Mon, 11 Feb 2008

Real estate agents sue Google for links to stories about them

From Boing Boing:
Real estate agents Mark Forytarz and Paul Castran of Castran Gilbert in Victoria Australia have filed a defamation lawsuit against Google..... .. for a story that Neil Jenman has been inviting them to sue him over, but they wont.

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Wed, 05 Sep 2007

all sorts of STUPID, INTRUSIVE security checks, but they don't even check passports against the list of stolen passports

For those that still believe the Anti-Terror laws are more about protecting us than about simply giving government greater powers to further their own agenda this is mind-blowing.

link to Mr Sqiggles page on this that excerpts various ABC and other resources, from his politics of fear page.

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Sat, 01 Sep 2007

The Great Iraq Swindle

All of this has pretty much been said before, at length, elsewhere and ignored by the mainstream media, but good to see it all summed up succinctly in this Rolling Stone Article.

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Wed, 25 Jul 2007

The Australian Government is a Terrorist Organisation

Says it all here really.

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Fri, 06 Jul 2007

PET HATES: BAG SEARCH POLICIES

OK.. In an airport there are security issues and contraband smuggling and just general safety and quarantine to think of, searching the bags is fine. But.. in a discount supermarket? - hey I am innocent til proven guilty sorry! The Law trumps store policy every time, no matter what you say. Solution: go next door and buy the same crap from another supermarket.

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Mon, 02 Jul 2007

more google double standards?

"So, apparently HMOs criticizing Michael Moore is okay, but random-guy-with-a-website criticizing a large corporation is not okay. 'Democratic,' indeed." more at boingboing

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Sun, 07 Jan 2007

nearly a year later, a hint to why they screwed up?

Despite having closed my easystreet membership a long time ago I just got a letter from them advising me of some changes to their service - that makes a reference to other previous letters I never got. Interestingly this letter is a) 2 weeks late, and b) addressed to the right street address but wrong state and postcode.

So I can theorise, despite me calling them up and clarifying my postal address over the phone the first time it became obvious they lost the cheque, that all this time they sent it to the wrong address or something?

Now have moved to a just as easy to use (if not easier) online savings account via BankWest at www.abetterdeal.com.au that even has a higher interest rate than easystreet. So at least some good came of all of this.

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Sun, 31 Dec 2006

No More Saddam

Appears this CIA asset finally overstayed his welcome:
http://www.bushflash.com/thanks.html

While Iraqi blog Baghdad Burning wrote just before his killing:
That is Iraq right now. The Americans have done a fine job of working to break it apart. This last year has nearly everyone convinced that that was the plan right from the start. There were too many blunders for them to actually have been, simply, blunders. The 'mistakes' were too catastrophic. The people the Bush administration chose to support and promote were openly and publicly terrible- from the conman and embezzler Chalabi, to the terrorist Jaffari, to the militia man Maliki. The decisions, like disbanding the Iraqi army, abolishing the original constitution, and allowing militias to take over Iraqi security were too damaging to be anything but intentional.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2006

2006 Victorian Elections

greens victoria

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Fri, 27 Oct 2006

"kings of Werribee" prank dvd download torrent must be a high demand item at the moment

This very dodgy effort from some sad cases documenting themselves committing apparently criminal acts ranging from typical teenage pranks to serious crime is kind of predictable that it would have happened somewhere in the world. But still a low point that it happened in Victoria. And if it isn't anything illegal on it as some claim deal they should put a torrent up on the 'net somewhere to demonstrate.

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Sun, 30 Apr 2006

google double standards?

Laddish and cheeky Thailand oriented blog Mango Sauce gets revenue killed by Google despite google obviously makes way more dosh than mango sauce of sexually oriented advertising.. hypocrisy++

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Sun, 23 Apr 2006

hero of the moment

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Sun, 26 Mar 2006

end of the mess

Well the cheque finally arrived, 14 days late. Strangely enough it was sent by "express post", when EasyStreet insisted to me on the phone they had sent it normal post, and they dont send cheques any other way? Sounds like the left hand doesn't know what the right had is doing there. The "Express Post" even has a tracking number on it that can be used to trace it's course through the postal system.. completely useless of to anybody when nobody knows this.

The picture is an error I got just then when logging in to see whats up with their online banking.. kind of sums it all up really.

