30 September 2007
A short film about a moose
|Don't mind me, I just have a thing about moose. . .|
29 September 2007
The cost of aggression
They went to war for their chimp - and have now been left out to dry. Sadly it is the price that ordinary people pay when they believe the tales that the man tells them.
No to British servers
The matter of the websites that were pulled by their British hosting company, Fasthosts, is becoming clearer. If you want to read the full story, Tim Ireland, one of the people who lost their site, as an explanation here. The Register's report, which is much briefer and to the point, can be found here.
Briefly, although the sites were hosted by Fasthosts, they had not sold the space to the bloggers. A reseller was involved and when Fasthosts decided to pull the plug, they did it on all the sites that this reseller had. That is why the likes of Boris Johnson the Tory MP went down as well.
Now, as we have already said, all these problems could have been averted by the use of a foreign server, but the point also needs to be made that you don't even save money by using a British one. Looking at Fasthosts' price list, the yearly cost of a basic .co.uk domain is £2.95 plus VAT. A .com costs £8.89, plus VAT. On the other hand, getting the domain from Yahoo costs less than a fiver and that is for a .com so you would have to be a mug to even register your domain with Fasthosts.
People, I think that the next blog campaign should be to encourage bloggers to get off British servers. It is not as if you are saving money by using British companies, and as fasthosts have proven, they will pull your site whenever it suits them.
28 September 2007
Chimp blustered: & world yawned
It is emerging from Spanish sources that in the run-up to the war against Iraq, the chimp threatened Angola, Cameroon, Chile and Mexico with all sorts of dire consequences if they did not make a ritual act of obedience by voting for the war in the Security Council. None of the countries did, but none of them has suffered any adverse consequences whatsoever.
This is something that the rest of us can take heart from. If the likes of Angola and Mexico could tell the simian to go and take a flying fuck, then the days when the world had to listen to America's roars are over.
26 September 2007
How to blog anonymously
A couple of days ago we looked at how to keep your site on-line when faced by the boss class and their legal threats. Now let's look at how to keep your job as a blogger.
It is quite likely that as a working class blogger you will want to write about your boss, his place and his profits. That's fine, and more power to you. The more people who spill the beans about their bastard work the better. In the long run capitalism can only survive with the consent of the millions of peons who live from wage packet to wage packet every week. So let's encourage our people to blog, but to blog carefully. If the fuckers don't know who is spilling the beans, then we get to enjoy two great belly laughs. Once because the management filth are annoyed, then again because the cockroaches don't know who is doing it to them.
There is one basic rule to blogging about your work: be anonymous. Discretion is so obvious that I am amazed that bloggers get caught and lose their jobs. Just don't tell anybody about your nefarious activities. There is bound to be at least one gaffer's man in the group that you work with, so keep your trap shut.
Leading on from this, you need to blog under a pen-name and the e-mail account should be web based, and not the one that comes with your internet account. People this is just so fucking obvious, but bloggers still get caught, so let's keep things at primary school level. Use a web account and a pen name, OK?
Secondly, don't blog at work. If you do, then the boss might be able to figure out from the times of the postings who was on-line at that particular moment. He can then look at all the computers' hard drives and see who has been writing extra-curricular stuff. Don't think that deleting your private material will work, because it won't. There are programmes that can be used to undelete just about anything, so forget about blogging at work.
Assuming that you are employed by a private firm, then blogging from home should be fine. On the other hand, if you want to be super careful, go to an internet cafe to create your subversive postings.
People, a generation ago I was leaking all sorts of shit to the local press about my then employer. It used to drive the fuckers wild and thinking up new and outrageous leaks killed many a long, boring day at bastard work.
Think how much fun you can have with a blog - just be careful and you should be able to continue in business for many a long year.
24 September 2007
China & Germany in diplomatic spat
Neil Clark reports that the Chinese are annoyed at the Germans, over Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent meeting with the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled leader. Neil goes on to say:
China illegally invaded Tibet in 1950 and has no right to harangue the leaders of other countries for meeting the country's exiled spiritual leader. This blog has always taken a consistent line against arrogant, imperialist attitudes and it does so regardless of whether the arrogant imperialists are American, British, Chinese or any other nationality.I couldn't agree more! Back in 2005 The Exile was calling for demonstrations against the visit of the Chinese president, and giving out the address of the Tibetan and Taiwanese offices in London. People need to remember that the same NuLabour regime that so cheerfully agreed to America's order to invade Iraq, also used the occasion of a state visit by a Chinese leader in 1999 to kow-tow to the Chinese by arresting demonstrators in London.
