Wednesday, October 30, 2002

RANDOM THOUGHTS:

Which is better: pre-emptive strikes, or pre-emptive surrender?

If France vetoes the American UNSC resolution, how is that not unilateral action?

AUSSIE ENGLISH.

standover merchant
noun one who bullies or intimidates; one who threatens violence to gain a desired result; a hoodlum. Also, standover man.

Kim Weatherall has responded to my questions about The New Piracy. She proves why it’s a good idea to ask lawyers for legal opinions, but only if you’re not paying the hourly rate.
I think the first, big legal problem that this scenario faces is not, interestingly, a copyright problem. It's a problem under what us lawyers call "passing off" - where you pass of your work or product as the work or product of someone else. Around the world, it is known as "personality rights".

Thanks for the response Kim, and yes, I would like to set some questions for your next intellectual property law exam. Here’s a sample, taken from real life:

Number One Daughter: Stop copying everything I say!
Number Two Daughter: Stop Copying everything I say!
Number One Daughter: Daaaaad! Make her stop!
Number Two Daughter: Daaaaad! Make her stop!

Discuss.

NO BLOOD FOR OIL!

How often have you seen this? It’s all about ooooiiiillllll.

Wouldn’t it be nice to hear someone talk about Saudi money going into Wahhabi schools that preach the most vile ant-Semitism and religious intolerance? How about State-run Egyptian television producing thirty episodes of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, for screening during Ramadan.

Say it with me: NO OIL FOR BLOOD!

Monday, October 28, 2002

KA-CHING! Which Oz Blogger is quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald?
Gareth Parker, 20, the blogger behind the daily "My Two Cents", holidayed in Bali in February with his girlfriend and has implored his web readers: "We must return."
"I want to go back. Not now, but soon. Without tourists, these people will have nothing," wrote the young West Australian.

Fame, fleeting fame.

AUSSIE ENGLISH

Khyber
noun: rump; buttocks: a kick up the Khyber. [rhyming slang Khyber Pass arse]

From The Macquarie Dictionary.

Phillip Adams maintains his perfect record; it is now two weeks and two columns without a single mention of The Bali attacks.

I know that the Sari Club would not have been a place fit for Adams to be seen in, and the clientele well below his standards. It’s likely that he harboured a deep distaste for that much sweaty hoi-polloi in too close a space. And there’s little doubt he will approve of a less vulgar tourism trade to Bali.

On the agenda today is a series of quotes about war. In the absence of alternate viewpoints, I can only assume that Phil cannot see support the concept of the Just War. Surprisingly for one so skilled at arguing the cause of atheism, he quotes Thomas Aquinas, God and Jesus to back his claims. Likewise Hitler and Khrushchev are cited.

Pity he couldn’t stretch himself to give a coherent reason for not going to war, in the particular case of Iraq, or the general case. All his epigrams point up the blinding obvious, that war is a terrible, dirty thing. That people get hurt and die.

Thanks for that Phil. Without you, we might never have known it. Somehow, we might have been able to avoid endless “quagmire” columns, droning “give peace a chance” advocates, whiny “ooooiiiillll” screeds and deranged “what did they know?” theories. All telling us the same bloody thing over and over and over: no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war no war.

And at the end of it, you’re no closer to a way forward than you were at the start.

HOW LONG before someone decides that Australia should “just get over it”? The charming woman I was forced to sit with at dinner last year thought that five months was long enough for the US; I wonder if that is the benchmark? And how long until the Government begins to feel the pressure to remove travel warnings?

The Indonesian President thinks a few weeks is long enough:
Speaking at an APEC breakfast, Ms Megawati said that while she was committed to fighting terrorism: "We would not apply the policies that would at the end upset the lives of our people and harm their welfare."
The thinly veiled attack against Australia and other countries comes a day after Mr Howard met Ms Megawati to discuss the countries' combined efforts to find those responsible for the Bali bombings, which killed nearly 100 Australians.

“We haven’t found the terrorists that killed your citizens on my turf, we have not implemented any changes that will lessen the likelihood of another attack, and this is the first time I bothered to offer condolences to the foreign dead. But don’t you dare stay away! As rich Westerners, you owe a duty to spend your hard currency here, propping up the system that made the attack possible.”

Sunday, October 27, 2002

Apologies for lack of bloggage yesterday; 15 hour day blah blah. Also thanks for answers about the Fallaci book. I will post some responses soon, but quickly, Ralph Buttigieg, Director of the Infinitas Bookshop in Parramatta, says he can get it in. You can reach him at infinitas - at - bigpond.com

Today is Number Two Daughter's birthday, and the house is bulging at the seams. It seems that a sufficiently large/loud/hyperactive bunch of screaming 8 year olds can approach Brownian Motion, especially after cake. When the make up kit comes out, the dog and I are making a break for it.

Send the choppers, we need extraction! Friendlies will throw blue smoke, repeat blue smoke.

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