Saturday, May 31, 2003

thanks people, for all the mail client suggestions. much appreciated. this is shifting some air at the moment. i've forgotten i had a hangover. great stuff.
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brought to you by Quizilla Ive been working away lately in a beautiful town in Linconshire called Stamford. I havent had the opportunity to use a computer or get online for 2 weeks. The break has been nice but I've missed BLOGDIAL!! Now, a weekend to catch up with whats been posted! Happy birthday Barrie! A view of Stamford
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Straw, Powell had serious doubts over their Iraqi weapons claims

Secret transcript revealed Dan Plesch and Richard Norton-Taylor Saturday May 31, 2003 The Guardian Jack Straw and his US counterpart, Colin Powell, privately expressed serious doubts about the quality of intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons programme at the very time they were publicly trumpeting it to get UN support for a war on Iraq, the Guardian has learned. Their deep concerns about the intelligence - and about claims being made by their political bosses, Tony Blair and George Bush - emerged at a private meeting between the two men shortly before a crucial UN security council session on February 5. The meeting took place at the Waldorf hotel in New York, where they discussed the growing diplomatic crisis. The exchange about the validity of their respective governments' intelligence reports on Iraq lasted less than 10 minutes, according to a diplomatic source who has read a transcript of the conversation. [...] The Guardian
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Who did this!?! I am lost for words. all the authors names are secret, for no good reason ./a Whoever you are, it is the best yet.
Happy Birthday Barrie! Yay indeed.
May your star continue to rise...
GyazMail is another OS X Mail client. It is very good. However, it does not support IMAP as of yet, and the programmer seems reluctant at adding it, though he says he will. I hate but I use it, because it has IMAP support (I have 5 addresses, 2 of them IMAP). The interface really is bad and it tends to get bloated and confusing after a while... but I use it anyway. No address book (aside from Apple's terrible abortion of an address book program) and no good batch mail features. But BCC works okay... I just have to paste all the addresses in, every time. It is also very sluggish for me. Also, I turn 20 today. Yay.

Friday, May 30, 2003

How could you even think of putting those shame costumes on a cat? We understand the dignity of these fair creatures, and would never ... we also understand the reality of very tender forearm flesh ... claws win, every time. I use Camino for a browser. It's fast and has minimal graphics. Haven't had time to try an other mail client, maybe this weekend if it rains. Oh, and scored 32.4723%. Some one who scored 44.3787% told me about this: Antonia Hirsch May 31 to June 20, 2003 1.866.SPOKEN4 (1.866.776.5364 toll-free across Canada) +1.604.696.1328 (local and international calls) Lines Spoken For is a telephone project using the familiar voice messaging system format. The telephone is a personal communications device, yet it is connected to massive economic and technological structures. Together with other new communications technologies, it transcends the current time system, effortlessly traversing not only space, but also time zones. The voice, however, is a visceral phenomenon of the here and now. Whether we have 'a voice in a matter' often depends upon our place in administrative structures that prevail inside specific geographical boundaries. Intertwining historical fact with fiction, Lines Spoken For focuses on the International Date Line. This conceptual threshold between today and tomorrow is itself a fiction of staggering proportions. Navigating through the Kafkaesque system, callers uncover the peculiar circumstances of a delegate to the historic Conference for the Purpose of Fixing a Prime Meridian and a Universal Day. At this conference, involving a select group of international stakeholders, an issue of global importance is on the table: the location of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Just as one day would fluidly transform into the next - were it not for the International Date Line - Lines Spoken For exists without temporal regulator: cause and effect and consequently the construction of meaning is determined by the caller's navigation through the system. Significantly, Lines Spoken For exists in a realm of ideas: without physical presence.
I find Mozilla really fast on PC, not least the tabbed windows which allow you to look at about 15 pages in one go. As for ugly, it's skinnable! So you can even design your own if you want. Vector Red for Mozilla would be very kool. I don't use the mail app as I am an OE fule. I'll get to it one day though. Time for P2 experiments now.
Mozilla is slow though. They used to say the browser is slow; I've never heard that Mozilla Mail is slow. And there is aparently a new stand alone mail app built on the Mozilla Mail code, but for stability, I would go with Mozilla Mail. And havent they resolved this speed issue by rendering the gui natively? In any case, its a choice, rather than the absence of a choice, with which, you cannot get mail. What are the shortcomings of OSX Mail? And as for it being ugly, you want to get your mail with it, not fuck it!
Mozilla is slow though. And ugly. There's really not muc hin the way of mail clients on OS X., Eudora, Entourage or Moz... Finder Mail seemed like an interesting idea, but it's OS 9 only, although I shouldn't think that an OS X version would be that hard to build. Or you could be proper hardcore and use mutt or pine or something. But then you'd probably have to set up sendmail and procmail and the rest... Or you could use telnet! % telnet my.mail.server 110 USER: user PASS: pass LIST grrrreat!
Did you get the exhibition guide for the Chapman Bros show Alex? Yes. I think my girlfriend must have it somewhere... Last full day of this today Where is it? In Oxford? Move to the bright lights, the big smoke. Or maybe not.
Mozilla is the best mail client that i have ever used. Better than Eudora....its simply awesome. Release candidate 1 for 1.4 is out now, and its perfect. Oh and its got a browser too!
could someone recommend a good email client for mac osx. preferably open source. or cheap. thankyou very much.
Did you get the exhibition guide for the Chapman Bros show Alex? <proud>My girlfriend wrote that.</proud>

Last full day of this today - closes 1pm tomorrow.
I saw that piece at the Chapman Brother's solo (?) show in Oxford. It's free, and quite good, but I got really bored of their constant, over use of the swastika, as if they were trying to add depth and meaning by putting a swastika in every picture.
What distro? I have Debian 3.0, Knoppix and Mandrake so far, all of which I've played with to varying degrees of success.
Just got a Dell Dimension XPS R450 (Pentium II) from my work, for free. Any ideas on what to do with it(especially to make it a 1337 |-|@><><0|^ |<0|\|$0|3)?
marc behrens / paulo raposo "one hour as a reinterpretation" a product of a process that starts with the CD '0.000' by the japanese artist Nosei Sakata (*0), a cd which was playing back basically nothing (sound outside the human hearing range). Sakata asked other artists -among them Marc Behrens- to 'remix' this material, which was then released on the cd called '*0 - 0.000remix - INFLATION'. The idea was to create 'everything from nothing'. When Behrens received his promo copies he decided to take the process further: he used material from the reinterpretation pieces by Taylor Deupree, Hsi-Chuang Cheng, Aube, Richard Chartier, Akira Rabelais, John Hudak, Bernhard G�nter, and Steve Roden to construct a further reinterpretation. After the completion of this piece, he gave it (i.e. in the form of all the single sounds used in the piece) to the portuguese artist Paulo Raposo (of Vitriol), who himself did another reinterpretation. Raposo and Behrens use different methods to compose, as well as different structural approaches, and premiered both their -however complementary- pieces in the form of a friendly 'audio duel' (like a ping pong match) on March 21, 2003 in the auditorium of the Goethe-Institut Inter Naciones in Lisbon. The show was entitled 'Further Consequences of Reinterpretation'. produced: March 2003 [marc behrens] airs: 16:00h today, resonance 104.4 FM
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Gurrrhhh Feeling odd today. Does anyone else ever think like this? Often when I'm riding my bike home I see people, and in the 3 seconds or so that they pass thru my field of vision I get terribly caught up in things - I look at them and what expression they have and end up thinking about all the moments they've had in their lives, all the Xmases and birthdays and boyfriends and girlfriends and so on. It nearly wipes my brain out thinking of all those moments - being happy, being sad, being how they feel right now etc, all those emotions and so on, all part of life. There are just too many to even consider, and yet they still all bubble about. I wish I didn't feel so "plugged in".
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The War Profiteers Card Deck But... donations are in BUX! Bad form.

What a Tangled Web We Weave . . .

