16-30 September, 2003

Posted by Tim Ireland at September 16, 2003

Category: Uncategorized

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2003
at
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Date
20030916
The Californian Recall
Time
08:54
Aww, poor widdle Arnie won’t get to go redistwicting… and it’s all down to the unreliability of the punch-card system that allowed The Unworthy One into office. There’s a mighty fine online interview with Washington Post Los Angeles Bureau Chief William Booth here. Enjoy.

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Date
20030916
11/9 (please note correct formatting of date)
Time
09:00
John & Mirjam sent in this wonderful Sept. 11th memorial. There was also a cool Arnold Schwarzenegger clip but, happily, this has now become rather dated and unnecessary.

Also, read about the truck driver who closed down eight miles of interstate highway with a ‘flip remark’ about explosives in his load.

UPDATE – Yet another juicy conspiracy theory for you and news that – surprise, surprise – recent anti-terrorism laws in the U.S. are increasingly being use to fight common criminals.

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Date
20030916
It’s War! And Somebody’s Telling Porkies!
Time
09:13
Hanging Day presents a few words from the troops. Also, The Guardian reveals that quite a few more troops have been injured in Iraq than the administration/military has let on.

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s top war correspondent, has said that the press muzzled itself during the Iraq war as a result of intimidation by the Bush administration ‘a climate of fear and self-censorship’ kept alive by Rupert ‘The Evil One’ Murdoch’s Fox News flunkies.

Meanwhile, China is sending armed forces to ‘monitor’ the North Korean border. It’s a ‘routine adjustment,’ so relax.

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Date
20030916

Time
09:22
Family left homeless after demolition crew takes right/wrong turn.

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Date
20030916

Time
09:24
You don’t have to agree with all of it, but you should read it: Ian Buruma on the Bush regime. It’s a long article. Save it for lunch and have a good chew.

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Date
20030916

Time
09:26
Sorry, it’s turning out to be a terribly political morning. Exit quietly and go hang gliding if you feel you need a break. (Link nabbed from FunJunkie.)

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Date
20030916
Anyone but George
Time
09:29
Bruce Springsteen tells concertgoers: “It’s time to impeach the president and get a man in there to get us out of this mess!”

Also, here’s some material to help you spread dissent. The Orwellian triptych in particular is inspired.

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Date
20030916
Christianity Watch
Time
09:37
Parents whose infant daughter died of meningitis after they treated her with prayer instead of medicine are charged with child abuse and involuntary manslaughter.

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Date
20030916

Time
09:39
Industrial rock band Hell On Earth are to feature a live suicide at their Oct 4th performance. It’s to raise awareness for ‘dying with dignity’…

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Date
20030916

Time
09:42
OK, let’s break for some serious news: Gloria Estefan doesn’t think much of David Blaine’s nappies.

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Date
20030916

Time
09:43
No matter where I turn this morning… the Bush administration has decided that all Canadians travelling to the United States should carry a passport. Papers! Papers, please!

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Date
20030916

Time
09:45
Font Browser lets you see what fonts are installed and active on your system. Useful for anybody unable to find the Control Panel, I suppose.

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Date
20030916
The Political Weblog Movement
Time
09:47
Meet Douglas Alexander. He’ll be playing an important role in Labour’s election campaign, dontcha know?

In this article, he references Howard Dean and certain new technologies, before going on to say:

Above all Labour’s next campaign will have a back to the future edge: there will be an emphasis on local campaigning – “a move from a mass campaign to a personal campaign”. Mr Alexander believes that “local sources of information are far more trusted, so that mums at the school gate, or a workmate at the workplace has far more credibility than some of the traditional forms of media”.

Now, I wonder what he could be talking about there?

Your mission today, should you choose to accept it, is to get in touch with Mr Alexander and warn him how easy it is to stuff these things up.

You may also want to warn him that the time for action is now, and not a few months before the election.

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Date
20030916
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
12:45
German pole vaulter Tim Lobinger faces a US$5,000 fine after dropping his shorts in protest at a decision by the judges during the World Athletics final in Monaco at the weekend. Not as serious as it sounds; it’s being docked from his winnings – and Monaco’s Royal Family got a proper eyeful, which is nice.

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Date
20030916
Photoshopping
Time
13:45
No prizes for guessing who’s on my mind today.

“This will take time and require sacrifice…anybody got a problem with that…?”

UPDATE – Marcus has kindly emailed in to let us know that the Sunday Herald article is enjoying extended coverage courtesy of Indymedia.

I’m still looking for a flash developer to do a show for the campaign song, BTW. Pop your hand up if you have some free time this week.

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Date
20030916
Anyone but George
Time
16:34
Off On a Tangent has led me to some excellent information that you may wish to share with less enlightened friends.

This is a welcome return to form from the recently rant-prone Michael Moore (whose site-based forum mysteriously disappeared just before the war, and has yet to re-appear). Looks like he’s switched to de-caf.

That Ladies Home Journal interview looks to be a classic, but the content Michael Moore references does not appear in the excerpt presented on the LHJ website. I’d be willing to pay someone to send me a hard copy, just for my own reference (and peace of mind) so do get in touch if you’re in a position to help out.

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Date
20030916

Time
17:27
Man arrested after cutting cables leading from David Blaine’s box. That’s cable’s coming from the box, not cables holding it up. Still no need to get excited, folks.

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Date
20030917
Weblog Marketing
Time
09:53
Oh dear God, this is pathetic. Some loser has decided to effectively spam Blogdex and other blog aggregators by opening up multiple blogs that all link to a central ‘sell’ blog.

The central spamblog is located here, and is chock-full of affiliate toss.

Inbound linkage, apart from one link at Everything I Read who, along with Evil Pundit of Doom, was one of the first to rumble this guy, comes from the following Blogger weblogs, and has resulted in a 7th-place listing at Blogdex:

henryimbriaconashville.blogspot.com

ironhanksview.blogspot.com

henry-imbriaco.blogspot.com

henryimbriacohealth.blogspot.com

totechsol.blogspot.com

henryimbriacorealestate.blogspot.com

totechsol.blogspot.com

henryimbriacocomedy.blogspot.com

henryimbriacohealth.blogspot.com

henryimbriacomovies.blogspot.com

henryimbriaconashville.blogspot.com

A quick search for Henry Imbriaco revealed a number of other weblogs started by this same individual, and a Technorati lookup on the spamblog shows not only a bunch of other blogs not picked up by Blogdex, but also a trail that leads right back to what appears to be his central weblog (no, he doesn’t work for Budweiser, that address stems from this free email service).

