Saturday, February 05, 2005

via musicalbear

"on january 18th 2004, strictly kev premiered the original 'raiding the 20th century' on xfm's 'the remix' show in london. it was a 40 minute attempt to catalogue the history of cut up music - be it avant garde tape manipulation, turntable megamixes or bastard pop mash ups. it rapidly spread throughout the web and managed to cause a full scale server crash on when they hosted it due to the volume of net traffic.

shortly afterwards he read paul morley's recently published book 'words & music' and was amazed that certain chapters mirrored parts of his mix. apart from the fact that the title, 'raiding the 20th century' was coined by morley 20 years before for a future art of noise project, he also featured alvin lucier, who - purely by chance - was sampled on the opening track of the mix.

kev decided to expand his idea to make the defnitive document on cut up music including many other parts, omitted by the constraints of the original radio session. after months of further research he tracked morley down and they recorded passages from 'words & music' specially for this mix in an attempt to marry the two and finish something that neither of them actually started. a year to the day of the original airing, the newly expanded version is ready."

dj food - raiding the 20th century - words & music expansion
(starring paul morley and a cast of thousands)

pt 1 - time machine

20th century fox theme intro
negativland - downloading (seeland)
mcsleazy / franzie boys - triple take (half inch recordings 12")
dj bc - surebladi (mp3)
danger mouse - encore (cd)
wayne butane - elderly (sucks bigtime)
big city orchestra - bulldog (the beatlerape)
jay-z - encore (accapella) (roc a fella)
the beatles - glass onion (2 versions) (apple lp)
avril plays the beatles (mp3)
loo and placido - safari love (mp3)
jrb - busta vs steptoe & son (mp3)
loo & placido - kids will rock you (mp3)
braces tower - special child (mp3)
exactshit - crazy (cdr)
cropstar - crazy prado (mp3)
tacteel vs britney - overprotected (cd-r)
will smith vs mr trick - nod ya head (boot camp 7")
osymyso - intro inspection (radar 12")
flexus - it ain't nothin' (cd-r)
unknown - spandau fillet (mp3)
go home productions - turn out the light slave and give me some rhythm (mp3)
go home productions - work it out with a foxy lady (mp3)
beyonce - crazy in love (poj mix) (mp3)
skkatter - diddy (mp3)
wobbly - yo yo yo yoyo, hey... (wild why)
frenchbloke & son - sound of da s club (cd-r)
lemon jelly - soft rock (lj 7")
dsico - bille jean dancehall edit (mp3)
people like us - nobody does (ubuweb mp3)
2 many djs - smells like booty (mp3)
flexus - white love (cd - r)
evil twin - the lady & the lake (cd-r)
justin timberlake - like i love u (ochre remix) (mp3)
osymyso - intro expansion pt 2 (mp3)
go home productions. - ray of gob (half inch recordings 12")
madonna - wtf? (mp3)
player - angel of theft (blood 12")
osymyso - wegoddim (mp3)
flashbulb - mama said knock you out (mp3)

pt 2 - the time before time

alvin lucier - i am sitting in a room (lovely music ltd cd)
pierre schaeffer - etude aux chemins de fer (emf media cd)
pierre henry - souffle 1 (phillips / 21st century prospective siecle lp)
pm - 1954 - varese - deserts (columbia lp)
john cage - imaginary landscape no.1 (hungeroton cd)
william burroughs - origin and theory of the tape cut-ups (sub rosa cd)
coldcut (let us play lp outro) (ninja tune lp)
james tenney - collage no.1 (blue suede) (new world records cd)
marshall mcluhan - the medium is the massage (columbia lp)
steve reich - it's gonna rain (odyssey/music of our time lp)
the monkees - head opening ceremony (rhino lp)
frank zappa - lumpy gravy (verve lp)
john rydgren - christmas montage (silhouette segments lp)
holger czukay & rolf dammers - boat - woman - song (spoon lp)
radiophonic workshop - major bloodnock's stomach (bbc records lp)
the beatles - revolution no.9 (capitol lp)
radiophonic workshop - talk out (bbc records lp)
kenny everett musical works - (acetate / mp3)

pt 3 - say kids, what time is it?

grandwizard theodore & kevie kev rockwell - military cut - scratch mix (animal records lp)
grandwizard theodore speaks (hip hop slam cd)
grandmaster flash in fab 5 freddy's kitchen from wildstyle (dvd rip)
monica lynch interviews grandmaster flash for wfmu (mp3)
(orig.) big apple productions vol. 2 - genius at work (j & t records 12")
the art of noise - close (to the edit) (ztt 12")
grandmaster flash and the furious five - adventures on the wheels of steel (sugarhill 12")
cold crush brothers vs the fantastic 5mcs (music of life lp)
malcolm mclaren - buffalo gals - (charisma 12")
double d & steinski - lesson 2 (the james brown mix) (disconet 12")
double d & steinski - the payoff mix (aka lesson 1) (disconet 12")
big apple productions - genius at work vol. 2 (j & t records 12")
mr. k (aka danny krivit) - rock the house (t.d. records inc. 12")
double d & steinski - lesson 3 (the history of hip hop) (tommy boy 12")
buchannan & goodman - flying saucer pt.1 (cash records lp)
bomb the bass - beat dis (mister-ron/rhythm king 12")
steinski & mass media - the motorcade sped on (nme 7")
steinski radio interview with jon nelson from some assembly required (mp3)
coldcut - say kids, what time is it? (white label 12")
coldcut - beats & pieces (ahead of our time 12")
eric b & rakim - paid in full (coldcut seven minutes of madness mix) (4th & broadway 12")
m/a/r/r/s - pump up the volume (4ad 12")
eric b & rakim - micheal jackson got soul (mp3)
think tank - hack one (the internet worm mix) (hakattack records 12")
big apple productions - genius at work vol. 2 (j & t records 12")
3d - tommy boy megamix (tommy boy lp)
axel f - the latin rascals (streetheat 12")
arthur baker - breaker's revenge (atlantic 12")
kurtis blow - america (dub mix) (mercury lp)
cindy mizelle - this could be the night (atlantic lp)
rochelle - my magic man (machine gun dub) (warner bros 12")
word of mouth & dj cheese - king kut (bonus beats) (beauty & the beat 12")
t la rock - this beat kicks (fresh records lp)
tricky tee - leave it to the drums (dub) (sleeping bag 12")
mantronix - bassline (stretched) (10 records 12")
mantronix - mega-mix (from the album) (10 records lp)
mantronix - scream (primal scream dub) (10 records 12")
mantronix - mega-mix (from music madness) (10 records lp)
t la rock - bass machine (club version) (10 records 12")
t la rock - breakin bells (omar santana edit) (10 records 12")
skyywalker's bass waves mega mixes - mega mix 1 (luke skyywalker 12")
matt black & the coldcut crew - the music maker (ahead of our time 12")
james brown - the payback mix (coldcut meets the godfather) (urban 12")
mantronix - king of the beats (sleeping bag 12")
pete smith & dj cesare - beat bytes (white label 12")
dr funnkenstein & dj cash money - scratchin' to the funk pt.1 (sound makers records 12")
grandmixer - american mega-mix (cbs 12")
james brown - payback (the final mixdown) (norman cook & dj streets ahead) (urban 12")
jazzy jeff & fresh prince - he's the dj, i'm the rapper (jive lp)
dj shadow - lesson 4 (hollywood basic 12" promo)
hiroshi & kudo feat. dj milo - return of the original artform (major force 12")
derek & clive - records (dk re-edit) (virgin lp/mp3)
de la soul - cool breeze on the rocks (tommy boy lp)
zeb rockski & steiber twins - the revenge (b boys revenge '97) (mzee 12")
bronx dogs - tribute to jazzy jay (death mix) (kontranand 12")
dj format - english lesson (bomb hip hop records 12")
dynamix 2 - just give the dj a break (dynamix 12")
beat junkies - scratch monopoly pt ii (bomb hip hop records lp)
mr dibbs - b boys revenge (turntable scientifics cassette)
dj craze - 1st itf chamionship set (cassette)
invisibl skratch piklz - vs da klamz uv deth (asphodel 12")
the herbaliser - wall crawling flying insect breaks (ninja tune 12")
cut chemist - lesson 6 (the lecture) (pickininny 12" ep)

