The threat of Saddam and weapons of mass destruction is not American or British propaganda. The history and present threat are real.I just love good quotes. But if this wan't American or British propaganda, what was then? With people like that running nations, I am beginning to get deliusions I could be a good politician. "I am a good politician, that is proven fact and not my propaganda. Just trust me, I'm good for you!"
NOW. Politics & Economy. Press and Politics. BBC/Blair Battle Timeline | PBS
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Najib al-Nuaimi, a member of the defence team, told Al Jazeera on Sunday that no Sunni lawyer was allowed to be among the execution witnesses and that the conduct of those present showed it was an act of revenge and for political purposes.and
"This is not in the normal procedures to execute a normal person," he said.
"It's full of hatred and it's very ugly. It's nothing to do with the Dujail case."
Al Jazeera English - Video shows Saddam being taunted
[Saddam] Oh God.So who is next? Those who helped him stay in power, those in the West? Those who helped killing tens or even hundred of thousands of Iraqis following the US invasion?
[Voices] May God's blessings be upon Muhammad and his household.
[Voices] And may God hasten their appearance and curse their enemies.
[Voices] Moqtada [Al-Sadr]...Moqtada...Moqtada.
[Saddam] Do you consider this bravery?
[Voice] Long live Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr.
[Voice] To hell.
[Voice] Please do not. The man is being executed. Please no, I beg you to stop.
[Saddam] There is no God but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of God. There is no God but Allah and I testify that Muhammad...
Friday, December 22, 2006
Ah, well. The people at Steorn Watch just don't think this is real. BTW: And nobody is safe from conspiracy theories.
And I think that Steorn is to science what the Bush&Blair Inc. Ltd. is to intelligence. If you promote your bullshit just loud enough, many of the people with the facts simply give up and the people who continue to critize you are easily labeled as heretic misfits. And you are free to collect the money from the dumb masses.
Just in case you want to visit Steorn's website, the Steorn server seems to be down at the moment. Must be a power outage.
In related news: CIA offers studies in inteligence
Subject: The news prompted the FBI to issue an internal warning on the risk his death could spark attacks, the US media says.A shooting? In Yemen? And the FBI had to issue a internal warning? And Mr. Foreman tells me all about it? How fascinating!
From: Raphael Foreman
The Yemeni authorities confirmed there had been a shooting incident, it said.
But after that, I'm afraid, the "content" of the mail breaks apart.
Anichebe, making his first Premiership start, was a constant threat and when he was wrestled to the ground by the Dutchman, Arteta netted from the spot.After that a trading alert GIF informing me of the possibilties of "Chef Selections, Inc.", a penny stock. How bizare, yet how fascinating. No wonder it was in my Spam folder.
And there are really suckers who really buy stock that is advertised in strange spam emails. I guess I could really make a nice living if I would not have any scruples...
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Liberal and progressive Christian groups say a new computer game in which players must either convert or kill non-Christians is the wrong gift to give this holiday season and that Wal-Mart, a major video game retailer, should yank it off its shelves.Yeah, the Muslims are the scapegoats of today and have replaced the Jews, Japanese and so on, this is so obvious.
When asked about the Arab and Muslim-sounding names, Frichner said the game does not endorse prejudice. But "Muslims are not believers in Jesus Christ" -- and thus can't be on Christ's side in the game.
"That is so obvious," he said.
'Convert or die' game divides Christians / Some ask Wal-Mart to drop Left Behind
Monday, December 18, 2006
Well, I guess you would start a war, attack a country. But you would have to choose this "target" country well. You don't want to have to battle an army of 1 Million Chinese. No, that would be stupid. And after all, the rumours say that they *actually* have nukes. But you would not want to attack a country that is a flyweight. As tempting as it would be to raid Monaco or Liechtenstein, the war wouldn't last too long and it would be over you said the sentence "Our troops need more time to find the weapons of mass destruction". Which brings me to the third point. You need a state you can paint plausibly as an evil state.
I asked myself why the war against Iraq happened, why the US wanted to remove Saddam so badly (no pun intended), why they lied about the WMDs and the Al Q connection. I guess it was the least risk to attack Iraq, while it was still plausible to pull it of in a way that seemed "just" and in accordance to international law.
It was just bad luck for Saddam and the Iraqi people. (Don't get me wrong, I would have liked to have Saddam removed from power sooner than later, but what happened in Iraq was so wrong on so many levels. And after all it was the west who helped Saddam come to and stay in power, same as the west is to be blamed that Iran is no longer a democracy - but I this is not the point of this blog post) I guess the other candidates just seemed more risky or less "targetable". Add a little grudge by the Bushes against Saddam, and voila, you end up with a war against Iraq. Or maybe someone at the pentagon just flipped a coin and decided between Lybia and Iraq.
And the "nice" thing in that scenario is, that it doesn't matter if the US wins the war. Actually, no, the longer and exhausting the war, the better. If the US Army screams for better equipment, no "responsible" American could deny their demands. After all, everybody is a patriot in the US and no one wants to be called a traitor. So it doesn't matter what the heck is going on in Iraq, if there are Shiites, Sunnites and Kurds in Iraq. There could be yellow-eyed Aliens or armies of ants. It wouldn't make a difference. The money is safe home it the pockets of the few behind the Cheney-Rumsfeld neo-profiteurs.
And what about the "War for Oil" motive? A good smoke screen is one that is believable. I guess oil played a role in decision process leading to the Iraq war, but not a major one. Or maybe...
This war is been fought for one main reason: To transfer money to corporations in the military sector. It is that simple. Everything else just blends nicely into the picture, if you don't ask too detailed questions and "just believe". Democracy for the Middle East. Shuuure. Secure the oil demand of the US. Shuuure. Increase security for the US, Israel and Europe. Shuuure. Well, I guess those in power tried to do something in these directions, but having the money already transfered, they didn't try too hard. Add some "reasons" to have devoted followers for your cause and voila, everybody gets what they want. Well, everybody who pulls into the right direction. Well mostly everyone of those.
In the end, it is just a simple case of war profiteering.
As I have been watching The Corporation I have heard for the first time something about the Business Plot and I remembered about a guy claiming that 9/11 was actually a coup d’état by parts of the government against Bush (Sorry, can't find the link). Well, the more I think of it, the more I think that 9/11 wasn't a coup, it was a robbery. And the money is already out of the bank and the robbers are leaving the bank, one by one.
Fuck, it seems so crystal clear to me, I feel like I am starting to believe in some crazy cooked up conspircay theories.
The taping began before noon on Sept. 11 at the New York Air Route Traffic Control Center, in Ronkonkoma, on Long Island, where about 16 people met in a basement conference room known as "the Bat Cave" and passed around a microphone, each recalling his or her version of the events a few hours earlier.F.A.A. Official Scrapped Tape of 9/11 Controllers' Statements - New York Times [summeroftruth.org]
But officials at the center never told higher-ups of the tape's existence, and it was later destroyed by an F.A.A. official described in the report as a quality-assurance manager there. That manager crushed the cassette in his hand, shredded the tape and dropped the pieces into different trash cans around the building, according to a report made public today by the inspector general of the Transportation Department.
The tape had been made under an agreement with the union that it would be destroyed after it was superseded by written statements from the controllers, according to the inspector general's report. But the quality-assurance manager asserted that making the tape had itself been a violation of accident procedures at the Federal Aviation Administration, the report said.
The inspector general, Kenneth M. Mead, said that the officials' keeping the existence of the tape a secret and the decision by one to destroy it had not served "the interests of the F.A.A., the department or the public" and could foster suspicions among the public.
911Truth.org - Senator Dayton: NORAD Lied About 9/11
A senator does not make a springtime. Or so they say.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
She has hosted numerous panels on Sept. 11, 2001, conspiracy theories and suggested that Bush had knowledge of the terror attacks beforehand but kept quiet about it to allow friends to profit from the aftermath. She introduced legislation to establish a permanent collection of rapper Tupac Shakur's recordings at the National Archives and asked for a federal investigation into his 1996 killing.Hah, what fun. I am sure the media will comment on the work of Miss McKinney very favourable in the future... and the truth about 9/11 will surely come out.