The man is quite obviously a genius of the highest order, so you may wish to also read his thoughts on marketing at his ecademy.com profile.

Apart from a few automated instances (say, when Tripod closed down ‘dead’ sites registered with Blogdex and placed the same commercial partnership link at each of them) this appears to be the first marketing wankage of its kind, and as such it needs a name.

I’ve decided to christen this lame stunt a Barney Gumble, after this great man’s highly convincing multi-personality turn in The Simpsons (Episode 2F21 – The Springfield Connection), where our hero, Homer, Moe, Carl and Lenny are sitting around playing poker. Barney, concerned about the beer supply, uses a cunning ploy to send Homer to his carhole to fetch more Duff:

Barney: Hey Homer, I’m worried about the beer supply. After this case, and the other case, there’s only one case left!

(Barney hides his mouth behind his beer can and begins to throw his voice)

Yeah, yeah! Uh, Barney’s right.

Yeah, let’s drink some more beer.

Yeah!

Hey, what about some beer?

Yeah, Barney’s right.

Genius. Sheer (if somewhat adulterated) genius.

And, speaking of which, there is an old adage about great discoveries being made at the same time by scientists who are working independently, and – lo and behold – there is yet another genius is at work on the Movable Type front, running a series of ‘personal’ weblogs that are merely fronts for porn sites.

This trail starts at the decidedly NSFW trickytarts.com and leads to a number of other ‘tricky’ blogs on different themes ranging from attractive soccer moms to ladies with (ahem) extra equipment.

I wouldn’t go following that trail, BTW. It’s not at all safe for viewing at work and will only depress you in the end. Suffice it to say that it exists, and the effort is a load of crotchless pants.

(Note – as I still dwell in the dark ages of blogging and have no permalinks, chums and chumettes of Bloggerheads with more advanced blogs may feel free to repeat this post in its entirety for reference purposes.)

UPDATE – Rich from FunJunkie informs me that trickytarts.com have hit their site with referral spam in the recent past. Doesn’t surprise me at all.

UPDATE II – The discussion about this post at ecademy is bound to be interesting. As with the Raging Cow debate, I’m sure someone, somewhere is right now carefully examining my pot for telltale signs of blackness.

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Date
20030917

Time
10:03
Yesterday was a great day in politics and today appears to be an equally impressive day in the history of online marketing.

Verisign have, in their infinite wisdom, decided that when you type an incorrect URL you should, instead of receiving an error message, receive a message from their chosen advertiser.

The implications of this crass move are explained clearly at Slashdot and The Register.

UPDATE – No, wait! There does appear to be some hope after all! Martin Lloyd has completed his MBA and he’s sure to come out kicking. After he’s finished bumming around Amsterdam for two weeks, that is.

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Date
20030917
Anyone but George
Time
10:39
I spent a bit of time last night pondering the growing unrest in the U.S. and wondered what specific move – if any – would be enough to start a significant groundswell against the Bush regime.

Then I woke up this morning and found a surge in popularity for new sites like amiserablefailure.com, nobodydied.com and misleader.org

It appears that the moment involved, as you would expect, a sudden and unexpected shock to the wallet. It’s just taken folks a few days to get their hosting sorted.

Adding to the increasingly loud whispers are John Burns’ account of media control in Iraq before, during and after the war and the rather unfortunately named Col. David H. Hackworth’s thoughts on persistent lies about the Saddam/WTC connection. Even Donald Rumsfled has let slip that the connection is a load of old cobblers.

(UPDATE – Alternet has more on this. It’s a good read, and references the welcome awakening.)

You know what I want? I want this realisation to grow. I want Bush forcibly removed from office by any fair and legal means possible.

And, you’ll pardon me for saying so, but I think Tony Blair deserves a public arse-kicking as well.

Be warned that this will be no easy affair. Opponents of Bush and Blair will be ruthlessly attacked by the Murdoch media empire and the use of misdirection and misinformation will ascend to dizzier and dizzier levels.

The resulting power vacuum on both sides of the Atlantic will be messy, but it’s too late to simply put the ‘French’ back into fries. Just look at the mess this team has led us into and have a quiet think about how much worse it can get if left uncorrected.

Regime change begins at home. Let’s show them how to do it without needless bloodshed.

And bottoms. Lots and lots of bottoms.

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Date
20030917

Time
10:48
I first saw mention of AngleGrinder Man a few days ago, and must admit to yawning more than once. I seriously didn’t think it was blogworthy, but the media are eating it up. Well, it does provide readers with a heady dose of rebellion. In an entirely non-political way, of course.

Hm. Maybe it’s time that I switched to de-caf.

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Date
20030917

Time
10:56
This is a fine gallery of old magician’s posters. In fact, it gives me a fine idea for a B3ta challenge, which I’ll suggest later today. (Link via The Ultimate Insult.)

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Date
20030917
Follow Up
Time
10:59
Petition makes print: will Star Wars Kid get a Star Wars role?

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Date
20030917

Time
11:00
What are the worst jobs in science? Smelling other people’s farts is at No. 1

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Date
20030917

Time
11:02
Smokers of Canada’s government-approved marijuana say it’s ‘disgusting’ and want their money back.

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Date
20030917
Flash Thingies
Time
11:04
Spot the difference. (Slighty NSFW.)

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Date
20030917

Time
11:05
Ahahahahahaha! Crank caller phones RIAA amnesty line to ‘surrender’.

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Date
20030917
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
11:06
Whispers reach me that the Bare Your Bum at Bush campaign has rated a mention in The Independent (it’s in Pandora, so no link is available, I’m sorry). It tries to tie the campaign to Richard Allan and Tom Watson, which is a bit cheeky.

For the record… these are the actions of a slightly imbalanced man working independently.

Well, not entirely independently. Here’s a handy list of nice people who have supported the campaign with linkage.

Incidentally, it was Pandora that first went to print with news of the hoax address for Tony Blair way back in 2001, and it was on this day last year that I first got the idea for the Tony Blair Email campaign.

