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When words hide the truth – the Language of Weasels

Just read this article. It is an excerpt from a book to be released shortly:

Dictionary of Weasel Words, Contemporary Cliches, Cant & Management Jargon will be published next week by Random House Australia, rrp $32.95.

Think I’ll buy it.

When words hide the truth: “Don Watson explores the manipulation of our language by those with power.

‘Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.’
-George Orwell, Politics and the English Language

‘Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge.’
– Toni Morrison, Nobel Lecture, 1993

‘Project facilitation is the key tool to leverage excellence from the mediocre.’
– Vital Places Consultancy 2004”

4WDs – The cars that ate suburbia

Excellent article in the Sydney Morning Herald Drive section last weekend on 4 wheel drives. It does a good job of bringing together most of the relevant facts and stats, but at the same time is a good read.

One of the things mentioned below is that Ford’s marketing research shows that reveals that four-wheel-drivers are seen as ‘exhibitionists, would-be’s and wankers’. I’m not sure if that is new research done in Australia, but it sounds very similar to a study Ford did in the US 5 years ago or so, where FORD DECIDED that SUV owners are exhibitionist selfish wankers! – that is what Ford thinks of their SUV buying customers! I’ll find the link to that. Anyway read the SMH article! Pass it on to a 4WD owner, and then get out there and start torching 4WDs.

Drive.com.au: “clandestine ‘Toorak Tractor tagging’ campaigns continue in Melbourne, with stickers such as ‘I’m polluting your air’ and ‘Child Killing Vehicle’ being pasted next to ‘Baby on Board’ signs. Anti-SUV sentiment is also believed to be stoking the documented rise in road rage. According to the aforementioned AAMI survey, for example, SUV drivers are 11/2 times as likely as regular drivers to meet with abuse in shopping centre car parks. Even Ford Australia’s own marketing research, sighted by Good Weekend, reveals that four-wheel-drivers are seen as ‘exhibitionists, would-be’s and wankers’.”

Rice appointed as ‘America’s face to the world’

Rice appointed as ‘America’s face to the world’ – World – www.theage.com.au

“US President George Bush promoted his most trusted foreign policy adviser to Secretary of State today, tapping Condoleezza Rice to replace warrior-turned-diplomat Colin Powell as part of a sweeping second-term cabinet overhaul.

“The secretary of state is America’s face to the world and in Dr Rice the world will see the strength, grace and decency of our country,” Bush said of his national security adviser.”

Interesting turn of events. Powell was the only voice of reason in the “War on Terror”, and is the only moderate one in the Bush team. Rice is widely recognised as being one of the “neo-con” hawks and one of the believers in the policy of using US military might to shape the world

I can’t see THIS face being a face of grace and decency.

HOWEVER, she does sound like a character though, so it will be interesting to see what happens.

Colin and Condoleezza comparison.

A bit about Condoleezza herself.


For those of you who want’t safer and more secure browsing than Internet Exploere, and who find the Mozilla application suite a bit much to handle, the new Mozilla Firefox browser has just got out of Beta and is now released as version 1.0.

Highly recommended.


“Award-winning Web Experience
The Mozilla Firefox browser has already garnered rave reviews and awards for its stability, trustworthiness and innovative features.

* Pop-up Blocking – Firefox includes an integrated pop-up blocker that lets users-not websites-decide when they will view pop-ups. Mozilla continues to set the standard in assisting users avoid annoying pop-ups.
* Online Fraud Protection – Firefox helps users protect themselves against online fraud such as ‘phishing’ (attempts to trick users into giving away their passwords) and ‘spoofing’ (fraudulent sites masquerading as popular, trusted sites) by clearly displaying the true identity of secure sites.
* Faster, Easier, More Accessible Search – Firefox tightly integrates support for leading search services into the toolbar, including Google search, Yahoo!, eBay, Amazon, Dictionary.com, Creative Commons, and more. The new Firefox Start Page also provides access to Firefox information, resources and application tips, coupled with an integrated Google search box.
* More Efficient Browsing – Firefox’s innovative Tabbed Browsing allows many web pages to load within the same window, improving the speed and utility of web browsing. Firefox also introduces Live Bookmarks, which allows users to easily glance through the latest news and blog headlines.
* Extensible with Hundreds of Add-ons – More than 100 extensions are available for Firefox today, including the A9.com, Google, and Yahoo! toolbars, which make Firefox even more customizable and convenient to use.
* Easy Migration – With Firefox it’s easy to switch from Internet Explorer and other browsers. Firefox imports your existing bookmarks, passwords, cookies, and other data.

