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Irish man dies from Spontaneous Human Combustion
Posted by daev at 9:50 AM on September 23, 2011

According to the The Irish Independent and The Irish Times, coroner Dr Kieran McLoughlin has found that a 76-year old Galway man, Michael Faherty, died of Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC) - the first documented case in Ireland, but NOT the first reported.

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Polar Bears are from Ireland. Yes.
Posted by daev at 10:55 AM on July 8, 2011

Polar bear from Ireland?
Everything and everyone is Irish in the end - and now it turns out the that great-great-great-etc grandmother of today's polar bears were in fact from Ireland. This is not some desperate attempt by Ireland to enter a territorial dispute over Arctic resources (we have Rockall, after all) or to distract the populace from the grinding financial crisis.

No, it turns out that modern polar bears have carried a particular sequence of DNA via the female line - mitochondria, which they share with prehistoric Irish brown bears - this DNA is absent from other species of brown bear alive today. The international research, published in Current Biology suggests that the two species crossed paths during colder period in Irish prehistory, allowing the two breeds to cross paths. Even today, modern brown bears can interbreed with polar beards, despite physical differences between the species.

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Dacianos: Fables for Another Time
Posted by barry at 12:37 PM on May 28, 2011

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Quantum Suicide is a scientific thought experiment. The scientist sits in front of a gun that is set up to either trigger or misfire, depending on the decay of a radioactive atom. With each run of the experiment, there is a 50% chance the gun will trigger. Under the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, the gun will eventually kill the scientist. But if the 'many-worlds' interpretation is correct, then at each run of the experiment there will be a universe in which the scientist lives, and another in which he dies. The scientist can only ever be conscious of the world in which he LIVES, and so never seems to die. This leads to the fanciful speculation that the many-worlds interpretation implies all conscious beings are immortal.
(Imagine the scientist, realizing he cannot die, stepping outside the lab and seeing for the first time what is worthwhile about existence).

Listen to the song on soundcloud.

Buy the download on bandcamp, if inclined. The other songs from Fables for Another Time can be bought there too.

Best of all, buy the Fables for Another Time CD on dacianos.com.

If you dare, read all about the creepy Blather.net connection to the Dacianos cover photo.

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For auction: Severed head of genital disease saint (1)
Posted by daev at 11:06 PM on May 24, 2011

"Severed head of genital disease saint for sale in Ireland" reads the headline in the Belfast Telegraph - A decapitated head, said to be that of St Vitalis of Assisi, the patron saint of genital diseases, will be sold at an auction in Co. Meath next Sunday. Vitalis, was was quite the hardy buck - and had a wild life, presumably punctuated by regular doses of the clap before he settled down to an ascetic lifestyle (or it just fell off and he couldn't misbehave any more).

Read more: Read more in the Belly Telly while details of the auction can be found here.

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Bitcoin: 'The Most Dangerous Technological Project Since The Internet Itself'
Posted by damien at 7:09 PM on May 20, 2011

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From launch.is

"Bitcoin is a P2P currency that could topple governments, destabilize economies and create uncontrollable global bazaars for contraband."

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Friday Choon: Planet Parade's 'Soon They Will Come'
Posted by damien at 9:00 AM on May 20, 2011

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I saw these lads on Tuesday night in Scala, London backing up Bell X1. They stole the show. They'll probably despise me for saying it, but they instantly reminded me of a young Police. Catchy tunes, feet-shuffling rhythm sections, superb vocals.

This is 'Soon They Will Come'. And yes, that does appear to be Aiden 'Mayor Carcetti' Gillen at the start of the video.

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That "Dead Alien" Footage
Posted by birdbath at 11:59 AM on April 20, 2011

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It's from Russia. It's on Youtube. It couldn't possibly be a fake.

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Friday Choon: EARGASM! The Jurassic Park Theme: 1000% Slower
Posted by birdbath at 8:55 AM on April 1, 2011

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The Jurassic Park theme. Just really, really slowly. Thanks to a piece of software called Paulstretch. It stretches things.

