Saturday, August 13, 2005
posted by Irdial , 4:10 PM Þ 

Nuclear plant at Isfahan
Work restarted at Isfahan this week
US President George W Bush says he still has not ruled out the option of using force against Iran, after it resumed work on its nuclear programme.

He said he was working on a diplomatic solution, but was sceptical that one could be found.

The UN's atomic watchdog has called on Iran to halt nuclear fuel development. Iran, which denies it is secretly trying to develop nuclear arms, restarted work at its uranium conversion plant at Isfahan on Monday.

"All options are on the table," said Mr Bush, when asked about the possible use of force during an interview for Israeli TV.

"The use of force is the last option for any president. You know we have used force in the recent past to secure our country," he said.[...]

And he manages to keep a straight face as he spouts this guff.

The Russians have news for America.

Also, the view from Galbraith is an interesting vista.

posted by Alun , 11:08 AM Þ 
Friday, August 12, 2005

Originally uploaded by 769imaging.
Images sent to me a few months ago with the message: Saw this at a wholesaler parking lot not long ago. It appeared to be wood – I was in a bit of a rush, so I didn't look at it that closely. The design should get some sort of award for being so non-aerodynamic...."

Thanks to A.C.!
posted by Alun , 7:50 PM Þ 

It has been the case that over the last week or so the early evening news (real audio) on BBQ radio4 has had a final item, which is blatant governmentist propaganda.

The governemnt line, on say deportation of people suspected of inciting terrorist activities, is enounced under the guise of an 'opinion piece' with no engagement with the opposing view on the argument and certainly no questioning of the government's motives. These views are given by men with a supposed air of authority - strident, deep, rounded voice (no doubt to disguise the weak vapid narrow propaganda). As the Simon Jenkins thing I linked to a while back said "the government may not be pro *the* government, but it is certainly pro government".

Additional evidence to this fact, and the play dead infection of BBQ journalism has been on the Toady programme which for the past few days has had at least one piece propagandising the government position that judges are out of touch with security concerns and will endanger the country by possibly not extradite those accused of indirectly fomenting terrorism, on human rights grounds. This is annoying on two? grounds, firstly it implies that both the judges and the suspects are likely to be guilty of the government's charges/accusations even before this is tested in court, and there has been no discussion of whether the judges may actually be correct in such adecision in various cases. Secondly this attitude presumes that the legislation, which is yet to be written, will be fair, necessary, and enforcable (which given every other 'security' driven Act Labour have dreamt up is quite unlikely) most probably this won't be discussed on their programmes either.

So sure that their legislation will NOT meet the three tests above, the government are seeking to introduce yet another Act to make sur ethe judges act in the interest of 'national security' over individual human rights concerns. Why is this a concern? read here or pick from these


Last fm is not pink enough! It should be a psychotropic 'baby pink' and it should be furry if that's possible, pink flag have affiliated themselves as well!
posted by meau meau , 10:33 AM Þ 

Noted UFO debunker Klass dies at 85

Was well-known aviation writer


Philip J. Klass spent a 50-year career meticulously researching stories on the latest in aviation technology as a senior editor for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. He spent his off hours trying to disprove the existence of UFOs.

Klass died Tuesday of prostate cancer at the Merritt Island home he shared with his wife of 25 years, Nadya.

"He fought very hard," said Nadya, a former news editor with Voice of America.

Klass, 85, was born and raised in Iowa, the son of a lawyer. He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Iowa State and went on to work for General Electric in aviation development. In 1952, he switched careers to journalism.

His sister, Rosanne Klass of New York City, said her brother was always building crystal radio sets as a boy. She remembers his first glimpse of his future at a fairground in Cedar Rapids.

"As a Boy Scout, he won a contest, and the prize was a chance to go up in an autogyro, now called a helicopter," Rosanne Klass said, adding that her parents stood by frightened as her brother ascended. "In my mind, I can see Phil in his Boy Scout uniform in the autogyro."

He received numerous awards for his reporting, but he became culturally known for his UFO work, earning criticism from those who insist UFOs and aliens are real.

He published "UFOs Identified" in 1968, along with four other books that explained away UFOs.

Klass was one of the founders of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and a regular contributor to its journal, Skeptical Inquirer. He famously offered $10,000 to anyone whose UFO or alien abduction claims could be verified by the FBI. He never paid a reward.

David Jacobs, a Temple University history professor and alien abduction expert, said Klass was dedicated to his cause. The two argued their points on CNN's "Larry King Live" in 1993.

