Google IPO

News.com reports that Google’s fearless leaders are thinking differently. I note is the 1% figure – this is a suggestion offered by Mark Benioff et. al. as I mentioned over at huméco a little while back. I’m not sure if that’s where the figure came from for Google. Needless to say what the founders are proposing is very interesting…

The NY Times reports. [via Scripting News]

Images of War

We see the Iraqi attacks on civilian contractors get national exposure. Now the US gets the same treatment.

And the US government and military claim that their upholding the Geneva Convention. Hmmm… Lets see – Clause 1.

To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:

(a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

(b) Taking of hostages;

(c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;

Is it any wonder the administration came up with that wonderful term “enemy combattants”. (Now, of course, Iraqi combattants have failed point (b), and arguably point (c) – but this is no excuse – all sides of the conflict should uphold these conventions).

More on the realities of war [CAUTION: disturbing images] over at AmericanDynamics.

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Iraq memo

Slate: Text of Redacted Memo by U.S. Official in Iraq Posted

That this memo is available is incredible – it is a must read for anyone wanting to know about “progress” in Iraq. There are positives and negatives – I’m not going to focus on anything in particular, because really you need to read the entire memo to get the picture.

And Josh Marshall has some more thoughts on the situation. Sobering indeed…

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Radioead

Went and saw Radiohead last night at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney. We were in the standing area at the front of the stage, about half-way between the stage and sound desk. Normally the sound in the venue is pretty ordinary, but last night it was awesome. Apparently the support act, the Bumblebees, sucked ass. I wasn’t there to see them, but that was the distinct impression of my friends that attended.

We got there pretty late, about 15 mins before Radiohead came on stage. And from the first song they were absolutely incredible. The two hour show (as I was informed after – I didn’t even notice the time) was at least equal best (along with Lamb and Ani DiFranco) – but definitely the best large venue show that I’ve ever attended. I’m hoarse from singing and shouting, and my arms are sore from clapping. Absolutely, fucking, brilliant! Words cannot describe.

I just hope it doesn’t take them another six years to come back (the last time they toured here was 1998 apparently – I wasn’t a fan then, but I am certainly a convert now). I think we’ll be talking about this concert in years to come. I am so jealous that I can’t make it tonight as well – but in some ways it’s probably a good thing – a way to hold onto that memory, and not risk being disappointed…

Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome! Five stars.