Friday, December 31, 2004

Under Mars Soldier Photos

Unfiltered Photos From Iraq, Including Dead Iraqis

warning: graphic photos below

The Under Mars website contains almost 1,000 photos sent in by military personnel in Iraq. It provides a completely unfiltered view of life on the ground, with neither the Pentagon nor the press getting to decide what is shown.

The photos include soldiers posing, horsing around, taking leaks, catching some Z's, attending religious service, and on maneuvers. Others capture sunsets, weapons caches, sandstorms, tanks, blown-up tanks, locals, palace interiors, and found jewelry. One very striking photo shows a soldier with Psalm 21 23 written on his helmet.

The most controversial photos start in Gallery 52 and run for several pages. We see the broken, bloodied bodies - and body parts - of Iraqis. This photo and this one show that someone has stuck a glow-stick in the skull of one dead man.

The Memory Hole

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy New Year to all the BLOGDIAL crew!

Thursday, December 30, 2004

New Word

densefensive, adj. - the act of stubborn conversational defensiveness prevalent when unwilling to admit that what one has just demonstrated is the result of being dense.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Boxingmas Greetings

Happy Miscellaneous Winter Holiday, Blogdial! Lots of love, from Canada. It is snowing heavily right now, perfect!
Perhaps this holiday, you could consider doing it with valves instead.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Xmas Treats from Uncle Davros

Try these fine, interesting links. Mechanical Pong Project C-90 C64 in a joystick

cut/5

Please be gentle with me. Hey, It's not pain - it's reality. No, I snuck a peek a couple of weeks ago and liked it. Wish you all what you can grab over the next week or so, twice for AT.

Bullet biting

Best Christmas wishes from here too, from this unbelieving heathen. I don't have a seasonal photo as such, but Alison might remember this... The image “http://www.769imaging.com/random/ArchLights.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. ...from a Danish Christmas 3 years ago. The image “http://www.769imaging.com/random/lobtherm.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. And this is lobster thermidor, Christmas day lunch a couple of years ago. About to be reprised on Christmas Eve this year. With a bottle of superb white Graves, it's unbelievably good. As an offering (sacrifice?) I give you all welcome at 769imaging.com It's my smallest toe dipped in the coldest sea... the first furtive opening of my dirty old macintosh, giving a full-frontal exposure of the goods I have to offer... Please be gentle with me.

1+1=2 all over the world

U.S. Slips in Attracting the World's Best Students

By SAM DILLON Published: December 21, 2004

American universities, which for half a century have attracted the world's best and brightest students with little effort, are suddenly facing intense competition as higher education undergoes rapid globalization.

The European Union, moving methodically to compete with American universities, is streamlining the continent's higher education system and offering American-style degree programs taught in English. Britain, Australia and New Zealand are aggressively recruiting foreign students, as are Asian centers like Taiwan and Hong Kong. And China, which has declared that transforming 100 universities into world-class research institutions is a national priority, is persuading top Chinese scholars to return home from American universities.

[...]

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/21/national/21global.html?oref=login

Muslim academic resigns from US university Polly Curtis, education correspondent Friday December 17, 2004 Tariq Ramadan, the leading Muslim academic, has resigned his professorship at an American university after authorities refused to give him a visa.

Swiss-born Prof Ramadan is one of the most respected philosophers of religion and conflict resolution; he has argued for a more moderate and modern Islam, and was named by Time magazine as one of the world's top 100 influential thinkers this year.

But in July his American visa was revoked under the Patriot Act, adopted after the terrorist attacks on September 11, prohibiting him from taking up the post at the University of Notre dame in Indiana. They have so far refused to issue a new visa.

Today he announced his resignation of two professorships at the university - professor of Islamic studies in the classics department and professor of religion, conflict, and peace building - and accused the American authorities of attacking academic freedom. [...]

http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/worldwide/story/0,9959,1376111,00.html

Now, what self respecting student, or less, a student that wants access to a broad range of teachers, would go to an american university?

1+1=2

You want an education that is of the highest calibre? DONT go to an american institution. Not only will you have nothing but government approved professors, but you will have to put up with a student population, half of which will completely agree with the banning of ideologically undesireable professors. Then there is the no-fly business, racial profiling, visa humiliation - and all of that is before you even get there.

There is one disadvantage to not going to an american university; you wont be able to supersize your freedom fries!

Whats the word?

Once more...with feeling

Thunderbird 17.5% alc. by vol. As pictured to the left, look for the pigeon feces and you'll find this old bird. As soon as you taste this swill, it will be obvious that its makers cut every corner possible in its production to make it cheap. Self-proclaimed as "The American Classic," Thuderbird is Vinted and bottled by E&J Gallo Winery, in in Modesto, CA. Disguised like Night Train, the label says that it is made by "Thunderbird, Ltd." Anyways, if your taste buds are shot, and you need to get trashed with a quickness, then "T-bird" is the drink for you. Or, if you like to smell your hand after pumping gas, look no further than Thunderbird. As you drink on, the bird soars higher while you sink lower. The undisputed leader of the five in foulness of flavor, we highly discourage driking this ghastly mixture of unknown chemicals unless you really are a bum. A convenience store clerk in Show Low, AZ once told me that only the oldest of stumbling indian drunks from the reservation buy Thunderbird. Avaliable in 750 mL and a devastating 50 oz jug. The history of Thunderbird is as interesting as the drunken effects the one experiences from the wine. When Prohibition ended, Ernest Gallo and his brothers Julio and Joe wanted to corner the young wine market. Earnest wanted the company to become "the Campbell Soup company of the wine industry" so he started selling Thunderbird in the ghettos around the country. Their radio adds featured a song that sang, "What's the word? / Thunderbird / How's it sold? / Good and cold / What's the jive? / Bird's alive / What's the price? / Thirty twice." It is said that Ernest once drove through a tough, inner city neighborhood and pulled over when he saw a bum. When Gallo rolled down his window and called out, "What's the word?" the immediate answer from the bum was, "Thunderbird." WARNING: This light yellow liquid turns your lips and mouth black! A mysterious chemical reaction similar to disappearing-reappearing ink makes you look like you've been chewing on hearty clumps of charcoal. [...] http://www.bumwine.com/tbird.html My emphasis. This is a re-post. I think.

take it from the top

FBI E-Mail Refers to Presidential Order Authorizing Inhumane Interrogation Techniques [...] The two-page e-mail that references an Executive Order states that the President directly authorized interrogation techniques including sleep deprivation, stress positions, the use of military dogs, and "sensory deprivation through the use of hoods, etc." The ACLU is urging the White House to confirm or deny the existence of such an order and immediately to release the order if it exists. The FBI e-mail, which was sent in May 2004 from "On Scene Commander--Baghdad" to a handful of senior FBI officials, notes that the FBI has prohibited its agents from employing the techniques that the President is said to have authorized. Another e-mail, dated December 2003, describes an incident in which Defense Department interrogators at Guantánamo Bay impersonated FBI agents while using "torture techniques" against a detainee. The e-mail concludes "If this detainee is ever released or his story made public in any way, DOD interrogators will not be held accountable because these torture techniques were done [sic] the ‘FBI’ interrogators. The FBI will [sic] left holding the bag before the public." [...] ACLU The email documents are here

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Overstepping the mark

Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg (Sleaford & North Hykeham, Con) | Hansard source

Will the Home Secretary help me on one point? Clause 1(6)(c) provides that the individual is apparently required, if he has died, to state the date of his death.

Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke (Norwich South, Lab) | Hansard source

Under the Government's proposals, people will be able to live on after the point of death and do just that in every respect.

