soundz that you wanna hear

for radio from the US thats not owned by big business and thats left
of centre try RBN and Air America Radio

I’ve been listening to air america for some months via the online stream, and the focus is on Nov 2nd in a big way, I found RBN tonight, in a strange kind of way, I was tuning to shortwave radio with an old 1950’s valve pilot radiogram, no tuning dial as the dial chord snapped decades ago. RBN crackled in, at first I thought it was another religious broadcaster but the on air content was sharp in its criticism of the establishment.

what will they be talking about a month from now?

asking the hard questions

if its Bertie Ahern or Kofi Annan, you’re sure to find the hardline questions comming in from Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins. From time to time we will give space in this blog to “joe blogs” the comments questions and writing of dublin west TD Joe Higgins.

from a recent Irish Independent article on an exchange of questions that Higgins landed on the Taoiseach.

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‘A ‘land’ for Bertie . . . from hanging with Hector to hectoring on hangars’ He might have had an easy time “hanging with Hector” during the summer break but now he was back in the real world of bare knuckle political fighting.

Gene McKenna, Political Editor [Irish Independent]

If the Taoiseach did not already know it after a hectic week of controversy following his Cabinet and Junior Ministerial reshuffling, Joe Higgins was quick to remind him in the Dail yesterday.

And who better than the Socialist TD to get the Taoiseach on the back
foot on the Aer Lingus management buyout.

The gloves are usually off when the Dublin West TD gets his chance to engage in verbal jousting with the Taoiseach. While others often pussy-foot, Higgins invariably puts the boot straight in and often goes over the top. So it was yesterday, as the two protagonists hopped off each other during animated exchanges which had the rest of the Dail spectating with relish.

They clashed during Leaders’ Questions as Higgins tried to pin the Taoiseach down – a difficult thing at the best of times – and finally winkled it out of him that he did not believe a management buy out was “appropriate”.

But before that moment came, there were jibes flying from each of them and a definite impression created that there is not much love lost between them.

The exchanges never brought the kind of poisonous atmosphere which often characterised past Dail exchanges involving Charlie Haughey and Proinsias de Rossa or Haughey and Michael McDowell.

But there was a clearly-discernable “edge” there, nonetheless. As de Rossa and McDowell had the knack of doing with Haughey, Higgins seems to have a way of getting up Ahern’s nose.

At one stage, the Taoiseach remarked that Joe did not seem to know his Aer Lingus from his Aer Rianta as the Socialist TD had mentioned the Aer Rianta “Noel Hanlon watches” in the same sentence as the Aer Lingus buy-out proposal.

Higgins said he knew the difference all right and threw it back in the Taoiseach’s face that some of his own Ministers did not seem to know where they were half of the time, instancing how Brian Cowen “thought he was in Angola” during his stint at the Department of Health.

The Taoiseach was in danger of allowing himself to be drawn into an undignified street brawl as he said that if the Socialist TD believed Aer Lingus could stand up against the international airline market trend, then this confirmed his view that Higgins “lives in cloud cuckoo land”.

After his stint in the Dail yesterday, the Taoiseach departed these shores for a nine-day working visit to Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Bahrain.

His punishing schedule will ensure he will certainly see plenty of airports.

But he can comfort himself in the knowledge that there is only one Joe Higgins!
[First published in the Irish Independent, Thursday 7 October 2004]
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who cares wins?

US election 2004

$x days to go, who cares who wins? the world does. but will either bu$h or k€rry be all that different?


smell it

decap by own heli

since Bush’s execution of the war in Iraq has never had enough boots on the ground, as a consequence, if there had been WMD in Iraq, they’d probably be in the hands of terrorists right now. Today’s headlines unfortunately support that argument. The IAEA confirmed recently that several hundred tons of conventional explosives are missing from a former Iraqi military facility.
[read on]

N.T.L. (No Telephone Line)

NTL Ireland withdrew its Dublin phone service 12 days ago without notice or even a supporting cust care line, many customers listening to the Saturday evening news learned that the service had been withdrawn, there was a “health & safety” issue with the installed device…

Many shocked users, will their house burn down if they don’t plug it out now!

Well thats a dramatic way to cease a service, will analogue TV service go that way too?

Then today NTL send the first of 3 letters to customers that they say they were told to send by ComReg. The letter is all about Modem Hi-Jacking, a bit difficult to get your modem hi-jacked if your phone provider is (was) NTL, expect ex NTL customers to telephone their complaints in 6 weeks time when Eircom reinstall lines for stranded customers.

The company that made the unit Tellabs Inc. has shipped 600K of them, and claim the cause of fault to be poor installation.

see this link

A recent uk NTL recorded msg said
“Hello. You are through to NTL customer services. We don’t give a f**k
about you. We are never here. We just will f**k you about, basically,
and we are not going to handle any of your complaints. Just f**k off
and leave us alone. Get a life.”