. . . when first we practice to deceive! Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. Dick Cheney Speech to VFW National Convention August 26, 2002 Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons. George W. Bush Speech to UN General Assembly September 12, 2002 If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world. Ari Fleischer Press Briefing December 2, 2002 We know for a fact that there are weapons there. Ari Fleischer Press Briefing January 9, 2003 Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. George W. Bush State of the Union Address January 28, 2003 We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more. Colin Powell Remarks to UN Security Council February 5, 2003 We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have. George W. Bush Radio Address February 8, 2003 So has the strategic decision been made to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction by the leadership in Baghdad? . . . I think our judgment has to be clearly not. Colin Powell Remarks to UN Security Council March 7, 2003 Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. George W. Bush Address to the Nation March 17, 2003 Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly . . . all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes. Ari Fleisher Press Briefing March 21, 2003 There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And . . . as this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them. Gen. Tommy Franks Press Conference March 22, 2003 I have no doubt we're going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction. Defense Policy Board member Kenneth Adelman Washington Post, p. A27 March 23, 2003 One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites. Pentagon Spokeswoman Victoria Clark Press Briefing March 22, 2003 We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. Donald Rumsfeld ABC Interview March 30, 2003 Obviously the administration intends to publicize all the weapons of mass destruction U.S. forces find -- and there will be plenty. Neocon scholar Robert Kagan Washington Post op-ed April 9, 2003 I think you have always heard, and you continue to hear from officials, a measure of high confidence that, indeed, the weapons of mass destruction will be found. Ari Fleischer Press Briefing April 10, 2003 We are learning more as we interrogate or have discussions with Iraqi scientists and people within the Iraqi structure, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them. George W. Bush NBC Interview April 24, 2003 There are people who in large measure have information that we need . . . so that we can track down the weapons of mass destruction in that country. Donald Rumsfeld Press Briefing April 25, 2003 We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so. George W. Bush Remarks to Reporters May 3, 2003 I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now. Colin Powell Remarks to Reporters May 4, 2003 We never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country. Donald Rumsfeld Fox News Interview May 4, 2003 I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein -- because he had a weapons program. George W. Bush Remarks to Reporters May 6, 2003 U.S. officials never expected that "we were going to open garages and find" weapons of mass destruction. Condoleeza Rice Reuters Interview May 12, 2003 I just don't know whether it was all destroyed years ago -- I mean, there's no question that there were chemical weapons years ago -- whether they were destroyed right before the war, (or) whether they're still hidden. Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, Commander 101st Airborne Press Briefing May 13, 2003 Before the war, there's no doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical. I expected them to be found. I still expect them to be found. Gen. Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps Interview with Reporters May 21, 2003 Given time, given the number of prisoners now that we're interrogating, I'm confident that we're going to find weapons of mass destruction. Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff NBC Today Show interview May 26, 2003 They may have had time to destroy them, and I don't know the answer. Donald Rumsfeld Remarks to Council on Foreign Relations May 27, 2003 For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on. Paul Wolfowitz Vanity Fair interview May 28, 2003

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Thursday, May 29, 2003

blohole: BLEEEEUUUUCHHHHHH!!!! This has gotta be the worst thing I EVER saw! Even then I only just made it thru the violent spewin scenes!!! Watched completely thru spaces btwn my fingers cudn't bear to watch anymore!! assman: Thats too bad she is kind of cute...but I don't know if I could get past her strange eating habits! spade: its not delivery, its DiGourno! (spelling??) KnowItAll: She did not eat it. They cut the scene and had her eat other stuff. Canadian Dee Dee: Why don't I listen to the warnings? DANGER: I CAN`T EVEN IMAGINE...REFUSE TO DOWNLOAD Kirahonnou: Ehh, its not so bad. I watched it all the way through. I guess I just have built up a tolerance to 'vomit-inducing' stuff. :o until_lisa_sleeps: talk about having heartburn after pizza Englishbloke: I have to say that is totally can you do that to has to questions the mental state of her how can you not use a knife and fork...... Buffalo: Oh jeez - just when you think you've seen it all - this comes around! MissBiatch: What a fucking gross, sleezy, mentally disturbed bitch! That is some sick fucked up stuff. stoner420: where do you come up with this stuff BoBo? BoBo: try the new bolmia and cheese pizza phishinphreak: EVERYONE POOPS! most of us just choose to do it in a different location! farber: .....and that's her idea of fun? dirtykennedy: I here I thought it was just the orientals that did that sick fucked up stuff ...... sassybutclassy: oh my fuckin....ewwwwwwwwwwww thats a nasty ass bitch Medusa: Yum, a pukaroni and mushpoop pizza! (excuse me while I go barf!) Caffeine_Addict: DIRTY FUCKING SKANK ASS WHORE. That bitch is nasty as fuck especially considering that she can blow ass bigger than some guys I know. Hehe. imachick: lol im not even going to start to download it.... i almopst started gagging at the thoguth of what yall are talkign about. what a sicko! fuzzy: I've been wondering, when does she pee on the pizza?? All I see is when she pukes and poos on it. Chrissy: That was SOOOO gross. What would a person do that for???? I hope she got a bacterial infection . figadish: You guys must have a pretty weak stomach. It takes a lot to gross me out. Don't get me wrong, that's a fucking skanky whore, but the clip was nothing to the point of making me want to puke. I have to admit though, I've gotta take a shit now. hahaha Me1: Taste testing the new Domino's all dressed pizza!! Motorhead: I think I am going to puke also. Dragon: JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!! this is the most nastyest thing I have ever seen.... Holy shit! .. I almost didn't make through the damn video clip, this was so gross Lorilla: She must be part Japanese. I'm sorry. Dead_Man_Walking: hahahaha hahahahah ahahahahah ahahahaha ---- this is the best round of comments ive ever read --- hahaha hahaha hahaha ..... and only 1 person implied they would fuck her and that was "pope"----way to go, i know i can always count on you to be a true skank lover) RYan: what kind of sick mother fucker gets off to this? how is that sexual in the least? and how much money does it take to get a crackwhore to do that? britneyblewme: THIS IS WHY YOU DON'T KISS PEOPLE IN THE MOUTH fuzzy: I made it!! I almost cried like a baby, but I made it through the whole thing. fuzzy: How many people actually got through the whole thing?? neoShinigami: JESUS H. CHRIST WildChild: 30 sec and I gave up. joephatmamma: i almost threw up juss watching that shit I_B_High: There are asylums for people like this..god..what kind of nut is she?? Trimph: no comment boobookittyfuck: oh fuck i couldnt get past the puking..i was starting to gag ..NASTY.. what the FUCK???? the pope: Wow that hot bitch can really fart Just_Me: What a great diet plan... just watch this every day! ... and try to eat! Prophet_Glenn: This bitch is a SKANK.....But smartass would still do her and kiss her afterwards. Witchy_Bitch: let's tasted it for ourselves!! pissed off: Hate to see what she would put in her salad Battygirl: As soon as she started to shit, I felt myself gagging... I couldn't even finish it. fuzzy: Damn, I couldn't get past the puking. Fucking disgusting, you bitch. GADiva: OMFG!!! Where the hell was this bitch raised? Fuckin nasty!!! scrutinizer: I'll never order another pizza with the "works" again, and the scarey part is, she looks just like the chick that works at Dominos smartass: whatever works for em bloodpuppet: Those crazy crackwhores will do anything for their next fix... britneyblewme: It takes a lot to freak me out and guess what? It didn't...I watched to whole 2:14sec of it and laughed. Put some more shit like this up. Blaster: Some people will do anything for attention! LOSER! ClouD: I couldn't watch that whole thing, and it takes alot to disguist me. Caffeine_Addict: I saw only a few seconds of this clip, then I deleted it. Too gross for me. WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THAT?!?!?!?!?! Zippo: Aaargh, she doesn't even wince as she eats the last lot. Xes Lana: Why.... Thacker: Sad thing is she wasn't THAT bad looking... I guess I need to be screening the bitches I date from now on? Don't want none of that shit in their past. *shrugs* skunky: that's fuckin mingin! Inflicted: Well there went my plans to have a nice breakfast. =\ Old Fart: The reason it should be legal to shoot some people! Nesha: This bitch should be shot so she can never make another video like this. Is there actually anyone who honestly gets turned on by this??? Thacker: Excited to be first... just not excited that it had to be on this post. Holy fucking shit.
30.17751% - Total Geek on the geek test, "Neo" on the Matrix test. How geeky! The dodecahedral rubik's is... beautiful.
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"For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on," Wolfowitz was quoted as saying in Vanity Fair magazine's July issue.[...] Reuters So they now admit that the war was fradulent. They are war criminals, all. But you know this.
the father of a friend of mine was fortunate enough to see, erm, UFO in concert in the 80's, and said the sinks in the toilets were full of sick, and that his ears bled. That comes across as a bit one-uppy, but it wasn't meant to be. However, if it had been meant-to-be, it could start a major thread for all sorts of things - what did a father of a friend of yours do?
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ledzep the father of a friend of mine was fortunate enough to see them for real at madison square gardens on the IV tour ... the enourmous volume of sound made people in the front rows physically sick
At the weekend I too saw the Led Zep DVD at a late night showing at the cinema - interesting...did anyone else notice the telephone on top of the keyboard during "Kashmir"? What on earth was that for? You can imagine the conversation "Sorry love, speak up a bit, I'm working right now...)
"Human beings are f*cking stupid, and all the time the same mistakes and no respect. "