Firefox has received numerous endorsements and industry awards including Laptop Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, Best in Show at Linux World Fall 2004, Best Open Source Solution at Linux World Fall 2004, and first place in Maximum PC’s Softy Awards for 2004.”

US Election Fraud and other great stories

A very interesting collections of links put together by New Zealand’s “Scoop” online news wire.

Seems that there is quite a bit of evidence of electronic vote rigging and tampering in the US election (“No…” I here you say). Makes for fascinating reading.

Below are links to various aspects of that story, and to the other stories making tha Top 30 on Scoop. I started culling out the non-election fraud ones, but they looked so interetsing I put them back in. SO the full Top 30 stories at Scoop are:

Scoop stories

1: Sludge Report #154 – Bigger Than Watergate!
In This Edition: Bigger Than Watergate! – How To Rig An Election In The United States – Fantasy vs Reality – How We Discovered The Backdoor – Evidence Of Motive – Evidence Of Opportunity – Evidence Of Method – Evidence Of Prior Conduct – Consistent Unexplained …

2: Faun Otter: Vote Fraud – Exit Polls Vs Actuals
Within parts of the U.S. progressive community there is already widespread concern that electronic voting fraud may provide an explanation for the astonishing 8 million vote gain made by George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential U.S. election.

3: Inside A U.S. Election Vote Counting Program
Publication of this story marks a watershed in American political history. It is offered freely for publication in full or part on any and all internet forums, blogs and noticeboards. All other media are also encouraged to utilise material. Readers …

4: Diebold Memos Disclose Florida 2000 E-Voting Fraud
Something very strange happened in Volusia County on election night November 2000, the night that first Gore won Florida, then Bush, and then as everybody can so well remember there was a tie.

5: Greg Palast: Kerry Won
As a journalist examining that messy sausage called American democracy, it’s my job to tell you who got the most votes in the deciding states. Tuesday, in Ohio and New Mexico, it was John Kerry.

6: Why Not Just Genetically Engineer Women For Milk?
(uberkiwi adds: If we can do that, can we genetically engineer women to have bigger breasts? Now there is a good use for Genetic Engineering).
MAdGE (Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food and the Environment) today launched a highly controversial billboard campaign in Auckland and Wellington to provoke public debate about the social and cultural ethics of genetic engineering in New Zealand.

7: Bald-Faced Lies About Black Box Voting Machines
Diebold voting machines are used in 37 states. The entire state of Ohio is considering dumping its old system to buy Diebold. Georgia already did. The Diebold files, supposedly secret voting machine files left on an unprotected web site for nearly six years …

8: Mapping the Real Deal : Where Would Jesus Bank?
I think of Jesus as a real deal, straight up kind of guy who always cared deeply about his fellow man. That’s why we often ask “What would Jesus do?” when looking for the action of highest integrity. [1]

9: How George Bush Won the 2004 Presidential Election
Purging voter lists is just the beginning: the U.S. has embraced a form of electronic voting that is unreliable, unverifiable and funded by the radical Christian right.

10: Is An All Out Assault On Fallujah A War Crime?
Four years ago in December 1999 Grozny, the capital of the rebel Russian region of Chechnya, faced a very similar situation to that now faced by Fallujah. Ultimatums to surrender the city had expired several times and the Russian Government led by …

11: STORY OF THE WEEK: American Coup II
STORY OF THE WEEK: American Coup II Scoop.co.nz Story Of The Week Ending November 8th 2004 http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup

12: Hartmann: The Ultimate Felony Against Democracy
The hot story in the Blogosphere is that the ”erroneous” exit polls that showed Kerry carrying Florida and Ohio (among other states) weren’t erroneous at all – it was the numbers produced by paperless voting machines that were wrong, and Kerry …

13: SCOOP FEEDBACK: US Election Coverage
In this edition: BUSH! – RE: Your BS Newswire Piece – What a pathetic attempt you make to discredit the American election! – Vote Fraud

14: Scoop Top Scoops: American Coup II
http://scoop.co.nz/mason/features/?s=usacoup AMERICAN COUP II – SCOOP SPECIAL FEATURE – American Coup II: – – Greg Palast – American Coup II: – Martin LeFevre – American Coup II: – Russell Brown – American Coup II: – Feedback (Part 1) – American Coup …

