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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Hills Hoist



the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/30/2004 10:49:00 pm || || Return to Top


What a Crock

Parental Advisory: Frequent use of the word 'bl*g' in this post.

Dan Tobin complained last week about the quality of blogs Blogger has been choosing for "Blogs of Note". I thought the most recent "Blog of Note" was kind of funny, until I reached the bottom of the page and saw:
TM & Copyright © 2004 by PARAMOUNT PICTURES CORPORATION and DREAMWORKS LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Should what is essentially a professional blog and probably part of a corporation's advertising department be considered for Blogs of Note? I don't think so.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/30/2004 08:49:00 pm || || Return to Top


Wednesday, September 29, 2004

1.1 million terrorists and other undesirables

Aussies must submit prints to enter US.

The gist of the story: if someone steals your passport and enters the country before you do, their fingerprints are matched to your passport as first time entry into the database. Effectively they've stolen your identity and, who knows, maybe you'll find yourself one of a million people no longer welcome in the US.

But they said there were procedures to rectify such a situation. Right, beauraucratic procedures. I'm sure the speed with which it's resolved will make you feel like you're white-water rafting.

I'll be using my US passport next time.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/29/2004 05:50:00 pm || || Return to Top


You have to go to school on Saturday??

The new school year, postponed by a month already, starts Saturday in Iraq. There are obvious fears about what may or may not happen in terms of violence. The Beslan school siege in Russia started on the first day of the school year, but I can't imagine insurgents being so stupid as to attack Iraqi children... who knows.

Brief tangent - I wonder how THEY think of themselves? Insurgents, jihadis, terrorists, freedom fighters, revolutionaries? [Update: 'resistance fighters' has been mentioned]

And back to the post at hand. Some parents are understandably going to continue to keep their kids out of school so as not to risk their lives. Hopefully that doesn't last more than a few months or a year. A generation of uneducated Iraqi youth would, I suspect, suit the fundamentalists quite nicely. Ali Hussain Mohamed is concerned, but will be sending his two young kids. Hopefully Mohamed's assessment is accurate, because better education for the children of Iraq is a great success story.
"Their education already improved last year because teachers received higher salaries," he says. "There were fewer bribes and teachers were able to focus more on teaching."
The story says 'A primary school teacher who made 3,000 dinars a month before the war now makes 240,000 - about $165.' I doubt every teacher has seen that money, but hopefully it is making a positive difference.
The following is the closest reason I see for fundamentalists to target schools:
"The new atmosphere in our schools can be seen in the reform of religion classes," says Majeed al-Alaq, director general of education for the Education Ministry. "Before there was only mention of Islam, but now these classes include learning respect for other religions."
It seems an odd statement. I could have sworn Saddam was, if not anti-Muslim, firmly secular in his outlook. The cynic in me could at least conceive the fundamentalists seeing this as US (Christian) conquest of the classrooms. Saddam's Vice Minister Tariq Aziz was a Christian, so you'd think there was some sort of plurality of religion. Apparently not, a quick search reveals Christians under Saddam suffered persecution along with everyone else. Anyway...

Whether you're mowing the lawn, washing your car, watching football, lying on the beach or clipping your toenails this Saturday, say a prayer - or if you're not the praying type, just spare a thought - for the kids on their way to school in Iraq.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/29/2004 05:38:00 am || || Return to Top


Republicans and damned republicans

In some US states Democrat voter registration has risen 250% compared to the same time in the 2000 election. So what does the Republican senator of Ohio do? Gets scared and suppresses thousands of new voter registrations because they are printed in the wrong card stock! Daily Kos also shows the relevant section of the 1971 Federal Voting Rights Act. As the Republicans have kindly taught us in the past, it's not breaking the law if an election is on the line!

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/29/2004 01:57:00 am || || Return to Top


Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The Twilight Zone

Look at the web address of this site, a scary mirror of my blog? What is going on? Dan, sitting next to me in the library as I blog this, utilised his crap typing skills to come up with that one. Thanks mate.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/28/2004 04:54:00 pm || || Return to Top


Monday, September 27, 2004

Brit spies out in the cold

MI6 spies exposed by Balkan rivals, Croatia and Serbia.

Not even so much rivals, but disgruntled members of the intelligence agencies they were supposed to be working with, outed them to local media.
In the case of Mr Monckton, his photograph was published on the cover of Serbian magazine Nedelnji Telegraf, with a copy of his business card.

