Sunday, July 31, 2005

The Enemy Within is The times

Focus: How can we stop this happening again? The London bombings and their aftermath have sparked unprecedented calls for government action to prevent future attacks. In overwhelming numbers, people say they are willing to accept seeing civil liberties curtailed to secure long-term security. A YouGov poll in the aftermath of the July 7 bombings found that seven out of 10 people believed it was sometimes necessary to restrict civil liberties in order to combat terrorism. [...] http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1715169_1,00.htm No, no, no and no. The Enemy Within is The Times, and all people who think like them. Not once in this scandalous, evil, un British, reactionary and rather stupid piece was there any mention of the UK staying out of the affairs of the middle east, despite the fact that one of the failed suicide bombing simpletons has now admitted to the Carabinieri that they were inspired by the USUK atrocities in Iraq to try and do what they did. The fact of this matter, and it is the whole fact, is, that if the UK were not meddling in other peoples affairs, none of this would have happened. We would all still be living very quietly and without any fear. If people like those at The Times succeed, the future of this country will be the wrong one, and it will all come to pass thanks to a small number of very bad people who will not to this day take 'no' for an answer. The Section on ID cards is worth pulling apart, since we are perpetually interested in it here. I quoth:
IDENTITY CARDS Within five years ministers want compulsory “biometric” ID cards and passports, with fingerprints and iris scans, which would be held on a national database accessible to the police and border authorities. Charles Clarke, the home secretary, has said ID cards would not have prevented the London attacks but that they would make it considerably more difficult for terrorists to operate in Britain. Critics say ID card technology is open to forgery and error and that the cost could be as high as £6 billion. Libertarians lament the arrival of Big Brother. The scheme’s defenders argue that, as closed-circuit television has demonstrated, knowing where people are is crucial to the fight against terrorism. Denham: “There were people who were sceptical about the scale of any serious terrorist threat to Britain before, but who will now be in no doubt. I think what the past few weeks means is that the government has to get this bill right in all aspects and make sure the scheme is the right one in terms of cost and how it works.” Verdict: Despite the loss of some liberties, we will have to learn to live with ID cards.
This breathtakingly simple minded piece was written by one "David Cracknell". I want the same crack that Cracknell smokes when he writes. I have said it before; a medicine that cures your illness after you are dead is of no use to anyone, and this is precisely what ID cards are. They would not have prevented suicide bombing (even Dumbo admits this), can not prevent it (as we see in Israel, where everyone has ID cards) and should not be introduced here. They are only useful to control the honest ordinary citizen; that is their true, ultimate utility. See this article in the observer of how ID cards will be used in the future, should they be itroduced here. You have the intelligence to be able to fill in the blanks. The 'verdict' section is just about as simple minded as you can get. Why should anyone have to 'learn to live with ID cards' if ID cards will not 'stop this from happening again'?. The fact of the matter is that no one should put up with any loss of civil liberties whatsoever unless any such loss can be proved to be an effective measure against suicide bombers, and it of course should be a temporary measure to be revoked at the end of the crisis. ID cards, the new laws and everything that the government is proposing fails this measure, and so all of it should be thrown out immediately. CCTV only helps you catch a criminal after he has done the crime, and in the case of suicide bombers, they are dead, and there is no one to arrest and punish, let alone question. It is only by luck that the second set of bombers failed, providing the police with some bad guys to track down. Had they succeeded, CCTV would not have prevented them from blowing themselves up, and CCTV will not stop the next set from doing so either. CCTV has actually shown that it is useless as a crime prevention tool, and is only of use in solving a crime after the fact. This article is about how we can stop this from happening again. CCTV and ID cards will not do it. More CCVT will not help. Introducing ID cards will not help. There is a dreadful section on 'Multiculturalism' which again, completely ignores the true nature of what is going on. Everyone now accepts that the world is interdependent and interlocked. Imagine the world as if it were a single human body. If the right hand of the world takes a lit match and holds it under the big toe of its left foot, the whole body suffers the pain. This is blantantly obvious, but for some reason it is not obvious to the Cracknells of this world that bombing the crap out of Bhagdad is exactly the same thing. Bombing another persons country is no longer a matter of bad karma; it is now the case that when you bomb another persons country, the people who came from that country who live amongst you and who have done so for decades are hurt. Terribly hurt. This is directly analogous to shooting yourself in the foot. Now that everyone from everywhere lives everywhere, governments cannot wage the plutocratic or philosophically driven wars in the way that they used to without directly, immediately and personally feeling the reaction of pain. This is a good thing, because eventually, this means they will have to stop what they are doing. When the population of the UK is 35% muslim, it will be literally impossible for the UK to bomb a muslim country without reason. Multiculturalism, and immigration are the carbon rods that cool down the runaway racist chain reaction which drops bombs on other peoples countries. Wether or not people choose to speak English or watch East Enders has nothing to do with the wrongness of the current foreign policy, and to think that forcing people to speak English and be 'more British' will stop them wanting to pay back the foul crimes against humanity that will inevitably go unpunished is to underestimate the level of disgust and all consuming hatred these people feel. The article is wrong in this regard also. All of these people speak fluent English (and one speaks English AND Italian). They are angry about the murder of innocents for money. The difference between them and the millions who marched in London is that they have been pushed to the limit, to a point where they have nothing to gain by staying alive in a world where there is no justice, where 'they' are to be the slaves of the west ad infinitum. That is how they see it. That is what is motivating them. No amount of East Enders can counter it. No pledge given in a citizen ceremony, no brainwashing in a school can dent it. When some people see horror perpetrated on people who are 'just like them' it drives them to the point of near madness. Look how army recruitment shot up after '911'; those young americans wanted payback, and they joined the army to get it. These people, who have no army, no power to join with, take their payback in a different way. Had there been no British participation, none of these emotions would have been directed here. This is not just a selfish wish in a bid to stop the possibility of being destroyed on a bus while you are out getting ice cream with your children. Staying out of those people's problems in the case of the criminal Iraq invasion was actually the right thing to do. It is now of paramount importance that the UK does the right thing all the time. If it does not, then it will be burning its own toe by its own hand, and we will all have to live with he pain and the limping. You will notice that I have not included the standard disclaimer, pouring scorn on the people who blew themselves up, though I do call them names, which you might take as a sneaky disclaimer. I don't like disclaimers of that sort. Every time someone wants to say something out of step with the current group think, they always prefix or suffix their statement with a disclaimer, so that they are not cut off from the group. Anyone who reads this blog knows what I think about violence, and so, I choose not to put a disclaimer into everything that I write about this nonsense. Everyone should already understand that 100% of people are against violence. Air and keystrokes shouldn't be wasted on these tiresome and false sounding disclaimers. And now, it's time for tea, it being four o'clock.

"For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!"

