Sunday, December 31, 2006

If this wasn't propaganda, what was then?

The threat of Saddam and weapons of mass destruction is not American or British propaganda. The history and present threat are real.
NOW. Politics & Economy. Press and Politics. BBC/Blair Battle Timeline | PBS
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!"

An addendum to the last post

America the savior… After nearly four years and Bush's biggest achievement in Iraq has been a lynching. Bravo Americans.
Baghdad Burning

What a great day for justice

So Saddam Hussein has been sentenced and executed for killing 125 people. What a great day for justice.
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.

"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.

[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...

BBC News
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?

Friday, December 22, 2006

We have the technology, we can make it better!

Finally someone has invented the perpetuum mobile. "If we just believe hard enough, then we can prove science wrong!"

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

A Message Courtesy Of Mr. Foreman: Internal FBI warning

I received an interesting email:
Subject: The news prompted the FBI to issue an internal warning on the risk his death could spark attacks, the US media says.
From: Raphael Foreman

The Yemeni authorities confirmed there had been a shooting incident, it said.
A shooting? In Yemen? And the FBI had to issue a internal warning? And Mr. Foreman tells me all about it? How fascinating!

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

"That is so obvious"

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.
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
Yeah, the Muslims are the scapegoats of today and have replaced the Jews, Japanese and so on, this is so obvious.

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Robbers are leaving the Bank

Imagine you are in power in at a big and heavily militarized country and want to transfer truckloads of money from the state to companies producing military goods and supplying military services. I mean more money that you already transfer. Much more. Imagine you have no scruple what soever. What would you do?

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.

Foster suspicions among the public

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.

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.
F.A.A. Official Scrapped Tape of 9/11 Controllers' Statements - New York Times []

There is something moving in the state of America

Senator Dayton has started to ask questions about 9/11. Thankfully he is not occoupied with phantom planes, but actual facts like the timeline of events. - Senator Dayton: NORAD Lied About 9/11

A senator does not make a springtime. Or so they say.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The truth will prevail!

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.

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
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.

Political Commissars for US Scientists?

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.

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. - White House Tightens Publishing Rules for USGS Scientists
(via fefe, in German)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

"I'm going to sexually molest your dog."

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 -

Running with the crowd

Lord Hutton about the Birmingham Six:
"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'."
Danny Morrison - My report on Lord Hutton - The Guardian
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.

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.

We, the people, have the right to don't give a damn

Reading a bit on Wikipedia about Lord Hutton really makes me wonder what's going on and why most people don't seem to give a damn...

Famous for 15 megapixels: Faith in Accidents

In un(?)related news: England is building an army of bees to take over the world.


NPR : Border Fence Firm Snared for Hiring Illegal Workers

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

Dead man don't sing

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?
Lawrence Lessig

Monday, December 11, 2006

News from the Terror War!

Britain stops talk of 'war on terror' | Politics | The Observer

Everything is connected

I am not a fan (or even very interested) in these Princess Di conspiracy theories. Well except for the slightly interesting Kashoggi connection of Dodi Al-Fayed.

This could change now.

US bugged Diana's phone on night of death crash | UK News | The Observer

One more reason to use Polonium

Seems like I have forgotten one motive regarding the Polonium 210 killing.
'For anybody looking to kill an individual using nuclear material, polonium- 210 would be the radioactive isotope of choice'
Nuclear poison: the deadly trade | The Observer
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?
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

Idi Amin, Yasser Arafat, Ronald Regean, Augusto Pinochet

All dead, all dead.

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.

It is always the same...

What is so attractive about Hamburg? Ok, wrong question, I have moved here and I like it. "It is a city like no other". But before I start to ramble about the touristic qualities of my current hometown, I shall rephrase my question.

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...

And it is still true: Don't buy music from the majors

IGN: RIAA Petitions Judges to Lower Artist Royalties

He says, he says, he says

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.
The German Citizen's Lawsuit Alleges Human Rights Abuses by Tenet - Blotter
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 mother of all conspiracy theories

I don't understand much about global economics, but I always asked myself how a nation can continously accumulate debt. I mean, if I take a credit, I have to pay it back some day.

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.


(via fefe, in German)

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Learn spelling in Cyrillic!

I have been thinking about this a bit lately and this post by Stef stirred up some Polonium thing within me.

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.

Drug Killings and White Houses

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

That sort of thing

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.
"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
You never know with these towelheads, do you?

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)

Something different

What is missing while wading through all those 9/11 conspiracy websites is a portion of critical distance. 'You are either with us or with them'. But the world is not that simple. And there is a lot of bushshit information on both sites. So, to get some perspective I recommend reading some of this.

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

Ah, what a gem

A truely interesting website.

Edward Jay Epstein's Home Page

Believe whatever you want to believe, but this website is nicely done.

While driving down memory lane...

... we come to Tora Bora, the mystical place under the hill. Ah, these were the times when we could believe in bondesque super villians who threatended the world from an undergournd high-tech bunker. Where are the Stavros of today?

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

Ah, Gopher

Does anybody here remember gopher? I was told that the university of Delft had a very hot gopher server running... Ah, what warm and fuzzy feeling.

Index of gopher://