-Peter Brotzmann

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

OK, we are now waiting on the webdav bugs to get ironed out, then you will be able to comment on the file simply by browsing to it. To do this you do this: In Acrobat, go
selecet "online comments" and then, use the dropdown to select "WebDav". In the slot, put:
and dont forget the trailing slash. You will then be able to make comments directly into the browser instance of the "constitution" and upload/download comments.
...beating him like a red headed step child.
Interesting article from Wired about DRM.
See you all here.
New phrase for getting angry/hysterical: "Getting Aerated"
I was invited, last night, to a performance in Selfridges Oxford Street, where two pain fanatics "swam" in a "pool" of broken glass, ignited fire crackers on each other, were lowered by flesh piercing hooks from the Selfridges atrium, and some other stuff, all to the sound of an amplified hurdy gurdy. Many years ago, famous tatoo and piercing artist Mr. Sebastian and some of his mates were aressted for performing S&M acts in private. Now, in 2003, you can see pain lovers in action, in a department store in central London, and get free drinks. More here.
"Lotta people talking about this commencement speech given at Rockford College by New York Times reporter Chris Hedges. Listen to it, because it says a lot. The people booing? The people protesting, honking air horns, and charging the stage? They are fools. What Hedges said needs to be said. The agonized sounds that you can hear emanating from the crowd towards the end are the sounds of people being deprived of their favorite drug: delusion." From Deep Fried

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Virus Course
Everyone that downloaded the EU "Constituion" draft acrobat file, please email them to me. I will merge them into one file. alex_t has kindly, brilliantly and incredibly fastly set up a webdav folder so that everyone can comment on the Constitiution from any browser anywhere: is where it will live when it goes live. I will put the file there in 24 hours, so all of your commented files must be in to me by 5pm GMT so that the completed, aggregated file can go live. Then, tell everybody. The resulting commented file will be sent to Valeri Gis. Dest.
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If it were the case that an idea for a film could be copyrighted, then any drama involving an axe murderer for example would encounter problems. ergo, I can make a film about people trapped inside a computer simulation of life that incorporates bits and bobs from various religions and belief structures? Excellent! :) I always thought ideas were copyrightable, hence patents etc. An inventor just needs to come up with an idea and enough background on this idea and it's outcomes to gain a patent, he doesn't necessarily have to make this invention (and therefore realise the idea, transforming it into an object) to gain a patent / copyright. I think maybe patent != copyright though. Anyway. I have been reading these Matrix Essays which Mr Irdial~Discs posted about earlier. I have been thinking about Matrix as Operating System vs Matrix as Object-Orientated Space and have drafted some stuff. It's more questions than answers, I don't understand enough about OOP or OSs to comprehend everything. I just think that sometimes the characters (well writers) get confused about what is what. For example the Oracle implies that there is a singular program which looks after all the trees. This to me seems silly, surely every tree would be an instance of the tree program. [root]# tree --Species oak Or something.
Your answer is in here: BERNE CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF LITERARY AND ARTISTIC WORKS (Paris Text 1971) The countries of the Union, being equally animated by the desire to protect, in as effective and uniform a manner as possible, the rights of authors in their literary and artistic works, Recognizing the importance of the work of the Revision Conference held at Stockholm in 1967, Have resolved to revise the Act adopted by the Stockholm Conference, while maintaining without change Articles 1 to 20 and 22 to 26 of that Act. Consequently, the undersigned Plenipotentiaries, having presented their full powers, recognized as in good and due form, have agreed as follows: And here for a USA only perspective. IMHO if they got a hold of a script for the original film, and copied it, they would be infringing, but if they simply did a "me too" version of the film, taking the idea, then there is no infringement. If it were the case that an idea for a film could be copyrighted, then any drama involving an axe murderer for example would encounter problems.
Starless and Bible Black
Wow, the first time I saw the Honda Ad I immediately thought of "The Way Things Go" - they are really similar.
More on what the EU "Constitution" needs: "Less Language, More Meaning"
Acclaimed Honda ad in copycat row "As far as I know there's no such thing as copyright of an idea," said a spokesman. Interesting... Isn't that what IP is? Aren't patents copyrights for ideas? When does an idea become an object which is copyrightable?
My fault: download it again and there is a document convention note in the upper left hand corner! RED means out, and there is a comment, YELLOW means in, and provisionally OK, SRIKEOUT means cut out, anythinng left uncommented before the last annotation means looks superficially OK. Feel free to comment and drop notes in....hmmm i wonder if you can merge pdfs/notes...have to check the docs.
Ive just read and annotated what's the difference between yellow and red?
Fellow Europeans, Our Convention is currently engaged in defining what the European Union is to become. It is reasonable to expect as many of you as possible to be kept informed of the European Convention's approach to this issue, how its ideas are developing and finally, in a few months' time, what proposals it has to make. To achieve this aim and ensure that all Europeans understand what is at stake, we all have a part to play in sharing responsibility for the spread of information. This is why we would call upon all of you, whether citizens, associations, organisations or institutions with a website to link up to the European Convention's site at Thank you for being our relay! Ive just read and annotated 40 pages of the draft constitution. Its a horrifying, mind numbing MESS. Its here with comments see above Frankly, this is not a constitution, but a legal contract between the states, with some vague principles scattered around in it. Little is said about avenues of redress, responsibilities of the EU bodies, but LOTS about the many different redundant beaurocracies that are to be enshrined, and how they are going to be undemocratically organized. This is for sure, the superstate blueprint.
alex, mr manning has been on holiday ........ just got back from a couple of weeks in the spanish side of the pyrenees, trying hard to adjust to sitting in front of a screen instead of wandering around mountains in 26 degrees
Audacity. Its audacious!
MLdonkey is a multi-platform multi-networks peer-to-peer client. Originally, it was the first open-source client to access the eDonkey network . The protocol was reverse-engeneered using an efficient protocol sniffer, Pandora . Currently, with eDonkey , it supports several large networks, such as Overnet , Bittorrent , Gnutella (Bearshare, Limewire,etc), Gnutella2 (Shareaza), Fasttrack (Kazaa, Imesh, Grobster), Soulseek (beta), Direct-Connect (alpha), and Opennap (alpha). Networks can be enabled/disabled, searches are performed in parallel on all enabled networks, but each file is only downloaded from one network (wait for next release !), but from multiple clients concurrently. MLdonkey runs as a daemon on the computer. It can be controlled using several interfaces: the simplest one is telnet (telnet 4000), a more interesting one is a WEB server (, and a binary protocol allows access using more elaborate Graphical Interfaces (see the GUIs available on your system at the bottom of the page). MLdonkey comes by default with a GTK interface. All these interfaces can be used locally, or remotely (after disabling security restrictions). MLdonkey is written in Objective-Caml , a powerful language that runs on most Operating Systems.
Floppy the Robot I just know I'm going to get halfway through doing this one and then move onto something else...