Hopefully the Germans will ignore the Chinese protest. They do seem to be made out of sterner stuff than their counterparts in London.
23 September 2007
Iraqi guerrillas are "nationalists," admits British general
General Sir Richard Dannatt, had admitted that his Iraqi opponents are "nationalists" who are "not bad people".
The NuLabour brigade may feel the need to keep their noses firmly jammed up Bush's bum hole, but the soldiers have had enough of the lies.
Swivel on that, warmongers.
22 September 2007
How to keep your site on-line
Following on from last night's posting, it has emerged that it wasn't only Craig Murray that had his blog taken down by Fasthosts, the inaptly named hosting company. So did quite a few other bloggers. The likes of the Conservative MP Boris Johnson and a Labour councillor named Bob Piper had nothing to do with the dispute between Craig Murray and the Uzbek oligarch, but Fasthosts seemed to have gone into a panic and pulled all the blogs that they hosted.
How can a person protect his blog from actions like this? The answer is fairly straightforward. Firstly, do not have your domain either registered or hosted in Britain. Secondly, ensure that the company that holds your domain registration is different from the one that hosts your site. Thirdly, make sure that you register and host with large companies - I suggest Yahoo, but there are others equally big.
The registration actually doesn't matter all that much, but if you are going to put the site overseas you might as well as go the whole hog and register your domain via a foreign company as well. Make sure that the company that holds your registration is not some fly by night outfit that will try to force you to host with them. Many smaller companies offer tempting packages that involve free domain registration along with the hosting. The problem is that if a customer decides to change his host, they drag their feet about changing the two name servers. These are two short bits of code that tell a computer where a site is actually located.
A large company isn't going to do this. When you register your domain with Yahoo, you are given a control panel that includes a spot for the primary and secondary name servers. You just write them in and click save. It is as simple as that to change a host - if your domain is registered with a large company. If it isn't, then you have to rely on someone in the company that holds your registration making the change for you. Big really is better, especially if your host has just kicked your site into touch and you need a new one immediately.
Had the British bloggers followed at least some of this simple advice they would have been off line for a matter of hours at most. Their mistake seems to have been having their domains registered, and their sites hosted, by the same company. Had the domain been held by somone else, then when Fasthosts decided to close them down, they could have rented space with another host, changed their name servers to that new host and then uploaded their sites to that new server.
On the other hand, had everything been held abroad, they would not have gone off-line in the first place.
They made a mistake, but it is one that we can all learn from: register with one company and host with another: that way you keep your site on-line.
21 September 2007
Support Craig Murray: laugh at Harry's place
Harry's Place is reporting that both Tim Ireland and Craig Murray's blogs are down, as a result of a legal threat from a Russian oligarch. They call upon all blogs to support the two that have been pulled by their server. Amazingly, after having argued that "bloggers cannot operate if they are bullied by rich plaintiffs," they have refused to offer a link to the Craig Murray article that caused Alisher Usmanov to reach for his lawyers. Not only that, but they are censoring anyone who is trying to give the link out in the comment box.
The laugh here is that Usmanov didn't threaten Craig Murray: he had a solicitor's letter sent to Murray's hosting company and they pulled the plug on the site. So Harry's Place is running scared at the thought of legal action that has not even been threatened against the bloggers.
All bloggers should at least post a link to the article, and then have a good laugh at the warmongers as they try to support Craig and Tim by not supporting them. Attacking Muslims and supporting aggression against them is much easier, isn't it lads? Putting your own plump necks on the line. . . Naah, that's not what we expect from NuLabour's strongest supporters.
This is the posting that Harry's Place hasn't got the balls to even link to:
Alisher Usmanov, potential Arsenal chairman, is a Vicious Thug, Criminal, Racketeer, Heroin Trafficker and Accused Rapist
by Craig Murray
I thought I should make my views on Alisher Usmanov quite plain to you. You are unlikely to see much plain talking on Usmanov elsewhere in the media because he has already used his billions and his lawyers in a pre-emptive strike. They have written to all major UK newspapers, including the latter:
"Mr Usmanov was imprisoned for various offences under the old Soviet regime. We wish to make it clear our client did not commit any of the offences with which he was charged. He was fully pardoned after President Mikhail Gorbachev took office. All references to these matters have now been expunged from police records . . . Mr Usmanovdoes not have any criminal record."
Let me make it quite clear that Alisher Usmanov is a criminal. He was in no sense a political prisoner, but a gangster and racketeer who rightly did six years in jail. The lawyers cunningly evoke "Gorbachev", a name respected in the West, to make us think that justice prevailed.
