news bits

  • | PM keeps poll options open (August 11, 2004): PRIME Minister John Howard tonight refused to rule out an election campaign during the Olympic Games ... Opposition Leader Mark Latham said Mr Howard would be considered cynical if he called the election to clash with the Olympics. While we should keep things in perspective - the Olympics are just some sports, ok? - this would still be a shitty thing to do. It'd be pretty obvious - even to the most average voter - that he was trying to draw attention away from real issues; but he's enough of a jerk to do it.
  • Govt backs down on Labor's FTA demands. 12/08/2004. ABC News Online: Greens leader Bob Brown describes the Prime Minister's comments about the United States as extraordinary. ... 'Here we've got the hallmark of this free trade agreement. Phone Washington and see if it's OK. Bob Brown hit the nail on the head there. I'm really thankful that this agreement has not gone straight through - maybe there is hope for the PBS and Australian media content after all. We could delay our total loss of cultural identity for another few months.
  • Telstra posts record $4b profit. 12/08/2004. ABC News Online. I can only imagine the rage with which this news will be received by all those people who are being fucked over by Telstra. Well actually that's all of us. Our phone bills keep going up, service quality keeps going down, yet Telstra can deliver FOUR BILLION DOLLARS PROFIT. That's half the amount of Australia's budget deficit of a few years ago - and that was considered a national budget crisis. Yet a taxpayer-funded coporation can make as much profit as the major banks...!? / 'Fix phone network with $4.1bn profit' - News - Telstra should plough its massive $4.1 billion profit into fixing problems within its telephone networks, Labor said today.
  • Alien spaceship wreck found, say Russian scientists - Unusual Tales - The scientists, who belong to the Tunguska space phenomenon public state fund, said they found the remains of an extra-terrestrial device that allegedly crashed near the Tunguska river in Siberia in 1908. Riiiight.


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