Sunday, December 15, 2002
Proud and Insolent youth incorporated This is about a guy who posted on a site (his actual posting) an eloquent piece about corporate greed, the assistance they have from the US govt and their war machine, his disatisfaction of it all and then a confession of shooting a cop at a gas station as a way of demonstrating the hipocrasy. I can empathise with him for his frustration but shooting a cop in a gas station is only going to alienate him from 95% of the population and does nothing except release his frustration, for a time. I couldn't help but be reminded of a quote from John Lydon that's along the lines of ..If you value a cause more than human life then you're following a lost cause. Pancakes.....I hated these when I was a kid. The only time we ever had them was on Shrove Tuesday (I never understood that one either) and they were the omlette/crepe variety but coated in sugar and that horrible, artificial jif lemon juice ( we were too poor to afford real lemons). Thankfully the scars have healed and I love the fluffy variety but have yet to sample them freshly cooked in a diner. Something to look forward to in life, I guess! I spat my tea at the screen when I read of your comparison of Kylie to a french public lavatory, Anthony. I can never look at her in the same way again.
@kin: "The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer." --Henry Kissinger, http://www.truthout.com/docs_02/12.02D.kiss.quotes.htm (thanks to aq records for that one) Fuckin' shit, alex. Kandinsky could see MICROCOSMS. That's really weird. :) To counteract my shitty night on friday, I had an absolutely wonderful night out with several friends from my art classes. Dinner was spent with them at our drawing teacher's house (a very great painter) and then we proceeded to a tiny two-floor cafe with live art, and a neat little funk turntablism/open mike/cello/saxophone going on. A really great time, with great people all around having FUN.
thanks barrie ; ] food analogies have never really set me aflame, until now ..... my breakfast banana will never be the same : for some reason abba spring to mind ; disposable to a degree, but nutricious and almost without exception perfectly formed ( also, unzipping the tight protective layer will now forever remind me of lurid catsuits - a pleasant thought to start the day ) i always tend to think in terms of architecture bach elegantly purposeful suspension bridges led zeppelin medieval castles kylie minogue french public lavatory
Saturday, December 14, 2002
Pancakes are not at all greasy; they are normally griddled on non stick surfaces, and are light and fluffy in taste. The best pancakes I ever ate in a diner was at a place called "Beauties" in Montreal....dreamy... Think Unix...made me Think Unix... The next book I want is the Perl Cookbook; has lots of things in it that you need to do over and over. I need to learn about PIDs, Forking processes and that stuff.
The White Stripes: Cheap beer. LOTS of cheap beer. Would that beer be... And from the Red Stripe site: "People from around the world want to see how great RedStripeBeer.com is. But sometimes their countries don�t think that�s a good idea. And since lawsuits are very expensive, if you are in any of the following countries, you shouldn�t be here. Especially the French: Afghanistan Azerbaijan Bahrain Denmark Egypt Ethiopia Finland France and the French overseas territories and departments France et Departments ou Territoires d�outre mer francais (French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, R�union, Mayotte, St. Pierre and Miquelon, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Southern and Antarctic Territories, Wallis and Futuna Islands) Hungary Iceland Iran Iraq Jordan Kazakstan Krygystan Kuwait Libya Norway Oman Pakistan Poland Qatar Saudi Arabia Sudan Sweden Syria Tajikistan Togo Turkmenistan United Arab Emirates Uzbekistan Yemen"
ok, so the pancakes you are talking about are a bit more like scottish pancakes, although probably greasier. very american. it's like football. in a way. i have had these american pancakes in denny's somewhere in north carolina, and then later at a more 'original' diner complete with grits on the menu. i knew i knew where the other MOD is, just couldn't figure it out... anyway, i much prefer crepes to your yankee pancakes. might have something to do with having a french girlfriend who can cook them very well... i think her recipe is somewhere in my room. i might post it later. how you can compare ladytron to fine french cuisine i'll never know, but alas i am not allowed to argue. i myself can't see the corrolation between food and music, maybe i'm being a bit uncreative, but they just inspire different sensations in my body. I think music is more like confection. Well, some music. I can't think of a whole meal, unless you're talking huge Operatic pieces. anyway, i am reading my recently purchased copy of 'Think Unix'. Disposable / Mass Produced Pop Music: Bubble gum. A direct hit of saccarine, the sweet flavour turned dead and lifeless almost as quickly as it arrived, requiring many repetitive hits, each one loosing a fraction of the impact of the last. Once disposed it becomes a nuiscance, littering the streets for eons. Quite like disposed popstars littering those crap list TV shows. Realitive TV SpinOff bands: Safe sugar free non bubbly chewing gum. Limp and lifeless before it's out of the packet. Flavour disappears immeditately (if there ever was any). Cannot be revived with extra doses. Has laxative effects if consumed in excess. Sugababes, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera (and other Neptunes produced POP): Sour flavoured Hubba Bubba. Sickly Sweet, dangerously addictive. Feels naughty and dangerous on your tongue. All sensation soon dispersed just like the rest. Addictive. Blazin' Squad: Sunny Delight. Cheap. Turns you yellow. Coldplay (and other 'serious' indie pop bands) Jordan's Tracker bar or other lifeless 'Grown Up' confection. Makes you regular.
