Church of Euthanasia Video i like to watch planes flying in...
Hollywood's dirty little secret Operation Hollywood The inside story of the cozy relationship between big box office American war movies and the Pentagon. (Real Video Link - via information clearing house)
K O S M I S C H E - London's original Krautrock club Sat 5th : Kosmische night featuring Chrome Hoof + Prey featuring Barry 7 (ex-Add N to (X)) + The Projects + Asja Auf Capri + Stella Maris Drone Orchestra
Bardens Boudoir is a 300 capacity basement venue (beneath a furniture store called Bardens) with a late licence, suitable for small to medium sized gigs and for dj nights. 38-44 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XJ
Scotsman.com - Israel 'To Build More Than 6,000 West Bank Homes' The plan calls for a total of 6,391 new homes, the newspaper says. Maaleh Adumim outside Jerusalem, with 30,000 people the largest West Bank settlement, would be expanded by 2,100 housing units. On Sunday, the Israeli government approved a revised route for the barrier it is building to wall off the West Bank, putting Maaleh Adumim on the Israeli side.
Oh my gosh, it's V-Girl. Vivienne is a virtual minx brought to you by the power of mobile technology. She's the offspring of Hong Kong-based Artificial Life Inc., offering lonely, desperate men the chance to have a distance relationship with a real computer via their throbbing 3G mobes. Check out this witty review in The Register
The impact of Christian Zionism on the Arab-Israeli conflict By Norton Mezvinsky, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. This is a transcript of a talk he gave at the Egyptian Cultural Bureau in London.
Psycho Studio - Edit your own Shower Scene!"Endlessly imitated, the stabbing of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' has become indelibly stamped on the American Psyche. The 48 second sequence has been studied by thousands of film students of the years, but only now can you cut your own version using the original footage, all online. Storyboarded by Saul Bass and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the original scene was edited by George Tomasini together with Hitchcock. See what you can do and if it compares with the original!"
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Massive webcast - costs only four and a half bucks (goes to Oxfam). The Tsunami - Crisis In Asia Concert with Massive Attack, Portishead, Coral and Robert Plant. You can even pay for it by mobile phone. 'Calmer comber - D'ya make her in Roma?'..etc etc.
"Committee to Protect Bloggers" Mojtaba Saminejad and Arash Sigarchi are two Iranian bloggers being persecuted by their country authorities. Details of the charges against the two men are unclear. The Committee to Protect Bloggers has nominated today as Free Mojtaba and Arash Day. Post a link, display a banner, write a letter, make a noise. Free speech is a precious thing. The BBC has a story here. ( Via AntiPixel )
Update : Blogger Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison The Iranian government sentenced the prominent blogger Arash Cigarchi to 14 years in prison for expressing his opinions on the Internet and in the international press, marking a new low for freedom of expression in Iran, Human Rights Watch said today.
Bad play bad play I'm trying to work out whats worse here. That Peter Hall directed this shit or that I went to see it. Jesus.
Sat down to eat my lunch 2 days ago. Opened the paper and was stunned to read about his passing. A sad day, a crappy lunch.
Planet Of Tunes Good place to check when looking for free multi-media stuff. I've been searching for some analogue synth patch sheets for my Juno 6, well... since the early eighties.
Tony Benn in Brent tonight Willesden Centre, College of NW London, Dudden Hill NW10 (near Dollis Hill station and Willesden bus garage) Tony Benn, Ghada Razuki (Stop the War Coalition) Jeremy Dear (NUJ) Haifa Zangana (Iraqi writer)
Ex-ambassador slams Straw over torture - [Sunday Herald] In March 2003 he was summoned to the Foreign Office, where, he says, he was told that “yes, [intelligence] may be obtained under torture, but provided we didn’t specifically ask for the individual to be tortured or do the torturing ourselves, that’s not illegal. And that Jack Straw had personally considered the matter and the security services decided this was useful material, so we should keep getting it and I should shut up.”