That is completely untrue.
Usmanov's pardon was nothing to do with Gorbachev. It was achieved through the growing autonomy of another thug, President Karimov, at first President of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic and from 1991 President of Uzbekistan. Karimov ordered the "Pardon" because of his alliance with Usmanov's mentor, Uzbek mafia boss and major international heroin overlord Gafur Rakimov. Far from being on Gorbachev's side, Karimov was one of the Politburo hardliners who had Gorbachev arrested in the attempted coup that was thwarted by Yeltsin standing on the tanks outside the White House.
Usmanov is just a criminal whose gangster connections with one of the World's most corrupt regimes got him out of jail. He then plunged into the "privatisation" process at a time when gangster muscle was used to secure physical control of assets, and the alliance between the Russian Mafia and Russian security services was being formed.
Usmanov has two key alliances. he is very close indeed to President Karimov, and especially to his daughter Gulnara. It was Usmanov who engineered the 2005 diplomatic reversal in which the United States was kicked out of its airbase in Uzbekistan and Gazprom took over the country's natural gas assets. Usmanov, as chairman of Gazprom Investholdings paid a bribe of $88 million to Gulnara Karimova to secure this. This is set out on page 366 of Murder in Samarkand.
Alisher Usmanov had risen to chair of Gazprom Investholdings because of his close personal friendship with Putin, He had accessed Putin through Putin's long time secretary and now chef de cabinet, Piotr Jastrzebski. Usmanov and Jastrzebski were room-mates at college. Gazprominvest holdings is the group that handles Gazproms interests outside Russia, Usmanov's role is, in effect, to handle Gazprom's bribery and sleaze on the international arena, and the use of gas supply cuts as a threat to uncooperative satellite states.
Gazprom has also been the tool which Putin has used to attack internal democracy and close down the independent media in Russia. Gazprom has bought out - with the owners having no choice - the only independent national TV station and numerous regional TV stations, several radio stations and two formerly independent national newspapers. These have been changed into slavish adulation of Putin. Usmanov helped accomplish this through Gazprom. The major financial newspaper, Kommersant, he bought personally. He immediately replaced the editor-in-chief with a pro-Putin hack, and three months later the long-serving campaigning defence correspondent, Ivan Safronov, mysteriously fell to his death from a window.
Usmanov is also dogged by the widespread belief in Uzbekistan that he was guilty of a particularly atrocious rape, which was covered up and the victim and others in the know disappeared. The sad thing is that this is not particularly remarkable. Rape by the powerful is an everyday hazard in Uzbekistan, again as outlined in Murder in Samarkand page 120. If anyone has more detail on the specific case involving Usmanov please add a comment.
I reported back in 2002 or 2003 in an Ambassadorial top secret telegram to the Foreign Office that Usmanov was the most likely favoured successor of President Karimov as totalitarian leader of Uzbekistan. I also outlined the Gazprom deal (before it happened) and the present by Usmanov to Putin (though in Jastrzebski's name) of half of Mapobank, a Russian commercial bank owned by Usmanov. I will never forget the priceless reply from our Embassy in Moscow. They said that they had never even heard of Alisher Usmanov, and that Jastrzebski was a jolly nice friend of the Ambassador who would never do anything crooked.
Sadly, I expect the football authorities will be as purblind. Football now is about nothing but money, and even Arsenal supporters - as tight-knit and homespun a football community as any - can be heard saying they don't care where the money comes from as long as they can compete with Chelsea.
I fear that is very wrong. Letting as diseased a figure as Alisher Usmanov into your club can only do harm in the long term.
20 September 2007
NuLab deselects Bob Wareing: he will fight as an independent
Bob Wareing, the Labour MP for Liverpool West Derby has been deselected, reports Neil Clark. The NuLabourites have chosen Stephen Twigg, a former MP who has no connection to Liverpool, to stand in his place.
First it has to be said that Wareing is 77 years old and should have retired a decade ago. That said, the fact that the local party has chosen Twigg, rather than a local activist, probably says more about the state of the NuLab base than it does about either Wareing or Twigg.
Put simply, what we are seeing is further evidence of the internal colonialism under which working class people are now forced to live. It could be said that it is their own fault, because they chose to disengage from politics. However, that disengagement came about because politics, in the shape of the Labour Party, no longer represented them.