"Regardless of evidence, regardless of logic, regardless of disconfirming information, he always set his path clearly on one course and that was that the UFO phenomenon was not extraterrestrial and had no basis in reality," Jacobs said Thursday night. He added, though, "I wish that UFO researchers were as dedicated and tenacious as he was."

A funeral is scheduled for Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in the Washington, D.C., area.


This immediately calls to mind the last lines from the documentary "UFOs are Real" which says that old and outdated ideas die with the old when they pass away.

Philip J. Klass was one of the 'flat earthers' who simply couldn't accept the things people were telling him were true, no matter what their credentials were. The world was flat, and no photograph of the world taken from space, no story of Antarctic penguins could make him say otherwise.

For this reason, bolstered by his association with the publication Aviation Week & Space Technology, which provided him with a badge of authority, he was asked again and again to 'balance' any 'debate' about UFOs, and like a reliable grandfather clock would trott out all the best skeptic tricks, ridicule and illogic to make sure that no one took any UFO sighting seriously, no matter what the facts were.

His legacy is CSICOP (Completely Stupid Irrational Cooks On Prozac), the anti-Science science cult whose work is similar in rigor, zeal and ferocity to that of the religous police in countries run on Sharia.

Could a man really be so completely and pathologically irrational, or was he 'just doing his job' whatever that might have been? Who knows. One thing is for sure, the days of The James Obergs, The Philip J. Klasses, the Shostacks and the like are absolutely numbered, and no one is coming up to replace them because their ideas are totally at odds with reality. Rest in peace Mr. Klass.

posted by Irdial , 10:16 AM Þ 

Here is a 9 hour long sound file of last nights Perseid shower, from 0 GMT.

It is 135megs in size, and is served by Bittorrent.

The source was
posted by Irdial , 9:31 AM Þ 
Thursday, August 11, 2005
posted by Alun , 9:06 PM Þ 

David 'The Hof' Hasselhof

You love The Hof.


Its all so very Pink! :p

Thanks to 'The Box' for this laugh of teh week...yes, 'teh' week!

After having played around with the new Audioscrobbler, my overall impression is that it is vastly improved; the hard work they have put in has been worth it...well done guys!
posted by Irdial , 8:47 PM Þ 

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posted by Irdial , 8:32 PM Þ 

Finally, a Mainstream Media Outlet is Questioning 9/11

On August 6, 2005, a UK mainstream newspaper, The Daily Mail, published an article raising many of the serious concerns regarding the 9/11 cover-up. The article is written by Tony Rennell, and was featured on pages 36, 37, and 38 of the newspaper. (They didn't post the article on their online site). Although I don't particularly agree with everything in the article, its at least nice to see a mainstream source raise the questions that have not been answered re: 9/11.

Here is the article:

The plot by America’s military bosses was devilish in both design and intent – to fabricate an outrage against innocent civilians, fool the world and provide a pretext for war. In the pentagon, a top secret team drew up a plan to simultaneously send up two airliners painted and numbered exactly the same, one from a civil airport in America, the other from a secret military airbase nearby.

The one from the airport would have military personnel on board who had checked in as ordinary passengers under false names. The one from the airbase would be an empty drone, a remote-controlled unmanned aircraft.

Somewhere along their joint flight paths, the passenger-carrying plane would drop below radar height, and disappear, landing back at the airbase and unloading its occupants in secret.

Meanwhile, the drone would have taken up the other plane’s designated course. High over the island of Cuba, it would be exploded in mid-air after broadcasting an international distress call that it was under attack from enemy fighters.

The world would be told that a plane load of blameless American holidaymakers had been deliberately shot down by Fidel Castro’s Communists – and that the US had no choice but to declare war and topple his regime.

This ‘agent provocateur’ plan – code named OPERATION NORTHWOODS and revealed in official archives – dates from 1962 when the Cold War was at its height. [...]

And what follows thereafter is the full transcript of what was published in the paper.

Another one to be put down to the 'silly season' by the ostriches.
posted by Irdial , 6:14 PM Þ 

Look at this news site and article:

This is a great site (mostly) because anyone can comment on the stories posted there. None of the major news sites from the west allow this...does anyone really wonder why? Imagine the torrent of informed rebuttal demolishing every lie filled and distorted story, devaluing the propaganda impact of the stories. It just cant happen.

Where these people let themselvs down is how they filter the posts so that you cannot use certain words. Look at how the english is distorted as people work around the word filters. Oh well, no one is perfect; better that you have some distorted comments than no comments at all.
posted by Irdial , 6:01 PM Þ 

Trawling around the guardian, thanks to todays mini-theme, we find:

At the heart of the fiasco lies a technique called steganography, the art, and now hardcore science, of hiding messages. [...]


