Saturday, August 14, 2004

How many will fondly look back two or three decades from now and say, "I really loved those rap songs about thugs, drugs, and pimping"?
posted by alex_tea , 5:42 PM Þ 

Please take some photos.
posted by Irdial , 10:49 AM Þ 

This weekend? We are flying out to San Diego to drive up the California coast camping along Rt.1. We're sleeping on beaches and in Redwoods named after Henry Cowell. I'll be sure to visit Aquarius Records while in San Francisco. Any other recommendations?
posted by Josh Carr , 5:37 AM Þ 
Friday, August 13, 2004

Thanks to meau, its off to Soane!

And in other news:

Nick Berg decapitation video: analysis, part 2

11:36 PM +1000, May 17 2004

As observed in the previous article in this series, the Berg decapitation video is comprised of six separate, discontinuous shots edited together. Three of these shots show on-screen timestamps of the form "2:xx:xx"; the other three of the form "13:xx:xx".

One interpretation of the timestamp differences is that two separate cameras were in use. To help examine this theory, we have assembled a timeline showing the apparent periods shot by each camera.

Camera A Camera B

Both diagrams use the same scale, representing just under 30 minutes, with tick marks every 60 seconds. The red bars show the period filmed by each camera, as reported by the on-screen timestamps.

It's fairly clear from the timelines that:

  • There's a gap of anywhere up to about 20 minutes between Nick's statement and the beginning of the speech
  • There are definitely some significant gaps missing from the decapitation sequence

MUCH more interesting!!!!!! Than the previous sroty. Yes "sroty".

from Here

posted by Irdial , 5:42 PM Þ 

A firefox extension for translating webpages. Works like the DictionarySearch extension: right click context menu, select the language and Babelfish opens in a new tab with the translation. What can't firefox do?
posted by Josh Carr , 4:21 PM Þ 

Drawer 69 Set2

Engravings of Wren's St Paul's Cathedral & Wren's
designs for the Monument [Not microfilmed]
Prov: Collected by A. T. Bolton in connection with
the Wren Society, 1920s-30s
Filed in the drawer is also:
Richard Cosway RA (1740-l821)
A Copy of the `Aurora' by Guido Reni (Inventory
No P351), formerly framed and hung in the Model

The Soane Museum to which any lover of collections should visit.
posted by meau meau , 12:42 PM Þ 

been listening to the fall's unutterable, wfmu and dr john's gris-gris gumbo ya ya this morning

Blame Canada
posted by Alun , 12:20 PM Þ 



I apologise in advance:

When you can't find the musings
Then get down and google
All you can do is step back in time
Ball of confusion
When nothing is news, and
There's nothing doin', step back in time
posted by meau meau , 12:14 PM Þ 

Hello Captain, how the devil are you?
Can we see what you've been working on lately - in whichever media - please?

What's everyone up to this weekend?

We'll be going for a walk in the country with any luck. Escape from the city!
posted by Alun , 9:29 AM Þ 

Hello there.
posted by captain davros , 9:03 AM Þ 

An idiot speaks...

CBI backs 'flawed' ID card scheme

CBI deputy director-general John Cridland said it shared government concern that having no way to prove identity made the UK more vulnerable to criminals and terrorists.

He said: "ID cards could improve security and make access to public services more efficient.

"Companies want ID cards to be a universal identity-authentication system.

"But they are concerned the government has not appreciated the dangers of driving through a vague and insufficiently thought-out plan."

Also here...
CBI says advantages include:
Citizens would have a single, certain, means of identification. That would improve security and give greater confidence that we know who is in our country, on our planes or teaching our children.
A single source of identity data would be the best protection against fraud, making criminal activities more obvious so reducing the cost of fraud and of detecting it.
A system where all identity data is stored in one secure place means citizens would have less need to call and write to lots of different government bodies and businesses to update personal details.

posted by Alun , 8:32 AM Þ 

i think noise music is in some serious jeopardy of becoming insignificant if bands like wolf eyes are considered worth listening to
About two months ago I picked up an EP by Wolf Eyes called "Stabbed in the Face." I had never really heard of them, except for a few positive comments, and I was quite surprised by what I heard. I later picked up "Dread" and was even further surprised. It is very raw and gutteral. It has no pretensions about being "serious music" (not that that is a bad thing), it is just flat out noise and screaming and such. In a way it is quite silly. I quite enjoyed it, much in the same way I (immensely) enjoy Monster Magnet.
I have never read any articles about them (I avoid reading music-press, it almost always ends up spoiling my perception - I like my reality better so I don't want to hear theirs - it's all subjective anyway) and that article posted was indeed a story about someone being very, very stupid (perhaps reveals an alcohol problem...). But anyway, my point is not about the band per se, it's about how some people seem to be upset about this band being dubbed "worth listening to" by a major publication (in the case, Pitchfork, Wire, and others). I've always found it really pointless to get upset about these things. I don't read any of that crap, I pick up random things at the shop and sometimes they are gutteral, good-time catharsis like Wolf Eyes, with no real substance, and sometimes they are intelligent, meaningful, thought-provoking works of art like some Coil pieces and sometimes I am unimpressed. I usually go by the comments of friends.
My point is that it is absolutely pointless to get worked up about anything the music press talks about. The music press in my eyes is irrelevant and diversionary, Pitchfork is a perfect example of this. It aims to talk about the image of bands, not the music those bands make, and it aims to make shallow statements like "the future of noise music!" or "the next big thing in indie rock!" statements that in the end are about self-promotion and money.
There will always be either end of the music spectrum (bad, good, actually good), there will always be new water in the well, and in the end it's the listeners' own choice to listen to what s/he wants, and that is the important thing, rather than get worried about what others are digging.

posted by Barrie , 6:26 AM Þ

and these guys:

Social responsibility statement

Genuine 'social responsibility' means not imposing your will on others by force, such as using violence to rob someone or using interventionist laws (i.e. the threat of violence) that weaken and preempt the non-political social interactions of peaceable civil society. That is real social responsibility, not the crap held up as such by statists of both left and right.

Just because this blog is 'open to the public' that does not mean it is no longer private property...

We are not overly concerned about the rain forest and think in order to protect it just turn it all into private property...

Homosexuals are humans so we do not believe in 'gay' rights, just human rights...

We think whales are yummy...

We think racism is moronic, especially when it calls itself 'race realism', but free association, and disassociation, is a right for everyone, even racist idiots...

We think smart businessmen, and bloggers, should see disabled people as valued customers and cater for their needs, but no one, no matter what unfair cards fate dealt them, has the right to use the proxy violence of the state to force their needs on others...

The only fair trade is free trade...

We do not recycle, unless you count buying antiques and quoting Hayek and Popper...

Oh, and this blog does not have wheelchair ramps for the 'intellectually challenged'. [...]

are "near" BLOGDIAL it seems.
posted by Irdial , 4:04 AM Þ 
posted by Ken , 3:47 AM Þ 
posted by Ken , 3:42 AM Þ 
Thursday, August 12, 2004
posted by Ken , 10:25 PM Þ 

AlterNet: Fight Fox: Donate

I'm going to do this as soon as I get paid.
posted by Ken , 10:24 PM Þ 

Free Press News : Copyrighting the President: "Concentrated media and expansive copyright are the perfect storm not just for stifling debate but, increasingly, for weakening democracy as well."
posted by Ken , 10:21 PM Þ 

Ken, there is never anything wrong with a little basement psychedelia. And these guys have been at it for awhile.
But perhaps you were referring to Pitchfork Media and their reporting/reviewing of contemporary musical activities. If this is the case, I would have to agree with you. They signify some severe wrongs in independent rock music. Loren Jan Wilson's Pitch Formula project may help illustrate this.


i went to school with loren wilson. don't know him personally, but his band (starlister) is not good at all. and, while pitchformula is a funny concept, it was poorly executed. we both concentrated in the same field (interdisciplinary studies), so it was nice to see someone doing something different for their undergrad thesis, but at the end of the day, his project is just not that eye-opening or even humorous, imo. doing something like this for pitchfork would be WAY more interesting and informative, i think. any takers?

not to mention, pitchfork do a good enough job of making themselves look stupid on their own. they don't need much help.

and: while i agree with you about 'basement psychedelia' (of course!), i think you're misunderstanding my perspective. wolf eyes (and the band that accompanied them on sonic youth's recent US tour, called, get this, hair police) are a perfect example of style over substance. dude, a MACE on stage? 'like totally jammin'? 'black vomit'? this kind of thing only makes sense when the music is actually worthy of simultaneous performance (um) 'art.' it's total po-mo irony gone rampant, turning back in on itself, making no sense, etc...these kids have no real point of reference, no musical history...just completely lost in their own little world of 'cool.' ugh.

incidentally, my roommate saw hair police play at the vic here, and basically said they got heckled the whole time, threw a tantrum and walked off stage. haha. no one likes that shit. it's not just me. really.

but, surprisingly, thurston and kim must dig 'em! so, they've got that going for em. and as i've said before, who cares what i think if fucking SONIC YOUTH approves of what they do? personally, if i was on tour with a band of their stature, i'd feel pretty confident about my art.

on a related note, we're bringing brendan gillen (from ectomorph) out to play here in chicago on saturday, and he's the current producer for wolf eyes. i have loads of respect for brendan. but, just because i don't like wolf eyes doesn't mean i don't like the whole genre. when did these kids from detroit become the barometers of noise music? what about people like tim hecker? or boyd rice? i think noise music is in some serious jeopardy of becoming insignificant if bands like wolf eyes are considered worth listening to.
posted by Ken , 8:07 PM Þ 

At last, I'm free!!!
posted by Alun , 7:53 PM Þ 

Ken, there is never anything wrong with a little basement psychedelia. And these guys have been at it for awhile. Look at John Olson's American Tapes website (O! the glory of mid-nineties web design and hosting on university servers) and a sample of some of their handmade tape releases of the 1990s (the flyer art is not to be missed either):

Am-Collab 5 "My Night At The Dansmouth Tributaries" C60 John Olson & Proof of the Shooting. Materials: Wooden dowels, enamel paint, paint stick, spray paint, caulk, plastic, colored twine, handmade tape labels, lacquer. Winter 1998

Am-43 E Ka (s) Boa "May You Be Joined By...." C60 Materials: Silicone, train tracks, metal tags, screws, brass lines, silver paint, lacquer. Winter 1997

These are no Johnny-come-lately's, but true amateurs in the original sense of the word. Love of Sound. Love of Performance. Love of the Absurd.