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Wed, 08 Mar 2006

ongoing shambles with easystreet finance

It's now wednesday morning, and suprise suprise, no cheque. Called up and stopped the cheque, have arranged finance elsewhere, time to move on from the slow motion trainwreck that is dealing with easystreet before ending up as more collateral damage. Easystreet staff suprisingy unsuprised by all this mess, I wonder how often their procedures cause this kind of mess to happen?

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Fri, 03 Mar 2006

It's now Friday after the Monday when they claimed to have sent the cheque

and I have not got anything. Despite "easy street" financial services insisting on this being the only way their auditors allow them to send money there is no way for them to prove to me that the money has actually been sent.. though of course they have not hesitated to start charging me interest. Seller of car starting to get agitated as he needs the dosh for his own purposes.. I am feeling guilty and depressed at continually having to fob him off with the old "cheque is in the mail", one of the most sorry excuses to use but have no choice. To add injury to insult my current car has now decayed to a state where I don't feel safe driving it on a freeway, I have to rent a car to get to work. Thanks guys! Amazing customer service!

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Thu, 02 Mar 2006

still a victim of easystreet's terrible procedures

it's now 4 days after the cheque has allegedly been sent and still no sign of it. My car has now died so I can't drive it to work, seller of the new car getting more and more impatient, and easystreet's attitude is tough luck. Not happy. Despite them messing it up initially they have made no attempt to expedite it, instead sending via the slowest and least trackable way possible so as to save a few cents. Thanks guys! Really great customer service! I'll be sure to tell everyone I meet how impressed I am!

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Tue, 28 Feb 2006

easystreet financial services not very easy

yes, this is a whinge. in the big picture this is not of consequence but it is bugging the hell out of me.

I had a need to upgrade my car unfortunately, so organised a loan from easystreet financial services. As I know I am fairly impatient I wanted to get the loan all approved before setting out to search for a car as I wanted to be able to pay for it in the spot. After a car was found, then came the delays as it turns out they had somehow not finished my application and still had stuff to do. It is now nearly 2 weeks after I got the following email from them (and a week after I assured the seller I had the money right at hand) and still no cheque:

 We advise that we have received the documentation required and your
 loan is ready to be funded. Once you have found a car contact us with
 the name of who you wish to buy the car from and we will print a cheque
 for the requested amount.
Generally I have been happy with EasyStreets low cost online services but looks like anything that needs human attention is destined to end up a shambles.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2006

SUPPORT DENMARK

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Tue, 27 Dec 2005

SkypeOut Sounds Terrible

I have been attempting to use SkypeOut to try and call Nan in Thailand. The sound quality is shockingly bad, and I know the problem occurs on the skype side, not (mostly) the Thai mobile phone network.
A pity as skype itself (i.e. skype to skype communication) has very good sound quality.

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Wed, 14 Dec 2005

Rally Against Racism! Sunday 18th

(sent to me via email, lets counter the negative propaganda)

It's time for ALL Australians to Unite Against Racism!

The Unite Against Racism Rally

WHEN: Sunday 18th December 2005

TIME: 1pm

WHERE: Town Hall Square

After a marathon meeting at UTS last night, NUS (National Union of Students) and other associated community and cultural groups think it's time that the countless thousands of Sydney-siders who DID NOT like what they saw last weekend in Cronulla took to the streets to make their voice heard.

We need to send the strongest possible message to the rest of Australia and to the rest of the world that those 5000 people who rioted at Cronulla do not speak for us.

As such we need to quadruple their number, rain hail or shine!

Spam this out to everyone you know! Lets get down there and show the world that we ain't a nation of redneck dic*heads.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2005

Remember Petey

Excerpt from the blog of a serving US soldier who suddenly got all official linish once it got attention. Rememeber they are fighting for freedom of speech!

I heard about this school the other day. It's a massive school; the third largest in the state. And it's very elite. It's a public school, but people all over clamber to get in because it has a really good reputation. And it's a well-deserved reputation, too. The school has an awesome football team, and it's students are among the most industrious and entrepreneurial when compared to their peers elsewhere. It is the most influential school in the state, and is the permanent host to the regional district schoolboard. Of them, it is also the wealthiest and most diverse, boasting classes in every discipline that attract students from all over the place. Despite all these fine qualities, though, the school is falling apart from the inside, and is on the verge of collapse.