What on earth is 'Hardcore Science'? Is that like Hard Core Porn? Lets see what Google says!:

Hard-core science??? or Mind-bending terror??? YOU DECIDE!!!

Just what I thought.

... But to experts, the idea al-Qaida would be passing steganographic messages through TV broadcasts is ludicrous. "When they worked out the tactics of the 9/11 perpetrators, what they did was get in a car, drive some place and meet someone and have a conversation, they didn't even get online," says Peter Honeyman, steganography expert and scientific director of the centre for information technology integration at the University of Michigan. "Why were the CIA believing that they were seeing something in al-Jazeera broadcasts? I can't fathom it."

The CIA had been using computers to look for hidden messages in the headlines that scroll along the bottom of al-Jazeera broadcasts, a feature used by most rolling news broadcasters. What the CIA was up to found its way into the intelligence community rumour mill and got back to the satellite channel.

"We were aware there were intelligence reports saying that al-Qaida or its supporters might be communicating in ways that were unconventional. There were certain whispers that perhaps they were using al-Jazeera and other organisations, something we refuted categorically," says Jihad Ballout, al-Jazeera's spokesman in Qatar. "It's funny and it's frustrating at the same time as far as al-Jazeera's concerned. We're fed up of these rumours that al-Jazeera is a conduit for communication for any group."

Confirmation that the CIA had been hunting for hidden messages in broadcasts - and had turned up some curious results - came in June when US officials talked to NBC News. During the interview, the officials told how technicians at the CIA's directorate of science and technology believed they had found numbers embedded in al-Jazeera's news strip that corresponded with a hotch-potch of targets. There were dates and flight numbers, coordinates for high-profile sites such as the White House, as well as information apparently pointing to the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia. [...],13026,1546179,00.html
I did an interview with TV station recently; they asked me if OBL & Co (aQ) used Numbers Stations to get their messages to'd and fro'd.

I wonder if the Murder Inc boys in 'ol Virginnie' have been staring into TVs without antennae, looking into the snow to gain insight into what the HELL they are going to do next. The whole steganography story, which is as absurd as it is old, is just likie staring into the white noise of a TV, and frankly, if thats the best they can come up with, they had better go to the negotiating table right now, because they are grasping at invisible straws... and spending millions doing it no doubt.

These guys have no 'way in' to aQ; they have no way of monitoring them, getting their heads around them, getting into their skin...they think that they can do good work by staing in their offices and watching TV. Honestly, it doesnt get any more absurd.....if this were a story in a book, you would wet yourself laughing.

Hard Core that like Hard Core Porn....or is it more like Hardcore Science?

We may never find out.
posted by Irdial , 3:53 PM Þ 

The guardian also reports on a thawing peat bog in siberia and whilst it highlights the global warming threat of methane release the reporter somehow forgets to mention the intense interest by energy companies in exploiting the methane as the next major fuel source.
posted by meau meau , 2:48 PM Þ 

"The whole UFO thing is a kind of meme," says Susan Blackmore, a psychologist who studies paranormal activity. "It's a craze, a bit like sudoku. UFOs were just a rather long-lived version. But crazes thrive on novelty, and eventually that dies out. It's taken a long time, but it's good that the UFO era is over. My prediction is that it will go away for a long time and then come back." [...]

Susan Blackmore is like Seth Shostack of SETI ; they both freely admit that they have never studied any of the relevant and inexplicable UFO cases, and yet, they shamelessly line up to be the 'expert' talking heads whenever a brain dead journalist like Stephen Moss is tasked with writing around this subject.

The reason why there has been a spate of articles could be that we are in the annual 'silly season' the crisis that newspapers face every year where there are no stories pouring in from PR companies since they are all away on holiday.

The other reason could be that we are in the middle of a 'flap' up north where people are getting footage and photographs that are hard to explain.

One thing is for certain. If only one instance of an extraterrestrial UFO is true, then ETs exist, and Blackmore is humiliated and Shostack is out of a job. Anyone taking the time to read NUFORC will be aware of the constant flow of very bizarre, inexplicable sightings of the higest quality, right up to last month.

Susan Blackmore is an interesting example of a deluded and dishonest 'scientist'. She has written a book on 'memes' (which is why she is always putting everything she says in that context, to sell her book) and asserts whenever she is put on television as an expert in things she admits to never having studied, that it can all be put down to these 'memes' which she asserts, without any evidence at all, both exist and which might even be alive in some way.