The week after that, Nacional magazine in Zagreb published a story...including a cover that featured a mock-up of Mr Sanader...in a tuxedo posing as James Bond.

In Sarajevo, the exposure of British intelligence officers was carried out using the pages of Slobodna Bosna magazine
That's pretty low.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/27/2004 06:44:00 pm || || Return to Top


Raed

Salam Pax returns.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/27/2004 12:27:00 pm || || Return to Top


Saturday, September 25, 2004

Sinead

Sinead O'Connor has taken out a full page, 2,000-word advertisement in the Irish Examiner newspaper, complaining about how she's ridiculed by the media. I'd really like to know if she actually wrote "ye", as the Vancouver Sun says - "If ye all think I am such a crazy person why do ye use me to sell your papers?" Ye?

Irish Examiner here I come.

Update: She must have used that language, although yet to find the actual ad. The Guardian says she was sick of being called a "crazy bitch", but then quotes her saying, "Untie me please and wash me down I ask ye." Again with the ye. This was perhaps not the best way to convince people you're not losing it.

Update 2: Alright, found the full text of her ad, and yes, she really said 'ye'. Ye.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/25/2004 07:37:00 pm || || Return to Top


So much to say

There's just too much stuff going on. Here's a few tidbits I found interesting. I interviewed a friend who's standing for the Family First Party (FF), a relatively new political group looking to get some senate seats and influence in the October 9 election. The media says FF are backed by the AOG (pentecostal) church, FF are trying to distance themselves from that, the Greens are calling them extreme right wing... and now they've gone and given their preferences to the Liberals. A not very level-headed assessment of the party's motives can be read at the Daily Flute, but there's an anonymous comment to one post that seems incredibly well-informed, and if true does make me start to question how much influence the AOG does have over the party.
Family First is standing 23 candidates for lower house seats in NSW. Eleven of those candidates come from one Church alone.
...
Of these eleven lower house candidates, only one lives in the electorate he is standing for
.
So the fair question is, what are their motivations to stand for an electorate they have no connection to? I'm not so keen on voting for the AOG...sorry AOG'ers.

On to other news.
Greg Sheridan writes in The Weekend Australian today about Iran being next on the hit-list.
Iran is at the centre of a vortex of evil and dangerous linkages that spell strategic crisis for Washington.
I suspect they'd like some sort of effective deterrant against would be invaders. I'm not defending their possible pursuit of nuclear weaponry, but to call them the 'centre of a vortex of evil' is a bit much. He also says strikes against suspected nuclear development sites are being considered, both by Israel and the US.
The better option [Ed. as opposed to strikes] is for the UN to act decisively, with comprehensive sanctions if necessary.
Alright, well I think we can all agree sanctions - while being more destructive to Iraqi civlians than Saddam - and UN weapons inspectors did, indeed, help in some way end Iraq's capacity to produce WMDs, it didn't stop the US invading them did it? And the likelihood of the UN acting decisively and comprehensively, let alone swiftly, is duly recognised as nil.
Iran also calls Israel the "single greatest threat to regional and global peace and security". Not surprising after Israel just bought 5,000 smart bombs from the US. Iran says they will react "most severely" if Israel attacks Iran in any way. Not unforeseeable, given Israel's bombing of a nuclear facility in Iraq in 1981.
Related, Syria began pulling troops out of Lebanon on Thursday. They have 17,000 there, and have said 3,000 will leave by the time the move is completed, but "Lebanon's defense minister has said that Syria will pull out all its troops only when the Arab-Israeli conflict ends". Ohhhhh, you mean after Armageddon? Grand.

Speaking of Grand. It's Grand Final day today in the AFL (Australian Rules Football). The mighty Brisbane Lions are going for their fourth straight premiership and are about to kick off. C'arn the Lions!! See you all.

[Update: The not-so-mighty Brisbane Lions played a terrible game. Mal Michael probably had the best game of them all, and said it well: "A lot of our players showed a lack of respect for their players and those players cut us to ribbons." Coach Leigh Matthews said, "it may be the last time you see the team in a grand final in your lifetime." Definitely, if that's how they continue to play. Amateurish.]

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/25/2004 02:06:00 pm || || Return to Top


Friday, September 24, 2004

The Dealio

Both assignments not handed in on time. Trying to pump out three news stories to avoid failing Advanced Print Journalism.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/24/2004 01:13:00 pm || || Return to Top


Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Avoidance

I have two assignments due this week. So I'm procrastinating at the moment - blogging and blog-reading.

