Mortigi Tempo

Mortigi Tempo

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/31/2003 02:32:00 AM |


Glenn Milne is obsessed with Simon Crean

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/31/2003 01:24:00 AM |

This always happens...

Angela Bell quotes from an article entitled Unions Condemn Protest Violence:
The reality is that Wednesday's rally has put the peace movement back months - if John Howard wasn't paying these people, then he should be." Labor Council secretary John Robertson says. "We are a mainstream movement, not a group of extremists. It's important that the mainstream peace movement takes a stand against these fringe elements.

While there was the predictable responses from the usual places, which were predictably exaggerated, the above point is essentially right, if a little obvious.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/31/2003 01:19:00 AM |

Bush References

Radiohead have titled their new album Hail to the Thief. Nice choice of title, and no doubt, they would concur with the site of same name: Word has it some American fans are a little annoyed. Yes, how dare they engage in social commentary. Traitorous bastards! We must all be uncritical at times like these!

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/27/2003 09:16:00 PM |

One week into...

...the war, the most confident predictions have proved to be incorrect. Jim Wallace, who, as I type is still super confident, claimed: "...I have little doubt that we should see it over within a week..." While the most confident predictions now seem quite misguided, I don't think claims like this have much going for them either:

Despite the rapid advance of Army and Marine forces across Iraq over the past week, some senior U.S. military officers are now convinced that the war is likely to last months and will require considerably more combat power than is now on hand there and in Kuwait, senior defense officials said yesterday.

I can’t see things dragging on that long. On other things Iraq, I watched with interest today as the responsibility for the market place incident was passed back and forth. It became clear it was a result of US attempts to target Iraqi surface-to-surface missiles positioned inside civilian areas. As tragic as this is, it must be noted that civilian casualties have been quite low. Though, if I hear the line - "we were not targeting civilians" - one more time, I may very well break my TV.

And a final point on things Iraq, Stew makes an important distinction:

There's been a bit of a shit storm surrounding Iraqi use of POW's as propaganda tools on Iraqi TV. Some, in turn, have pointed out the coalition has done the same. We've all seen captured Iraqi troops on CNN and BBC World. So what's the difference?

The difference is the way in which both sets of prisoners are used as propaganda tools. The Iraqis are trying to show that the 'Great Satan' is not invincible, and hopefully put a bit of fear into American troops watching. Prisoners are beaten and seem fearful. The coalition propaganda seems almost the opposite. It's message is often that Iraqi prisoners are well treated: images are often of coalition forces giving food, water and medical aid.

There really is considerable difference between the two situations.

Update: Nope, it seems the US is again denying they were responsible for the market place incident...

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/27/2003 08:54:00 PM |

Strange Search Requests

Now, I know Franklin Roosevelt was not perfect. But really, why would someone be looking for this? That they can't spell may also say something.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/27/2003 06:54:00 PM |

Dodgy Contracts

Surely this could have been done in a better way -- if only in PR terms. The contract was given "without any bidding." It would have done wonders to give, say, this contract to manage the port in Umm Qasr, to a non-US based company. Mark Vaile is concerned about contracts too:
AUSTRALIA expected competition over Iraqi wheat contracts to be fair and free of excessive subsidies, Trade Minister Mark Vaile has said.

Mr Vaile said today the United States was aware of Australia's concerns about American efforts to win a large slice of the Iraqi wheat trade once the war is over.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/26/2003 10:11:00 PM |

More Janet

Everyone's favourite columnist (cough), Janet, gives us her latest in today's Australian. Same old stuff, but in all fairness, she may have a slight (but only sight) point today.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/26/2003 09:50:00 PM |

7:30 Report

Gianna tells us she has had the 7:30 Report folks around for possible inclusion in a segment on blogging. She puts her inclusion down to the fact she referred to Kerry O'Brien as "the thinking girls' crumpet." Well, if that's what it takes, let me make this clear: Kerry, you are indeed the thinking girls' crumpet!

Sigh...there's no hope.