It was her scuffle with a Capitol police officer that drew the most attention. McKinney struck the officer when he tried to stop her from entering a congressional office building. The officer did not recognize McKinney, who was not wearing her member lapel pin.
Controversial Georgia congresswoman McKinney introduces bill to impeach Bush - International Herald Tribune
The Bush administration is clamping down on scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, who study everything from caribou mating to global warming, subjecting them to controls on research that might go against official policy.(via fefe, in German)
New rules require screening of all facts and interpretations by agency scientists. The rules apply to all scientific papers and other public documents, even minor reports or prepared talks, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
LiveScience.com - White House Tightens Publishing Rules for USGS Scientists
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Lyonne's former roommate claimed Lyonne trashed their apartment and then banged on a neighbor's door, rushed into that apartment and picked up her dog, telling the woman, "I'm going to sexually molest your dog."What the dog fuck?
'American Pie' actress turns herself in at court - CNN.com
"If the six men win, it will mean that the police were guilty of perjury; that they were guilty of violence and threats ... That was such an appalling vista that every sensible person would say, 'It cannot be right that these actions should go any further'."I think that is the mindset of many people in the media as well about many things. "It can't be true, so if we want to be responsible journalists, we have make sure that the truth prevails". They have stopped asking questions, because they have a firm view of the world, they "know what is going on", because they start to believe what they themselves have written.
Danny Morrison - My report on Lord Hutton - The Guardian
It is a human reaction, I guess. If everybody is running from the furry animal, one does not question what the intentions of that animal are and runs with the crowd. And while in prehistoric times, this behaviour was vital to our survival, in modern times it is lethal and not right for a responsible journalist.
Famous for 15 megapixels: Faith in Accidents
In un(?)related news: England is building an army of bees to take over the world.
Ok, I can see a point that the US needs to build a fence to keep out the illegal immigrants, if the companies hired to build the fence couldn't be stopped to use illegal immigrants. I still think it is stupid, but hey, it is the US.
(via fefe, in German)
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Ok, so I’m wrong
For almost 10 years now, I’ve been waging a war against retrospective term extension. My simple argument has been that copyright is about creative incentives, and you can’t create incentives retrospectively.
I now see I am apparently wrong.
As reported yesterday, there was an ad in the FT listing 4,000 musicians who supported retrospective term extension. If you read the list, you’ll see that at least some of these artists are apparently dead (e.g. Lonnie Donegan, died 4th November 2002; Freddie Garrity, died 20th May 2006). I take it the ability of these dead authors to sign a petition asking for their copyright terms to be extended can only mean that even after death, term extension continues to inspire.
I’m not yet sure how. But I guess I should be a good sport about it, and just confess I was wrong. For if artists can sign petitions after they’ve died, then why can’t they produce new recordings fifty years ago?
Monday, December 11, 2006
This could change now.
US bugged Diana's phone on night of death crash | UK News | The Observer
'For anybody looking to kill an individual using nuclear material, polonium- 210 would be the radioactive isotope of choice'Well, for anybody having the money to spare. And for anybody wanting to create a scare of nuclear material floating arround and ending up in the hand of terrorists. No sir, we are fighting a Terror War, we wouldn't want to add any fuel to it, would we?
Nuclear poison: the deadly trade | The Observer
Officials from the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston and Porton Down, the government Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, will today continue studying samples of the radioactive material extracted from the tablecloth of the sushi restaurant where Litvinenko ate the day he died.No, nobody building atomic weapons for the British government would interested in creating a scare of a "dirty bomb", no sir. After all, weapons makers don't profit from an ongoing war and would not be interested in creating something that could be perceived as a threat. A threat that the government would need to act on. No sir. And no, the created threat by Iran is not a reason to modernize nuclear weapons and transfer a shit load of money from the state to private companies.
No on disputes that Litvinenko had mustered his fair share of enemies. Some were dangerous, others less so, yet whether light can ever pierce the fog of claim, counter-claim and smoke and mirrors that characterise this case is hard to predict.Truer words have never been written in a newspaper.
To be honest, I don't care why and by whose hands this guy died. But I do care what governments all over the world do. And if we start to investigate every death, say in Iraq, with the scrutiny we currently see regarding the Polonium 210 case, we would not have a problem with unemployment. In fact, if we would go and investigate every death in Iraq with this attention of detail, you could hire every African and solve the problems of this forgotten continent.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
And soon Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro. Who is left? Marget Thatcher, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Hosni Mubarak and Muammar al-Qaddafi?
I'm afraid, despite a new Miami Vice movie and war in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Iraq, the eighties are over.
What makes Hamburg attractive for dubious figures?
I moved to Hamburg by taking the night train to Hamburg, arriving in Hamburg on September the 10th, 2001. It was quite an interesting first week at work. As my employer has rented an appartment for me, I had some time to look for a flat in Hamburg. And boy, while I was searching for something to rent, the police was searching for something, well, to search. For unknown reasons some people have decided that Hamburg was a base camp for an operation that should shock the world.
The fun I would have had, if I had rented the appartment of Atta. But I was lucky, as the Marienstraße is on the wrong side of the river Elbe. The police searched some other houses too, one about a km from my current flat, but I guess it was the typical alarmismus you see with the police.
Before 9/11, the worst you could rent was the flat of Fritz Honka, who has killed at least four people and hidden body parts in his flat. When people complained about the smell of decaying flesh, he blamed it on foreigners who have moved into the house and "are using strange spices when cooking". Yeah, blame it on the Arab, a game that seems familiar.
So, after the connection of 9/11 with Hamburg, it seems no surprise to me, that I was a couple of times quite near to the Erzbergerstraße 4 just last week. Strange, really strange. But as most of Polonium in Hamburg can be found in tabaco (which should be true for London as well) I am not worried. See this study about Polonium 210 in Polish cigarettes, it sounds strange but I am not making this up...
A German citizen, who says he was put on a CIA plane and flown to Afghanistan where he says he was tortured for five months, is back in the U.S. this week to appeal the dismissal of his lawsuit against the former head of the CIA George Tenet and other officials.As far as I know, these things HAVE happend, the US HAVE admitted that he was renditioned. Well, they have not admitted that he was tortured, but nobody in history has ever admitted that he uses torture. Maybe Vlad the Impaler, but except for him...
The German Citizen's Lawsuit Alleges Human Rights Abuses by Tenet - Blotter
This doesn't seem to apply for a nation. "Mr Bush, pay back the debt by friday or we will distrain Florida!" Can you imagine Germany selling Bavaria to the Japanese to pay back their credits?
Well, I think the plan is that the nations will never pay back the money the owe. Some people say that a crash is coming. Peak Oil, Dollar Dependency, US deficit, Economic Cycles, you name it. And what happens usually when a crash occours? A super-giga-hyper-inflation! Problem solved!
Well, not excactly, because there is still the problem that the people might not react that well to a crash of the economy. So, what does a responsible politian do, if he knows that the shit will hit the fan? He gets ready. And this would explain why democrats all over the world have turned into stalinists and are converting their nations to "controlled democracies". We will need to control all those unemployed and hungry people when the Dollar goes for a crash dive. Better start building those internment camps now.
Ah, the good old dream of a just despot.
And there is one more thing that might fit into the big "Shit&Fan" conspiracy theory: States all over the world are selling their "crown juwels". "Hey mate, wana buy a Hospital? Prime condition and I make you a special price." Two reasons would explain this: First, the politicians are buying time, just like I did when I was unemployed and sold everything I could live without. And secondly, the state will get all this stuff back with ease after the crash.
Now, I could be completly wrong, as I said, I don't know much about these things and it is getting quite late. But to me, this would explain certain things, much better than what I have heard so far.
