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A rant

Every once in a while something comes on the news which pisses me off so much I can't help but rant about it. At these times it's best if I'm in Bristol, because then coraling Gut or George into political discussion is easy. Unfortunately I live in London now. This time I'm pissed off by the American murder of Terry Lloyd, the ITN reporter whose team were bombed to all hell just after the start of the Iraq invasion. They were killed by a bunch of dumbass Americans who were told to bomb the shit out of anything that moved, as their clearly marked convoy moved across the desert. Clearly marked. Like, civilian vehicles with 'PRESS' written on them in large letters. It is now the opinion of senior lawyers and officials in this country that the US attack was a war crime; want to bet it will go to the International Criminal Court? My ass it will. America isn't a party to the treaty that govens the court (http://www.asil.org/insights/insigh87.htm), so US soldiers can shoot whoever the hell they like and no one can do a damn thing.

Now they have released videos of the immediate aftermath, on which you can hear the soldiers saying 'those are media vehicles. We should have taken a longer lens of them' (i.e. we should have spent longer identifying targets). However, the US Govt has (according to forensics) edited the videos to hide the actual moment when they blew the vehicle up, in a pathetic attempt to hide their guilt. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolavconsole/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_6030000/newsid_6038600/bb_rm_6038636.stm)

Added to this, it is alleged by ITN that the british Govt knew about the event at the time, but refused to release any details of the incident, presumably because they didn't want to negatively affect the PR of their war of aggression.

And most Americans probably think it serves ITN right for having independent reporters and not using US military censored 'embedded' reporters, who are nothing but a tool for military propoganda.

The last time I was this mad was when three detainees at Guantanamo Bay committed suicide and the US described it as an act of "asymmetric warfare waged against us" (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5068606.stm). An act of what?

Add to this Abu Ghraib (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/5041946.stm), the massacre at Haditha (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5030960.stm), the new Bacos thing (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/5415216.stm) and the utter and total corruption of the Bremmer-led "Coalition Provisional Authority" (which actually involved suitcases full of money and palaces full of whores and drugs) (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4098729.stm and http://search.bbc.co.uk/cgi-bin/search/results.pl?scope=all&edition=d&q=coalition+provisional+authority audio file on the right hand side is especially 'good') and you would have to be a total retard to think that the US (or Britain: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5385610.stm) gives a damn about Iraq or Iraqis, or about Terry Llyod or any other journalists interested in the truth.

What. The. Fuck.

Pinter is right; sometimes the world of politics is even more absurd than his plays. (http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2005/pinter-lecture-e.html)
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Cambridge botanic gardens jade vine

You deserve a good kick up the As...tra

Yes! I have ANOTHER car for sale. Well, actually, it's a van, not a car. But it is a nice van:

Vauxhal Astra Van
Dual Fuel (i.e. petrol and LPG) so v. cheap to run
'51' reg.
Below-average miles
bodysowrk and interior in v. good condition
12mths MOT, 6mths tx
In shiny navy blue

I have never heard of anyone successfuly selling a car via LiveJournal, but I'm willing to be first. All I need now...is a buyer....come on!!!!!!!!!!!
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Cambridge botanic gardens jade vine

Newsflash: VW names car after Essex Girl

Yes! The opportunity that you have all been waiting for. I have, for sale, a rather good motor:

VW Sharan (Seven seater)
2.0 GL,
Air Con,
Full Service History,
metallic blue,
elec. windows
elec. mirrors,
C.D. player
AND
roof rack

All for a mere £2,500 (or nearest offer)

If you know of anyone who is intereseted, or might even possibly have a vague need for a reliable, well-equipped, good-value 7seater then let me know!
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Cambridge botanic gardens jade vine

90% of degree finished!

I had the single most important exam of my life this morning. My only 100% final, thus representing, with weighting, 10% of my entire 3 years at Durham. Yes. 0.3 years compressed into 2 1/4 hours. With any luck it went alright else I am screwed...

Decided to take the eve off and found that I was the only person in the entire college (among my immediate friends) who'd made the same decision, so ratther a quiet eve. Roll on hedonism! (12 days to go....woohhoo and eek at the same time.

How's everyone else doing?
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Random update and then a rant about hipping and hopping

Well, I thought I'd take another break away from procrastinating over my impending exam crisis to update LJ... In news, Phoebe has a tamagotchi called TAMOO, who has evolved into a leaftchi, which is very damn cute (and distracting). In other news...well, there is no other news. Exams are in 11 days and I have barely started revising, but never mind hey ho. My plan for Classics is to read my supervisors books for all the Platonic dialogues I have to read, and t to try to copy as much out from memory in the exam as possible. My plan for ethics is basically to blad it, and for Wittgenstein to wow them with some random German words peppered here and there; examples include "Sprachspiel" (language-game) "Sachverhalt" (atomic fact) and "Bedeutung" (meaning).

Oh yeah anyone who is looking for some nice indie hip hop to keep them occupied should check out the following online tracks and videos:

http://www.definitivejux.net/av/

def jux are a record label out of new yawk, with some serious skills. Of notable note are (in no following order): Ace Rock, Cannibal Ox, C Razy Walz, Calm Pete, RJD2, Murs, ah hell, its all sweet. Oh yeah and if you like this stuff check out the indiefeed hiphop podcast on:

http://blindingflashes.blogs.com/indie_feed/featured_artist/index.html

Their only fault is that they do not have enough UK stuff (understandably) - the likes of Doc Brown, Jehst, Sway etc. are all missing, but if anyone is interested in that kind of stuff, I can always hook you up...

Mike
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Well, I have an essay due tomorrow and classics revision essays for friday (and my classics is really really terrible.) to add to the fun, i bought phoebe a candle holder for our 27th month anniversary last night, which was nice, until some paint flecked off the wall turning the holder into a fireball which started to light the wall. I grabbed it, which turned my hand into a fireball and dropped it, which turned my bag into a mini-fireball. I stamped out the fire on the bag, breaking the present, then stamped my hand on my leg, putting it out but whacking myself in the balls in the process. 40 minutes of hand under running water and it became apparent this would need a doctor. so, off to the hospital for an hour of sucking on laughing gas (which was fun but damn weird. people's speaking sounded like a skipping record. were i a doctor i would be on the gas all the time!). now i have a blister about 2inches in diameter on the palm of my left hand, and am a day behind in my revision and got no sleep last night. on the plus side i finally have a story for musketears journal!

phoebe was a great help, taking me to the hospital etc. unfortunately, and despite saying thank you very frequently, she now feels i dont appreciate her and only think about myself.

cue her dumping me for about the 10th time (im getting used to it now)

anyways, i talked her out of that, but not before she had shouted at me a hell of a lot.

now my hand hurts again and I don't want to revise: I just want to go home and die.

sodding hell.
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