Thursday, September 30, 2004

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It would be neat to see a image gallery of the first picture 56,000 people took with their new digital cameras, would it not?

Do It To It

Dear BLOGDIALIANS, Tonight, don't let George Bush's henchmen steal another victory. We need your online help immediately after the debate, so save this email, print it out, and have it ready with you as you watch the first Presidential debate tonight. We all know what happened in 2000. Al Gore won the first debate on the issues, but Republicans stole the post-debate spin. We are not going to let that happen again, and you will play a big role. Immediately after the debate, we need you to do three things: vote in online polls, write a letter to the editor, and call in to talk radio programs. Your 10 minutes of activism following the debate can make the difference. *** VOTE *** National and local news organizations will be conducting online polls during and after the debate asking for readers' opinions. Look for online polls at these national news websites, and make sure to vote in every one of them: * ABC News: * CBS News: * CNN: * Fox News: * MSNBC: * USA Today: And be sure to check the websites of your local newspapers and TV stations for online polls. It is crucial that you do this in the minutes immediately following the debate.

Terror town

US buys town for terror training The United States Department of Homeland Security is buying an entire town in the south-west US for use in its anti-terror training. Playas, in the state of New Mexico, will be bought for $5m from the Phelps Dodge mining company, which built it from scratch in the 1970s. The town, once home to 1,000 people, currently has a population of 50. Emergency workers will use the site to simulate suicide bombings, anthrax attacks and water-supply poisonings. 'Ghost town' A local engineering school, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, is in charge of the project. Vice-president Van Romero told BBC News Online that he hoped the purchase would be completed this week. "Students will use the town to enact scenarios to learn to stop or prevent terrorist attacks before they happen," he said. "It's an urban environment in which we can control everything - the electricity, the water and the people," he added. Although Playas has been in decline since a copper smelter shut, the isolated town just north of the Mexican border is not a typical ghost town. In addition to 259 ranch-style homes, it features a six-lane bowling alley, a rodeo ring, a helicopter pad, an airstrip, a bar, a shooting range and a swimming pool. The town's remaining residents could be offered work on the project, the New York Times reports. New Mexico Tech, as the engineering school is known, has trained more than 90,000 emergency workers since the bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995. It is also currently receiving $20m in grants from the Department of Homeland Security for its antiterrorism programmes.

The Unfeeling President

Published on Thursday, September 9, 2004 by the Easthampton Star / Long Island, New York The Unfeeling President by E.L. Doctorow (b. 1931) I fault this president for not knowing what death is. He does not suffer the death of our 21-year-olds who wanted to be what they could be. On the eve of D-Day in 1944 General Eisenhower prayed to God for the lives of the young soldiers he knew were going to die. He knew what death was. Even in a justifiable war, a war not of choice but of necessity, a war of survival, the cost was almost more than Eisenhower could bear. But this president does not know what death is. He hasn't the mind for it. You see him joking with the press, peering under the table for the weapons of mass destruction he can't seem to find, you see him at rallies strutting up to the stage in shirt sleeves to the roar of the carefully screened crowd, smiling and waving, triumphal, a he-man. He does not mourn. He doesn't understand why he should mourn. He is satisfied during the course of a speech written for him to look solemn for a moment and speak of the brave young Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. But you study him, you look into his eyes and know he dissembles an emotion which he does not feel in the depths of his being because he has no capacity for it. He does not feel a personal responsibility for the 1,000 dead young men and women who wanted to be what they could be. They come to his desk not as youngsters with mothers and fathers or wives and children who will suffer to the end of their days a terribly torn fabric of familial relationships and the inconsolable remembrance of aborted life . . they come to his desk as a political liability, which is why the press is not permitted to photograph the arrival of their coffins from Iraq. How then can he mourn? To mourn is to express regret and he regrets nothing. He does not regret that his reason for going to war was, as he knew, unsubstantiated by the facts. He does not regret that his bungled plan for the war's aftermath has made of his mission-accomplished a disaster. He does not regret that, rather than controlling terrorism, his war in Iraq has licensed it. So he never mourns for the dead and crippled youngsters who have fought this war of his choice. He wanted to go to war and he did. He had not the mind to perceive the costs of war, or to listen to those who knew those costs. He did not understand that you do not go to war when it is one of the options but when it is the only option; you go not because you want to but because you have to. Yet this president knew it would be difficult for Americans not to cheer the overthrow of a foreign dictator. He knew that much. This president and his supporters would seem to have a mind for only one thing -- to take power, to remain in power, and to use that power for the sake of themselves and their friends. A war will do that as well as anything. You become a wartime leader. The country gets behind you. Dissent becomes inappropriate. And so he does not drop to his knees, he is not contrite, he does not sit in the church with the grieving parents and wives and children. He is the president who does not feel. He does not feel for the families of the dead, he does not feel for the 35 million of us who live in poverty, he does not feel for the 40 percent who cannot afford health insurance, he does not feel for the miners whose lungs are turning black or for the working people he has deprived of the chance to work overtime at time-and-a-half to pa y their bills - it is amazing for how many people in this country this president does not feel. But he will dissemble feeling. He will say in all sincerity he is relieving the wealthiest 1 percent of the population of their tax burden for the sake of the rest of us, and that he is polluting the air we breathe for the sake of our economy, and that he is decreasing the quality of air in coal mines to save the coal miners' jobs, and that he is depriving workers of their time-and-a-half benefits for overtime because this is actually a way to honor them by raising them into the professional class. And this litany of lies he will versify with reverences for God and the flag and democracy, when just what he and his party are doing to our democracy is choking the life out of it. But there is one more terribly sad thing about all of this. I remember the millions of people here and around the world who marched against the war. It was extraordinary, that spontaneous aroused oversoul of alarm and protest that transcended national borders. Why did it happen? After all, this was not the only war anyone had ever seen coming. There are little wars all over he world most of the time. But the cry of protest was the appalled understanding of millions of people that America was ceding its role as the last best hope of mankind. It was their perception that the classic archetype of democracy was morphing into a rogue nation. The greatest democratic republic in history was turning its back on the future, using its extraordinary power and standing not to advance the ideal of a concordance of civilizations but to endorse the kind of tribal combat that originated with the Neanderthals, a people, now extinct, who could imagine ensuring their survival by no other means than pre-emptive war. The president we get is the country we get. With each president the nation is conformed spiritually. He is the artificer of our malleable national soul. He proposes not only the laws but the kinds of lawlessness that govern our lives and invoke our responses. The people he appoints are cast in his image. The trouble they get into and get us into, is his characteristic trouble. Finally, the media amplify his character into our moral weather report. He becomes the face of our sky, the conditions that prevail. How can we sustain ourselves as the United States of America given the stupid and ineffective warmaking, the constitutionally insensitive lawgiving, and the monarchal economics of this president? He cannot mourn but is a figure of such moral vacancy as to make us mourn for ourselves. E. L. Doctorow is an American novelist. His works are noted for their mingling of American history and literary imagination through the interaction of fictional and real-life characters. Copyright © 2004 East Hampton Star

