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The Earley Edition has officially moved to My dot com, that is. Thanks for joining me.

Sunday, May 30, 2004

Doonesbury rocks. One of their earlier strip series was actually 'taken off the air' by a huge number of newspapers across the US because they felt it was too negative about the war in Iraq. Keep it up Garry Trudeau. Stick it to the man.

For the earlier strip series that was banned go to that day's link (above) and read the next couple of strips as well. You have to kind of know the character, BD, to really 'feel' it, but I did, and a lot of other people did too (from reported letters to the editor and such).

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Saturday, May 29, 2004

Sweet! Quote of the day at the RADIO FREE EUROPE/ RADIO LIBERTY site.
"I [Muqtada al-Sadr] announce my agreement to the following plan: eliminating all armed manifestations, putting government buildings to use by the government offices and institutions, withdrawing all [Imam] Al-Mahdi Army fighters who are not citizens of Al-Najaf from this city."
-- Iraqi national security adviser Muwaffaq al-Rubay'i reading out the English translation of a letter written by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to the Shi'ite clerical hierarchy of the city of Al-Najaf.
Personally, I think it's better he's agreeing to do this for the Shi'ite clerical heirarchy in the city than for the Americans. It's a good sign that they don't support what he's doing. But will the ones who are citizens of Al-Najaf continue fighting in the city, and who will know who is a citizen and who is not?

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/29/2004 11:06:00 pm || || Return to Top

USAID: Sudan: Darfur Humanitarian Emergency More info on Darfur emergency, a little more in depth than the BBC links in the other Darfur post.
According to the Office of the U.N. Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (UN RC) in Khartoum, as of May 1, there are now more than 2 million conflict-affected persons in Darfur compared to 1.1 million in April 2004. Of this number, approximately one million are IDPs [internally displaced persons]
Also fairly comprehensive list of how much government (US) aid is going to Darfur and which organisation it's going through.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/29/2004 10:17:00 pm || || Return to Top

Libyan nuke equipment 'missing'

Fun, fun. The equipment had been ordered from black-market suppliers months earlier and was now long overdue, the report said.

Well, if you know Libya's not going to want it since they've said they're not going after nuclear weapons anymore...why not resell it to someone else?

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/29/2004 10:06:00 pm || || Return to Top

The Montenegrin editor who was shot. Not that this makes shooting him okay, but there's always the other side of the story. The Dan newspaper is "close to the Socialist People's Party, which was an ally of [...] Slobodan Milosevic" and the editor, Dusko Jovanovic, "was the first journalist to be charged with contempt of court by the UN war crimes tribunal after authorities said he published the name of a protected witness at Milosevic's trial".

Still doesn't make killing a newspaper editor okay, but less of a shock if he's using his position to be a propaganda tool for hardline political parties.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/29/2004 09:45:00 pm || || Return to Top

Australia's O'Neill signals interest in British clubs.

I don't get this. The Australian Soccer Association is talking about buying into European clubs because "If we had groups of our players at these clubs, it would help with the club versus country issue.

How exactly?? Are these clubs, with three or more Australians in their starting side, going to be happy to lose them all for an international match? It was hard enough to get Kewell and Viduka from Leeds for internationals because they were arguably two of the best players on the team. Why would any club be happy to lose 1/3 to 1/2 of their starting side?

I think it's a good idea overall, to buy into a club, but it would be unbelievably stupid to try and stack the team with Aussie players because we'd be even less likely to get them for internationals.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/29/2004 05:46:00 pm || || Return to Top

5/28/04 - GOOD NEWS IN IRAQ. Well and good but I want to hear it from someone other than Colin Powell, preferably Iraqi. Nothing against the man, he's the most honorable in a Bush administration full of ultra-right-wing wackos. But he's in a Bush administration full of ultra-right-wing wackos. Ah, Colin, why couldn't you have run for president of the US in '96?

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/29/2004 01:43:00 am || || Return to Top

FAIR MEDIA ADVISORY: Is Media Bias Filtering Out Good News from Iraq?
ABC's Baghdad correspondent Neal Karlinsky [...] seems to be complaining that breaking news keeps getting in the way of reporting the news

Whether they are based in Baghdad or in Washington, journalists are obliged to report the news on the ground, not as "good" or "bad" but as news, regardless of how it fits with the vision the administration would like Americans to see.
But like Karlinsky says in there also, there are good news stories, but it's hard to do a feature about life in Baghdad getting back to normal when there's a car bombing nearby that kills half a dozen people.

