The Swap Meat

I found this terrific online publication by Coudal Partners that I’ve been meandering my way through. Aside from the video which answers the question “Can I clean my (Mac) keyboard in the dishwasher?”, their take on the London Olympics logo, and dealing with a “difficult situation” in the office, they have a SWAP MEET (oooorrr… swap meat?)!
“It seems like everyone we know is making stuff. People are publishing books and photography products, creating tee shirts, posters, stationery, stickers, games, pins, movies, music and toys. Periodically, we receive unsolicited stuff in the mail. We love getting it and most of the time we return the favor by sending back some of the stuff we’ve made.

So let’s try doing this on a slightly larger scale in an attempt to make lots of people as happy as we are when the FedEx guy shows up unannounced.”

Circuit-Bent Furby Pin-hole camera photos Jay Ryan Ltd. ed. Print (Sold out) Dan Herwig Leukemia Walk poster

The Swap Meat

I found this terrific online publication by Coudal Partners that I’ve been meandering my way through. Aside from the video which answers the question “Can I clean my (Mac) keyboard in the dishwasher?”, their take on the London Olympics logo, and dealing with a “difficult situation” in the office, they have a SWAP MEET (oooorrr… swap meat?)!
“It seems like everyone we know is making stuff. People are publishing books and photography products, creating tee shirts, posters, stationery, stickers, games, pins, movies, music and toys. Periodically, we receive unsolicited stuff in the mail. We love getting it and most of the time we return the favor by sending back some of the stuff we’ve made.

So let’s try doing this on a slightly larger scale in an attempt to make lots of people as happy as we are when the FedEx guy shows up unannounced.”

Circuit-Bent Furby Pin-hole camera photos Jay Ryan Ltd. ed. Print (Sold out) Dan Herwig Leukemia Walk poster

CIA Announces Declassification of 1970s "Skeletons" File


Just this week, the declassification of the CIA’s “
Skeleton” files was announced.

Now you can view and read the declassified material online at the George Washington University National Security Archive website.

Just what are the “Skeleton” files, you ask

They are records of illegal wiretapping and break-ins, failed espionage ventures (including the many, many, many failed, botched or abandoned attempts to kill or otherwise discredit Fidel Castro (the fixation on Castor’s beard by the CIA is worthy of a paper on Freudian psychology!), and other underhanded efforts to spy on American citizens and others. While a lot may surprise, mystify, anger or dismay those reading the files, what is missing — redacted out or not released– is what many experts are disappointed by the obvious gaps in the documentation.

Case in point….

On the left, the 1977 release of the same document. On the right, the 2007 release


Some see the release of the documents as a smoke-cover to distract from current controversies [Cynics! hotel norwich ].

Of course, others, like Mordecai Briemberg, a former political science professor at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University and other Canadians critical of the Vietnam War who were spied upon by the CIA during the late 1960s and ’70s in an operation code-named “MH Chaos,” finally have a chance to see just what lengths the CIA went to obtain information on those in opposition to the war.

Of course, as with all government activities, one has to wade through the mundane to get to the juicy stuff. Sadly, the juicy stuff is usually pretty unpalatable and quite often, after a lot of effort on the part of the likes of the CIA, turns up very little that could be construed as material of concern. A very clear demonstration of the “If you point a finger at someone, there are going to be three more pointing back at you”….

While we’re on the subject…. you might want to check out this documentary film “638 Ways to Kill Castro“… Enlightening.

CIA Announces Declassification of 1970s "Skeletons" File


Just this week, the declassification of the CIA’s “
Skeleton” files was announced.

Now you can view and read the declassified material online at the George Washington University National Security Archive website.

Just what are the “Skeleton” files, you ask

They are records of illegal wiretapping and break-ins, failed espionage ventures (including the many, many, many failed, botched or abandoned attempts to kill or otherwise discredit Fidel Castro (the fixation on Castor’s beard by the CIA is worthy of a paper on Freudian psychology!), and other underhanded efforts to spy on American citizens and others. While a lot may surprise, mystify, anger or dismay those reading the files, what is missing — redacted out or not released– is what many experts are disappointed by the obvious gaps in the documentation.

Case in point….

