NOTE: I might come back to this blog one day. I can't be bothered right now.

Technoratiqly I hadn't been there in 3 years?

I was looking at Technorati, I don't think I had updated anything in 3 years.. lol... Technorati Profile


PS. Blogger's stupid Word Verification expires far too quickly!! It's no wonder the front page of Blogger is just SPAM posts with nothing more than a stupid link, that about all the time you have to post before the verification word expires..

Dave Winer's Twitter Club 140 is a major privacy breach!

As you may or may not know, Dave Winer of Scripting News (scripting.com) recently created Club 140 (club140.org) a "fun" project to keep track of people he follows who have posted "perfect" Twitter messages, ones that are exactly 140 characters long.

Dave Winer (davewiner on twitter.com) has not yet responded to my announcement of major data privacy breaches for "protected" twitter accounts on his club140.org project.

On Twitter, the people whom you follow who have "protected" twitter accounts have a small red padlock displayed at the end of their posts in your logged in homepage on twitter, the title text
of this image is "(Users Name)’s updates are protected! Please don’t share."

Dave Winer's Club 140 project displays the information of these "protected" accounts, thus making them public and archived.

The project also has a flaw when someone writes a message on twitter which is sent to @davewiner or if they happen to simply follow @davewiner and just write a general message on twitter which is exactly 140 characters long, it gets archived on the Club 140 project. You don't opt-in to this Club 140, if you follow @davewiner on twitter, he's Club 140 project could already be archiving your messages if your meet the requirements mentioned above.

If you realize for whatever reason, that you maybe decide your words will be misinterpreted, or you change your mind
about something you wrote, it remains archived to the project even after you delete it on twitter. I think his Club 140 project archives every 10 minutes (25, 35, 45,
55...) so if your message is posted on twitter just before it gets archived to the project, then you delete it from twitter just after it got archived it remains public on the project.

This breach is a major privacy issue, imagine you said something controversial, or private which was unknowingly publicly republished on the project and then later seen on the project
website by a current or potential employer, perhaps by them googling your name or your known username!? You could lose your job or miss-out on a potential job!

While I think his Club 140 project is somewhat interesting, even though I advocate for more character space on twitter, I think there is also some concern that
people aren't opting in to this project, they are being forced.

This is a major concern for privacy!



I have nothing against Dave Winer, I read this blog and follow him on twitter as I enjoy his feedback on internet-related issues, but I just feel his Club 140 project really needs a looking into. I feel in it's current state it needs a re-think, as it's a major breach of peoples privacy.

Interestingly so far only one person on Club 140 has publicly agreed with my findings.

Dave Winer has not yet responded to my concerns and my "protected" messages are still being archived to Club 140 without my permission! I have not been my normal twitter self as a result as I don't wish to find my twitter content has been rebroadcast on Club 140.


What do you think? You feedback is welcome, please comment!

Ding Dong John Howard is gone..

Yes, John Howard's Governement was voted out by the Australian people, and he even lost his own seat of Bennelong.

Labor star recruit Maxine McKew officially claimed the Sydney seat of Bennelong, making history as the person who knocked off prime minister John Howard in his own electorate.

It already feels like it's the new year for me!

PM continues to misrepresent the truth. He must go

There was a great article written by former Prime Minster of Australia Bob Hawke called "The PM continues to misrepresent the truth. He must go", published on November 21, 2007 by The Age newspaper.

Bob Hawke deciphers the arguments made by current Prime Minister John Howard on why we should not vote Labor, Hawke explains that each one based on a gross misrepresentation of the truth.

"I will now demolish those arguments, not with opinions but with facts." - Hawke

The PM continues to misrepresent the truth. He must go
Bob Hawke
November 21, 2007

JOHN Howard has advanced three arguments why you should not vote Labor, each one based on a gross misrepresentation of the truth. I will now demolish those arguments, not with opinions but with facts.

