miércoles, junio 28, 2006

Yellow Card

A unknown Oxfam member dressed like a referee, right, gives a symbolic yellow card to giant puppets of (clockwise from right) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Jacques Chirac, US President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, dressed in football kits, during a protest action against global trade conditions in front of WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 28, 2006. The world leaders are given a collective yellow card for their collective foul play at the Doha trade talks. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

To Be or Not To Be

Will this be David Beckham's World Cup?

So far the English star has shone just once, on that magnificent goal against Ecuador, during a match in which his team did not have the presence of the football powerhouse it is supposed to be.

As a midfielder he needs to prove himself, some heavy weights like Michael Ballack, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo made it to the third round. Even at home he is competing with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

I guess we have to wait and see.

A Limp Moral Crusader

He stands for all what makes neocons proud.

Loud mouthed, ignorant, disrespectful and arrogant, for decades he was a beacon for all the Red, White and Blue chest thumping US citizens.

He would constantly launch himself into long diatribes against immigrants, homosexuals, social activists, liberals... and drug users.

Until he was exposed as a pain killer abuser, then he begged for pardon and implored for understanding, two commodities he never bestowed upon the victims of his personal crusade in behalf of the good ol' "American values".

It should not come as a surprise that he was busted breaking the law again, and that the reason for all his rage may be in a dysfunction that can be "fixed" by a blue little pill.

Check out this note on America's über-neocon loudspeaker, Rush Limp-baugh:

Rush Limbaugh detained in Florida over Viagra pills

Tue Jun 27, 1:56 PM ET

Right-wing U.S. radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, a one-time target of a prescription fraud investigation, was detained at a Florida airport when agents found a bottle of Viagra in his luggage that was not prescribed in his name, police said on Tuesday.

Under Florida law certain prescription drugs, including Pfizer's erectile dysfunction remedy Viagra, must bear the name of the person carrying them. Violation is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Limbaugh was detained for nearly four hours but was not arrested or charged. Details of the case were passed on to the local state attorney's office for possible prosecution.

Limbaugh was returning from the Dominican Republic, according to the police spokesman. He did not know if Limbaugh was with companions.

The incident marks the latest legal trouble for the controversial and often moralistic radio talk show host, who admitted in October 2003 that he was addicted to painkillers.

Limbaugh made the admission after published reports that he was facing an investigation for allegedly using a housekeeper at his Palm Beach mansion to illegally obtain prescription drugs.

Limbaugh struck a deal with prosecutors in April to end a lengthy investigation into whether he also "doctor shopped" -- using different doctors at the same time to get large quantities of painkillers.

Under the deal, Limbaugh was booked on a single count of concealing information to fraudulently obtain a prescription drug. Prosecutors agreed to drop the charge in 18 months if Limbaugh continued to seek drug therapy treatment, his lawyer said.

Limbaugh was stopped on Monday at Palm Beach County International Airport after arriving on a private plane. Customs officers found a bottle containing 29 blue tablets in his luggage, Palm Beach Sheriff's Sgt. Pete Palenzuela said.

"The prescription label had two doctors' names on it and did not have Mr. Limbaugh's name on it," he said. "Mr. Limbaugh said the Viagra was his and was for his personal use."

It was not clear if the incident will affect the deal struck in April. His attorney, Roy Black, was not immediately available for comment.

"Rush Limbaugh was detained by customs agents after they noticed a non-narcotic prescription drug, which had been prescribed by Mr. Limbaugh's treating physician but labeled as being issued to the physician rather than Mr. Limbaugh for privacy purposes," Black said in a written statement.

martes, junio 27, 2006

The Rape of Gaza

The military operation by the Israeli army into the Gaza Strip is well on its way.

The excuse for the Zionist hawks to put in danger the lives of thousands of Palestinian civilians is the rescue of an Israeli soldier captured earlier this week by Palestinian resistance forces.

