Airport Full Body Scanning

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I always get stopped by airport security. Maybe it's because I'm small and blonde and don't look like I'd cause trouble. Whatever the reason, I've experienced every form of airport security, from bomb sniffing machines (I asked if he'd ever caught anyone, he said no) to metal detectors. On my ...

Unicef Photo of the Year by Stephanie Sinclair

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

A 40-year-old man, Mohammad, marries an eleven-year-old girl, Ghulam. He says he's going to send her to school. But the women of the village don't believe him, and judging from the terror on her face, neither does Ghulam. So much for the war on terror freeing girls in Afghanistan. I ...

The Future of Reading

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

In a word: creepy.

Dear War Supporter

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

From Common Dreams: Dear War Supporter: Since You Asked . . . by R. J. Eskow "I have to infer from that (statement) that you would be happier if Saddam Hussein were still in power." - Paul Wolfowitz Let's deal with this question once and for all, ...

Maybe, I am also a thief

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005

A striking poem about corruption in Indonesia. From The Sydney Morning Herald Web Diary: Maybe, I am also a thief By Taufiq Ismail Translated by PF Journey We are a nation on the brink of a complete mess, Our back is crooked, by the heavy load of our debts, As we slither and crawl in misery in ...

Don’t think of an elephant

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Don't think of an elephant Commentary by Margo Kingston February 22, 2005 12:25 AM G'day. Here's something to really get your teeth into, a review by Hamish Alcorn, my brother and convenor of my soon-to-be-launched website yourdemocracy, of the American bestseller Don't think of an elephant. After the review, ...

Howard butters up the religious

Friday, February 18th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Church got federal funds February 18, 2005 An evangelical church with links to the Liberal Party has received almost $800,000 in grants from Federal Government departments in the past five years. Hillsong Church has received $473,588 from the Department of Family and Community Services since 1999, ...

Famous last words

Tuesday, February 15th, 2005

"If you're suggesting, how would we feel about an Iranian-type government with a few clerics running everything in the country, the answer is: That isn't going to happen." --Donald H. Rumsfeld, 2003 Well, they're on the way, considering they just elected an Iranian.

Chained, gagged man dragged onto jet

Friday, January 28th, 2005

From The Age: Chained, gagged man dragged onto jet By Andra Jackson January 28, 2005 An airline passenger who witnessed a shackled and gagged asylum seeker being deported to Pakistan from Australia has spoken out against the man's treatment. The 36-year-old environment consultant was on a flight from Thailand when the struggling man, with chains ...

Another reason to hate Howard

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

Battle to junk food ads hots upy 19, 2005 A report recommending action on junk food advertising has been shelved for more than a year, reports Nick Galvin. Junk food moved "a little closer to becoming as socially unacceptable as cigarettes", a Los Angeles Times editorial said after the food giant Kraft ...

Con men

Tuesday, January 18th, 2005

From NoNonsenseSelfDefense.com: there is an old saying: You can't cheat an honest man. If you don't have much experience with the underbelly of life, that comment doesn't seem to make sense. But it is very true. That is because most swindles rely on the mark's greed. It is the person who ...

At last

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Habib set free from Guantanamo Bay By Cosima Marriner, Nadia Jamal and Cynthia Banham January 12, 2005 Mamdouh Habib will be released from Guantanamo Bay and flown home to Sydney following an admission by his US jailers that they do not have enough evidence to charge him with terrorism ...

Tsunami toll pushes 60,000

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Tsunami toll pushes 60,000 December 29, 2004 - 8:03AM The sea and wreckage of coastal towns around the Indian Ocean yielded up tens of thousands of bodies today, pushing the toll from Sunday's tsunami close to 60,000. The apocalyptic destruction caused by the ocean surge dwarfed the ...

Another reason to hate Bush

Friday, December 17th, 2004

From Information Week: GPS Could Be Disrupted In National Crisis Dec. 16, 2004 The government wants to deny attackers the advantage of using the GPS satellite network. By Jim Nash The Bush Administration says it will temporarily disrupt the nation's global-positioning satellites if it feels terrorists are using ...

Values

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

From Atrios: Family Values Yesterday: Bush introduced Mike and Sharla Hintz, a couple from Clive, whom he said benefited from his tax plan. Last year, because of the enhanced the child tax credit, they received an extra $1,600 in their tax refund, Bush said. With other tax cuts in the bill, they saved ...

Army robots

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

From Engadget: Unmanned military systems (aka robots) have been used on the ground in Iraq to search buildings and dispose of explosives since the beginning of the war. Now Foster-Miller�s TALON robots are being adapted for a new purpose�to serve as a weapons-firing robot army that can be on the move ...

Abuse

Monday, November 29th, 2004

From Matthew Gross: The Politics of Victimization [Mel Gilles, who has worked for many years as an advocate for victims of domestic abuse, draws some parallels between her work and the reaction of many Democrats to the election.-- Mathew Gross] Watch Dan Rather apologize for not getting his facts straight, humiliated before the ...

Donkey John

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

A comment on Australia and our local political situation. Help Xanana Gusmario stop Donkey John taking all East Timor's oil. I used to play a game exactly like this when I was in school. Minus the politics, of course.

Balanced madness

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

From The Age: Creation theory gets boost By Misha Schubert Political Correspondent Canberra November 18, 2004 Schools should teach the biblical creation story alongside evolutionary theory, Family First chairman Peter Harris said yesterday. While his fledgling party - arising out of the Assemblies of God church - had no formal policy on school curriculums, Mr Harris said ...

The mad right…

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Family First calls for abortion debate November 17, 2004 - 4:29PM Women considering abortion might be forced to see an ultrasound scan of their foetus under plans being floated by fledgling religious party Family First. Family First senator-elect Steve Fielding called for a national forum to debate abortion laws, ...