"For God's Sake, Please Stop the Aid!" The Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati, 35, says that aid to Africa does more harm than good. The avid proponent of globalization spoke with SPIEGEL about the disastrous effects of Western development policy in Africa, corrupt rulers, and the tendency to overstate the AIDS problem.
Economist James Shikwati: "Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor."
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Economist James Shikwati: "Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor."
SPIEGEL: Mr. Shikwati, the G8 summit at Gleneagles is about to beef up the development aid for Africa... Shikwati: ... for God's sake, please just stop. SPIEGEL: Stop? The industrialized nations of the West want to eliminate hunger and poverty. Shikwati: Such intentions have been damaging our continent for the past 40 years. If the industrial nations really want to help the Africans, they should finally terminate this awful aid. The countries that have collected the most development aid are also the ones that are in the worst shape. Despite the billions that have poured in to Africa, the continent remains poor. SPIEGEL: Do you have an explanation for this paradox? Shikwati: Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa's problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn't even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid. SPIEGEL: Even in a country like Kenya, people are starving to death each year. Someone has got to help them. Shikwati: But it has to be the Kenyans themselves who help these people. When there's a drought in a region of Kenya, our corrupt politicians reflexively cry out for more help. This call then reaches the United Nations World Food Program -- which is a massive agency of apparatchiks who are in the absurd situation of, on the one hand, being dedicated to the fight against hunger while, on the other hand, being faced with unemployment were hunger actually eliminated. It's only natural that they willingly accept the plea for more help. And it's not uncommon that they demand a little more money than the respective African government originally requested. They then forward that request to their headquarters, and before long, several thousands tons of corn are shipped to Africa ... SPIEGEL: ... corn that predominantly comes from highly-subsidized European and American farmers ...
Ruandan President Kagame has over a million deaths on his conscience, says Shikwati.
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Ruandan President Kagame has over a million deaths on his conscience, says Shikwati.
Shikwati: ... and at some point, this corn ends up in the harbor of Mombasa. A portion of the corn often goes directly into the hands of unsrupulous politicians who then pass it on to their own tribe to boost their next election campaign. Another portion of the shipment ends up on the black market where the corn is dumped at extremely low prices. Local farmers may as well put down their hoes right away; no one can compete with the UN's World Food Program. And because the farmers go under in the face of this pressure, Kenya would have no reserves to draw on if there actually were a famine next year. It's a simple but fatal cycle. SPIEGEL: If the World Food Program didn't do anything, the people would starve. Shikwati: I don't think so. In such a case, the Kenyans, for a change, would be forced to initiate trade relations with Uganda or Tanzania, and buy their food there. This type of trade is vital for Africa. It would force us to improve our own infrastructure, while making national borders -- drawn by the Europeans by the way -- more permeable. It would also force us to establish laws favoring market economy. SPIEGEL: Would Africa actually be able to solve these problems on its own? Shikwati: Of course. Hunger should not be a problem in most of the countries south of the Sahara. In addition, there are vast natural resources: oil, gold, diamonds. Africa is always only portrayed as a continent of suffering, but most figures are vastly exaggerated. In the industrial nations, there's a sense that Africa would go under without development aid. But believe me, Africa existed before you Europeans came along. And we didn't do all that poorly either. SPIEGEL: But AIDS didn't exist at that time. Shikwati: If one were to believe all the horrorifying reports, then all Kenyans should actually be dead by now. But now, tests are being carried out everywhere, and it turns out that the figures were vastly exaggerated. It's not three million Kenyans that are infected. All of the sudden, it's only about one million. Malaria is just as much of a problem, but people rarely talk about that. SPIEGEL: And why's that? Shikwati: AIDS is big business, maybe Africa's biggest business. There's nothing else that can generate as much aid money as shocking figures on AIDS. AIDS is a political disease here, and we should be very skeptical. SPIEGEL: The Americans and Europeans have frozen funds previously pledged to Kenya. The country is too corrupt, they say. Shikwati: I am afraid, though, that the money will still be transfered before long. After all, it has to go somewhere. Unfortunately, the Europeans' devastating urge to do good can no longer be countered with reason. It makes no sense whatsoever that directly after the new Kenyan government was elected -- a leadership change that ended the dictatorship of Daniel arap Mois -- the faucets were suddenly opened and streams of money poured into the country. SPIEGEL: Such aid is usually earmarked for a specific objective, though. Shikwati: That doesn't change anything. Millions of dollars earmarked for the fight against AIDS are still stashed away in Kenyan bank accounts and have not been spent. Our politicians were overwhelmed with money, and they try to siphon off as much as possible. The late tyrant of the Central African Republic, Jean Bedel Bokassa, cynically summed it up by saying: "The French government pays for everything in our country. We ask the French for money. We get it, and then we waste it."
Former Central African Republic leader Jean-Bedel Bokassa: "We ask the French for money. We get it, and then we waste it."
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Former Central African Republic leader Jean-Bedel Bokassa: "We ask the French for money. We get it, and then we waste it."
SPIEGEL: In the West, there are many compassionate citizens wanting to help Africa. Each year, they donate money and pack their old clothes into collection bags ... Shikwati: ... and they flood our markets with that stuff. We can buy these donated clothes cheaply at our so-called Mitumba markets. There are Germans who spend a few dollars to get used Bayern Munich or Werder Bremen jerseys, in other words, clothes that that some German kids sent to Africa for a good cause. After buying these jerseys, they auction them off at Ebay and send them back to Germany -- for three times the price. That's insanity ... SPIEGEL: ... and hopefully an exception. Shikwati: Why do we get these mountains of clothes? No one is freezing here. Instead, our tailors lose their livlihoods. They're in the same position as our farmers. No one in the low-wage world of Africa can be cost-efficient enough to keep pace with donated products. In 1997, 137,000 workers were employed in Nigeria's textile industry. By 2003, the figure had dropped to 57,000. The results are the same in all other areas where overwhelming helpfulness and fragile African markets collide. SPIEGEL: Following World War II, Germany only managed to get back on its feet because the Americans poured money into the country through the Marshall Plan. Wouldn't that qualify as successful development aid? Shikwati: In Germany's case, only the destroyed infrastructure had to be repaired. Despite the economic crisis of the Weimar Republic, Germany was a highly- industrialized country before the war. The damages created by the tsunami in Thailand can also be fixed with a little money and some reconstruction aid. Africa, however, must take the first steps into modernity on its own. There must be a change in mentality. We have to stop perceiving ourselves as beggars. These days, Africans only perceive themselves as victims. On the other hand, no one can really picture an African as a businessman. In order to change the current situation, it would be helpful if the aid organizations were to pull out. SPIEGEL: If they did that, many jobs would be immediately lost ...
Congolese line up for a United Nations food delivery in 2002.
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Congolese line up for a United Nations food delivery in 2002.
Shikwati: ... jobs that were created artificially in the first place and that distort reality. Jobs with foreign aid organizations are, of course, quite popular, and they can be very selective in choosing the best people. When an aid organization needs a driver, dozens apply for the job. And because it's unacceptable that the aid worker's chauffeur only speaks his own tribal language, an applicant is needed who also speaks English fluently -- and, ideally, one who is also well mannered. So you end up with some African biochemist driving an aid worker around, distributing European food, and forcing local farmers out of their jobs. That's just crazy! SPIEGEL: The German government takes pride in precisely monitoring the recipients of its funds. Shikwati: And what's the result? A disaster. The German government threw money right at Rwanda's president Paul Kagame. This is a man who has the deaths of a million people on his conscience -- people that his army killed in the neighboring country of Congo. SPIEGEL: What are the Germans supposed to do? Shikwati: If they really want to fight poverty, they should completely halt development aid and give Africa the opportunity to ensure its own survival. Currently, Africa is like a child that immediately cries for its babysitter when something goes wrong. Africa should stand on its own two feet. [...] http://service.spiegel.de/cache/international/spiegel/0,1518,363663,00.html

How to throw less at the problem

passing a law forbidding a kind of speech doesn't cost any money over time Neither does having a non-meddlesome foreign policy which would mean we wouldn't need the protection of something real like doubling the number of police but that wouldn't be of benefit to the real purse-string-pullers of politic(ian)s; the Bechtels, Accentures and Carlyles of this world, who have so much to gain in the emerging markets they've had created.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

TinyURL....Naughty!

http://tinyurl.com/dick http://tinyurl.com/cunt

Skype almost bought for THREE BILLION

Skyped

The Likely Sale of Skype Will Be Another Kick in the Head to Old-Line Phone Companies Worldwide

By Robert X. Cringely

In high tech, the theory goes, advantage lies with the pioneers -- the first company to introduce a product in a new category. And that's true except when it is not, which is typically when the pioneers were too early, too expensive, or too difficult to use. In those cases, a second model generally holds, and in that one, the dominant company is a later entrant who simply does the task far better than it had been done before. For Internet searching, Google is a perfect example of this latter effect, entering the market years after Alta Vista and Excite. And the Google of VoIP looks like it might be Skype, which was almost sold last week to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. for $3 billion.