US plans death camp

26May03 THE US has floated plans to turn Guantanamo Bay into a death camp, with its own death row and execution chamber. Prisoners would be tried, convicted and executed without leaving its boundaries, without a jury and without right of appeal, The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported yesterday. The plans were revealed by Major-General Geoffrey Miller, who is in charge of 680 suspects from 43 countries, including two Australians. The suspects have been held at Camp Delta on Cuba without charge for 18 months. General Miller said building a death row was one plan. Another was to have a permanent jail, with possibly an execution chamber. The Mail on Sunday reported the move is seen as logical by the US, which has been attacked worldwide for breaching the Geneva Convention on prisoners of war since it established the camp at a naval base to hold alleged terrorists from Afghanistan. But it has horrified human rights groups and lawyers representing detainees. They see it as the clearest indication America has no intention of falling in line with internationally recognised justice. The US has already said detainees would be tried by tribunals, without juries or appeals to a higher court. Detainees will be allowed only US lawyers. British activist Stephen Jakobi, of Fair Trials Abroad, said: "The US is kicking and screaming against any pressure to conform with British or any other kind of international justice." American law professor Jonathan Turley, who has led US civil rights group protests against the military tribunals planned to hear cases at Guantanamo Bay, said: "It is not surprising the authorities are building a death row because they have said they plan to try capital cases before these tribunals. "This camp was created to execute people. The administration has no interest in long-term prison sentences for people it regards as hard-core terrorists." Britain admitted it had been kept in the dark about the plans. A Downing St spokesman said: "The US Government is well aware of the British Government's position on the death penalty." News .com.AU


Fri May 23, 4:01 PM ET By Ted Rall How Bush's Smoke and Mirrors Endanger America Ted Rall NEW YORK--We've killed thousands of Muslims and taken over two of their countries. We're spending billions of dollars to make it easier for our government to spy on us. But we haven't caught Osama, Al Qaeda is doing better than ever and airport security is still a sick joke. So when are Americans going to demand a real war on terrorism? Recent suicide bombings in Riyadh and Casablanca proved with bloody eloquence that Al Qaeda and similar extremist groups are anything but "on the run," as George W. Bush puts it. Bush's tactics are a 100 percent failure, yet his band of clueless Christian soldiers continues to go after mosquitoes with shotguns. "So far," Bush furiously spun after the latest round of attacks, "nearly one-half of Al Qaeda's senior operatives have been captured or killed," promising to "remain on the hunt until they are all brought to justice." Can Bush really be this stupid? All underground organizations, including Al Qaeda, employ a loose hierarchical structure. No individual member is indispensable, so the capture of even a high-ranking official cannot compromise the group. Each lost member is instantly replaced by the next man down in his cell. It doesn't matter whether we catch half, three-quarters or all of Al Qaeda's leadership--hunting down individual terrorists is an expensive and pointless game of whack-a-mole. Only Allah knows how many eager recruits have sprung up, hydra-like, to fill Khalid Sheikh Mohammad's flip-flops. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham caught heat for calling the war on Iraq (news - web sites) "a distraction" from the war on terrorism, but he was far too kind. The invasions of Afghanistan (news - web sites) and Iraq have replaced a real war on terrorism, and they've vastly increased the likelihood of future September 11's. Bombing Afghanistan scattered bin Laden, his lieutenants and their foot soldiers everywhere from Chechnya (news - web sites) to Sudan to China's Xinjiang province; fleeing Talibs spread new anti-American seed cells while the Taliban and other radical groups retain their pre-9/11 Pakistani headquarters. With radical Shiite clerics like the Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim poised to fill the post-Saddam power vacuum, Iraq could become a Shia version of Taliban-era Afghanistan: an anarchic collection of fiefdoms run by extremist warlords happy to host training camps for terrorist organizations. Yahoo News
I thought you might have interest in the forthcoming launch of a new website, DigiCirc (, which will enable music artists worldwide to finance their own releases or concerts rights, and gain full independence from major record companies. This new and innovative music service will launch next week in order to help independent and rising stars in the music industry to raise money to put out their own releases (by trading a percentage of their future royalties) or organise their concert events.
Just saw an advertisement for this that used "Underture" from the Who's "Tommy" as a soundtrack. So very, very wrong. by increasing the probability of the US doing what its leaders want in the future, despite what the rest of the 'free world' think because, as we see, 'they will come around in the end'. This is the reason why everyone hates the US: they treat the rest of the world as their retarded, "unenlightened" little brother. Rather than benevolence they show arrogance.

Monday, May 26, 2003

an opinion postponed from yesterday: Saturrday's Guardian - Tariq Ali called the UN recognition of the US/UK occupation of Iraq a capitulation - which is true, yet again pandering to the US leadership's bully tactics so that we have 'political unity' is seen as a success no matter that it continues to undermine the usefulness of the [UN] by increasing the probability of the US doing what its leaders want in the future, despite what the rest of the 'free world' think because, as we see, 'they will come around in the end'.
[...]This process is analogous to Herbert Marcuse's notion of one-dimensionality. The multi-perspectival negating potential of art becomes collapsed into one-dimensional thinking promoted by dominant ideology. The potential for resistance is itself negated through a world of hyperreality, leaving the one-dimensional models to replace polyvalent "reality." Popular music provides a good example. The categories and forms of music are forced onto the musicians by music corporation's categorical conventions. They do change their categories to follow the times but the ultimate end is still restriction/conventionality. What begins as projecting a liberating function at the level of individual expression, gets turned into a repressive category. The actual musicians are turned into simulations on MTV which essentially snuff out their potential resistance to the dominant categories. They no longer have a specific historical context through which they arose. They are merely images on a screen, models to follow for other musicians if they want to get on MTV. The simulations, video images of the musicians and audio "images of the music, no longer refer to a situation which brought on individual resistance/expression. For example- putting gangsta-rap music on the screen completely takes it out of its historical and social context. In this context, the art was created as an expression of resistance to the feeling of domination in urban life. When white suburban kids see the videos, they have no understanding of the actual situational context- the videos are just images on the screen like all the others images on the screen that they see everyday. This takes away the "reality" of the historical context, and replaces it with hyperreality. By removing the context, MTV removes all resistant meaning. Pop music becomes a place of one-dimensionality. In the world of hyperreality, the lines between dominance and resistance, between high and low are collapsing. There is finally no distinction. There is a unification of opposition. Pop music becomes reified.[...] The reason why...

Sunday, May 25, 2003

The oceans of the world turned to blood. How appropriate.

Saddam�s Weapons of Mass Destruction: US Credibility at Stake

Melvin A. Goodman, The Baltimore Sun WASHINGTON, 25 May 2003 � It now appears that the so-called �clear and present danger�� of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, did not exist and that French and German critics were correctly skeptical of the US argument for the use of force. The US task force directing the search for Iraq�s WMD likely will return home next month without discovering chemical, biological or nuclear materials. This failure could do great harm to the credibility of the Bush administration and the integrity of the US intelligence community. Many reasons have been offered for the failure of US weapons experts and scientists to find a trace of nonconventional weapons in Iraq. Israeli intelligence sources claimed these weapons had been moved to Syria before the war began, but US intelligence agencies never believed it. US sources claimed that the Iraqis destroyed vast stocks of WMD before the war, but sophisticated collection technology would have discovered traces of such activity and US inspectors would have located the detritus of a massive destruction effort. It�s possible that the Iraqis could have hidden or deeply buried sensitive materials, but even the leaders of WMD hunters from Task Force 75 and a special operations group from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency don�t believe such a theory. As a result, these teams are now searching for evidence of Saddam Hussein�s crimes against humanity, Iraqi covert actions abroad and even the theft of Jewish antiquities from Iraqi museums � a far cry from the artifacts of WMD. If the claims of President Bush, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and CIA Director George J. Tenet to justify the war were vastly exaggerated or simply false, there will be significant consequences. For one, the distortion of evidence of Iraqi WMD will make it harder to gain international cooperation in the war against terrorism and the campaign to prevent the spread of WMD. These efforts require international assistance. Information from foreign intelligence services has been required in the arrest or capture of all suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists thus far. Any success in stopping the strategic weapons programs of Iran and North Korea, both more advanced than those of prewar Iraq, will require international help. [...] Arab News � Melvin A. Goodman is senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington and former senior analyst at the CIA.

