Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Please tell me about some lush music. Fridge - Cutup Piano & Xylophone. Beautiful! Culture of Death - Radical Communist Culture A attempts to cross the "petri-dish barrier" to stage a violent coup-d'etat in freedom-loving Culture B, as a hapless scientist attempts to observe.
These midi versions CRACK ME UP. That entire track is Genius.
Mess. Lush music for you. I DARE you not to sing along. I KNOW you won't be able to resist. Crank it UP! Don't you get me wrong, now! Here's the full thing.
baba granite thunder blossom

Please tell me about some lush music. Seriously. On the verge of becoming disillusioned with humanity, with the possible exceptions of my girlfriend, this man as detailed in this book, chess players everywhere... Struggling to think of more, which is depressing in itself.

Best regards to you all. It's good to know there are real people out there somewhere.

Just so you know... http://www.anthonynolan.org.uk/HIG/ http://www.anthonynolan.org.uk/HIG/seq/nuc/pir/dob_np.txt
Well, MHCII is a pretty cool protein, but an entire film about it... I can imagine a trilogy at least. It's a fucking good title for a start. MHC is what identifies you as you to your immune system. MHCII is needed for CD4 T cell function. CD4 T cells are targeted by HIV. It's going to be a heartbreaker. Of course, MHCII has BILLIONS of variants, so your story is yours to make as you see fit. Submit it, is my vote.
what should it have been? It was one of my 25 words or less plot submissions; did I win?!
I couldn't let it lie.
Sequences producing significant alignments: (bits) Value gi|18641377|ref|NM_002120.2| Homo sapiens major histocompat... 496 e-138 gi|13543903|gb|BC006097.1|BC006097 Homo sapiens, major hist... 496 e-138 gi|32271|emb|X03066.1|HSHLDOBR Human mRNA for HLA-D class I... 496 e-138 gi|11094201|dbj|AB035254.1| Homo sapiens HLA-DOB(DOB*1.6) g... 496 e-138 gi|11094200|dbj|AB035253.1| Homo sapiens HLA-DOB(DOB*1.5) g... 496 e-138 gi|11094199|dbj|AB035252.1| Homo sapiens HLA-DOB(DOB*1.4) g... 496 e-138 gi|11094198|dbj|AB035251.1| Homo sapiens HLA-DOB(DOB*1.3) g... 496 e-138 gi|11094197|dbj|AB035250.1| Homo sapiens HLA-DOB(DOB*1.2) g... 496 e-138 gi|11094196|dbj|AB035249.1| Homo sapiens HLA-DOB(DRB1*0101)... 496 e-138 gi|188010|gb|M26040.1|HUMMHDOBDR Human MHC class II DO beta... 496 e-138 gi|176659|gb|M24358.1|CHPDOB Chimpanzee MHC class II ChLA-D... 472 e-130 gi|1054740|emb|X87344.1|HSEVMHC H.sapiens DMA, DMB, HLA-Z1,... 379 e-102 gi|18857824|emb|AL671681.4| Human DNA sequence from clone X... 379 e-102 gi|19068326|emb|AL669918.5| Human DNA sequence from clone X... 379 e-102 gi|459824|gb|L29472.1|L29472 Human MHC class II HLA DO-beta... 379 e-102 gi|34634|emb|X66401.1|HSMHCAPG H.sapiens genes TAP1, TAP2, ... 379 e-102 gi|29788773|ref|NM_010389.2| Mus musculus histocompatibilit... 206 1e-50 gi|26095647|dbj|AK053233.1| Mus musculus 0 day neonate lung... 206 1e-50 gi|199356|gb|M30157.1|MUSMHEAII2 Mouse MHC class II A-beta ... 194 5e-47 gi|164881|gb|M96942.1|RABCLIIA Rabbit class II (HLA-DOB gen... 182 2e-43 gi|199283|gb|M11800.1|MUSMHCAB1 Mus musculus MHC A-beta-2 c... 178 3e-42 gi|199165|gb|K02419.1|MUSMHABA01 Mouse MHC class II H2-IA-b... 178 3e-42 gi|2555188|gb|AF027865.1|MMMMH461 Mus musculus Major Histoc... 178 3e-42 gi|199352|gb|M30159.1|MUSMHEA2A2 Mouse MHC class II A-beta ... 178 3e-42 gi|871490|emb|Z49880.1|OADOBB12 O.aries MHC class ll DOB ge... 153 2e-34 gi|343185|gb|M15561.1|RATMHHBC Rat MHC class II RT1.B-beta2... 147 1e-32 gi|3341890|dbj|AB008110.1| Rattus norvegicus RT1-DOb gene, ... 125 4e-26 gi|5901567|gb|AF110319.1|MHCDOB2 Bos taurus MHC class II an... 101 5e-19 gi|166082|gb|M81624.1|WALMHA Macropus rufogriseus (DAB1) MH... 82 5e-13 gi|15099941|gb|AF312030.1|AF312030 Trichosurus vulpecula MH... 80 2e-12 gi|15099939|gb|AF312029.1|AF312029 Trichosurus vulpecula MH... 80 2e-12 gi|27372094|gb|AY169006.1| Sigmodon hispidus major histocom... 72 5e-10 gi|2304942|gb|U51575.1|FCU51575 Felis catus MHC class II an... 64 1e-07 gi|2304938|gb|U51573.1|FCU51573 Felis catus MHC class II an... 64 1e-07 gi|27483233|ref|XM_165807.2| Homo sapiens major histocompat... 62 4e-07 gi|24797075|ref|NM_002121.4| Homo sapiens major histocompat... 62 4e-07 gi|15428843|gb|AF300859.1| Peromyscus leucopus isolate 8740... 62 4e-07 gi|15428841|gb|AF300858.1| Peromyscus leucopus isolate 8740... 62 4e-07 gi|15428839|gb|AF300857.1| Peromyscus leucopus isolate 8849... 62 4e-07 gi|15428837|gb|AF300856.1| Peromyscus leucopus isolate 8849... 62 4e-07 gi|23598075|gb|AY135572.1| Sus scrofa clone 119904 MHC clas... 62 4e-07 gi|23598073|gb|AY135571.1| Sus scrofa MHC class II antigen ... 62 4e-07 gi|21586035|gb|AY102477.1| Sus scrofa MHC class II antigen ... 62 4e-07 gi|18699312|gb|AF464061.1| Sus scrofa MHC class II antigen ... 62 4e-07 gi|24474482|emb|AL845446.7| Human DNA sequence from clone X... 62 4e-07 gi|15929087|gb|BC015000.1|BC015000 Homo sapiens, Similar to... 62 4e-07 gi|15341974|gb|BC013184.1|BC013184 Homo sapiens, Similar to... 62 4e-07 gi|14044081|gb|BC007963.1|BC007963 Homo sapiens, Similar to... 62 4e-07 gi|36401|emb|X03026.1|HSSB4B3 Human gene fragment for HLA c... 62 4e-07 gi|36393|emb|X03024.1|HSSB3B3 Human gene fragment for HLA c... 62 4e-07 gi|36385|emb|X01426.1|HSSB2BR Human mRNA for HLA class II a... 62 4e-07 gi|12700662|gb|AY013369.1| Saguinus oedipus isolate 277Saoe... 62 4e-07 gi|32275|emb|X03067.1|HSHLDPWB Human mRNA for HLA-D class I... 62 4e-07 gi|32194|emb|X02228.1|HSHLADPB Human HLA-DP-beta 1 gene and... 62 4e-07 gi|32009|emb|X00532.1|HSHA02 Human mRNA for SB beta-chain (... 62 4e-07 gi|262939|gb|S52422.1|S52422 HLA class II: DPB1 (0101) [hum... 62 4e-07 gi|20068657|emb|AL662824.9| Human DNA sequence from clone X... 62 4e-07 gi|19572887|emb|AL645931.7| Human DNA sequence from clone X... 62 4e-07 gi|188108|gb|M57466.1|HUMMHDPL Human MHC class II HLA-DP li... 62 4e-07 gi|188478|gb|M83664.1|HUMMHHLADP Human MHC class II lymphoc... 62 4e-07 gi|188417|gb|M23908.1|HUMMHDRO3 Human MHC class II lymphocy... 62 4e-07 gi|188054|gb|M21886.1|HUMMHDPB Human MHC class II HLA-DPw4b... 62 4e-07 gi|575497|gb|M28202.1|HUMMHDPW4 Homo sapiens MHC class II l... 62 4e-07 gi|575495|gb|M28201.1|HUMMHDPW1B Homo sapiens MHC class II ... 62 4e-07 gi|207709|gb|M97616.1|SQIDRB Scurius aberti aberti (A85) MH... 62 4e-07 gi|188525|gb|K01615.1|HUMMHSBBI Human MHC class II HLA-SB-b... 62 4e-07 gi|188523|gb|K00409.1|HUMMHSBBC Human MHC class II HLA-SB-b... 62 4e-07 gi|457258|gb|L29173.1|L29173 Human MHC class II HLA-SB beta... 62 4e-07 gi|184192|gb|J03041.1|HUMHLADP4 Human HLA DP4 beta-chain mR... 62 4e-07 gi|166084|gb|M81625.1|WALMHB Macropus rufogriseus (DBB) MHC... 62 4e-07 gi|2304940|gb|U51574.1|FCU51574 Felis catus MHC class II an... 60 2e-06 gi|28212470|ref|NG_002433.1| Homo sapiens major histocompat... 58 7e-06 gi|2950165|emb|Z84477.1|HS265J14 Human DNA sequence from cl... 58 7e-06 gi|12700695|gb|AY013389.1| Saguinus oedipus isolate 249Saoe... 58 7e-06 gi|2353700|gb|AF010497.1|AF010497 Monodelphis domestica MHC... 58 7e-06 gi|1237276|gb|M77151.1|GORMHCB6PS Gorilla gorilla MHC class... 58 7e-06 gi|1237269|gb|M77154.1|GORMHCB108 Gorilla gorilla MHC class... 58 7e-06 gi|188535|gb|M21393.1|HUMMHSXB3 Human (clone H1A) MHC class... 58 7e-06 gi|343324|gb|M76488.1|SOEMHCIISO Tamarin MHC class II (DRB*... 58 7e-06 gi|343322|gb|M76489.1|SOEMHCIISD Tamarin MHC class II (DRB*... 58 7e-06 gi|292326|gb|M28991.1|HUMMHDRBIA Human MHC class II DR-beta... 58 7e-06 gi|187934|gb|K02774.1|HUMMHDB03 Human MHC class II HLA-DR-b... 58 7e-06 gi|15428847|gb|AF300861.1| Peromyscus eremicus isolate 1B M... 56 3e-05 gi|22023822|gb|AF503407.1| Zalophus californianus MHC class... 56 3e-05 gi|22023820|gb|AF503406.1| Zalophus californianus MHC class... 56 3e-05 gi|22023818|gb|AF503405.1| Zalophus californianus MHC class... 56 3e-05 gi|22023814|gb|AF503402.1| Zalophus californianus MHC class... 56 3e-05 gi|22023812|gb|AF503401.1| Zalophus californianus MHC class... 56 3e-05 gi|22023810|gb|AF503400.1| Zalophus californianus MHC class... 56 3e-05 gi|22023806|gb|AF503398.1| Zalophus californianus MHC class... 56 3e-05 gi|22023804|gb|AF503397.1| Zalophus californianus MHC class... 56 3e-05 gi|12700667|gb|AY013372.1| Saguinus oedipus isolate 277Saoe... 56 3e-05 gi|3646023|emb|AL031228.1|HS1033B10 Human DNA sequence from... 56 3e-05 gi|232289|gb|S40642.1|S40642 HLA class II: DPB1 (DPB1*0101)... 56 3e-05 gi|18564736|emb|AL645940.4| Human DNA sequence from clone X... 56 3e-05 gi|1209886|gb|U46916.1|CFU46916 Canis familiaris MHC DLA Cl... 56 3e-05 gi|188424|gb|M23911.1|HUMMHDRR03 Human MHC class II lymphoc... 56 3e-05 gi|575493|gb|M28200.1|HUMMHDPW1A Homo sapiens MHC class II ... 56 3e-05 gi|29888122|gb|AY243105.1| Sus scrofa breed Wuzhishan MHC c... 54 1e-04 gi|29888114|gb|AY243101.1| Sus scrofa breed Taihu MHC class... 54 1e-04 The best fit was: Homo sapiens major histocompatibility complex, class II, DO beta (HLA-DOB), mRNA Length = 1322 So, what should it have been? You can do this yourself at Blast Nucleotide Search Just take out all the gaps and other characters...
GTGGATGGGG TCTGTAGACA CAACTACAGG CTGGGCGCAC CCTTCACTGT
GGGGAGAAAA GTGCAACCAG AGGTGACAGT GTACCCAGAG AGGACCCCAC
TCCTGCACCA GCATAATCTG CTGCACTGCT CTGTGACAGG CTTCTATCCA
GGGGATATCA AGATCAAGTG GTTCCTGAAT GGGCAGGAGG AGAGAGCTGG
GGTCATGTCC ACTGGCCCTA TCAGGAATGG AGACTGGACC TTTCAGACTG
A fascist, an engineer, a an alcoholic cop, a lesbian, LSD, a samurai sword, a Polaroid camera, one weekend and a case of Jack Daniels.
"If all of the dead round here got up and started walking we'd have a hell of a population problem" - The Lost Boys As the number of undead swells tabloid hysteria fuels racial paranoia in provincial Britain, meanwhile a group of crazy kids work out a plan to save themselves.
Previously ethical immunologist goaded by online bloggers redefines 'computer virus'. Veangance seems inevitable. But nature has no master and evolution never stops.
A veteran London underground employee flees downward in the opposite direction to hysterical masses escaping burial as nukes explode above, encountering many mysteries as he descends.
Here's my pitch Rome Ants by Captain D - Lonely batchelor entomologist goes to Italy for hymenoptera studying, meets beautiful woman who doesn't like him at first but does once he's changed a bit. This led to a brief flurry of low-quality pronunciation based triplets too... True Romancering Machine Quality Street s of San Fransisco Back to the Future, present and past Tense American Graffiti Bridge

