I am hoping that the cause of the server being down is from the immense amount of activity you all are up to, as opposed to the possiblity that someone has busted into our home and taken it while we are on our ski vacation. Thus I will not be in any march on Saturday, we have been planning this trip for a while, and I really needed to get away.
What would the action be? I don't know. I posted this the other day, and then took it down, but here it is again. I think the answer lies in some country's (ies') willingness to adopt a non-violent approach to conflict resolution, making it the model for their society, and upholding that model through any global situation, without question. I think people respond to gentleness, and I am not seeing any of this in the current situation.
Conflict Avoidance and Resolution The Gallery is committed to the development of programs that reduce or eliminate acts of violence towards gallery employees. The table below outlines some of the actions you should employ and some that you most certainly should not do.
De-escalation Do's Maintain eye contact. Listen attentively. Listen for the emotion that caused the anger. Adopt a defensive listening posture. Allow the person to save face. Take a "time out" if you are frustrated. Make slow gestures with palms open. Nod or confirm statements.
De-escalation Don'ts Mirror anger subconsciously. Feel you must win an argument. Cross your arms. Yell or raise your voice. Move of walk behind the person. Block exits. Interrupt. Challenge. Accuse. Threaten. Touch the person.
(one expects destruction in intaglio printmaking) My instructor Sean Caulfield works in intaglio with mezzotint, and constantly changes prints. He makes "finished" prints of works he likes, but will continue to radically change the image on the plate. Interesting stuff. Printmaking is annoying in the fact that you can't just go home and make a print. Having access to a studio is hugely important. Fortunately, if/when I get a Master's it shouldn't be a problem to get access to one after I have graduated. And grah! You must take care of your matrices. Though if you scrape of the rust it should make some interesting marks.
Akin's cell idea is actually quite similar to early functionalist theories in sociology, though I'd imagine akin is as far as functionalism as can be. But it is still a theory that can't be denied: almost everything/one plays a role or function to operate the machine of society. A small action can do a lot of it is strong enough. What would the action be?
The organism that we are mere cells of won't allow us to not do anything about it.
Actually, I think that the way we operate in large groups (societies) is more analogous to the way cellular automata work.
We each have a small amount of things we can do, physically and economically, and a small number of adjacent cells (other people) that we can interoperate with. This is enough to generate extremely complex emergent behaviour.
If you have ever played with a cellular automata kit, you will know that the smallest of adjustments to any of the paramaters of the unit behaviour can cause a system to become unstable, to grow uncontrollably change its state of equilbrium or wither and die.
This is what I am talking about when I say that there are distributed ways to stop war and other undesirable government policy. A small action, on a cellular level, can stop just about anything, as long as the conditions and individual behavoiour is set correctly.
I will leave it to you to look on google for some cellular automata software. Look up "the game of life", "glider guns" and you should also look up the "zhabotinsky reaction"...for the beauty!
I wonder whether these events don't have their own inertia, whether the people who've decided to take 'us' into war haven't, to a certain extent, had the decision made for them by the laws that govern the natural to & fro that dictates where a leaf will land after falling from a tree. I'm wondering how much of the distaste for taking a proactive stance is actually generated by a deeper distaste for the fact that, as a species, as supposedly sentient beings, we are still unable to overcome the biological imperative.
That's actually what I think it's about, some overiding sense of self-preservation that goes deeper than any sense of rationality. The fact that the weapons we have helped to bring about effectively limit our ability to allow someone to strike first means that we have brought this situation upon ourselves. I know that Mr Hussain doesn't have the capacity to land missiles on our shores, but allowing the possibility that he could land them on others who would retaliate in kind is too scary for the selfish gene not to get panicky about.
The organism that we are mere cells of won't allow us to not do anything about it.
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No, but it saves human lives. Stay on topic, we are talking about stopping this particular war, right now.
Intellectualizing is the new demonstrating. Dreaming is the new intellectualizing.
"Sleep is the new self awareness."
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So, shall I take that as a 'No' then? No, you should not.
The poll tax riot was unplanned.
