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Hungry? You might have to get used to the feeling

The World Food Crisis
April 28, 2008 By John Nichols

The only surprising thing about the global food crisis to Jim Goodman is the notion that anyone finds it surprising. 'So,' says the Wisconsin dairy farmer, 'they finally figured out, after all these years of pushing globalization and genetically modified [GM] seeds, that instead of feeding the world we've created a food system that leaves more people hungry. If they'd listened to farmers instead of corporations, they would've known this was going to happen.' Goodman has traveled the world to speak, organize and rally with groups such as La Via Campesina, the global movement of peasant and farm organizations that has been warning for years that 'solutions' promoted by agribusiness conglomerates were designed to maximize corporate profits, not help farmers or feed people. The food shortages, suddenly front-page news, are not new. Hundreds of millions of people were starving and malnourished last year;…

Petraeus, Falling Upwards

Selling the President's General
The Petraeus Story
By Tom Engelhardt

You simply can't pile up enough adjectives when it comes to the general, who, at a relatively young age, was already a runner-up for Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 2007. His record is stellar. His tactical sense extraordinary. His strategic ability, when it comes to mounting a campaign, beyond compare.

I'm speaking, of course, of General David Petraeus, the President's surge commander in Iraq and, as of last week, the newly nominated head of U.S. Central Command (Centcom) for all of the Middle East and beyond -- "King David" to those of his peers who haven't exactly taken a shine to his reportedly "high self-regard." And the campaign I have in mind has been his years' long wooing and winning of the American media, in the process of which he sold himself as a true American hero, a Caesar of celebrity.

As far as can be told, there's never been a seat in his helicop…

Sometimes the weekend is simply

not long enough

Often by some months

Lest We Forget

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Short Week

and this shorts wearer is ready for today to be done so he can get on with the weekend

come on clock be my friend

Tomgram: 12 Reasons to Get Out of Iraq

Unraveling Iraq
12 Answers to Questions No One Is Bothering to Ask about Iraq
By Tom Engelhardt

Can there be any question that, since the invasion of 2003, Iraq has been unraveling? And here's the curious thing: Despite a lack of decent information and analysis on crucial aspects of the Iraqi catastrophe, despite the way much of the Iraq story fell off newspaper front pages and out of the TV news in the last year, despite so many reports on the "success" of the President's surge strategy, Americans sense this perfectly well. In the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, 56% of Americans "say the United States should withdraw its military forces to avoid further casualties" and this has, as the Post notes, been a majority position since January 2007, the month that the surge was first announced. Imagine what might happen if the American public knew more about the actual state of affairs in Iraq -- and of thinking in Washington. So, here, in an attempt to unrave…

Well would we?

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The Summer Of Love

Sunday April 20, 2008
The Observer

Twenty years ago acid house and a new drug arrived in Britain's clubs to incite the biggest revolution in youth culture since the Sixties' summer of love. The key members of the scenes in London and Manchester talk DayGlo grins and dancing in fountains with Luke Bainbridge


At the start of 1988, the London club scene was ripe for change. Rare groove and hip hop had dominated for a few years, but a select few DJs and clubs were popularising a new music called acid house. The two formative clubs were Shoom and Future, run by Danny Rampling and Paul Oakenfold, inspired by an infamous trip to Ibiza the previous summer.
Danny Rampling (DJ and founder of Shoom): You will always get people saying 'My mate played "acid house" back in 1984,' and some of the records had been around for a couple of years, but it wasn't until 1988 that it exploded and took the whole country by storm. Myself, Nicky Holloway, Johnny Walker and Paul Oakenfo…

V?

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Daylight Saving

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Sure doesn't feel like I'm being saved this morning...

It's dark, its chilly and I want to go back to bed

It would indeed be...