First, the trade union bogy. Every working Australian, and those dependent on them, is indebted to the trade union movement. Everything they take for granted that largely makes up their standard and quality of living — their pay structure, paid annual leave, long-service leave, sick leave, penalty rates, equal pay — was fought for and won by the trade union movement.

I can speak with authority on this because for many years I presented before the national Arbitration Tribunal the union case for improvements in wages and conditions. On every occasion when I walked into the court I was confronted with an array of bewigged senior counsel representing the Coalition governments in the states and Canberra, lined up with the employer organisations, to oppose the improvements that trade unions were fighting to obtain for working Australians.

So whose advertisements on industrial relations and WorkChoices are you going to believe? The employer organisations and the Coalition that have consistently used the independent tribunals to deny you any improvements, and who have now neutered those tribunals and the protections they provide for the most needy — or Labor and the trade unions who have argued the cases from which working Australians continue to be the beneficiaries?

As to TV advertisements and the trade unions: what an insult to voters' intelligence is Howard's "union thug" scam. The fact is that in an organisation as vast as the Australian trade union movement there will be some bad apples. (You may remember that when I was prime minister I finished off Norm Gallagher, a union bad apple of his day; Kevin Rudd has shown his readiness to be just as tough.)

But ask the question: what would Howard say if Rudd, in the context of attacking employers' support for WorkChoices, authorised a TV advertisement with a photograph of a businessman, jailed for criminal behaviour for defrauding thousands of senior citizens of their life savings, with the caption "Employer Crooks"?

I conclude my observations on this first Howard misrepresentation, by saying that no institution in this country's history has done more to flesh out and give real meaning to the concept of the "fair go" than the trade union movement.

Second is Howard's economic management myth, that only he and not Labor can be trusted with the economic management of Australia. Again, let me use facts to destroy this grotesque misrepresentation. Who, as treasurer, had responsibility for economic management for more than five years before I was elected on March 5, 1983? John Winston Howard. I knew that he was handing me the worst legacy in terms of unemployment and inflation in Australia's history; both were at 11%. But I didn't know exactly how bad the projected budget deficit was, because he had refused to come clean on this during the campaign.

On Sunday, March 5, I called in the secretary of the Treasury, John Stone, who told me that the projected figure for 1983-4 was $9.6 billion, the largest in our history; equivalent today as a percentage of GDP to more than $40 billion. Stone pointed out that "the budget balance is projected to deteriorate from near zero to more than 6% of GDP in a two-year period. The speed and magnitude of that deterioration is almost without precedent among the major OECD countries in the postwar period". Stone was no Labor stooge — he went on to become a Nationals senator — and his written judgement was that Howard's performance was virtually the worst anywhere in the developed world since 1945.

My government had to rescue an economy wrecked by Howard. We made the tough economic management decisions he had shirked — we reduced tariffs, floated the dollar, introduced competition into the financial and banking sectors and massively stimulated funding in industrial research and development. Central to all this was a great act of institutional self-sacrifice: the trade unions, in return for improvements in health, education and welfare, agreed to forgo increases in wages, and thus increase the competitiveness of Australian industry.

It is the judgement of economists here and in the relevant international institutions that it was the economic management and structural reforms of Labor and the restraint of the trade unions that laid the foundations for the strength of the Australian economy today.

Prime Minister Howard has squandered it again. With the strong economy we handed over and the enormous surge in demand for our resources from Asia, his Government has had unprecedented surpluses to invest in our future, particularly in education and training. But he has utterly failed to do so and thus our future is hamstrung by shortages of skilled tradesmen and professionals.

Third, and in some ways the greatest Howard myth, is his claim about foreign relations and security. Again, look at the facts: joining with his pal, George Bush, in Iraq (described by Lieutenant-General Ricardo Sanchez, former commander of the US-led forces there, as "a catastrophic failure"). It is the unanimous view of the Australian, US and UK intelligence agencies that the war in Iraq has increased the threat of a terrorist attack in our country. Thank you, Prime Minister.

When the facts are examined against the panicked rhetoric of Howard, I suggest there is only one conclusion to which you can come: it is time for him and his Government, with all their misrepresentations of the truth, to be gone.