The Wareing Affair is a case in point. In 1983 Liverpool registered a 5% swing to Labour - it was the only part of the country that saw through Thatcher and the class she represented. Given that Liverpool has been hammered time and again since then, it would be ludicrous to claim that the bulk of the population in Liverpool West Derby have suddenly become adherents to the NuLab notion of supporting globalised capitalism, screwing working class people and acting as America's batman in various wars of aggression. So why was Stephen Twigg, a man who believes in all of those things, chosen?
The Local Labour Party has been taken over, that's why. Not by the right, not by the left, but by that new sub-strata of social workers, teachers and council officers who form the colonial caste in our cities.
Yes, people are fighting back - this blog is an example of that - but I do fear that their call for a new party is just so much pissing in the wind. We need more than a new set of initials. We need an organisation that reflects our culture of drink beer, shag women and bollocks to the boss.
Labour started to go wrong when it ceased to represent the urban working class in any cultural sense. That happened before the party dumped the economic policies that working class people believe in.
This stranglehold that the class enemy has on politics means that we are treated as scum who are only needed to vote for whatever middle class tosser the local colonial class want to impose. It is also why a new party is not enough. It has to be a new party that will make people like Twigg feel afraid - very, very afraid.
The issue is as atavistic as that. It is time that the middle class felt the bladder tightening sensation that only fear brings.
If Bob Wareing does carry out his promise to stand as an independent, then could that be the start of the fightback? Only time will tell, but The Exile has a nice, Latin motto that a working class party should adopt: Oderint dum metuant!
19 September 2007
Iraqis claim that Blackwater goons opened fire first
The Iraqi preliminary report into the Blackwater Massacre has claimed that the mercenaries opened fire on a car, killing the couple inside along with their infant child. Blackwater had claimed that their goons only opened fire when they were ambushed by guerrillas.
Not that it matters a bucket of stale piss, of course, because what happened isn't important. What's important is what the Iraqis believe happened, and you would have to be pretty fucking deranged to argue that they are going to be in a mood to listen to America's version of events.
Sure enough, the cull which had been in the doldrums for a few days has started to creep up again, as four of America's psychotic best were put down yesterday.
Let's just sit back and wait until the brothers, cousins and fathers of the butchered start taking their revenge.
The new look Exile
Well what do you think of the new template? It went live at 8.00pm tonight, and this is the first posting to the new look.
Why did I do it? Basically for two reasons:
1. The Exile looked fine with the old template until I started taking adverts a few weeks ago. Then people started getting shirty because they had to scroll right the way down to get to the first posting. The new template means that the adverts get stuck in the columns and the blog can be read from the top.
2. The three column format means that I have more space to stick shit on. I will spend some time looking for advertisers to fill the acres of space that I have free in both outside columns.
Welcome to the new look Exile!
18 September 2007
Iraqis pull the plug on Blackwater mercenaries: or do they?
|Following the massacre of at least eight Iraqi civilians by Blackwater, the American mercenary company, the Iraqi government has bowed to public pressure and revoked the outfit's license to operate in Iraq. The American State Department has gone into overdrive on this and it is highly likely that America's puppets will be told, firmly but clearly, that they are to do no such thing.|
American diplomats are protected by the mercenary companies that operate in Iraq, and if Blackwater are forced to withdraw, those people will be unable to leave the Green Zone for a short while. It would only be a short while, because the Blackwater mercs could easily transfer to another company and quickly get back to escorting Americans around and killing Iraqis. Nevertheless, being forced to change mercenary companies could inconvenience the Americans, and that must not be allowed to happen.
Nobody will be prosecuted because one of the first things that the occupation forces did was pass Order 17 which states quite clearly that no mercenary is answerable to Iraqi law. The puppets have not repealed this ordinance, obviously, so it remains in force.
17 September 2007
America almost certain to attack Iran
America looks almost certain to launch an attack upon Iran, probably early next year. The plan seems to involve creating a border incident in the hope that the Iranians will respond, and then send the bombers in. The only matter still under debate seems to be whether the Americans will bomb Iran back to the stone age, or be content with leaving them in the bronze.
Sadly, it looks as if the new French government will either join in the attack, or support it diplomatically, at least if the language that is coming out of Paris is to be believed.
The British for their part seem to have made it clear to the Americans that they cannot join in this new colonial adventure.
The strategy for British anti-imperialists should be obvious. We need to redouble our calls for the remaining British forces to be withdrawn from Iraq as quickly as possible. The fear must be that the chimp will order his attack while they are still in place, in the hope that Britain will be forced to remain and fight. If the army is no longer there, then there is nothing that the simian can do to involve us.