But perhaps you were referring to Pitchfork Media and their reporting/reviewing of contemporary musical activities. If this is the case, I would have to agree with you. They signify some severe wrongs in independent rock music. Loren Jan Wilson's Pitch Formula project may help illustrate this.
posted by Josh Carr , 6:53 PM Þ 

Project Lantern

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras can tell police officers within seconds whether a vehicle has been stolen, is known to be involved in a crime, or is untaxed.

Cameras scan and record the vehicle registration marks of every passing car. The numbers are then cross-checked against a number of databases, including the Police National Computer, the DVLA databases and police intelligence records, both locally and regionally, to identify vehicles of interest to officers.

If a registration plate is flagged up on a database, the system alerts the operator with both a visual and audible signal, providing details of which database has triggered a hit. The ANPR operator can then call for officers to intercept the vehicle and question the driver.

The cameras can check up to 3,600 number plates an hour on cars travelling in excess of 100mph. There are a number of different systems available. These can be categorised into four types:

  • In-car devices
  • Transportable (e.g. mobile units that can be set up at the roadside, e.g. Spectrum ? see below)
  • CCTV (that ?piggy-back? on existing systems)
  • Fixed gantry systems that continuously monitor a stretch of road (e.g. in ports, City of London)

It is the Association of Chief Police Officers? vision to have a dedicated ANPR capability in every Basic Command Unit. The aim is to ?deny criminals the use of the roads?.

The joint ACPO/Police Standard Unit initial pilot with nine forces exceeded expectations by producing arrest rates of ten times the national average. Forces involved in Project Laser included North Wales, Northamptonshire, Kent, West Midlands, Staffordshire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Metropolitan Police and Avon & Somerset.

Project Laser 2 - an extension of the pilot - began in June 2003 with 23 forces to:

  • Validate the findings of Project Laser 1 with regard to arrest rates
  • Establish whether ANPR activity can be part-funded by using fines money generated by intercept teams
  • Assess if policing priorities would be affected by introducing this hypothecation of Fixed Penalty Notices issued.

Results from Project Laser 2 will be evaluated to inform a national rollout of ANPR, which is expected to begin in autumn 2005.

The Home Office laid the foundations for the trials by funding a mobile ANPR and back office facility for each force in England and Wales through Project Spectrum. The procurement of these vans was co-ordinated by PITO.

PITO is also involved in key developments with ANPR. Project Lantern is being developed to deliver roadside fingerprint devices to ANPR teams to assist with the identification process. Work is also ongoing to develop links to the Motor Insurance Database. In addition, PITO?s Central Customer is identifying future ANPR requirements, such as the development of a national database to store all ANPR ?reads? and analytical tools to mine this.

posted by Irdial , 6:48 PM Þ 

6.4 Project Lantern seeks to develop and roll out
mobile fingerprint technology to allow the
immediate identification of drivers at the roadside
when stopped by ANPR Intercept Teams and
other officers. At present, approximately 60% of
disqualified drivers are providing false identities
when stopped by ANPR teams.
6.5 This reinforces the need for roadside
identification. The police do not currently have
powers that allow fingerprints to be taken at the
roadside for the purposes of identification. If this
facility were available at the roadside, it would
significantly free up both officers? time and the
time spent on administration. This would lead to
a reduction in bureaucracy involved in the arrest
and processing of offenders. [...]

6.7 There is no general power to request
fingerprints from suspected offenders in a public
place if identity is not known or believed to be
true. But there is significant advantage in
extending the power to all areas where a police
officer is unable to establish the identity of a
suspect in a place other than the police station.
6.8 The same principles for roadside
fingerprinting of drivers equally applies to the
identification of suspects elsewhere other than a
police station. It is proposed that the power is
available for all areas outside the police station
where it is necessary to confirm or otherwise the
identity of a suspect. The advantages are: [...]

From the same document of course.

Its amazing (but not really!!) the creation of mobile fingerprinting solutions has brought about the need for new legislation to allow the police to ask for something that they have no power to ask for. Had there been no mobile scanning solutions, these paragraphs would not exist.

This means that they should not exist; just because you CAN do something doesnt mean that you SHOULD do it, and especially if doing it means invasive and Orwellian nonsense like roadside fingerprinting, or fingerprinting everyone coming out of Camden Station.
posted by Irdial , 6:33 PM Þ 

ImageWare Systems to Host Conference Call Friday, August 13th, 2004

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posted by mary13 , 6:07 PM Þ 

Biometric tech puts ID at your fingertips

Thursday, August 12, 2004 Posted: 0042 GMT (0842 HKT)

No keys: Public lockers at the newly-reopened Statue of Liberty use fingerprints to identify users.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stuffing something in a public locker usually isn't a memorable experience. You drop a coin, take the key and move on.

But at the Statue of Liberty, recently reopened after a two-year closure, stashing a package offers a glimpse into the future. To rent, close and reopen lockers, visitors touch an electronic reader that scans fingerprints.

"It's easy," Taiwanese visitor Yu-Sheng Lee, 26, said after stowing a bag. "I think it's good. I don't have to worry about a key or something like that."

Like nearly every other tourist at the statue that day, this was Lee's first experience with biometrics -- the identification of an individual based on personal characteristics like fingerprints, facial features or iris patterns.

While the technology is not new, having seen use for years to restrict access in corporate and military settings, it is only now creeping into everyday life. Over the next few years, people currently unfamiliar with the technology will be asked to use it in everything from travel settings to financial transactions.

The Nine Zero, an upscale hotel in Boston, recently began letting guests in its $3,000-a-night Cloud Nine suite enter and exit by looking into a camera that analyzes their iris patterns. Piggly Wiggly Co. grocery stores in the South just launched a pay-by-fingerprint system, though pilot tests elsewhere have had lukewarm results.

"All these customer-facing applications, they're emerging," said Joseph Kim, a consultant with the International Biometric Group, which follows the industry. "We'll be seeing a lot more very, very soon. Whether that sticks or not depends on how customers feel about it."

Feelings seemed mixed about the lockers at the Statue of Liberty on a muggy New York afternoon last week.

Some people were befuddled by the system and had to put their fingers on the reader several times before a scan was properly made. Others forgot their locker number upon their return, or didn't remember which finger they had used to check it out. One young woman accidentally put her ticket to the statue in the locker, requiring her to open it and then re-register it all over again with another finger scan.

With all the confusion, lines at the three touchscreen kiosks that control the bank of 170 lockers frequently stretched six or seven people deep, requiring a five-minute wait.

"I think it's overly complicated. It takes too much time," said Stephen Chemsak, 26, who lives in Japan. To him the old-fashioned key system would have been much better. [...]

That this is being done at the Statue of Liberty....priceless.

Culled from an AC Slashdot post, that says it all:

"What no one seemed to notice was the ever widening gap between the government and the people...And it became always wider...

"The whole process of this disconnect coming into being was built around diversion...

"Nazism gave us some other dreadful, fundamental things to think about ...or, rather, provided an excuse not to think for people who did not want to think anyway...

"Nazism kept us so busy with continuous changes, accusations and 'crises' and so fascinated ... by the machinations of the 'national enemies' without and within) and the government's 'responses' to them, that we had no time to think about these dreadful things that were growing, little by little, all around us...

"Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, 'regretted', that unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these 'little measures' must some day lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing...

"Each act curtailing freedom... is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow...

"You don't want to act, or even talk, alone... you don't want to 'go out of your way to make trouble' or be 'unpatriotic'...But the one great shocking occasion, when tens or hundreds or thousands will join with you, never comes...

"That's the difficulty. The forms are all there, all untouched, all reassuring: the houses, the shops, the jobs, the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays. But the spirit (which you never noticed because you made the lifelong mistake of identifying it with the forms) is changed. Now you live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed, no one is transformed. ...

"You have accepted things you would not have accepted five years ago, a year ago, things your father... could never have imagined."

Source: They Thought They Were Free, The Germans, 1938-45 (Chicago: University
of Chicago Press, 1955)

"We will not wait as our enemies gather strength against us. In the world we have entered, the only path to safety is the path of action, and this nation will act."
G.W.Bush, West Point, June 2002

"In this new world, declarations of war serve no purpose. Our enemies must be defeated before they can harm us. I will never declare war, but will take action!"
Adolph Hitler, June 1940

"Not too many people will be crying in their beer if there are more detentions, more stops and more profiling. There will be a groundswell of public opinion to banish civil rights,"
Peter Kirsanow, Bush's controversial appointee the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

"I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people, and the West in general, into an unbearable hell and a choking life."
Osama bin Laden, October, 2001

And another thing. It would be STUPID to not collect the fingerprints of everyone opening a locker at Liberty; do you REALLY THINK that they are using fingerprints there and NOT collecting the information?
posted by Irdial , 5:43 PM Þ 

"I was just kinda like, 'Oh whatever.'

posted by Irdial , 5:34 PM Þ 

?Trigger Powers?

Arrestable Offences

2.12 These are intrusive powers and that is why
they are already subject to the criteria of need and
proportionality. Extending these powers to all
offences for which an arrest has been made would
retain the same criteria. However ? and
importantly ? a blanket application of the
consequential powers deriving from the current
powers of arrest to be applied in future to all
offences may be a step too far from where we are
currently. There would be benefits for tackling
offences not currently arrestable in a more
effective and positive way if there was clear and
justifiable reasons for entering premises to arrest
the suspect or gather evidence or both.
Nonetheless, the reliance of the current
framework on seriousness is an important concept
which provides focus on proportionality and

2.13 Therefore, whilst proposing that the power
of arrest should be applied to all offences meeting
the criteria set out in paragraph 2.6 above, the
range of other powers which are triggered by an
offence being arrestable should at this stage
remain subject to set criterion. Potentially, that
could be applied to those offences which carry a
term of five or more years imprisonment. This

Read the Document
which is a PDF.

