First Jedi MP?

Jamie Reed MP

Via Slashdot:

Mr. Jamie Reed (Copeland) (Lab): I crave the indulgence of the House in interrupting such an important and enjoyable debate to deliver my maiden speech. Furthermore, as the first Jedi Member of this place, I look forward to the protection under the law that will be provided to me by the Bill. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Mr. Malik) for his convincing and searing testimony in support of the proposed legislation. It will be a privilege to serve alongside him.
(Source: Hansard)

Eh? As part of Darth Blair’s evil empire, the regime that brought us the illegal invasion of Iraq and is now trying to force ID cards and car surveillance on us, I think this bloke is sadly confused.

He’s obviously a Sith:

Darth Reed MP

You Slut! Video! (Windows Only)

You Slut! Live at the Derby Inner City Crawl

After many shenanigans and much codec-wrangling, the You Slut! video is now live on Google Video.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that you can only see it if you use Windows since Google requires you to install their video viewer.

Ah well… let’s hope they do versions for the other OSes soon, eh?

In the meantime, get hold of a WinPC, click the link below and throw yourself around your room to the twiddly-crunking action of…

YOU SLUT!

Click here to watch the vid!

Tom Hurndall: Israeli Soldier Guilty

Tom Hurndall
Tom Hurndall

I wrote about Tom Hurndall here, twenty months ago. I won’t repeat what I said then.

This morning, this popped up on BBC News:

A former Israeli soldier has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a Briton shot in the Gaza Strip in 2003.

Ex-sergeant Wahid Taysir was convicted at Castina military court in Ashkalon, near Tel Aviv, of the manslaughter of Tom Hurndall, 22, of north London.

Witnesses said Mr Hurndall was escorting children away from gunfire when he was hit in the head by a single shot.
(Source: BBC News)

So, is the verdict belated justice (of a kind, the charge should clearly be murder) or scapegoating? As in the torture in Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo, it seems that the people who create a culture of murder and violence get away with it while blaming it on individual soliders.

The Hurndall family feels the trial, in Castina military court in Ashkelon, has been about pinning all blame on Sgt Taysir.

Mr Hurndall’s sister Sophie believes senior officers all the way up to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon are responsible for a culture within the Israeli Defence Force that effectively allows the killing of civilians.

“We have got very mixed feelings. From one perspective there is the need to see justice done and for the soldiers to be forced to take responsibility,” she said.

“But the soldier was Tom’s age; he has been severely brainwashed by the army, by these commanders, encouraging them and actively covering up. It is a culture.”
(Source: BBC News)

Surely it is the Israeli government which is guilty? Guilty of creating a mindset in its troops so they regard human life as meaningless and trivial, unless those humans are Israelis.

This isn’t an isolated case, this has happened many, many times. The pattern is not one of individual soldiers going rogue but of a systematic dehumanising of the other. The same mindset that caused that US soldier to shoot an innocent Iraqi civilian and dismiss it with the phrase, “The chick got in the way.”

I hope the Hurndall family get some comfort and relief from this verdict. My heart goes out to them.

Nike Are Thieving Bastards

Minor ThreatMajor Threat

Have a look above. Can you spot any similarity between the two images? One is a famous album cover from one of the most influential bands in punk / hardcore / straight-edge. The other is a lame ripoff, as bereft of context or content as a Nike worker is of fair wages.

Dischord must have SOLD OUT TO THE MAN! Er, nope!

They must have asked permission. We spoke to a representative from Dischord Records, Minor Threat’s label, if Nike had asked to borrow these images. They said the following: “No, they stole it and we’re not happy about it. Nike is a giant corporation which is attempting to manipulate the alternative skate culture to create an even wider demand for their already ubiquitous brand. Nike represents just about the antithesis of what Dischord stands for and it makes me sick to my stomach to think they are using this explicit imagery to fool kids into thinking that the general ethos of this label, and Minor Threat in particular, can somehow be linked to Nike’s mission. It’s disgusting.”
(Source: Pitchfork)

Can you believe the shitheads didn’t even deign to contact Dischord? What the fuck?

This at the same time as multinationals like Nike are wanking on about copyright, fakes and theft of designs.

What would Nike do if Dischord started making trainers and bunging their swish logo all over them? They’d sue the arse off them. But of course, when a big corporation wants to steal, that’s fine.

Random Thoughts…

It’s 4.38am…

I’m not asleep because I’ve been editing video footage from Saturday’s Inner City Crawl gigs. The You Slut! gig is done and is now being encoded. It’s going to take 94 minutes. Who said home computers were now too powerful? 94 minutes to encode a 25 minute gig? Bah!