U.S. privacy laws moot US-VISIT data processed outside of USA

Accenture-U.S. Security Contract to A Foreign Country on Wednesday, June 02 @ 13:51:17 CDT : " Accenture claims to be an American company when it's convenient. It is saying it's a U.S. company for purposes of winning the big $10Billion Homeland Security contract but really is Bermuda based to avoid U.S. taxes. Here is an excerpt from the Lou Dobbs show on CNN last night. And yes, they also are a leader in outsourcing U.S. work. The federal government today awarded a multibillion-dollar border security contract to a foreign company, and, in so doing, the government passed over two U.S. corporations. The Department of Homeland Security awarded the lucrative contract to Accenture, which is based in Bermuda. That contract could be worth as much as $10 billion over 10 years. Lisa Sylvester reports from Washington. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) LISA SYLVESTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The U.S. Visit Program (ph) is a jackpot for consulting firms. The multibillion- dollar contract is to monitor visitors who enter the United States by air, sea or land. That's why it came as a surprise to some that the contract was awarded to Accenture LLP, whose parent company is headquartered in Bermuda. REP. CHRISTOPHER COX (R-CA), HOMELAND SECURITY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: I think U.S. visit is a good description of the Accenture business plan. They visit the United States to take a government taxpayer-financed contract. They depart from the United States when it's time to pay their fare share of our national security costs. SYLVESTER: Civil liberties groups, already concerned about the U.S. government building a database tracking travelers, where U.S. privacy laws will not extend to the overseas company. MARC ROTENBERG, ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER: It becomes less clear when the personal information is moved outside of the United States to another region of the world where the processing occurs, where the integration occurs, whether those privacy rules will be as vigorously enforced. [...] here

Dame Pauline's BBC entreats us not to forget

Q: Does the scheme compromise my privacy?

Well, obviously to the extent that identifying information about you is being gathered and stored. But don't forget that this is one of a number of measures which have been taken on the grounds of national security since the 11 September terrorist attacks.

The European Union earlier this year authorised airlines to hand over information about passengers headed for the US - including addresses, credit cards and e-mail details. Potentially, information about you will be checked against lists of suspected terrorists and criminals before you even set foot in the US. [...]

"Yes" or "No". Is the required answer you disgusting shills.

The Data is held for 100 years.

It is shared with anyone who wants it.

Your privacy is completely violated, and for no good reason.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004


Why does the literature lump H-types with portmanteaus? Probably because it could be argued that cheeseburger is a portmanteau blend of cheese and hamburger. This argument could hold for the initial creation of the first -burger word (cheeseburger in 1938), but not for subsequent blends. Tofuburger is clearly constructed on burger alone: it does not result from the shortening of tofu-hamburger. Also, this theory cannot explain why burger has become a word in its own right. Yet some portmanteau words are potential H-types, for example sexcapade (drugscapade and boozecapade are conceivable). In that case, the -capade morphemes would be endowed with some semantic autonomy. Another example is software, which is certainly not a portmanteau of soft and hardware. But we will return to this in the following section. 'Why is there no ham in a hamburger?' A Study of Lexical Blends and Reanalysed Morphemisation or as HTML by Pierre Frath Université Marc Bloch Département d’anglais UFR des Langues Vivantes 22 rue Descartes 67084 Strasbourg CEDEX (France)

Validation Results

The results are in.

The US VISIT Flowchart

Guilty until proven innocent; US VISIT

The U.S. Visitor & Immigration Status Indication Technology System (US VISIT) has been deployed in response to significant issues of security, but in spite of its public interest objectives the system places human dignity and privacy at substantial risk. U.S. authorities claim VISIT is a necessary weapon in the fight against terrorism. On closer analysis the system is fundamentally flawed and has the potential to be a corrosive and dangerous practice that will spread internationally. * VISIT employs technology and techniques that are unreliable and unpredictable. The matching of information between a large number of systems generates substantial errors, while the use of biometrics such as finger-printing involves the risk of false accusations on a mass scale because of the inherent frailty of one to many systems. * VISIT ignores the legal concept of proportionality by creating mass surveillance in order to identify a relatively small number of suspects. * VISIT redefines due process. Where previously people would be fingerprinted and scrutinised upon suspicion, they are now all suspects until at least temporarily eliminated from suspicion. There is no meaningful oversight. While Europe has several mechanisms, such as the European Court of Human Rights, in North America protections are minimal as National Security interests trumps all rights of data protection. * VISIT abolishes all principles of privacy. It accumulates personal information indiscriminately, collecting and sharing this information for unforeseen purposes, and retaining it over our lifetimes. A child entering the U.S. on October 1 will have her fingerprints on record for the rest of her life. There is no end to the uses to which this sensitive information will be put, nor any meaningful borders or boundaries limiting the flow of this data. This is why governments around the world have expressed both concern and excitement by the system. [...]

UK wants some bullshit too.

Border surveillance plan unveiled
Passport being stamped
Passport information will be stored electronically
The government is spending millions of pounds to keep a record of passengers travelling to and from the UK.

Project Semaphore is another strand in the government's e-borders scheme to create high-tech border controls.

The £15m scheme will see passenger information stored electronically and linked to databases kept by law enforcers.

The government will combine the e-borders scheme with biometric ID cards to track individuals entering the UK.


Initially the system will target six million passengers a year travelling on a number of international air routes, identified by borders agencies and the police as risky.

Passport information and the passenger details collected when air tickets are booked will be routinely stored electronically.

The details can then be checked against police and intelligent service databases.

"Project Semaphore, which will be underway by the end of the year, is a key first step in putting in place comprehensive electronic analysis of passenger travel data, which will be crucial to being able to register entry and exit without gross inconvenience to passengers," said Home Secretary David Blunkett in a statement.

Immigration control
Authorities will be able to identify those who overstay visits to UK

"Access to information about passengers before they travel will help in the fight against illegal immigration, particularly document and identity abuse. It will also aid law enforcement and counter terrorism," added Immigration Minister Des Browne.

Many countries are concerned with tighter surveillance at their borders in the light of increased terrorist threats.

The UK project is very similar to one being implemented in the US this week.

US-VISIT will collect, assess, process and retain passenger details and biometric information on visitors to the US.

The project has come under fire from privacy and human rights groups.

Head of Privacy International Simon Davies sees great similarities between the two schemes.