This is my take on it. In Washington (or any other western city) you are obliged to report the news on the ground, agreed. For the most part that is boring, mundane, everyday life. In those places reporters seek out and editors demand something out of the ordinary. In Iraq, or in the city of Baghdad, I think things can be said to be different. The everyday news coming to us in the west is of violence in Baghdad. In that context the stories that are out of the ordinary are the positive ones about everyday life.

Flipside of the news value coin. If spectacular loud noises, explosions and deaths are commonplace, then the kid making it to school today, the successful surgery or the free discussion of ideas is more newsworthy.

Damn the man.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/29/2004 01:37:00 am || || Return to Top

This is a repost of two items. The reason for doing so is that they I've included the direct links to PDF files of the reports in question for anyone who wants to download them.

One is the US Army report by Major General Antonio Taguba. U.S. Army report on Iraqi prisoner abuse. It is the full text at, but the PDF of the report is available at the NPR website.

Also, there's a PDF of the Red Cross report on US prisoner abuse in Iraq at the Spotlight website, which also has some other interesting reports/articles. There are two excerpts of the report there if you don't want to read the whole thing.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/29/2004 01:11:00 am || || Return to Top

Montenegrin editor murdered.
Director and editor-in-chief of Podgorica daily Dan, Dusko Jovanovic, was murdered last night [...]
[...] the paper had been under attack from the Montenegrin Government, largely because of its articles about human trafficking and cigarette smuggling which had resulted in more than thirty libel cases.
It would be less than politic to accuse the government of having a newspaper editor killed, but it's certainly an effective way of discouraging dissent... very sad.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/29/2004 12:34:00 am || || Return to Top

Friday, May 28, 2004

IHT: For New York's Muslim cabbies, faith calls louder than fares. An interesting article on Muslim cab-drivers taking time out to pray.

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Thursday, May 27, 2004

Media Ownership in South East Europe (SEE) and EU member states from Central and Eastern Europe.
Media Ownership and Its Impact on Media Independence and Pluralism - the project is an attempt to map ownership patterns and their effects on media pluralism and independence. The eighteen country reports and a regional overview are a result of the project organised by the South East European Network for Professionalisation of the Media (SEENPM). The project was conducted from July 2003 to June 2004 and was led by the Peace Institute in Ljubljana, itself a member of the SEENPM.
If it's one chapter per country, the whole book is downloadable in PDF format, which I have done before they change their minds and make it unavailable!

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/27/2004 11:44:00 pm || || Return to Top

Media Ownership in South East Europe (SEE) and EU member states from Central and Eastern Europe. Obviously this belongs on the International page, but...

This is my blog problem. I want everything to be seen by everyone, but I know for the majority of people this will bore them to tears. So is it better to get rid of ALL blogs except one, or is it good to separate things into several blogs as is now? It's difficult when I post useless stuff, and general blatherings about my day, on the one hand, and links to important news and other things of actual interest on the other.

Let me know your opinions readers - (Grismeri, Tang, Milt, Paul, Grace, Dan). I think that covers everyone! By the way - the other 'blogs' are International News, Sports and Reviews for those unaware I was spouting more useless drivel than just what you read on this page.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/27/2004 11:39:00 pm || || Return to Top

Shia cleric offers Najaf pull-out. Hopefully the conflict (particularly this one between Moqtada al Sadr and the US) is still salvageable for the good of the Iraqi people. It's not just about Iraqi's in Najaf - I think that conflict and its outcomes could determine how attitudes and opinions are formed on a wider basis. With that in mind, what happens with al-Sadr, if it turns out for the good, will hopefully be 'good news' that can be spread throughout Iraq. Obviously good things have happened in Iraq, and good things must be continuing to happen in Iraq, but it's not what the media wants to show or talk about.

Somebody said it was sad that none of the good things happening in Iraq were being reported widely. I think a search is in order to find who said this, and to see what good is happening, whether it has been reported or not. The outcomes of this search will appear as posts here.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/27/2004 10:17:00 pm || || Return to Top

Joy at historic Sudan peace deal, although the conflict in Darfur continues.

Q&A: Peace in Sudan.

Q&A: Darfur conflict.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/27/2004 10:14:00 pm || || Return to Top

US movie actor is 'Afghan prince'.
"It would be a brave man who attempted to reassert his claim to be the Prince of Ghor at this stage."
It would be a brave Afghan, let alone a brave American actor.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/27/2004 10:10:00 pm || || Return to Top

ARL to review golden point - after the series is over.

First game of State of Origin 2004 last night. Great game. It would have ended an 8-8 draw except for the golden point rule introduced last year. I'm not sure I agree with it even during the regular season, but especially not in Origin games.