Oh, and remember that Sun article that got my daily stats ass-backwards? Turns out it was quite prophetic. The number of individual daily visitors to Bloggerheads has, in the last two weeks, leaped from 1500 a day to over 15,000. On average, the server is now feeding a hungry populace 430Mb of data per day. Per day.

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Date
20030917
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
12:57
CalPundit has done a damn fine interview with Paul Krugman. This is today’s must-read.

Outright lies from the Bush regime about the economy and the war, and not your usual lies, either – but downright scary 2+2=5 stuff. Toward the end, Krugman predicts a drastic change.

Scan down below the article and check out the comments (if you dare), and have a look at what other people are saying about this on their own weblogs.

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Date
20030917
It’s War! And Somebody’s Telling Porkies!
Time
13:53
How did I miss this? Britain and America have decided to delay indefinitely the publication of a full report on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction after inspectors found no evidence that any such weapons exist.

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Date
20030917
Bunch of Stuff
Time
17:01
Sing this to the tune of She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain, but do be careful… you could be infringing copyright.

After you’ve finished ogling women in spacesuits, you’ll want to take a peek at SomethingAwful’s collection of alternative iPod ads and if you’re into coding and love Google, then Google is interested in loving you back (but do make sure that you fill out the right forms first).

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Date
20030918

Time
09:20
Man buys cookie jar from long-lost-brother on eBay.

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Date
20030918

Time
09:21
“If you are young man or a first time buyer of expensive jewelry, this website may seem long-winded.” No! Really?

Spend some time getting to know Capetown Diamond’s founder and chairman, Carl Kenneth Marcus and buy a watch, dammit!

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Date
20030918

Time
09:23
Huzzah! The winners have been announced for the Anti-Terrorism License Plate Contest! (Link via TTR2.)

That’s some mighty effective proper-gander the kids have come up with there. Should keep the terrorists at bay for years (but if you’re still feeling nervous, feel free to back your number-plate up with a Baby on Board sign – and maybe a stick-on Garfield with an AK-47).

Here’s a slightly chummier contest for kids in the UK:

Win the chance to be the speaking clock!

I heard about this on Radio 2 yesterday when they interviewed the chap who has been the voice of the speaking clock for the last 18 years – and was quite tickled to learn that he’s the same guy who did the ‘Stand by for action! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…’ intro that began every Thunderbirds episode.

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Date
20030918
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
09:35
The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus

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Date
20030918

Time
09:37
Fellas, check your trousers. Is anything missing?

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Date
20030918

Time
09:39
Kansas senator Sam Brownback introduced legislation on Tuesday that could prove a real headache for the RIAA. Let’s hear it for due process!

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Date
20030918

Time
09:42
Meet the monster-sized marsupial that’s a distant relation of koalas and wombats. And people still don’t believe in Dropbears…?

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Date
20030918

Time
09:47
Competition and spectator tickets are now on sale for the 2003 Rock Paper Scissors International World Championships! (Cheers, Funjunkie.)

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Date
20030918

Time
09:50
Well, how about that? Monkeys covet.

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Date
20030918

Time
09:52
If you’re setting out on a journey to fight evil today, you may need this map. Alternatively, why not take your dog for a walk so he can leave a little present outside the White House?

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Date
20030918
Anyone but George
Time
10:13
A lot of positive noise around yesterday about Wesley Clark’s announcement that he was joining the presidential race. His official site is here and charting quite well on Blogdex this morning.

Me, I don’t know the man from Adam, but I did poke around a bit and found this report on the man damn near starting WWIII. Perhaps he was having a bad day. And perhaps you may wish to Vote Hamster instead.

OK, maybe I’m being a little unfair. Bush is leading the polls, after all. Despite being a liar and despot. Media control is everything, baby!

America needs a leader to take this next election by the balls. If there isn’t one strong point of focus, Bush could get Nadered right back in again.

Still, why wait? Steve sent me the following link that you may wish to act on:

Sign the petition to move for impeachment.

Not just Bush, but also his willing partner in crime, Dick Cheney.

Best news this morning? The awakening over the last few days has actually has an effect:

President Bush admits that there was no evidence that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was involved in the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks. Erm, but in the same breath, he’s denying that this false connection was used to justify war.

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Date
20030918

Time
10:15
Burp!

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Date
20030918

Time
11:01
Hooray for Ruben Pla, one of the finest actors of our generation. You doubt me? Pshaw! Just look at his range!

I don’t suppose anybody know where I can find the remarkable Internet serial Cosmic Fury? I’d love to see it.

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Date
20030918

Time
12:08
Tomorrow be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Prepare your office for action with this PDF poster and brush up on your pirate-speak with this handy guide.

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Date
20030918
Photoshopping
Time
16:44

Woof!

Oh, and you’ll love this pirated image from over at B3ta. You’ll laugh like a loon, says I.

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Date
20030918

Time
16:52
I’ve just put my application in for the 2004 Onians Fellowship. If you think you have something new to offer the business world, you have just over a week to flesh out your brilliant idea (in less than 500 words) and get your form in.

Do it now. Tomorrow you’ll be too busy talking like a pirate.

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Date
20030918

Time
17:02
Bloody hell. Just look at the size of Hurricane Isabel!

Some more pictures from Yahoo of fun and games at ground level can be found here.

Good luck everyone in range of the storm whose power hasn’t been cut yet. It’s probably a bit late to break out the duct tape, but at least try to be careful.

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Date
20030918
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
17:28
Heh. Check out Richard Allan’s reaction to being unfairly linked to the Bare Your Bum at Bush campaign by The Independent. (Found via Tom, who is more restrained but just as understanding about the whole thing…)

Oh, and I’ve cracked the language barrier again. Hungarian this time. That’s a first, as far as I can recall. I don’t suppose anyone would care to translate?

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Date
20030919

Time
10:03
Arrr, Pri’ate Eye be clutchin’ at straws as part o’ a petty campaign against t’Guardian.

This keelhaulin’ began after Paul Carr’s art’cl about their missin’ the point o’ Tom Watson’s Teens page.

Ya-harr, t’Guardian reports on t’Interwebnet more than any other UK newspaper, and that be the truth.

Anybody who knows anythin’ about t’Interwebnet knows what a major force Google be. If ye report on t’Interwebnet, ye’ll end up spendin’ a lot o’ time talkin’ about Google – as t’Guardian has (and not always in a positi’e manner, me hearties).