Edit: I see John Q and Gareth Parker have also been interviewed. I await the segment...

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/26/2003 09:13:00 PM |

Blair has a new job...

Had to steal this link from Keneth Miles. It seems Tim Blair is now writing for The Onion.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/26/2003 08:52:00 PM |

More One Nation

In response to a certain One Nation supported "muslim terrorist" website, I thought this was a humorous reply:
Not all tools are members of One Nation/

But all members of One Nation are tools

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/24/2003 02:16:00 PM |


For every one of these stories:

Zahra Khafi, a 68-year-old mother of five, cried as a group of American and British visitors came to the town shortly after Saddam's army had appeared to melt away. "I'm not afraid of Saddam anymore."

All through the day here, as American and British tanks and troop carriers rumbled through the town on their drive on the nearby city of Basra, the village of Safwan seemed to celebrate the collapse of Saddam's local rule with a glance over its shoulder.

I wonder how many there are of these stories?

S A F W A N, Iraq, March 22 — They were unforgettable images: Residents of this southern Iraqi town openly welcoming coalition forces. They danced in the streets as a picture of Saddam Hussein was torn down.

That was yesterday.

Traveling unescorted into Safwan today, I got a far different picture. Rather than affection and appreciation, I saw a lot of hostility toward the coalition forces, the United States and President Bush.

Some were even directed towards the media. (It was the first time I heard somebody refer to me as a "Satan.")

Or like this:

"We don't want Americans here. This is Iraq."

One group of Iraqi boys on the side of the road smiled and waved as a convoy of British tanks and trucks rolled by.

But once it had passed, leaving a trail of dust and grit in its wake, their smiles turned to scowls.

"We don't want them here," said 17-year-old Fouad, looking angrily up at the plumes of gray smoke rising from Basra.

I have no idea. But it's interesting to note which bloggers are only acknowledging the former, and which bloggers are prepared to acknowledge both types of incidents are occuring despite their support for war.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/24/2003 12:52:00 PM |


What exactly is the point of these "embedded" journalists, apart from providing pretty pictures? I turned on CNN several hours ago, and as part of their Strike on Iraq™, an "embedded" journalist was reporting on happenings in Umm Qasr. As of yet nothing has happened, nor has the journalist said anything important or worthwhile. What I have heard though, several times, is that he "can't comment on that at this point" whenever asked a question of any significance. We are also warned in anxious voices that: "anything could happen" and "we could see something terrible at any moment." I seriously doubt such "embedded" crews would be in any position to see the real happenings. It makes for surreal and sometimes bizarre images, but pointless at the same time. From Bright Cold Day:
The image was so obviously constructed in an executive producers' meeting months ago ("I want guns! I want unopposed, relentless motion! I want Bloom to suck sand everytime he opens his mouth!") that it makes a metaphor for the whole war - utterly without meaning, totally superficial, and really really cool to look at.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/23/2003 06:23:00 PM |

Dennis Continues

Note to Dennis Shanahan: It is not an indication of massive support for war when 45% of people surveyed support war and 47% oppose it. "Public opinion swings behind PM":
Simon Crean, who has accused Howard of engaging in a reckless war, now faces the fact that the people are listening to Howard.

The Coalition's policy, wildly unpopular at the beginning, is now being accepted and Labor's call for troops to be recalled is isolated.

Sure, there has been a swing in support behind war, but Shanahan is, as usual, overdoing it. John Howard must appreciate Shanahan too. Take the last Newspoll results which showed, with preferences distributed, the Coalition at 51% and Labor at 49%. Very close in other words, and well within margins of error, yet this is Shanahan:
Howard winning war of opinion

JOHN Howard is winning the war for public opinion as Australia braces to invade Iraq by the end of the week.
Despite nationwide anti-war protests, and Labor scrapping 30 years of bipartisanship on sending troops overseas, the Coalition has maintained an election-winning lead.

Although Mr Howard's support as preferred prime minister has dropped to its lowest level since July last year, he still holds more than a 2-to-1 advantage over Simon Crean.