I could do better than that

-moment of the day The Film Council has awarded cash to four young scriptwriters who pitched their thriller, horror or comedy movie ideas in 25 words or less. Egomania by Paul Alexander and Simon Braithwaite - Hotshot young lawyer Michael Stark becomes so successful, so arrogant and so full of himself that his ego decides to go solo - with disastrous consequences. 12,500 GBP YAWN. The Cleaner by Peter Michael Rosenberg - When a crime scene cleaner haunted by his past uncovers evidence that suggests LAPD cops are working as assassins, he becomes their next target. 12,500 GBP Dirty Harry did it already Shoeless Joe by Andrew Clyde - A holiday of a lifetime across the desolate heart of the Australian outback turns into a living nightmare for five friends. 12,500 GBP Jenny Agutter did it already (Walkabout, Nic roeg. Still not yet outdone) Storage by Chris Denne and Matt Winn - Terror stalks a storage facility. Survival for those trapped inside depends on the secrets in those endless units. But some doors are better left locked. 5,000 GBP Oh, pur-leeeese. This is supposed to be a product of your IMAGINATION, not simple plagiarism. Fuck knows what the rest of the entries were like if these are the winners. Come on then! Let's have yours! Submissions for the science fiction, romantic or teen films round can be entered until 1 June 2003. As well as the 25 word pitch, writers have to provide a page synopsis of their idea, and ten pages of sample scenes from their proposed script.
Conrad Black, Daily Telegraph (Hollinger Telegraph Group) and vested interests. About Richard N. Perle Perle is CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Hollinger Digital Inc. and a director of The Jerusalem Post, both of which are subsidiaries of Hollinger International Inc. Perle is a member of the International Advisory Board of Hollinger Inc. and has served as a Director since June 1994. He has also served as resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research since 1987. From 1981 to 1988, he was the assistant secretary for the United States Department of Defense International Security Policy. Hollingers other associate include M. Thatcher and H. Kissinger. Black is pro-Likud, pro-Sharon... The Jerusalem Post, which used to have a dove-ish editorial line, supporting the Labor Party, moved to the far right under Conrad Black, who bought the 'Post' in 1989 when the hawkish Likud party was in power. Mr. Black also owns the Daily and Sunday Telegraph. Margaret Thatcher subsequently, if somewhat unfairly quipped that "I like Conrad Black because he is the only person I have ever met who makes me feel positively 'wet'. (wet, meaning politcally soft-line, rather than... no, no, NO!!!! this is Thatcher ) This is the tip of Conrads iceberg. Where (some of) the lies came from. Never forget, it was the presentation of these lies, and those presented by the US to the UN security council, that were the excuses to go to war. British MPs and the UN security council are investigating both matters. Powell says banned weapons will be found in Iraq Senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat, said that Powell had placed the "credibilty" of the United States on the line when he went before the UN Security Council on February 5 and gave a highly-publicized presentation about Iraq's weapons program and its refusal to disarm. Powell said he remained confident of the presentation despite the fact that thus far US troops had not uncovered stockpiles of banned weapons. "The presentation I made before the United Nations on the fifth of February was at the end of four straight days of living with the entire intelligence community and going over every single thing we knew," he said. "What I presented on that day was information that was all sourced and had other backup to it," Powell said. Including the uranium coming from Niger, Colon? The documents subsequently shown to be forged? The photos ridiculed in front of the security council by Dr Blix? Come on, Colon! You can do better! Even Nixon didn't look this stupid. And don't forget what happened to him.
April 29, 2003�After the United States and Britain were shown to be providing bogus and plagiarized "intelligence" documents to the UN Security Council that supposedly "proved" Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction program, the world's media is now being fed a steady stream of captured Iraqi "intelligence" documents from the rubble of Iraq's Mukhabarat intelligence headquarters. The problem with these documents is that they are being provided by the U.S. military to a few reporters working for a very suspect newspaper, London's Daily Telegraph (affectionately known as the Daily Torygraph" by those who understand the paper's right-wing slant). The Telegraph's April 27 Sunday edition reported that its correspondent in Baghdad, Inigo Gilmore, had been invited into the intelligence headquarters by U.S. troops and miraculously "found" amid the rubble a document indicating that Iraq invited Osama bin Laden to visit Iraq in March 1998. Gilmore also reported that the CIA had been through the building several times before he found the document. Gilmore added that the CIA must have "missed" the document in their prior searches, an astounding claim since the CIA must have been intimately familiar with the building from their previous intelligence links with the Mukhabarat dating from the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. Moreover, the CIA and other intelligence agencies, including Britain's MI-6, have refuted claims of a link between bin Laden and Iraq.[...] My underlined emphasis; George G's docs also planted obviously. Liberty Forum
Limmy Genius.

