July 28, 2005

IRA says armed campaign is over

Some important -- yet good -- news!
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Japanese develop 'female' android

"She can flutter her eyelids"
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Brazilian did not wear bulky jacket

"Jean Charles de Menezes, the Brazilian shot dead in the head, was not wearing a heavy jacket that might have concealed a bomb, and did not jump the ticket barrier when challenged by armed plainclothes police, his cousin said yesterday."
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian
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"Security Aware" Transparent Rucksack

Explore! Trader
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July 27, 2005

Service Information

Thanks to Alex.
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July 26, 2005

Ancient phallus unearthed in cave

"A sculpted and polished phallus found in a German cave is among the earliest representations of male sexuality ever uncovered, researchers say."
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Russia’s Biggest Spammer Brutally Murdered in Apartment

"Vardan Kushnir, notorious for sending spam to each and every citizen of Russia who appeared to have an e-mail, was found dead in his Moscow apartment on Sunday, Interfax reported Monday. He died after suffering repeated blows to the head."
Movable Type Comment Spammers - you could be next!
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Geeks at work!
PhotoshopNews: Photoshop News and Information » A Visit to Adobe
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ESSAY- Killer instincts: Why suicide bombers do it

'Four years ago, the late Susan Sontag was excoriated for arguing, in a brief New Yorker piece, that the attacks that brought down the World Trade Center were inspired not by hatred of ''civilization" or ''the free world," but rather by opposition to ''specific American alliances and actions." Today that argument-- seen by hawks in those dark post-September 11 days as treasonously empathetic-- has become a commonplace in the latest political science work on terrorism.'
The HooK
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Please Drive Carefully

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July 25, 2005

London Tube Survival Guide

"Issued by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs"
[NYTr] London Tube Survival Guide
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Sam..."World's Ugliest Dog" 2003, 2004, 2005!

Sam Worlds Ugliest Dog
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Google Logo Maker

"The logo of the Google style is made."
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i am fucking terrified

fear is what i feel in response to We’re not Afraid!
Link thanks to Cliff
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July 22, 2005

Top 10 Web fads

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It Ain't Just Paint

Amusing mug shot on The Smoking Gun
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July 16, 2005

Intelligence is irrelevant to a happy old age

"Intelligence may lead to a better paid job and quality of life but, in old age, cleverness has no effect on happiness, new research suggests."
New Scientist Breaking News
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July 15, 2005

Far right and football gangs plot 'revenge'

'Plans by an alliance of rightwing extremists and football hooligans to exact "revenge" on Muslims after last week's bomb attacks are being monitored by police.'
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian
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20 Things That Only Happen In Movies

Nostalgia Central
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Top Chinese general warns US over attack

China is prepared to use nuclear weapons against the US if it is attacked by Washington during a confrontation over Taiwan, a Chinese general said on Thursday.
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Woman 'suddenly grows penis'

"THIN Sandar, a chicken seller in Myanmar, had always dreamed of being a man. When she inexplicably grew a penis last month, the 21-year-old treated it as an awe-inspiring omen - as have the thousands of stunned villagers who have traveled to a pagoda to see him."
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July 14, 2005

London Bus

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Toyota Chooses Ontario

'Several U.S. states were reportedly prepared to offer more than double that amount of subsidy. But Fedchun said much of that extra money would have been eaten away by higher training costs than are necessary for the Woodstock project.
He said Nissan and Honda have encountered difficulties getting new plants up to full production in recent years in Mississippi and Alabama due to an untrained - and often illiterate - workforce. In Alabama, trainers had to use "pictorials" to teach some illiterate workers how to use high-tech plant equipment.
"The educational level and the skill level of the people down there is so much lower than it is in Ontario," Fedchun said.
In addition to lower training costs, Canadian workers are also $4 to $5 cheaper to employ partly thanks to the taxpayer-funded health-care system in Canada, said federal Industry Minister David Emmerson.'
NB I lived in Alabama from the age of two until I was five and the absence of "pictorials" in my upbringing is reflected in this illiterate blog. ;-)
Link via Cliff.
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Planarity - the game

Link via Nancy
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July 11, 2005

Help out in a crisis - with ICE

"A Cambridge-based paramedic has launched a national campaign with Vodafone to encourage people to store emergency contact details in their mobile phones.
Bob Brotchie, a clinical team leader for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust, hatched the plan last year after struggling to get contact details from shocked or injured patients.
By entering the acronym ICE – for In Case of Emergency – into the mobile’s phone book, users can log the name and number of someone who should be contacted in an emergency."
East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust
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Leaked No 10 dossier reveals Al-Qaeda’s British recruits