Since you want to, you could probably write one of these assignments for me. It's for Journalism Ethics, as put up by the Australian Press Council for their yearly essay prize.

Ah yes, yesterday I bought the CD I've been wanting for 7 months now. I pay for music rarely, so this is a mentionable moment. It's Skeewiff's Cruise Control. Very funk. I wish I knew how to get it to somehow autoplay on here... Oh yeah, listening to it again now. Follow this link to listen to eight samples from the album. I may have to get their first album now.

Update: You can now listen by pressing play on the left. No autoplay, I won't impose. This is directly from the tunes.co.uk site linked above.... It's free there, so hopefully there's no problems linking it here...? Any further assistance on how to make a midi so I can realistically store and play it from my own provider would be gratefully accepted.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/21/2004 09:09:00 pm || || Return to Top


Monday, September 20, 2004

Make up your mind

Serb Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica at a convention about corruption in the Serbian judicial system said it was seen, internationally, as corrupt, ineffective and slow-moving. So what did he do? Said criteria to appoint judges would be made more stringent in order to fight corruption within the judicial system..
Criteria stepped-up for judges

Yet only the day before he argued the four former police and army generals wanted by the UN war crimes tribunal should be tried in Serbian courts, not sent to the Hague. Last line?
Kostunica claims that pro-democracy reforms, launched in Serbia after Milosevic's ouster in 2000, have brought competence and integrity to Serbian courts.
Kostunica wants generals tried at home

Corruption, competence and integrity....they're pretty much the same thing right? Idiot.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/20/2004 09:43:00 am || || Return to Top


Friday, September 17, 2004

Mission Still Not Accomplished

TIME.com: Mission Still Not Accomplished -- Sep. 20, 2004

I had comment. I decided to just present.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/17/2004 10:57:00 am || || Return to Top


Thursday, September 16, 2004

Battlecry Galactica

Probably about as entertaining as the movie too, but it's worth a no-effort post. Thanks to Tricia for the link. I haven't seen Battlestar Galactica, I just like to spout ignorance as truth.
What Is Your Battle Cry?
This is mine (I believe poor grammar is a hindrance when entering battle):

Who is that, skulking over the tarmac! It is Dave, hands clutching buzzsaw hand extensions! And with a cruel scream, his voice cometh:
"I'm going to pummel you into a fine spicy powder!!!"
I'm off, with my buzzsaw hand extensions, to get coolant and a printer cartridge. Any less-than-helpful store assistants shall be pummelled into a fine, spicy powder. Life just got interesting.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/16/2004 07:46:00 pm || || Return to Top


Expect less

For anyone who's been swinging by and wondering what the hell is going on here, I'm not blogging much lately. I either don't have much to say or, when I do, no time to say it. That said, expect less from this blog.

"But we'd come to expect so much!" I hear you cry. Sarcasm aside, items of little substance will still appear occasionally, like these two things.

In the first hour of French class this week I had an exam. My disposition following that could only be described as sour. In the second hour I declared to Gary, "I've got better things to do than sit around here and not understand anything," and walked out. Oh yes, French is looking up.

I have a wedding in the US to go to over New Year's, and haven't bought tickets yet. I'm a student who's just received my first paycheck from a part-time job started last week. This means there isn't much money to throw around, particularly as that first paycheck was 5 hours short. Good start guys, I look forward to working with you. Long story short, 100,000 Flybuys points had been won by someone and they were generously going to be given to me to help out. This was going to get me to Hawaii, effectively reducing the cost of the US trip by over half. My brother was in possession of these points (in Sydney), but forgot to post them, in which time they lapsed and became void. I found that out yesterday. I'm over the anger, I mean it wasn't long ago I had no knowledge of the possibility, so would be paying for it as I will now. But acknowledgement would be nice. That's a lot of money I'm going to be paying off for a long time. I forgive you. And WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?!?

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/16/2004 01:52:00 am || || Return to Top


Saturday, September 11, 2004

That day

It's 11.45pm, September 11, here in Australia. I wasn't going to post anything, but I couldn't just lie in bed and not...

Exactly three years ago today I was, as usual, running late to work in smalltown USA, throwing some cereal in a bowl as I turned on CNN behind me to try and catch some news before I ran out the door. I vaguely heard what was coming out of the TV as I poured my milk, turned around and saw the Twin Towers billowing smoke. I slowly sat down and watched, dumbfounded as I began to comprehend what was happening before my eyes. I left my untouched cereal on the coffeetable when I finally left for work.

