Archive | September, 2007

you’ll love this…

29 Sep

Ha! Tory bandwidth thief caught with his cock out.

May I kindly remind Tories that the property rights they so cherish, also extend to bandwidth (not to mention the intellectual property rights of the image).

Remember the golden rules. Host it yourself and always give credit where credit is due. T’sk!

Via. B3ta.

The irregular photo of the day

28 Sep

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danilo – portrait, originally uploaded by tygerland.net.

I will get those Greenland photos uploaded. Just had a really shitty couple of days. Anyway, thought I’d post one of my own. And I hope to be back on track tomorrow.

the angry blogger collective

28 Sep

The latest list of bloggers posting in support of Craig & Tim, as they contest the decision to close their blogs after an unsubstantiated legal threat was made to their webhosts (via. Justin)

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(image by Matt Buck. See CC licence).

Curious Hamster, Pickled Politics, Harry’s Place, Tim Worstall, Dizzy, Iain Dale, Ten Percent, Blairwatch, Davide Simonetti, Earthquake Cove, Turbulent Cleric (who suggests dropping a line to the FA about Mr Usmanov), Mike Power, Jailhouse Lawyer, Suesam, Devil’s Kitchen, The Cartoonist, Falco, Casualty Monitor, Forever Expat, Arseblog, Drink-soaked Trots (and another), Pitch Invasion, Wonko’s World, Roll A Monkey, Caroline Hunt, Westminster Wisdom, Chris K, Anorak, Mediawatchwatch, Norfolk Blogger, Chris Paul, Indymedia (with a list of Craig Murray’s articles that are currently unavailable), Obsolete, Tom Watson, Cynical Chatter, Reactionary Snob, Mr Eugenides, Matthew Sinclair, The Select Society, Liberal England, Davblog, Peter Gasston Pitch Perfect, Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe, Lunartalks, Tygerland, The Crossed Pond, Our Kingdom, Big Daddy Merk, Daily Mail Watch, Graeme’s, Random Thoughts, Nosemonkey, Matt Wardman, Politics in the Zeros, Love and Garbage, The Huntsman, Conservative Party Reptile, Ellee Seymour, Sabretache, Not A Sheep, Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion, The People’s Republic Of Newport, Life, the Universe & Everything, Arsenal Transfer Rumour Mill, The Green Ribbon, Blood & Treasure, The Last Ditch, Areopagitica, Football in Finland, An Englishman’s Castle, Freeborn John, Eursoc, The Back Four, Rebellion Suck!, Ministry of Truth, ModernityBlog, Beau Bo D’Or, Scots and Independent, The Splund, Bill Cameron, Podnosh, Dodgeblogium, Moving Target, Serious Golmal, Goonerholic, The Spine, Zero Point Nine, Lenin’s Tomb, The Durruti Column, The Bristol Blogger, ArseNews, David Lindsay, Quaequam Blog!, On A Quiet Day…, Kathz’s Blog, England Expects, Theo Spark, Duncan Borrowman, Senn’s Blog, Katykins, Jewcy, Kevin Maguire, Stumbling and Mumbling, Famous for 15 megapixels, Ordovicius, Tom Morris, AOL Fanhouse, Doctor Vee, The Curmudgeonly, The Poor Mouth, 1820, Hangbitch, Crooked Timber, ArseNole, Identity Unknown, Liberty Alone, Amused Cynicism, Clairwil, The Lone Voice, Tampon Teabag, Unoriginalname38, Special/Blown It, The Remittance Man, 18 Doughty Street, Laban Tall, Martin Bright, Spy Blog The Exile, poons, Jangliss, Who Knows Where Thoughts Come From?, Imagined Community, A Pint of Unionist Lite, Poldraw, Disillusioned And Bored, Error Gorilla, Indigo Jo, Swiss Metablog, Kate Garnwen Truemors, Asn14, D-Notice, The Judge, Political Penguin, Miserable Old Fart, Jottings, fridgemagnet, Blah Blah Flowers, J. Arthur MacNumpty, Tony Hatfield, Grendel, Charlie Whitaker, Matt Buck, The Waendel Journal, Marginalized Action Dinosaur, SoccerLens, Toblog,
John Brissenden East Lower, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Peter Black AM, Boing Boing, BLTP, Gunnerblog, LFB UK, Liberal Revolution, Wombles, Focus on Sodbury…, Follow The Money, Freedom and Whisky, Melting Man, PoliticalHackUK, Simon Says…, Daily EM, From The Barrel of a Gun, The Fourth Place, The Armchair News Blog, Journalist und Optimist, Bristol Indymedia, Dave Weeden, Up North John, Gizmonaut, Spin and Spinners, Marginalia, Arnique, Heather Yaxley, The Whiskey Priest, On The Beat, Paul Canning, Martin Stabe, Mat Bowles, Pigdogfucker, Rachel North, B3TA board, Naqniq, Yorkshire Ranter, The Home Of Football, UFO Breakfast Recipients, Moninski , Kerching, e-clectig, Mediocracy, Sicily Scene, Samizdata, I blog, they blog, weblog, Colcam, Some Random Thoughts, Bel is thinking, Vino S, Simply Jews, Atlantic Free Press, Registan, Filasteen, Britblog Roundup #136, Scientific Misconduct Blog, Adam Bowie, Duncan at Abcol, Camera Anguish, A Very British Dude, Whatever, Central News, Green Gathering, Leighton Cooke, Skuds’ Sister’s Brother, Contrast News, Poliblog Perspective, Parish Pump, El Gales, Noodle, Curly’s Corner Shop, Freunde der offenen Gesellschaft, otromundoesposible, Richard Stacy, Looking For A Voice, News Dissector, Kateshomeblog, Writes Like She Talks, Extra! Extra!, Committee To Protect Bloggers, Liberty’s Requiem, American Samizdat, The Thunder Dragon, Cybersoc, Achievable Life, Paperholic, Creative-i, Raedwald, Nobody’s Friend, Lobster Blogster, Panchromatica, Back off, man…, Dan Hardie, Krusenstern, Brendadada, Freace, Boriswatch, Fork Handles, Chris Applegate, Christopher Glamorgan, West Virginia Rebel’s Blog, Instapundit, Powerpymes, iDiligence Forum, Gizmotastic, Demos, Gary Andrews, Neweurasia , Never Trust a Hippy, sub specie aeternitatis, Bananas in the Falklands, The Sharpener, Virtual Light, Stu News, Scraps of Moscow, Danivon, As A Dodo, La Russophobe, PJC Journal, Mick Fealty’s Brassneck, dead brains don’t dance, A Comfortable Place, Bamblog, Robert Amsterdam, The Customer, No Longer at Ease, Rachel-Catherine, Humaniform, Mike Rouse, Chesus Yuste, anticapitalista, Aderyn Cân, Ulla’s Amazing Wee Blog, Ross200, Disruptive, Internazionale.it, The Obscurer, A Lefty Down Under, Things I Learned or Made Up, Pickled Bushman, Persons Unknown (302).

