Wednesday, November 30, 2005

1st Google video

Bhagvad Gita

I have read the Bhagvad Gita. Strangely enough, I was at a yoga workshop this weekend on the yamas and niyamas, and the book was referenced, as well as given as a focus of study: "Read a translation and write down five things you have learnt." Clearly, it's time to read it again. I found it on my bookcase, which arranged more by size and kind than subject: hardbound, oversized books on the bottom shelves, mostly art, some photography; medium-sized hardbound and thick paperbacks on the middle shelves, a mix of yoga, religious texts, homeopathy, novels, design; and small paperbacks on the tops shelves, predominantly novels but also some subjects already mentioned. I have a few other books in places around the house, but would like a larger shelf so they can all be together.

Monday, November 28, 2005


Alison, show us the money. I dont have any picure right now, since I am sitting here at work. But I am a gaming-librarian, playing Nintendo and know the history of videogames. I belive in free information for everybody and I am planning on a revolution from books to all kinds of media for everybody. My books at home are on shelfs after subject and novels. I never dog-ear my books and uses what ever comes in hand as bookmarks. When reading a novel, I always write a review on last page, witch makes it fun to read, when I have re-read the book again... Sweet Barrie, hope you feel better :-) I envy your snow Hymn, it looks so beautiful - did you have a snowball fight?

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Why do you think they call them 'Murder Inc'?

Abuse worse than under Saddam, says Iraqi leader · Allawi in damning indictment of new regime · Bush prepares way for US troop pull-out Peter Beaumont, foreign affairs editor Sunday November 27, 2005 The Observer Human rights abuses in Iraq are now as bad as they were under Saddam Hussein and are even in danger of eclipsing his record, according to the country's first Prime Minister after the fall of Saddam's regime.

'People are doing the same as [in] Saddam's time and worse,' Ayad Allawi told The Observer. 'It is an appropriate comparison. People are remembering the days of Saddam. These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam and now we are seeing the same things.'

In a damning and wide-ranging indictment of Iraq's escalating human rights catastrophe, Allawi accused fellow Shias in the government of being responsible for death squads and secret torture centres. The brutality of elements in the new security forces rivals that of Saddam's secret police, he said.

Allawi, who was a strong ally of the US-led coalition forces and was prime minister until this April, made his remarks as further hints emerged yesterday that President George Bush is planning to withdraw up to 40,000 US troops from the country next year, when Iraqi forces will be capable of taking over.

Allawi's bleak assessment is likely to undermine any attempt to suggest that conditions in Iraq are markedly improving.

'We are hearing about secret police, secret bunkers where people are being interrogated,' he added. 'A lot of Iraqis are being tortured or killed in the course of interrogations. We are even witnessing Sharia courts based on Islamic law that are trying people and executing them.' [...],6903,1651789,00.html

This surprises who exactly?

The CIA are running secret torture prisons WORLD WIDE...obviously their crimes are the greatest in the world, always have been, and will be very hard to eclipse.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

fat squeaking noise when you walk on it

fat squeaking noise when you walk on it that it did, mary ... it was real snow, not the lame, wet, half-hearted stuff we're used to being palmed off with in this country ... this morning the roads were solid ice, but it quickly thawed, the snow dropping from the trees all too quickly ... this evening it started raining and i expect there will be little left in the morning ... a very peculiar episode


Books in loo Books in kitchen



J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer, (1904–1967) the Supervising Scientist of the Manhattan Project was giving a lecture at Rochester University seven years after the first atomic weapon was successfully detonated. After his lecture he opened the floor to a period of questions and answers.

One student asked: “Was the bomb exploded at Alamogordo during the Manhattan Project the first one to be detonated?”

Dr. Oppenheimer’s answer was short but extremely telling. Dr. Oppenheimer said: “Well – yes. In modern times, of course.”

Dr. Oppenheimer years earlier had described what he was thinking when he witnessed the first modern atomic explosion. His thoughts had gone to the Hindu Bhagvad Gita which states:

"Of a thousand suns in the sky if suddenly should burst forth the light, it would be like unto the light of that Exalted One.” (Bhagvad Gita XI, 12)

“Death am I, cause of destruction of the worlds, matured and set out to gather in the worlds there." (Bhagvad Gita XI, 32)

However, in answering the question Dr. Oppenheimer was not referring to the Hindu Bhagvad Gita but rather an ancient Indian text known as the Mahabharata. That which had occurred in Japan in 1945 was reminiscent of a far more ancient episode, one as early as 2450 BC in the regions of the upper Ganges.

The text reads:

...a single projectile charged with all the power of the universe. An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as ten thousand suns rose in all its was an unknown weapon, an iron thunderbolt, a gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes the entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas....the corpses were so burned as to be unrecognizable. Their hair and nails fell out; pottery broke without apparent cause, and the birds turned white. After a few hours all foodstuffs were infected......To escape from this fire. The soldiers threw themselves in streams to wash themselves and their equipment... [...]

Have you read the Bhagvad Gita? It is very beautiful...

The bookworm has turned

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Alison, show us the money.

A Free Mars

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. On May 19th, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera (Pancam) mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover's 489th martian day, or sol. Spirit was commanded to stay awake briefly after sending that sol's data to the Mars Odyssey orbiter just before sunset. This small panorama of the western sky was obtained using Pancam's 750-nanometer, 530-nanometer and 430-nanometer color filters. This filter combination allows false color images to be generated that are similar to what a human would see, but with the colors slightly exaggerated. In this image, the bluish glow in the sky above the Sun would be visible to us if we were there, but an artifact of the Pancam's infrared imaging capabilities is that with this filter combination the redness of the sky farther from the sunset is exaggerated compared to the daytime colors of the martian sky. Because Mars is farther from the Sun than the Earth is, the Sun appears only about two-thirds the size that it appears in a sunset seen from the Earth. The terrain in the foreground is the rock outcrop "Jibsheet", a feature that Spirit has been investigating for several weeks (rover tracks are dimly visible leading up to "Jibsheet"). The floor of Gusev crater is visible in the distance, and the Sun is setting behind the wall of Gusev some 80 km (50 miles) in the distance. [...]