Will you be annoyed if something similar occurs and you miss being there?
You must have images somewhere?? Get them digitised or scanned in and on Vectorx so we can see them here. I am dead keen to see your printmaking efforts.
The etching is an interesting one. It started as an aerosol masked aquatint (the dots) with some hard ground drawing (the lines) on a steel plate. Later on, in 1997, I reworked the plate and more or less destroyed this initial work. This seemed fine at the time (one expects destruction in intaglio printmaking).
However, I only realised recently that the copy that you see below is all that I have left of it, and I feel slightly sad about it as that was only a proof and I have treated it and the plates discourteously over the years. Some of them are in my shed and are rusting away! My prints need nice frames and a loving home! One day I'll get the Davros archive setup, with archive boxes and white gloves and everything.
I miss having access to a print studio. There's a collective locally but the costs are too prohibitive and I wouldn't have the time to make use of it properly with my job anyway. And I don't think they'd let me be as far out as my college technician did (who was just the bomb when it came to "You want to do that? Okay, let's work out how we can do that..." helpfulness, instead of "No, you can't you lunatic").
I remember hearing an argument about whether it was proper to charge copyright for the silence in John Cage's compositions. I don't even need to go on about how STUPID that is. It's pretty obvious if you know anything about Cage.
639 is a very long time and a very strange interpretation of the piece. If it actually does last that long it will become some sort of ritual. What will the generations that grew up with it do when the 639 years is finally up? They'd like, envision some sort of apocalypse scenario or something. :p
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The first notes in the longest and slowest piece of music in history, designed to go on for 639 years, were played at 1800 local time (1700 GMT) on a German church organ on Wednesday, February 5, 2003. The three notes, which will last for a year-and-a-half, are just the start of the piece, called "As Slow As Possible". Composed by late avant-garde composer John Cage, the performance has already been going for 17 months - although all that has been heard so far is the sound of the organ's bellows being inflated. The music will be played in Halberstadt, a small town renowned for its ancient organs in central Germany.
It was originally a 20-minute piece for piano, but a group of musicians and philosophers decided to take the title literally and work out how long the longest possible piece of music could last. They settled on 639 years because the Halberstadt organ was 639 years old in the year 2000. "We started discussing: what is as slow as possible for the organ?", Swedish composer and organist Hans-Ola Ericsson told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
"We, a group of theologians, musicologists, philosophers, composers and organists, met during a couple of years solely to discuss this question. It was rather wonderful to have one topic to discuss at length. We came up with the answer that the piece could last for the duration of the organ - that is the lifetime of an organ."
Cage composed the original piece before his death in 1992, and Mr. Ericsson said Cage would have liked what they had done with it. "It's a sound that we give to the future to take care of, and hopefully the aesthetics and the ideas of John Cage will manage to survive."
Geofrey Robinson is in court for failing to provide a breath specimen, driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a licence so you dont have to.
Isnt this guy the UK govt represenative to NATO?
The premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell, was arrested in Hawaii (or was it Bermuda?) of drinking and driving under a level of GROSS INTOXICATION. He was not jailed but was warned there. Upon returning home, he REFUSES to resign from office (and wimpy people say "oh, he made a mistake, he won't do it again")! Yes, set a good example you fucking fuckup. People in power are totally allowed to endanger the lives of everyone around themselves. Assholes. Stuff like this makes me real mad.
Apparently the Canadian government has plans to send troops to Iraq in case of a war. We already have a whole bunch of peacekeeping missions, and barely a competent armed forces. We can barely afford to keep health care out of the red. Why the FUCK would we want to take part in a stupid war - a taking part that will have NO EFFECT on ANYTHING.
You live in 'democracy'. No we don't, we live in an oligarchy of corporate ownership. It has not been "capitalism" for a good while now.
Someone asked me whether I would be attending the rally/march on saturday. I replied something along the lines of "No, I don't think rallies are very effective at anything but gathering a bunch of people that shout and nothing else." That about sums up the way I feel about it. A riot tends to have a much larger impact, but using violence to oppose violence has never seemed very sane...
