Showing posts from March, 2008

Lest we forget

Where are the Iraqis in the Iraq War?
March 30, 2008 By Ramzy Baroud

Five years after the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, mainstream media is once more making the topic an object of intense scrutiny. The costs and implications of the war are endlessly covered from all possible angles, with one notable exception -- the cost to the Iraqi people themselves.

Through all the special coverage and exclusive reports, very little is said about Iraqi casualties, who are either completely overlooked or hastily mentioned and whose numbers can only be guesstimated. Also conveniently ignored are the millions injured, internally and externally displaced, the victims of rape and kidnappings who will carry physical and psychological scars for the rest of their lives.

We find ourselves stuck in a hopeless paradigm, where it feels necessary to empathise with the sensibilities of the aggressor so as not to sound "unpatriotic", while remaining blind to the untold anguish of the victims. Some act…



Beer... Music...Pizza

that will do nicely


There is something in the water, I call it coffee
There is something in the air, ciggie smoke
There is something on my mind, a hat perhaps

Its Friday and thats that

Holy crap its thursday

Eak... short weeks really mess with short wearers heads

I want to share an old Front 242 song today, don't have a digital copy of the song - so tough... you tube have served up a live version so deal with that...

Was a massive fan back in the day... saw them live in London in 92 some time after I'd move on musically - one of the best live acts I've ever witnessed, I had the BIG dumb grin on the entire show... ahhh... god its been so long since my face has betrayed my total enjoyment of a show... is this getting old? Fuck I hope not.

I still drag the old vinyl out about once a year to refresh the memories and ears... unfortunately like most electronic music the drums date the songs something terrible

I used to play Welcome To Paradise in my brief period of playing records in clubs... for no other reason than I liked the track and it sounded great on big speakers to my ears and most importantly it amused me

Front 242 (discogs)


Anyways... Lovely Day a song/track that used to al…

Changing Seasons, Sleepless Nights...


Progress... music... money.. maybe

Apple may bundle unlimited I-Tunes with I-Pods

A simple solution for so many problems.... and one that also helps maintain Apples market dominance

This could very well be the first step to the recording industry actually addressing the future.

Its End Of The World As We Know It (And I feel Fine

I've been reading too much this week... economic chaos, Iraq, Tibet, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Somalia, Afganistan.... NZ politics and elections...

Time for a breath of fresh air... but keeping in theme here's REM.

Funny old band REM, some cracking songs from a band I really don't like... this one I do.




Five years ago this week...

the US and the Coalition of the Willing invaded Iraq.

Who would have throught that five years later the results would be such a disaster?

Many millions of people actually, but few of us foresaw just what a cock up it would be.

The world is not a better place now...

Philip K. Dick Meet George W. Bush

Imagine, for a moment, that you live in a small town somewhere near the Southern California coast. You're going about your daily life, trying to scrape by in hard times, when the missile hits. It might have come from the Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) -- its pilot at a base on the outskirts of Tehran -- that has had the village in its sights for the last six hours or from the Russian sub stationed just off the coast. In either case, it's devastating.

In Moscow and Tehran, officials announce that, in a joint action, they have launched the missile as part of a carefully coordinated "surgical" operation to take out a "known terrorist," a long-term danger to their national security. A Kremlin spokesman offers the following statement:

"As we have repeatedly said, we will continue to pursue terrorist activities and their operations wherever we may find them. We share common goals with respect to fighting terrorism. We will continue to seek out, identi…

Media Responsibility

"A free press is supposed to function as our democracy's immune system against...gross errors of fact and understanding," wrote Al Gore in his book, The Assault on Reason. But it doesn't - as Gore explains - and that is what makes the mass media one of the most important obstacles to social and economic progress in the 21st century.

ZNet - Media Responsibility

Iran.... here we go again

Grim reading... let's hope these are the ramblings of a tin foil hat wearing loon, for if not things could get real grim later this year.

'Fox' Fallon Fired- by Justin Raimondo

oh yeah no download this week as I am being lazy.... actually the song I most want to share I only have as part of a mix I grabbed ages ago... no idea what its called but I like it alot... its house, its cool

I really can't be arsed this week

Motivation = low
Outlook = bleak
Boredom = high

Positive sod aren't I

Teenage Kicks

A storming number from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain live dvd - Anarchy in the Ukulele

John Peel (RIP) would be impressed

Toto - Afrika

I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She's coming in 12:30 flight
The moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me towards salvation
I stopped an old man along the way,
Hoping to find some long forgotten words or ancinet melodies
He turned to me as if to say, Hurry boy, it's waiting there for you

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what's right
As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serangetti
I seek to cure what's deep inside, frightened of this thing that I've become

(Instrumental break)

Hurry boy, she's waiting there for you

It's gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men or more could ever …

NZ Elections

So election frenzy keeps ramping up a gear... I think our media has USA envy - we have no primaries or any of that stuff... but news must be made... pollls taken and opinions given

As long as issues and policy is not discussed and thus the voting public gets information on everything and anything that has little to do with what our potential next government might be about.

Everything points towards a National victory.... for no rational reason than Kiwis want change - yep when things aren't too bad we want to change anyways

Here's a article on John Key - leader of the National party and well someone we seem to know so very little about. A good read with some insights but still not much detail.

I can't work Key out, not that it matters too much as he'd have to don superman custome and be able to leap some seriously tall buildings before he'd get my vote... what I do want to have some inkling of who he is and what he might be capable of - the good, the bad and the ugly.


The Story of Stuff Chapter 7: Another Way

I want to be FREE

Free! Why $0.00 Is the Future of Business
By Chris Anderson (Original Article)

At the age of 40, King Gillette was a frustrated inventor, a bitter anticapitalist, and a salesman of cork-lined bottle caps. It was 1895, and despite ideas, energy, and wealthy parents, he had little to show for his work. He blamed the evils of market competition. Indeed, the previous year he had published a book, The Human Drift, which argued that all industry should be taken over by a single corporation owned by the public and that millions of Americans should live in a giant city called Metropolis powered by Niagara Falls. His boss at the bottle cap company, meanwhile, had just one piece of advice: Invent something people use and throw away.

One day, while he was shaving with a straight razor that was so worn it could no longer be sharpened, the idea came to him. What if the blade could be made of a thin metal strip? Rather than spending time maintaining the blades, men could simply discard them when they …

Even more things to do

Summer Series

Sunday 2 March
Albert Park, Auckland City

Tyra & The Tornadoes
Family Cactus
An Emerald City
Bulletproof & MC Twincam
The New Telepathics

Sure hope the weather don't go the way the forecasters predict!

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