Friday, November 25, 2005

that snow

that snow looks like it would make a fat squeaking noise when you walk on it, as all the air is pressed out leaving large clumping foot prints. that snow looks perfect for constructing snowmen, amassing a large armament of snow balls, or perhaps packed into a frozen carapace for tiny tealights ...

Book Disorder

I always love the language used by some of the lords. It is very elegant, yet forceful. Something to be admired. Anthony, that snow is beautiful. Where I am, in freakin' Canada, there is NO snow, and it is unseasonably warm and dry, about 10 C. Something's wrong and I am disturbed by this. Enjoy the snow! I will answer the book question, for this my first post in quite some time! I have been in a bit of a rut (understatement). Grandma just died too so I'm a bit short on scintillating discussion. All of my books are shoved into one small shelf. Now that it is full the books are being piled on top of the rows, making for a bit of a mess. My books are rarely alphabetical but all the authors are always grouped. All the science fiction books make up one row, which is butted up against the much smaller classic literature grouping, which appears again I just realized two rows down. This does not make any sense and should be rectified. All of the cartoon/manga books are together next to some postmodern literature, and some special edition CDs that are too big to fit in my CD case. Smaller science fiction books appear in yet another row down, showing that when I "organized" this case, it was done as fast as possible more according to the size of the book than the type. Next to these, inexplicably, are the poetry and spiritual books. However, all of the non-fiction/politics/philosophy books are in neat order next to that, and the row below contains all oversized art editions and school books, as well as some binders with essays of mine and such in them. What a mess! Some 10" records also appear next to the art books, as I have recently run out of space for my rapidly-growing vinyl collection (which, by the way, is all alphabetical because it is still a bit too small to order by genre/type/country of origin, like my CD collection). I DESPISE dog-eared corners. Bookmarks used must be thin or made of silk, as if a thick bookmark is left in a book that is on the shelf, it can cause a dent in the page it marks. I never lend out books because they always return with a broken spine. Unforgivable!! As well a hardcover's dust jacket should ALWAYS be returned to the book every time it is to go back on the shelf. Speaking of books, does anyone here want a copy of my BFA class's catalog? (I convocated last week with Distinction). I get two pages in it, and some of the other student's work is mediocre, but I have 50 of these catalogs sitting around (unfortunately I was in charge of them) and would be happy to mail some out. Just drop me a line.

The Lords intone

Lord Stoddart said: "I believe that we are now getting very far beyond Nineteen Eighty-Four. I do not think George Orwell, the other Blair, could even have contemplated the uses to which an individual’s personal property—that is, DNA—was going to be used to put him under control and surveillance. I know that this is rapidly ceasing to be a free country where the individual matters, but those of us who believe in individual freedom must, I think, stand up for the principle that we belong to ourselves, not to this or any other state." [...] List of amendments at: Read transcripts of the debates at: Watch the debates at : (Debates were in the House of Lords on the 15th, 16th and 23rd November) From the No2ID mailout. So, even The Lords understand that this busineess makes people into property (merchandise). How can it possibly suceed? 'How' he says!

Order for order

All of my books touch each other. All my Mobeus books are together, in tome order, next to the complete 2000AD set. All the maths books are together, which are next to the philosophy. All my shortwave books are together, to the right of politics and modern music. Then come all my graphic design books. Novels are all on one shelf. Half of all the programming books are all together on one shelf, the other half on a chair next to where I work permanently. Anyone who licks their fingers before turning a page in a book should be hung by the neck till they are dead. The same goes for peope who 'dog ear' a book, (except a cook book or other such 'working book' which are there to be used brutally). I use pink silk ribbons for bookmarks. In work books, I glue these into the book, usually under the binding. In other books, I drape them. My records are 'organized' differently. I know where they all are, and its a mixture of date / artist / type / origin. All the jazz I got from my mother are together. All the weather report I bought myself are separate, for example.


Miracle berry lets UK politicians get approval from disdain ·West European fruit offers low-credibility policy option ·Voters tricked into accepting borderline despots It is a common complaint among long-suffering voters: if only low-credibility policies weren't enacted. A new quango in Croydon appears to have the answer in the form of a little red berry from Brussels, appropriately named the Mandelson Fruit. Most people would turn their noses up at the policies dreamt up on the Prime Minister's sofa in Downing Street. Not one Bill has more than 10 contributers - a fifth of the average white paper - not even the taxes and national security. They are all unbearably doctrinaire, palatable only with help from the miracle fruit. All that civil rights conscious sweet-talked voters have to do is chew the flesh of a berry, taken from the Principalum divorcium plant, for about two minutes, disregard the pish, and pay taxes. In an instant, the venom and lies look as good as an ordinary widely-consulted policy. [Source]

snow snow snow

and still it falls ...

where did all the colour go ?

at 10.00am we had some sleet ... at 11.30am i looked out of the window and narnia had descended ! ... it's still plummeting ... these are colour shots !


a touch of the Nazi I have a Final Solution for the Untermenschen who take reading material into the toilet. My books are in no discernable order except they tend to be where I left them. Authors occasionally cluster. I should really have much more books but my wallet is otherwise engaged. - How can an entire nation be accused of 'having documents'? ????!?!?!?!??!?!???!!!! mullah moolah - obviously intended to buy nuclear technology - look at his eyes!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Banal retentiveness

How do you organize your bookshelves? Ours are alphabetical for fiction, then catagories (biography, history, poetry, travel...). Cookbooks are in the kitchen, where they belong! Similarly, I have no immunology books at home. I am also a spinebreaker. That is, I leave books open, face down, to remember where I am. She, being neat and tidy, berates me incessantly for this and I come home to find my book closed but with a neatly turned page corner. I DESPISE TURNED CORNERS! There's a touch of the Nazi about them, for me. Of course, I could always use a bookmark.