And if we’re goin’ t’ talk about ad’ertisin’ placement, let’s be lookin’ at this same issue o’ Pri’ate Eye which be carryin’ a full-page ad for a new ser’ice from BT/Yahoo. As any daft son o’a sea biscuit knows, Yahoo be the nearest thin’ Google has t’ a serious competitor, and they’re settin’ themsel’es up t’ be in a much stronger position t’ compete.

How nice o’ Lord Gnome t’ take their filthy lucre and hang the enemy from the yardarm t’ aid their cause.

Not that Yahoo be the only benefactor.

Pri’ate Eye also takes time t’ print paid ad’ertisements for sites such as the eye-rection-boostin’ www.generic-viagras.com, Herbalife privateer www.iwantmorethanthis.com and toss-title pro’ider www.elitetitles.co.uk

Perhaps t’Guardian carries many ads for Google a’cos they don’t be ha’in’ as much choice as the come-one-come-all Eye.

This one be takin’ the sea-biscuit, and no mistake!

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Date
20030919

Time
10:09
Yarrr, two men have been found guilty by her Majesty’s court o’ casting fake doubloons (and doubloon be spel’t with only one ‘l’).

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Date
20030919

Time
10:11
Thar be nothin’ I fear on land, be it man or beast, but the ungodly creatures o’ the deep still make me shiver with feare.

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Date
20030919
Ridin’ High on Blogdex
Time
10:13
Avast! I be wantin’ me own paragraph in t’future o’ blogging.

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Date
20030919

Time
10:19
Unworthy cur subjects sea-dog to semen. It be a crime against nature.

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Date
20030919

Time
10:21
Ah-har, ah-har, ah-har-har-har! ‘Lord’ Archer be a lord no more!

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Date
20030919

Time
10:22
Thar be unhealthy stirrin’ in the East, as Saudi Arabia arms with the ultimate cannon.

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Date
20030919

Time
10:41
They be stealin’ our words! This calls for mutiny, m’lads!

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Date
20030919
Photoshoppin’
Time
10:42
Ah-harr, Bush be playin’ dress-up again!

Ye can be seein’ a larger version over the dateline at B3ta.

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Date
20030919

Time
10:57
Yarrr! Ah-harr! It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day today!

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Date
20030919

Time
12:13
New virus ahoy!

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Date
20030919

Time
12:49
Avast, ye swabs! Ye be nowhere today without the Random Pirate Insult Generator. Ye’ll be needin’ it to fend off the lily-livered landlubbers questioning yer rightful pirate status.

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Date
20030919
Spam’n
Time
13:13
Arrrrrr, it now be a criminal offence to spam in the UK, but this new law of the land only covers yer personal address, mates. (Yarrr, it blows….)

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Date
20030919
Photoshoppin’
Time
13:17
Ah-harrr! I be front-paged over at B3ta with this treasured masterpiece.

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Date
20030919

Time
13:23
Versign be softenin’ their partnership page to include other domains ye be seekin’. Here be an example.

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Date
20030922
Anyone but George
Time
09:25
Justin (whose site appears to be down this morning) was kind enough to email me on Friday with an image alert.

This familiar image appears in a double page spread of the current issue of New Statesman.

If you’d care to pick up a copy (or subscribe online) there’s also a grand article by Mark Thomas on the recent arms fair protests and use of anti-terrorist laws to curtail the legal right to peaceful protest.

I found this article in Saturday’s Independent to be extremely heartening. It seems the military community is joining the awakening. The Guardian also reports a 14-point fall in overall approval ratings for The Unworthy One.

The Nation also predicts a gloomy future for Bush in light of the quite savage by-election backlash here in Brent-East.

Goodbye, George. I can’t say it’s been a pleasure knowing you, but it sure has been interesting.

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Date
20030922

Time
09:38
Owning a cat may increase your chances of becoming schizophrenic or manic depressive. If you’re in any doubt about the ownership of a cat leading to significant mental problems, I’d like to present the following additional proof.

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Date
20030922

Time
09:42
Men holding Bible class capture murder suspect who interrupted a discussion on biblical prophecies. Bet nobody saw that coming.

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Date
20030922

Time
09:46
Finally someone gets the point. It’s not that Londoners are hostile, it’s just that we fail to see the point of David Blaine’s little box stunt.

OK, so maybe we’re a little bit hostile

(Latter link via Rogi, who’s made a welcome return to regular bloggage.)

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Date
20030922
A Blog Is Born
Time
09:53
The Soulrage Project is a quest to take over the world, inspired by the blog you see before you. Perhaps the early stages of world conquest can include getting my name right….?

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Date
20030922
Does What It Says On The Tin
Time
09:56
They’re cold and impersonal, but unlikely to press charges. Find out more at statuemolesters.com

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Date
20030922

Time
09:58
U.S. soldier shoots a rare Bengal tiger at Baghdad zoo. They turned up in ‘casual dress’, drinking beer. After closing time. They broke into a protective cage to get closer so they could try and feed the tiger. The tiger bit and clawed the idiot trying to feed it. So one of the soldiers shot the animal dead. Nice.

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Date
20030922
The Political Weblog Movement
Time
10:03
Huzzah! Tobias Ph. E. Romer is on the case in Switzerland.

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Date
20030922

Time
10:05
I tried to track down the full online version of this Saddam in secret negotiations with the US story at The Mirror, but all I found out was that Mariah Carey is single and desperate.

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Date
20030922

Time
10:32
U.N. compound hit in second car bomb attack. This follows an attempt on Akila Al-Hashimi’s life on Saturday.

Stability appears to present a problem to someone’s agenda.

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Date
20030922

Time
10:43
For those who missed the alert on Friday (there’s at least one of you): The Swen virus masquerades as a new Microsoft patch – find out how to avoid it, and what to do in the case of infection.

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Date
20030922

Time
10:50
David Blunkett doesn’t have a bloody clue how many illegal immigrants are in the country and seems to think that curtailing the civil liberties of law-abiding citizens is the solution (via Ionica).

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Date
20030923
Doing The Rounds
Time
10:05
Beware the dreaded lurgy,

It will take you from behind;

It will drip-drip-drip your sinuses,

And swiftly fog your mind.

The screen! The screen!

It hurts my eyes,

This rotten little bug;

Bed rest! Bed rest!

And chicken soup,

And lots and lots of drugs.

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Date
20030924

Time
09:24
William Blair is hot. David Blaine is not.