The only thing that is clear at the moment is that nothing is clear. The American plans seem to involve the Iranians doing exactly as the Americans expect - just as planning for the war against iraq involved the Iraqis falling into line. If the Iranians are as astute as the Iraqis turned out to be, then the USA could be in for a nasty surprise. The fact that just about everyone now accepts that Iran is the next course on the beast's menu has given the Iranians plenty of time to plan their response.
For all our sakes, let's hope that their response is effective.
Drug and alcohol rehab at Sunset Malibu
The Sunset Malibu Alcohol Rehab Clinic is one of the most prestigious rehab centres in the USA. It is located in Malibu, of course, and offers a full range of addiction treatments in its luxurious setting.
I had no idea that treatment for drug addiction was different from the treatment that a recovering alcoholic requires until I read this rather fascinating web site. Their alcohol abuse programmes are tailored to each individual person, with the aim of ensuring that he or she is able to lead a full, complete and alcohol free life.
Their drug rehabilitation centre also treats a person as an individual, and starts by looking for the reasons why they became addicted in the first place. The clinic is small and is, therefore, able to offer the resources that each individual needs. They get to know each patient, and are able to discover just what he needs to make a full recovery. Then they provide it!
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16 September 2007
2,500 British troops to leave Iraq: border deployment only short term
The movement of 350 men of the King's Royal Hussars to the Iranian border is becoming clearer. They are on the border, but in the area of east of Basra and the Shatt al Arab waterway. In other words they are not spread out and are within scuttling distance of the rest of the force if things look like they are going wrong.
Pressure seems to be building up on the government from the Ministry of Defence, who take the view that this could lead to conflict with Iran. This is obviously what the Americans want, but the word coming out of London is that 2,500 troops will leave Iraq in November. They will be stationed just across the border in Kuwait, and the line is that they will train Iraqi troops from there. The point is that they will be out of harm's way. That decision has not yet been confirmed, and may be part of an army and MoD campaign to force the government to call it a day by selective leaks.
It is perhaps in this light that we should see the recent move. Hopefully it will not cause too much trouble with the Iranians, and it allows the British to pretend that they are not preparing for a full retreat from the whole of Iraq.
If the Iranians understand that, then this brief deployment may pass off without a hitch. The problem is, what if they don't?
Drug Rehab at with Narcononstonehawk
Stone Hawk claims to know all about addictions because almost everyone who works there was once an addict. Their drug rehabilitation centre is located in Michigan, in its own private grounds, that front its enormous private lake.
Their rehabilitation programme, called Narconon, was developed by William Benitez, a man much influenced by the writings of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology Cult. Benitez felt that it was more useful to identify people's strengths rather than their weaknesses, and that this would help them overcome their addictions. The programme has a strong educational element within it, and concentrates on teaching people the skills necessary to lead a drug-free life.
A person taking the in-patient drug rehabilitation course can spend anything from 28 days at the centre to up to a full year; it all depends on their needs. The course begins with the detoxification process. This involves the sauna, regular exercise and vitamin supplements. When this has been completed, the educational process can begin. Obviously, each person is different, so putting a more exact time-scale to the treatment needed is not possible.
Now that you know about Stone Hawk, its location and origins, you can make a decision for yourself. The centre is ready to answer your questions, and even runs a blog where you can leave comments.
14 September 2007
Surge fails: what next for Iraq?
The Chimp has been forced to go on American television and admit that his surge has failed. Troop numbers will be reduced to their pre-surge levels by next year. All the spin in the world cannot hide the fact that the Iraqis have outlasted the Americans, and it is the fact that the occupation army can no longer take the strain that has forced this move. As soon as the numbers go down, the guerrillas will emerge from hiding and start the battle all over again.
At the moment most of the fighting seems to be Shia instigated, as a lot of Sunni guerrillas are taking a break from the conflict, and many tribally based resistance groups are accepting American dollars to fight al-Qaida. That is good as there is nothing to say that you can't be a nationalist and not make a buttie at the same time. Once al-Qaida have been dealt with they can be expected to return to the fray.
Unless that is the Americans offer them a deal that would see a Sunni strongman take over the national government. However if that happened then every excuse that the warmongers have put forward for war would be down the pan. The collection of warlords who make up the government, and whose militias battle for control on the streets, hardly have the makings of a capitalist, middle class, post-modern polity, but the warmongers can at least pretend that they do.
If Saddam Hussein Mark Two takes over how will they feel about that?
13 September 2007
Have the British actually moved troops to the Iranian border?