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Colour sketch of a 'spaceship' creating crop circles, UK National Archives, 1998
Posted by damien at 9:47 AM on March 17, 2011

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Image from UK Air Ministry Flickr stream, CC licence. Colour sketch of a 'spaceship' creating crop circles, 1998.

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The American Dream: Animated Conspiracy Theory
Posted by damien at 11:30 AM on March 16, 2011

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The world of banking and high finance explained in 30 minutes of animation. It's all about the Federal Reserve, kids. So. Fear-mongering nonsense? Prescient and brilliant activism? Anti-Semitic nonsense? Heroic use of modern communication channels to get the message out? Or just timely satire? You decide.

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UK Air Ministry UFO Sightings Chart, 1969
Posted by birdbath at 6:45 PM on March 4, 2011

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Image from UK Air Ministry Flickr stream, CC licence.. UK Air Ministry UFO Sightings Chart, 1969.

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Artwork sent to the UK Air Ministry depicting UFO sighting experienced by a member of the public, 1975
Posted by birdbath at 12:44 PM on March 4, 2011

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Image from Flickr Commons, CC licence. Artwork sent to the UK Air Ministry depicting UFO sighting experienced by a member of the public, 1975.

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Open Minds TV 2010 UFO News Year in Review
Posted by birdbath at 1:00 PM on March 3, 2011

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From Open Minds TV.

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Wexford, 1902
Posted by damien at 9:01 AM on March 3, 2011

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Some remarkable footage from the Mitchell and Kenyon collection, shot in the Wexford Bull Ring in 1902.

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Mitchell and Webb's Plot to Murder Diana
Posted by damien at 12:16 PM on March 2, 2011

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Another slice of fried conspiracy theory gold from Mitchell and Webb, this time looking at the plot to murder Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Mitchell & Webb's The Inebriati
Posted by blather at 2:28 PM on March 1, 2011

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When it comes to lampooning conspiracy theories, you can't get much better than Mitchell and Webb.

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Alex Jones Calls Out Glenn Beck
Posted by blather at 2:28 PM on February 24, 2011

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An absolutely hilarious video from Alex Jones, who calls out Glenn Beck for re-cycling his conspiracy theories and adding more paranoia. Pot meet kettle. Kettle meet pot.

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John Barry Has Left The Building
Posted by damien at 10:02 AM on January 31, 2011

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Sad, sad news. John Barry, five-time Academy Award winner, has died aged 77. Barry scored 11 Bond movies, the Harry Palmer movies and essentially invented 'the sound of the 60s'.

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INCOMING! Jim Corr on the Late Late show
Posted by blather at 1:05 PM on January 22, 2011

Here's your check-list. Watch out for:

Previously

Blather, Rinse, Repeat: An Ethnography of 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

The Jim Corr Conspiracy Corner

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Announcing a Loch Ness Project
Posted by barry at 2:46 PM on January 11, 2011

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Gerard Byrne - Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems), 2001-2011.

In his first major solo exhibition in a UK public gallery, Gerard Byrne (born Dublin 1969) will present the culmination of ten years of research around the Loch Ness Monster. Laced with subtle humour and a degree of ambiguity, 'Case Study: Loch Ness' appropriates the tropes of an archetypal conceptual art exhibition, including the iconic forms of Richard Long, Giuseppe Penone, Robert Smithson and Marcel Broodthaers.

14 January - 3 April 2011, Preview: 13 January, 6-10pm. All welcome.
MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA

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2011: red-winged birds fell from the sky (updated thrice)
Posted by barry at 2:59 AM on January 3, 2011

A Charles Fort-style New Year!

"Arkansas Game and Fish Press Release:

BEEBE, Ark.-- Friday night, ringing in the New Year took on a whole different meaning for the citizens of Beebe. Around 11:30 p.m., enforcement officers with Arkansas Game and Fish Commission began getting reports of dead black birds falling from the sky in the city limits of Beebe.