pt 4 - pressed for time

cassetteboy - fly me to new york (barrys bootlegs cd)
jive bunny & the mastermixers - swing the mood (music factory12")
stars on 45 - stars on 45 (? 12")
the jams - all you need is love (klf communications 12")
age of chance - kisspower (unreleased mix) (fon 12")
negativeland - the perfect cut (good as gold) (sst lp)
christian marclay - pandora's box (organik/recrec lp)
jon oswald - way (plunderphonics cd)
evolution control committee - rebel without a pause (the whipped cream mix) (pickled egg 7")
jon oswald - brown (plunderphonics cd)
tape beatles - concern about (staalplaat cd)
jon oswald - dab (plunderphonics cd)
tape beatles - short history of the tape beatles (staalplaat cd)
the klf - rock radio into the nineties and beyond (klf communications lp)
people like us - sound escape (solielmoon recordings 12")
negativeland - the letter u & the numeral 2 (acapella mix) (seeland 12")
emergency broadcast network - behaviour modification / we will rock you (tvt records cds)
black helicopters - hammered gods (leaf 12")
people like us - sound escape (solielmoon recordings 12")
tape beatles - thus (staalplaat cd)
forest j. ackerman - music for robots (science fiction records lp)

pt 5 - time's up

osymyso - intro inspection (radar 12")
the freelance hellraiser - a stroke of genius (white label 7")
girls on top - we don't give a damn about our friends (black melody 7")
kurtis rush - george gets his freak on (white label 12")
copywrong - too much freakin' (mp3)
girls on top - being scrubbed (black melody 7")
2 many djs - dreadlock woman (white label 12")
osymyso - pat n peg (3 sevens 12")
the freelance hellraiser - got my lovely money (cd-r)
the freelance hellraiser - step on man (cd-r)
osymyso - intro inspection (radar 12")
osymyso - john's not mad (mp3)
picasio - do you really like it? (barrys bootlegs 7")
the freelance hairdresser - marshall's been snookered (mp3)
mky - i've created a monster (mp3)
b.r.k. - jackonim (mp3)
mr on - breathe, don't stop (white label 12")
the freelance hellraiser - can you lick shots? (cd-r)
skkatter - madonna is a filthy slut (v/vm test records lp)
mcsleazy - don't call me song 2 (mp3)
wayne butane - elderly (wild why)
girls on top - i wanna dance with numbers (black melody 7")
kylie - can't get you out of my head (soulwax electrosoul mix) (pias cd)
kylie minogue - can't get you out of blue monday live @ the brits 2002 (mp3)
20th century fox theme outro

320kbs MP3 torrent
posted by alex_tea , 3:06 PM Þ 
Friday, February 04, 2005

See how annoyed a fox news anchor woman becomes when the person interviewed says that $40 million is a bit lavish for Bush's 2nd inaugeration.

you might have some adverts [the site seems to be overloaded with them] but you can click the 'skip ad' link in the top righthand corner.
posted by chriszanf , 6:29 PM Þ 
Thursday, February 03, 2005

Celestia 1.4 beta

Look at this amazing screengrab from the Celestia beta. It shows the orbit of Cassini spiraling along the orbit of Saturn.

Now that is very very cool.

You can fly down the orbit of Saturn and watch the orbit of Cassini furl and unfurl like a watch spring; its astonishing.

Here is a torrent of a movie I made, showing Cassini orbiting Saturn in accelerated time, from the moment of injection. You can see the moons whizzing around Saturn as we travel along the line of its orbit, and Cassini's eliptical orbit in red, coiling up around Saturns's orbital path.
posted by Irdial , 11:56 PM Þ 

posted by chriszanf , 11:39 PM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 9:57 PM Þ 

Just what I needed
posted by Claus Eggers , 8:35 PM Þ 

Oligopoly Watch reports:

Wal-Mart is turning its eye to banking in a big way. Having already become the leader in areas from books to jewelry, and from food to clothing, it is focusing more and more on offering banking services to its enormous audience. Needless to say, banks, especially community banks and regional chains, are scared[...]

They should be even more scared to think that if you bank with them a single entity will have access to your salary details AND exactly what you spend your money on (remembering they sell 'everything').