After a fantastic 80 minute game both sides arguably deserved to win. A draw would have been a fair result. Perhaps if the game is a series decider the golden point should be used. At the end of the first game, however, with two games yet to play, it seems unnecessary to me. Mind you, I would have been dancing had Queensland slotted a field goal first. That still wouldn't make it a good idea.

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Coach of Champion's League winners Porto, Mourinho set for Chelsea. He says he wants to accept their offer.

Also, Terry warns Roberto Carlos that if he signs for Chelsea, there's no guaranteed place for him in the side. It's scary, the amount of world class talent they bought into the club; but imagine it - you're an international representative and capable of being a starter on any other side in the world, yet you now aren't getting games because everyone in the squad is an international rep... I feel sorry for them in a way, but some of them probably don't care as long as they're getting the big Abramovich buck$.

And finally, good old Liverpool line up Valencia coach Benitez, with Kenny Dalglish returning in an advisory role. Valencia won the Spanish league (no mean feat against the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Deportiva la Coruna) and the UEFA Cup under Benitez, so hopefully he'll be a good fit for Liverpool and the Premier League.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

I feel obliged to post. Despite popular demand, I haven't taken a picture of the jacket. Because I can't be bothered to say much, I'm taking the easy option. Yes folks, it's another kid's story... suffer in your jocks.
The Begining
Today I was late getting to school and when I got there I found that the building had disappeared. So I travled a long way and then I looked up. In the sky and saw it sitting on a cloud so I ran to the helicopter.
The helicopter man said he could not take me there right now, but he said he could take me at three a clock, but I said that is the time that school ends I'm sorry, but that is the only free time I have. Oh boy, what am I going to do now?
I was very hot from the sun, so I desided to buy an ice cream cone. But I dident have enough money then it was three o'clock. I looked up in the sky again I saw the school buses comming down from the sky I said WOW!!!!!
The End.
Wow indeed. Hopefully this one was very early second grade, or first, because it's a far cry from the last in terms of punctuation and spelling. There is no date so it has to be a guess. meh, back to 'meaningful' posting in the not-too-distant future.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Big name players being linked with Chelsea are Roberto Carlos and Fernando Morientes.

David Beckham was also linked but decided to stay in Italy. Looks like Abramovich still thinks money can win the premiership. Good luck to him.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/25/2004 07:12:00 pm || || Return to Top

If anyone is visiting this sports page, and is mad keen on Liverppol like me, this may be of interest to you. THE FINAL GERARD HOULLIER INTERVIEW IN FULL.

GH did some good things in his time at Liverpool, but I can't say I'm disappointed to see him going. I've said several times in the last two seasons that he really doesn't have the passion and drive, and it translates to the way the team plays; flat and uninspiring. I hope Liverpool bring in a coach that is going to demand more from the players than average results, one who will not be "happy with how the boys played", when they obviously threw away a perfectly winnable game.

Bring on Claudio Ranieri to Liverpool if Roman Abramovich and Chelsea don't want him! Unfortunately it looks like he may be heading to Roma in the Serie A.

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Friday, May 21, 2004


IEI, where I worked in the US for three years, gave safety awards. Six months injury free? Have an IEI baseball hat. One year injury free? Have an IEI sweater. Two years injury free? Have a jacket. On us.

This jacket is sweet. It was presented to me at the IEI Christmas dinner at the golf club, since I was leaving the country four days later. Note that I worked in the office for most of the time staying injury free meant avoiding the dangerous sharp edges you can find on a piece of paper.

Some people said, "You do all this work and they give you a jacket? It really shows what they think of us, man. It's not worth it."

Let me say again. This jacket is sweet. I love IEI.
They gave me a cool jacket. Who says you can't buy my love?

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/21/2004 11:55:00 pm || || Return to Top

Turkey (3) def. Australia (1)

I can't say I was impressed with the way Australia played against Turkey tonight. Yes, I like a tough game. I want them to go hard, not take the dive, be prepared for a bit of argy-bargy. But tonight was petty. The Australians looked like they were playing to piss off the Turks.

Late challenges, reckless challenges, pushing, shoving, pulling. Yes it's all part of the game...but for a 'fight' to break out in a friendly is a bit much. If it was a tactic to put the turks off their game, it's one we can do without. If it wasn't a friendly, I think Australia could have been playing with ten, or even nine. There was a glut of yellow cards, some unnecessary, but you could tell the referee was frustrated with the way the game was being played as well. He used the card early in the game to try and convince he was going to be tough, but it just meant he had to keep showing it.

