/* My bits are protected, are yours?*/ poons: February 2008
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George W. Bush is coming to the UK... and we'll be waiting for him.
26 February, 2008
  Bill Hicks: Gone these fourteen years | Chicken Yoghurt
Thank you Justin for reminding me that it is amazingly 14 years since Bill Hicks wandered off to smoke fags with Satan.
The man is a deity in my religion, and I do hope that one day I too will die of a smoking related disease at an early age, if only to get me off this rock of waste of space, DNA polluting, gerrymandering, corrupt, did I say waste of space? supposedly intelligent pieces of carbon entities that I don't like anymore.

This is a tribute : It's just a ride


is my favourite - "Hitler was an under achiever"!

Bill Hicks - Resting In Satans Arms and loving it. (Cock sucking is someone elses duty)

Bill Hicks was genius. Plain and simple. One more - Rest in Satans arms. You are missed.
  The Woodshed - Hostage situation

Readers we have a hostage situation that needs your help - please click the above title and lets get this poor soul to 40,000 hits.

If you really need more info try here
25 February, 2008
  Nice beaver!
Well that nice man Dave (what else could he be with a name like that?) has awarded me an "E for excellent" award. Now I am painfully aware that this meme started an age ago but it is nice to be appreciated. So I thought I would reciprocate. All of the blogs are on my roll other there ----> so I won't bother linking again. Feel free to send it on if you're on the list, or not... but if you do send it on can you let me know in the comments - cheers.

@ 5cc
@ Blogmonkey
@ Jail House Lawyer
@ Jon's Jail Journal
@ Ministry of Truth
@ Misty
@ My Boyfriend is a twat
@ Rachel North London
@ The Poor Mouth
@ Wardman Wire

Edit: Damn a late entry for the use of the phrase "To the best of my knowledge, the last 'jumper' to use this trainline ended up with his head a good mile away from his feet." goes to My Thoughts Exactly for this post.

Cheers Mr Beaver.

Oh and the Britblog Roundup is here which includes a link to this.

Chameleon adds these sage words...

Poons of the eponymous blog uncovers an instance of hypocrisy here. Without wishing to become embroiled in a dispute I have not followed, I have to agree with Tim Ireland of Bloggerheads, who urges us not to hand over ammunition to our numerous detractors: “We have to individually lead by example…and not be afraid to challenge bloggers who present themselves as the leaders of blogging when they set a very poor example.

Otherwise no-one will take any of us seriously, and the old media will continue to get away with dismissing personal contributions to the blogosphere while they themselves try to muscle in on the action while following the poorer example themselves. (Take, just for example, the rather self-serving comment moderation policies of most major newspapers)”.

There are attacks on our freedom of speech aplenty, let’s not poison the atmosphere ourselves by threatening each other with libel suits, which simply plays into the hands of those who would take delight in muzzling us.
23 February, 2008
  The Truth Seeker - Significant Gold Deposits Discovered in Kosovo
As always TFH required whilst reading this site. I like to think I can spot a wrong 'un and a quick e-mail to Mr Worstall confirmed it.

The claim :

The Truth Seeker - Significant Gold Deposits Discovered in Kosovo
All of which may explain why President Bush and major European powers had backed calls for an independent Kosovo, foremost among the U.K..
This was probably no coincidence for it was a British mineral exploration company that was responsible for the soil testing. Did they refer their findings to the British government and did they promise to back calls for an independent Kosovo in return for preferential treatment for British companies exploiting Kosovo’s mineral deposits?
If so it’s another example of how big money and government now work hand-in-hand. With political decisions being determined by profit as much as anything else.
No doubt the City of London will accrue benefits from this deal too. As it did over a century ago when Rothschild minions the Oppenheimers and their company Anglo-American began exploiting South Africa's gold and diamond deposits.

