Ms. Bhutto told Davd Frost, rather matter-of-factly, that a "former (Pakistani) military officer" may have been one of the three main people that she suspected of organising the previous assassination attempt. But what follows, is the incredible assertion that [06:10] "he had dealings" with "Omar Sheikh, the man who murdered Osama Bin Laden..."  
Wait... What?  
If true; Omar Sheik has been in Pakistani jail -supposedly- since 2002. his Wikipedia page has been frozen to edits, without reference to the interview.  
The "BBC version" of the interview has had the passage edited out.  
I've read that this was a "simple mistake", and that Ms. Bhutto meant to reference Daniel Pearl's murder. It is interesting to note in a previous linkfilter link (#52197);  
"former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto today suggested that the best place to look for him was in the "basement of the presidency of Pakistan". "  
Less than two months later, the assassination is successful.  
Calling the BMD bluff.
Posted by crustacean in government 12 years ago
"Vladimir Putin is definitely a player, and the proposal that the Russian president sprang on George W Bush at the G8 meeting in Germany on Thursday was a classic political ambush. You claim to be putting interceptor missiles and X-band radars into Eastern Europe to intercept nuclear-tipped, long-range missiles coming out of Iran, said Putin to Bush. So why don't you make our radar station in Azerbaijan, which overlooks all of Iran from its perch high in the Caucasus Mountains, part of the system?"  
:Gwynne Dyer
"Trapper, teacher, activist, Kaaren's a force of nature herself. You might not give her a second look if you met her in the grocery store, a middle-aged Anishinaape woman wearing glasses, long black hair shot with grey cascading down her back. In fact, she says, it's a not uncommon experience for a cashier to look right through her at the check-up counter and prepare to ring in the next customer's purchases. "It's not on purpose," she says. "They apologize when they realize — but they just don't see us." That's how racism works, she says. The other — in this case, the aboriginal — is invisible. "It's as if we aren't there."  
But she was a powerful presence in the Red Lake courtroom. She and her husband Phil are charged with building a cabin on public lands without a permit, and ignoring a verbal stop-work order. His case has been deferred. Robert Ponton, a justice of the peace from London, Ontario, heard Kaaren's case and he gave her considerable leeway in presenting the aboriginal perspective on the charges..."
"A Cultural Gathering  
This gathering will be a forum for traditional knowledge and Anishinaabe teachings. It will be a forum to provide discussion on the state of the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) language. It will be a forum to showcase the arts and culture of the Ojibwe (includes Chippewa), Odawa and Pottawattomi people including: visual arts, performing arts, traditional singing, story telling and information exchange."  
Seven day gathering of extended clans, discussing culture, leadership, language, future directions.
"The people of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation are painfully aware they make up a startling statistic that has raised eyebrows around the world, but the bigger concern for residents are the chemicals they fear are overwhelming their community and killing off their legacy...  
Residents live in an area known as chemical valley - Canada's largest cluster of chemical, allied manufacturing and research and development facilities - and co-exist with smoke stacks and nauseating smells that carry with the wind."  
'A proposed park sculpture including elements of primitive calendars and Native American artwork has raised eyebrows in Wichita with some complaining it could have religious overtones...Commissioner Kelly Parks said one woman thought the sculpture was for a cult."
From Chapter One of 'The Book':  
" Just another book on Philosophy; so why should you read it at all?  
Because, like us, you want to live forever, and you want to change the world of course. An ambitious opening, but we'll try to justify it as we go along. Hopefully you'll stay for a few pages, if only to see just how deranged we really are.  
And why should anyone want to change the world? "  
In the Transhumanist vein.
" A news story broken using documents obtained by the Government Accountability Project (GAP) showing that World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz’ girlfriend, also a Bank staffer, received salary raises far in excess of what Bank rules and protocol stipulate has caused an uproar among Bank staff employees, as evidenced by an internal Bank email from the World Bank Staff Association. "
"The 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge has drawn renewed attention to the experience of Canadians during the First World War. Explore the following Library and Archives Canada resources:..."  
Also, these.  
"The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to develop the Clock and Library projects, as well as to become the seed of a very long term cultural institution. The Long Now Foundation hopes to provide counterpoint to today's "faster/cheaper" mind set and promote "slower/better" thinking. We hope to creatively foster responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years."  
Long Now Foundation is probably best known for their 10 000 year clock, being developed.  
downloadable seminars; most in mp3 and ogg vorbis, some linked video.
" Historical photos of the Alberni-Clayoquot – some never before seen en masse – are now available for public viewing on the  
This weekend, the began uploading some of the 1,600 photos contributed by Ken Gibson, a long-time resident of Tofino, to this local online news service.  
“I think it lets other people know how important our history is and how it started,” said Gibson, now age 71. “It makes people aware these old photos are valuable.”  
Collected over 25 years, the photos provide a snapshot of the Alberni-Clayoquot during the beginning of the 20th Century.  
Some of the first photos he received, said Gibson, came from the late George Nicholson, a First World War veteran, Tofino resident and author. "
Gmail will send your email to you in paper archival option.  
"Is it free?  
Yes. The cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements, which will appear on the back of your Gmail Paper prints in red, bold, 36 pt Helvetica. No pop-ups, no flashy animations—these are physically impossible in the paper medium."  
[April 1]
Posted by crustacean in it's the arts 12 years ago
Amazing, twisted realistic sculpture.
The Dogwood Initiative
Posted by crustacean in government 12 years ago
"Dogwood Initiative wants to make British Columbia the global model for sustainable land reform. We are starting to succeed. In a few short years we have become the leading land reform organization in BC.  
What is sustainable land reform?  
Sustainability can be described as "the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (JG Nelson).  
Land reform is the process by which control of land is given to the people who work it so that all can benefit equally."
I found this podcast series, looking for Jello Biafra, but there is lotsa stuff (yes) and bats (not really).