Saturday, 23 April 2005
Gas Puts Mice on Pause

Inducing hibernation in non-hibernating mammals, technique could be used to "buy patients time"

"We think this may be a latent ability that all mammals have ... potentially even humans ... and we're just harnessing it and turning it on and off, inducing a state of hibernation on demand," says study lead investigator Mark Roth.
robot haven
These are Bunnies
Once Upon Time In The East

Duamutef was a god of Egyptian mythology.

He was the guardian of the East and one of the four Sons of Horus.

Duamutef was represented as a mummified man with the head of a jackal.

He was a funerary god. Duamutef protected the stomach of the deceased. The stomach was kept in a canopic jar after mummification. On the lids of these jars was a picture of the head of Duamutef.

The goddess Neith protected him.
Baizhixing (meaning "smart star"), developed at the Harbin Institute of Technology, is able to make facial expressions, its mouth moves while speaking, and it moves its head, neck, arms and legs...
The w page
...Now, we bring you Chia Puberty ... five enchanting Greco-Roman figurines guaranteed to fill your home with the magic of puberty
1984 ... the opera
Electronic Confession
The Golden Age of Iron Men

(via grow a brain)
Sensory homunculus and Motor homunculus

sculptures of male bodies if each part grew in proportion to the area of brain concerned with its sensory perception and movement.

(via gravity lens)

Friday, 22 April 2005

New Pope condemns Spain's gay marriage bill

the latest Rat-in-the-Vatican, Pope Ratzinger XVI, has condemned a Spanish government bill allowing marriage between homosexuals. The bill, passed by parliament's Socialist-dominated lower house, also allows gay couples to adopt.....


catholics against the pope

"irreverently blogged by a few of the millions of Catholics who disagree with Pope Benedict XVI on contraception, condoms and HIV/Aids, homosexuality, married priesthood, women priests, and covering up sexual abuse by priests..."


the official website




"Everything is a religious war these days"

Thursday, 21 April 2005

back in december 2000/january 2001, while i was continuously unclothed for a month and held on remand in a prison segregation cell on non-imprisonable charges (that were later dropped), my mum wrote to me and told me how proud she was of me for standing up for my principles.

my mum died on tuesday. she was nearly 72 and she was an extra-large woman. she had a heart attack while on her thrice weekly dialysis. she had had a triple-bypass back in 91. if she hadn't have died, it was likely that she was going to have one of her legs amputated over the next few weeks.

my mum in wheelchair and viking helmet 2002
my mum with a toy dog mid-1930s
my mum in spain dressed as a schoolgirl sometime in the 1980s

Monday, 18 April 2005

"I pick the cars randomly...."

Artist vandalises cars with key

Mark McGowan, an artist, randomly vandalised nearly 50 cars for a project and said the owners should be happy they were part of his "creative process".

he will exhibit pictures of himself scratching the vehicles' paintwork in London and Glasgow. He said he had "keyed" 17 cars in Glasgow's West End in March and 30 in Camberwell, south London.

Saturday, 16 April 2005

eat me


happy ham
we need Trade Justice not free trade.

The Trade Justice Movement is a fast growing group of organisations including trade unions, aid agencies, environment and human rights campaigns, fairtrade organisations, faith and consumer groups.

We believe that everyone has the right to feed their families, make a decent living and protect their environment. But the rich and powerful are pursuing trade policies that put profits before the needs of people and the planet.

To end poverty and protect the environment we need Trade Justice not free trade....



I pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora, fauna and human life that it supports, one planet indivisible, with safe air, water & soil, economic justice, equal rights and peace for all.

Friday, 15 April 2005

Unused food: What a waste

Britain throws away £20bn worth of unused food every year - equal to five times our spending on international aid and enough to lift 150 million people out of starvation....


The simultaneous occurrence of hunger and of mountains of surplus food is obscene...

church of euthanasia


Rusty is a homosexual


hate speech


ku klux klan

"Proclaiming a Message of hope and deliverance for White Christian America"

"There is little doubt that the walls are coming down and unless there is a real spiritual awakening in this country we will see the day when the churches will back down and begin admitting queers in mass."

"I remember in 1978 I was speaking with an acquaintance. He was not of our political persuasion, but was still opposed to interracial marriages, but saw nothing wrong with Negroes attending the same church. His argument was, 'We're all Christians'.... blah blah blah..."

the dream sequence

Every two weeks we chose a new dream (submitted by the public) and turned it into a short film


while you were sleeping
The Experimental Gameplay Project

.....create 50 to 100 games in 1 semester. New games every week.

The Rules:

...each game must be made in less than 7 days
...each game must be made by one person, including all art, sound, and programming
...each game must be based around a certain "toy" ie. "gravity", "vegetation", "swarm behavior", etc.



An ongoing collection of t-shirt designs submitted and rated by the public. Over 30,000 designs have been submitted and rated, nearly 200 have been chosen to be printed and sold on the site.
portion from presstube




photography of various subject

Thursday, 14 April 2005

National Catholic Reporter ABUSE TRACKER
A digest of links to media coverage of clergy sexual abuse.
The writings of Charles Darwin on the web at the british museum

Charles Darwin is the father of evolutionary theory....

rightwing Creationists persistently attempt to minimize the validity of evolution theory by criticizing it as "just a theory" - using "theory" as synonymous with "conjecture" or "speculation", instead of the technical, scientifically accepted use of the word "theory" to mean a model of the world (or some portion of it) from which falsifiable hypotheses can be generated and be verified through empirical observation.

but then of course most Creationists are REALLY stupid.