Tim's reply :

Valuing a find like that is something that can only be done with a massive amount of work and by a trained mining engineer. I'm at the other end of the market chain, I wholesale certain odd metals( the rare earths for example) Not my area at all. Bit like asking a PC salesman about the value of a piece of raw code. Right industry, wrong person.
Wouldn't be surprised to see any of the three though. Chrome, Albania has a lot of it.Ni-Co-Cu is found all over the world but it's a bitch to separate. Has to be a lot of it to make it worthwhile building the plant. Au, again, it's all over the place. Can be very tough to separate (1 g per tonne rock is what many work at).
As to the last lines of the piece: no, I don't think that such mining properties would be driving foreign policy. Values simply too small compared to the investment necessary to dig them up. Be like invading Wales for the coal.
(My Emphasis)

Thanks for the prompt reply Tim. As I thought, treat what you find at Truth Seeker (and to be fair other similiar conspiracy sites) with pinch of salt, a shake of Au, and a big dose of tinfoil hat.
  Smoking Mirrors: 9/11 is the Litmus Test.
You may need tin-foil hats for some of the comment but the main post is succinct, reasonably non-judgemental, and to my mind quite a focusing piece.

There *are* still too many unanswered questions regarding 9/11 and this seeks to condense them.

The intro to whet your appetite :

There is one thing that defines everyone over the course of these early years of this new century. That thing is the 9/11 attack. Everyone in government and every field of endeavor the world over is defined by their position on this event. It is not necessary to know the truth. It is only necessary to know the extent of the lies in order to define any leader in any position anywhere in the world. By what they have said and by what they have not said, one can accurately judge who is an enemy of the people’s of the world. One can accurately determine who is a tool of the psychopaths or one of them.
Think about what you allow yourself to know. Think about what you pass by; ignore, deny and defend ...that defines you. It defines the degree of your personal courage, your relationship to the truth, your values, your principles and what you will pass on to your children and everyone you meet. It tells you in that place where your conscience must once have lived whether you are a hypocrite and a fool or whether something greater still lives within you.

The rest is here.
21 February, 2008
  Five Chinese Crackers
I have been meaning to add this great site to my blogroll for ages and somehow I kept missing it. A peculiarity is that it one of my biggest referrers and not all the same person. So if you came from 5cc, hello! Say hello back, yeah?

Other additions will have and '*' (that's an asterisk without the quotes) before them so I can monitor whether it's worth a read. I'm going to trawl other people's blogrolls because I play too much online poker and so need some distraction.

If you know of any killer blogs then let me know in the comments. Note: That's BLOGS not links sites, real people talking about real things.

Dale does this sort of thing as an ego massage, I'd like to have the most eclectic blogroll out there. Preferabbly daily updated but not essential.

Oh did I mention they must be BLOGS?
20 February, 2008
Taking Liberties - Thought crime night - coming soon!
"If you've never heard of The Manifesto Club, read on ...
Next week the club is hosting a free speech event in London. 'Thought Crime Night' invites supporters of free speech to discuss the state of artistic freedom in Britain today. Speakers including political blogger Paul Staines (aka Guido Fawkes); novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru; rap artist Aki Nawaz; and Brendan O'Neill, editor of the online magazine spiked." (My emphasis)

"Guido Fawkes a.k.a. Paul Staines is a political blogger. His 'Tittle tattle, gossip and rumours about Westminster's Mother of Parliaments' is read by thousands of people every day. He is a lover of freedom, a defender of free speech, and he advises those who disagree, are easily offended, or just bore him to get their own blogs."

When you consider this, that is the funniest thing I've read all day.

