Monday, 27 April 2009

Ranting at TfL

Seems I sent it with a typo. Ooops!

Dear Sir/Madam,

I'm writing to complain about the new cycle lanes being built on the south side of the A316, near Richmond.

The cycle lane is merely a marked part of the pavement, requiring cyclists to stop at every single road junction along the way. Whereas a car can proceed happily down the A316 stopping perhaps twice for pedestrians, I hhave the make half a dozen stops for cars, pedestrians, or anyone else. I would like someone to explain to me why cyclists have to stop and start like this, when we should be treated as equal road users.


Tim Lennon.

Please, track my internet usage!

Is it any business of the Home Office or the Police where I choose to surf? To whom I speak online? No, frankly.

In the same way that some effort needs to be made at showing probable cause / national security / blah blah blah when the Police:
- Listen to my phone conversations
- Read my mail
- Follow me aroudn
- Break into my house or raid the library to find out what I'm reading
So the same should be true online. They already have enough power and information to track dodgy websites and the traffic emmanating from them without further undermining the basic liberties supposedly enjoyed by ordinary people across the country.

Frankly? Wankers, the lot of them.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Making it easier to be rich ...

Dear Mr. Darling,

A recent look at NatWest's 'fact sheets' for savings accounts suggests that anyone with mroe than 50k in savings will get interest without tax deducted , whereas those with less will have tax deducted - at source - at basic rate.

Doesn't this seem unwise and, more important, unfair? Why should rich savers get to pay their tax later than less well-off savers? Why should we trust rich savers but not poor ones?

If you're really looking for loopholes to close, this certainly sounds like one, don't you think?


Tim Lennon.

A great font rant ...

Now I'm not always on top of the latest joys of browser, so I was quite interested to hear how hard it still is to use a 'proper' font in one's web page:

Turns out they're heading the same way as music, apparently. Although I felt a fair degree of synpathy with the guy who said "I have over forty commercial typefaces available for sale through various type re-sellers around the world and my average yearly income off the typefaces is $115, even though I regularly see my typefaces in use on the web, on TV in print and in video games."

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Letter to FCO


Dear Mr Miliband and Mr Gooderham,

I was very disappointed to see that our Ambassador joined the walkout yesterday, and that you have both made statements condemning the speech.

Although you both studied related subjects to high level, more recent works have proven the contents of the Iranian president's speech to be true, namely, and to simplify, that the state of Israel is racist and has been founded on theft, racism, ethnic cleansing, and lies since 1948. Moreover, it commits murder on an almost daily basis, against a poor oppressed people, and works on a daily basis to promote the idea that the oppressed are somehow deserving of nothing more.

Although they seem to have convinced you, I urge you to read 'The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine' by Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, and 'Beyond Chutzpah...' by Norman G Finkelstein. If you were to study these two books with an open mind I'm sure you would change your mind.

To save your valuable time, I can help by informing you it is necessary for the UK to change policy on this issue and side 100% against the state of Israel, which is acting criminally every day. Since December 1948, the Palestinians have been supported by UN resolution 194 in their right of return, and as you would read in Pappe, this would be to 94% of Israel. The UN mediator chiefly responsible for achieving this partial redress for the ethnic cleansing committed by Israel in 1948 was assassinated by Israeli paramilitaries. (Israeli paramilitaries had the full support of the fledgling Israeli state and formed a large part of the armed forces used in the Ethnic cleansing and the so called 'war' of 1948)

Currently you are not speaking or acting for me and indeed are acting in support of the daily torture, repression and humiliation committed against the Palestinians. You will naturally therefore not be receiving my support until this changes. You may recall the failure of The British Government to support or aid the ANC during their struggle. The 'hand of history' is not very interested in bothering with Thatcher's shoulder on that issue, though it was lingering there at the time. The UN anti-racism conference is the ideal platform to announce the new UK stand against the racist state of Israel.

Yours sincerely,

Illinois Cook

Friday, 17 April 2009

illi goes to Harvard

Drew Faust
Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138

Dear Mr Faust,

The above photo [of Dr Martin Luther King -ed.] is taken from your website, today 6th April.

I would also like to use Reverend King’s good name and image to promote an idea, the idea that you should not harbour enthusiasts for crimes against humanity among your staff.

I refer to Alan Dershowitz, who has been proven by Norman G. Finkelstein to be racist and bigoted, to have attempted to paint a false picture of history so that Israel may escape the withering justice of history that it so deserves, and even to have promoted torture and murder of innocents. A more minor point is that he has been proven to be the author of specious, false and biased claims, with a total disregard for research and truth.

This is all proven in Finkelstein’s work ‘Beyond Chutzpah’.

I wonder if Reverend King would have approved of this situation? Dershowitz’s position at Harvard is perhaps one reason why his outrageous claims are quoted as fact by so many, and his removal from your directory would only serve to enhance its reputation, as well as to shine light more clearly upon the ‘facts on the ground’ in Palestine.

Yours sincerely,

Illinois Cook