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I found this on The Guardian

‘Terror’ text contained punk lyrics

Press Association
Thursday June 3, 2004

A Special Branch officer questioned a punk rock musician as a terror suspect after he sent a text message containing lyrics from a Clash song to the wrong person, it was reported today.

Band member Mike Devine, from Bristol, said he had been approached by the officer and shown a copy of a text he had sent in April, which contained the words “gun” and “jet airliner”.

The 35-year-old, who plays bass in a Clash tribute group called London Calling, had intended to text the lyrics – from the Clash song Tommy Gun – to singer Reg Shaw. Instead, he sent the message to the wrong number.

Avon and Somerset police said a Special Branch officer had visited Mr Devine after the person who received the message, sent on April 30, became concerned about its content and contacted police.

Mr Devine said he had been worried when an officer from the Special Branch confronted him at his office, and added: “I had no idea why they could want to talk to me.”

The father of two said the officer had then produced a printout of the text message, which read: “How about this for Tommy Gun? OK – so let’s agree about the price and make it one jet airliner for 10 prisoners.”

He said he had then been asked to explain what the message meant, and described how the detective had looked “puzzled” when told the words were by the Clash. The officer seemed “a little embarrassed” when he left, Mr Devine added.

A spokeswoman for Avon and Somerset police said the force had been contacted by officers from Norfolk after Mr Devine’s text message was traced to a Bristol address. She added that Mr Devine had not been arrested or cautioned.

Apple readying 60GB iPod

Toshiba today announced that it will offer a 60GB version of its 1.8-inch hard drive in the coming months and that Apple has already placed its order. Cindy Lee, deputy manager of Toshiba’s hard disk drive division, said the drive will enter mass production during July or August. All three iPod models (15GB, 20GB and 40GB) use Toshiba drives, while the iPod mini uses a 4GB 1-inch drive from Hitachi. Lee noted that Toshiba is currently shipping 350,000 of the 1.8-inch drives per month to Apple.

Christianity bedevils talks on EU treaty

The controversial question of Christianity returned to the EU yesterday when seven states, led by Italy, urged the union to recognise a “historical truth” and refer explicitly to the “Christian roots of Europe” in its new constitution.

Britain’s foreign secretary, Jack Straw, and his fellow foreign ministers were forced to divert into a theological and cultural minefield at the meeting in Brussels called to tackle highly charged but technical issues, such as voting weights and budget procedures.

The preamble of the current draft treaty, drawn up by the former French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing’s convention, refers only to the “cultural, religious and humanist inheritance of Europe”. Specifically mentioning Christianity or God was considered too controversial in the face of furious opposition from secular France and Protestant northerners such as Sweden and Denmark.

Opponents argued that it would be wrong to exclude Muslims and Jews, and would therefore be better to avoid any religious reference.

The European parliament even rejected a proposal from Christian Democrat MEPs to mention the continent’s “Judaeo-Christian roots”.

But the largely Catholic states of Italy Poland, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have made clear they want more.

“This issue remains a priority for our governments as well as for millions of European citizens,” they wrote to Ireland, the current holder of the EU presidency.

Spain had previously supported them, but changed its policy when the Socialists won the March general election.

Spain’s foreign minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, said: “Spain is a Catholic country, but in the European constitution our government is rather secular, and in this sense we want to respect the text as it currently stands.”

Poland would like a reference based on its own national constitution, which refers to “both those who believe in God as the source of truth, justice, good and beauty, as well as those not sharing such faith but respecting those universal values from other sources”.

The Vatican has made clear that it wants a reference to Christianity in the document.

“If you are the prime minister of a Catholic country it would be very useful to have the Pope on your side, especially when you hold a referendum on the constitution,” said one diplomat.

Mr Straw, aware of the feelings of British Muslims, told reporters that if there was a reference to one religious tradition, “we would have to make reference to others”.

This issue is not expected to be settled before the Brussels summit on June 17, when the constitution is due to be agreed.