Tracking movements

"Project Semaphore appears to be a mini version of the US system for sharing information across borders," he said.

"The motivations appears to be to create a hard outer shell for the country but the purposes extend beyond anti-terrorism and immigration controls," he added.

The fact that the system will be linked to internal databases could potentially allow checks on other things such as criminal or benefits records, he said.

Linking the system to the proposed ID card scheme will create "a seamless identity check, tracking a person at the border and their movements internally", said Mr Davies.

The huge amount of information stored could lead to more people being turned away at the border.

Low risk

"The fate that befell Yusuf Islam (formerly the singer Cat Stevens) will happen to a countless number of other travellers," predicted Mr Davies.

The government is convinced that the system will prove more convenient for travellers and citizens alike.

"Technology will allow us to speed through low risk passengers, helping British business and visitors to the UK," said Mr Browne. [...] Me too bastard copyists.

MacCentral: Edirol R-1 records, plays MP3, WAV files

MacCentral: Edirol R-1 records, plays MP3, WAV files By Brad Cook Bellingham, Wash.-based company Edirol announced on Tuesday the release of the R-1, a 24-bit portable digital recorder and player that's compatible with the WAV and MP3 formats. It records files to CompactFlash cards up to 2GB in size and runs on a pair of AA batteries that bring its total weight to 10 ounces, or it can draw power from an AC adaptor. It's approximately an inch taller than Apple's iPod and is about twice as wide. The R-1 features two omni-directional electret mics, an external line, mic inputs and a headphone jack as well as an internal effects processor that includes mic simulation. It also offers a metronome, tuner, half-speed playback and A-B repeat for music education purposes. The recorder/player comes with a 64MB CompactFlash card that can hold up to 130 minutes of MP3 files at 64kbps and it uses a USB 2.0 port to connect to your Mac. Pricing will be US$550 when it ships in November." Apple really needs to enable line-in recording on the iPod. Pronto.

Cab driver wisdom

I was running up to the unbearable west end from Victoria today to pict up a wireless router and USB antenna, when the drizzle, gloom and Brian Bolland street scene mutants all became too much, forcing me to grab a taxi. This taxi then nearly knocked down a hapless pedestrian...and then another one. The driver, then informed me that "you have to keep smiling" and that in these days the only way he would vote would be if there could be a "no confidence" box on every ballot. He reasoned, vividly, that if everyone who was not satisfied with any of the three parties could put a tixk in that box, and if those votes were the majority, the election would be declared void and all the parties would be forced by law to re work their manifestae whereupon in 60 days, the election would be re tried. Since "only a quarter of voters" brought in the last and "totally incomptetent bunch of fucking liars" governmennt it was clear to my driver that "democracy doesnt work and has to be fixed urgently". The democracy is broken meme is everywhere.

Edirol R-1 Digital Recorder

Cameras schmameras... behold the Edirol R-1 Digital Recorder
  • Internal Mic (stereo)
  • Inputs: 3.5mm Mic in, 3.5mm Line in
  • Output: 3.5mm headphone/optical out (SPDIF)
  • Support CompactFlash(tm) card up to 2 GB
  • Records 1 stereo track to WAV or MP3
  • 10-band EQ
  • 24 bit 44.1 kHz AD/DA conversion
  • Runs on 2 AA batteries or AC power
  • Playback: approximate 6 hours
  • Recording: approximate 2.5 hours
  • DSP effects like Reverb, Noise Reducer
  • USB2.0
  • Mass Storage Class
  • 20 x 2 character display
  • Dimensions: 134 x 99 x 30mm
  • Weight: 205g (8 oz)
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    Alternatives to Paypal

    -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Re: [Politech] Paypal reportedly penalizes opinionated liberals, conservatives Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 16:06:06 -0500 From: Jim Davidson To: Declan McCullagh CC: Dear Declan and Friends, Thanks for your messages. This week has been especially interesting to me. I've long regarded PayPal as a very poor choice for people interested in online payment systems. Difficulties with PayPal are pretty widely reported on sites such as and elsewhere, but alternative payment services are not so widely known, it seems. I report on the many alternatives in the free market money section of my Indomitus Report every week. See for details. The free sample issue covers a large number of the alternatives. Briefly, these include with several million accounts, some $30 million in current circulation, and around a billion dollars a year in throughput. Numerous sites with tutorials, such as which is my personal favorite. For the offshore enthusiast, there is which works with e-gold but stores data about your transactions in Anguilla. Both e-gold and 1MDC offer excellent automation systems for shopping carts. has about 250,000 accounts, some $12 million in circulation. They offer gold, silver, and "e-currency" which is a dollar transfer service. Their Cryptocard security is top-notch. They recently moved their servers to Switzerland, a respected financial privacy haven. A good quality automation system is available for shopping cart interfaces. has a bit more gold in circulation than e-gold, but only about 15,000 accounts. Corporate governance is excellent and the system is audited. Their servers are on the Channel Isle of Jersey, a worthy financial privacy haven. A truly outstanding automation interface. is much smaller in terms of circulation and users, but has excellent security features and will encrypt all communications to your PGP key if you wish. Servers on New Zealand. offers gold and silver specie, paper and digital warehouse certificates. We aren't deeply enthusiastic about their automation interface. Servers in Indiana and metal stored in Idaho, so a bit domestic. offers an online payment system comparable to PayPal in that it is a dollar transfer service. Probably several million accounts. Circulation figures are unpublished. Servers are probably in Spain. A lot of people seem to like Online casinos seem to like Neteller. Overseas, we've seen a lot of interest in former Soviet countries in WebMoney. There's also quite a bit of activity in interchange, such as cyfrocash,,, and which offer various online exchanges. The short of it is that there are many online payment services to choose from. It simply isn't the case "that PayPal is a de facto monopoly for internet payments." Rather, PayPal seems to be a widely used system that has a lot of problems. It may have the most market share, but it also has the most trenchant critics and a great many fundamental deficits. But, at least founder Elon Musk is interested in space launch services with his company. Maybe he can do unto NASA as his PayPal system has done unto so many merchants and consumers. No one would more richly deserve a lot of difficulty than NASA. Regards, Jim "NASA delenda est" _______________________________________________ Politech mailing list Archived at Moderated by Declan McCullagh ( [...] It seems that e-gold has grown fantastically.

    Rum and Monkey

    Iraqi WMD 1 cup Remy Red Liqueur 1 cup milk 1 cup black vodka Pour black vodka, milk and red liqueur into a tall glass, ensuring that the layers remain separated. Tell everyone that a prize is hidden in one of the glasses; the prize may or may not exist. Take back the glasses before everyone has finished. Smash them into the wall while shouting, "be free!" Coalition of the Willing 1 half pint American bourbon 1 cup British gin Pour gin and bourbon into a pint glass. Insist there's more to it than just gin and bourbon. [...] From J. "Concorde" Collins. You know who you are!

