Showing posts from August, 2007


Last official day of winter - excellent!
L.E.D.S gig in town tonight - cool
Sublounge with cheap beer for a warmup - damn thats good
A day of work ahead - well ya can't have everything

happy friday

Tiki - Tangaroa (God of the Sea)

Stunning video and track from Tiki Taane's debut solo album.

Shame its a low resolution version of the video, but hey its the internetweb, use ya imagination.

The music reminds me of Cabaret Voltaire, I can't help but wonder how Yashar and this would sound together..... :)

The Great Iraq Swindle

How Bush Allowed an Army of For-Profit Contractors to Invade the U.S. Treasury --From Issue 1034 of the Rolling Stone

How is it done? How do you screw the taxpayer for millions, get away with it and then ride off into the sunset with one middle finger extended, the other wrapped around a chilled martini? Ask Earnest O. Robbins -- he knows all about being a successful contractor in Iraq.
You start off as a well-connected bureaucrat: in this case, as an Air Force civil engineer, a post from which Robbins was responsible for overseeing 70,000 servicemen and contractors, with an annual budget of $8 billion. You serve with distinction for thirty-four years, becoming such a military all-star that the Air Force frequently sends you to the Hill to testify before Congress -- until one day in the summer of 2003, when you retire to take a job as an executive for Parsons, a private construction company looking to do work in Iraq.

Now you can finally move out of your dull government housing on Bollin…

George Clinton on hip-hop and politics

Hip-hop needs to find the next subject. Politics and social stuff--those are going to be the next real subjects groups get into. Soon as they realize you might have some hip-hoppers informed on foreign policy, then you're gonna have the '60s back here for real.George Clinton to the Detroit Free Press

More Fisk...

Even I question the 'truth' about 9/11

By Robert Fisk

08/25/07 "The Independent" -- - Each time I lecture abroad on the Middle East, there is always someone in the audience – just one – whom I call the "raver". Apologies here to all the men and women who come to my talks with bright and pertinent questions – often quite humbling ones for me as a journalist – and which show that they understand the Middle East tragedy a lot better than the journalists who report it. But the "raver" is real. He has turned up in corporeal form in Stockholm and in Oxford, in Sao Paulo and in Yerevan, in Cairo, in Los Angeles and, in female form, in Barcelona. No matter the country, there will always be a "raver".

His – or her – question goes like this. Why, if you believe you're a free journalist, don't you report what you really know about 9/11? Why don't you tell the truth – that the Bush administration (or the CIA or Mossad, you name it) blew up…

The Iraqis Don't Deserve Us, So We Betray Them

Robert Fisk, Independent UK

Always, we have betrayed them. We backed "Flossy" in Yemen. The French backed their local "harkis" in Algeria; then the FLN victory forced them to swallow their own French military medals before dispatching them into mass graves. In Vietnam, the Americans demanded democracy and, one by one -- after praising the Vietnamese for voting under fire in so many cities, towns and villages -- they destroyed the elected prime ministers because they were not abiding by American orders.

Now we are at work in Iraq. Those pesky Iraqis don't deserve our sacrifice, it seems, because their elected leaders are not doing what we want them to do.

Does that remind you of a Palestinian organization called Hamas? First, the Americans loved Ahmed Chalabi, the man who fabricated for Washington the"'weapons of mass destruction" (with a hefty bank fraud charge on his back). Then, they loved Ayad Allawi, a Vietnam-style spook who admitted working fo…


Sore, head, not enough sleep... turtles rushing past me.... one of them days ahoy

Crikey that turned into a big one


Things to do before Pitch Black


Minesweeper the movie

I should really try to find something other than another video clip from the same site for todays post, but this is simply too good not to share...

You either get it or not

Hat tip to Sideswipe in the HEarld, Public Address, Biggie and about 15 other forums for this clip

Bloody funny if ya get it

And whilst in posting mode, not to be outdone by our Politicians, Bob too has visited a strip club, inhaled and done all manner of things that would alienate the religious right... however I am not running for public office, thankfully, cause I sure don't want nor need the large dose of LAME politicans carry

more Padilla

"The jury did seem to be an oddly cohesive group. On the last day of trial before the Fourth of July holiday, jurors arranged to dress in outfits so that each row in the jury box was its own patriotic color -- red, white or blue."

" closing arguments prosecutors mentioned al-Qaeda more than 100 times, by one defense count, and urged jurors to in essence think of al-Qaeda and groups affiliated with it as an international murder conspiracy."

"After the verdict, they attributed the jury's findings to "scare tactics" by the prosecution -- specifically, the playing of a 1997 CNN interview with Osama bin Laden.

