Aussies are even bigger warmongers than Yankees

January 21, 2004 Off

It turns out that the Australian SAS (Special Air Service) started the war on Iraq before it had even been formally declared by Bush, killing Iraqi soldiers, according to articles in The Age. I’m ashamed of my governments complicity in this illegal war. Thanks to Samos for the link. Thankfully we have an election this…

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My dream laptop

January 21, 2004 Off

I use an Apple 2001 vintage G4 Powerbook about 15 hours a day. It’s great, but looking forward, here’s my realisable dream machine: Dual processor 2GHz G5s. 4Gb flash memory for the operating system. 802.11g (54Mbps) WiFi with wide spread coverage. No hard disk! Uses a distributed secure file sharing protocol, perhaps the Andrew File…

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The Address

January 21, 2004 Off

This was the first state of the union speech I had the opportunity to view while I’ve been in the U.S. As Chomsky has noted, if the administration repeats the lies often enough and they are reported by the corporate media with little fact checking, analysis or comment, they become accepted as truth.

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…and the winners are…

January 20, 2004 Off

…Clark and Lieberman. The maneuver by the two most right wing candidates of the Democrat party to avoid the Iowa caucus can be seen to have now skewed the field to the right. By most analysis, Iowans voted strategically and Kerry appealed as a candidate that could compete with Bush. However that now leads him…

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My daily news sites

January 18, 2004 Off

I’ve been checking Juan Coles blog a professor of Middle East history who speaks Urdu, Arabic and other middle east languages. He has some very informed commentary, particularly his monitoring of Arabic news sources.

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The Presidents Space Program

January 15, 2004 Off

I support astronomical exploration but it is very clear that the idea of sending humans back into space as proposed by Bush yesterday is fundamentally flawed. It turns out the Bush administration has been in talks with Halliburton, Shell, and Baker Hughes among others about the provision of space exploration. There is considerable argument that…

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