Ive been working away lately in a beautiful town in Linconshire called Stamford. I havent had the opportunity to use a computer or get online for 2 weeks. The break has been nice but I've missed BLOGDIAL!! Now, a weekend to catch up with whats been posted!
Straw, Powell had serious doubts over their Iraqi weapons claims
Secret transcript revealed
Dan Plesch and Richard Norton-Taylor Saturday May 31, 2003 The Guardian
Jack Straw and his US counterpart, Colin Powell, privately expressed serious doubts about the quality of intelligence on Iraq's banned weapons programme at the very time they were publicly trumpeting it to get UN support for a war on Iraq, the Guardian has learned.
Their deep concerns about the intelligence - and about claims being made by their political bosses, Tony Blair and George Bush - emerged at a private meeting between the two men shortly before a crucial UN security council session on February 5.
The meeting took place at the Waldorf hotel in New York, where they discussed the growing diplomatic crisis. The exchange about the validity of their respective governments' intelligence reports on Iraq lasted less than 10 minutes, according to a diplomatic source who has read a transcript of the conversation. [...]
GyazMail is another OS X Mail client. It is very good. However, it does not support IMAP as of yet, and the programmer seems reluctant at adding it, though he says he will. I hate mail.app but I use it, because it has IMAP support (I have 5 addresses, 2 of them IMAP). The interface really is bad and it tends to get bloated and confusing after a while... but I use it anyway. No address book (aside from Apple's terrible abortion of an address book program) and no good batch mail features. But BCC works okay... I just have to paste all the addresses in, every time. It is also very sluggish for me. Also, I turn 20 today. Yay.
How could you even think of putting those shame costumes on a cat? We understand the dignity of these fair creatures, and would never ... we also understand the reality of very tender forearm flesh ... claws win, every time.
I use Camino for a browser. It's fast and has minimal graphics. Haven't had time to try an other mail client, maybe this weekend if it rains.
Oh, and scored 32.4723%. Some one who scored 44.3787% told me about this:
Antonia Hirsch May 31 to June 20, 2003
1.866.SPOKEN4 (1.866.776.5364 toll-free across Canada) +1.604.696.1328 (local and international calls)
Lines Spoken For is a telephone project using the familiar voice messaging system format. The telephone is a personal communications device, yet it is connected to massive economic and technological structures. Together with other new communications technologies, it transcends the current time system, effortlessly traversing not only space, but also time zones. The voice, however, is a visceral phenomenon of the here and now. Whether we have 'a voice in a matter' often depends upon our place in administrative structures that prevail inside specific geographical boundaries.
Intertwining historical fact with fiction, Lines Spoken For focuses on the International Date Line. This conceptual threshold between today and tomorrow is itself a fiction of staggering proportions. Navigating through the Kafkaesque system, callers uncover the peculiar circumstances of a delegate to the historic Conference for the Purpose of Fixing a Prime Meridian and a Universal Day. At this conference, involving a select group of international stakeholders, an issue of global importance is on the table: the location of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Just as one day would fluidly transform into the next - were it not for the International Date Line - Lines Spoken For exists without temporal regulator: cause and effect and consequently the construction of meaning is determined by the caller's navigation through the system. Significantly, Lines Spoken For exists in a realm of ideas: without physical presence.
I find Mozilla really fast on PC, not least the tabbed windows which allow you to look at about 15 pages in one go. As for ugly, it's skinnable! So you can even design your own if you want. Vector Red for Mozilla would be very kool.
I don't use the mail app as I am an OE fule. I'll get to it one day though.
They used to say the browser is slow; I've never heard that Mozilla Mail is slow. And there is aparently a new stand alone mail app built on the Mozilla Mail code, but for stability, I would go with Mozilla Mail.
And havent they resolved this speed issue by rendering the gui natively? In any case, its a choice, rather than the absence of a choice, with which, you cannot get mail.
What are the shortcomings of OSX Mail?
And as for it being ugly, you want to get your mail with it, not fuck it!