The Klinker Club In sunny Dalston. 3 acts & Super 8 films. Anything goes, can be a bit hit and miss. + the owner wears a cabbage on his head...
Fourtet & Steve Reid play the Spitz on April 2nd Four Tet plays a set of improvised sounds and electronics alongside veteran jazz drummer Steve Reid in a very special one-off and rare collaboration. Steve Reid is a true pioneer of US left-field deep jazz and is steeped in musical history. He has played with the likes of Fela Kuti, James Brown, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Miles Davis and many more. Forty years of living drum history where African rhythms and the harmonic explorations of John Coltrane come together. Steve Reid grew up living next door to John Coltrane, worked in a department store with Ornette Coleman, and his son is the drummer for 50 Cent and NWA...! Soul Jazz have just re-issued Steve's "Rhythmatism" album from the 1970's. In 2003 Four Tet released one of the albums of the year 'Rounds', has toured with the likes of Radiohead and the Super Furry Animals has produced James Yorkston's album. His highly anticipated new album "Everything Ecstatic" is out in May on Domino. Iacrus play a live set of distant melodies and fractured abstract polyrhythms - live it's simply staggering, scaling the same great heights as Autechre.Soul Jazz Sound System play their usual upbeat vibe of funk, soul, jazz and the odd white label and new release.
Occupied in Gaza "This blog details the trials and tribulations of raising my son as a war-time reporter in the occupied Gaza Strip. Due to the nature of my job, and the nature of the Israeli occupation-in all its horrors and absurdities, I have to endure a lot of arduous travel by land, between Gaza, Egypt, and the US. Yousuf endures this with me, making my life both challenging and endlessly interesting at once."
The NY Model : NY-IMC pioneer Txt messaging service to out smart Police "The Times reported that during the weeklong protests, the police were monitoring websites like nyc.indymedia.org, "discovering this week that, in the course of a protest, demonstrators were calling in reports to a message service that posted the dispatches on the Web." The police say that was especially helpful to the work of units operating on mopeds, motorcycles and bikes. These "rapid response" tactics by the police were labeled internally as the "Kelly Doctrine," after Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. On Wednesday, an Indymedia journalist posted the following report: "The Entire Scooter Goon Squad is wrapped around Fifth and 48th reading INDYMEDIA from an internet phone booth. Everyone should come by and bring your video cameras."
Iraqi journalists abused by US troops "According to Reuters, while their employees were detained, "[t]wo of the three said they had been forced to insert a finger into their anus and then lick it, and were forced to put shoes in their mouths." Reuters also reported that, "All three said they were forced to make demeaning gestures as soldiers laughed, taunted them and took photographs." The employees also claimed that U.S. soldiers said they would take them to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that the soldiers "deprived them of sleep, placed bags over their heads, kicked and hit them and forced them to remain in stress positions for long periods." One of the Reuters journalists said he feared that he would be raped because soldiers told him they wanted to have sex with him. The employees said the abuse occurred at Forward Operating Base Volturno, near Fallujah."
Angry Arab Guide to Middle East Media (Part I, TV) Excellent breakdown of whos who in the Arab TV market.
webjay.org Audio playlist harvester.