And satisfaction with the way the Opposition Leader is doing his job has dropped to a record low.

I have no great reason to support Crean, but the facts simply don't warrant the kind of spin Shanahan gives the polls. This guy makes this argument better than I ever could. I really enjoy that site...

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/22/2003 07:28:00 PM |

BBC Documentary

For those who are interested, BBC's Radio 1 has an interesting doco on Australian music. Go here to stream it. It's belated recognition of the changing scene in Australia...

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/21/2003 01:45:00 PM |

Sad developments

FIRST LOSS: 16 dead in crash

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/21/2003 01:34:00 PM |

Micheal Costello...

...makes an interesting observation in his column in the Oz:
If the US cares so much about international collaboration for the common good, as it says it does over Iraq, why won't it sign the Kyoto treaty and other obviously constructive international agreements?

Howard is on the precipice of the same problem. You can't go to war abroad talking high principle and expect to be believed by the people while practising the politics of misrepresentation, the wedge and persecution of your enemies at home. People smell the difference.

That's why if public sentiment turns in favour of the war because of the intrinsic strength of the case or because it turns out to be short and successful, it won't be because they were convinced by Howard.(emphasis added)

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/21/2003 12:17:00 PM |


I had the misfortune of viewing this pathetic site:, via James Russell. The heading: "Welcome to muslim terrorist news from Australia." Well, it seems One Nation style bigotry has trends and fashions. Out with the old hatred and in with the new. I can just see Oldfield telling us that hating Asians is sooooo, 1998.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/19/2003 05:40:00 PM |

Triple J

Yobbo posts an interesting piece on his experience with Triple J:
The great drive-time duo of Martin+Molloy were poached by a commercial station, and replaced on JJJ by Helen Razer and Judith Lucy. What was once a slightly political, but extremely funny segment was instantly transformed into a daily 3 hour polemic about Socialism, Environmentalism, Tampons, and the Evil of Men.

No matter how hard I tried to enjoy JJJ from that point on, I couldn't deal with the awful rhetoric of Razer and Lucy. It was made abundantly clear that men, farmers, liberal voters, businesspeople and capitalism were evil. To listen to JJJ meant that you were required to embrace the green-left cause, or suffer vilification during any break in music.

My experience with Triple J politics has mostly been with Francis Leach, and I admit sometimes Francis got on my nerves. But I don't really know why anyone would listen to a music station for its politics. Anyway, if conservatives like Yobbo aren't going to listen to the J's because of its politics then perhaps the growing trend of hip-hop on the station may be a reason to tune in. Gareth quotes from an Age article about the paranoia and hysteria of Eminem critics who see his lyrics as homophobic and sexist:
Consider, for instance, the opening lines to the well-known song, My Name Is: "Hi kids! Do you like violence? Wanna see me stick nine-inch nails through each one of my eyelids? Wanna copy me and do exactly like I did? Try acid and get f***ed-up worse than my life is?" The irony is clear. Indeed, stripped of their humorous provocation, the lines seem to encourage young people to say no to drugs, a position entirely in accord with the one propounded, rather less imaginatively, by most of his detractors.

From what I have heard of Eminem I wouldn't say he sends an anti-drug message. But there is certainly a anti-PC slant to his lyrics. I think conservatives like Yobbo would be thrilled to hear some of the songs that get the more paranoid critics concerned about his alleged homophobia and sexism.

Anyway, with or without anti-PC rappers, I think I'll continue to listen to Triple J, simply for the fact that they play the best music. Not living in a capital city, there is not really much choice. It's either the J's or an AM station that stopped buying new music in about 1959 and has had the same records on repeat ever since.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/19/2003 05:23:00 PM |

Staff Leaving

Blix advised to withdraw staff from Iraq. This is it...