It may seem odd for me to be writing a story about a company ALMOST being sold, but there is still plenty to be learned from this story that never really happened, especially if Skype ends up being sold next week or the week after, which is a very real possibility.

Skype, for those who've never heard of or used the service, is a Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) company based in Luxembourg. Remember when all the hot Internet startups were in the U.S.? No more. That started to change years ago when Mirabilis, an Israeli company, invented the ICQ messaging system, later sold to AOL.

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http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit20050728.html

My emphasis.

Backdated suppression of protest.

I was reading various articles last night about this act but can't find now where I read from what date it would be applicable. Maybe it was a dream? I really should stop reading so late into the night.

Quick Thorough and Complete

The suspect's constant use of cell phones betrayed his attempt to find refuge. As well as calling his brother in Rome, he talked to his father who lives in Brescia, in northern Italy.

The suspect, who speaks good Italian, told investigators that he was brought up in Italy after his family sought asylum from Somalia when he was a child. [...]

A phone centre and internet cafe run by his brother near Rome's Termini railway station is also being searched by Italian police. [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4730265.stm

My Emphasis.

This is amazing work. They tracked all of the suspects down, and took all of them in without any injuries. Thats the way it should happen; clean, quick and professional. No one gets hurt, only the bad guys get rounded up. No mass arrests and herding/processing of people in 'holding areas'. Sadly, its all been tainted by the Brazilian incedent...but given the way other countries deal with their problems, the way this has been handled here is an example to every country where they simply round up eveyone that looks like an enemy 'just in case'. Britain is the best, no doubt about it. At least, on this occasion.... They caught one of the suspects in ITALY, because he used his cellular telephone. This means several things. It means that co-operation between the states in the EU is working perfectly. It mean that the police, when they want to, can catch any criminal. Most importantly it means the police have enough powers today, to catch any criminal that they need to catch, in very short order, and with a high level of efficiency and accuracy. There is no need for any more legislation for mandatory retention of telephone and email records and certainly the completely absurd proposals about 'hate speech' will not solve a single thing. There is no need for ID cards; the police simply do not need them to get the job done. This is very clear. The police need only one thing; higher wages and more staff. Gtreater police numbers would be far more effective in solving and preventing crime than any legislation - the problem is, passing a law forbidding a kind of speech doesn't cost any money over time, but doing something real like doubling the number of police will cost 'a fortune', and this government doesn't want to spend money on the British public. The billions that they want to waste on rolling out a very bad ID card should be spent on more police, and better pay for police. But you know this!

demos

any protest started now... I thought the point was that the Act specified protests starting after 1st August. That's why I wrote *chance it* Hmm, but you could see if Mr Haw would take your banners, etc in return for something to make things easier for him maybe?

August 1st too late

I'd say the anyone in the area chance it and start a protest before the 1st of August Even better, turn up and establish your pre-Augustan protest...... The laws were passed in April and so any protest started now would be subject to them. It wasn't too long ago that MP's repealed the law that allowed constituents to throw horse manure at them from the public bacony in the houses of parliament. Shame. Now they have a half mile exclusion zone around them so they don't have to listen to people protesting at their decisions, made in our names. Horse replaced by bull. Alan Curtis's Power of Nightmares now available to download from the wonderful archive.org.

Group Think Violation, Class 1

Calls for Leading Muslim Cleric to resign and be prosecuted for saying "Al Qaeda does not exist" London Telegraph | July 28 2005 Comment: Mohammad Naseem today also appeared on BBC radio and asserted that there is no evidence Al Qaeda exists, no evidence it carried out the London Bombings and that it is a construction of Intelligence agencies falling in line with the CIA. These are all provable facts as we regularly point out on this website by refering to official sources. Are we to be prosecuted as well? The MAJORITY of the callers on the show also rightly pointed out that Bin Laden was a CIA asset and Al Qaeda, if it exists at all is a loose knit group of Mujahideen trained and funded by the CIA to do battle with Russian forces in Afghanistan in the late 70s and 1980s. For the soundbites click here and fast forward to 1 hour 22 mins into the show, and then later on 2 hours 45 mins into the show. The most senior Islamic cleric in Birmingham claimed yesterday that Muslims were being unjustly blamed in the war on terrorism and that the eight suspects in the two bombing attacks on London "could have been innocent passengers". Mohammad Naseem, the chairman of the city's central mosque, called Tony Blair a "liar" and "unreliable witness" and questioned whether CCTV footage issued of the suspected bombers was of the perpetrators. He said that Muslims "all over the world have never heard of an organisation called al-Qa'eda". Mr Naseem, who was speaking after police seized Yasin Hassan Omar in Birmingham, delivered his unprompted outburst when he was invited to a press conference with West Midlands police and Birmingham city council to help calm fears of racial or religious tension after the arrest. It was held near the police cordon in Heybarnes Road, where Omar was arrested. His comments shocked senior police officers. Sources said that attempts to encourage Muslims to pass them information on the bombers' activities would be hindered. One said: "We are trying to gain the trust of the Muslim community and these kinds of comments have the opposite effect. All they do is encourage communities to close ranks against us." To the obvious embarrassment of council officials and police standing next to him, Mr Naseem said the Government and security services "were not to be relied upon". He said: "Tony Blair has told lies on going to Iraq and in a court of law if a witness has proved to be a liar he ceases to be a reliable witness. So we cannot give our blind trust to the Government. "To have that trust it is important that the process of law should be independent, open and transparent. I am also sad that unfortunately the impression has been given that Muslims are to be targeted in this war against terror. There seems to be a directive to target Muslims. Why do we not have an open mind about this? "Muslim bashing seems to be more earnest than the need for national unity and harmony. Terrorists can be anybody - we will have to see [whether the bombers are Muslims]. The process is not open; the process is not transparent; the process is not independent. I do not have faith in the system as it stands." Mr Naseem is one of the most respected Muslims in the city and is considered a moderate. He has regular meetings with the chief constable to discuss religious harmony. Mr Naseem said that while it was vital that terrorism was stamped out and that there was never any justification for it, the Government had not helped by going to war in Iraq. Dismissing the Prime Minister's insistence that the war had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks, he said: "Tony Blair … is not going to be perceived as a reliable witness. His comments could motivate someone to take the law into his own hands. "Some people have been caught but I have not seen any evidence. The process of law is not open." Asked about the suspects' DNA being found at the scene of the first attacks, he said: "DNA can match you, but that does not mean you are going to commit a crime. Thousands of youths are passing by and caught on CCTV, so how do you know it is them?" He added: "We must rely upon trust that we have between communities. "We must remain united in the fight against terrorism but the process should be independent and open, not like the Hutton inquiry, not like the Lord Butler inquiry." And, in an editorial in The Dawn, the central mosque's newsletter, Mr Naseem writes: "Where is the evidence that four youths whose pictures were caught on CCTV cameras…were the perpetrators? How did we reject the possibility they were just innocent victims of this terrible happening? They had bought return train tickets." From Prison Planet [...] Al Qaeda does not exist. It is the sick, racist fantasy of religious bigots, created by 'power' which it (power) is using in a blantant attempt to corall the masses of humanity into the New World Order of ID cards, Soviet style law and total control. Alan Curtis says so. I say so. Everyone I know thinks and says so. Anyone who calls for the prosecution of a man for speaking an opinion is part of the problem, too dangerous to be kept alive, first against the wall when the revolution comes, bang out of order, up for the chop, a bad sort, and my personal enemy.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Optimus keyboard

I've spent quite a few hours today listening to recordings of different uk dialects. I love how such a small island has so much diversity. Travel 20 miles [or less] outside London and there is a different dialect. Pieter Hugo:

More Mingering Mike

More Mingering Mike

Data Retention...Bad

Data retention is no solution!