No one ever pulls her up on these absurd claims, even worse, no one challenges her suitability as a talking head for this subject. In the age of google, it is impossible to say that she is the only one that could be found to chime in on this subject....unless there is an agenda in the writing of this piece. But thats impossible, right? Especially with the Guardian, which is a quality newspaper for intelligent people....

SETI, whilst being a totally illogical waste of time and energy, is harmless in itself. Whoever wants to work at it is free to do so, just like the Alchemists used to ferret away in the dark trying to turn lead into gold. What is odd, perplexing, and rather suspicious is why Seth Shostack, the spokesman for that endeavour says anything at all about UFOs. He refuses to read any of the cases, and instead, consistenly uses ridicule, lies and his own supersitition to prop up his 'position', which is, "I have a gig. I put my life into it. Dont rain on my parade". The dogma they repeat and refuse to address has been challenged clearly, and actually, from non intrenched camps, you can begin to hear the rumblings of the form 'hey wait a minute' from many true scientists who are beginning to understand that there is something to the UFO problem, and that there is only one inescapable conslusion to the cases that are of interest to us.

The French are way ahead in this 'putting away of childish things', which sadly, The Guardian perpetually chooses not to do.

The COMETA report, which is available in English if you know how to google, is a report written by:

High-level officials - including retired generals from the French Institute of Higher Studies for National Defense, a government-financed strategic planning agency - recently took a giant step in openly challenging skepticism about UFOs.

In a report based on a three-year study, they concluded that ''numerous manifestations observed by reliable witnesses could be the work of craft of extraterrestrial origin'' and that, in fact, the best explanation is ''the extraterrestrial hypothesis.'' Although not categorically proven, ''strong presumptions exist in its favor and if it is correct, it is loaded with significant consequences.''

The French group reached that conclusion after examining nearly 500 international aeronautical sightings and radar/ visual cases, and previously undisclosed pilots' reports. They drew on data from official sources, government authorities, and the air forces of other countries. The findings are contained in a 90-page report titled ''UFOs and Defense: What Should We Prepare For?''

Any serious journalist that is computer literate (do I need to say it, regular readers of BLOGDIAL?) should have found and read this document, instead of going down their in-house list of "talking heads to contact by subject". On a purely selfish level, most journalists want to write articles that are popular and read by alot of people. If Mr Moss had simply re-puslished the COMETA report ver batim, it would have been devoured by readers all over the world, becauese there really has not been a widespread exposure of this shockingly frank report in the English speaking world.

It would have been timely, since some editor obviously asked him to write in response to the binoculoids scanning the skies in North Yorkshire. So, why go down the route of the dullard, the lowest common denominator, the idiot? It's so very boring.

The COMETA report is hair raising stuff, because it is as close to a public government admission that UFOs are ET spacecraft as has ever been made. It is frank, balanced, pulls no punches, considers everything, leaves out nothing. It is breathtaking, literally.

It shows categorically that when serious professional people (Shostack and Blackmore are not serious or objective by any measure) look at the strong UFO evidence, they come to one inescapable conclusion, and they also say, almost uniformly, that this problem needs to be studied, the absurd and illogical ridicule associated with the subject, which (rightly) puts off scientists from studying it needs to be countered so that we somehing about this, instead of letting it carry on unobserved and un recorded.

Finally, did you know that until very recently scientists didn't believe that meteors came from space? Seems absurd doesn't it, and this relates directly to the present UFO problem; an ongoing sporadic event that cannot be repeated in the lab, witnissed by tens of thousands of credible witnesses, that is definately real, photographed and filmed but which is not accepted simply because it is not part of the current scientific dogma:

Chinese, Hebrew, Greek, and Roman records of meteor showers date back about 3000 years. The most ancient records of meteor showers show that people interpreted the showers as magical or religious events. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought meteor showers were weather-related, like lightning and rain. During the 18th century many scientists, including American astronomer David Rittenhouse, began to favor the idea that meteor showers had their origin in space.

Many scientists still believed that meteors were weather-related or caused by some phenomenon on the earth and did not accept that meteors came from space until the Leonid meteor storm in 1833. In that storm, observers noticed that the meteors all seemed to come from one place in the sky. This is an effect of perspective, but proved that the meteors originated beyond the earth’s atmosphere.

