illegal, schemegal

US Guantanamo tribunals ‘illegal

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Bush administration does not have the authority to try terrorism suspects by military tribunal.

Justices upheld the challenge by Osama Bin Laden’s ex-driver to his trial at Guantanamo, saying the proceedings violated Geneva Conventions.

Of course, Bush doesn’t reckon this means they should be released or anything.

(via no right turn)

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This documentary sounds interesting: America: From Freedom to Fascism

“The scariest damn film you’ll see this year. It will leave you staggering out of the theatre, slack-jawed and trembling. Makes ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ look like ‘Bambi.'”

Generally purports to be a non partisan investigation of the structures of American government and finding much that is dubious and illegal. (Actually, this sort of thing is the basis of the thing I’m writing at the moment :))

One of the things I gleaned from the site is the notion that the USA has some kind of mandatory RFID identity card coming in 2008. It seems like I should have already known that.

(via post-atomic)

wild zero and other

movies i saw lately.

Wild Zero

Woooooooooooooooooohaaaaaaaaaaaa.

The only thing cooller than this movie is the fact that the band in it are real.

It took the Japanese to make the greatest rock and roll / gangster / hermaphrodite love story / zombie movie of all time. (All because Troma never made a movie starring the Ramones, I guess.)

Too much cool. The flaming exhaust pipes. The way Guitar Wolf is never without his guitar. Every line of rock n roll philosophy. (“Love has no borders, nationalities or genders!” Delivered screaming.) The great hair. The exploding heads. The psycho in the wig and hotpants.The magic picks. The sword guitar destroying the UFO.

Trash like you’ve never seen.

Recommended. *Especially* stoned.

Van Helsing

Mindless quasi fun. Aspires to be maundering idiot drivel. Kate Beckinsdale wears a heavy accent and tight corset. Hugh Jackman kills things and gets wolfy. The sidekick has all the good lines. Somehow the ending, which in any movie where you cared about the leads would have been devastating, was really empty.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Mos Def was really cool for the first twenty minutes. Sam Rockwell was fun for the first twenty minutes. The bits that were from the book were mostly pretty good. The bits that weren’t were sort of okay. Hopefully a new generation will read the books instead.

Azumi

Felt like it was straight from the pages of a comic. All the main characters looked like comic book characters. Orphans trained as assassins go off beyond the mountain to carry out the mission they have been trained their whole lives for. Really harsh scene early on when their final test is to pair up with their favourite trainee and kill them. Generally fun martial arts slaughter, though very dark. Azumi seems to be a school girl with a sword.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Inventive, intelligent, well done, twisty love head trip. Carey and Winslett are actually good, cast against type. Liked it.

now this is weird

Some random Hungarians have created a real time world disaster map with flashing lights and everything, offered in English and Magyar. What was weird was finding out via this about a “chemical accident” 30 miles away from me yesterday. Okay, so it was a gas leak. But still. How the hell did they know? This electric technological stuff is strange…

when time becomes a loop

Israel invades Gaza. Tanks and troops and airstrikes.

test tube meat

Comin’ at ya.

Chomp

…the easiest way to create edible tissue is to grow “meat sheets,” which are layers of animal muscle and fat cells stretched out over large flat sheets made of either edible or removable material. The meat can then be ground up or stacked or rolled to get a thicker cut.

Chomp

“To produce the meat we eat now, 75 (percent) to 95 percent of what we feed an animal is lost because of metabolism and inedible structures like skeleton or neurological tissue,” says Matheny. “With cultured meat, there’s no body to support; you’re only building the meat that eventually gets eaten.”

Chomp.

“Cultured meat isn’t natural, but neither is yogurt,” says Matheny. “And neither, for that matter, is most of the meat we eat. Cramming 10,000 chickens in a metal shed and dosing them full of antibiotics isn’t natural. I view cultured meat like hydroponic vegetables. The end product is the same, but the process used to make it is different. Consumers accept hydroponic vegetables. Would they accept hydroponic meat?”

Oddly, I left out most of the disturbing bits.

fluffy bunnies

Maybe things around here have gotten too serious lately. Maybe we need fluffy bunnies.

fluffy bunny

if you want a description of the future

try this.

It’s a description of the high-tech security sales video an Israeli security firm (who go by the cute name NICE) is shopping around the West. Just go and read it.

I’m not sure how paranoid and fearful you would have to be to accept this as normal.
(I am sure how paranoid and fearful you would have to be to think this has terrifying potential for abuse and stifling freedom and dissent.)

Of course, we should have expected that the offer of a boot stamping on the human face has been spun as “policing with a more human face”.

World Trade centre controlled demolition

Scientific Analysis Proves Towers Brought Down By Incendiaries

Scientific analysis on WTC steel debris undertaken by BYU Professor Steven Jones proves that the twin towers were demolished by means of incendiary devices and the release of the conclusive evidence is imminent.

Hmm. We’ll see.

Can’t blog, gigging. By the way, tonight’s gig is free, at Imerst, a new venue (ex-Stage/Phoenix). Seems the dance scene has died and the dancehalls are tuning into the band scene.

US missile defence system goes live

Well, shit.

A few years back the USA unilaterally reneged on the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, a hallmark of the cold-war era, whose purpose was to prevent anyone being able to tip the scales of Mutually Assured Destruction. Basically, if you can shoot down your opponents missiles, and they can’t shoot down yours, you may be tempted to think a massive nuclear strike is survivable. More a less a prerequisite for sanity would be understanding that anything which makes the use of nuclear weapons more appealling should be avoided.

When the US abandoned the ABM treaty, much wailing and gnashing of teeth ensued about the likely resurgence of a global arms race. Fortunately, the repeated failed tests and enormous expense of the ABM system seemed to make it a moot point, despite the clear enthusiasm to get it going regardless.

So now apparently the USA has activated a missile defense system, allegedly due to fear of threats from North Korea testing a missile that may be capable of reaching Alaska. (Remember, the US maintains a military presence over most of the globe, and possesses the ability to bomb any country in the world, and has bombed more countries than any other nation since WW2). ((Oh, and look, US rejects N Korea’s offer of talks over missile test. Gee. Anyone pursuing their agenda at all costs?))

“There’s real caution in how to characterize it so as to not be provocative in our own approach,” the defense official said of the move to activate the system.

The world just became less secure. A peaceful world just became less likely. Unless you count a quasi-fascist pax-Amerikana rule by the gun. But then, everyone in the world who doesn’t want that just got more motivated to bring it down by any means. This move will increase terrorism.

“The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” Princess Leia to Vader.

(Yeah, I can’t believe I quote Star Wars either. This is the lengths we go to to communicate with the masses…)

Out of curiousity, has this come through to anyone’s awareness through a normal mainstream media news source?

Hakim Bey

Unexpectedly got given a burnt CD of TAZ by Hakim Bey the other day (cheers, Michael), and found myself listening to it after ripping it. It’s good stuff, better than I remember, but still I recall feeling it was a shame that TAZ was what he was best known for when other stuff he’d done seemed better to me.

Particularly Millenium. Which you can read/download free here.

The concept of the Temporary Autonomous Zone is a cool one, don’t get me wrong. There’s just a lot more that his thought touches on in later works. While his prose is often something of a tangled self-indulgent spot-the-reference literary in-joke, there is also a real acuity at play if you can see past the stylistics and embrace the energy.

If you’re interested in freeing up your mental associations and maybe being inspired to indulge in some constructive spiritual anarchy, he’s well worth a look.

More or less everything he wrote is free online here.

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