The European ministers of Justice and the European Commission want to keep all telephone and internet traffic data of all 450 million Europeans. If you are concerned about this plan, please sign the petition. What's wrong with data retention? The proposal to retain traffic data will reveal who has been calling and e-mailing whom, what websites people have visited and even where they were with their mobile phones. Telephone companies and internet services providers would be ordered to store all traffic data of their customers. Police and intelligence agencies in Europe would be granted access the traffic data. Various, competing proposals in Brussels mention retention periods from 6 months up to four years. Data retention is an invasive tool that interferes with the private lives of all 450 million people in the European Union. Data retention is a policy that expands powers of surveillance in an unprecedented manner. It simultaneously revokes many of the safeguards in European human rights instruments, such as the Data Protection Directives and the European Convention on Human Rights. Data retention means that governments may interfere with your private life and private communications regardless if you are suspected of a crime or not. Data retention is not a solution to terrorism and crime! In July 2005 the European Parliament adopted a report by Parliament member Alexander Alvaro on the mandatory data retention plan. The report concludes that the proposal is disproportionate. The report also questions the necessity, effectiveness and high costs for industry and telecommunication users. No research has been conducted anywhere in Europe that supports the need and necessity of creating such a large-scale database containing such sensitive data for the purpose of fighting crime and terrorism. The attacks on London are an attack on human rights. The protection of those human rights matters most when governments and societies face times of crisis. The worst possible response would be to jeopardise those carefully wrought rights by a panic-inspired response. A mass surveillance response to terror would result in a resounding success for the perpetrators of these attacks: a fundamental undermining of our most fundamental values. What can you do to stop this plan? If you are concerned about the European plans for data retention, please sign the petition and alert as many people as you can to support this campaign. The signatures will be sent to the European Commission and the European Parliament. [...] http://www.dataretentionisnosolution.com/index.php?lang=eng Hmmm the patent directive was thrown out comprehensively, perhaps the EU can be controlled with democratic pressure...let us see. Imagine, after years of being run badly, the EU becomes the protector of everyone's rights in a consistent and sensible way....stranger things have (and are probably about to) happened.

Sell Sell Sell!

I'd say the anyone in the area chance it and start a protest before the 1st of August Even better, turn up and establish your pre-Augustan protest, and then hand it over to another person when you get tired of it so that it may continue ad nauseum, or...sell/rent your 'pitch' to the highest bidder who wants to enter that space! Meanwhile....

Madrassa foreigners 'must leave'

Madrassas must not be misused for extremism, says Musharraf Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf says all foreign students at madrassas, or religious schools, some 1,400 pupils, must leave the country. "Any [foreigners] in the madrassas - even dual nationality holders - will leave Pakistan," Gen Musharraf said. This is the latest in a series of measures the president has announced in a renewed clampdown on extremism. Madrassas have been in the spotlight after one of the London bombers was reported to have studied at one. Invalid Gen Musharraf told foreign journalists in Islamabad: "They must leave. We will not issue visas to such people. "We will not allow madrassas to be misused for extremism, hatred being projected in our society." He also told journalists that action would be taken against any of the madrassas that did not register with the authorities. Pakistani forces have detained hundreds of clerics and suspected militants since President Musharraf announced a new crackdown on 15 July. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4728643.stm
My italic emphasis. Bliar and Murder Inc must drool at the UNNNNLLIMITED POWWWEERRRRRR of Mr Pervez, who can not only kick out foreign nationals at the drop of a hat, but also his own citizens should that be his pleasure.

government screwed!!!

Parliament protester wins battle
Brian Haw outside court
Mr Haw has been protesting outside Parliament since 2001
A man who has held a four-year anti-war protest outside Parliament, has won a legal battle to continue his vigil.

From 1 August all protests in a half-mile zone in Westminster, London, must have prior permission from police.

But the High Court has ruled Brian Haw, 56, from Worcestershire, who claimed he was exempt as his protest pre-dated the new laws, can continue his protest.

The government said Mr Haw posed a potential security risk and described his argument as "absurd".

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd say the anyone in the area chance it and start a protest before the 1st of August so Mr Haw doesn't become the August 1. (That's if you've anything worth demonstrating about).

Countries that have great power

When a country obtains great power, it becomes like the sea: all streams run downward into it. The more powerful it grows, the greater the need for humility. Humility means trusting the Tao, thus never needing to be defensive. A great nation is like a great man: When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. He thinks of his enemy as the shadow that he himself casts. If a nation is centered in the Tao, if it nourishes its own people and doesn't meddle in the affairs of others, it will be a light to all nations in the world.

"Lets go to the video tape!"

It'd be interesting to know how many witnesses remember what they saw ???!!! Why don't they just show us the video tape from the pervasive CCTV to prove that what they are saying is the truth? What is the betting that they will now never release this tape, because it contradicts the police version of the story? What is the point of all the CCTV everywhere if it will not be used to corroborate the facts in a desperately important case? OK, so during an investigation that might go to court, any evidince like CCTV footage that is released now might not be admissible in court due to the rules of evidence (?!?!?) but in these 'times of extreme crisis' when people can be gunned down in the street without cause, SURELY the tape is more valuable as a tool to re-assure everyone in the UK that martial law has not been secretly declared and everyone's rights suspended for the duration; to re-assure everyone that the police, even under pressure like this, can be trusted to give a true account of what they are doing on behalf of and in the public's name. That tape would go a long way to making things right. What goes a long way to making things wrong are the blantant and repulsive leaks to do with the Brazilian's immigration status, as if for some reason, being here on an expired visa has ANYTHING WHATSOEVER to do with him being executed in the street!!! And the newspapers all repeat this scandalous, shameless, dastardly and evil information with glee!

who sees goes on

truth is forged It'd be interesting to know how many witnesses remember what they saw as opposed to trying to fit their memories into the official version

Lies, damned lies and police statements

they thought they could get away with such a statement The problem is, they already have. Nobody I've spoken to had heard this update to the story. So the public remember only the initial police LIES. This man will be remembered only as an illegal immigrant, acting suspiciously in a heavy coat, who jumped a barrier and ran onto the tube. The reports of the reality of what happened are buried without fuss in the broadsheets, ignored by the tabloids, and hidden inside puff pieces by the BBC. The BBC reports the info as one paragraph, well into this story... Ban 'shoot-to-kill', urge family While they still have this "guide" prominently linked to everything about the shooting Electrician Jean Charles de Menezes was believed to be heading for north London to carry out a pre-arranged job when he was shot at Stockwell Tube station by police who mistook him for a suicide bomber.

The BBC News website traces his final journey.

[...]

Scotland Yard are not commenting on details of the shooting because it is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. But earlier they said Mr Menezes was wearing a padded jacket which heightened their suspicions.

They said they pursued him into the station after he began running, and shot him after he failed to obey their orders to stop and tried to board a Tube train.

Layout of Stockwell station
1: Jean Charles de Menezes enters Stockwell station 2: Witnesses say he vaults the automatic ticket barriers and heads for the platforms 3: He runs down an escalator after being approached by up to 20 plain-clothed police officers and tries to board a train 4: He apparently refuses to obey police instructions and after running onto a northbound Northern line train, he is shot dead
And so truth is forged.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Flickr don't take our data to the States

Flickr don't take our data to the States.

Meat

The light, the light that shines is meat.

Shrooms!

Soon they'll have to lay off the mushrooms so things may become clearer, yeah. Thats why shrooms are now illegal!!

sit, lie, play dead

Guardian Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot dead in the head, was not wearing a heavy jacket that might have concealed a bomb, and did not jump the ticket barrier when challenged by armed plainclothes police... There is practically nothing left from the original police statement that stacks up anymore, it's amazing they operate in a climate where they thought they could get away with such a statement. It makes you wonder how they let their imaginations loose on actions relating to lower profile cases. Soon they'll have to lay off the mushrooms so things may become clearer, yeah.

motivation

"Anything I can do I can do better I can do anything Better than me" - "and what cause would you live for?"

Free beer as in free speach.

Free Beer

Ba BOOM!

