We have managed to luck into a fantastic place in Bondi Beach, Sydney. Our good friend has got us the use of a flat only a few minutes walk from the beach for the duration of our stay.
It was certainly a strange experience heading to the waterfront on Sunday and seeing the massive police presence gathered there in the wake of the Sydney race related ‘riots’. They certainly weren’t taking any chances. Roadblocks and random searches were the order of the day with a number of arrests reported in the news in regard to white supremisists. Scary stuff. Gives a real look a the direction Australia is heading towards a police state – the end justifies the means they would have us believe.
Metrosexual is the word of the week. It refers to the immacuately dressed and presented males of Australia, strutting their 2005/2006 seasons clothing and hair products. Bondi is a mecca for the beautiful people, and pink shirts are all the rage for the blokes. Not that the term bloke seems to fit so well.
linkage: bondi photos, street art photos
Well that’s it then. Everything is put into boxes to ship to Canada or into backpacks to take with. The place looks so stark. It will be a trying final two days here with only a few knives and forks to keep us company. Losing the PC and ever present net link will be a bit hard to get used to. Ever since I moved the computer into the living room it has become an essential part of many conversations. It has progressed from tool, to knowledge base. So many times we have paused for a few seconds to Google for an answer to a question raised. How did we ever live with out it? How will I live without instant access to the net while on the road? In the Hyperion science fiction series there is a cataclysm and the societies loose their access to the ‘All Thing’, their super advanced equivalent of our world wide web and millions of people are unable to function without it.
I guess we aren’t too far off a truly portable internet system, the veritable ‘comlog’ with instant access to well, anything you can think of. I suppose it will do me good to be technology deprived for an extended period. Break the habit of reliance that I have so taken for granted.
In other news:
Things are going crazy everywhere. Bush even took questions at his latest speech – how strange is that???
Try this: EU investigates CIA prisons or The Real Price of Propoganda
More evidence is coming in that validates the claims of US abductions throughout Europe, almost certainly with the tacit agreement of member states in clear violation of European law.
“Legal proceedings under way in certain countries appear to show that individuals were abducted and transferred to other countries without respect for any legal assistance procedures,” Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty told a meeting of the body’s human rights committee on Tuesday, reports Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Source – Muslim american Society
An ‘interview’ with Bush? Wow. They must really be starting to feel the pressure of dwindling public support for well, just about everything. Great. So this is a link to a fascinating interview with el Presidente. It reads like the English of a sixth grader and makes about as much sense, possibly due to extensive ‘editing’ or Bush’s inate command of the English language. Even so, if there is a foot, Bush does all he can to put it in his mouth. I am pleased that the Americans have the president they deserve – but don’t see why he should dictate to the rest of us.
Here is the article
In response to race oriented youth riots near Sydney yesterday my mate John howard had this to say:
“Attacking people on the basis of their race, their appearance, their ethnicity, is totally unacceptable and should be repudiated by all Australians irrespective of their own background and their politics,” he said.
We should know by now that this is all true – unless the people you want to attack happen to have lots of oil, then it’s OK.
An investigation is underway in NZ after a man reported that he was offered a hefty discount on his speeding fine if he agreed to hand over a DNA sample for the police DNA database.
Is this possible? Is NZ quietly building up a database on every New Zealander complete with DNA? Are they ‘bribing’ people to voluntarily contribute samples? What are they going to do with the database? Who will have access? Scary stuff.
Source – TVNZ.co.nz
Video footage has emerged that appears to be shot from the back of a private vehicle belonging to a security firm contracted to protection duties of at risk personnel in Iraq. The footage shows gunfire from the video vehicle smashing in civillian vehicles and causing them to crash.
The footage has been broadcast widely on Arab networks and amid calls for an investigation into claims that private security firms are running amok in the country, firing on civilians unnecessarily and beyond punishment by law.
The company in question is Aegis, is headed by Tim Spicer, the former British Army Lieutenant Colonel, whose former private security company, Sandline International, was wound up following charges that it flouted an international arms embargo in supply arms during the Sierra Leone civil war.
Crooks and thugs in the employ of the US govt for security duties in Iraq to the tune of a USD $239 million contract. That should inspire more good will in the Middle East.
Source – NZ Herald