- BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Australians given mid-air toilet advice. I'm not sure what bothers me more - the sheer level of paranoia that has set in about air travel; or the way Australia is blindly following the US "directives". Since fucking when are we part of America? I know it's some years since Australians have thought for themselves; but I didn't think we'd given ourselves over the US so completely. Yeesh.
- Passport security measures to be beefed up - www.smh.com.au. It's unclear to me how a digital photo constitutes a "biometric fingerprint"; nor why people think that will be any harder to fake than current passports.
- Bush unveils 'earned legality' immigration changes. 08/01/2004. ABC News Online. On JJJ this morning I heard Bush quoted as saying it made sense to let the immigrants legally take "jobs Americans don't want". Which sums it up, really. Why would an American want to do a crappy job when they can just hire an illegal immigrant for about 1/3 of the already-low minimum wage? If you get caught, it's the immigrant who gets in trouble.
- Toilet paper returns to Tokyo subway. 08/01/2004. ABC News Online. It created a bizarre but effective marketing technique: small packets of toilet paper with adverts on the wrapper. It's not like people could afford to say no...