We are not with you and we don't believe you

Putin snubs Blair Which of the following world leaders comes from the 'seat of democracy'? And which from a militaristic isolationist police state with little respect for world opinion?* Putin:"Where is Saddam? Where are those arsenals of weapons of mass destruction, if indeed they ever existed? Perhaps Saddam is still hiding somewhere in a bunker underground, sitting on cases of weapons of mass destruction and is preparing to blow the whole thing up and bring down the lives of thousands of Iraqi people." "If the decision-making process in such a framework is democratic then that is something we could agree with, but if decisions are being made by just one member of the international community and all the others are required to support them that is something we could not find acceptable." Blair:"Getting agreement with the UN is important, and it is important we get a vital role for the UN, but we are not going back into the rigmarole we had the last time over the second UN resolution." That's called democracy Tone. It's about accepting the majority view. "Coalition forces prepared to accept a vital role for the UN, but are our colleagues on the security council prepared to accept that our soldiers having fought and died in respect of this war cannot simply hand Iraq to the sole charge of the UN while the coalition forces are there on the ground stabilising the situation." You sent them in, fucker. Why not hand Iraq to the UN? All you wanted to do was liberate, no? Or was it hunt for Saddam? Or WMD? Or OBL? You know, in all the confusion I forget myself. *Dogmatic viewpoint for the sake of emphasis.
for the mac folks here MLDonkey Gnutella, BITTORRENT, etc client... pretty nice!
This is a friends site who makes handwoven lampshades to order. samatkins.com

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

maybe i should be more organised. My lawd, there are SO many tools to organize MP3s that you are spoiled for choice, delete by artist, delete by date, delete by title, you can do it alll alll alll Hassan Saba! Straight glass for me, every time btw.
"President Saddam Hussein was not killed. He is still alive. He is going to address a message to Iraqis and to the (Arab) nation within 72 hours," the group calling itself Iraqi Resistance and Liberation said in a letter published Tuesday by the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi." From yahoo news, but that site is so fucked i cant find the story, whcih was emailed to me...
I'm sure your pint's got a nice creamy head. I meant when i've downloaded an mp3 it gets listened to about twice then eats up disk space as i can't be bothered to put the files in some sort of order. maybe i should be more organised.
American business!
"Sea Horse Liberation Army She's crouching on the white table top naked licking a white plate. It's the first image I click on the contact sheet. The URL's been mailed to me by some San Francisco art students, Sea Horse Liberation Army. The photo, I soon realise, is a re-enactment of a scene from Godard's film Weekend. The girl is very handsome, but what's so magnificent about this picture, apart from its immediate beauty, is that it takes me to a world where groups of friends re-enact scenes from Godard films. That's already a very bold, sexy and interesting world. It reminds me that an image is not just remarkable for itself, but also for the parallel world it invites us to imagine and enter, the world in which the anomaly it depicts is normal. This photoblog reminds me, for some reason, of a John Cage song where the performer makes banana milkshake for the audience." Momus Photoblogging Are you sure you dont just want to fuck her?
Tron Light Cycles!
"What the Fuck do you thing youre doing?" "Who's really going to win this war? It looks like Madonna," [...] RIAA's Rosen 'writing Iraq copyright laws' This cannot CANNOT not be a dream! Double negative, yes, cool! The Register
There's some excellent ones there. I concur! Excellent! One of mine got revoked for libel or somesuch. Damn.
It was not worth the life of one single American kid in uniform, let alone the thousands of Iraqis who have died, and my condolences and prayers go out to all of them.[...] Michael Moore is a funny guy, however this piece of english reveals a thread that is woven deep into the security blanket of the American psyche; the lives of Americans are "worth more" than the lives of "other folks". This is why, in their news, they always count the numbers of Americans that are killed, separately from the other "lives lost". That sentence should have read like this: "It was not worth the life of one single American kid in uniform, person, Iraqui or American let alone the thousands of Iraqis who have died, and my condolences and prayers go out to the families of those who have been killed in this needless conflict. There. Now life is simply life, wether it be USA or IRQ, you have named Iraquis directly dividing the sympathy equally. English, because you can be so precise with it, is very dangerous. Its like a fencing sabre, you can gently play with it, teach fencing with it, scar with it, kill with it. You need the skill of course. The best sword fights are the drunken ones....you can get hurt, even killed by accident. Has anyone seen the filmed version of Hamlet with Lawrence Olivier? The sword fight is one of the most incredible ever filmed. "The English"!
there seems to be a bit of a backlash against Michael Moore winning an oscar. http://www.revoketheoscar.com/ http://www.hardylaw.net/Truth_About_Bowling.html http://www.spinsanity.org/columns/20021119.html http://www.nationalreview.com/kopel/kopel040403.asp Michael debunking the oscar backlash: altnet.org
I think the number of pages request will jump a fair bit as I have been hitting refresh loads to try and see all the new mastheads! There's some excellent ones there.
hats of meat have you ever seen the stinky meat project? Its the always the same when people stand up for truth. If the media machines cant ridicule them then they come up with ridiculous claims, even if these are eventually dismissed. In the end, the aim is to tarnish the character of who ever 'stepped out of line'. lets put it into context: Galloway was speaking out against a war in which thousands have died. He wasnt giving a character reference for a person trying to obtain a gun license (previously refused), under investigation for paedophilia, who went onto murder 16 children and 1 teacher. and if he did, do you think Tony and Jack would be signing D-notices to keep the investigation quiet for 100 years?
In Parliament, his opposition to the first Gulf War, his support for Palestinian causes and his opposition to Iraq sanctions raised his profile. Dont they mean raised the ire of the oilthirsty pro war lobby? Galloway is no traitor; this is the Sun and http://www.dirtytricks.gov.uk trying to bury him and his voice permanently. They will never get away with it, he can Bliar and co. to court in Europe for violating his rights, and he will win.
I can't be bothered to catalogue / look for them You calling my pint a poof?
Hats of Meat
In todays Evening Standard, the cover story is about Anarchists publishing a list of targets to be hit on May Day. If they do this, they should, each one of them, be shot. Smashing up McDonalds, banks the HQs of business, no matter what that business is, will do precisely NOTHING to stop what they dont like happening from happening. If they bring disorder to the streets, if they engage in this pointless, mindless self indulgent childish, boring, innefective and stupid violence, then sympathy for them should be at -1. They are as stupid as stupid gets. Every time they have done this, (and they have been doing it for over ten years) precisely nothing changes. For their own goods, they should be put down like rabid dogs.
PolitInfo.com is an independent and non-partisan portal for political resources, news, and information. sadly this page is lifted directly from here
to make music
Galloway treason links. There is also comment in the Observer, which is not the free-thinking leftist quality journal it once was, sadly. Can't find the story in the Sun but the front page headline was 'Traitor'. http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=248194&lang=e&dir=news http://www.observer.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,944392,00.html
He is being charged (presently threatened with being charged) with TREASON. Why? On what grounds? If they bring that charge on him, they can charge me too. And everyone else on that march I hope!
George Galloway has just finished. He's a very good speaker. Two things we didn't know before: He is continuing to sue for libel. He is being charged (presently threatened with being charged) with TREASON. This is a private prosecution brought by relatives of British soldiers and sponsored by The Sun 'newspaper'. The information on which this is based was released to the Sun (after being refused by others) by 10 Downing Street sources. The prosecution requires the consent of the government to procede and they are very likely to give it. George on imperialism (my memory): 'As a kid I learnt history at school, came home and told me father the teachers said Britain used to have an empire so vast that the sun never set on it. My father replied "That's because God doesn't trust the British in the dark."' Of what the StopWar representative said, look forward to more marches.
to? make music .
I don't know about anyone else here, but I like owning a HARD COPY of music. Buying a virtual copy is just not attractive to me - even burning it to CD is not the same because the quality is just NOT THERE. I have a few mp3s on my computer but never listen to them, firstly I can't be bothered to catalogue/look for them, then I'd rather be using my computer for something else. My hifi has far better sound reproduction anyway. You can't replicate good cover art either. Use your computer to make music notlisten to it.
Turn-it-up-loud for another Electric 6 - Gay Bar Also check out the other 'Kittens' at http://www.rathergood.com/ -- Wow
Those Ramirez cartoons remind me of the old Soviet era political cartoons; trying desperately to say something, but frightened to death of doing so, using every kind of almost invisible inuendo to make a stab. Ramirez's work doesnt even come close to doing that, and its badly drawn to boot. James Gilray set the standard, the benchmark. Ramirez: "Was'nt he on FOX?"
And if you can, Heh: "You have broadband". Now download this... and then go here... and then throw away your TV.
US kills Iraquis, while you sleep! This is Gulf War II, not against the Iraqi army, but against the Iraqi people. It's only just begun. And if you can, the 100Mb (ultra) trailer for Matrix reloaded is faaaaaaaaaaabulous! Better quality than DVD, apparently. 100 megs for 2 minutes...
I post, while you sleep! Electric 6 - Gay Bar Must be seen to be believed! AMAZERING.
Big balls: People want to own music, not rent it, Jobs says. "Nobody ever went out and asked users, 'Would you like to keep paying us every month for music that you thought you already bought?'" he scoffs. "The record companies got this crazy idea from some finance person looking at AOL, and then rubbing his hands together and saying, 'I'd sure like to get some of that recurring subscription revenue.' " He adds: "Just watch. We'll have more people using the iTunes Music Store in the first day than Pressplay or MusicNet have even signed up as subscribers--probably in the first hour." -Steve Jobs, Fortune I dunno about this, Steve. Either those ARE big balls, or you just pumped them full of air. I don't know about anyone else here, but I like owning a HARD COPY of music. Buying a virtual copy is just not attractive to me - even burning it to CD is not the same because the quality is just NOT THERE. Anyone else have some input on this? (edit: oh, and not like I give a shit about most music that's carried by the 5 "major" music labels. There may have been "major" talent on those labels in the past, but now it is few and far between. For "major" talent look to warp or skam or rephlex or squint fucker etc...)

Monday, April 28, 2003

Mikkel should find this of interest: A bunch of very well drawn cartoons with terrible political ideas. This guy is a fucking Thuddite. Terrible stuff.
while 73 per cent view the US as the country's most reliable. OMG. What the hell is wrong with people? Don't they realize that all the US has ever done in it's history is spit out and demanded tribute from all those that it's helped out! What a mass of idiots being fooled. I am disgusted.