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WikiLeaks Cables: the Al Qaeda and PKK Rumour Mill
Posted by barry at 2:27 AM on January 3, 2011

Flashback 25 November 2010, before the WikiLeaks cables came out: 'US diplomatic cables set for imminent release by WikiLeaks will reportedly show that NATO ally Turkey aided Al Qaeda in Iraq, while the US supported the PKK, a Kurdish separatist group fighting Turkey' - so said the Raw Story, noting that 'The claim was made in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat' and the story was also taken up by Reuters.

I waited for cables to come out that verified this (or not) but none came. I wrote to The Guardian, who possess the cables, and they replied: 'We've not seen any evidence of this. I know there were reports to this effect, but none of the organisations who ran them (such as al-Hayat) had access to the cables.'

In any event, some US 'allies' are support bases for Al Qaeda according to the cables - namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE. 'WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists', Guardian 5 December 2010.

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Waking the Head
Posted by barry at 9:13 PM on December 17, 2010

Me and my friends were really really really really drunk one night in Saint Denis in 1793, and although I kept the head I stole from the Royal Chapel, I completely lost track of it later in the 90s. Now the mystery of its whereabouts is solved!

'Scientists say they have identified an embalmed head as belonging to King Henri IV of France, who was assassinated in 1610 at the age of 57. The head was lost after revolutionaries ransacked the royal chapel at Saint Denis, near Paris, in 1793. A head, presumed to be that of Henri IV, has passed between private collectors since then.' - bbc.co.uk, 15 December 2010.

'Suspected Henri IV head back with heirs' - AP, 15 December 2010.

'Multidisciplinary medical identification of a French king's head (Henri IV)' - bmj.com, 14 December 2010.

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WikiLeaks: Through the Cat's Mirror
Posted by barry at 1:13 PM on December 17, 2010

Discrepancies, discrepancies. 'A Cat's Mirror of Wikileaks Cablegate site' carries the latest update of the embassy cables from the WikiLeaks 'cablegate' page but also:

- '13 cables...which were deleted from wikileaks cablegate site'

- '...at least 11 cables... in a more free version (as they were previously disclosed) while they are now presented (a little little little little little little little bit) (or more) censored on the... Cablegate website'

- '138 cables... disclosed by Lebanese Al-Akhbar paper, but were not yet put into Wikileaks releases'

- '33 cables... which were disclosed by the British Guardian paper, but not yet included into the Wikileaks releases'

The Cat's Mirror site offers evidence of redactions/censoring of cables by WikiLeaks after they had already been released. The Cat's Mirror keeps a log of changes and differences.

Example:

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Friday Choon: David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto's 'Bamboo Houses'
Posted by damien at 9:04 AM on December 17, 2010

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Chine Types, from the George Eastman House collection. CC license

From the Wall of Death blog:

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Is your horse outside? Meet the Rubberbandits
Posted by daev at 5:00 PM on December 13, 2010

Ok, this music has been stuck in my head for the last week. Now, I've been a Rubberbandits fan for a while, especially since A Song For Willie, but these plastic-bag (w)rapped lads From Limerick have outdone themselves this time. There's talks of them attempting an Irish #1 via Itunes, there's a Facebook Event to help orchestrate it.

I'll leave you to it; but a word of warning, don't play this out loud in the office, or in front of those of a polite disposition.

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'The Somalia job was fantastic' - proof the US was behind Ethiopian Invasion (updated)
Posted by barry at 8:06 AM on December 9, 2010

(1) 'It was an off-hand compliment during a January 2007 dinner meeting between Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, plus staff, and then-U.S. Central Commander boss General John Abizaid. But Al Nayhan's jocular praise, as reported in WikiLeaks' trove of leaked diplomatic cables, is a rare admission that the United States played a central role in the disastrous December 2006 Ethiopian Woyanne [the ruling party in Ethiopia] invasion of Somalia, a move that ultimately emboldened the very Islamic extremists the U.S. and Ethiopia Woyanne had hoped to squash.'

