Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Travellers face chaos and hospitals are only providing emergency services.
Trade union leaders are furious with $8bn in public sector spending cuts in next year's budget, pushed through last week by Mr Berlusconi.
The European Commission had warned Italy to reduce its public debt, which is the third largest in the world.
But economists say the planned reforms - tax cuts and a squeeze on spending - give little relief to industry and are unlikely to boost the sluggish Italian economy.
"[This] general strike is the best response to the social massacre of this well-to-do government which gives to the rich while heavily cutting services to citizens," Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, the head of Italy's Green party, told Reuters.
The stoppages will hit air traffic, especially between 1200 and 1600 (1100 and 1500 GMT). National airline Alitalia has cancelled over 100 flights.
Trains have stopped running and will not start again until 1300, while post offices and government buildings will be closed all day.
The protest marks the fourth general strike in Italy since Mr Berlusconi took power in 2001.
Industrial action in Italy may be inconvenient, says the BBC's Tamsin Smith in Rome, but it is always flamboyant.
Banners, balloons and marching bands will fill city streets and squares across the country, our correspondent says.
The largest demonstrations are expected to take place in Turin, Milan and Venice, where leaders from the country's three main unions will address the crowds. [...]
This is the only way to attack a rogue government that takes your money and abuses it, and your trust. Shut the whole country down, and have a USEFUL party!
Monday, November 29, 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Friday, November 26, 2004
this is the worst record cover artwork i have ever seen. if anyone can provide any competition for this, i would love to see it.
EDS Awarded $34 Million Subcontract from Sytel to Support Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
New Systems, Services Touch Most of Agency's Core Operations
PLANO, Texas – EDS today announced it has been awarded a multi-year subcontract from Sytel Corp. to provide, develop and support new information technology infrastructure for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that touches nearly every facet of the agency's operational mission, including investigations, bookings, detention and removal of aliens, enforcement of immigration laws, and legal work.
ICE is the investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Enforcement Systems Program contract includes a one-year, $6.5 million base period and as many as five additional option years that could place the total value of the contract to as much as $34 million if all options are exercised.
EDS will provide planning, development, maintenance, help desk, database and operations support for the following mission critical systems:
- Enforcement Integrated Database (EID), a central repository for enforcement data;
- Enforcement Case Tracking System (ENFORCE);
- Apprehension Booking Module (EABM) that captures high quality data on illegal alien activity and supports the DHS law enforcement mission to identify, apprehend, detain, and remove aliens illegally in the U.S.;
- Worksite Enforcement Activity Reporting System (LYNX), which provides a mechanism for the storage and retrieval of detailed enforcement activity as it relates to employers engaged in criminal and administrative violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act and the U.S. Criminal Code;
- Criminal Alien Investigation System (CAIS) which automates investigation functions needed to support the Institutional Hearing/Removal Program;
- Deportable Alien Control System (DACS) that automates many of the functions associated with tracking the status of illegal aliens under removal proceedings;
- General Counsel Electronic Management System (GEMS), a customized system that allows the Office of the General Counsel to track case information and documentation related to their case, and;
- Detention & Removal Operations Program Support (DROPS), which supports investigation of cases identified by the Joint Terrorist Task Force as high profile or of interest and supports automated functions and information to DRO detention and deportation officers, investigators, and other personnel in detaining and deporting aliens in DHS custody with possible ties to terrorist activity.
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) trade body said albums by the likes of Keane and The Streets had helped drive a 3% rise compared with last year.
It also said sales of single tracks were up thanks to the availability of legal download services.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
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Monday, November 22, 2004
Mohsen Moradi, 25, clergyman
Iran must continue its nuclear activities. We have nuclear weapons already, but don't want to start a war.
The US is just the arrow head in the attack on Iran. Behind it is Israel. America may well attack us, but we aren't afraid of this because God will protect us. We are not talking here about a war between countries, but a war between religions.
There are commands in Holy Koran that we must keep up to date with technology and weaponry. [...]
Sanaz Maserrat, 29, teacher
We have to continue with our nuclear programmes. If we don't pursue this technology we will fall behind other countries in the scientific field. We need nuclear energy because our oil is going to run out. Why are the powerful countries allowed nuclear energy and not us?
I think there is a good chance that the US will attack Iran, if the programmes are continued. Do we have to obey America? I'm not sure if we have nuclear weapons already. [...] my emphasis
Iran denies claims that it wants to build nuclear weapons
Tehran has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment from Monday in a deal reached with the European Union.