However. 1. It implies a choice of plumber. 2. It implies you have some control over him. 3. If I am the boss, marching throught the plumbers house shouting at him that I don't like his work is justified. 3 depends on 1 and 2.
put down the crack pipe before you post!
In reverse order:
re: 3, You are not "the boss marching through the plumbers house" that is crystal clear. You are a homeowner that has a leak who has called a plumber. Homeowner = citizen Duh!
re: 2, If you pay a plumber you have the absolute right to control what he does in your house. Come on!
re: 1, in a Democracy, the right to govern emanates from the people. Under (or more rightly, IN) such a system, you have the right to "choose the plumber".
The analogy works. Can you deal?
Lets have a different analogy.
Go for it.
You live in 'democracy'.
No we dont, we live in a Democratic Monarchy.
Your elected representatives decide to start a war.
Because They Can® which is precisely what I am talking about.
They use every opportunity to push pro-war propaganda. A majority of people still oppose the war. There is no impending vote to kick them out.
hence, the system is hopelessly broken.
Your options as a group to make known your opposition are 1. Demonstrate en masse. 2. Moan. 3. Call a plumber.
Dont be silly.
Options such as a General Strike will not occur.
because the sheeple are all habituated to this absurd marching lark, which is propagandized as a "democratic right" but which actually does nothing at all. Why do you think that the plan to stop the march was reversed? Because it would have left no avenue for the pent up sheeple steam to escape, and there might have been some real, effective ACTION planned and taken.
Greenpeace/CND/Stopthewar would never get support for that; it means people giving up money. I don't know many people who would give up a days wages for 'nothing', let alone a week or more.
The lives of humans beings are not "nothing", and I have never met anyone who would not give up a days wages to save a human life.
If people dont care enough just to stay home then they should not be spending money to go on a useless feel good march that will achieve nothing. Better that they wrote a letter and sent a fiver to an organization instead of literally throwing away thier time in a fruitless exersise like herded sheep, barriers coralling them & all.
Anyway, are you saying you won't be there? We live in London. It'll be amazing to see so many people on the streets. Will you come but not demonstrate? Will you sit at home and watch on TV news, smugly gloating at those 500,000 people doing 'nothing'?
Nice try you toll lamah! You've got to provide a better challenge than what is essentially "will you bow down with the other sheep?".
"It will be amazing to see so many people in the streets"; yes, yet another Spectacle to dazzle your eyes and make you feel a false sense of power.
How can you come but not demonstrate? being there IS the demonstration there is nothing more to it, no direct action, no result, save millions wasted and Hyde Park's grass nibbled to the mud by 500,000 + bleating sheep!
"please close it up pal, im calling another plumber". The plumber is STILL a shit analogy. However. 1. It implies a choice of plumber. 2. It implies you have some control over him. 3. If I am the boss, marching throught the plumbers house shouting at him that I don't like his work is justified. 3 depends on 1 and 2.
Lets have a different analogy. You live in 'democracy'. Your elected representatives decide to start a war. They use every opportunity to push pro-war propaganda. A majority of people still oppose the war. There is no impending vote to kick them out. Your options as a group to make known your opposition are 1. Demonstrate en masse. 2. Moan. 3. Call a plumber.
Options such as a General Strike will not occur. Greenpeace/CND/Stopthewar would never get support for that; it means people giving up money. I don't know many people who would give up a days wages for 'nothing', let alone a week or more.
Anyway, are you saying you won't be there? We live in London. It'll be amazing to see so many people on the streets. Will you come but not demonstrate? Will you sit at home and watch on TV news, smugly gloating at those 500,000 people doing 'nothing'?
Bush is a former CIA Director and was reportedly a member of the secretive UFO research group, Majestic. He was one of the few Presidents privy to the supremely classified information which the Top Secret group had on hand. In a television interview, Bob Lazar, a proclaimed UFO engineer in Area 51's S-4 at Groom Lake in Nevada said Bush was very knowledgeable of the studies of flying saucers at S-4.
