Derby Earthquake

About five to ten minutes ago there was a FUCKING EARTHQUAKE!

In Derby!

I felt like I was on a trestle table, here on my ground floor. Concrete.

I’m really feeling weird now.

More as I find out what happened…


Earth tremor felt across England

People from across large parts of England have reported an earth tremor.
The BBC received calls from people in Yorkshire, the Midlands, Manchester, the Thames Valley, Norfolk, Preston, Newcastle and London about a “quake”.

The tremor was felt at about 0100 GMT and lasted for nearly 10 seconds but it is unclear if it has caused any damage.

The British Geological Survey said it believed the quake was of the magnitude of 5.1 and said the epicentre was close to Grimsby in north-east Lincolnshire.

A spokesman said it was the biggest earthquake to hit England since 1990 and could be of a level to cause minor damage to buildings.
(Source: BBC News)

5.1 on the Richter scale… Bloody hell!

UK : We Aided US Kidnap Flights


David Miliband has admitted two US “extraordinary rendition” flights landed on UK territory in 2002.

He said he was “very sorry” to have to say that previous denials made in “good faith” were now having to be corrected.

BBC world affairs correspondent Paul Reynolds said the revelations were “a serious embarrassment for the British government”.

Former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and former Prime Minister Tony Blair made statements in 2005, 2006 and 2007 saying there was no evidence that rendition flights had stopped on UK territory.
(Source: BBC News)

Wow. Two entries for David Miliband in one week. First, he’s forced to release secret documents which confirm the level of lying Blair committed to take us to war.

Now, he’s forced to admit that Blair and Straw lied again and that Britain did, indeed, aid the USA in its program of international kidnapping, false imprisonment and torture of innocent civilians.

It appears Orwell had greater powers of prognostication than Nostradamus. Airstrip One?

This Is How I Feel About My Government

The White Rose
Members of the White Rose, Munich 1942. From left: Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie Scholl, and Christoph Probst. Courtesy of United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

A different country, a different time, the same evil:

It is certain that today every honest German is ashamed of his government. Who among us has any conception of the dimensions of shame that will befall us and our children when one day the veil has fallen from our eyes and the most horrible of crimes … reach the light of day?

β€” From the first leaflet of the White Rose.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Secret dossiers, cluster bombs, the immense horror that we have committed in Iraq. I’m overloading with it all.

Unlike the brave Germans above, we still have the chance to raise our voices in public.

For now.

But the way Britain is going, how long will that freedom exist? How long before any dissenter is rounded-up and executed as a terrorist sympathiser?

If you don’t protect your freedom, it will be ripped from you. It happened before and it’s happening now.

Have you got the same courage the White Rose? Or will you be one of the Germans that turned the other way?

March 15 2008 Antiwar Demo

Secret Document Released: No “45 Minutes”

David Miliband, protector of war criminals

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has published an early draft of the UK’s infamous dossier on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.

The document, by Foreign Office press chief John Williams, was an unpublished draft of the September 2002 dossier.

The Foreign Office lost its appeal against a ruling the document be published under the Freedom of Information Act.

It had argued that publishing it could inhibit the “effective conduct of government”.

(Source: BBC News)

Two points here…

Number one, the most important – where is the “45 minutes from attack” that Blair bludgeoned us with? Who inserted it into the final draft? That was one of Blair’s major lies, a waypoint in his gruesome trail to involve the UK in the massacre in Iraq.

Number two, apparently our Foreign Secretary believes that government can’t be effective unless decisions of this importance are kept out of the hands of ordinary citizens like you and me. Even though we’ll be the ones sent to die while the politicians remain all cosy at home. And we’ll be the ones being blown up in the streets as a result or our government’s warmongering.

We’re fit to die but we’re not fit to see this early draft, hence Miliband only released it when forced to by the courts.

Now, I don’t know what system of government Miliband believes in but it’s not democracy.

NZ Cluster Bomb Summit

More than 120 countries are meeting in New Zealand to discuss an agreement limiting the use of cluster bombs. The talks – launched last year – aim to smooth progress towards the signing of a global treaty later this year.

But some major producers and buyers of cluster bombs – including the US, Israel, Russia and China – are absent.

Cluster bombs are controversial because they often fail to explode on contact with the ground, and may later end up killing or maiming civilians.

The UN has estimated that 40% of the victims of cluster bombs are children.
(Source: BBC News)

Funny how this article doesn’t mention that we used cluster bombs in our illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq:

β€œIt’s appalling that, despite the well-documented problems with cluster weapons, the US and UK are dropping them on Iraq,” Andrew Purkis, chief executive of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund said in a statement.

β€œWe urge people to join our campaign to put pressure on governments to take responsibility for the clear up of these indiscriminate weapons of war. Until then, cluster bombs must not be used.”

(Source: The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund)

But then, when we use cluster bombs to kill and maim kids, that’s good because we’re the good guys.

If China or Russia or North Korea or Iran or Al Qaeda use cluster bombs, that’s bad because they’re the bad guys.

See? Simple!

Capitalism Fails Yet Again

Northern Rock

Northern Rock is to be nationalised, the BBC’s business editor Robert Peston has learned.
A consortium led by the Virgin group was leading bids to run the beleaguered bank, while a management buyout had also been considered.

But ministers have decided that nationalisation – the first such move since the 1970s – was the only option.

(Source: BBC News)

Why do we even bother with capitalism?

It stifles innovation (where’s the profit in an ever-lasting lightbulb?), destroys the planet (built-in obsolescence in every scrapheap), kills consumers (tobacco is very profitable, thank you) and, when it’s completely fucked-up everything then…

… Well, no worries! Public money will bail out the adventure capitalists!

Was there any point to Northern Rock ever being in private hands? Since the much-vaunted “free market” obviously doesn’t work, it would have cheaper all around not to have messed with it. Perhaps all banks should all be nationalised?

Remember Northern Rock the next time some right-wing libertarian fuckwit moans to you about taxation or the “efficiencies” of the free market.

Apple TV Take 2 Woes

My Apple TV - now broken by Take 2

I like the update, I love the new features. Unfortunately, the update doesn’t seem to like my 40gig Apple TV.

Since upgrading, I get:

* Slow, sticky menus. Can’t whizz round like before. The selector sticks and then, often five minutes later, skips down.

* Glitchy playback. Every podcast or film I watch glitches at around the same time in (between 3 – 5 mins). Both video and audio stop. If I leave it stuck like that, after another five or more minutes, the audio starts playing and then, eventually, the video.

* Freezes / crashes. Just playing music or looking at photos, the slideshow will stop. Sometimes the screen goes black, sometimes stays stuck on an image.

Through all the above nastiness, my remote still seems to be received as the light on the front flashes. But nothing else happens.

So… I did a factory restore. Ended up back at 1.0

BUT… It was a joy. Back to whizzy menus and a stable OS.

I installed the update to Take 2 again, crossed my fingers and…

All the same problems!

So I’ve just now rolled back to 1.0 again.

I have a standard UK 40gig Apple TV, no mods, no hacking. I’m very disappointed that the update has now thrown me back to 1.0 since Take 2 absolutely doesn’t work on my Apple TV.

And what about the auto-update? Will I have to keep on doing a factory restore?