My shopping list includes 'Derek Jarmans Garden'...
'Dancing Ledge' 'The Last of England' and 'Modern Nature' are all good too, mainly based around diary entries during films being made etc. and other thought provoking musings. what else springs to mind of recent....Raymond Roussell's 'Locus Solus' and 'Impressions of Africa' for classic surrealistic text, Georges Bataille's fiction and essays are always also worth it for a spot of mind mangling with purpose. Hubert Selby Jr's 'The Room' for sheer hell on a page is hard to top...unless Klaus Kinski's autobiography can be counted here (someone should make a film of that book, cough, splutter....)
London Electricity has aparenty been bought by Electricité de France.
GOOD to hear that creativity is not dead. Electricité de France (EDF), the owner of London Electricity, launched its new brand this week, renaming itself the truly inspired EDF Energy. The no-nonsense name replaces the myriad brands that made up the old London Electricity group. What a pity that Interbrand’s consultancy fee of £2 million wasn’t quite as modest. "
How Mr Willcock's brush with Pc Muckle struck a blow for freedom
By Philip Johnston (Filed: 12/07/2003)
If opponents of identity cards want a champion, they need look no further than the late Clarence Henry Willcock.
He was the last person prosecuted in Britain for refusing to produce his wartime ID card and he spearheaded a public campaign that led to their abolition 50 years ago.
Next week, David Blunkett will seek to revive the idea. What neither he nor anyone else knows is whether the spiritual heirs of Mr Willcock propose to stand in his way. Are the British of the 21st century less protective of their liberties than their forefathers?
Mr Willcock, like Mr Blunkett a Yorkshireman, considered that the State needed a very good reason - such as a war - to require a free-born British subject to possess an identity card.
For Mr Willcock, being asked to produce an identity card five years after the emergency that made them necessary had ended was a straightforward infringement of his liberty.
ID cards were introduced in 1939 but remained in use after the war to help in the administration of food rationing.
The Labour government professed to find them distasteful yet did nothing to hasten their demise.
The police had powers to see ID cards in certain circumstances. If an individual did not have one when asked, it had to be produced at a police station within two days.
This was where the law stood when Mr Willcock, 54, was stopped by Pc Harold Muckle as he drove in Finchley, north London, on Dec 7, 1950. The constable asked him to produce his national registration card. Mr Willcock refused.
Pc Muckle then issued him with a form to produce the card at any police station within two days. When he had failed to produce his identity card at a police station, Mr Willcock was charged under the provisions of the National Registration Act 1939.
In the magistrates' court, he argued that the emergency legislation was now redundant because the emergency was clearly at an end. The magistrates convicted Mr Willcock, as they were obliged to, but gave him an absolute discharge.
He decided to test the law in the higher courts. Each found against him on the grounds that the statute remained in force and could only be reversed by an Order in Council.
In 1951, the Tories won the general election, and abolished ID cards the following year. Mr Willcock lived just long enough to see them go. He dropped dead in the National Liberal Club in December 1952 while debating the case against socialism.
Pity the rich, only they know the pain of affluenza.
Books...... I'll read anything good. Recent and memorable... the R.H. Blyth Haiku books go straight to the heart, Mark Leyner 'My Cousin My gastroenterologist' and others, original World At War book from the TV series, Gibsons latest, PK Dick, Simon Schama's history of Britain series, 'Damned to Fame' the Beckett biography, 'Myself When I Am Real' the Mingus biography, Graham Greene... Feel free to recommend anything and I'll give it a go. My shopping list includes 'Derek Jarmans Garden', The Golden Bough by Sir James George Frazer, more Harry Crews ('he hit me, and it felt like a kiss')...
Marriage may tame genius Thursday, 10 July 2003 Creative genius and crime express themselves early in men but both are turned off almost like a tap if a man gets married and has children, a study says.
Satoshi Kanazawa, a psychologist at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, compiled a database of the biographies of 280 great scientists, noting their age at the time when they made their greatest work.
The data remarkably concur with the brutal observation made by Albert Einstein, who wrote in 1942: "A person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so."
"Scientific productivity indeed fades with age," Dr Kanazawa says.
"Two-thirds (of all scientists) will have made their most significant contributions before their mid-30s."
But, regardless of age, the great minds who married virtually kissed goodbye to making any further glorious additions to their CV.