Walking out of my apartment, to my car - everything around me seemed to be happening as normal, which was wrong. People should be dazed, like I was. At work the radio was on in the background, but everyone was working. I just wanted to huddle near it, to find out what was happening. Our world was changing, and I was scared.

Local paper today said, 'Terror turns three'. Terror has been around much longer than three years, only it's most visible and psychologically devastating outworking is remembered today. More accurately it would read, 'Anti-terror turns three'. The change in the world has been the response to terror.

As I leave this 9-11 on one side of the world, and Americans begin to remember it on the other, we all mark this as a day that changed the world we live in. Let's just hope that, unlike the horrific day three years ago that we remember, we effect change in a way that honours the innocent, wherever they are.

Peace.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/11/2004 11:47:00 pm || || Return to Top


Stuff I noticed

This is just a collection of things I thought noteworthy in the last 24 hours or so.

Turns out the Indonesian paramilitary police (Brimob) received an SMS 45 minutes before the Jakarta bomb blast, warning of an attack on western embassies, but didn't pass on the information until 8 hours later. That was on the front page of The Weekend Australian this morning. Someone's in trouble, and I'd hate to be them.

I'm taking a friend's Palm Pilot for a test drive this week to decide if I want to buy it. I downloaded some software, as well as an eReader from Palm. Included in that is a bundle of book excerpts, and one 'Mini Catalog' with even smaller excerpts. One of those is from the latest book on US Presidential candidate John Kerry, Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War. That was an interesting read, but I noticed it was going on for a while... That particular entry in this 'Mini Catalog' is one of 20, but instead of taking up 5% of the pages (if they were spread evenly), it makes up 9.2%, or 83 out of 900 pages... Yes, I do realise how very sad I am that I went to the trouble of working that out, but I thought, "Hmmm, how very interesting. Who runs Palm, and in what other ways are they trying to promote John Kerry and the Democrats??" Continue browsing, and what else do I come across in the titles of this 'Mini Catalog'? An excerpt from 365 Days of Spiritual Growth, a Xn book. Now I'm intrigued, Xn and not denouncing Kerry? But I'm not intrigued enough to be bothered finding out who the company is owned by, which kind of defeats the whole point...

That's all I've got for today. Yeah, not very exciting.

the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/11/2004 05:28:00 pm || || Return to Top


Thursday, September 09, 2004

Bringing it home

I was going to post tonight about the suppression of the press in Russia over the Beslan hostage situation...

As I walked in the door from a late tutorial, the SBS World News had already started. I thought there had been another bomb in Iraq or Russia, but noticed the writing on screen (taken from local news sources) and realised it was Indonesia. Stock footage? Something to do with the Bali bombers? And then it hit me.

A large bomb was detonated directly outside the front gate of the Australian embassy in Jakarta today (10.15am local). They say the building is bomb-proof, and for that reason there were only minor injuries inside. Outside at least 7 Indonesians were killed on the street, with 100s of injuries reported. The final number of dead is not expected to be high [Update: 11], but what is high? One is too many.

Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, said Jemaah Islamiyah, responsible for the Bali and Marriott Hotel bombings, was the most obvious suspect.

"Naturally enough, our suspicions turn to Jemaah Islamiyah.

"We had some advice a few days ago of possible... of a possible terrorist attack in Jakarta focusing on western-style hotels and we changed our travel advisory to take that into account," he said.

Asked if he thought the blast was specifically timed to take place during the Australian election campaign, Mr Downer said there was no way of knowing.

"I think for somebody in my position it would be quite dangerous to speculate on that.

"I can only say to you I simply do not know," he said, adding there has been no intelligence suggesting an attempted intervention in the election.

The Australian election is exactly one month away. I don't know what to think. I'm still of the belief it won't happen in Australia but.... am I just holding my hands over my ears screaming 'la-la-la-la-la'? I'll admit, it worries me. Which I guess is the point. No Australian's have died, but it may have the more paranoid amongst us second-guessing the next move...

Anyway, here are some real news sources:
  • Google News - probably the most up-to-date/comprehensive
  • BBC NEWS - Massive blast at Jakarta embassy
  • SBS World News - Many killed in Jakarta bomb attack
  • Yahoo (Reuters) - Jakarta Embassy Blast Kills Four, Wounds Scores
  • CNN - Deadly car bomb rocks Jakarta
  • Downer's doorstop interview transcript

    Most of those have additional links, audio and video, if you're so inclined.