How secure is your loyalty card? what access to your account could it provide?
Can a wal-mart telemarketing operative 'help' you access your bank details for purchases?
posted by meau meau , 7:39 PM Þ 

President George W. Bush, President of the United States of America,

WE, the undersigned, would like to emphasize our opposition to military interference in the internal affairs of Iran. As a sovereign, independent people, Iranians have every right to defend their country against the intrusion of external forces. That is WAR leading to massacre, human misery and chaos and ruining the resources of Iran and its people.
We, the undersigned, hereby wish to manifest our desire for freedom and democracy in Iran, which can be achieved without the imposition of force or the shedding of blood of people from either of our countries.

Please stop instigating war and imposing force and do not stain your pride and harm your nation's image in the eyes of freedom-lovers of the world.

Sign the petition. It won't change a single thing ... but its fun!

posted by Irdial , 6:55 PM Þ 

Vauxhall Terminal: London Transport Logo in Red Phase

Vauxhall Terminal: London Transport Logo in Blue Phase

Vauxhall Terminal: London Transport Logo in Mixed Phase

Vauxhall's new terminal sign, fading from blue to red.

From our Flickr account.
posted by Irdial , 4:08 PM Þ 

Controversial Home Office plans to put British and foreign terror suspects under house arrest are set to be shelved until after the general election, it emerged today[...] TiL

Sorry, I was wrong, it's OK to vote Labour safe in the knowledge that this issue is far too unimportant to warrant our attention and when they do introduce it we should have realised we had actually given them carte blanche ...
Or maybe yesterday Howard and Blair realised that such an injust piece of legislation will give the LibDems lots of votes and have decided to fight the election on the normal issues that they can in reality do very little about (NHS, pensions, immigration, ....) and fall into the traditional power game where they can nibble away at our freedoms unworried about short term issues such as the election and without too much impediment - just the odd petition or demo and maybe a stubborn judge but nothing major.
posted by meau meau , 10:10 AM Þ 
Wednesday, February 02, 2005

The Trains Run On Time On Linux

02 February 2005
World's largest Linux migration gets major boost

German national railway puts all its weight behind open source.

By Kieren McCarthy, Techworld

The world's largest Linux migration is speeding ahead, with the German national railway announcing today it has successfully moved all its 55,000 Lotus Notes users onto the open-source operating system.

Describing the moment as the first important milestone in its company wide move to Linux, Deutsche Bahn said it expected the move to provide it with continuous cost savings, greater flexibility and integration benefits as it gradually moved the rest of its business over.

The company has already shifted its vital train timetabling system from HP Non-Stop to Linux. Next, it will move various SAP systems, including sales support, from Unix to Linux. And by the end of the year all remaining critical systems such as databases, application servers, web servers, mail servers and network infrastructure will be running on Linux, the company said.

The vast project - which dwarfs even the frequently quoted migration of Munich Council to Linux - was agreed upon last year, with half of its 300 or so servers moved by November 2004. The announcement today demonstrates that the company is now determined to go full speed ahead with the adoption of open-source software - giving it a big credibility boost.

"Our mission is to develop and deliver an efficient and economical IT service for German railways. Linux is a key element in our strategy and the smooth process of migrating our mainframe-based Lotus Notes system is a clear sign that this major project will be successful”, said Detlef Exner, director of production at Deutsche Bahn's IT service provider, DB Systems.

The roll-out is also being overseen by IBM - whose hardware most of Deutsche Bahn's systems run on. European VP for IBM's technology group, Steve Menadue, had this to say: "IBM congratulates Deutsche Bahn on their visionary decision to move all critical systems to Linux. This strategic choice is further proof that Linux has matured as a strategic enterprise platform offering a variety of advantages like cost savings, shorter development time and high level of security. IBM continues to deliver strong support for Linux across all of IBM’s technology platforms as still more companies look for simple, safe and cost-effective enterprise computing."

Quite what Microsoft will make of that is anyone's guess.


posted by Irdial , 8:31 PM Þ 

Barter Card

Businesses who use Bartercard for making purchases have many advantages over the traditional "cash" currency.
  • Benefits of Buying using your Bartercard
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  • Bartercard Sales staff act as your purchasing agents on behalf of members
  • Conserve cash by buying through Bartercard
  • Finance purchases out of additional sales
  • Use down-time or idle inventory to make purchases that your business is currently spending cash on
  • Assistance from your own dedicated Account Managers
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  • Bartercard guarantees you extra business
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  • Improved cashflow
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Hmmmm 'cashless economy'...
posted by Irdial , 7:25 PM Þ 

Hmm, could a client be sued for sexual discrimination if he/she refuses a session because the prostitute is of a certain sex?!?
posted by meau meau , 4:30 PM Þ 

"ap:: towards an artistic OS

ap is concerned with the liberation of data encoding and generation from any given model or architecture (any fixed operating system in its widest sense). such a liberation operates at the border of control and non-control"

Take a look at that site. I would dearly love to read what you think about it, and that sentence in particular.

I got the link from this mail:

crash feb 11th 2005 london uk
crash revelations for holographic binding OS
crash forced expanded opening for new post-software-art
crash melancholia and fascism
crash post humanist ontology
crash abstraction + machinic representation
crash auto-destructive art relation to the computational
crash self-coded post-algorithmic constructivist noise performance

crash florian cramer, stewart home, otto e roessler, anthony moore, sunny bains, dick j bierman, lisa jevbratt, martin howse, jonathan kemp

crash andy bolus, russell haswell, yves degoyon, erich berger, ap, stillupsteypa, farmers manual, kaffe matthews, pita

crash shoreditch town hall london ec1 [on door £3 / online £3,33] 10 am
crash ica london sw1 [tickets through ica 02079303647] 8.30 pm
crash ap project supported by arts council england, smal + mute


crash is a unique event exposing a radical new space for post-software art and examining links to theories of endodata, holographic programming and auto-destructive art.

crash builds from two components, a one day symposium at shoreditch town hall with speakers including florian cramer, stewart home, dick j bierman, lisa jevbratt and otto roessler. the evening component at the ica collides theory with practice, combining constructivist noise, self-coded applications and self-constructed hardware. participating international artists include pita, farmers manual, yves degoyon, andy bolus, ap, erich berger, stillupsteypa, kaffe matthews and russell haswell.

crash necessary apologies for cross-posting or dupes / crash please disseminate further

one-off email
posted by Irdial , 4:20 PM Þ 

Women who refuse to take jobs as prostitutes could be refused state benefits, because they have 'turned down a job'.