Fascinating; "may be a step too far from where we are currently." This means that they KNOW that what they are proposing is wrong; what this would mean if left unaltered is that if you are arrested for littering, they can use this as a pretext for entering your house and searching it, via the triggered powers that follow an arrest.

The fact of the matter is that there are sufficient powers of arrest in the UK. And who precisely is the person that determined that this is a "step too far"? Certainly if it was a group of people that made this determination, it could not have been more than 5 people; why then, when THOUSANDS of people respond to these pacifying "excersises in Democrazy" that their words are completely ignored?
posted by Irdial , 4:34 PM Þ 

SW1A is a joke.

Hold on, SW1? The Security of the First World? At Number 10? Holy Moly.

I'm sure one day David Blunkett will pull of his mask, revealing the face of Tony Benn and announce "Ha! I fooled ya! That's what happens when you [insert relavant proverb here]" It's just a bad dream.
posted by alex_tea , 4:30 PM Þ 


from Pitchfork: Daily Music News

Wolf Eyes Reveal Album Details, Band Member Taken to ER After Gashing His Head Open Onstage
Iggy Pop sort of a puss in retrospect

Ryan Schreiber reports:
As previously reported, the Michigan-based noise trio Wolf Eyes recently signed to Sub Pop after self-releasing (at last count) 74 limited-run CDRs, LPs and cassettes in the past seven years. Their latest, Burned Mind, is set to feature 13 new tracks of gut-wrenching electronic shrieks, blistering sine waves, and other mind-bending torture sounds that are guaranteed to be driving your stupid friends crazy all autumn long.

Yesterday, in a phone interview with Pitchfork, band member John Olson, who has now fully recuperated after a brutal head injury he incurred at a late-July gig in Minneapolis, talked about the direction of the record: "It's our first super-thought out, like... I think it's kinda like our first real album. We wanted to write a couple of really strong jams and work it into an album-- like a path from start to finish, with jams and weird stuff-- so we did a lot with the flow. We really wanted to make something that was as heavy as Slayer's Reign in Blood, and we just tried to make it that intense and heavy."

The band had tried to record at a live studio, but ran into problems: "The way we work is so hands-on and so like intimate that we couldn't really get it right there. So we bought recording devices and did it in our basement, Terror Tank. We had our friend Brennan help us mix it and throw on some extra stuff. But recording it was really hard for us. We recorded [2001's] Dread just one take out of the back of our amps, so it's been kinda an uphill battle from there, 'cause we can't really do studios at all."

Wolf Eyes' best-known releases to date have been the aforementioned Dread LP and 2002's Troubleman-released Dead Hills. When asked if there was an advantage to working with a larger budget, Olson replied, "No. We're a completely no-budget band. We recorded Dread for $10. The most expensive things we have is our amps." Burned Mind is due out via Sub Pop on September 28th. Tracklist:

01 Dead in a Boat
02 Stabbed in the Face
03 [untitled]
04 Reaper's Gong
05 [untitled]
06 Village Oblivia
07 Urine Burn
08 Rattlesnake Shake
09 Burned Mind
10 Ancient Delay
11 [untitled]
12 [untitled]
13 Black Vomit

Wait, head injury? Yes. On July 28th, Olson sustained some serious-ass head trauma while opening for Sonic Youth in Minneapolis. Earlier in the tour, Olson had purchased a giant medieval mace at a small shop in Montana, which he'd been using onstage. "It's got like 30 spikes on it and chains. I've been jammin' it for the gigs and stuff like that, and the first time I played [with it] in Seattle, I banged my hands up pretty bad, because it's really hard to control. I thought I had it down, but in Minneapolis, it was our first gig with our buddies Hair Police, so we were all really excited, really drunk and stoned and everything."

Within five minutes of the gig starting, Olson had managed to clock himself in the head with the treacherous implement: "We get out there and I start swingin' it, and I feel it hit the back of my head, and I'm like, 'Oh, that kinda sucks.' And we start to jam, a minute into the jam, and I look over at [guitarist] Aaron [Dilloway] and he's smiling at me. And I'm just like, 'Why the fuck would Aaron be smiling at me at the gig,' you know? And I had my sunglasses on, and all of a sudden it was just a big wave of red."

Olson, who said his years of skateboarding had trained him to take these kinds of injuries in stride, was nonplussed: "I was just kinda like, 'Oh whatever.' But it just kept bleedin' and like my equipment and everything just was covered in blood, and I was kinda startin' to freak out, 'cause Thurston and all the roadies kept tossin' me towels and they just kept gettin' covered up with blood. So like after the first song, I pull over Nate and I'm like, 'Man, do you think I'm alright?' And he looks at the cut and he's kinda quiet, and he's like, 'It looks cool, man, just keep jammin'."

By the end of the 40+ minute set, Olson was starting to seriously feel the effects: "I barely made it through the set and I stumbled off. I couldn't really think or talk. So my buddy took me to the ER, and they were gonna call the cops on me 'cause they thought I was a drug addict. They finally got me in and it was like a young ER dude and he was all into Sonic Youth and stuff like that and I told him the story and he's like, 'Well, you know, we gotta put about five staples in your head. They numbed it up, which was the worst part. It was like six shots right in the cut. Then they cleaned it out, and it was like this big, gnarly staple gun. And they just hammered 'em in. It was pretty weird."

One thing I was unclear on-- how do you play a mace, exactly? "I was able to practice and get my technique down because you can't really play anything with it 'cause it's so hard to control, so you just gotta kinda hang out and act the fool with it. It was just... that night, I was just kinda too drunk and I didn't extend my arm enough so it just whipped me in the back of the head. They're really bad cuts 'cause they're impact cuts. Nothing's really sharp, so it just hurt really bad."

Fortunately, Olson healed up quickly, which means Wolf Eyes are all clear for an upcoming headlining tour in support of Burned Mind. The 15-date trek kicks off late October in Providence before coming to a close November 18th at Minneapolis' Triple Rock Social Club. Bring a shield:

10-27 Providence, RI - The Living Room *
10-28 New York, NY - Tonic
10-29 Philadelphia, PA - Vox Populi Gallery
10-30 Baltimore, MD - Talking Head *
11-01 Winston-Salem, NC - Werehouse
11-02 Mt. Pleasant, SC - Village Tavern
11-03 Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn *
11-05 New Orleans, LA - Spellcaster Lodge *
11-06 Houston, TX - Mary Jane's
11-07 Austin, TX - Emo's
11-11 Los Angeles, CA - Echo #
11-12 Oakland, CA - The Mile High Club #
11-13 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill #
11-15 Seattle, WA - Chop Suey #
11-18 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club *

* with Rubber O Cement
# with Comets on Fire, Rubber O Cement, Smegma

As for upcoming releases besides September's Burned Mind, Olson says the band has several planned, as usual: "We have another recording we did that we're working on with [Bastard Noise member] John Wiese, we got this 10-inch out on our friends' label Crippled Intellect Productions, the unreleased Frenzy album... we're gonna do a jam album for Important Records, that'll be an LP, we got the vinyl rights to Burned Mind so we'll be doin' that. And our friend Twig [aka John Harper, of Nautical Almanac] just hooked up our record cutter so we been cuttin' records like crazy at the practice space." Acid Mothers Temple just shit themselves.

.: Pitchfork Review: Wolf Eyes: Dead Hills
.: Wolf Eyes:
.: Sub Pop:
posted by Ken , 4:05 PM Þ is a collaborative event calendar. Events are listed by city, and anyone can post a new event, or select an event for attending. On your user page, all of the events that you have posted or are attending are listed and there are links to XML feeds and iCal feeds. The cooolest thing is that Mozilla Calendar recognizes the iCal standard so that you can have your events (and those of your friends or all from a certain city) automagically list in your calendar. Well worth a spin.
posted by Josh Carr , 3:43 PM Þ 

Buying a lottery ticket is entering into a personal contract with a private company. The individual profit from such a legal contract is no business of *any* third party, especially the government.
No law has been broken in this person picking the winning numbers and it is solely for him to decide what to do with his winnings.

If the government doesn't like the outcome of lottery winnings they should abandon their own vacuity and properly fund the projects that receive a slice of the lottery profits
posted by meau meau , 3:15 PM Þ 

Jealous, petty, idiotic and against current law. But that's not stopped Blunkett before now, has it?

The government may intervene to prevent a convicted rapist from receiving his £7m lottery winnings, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has said.
Iorworth Hoare, nearing the end of a life term for attempted rape, bought the winning ticket on day release.
The home secretary has said new laws could stop prisoners and their families from collecting winnings in the future.
But Ms Jowell said the government might intervene in Hoare's case to make sure his money went to victims.
"What we can do, in a very specific case like this, is to intervene and say that somebody in these circumstances who is a convicted prisoner can't receive lottery winnings - that those winnings should go instead to the benefit of victims," she said.

And if he won the day after final release? Or if it had only been £10? What about all the other prisoners who have won smaller amounts in the past?

The knee jerk has been so often tested and become so familiar that it has given rise to the adjective "knee-jerk" as in a knee-jerk reaction. Knee-jerk in this figurative sense means "readily predictable to the point of being automatic." It often has a negative connotation and conveys the idea of an all-too-hasty, impulsive, irrational response based on a preset idea. For example, a dictator's knee-jerk response to a democratic movement is to suppress it.

What if he was 'only' a fraudster, on an mp3 downloader, rather than a rapist?

What if he'd lost? Should he get his pound back?

Is this now an arrestable offence?

Will this affect my house price?? (Copyright Daily Mail Paranoia Industries)
posted by Alun , 1:58 PM Þ 

Jazz in 2500?

iTunes versus Preservation

Wayne Bremser

Jazz has remained a very accessible art form partly because fans are educated by their own music collections. Albums employed text, photographs and graphic design to illustrate how a network of artists created a musical language together.

Without the physical album, online music stores will play a much larger role in teaching new listeners about jazz. While institutions, educators and preservationists will soon face the same challenges, music stores will be the first to use digital interfaces to educate the listening public about jazz.

ITMS versus vinyl
Compare information offered by iTunes versus a record label from 1956.

The digital music era should offer listeners more information about jazz, not less. The stakes are high. If jazz fragments into millions of digital files, future generations could be left with a maddening cultural jigsaw puzzle. This music could quickly become one of the mysterious art forms that is translated to the public by a small group of experts. [...]

