Saturday, October 22, 2005

A whole lot of really interesting stuff has been coming down Doc40's pike in the last 48 hours with which to occupy ourselves as we wait to see if the entire Bush White House is going to do the perp walk next week, so, without further preamble, lets get to it.

First up is an entire (albeit short) book by firebrand Tom Vague, Getting It Straight In Notting Hill Gate, that tells the story of my old manor from the Teddy Boys and race riots of the 1950s, through the adventures of likes of Boss Goodman, Mike Moorcock, Lemmy and me, (and, a little later, The Clash) all the way to the contemporary horror as the old freak/rude boy ghetto is bought out as the playground of the rich and fashionable. There are a few inaccuracies, but all in all it’s on the money.
"HISTORYtalk has teamed up with local writer Tom Vague to develop a pop history of Notting Hill. Tom has been charting the area's pop culture for a number of years as part of his London Psychogeography Project. Any comments or memories that readers may have about the music scene in Notting Hill from the 1950s through to the present day are welcome. Tom can be contacted at"
It’s on Acrobat and can be printed out or downloaded

Kaymo sends a stunning analysis by the editor of no less that Harpers that contends the US is already a facist state. "On the evidence of the wonderful work currently being done by the Bush Administration with respect to the trade deficit and the national debt -- to say nothing of expanding the markets for global terrorism -- I think we can look forward with confidence to character-building bankruptcies, picturesque bread riots, thrilling cavalcades of splendidly costumed motorcycle police..."

A weird blog from Dr Mysterian (another good Doc) that links B horror movies and obscurist rock & roll.

And just a plain old fashioned interesting blog...

The secret word is Paragraph

CRYPTIQUEYou bloodthirsty human scum, we will mercilessly crush you with the weapon of singlehearted unity!

Friday, October 21, 2005


The secret word is Grapeshot

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Kaymo sent over the following that would have me rolling on the floor if this slick-suited sonofabitch wasn’t so hideously representative of the purblind arrogant dullard crooks who are currently running the nation into the bleeding earth. The only good news is that there’s a warrant for this monstrosity’s arrest, and we can only hope he ultimately does serious time, in some a real nasty Texas pen.

1) "So many minority youths had volunteered that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like myself." --Tom DeLay, explaining at the 1988 GOP convention why he and vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle did not fight in the Vietnam War
2) "Now tell me the truth boys, is this kind of fun?" -Tom Delay, to three young hurricane evacuees from New Orleans at the Astrodome in Houston, Sept. 9, 2005
3) "I AM the federal government." -Tom DeLay, to the owner of Ruth's Chris Steak House, after being told to put out his cigar because of federal government regulations banning smoking in the building, May 14, 2003
4) "We're no longer a superpower. We're a super-duper power." -Tom DeLay, explaining why America must topple Saddam Hussein in 2002 interview with Fox News
5) "Nothing is more important in the face of a war than cutting taxes." -Tom DeLay, March 12, 2003
6) "Guns have little or nothing to do with juvenile violence. The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills." -Tom DeLay, on causes of the Columbine High School massacre, 1999
7) "A woman can take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure. To provide stability. Not that a woman can't provide stability, I'm not saying that... It does take a father, though." -Tom DeLay, in a radio interview, Feb. 10, 2004
8) "I don't believe there is a separation of church and state. I think the Constitution is very clear. The only separation is that there will not be a government church." -Tom DeLay
9) "Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour [the minimum wage in 1996] are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist." -Tom DeLay, during a debate in Congress on increasing the minimum wage, April 23, 1996
10) "I am not a federal employee. I am a constitutional officer. My job is the Constitution of the United States, I am not a government employee. I am in the Constitution." -Tom DeLay, in a CNN interview, Dec. 19, 1995

Link from some girl concerning what happened when Islamic fundamentalist edited The Simpsons.

I have a somewhat fluffy column on TV revisionism in this week’s weekly tab.

The secret word is Thug

CRYPTIQUE -- What the fuck does Bono think he's up to?

While still dealing more the usual crap that flesh is heir to, (maybe one day I’ll look back and laugh and tell you all about it) I can only keep Doc40 rolling with stuff like this monstrous little horror story from Mike Musgrove at the Washington Post forwarded by some girl...

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but it isn't. The pages coming out of your color printer may contain hidden information that could be used to track you down if you ever cross the U.S. government.
Last year, an article in PC World magazine pointed out that printouts from many color laser printers contained yellow dots scattered across the page, viewable only with a special kind of flashlight. The article quoted a senior researcher at Xerox Corp. as saying the dots contain information useful to law-enforcement authorities, a secret digital "license tag" for tracking down criminals.
The content of the coded information was supposed to be a secret, available only to agencies looking for counterfeiters who use color printers.
Now, the secret is out.
Yesterday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco consumer privacy group, said it had cracked the code used in a widely used line of Xerox printers, an invisible bar code of sorts that contains the serial number of the printer as well as the date and time a document was printed.
With the Xerox printers, the information appears as a pattern of yellow dots, each only a millimeter wide and visible only with a magnifying glass and a blue light.
The EFF said it has identified similar coding on pages printed from nearly every major printer manufacturer, including Hewlett-Packard Co., though its team has so far cracked the codes for only one type of Xerox printer.
The U.S. Secret Service acknowledged yesterday that the markings, which are not visible to the human eye, are there, but it played down the use for invading privacy.
"It's strictly a countermeasure to prevent illegal activity specific to counterfeiting," agency spokesman Eric Zahren said. "It's to protect our currency and to protect people's hard-earned money."
It's unclear whether the yellow-dot codes have ever been used to make an arrest. And no one would say how long the codes have been in use. But Seth Schoen, the EFF technologist who led the organization's research, said he had seen the coding on documents produced by printers that were at least 10 years old.
"It seems like someone in the government has managed to have a lot of influence in printing technology," he said.
Xerox spokesman Bill McKee confirmed the existence of the hidden codes, but he said the company was simply assisting an agency that asked for help. McKee said the program was part of a cooperation with government agencies, competing manufacturers and a "consortium of banks," but would not provide further details. HP said in a statement that it is involved in anti-counterfeiting measures and supports the cooperation between the printer industry and those who are working to reduce counterfeiting.
Schoen said that the existence of the encoded information could be a threat to people who live in repressive governments or those who have a legitimate need for privacy. It reminds him, he said, of a program the Soviet Union once had in place to record sample typewriter printouts in hopes of tracking the origins of underground, self-published literature.
"It's disturbing that something on this scale, with so many privacy implications, happened with such a tiny amount of publicity," Schoen said.
And it's not as if the information is encrypted in a highly secure fashion, Schoen said. The EFF spent months collecting samples from printers around the world and then handed them off to an intern, who came back with the results in about a week.
"We were able to break this code very rapidly," Schoen said.

This from Sid S.
Go to google. Run a google search on the word FAILURE and the read the first result. (This may not last.)


The secret word is Struggle

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

And the stress was waiting, tres beaucoup, but, while I cope and until I come back with more, check out this piece of nastiness (from some girl). Seems like I recall similar stories at the Greenham Common anti-nuke protests back in the UK.

The secret word is Weight

Sunday, October 16, 2005

In San Antonio they tell me that power and money are one
They can buy us or sell you to keep you afraid, on the run
But no one can stop us!
My vision is clearly in sight
And the Free Mexican Air Force
Mescalito riding his white horse
Yeah the Free Mexican Air Force is flyin' tonight

Razored this from Miss Templeton’s weblog. (See yesterday.) I have to do much more research as to it’s origin

(Email address as ever –

The secret word is Thompson