Bliar warns Chirac on the future of Europe

Tony Blair has issued a direct challenge to France's Jacques Chirac over the future of the transatlantic relationship by warning that the French president's vision of Europe as a rival to the US is dangerously destabilising. In a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times, the prime minister foreshadows a continuing Anglo-French struggle about Europe's relationship with Washington. Mr Blair seeks to keep alive the prospect of British entry to the euro but he disavows any personal ambition to become president of the European Union. Though his personal relationship with Mr Chirac has improved since the bitter row over France's veto of a second United Nations resolution, Mr Blair is clear that the strategic divide that opened over Iraq has not been bridged. Meanwhile a new MORI poll for the FT reveals that 55 per cent of Britons regard France as the UK's least reliable ally, while 73 per cent view the US as the country's most reliable. The prime minister disassociated himself from those in Washington who have said that France should be "punished" for its opposition to the war with Iraq. He drew the limits of his own alliance with Washington by rejecting military intervention to halt the development of weapons of mass destruction in countries such as North Korea and Syria. Spelling out the damage that would be inflicted by Mr Chirac's vision of a "multipolar" world, he said: "I am not really interested in talk about punishing countries, but I think there is an issue that we have to resolve here between America and Europe and within Europe about Europe's attitude towards the transatlantic alliance. "I don't want Europe setting itself up in opposition to America . . . I think it will be dangerous and destabilising." France wanted a multipolar world with different centres of power, he said, but "I believe that they will very quickly develop into rival centres of power". [...] FT A multipolar world would mean that each power was balanced against the others. It would be difficult for a country expounding the virtues of human rights to flagrantly violate them without reprocussions. We can already see what a monopolar world, with America as the axis would look like; children held in detention camps on special "rightsless islands", pre emptive strikes against soverign states, decapitation attacks by remotely piloted drones, and a UN where its OK to use the veto "as long as we're the vetoer". No thanks motherfuckers. During the cold war, each side had to be at the very least, careful about destabilizing the balance of power. Without the need to do this as a matter of survival, literally ignorant people can cause havoc when they get into government. We need a bipolar world. A tripolar world would be too unstable; anyone who has studied Nonlinear phenomena knows how difficult it is to balance a three point pendulum system: A cold war style Europe (including Russia) VS America bipolar world, with the far east as the stomping ground for economic warfare is just what we need. It will keep everyone quiet, keep Gi Joe at home, and give everyone some real choices about how they want to live.
This is an amazing work. I would love to see a graphic representation of breakbeats since the start of breakbeat, chronologically, showing who used what record, by record, by artist, by sample...you know the score. Someone knows the score!!!!
Uh oh... as in "Uh oh, what a pile of shit", or "Uh oh, another Ladytron"? "Your suffering will be legendary, even in hell"
if only for the artwork. It's amazing! The sounds also rule ur ass, beautiful recordings of stuff that is still listenable... I agree, but even withholding (a percentage of) your taxes doesn't mean the money won't go towards weapons, just away from the NHS or something. There cannot be a shortfall in the essential services, because there is always enough money to wage war. This is precisely the point. What the WTR people are saying is remove that proportion that is used for war. Think about it. What other time is a recipt for your goods or services denied to you? If you buy a bunch of equipment, down to a single cable, it is described in detail, in an itemized list. How can it be that you do not get such a recipt when you pay for your services, and for war? If a shop denied you a full recipt, and a guarantee that your goods would work, you wouldnt shop there anymore would you? The American WTR people have it 100% correct. Its been going for over 100 years. Now, since every other avenue has been cut off this is the best way to directly say "no" to war. Dont worry about the essential services going offline, in fact thats what they want you to worry about, to keep you too scared to take action. Can you imagine a govt saying that they have no money for the NHS because they have to pay for war? It should in fact be the other way around "we have no money for war, because the NHS is costing so much". Thats more like it!
Uh oh... as in "Uh oh, what a pile of shit", or "Uh oh, another Ladytron"? Meanwhile the Scorebaby website is Groooovy! After seeing all these weird and crazy album sleeves I think I'm going to go and have to start collecting this stuff, if only for the artwork. It's amazing! 99% of the sleeves on this page are gorgeous! I would go to that Stop the War thing but I have work. :( Oh and none of the local newsagents stock the Wire. Even more annoying I was at Waterloo this morning and I could have grabbed it from the WHSmiths but I forgot. Damn... And re: the Peace Tax thing... I agree, but even withholding (a percentage of) your taxes doesn't mean the money won't go towards weapons, just away from the NHS or something. So I'm even sure if the whole thing is a good idea. I heard about that site at a local anti war meeting last night when I brought up the subject of war tax resistance.
Fucking lovely, mate.

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I'm not sure why, but suckpage.cgi will not display the randomized logo, while the vanilla HTML page will, so if you want to see the masthead submissions, do blogger.html instead of suckpage.
Charlie has just been playing some of this stuff on WFMU...groovy!
The Stop the War group based at LSHTM (http://homepages.lshtm.ac.uk/antiwar/) is proud to introduce: George Galloway MP & Chris Nineham (Stop the War Coalition) speaking about "The Truth About The War" on Tuesday April 29th at 12.45- 2PM in the Goldsmiths Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel St There will be an opportunity for audience questions after the speeches. Look forward to seeing you there! Should be interesting... Anyone coming?
"campaigns for the legal right for those who have a concientions objection to war to have the military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding initiatives" I dont have a problem with the intention, but the thinking behind this is flawed. First of all, once anyone has your cash, there is no way that you can verify what they are doing with it. They will always reserve the right to sequester monies for "defence". You can therefore, never pay this proportion and expect it not to be used for war. Secondly, the overall military budgets are a state secret. We therefore have to make an educated guess, and deduct that proportion, whilst expecting all normall services to continue completely unnafected. The urgency of this matter demands that we proactively withold this money. We cannot wait around politely while people are being slaughtered. Isnt rather interesting that NO ONE ANYWHERE in the anti-war movement has mentioned this website? Its a little odd, disconcerting and sad. The only way people have ever gained freedom is by taking it. If we want to be free of war, then we have to make ourselvs free, by choking the war serpent at the neck, until it is dead. Ask the serpent for permission to choke it, and it will bite your shiny metal ass
Apple Said to Be Entering E-Music Fray With Pay Service By MATT RICHTEL AN FRANCISCO, April 25 � Apple Computer plans on Monday to introduce a digital music service, according to industry analysts. It is a move that thrusts the company into the middle of a contentious and technologically challenging area of digital commerce. [...] New York Times Correct me If I am wrong, but Apple Records owned by The Beatles allowed Apple Computer to use the word "Apple" as long as they never did anything related to music....hmmmmmm
http://www.conscienceonline.org.uk/ UK Peace Tax. Similar to War Tax Resistance, unfortunately the site is down, but at least there is a UK alternative.
If our moronic mayor had thought more carefully about this, we might have a relatively secure congestion charging system, rather than an insecure mass surveillance system. How car cloners are beating congestion charge By Ben Webster The Times, 28/4/03 A DRIVER was puzzled when he received an �80 fine for driving in a bus lane. He had no recollection of being on that road on that day. Marcos Losekann was considering paying the fine for peace of mind. But then another penalty notice arrived. And another. In all, he was ordered to pay �2,000 in speeding, parking and congestion charge penalties in six weeks. Mr Losekann, 37, had become one of a growing number of drivers falling victim to criminals who �clone� the car plates of innocent drivers to avoid penalties. When the authorities refused to believe his innocence, he proved them wrong by tracking down the car of the real culprit... Criminals visit car showrooms and car parks to copy the numberplates of cars of the same model and colour as their own or one they have stolen. The car cannot then be detected by police or camera operators when they run computer checks to ensure that the model and colour correspond with DVLA records. The trick has proliferated with the number of traffic cameras monitoring speed, bus lanes, parking and the London congestion charge... Motoring organisations fear that numberplate cloning will run out of control as congestion charge schemes are adopted in cities around Britain. They also believe that the Metropolitan Police have fuelled the menace by announcing that they will use congestion charge cameras to track the movements of suspects. Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, has said that he has evidence that people involved in serious crime are using cloned plates to evade the congestion charge... http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-661656,00.html And of course, this means that every car will need to be fitted with a unique radio/GPS/GSM tracking beacon, cryptographically married to the owners car key like the two halvs of a pgp key; that way, if they steal your beacon but not your key, you can prove that you were not driving the car when it went into the zone. When you start your car, you would have to enter your passphrase so that the beacon is activated; remove your key from the ignition, and the beacon is deactivated.
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------------------------------------------------------------------------ You have received this message from the "FIPR Alert" mailing list run by the Foundation for Information Policy Research http://www.fipr.org/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Thanks to Jane Affleck for this story. I have always been amazed that the Home Office didn't take this route to introduce ID cards quietly. Perhaps they've now realised their previous error... 'Smart' passports to be introduced in 2005 By Matthew Beard The Independent, 28/4/2003 Plans are in the pipeline for "smart" passports fitted with a microchip that would identify the holder from his or her facial characteristics. The new document would enable immigration officials to check facial measurements, such as the distance between the eyes and the distance between nose and chin. The plans will be finalised by next March, and the scheme is due to be introduced by April 2005... http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?story=401083 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ You have received this message from the "FIPR Alert" mailing list run by the Foundation for Information Policy Research http://www.fipr.org/ To unsubscribe, send an email to: If you need to change your subscribed email address, or for any other administrative matters, please write to: ------------------------------------------------------------------------ This is interesting; I just saw a newly issued passport, and instead of the signed photograph being laminated into the passport, the photo has been digitally printed directly onto the page, and then laminated with a holograph embedded plastic laminate. Obviously, (or maybe not) this photograph is in a database somewhere, and it would be trivial to have his picture accessed and brought up on an immigration officers screen when the passport is swiped. Quite why they are claiming to have to go through this face recognition palaver is interesting, since it simply is not needed with human immigration officers checking each passport manually. If this is a sneaky attempt to shoehorn in an ID card, its going to fail.
Amazing record covers!!! Including (from gallery 'n', religious freakery and wierd wonders).... and Anybody heard any of this stuff, by Harry Revel?
A Supreme Home made Commodore 64 joystick
More Printer Fun!
Brown's �3bn war chest is great news for the US motorist

Sunday, April 27, 2003

"........ I've modified an Epson LQ-500 dot matrix printer into a musical instrument. The project has now evolved into two different versions. The original project had two independent sound generators: a tape based sound generator similar in concept to a mellotron and tones generated from the print head. The new version of the software is written with the concept of turning the printer into an instrument without any physical modifications to the printer....." http://qotile.net/dotmatrix.html
Judge backs P2P file traders A Los Angeles judge dealt the major music labels and movie studios a stunning blow on Friday, throwing out their case against the Grokster and StreamCast file-trading services on grounds that neither service can be held accountable for illegal file swapping done by users. U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson said that Grokster and StreamCast provide technology used for both legal and illegal means much like a VCR or copy machine, and they cannot control what the end user does with the technology. In addition, neither Grokster or StreamCast have immediate knowledge of when a user is trading a copyrighted file or a centralized means to stop these actions.[...] The Register