No way?

posted by Irdial , 4:10 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 3:23 PM Þ 

Gold Dinar Can Play Big Role in Global Trade
Malaysia to use gold dinar in trade with Islamic nations
Malaysia unveiled additional info about its Islamic dinar project
Iran sees large inflow of gold and capital
Western World Would Be Unwise To Ignore Proposal For Gold Dinar Currency
....... more, please scroll down

To: Central Banks, Secretariats, Governors, Concerned Others:
Yesterday we sent many of you a correspondence speculating that perhaps the Republican-contrived "war on terrorism" may be actually a cover for the expressed purpose of eradicating any alternative circulating mediums to the US dollar, namely gold and gold-redeemable substitutes.
Subsequent to my e-mail I discovered a remarkable and prophetic 4-year old article on the advent of the gold dinar by Mr. Jay Taylor. Jay gives us the list of countries that could become members of this newly emerging Gold Bloc:
He has a superb site on gold stocks:
His e-mail has since changed and is now:
Back in the heady days of the 70s oil embargoes, hostages & rising gold prices I recall a rumour going around that South Africa was paying Iran in gold for oil. Never attributed much to it at that time, but that maneuver, even if it wasn't true, could be an early precursor of what may be unfolding upon us now, twenty+ years later.
I find it notable that the 9-11 terrorists hit our financial centers in the heart of New York. It was a terrible and horrific event, make no mistake about that. If the intent was to make a statement in opposition to Yankee imperialism, they did that, for sure! But, if Osama and his family have such considerable influence with the Saudis why does the Saudi Central Bank, and other Islamic central banks continue to hold dollar reserves? Granted, we don't have an answer for that. However, if all the Islamic countries, in keeping with muslim edicts, begin to settle their national accounts in gold - watch out! Be cautioned that the US Insider propagandists and their NY bank co-conspirators will be pointing the Homeland Security squads at the American gold owners as furnishing aid and comfort to our enemies!
Worse, if they begin to demand gold for their oil, WE'RE BROKE!
Osama might have been just a warm-up! We would not be surprised to begin seeing an increase of social unrest in these pro-gold Islamic countries as the gold cabal does its darndest to bring down regimes that are gold friendly. We encourage all of you to seek out through your resources any information which materially can support these conjectures.
We are pleased to realize that consistent with the Monetary Protocols for the 21st Century, you are making good progress in retrieving your gold reserve assets from third party custodians in New York and London. While the below article is not new to any of you, it's best to review where we are so as to remain focused. Furthermore, as those inclined to remain on a US dollar based reserve footing at the outset, gold dinar signatories can expect to be attracted to the gold dinar because of its inherent stability and superior trading characteristics. As more than half of the central banks' foreign exchange reserves (US$2 trillion, mostly US dollars) reside in Asia, we can anticipate strong resentment and maybe a more antagonist response from the U.S., particularly when it becomes realized that the Peoples Republic of China is entertaining a strong inclination to join the Islamic system for trade settlement.
While not of considerable concern to the American authorities, it should be strongly noted that America's foreign trade deficit was US$38 billion for the most recent month. As the substantial portion of America's manufacturing base has been transferred to foreign entities, primarily Asia, it's unlikely this hemorrhage of their debt obligations can continue, and a sharp reduction in American consumption of our imported goods is anticipated. Therefore, you are urgently encouraged to accelerate your foreign exchange diversification programs from the US dollar to competing mediums, including gold.
- - CBOM
posted by Irdial , 1:54 PM Þ 

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

Mp3 stream:
tcp server:
port: 6667


PANSE is an open platform for the development of audio-visual netart, open to all.

PANSE is an Mp3 streaming audio program with a tcp server running at port 6667 that allows for multi-user, realtime interaction. It consists of two 16 step sequencers, a monophonic synthesizer and an effects generator. Many of the sound parameters can be edited over any tcp connection, such as the speed of the sequencers and number of steps to be played by each, note values of each step can be changed as well as filters on the sounds. The monophonic synthesizer is playable via messages over tcp and also has a controlable filter and the effects generator is controlled in the same way. Access to the server is completely open. Anyone who wants can create an interface, in Flash for instance, to control the audio program. But that's not all PANSE does. It also streams out numerical values such as amplitude levels and midi note values. These numerical values can be used to control visuals in a Flash movie or Java applet or whatever else you can think of. If you're interested in exploring how this works, see the resources link. But before you start exploring, you should connect to the mp3 stream (if you can't connect, check out the HELP link in the lower right corner). Also, check out the gallery page.

Thanks to:
The Icelandic Academy of the Arts
The Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture
Olaf Matthes
Martin Howse
The Pure Data Community

for their assistance and support.

posted by Irdial , 1:32 PM Þ 

Percy Bysshe Shelley - The Mask of Anarchy

Written on the occasion of the massacre carried out by the British Government
at Peterloo, Manchester 1819

As I lay asleep in Italy
There came a voice from over the Sea,
And with great power it forth led me
To walk in the visions of Poesy.

I met Murder on the way -
He had a mask like Castlereagh -
Very smooth he looked, yet grim;
Seven blood-hounds followed him:

All were fat; and well they might
Be in admirable plight,
For one by one, and two by two,
He tossed the human hearts to chew
Which from his wide cloak he drew.

Next came Fraud, and he had on,
Like Eldon, an ermined gown;
His big tears, for he wept well,
Turned to mill-stones as they fell.

And the little children, who
Round his feet played to and fro,
Thinking every tear a gem,
Had their brains knocked out by them.

Clothed with the Bible, as with light,
And the shadows of the night,
Like Sidmouth, next, Hypocrisy
On a crocodile rode by.

And many more Destructions played
In this ghastly masquerade,
All disguised, even to the eyes,
Like Bishops, lawyers, peers, or spies.

Last came Anarchy: he rode
On a white horse, splashed with blood;
He was pale even to the lips,
Like Death in the Apocalypse.

And he wore a kingly crown;
And in his grasp a sceptre shone;
On his brow this mark I saw -

With a pace stately and fast,
Over English land he passed,
Trampling to a mire of blood
The adoring multitude.

And a mighty troop around,
With their trampling shook the ground,
Waving each a bloody sword,
For the service of their Lord.

And with glorious triumph, they
Rode through England proud and gay,
Drunk as with intoxication
Of the wine of desolation.

O'er fields and towns, from sea to sea,
Passed the Pageant swift and free,
Tearing up, and trampling down;
Till they came to London town.