Its Double Talk Time Again

EU warns Iran over nuclear arms


Published: 24 November 2005

The European Union will today accuse Iran of having documents that serve no other purpose than making nuclear arms and will warn it of possible future referral to the UN Security Council at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

A press statement, made available before planned delivery later in the day, was described by a diplomat as a summary of what Britain, France and Germany would tell a closed session of the IAEA board, which started meeting today. It criticises Tehran for possessing suspicious documents that "have no other application than the production of nuclear weapons". [...]


How can an entire nation be accused of 'having documents'?

You could accuse an individual of 'having documents' (though not in a free country) but to threaten a whole government and nation of such a made up and absurd 'crime' is beyond infinetly ridiculous.

It needs to be said also that documents don't make nuclear weapons, and neither can you make a nuclear weapon out of a document. They might tell you how to make one, but that is all that they can do, and this information is widely available, in the greatest detail.

Once again, a newspaper reprints a propaganda release unchallenged. Shame on The Independent, who will cry crocodile tears as soon as an illegal and insane invasion of Iran begins.

You FOOLS. The momentum that is gathering around this needs to have friction added to the equation early in the process, i.e., by not allowing these absurd statements to be printed in your wide format toilet paper without so much as a 'wtf'

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Phallic Stinkhorn Fungi

Fig 3. (Left). A stinkhorn that has lost all of its slime. Again, note the swollen, egg-like base and the gelatinous remains of the egg. Fig 4. (Right): Even after all the spore-containing slime has been removed, a stinkhorn can remain strongly attractive to flies and beetles for a several days. [© Jim Deacon]

Repulsive and delicious.
Someone somewhere wrote something remarkably similar to: I was once pulled over by the police under suspicion of driving a car and due to a technical glitch in their database they discovered an outstanding warrant for my arrest, but they didn't know why. I was taken to the police station, where they were informed that I 'failed to show in court' 10 years before, for having stolen AA batteries for my walkman. I flatly rejected that claim. Whereupon the police decided to have me strip nude in front of them, in their ritual practise of 'stripping bare the criminal'. Which got me thinking about the APNR scheme being devised for the UK. And NIR/ID cards. And the DVLA. And the Terrorist Act of 20**. And I was wondering if the police create a database relating NIR numbers to arrests & warrents and probably ASBOs they could (technically) cross refrence to a future DVLA database which will no doubt require you to have submitted your NIR number for 'identification'. In conjunction with ANPR you have an automagically updating profile of car users with 'criminal tendencies'. A 'technical glitch' here and there could see drivers with the same name as someone on a 'terrorist watchlist', or someone charged under the Terrorism Act (perhaps being on a protest where other people have been disruptive), or even with a 'drunk and disorderly' flag being pulled over by a nearby traffic cop and ultimately undergo similar treatment to the person behind my speculative thoughts.


Aoccdrnig: I seem to be not so good as you in the art of 'fool the eye'.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


THE PAOMNNEHAL PWEOR OF THE HMUAN MNID Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?


Postmodernism is next week (ha ha). I'll keep you all posted on my post-postmodernism stuff.

very nice!

I like your font, Claus. I've had to look up typographic terminology, to know the bits and pieces.

There is a correlation

Go here: And compare inflation with unemployment. Clegso, have you ever seen David Carson's work? Type to make your blood race... The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. or run, depending on if you are making it or consuming it...


A typeface I'm working on at the academie.

Tech Support Responds

Hello, Thank you for your message. Gmail has a number of sending limits in place to prevent abuse of our system, and to help fight spam. If you reach one of Gmail's limits, you'll be temporarily unable to send mail. Some common reasons users reach their sending limits include: - Sending a message to more than 500 recipients You can send a single message to a maximum of 500 recipients. Their email addresses can be distributed among the 'To:,' 'Cc:,' and 'Bcc:' fields. - Sending a large number of undeliverable messages * We suggest verifying your contacts' email addresses. Make sure the email addresses you're sending mail to are valid. It's also important that everyone you are sending mail to is willing to receive it. If you'd like to learn more about best practices for sending a large amount of mail through Gmail, please visit: Sincerely, The Gmail Team [...] And there you have it, from the horses mouth.

Monday, November 21, 2005

beta banned

On the issue of gmail restrictions - Although gmail provides a decent service for 'personal' use it is still a 'beta' product and I wouldn't expect anyone to rely solely on such a service for their emailing requirements either in business or for personal use. On the other hand it would be a credit to google's professed desire for openness if they did maintain a list of issues and restrictions that affect usage of the end product. Someone I know has a dial up account that locks up if they try to connect to it three times in a row (i.e. straight after being disconnected), they are allowed to log on to the server (and pay the phone charge) but can't use any services (they get uninformative error messages), that's bad. - A blog I've been browsing through

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Sorry guys

I really dont know what to say, other than its new

apples and orange crush

You can't compare Linux and Gmail, and you know this! Linux is free thanks to the continued generosity of some very creative people. Gmail is only 'free' to the end user because advertisers are paying for it for you. Google rakes in 6 billion dollars a year plus in advertising revenue from their 'free' products. Anyway, I agree that Gmail does confer some kind of techno-cool status, an air of 'I know where IT's at' for the user. I also agree that, while some kind of limitations on the service should be expected (no free lunches, plus the vast majority of gmailers will not want to send hundreds of messages a day, and will be grateful for the anti-spam measures), the same limitations should be clearly spelled out. I still recommend gmail to anyone I catch using a hotmail/yahoo/LameMail address... and despite sending invites and even setting up the accounts, I reckon more than 2 of every 3 people stick to their old account. Some things in life will always be a mystery to me!

