Microsoft has shipped Beta 3 of Windows Server "Longhorn". I haven't been following this release at all, so I've just decided to check it out; it's a huge leap beyond Server 2003. I can't wait to see what they're going to do with Small Business Server on it, it might stand a chance of getting virtualised on my Windows Home Server.
Below is a 16 minute interview with John McDonnell, who is standing for the leadership of the Labour Party.
John McDonnell has huge support with rank and file Labour Party and Trade Union members, however, he requires 44 nominations from Labour Party MPs to be put on the ballot paper. As you can imagine a lot of Labour Party MPs do feel intimidated by the existing Labour Party leadership to not nominate John McDonnell.
I am therefore asking those people who live in Labour constituencies to write to your MP and ask them to nominate John McDonnell, a template for a petition is also available for download.
As you can imagine a socialist program will never get much attention in the media, at least in anything but a negative way, the Guardian, and the Mirror have at least mentioned John McDonnell a few times, which is more than the media blackout everywhere else, nevertheless, if John McDonnell can get on the ballot paper it will seriously shake up New Labour, and hopefully bring about the end of Blairism and the New Labour project within the Labour Party, allowing it once again to represent its members, the working class as a whole, and no longer the interests of capital.
A brief overview of some of the policies that John McDonnell supports follows:
A real living minimum wage of at least £7 an hour.
The end to privatisation of public services, re-nationalise rail and postal services.
An increase in the Basic State Pension from £84.25 to £114 a week.
Defence of comprehensive education and the abolition of student tuition fees.
The withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
A green energy policy based on renewable power sources.
The restoration of trade union rights and civil liberties.
For more policies download the Programme for a Real Labour Government produced by the Labour Representation Committee.
It has emerged that the US retail giant Wal-Mart have brought some two million HD DVD cores, at $50 a piece, assuming they go on sale for $199, or even $299 this hugely undercuts the cheapest HD DVD players and even more so Blu-ray players at the moment.
With 20th Century Fox cutting back it's Blu-ray releases, and European film studios all rallying around HD DVD, with over three times as many HD DVD titles available in Europe compared with Blu-ray, as well as sales figures released 3 days ago in the United States showing standalone HD DVD players have outsold Blu-ray players four to one, will Wal-Mart's move to flood the US market with cheap HD DVD players finally resolve the format war?
If some guy wasn't a leeching petty-bourgeois leech type person. But thanks to private ownership of housing Catherine and me will have to find some other place later, another reason to use nationalisation of housing to bring the market down to Earth.
Image from local.live.com who now have really good resolution stuff of Caerleon and Bristol Zoo, I couldn't find Catherine and me walking around in any of the images though. :(
I noticed on the CPGB website they had a little clip from a Radio 4 interview with their national organiser Mark Fischer, who I met a couple of years back, I don't agree with everything he says, I think the Trotskyist remarks are somewhat unfounded. But its good for people wanting to get a overview of some of the insults (and adjectives) that are used on the revolutionary left, people do ask me whats the difference between a Stalinist and a Leninist quite often hopefully this will help answer. Download it here, 5MB.
I know I've posted the banana one up on Portal Forums, but I'd thought I'd cover it again here, as well as a new video. Simply because they're so dumb, you couldn't be any dumber if you tried. This is, frankly, in my opinion the finest work "creation science" has ever done, they moved into "creation comedy" so seamlessly. It is disappointing that some people have taken these seriously and have used them to re-enforce their beliefs, I look forward to a world where people, all people, will be educated and intelligent enough to laugh at how ridiculous these guys are.
There's one small problem with this argument. It assumes that god created the banana in its present form. Guess what? He didn't. We created the banana over the last ten thousand years. God's wild banana looks something like this:
In fact this proves evolution. We changed that thing into the bananas we eat today. Like almost everything else connected with agriculture, we produced the species we have today, crops of all kinds, cows, pigs, you name it we've changed it. We selected which varieties could reproduce and which could not.
The banana and all domesticated species are proof that evolution works.
There's one small problem with this argument too. It assumes the early Earth was a giant peanut butter jar. The early Earth was rich in hydrogen based gases, methane, ammonia, water vapour etc. A peanut butter jar is not the right conditions.
It also confuses evolution with spontaneous generation, nobody is saying you'll magically get something like an insect in there, it took the Earth four billion years to do that. Evolution explains why we have so many different species in the world, and how we get new species, evolution assumes you already have life. It doesn't deal with how life started, that's where abiogenesis comes in, and you don't start out with anything remotely resembling a modern single celled life form, something that took four billion years to evolve.
You start off with methane, hydrogen, ammonia, water vapour etc, a few sparks of lightning and you'll get amino acids, they self-assemble we've watched it happen in only a few hours. Amino acids go on to build proteins, nucleic acids form which can make copies of themselves and so on. Sure there is much more research to do, but all the bits are there and the number of gaps god has to hide in is progressively shrinking.
It shows the intellectual dishonesty of the creationists, they've made these points for decades and no matter how much evidence, no matter how many times they're told that evolution doesn't deal with the origin of life, or how many times they're told that a banana is a domesticated plant they just carry on parroting the same utterly nonsensical arguments because they need to keep the faithful inline.
"Evolution is a fact not a theory, it really happened" - Carl Sagan.