For some odd reason, the media is calling the capture of a soldier who happens to be a member of an occupation army engaged in a land grab operation against a nation recognized by the United Nations by the term of kidnapping.

They even quote the soldier's father Noam Shalit as saying: "his son as a quiet, introverted boy whose greatest pleasure is helping others".

With all due respect to Mr. Shalit, but a quiet, introverted person who finds pleasure in helping others would never enlist in an armed force that is known around the world for its several acts of brutality against a helpless society.

What about that wall of shame, is that what you would call a quiet way to help others?

Nobody knows how many women and children will be murdered in this attack, which by the way is in open violation to the Geneva Convention, nor how many men will be beaten, tortured and killed just to avenge a casualty of war.

And it happened today, when the Palestinian government had recognized just hours before the existence of Israel as demanded by Washington and a number of European powers.

And to think that someone once said... never again.

G W Bush's Life Achievement

An Iraqi boy lies injured, after a blast killed at least 15 people and wounded 56 in the mainly Shiite city of Hillah in Iraq Monday night, at the hospital in Hillah Tuesday, June 27, 2006. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

lunes, junio 26, 2006

Iraqi Civilians' Woes Continue

An unidentified mother and child sit in a tent at a camp for internally displaced people housing 23 Shiite families in Diwaniyah, 130 kilometers (80 miles) south of Baghdad, in Iraq Monday, June 26, 2006. The continuing rise of sectarian violence is causing increasing numbers of Iraqis to leave the neighborhoods and towns where they live and seek refuge in areas where their religion - Sunni or Shia branches of Islam - is in the majority, like the families in the camp who were forced to abandon their homes when Sunni gunmen distributed leaflets warning them to leave or be killed. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)

sábado, junio 24, 2006

Che in Managua

A Sandinista supporter takes part in celebrations for the 27th anniversary of the 'repliegue' (withdrawal) in Managua June 24 2006. Thousands of Sandinistas walked in remembrance of a tactical guerrilla offensive that occurred on June 23 1979. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas (NICARAGUA)

viernes, junio 23, 2006

Waters in Neve Shalom

British rock musician and Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters performs during a concert at the Arab-Jewish coexistence village of Neve Shalom, between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Thursday June 22, 2006. The concert was originally planned for a Tel Aviv sports stadium but, following criticism by fans in Britain, Waters changed the location to the village, where Israeli Jews and Arabs live in a shared community. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

jueves, junio 22, 2006

Che in Budapest

A girl demonstrates against U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to Budapest June 22, 2006. REUTERS/Karoly Arvai (HUNGARY)

miércoles, junio 21, 2006

Waters Against the Wall

British rock musician and Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters looks at a section of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Wednesday,June 21, 2006. Waters wrote slogans on the wall in protest against the construction of the barrier, which Palestinians say is a land grab and Israel says is necessary for its security. Waters will perform a concert in the mixed Arab and Jewish Israeli village of Newe Shalom Thursday. (AP Photo/Magnus Johansson-MaanImages)

Palestine Mourns

A Palestinian woman cries during the funeral of five-year-old Mohammed Jamal Roqa. The toddler was killed an Israeli air strike on a vehicle driving on the outskirts of Gaza City. Israel have threatened tougher strikes against militants as three Palestinian children killed in an air raid were buried, casting a pall over a planned first meeting between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.(AFP/Samuel Aranda)

domingo, junio 18, 2006

France 1 - South Korea 1

Brazil 2 - Australia 0

Japan 0 - Croatia 0

sábado, junio 17, 2006

Italy 1 - USA 1

Ghana 2 - Czech Republic 0

viernes, junio 16, 2006

Che at the World Cup

Argentina fans celebrate after the Group C World Cup 2006 soccer match between Argentina and Serbia and Montenegro in Gelsenkirchen June 16, 2006. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen (GERMANY)

miércoles, junio 14, 2006

Germany 1 - Poland 0

Tunisia 2 - Saudi Arabia 2

Che's Birthday

A Venezuelan woman holds a Venezuelan flag while posing for a picture next to a statue of revolutionary leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara prior to a ceremony celebrating his 78th birthday at the place where he was captured and killed by Bolivian troops some 29 years ago in the vilage of La Higuera, some 300 km (186 miles) southeast of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia on Wednesday, June 14, 2006. (AP Photo/Dado Galdieri)