"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence." (...Bertrand Russell 1872-1970)

Wednesday, 13 April 2005

child camel jockeys to be replaced by robots
contemporary Chinese artists




Wearable Robots
Robotics inventor Stephen Jacobsen demonstrates an exoskeleton that provides superhuman strength.

Robotic Legs Closer for US Soldiers, firefighters and rescue workers

springwalker video
What is popstrology?

A revolutionary method for gaining self-knowledge by examining the alignment of the pop music charts at the moment of your birth.

e.g: If you were born between January 12 and January 18, 1975, you were born under the influence of the #1 song Mandy, but in a year that was generally dominated by Elton John. In the language of popstrology, you are therefore said to be "a Barry Manilow born in the Year of Elton John."

(via transbuddha)
"The priest rules through the invention of sin." ....(Nietzsche)

jesus of the week


Jesus with a Boy

Service to God

Chantilla the Nun

The Catholic Encyclopedia

hollywood jesus

dress up jesus

The Bastard Son of the Lord

Anal Sex in Accordance with God's Will

Divine Interventions
the home of the Baby Jesus Butt Plug and more

the OFFICIAL Ted Jesus Christ GOD Site

Visions of Jesus Christ
a collection of weeping statues, weeping icons, miraculous images and a list of Catholic visionaries who are associated with Marian apparitions.

jesus christ superstore


Landover Baptist Church
The Largest, most powerful assembly of worthwhile Christians to ever exist. Unsaved are NOT WELCOME.....


Their beliefs are bonkers, but they are at the heart of power

For God's sake

"There was a time when religion ruled the world, it was called The Dark Ages."
In The Realm of the Underwhelmed
"Asian flu", killed between one and four million people in 1957 but disappeared by 1968.

Because the virus has not been in circulation since 1968, people born after that do not have antibodies against it - and current vaccines do not guard against it. "If this virus were to infect one person, it would spread very rapidly," Dr Stohr, the WHO's influenza expert, told the BBC.

so we're all thrilled to discover that between October 2004 and February of this year the College of American Pathologists sent out kits containing the virus to more than 3,700 laboratories in 18 countries.

then on April 8th the US government asked the body to write to the laboratories affected telling them to destroy the samples. The full list of countries and areas where laboratories received the virus is: Bermuda, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the US.

It is hoped the laboratories will have destroyed the vials by the end of the week. The WHO says there is no guarantee that every sample of the virus can be traced and destroyed because some of the laboratories may have sent derivatives of the sample elsewhere.


Over 200 cases of Marburg haemorrhagic fever have been reported in the Angola outbreak
Questions and Answers About Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever


A fond look back at SARS

Tuesday, 12 April 2005

Contagious Media Showdown

an open competition to see who can make the most viral website. Sign up before April 30th.
Is it a computer display or a hand woven textile?

Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance

(via near near future)
voisec is a small 4 cm audio message button. a sound recorder and player with a Capacity for 1 minute of speech with a good quality of sound, which is easy to attach to other objects and is extremely easy to use.....
the Sixties Project

primary and secondary sources for researchers, students, teachers, writers, librarians people interested in the Sixties.


the angry brigade, the weatherman, and Baader-Meinhof
Alan Mathison Turing was a British mathematician, logician, cryptographer, and war hero, and is widely credited to be the father of computers.

In 1952, his male lover helped an accomplice to break into Turing's house and commit larceny.

Turing went to the police to report the crime. As a result of the police investigation, Turing's homosexuality became public and he himself ended up being charged with "gross indecency and sexual perversion."

Following the well-publicised trial, Alan Turing was given a choice between prison or libido-reducing hormonal treatment. He chose the oestrogen hormone injections, which lasted for a year, with side effects including the development of breasts.

In 1954, Alan Turing commited suicide by biting an apple dipped in cyanide.

in her book, Zeroes and Ones, author Sadie Plant speculates that the Apple Mac logo with a bite taken out of it was a homage to Turing.

Alan Turing (June 23, 1912 - June 7, 1954)

future horizons

... Hoverboards ... Jetpacks ... Alternative Fuels ... Anti-gravity ... Bionics ... Ultrasonics ... etc


amazing patents


the M400 Skycar
personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle
random uncyclopedia page

Resource Rebels by Al Gedicks

native solidarity challenges to exploitative mining and oil corporations
the spending habits of kate bingaman

"Obsessive Consumption Version One documented all of my purchases for 28 months.... The documentation ended on April 22nd, 2004

Version Two consists of me getting out of credit card debt and documenting the process. I have committed myself to drawing (in pen and ink) all of my credit card statements (six total) every month until they are paid off . I have shifted my focus from buying to owing. Instead of asking viewers: WHAT DID YOU BUY? I am asking viewers: WHO DO YOU OWE?


eat 22
Victorian-era robots
automated wank hand
.......we propose a Charmed Uprising based on excessive languor and delivering pleasantries such as "How do you do?" and "A very good day to you, madam!" with revolutionary zeal.

Our methods will be stealth, civility and charm, our targets the behemoths of corporate blandification.........

the chap
(26 September 1946 - 9 April 2005)

.....Her mother was often ill, but her childhood in New Jersey was happy, until the age of nine, when she was sexually abused in a cinema.