Have a nice cup of tea and a sit down

The Cow biscuit. Fantastic. Best biscuit graphics ever.

Look at it, its a got a big standing up cow and a little sitting down one. The skilled cow biscuit eater will be able to nibble off the outer bits of the biscuit to leave just the cows, which surely are the most delicious bits.

If I was some kind of sultan bloke I would no doubt have a harem of girlys nibbling the cows out of malted milk biscuits for me

This is just totally the best website ever.

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings all who blog here. Love, Captain D.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Tolerance and Decency in England

Tolerance and decency are deeply rooted in England, but they are not indestructible, and they have to be kept alive partly by conscious effort. The result of preaching totalitarian doctrines is to weaken the instinct by means of which free peoples know what is or is not dangerous. The case of Mosley illustrates this. In 1940 it was perfectly right to intern Mosley, whether or not he had committed any technical crime. We were fighting for our lives and could not allow a possible quisling to go free. To keep him shut up, without trial, in 1943 was an outrage. The general failure to see this was a bad symptom, though it is true that the agitation against Mosley's release was partly factitious and partly a rationalization of other discontents. But how much of the present slide towards Fascist ways of thought is traceable to the 'anti-Fascism' of the past ten years and the unscrupulousness it has entailed? [...] At the death of John Reed, the author of Ten Days that Shook the World - a first-hand account of the early days of the Russian Revolution - the copyright of the book passed into the hands of the British Communist Party, to whom I believe Reed had bequeathed it. Some years later the British Communists, having destroyed the original edition of the book as completely as they could, issued a garbled version from which they had eliminated mentions of Trotsky and also omitted the introduction written by Lenin. If a radical intelligentsia had still existed in Britain, this act of forgery would have been exposed and denounced in every literary paper in the country. As it was there was little or no protest. To many English intellectuals it seemed quite a natural thing to do. And this tolerance or [of?] plain dishonesty means much more than that admiration for Russia happens to be fashionable at this moment. Quite possibly that particular fashion will not last. For all I know, by the time this book is published my view of the Soviet régime may be the generally-accepted one. But what use would that be in itself? To exchange one orthodoxy for another is not necessarily an advance. The enemy is the gramophone mind, whether or not one agrees with the record that is being played at the moment. [...] Exerpts from George Orwell's original preface to "Animal Farm". My emphasis.

Museum of Russian Synths

Description A guitar processor ARTON ME-01 (produced by Formanta factory in 1981) is a floor-mounted synthesizer of effects, such as compression, reverberation, chorus etc. It has five rubber footswitches, knobs and sliders to control parameters of effects. ME-01 consists of four main serial effect sections: RHYTHM/SOLO, COMPRESSION, REVERBERATOR, CHORUS. Every section has its own dedicated parameters. Control functions are the following: * RHYTHM/SOLO: guitar, rocktone, spectrum, turbo; * COMPRESSOR: level, attack, restoring, output; * REVERB: level, echo; * CHORUS: balance, brightness, amplitude, rate; * OUTPUT - amplifier on, output (effect, scale - min\max), turbo on. Indicators - control, overload, effect. Connections: line input, output (line, phone, amplifier). Dimensions - 420 x 360 x 115 Weight - about 5 kg From Museum of Soviet Synths

Four Leaf Clovers

76,000 mutated clovers

KENAI, Alaska — Some people believe the Kenai Peninsula is the luckiest place on Earth. Cooper Landing resident Ed Martin Sr. said he believes it is time somebody proved it. Martin has been finding four-leaf clovers since his childhood and started to save them only two years ago. Since then he has rounded up more than 76,000 clovers. Some people likely would ask why a person would be so concentrated on how many mutated clovers they found, especially a collection well into five figures. The answer is it has to do with a little competition, and a little bit of pride. Martin has surpassed the previously largest known four-leaf clover collection held by George J. Kaminski, who collected 72,927 clovers within prison grounds in Pennsylvania (Guinness World Records). Kaminski has held the record since April of 1995. Although Martin's world record-breaking application still is being completed, he is confident it will stand officially. The city of Soldotna, where many of the clovers were found, is handling the paperwork. Kathy Dawson, assistant to Mayor David Carey, is making sure the project stays within the Guinness office record guidelines. This includes clear documentation in multiple forms. "This is just amazing. I've got file cabinets full of clovers," Dawson said. "The mayor had kids from the schools counting all these clovers, and there are still more to be counted." Actually finding 76,000 clovers, let alone a handful, is a difficult task, so Martin shared his secret: "I look for mutated clovers, ones with four clovers and above. Now, you're not going to believe this, but once I found 880 in one day. I found 90 percent in the Soldotna Kenai Borough area." It's a knack, Martin said. "People just don't see what I see," he said. Martin expects to break a world record, but he says the accomplishment goes beyond that. "I'm interested in the good that will come out of this," he said. "We have a wonderful country, a wonderful state and community. We are all lucky to be living here. It's just a fact of life. I really think this is the luckiest place in the world, and this will prove it. Maybe this is why the fishing is so good here." Martin, a former member of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly, said he hasn't been as involved as he used to be — although competing for a world record in the name of your homeland seems to be a good contribution. "When you're meeting a challenge, when you do your best in anything, there is a feeling of pride that goes with it," Martin said. "I'm going to keep looking for clovers." [...] http://ap.peninsulaclarion.com/pstories/state/ak/20041220/2667984.shtml

Love is blind, and lust is eyeless

YES I WAS KIMBERLY LOVER NO3

Dec 20 2004

JOURNALIST ADMITS AFFAIR

By Bob Roberts And Don Mackay

COLUMNIST Simon Hoggart yesterday admitted he also had an affair with David Blunkett's married lover Kimberly Quinn.

The Guardian journalist, 57, performed an embarrassing U-turn after initially calling the claims "bulls**t".

The married father-of-two and host of Radio 4's News Quiz emerged from his London home 16 hours later and confessed he WAS the third man sleeping with Mrs Quinn after she married.

[... blah blah ...]

Mr and Mrs Quinn returned to their Mayfair home last night. He said: "We had a lovely weekend." He added that his wife was on "top form".

IF you've had an affair with Kimberly Quinn call us on the news desk 0207 293 3831. Don't all call at once.

[end] From the Mirror. Posted not with a malicious spirit, but in a sense of fun. ID cards will, of course, render infidelity a thing of the past, just after they solve the world energy crisis and bring peace to the middle East.

someone once said

[...] TV is really just a tool to keep the overworked, underpaid and, in many cases, lesser educated masses (those who DIDN'T find education very entertaining) bloated and in check. And at the same time it encourages them to spend their dwindling dollars on consumer items they don't need at all (see below). Television is dangerous, yet affordable, entertainment. People believe what they see on their TVs is real when the reality is TV watchers are sitting motionless in front of a glowing box in a room of their house (as are computer users... ha! take that!). Try this: turn the glowing box OFF, but continue staring at it for an hour or two as you normally would when it is on (how about on Thursdays from 8 to 11). YOUR reality hasn't changed a bit from when it was turned on... you're still staring at a box. BUT... you've been spared an onslaught of million $ corporate media generated images and that voice you hear in your head... IT'S YOURS!! [...]
One of the better points of Clunk's appointment is the lifting of the blankett ban on Home Office ministers talking to the media, either that or BBQ is starting to get itchy for a post dPNJ era. Anyway the MP overseeing this piece of legislation, Des Browne, has been doing a couple of solo interviews - (Westminster Hour & Today on radio 4 not too probing but at least asked the right questions). He said amongst other things: There has been no argument given why NIR & ID cards will change the status of citizens and the state; That National Insurance numbers are already given out by the state to individuals; NI numbers have two specific uses, collecting taxes and dispersing benefits, they aren't used for profiling. nb. It has also been said recently that the NIR will not be used for profiling which is a lie: (5) In this Act “registrable fact”, in relation to an individual, means— (h) information about occasions on which information recorded about him in the Register has been provided to any person; That IS profiling. The amount of information linked to an NI number is very limited in scope. His comments are like saying that using the internet is no different from making a phone call. I have never been asked for my NI number as proof of my identity, to open a bank account, etc. as the ID card would be. You as an individual do not become liable for inaccuracies generated by your NI number (excepting actual fraudulent use) but you will become liable for prosecution if you do not keep the state informed of accurate information - past & present - relating to your NIR record. The NI number is a number, not an object (yes it comes on a piece of plastic but that is just a reminder - in practical terms at least) an ID card is an actual stealable thing that can directly access actual stealable information. - Why so little time to get things done? I NEED the power to delegate!!!

