October 19th, 2004

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Did you (Aussies) see any of John Safran v God final episode last night on SBS? He went to a US exorcist (Bob Larsen?), filled in form about all the 'Satanic' influences he had been exposing himself to, got exorcised (they even roped in some African-Americans to throw out the voodoo spirits). The exorcist was a real case; smooth & well organised.

After exorcism they just cut to the end credits. Assume this is way of him getting interviewed by a lot of people to ask what it felt like, how he came to terms with it, etc, etc.

Whistleblower's death not suicide.
The Australian Protective Service assistant inspector blew the whistle on what he said was corruption that compromised security at Sydney Airport before the 2000 Olympics.
He met the federal MP for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, who contacted the then-Attorney-General, Daryl Williams. But Mr Lee-Rogers was found dead in his Queanbeyan apartment before Mr Williams could reply.
A protective service internal asset audit, disclosed yesterday in the NSW Coroner's Court in Queanbeyan, found that 47 revolvers, two rifles, six shotguns, 30 sets of handcuffs and 18 batons had disappeared from the service's custody. Firearms training systems, video cameras, X-ray equipment and 25 computers were also missing.
Other documents tendered to the court said dozens of security officers were trained by unqualified staff and that failures in asset management extended to firearms' security at Sydney Airport.
Police found Mr Lee-Rogers's body on October 1 last year in his Queanbeyan flat with a blood-stained knife, bloodied pillow and two white plastic bottles in his right hand.
Initially they secured the flat as a crime scene. But the death was later treated as natural.

A bunch of things to not make you feel very good about Life, the Universe, and, well maybe not quite Everything.

Bush is losing his mind by kos
Sat Oct 16th, 2004 at 00:36:03 GMT

You think Bush looked terrible in the debates, check out this video leaked to me by a member of the Iraqi Survey Group. (Big QT file.)

PC: http://www.dailykos.com/images/admin/President_Bush_Thanks_ISG.avi
Mac: http://www.dailykos.com/images/admin/President_Bush_Thanks_ISG.mpg

The clip is a 'thank you' message taped by Bush for the members of the Iraqi Survey Group. It hasn't been altered in any way.
The fact he can barely finish his sentences should be a genuine cause for concern. This was no impromptu appearance, like his disastrous press conferences and debate appearances. This was a planned, scripted, recorded address.
I'm starting to think rumors of Bush's ill health may have basis in reality. Watch the clip and decide for yourself. It clearly made a stir amongst the members of the ISG.

This really reminded me of the recent Australian election:
Greg London ::: (view all by) ::: October 16, 2004, 11:21 AM:
I had a very odd and unsettling discussion last night with a number of people who declared they were voting for Bush. But I also learned three new things ...
So, the odd and unsettling thing I learned, besides the three points above, is that this election is SO not about facts.
It is more and more a game of "Thing" where truth is not so nearly as important as persuasion.
[I have seen Thing described, but haven't spotted a 'proper' list of rules & description online yet. You can get a good idea from ]

Liars? Idiots? Liars AND Idiots?
Some time ago, I mentioned ( http://www.tompaine.com/feature2.cfm/ID/10295 ) that everyone in America should be praying to god the Bush administration was consciously lying about Iraq. Because if they actually believed everything they were saying, we're REALLY in trouble.

Disturbing, but not surprising at all if true. There are various follow-ups to this later in this blog -- http://www.tinyrevolution.com/mt/archives/000172.html#more

Here I also found this word:
monopsony: A market characterized by a single buyer of a product. Monopsony is the buying-side equivalent of a selling-side monopoly. Much as a monopoly is the only seller in a market, monopsony is the only buyer. While monopsony could be analyzed for any type of market it tends to be most relevant for factor markets in which a single firm is the only buyer of a factor.

And had this drawn to my attention.
as well as quite a lot of other good stuff, such as "Letters to Americans" and a series of stuff which very well illustrates several of my earlier contentions.

Reality-based community news
There’s a weird new science-fiction piece by Ron Suskind in today’s New York Times Magazine ... ( http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/17/magazine/17BUSH.html )
Basically, it’s Alex Proyas’s film Dark City <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118929/> rewritten as a political thriller. Derivative, but compelling. The stuff about the madman’s crazed, cultish followers is good too, though a little overdone. Throwing in a stock character who says “I just believe God controls everything, and God uses the president to keep evil down” and “God gave us this president to be the man to protect the nation at this time” is heavy-handed, I think. But overall, as a depiction of an alternate universe inhabited by the insane, it’s pretty interesting stuff from an outlet that doesn’t usually publish much in the genre.