Saturday, April 26, 2003

alun, your harold moores post is pure torture ..... i used to spend a lot of time in there, and had just, five years after moving away, gotten used to the fact that it is too far away to visit ......... i remember seeing whole racks put aside for japanese businessmen who'd finally twigged that none of their new gadgets offered the reproduction quality of vinyl
If you have Photoshop or The Gimp, download this and make a new BLOGDIAL masthead. Select the letters and then paste in what you want. Or not. I will be randomly rotating all the entries that are emailed to me...
a very dour read it certainly can be i see it more as an information source benefits>up-its-own-arseness A? H? Arse hole? Goatse man again?
A? H? Ah ha? Alex, subscribe to the Wire! Hmm... I've always found it a very dour read, it's so sacrosanct and dull really. Maybe I'll have another look, I have bought a few issues in the past and read friends' copies now and then. I'm not sure about magazines, I used to buy loads, regulary, but I find them all so dull and similar. I was thinking about starting my own with some friends at one point but that all went sour. outstanding electronic dub I bought the deadbeat album recently. Awesome.
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Alex, subscribe to the Wire! Their web site also has resources, the mag is a fab read (man) and the free CDs are always worth a listen. Last month (I think) was a Scape records showcase and is outstanding electronic dub I have that money mark lp! other good recent design from chocolate industries and skam, the minimal stuff with braille and holes old style, i can't resist really old columbia label opera box sets. I have a few, including tosca (di stefano version with maria callas) which just seem so... historic! sacred, almost. treasures! and still available from one of the best record shops in the world, with the most helpful and informative, knowledgeable staff, Harold Moores in London. their online shop does not do them justice. the vinyl section downstairs is an aladdins cave of musical gems. go there now!
Structurelessness
in this month's Wire they address CD case design and look at some classic record cover designs Alex goes out and buys the Wire... I found loads of resources on record sleeves yesterday, but they all seem to focus around the strange and bizarre, that copy of the Wire sounds like exactly what I need... I'm looking for some inspiration. http://www.coolandstrange.com/links/art.html - lots of links here http://www.mpfamily.net/ - Wire article on Kim Hiorth�y written by Adrian Shaugnessy http://www.amazon.com/ - amazon list on music related design books http://www.plimsoul.com/knockoff_project/index.html - this is great, album cover rip offs! http://showandtellmusic.com/ - this one's great too... check this out especially! Some of my favourite sleeves in my collection are the Ben Drury / Will Bankhead stuff for Mo'Wax, especially when they went the whole hog on the packaging as well, the pop up UNKLE sleeve and the Monkey Mark / Push the Button LP spring to mind. Also the Raster Noton stuff, the anti static bags, the clear series. They've really got it going on... Excellent website too. Music has the Right to Children and Pauls Boutique seem to have pretty iconic imagry. I think Work and Non Work by Broadcast has to be my favourite sleeve though, for now at least. All their 7"s were beautiful too. Got to mention the Split Series on FatCat too... Conceptual genius? Why doesn't everyone post their favourite record sleeves?
this site seems to have virtually tons of raw information regarding US arms sales, etc since 1992, details of what and costs nothing classified though, also detailed run downs on countries with weapons of mass destruction, with maps and a few photographs of installations. No real surprises but the tone seems neutral. I was looking for an online database of satellites ...
Completely matches the sounds inside.
am listening to seefeel 'quique' i remember falling to sleep to this record so many times, and having so many dreams as a result it was released in 1993 why are there no lowercase numbers? in this month's Wire they address CD case design and look at some classic record cover designs including my favourites include hendrix axis bold as love. i am sad enough to own three copies. just can't get enough of that heavy lamination, lustrous 60s printing, double spread thang. now available as a rug...
I have this album. Beautifully package; nothing but a half-shorn wire. Very nice. The sounds on the CD resemble very much the wire. There is not much nicer than a really nice packaging job. It makes an album really worth owning. It becomes a unified piece of work... the package is not just some sort of vehicle, it, as a vehicle, informs the work it delivers.