Bush was the head of the CIA when President Jimmy Carter was denied further information on UFO activity. Although Carter was the President, Bush found that he did not have sufficient clearance to access such information.
In 1976, a Senate committee headed by Frank Church proposed revealing size of the country's black budget -- intelligence spending that, in contradiction to the Constitution, is kept secret even from the Hill. According to journalist Tim Weiner, George H.W. Bush argued that the revelation would be a disaster and would compromise the agency beyond repair. By a one vote margin the matter is referred to the Senate. It never reaches the floor.
Stop the War marches are not supposed to (literally) stop the war (there is no war, yet), they are supposed to influence those in control of the war to stop/prevent/limit the war.
If they dont work, they should not be done. Period. It is a waste of money, and Ive already done the calculation. Over 5 Million pounds is going to be spent on Saturdays march. Thats insane.
Blair is, quite visibly, shitting in his pants about how things could turn out (globally and personally. He could lose his job).
or maybe not....
The govt is doing all it can to persuade people to support war ergo it wants/needs that support (to some extent).
Non Sequitur. HMG doesnt need your consent or support for anything. Remember "If it isnt hurting, it isnt working"? Its like that. There is nothing you can do if UK Limited wants to go to war. Parliament doesnt even have the right to vote on wether it should happen or not, thanks to the usurped Royal Perogative.
The anti-war protests are trying to persuade people not to support war/govt. How can this be bad or pointless?
Because it will not directly make war impossible. Because its been tried before and failed miserably.
To return to bad analogies, if you can see the plumber is about to fuck up your pipes you would be stupid not to shout STOP! before he actually fucks them up.
You dont shout "STOP", you quietly say: "please close it up pal, im calling another plumber".You are PAYING the plumber to fix your problem. While he is being paye by you, YOU ARE THE BOSS, not THE PLUMBER.
That is another perfect analogy, and is absolutely central to the war and foreign policy problems all western countries face.
I say again. When water is flooding your house, you choke off the pipe that is feeding the flood. If you sit there and shout at the water, it wont go away. If 500,000 people trample through your house and shout at the pipe, the water will still gush and your stuff will be waterlogged and ruined.
Go to the basement, and turn the stopcock, until you call a competent plumber to fix the leak.
Do you finally get me?!
Thankfully, the message about this is leaking (!) out slowly. The eureka lights will go on shortly; watch out, its going to be VERY bright.
If you keep doing something that doesnt work, and suffer because of it It works, I'm not suffering.
Stop the War marches are not supposed to (literally) stop the war (there is no war, yet), they are supposed to influence those in control of the war to stop/prevent/limit the war. Blair is, quite visibly, shitting in his pants about how things could turn out (globally and personally. He could lose his job). The govt is doing all it can to persuade people to support war ergo it wants/needs that support (to some extent). The anti-war protests are trying to persuade people not to support war/govt. How can this be bad or pointless? To return to bad analogies, if you can see the plumber is about to fuck up your pipes you would be stupid not to shout STOP! before he actually fucks them up.
Most (Yellow Pages) plumbers are lazy shithead greedbags. I know from recent experience. Two weeks ago I put a nail through a pipe, then fell out of the attic trying to turn off the water. I temporarily fixed the leak. Got an airlock in the heating. Called a plumber. Said it was 400 pounds worth of job and left, having done nothing except fleece me of 55 pounds 'call-out'. Airlock was then fixed by a friend with his brain and lungs in 15 minutes. My repair on the leak is perfect. Moral: If you want to stop a leak, don't expect a fucking plumber to do it.
"Go! Iraq! Go!" is pronounced authentic by the US 'experts' within milliseconds.
And did you know that in this very same tape, OBL says (very loose quoting) that, "...they (the govt of Iraq) are Socialists and Infidels...but it is better to fight against the usa than fight amongst oursevs"
There is NO LINK between these two groups, that is clear to anyone who listened to the whole tape.
False analogy? Let me be more clear for you. People who go on demonstrations to stop war are behaving like monkeys who sit in the rain instead of taking shelter under nearby trees.