I went to a shit party last nite. My friend of a long time put it off, with friends from her school coming over. All three were total trash. TRASH. They were jerks, and got progressively stupider as they got progressively drunker. I wanted to shoot them in the face. I wanted to shoot MYSELF in the face. I was the only person there who wasn't drunk, and if I could have gone home I would have, but I didn't have a car, and my bud, who passed out and I had to look after him, didn't want me to drive him home in his van (he lives 1 minute from me, so I coulda walked home after that). I tried to sleep upstairs but it took me several hours, as the ASSHOLE TRASH downstairs were LOUD and obnoxious, talking for 4 or 5 hours about almost exclusively their penises (penii? They had been naked for much of the night). Fuck. Stupid fucking people. I will never party with TRASH again. What a useless night of my life I will never get back. My friend can keep all the food she bought for me (and the 3 beers she bought for me too). I don't have to pay her back, that's asshole tax right there. Aphex Twin: He is two things: Chocolate Mousse with rufees in it, and conversely a brillo pad slathered in mustard that is somehow VERY enjoyable... Anthony Manning: Hot chocolate with marshmallows! SO warm and soothing and satisfying. I was thinking champagne too, for the bubblyness, but that doesn't seem quite "right." Whitehouse: Dry, overcooked nasty fish filled with lots of spiky bones, followed by a bloody punch to the mouth. Tasty. The White Stripes: Cheap beer. LOTS of cheap beer. Captain Beefheart: Zany jambalaya!
My Old Dutch sells crepes and not Pancakes. Pancakes are never more than 6" in diameter, are always stacked more than two high on a plate, and are served with maple syrup, and either bacon or sausages, in the same plate. They are not thin like crepes, but are normally 1cm thick and fluffy in texture when they are done right. The batter for pancakes is never thin and runny like the batter for pancakes, it is viscous, and normally yellow-ish due to the egg yolks. The British cringe at the thought of bacon and sausages slathered with maple syrup, but hey, they cancelled thier orbital launch vehicle program because "it could be used for delivering weapons". Go figure. And before anyone stands up and says "wassitmattah, its awl the saim innnaaaat", food is to the body as music is to the soul. Everything about food matters, how it looks, how it is prepared, how it is eaten, the origin of the ingredients, and the atmosphere at the table (or the floor). Hmmmm, lets see, if food is to the body as music is to the soul, then we can correlate music to different dishes. Lets see: YMO: Bacon Cheesburgers, Chocolate shake float and family fries at an immaculately clean Dairy Queen® in rural north east America. Godspped YBE: a dog turd, spread on two pieces of stale bread, in a deserted and filthy rail station, somewhere in the USSR, mid to early 1970's Ladytron: A perfect warm lobster salad, accompanied by a fine chablis on a hot summers day at a family run riverside Relais, somewhere in France. Anita Baker: Coffee and donuts in a diner almost anywhre in Manhattan. Bob James (Any CTI recording): Grilled Japanese specialities (Tskune, Shisomaki, Ginnan, Asparamaki...) chilled cedar brewed Sake, and plumb wine to finish...anywhere where they do it right! And, for the love of all thats holy, DONT DO ANY ARTIST THAT IVE DONE, or SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES!