Spain 4 - Ukraine 0

Stop Child Labor

A boy participates in a human chain against child labor with a banner that reads 'Zero tolerance for child labor' in Panama City, Panama, Tuesday, June 13, 2006. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Che in Vallegrande

A boy holds a poster of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, the Argentine-born Cuban revolutionary, in Vallegrande June 13, 2006, before a ceremony in La Higuera on Wednesday to commemorate his death. REUTERS/Carlos Hugo Vaca (BOLIVIA)

Israel Denies Act of Terrorism

Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz (L) and his Chief of Staff Dan Halutz attend a news conference in Tel Aviv June 13, 2006. Israel on Tuesday denied responsibility for an explosion on a Gaza beach last week that killed seven Palestinian civilians and led militant group Hamas to call off a 16-month truce. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen

Another Young Victim of Israel's Terrorism

A Palestinian carries the body of a boy killed in an Israeli air strike. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has accused Israel of engaging in state terrorism after nine civilians were among a group of 11 people killed in an air strike on the Gaza Strip.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)

martes, junio 13, 2006

About Che's Exhibit in London

A new exhibition at the V&A explores the significance of Che Guevara’s image, writes Tim Sanders

The handsome face with the far away gaze stares down from posters on streets and bedroom walls all over the world, more recognisable perhaps than fellow beardie Jesus Christ.

Che Guevara’s image has become an international icon, a product with instant brand recognition, now safely divorced from its revolutionary beginnings.

That is, I suspect, at least in part, the thinking behind the V&A museum’s decision to mount this exhibition. If that was their intention they have only been partly successful.

The exhibition focuses entirely on the legendary photograph of Che by Alberto Korda, Cuban leader Fidel Castro’s official photographer. This was taken in 1960 at a state funeral for dozens of Cubans killed in an explosion of a ship carrying munitions, which Castro claimed was a terrorist attack carried out by the CIA.

It seems incredible that a shot taken at such an event, so distant from the centres of power and cultural influence, could come to have such significance in the imagination of the world. It has inspired art, fashion and photography for more than 40 years.

The image has been used and abused, appropriated by the very powers Che dedicated his life to destroying. So now Che’s image, if not his ideas, is welcome at the V&A, a museum of the British establishment that is stuffed with the booty of imperial plunder.

‘The critical response to the show has been universally postmodern in tone, accepting and endorsing the idea that this is an image so drained of meaning that it is nothing more than an advertiser’s gimmick.

The distance between this cultural object and Che’s beliefs is now so great that most people who put on a Che T-shirt can know nothing of the ideology or politics that inspired the real man.

They are merely tuning into the hip rebelliousness that attracted designer Jean Paul Gaultier and vodka manufacturers Smirnoff – though Korda successfully sued Smirnoff for misuse of his image.

This attitude is well summed up by the Argentine business analyst Martin Krauze. He said, “The admiration for El Che no longer extends to his politics and ideology. It’s a romantic idea of one man going to battle against the windmills, he’s a Quixote.”

British journalist Sean O’Hagan said Che was “more Lennon than Lenin”.

This view is very patronising towards Che T-shirt wearers, but it also represents wishful thinking on the part of the ruling class. While it’s true that many young people may not know much about Che, there are an awful lot of people who are very well aware of the meaning behind the face.

Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman said, “Deep inside that T-shirt where we have tried to trap him, the eyes of Che Guevara are still burning with impatience.”

It’s not for nothing that the reappearance of Che’s face on T-shirts has coincided with the growth of the anti- capitalist and anti-war movements.