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Date
20030924

Time
09:25
Parents seek to ban Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land. The claim is that they may lead to ‘inappropriate sexual arousal of young teens’.

Incidentally, this week is Banned Books Week. The list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000 makes for interesting reading.

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Date
20030924
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
09:32
Search Google by location. If that location is in the U.S.

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Date
20030924
Does What It Says On The Tin
Time
09:33
Bring life back into the old soldier with zombiepinups.com (link via TTR2).

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Date
20030924
The Californian Recall
Time
09:35
Court rules that recall can go ahead in October. Oh well. At least we shut Arnie up for a couple of weeks.

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Date
20030924

Time
09:36
Mother throws baby out window (minus bathwater). She claims it jumped.

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Date
20030924
Rupert ‘The Evil One’ Murdoch
Time
09:37
You know the Lib-Dems have made it when The Sun gets this desperate.

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Date
20030924

Time
09:40
Tasteless website probed by police for humiliating the homeless. They claim they can’t do much, as the site has now closed down. Have they checked the archive?

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Date
20030924

Time
09:43
Hungarians have more sex than anyone and Australia is the gayest country in the world. The same survey claims that Australians were twice as likely to fake their orgasms. How does that work, then?

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Date
20030924

Time
09:46
Army admits using personal passenger data provided by Jet Blue. A group of passengers have already sued the airline.

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Date
20030924

Time
09:50
U.S. Army plays nice: Send toys to Iraqi children. No guns, please.

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Date
20030924
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
10:30
This looks like the news we’ve been waiting for folks: Buckingham Palace is due to announce details of George W Bush’s visit to the UK within a week.

The article claims that Bush will receive ‘a full ceremonial welcome’… too bloody right!

If you want to keep an eye out for this impending press release, then this is the page to watch.

Thanks to the Martyn Traynor, we also have a link to this Ananova article, which ties the impending announcement to plans being made by the Stop the War Coalition.

UPDATE – The mass mooning may very well take place outside the palace. Does anyone know what kind of view the Belgian Suite provides? Also, if Bush is addressing both Houses of Parliament, then our chances of getting a bum inside are greatly increased. Somewhere out there is a Lord or MP willing to make the ultimate political statement. Nominations gratefully accepted.

I watched George W Bush’s address to the U.N. live yesterday afternoon. More of the same old lies, dressed up with a few new weapons of mass distraction, including the ever-trusty back-up plea for us to pleeeease think about the children.

I actually choked on my Lemsip when he claimed that he and his cronies had acted ‘to defend the peace, and the credibility of the United Nations’.

If he really believes that, then we are in trouble.

Daily Kos has some thoughts on this speech, and on the subsequent interview on Rupert ‘The Evil One’ Murdoch’s FOX News network.

I’m sure it won’t surprise you to learn that Bush protects his feeble little brain from the turmoil of the outside world, rarely reading actual news and instead scanning the headlines and trusting entirely in his advisors (the clever chaps who’ve decided that Friday is the best day to release bad news).

Hmm, perhaps then the secret to reaching The Unworthy One is putting the story in the headline. Here’s a good one to start with:

Poll: Bush down, Clark up

Don’t plan on the election saving you, BTW. Bush already has a plan to sort out those pesky percentages.

I know it’s getting chilly, folks – but you should be preparing yourself to bare those buttocks and send Dubya a message that’s crystal-clear (and doesn’t contain any long or difficult words).

Note – Today’s image comes to you courtesy of One-Term President. Download and display a copy for yourself today.

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Date
20030924
Rupert ‘The Evil One’ Murdoch
Time
13:22
Tuesday: The Sun calls Frank Bruno ‘bonkers’ and is forced to make humiliating climbdown.

Wednesday: The Sun makes a donation to charidee by way of apology… and makes a Happy Meal of it that – sadly – many of their readers will swallow.

1. Asking readers to chip in to boost their donation. And the whole country’s behind them, folks!

2. Columnist Jane Moore (longtime servant of The Evil One) asks you to pray for Frank. It’s a ‘cautionary tale of modern times’…

3. “No one loves Frank Bruno more than The Sun. We’ve been by his side throughout his career, sharing his triumphs and helping shoulder his tragedies…” Which, presumably, is why they were kind enough to print the retraction that appears in the archive results today under to the original story and the longer, fluffier one.

What a bunch of shameless hypocrites!

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Date
20030925
Anyone but George
Time
09:20
“(Saddam) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project conventional power against his neighbors.”

Secretary Colin L. Powell in Cairo, Egypt on February 24, 2001

Well, waddya know? He was right!

A CIA-led team of 1,400 weapons experts and support staff, and all they found was a few suspiciously clean bunsen burners.

But George W Bush is still using this old chestnut while telling the UN to drop dead.

Well, he didn’t actually say ‘drop dead,’ but according to reports, Wesley Clark did take the time to say ”Limbaugh’s full of shit.”

A few opening barbs have been sent Wesley Clark’s way, BTW. He appears to have dealt with them like an actual human being.

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Date
20030925

Time
09:22
Behold the winner of The Most Phallic Building of the World competition. London’s lovable Gherkin took the ‘Best Uncircumcised Building’ award.

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Date
20030925

Time
09:26
I didn’t comment on MSN closing down their chat rooms yesterday, as I don’t use chat rooms much and didn’t feel qualified to comment – but I do know an overreaction when I see one. Check out this screengrab from The Mirror’s most recent online poll.

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Date
20030925

Time
09:29
Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey (via TTR2, who are spot on about it being addictive).

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Date
20030925
Does What It Says On The Tin
Time
09:31
Shed a sympathetic tear at oldmencrying.com

Also, you may wish to spare a thought for the lost soul at single-male.com

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Date
20030925

Time
09:32
Bomb squad called in to dispose of box of candy. A local church youth group left it in place as a ‘random act of kindness’…

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Date
20030925
My Son Calls Them ‘Evil Corporations’
Time
09:34
What money wants, money gets: a federal court has blocked the U.S. national ‘do not call’ list days before it was due to come into effect. You’ll want to come out fighting this one…

In other news, the RIAA has dropped its lawsuit against a 66-year-old grandmother who was supposed to have downloaded and shared over 2000 songs online. Including the rap song I’m a Thug. On her Macintosh computer, which is unable to run Kazaa.