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/17/2003 11:17:00 PM |

One Market Under Madonna

Thomas Frank's One Market Under God has been quite an interesting read so far. John Quiggin reviewed it a while back. I like this paragraph:
In an ideological homily that would become so orthodox by the end of the decade that it would color much of the foreign affairs reporting to appear in the US, Wriston recites how the VCR brought down the Marcos, how the cassette tape brought down the Shah, and how TV destroyed Communism. So wonderous are these devices' democratic properties, in fact, that when people watch TV they are actually "voting" for the laissez-faire way, "for Madonna and Benetton, Pepsi and Prince - but also for democracy, free expression, free markets, and free movement of people and money." Culture warriors might huff about Madonna's bad values, but Wriston saw the light: To watch the "material girl" prance was to do nothing less than endorse the steel industry's efforts to escape regulation and unionization, to authorize Wriston's own legendary attacks on Glass-Steagall.
And here I was thinking I watched Madonna merely because she was still somewhat attractive. My bad.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/17/2003 12:47:00 AM |

Music by math

Music by math. I get the feeling we would be left with a constant stream of new Britneys if such a device was used. Shudder...

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/17/2003 12:27:00 AM |

Not too surprised by this one:

Democrat - You believe that there should be a free
market which is reigned in by a modest state
beaurocracy. You think that capitalism has
some good things, but that those it helps
should be obliged to help out their fellow man
a little. Your historical role model is
Franklin Rosevelt.

Which political sterotype are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/15/2003 12:04:00 PM |

5-Star Asylums

The bastion of radical left-wing thought (cough, cough), the Oz, reports on the case of Puangthong Simaplee, the Thai woman sold as a child and enslaved as a prostitute:
Simaplee had died after 65 hours in Villawood, her death the final indignity of her short and terrible life. Taken from her parents in the north of Thailand at a tender age, she was brought to Australia by a trafficker to be a child prostitute. She was 10, 11 or 12. She didn't know exactly how old, she told the Department of Immigration.

She was in the sex industry for what remained of her life. Perhaps understandably, she was a heroin addict.

Picked up in a raid on a brothel at 359 Riley Street, Surry Hills, Simaplee was taken to Villawood on September 23, 2001. Regarded as at risk because of heroin withdrawal, she was put into the observation room so someone could check on her every half hour.

Yet by the time she died, three days later, Simaplee, malnourished and emaciated to start with, had dropped from 38kg to 31kg.


Although she kept throwing up the medicines, she was not put on a drip, a simple, standard procedure that would have allowed her both medicine and nourishment. Instead she was given red cordial when she looked a little dehydrated.
No doubt those who support a tough line on illegal immigration and trafficking will see this even more reason to continue such an approach. It will also be seen as even more reason to continue raids on brothels and other such places that create the demand for and exploit illegal immigrants. Those who suggest this would have an excellent point, and I would certainly agree to a certain extent.

However, this story does make a mockery of those who make claims about "5-Star Asylums". To be denied basic medical treatment says everything about the conditions and care provided by the detention centres. Why she wasn’t checked into a proper medical ward for her detoxification is beyond me. Perhaps they thought she was quite content to stay in her room with the plethora of home entertainment and recreational devices that these detention centres reportedly have. After all, these are holiday camps, right?

It also raises the issue of how DIMIA is handling trafficking:
"DIMIA unwittingly assists the traffickers," private investigator Chris Payne, a former federal police officer, said. "In their haste to get the women out of the country, they are in a way exporting the evidence."
The rush to deter different forms of illegal immigration has its consequences.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/15/2003 05:00:00 AM |

The Woman...

...with one of the worst jobs in federal politics, Julia Gillard, makes this point out the Quadrant crew:
Last year the editor of Quadrant, P. P. McGuinness, described Howard's opponents as "a baying political lynch mob" and proposed the establishment of a new movement of Howard supporters called "anti-anti-Howardism".
I suppose this makes me "anti-anti-anti-Howard" now. But I prefer "pro-anti-pro-Howard" much more...I think.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/13/2003 09:11:00 PM |