A deal on climate change that doesn't limit pollution is the same as a peace plan that allows guns to be fired

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Missing the point

TAZER The name comes from "Thomas A. Swift's Electric Rifle"

So they have Tasers?!

Police were tonight questioning one of the four main suspects in the failed bomb attacks in London on July 21, security sources said.

Yasin Hassan Omar, 24, a Somali connected to the attempted suicide bombing at Warren Street tube station, was arrested when anti-terrorist officers swooped on a home in the Hay Mills area of Birmingham at 4.30am, Guardian Unlimited understands.

He was felled with a Taser stun gun, which fires an electric charge, after a scuffle with police officers who raided a house in Heybarnes Road.

[...]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/attackonlondon/story/0,16132,1536957,00.html

My emphasis. Wow. Let me be not the first to ask how it is that they can TASER someone who was alledgedly seen carrying a bomb, but they pump eight bullets into someone who was completely innocent? They had been following the Brazilian, watched him get onto a bus, and then cornered him like a dog and murdered him, but a man who they 'know for sure' was planning a bombing run, they TASER him instead of executing him. The only reason they would not have Tasered the Brazilian is because they did not want him to talk. This Omar 'suspect' was Tasered because....they want him to talk? It doesnt make any sense. They could have Tasered and held the brazilian, or stunned him with rubber bullets while he was walking down the street, but to hold him down and execute him....this is rather odd, and it is even more odd now that the police have Tasered someone who they suspect is a suicide bomber, and who they want to interrogate. Is this a case of Keystone Cops running wild, or are they obeying commands perfectly? Are they now going to Taser every suspect, or are they going to execute only the patsies and Taser the sacrificial lambs for the inevitable show trials? This sort of discrepancy feeds into the runaway rumor mill, this illogical, inconsistent behaviour, the other universe proclamations of Bliar and the Murder Inc franchise cabal. Really, what else would you expect in the absence of any honesty and real accountability?

Iran to be Nuked upon the next ourtrage

What Is the Plan If There's Another 9/11?

According to Philip Giraldi, writing in the new issue (not online) of the American Conservative, it's to nuke Iran:

The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale air assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing--that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack--but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections.

Umm, could the Emm Ess Emm pick this up? Especially considering that several of the hardened suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites are in the middle of Tehran? So does this mean we are going to nuke the capital of Iran? And in this case would we parachute in exiles to run the place afterward, or attempt a colonial administration? What effect would the radioactive fallout have on our decision?

I mean, surely the NYT and WaPo can find a lede here: "US has plan to nuke Tehran if another 9/11." Can we get at least a bloody story out of this? Sorry to sound breathless, but the prospect of nuking Tehran is over my breathlessness threshold. As if we needed another reason to hope there's not a terrorist attack on the U.S...

The current issue of TAC also includes a sharp article by Christopher Layne, arguing that, while failure is pretty much a fait accompli in Iraq, there's failure and then there's failure. Getting out sooner, as Layne argues, would make failure less detrimental to America.

Say what you will about Pat Buchanan, TAC's a pretty interesting mag, particularly when compared to its intra-right-wing competition. I mean, honestly, how much do we really need another Sufi partisan article by Stephen Schwartz or another "Aha! NOW I've found The Connection!" article by Stephen Hayes? [...]

http://www.justinlogan.com/justinlogancom/2005/07/what_is_the_pla.html

???!!!

fields of florescence

Photos of the Field art installation near Bath. The florescent tubes are glowing in the electric field from the overhead cables. From: gusset on Flickr

oops

Here is the source of the big Lenny Bruce quote...
LENNY BRUCE

A CHILD BEFORE HIS TIME


"In freedom of speech,
the accent is on freedom,
not on speech"

police please me

I think you see that a lot in demonstrations.... Generally I agree with what you're saying but police tactics aren't (necessarily) prescribed by 'Authorities', the police have plenty of opportunities to make their own faults, like *everyone*. 'Heavy handed policing' is as common to demonstrations as SWP placards. Given the close proximity of police requests and resulting Government legislation there are some boundaries being blurred between the 'Authority' and the 'Executive' and the results are as potentially unnerving as if the 'Authority' was, um, authoritarian.

Lenny Bruce Forsyth

LENNY BRUCE: Like what happened to me in England: I liked England, and I was very well received by the press; but then, when i came back from this country, I was arrested. I was arrested in town A, and if towns B, C, and D don't arrest you, they are not doing their jobs. That's the big problem we have in our country: unfortunately we elect people on their record. I think that law-enforcement officers should be treated like the postman. They shouldn't have to be keeping busy all the time. We demand that the man do his job and keep busy; and when the crime rate drops - which it has in this country because the welfare is up and the economy is up - it results in a lot of false arrests. The poor police officer is put in the position of doing his job when he's not required to do his job. Because he's of shore tenure, and that's what he's elected on. You find it with a [civil rights] demonstration. How do we have law in our country? Well, let's reduce it to the very first law. Let's say we all made an agreement; we said: "We'll sleep in area A; we'll eat in area B; we'll throw our garbage in area C. Because that's the rules." Everybody agreed on it. Everybody went to sleep. Then, say, some guy woke up and he got a face full of garbage. So he says: "What's the deal here? I thought we had a rule: A, B, and C." So they discovered that although they had a rule, there was no way to enforce it. So then they had to get somebody to enforce the law. So they said: "All right; this is what we'll do: if anybody throws any garbage on us while we're sleeping, he gets thrown where the garbage is. But the problem is that we have to do business with these people so we can't throw them where the garbage is. So we'd better get someone else to do it. We'll get some 'law-enforcement officers.'" And they said: "Look, we're trying to get some sleep, but people are throwing garbage on us. So if anybody throws any garbage on us while we're sleeping, they get thrown in the garbage. But don't do it in front of me - because I want somebody to be the bad guy, and I've got to do business with these people, and you've heard me say a lot of times that it takes a certain mentality to do this work." So when the demonstrations come, that's the way the law is. You can't change the law without repealing it. So you've got a poor peace officer with a stick in his hand, and fifty thousand people throwing rocks, sticks and stones - and the thing stopping them is him. In fact, he is really doing the job of a public servant, but people always sort of want to beat the devil. The newspapers - they can only sell papers, you know, by showing what they assume is the bad guy. This creates, you know, a bit of a problem. I couldn't find the quote I wanted, which was about "the people can't seperate the Authorities and the people who have the authority vested in them. I think you see that a lot in demonstrations. [...] people are demonstrating ... against policemen." I was reminded of this from chatting yesterday... and thinking about changing things. And remembered Julian Cope using a bit of Lenny Bruce on the track "Soldier Blue". Lenny Bruce, like Bill Hicks, saw things as they really are. Anyway, the Peace Tax 7 (ha!) had a true aim, demonstrating against the Authorities rather than standing and shouting at policemen on the street. It's a simple concept, easily forgotten. Unfortunately, the Authorities have done all they can to make themselves invulnerable. Batfink-like, the Law is like a Shield of Steel. A distorted one, that it should protect the Authority and not serve the People. I half-remember the rest, Lenny as Authority Figure, saying to Policeman "... But I can't do it, because I have to do business with these assholes. So here's a stick and a gun, you go do it. But wait 'til I'm out of the room."

yet another punning ID title

The Register reports that the proposed UKID card would use ICAO RFID standards, spy blog has the pitfalls nailed to the floor and fires a few lethal shots here. Reg also states that chip & PIN technology would also be used: ...while use of chip and PIN would allow it to be compatible with banking and retail systems... We've said this before, any problems with the banking system should be handled by the PRIVATE financial companies that enter into PRIVATE contracts with INDIVIDUALS there is absolutely no reason for PRIVATE transactions to involve validation of PUBLIC documents especially not when such validations add to the inherent security flaws of a repeatedly accessd centralised database of useless but potentially very valuable information on all the sheep that volunteer into the ID card system (or those who are cowed by whatever the state throws at them). The incorporation of such functionality is a cynical exercise by the architects of the IDcard cashcow (for the governments favoured IT providers) to make the ID card a requirement for private transactions and as such make life incredibly difficult for non card holders in the duration when the holding of an ID is alleged to be voluntary (and don't hold your breath for Liar or Clunk to decree that this period will be unjustifiable given the 'current terror threat'). Did I just rant? Oh well in short, private contracts/transactions should be enforced by the parties who enter into the contracts, if this does not involve the State (ie for benefits etc) then it is none of the State's business to intercede. If customers want such securities in banking they can choose bankers that privately supply secure accounts, and the banks shouldn't be so lazy as to wait for State intervention to supply such accounts. And the State shouldn't peddle their flawed schemes on wholly unrelated 'functionality'.