    Tuesday, September 28, 2004

    powershot a95

    i want this.

    Gourd Flute

    The Office of King Hussein I of Jordan
    film piracy
    Australia has experienced an upsurge in movie piracy
    A cinema trailer that compares the illegal download of films with other serious thefts has been launched in Australia, it is reported.

    The anti-piracy film likens such downloads to stealing cars, said film industry website Screen

    It said 1,900 copies of the trailer had been distributed, and the format would be adapted for use globally.

    An Australian court sentenced a person to jail for the offence last week after a recent surge in piracy.

    Neil Pentecost, president of the Cinema Owners Association of Australia, outlined what he felt were the main threats faced by cinema bosses.

    As well as piracy, he pointed to the shortening of the time between cinema and DVD release, speed of DVD penetration, and pay-TV platforms offering near-video-on-demand services. "I firmly believe intellectual property theft has the potential to decimate the business if it gets out of hand."


    <>So expect to see anti-rental shop trailers then. And then, this....
    cinema audience
    Americans are forecast to have seen 5.74 films each this year
    Global cinema takings are expected to show a steady rise during 2004 with a boost in admission numbers, a research body has predicted.

    Research body Informa predicted 8.5bn visits to the cinema would be recorded this year, up from 8.2bn in 2003.


    Sunday, September 26, 2004

    Hello, Chaos calling

    One call a day? Two? Three? A hundred? How many bluffs could be called, by the callers and by the airlines? How long would transatlantic travel survive?

    PayPal to fine its users

    September 23, 2004 PayPal Set to Fine Users By Susan Kuchinskas

    Beginning Friday, PayPal will begin penalizing users who buy things it doesn't want them to: prescription drugs from unverified pharmacies, material with even a whiff of sex and gambling or lottery services.

    On August 23, PayPal gave users via e-mail 30 days' notice that it could levy a fine of $500 on those who violate its acceptable use policies. Its compliance team will strictly enforce the new acceptable use policy to implement the monetary fines on both buyers and sellers who use the transaction service to trade in items the San Jose, Calif.-based company has outlawed.

    Those policies prohibit a wide variety of things, from stuffed migratory birds to used airbags. But the user agreement revision singles out those who, despite the transaction platform's best efforts, persist in using it to pay for forbidden goods and services in the mature audiences, prescription drugs and gambling categories.

    A PayPal spokesperson said the fines were an evolution of its policy prohibiting these activities; she declined to say what percentage of the service's transactions might engage in barred goods. [...]

    Now, how thick do you have to be to not see that the next step is for your government to be able to automagically fine you in a monetary system where there is no cash and only a ubiquitous, government controlled, transparent digital cash? With PayPal you can switch to another provider (and take the risk that your customers wont have it installed, but thats a problem of business momopoly) but with government e-cash there will be no alternative to switch to.

    You park in the wrong place, your Oyster is automatically debited. You get caught by a speeding camera, your account is automatically debited. You get caught jaywalking your account is automatically debited. And so on. Of course, they will not care that doing any one of these debits might stop you from being able to buy food that week, and in order to pull it off, local authoriteies, parking atenndants, bus conductors, and just about everyone who works in government will be able to fine you, meaning they have debit access to your account.

    If you dont have the money in your account, an arrest warrant is automatically issued. You have to use this same card to travel, so they can sweep you up within hours of your account failing to be debited.

    This is the logical consequence of PayPal fining its users for using their own money to buy what they want. If these PayPal users had even one working braincell, they would flee it like ticks fleeing a dead dogs carcasse.

    and here is another example:

    Friday :: September 24, 2004
    TalkLeft Reinstated By Paypal

    Paypal has reinstated TalkLeft's account. So, whose advice did I follow? Those of you who said delete the objectionable post, make sure I get my money, then decide whether to leave Paypal. All of your suggestions are very much appreciated. I thought about them all before deciding.

    Update: Bill Quick of The Daily Pundit got a similar missive from Paypal. He's angry and has refused to give in and is taking his paypal links down.

    ************** Original Post 9/23/04

    Unbelievable. This e-mail from paypal was in TalkLeft's email box today. Shorter version: TalkLeft's paypal account is restricted because of a link to a beheading video.

    We appreciate the fact that you chose PayPal to send and receive payments for your transactions.

    However, your account has been limited for violating PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy regarding Offensive Material. The Policy prohibits the use of PayPal in the sale of items or in support of organizations that promote hate, violence, or racial intolerance; items which graphically portray violence or victims of violence; or items closely associated with individuals notorious for committing murderous acts within the last 100 years. Further, PayPal prohibits a person convicted of a violent felony, or his relatives or associates, from using PayPal to benefit financially from the convict's criminal notoriety. The complete Acceptable Use Policy addressing Offensive Material can be found at the following URL:

    To appeal the limitation on your account, you will need to:

    1. Remove those items from your website that violate PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy. For example, any links to obtain the Eugene Armstrong begeading video; and

    2. Submit the online Acceptable Use Policy affidavit.

    This is not intended to be an all-inclusive review or list of your Internet sites in violation. Furthermore, the violations of the Policy described above are not intended to be an all-inclusive list. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that all transactions comply with the Acceptable Use Policy.

    Suggestions for how I should respond? [...]

    Bush is a nazi, nazis are Bush, Bush is Bush, the World is Dead

    Bush - Nazi Link Confirmed By by John Buchanan from The New Hampshire Gazette Vol. 248, No. 1, October 10, 2003

    Bush's grandfather helped Hitler

    Bush's grandfather helped Hitler Let the attacks begin in earnest! And on the same subject:
    Bohemian Club Bohemian Grove & Global Elite
    Secret Societies, Bohemian Club, Bohemian Grove, masons, secret societies, shadow government, illuminated conspiracy, conspiracies Herbert Hoover, San Francisco, William F. Buckley, Jr., Fred L. Hartley, Merv Griffin, Thomas Haywood, George Bush, Herbert Hoover, John E. Swearingten, Casper W. Weinberger, Justin Dart, William E. Simon, Movers, shakers from politics, business go Bohemian: Annual Sonoma fete draws Bushes , Kissinger , Powell , Gingrich

    By Suzanne Bohan Bee Correspondent (Published Aug. 2, 1999)

    MONTE RIO -- The Bohemian Club's Annual Summer Encampment came to a close here Sunday, ending a two-week retreat for the rich and powerful that President Herbert Hoover once called "the greatest men's party on Earth." The club's famed annual gathering has been held for more than 100 years at the 2,700-acre Bohemian Grove in Monte Rio, about 70 miles north of San Francisco in Sonoma County. This year's event drew in notables such as former President George Bush, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, retired Gen. Colin Powell, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Dow Chemical Chairman Frank Popoff, as well as actor Danny Glover.

