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Posted by Tim Ireland at March 7, 2007

Category: The Reality-Based Community

Please tell me this is satire.

(It is genuinely hard to tell these days. Take this entry on Fox News for example… it could easily be dismissed as satire if it weren’t for certain recent developments. )

UPDATE – Oh. Dear. God.








Posted by Tim Ireland at November 16, 2005

Category: The Reality-Based Community

Folks, I’d like you to meet James Clive Matthews.








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 26, 2005

Category: The Reality-Based Community

Charlie Whitaker – I try but I fail

Something’s coming… hang in there, folks.








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 15, 2005

Category: The Reality-Based Community

The Whisper Campaign1. Whenever you walk past someone buying, holding or reading a copy of the Sun newspaper, say the following word under your breath: “wanker”

2. The prime whisper zone is anywhere just behind the target as you are passing by or walking in the opposite direction

3. Do not stop, do not falter in your stride, do not respond to any reaction/query that may result (after all, the last thing you expect is to be accosted by people who are hearing voices in their head)

4. For readers of the Daily Mail or Express, you may choose a fruitier word; perhaps one relating to an intimate aspect of the human anatomy

5. If you’re really in an unforgiving mood, try this on any newly-empowered law enforcement officer: “shoot me”

6. That is all.

I’ll see you in a month. Be good. Be careful.

If you wish to join Chicken Yoghurt and myself on the 30-day tax strike, you’re more than welcome to. Just remember that the best day to start is always today.

(Oh, one more thing… Anne Milton for shadow cabinet! Parliament needs a nurse. Preferably one clad in rubber and carrying a 10 litre bucket of lubricant.)

(OK, just *one* more thing – the new Make LabOUR Party banner is available via The UK Today. You can sign the pledge here.)








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 13, 2005

Category: The Reality-Based Community

Guardian – Death in Bobur Square: The May 13 massacre of hundreds, possibly thousands, of innocent civilians at Andijan in eastern Uzbekistan was carried out by soldiers and paramilitary units dispatched to kill by the regime of President Islam Karimov – protege of Vladimir Putin and, until recently, a crucial ally to Britain and America in the “war on terror”. The dead were among thousands who had gathered to protest for democratic and economic reforms, and in support of businessmen arrested and held on trumped-up charges. To date, there has been no official tally of how many perished, nor an official acknowledgement of the atrocity by the authorities, who have refused an international investigation.

Meanwhile:

As refreshing as it is to see the police blaming the arms dealers and not the protestors for the drain on their resources this time around, it does need to be noted that “anti-terror laws could be used to stop the country being held to ransom by (fuel price) protesters”. Same game; different field. The arms fair is mostly being dealt with via a news blackout on who’s actually attending.

And, while all of this is going on, most people will be more concerned about some blokes what won some cricket match. No wonder Murdoch wants to own cricket; it will allow him to further secure an audience more likely to not give a tuppeny-stuff about little things like murder, torture, and the growth of the corporate empire.

Sorry, I’m in a mood today. Can you tell?

Every time I hear the word ‘Uzbekistan’, my mind immediately leaps to Tony Blair and his talk of overthrowing evil dictators and how that can’t be a bad thing. Of doing not what is popular, but what is right. But in the case of Islam Karimov, all the Blair government gave was a restrained ‘tut-tut-tut’ that followed the massacre of peaceful protestors… and only because they felt at the time that the matter couldn’t be swept under the rug.

(The response from the White House was even more delicious; And we urge both the government and the demonstrators to exercise restraint at this time. The people of Uzbekistan want to see a more representative and democratic government, but that should come through peaceful means, not through violence. And that’s what our message is. Yes, they really did urge the people getting shot in the street to use restraint.)

Before the massacre, Blair’s game was simple; keep a lid on it. When Craig Murray brought forth some uncomfortable truths about our vital ally in the ‘war’ on terror, Downing Street’s solution was simple… play the man, not the ball.

Just by the look on your face, I can tell you’re still wondering what the hell this has to do with cricket. Bear with me.

Murdoch’s ever-increasing network is built on a foundation of sport. Sport is even used as a defence mechanism to play down the insidious effect of his tabloid rag The Sun and/or its close relationship with the Blair government. (Take this typical assurance from ‘Honest’ John Prescott; (guffaw) “Oh, come now. People only read The Sun for the sports coverage.”)

Today, men from a range of governments with extremely poor human rights records will meet at a weapons jolly that we regularly host. They will meet to discuss, preview and buy weapons designed to kill people in the most efficient/brutal/intimidating manner possible. It goes beyond bordering on terror… it is terror. And we’re neck-deep in it.

“We will show by our spirit and dignity and by a quiet and true strength that there is in the British people, that our values will long outlast theirs.” – Tony Blair – 7 July 2005

*Our* values? Tony and I obviously have a slight compatibility problem.

My values don’t allow me to commit murder. Torture is also out.