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The Next Radio Show (updated)
Posted by barry at 7:15 AM on December 9, 2010

Barry Kavanagh's guest on his next stint as host of the radio programme SuperSoniskSommer will be the mysterious Ingebjørg Torgersen. Listen live on Saturday 11 December at 2pm (gmt+1) on RadiOrakel - that's FM 99,3 in Norway and it's also broadcast online.

Afterwards the programme will be archived on Soundcloud and the last 5 weeks of the programme SuperSoniskSommer will always be available at fm993.org.

Update, 11 December: the set list.
Dr Sno and the Santamangas - From Christmas With Love (Tomorrow Never Knew What Yesterday Will Be)
Cornelius Vreeswijk - Telegram for en Bombad By
The Fall - Bury parts 1+3
Hauk Buen - Fjellrosa
Laurie Anderson - O Superman
The Cure - Pirate Ships
John Winge (feat. Ingebjørg Torgersen) - LydierNeonrørVann
Radio 9 - Up on the Downs
John Birger Wormdahl (feat. Ingebjørg Torgersen) - Innenriks Tempo hinke
Kobi - to acheive matte and fresh effect
Albert Kuvezin & Yat-Kha - Black Magic Woman


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Typical FBI Attempt to Create Terrorism - Fails This Time! (updated thrice)
Posted by barry at 7:22 AM on December 7, 2010

Most 'terrorists' these days have been indoctrinated and radicalized by FBI agents, because the Federal Bureau of Entrapment cannot find any real terrorists to arrest and has to look busy rather than close up shop once and for all, on the grounds of uselessness. However, sometimes people just don't want to become 'terrorists', so when the feds sent an agent to a Los Angeles mosque to get some jihad goin' on, their man soon found that the mosque did not like his views and had taken out a restraining order against him! So he didn't get to start any 'terrorism' with 'plots' for his colleagues to 'foil' in this entirely fake realm of policing.

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GFAJ-1, a New Form of Life Made of Arsenic, Crawls out of Primeval Lake
Posted by barry at 12:32 AM on December 4, 2010

'NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth. Researchers conducting tests in the harsh environment of Mono Lake in California have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in its cell components. "The definition of life has just expanded," said Ed Weiler, NASA's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency's Headquarters in Washington.'
- Read the full story on the NASA website.
Research article abstract on sciencemag.org.

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Paradise for Paedophiles: the Rape of Afghan Boys (updated)
Posted by barry at 12:00 AM on December 4, 2010

Original entry from 13 April 2010: 'Bacha bazi is an old Afghan tradition of taking young boys, dressing them up like girls, and making them perform for older men in tea rooms, weddings, and other private venues. The boys are "owned" by single or married men who trade or keep the boys as concubines... the age-old ritual of man-boy predatory sex, which is obliquely condoned throughout Afghanistan because of a pervasive fear or indifference about prosecuting it on any serious level... has proliferated after decades of poverty, corruption, and a lack of enduring social institutions... poor families sell their children, and orphans are snatched off the street. They are the meekest, preyed upon by the strongest - the kind of wealthy, powerful men who have benefited most from the Western occupation and generous foreign aid.'

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WikiLeaks Cables: the most amusing one so far
Posted by barry at 6:00 PM on December 1, 2010

In a 2009 cable from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, US diplomat Tatiana Gfoeller reports on her meeting with Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yannian. They discuss Manas Air Force Base, which the Americans hope to keep in Kyrgyzstan. Note how casual the Americans are about giving billions to Kyrgyzstan, while the Chinese are 'horrified' at the suggestion they'd do the same, seeming more worried about what their population at home would think than the Americans are about their own poor people, in whose name they give millions to the Kyrgyz.The shock of the Chinese Ambassador and candour of the conversation is quite amusing to read:

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Selective Publishing of WikiLeaks Cables by New York Times to Hype Iran 'Threat'
Posted by barry at 3:03 PM on December 1, 2010

'The Times story said the newspaper had made the decision not to publish "at the request of the Obama administration". That meant that its readers could not compare the highly- distorted account of the document in the Times story against the original document without searching the Wikileaks website. As a result, a key Wikileaks document which should have resulted in stories calling into question the thrust of the Obama administration's ballistic missile defence policy in Europe based on an alleged Iranian missile threat has produced a spate of stories supporting the existing Iranian threat narrative.'