Bob Hawke was prime minister from 1983-1991.


Source: The Age

Poll the readers, they like it

I was looking the The Age newspaper's polls page after voting on something and it was interesting seeing the questions asked and the responses:

This newspaper is more progressive and adult, smart, so the results are not uncommon:-


Minor parties: Would you vote for a minor party ahead of the Coalition and Labor?

Yes - 41%
No - 59%

~Incomplete
, Sill Running - Poll date: 22/11/07

WorkChoices : Will the Government's industrial relations laws affect your vote?

Yes - 81%
No - 19%
Total Votes: 3234 Poll date: 20/11/07

Political advertising : Should parties be able to spend taxpayer funds on political advertising?

Yes - 7%
No - 93%
Total Votes: 3001 Poll date: 19/11/07

Climate for change? : Would a change of government help to combat climate change?

Yes - 84%
No - 16%
Total Votes: 2101 Poll date: 18/11/07

Swinging voter? : A week out from election day, have you decided who you will vote for?

Yes - 97%
No - 3%
Total Votes: 6232 Poll date: 15/11/07

Labor campaign launch : Do you believe Labor can manage the economy effectively?

Yes - 87%
No - 13%
Total Votes: 3055 Poll date: 14/11/07

Coalition education policy : Should parents receive a tax-deductible rebate for private school fees?

Yes - 17%
No - 83%
Total Votes: 2398 Poll date: 13/11/07

Coalition campaign launch : Will the Coalition's campaign launch help its election chances?

Yes - 17%
No - 83%
Total Votes: 2474 Poll date: 12/11/07

Labor the hot tip? : Do you agree with bookmakers' predictions that Labor will win the federal election?

Yes - 80%
No - 20%
Total Votes: 2491 Poll date: 11/11/07


View "The Age" online poll results: http://www.theage.com.au/polls/results.html

Federal Election advertising blackout started at midnight

Thankfully we have some peace now that the Federal Election advertising on television and radio ended at midnight ahead of Saturday's federal election.

The media blackout is enforced by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Advertising buyer Harold Mitchell said the combined cost of campaign ads was an estimated $60 million.

"I think this has been probably the biggest advertising splurge on election advertising by the parties and others that are not the two major parties," he said on ABC radio today.

"I think the number's going to come out at something like $60 million and that would be well ahead of the last election."



Source: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22796626-5012863,00.html


I must mention I saw a Family First Party campaign advertisement shown at 12:03am on Network 10 in Melbourne during David Letterman, which I asume would be breaching advertising blackout?

LIBERAL Party attempt to discredit 13 Labor candidates comes unstuck

A Liberal Party smear campaign fails, they had claimed that 13 opposition Labor candidates were ineligible to stand for office at Saturday's Federal Election, however their smear campaign was sourced solely on unchecked information on outdated websites.

With only a few days until the election, with every day the Liberal Party seem to get more desperate and are willing to say and do anything just to be re-elected.

Liberal frontbencher Andrew Robb produced a list of ALP candidates on Tuesday, which he said appeared to have retained positions on government boards, agencies and offices while attempting to run for Parliament - which is prohibited under the Constitution.

He repeated his claims on Wednesday, saying that a hung Parliament would inevitably be followed by legal challenges to candidates.

But the Labor Party described the allegations as "baseless, desperate and ridiculous" and accused the Liberals of a frantic last-minute tactic.

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong said: "These claims are completely untrue and clearly the Liberal Party is desperate.

"They have nothing left to say to the Australian people."


'Simply not updated'

Senator Wong said the 13 had complied with regulations and resigned from government posts, but the agency websites had simply not been updated.

The Herald Sun last night confirmed the Liberal Party claims were based on scouring websites, and did not involve any checks or phone calls to the respective boards, authorities and agencies involved.


Under the Australian Constitution - Candidates who are on a government payroll must resign before they nominate.