The Mexican commentator Jorge Castaneda wrote, “Che can be found just where he belongs in the niches reserved for cultural icons, for symbols of social uprisings that filter down deep into the soil of society.”

The power of this image ultimately comes from the fact that Che was a genuine revolutionary, a fighter against capitalism and injustice. It is this authenticity that gives the image its force and is the one thing the image makers cannot hope to manufacture.

It is Che’s legitimate revolutionary credentials that give this photo its iconic status. This is why Che’s image is found all over the world – especially in places where there is resistance to the neo-liberal assault. This doesn’t come across entirely successfully in the exhibition as too much is left unsaid.

This may have been an attempt to avoid preaching but makes the show seem slightly shallow. The show is testimony to the enduring power of Che. And when did you ever see a Tony Blair T-shirt?

Let Us Destroy Other Planets!

I really don't know why this Hawking guy is so respected.

Until now, his amazing IQ has done nothing to help humankind, all his theories can not be proved because only if we were capable of travelling through time and/or at the speed of light could we ever find out if he was right or wrong.

Well, now he has fueled some of the most wacky End of the World sects out there. He claims that humans must colonize other planets if we want to survive. He says that the Earth is on the brink of not being able to provide us with the elements for our species to prevail.

But he does not tell us exactly how can we go out there and colonize planets with life sustaining atmospheres, no, he simply tells us to go to the Moon and Mars, where there is nothing but rocks and dust.

Even worst, he tell us that we need to do this because "we are at risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as:

a) sudden global warming,
b) nuclear war,
c) a genetically engineered virus
d) or other dangers we have not yet thought of."

Well well well, if he really believes in the first three worst case scenarios, then he should be asking for George W. Bush to be removed from office. The fourth case scenario is for Doomsday believers, or people that went to see "Armaggedon" and cried when Bruce Willis said goodbye to the Tyler girl.

So, while Mr. Hawking is out ther making millions by spreading fear as to secure funds for NASA, we are left with a world where the police detains 40 people for defending a garden in the middle of concrete warehouses or where the Israeli government denies its involvement in the killing of three children on friday by murdering an equal number of children today with an air strike.

Congratulations Stephen, you are a real genious!

Here you have the note about the highest IQ's newest pile of worthless bs:

Hawking says space colonies needed

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press Writer

Tue Jun 13, 1:42 PM ET

The survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy the Earth, world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking said Tuesday.

Humans could have a permanent base on the moon in 20 years and a colony on Mars in the next 40 years, the British scientist told a news conference.

"We won't find anywhere as nice as Earth unless we go to another star system," added Hawking, who arrived in Hong Kong to a rock star's welcome Monday. Tickets for his lecture planned for Wednesday were sold out.

He added that if humans can avoid killing themselves in the next 100 years, they should have space settlements that can continue without support from Earth.

"It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species," Hawking said. "Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of."

The 64-year-old scientist — author of the global best seller "A Brief History of Time" — is wheelchair-bound and communicates with the help of a computer because he suffers from a neurological disorder called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Hawking said he's teaming up with his daughter to write a children's book about the universe, aimed at the same age group as the Harry Potter books.

"It is a story for children, which explains the wonders of the universe," said his daughter, Lucy, a journalist and novelist. They didn't provide other details.

The Garden's Last Stand

A group of demonstrators stands in front of a line of Los Angeles Police officers during a protest outside of the 14-acre South Central urban community garden in South Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 13, 2006. Sheriff's deputies and police evicted farmers and supporters from the community garden being reclaimed by the landowner, making arrests as protesters resisted by occupying a tree, chaining themselves to barrels of concrete and blocking traffic with demonstrations in nearby streets. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Brazil 1 - Croatia 0

France 0 - Switzerland 0

South Korea 2 - Togo 1

lunes, junio 12, 2006

Italy 2 - Ghana 0