Having Time To Kill

Stew asks the question about this blog:
It goes by the intriguing name Mortigi Tempo. What does it mean? Mortigi sounds like it has too do with death and dying as in mortality, mortuary and Tempo means beat, pace, rhythm. Does it literally translate into Dead Beat?
Well, while many would argue that is indeed a correct description of me, it's not exactly what I had in mind. Anyone remember Esperanto, the international language? No, me either. But I do remember one little phrase I found on a album: "mortigi tempon" which could be translated as killing (wasting) time. As written, it could easily be taken to mean having time to kill. Which is what I will be doing with this blog I suppose.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/13/2003 06:59:00 PM |

Four Corners

Stewart Kelly blogs on the Four Corners doco about the "neo-cons" in the Bush Administration:
These people believe only the US is capable of responsibly excercising significant influence on the world stage, and hence no one else should be allowed. Not even other democracies, such as those in Europe. And that in order to prevent their rise any and all tactics should be deployed including wars of aggression.

Frightening stuff.
Indeed. And I see Crikey had this to say, via Uncle:
THE 4 CORNERS last night was arguably the most substantial contribution an Australian outlet has made to a global debate for many years.
Uncle, however, thinks the ABC is doing its bit to make it look like "a Neo-conservative conspiracy." No, the doco just presented the “neo-cons” views.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/12/2003 02:57:00 PM |

Alt Music

I don't always pay attention to the Oz editorial, but I caught this little bit the other day:
ACCORDING to a landmark survey reported exclusively in The Australian today, those least likely to express satisfaction with their jobs are so-called "Generation X-ers", aged 20-29 years. Since the characteristics of Generation X are said to be boredom and cynicism, this news in itself is hardly surprising, and simply confirms what most of us have long suspected: there is no joy in alternative music.
What? I don't understand. In what way is it joyless? Perhaps I am being generationally challenged and don't see what he is going on about.

On his job satisfaction James Russell adds: ... I had control over the shop radio and CD player up in my department so I brought in my own CDs, cos otherwise I'd have been forced to listen to something like fucking 2DAY FM or Triple M and it would've been perfectly mainstream music contributing to my lack of job satisfaction...

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/11/2003 10:45:00 PM |

Media Watch bias?

The gaggle of ABC bashers critics couldn't have been too happy to see the latest edition of MediaWatch tonight. An entire episode dedicated to, rightly, criticising the media whore Bob Carr. And just as interesting, not a bad word for the Opposition.

The refusal to acknowledge the ABC News mistake major error, was indeed a mistake on MediaWatch's part. But to draw the conclusion that this is evidence of massive, and never-ending bias, is something else. In the same episode as MediaWatch refused to acknowledge the News error, they included criticism of John Pilger, and a number of other criticisms that were not even vaguely leftist. One the whole, the ABC and MediaWatch are mostly balanced.

I would say the same for most commercial media too: on the whole, over a broad range of media outlets, there is not massive bias. Media bias is an exaggerated issue in my opinion.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/10/2003 10:02:00 PM |


The crack-heads at the much loathed NME have compiled a list of their favourite albums of all time. The Stone Roses got the nod for the top spot, and The Strokes somehow made it to number 7 just two spots behind the mighty Revolver.

1. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
2. Pixies - Doolittle
3. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
4. Television - Marquee Moon
5. The Beatles - Revolver
6. Love - Forever Changes
7. The Strokes - Is This It
8. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
9. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
10. The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks

Where the hell is OK Computer? Looks like NME still hasn't gotten over their dislike for the landmark album of the 90s.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/10/2003 01:08:00 PM |

Bowling For Columbine

I finally had the chance to see Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine. It was a very impressive documentary: both intellectually persuasive and very moving at the same time. I had high expectations for his previous film, Roger and Me, but I found that film quite unconvincing. Moore didn't give many reasons as to why General Motors shouldn't move away from Flint, apart from the argument that such a move would hurt his home town.

Bowling for Columbine, on the other hand, presents a strong case for Moore's general thesis that fear, plus lots of guns in lots of homes, goes a long way to explaining the exceptionally high number of gun deaths in the United States. Fear of everything from bees to crime. Combine this with easy and plentiful access to all manner of guns and you have the unique situation the US finds itself in. The usual arguments of "a violent past," "ethnic tensions," or even liberal arguments like "poverty" seem less than compelling in light of Bowling for Columbine.