It's not even supposed to be here...

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LOST

Alison, I just remembered Jeff Mills is playing at Lost the weekend you are in London. That should be amazing! LOST BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY 28th AUGUST The Bridge / SE1 (Weston St, by London Bridge SE1) Opening time t.b.c. - 6AM TICKETS £16 BUY TICKETS ONLINE NOW - CLICK HERE TICKET RESERVATIONS - CLICK HERE FURTHER INFO/TICKET OUTLETS: 020 7791 0402 - LOST@LOST.CO.UK All guests are exclusive uk dates AND WILL ONLY BE PLAYING AT LOST red.regular LOST dancefloor. JEFF MILLS - (AXIS) - EXCLUSIVE UK DATE STEVE BICKNELL MAX DULEY others t.b.c. blues.hosted by RHYTHM & SOUND (Berlin) EXCLUSIVE UK DATE (Mark & Moritz formerly Basic Channel presenting their dub set) full line up t.b.a. 3rd Space Incorporating 'Inside the White Cube'

DIY Electronics Make Me Wet

Massive modular "a musical instrument using light bulbs as 100% audio source" Tube ring modulator/preamp all from Carrion Sound. I wish I had taken time to learn how to make my own electronics. What a great thing to be doing!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

shame it's not fox

saddam's bassoon

falsified ... "Yellow Cake" IT'S A MADE UP DRUG! -

MI-6 Agents caught trying to bomb the Chicago Subway system

French Intelligence and The U.S. Marshall Service Monday night July 18, 2005 caught eight of Tony Blair's British MI-6 Agents trying to bomb the Chicago Subway system. A shoot out killed 4 British Agents. Four were captured in the act of Terrorism and arrested. The British Agents part of Bush & Blair's Al Quaida network were charged in Federal Court today with explosives. The British MI-6 Terrorist Cell Operated out of Laidlaw Corp in Chicago. Chicago US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald served Tony Blair a subpoena in the CIA Valerie Plame case on July 13, 2005 to answer questions regarding his role in the leaks connected to George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Condi Rice, Andrew Card, Scooter Libby and Karl Rove. Tony Blair has not yet responded to his subpoena. George W. Bush has not responded to his subpoena either. Tony Blair had supplied George W. Bush with falsified British Intelligence stating that Iraq leader Saddam Hussein had obtained "Yellow Cake" Nuclear materials from Niger. This was the reason Bush gave to start the war in Iraq. This has all now been proven to be lies by Bush and Blair. [...] ???!!!

John Burke's Wild Bears

John Burke's Hungry Bear 1 John Burke emailed these to me today, the other three in the sequence....well, honestly....'Bears'!!!!!

Laying the groundwork for vice

If a country is governed with tolerance, the people are comfortable and honest. If a country is governed with repression, the people are depressed and crafty. When the will to power is in charge, the higher the ideals, the lower the results. Try to make people happy, and you lay the groundwork for misery. Try to make people moral, and you lay the groundwork for vice. Thus the Master is content to serve as an example and not to impose her will. She is pointed, but doesn't pierce. Straightforward, but supple. Radiant, but easy on the eyes.

rhyme & reason

This old Met, they played guns They played click-clack with their thumbs With 'Operation Paki-whack', Get on the dog and bone This old Met come toting guns This old Met, they played shoot They played click-clack on the hoof With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the pig a gun This old Met came trusting none This old Met, they played free They played click-clack with impunity With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the pig a gun This old Met came trolling homes This old Met, they played four They played click-clack on the door With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the pig a gun This old Met forced to the floor This old Met, they played five They played click-clack with his life With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the pig a gun This old Met came causing strife This old Met crossed the Styx They played click-clack through the streets With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the pig a gun This old Met came bringing grief This old Met, they played seven They played click-clack up to heaven With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the pig a gun This old Met aren't acting clever This old Met, they played hate They played click-clack on my pate With a knick-knack paddywhack, Get on the dog and bone This old Met stopped too late This old Met, they played nine They played click-clack through my spine With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the pig a gun This old Met on the Northern line This old Met, with Number Ten They will play click-clack once again With a knick-knack paddywhack, Give the pig a gun And old Met will fuck up again

Hotel California...Penury!

Peace tax group lose court case
A group of peace campaigners has lost its legal fight for the right to be able to opt out of taxes which are used to fund military action.

The so-called "peace tax seven" wanted a judicial review of their demands for a special fund for their tax payments - so it is not used to fund wars.

Their barrister told the High Court they faced a choice of following their conscience or obeying the law.

But Mr Justice Collins said the group's case was unarguable.

The "peace tax seven" are: Joe Jenkins, of Green Street, Hereford; Birgit Vollm, 40, Oxford Road, Manchester; Simon Heywood, Herries Road, Sheffield; Sian Cwper, 57, Llanfrothen, Gwynedd; Roy Prockter, 55, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex; Robin Brookes, 52, Market Lavington, Wilts; and Brenda Boughton, 80, Plantation Road, Oxford.

They argued the Treasury's refusal to set up a special account for their taxes broke European human rights laws protecting freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

Conscience gap

The group's barrister, Michael Fordham, said: "They are forced to make an impossible choice between following their conscience or obeying the law."

In a statement to the court, Ms Boughton said she found contributing to defence spending "impossible to reconcile" with her religious convictions.

She has withheld part of her taxes since 1989 and court orders have been used to take the money directly from her bank account.

Mr Prockter, a chartered management accountant, said he objected to taking any action in a war "including the conscription of my tax to finance martial expenditure".

But Treasury solicitors said the European Convention on Human Rights, and other legal cases, had decided in the 1980s that the UK tax regime did not interfere with the rights of conscience.

Mr Justice Collins rejected the call for a full judicial review hearing.

He said respected the genuine nature of the objectors' convictions and the "important" nature of their grievance - but their challenge was doomed to failure. [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4715619.stm

P£nury!

Monday, July 25, 2005

A Secret Service

(nomen nescio)

A Secret Service

submit your password at

asecretservice.org

A project by Sasker Scheerder and Olaf Matthes. Mediamatic and Sasker Scheerder take SAFETY very SERIOUSLY. The increasingly popular exchange of sensitive digital information demands a revision of security measures. An alternative, designed by Sasker Scheerder, is being offered at Mediamatic. [...]

Hidden in public, A Secret Service offers a valuable service to computer users dealing with the problem of password management; and you reading this are very likely to be one of them.

When you memorize your passwords you're going to forget them at some point: when you write them on a piece of paper you're either going to lose it or someone else will see it, so this is UNSAFE. When you store the in an encrypted file on your computer it is not only unsafe but also you still need another password to open this file, which not only principally FEELS BAD but is philosophically still NOT A SOLUTION.

A Secret Service invites you to submit your passwords and a timestamp for storage on the Secret Service website, asecretservice.org . It is then translated (text-to-speech), automated and broadcasted via webradio and live at Mediamatic Groundfloor every hour on the time of your choice. Because nobody can know that this is your password or what the purpose is, this seemingly paradoxical way of storing something very secret and intimate in public space can be considered completely safe.

