Many things did we do today, not least of which was going to the middle of London to do a live session on Sarah Darling's XFM show. Richard Bacon popped in to say hello when I was setting up my turntable, and he was very tall and very nice about my single. I took Jeres and Why Lout? with me, and it was mega fun. Marvin's little daughter Paige came too, and she BANGED THE DRUMS! Serious. We played Oh! and Borderline and BOOM! A crazy electrical storm happened in East London simultaneously, I am told, and when we came out of the building sheets of wet poured down from above, somewhat biblically.
I say, rah rah rah.
Hey, did you hear the one about the Colombian military planting bombs around their capital to make $$$? Army officers in Colombia have been accused of placing car bombs around the capital in the latest military scandal to hit the country.
In the latest scandal, army officers are accused of placing car bombs around Bogota, including one that went off wounding more than a dozen soldiers and killing a civilian. The motivation was to claim reward money from the government, which offers payments of up to $400,000 (£220,000) for information on the activities of Marxist rebels and drugs traffickers.
In another incident, 10 policemen were killed by the army in what was presented as a friendly fire tragedy. However, evidence has shown that they were killed at point-blank range. Several soldiers, including a colonel, have been arrested and accused of murdering the policemen on the orders of a notorious drug baron.
Mr Uribe insisted that these scandals are isolated incidents and that things are getting better.
Hahahaha. That's a good one.
Speaking of good ones, Chavez has been at it again. I don't expect The Swine to "leave him alone" much longer.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday that it's plausible that the U.S. government was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.
Chavez did not specifically accuse the U.S. government of having a hand in the Sept. 11 attacks, but rather suggested that theories of U.S. involvement bear examination.
The Venezuelan leader, an outspoken critic of U.S. President George W. Bush, was reacting to a television report investigating a theory the Twin Towers were brought down with explosives after hijacked airplanes crashed into them in 2001.
“The hypothesis is not absurd ... that those towers could have been dynamited,” Chavez said in a speech to supporters. “A building never collapses like that, unless it's with an implosion.”
“The hypothesis that is gaining strength ... is that it was the same U.S. imperial power that planned and carried out this terrible terrorist attack or act against its own people and against citizens of all over the world,” Chavez said. “Why? To justify the aggressions that immediately were unleashed on Afghanistan, on Iraq.”
Chavez has said the U.S. launched those wars to ensure its political and economic power.
The U.S. government says al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden masterminded the attacks.
Indeed they does.