Read 'Russians Refuted U.S. Claim of Iranian Missile Threat to Europe' - Inter Press Service 30 Nov 2010.

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Did you realize North Korea spent the Bush years rockin' out?
Posted by barry at 3:11 PM on November 30, 2010

The North Korean angry rock tune, "Fucking USA", apparently broadcast on a news programme. The song begins about 30 seconds in. Bizarre state-sponsored punks or what?

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Rather than Admit Obsolesence, the FBI Spends its Time Creating Terrorism
Posted by barry at 10:48 PM on November 28, 2010

A rather typical story these days, when it's nearly impossible to find real terrorists. The FBI has to keep busy somehow:

'The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) claims to have thwarted their own car bomb Friday, November 26, 2010 at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon's Pioneer Courthouse Square. A 19 year old man, Mr. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, was in contact with undercover FBI agents since June of 2010... Unlike the supposed Pakistani terrorist Mr. Mohamud was in contact with, the FBI actually supplied him with a bomb.'

The full story is in the activist post.

Update: Get your ass back here to Blather.net to read 'Typical FBI Attempt to Create Terrorism - Fails This Time!' and its various updates.

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Tomb Raiding in China
Posted by barry at 4:44 PM on November 26, 2010

Few accounts of grave robbing pass the all-seeing eye of Blather without us linking to them for your delectation.

The Independent of 26 November 2010 reports: 'Grave robbers arrested after raid on China's terracotta tomb...Nine people have been arrested in China after grave robbers targeted the tombs of the ancestors of the country's first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, whose resting place is guarded by the famous Terracotta Army.' Read the full story.

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How They Pulled the Irish Scam
Posted by barry at 2:07 PM on November 26, 2010

It's class war at Blather HQ, as we lay off more staff and servants in order to pay the interest on our massive loans from that blasted bank in Zurich, Odessa-Bormann-Eichmann-Mengele or whatever it's called.

Or so the desperate lawyers are telling me on my answering machine. I am nowhere to be found at Blather HQ - I am comfortably ensconced in a tower of solid ivory at an undisclosed Arctic location, sitting at the roaring fire in my slippers, with a glass of port in my hand, poured to me lovingly by my Japanese-manufactured chrome robot slave, now gliding out of the room on its elegantly silent wheels. Try to get anywhere near me, peasants, and my sonic weapons will disintegrate your ears.

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The Jim Corr Conspiracy Corner
Posted by damien at 1:03 PM on November 24, 2010

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We've featured Jim Corr's conspiracy ramblings on here before. Self-appointed moral guardian of the nation, Corr has re-surfaced to explain to us how 'they' are engineering the Irish financial collapse. As you watch, keep an ear out for some of the classic tropes of a conspiracy theorist. Here's your checklist:

  • Claim that the conspiracy theorist was right all along - when no-one would listen
  • Claim that attacking the speaker is an attack on all free thinking people
  • Reference to shady, unnamed forces working to destabilise the country - without any specification of who is doing it. The classic 'they' at the heart of conspiracy theories
  • Quasi-messianic tone: 'My dear people...'
  • Syllogistic reasoning


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ImpostorWatch: 'Taliban Leader in Peace Talks Was an Impostor' (updated thrice)
Posted by barry at 2:28 PM on November 23, 2010

"It's not him," said a Western diplomat in Kabul intimately involved in the discussions. "And we gave him a lot of money."

Blather's ImpostorWatch service found the story in the New York Times, 22 November 2010.

Update: Mr Reliable, Hamid 'forged a million votes' Karzai, is quoted in Haaretz as saying the whole thing never happened. Yeah right.

Update: Karzai's chief of staff isn't denying it happened, and he blames the British for it. "Sometimes Nato doesn't know one bearded, turbanned Taleban leader from another" says MI6.