Like Egyptian culture, only with sound.

posted by Irdial , 12:49 PM Þ 


If all offences are arrestable, then the amount of people being processsed (fingerprinted and entered into the records) will increase rapidly. These CSOs will be doing the brunt of this work, and they need to be given mobile processing units to handle the huge amount of collected data; the police stations will never be able to handle the huge amount of extra work, they are not physically big enough. Methinks that there will be alot of people simply running away from these CSOs saying, "Fuck you, catch me if you can, bastard".

Dont make the mistake of thinking that the Tories will be any different; Howard (Sorry Howard) who in his tenure was a monster himself, recently made a speech about law and order that had, rather suspiciously, NOTHING to say about the introduction of an ID card, but plenty to say about the police not having to spend time monitoring their performance, because it is a "waste of time".

Amazing how they think that arresting more people is a good use of resources, while monitoring the performance of the police is a bad use of resources. Actually, Im lying, its not amazing at all.

Think about what lowering this arrestable barrier really means. You could be arrested for dropping a chewing gum wrapper on the street. Littering is an offence after all. You could be arrested for forgetting to pay your 70p bus fare. Not paying your bus fare is an offence after all. You could be arrested for literally ANYTHING at all, not just something serious, that requires that you are taken off of the street.

What this is doing is making the CPO's the actual police, and turning the police into a new national elite force, to do who knows what exactly.

By the way, after having read that vile pamphlet, and discussed it over sufficient drinks, the concensus was that it is designed to spread FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) into every home in the UK. It deliberately leaves obvious questions unanswered, is vague, and seems to be designed to make the simple minded people terrified. For example, it talks about vaccinations being held by HMG, but it says nothing about where they are being held, and how you, joe lager top is meant to get them should something really bad be unleashed on your head.

It is a waste of money, an evil, scaremongering and revolting thing, made by people who dont care a jot about the British public.
posted by Irdial , 12:40 PM Þ 

Blind man running through the light of the night
With an answer in his hand
Come on down to the river of sight
And you can really understand
posted by Alun , 10:18 AM Þ 

Bid to make all offences arrestable

Press Association
Thursday August 12, 2004 9:28 AM

Radical proposals to make every offence arrestable have been published by Home Secretary David Blunkett.

The measure would mark a major departure from the traditional patchwork of arrestable and non-arrestable offences in England and Wales.

Mr Blunkett also proposed giving more powers to community support officers (CSOs) - the civilian wardens who are opposed by some sections of the rank-and-file police - as well as other civilian police staff.

CSOs could be given greater powers to direct traffic, tackle beggars, search people for weapons and enforce bylaws, so that police officers were free to concentrate on front-line duties, a consultation paper said.

The paper also asked whether CSOs - who can already issue £40 on-the-spot fines for being drunk and disorderly - should be given extra powers to deal with drunks and underage drinkers.

In another major proposal, police officers would be given new powers to fingerprint suspects at the roadside, and to take DNA samples and footwear impressions.

Can someone find an even smaller islannd for this petty tyrant to go and live on?

This proposal sets an all time low for blunkett's sheer inability to recognise citizens' rights. You see where this will end; An young asian man will be walking down the street in the early evening and he is stopped by a PC with a chip on his shoulder and asked for his ID card. The man hasn't got an ID card because he's no sheep so he is asked to supply his fingerprints the man again refuses as he has done nothing wrong, so the PC arrests him for witholding ID on request. A database record will be set up and the very first thing on it is that the said man has been arrested for witholding ID. This 'intelligence' is automatically shared with EU and US agencies. Whilst in the police station the man is made to register for an ID card and Blunkett's 'magic' 80% target creeps a little closer. And the man tells his friends howe shitty he's been treated an the pressure increases on those people to get ID cards and feed the bad monster.

And we are expected too live in a society where the police are carrying mobile DNA collection kits? Or would there be a van that is set up in targetted areas (i.e. urban estates with a large percentage of non-white residents)?
posted by meau meau , 10:02 AM Þ 

alleged omnipotence

If one expt proved 'omnipotence' it'd be the longest paper ever published... Anyway, no need for omnipotence, just a few useful potential applications. Stem cells HAVE been shown to regenerate/repopulate:

Bone cells
Pancreatic cells
Heart cells
Neurons name the most obvious. Now if that was all they could do, it would still be way way WAY more than enough to justify future research.

Even just this one (not even embryo-derived) potential....
Bone marrow stem cells find a path to the pancreas

Andreas Lechner & Joel F Habener

Andreas Lechner and Joel Habener are at the Laboratory of Molecular Endocrinology, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street - WEL 320, Boston, MA 02114. J.H. is also at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. e-mail:

Bone marrow stem cells promote the regeneration of pancreatic -cells in a mouse model of diabetes mellitus.

The incidence of diabetes mellitus, a disease of insulin deficiency and elevated blood sugar levels, is increasing rapidly throughout the world. The number of diabetics worldwide was 151 million in 2000 and is projected to reach 221 million by 2010. Even with modern medical therapies, diabetes is a leading cause of early mortality, and new treatments are urgently needed. In this issue, Hess et al.1 show that bone marrow transplantation supports the regeneration of pancreatic -cells in a mouse model of diabetes mellitus in which the insulin-producing -cells have been destroyed.

...would be enough in my eyes, and probably in the eyes of the majority of the >200million diabetics too.

I find it very hard to reconcile the pro-life stance of 'protecting life' of cloned embryos with the likely early deaths of millions of people resulting from any delay in developing novel therapies.
posted by Alun , 9:56 AM Þ 

Pope warns feminists

Bishops told to take hard line on issue of gender

John Hooper in Rome and Tania Branigan
Saturday July 31, 2004
The Guardian

The Pope will call on leaders of the Roman Catholic church today to attack feminist ideologies which assert that men and women are fundamentally the same.

The Vatican is concerned that this belief is eroding what it regards as women's maternal vocation. But a paper on the subject which is due to be published today - the Vatican's third major pronouncement on women's role in the quarter century of John Paul's papacy - has drawn scornful criticism from feminists and academics.

According to a leaked extract, the document accuses feminists of "blurring the biological difference between man and woman".

But it is also understood to break new ground by appealing to governmentsto give help to women so they can cope with their broader modern responsibilities.

It emerged yesterday that the Vatican itself had taken a further step towards incorporating women into the previously all-male leadership of the Roman Catholic church. A nun, who was not named in Italian media reports, was said to be working as a high-level aide to the Pope's "foreign minister", Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo. [...],12272,1273140,00.html

posted by Irdial , 9:56 AM Þ 

Alex, I use these, but might feel a bit silly wearing them on the tube ... wearing them the few times I pretended to be a dj made me feel very conspicuous ... felt like a bbc recording engineer on location ... and, they really are modular, every part being replaceable
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 9:33 AM Þ 

Thanks Mary. I am getting into patterns a lot, probably two years too late to be part of any trend, but that's not really the point. I have just discovered Illustrator (after years of using Freehand). It's a lot better for pattern making than Freehand, and then you can put your patterns into After Effects and animate them!
posted by alex_tea , 8:32 AM Þ 

My Sennheiser HD270s died recently. Sound only comes out of the left ear now, a salespimp on TCR told me it was because the photo-diode (or something) was dead and that there's no point in getting it replaced, I might as well buy some new phones. That's kind of annoying because I always thought they were repairable and stuff... Anyway, three years of service isn't bad.

So now I need some new headphones. Something under £100 would be good, I use them for listening when at my computer, at work or on public transport. I want big closed-back headphones, none of that in ear rubbish, I hate hearing other people's tinny cymbals. Also I use them for DJing playing records sometimes, but I'm not a professional DJ or anything like that so that bit isn't as important.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm tempted to get the same pair, as they are sexy and loud.

Sennheiser HD270
posted by alex_tea , 8:25 AM Þ 

New York City again rejects a request by protest group United For Peace and Justice to the rally in Central Park before the opening of the Republican National Convention. includes rush transcript

A group of family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks, are walking from the Democratic National Convention in Boston to the Republican National Convention in New York where some of them join antiwar protests in Manhattan. But where they will be rallying is still unknown.

New York City has once again rejected a request by protest group United For Peace and Justice to hold rally in Central Park before the opening of the Convention.

The group submitted another permit request yesterday but the city rejected it within hours. Now, protest organizer Leslie Cagan, said the group may take their case to federal court.

Cagan held a press conference yesterday in New York to announce the group's decision to hold the rally in Central Park.

posted by Barrie , 7:01 AM Þ 

The brouhaha over stem cells has reached a feverish pitch this election year, pitting advocates who see embryonic stem cells as miracle cure-alls against those who equate growing ? then killing ? human embryos to extract stem cells, with murder.

These extreme, unsubstantiated viewpoints have all but hijacked any rational discussion of the science of stem cells. It is rather disconcerting to see Democrats and Republicans make political hay of embryonic stem cell research when, to date, no single experimental study proves their alleged omnipotence.

The hope and hype of stem cells
posted by mary13 , 6:35 AM Þ 

Love your backgrounds, Alex. Fantastic.
posted by mary13 , 6:32 AM Þ 

Dumbfunk Flyer
posted by alex_tea , 2:03 AM Þ 
posted by alex_tea , 1:59 AM Þ 
Wednesday, August 11, 2004

After finding your open directories of JPGs you might want to try out Coolios OpenDir2Gallery Tool. There are legitimate reasons to use this, I just can't think of any.

*Edit* Yes I can. When browsing my remotely web-shared iPhoto directory it's handy to find the images I want.
posted by alex_tea , 9:02 PM Þ 


"Look into my eyes, you are feeling very sleeeeeepy"
posted by alex_tea , 7:49 PM Þ 

Manhattan is currently being devoured by a huge, black cloud. I hope someone is recording this...
posted by Josh Carr , 7:37 PM Þ 

"Extreme democracy" is a political philosophy of the information era that puts people in charge of the entire political process. It suggests a deliberative process that places total confidence in the people, opening the policy-making process to many centers of power through deeply networked coalitions that can be organized around local, national and international issues. The choice of the word "extreme" reflects the lessons of the extreme programming movement in technology that has allowed small teams to make rapid progress on complex projects through concentrated projects that yield results far greater than previous labor-intensive programming practices. Extreme democracy emphasizes the importance of tools designed to break down barriers to collaboration and access to power, acknowledging that political realities can be altered by building on rapidly advancing generations of technology and that human organizations are transformed by new political expectations and practices made possible by technology. [...]

