PT Barnum Would Be Proud

So you know how there was lot’s of attention to UK troops withdrawing from Iraq? Well that’s because they will be needed to increase the force in Afghanistan. So say it with me now- announce withdrawal on one day, everyone praises you, don’t mention the increase for Afghanistan until Friday (paging Mr. Dump). That is disrespectful of the electorate and the troops. And in a spot of own trumpet blowing, I wrote- don’t get too excited- failing to jump on the woohoo we’re withdrawing bandwagon. What’s also worth knowing is that MSM journos almost definitely knew about this but were not saying, after all there were rumours via Military Familes Against The War that family members were getting new deployments. So if I can manage not to buy into the withdrawal hoopla why can’t professional journalists resist? Is Royalty SO beguiling?

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David Hicks

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If that name doesn’t mean much to you (an Australian man sold for $1000 by Afghan warlords to the US, been in Gitmo concentration camp ever since) then Korova the proprietor of Mask Of Anarchy has made a little slide movie which you can go and watch (apparently it won’t embed on wordpress) so go there.

Planet Of The Apes Is Here, Now!

Holy fucking shit, someone call Chuck Heston!

-Chimpanzees in Senegal have been observed making and using wooden spears to hunt other primates, according to a study in the journal Current Biology.- 

So that’s creationists being superceded, maybe they can be servants for the monkeys while we and the chimps discuss irony and Darwin.

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Jose Padilla Has Been Destroyed

-A psychiatrist told a court in Miami US terror suspect Jose Padilla is unable to assist in his defense as he identifies with the military captors who held him for more than three years.

Speaking at a hearing held to determine whether Padilla is fit to face trial on charges of aiding Al-Qaeda, forensic neuropsychiatrist Angela Hagerty said Padilla suffers from symptoms of the Stockholm syndrome, in which captives identify with their captors.

“He’s constantly advocating for the position of the government,” said Hagerty, who examined Padilla between February and June 2006 and was called to the witness stand by the defense lawyers.

Padilla was held for three and a half years without charges at a navy prison before he was allowed to go on trial.

His lawyers claim Padilla developed severe mental health problems while he was held by the military, and that he was unable to understand the legal proceedings.

Padilla, 36, has claimed he was subjected to sleep deprivation, extreme heat and cold, threats of execution, exposure to noxious fumes, and was forced to wear a hood and stand in one position for extended periods of time.

His lawyers also claim he was given “truth serum” in the form of LSD or PCP during his detention in a military prison.

She said Padilla was convinced he had signed a pledge not to reveal what had happened in the Navy brig where he was held from 2002 to 2005.

She said Padilla believed that “if he speaks about what went on in the brig, something terrible might happen.”

60 million Americans still support George W Bush.

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Comedy, Thy Name Is Conservapedia

From Wonkette, the conservatives nutjobs are building their own encyclopedia because reality and the encyclopedia’s that catalogue it have that lefty bias. Best of all is the exhaustive page detailing wikipedia’s evil bias towards knowledge and facts (and they hate Moby & the British), Ok here we go:-

Conservapedia is a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American.

Wikipedia allows the use of B.C.E. instead of B.C. and C.E. instead of A.D. The dates are based on the birth of Jesus, so why pretend otherwise? Conservapedia is Christian-friendly and exposes the CE deception.

There is a strong anti-American and anti-capitalism bias on Wikipedia.

Wikipedia claims about 1.5 million articles, but what it does not say is that a large number of those articles have zero educational value. For example, Wikipedia has 1075 separate articles about “Moby” and “song”.

Wikipedia often uses foreign spelling of words, even though most English speaking users are American. Look up “Most Favored Nation” on Wikipedia and it automatically converts the spelling to the British spelling “Most Favoured Nation”, even there there are far more American than British users.

Edits to include facts against the theory of evolution are almost immediately censored. On Conservapedia, contributions that meet simple rules are respected to the maximum extent possible.

For example, even though most Americans (and probably most of the world) reject the theory of evolution,[6] Wikipedia editors commenting on the topic are nearly 100% pro-evolution.

Wikipedia articles are – or at least aim to be – true, while at Conservapedia we proudly aim to disregard facts we do not appreciate and instead present a correctly biased encyclopedia.-

That last one suggests it’s been hacked already, gosh I would never condone that…

UPDATE: I couldn’t resist, this is the entire entry for Communism:-

Communism is government in which the state owns everything and the wealth is divided evenly among the citizens. Communists believe that if they share everything, no one will ever have to work. It is an atheist government not believing in God and only in the “state” as the supreme thing on the earth. The most famous communist government was the USSR or the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was an official government starting in 1922 and ending in 1991.