More lies...blatant lies.

Full speed ahead on ID cards that are 'good for you' CHARLES CLARKE today accuses critics of identity cards of “liberal woolly thinking” and spreading false fears as he pledges not to waver from David Blunkett’s controversial plans.

As both the new Home Secretary and Michael Howard, the Tory leader, face backbench rebellions in tonight’s Commons vote, Mr Clarke says in The Times that ID cards will “help make everyone a bit safer” at no real cost to civil liberties.

A spokesman for the civil rights group Liberty said: “If opponents of identity cards are woolly liberals, what does that make George W Bush? He has ruled out ID cards in the US on the grounds that they will have not one iota of effect on terrorism and will seriously undermine civil liberties.”

In an attempt to placate opponents Mr Clarke says that the legislation will not make it compulsory to carry a card, and will not give powers to the police to stop individuals and demand to see their card. The database accompanying the system will not hold information on medical records, religion or political beliefs. [...]

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1410171,00.html

These are some really bold lies.

The only thing that is wolly is the wolly mammoth lies that this fat pig of an elephant Dumbo is telling about ID cards. It doesnt take a genius to figure it out.

If the cards will "not hold information on medical records" then how can they be used to stop people abusing the NHS? somewhere, someone has to keep a list of people who are entitled to NHS care, and this list MUST be checked against the NIR, if the system is to only allow people who are entitled to care access. That means that either the NIR must mark your record as entitled, OR the NHS has to have its own NIR generated database against which all people will be checked.

Mere posession of the card is not enough, if it were, there would be no need for a database at all and the standard issue NHS cards would suffice. No need for a new database, biometrics and all of that guff.

To say that the police will not have the right to ask for this card, and then say that it will help stop crime is absurd. The only way that, for example, illegal immigrants are going to be weed-outable is if everyone without expception who is "legal" is put into the ID card system, and then, the population routinely swept for undocumented persons until they get every last one of the bloody wogs. To say that you must have a card that need never be produced kills the very (false) utility of the card. Its a total lie.

Now, I said 'wogs'. What I REALLY meant was 'mullahs'. A system that does not aid in the profiling of the population is next to useless in finding the people who you want to imprison without trial. Somewhere, there is going to have to be a database of everyone with the name 'Mohammad', 'Ahmed', and 'Mina'. That is the only way that you will be able to 'fight terrorism', which of course this will not, since the majority of people with those names are only guilty of having those names, and nothing more.

Baroness Thatcher was also reported yesterday to be strongly against ID cards. She told a private meeting that they were a “Germanic concept completely alien to this country”. The Lib Dems oppose the Bill. [...]
Maybe if your governments had been a little... nicer we would not be in this mess M'Lady!

Mr Clarke writes in The Times that ID cards have significant security and practical benefits as well as saving millions by tackling fraud. A secure system would help to prevent terrorist activity and tackle the “vile trafficking in vulnerable human beings” as shown by the Morecambe Bay cockle-picking tragedy. It would be profoundly civil libertarian because it promotes the most fundamental civil liberty, the right to live free from crime and fear. [...]
What EXACTLY are these vapourous security benefits? Practical benefits? To whom? Tackleing fraud? how can this be true without it invading everyones privacy? The answer is, it cant, especially if every time you present the card, a record is created.

How ON EARTH is a card going to stop people from being abused, trafficked and prostituted? Will the card automatically inflate to act as a lifesaver for cocle-pickers? Or will it be issued with a razor sharp edge so that people can slice muggers with it.

The last sentence is pure Jackass Straw double-talk, which meau meau eloquently cleaned up earlier, so no need to even go there.

“Those kinds of nightmares will be no more true of ID cards than they have been for the spread of cash and credit cards, driving licences, work security passes and other forms of ID which most of us carry.” [...]
Voluntary, voluntary, voluntary voluntary and limited, and voluntary. All of the above have a limited purpose, are voluntary, and for all intents and purposes, nearly anonymous in relation to each other. This proposed card will be the 'One Card to Bind Them All', it is literally that evil, all governments, when they touch this idea go insane for it just like the characters in Lord of the rings. The unlimited power it gives over populations is just too seductive to bear.

This card must be thrown into the fire, where it should finally burn, forever eliminated from evern threatening us again.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Suprnova Gone?

Good-bye!

Greetings everybody,

As you have probably noticed, we have often had downtimes. This was because it was so hard to keep this site up! But now we are sorry to inform you all, that SuprNova is closing down for good in the way that we all know it. We do not know if SuprNova is going to return, but it is certainly not going to be hosting any more torrent links. We are very sorry for this, but there was no other way, we have tried everything.

Thank you all that helped us, by donating mirrors or something else, by uploading and seeding files, by helping people out on IRC and on forum, by spreading the word about SuprNova.org. It is a sad day for all of us!

Please visit SuprNova.org every once in a while to get the latest news on what is happening and if there is anything new to report on.

As we wish to maintain the nice community that we created, we are keeping the forums and irc servers open.

Thank you all and Goodbye! sloncek & the rest of the SuprNova Team

IANAL

Lawyer resigns over terror laws
Protest placard
Protests have been held against detentions
A senior barrister, given special security clearance to act for suspected terrorists, is to resign in protest at the government's anti-terror laws.

Ian MacDonald QC said he was stepping down after seven years "for reasons of conscience" because the "odious" laws were a "blot on the legal landscape".

It comes after the House of Lords ruled the indefinite detention of terrorist suspects was unlawful.

But the Law Lords have no power to strike out the anti-terrorism act.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has attacked the decision by Britain's highest court.

He said the right to life was the "most important liberty" and the government had a duty to protect people from terrorism.

BBQ

Yes a right to life is pretty fundamental but by life we should mean living not merely existing at the (in)convenience of the state. Protection from terrorism should at it's most fundamental both protect citizens from death but also uphold a spirit/notion of life that is more than merely consuming and paying taxes. Something worth fighting for, maybe ...

Liberté - Egalité - Fraternité

Saturday, December 18, 2004

One rule for them

Purge of e-mails will deny the right to know By Sam Coates and Jill Sherman

MILLIONS of e-mails to civil servants at the heart of government will be automatically wiped on Monday, 11 days before freedom of information laws come into force.

The Cabinet Office, which supports the Prime Minister and co-ordinates policy across government, has ruled that e-mails more than three months old must be deleted from December 20, The Times has learnt.

Its 2,000 civil servants are being told to print and file e-mails that should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

It will be up to the individual which e-mails are printed, with no monitoring from heads of department. Many officials, who receive about 100 e-mails a day, will have at least 3,000 items in their mailboxes. These include officials in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, the Delivery Unit, and the offices of Alan Milburn and Sir Andrew Turnbull, the Cabinet Secretary.