Debunking conspiracy theorists' paranoid fantasies about Sept. 11

Copyright Gerard Holmgren. Jan 2003. Astute observers of history are aware that for every notable event there will usually be at least one, often several wild conspiracy theories which spring up around it. "The CIA killed Hendrix" " The Pope had John Lennon murdered ", "Hitler was half Werewolf", "Space aliens replaced Nixon with a clone" etc,etc. The bigger the event, the more ridiculous and more numerous are the fanciful rantings which circulate in relation to it. So its hardly surprising that the events of Sept 11 2001 have spawned their fair share of these ludicrous fairy tales. And as always, there is - sadly - a small but gullible percentage of the population eager to lap up these tall tales, regardless of facts or rational analysis. One of the wilder stories circulating about Sept 11, and one that has attracted something of a cult following amongst conspiracy buffs is that it was carried out by 19 fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, with no apparent motivation other than that they "hate our freedoms."[...] Libertyforum !
[...]It is a mistake to assume that all jews are supporters of the "Zionist Mafia" or Jewish Supremacy. In fact, some of the strongest condemnations of Zionism and Jewish Supremacy comes from jews themselves! There exists an enormous collection of hard-hitting anti-Zionist writings compiled by such notable jewish authors, historians, and journalists as John Sack, Alfred Lilienthal, Noam Chomsky, Israel Shahak, Benjamin Freedman, and Victor Ostrovsky just to name a few. There is even a jewish religious group called "Neturei Karta, Jews United Against Zionism.". For their brave efforts, these men have had to tolerate vicious abuse from Zionist smear groups like the Anti Defamation League (ADL) - an organization which actually specializes in defamation!. So let us put to rest now and forever the slanderous lie, and strategic Zionist propaganda ploy, that labels anyone who dares to call attention to the dangers of the Zionist Mafia is an "anti-semite", a "hatemonger", or a "skin-head".[...] and this is the Neturei Karta website:

U.S. Eyes Pressing Uprising In Iran

Officials Cite Al Qaeda Links, Nuclear Program By Glenn Kessler Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, May 25, 2003; Page A01 The Bush administration, alarm-ed by intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda operatives in Iran had a role in the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia, has suspended once-promising contacts with Iran and appears ready to embrace an aggressive policy of trying to destabilize the Iranian government, administration officials said. Senior Bush administration officials will meet Tuesday at the White House to discuss the evolving strategy toward the Islamic republic, with Pentagon officials pressing hard for public and private actions that they believe could lead to the toppling of the government through a popular uprising, officials said. The State Department, which had encouraged some form of engagement with the Iranians, appears inclined to accept such a policy, especially if Iran does not take any visible steps to deal with the suspected al Qaeda operatives before Tuesday, officials said. But State Department officials are concerned that the level of popular discontent there is much lower than Pentagon officials believe, leading to the possibility that U.S. efforts could ultimately discredit reformers in Iran. In any case, the Saudi Arabia bombings have ended the tentative signs of engagement between Iran and the United States that had emerged during the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.[...] Wasington Post Now completely emboldened, there is nothing (they think) to stop them.
'Enough is enough' But there is more to this than just a sordid row over money. Those opposed to the war have decided, quite simply, that enough is enough. France and Russia, in particular, want to begin restoring relations with the US and rebuilding their power in the Security Council. It is not a row that is going to be patched up that easily. But the US Ambassador to the UN, John Negroponte, did, grudgingly, offer a small olive branch. The US, he said, was appreciative of the "constructive spirit" in which the Council had worked on the resolution. "We look forward to working closely with all of you to implement this important decision." That cannot disguise the reality. This resolution gives official blessing to a new era, an era of what the American right like to believe is the "benevolent hegemony" of the United States in Iraq, and maybe around the world. BBC

Saturday, May 24, 2003

Analysis: Israel weighing EU membership

By Martin Walker UPI Chief International Correspondent From the International Desk Published 5/21/2003 1:16 PM WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- The visiting delegation from the European Union was startled this week when Israel Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said his government was weighing an application to join the EU. "It doesn't mean he is preparing the dossier for applying tomorrow," an Israeli spokesman said. "In principle, the minister thinks a possibility exists for Israel to join the EU, since Israel and Europe share similar economies and democratic values." [...] UPI
Mimi Majick: The Shape Of.

The Mists of Falsehoods

I love this administration's ability to remain cloaked in a mist of falsehoods. If you listen to them, everything is going swimmingly. Retired Gen. Jay Garner and several of his staff are relieved of their posts in Iraq but, of course, have done a splendid job. There is still chaos, looting and a lack of clean water and power, but reconstruction is proceeding with great progress. America is doing a worse job than Saddam Hussein in feeding the Iraqi people, but everyone is so happy to see the tyrant gone � though where he has gone, we don't know. Perhaps he's with Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. Not to worry, paradise is on the way. As for al-Qaida, it has been decimated, crippled, rendered ineffective � except, of course, for those members who simultaneously blew up three foreign compounds and a business in Saudi Arabia. Everything in Afghanistan is peachy-creamy � except, of course, that it looks remarkably as unstable and undeveloped as it did a year ago. The president has also committed himself to his "road map to peace," but never mind that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon refuses to accept it and again embarrasses Secretary of State Colin Powell by clamping down on Palestinians before the secretary has even shaken off the dust of Palestine from his shoes. And, of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the American economy, except the absence of another round of tax cuts. The ability of this administration to live in a dream world, divorced from reality, is quite remarkable. Why, the falling value of the dollar is good for American exports. And the answer to the biggest string of record trade deficits in history is to have more free-trade agreements, never mind that they are the cause of the trade deficits in the first place. Sometimes I think our whole country is on dope. How nice that Poland will administer a third of Iraq provided, naturally, that we foot the bill for the entire operation. But one has to appreciate faithful allies even if they are dead-broke and we have to pay through the nose for their support. I'm sure the Poles, with their vast experience in the Middle East, will be crackerjack administrators. A purely advisory role for the United Nations devoid of one ounce of authority is naturally "a vital role." And while we were impatient with U.N. weapons inspectors, now that we are hunting these so-far-mythical tons of weapons of mass destruction, people must be patient and understand it might even take years. But even if we don't find them, never mind that everything we said to sell the war was a lie. After all, we got rid of a tyrant, even though we have temporarily misplaced him. We shall, of course, leave no child behind � never mind the federal cuts in education because of a ballooning federal deficit and the further cuts in state education because of the state deficits. We have only to say something and it is so. We say we are going to improve public education, and bingo, it is improved. After all, a nation of functional illiterates won't know the difference. And just look how we have expanded the great North Atlantic Treaty Organization, right up to the borders of Russia. Of course, the new members are too broke to buy arms, so we will have to foot the bill, and then there is the problem of no enemy to fight. Never mind. We will find something for NATO to do. NATO, like every other government bureaucracy, shall have eternal life, even though its reason for existence vanished a long time ago. Sometimes, following the news, I think I'm having hallucinations, but I know I'm not, for I am as sober as a Southern Baptist preacher on Sunday morning. Perhaps there is, "Matrix"- style, a dual universe. The Bush administration lives in one, and I in another. I wouldn't mind, except that the Bush Universe is likely to have dire consequences for the universe I live in, as millions of unemployed Americans are discovering. Ah, if only words were magic. Then we could solve all our problems by just saying they are solved. reese Its true! Jay Garner and his staff have been relieved of duty. The internet must not be working, 'cause I did not hear this news.....War fatigue.

Friday, May 23, 2003

Someone clever said about the rfd chips in money: "There is no valid reason for tagging the money, since anyone who wants a transaction trail could use an e-cash card. The Powers are going to eliminate the cash economy. Period. Nothing and no one escapes the net. We are entering a prison like no other in history, for it will be the entire world."