Thanks to everyone who offered temp space so we dont have to read blogdial in blogger! That means you Chris! the 1104 massive stupmed up first: http://freakypeople.ca/blogdial/blogger.html Its been another "hell of a year"...the obl, the tia...a neverending stream of bullshit. One thing however, has consistently been great; the posting, intelligence, humor and sheer class of the BLOGDIAL elite. Nuff said.
YAAAAAGH. Re: TIA & IAO & Poindexter & co. I wish I could put up my recent drawings and sketches lately because they are all obsessively dealing with exactly THIS and other related things. The worry has consumed my mind! Maybe I should cancel my credit card. AAAGH. Where do you get all these cool-ass emails, Akin? They are hella interesting. Also: I might be able to host blogger temporarily (for a week or so) if you can email some login info- my friend is the only person who knows how to do such complex tasks on my linux box so I'd have to run it through him. But I'm sure someone else (like m. burke) has more capabilities than my MEASLY and crappy cable modeme. Pancakes are very good, and homemade ones are TEH BEST. If you poor blokes in britain can't buy em... make em. I have just finished an absolutely insane two weeks of finals. Hopefully everything works out for me. Completely exhausted/horny now (but when am I NOT the latter?). (mm lather) PS: Dear Blogger: WHY DON"T YOU EVER REGISTER MY CARRIAGE RETURNS BLAHG
Friday, December 13, 2002
Do you know that there is not one place in London where you can go and order pancakes? Not ONE. that is a shame. did i mention they are also good with peanut butter? with syrup too OF COURSE!!! alison, i hope you are going to email me a translation for your lovely story ... je parle seulement anglais et francais ... :( i am waiting for the carpet man to show up. he has not shown up three times now ...
php / mysql ........ it all seemed to be so simple, so straightforward, then ..... Parse error: parse error in /****/****/*******/www.germsite.co.uk/***********/**********8.php on line 25 fuck it ........ i never learn .... think something's going to be a piece of piss, jump ahead a few steps, don't look where i'm going, then splat ....... back to the manual tutorials we go, step by painful step
To: Declan McCullagh
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 11:53:28 +0200 Subject:
TIA feasability and costs Reply-to: email@example.com
My name is Mordechai Ben-Menachem. I am a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel. My areas of speciality are software engineering and project management. Bob Bauman asked me to write to you to express certain views concerning the DARPA project called TIA.
I have read the Aldrige testimony. Most of the following was written in reaction to that.
Much of what Aldrige says walks a very narrow line between outright lies and obfuscation. It is simply not correct. The areas for objection are too broad to cover here, but I shall try to give a few examples.
1. You cannot talk about "... if they choose to use it." The system ONLY has value if there is a critical mass of data in it. This means, by definition, that the database must be massively populated and this must be constantly maintained. This is not a situation where one can query and THEN the system will go off to a thousand different databases around the world to search for transactions you may want. There is a fine line here between data collection and data retrieval. The "if they choose" part can relate to data retrieval, but that makes it a very sticky wicket. Existing legal controls (e.g., search warrants, Miranda) are designed to control data collection, not use of that data once it has been collected.
2. Speech recognition / rapid translation: The statements are very misleading. No such software exits today. The state-of-the-art of voice recognition / voice response systems is that of a watch (you can also tell your phone to dial your wife, but only after rigorous training of the system). The accuracy of translation systems used today is mostly used as Computer Science jokes. The distance to workable systems is quite profound. Intel has recently announced a 3 Giga Hertz chip. This infers (via Moore's Law) that we shall see a 6 Giga Hertz chip in 18 months. Many authorities have called 6 GH a milestone that will allow a new set of applications. In other words, when those capabilities exist, we may be able to intelligently discuss rapid, real-time translation. However, by definition, we do not know how to conceive of those applications now. Perhaps it can be on a supercomputer, as cost is not the governing factor -- no, the basic computational complexity may be solvable on a supercomputer (no proof of that exists) but there are many other aspects that requires a different type of architecture for real time usage. He also stated that there will be voice recognition capabilities to recognise who is speaking. Totally science fiction, has never been tried in real life. What exists is the ability to match "voice prints" via pattern recognition techniques. Very time consuming and with a very low level of accuracy and reliability. I do not recall it being recognized by any court, for example.
