You can just see the glow of my laptop where I was working on a clients web sIte in Tassie hosted through Rumcorps.net servers in Dallas Texas. As good an office as any!
A pod of about 20 whales come fast from astern and passed either side of the yacht, frightening hell out of us.
No flames apparent so I hardly slowed down until I had travelled a hundred odd meters with no visibility. About the time I started to panic I came out the other side.
Have a good one
Jail for Timor hero.
In NSW an East Timor vet is convicted of armed robbery (that included firing the weapon) and makes much of his time in Timor in an attempt to justify his fall from grace.
The veteran, Brett Keogh reportedly suffers flashbacks and nightmares, has trouble sleeping and contracted malaria in Timor.
His Dad says;
… his son never asked for help. “It’s a macho thing. He’s over there leading a platoon – who’s going to admit to having problems when they get back?”
Lieutenants lead platoons. According to Triple J Brett Keogh was a corporal.
Described as “gregarious and fun-loving” before going to East Timor, the young soldier “came back that paranoid he always thought someone was going to kill him”, Keogh’s father, Brian, told The Australian yesterday
Paranoid. Mmmm. Maybe he was paranoid because he was kicked out of the Army ….. after being discharged for testing positive to drugs… and graduated to injecting himself with amphetamines. Maybe amphetamines leads to paranoia, I don’t know, but to blame all his sins on his service is weak and brings disrepute on those soldiers who served well and continue to serve their country in the military or civy street.
Hero my arse. Good man gone bad maybe, but no hero.
Study links oral sex to mouth cancer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don’t let the girls read this. Dress the editor of New Scientist in drag and kill, burn bash and bury the bastard. Withdraw all copies of the magazine and have a ‘burning of the books’ at some male dominated arena – the MCG maybe.
Read the article. Remember the first principle of offensive action is to know the enemy.
Where’s the censors when you need them?
Our Kiwi cousins are showing signs of coming out of the long white cloud of left wing ideology as they begin to question Helen Clark’s distorted idea of nationality.
A revolt against special privilege for Maori has begun across NZ, led by bold new Opposition Leader Don Brash and fuelled by years of simmering resentment among white Kiwis about welfare, land claims and political correctness.
Suddenly, race relations between white and Maori have become the only issue in NZ politics, propelling the Opposition to the top of the polls, sending the Government into frantic reverse and prompting violent clashes between Maori protesters and police.
The vast majority of Kiwis are saying they want one law applied equally to white and brown, according to a new survey by Massey University social policy researcher Phil Gendall.
It’s not often that our cousins lead the pack but Canberra might like to preempt a similar ground swell in Australia and consider one law applied equally to white, black, brown or brindle.
Sounds reasonable to me.
Update: After posting this I noticed an article by Andrew Bolt on the same subject.
It’s worth the read.
While Latham makes up his mind about missiles, illegal migrants, how much he is going to hate Bush and the US this week so he can change his opinion next week, the Government quietly get on with border security.
From Defence Media.
The Minister for Defence, Robert Hill, and the Minister for Justice and Customs, Chris Ellison, signed two land use agreements today with Torres Strait Islanders that will lead the way to improved border protection for northern Australia.
The Government are setting up a high frequency surface wave radar on two Torres Strait Islands that will help customs intercept immigration, quarantine and fisheries offenders; assist with search and rescue operations; and provide early storm warnings. Clearly their are pure defence considerations as well.
Spin offs include jobs and infrastructure that will help the locals.
While Labour go on about setting up a US style Coast Guard, the Government proves it is not necessary. Technology will help our RAN patrol boats to target specific incidences rather than have a multi billion dollar ‘single roll’ Coast guard.
I’ve blogged previously on Labour’s policy of Coast Guard vs the current Coast Watch and am still of the opinion that we should reinforce success by building up our Coast Watch rather than start a new service.
The radar’s two-to-three year trial begins in August. During this time it will provide 24-hour, wide-area surveillance of aircraft, ships and boats travelling in the Torres Strait. The $19 million initiative is jointly funded by Customs and Defence and demonstrates yet again the close working relationship of these agencies in the protection of Australia’s borders.
