Clare Short claims the UK spied on UN chief Kofi Annan in the run up to
the Iraq war - and is branded "deeply irresponsible" by Tony Blair.
Yesterday, a junior spy 'secretary,' Katharine Gun, had her case dismissed, as the UK Gov offered no evidence. It seems as though they didn't want to make too much of a fuss, hoping that the fact that the US asked the UK to spy on the UN would be forgotten about.
Today, Clair Short (who I greatly admire, but I seem to be in a minority) blows the whistle on that spying, lifting it up in the press enough, that Blair has to comment and Kofi Anna's team also calls a press conference calling any spying illegal.
For sure it went on, for sure it was political spying which I believe to be morally wrong as well as illegal. I hope Tony Blair gets fried for it. Long before the next election, so Labour have a chance of winning. Right now, he's killing the party. I liken him to Nixon, and this shoddy affair to the bugging of Watergate.
This had nothing to do with national security. More to do with Blair's pride.
And did you know that it is estimated that all the gold in the world, so far refined, could be placed in a single cube 60 ft. on a side. I remember telling my geology teacher something like that, for him to laugh at... Next time I see Mr Curly...
For €3000, developers can expect early NDA access to betas and
prototypes, business development advice including promotional
opportunities and training and support.
Man! That's way out of reach!
"He said a civil service which could "adapt, deliver and innovate is
a hugely valuable asset". It "needs to encourage and reward lateral
thinking" he added.
"It needs to reward civil servants who look outwards for learning rather than up the hierarchy for approval," the prime minister said."
what I've seen in the civil service, he's very, very, very right.. I
heard the BBC 24 hour news say the word, "entrepreneurial." If only!
Nothing I've seen in the civil service is entrepreneurial. When I heard
that, I thought of universities, some of which have departments that
look into making money out of some of their research. If the UK civil
service could start thinking in that way too, they and we'd (us
subjects — we're not citizens here in the UK) be so much better off.
"This is so far out it is laughable..."
This Salon blogger thinks that Sunday's Observer article
was rubbish. I hope so. Germany obtaining nuclear weapons? Sure that sounds unbelievable.
Still, I do watch a lot of global warming stuff on the Discovery Channel and elsewhere, mainly about the mechanics of global warming (nothing about the social or geo-political implications) and I do think the article has quite a bit of truth, all be it a lot sooner than I thought (18 years).
I wonder if those skeptical of global warming watch such programmes or know much about the earth's history of abrupt climate change.
I've downloaded the actual article and will read through it tonight. Will I feel more secure? I doubt it. Global warming is real, is happening, but what I hadn't considered, and what has shaken me is the thought of climate wars.
[Update:] Looks like this article wasn't leaked nor suppressed. Just one of those wilder contingency plans the Pentagon has thousands of. From the downloaded doc, "our intent is to dramatize the impact climate change could have on society." The Observer has over dramatised to sell papers.
Nothing worthy of blogging in my aggregator this morning. Unusually. So, I'm still digging deep into stylesheets. If anybody was asking.
PubSub Enables the bi-directional web... The PubSub Referenced URI feature enables painless and effort-free bi-directional linking and TrackBack.
I've been using PubSub for a while now, tracking anything in the blogosphere to do with my name or 'cyberSaps.' It is very good. And now they have a similar feature for URLs. Though I don't think that it will replace trackback, as with trackback notification can be instant. With PubSub, I believe that you need to see the other person's link through an aggregator. Still, very useful... Better go look and check my facts ;-)
The average rate on benchmark 30-year
mortgages fell to 5.58 percent, from 5.66 percent last week, Freddie
Mac, the mortgage giant, said Thursday in its weekly nationwide survey
of mortgage rates. This week's rate was the lowest since 5.52 percent
for the week that ended July 11.
Can't pretend to understand why the US's mortgage drops while ours (UK) goes up. Nor why oil is currently priced in dollars allowing the US to run a harebrained deficit.
Stephen Dulaney announces
that the SmartManila beta is up. It is a slick editing interface for
Manila weblogs. This software makes it much easier to introduce
nontechnical newbies in your organization to weblogging. No knowledge
of tags necessary. Spell check. Undo. Forgiving editing interface (none
of the browser problems you currently run into on all Web-based
I'm testing this out at the moment.and thinking that I may move back over to Manila. with Radio though I have more power... I also crave simplicity. Manila has loads of that.
I've been checking out blogdex for references to this article. I think it's so shocking that most people have dismissed it.
The observer article echoes an earlier, longer more detailed one in Fortune.
MeFiers seem to be putting their heads in the sand. Mostly.
As for me? I'm terrified of such a world, and I know it comes. Maybe it's because I have kids and worry for their future. Right now, as I look over my frosty English garden I wonder where I can run to with them. Australia? I dunno what would be happening down there. US? Not with all those flaky people with guns. Should we stay here? Siberia? People live in Siberia. But the glaciers came as far as here in the last ice age, and that could indeed, be our fate.
Sometimes I wish I never had had kids.
On Friday we noted that the Danish government is also standardizing on RSS. It seems that Mr Safe has made his decision.
Alexander Svensson writes: "The German Constitutional Court now
RSS is moving into mainland Europe, but not in the UK (grrrr).
Alexander Svensson writes: "The German Constitutional Court nowsyndicates its decisions and press releases using RSS 2.0."