I saw that piece at the Chapman Brother's solo (?) show in Oxford. It's free, and quite good, but I got really bored of their constant, over use of the swastika, as if they were trying to add depth and meaning by putting a swastika in every picture.
...is a product of a process that starts with the CD '0.000' by the japanese artist Nosei Sakata (*0), a cd which was playing back basically nothing (sound outside the human hearing range). Sakata asked other artists -among them Marc Behrens- to 'remix' this material, which was then released on the cd called '*0 - 0.000remix - INFLATION'. The idea was to create 'everything from nothing'. When Behrens received his promo copies he decided to take the process further: he used material from the reinterpretation pieces by Taylor Deupree, Hsi-Chuang Cheng, Aube, Richard Chartier, Akira Rabelais, John Hudak, Bernhard Günter, and Steve Roden to construct a further reinterpretation. After the completion of this piece, he gave it (i.e. in the form of all the single sounds used in the piece) to the portuguese artist Paulo Raposo (of Vitriol), who himself did another reinterpretation. Raposo and Behrens use different methods to compose, as well as different structural approaches, and premiered both their -however complementary- pieces in the form of a friendly 'audio duel' (like a ping pong match) on March 21, 2003 in the auditorium of the Goethe-Institut Inter Naciones in Lisbon. The show was entitled 'Further Consequences of Reinterpretation'. produced: March 2003 [marc behrens]
Feeling odd today. Does anyone else ever think like this? Often when I'm riding my bike home I see people, and in the 3 seconds or so that they pass thru my field of vision I get terribly caught up in things - I look at them and what expression they have and end up thinking about all the moments they've had in their lives, all the Xmases and birthdays and boyfriends and girlfriends and so on. It nearly wipes my brain out thinking of all those moments - being happy, being sad, being how they feel right now etc, all those emotions and so on, all part of life. There are just too many to even consider, and yet they still all bubble about. I wish I didn't feel so "plugged in".
Right now, Iraq is expanding and improving facilities that were used for the production of biological weapons. George W. Bush Speech to UN General Assembly September 12, 2002
If he declares he has none, then we will know that Saddam Hussein is once again misleading the world. Ari Fleischer Press Briefing December 2, 2002
We know for a fact that there are weapons there. Ari Fleischer Press Briefing January 9, 2003
Our intelligence officials estimate that Saddam Hussein had the materials to produce as much as 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve agent. George W. Bush State of the Union Address January 28, 2003
We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more. Colin Powell Remarks to UN Security Council February 5, 2003
We have sources that tell us that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use chemical weapons -- the very weapons the dictator tells us he does not have. George W. Bush Radio Address February 8, 2003
So has the strategic decision been made to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction by the leadership in Baghdad? . . . I think our judgment has to be clearly not. Colin Powell Remarks to UN Security Council March 7, 2003
Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised. George W. Bush Address to the Nation March 17, 2003
Well, there is no question that we have evidence and information that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical particularly . . . all this will be made clear in the course of the operation, for whatever duration it takes. Ari Fleisher Press Briefing March 21, 2003
There is no doubt that the regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction. And . . . as this operation continues, those weapons will be identified, found, along with the people who have produced them and who guard them. Gen. Tommy Franks Press Conference March 22, 2003
I have no doubt we're going to find big stores of weapons of mass destruction. Defense Policy Board member Kenneth Adelman Washington Post, p. A27 March 23, 2003
One of our top objectives is to find and destroy the WMD. There are a number of sites. Pentagon Spokeswoman Victoria Clark Press Briefing March 22, 2003
We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. Donald Rumsfeld ABC Interview March 30, 2003
