Showing posts from May 15, 2005

The Bluewater Nazis

The management at the Bluewater shopping centre back in England have taken one more step towards the downfall of society. Today they banned baseball caps, hooded jackets and antisocial behaviour. This comes on top of the ban for swearing, public speaking, canvassing, surveying, leafleting and smoking. Basically, to shop in Bluewater, you now need to surrender any sense of individuality and freedom at the front doors. The odd thing is that shopper numbers have actually gone up because of this neo-nazism! I guess they decided to take the easy way out. If they had a problem with crime in that place, perhaps they should have allowed the police to do something about it rather than employing hideously inefficient, unarmed, untrained, clueless, unfit "security personnel".

Holy balls.

Sony handed Microsoft their collective asses on a plate yesterday at E3 by unveiling the final specs of the PS3 along with in-game footage of a bunch of games. It's a 3.2GHz cell processor coupled to an NVidia RSX GPU that has at least double the power of their current highest-end 6800 card, with 256Mb of onboard graphics memory. The PS3 can do nearly double the number of floating point calculations as the Xbox360, and it's a good 200 times quicker than my desktop PC. The previews look amazing ! In other news, there's going to be a Mission Impossible 3. Suh-weet.

Bush and the grenade II

In the continuing spin of the grenade story, the US press has finally admitted that not only was it live, it was close enough it could have killed him.

Just when you thought America couldn't alienate itself any further....

Two weeks ago, in the May 9 issue of Newsweek, they reported that U.S. military investigators had found evidence that American guards at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, had committed infractions in trying to get terror suspects to talk, including in one case flushing a Koran down a toilet. This follows similar reports from detainees who've since left the camp. This last week and weekend has seen escalating violence and anti-US sentiment in the middle east, culminating in riots with the injury of over 100 people and the death of at least eight. This is yet another example of the way the American military conduct their business, just like Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The fish rots from the head down, and as the commander-in-chief, "President" B*sh is ultimately responsible. Tack that on to the list of hundreds if not thousands of other reasons he should be impeached or otherwise removed from government.

B*sh and the grenade.

It's been funny watching the US press spinning the story from last week about the grenade thrown at B*sh during a public speech in Georgia (Russia, not America). Whereas Reuters, CBC and the BBC all reported "Grenade thrown at B*sh during speech", this is the progression of the news / spin in America: "Child's toy grenade found in crowd at B*sh speech" "Replica grenade found in crowd at B*sh speech" "Army surplus grenade with no fuse found in crowd at B*sh speech" "Live army surplus grenade found in crowd at B*sh speech" "Live grenade found in crowd at B*sh speech" "Grenade thrown at B*sh during speech" It's laughable. What's so tragic is that so many people won't see the problem with this sort of spin.

Impeach B*sh - burying a huge story

On May 1 the Sunday Times (London) reported that the governments of Britain and the United States secretly had agreed in 2002 to attack Iraq, before authorization for such an attack was sought in Congress, and that, according to notes taken at a meeting of British officials, "the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." Nothing new there - we all knew that. However, this leaked document has been acknowledged by the Blair government and represents an impeachable offense by "President" B*sh and his administration. The Washington Post article is at this link : The Times article is at this link :,,2087-1593607,00.html I've downloaded a complete copy to keep for myself :-)