And Atheism:-

Atheism is the disbelief in the existence of any supernatural deity. This disbelief can take a number of forms, such as the assertion that deities do not exist, or the absence of any belief in any deity.
Many atheists enjoy the Blog of the Gods, which pokes fun at the beliefs of many religions. They also like to kill babies, but not as much as Christian columnist Theodore Beale does.
Stalin and Richard Dawkins are prominent atheists. Dawkins wrote a book, called “The God Delusion”. Stalin is now dead, having killed millions of people in the name of Marxis-Leninism (which is predicated on atheism).
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Atheist morality
Viewed as a simple philosophical framework of “no god exists”, atheism can provide no logical basis for any moral standard. Some atheists reject normal social conventions and live their lives according to the rule that “anything goes”. Many feel this has led to a large rise in crime[1], drug use, pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancy,[2] pedophilia[3] and bestiality.
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God Can Make The Universe, But Defeated By Contraceptives

Mooching around Buzzflash I ended up reading about Dorothy Patterson, professor of theology in woman’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and wife of President Paige Patterson. She was writing some idiocy about contraception and how evil it is and I noticed this bit:-

“The basic moral question is not whether or not a baby is wanted but whether or not the baby was willed,” –

i.e. When having sex it might be the occasion God has willed the formation of a zygote and if you are using contraception then God’s will shall be confounded and a baby will not result. This is how weak their God is? Thin latex and pills can defy him effortlessly? Is ‘He’ (because it is man god, women weren’t allowed to write down made up shit all those years ago) all tired out from smiting and chatting to Pat Robertson all day? If I was shopping around for a religion (y’know if I’d had a stroke or something) I’d be looking for a God that can at least hold a door open for me and perhaps some light housework.

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Even When They Are Out Of Power Tories Get Caught Being Sleazy And Have To Resign

The Tory attempt to claim UK political blogworld as their own- 0

Reality- 1

That Staines eejit – Still a loser.

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Justice 51st State Style

So you get thrown in jail because America wants you extradited, at this point no evidence is given just the whim of of the US. You spend four and a half months in jail until the UK court (forced by your dedicated lawyers) finds absolutely no evidence of the crime you have been falsely accused of. Now when you claim compensation for this massive mistake the 51st state game plan comes in, the UK denies responsibility because it was the US that wanted the extradition, and the US is not responsible because it was a British jail you were in:-

Lord Justice Auld and Mr Justice Wilkie ruled at London’s High Court that Raissi, from Chiswick, west London, had been held in extradition proceedings which were not “in the domestic criminal process” and therefore did not fall within the compensation scheme. –

Obviously the bullshit legal judgement phrased it a bit nicer but it boils down to, nothing to do with me guv. But what needs to be understood is this- if the authorities can kidnap and hold you for no good reason then never make amends any reasonable person will no longer accept the Govt. as legitimate or civilised. Impeach the motherfuckers now before the authoritarianism is too powerful or the state collapses into chaos.

*It’s also a replay of the way the lies for the Iraq invasion were cooked up, while one lie was uncovered here it was still used in the US and vice-versa, constantly passing the buck back and forth apparently based on the concept of a lie gets half way around the world before the truth has got it’s shoes on.*

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Hello Kitty Has A Lot To Answer For

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-As Japan sheds its postwar pacifism and gears up to take a higher military profile in the world, it is enlisting cadres of cute characters and adorable mascots to put a gentle, harmless sheen to its Self-Defense Forces deployments. –

It’s all cute manga now but just wait ’til they deploy Godzilla. I’m thinking maybe ‘Battle Royale‘ might be more appropriate.

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Denmark Beats Britain

Denmark are withdrawing all their troops from Iraq, we however are not.

Blair:-

“The UK military presence will continue into 2008 for as long as we are wanted and have a job to do,”

So don’t get too excited by the withdrawals which keep getting announced so it seems like Blair is assuaging anti-war sanity by pulling out the troops.