The Australians put in a good game. They had some good chances and some slick passing in attack. Looking forward to seeing them again Monday night, hopefully a little more composed. A crowd of 28,236 is not too shabby either.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/21/2004 10:03:00 pm || || Return to Top

China Holds Its Tongue on Chen's Inauguration

Apparently Taiwan's re-elected president, Chen Shui-bian, is pro-independence, so of course bound to raise the ire of the Chinese government. The amazing thing is how strongly China feels about Taiwan, despite being "ideological and diplomatic foes since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949".

1949!! Self-determination Taiwan has. And self-government. To an extent. What they are being denied is their right to choose secession, or, more accurately the right to call themselves a separate state. It could be accurately said they seceded 55 years ago. That's the reality. China refuses to recognise it, and threatens force to deny it. I don't know what percentage of Taiwanese people want to remain separate from mainland China, but they should be allowed to do so openly.

I would like to think China wouldn't invade them, but there's no knowing. I would like to think the US (because nobody else will do it) would threaten to protect Taiwan in the hope this would force China to accept it. That would of course be a dangerous call, because things would get ugly if the US and China ended up fighting over a small island in the East China Sea.

So we try to keep the status quo. And the Taiwanese lose because they're not allowed a free choice. 55 years. When is effective separation long enough?

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/21/2004 06:24:00 pm || || Return to Top

Just quickly.
Brazil v France this morning was not the spectacle I was hoping it would be. They both wanted to not lose so badly that it was played like a World Cup final. Not too much excitement. It was more to do with two fantastic teams cancelling each other out (I stole that from the commentator) than not playing well. They both played brilliantly, just not recklessly going after goals. Thus, it finished 0-0. Good individual skills on display every now and then. Oh well, bring on Turkey tonight.

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Thursday, May 20, 2004

This afternoon I handed in what can only be described as the worst piece of assessment I have ever had the displeasure of putting my name to. Admittedly it was much better written than, say, a story I wrote in second grade, but even that would have passed for fulfilling the criteria, namely being able to form readable latin script with a writing implement.

This, on the other hand, was utter crap. I will fail, but hopefully not so badly that I can't rescue the course for a passing grade.

On a lighter note, here's something I did actually write in second grade.
November 20, 1986
Jim And the Giant
Once upon a time Jim was walking home from school. Then there was a giant foot in front of him! Then he looked way way up. He saw that it was a giant. The giant picked him up and looked at him. Jim asked, "Can you take me home in your shirt pocket.?" The giant said, "Yes, I will take you home in my shirt pocket." And with that the giant put Jim in his shirt pocket and walked Jim to his house.

Okay, that is infinitely better than what I handed in today....

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/20/2004 08:08:00 pm || || Return to Top

Yes, there's an absolute feast of soccer on the box this weekend.

Early tomorrow (Friday) morning we have Brazil vs France in a FIFA
Centennial friendly match. Brazil, winners of the last World Cup
(2002), vs France, winners of the '98 World Cup where they beat Brazil
3-0 in the final! You can't get much better than this. I tell you
that (who won what recently) so you get the idea that this is going to
be a bit more than just a friendly kick-around. Both of these teams
have something to prove. France didn't back up too well from their
'98 WC crown, not even making it past the group stage in '02. Despite
this, I'm tipping France to win it. With Thierry Henry leading the
French attack you'd be hard pressed not to. It's not a one-man team
though, he's backed up by fellow Premier League champions and Arsenal
team-mates Vieira and Pires, Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane and
captained by Chelsea stalwart Desailly. But you can never write off
the magic of the Brazilians. Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Carlos...they all
have the ability to produce what can only be described as 'beautiful'.
This should be special. That one's on SBS at 4.45am, Friday.

Friday night at 7pm it's Australia vs Turkey in the first of two
friendly matches. Turkey made it to the semi-finals of World Cup 2002
and will be a tough opponent for Australia. Hakan Sukur and Emre are
the two standout players for me, but we'll see what I have to say
about that after the first game. Unfortunately Australia will be
without some of their top players: Kewell, Viduka, Moore and Muscat
out with injuries; Tim Cahill with Millwall for the FA Cup final
against ManU; Tony Popovic with Crystal Palace playing for promotion
to the Premier League and Paul Okon on club duties. With seven of our
top players out, the chances of posing a serious challenge to the
Turkish side would seem to be low. These guys are rarely around
anyway, all with clubs outside of Australia, and so I'm actually
looking forward to seeing if we've got the quality here at home to
take Turkey on. Turkey also missed out on a spot at Euro2004 in
Portugal this year, so there's a lot of pressure on them to perform.
This is either going to be a good thing, or we're going to be
tragically outplayed. As always I'll be cheering like a madman for
Australia. Sydney-siders don't get to see it live on TV. Go to the
game! I hope this is well attended and watched by Australian
supporters. That's live on SBS at 7pm, delayed telecast in Sydney at

