Diablog Joke Of The Day

The Liverpool manager flies to Kabul to watch a young Afghani play football. He is suitably impressed and arranges for the player to come over.

Two weeks later Liverpool are 4-0 down to Chelsea with only 20 minutes left. The manager gives the young
Afghani striker the nod, and on he goes.

The lad is a sensation. He scores 5 goals in 20 minutes and wins the game for Liverpool. The fans are delighted,
the players and the coach are delighted and the media love the new star.

When the player comes off the pitch he phones his mum to tell her about his first day in English football.

‘Hello mum, guess what?’ he says ‘I played for 20 minutes today, we were 4-0 down but I scored 5 and we won.
Everybody loves me, the fans, the media, they all love me.’

‘Wonderful,’ says his mum, ‘Let me tell you about my day …

Your father got shot in the street, your sister and I were ambushed and assaulted, your brother has joined a gang of looters and all while you tell me that you were having a great time.’

The young lad is very upset. ‘What can I say mum, but I’m really sorry.’

‘Sorry?!!! Sorry?!!!’ says his mum, ‘It’s your bloody fault we came to Liverpool in the first place!’

Tor Bridge Relay back up and running, Chinese are back

Dear Reader,

Our tor bridge relay has not been working properly. Yes, it was my mistake and lack of knowledge.

Last night I had a chance to catch up, educate myself, make some necessary changes and – huzzah – now it is back up and running.

A big thank you to all the people at www.TorProject.org.

If you happen to have an old PC or laptop sitting around somewhere doing nothing, please consider using it to support the Totproject. You will be helping people all over the world to access a less censored internet.

And somewhat related we welcome back the visitors from China to diablog. Maybe they get through the great firewall of China thanks to Tor.

Stay tuned,

Engine Room

One for Casper

Dear Reader,

In a recent comment Casper, one of the beloved commentators at diablog, claimed my music had changed.

So, this one’s for Casper:

Stay tuned,
Engine Room

PS: And, welcome back, China

Happy Basque Country Day

Dear Reader,

Today, the Spanish part of Basque, Basque Country, celebrates its national day.
And it is even more fun to celebrate, since ETA decided and announced to refrain from violence recently.

The Basque greater region is a travel destination in Europe,


I highly recommend. If you like people and food and wine, at least once in your life, you have to go there. Ask Glynsky, he will agree.

Many knowledgeable people rate the Basque cuisine as one of the best in the world, if not the best. Gourmets all over the world travel to San Sebastian, as it has the highest concentration of restaurants with Michelin stars. But even at your regular bar you can treat yourself to heavenly food and wine.

Imagine yourself sitting at the San Sebastian beach:

More about my favorite Basque spot, Biarritz, in a later post.
For now, let’s celebrate diversity, the Basque National Day and toast to the Basque people.


Engine Room

#OccupyWallStreet – good and bad news and #censorship

Dear Reader,

Let me start with the good news about OccupyWallStreet.
It seems, the lackeys of the 1% are running into problems.

The 56th governor of NY, Andrew Cuomo, son of the 54th governor of NY, Mario Cuomo, obviously wanted to score some points with Wall Street. According to Raw Story here, he and the mayor of Albany, capital of the State of NY, wanted some 700 protesters there to be arrested.
But the cops refused. How nice is that? Consider me with a broad grin on my face.

But this is the rare exception.
According to the movement, more then 2,300 protesters have been arrested so far.

And one cop seems to aim for a new record low. he was photographed pepper-spraying a kid:

If there ever was a case to be made for police ID numbers on their backs too, here is one.
As long as his colleagues protect and cover up such behavior, there is a wrong sense of esprit de corps among the police.

In other news, it is now being reported here and elsewhere, that China is censoring everything related to Occupy.
And diablog seems to have been affected too. In the past we had around 150 visits per week from China. Since ~10 days ago, that went down to zero.
Let’s end with the good perspective.
The 1% must be scared, to react that way.

Stay informed,
Engine Room