The RIAA has called this a ‘gesture of good faith’ but in truth it’s a clear case of mistaken identity and they simply don’t have a case. You and I know that if they had the goods on this granny, they would sue her without hesitation.

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Date
20030925

Time
09:42
Your trusty guide to mathematics in The Simpsons.

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Date
20030925

Time
09:44
Wind Power Is Now Cheaper than Coal in the U.S.

Damn it, I want my windmill!

In other news, the statement from the biotech mouthpiece claiming that the results of the GM debate were flawed because 99.9% of the population did not take part made me chuckle.

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Date
20030925

Time
09:55
eBay thief reveals tricks of the trade. He claims that many ‘customers’ are too scared to question his credenditials.

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Date
20030925
Anyone but George
Time
09:57
Following up on yesterday’s Salon article:

Claims that electronic voting is unreliable, unverifiable and funded by the radical Christian right.

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Date
20030925

Time
10:03
Bomb pranksters arrested. It sure was nice of them to videotape their antics for future reference.

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Date
20030925

Time
12:05
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Date
20030925
Rupert ‘The Evil One’ Murdoch
Time
12:31
The Sun Says: Our Armed Forces put their lives on the line to drive out Saddam Hussein. They still risk their necks each day to keep the peace and make Iraq a safer place. But what do that small-minded bunch of windbags known as the Lib Dems do? They carp that the war may not have been legal and that Britain may have been wrong to join the Americans in deposing Saddam. What an insult to the courage of Our Boys and Girls, many of whom died for the cause of freedom.

Sorry to interrupt your Lib-Dem bashing, Rebekah… but if the war was illegal, then they didn’t die for the cause of freedom, now did they? They died needlessly. You jumped-up, dried-up old ginger tosser.

UPDATE – Hm. That last comment was a tad harsh. An apology is in order. To ginger folks everywhere… I’m sorry to connect you in any way to Rebekah Wade. The jumped-up, dried-up old xxxxxx tosser.

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Date
20030925
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
13:03
Tharrr she blows!

George W. Bush has called our bluff. We have our dates:

The President of the United States has accepted an invitation from The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from Wednesday 19th November to Friday 21st November 2003.

A few people have been asking and yes, there are possible legal implications to taking any buttock-waving action. By baring your arse in such a way, it is likely that you could be arrested for a breach of the peace.

By encouraging you to do so, I may very well be done for incitement. Hell, for linking to the campaign page, you could get done for incitement.

Nevertheless, I consider George W. Bush to be a criminal and his presence on these shores to be an insult.

I do this out of love for my country.

Still, there’s no point playing into the hands of The Met and t’media.

The Bare Your Bum at Bush campaign page has been updated with a some further thoughts on strategy. I’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE – In the meantime, you may wish to send a letter to Liz and warn her to count the towels:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Buckingham Palace

London SW1A 1AA

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Date
20030926
Does What It Says On The Tin
Time
09:08
worldbeardchampionships.com! No? OK, how about awfulplasticsurgery.com?

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Date
20030926
Riding High on Blogdex
Time
09:09
Gen. Shelton shocks Celebrity Forum, says he won’t support Clark for president.

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Date
20030926
Fair and Balanced
Time
09:10
And now, a few words from the right. They’re claiming media bias, the poor dears.

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Date
20030926

Time
09:13
Advertising authorities in Moscow have banned a poster campaign showing the euro having sex with the US dollar. Take a look at that pic. It’s the wrong way round, surely. Everybody knows that the dollar is the daddy. Most of us bend over for a good shafting on a daily basis.

And, good news from China, believe it or not – they’ve banned TV commercials for feminine hygiene products and haemorrhoid ointments during meal times. We should have the same thing here.

Oh, and why may I ask do they have ads for loans sharks and ‘sue-em-all’ shysters on children’s channels? What’s the point of that exactly? OK, so parents may unwittingly give way on a few sugary treats, but I’m pretty sure that any conversation started with ‘Dad, do we need an unsecured personal loan?’ is going to be a bloody short one.

My eldest (8 years old) has these ads well-sussed, himself. He keeps asking if he can call the free phone number and give them an earful about wasting his time and their advertising dollars.

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Date
20030926
Flash Music Video
Time
09:14
Gollum Rap is mildly diverting, but do watch out for some NSFW ads on this page.

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Date
20030926

Time
09:25
Ahahahahahahaha! David Blaine may have to pay for the rather costly police protection he’s been receiving. Dollars to donuts that we pay for Bush’s protection, though.

I can confidently predict that a lot of money will be wasted on police manpower intended less to protect Bush, and more to make him look good by keeping protesters a few blocks away from the action. Your tax dollars at work, folks…

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Date
20030926
Christianity Watch
Time
09:30
Vatican plans to discourage the use of altar girls and ban applause and dancing at Masses. They’ll still be serving snacks and drinks though, right?

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Date
20030926
Can Weblogs…? – Baring Your Bum at Bush
Time
10:07
sofa_king_angry writes:

I always thought you Brits were a bit cheeky, but this protest idea is sublime. I hope you can bare thousands of bare bums to show the murdering, war-mongering horse’s arse Bush that he’s not welcome.

On second thought, speaking for the majority of Americans who didn’t vote for him, why don’t you keep him? I’m sure he’d get on quite well with your royals, as he’s never worked a day in his life and has had everything handed to him on a silver platter. I’m sure they could find room for him.

I invite all of you peace lovers to join an international thong in an orgy of anti-Bush, anti-war rants at: www.smirkingchimp.com

You’re not the first to make that request, mate – and you won’t be the last. The answer, as always, is ‘no’

You may not have voted for him, but until you impeach the man, you’re stuck with him. Sorry.

Actually, everybody is Iraq is stuck with him, too – and he’s not leaving until he has bled that country dry:

Bush sells Iraq to his corporate buddies #1

Bush sells Iraq to his corporate buddies #2

That latter link is from the Iraqi blog Baghdad Burning, and it’s a cracker of a post. Read it and weep.

UPDATE – *chortle* Iraq now for sale on eBay. See it before it’s withdrawn by the anti-fun squad. (Cheers to Rogi for the link.)

This list of Bushims also provides serious food for thought. Remember; this man has WMDs of his own.

There was a serious traffic spike last night, thanks to plugagge over at Eschaton. The resulting comments thread is particularly entertaining.