American astronomer Charles P. Olivier and British astronomer William F. Denning helped pioneer modern visual scientific studies of meteor showers in the beginning of the 20th century. American astronomer William Lewis Elkin obtained the first photographs of meteors during the Perseid and Leonid showers in the first years of the 20th century. British astronomers James Stanley Hey and G. S. Stewart studied meteor showers with radar. They projected radio waves into the sky during a meteor shower and recorded the radio waves as they bounced back from the meteors. The results of radar observations of meteor showers are very similar to the results of visual observation. [...]
There are plenty of places on the web where you can read about this, which seems to us now to be an absurd ostrich posture from people who should have known better, given the great advances they had been making and hence the clearly dangerous nature of word 'impossible' when applied to what is true and doable in the world. They are stil around today, these ostriches, and the most vocal of them are Seth Shostack and Susan Blackmore, aided and abetted by thier lazy brain dead supporters like The Guardian.
posted by Irdial , 11:52 AM Þ 

An amusing anecdote relating to Gödel relates that he apparently informed the presiding judge at his citizenship hearing, against the pleadings of Einstein, that he had discovered a way in which a dictatorship could be legally installed in the United States. Despite this minor fiasco, the judge, who was apparently a very patient person, still awarded Gödel his citizenship.
posted by Barrie , 9:56 AM Þ 

The Martians aren't coming

British UFO-spotting clubs may have to close because of a lack of sightings. Have the little green men really stopped visiting, or do we earthlings just have bigger things to worry about?

Stephen Moss
Thursday August 11, 2005

I wonder where Stephen Moss got this story? It's a mystery.... Or maybe he just copied it from the Independent yesterday.

UFO-spotters give up hunt for flying saucers

By Ian Herbert, North of England Correspondent

Published: 10 August 2005


"The X-Fileys"! Fab.

posted by Alun , 8:57 AM Þ 
Wednesday, August 10, 2005

US accuses Iran of smuggling weapons into Iraq

August 11, 2005 US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has accused Tehran of smuggling weapons into Iraq, after US intelligence reports claimed a cache of bombs found in the country's north had come from Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

"It is true that weapons clearly, unambiguously, from Iran have been found in Iraq," Mr Rumsfeld said.

"It's a problem for the Iraqi Government. It's a problem for the coalition forces. It's a problem for the international community. And ultimately, it's a problem for Iran."

The US military believes a hidden store of manufactured bombs seized in Iraq about two weeks ago was smuggled into the country by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. If the intelligence is correct, it would suggest the Revolutionary Guard is moving into a conflict that for the past year has been dominated by Sunnis rather than Shi'ites.

The claim came as The New York Times reported that armed men had entered Baghdad's municipal building during a blinding dust storm and deposed the city's mayor, installing in his place a member of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite militia.

The deposed mayor, Alaa

al-Tamimi, who was not in his offices at the time, called the move a municipal coup d'etat. He added that he had gone into hiding for fear of his life. [....]

The Australian

My emphasis. This story smells so bad its making monkeys puke on the south pole.

Note how its written by 'a correspondent' hmmm lets find out who REALLY wrote it:

Anagram generator says:


And there you have it.

There cannot be a single person living on this planet that thinks this report is true. Donald 'known unknowns' Rumsfeld is a LIAR and a MURDERER and a WARMONGER and has been caught in a blantant lie that has cost us all greatly. Now he and Murder inc. are trying to use lies again to get us all to sit still while they prepare to smash Iran. Not only are they trying to use lies again, but they are attempting to use the same lies twice.

Breathtaking audacity.
posted by Irdial , 6:31 PM Þ 

Don't laugh at the handicapped.
posted by Alun , 5:08 PM Þ 

the reduction of hormone-driven macho behaviour


Minty - Homme Aphrodite Part 1
AC/DC - Big Balls
Autechre - Clipper
Sun Ra - Mack the Knife
Velvet Underground - Lady Godiva's Operation
Minty - Homme Aphrodite Part 2
Liquid Liquid - New Walk
Sade - Smooth Operator
Cher - Do You Believe In Life After Love?
posted by meau meau , 1:49 PM Þ 

Judges say new drink laws are lunacy

Michael White, political editor
Wednesday August 10, 2005
The Guardian

Town and city centres will be turned into the equivalent of violent drink-fuelled Mediterranean holiday hotspots if the government insists on liberalising Britain's licensing laws, senior judges and police officers warned yesterday.

A report from senior judges in England and Wales told the Home Office to expect a big increase in rapes, domestic violence and serious assaults as a result of the new law allowing 24-hour drinking, which comes into force in November.

