I can’t resist a wintry day where the sun is blazing, low in the sky. Click the pic above for more shots.
My Psych were just starting as I got there and they played a spiky, energetic set. The whole band comes together in a very powerful, dynamic way, everything just seems to sync and they do that lovely thing where they become something more than the sum of its parts. It’s hard to pigeonhole their sound, I think they’re less shoegazey than they used to be, they’re getting more aggressive and frenetic. So think of Smashing Orange crossed with Daydream Nation-era Sonic Youth and you’re getting slightly near what they currently sound like.
And then Sheffield electrofops Heart Yeah came on stage and blew up the place. Literally. A few songs into their set of immense sequenced basslines and sphincter-loosening screaming, all the bass disappeared. At first I thought this was some marvellous filter disco interlude but they’d actually killed the PA’s woofers. Undaunted, they scurried around and then finished off their set playing through borrowed amps. The mark of a great band is how they cope with technical horribleness. Heart Yeah didn’t sulk or throw a wobbly, the just got on with it and finshed the show. Excellent!
The US has carried out at least two air strikes in southern Somalia against Islamist fighters, who the US believes include members of an al-Qaeda cell.
Witnesses told the BBC Somali service that an area near the town of Afmadow was being bombed on Tuesday.
The area was one of those hit on Monday, with unconfirmed reports of four civilians killed in the village of Hayo.
“My 4-year-old boy was killed in the strike,” Mohamed Mahmud Burale told the BBC from the area.
More than 250 people died in the two attacks.
(Source: BBC News)
Obviously, the toddler was a dangerous Islamist. He was probably the ringleader of a cell of toddlers who were planning to launch attacks on the USA Real Soon Now.
If you study how this latest USA murder spree is being reported, it’s the usual spin. All the media are swallowing the US’ statement that they were targeting Al Quaeda. What proof has the US presented?
Or, more accurately, as much proof as they offered when they invaded Iraq and, with the aid of the UK and other collaborators in evil, murdered 655,000 Iraqis.
Do you trust what the US government or military says? Would you like them to carry out one of their “precision surgical strikes” on your home town, given their track record for lying and appalling targeting?
The truth is that the US government doesn’t care about human life. It doesn’t care about the lives of the US soliders it sends out to die in its oil wars and it certainly doesn’t care about the lives of the people it kills in its worldwide imperial campaign.
The USA does exactly what it wants to and no country dares criticise or stand up to it. Welcome to the New American Century.
Me? I’m waiting for Ridley Scott or some other cunt to make a really cool action film of the whole event, showing the plucky US troops triumphing over hordes of evil Islamist Somalis.
The United Nations’ refugee body has appealed for $60m (£30.8m, 45m euros) in emergency aid for those fleeing violence in Iraq.
One in eight of Iraqis have now left their homes, with up to 50,000 people leaving each month, the UNHCR said.
It said the exodus was the largest long-term movement since the displacement of the Palestinians after the creation of Israel in 1948.
(Source: BBC News)
This is Blair’s Legacy. This is what George W. Bush will be remembered for. The illegal invasion and destruction of Iraq in their pillage for its oil.
Look at that figure. One in eight.
Does that sound like a “liberated” country to you? Or one that has descended into utter chaos since our noble governments bombed the infrastructure to the ground and replaced it with an ineffectual puppet regime.
Let’s translate that to the UK: imagine 7.5 million Britons homeless, on the move and trying to find somewhere safe to shelter. Somewhere they won’t get murdered by the US military after being labelled as “insurgents” or “Islamists.”
How long will we have to wait till Bush and Blair are tried for their war crimes?
Religious groups are to stage a protest calling for a halt to laws banning discrimination against gay people in the provision of goods and services.
Christians, Jews and Muslims will take part in the rally at Parliament.
(Source: BBC News)
Isn’t it heartwarming to see this kind of inter-faith co-operation and mutual respect. If there’s one thing these religions hate more than each other and atheists, it’s GAYS!
Yep, for verily is the lord of all creation very annoyed if a boy loves a boy or a girl loves a girl. And if a boy plays with another boy’s willy – well, God’s probably going to destroy the entire city that gay lives in, killing everyone in blinding sheets of pain, including all the non-gays who live there.
BECAUSE HE IS SUCH A LOVING GOD! HE LOVES US SO! LET US PRAISE HIS LOVING MURDER OF GAYS!