OK, down to the business of the actual bum barrage…

The Five Live interview went OK. Ish. I got the distinct impression that they thought the Bare Your Bum at Bush campaign was a bit silly and beneath them – but anybody who’s marched in this country in the last few years will know that legitimate protest does sweet bugger all.

Trust me when I tell you that the Met will be well-funded and well-prepared to herd and harass anybody who looks a little bit like a protestor. This being the case, I’m not entirely sure that a mass-mooning is a good idea. It may also reflect badly on the rather more staid approach being taken by the Stop the War Coalition, who are busy making their own plans.

UPDATE – Bush visit prompts protests threat

Right now, I’m leaning more towards the original idea of spontaneous hit and run action, which will be much harder to police.

The more people we have on the ground with this simple and quite suitable idea in their heads, the more chance we have of success. In fact, I dare to dream that if there is enough public support, we’ll be able to convince at least one MP to risk ejection from the chamber for daring to bare during Bush’s address to the House of Commons.

Your mission today: Send a fax to your MP and advise them that your vote is assured should they choose to make the ultimate show of defiance on your behalf.

I’m currently working on new assets to help spread the word. Hang in there. (Oh, and a tangential idea occurred last night. How do you think Bush’s security team would react to laser-pointers…? It sure freaked David Blaine out.)

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Date
20030926

Time
10:55
A cheeseburger and fries, all wrapped up in one nuggety package. Dip them in your shake (now with less than 3% sodium hexametaphosphate) for the ultimate taste explosion.

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Date
20030926
Flash Games
Time
12:00
A very cool game found via wibbler.com: arrange your guests with RSVP. Very neat, and quite distracting.

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Date
20030926

Time
12:20
The biggest security operation seen in Britain will be mounted when President Bush makes a state visit to stay with the Queen in November. And remember, folks – our tax dollars will be paying for it….

Oh, I do love this:

“The senior Special Branch officer will always be close to the President, travelling in his armoured Cadillac.”

An armoured Cadillac? I’m assuming that this is being flown/shipped over here. For a two-day visit.

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Date
20030926
Flash Thingies
Time
13:46
Counting Sheep (via the latest B3ta newsletter). That’s a damn fine result for Joel Veitch, too. I’m jealous as all hell.

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Date
20030926
Blogdeath
Time
16:07
It is with great sadness that we mark the sudden and unexpected passing of bar room philosophy.

Gentlemen, raise your glasses…

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Date
20030926

Time
16:29
Robert Palmer dead at 54 after heart attack in Paris. Considering how he died, they really could have picked a more appropriate picture, don’t you think? Ah, there you go – much nicer.

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Date
20030926

Time
16:38
How did a dope like George W Bush get rich? Here’s the answer in nice, easy-to-understand chart form.

A little further down is a nice pie-chart breaking down the content of his UN speech.

You’ll want to poke around uggabugga a bit – there’s lots, lots more.

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Date
20030926
OK, So I’m a Star Wars Geek
Time
17:00
Isn’t it wonderful the difference a simple pair of underpants can make?

Oh, and true geeks everywhere are buzzing about the return of Dr Who. Just thought I’d mention that.

What? A link? Hmmm, how about Daleks that used to rehearse in their underpants?

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Date
20030926

Time
17:19
Some quality stuff leaping in front of my eyeballs this afternoon. FunJunkie invited me along to a virtual frog dissection. I was away the day we did this is school, so there were pins and guts everywhere on my cyber-froggie.

I also found this great collection of political and corporate propaganda over at The Ultimate Insult. A great collection of Vietnam propaganda was featured this week, too. Matter of fact, there’s a bunch of great stuff that Scott has managed to sneak past me this week – you should go have a browse for yourself.

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Date
20030929
One Of Those Days
Time
10:08
I’m having a quiet think today, so bloggage may be light as a result. Sorry about that.

Still, there are some bits and bobs…

Ooooh, someone’s looking to get sued…

The new tabloid version of The Independent is a bloody good idea. Were I still a train-slave, this would immediately become my format of choice (you’d be surprised how many people choose the Mail or Express purely for reasons of practicality).

My copy of Issue Zero of The London News Review is due sometime early this week. I’m champing at the bit.

The central issue that could bring down the Labour Party won’t be discussed at their conference. Said top-down captain Tony Blair: “I don’t think we’ve got anything to apologise for as a country”…!

I beg to differ.

Check out Tom Watson over the next couple of days for conference-related posts. It’ll be interesting to see what he gets away with and how the ‘on the ground’ info differs from the media take.

Oh, and the invoice I sent to Downing St clearly stipulated 30-day terms. Payment is now over a week overdue. They’ve made clear to at least one journalist that they don’t recognise the claim. I may have to get nasty about this to see a result.

I want my windmill!

There’s a new, comprehensive and highly detailed topographic map of the UK available. Insurance companies are reported to be very happy about this, as it can let people enter a postcode and immediately be ruled out for flood cover based on the actual level (or perhaps we’d better make that ‘potential depth’) of their property. Me, I’m more interested in height. Cross-reference this with regional wind speed and direction data (that goes back decades) and you have at a glance what the potential is for wind harvesting for any given property. Based on this, the homeowner could know immediately whether it’s worth getting a surveyor out for the installation of anything from a small battery charger to a big whooshing mother that could provide all of their power needs and contribute to the grid.

Nice pipe-dream, huh? Unfortunately, that’s all it is right now – because the economy of this country simply isn’t geared for this kind of thing. Better and easier to buy a car you can’t afford or sue someone (free!) for an accident that was your own damn fault.

Here’s a quick experiment for you… do a quick search for a place in the UK where you can buy a windmill of any shape or size. Good luck.

Hmm, these few bits and bobs are growing… maybe if I just spill my guts and let you know what’s on my mind we’ll be able to pull full bloggage out of the hat.

Thinking last night:

I’m sick to death of staggering from one crisis to another with a feeling of complete powerlessness. I’ve also had it with our actions being hindered by the government or deliberately misrepresented by the media when we feel the need to protest.

Things are going too far across the board. As fun as it would be to line a few folks up against the wall, I’m inclined to think that a little friendly persuasion is in order to bring about an essential correction or two.

I think there’s scope for – and a real need for – a passive resistance movement.

Worldwide, web-coordinated, and operating on multiple fronts with one simple, central idea:

It’s. Just. Not. Good. Enough… and me and my mates plan to do something about it.