Finally, Saturday night Millwall take on Manchester United in the FA
Cup final. Go Millwall! It's a long shot, but you've got to back the
boys from the First Division. They were good enough to get to the
final, I just hope they've got what it takes to down the richest club
in the world. Not only the richest, but the winningest FA Cup team in
history: 10 wins out of 15 finals appearances. This is Millwall's
first, and unfortunately they haven't really been tested yet. To make
it to the final they haven't faced a single Premier League side.
Hopefully they aren't overawed by the whole occasion. Saturday on SBS
at 10pm.

All of these games are LIVE!

Ah yes, then there's us, playing at 1pm against the only side that has
beaten us this season, in the very first game. Let me point out, that
was a game I wasn't here for... I've played in every game since, and
we have not lost again. I'm still puzzled as to why I haven't
received a call from Frank Farina yet, any fool could make the

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/20/2004 06:36:00 pm || || Return to Top

I forgot about this! Hacky sack, or Footbag WorldWide. You could say it technically belongs on the Sports page, but there you go...

I love to hack. Milton, whatever happened to those hacky photos??

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Wednesday, May 19, 2004

I say "that time is not now", yet I go ahead and do it anyway... permalinks in, and link back to the top of the page.

New blog online - Reviews link on the left is now a blog. This answers the "nix sports blog?" question. No. Make 'more' blogs...

Some things will be moved to those blogs from here as appropriate.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/19/2004 08:50:00 pm || || Return to Top

One thing I like about blogger comments: they will email me when someone comments.

One thing I dislike about blogger comments: you must be registered with blogger to post as anyone other than 'Anonymous'.

I feel this frustration with Xanga, so I won't inflict it on others. Therefore I am not going to use blogger comments, much as I would like to.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/19/2004 06:27:00 pm || || Return to Top

I look forward to when I have time to get back in here and fix up some things to do with the templates and general layout type stuff.... Things that nobody except me will ever notice.

That time is not now.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/19/2004 06:24:00 pm || || Return to Top

To clarify that... from the indominatable McIlwaine, grammarian extraordinaire, in the school of journalism's style guide:

that, which

These relative pronouns are not interchangeable and writers should not imagine that "which" is the literary form of "that". Use "that" in so-called restricted clauses.
The house that Jack built is still standing.
Use "which" (and commas) for unrestricted clauses.
The house, which Jack built, is still standing.
The first usage here is restricted to one particular house; the second is not restricted. In the second example, the clause between the commas simply adds extra information that is not essential to the sentence.

For further explanation, see
hmmmm, enough time-wasting...

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/19/2004 05:16:00 am || || Return to Top

When I'm really procrastinating hard I like to read all sorts of blogs. Blogsurfing can be a lot of fun. Either follow another blog someone has linked to, or check out their profile (for blogger) and find a blog with similar interests to theirs.

You'll come across a lot of absolute tripe (like this ), but there's a lot of good writing out there. You'd think I would say a little more about the blogs I surf through when I like them, but that would be 'doing something', thus invalidating the procrastination. Much like this post really.

I haven't blogsurfed as much as I'd like to lately. On account of the guilt-trips, justified though they are.

There is one I will link you to however. It's intriguing, with a very straightforward style of writing which/that is very engaging. Some day I'll figure out when to use each one of those...

The blog is grave digger. He's actually a grave digger from Portugal. As he says, "In a small village from southern Europe, I am the one digging graves...It's a crazy life but, believe me, death is even crazier."

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/19/2004 04:59:00 am || || Return to Top

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

I've written 6,654 words to date in this blog. If they had all been about the three assignments I have to finish, I could split them evenly and things would be sweet! But no, that would have required some unbelievable forward planning on my part...

Not likely.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/18/2004 05:13:00 pm || || Return to Top

One assignment down, three to go. Unfortunately it's the easiest one...still worth the same as the others though, surprisingly.

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Monday, May 17, 2004

I think I need blogrolling. All these links I plan on putting on the side there but...just haven't got around to it.

Salam Pax was on Enough Rope with Denton last night. Salam Pax, who wrote a blog from Baghdad throughout the war. Go to the Enough Rope forumTuesday May 18 between 11.30am and 12.30pm to have an online chat with Andrew Denton and Salam! Excitemundo.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/17/2004 11:08:00 pm || || Return to Top

Seeing as my readership is increasing exponentially...ha.

I direct all my loyal readers to visit THIS* blog. It's the cream of the crop, the top of the pile, the richest aroma of them all. Yes folks, it's the bog of the year, literally.

