Wikipedia Spotting

I love wikipedia, it is a great experiment in democratising knowledge and rejecting elite capitals dominance of information (ie. it’s free) and in serious studies has been found to be as good, bad or indifferent as any established (I’m looking at you Britannica) encyclopedia, it is also prey to abuse. Malicious abuse is plain ignorant, but every so often amusing vandalism is noticed and spreads around the web, I don’t know if I’m the last to spot this particular silliness or the first, but hey it’s Sunday. Let’s ease up, not demand Wildean wit or Hicksian insight and go and see the entry about Socrates, scroll down to accomplishments and indulge the juvenile (not Juvenal, there’s no vandalism there, how un-ironic).

Update: Oh no, even as I typed it has been removed, well click the pic below for the full screen capture.

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War Pimps- Agent Provocateur (Not The Lingerie, Sadly)

Imagine the country that borders you was invaded 4 years ago and 1 year after that the invaders started sending commando units into your country, then they started helping terrorists to kill people?
Welcome to Iran.

Old news:-

The Administration has been conducting secret reconnaissance missions inside Iran at least since last summer. Much of the focus is on the accumulation of intelligence and targeting information on Iranian nuclear, chemical and missile sites, both declared and suspected. The goal is to identify and isolate three dozen, and perhaps more, such targets that could be destroyed by precision strikes and short-term commando raids. “The civilians in the Pentagon want to go into Iran and destroy as much of the military infrastructure as possible,” the government consultant with close ties to the Pentagon told me.

And retired US. Col. Sam Gardiner today:-

For those concerned about a possible war with Iran should turn up their worry-dials two notches. This morning’s news has a couple dark clouds.
IED’s Inside Iran – If you have not been reading foreign press, you might have missed two explosions this past week in Iran. One of them killed 11 and injured 31 members of the Revolutionary Guard, and the other was near a school.

Although the devices were not IED’s like those found in Iraq, the explosions were in the area a group sponsored by the United States may be operating. The area in Iran is Sistan-Baluchestan near the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sy Hersh and a number of other reporters have said this is the area in which the MEK (or the mouthful name Mujahedin-e Khalq) have been operating.-

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Whales Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

(Yes they’re mammals so they breathe) As I noted before the naughty Japanese whaling fleet were continuing their ‘research’ with harpoons and chainsaws, but due to an onboard fire (one crew killed) their only factory ship is crippled and might leak oil all over Cape Adare and the resident penguins. What is interesting is that if you go to the Institute of Cetacean Research, which is affiliated to the Japanese government and is a friendly front for whaling, they describe attempts to stop them as terrorism. This was always part of the war on terror scam, the elites could label anything they disliked as terrorism and bingo they get to bust heads. In fact it was a particular part of the strategy to define environmental and animal rights movements as terror organisations.

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War Pimps Rejected Iranian Talks In 2003- more proof

Ok, to recap:-

The Swiss ambassador to Iran informed U.S. officials in 2003 that an Iranian proposal for comprehensive talks with the United States had been reviewed and approved by Iran’s supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei; then-President Mohammad Khatami; and then-Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi-

Cruella-di Rice lied she never saw the proposal:-

A former aide accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of misleading Congress on the issue.
Flynt Leverett, who worked on the National Security Council when it was headed by Rice, said a proposal vetted by Tehran’s most senior leaders was sent to the United States in May 2003 and was akin to the 1972 US opening to China. Leverett said he was confident it was seen by Rice and then Secretary of State Colin Powell but “the administration rejected the overture.”

And today comes the revelation Karl Rove had the proposal:-

-Karl Rove, then White House deputy chief of staff for President George W. Bush, received a copy of the secret Iranian proposal for negotiations with the United States from former Republican Congressman Bob Ney in early May 2003, according to an Iranian-American scholar who was then on his Congressional staff.
Ney, who pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to prison in January for his role in the Jack Abramov lobbying scandal, was named by former aide Trita Parsi as an intermediary who took a copy of the Iranian proposal to the White House.-

The Neo-cons want war with Iran, they have rejected peace talks, the proof is above. America, you need to stop them NOW!

“There are four boxes to use in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury, ammo. Use in that order.”

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Tim Bell Still Refuses To Fuck Off & Die

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I remember tracking the appalling shiny suited con man Tim Bell throughout his career from Thatcher’s pet liar, Saudi butt boy, coup denier, Murdoch poodle, Bush enabler and now -to prove nu-labour really are just Tories- here he is selling access to Brown’s people and ideas:-

The lobbying firm, set up by the Tory grandee Lord Bell, courted controversy last September when it admitted charging clients to meet cabinet ministers at Labour’s annual conference. Dinner with the Treasury Chief Secretary, Stephen Timms, was among highlights of a programme of events offered to the lobbyist’s clients. Mr Timms, who had not been told he was being “sold on”, refused to attend on discovering the truth.

The man behind the drive to cash in on the incoming Brown administration is Peter Bingle, managing director of BPPA. Bingle, a former Conservative councillor, has close personal links with Nick Brown, the former agriculture minister and a leading backbench ally of the Chancellor. He is godfather to one of Mr Bingle’s children and the two men share a passion for opera.

Firms including the fast-food chain McDonald’s and BAE Systems, the weapons giant, are being offered a 130-page “in-depth analysis” of “what a Gordon Brown government will mean for business in the UK” for £5,000.

A manager at Bell Pottinger Public Affairs (BPPA) told colleagues that The Brown Book “promises to be a lucrative initiative. Just 40 of these sold means an injection of £200K to our results.”

In another money-spinning wheeze, around a dozen clients were charged around £250 each for a dinner with Geoffrey Robinson on 14 November last year.

BPPA was disowned by its own industry watchdog, the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC)-

Even among shifty liars he & his chums are reviled.

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