Within five years of making their nuptial vows, nearly a quarter of married scientists had made their last significant contribution to history's hall of fame. [...]
re stomach flora... you're quite probably right. Finding the proof would be nigh on impossible though. All one can do is... unclench those cheeks. Related: fluoridated toothpaste is useless, and all the manufacturers know so. There's so much fluoridation (in water) nowadays that rubbing more in is simply overkill. Like turning your amp to 11 or 'giving 110% effort'.
Anyway, it's summer!!!!!!!!!! Time for SKA Time for margheritas So get drunk and start skankin'
Other music that's best in summer.... Stone Roses, Saint Etienne... blah blah I need a beer. Still at work....
Some allergies can be outgrown... apparently kids can get egg (albumin) allergy quite often, but this is outgrown by the age of 4 or 5 in most cases. There are now many demographic and epidemiological studies on food (and other atopic) allergies, partiularly in children. Most done over the last few years, since the advent of the 'hygiene hypothesis'. So the HH has lots of circumstantial evidence, but no direct proof. One interesting review I saw today looked at allergies in many coutries and found that Scandinavians were most afflicted with these symptoms... Swedes mostly... it implies some cultural aspects of the Swedish family are, well, a bit anal with regard to cleanliness. Northern Germans were not far behind.
Toronto team says charcoal limits peanut allergy shock
Michael Higgins National Post, with files from news services
Canadian doctors have discovered that a substance readily available at most pharmacies could prove to be a life-saver for people suffering from potentially fatal peanut allergy.
Activated charcoal has been used for years to treat the effects of poison, but Dr. Peter Vadas of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto said it can "put the brakes" on an allergic peanut reaction.
If taken early enough, the activated charcoal acts on the peanut protein in the stomach and prevents the allergen entering the bloodstream and causing the severe reaction.
"This provides us with another tool for treating the reaction. Even more than that, it is also a means of very effectively nipping in the bud the reactions when they are still at a very mild stage," said Dr. Vadas, director of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, where the discovery was made.[...]
Children 'can grow out of peanut risk' By Roger Highfield (Filed: 11/07/2003)
Children who have a severe reaction to peanuts can outgrow their allergy, a study says. It recommends routine re-testing of sufferers.
The allergy affects up to two per cent of young children. It can be triggered by as little as 1/1000th of a peanut and is the leading cause of anaphylaxis, which can constrict airways in the lungs, severely lower blood pressure, cause swelling of the tongue or throat and sometimes even death.
In a study of 80 children aged from four to 14 with well-documented peanut allergies, researchers found that some children lost their potentially life-threatening complaint. Among those who did, there was a low risk of recurrence.
The findings by a team at Johns Hopkins children's centre and Arkansas children's hospital were published yesterday in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Dr Robert Wood, the senior author of the report, said: "We once thought peanut allergy was a lifelong problem but now believe that those with low levels of allergy antibodies may outgrow it.
"Because of the tremendous burden peanut allergy can cause for children and their families, I recommend that children with it be re-tested regularly: every one or two years."
AFTER a 31-year-old Manhattan financial executive received Microsoft's Xbox video game system as a gift in January, he walked to a store and bought a half-dozen game titles. The video game industry would have been pleased to hear it.
After he played those games a few times against computer-controlled opponents, he got a bit bored and signed up for Microsoft's Xbox Live service, which enabled him to play against other people online. The video game industry, again, would have been pleased.
After a few months on the Xbox Live network, in May, he got a bit bored again. This time, however, he opened his Xbox and soldered in a chip that allowed him to change the console's basic computer code and bypass its internal security technology. After installing a new hard drive, he transferred about 3,000 MP3 music files to the system and downloaded illegal copies of 3,500 old-time arcade games. Then he installed the Linux operating system, which allowed him to use the box essentially as a personal computer. [...]
[...]By e-mail, Mr. Steil, the German leader of the Xbox Linux project, declared: "In very simple words: The Xbox is cheaper than a PC. The Xbox is a lot smaller than a PC. The Xbox looks better (next to a TV set). The Xbox is more silent. Therefore it's an ideal Linux computer in the living room."