And each dweller, panic-stricken,
Felt his heart with terror sicken
Hearing the tempestuous cry
Of the triumph of Anarchy.

For with pomp to meet him came,
Clothed in arms like blood and flame,
The hired murderers, who did sing
'Thou art God, and Law, and King.

'We have waited, weak and lone
For thy coming, Mighty One!
Our Purses are empty, our swords are cold,
Give us glory, and blood, and gold.'

Lawyers and priests, a motley crowd,
To the earth their pale brows bowed;
Like a bad prayer not over loud,
Whispering - 'Thou art Law and God.' -

Then all cried with one accord,
'Thou art King, and God and Lord;
Anarchy, to thee we bow,
Be thy name made holy now!'

And Anarchy, the skeleton,
Bowed and grinned to every one,
As well as if his education
Had cost ten millions to the nation.

For he knew the Palaces
Of our Kings were rightly his;
His the sceptre, crown and globe,
And the gold-inwoven robe.

So he sent his slaves before
To seize upon the Bank and Tower,
And was proceeding with intent
To meet his pensioned Parliament

When one fled past, a maniac maid,
And her name was Hope, she said:
But she looked more like Despair,
And she cried out in the air:

'My father Time is weak and gray
With waiting for a better day;
See how idiot-like he stands,
Fumbling with his palsied hands!

He has had child after child,
And the dust of death is piled
Over every one but me -
Misery, oh, Misery!'

Then she lay down in the street,
Right before the horses' feet,
Expecting, with a patient eye,
Murder, Fraud, and Anarchy.

When between her and her foes
A mist, a light, an image rose,
Small at first, and weak, and frail
Like the vapour of a vale:

Till as clouds grow on the blast,
Like tower-crowned giants striding fast,
And glare with lightnings as they fly,
And speak in thunder to the sky,

It grew - a Shape arrayed in mail
Brighter than the viper's scale,
And upborne on wings whose grain
Was as the light of sunny rain.

On its helm, seen far away,
A planet, like the Morning's, lay;
And those plumes its light rained through
Like a shower of crimson dew.

With step as soft as wind it passed
O'er the heads of men - so fast
That they knew the presence there,
And looked, - but all was empty air.

As flowers beneath May's footstep waken,
As stars from Night's loose hair are shaken,
As waves arise when loud winds call,
Thoughts sprung where'er that step did fall.

And the prostrate multitude
Looked - and ankle-deep in blood,
Hope, that maiden most serene,
Was walking with a quiet mien:

And Anarchy, the ghastly birth,
Lay dead earth upon the earth;
The Horse of Death tameless as wind
Fled, and with his hoofs did grind
To dust the murderers thronged behind.

A rushing light of clouds and splendour,
A sense awakening and yet tender
Was heard and felt - and at its close
These words of joy and fear arose

As if their own indignant Earth
Which gave the sons of England birth
Had felt their blood upon her brow,
And shuddering with a mother's throe

Had turned every drop of blood
By which her face had been bedewed
To an accent unwithstood, -
As if her heart had cried aloud:

'Men of England, heirs of Glory,
Heroes of unwritten story,
Nurslings of one mighty Mother,
Hopes of her, and one another;

'Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number,
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.

'What is Freedom? - ye can tell
That which slavery is, too well -
For its very name has grown
To an echo of your own.

'Tis to work and have such pay
As just keeps life from day to day
In your limbs, as in a cell
For the tyrants' use to dwell,

'So that ye for them are made
Loom, and plough, and sword, and spade,
With or without your own will bent
To their defence and nourishment.

'Tis to see your children weak
With their mothers pine and peak,
When the winter winds are bleak, -
They are dying whilst I speak.

'Tis to hunger for such diet
As the rich man in his riot
Casts to the fat dogs that lie
Surfeiting beneath his eye;

'Tis to let the Ghost of Gold
Take from Toil a thousandfold
More that e'er its substance could
In the tyrannies of old.

'Paper coin - that forgery
Of the title-deeds, which ye
Hold to something of the worth
Of the inheritance of Earth.

'Tis to be a slave in soul
And to hold no strong control
Over your own wills, but be
All that others make of ye.

'And at length when ye complain
With a murmur weak and vain
'Tis to see the Tyrant's crew
Ride over your wives and you -
Blood is on the grass like dew.

'Then it is to feel revenge
Fiercely thirsting to exchange
Blood for blood - and wrong for wrong -
Do not thus when ye are strong.

'Birds find rest, in narrow nest
When weary of their wingèd quest
Beasts find fare, in woody lair
When storm and snow are in the air.

'Asses, swine, have litter spread
And with fitting food are fed;
All things have a home but one -
Thou, Oh, Englishman, hast none!

'This is slavery - savage men
Or wild beasts within a den
Would endure not as ye do -
But such ills they never knew.

'What art thou Freedom? O! could slaves
Answer from their living graves
This demand - tyrants would flee
Like a dream's dim imagery:

'Thou art not, as impostors say,
A shadow soon to pass away,
A superstition, and a name
Echoing from the cave of Fame.

'For the labourer thou art bread,
And a comely table spread
From his daily labour come
In a neat and happy home.

'Thou art clothes, and fire, and food
For the trampled multitude -
No - in countries that are free
Such starvation cannot be
As in England now we see.

'To the rich thou art a check,
When his foot is on the neck
Of his victim, thou dost make
That he treads upon a snake.

'Thou art Justice - ne'er for gold
May thy righteous laws be sold
As laws are in England - thou
Shield'st alike the high and low.

'Thou art Wisdom - Freemen never
Dream that God will damn for ever
All who think those things untrue
Of which Priests make such ado.

'Thou art Peace - never by thee
Would blood and treasure wasted be
As tyrants wasted them, when all
Leagued to quench thy flame in Gaul.

'What if English toil and blood
Was poured forth, even as a flood?
It availed, Oh, Liberty,
To dim, but not extinguish thee.

'Thou art Love - the rich have kissed
Thy feet, and like him following Christ,
Give their substance to the free
And through the rough world follow thee,

'Or turn their wealth to arms, and make
War for thy belovèd sake
On wealth, and war, and fraud - whence they
Drew the power which is their prey.

'Science, Poetry, and Thought
Are thy lamps; they make the lot
Of the dwellers in a cot
So serene, they curse it not.

'Spirit, Patience, Gentleness,
All that can adorn and bless
Art thou - let deeds, not words, express
Thine exceeding loveliness.