One of the tools enabling what is described above is of course, full featured, unlimited email: Gmail! The paranoid will of course say that Gmail and Google are the very surveillance tools that will destroy Extreme Democrazy (YES Crazy) but when PGP is integrated int Gmail, that fear will dissapear, or at least it will for the rational people.
posted by Irdial , 7:31 PM Þ 

no index.html

"Port 80" "Index of /~" pr0n
"Port 80" "Index of /~" bush
"Port 80" "Index of /~" osama
"Port 80" "Index of /~" jpg

posted by Irdial , 6:54 PM Þ 

I've lived in Europe all my life, non?

No, you have not.
But you know this.

The image ? cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
posted by Irdial , 5:37 PM Þ 

Have you thought of moving to Europe on a permanent basis?

This is curiously revealing of ingrained British mental isolationism - or grainy Britain's isolated mentalism - even in Grauniad writers.

I've lived in Europe all my life, non?
posted by Alun , 5:19 PM Þ 

Bleeding heart liberal quiz
You scored 33Good God. There's nothing you wouldn't allow, is there? If people like you had your way, criminals would be roaming the streets unchallenged. Have you thought of moving to Europe on a permanent basis? You really are the kind of troublemaker Michael Howard would like to move to a sink estate.
posted by Alison , 4:50 PM Þ 

Go in stay in Tune in. Look what arrived in the post today:

The obvious response:

"Tune in, Turn on and Drop out."
posted by Irdial , 4:49 PM Þ 

Electoral College Map

The bad news is, it's just not that implausible. This is pretty close to the way the state polling looks right now. Missouri has the President leading 50% to 46%, so it's not unreasonable to put it in the Bush column right now. Florida is more complex; Kerry is polling very well among registered Democrats under 30, but the actual ballots in Florida are always skewed toward the older end of the age curve; retirees always vote in record numbers. So if the polls break the way it looks like they could break, we could be looking at an Electoral College tie.

The Shape of Days: The worst-case scenario
posted by Ken , 4:09 PM Þ 

Pseudo-variety in the beer market

One technique retail oligopolies use is flood the shelves with a pseudo variety of similar products made in almost exactly the same way, so that minor vendors that offer real variety can be elbowed out. The beer industry is a great example of this trend.

There is a great episode of the Simpsons where Homer Simpson takes a tour of the ?Duff? brewery. What we see (and Homer doesn?t) is one master pipe which divides in three to supply three enormous vats, one labeled Duff Regular, a second Duff Light, and a third Duff Dry. The point: these three varieties (and we might add Duff Ice and Old Duff) are essentially exactly the same. They represent not variety, but the illusion of variety, what we call ?pseudo-variety.?

But while no supermarket or other retailer is likely to fill more than a few yards of its shelf space with regular Budweiser, it is more than happy to include Bud Light, Bud Dry, Bud Ice, Bud Ice Light, Michelob, Michelob Light, Michelob Dry, Michelob Ultra, Busch, Busch Light, Busch Ice, Natural Light, and Natural Ice, all from the same company, Anheuser-Busch, which owns 46% of the US beer market. These seemingly distinct beers fill up many yards of shelf space.

We?d contend that any European beer drinker (and plenty of Americans) would find little difference in taste between any of these brands. These are all products from the same Anheuser-Busch vats, and they are all in same style, American lager.

If this shelf coverage isn?t enough, look at the brands of the other oligopoly competitors:

  • Miller (over 29% of the domestic beer market) sells Miller High Life, Miller High Life Lite, Miller High Life Ice, Miller Lite, Miller Lite Ice, Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Genuine Draft Light, Miller Ice House, Milwaukee Best, Milwaukee Best Light, and Milwaukee Best Ice.
  • Coors (10% of the market), in the same way offers Coors Light, Original Coors, Coors Artic Ice, Coors Artic Ice Light, Coors Extra Gold, and Coors Dry.
  • The fourth major American beer manufacturer, Pabst (which has taken over Stroh?s recently) offers similar beers: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Stroh?s, Stroh?s Light, Schlitz, Old Milwaukee, Old Milwaukee Ice, Old Milwaukee Light, Schmidt's, Schaffer, Schaeffer Light.

These all represent two basic categories of the all the beers available ? namely American-style lager and American-style light beer, a watered-down version of the same. While there are variations in taste, they are small. In contrast, The Great American Beer Festival, an annual contest, offers 56 categories of beer, among which are varieties of porter, stout, wheat beers, bitter, brown ale, pale ale, bock, pilsner, and fruit beers. Granted none of these are popular drinks in the US, but they hardly have a chance, elbowed off the shelves by a mass of close variations on the same theme.

Once all these American lagers and lites are on the shelves, they are can complemented with a few real (though mild) variations are Anheuser-Busch brands as well: Michelob Golden Draft, Michelob Golden Draft Light, Michelob Classic Dark, Michelob Black & Tan Lager, Michelob Amber Bock, Michelob Pale Ale, Michelob Honey Lager, and Michelob Hefe-Weizen. The others offer a few similar products.

But the main result is the appearance of enormous diversity and bounty, and the reality is an oligopoly of a few companies with very little variety, except in packaging. The shelf sapce is occupied, and free choice, which seems unlimited, is in fact very restricted.

I read this, touched me.

Now. What can be DONE to create variety in the beer that is available to you? Firstly, you have to STOP BUYING BAD BEER™ then you must only order beer by mail, from small breweries. The market creates these Slurm like products, and the market, when turned from a passive mass into a directed force, can be used to destroy the same monster that it created.

People need to be educated about beer. When they understand that there is such a thing as bad beer, and that they are being presented with a given choice instead of true choice, it is impossible that they could not drink brooklyn brown instead of bud, for example.

It is a fascinating website, brillianty written, and when I read it, the first thing I thought about was BEER, and the problem of breweries, and BAD BEER.

Consolidation in snail mail services, electricity....maybe not a bad thing; we get cheaper FedEx (with the same quality of service) and cheaper electricity. Telephones is another matter. Have you seen the dilapidated telephone booths scattered all over london left behind by the companies that tried to make a pound from deregulation? I think the consensus in the us is that the bell system should have been left intact...I could be wrong. Either way, consolidation cansometimes be a good thing, and there are some simple rules that you can apply that will tell you if a takeover is good or bad. For example, consolidation in the music business VERY VERY BAD™. Consolidaion of the rail networks, good.

Would you write these rules out?
posted by Irdial , 3:42 PM Þ 

Bleeding heart liberal quiz

You scored 37
Good God. There's nothing you wouldn't allow, is there? If people like you had your way, criminals would be roaming the streets unchallenged. Have you thought of moving to Europe on a permanent basis? You really are the kind of troublemaker Michael Howard would like to move to a sink estate.

posted by Irdial , 3:20 PM Þ 

<> They are investigating new treatments for conditions including diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. [...]

Scientists there believe this is the first time such a licence has been granted in Europe, as well as in the UK.

But they warn it will be at least five years - if not many more - before patients could receive stem cell treatments based on their work. [...]

One of my relatives died in the total grip of Alzheimer's. It was a terrible death, and he deteriorated slowly from being an exceptionally bright man. He was a radio operator in the Navy, understood crypto, and was a very very nice man indeed.

Some of my cousins suffer from diabetes. They are at risk from all sorts of extra suffering because of it.

In all honesty, if someone presented me with a cure for either diabetes or Alzheimer's and one of my family members needed it, as they have done and do now, I would take it, no matter how it was made.

Are we going to sit around and let people suffer needlessly when we could be only 5 years away from new treatments for these diseases? What is more evil; letting people starve in their millions, or cloning the donated egg of a single woman to create a medicine? Which is more evil, deliberately murdering millions of people in a string of wars for profit and destabilizing the world as a consequence, or doing new research on cloned human tissue to improve the lives of countless millions?

The religious right are completely wrong when they try and make other people live by their religious standards. If the scientists and women participating in this work are going to burn in hell for cloning eggs, then that is the judgement of God and NOT Laura Bush.

It is presumptive, immoral, and wrong for this research to be stopped on religious grounds; that is a fact, and the same goes for abortion. Any woman that wants an abortion should be able to get one. If not, then females are just property instead of being free people. An atheist woman should not have her life controlled by a religious legislator - certainly, I would not like MY life to be controlled by a religious legislator, so I extend my protective support shield to all women who want abortions, and all scientists who do good work for mankind.

As you know, I KEEL the selfish, irresponsible, egomaniac lab-beasts wo do "the bad stuff", releassing GM crops into the environment and the like, those dogs "MUST DIE!". And dont spin me the bullshit about how GM crops are going to feed the starving I mentioned above, because that is a lie, and BLOGDIALERS KEEL liars (not a guarantee).

There is no difference between the Taliban, and the "repressive" Saudi government and the Laura Bushes of this world. Sadly, there is no Christian Nation for them to go and inhabit, in the way that the Saudis have a pure Islamic state of their very own.
posted by Irdial , 3:12 PM Þ 

One ad agency manager is quoted as saying "The thing about people having short attention spans is that they've only got short attention spans if there's something that's not of interest."

via Oligopoly Watch
posted by meau meau , 3:04 PM Þ 
posted by Josh Carr , 2:34 PM Þ 

Bleeding heart liberal quiz

You scored 36
Good God. There's nothing you wouldn't allow, is there? If people like you had your way, criminals would be roaming the streets unchallenged. Have you thought of moving to Europe on a permanent basis? You really are the kind of troublemaker Michael Howard would like to move to a sink estate.
posted by Alun , 1:15 PM Þ 
posted by Alun , 12:41 PM Þ 

posted by Irdial , 11:32 AM Þ 

The image ? cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

For years I have been passively looking for the original designs for The top of The Monument.
posted by Irdial , 11:01 AM Þ 

The units have 10.5-foot high ceilings

Enough room for angels to inhabit!