Update :
Chicken Yoghurt remembers this, whilst Garry just made me smirk like a loon.
18 February, 2008
  The Galloping Beaver: The British spend the last of their army
My thoughts are in the comments.
13 February, 2008
  Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation
Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation ~

1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil
2. Become incredulous and indignant
3. Create rumor mongers
4. Use a straw man
5. Sidetrack opponents w name calling, ridicule
6. Hit and Run
7. Question motives
8. Invoke authority
9. Play Dumb
10. Associate opponent charges with old news
11. Establish and rely upon fall-back positions
12. Enigmas have no solution
13. Alice in Wonderland Logic
14. Demand complete solutions
15. Fit the facts to alternate conclusions
16. Vanish evidence and witnesses
17. Change the subject
18. Emotionalize, Antagonize, and Goad
19. Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs
20. False evidence
21. Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor
22. Manufacture a new truth
23. Create bigger distractions
24. Silence critics
25. Vanish

Eight Traits of The Disinformationalist ~

1. Avoidance
2. Selectivity
3. Coincidental
4. Teamwork
5. Anti-conspiratorial
6. Artificial Emotions
7. Inconsistent
8. Newly Discovered: Time Constant

I can't decide who this fits best. Staines or Dale?

  Puppy Vs. Robot

via B3ta links and Botjunkie - which i'm guessing the Monkey will/does already like
11 February, 2008
  Anonymous Redux
An update to this post - Blogmonkey has a roundup of the latest actions.

Update - Justin has a take.
  Bloggerheads (UK) - The half-time match report (with Nick and Elroy)

I've tried writing this a number of times and it doesn't seem to come out right.

So the executive summary - Tim is a mate and a top bloke. Dale, Staines et al. are a bunch of hypocritical no marks. Go and read why here. Warning: May contain belly laughs.
  Nadira: The British Ambassador's Belly Dancer
Craig Murray former British amassador to Uzbekistan met and later married Nadira whilst serving.

She has an incredible story to tell which has been transformed into a play now running at The Arts Theatre in London before hitting the West End later in the year.

It must take incredible bravery to lay bare your life in this way and I wish her the very best of luck.
05 February, 2008
  Cables cut
My naturally suspicious mind was alerted when 3 seperate net cables were cut under unusual circumstances.

The Galloping Beaver (great name) has a look at what could be the cause, and concludes that Jimmy Carter could be to blame...

Update: more at Smoking Mirrors

Update : Iran is still up and running. This link found at the comments of Smoking Mirrors.

Hat tip to Samizdata - link in the blogroll I'm feeling lazy. Oh and the Beaver is added - looks like a good read.
03 February, 2008
Donate and improve your vocabulary.

Hat tip to Chickyog
02 February, 2008
  Paul Staines is a bandwidth leech and a liar
posted without comment and with comments switched off.
  The camera never lies
Great find at B3ta links. This a superb peice of re-creation using 3 guys, some costumes and a hearty dose of "bloody clever"-ness

I sometimes forget just how much can be done with today’s technology and a boatload (literally, in this instance) of hard work and determination. Case in point is this amazing bit of vfx work from three graphic designers working for BBC’s Timewatch (currently only available in the UK) to recreate the carnage and mayhem that was the Omaha Beach invasion of World War II.

Aside from the unforgivable music choice, watching the making-of montage is as much fun as beholding the end result. It’s clear that these three lads were motivated by an uncommon passion to pull off this feat. Based on the Timewatch production blog, their names are Neil Wilson, Steve Flynn and Colin Thornton. More from the blog (although it’s pretty evident in the featurette):

They are here for two days to film some basic drama reconstruction sequences that will form the basis of their D-Day landing scene. In order to catch low tide when the beach is at its widest, we head for the beach at dawn whereupon the three boys spent several exhausting hours dress up in the uniforms and run up and down the sand, as I operate the Z1 camera.

They carefully plan it so that each run is in a different part of the frame. That way, when they are back in the office, they can layer these frames up in the computer until it looks like there are hundreds of men landing on the beach – rather than just three. Later they will drop in beach obstacles and landing crafts, based on images they have gathered from books – and also small explosions, filmed separately again.

As well as the beach landing scene, they have to film a sequence of cliff climbing at Pointe du Hoc – to illustrate what Ike and his fellow Rangers had to do on D-Day. We find a small 10ft sand dune which the boys clamber up head-on into the camera. I help hold up the green screen making sure it fills the frame behind the boys. The green screen means that when it comes to the edit, they can drop in a different background – in this case, the sea and Pointe du Hoc cliff-line.


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