From then on, it was a life full of horrors. After an anti-Vietnam protest when she was 18, she was sent to prison and was assaulted by two male prison doctors:

"They pretty much tore me up inside with a steel speculum and had themselves a fine old time verbally tormenting me as well." She bled for 15 days and her family doctor told her he had "never seen a uterus so bruised or a vagina so ripped".

She married a Dutch anarchist who beat her savagely; she managed to escape from him, she said, "not because I knew that he would kill me but because I thought I would kill him". She said that she never stopped being afraid of him.

When I asked her if her abusive ex-husband had remarried, she said: "Oh yes, and very quickly. After all, the house was getting dirty."

....("She never hated men")

She did concede, however, that her radicalism was too much for some: "I'm not saying that everybody should be thinking about this in the same way. I have a really strong belief that any movement needs both radicals and liberals. You always need women who can walk into the room in the right way, talk in the right tone of voice, who have access to power. But you also need a bottom line."

Her works were highly controversial and she was heavily criticised from both sides of the political spectrum. Her ideas were perceived as a threat to family values by the right. At the other end of the spectrum, some saw her as a proponent of censorship and as exceedingly hostile towards free expression of sex.

Her radicalism was always bracing, sometimes terrifying; and, In a world where teenage girls believe that breast implants will make them happy and where rape convictions are down to a record low of 5.6% of reported rapes; in a world where even having Botox is claimed as some kind of pseudo-feminist act, she was the real thing. Her death at the age of 58 deprives us of a truly challenging voice.....

Welcome to the Andrea Dworkin Web Site
wikipedia Dworkin

Sunday, 10 April 2005


Maybe the most curious bird of all is the Safat. She is supposed to spend all her time flying and never comes to rest. As she soars, usually high, she lays her eggs which hatch while they are falling through the air. Only the shells reach the ground, and if part of a shell is eaten by an animal, the animal will go mad.
serendipitous surfing

"BananaSlug was designed to promote serendipitous surfing. We "seed" your search with another word, chosen at random, and this accidental encounter results in pages you may have overlooked."
Free Cinema is an experiment with two goals:

1) To introduce independent filmmakers to the ideas behind the burgeoning free-culture movement.

2) To see if applying those ideas to feature filmmaking will result in something new and interesting.

To help focus our efforts, we made rules:

Rule One: No money may be spent on the production
Make a film for free, and suddenly giving it away is a lot easier.

Rule Two: The film must be copylefted
A "copyleft" means that you let anyone copy and/or make new things from your film--as long as they promise to release anything they make from it with the same terms.
high-rise structures to house the ashes of the dead

Hong Kong local authorities are considering building high-rise structures to house the ashes of the dead, because they are running out of space.

Around 30,000 people die here each year. Only one in 10 is buried. The rest are cremated and their remains placed in urns and stored in niches cut into the walls of vaults, known as columbaria. Around 12,000 so-called public niches are required each year to store urns containing ashes of the deceased.

One option being considered is high-rise columbaria. There are no details yet of how high these might be or where they will be built but time is running out.


dead sea creatures from the deep (very image heavy)
Futarchy: vote on values, but bet on beliefs

".....GDP is today the most common measure of national wealth. It seems hard for frequent travelers to escape the impression that people in high GDP nations tend to be richer and better off than those in low GDP nations. Economists thus tend to be willing to recommend policies that macroeconomic data suggest are causally related to increasing GDP.

It seems that it is not that hard to, after the fact, tell rich satisfied nations from poor miserable ones. GDP may be good enough, and with the full attention of our elected representatives, we should be able to do even better, such as by including happiness, inequality, health, leisure, and environment measures. Under futarchy we would vote on values, but bet on beliefs.
Robot Heavens and Robot Dreams

panopticon singularity

Fourteen Wild Ideas

(via reality carnival)

recycled post...

no destination in mind and no goal

A few years ago, Jeffrey Sawyer quit his job, sold all his possessions, and set out walking from Asheville, North Carolina.

He had no destination in mind and no goal except to inquire.......

After traveling as far as Minnesota, he returned to where he started. Since then, he has taken many such journeys, not only in the continental United States but in Mexico, Hawaii, and Southeast Asia. Everywhere he goes, he carries little or no money and does most of his traveling on foot.

"After a year and a half, having found that one can live a full and rich life without working, and without money, I would do odd jobs for a nominal fee a few days a month, every few months. In no city across America was I unable to make $30 in a matter of hours."
Long Road to Paradise

"Comments on politics, technology and current events from a vegan transhumanist socialist perspective"
recycled post...

Self-sustaining robot eats flies

To survive without human help, a robot needs to be able to generate its own energy.

So Chris Melhuish and his team of robotics experts at the University of the West of England in Bristol are developing a robot that catches flies and digests them in a special reactor cell that generates electricity. it will be an important step towards making robots fully autonomous.

The robot's energy source is the sugar in the polysaccharide called chitin that makes up a fly's exoskeleton.

EcoBot II digests the flies in an array of eight microbial fuel cells (MFCs), which use bacteria from sewage to break down the sugars, releasing electrons that drive an electric current.

In tests, EcoBot II travelled for five days on just eight fat flies - one in each MFC.

The robot will most likely have to attract the hapless flies by using a stinking lure concocted from human excrement...
Ted Nelson

Ted Nelson's Four Maxims: "Most people are fools, most authority is malignant, god does not exist, and everything is wrong."