Kazaa nears download record

By Reuters May 22, 2003, 9:10 PM PT Sharman Networks on Thursday said its Kazaa file-sharing software was on track to set a record and become the most-popular free program on the Web with more than 230 million downloads. By hitting that total, Kazaa would surpass the popular ICQ instant messaging program, Sharman said. Kazaa's growing popularity comes at a crucial time for the music industry as it battles file-swapping services in court and tries to develop commercially viable online music services. As of late Thursday, the Kazaa Media Desktop application--a file-sharing software that has drawn the wrath of the music industry by enabling its users to swap songs for free--had been downloaded 229,150,955 times, as measured by, which is owned by CNET Networks, publisher of [...] again Well well well. Lets say that each of these users has an average of 200 MP3s on their machine. That means that there are : 229,150,955 * 200 = 45,830,191,000 Fourty five billion, eight hundred and thirty million, one hundred and ninety one thousand MP3 files in the wild. Apple is selling 125,000 files per day. It will take them 366,641.528 days or 1004 years to sell that many files with iTunes. "Whoa..."
Everyone is against ID cards. They wont solve the problem of fraud. They wont solve the problem of terrorism. The consultations have all been overwhelmingly negative. David Blunkett is a fool, a rabid, out of touch control addict, who really doesnt know anything about what he is trying to do when it comes to security. It took a personal appeal from his son (who is in IT) to get him to understand that gathering people communications, storing them and letting anyone in the govt have access to them is wrong. If this is the quality of thought that is coming out of this man, then he should be put in charge of something that he DOES understand....whatever that may be. Once again, no matter how you protest, how you demonstrate, how many numbers are on your side, they are doing what they want, wether you like it or not, and they are making you pay for it. What do you think would happen if people refused to pay this £25 Shlumberger tax (the company that will no doubt get the contract).

Radio ID chips may track banknotes

By Winston Chai Special to CNET May 22, 2003, 4:40 PM PT Radio tags the size of a grain of sand could be embedded in the euro note if a reported deal between the European Central Bank (ECB) and Japanese electronics maker Hitachi is signed. Japanese news agency Kyodo was reportedly told by Hitachi that the ECB has started talks with the company about the use of its radio chip in the banknote. The ECB is deeply concerned about counterfeiting and money-laundering and is said to be looking at radio-tag technology. Last year, Greek authorities were confronted with 2,411 counterfeiting cases and seized 4,776 counterfeit banknotes, while authorities in Poland nabbed a gang suspected of making more than a million fake euros and putting them into circulation. [...] This is the great sad thing about europeans; they have no inherent idea of what freedom is about. They have a chance to capture the world as the center of freedom, and they are throwing it away by every day, covertly trying to remove freedom from the people of Europe. Cash money should be untracable. It should be private. No one has the right to know what magazines I am buying, or where I am spending my cash. These tags will make it possible to track you and your money from the moment it is withdrawn from your account to the instant you buy something with it. Then, that something that you bought will be connected to your name and address via your bank account. They will know where you travelled to, and what you ate on the way to buying that something. For society to work peacefully, this information is not needed. What a terrible shame that the people who run europe have no imagination, no spirit and no sense of decency.
And you'll have to pay for your ID card too, because there isn't any treasury funding planned
'Volunary' UK ID uh, entitlement cards for asylum seekers. What's next, yellow stars?
a button. for you to steal.
Sweet Lord God in heaven...look at it. This is the Earth, as seen from Mars.
Blogger is about to improve dramatically.
Whoa, that picture is totally sweet, Ben. I was just thinking, follow up to my "Future of Freedom" post, that book is quite relevant in the context of the "Coca Karma" story that I posted here long, long ago. ie: corporations in a democracy controlling the central tenets of said democracy; hence it is not a democracy.

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........ In opposition to Rudolf's composition + techniques known of runzelstirn&gurgelstock, this piece is missing any common conception. It was realised in pure anger and hate. An Absolutum for pure existance. An Absolutum against imperialism. The listener should enter it like a shower, a bath of abreaction. [rudolf] "......asS......" is based on psycho-physical tests and trainings in japan and thailand: edited march 20, 2003. rudolf action, recording, edit kaori yakushinji: actress, vocals supported by: dave phillips respect to: taeko uzuki....... SCHAMANENCLOWN AM RANDE DER SELBSTAUFLOSUNG
The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad EVERY concerned Blogdial user should read this book. (I use Amazon as a reference... obviously don't pay for it with "the bux") I just heard an interview with this guy and he is incredibly insightful, very well spoken and VERY well informed. A lot of his arguments I have actually previously read on Blogdial. This looks like essential reading, and I'm going to pick up a copy as soon as I have some income.

Thursday, May 22, 2003

I know that park. Lovely area, False Creek. You must come visit, Barrie, you are not that far away. And Dav, life is flatter than a pancake and 13 x sweeter ...
Hahaha... that reminds me of a "Sutcliffe Park" in Vancouver, BC.
Photograph by X-313 Ranx on his new SonyEricsson P800
It seems to me that Apple are tapping into the vast number of their users without a P2P solution to hand. If Kazaa released a MacOSX client, Apple's sales would be slaughtered overnight. I will not buy music in a form that gives me less options than the previous formats did, i.e. unlimited copies and flexibilitiy to play in any existing device and devices yet to be created. Nothing less is acceptable, and is part of the trade off that the public have accepted for the crap sound quality of digital / compressed files. I also dont want our music to be irretrivable in the future. There was a debate about wether CDs would last as long as vinyl; now there is no debate; if the keys to unlock DRM music files are lost and the masters are also lost, then the music is lost. Forever. Only a complete idiot would take that risk. There is of course, the moral issue of consumers rights to dispose of what they have bought in a way that they choose. It is my right to open a CD player and tinker with it. It is my right to copy music that I have bought so that it can play on any device that I own or might own in the future. These rights are non negotiable. I dont have a problem with anyone selling their music via Apple in a DRM format. What is completely unnaceptable is the monopoly lobbying and paid for legislation that attempts to take away our rights to market our music in the way that we see fit. Everyone is free to use whatever formats and strategies they want; the artificial choking off of other avenues, both in terms of playback devices and file formats is completely immoral. In any case, this cat is out of the bag forever. The billions and billions of MP3s that are out there will never be deleted. File sharing will never be stopped. Even music that is exclusively sold on iTunes will be ripped and shared in open formats. There will be a sea change in the public's understanding of the economics of music, and a change in the way music makers organize themselvs. There will be more micro labels, different schemes to make it all pay...whatever happens in the future, it looks today like the following are going to be dead meat: retail music shops, the current incarnation of independent record distributors, the huge monopoly record labels.
Akin, Anthony, Davros and the other music makers: I'm Tired of the RIAA. I Want to Hear from the Musicians. Much of the press coverage I come across focuses on everyone but the musicians. Help me find out what the artists are actually thinking about the Apple Music Store, downloading music, and if we're going to let a few drips crash our party.
Life's a bit flat right now, eh?
negative emphasis, or whatever the term is Talk sense man! Complete thoughts in complete sentenses!
negative emphasis, or whatever the term is
buying dollars enables weapons to destroy lives by spilling blood He is SELLING dollars in exchange for euros and other currencies, sending the value of the dollar DOWN. He is doing this DELIBERATELY to punish the USA over its insane foreign policy.
buying dollars enables weapons to destroy lives by spilling blood

