- NEWS.com.au | Bush named Time's posterboy (December 20, 2004). Time magazine can hardly claim to be an impartial production. Last year it was the American Soldier, this year it's Yeeha Dubya who done went and found them some shit to shoot. It's hard to argue that Dubya isn't the most influential figurehead in the world, but it would be hard to argue that he has done good things. OK so the war ended Saddam's rule and that would appear to be a good thing, but Iraq still appears to be a fucked up nation. Just like last time, the US is not creating peace and happiness in Iraq. But the oil is still pumping, so I guess they're not overly worried.
- NEWS.com.au | ISP wins $1.3bn from spammers (December 20, 2004):
Mr Kramer's attorney, Kelly Wallace, said he is unlikely to ever collect the judgement, which was made possible by an Iowa law that allows plaintiffs to claim damages of $US10 per spam message.This is the big test - how much of that massive judgement will he actually be able to collect? It does at least set a precedent. Spammers, even the courts hate you.
- NEWS.com.au | Angry driver does a Basil Fawlty (December 20, 2004):
An Adelaide man has been quizzed by police after taking to his own car with a sledgehammer when it refused to start.Ahhh, percussive maintenance.
- Downer sets record as Foreign Affairs Minister. 20/12/2004. ABC News Online:
Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer has today entered the record books as Australia's longest serving minister in the portfolio.Yep, nobody has embarrassed us for so long on the international front.
- Nelson's uni proposal counts on state funding. 20/12/2004. ABC News Online:
The Federal Education Minister says he would not expect the states to withdraw funding from universities if they are brought under the control of the Commonwealth.The only real response is to hand him a lollypop and send him out to play. He knows this is bullshit.
- Hydrogen powered postie bike set for Tassie trial. 20/12/2004. ABC News Online:
The world's first hydrogen powered postie bike has been unveiled in Hobart.
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