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Don't worry be happy

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Its a

Everybody happy

Monday starts in Stockholm

and now the news

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The Coming Era of Energy Disasters

Tomgram: The Coming Era of Energy Disasters
By Michael Klare

Posted on June 22, 2010
http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175264/

Isn’t it strange that, no matter how terrible the news from the Gulf, the media still can’t help offering a lurking, BP-influenced narrative of hope? Here’s a recent headline from my hometown paper, for instance: “Signs of Hope as BP Captures Record Oil Amounts.” The piece is based on a BP report that, last Thursday, its woefully inadequate, ill-fitting “top hat” had captured more than 25,000 barrels of the gushing oil -- that is, five times more than it long claimed was spewing from its busted well (25 times more than it originally suggested).

With semi-official estimates in the range of 35,000-60,000 barrels escaping a day (and those numbers regularly on the rise), this represents a strange version of hopeful news. Ominously enough, by the end of July, with a new, larger, “tighter” cap theoretically in place, BP is aiming to capture up to 80,000 barrels a day (tha…

Stormtroopers' 9/11

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Daleks

hat tip to @norightturnnz

the front didn't fall off this time

Mayhem, mayhem, mayhem

Fighting Talk: The New Propaganda

Journalism has become a linguistic battleground – and when reporters use terms such ‘spike in violence’ or ‘surge’ or ‘settler’, they are playing along with a pernicious game.

By Robert Fisk

June 21, 2010 "The Independent" -- Following the latest in semantics on the news? Journalism and the Israeli government are in love again. It's Islamic terror, Turkish terror, Hamas terror, Islamic Jihad terror, Hezbollah terror, activist terror, war on terror, Palestinian terror, Muslim terror, Iranian terror, Syrian terror, anti-Semitic terror...

But I am doing the Israelis an injustice. Their lexicon, and that of the White House – most of the time – and our reporters' lexicon, is the same. Yes, let's be fair to the Israelis. Their lexicon goes like this: Terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror.

How many times did I just use the…

for the trucking crew

Frank Sidebottom - RIP

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Sidebottom

Bongwater

love will tear us apart

The best part... tis on yellow wax

#nzl #worldcup

wow that was cool

proud day for us kiwis

Public Enemy - Public Enemy No. 1

Here fido

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When I grow up I'm going to be a terrorist

Afghanistan Mineral Riches: Beware the Hype

By James Joyner

News that "United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself" should be taken with several doses of salt.
James Risen of the NYT broke the story, which has the security blogosphere buzzing. It gushes,

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.

While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, th…

It started with a MP and a credit card... and then the world went mad

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mayhem mayhem mayhem

BMP =

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Ready Todd

Today, the cruel legacy of a failed peace lives on

The Real Threat Aboard the Freedom Flotilla

By Noam Chomsky

June 08, 2010 "In These Times"

Israel’s violent attack on the Freedom Flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza shocked the world.

Hijacking boats in international waters and killing passengers is, of course, a serious crime.

But the crime is nothing new. For decades, Israel has been hijacking boats between Cyprus and Lebanon and killing or kidnapping passengers, sometimes holding them hostage in Israeli prisons.

Israel assumes that it can commit such crimes with impunity because the United States tolerates them and Europe generally follows the U.S.’s lead.

As the editors of The Guardian rightly observed on June 1, “If an armed group of Somali pirates had yesterday boarded six vessels on the high seas, killing at least 10 passengers and injuring many more, a NATO task force would today be heading for the Somali coast.” In this case, the NATO treaty obligates its members to come to the aid of a fellow NATO country—Turkey—a…

That's Not My Name

I'm generally not a big fan of today's mashup culture but this one ticks all the bob boxes... yep, silly, fun, wrong oh so wrong, fun...

Headline gold

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Music for chilly morns

Ever met, or even just glanced at a women and thought "She's the one for me"

The World Teeters on the Brink of a New Age of Rage

By Simon Schama

Far be it for me to make a dicey situation dicier but you can't smell the sulphur in the air right now and not think we might be on the threshold of an age of rage. The Spanish unions have postponed a general strike; the bloody barricades and the red shirts might have been in Bangkok not Berlin; and, for the moment, the British coalition leaders sit side by side on the front bench like honeymooners canoodling on the porch; but in Europe and America there is a distinct possibility of a long hot summer of social umbrage. Historians will tell you there is often a time-lag between the onset of economic disaster and the accumulation of social fury. In act one, the shock of a crisis initially triggers fearful disorientation; the rush for political saviours; instinctive responses of self-protection, but not the organised mobilisation of outrage. Whether in 1789 or now, an incoming regime riding the storm gets a fleeting moment to try to contain calamity. If it is seen to b…

We support this shit?

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Happy Birthday, Liz, I think

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Well?

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Tings

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and one for the road, noodles

I can't kick this feeling when it hits

oh dear ya think one is enough

me moody, never

a tap ya toes head noddingly groovy start to the long weekend

oh yeah

spooky

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what does regret mean

How Many Dudes