George Soros Back Doing What He Does Best

Wed May 21, 2003 01:59 PM ET By Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) - Financier George Soros is back doing the two things he does best -- punishing a global currency and spending some of his billions on projects that irk those in power. This week Soros, who drove down the British pound in 1992, helped push the U.S. dollar down to a near all-time low against the euro by announcing he was selling greenbacks. The man who calls himself a "dissident by nature" also said he was setting up a watchdog group to make sure Washington does not misspend oil revenues from Iraq. Soros may no longer single-handedly wield the power over financial markets he held in the early 1990s, when newspapers dubbed him "the man who broke the Bank of England." Back then his fund earned $1 billion betting against the pound, helping drive it 20 percent lower and out of the European exchange rate grid. Lately, stung by economic crises in Asia and Russia, his funds have become more conservative. But with his reputation still formidable -- and his Soros Fund Management controlling $11.5 billion -- his words still count. The dollar tumbled against the euro when he said he thought U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow wanted it to fall. "I have to disclose that I now have a short position against the dollar because I listen to what the secretary of the Treasury is telling me," Soros said in an interview with broadcaster CNBC. Soros said Snow's apparent shift away from the strong dollar policy was a "mistake," and a beggar-thy-neighbor policy. PHILANTHROPIST The financier, born in Hungary in 1930, has long lavished his billions on philanthropy, especially in eastern Europe. At one point he was said to be spending more on aid to Russia than the U.S. government. In Eastern Europe his cause was "the open society," and he spent money in areas like education which often earned resentment from authorities in recipient countries wary of, say, textbooks commissioned by a foreigner. Lately, the arch-capitalist has become an outspoken critic of what he says are unfair aspects of globalization and trade, which he says makes it difficult for poor countries to catch up to wealthy ones. It is a view more commonly articulated by rock stars than famous financiers, and Britain's Guardian newspaper described him as "the Bono of the financial world." Soft spoken and elegant, with his lilting continental accent, "he has the air of a philosophy professor rather than a gimlet-eyed financier," an interviewer wrote. He once said: "Don't forget, I became a philanthropist only after I became a speculator. It is a luxury." Tuesday he announced at the United Nations that he would set up a watchdog group to guard against any abuses in how the United States manages Iraqi oil resources. Citing reports that a handful of U.S. companies were winning huge reconstruction contracts without competitive bidding, Soros said many people around the world feared the United States might abuse its power while it and Britain occupy Iraq. "It is very much in the interest of the United States to allay these fears, and we want to help," he said. He also said he hoped Iraq would not repay all foreign debt stemming from Saddam Hussein's years in power, to discourage the practice of lending money to dictators. ****************************************** Hmmmmmmm That sounds to me like a man with morals, the bux to back it up and the will to use them. Where in this story is the "blood money"?
But unlike its rivals, Nintendo is not planning to push the idea of online gaming. "The key to our online gaming is to wait and see how it does for the others. It doesn't make business sense at the moment," said Ms Friend. "Rather, Nintendo is looking for something unique that adds to the gameplay and is fun. With online we haven't seen that yet. "We think at the moment it's still better to play with your friends that against someone you're never going to meet." Nintendo's contention that online gaming is not for the masses runs against claims by Sony and Microsoft, who claim about 1.5 million online gamers between them. And that figure does not include the PC masses, which have been online for years. [...] BBC WTF? Did i read that right??!!?
in case you didn't know George Soros is selling blood money reuters
Interesting: Womad is doing a do in Seattle. There is a boycott of the USA going on; astounding that an organization like Womad is playing there....would they have also put on a do in Aparthied era South Africa? I dont think so somehow. Clearly Womad are "not with the terrorists". Shame.
Re Nukular weapons research, I ask you all again: how are they going to pay for this without any MONEY? is still not resolving, but I will have a temporary page up later this morning GMT. I require that you comment on it. ps the above also goes for the absurd TIA, Life Log and every other shameful abomination that they are cooking up. None of it can happen without cash to fund them. Are we clear?
US Senate lifts ban on nuclear research AFP Thursday, May 22, 2003,Page 7 Granting a wish of the Bush administration, the US Senate late Tuesday gave its support to repealing a decade-old ban on research into low-yield nuclear weapons that defense officials say may be necessary to combat new security threats.
By a vote of 51 to 43, senators rejected an amendment by California Democrat Dianne Feinstein that would have kept the ban in place, displaying their determination to give the green light to studies of a new generation of nuclear weapons.
The vote came amid debate on the 2004 Defense Authorization Bill that would give the Pentagon US$400.5 billion to fund military operations, modernize its arsenal and improve the living conditions of men and women in uniform in the fiscal year starting on October 1.
But several provisions tucked inside the bill have drawn fire from arms-control advocates, who argue that after proclaiming an end to the Cold War, the administration of President George W. Bush is positioning itself to engage in a new spiral of the nuclear arms race.
One of the provisions is the repeal of the so-called Spratt-Furse amendment adopted in 1993 with the purpose of strengthening an international moratorium on nuclear testing. The amendment prohibits both research and development of low-yield nuclear weapons.
Another allocates US$15 million to conduct a feasibility study for building new earth-penetrating nuclear munitions that military experts say could be useful as bunker busters.
In addition, the bill contains language requiring the Energy Department to boost its readiness for underground nuclear tests by reducing preparatory time from up to 36 months to just a year and a half.
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According to donald 'strangelove' rumsfeld there's nothing to be worried about as it is only for research purposes - they're not even thinking about making new nuclear weapons - pretty worthless research then? Apparently a teensy little nuclear warhead could kill a load of big bad anthrax with gamma radiation.
I thought I had a big head. Danny

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Wednesday, May 21, 2003

That makes me sad. People really are completely retarded. They completely forget to look at what "terrorist" means - clearly the fact that it's about "terror" eludes them. Economic impacts do not involve terror unless it's done at gunpoint or with bombs etc. Violence and economic impacts are completely seperate things and anyone who even tries to connect them in any way is obviously a total LIAR. ex: You could blow up the WTC, which certainly has an economic impact. That's violent and fear-inducing. You could stop using the US dollar but do nothing violent - what part of that, at all, induces terror?! Does a boycott kill people in a violent, horrible way, bodies reeling and burning from a nail-laced explosion? Idiots idiots IDIOTS! *foams at the mouth* 20AC is Europe's newest ACTIVIST group, but Mr. Winkle obviously doesn't know what that means, since he obviously can't comprehend the meaning of a simple word like "terror." He should be fired, thrown in a burlap sack and be beaten with lead pipes. How's that for terror?! *stomps away, muttering*
2 Million Terrorists in Britain!? You can make an easy kind of a link that, if you have a protest group protesting a war where the cause that's being fought against is international terrorism, you might have terrorism at that (protest)," said Van Winkle, of the state Justice Department. "You can almost argue that a protest against that is a terrorist act. I think the world is sleeping. WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON!!!??? I've heard terrorism described as anything that is violent or has an economic impact, and shutting down a port certainly would have some economic impact. Terrorism isn't just bombs going off and killing people. 20AC = Europe's Newest Terrorist Group. Welcome to the 21st Century.
I even heard a "numbers station" on about 13.5MHz.
Cryptic crossword No. 22835 set by Paul

6, 8 Missing excuse, hiding nothing, no fuss, so America to step down when dismantled (7,2,4,11)
Hitachi Ltd's prototype super-micro wireless automatic recognition IC chips, or "mu-chips", are shown on a fingertip in Tokyo. "The world's smallest class 0.4-mm IC chip, which can be incorporated into various materials -- even paper -- will make new business development possible in data management, authentication of luxury goods and currencies, and medical treatment, among other uses."
"If you took all the economists in the world and laid them end to end they would still point in different directions." has been delisted from Google News!