*By following any links to sites external from the Earley Edition, you agree not to hold the Earley Edition responsible for any opinions or material contained therein, and the effect that may be had on your person. Any opinions or movements expressed on sites external to the Earley Edition are not those of the management at Earley Edition.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/17/2004 09:17:00 pm || || Return to Top

Kind of interesting. Homer is Hot. Some quotes from the Iliad.
That link now requires a subscription...sorry.

And then there's this. Wooden horse, wooden acting, wouldn't bother if I were you. Ha! "Stockholm Syndrome" - you heard it here first folks.

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Saturday, May 15, 2004

Succinct blogging. To those who skip long posts and go straight to the short ones, this is for you. See this post has a point. Catering to the masses.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/15/2004 11:47:00 am || || Return to Top

I started this post to say something. I've already forgotten....
Okay, it's back. Scary moments of complete loss of memory... but that's another story.

I'm going to need to fiddle with my template to get blogger comments and unique post IDs to show up here. At the moment I don't even know how or where to find my unique posts, which is the only place I can see my blogger comments.
So for anyone using blogger comments, please don't for now.

And my brother did have twelve toes... I never thought much of it. He had them surgically removed so he didn't have to look for extra-wide shoes. Obviously not all of his toes were removed. Just the sixth ones on each foot. So he's not a freak anymore. Well, he is, but no more than everyone else in my family.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/15/2004 11:38:00 am || || Return to Top

In my comeback post you'd think I would do something grand.


In other news, I am the only Blogger with interests in:
  • Liverpool
  • Balkans
  • Serbia
  • Kosovo
  • West Africa
  • Nigeria
  • Sudan
  • Palestine and
  • alien spotting.
So .instead of writing something short, with simply a link to Brad Pitt proposing we learn from history (who else could have thought of it?), I went...grand

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I watched Troy last night. I um and I ah about it. I followed this link, somehow thinking he had actually done so. .Pitt compares Troy with Iraq war. I laugh at myself. I actually thought I was going to read something...substantial. They never actually quote Pitt saying the word "Iraq" (or much of anything), just 'pertinent to today' and 'what we're facing at the moment'. So what do I have to say about the movie? Read on, if you care.

I can't fault the story - it's not Wolfgang Petersen's (director's)... fault... Homer wrote a tragic, life-is-nought, stupid epic. Obviously I have not read it, otherwise I would probably have a good deal more respect for it. Nonetheless, this was not the poem, but the movie. Some good fight scenes, particularly the one between Hector (Eric Bana) and Achilles (Brad Pitt), but otherwise it was all a bit blah.

Epic? I don't think so. Long, yes. Epic, no. I'm not sure, but I've come to my own conclusion that there will never be another epic. I say CGI characters, fight scenes and 1000-ship armadas automatically disqualify a movie. As you can see, my 'epic' is based on a grand scale of people and coordination, not necessarily on the storyline. This may be erroneous but it is my opinion. You are entitled to it.

I can't think of any particular redeeming quality to take from the story either... Love? Stockholm Syndrome maybe. There was a love story but not the one expected between Paris and Helen, and not entirely convincing. Honor? Perhaps, it was an element. It was, however, made quite clear that honor is not rewarded in life, so I can't say it made a point to 'be honorable'. Eternity? Frequent talk of the gods and respecting them, but made clear they, in the end, have no influence whatsoever on the outcome of...well, anything.

So in the end it is, as Homer probably meant it, simply supposed to portray life as futile. It does a good job of that. I can't see you, or anyone else, walking away saying, "I really liked when [x] happened because it makes you think about [x aspect of life]." Unless you enjoy thinking about life as a meaningless journey through nothingness to nothingness.

Annoying things:
I was entirely sick of Orlando Bloom (Paris, brother of Hector, prince of Troy) by the end of Lord of the Rings, and was unsurprisingly disappointed again by his steely glare, pensive sigh and high-falutin' speak. Very disappointed to see how he ends up in the movie as well. [said thus so as not to spoil it for those who may yet go to see it, haven't read the poem and also haven't had someone else tell them]
And Peter O'Toole (king Priam of Troy) making as concerted an effort as I've ever seen towards making his eyes pop out of their sockets of their own accord - disturbing

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Thursday, May 13, 2004

Sleep is an illusion.

I'd like to know where that saying originated. Too much coffee rots your stomach. I'd really like some sleep. I refuse to blog for the next (check time...calculate...process) 40 hours.

I think the last 6.5 hour spasm should adequately cover that time period. Au-revoir mon amis.

