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October 30, 2004

Page 45 celebrates ten years

Congratulations to Page 45, officially the best comics shop in the UK, which is celebrating its tenth birthday.

If you're the slightest bit interested in comics, sign up for the shop's email newsletter. It's funny and personal and absolutely bursting with reviews that are readable, passionate, detailed, intelligent and informative. And it will hoover your wallet until there's nothing left but lint. Fact.

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Donna Barr is pissed off

Donna Barr: "I feel like a decent German in 1936."

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October 29, 2004

George Bush, movie villain

George W Bush wins a "movie villain of the year" poll. The villain of "Fahrenheit 9/11" was deemed scarier than Gollum, Leatherface or Doctor Octopus. Fantastic.

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Keep them frightened, keep them docile

Adam Curtis: "In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares. The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares."

If I have a quibble with the programmes so far, it's that Curtis focuses on how and why the neocons and Islamic radicals created the nightmares, but fails to explore the ways governments use them to create a "politics of fear." Must-see television all the same.

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Voter exclusion as an election tactic

58000 postal ballots go missing in a Democratic county in Florida.

Republicans and Democrats may both use mass challenges to skew voting in Ohio.

Mass challenges may disrupt voting in predominantly Democratic parts of Florida. "This process can be used to slow down the voting process and cause chaos on election day; and discourage voters from voting." Greg Palast's full report also includes evidence that a Democratic voter was duped into transferring her registration, meaning her vote would be either invalid or provisional.

Richard L Hasen's Nightmare Number 2 looks increasingly likely...

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October 27, 2004

High explosives missing in Iraq

This is depressing. It was clear from long before the war that one of the major dangers of the Iraq war was that whatever weapons Saddam had would fall into the hands of terrorists. Despite the warnings, the coalition has allowed it to happen anyway.

350 metric tons of high explosive. How many suicide bombs will that make? How many booby-trapped roads? How many Lockerbies?

Is anyone going to be held to account for this?

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