Ted Nelson is a somewhat controversial figure in the computing world. For thirty-something years he has been having grand ideas but has never seen them through to completed projects. His biggest project, Xanadu, was to be a world-wide electronic publishing system that would have created a sort of universal libary for the people.

He is known for coining the term "hypertext." He is also seen as something of a radical figure, opposing authority and tradition. He has been called "one of the most influential contrarians in the history of the information age."

In medieval legend, a demon who collects all the words skipped over or mutilated by priests in the celebration of the Mass.


A man who published jokes about the Pope's death on the Lyneham village website, Wiltshire uk, has been threatened with an antisocial behaviour order (asbo)....

In English lore, headless cannibals. They have a little brain located near their reproductive organs, their eyes are in his their shoulders and their mouths are in the center of their chests. The were made popular by William Shakespeare in Merry Wives of Windsor (1602) and Othello (1605), but were part of English lore before that.

Saturday, 9 April 2005

tramp juice
christian shirts
advanced masturbation

(via b3ta)
The eternal sunrise of the paranoid eye
50 people see...

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less."

"The question is," said Alice, "whether you CAN make words mean so many different things."

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "who is to be master, that's all."

(...Lewis Carroll,Through the Looking Glass)

club yaourt

(via screenhead)
clayton brothers
the mermecolion

The mermecolion has the head of a lion on the body of an ant and its genitalia are backwards. The lion head would want to eat meat, but the ant body could not digest it, so these creatures would die shortly after birth.
Images pulled from man's past, then corrected into sickeningly beautiful beings....

... If they don't tumble we don't sell them..

Friday, 8 April 2005


(via growabrain)
Sony Corp. has been granted a patent for beaming sensory information directly into the brain.

The technique could be used to create videogames or TV programmes and would aim ultrasonic pulses at specific areas of the brain to induce "sensory experiences" such as smells, sounds and images.

"The pulsed ultrasonic signal alters the neural timing in the cortex," the patent states. "No invasive surgery is needed to assist a person, such as a blind person, to view live and/or recorded images or hear sounds."

Niels Birbaumer, a neuroscientist at the University of Tuebingen in Germany, has looked at the Sony patent and "found it plausible." Birbaumer himself has developed a device that enables disabled people to communicate by reading their brain waves.

So far no experiments has been conducted, and the patent is meraly "based on an inspiration that this may someday be the direction that technology will take us."

(via... near near future / reuters / endgadget)
The late R. Buckminster Fuller - architect, engineer, poet, mathematician and gadfly - used to astonish audiences by remarking casually in the middle of a lecture that everything we see is inside our heads....
Insect Porn


Sculptural Work in Collaboration with Trichoptera
Since the early 1980s, artist Hubert Duprat has been utilizing insects to construct some of his sculptures. By removing caddis fly larvae from their natural habitat and providing them with precious materials, he prompts them to manufacture cases that resemble jewelers' creations.

Information theory, as explained by biologists such as Jacques Monod and Henri Atlan, helps us understand what seems to be the insect's aesthetic behavior. The activities of the caddis worm, as manipulated by Hubert Duprat, are prompted by the "noise" ... beads, pearls and 18-karat gold pieces ... introduced by the artist into the insect's environment. it poses questions about man's view of art, about what is manufactured and what is ”naturally” created.

Reference Library of Digitized Insect Sounds

New networks mimic the behavior of insects and bacteria
"Drawing heavily on the chemistry of biology, researchers from Humboldt University in Germany have devised a way for electronic agents to efficiently assemble a network without relying on a central plan.

The researchers modeled their idea on the methods of insects and other life forms whose communications lack central planning, but who manage to form networks when individuals secrete and respond to chemical trails.

The researchers found that what works for ants and bacteria also works for autonomous pieces of computer code.

The work could eventually be used for self-assembling circuits, groups of coordinated robots and adaptive cancer treatments, according to Schweitzer."

World's Oldest Genitals Found in Scotland belonging to 400 million-year-old harvestmen insects, commonly known as a daddy-long-legs, ... in ancient rocks in Scotland.


Iowa State University's Tasty Insect Recipes


Tuesday, 5 April 2005

new Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to the earth and to the flora, fauna and human life that it supports, one planet indivisible, with safe air, water & soil, economic justice, equal rights and peace for all.
(.....Author unknown)

Why media ownership matters

Media monopoly and militarism go hand in hand

George Bush must have been delighted to learn from a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll that 56 percent of Americans still think Iraq had weapons of mass destruction before the start of the war, while six in 10 said they believe Iraq provided direct support to the al-Qaida terrorist network .... notions that have long since been thoroughly debunked by everyone else.

Why? Because rather than challenge the fraudulent claims of the Bush administration, we've had a media acting as a conveyor belt for the government's lies.

As the Pentagon has learned, deploying the American media is more powerful than any bomb. The explosive effect is amplified as a few pro-war, pro-government media moguls consolidate their grip over the majority of news outlets.......


"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have."
(....Richard Salant, former President of CBS News)

best summed up by the Nazi propagandist, Goebbels, when he said:"We do not talk to say something, but to obtain a certain effect".

Blair government worked with Murdoch's tabloid the Sun to manage news

you don't need a covert conspiracy of like mindedness among media employees. Instead we live in an an era of network news cutbacks and staff layoffs, resulting in too many reporters being reluctant to pursue stories they know will upset management. "People are more careful now," remarked a former NBC news producer, reporters have mortgages and bills to pay....