Obviously the administration intends to publicize all the weapons of mass destruction U.S. forces find -- and there will be plenty. Neocon scholar Robert Kagan Washington Post op-ed April 9, 2003
I think you have always heard, and you continue to hear from officials, a measure of high confidence that, indeed, the weapons of mass destruction will be found. Ari Fleischer Press Briefing April 10, 2003
We are learning more as we interrogate or have discussions with Iraqi scientists and people within the Iraqi structure, that perhaps he destroyed some, perhaps he dispersed some. And so we will find them. George W. Bush NBC Interview April 24, 2003
There are people who in large measure have information that we need . . . so that we can track down the weapons of mass destruction in that country. Donald Rumsfeld Press Briefing April 25, 2003
We'll find them. It'll be a matter of time to do so. George W. Bush Remarks to Reporters May 3, 2003
I'm absolutely sure that there are weapons of mass destruction there and the evidence will be forthcoming. We're just getting it just now. Colin Powell Remarks to Reporters May 4, 2003
We never believed that we'd just tumble over weapons of mass destruction in that country. Donald Rumsfeld Fox News Interview May 4, 2003
I'm not surprised if we begin to uncover the weapons program of Saddam Hussein -- because he had a weapons program. George W. Bush Remarks to Reporters May 6, 2003
U.S. officials never expected that "we were going to open garages and find" weapons of mass destruction. Condoleeza Rice Reuters Interview May 12, 2003
I just don't know whether it was all destroyed years ago -- I mean, there's no question that there were chemical weapons years ago -- whether they were destroyed right before the war, (or) whether they're still hidden. Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, Commander 101st Airborne Press Briefing May 13, 2003
Before the war, there's no doubt in my mind that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, biological and chemical. I expected them to be found. I still expect them to be found. Gen. Michael Hagee, Commandant of the Marine Corps Interview with Reporters May 21, 2003
Given time, given the number of prisoners now that we're interrogating, I'm confident that we're going to find weapons of mass destruction. Gen. Richard Myers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff NBC Today Show interview May 26, 2003
For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction (as justification for invading Iraq) because it was the one reason everyone could agree on. Paul Wolfowitz Vanity Fair interview May 28, 2003
blohole: BLEEEEUUUUCHHHHHH!!!! This has gotta be the worst thing I EVER saw! Even then I only just made it thru the violent spewin scenes!!! Watched completely thru spaces btwn my fingers cudn't bear to watch anymore!!
assman: Thats too bad she is kind of cute...but I don't know if I could get past her strange eating habits!
spade: its not delivery, its DiGourno! (spelling??)
KnowItAll: She did not eat it. They cut the scene and had her eat other stuff.
Canadian Dee Dee: Why don't I listen to the warnings?
DANGER: I CAN`T EVEN IMAGINE...REFUSE TO DOWNLOAD
Kirahonnou: Ehh, its not so bad. I watched it all the way through. I guess I just have built up a tolerance to 'vomit-inducing' stuff. :o
until_lisa_sleeps: talk about having heartburn after pizza
Englishbloke: I have to say that is totally disgusting.....how can you do that to yourself..one has to questions the mental state of her how can you not use a knife and fork......
Buffalo: Oh jeez - just when you think you've seen it all - this comes around!
MissBiatch: What a fucking gross, sleezy, mentally disturbed bitch! That is some sick fucked up stuff.
stoner420: where do you come up with this stuff BoBo?
BoBo: try the new bolmia and cheese pizza
phishinphreak: EVERYONE POOPS! most of us just choose to do it in a different location!
farber: .....and that's her idea of fun?
dirtykennedy: I here I thought it was just the orientals that did that sick fucked up stuff ......
sassybutclassy: oh my fuckin....ewwwwwwwwwwww thats a nasty ass bitch
Medusa: Yum, a pukaroni and mushpoop pizza! (excuse me while I go barf!)
Caffeine_Addict: DIRTY FUCKING SKANK ASS WHORE. That bitch is nasty as fuck especially considering that she can blow ass bigger than some guys I know. Hehe.
imachick: lol im not even going to start to download it.... i almopst started gagging at the thoguth of what yall are talkign about. what a sicko!
fuzzy: I've been wondering, when does she pee on the pizza?? All I see is when she pukes and poos on it.