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/09/2004 09:03:00 pm || || Return to Top


    Guerrilla News Network: S-11 Redux

    I'd forgotten about GNN... I just watched a great short film they did, and recommend it to everyone. It got some awards as well, if that makes it any more appealling to you. It's old now (December 2001), but the issue of the 'war on terror' gives it a currency that will last for some time yet, I fear. Here's how they explained it:

    "Culled from over 20 hours of television footage recorded over a one month period and across 13 networks, S-11 Redux is a sound-bite blitzkrieg that challenges the messages we have been fed from our mainstream media and the government it serves."

    If you're interested and have some time to waste, more of their videos can be found on the News Videos page.

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/09/2004 01:43:00 am || || Return to Top


    Wednesday, September 08, 2004

    You what now?

    Yahoo! News - Russia Says Could Strike 'Terrorist' Bases Anywhere

    Talking about pre-emptive strikes, General Yuri Baluevsky said, "However, this does not mean that we will launch nuclear strikes."

    Oh you crazy, cuddly Russians, always with the diplomacy. What's with that? And there I was thinking, "Nuclear's the only option I can see!"

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/08/2004 08:35:00 pm || || Return to Top


    Ethnic tensions

    Russia's taken a bit of a beating by 'terrorists' in the last week or or so. Two planes, a car bomb in Moscow, and the latest attack on the school in Beslan. It's all a bit frightening, but I would still maintain it's not the norm, and it's not going to happen here anytime soon. When people start talking about ethnicity, think for a minute about who belongs to each 'ethnic' group supposedly involved in a conflict. Who defined those groups? Where do their ethnic boundaries lie?

    Reporting the news is particularly difficult here. Do you take the time to report what happened, or why it happened? Often the why of an ethnic conflict is left out in the cold - explained away simply as decades-old, inbuilt, inevitable, tribal, or just the way 'they' are.

    This attack on the school in Beslan is starting to be talked about as ethnic tensions between two local groups, the Ingush and the Ossetians. Before it gets away, you might be interested to read a brief article explaining the history between the two.

    It will be interesting to see how it gets played by Russian President Vladimir Putin - as Ingush (Muslims who are apparently sympathetic to Chechens) and Ossetian (who identify themselves as Russian), or as part of the greater Chechnya v Russia conflict. There's going to be much larger ramifications for the town of Besla if ethnic Ingush are attacked and driven from their homes in large numbers. Unfortunately, as a part of that, we could see the hardening of any extremist tendencies amongst disaffected Ingush, which will only bolster Chechen and wider Islamic fundamentalist groups. It was called, in today's Australian I think, although I can't find it online right now, Russia's 9/11.

    Putin is still determined to use force against Chechen separatists, refusing to talk to them; he must do something differently, and soon, if he hopes to stop attacks.

    Some interesting, perhaps useful, story links:

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/08/2004 12:33:00 am || || Return to Top


    Sunday, September 05, 2004

    J-O-B

    I have a post to write, but I've spent too much time reading everyone else's! I spent all day Saturday at an 'induction' day for my new place of employment. Yes, celebrate and sing, I'm earning some cash. Of the many things I had to sign that day, one was an agreement not to publish anything in relation to the company. And this is a LARGE, multi-armed, beast of a company. As a journalist wanna-be, I balked. Is this casual job, which is just for extra money, worth the risk of being 'silenced' by the Corporation? Well, I can always quit if I really need to expose something. The second thing I thought of was this blog, because up until that point I had been writing down quotes I thought may end up being amusing. After deciding I could publish them without mentioning the company name I glowered and signed. They mainly come from those quality staff training videos, but I'll leave you with one I can remember off the top of my head, from the facilitator herself. Let profundity reign.
    If you want to change direction, use your feet

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/05/2004 11:35:00 pm || || Return to Top


    Saturday, September 04, 2004

    1000th Visitor Crowned




    There was a bit of confusion at the finish folks. It was a tight race, but proof has come through. The photo finish has been decided with a screen shot. Yes, that's it there, sent in by.... ALLISTER!!!! Allister, Allister! Do you have a moment? Dave from the Earley Edition. The 1000th visitor to this blog! Congratulations, how does it feel??

    Yeah, yeah good mate. You know, I put in the hard yards, went 110% today, can't be disappointed with the outcome.

    I think we can all agree here, that was a sterling effort. Well done! Anything else you'd like to add before we present the prize?