Soros Says He's Selling the Dollar

Reuters Tuesday, May 20, 2003; 1:54 PM NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire investor George Soros, in an interview with cable television station CNBC on Tuesday, said he was selling the dollar against most major currencies. In the wide-ranging interview in which he assailed the Bush administration's policies, Soros said he was buying the euro and the currencies of Australia, Canada and New Zealand against the dollar, as well as gold. The euro briefly broke above $1.17 following his comments before retreating. "I have to disclose that I now have a short position against the dollar because I listen to what the Secretary of the Treasury is telling me," Soros said in the interview. He referred to recent remarks made by U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow that signaled a shift away from a strong dollar policy. Soros was sharply critical of Snow's policy shift, branding it a "mistake," and labeling it a wrongheaded attempt to stimulate the U.S. economy at the expense of other economies. "It's a beggar-thy-neighbor policy," he said. "I think (Snow) was somewhat irresponsible by talking down the dollar." Soros was dubbed "The Man who broke the Bank of England" for his role in amassing bets that the pound would fall in 1992 -- thus facilitating Britain's ejection from Europe's exchange rate mechanism that year. Though analysts say Soros' influence in markets has waned, many are reluctant to fight the trend that has seen the dollar fall sharply against major currencies.[...] Washinton Post
Happy Birthday Mr JB. Belated Nuptial Congratulations to Dr AK as well. And where is Mr Manning?
JB - Happy birthday dude! U are 1337 for being one of the |810gd|@L p|0/\33rz!
Lifelog would be very nasty if abused. However, I had a similar idea years ago, but in a more open-content way. My idea was for a DTD for life which would allow you to describe a day in XML, and then you'd write an XSL to render it. The fun part would be to then use your XSL against someone else's XML, so you could see what someone from a totally different background/country/culture would do with their time in your perceptual framework. I got this far
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE day SYSTEM "life.dtd">
<day date="23042003">
	<morning starttime="06.00">
		<location country="UK" town="hometown" locale="Home">
			<activity type="maintenance">Brush Teeth</activity>
			<activity type="maintenance">Eat</activity>
			<activity type="pleasure">Read Newspaper</activity>
		<location country="UK" town="Oxford" locale="Outside">
			<activity type="travel">Go to work</activity>
		<location country="UK" town="Oxford" locale="Work">
			<activity type="work">Being at work</activity>
	<afternoon starttime="13.00">
<location country="UK" town="Oxford" locale="Work">
			<activity type="travel">Being at work</activity>
	<evening starttime="18.00">
<location country="UK" town="Oxford" locale="Home">
			<activity type="maintenance">Having Tea</activity>
	<night starttime="21.00">
<location country="UK" town="Oxford" locale="Home">
			<activity type="maintenance">Sleep</activity>
...obviously needs a bit more work...
Do what ya like
Guardian claims right to free speech Clare Dyer, legal correspondent Wednesday May 21, 2003 The Guardian The attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, is taking the Guardian to Britain's highest court today to try to stop the newspaper's challenge to a 155-year-old law which still makes it a criminal offence, punishable by life imprisonment, to advocate abolition of the monarchy in print. Lord Goldsmith is appealing to the House of Lords against a ruling by three appeal court judges last year that the paper should be allowed to argue its case in the high court for a reinterpretation of the Treason Felony Act 1848 in the light of human rights law. The act, passed amid concern over the spread of republican sentiment after the French and American revolutions, made it a serious offence, punishable by transportation, to call for the establishment of a republic in print or writing, even by peaceful means. It remains in force, though last used in 1883, with life imprisonment as the maximum penalty. The Guardian's challenge followed the launch of its campaign in December 2000 for the establishment of a republic by peaceful means in the UK. Before publishing a series of articles on the subject, the editor, Alan Rusbridger, asked the then attorney general, Lord Williams of Mostyn, to confirm that the paper and its staff would not face prosecution under the act. He wrote back: "It is not for any attorney general to disapply an act of parliament; that is a matter for parliament itself." [...] Guardian
HB/JB Biz Markie!
Rows and floes of angel hair And ice-cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere I've looked at clouds that way ........... JB is thirty-four today (yesterday). Feelin' da love. just a you got what i need...
Portable Cloud House Just call me Lakitu!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Surely this is very illegal?? Jesus hell. I know references to Orwell and such are used so often (truthfully) that they are getting cliche, but this is ridiculous! It's like Rumsfeld paged through some futurist dystopia sci-fi books to find out how bad he could possibly get. It's an extremely frightening concept. It is however so ambitious it will no doubt fail miserably. Let's hope it does. And yeah, staggeringly illegal to the point of being offensive. It's amazing they're even talking about this shit. Because I totally want the US government to know how many issues of SkinTwo I own, or how many pretentious prog-rock albums I have in my collection. Because they need to know. And knowing is half the battle.
The embryonic LifeLog program would dump everything an individual does into a giant database: every e-mail sent or received, every picture taken, every Web page surfed, every phone call made, every TV show watched, every magazine read. Wired Article Slashdot Posting Surely this is very illegal??
----- Forwarded message from jem noble ----- Envelope-to: tom@localhost Delivery-date: Tue, 20 May 2003 18:04:33 +0100 Subject: moving graffiti 2 From: jem noble To: Grandees Dear all Apologies for any cross-postings. Grand De-central Station is an ongoing experiment exploring the use of radio for alternative forms of outdoor entertainment. Moving Graffiti is a part of the experiment using films. Using a digital projector, a radio transmitter and specially selected urban architectural canvasses, we show films in built-spaces that otherwise have meaning largely in being passed-by. The next event takes place this weekend in London, so if you can make it to the specified area and you fancy a bit of a different hang-out, it will be lovely to see you. You will need a radio, something to sit on and some refreshments. Film: given the joy of nice surprises, the film will remain undisclosed until the night Time: 10pm Date: Saturday, 24 May Location: If it's dry: Mile End park If it's raining: underpass near Mile End park Hope to see you there. If not, look out for further summer events in Bristol and London. Best Jem & Ian GDS ----- End forwarded message -----
I saw L'Avventura at the cinema last night. People accuse Antonioni of being cold but I don't see that - he makes his intentions known and he has an emotional framework - he just doesn't simplify the characters, people have secrets and lives off screen. Anyway how could I *really* understand the character's motivations?
Also present is the introduction of musique concrete type sounds(overbearing motors, etc.) into his work. And stark photography.

In the film we find out that the lead, Sandro is basically a shallow and impetuous man who has made betrayal a feature of his life, the film concentrates on his betrayal of his missing fiancee Anna as his fruitless search soon makes way for desire towards her best friend, Claudia, whom he later betrays at a party (earlier he mention he loves Claudia as he loved Anna). It also transpires that he has betrayed his ambitions (becoming a building estimator rather than an architect) and through this he has betrayed his background - the most implicit notion in the film, he recounts he 'never dreamt of being rich' but now that he is he has become as detached from his environment as the upper middle classes that surround him (these surroundings being supplied by his employer). Sandro's character is slowly unravelled until the end where he sits crying, nothing left to lose, on a bench in front of a blank wall. Claudia becomes the backbone of the story, starting off merely as Anna's waiting friend she walks undisturbed through her environs, neither succumbing to her friends frivolities but still detached from her environment (the constant travelling in the film underlines the characters' rootlessness), at one point her actions mirror that of a house maid. Succumbing to Sandro she becomes the attention of various local gazes, her guilt and ambivalence provide an emotional pinning to the adventure. In the end, despite seeming to cautiously affirm her love of Sandro she is left with an open view of the sea beyond a ruined bell tower (contrasting a scene where the two had been playing up a bell tower before Sandro's betrayal - this earlier scene is also symbolic as Sandro proposes whilst Claudia is surrounded/ensnared by bell ropes). In general the upper classes are shot as detached from their surroundings when outside and the locations rugged and empty seem desperate to rid themselves of such people, this contrasts with the workers who act as part of the landscape (with regard to the main characters) - the gazes towards Claudia are an aspect of the environment she must run away from.
Oh Yes
Led Zeppelin have a 5 hour live DVD coming out soon; I had a chance to see it in the cinema. "... it's hard to believe the band was once treated with the same level of respect Britney Spears gets now." This is very true. Today it seems obvious that they are great, but in the '70s they were unbearable in many quarters, not least the electric guitar shops that forbade the playing of "Stairway to heaven" by punters. What a life!

NATO photo of the week
"One evening in 1974, during the first week of September, two friends were sitting on a roof when they observed the triangle depicted in the animation to the right. There were trails coming off the back two points of the triangle, and it appeared to be about as high in the sky as a jetliner."

In Reversal, Plan for Iraq Self-Rule Has Been Put Off

By PATRICK E. TYLER AGHDAD, Iraq, May 16 � In an abrupt reversal, the United States and Britain have indefinitely put off their plan to allow Iraqi opposition forces to form a national assembly and an interim government by the end of the month. Instead, top American and British diplomats leading reconstruction efforts here told exile leaders in a meeting tonight that allied officials would remain in charge of Iraq for an indefinite period, said Iraqis who attended the meeting. It was conducted by L. Paul Bremer, the new civilian administrator here.[...] NYT Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!! Ha! haa!! haaaaa!!!!!!