- from the Herald Sun's Gerard McManus and AAP
source: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22795174-5012863,00.html

Howard Government spent almost $200 million on advertising campaigns

We all knew we would eventually find out how much of the tax payers money was being waisted on advertising by the Howard Government, a Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet report says that the Howard Government spent almost $200 million on advertising campaigns in the year to June 2007.

The annual report, was released on Monday, it showed how the Howard Government had spent $196.4 million on advertising campaigns across a range of issues including defence force recruitment, superannuation and the sale of Telstra shares.

What I find VERY scary is this report does not specify whether the Work Choices and climate change advertising campaigns were included. These were some of the loudest advertising campaigns, which we all saw hundreds of times leading up to the announcement of Federal Election date.

A further $84.9 million was spent on less controversial advertising for public service recruitment and tenders for government-funded projects.


The Ministerial Committee on Government Communications, which makes the key decisions relating to advertising campaigns before advising the Government Communications Unit (GCU), met 58 times during the year - more often than federal cabinet.

The report also revealed the GCU keeps a register of advertising firms willing to handle government advertising.

Almost 650 firms were on the register at 30 June 2007; 90 firms registered for the first time or updated their entry during the year," the report said.


Prior to the previous Federal Election the Howard Government also bombarded us with this type of advertising. Essentially using taxpayer funds to get a lead on political advertising by showing off services on offer from the government and fear campaigns regarding being ready for terrorism etc. The terror hotline fridge magnets were very effective... I know nobody who kept it, many people sent them back in disgust or trashed/recycled them upon arrival.


Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd responded to the report by giving a "100 per cent" guarantee that Labor would use taxpayer funds only for advertising campaigns deemed acceptable by the auditor-general.

He also accused the Howard Government of strangling the long-term interest of the nation for its own political advantage.

"This report ... reveals a staggering figure of some $281 million in government advertising," he said. "That figure excludes the amount on the meter (which) has been ticking over since 1 July this year.

"It's our belief that from 1 July this year until the issuing of the writs we've had close to a million dollars a day ... over 120 days, (that's) about $120 million of government advertising.

"That money ... could have been spent on close to a million dental consultations, 280,000 bed nights in hospital or 20,000 hip replacements."

It generally does feel like the Australian people have finally woken up to the Howard Government's pre-election stunts and now share anger towards the waisted use of taxpayer funds.


The advertising figure comes on top of a scathing audit report on the Government's administration of the $330 million regional partnerships program and criticism over the Coalition's $9.4 billion spending spree at its campaign launch.


Source: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22783451-5007133,00.html

Marriage of convenience




Prime Minister John Howard and Treasurer Peter Costello have put aside years of personal bitterness to portray each other as a happy couple in a TV interview.

Image parody & report found on Herald Sun website on 20th November 2007.



* See they shouldn't have blocked gay marriage/unions! lol

** Hopefully these are the final days we'll see this couple in power in Australia, so we can finally progress and bring this country back into the future and stop going backwards into the past.

We need a new government for the people of Australia, and not this Liberal/National (coal)ition which is a government only for the benefit of big business.

Rotten Apple iTunes

UPDATE: Apple iTunes Australia have passed on the savings for iTunes Plus tracks, bringing them in line with the cost of standard tracks at $1.69, as a result I've purchased many of the iTunes Plus tracks I had waiting in my iTunes Shopping Cart in celebration. From what I have gathered, we in Australia are still paying the equivalent of USD $0.50 more than USA iTunes Store, I hope we'll see price reductions there too given our dollar is fairing well against the US, we deserve better! If Apple iTunes Australia took the further action to reduce the price for tracks to $0.99 AUD, I'd be far more likely to purchase their music!!!! - Luke xoxo

I'm a big fan of the convenience of using Apple's iTunes program to download and listen to Podcasts, and also use it to legally purchase music, but I've read today that users of the Apple iTunes Store in the US were yesterday given significant price cuts for songs without copy protection, but here in Australia we will continue to pay exorbitant prices due to Apple's dominant position here.