Another good move.
A human interest story from Brisbane
Craig and Rachael Halliday’s second son, Luke was born on the 22nd of Feb at 22:22 h, weighed 2.2kg and the birth notice cost $22.22.
Go big on lotto guys, the number 22 has to come up.
Full story here
The thin veneer of civilization turned transparent at Coffs Harbour on the weekend when Bulldog players pack-raped a local woman.
She left the Plantation with one player in the early hours and they went back to the Bulldogs’ accommodation at the Novotel Pacific Bay resort.
But she has told police that after they had been at the resort, six to eight of the Bulldogs players took her to the lower pool area.
Here, she alleges, six of the players sexually assaulted her.
The victim, who is still so distraught that she has yet to fully complete her statement, says the assault was anal, oral and vaginal.
Hotel staff heard her screams for help and she was helped to the reception area and then put in a cloakroom for privacy.
No wonder I turned to Union and it’ll be no wonder that more parents will keep their boys away from Rugby League.
The woman says she can name one of the perpetrators.
The police incident report says: “There was medical evidence to support the victim’s claims in the medical examination. There were numerous people to speak to. Several statements have been obtained from staff at the resort which support both the victim’s claims and the version supplied by players.”
Anyone know enough about the Bulldogs to guess who the bastards might be?
Kick ‘em out of the NRL. Stop the rot now – this is unaceptable off-field behaviour.
More on John Kerry and cohorts from Winter Soldier and Dewey Canyon III.
Quotes from wintersoldier.com and ‘Stolen Valor’ B. G. Burkett and Glenna Whitley, Verity Press, 1998, Chapter 6, Atrocities
In April 1971, the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) staged a demonstration it called Dewey Canyon III, a “limited incursion into the country of Congress.” The protest was named after an operation in 1969 that sent elements of the 3rd Marine Division into Laos.
About this same time, an ad appeared in The New York Times signed by forty-nine American servicemen from the 1st Air Cavalry Division urging support for antiwar demonstrations. But as United Press International later reported, the men, members of a Mekong Delta-based helicopter unit, had neither read nor paid for the ad.
After being blocked from holding a ceremony honoring the war dead at Arlington National Cemetery, the veterans marched to the Capitol to present sixteen demands to Congress. At the end of the day; they held a candlelight march around the White House. After a man who said his son died in Vietnam blew taps, the soldiers began flinging their war medals over a high wire fence in front of the Capitol: Purple Hearts, Bronze Star Medals, Silver Stars — bits of ribbon and metal hurled in the face of the government that had so betrayed them.
Some, after throwing away what had cost them so dearly, broke down and cried.
One of them was John Kerry, Vietnam Navy veteran and aspiring politician who had been among those who organized the protest. Kerry flung a handful of medals — he had received the Silver Star, a Bronze Star Medal, and three Purple Hearts — over the fence. Kerry spoke later that week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, putting a face on the antiwar movement far different from the one seen before — the scruffy hippie or wild-eyed activist.
Kerry represented the All-American boy, mentally twisted by being asked to do terrible things, then abandoned by his government.
From start to finish, the public took Dewey Canyon III at face value, not understanding that they were watching brilliant political theater. Kerry, a Kennedy protege with white-hot political aspirations, ascended center stage as both a war hero and as an antiwar hero throwing away his combat decorations. His speech, apparently off the cuff, was eloquent, impassioned.
But years later, after his election to the Senate, Kerry’s medals turned up on the wall of his Capitol Hill office. When a reporter noticed them, Kerry admitted that the medals he had thrown that day were not his. And Kerry’s emotional, from-the-heart speech had been carefully crafted by a speechwriter for Robert Kennedy named Adam Walinsky, who also tutored him on how to present it.
