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Archive for June 2005

Sued Underpants

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It is reported that Saddam Hussein wants to sue The Sun over pictures of him in his underpants.

I think that such dictators should be routinely humiliated or worst.

They live and thrive on power so the more embarrassment the better and NO they are not victims, after murdering millions they are war criminals and deserve whatever they get.

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30/06/2005 at 23:27

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Googling the Earth

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Google has recently released a new version of their Google Earth product.

There are several versions but the home use one is fun.

It saves having to look up things in an atlas, and can be downloaded from here

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30/06/2005 at 09:47

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Firewalls To Go

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My favourite anti-virus software people, Grisoft, have just released a combo anti-viral and firewall product: AVG Anti-Virus plus Firewall Edition

I have not tested yet but will update when I do.

It will be interesting to compare it with ZoneAlarm freeware version

Grisoft offer a freeware version of their standard anti-virus scanner: AVG Free Edition

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29/06/2005 at 21:23

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New Popinjays

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Whilst I was never in favour of the invasion of Iraq, I do find that the
Drink-soaked Trotskyite Popinjays For WAR are sometimes very amusing.

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28/06/2005 at 23:00

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Site of the Week 2

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I have always liked Orwell’s writtings, in particular Down and Out in London and Paris.

His Homage to Catalonia is a bitting indicment of pre-WW2 Stalinism, best read with any of Paul Preston’s fine works.

Therefore, it is with great pleasure I present two sites of the week:

http://www.k-1.com/Orwell/

http://orwell.ru/

On-line copies of his work can be found on these sites.

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27/06/2005 at 18:30

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Shock! Horror! They are Nazis!

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Officially, and finally it has been acknowledged that the BNP are Nazis, as if we didn’t know, but still:

a landmark ruling by the Standards Board for England, other politicians can refer to them as “Nazis”.

The decision came after the BNP complained about comments made by Liberal Democrat councillor Gavin Stollar of Epping Forest Council.”

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24/06/2005 at 20:30

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Found Out?

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Having completed the Feminist Test, I ‘scored':

“Gender-Liberal
You scored 66% Gender-Abolitionist, 60% Sexually Liberal, and 40 % Socialist

You are the Gender-Liberal. This means that you share qualities with both Liberal Feminists and Gender Abolitionists. Like the Liberal Feminist..”

and it goes on and on.

“You scored higher than 53% on Gender
You scored higher than 7% on Sexuality
You scored higher than 46% on Class”

Shame, the questions on the feminist test sounds like they were constructed by Post-Modernist graduate, I am sure that the campaign for plain English would be very annoyed.

I should never have read my old girlfriend’s Spare Rib look at the after effects!

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23/06/2005 at 22:46

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One Down and Now the Rest

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The Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen is to be jailed for 60 years for his part in the murder of civil rights activists, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner in 1964, finally.

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23/06/2005 at 16:32

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Galloway the Cur

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George Galloway is a contemptible cur. He was happy to stoke communal tension during the general election and attack Oona King, a black Jewish MP

Now Louise Ellman, the Jewish MP for Riverside, Liverpool as being called ‘Israel’s MP on Merseyside’.

There is no depth to which he will not plummet, his Middle-Eastern paymasters must be very happy.

Galloway is another demagogue and very much like a modern day Oswald Mosley, with his new party, Respect/SWP

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22/06/2005 at 19:48

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Mozilla Firefox 1.0.5 Test Builds Available

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Mozilla is gearing up for the release of Mozilla Firefox 1.0.5 with test builds available now

Use them but take care

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22/06/2005 at 19:17

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Take Me to Your leader

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As the Tory leadership election contest comes nearer I begin to get a happy feeling.

The reason? addiction!

The Tories seem addicted to picking losers for leaders: William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith. Oh and the current one (I almost forgot him) Michael Howard.

And I’m hoping that they pick David Davies or some other incapable nonentity.

Sadly, it does seem unlikely that the Tory party will implode after a string of incompetent and ineffective leaders, but we can live in hopes.

Always look on the bright side of life!

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21/06/2005 at 22:55

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Klans Man Guilty

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Klans man, Edgar Ray Killen has been found guilty of manslaughter, the burning issues of justice delayed was partially satisfied

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21/06/2005 at 16:44

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Radio 4

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Via Eric, there is a series on Radio 4 concerning Saudi Arabia.

Listen again to it via Saudi Stories

Best with Real Alternative

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21/06/2005 at 11:22

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Lipstadt in the Blogosphere

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If you are interested in history, or worried about the sickening phenomena of holocaust denial and the rise of the extreme right, I would suggest reading Deborah Lipstadt’s blog

Additionally, see the page on “David Irving is one of the most insidious of Holocaust deniers.” from the Holocaust History Project.

Background information on David Irving
from the Nizkor Project and The Guardian
(Best avoid the fpp sites at the bottom of The Guardian page, unless you want to study his lunacy up close).

See David Irving’s secret backers and have laugh at Irving goes bankrupt

Update 1: Holocaust Denial On Trial web site, very good coverage.

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20/06/2005 at 19:07

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Women in the Middle East

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The work of Azam Kamguian and her colleagues, Mona Basaruddin should be applauded. They edit a monthly bulletin for the Committee to Defend Women’s Rights in the Middle East, which can be found here

Azam Kamguian’s article on Stifled Steps: Islam and Education is worth reading

and The impact of religion on children’s development

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19/06/2005 at 19:18

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