The biggest disagreements are still over voting weights in the EU council of ministers. The current Irish proposal is that a decision is taken when supported by 50% of member states representing 60% of the EU population. But that has been rejected by Spain and Poland, as it would mean that Europe’s big three – Britain, France and Germany – could form a blocking minority on any decisions they do not like.

Christian roots of Europe? Umm not sure if they know this but Europe was around way before Christ…

Macintosh Fag Hint

Apparently, in order to render obsolete flashing pages that can occurs when a webpage loads, (due to the client getting data from any number of sources; the stylesheet, various data sources, etc) web browsers are programmed with a little delay. The delay is, appropriately, conservative. But by adjusting a variable in the Safari preference file you can speed Safari’s delay time up.

Highlight and copy the following line of code and go to the terminal after Safari has quit and after you login to the terminal paste this:

defaults write WebKitInitialTimedLayoutDelay 0.25

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If you are a mac user and you don’t use Safari, “then you sir are a fool, a damn fool” as Dignan would say…

You: Hot Chick At BSC – 30

Music: The Freeway – Red Sparowes

So someone (whom I can only assume is some guido jabroni from his spectacular choice or language) left as MISSED CONNECTION thingy on Craig’s List pertaining to Martha (my fucking hot girlfriend). Here it is:

You: Hot Chick At BSC – 30
Reply to: ——@———-.——-
Date: 2004-05-18, 11:09PM EDT

You were the hot chick with brown hair, slender, tall and tattoos on both upper arms. We kept running into each other. i wanted to say hi, but was too shy. If you are reading this, hit me up.

I don’t know what is wierder
– The fact that this guy thought it was a good idea to post on Craig’s List, he obviously knows where to find her, they go to the same gym
– The use of the work “CHICK”, sick bro, more than likely you wear a visor
– That this thing was even seen…Jess what the fuck are you doing reading missed connections?

greasy hashbrowns, black coffee, green tank tops… it’s good to be home

Better Off – Razed In Black
Nonbeliever – 100 Demons
Handy With The Tongue Sword – Kid Dynamite
End Of The Century – The Ramones
We Got – Ludacris

Atlanta for 5 days. Saw Most Precious Blood, Throwdown, and With Honor… got in a little altercation with some shitty skin. Ended the night with some delicious Chinese Buddah with the crew. Stayed with MPB and hung out with them the next day. Got to see lots of my parents which was really good. Need to get home to see them more often.
Saw John and Robin on Sunday night which was really fucking good. My flight home on Monday got all fucked up but I ended up having a direct flight rather than a layover….
Martha picked me up at the airport and we tracked down the school where her interview was this morning.
Martha began to speak like JRR TOLKIEN writes “It should be upon us soon”.


Crooked Fingers is the current project from Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann. Intense and sad. Get into it…

Watch the video for “A New Drink for the Old Drunk”

Blue eyes of fire
Sweet desire is bitter torture
You are no father’s daughter
No man has this much to offer
Skin dark as sin
Soft and when we took cover
From the rain and the thunder
Under stained glass we did slumber
‘Til the sun came out to blind us
So we could not see anything
So we knew at once we were meant to be
And we heard the gods all rise and say
The love we made was no lie

With thirty years of hopes and fears breathing down my neck
Such a sad sad thing I set you free ’cause I can’t get you back
You are fire and you are water and when you dance it is torture
Maybe some night by the gray light of the dull moon we can meet

Tangled in twine
We have climbed we have wrangled
Shiny sequined sparked and spangled
Our hearts iron cuffed and mangled
We spen the night
By the side of the water and
Past the breakers and the markers
We swam out into the darkness
‘Til we could not feel the bottom
‘Til we could not feel anything
And the shoreline slowly drifted out of reach
As the moon shone down and the ocean heaved
And darkness gave to the light

With thirty years of hopes and fears breathing down my neck
Such a sad sad thing I set you free ’cause I can’t get you back
You are fire you are water and when you dance it is torture
Maybe someday on the bottom of the ocean we can meet
Though we know if we do we can never leave
‘Cause the moment that we turn away
The gods will say the love we made was a lie