Been trying to namecheck an old hip-hop track. Its been bugging me for two weeks but it all came good yesterday. Its called 'funk' by the coup on wildpitch records from an album called 'Kill my landlord' :
"I used to kick it with a brother named, moe Moe used to kick it with a brother named, joe Joe used to kick it with his girlfriend lateisha Whose brother elmo, looked like me Elmo used to elbow lots of brothers in the nose Kick em when they down and he'd steal they shoes and clothes Elmo would develop lots of beef as a tweaker And all of them was mostly come lookin for me Imagine that, fat motherf**kers with bats tryin To rat pack, uhh, time to get a gat So I'm strapped cause I'm trapped like roger thomas in his fat Momma's lap, what's happenin here's a rap Saturday twelve o'clock, told e-roc, the whole plot And what not, about, how our men are spottin he said "This little homey gets bread like flossin You ain't Steve Austin, Elmo got paws in Boots Maybe you should move to Boston" But you get lost when you play like a punk Pile on the Right Guard I got SERIOUS funk etc etc etc"
Useful Links : mininova.org & Political MP3 site (speeches from various uber-leftys) + torrentreactor.net (documentary section)
Doctor Salam Ismael took aid to Fallujah last month. This is his story of how the US murdered a city "In Saqlawiya, one of the makeshift refugee camps that surround Fallujah, we found a 17 year old woman. “I am Hudda Fawzi Salam Issawi from the Jolan district of Fallujah,” she told me. “Five of us, including a 55 year old neighbour, were trapped together in our house in Fallujah when the siege began. “On 9 November American marines came to our house. My father and the neighbour went to the door to meet them. We were not fighters. We thought we had nothing to fear. I ran into the kitchen to put on my veil, since men were going to enter our house and it would be wrong for them to see me with my hair uncovered. “This saved my life. As my father and neighbour approached the door, the Americans opened fire on them. They died instantly."
Second sight "New Envisional figures about to be released show Britain leads the world in piracy. We are responsible for 38.4% of TV downloads in the EU and 18.5% worldwide. Australia is second with 15.6% and the US a poor third on 7.3%. The reason is simple. The pirated programmes are mainly made in English by US companies and released earlier there than here. Top of the piracy charts is 24 (95,000 downloads an episode) followed by Star Trek: Enterprise (90,000). "
Focus on situation in Fallujah "According to Col Peter Smith of the US Marines 1st Division, nearly 8,000 people are now living in the city, but he added that some 100,000 had passed through the checkpoints into the city, which used to have a total population of 280,000. Before and during the battles, two-thirds of the city's population was said to have fled, according to aid agencies. "
Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years by Professor Israel Shahak"The routine means for enforcing discrimination in everyday life is the ID card, which everyone is obliged to carry at all times. ID cards list the official 'nationality' of a person, which can be 'Jewish', 'Arab', 'Druze' and the like, with the significant exception of 'Israeli'. Attempts to force the Interior Minister to allow Israelis wishing to be officially described as 'Israeli', or even as 'Israeli-Jew' in their ID cards have failed. Those who have attempted to do so have a letter from the Ministry of the Interior stating that 'it was decided not to recognise an Israeli nationality'. The letter does not specify who made this decision or when."
The Outlaws : Too Many Fools Following Too Many Rules From Fair Bristol... (Via MeFi)
New trailer for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (7.8 mb QT) The Jury is still out...
Original Fawlty Towers goes for £1.5m The hotel that inspired the legendary TV series Fawlty Towers has been sold for around £1.5m. John Cleese based the character of Basil Fawlty on Donald Sinclair, a former owner of the Hotel Gleneagles, in Torquay, Devon. The new owners are a family from Bristol who say they are "big fans" of the comedy, which ran for 12 episodes between 1975 and 1979. Cleese, who stayed at the hotel with the Monty Python team in 1971, described Sinclair as "the most wonderfully rude man I have ever met".
Greenpeace protest halts global oil trading Nice of the mainstream media to blatantly ignore this successful protest story, particularly seeing as the International Petroleum Exchange shares its office with Reuters. I only found out about it because I happened to cycle past. Amazing what real news you pick up on just by getting yourself about a bit.
Scum settles sum with Cat The UK's Sunday Times and Sun newspapers have agreed to pay Yusuf Islam (formerly known as the singer Cat Stevens) substantial damages in respect of articles published on 17th and 19th October 2004.
Board stupid Prevent phone arthritis from ‘texters thumb’ with this nifty gadget…then look a complete twat typing into thin air.