That was probably not the vision Mr. Gates had in mind.[...]
what a thought ... inhabiting only your mind for twenty years ... i often wonder whether coma victims are aware, at any level, at any time, of what's going on ... if so, how they don't 'wake up' deranged
Of the latest Harry Potter book, she [AS Byatt] wrote: "It is written for people whose imaginative lives are confined to TV cartoons, and the exaggerated (more exciting, not threatening) mirror-worlds of soaps, reality TV and celebrity gossip." Children were attracted by the powerful fantasy and the stories were "comfortable, funny, just frightening enough", she wrote. "Ms Rowling, I think, speaks to an adult generation that hasn't known, and doesn't care about, mystery. But why would grown-up men and women become obsessed by jokey latency fantasies? Comfort, I think, is part of the reason."
And its Thursday! As good a reason as any, any better than many.
The sun is shining and everyone and everything is beautiful. Why? Because of the sun?
'Beauty is in the eye of the beholder'
I propose, 'Beauty is in the soul of the beholder' (and implicit in the soul of the beholden)
Less ephemerally, 'Beauty is in the nature of the beholder', where 'nature' is that state (of being) to which Zen is directed. The sunshine removes 'cares' from the mind (at least from those who reside in usually dreary cities) and brings them closer to their true nature, and therefore closer to their own beauty. Since all is one, then all is beautiful.
Of course, there is no need for the sunshine, but such is man, and therein lies the beauty.
The change of clothes; A world of grief and woe Forgotten (Buson)
The poet is looking in the mirror and speaking of himself. Man is a strange creature. On the one hand, we must say with Hamlet,
What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals!
On the other hand, there is nothing more petty, lacking in dignity, unreasonable and awkward than a human being. A trifle will raise him to the seventh heaven of bliss, and a trifle will make him commit suicide from despair. Life is suffering. We have no hours of unalloyed happiness, hardly an instants freedom from the cares of the morrow. Our friends are dying round us, our own death approaching, - but a new dress, a new hat, and we have for a moment utterly forgotten the tragedy of life. This is all true enough, even trite and hackneyed. The poetical point is here: may there not be perhaps some deep meaning in these moments? From what region of the soul do they come, transcending as they do, reason and our deeper experience?
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What Hardt and Negri call an "Empire" is the successor of 19th-century imperialism. Best exemplified by British and French colonial domination, imperialism was characterized by territorial domination over certain societies, mostly in Africa and Asia. The European national state organized this form of exploitation, and Europe acted as a cultural, political, and economic metropolis orbited by distant colonies. The British Empire, for example, had to establish rigid boundaries between itself and the French Empire in order to ensure its competitive economic advantage over the latter, and white Londoners had to be differentiated from colonial subjects to justify the massive flow of profits from the periphery (Johannesburg, Hong Kong) to the center. Imperialism functioned by producing limits.
Traditional imperialism, however, did not survive World War II. What arose from its ruins was Empire, a new system of domination that no longer separated "inside" (ruling country) and "outside" (colony). Empire aspired to "globality"--a world with no boundaries, a world in which First and Third Worlds are inseparably intermingled: Fifth Avenue and Harlem, Mexico City and Chiapas, Beverly Hills and South Central, and so on.
But how is Empire to establish domination over global populations without the police powers of a nation-state? Hardt and Negri's answer lies in the idea of "biopower" (literally "power over life").
By means of mass communication technologies (television, radio, public relations, and advertising), Empire leaves the task of policing to the individual: "Go ahead. Buy that car and let the little fascist in your head take over!" This is the new society of control: There are no more prisons, only inmates. You don't finish school; remedial education is always in session. You're never healthy, but always in therapy. And the army is no longer a place where you learn how to kill, it's a career-resource center.
But, argue Hardt and Negri, this is not to say that people have now become happy robots. The field of politics has been displaced from the national liberation and socialist politics of old to a new kind of "biopolitics," formally set into motion by the social movements of the late '60s. There will be no new Soviet Union, no second Gandhi; what replaces all that is the politics of everyday life--biopolitics constituted by struggles for individual and collective autonomy in the present, such as women's right to choose, sexual liberation, the fight against police profiling, etc.
Biopolitics produces the multitude. In the past, nation-states had been so successful as forms of political domination because they made people believe, through various ideologies, that they had a stake in the state--that they were "the People," the central actors who, by sheer force of will, moved the machinery of "democratic" government. But in the brave new world of Empire, there is no more nation-state that "the People" can be hoodwinked into believing they still control. Political and cultural identities become pluralized. Nobody is satisfied with being an "American" any longer; you're now a Jewish feminist lesbian of Russian decent.