But the diplomats say it recently started producing uranium hexafluoride, which can be enriched into weapons-grade uranium.
A senior Iranian envoy has denounced the accusation as a "sheer lie".
Iran agreed last Sunday that it would freeze its enrichment programme after talks with the EU.
The agreement is designed to ease concerns that Iran's nuclear programme aims to produce atomic weapons - a charge Tehran denies.
But the diplomats said Iran was exploiting the window until Monday to produce the uranium hexafluoride, at a processing facility in Isfahan.
"I strongly reject it," Iranian spokesman Hossein Mousavian told Reuters. He said Iran was preparing to suspend production.
These latest reports are likely to disappoint the Europeans and raise doubts about Tehran's goodwill, says the BBC's Bethany Bell in Vienna, where the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Authority, is based.
The US has frequently accused Tehran of using its nuclear energy policy as a front for developing atomic weapons.
Washington has been at the forefront of moves to refer the country to the UN Security Council - which has the power to impose sanctions - when the IAEA meets on 25 November.
The US said on Friday it was "seriously concerned" by the claims.
"These allegations only heighten our concerns that Iran continues to pursue nuclear activities and does not honour its commitments," State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters.
Iran has huge reserves of raw uranium and has announced plans to extract more than 40 tons a year.
Iranian officials say the Isfahan plant can convert more than 300 tons of uranium ore a year. [...]
We all remember Tariq Aziz saying that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruciton, and that what the americans were saying about them was nothing but lies. It turned out that Colin Powell was and is a liar, and that the entire american administration (now re-elected) was lying.
Now the BBC is spreading more warmongering lies about Iran, with thier uncredited, unconfirmed LIES relayed direct from NeoCon HQ without any proof whatsoever.
This is totally against the BBC charter. The BBC is meant to work in the interest of the British public, not NeoCon central. Warmongering and lie spreading is against the British public's interest.
I want to know:
1 who said "Iran is rushing nuclear enrichment" 2 the names and nationalities of the diplomats who said Iran is producing Uranium Hexaflouride. 3 the names of any diplomats who know what Flourine is. 4 who the fuck "Bethany Bell" REALLY works for. 5 why this warmongering shitstirring report is not credited to any author.
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Saturday, November 20, 2004
|1.||The Conet Project - Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations [ird059] Irdial 10,029 downloads|
Friday, November 19, 2004
Urologe A. 1993 May;32(3):254-9. Related Articles, Links
[Tableau de l'opération de la taille by Marin Marais (1725)--a bladder calculus operation represented in music]
[Article in German]
The piece "Tableau de l'operation de la taille", written for viola by the French composer Marin Marais in 1725, presents an operation for removal of a stone in the bladder in musical form. Musicological analysis shows that in the early 18th century the lateral perineal approach was normally used for such operations in France. Medico-historical annotations complement the musicological analysis.
- Historical Article
- Bladder Calculi/history*
- English Abstract
- History of Medicine, 18th Cent.
- Medicine in Art
- Surgical Instruments/history
- Marais M
1: Allergy Asthma Proc. 1996 Jan-Feb;17(1):40-42. Related Articles, Links
Allemande l'Asthmatique by Marin Marais (1656-1728), French composer and virtuoso.
- Historical Article
- Marais M
Thursday, November 18, 2004
ATTAQUE FRANCAISE CONTRE LA CÔTE D'IVOIRE
LES PHOTOS DES BLESSES ET DES MOTRS SUITE AUX MANIFESTATIONS DES 9 NOVEMBRE 2004
I respect your freedom to choose to ID yourself to the state. Do you respect my freedom to not do so. No, I didn't think so. You're the one choosing the side of tyranny. Thank God there is at least one person who understands clearly what this is all about; Tyranny. It makes me sick to my stomach to read the robotic stock replies, "I havent got anything to hide", "They already use SSN, so why not", and all of these other assemply line arguments from these pathetic drones who couldnt think themeselvs out of a paper bag. They are unprincipled, stupid and are very much the cause of the problem, because if they refused to comply with a national ID card scheme, ANY scheme, it would die instantly. The ones I despise the most are the inured from birth saying, "It doesnt hurt me, Im used to it". Let me spell it out for you; The State is not the definer of your identity. You do not even have one sole identity; that is an artificial idea created by the state; people have reinvented themselvs since man walked on two legs; what you call yourself in your interaction with anyone else is your afffair, and it is not the right of the state to indellably brand you with a single identity, which of course, is entirely for their own purposes. Anyone that acceps the state being the arbiter of their identity is a servant, a piece of property, and should be flushed down the toliet with the rest of the shit. [...]Comments in response to this absurd article where the "The Blind Man" half wittedly makes the argument against ID cards:
"There should be more checks on the use of information collected through supermarket loyalty cards, Home Secretary David Blunkett has suggested. In a speech, Mr Blunkett said the cards produced key details about people's shopping habits but were accepted because they were run by private firms. People should not distrust ID cards because they are a state idea, he said. Mr Blunkett later said he had no loyalty cards himself and had borrowed the Nectar card to illustrate his point."