In related news: TOP-LEVEL INSIDERS SELLING THEIR STOCK - New York Post
(via fefe, in German)
Saturday, December 09, 2006
(Well with regards to Peak Oil, but who cares)
Comparison of the EU with the USSR
And only in German:
Comparison of the EU with the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation by the German minister of the interior. By the way, he received 100.000 DM by an arms dealer. (See here for details about the Holy Roman Empire)
(via fefe, in German)
Friday, December 08, 2006
Cruel and Unusual: 25 Years for Taking Own Pain Meds | The Huffington Post
It is the same as in the US, they are moving these cronies arround like rooks.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Well, whoever killed Litvinenko wanted to spell out this message:
1. We have lots of money and access to dangerous things.
2. We are from Russia.
Number one is obviously true, but number two, I am not sure.
Let's see, round up the usual suspects.
Our prime suspect is:
If he would wanted to send a message to Berezovsky, he would have done just that, maybe send one of those cultural attachés you can read about in books by John le Carré.
If he wanted Berezovsky dead, B. would have been hit by a lorry, drowned in the Thames river or crashed in an airplane by now. Putin was head of the Russian secret service and has certainly access to it now. And certainly they can kill someone without spray-painting "From Russia with Love" on the dead corpse and a couple of British Airways airplanes.
So, I think we can safely exclude Putin.
Of course, there is a chance that this is exactly the reason why Putin did it. (Sorry, need to take my medication now - Ah, that feels better).
We come to our second contestant:
"Forces" within Russia
Well this seems much more likely. Someone who goes way back with L. and has a axe to grind with him. Or even some one who wants to pin it on Putin.
The more I think about the whole "Pin it on Putin" game, the more I am thinking about who is having a jolly good time pinning it on Putin:
"Forces" within the UK
Well, here we have it.
Just like Major Renault in Casablanca, who is shocked to find out that gambling is going on in Rick's Cafe Americain, so is Captain Blair to find out that Putin may be behind bad things.
Why the sudden change in attitude towards Russia and Putin? I don't know. Maybe the Russian-German pipeline and a Russian threat about the prices of energy? Who knows. This certainly looks like a "We have pretty good relations, it would be a pitty if anything bad happend to them" moment.
I feel sorry for the runner-up in our "Who framed Roger Putin" contest, but I don't think our American-Three-Letter friend has to do anything with this whole affair. The americans don't even seem to be interested beyound their initial reaction to everything "That is just like that Bond movie I have seen, that is sooo cute when he saves his life with that defribilator and first asks the girl if she is alright!"
Did I miss anybody important? Well, maybe the Islandians did it, but then again not. Who knows.
Now, as a result of documents disclosed in three separate court cases, it is becoming clear that his murder, along with at least 11 further brutal killings, at the Juarez 'House of Death', is part of a gruesome scandal, a web of connivance and cover-up stretching from the wild Texas borderland to top Washington officials close to President Bush.
The House of Death | The Observer
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Broadcaster Sir David Frost, one of the top names lured to Al-Jazeera's new English-language channel, made sure the station had no Al-Qaeda links before signing up, he said.You never know with these towelheads, do you?
"I deliberately checked it out, with the government and with Washington, that there were no links with Al-Qaeda, for instance, that sort of thing," he told the Guardian daily on Wednesday.
Frost checked Al-Jazeera for terror links before joining - Yahoo! News UK
Thank god (the Christian that is), David checked with *THE* instance on Al-Q "the government and Washington". After all, it is Washington who invented Al-Q.
I haven't seen much from David, but I guess with quality journalist-actors like him arround, we can rest in the safe knowledge that journalism will have the facts that blend best with the current official conspiracy theories.
Don't miss next weeks episode when David calls No. 10 Downing Street and finds out that Putin is bad person. Honestly.
(via Telepolis, in German)
I specially recomment this one:
Debunking 911 - WTC 7
Do I know now what happened to WTC 7 on 9/11? No. But I know that there are people who are interested in finding out what happened on 9/11. Unlike the US government or senate. And that tells us a lot.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
I guess the postal system is to be blamed when movie scripts addressed to Hollywood, CA, end up in Washington, DC, or when the script for the BBC series "Ricin, TATP, Liquids: How Arabs kill us" end up in police stations in the UK.
This really seems to be a global trend, 'inteligence' agencies and the police all over the world are turning into those little dolls that tell you anything as long as you pull the right string.
I guess, it is globalistion to be blamed ...
(I would like to provide you with a good link the the German train "bombers" of Cologne, but I can't find a good English article that shows how these wanabe-bombers could ignite a fire with gasoline and a burning torch. The only english articles are like these and I doubt that this translation does help...)
Friday, December 01, 2006
Index of gopher://gopher.quux.org/1/Software/Gopher
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
They couldn't say that the Soviets had acoustic means of picking up American submarines, because they couldn't find it. So they said, well maybe they have a non-acoustic means of making our submarine fleet vulnerable. But there was no evidence that they had a non-acoustic system. They’re saying, 'we can’t find evidence that they’re doing it the way that everyone thinks they’re doing it, so they must be doing it a different way. We don’t know what that different way is, but they must be doing it.
Rumsfeld and Cheney Revive Their 70's Terror Playbook
Recently rescued from the Memory Hole… 2006 November 27 - Ministry of Love
Here’s a question for constitutional scholars: Can a sitting president be charged with plagiarism?
As President Bush wages his war against terrorism and moves to create a huge homeland security apparatus, he appears to be borrowing heavily, if not ripping off ideas outright, from George Orwell. The work in question is “1984, ” the prophetic novel about a government that controls the masses by spreading propaganda, cracking down on subversive thought and altering history to suit its needs. It was intended to be read as a warning about the evils of totalitarianism — not a how-to manual.
Monday, November 27, 2006
What did the media report? The average news consumer will have heard from 19 November 2006 that Mr Litvinenko, who defected to the UK in 2000 and was granted political asylum, has been poisoned. Not 'probably poisoned'; not 'apparently poisoned'; not 'allegedly poisoned'. No, he has been poisoned. Presumably by the Russian president Vladimir Putin (personally, it almost seems while reading the news).
TP: Bond and The Return of the Evil Empire
The C.I.A., it seems, was worried that the public might be too influenced by Orwell's pox-on-both-their-houses critique of the capitalist humans and Communist pigs. So after his death in 1950, agents were dispatched (by none other than E. Howard Hunt, later of Watergate fame) to buy the film rights to "Animal Farm" from his widow to make its message more overtly anti-Communist.
The agency also changed the ending of the movie version of "1984," disregarding Orwell's specific instructions that the story not be altered. In the book, the protagonist, Winston Smith, is entirely defeated by the nightmarish totalitarian regime. In the very last line, Orwell writes of Winston, "He loved Big Brother." In the movie, Winston and his lover, Julia, are gunned down after Winston defiantly shouts: "Down with Big Brother!"
You just can't make this up, can you. The boys in Langley must have been very proud. Altering 1984.
How the C.I.A. Played Dirty Tricks With Our Culture
(via Telepolis, in German, about European left-wing artist paid by the CIA)
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Famous for 15 megapixels: For serious conspiracy buffs only
financial experts who try to trace terrorist funding around the world
Telegraph | News | Working on the internet from an anonymous city office, the shadowy figures exposing Islamic extremism
What means does a "financial expert" have to to trace "terrorist funding"? Does he steal information from the banks? Or does he buy information from the terrorists? I don't get it.
And gaining the trust of terror organisations to infiltritrate their chat rooms (!) seems like big piece of PR bullshit to me. Yeah, sure, they tell all their secrets to strangers in a chatroom, just because these strangers have "gained their trust". Yeah, right.
He set up the internet sting which last week saw Omar Bakri Mohammed praise the London 7/7 bombers on the internet.Wow, what a blow the terrorist plans. We can live free of fear.
Bakri, who now lives in Beirut, also appeared to advocate a terrorist attack on Dublin airport.That should teach the Irish to better join the war on terror fast, or else.