Aljazeera.Net - Israeli soldiers murder boy in Hebron Ahh that'll be the ceasefire then?? Israeli occupation soldiers have shot and killed a Palestinian boy in downtown al-Khalil (Hebron), alleging that he tried to attack soldiers with a sharp object. However, Palestinian witnesses dispute the claim, testifying that soldiers stationed outside al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron's Old Quarter murdered 13-year-old Muhammad Ayyad Daana in cold blood. "The soldiers were shouting at the boy, and then shot him in the leg, however as he fell down and was shivering with pain, another soldier shot him in the chest, finishing him off.
Olympic Bid Sausage Roll Blunder Could be the UK news story of the year. Check to see if your daily rag has the wittiest headline.
Got a spare afternoon to yourself? Simply turn your wife’s washing up gloves inside out, rub some Vicks on your chest, find that whistle you got in your xmas cracker and neck a couple of Haliboranges. Then simply download one of these beauties (click on Mixes). Works best if you can find the gig where you 'flew your first dove'. You could even print off some of the flyers and wrap small amounts of caster sugar in them if you like. Keep the Vibes Alive!
www.Trashbat.co.ck I hope like most of these ‘fiction becomes reality’ things that someone actually invents a ‘shark proof ‘ Wasp T12 phone, I’d really fancy one. Oh, and while we're on the subject - here's a tawdry shrine to the brain-givings of the "Boz Boz".
A friend pointed out to me the other day that there is no difference in LabCon policy to campaign over, And all that is left is for them to sling shit.
Firestreamer The Firestreamer software makes your DV recorder appear as a regular tape drive to other applications running on your computer, so that you can use the powerful Windows Backup Utility (NTBackup) to reliably back up and restore your files and folders to and from videotape. You can store up to 15 Gigabytes of data to a Mini-DV cassette, or more with the built-in compression enabled. The backup and restore are fully automated, as with a normal tape drive. You only need to change tape cassettes when prompted.
The World Economic Forum Weblog: Do US Troops Target Journalists in Iraq? During one of the discussions about the number of journalists killed in the Iraq War, Eason Jordan (Chief News Executive of CNN) asserted that he knew of 12 journalists who had not only been killed by US troops in Iraq, but they had in fact been targeted. He repeated the assertion a few times, which seemed to win favor in parts of the audience (the anti-US crowd) and cause great strain on others. CNN Executive Eason Jordan later resigned
Nina Gordon -vs- NWA video A Folk version of "straight out of compton"...
Teachers' TV Welcome to Teachers' TV, the new TV channel for everyone who works in schools. An editorially independent channel offering the unique opportunity to see how other teachers teach, by letting you into the classroom.
CNN.com - New videos show Unmanned Predators at work in Iraq - Feb 8, 2005 Newly released military video reveals unmanned U.S. Predators firing Hellfire missiles to rescue U.S. troops under fire in Iraq and destroy insurgent targets.
DOCHOUSE - Darwin's Nightmare Monday, 21st February, 6.30 at The ICA Some time in the 1960's, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo… Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent. The director gains access to some amazing situations and an incredible array of people, including local businessmen, guards, prostitutes, street kids and pilots - all giving little cause for optimism...
New C4 Show Explores “Guantanamo Tactics” “Guantanamo Guidebook”, set to be broadcast on Channel 4 by the end of February, films seven British volunteers -– three Muslims and four white Britons –- locked up in a makeshift detention center at a warehouse in east London as they are subjected for over a period of 48 hours to a range of torture techniques known to be used at the Guantanamo Bay by US interrogation experts, Reuters said.
Jimmy Smith RIP. who died in New York on Tuesday aged 79, was the first and greatest jazz virtuoso of the Hammond organ; not only did he devise, unaided, a new technique for the instrument, he established a basic jazz vocabulary for it.