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Featuring Bn1 (BMP and Brooke Casey I really like RudeNot2, the booze is cheap by usual inner city standards, you can sit outside (and smoke), the people are varied and friendly, the music is varied and interesting and there's a BBQ....Last one for the season, which indicates our changing weather and season :( After RudeNot2 is the Dubstep Weekly... which depending on ones booze intake (ie how long I stay) is damn fine too. Me likes the Dubstep styles... interesting they be.Shame the supper club has a crap sound system - the only bugger of the place/eveningWhoop whoop

May the force be with you

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Last night I was watching The Family Guy Presents Blue Harvest (good but not great), cheers Scott, and wondering what song I should share with you today... then it came to me... The Droids

Fabrice Cuitade was a young label manager at Barclay in the seventies. He founds Egg Records as a side project with a view to compete with Virgin (first artist signings include Heldon among others). Right after seeing "Star Wars" for the first time, he decided to make a concept album out of it.
From their album Star Peace comes part one of (Do You Have) The Force Download

In Comedy timing is everything

This article if I'd recieved it yesterday morning would have been gold... today it lacks the punch of April 1st

Amusing it is anyways

Apple Buys Universal Music
Bob Lefsetz


"With the Net ablaze with talk of Jim Griffin's P2P licensing scheme, Steve Jobs has worked in secret to pull off the staggering, mind-bending, game-changing acquisition of Universal Music.

Despite Vivendi's public vote of confidence in its music operation, the brass of the conglomerate has been trying to unload its music asset for years. The constant acquisitions, of Sanctuary and publishing companies, was only window dressing. A paint job to make Universal appear to be a Goliath, when really it's a shrinking operation completely unprepared for the twenty first century.

You can't second-guess Vivendi here. There was no strategic fit. There's no synergy between water and music. And CD sales keep tanking. And despite Doug Morris' efforts to corner and disable Apple, only the opposit…

Sory again

The SonyBMG story reminded me of this....

Lawsuit Could Force RIAA to Reveal Secrets
By Eliot Van Buskirk March 06, 2008 1:00:04 PM

wired.com

Things will get very ugly over the next few months for the RIAA, if one disgruntled file sharing lawsuit victim gets her way.

Tanya Andersen, the single mother who filed a countersuit against the RIAA after the organization mistakenly sued her for sharing music online, attempted to hold it responsible for all sorts of heavy infractions ("RICO violations, fraud, invasion of privacy, abuse of process, electronic trespass, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, negligent misrepresentation, the tort of 'outrage,' and deceptive business practices").

According to Mike Ratoza, a copyright lawyer with Bullivant, Houser and Bailey who teaches at the University of Oregon, Andersen is close to forcing the RIAA into the discovery phase of her countersuit, after having her original complaint dismissed on Feb. 19. Andersen's amended c…

Sony BMG's ahoy me hearties

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"Sony BMG is no stranger to piracy. As one of the most vocal supporters of the RIAA and IFPI antipiracy efforts, the company has some experience hunting down and punishing consumers who don't pay for its products. The company is getting some experience on the other side of the table, however, now that it's being sued for software piracy.

PointDev, a French software company that makes Windows administration tools, received a call from a Sony BMG IT employee for support. After Sony BMG supplied a pirated license code for Ideal Migration, one of PointDev's products, the software maker was able to mandate a seizure of Sony BMG's assets. The subsequent raid revealed that software was illegally installed on four of Sony BMG's servers. The Business Software Alliance, however, believes that up to 47 percent of the software installed on Sony BMG's computers could be pirated.
These are some pretty serious—not to mention ironic—allegations against a company that's …

A return of sorts

Its been quite sometime between visits and last night in a fit of boredom I fired up google earth after at least a year, did the updates and got down to some serious planet earth porn

Wow our planet is amazing

Or at least to these eyes

Places of interest the daktari's virtually visited:

China
Cambodia
Iraq
Stewart Island (New Zealand)
France
Canada
USA (mid west)
The southern oceans

I revisted all my old bookmarks, of which there aren't many and they include various places I've lived and some eye candy (air craft carriers etc)

No doubt I shall return in another year to check out some other places

In short Google earth rocks