Before working for Vigil Mr Jenvey infiltrated the Tamil Tigers while working for the Sri Lankan High Commission in London in the 1990s.Did he do this via the internet too? I imagine the Tamil Tigers are very tech savy, using the net in the 1990s from the Sri Lankan jungle.
(via fefe, in German)
Saturday, November 25, 2006
WANKERSHAM, UK -- Tony Blair has today released news of the latest in the "If I Did" Series: If I led a nation to war under false pretenses, lying to the electorate and legislature, my only intention being the securing of future oil reserves and pandering to America.
This latest release has, however, been unusual in the little controversy it has provoked. Saddam Hussein has in fact personally endorsed the book. (rumours are already spreading of his If I committed Genocide chronicles).
George Bush has cited Blair's decision to release the works, that he has apparently been writing since the war began, as an "important step in international politics" on his MySpace page.
Some political theorists are already suggesting this to be a new trend sweeping the political scene. There are already rumors of Bush's If I fixed the Election, Clinton's If I had sexual relations with that woman, and even Barack Obbama's If I used my race to my political advantage.
Blair's latest works is set to be released in time for Christmas, and has already been suggested to be one of the best-selling books in history - although the immensely anticipated Harry Potter: If I were a git, too, is confirmed for a March release.
Books can be pre-ordered on Amazon for £15 ($30) in hardback from Monday.
UnNews:Blair releases latest in "If I Did It" series - Uncyclopedia
YouTube - C-130 at both Pentagon & Shanksville crash sites
Thursday, November 23, 2006
"The process is not intended to determine guilt or innocence," but rather "to confirm the status of enemy combatants."
NPR : Lawyer: 'No-Hearing' Process Traps Detainees
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
A once enviable system lacks doctors, medicine and key equipment. Despite U.S. funding, no cure seems imminent.Why, why, why? Why the fuck did they invade that country? To bring billions of Dollars to Halliburton? What happend to deomcracy and freedom? Fucking liars. The USA, Iraq and the rest of the world would be a better place without the US invasion. Only a couple of fuckers now have even more money than before. Fucking warmongers.
Decrepit healthcare adds to toll in Iraq - Los Angeles Times
Monday, November 20, 2006
* bought all those matching orange flags and t shirts and a couple of newspapers used in the spontaneous popular uprisings in the Ukraine (that would be the spontaneous popular uprising triggered by another alleged botched FSB poisoining – fuck me, those guys really have to find some better poisons)
* then tried to spark an incident between Russia and the Ukraine by putting in for a Ukrainian residence visa from the newly bought government
* tried a similar stunt in Latvia by turning up with his business partner Neil Bush (George’s brother) and prancing around Riga then bottling out just before the Russians sent a few boys over in helicopters to arrest him
Neil Bush and Boris Berezovsky. What a nice couple. Smack me and call me Barbara.
Famous for 15 megapixels: Fugu
At least all this airport security nonsense has taught me the answer to a question that bugged me for a long time. I always wondered why all those people who were stripped of personal belongings, separated from loved ones, sorted into groups and marched onto trains towards the camps in WW2 submitted to that treatment so passively. They outnumbered their guards many fold and could have rushed them easily. But they didn’t.Excellent writing, as always.
Famous for 15 megapixels: The Elephant Hunters
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Ok, now we have iTunes 7.0.2... Download, agree, install, rebuild, quicktime, remove quicktime icon, remove TV and Movies.
WHY DO I HAVE TO JUMPT THROUGH THESE HOOPS FOR A FUCKING BUGFIX????
And the best: Party Shuffe, as it is called now is still FUCKING DEAD.
Now, I could try to downgrade to an earlier version of iTunes, but first older versions are not available from Apple and even if I ran the old installer that I still have on my harddisk it wouldn't recognize the modified Library...
That, combined with the fact that CD grabbing is still not working (All grabbed audio tracks have the length 0:00) after SEVERAL updates makes me say:
And I could try to file a bug-report with apple, as I HAVE DONE BEFORE, but first I have to find the prober website for reporting problems (It seems like they only listen to people who shout about their problems with apple products on their personal blogs) and then I could throw the bug-report into a tar-pit as well, because that would have the same effect.
FUCK YOU VERY MUCH.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
The Special Activities Division (SAD) is a division of the Central Intelligence Agency's former Directorate of Operations, now the National Clandestine Service, responsible for covert paramilitary operations, effected when the U.S. Government does not wish to be overtly associated with such activities. As such, members of the unit, when on missions, normally do not carry any objects or clothing (e.g., military uniforms) that would associate themselves with the United States.Imagine any other nation acting like that, and imagine the reaction by the US...
Special Activities Division - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Monday, November 13, 2006
Craig Murray (born October, 1958) was the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Uzbekistan. He was removed from his post on October 14, 2004. While in office, he criticized the Karimov administration of human rights abuses, which he argues was against the wishes of the British government and the reason for his removal. Murray claims he complained to the FCO in November 2002, January or early February 2003, and in June 2004 that intelligence linking the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan to al-Qaeda, suspected of being gained through torture, was unreliable, immoral, and illegal. He accused Her Majesty's Government of "selling our souls for dross".
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The point of human rights, as Churchill noted, is that they treat the innocent, the suspect, and the convict equally: "These are the symbols, in the treatment of crime and criminals, which mark and measure the stored-up strength of a nation, and are a sign and proof of the living virtue in it."Blair laid bare: the article that may get you arrested - Independent Online Edition > UK Politics
We will pay a bitter price for this fight that many claim is essential for our society. It is this fight that will kill our freedoms and it is essential to fight against this terror outrages created by our so called democratic governments.
To quote the movie Canadian Bacon:
Secretary of State: We were thinking, what could be a bigger threat than aliens invading from space?Seems like yes, we have not only re-opened missile factories to fight some creeps, no, we have sacrificed our own freedoms, the very freedoms we are supposed to insure by fighting this fabricated terror threats.
General Panzer: Ooh boy! Scare the shit out of everyone. Even me, sir!
U.S. President: Jesus, is this the best you could come up with? What about, ya know, international terrorism?
General Panzer: Well, sir, we're not going to re-open missile factories just to fight some creeps running around in exploding rental cars, are we, sir?
History repeats itself only as a farce. Julius Caesar killed thousands of Gauls in the Gallic wars while claiming to protect them from the barbaric tribes of the north.
Although Caesar portrayed this invasion as being a defensive pre-emptive action, most historians agree that the wars were fought primarily to boost Caesar's political career and to pay off his massive debts.But not only that, Julius Caesar effectivly ended the Roman Republic, a phase "characterized by a republican form of government" and ushering the Roman Empire:
The precise date in which the Roman Republic changed into the Roman Empire is a matter of interpretation, with the dates of Julius Caesar's appointment as perpetual dictator, the Battle of Actium, and the date which the Roman Senate granted Octavian the title "Augustus", being some of the common choices.Nothing to see here, we are just protecting the rights of the people here, so move along.
This is a distinction chiefly made by modern historians and not by the Romans of the time, however. The early Julio-Claudian emperors maintained that the res publica still existed under the protection of their extraordinary powers and would eventually return to its republican form.
We are on a slippery slope now and our democracy and freedom is slowly being eroded. We may not take notice of the changes. Not if we don't look closely. Yes, everyone wants to fight terrorists and pedophiles, no one want terrorists using the internet, no one wants propaganda from Al-Q, no one wants terrorists that use our liberties as they please, but some day YOU will find yourself on the wrong side of the law, just because the meaning of terrorist has changed from "someone terrorizing the public" (which would be a fitting label for our governments) to "someone who is against the government". And before you know it, YOU will end up in an internation camp build by Bechtel or Halliburton, because YOU thought that distributing leaflets, or writing in your blog that you don't like the government, was covered by the freedoms YOU thought you have.
These are dark times and they will get much darker.
Charged for quoting George Orwell in public
In another example of the Government's draconian stance on political protest, Steven Jago, 36, a management accountant, yesterday became the latest person to be charged under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.