The root of the problem can be traced to the school's charter, which stipulates the student body must elect a peer to act as Chancellor. The Chancellor chairs the powerful Advisory Committee, another elected body. Together, they maintain and adjudicate policy under the intense scrutiny of the student body and the school newspaper. The headmaster plays absolutely no role in the school's functions and, in fact, was divested of power by the charter. The system's genius beckoned students from far and wide. The message was clear: anyone could come to this school to study and participate in the process of making studying better for everyone. It was perfect. Until one day...

One day, a bunch of students got together and decided that the headmaster wasn't playing a large enough role in the way things were getting done. Together, they were able to get a like-minded Chancellor elected. The student body reeled in horror. It had gotten complacent and forgot about it's civic duties, allowing the new Chancellor to slide through by a narrow margin. At the same time, though, something horrible happened. The team mascot, "Petey" (a peacock, chosen for his pride and beauty) was murdered, his corpse nailed to the front entrance. It took weeks to bleach the blood off the white gates.

Word spread quickly that a neighboring school harbored kids with bad attitudes, and that they were responsible for the peacockicide. The plot thickened, though, when it was revealed that these kids were also supplying the large bulk of cigarettes to the Chancellor and his school. For many years, the students there had been addicted to massive quantities of cigarettes, and they came almost exclusively from the offending school. In fact, the Chancellor himself was very good friends with some of the cigarette suppliers. Of course, his own students weren't aware of this, and they lapped it up like kitties on spilled milk when he told them, "what the other school needs is a good trouncing by our awesome football team."

Sadly, nobody told the Chancellor that the other school only played cricket. But off they went anyway - quarterback and all - to an "away" game on the other side of the state. When they got there, it shocked everyone when they didn't win. In fact, on the front page of the school newspaper was a photograph of the nervous and bewildered quarterback scratching his head. Beneath him, the caption: "what the hell is a wicket?" Unfortunately, the Chancellor didn't recognize defeat, and even as the other team piled up one run after the other, he gave an interview in which he said that sending a football team to a cricket match was the right thing to do because, "those are the bastards that got Petey"!

At the same time, the price of cigarettes was skyrocketing and the student body was more addicted than ever. The regional district schoolboard was loosing patience with the Chancellor, and slowly each of the board members inched away. In an effort to distance themselves from the insanity of a football team lost in the middle of a cricket match, a disgusting cigarette addiction, and plummeting popular support in their own schools, they turned their backs, one-by-one, on the Chancellor.

Meanwhile, back home, the Chancellor had to abandon a wildly unpopular plan to appease the alumni who had become a huge red mark in his balance sheets. Worse, he had to deal with the student body who, jarred from their relative acquiescence, had assembled a foundation of support. Shocked at the changes made to the school charter giving hall monitors new and broad powers in the wake of Petey's murder, the school newspaper began leaking stories about abuses.

Finally, surrounded by unpopular sentiment at home and in other schools, the Chancellor decided to make the football game his main focus once again. Under the scrutiny of the whole student body, regional board members, the parent teacher associations of several schools and under the watchful eye of the headmaster, he threw away the chance to set the record straight. Instead, he justified sending a football team to a cricket match. "Remember Petey", he said. "Remember how I did this for us because they got Petey. It was the right thing to do then, and it's the right thing to do now. We went over there to play a game of football and, damn it, we're going to win a game of football. Nevermind they are playing cricket. Nevermind they are winning. Nevermind the score is 1,740 runs to nil. Nevermind all that; those bastards got Petey!"

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Sun, 16 Oct 2005

Sieg Heil Howard

Enter the Police State.

Somehow I dont think these puntive new measures will apply to anybody who advocated the invasion of a country on false pretenses .. or any of the terrorism supported by the US government

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Wed, 14 Sep 2005

they said it was about the terrorists..

But oppose them peacefully and they will lock you up as a terrorist.. .with no legal recourse. Howard Uber Alles?

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Wed, 07 Sep 2005

"I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees"

Bush - "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees"

compare with: .. "Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

When did this calamity happen? It hasn't yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great."...
...
"It's not if it will happen," says University of New Orleans geologist Shea Penland. "It's when."

from National Geographic of October 2004

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Fri, 26 Aug 2005

Utah Techno Party Wrecked

yet more examples of the USA sliding towards totalitarianism, though compared to stuff like Guantanamo Bay this is relatively trivial.