On the left, the 1977 release of the same document. On the right, the 2007 release


Some see the release of the documents as a smoke-cover to distract from current controversies [Cynics! hotel norwich ].

Of course, others, like Mordecai Briemberg, a former political science professor at B.C.’s Simon Fraser University and other Canadians critical of the Vietnam War who were spied upon by the CIA during the late 1960s and ’70s in an operation code-named “MH Chaos,” finally have a chance to see just what lengths the CIA went to obtain information on those in opposition to the war.

Of course, as with all government activities, one has to wade through the mundane to get to the juicy stuff. Sadly, the juicy stuff is usually pretty unpalatable and quite often, after a lot of effort on the part of the likes of the CIA, turns up very little that could be construed as material of concern. A very clear demonstration of the “If you point a finger at someone, there are going to be three more pointing back at you”….

While we’re on the subject…. you might want to check out this documentary film “638 Ways to Kill Castro“… Enlightening.

William Hutt: 1920-2007 "Let your indulgence set me free"


Rideau Canal: World Heritage Site Designation

The Rideua Canal “Skateway”

Colonel By’s map

The Rideau Canal which stretches from Ottawa, on the Ottawa River, to Kingston, Ontario on the St. Lawrence River, has been given a World Heritage Site designation, today by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its meeting in New Zealand.
The Rideau Canal joins a number of Canadian sites on the list.

The 13 other Canadian sites on the list include:

Properties submitted on the Tentative List

Áísínai’pi
Atikaki / Manitoba-Ontario
Woodland Caribou

Grand-Pré
Gwaii Haanas
Ivvavik / Vuntut / Herschel
Island (Qikiqtaruk)

Joggins
The Klondike
Mistaken Point
Quttinirpaaq
Red Bay

William Hutt: 1920-2007 "Let your indulgence set me free"


Rideau Canal: World Heritage Site Designation

The Rideua Canal “Skateway”

Colonel By’s map

The Rideau Canal which stretches from Ottawa, on the Ottawa River, to Kingston, Ontario on the St. Lawrence River, has been given a World Heritage Site designation, today by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its meeting in New Zealand.
The Rideau Canal joins a number of Canadian sites on the list.

The 13 other Canadian sites on the list include:

Properties submitted on the Tentative List

Áísínai’pi
Atikaki / Manitoba-Ontario
Woodland Caribou

Grand-Pré
Gwaii Haanas
Ivvavik / Vuntut / Herschel
Island (Qikiqtaruk)

Joggins
The Klondike
Mistaken Point
Quttinirpaaq
Red Bay

The 411 initiative for Change: Case Study: K’Naan

“He grew up in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital, which was torn apart by warlords when K’Naan was 10. “It was like a fire coming into your house,” he says, “and you not having a place to exit. You were certain you were going to die, ’cause everyone else was [dying]. I imagined I would not be fortunate enough to live, let alone escape Somalia, so we were just running around careless and wild in the streets.””

“When his family resettled in Harlem, K’Naan was amazed by its size but unfazed by its violence. He recalls, “One day, we were eating dinner … outside of our window, there was a gunshot. My uncle ducked, and me and my brother didn’t flinch. My uncle was like, ‘You see the guns here’ You have to be careful.’ And my brother said, ‘What’ That was popcorn.’ Because in Mogadishu, handguns aren’t considered dangerous. You have to shoot something heavy: AK-47s or RPGs (rocket propelled grenades)….””

“K’Naan has spent a lifetime cheating death. You wouldn’t know it to see him — the 27-year-old hip-hopper is affable, soft-spoken and quick to laugh, and his biggest complaint is the cold Toronto winter. Listen to the stories he tells with his rhymes and a more harrowing picture emerges.

What’s Hardcore? by K’Naan

I put a pen to the paper,
this time as visual as possible,
guns blast at the hospital,
the walls are white washed with tin rooftops,
to show love you lick two shots,
it’s dangerous man,
journalists hire gunmen there’s violent women,
kids trust no one cause fire burnt them,
refugees die in boats, headed for peace,
is anyone scared of death here’ Not in the least,
I walk by the old lady selling coconuts under the tree,
life is cheap here but wisdom is free,
the beach boys hang on the side, leaning with pride,
scam artists and gangsters fiendin’ to fight,
I walk with three kids that can’t wait to meet God
lately, that’s Bucktooth, Mohamed and Crybaby,
what they do everyday just to eat lord have mercy,
strapped with an AK and they blood thirsty…

So what’s hardcore? Really, are you hardcore? Hmm.
So what’s hardcore? Really, are you hardcore? Hmm.