Update: US general McChrystal approved peace talks with fake Taliban leader - American Nato commander asked MI6 to develop contacts - News contradicts Hamid Karzai's attempt to put blame on UK - Guardian 26 November 2010.

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Ireland: the real wealth of the nation
Posted by barry at 12:55 PM on November 20, 2010

Back in 1990 the United Nations started measuring 'human' development as opposed to economic development, and publishing an annual Human Development Index (HDI). The 'real wealth' of a nation lies not in its gold or money but in a human being's actual experience of life. The HDI has many indicators, including the adult literacy rate, carbon dioxide emissions per capita, expected years of schooling, gender equality, the homicide rate, life expectancy at birth, maternal mortality, the robbery rate and under-five mortality.

In 2010, Ireland according to the HDI is the fifth best place to live in the world, the second best place to live in Europe and the best place to live in the EU.

Remember, life isn't about money. Blather Sunshine Industries offers a free lollipop to each Irish person who comes forward to admit that they have an excellent quality of life compared to the majority of people on Earth. Of course, there is a strong belief in our organization that every single Irish person is a born moaner who is obsessed with money, the economy and owning property (and the art of moaning and complaining), so we are going to demolish our lollipop factory at midnight tonight if we can't find ONE Irish person who will admit that life is good.

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Monday Conspiracy: CIA Mind Control Experiments
Posted by damien at 9:00 AM on November 8, 2010

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A short video on the CIAs' alleged mind-feckery during the 1970s.

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Barry's Hallowe'en Radio Show (updated with setlist)
Posted by barry at 1:57 PM on October 27, 2010

The broadcast of blood. The frequency of fear. The wavelength of the werewolf.

During the witching hour, which is 2pm (that's GMT+1), Saturday, 30 October 2010, on Oslo's RadiOrakel fm99.3, Blather.net's Barry Kavanagh will present a Hallowe'en music show with special guest Flaming Christian. Listen live via the RadiOrakel website or listen to it later when it's in the archive on soundcloud. Die listening.

Setlist:
Dacianos - Future Times
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Halloween
Burial Hex - Will to Chapel
Sabbath Assembly - Hymn to the Consecration
Goblin - Suspiria theme
TwinSisterMoon - The Vampire of Suburbia
Gnaw Their Tongues - Blood Drenched Altars
Negativland - Helter Stupid (prologue)
The Upbeats - Werewolf
The Birthday Party - Six Strings That Drew Blood

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Halloween: Get yer Haunted Dublin
Posted by daev at 9:49 PM on October 26, 2010

WARNING: BLATANT SEASONAL PROMOTION AHEAD

Haunted Dublin by Dave Walsh

Haunted Dublin: Chilling accounts of the supernatural in the city

Only €14.99 + P&P!

By Dave Walsh

Introduction by Barry Kavanagh

Paperback: 93 pages, including 40 photographs by Dave Walsh
Publisher: Nonsuch Ireland

Published October 2008



It's that dark, weird time of year again, children. The time of year when the hairy salesmen of Blather Publishing Ltd. don their skeleton leotards and coming knocking on your door in the dead of night, hellbent on convincing you to buy professionally dogeared copies of Haunted Dublin. Got a copy already? Then feck off, or buy another for your granny!

Go on, read more about Haunted Dublin and git yer copy now »

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Friday Choon: The The's 'Heartland'
Posted by blather at 7:16 PM on October 22, 2010

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"This is the 51st state--of the U. S. A."

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David Norris for President of Ireland
Posted by daev at 2:04 AM on October 20, 2010

Ahead of the curve, that's us. Back in the dark days of 2004, we fine upstanding reprobates at blather.net called for the esteemed Senator David Norris to made President of Ireland.

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Gulf of Mexico: Where's all the oil gone?
Posted by daev at 12:47 AM on October 1, 2010 Water Samples Drawn

I'm currently on board the Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise, in Galveston, Texas, where we've just come in from a week and half's work with a bunch of scientists to find out where the 4 million barrels of unaccounted for oil has vanished to. I've published a blog about it on the Greenpeace USA website: Where's all the oil gone?

