Australia’s Tangled Censorship Web

Confused by all the controversy surrounding the Australian Government plans to filter the internet? New Matilda has been holding forums about the proposed censorship regime. Here’s some video to help explain.

Melbourne’s session featured:

Colin Jacobs, Electronic Frontiers Australia
Michael Flood, Sociologist
Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens

From Michael Flood:

I’m now far less than convinced that I used to be of the value of ISP based filtering as a strategy. I’m much more convinced of its technical problems and I’m more convinced of its political dangers. … You can say that one of the early advocates of ISP filtering is now backing away from this.

No permanent friends or enemies, just permanent interests.

Kevin Rennie

Midweek Mayhem – Miglo Takes a Stand.


Good afternoon and welcome to Midweek Mayhem.

Our middle of the week retreat, where anyone and everyone that’s a bit flustered with all the discussion about torture, electricity, and pig flu, can seek some respite.

Now you may be wondering about this week’s title. It’s been inspired by this little genuine newspaper clipping that was sent to me the other day, by a fellow creative type (see below).

Aside from that, I’d like to mention prescription medication. There’s a lot of it around these days, and frankly I’m grateful.

Today, I had to front up to a very important meeting and found that I handled it with a significant degree of comfort, confidence and a certain suave laissez faire attitude all thanks to 5 milligrams of valium. Not that I’m endorsing recreational or innappropriate drug use. Heaven forbid.

I’ve also recently discovered the delights of chocolate. Not the cheap crap that most of you lefties would buy from K Mart, but the expensive courveture stuff handmade by boutique chocolatiers that would be favoured by the likes of me, Miglo and Tom.

Expensive chocolate also goes really well with coffee and port.

Anyway, on another note, I’ve just been over to JB Hi-FI and discovered an entire section dedicated to that ageing git Andre Rieu (or whatever his name is). Personally, I’d rather be gassed to death, than have to listen to his relentless mind numbing crap. What is it? The Blue Danube or something.. I don’t know.

You can’t expect me to remember everything around here…