Though biopower reaches into the capillaries of society, inciting individuals to consume more and more commodities, this new system has no means of extending control over political allegiances. Hardt and Negri call this situation "the multitude"--an irreducible multiplicity of political-cultural subjectivities.
The flip side of this new system? There is no more proletariat in the traditional Marxist sense. Whereas Marx and Lenin had argued that the (white, male) industrial workers were the vanguards of the Communist society, in Empire, such a configuration is no longer possible. Whether the question is one of maintaining capitalism or of overthrowing it, there can no longer be a center of agency. Since political identities are radically pluralized on a global level, but also linked by a global situation (Empire), revolutionary agency must itself be decentralized. There will be no vanguards--only a multitude of potentially coalescing revolutionary movements. In short, according to Hardt and Negri, "The deterritorializing power of the multitude is the productive force that sustains Empire, and at the same time the force that calls for and makes necessary its destruction.
They draw the conclusion that Empire is, by its very nature, an unstable system poised for implosion. This, however, is not an occasion for sadness, but joy. The global reach of the multitude's rebellion--exemplified in the protests against global finance that have since rocked the world since Empire's publication--means that global communism is within reach. Hardt and Negri offer three potential demands for this movement to take up: the global right to immigration (global citizenship); the global right to a social wage; and finally, global collective ownership of the means of production, which is not only the factories of old, but also the means of producing and circulating information. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the end of Empire.
Those of you who have been paying attention know that they have missed something out; The Multitude can instantaneously stop the preparation and waging of war.
Aparently, the authors next book is on this very subject, how to permanently puyt a stop to war. This is a great concern for them (and us) because perpetual war is, according to the authors, the only way that the power of The Multitude can be controlled in the post capitalist world.
Thankfully the solution has already been designed.
A CIA official, however, told the BBC that a former US diplomat had established in March 2002 that Iraq was not trying to obtain uranium from Niger. And, he added, that information had been passed on to the White House well before President Bush mentioned it in his State of the Union address."The whole world knew it was a fraud," Hmmmm. This from a Democrat senator. So why didn't he say something at the time? Cowardly, weakling, corrupt imbecile.
Patriotism, or subservience, Prime Minister? I wrote to my MP, Brian Sedgemore, about alleged US atrocities in Afghanistan and about Guantanemo Bay. He wrote to Jack Straw, copying to me. I have now received a reply from Baroness Symons, two pages of bluff and wind, noise without substance about how Britain will stand up for it's citizens rights and object to the death penalty... I'll try and remember to post some excerpts later. Fantastic polispeak. In reality, nothing has happened and nothing continues to happen. And nobody is surprised.
"Try this one. Get a polaroid camera. Take a picture of something. Then quickly put it into the microwave for only a couple of seconds. The sparks will fly.Then take the picture out and check out the amazing colors that are produced.Try putting a drop of water on the picture and you will get some control over the burn. You will amaze your friends and have fun for hours! Another wonderful experiment."
250g plain flour pinch salt 1 tbsp baking powder 50g butter 50g caster sugar 50g raisins/sultanas (optional) 1egg in 150ml milk beaten egg for glazing
sift flour, add salt and baking powder. rub in butter iuntil it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in sugar and raisins. make a well and pour in milk. mix into dough with an alex. The dough should be soft but not wet. heat oven to 220C 425F gas7. put mixture on floured surface and knead into a flat round 1cm thick. cut into 5cm rounds and put on floured baking sheet, brush tops with beaten egg and bake for 10-12 minutes (until the sides are springy). Cool on a rack.
That sounds so easy I might even try it, you could probably get away with more butter as the book is fairly recent.
Static. Faint voices. Seven slow, monotonous tones. A pause. Suddenly, you hear music?one of those wind-up songs played by a child's toy. The melody repeats three times. A pause. Suddenly, you hear a female voice counting off the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0 in German. A pause. She repeats the numbers. A pause. The children's toy melody returns.
