Friday, 12 December 2008

virtual reality

Gordon Brown saved the world and a fake Simpsons cartoon is child abuse. Reality has ceased to be a relevant concept. More examples:

Stone jailed for Stormont attack (BBC News, Monday, 8 December 2008)
Stone had denied the charges, claiming the incident was performance art.

Spending time in prison is also performance art. It now appears the judge is an art lover.

How do avatars have sex? (BBC News, Friday, 14 November 2008)
So how do computerised characters have sex?

"First you need to buy genitals,"

Call me old-fashioned...

As usual, last month's prize for the most warped view on reality goes to the Labour government:

£1,000 fine for wrong ID details (BBC News, Friday, 21 November 2008)
the government plans to fine innocent people for inaccuracies on the government's own database

Open verdict at Menezes inquest (BBC News, Friday, 12 December 2008)

A gagged jury returns the only reasonable verdict that remains and the response by wacky Jacqui is:
What we have learnt from the accounts of the tragic events that day reminds us all of the extremely demanding circumstances under which the police work to protect us from further terrorist attack,

So if police shoot an innocent and unarmed civilian, then feel sorry for the police. Because the police are the police, and civilians are just civilians.

The Labour government is making it rather hard to still think of policeman as an honourable profession, a feeling that I may share with many thousands of others who have been the victim of random stop and search under Section 44(2) of the Terrorism Act, such as Terence Eden.

Arrogance, megalomania and sheer stupidity among the British police force are not restricted to the Menezes killing. The following is nowhere as serious, but it is symptomatic that anyone with the slightest understanding of computer security falls on the floor laughing when they read comments from a computer 'expert' of the police force:

UK police: 'We need crime breathalysers for PCs' (, 11 December 2008)

Councils are using 'lie detectors' about as reliable as the ancient Roman practice of inspecting the entrails of sacrificed animals (but less bloody):

Lie detectors for benefit claims
(BBC News, Thursday, 4 December 2008)

When it comes to distinguishing make-believe from reality, there is a glimmer of hope. For the first time in years, the word 'piracy' is used for what it means, rather than as a catch-all for anything that makes the music, movie and game industries lose revenues from the sale of overpriced rubbish:

US asks UN to allow pirate hunters into Somalia
(Guardian, Friday 12 December 2008)

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