Friday, April 25, 2003

Alexandre St. Onge album its worth a listen as well imho... Alexandre will be playing at the Arts Cafe, London tomorrow night as part of Shalbi Effect... details here he also has releases on squint fucker press [great name..] that seem to do interesting things with jewel cases... Alexandre St-Onge, kasi naigo, squint 00C cd in jewel case, front and back plastic covers marked with repetitive obsessional hand gestures using sharp object done in sync with film's chronological clock. they also have this series [couldn't find any of this on their website...]: ||| cover without a record ||| series of works for jewel cases without cds. all very limited editions. inquire at address below for prices squint|||A Martin T�treault fix� et scell�/fixed and sealed filin(s) de vinyle. vinyl threads. bo�tier cristal clair.crystal jewel box. �dition num�rot�s / numbered edition of 25. squint|||B Christof Migone In Sink 17 cd jewel cases left in bathroom and kitchen sinks for variable durations (10, 20, 30 days). For Justin Timberlake. squint|||C Kim Dawn submerged under beigepink 18 cd jewel cases with a sense of floral of water of body covered with nylon, fabric, cloth, text, tape, safety pin, buttons, etc. squint|||D Alexandre St-Onge la fatigue (version disque compact) � chaque semaine pendant 21 semaines l�cher un boitier vide de disque compact ainsi : trois coups de langue sur une des surfaces, 4 coups de langue sur la deuxi�me = 3 sur 4 qui s`additionne et donne 7 tout en conservant leur identit� num�rique de 3 et de 4. squint|||E Travis Obrigavitch + Crys Cole Record Covers: series of 1 - 33.3 (rpm) the cover is the record is the cover. squint|||F Jonathan Parant le sac crev�, autour le reste n�importe comment l�ouvre oeil. squint|||G Jonathan Parant n��tant � travers les autres. squint|||H Cal Crawford Invitation or Welcome four 10$ tickets, each redeemable for a tour and private listening. By appointment only.
this website is tons of fun to look around and it seems everything this man does is amazing. another genius.
Cover for an Alexandre St. Onge album: Apple plaintalk mic scanned on a flatbed! nice!
SARS Scam? Rather than a public health emergency, the "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome", generally called SARS, is best diagnosed as a "Sickening and Repulsive Scam". This article argues that this unprecedented viral attack is, alternatively, an ingenious social experiment featuring institutionalized bioterrorism for widespread psycho-social control. The outcome of this experiment, whether it leads to population reduction or not, depends on you.
I am an adult, and I wear a cycle helmet. Everyone should wear a bicycle helmet. Even if it looks retarded, PRETEND that you're the sexiest person EVER because of the helmet. My father once cycled from Vancouver to Edmonton, through the mountains. He took a few spills, and wouldn't be here if not for the helmet! So, helmets are cool. ..... would it be possible to gather groups to LOBBY stopthewar, to coax them to use their massive resources for good and not not-good (I think the word "evil" is innapropriate here; let's not moralize)? It seems like a decent idea, I'd imagine "the people" (as stopthewar likes to be known - maybe "the stoopid people" is better) are open to suggestions and lobby from other people. And if they don't, they truly ARE working for the enemy, helping keep apathy and laziness in check. Fuckers. Could BLOGDIAL as a whole send them the rules+information, all of us as co-signers? Or could we get even more support and then send it in? furthering what alex wrote, what kind of US money transactions are bad? All of them? Would buying records from Aquarius Records (in SF) make me a bastard for trading in the currency? I'm not being smartassed, merely I am trying to understand what's good and what is not-good. What were you doing in April 1993, and what had happened that you couldn't predict at the time? I was 9 years old at the time (am I the youngest Blogdian?). I don't remember too much - I think I was living in calgary at the time, and would move either in the coming summer or the summer of next year. Can't quite recall. Doing things young kids do, obsessing about computers, drawing cartoons. I used to want to be a computer programmer, even when I was so young. Now I'm in art school getting "honors" marks. Strange how that shifted around. Not sure how serious that is, but it does seem a little scary. That ammendment was made so a dictatorship could not be formed. It should have been enacted with a lock so that it could not be removed from the constitution. Democrazy fails again!
April 93 ....... after a year signing on i started working at a factory that baked paint onto lengths of aluminium destined for the double glazing industry .... 8 hours a day packing hundreds of lengths into boxes ; i graduated into quality control ..... during the summer i played with a recently purchased r8, smoked too much dope sitting in a shed mixing cj bolland with fripp & eno ...... one weekend in september i visited a friend on the gower peninsula, wales, camping on the beach looking at the stars in an acidic haze then, upon returning to work on the monday with the chemicals still tootling around the system, thought i felt bad cracks appearing in my sense of well-being so walked out and, for reasons that obviously made sense at the time, got a job helping out with the potato harvest ... standing on the back of a tractor for 8 hours a day sorting potatoes from clods of earth .... thankfully, after one day, the agency we were working for pulled us out because the farm were paying lower than the legal minimum ............ while signing on again i took a crash course in how to put together a proposal to secure a bank loan, in order to set up a label ; after sending out tapes to a few distributors to try & get some feedback on the likelyhood of actually selling the records, one responded by telling me that they didn't think they'd be able to shift as many as i thought i'd need to in order to sevice the loan, but that they distributed for a label who put out some 'weird shit' & that they might be interested ..... so, after an unlikely series of events, my path crossed with akin's ........
I'm using 1.4a and it looks fine to me. What does bother me is that arbitary images are set to width="100%" it's happened to images i've posted before and it seems to have happened to that Kim Jong Il picture irdial just posted.
April 1993: I was 23 - My Mum went in to hospital after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. I didnt deal with the situation too well at first and spent an amout of time avoiding it with various substances. I later got to have some of the best conversations with her and in those last months my relationship with her changed from mother/son to being really close friends. I remember the summer being really hot and I did a sponsored bungee jump in aid of McMillian nurses. My mum came to watch and wasnt too impressed with my 'gambling' with my mortality! what i couldnt predict was that within a year she had died and I would be living on the opposite side of London with my ex-GF (who was brilliant throughout this time), would have dreadlocks (and a beard), would dearly ache for my friend but that later my older sister would grow to resemble her more and more. She even rolls her eyes at me same! taken sometime in 1996....
"He claimed the war against Iraq could have been avoided if France and Russia had thrown their weight behind UN resolution 1441 which demanded Saddam Hussein's co-operation and compliance with UN weapons inspections." BBC I want what he smokes!
"Don't You Ever Lay Down Your Arms" - The Mafia
Does anyone else have a problem looking at Blogdial with Mozilla? When i use the Black Motherfucker stylesheet thisck black lines cover up the text. This doesn't happen in IE or netscape. You should use the latest mozilla, if you are not already doing so ./a
April 1993. I was 14. Enjoying the bliss of having a girlfriend for the first time. Kissing was just the coolest thing that had ever happened to me. I picked up a bass guitar that a friend never played and that _really_ shot my life in a new direction. As a result I began to skateboard less and less. Afternoons were probably spent figuring out Minor Threat songs on the bass. I think I visited my first thrift store about then. And read my first zine. Seems mundane in print, but these were the seeds for my activities later in life... I certainly didn't know then that I would end up in dozens of musical endeavors, at Art School or eventually in NYC.
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If beards are in... it must be 1987. One for the laydeez.
April, 10 years ago I was revising for my A-levels and had been constantly for the previous two months. Free time I spent taking and developing photographs. What couldn't I predict? About half my time at university in the cinema. Two shots of being unemployed for 9 months. Spending six months in Paris having a great time despite surviving on about two thirds the minimum wage.
A link - click if you have broadband but avoid if you're on a dialup unless you have about 20 mins to spare! This is a weird coca-cola-fanta thing, something to make little movies with - you can add your own subtitles to Indian films. I haven't tried the drink, and some of the stuff is in Danish - what are they saying??? Is it funny?
Apparently the US Gov are trying to repeal the 22nd Amendment which limits the duration of a President's rule. Not sure how serious that is, but it does seem a little scary.
Windoze motion detection software
I've been looking for a way to deface this since I first saw it, it disgusts me so much. That's perfect. Also:
Wow, I'd hoped people would respond, but this is excellent. Life unfolds, and it's all predictably unpredictable. I have a friend who has excellent pyro stories, making hydrogen from lye soap and aluminium etc. Dr K, the camera is a normal video camera with a SCART plug on it. It goes into my video recorder "in" SCART and I take a feed back out from the "out" SCART into my capture card on my PC. So it's not digital but it's been digitised. The camera electronics are not that different to yr average webcam and I imagine they could be h@xx0red if one had the knowledge. I have a movie of me in IR that I'll post if I can FTP to 3jay from within our firewall. I have timelapsed it with some motion detection software that I got off sourceforge (forgotten the title but I'll remember it in a min or so). Made an excellent time lapse movie of the printer here at work with my webcam, with the time of each frame showing at the top of the film etc. A static object that's visited is a great timelapse idea. I also left it on in my room all day, but as predicted nothing happened, so you get 9 hours of day crushed into about 13 seconds! I filmed me in bed one night but that was just dull. But time lapse is great fun - since the camera has 17 metres or so of cable I was able to stick it out in the front garden, but the motion detection stuff is not so clever, so anything that changes such as a cloud going over the sun etc makes a new frame. Please keep posting the 10 year things - it's lifting my anomie!
Beards are IN by the way. If that's a reference to the timelapse I have shaved since then. I started to look like a tramp... I had a hair cut too... I didn't cut my hair between August and ATP which was April... And I had some scraggly beard thing... $at_coolness += 1000 Well, uh, thanks. Wasn't very cool at the time. Plus having one big scab for a face is pretty minging. My mum has photos somewhere. I remember I could lift my bottom lip with my tounge. My lips were black. When I was nearly all healed I pulled a big piece of hard, dead skin off my cheek and left it on the kitchen table. My mum thought it was a crisp, luckily she didn't eat it... The grosest thing was the night in hospital. When I got there they put a gauze over my face and my mum was pouring water on it, I remember Eastenders was on TV, anyway, as my mum pour the water on the blisters on my face and lips and lifted the gauze off my face... They put my hand in a plastic bag with some special oil in there and in the morning I all the blisters on my hands had popped. If I lifted my hand above a certain angle my finders would be swimming in the pusy liquid... Ugh... There are more pyrotechnic stories... French bangers, blow torches, the drum of diesel in the garage... Those were the days!
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Beards are IN by the way.
Playing with firework story: $at_coolness += 1000 So says me. I bought an "Ash Can" from a friend at school for $5. Explosives are (or at least used to be) divided in strength by orders of two. Number one is a stick of dynamite. An M80 is a quarter of a stick, and an Ash Can was 1/16th I believe. Anyway these fireworks were illegal, and I had one. My and my brother decided (while my mother was out) to take an empty 1 gallon apple juice jug, and blow it up. This Ash Can was a beautiful thing; it had a green underwater fuse on it, was a small squat cylinder, and was silver in color. We put the jug on top of the cover of a well, lit the fuse, dropped the Ash Can in the jug and bolted behind a tree about 10 yards away from the "test site". The explosion was unreal, glass showered down on us, and was embedded into the tree that we were standing behind. We were surprised by the size of the exposion, to say the least. No one got hurt. I have lots of firework stories.... when we used to live in a tower block, we had access to the roof. There was a drain, pipe (diameter 5") that went from the roof down to the bottom floor. We used to hold rockets over the pipe, light the fuses and then drop them. normally they would launch out of the pipe and burst way overhead, but one time a rocket had an unusually long fuse. We dropped it, and waited and waited for it to emerge, mortar style. All of a sudden it exited the pipe, and then exploded ten feet above the roof, showering us in tens of thousands of searing hot stars. What a dreamlike thing that was, and incredibly, no one got a scratch. There is nothing quite like pyrotechnics...like sex, there is lots of stuffing and then, and explosion. Heh....
dv cam as alarm i set this up in my room as a joke... i also did a timelapse thing whilst i was sleeping, but rather than at regular intervals it did it as it detected movement... it's here. the software i used, evocam, is quite cool, you can set up different hotspots, adjust the sensitivity and attach apple scripts to it, so basically it can do as you please. the email thing is built in, as is ftp upload. and you can make it speak... still i'm not quite sure how effective it would be as an anti burglar device... i guess it would be quite for good for sysadmins checking on rooms and stuff... What were you doing in April 1993, and what had happened that you couldn't predict at the time? I don't know. I was 12, I don't remember much. Probably listening to Guns and Roses and Nirvana at the time. April 1994 is an entirely different matter. I grew up a few miles from Aldershot, the home of the British army and there were a lot of areas around the town where the army would train. One day in April 1994, Monday the 11th to be precise, a few days after Kurt kicked the bucket and the last day of our Easter holdiays, I bumped into a school friend on the way back from the local shop. He had a thunderflash, which is like a big firework the army use for training instead of grenades. Anyway, we decided, as young boys do, that it would be fun to try and blow this thing up... So we (friend, brother and myself) went home, and told my mum we were going to the woods, and we stole some matches from the kitchen... Seeing as the rip chord had been used we had to light it manually. First of all we tried to set light to the cardboard casing, but this didn't work, so we built a little fire and put the thunderflash on top. Not a lot happened. Then my friend left and my brother and I went to look at the remains... The thunderflash was half burnt and the contents we exposed. I picked it up with two sticks and some silver gunpowder fell out... I put the thunderflash down and lit the gunpowder with the end of a stick that had been in the fire. It was very pretty... My brother and I were kneeling right over the thunderflash, a few inches from our faces... Then I stuck the ember inside the thunderflash. I guess you can tell what happened next. I was so scared, I couldn't see anything and had this ringing in my ears, I'd been blown backwards and couldn't find my brother, after the confusion died down we started running home screaming.. Our hair was all burnt and blown back like a cartoon... My poor mother, she dealt with it so well, no hysterics, just care. Anyway, I got off lightly, 15%, 1st degree burns to hands and face, a night in hospital and a face like a pizza for a month... My brother just burnt his hands luckily, and he was straight back to school... I think I learnt my lesson after that.
My log book says that in March 19th 1993, I was listening to: 5.202 at 1:34AM "American Numbers Voice, V. Strong Signal, '8161 2763' " 7.357 at 2:30AM "Voice of the Last Day Prophet, 'Brother Stair' " But nothing in April... and what had happened that you couldn't predict at the time? Everything that really matters seems to occur unpredictably both the positive and the negative.
What were you doing in April 1993, and what had happened that you couldn't predict at the time? Sure, I'll give it try, 10 years ago I was a 16 years old girl, going to high school, got friends with a guy that introduced me to techno music (10 years later he also introduced me to irdial - good friend, still love him!), and I loved it! .... was a terribly confused and suicidal, living a skizophrenic life between a democratic openmined danish culture and a shia-muslim life beating my chest every thursday .... Wanted desperatly to loose my virginity, but could'nt since my dad was alive.... Feeling I was 2 persons in one..... the worst time in my life ever! Besides that a right-wing-wave was over Denmark, our liberal party (that really is'nt liberal AT ALL) got very popular among high-school kids, and skin-head fashion and Dr. Marten boots were the thing to wear, for girls with floral long dresses.... I Couln't predict that the year after I lost my virginity and my dad commited the suicide instead of me I became a free, bald, drunken and even more confused girl....than the year before...
And 10 years ago I too had just come off the dole (besides working on a garden nursery out on top of the peak district - beautiful thunderstorms and hard hard graft) and got my first proper job in science. Just moved to London again... with a girl of just 18 at the time. Unpredicted events? Everything! Science going well, getting a PhD, living in Sweden, back in London, and best of all still with the beautiful girl who is now a beautiful woman. There's been shit too, obviously, but let's stick with the good stuff for now!
Re: Infra red CCTV. Can you get a digital version, or is that a digital version already? I heard of using a digital camera with motion detector as a burglar alarm: connect to your computer and set up to snap on movement, and set up your computer to send the snap to your e-mail immediately, so you have records of intruders even if they go on to nick your computer. Does this sound feasible? Don't know anyone who's actually done it.... but I feel SURE the good captain would know!
... The previous day, Senator Pat Buchanan, in MSNBC's Buchanan & Press show produced a picture of the recently-captured 'third man of al-Qaeda', Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. The POW looked dazed. There were bruises, half-discernible, peeping out of his prison garb, suggesting that he had already been tortured. Pat Buchanan asked, "Should this man who knows all the names, all the detailed plans for the future terrorist attacks on the United States, be tortured, so that we get all this out of him?" And the crowd predictably, hysterically, screamed back the answer everyone wanted to hear. Crucify him! ... here and solar cooking
10 years gone It's 10 years since 1993, and I feel reflective. Does anyone else want to reflect on 1993 today? In this month in 1993 I was shuffling around on the dole and had dreadlocks, and was trying to be an artist and painting a lot of weird pictures. But I was also realising more increasingly that something had to give in order to get a new direction in my life. I didn't know what that was. I couldn't have predicted then that by the end of the year I'd be off the dole, in art school and at the start of a whole new phase of life, but it happened nonetheless. This gives me some hope in the current ennui that pervades my existence. What were you doing in April 1993, and what had happened that you couldn't predict at the time?
Mark Kostabi! I remember him being on "Network 7", a Yoof TV show on Sundays here in the UK in the late 80's. It was always a bit hit and miss and yet I tuned in regularly. He was featured as someone "controversial" who had other people painting for him. I had mostly forgotten about him until now.