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Sat, 09 Jul 2005

London 7/7 attack

Signs of basic goodness .. via Boing Boing

Signs of being an arsehole:
"I mean, my first thought when I heard [about the London bombings]...'Hmmm, time to buy.'"

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Sun, 03 Jul 2005

chinese economic powerhouse.. but..

All this is great news for local resource giants such as BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Woodside, and for Australia generally. These companies can supply what China needs - the raw materials its super-cheap labour can use to develop the economy and further cement China's position as the manufacturing base for the rest of the world. And its labour is certainly cheap. Chinese textile workers, for example, are putting in 10-hour days, working nine days straight with the 10th day off, for between $80 and $240 a month. -- from The Age
But how long before they realise they are being ripped off to fuel the wealth of others.. how can Australia have a "level playing field" competing against factories with people working like this?

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Wed, 29 Jun 2005

Adaptec FS4500 RAID sucks

Just for the record I would like to say the Adaptec FS4500 RAID unit sucks. Why they would release such capable hardware with such CRAP SOFTWARE is beyond me. Apperently, the only way to talk directly to this box over the network is vie some convoluted CRAP java interface, despite their being working ssh and ftp servers on the device, the passwords of which are not documented. And if you so much as probe around the thing resets itself. Crap!!!!

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Sat, 25 Jun 2005

Schappelle and Adiguna

Tough Indonesian Justice? The court heard that Adiguna flew into a rage and shot Rudy in the head from almost point-blank range after being informed his debit card could not be used to settle a Rp150,000 ($16) bar tab. Police have said the tycoon was drunk at the time of the shooting and also under the influence of shabu-shabu (crystal methamphetamine) and cocaine. He was not charged with drug offenses. link here and lots more here
- this guy got 7 years for shooting a waiter in the head while off his dial.

Yet ..As they did in the trial, prosecutors have stressed the damage drug use causes in society. Corby's sentence was "too light". They urged that their request for a life sentence be upheld. the Indonesian Judicial system claims it has to be tough
sort of...

And that's not even starting on the slaughter that Kopassus have wreaked across the archipeligo over the years..

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Thu, 10 Feb 2005

asbestos, blogs and adverts

Interesting to see that asbestos is topical in the USA as well as in australia.

From the article it looks like he deems the topicworthiness of his items via their google Adsense value, which is interesting. In sort of an arse-backwards version of this some of my rants have been triggered/inspired by seeing Google adsense adverts appear on subjects which I strongly disagree with... which is kind of a self perpetuating cycle as my disussion of them brings about their appearance as advertisments.

This all brings us back to trend watching with the trend watcher

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Sun, 06 Feb 2005

666 THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

I was so impressed by the SATANIC WHITE BOY HIP HOP of Skizzy 666 I felt inspired to create a New Domain with 666 in it. Thanks Something Awful for alerting me to the existence of this musical phenomenon.

Also made 665 and 667 just top cover my bases.

More on this subject... why doesn't it suprise me 666.com is is inhabited by an emacs developer.

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Sun, 16 Jan 2005

if war is a racket - then make it perpetual

I must be getting old.. I have started to actually take an interest in my superannuation, and associated once boring things like investment and managed funds and stuff.. this has also lead me to attempt to soak up some info on ethical investment and online investing.. once I have got a handle on it I might post more but right now my disclaimer is I don't know shit.

But as a counter to the managed funds with an ethical bent I came across the VICE FUND which invests in weapons, booze and porn - all no doubt good earners.. this also led me then to the more directly war oriented Perpetual War Folio and the Axis of Evil Fund.. lists of companies raking in big bucks given a Bush induced state of perpetual war. Interesting to ponder who has the most to gain financially from keeping the US in a perpetual state of terror alert and war.. and who is down with the current US Govt.. and how closely these two groups overlap.

But I think this was all figured out by ages ago by a US Marine when he figured out that war is a racket.

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Fri, 12 Nov 2004

HOW NOT TO ARGUE WITH A BANK

Impressive behaviour from the Commonwealth Bank to keep in mind before you every try any of their products.

Though also shows a textbook example of how not to go about a dispute with a large financial organisation.