The word is that Apple cut the price of its iTunes Plus tracks (which lack digital rights management locks) in the US by almost 25 per cent to 99 US cents each, in line with what Amazon charges for songs on its new online music store, launched in the US late last month.

In Australia, iTunes Plus tracks cost us $2.19 each ($1.94 USD), significantly more than the $1.69 ($1.49 USD) price of its other DRM-protected tracks.

As a result, I'm very seriously considering, and highly likely to no longer purchase any more music from Apples iTunes Store in Australia; furthermore, holding off my plans to buy one of the new iPods before Christmas, until they reduce the prices in it's Australian iTunes music store.


Believe it or not, I actually don't and never have had an iPod, iMac, never bought an Apple hardware product, not that I'm not interested in having an iPod or Macbook pro...


I'm so over Microsoft, I believe Apple could have gained some advantage if it had not been wasting time making stupid iPhones, given Microsoft's new operating system offering Vista has been such a big flop and not many people are taking to buying/upgrading to it, if Apple had been doing what it did best, it could have gained huge by Microsoft's mistake and been far more popular with it's new Operating system. There is a HUGE interest in Apple Mac's but Apple is too busy playing telephone operator to notice.

If I could afford to buy an Apple computer (the macbook in particular) I would have bought one by now, take a look at the prices for MacBook's in Australia (below).

Example of Recommended Retail Price (RRP) in Australia :
MacBook Pro 17" 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 'Santa Rosa' (RRP $3,599 AUD)

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 'Santa Rosa' (RRP $3,599 AUD)

MacBook Pro 15.4" 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 'Santa Rosa' (RRP $2,899 AUD)


Apple OS on a PC
Apple MacBook's have Intel Core 2 Duo processors now, so why can't PC's run the Apple Mac operating system?

I have said to many people on many occasions, that if Apple were able to allow their operating system to run on a PC, I'd buy it tomorrow, I'd pre-order the damn thing and be ready to wipe Windows off my computer!!

I'm fairly certain it's got much to do with having control on hardware parts so they can make money from having essentially a monopoly in Apple parts.

HOT advertisement concept for Mac inside PC
Imagine how HOT the advertisement for this new venture could be, that hot Mac guy (Justin Long) telling the PC guy he wants to be inside him.. sexy music playing (let's get it on), PC guy feeling uncomfortable, but willing to give it a go, they make beautiful fireworks and finally get along together. - my advertisement concept available for purchase on request at cost!


Can't we play fair, ever?
If Apple allowed custom built PC's to run Apple Mac software I can guarantee sales in other Apple software/products would gain even bigger leads with people wanting iPods and iPhones to sync with their Apple OS.. Using the savings they've gained from being able to install it on their PC, rather than paying a small fortune to buy the Apple Mac hardware too.

Think what would happen to Microsoft, it would probably loose millions buy the week, and eventually sell out to somebody or focus on other areas such as Gaming/Xbox/Windows Mobile OS etc.

Australia the Federal Election has finally been announced for 24th NOV

Message to all Australian's at home and overseas - The Federal Election has finally been announced for November 24th.

If you are not correctly enrolled to vote, you only have until 8pm on Wednesday 17th October to fill in and return your form to the Australian Electoral Commission.

Need a form?
http://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/


The Howard Government passed a law closing the roll early this election.
According to their recent figures, one in three Australians between the ages of 18 to 25 are not
enrolled to vote. So even if you are enrolled correctly, chances are at least one of your friends is NOT and may not even know it.

Spread the word to your friends and family now!!

Many people move address and don't think to update their details with the AEC.

Others have been overseas, or simply haven't thought to enrol since they turned 18. It's possible to be missing from the roll and not even realise until you turn up on Election Day, only to be turned away.

Check your enrolment here: https://oevf.aec.gov.au/verifyenrolment.aspx


Spread the word
To everyone you know: it's now or another three years before you'll have the chance to have your say, and no amount of wishful thinking or complaining has the power of a ballot.