"Pyongyang admits nuclear weapons" says MSNBC Nukes are not illegal. Korea is not "admitting" anything, they are DECLARING that they have them. The map above says "Hidden Aresenal". How is this different from the map below? "Korea claimed to possess nuclear weapons and threatened test, export or use them unless the United States agreed to direct talks." Makes sense to me. They are using the new diplomatic language brought into being by the USA. So what exactly is the problem? Look at the language of this "report"...they are stoking up the fires for the next one, no doubt about it. Only full scale economic warfare can stave off the next attacks. MSNBC masters of interactive flash maps!
"But we know he had them. And whether he destroyed them, moved them or hid them, we're going to find out the truth."[...] Yahoo News Destroyed them??!!
The wit is stupifying The mentioned cover
Dear Mark, I loathe your paintings. I always dismissed you, never even considering you an artist. You're always photographed wearing shirts and ties that I find hideous. Your paintings actually make me mad I detest them so, all that blending makes me cringe. About a year ago I came across your advice column and I was sure I was going to hate it. But now, a year later, I have to admit, I look forward nothing more (on the Internet) then the coming of your next column. Your levelheaded advice is always brilliant. While I find your optimism and wit so refreshing; even inspiring. As I grow, mature as an artist, and person in general, I find it interesting that while I can be absolutely esthetically opposed to an artist's work, and think that personally they have no taste whatsoever, I can still have so much respect for their thoughts and writings. I have also been surprised that artists whose work I love (Paul McCarthy, Jason Rhoades, Tom Sachs) often fail to impress me in their writing or interviews. My point is, please don't stop writing your fabulous column. I am noticing that they are becoming fewer, further between, and I would hate to see them disappear altogether. I will look forward to reading your column, as long as you write it. Thank you for all your hard work, and sharing your insight with us all. C.J. Stafford Dear C.J., I'm so sorry, but one reason you see less of my columns is that I've picked up the brush again myself, after 15 years of having assistants almost exclusively do my blending. You see, I just can't get enough of my blending. Nor can my collectors. And since I can blend five times faster than my assistants it's like having five extra assistants blending away. A good blender is hard to find. If it's any consolation, at least I can tell you I almost never wear ties anymore and I now wear ordinary, bland shirts so I can blend in at openings while I'm not blending in my studio. Rediscovered It's a riot
thanks Alex, that made my day!
Sophie Ellis B is a fine lass. And now for something spooky Infra red home cctv camera, 29 pounds and 99 pence from Sainsbury's homebase. Has 6 IR transmitters in it for in-the-dark viewing. 17 metres of cable, waterproof. I'm off to stick mine down the pond to watch the frogs! Very good fun indeed.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