If you keep doing something that doesnt work, and suffer because of it, you are EXACTLY like a monkey who stays in the rain getting soaking wet instead of taking shelter and being dry, comfortable and happy.
You keep going to demonstrations to stop war, but they dont work. War still happens again and again, yet you still go.
You keep voting, knowing that who you are voting for is sub optimal, and you never get the government that you really want.
This is not an analogy, but a comparison (and an accurate one) of the behaviour of chimps (close to humans so the SCIENTISTS tell us :] ) and people who will not stop taking actions that do not work to solve problems.
What is worse about this is that these demonstrations dont stop YOUR government hurting OTHER people. If these demonstrations didnt stop bombs dropping on your own head, its your problem, sadly this chimp behaviour is KILLING people in OTHER COUNTRIES.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's supreme appeals court ruled Wednesday that a genocide lawsuit against Ariel Sharon could go ahead once he no longer enjoyed immunity as prime minister of Israel, the plaintiffs' lawyer said.
The ruling opened the way for survivors of a 1982 massacre of Palestinian refugees to press their case against the Israeli leader, whom they hold responsible for the deaths of hundreds of their kin in Israeli-occupied Beirut.
"This is a victory for international justice and for the victims," Luc Walleyn, one of lawyers for the plaintiffs, told Reuters at the courthouse.
The survivors had appealed against a lower court ruling last June that Sharon could not be prosecuted for the massacre by Israeli-backed Christian militiamen in the Sabra and Shatila camps because he was not in Belgium.
The plaintiffs are using a Belgian human rights law which claims universal jurisdiction allowing the country's courts to try crimes against humanity and genocide, no matter where they were committed.
Sharon was defense minister at the time of the massacre. In 1983, an Israeli commission found him indirectly responsible but Sharon was never prosecuted.
Daniel Shek, the Israeli Foreign Ministry's director of European affairs, described the ruling as "very problematic."
"The Belgian legal system is trying to bite off more than it can swallow," he said.
The case has soured relations between Belgium and Israel for more than a year.
10 million join world protest rallies The most unusual rally is expected to be in the international territory of Antarctica, where dozens of scientists and others at the US McMurdo base on the edge of the Ross sea will take to the ice.
S Bend Plumber to a very high ranking member of the Royal Flushing family, but never knowingly puts in a plug about it. Stan has unblocked a few problems in his time. Along with his mate, Barry - known to the customers as B Day - nothing is left to chance. From a sophisticated central heating system to a common or garden the service is always the same and never a drain on one's pcoket Stan is a little touchy one thing though. He thinks term 'Monkey Wrench' insult In fact he goes ape about it
The last Bin Laden tape took a week of verification before a 'not sure' judgement was announced. This Bin Laden tape, saying "Go! Iraq! Go!" is pronounced authentic by the US 'experts' within milliseconds.
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Yes, Irdial List is back! I was wondering where that had gone. Am I one of the elite???
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we have a bad language filter at work now. my bro sent me an email with the "C" word in and it was bounced. I sent him the bounce in case he didn't get it and of course that sent the whole thing into a spin since it quoted the offending word back and forth. How we laughed!
So who's coming on the march, and who's staying home hoping that the plumber arrives?
Make a difference The eyes and ears of the world will be fixed on the London streets and on Hyde Park. The size and fury of the demonstration will have an impact on real events the like of which I have not experienced in a lifetime of protest. Hyde Park will once again host a demonstration, like that of the Reform League in 1867 or the suffragettes in 1908, that can change the whole course of politics. Go to it.
My roommate picked up a mint copy of Neil Young's After the Goldrush on vinyl for One Dollar (!) at a charity shop last week and i just CAN NOT get enough of it. The songwriting is incredible with this creepy sense of urgency but it manages to glimmer with hope in a world gone mad with war. The song "When You Dance I Can Love" makes me do both of those things, especially with Nils Lofgren's piano playing (only 17 yrs old at the time!).