On 18 June, Mr Jago carried a placard in Whitehall bearing the George Orwell quote: "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." In his possession, he had several copies of an article in the American magazine Vanity Fair headlined "Blair's Big Brother Legacy", which were confiscated by the police. "The implication that I read from this statement at the time was that I was being accused of handing out subversive material," said Mr Jago. Yesterday, the author, Henry Porter, the magazine's London editor, wrote to Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, expressing concern that the freedom of the press would be severely curtailed if such articles were used in evidence under the Act.
Mr Porter said: "The police told Mr Jago this was 'politically motivated' material, and suggested it was evidence of his desire to break the law. I therefore seek your assurance that possession of Vanity Fair within a designated area is not regarded as 'politically motivated' and evidence of conscious law-breaking."
Scotland Yard has declined to comment.
Some paragraphs I find interesting:
For Blair, that youthful baby-boomer who came to power nine years ago as the embodiment of democratic liberalism as well as the new spirit of optimism in Britain, turns out to have an authoritarian streak that respects neither those rights nor, it seems, the independence of the elected representatives in Parliament. And what is remarkable - in fact almost a historic phenomenon - is the harm his government has done to the unwritten British constitution in those nine years, without anyone really noticing, without the press objecting or the public mounting mass protests. At the inception of Cool Britannia, British democracy became subject to a silent takeover.Independent Online Edition > UK Politics
Last year - rather late in the day, I must admit - I started to notice trends in Blair's legislation which seemed to attack individual rights and freedoms, to favour ministers (politicians appointed by the Prime Minister to run departments of government) over the scrutiny of Parliament, and to put in place all the necessary laws for total surveillance of society.
There was nothing else to do but to go back and read the Acts - at least 15 of them - and to write about them in my weekly column in The Observer. After about eight weeks, the Prime Minister privately let it be known that he was displeased at being called authoritarian by me. Very soon I found myself in the odd position of conducting a formal e-mail exchange with him on the rule of law, I sitting in my London home with nothing but Google and a stack of legislation, the Prime Minister in No 10 with all the resources of government at his disposal. Incidentally, I was assured that he had taken time out of his schedule so that he himself could compose the thunderous responses calling for action against terrorism, crime, and antisocial behaviour
Friday, November 10, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
I mean it's simply not fair. Here he is - Prime Minister of Great Britain (just) - and he's doing everything he possibly can including leaning over backwards and licking his own bottom. He's spending vast amounts of money he hasn't got on sending men to the Gulf. He's put his entire nation in the front line for terrorist reprisals. He's upset his other admirers in Europe, and - to cap it all - he's put his name to a plan that is not just plain stupid but is actually wicked, and in return? Zilch.
The Observer | Special reports | Terry Jones: Poor Tony Blair wakes up
I appreciate Mr. Bush's argument that because Saddam Hussein has refused to take any notice of the UN, Mr. Bush should teach him a lesson by dropping a lot of bombs on him. But now he's telling us that if the UN won't give him permission to do it, he's jolly well going to drop a lot of bombs on Saddam anyway. In which case won't Mr. Bush be guilty of the same thing he's accusing Saddam Hussein of? Apparently not because, according to the President's advisers, if the United Nations won't give him permission to drop a lot of bombs on Saddam Hussein, it will have ceased to be a Responsible World Organization and therefore he doesn't need to take any notice of it.
The Observer | Special reports | Mr Bush goes for the kill
So when George Bush and his colleagues talk about Saddam Hussein posing a "threat" to America - they don't mean he's going to drop bombs on Washington (how on earth could he without committing national suicide?) - what they mean is that he poses a threat to American military dominance in the Middle East.
The Observer | Special reports | Terry Jones: Could Tony Blair look at the internet now, please?
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Now I don't want to be a wet blanket, Tony, but was it a leprechaun who suggested this idea to you?
Since the Second World War, the US has bombed China, Korea, Guatemala, Indonesia, Cuba, Guatemala (again), Peru, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Guatemala (third time lucky), Grenada, Lebanon, Libya, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Iran, Panama, Iraq, Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia - in that order - and in not a single case did the bombing produce a democratic government as a direct result.
Why do you think it will be any different in Iraq? Or did your fairy godmother promise you this along with a golden coach?
The Observer | Special reports | Tony and the pixies
The key thing, I suppose, is to try to call US mercenaries "civilians" or "civilian contractors", while calling Iraqi civilians "fighters" or "insurgents".Guardian Unlimited | Special reports | The war of the words
I am bewildered by the world reaction to the tsunami tragedy. Why are newspapers, television and politicians making such a fuss? Why has the British public forked out more than £100m to help the survivors, and why is Tony Blair now promising "hundreds of millions of pounds"? Why has Australia pledged £435m and Germany £360m? And why has Mr Bush pledged £187m?
Of course it's wonderful to see the human race rallying to the aid of disaster victims, but it's the inconsistency that has me foxed. Nobody is making this sort of fuss about all the people killed in Iraq, and yet it's a human catastrophe of comparable dimensions.
Guardian Unlimited | Guardian daily comment | A man-made tsunami
Fuck Picasa, it is spaming my screen, fuck it.
And what kind of thumbnails is it updating? Thumbnails it has already "updated" in the past. WHY, WHY, WHY?
In the UK there may now be 3.6 million children living below the poverty line, and 12.9 million in the US, with no prospect of either government finding any cash to change that. But surely this is a price worth paying, if it means that George Bush and Tony Blair can make any amount of money available for bombs, shells and bullets to improve the lives of Iraqi kids. You know it makes sense.
Guardian Unlimited | Guardian daily comment | Let them eat bombs
Of course, your unstinting efforts to make torture an internationally accepted aspect of human life have surpassed everything we could have ever hoped for.
Guardian Unlimited | Guardian daily comment | Terry Jones: George, you're now a despot
Two very different men commit two very different crimes. When both violate probation, there are very different results: The robber gets life; the killer remains free.
Scales of justice can swing wildly - Dallas Morning News
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Now this is where I got mad. “There is no law that says I can’t drink water in the security area of the airport!” I looked at the cop, “Is there?” The cop said, “I have no jurisdiction where you are. You’re not on LA property.”
False Authority Syndrome � davidgagne.net
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Google mit der CIA im Bett? Oder bloss ein schüren der Paranoia? - journalismus - nachrichten von heute (in German)
(By the way, remember Cocaine ONE? There seems to have been a connection with Genesis Reality...)
the Journal's tidbit does provide an occasion to play one of Chatterbox's favorite games, "Six Degrees of Adnan Khashoggi," in which the shadowy international arms merchant is connected to every scandal of the past 40 years and some that occurred even earlier.
Did Adnan Khashoggi Throw the Election to Dubya? - Timothy Noah - Slate Magazine
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
A school safety drill that included police officers in riot gear with weapons has caused concern among some parents who say it was too realistic and frightened some students.
"My child was with his face to the wall in the hallway of the high school" [Diana] Silva said.
TBO.com - News From The Associated Press
Sunday, October 29, 2006
“The government should know who owns our voting machines; that is a national security concern,” said Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York, who asked the Bush administration in May to review the Sequoia takeover.
It is so simple:
Voting machines made by shady US company = OK
Voting machines made by shady Venezuelan company = Not good
U.S. Investigates Voting Machines’ Venezuela Ties - New York Times
Once upon a time, long, long ago, there lay in a valley far, far away in the mountains the most contented kingdom the world has ever known. It was called Happy Valley, and it was ruled over by a wise old king called Otto. And all his subjects flourished and were happy, and there were no discontents or grumblers, because wise King Otto had had them all put to death, along with the trade union leaders, many years before. And all the happy folk of Happy Valley sang and danced all day long, and anyone who was for any reason miserable or unhappy or who had any difficult personal problem was prosecuted under the Happiness Act.YouTube - Monty Python - Fairytale (1/2)
YouTube - Monty Python - Fairytale (2/2)
Question: Why and when did CACI get into the business of providing interrogators?Does every Fortune 100 company act like this? If so, the Google motto "Don't be evil" will get a whole new meaning...