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Monday Conspiracy: 2012 Olympics Logo and the Secret Illuminati Something Or Other
Posted by damien at 9:12 AM on September 27, 2010

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You ready? Okay - here we go:

Moody music? Check!
Reference to Nazis? Check!
Assertion that you're SADLY mistaken and the conspiracy theorist can help you see straight? Check!
Reference to Protocols of Elders of Zion? You betcha!
One World Government? Bing!

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Friday Choon: DJ Le Clown's 'Message De Rien'
Posted by damien at 9:00 AM on September 24, 2010

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Utter, utter gorgeousness. DJ Le Clown rescues Edith Piaf's 'Non, je ne regrette rien' from the footnotes of Hans Zimmer's Inception score and mashes it with Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message' - with some screaming mad, Bad Lieutenant Harvey Keitel thrown in for good measure. Mag-feckin-nificent.

Altogether now:

'Don't. Push. Me. Cos. I'm. Close. To. The. Edge...'

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Monday Conspiracy: The 7/7 Ripple Effect
Posted by damien at 9:58 AM on September 20, 2010

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The first in a new series for you, the Monday Conspiracy, where we take a popular conspiracy theory kicking around on Youtube or similar video-sharing site and take a cursory look at the tropes, stories and syllogistic thinking loops which are used to construct the narrative. Or we just point and laugh.

First up, the '7/7 Ripple Effect' videos, which explore the conspiracy theories surrounding the July 7th 2005 bombings of London, England.

Here's your check-list. Look for:

  • Syllogistic thinking
  • The number of references to 'they' or 'them'
  • The use of audio, visual and other sensory tricks to introduce elements of unease into the narrative
  • Selective editing of statements (see Peter Power statement)
  • Statements of 'fact' which have no evidential backing

Continue reading "Monday Conspiracy: The 7/7 Ripple Effect"

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Friday Choon: I Want All Maneater [Hall & Oates vs. Queen]
Posted by damien at 1:40 PM on September 17, 2010

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On the announcement that Freddie Mercury is to be played in a forthcoming movie by none other than Sasha Baron Cohen (inspired casting if you ask us) here's a recent Queen/Hall and Oates mashup for your Friday listening pleasure.

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Friday Choon: 'Ghostriders in the Sky' by Johnny Cash and the Muppets
Posted by damien at 2:30 PM on September 10, 2010

Johnny Cash performs Ghostriders in the sky on The Muppets Show.

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Quantum Geospatial Bilocation Anomaly, Dublin 5, Ireland
Posted by damien at 9:56 AM on September 9, 2010

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Reminders that the U.S. is still at war in Iraq
Posted by barry at 12:29 PM on September 8, 2010

'At some point in the last two weeks, you may have been told by someone in the news that combat operations in Iraq were over, and that the last combat troop had left the country. Well, the Associated Press is not having any of it, and in a memo from their standards editor, Tom Kent, the law in this regard has been laid down, in no uncertain terms: "To begin with, combat in Iraq is not over, and we should not uncritically repeat suggestions that it is, even if they come from senior officials."'
- Huffington Post, AP Issues Standards Memo: 'Combat In Iraq Is Not Over'.

'With the Obama Administration having successfully transitioned public perception of the Iraq War into something in the past, the 50,000 US troops still on the ground are still engaging in combat missions, even if no one is calling them that officially anymore. But less often mentioned are the massive army of private security contractors, tens of thousands of whom remain in Iraq and continue to go on largely as they have, fighting the same war they have been fighting for seven and a half years.'
- Antiwar.com, 'As Iraq War Continues, a Surge in Contractors - Private Contractors Also Engaged in Combat Missions'.

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Barry. Radio. Jae. Soundcloud. Listen. Download.
Posted by barry at 8:17 PM on September 6, 2010

Barry Kavanagh presented SuperSoniskSommer on Oslo's RadiOrakel FM99.3 on 28 August 2010, in conversation with Jessica Sligter (Jæ, Sacred Harp, The Story of Modern Farming).

Available now on Soundcloud.