Chrissy: That was SOOOO gross. What would a person do that for???? I hope she got a bacterial infection .
figadish: You guys must have a pretty weak stomach. It takes a lot to gross me out. Don't get me wrong, that's a fucking skanky whore, but the clip was nothing to the point of making me want to puke. I have to admit though, I've gotta take a shit now. hahaha
Me1: Taste testing the new Domino's all dressed pizza!!
Motorhead: I think I am going to puke also.
Dragon: JESUS FUCKING CHRIST!! this is the most nastyest thing I have ever seen.... Holy shit! .. I almost didn't make through the damn video clip, this was so gross
Lorilla: She must be part Japanese. I'm sorry.
Dead_Man_Walking: hahahaha hahahahah ahahahahah ahahahaha ---- this is the best round of comments ive ever read --- hahaha hahaha hahaha ..... and only 1 person implied they would fuck her and that was "pope"----way to go, i know i can always count on you to be a true skank lover)
RYan: what kind of sick mother fucker gets off to this? how is that sexual in the least? and how much money does it take to get a crackwhore to do that?
britneyblewme: THIS IS WHY YOU DON'T KISS PEOPLE IN THE MOUTH
fuzzy: I made it!! I almost cried like a baby, but I made it through the whole thing.
fuzzy: How many people actually got through the whole thing??
neoShinigami: JESUS H. CHRIST
WildChild: 30 sec and I gave up.
joephatmamma: i almost threw up juss watching that shit
I_B_High: There are asylums for people like this..god..what kind of nut is she??
Trimph: no comment
boobookittyfuck: oh fuck i couldnt get past the puking..i was starting to gag ..NASTY.. what the FUCK????
the pope: Wow that hot bitch can really fart
Just_Me: What a great diet plan... just watch this every day! ... and try to eat!
Prophet_Glenn: This bitch is a SKANK.....But smartass would still do her and kiss her afterwards.
Witchy_Bitch: let's tasted it for ourselves!!
pissed off: Hate to see what she would put in her salad
Battygirl: As soon as she started to shit, I felt myself gagging... I couldn't even finish it.
fuzzy: Damn, I couldn't get past the puking. Fucking disgusting, you bitch.
GADiva: OMFG!!! Where the hell was this bitch raised? Fuckin nasty!!!
scrutinizer: I'll never order another pizza with the "works" again, and the scarey part is, she looks just like the chick that works at Dominos
smartass: whatever works for em
bloodpuppet: Those crazy crackwhores will do anything for their next fix...
britneyblewme: It takes a lot to freak me out and guess what? It didn't...I watched to whole 2:14sec of it and laughed. Put some more shit like this up.
Blaster: Some people will do anything for attention! LOSER!
ClouD: I couldn't watch that whole thing, and it takes alot to disguist me.
Caffeine_Addict: I saw only a few seconds of this clip, then I deleted it. Too gross for me. WHY WOULD ANYONE DO THAT?!?!?!?!?!
Zippo: Aaargh, she doesn't even wince as she eats the last lot.
Xes Lana: Why....
Thacker: Sad thing is she wasn't THAT bad looking... I guess I need to be screening the bitches I date from now on? Don't want none of that shit in their past. *shrugs*
skunky: that's fuckin mingin!
Inflicted: Well there went my plans to have a nice breakfast. =\
Old Fart: The reason it should be legal to shoot some people!
Nesha: This bitch should be shot so she can never make another video like this. Is there actually anyone who honestly gets turned on by this???
Thacker: Excited to be first... just not excited that it had to be on this post. Holy fucking shit.
"For bureaucratic reasons, we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on," Wolfowitz was quoted as saying in Vanity Fair magazine's July issue.[...]
I was invited, last night, to a performance in Selfridges Oxford Street, where two pain fanatics "swam" in a "pool" of broken glass, ignited fire crackers on each other, were lowered by flesh piercing hooks from the Selfridges atrium, and some other stuff, all to the sound of an amplified hurdy gurdy.
Many years ago, famous tatoo and piercing artist Mr. Sebastian and some of his mates were aressted for performing S&M acts in private. Now, in 2003, you can see pain lovers in action, in a department store in central London, and get free drinks.