Your friendly Exile fell out of bed expecting to find the media alive with the story that some 350 British troops have been moved to the Iranian border. Alas, this was not the case, and finding out any more information has proved impossible. That's not to say that the story is not being reported, because it is, but all the reports refer back to account in The Independent that we commented on yesterday.
So are British troops currently doing as their American masters want and provoking the Iranians, or was it a bit of disinformation? The Kings' Royal Hussars were told on Saturday that they were being shipped home. However, The Independent had it that they were the unit that was off on border patrol.
Something doesn't sound right, but only time will tell what it is.
12 September 2007
Americans try to provoke an Iranian attack using British troops as the bait
350 British soldiers have been sent to the border with Iran, as part of an American inspired provocation.
That it came at the "request" of the Americans should come as no surprise. It may even have been the price that Gordon Brown had to pay to get Britain's American masters to agree to the retreat from the Basra city base in the first place.
What this means is that these troops will be either left like tits in the wind if the Iranians decide to take the bait, or that the Basra militias could start rocketing and mortaring the airport to try and force the troops on the border to return to base.
There have been no attacks on the British since they retreated from the city, but the Iraqis do have several hundred missiles stored close at hand and ready for use.
There can be only one reason for this provocation: the Americans are looking for an excuse for war and are praying that the Iranians attack this small force. British soldiers are being used as America's bait, their lives of no more importance than that of a sprat that is used to catch a mackerel.
That members of the British Government could go along with this only shows how unfit they are to even call themselves British, never mind to be in government.
11 September 2007
Doing the maths, Exile style part two
Do you remember when we had a cheap laugh at the expense of a warmonger who compared the average 50,000 turnout at anti-war rallies to the 60 million who live in the country? Well, now it's time for another good chuckle. Only now we get to laugh all the 'mongers to say nothing of their stooges.
Ladies and gentlemen, as you know, various types have been trying to save face by bringing over to the UK over 20,000 Iraqi collaborators to save them from whatever nasty fate usually befalls those who supported the imperial side when the empire finally falls. They screamed! They shouted! They organised a fucking petition...
Out of 60 million people in the UK only 1,066 have so far signed the on-line petition to save those poor harkis. The Exile wouldn't mind if people were being asked to march, but all they have to do is stick their names down on an electronic petition - and only one thousand are willing so to do!
And what names they are: the only ones missing are Ivan Erection, Nick Urzdown and Mustapha Slash!
Not to worry, folks. Having got you all wound up, Dan Hardie the blogger who came up with this lunatic idea in the first place is doing . . . sweet fuck all. His penultimate posting was on the 24th August and his last on the 5th September. He did announce the Commons' meeting that is due to take place next month, however, and the whole affair has probably helped his journalistic career no end.
How sad it must be for the 'mongers. They can't even get up a petition worth its salt.
10 September 2007
George Galloway demonstrates his contempt for warmongers
Why does George Galloway irritate so much? That is the question that one of Rupert Murdock's arse-licking scabs has just asked, as reported by Harry's Place. The answer is that he doesn't irritate the people who elected him to Parliament. Most people in Britain who are not involved in politics are likewise indifferent to George, or have never heard of him.
He only irritates those sad, pathetic little losers who are only now facing up to the totality of their defeat in Iraq. He was asked to name his favourite word and he chose "indefatigability," knowing full well how much the scum would howl. It was one of the words he used when he met the late President Hussein of Iraq, and praised his country's indefatigability. A quality which the Iraqis demonstrated when they forced their British occupiers to accept their terms for a ceasefire in Basra.
He chose it because none of the creatures who cheered on the war against Iraq now count for shit. We do not debate any more with warmongering scum, because the war against Iraq is now lost as far as British neocolonialism is concerned, and there is nothing more to debate.
There is only the sound of mocking laughter as the warmongers howl in impotent rage. Get it losers? George Galloway's laughing at you -and so are we!
09 September 2007
British agreed to militia terms to evacuate Basra
As a further 250 British troops prepare to leave Iraq, it has finally been confirmed that the retreat from the Basra Palace base came about following negotiations with the militia groups, principally with the Mahdi Army. Significantly, it was the British who first approached the militia, and it was the militia leaders who laid down the terms for the cease-fire that allowed the British forces to make their orderly retreat to the airport.
The conditions were that the British leave Basra city and that they released the militiamen that they were holding prisoner. Nine senior commanders were released immediately, and the remainder are due to be handed over to the Iraqi courts soon. This is acceptable to the militias, because as one of their spokesmen said, the courts will just order their release.