'Let a great Assembly be
Of the fearless and the free
On some spot of English ground
Where the plains stretch wide around.

'Let the blue sky overhead,
The green earth on which ye tread,
All that must eternal be
Witness the solemnity.

'From the corners uttermost
Of the bounds of English coast;
From every hut, village, and town
Where those who live and suffer moan,

'From the workhouse and the prison
Where pale as corpses newly risen,
Women, children, young and old
Groan for pain, and weep for cold -

'From the haunts of daily life
Where is waged the daily strife
With common wants and common cares
Which sows the human heart with tares -

'Lastly from the palaces
Where the murmur of distress
Echoes, like the distant sound
Of a wind alive around

'Those prison halls of wealth and fashion,
Where some few feel such compassion
For those who groan, and toil, and wail
As must make their brethren pale -

'Ye who suffer woes untold,
Or to feel, or to behold
Your lost country bought and sold
With a price of blood and gold -

'Let a vast assembly be,
And with great solemnity
Declare with measured words that ye
Are, as God has made ye, free -

'Be your strong and simple words
Keen to wound as sharpened swords,
And wide as targes let them be,
With their shade to cover ye.

'Let the tyrants pour around
With a quick and startling sound,
Like the loosening of a sea,
Troops of armed emblazonry.

Let the charged artillery drive
Till the dead air seems alive
With the clash of clanging wheels,
And the tramp of horses' heels.

'Let the fixèd bayonet
Gleam with sharp desire to wet
Its bright point in English blood
Looking keen as one for food.

'Let the horsemen's scimitars
Wheel and flash, like sphereless stars
Thirsting to eclipse their burning
In a sea of death and mourning.

'Stand ye calm and resolute,
Like a forest close and mute,
With folded arms and looks which are
Weapons of unvanquished war,

'And let Panic, who outspeeds
The career of armèd steeds
Pass, a disregarded shade
Through your phalanx undismayed.

'Let the laws of your own land,
Good or ill, between ye stand
Hand to hand, and foot to foot,
Arbiters of the dispute,

'The old laws of England - they
Whose reverend heads with age are gray,
Children of a wiser day;
And whose solemn voice must be
Thine own echo - Liberty!

'On those who first should violate
Such sacred heralds in their state
Rest the blood that must ensue,
And it will not rest on you.

'And if then the tyrants dare
Let them ride among you there,
Slash, and stab, and maim, and hew, -
What they like, that let them do.

'With folded arms and steady eyes,
And little fear, and less surprise,
Look upon them as they slay
Till their rage has died away.

'Then they will return with shame
To the place from which they came,
And the blood thus shed will speak
In hot blushes on their cheek.

'Every woman in the land
Will point at them as they stand -
They will hardly dare to greet
Their acquaintance in the street.

'And the bold, true warriors
Who have hugged Danger in wars
Will turn to those who would be free,
Ashamed of such base company.

'And that slaughter to the Nation
Shall steam up like inspiration,
Eloquent, oracular;
A volcano heard afar.

'And these words shall then become
Like Oppression's thundered doom
Ringing through each heart and brain,
Heard again - again - again -

'Rise like Lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number -
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you -
Ye are many - they are few.'
posted by Irdial , 1:01 PM Þ 

Very roughly and a fair amount of undifferentiated (but well loved) metal - techno - odd stuff missing.

Beastie Boys - 1986 [my first acquisition]
Iron Maiden - Metallica - Megadeth - blah blah blah -1987
Slayer - 1988
Judas Priest - 1989
Pop Will Eat Itself - 1991 [a different crowd]
REM - 1991/2
The Orb - 1992
Aphex Twin / rephlex stuff - 1993
Front 242 - 1993
Seefeel - 1993
Man... Or Astroman? - 1993
Coil - 1994
The Hafler Trio / touch stuff - 1994
Autechre / warp stuff - 1994
Mouse On Mars - 1994
Anthony Manning / irdial stuff - 1995
Pan(a)sonic - 1995
Farmers Manual / mego stuff - 1996 [Finding out about These]
John Duncan - 1997
Conet - 1998 (small bits)/2002
Matthew Shipp - 1998
Zoviet France - 1998
John Fahey - 1998/9
[Newcastle becomes crap for buying records - 1998/9]
Derek Bailey - 1999/2000 [live]
CM Von Hausswolff - 2000
Vibracathedral Orchestra - 2000 [live music by real bands becomes interesting again]
Supersilent - 2000/1
Mick Beck/Simon H Fell - 2002 [live]
Konk Pack - 2002 [live]
The Unpleasants - 2003/4
Enecto School - 2003/4 [live]
posted by meau meau , 10:27 AM Þ 
Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Ok, here is a list of bands I like, and the year I started liking them. The reason I made this list was an attempt to record the bands that I've really really liked over the years and still have a soft spot for now.

These are also bands where I think, "wow, my life was significantly different before that band as I didn't listen to them then". I may not listen to all of these now but it's probably fair to say that I still listen to most of them actively, seek out information about them on the net, and enjoy hearing them indirectly (i.e. on the radio etc.)

Many of you may despair at the amount of metal here but there's not much I can do about that.

Abba - 1976
Beatles - 1981
Kiss - 1981
Van Halen - 1984
Ozzy - 1984
Scorpions - 1985
Michael Schenker Group - 1985
UFO - 1985
Metallica - 1986
Stupids - 1987
Minor Threat - 1988
Dag Nasty - 1988
Bad Brains - 1988
Big Black - 1988
Husker Du - 1988
Sonic Youth - 1989
The Pixies - 1989
Mantronix - 1989
Crosby Stills and Nash - 1990
The Smiths - 1990
Django Reinhardt - 1992
Roxy Music - 1992
Michael Nyman - 1992
Orbital - 1994
The Who - 1996
S'Express - 1997
Led Zeppelin - 1997
Deep Purple - 1997
Depeche Mode - 1997
Scritti Politti - 1998
Numbers stations - 1998
Thomas Dolby - 1998
XTC - 1999
Stackridge - 1999
Kraftwerk - 2000
King Crimson - 2002
Os Mutantes - 2002
Tool - 2002
Zwan - 2003

Note that the year refers to the time that I began "really getting into" each artist, not necessarily the year I first heard them. Of course I own lots of records by other bands not on this list, but these seem the be the ones I care about most, as well as being significant moments when I started listening to new (to me) types of music. Or something like that.

