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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Fun with the Pentatonic Scale

This post is just a light hearted New Year's Eve piece of entertainment. I enjoyed how naturally the audience adapted to the imaginary keyboard.

Here's to a massively prosperous and free New Year.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Stephen Conroy tames the internet beast

More articles in The Age about Conroy and the Rudd government/gang shenanigans:
Internet censorship plan gets the green light – Ahser Moses 15 Dec 09 (includes reader comments)
Big Brother laws to be brought in for web – Asher Moses 16 Dec 09
Australia announces controversial Internet filter – Amy Coopes 15 Dec 09
Regardless of how "noble" or "just" the rhetoric around this odious tripe may sound, it is still censorship.
Once the succubus that is government lies under the internet it pollutes and taints all that is free about this environment.
Try and think of only three government programs that haven't grown beyond original promises and costs or increased the power originally granted to themselves, by themselves.

Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has an update on the Government’s Internet filtering trial report. While you’re there check out the No Clean Feed campaign.

Senator Stephen Conroy Minister for Broadband saves us from the evil internet

Thank goodness we have government gang members like Senator Stephen Conroy (no homepage?) to keep us safe from the evils of the internet.
Conroy keeps internet users safe
Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA) has an update on the Government’s Internet filtering trial report. While you’re there check out the No Clean Feed campaign.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Private police records for sale

This story in The Age by Paul Martin about secret police files being given to a commercial entity by the Brumby government absolutely astounded and disgusted me.

I'm almost speechless when I read the pathetic justifications for rampant, gross breaches of privacy in this story.

I understand the corruption of government and the complicity of police yet this one made me do one of those cartoon double-takes when I read the headline and first paragraph. To then read further and see that:

"Victoria Police last night said it was routine for police to sign such deals with organisations building big public projects where there were potential security risks."

was *almost* an incredibly good joke.

Here are some of the pathetic justifications for government and police corruption in the article:

"Under a deal struck by the State Government in a bid to ensure the project is finished before Melbourne runs out of water, Victoria Police has agreed to hand over photos, video recordings and other police records to the international consortium AquaSure to help it ''manage'' protests and potential security threats."

Security threats!

"The Department of Sustainability and Environment, which signed the desalination memorandum with Victoria Police and AquaSure, last night confirmed such agreements were common for major projects."


''The sharing of information will be done without breaching privacy laws,''

Trust us.

''Police have a responsibility to minimise security risks and the potential for damage to projects. Our responsibility is not only to the project company, it's also to the community and public infrastructure.''

This betrayal of trust is how we are protected?

Every now and then I lull myself into the belief that I'm past being shocked by governments and yet this still got a rise out of me.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Rachel Maddow on Obama and the Bush Doctrine

Rachel Maddow loves Obama. Rachel Maddow hates Obama. Good, that's out of the way.

Maddow demonstrates the continuity of the insanity in Afghanistan with this clip that contrasts Obama and Bush ... only to find a surfeit of similarity.

"If [politician x] of [party y] starts doing the wrong thing then the people have the power to change the wrongs being done in their name by voting [him/her] out of office!" - Good luck with that.

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