Similar ideas are seen at:

Aha! And they're also bringing up an older SF work that you'll probably remember I've been banging on about for some 2-3 years too.

You believe that reality is something objective, external, existing in its own right ... But I tell you, Winston, that reality is not external ... Whatever the Party holds to be the truth, is truth. It is impossible to see reality except by looking through the eyes of the Party.

For Something Completely Different:
www.exopolitics.org/Study-Paper2.htm -- An Exopolitical Perspective on the Preemptive War against Iraq

For Shakespearean-style light relief:

This website is not necessarily recommended for children, minors, or other people of a sensitive nature, since it will most likely present content that might be upsetting. Still it was never my intention to pussy-foot around, and I don't intend on making the site any safer, the net is a big bad dangerous super-highway and if you get upset by images made from text then you might as well give up now.

Welcome to ExtremePumpkins.com where strange pumpkins, pumpkin patterns, and alternative pumpkin carving techniques are developed and demonstrated for you. Pumpkin carving will never be the same.
Today we seize back this ritual. Today is the day we throw away those safe, cute carving tools. Today. We will buy a big, ugly, pumpkin so large one man cannot lift or move it. Today. We will carve that sumbitch into something ugly and plop it on the front porch. October 31st we will light it brightly enough to give visiting children suntans.

Pumpkin carving is reborn.
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Some GW Bush Jokes - recounted by various contributors

One sunny day in 2005 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Ave, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the US Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."
The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here."
The old man said, "Okay" and walked away.
The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."
The Marine again told the man, "Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here."
The man thanked him and, again just walked away
The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same US Marine, saying "I would like to go in and meet with President Bush."
The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I've told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don't you understand?"
The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it."
The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow, Sir."

Jon Carroll quoted this yesterday:
"The last time we listened to a Bush, we wandered in the desert for 40 years."


from The Daily Show
from Camp Chaos (State of the Union address)

Q. If Bush, Ashcroft, Cheney, and Rumsfeld were in a rowboat in the middle of the ocean, and the boat sprang a leak, who would be saved?
A. America.

One night, George W. Bush is awakened by George Washington's ghost in the White House. Bush asks: "George, what is the best thing I could do to help the country?"
"Set an honest and honorable example, just as I did," Washington advises.
The next night, the ghost of Thomas Jefferson moves through the dark bedroom. "Tom," W asks, "what is the best thing I could do to help the country?"
"Cut taxes and reduce the size of government," Jefferson advises.
Bush isn't sleeping well the next night, and sees another figure moving in the shadows. It's Abraham Lincoln's ghost. "Abe, what is the best thing I could do to help the country?" Bush asks.
Abe answers: "Go see a play."

So George is doing yet another photo op at an elementary school, and this one’s been going pretty well, so he offers to take questions. A little boy raises his hand.

“Okay, you,” says George, smiling. “What’s your name?”
“Billy. And what’s your question?”
“I have three questions,” Billy says. “First, why did you go to war without UN approval? Second, why are you president when Gore got more votes? Third, where’s Osama bin Laden?”
George is taken aback. “Uh, those are really hard questions,” he says.
Just then the bell rings. “Whoops, time for recess!” George says. “Guess I’ll have to answer your questions when recess is over.”
After recess, when the kids have settled back down again, George says “Okay, who’s got a question?”
A little kid raises his hand, and George calls on him.
“What’s your name?” George asks.
“Okay, Steve. What’s your question?”
“I have five questions,” Steve says. “First, why did you go to war without UN approval? Second, why are you president when Gore got more votes? Third, where’s Osama bin Laden? Fourth, why did the bell for recess ring twenty minutes early? And fifth, what happened to Billy?”

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I believe the orginal joke, which was from the Soviet days, was that there was a rally at which (Stalin) (Krushchev) (whomever) appeared and answered questions. Boris stands up and says, "I have two questions, when will we defeat capitalism, and when will there no longer be lines for meat?". The leader says, "I will find out, and answer your questions tomorrow". The next day, the leader is answering questions again. Ivan stands up and says, "I have three questions, when will we defeat capitalism, when will there no longer be lines for meat, and where is Boris?"

And there is always, if you were trapped in a room with a rattlesnake, a cobra and George Bush, and you had a gun with only two bullets, what would you do?
Shoot Bush twice.
(The first time I heard that, it was a lawyer joke.)
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