So begins The Conet Project, perhaps the greatest collection of found art ever produced. This is not only a monumental work; it is also a monument, a testament to 50 years of Cold War espionage, a living document of the world's most secret agencies. That most of these agencies are still around today merely enhances the importance of this work. [...] http://www.stylusmagazine.com/musicreviews/the_conet_project.shtml
"These two deep-sea animals have come to a very agreeable arrangement. Hermit crabs have long soft bodies that must be protected. So they like to live safe inside other objects, typically shells. As shells can be rare in the deep sea, these hermit crabs have worked out a way to live inside a relative of anemones and corals known as “zonathid”. Most corals and anemones need a hard surface on which to settle and grow. Most of the deep sea is mud and sand, so hard surfaces are rare. By these two animals getting together, they both benefit. The crab has a safe home in the tough leathery body of the zonathid, it may even be protected by the coral’s stinging tentacles. In return the coral gets carried to new places that might have more food, including the sorts of foods that the hermit crab scavenges. It is not known how this union starts but it’s possible that the two get together from a small size and grow up helping each other out."
"The scientific name for this strange deep-sea eel says it all. Eurypharynx means “all throat” and pelicanoides means “pelican-like”. This all-black fish has a tiny head and eyes and has a huge mouth with small teeth and a big soft-bag throat. At the tip of its tail is a small light organ that glows pink but can also flash red. It seems that this eel hunts by waving the tip of its tail in its open mouth, drawing in schools of small shrimps and other crustaceans. Once inside the eel very slowly closes its mouth so that the shrimp don’t even know they’re trapped. Then the water is squeezed out through gill openings and the shrimp are trapped and swallowed."
This name doesn’t do this fish justice. One researcher onboard suggested a name like the Starburst Anglerfish would be more appropriate. This is the female of this strange anglerfish. She has very long fin rays, and hairy tubes all over her head. These tubes are known as “neuromasts” and are extensions of the sensory structures found in the lateral line system of most fishes. They must help her detect her prey, soon captured in her large toothy mouth. Less than 20 specimens have ever been collected of this species, only six in the entire Pacific and Indian oceans (in an area two thirds of the earth’s circumference!). To show how rare many of these deep-sea fishes are, this species is considered the “common” member of the family! Others are only known from a single specimen. Like other anglerfishes, males are very different. They are small and have simple fins. In this species, the male latches on to the female and doesn’t let go. Their skin fuses and he stays as a permanent pimple with eyes, drinking blood and making sperm. http://www.oceans.gov.au/norfanz/CreatureFeature.htm
I wish I could say it was in my garage, but alas, not today. My friend just bought one and she tells me it is fantastic, a bit heavier than a regular bike, but the hills are "smooth and easy". This one is particularly sleek, isn't it? I am due for a new bike, the old Peugeot gets me around, though I'd like a more stylish one for special occasions (like every day!). I do like the Schwinn city cruisers ...
Considering the alumni are mostly English, does anyone have a good recipe for scones? I bought some sour cherries at the farmers market on the weekend and I think they would be lovely in a scone with some chocolate.
"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both." - James Madison (Fourth President of the United States)
You can often tell a bad idea by the arguments deployed in its favour. So it is with David Blunkett's proposal to introduce identity cards for everyone over the age of 16, at a cost of £39 each.
Each of the claims made by the Home Secretary in support of his pet scheme is wrong. First, Mr Blunkett says that there is strong public support for the idea. In fact, the Home Office's recent consultation exercise focused on the concept of an entitlement card, a very different prospect.
The state is perfectly within its rights to demand that benefits claimants identify themselves. There is a world of difference between being asked to justify yourself in order to claim a subsidy and being asked to produce your papers when you are going about your lawful business.
The Home Secretary goes on to argue ID cards will help fight crime. This is one of those assertions that is forever being made, but hardly ever substantiated. Muggers and burglars are unlikely to leave their identity cards behind at the scene of the crime.
The public mood is said to have changed since September 11, 2001, but no one has explained - or even seriously tried to explain - how ID cards would have thwarted those bombers, many of whom died in possession of forged papers.
Nor, by the way, are ID cards a solution to illegal immigration. The root of the asylum problem is not that we cannot find clandestine entrants, but that we never enforce their deportation. It is typical of Mr Blunkett - and of New Labour - that, instead of seeking to repatriate the hundreds of thousands of false claimants who have already been ordered out, he should seek eye-catching, if unrelated, new powers.
More faulty still is Mr Blunkett's central proposition, as set out in a letter to his Cabinet colleagues: "The argument that identity cards will inhibit our freedom is wrong. We are strengthened in our liberty if our identity is protected from theft; if we are able to access the services we are entitled to; and if our community is better protected from terrorists."
It has become trite, especially in this, his centenary year, to describe things as "Orwellian". Here, though, is the real thing. In an appendix to Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell describes how a concept can be traduced if the words used to express it lose their meaning. The example he gives, uncannily, is the word "free". Now here is Mr Blunkett using "freedom" to mean more state control.