TV reporters totally ignored another Vietnam veteran, Melville L. Stephens, a former aide to Adm. Elmo Zumwalt, chief of Naval Operations, who that same day urged the Senate not to abandon America’s allies in South Vietnam. “Peace for us must not come at the cost of their lives,” Stephens said in a speech he wrote himself.
Others supposedly Vietnam Vets were with Kerry during this peace march.
Alfred H. Hubbard entered the Air Force in October 1952…..There is no record of any service in Vietnam
…Michael Harbert, also had problems with their credibility…His only overseas service was in Taiwan from November 28, 1967, to April 9, 1968.
Veteran Chuck Onan, for example, claimed he had attended parachute, frogman, and jungle survival schools and had received special training in torture techniques, such as stripping women prisoners, spreading their legs, and driving pointed sticks into their vaginas.
Onan became a member of an LRRP (Long Range Recon Patrol) unit but deserted before he was sent to Vietnam, fleeing to Sweden so he did not have to kill. “They just went too far,” Onan said.
He (actually) worked as a stock room clerk at a Marine base in Beaufort, S.C
Lawyer and activist Mark Lane was one of the organizers of Winter Soldier. Lane quoted one man’s contention that a female Communist sympathizer was interrogated, tortured, and then raped by every soldier in his battalion. “Lane does not explain that in Vietnam an American battalion runs anywhere from one thousand to twelve hundred men.”
I can remember seeing the TV shots of these people marching and thinking ‘what a mob of hippy freaks.’ How could they have been soldiers?
Lie after lie – just like the anti-war mob here in Australia. Keep telling lies and fools will believe.
Considering Kerry for President is the same as putting Jim Cairns forward for PM. Info on Kerry is coming thick and fast and people are starting to notice.
A tragedy occurs as well intentioned people try and lift the standards of countries poorer than us. In return the pilot is killed by the very people he tries to help. Too ignorant to understand, they thanked him with a burst from an AK47 – the only thing they do understand.
“It’s very sad that he’s gone,” Downer said today. “He was there to help the people of Afghanistan.”
Officials said the helicopter belonged to The Louis Berger Group, an engineering firm based in East Orange, New Jersey. The company oversees a wide range of a US-government funded infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.
The Louis Berger Group have been critisised for not ‘bullet proofing’ their choppers. The Courier Mail report deals with this matter but the pictures I’ve seen of the chopper indicates it’s a UH1D or similar and I can only imagine if one was to make it bullet proof, it would also be fly-proof – it wouldn’t be able to take off.
Bullet proofing aircraft doesn’t happen. Vietnam UH1D pilots could only sit on their flak jackets to offer some hope of protecting certain male appendages but all other protection consisted of tactical flying – dramatic for the people in the cabin but often effective.
A word to the wise about Telstra – don’t trust them!
If you are looking at going Broadband take note of warnings from the industry. Telstra charge for uploads and downloads so the 200 mb allowance before 15c per Mb cuts in is very small indeed and can be eaten up without you knowing.
I never download movies, never play games on the net, understand computers and still get caught with my 500Mb allowance. I exceeed the allowance by Feb 14 this month alone. You will get charged for just looking at pictures and if you hit F5 or refresh that will cost as well.
They even charge for sending emails.
Telstra has a corporate charter that is restricted to making money while a lot of small operators would like to build up a customer data base and try to offer a fair deal.
OSAMA bin Laden is reportedly surrounded by United States special forces in a mountain range that straddles north-west Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Reported by Internationally respected investigative journalist and author Gordon Thomas.
Internationally respected investigative journalist and author Gordon Thomas says the al-Qaida terror group leader has been sighted for the first time since 2001 and is being monitored by satellite.
In a report to be published in a British newspaper, Thomas says bin Laden is in a mountainous area to the north of the Pakistani city of Quetta.
The region is said to be a stronghold for bin Laden supporters and the terror kingpin is estimated to have 50 of his fanatical bodyguards by his side.
Thomas attributes his report to “a well-placed intelligence source” in Washington who is quoted as saying: “He (bin Laden) is boxed in.”
Please! Let it be so!