The means of production

Maybe anyone that busy shouldn't be relying on a freebie webmail app for their work email. The idea that you can't get useful work out of something free is a little antiquated. There is no reason whasoever (yes 'whasoever') why a free service can't be as useful as a for pay one. Welcome to the 21st century. Its that kind of thinking....well, expression, that stops the adoption of linux over windoze "how can something that is free possibly be better than something that you pay for?" is the line people take....'you get what you pay for'.... We of course, know better. My complaint in this case, and it is not really a complaint, it is an observation and a warning, is that the full facts about how the service works was not laid out in full in advance of us embarking on setting the account up. There is no reason why you should not be able to do all of your work productively with Gmail, and never pay a penny for it. This person was an AOLER. Anyone with experience of an AOLER knows that they are amongst the most computer illiterate people on the planet, with a phobia of technology that drives them to simplified services. Gmail is simple and powerful and open. It doesnt lock your address book in for example. You can forward incoming mail to any know the score. This person did not want to (and didnt even understand what was involved in) having her own domain. She just wanted to get off of AOL, mostly because people were not taking her seriously. Im not making this up. Gmail doesnt have the same lamer connotations as hotmail, yahoo mail and AOL, and the latter is synonymous with 'ultimate lamer'. Aaannnnyway. The final answer is YES people should rely on 'freebie' webmail services for their work. If the service has all the features you need (and you can only know this if they describe all the limitations in advance) then you can use it just like any other tool. The cost is irrelevant. Didnt I already say this? I think I did!

Friday, November 18, 2005

hitting the nail with your head

people who send alot of email as a part of their work Maybe anyone that busy shouldn't be relying on a freebie webmail app for their work email.

My first ever bad experience with Google

Today I tried to help a friend migrate from AOL to Gmail. We exported all her contacts from AOL (a story in itself) cleaned them up and then did a BCC to all of them from her new gmail account to let everyone know she was off AOL. There were 735 contacts. Gmail threw up an error saying that you cannot send more than 400 mails in one batch, so we split the list into two and then they all went off. Everything was fine. No more AOHELL. A new account on the best webmail service out there. Or so we thought. As the new account started to kick in, which was almost instantly since this person is very busy, we started to get an error every time she tried to send a message.... "Oops, the system is unable to complete your operation... Please try again in a few seconds..." This error has persisted since around 1PM today. Subsequently (after Googling around for an answer) it transpires that there is an undocumented limit and severe penalty for sending too many messages at once from your gmail account. Obviously, had we known of this limit, we would never have sent this notification via Gmail, we would have done it from a service without such a limitation...AOL. here is the thread that I found with the facts about this secret limitation and penalty:
1. Quarky
Apr 28, 3:25 pm show options
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Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 14:25:34 -0000
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So yesterday I sent out an email to a mailing list that I maintain for a local LAN party. I sent it in batches of 100 addresses (the limit with gmail) and I needed to send it about 7 times. After the fifth email I got this error message: "Oops, the system is unable to complete your operation... Please try again in a few seconds..." My friend told me that its a spam prevention thing, and that it would block me from sending anything for 1 hour.

I've been getting that message anytime I try to send anything since yesterday morning. I couldn't even reply to the gmail support email that was generated when I went through gmail help.

Anyone know if there is anything I can do?

2. shicaca
Apr 28, 3:44 pm show options
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I'm sure it's nothing to do with you sending out e-mail, but moreso probably just the service going up and down. Remember: It is still a beta and therefore is not completely finished. They may take a server down for a bit to do some service to it or take the entire thing down to add functionality. You never know.
3. Quarky
Apr 28, 3:47 pm show options
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well I think I got it fixed. apparently its a fairly common problem that gmail refuses to document. all i had to do was enable snippets, and then disable them again. why it works I'll never know -- but it did.

4. jeandiata
Apr 28, 4:59 pm show options
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No - gmail does seem to have a limit of 400 contacts a day to prevent gmail from being used by spammers.

If you're not a spammer and need to send out mass mailing - you may want to consider setting up a Google Group. Google actually seems to encourage using groups as mailing lists. :o)

On 4/28/05, shicaca <[email address]> wrote:

-- Don't forget to "Search this Group" for your Answers! "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer" ~Einstein
5. Quigi
Apr 28, 3:52 pm show options
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I think all you can do is wait, or open a second Gmail account.

Gmail has limits on how much mail you can send (or receive). If you hit the limit you (or others mailing you) are blocked for some time. I contacted support, but they don't disclose anything. They don't even admit there are such limits (but many users have experienced them). It would be useful to know what the limits are (e.g., how many messages in what timespan), and how long the suspension lasts. Your friend says 1 hour, but apparently it's more.