"AL-QAEDA is secretly recruiting affluent, middle-class Muslims in British universities and colleges to carry out terrorist attacks in this country, leaked Whitehall documents reveal."
Sunday Times - Times Online
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London Underground Bombing 'Exercises' Took Place at Same Time as Real Attack

"A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th."
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These Were Blair's Bombs

'In all the coverage of last week's bombing of London, a basic truth is struggling to be heard. It is this: no one doubts the atrocious inhumanity of those who planted the bombs, but no one should also doubt that this has been coming since the day Tony Blair joined George Bush in their bloody invasion and occupation of Iraq. They are "Blair's bombs", and he ought not be allowed to evade culpability with yet another unctuous speech about "our way of life", which his own rapacious violence in other countries has despoiled.'
t r u t h o u t - John Pilger
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London Will Fucking Twat You In A Minute, Son

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Virus exploits London Tube bombs

"Virus writers are using the London bombings to spread malicious programs."
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'I will at the earliest opportunity, assemble in London in a public demonstration of respect to the victims of the July 7 atrocity, defiance of the murderers who carried it out and solidarity with the people of London'

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What Makes You Click: An Empirical Analysis of Online Dating

'Our empirical results indicate that both men and women care strongly about the physical appearance of their potential mates. While women's choices depend strongly on the income and education of men, there is much less evidence for the reverse. The site members "discriminate" strongly against members of a different ethnicity, and this effect is stronger for women than for men.'
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Fun in a BMW M5

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July 8, 2005

Fox's Gibson on "golden opportunity" missed: If ...

'Fox's Gibson on "golden opportunity" missed: If France had been selected for 2012 Olympics, terrorists would "blow up Paris, and who cares?"'
Media Matters for America
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Thank God for the bombing of London's subway today

"Thank God for the bombing of London's subway today - July 7, 2005 - wherein dozens were killed and hundreds seriously injured. Wish it was many more."
The Westboro Baptist Church Home Page
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For Our British Friends

"This is not to be callous in light of the horrors that happened today in London, but I thought our British friends could use as many gestures of support as possible. If you want to read further, check the extended entry and feel free to add anything to the list that you like."
it comes in pints?
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Fox On London Attacks

Quotes from the obnoxious right-wing Fox News
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We’re not Afraid!

Submitted images
We’re not Afraid!
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Robert Fisk: The reality of this barbaric bombing

"If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq, what makes us think insurgency won't come to us?

By Robert Fisk
Published: 08 July 2005

"If you bomb our cities," Osama bin Laden said in one of his recent video tapes, "we will bomb yours." There you go, as they say. It was crystal clear Britain would be a target ever since Tony Blair decided to join George Bush's "war on terror" and his invasion of Iraq. We had, as they say, been warned. The G8 summit was obviously chosen, well in advance, as Attack Day.

And it's no use Mr Blair telling us yesterday that "they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear". "They" are not trying to destroy "what we hold dear". They are trying to get public opinion to force Blair to withdraw from Iraq, from his alliance with the United States, and from his adherence to Bush's policies in the Middle East. The Spanish paid the price for their support for Bush - and Spain's subsequent retreat from Iraq proved that the Madrid bombings achieved their objectives - while the Australians were made to suffer in Bali."

Independent Online Edition
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The 7/7 Community (formerly London Bomb Blasts) Pool

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A Letter To The Terrorists, From London

"What the fuck do you think you're doing?"
The London News Review
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7 July 2005 London bombings

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Blogging Terror

A list of blogs that cover the attacks.
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London Blasts Claimed by Al Qaeda

"Today's blasts in London have been claimed by Al Qaeda's European chapter, Qaeda't al-Jihad in Europe. A statement has been posted on a site often used by Qaeda agents, www.qal3ati.com. The statement follows (translated by one of my staff here in Baghdad):"
Back to Iraq 3.0
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July 7, 2005

Pfff: Surviving a Terrorist Attack

"Fate is a strange thing. On this particular day a series of events transpired such that I ended up on a Tube train that was destroyed by terrorists. Fortunately it was only the carriage in front of me, but tragically it resulted in a serious amount of injuries. This is my story."
Pfff: A response to anything negative.
Link thanks to Cliff
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Stolen Kisses