The fucking nutters gathering for this anti-gay hate-in claim that having laws to stop them discriminating against gays is an infringement on their religious freedom. I have this observation:
If your religion demands that you hate gays, then your religion is shit. What if your religion demands that you run round murdering people? Should we let you have your “religious freedom” then?
Why do people make a special case of religion? Why can’t I claim that, as a Jyoti-ist, my belief system precludes me from paying taxes and demands that I run round naked, wanking? What if everyone was allowed their own opt-outs of the law like these homophobic twats are demanding?
Equality Act campaigner Angela Eagle MP told the Today programme: “We’re not curtailing religious freedom, people can argue against the practice of homosexuality if they must.
“What this law does is say it’s wrong to put a sign outside a pub or a hotel saying ‘no gays’. Actually it’s also wrong and it’s been illegal since the 1970s to put a sign outside a pub or a hotel saying ‘no blacks’, or in fact ‘no Catholics’ or ‘no Protestants. That is right, proper and moderate.”
(Source: BBC News)
Awwww… now I understand! How can you be a true Jew, Muslim or Christian unless you can oppress gays? Why, it’s at the very heart of these great, moral structures! Isn’t it great that we have these ancient systems of ethics and morality to guide us in the modern world and teach us how to treat each other?
Truly, we would be lost without them! They are beacons in a sea of moral darkness!
This just in from roving reporter, Steve Lawson:
FWIW, St Luke’s is chock full of gay christians – the intolerant hate-filled nutters are as disgusting to me as they are to you, lovely J ;o)
Always nice to put the alternative view point to the homophobic, misogynist hate-ranting nutters, who somehow claim to be inspired by a hippie peace-loving homeless guy who was executed for political insurrection 2000 years ago. ;o)
Millions of Britons who visit the United States are to have their fingerprints stored on the FBI database alongside those of criminals, in a move that has outraged civil rights groups.
The Observer has established that under new plans to combat terrorism, the US government will demand that visitors have all 10 fingers scanned when they enter the country. The information will be shared with intelligence agencies, including the FBI, with no restrictions on their international use.
Last night the British civil rights group Liberty expressed astonishment at the plan, which will affect four million British travellers to the US. ‘This must be the Keystone Cops school of border control,’ said Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty. ‘Accumulating the fingerprints of millions of innocent passengers will not deter would-be suicide bombers.’
(Source: The Observer)
It seems that Britain and the USA are in a race to see which country can become the better Orwellian police state. Both countries are using the real threat of terrorism to push through draconian, anti-freedom legislation that will make us the most surveilled, most fingerprinted, most oppressed peoples in history.
I bet China is watching all this very closely. It would love to have the CCTV network that Britain has or the sweeping fascistic reach of the DHS’ superior tech. Perhaps our respective governments can help the Chinese subdue their unruly population the way they’re subduing us. How about a wave of bombings? Or some kind of fundamentalist terror group?
The older I get, the more I feel that all governments, whatever alleged flavour, are inimical to human freedom and happiness.
The rise and fall in the popularity of major religions can be described using the same mathematics that is used to model crystallization processes, claim physicists in Belgium. The researchers have modelled the time evolution of the numbers of adherents to religions and claim that their work sheds light on an important social phenomenon – how a religion such as Christianity can grow rapidly from very small beginnings.
Have a read of the full article, it’s fascinating!
I love the idea of religions emerging around charismatic leaders, just as crystals spring into existence around certain points. Mormonism was invented by one man 175 years ago and now 13 million members follow his creation. That’s a pretty startling growth rate, innit?
“I can resist everything except temptation,” Oscar Wilde once famously said. He was speaking for us all. Even for the Church of Rome, it turns out. For that very remark is quoted, with approbation, by a leading Vatican writer, Fr Leonardo Sapienza – a member of the protocol department of the Pontifical Household of Pope Benedict XVI – in a book out yesterday. It is quite a rehabilitation for a man whom the Church once regarded as the apotheosis of sodomite notoriety.
(Source: The Independent)
Please have a read of the full article, linked above. It’s fascinating if you have even a passing interest in Wilde, homosexuality or Catholicism.
All three and bingo!
Let’s hope this acceptance of homsexuality filters through the Catholic church to less famous gays, eh?