One negative aspect for me was the weakness of the Charlton Heston and K Mart segments of the film. I didn't find these to be powerful scenes despite the fact that these were the two parts of the film most discussed before the film was released. Instead, the highlight for me was the story of the mother of the 6-year-old boy who shot his young classmate with a gun he had found at his uncle's house. The same house the mother and son had been forced to move into after the mother was kicked off welfare. Another highlight for me was the way the massacre at Columbine was presented. Moore presented the incident with tact, and it made for a powerful and emotional segment of the film.

It goes without saying that point scorers like Tim Blair find Moore a tad annoying. Instead of attacking Moore's fear thesis, Blair was reduced to listing a few factual errors in his review for the Australian a while back. At least two of the "facts" Tim Blair claimed to be debunking turned out to be, in fact, correct. Go Timmy.

I'll be going to see this documentary again. It is easily the best work Moore has done yet (even better than his gay bus on The Awful Truth!. Very funny stuff.). Moore is not only funny, he makes a compelling argument to explain the situation in the United States. (And he annoys the hell out of people like Tim Blair. I'm yet to decide which one makes me like Moore more.)

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/09/2003 10:17:00 PM |

Blogger Johnny

I have to say the "PM's" latest post is one of her best. Including this paragraph:

See, that's what Democracy's all about: You vote me as your PM, so I can tell you what you think while you do more interesting things, like watching Neighbours, or whatever. Because I'm caring like that. It's a tough job, too, 'cause there are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of People in this country. And there are Muslims and Aboriginals, too.

If I could write something even half as funny as that, I would be quite happy with myself.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/09/2003 03:27:00 PM |

Real Johnny

Tim Dunlop points out this article that has Professor Des Ball from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre claiming John Howard is lying when he claims Australian troops are not operating in Iraq already. Tim is right, this should be a massive blow to Howard. Nothing is going to happen though. In two days it will be forgotten. Will nothing shake the Howardites support for their man?

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/09/2003 03:13:00 PM |


Rob Corr has an impressive analysis of the electoral consequences of the impending war in Iraq:

Public opinion will depend on Crean's position. If he tries to walk a middle line, he will lose. Howard's apparent conviction will trump a vacillating Opposition. Crean will need to strongly oppose the deployment and demand the troops be returned home. He will need to fend off accusations of disloyalty and even treason, but the reward will be that the public will at last see him taking a strong position on something, and will most likely come with him.

Public support is likely to follow Crean if John Howard supports military action by the US, without a new resolution, and Crean strongly opposes this. Unlike some, I think the opinion of the Opposition leader and PM does significantly influence a large number of voters. Therefore, as Rob says, if Crean does attempt to walk the middle like, like Labor did over the Tampa joke, support will swing behind Howard. But, as it is now, Crean has a significant chance to gain the support of at least some of the vast majority of voters who don't want war without the UN.

I don't, however, agree with Rob's conclusion completely:

The next few weeks will decide Labor's fate at the next elections.

Yes, the next few weeks will have a significant impact on temporary support for Howard and Crean. But the "success" of a war, in the sense that it incurs high or low numbers of civilian and Australian military casualties, will be far more a vote swinger at the next election than whether Simon Crean took strong position against a non-UN war or not. In this sense I think Howard would fairly happy with himself.

Having said that, Howard doesn't have much to look forward to, apart from war, considering health, unfair dismissal, and education issues are creeping back into the public debate. All issues Labor would be more than comfortable going into an election as "the" issues. Like, this guy I think an election would be closer than most of these guys (and occasional "skanky-ho") suggest.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/08/2003 01:12:00 PM |

The Yobbo Guide To Debating Refugee Policy

Inspired by a comment left by "Observa" in John Quiggin's comment box, I have decided to compile a list of easy steps you - the average yobbo - can take when debating the current refugee policy. This will be an ongoing series I think.