Bernard Madigan is desperate. Last month he was served a bankruptcy notice by his former bank, the Commonwealth. He has the choice of paying it $117,534.33 or being bankrupted. Bankruptcy is not a rare event in banking land. In this case, however, the debt was run up in exceptional circumstances. Madigan paid off his mortgage with the bank five years ago and closed his account. He made his final payment of $752.87 on the mortgage in October 1999, and was given a mortgage discharge authority. He closed his account with the bank on November 10, 1999. On November 16, he applied for court orders compelling the bank to surrender the certificate of title to his Ermington, Sydney, house. The return of the certificate was ordered. Then he found that the day before this happened, five days after he closed his account, the bank debited his account with $65. Madigan was livid and demanded to know how a closed account could be reopened, on whose authority and why the fee was charged.

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Sat, 06 Nov 2004

"That invasion will surely go down in history as one of the most cowardly wars ever.."

<....>
That invasion will surely go down in history as one of the most cowardly wars ever. It was a war in which a band of rich nations, armed with enough nuclear weapons to destroy the world several times over, rounded on a poor nation, falsely accused it of having nuclear weapons, used the United Nations to force it to disarm, then invaded it, occupied it and are now in the process of selling it.

I speak of Iraq, not because everybody is talking about it, but because it is a sign of things to come. Iraq marks the beginning of a new cycle. It offers us an opportunity to watch the corporate-military cabal that has come to be known as "empire" at work. In the new Iraq, the gloves are off.
<....>

From Arundhati Roy, in the Sydney Morning Herald

A US Soldier writes
" If you voted for Bush, didn't vote, or voted no on gay marriage, I hope you get drafted. I hope they stick you in my unit, and you go with me to Iraq when my unit goes back in September. I will laugh when you see what soldiers in that country face on a daily basis. I hope you work with gay soldiers too. I did. One of them saved my life. Think he shouldn't have the right to get married? Fuck you. He fought just as hard as I did and on most days, did his job better than me. Don't tell me gays don't have the same rights you do. Think the war in Iraq is a good thing? I'll donate my M-16 to you and you can go in my place."
Found via Metafilter

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Tue, 02 Nov 2004

Full Text of Osama Bin Laden's Video from just before the 2004 USA Election

Text swiped from the site of Al Jazeera
Praise be to Allah who created the creation for his worship and commanded them to be just and permitted the wronged one to retaliate against the oppressor in kind. To proceed:

Peace be upon he who follows the guidance: People of America this talk of mine is for you and concerns the ideal way to prevent another Manhattan, and deals with the war and its causes and results.

Before I begin, I say to you that security is an indispensable pillar of human life and that free men do not forfeit their security, contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom.

If so, then let him explain to us why we don't strike for example - Sweden? And we know that freedom-haters don't possess defiant spirits like those of the 19 - may Allah have mercy on them.

No, we fight because we are free men who don't sleep under oppression. We want to restore freedom to our nation, just as you lay waste to our nation. So shall we lay waste to yours.

No one except a dumb thief plays with the security of others and then makes himself believe he will be secure. Whereas thinking people, when disaster strikes, make it their priority to look for its causes, in order to prevent it happening again.

But I am amazed at you. Even though we are in the fourth year after the events of September 11th, Bush is still engaged in distortion, deception and hiding from you the real causes. And thus, the reasons are still there for a repeat of what occurred.

So I shall talk to you about the story behind those events and shall tell you truthfully about the moments in which the decision was taken, for you to consider.

I say to you, Allah knows that it had never occurred to us to strike the towers. But after it became unbearable and we witnessed the oppression and tyranny of the American/Israeli coalition against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it came to my mind.

The events that affected my soul in a direct way started in 1982 when America permitted the Israelis to invade Lebanon and the American Sixth Fleet helped them in that. This bombardment began and many were killed and injured and others were terrorised and displaced.

I couldn't forget those moving scenes, blood and severed limbs, women and children sprawled everywhere. Houses destroyed along with their occupants and high rises demolished over their residents, rockets raining down on our home without mercy.

The situation was like a crocodile meeting a helpless child, powerless except for his screams. Does the crocodile understand a conversation that doesn't include a weapon? And the whole world saw and heard but it didn't respond.

In those difficult moments many hard-to-describe ideas bubbled in my soul, but in the end they produced an intense feeling of rejection of tyranny, and gave birth to a strong resolve to punish the oppressors.

And as I looked at those demolished towers in Lebanon, it entered my mind that we should punish the oppressor in kind and that we should destroy towers in America in order that they taste some of what we tasted and so that they be deterred from killing our women and children.