Keep ’em coming folks.

the goons in rangoon

27 Sep

I haven’t written about the democracy protests in Burma. This is not because I don’t care, naturally I do care when people demand freedom and representation in the face of a crackpot military dictatorship; I just haven’t had chance to catch up with the detail.

I’m still no expert of course, but I do have few things to say about liberty in general, and the its subtle erosion in this and many countries.

The protests in Burma are further proof – if it were needed – that people now view democracy and political freedom as a basic human right (this wasn’t always the case, and still, many religious fundamentalists view democracy with disdain). It also highlights how those in the free world take their own hard-fought rights for granted.

When over 40% of the UK population decide voting is not a priority, we can hardly argue when the elected government act like a shower of shit, can we? And Labour have, on occasion, acted like complete bastards with regard to liberty. Under Blair we saw a succession of increasingly authoritarian Home Secretaries who pandered to a rabid rightwing press. We have also seen anti-democratic limits on the right of peaceful protest under the umbrella of fighting terrorism. Rights that seemed so fundamental only 10-years ago – such as the respectful public announcement of war dead – can now lead to arrest.

Of course all this is a long way from the actions of the military junta in Burma, who have now fired in anger on the crowds of monks and democrats. Yet, one only has to read the history books of the twentieth century to see how hysteria and mass-suspicion can lead to totalitarianism in even the most politically ‘mature’ of countries. The political expedience that has led to an obsession with terrorism (at the expense of concentrating on economic and wider social points of order) is diverting the public from issues their politicians have no answer to.

The other day I watched the movie V For Vendetta again. The film gives account of a fictional totalitarian state in near-future Britain. Some of the parallels between the founding of that fascist regime, and the current terror-obsessed politics are stark. I’m not suggesting we’ll be under a Stalinist yoke within a few years. We won’t. But I do think we should be wary of politicians who use dog-whistle issues to close down legitimate protest – as has been the case in the Blair era and in Bush’s United States.

The people in Burma are risking their lives because they know life without freedom. It is no life. We should be rightly concerned about all curbs on our liberties. When politicians argue that changes are small, necessary, and immaterial, we should resist until a robust argument has been made. We should always resist. Increases in state power are always subtle at first, but their number and severity grow in time.

More: If you’re looking for Burma specific comment, try Justin. And Mr. Eugenides has some excellent links.

the irregular quote of the day

26 Sep

Business is murky in Uzbekistan, and that in itself is an argument against him being involved in Arsenal. I wouldn’t want him to be the owner of the club.

Peter Hill-Wood, Chairman of Arsenal Football Club.

*clap. clap. clap.*

the tale of the exploding egg

26 Sep

Via: John C. Dvorak

mep makes allegations against usmanov. cue free for all :)

26 Sep

An interesting development on the Alisher Usmanov affair. Tom Wise MEP [*cheers*] has been speaking to Craig Murray and has made a statement under Parliamentary Privilege. A very interesting development, as Elaib over at England Expects explains: –

Under the rules governing parliamentary privilege, any news organisation can repeat what has been said in the Parliament chamber, allowing the MSM to circumvent the legal threats being thrown about by Usmanov’s lawyers Schillings.


Matt Wardman (where I first read the story) has the audio.