Daily archives: June 2, 2003


Fisk

I’m sure I’ve mentioned Fisking before- the point by point attack on someone’s writing. It’s normally done by rightwingers parroting the party line over anyone who dares to have a mind of their own. Turnabout’s fair play, though the quality of rightwing stuff to be Fisked is quite low. BJ at The Sesquipedalian takes apart a piece of reactionary crap wrongly attributed to Robin Williams.


What are we doing here?

Did Colin Powell meet Jack Straw at the Waldorf hotel the day before he addressed the UN? And did they both express serious doubts about the veracity of the information Powell was to present? Straw denies it, claiming he didn’t arrive in NY until the day of the speech. Whether the tale of the “Waldorf Transcripts” is true or not, there is mounting evidence that Powell wasn’t happy with the intelligence he was supposed to submit. Or, in his- alleged- own words, “I’m not reading this. This is bullshit.”

Can someone remind me why Iraq was invaded?


He said they said he said….

Did Colin Powell meet Jack Straw at the Waldorf hotel the day before he addressed the UN? And did they both express serious doubts about the veracity of the information Powell was to present? Straw denies it, claiming he didn’t arrive in NY until the day of the speech. Whether the tale of the “Waldorf Transcripts” is true or not, there is mounting evidence that Powell wasn’t happy with the intelligence he was supposed to submit. Or, in his- alleged- own words, “I’m not reading this. This is bullshit.”

Can someone remind me why Iraq was invaded?


Empire?

The Americans so hate hearing the E word, so they’ll not be happy with the words of a respected historian (some say apologist) of the British Empire when he says the US is beyond the position the Brits were in in 1920. But what else are we to call it when they expect everyone to grow the foods they’re told just so the agricorporations can stay in profit? Maybe, if we’re lucky, the dollar will crash through the floor, destroying their buying power and forcing the corporations to start employing people within their own borders, where the money is worth more than the paper it’s printed on. With idiocy and greed removed from globalisation the rest of us could work on sensible policies. Rather than shipping food thousands of miles we could rely on local produce and let the Third World get back to feeding itself.

Maybe, but I don’t think the Empire will let us.


Luft '46

I’ve probably mentioned this site before, but it’s a cool ‘what if?’ trip, and one of the inspirations for the tech level of Heavensent. It’s also back up and working again after a period of broken links and dropped images. Today’s visit unearthed details of two dirt cheap pulse jet powered fighters, the Junkers Ju EF126 “Elli” and Blohm & Voss BV P.213. They have such an air of desperation and resourcefulness about them that I have to incorporate them into the story at some point. In fact, I think the air corps of the Hidden Army (see chapter 6) should have some.

I’m collecting Luft ’46 style planes and equipment for a large diorama. Anyone who wants to contribute to the collection can find all sorts of cool kits at Hannants. I should start a Wants List.