Antique maps and prints
posted by meau meau , 10:33 AM Þ 


Where Engadget editors trawl every day.
posted by Irdial , 10:18 AM Þ 

A quite amusing (and seemingly improv-based) Will Ferrell skit done for "America Coming Together."
"They're so fast!"
posted by Barrie , 7:47 AM Þ 
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
posted by chriszanf , 10:59 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 4:56 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 2:59 PM Þ 

what i miss is being able to see other people's posts as html

i got all my basic html 'lessons' from blogdial

lazy, yes, and convenient too.
posted by Alun , 11:57 AM Þ 

Umm, those percentages show that Kerry's lead in those states is well within the margin of error for polling (usually about 4% of the total vote) and that to reasonably secure a victory based on those stats Nader should pull out.
posted by meau meau , 11:35 AM Þ 

Republicans fund Nader as decisive electoral weapon

More from the guardian,

Nader, do you not see what harm you will cause?

Kerry 1% up on Bush
Nader 1.5%

Kerry 1% up on Bush
Nader 2%

New Hampshire
Kerry 4% up on Bush
Nader 4%

Kerry 5% up on Bush
Nader 5%
posted by meau meau , 11:23 AM Þ 

require temporary documents

The "Carte de Sejour" is no longer required for EU citizens in France. If "That Jackass" (D'Blunket) tries to bring in a similar requirement, anyone with EU papers can refuse to submit to it:

Carte de séjour no longer required

EU citizens are entitled but it?s no longer a legal requirement

The French government passed the ?loi Zarkozy? on 26 November 2003. It deals with immigration and amongst other things introduces important changes to the carte de séjour (otherwise becoming known as titre de séjour) system for French residents ID.

If you are an EU, EEE or Swiss citizen you no longer legally require a carte de séjour to reside in France, provided you have alternative ID (including proof of address) from your home country. For former UK residents this is your passport plus a document such as an electricity bill showing your address.

This is quite a dramatic change for France, given it?s history of strict control and administration of non-French residents. In fact, the new law does tighten up a number of immigration regulations for non-EU citizens but for EU citizens it can be seen as another step towards European federalism.

So, what happens if you have recently applied for a CDS? You should be informed by your Mairie, or Préfecture that you no longer need to obtain a CDS but you are entitled to one if you want one (and your application meets the unchanged criteria). Recently applicants have been receiving letters like this:

"Je vous informe que la Loi no 2003-1119 du 26 november 2003, publiee au J.O. due 27 november 2003, relative a la maitrise de l'immigration, au sejour des estrangers en France et a la nationalite a modifie l'ordonnance no. 45-2658 due 02 november 1945, relative aux conditions d'entrée et de sejour des ressortissants etrangers en France, en introduisant un article 9-1, qui stipule que ?les ressortissants des Etats members de l'Union Europeene, d'un autre Etat partie a l'accord sur l'Espace econonique europeen ou de la Confederation helvetique qui souhaitent etablir en France leur residence habituelle ne sont pas tenus de detenir un titre de sejour. S'ils en font la demande, il leur est deliver, dans les conditions precisees par decret en Conseil d'Estat, un titre de sejour, sous reserve d'absence de menace pour l'ordre public? " (Our italics)

However, these things take time to permeate down through the layers of the French administrative system so don?t be surprised if local officials are not yet fully briefed on the new law and how it is to be applied.
This means that you have to carry some sort of ID to prove that you dont need to carry That Jackass's ID!!!!
posted by Irdial , 11:17 AM Þ 

The mayor of London has accused immigration officials of harassing black people after it emerged that they were questioning tube passengers speaking non-European languages.

Civil liberties groups, immigration campaigners and the Liberal Democrats yesterday attacked the practice, describing it as potentially racist. They also suggested it would damage the capital's tourist industry.

Home Office guidelines explicitly prevent police from stopping people because of their accent or appearance. Last month the government promised a new stop-and-search action team to combat discrimination after figures showed that police are still disproportionately targeting black and Asian communities.


I emphasised ' potentially' because this is actual racism in that actions are being directed at people because of their 'foreignness'

A reminder that under the ID database proposals these people would have been asked for ID and this would have been registered on their database record - in order to build up the 'patterns of behaviour'that will finally vanquish the terrorist threat - this 'information' will be shared with numerous intelligence agencies in the west without any supporting context. Non-UK nationals would not be exempt because they would require temporary documents under Blunkett's woeful scheme, so you'd have someone from country X having their 'patern of behaviour' shipped off to the CIA by UKPS database provider (Qinetiq/Accenture joint venture or whoever) due to their audacity in coming to this country and talking on london's tube trains.
posted by meau meau , 10:41 AM Þ 


posted by Mess Noone , 8:51 AM Þ 

Barrie, OpenContent is dead. Although the licence is still legally binding, there will be no-one around (or it will be hard to find someone) to stick up for you in court should you need it (not that there is any guarantee that would happen, but a lot of people feel very strongly about open source/licences and if a case involving (misuse of) one of these licences, it would get reported on the Register, etc, and people should rally behind you/it). Instead opt for a Creative Commons licence, the guy from OC went on to create this with some others.

CC licences can be tailored to your specific needs, so you would probably want something like a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.
posted by alex_tea , 7:39 AM Þ 

The Life Gem thing made me think of something I heard on the radio about a year ago. I cannot for the life of me remember the name though. It was a company offering to dispose of your dead body in a way that would help it most effectively decompose in the soil to create fertilizer. Quite interesting, and a beautiful concept.

Reading: Picked up the "new" Philip K. Dick book, "Lies, Inc." It's not really new but is published here (by Vintage) for the first time complete. There's a long and messed up story about missing manuscripts, misprints, stupid publishers, etc.

Edit: I am currently (and finally!) working on a webpage to display my visual works. I have no idea how to approach the copyright/licensing issues for images of my work. I don't mind the images being distributed freely, as long as ownership information remains with the image, though I also need a stipulation that forbids for-profit replication. Is an Open Content designation suitable? Or would it be wiser to come up with a more complicated licensing idea? This subject always confuses me .
posted by Barrie , 6:38 AM Þ 

Did I say The Severn at Worcester?


I meant the Thames at Albert Bridge.

Oh dear, what is wrong with me?!

I meant the Hudson at Ossining.
posted by Irdial , 12:22 AM Þ 
Monday, August 09, 2004

gem is stolen?

That is exactly what I thought, and its part of what is so wrong with this idea.

When you die, your body is to be disposed of; it is not to be made into something of value, certainly not something with such a symbolic value, and in the west the symbol of marriage (thanks to DeBeers).

These are not "Life Gems" they are "Death Gems".

It is a corruption of life to preserve a body in this way, not that in the great scheme of things that it matters a jot, but it is somehow an attempt to deny mortality and finality that is coarse, base and revolting; to turn your mates flesh into money - it is vile, life centered and materialistic in the truest sense.

This does not honour the dead, but in some way, traps the idea of death into an immutable, indesstructible form.

Let my ashes be strewn into the Severn at Worcester, and be done with it.

What I have to say is everywhere now. Take that with you.
posted by Irdial , 11:21 PM Þ 

A while back I asked for bookish recommendations. Thanks to all those who answered... Alun, I have already read 'Goodbye, Mr. Rosewater' and much else of Vonnegut's oeuvre, my father being a fan and me trawling through his collection during my teens. Perhaps I should collect them all for myself. Did anyone ever see the film adaptation of Breakfast of Champions?

Anyway, I actually decided to not pay heed to any of your reccomendations and was swayed by the 3 for 2 offer at Books, Etc. Instead I bought the following: Pattern Recognition - William Gibson, Hey Nostradamus! - Douglas Coupland, Last Exit to Brooklyn - Hubert Selby Jnr., Foundation - Isaac Asimov and Dude! Where's my Country? - Michael Moore.

I've read them all bar the last, which I will probably finish tomorrow or tonight... I really enjoyed all of them as well. I really recommend Pattern Recognition though, I think this is one of the best books I have ever read.

Stenography, the internet, cryptography, paranoia, film making, marketing, graphic design, branding, viral marketing, youth culture vs global branding, Tokyo, London, Moscow, Paris.

Cayce, the protagonist is allergic to brands, like a psychosomatic Naomi Klein. Damien her English video director friend is Chris Cunningham, basically, although not quite. The prose is filmic, visually descriptive to the point where you can see the film grain and cue dots.

It's very inspiring. Very inspiring...
posted by alex_tea , 10:31 PM Þ 

Is it just me, or are the LifeGems an incredibly morbid idea? It's one thing to have your mother's ring after she has passed away, it's an entirely other thing to have her in your ring. In fact, I don't think my mother would like that very much. Something confining and possessive about it. The technology is interesting, no doubt. But what happens if your house is broken into, and the gem is stolen? How do you replace it?

Toss me in the garden please, and be done with it! I'm sure a nice crop of posies will grow from these limbs!
posted by mary13 , 10:03 PM Þ 

Monster Music; what do you want to know?
The MP3s and info have disappeared from the A212 mirrors (my own having gone offline after my harddrive died). I wanted to download Cosmat selection at work.
posted by alex_tea , 8:40 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 7:35 PM Þ 

another one for UK advert music listings is

although they haven't yet listed the Samsung ad music.
posted by chriszanf , 6:57 PM Þ 

Now imagine that concoction as the soundtrack to the love scene in some super bizarre Anime. You know, the part where the girl is going into space because she can't live on earth because her tentacles keep killing cute little pandas, and her boyfriend is a giant panda, but they love each other so much her tears turn into jewels that the pandas can eat to make them invincible.
posted by Josh Carr , 5:48 PM Þ 

Monster Music; what do you want to know?

BTW have you heard the music on the latest Samsung advert?

ABTW, if you want to hear a near constant stream of cool music, watch Fashion TV. They never say what it is thats playing, so the only chance that you get to check something out is if there is a lyric on the track, which you can then google, to find out who the artist is.

Googling for the lyric in the Samsung advert comes up with nowt...there are several sites that catalogue the music that is used in adverts:

» Ad Music - Find all your favourite tv advert songs, and the tunes used in television commercials, with full details of singer, band, track, and album.

