Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
'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.' [...]
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
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:
Have you read the Bhagvad Gita? It is very beautiful...
...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 splendor......it 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... [...] http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig6/case8.html
Friday, November 25, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
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".
The statement offered new negotiations meant to defuse tensions over Tehran's insistence that it be in full control of uranium enrichment - a possible pathway to nuclear arms.
"Failure to make progress" on easing international concerns about Iran's nuclear program "will hasten the day when the board decides that a report to the Security Council must be made," said the statement,
The European Union also reserves the right to call an emergency board meeting before the next scheduled gathering in March - for possible Security Council referral - "if Iranian behaviour makes it necessary."
The statement alluded to new revelations of concern contained in a report drawn up for the board meeting by IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei, including a finding showing the Iranians in possession of what appeared to be drawings of the core of an atomic warhead.
But the main issue is Iran's refusal to give up its right to enrichment, which can be used to generate power, but also to make weapons-grade material for nuclear warheads. Iran says it wants only to make fuel, but international concern is growing that the program could be misused.
A plan floated in recent weeks foresees moving any Iranian enrichment plan to Russia. There, in theory, Moscow would supervise the process to make sure enrichment is only to fuel levels.
But Iran insists it wants to master the complete fuel cycle domestically. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told reporters in Tehran yesterday that, while his country was willing to resume formal talks with key European powers on its nuclear program, "naturally we aim to have enrichment on Iran's territory".
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
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]
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
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.
1. Quarky Apr 28, 3:25 pm show options
From: Quarky - Find messages by this author Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 14:25:34 -0000 Local: Thurs, Apr 28 2005 3:25 pm Subject: Oops... system unable to complete your operation... Reply to Author | Forward | Print | Individual Message | Report Abuse
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
From: shicaca - Find messages by this author Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 14:44:17 -0000 Local: Thurs, Apr 28 2005 3:44 pm Subject: Re: Oops... system unable to complete your operation... Reply to Author | Forward | Print | Individual Message | Report AbuseQuarky wrote: > 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'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.
> 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?
3. Quarky Apr 28, 3:47 pm show options
From: Quarky - Find messages by this author Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 14:47:42 -0000 Local: Thurs, Apr 28 2005 3:47 pm Subject: Re: Oops... system unable to complete your operation... Reply to Author | Forward | Print | Individual Message | Report Abuse
4. jeandiata Apr 28, 4:59 pm show options
From: jeandiata - Find messages by this author Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 11:59:47 -0400 Local: Thurs, Apr 28 2005 4:59 pm Subject: Re: [Gmail-Help-Discussion] Re: Oops... system unable to complete your operation... Reply to Author | Forward | Print | Individual Message | Report Abuse
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
> Quarky wrote: > > 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?
> 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.
5. Quigi Apr 28, 3:52 pm show options
From: Quigi - Find messages by this author Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 14:52:41 -0000 Local: Thurs, Apr 28 2005 3:52 pm Subject: Re: Oops... system unable to complete your operation... Reply to Author | Forward | Print | Individual Message | Report Abuse
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.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
|Former MI5 chief Stella Rimington. Photograph: PA|
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. [...]
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
By Martin Shankleman BBC Radio 2 business presenter
I don't like the postman: Sir Bob
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.
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
...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." [...]http://www.intrudersfoundation.org/faith_based.html 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. [...]http://www.intrudersfoundation.org/wall_street_journal.html
Monday, November 14, 2005
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|
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:
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Bliar says MPs are out of touch
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.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
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.