Any doubts as to the wisdom of the scheme must surely be removed by the Home Secretary's final argument in its favour: that we are "out of kilter with Europe". Indeed we are, thank heaven. Policemen in Britain are seen as citizens in uniform, not agents of the government.
The balance of power between state and individual is, in general, tilted toward the latter. That which is not banned is presumed to be allowed, and we do not expect to account for ourselves unless we have done something wrong.
Mr Blunkett might usefully heed Orwell's contemporary, Aldous Huxley: "Liberties are not given - they are taken."
Alun, this is exactly what I was thinking just a few days ago. I was thinking about how there are very few original stories for movies/shows anymore. With *very* few exceptions, everything is a remake of a remake or a sequel or a rehash... and they all suck and they're all pointless. No one wants to think anymore it seems. There seems to be an endless stream of this shit. It's driving me up the wall... my friends want to go see it but I flatly refuse because I will not pay for the same shit twice. What's the fucking point?! It's infuriating! No one wants to think anymore. They're too lazy, they're too strung up on their chain, they're too dependant to think on their own. Does anyone else here feel like screaming in frustration about this?
MoreTrue virgina power! And yes Barrie, but here is the answer! Okay, I have seen the movie of this year! Dogville the latest movie by Lars von Trier. It is absolutly FANTASTIC!!!!!! Beats everything I have seen og movies for years. Please, Please dear blog-dialers see it!
Blunkett's ID cards 'threat to freedom' By Toby Helm, Chief Political Correspondent (Filed: 07/07/2003)
David Blunkett was accused by civil liberties campaigners last night of planning "the biggest threat to freedom since the Second World War" after a leaked memo showed he is pushing the Cabinet to back national identity cards for everyone aged 16 and over.
The Home Secretary insists in a memo to Cabinet colleagues that rather than limiting freedom, his plan for ID cards would reinforce people's sense of liberty by making it easier for them to use services and protecting them from criminals and terrorists.
It is understood that he wants to introduce legislation in the autumn to allow cards to be brought in within the next few years. A full Cabinet discussion is expected within the next fortnight.
Plans for ID cards, abandoned in the mid-Nineties, were revived amid concern about security following the terrorist attacks on September 11. The Home Secretary believes that it should not be compulsory to carry the card but says that people could be forced to produce it within days if asked to do so by police.[...]
What is much more likely is that they will lock you up until one of your relatives or mates turns up with your card. Any fool will have the common sense to abscond if he is already wanted for some offence. All of these reassurances are just empty words, the same as the words spoken about how the public's reaction would be taken into account in the consultation. Lies lies LIES!
This will really stop terrorism, not that a terrorist would be able to give a false name address and then relocate or carry out their actions in the between days.
All of the 911 men had valid IDs. This is complete and utter hogwash from beginning to end.
And the line about "our european partners all have to carry ID cards" is total bullshit; just because they have something awful doesnt mean that anyone else, anywhere else, has to accept it.
This is Bliars Britain; they didnt count the true number of objections in the consultancy, then they counted it but said that it doesnt matter because the people who voted against it were "highly organized". So they are just going to do it anyway just like they illegally and imorally attacked and colonized Iraq in the face of well orgainzed and unprecedentedly large demonstrations.
Individuals would not have to carry the card at all times but would have produce it within a few days if asked to do so by police, the document says.
This will really stop terrorism, not that a terrorist would be able to give a false name address and then relocate or carry out their actions in the between days. More likely it is a measure designed to appeal to the less tyrannical members of parliament so that any bill gets approved and then this loophole would no doubt be closed forthwith.
We are strengthened in our liberty if our identity is protected from theft
By embodying one's identity in a form which can be fraudulently copied the above statement is ludicrous
Maybe Windows Media player knows something I don't - it's just chosen a spooky combination for me - Faap de Oiad by Tool, a frightening song about aliens, followed by Science Friction by XTC, a happy song about aliens. As Mike Watt sang, Coincidence Is Either Hit or Miss.
New mute magazine is out. website appears to be on holiday. There's something about the magazine which I find interesting but paradoxically unengaging. I think the real world infrastructure (politics, networking) is interesting but the IT parts leave me bemused by their vagueness, maybe it just does not work in print, on the other hand the links are great.