What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream
People who have independent ideas or who think the wrong kind of thoughts are cut out.

When you critique someone working in the mainstream media they tend to get very angry and defensive. They say, quite correctly, "nobody ever tells me what to write. I write anything I like. All this business about pressures and constraints is nonsense because I'm never under any pressure."

Which is completely true, but the point is that they wouldn't be there unless they had already demonstrated that nobody has to tell them what to write because they are going to say the right thing.

If they had started off at the Metro desk, or something, and had pursued the wrong kind of stories, they never would have made it to the positions where they can now say anything they like. They have been through the socialization system.

"You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month." said a CIA operative in discussion with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories.

Reporters Without Borders accuses US military of deliberately firing at journalists to dissuade or prevent journalists from continuing to report on what is happening in Baghdad,"

"Very many non-embedded journalists have complained about being refused entry to Iraq from Kuwait, threatened with withdrawal of accreditation and being held and interrogated for several hours...."

They're Throwing Journalists Into Jail In The USA

Mass media failed the public on Iraq
Instead of filling the void with serious, skeptical journalism, most newspapers and television news programs provided jingoistic and nationalistic coverage in the aftermath of the attacks. They echoed the administration's simplistic "good versus evil" calculations, which served the interests of the neoconservatives in the White House who wanted to wage expansionist wars.

Too many journalists, under pressure to appear "patriotic," practiced stenography to power - repeating administration pronouncements without serious questioning or analysis.

US journalists too timid and too commercially controlled
The vast majority of reporters - 86% - now believe commercial pressures have meant the US news media avoid complex issues, 50% feel that the growth of 24-hour news services has weakened journalism, 56% believe the country's press is too timid and 52% believe reporting is "increasingly sloppy".

"We don't ask 'why' - or 'why not' - nearly as much as we should, particularly when covering our government," a reporter from the local press said

RSF says that "arrests of journalists and censorship of media reached a record high in 2003," and that this is "undoubtedly linked to the fight against terrorism and to anti-terror laws adopted by some countries since the 11 September attacks".

propaganda and "objectivity"
Arguments that "pure" news cannot be propaganda are untenable. Propaganda is most effective when it is unrecognised, and when people come across a factual, informative statement they are off guard and believe it cannot be propaganda. And if they can be made to think that the views they hold are their own, arrived at without outside interference, so much the better.

John Swinton, the former Chief of Staff of the the New York Times, called by his peers, "The Dean of His Profession," was asked in 1953 to give a toast before the NY Press Club; and this is what he said....

"There is no such thing at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.

There is not one of you that dares to write his honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.

I am paid weekly for keeping my opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.

If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

The business of journalists is to destroy truth; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

We are tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."


Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged TV News
Prepackaged television news segments were broadcast on local stations without any acknowledgement of the government’s role in their production. At least 20 federal agencies have made and distributed hundreds of television news segments in the past four years. Bush Now Produces His Own Ready-to-Broadcast Propaganda -- just in case Faux News and the other media outlets don't get his spin quite right. Now your station doesn't need any reporters or any news budget whatever. Just roll the prepackaged government productions. And if you're smart, you can even get kickbacks from the government for doing so

..."Let America realize that self-scrutiny is not treason. Self-examination is not disloyalty. "
(....Richard Cardinal Cushing)


the pharmaceutical industry is now the third most profitable in the UK, behind tourism and finance. Too many drugs are being prescribed to patients before the full side-effects are known, MPs have warned. drug firms had become increasingly focused on marketing and some GPs had been too easily influenced by promotions. negative clinical trial results were being suppressed and there was a risk trials which produced positive results were not adequately designed.



9/11 and the arms trade

One week after 9/11, Richard Aboulafia, senior military analyst with the aerospace and defence consultancy Teal Group, said the attacks were "all good things for the defence industry".

Gideon Burrows wrote: "Like most people, I remember exactly where I was when I first heard that terrorists had flown aeroplanes into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. I was outside a huge arms exhibition in London's Docklands, where 14 Middle Eastern nations were shopping for weapons. While events across the world were cancelled out of respect for the thousands of dead, arms buyers continued doing weapons deals in London for a further three days."

european arms exports threatening global security

EU arms, security equipment and services are contributing to grave human rights abuses and the scale of potential abuse is now enormous. The major EU arms exporting countries - France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United Kingdom - account for one third of the world's arms deals. With ten new Member States, the EU now has over 400 small arms companies in 23 countries, almost as many as the USA.

One third of countries spend more on the military than they do on health-care services. Nearly half (42 per cent) of countries with the highest defence burden rank among the lowest in human development.

Top Ten War Profiteers of 2004

" I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street."
....General Smedley D. Butler, former U.S. Marine Commandant, November 1935

At a glance: the International Arms Trade

guardian arms trade report

Global Death Penalty at record levels

China carried out more executions than all other countries combined. Iran came second in Amnesty International's table of executions, followed by Vietnam. The US came fourth. During 2004, more than 3,797 people were executed in 25 countries and at least 7,395 were sentenced to death in 64 countries,

"It is worrying that the vast majority of those executed in the world did not have fair trials. Many were convicted on the basis of ’evidence’ extracted under torture." under torture you will tell them anything they want to hear in order to stop the pain.