Although the deleted e-mails will be stored on back-up systems, these have been declared off limits to freedom of information requests because of the cost of accessing them.

Last night, Phil Boyd, the assistant information commmissioner, who will enforce FoI requests, said that the decision could be a big risk and that important files could be lost.

Constitutional experts called the introduction of an “opt-in” system, where civil servants are proactive in preserving information, a blatant contradiction of the Act’s “presumption of disclosure”.

The Tories said that the Government was deliberately trying to destroy embarrassing information. “This begs the question how much more does the Labour administration need to hide,” Michael Fabricant, the Shadow Minister for Industry and Technology, said.

The decision also raises questions about whether the trail of correspondence which brought down David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, would have surfaced.

The Cabinet Office insisted that the exercise was not related to the Freedom of Information Act but was “good records management practice”, to stop files blocking the system.

“It is the end of the year and our computer system is getting overloaded,” he said. Most e-mails would be copied to a number of officials, and ministers’ private offices would ensure that important records were kept.

“We are not going to get some 25-year-old graduate deleting the advice which the Attorney-General gave to the Government about going to war with Iraq,” the official said.

The Department for Constitutional Affairs, which is monitoring the introduction of FoI legislation, said: “No Government Departments have been told to destroy records in order to prevent their release under the FoI Act, and such a policy would run totally contrary to the Government’s intention to increase openness.

“Departments regularly destroy records as part of proper records management policies. Paying to store outdated records which are no longer of any use, and which are not historically valuable, wastes taxpayers’ money.”

But freedom of information campaigners and opposition MPs called the decision extremely worrying. Alan Beith, the Liberal Democrat chairman of the Constitutional Affairs Committee, said: “This has the appearance of trying to get round the new freedom of information legislation. It certainly appears that they are not observing the spirit of the Act. The FoI legislation was meant to result in a change of culture, not a wholesale clear-out.”

Mr Boyd said: “The risk is that you’re applying a deletion policy on the basis of the age of the record, rather than the information which it contains. The policy should not automatically decide that after three months a record has no value, but at that point someone must decide whether to keep it.” [...]

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1407627,00.html

And of course, the "ordinary" mans emails, phone calls etc must be kept for SEVEN YEARS so that this immoral, law breaking murdering governmet can delve into your affairs at will, at the expense and inconvenience of your ISP.

In a perfect world, all ISPs and telecoms providers would point blank refuse to comply with such absurd data retention rules, on principle.

It is outrageous that public servants should be able to hide their communications, yet compel the very people that they work for to keep theirs.

There is absolutely no technical reason why all of these emails cannot be archived permanently just as they are, in a snapshot fashion. They just want to bury their dirty laundry murdered corpses, the bastards!

But you know this!

If you're 14 I'm 8

Can we have more peurile political nicknames? Hmm, more peurile than what? How aboutAlan Girlbum? I'm off to stick some worms down some friends' trousers...

Public Service Announcement: More Konono!

NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!! (a Konono title that can actually be purchased in North America!) KONONO NO.1 Lubuaku (Terp) cd 16.98 We have been totally obsessed with these guys (as have the rest of you judging from how many folks have called and emailed about them and already bought a ton of copies from us before this review even was written) for at least a year if not more and until now there hasn't been a thing (other than a minute long mp3 sample available on Crammed Discs' website) which has been taunting us with the promise of a full length from these guys. So until that fabled Crammed Discs release actually comes out we've got this little nugget to tide you over. From AQ Records

Intellectual laziness

Brought to my attention by William Gibson's blog, some incredible quotes from the Law Lords' judgement on detention without charge... [...] Lord Hoffmann’s remarks in the judgement by the House of Lords that the British government is wrong to detain foreign terrorist suspects indefinitely without trial: This is a nation which has been tested in adversity, which has survived physical destruction and catastrophic loss of life. I do not underestimate the ability of fanatical groups of terrorists to kill and destroy, but they do not threaten the life of the nation. Whether we would survive Hitler hung in the balance, but there is no doubt that we shall survive Al-Qaeda. The Spanish people have not said that what happened in Madrid, hideous crime as it was, threatened the life of their nation. Their legendary pride would not allow it. Terrorist violence, serious as it is, does not threaten our institutions of government or our existence as a civil community…. Such a power in any form is not compatible with our constitution. The real threat to the life of the nation, in the sense of a people living in accordance with its traditional laws and political values, comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these. That is the true measure of what terrorism may achieve. It is for Parliament to decide whether to give the terrorists such a victory. [...] It is good to be reminded that, whatever one may think of the House of Lords as an institution, some extremely wise people still reside there. A sharp contrast from a cabinet and Prime Minister whose decisions and policies lack all evidence of rational thought.

Who knows? Suzuki knows.

David Suzuki knows what to do. cool guys cycle But the real question is why? Why do people put themselves through all the stress and pressure? Why do they go into debt so they can give gifts that the receiver probably doesn't even need? Why do they complain about the excesses of Christmas and then fall for it again every year? I believe they are trying to fill a void. With fewer and fewer people taking part in the religious aspects of the holidays, many are looking for other rituals to take their place. Humans have an innate need to connect to their families, their communities and to the rhythms and cycles of nature. Throughout human history, we've done that with celebrations and rituals to reflect the changing seasons, the lunar cycles and important stages in our lives. ... Christmas complaints miss the point

Hearts and minds and lies

TV station put on US terror list
Al-Manar's master control room
Al-Manar's website says it first began satellite broadcasts in 2000
The United States has added Hezbollah's al-Manar television station to its list of terrorist organisations, saying it incites violence in the Middle East.

The designation comes less than a week after France banned broadcasts of al-Manar's satellite channel.

The station is backed by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, already considered by the US a "foreign terrorist organization".

Anyone linked to the station could face action, the State Department warned.

"For example, an alien would be found inadmissible ... if the alien is a member of al-Manar, if a person solicits funds or other things of value for al-Manar, if he provides material support to al-Manar or solicits any individual for membership in al-Manar," State Dept spokesman Richard Boucher said.

Mr Boucher denied the US decision had been made under Israeli pressure.

"It's not a question of freedom of speech," he said.

"It's a question of incitement to violence. And we don't see why here or anywhere else a terrorist organisation should be allowed to spread its hatred and incitement through the television airwaves." [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4106595.stm Freedom of speech, Equality for all, First amendment rights, Rights, Right and Wrong, all men are created equal, all out the window.

Friday, December 17, 2004

Purest of the purile

Pictured here at home with William Hague. Don't you mean Silly-am Vague?

I'm 14, I am!

Can we have more peurile political nicknames? I start by nicking one I heard on the radio. Secretary of State For Defence: Geoff Goon The image “http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1045000/images/_1047835_geoffhoontwo150.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “http://www.klangundkleid.ch/img/toys/H814820_POPEYE.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Pictured here at home with William Hague.

ID Cards: 'Sinister'

If you value your freedom, reject this sinister ID card We should be afraid of future governments, whose nature we can't predict Henry Porter Friday December 17, 2004 The Guardian Where are the demonstrations demanding the identity card, the letters imploring the government to introduce a scheme as soon possible, the citizens calling phone-in programmes anxious to be able to identify themselves beyond reasonable doubt?

Of course, there has been no such clamour, merely a silence, and a rather eloquent one at that. Since the 1939 National Registration Act was repealed in 1951 after Clarence Willcox, the manager of a dry cleaning shop, challenged the principle that a policeman could demand to see his wartime identity card, the British have seen compulsory registration schemes as the mark of more officious and authoritarian states than ours. Over the years we've taken pride that we carried as much or as little identity as we pleased, and that as long as we were within the law, no official or policeman could demand to see proof of our name and address.