Answer: For a number of years CACI has provided IT support and services, including information collection and data analysis, to the U.S. Intelligence Community and the military. Interrogation services were an extension of that work, which CACI provided in response to a request by the U.S. Army, which did not have sufficient, available personnel for assignment to the Iraqi theater at the onset of the war. In August 2003 CACI responded to the Army's request for these services by identifying and hiring qualified individuals with previous experience in information gathering and analysis.
These services were initially provided under a contract issued by the Department of Interior in August 2003. In August 2004 the U.S. Army took the initiative to directly issue CACI a contract to continue providing interrogation services. CACI continued to provide interrogation services under that contract until it expired in the early fall of 2005.
CACI is proud of its efforts to support the U.S. mission in Iraq and the broader effort to fight terrorism.
CACI in Iraq - Frequently Asked Questions
By the way, these guys "help" Telcos in the EU comply with the EU Data Retention Directive.
CACI, in partnership with SenSage and EMC², are running a FREE half-day interactive workshop, with guest speaker, Simon Watkin, Head of the Home Office Covert Investigation Policy Team.CACI Events - EU Data Retention and Data Security Workshop
The workshop will demonstrate the SenSage/EMC security compliance solution and how it applies to the EU Data Retention Directive.
About the Workshop
Simon Watkin will provide an overview of the development of the Government's policy on, and the legal basis for, the retention of communications data.
Following this, the workshop will demonstrate how the Sensage / EMC solution delivers the most advanced data security software solution in the market, providing telcos and ISPs with a lower cost means to support compliance and enables law enforcement agencies to quickly access information to pinpoint and prosecute terrorist activity and other serious crime.
We will demonstrate a live Proof of Concept system that:
- Is retaining one hundred billion call records online with immediate access
- Provides full data analysis capability
- Offers exceptional data loading and querying performance
- Scales up to meet future expansion requirements
- Provides a fully secure, easily manageable, data environment for lower Total Cost of Ownership
EU Data Retention and Data Security, ey? I feel safer already from these Muslim Terris and Pedophiles...
(via CACI Events - EU Data Retention and Data Security Workshop">Postman Patel)
The Americans also set up a checkpoint 2km away where they confiscated cell phones with built-in cameras because travelers on their way to the village of as-Saidat would be able clearly to see the wrecked armored vehicles.Devastating Attack Destroys US Falcon Base Striking A Severe Blow To US Forces : SF Indymedia
List of Bilderberg attendees
Angela Merkel (2005)
Bilderberg Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
List of Bilderberg attendees - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
And in related news: Alex Jones arrested while traveling to the meeting of the Bilderberg Group.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Muslims with ideas, but no explosives or chemicals
= conspiracy to murder
(I can not call what they had a "plan")
Ex-BNP members with ideas, chemicals and explosives
= possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purposes
(I don't know what plans they had, so I leave it at "ideas")
Every state seems to be blind on its right eye, it is the same in Germany, as in the US, as in the UK, as in every other state.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Operation Gladio - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Birmingham Six were six men—Hugh Callaghan, Patrick Hill, Gerard Hunter, Richard McIlkenny, William Power and John Walker—sentenced to life imprisonment in 1975 in an infamous miscarriage of justice for two pub bombings in Birmingham, England on November 21, 1974 that killed 21 people.They were arressted by the same police apparatus, convicted by the same judiciary system like all these muslim "terrorists" today...
The Maguire Seven case was an infamous event of wrongful conviction in the United Kingdom. Their story, along with that of the Guildford Four, is told in the film In the Name of the Father.
The Guildford Four were a group of people (Paul Hill, Gerry Conlon, Patrick 'Paddy' Armstrong and Carole Richardson), who were wrongly convicted in the United Kingdom in October 1975 for the Provisional IRA's Guildford pub bombing - which killed five people and injured sixty-five more - and imprisoned for over 15 years.
Birmingham Six - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maguire Seven - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Guildford Four - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
London and the rest of the UK were targets for IRA bombs for getting on 25 years, yet I can't remember any point over that time when our establishment came anywhere near to encouraging hysteria or vilifying communities in the way it is doing today. Nor do I recall any suggestions of invading Eire, carpet bombing Dublin or the wholesale 're-education' of Irish Catholics living on the mainland.
Famous for 15 megapixels: Correction
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Two Secret Service agents arrived at their Land Park home about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, Kirstie Wilson said. They told her they wanted to speak with her daughter about threats to the president that she had posted on MySpace.
News - U.S. agents question teen - sacbee.com
Password here: http://www.bugmenot.com/view/sacbee.com
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Chizen sounds as though he’d be happy selling any sort of software, and it just happens that his company sells design and publishing apps. His passion isn’t for creating great products; it’s for convincing us that Adobe’s products are great.
Daring Fireball: Brand New
Sunday, September 24, 2006
CLINTON: No, no. I authorized the CIA to get groups together to try to kill him [Bin Laden].
Maybe this is a reason. And another that US troops are in Saudi Arabia. Imagine Iranian troops in Rom, guarding the Pope.
By the way, Bin Laden is dead, he laughed himself to death after he heard the Pope talking about Islam.
Think Progress � Fox News Sunday, Interview With President Bill Clinton, 9/22/06
FOXNews.com - U.S. Officials Detain Venezuelan Foreign Minister at New York Airport - The Americas
Monday, September 18, 2006
Neuruppin - Die Rädelsführer der berüchtigten XY-Bande sind gestern vom Landgericht Neuruppin zu überraschend hohen Haftstrafen verurteilt worden. Für zwölf Jahre muss der Hauptangeklagte und einstige CDU-Stadtverordnete Olaf K. wegen eines groß angelegten Handels mit Kokain, illegalem Glücksspiels und Bestechung von staatlichen Bediensteten hinter Gitter.
Hohe Haftstrafen für Anführer der XY-Bande — Tagesspiegel Online - Nachrichten
Guns N Rollers airport terror t-shirt alert | The Register
U.S. war prisons legal vacuum for 14,000 - Yahoo! News
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Monday, August 28, 2006
Sorry, that user name has already been taken.I'm seriously pissed about setting up an account at YouTube. It is insane. Or am I insane. Don't know.
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A war? What war?
War is when every month, thousands of people die, just like what we see in Iraq everyday as a result of the US attack. If one country is suffering the most from this so called "war on terror", it is Iraq and its citizens.
ONE FUCKING MEASLY ATTACK FIVE YEARS AGO ON THE WTC? And these stupid dimwits in the US government call this a war? THERE IS NO WAR. THERE ARE NO ATTACKS.
If there are really millions of Islamists determined to wage a war against the West, against the USA, the UK and the clueless rest, then there would be AT LEAST AN ATTACK EVERY FUCKING DAY. Even if I alone would wage a war against the US, I would bloody well make sure to take down much more of those "freedom loving" and SUV driving dimwits.
I wish some would wipe these fucking United States of Anxiety of the map.
What happend to the land of democracy and freedom?
Talk:Able Danger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaArticle cited as source by media organization NewsWhat can it mean for a Wikipedia article to be cited as a source by a media organization, when the contents of a Wikipedia article can be changed in any way by anyone at any time? Which version of this article did the media organization intend to refer to? It is impossible to know. If a media organization hasn't figured out by now that Wikipedia is inherently unreliable as a source of accurate information, their own reliability is highly questionable.
This article has been cited as a source by a media organization. See the 2005 press source article for details.
The citation is in: Krista-Ann Staley (August 26, 2005). "Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate "Able Danger"". Jurist.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
And I was told by one of the officials that wearing a t-shirt with Arabic script in an airport now is like going to a bank with a t-shirt that reads, “I am a robber.”We had this in Germany sometime ago. Here in Germany these people weren't called "terrorists", they were called "parasites" just because they happened to have the "wrong" faith. As I have recently discovered that I'm a nihilist, I think that all religions are delusions and should be treated like narcotics.
