This is Omid from Tehran in Iran. He loves Chris de Burgh so much he stuck that lovely photo on the CeDB website. He loves Chris de Burgh even more than me. And Dick Cheney has signed the papers to have him nuked. And Tony Blair and CNN are telling lies to make us think this is a good idea. Fuck Off! Look at his lovely face! These people love Chris de Burgh! Are you mad? We are not that braindead yet son! Outta my face! You know they banned GTA in Australia? But you know why? Not because it might perhaps condition little kiddies into thinking that bashing in skulls and raping nightfighters is fine and has no consequences. But because there's Sex in it.
Oh this crazy world! Where they run ads bigging up the army and advertising jellychoppers with planemobiles bombing mosques on them, (serious!) captioned "It descends from the heavens. Ironically it unleashes hell". Where your old man shows you Terminator when you're 11, with all the murder and the carnage, and fastforwards the bonking scene. Where, as Hunter noted, rain is poison and sex is death.
AIDS, lovely AIDS.
Lots of you have mailed me reagrding the Oystercard craziness, with stories of children being told they'll never travel in London again if they smoke fags and all sorts. Wade sent me this sweet story:
"so not sure if you met my dear bodyguard... well bouncer at da CAFF royale... the nice gentleman... who shuold surely be in some movie... very elegant he is/... but yeah he got an oyster card... and he went thru barriers at heathrow tube without stamping out... or whatever its called...
anyway when he got back from holiday and got on the tube the other direction there was a problem... the fact they could not trace his whereabouts or something... or that he did not make a return journey... and they showed it to him on a recipet.... which basically had all his travelling of the past month... incl. busses, trains and tubes...
And mjkd67 noted,
I overheard an oldish woman in the shop the other day talking to her mate about the price hike, £1.50 for a fucking bus ride, and how she just wouldn't be able to afford to go visit her brother in Crouch End any more...which is just too outrageous and insane, and in its way will rip apart the fabric of society (such as it is) as fast as any other of their 'considered' measures, old and fairly fucked poor peeps unable to give succour to one another in the sunset days... Re your point that the reasoning behind it is to control/contain/keep tabs on the trouble(d) youth contingent, I've noticed a poster campaign of late, showing teens on busses lighting up or drinking tinnies and the warning in BIG PRINT across is saying: DO THIS AND YOU COULD LOSE YOUR FREE TRAVEL!!! But like you say, the upshot will probably be that more bikes get stolen than ever, which would really piss me off..."
So, I keep meeting people, and since its very much on my mind the whole Bazra craziness crops up. And people think I am taking the piss, and go, naw, that'd never happen. You be on some bullshit son.
So, I am glad that a serious journalist, whom people respect, has written something proper about it. And as i can't find a direct link I have pasted it in full thusly. But is is by Jogn Pilger, and his webplace is here.
SINISTER EVENTS IN A CYNICAL WAR
Here are questions that are not being asked about the latest twist of a cynical war. Were explosives and a remote-control detonator found in the car of the two SAS special forces men "rescued" from prison in Basra on 19 September? If true, what were they planning to do with them? Why did the British military authorities in Iraq put out an unbelievable version of the circumstances that led up to armoured vehicles smashing down the wall of a prison?
According to the head of Basra's Governing Council, which has co-operated with the British, five civilians were killed by British soldiers. A judge says nine. How much is an Iraqi life worth? Is there to be no honest accounting in Britain for this sinister event, or do we simply accept Defence Secretary John Reid's customary arrogance? "Iraqi law is very clear," he said. "British personnel are immune from Iraqi legal process." He omitted to say that this fake immunity was invented by Iraq's occupiers.
Watching "embedded" journalists in Iraq and London, attempting to protect the British line was like watching a satire of the whole atrocity in Iraq. First, there was feigned shock that the Iraqi regime's "writ" did not run outside its American fortifications in Baghdad and the "British trained" police in Basra might be "infiltrated". An outraged Jeremy Paxman wanted to know how two of our boys - in fact, highly suspicious foreigners dressed as Arabs and carrying a small armoury - could possibly be arrested by police in a "democratic" society. "Aren't they supposed to be on our side?" he demanded.
Although reported initially by the Times and the Mail, all mention of the explosives allegedly found in the SAS men's unmarked Cressida vanished from the news. Instead, the story was the danger the men faced if they were handed over to the militia run by the "radical" cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. "Radical" is a gratuitous embedded term; al-Sadr has actually co-operated with the British. What did he have to say about the "rescue"? Quite a lot, none of which was reported in this country. His spokesman, Sheikh Hassan al-Zarqani, said the SAS men, disguised as al-Sadr's followers, were planning an attack on Basra ahead of an important religious festival. "When the police tried to stop them," he said, "[they] opened fire on the police and passers-by. After a car chase, they were arrested. What our police found in the car was very disturbing - weapons, explosives and a remote control detonator. These are the weapons of terrorists."
The episode illuminates the most enduring lie of the Anglo-American adventure. This says the "coalition" is not to blame for the bloodbath in Iraq - which it is, overwhelmingly - and that foreign terrorists orchestrated by al-Qaeda are the real culprits. The conductor of the orchestra, goes this line, is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian. The demonry of Al-Zarqawi is central to the Pentagon's "Strategic Information Program" set up to shape news coverage of the occupation. It has been the Americans' single unqualified success. Turn on any news in the US and Britain, and the embedded reporter standing inside an American (or British) fortress will repeat unsubstantiated claims about al-Zarqawi.
Two impressions are the result: that Iraqis' right to resist an illegal invasion - a right enshrined in international law - has been usurped and de-legitimised by callous foreign terrorists, and that a civil war is under way between the Shi'ites and the Sunni. A member of the Iraqi National Assembly, Fatah al-Sheikh said this week, "There is a huge campaign for the agents of the foreign occupiers to enter and plant hatred between the sons of the Iraqi people and spread rumours in order to scare the one from the other... The occupiers are trying to start religious incitement and if it does not happen, then they will start an internal Shi'ite incitement."
The Anglo-American goal of "federalism" for Iraq is part of an imperial strategy of provoking divisions in a country where traditionally the communities have overlapped, even inter-married. The Osama-like promotion of al-Zarqawi is integral to this. Like the Scarlet Pimpernel, he is everywhere but nowhere. When the Americans crushed the city of Fallujah last year, the justification for their atrocious behaviour was "getting those guys loyal to al-Zarqawi". But the city's civil and religious authorities denied he was ever there or had anything to do with the resistance.
"He is simply an invention." said the Imam of Baghdad's al-Kazimeya mosque. "Al-Zarqawi was killed in the beginning of the war in the Kurdish north. His family even held a ceremony after his death." Whether or not this is true, al-Zaqawi's "foreign invasion" serves as Bush's and Blair's last veil for their "war on terror" and botched attempt to control the world's second biggest source of oil.
On 23 September, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, an establishment body, published a report that accused the US of "feeding the myth" of foreign fighters in Iraqi who account for less than 10 per cent of a resistance estimated at 30,000. Of the eight comprehensive studies into the number of Iraqi civilians killed by the "coalition", four put the figure at more than 100,000. Until the British army is withdrawn from where it has no right to be, and those responsible for this monumental act of terrorism are indicted by the International Criminal Court, Britain is shamed.
First published in the New Statesman - www.newstateman.co.uk Hey, big up Adam Walton, who played Genocide Is Coming To The USA in its unedited 7 and a half minutes entirety on his radio show last night. I am amazed, actually.
PS - The new Curb today was AMAZING.