The set list and the conversation:

Dacianos - Polyxo's Ghosts
"The best introduction"
Jæ - Adam's Place
"A little bit of distance"
The Story of Modern Farming - Christ
"Can we swear on RadiOrakel?"
Jæ - That I Shouldn't Have
The bit when we introduced the wrong music
Sacred Harp - Next Time Too
Apology
Alabama Sacred Harp Singers
"Secretly we actually want to just play in a rock band"
Jæ - Red Around the Eyes
"Now I am blessed"
Jæ - Jim's Place
"What would you like to hear first?"
Scott Walker - Windows of the World
"Every opportunity, we took"
Gillian Welch - Leaving Train

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Mars was Earth Once, but Soon Venus Will Be
Posted by barry at 4:38 PM on September 1, 2010

'The Solar System can be regarded as a timeline. As they successively undergo the same process, all the major planets are simply seen at different stages of expansion, contraction and rebirth as gas giants. All the planets after the Earth once passed through this orbit. When at our stage of their cycle they were fully life sustaining and, by way of a repeat tectonic pattern within this process, they had the same continent configuration as this Earth. As all people have two eyes, a nose and a mouth, so all planets look like this one when they're in their prime. Nature always makes copies of things. The object we are walking around on right now is just a basic model. There were six Earths before this one, all of them fully populated with human beings, as an integral part of their individual cycles. 600 billion people lived and died on them, with births, deaths, marriages, war and homework, just like us. But for reasons of a misinterpretation of geo-science related data, this is not apparent to anyone.'

See the graphics on seventhearth.com

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Friday Choon: Robbie Robertson's 'Somewhere Down the Crazy River'
Posted by birdbath at 8:36 AM on August 27, 2010

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Barry's next radio show
Posted by barry at 10:50 AM on August 26, 2010

My next radio show is on Saturday 28. august at 2pm (Greenwich +1) on RadiOrakel - FM 99,3 in Oslo - and can be heard live online here. After the fact I'll put it on soundcloud and will update this 'zeitgeist' entry with the link.

I'm doing a special radio programe with Jessica Sligter (Jæ, Sacred Harp, The Story of Modern Farming, Jessica): interview + 'exclusive' tracks from the new album. She is a Dutch singer whose solo project will be getting a major release in September. Songs can be heard here.

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Remakes are Killing Conversation
Posted by barry at 10:42 PM on August 23, 2010

Her: What's your all time favourite television programme?
Me: Oh, well, I'd have to say The Prisoner
Her: You mean that miniseries from last year with Ian McKellen and the guy who played Jesus?
Me: No. God no. Don't make me sick. I mean the revolutionary 1960s show created by and starring the iconoclastic Patrick McGoohan.
Her: Who? Er... what films do you like, then?

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The "Danish" "Government" is Apparently the Property of a British Energy Company
Posted by barry at 10:32 PM on August 23, 2010

'A Danish warship today confronted a Greenpeace ship which is on a mission to target "dangerous" deep sea oil drilling sites, the environmental group claimed. The incident happened in the freezing seas off Greenland as the protest ship Esperanza approached one of the world's most controversial oil drilling projects operated by the British company Cairn Energy, said Greenpeace.' - The Independent.

Greenpeace blog: 'Lisa is onboard the Esperanza and says internet has been on and off, but she has managed to get through a few images of the rig and Danish warship that is guarding it.'

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Fake "End" to Iraq War Already Wearing Thin
Posted by barry at 10:15 PM on August 23, 2010

'With the Obama Administration still reveling in its "victory" in Iraq and media outlets still cheerfully reporting last week's formal "end" to the Iraq War, another US soldier has been killed in Iraq.The killing is a difficult one to reconcile with the narrative, as the soldier was killed when a rocket was fired at him. He was "on operations" in the Basra Province, but military officials declined to provide further details on exactly what he was doing. But officials had been saying all along that, despite renaming the 52,000-plus US troops "non-combat" troops they would continue to go on missions that involved combat. They just wouldn't call it combat.'

- antiwar.com

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