And that day, it was confirmed to me that oppression and the intentional killing of innocent women and children is a deliberate American policy. Destruction is freedom and democracy, while resistance is terrorism and intolerance.

This means the oppressing and embargoing to death of millions as Bush Sr did in Iraq in the greatest mass slaughter of children mankind has ever known, and it means the throwing of millions of pounds of bombs and explosives at millions of children - also in Iraq - as Bush Jr did, in order to remove an old agent and replace him with a new puppet to assist in the pilfering of Iraq's oil and other outrages.

So with these images and their like as their background, the events of September 11th came as a reply to those great wrongs, should a man be blamed for defending his sanctuary?

Is defending oneself and punishing the aggressor in kind, objectionable terrorism? If it is such, then it is unavoidable for us.

This is the message which I sought to communicate to you in word and deed, repeatedly, for years before September 11th.

And you can read this, if you wish, in my interview with Scott in Time Magazine in 1996, or with Peter Arnett on CNN in 1997, or my meeting with John Weiner in 1998.

You can observe it practically, if you wish, in Kenya and Tanzania and in Aden. And you can read it in my interview with Abdul Bari Atwan, as well as my interviews with Robert Fisk.

The latter is one of your compatriots and co-religionists and I consider him to be neutral. So are the pretenders of freedom at the White House and the channels controlled by them able to run an interview with him? So that he may relay to the American people what he has understood from us to be the reasons for our fight against you?

If you were to avoid these reasons, you will have taken the correct path that will lead America to the security that it was in before September 11th. This concerned the causes of the war.

As for it's results, they have been, by the grace of Allah, positive and enormous, and have, by all standards, exceeded all expectations. This is due to many factors, chief among them, that we have found it difficult to deal with the Bush administration in light of the resemblance it bears to the regimes in our countries, half of which are ruled by the military and the other half which are ruled by the sons of kings and presidents.

Our experience with them is lengthy, and both types are replete with those who are characterised by pride, arrogance, greed and misappropriation of wealth. This resemblance began after the visits of Bush Sr to the region.

At a time when some of our compatriots were dazzled by America and hoping that these visits would have an effect on our countries, all of a sudden he was affected by those monarchies and military regimes, and became envious of their remaining decades in their positions, to embezzle the public wealth of the nation without supervision or accounting.

So he took dictatorship and suppression of freedoms to his son and they named it the Patriot Act, under the pretence of fighting terrorism. In addition, Bush sanctioned the installing of sons as state governors, and didn't forget to import expertise in election fraud from the region's presidents to Florida to be made use of in moments of difficulty.

All that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.

This is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside the mujahidin, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat.

All Praise is due to Allah.

So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah.

That being said, those who say that al-Qaida has won against the administration in the White House or that the administration has lost in this war have not been precise, because when one scrutinises the results, one cannot say that al-Qaida is the sole factor in achieving those spectacular gains.

Rather, the policy of the White House that demands the opening of war fronts to keep busy their various corporations - whether they be working in the field of arms or oil or reconstruction - has helped al-Qaida to achieve these enormous results.

And so it has appeared to some analysts and diplomats that the White House and us are playing as one team towards the economic goals of the United States, even if the intentions differ.

And it was to these sorts of notions and their like that the British diplomat and others were referring in their lectures at the Royal Institute of International Affairs. [When they pointed out that] for example, al-Qaida spent $500,000 on the event, while America, in the incident and its aftermath, lost - according to the lowest estimate - more than $500 billion.

Meaning that every dollar of al-Qaida defeated a million dollars by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs.

As for the size of the economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.

And even more dangerous and bitter for America is that the mujahidin recently forced Bush to resort to emergency funds to continue the fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, which is evidence of the success of the bleed-until-bankruptcy plan - with Allah's permission.

It is true that this shows that al-Qaida has gained, but on the other hand, it shows that the Bush administration has also gained, something of which anyone who looks at the size of the contracts acquired by the shady Bush administration-linked mega-corporations, like Halliburton and its kind, will be convinced. And it all shows that the real loser is ... you.

It is the American people and their economy. And for the record, we had agreed with the Commander-General Muhammad Ataa, Allah have mercy on him, that all the operations should be carried out within 20 minutes, before Bush and his administration notice.

It never occurred to us that the commander-in-chief of the American armed forces would abandon 50,000 of his citizens in the twin towers to face those great horrors alone, the time when they most needed him.