HOUSING v HOSTING

Have you ever met a homeless server? & why is hosting so expensive? I have a hosting bill for a single co-lo box that is more expensive that a 10 year old mortgage + I provide utility to the mortgaged house such as standing orders on ESB TV licence GAS water (oops no abolished that in 1996) + broadband

so Im buying the house (one day I will own it)
I already own the server its fully paid for..
I provide utilities to the House
the ISP provide esb fuel + bandwidth to server
the House is 904sq. feet worth ?300K+
the server is a little box with a fan worth ?800
my House increased in value 500% in 10Y
the server devalued the day I bought it (murphy & moores law)

I just cant see why the AIB an Bank of Ireland cant see the biz op in hosting when the margins are so much greater than the over heated Irish housing market (I mean Irish housing crisis )

so is my mortgage too cheap at ?300pm or is my hosting to expensive? perhaps I should re mortgage my gaff and set up a hosting company, Im sure the bank man would understand this logic better that I.

end of the spam as we know it

no, i don’t predict the end of spam as we know it, but reading the latest crop of spam, I read between the spammers lines that they might guess that their days might be numbered so they are going all out for now to make hay while the sun shines,

the porn spam has gotten even more vulgar (as if it could) and like the hey day of growing empires of spam, selling on and co-opting in would be fall guys to buy lists and believe in spam, as if there would be safety in numbers come a clamp down.

when authorities raid free radio stations (pirates) they (the authorities) only cause a stir and help drive it further underground, many a time 1 station would be raided & 2 return from the same stable by way of split or self preservation.

now spammers will never get the street cred protection free radio gets, but selling on packages tends to indicate they want a sea of other spammers out there with them (safety in numbers) or/and they are selling on list while they perceive them (lists) to have any value before a major clamp down makes 24 million addys (for use) look like a crime in itself.

they have always tried to sell on lists, there’s one fool dialing up every minute, but Im just watching a short trend, like one week its drugs, before it was scams or something else, and im just seeing a trend since thursday/friday … anyway I could be wrong.

btw, a tuned up spam assassin & GMail are keeping out 1000’s (400 daily) of spam
and lettin in about 12 spam mails per day, safety in numbers, most
spam in marked by the GMail community before it hits my spam box and we all play our part.

and I feel fine,
happy 5th birthday to blogger.com

I DONT BELIEVE IT

wrt the arrests and now charges of 8 uk ‘terror’ suspects

reutes says
One of them, Dhiren Barot, 32, was also accused of having “reconnaissance plans” of the Prudential building in New Jersey, the New York Stock Exchange and Citigroup headquarters in New York, and the International Monetary Fund in Washington.

The plans were “of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism,” police said.

The United States imposed “orange alerts” around those buildings on Aug. 1, saying authorities had obtained plans of the buildings from a suspected al Qaeda computer expert held in Pakistan. The British suspects were arrested two days later.
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and the ‘computer expert’ had the same plans as one of the UK ‘cell’

as zig n zag used to say
I DONT BELIEVE IT

what are the chances of getting the guy in Pakistan with a 1000 discs full of details to lead to 8 uk terrorists 2 days AFTER bush uses the same news to shut the city down & to announce he is appointing a tsar on itel. the US leaked computer ‘experts’ name see
cnn link
ruining any chance of a sting op.

April 03′ a Sky news guy in Washington reported ‘LIVE’ that a chemical weapons factory was discovered, he was standing in the Pentagon darkened conference room, the news was immediate and Sky not shy to let the world know they had this 1.30am exclusive, so I jumped to reuters and AFP and saw none of this story, I didn’t expect the wires to be as fast as Sky were claiming to be bringing this news to me, but then I goggled and found the full story on Jerusalem Post must have been up 45 minutes and the ink on its print editions was still wet. The thing is the way this story dropped faster than a bomb over Baghdad, it went nowhere and turned out to be untrue.
I DIDNT BELIEVE IT

COMPARE
bbc
and
cnn

equals 12 days of fear in Itlay and the world.

Ireland Overrun by capitalists

Dublin Port Tunnel – was €165 now €624,000,000 and rising

Luas – a €279 million now €775,000,000

Airport metro – €2.2 billion doubled to €4,800,000,000 according RPA

National roads: of €9.2 billion. Now €15,800,000,000 [source SBPost]

that’s a lot of zeros to get under estimated and a lot of tax money over spent and a lot of land owners pockets lined and a lot of multinational CEO’s bonuses paid? read on

London Crawling

Tonight London?s West End will echo to the sound of Grand Prix engines this evening when eight of the ten Formula One teams take part in a demonstration run along Regent Street in the build-up to this weekend?s British Grand Prix. Will they pay the © charge?

[facts on London car use]
Only 13% of Central London’s 1.1 million workers commute by car

Nearly 40% of households in London do not own a car

Fewer than half (47%) of trips made by Londoners are by car
The average speed of a car in London in the morning peak period is now 9.9 mph

Cycling in Central London is 50% faster than travelling by car