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Pursuant to the agreements set out in (now defunct) but still funky yeah! Earley International's Terms of Use, this blog shall hitherto be about travelcapades only. The previous post shall stand on recognition of freedom of speech.

Travelcapade artists may wear capes. This was allowed for in the Terms of Use at its inception. Some have even called it "brilliant".

Written in invisible ink, if you must know.

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I went to the Queensland-Waratahs Super12 game at Suncorp last Saturday night. We won. Now as a Queenslander I would be happy to gloat, but I can already feel a manic rant coming on about how Channel Seven is hell-bent on destroying the game of rugby union in Australia...! (Calm.) Suffice to say, Wendell is still .... less than impressive. Now Journalism Law has me freaking out about defamation!

I also watched Liverpool beat ManU 1-0 two weekends ago on >SBS, and actually took notes. I was going to write a full match report but never got around to it. By the way, in the process of getting that link, have noticed Liverpool-Newcastle is the live match this weekend (Saturday, May 15 - 11.55pm on SBS) . Happiness reigns.

So anyway, I'm thinking of nixing the 'sport' page. Or at least just making it a page of sporting links...

Fret not, the sports page stays. I know you were worried.

Haha, your paranoia was justified!! The sports/reviews/news blogs died Friday 11 June 2004

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I honestly don't know what my problem is. I'm sure someone will tell me. You know who you are.

I think I'm going blog crazy. I guess I just have a lot to get off my chest at the moment.

I was just thinking...why do I have a separate blog for Sport? Who cares what I played or where I went? I don't even really care that much. If I was going to say something about it...well, I'd say it here, like I'm doing now.

Or like I did, but then moved it. The rest of this post has been moved to earley edition sports.

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Also for the journalism students. Yes, I'm talking to you Milton and Dan. Good journalism links and such here at Paul Wiggins's site. Not to mention short, sharp blogging. I like it.

I will likely steal some of his links at some point, attribution givennnn --- now.

Thus spake I. Six posts in 2.5 hours. It's all a blur...

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/13/2004 01:17:00 am || || Return to Top

Another MSA-net link.
To join one MUST send in the following information to the Maintainer:
Name (real): Aliases (if any, including e-mail aliases): E-mail address : Postal address: Major/Area of Research: Religion:
Please note that everyone is asked to declare their religion. It will not be assumed that the religion is Islam by default. Applications by non-Muslims will have to be approved by the Shura Commitee.
It used to be an open discussion forum where Islamic scholars posted essays as well as articles on current events. There was more than a small amount of anger expressed towards the US and Israel, but on the whole it simply made for interesting reading, particularly because it was the "other" opinion. Anyone could read it, and so I often would.

It was shut down several times in the late 90s when accused of being a communication channel for terrorists. This was explained on their own site when I finally found them again. Not surprisingly, they disappeared after 9/11.

Unfortunately it looks like you can't read it now unless you subscribe.

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Some have said my blog gives away far too much information. Apparently anyone could find me

Firstly - I don't think that highly of myself. (actually...after reading MSAnet - Muslim Student's Association - quite a lot around 9/11 I wouldn't be surprised if the US government is watching me ... this doesn't mean I think highly of myself, just that I'm crazy)
Secondly - all two of you who read this ALREADY know where I live.
Thirdly - Bring 'em on, I say!!!

Actually, I don't say that. Somebody else said that and they done brung it. Please don't bring it.

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I digress. I will one day use that phrase in all seriousness during a debate.
I should clarify my earlier post about using the BlogThis! button... apart from the fact that this is starting to sound disturbingly like an advertisement for the Google Toolbar...
When questioned over links to the recent Google share float, Gmail, and his personal interest in its unmitigated promotion, Earley Edition's editor, Dave, said he was appalled by the suggestions.
"I'm appalled by these suggestions.
"With all this cash-for-comment nonsense flying about, it's no wonder some are suggesting I'm getting three-figure deals for each Google mention.
"That's ridiculous, they only give students like me two figures, tops, for each placement," he said.
But I digress. It's cheap, so I take it. Ah yes, "instead of actually blogging about anything in particular". Because my posts have always had a point...

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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Full text of Red Cross report on prisoner abuse in Iraq. Again, you can't say you didn't have the opportunity to read it.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/12/2004 10:47:00 pm || || Return to Top

U.S. Army report on Iraqi prisoner abuse. I'm starting to like this BlogThis! button on the Google toolbar. It does, however, mean instead of actually blogging about anything in particular, I'm just surfing a bit and then pointing you to...whatever. Anyway, this is the 'Taguba Report', full text so I doubt any of you are going to read the whole thing, but don't say you didn't have the chance.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/12/2004 10:44:00 pm || || Return to Top

A 52-year-old Australian ex-diplomat was sent to jail in Indonesia yesterday for sex offenses against boys. Last night he hung himself in jail.