The 3,797 executions in 2004 were the second-largest annual total in the last 25 years, Amnesty International said. the numbers represented the minimum number of executions it could confirm. Many countries continue to execute people in secret.

"There is so much evidence that the death penalty is being applied unfairly, the very possibility of executing anybody who is innocent is reason not to have it," said Sarah Green, a spokeswoman for Amnesty in London,.

And she cited a question former UK Prime Minister Ted Heath asked of death penalty supporters: "The real test is, is that person willing to be the innocent one who is executed?"

in 2004, Ryan Matthews became the 115th prisoner in the USA since 1973 to be released from death row on the grounds of innocence. He had been sentenced to death in Louisiana in 1999 for a murder committed when he was 17 years old. His death sentence was overturned in April 2004 after an appeal judge found that the prosecution had suppressed evidence at the trial, and on the basis of DNA evidence that pointed to another person as being the murderer.

The Death Penalty
NCADP: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
Death Penalty Information Center

World Organisation Against Torture


Human rights climate 'worst in 50 years'
Amnesty International Report 2004

"Governments are losing their moral compass, sacrificing the global values of human rights in a blind pursuit of security. This failure of leadership is a dangerous concession to armed groups," said Irene Khan, the secretary general of Amnesty International.

"The global security agenda promoted by the US administration is bankrupt of vision and bereft of principle. Violating human rights at home, turning a blind eye to abuses abroad and using pre-emptive military force where and when it chooses has damaged justice and freedom, and made the world a more dangerous place."

International human rights standards continued to be flouted in the name of the "war on terror", resulting in thousands of women and men suffering unlawful detention, unfair trial and torture – often solely because of their ethnic or religious background.

Around the world, more than a billion people's lives were ruined by extreme poverty and social injustice while governments continued to spend freely on arms.

america is the world's biggest arms profiteer.

Monday, 4 April 2005

modern living from

You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.
Everyone LOVES a clown



Sex-crazed, psychotic clowns

dressed in their clown trappings.... "We picked an office building," recalls Perrick aka Fucko the clown. "And in the middle of the afternoon went floor to floor, into different offices, saying, 'We're here for John's birthday!' We'd wander into these meetings where there'd be twenty or thirty suits sitting around a table with donuts.

"We'd steal the donuts, do cartwheels. Chuckles, this girl clown, would rip off her top and rub her tits in some guy's face. The suits would go nuts. All of a sudden, we'd ask, 'Whose birthday is this?' No one would raise a hand. Then we'd start beating each other up, saying, 'You got the wrong floor!' Meanwhile, we've moved on to the next level. We did eight floors before we got thrown out of the building."


porn clown posse

stop clown porn now

evil clown generator
anti-clown community and the official site for people who are afraid of or just plain hate evil, creepy clowns.
(also the official site for people who are annoyed by, or just plain hate, mimes.)

Creepy Clown vs The Dancing Baby
the american conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s

The paranoia films of the 1970s took the suspicion of our political institutions and ran with it, in the process creating one of the most exciting, unnerving, and important bodies of art in mainstream American cinema....

plus... the movie poster weblog
Modified Magazine Covers
nineteenth-century children's magazines


Misty, 4th February 1978 - 12th January 1980

(via grow-a-brain)
don't let stark health warnings take the fun out of smoking

......we sell cigarette stickers and packet covers to replace the health warnings on UK cigarette packets. including...

- you could get hit by a bus tomorrow
- smoking is cool
- smoking makes you look sexy

- smoking supports the NHS

- it might never happen

- it's ok, I'm not pregnant
- non-smokers may causes irritation
- my gran smokes 40 a day and she's 93


- you've got to die of something

The stickers are approximately 54mm x 47mm, which fits a standard UK pack of 20
While preparing to film a movie entitled A Night in Casablanca, the Marx brothers received a letter from Warner Bros. threatening legal action if they did not change the film's title. Warner Bros. deemed the film's title too similar to their own Casablanca, released almost five years earlier in 1942, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. In response Groucho Marx dispatched the following letter to the studio's legal department....
"I can't believe that!" said Alice.

"Can't you?" the queen said in a pitying tone. "Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes."

Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things."

"I dare say you haven't had much practice," said the queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
uk election fraud

"The system is wide open to fraud and any would-be political fraudster knows that," Judge Mawrey said.

Judge Mawrey said evidence of "massive, systematic and organised fraud" in the campaign had made a mockery of the election and ruled that not less than 1,500 votes had been cast fraudulently in the city of Birmingham.

The Electoral Reform Society said urgent action was needed to protect and maintain confidence in the voting system.


One in 10 research scientists is under pressure to tailor findings to suit the work's sponsor

More than 10% of scientists have been asked by their commercial backer to tailor their research conclusions to meet the sponsor's requirements, according to a uk survey of university and government laboratories. Women are more likely to be targeted than men...

"Any request to falsify results brings science into disrepute, threatens the integrity of scientific advice to government and damages public trust in government itself. Science, above all else, is about a pursuit for the truth."

"The fact that many researchers are also on fixed-term contracts and whose continued employment also relies on the funding of the research is not good for those staff, or for the long-term future of British research.

Sunday, 3 April 2005

TransVision05, July 22-24: Caracas, Venezuela, South America

"TransVision 2005 will be the first transhumanist conference held in South America and in the developing world. TransVision 2005 will be jointly hosted by the Venezuelan Transhumanist Association (VTA is the first official and most active Latin American WTA chapter) and the World Future Society Venezuela (WFSV). Sessions will be held in English, even though there will be a substantial number of local participants, who will mostly be proficient in English. (The pre-conference courses will have simultaneous translation since the audience might be more local.)"