Step 1. Always accuse anyone who even hints at criticising the current policy of wanting an "open door policy." Your opponent will try and say something crazy like "that was not what I said, nor is it the logical conclusion of my criticism." But you know better, don't you? You know that we can't be seen as a soft touch. You know a flood is just around the corner if we soften our policy. At this point your bleeding heart opponent will again try to refute your accusation by claiming you are simply building a "strawman" so their argument can be easily knocked down without too much effort on your part. Ignore all this. Clearly you know what they are thinking better than them.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/08/2003 02:09:00 AM |

Top 5 Worst Music Trends of 2002

James Presley at Amoeba Music lists the worst musical trends of 2002 (no link):

5.  Electroclash: vocoders, spandex, legwarmers, eyeliner, and sleaze.  Yes the 80's are back.  Now they can go away again.

4.  Nu-Anything: nu-jazz, nu-metal, nu-lounge, nu-folk, nu-skool breaks, blah blah blah.  Bad music trends and bad grammar.  Who nu?

3.  Laptop Shows: ah yeah, $20 to get into the venue and $20 for drinks.  Hey look, here comes the headline act with his laptop.  Woo, watch him work that baby, pushing those keys at the speed typist.  Now that's a show...a lame-ass show.

2.  Artist as DJ's who can't mix (let alone segue), yet compile a cd of their record collection.  Uh...yeah.

1. Chillout Comps:  dim the lights, burn some incense, kick back on your couch and pop in that boring-ass chillout cd so you can get some well deserved sleep after wasting your hard-earned cash.

What's wrong with electroclash? He's right about "nu-metal" though. Die, nu-metal, die!

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/07/2003 02:12:00 PM |


John Quiggin has an interesting blog on how freedom of speech in some cases can be incompatible with freedom of action for corporations:

A US case in which a man was arrested for wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan "Give Peace a Chance" has attracted a fair bit of attention. To be more precise, the man in question went to a T-shirt shop in a mall, had the shirt made to order and put it on. He was then approached by mall security guards who asked him to leave. On refusing, he was arrested for trespass ... This kind of incident reinforces one of my main reasons for opposing privatisation of public spaces, including universities. In a piece entitled Free speech sits ill with a free market, I observed:

Freedom of speech, in universities, public spaces and elsewhere, is ultimately incompatible with privatisation and unfettered freedom of action for corporations.

Read it all. It's good.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/07/2003 01:56:00 PM |

If They Mated

Conan O'Brien has a segment called If They Mated. Now, Junie thinks this would be the product of such a mating with one Craig Nicholls. Awww...what a cutie. Get this kid a bong quick!

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/06/2003 05:10:00 PM |

The White Stripes

The Union Forever

Well I'm sorry but I'm not
interested in gold mines, oil wells, shipping or real estate;
what would I liked to have been?
everything you hate

Cause it can't be love
for there is no true love;
it can't be love
for there is no true love.

I think I have listened to this song an unhealthy number of times in the past 48 hours...

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/06/2003 04:58:00 PM |


Slothfulness and distance prevented me from taking part in massive student protests yesterday in a number of capital cities. But, unsurprisingly, Rob Corr turned up and left us with this little observation:

The journalists were certainly trying to make it look like a bunch of ferals. I overheard one woman tell her cameraman, "Try to get some pictures of funny hairdos." I guess that's the kind of thing you have to look for when hundreds of ordinary teenagers, wearing school uniforms, express a political opinion.

I'm sure she is taking about this
absurd hairdo, not this hairdo. Or this one.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/06/2003 04:31:00 PM |

Tug Boat to Freedom

The always correct Gummo Trotsky blogs on how to annoy libertarians.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/06/2003 03:39:00 PM |


House cleaning continues. These damn grass stains all over my clean new blog.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/06/2003 03:28:00 AM |

Welcome. This will be my little space for periodic sprays, comments and rants of varying forms. This place need cleaning up, Blogger has wrecked the place.

posted by Tim Stevens | 3/06/2003 03:06:00 AM |
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