It only takes a minute (https://oevf.aec.gov.au/verifyenrolment.aspx), check your details and
enrol today, before it's too late. .


“If you’re already on the roll but still need to update your address details, to ensure your vote you must complete an enrolment form and return it to an AEC office by 8pm Tuesday 23 October,” -- Electoral Commissioner Ian Campbell


Enrolment forms can be downloaded from the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au and are available at any Australia Post outlet or AEC office and now also at any Medicare, Centrelink and ATO office and selected Rural Transaction Centres.

You can check your enrolment online at www.aec.gov.au or by phoning 13 23 26.


It's our future Australia, make sure your vote counts!!

Australian Liberals' deliver first almost official junk mail

Today in the letterbox outside my place I found what seemed to be the first punch of the Australian Liberals' election campaign as they delivered their first almost official junk mail for the campaign.

The election still hasn't been called in Australia, however much speculation yet again today that Liberal Prime Minister John Howard would ask Governor-General Michael Jeffery as early as today or tomorrow to dissolve parliament for an election on either November 17 or 24.

Some have speculated that he may call it for December 1, giving the Liberal Party more time to attempt to crush the Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd's growing lead in political news polls, however their is a growing sense among the Australian public that it is simply sick of waiting for this election to be officially called.

Finally calling this Election will be putting to an end months of intense "faux" campaigning, putting us all out of our misery and starting the real thing.

Governor-General Michael Jeffery was expected to have arrived back in Canberra last night after a two-week official visit to Belgium and Britain making him available to host a visit from the Prime Minister to call for the election to begin.

Constitutional monarchy -
The Commonwealth of Australia is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of Australia, a role that is distinct from her position as monarch of the other Commonwealth realms. The Queen is represented by the Governor-General at Federal level and by the Governors at State level. Although the Constitution gives extensive executive powers to the Governor-General, these are normally exercised only on the advice of the Prime Minister. The most notable exercise of the Governor-General's reserve powers outside the Prime Minister's direction was the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in the constitutional crisis of 1975. -Wikipedia "Australia"

As Australia is a members of the Commonwealth of Nations reigned by Queen Elizabeth II the Prime Minister must visit the Governor-General to receive permission to dissolve Parliament for an election.

Debate on the monarchy -
In the latest opinion polls, 45% of Australians favour a Republic, 36% favour a monarchy, and 19% are neutral.[1] There are considerable differences between states, with New South Wales and Victoria showing much stronger support for a republic than other states. -Wikipedia "Queen_of_Australia"


Prime Minister John Howard is going into the campaign with a huge margin to make up, his lost many of his fans as the Australian public finally start to wake up to his behaviour.

The Government is trailing in the polls by up to 15 points on a two-party basis. The latest Morgan poll, taken last weekend and released yesterday, has the ALP on 57.5 per cent to the Coalition's 42.5 per cent. -The Age

As the Liberal Party start their bid to win a fifth term, it seems to me that the number 5 will be the theme, the advertisement I received today with the soft lower-case heading "Liberals' strong economic team", which included a five point summary titled "Keeping our $1.1 trillion economy strong and secure" which states claims to:
  • Supporting families through tax cuts, investment in infrastructure and improved family benefits.
  • Over 2.1 million more Australians with jobs.
  • Average interest rates 5% lower than under Labor.
  • Average wages increased by more than 20% in real terms.
  • More investment in defence, health, education, roads and the environment.
The Liberal/National Coalition have always been quick to claim everything that looks good, and denounce involvement in anything which isn't a good reflection upon themselves, usually preferring to deflect problems and claim it's the soul fault of the States (The Australian public have time-and-again elected the State Labor parties to run the states Governments).

The Liberal Party have been boasting lower unemployment thanks to them, but they never give very deep facts, these days most people have no choice but to work in order to survive the very high costs of living, but many are forced to take what they can get, therefore many people are in part time or casual employment and are not necessarily happy in their employment, paid hours or not using their skills/qualifications.