Although little essentially has changed in the condition of the country, the government wants to compel us to accept what the former home secretary called the "gold standard of identification", with large fines for non-registration and failing to renew a card or notify the authorities of a change of address.

Some 95% of Britons do not lack the means to identify themselves. We voluntarily carry driving licences, credit and bank cards, professional ID of every sort, security passes and sometimes social security numbers and medical tags. If a document needs to be signed or a large sum to be collected from the bank, it is simply a matter of producing a passport.

So the important point is not that we need to identify ourselves, but that the government wishes to identify us, which is a different matter and one that should set off alarms. That David Blunkett has been replaced by Charles Clarke, who has shown that he has some reservations about the details of the scheme, should not mean that we relax.

To be anonymous, to go privately, to move residence without telling the authorities is a fundamental liberty which is about to be taken from us. People may not choose to exercise this entitlement to privacy, or see the point of it, but once it's gone and a vast database is built, eventually to be accessed by every tentacle of the government machine, we will never be able to claw it back. We are about to surrender a right which is precious, rare even in western democracies, and profoundly emblematic of our culture and civilisation. And what for? The government advances arguments of necessity, raising the threats of terrorism, organised crime, benefit fraud and illegal immigration.

It is obvious that the members of criminal gangs will not be deterred by having to apply for identity cards, just as they are not by the need to have a passport. The possession of a legitimate national ID card does not of itself magically prevent criminal intent. It doesn't in mafia and Camorra strongholds of Italy, so why should it here?

Benefit fraud may be reduced a little, but most cases involve people making false claims about their circumstances, not their identity. A national registration scheme will do nothing to put off those bent on coming here, as has been discovered in France, Spain and Italy, which of course all have identity card schemes.

The first claim about countering the terrorist threat is, of course, baloney. Even at the height of the IRA campaign no one suggested that identity cards would defeat the active units here, or in Northern Ireland. [...] http://politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,9115,1375859,00.html At last, they are coming out of the woodwork. The ID card proposal is going to die. Believe that.

Google-Watch appeals to the American Library Association

Google-Watch appeals to the American Library Association [...] It is my feeling that those librarians who contract with Google for access to their books and documents for purposes of digitization should require that any future searches done on Google that produce this material, must respect the anonymity of the searcher. This would mean that Google cannot record the IP address or unique ID from the cookie for such searches. Short of this, another alternative would be for libraries to deny Google access to any literature that has political content or relevance. As I understand it, for legal reasons Google will be interested primarily in material that is not copyrighted.* But this could include a lot of political and anarchist material from 100 years ago. What, for example, would prevent Google from supplying to the FBI a list of those who read Marx, if required to do so by subpoena? I'm aware that the ALA is already involved with discovery and lobbying on this issue with the Justice Department over practices that evolved out of the Patriot Act. But keep in mind that the scale of anything Google does is a million times larger than the scale of anything that involves discrete libraries, access to paper hard copy, and occasional subpoenas for specific information. Perhaps the scale of what Google does is even ten million times larger. Google is increasingly turning into a portal, in which the more Google knows about its users, the more competitive Google becomes for purposes of targeted advertising. This targeted advertising is over 95 percent of their gross revenue, and it is obviously their main priority. The new Google Groups Beta is merely the latest manifestation of this. Other major players such as Yahoo, Amazon, and Microsoft are also very interested in "personalized search." My concern is that libraries may get sucked into this scenario if they don't take steps now to make their priorities clear. Google, Yahoo, Amazon and Microsoft are already unstoppable, but librarians still have time to speak out. [...]

Clumbo

Clumbo? Drumbo!

new captain beefheart works - john french: o solo drumbo

Cutting off one's brain to spite whoever the fuck..

Muslim academic resigns from US university Polly Curtis, education correspondent Friday December 17, 2004 Tariq Ramadan, the leading Muslim academic, has resigned his professorship at an American university after authorities refused to give him a visa.

Swiss-born Prof Ramadan is one of the most respected philosophers of religion and conflict resolution; he has argued for a more moderate and modern Islam, and was named by Time magazine as one of the world's top 100 influential thinkers this year.

But in July his American visa was revoked under the Patriot Act, adopted after the terrorist attacks on September 11, prohibiting him from taking up the post at the University of Notre dame in Indiana. They have so far refused to issue a new visa.

Today he announced his resignation of two professorships at the university - professor of Islamic studies in the classics department and professor of religion, conflict, and peace building - and accused the American authorities of attacking academic freedom.[...]

Stop me if you've heard this one before...

(Re Dumbo/Clunk; Clumbo as a compromise...)

Mind Control

Mind control from Number Ten Mind control from Number Ten: Take your protein pills and put your blinkers on Mind control from Number Ten: Commencing countdown: freedom's gone Check id-nation and may God's love be with you This is Mind control from Number Ten, you've really made the grade! And the police want to know whose shirts you wear, Now it's time to leave your home if you dare This is Number Ten your mind con-trol, I'm slipping through the door And I'm gloating in the most peculiar way And the Stasi look very different today For here am I sitting in Number Ten, far above the world Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing you can do Though I'm passed one hundred thousand lies, I'm feeling very still And I think my spaceship knows which way to go, tell my Bush I love him very much he knows Mind control from Number Ten: Your freedom's dead, there's nothing wrong. Can you hear me? Number Ten Can you hear me? Number Ten Can you hear me? Number Ten Can you ... Here am I gloating round Number Ten, far above the Hoon Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing you can do

And in the red corner...

Clunk, the remote control robot

To clunk or not to clunk

et tu, Brute? "To the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee." I didnt know you meant to brand him "clunk" after all, it did just say "clunk clunk clunk"! Now, this is the guy we are discussing: The image “http://www.firstlightmovies.com/assets/Charles_Clarke%20175_234.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “http://www.iee.org/oncomms/circuit/benefits/editorials/news&views/Charles%20Clarke.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. who votes for "Dumbo" and who votes for "Clunk"?!?!? By the way, we can lay into this guy because its "plans unchanged" for human rights abuse and ID cards under his tenure as Home secretary. The law lords voted 8:1 that detaining people without trial because they are foreign is an abuse of their human rights, yet, this PIG says "I will not be releasing them because they constitute a threat to this country." So, hurl away your insults, he deserves them all!

What to do?

Do no things.

No work today

I have the day off today, and it's nice so far. Slow, relaxed morning instead of the rush to work. The only thing now is which of the many things on my "to do" list do I do today? Guitar things? House things? Computer things? Shopping things? Art things? Music things? It's raining today here so that throws a new variable at the day in terms of getting around anyway.

First among equals

Let me be the first to name the new home secretary Et tu Brute? Why Blunk' it when you can Clunk it. - I heard a bootleg recording of something I went to on friday amazing how completely different it is. Completely different balance of sounds and almost no resonances from the space itself, whereas I was enveloped by them. I think I'll stick with my memory while it lasts - Like mixing fish paste & custard

Thursday, December 16, 2004

I am in love

My god, I know I am ages behind everyone in here, but I am cheating on my boyfriend. I am having a lover, and we are falling into deep deep love. I got a new AMC amplifier and Evox speakers, waiting for a mixer and a recordplayer more.... I just got a program on my computer so I can record my vinyl as mp3 and hav'em in my ipod, and I have just recorded my first vinyl - and I looked at all the waves - and there! Looking at the music as mathematical waves I feel in love... like never before...

A new name for a new face

Let me be the first to name the new home secretary: 'Dumbo'

clunk click every trip

clunk clunk clunk! - Remember, every time you have to delete a moderation, God kills a kitten. Shit

what/not

He knows what to do and what not to do too.