World Transhumanist Association
Asociación Transhumanista Internacional

Saturday, 2 April 2005

Extreme Trophy Hunting Advocate Named Acting Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Matthew J. Hogan to be acting director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Hogan was formerly the chief lobbyist for Safari Club International (SCI), an extreme trophy hunting organization that advocates the killing of rare species around the world.

"Having a Safari Club lobbyist in charge, even temporarily, of the federal agency that is supposed to protect endangered species is precisely the wrong course to pursue for any Administration,"

The Arizona-based SCI has made a name for itself as one of the most extreme and elite trophy hunting organizations, representing some 40,000 wealthy trophy collectors, fostering and promoting competitive trophy hunting of exotic animals on five continents. SCI members shoot prescribed lists of animals to win so-called Grand Slam and Inner Circle titles. There's the Africa Big Five (leopard, elephant, lion, rhino, and buffalo), the North American Twenty Nine (all species of bear, bison, sheep, moose, caribou, and deer), Big Cats of the World, Antlered Game of the Americas, and many other contests.

To complete all 29 award categories, a hunter must kill a minimum of 322 separate species and sub-species-enough to populate a large zoo. This is an extremely expensive and lengthy task, and many SCI members take the quick and easy route to see their names in the record books. They shoot captive animals in canned hunts, both in the United States and overseas, and some engage in other unethical conduct like shooting animals over bait, from vehicles, with spotlights, or on the periphery of national parks.

SCI members have even tried to circumvent federal laws to import their rare trophies from other countries. Prominent SCI hunter Kenneth E. Behring donated $100 million to the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum and, according to published reports, tried to get the museum's help in importing a rare Kara Tau argali sheep which he shot in Kazakhstan and had shipped to a Canadian taxidermist-one of only 100 Kara Tau argali sheep remaining in the world. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, now under Hogan's watch, is the agency charged with granting or denying such trophy import permits.

"The Fish and Wildlife Service should police trophy hunters and others who seek to harm wildlife," added Pacelle. "They should not act as a procurement agency for people who simply wish to shoot rare animals as a means of improving their standing in the competitive world of trophy hunting."


Full text of Human Rights Record of the US in 2004

"It is quite ironic that on Feb. 28 of this year, the State Department of the United States once again posed as the "the world human rights police" and released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2004. As in previous years, the reports pointed fingers at human rights situation in more than 190 countries and regions (including China) but kept silent on the US misdeeds in this field. Therefore, the world people have to probe the human rights record behind the Statue of Liberty in the United States...."
pope pic

.....we've all heard the rumour that in his younger days, when he was just plain Karol Joseph Wojtyla, "Pope John Paul II sold cyanide gas to the Nazis." what is certain (confirmed in the vatican's own online biography) is that between 1942-44 he worked in the Solvay chemical factory..... (aswell as being active with an "underground theater troupe" "performing in clandestine theatres")

it will most likely remain unknown wether or not young Karol Joseph Wojtyla was involved in the supply of Zyklon B, the deadly cyanide gas, to the Nazi extermination camps (see IG Farben). but it is indisputable that in his later major performance as Pope John Paul II, one of the most recognized and influential people in the world, he failed to prevent the deaths of millions of his followers, because the Pope Rejected Condoms As a Counter to AIDS. the stubborn stupid old cunt.

There are more than 122 million Catholics in Africa alone...
Whenever the Pope visited them he explained that the only acceptable form of family planning is strict sexual abstinence. Although sub-Saharan Africa is home to 10% of the world's population, it now accounts for some two-thirds of all those living with HIV. Rates of infection vary widely. As a result, life expectancy has fallen below 40 years in nine countries - worst affected being Zambia (32.7 years) and Zimbabwe (33.9 years) - according to UN data. Millions of children have lost one or both parents. the vatican itself reportred in 2003 that according to one estimate, by 2010 in Africa alone there will be 40 million AIDS orphans

and lets not forget...

Pope calls for halt to 'evil' gay marriages
The Vatican urged Catholic politicians to actively campaign against legalising gay marriages which it said were "evil, deviant and posed a grave threat to society."

The papal note says people extending cohabitation rights "need to be reminded that the approval or legalisation of evil is something far different from the toleration of evil".

In his last book, "Memory and Identity", John Paul II described same-sex marriage as part of "a new ideology of evil" that is insidiously menacing society. In a chapter dealing with the role of lawmakers, the pope referred to the "pressures" on the European Parliament to permit same-sex marriage. Reuters quotes the pope as writing, "It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against man."

and we can doubtless expect more of the same or worse, especially as another author of the vatican's global campaign against gay marriages is a favourite to replace John Paul II. step forward the anti semetic, gay bashing, ex-hitler youth, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Bavaria, who is arguably the next most powerful man in the Roman Catholic Church today. (see "popebitch" for a hint of potential dirt on him). Despite leaving the Nazis in 1945, Ratzinger is famed for maintaining harshly right wing ideals, and is nicknamed "the enforcer" in the Vatican City.
(Cardinal Ratzinger: The Vatican's Enforcer of the Faithby John Allen)

here we should pause a moment to reflect upon the legacy of a previous incarnation of the pope .......