But because it seemed to him that occupying himself by talking to the little girl about the goat and its butting was more important than occupying himself with the planes and their butting of the skyscrapers, we were given three times the period required to execute the operations - all praise is due to Allah.

And it's no secret to you that the thinkers and perceptive ones from among the Americans warned Bush before the war and told him: "All that you want for securing America and removing the weapons of mass destruction - assuming they exist - is available to you, and the nations of the world are with you in the inspections, and it is in the interest of America that it not be thrust into an unjustified war with an unknown outcome."

But the darkness of the black gold blurred his vision and insight, and he gave priority to private interests over the public interests of America.

So the war went ahead, the death toll rose, the American economy bled, and Bush became embroiled in the swamps of Iraq that threaten his future. He fits the saying "like the naughty she-goat who used her hoof to dig up a knife from under the earth".

So I say to you, over 15,000 of our people have been killed and tens of thousands injured, while more than a thousand of you have been killed and more than 10,000 injured. And Bush's hands are stained with the blood of all those killed from both sides, all for the sake of oil and keeping their private companies in business.

Be aware that it is the nation who punishes the weak man when he causes the killing of one of its citizens for money, while letting the powerful one get off, when he causes the killing of more than 1000 of its sons, also for money.

And the same goes for your allies in Palestine. They terrorise the women and children, and kill and capture the men as they lie sleeping with their families on the mattresses, that you may recall that for every action, there is a reaction.

Finally, it behoves you to reflect on the last wills and testaments of the thousands who left you on the 11th as they gestured in despair. They are important testaments, which should be studied and researched.

Among the most important of what I read in them was some prose in their gestures before the collapse, where they say: "How mistaken we were to have allowed the White House to implement its aggressive foreign policies against the weak without supervision."

It is as if they were telling you, the people of America: "Hold to account those who have caused us to be killed, and happy is he who learns from others' mistakes."

And among that which I read in their gestures is a verse of poetry. "Injustice chases its people, and how unhealthy the bed of tyranny."

As has been said: "An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure."

And know that: "It is better to return to the truth than persist in error." And that the wise man doesn't squander his security, wealth and children for the sake of the liar in the White House.

In conclusion, I tell you in truth, that your security is not in the hands of Kerry, nor Bush, nor al-Qaida. No.

Your security is in your own hands. And every state that doesn't play with our security has automatically guaranteed its own security.

And Allah is our Guardian and Helper, while you have no Guardian or Helper. All peace be upon he who follows the Guidance.

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Sat, 30 Oct 2004

LIES. BUSH.

Lies. Bush

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Thu, 14 Oct 2004

AUSTRALIA

You got SERRRRRRRVED !!

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Sun, 29 Aug 2004

PyMeldLite is my favourite current python tech

After looking at a few of these web templating engines I dumped them in favour of PyMeldLite, a faster xhtml version of PyMeld - http://www.entrian.com/PyMeld/

I got fed up with the assorted templating languages as they all require learning yet another crappy scripting language, plus generally need the overhead of either installing some web development framework or precompiling templates, etc..

PyMeld just reads in the web page as a python object, which you then manipulate as python object (perhaps using form entries fetched using Python's cgi module), and print. Unfortunately Pymeld is ridiculously slow, and appears to have restrictive licensing. But PyMeldLite (which works on xhtml not html) has the same API but is massively faster.. just needs the html templates to be well formed xhtml, so that PyMeldLite can take advantage of Python's XML libraries to do the work.

PyMeldLite.py is part of the source code to the spambayes anti spam program which also happens to be the best anti spam technology I have tried.

This allows the template to be edited in any third party HTML editor that preserves "id" tags and still work, and I can move away from embedding type inline html in my cgi scripts.

I still have a way to go before I am happy with how I do my web based development in Python but this is a huge step in the right direction.

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Tue, 20 Apr 2004

they stole my google juice

not that I had much, or worry too much about it's loss - but why give spammers a free ride? Took out the auto referrer link stuff because of all sorts of wierd links cropping up due to referrer spam

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Fri, 26 Mar 2004

20 unanswered question about september 11 2001

Although it's an old article, most of the 20 Unanswered Questions about the world trade centre attack have still not been answered.

And the answers sure won't be found in this list of misleading statements by members of the USA govt on the matter.

We can only cringe about any Gullible Tool that has swallowed this hook line and sinker.

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