If you can post something similar I'd be interested to see - my list was actually an email that I filled in in stages and pinged back and forth to myself until it was more or less accurate.
posted by captain davros , 11:56 PM Þ 

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Original Caption Released with Image:

The initial tsunami waves resulting from the undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on 26 December 2004 off the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, took a little over 2 hours to reach the teardrop-shaped island of Sri Lanka. Additional waves continued to arrive for many hours afterward. At approximately 05:15 UTC, as NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead, the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) captured this image of deep ocean tsunami waves about 30-40 kilometers from Sri Lanka's southwestern coast. The waves are made visible due to the effects of changes in sea-surface slope on the reflected sunglint pattern, shown here in MISR's 46° forward-pointing camera. Sunglint occurs when sunlight reflects off a water surface in much the same way light reflects off a mirror, and the position of the Sun, angle of observation, and orientation of the sea surface determines how bright each part of the ocean appears in the image. These large wave features were invisible to MISR's nadir (vertical-viewing) camera. The image covers an area of 208 kilometers x 207 kilometers.

Since the greatest impact of the tsunami was generally in an east-west direction, the havoc caused by the tsunami along the southwestern shores of Sri Lanka was not as severe as along the eastern coast, though there was still substantial damage in this region--as evidenced by the brownish debris in the water--because tsunami waves can diffract around land masses. The ripple-like wave pattern evident in this MISR image roughly correlates with the undersea boundary of the continental shelf. This surface manifestation is likely to be caused by interaction of deep waves with the ocean floor, rather than by the more usually-observed surface waves driven by winds. It is possible that this semi-concentric pattern represents wave reflection from the continental land mass; however, a combination of wave modeling and detailed bathymetric data is required to fully understand the dynamics. Examination of other MISR images of this area, taken under similar illumination conditions, has not uncovered any surface patterns resembling those seen here.

This image is an example of how MISR's multiangular capability provides unique information for understanding how tsunamis propagate. Another application of MISR data enabled measuring the motion of breaking tsunami waves along the eastern shores of Andhra Pradesh, India.

posted by Irdial , 8:10 PM Þ 

The sounds of 1964 New York World's Fair experienced through the narration of Jean Shephard can be yours

to be heard: a description of the Wonderful World of Disney, IBM's People Wall and Information Egg, the voice of a mechanical man, Kodak Picture Spots, the Fountain of the Planets, the Clairol Exhibit's wigs, and some terribley spooky muzak.

While listening, view the maps of the grounds + attractions of the fair.
posted by telle goode , 7:34 PM Þ 

Freedom of what? First Amendment no big deal to students

AP | Jan 31 2005

The way many high school students see it, government censorship of newspapers may not be a bad thing, and flag-burning is hardly protected free speech.

It turns out the First Amendment is a second-rate issue to many of those nearing their own adult independence, according to a study of high school attitudes released today.

The original amendment to the Constitution is the cornerstone of the way of life in the United States, promising citizens the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

Yet, when told of the exact text of the First Amendment, more than one in three high school students said it goes "too far" in the rights it guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of stories.

"These results are not only disturbing; they are dangerous," said Hodding Carter III, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which sponsored the $1 million study. "Ignorance about the basics of this free society is a danger to our nation's future."

The students are even more restrictive in their views than their elders, the study says.

When asked whether people should be allowed to express unpopular views, 97% of teachers and 99% of school principals said yes. Only 83% of students did.

The results reflected indifference, with almost three in four students saying they took the First Amendment for granted or didn't know how they felt about it. It was also clear that many students do not understand what is protected by the bedrock of the Bill of Rights.

Three in four students in the survey said flag-burning is illegal. It's not. About half the students said the government can restrict any indecent material on the Internet. It can't.

"Schools don't do enough to teach the First Amendment. Students often don't know the rights it protects," Linda Puntney, executive director of the Journalism Education Association, said in the report, "Future of the First Amendment." "This all comes at a time when there is decreasing passion for much of anything. And, you have to be passionate about the First Amendment." [...]


posted by Irdial , 4:24 PM Þ 

Gorbachev Calls Iraqi Elections “Fake”

Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev called the Iraqi parliamentary elections a profanation.

In an interview with the Interfax news agency, he said the elections are “very far from what true elections are. And even though I am a supporter of elections and of the transfer of power to the people of Iraq, these elections were fake.”

“I don’t think these elections will be of any use. They may even have a negative impact on the country. Democracy cannot be imposed or strengthened with guns and tanks,” the agency quoted Gorbachev as saying.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry said it respected the results of Iraq’s elections. However, the statement said that it was important for the Iraqi people to acknowledge and accept the poll’s results. Russian President Vladimir Putin also welcomed the parliamentary elections in Iraq, calling it a “step in the right direction” and a “positive event”.

posted by Irdial , 4:19 PM Þ 

Shop 'til you drop dead gorgeous


The sky is nice and blue and it's already warm enough for me to want to be out there...
posted by meau meau , 3:17 PM Þ 

I'm just about keeping up with all your triplets.
Hoping to move onto doing some photography now...

polaroid rage
mental health warning
shutter speed demon
black and whiteout
darkroom with a view

Hmmm. Anyway, I scanned this and thought of you lot.
Isle of Dogs, 1997.

posted by Alun , 1:22 PM Þ 

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Lot Title Reel of half-inch wide nickel-coated bronze tape for use in the UNIVAC I. 204 mm. in diameter. "UNIVAC" stenciled on one side of the tape's metal housing. N.d. [ca. 1951].

Estimate 200 - 300 U.S. dollars

Lot Description Reel of half-inch wide nickel-coated bronze tape for use in the UNIVAC I. 204 mm. in diameter. "UNIVAC" stenciled on one side of the tape's metal housing. N.d. [ca. 1951].

UNIVAC I used metal magnetic tape as its standard bulk data storage medium. "These tapes were capable of recording data at 128 characters per inch and had an input/output speed of 128,000 characters per second" (Williams 1985, 365). The above reel in its housing weighs 5.5 pounds (2.49 kilograms).