To guarantee the absolute safety of your information, Mediamatic has taken advanced security measures to protect the server on which your passwords will be saved. You are invited to place your most sensitive information in our care ( asecretservice.org ) and take a look at Mediamatic's exhibition space where the safety of these measures are on display. [...]

http://www.mediamatic.net/artefact-200.9560.htm

future moments

Collection of transparent computer screens. See this as very early technological adaptations of what will come to be recognized as normal in the future. [Computer screens designed to adapt into their surroundings, remain hidden when not in use.]

the martin dust sleep deprivation appeal fund

Every one's a winner!

You See?!?!?

they should be subject to controlled testing and be grown in controlled environments, Like I said before, they should be grown on a Lunar base, and no where else. and the requirement for each modification should be clearly identified and assessed, for modifications related to increasing or artificially including vitamins, insulin, etc the plants should be harvested and processed and sold as pharmaceuticals not food. Indeed. You do know of course, that when they use the word 'engineering' they do so in the loosest possible way. These plants are 'engineered' by subjecting them to a particle scatter gun that damages the genetic material of the plant in a totally random way. They then try and grow the damaged plant to see first of all if it will grow, and secondly, wether its 'good' for anything. In any case, how they are doing it is irrelevant. These people have now contaminated the environment with their experimental plants, and no one is going to be held accountable for the contamination, not even to the level of charging the violator for all the work that will be needed to manually pull up all these super weeds that cannot be eradicated by herbicides. This is the most annoying thing of all, they run roughshod overf everyones and our children's rights, pay nothing and are not brought to book, and eveyone is meant to just sit around and take it. Anyone who finds these plants in thier garden should be able to sue Monsanto for contaminating their property. The scientists who said its perfectly safe should be pilloried and humiliated so that their word is never used again to sanction a dangerous experiment. And of course, this is the contamination that we know about. God knows what other contamination has spread throughout the country and that has either not been detected or has been covered up. Is there a seed bank holding all the original, untampered with plants that are now being destroyed, so that we can roll back this experiment? I wonder if the people who did this had the foresight to take this precaution. Probably not, since they arrogantly thoght that nothing could go wrong, and that the junk wouldnt escape. Honestly, we can do without these people!

Let Go

If you want to be a great leader, you must learn to follow the Tao. Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts, and the world will govern itself. The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be. The more weapons you have, the less secure people will be. The more subsidies you have, the less self-reliant people will be. Therefore the Master says: I let go of the law, and people become honest. I let go of economics, and people become prosperous. I let go of religion, and people become serene. I let go of all desire for the common good, and the good becomes common as grass.

another do we told you so? we done.

Modified genes from crops in a GM crop trial have transferred into local wild plants, creating a form of herbicide-resistant "superweed", the Guardian can reveal. The cross-fertilisation between GM oilseed rape, a brassica, and a distantly related plant, charlock, had been discounted as virtually impossible by scientists with the environment department. It was found during a follow up to the government's three-year trials of GM crops which ended two years ago. This sort of unintended consequence of GM crop plantings is exactly why GM products should be treated in the same way as medicinal products - they should be subject to controlled testing and be grown in controlled environments, and the requirement for each modification should be clearly identified and assessed, for modifications related to increasing or artificially including vitamins, insulin, etc the plants should be harvested and processed and sold as pharmaceuticals not food.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

not saying what you mean

Those London terrorism euphemisms (edited): homegrown - British organic - manually detonated, cf: battery - remotely detonated free range - escaped suspect pick your own - list of grievances re. Western involvement in the Middle East cottage industry - al-Qaida cell sourdough (aka yorkshire pudding) - homemade explosive

Vigilance in a time of crisis

Thanks to the eyes and ears and fingers of Davros for this.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Thats what started it all...

The doctrine of pre-emption.

Fakelite Radio by me

radio

Whoops-a-daisy!

"He looked absolutely petrified and then he sort of tripped, but they were hotly pursuing him, [they] couldn't have been any more than two or three feet behind him at this time and he half tripped and was half pushed to the floor and the policeman nearest to me had the black automatic pistol in his left hand.

"He held it down to the guy and unloaded five shots into him."

Shot man not connected to bombing A man shot dead by police hunting the bombers behind Thursday's London attacks was unconnected to the incidents, police have confirmed.

A Scotland Yard statement said the shooting was a "tragedy" which was regretted by the Metropolitan Police.

...

"We are now satisfied that he was not connected with the incidents of Thursday 21st July 2005.

"For somebody to lose their life in such circumstances is a tragedy and one that the Metropolitan Police Service regrets."[...]

A simple mistake. A tragedy, no less. It could have been you. It could be you next. But, hey, like ID-card apologists everywhere say...

If you've done nothing wrong you've got nothing to worry about.

NYC for miles

Around 4.5 million people use the New York subway system every working day.[...] New York police chief Ray Kelly has offered a guarantee that the searches will be truly random and that passengers will not be selected because of their apparent race or religion.[...] So, lets say 4 bombers on one day. That's a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of finding 1 of them in a random search. How many searches to get it down to a reasonable chance? And you believe the police chief's offer, don't you? So what are these searches for? "We know why these things are done. They are done to scare people and to frighten them, to make them anxious and worried."

why iraq matters

Despite what the politicians say Iraq does matter in the grandstanding between the war perpetrators (terrorists and governments alike). The standard politician response since the seventh of July has been along the lines of 9-11 was before Iraq and the terrorists will choose anything to justify their attacks, perhaps they will, but you have to see that their list of excuses is drawn from a long list of unwanted interventions by Western governments into local people's lives - there is a pattern. Iraq does matter because it was a signal that these governments are going to continue such interventions. Their polemic after the latest Iraq war has shown that they do not even consider their meddling there as the end point, indeed, the Republican mantra is that it is the BEGINNING of the meddling that will introduce/impose Western style (i.e. weak) democracy to the neighbouring countries (whether they like it or not). You don't have to have any sympathy whatsoever with terrorists to realise that the implied threat of foreign governments trying to implement their policies in your country/'brotherhood' in perpetuity is going to annoy some of those people to an extent that they will not sit back and take it. Violence is the worst reaction that people affected can make, but that there is a reaction should not be a surprise.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Transport for London...The Bank

Leading companies line up to partner Transport for London's Oyster e-money project Transport for London (TfL) announced the shortlist of potential partners for the development of e-money today. The successful organisations and consortia are: alphyra Barclays BBVA/Accenture/MTR/Octopus EDS/JPMorgan Nucleus/Dexit/Ericsson/Hutchison 3G/Euroconex PayPal RBS. The shortlisted companies are invited to negotiate with Transport for London this summer. TfL expects to confirm a partner by the end of the year. This marks an important step forward for TfL's aspiration to extend the use of its successful ticketing and payment smart card, Oyster, to low value payments for goods and services at newsagents, parking machines, fast food restaurants, supermarkets and other locations where the importance of transaction speed and the inconvenience of cash are recognised. Jay Walder, Managing Director of Finance and Planning at Transport for London said: "The use of contactless smart cards for low value payments is growing in popularity around the globe. "Such schemes are now well established in Hong Kong and Japan and significant trials are taking place in the United States. "Oyster has the largest customer base of all smart cards in the UK, with 2.2 million users and a significant level of public trust. "Extending Oyster to include low value payments is a natural progression which will make the smart card even more convenient." The plan to extend Oyster from travel to small value purchases demonstrates TfL's commitment to provide greater convenience for passengers and generate additional revenue for the transport network. TfL aims to commence trials for Oyster e-money in late 2005 or early 2006. Ends Notes for editors 1. Timescales for the development of Oyster e-money - * 11 February 2005 - TfL placed a Prior Information Notice (PIN) in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) * 15 April 2005 - TfL presented plans for e-money to nearly 100 interested companies * 22 April 2005 - TfL published a Contract Notice in the OJEU and released the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire and Request for Outline Proposals * 10 June 2005 - Twenty companies submitted pre-qualification questionnaires / outline proposals for TfL's review * July 2005 - Short list announced, Non-Disclosure Agreements issued * August 2005 - Negotiations commence * January 2006 - Proposed timing for development and delivery of e-money on Oyster. 2. Similar schemes such as Octopus in Hong Kong have shown customers appreciate the speed and ease this form of payment brings to the many small purchases people make every day. 3. The PRESTIGE project is a 17-year, private finance initiative (PFI) awarded in 1998. The contracting consortium is TranSys whose members are Cubic Transportation Systems (Cubic), Electronic Data Systems (EDS), Fujitsu and W.S. Atkins. [...] http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/press-centre/press-releases/press-releases-content.asp?prID=441 Now, TFL when they do this, will have records of all your journeys AND the money you spend in shops. Have you ever asked an Underground staffer to print out the contents of your Oyster card? Try it some time; you will see the cards structure, along with all your journeys. Electronic cash is not evil in itself, it all depends on how it is designed. Chaumian e-cash is actually better than cash. It is anonymous, unlimited, fraud proof and without bulk. Were it to form the basis of TFLs Oyster, I would embrace it. Of course, the idea in all the systems that seem to be favoured is to keep an audit trail and not to preserve people's right to privacy.