Vatican told bishops to cover up sex abuse
The 69-page Latin document dates back to 1962 bearing the seal of Pope John XXIII. it was sent to every bishop in the world. The instructions outline a policy of 'strictest' secrecy in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse and threatens those who speak out with excommunication. They also call for the victim to take an oath of secrecy at the time of making a complaint to Church officials. It is a devious attempt to conceal criminal conduct and is a blueprint for deception and concealment.

a policy of secrecy which more recently (2002-DEC-14) enabled cardinal ratzinger (yes him again) to accuse the U.S. media of distortion with regards to child sexual abuse in the catholic church: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told journalists: "I am personally convinced that the constant presence in the press of the sins of Catholic priests, especially in the United States, is a planned campaign, as the percentage of these offences among priests is not higher than in other categories, and perhaps it is even lower... In the United States, there is constant news on this topic, but less than 1% of priests are guilty of acts of this type...The constant presence of these news items does not correspond to the objectivity of the information nor to the statistical objectivity of the facts. Therefore, one comes to the conclusion that it is intentional, manipulated, that there is a desire to discredit the Church. It is a logical and well-founded conclusion."

Psychologist A.W. Richard Sipe told NCR (the National Catholic Reporter) he doubts the accuracy of Ratzinger's pronouncement that "less than 1 percent" of priests is guilty of abuse. Sipe said the bishops' office in Washington has in the past created such statistics by only including priests whose history of abuse has become public knowledge and withholding information about "a number of offenders who are not publicly known."

Sipe, whose years of study of sexuality and the priesthood have led him to estimate that between 4 and 5 percent of U.S. priests have sexually abused minors, said that Ratzinger's comments miss "the core of the problem. The core is the revelation of systemic corruption. It isn't about bad priests. It is about a system that is hypocritical at its core. The faithful are up in arms because the system builds on and fosters a kind of hypocrisy."

more specifically when a number of abuse-survivors tried a last ditch effort, taking the unusual step of filing a lawsuit in the Vatican's secretive court, the men say their effort was blocked by one of the most powerful cardinals in the Vatican.

The accusers say Vatican-based Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger quietly made the lawsuit go away and shelved it. There was no investigation and the accusers weren't asked a single question or asked for a statement.

and finally, that nazi/catholic connection yet again...

A Moral Reckoning : The Role of the Catholic Church in the Holocaust and Its Unfulfilled Duty of Repair by Daniel J Goldhagen accuses the Roman Catholic Church of providing the intellectual stimulus for Nazism and the Holocaust. the book includes photographs of ranks of Roman Catholic nuns marching in unison on parade together with Nazi troops and lines of Roman Catholic priests giving the Nazi salute. The basic denigration of the Jews, a process taught, accepted and practiced by the Catholic Church, is shown to have prepared the way and indeed created a climate that facilitated the operation of the Nazi plan for Jewish genocide.


Narratives About The Popes Of Rome
"So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence."

(...Bertrand Russell 1872-1970)
future man
god of the month...

Abrasax / Abraxas


jesus of the week
the celebrity atheist list

collection of notable individuals who have been public about their lack of belief in deities
movie: Despotism

(via the internet archive)
men in cages


recycled post...

feral fiction

words raised by wolves
recycled post...


Friday, 1 April 2005

movie: We Have Decided Not to Die

word news

a software by Benjamin Fischer that analyses and displays current news headlines of several leading international news sources. Words that occur more frequently are shown larger, generating a kind of "word-carpet" where some words are more accentuated than others.

(via near near future)
recycled post... presents The Grocery List Collection

(via the Museum of online museums)

Listen to Frank Zappa read The Talking Asshole from William S. Burroughs Naked Lunch

" you know, I'm not the kind of a person that reads books, I've said this before many times, I'm not fond of reading. But, I do, I have in the past made exceptions, and uh, one of these exceptions was this part of the, the book that, I'm sure you know, called Naked Lunch, and I've received permission to read the part about the talking asshole. So . . ."


Listen to Your Anus by Brian Kimmel


Ten Rules of Anal Sex

Anal Sex in Accordance with God's Will
family of breath via the fulifier

or fulifier your own page


family of breath, the honduran connections:

1... "Below is a cache of http://www. -Honduran_bus_attack_boosts_criminals_war.html. It's a snapshot of the page taken as our search engine crawled the Web."

"Honduran bus attack boosts criminals' war"
"..... Argentinian and Israeli terrorists helped the Honduran military refine when legions FAMILY OF BREATH a blog by russell higgs ATTACH ATTACHED ATTACHING ATTACHMENT ATTACK ATTACKED ATTACKING BOOSTER BOOSTERS BOOSTING 39 EM 39 N A A 39 S AA 39 S AS AARON ABANDON ABANDONED ABANDONING 12 1999...."


2... "Eggs in Honduras and Honduras Eggs with on-line Honduras."
"Eggs in Honduras , on-line Honduras guide to all the best local Honduras Eggs ,honduras. ... FAMILY OF BREATH ... a blog by russell higgs. russell higgs lives in an east london housing estate and writes about ... - 31k - Cached - More from this site"
"Send me a picture of your Coffeemaker"

(via growabrain)


one word
"Look Up More"

"I figured if one girl in one window had been so fascinating to look at, it would be incredible to see someone dancing in every single window in the building...."


rocks shaped like shoes
Toy Robots
art in cities