A narcotic is an addictive drug, derived from opium, that reduces pain, induces sleep and may alter mood or behavior.Opium for the people, it is! Sleep well while the US government and media gives you opium and subjugates the Arab and the Muslim people.
Democracy Now! | Iraqi Peace Activist Forced to Change T-Shirt Bearing Arabic Script Before Boarding Plane at JFK
After reading about blogger Raed Jarrar's experience at JFK (he was forced to take off a shirt with Arabic writing on it or miss his flight), I finally stopped being depressed about the war on terror and began being proactively pissed off. I made this shirt, which says "I am not a terrorist" in Arabic. I plan to wear it every time I go to the airport from now on.
I AM NOT A TERRORIST
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
It's a pity that our security rests in the hands of government officials who understand as little about terrorism as the Florida clowns who needed their informant to suggest attack scenarios, as the 21/7 London bombers who injured no one, as lunatic "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, as the Forest Gate nerve gas attackers who had no nerve gas, as the British nitwits who tried to acquire "red mercury," and as the recent binary liquid bomb attackers who had no binary liquid bombs.
For some real terror, picture twenty guys who understand op-sec, who are patient, realistic, clever, and willing to die, and who know what can be accomplished with a modest stash of dimethylmercury.
Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible? | The Register Page 2
Analysis The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air;
And a loud voice came forth out of the temple of Heaven,
From the throne, saying, "It is done!"
Binary liquid explosives are a sexy staple of Hollywood thrillers. It would be tedious to enumerate the movie terrorists who've employed relatively harmless liquids that, when mixed, immediately rain destruction upon an innocent populace, like the seven angels of God's wrath pouring out their bowls full of pestilence and pain.
Mass murder in the skies: was the plot feasible? | The Register
Sure enough, these buttons are a nightmare. They’re balky, nonresponsive, slow to react and all-around infuriating (and yes, I tried all four sensitivity settings). The three people who tried my review unit had amazingly similar reactions, even after I told them to stop running their thumbs around the dial as though it were an iPod. One said he felt like throwing the phone “through the window,” another “into the trash,” and another “across the room.”Funny, I had the same "through the damn thing across the room" feeling today with my Nokia NGage, as it took ages to boot the thing up, pressing keys without any feedback and waiting for a reacation...
Pogue’s Posts - Heavily Hyped Cellphone Won’t Make You a Chocoholic - Technology - New York Times Blog
Sunday, August 20, 2006
In Greek mythology, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient nameless serpent-like chthonic water beast that possessed numerous heads—the poets mention more heads than the vase-painters could paint—and poisonous breath. The Hydra of Lerna was killed by Heracles as one of his Twelve Labours.
Upon reaching the swamp near Lake Lerna, where the Hydra dwelt, Heracles covered his mouth and nose with a cloth to protect himself from the poisonous fumes and fired flaming arrows into its lair, the spring of Amymone, to draw it out. He then confronted it, wielding a harvesting sickle in some early vase-paintings; upon cutting off each of its heads he found that two grew back, an expression of the hopelessness of such a struggle for any but the hero, Heracles.
Realising that he could not defeat the Hydra in this way, Heracles called on his nephew Iolaus for help. His nephew then came upon the idea of using a burning firebrand to scorch the neck stumps after decapitation, and handed him the blazing brand. Heracles cut off each head and Iolaus burned the open stump leaving the hydra dead.
Today, we have many wannabe Heracles's, welding their sickles, fighting the many-headed and nameless terror beast, cutting of heads, only to be surprised that two heads grow back. And we have many wannabe Iolaus's who think that the Muslim body growing these terror heads needs to be burned.
What was the problem with Hydra anyway? The only thing this nameless beast has done wrong seems to be that has fallen out of favour with Hera...
Lernaean Hydra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hizbullah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions into Lebanon
NEW YORK – As pundits and policymakers scramble to explain events in Lebanon, their conclusions are virtually unanimous: Hizbullah created this crisis. Israel is defending itself. The underlying problem is Arab extremism.
Sadly, this is pure analytical nonsense. Hizbullah's capture of two Israeli soldiers on July 12 was a direct result of Israel's silent but unrelenting aggression against Lebanon, which in turn is part of a six-decades long Arab-Israeli conflict.
Since its withdrawal of occupation forces from southern Lebanon in May 2000, Israel has violated the United Nations-monitored "blue line" on an almost daily basis, according to UN reports. Hizbullah's military doctrine, articulated in the early 1990s, states that it will fire Katyusha rockets into Israel only in response to Israeli attacks on Lebanese civilians or Hizbullah's leadership; this indeed has been the pattern.
Hizbullah's attacks stem from Israeli incursions into Lebanon | csmonitor.com
Mrs Schofield, 38, said: "The plane was not yet full and it became apparent that people were refusing to board. In the gate waiting area, people had been talking about these two, who looked really suspicious with their heavy clothing, scruffy, rough, appearance and long hair."
Be afraid, be very afraid of the really supsicious looking Muslim man.
Patrick Mercer, the Tory Homeland Security spokesman, said last night: "This is a victory for terrorists. These people on the flight have been terrorised into behaving irrationally.
Yes, these people have been terrorised, but by Homeland Security. Muslim Terrorists with liquid bombs who don't have plane tickets, passports or liquid explosives? Bullshit.
What's next: Don't buy at Muslims?
Mutiny as passengers refuse to fly until Asians are removed | the Daily Mail
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Nor have the War on Terror advocates made a credible case for the actions they are taking to counter the threat of this supposed global Islamic conspiracy. Quite the opposite. Virtually everything our governments have done is guaranteed to increase the numbers of people with a grudge against us. And the longer our governments continue to behave this way the more likely those actions will help make the Phantom Menace a reality.
Given that blowing Middle Eastern countries away and identifying entire communities of being responsible, either by action or omission of action, for terrorism are so patently counter-productive, I personally have absolutely no doubt that The War on Terror is, and is meant to be by some people at least, a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Famous for 15 megapixels: Worse than a brain dead action movie - much worse
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
So this, I believe, is the true story.
None of the alleged terrorists had made a bomb. None had bought a plane ticket. Many did not even have passports, which given the efficiency of the UK Passport Agency would mean they couldn't be a plane bomber for quite some time.
In the absence of bombs and airline tickets, and in many cases passports, it could be pretty difficult to convince a jury beyond reasonable doubt that individuals intended to go through with suicide bombings, whatever rash stuff they may have bragged in internet chat rooms.
What is more, many of those arrested had been under surveillance for over a year - like thousands of other British Muslims. And not just Muslims. Like me. Nothing from that surveillance had indicated the need for early arrests.
Craig Murray - The UK Terror plot: what's really going on?
British officials knowledgeable about the case said British police were planning to continue to run surveillance for at least another week to try to obtain more evidence, while American officials pressured them to arrest the suspects sooner.
NBC: Disagreement over timing of arrests - Lisa Myers & the NBC Investigative Unit - MSNBC.com
So far 24 suspects - believed to be British citizens, many of Pakistani origin - have been arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 in overnight raids in London, the Thames Valley and Birmingham. The number of people “processed into custody” was three more than the 21 announced earlier today, the Metropolitan Police said tonight..
So far, I have read every odd number from 19 to 25, and I wouldn't be surprised if some more of the even numbers pop, in relation to how many suspects have been observed and arrested.
At the moment, you can't even trust the NUMBER OF PEOPLE ARRESTED. If there are problems in reporting A TWO DIGIT NUMBER, how the fuck am I supposed to believe the rest of the "be very afraid and don't bring nailpolish on board" and "liquid bomb" bullshit.
I say, in 6 month, all charges will be dropped and all of the suspects will be free. We'll see.
'We have foiled mass murder on an unimaginable scale' - World - Times Online
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Critics of the Bush administration who complain that the U.S. is too hawkish toward Iran have no better plan of their own to offer.Of course, respecting another sovereign nation like Iran (that would not be breaking any treaties by obtaining the bomb) is not a plan per se.