Basra is calm at the moment because the British have left and the city is under the control of the militias. This came about as a result of a cease-fire which the British requested and under terms dictated to them by the militias.
Where's the victory in that, warmongers?
08 September 2007
Riverbend is forced to flee Iraq
Riverbend, the Iraqi girl blogger, and her family have been forced to leave Iraq and are currently in Syria. Her penultimate posting was in April, and that was when she told her readers that the family had decided to leave the country. Then there was silence until the 6th September, when we received the good news that the family were at least safe, having crossed the Syrian border.
This young woman posted a lot on the agony of her country's occupation and earned some unpleasant enemies in the process. One webmong even went so far as to create a fake Riverbend site, and others spent hours trying to prove that she was not even an Iraqi.
Riverbend is an Iraqi who now lives in exile thanks to the American occupation and the chaos that now engulfs the country thanks to that occupation.
She and her people deserve better than that. Once the last occupier leaves the country, and once the dust has settled, let us hope that they get their Iraq back
Another British soldier dead in Iraq
As another British soldier dies in Iraq, the question has to be asked: what does the government think that it is playing at?
The British now hold Basra airport with some 5,000 troops. That is probably enough to defend the base, but not enough to actually influence matters beyond it. Basra itself is under the control of the Shia militias and the locally recruited Iraqi army and police - and where the militias end and the official forces begin is anyone's guess.
So, given that British forces are now too few to influence events on the ground, why are they still in Iraq? Gordon Brown has already ruled out a timetable for withdrawal, so presumably they are there to act as target practise for any Iraqi who happens to have them in his gun sites?
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Individual Treatment at Rehab Malibu
Drug rehabilitation is a difficult subject to discuss, especially if you have never had to deal with alcoholism or drug addiction. The people at Rehab Malibu seem to be the experts, so let's consider what they offer.
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If you have to consider this difficult subject for a member of your family, then Rehab Malibu may just have the answers that you need.
07 September 2007
Useless things to do when bored
|This serves absolutely no purpose whatsoever, but I like it. Click on the link and hear a sexy girl moan out your IP number.|
06 September 2007
The Exile picks up some easy hits
|There is no publicity like free publicity and there is no such thing as bad publicity. Your friendly Exile has been receiving quite a few hits of late from France - not a country that normally provides this blog with many readers.|
The reason is that my 15th August posting that gave advice on how to write to an MP if you were opposed to the entry of the 20,000 Iraqi collaborators into Britain has been reposted, sans commentaire.
Save the harkis and stuff the army public meeting
A public meeting will be held the 9th October at the House of Commons as part of the Save The Harkis Campaign. The TV cameras will be there, and hand-wringers are being invited to encourage their MPs to attend.
The Exile thinks that this is a great idea and that lots of MPs will show up. Then their constituents can see their representatives on TV, supporting the entry into Britain of over 20,000 Iraqi collaborators. As the British army huddles in its one remaining Iraqi base, subject to daily mortar and rocket attacks, the people of Britain will surely reward any MP who votes to keep them there, while the Harkis are being pulled out. Remember that the Americans do not allow their collaborators into many areas of the Green Zone, but obviously Britain's collaborators are different. They pose no security risk whatsoever, do they?
The Exile imagines that oodles of MPs will join this campaign.
05 September 2007
Doing the maths, Exile style
A quick trawl around the world of wankbloggery shows that not a single one of the sad-arsed losers has even commented on the cut and run from Basra yet. The nearest that any of them even comes to commenting on Iraq is a rather pathetic one-liner from the old Wankmaster-General. He compares the numbers turning out to anti-war demonstrations with the total population of the UK. To prove what? God knows, but it probably means something to the wanking tendency.
The Exile, who is a tolerant soul, could point out that all the those demonstrations in the 1960s didn't end America's war against Vietnam.
However, let's have a cheap laugh instead: The Euston Manifesto, a failure that the Wankmaster-General was heavily involved in, managed to attract a grand total of 2,929 signatories to its lofty aims. Except it didn't, because a big chunk of those people who signed up were porn-merchants looking for punters!
So, what's better? You can be a part of the movement that can say "we told you so" to those who cheered on aggression. Alternatively, you can support a manifesto with a website that is read by punters looking for something to assist the imagination as Mrs Hand and her five daughters go to work.
People, there is no contest here.