Jerry Springer The Opera in London at the Cambridge Theatre Saw this last night - all I can say is go see...It finishes on Feb19th, and if you're quick you still get to do the David Soul. As fucked up twisted musicals go, its definetly up there with Team America.
Home of the 'London Underground' song Two Different students pointed this out to me today...have a listen and see what you think.
Lady in waiting. And congrats to the Throne Out team for getting the old mug gag prepared in advance, so they could get it on site just seconds after the great announcement.
Backing Blair : Posters You will back Tony Blair in the 2005 UK General Election. You will do this without question. Tony Blair's rulership of the Labour Party and this country ensures your safety and well-being for decades to come. (via antony)
Flash Yer Bush. On oldie, we know and yes, the Yankee blurb on the front page is a little off-putting. However, there's some hilarious stuff here, and this site is proof that even after those miserable election results, there's still some life left in the old Eagle.
Operation Information Freedom FOI - So that's Freedom in the Bush sense, then. In other words, information that's not free at all. OK. We get it. See the "accidently" received 'free information' about Black Wednesday here.
t r u t h o u t - Falluja Residents Testify to the Destruction of Their City Falluja has since become a ghost town. A very small fraction of the population has returned, certainly less than 20%, most of them poor people who had no means to live in Baghdad or who found no other place to live elsewhere. They survive in an apocalyptic decor, in the midst of ruins and roads blocked or clogged up with burned out cars and piles of rubble. The stores are empty, looted. The hospitals have been damaged and closed. Electricity and water service are just beginning to barely return. Cars are only exceptionally permitted to enter the city. The residents live like nomads.
George Monbiot | Fraud and corruption Forget the UN. The US occupation regime helped itself to $8.8 bn of mostly Iraqi money in just 14 months.
Slashdot | The Hundred-Buck PC "MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte has a plan to build a $100 PC for the developing world, which is supposedly going to have a 14-inch color screen and run on Linux, has the backing of AMD, Google, Motorola, Samsung, and News Corp. Apparently they're all getting mixed up in a joint-venture to produce the PC, which will be sold directly to governments only."
Zaskarfilms.com Controversial Bristol film maker Zaskar's online collection. Quite an eclectic range, some interesting and some just plain twisted. A good example of DIY film making. All the films are high quality .WMV's so you'll need bill & Broadband. One I like is his Bristol Redux version of 'koyanisqatsi'
Google Maps I guess that this is still under development as they only have the USA...however this is pretty impressive technology none the less.
The Children Of Iraq. Excellent Page of Photos from Iraq. Worth a look (warning : graphic content at bottom).
Chris Morris New Show starts Friday on Channel 4 Nathan Barley is 26. He is a Webmaster, guerrilla filmmaker, screenwriter, DJ and in his own words, a "self-facilitating media node". He is convinced he is the epitome of urban cool and therefore secretly terrified he might not be, which is why he reads Sugar Ape Magazine - his bible of cool.
World's Armed Forces Forum Amazing Colour Photos from WW1
The Live CD List This page is here to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-search list of all available Linux-based Live CDs. (for more Live CD resources, visit the LiveCDNews.com and the forums)
Group aims to drastically up disc storage | CNET News.com A few hundred movies on an optical disc? That's the goal of the Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) Alliance. Six companies, including Fuji Photo and CMC Magnentics, have formed a consortium to promote HVD technology, which will let consumers conceivably put a terabyte (1TB) of data onto a single optical disc.
05YMY50 - Releasing one track a week in '05. A bit like Elvis, except his name is a palindrome.
Guantánamo tapes show teams punching, stripping prisoners Videotapes of riot squads subduing troublesome terror suspects at the U.S. prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, show the guards punching some detainees, tying one to a gurney for questioning and forcing a dozen to strip from the waist down, according to a secret report. One squad was all-female, upsetting some Muslim prisoners.
MP3Search.Ru - Great MP3 Music Archive! Via one of my students...