Many would continue to do nothing, even as violence escalates, deferring to the U.N. and its agencies to negotiate with Iran.The main violence escalters are in Washington, DC. and in Tel Aviv.
The U.N. has a poor record of stopping tyrants.Meanwhile, the US has track record of establishing tyrants.
Member countries of the U.N. have different priorities than the U.S.Surprise! They even have interests of their own! Isn't that egoistic? Shouldn't every nation be a US proxy?
Other countries aren't on Ahmadinejad's top two enemies list, and as we learned in the past from France, Germany, and Russia's vote against the 2003 Iraq War, are more concerned about access to cheap oil than whether someone is plotting to drop nuclear bombs on Israel or the U.S.Iraq or Iran? Ahmadinejad is not responsible nor has been involved in the 2003 Iraq war, you know. These are two different countries, try not to mix them up. Yes, I know it is hard the US even supplied weapons to both sides in the Iran-Iraq war.
Ahmadinejad does not detest the US (or Israel) any more than Bush detests Iran. I guess (hope) both sides have a problem with the government, not with the people. Heck even I don't like the government of Iran, the US or Israel myself.
Ahmadinejad very likely detests the U.S. more than any other country except for Israel.
Fortunately, because of the U.S.'s strong position, distant proximity, and lack of offensive aggression towards its enemies, it has been able to avoid the prevalent violence Iran engages in with neighboring ethnic minorities in Turkey, Iraq, and Azerbijan."lack of offensive aggression"? The CIA has been conduction offensive aggressions in all parts of the world for the last fifty years, for crying out loud! And I'm sure that Turkey's violence against its minorites have been purely accidental, because Turkey is as a NATO member and close ally of the US by definition "on the good side ™".
Now that was a long sentence. We know what nuclear weapons in the hands of rogue states can. Just look at China or Pakistan.
It is short-sighted to do nothing except issue toothless warnings from the U.N., permitting an unstable and extremist dictator to continue enriching uranium that everyone knows is only meant for one thing, to build nuclear weapons intended for its enemies - which could include possible use against the U.S. and Israel. lack
Speculation that Iran is enriching uranium for nuclear energy purposes is naïve at best, underhanded at worst.Speculation that a strike against Iran will improve the security of the US or bring democracy and peace to the Middle East is naïve at best, underhanded at worst.
If that were true, Iran would have properly reported its progress to the International Atomic Energy Agency.Why should they? There is no treaty forcing Iran to do that. Would the US allow international inspections to their atomic sites? Would they do it if they knew that the information gathered would end in the hands of their enemies?
Misplaced? Like the WMDs in Iraq? Sorry, these accusations can not be found (404).
Accusations that the U.S. is planning an aggressive "neocon" strike against Iran are misplaced.
There is a difference between planning a preemptive nuclear strike, and preparing a contingency plan ahead of time in case a nuclear strike becomes necessary.Is it so? And does a strike become necessary if the US has demands that Iran (as any other souvereign nation) would never accept?
Pacifists and critics of the Bush administration conveniently like to confuse the two in order to mislead the public.Mislead the public more than the neocons? Oh, that was a ad-hominem attack by me, I would like to apoligize for that.
The Bush administration has already capitulated considerably to world opinion and criticism from the pacifist left by agreeing to negotiate directly with Iran for the first time in over 26 years.Wow! They agreeded to TALK and not to throw bombs. I'm impressed.
It makes no sense that the Bush administration would agree to these talks if it was planning a strike.Unless of course it just wants to show how reasonable they were before striking peremtively.
The administration is going to utmost lengths in order to forestall military action.I'm deeply impressed by the peace wish of the US government
Bush has learned from Iraq that there is no such thing as a guaranteed quick and cheap intervention.Bush has learned?
The risk of resulting political and economic damage may not be worth the gamble of a military strike.The US government is gambleing?
Republicans cannot afford another mire requiring additional troops while still engaged in Iraq; it would lower morale even further.I really wished that Republicans couldn't afford another mire, but I'm afraid that there is a lot more the US public will tolarate.
Gas prices would skyrocket, since Iran has vowed to reduce or cut its oil supply if the U.S. strikes.High oil prices = high profits for US oil companies.
Although the U.S. does not purchase oil from Iran, the countries that do purchase Iranian oil would be forced to buy oil elsewhere, decreasing the amount of oil available to the U.S., which drives the price up.Wow, rocket science.
Intelligence sources recently revealed that Iran has been moving its enrichment programs into urban areas, further reducing the possibility of a U.S. strike."Itelligence" sources could find their asses, even if you kicked them. BTW, are these the same source that said that Iraq had WMDs?
What kind of middle ground is that, what kind of realistic negotiations are that, where the US has unnegotiable demands?
Instead, the Bush administration is prudently taking the middle ground, preparing for the possibility of a military strike while exhausting all realistic negotiating efforts.
The U.S. should continue its tough stance, avoiding full recognition of Iran while continuing to freeze its assets and level economic sanctions against it.Girl, you can't have it both ways, either it is realistic middle ground or it is tough stance. BTW, Iran has every right to see any US demands as unreasonable, as the US has meddled with Iran for the last fifty years.
The U.S. should avoid any region-wide weapons freeze that would affect Israel.Sure, Iran is the aggressor and Israel is only defending itself. Just compare the military actions of the last 25 years of Israel with those by Iran and you will see who is the agressor.
Although some claim the U.S. is being hypocritical since it has thousands of nuclear warheads, terrorists and terrorist groups such as Hezbollah, Hamas and al Qaeda have never abided by international agreements and treaties, so there is no reason to trust them to abide by a regional weapons freeze.The US didn't abide by international agreements. Why should I trust them?
The freeze would essentially hand Israel over to terrorists.Hand Israel over to the US government?
The U.S. and Israel need nuclear weapons in order to defend themselves and deter despots, which is considerably different than obtaining them to commit terrorist attacks.And just in case that Iran would like to deter an US attack, wouldn't it be quite reasonable to obtain nuclear weapons?
Ceding ground to an aggressor as unpredictable as Ahmadinejad would likely result in him asking for more.Yes, of course, Ahmadinejad is unpredictable, in contrast to the warmongers in the US government.
So Condi does not look favorably upon Bush?
In a recent column, George Will accused Condoleeza Rice of harboring the naïve belief that any violent activity in Iran signifies progress. This mischaracterization of Rice's position takes the easy way out of a legitimate debate regarding the extent the U.S. should care about what happens in Iran. Rice would not approve of violent activity by hardliners in the former USSR seeking to communize Iran. Nor would Rice look favorably upon a fascist dictator who sought control over Iran's oil (let's not forget Kuwait).
Thank god, at least one solution is viable!
There is only one viable solution.
Iran must agree to a Middle East peace process, and cease its support of violent opposition to such a plan.So now "Peace" has become an euphemism too, because I can see no peace process.
Unless something radically changes the situation in Iraq, U.S. troops are on schedule to withdraw within the next couple of years.Really? Wow! Open the French Freedom Champange!
Although cynics claim the U.S. cannot "force" a democracy on an undemocratic country, protesting that the U.S. will be engaged in Iraq for many years to come, history has proven otherwise, most notably in this century with Japan.The US hasn't even tried to "force" democracy upon Iraq, but then again I guess "democracy" has become an euphemism too.
Absent no other significant active U.S. engagement around the world, the possibility of targeted strikes against Iran may become a reality.Well, couldn't the US Army try to bring democracy (the real one) to, let's say, Virginia first, and after that, they have done that, they should try with Texas or Florida, maybe Ohia after them. Then there are the British who could use some democracy (the real one). I'm sure Russian would be nice canditate as a democracy receptacle. Ups, they have nukes. Then rather China. Darn, they have Nukes too. Or Pakistan. No, rather not. It doen't matter, in a few years the Saudis will have the bomb and nobody cares about that...
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