We begin our day by the way of the gun,
rocket propelled grenades blow you away if you front,
we got no police ambulance or fire fighters,
we start riots by burning car tires,
they looting, and everybody start shooting,
bullshit politicians talking bout solutions, but it’s all talk,
you can’t go half a block with a road block,
you don’t pay at the road block you get your throat shot,
and each road block is set up by these gangsters,
and different gangsters go by different standards,
for example, the evening is a no go,
unless you wanna wear a bullet like a logo,
in the day you should never take the alleyway,
the only thing that validates you is the AK,
they chew on Jad it’s sorta like coco leafs,
and there ain’t no police…

So what’s hardcore? Really, are you hardcore? Hmm.
So what’s hardcore? Really, are you hardcore? Hmm.

I’m a spit these verses cause I feel annoyed,
and I’m not gonna quit till I fill the void,
if I rhyme about home and got descriptive,
I’d make Fifty Cent look like Limp Biskit,
it’s true, and don’t make me rhyme about you,
I’m from where the kids is addicted to glue,
get ready, he got a good grip on the machete,
make rappers say they do it for love like R-Kelly,
it’s HARD, harder than Harlem and Compton intertwined,
harder than harboring Bin Laden and rewind,
“to that earlier part when I was kinda like”
we begin our day by the way of the gun,
rocket propelled grenades blow you away if you front,
we got no police ambulances or fire fighters,
we start riots by burning car tires,
they looting, and everybody starting shooting…

So what’s hardcore? Really, are you hardcore? Hmm.
So what’s hardcore? Really, are you hardcore? Hmm.

Och! Laddie! Dew Yew ‘ave a licence fer tha’ thing?

Kilt-wearers in Scotland, because of new EU rules, will have to prove that they have a legal sporran… This means having a license for older sporrans made from a number of endangered species, including otter and badger. The legislation applies to animals killed after 1994. Violators risk a $10,000 or six months in jail

“I have been inundated with calls from customers worried they are now breaking the law,” said Malcolm Scott of Edinburgh sporran makers William Scott & Sons. “I haven‘t seen an otter sporran in 40 years and we stopped using badger about 30 years ago. What they really should be concentrating on is foreign-made sporrans, which are killing this traditional industry.”

The Sporran is the traditional pouch worn as much for decorative purposes as to keep the wearer from “getting the wind up their skirts”, so to speak. Traditionally, sporrans were made from badger or otter skins.

“We are talking about protecting species such as badger and otter. Anyone who has a sporran made of these animals or a stuffed animal which they perhaps inherited should make sure they have proof of where it came from.”

Meanwhile, also on the sporran front, Scottish sporran manufacturers are up in arms over the decision to award the contract to supply 5000 sporrans for the Royal Regiment of Scotland. (a contract worth £1.4 million) to a company in Birmingham which, in turn subcontracted the order to a firm in Perth. A leading Scottish company was apparently denied a chance to bid on the contract.

Curiouser and curiouser!
After the “suit-counter-suit” over the contracts to produce sporrans, mentioned above, the supply of sporrans trickled to a halt. And as Defence analyst Julian Cook said: “Scotland’s military is effectively paralysed without sporrans…. Anyone who has seen Carry on up the Khyber will know that the sporran in an integral part of the Scottish soldier’s armoury.”

The Dutch Navy seized a consignment of 25,000 Scottish infantry sporrans from a Portuguese-flagged ship carrying the Taiwanese-made sporrans 30 miles off the coast of Denmark. [Honestly! You couldn’t make stuff like this up!]

The sporrans are now being held in the basement of the Dutch Military Intelligence HQ in the Hague.

A spokesman for First Minister Alex Salmond said: “We’re prepared for the worst. These people defile tulips as a matter of course. Imagine what they could do to a defenseless sporran”.

This promises to be as dicey a crisis as the threat of WMDs in Iraq….



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