» Adland's Ad-Rag and Commercial Archive - Commercial culture, buzz and QuickTime galore.

» - Find information on music used in television commercials, TV shows, movie trailers, soundtracks, and video games. Features updated ad music weblog, resources, and message forums.

» What's That Called? - What's That Called? Is a free website of song titles for TV adverts and commercials. Requests for an unknown advert can be made using the Forum.

» What's That Tune ? - Archive of music used in advertisement in the UK and Ireland. Visitors can submit requests to know the tunes in commercials not yet archived.

No joy yet...
posted by Irdial , 5:47 PM Þ 

What happened to Monster Music?
posted by alex_tea , 5:17 PM Þ 

Japan Airlines and DoCoMo plot to abolish the plane ticket

JAL IC-card ticketsAmong the uses touted for Japan cellphone colossus NTT DoCoMo?s FeliCa smartcard phones is ticketless check-in and boarding at airports. It seems that Japan Airlines has gotten giddy at the possibilities this offers and has decided to scrap tickets altogether; not only will you shortly be able to swipe ?n? bleep your way through the entire process for domestic flights with a FeliCa cellphone, if you?re in JAL?s mileage scheme you can get a new card with an IC tag embedded, so either way the days of the paper ticket are numbered?though not quite. They?ll still be handing out boarding cards at the check-in counter ?to prevent trouble on board?, by which we assume they mean fights over who gets the seats near the exit with the extra legroom.

From the essential Engadget

Everyone that thought paperlessness was cool, take a bow.

posted by Irdial , 4:21 PM Þ 

That was a great slogan.

As for Blogger, my pet peeves are the way that:

  • the hyperlink button jumps from under the mouse and into a post, or its own window.
  • if you make a hyperlink without adding a space at the end of a line of text, when you type new lines they are also hyperlinked instead of beiing vanilla.
  • the remove formatting button doesnt always work.
  • viewing in "edit HTML" mode sometimes re-wraps the text of a post.
  • you cannot double and triple block quote using the blockquote button.
  • all the tools do not appear in Safari.
  • if you start a post at 03:02 and finish typing it a 03:56 the time of the post will be 03:02 and not 03:56
  • sometimes, Blogger doesnt tell you that it is posting, and you press P&P again and again to find that you have six posts to delete.
  • Blogger seems to have slowed down recently.

Google does not seem to store the permalinks to posts I need to check that actually. Webalizer certainly isnt doing it.
posted by Irdial , 3:02 PM Þ 

That qoute was hreffed.

The 'compose' section of blogger is beginning to bite:

link tags are being put in the wrong place (if you view the blogdial source the link is in there)
the font formatting is far too repetitive (loads of span styles)
changes made in 'edit html' don't come up when you change back to 'compose'.


Blogdial - we leave the mistakes in to show how small they are.
posted by meau meau , 2:25 PM Þ 

'Be truthful - and funny will come'

To mark this year's inaugural Richard Pryor award for comedy, we asked a group of comics to put a question to the great stand-up. Brian Logan introduces the results

Monday August 9, 2004
The Guardian

You'd call him the grandfather of stand-up comedy, if grandfather didn't seem altogether too cosy. He's Richard Pryor: writer, entertainer, film star and the man whose incendiary comic interventions into 1970s America moulded stand-up into the artform we know today. Before Pryor, stand-up in the US was Bob Hope and Bob Newhart: mild one-liners delivered by cheerful men in shirts and ties. Pryor, by stark contrast, was scabrous and confessional, sexy, vernacular, and totally unpredictable.

Born in 1940, his background is itself the stuff of jet-black comedy. The son of a prostitute and a pimp, he grew up in his grandmother's brothel in poverty-stricken Peoria, Illinois. As a youth, he worked as a shoe-shine, meat-packer, truck-driver and billiard-hall attendant. In 1963, he moved to New York, to practise stand-up in the Bill Cosby vein, and was soon a regular on US TV variety shows. But his legend really began some years later when, frustrated at having to suppress his own identity in the name of light entertainment, he quit New York for counter-cultural California.

When Pryor re-emerged in the early 1970s, it was with a brand of stand-up that no one had seen before. Angry, impassioned, truthful and personal, Pryor spoke about his world: a world of winos, bums and junkies; of black-white inequality; of sex, politics and sexual politics. And then there was the delivery - Pryor delivered comedy like a musician delivers jazz. [...],11710,1279223,00.html

One of the funniest things I ever saw was Richard Prior telling a story of how he took acid, and what started to happen as it kicked in. That was on "Saturday Night Live" which was actually quite brilliant in the 70s.
posted by Irdial , 1:52 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 1:28 PM Þ 

this must be a different jab from that proposed today in the UK.

BBQ should, in its "Q&A" which is actualyy "O&D" (obscure and distract) have said what the name of the injection is, who is the supplier and other relevant and important facts. Pediarix is for:
injection at 2, 4, and 6 months of age, in infants
2 to 6 months means "baby" methinks!

Anyway this link says it IS Pediarix:

Oh baby!: New infant vaccine has doctors weighing risks and benefits
By Jon Brodkin / News Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
The state childhood immunization program has begun offering a combination vaccine that reduces the number of shots given to infants, but it's not yet clear how many doctors will use it, given concern about the vaccine's tendency to cause fever.
The new vaccine, Pediarix, offers protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B and polio. Infants are typically given 19 vaccine injections in their first 18 months of life, doctors say, but could receive five fewer shots if they are administered Pediarix.
The downside is that 27.9 percent of babies 2 months of age who are given the combination vaccine develop fevers within four days, compared to 19.8 percent of those inoculated with individual vaccines, according to information provided by the state Department of Public Health.

Dr. Andrew Baumel, of Framingham Pediatrics, said his group has not yet decided whether to use Pediarix because of concern about the extra fevers.
"This would definitely cause more fevers and more anxiety," he said. "It's really a balance between fever and less vaccines."
Pediarix, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in December 2002. It is used in nearly every state, but is only now available in Massachusetts because it will cost the state an extra $1.4 million per year if every provider chooses to use it, said Dr. Susan Lett, medical director for the DPH immunization program. [...]

In the 1960s, infants were only given two or three shots in the first 18 months of life, Marcus said. With the number now approaching 20, many people are concerned about the frequency of injections for infants, she said.
"It's a major concern for the patients. It's a major concern for us," Marcus said. "We don't like sticking the kids multiple times any more than the kids enjoy getting stuck multiple times."
Baumel, the Framingham pediatrician, warned that the use of a vaccine that causes more fevers could ultimately cause more medical work, even if the number of shots is reduced. If an infant comes down with a fever, a doctor's visit, blood tests and even a spinal tap could be necessary to determine what is wrong, he said. [...]

Look at all the stories that BBQ are running compared to independent news sources. Notice a trend? The line from the BBQ witers is always soft.

And this story is the most outrageous of all:

Doctors consider compulsory meningitis jab

BABIES across Britain could face mandatory inoculation against bacterial meningitis, the Department of Health said last night.
The news came ahead of the official announcement today of a new five-in-one injection to protect babies from whooping cough, diphtheria, haemo-philus influenza type b (Hib), tetanus and polio. [...]

"Mandatory"? I think not. Of course, they would use the new baby register to try and make sure all the lambs had been jabbed up. Can you see how it is all coming together? Of course you do.

None of the news links, by the way, except one, mention the name of the drug, or GSK as the winner of the contract to supply. These people cant use Google!!!!!!
posted by Irdial , 12:40 PM Þ 

The 5-in-1 vaccine combines vaccines that are already available and given to children to protect against five diseases:
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib)

  • In normal circumstances, babies shouldn't need Hepatitis B vaccines, as below, but they should get a Hib shot. It's a common killer.

    Hepatitis B

    If their own web site has the wrong info.... nah, this must be a different jab from that proposed today in the UK.
    posted by Alun , 12:27 PM Þ 

    The First 5-in-1 Vaccine

    5-disease protection*

    For the primary series, one injection at 2, 4, and 6 months of age, in infants born of HBsAg-negative mothers,? [1]
    to protect against:
    Hepatitis B

    Up to 6 Fewer Injections

    May reduce infant pain and discomfort associated with multiple injections

    May reduce parent anxiety

    Saves time, space, and effort

    Proven Immunogenicity

    Antibody responses similar to separately administered vaccines [1]

    Proven Safety

    Proven safe in 12 clinical trials worldwide, in which 20,739 doses of PEDIARIX were administered to 7,028 infants

    *PEDIARIX is indicated only for primary series. It is not indicated for use as a booster dose.

    ? Combination vaccines containing hepatitis B antigen may be used to complete the hepatitis B vaccination series following a birth dose of monovalent hepatitis B vaccine in infants born of HBsAg-negative mothers beginning as early as 6 weeks of age.[1]

    In clinical studies, adverse events in infants receiving PEDIARIX included injection-site reactions (pain, redness, or swelling), fever and fussiness. Administration of PEDIARIX was associated with higher rates of fever relative to separately administered vaccines (see Adverse Reactions section of the package insert). PEDIARIX is contraindicated in infants with known hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine including yeast, neomycin, and polymyxin B. As with any vaccine, vaccination with PEDIARIX may not protect 100% of susceptible individuals.

    PEDIARIX and Safety Tip-Lok are trademarks and Engerix-B, Havrix, Infanrix,
    MALARONE and Tip-Lok are registered trademarks of GlaxoSmithKline.
    BD, BD Logo and SafetyGlide are trademarks of Becton, Dickinson and Company.

    Important Safety information

    ENGERIX-B, HAVRIX and TWINRIX are generally well tolerated. In ENGERIX-B clinical trials, the most commonly reported adverse events included injection-site soreness, fatigue, fever, and erythema and swelling at the injection site. In HAVRIX clinical trials, the most commonly reported adverse events were injection-site soreness and headache. In TWINRIX clinical trials, the most common adverse events included soreness at the injection site, headache and fatigue. As with all vaccines, rare adverse events may occur and expanded commercial use could reveal rare adverse events not observed in clinical trials. ENGERIX-B, HAVRIX and TWINRIX are contraindicated in people with known hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine. HAVRIX and TWINRIX are contraindicated in people with known hypersensitivity to neomycin. ENGERIX-B and TWINRIX are contraindicated in people with known hypersensitivity to yeast.