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Italy- The Empire Strikes Back

Prodi has just resigned, his ruling coalition failed to win a vote, the right wingers are crowing. Italy was looking like it was not taking the empire’s shit, then suddenly this:

-The motion asked the senate to approve the government’s foreign policy, a policy which it said was inspired by a repudiation of war and respect for the role of the EU, UN and international alliances.-

The motion was lost. Prodi’s centrism fucked it, he pissed off the left and the right wouldn’t be happy with anything other than being in power. Center to all this was accepting US dominance; just when they were standing up to it, this. Berlusconi is probably dyeing his hair right now.

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The Power Of Nightmares

There are those who cannot allow themselves to think that their government would actually inflate the threat of terrorism to maintain their power and push through their agenda. Or that intelligence and law enforcement needing to protect and expand their budgets need to appear to be invaluable (and unerring) against an onslaught of fanatical murderers lurking around every corner. When the IRA was bombing the UK mainland we were not encouraged to be afraid, in fact it was often stated that if we allow the fear of terrorism to alter our lives then the terrorists will have won. So for those frickin’ eejits who deliberately delude themselves into the myth of ‘good faith’ so they can avoid reality… ladies and gentlemen I give you the proof:-

Federal prosecutors counted immigration violations, marriage fraud and drug trafficking among anti-terror cases in the four years after 9/11 even though no evidence linked them to terror activity, a Justice Department audit said Tuesday.

Overall, nearly all of the terrorism-related statistics on investigations, referrals and cases examined by department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine were either diminished or inflated. Only two of 26 sets of department data reported between 2001 and 2005 were accurate, the audit found.

A November 2001 federal crackdown on security breaches at airports, for example, yielded arrests on immigration and false document charges, but no evidence of terrorist activity. Nonetheless, the attorneys’ office lumped them in with other anti-terror cases since they were investigated by federal Joint Terrorism Task Forces or with other counterterror measures.-

You want it summed up briefly? It used to be the commies because they threatened capital, now it’s terrorists/islamofascists (I mean really, sigh) because resources are getting tighter and guess who lives where all the black gold is? You want a clue how stupid the human race is? The institutions that protect human rights are charities, the institutions that kill professionally are funded by taxation. You figure it out.

PS. If you haven’t yet watched ‘The Power of Nightmares’ run, don’t walk to this link and get with it.

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The Rape Of Iraq

If you are feeling brave go to Riverbend and read it all:-

They abducted her from her house in an area in southern Baghdad called Hai Al Amil. No- it wasn’t a gang. It was Iraqi peace keeping or security forces- the ones trained by Americans? You know them. She was brutally gang-raped and is now telling the story.
Sabrine Al Janabi said that one of the security forces videotaped/photographed her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the rape. Another officer raped her after she saw the investigative judge.-

Get that? After she saw the judge to report the gang rape another cop raped her and told her to keep quiet.

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The Trickle Up

 Information Clearing House 

-Consider this mind-twisting equation from a well-researched article in the current issue of “Vanity Fair” magazine: Private federal contractors now “absorb the taxes paid by everyone in America with incomes under $100,000.”

Viewed a bit differently, “more than 90 percent of all taxpayers might as well remit everything they owe directly … to some contractor rather than to the IRS.”-

Coprorate Crime reporter

-“There isn’t a politically correct way to put it, but this is what needs to be said: 9/11 was a personal tragedy for thousands of families and a national tragedy for all of America, but it was very, very good for SAIC,” Barlett and Steele write. “In the aftermath of the attacks, the Bush administration launched its Global War on Terror, whose chief consequence has been to channel money by the tens of billions into companies promising they could do something  anything to help. SAIC was ready.” –

The Daily Mirror via Lenin’s Tomb

-THREE million council house tenants face losing the right to stay in their homes for life.
A Government report out tomorrow is expected to say the current system of social housing is out of date. And it looks likely to pave the way for major reforms including time limits on how long someone can remain in their council home.-

Government has become a racket for scamming the people and handing the tax revenue to their corporate buddies. Discuss.

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Birthday-palooza

First they kill Saddam on by birthday, thus overshadowing it and robbing me of a potential gift. Now today it is the double header, mum and eldest niece’s birthdays and this gets leaked:

-US contingency plans for air strikes on Iran extend beyond nuclear sites and include most of the country’s military infrastructure, the BBC has learned.
It is understood that any such attack – if ordered – would target Iranian air bases, naval bases, missile facilities and command-and-control centres. –

So we’re all going out for a meal and further contemplation of why the BBC finally decided to report what most informed people have know for ages will have to wait for later. Can you say ‘softening up’?

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