Lo and behold, good one there Mr. Tea. I just found a collection of triplets by my window, and here they are: distortion free money bloody valentine card black hole in-one seminal work force european union jack tradesmens entrance fee style police brutality
MPs are to investigate Tony Blair's power to declare war and peace and deploy British troops, it will be announced today. The move is a response to the prime minister's refusal to guarantee a debate and vote before committing Britain to war with Iraq.
When Mr Blair appeared before MPs on the joint liaison committee last month, Tony Wright - the chairman of the public administration committee, which is to carry out the inquiry - pointed out that George Bush had to get the permission of congress before going to war. "Why do we have endless debates about whether to kill foxes, but no debate on whether to kill people?" he asked. Mr Blair told him he saw "no reason" to change. http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,893690,00.html
If only this kind of thing existed when I was learning about the Valley of the Kings. What a teaching tool! Using it with the students in the classroom, and then assigning them each a tomb to fully explore and report back on...
It would take BILLIONS of investment to make it happen. Perhaps they could get the money for this from the same magic pot / tree / rainbow where they get the warbuck$ from! EXACTLY. If (optimist head on) the UK joins in the public flogging of Saddam it will cost 3.5 billion pounds according to a 'think tank' yesterday. We're still in hock to the fucking USA from WWII. Good to think the US is STILL profiting from that. 'We're all in this together for the benefit of future generations!!!!! (I'll stick it on your account, OK?)'
Did you know that 60% of electricity is lost in transmission lines? There should be a total replacement of all powerlines (which should be buried) with high temperature superconducting cable.
Then, incandescent light bulbs should be outlawed. There is a new type of light bulb that uses a new type of "filament" which has a level of light output identical to incandescent bulbs, but with 60% less power consumption.
These two things alone would drastically improve the power usage in the UK. It would take BILLIONS of investment to make it happen. Perhaps they could get the money for this from the same magic pot / tree / rainbow where they get the warbuck$ from!
How true is this in general? After all, the NY Times is owned by Murdoch. Fox is owned by Murdoch. and that seems to be where most of the sneering is coming from. But the Washington Post has no excuse. Where are the American liberals? Who is giving a voice to moderate thoughts in the US media? Any sources at all? Today's lead editorial in the Wash Post is a vituperous attack on the French and Germans, directly comparing them with Saddam Hussein. Can you find an article balancing this view?
I found one! "The US was late for the last two world wars, so they're making damned sure they'll be on time for the next one!" -Cronan's Words of Wisdom
We live in an oligarchy pretending to be a democracy. Power to the people? I think not!
Blair, Hoon and Straw to be investigated for war crimes
For immediate release: 23.1.03
If, as appears likely, the UK is involved in the use of force against Iraq the leaders of the UK Government will be investigated by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if it breaches international humanitarian law (IHL). So promises a coalition of professors of law and leading NGOs from around the world. The UK, US and Canadian Governments have today been served with letters before action warning them of the consequences of an illegal use of force against Iraq. In the UK , Tony Blair was served at 10 Downing Street during filming for a Channel 4 TV programme on January 31.
The ICC came into being in July 2002 and is shortly to commence work. It will investigate and prosecute those guilty of 'genocide,' 'crimes against humanity' and 'war crimes'. The definition of 'war crimes' is wide and would catch indiscriminate methods of attack or weapon systems used by the UK and US in the 1991 Gulf War, and in Kosovo and Afghanistan. Whereas those wars took place before July 2002 any war in Iraq could be subject to the ICC’s jurisdiction. Thus the following which have been used in the past and are in breach of IHL are now prohibited:
· Indiscriminate methods of attack against civilian centres such as high level airs strikes and attacks on cities such as Baghdad and Basra.
· Indiscriminate weapons systems such as cluster bombs, fuel-air explosives, multiple rocket launcher systems or weapons using depleted uranium.
· Attacks on Iraqi infrastructure
· Attacks on electricity supplies (so as to cause the death of thousands of innocent civilians because of failed water sanitation plants).
· Attacks on projects likely to release dangerous forces such as civil nuclear energy plants or dams.