My values also stop me from standing by while others get on with the nasty business of torture and murder, either at my behest or on my behalf. I may also have a slight problem providing such people with weapons and training.

And my values certainly rule out bleating about the need to protect the innocent if – all the while – I’m one of the heartless fucks ensuring that they continue to suffer.

If you want a clear idea of what Blair is trying to carve this country into, just take a look at what he’s chipping away; primarily, it’s the right to simple things like free speech, peaceful protest and anything else that threatens the Big Fat Lie of the ‘war’ on terror. Even the will to protest is slowly but surely being sapped by the harsh use of media and police (and – disturbingly – the threat of terror of and/or claims that such people are in league with terrorists) against anyone willing to say ‘boo’ to a goose.

/meanderant

I have days – like today – when I must admit defeat and watch an open-top bus cheered by thousands, when a few hundred people (plus the usual agenda-driven bods) is all we can draw together to express our outrage that an innocent man was shot dead under a new ‘shoot to kill’ policy that we were not told about. When perhaps another few hundred will take a stand against the selling of weapons to despots, knowing that their actions probably won’t even be reported unless arrests are made.

But I also have something to hang on to. It’s the dream that I can counter the negative effects on the will to protest so we can start winning back some of our rights.

How do I plan to do this?

Haven’t you guessed already ? I’m going to try to turn it into a sport.

Watch this space.

Links:
Scotsman – Mass protest feared at arms fair
Independent – Arms fair criticised for using Iraq war to market weapons
Campaign Against Arms Trade
Disarm DSEi 2005
Keep an eye on Indymedia UK for the latest DSEi news.

UPDATE – One good reason to love weapons technology. (Graphic. Not for the faint-hearted.)

UPDATE – Hooray for clusterbombs!








Posted by Tim Ireland at August 19, 2005

Category: The Reality-Based Community

BBC – Former minister Mo Mowlam dies

A sensible woman who worked earnestly and tirelessly for peace. No wonder Blair’s team worked so hard on their little whispers about what might be wrong with her mind. (See Germain Greer’s comments here.)

Goodbye, Mo.

UPDATE – It had to be said.








Posted by Tim Ireland at August 7, 2005

Category: The Reality-Based Community

Parliament’s integrity index just took a steep dive. The intelligence quotient isn’t looking too good either:

BBC – Former minister Robin Cook dies

Observer – An intellect that enthralled the House and made us think

Independent – A man of high principle – both prickly and brilliant








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 22, 2005

Category: The Reality-Based Community

Meet Allan Scullion. He has some issues with council tax.

Meet Dennis Paul. He has some problems with reality.








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 4, 2005

Category: The Reality-Based Community

If (I repeat if) Zack Exley is on his way back to the U.S. I would ask those who know him best (or even those who know how to get in touch with him) to work towards cornering him in the nearest non-smoking bar, so they may ask; “WTF are you up to?”

Earlier this week I emailed at least 10 high-profile left-leaning blogs in the U.S. about Zack’s new job with Bush-chum-Blair, and only *one* came back with a reply. Basically, I got blanked.

Two of the sites involved – Atrios and Washington Monthly – have now been dropped from my ‘sources’ list.

We help you; you help us. It’s not a specified deal as such, but we in the UK know that there are limits, and Exley has clearly operated outside those limits. And many ‘progressive’ blogs such as Atrios and Washington Monthly have clearly chosen to ignore those limits.

To put it another way…

If it comes down to this being a debate about reality, then if it ends up being a discussion about you in the US dealing with your own realities and leaving us in the UK to deal with ours after everything we’ve been through, then you can Fuck. Right. Off.

We’d love to care about social security and what not, we really would… but we have problems of our own right now that we thought you might care about, especially given everything we in the UK/reality-based community tried to do for America.

Mr Anti-Bush now works for Blair. That appears to be a reality.

Got no comment on that? Fine.

But I personally will not be linking to you if you don’t think Zack Exley working for the opposition is even worth mentioning.

You deal with your domestic issues, and we’ll deal with ours.

PS- Fcuk you very much.

PS2 – The last site to be removed from my navbar was Fark.com

Well done, Atrios and Washington Monthly; you’re in good company.

UPDATE – If you’re in the UK and a regular reader of a left-leaning U.S. blog, I’m going to ask you to send a link to this post to that blog. I’m feeling very ignored and quite pissed off at the moment. How much effort did we (collectively) throw at the US election? How right is it that reality-based blogs should ignore Zack Exley shilling for Blair?








Posted by Tim Ireland at March 2, 2005

Category: The Reality-Based Community, Uzbekistan

I’d like to introduce you to Luca’s Ade. His new blog has an Orwellian focus and deals with it in much more depth than I could ever manage. Enjoy.

UPDATE – On this most recent post; it’s worth pointing out that there *was* a man in Uzbekistan who appears to have been boiled alive for the benefit of UK and US intelligence (if not specifically at their request; we prefer a good fry-up we do).

Apparently Jack Straw lost a bit of sleep over that and then carried on as normal.








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