Whether any original data remains on this tape would be very difficult to determine fifty years later, though we would probably be safe in assuming that any original data was lost due to chemical deterioration of the tape or other factors. Any existing examples of the hardware to run these tapes cannot be operated because of deterioration to wiring and other parts. The programs this data was written in most probably do not exist, and even if they did, it is unlikely that anyone still alive would remember how they operated. The problems of reading a fifty-year-old data tape give us some idea of the problems people may face fifty years from now in reading electronic data being currently generated. Of course, recognition of the problem of long-term electronic data storage may result in its eventual solution. OOC 1172.
posted by Alun , 9:38 AM Þ 

A Right To Bear Armistice.
posted by alex_tea , 12:25 AM Þ 
Monday, January 31, 2005

Dream On America - The American Dream is no longer the a global fantasy but a global myth

by Andrew Moravcsik

The U.S. Model: For years, much of the world did aspire to the American way of life. But today countries are finding more appealing systems in their own backyards.

Not long ago, the American dream was a global fantasy. Not only Americans saw themselves as a beacon unto nations. So did much of the rest of the world. East Europeans tuned into Radio Free Europe. Chinese students erected a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Tiananmen Square.

You had only to listen to George W. Bush's Inaugural Address last week (invoking "freedom" and "liberty" 49 times) to appreciate just how deeply Americans still believe in this founding myth. For many in the world, the president's rhetoric confirmed their worst fears of an imperial America relentlessly pursuing its narrow national interests. But the greater danger may be a delusional America—one that believes, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the American Dream lives on, that America remains a model for the world, one whose mission is to spread the word.

The gulf between how Americans view themselves and how the world views them was summed up in a poll last week by the BBC. Fully 71 percent of Americans see the United States as a source of good in the world. More than half view Bush's election as positive for global security. Other studies report that 70 percent have faith in their domestic institutions and nearly 80 percent believe "American ideas and customs" should spread globally.

Foreigners take an entirely different view: 58 percent in the BBC poll see Bush's re-election as a threat to world peace. Among America's traditional allies, the figure is strikingly higher: 77 percent in Germany, 64 percent in Britain and 82 percent in Turkey. Among the 1.3 billion members of the Islamic world, public support for the United States is measured in single digits. Only Poland, the Philippines and India viewed Bush's second Inaugural positively.


from MSNBC yet....

posted by Irdial , 10:27 PM Þ 

In addition, a new offence of "economic damage" through campaign of intimidation will be added to the serious organised crime and police bill in the Commons. [...],11026,1402399,00.html

Fill in the blanks.
posted by Irdial , 8:44 PM Þ 

Ground Zero Tolerance
posted by alex_tea , 6:57 PM Þ 

Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right To Bear Arms


A triplet dontchaknow....
posted by Irdial , 3:52 PM Þ 

Moral High Ground To Dust
Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right To Bear Arms
posted by meau meau , 1:23 PM Þ 

Hidden Agenda Bias
Out of Control Orders
Police state your name and address
You cannot be Serious Organised Crime Agency
They think it's all overstepping the mark
No smoke without fire fighter (see /. ref below)
This government makes me sick (er not really a triplet, but hey)


Living Will Of The People
Living Will You Be Next?
posted by meau meau , 11:25 AM Þ 

Draconian law abidiing (what the sheep do)
Totalitarian State dinner (where the sheeps blood is drunk)
posted by Irdial , 11:01 AM Þ 

Of course a great many people in my area live in Victorian terraced houses, it's pretty common knowledge that these terraces often have attic spaces that either have poor quality brickwork partitions or in a few cases there is no delineation between houses at all. So if these control orders are implemented it would presumably be necessary to secure these attic spaces as well as check visitors to the house by normal methods. Does this mean the police are going to be told to (frequently) search every house in a terrace if one person has a control order put on them? Or would it be easier to put up a check point at each end of the street and search everyone there (and ask for ID as well no doubt)? Of course you'd have to secure a street either side as well to prevent rear entry, or covert tunnelling.

And back-to-back fireplaces as well.
posted by meau meau , 10:38 AM Þ 

The Great Divide and Rule
posted by Irdial , 2:07 AM Þ 
Sunday, January 30, 2005

Bobby Digital Underground Resistance

courtesy of Jo Apps. And here's a messed up triplet that doesn't work:

Bobbie Digital New Scottish Gentry
posted by alex_tea , 5:20 PM Þ 

"Tukwila, Washington firefighter, Philip Scott Lyons found out the hard way that supermarket loyalty cards come with a huge price. Lyons was arrested last August and charged with attempted arson. Police alleged at the time that Lyons tried to set fire to his own house while his wife and children were inside. According to KOMO-TV and the Seattle Times, a major piece of evidence used against Lyons in his arrest was the record of his supermarket purchases that he made with his Safeway Club Card. Police investigators had discovered that his Club Card was used to buy fire starters of the same type used in the arson attempt. For Lyons, the story did have a happy ending. All charges were dropped against him in January 2005 because another person stepped forward saying he or she set the fire and not Lyons."

Now. Imagine that you are a vicious person, that borrowed someones card to purchase a list of goods that would be used in a crime. You use the tools in your crime, leave them at the scene, and then deposit a small part of the swag at the home of the person whose card you have borrowed.

The purchace evidence would point to the person who you are trying to frame, and some of the stolen goods would be in that persons house. It would be an open and shut case.

Now replace the supermarket card with a card which everyone implicitly trusts as being tied to the owner of the card, since it is ubitquitous, issued by the government and cumpulsory: your National ID Card.

This is going to happen again and again, in convoluted scenarios that we cannot even begin to conjure up, on small scales and large scales, in matters of life and death and matters trivial. As soon as you accept this card, or any card like it, you are open to an attack like this.

That poor fireman (incredible; a fireman being charged with ARSON due to a loyalty card!) had his life ruined for no good reason; the whole thing would not have happened if he did not use a supermarket loyalty card.

I am sure that he would have paid the equivalent of all of the savings he made in order to 'get off the hook'. This is what you need to think about. It is what everyone who has not yet done so needs to think about.
posted by Irdial , 11:49 AM Þ 

Okay, I will get pictures as soon as I can, which may be a bit but whatever. Can you believe it (I can't) - I still don't have a digital camera nor easy access to one. Sad!
But soon, folks.
And Dav is right. I doubt I would not be as happy, though, with it had I not put so much effort in. Had I just dropped a bunch of money I doubt I would be deriving as much satisfaction.
A great lesson for myself, I think!
posted by Barrie , 8:50 AM Þ 

Barrie dude, you may be a geek, but you sound happy, so more power (wattage?) to you. Plus, I'm with meau meau; pictures would be good!
posted by captain davros , 1:37 AM Þ 

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