The prosecution introduced the video as a way of providing context to a wiretapped conversation in which Padilla's co-defendants appeared to discuss the al-Qaeda leader with approval."

- snip-

"Since none of the defendants is alleged to have spoken with bin Laden, defense lawyers complained that the interview was used only to aro…

Thought Crime... so hip right now

The central charge against Mr. Padilla was that he conspired to murder, maim and kidnap people in a foreign country. The charge is a serious one, and it can carry a life sentence. But prosecutors needed to prove very little by way of concrete conduct to obtain a conviction under the law.

“There is no need to show any particular violent crime,” said Robert M. Chesney, a law professor at Wake Forest University and the author of a recent law review article on conspiracy charges in terrorism prosecutions. “You don’t have to specify the particular means used to carry out the crime.”

Indeed, the strongest piece of evidence in Mr. Padilla’s case was what prosecutors said was an application form Mr. Padilla filled out to attend a training camp run by Al Qaeda in Afghanistan in 2000.

“It is a pretty big leap between a mere indication of desire to attend a camp and a crystallized desire to kill, maim and kidnap,” said Peter S. Margulies, a law professor at Roger Williams University who has also wr…

Do we invest in mindset, or do we rely on hope?


Things to be excited by


Geopolitical Intelligence Report - Subprime Geopolitics

The subprime crisis is worth analysis in its own right, though it also gives us the opportunity to discuss our own approach to economic issues. Stratfor views the world through the prism of geopolitics. In geopolitics, there is no such thing as separating a country's economy from its national security or its political interests. A nation is a nation. Academic departments divide themselves nicely into areas of study. In the real world, things are much too intertwined and sloppy for that. Geopolitics views the international system and nations as consisting of a single fabric of relationships, with economics being one of the elements.

Not all events have geopolitical significance. To rise to a level of significance, an event -- economic, political or military -- must result in a decisive change in the international system, or at least a fundamental change in the behavior of a nation. The Japanese banking crisis of the early 1990s was a geopolitically significant event. Japan, the seco…

A song to finish the week on

Magazine - Song From Under The Floorboards

Africans to Bono: 'For God's sake please stop!'

"THE BONO WATCH… We checked out the web site of Forbes Magazine, co-owned by Bono, in late July and found an endorsement of pro-censorship lunatic Sam Brownback’s flat tax proposal and a relentless drumbeat for lower taxes for the rich. This is fine with Bono, who moved his corporate headquarters from Ireland to Holland to avoid paying a 12.5 corporate tax rate, less than Irish plumbers or teachers pay. Indeed, one reason Bono’s such a fan of George Bush is that Dubya has blocked European attempts to eliminate Continental tax havens.

Bono also says that “Bill Clinton did an incredible thing on starting this debt cancellation. He deserves real credit. And now, President Bush deserves credit for finishing it out.”

Bush “finishing out” debt cancellation? Bono is not telling the truth. The May/June issue of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting’s Extra! breaks it down: “Before the G8 summit, African countries owed a combined total of $15 billion a year on debt payments; after the vaunte…

More Tony Wilson

It's difficult to see how there could be another one like him really.

"A truly great individual died today. Anthony H Wilson, free born man of Manchester and anarcho capitalist intellectual left this world a much richer place than when he arrived. He gave us Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, A Certain Ratio, The Hacienda and inspired a wave of bands, designers, artists, agitators, new media rebels and creative arts entrepreneurs to get their shit together and get out there and just do it!

Tony Wilson loved life, Manchester, art, football and philosophy. He also loved challenge and the last couple of years saw him facing his biggest challenge yet. He geared up for the challenge of cancer like he did everything else. He learned about it, weighed up its weaknesses and strengths, calculated the odds against beating it and then in true Wilsonian style he got on with the work of trying to overcome it.

Tony Wilson relished obstacles. His very nature was one of the pioneering “…

Poor Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney '94: Invading Baghdad Would Create Quagmire

It is of course far too simplistic to suggest that 1994 has that much bearing on the world post September 11.

Even if the US hadn't invaded one must ask the question - are the Iraqi's better off under the regime of a) sanctions they endured or under b) occupation... I dunno, I imagine a Iraqi would answer c) none of the above, please

If only we could turn back time... with the benefit of hindsight which of course we can't. Perhaps however it is not too much to ask our global leaders to exercise a tad more foresight - but then one would have to think the Quagmire wasn't one of the many desired results

Who is like Bob?

Which Family Guy Character Are You?

You are Peter. You are fat and dumb. You probably spend a lot of time watching TV and drinking, but that isn't a bad thing.

Find Your Character @

Tony Wilson RIP

How Tony Wilson changed music
By Ian Youngs
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Tony Wilson, the music mogul who has died at 57, leaves behind an enormous musical legacy.