He knew what to do.

Well ya gotta have faith

!

Law Lords have just ruled Blunkett's detention of foreign nationals without charge to be unlawful. 8:1 in the vote. Basis: discriminatory (applies to foreign nationals only). So how will the government comply with the ruling? It either [a] removes this power or [b] makes it non-discriminatory. You do the arithmetic. (Can't bring myself to say 'm*th'. UGH.)

Is it too early to crack open a bottle?

Hooray we've reached base camp. Unfortunately Clunk, the remote control robot is not going to question ID card legislation. Hardly surprising bearing in mind that Liar was not going to appoint anyone who questioned his appeasement of the Whitehouse on 'security' issues. delusional

Votergate

I knew it! Votergate the Movie

Cassini - spectacular, wonderous

W00003811.jpg W00003754.jpg N00025953.jpg Cassini - it just gets better and better!

Poetry in motion

Arrogant. Vainglorious. Delusional. Completely, absolutely, 120% correct. What is so delicious about this resignation is that he was caught by a type of system that he wants to impose on the entire British population; a system where everything you ever do is recorded and retrievable to haunt you and bring you down at any time. This system is how they managed to have all the emails he ever sent, that came back to incriminate him. How they have all the phone calls his office made that incriminated him, how they know that a letter was read out to him over dinner, how they know WHERE he was having that very same dinner. Turn about is fair play motherfucker; thats what its like to be a victim of a Total Information Awareness society. It sucks. I have no problem at all with a government minister fast tracking Visae, or Passport applitcaions or anything else like that; that is how the world works, that is how things get done. What I cannot accept is that everyone EXCEPT government ministers are made to be accuntable down to the last action, while they do whatever they want, whenever they want. Rather like the drinking laws that tell everyone last orders are half past ten, yet they can drink 24/7 in private bars in parliament. We should all be able to live by flexible law, bending the rules sensibly when we need to, without any consequence. Life is fuzzy. It is grey, and messy, and muddled up. It is not geometric, except in the messy fractal sense - it is not Platonic in its geometry. Everyone needs to be able to escape, to shrink, to expand, to step forward obliquely, to spin on their heels, do a favour here and there. An NIR/ID card society is less like a fractal one, and more like an idealized Platonic one, and it is inhuman, inflexible and a bad idea, and its greatest proponent has just bitten the dust and been made to eat shit by the same bad mechanisms that he sought to foist on all of us. Burn in hell you adulterating son of a bitch!

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

I love you

Mujhe tumse mohabbat hai Main Tumse Muhabbat Karta Hoon

My idol

He knew what to do

oh my

What TO do? ...Loads, liquids, neon, heater, jaws, jungle mains, signal, knives, kitchen ingot, lovely, mirror, mold Mycenaean, moat, poppy, rubber, radar, rags, sugar, teak silver, poke, tin, beetroot, carrott, ebony, fruit, copper, silk Carpet, distant, pigmy, hid, pack, timber, pudding, straw raindrops, spattering, ramps chameleon, prairie, pods, trigger museum, scales, square, ultra, out of map, vent volcano, vain, wreck, tactic tidal, arches, valley, hand inflect, impression, loom, last, molten you gamma, meeting lighting, signal, island, coral, cold...

Exercises in General Semantics

From: Exercises in General Semantics by J. Samuel Bois Presented August 1950, URL: http://www.general-semantics.org/learningctr/bois-ex.htm Exercise E: For discussion Four men in the their early thirties meet in the lounge of a New York-Montreal train, and discuss the topics of the day, such as the war in Korea, the British Labor Government, pension plans in industry, etc. a. was born and brought up in New York, belongs to a wealthy family, is assistant to the president of a firm that makes office machines and in which his family has the controlling interests. Was a pilot in World War II. Single. b. is French from Quebec, educated at Harvard, is general manager of the family's firm in Quebec. Theirs is the largest foundation garment industry in the British Commonwealth, with factories under license in various countries. No military experience because one eye was lost playing hockey. Married, no children. c. is an engineer, born and brought up in the Middle West, earned most of his education, was Lt. Colonel of paratroop unit in Pacific theater. Now assistant to Works Manager in a large plant in the western part of New York state, where mining and construction equipment is made for the U.S. and outside. Married, 2 children. d. is second generation American, of Polish descent, born and brought up in Chicago. Military service in Infantry and Intelligence (European theater) up to rank of Major. College: Arts with major in sociology. After the War took graduate work in Human Relations at M.I.T. Now industrial relations consultant to a large labor union. Married, 1 child. Are they living in the 'same' world?

2p

He knew what to do The image “http://image.guardian.co.uk/sys-images/Observer/Pix/gallery/2003/08/05/1_ali.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

brass balls

"I believe in making a difference to people's lives. And in the 30-odd years that I have been in formal politics I think I have contributed along with colleagues to changing the world." [Blunkett] "You leave government with your integrity intact and your achievements acknowledged by all. You are a force for good in British politics." [Blair] Arrogant. Vainglorious. Delusional. Words confuse as Governments refuse To give us but a small sign That each of us is not alone In times of need nothing is received Because politics is power And power is a daily need

The greatest of the great

The image “http://www.musicclub.it/Dicembre99/images/jpg/brucegilber.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. He always knows what to do.

Christmas comes early to Great Britain!

Blunkett quits as home secretary
Home Secretary David Blunkett Mr Blunkett has been in the media glare for much of the last month David Blunkett has quit as home secretary after an e-mail emerged showing a visa application for his ex-lover's nanny had been fast tracked. Mr Blunkett said he had nothing wrong because the visa had been processed by the "system".

But he said questions about his integrity had been damaging the government.

Sir Alan Budd is due to unveil the findings of his inquiry into the allegations in the next few days. [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/4099581.stm

LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!!!

See the statue of the beast-man pulled down as the crowds cheer; this is a moment the people of the UK had...you get the picture!!!!

Oh well, there goes my new tshirt!!!!!

Caught with his pants down in an adulterous affair, Caught abusing the system...TWICE Eager as fire in a petrol station to force everyone into a ID card cage, but bends the rules for himself like its his God given right...

This despicable, evil, twisted, low down dirty dog is gone gone gone!!!!!

Knowing What to Do

  Allons! the road is before us!
It is safe—I have tried it—my own feet have tried it well.

  Allons! be not detain'd!
Let the paper remain on the desk unwritten, and the
         book on the shelf unopen'd!
Let the tools remain in the workshop! let the money
         remain unearn'd!
Let the school stand! mind not the cry of the teacher!
Let the preacher preach in his pulpit! let the lawyer
         plead in the court, and the judge expound the
         law.

  Mon enfant! I give you my hand!
I give you my love, more precious than money,
I give you myself, before preaching or law;
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with
         me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
He knows what to do

He Knows What To Do

He knows

AC knew what to do

                                  5

           {Kappa-Epsilon-Phi-Alpha-Lambda-Eta Epsilon}

                      THE BATTLE OF THE ANTS

        That is not which is.
        The only Word is Silence.
        The only Meaning of that Word is not.
        Thoughts are false.
        Fatherhood is unity disguised as duality.
        Peace implies war.
        Power implies war.
        Harmony implies war.
        Victory implies war.
        Glory implies war.
        Foundation implies war.
        Alas!  for the Kingdom wherein all these are at war.

He knew what to do.

President Chisholm

"I stand before you today as a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States. I am not the candidate of black America, although I am black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women's movement of this country, although I am a woman, and I am equally proud of that. I am not the candidate of any political bosses or special interests. I am the candidate of the people." .........She knows what to do!