    The men gather to celebrate what they call "the spirit of Bohemia," said Peter Phillips, a Sonoma State University sociology professor who wrote his doctoral dissertation on the Bohemian Club.

    "This is a place men can go and hang out with people who are similar to them," he said.

    The annual gathering near the Russian River, which was first held in 1879, starts with the "Cremation of Care" ritual, in which the club's mascot is burned in effigy, symbolizing a freedom from care. Members also perform several plays, and gourmet food and expensive wine are plentiful.

    While the club was formed in 1872 by a group of San Francisco journalists, the male-only club now bars journalists from membership to protect the group's privacy. Membership is coveted, and people routinely wait 10 or 15 years before gaining admittance. There are currently about 2,700 members.

    The club has drawn criticism for years because of its emphasis on privacy. What particularly concerns Phillips and others are the "Lakeside Talks" held during the summer retreat. This year, Powell was expected to deliver a talk titled "America's Promise Leading Armies and Leading Kids," and Popoff, of Dow Chemical, was to give a speech called "Environmental Journey."

    "These are often public policy speeches," said Mary Moore, with Bohemian Grove Action Network, a protest group. "And the American public is not privy to it."

    No one from the club returned several calls from The Bee.

    Bohemian Grove Action Network has periodically held demonstrations at the grove, although none were held this year.

    The point of the protests, Moore said, has been "to let the American public know that what they've learned in civics isn't the full story on how decision-making . . . is made in this country." The Bohemian Club, she said, "is one of the most elite organizations on the planet."

    When the group sponsors public policy talks that are held without public scrutiny, "the average American feels left out of the process," she said.

    Phillips echoes Moore's objections to the off-the-record nature of the Lakeside Talks.

    "These are extremely powerful people and private discussions on policy issues that affect us certainly go against democratic principles," he said. "There's no reason that those speeches they're giving couldn't be transcribed and made public. They have a responsibility to be open about it." [...]

    Secret Societies, Bohemian Club, Bohemian Grove Herbert Hoover and San Francisco Secret Society Meetings - Shadow Government

    The Bohemian Grove Is an Offshoot of Skull and Bones -- New, Exclusive Photos Exclusive March 11, 2004

    A visitor to sent us a very rare copy of the Annals of the Bohemian Club (vol 7), 1987-1996. It is the Bohemian Club Quasquicentennial, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding. It is an internal Club publication, and only around 200 were issued to elite members. The photos you will see below document the elite membership from George w. Bush and his Father, George H. W. Bush, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Helmut Schmidt and other Illuminaries. You will also see new, exclusive images from the occult Cremation of Care ceremony.


    This image from Page 131 shows the ancient Caananite occult ritual, the "Cremation of Care, being carried out by world leaders in 1990. This is an image from their own internal document

    Alex Jones infiltrated in 2000, and got the first ever independent video -- click here for more info

    Watch a clip of the Mock Sacrifice

    More on Alex Jones' Dark Secrets: Inside Bohemian Grov

    Here's another page depicting the Cremation of Care ceremony from 1992
    Here you see a smug George W. Bush with his father, Bush Senior (taken in 1995) giving what they call a "lakeside chat" at the Grove. This page also shows Newt Gingrich, another member. The talks are given no less than a dozen yards from the stone idol where "mock" human sacrifices take place. This is the same idol you see featured above in the Cremation of Care ceremony photo
    Richard Millhouse Nixon on the far left, and of the far right "the most trusted man in America, Walter Cronkite"
    Conservatives and liberals frolicking together at the occult compound. Jack Kemp on the far left and Jimmy Carter on the right. (pg. 133)

    From page 243 (in 1991) German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt addresses the elite of the world at a lakeside talk. Helmut Schmidt, in his own autobiography, "Men and Powers, a Political Retrospective, says that he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the Bilberberg group. He also says that he has been an active participant in bringing in world government. Mr. Schmidt also said in his book that leaders from globalist bodies travel to the Grove every summer. He talks about secret groves in Germany where they do druidic rituals, but indicates that Bohemian Grove is his favorite place to participate in these rituals.

    In Alex jones' film, Dark Secrets: Inside Bohemian Grove closeups are shown of Helmut Schmidt's book and the text.

    Here is the front cover and spine of the Annals of the Bohemian Grove 1987-1996
    Here's the inside copyright page

    Like we keep saying, the laws are for asses

    Law-breaking liquid defies the rules

    24 September 2004

    Physicists in France have discovered a liquid that "freezes" when it is heated. Marie Plazanet and colleagues at the Université Joseph Fourier and the Institut Laue-Langevin, both in Grenoble, found that a simple solution composed of two organic compounds becomes a solid when it is heated to temperatures between 45 and 75°C, and becomes a liquid when cooled again. The team says that hydrogen bonds are responsible for this novel behaviour (M Plazanet et al. 2004 J. Chem. Phys 121 5031).

    Solids usually melt when they are heated, and liquids turn into gas, although exceptions do exist when heating leads to chemical changes that cannot be reversed, such as polymerisation. However, a reversible transition in which a liquid becomes a solid when heated has never been observed until now.

    Plazanet and colleagues prepared a liquid solution containing α-cyclodextrine (αCD), water and 4-methylpyridine (4MP). Cyclodextrines are cyclic structures containing hydroxyl end groups that can form hydrogen bonds with either the 4MP or water molecules.

    At room temperature, up to 300 grams of αCD can be dissolved in a litre of 4MP. The resulting solution is homogenous and transparent, but it becomes a milky-white solid when heated. The temperature at which it becomes a solid falls as the concentration of αCD increases.

    Neutron-scattering studies revealed that the solid phase is a "sol-gel" system in which the formation of hydrogen bonds between the αCD and the 4MP leads to an ordered, rigid structure. At lower temperatures, however, the hydrogen bonds tend to break and reform within the αCD, which results in the solution becoming a liquid again.

    Molecular dynamics simulations by Plazanet and co-workers confirmed that the cyclodextrine ring becomes distorted as it is heated up to close to the solidification temperature. The hydrogen bonds within the αCD break and the hydroxyl groups rotate towards the outside, which allows a network of bonds to form between the different molecules. The team has found a number of cyclodextrine/pyridine systems that also become solid when heated, and is now looking more closely at the structure of the sol-gel system to understand the solidification mechanism in more detail. [...]

    Once again, there are no "laws of physics", and certainly nature does not "defy rules".