04 September 2007
Militias jeered as the British retreated from Basra
|It is emerging that the British occupation of Basra ended with a retreat that was negotiated with the Shia militia leaders in the area. They allowed the British to leave unharmed, and contented themselves by jeering at them as they abandoned the base.|
Let's just remind ourselves that this was all supposed to be about weapons of mass destruction. When none were found, but the fighting went on, a new excuse had to be conjured up out of thin air to justify the continued occupation. That was the "let's stay and create democracy" wheeze. Well, the British have now handed Basra over to the tender mercies of various militias.
That is not to say that the retreat was a bad idea. However, it is important to point out to the last of the warmongers just how totally, utterly and completely everything that they argued in favour of has turned to shit.
How can anyone ever trust them again?
A new type of candle from caterpillarscandles.com
|Do you use candles at home? Have you ever heard of soy candles? I hadn't I until I discovered Caterpillarscandles.com.|
Every June this house stocks up on candles in readiness for the monsoon rains that hit Mexico City at the end of the month. We, along with millions of others, suffer blackouts during the monsoon season which last until September.
The candles that we buy in boxes of 25 are petroleum based, and go up in price along with the cost of oil. These candles are made from the soy bean, which means that when they become popular, they should be pretty cheap. At the moment they are still fairly expensive because they are being sold as a luxury item; although you can buy Wholesale Soy Candles which should bring the price down a bit.
03 September 2007
Fate of collaborators unclear as British cut and run from Basra Palace
'Morning all! It's 11.00am here in Mexico City, and the birds are singing, the sun is shining and the British colonial forces have left Basra Palace.
There is no word yet on the fate of the collaborators, so it is unclear if they have been left to fend for themselves of not. Are the warbloggers worried? If they are they are keeping their fears to themselves.
A quick look around the warblogs shows that none of the fat-mouths who cheered so loudly back in 2003 has even mentioned the scuttle, still less those poor Harkis whose fate must be terribly uncertain.
What's the matter, lads? Feeling a bit peeved are you?
British cut and run from Basra Palace
British occupation forces are in the process of abandoning the Basra Palace complex, their last remaining base in the city. From now on the only remaining enclave under their control will be the airport. Handy, that, for when they have to make the final scuttle out of the country. A scuttle that now looks more and more likely before the end of the year.
Make no mistake about it, this is a clear defeat for western, globalised capitalism. They wanted an Iraq that was open to capitalist exploitation, where nothing of any political importance was even discussed. Politics would be reduced to a debate over which part of the economy would be next on the auction block. The Iraqis have put paid to that load of old wank, and all the spin in the world isn't going to alter that fact.
Once the British have finally left Basra, the city will fall under the control, eventually, of the clans and tribes that make up its population. Politics will be about which clan and which tribe gets its paws on which asset.
Forget globalised capitalism: national capitalism cannot survive under those conditions! The fact that the British are leaving, anyway, only demonstrates the weakness of their position.
This is not the end of the war, of course, but it is the beginning of the end as far as Britain is concerned. Those of us who opposed this act of criminal aggression from the start can allow ourselves a good gloat tonight as the last remaining warmongers desperately try to justify their positions.
I went and checked the wankblogs, and sure enough there isn't a peep out of any of them. That could have something to do with the fact that most are still tucked up in their little beds, dreaming of the forward march of capitalism.
Most, but not all. Gene, the weekend warmong in residence over at Harry's Place is on the ball. I commented on the cut and run, and he deleted my comment twice. Then he went on to post some guff about Switzerland. People, could I make this shit up?
The retreat is over and all the troops are now at the airport base. By all accounts the chimp is fuming, and Americans are already claiming that the British have been defeated in Iraq.
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02 September 2007
America gears up to attack Iran
The Americans are planning a three day series of terror raids on Iran, with the obvious aim destroying the country's entire infrastructure. The idea seems to be that whatever attacks the Americans mount, the Iranian response is going to be the same, so why not destroy the whole country and leave them with a generation's worth or rebuilding to do?
The obvious Iran response, which is to blockade the Straights of Hormuz, and unleash friendly militias, has already been war-gamed, and the Americans think that by releasing their 60-day emergency oil reserves, they can make up the loss of Iranian oil to the rest of the world, and prevent prices from spiralling. However, the report did not state what they were able to do to save their army in Iraq if the Iranians decided to make common cause with the Iraqis.
To make matter worse, the Democrats who control Congress have not reigned in the Chimp, still less put a stop to his adventure in Iraq by cutting off his funding. The Chimp has nothing to fear from that quarter.
The situation is still unclear, but from a British perspective, the time to demand that the British Government distance itself from the USA is clearly now. It will not stop any attack, but we need to make it clear to London that the days of pandering to this particular foreign country are over.