eaten already

Meanwhile, the NYPD announces that as of today, July 22, 2005, (the twenty second of July), all bags and all transit commuters are subject to random search.

A Reflection

provide an opportunity for us to reflect on our systems and practices to ensure they are sufficient to counter such unprecedented events Lets do that shall we? After all, that is precisely what these events are meant to do; they are meant to make everyone in the UK reflect on the practices of the UK. What absolutely astonishes me is the way that everyone in HMG insists on saying that what is happening now has nothing to do with foreign policy. What is really frightening is that I think they actually believe this. T. Bliar was on television a few weeks ago, and was challenged about doctors requiring patients to make bookings exactly 48hrs before a requested appointment. He was told that doctors were doing this so that they would appear to be meeting government set targets. He was flabergasted by this, and totally unaware that it was going on. He said that he would look into it, because the regulations were not meant to produce this effect. Now. Its clear from this that none of his advisors knew this was going on, and he obviously had no clue that people were adapting their behaviour (acting 'unreasonably') in order to satisfy government regulations. Transpose this to Iraq. Clearly its possible that Bliar, totally detached from reality as he is, actually doesn't believe or know that people all over the world are fulminating with rage over this affair, and would do literally anything, even self immolation, to get back at the UK. A man like this, and Dumbo, and Blindkid, cannot be left in charge of the shop, because they are out of the loop, incommunicado, not keeping their eye on the ball, out of contact with the world street, blind (blindkid), deaf (dumbo) and dumb (bliar). Immediate cessation of all hostilities is the only solution to this problem. It must be done immediately because there are forces being unleashed now that are hell bent on dismantling this great country, and oce it is done, it might never be put back together again. Anyone with any love for the UK weeps at what is taking place, the language being used, the legislation being rammed onto the statute books. It's just not worth it. It never has been and never will be worth it. who do you trust? No one, and I will not be distracted from what this is all about; the turning of the United Kingdom's back on the insane peoples of the world, leaving them to their own devices, and reaping the benefits of the 21st century, that the UK richly deserves, after centuries of duty.

st&nd&rd&th

On a lighter note, would journalists writing in English please note that "July 7" means nothing, unless refering, perhaps, to a group suffering a summer-associated miscarriage of justice (see: Guildford 4, Birmingham 6, Heinz 57, etc.). Moreover, it is toe-curlingly embarassing to see such copycat Americanisms creeping into English. I urge a boycott of American date nomenclature, and a return to the goold old days of 'the 7th of July'. Or, at the very least, 'July 7th'. Would one write, 'Hannah is my wife 3'? Of course not. Henry 8? Why, he'd lop off one's head! But I labour the point. Think yourselves lucky I chose not to address the, even more, contemptible and infuriating '#/#' date format. Sloppy, nasty, lazy habitses... I hates them, I HATES them!

Death Con One

So after 50-odd dead in 4 co-ordinated, successful bombings two weeks ago... 4 more bombers, 4 more 'bombs' 0 successful detonations. Zero. A 'goldmine of forensic information' for the police! A completely unsuccessful attempt at mass murder, or a stitch-up job to make the police look good and keep everyone on their toes? Place your money and take your choice! Meanwhile... 'Police' assasinate a man in public [...]

"I saw an Asian guy. He ran on to the train, he was hotly pursued by three plain clothes officers, one of them was wielding a black handgun.

"He half tripped... they pushed him to the floor and basically unloaded five shots into him," he told BBC News 24.

"As [the suspect] got onto the train I looked at his face, he looked sort of left and right, but he basically looked like a cornered rabbit, a cornered fox.

"He looked absolutely petrified and then he sort of tripped, but they were hotly pursuing him, [they] couldn't have been any more than two or three feet behind him at this time and he half tripped and was half pushed to the floor and the policeman nearest to me had the black automatic pistol in his left hand.

"He held it down to the guy and unloaded five shots into him." [...]

'I'm a patsy....ARRRRGH!' Also... [...]armed police outside Downing Street were seen arresting a man at gunpoint, ordering him to remove a rucksack and open his shirt before he was led off. He was one of two people arrested in Whitehall. [...]

A GWB-esque policeman confusing 'terrorist' and 'tourist'? No further explanation on that one. And yesterday in the 'birthplace of democracy'... [...]

Cynics would have you believe that ministers regularly seek any diversion going to sneak out dodgy announcements - they used to call it burying bad news.

In particular, the antennae of suspicious hacks always start twitching on the last day of the parliamentary session in the belief ministers will use it to release announcements when nobody is looking and MPs are off on their holidays and in no position to call them to account.

It is a charge that infuriates ministers and is regularly denied. But they really do not help themselves.

Today the Commons order paper lists no fewer than 65 written ministerial statements to be released in the dying hours of the session.

On a normal day there might be three or four, even half a dozen. But 65.

Today's include statements on ministerial gifts - like the dagger, electric car and "bling" given to the prime minister by various foreign dignitaries - ministerial travel, RAF force restructure, school funding, the numbers and costs of special advisers and the ministerial code, etcetera, etcetera.

Even if only a tenth of the statements was worthy of a daily newspaper page lead there just would not be enough space in Fleet Street's finest to cover them all.

Still, nothing dodgy there.[...]

And it doesn't end there... [...]Police last night told Tony Blair that they need sweeping new powers to counter the terrorist threat, including the right to detain a suspect for up to three months without charge instead of the current 14 days.

Senior officers also want powers to attack and close down websites, and a new criminal offence of using the internet to prepare acts of terrorism, to "suppress inappropriate internet usage".

They also want to make it a criminal offence for suspects to refuse to cooperate in giving the police full access to computer files by refusing to disclose their encryption keys.[...] "The terrorist attacks in London on July 7 and today provide an opportunity for us to reflect on our systems and practices to ensure they are sufficient to counter such unprecedented events," Mr Jones said.[...]

Who's going to refuse our brave boys in blue? Not the 'government', of that at least you can be sure.

I could go on... But let's end with Our Mighty Leader, who says, while telling us that things are "as normal" and without a hint of a smile on his face, that...

[...]We know why these things are done. They are done to scare people and to frighten them, to make them anxious and worried. Fortunately in this instance there appear to have been no casualties.[...]

Let's remember that:

We know why these things are done. They are done to scare people and to frighten them, to make them anxious and worried.

So, what am I saying here? Well, maybe things are as they appear, and maybe not. It's very hard to tell, but it's important to keep an open mind. The definition of 'normal' is being altered before our very eyes. And it's certainly not the terrorists doing the alterations. Even those who seem to be (and should be) working hardest on our behalf, are not averse to making the most of any situation for their own benefit while donning the black armbands.

Who do you trust?