It is completely reasonable to have a limit on the number of emails that can be sent from a service like this. What is unreasonable is that this limit is not documented, and that the subsequent penalty is not documented either. Now this person has told all her contacts she has a new gmail account, and she cannot conduct her business with this address. We could haved just as easily been warned that, "sending this many emails may cause your account to be deactivated" when we tried to send 735 emails. We were told that gmail had a limit on the number of emails going out at one time, so why not tell the whole story and warn that the account would be disabled? I cant reccomend gmail anyore; who knows what other secret restrictions are lurking in there to bite you in the ass when you are trying to get work done? Its a pity, because gmail, when it works, is very good, but clearly its not for people who send alot of email as a part of their work.

goosey goosey gander

When the Iranian government restricts IAEA inspector access to it's nuclear sites we are told in no uncertain terms by Murder Inc that it is because Iran is developing nuclear weapons and poses athreat to world peace and stability - and of course if they had nothing to hide they would have given free access to inspectors. Interesting indeed when its US division has now refused to give full access to UN inspectors to the incarceration centre at Guantanamo Bay, presumably the parallels hold - that if the US were not guilty of abusing/torturing those imprisoned there they would have allowed free unrestricted access. In it's defense the US has stated that the ICRC is allowed "24/7" access to the centre but it is well known that the ICRC is 'cautious' in its condemnation of human rights abuses, in order that it may maintain such access to detainees - this holds in Sudan, and must surely hold true in the US.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Astonishing all round condemnation

'ID cards won't make us safer' Peter Kingston Wednesday November 16, 2005
Former MI5 chief Stella Rimington Former MI5 chief Stella Rimington. Photograph: PA
Identity cards would not make Britain a safer place and nobody in the secret intelligence services supports their introduction, according to the former head of MI5.

Asked at a further education conference whether she thought ID cards would make the country safer, Dame Stella Rimington replied: "No is the very simple answer, although ID cards have possibly some purpose.

"But I don't think anybody in the intelligence services - not in my former service - will be pressing for ID cards."

Her own opinion was that ID cards would be of use "but only if they can be made unforgeable".

She added: "If we had ID cards at great expense and people can go into back rooms and forge them they will not make us any safer."

Tony Blair has long argued that ID cards would help in the fight against crime, benefit fraud, illegal immigration and terrorism. [...] ???!!!

She had sought to reassure one principal, worried that the intelligence services would treat all foreigners - particularly Muslims - among his student body as potential terrorists, that there would be no question of blanket treatment of ethnic minority groups.

For one thing, she said, there simply were not enough resources to take such an approach. [...],11026,1643987,00.html

Thats the wrong reason stella. Do you mean to say that if you had the resources, that you WOULD DO IT?!

And you were doing so well!!!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

hilarity ensues


DigiIliterates to the fore

Bob Geldof rails against letter writing
By Martin Shankleman BBC Radio 2 business presenter
Bob Geldof
I don't like the postman: Sir Bob
Live8 organiser Sir Bob Geldof has revealed his contempt for letter writing, blaming it for tying up people's time and stopping genuine action.

Sir Bob told a conference in London that letters and the post "give a feeling of action, which is a mistake".

He told delegates that what workers achieve each day will be linked to the number of letters they ignore.

He explained that the "doing part" of a job is proportionate to the amount of post you do not open.

"letters get in the way of serious consideration of what you want to do," Sir Bob said.

An ill-considered letter can destroy a deal
Sir Bob Geldof

At the conference, organised by the innovation firm ?So What! , Sir Bob said he dreaded seeing lots of post in his inbox, as they imposed an agenda on him, and disrupted his own plans for the day.

A successful businessman as well as social activist, Sir Bob also warned of the perils of a badly-phrased writing, which he said he knows from personal experience can cause serious commercial harm.

"The tone can be wrong", he explained. "An ill-considered letter can destroy a deal."

His advice to delegates at the conference in the Brick Lane area of London was blunt.

"Don't do letters." [...]

Geldork, you is tex sux0rz!

Yet in this insane and rather sad rant, he clearly smells the stink of the real idea that is causing all of our problems today, and its something we have written about on BLOGDIAL again and again. If you are going to take some sort of action, it must not be an action that does not have a specific desired result, and also, it must not be an action that is a repeat of anothter, previously failed action; ie, no more marches on London, since that doesnt work (Stop War failure addicts NB.). No more signing petitions that are to be delivered to No.10, because they are simply thrown in the garbage. No more conferences, meeting with politicians - all of them do absolutely nothing.

The No2ID campaign on pledgebank and indeed, the whole concept of pledgebank is an example of moving away from things that dont work, into new effective actions. These are all organized by email of course...... Durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Loonies on parade

Check out these two accounts of a loony tune writer and a hooded priestess: Sharon Begley and Susan Clancey respectively....
...Recently I appeared on "Larry King Live," along with Clancy and several others, when one of the guests showed a blow-up of the world-famous Trent UFO photographs from McMinnville, Oregon, arguably the best-known UFO photos in existence. They were prominently featured in "Life" magazine in 1950, and have been reproduced hundreds of times since in many publications. What's more, in 1969, after careful analysis, an investigator for the skeptical Condon Committee described the McMinnville photo case this way: "This is one of the few UFO reports in which all factors investigated, geometric, psychological, and physical, appear to be consistent with the assertion that an extraordinary flying object, silvery, metallic, disc-shaped, tens of meters in diameter, and evidently artificial, flew within sight of two witnesses." Optical physicist Dr. Bruce Maccabee has investigated this case thoroughly, flying to McMinneville, interviewing the Trents, their family and neighbors, taking his own test photos from the same location, and carrying out literally months of optical analysis of the original pictures. Maccabee's work has been published widely, but the photos themselves should be familiar to anyone with even a cursory involvement in UFO study and research. Yet, during the Larry King program, abduction authority Susan Clancy glanced at the photos on the monitor and said something like this: "that could be anything...someone who threw up a hubcap or a Frisbee or something." [...] and this is a priceless stream of pure illogic:
..."Maybe it was a hoax," she answered, whereupon I informed her that all six passed lie detector tests - twice - concerning their account of the UFO and the onset of Walton's abduction. "That's because they believed it!" she said triumphantly. "But," I explained, "If they were perpetrating a hoax, then they didn't believe it." "No," she argued, "you can believe in a hoax and that means you can pass a lie detector test. It's like a delusion." I tried to explain that the very definition of a hoax was that it represented a deliberate, conscious effort to deceive. [...]


