Iraq Log

BBC is running what they’re calling the Iraq Log: “… publishing a range of accounts here from people inside Iraq about how they, their families and friends live day to day and what the bigger events in the headlines mean to them.”

Top work. Pity there’s no RSS feed…

1984

Democrats to Oppose E-mail and SMS Spy Laws:

The Australian Democrats have vowed to oppose new Government moves to increase police powers to access private SMS, email and voicemail messages without a telecommunications interception warrant.

It’s nice that the Dems are sticking to their guns – but to what effect? This is the sort of shit that we should be expecting from Howard, but now we have no protection in the senate to stop damaging legislation from passing. Dangerous times…

ASEAN

SMH: One last chance for Howard to join trade bloc.

I mused about the timing of the announcement that Australia would be included in discussions. Seems that perhaps there was an ulterior motive – the peace pact? It would make some sense of things – give Howard the carrot and then put the pressure on. Apart from the fact it’s questionable as to why we wouldn’t be party to the pact, there has been little discussion as to the content of the actual treaty that’s on the table. Does anyone have further detail?

It’s also interesting how ASEAN is using trade as a tool to get change in policy – perhaps this is the one lever that will get Howard to budge…

Update: Kevin Rudd puts forward his take on Howard’s objection:

The key to Mr Howard’s objection is Article 10 of the Treaty which states that parties shall not participate in “any activity which shall constitute a threat to the political and economic stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of another High Contracting Party“.

Mr Howard is desperately trying to save face from his doctrine of regional military pre-emption, unilaterally announced in December 2002, when he reserved the right to launch pre-emptive strikes against the sovereign territory of our neighbours.

Green power experience

I’m talking a little out of shop here, but… I was wondering if anyone would like to share their experience – in any level of detail, but the deeper the better – of setting up green power for their home. We are looking for some general information about the experience of consumers connecting to clean energy to inform an article we are thinking about doing.

Leave a comment here or email me if you have any information you’d like to share. If you were/are planning to get green power at home soon, please let me know. Thanks.

New TRS site

Just before I left I hacked together an updated look & feel for the Total Recall Solutions website. It went live this morning (although the product search isn’t implemented as yet). It’s far from my best work (a little too close to another site I’ve put together in the past – can’t wait to design a non-blue site!) but hopefully it’ll do the trick for TRS.

Begins and ends…

Over five years ago (on the July 30 1999 if I remember correctly) Glance took the stage at the Three Weeds hotel in Rozelle for our first show. On December 23 we will be playing at Spectrum for our penultimate gig – after two EPs and nearly 100 gigs we’ve decided to call it a day.

We’ll be playing one more show in January with Toby (after his return from the UK). And then that will be it – the end of a musical chapter in my life, one of which has been immensely fulfilling and enjoyable, and one of which I’m incredibly proud. There were a number of factors that affected the decision to hang up the gig bags (for this band anyway), but we’re all still great friends and it’s all very amicable.

Barry and Dave are continuing on with The Devoted Few (their show at the Annandale Hotel last night was awesome as usual!). Toby and I are cooking up something new (we still don’t have a name!) as well. So although Glance is coming to an end, we’ll all be keeping on making music and staying in touch. And I’m looking forward to what’s coming next…

Tibetan Organic

Tahne posts some news from Tibet about organic farming:

The farmers who switched over to organic farming reported an average increase in yield of 35 percent as compared to those who continued to use chemical fertilizers.

This mirrors what I have read in the past about switching to organic in developing countries.