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Making life taste muddy

Friday, March 21st, 2008 at 5:32 pm Written by:

I’m late for a machining blog posting about z-slicing, but have put in so much effort into hacking that code around (to be able to use multiple tools) that I don’t have the interest.

Meanwhile I’m being hauled off for a week of caving in northern Spain on Sunday. And the following week I am helping with “delivering the deliverables” web-related in some place in the Lake District, which will be more interesting to talk about when done. Have showed this idea to a lot of people, and I can defend it as not being completely crap.

I went caving a couple of weeks ago down Cripple Creek in Ireby Fell Cavern. Got very bruised. It was too tight and I did most if it with my oversuit off so I didn’t get trapped. All I came back with was that one photo of helictites on the wikipedia page, because my torch for the camera turned out to be flat.

If you want a claustrophobic listening experience, go to In Living Memory in the next 4 days to hear the broadcast about the Mossdale Caverns disaster. Quite a show.

I’ve changed undemocracy.com so it has started using a database underneath its infrastructure, for handling the back-links as well as the minority votes. More features coming soon.

Made a minor breakthrough with Publicwhip this morning.

My recommendations have moved away from using inline hyperlinks to doing them in footnotes, for reasons that you know what they are before you click on them, and can thus justify when you want to go down the sources. It’s what we see on Wikipedia. I have an idea for a javascript process that will strip out hyperlinks and build footnotes in certain circumstances so we can test a user hypothesis.

The main publicwhip breakthrough was the realization that the slab-like layout of a Parliamentary motion for debate, such as this one

This House notes its decisions of 25th November 2002 and 26th February 2003 to endorse UN Security Council Resolution 1441; recognises that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and long range missiles, and its continuing non-compliance with Security Council Resolutions, pose a threat to international peace and security; notes that in the 130 days since Resolution 1441 was adopted Iraq has not co-operated actively, unconditionally and immediately with the weapons inspectors, and has rejected the final opportunity to comply and is in further material breach of its obligations under successive mandatory UN Security Council Resolutions; regrets that despite sustained diplomatic effort by Her Majesty’s Government it has not proved possible to secure a second Resolution in the UN because one Permanent Member of the Security Council made plain in public its intention to use its veto whatever the circumstances; notes the opinion of the Attorney General that, Iraq having failed to comply and Iraq being at the time of Resolution 1441 and continuing to be in material breach, the authority to use force under Resolution 678 has revived and so continues today; believes that the United Kingdom must uphold the authority of the United Nations as set out in Resolution 1441 and many Resolutions preceding it, and therefore supports the decision of Her Majesty’s Government that the United Kingdom should use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction; offers wholehearted support to the men and women of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces now on duty in the Middle East; in the event of military operations requires that, on an urgent basis, the United Kingdom should seek a new Security Council Resolution that would affirm Iraq’s territorial integrity, ensure rapid delivery of humanitarian relief, allow for the earliest possible lifting of UN sanctions, an international reconstruction programme, and the use of all oil revenues for the benefit of the Iraqi people and endorse an appropriate post-conflict administration for Iraq, leading to a representative government which upholds human rights and the rule of law for all Iraqis; and also welcomes the imminent publication of the Quartet’s roadmap as a significant step to bringing a just and lasting peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians and for the wider Middle East region, and endorses the role of Her Majesty’s Government in actively working for peace between Israel and Palestine.

to this layout which looks a lot like a United Nations General Assembly Resolution. I guess that’s why I finally realized it. Someone has got to explain why Parliament thought it was therefore a good idea to put it into their original shite form. Somethings very fishy. It’s like those legal contracts you used to get that were entirely without punctuation. You know, why don’t they go the whole hog and put it in mirror writing.

This House –

  • notes its decisions of 25th November 2002 and 26th February 2003 to endorse UN Security Council Resolution 1441;
  • recognises that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and long range missiles, and its continuing non-compliance with Security Council Resolutions, pose a threat to international peace and security;
  • notes that in the 130 days since Resolution 1441 was adopted Iraq has not co-operated actively, unconditionally and immediately with the weapons inspectors, and has rejected the final opportunity to comply and is in further material breach of its obligations under successive mandatory UN Security Council Resolutions;
  • regrets that despite sustained diplomatic effort by Her Majesty’s Government it has not proved possible to secure a second Resolution in the UN because one Permanent Member of the Security Council made plain in public its intention to use its veto whatever the circumstances;
  • notes the opinion of the Attorney General that, Iraq having failed to comply and Iraq being at the time of Resolution 1441 and continuing to be in material breach, the authority to use force under Resolution 678 has revived and so continues today;
  • believes that the United Kingdom must uphold the authority of the United Nations as set out in Resolution 1441 and many Resolutions preceding it, and therefore supports the decision of Her Majesty’s Government that the United Kingdom should use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction;
  • offers wholehearted support to the men and women of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces now on duty in the Middle East; in the event of military operations requires that, on an urgent basis, the United Kingdom should seek a new Security Council Resolution that would affirm Iraq’s territorial integrity, ensure rapid delivery of humanitarian relief, allow for the earliest possible lifting of UN sanctions, an international reconstruction programme, and the use of all oil revenues for the benefit of the Iraqi people and endorse an appropriate post-conflict administration for Iraq, leading to a representative government which upholds human rights and the rule of law for all Iraqis; and
  • also welcomes the imminent publication of the Quartet’s roadmap as a significant step to bringing a just and lasting peace settlement between Israelis and Palestinians and for the wider Middle East region, and endorses the role of Her Majesty’s Government in actively working for peace between Israel and Palestine.

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