He played an integral role in establishing Manchester as a cultural centre, signing bands such as New Order, whose distinctive sound turned them into a global success.

The Factory label and the Hacienda nightclub were two of his best-known projects.

However, he was also recognised for his talent-spotting ability and his foresight in predicting the popularity of downloaded music.

Here are five ways that Wilson changed the music industry.

Wilson, who had been working as a reporter at Granada TV, gave the Sex Pistols their television debut in 1976.

He had seen the punk pioneers' legendary gig at the Manchester Lesser Free Trade Hall that June.

And he booked them for the second series of his Granada music programme So It Goes.

The audience also included future stars such as Morrissey, Mark E Smith a…

The future of the news

I've moaned on about News reporting in New Zealand once or twice of late

Seems a look to the future indicates that one day in the future there will be none.

Public Image - Careering

come on try to keep up would ya...

and for some light reading Steve Albini "Ask a music scene micro celebrity" some great reading and internet moments to be had in this very very long thread on a poker forum of all things.

and news just in Giant Lego man found in Dutch sea. How freakin cool is lego... you know you can make train sets!!!

update from bobs sick bed... the L.E.D.S

oh yeah much better listening at home, strange that and this is sans beer - hey I am sick and its 9.30am... alright... maybe whiskey later.. oh a hot toddy.... rubs belly, I could also be listening to it a lot louder but have a shocking headache and the panadol ain't kicked in yet

I can't help but be reminded of elements of Snapper and Neu!, Can, Suicide, Stereolab and a whole bunch of other awesome bands.

I'm still not blown away as I want to be, but am really liking it. Knowing myself as I do I can see the repeat button being pushed a number of times before I need to cleanse the palete and move onto more electronic fare.

Is there a weak track on this album.... no I don't think there is... they obviously ain't read the manual on filler tracks on albums... foolz

Yep, a great listen, a perfect album for cerain old buggers, of which I am happily one... I wonder what the kids make of it all?

damn, its finished and so am I... here that is

runs off to push the repeat button a…

Colour = grey

Stuck at home with the flu... bored... for the first time ever sick leave allocation is a issue in my job... first time I believe I've used all my sick leave... thus I either lose holidays or pay for being sick

This is a depressing thought.

I'm not sure if its making me feel any better.

Worse I am sick of sitting at home trying to keep myself occupied with little energy and find concentrating for long tiresome... I have books screaming to me and cannot cope with more than a few pages at a time.

I'm busy reading phillip K Dicks Minority Report - the volume of short stories that has found its way, thanks to Scott, to my fevered hands... I am trapped in a long story in it, I am unsure where the story is going and am undecided if its a awesome one or one I won't be re-reading.

I built some famrs in sim city yesterday and then gave the game away, the farmers are angry and I do believe if I leave the house I shall find tractor parts littering the driveway from a French inspired s…

Does not compute

First we had the 'anti smacking' legistlation of which 'middle new zealand' got in a uproar about - demanding their right to smack their kids.

Now we have 'middle new zealand' demanding their pound of blood for those that abuse their children.

Does anyone thing that this constant demand for violence is sending the wrong message?

There must be a better way...

No future, no future. No future, for me

The irony of our age is that for the first time in human history the science, technology, manufacturing and agriculture exist to eliminate all want. But in the context of a world also driven by the acquisition of corporate profits and deep-set class and nationalist divisions, the world's people instead face an increasingly uncertain and violent future. Or even the possibility of no future.

Is it too much to ask for us to simply get on with one another?

"This is our cry, This is our prayer, Peace in the world."

Singer songwriter Hazlewood dies

Singer and songwriter Lee Hazlewood, best known for his work with Nancy Sinatra, has died of cancer, aged 78.

Hazlewood wrote and produced many of Sinatra's most famous hits, including These Boots Were Made For Walkin' and Some Velvet Morning.

He also produced Duane Eddy and Gram Parsons, while a number of solo albums brought him acclaim in his own right.

He died peacefully at his home near Las Vegas, his manager said. He is survived by his third wife and three children.

"He was my friend and my mentor," said Nancy Sinatra, who released three albums of duets with Hazlewood. "I always felt safe with him.

"I will miss him terribly," she added.

Hazlewood and Sinatra scored a UK top 10 hit with Did You Ever?
Hazlewood's manager Wyndham Wallace said the crooner was "without doubt one the most maverick and talented people I have ever met".

"He meant a lot to me long before I had the chance to work with him. His death is a tremendous loss for the m…

Ya go on 'holiday' and the world changes

Seinfeld has been canned... was a wonderful means to ignore the news, replaced by rubbish.
TV programmers really are wankers!
I have found a cure

Postcard from a virtual holiday

Wish you were here...