I grew up in a town where drinking to hideous excess every Friday and Saturday was de rigeur from the age of 15. On the occasions I've returned in the past few years I've seen the same people doing the same things in the same pubs, nearly 20 years on. Anyway, this drinking habit is accompanied by - nay, linked like a Siamese twin to - aggressive macho behaviour ranging from peer group bullying to vicious unprovoked attacks on strangers and a general air of tension. Why this should be Brit-specific I don't know. In Sweden, public drinking to excess was accompanied by, at the most extreme, very loud singing. [This said, Sweden does have alcohol-related problems with domestic violence and health issues which are used primarily as reasons to maintain the state monopoly on alcohol sales rather than indicators of problems within Swedish society]

In summary, a greater proportion of British people tend to exhibit aggressive behaviour when drunk. This is most commonly associated with all-male groups. This suggests a hormonal link. If more liberal drinking hours do not moderate this behaviour I propose the following solution:
Repeated aggressive behaviour: removal of 1 testicle [lower testosterone levels should curb violent tendencies]
Continued aggressive behaviour: removal of remaining testicle [it works for horses]
Any remaining behavioural problems are likely to be psychological and may be treated by ECT/lobotomy.
I believe that the reduction of hormone-driven macho behaviour will be a social stimulus sufficient to reduce behavioural problems in female drinkers without the need for direct intervention.
posted by Alun , 11:38 AM Þ 

The 'new audioscrobbler' which is actually lastfm now, looks great and works well. It isnt immediately obvious where you get plugins from; there is no link on the landing page to the plugins, which is...insane. No doubt they will fix this.

I took my first look at it on my Linux box and was very worried (did you know that we have finally dumped windoze for Linux? Fedora Core 4 is good enough to replace windows, and frankly its about time. Thanks to Codeweavers Crossover, we run iTunes as a music server...we dont run MS office anymore; Open Office does all of that stuff.) because it looked TERRIBLE. check out the screen grabs; the first two are from Mozilla and Safari on OSX and the third is from firefox on Fedora Core 4...

Mozilla: it all lines up nicely

Safari: has some probs with the buttons.

Firefox under FC4. This is very broken indeed; different and ugly scrollbars, missing buttons..cross browser compatibility is a nightmare, and this is the proof (as if you needed any).

Mozilla under FC4...messed up, though all the buttons and icons are there, and some of the layout is better rendered.
posted by Irdial , 12:21 AM Þ 
Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The new audioscrobbler is up, and it looks like it's all now. I think I miss the old audioscrobbler already!!... this new screen is all pink and bulbous, and it has a journal function? and tags?? Perhaps it will be more modular and functional, but I think I miss the old audioscrobbler... anyone else have any thoughts?
posted by telle goode , 8:42 PM Þ 

There's a book of interviews with Stockhausen, called 'Conversations with Stockhausen' or something. He was listening to reasonably high volume shortwave material on headphones and also on speakers, certainly enough to cause problems with your neighbours, and he was just tripping-out, going crazy. He got a whole group of students listening to this stuff for 40 days and nights, all the way through. If they were asleep, they'd have their headphones on. And he has this very big quasi-Buddhist Christian thing of 'the world is an entity', etc., which is what would now be considered 'hippie' or something, but he has a very holistic view of everything, and he has this notion that you can listen to the stars on shortwave. You'd find that interesting, it's really good. But he also talks very briefly in this interview about the connection between a certain kind of frequency on a shortwave and people going, like 'boing!'. But I understand that to be coming from interference with alpha waves in the brain; it's not from anything inside that signal, it's not because it comes from some particular star or anything, although I think that has a slight influence; if you listen to the 'woodpecker' pretty loud you start to get these alpha wave patterns. So in a sense it's linked to the whole DREAMACHINE flicker research. I can see that if you're dealing with shortwave, then you're dealing with very pure tones, with something that can sometimes link up with the physiognomy of your brain. Then are you being tricked into thinking it's a feeling when really it is only a kind of interference in your brain? It's making neurons fire that normally lie dormant?

The Stop Excercise
posted by meau meau , 3:53 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 3:38 PM Þ 

Kyrgyz group aims for Caliphate
By Artyom Liss and Damian Grammaticas
BBC News, Kyrgyzstan

The London bombings have prompted the UK government to outlaw Hizb ut Tahrir - a radical Islamic group that wants to replace secular governments with an Islamic Caliphate, or super-state run according to Sharia Law.

The group is particularly strong in Central Asia, where it believes it may take the first steps towards establishing its Caliphate. [...]

This article is pure spin; see how the beginning of it lies by not specifying that Hizb ut Tahrir wants to encourage the creation of an Islamic Caliphate....but not in western countries. Using the innapropriate word 'super-state' keys in with peoples fears of a Euro super-state; it is a very carefully (or very carelessly) worded article.