She knows what to do

She knows what to do

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

They know what to do

One of Blogdial's mottos is "We know what to do". I propose a festive meme - post an image or link to someone who you think "knows what to do". Please add "They know what to do" or similar to differentiate these posts from the occasional anonymous pics that are posted. Here's mine... He knows what to do.

Dav roundup

I have just finished putting together a bed I bought from Argos. It looks great. Later I will sleep in it and let you know how it fares. FWIW Google are in Oxford.

googlewatch

A look at Google's monopoly, algorithms, and privacy policies http://www.google-watch.org/ YEs!!!! and on the other side http://www.google-watch-watch.org/

Its official!

Can you believe me when I say there is no god? It's only my opinion, as it was Flew's opinion. What I am talking about is something different than a man stating an opinion. "I ate bacon and eggs this morning" That is either a true statement or it is not. The tendency of people to NOT believe a statement like that is what I am talking about, pure and simple. Ish. When a man like Flew says "I ate bacon and eggs this morning" it is often prefixed by "OFFICIAL" simply because of his special staus. That is wrong. Bacon and eggs are always bacon and eggs, Flew or no flew. You cannot doubt that a bum in the street ate it for breakfast becaus he is a bum, but people do, because they tend towards disbelief and this is a sickness, a terrible mind shackeling sickness. What is worse, a symptom of this sickness is that the long pigs who suffer from it believe liars more than they do people who tell the truth; they prefer to believe lies, gravitate towards them and make these lies their own. Archbishop of Canterbury, the Pope, or Osama bin Laden The Dalai Llama, endless hoards of Swamis, Rabbi and the like, hey wait a minute, OBL isnt a religious leader you tricksy-man! Back to what I was saying. If a man says "I ate bacon and eggs this morning" you can believe this wether it was said a week or a month or a year or a thousand years ago. Time doesnt fade the truth or the recounting of an experience. Go to the British Museum and have a good look around if you think that the truth of man's life fades over time. All the myriad things people did and experienced are still true, no matter how outrageous they might seem now, like the building of the pyramids, something that a man like Flew would never believe had they not survived to the present day; and this is a perfect example of the flaw in his way of thinking. The pyramids, a mind blowing achievement, were built three thousand years ago. Had they been dismantled before the present day, he would dismiss completely accurate historical accounts of such an ancient feat as utter nonsense. It is only because they are still here that him and his sort admit that they exist - a written account would not have been enough. That is a belittleing and dehumanizing way of thinking, perfectly harmless in a person without authority, but in a man like Flew, whose every pronouncement has consequences, and whose words are automatically spread all over the globe, those thoughts are a dangerous and destructive tool of opression. Now, there are some that say that the Pope has precisely this power over his flock, BUT that is a private matter between him and his flock, and NOT a secular matter of the kind that people like Flew are asked to advise on. There must be a separation between the private and the public, the secular state and the private beliefs of individuals. Flew is an adherent of a religion, a transparent, emperors new clothes like religion, a religion that has slipped unquestioned into the mind of the public by its masquerading as secular common sense; we should not be made to swallow his poison or accept the consequences of his brainwashing. And to top it all off, and most revoltingly, he comes from this false common sense religion standpoint, and then pronounces that God is real, transforming his common sense religion into a near sanctioned quasi religion by virtue that he and his evil cabal accepts that God, after all, made his world - the world that they alone are able to define and explain. From now on, not only will they explain the world to the public, but they will be explaining the design of God himself. For this, SURELY he will burn!

schmoogle

Now that the news about Google teaming up with Harvard, and more top tier research in the future libraries has hit the press I have gone and deleted my eariler post as it now useless and I will take this moment to comment on the Google-Library phenomenon. Most stories covering the story are echoing a sentiment which says: "wow" "imagine that" or "how cool." But what goes unnoticed is a statement issued by the EFF which reads: "Be careful what you put in that Google search. The government may now spy on web surfing of innocent Americans, including terms entered into search engines, by merely telling a judge anywhere in the U.S. that the spying could lead to information that is "relevant" to an ongoing criminal investigation. The person spied on does not have to be the target of the investigation. This application must be granted and the government is not obligated to report to the court or tell the person spied upon what it has done. [EFF 10/31/01] What this means is that Google, a privately traded company, would not stand up to the US Government and its PATRIOT ACTS which allow for the unchecked powers of government surveillance. Yet, information professionals are all too happy to see Google team up with libraries. There is no denying that many a great thing could come from Google and its $$$ helping to digitize and provide search tools to library materials. People must, however, take into consideration the ethics/goals/ideas of a company they are so happy to let into the public information sphere. We all know that the American Empire is on the wane, that America as a project is failing, and only its cold corpse is standing, dangling its dead fingers over the world. But, giving over precious public information to corporate control must be seen as the one more artery of democratic life becoming, as we speak, a clogged vein on the cadaver of freedom. Where are the Question Google t-shirts!! I want one.

More alia... or should that be alii?

Can you believe me when I say there is no god? It's only my opinion, as it was Flew's opinion. Why should you? Why should I believe your opinion on the existence of god, or the Archbishop of Canterbury's, or the Pope's, or Osama bin Laden's? Has not Flew put in as much study on the subject as Dr Williams? Are they not all basing their answer on the evidence they have personally experienced or decided is relavent? "It is wrong that people give the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Pope, or Osama bin Laden a platform above all other men. It is wrong that they, from their narrow point of view are able to shape the thinking (and the lives) of millions. It is wrong that their word is trusted above anyone elses." I would wager this man Flew's comments changed not a single mind. He may well have got a lot of people thinking about things though, and coming to their own conclusions. The believers listed above, I would also wager, have far bigger public profiles than does Mr Flew, and are therefore that much more likely to be "believed above all others because the masses of putain vache have been brainwashed to believe what people like that say above all other speech". Objectively, personal beliefs aside, is that good or bad?

Blind Eyes Sees All

...That quote sounds like something The Man from The Bermuda Triangle would say... and you've got to say he REALLY has a good point there.

Where there's a will there's a way

so-called opposition party Well yes indeed. What the imbecile Howard seems to have misunderstood is that by doing this "not be outflanked" he has made the tories unelectable. Why should you bother to vote for the Tories if they have all of the same policies as Labour? There is now no reason to vote for them, in fact, anyone who experienced the Tory government that Howard was a part of would never vote for a party lead by him. When he was home secretary, he was a monster (though no where near as monstrous as Dimwit Blindkid). The Tories are a party without morals, without fire in their bellies, without belief, without grapefruits. Just to punish them for thier spinelessness, Labour should be brought back in; certainly its clear that voting Tory will change nothing, so why give them the satisfaction of a Labour defeat? As far as everything else is concerned, its is clear to anyone that is awake that all bets are off. Democracy has failed, it is every man for himself, women and children first, man the lifeboats. Now for "inter alia". That man is one of the people who, in this "society" wield power over everyone. He is one of the types that says "fingerprinting as a way to identify a person is absolutely accurate" and thanks to a proclamation llike that, we are now made to fight for our right to walk the streets, smoke a ciggarette or have a drink. His words are believed above all others because the masses of putain vache have been brainwashed to believe what people like that say above all other speech. They are always the ones asked whenever a consultation is needed on a topic that affects the public good, when they know nothing, and have only darkness in their hearts. This is wrong. It is wrong that people give men like that a platform above all other men. It is wrong that they, from their narrow point of view are able to shape the thinking (and the lives) of millions. It is wrong that their word is trusted above anyone elses. It does not "fit" that he should be believed, and that he should be the confirmer of the existance God. His word is worthless because he believes in nothing but what he can see himself. His philosophy is the complete opposite of what makes (and made) man great; man is great because he can believe, and trust, and through that belief and trust, learn, grow and achieve. Men who do not do this - men who cannot believe anything other than the evidence of their own eyes, no matter what they are told by another man - are not men at all, but instead are a sort of clever animal, actually, that is an insult ot animals - they are like a strange motivated flesh, with a short, goldfish like attention span, existing only in the everpresent now, unaware of the past, or the future, snapping at the food dropped into its cage/tank, and even unaware that it is alive in any way other than something that eats. And doubts. A man should never be ridiculed for what he thinks, or what he says he has experienced. He should not lose his job. he should not lose tenure. He should not be burned alive. No one way of thinking should dominate an entire society, and the proclamations of a cabal of detached men should not be the basis of laws that control every one, down to what we eat and drink and the medicine we use. And that is that. Finally, a greate friend of me (YES "greate friend of me") said something that I liked: "...people start a revolution now (seriously) - after all a blind man wants us to have our eyes scanned..." Now that is pure genius. I feel a t-shirt coming on!!!