As I’m now quite sleep-deprived, strange thoughts have been going through my bonce. Thoughts of other gigs, other times… seeing The Southern Death Cult in 1982… House of Love, crashing my Mum’s car quite horribly on a right-hand turn in Heanor. Does anyone else remember Dirt Magazine? No?

What about Duckman?

For some reason, I’m remembering a lot of early 90s shit. Superchunk? Drop Nineteens? Fishmonkeyman?

And why do Nine Black Alps look just like Ride?

Just checked and the encoder now says 133 minutes! The bloody time is going up instead of down!

Bugger this, I’m off to bed!

British Bombing Illegal

A SHARP increase in British and American bombing raids on Iraq in the run-up to war “to put pressure on the regime” was illegal under international law, according to leaked Foreign Office legal advice.

The advice was first provided to senior ministers in March 2002. Two months later RAF and USAF jets began “spikes of activity” designed to goad Saddam Hussein into retaliating and giving the allies a pretext for war.

The Foreign Office advice shows military action to pressurise the regime was “not consistent with” UN law, despite American claims that it was.

However, the leaked Foreign Office legal advice, which was also appended to the Cabinet Office briefing paper for the July meeting, made it clear allied aircraft were legally entitled to patrol the no-fly zones over the north and south of Iraq only to deter attacks by Saddam’s forces on the Kurdish and Shia populations.

The allies had no power to use military force to put pressure of any kind on the regime.
(Source: Times Online)

Why is Blair still in No.10?

Why do we still have a mass-murderer running this country, grinning and gurning, spouting shite about “respect” and “responsibility” while dripping with the blood of Iraqi children?

In Iraq, more people will die today as a direct result of the US and UK’s illegal invasion and devastation of the country. Napalm, cluster-bombs, torture and suicide bombers, those are our gifts to Iraq, not the freedom and democracy claimed by the neo-Nazis currently running the USA.

Every day more proof is revealed about how our governments lied to us, how they invented WMDs, bioweapons and any convenient prop to help their staged “liberation.”

None of it was true.

Look across the internet and you’ll find thousands of well-funded Republican and Neocon sites which seem to be from another universe. To these people, the invasion of Iraq was a wonderful, joyous moment. The war actually finished when Dubya delivered his Top Gun speech. Iraq is now a democracy, safe because of brave US troops. They’re actually proud of an illegal invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation, an act previously carried out by Hitler with much the same justifications.

The 100,000 Iraq dead, the truckloads of severed childrens’ heads, the torture of innocent Iraqis – none of that exists for them.

Are we in Britain any better? No.

We just voted Butcher Blair back into office when he should be in prison, on trial for his war crimes. I hope in my lifetime that I see Blair answer in court for his crimes against the Iraqi people, he is as guilty of mass-murder as Saddam Hussein.

And George W. Bush.

US Lied About Napalm

American officials lied to British ministers over the use of “internationally reviled” napalm-type firebombs in Iraq.

Yesterday’s disclosure led to calls by MPs for a full statement to the Commons and opened ministers to allegations that they held back the facts until after the general election.

Despite persistent rumours of injuries among Iraqis consistent with the use of incendiary weapons such as napalm, Adam Ingram, the Defence minister, assured Labour MPs in January that US forces had not used a new generation of incendiary weapons, codenamed MK77, in Iraq.
(Source: The Independent)

Yet more lies from the US government, the greatest propaganda machine in this world today. With their legions of slick PR-consultants, spin doctors and just-plain liars, they continue to blather on about “liberation” and “freedom” while using the most horrific weapons in their savage attacks on Iraqis. Just in case you don’t know what napalm is:

Napalm is a flammable, gasoline-based weapon invented in 1942. The name is a portmanteau word for naphthenic palmitic acids. It produces horrific wounds, and although its use is not specifically prohibited by the laws of war, most nations no longer use it.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Most nations apart from the good ‘ole US of A, of course. Champion of liberty and chemical warfare.

The US actually admitted it had used ‘napalm-like’ bombs way back in August 2003, after the news from Iraq couldn’t be covered-up any longer. It’s taken this long for our government to admit that Britain was lied to by our ‘special friends’ the US.

Why this long?

The Iraq Analysis Group, which campaigned against the war, said the US authorities only admitted the use of the weapons after the evidence from reporters had become irrefutable.

Mike Lewis, a spokesman for the group, said: “The US has used internationally reviled weapons that the UK refuses to use, and has then apparently lied to UK officials, showing how little weight the UK carries in influencing American policy.”

He added: “Evidence that Mr Ingram had given false information to Parliament was publicly available months ago. He has waited until after the election to admit to it – a clear sign of the Government’s embarrassment that they are doing nothing to restrain their own coalition partner in Iraq.”
(Source: The Independent)

Restrain?

That would imply that Butcher Blair gives a damn about civilian lives. Can you see any evidence for that?