This article has been published because Hizb ut Tahrir is on the list of groups that are about to be banned in the UK. It is a propaganda article because it deliberately omits the stated and limited aim of this group. By doing this, and giving the false impression that Hizb ut Tahrir want to make everyone everywhere live under Sharia law, BBQ is stoking the flames, stirring the pot, being very evil etc, etc.

BBQ and the two shill 'journalists' are feeding the lie that aQ and its cheeleaders 'want to take over the whole world' and 'destroy our way of life'. Anyone who reads the website of Hizb ut Tahrir knows that they are only interested in muslim countries, and have no interest in western countries or converting them to Sharia.

The only threat to our way of life, the only people who are dismantling all the checks and balances, the 1000 year old institutions and systems, the only people who are setting the clock back are Murder inc and The Subsidiary. They are the ones passing the Soviet style laws that strip away our freedoms and privacy. They are the ones rolling out the total surveillance systems, crippling the justice system and running secret gulags all over the world.

Looking to the far flung future...when the UK population is 40% muslim, it will be easy to convert it to Sharia, since all the restrictive laws brought in by The Subsidiary will be tantamount to Sharia, or Sharia by any other know, curfiews, bans on speech, no dancing in the open air, no gatherings of more than 99 without police permission, no right to demonstraion... and the like. When that future comes, the difference between Sharia Britain and the Britian of The Subsidiary will be near zero. No one will even notice the changeover.

posted by Irdial , 1:07 AM Þ 
Monday, August 08, 2005

Note how the sideline here:

completely omits the crucial facts about the history of Iran's nuclear programme, as can be read beneath this post (in part) snarfled from Wikipedia.

There is no reason why they should not include the entire history in bullet point form, and or a link to Wikipedia, if they cant be bothered to do the work.

Putting in the historical context (and not cherry picking just the last three years) would make quite a difference to the readers perception of just who is responsible for this completely manufactured 'crisis'.
posted by Irdial , 8:43 PM Þ 

Hizb ut Tahrir is a non-violent political party. It has had a history of non-violence for the last 50 years

It's 'interesting' that the government is willing to proscribe a non-violent organisation that campaigns for action in foreign countries, yet combat 18 (a fascist racist group) which advocates violence in this country is not on their agenda. I know who I'd rather come across at two o'clock in the morning.

Not that we want to get into wish lists of proscribed organisations.
posted by meau meau , 8:17 PM Þ 


Unmanned surveillance vehicles are increasingly evident in a world that relies on knowing what people and places are doing.

Relies? is "Jo Twist" some sort of fuckwit who on earth thinks this world relies on knowing what people are doing?

Once this barrier is overcome, they can rightfully be called "eternal planes". It is hoped that a new Hale UAV vehicle, built by former UK defence research lab QinetiQ, will push the boundaries for eternal planes a bit further.

Ah a research firm's profits rely on such information, didn't catch the name? here it is again:

"No one has produced an eternal airplane yet," Andrew Rogoyski, head of QinetiQ's space division explained to the BBC News website.

And just in case Andrew is out of the office;

A solar powered Hale UAV could also be a viable option for nations that perhaps aspire to a space programme, but are economically restricted, thinks Paul Davey, QinetiQ's Mercator project manager.

Adverts on the BBC? Well if you know people who know people.
posted by meau meau , 3:46 PM Þ 

Reading the latest on Bush and American surging towards state-approved teaching of creationism (oh, sorry, Intelligent Design), I found myself back in 2001, reading an open letter from Richard Dawkins.

Bush is criticised for backing ID

Dawkins says:
[...] Religions are: hereditary beliefs and opinions.

In the UK faith-based schools are on the rise. I see this as a Bad Thing. It's certainly not going to help the 'integration' we've been hearing so much about the past few days. The indoctrination of the young with the beliefs and prejudices of the old will not lead us to a future any different from the present we currently suffer.
posted by Alun , 2:23 PM Þ 

December 2004:

Cost of Iraq
war so far to UK
taxpayer: £8 Billion

The total number of homes in the UK is just over 24.8 million

To give a rough estimation, you could expect to pay between £8,000 and £15,000 on a typical domestic installation of 1.5 kW. Please check the examples in the UK projects database to get a clearer picture of actual system costs.

So for the cost of just the invasion of Iraq the government could fund complete domestic photovoltaic installation on 1 million houses (assuming the billion is an american billion - ie a thousand million, and the cost is £8,000 - assuming a moderate economy of scale in order to use the lowest cost estimate), at a 50% subsidy you could fund installation on 10% of the housing stock

That £8 billion represents £5.3 billion per year or installing photovoltaics on 600,000 houses each year, total length of time to install photovoltaics on every home if fully subsidised at this rate; 42 years (edited for my very bad maths), 21 years at 50%, 10.5 years at 25% just from money spent chasing and securing oil.