"Lotta people talking about this commencement speech given at Rockford College by New York Times reporter Chris Hedges. Listen to it, because it says a lot. The people booing? The people protesting, honking air horns, and charging the stage? They are fools. What Hedges said needs to be said. The agonized sounds that you can hear emanating from the crowd towards the end are the sounds of people being deprived of their favorite drug: delusion." From Deep Fried
is where it will live when it goes live. I will put the file there in 24 hours, so all of your commented files must be in to me by 5pm GMT so that the completed, aggregated file can go live. Then, tell everybody. The resulting commented file will be sent to Valeri Gis. Dest.
If it were the case that an idea for a film could be copyrighted, then any drama involving an axe murderer for example would encounter problems.
ergo, I can make a film about people trapped inside a computer simulation of life that incorporates bits and bobs from various religions and belief structures? Excellent!
I always thought ideas were copyrightable, hence patents etc. An inventor just needs to come up with an idea and enough background on this idea and it's outcomes to gain a patent, he doesn't necessarily have to make this invention (and therefore realise the idea, transforming it into an object) to gain a patent / copyright. I think maybe patent != copyright though.
Anyway. I have been reading these Matrix Essays which Mr Irdial~Discs posted about earlier. I have been thinking about Matrix as Operating System vs Matrix as Object-Orientated Space and have drafted some stuff. It's more questions than answers, I don't understand enough about OOP or OSs to comprehend everything.
I just think that sometimes the characters (well writers) get confused about what is what. For example the Oracle implies that there is a singular program which looks after all the trees. This to me seems silly, surely every tree would be an instance of the tree program.
BERNE CONVENTION FOR THE PROTECTION OF LITERARY AND ARTISTIC WORKS (Paris Text 1971)
The countries of the Union, being equally animated by the desire to protect, in as effective and uniform a manner as possible, the rights of authors in their literary and artistic works, Recognizing the importance of the work of the Revision Conference held at Stockholm in 1967, Have resolved to revise the Act adopted by the Stockholm Conference, while maintaining without change Articles 1 to 20 and 22 to 26 of that Act.
Consequently, the undersigned Plenipotentiaries, having presented their full powers, recognized as in good and due form, have agreed as follows:
IMHO if they got a hold of a script for the original film, and copied it, they would be infringing, but if they simply did a "me too" version of the film, taking the idea, then there is no infringement.
If it were the case that an idea for a film could be copyrighted, then any drama involving an axe murderer for example would encounter problems.
My fault: download it again and there is a document convention note in the upper left hand corner! RED means out, and there is a comment, YELLOW means in, and provisionally OK, SRIKEOUT means cut out, anythinng left uncommented before the last annotation means looks superficially OK.
Feel free to comment and drop notes in....hmmm i wonder if you can merge pdfs/notes...have to check the docs.
Our Convention is currently engaged in defining what the European Union is to become.
It is reasonable to expect as many of you as possible to be kept informed of the European Convention's approach to this issue, how its ideas are developing and finally, in a few months' time, what proposals it has to make.
To achieve this aim and ensure that all Europeans understand what is at stake, we all have a part to play in sharing responsibility for the spread of information.
This is why we would call upon all of you, whether citizens, associations, organisations or institutions with a website to link up to the European Convention's site at
Thank you for being our relay!
Ive just read and annotated 40 pages of the draft constitution. Its a horrifying, mind numbing MESS.
Its here with commentssee above
Frankly, this is not a constitution, but a legal contract between the states, with some vague principles scattered around in it. Little is said about avenues of redress, responsibilities of the EU bodies, but LOTS about the many different redundant beaurocracies that are to be enshrined, and how they are going to be undemocratically organized.
alex, mr manning has been on holiday ........ just got back from a couple of weeks in the spanish side of the pyrenees, trying hard to adjust to sitting in front of a screen instead of wandering around mountains in 26 degrees
MLdonkey is a multi-platform multi-networks peer-to-peer client. Originally, it was the first open-source client to access the eDonkey network . The protocol was reverse-engeneered using an efficient protocol sniffer, Pandora .
