discarded lies: thursday, march 30, 2017 1:44 am zst
Forty acres and a mou
daily archive: 07/07/2005
zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
We can't give them what they want
You know, I understand when people get angry. I usually stay silent and let it pass. But today I heard ugly words on bloggie, I heard "ragheads", I heard "nuke them!" and it made me uneasy and it made me feel dirty.

I know that the terrorists who did this today, like the terrorists who did 9/11, like the terrorists who blow up buses in Israel, would not hesitate to use bigger weapons, to kill more people, to destroy as many innocent lives as possible. Because that is their intent and it will always be their intent. I'm perfectly aware that if they had a nuclear weapon they'd use it.

We on the other hand, are on the side of the right. America is a force of good, a beacon of knowledge and learning, a welcoming abode to millions of immigrants like me. Like it or not, we're morally above the terrorists and that will never change. The proof is that we don't bomb innocent civilians in a subway. We don't blow up buses. We don't intentionally set to kill children. And we treat everyone fairly, even our enemies, even when they don't treat us fairly in return.

I understand people were angry today so I'm not going to say anything. Or maybe I already did.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Poor Ugly Sam
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Terrorism=Cheaper Oil?
The market thinks so for some odd reason.
Oil prices tumble after terror attacks in London
7 Jul 2005
World oil prices dropped on 7 July after a series of fatal terrorist attacks in London. The price of Brent North Sea crude for delivery in August dived $4.3 to $55.5 a barrel, in London. Earlier, the price struck a peak of $60.70. Prices had hit $62 a barrel in New York before they tumbled to $57.2. Four blasts targeted at London’s transport system killed at least 30 people ahead of the start of the G8 summit in Edinburgh. Oil prices had risen on world markets due to fears that two tropic storms heading for the Gulf of Mexico would force the evacuation of 96 platforms and rigs there and disrupt US oil production in facilities.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Mayor Livingstone is a smarmy slime
The Mayor of London's words ring awfully hollow to my ears.

(CNSNews.com) - London Mayor Ken Livingstone's previous support of a Muslim cleric who advocates suicide bombings may cause him some embarrassment as he now must speak for the city in the wake of Thursday's terrorist bombings.

Livingstone condemned the Thursday attacks as "mass murder," and added that "this was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful, it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners."

Yet Livingstone has in the past labeled Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi a "man of peace" and a "moderate," despite the fact that Al-Qaradawi has supported suicide bombings and the targeting of American allies.

Livingstone welcomed Al-Qaradawi to London's City Hall last year as an honored guest, and the mayor appeared in a video shown at a solidarity conference for the sheikh on Feb. 17 of this year in Doha, Qatar. Livingstone has publicly defended the sheikh against critics in the media and various grassroots organizations.

The Anti-Defamation League has labeled Al-Qaradawi the "Theologian of Terror," while the website GayEgypt.com has dubbed him the "Dr. Goebbels of modern Egypt," for Al-Qaradawi's anti-homosexual rhetoric.

Al-Qaradawi is a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood and his fatwas, or theological rulings are said to influence millions of followers who consider him an authoritative scholar on Islamic issues.

Those fatwas are widely distributed through IslamOnline.net, a website for which Al-Qaradawi serves as an advisor, and via a popular weekly religious program on the Arab television network Al-Jazeera, which the sheikh co-hosts.

Al-Qaradawi's theological justification for suicide bombings is entitled, "Hamas Operations Are Jihad and Those Who [Carry it Out and] Are Killed are Considered Martyrs" and appears on a website linked to the Hamas terror organization.

The Middle East Research Institute has translated Al-Qaradawi's sermons directed at the U.S. and United Kingdom. During one sermon, on March 7, 2003, delivered at the Umar Bin-al-Khattab mosque in Doha, Al-Qaradawi stated: "O God, destroy the Zionist, the American, and the British aggressors. O God, shake the ground under them and protect us from them."