    But you know this.

    Saturday, September 25, 2004

    Sounded funny back then...

    The United States is a non-smoking nation. No smoking, no drugs, no alcohol, no women - unless you're married - no foul language, and no red meat.

    Spanish Prog

    Inspired by AK's Flamenco post: Crazy singer-songwriter music with lots of humour and acid instrumentation and psychedelic folk edge of arranging. A bit like on Tea & Symphony perhaps at moments. Beside these interesting arrangements & the humour, I like Jaume Sisa's expressive theatrical high ranged voice very much too. Sisa in a suit. One of the historic artists of the catalan progressive scen in the 70's. Jaume Sisa came from Música Dispersa, together with Batiste, at the light of the psychedelic an theatrical music. Under his supervision, the big band Orquesta Platería was created. He made lots of collaborations with other musicians, cineasts and theater groups like Dagoll-Dagom. He was one of the top sellers artists in those 70s' ambiences. (José Manuel Iñesta) Info in Spanish And for the rest of your Spanish Progressive Music needs: See the Flamenco Rock page too, unless yr stupid.

    Uneven Flag

    It's not rectangular.

    Rock and Roll is very simple

    Rock and Roll is very simple

    testing Hello and capture card Posted by Hello

    Filesharing is killing music

    Filesharing is killing music. Nuff said!

    Friday, September 24, 2004

    Local Google

    This is very handy: Local Google I like that you can click on the map, and the references listing is a great idea. This will save me loads of time.

    My Heart Aches With The Beauty Of It

    "When he was inspired and he had this, this, that light, that we don´t know what it is, that´s when what he was letting out was a diamond, something extraordinary. When he sang badly, he sang worse than all of the cantaores who have ever sung badly". Manuel Morao, guitarist.
    Terremoto de Jerez
    Male flamenco singer
    Name: Fernando Fernández Monje
    Birth: 1934 Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz)

    Terremoto de Jerez was a heterodox cantaor, not because he wanted to innovate, but rather because, as he didn´t know how to read or write, he could only express himself through his singing. Making his art into his only means of expression turned it into the deepest kind of singing, that singing which springs from the heart and expresses the deepest feelings. His ability only responded to inspiration, without technique, without any measure of the meter or the rhythm. He may be the most important cantaor from Jerez in the second half of the twentieth century. He grew up in the extremely flamenco environment of the Santiago neighbourhood, where he began singing and dancing as a child in exchange for a few coins. But his artistry also came from his blood, considering that related to the most important flamenco families in Jerez. The seguiriyas were the cante (style) that Terremoto de Jerez sang best.

    Oh the deadwood stage is coming on over the hill!


    Bisociation: The mixture in one human mind of visual physiognomies from two contexts or categories of objects that are normally considered separate categories by the literal processes of the mind. The thinking process that is the functional basis for metaphoric thinking. This is a term coined by the author Arthur Koestler in his book "The Act of Creation." Koestler invented this term to distinguish the type of analogical thinking that leads to the acts of great creativity from the more pedestrian associative (purely logical) thinking, with which we are so familiar in our everyday lives.

    Bergson Rules

    "There is nothing in philosophy which could not be said in everyday language", Bergson told once in an interview. As a stylist he could be compared to Russell or Berkley, but his ideas were often high-flown and difficult to follow. In his first major work, Time and Free Will (1889), Bergson aimed to show how pseudoproblems about the will and its freedom have arisen from a false phenomenology of mental states - essentially, a tendency to conceive and describe them in spatial terms. Human experience does not perceive real life as a succession of demarcated conscious states, progressing along some imaginary line, but rather a continuous flow. Bergson made the distinction between the concept and experience of time. While the physicist observes objects and events in succession, time is presented to consciousness as duration - an endlessly flowing process. Bergson argued that the 'real time' is experienced as duration and apprehended by intuition, not through separate operations of instinct and the intellect. In An Introduction to Metaphysics (1903) Bergson saw that the intuition, the direct apprehension of process, as the discoverer of truth - intuition, not analysis, reveals the real world. Bergson's treatment of intuition was not coherent - sometimes it referred to getting bright ideas, which presupposes intellectual hard work. Sometimes intuition is the method of philosophy like intellect is of mathematics. His concept of élan vital, "creative impulse" or "living energy", was developed in Creative Evolution, his most famous book. In 1914 all of Bergson's writings, but most especially Creative Evolution, were placed upon the list of books devout Catholics were forbidden to read. After its appearance twenty-five years elapsed before Bergson published another major work, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion (1932). The Creative Mind, published two years later, was a collection of essays and other writings. Bergson had been interested in Spencerian evolutionism in his youth, but he later abandoned Spencer's view placing intuition as the highest human faculty. In Creative Evolution Bergson argued that the creative urge, not the Darwinian concept of natural selection, is at the heart of evolution. Man's intellect has developed in the course of evolution.


    Classic Finnish literature!, February 18, 1999 Reviewer: from Lontoo, Englanti This is a very accurate translation (better than Kirby's in this respect) of the great Finnish epic "Kalevala". The story centres around a group of heroes who weave mighty magics with their singing and includes memorable stories such as the incestuous Kullervo, the son of a male Swanmay and a were-bear, as well as a really funny Finnish heathen retelling of the birth of jesus, in which Mary ("Marjatta" in Kalevala) uses a horse's exhalation as a sauna. This is *the* source for Finnish mythology as well - which is the main reason I wanted to read it

    Freedom and consumer choice! Oh yeah!

    ...The "hourglass" model developed by the food industry analyst Jan-Willem Grievink, in which the top bulge represents the 160 million consumers who make purchasing decisions in Europe, and the bottom bulge represents the 3.2 million farmers and producers who grow food for them. In the middle there is a narrow pinch-point, where just 110 retailers' buying desks (the teams responsible for buying goods in different categories) decide what will be available in the shops for us to buy. In Grievink's diagram, this pinch-point is highlighted with an arrow marked "power".