I love how they put such important issues at the bottom such as health, education, roads and the environment, not surprisingly the Environment has to come last as John Howard, a longtime climate skeptic, continually refusing to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, having been labelled as having been asleep on Climate Change for the past 11 years.


On the flip side of this aforementioned advertisement was the first almost official mail drop campaign attack on Labor with the hard hitting capitalized heading "LABOR'S TOO INEXPERIENCED.¶ THEY'RE STILL LEARNING"

Labelling the Labor Leader - Kevin Rudd and Federal Labor Shadow Treasurer - Wayne Swan with a drivers "L Plate", and sub-titling them with "STILL LEARNING".

Next a silhouette of 5 people sub-titling them with "TRADE UNION BOSSES", adding a speech bubble saying "We're coming back!"

Then Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment & Heritage, Arts - Peter Garrett whom they sub-titled as an "EXTREMIST".

Finally Deputy Leader, Employment & Industrial Relations, Social Inclusion - Julia Gillard whom they sub-titled as an "EX-TRADE UNION LAWYER"


Coinciding the Election is yet to be called, initially I hoped an investigation will follow this junk mail to ensure this wasn't paid for with the public's money like the many many advertisements they have been sending us, advertising on television, radio and online boasting like the Liberal Australian Government cares, with information packs to talk to your kids about Drugs (something they have advertised on-and-off for ages, we finally received the information package a few ago. They have sent out Global Warming packs, Terrorism packs, all sorts of junk, every Election year we get our letterboxes filled with this junk in the lead up to an election. But thankfully, it seems people are wising to this regular electoral occurrence.

Today John Howard called a Press Conference first making the 5th Anniversary of the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 202 people at Bali, including 88 Australians, followed by the introduction of a 33-page document titled "Australia: Strong, Prosperous and Secure", Mr Howard laid down five goals for policies:

  • To keep the nation strong, secure and united, engaged in the world and at ease with itself.
  • To build a new era of growth, prosperity and opportunity.
  • To embrace a sense of aspirational nationalism to guide various levels of government.
  • To ensure a rising tide of prosperity lifts all boats, with every child getting a solid start.
  • To get the balance right on the big challenges in climate change, energy and water security.

Yesterday John Howards also announced a plan for a landmark referendum to ask Australians to incorporate a statement of reconciliation into the constitution, of which he claims he had not had "much of a discussion" with his Government before announcing his plan to hold a referendum, which will ask whether the constitutional preamble should recognise indigenous Australians, he told journalists in Sydney yesterday.

John Howard has had bad blood with Aboriginal leaders and the indigenous community and general public over the topic of reconciliation due to his persistent refusal to say the word "Sorry" to the children of the Stolen Generation. The purpose of saying "Sorry" was to acknowledge the wrong that had been done to indigenous families and so that the healing process could begin.

It is somewhat "unfortunate" for him that he called for this referendum so close to an election, I imagine people will likely see through this act as yet another vote-buying scheme.

Closing: I may make amendments/additions to this blog post as it's 3:55am now, I must go to bed. I'm sure there will be plenty more to discuss in coming days and weeks as we draw closer to hearing an election date, and see the beginning of what most people expect to be the dirtiest Federal Election Campaign in Australian history!



Notes: I'm sure you know that I am NOT a Liberal voter! Don't however assume I'm simply a Labor voter, I vote for whomever (non-Liberal) has good policy and good local representatives, and I don't always vote in the manner in which local candidates recommend.

Warnings: I'd like to remind readers, this is a blog, it may include my opinion, you have a right to your opinion as do I. The best efforts were used to try to ensure all information was/is correct at time of publication!

Suffer from road rage? - win a bottle of wine


Suffer from road rage? ~ win a bottle of wine

I just come across something very strange - an advert on News Limited's Herald Sun website advertising stuff on the News Limted Network showing a teaser for a CARSguide survey asking Do you suffer from road rage? The prize - win one of 3 bottles of Penfolds Grange red wine.

I'm sorry if you don't agree - but I feel alcohol should have no part in anything road/traffic/driving related!? Do you?