COUNCIL tax inspectors will be given powers to enter people's homes and take photographs of their bedrooms, it was reported today ... Sometimes I wonder if it's me who's taking crack. You can certainly 'rest' assured that the kind of government that proposes this sort of measure will have absolutely no qualms about abusing data held in any of their databases and most certainly the proposed NIR etc databases of personal information. THIS is the 'future' government that will abuse its powers. THIS is the government introducing intrusive and repressive legislation THIS is the government that has no place in this (or any) country.

Water torture

Thank heavens there are SOME people who have some sense, and have made this very important pledge. I know lots of people who have gone to the USA, who mention nothing about being fingerprinted upon their return, and when asked about it, have nothing to say. Maybe they are responding like shamed people who don't like to talk about a humiliation happened to them. When someone makes a pledge like this, it has tremendous signifigance. When decent people have had enough, when there are lots of them, the effect is overwhelmingly powerful, and just the sort of thing that we want. It is the individual refusing to pay and play, the individual raindrop with all of her siblings that can wash away a whole village in an hour. The poll tax died because of it, USVISIT can be destroyed by it. Violence against middle east countries can be permanently derailed by it. All it takes is the will to say 'no', and the reasoning to be communicated between people on a personal level. Sadly, many of the people I know don't value their dignity...but this is about more than dignity. This is about not putting your hand into a fire after you have been warned that fire is hot and will burn you. I for one am not willing to wait 70 years like the Soviets did just to be able to read books listen to music, travel freely and make phone calls. Im not willing to sit around and take the sort of crap that Bliar and his filty dogs want to dish out. Now we hear that they are planning to randomly search people going onto the underground. If the dare do this, I will boycott London Transport. It is not acceptable that decent people should jump through these hoops at the behest of iinsane men. Searching people on the underground is pointless and vile, and London Underground should be punished by a mass stay away should they dare try and impliment such a thing. You might grumble that such a pledge is without power, but that would be a (nother) failure of your imagination. Your refusal to move is the most powerful nonweapon you have at your disposal. Coupled with millions of others spontaneously coalescing into a no deluge, what we want becomes what we get; the washing away of all the bad stuff.

Monday, November 14, 2005

And when force is gone, there's always Mom - Hi Mom!

done over twice? Pre-US-visit Your parents changed the locks on their cases to accomodate the us government They'd paid for the trip when they were told this. They thought, if the option is a broken case... or lose a lot of money and not go... But the point is no doubt a valid one. They have now chosen not to book any other trips that go through the US. Hopefully this means the US-VISIT programme is stopping at least some people from visiting the US.

Bringing it home.

On a previous trip to the US, my parents found upon their return that several small holes had been drilled into their hard cases, and no apology or even recognition of the fact given. A previous trip? So they have been done over twice? People must say no. The easiest way to do this is not to travel to the US. Do not trade with the US, do not give them your business. Money is the only language these people understand. There are plenty of other places in the world to visit, where you will be welcomed as a guest rather than as a potential felon. You forgot to mention that their credit card details, home address, iteniary, name, etc were forwarded to uncle sham before they ever boarded the plane. People just don't care about being mistreated; they only want convenience and fun. Your parents changed the locks on their cases to accomodate the us government. This is the exact opposite of the sort of behaviour that we need. Yesterday, old men marched to remember their fallen colleagues. The narators all talked about how they sacrificed their lives for peace. I seem to remember in previous years that the narrators spoke of how these fallen men sacrificed thier lives for freedom. Hmmm when did this all change?! But I go 'OT'. You can tell people until you are blue in the face about this and they will not listen. Even when it happens to them, they are more than willing to go for another taste. This is the sort of world we are living in, and anyone that participates in it by going on holiday to these terrible places or supporting 'democracy' are guilty of keeping the sham going. Is it not strange how it hurts more when it happens to someone you know? This is part of the problem, not only with the absurd USVISIT, but with anything that involves someone else getting hurt. The number of bombs that have gone off all over the world since the small time events that happened in London have been many. Over one hundred people have been killed, and yet, there is no sympathy for them, no bowing of heads no speeches or special dates dedicated to them....why? Because they are 'not us', and people do not have the capacity to empathize with anyone that is not dying right in front of their eyes. This works on any scale. Someone else is being abused by USVISIT, a grumble. When its someone you know, when you can see the broken locks yourself, when the holes are in the suitcases of someone you know, well, then its a different story...a real story, something to get mad at. People blown to pieces by the us airforce in Iraq; ' a necessary loss' or 'collateral damage'. 50 people blown up in London, its reason to dismantle 1000 years of civil liberties on the spot. The same goes for the 29,000 people who have been stopped under the new 'anti-terror' legislation. Not a peep from anyone about it. That silence is, to me, even more disturbing than the stops themselvs. Its exactly this sort of silence that allowed people to be rounded up and incinerated en masse. Everyone is too quiet, too obedient and frankly, too stupid for my tastes.

Wised up

Our official University of York approved and server-distributed (but local-running) browser and email client are Firefox and Thunderbird! Webmail is still Novell-based. Boo!

Jus' checkin

My parents just got back from a holiday in Panama, with flights on BA with a transfer routed through Miami. They were fingerprinted, photographed and forced to fill in immigration forms by US authorities both going and on return, even though they were only in transit! I can find NOTHING indicating that in transit at US airports to travel on to a non-US final destination you will be scanned and numbered.

US-VISIT Arrival Process for Visitors Traveling with a Visa

Step 1 Disembarkation at a U.S. Port of Entry.
Step 2 Travelers prepare their travel documents for inspection.

