The Capone

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The Capone is when notorious criminals are finally brought to justice, not for their worst crimes, but for ancillary smaller crimes (Al Capone was jailed for tax evasion not murder). In the US ‘Scooter’ Libby is on trial for leaking the identity of a CIA spy, part of a Bushco conspiracy to punish her husband for pointing out a big lie about Iraq’s nuclear ambitions in their war pimping. Here Blair plc. is up shit creak over loans/gifts/bribes for peerages. And the 3/4 million murdered in Iraq? That’s just the price of doing business, as Al would say.

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HAL’s Links

HAL small I’d rather be permanently disassembled Dave than have Vista installed, even if it comes with a free Daisy mp3.

Gordon Brown (don’t mention honours, I mentioned it once and I think I got away with it) wants more compulsion to make 16-18 year olds stay in school or train for work, fine. My oldest niece gets paid to pursue her A-levels, but when it comes to university you will enter a world of huge debt. Of course the people who made University so pricey got huge grants, could claim benefits and rent payments, they consequently left with little or no debt. So what they want is people trained enough to serve them, in shops, restaurants, garages but not educated enough to threaten their superior position. And this from a Labour govt. Pish.

Germany issues warrants for the arrest of CIA rendition spooks, you see Germany is trying to learn from its history my American chums.

BBC downloads good, crippling DRM restrictions not so good, they say if you don’t watch something you downloaded in 48 Hrs you won’t watch it period. This is not true, ( I watched a documentary at the weekend that I’d had for some months) why should the hard drive in my mac be treated differently to the hard drive in a set top recorder? Or even my VCR? UPDATE: From the commentsAlso note that the proposed BBC iPlayer will be Windows only.

Remember: Heavy publicity over arrests is a terrorist tactic indulged in by governments to make people scared and pliable. Compare with the BNP eejits arrested with NCB suits and a rocket launcher, Oh you didn’t hear about that? Read that first sentence again.

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DO NOT Go To Florida!

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So you get raped, but the Florida cops find a warrant on an unpaid fine, so you are arrested, denied a morning after pill because the medic is a loony right to lifer (thus misunderstanding how the morning after pill works) and the hunt for the rapist is delayed and you spend two days in jail to add to the trauma of the rape. These are the same Florida cops who intimidate you if you try to request a form to report police misbehaviour and who went paramilitary on fair trade protesters. That would be Florida that Jeb Bush runs giving the election to brother George in 2000, are we seeing a pattern here? DO NOT go to Florida!

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Casino Crazy!

What happens in Manchester stays in Manchester!

For some reason (loyal NuLabour nest?) Manchester gets the super casino. Now while I’m glad my home city gets things I do think that Blackpool needed it more although there is a good question just what regeneration means. Connected businesses prosper (construction, lawyers, land owners) but mostly there is little sharing of the wealth, because this is capitalism after all. Sort of fitting it is all about gambling, where the house always wins.

UPDATE: Blairwatch dissects the choice, think -Labour electoral strategy. [link fixed]

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Meet ‘James’ the new CIA Baghdad Station Chief

America seems to be pursuing the strategy that the murderous way it has conducted itself in the past, creating millions of eager enemies, is the way to go in the future:

-James is close to Cofer Black, the CTC’s director from 1999 to 2002 and currently vice-chairman for the private security contractor Blackwater. It was Black who famously said, “After 9/11 the gloves came off,” and several people with whom I spoke said that James shares Black’s enthusiasm for tough methods. James was a key advocate for the increased use of renditions after 9/11-

He’s already helped stage a military coup in Algeria, ran the unit that didn’t catch Osama bin Laden and was in on the evolving Gonzales torture regime that he then put into action kidnapping and torturing people. As Gandhi said about western civilization, it would be a good idea.

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Mooching The Web

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Mooching round the web, (the non trademark verb for Googling, like vacuuming rather than hoovering) looking for ‘Ambrosia Sings the News‘ clips from early Air America radio I came upon this blog (The proprietor also made a feature film which you can download -for free- which I will watch and review soon). One of his entries was a ‘while I was looking round the web’ post (we are getting so meta these days, in the old days they barely cared about ontological ironies… or rickets) about this photo essay on the locals salvaging space rockets that come down around them after the launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan. With some additional mooching I also got the dark side to this story, of the pollution from the launches ruining peoples lives, (many of the payloads are now satellites for large corporations, so satellite TV really does cost the earth). Real life is more interesting than *Borat*.

I then concluded that this reminded me a lot of both Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’ and the story of its making and subsequent deaths largely caused by the pollution they were exposed to while shooting. I plan a much bigger post about ‘Stalker’ and the tales around it but for now, enjoy the pics and the bitter after taste of the consequences.

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Tory Wandsworth Council Vow to Destroy Culture

The nest of free marketeer retards that exist in Wandsworth council want to destroy the Battersea Arts Center, a taste of what will come when Cameron slimes his way into office because Blairboy destroyed Labour, sigh.

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