Just think… if there were one small thing you could do (without endangering your life or liberty) and simply doing it at the same time as a few thousand others would force any targeted government, corporation or organisation to make a significant change in position, would you do it?

Drop me an email today if you think you may wish to play along. I’d like to start with a few small wins and then take things up a notch as we move from success to success.

Oh, it has to be fun and interesting wherever possible, too. Hope that’s OK.

A few practical assets that I’ll need to bring it together are beyond my immediate technical/financial capacity. And I’d like to hear about what you think of the idea in general.

Been reading Bloggerheads for a while? Haven’t sent an email yet? Today’s one of those days when I could really do with your input. Get in touch.

Cheers all.

(sings)

Satyagraha ’till we meet again…

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Date
20030929

Time
10:25
Read Baghdad Burning’s latest entry and then check out The Guardian article this post references. Iraq is being systematically looted before your very eyes.

Also, check out the post on the same subject from Not in My America (permalink is broken, sorry):

“This trend is leading me to believe that we will lose Iraq, not because the resistance will defeat us, but because corporations will try to milk Iraq for every dollar they can. Worse yet, the Bush administration is actively promoting the milking.”

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Date
20030929
It’s War! And Somebody’s Telling Porkies!
Time
16:04
The father of U.S. soldier killed in Iraq: “My son died because Bush lied.”

Shades of David Kelly: Bush Administration Is Focus of Inquiry: CIA Agent’s Identity Was Leaked to Media. A simple revenge attack, by the looks of things. Oh, and in violation of federal law.

For a tidy overview of what this is about and what the possible implications are, check out this handy post by Chris Nelson.

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Date
20030930

Time
09:34
Build your own Segway or a codpiece just like Darth Vader’s.

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Date
20030930

Time
09:35
More workers get shut out of e-mail. We must protect our wage-slaves from the outside world.

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Date
20030930

Time
09:38
‘Restless’ gorilla escapes from zoo, injuring toddler and teenager.

In other zoo news, Hanging Day has a nice piece on the shooting of a bengal tiger by US troops in Baghdad Zoo.

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Date
20030930

Time
09:42
Dubya’s uncle likes to give remote-controlled fart machines as gifts.

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Date
20030930
The Californian Recall
Time
09:45
College student uses Wheel of Fortune winnings to run for governor.

Arnie is the clear front-runner, which makes me want to eat my own neck. Hanging Day have a few thoughts on this, too.

UPDATE – Sunday’s Doonesbury drops the funny to make a direct plea to readers in California.

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Date
20030930

Time
09:48
A telling cover story from TIME: Mission not accomplished. In this same issue: WMDs – Chasing a Mirage.

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Date
20030930
The Impeachment of George W Bush
Time
10:35
What do you think of my new Subject Title? I quite like it, and hope to use it more often. It makes me feel good just to look at these words and dream of the day that America emerges from its recent nightmare.

If you spent any time online last week, you’re sure to have sensed a widespread and quite heartening awakening. The Bush administration acted with predictable neverwrongability, but now – just look at this and think about the implications – America seems to have actually woken up screaming:

White House officials ‘out’ secret agent in revenge attack against her husband. Who dared to accuse the Bush administration of exaggerating the case for war against Saddam Hussein, don’tcha know?

This is an explosive issue, so information is coming out thick and fast (in fact, too thick and fast for Instapundit) but here are some posts that may help you understand what this means.

Josh Marshall is all over this, but you may wish to avoid the partial transcript of the regular news briefing with White House press secretary Scott McClellan. Trying to follow this could very well make your head explode, but if you’re a glutton for punishment you may wish to take a look at the complete transcript.

Basically, we’re being told that this leak by the Justice Department is going to be investigated – by the Justice Department. (Oh, and scroll down to the very bottom for a predictable treat).

What really caught my eye at Josh Marshall’s site was this post:

“What’s clear from McClellan’s statement is that a lot is already known in the White House – probably everything – and they’re trying to keep a lid on it.”

Equally telling for me today was this post by Daniel Drezner:

“If Rove or other high-ranking White House officials did what’s alleged, then they’ve earned the wrath of God…

“Let me make this as plain as possible – I was an unpaid advisor for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign, and I know and respect some high-ranking people in the administration. And none of that changes the following: if George W. Bush knew about or condoned this kind of White House activity, I wouldn’t just vote against him in 2004 – I’d want to see him impeached. Straight away.”

Bye-bye, George.

UPDATE – Huzzah! We already have a Plame blame game! Who do you think will take the fall?

(I’ll try to make post later today about further thoughts I’ve had regarding the proposed passive resistance movement. Hang in there.)

MORE INPUT:

Here’s a jolly nice breakdown of this messy affair.

Ooh, look: Open Source Politics were onto this a month ago.

Slate.com also acknowledges that this issue has been around for a while, but they have their doubts about it actually shaking Bush.

A variety of posts have been made at http://atrios.blogspot.com/ – this blog bears watching if you want to keep up and/or watch a lot of people arguing about it. Beware of trolls.

Finally, if you live in Washington, do take a umbrella when you go out today. There’s going to be blood, mud and bulldust coming from all directions.

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Date
20030930

Time
13:07
This expose will make you spit with rage. Hooray for a world where life means nothing to some people.

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Date
20030930

Time
14:35
Vasectomy delays Tube commuters. A trainee driver fainted as his two colleagues described the procedure in grisly detail. The trainee driver actually threw up at one stage, but his colleagues persisted until he actually fainted and fell out of the (moving) vehicle. Nice, huh?

I can’t deliver the choo-choo train, but I can offer you the heady experience of fainting at your desk by linking to my-vasectomy.com

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Date
20030930
Anyone but George
Time
17:37
A comment spied over at smirkingchimp.com that tickled my fancy:

Don’t ever forget what Jim Morrison said long ago: “They’ve got the guns, but we’ve got the numbers.” How right he was. I am past the point of caring anymore how I sound to ANYONE. I am an AMERICAN, this is MY country as well as everyone else’s, and I intend to run my mouth and be active in any way I can to get these fucking criminals OUT of office.

Oh, and I’m still thinking about that other thing. People are hammered by online protests and petitions on a daily basis these days. New ’cause’ sites are springing up everywhere. Weariness and apathy abound, so I want to make the proposal as attractive, easy and crystal-clear as possible.








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