Networks can be enabled/disabled, searches are performed in parallel on all enabled networks, but each file is only downloaded from one network (wait for next release !), but from multiple clients concurrently.
MLdonkey runs as a daemon on the computer. It can be controlled using several interfaces: the simplest one is telnet (telnet 127.0.0.1 4000), a more interesting one is a WEB server (http://127.0.0.1:4080/), and a binary protocol allows access using more elaborate Graphical Interfaces (see the GUIs available on your system at the bottom of the page). MLdonkey comes by default with a GTK interface. All these interfaces can be used locally, or remotely (after disabling security restrictions).
MLdonkey is written in Objective-Caml , a powerful language that runs on most Operating Systems.
THE US has floated plans to turn Guantanamo Bay into a death camp, with its own death row and execution chamber.
Prisoners would be tried, convicted and executed without leaving its boundaries, without a jury and without right of appeal, The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported yesterday.
The plans were revealed by Major-General Geoffrey Miller, who is in charge of 680 suspects from 43 countries, including two Australians.
The suspects have been held at Camp Delta on Cuba without charge for 18 months.
General Miller said building a death row was one plan. Another was to have a permanent jail, with possibly an execution chamber.
The Mail on Sunday reported the move is seen as logical by the US, which has been attacked worldwide for breaching the Geneva Convention on prisoners of war since it established the camp at a naval base to hold alleged terrorists from Afghanistan.
But it has horrified human rights groups and lawyers representing detainees.
They see it as the clearest indication America has no intention of falling in line with internationally recognised justice.
The US has already said detainees would be tried by tribunals, without juries or appeals to a higher court. Detainees will be allowed only US lawyers.
British activist Stephen Jakobi, of Fair Trials Abroad, said: "The US is kicking and screaming against any pressure to conform with British or any other kind of international justice."
American law professor Jonathan Turley, who has led US civil rights group protests against the military tribunals planned to hear cases at Guantanamo Bay, said: "It is not surprising the authorities are building a death row because they have said they plan to try capital cases before these tribunals.
"This camp was created to execute people. The administration has no interest in long-term prison sentences for people it regards as hard-core terrorists."
Britain admitted it had been kept in the dark about the plans.
A Downing St spokesman said: "The US Government is well aware of the British Government's position on the death penalty."
NEW YORK--We've killed thousands of Muslims and taken over two of their countries. We're spending billions of dollars to make it easier for our government to spy on us. But we haven't caught Osama, Al Qaeda is doing better than ever and airport security is still a sick joke. So when are Americans going to demand a real war on terrorism?
Recent suicide bombings in Riyadh and Casablanca proved with bloody eloquence that Al Qaeda and similar extremist groups are anything but "on the run," as George W. Bush puts it. Bush's tactics are a 100 percent failure, yet his band of clueless Christian soldiers continues to go after mosquitoes with shotguns. "So far," Bush furiously spun after the latest round of attacks, "nearly one-half of Al Qaeda's senior operatives have been captured or killed," promising to "remain on the hunt until they are all brought to justice."
Can Bush really be this stupid? All underground organizations, including Al Qaeda, employ a loose hierarchical structure. No individual member is indispensable, so the capture of even a high-ranking official cannot compromise the group. Each lost member is instantly replaced by the next man down in his cell. It doesn't matter whether we catch half, three-quarters or all of Al Qaeda's leadership--hunting down individual terrorists is an expensive and pointless game of whack-a-mole. Only Allah knows how many eager recruits have sprung up, hydra-like, to fill Khalid Sheikh Mohammad's flip-flops.
Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bob Graham caught heat for calling the war on Iraq (news - web sites) "a distraction" from the war on terrorism, but he was far too kind. The invasions of Afghanistan (news - web sites) and Iraq have replaced a real war on terrorism, and they've vastly increased the likelihood of future September 11's. Bombing Afghanistan scattered bin Laden, his lieutenants and their foot soldiers everywhere from Chechnya (news - web sites) to Sudan to China's Xinjiang province; fleeing Talibs spread new anti-American seed cells while the Taliban and other radical groups retain their pre-9/11 Pakistani headquarters. With radical Shiite clerics like the Ayatollah Mohammad Baqer al-Hakim poised to fill the post-Saddam power vacuum, Iraq could become a Shia version of Taliban-era Afghanistan: an anarchic collection of fiefdoms run by extremist warlords happy to host training camps for terrorist organizations.
I thought you might have interest in the forthcoming launch of a new website, DigiCirc (www.digicirc.com), which will enable music artists worldwide to finance their own releases or concerts rights, and gain full independence from major record companies.
This new and innovative music service will launch next week in order to help independent and rising stars in the music industry to raise money to put out their own releases (by trading a percentage of their future royalties) or organise their concert events.
Just saw an advertisement for this that used "Underture" from the Who's "Tommy" as a soundtrack. So very, very wrong.
by increasing the probability of the US doing what its leaders want in the future, despite what the rest of the 'free world' think because, as we see, 'they will come around in the end'. This is the reason why everyone hates the US: they treat the rest of the world as their retarded, "unenlightened" little brother. Rather than benevolence they show arrogance.
Saturrday's Guardian - Tariq Ali called the UN recognition of the US/UK occupation of Iraq a capitulation - which is true, yet again pandering to the US leadership's bully tactics so that we have 'political unity' is seen as a success no matter that it continues to undermine the usefulness of the [UN] by increasing the probability of the US doing what its leaders want in the future, despite what the rest of the 'free world' think because, as we see, 'they will come around in the end'.
[...]This process is analogous to Herbert Marcuse's notion of one-dimensionality. The multi-perspectival negating potential of art becomes collapsed into one-dimensional thinking promoted by dominant ideology. The potential for resistance is itself negated through a world of hyperreality, leaving the one-dimensional models to replace polyvalent "reality." Popular music provides a good example. The categories and forms of music are forced onto the musicians by music corporation's categorical conventions. They do change their categories to follow the times but the ultimate end is still restriction/conventionality. What begins as projecting a liberating function at the level of individual expression, gets turned into a repressive category.
The actual musicians are turned into simulations on MTV which essentially snuff out their potential resistance to the dominant categories. They no longer have a specific historical context through which they arose. They are merely images on a screen, models to follow for other musicians if they want to get on MTV. The simulations, video images of the musicians and audio "images of the music, no longer refer to a situation which brought on individual resistance/expression. For example- putting gangsta-rap music on the screen completely takes it out of its historical and social context. In this context, the art was created as an expression of resistance to the feeling of domination in urban life. When white suburban kids see the videos, they have no understanding of the actual situational context- the videos are just images on the screen like all the others images on the screen that they see everyday. This takes away the "reality" of the historical context, and replaces it with hyperreality. By removing the context, MTV removes all resistant meaning. Pop music becomes a place of one-dimensionality. In the world of hyperreality, the lines between dominance and resistance, between high and low are collapsing. There is finally no distinction. There is a unification of opposition. Pop music becomes reified.[...]
Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction: US Credibility at Stake
Melvin A. Goodman, The Baltimore Sun
WASHINGTON, 25 May 2003 — It now appears that the so-called “clear and present danger’’ of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, or WMD, did not exist and that French and German critics were correctly skeptical of the US argument for the use of force.
The US task force directing the search for Iraq’s WMD likely will return home next month without discovering chemical, biological or nuclear materials. This failure could do great harm to the credibility of the Bush administration and the integrity of the US intelligence community.
Many reasons have been offered for the failure of US weapons experts and scientists to find a trace of nonconventional weapons in Iraq. Israeli intelligence sources claimed these weapons had been moved to Syria before the war began, but US intelligence agencies never believed it.