    Ah, sure. G'day mum!

    Haha, that's the way. Kiddies at home, take note, you would do well to learn from this young man's unassuming character. Look up to him. Be like him. It's your only chance in this crazy, mixed up world. Nice sentiment there Allister.

    No, all I said was, g'da...

    That's nice. Now Bob, tell him...what...he's...oh, the suspense! Tell him what he's WONNN!!!

    Dave, it's a nnneeewwwww post!

    A what?

    I said Dave, it's a nnneeewwwwww POST!!!

    Still not with you here Bob

    I don't see it. This better be good.

    This is it Dave.

    You mean... THIS post.

    That's right Dave, a nnnneee...

    Shutup Bob. Well...uhh..there, or rather, here, you have it Allister!! The lucky winner of this post ladies and gentl...

    You guys suck. I am so not coming back here.

    Ahhh...well, I don't blame you. One man band, no budget, deadlines... it's a tough news world my friend, and frankly, I'm not so sure this organisation has got what it takes to make it. And don't even get me started on the benefits.....benefits?! You can take your stin...
    [The Earley Edition is experiencing difficulties. Sorry for the inconvenience. We'll be right back. In the meantime, here's some hold music. We suggest you think about puppies.]

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/04/2004 12:42:00 am || || Return to Top


    Thursday, September 02, 2004

    Dastardly day

    It's a special day for one blogger.

    The Dastard is celebrating his birthday on this fine day.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DASTARD!

    This is undoubtedly the most widely recognised birthday in the blogging community to date. Send special birthday greetings to the Dastard at his blog, or visit these house parties to leave another comment!!I think I got them all...

    Lots of love to Celti and Aimee especially, who put the birthday post together! Also to contributors Lovisa (Alien) and Mike (audio to "Dastard of Blogging"

    Party Updates: Tricia found, and apparently Mike should be included, but is yet to get his ass in gear. Thanks Tricia for the tCj's link, and Jamie for visiting as well. Late addition, Riz was in on the action too! Go visit their blogs. Spread the love!

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/02/2004 11:59:00 pm || || Return to Top


    Random stuff

    There are some people who can just get away with things. Take Arnold Schwarzenegger, for example. Out of no other politician's mouth would, "Dohnt bee eckanahmic gehrly mehn!" be as funny. Australians won't appreciate the Saturday Night Live reference, but it's still funny.

    Speaking of girly-men, the only other guy in one of my tutorials dropped out of the course two weeks ago. I counted them today; it's me and 11 females in Politics of Development. Now I'm not complaining, but guys, represent! Statistically (like how I say that, and provide no statistics?) not many of these ladies will make it into positions of political leadership where they can really effect policies of social responsibility. And yes, I do mean effect, as in 'bring about'. The people who care are the ones who should be leading us.

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/02/2004 09:25:00 pm || || Return to Top


    Wednesday, September 01, 2004

    Haloscan

    I've changed commenting over to haloscan. I've manually transferred the last 6 threads of comments or so. Hopefully they'll be able to import all the rest of the comments, otherwise I'll have to do those manually as well. Let me know what you think.

    By the way, I just noticed the etracker (sitemeter at left) is only 19 away from 1,000. If you're the 1,000th visitor here, leave a comment! Ha, just noticed the etracker or watching the etracker like a hawk? It's such a fine line.

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/01/2004 07:16:00 pm || || Return to Top


    Be alert, not alarmed

    Yahoo! News - Terror fears hang over Australian election
    So Richard Clarke, former US presidential adviser says. The article says we're more likely to come under terrorist attack during the election because, like Spain, we have an opposition 'promising' to take our troops out of Iraq if they come to power. The majority of Washington is outspokenly opposed to Latham's plans to withdraw Australian troops, and thus openly favoring Howard's re-election.

    It will be interesting to see how the government, or the opposition for that matter, will use this information during the election campaign. John Howard is quoted as saying:
    "What I promise the Australian people is two things. Firstly, if there is any hard information that they should have, I will make it available and I will communicate it at the same time to the leader of the opposition."
    Hopefully that doesn't mean playing on the fears of the public by announcing 'warnings', strategically timed to coincide with, say, the announcement of Labor's fiscal policy.

    At the moment there are no public fears to play on. I'm pretty sure Australians think that, while it may have happened in Bali, it could never actually happen here. Let's pray.

    the earley edition - Posted by Dave @ 9/01/2004 01:59:00 am || || Return to Top