The coalition of lawyers and NGOs plan unprecedented action using the ICC legislation as a threat to force the UK to target its use of force and to avoid indiscriminate attacks. If there are violations of IHL (which prohibits indiscriminate attacks) these and other NGOs who will be in Iraq or otherwise in a position to monitor the war will report to a Tribunal of eminent international jurists and others. If the tribunal finds there have been violations it will report to the prosecutor of the ICC and he will be urged to start an investigation of his own initiative as he is empowered to do. Thereafter the coalition will work with the Prosecutor to ensure that the evidence of violations is credible the leaders of the UK Government who, under the principle of Command Responsibility, are liable for violations are prosecuted in the Hague .
Carol Naughton, Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament said today: "The world has changed for the better since the 1991 Gulf War and we now have the International Criminal Court. We can guarantee Messrs. Blair, Hoon and Straw that they will be investigated and prosecuted if they repeat the attacks of that war, or in Kosovo and Afghanistan."
Phil Shiner of Public Interest Lawyers, the coalition’s UK lawyer said today: “The definition of war crimes is very broad and will catch indiscriminate methods of attack or weapon systems. The UK Government must ensure that all force used is targeted, discriminate, proportionate and necessary, otherwise its leaders face a similar fate to that of Milosovic.”
Michael Mandel of Lawyers Against the War (Canada) and Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto said today: “Our governments are planning to commit nothing short of mass murder. They are planning to kill Iraqi civilians without any lawful justification or excuse. That’s a crime in England and in Canada and under international law. No one is above the law, not even Prime Ministers. If they do this terrible thing, we are going to see to it they are personally brought to justice. We are going to prosecute each and every one of them for each and every crime they commit.”
* Image auto sizing allows a user to toggle between full-sized images and images sized to fit the browser window. To give it a try, load a large image into the browser window or size the window to be much smaller. Now clicking on the image will alternate between auto-sized and full-sized.The feature can be disabled (or enabled) from the Appearance panel in Preferences. * Mozilla Mail's junk-mail classification is mostly complete. Users can now automatically move junk mail to a spam folder. * Users can now "dynamically" switch profiles. To give it a try, from the tools menu select "Switch Profile..." * Find as you type, formerly known as type ahead find, has a new preferences panel (Advanced: Keyboard Navigation). * When installed, Chatzilla now has a normal Mozilla preferences panel. * about:config, the listing of most of Mozilla's preference settings is now editable. Power users can now tweak just about every pref available without opening prefs.js in a text editor. Warning: tweaking some of these prefs may break Mozilla completely. Use at your own risk. * This release of Mozilla marks the kickoff of a research project to apply machine learning to improve the browser's autocomplete feature. The project's first phase needs as many Mozilla users as possible to participate in collecting data. All you need to do is turn on a pref, use this build for daily browsing for a couple of weeks, zip up a data file on your local drive, and submit it online. Please read http://www.mozilla.org/projects/ml/autocomplete/ for more details.
I updated my Mozilla to vers 1.2.1 the other day and have discovered the multi-winow tab feature. This browser just gets better!! I was using Opera, which has a simliar feature but I love the layout of Moz and it deals better with some sites that have DHTML.
I was hanging out at SHARE last night, which is sort of a drum circle for people with Powerbooks and a penchant for strange electronic music. There are jam sessions where evryone is running through the PA at once, and featured sets where one person is showing off some new MAX patches or some MP3 dj-ing or some software that was written to make fun squelches blips and bleeps.
There is also a video scene at share, where people show off all kinds of wild visual stuff on the dozen or so monitors in the space. I was hanging with a guy that was running a program called Dervish that his friend wrote in the MAX/Jitter environment, and was amazed at the images he was creating and the ease at which he was manipulating them. The program is freely distributed, and I recommend it to anyone that likes to fuck up video. (The two screenshots on the page don't do it justice AT ALL!)
Freedom is Slavery. War is Peace. Ignorance is Strength.
I hate purity. I hate goodness. I don't want virtue to exist anywhere. I want everyone corrupt.