Step 3 Interview by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers regarding purpose of visit.

Step 4 Two fingerprints and digital photograph taken.

Step 5 Traveler is admitted into the United States
Not only this, but their hold luggage was opened and searched, also in both directions. Someone had warned them that this might occur, and that the US authorities had keys to a certain type of padlock. So my parents fitted these padlocks to their cases, and their belongings were duly searched without the locks being broken. They know this as everything in the cases was upside down from the way it had been packed. Others on the trip were not so 'fortunate', and had their luggage locks ruined and were left only with a note apologising for any inconvenience inside their suitcase. On a previous trip to the US, my parents found upon their return that several small holes had been drilled into their hard cases, and no apology or even recognition of the fact given. Lessons from this: the US will rape everyone they can get their hands on for biometric data. They have no qualms about destroying personal property for no valid reason. Sniffer dogs and x-ray machines are more than enough baseline intrusion. Stands need to be taken. People must say no. The easiest way to do this is not to travel to the US. Do not trade with the US, do not give them your business. Money is the only language these people understand. There are plenty of other places in the world to visit, where you will be welcomed as a guest rather than as a potential felon. Soon you will be required to submit to biometric rape even just to pass through American airspace, or in American territorial waters. Your right to travel is already subject to 'their' approval. The US of A is defintely not the Land of the Free. You have been warned, time and again! This insidious, vile, authoritarianism is your greatest enemy. It will crush you as soon as you turn your back. Never turn your back. Alistair Darling, the transport secretary, has pledged to reduce the risk of another terrorist attack on London as he unveiled new trial scanning techniques designed for rail and Underground stations.

The Department of Transport said that a small number of randomly-chosen passengers will be asked to go through a X-ray machine or be searched, either by a body scanner or with sniffer dogs.

And when it's running properly, how many of that small random sample will be asian males, or middle-eastern, 'slightly brown'... or whatever the current flavour of the month is? And who is paying for the equipment, the staff to keep this going at the UKs 2500 stations? Taxpayers working like dogs to be treated as cattle because they behave like sheep. And without a closed system, it's useless, non? So ask yourself, why are they doing it?

Bags may be passed through the X-ray machines and the techniques used will include the first use on the UK railway of body scanners using millimetre wave technology, which enables security staff to check for concealed objects.

You remember Total Recall, don't you? Is that how you want to live your life? Will that make you feel safe and secure? Will some blockhead guard on minimum wage really spot the one weapon in 1,000,000 people or will he be too interested in all those naked ladies on his screen? Captains Log: Supplemental... Who do you think makes these body scanners? Are you watching? Do you imagine They have influence over government policy? Well, their helpful, unbiased journalist friends have been puffing the technology for years... Watch out! The Thought Police will be after you... Our Passive Millimetre Wave Scanner offers walk-through security scanning. The scanner can detect concealed metals and ceramics. Up to 6 people a minute can be scanned, eliminating time-consuming metal detectors as well as several security guards. The scanner produces high quality video images in real time at a fraction of the cost of other systems and enables law enforcement officers and security personnel to detect potential threats without arousing suspicion. This one (drum roll, please) slipped under the radar somewhat... Labour has £1bn defence float in its sights · MoD expected to defy political and City sceptics ·Executives in line for potential £145m payout Putting a price on privatisation As I'm still not in the mood for all that is ugly, there must be balance... Here is the one beautiful thing in this post: The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

don't try to think too hard darling

The government seems to to be using the usual tactic of floating an insanely stupid, expensive and treacherous scheme to see what it can get away with in terms of 'doing something' about 'the risk of terrorism'. This time it's installing 'airport style' xray machines (and according to BBQ latest technology CCTV cameras but they were probably using their 'special relationship' with Qinetiq for that snippet). It is so obviously stupid I can barely be bothered to point out the flaws aside to say there are enough unmanned stations, low walls and other forms of transport to make a mockery of such a scheme. but I'll post this anyway, after all, we must be seen to be 'doing something' mustn't we.

Sunday, November 13, 2005


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Dreaming like a child.

Drooling like Homer Simpson.

Sunday sunday

Did you hear the one about the deaf, dumb and stupid Home Secretary? Mr Clarke says he "suggested to Acpo that chief constables write to MPs in their police authority area, making themselves or relevant senior police officers available to MPs, of all parties, who wanted to know their local police attitude on these issues". He says he "naturally made clear that this should not be on a party political basis" and denies that the Government sought to politicise the police. I shouldn't laugh, really, it's my country. York was glorious today, sharply, brightly cold and crisply Autumnal. I have been running Provia 400 through the TLR to try and capture a memory of the light. We have had: Thick, hot slices of roast ham, with plenty of sinus-clearing English mustard, in big bread rolls sitting admiring the Minster. Hot chocolate, made with Jersey milk. A pint of Sam Smiths Taddy Porter. Apple strudel from Bettys. And on... and on...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

The cracks finally begin to show

such fools. I hope that now, after the 'humiliating defeat' over the 90 days outrage that the upper house shows some bottle and throws out the ID cards bill in its entirety. Amazingly Bliar, the (wannabe) master of deception, said today:
Bliar says MPs are out of touch
Tony Blair
Tony Blair has accused some MPs of being out of touch with the public and of failing to face the terror threat.

Mr Blair met his Cabinet after a vote on anti-terror plans brought his first Commons defeat as prime minister.

He told ministers there was a "worrying gap between parts of Parliament and the reality of the terrorist threat and public opinion".

MPs on Wednesday rejected plans to allow police to detain terror suspects for up to 90 days without charge.

The plans were defeated by 31 votes, with 49 Labour MPs rebelling against the government.

