Archive for October 2004
This is the real scary stuff:
The Patriot Act allows American authorities access to normally protected US company information, even from foreign subsidiaries. Three Canadian provinces are already considering measures to specifically counter the US law over concerns about companies such as EDS, which in Australia manages federal taxrecords and all South Australian Government records.
Trick or treat.
Today’s West‘s Alston cartoon (p4) looked VERY similar to one in the Western Suburbs Weekly last week (19 Oct). (I can’t seem to find them online, but the both cartoons had Howard in a big car being dictatorish and saying “Ve must not let ziss go to our heads” etc.)
Is this a sign of things to come? If so, I’m looking forward to hearing more about the Cottesloe bowling clubhouse fiasco.
Sen Ian Campbell wrote to WSW to complain about the cartoon last week, as did some other dorkus from Claremont (and I’m sure even more went unpublished). They should be grateful they live in a society where we can still make a joke about politics.
Should also be marginally interesting if any copyright issues come out of this.
Update: Ooo hoo hooo! Dean Alston just emailed me in response to my letter to The West about the cartoon. He’s been in India for the last fortnight, so it can’t be “wanton plagiarism”. But the cartoon shouldn’t have been published!
Could this be where I leave my indelible mark on the blogging world? Probably not, since I’m the only person who reads this and it’s about political cartoons in wee Perth rather than Monica Gate (hey Rob: do you think if the Nixon thing happened at the DC Hilton it’d be “Monicaton” and “Ratherton” etc?), but I hereby declare that this is officially my Matt Druge moment 😀
There’s not point crying over spilt milk, I know, but the prospect of the next three years just really sucks.
And here’s something that makes me cranky: the Customs Officers strike (more from Rob). Um, correct me if I’m wrong, but in the ‘current security environment’ we need to protect ourselves from threats, right? But… hey, we don’t really need people to do that for us, right? Or at least we don’t have to give them proper pay and conditions; after all, Industrial Relations is lame, right?
Everyone’s freaked out about terrorism, so fair enough we need more protection at airports and the rest of it. So… employ enough people and pay them properly to protect us, you morons. You can’t eat the cake, people, you can’t eat the cake.
And in news I wasn’t able scoff at on Wednesday due to internet-oddness: Murdoch-owned paper rejects ad for ‘Outfoxed’. Aren’t they embarrassed? Seriously, it’s just so stupid! Media Watch picked it up on Monday.
I cannot even start to articulate how annoyed this makes me. Your department’s predictions were ‘optimistic’? So… Does that also mean your party’s predictions about interest rates were ‘wrong’?
Actually, let’s not beat around the bush here, kids. They lied.
The Libs will have ostrich egg on their face by 2007. Mark my words.