Well well well. Firstly, a Nectar card is VOLUNTARY. You can fill in any name and address you want on it. You can, after having used it, get out of it. No one will DEMAND that you show it in order to buy food. When you sign up to it, voluntarily, you get ACTUAL, IMMEDIATE MONETARY BENEFIT FROM IT, wheras, THE STATE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO BENEFITS FROM AN ID CARD, them and THE CONTRACTOR WHO RUNS THE SYSTEM. If the intruduction of an ID card guaranteed every taxpayer a 10% reduction, it would be universally adopted overnight. The fact is, you LOOSE PRIVACY and LOOSE MONEY when you accept an ID card, AND you dont benefit from any of the imaginary savings the state is going to make from, for example, people getting healthcare "for free".
"Such a database would prevent people travelling to America having to pay $100 on every visit for a biometric visa, he suggested."So, everyone in the UK must get a biometric ID card...because the USA says so? If you want to travel to the USA that is a VOLUNTARILY chosen destination; some people might never want to travel to the USA, or they might want to go somewhere else; should they be made to do this because some people want to holiday in Florida, and it would save those few from paying the visa fee? I think not. If this is the best argument this "man" can come up with, honestly, in a country run on common sense, this should die a death....uh oh!
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
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Indie label Seed Records says it will be forced to close following the London Underground's cancellation of two shows tonight and tomorrow at Aldwych Tube Station.
The shows were supposed to have been a fourth birthday celebration for the east London-based label, featuring performances from all Seed acts as well as Warp artists and acts such as Coil. However, the shows were cancelled at the 11th hour by London Underground due to "safety considerations".
A London Underground spokeswoman says third party contractors had been carrying out safety improvements at the disused station but had overrun their schedule, meaning it was not considered safe enough to hand back to the control of the London Underground.
But Seed label manager Josh Doherty says the company had known for months the work would overrun yet formal notification - in which Seed was advised to find an alternative venue - arrived via email three hours before the first night was due to open. The night had cost Seed £10,000 and attracted mainstream press publicity.
"The label will go under," he says. "We can't afford this and our reputation has been destroyed. We spent four years building this label up and it's taken a day to destroy it."
Seed specialises in new acts of all genres.
Monday, November 15, 2004
Tweedy: If they succeed, it will damage the culture and industry they say they're trying to save.
What if there was a movement to shut down libraries because book publishers and authors were up in arms over the idea that people are reading books for free? It would send a message that books are only for the elite who can afford them.<>Stop trying to treat music like it's a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can't be cheap, either. [...] >
WIRED: What's your take on this whole copyright controversy? Is file-sharing out of control?<>BYRNE: Not really. Imagine if book publishers decided they were against public libraries: Oh no, we don't like this because people can read books without paying for them and it's killing our sales. It's just not true. They might lose a tiny percentage, but they actually gain a lot more. [...] http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.11/beastie.html?pg=3&topic=beastie&topic_set= >
Its all kicking off today; this article about Numbers Stations was on the front cover of WiredNews, beneath the interview qouted (yes, "qouted") above. Then, there is an interview with the Beastie Boys who are on the cover of the waste paper waster which has the quote emphasized from a former Talking Head.
The infection spreads. The analogies replicate.
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Saturday, November 13, 2004
Music by the 'Numbers Stations'
Top 25 e-mailed stories for the past 24 hours1 - Music by the 'Numbers Stations' 2 - Music by the Numbers 3 - Kids' Books with Lessons for Life 4 - Johnny Depp: 'Finding Neverland' 5 - Ricing Time: Harvesting on the Lakes of White Earth 6 - 'World 2004': A Global Music Tour with Charlie Gillett 7 - The Guru of Googlewhack [...] There has just been a programme about TCP on NPR. It has caused a flurry of website traffic, blog posts and emails. Downloads at archive.org shot up by around one thousand and are still rising: Top Downloads
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