'Wedding announcements in newspapers rarely tell the whole story. If they did, they would occasionally read something like this: “The happy couple met through her boyfriend at the time, who is the groom’s former best friend. It took four months to lure her away.” '
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Not Headline News

"Another 17 civilians lost their lives in US bombings in Afghanistan! More shockingly, among them were women and children who were killed just at a funeral for a woman bombed to death earlier."
People's Daily Online
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July 6, 2005

False breasts betray exam cheats

"A Russian youth wearing a drag outfit which gave him improbably large breasts has been caught trying to sit an entrance exam for a female friend."
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July 5, 2005

Scamming the Scammers

[Background: CYNTHIANGLE claims to be a girl in Luton, United Kingdom, the headers from an e-mail from "her" indicate that it originated from Nigeria.]

martinsewell1: Hello!
CYNTHIANGLE : did u get my mails
martinsewell1: Yes thanks, I did.
martinsewell1: Have you been at work today?
CYNTHIANGLE : well i am ok
CYNTHIANGLE : just that i had a terrible day
martinsewell1: What happened?
CYNTHIANGLE : well i had a bad day with my boss
CYNTHIANGLE : i will be travelling soon
martinsewell1: Where are you going?
CYNTHIANGLE : well i don't know yet
CYNTHIANGLE : i will let u know
CYNTHIANGLE : so tell me are u at home now
martinsewell1: Yes, at home.
martinsewell1: Yes, all alone. And you?
CYNTHIANGLE : well i am all alone here
martinsewell1: Why don't we go to Nigeria together?
martinsewell1: Why not? You deserve a holiday.
CYNTHIANGLE : have u been there before
martinsewell1: No, have you? Do you think it would be safe?
CYNTHIANGLE : why did u talk about nigeria
martinsewell1: I have a lot of friends in west Africa, I met them all online.
CYNTHIANGLE : so what was ur plan with them
CYNTHIANGLE : what did they talk about i mean
martinsewell1: They said that we could run a scam from Nigeria, called "419" I think. Have you heard of it?
CYNTHIANGLE : whats was ur reply
martinsewell1: I think that it's a great idea, a lot of people fall for it apparently. Are you up for it?
CYNTHIANGLE : so tell me
CYNTHIANGLE : can i call u
martinsewell1: Why don't we meet up?
CYNTHIANGLE : just would like to call
martinsewell1: I'll call tomorrow if you like.
CYNTHIANGLE : want to call u now
martinsewell1: 07974 419419
CYNTHIANGLE : is that correct
martinsewell1: Yes, it's my mobile.
CYNTHIANGLE : i will try now
martinsewell1: Okay.
CYNTHIANGLE : its not going here
martinsewell1: Are you phoning from a mobile?
martinsewell1: Shall I call you?
CYNTHIANGLE : its not going here
martinsewell1: I'll meet you and we can discuss our trip to Nigeria.
CYNTHIANGLE : what trip
CYNTHIANGLE : u want me to come to africa
CYNTHIANGLE : are u in africa now
martinsewell1: No, I'm in Luton. You don't want me to go alone do you? It might be dangerous.
CYNTHIANGLE : well i am not from africa as well
martinsewell1: Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure?
CYNTHIANGLE : well never planned for that
CYNTHIANGLE : and i don't know u either
martinsewell1: Don't you trust me?
CYNTHIANGLE : well i can't just like that
CYNTHIANGLE has signed out. (05/07/2005 00:51)
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July 2, 2005

Boffins create zombie dogs

"SCIENTISTS have created eerie zombie dogs, reanimating the canines after several hours of clinical death in attempts to develop suspended animation for humans."
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Google Earth

"Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips."
Google Earth
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I Hate Horses

"Look, this is a website about horses and how much we hate them. They are gross and stupid and disgusting and smell like shit. There are flies all over them and they make dumb noises. HORSES ARE TERRIBLE!!!"
I Hate Horses.
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Building Iraq's Army: Mission Improbable

'BAIJI, Iraq -- An hour before dawn, the sky still clouded by a dust storm, the soldiers of the Iraqi army's Charlie Company began their mission with a ballad to ousted president Saddam Hussein. "We have lived in humiliation since you left," one sang in Arabic, out of earshot of his U.S. counterparts. "We had hoped to spend our life with you."'
Link via Robert
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