"What is with that little orange XML tag that is popping up all over the Internet?"
Scott Shuda the new Userland CEO outlines RSS for beginners.
Search engine companies are stepping up their efforts to sell online ads to plumbers, dry
cleaners and other small businesses, most of which do not have web
Interesting that most Bobs the Builders and Sids the Greasy Spoons don't have websites.
Scobble's at it agian. The power blogger, and networking IM'er who
chats before blogging, to get his fact right, tells of how the water
cooler has gone international.
"While a few educators have already started using blogs in the classroom, more have focused on the potential of blogging in teaching and learning..."
Long piece on edu blogging by two professors from Florida Uni.
Another good game, I wonder if he plays it with friends at school, is sharp intake of breath. In mock horror the first breathes in a deep, sharp breath, as if scared, or surprised at something 'over there,' then, the other does the same, looking in the same general directon at the 'horror.' Then the first takes another deep breath, followed by the other person taking a turn, and again and sometimes again. That'll be enough to be laughing too much to be able to do it once more.
Sometimes Bradley doesn't like the intrusion of the paparazzi. Just too tough, sonny.
But I stop there. No more pictures of Bradley for a while.
I guess, it may be graceful or sheer delight in pork.
In greasy spoon cafes, I know, you can eat your sarnies anyway-you-want. And she does.
There wasn't any colour in my school yard, there was even ruined outside urials, which we weren't allowed to play in. Which we did. And were told off about it.
This playground is nothing like my old school, Aman Infants, Godreaman, Aberdare, circa 1966-1970.
We skip all the way home. "Stop Daddy!" We wait till a big knot of parents and children walk past. And she shows me sideways skipping. We carry on. 3 minutes later "Stop Daddy!" Another knot of parents and kids wedges past. I stand back, this is a big knot. She shows me fast skipping.
First out. Last home.
Or in this case as you walk into the kitchen!
Although it's dark, we're going out. I know Bradley, it's only dangerous if you're not careful.
Esme's well inot it. If it wasn't for her I guess we wouldn't.
I arrive two minutes late. Esme's held back by the teacher, and is agog through the glass door. Out she pops, first thing to do, is get some before it goes away again.
Off running to see where it's deepest.
Screams, squawks as children all over the play ground go nuts, as parents try to hurry them home for none of us are prepared for all this, and it's still coming down.
Finally we get out. have a walk up to the green, and walk back, it's cold, it's taken us half an hour just to get here, I gotta get Esme...
We start back, here, Bradley's muttering about the three bears. To the left of this picture is a groups of tall pine trees. And behind, a small hut where lives the watchman for the run down small business units, that is Padock Mount, Dawley.
So, Bradley says, "I will play with Little Bear." I say, "sure he won't want to eat you up?" "No, I will be his friend."
And thusly he mutters about the Little Bear as we walk back up the steep field.
We pledge to get Esme out after school. "She is brave of snow."
I've been hacking stylesheets since they first appeared back in the late 90s. But this current project making 20 themes in just stylesheets is the most difficult.
I need to make sure that they work with IE6, IE5.5 and IE5.0 Win. As well as looking good in Mozilla.
Lucky for me, I don't need to consider Safari or any other Mac browsers nor Opera. These themes are for an intranet for the Government and no other browsers are needed.
Still, it's slow. Very, very slow. Make a change — check in four browsers... And of course, making each theme look the same in each browsers is extremely complex. One will, then you change to make it work in another and the first one changes... Repeat and repeat for a whole day, and all you've done for that whole day is one small piece. It's so frustrating.
Officials Say Mob Stole $200 Million Using Phone Bills.
New York organized crime figures bilked millions of consumers out of
more than $200 million over five years by adding bogus charges.
There maybe evidence that this has spread internationally. I'll be checking my bills from all the phone companies I use: Orange, TeleWest and another from which I hire my 0800 numbers from. I've never trusted them anyway. Now, I have good reasons for my suspicions.
The Labour party is
considering giving Tony Blair a weblog as part of its attempt to make
its general election campaign an "engaging dialogue with the British
Perhaps it's one of those, 'by all means necessary' but could it be that the most powerful man in the UK said the word, blog?
Pretty sure it wouldn't be a bloggers' blog, more a news page updated by lowly labour supporters. Missing that "voice."
This static underline and this rollover effect are groovy, baby. This static underline and this animated rollover could be used to show external links. (Animation effects are not visible in every browser; some, such as Safari 1.0, show only the first frame.)
From Listapart. More fun with CSS.
Tony Blair's credibility
over his use of intelligence before the Iraq invasion came under fresh
assault yesterday when he said that at the time of the war he was
personally unaware that Saddam Hussein did not have the ability to fire
long-range chemical and biological weapons.
He "never asked?" Not even "out of curiosity."
It's become very, very long. Still some finishing bits to do, like the calendar. I think, I'll simplify it much more, make it smaller on all of them. I don't think it's so important, really, not with a good search engine — which they have on the intranet.
And I need to add some kind of footer, just to finish it off.
And I wish I had the budget to buy some real icons! But href="http://www.stockicons.com/browse.asp">the ones I want are $600 which isn't in my budget at the moment. Pity, these would have really finished the designs off.
Wot? No bloggings? Yep, still up to my greasy elbows in CSS work. I'll beat these Manila themes, if it kills me.