3. Connections between transactions: Echelon gathers data from some 8-billion telephone conversations today. How successful has this been in the "war on drugs"? The answer is, almost not at all. Add to that, all airline transactions, chemical purchases, credit card ... How many daily transactions are we talking about -- 20 billion, more? (Visa alone has some 110 million transactions per day.) There is no way to even imagine how to query this size of database, much less, make any sense of the answer. In other words, if they manage to simulate the data (we do not know how to simulate that), and if they manage to perform a query, what do we do with the results of such a query? The data visualization techniques do not exist. The quantity of false positives will overload any investigative agency (tens of thousands per day). As a matter of fact, the database technology that would allow this type of query does not exist, either. I must add, on small scales, tens of thousands of transactions, this is being performed. The distance to be able to process five orders of magnitude more is perhaps a decade.
4. Collaborative reasoning: This part is probably practical, though the development is still quite a way off. I have done a little bit of work in this area. (I have an article submitted to a major journal that I can send you, but it has not yet been published.) The major issue here is reliability. We are talking about using massive webs of hierarchical data (that is, the data has both hierarchical attributes and network attributes). With this level of complexity, testing such a system is very far beyond our capabilities -- we simply have no idea how to ensure that the answers we are given are correct because we do not know how to test it. This is not the only difficulty. The definition of interrelationships is an open issue -- they are not static.
As I said, space and time do not permit me to do a full analysis and I have not read the full specification. The bottom line is composed of two points. The report by Pete Aldridge cannot simply be taken at face value. The system / project, as presently defined reminds me greatly of Reagan's SDI project. Brilliantly thought of, but much too early. Some of the fruits of that effort are just now coming on line, 20 years later (e.g., the Arrow anti-ballistic missile and the Nautilus anti-tactical rocket laser gun). When SDI was conceived, it was not technologically possible. This is not today. In 20 years, who knows, this may be reasonable. Today, the base technologies do not exist. The complexity is too great, the size is impossible to conceive. I don't care how passionate Poindexter is. It sounds wrong.
Additionally, I spoke with a colleague of mine whose expertise is in the area of face recognition and other "bio" technologies. My objective was to double-check that my initial guess-timates were reasonable. He confirms and even thought me rather optimistic on some of the things. For instance, "rapid translation" based on speech recognition: I said I thought it a few years off. He says it is AT LEAST 7-10 years off. The capabilities we see today are very primitive.
In any case, we are talking about a 10-20 year timeframe to demonstrate capabilities -- similar to SDI. You are talking about spending billions of dollars for a project to develop a system that has no hope of being useful in a significant time-frame -- the size of the project is much larger than what has been reported, the base technologies do not exist.
best regards, I hope this is helpful and I shall be most pleased to further explain if you like,
Dept. of Industrial Engineering & Management
P. O. Box 5613; Beer-Sheva;
Amazingly, people are PAYING ATTENTION: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/content/?021209ta_talk_hertzberg December 12, 2002 | home COMMENT TOO MUCH INFORMATIONIssue of 2002-12-09 Posted 2002-12-02 When it comes to concocting fevered visions of the future as a way of illuminating the present, Jules Verne got some things right in his time, Aldous Huxley got others, and George Orwell got still others. In our time--in this terror-haunted interlude (we hope) of background-hum dread and well-founded paranoia--no literary divinator gets it righter than the sci-fi pulp master Philip K. Dick, author of "Clans of the Alphane Moon" and dozens of other books, and inspirer of some of Hollywood's spookiest dystopias, including "Blade Runner," "Total Recall," and "Minority Report." And this is odd, given that he has been dead for twenty years. Too bad he's not still around. It would be interesting to get his take on the Information Awareness Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the Department of Defense. The Information Awareness Office plays it so weird that one can't help suspecting that somebody on its staff might be putting us on. The Information Awareness Office's official seal features an occult pyramid topped with mystic all-seeing eye, like the one on the dollar bill. Its official motto is "Scientia Est Potentia," which doesn't mean "science has a lot of potential." It means "knowledge is power." And its official mission is to "imagine, develop, apply, integrate, demonstrate and transition information technologies, components and prototype, closed-loop, information systems that will counter asymmetric threats by achieving total information awareness." [...]