[...] for the thousandth time, wtf? When two million marched in an unprecedented parade of discontent with government policy, Bliar and almost every single MP IGNORED public opinion AGAINST the invasion of Iraq, and did it anyway. The worrying gap between the cause for the invasion and THE FACTS are what the public are concerned about, and the causal relationship between that illegal immoral invasion and the 'terrorist threat' are what the public are concerned about. Bliar harped on ad nauseum about how 'he made a decision to go to war and you either agree with it or not' etc etc, but now that a 'decision' and a 'determination' and an outcome has been made that is different to the one that he wants all of a sudden its accusations of being 'out of touch'. What a pile of steaming bullshit. This is a blantant, and I MEAN blantant example of the hypocricy that is the absolute nature of Bliar, the most venal prime minister ever to grace the lower house.

someone who doesn't know what he says

Normally if the Moral Maze is on I'd turn the radio off instantly but last night I was cooking earlier than usual and let it slide. They were talking about the government's acquiescence to the police in proposing the 90-day incarceration period vis-a-vis terrorism. One of the guests was David Conway from Civitas (an allegedly 'liberal' organisation) who was arguing in favour of the proposal, one of his arguments was that the UK is at special risk over other countries and requires special measures. Then he said (when pushed) that Spain which has also been subject to terrorist attacks didn't require such legislation because THEY CHANGED THEIR FOREIGN POLICY. He says it 19'15" into this real audio stream in clear black and white. (I'd skip to 18'50" for some context). Why a person with a professorship doesn't fully understand the real implication of what he said; If you change your foreign policy to meddle in other people's business you are at less risk of attacks and you do not need to intrude upon your fellow ctizen's liberties to ensure their safety; is beyond me, but at least there seems to be a kernel of understanding even in such fools.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris

In it's entirety, a must read article, a prescient prediction written by Theodore Dalrymple for CITY Journal in the Autumn of 2002. Any of you, read it all now or again: The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

The Last of England

Many years ago, it seems like a lifetime - and in some countries with populations that have a short life expectancy, it would be a lifetime - I knew some truely brilliant people. They made me laugh more than I had ever laughed in my life, and I have never laughed so much since. It was revealed to me this morning that one of these priceless men has a blog!

12 weeks with geeks and the movie trailer ...

Monday, November 07, 2005


why wait garcon?

...the inevitable result; riots sparked by the useless "routine checks" ... I don't think the police will be waiting for ID cards to be introduced for this to happen on a wide scale, not when the Serious Organised Crime Act comes into effect on the 1st of January and EVERY offence becomes arrestable (and ANY arrest can be supplemented by DNA recording and checking). Riots by the end of February is my guess. - I saw a report on a local news programme last week (I think it related to Newcastle) where the owners of a mobile phone shop have started taking fingerprints from ALL customers who buy a mobile phone, surprisingly only SOME people have walked out. Can't find an article online. Talking of television ITN news seems to have plummeted to seemingly impossible depths of badness, and why is it that channel4 has made it so the programme interval is structured (programme/ channel ident)/advert/channel ident/trailer/programme. The bit that doesn't work (most) is the seamless move from the trailer to the rest of the programme, you lose between 10 & 30 seconds attention for the programme depending on how uninteresting the trailed programme is.

Mort pour rien

Mort pour rien - Dead for nothing

Bounazied_22718Bouna et Zaid

Members of Paris’s African community have been rioting in the streets of Paris for the past 9 days. The riots were triggered by the death of two youths of African decent, Bouna Traore, aged 15, and Zyed Benna, 17, were electrocuted at an electricity sub-station in Clichy-sous-Bois as they ran from the police. A third youth who escaped death, said they panicked and ran because they found themselves near the scene of a break-in incident where police began to arrive. The police of course deny any involvement in the boys death. It should be noted that these young people are not immigrants. Their grandparents and possibly their parents are but they are born in France and are French citizens. Constantly referring to them as "immigrants" is a problem in itself and reinforces their exclusion from mainstream French society.

The boys did not have criminal records nor were they known to the police so why did they run. The explanation given in Indymedia Paris by Laurent Levy is very plausible given the appalling racist record of the French police. They knew what would happen to them if they were stopped for an ID check. They would risk being detained and spending several hours being humiliated at the police station - you do not have to have much of an imagination to know the kind of taunts the boys would be subjected to. It was late and they wanted to get home where they were expected by their families. Levy also asks why the Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy had to say that this drama took place after a burglary attempt implying the boys were invovled or boys "like them" ie Africans and Arabs. [...]

My emphasis. Do I need to spell it out? Britain is next for this type of outbreak, should all the correct conditions be met; ID cards, profiling, mass stop and search of individuals....

Notice how the BBQ is spinning this; the sympathetic language that is being used to explain and justify these riots compared to the unsympathetic language used to describe the 'insurgents' in Bhagdad. In france they saying that,"... the riots are an outpouring of anger caused by many years of living as France's second class citizens", wheras in Iraq the insurgents are just 'terrorists'.

Think about this; if a single explosion destroyed 4500 cars, it would be a huge international event. Spread out over 11 days, its a rolling national crisis for the government, barely registering in foreign news. This should be a huge revelation to all those wannabe self immolators. Nationwide riots, distributed disruption, molotov cocktails; these are all far more effective at damaging governments than doing single event outrages.

A single event outrage produces massive psychological shockwaves but they also bolster the very governments that the perpetrators want to damage, simultaneously giving these very same governments carte blanche to make whatever new and bad law they want which represses everyone.

Rolling destruction, nightly riots, like burning peat is harder to control, effective at discrediting and disrupting authority and, up till now, not associated with 'terrorism', even though its the very 'same' people who are doing the work.