US sources claimed that the Iraqis destroyed vast stocks of WMD before the war, but sophisticated collection technology would have discovered traces of such activity and US inspectors would have located the detritus of a massive destruction effort. It’s possible that the Iraqis could have hidden or deeply buried sensitive materials, but even the leaders of WMD hunters from Task Force 75 and a special operations group from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency don’t believe such a theory.
As a result, these teams are now searching for evidence of Saddam Hussein’s crimes against humanity, Iraqi covert actions abroad and even the theft of Jewish antiquities from Iraqi museums — a far cry from the artifacts of WMD.
If the claims of President Bush, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and CIA Director George J. Tenet to justify the war were vastly exaggerated or simply false, there will be significant consequences.
For one, the distortion of evidence of Iraqi WMD will make it harder to gain international cooperation in the war against terrorism and the campaign to prevent the spread of WMD.
These efforts require international assistance. Information from foreign intelligence services has been required in the arrest or capture of all suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists thus far. Any success in stopping the strategic weapons programs of Iran and North Korea, both more advanced than those of prewar Iraq, will require international help. [...]
Debunking conspiracy theorists' paranoid fantasies about Sept. 11
Copyright Gerard Holmgren. Jan 2003.
Astute observers of history are aware that for every notable event there will usually be at least one, often several wild conspiracy theories which spring up around it. "The CIA killed Hendrix" " The Pope had John Lennon murdered ", "Hitler was half Werewolf", "Space aliens replaced Nixon with a clone" etc,etc. The bigger the event, the more ridiculous and more numerous are the fanciful rantings which circulate in relation to it.
So its hardly surprising that the events of Sept 11 2001 have spawned their fair share of these ludicrous fairy tales. And as always, there is - sadly - a small but gullible percentage of the population eager to lap up these tall tales, regardless of facts or rational analysis.
One of the wilder stories circulating about Sept 11, and one that has attracted something of a cult following amongst conspiracy buffs is that it was carried out by 19 fanatical Arab hijackers, masterminded by an evil genius named Osama bin Laden, with no apparent motivation other than that they "hate our freedoms."[...]
[...]It is a mistake to assume that all jews are supporters of the "Zionist Mafia" or Jewish Supremacy. In fact, some of the strongest condemnations of Zionism and Jewish Supremacy comes from jews themselves! There exists an enormous collection of hard-hitting anti-Zionist writings compiled by such notable jewish authors, historians, and journalists as John Sack, Alfred Lilienthal, Noam Chomsky, Israel Shahak, Benjamin Freedman, and Victor Ostrovsky just to name a few. There is even a jewish religious group called "Neturei Karta, Jews United Against Zionism.". For their brave efforts, these men have had to tolerate vicious abuse from Zionist smear groups like the Anti Defamation League (ADL) - an organization which actually specializes in defamation!. So let us put to rest now and forever the slanderous lie, and strategic Zionist propaganda ploy, that labels anyone who dares to call attention to the dangers of the Zionist Mafia is an "anti-semite", a "hatemonger", or a "skin-head".[...]
By Glenn Kessler Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, May 25, 2003; Page A01
The Bush administration, alarm-ed by intelligence suggesting that al Qaeda operatives in Iran had a role in the May 12 suicide bombings in Saudi Arabia, has suspended once-promising contacts with Iran and appears ready to embrace an aggressive policy of trying to destabilize the Iranian government, administration officials said.
Senior Bush administration officials will meet Tuesday at the White House to discuss the evolving strategy toward the Islamic republic, with Pentagon officials pressing hard for public and private actions that they believe could lead to the toppling of the government through a popular uprising, officials said.
The State Department, which had encouraged some form of engagement with the Iranians, appears inclined to accept such a policy, especially if Iran does not take any visible steps to deal with the suspected al Qaeda operatives before Tuesday, officials said. But State Department officials are concerned that the level of popular discontent there is much lower than Pentagon officials believe, leading to the possibility that U.S. efforts could ultimately discredit reformers in Iran.
In any case, the Saudi Arabia bombings have ended the tentative signs of engagement between Iran and the United States that had emerged during the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.[...]