From: Nomen Nescio
Subject: Hooray for TIA
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 21:20:11 +0100 (CET)
For years we cypherpunks have been telling you people that you are
responsible for protecting your own privacy. Use cash for purchases, look
into offshore accounts, protect your online privacy with cryptography
and anonymizing proxies. But did you listen? No. You thought to
trust the government. You believed in transparency. You passed laws,
for Freedom of Information, and Protection of Privacy, and Insurance
Accountability, and Fair Lending Practices.
And now the government has turned against you. It's Total Information
Awareness program is being set up to collect data from every database
possible. Medical records, financial data, favorite web sites and email
addresses, all will be brought together into a centralized office where
every detail can be studied in order to build a profile about you.
All those laws you passed, those government regulations, are being
bypassed, ignored, flushed away, all in the name of National Security.
Well, we fucking told you so.
And don't try blaming the people in charge. You liberals are cursing
Bush, and Ashcroft, and Poindexter. These laws were passed by the entire
U.S. Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike. Representatives have
the full support of the American people; most were re-elected with
large margins. It's not Bush and company who are at fault, it's the
whole idea that you can trust government to protect your privacy.
All that data out there has been begging to be used. It was only a
matter of time.
And you know what? It's good that this has happened. Not only has
it shown the intellectual bankruptcy of trust-the-government privacy
advocates, it proves what cypherpunks have been saying all along, that
people must protect their own privacy. The only way to keep your privacy
safe is to keep the data from getting out there in the first place.
Cypherpunks have consistently promoted two seemingly contradictory
ideas. The first is that people should protect data about themselves.
The second is that they should have full access and usability for
data they acquire about others. Cypherpunks have supported ideas like
Blacknet, and offshore data havens, places where data could be collected,
consolidated and sold irrespective of government regulations. The same
encryption technologies which help people protect their privacy can be
used to bypass attempts by government to control the flow of data.
This two-pronged approach to the problem produces a sort of Darwinian
competition between privacy protectors and data collectors. It's not
unlike the competition between code makers and code breakers, which has
led to amazing enhancements in cryptography technology over the past
few decades. There is every reason to expect that a similar level of
improvement and innovation can and will eventually develop in privacy
protection and data management as these technologies continue to be
But in the mean time, three cheers for TIA. It's too bad that it's the
government doing it rather than a shadowy offshore agency with virtual
tentacles into the net, but the point is being made all the same.
Now more than ever, people need privacy technology. Government is not
the answer. It's time to start protecting ourselves, because nobody
else is going to do it for us.
----- End forwarded message -----
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Canadian Pancakes just like Mom used to make ... 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons of sugar 1 3/4 teaspoons double-acting baking powder 2 eggs 3 tablespoons melted butter 1 1/4 cups milk 2 cups fresh blueberries and/or 1 sliced banana Preheat the griddle to 350 C. Sift dry ingredients together in medium bowl. Beat the eggs and add melted butter and milk. Stir into dry ingredients, but not too much! Fold in blueberries and/or bananas. If you want to use frozen blueberries, thaw them out a bit so they don't impede the cooking. If you want to use frozen bananas, well, we don't suggest that. Make a smoothie like a real person and get out of the kitchen. Drop (the batter) onto the hot surface in generous spoonfuls (at least 3" round, none of these 1" pancakes, that's for sissies). Cook until edges are golden brown and tops are dry (careful, they do burn easily, so check once in a while). Flip, cook, and you are done. Stack at least 3 high, butter in between and douse with maple syrup. MMMMM ...