Following Al-Qaradawi's arrival in London on July 7, 2004, BBC TV2 aired an interview in which he said Islam justifies suicide bombings in Iraq against the U.S. military and in Israel against women and children. That interview first appeared on the Doha, Qatar Television Service, was translated by the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) and reported by the Middle East Research Institute.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Queen Elizabeth's Message
Statement from The Queen following explosions in London
Message from The Queen following bomb blasts in London, 7 July 2005

The dreadful events in London this morning have deeply shocked us all. I know I speak for the whole nation in expressing my sympathy to all those affected and the relatives of the killed and injured. I have nothing but admiration for the emergency services as they go about their work.

Short, sympathetic, tasteful and on point. God save the Queen.


On 9/11, Queen Elizabeth II had The Star-Spangled Banner played at the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, and wept openly for the victims at a St. Paul's Cathedral service. New York City thanked her by lighting up the Empire State Building in purple and gold.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
This is London
A Letter To The Terrorists, From London :: The London News Review
What the fuck do you think you're doing?

This is London. We've dealt with your sort before. You don't try and pull this on us.

Do you have any idea how many times our city has been attacked? Whatever you're trying to do, it's not going to work.
A pint of ale to lawhawk
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Was it Suicide Attacks?
I haven't heard whether there were suicide bombers involved in the London attacks but this is interesting: REPORT: One UK Homicide Bomber Was Recent GITMO Release
7 July 2005; 12:54 ET: Preliminary reports from a source inside the Pentagon indicate that one of the operatives involved in this morning's bombings in London was recently released from the prison at Guantanamo. DEVELOPING…

A pint of ale to RIP Ford
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Unflappable London
We Are All Londoners Today
A couple of interesting tidbits at Joi Ito's blog:

antoin - there's someone on the irish radio says there were warnings about bomb scares as early as 7am.

JoiIto - Can I quote that on my blog Antoin?

antoin - sure. i should stress that it's a person who rang into the station, recounting

antoin - so it's a bit third-hand


[11:32] felix - we are jammed in between aldgate station and whitechapel hospital it's a bit like a war zone

[11:32] felix - RJ and mischa live right above aldgate station they are not allowed to leave the house

[11:33] felix - seems like the carefully crafted emergnecy plan works smoothly

[11:35] felix - like I said london is cool

[11:35] felix - everybody is really calm.

[11:36] felix - as the shut the whole public transport down

[11:37] felix - it's kinda weird how everything is so business as usual

[11:38] felix - I would have thought there would be more panic
Sounds like they're handling it with the usual British aplomb. They punched you hard, London, but you're still standing.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
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sine in The People's Diner:
For London

For our friends in London

Comfort Foods

Such as cucumber sandwiches cut into triangles as suggested by Dave Ray. Anybody want the crusts?



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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Al Qaeda Terror In London
Suicide murderers have struck buses in at least six London neighborhoods. 185 casualties according to the Fox ticker, including the wounded. The savage sons of bitches have found a way to mass-murder the innocents in the streets again.

Sky News report. Colt is liveblogging at Winds of Change.NET. London's cellphone network has been shut down. There may be over 20 dead so far.

The fucking terrorist bastards got us.

Our hearts are with you. God bless you and preserve you.

UPDATE by zorkie

Wikipedia is frequently updating the events of today's attack in London.

RIP Ford has made a map of the attacks. Click on the image for a close up.

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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Behind the scenes: the panel on foreign takeovers
Ever wonder what the process was for vetting national security-sensitive mergers? Wonder no more. Apparently, the panel in charge is a very high-level one, consisting of several Cabinet members among others. The panel makes a recommendation to the President, who makes the final call.
Intelligence, criminal justice and other officials may take an active role in cases, even negotiating side deals with foreign parties. In contentious cases, such as the Unocal offer, members of Congress invariably weigh in and the issues are discussed at the pinnacle of government.

"Some people would like you to believe it's nameless, faceless bureaucrats in the basement of some building," Malan said, alluding to the small committee staff that is housed a block away from the Treasury Department. "It's not. When they get together on a high-profile deal like this, it's probably in the Cabinet room in the White House."
I'm pretty sure the CNOOC buyout of Unocal won't be going through.
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