Now if we say the 175,000 new houses built each year shouldn't be subsidised at all (but should include PV panels) you get 32/16/8 years.

Embark on a new [nuclear] programme, and we could be bolstering it up with subsidies of £900-£1,800 million (£1.8bn)
so if we divert that into our solar budget we have upto £7.1 bn giving 975,000 houses per year ie 26/13/6.5 years

Job done.
posted by meau meau , 10:37 AM Þ 

Reminiscent of scratched hands, stains on T-shirts, burnt tongues on still-too-hot blackberry and apple crumble. And of this.
posted by Alun , 10:12 AM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 9:58 AM Þ 
Sunday, August 07, 2005

In the sense that aQ is decentralised a guarantee of cessation of violence from it's 'leaders' cannot be taken for granted.

If you take their adherence to Sharia as a guide, OBL has laid down a Fatwa, and only the person who lays down a Fatwa can remove it.
Ayatollah Khomeini, who laid down the Fatwa saying that Salman Rushdie must be killed for writing that book, died, and so the Fatwa remains:

On February 14, 1989, a fatwa promising his execution was proclaimed on Radio Tehran by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran, calling his book "blasphemous against Islam." Furthermore, Khomeini condemned Rushdie for the crime of "apostasy"—attempting to abandon the Islamic faith— which according to the Hadith is punishable by death. This was due to Rushdie's communication through the novel that he no longer believes in Islam. Khomeini called on all "zealous Muslims" to execute the writer, as well as those of the publishers of the book who knew about the concepts of the book:

In the name of God Almighty. There is only one God, to whom we shall all return. I would like to inform all intrepid Muslims in the world that the author of the book entitled The Satanic Verses, which has been compiled, printed, and published in opposition to Islam, the Prophet, and the Qur’an, as well as those publishers who were aware of its contents, have been sentenced to death. I call on all zealous Muslims to execute them quickly, wherever they find them, so that no one will dare insult the Islamic sanctions. Whoever is killed on this path will be regarded as a martyr, God willing. In addition, anyone who has access to the author of the book, but does not possess the power to execute him, should refer him to the people so that he may be punished for his actions. May God’s blessing be on you all. Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini.
On February 24, Khomeini placed a three-million-U.S. dollar bounty for the death of Rushdie. Rushdie lived for a time under British-financed security. [...]

As Ayatollah Khomeini died his fatwa lived on, as certain members of the Islamic fundamentalist media allegedly stated:
"The responsibility for carrying out the fatwa is not the exclusive responsibility of Iran. It is the religious duty of all Muslims – those who have the ability or the means – to carry it out. It does not require any reward. In fact, those who carry out this edict in hopes of a monetary reward are acting against Islamic injunctions."

In 1999, an Iranian foundation put a US$2.8 million bounty on Rushdie's head. In early 2005, Khomeini's fatwa against Rushdie was reaffirmed by Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a message to Muslim pilgrims making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. In response to requests to withdraw the fatwa, Iran has stated that only the person who issued it may withdraw it; Khomeini, however, died in 1989. [...]

We can probably transpose this to OBL calling a cease fire; only he can do it, only he has the authority to do it. Since no one should be interfering with these people anyway, withdrawl should be done and this ceasefire offer accepted. We can then deal with the consequences (peace) afterwards.
posted by Irdial , 11:02 AM Þ 

In the sense that aQ is decentralised a guarantee of cessation of violence from it's 'leaders' cannot be taken for granted. And aQ is not the be all and end all of terrorism, even of the 'get out of muslim countries' variety. aQ know MI won't listen to their words, and their message isn't directly at them it's primarily for citizens of muslim & western countries.

When MI finally get out of the muslim countries I'd like it if aQ et al. could switch everything off but it won't come from the words of their 'leaders'.

MI need to get out of the middle east simply because they should not be there. Negotiation shouldn't come into it because you get into a situation like in Israel where MI say "well we negotiated and there's still someone claiming (/we claim) to be linked to aQ preaching this or that so we have no choice but to stay/invade because these people don't keep their word".

btw that definition of propaganda doesn't state that it can't serve a truthful agenda ;?


I want a refund for when i've been on a dial-up connection and get disconnected before the minimum call charge has been exceeded by my time online.
posted by meau meau , 10:16 AM Þ 

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