The game is here by the way... They must have moved things around...
Has anyone ever been to the Palais de Tokyo? It's this amazing art gallery in the old Japanese embassy in Paris, they just stripped it out, and the only original thing left (that I could tell) is the marble staircase, it's so cool, this huge empty grey shell of a building with this really eighties marble staircase in the middle. It's free to get in (or very cheap) and the exhibits are amazing. There's a bookstore too with some excellent books in it and they have also published a few of their own which are also amazing and in English! I should be in Paris right now, but am not, and I'm not very happy about it. Neither is my girlfriend who's over there without me and very angry with me for not coming... :(
the funkiest music Ive heard was on a game called 'climb the plantation'. It was hosted at http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/tokyogames/opniyama.html but it seems to have disapeared. Shame, as it was surreal and seem to have no real point but to jump around and plant these seeds that sprung up into a multitude of flowers.
AndGor Personalized Figures can be made of yourself, friends, family, comic characters, movie characters, women and even kids! Umm?? Hopefully that's a typo! Why would women be excluded from yourself, friends or family? And kids too? Are women and kids some strange anomalies?? Still, that would be awesome... I don't think I'd want a doll of myself, but you could get one of anyone... Heh... Zookeeper has that groovy little beat Otherwise known as Groovejet by Spiller featuring Sophie Elllis Bext0r. A terrible Ibiza anthem, which seems to worm its way inside my head all too often.
Not so good on this one. You got me, Alex. And the music is better? You have got to be kidding! Too produced, too flashy. Zookeeper has that groovy little beat (which I am having nightmares about, this is why I don't play games very often ... consumed ... ) I was laid off from my last employ a few weeks ago, and I have been indulging. Alison, I ride around without a helmet too, doesn't go with my skirt! But I think I am going to get one of those skull lids, they look a bit cooler, and it is safer. Bike accidents are very unforgiving. My friend has one like this, and it is silver!
Washington -- The Bush administration's top Supreme Court lawyer urged the high court Wednesday to toss out a San Francisco consumer activist's suit against Nike Inc. because it could discourage corporations from defending themselves in public against their critics. Solicitor General Theodore Olson argued Wednesday that the court must quash the lawsuit or citizens seeking to "advance their own agendas" would repeatedly haul corporations into court to challenge their views. "Anyone with a whim, a grievance and a filing fee can become a government- licensed censor," Olson told the justices. Marc Kasky sued Nike in 1998 under the state's false advertising laws, accusing the world's largest shoemaker of making false and misleading public statements about its treatment of hundreds of thousands of workers at Asian factories that produce shoes and sportswear with the company's "swoosh" logo. SFGate.com
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World class, high level creativity...genius! Indeed. A match made in heaven. the switch to € info Once again, as I fear my post was burried between more important posts. Why will not dealing pounds sterling help? if (money == USD) { switchTo(€uro); } GBP != USD Also on a small scale, PayPal transactions, buying records from US etc, would forcing them to deal in €s help? or am I missing the point, is it just the big business, bank to bank stuff? I can't see how I can do anything in this regard on a practical level, seeing as I'm vastly overdrawn. Maybe I should move to France?
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Ben Drury and Will Bankhead did some amazing work for us; the Co-Lette house sleeve, the Beautyon LP artwork, and the Neuropolitique "Large Spoon" 12" design. World class, high level creativity...genius!
still believe it was a magnificent achievment. I agree 100%. I'm glad I went on it. It was effective in showing the feeling against war, that something really monumentally powerful can be organized by just a few people, and it showed, unintentionally, that that was the last anti-war demonstration we would ever need. As for sending them the rules, they need to be sent the rules, AND the WarTax information, AND the switch to € info ,which is the least formalized of the potential paths.
From Stopwar.org.uk, about the march organized for 1st May: Why we are still marching The country has been invaded in a war of conquest not liberation. Iraq is to be occupied by the US military, headed up by Jay Garner, a pro Israeli retired general who is unelected and unaccountable to any of the Iraqi people. The main Iraqi figurehead proposed by the Americans is the convicted fraudster Ahmed Chalabi, a banker who has not lived in Iraq for 45 years, whose close links with the CIA make him their ideal candidate. The country will be run as a colony of the west. The war is by no means over. There is still fighting in many parts of the country, the Kurds have entered Kirkuk in the north, there is massive instability. Bombing of Tikrit is still going on. Reports of celebrations are both exaggerated and premature. The situation for most Iraqis is one of misery as they face shortages of water and food, hospitals overflowing, and still a massive danger of death and injury from fighting. This was wrong before it started and it remains wrong. It is illegal, immoral and unnecessary. The reasons for the war were given as the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Not a single WMD has been found, even though many of the sites which were identified as containing them have been visited. Even if any are found to exist in the future, the conduct of the war makes it clear that the Iraqi regime did not, as claimed, intend to use them. The Americans and British showed their war aims by early on taking over the 600 oil wells. The reconstruction of Iraq will be carried out mainly by US companies. There is much talk of the oil becoming the property of the Iraqi people but all the signs are that revenues from the oil will be used to feed the profits of the construction companies. The Stop the War Coalition was formed to fight against the �war on terrorism� launched by George Bush after 11 September 2001. We have seen successive wars in Afghanistan and now in Iraq. Already Donald Rumsfeld is talking about future attacks on Syria and Iran. George Bush�s axis of evil speech over a year ago also targeted North Korea as a possible future victim. The anti war movement remains the biggest movement this country has seen for generations. Anti war opinion is still very substantial. Meetings against the war in recent days have attracted record audiences, with 1000 people in Liverpool, over 300 in Cardiff and 200 in Croydon. The sentiment in these meetings is very strongly anti war and very sceptical about the motives of the British and American governments. The demonstration on Saturday 12 April will be a very large protest against the slaughter and against the occupation of Iraq. It is also an international day of action against war, with demonstrations in 38 countries. See this article. ****************** You might notice that this describes current situations, but does NOT actually say 'Why we are still marching'. You can write to the organizers at office@stopwar.org.uk Maybe forward them a copy of the Rules? As you may remember, I was strongly in support of the first march, and still believe it was a magnificent achievment. Unfortunately, the StopTheWar organizers are now making themselves look stoopider and stoopider with every march. Sigh.
> hi akin, Howdy ****... > thanks again - i am trying to get my computer to filter out all emails that > have no relevance or interest to me, but i fear my inbox would be > permanently empty except when your post arrives - ok, enough arse licking - :] > it is still an email and therefore a lesser form of communication (!) Writing is in no way a lesser form of communication. There are certainly lesser communicators, but that is a different story. Letters, for thousands of years have been essential to human communication. Email is no different. Just because people (usually the lowest common denominator) treat it differently from letter writing doesnt have any effect on what email /actually/ is. > - a theory for you... > email has actually convinced the world of people who have computers that > they are busily doing things when in fact they are wasting more and more of > their time on irrelevancies The idea that people "waste time" is absurd. A persons time belongs to them, if they want to spend it trainspotting or running around a track like a greyhound rabbit it is their business. Saying that any persuit is a waste of time is a useless judgement; saying people communicating is a waste of time is completely absurd. > (this being a case in point perhaps!) - i don't > know of anyone who DOESN'T waste at least two hours a day sending (largely > useless) information backwards and forwards. Information is not useless or usefull. You can /make use/ of information or not. The choice is yours. > > this slightly rant-like tone is mainly due to the fact that i have just > spent five days climbing mountains, rowing, digging the garden, chopping > wood etc in a beautiful environment, but now am back in london - and trying > to work out a long term strategy for removing the "coming-back-to-london" > bit from that particular equasion. Dont come back! Problem solved! > > and finally a bit of response to your mail: Im ready! > > in relation to this particularly annoying tautological (i think that's > right) section inserts in CAPS : > > > Its been proven now that demonstrating in the streets is completely useless > as a > way of stopping war, so what can we do that is actually effective? Firstly, > lets create some rules so that we can stop doing things and taking actions that > waste time and resources. We have some from BLOGDIAL: > > "Does the action have a permanent effect?" > If the answer is "No" then dont waste time doing it. > DOES ANY ACTION HAVE ANY PERMANENT EFFECT ON THE UNIVERSE IN THE GENERAL > SCHEME OF THINGS? > IF THE ANSWER IS "NO" THEN DO IT ANYWAY. Dont be thick. We are talking about warmaking and how to stop unresponsive "democrazies" from waging it. This is a purely practical problem, very narrowly defined, that we are thinking about. StopWar keep organizing demonstrations; millions are being spent so that people can innefectively march in the streets. We are saying it doesnt work, we have to do something else, or there will be war after war after war. Instead of blurting out over a crack pipe "wottsitmatta itawhldasayme innnaaaat...whoi bovva?" we are THINKING about it, TAKLING about it and DOING SOMETHING. That is superior in every way to doing nothing and saying nothing, being a part of the silent pool of useless flesh that accepts everything as "just the way it is; dont like the goverment, demonstrate, go to pub get hammered, business as usual". > > "Does the action have a direct effect on a country's ability to prepare for, > start and wage war?" > If the answer is "No" dont do it. > DOES ANY ACTION HAVE A DIRECT EFFECT ON A PERSON OR GROUP OF PEOPLE TO > PREPARE FOR AND LIVE LIFE? > IF THE ANSWER IS "NO" THEN DO IT ANYWAY. What are you talking about? Did you actually READ and understand what we were discussing? We are talking about WAR and STOPPING it PERMANENTLY. > "Is the action violent?" > > If the answer is yes, dont do it. > WHY NOT SIMPLY LIE DOWN IN THE FACE OF AGGRESSION AND HOPE THAT IT IS > DIRECTED AT SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOU AND THOSE CLOSE TO YOU. Once again, what on earth do you mean by this? "Lying down in the face of agression" in the UK will not stop anyone bombing / invading Iran or Syria. This is what we are talking about, _and nothing else_. > > "Does it rely on the media's co-operation?" > If the answer is "Yes" then dont do it. > OBVIOUSLY ONE SHOULD ONLY DO THINGS IF ONE IS BEING WATCHED. If you spent the same amount of time reading that you do escaping into the countryside, you would know that the media is completely under state control both here and in the USA. Any strategy that relies on them to propagate instructions or action messages is fatally flawed. You would know this if you were /paying attention/. You would know that the news here was so sanitized during the invasion that AlJazeera got 4 million new subscribers at 212 pounds a time, in the space of /seven days/. Its perfectly OK by me not to care about war or anything else for that matter, but unless you have done the small amount of work, and thought about what is happening, you really cannot speak to this problem, which is very real, and which is happening right now. > > This cuts out leaving flowers anywhere and certainly cuts out 2 million > people > marching in the streets. This means smashing up McDonalds is resigned to > history. Finally. > PAH - PATHETIC, TO LINK THE DEATH OF DIANA (I ASSUME THAT IS THE FLOWERS > REFERENCE), AND MORONS SUFFERING FROM VIOLENT NON-SPECIFIC DISGRUNTLEDNESS > (MACDONALDS) WITH PEOPLE WHO FELT THAT MAKING A QUIET PROTEST WAS A VALID > THING FOR THEM TO CHOOSE TO DO. "Valid Protest" this is the opium that is smoked by the ignorant millions. It is precisely this bullshit that blows childrens arms off, that feeds the war machine, this uterly contemptible Feel Good, self exhonerating, empty gesture crap that betrays people and actually KILLS them. Demonstrating is a lie, it has evolved into a safety valve to allow the riteous steam of indignation to blast off without /anything actually changing/. The same money, spent on these flowers, on the train tickets, petrol, underground tickets, bus tickets and coach fares to get to a place to demonstrate, should be spent on ANYTHING ELSE but this absurd show of impotence in the face of invasion, the dismantling of the UN and the looting of Iraq. The only people who do not think this are those that are for war, especially now. > PERHAPS IT WAS IMPORTANT THAT THERE WAS A > STRONG IMAGE FOR PEOPLE TO SEE Ah yes transmitted by the unbiased, transparent BBC, ITV etc. > THAT WOULD REALISE THAT THERE WAS NOT > CONCENSUS AMONG THE BRITISH PEOPLE FOR OUR NATION TO WANTONLY BREAK > INTERNATIONAL LAW. And so what if there is no consensus? They went to war on the back of unprecedented resistance you FOOL! How obvious does it have to be? 2 million people take one of their DAYS OFF to demonstrate, the government doesnt pay attention. So what do you do? DEMONSTRATE AGAIN? Even Pavlovs Dog and lab rats have more sense. If those same 2 million people (and the other 3 million who couldnt make it, couldnet be "bovvad", couldnt /afford it/) took off a THURSDAY and stayed at home, the message would have been very much louder, and more effective; "it will not be 'business as usual' if you engage in this illegal invasion". > (RATHER THAN SITTING IN AN ARMCHAIR IN JUDGEMENT, PERHAPS THE EXCERCISE > WOULD HAVE CLEARED YOUR HEAD A BIT - YOU NEVER KNOW, YOU MIGHT HAVE ENJOYED > YOURSELF, AND MET SOME PEOPLE WHO YOU COULD RELATE TO) You infinite looser! /I went on the first march/. Once fooled shame on you, twice fooled shame on me. Only the ultimate loosers and sheeple will keep coming back for more demonstrations. The governments of the world rely on people like you, who are simply NOT AWAKE, who will keep doing the same things over and over while they re write the rule book (actually in this case TEAR IT UP COMPLETELY) and run roughshod over everyone and everything. > IF LIFE IS FUTILE AND ULTIMATELY DOOMED BY MORTALITY, DOES THAT MEAN WE > SHOULD ALL KILL OURSELVES, OR AT LEAST NEVER GET OUT OF BED? Dont be absurd. Stay on topic or go *back to bed!* > > I THINK THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS MISERABLIST WHO WROTE THE ABOVE NEEDS TO REMIND > HIMSELF (FOR SURELY THIS IS A MAN SUFFERING FROM AMONST OTHER THINGS > WOMB-ENVY (???)) OF THREE THINGS: > 1. HUMOUR there is nothing funny about war you jackass. You support war _directly_ and disproportionately as the owner of a business. You either take responsiblity for the wealth you create and where it goes, or you agree with war and STFU. > 2. 500 WORDS TO JOIN - HOW IS THAT MORE WORTHWHILE THAN ANYTHING YOU HAVE > DISMISSED? ??? WTF does this have to do with WAR Snorlax? Since you asked, we need to keep out the ultimate loosers and unthinking timewasters, lazy inevitablists and no hopers, so that at least, in the place we are responsible for, some COMMON SENSE and LOGIC are the order of the day, not blunt fuelled psuedo religion that gets people KILLED. > 3. LANGUAGE MAY BE LIKE A BROKEN KETTLE THAT WE BEAT OUT TUNES FOR BEARS TO > DANCE TO, WHILST ALL THE TIME WE WANT TO MOVE THE STARS TO PITY, BUT THERE > IS NEED TO BE SO PISSED OFF ABOUT IT... English. Learn it. Speak it. Type it. > > anyway - i fear i have savaged someone who i could equally have agreed with > in another moment in time. You, my friend, have not savaged me in any way. As for agreeing with me, _be real_, how is *that* possible? What you /have/ done, is exposed yourself as the enemy, as part of the problem, as one of the people who will, through sheer stupidity and sheepish thought will bring war on our heads. Again and again and again. > got a bit carried away there - oops, By all means, get carried away...next time, by The Territorials, straight to Iran!