He Is Among Us

A friend just sent me a brief email:

Hi. Went to local shop on way home from station last night, total amount
of goods £6.66p, got in car, hit a stupid bollard thing and ripped a hole
in one of my tyres which deflated instantly, he is among us.

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Cranks, crackpots, kooks and loons

[Crank Dot Net]Found this great site via Schism Matrix today. Here’s an excerpt from their blurb:

Crank Dot Net is devoted to presenting Web sites by and about cranks, crankism, crankishness, and crankosity. All cranks, all the time.

A bit more detail, from their disclaimer:

Crank Dot Net is intended for entertainment purposes only. Don’t get mad, it’s all in good fun. Whenever possible, quotes from the featured sites themselves are used as a description, so that sites are not misrepresented.

Not all Web sites featured on Crank Dot Net are indeed the work of cranks. Some are fringe science material, some are humor and parody. It is ultimately up to the astute reader to decide for themselves. In particular, sites marked as parody, fringe, or bizarre are not cranky.

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Travel blogging

A former colleague of mine has just started a blog detailing his journey by motorbike to Spain. Sounds like it’s all going well so far, despite the minor drawback of an open-faced helmet…

A problem is becoming aparent. The front of my face is getting v.brown, however the 2 sides (covered by the helmet) are pure white, it looks as if someone has brushed a stripe of ronseal down the front. This is prompting remarks in restaraunts, at least I think that’s what thet are referring to…merde face?

(NB: the date seems to be a bit screwed – he didn’t post this on 9th April. And -surprise! – the permalinks are fucked. Am I glad I never bothered with blogger!)

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Biometric Passports and the New Imperium

The Register says it all:

European Union governments last week agreed to embed computer chips containing biometric data in passports.

A European Commission official told the paper that EU governments are bound by a timetable set out by the US government after September 11.

Under the US Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, countries whose citizens enjoy visa-free travel to the United States “must issue passports with biometric identifiers no later than Oct. 26, 2004,” the IHT reports.

Meanwhile there’s no talk yet about any insistence about biometric passports for Americans travelling to Europe.

Funny that.

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Government admits real ID consultation figures:

BBC Reports:

The UK Government has finally admitted that the public are overwhelmingly opposed to the idea of a national ID card.

In response to a parliamentary question from MP Anne McIntosh, Home Office minister Beverley Hughes has confirmed that over 5,000 of the 7,000 responses to a public consultation on the issue were opposed to the scheme.

“5,031 emails have been received via the Stand website. 4,856 expressed views against an entitlement card scheme, 44 expressed views in favour,” she said.

A further 131 responses contained false information such as made-up addresses she said.

An additional 2,000 responses received by the Home Office showed two-thirds in favour of an ID card and one third opposed.

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Fluorescent GM pet fish

Via Boing Boing, a link to this Guardian story from last Sunday:

Scientists have created the ultimate pet: genetically modified fish that glow in the dark. In future, there will be no need for aquarium lights – fluorescent fish will provide their own illumination.

[Glowing  GM Fish]

Glowing GM animals aren’t a new phenomenon (see here for a few images), but apparantly these are on sale in Taiwan already, and will soon be available in the US. So unfortunately for the fish, GM or not, the cat is already out of the bag.

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If the widely reported allegations by Clare Short and Robin Cook have even the slightest grain of truth to them, they should have potentially devastating consequences for Tony Blair, but one can’t help but wonder if he is infected by the same arrogance that his American counterparts seems to feel when confronted with the non-existent WMD issue.

But let’s not forget – it’s all worked out fine in the end, as the Iraqis are now free! Oh, hang on a minute…

US troops fire on Iraqi protest

Hundreds detained in Iraq raids

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