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344 thoughts on “We’re Not Dead Yet

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  • Jemand - Censorship Improves History

    Trowbridge, I’m sorry that I deleted your post, but I had to because it was too controversial. You do realise that all of ‘Jon’s’ posts explaining deletes, are mine, don’t you?

    Anyway, thanks Komodo for the links to news of Gulnara Karimova’s descent into political obscurity. Hopefully she will be able to avoid an unfortunate car accident before releasing her next album, tentatively titled “Rainbows and Cotton Fields”. One dollar from every million album sales will be donated to a worthy charity administered by Googoosha herself and deposited in a safe Swiss bank account to ensure compliance with financial regulations.

  • Uzbek in the UK


    I do not think that assassination of Uzbek princess is on the table. Not at least until her father is on the throne, and least likely after that. It is unlikely that she will succeed him and it is very likely that she will emigrate (after her father is removed from Ok-Saroy legs forward) and live peacefully in one of her many multimillion mansions.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    I’m not the one stretching, Villager. Jemand said he was censoring what appears here – a most destructive claim for the site, if true.

    Asiana is taking the Fox TV station in Oakland to court for damaging it and its pilots – what is bound to reveal who gave the word to the NTSB intern in Washington to corroborate the vile rumor, and if it is his boss, its report will require only stretching.

  • Komodo


    I trust you can see what I just deleted here. Urgently, please. The NSA is getting impatient.

  • Jemand - Censorship Improves History

    Komodo, you are either serious, or you are joking. I’m assuming that you are somewhere in between – seriously joking or joking about being serious. Either way, the deletions you claimed to have made are, in actual fact of reality, very very real and this is no joking matter, as Trowbridge has correctly observed. Seriously! Forget the NSA, that’s just a front for something much much bigger. I’ll reveal more when it’s safe to do so. I’m assuming Craig uses an encrypted line and Norton Home Security.

    On this topic of being serious, inter alia Craig’s irregular attention-seeking on health matters that we have all agreed are too expensive for the NHS, I want to raise the subject of quantum field lensing of naturally occurring cosmic rays, used by the US military to disrupt telegram communications in India. Google it, it’s real.

  • nevermind

    great news Craig is getting better and the Canaries have signed Leroy Fer, a Dutch under 21 champion, can’t be bad.

    The cat with no name is still in limbo, stuck here in Rockland departure lounge without a visa. I asked Putin, but he says he has just got a cat to cheer up Ms. Kabayeva’s children.
    Its not that I’m desperate, but I did mention that I did not want a cat and rather have lots of other stuff on my mind recently.

    Shall now join Cryptonym for a holiday, anybody feeling able to look after an animal, get in touch with Clark please, I’m off

  • Flaming June

    Hope Google Translate got this correct for me Nevermind.

    ‘Frohe Festtage und sichere Fahrten’

    Sorry I can’t help with that poor unwanted cat. My dog does not like cats.

  • Courtenay Barnett

    @ Craig,
    Pleased to hear that you are bouncing back.
    I can but ask:-
    What is your take on the Martin case in the US and how, if at all, might one relate the US case to that of Stephen Lawrence in the UK?
    For my part I have thought for a long while about this case:-
    1. America is not what it ought to be – coming from genocide against the Native Americans.
    2. America is not what it should be – advancing on the backs of the free labour of the Africans.
    3. America might be what it could be – integrating the brightest and the best from around the world along a path of global justice.
    And , I now lament the result of this case.
    I am not a lawyer qualified in, nor called to the Bar in the US. I am British trained and twice over qualified to practice law under British jurisprudence. That is what I know and do.
    I am aware that the US shares and has inherited the British Common Law system of justice. I have worked with American lawyers on cases and been in US courts and interfaced with experts and US lawyers over decades. Again – I am not a US trained attorney.
    However, my simple questions are:-
    – Night watchman told by 911 dispatcher to leave the youngster?
    – Night watchman, in cross-examination by the prosecution, found to have fabricated a story and is caught multiple times in his lies?
    – Night watchman pursues the youngster and makes comments that are recorded which reveal his preconceived notions about the youngster being a criminal ?
    – Night watchman makes claims about the incident and circumstances and provides video taped recounting of the events to the police, then is found to be significantly inconsistent in relation to his overall statements.
    – Night watchman pursues and stalks and confronts the youngster.
    – There is an altercation, that never would have happened if the dispatcher’s instructions had been followed.
    – Night watchman has, under US law, limited powers, and had been properly instructed by the 911 dispatcher.
    – Night watchman shoots and kills the unarmed 17 year youngster – and night watchman is a 28 year old man with martial arts training and weighs over 200 pounds relative to a “threatening” 160 or so pound kid?