    File sharing is reinventing music

    1994. As one might expect from a band that includes such slogans as “CDs destroy music” on its CD spines, Bristol’s Flying Saucer Attack suffers from a serious aversion to the high fidelity of digital audio. At the core of FSA’s fluctuating lineup are avowed vinyl devotees Dave Pearce and Rachel Brook, and vinyl has always been the medium of choice for their home-recorded, distortion-drenched musings. With FSA’s begrudging consent, 1993’s eponymous debut was issued Stateside on CD. But the winsome fuzz and hypnagogic haze that envelop FSA’s music beg for the warmth, crackle and amiable flutter of analog anti-fidelity. Distance again concedes to the band’s CD-minded fans, compiling early, much-coveted seven-inch singles and adding 20+ minutes of unreleased material. The disc represents the two sides of FSA’s self-described “rural psychedelia” even more effectively than the (first) album that bore that title. Pearce’s sticky sweet whisper melts over “Standing Stone,” “Crystal Shade,” and “Soaring High”—feedback-swaddled, razorblades-and-honey dream-pop of a bliss-inducing caliber unheard since the heyday of A.R. Kane or Slowdive. Conversely, FSA’s pastorales (“Oceans,” “Instrumental Wish,” “Distance,” “Oceans 2”) draw inspiration from idyllic folk and from the soundscaping vapor trails blazed by Klaus Schulze, evoking the swirling, supernatural character of the English countryside’s mist and morning light. 1994. Since revealed as a loosely collective effort centered around Bristol’s Dave Pearce, Rachel Brook, and the Third Eye Foundation (Matt Elliott), FSA’s self-titled album marked the dawning of a new age of defiantly lo-fi “post-rock” experimentation. FSA’s sharply crafted songs, though obscured—if not quite obliterated—by avalanches of feedback and torrents of metallic distortion, immediately set the project apart from the swelling ranks of English and American “home-tapers.” Remarkably, time and revelation have done little to diffuse the primal, supremely mysterious aura of Flying Saucer Attack. An all-but-hidden subtitle (“Rural Psychedelia”) is the cipher that unlocks the riddle of Flying Saucer Attack. The sly nods toward Popol Vuh may explain FSA’s Krautrock-derived penchant for beautifully layered guitar-scapes (“Wish,” “The Season is Ours”), but Pearce’s astral-folk leanings expose an equal fondness for the organic idylls of Tim Buckley and Syd Barrett. Elliott’s freakishly intense “Moonset,” a cauldron of percussion and squawking clarinet, is as much no-wave as it is post-rock. FSA’s barbed-wire guitar tone and contradictorily whisper-quiet vocals one-up the dreamy blur of the shoegazer set ten times over, while a hideously corroded cover of “The Drowners” mocks the London Suede’s glam affectations. A baffling, bracing, ultimately brilliant debut. 1995. The second proper album from Bristol’s Flying Saucer Attack collective evidences an extraordinary level of artistic growth. FSA holds fast to its credo (“home taping is reinventing music”) but strips away nearly all the lo-fi fuzz and tape hiss. David Pearce compensates with sparkling pastoral pick work and artful shades of muted feedback. As FSA’s clouds of distortion dissipate, the shy, sweet vocals he once obscured are finally revealed—as painfully intimate and vulnerable as cult-folk icon Nick Drake’s introverted whisper. The cold and foggy drizzle of “Rainstorm Blues” sets a mood of rain-streaked blues and grays. “In the Light of Time” throws down shafts of autumnal light, carving out a painfully intimate space within the album’s comfortable shadows. This idyllic, acoustic aura holds throughout, bathed in occasional cascades of tempered guitar noise (“For Silence”) or illuminated from within by Rachel Brook’s faraway purr (“Still Point”). The turbulence hinted at by Further’s unsettled atmospherics finally manifests itself in “To the Shore,” an onrushing tide of chromatic radiance swept along on a bed of flitting percussion. “She is the Daylight” follows this climactic unburdening, closing the album on a contemplative note suffused with a rosy, optimistic glow.


    Woe be unto him who tries to isolate one department of knowledge from the rest. All science is one. Language, literature and history, physics, math and philosophy--subjects which seem the most remote from one another--are in reality connected, or rather they all form a single system. --Jules Michelet

    File sharing is killing music.

    File Sharing is Killing Music

    Home Taping

    Dear Captain, you just gave me the BEST idea!

    Thursday, September 23, 2004

    shameless fawning

    Hell, I'm looking forward to my grandchildren saying "hey Grandad, get this" and dropping a contact lens which they grew from spores their friends gave them into my eye which flips a 4-dimensional holographic love warehouse directly into cerebral cortex, and if it says EMI on it somewhere and I don't know how to dance to it, so be it.  Dav, you rock my world!!!

    All of this filesharing worry-worry reminds me of the good old '80s. I've wittered on about this here before, but when I was a lad your vinyl LPs came with the "Home taping is killing music" thing on them, and your stereo came with not one, but TWO cassette decks. For music lovers like my friends and I, the playground, classroom and journey to and from school, and the living rooms and bedrooms of each others houses were places where we swapped music, recorded on cassettes. If you found/bought/borrowed an album that was cool, whether it was on tape or vinyl, there was no question of you not sharing it with your friends. Phrases like "Do us a tape of that", or "I'll do yer a tape" were bandied around everywhere, and I never saw Madonna or Prince or Motorhead or Duran Duran or The Smiths not making it big because of kids (and adults) making tapes. I still have a lot of those cassettes, and I still have the vinyl and cassette versions that I often bought after I'd got something on tape anyway. And in some instances I have the CDs I bought again because I loved the music so much. Some people say "Oh it's different, tapes weren't as good quality as MP3s are, so the effect on the music industry isn't the same", which is total arse. First up there wouldn't have been all that "Home taping is..." stuff everywhere if it hadn't wound up a lot of people. Poor quality or good quality, copying music onto tape was "killing music" in the eyes of the labels. Secondly, yes, there were some awful brands of tape, and terrible stereos for taping and playing vinyl on. But that didn't stop music lovers on tight budgets collecting vast archives of c90s all filled to the brim with hiss and wow and flutter. Some of them were even third or fourth generation, but people were mad for music and wanted to hear it, and tapes made it anytime, any place, anywhere. MP3 files are just the tip of the same technological iceberg that has always made how we listen to music unrecognisable over one or two generations of time - the same process that made Dansette record players make sheet music look as weird as iPods make Dansettes look old. Musicians and record labels will either fear it/ignore it/try to stop at their peril, or will go with the flow and think "YES!, ALRIGHT!!!". Hell, I'm looking forward to my grandchildren saying "hey Grandad, get this" and dropping a contact lens which they grew from spores their friends gave them into my eye which flips a 4-dimensional holographic love warehouse directly into cerebral cortex, and if it says EMI on it somewhere and I don't know how to dance to it, so be it. Posted by Hello

    Did you mean: necessary ? No I did not!

    Did you mean: necessary

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    Tactical squad unnecessary: inquiry witness CBC Edmonton, Canada - Sep 21, 2004 Edmonton - Police didn't need to send a tactical squad to a disturbance between neighbours, which led to an officer shooting and killing a man, a fatality ... [...] Google News doesnt like the unnecessary. Aparently.

    This is only a circle, not a revolution

    The UN way

    Seeing who the source (the blog not the poster KM!) was, lets see the opposite shall we?
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    Dude ...