Today the world is a better place.
* Views expressed may not be condoned by EarleyEditionInternational's management team.

This originally posted by Suzanne on now defunct NEWS blog

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/12/2004 06:55:00 pm || || Return to Top

One good thing about being at university, apart from all the good learnin' I done been gettin', is the access to various things I wouldn't have free access to were I not a student. Things like InfoTrac, Factiva and gobs of other databases... I gloat. That's all I have to say for myself this morning.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

This is a test to see if this BlogThis! function on the google toolbar works. Highlighted a line on the page, hit BlogThis! and it brings up a popup window that I can blog straight into about that site, with an automatic link put in for me. We'll see what it looks like soon. The story though is a good one, about a Red Cross report. Apparently they've been trying to get US officials to stop the abuses since March 2003... over a year. Did you know Rumsfeld is 72? He was also Secretary of Defense 1975-77. Anyway, this post was just to test this 'instant blog' feature of the googlebar, not rant about Rumsfeld. Red Cross warned U.S. about brutality - 5/11/04: "Red Cross warned U.S. about brutality"

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/11/2004 04:08:00 pm || || Return to Top

Blogger has a new format and all. I've spent far too much time playing with it... evil, evil blogger. Still 'working' on the assignment that was due last Friday. Obviously things are going smashingly.

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Saturday, May 08, 2004

This is a pretty good website. Read Print. They have free online books from Alcott to Yeats. All the classics: Dickens, Keats, Machiavelli, Hugo, Dostoevsky, Shaw. All old stuff, as they say, then can only legally put them online in their entirety if published before 1920. Check it out.

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Thursday, May 06, 2004

I can't take it anymore. Not achieving much. Going to sleep. 17 hours to write 2500 words. Yes, that's right, 6 hours and I've got nothing. Rock on. or not, since I'm going to bed. so when I awake...11 hours to get it done maybe... no worries mate.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/06/2004 11:39:00 pm || || Return to Top

Right. It's thursday evening. I have a 2500 word assignment due in exactly 23 hours. Personally, I don't like my chances. More than 100 words an hour...with all material still to read... Methinks a reference list would be a good way to start. I know what things I "would" have read, had I found the time. Updates as it happens and I can't take it anymore.

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Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Hoorah. Iraq - the world's #1 worst place to be a journalist.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has compiled their annual Top Ten list, representing "the full range of current threats to press freedom"
"In all of these places, reporting the news is an act of courage and conviction," said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper. "Journalism is essential in helping all of us understand the events that shape our lives, and our need and desire for information cannot be eliminated by violence and repression."
Kind of shocking to see a 'respected' 'superpower' make the list. Overuse of "radar" quotes I know. I meant Russia when I said that, as if China isn't a respected superpower? I worry me sometimes, especially when I think aloud and choose not to censor myself.

I will retreat to my corner now.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 5/04/2004 12:36:00 pm || || Return to Top

It's a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. Won't you join me?

This time of day (5.15am without sleep) is generally one in which less than lucid opinions should be kept to yourself.

So I take a "break" from my "study" to comment briefly on the world around me.

It is dark. As it is before the sun rises. It's also cold just before sunrise. But don't take my word for it, it's a proven fact. One which I will not be looking up to link for your lazy bum. So just take my word for it. It's a bright, full moon out there in a cloudless sky... which would seem to contradict my previous assertion that it is dark. In fact it does. The moon is casting shadows. It's not dark at all.

The world is, or this time zone is, waking up as I try to stay awake. My stomach is still unhappy with the coffee it's trying to digest, and has no qualms about voicing that displeasure.
Perhaps this mandarin will do the trick. Yes, nothing like a shot of citrus in they eye... huzzah. And I have avoided exclamation marks completely(shift+1) It's a proud moment at The Earley Edition.

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Monday, May 03, 2004

Get this. North Korean news agency on the train explosion. yeah, THAT'S what happened...

unbelievable. For your daily dose of humour, a la Iraq's Minister of Information, vist North Korea's "news" (I use the word loosely) agency, where you will find "such warm love for people [as] can be seen only in Korean socialist society"

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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Some new blogs, I'm just going to post the links at this point and go to bed rather than put them on my links on the left, but they will go there soon... trying not to just stay up and read them...

Anuak Genocide Watch

The second one might be of particular interest to anyone from Ashgrove who comes across this as these are a people group in Ethiopia (where Dave Peterson is)

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