the always-interesting, always-valuable Rodger Payne for putting me on to the link.

3:10 PM  
Blogger Rurikid said...

I have uploaded the graphic onto my free image hosting at ImageShack account and used that link instead of your ImageShack link on my blog Le Thé Chez Vierotchka (where you are all most welcome - it is a bilingual multi-media blog with a difference! Best viewed with Firefox and Netscape Browser in Firefox mode), and suggest that we all do that, because there is a limit to the hourly bandwidth time for images on ImageShack, and as this movement grows, your ImageShack image may often vanish.


Vierotchka (aka rurikid)

5:31 AM  
Blogger elendil said...

Thank you rurikid. On the weekend, I will change the code to point to your image. Perhaps if we distribute across several of them, we won't have the bandwidth problem.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Rurikid said...

Elendil, what I meant was that each of us should open an account with ImageShack (free image hosting) and each of us ought to upload the logo to one's own ImageShack account and replace the image url in the coding with that from ImageShack (using the direct link provided. If everyone links to the graphic in my ImageShack account, it will fast run out of bandwidth, but if everyone links to their own graphic on their ImageShack account (or any other free image-hosting account which has no time-limit on the hosting of an image), there is not going to be any bandwidth problem at all unless one has a readership as large as Kos or C&L.

So please don't use the image from my account. :)

10:54 AM  
Blogger Rurikid said...

I should have provided a link - here it is:

10:55 AM  
Blogger elendil said...

Ah, I get you now. Okay :-)

1:06 PM  
Blogger Musclemouth said...

Rock n roll. I added myself to the blogroll and linked with the graphic in my sidebar. Thanks for doing this.


10:14 PM  
Blogger Bob Higgins said...

The Torture Of America

My America, at least the America of my birth, does not resort to the use of torture. We were taught that fact in public schools, American public schools, schools in which we learned old fashioned American values about family and fairness, values like the presumption of innocence, due process, respect for the law and the rights of man.

Others might resort to using torture, Hitler and his evil Nazi worshipers, Stalin, with his Gulags and purges, Mao and the People's reeducation camps. Torture, in those days, was for others, the Pinochets, the Batistas, the Perons, the Idi Amins of the world, torture was not an American thing.

Torture was a tool used by our primitive and unenlightened forbears, to extract information, or to punish their enemies, information, which more often than not, was useless, as the information extracted was contrived in the desperate mind of someone whose only thought was to stop the pain, to say anything, confess to any crime, implicate any person, even those he loved to make the pain stop.

We were taught of the Nuremberg Tribunals at the close of World War Two and of the unbelievably bestial behavior of the Nazis in their death camps, of the brutalization of an entire generation of human beings, of wholesale torture and the wanton slaughter of millions that followed.

We were taught that "following orders" was no excuse for participating in, or ignoring the use of methods like torture or reprisal killings, as some orders were unlawful and it was our responsibility to know the difference. We executed many in Germany and Japan who were found to have violated conventions that we and other like thinking nations had established as fundamental rules of human conduct. We imprisoned many more than we executed.

I reached adulthood believing that America had evolved to a point of ethical leadership in a world that had been horribly scarred by those who used torture and terror, who used fear and death as instruments of State policy. I took pride in my belief that we, America, as a nation had risen above such inhuman behavior and had learned to operate on an elevated plateau of conduct. In short I grew to believe that my country could claim to be among the most civilized of nations.

At the age of twenty my youthful naiveté was tested by an all expenses paid trip to Vietnam. I discovered in the process of that experience that much of the negativity being reported about my country was true, the reports of Phoenix programs and other secret and not so secret efforts of my government turned my youthful naiveté into full blown distrust of the American government and it's intelligence and military apparatus.

After Vietnam we went from one fiasco to another for the same fraudulent reasons, in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and on through Grenada and Panama misspending the flower of our youth, aiding in the brutalization of the poor and politically disenfranchised of other nations and trashing American integrity on remote and largely secret battlefields, in an effort to prop up corrupt dictatorships supported by even more corrupt American corporations.

By the time that George Bush the younger was appointed to serve as regent by the judicial minions of corporate America our government was fully in the control of the plutocrats and oiligarchs, for whom conscience, compassion and national honor had become nothing more than pathetically sad, liberal, loser jokes.


America is not about torture.

Not my America. Not this land of my birth. Not the country that I volunteered to serve when called to service by an idealistic young President.

I have friends who have said to me recently and a government that has told me repeatedly that we can no longer follow the rules because our enemies do not follow the rules, and I say to them all: Bullshit!

I have friends who have said to me recently and a government that has told me repeatedly that everything changed after 9/11, and I say to them all: Bullshit!

One terrorist act or a thousand does not change fifty thousand years of human development, of philosophy and religion, of right and wrong of love and beauty and art.

There is only one America and it is the one that was held up to me by my Parents and Grandparents, by my teachers and my government as a beacon of freedom and justice, honor and integrity, honesty, compassion and justice.

I will permit no other America to exist on this Earth, nor should you.

Repeat after me:

America does not torture.

Bob Higgins
Worldwide Sawdust

Below is a link to this article if you want to reprint or link to it. It was cross posted on MLW, Booman and Dkos.
The Torture Of America

5:28 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

(I'm using my old Blogger account because otherwise I can't post, but my actual blog is at

I've signed up to Blog Against Torture today - would've done it sooner but I hadn't heard of it.

Well done for trying to do something about it!

I've added the link to Torture Awareness Month, but for some reason the other code (the one you provide on the front page) doesn't seem to work properly. I think it's because WordPress doesn't allow javascript.

What does the code do? Is it important and if so, can I get a non-javascript version?

9:40 AM  
Blogger elendil said...

Hi heathlander, A few people have had difficulty with wordpress, and some have found a way around it (so at least we know it's possible). Unfortunately, I don't know anything about WordPress, so I can't help you directly.

I've added a link to the post above to my previous post on the topic. That also links to a help page. If you can't get the blogroll going, don't worry about it. We like it when people use it, but it's not obligatory.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Fuck You Google said...

Hey, this blog is really cool!

I'm glad I found it.

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

OK cool, cheers.

4:59 AM  
Blogger Aunty Ism said...

Elendil, I left you some references on the previous thread. Thanks to you and all here for getting the word out. Yes, a lot of things changed for me after 911. I started asking questions. Now, I'm trying to wake up my family (some success) and anyone else who will listen. Cheers.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Kathy O'Leary said...

add this code to your blog to create a link directly to the NRCAT's signing statement

Tell our legislators that your faith tells you that TORTURE IS A MORAL ISSUE by signing the NRCAT statement against torture.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

In the nick of time--June 30--I added a comment about torture to my silly blog. I'm afraid I forgot to put the torture awareness address in, but will edit.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Okay, I added the link to my blog. May human decency and compassion prevail.

3:43 PM  
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