I certainly don't agree with it being a prize/reward for any sort of road survey!

Victoria's road toll year-to-date (at time of publication) stands at 100 (up 9%) from the same time last year.

If you Drink and Drive - You're a Bloody Idiot!

Bum Rush the Charts - word-of-mouth plan to show people power

Today (March 22nd, 2007) Podcasters, bloggers and their readers are proving the power of their media by joining together Thursday to to strike fear into the hearts of the music industry and make an independent music artist #1 on iTunes charts.


Podcasting gets little respect from traditional media. To them we're little more than a joke, than amateurs. What they don't understand is that podcasting is more than just a delivery mechanism - it's a social movement. People are sick of the watered-down, cookie-cutter content that networks and record companies expect us to enjoy. People are tired of watching friends and loved ones get sued by record labels who only care about profits and nothing else, not even the artists they supposedly represent.

We want and deserve more. On March 22, 2007, we're going to change that with your help.

We can do better. We can match and exceed the reach of big media, corporate media, labels, and the entrenched interests. On March 22nd, we are going to take an indie podsafe music artist to number one on the iTunes singles charts as a demonstration of our reach to Main Street and our purchasing power to Wall Street. The track we've chosen is "Mine Again" by the band Black Lab. A band that was dropped from not just one, but two major record labels (Geffen and Sony/Epic) and in the process forced them to fight to get their own music back. We picked them because making them number one, even for just one day, will remind the RIAA record labels of what they turned their backs on - and who they ignore at their peril.

What's more, we're going to take it a step beyond that. We've signed up as an affiliate of the iTunes Music Store, and every commission made on the sale of "Mine Again" will be donated to college scholarships, partly because it's a worthy cause, but also partly because college students are among the most misunderstood and underestimated groups of people by big media. Black Lab has taken it up another notch - 50% of their earnings are going to be donated to the scholarship fund as well.

If you believe in the power of new media, on March 22nd, 2007, take 99 cents and 2 minutes of your time to join the revolution and make iTunes "Mine Again". If you're a content producer (blogger, podcaster, etc.), we're asking you to join up with us and help spread the word to your audience. Nothing would prove the power of new media more than showing corporate media that not only can we exceed their reach and match their purchasing power, but that we can also do it AND make a positive difference in the world. If we can succeed with this small example, then there's no telling what can do next.




Obviously, buy Mine Again on Thursday. In addition to that, we need to give a major social networking blast to BRTC stuff on Thursday.

Send out one final round of MySpace bulletins on Thursday. Ideally, delete any previous bulletins about BRTC and post a new one. If you have the time, delete and repost in the morning, afternoon, and evening, to ensure that the maximum number of friends see the bulletin (especially if you have a lot of friends).

Go to this Digg.com Bum Rush URL:

http://digg.com/videos/music/Bum_Rush_The_Charts_2

and click Digg It. If you don't have a Digg.com account, set one up.

On this day... How Depressing

What a depressing find on Wikipedia this afternoon:


On this day... 1996

- John Howard took office as the 25th Prime Minister of Australia.


Hopefully he wont be in office this time next year.

I can't wait for the election later this year.

I want to see this country progressing again, John Howard has sent this country back in time towards the 1950's.

I can't help but personally associate the rise in people with depression to the halt of progressive Morality and Humanity by John Howard and George W. Bush, it's no wonder everyone is so depressed the world is being "run" by B1 and B2.

Google's Templates

It's a shame Google's Blogger [un-beta] doesn't seem to have a lot of difference when it comes to it's available templates..

I don't have the time to bother to make one, I have previously done so, the current one I am using was modified by myself, however I've always come to find (in the past versions) something seems to happens when editing on blogger and I loose half my template content because it either never loaded the full template when I went in to edit it, or because it old saved half the template.

Maybe I'll bother to try again someday..

Website Development is my occupation and this blog is more personal, so I tend not to want to waste my spare time "Pimping" my Social Networking sites like blogger and MySpace. etc.

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