    Well – American justice? – NOT GUILTY?

    Over to you.


  • @ASprak

    I hope you’ll recover and reeturn to shining your light on the injustices in our world. Thanks!

  • Courtenay Barnett

    @ Flaming June,

    “ Flaming June” – what a novel and attractive pseudonym.
    “ Flaming June” rides with Wild Bill Hicock on the blog trail. Great thought.
    Ha….just kidding.
    Read it – thanks for sharing.

  • Indigo

    Glad to hear you’re back. I wish you a speedy recovery – it’s always more speedy when surrounded by loved ones – and look forward to your next full post.

  • me in us

    Thanks be. Been looking for news, and am so glad to see this. Rest and be well.

  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)

    Craig, it’s good to hear that you’re improving/improved. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

  • Dreoilin

    “I appear to be back on full fighting form again”

    Excellent news, Craig.

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and rains fall soft upon your fields.

    And all that jazz …

    Take it easy

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    Glad to hear you’re fit as a fiddle, Craig….Give us a preview.

    On the Zimmerman trial, I’m afraid the jury had to find NG because of prevailing self-defense laws in Florida. When the prosecution and LE investigators screw the pooch there is nothing, other than jury nullification, for the jury to do except follow the elements of ‘reasonable doubt’. It’s a tragedy.
    However, the jury system is one part of the legal morass that I find little fault with.

  • Flaming June

    From the link I sent to Courtenay.

    ‘And yet the nonsense of George Zimmerman’s deliverance — like some junior grade St. John XXIII — goes much further. It’s the triumph of man-made law over god-given Justice.

    “Not guilty,” pronounced the six white (one possibly hispanic) female jurors, two of whom were married to lawyers and a third was the mother of a lawyer. (We might have guessed.) They might just as logically have declared George Zimmerman the best-dressed dude in the courtroom.’

    And Zimmerman’s Dad is a retired judge.

    This is a new piece about the case by Randy Shields on DV.

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    The jury selection process and voir dire are quite fair as both parties can exclude jurors with a profile which may hinder their side. I don’t know about 6 jurors. It’s supposed to be a unanimous 12. That part bothers me, but the prosecution has many more tools and unlimited funds for their cause. It could be one of many mistakes the public prosecutor made.

  • Flaming June

    I do not know the US law but thought the number was strange.
    Would the alternate jurors have been there to replace any of the main jurors going off sick or for some other reason?

    ‘The prosecuting and defense attorneys referred to the jury members as five white women and one black or Hispanic woman. CNN does not have access to the juror questionnaires and cannot confirm the ethnicities of the jurors.

    Four alternate jurors — two women and two men — will hear the case as well. Nelson asked Zimmerman if he agreed with the jurors selected to serve on the panel, and he said he did.’

    All-female jury to try Zimmerman

    Off now to attempt some sleep on a hot and humid night. Quite unusual in the UK these days!

  • Ben Franklin -Machine Gun Preacher (unleaded version)

    One selected juror was dismissed for unknown reasons, and yes they had alternates.

    This is the reason for 6….only in Florida.

    Williams v. Florida, a Supreme Court ruling in 1970, it was decided that at least six persons is “large enough to promote group deliberation, free from outside intimidation, and to provide a fair possibility for obtaining a cross-section of the community.”

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