chocolate fireguards

I mean isn't it a gross dereliction of duty for a so-called opposition party not only to NOT hold the government of the day accountable to the expert evidence which raises serious doubts and concerns about the government's Information Grab, but also bars the members of that party from representing minority/majority/citizen's interests in the matter. For the sake of a few notional votes and the party leadeer's arrogance. Presumably Howard didn't read the reports that it was liberty loving conservative voters that were most opposed to ID cards and the surveillence state they will engender. How it will end

Pygmy track

Nzombi for you on blogmail.

Smash The Vampiric Scum

The Conservatives have finally stated their position on Labour's idiotic ID card proposal and like the bunch of parroting puppet gangter slaves that they are they ENDORSE the proposals. Not only is this an insult to common sense, basic freedoms, etc. it means that whatever the government plans to push through regarding this idiotic scheme BEFORE the next General election will only have the Liberal Democrats voicing opposition in the Commons (that and the very few 'independently minded' MPs), and that is very bad news and completely undemocratic - especially as the Vampire's will is seemingly being enforced by a two-line whip and the threat of a frontal lobotomy (no big jobs for bad zombies). No tory would make themselves on the Toady programme this, morning and the 'discussion' of this was pushed to the very last slot despite being in the top five headlines since yesterday evening. Cynical side reckons a certain person's certain company may have lobbied certain people but that is pure speculation. More later (I assume). - breakin' the law You won't believe how hard I tried to do that one as well.

Monday, December 13, 2004

scary rob

very hard to get the line "breakin' the law, breakin' the law" out of my head now ....ouch

his master's voice

Thats quite scary imagery All the more so if you can imagine rob halford singing it. In fact when I get home...

Poetry!

Thats quite scary imagery; thankfully the RIAA cant touch is here in the UK, though of course, buying from RIAA sattelite lables feeds that monster and hurts our american brethren.

The Ripper

You’re in for surprise You’re in for a shock In london town streets When there’s darkness and fog When you least expect me And you burn your track I’ll attack I smile when I’m sneaking Through shadows by the wall I laugh when I’m creeping But you won’t hear me at all All hear my warning Never burn your track I'm the RIAA You’ll soon shake with fear Never knowing if I’m near I’m sly and I’m shameless Nocturnal and nameless Except for the RIAA Or if you like jack the knife Any back alley street Is where we’ll probably meet Underneath a gas lamp Where the air’s cold and damp I’m a nasty surprise I’m a devil in disguise I’m a footstep at night I’m a scream of the fright All hear my warning Never burn your track I'm the RIAA...the RIAA....the RIAA

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Say hard cheese

The new face of hi-tech detection (Guardian) The quality of the photograph is also relatively unimportant, so the system is able to match even grainy stills from CCTV cameras outside banks and petrol stations. And while it cannot scan a crowd, it can isolate an image from a crowd photo much more effectively than the naked eye[...] And given that the police video pretty much every grouping of over 20 people these days it is feasible that SOCA will be given the powers to build up a database of images cross referenced from such videos and an NIR register. And that the technology will give false hits, etc.

I refute thee

1999 Jones covered a Marine Corps exercise ... which took place at several US locations and which also involved the UK, Australia, Canada, Holland and France (no, seriously - this was 1999-2000). Wow, 1999, that's before trrrrrsm even existed. - I call your bluff you wrong I think that most people going to a search engine will have some specific subject in mind These suggestions point to searches and not directly to sites I'd become cynical if A being for Amazon also gave a sub-menu of www.amazon.com without having to do a proper search As for those who search random topics I see no harm in finding out who Tara Reid is (but I'm not as eager as Alun is to find out - ignorance is a sage & nutmeg meatball).

Is an atheist's belief invalid because a believer pronounces it wrong?

How does this, inter alia,... So, this man, who for decades spread his poison that there is no God ...fit with this... It is about people who stupidly and blindly refuse to accept the word of another man ? Because the words dont fit in with their personal internal model of the world?

Ladytron Tour Diary

Danny We began our China tour in Shenzhen, a 1970s purpose built 'special economic area' across the bay from Hong Kong. Played two ecstatic shows, a lot of fun, The second night, the audience being predominantly those who'd made the short (but apparently tough) trek from Hong Kong itself. We amused ourselves in the interim with fake Rolex. Shenzhen is interesting, but we expect it to be little like the real China. [...] http://www.ladytron.com/chinatourdiary.htm A fascinating read, for those that read.
The British Council in China connects people worldwide with learning opportunities and creative ideas from the UK and builds lasting relationships between the UK and China.
http://www.britishcouncil.org.cn/china.htm They also, it seems, arrange for British groups to tour in China. and finally.... : NEWS : IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Ladytron sign to Island Records. ( 7th December 2004 ) Ladytron are happy to confirm the rumours, that after extensive negotiations they have finally signed with Island/Universal records. It is with great pleasure they now join the likes of Roxy Music, Sparks, B52s, Pulp, PJ Harvey, and countless other acts they love on this label. They are currently in London mixing their new LP, working on the songs: 'international dateline', 'weekend', 'soft power', 'destroy everything you touch', 'sugar', and 'highrise'. A spring 2005 release for the yet untitled album is planned, accompanied by an extensive tour. ??!! ..............No Mira, Nooooooooooooo!! The corrosive influence of a major label, unless this group has grapefruits of steel, will RUIN its output. Unless we are very very lucky. During the China tour, in a press conference, someone asked them:
"Did you choose Reuben to be in the band because he is Asian for his special effects?"
They might think that a question like this is quaint, even funny. Just wait till it comes from some piece of shit at Island, said in complete seriousness. Tina Weymouth had to audition for her own group just because the group got a major label deal. I had actually heard a different rumor to the one recited in that link, that she had to re-audition because some record company dude thought "girls cant play bass", but still, what a completly outrageous thing to happen. An example of very recent major label insanity; Craig David being told he must replace his guitarist because he is "white". When those subhumans get a hold of you, and start to superimpose their ideas of what you do on to you, everything about your group and its work is up for destruction, from your artwork, the songs you record, how and when they are released, who mixes the tracks...everything....and in return for what? Increased sales of something you rather would have done differently? PreviouslyLadytron were on a safe looking label http://www.magnetbox.com/riaa/search.asp safe looking, since I dont know anything about how Emperor Norton operates. I wonder what kind of contract they have signed...how much control they retain, if any....what advance they got, how many records they have to deliver. Nothing lasts forever. In any case, we have enough pure Ladytron to last a lifetime. DONT WE ALEX? And if I have got it all horribly wrong.... Good!