    So in conclusion, I think that ski jacket is really dumb because I could totally envision someone "just totally jammin" to their iPod while skiing downhill then slamming into a huge Conifer, cracking their skull. Jam away! Really? I thought the jacket was innovative. The last thing I want to do when I'm freezing on the lift is to unzip my jacket to change a tune. Lose all that body heat? Not likely. And considering I am in the market for both a new ski jacket and a portable music device, this is an interesting option. My diskman skips when I walk across the room, and it's about 10 years old, so I can't make a complilation and take it with me. The batteries wear down quickly, and who wants to carry a stack of CDs when the main goal is to be as light as possible? And of course I want to listen to music when I ski. Music and movement! How glorious. How liberating. The body responds to music in a positive way. It will only amplify the experience, and I could be a better skiier for it. However, I can't speak to the sound quality. That's what I come here to learn about.

    Burning Man for Dav

    Hey Dav, I remember you asking about Burning Man, you will find a nice photo essay here: Give It Away Now
    The Western leaders, Bush and Blair, are to embark on one of the most ambitious efforts ever to remake a destroyed country by creating a new version of western culture, Iraq, destroyed by the war near the Oil fields in Persia, last spring. Iraq, a country which took the Leaders less than two years to destroy, using thousands of soldiers, was bought by Dick Cheney for $5,000,000,000. Mounted in oil drums arranged in the shape of an eagle, it showed scenes of torture and mass killing. It was said to be one of Mr Cheneys favourites and was widely regarded as the most secular state to be lost in the blitz. The new work will not be called Iraq, Colin Powell told the Guardian. "It's a bigger, better version of Iraq," he said. "It would be a stupid waste of time to remake that [original] but we are going to make a culture that will be a bigger, better version." Iraq was one of scores of countries to be destroyed in the Oil Wars, thought to have been caused by terrorism following a break-in in a neighbouring oil producing unit in the early hours of September 11th. [...]


    We who dont need proof, offer it.

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    The war has begun, my master...

    Smacking students

    Kennedy said that the practice of sueing file sharers had government support and had begun to make a difference, especially in US colleges. Students knew that if they were caught drink-driving they'd face jail, or downloading an exam cheat from the Internet, they'd face expulsion; but students could download music with impunity. The music industry is keen to impose a per-college tax on students for sharing files, although the students lose the music when they graduate.

    Kennedy was bullish about the new music download stores, which is not surprising since it's early days, the press has been favorable, and very few have gone bust yet. In the past labels had "got greedy and decided to be retailers as well as wholesalers," he said, and had forgotten that the record company isn't a brand that means anything to the mass market.

    Asked by The Observer's Faisal Ahmed why it took a technology company, Apple Computer, to create the online goldr ush, Kennedy said it was down to the iPod.

    "A hardware company came up with a sexy piece of hardware. A record company couldn't do that," he said.

    Nevertheless, he enthused about the quality and value of the downloadable song.

    "For 79p you've got a work of art that's like a Picasso, only one that's as close to the original as you can get," he said. [**]

    But record companies were still needed, he said, because "no unsigned band has been broken by the internet," he said. "Bands are screaming in space on the internet."

    Every pigopolist has a hard luck story, it seems, and Kennedy's was that he'd turned down the chance to manage George Michael in the Wham! days. That decision cost him £20m, he said, and he now goes home on the bus. Later, Kennedy had extracted The Stone Roses from their first indie contract but then went into bat against George Michael when the pop star wanted to extract himself from his own contract with EMI.

    After the session, a member of the audience who buys his own music and doesn't work for a record company asked your reporter what the average person in the street would think, if he'd heard Kennedy's performance. Although the UMG chief could undoubtedly give as good as he got, I suggested that the instinctive reaction wouldn't be verbal. ® [...]

    So, filesharing is the same as drink driving.

    Can you hear the desperation?

    Removed CIA page. Its real.

    17 September 2004

    This is a copy of the engish_rewards.htm that was on the CIA website at

    The CIA has removed the page after it became a source of amusement world over. Now, only the Arabic version of the page remains.


    If you have information relating to Iraq which you believe might be of interest to the U.S. Government, please contact us through our secure online form. We will carefully protect all information you provide, including your identity. To help us confirm and act quickly on your information, you must provide your full name, nationality, occupation and contact information including phone number. This allows the U. S. Government to grant rewards for valuable information. We will maintain strict confidentiality. Imminent attacks: If you have information regarding an imminent attack by insurgents or terrorists we ask that you also contact a Coalition Force member or Iraqi police immediately. Weapons of mass destruction: The presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq puts at risk the health and safety of all Iraqis. The U.S. Government offers rewards to Iraqis who give specific and verifiable information that helps Iraqis rid their country of these dangerous materials and devices. Rewards will be available for specific and verifiable information on:

    • The location of stocks of recently made chemical or biological weapons munitions, missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, or their component parts;
    • The location of chemical or biological laboratories and factories, development and production sites, and test sites associated with WMD, or sites where these materials were secretly disposed of;
    • Weapons system plans, military orders, or other relevant documents about biological and chemical weapons, missiles, or unmanned aerial vehicles;
    • Iraqis who are able and willing to provide detailed information on Iraq's WMD programs and efforts to hide them.

    Ba'thist leaders: U.S. Government Rewards are available for the following information on former Ba'thist regime leaders, including 10 million U.S. dollars for information leading to the capture of former Revolutionary Command Council Chairman `Izzat Ibrahim Al-Duri:

    • The current location and activities of these individuals;
    • Who these individuals are meeting with and their future plans.

    Insurgency and terrorism: Insurgents loyal to the former regime, and terrorists are trying to undermine Iraq's future. Rewards are available for specific and verifiable information that helps in their capture or otherwise to deprive them of sanctuary and support, such as information on:

    • Al-Qa'ida, Ansar Al-Islam, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi and affiliates in Iraq;
    • Individuals or groups obtaining explosives and other weapons to use against Coalition forces, Iraqi police, Iraqi Civil Defense Corps members, schools, businesses, or civilians;
    • Individuals or groups providing insurgents and terrorists with safe houses, training, logistics support;
    • Individuals or groups involved in, or knowledgeable about, terrorist smuggling routes into Iraq;
    • Individuals or groups recruiting, facilitating, fundraising, and otherwise supporting terrorism in Iraq;
    • Facilitators providing documents that assist terrorists' travel to Iraq;
    • Travel agencies, NGOs, and front companies involved in facilitating terrorists' travel to Iraq.
    Missing Coalition personnel: Rewards are available for information on missing Coalition service personnel, as well as Gulf War officer, U.S. naval aviator Michael Speicher. From Cryptome