My girlfriend took me to see 1984 at the Hammersmith Lyric on Friday. It's one of my favourite books, Orwell must be one of the best authors England's ever produced. I haven't seen the film. Well, I have, but it was about 10 years ago, and I didn't watch it all. I just remember the naked bit outside!
Anyway, I digress. This is an awesome production. I don't know much about theatre, but this really was amazing. And it's quite poignant too. I really reccomend you go and see it.
> got a webcam running (useless vanity/ego booster) and a deskcam too... http://****.****.***/desktop.jpg really boring actually... >
>Anyway, I hope you're OK. I guess you won't be coming >to the march on Saturday, although I think you should,
>> Maybe I will! > > > > Well, I think you should, but obviously you're a free man. Or maybe not?
"Whats a question of degree?" from a famous song
> Anyway, it would be a good chance for the ******* crew to meet up. **** ***** is coming too. Maybe some other *** ******. I am going to try and persuade my parents to come. And my brother. And all my friends who seem to be quite apathetic... If everyone who goes gets one other person to come then that's doubled the numbers already.
did you see the dimbleby (dim bumblebee i call them) programme last night? according to the cabinet minister who was on the show, no matter how many people march, the govt has made its decision. double numbers or no, this party is going to happen.
> >> have you read about the new face recognition system for the "Ring of Steel?" > > > > Yes. Very scary. And I thought Ken was an Alright Geezer.
they have hijacked it, and made it a dual purpose system. these systems, like bad law, can be dismantled. ITs the only good thing about them.
Mikkel, more on that remix album. An online friend I chat with regularly has got a CD coming out on Foundry that is of that concept. His original track was based soley on processed sounds derived from his trumpet and that track was subsequently remixed by 4 others, then he took their tracks and made a final 6th track from them. Interesting concept in audio recycling.
Thanks Mikkel. I agree with you that there is something missing (like a break/change/middle 8 kind of thing) AND it could do with a polish! You have ears and your own taste so I think that more than qualifies you to comment.
Doing the 'pass the remix' thing sounds fun and similar to the concept of what goes on at Tapegerm. There was another concept on the slsk board of a 'one minute massacre', where you make a minute long piece then the next person uses one or more elements to make the next whilst maintaining some sort of continuity. There are some dynamics that need to be agreed as there would be differences of OS platforms so it might be better to work either on an agreed audio software package with cross compatability (Reason for instance) or with all the files as audio (both create issues with everyone having the same audio SW or filesizes in the case of audio).
I reckon it's pretty neat, Chris. Something seems to be missing, though, but I have no idea what it could be. Maybe it just needs polish, or maybe I should shut up and keep out of stuff I don't know about.
But I got to thinking. You remember that game, chinese whispers, right? Since a lot of us folks like music and dabbling (or shall we say creating masterpieces), we could do that. I heard of a cd that was made like that. The second track was a remix/remake/fucking up of the first track. The third track was ditto of the second, etc. A pretty cool idea. Who wants to have a go? I need to get Reason working again, though. It's borken.
I heard about the Plagurized Blair/Iraq dossier on the radio the other night when I was cooking and it doesnt surprise me at all. It just goes to prove that these people can not be trusted AT ALL.
Akin, I agree with you about the ineffectiveness of marching/demonstrating. For all it's worth, you may as well march up and down your own street but it is a good thing in getting people active, in a position to meet articulate people who present an intelligent alternative to what is offered and start to clearing away the ignorance that has shrouded their lifes upto that moment. Granted, a lot will go home from next saturdays demo and consider that 'they've done their bit' but some will go away and feel that it's not enough and pursue it further. Demonstrating is like marajuana, it is a gateway political activity leading to harder things.
I was on the poll tax demo and the greatest thing I got from it was the sense that I was part of a larger movement/collective that could mobilise. If next saturday goes anyway to achieving this with people it is a good first step but that's all it is, a first step.
What I know of Ghandi's activities is similar to Tibetan resistance. A point blank refusal to cooperate with authority in a non-violent way. We also have this power. A general labour strike is one of the most effective tools we have but is equally hard to organise or sustain. Try finding one of his books, "My experiments with truth". A good read. (Online version here)