Thursday, December 12, 2002
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
if you haven't seen bowling for columbine yet, do. it's a little sentimental towards the end and obviously very well edited, but it's also quite an amazing film, to see this in mainstream cinemas. anyway, watching it opened my eyes to something i thought was only for the really paranoid. we are living in 1984. forever at war with an ever shifting enemy (drugs, terrorism / the middle east), under constant surveilance.. anyway some links: http://www.newspeak.com/ - i think this was posted here before. Happy New Year: It's 1984 - Interesting as well... Also I found this on CNN: "The president agrees violence is not the answer in Iraq and that's why he hopes Saddam Hussein will disarm," Fleischer said. uh? yeah right.
from the daily reckoning Our mouths hang open, almost dumbstruck. Some people watch the markets for profits. We watch them chiefly for entertainment and moral instruction. Yesterday, we felt like we were watching Gone with the Wind and The Ten Commandments at the same time. Not that anything particular happened yesterday. UK shares went down, while US shares reversed their losses...people said things they should be ashamed of...gold eased off...the dollar fell...it was a day like any other. But the tension is building. US Fed governor Bernanke has said the most amazing thing - that the Fed stands ready to destroy the dollar in order to save the economy. How in the world will this story turn out, we wonder? The American economy is a consumer economy. It is driven, or so it is believed, by people who buy things. The more they buy, the stronger the economy. In a slump, Fed policy is simple - make sure consumers have the 'money' to keep buying. The Fed has no money, of course. It only has credit. So it makes more and more credit available to people, who mistake it for 'money' and pass it on to shopkeepers, who in turn spread the counterfeit cash around the economy as if it were manure in a vegetable patch. But what is this strange 'money' that the Fed creates? Bernanke tells us that the "US government has a technology, called a printing press" and that it can print as much money as it wants. What kind of money is it whose supply - like air or water - is infinite? In fact, little paper is actually printed. Most of the 'money' the Fed creates is only electronic - it is only information. From WWII to the mid-'90s, America's consumer economy required roughly $1.40 in new credit to produce $1 in extra GDP. But the more of this strange 'money' you put into the system, the less impact it has. Since '98, the Fed has created $9.1 trillion in new credit, which has produced only $2 trillion more of GDP. So, now it takes $4.50 to produce an extra dollar of output. Where is all this extra credit going? Since the middle of 2000, it seems to be going mainly into consumer gadgets made in China and housing prices made in America. The gadgets get cheaper, while the houses get more expensive. So, the consumer feels comfortable borrowing and spending more money...because his main asset, his house, is increasing in value. His own money supply, he figures, is the price he thinks he could get for his house. What if, suddenly, he notices that his neighbours are having trouble selling their houses? What if his money supply goes down 10%? What good is the Fed's printing press then? How many trillions of hot new credit would it have to produce to offset the clammy cold of a decline in house prices? What would happen to the dollar? The economy? Share prices? Gold? The post-Bretton Woods, post-Nixon managed currency monetary system? Life as we have known it? We don't know. But we're on the edge of our chairs, waiting to find out.
The order falls under the four-year old Iraq Liberation Act which states regime change in Baghdad as official US policy.uh, surely US policy should only concern US territories? or am i missing something here?
Leave the USA while you have the chance. And before 'they' find out that you want to leave... The BBC report on this. Total Cost of (Total Information Awareness) TIA: $240 Million in FY 2001-2003. And this is only the stuff they put out in public web space!!!!! Frightening.
Claus gets 10 points for singing Shatner, it's cool in its own very modern masculine way Here is a very feminine song from 1993, you guys need it ... I think... His wicked sense of humour Suggests exciting sex His fingers focus on her Touches, he's Venus as a boy He believes in beauty He's Venus as a boy He's exploring The taste of her Arousal So accurate He sets off The beauty in her He's Venus as a boy He believes in beauty He's Venus as a boy