15: European Union position on Burma “weak”
Brussels, 5th November 2004 (ICFTU Online): The EU’s common position on Burma is nothing short of “seriously inadequate”, said the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in …

16: Housing NZ Plans To Repossess Neville Yates’ Home
I was Neville Yates personal assistant for his trial 2 November 2004. I just got a call from Neville Yates at Paparoa Prison. He told me he had just received a call from Housing N.Z. this afternoon 5 November, telling him they were going to repossess …

17: Meditations (Politics): Don’t Organize, Mourn
Well the inevitable happened. The dark genius of Karl Rove brought millions of Christian followers (not of Jesus but of Bush) out of the woodwork, and “W” was re-elected.

18: Public Address 05/11/04 – Fretful As Ever
As part of my new programme of post-election emotional maintenance, I got irie last night, put on Deja Voodoo nice and loud and cleaned up the kitchen. And I got to thinking about how an economic split between the red and blue states might measure …

19: Netguide announces finalists for Web Awards 04
Netguide magazine today announced the finalists in its annual Web Awards, the premier competition for recognising the best websites produced in New Zealand. Leading sites from across a range of categories as diverse as news, finance, e-tail and tourism …

20: King’s Waiting List Rage Returns To Haunt Her
Months of pursuing the Health Minister Annette King to disclose the true number of patients on waiting lists has finally resulted in the revelation that, at the end of September 2004, there were over 62,000 people assessed by a specialist as …

21: Crowd Yells “Shame” At Judge Holderness
It was a shameful day for justice in our garden city of Christchurch, as Neville Yates, a brain damaged amputee from an accident 30 years ago, was given 5 months jail for growing 9 spindly plants for his own medical use. ” I am the only victim …

22: Images: Departing LOTR Stars Meet Their Planes
The Lord of the Ring’s stars come face to face with themselves on the side of Air NZ planes as they bid New Zealand goodbye at Wellington Airport before boarding the Air New Zealand 767 emblazoned with giant images of the characters Aragorn and Arwen.

23: Asia Pacific Nuke Terrorism Threat to be Discussed
Disarmament and Arms Control Minister Marian Hobbs will be in Sydney on Monday for an Australian Government hosted conference focused on reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism.

24: Indonesia Frees War Criminal: Goff Urged To Act
Indonesia frees war criminal Abilio Soares, the only person held in Indonesia for the 1999 East Timor Crimes.

25: Worse Than 2000: Tuesday’s Electoral Disaster
Everyone remembers Florida’s 2000 election debacle, and all of the new terms it introduced to our political lexicon: Hanging chads, dimpled chads, pregnant chads, overvotes, undervotes, Sore Losermans, Jews for Buchanan and so forth.

26: Hartmann: Evidence Mounts That The Vote Was Hacked
When I spoke with Jeff Fisher this morning (Saturday, November 06, 2004), the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida’s 16th District said he was waiting for the FBI to show up.

27: Want a work permit? Apply in Sydney
Skilled people wanting a New Zealand work permit should fly to Sydney to apply, says National’s Immigration spokesman, Tony Ryall.

28: Stateside with Rosalea: Election Miscellany
Those states that went blue–the West coast, around the Great Lakes, and in the North East–have been subsumed into The United States of Canada. The rest of the country is renamed Jesusland.

29: No consistency in taxpayer-funded Treaty courses
“There appears to be huge differences in the quality and the cost of Treaty of Waitangi education courses that public servants are attending at the taxpayer’s expense,” says National Party Finance spokesman John Key, commenting on recent answers to written …

30: Images: Lord Of The Rings Exhibition At Te Papa
In anticipation of the release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the central instalment in writer/director/producer Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy based on the J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece, Te Papa proudly announces a world exclusive and a bold …

Greg Palast: Kerry Won

Seems that if you include the discarded votes then Kerry would have won Ohio and Kerry would be in charge not dick head.

Greg Palast, who is a journo I like, has done a bit of an investigation into it. He did the same for the Florida votes last year – in fact it was Greg that busted the Florida story to the world. I have his book “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” – good read.

HIs website is pretty good too: http://www.gregpalast.com/

Anyway, on to the story, published at TomPaine.com, which is also a good website.

TomPaine.com – Kerry Won