( via RoadToIraq.com ) I would like to confirm the ITM post about the terrorists used a kidnapped child with “Down Syndrome” with bombs attached to him to attack a voting center in “Baghdad Al-Jadeedah”. My parents live in “Zayouna” district which is very near to the accident and they saw everything on their way to the voting center, the story is true 100% and I an’t add anything more than what Omar told. “The poor victim was so scared when ordered to walk to the searching point and began to walk back to the terrorists. In response the criminals pressed the button and blew up the poor victim almost half way between their position and the voting center’s entrance”.
Pull Mah Fengah A badly-made vibrating rubber efigy of a Canadian's idea of an overweight Scotsman...Should sell well in...erm... the States, then.
bob a job Should piss all over the Pope's funeral as 'event of the year.'
desiree dolron Another via gmT+9 B&W Documentary photography. I particularly like the 'religion and death' images.
Scotsman.com - US lost track of £5 bn aid to Iraq ministries' The United States’ occupation authority in Iraq lost track of nearly £5 billion it transferred to government ministries which lacked financial controls, security, communications and adequate staff, it emerged today.
Sami Ramadani: The Vietnam turnout was good as well On September 4 1967 the New York Times published an upbeat story on presidential elections held by the South Vietnamese puppet regime at the height of the Vietnam war. Under the heading "US encouraged by Vietnam vote: Officials cite 83% turnout despite Vietcong terror", the paper reported that the Americans had been "surprised and heartened" by the size of the turnout "despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting". A successful election, it went on, "has long been seen as the keystone in President Johnson's policy of encouraging the growth of constitutional processes in South Vietnam". The echoes of this weekend's propaganda about Iraq's elections are so close as to be uncanny.
Bwana Devil...Where Else?
Republicans, conservatives dominated Iraq election coverage on FOX After the polls closed in Iraq on January 30, coverage of the Iraqi elections on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News all featured military, intelligence, and foreign affairs analysts as well as correspondents in Iraq and Washington and at polling sites in the United States. But FOX News allotted disproportionate time for Republican politicians and conservative pundits to declare that the elections were a "vindication" for President Bush's Iraq policy. While CNN featured six current Republican officials and conservative pundits and five Democrats and progressives and MSNBC featured seven Republicans and conservatives and six Democrats and progressives, FOX News featured 17 Republicans and conservatives and seven Democrats and progressives.
OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism Using this excellent film in the classroom at the moment. Recomended. You can download it Here(bittorrent) + download the complete Transcript here. Outfoxed.org
CrisisPictures.org Each day Crisis Pictures shows pictures of Iraq you should see in your morning newspaper but for some reason don't. Including some of the first Photos of Falluja that I've seen...
When Robots Do the Killing Late last week, in a parking lot in New Jersey, the U.S. Army unveiled what may be the future of war: 3-foot-tall robotic "soldiers," outfitted with tank tracks, night vision and mounted automatic weapons capable of firing more than 300 rounds at a burst. Known as SWORDS (Special Weapons Observation Reconnaissance Detection Systems), these battle bots are on the leading edge of a new kind of warfare, in which — or so the argument goes — our troops will one day remain hidden (and, presumably, protected) while engaging the enemy by remote control. The Army intends to deploy 18 SWORDS units to Iraq in the spring, marking the first time robots have been used to fight and kill human beings one on one.
Deep Web Research The Deep Web covers somewhere in the vicinity of 600 billion pages of information located through the world wide web in various files and formats that the current search engines on the Internet either cannot find or have difficulty accessing. The current search engines find about 8 billion pages at the present time of this writing. (via dexer)
Google and Mozillas Love Child - GOOGZILLA Over the past 6 months, the news and speculation has escalated to the point where even Google itself is acknowledging the whispers among the tech community.
Norton Mezvinsky @ LSE tonight Norton Mezvinsky is co-author, with the late Israel Shahak, of "Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel", and is a Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. (via arab media watch)