    In clinical studies, adverse events included injection-site reactions (pain, redness, or swelling), fever and fussiness for PEDIARIX and INFANRIX, and drowsiness for INFANRIX. As with other vaccines, rare adverse events may occur. Administration with PEDIARIX was associated with higher rates of fever relative to separately administered vaccines (see Adverse Reactions section of the package insert). PEDIARIX and INFANRIX are contraindicated in people with known hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine, including yeast, neomycin, and polymyxin B in PEDIARIX. As with any vaccine, vaccination may not protect 100% of susceptible individuals.

    I saw a piece on this a few days ago on ITV, and now it is the headline story at BBQ

    The lies have of course, started immediately:

    Why has it been introduced?

    The reason for the change is to do with polio. A campaign by the World Health Organization to eradicate polio has been so effective that the risk of catching this disease in the UK is minimal.

    For this reason, the Department of Health decided to switch to the dead or inactivated version of the vaccine, which cannot cause polio.

    The REAL reason it is being introduced is of course, given at the GSK website, as quoted above:
    Saves time, space, and effort
    And this is the clincher:

    How common are these diseases?

    Among people of all ages in England and Wales in 2002 there were 21 reported cases of diphtheria, four of tetanus, four deaths from and 883 cases of whooping cough, 269 cases of Hib and no cases of polio.

    Wether or not these low occurance rates are to do with vaccination campaigns is not the point; we are talking about distributing a new concoction that has a higer risk than the previously used administration methods; ie one at a time.

    Vaccination should be about eliminating disease, not about "saving time, space, and effort". If the current range of injections are working very well, and by the above figures, they clearly are, then WHY ON EARTH would you want to change this now, when the diseases are almost eradicated?!

    You know the answer!

    Also, it has to be said that if your child is allergic, which is increasingly more common these days, it is more likely that an allergic reaction will be suffered with this new jab, and then of course, since there are 5 in 1, you will not know which component caused the reaction.

    This goes against all common sense, but of course, it has NOTHING to do with common sense or the health of individuals. It is about "saving time, space, and effort" and of course, MONEY.

    The government has announced plans for a new combined jab for babies.
    The BBQ title is, to say the least, innacurate. It should read more like:

    GSK wins contract to sell millions of 5 in 1 Vaccination "Pediarix" to the NHS
    There. That wasnt so hard was it?
    posted by Irdial , 12:03 PM Þ 

    This is a pure BBC propaganda piece, as usual, unattributed, and completely biased:

    "Making consumers aware of the true nature of intellectual property crime is vital," he said, "there is very little distinction between piracy and the actions of a burglar who steals property from a house."

    The survey suggests that education can do more to stem the popularity of pirated goods.

    Some 85% of those questioned said they would be less likely to buy pirated goods if they knew the range of crimes, such as drug smuggling and human trafficking, they were used to potentially fund.

    Almost half of those questioned, 45%, said fines equal to double the value of the pirated goods they bought were needed to stop them buying them. [...]
    It repeats the lie that pirating is the same as downloading and sharing music files, and then connects the two to "drug smuggling and human trafficking". Oddly, "terrorism" is left off of the list. Oh yes that is a FAST line not a BSA line, and they are the ones who planted this piece which the BBC has unritically regurgitated.
    posted by Irdial , 10:50 AM Þ 

    Salem Chalabi, the man organising the trial of Saddam Hussein, was facing a murder charge himself last night after an Iraqi judge issued a warrant for his arrest.


    This is exactly the kind of politically motivated in fighting the transitional government was 'supposed' to avoid was it not? It would seem that Iraqi politics is goingto end up as stable as Afghani politics
    Whatever the solution to all this is it isn't going to be pretty, and it certainly won't follow the urges of the US coalition invaders. Al-jazeera has also been barred from reporting in Iraq, just as the BBQ has been barred from Zimbabwe another hotbed of democracy and stability or is it a corrupt dictatorial governement that allows/encourages civilian militia to create a state of fear i can't remember.



    posted by meau meau , 10:46 AM Þ 

    How is a LifeGem Created ?

    High-quality created diamonds have been present for many years. These diamonds are created by placing carbon, the primary element of all diamonds, in conditions that recreate the forces of earth. We are merely choosing an exact carbon source to create a beautiful and meaningful memorial for you and your family.

    In summary, here is how we create your LifeGem...

    Step 1. Collection

    We receive your loved one's cremated remains into our care. They are assigned a unique sixteen-digit identification number which stays with them right through the process. Each set of remains is individually packaged and sent by secure courier to the LifeGem office in America.

    Step 2. Purification

    The cremated remains are heated to extremely high temperatures under special conditions. During this phase, the carbon in the ashes coalesces with the natural carbon used in the diamond growth process, allowing the carbon from the deceased to be removed intact from the provided ash remains. While removing the existing ash, this process converts the carbon to graphite with unique characteristics and elements that will create a one-of-a-kind LifeGem diamond like no other in this world.

    Step 3. Creation

    To create your LifeGem, we now place this graphite in one of our unique diamond presses replicating the awesome forces of nature - heat and pressure. The longer the press time, the larger the rough diamond crystal that results.

    Step 4. Certification

    Finally, our skilled diamond cutters facet your LifeGem diamond according to your wishes, laser etch the girdle, and certify it for authenticity.

    A diamond that takes millions of years to occur naturally can now be created from the carbon of your loved one in about eighteen weeks.

    Round Cut

    Radiant Cut

    Princess Cut

    posted by Irdial , 4:02 AM Þ 
    Sunday, August 08, 2004

    Interesting 5LiveReport on the power and tactics of Tesco.

    Walmart and RFID

    one day i noticed a small hard object inside the crotch of the panties i had chosen to wear

    people find it easier to say "but I get a quid back every month for free!" than to think about what tesdabury and spencer are doing with the data. walmart's database is second only to the pentagons. RFID is miltec. Don't mug yourself!
    posted by Alun , 8:47 PM Þ 

    SA apartheid party will join ANC
    Former ANC president Nelson Mandela
    Nelson Mandela's ANC was outlawed by the NP during apartheid
    The party that legalised apartheid in South Africa has paved the way for its extinction by joining the party that battled the racist system.

    The New National Party plans to fight future elections under the banner of the ruling African National Congress.

    As the National Party, it introduced apartheid after it came to power in 1948, denying black South Africans the right to vote.

    The NNP will shut down in September next year.

    The party's leader, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, said he planned to join the ANC in the coming weeks and urged fellow party members to do the same.

    South African President Thabo Mbeki welcomed the decision of the NNP to join his party.

    He said he could not think of another instance where a party of oppression had admitted defeat and joined those whom it had oppressed.

    Representatives of both parties are reported to be planning a joint national tour to help convince NNP members to make the change.

    When it was in government, the National Party had a policy of reserving the best land for whites and entrenched a host of regulations designed to protect white privilege.

    This included preserving white only beaches, benches and restaurants.

    It lost power to the ANC in the country's first truly democratic election in 1994. [...]

    As if anyone needed further proof, anything at all is possible.

    Those who are old enough to know what an immovable object Aparthied seemed to be can testify that no one believed they would see a new South Africa in their lifetime and yet, Nelson Mandela was not only released from jail, he became president of South Africa - a chain of events that everyone dreamed about but never expected to actually see come to pass, all of this no thanks to the likes of Dick Cheney.

    Which neatly brings us to the present day. Anyone who thinks that this false "war on terror" and the emerging police state cannot be turned around 180° is simply wrong. Everything that is happening now that we hate, just as we hated Apartheid, can be reversed; and not just to a point that is better than nothing, but to a dream-like optimum outcome, where we get everything that we want, and some amazing good things that we never counted on, like the subsuming of the NNP into the ANC, by choice.

    We have to work on getting what we want. We have to do revolutionary things. We have to think, and then act.

    Look at Google's IPO, and the effect it is having on Wall Street. This is an example of two people thinking, and acting and causing waves of disruptive change, instead of simply taking the money and running. This is a profound thing that they are doing - many people are thinking about how to set up and maintain stock markets that are less volatile and centered on long term investment for the good of people. Google are thinking about this, and are fulfilling the promise that they made in their SEC filing.

    Everyone has the power, indivudually, to destroy any bad government or bad government decision. If you think ID Cards/biometrics are bad, refuse to accept them; organize groups or join existing groups to educate people about why they should refuse to accept them. If a racist government can be brought down without a shot being fired in a country that is as close to paradise as you can get on earth, then comparatively smaller things like these can be wiped out in a matter of months. The Australian ID card defeat is a perfect example.

    The UK and the USA can be changed into places of peace and real freedom. You dont even have to have a good imagination to be able to see it happening. It is going to take the ability to say "No" in unison. Can you do that?

    posted by Irdial , 7:49 PM Þ 

    Mr Vanderford said he filmed his own mock execution in a friend's garage to show how the media could be fooled.

    "I thought about the nature of the American media and how easily it can be manipulated,"
    posted by chriszanf , 2:37 PM Þ 


    well it gives an idea of where they're coming from and nothing else.


    Prozac in drinking water


    this weekend i need some music

    I bought John Fahey's Old Fashioned Love the other week (mainly because it had dry bones in the valley... on) and his version of Jaya Shiva Shankaram, is in my head constantly at the moment
    posted by meau meau , 10:23 AM Þ 

    You remember Dr. Alexandre Manette in 'A Tale of Two Cities.'

    He had been imprisoned for many years in the Bastille, and to save himself from going mad had obtained permission to make shoes. When he was released, he disliked it. He had to be approached with the utmost precaution; he fell into an agony of fear if his door was left unlocked; he cobbled away in a frenzy of anxiety lest the shoes should not be finished in time-the shoes that nobody wanted. Charles Dickens lived at a time and in a country such that this state of mind appeared abnormal and even deplorable, but today it is a characteristic of 95 per cent of the people of England. Subjects that were freely discussed under Queen Victoria are now absolutely taboo; because everyone knows subconsciously that to touch them, however gently, is to risk precipitating the catastrophe of their dry-rot.

    Aleister Crowley

    posted by Barrie , 8:44 AM Þ 

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