sorry for being so negative but here they are.
1. the obstruction for david hicks trying to get out of his hell hole. it would be a hell hole, that is not fancy talk. the paper tells me today that he may soon be a british citizen. i hope so. regardless of what he has or hasn't done, the whole point of the geneva convention was to protect the HUMAN rights of HUMAN individuals who are prisoners of war. if he's a prisoner of war, he should have his rights observed. if he's not a prisoner of war, what the fuck is he doing in guantanamo.
and why has the mealy minded* john howard person left him there to rot?
2. i checked in an indonesian dictionary and apparently being "understanding and sensitive" to their policies equates with "turning a blind eye" and "ignoring" things such as government army atrocities and not only lack of freedom and democracy for citizens, but persecution and oppression. east timor. papua. i'm scant on the details but we all know it's fundamentally true. why would the australian government be willing to compromise the strong principles and ideology we have come to know and love? might be the same reason for iraq. something with three letters, starting with o, ending in l and with an i in it.
3. a state opposition front bencher andrew mcintosh, who had a diary pushed under his office door, which has notes in it saying that there was to be a dirt digging exercise on ted baillieu's wife and three children, the youngest 8, has said that "i'm sure every single victorian is devastated by the fact that their elected official, their government, is prepared to use the unbelievable power of a victorian government to trawl through all of those matter that are personal and private details relating to our families and our loved ones."
NO andrew, NOT devastated. not this baby here. not surprised either. so count me out of your every single victorian and back the fuck up.
4. finally, HOW IN GOD'S NAME DID KEITH WINDSCHUTTLE GET A BERTH ON THE ABC BOARD? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON? THIS IS A MAN WHO ARGUES THAT THE HOLOCAUST DID NOT HAPPEN.
DID NOT HAPPEN.
IS THIS AN ATTEMPT AT BALANCE? ARE THERE ACCUSATIONS THAT THE ABC BOARD IS BIASED (yeah, towards sanity, perhaps?)
i just don't know what to believe in any more.
* i don't know if you can be mealy minded or just mealy mouthed. but i'm making him mealy minded.