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February 10th, 2008

I’ve been too busy to post on a lot of things so I thought I’d just post some quick links with minimal comment. Some very important, and some not.

* One measure of the death toll in the wars launched by Saddam and then by Bush is the number of Iraqi widows, estimated at between one and two million. Widows are largely excluded from paid work and many are in a desperate position.

* A while ago I pointed out that the paperless office is finally on the way to reality. Today’s NY Times takes the story a bit further.

* What have the unions ever done for us

* Finally, some real progress in the struggle against malaria.

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  1. Jessica Moser
    February 10th, 2008 at 08:45 | #1

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  2. haiku
    February 10th, 2008 at 09:28 | #2

    Jessica,
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  3. philip travers
    February 10th, 2008 at 10:06 | #3

    Is this working today,after all there is one minor problem with a paperless office,and it rhymes with office.!If office is where yo think and rhymes with dink.So a paperless house must hasve one of those portable hand warming things to dry your dishes with afterall,they would be down on cotton too,and must rub the smudge from tomato soup off their ties by the portable hand-warming thing you often find in public toilets!?

  4. February 10th, 2008 at 12:46 | #4

    yes, there’s a constructive pastime, counting widows in iraq. once you’ve learned to do that, take on the big challenges like counting the number of cripples created by personnel mines. there’s many kinds of collateral damage, a euphemism so noisome it is itself in need of a figleaf.

    i reckon another ten years or so of helping the yanks spread democracy will finally make ozzies realize they are playing the role of mussolini’s italy. can’t be sure of course, china may have to shake a billion yuan note at them before they wake up. nothing like the prospect of profit to awaken a sense of morality.

  5. swio
    February 10th, 2008 at 13:55 | #5

    My office at work is now at a stage where it could go paperless if it really wanted to. Every single document I have dealt with in the last year had easy to find and access electronic version. When I look at a print out now it is really just another way of viewing the electronic version. Once I have finished reading a printout I will usually throw it away rather than keep it. It will probably be out of date by the next time I need to refer to it so I’ll have to go back to the electronic version anyway.

  6. observa
    February 10th, 2008 at 21:23 | #6

    “Widows are largely excluded from paid work and many are in a desperate position.”

    Well it’s their own fault just like Saudi women
    http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD183608

    For the benefit of readers, I’ll note that this is intended sarcastically – the link notes that the Saudi women is always blamed for everything, even though she has no power over anything. The US invasion has made Iraq much more like Saudi Arabia, as far as the status of women is concerned – JQ

  7. Dylwah
    February 11th, 2008 at 09:38 | #7

    Nice irony in that vid prof Q, a fair few of the actors are from “Thank God You Are Here”

  8. observa
    February 11th, 2008 at 13:05 | #8

    It’s not hard to see why our very existence rubs these mad Mullahs, shoofti Muftis and shaky Sheiks up the wrong way all the time. Which raises an interesting dilemma for the good war, bad war theorists now. Like the Rudd govt they want to ditch Iraqis because it’s all a bit hard, yet now Canada is advising them to leave Afghani women to the Taliban, given NATO have lost the stomach for staying the course apparently. The left’s moral posing is under the microscope right now. Their Iraq stance begs the question now- why don’t we pull out of Afghanistan (and ET too for that matter), now it’s all too hard and we can’t change these people anyway. Apparently all we’re doing is creating more widows and suffering by our very presence, not to mention imposing our imperialist culture where it’s not wanted. Time to get out and mind our own business like the Chinese eh?

  9. observa
    February 11th, 2008 at 22:33 | #9

    From NineMSN-

    ‘AUSTRALIA will send more troops and police to East Timor following the attempted assassination of East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta.

    Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he was deeply shocked by today’s wounding of Dr Ramos-Horta and the failed assassination attempt on Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

    Mr Rudd said Dr Ramos-Horta’s condition was “very serious but stable” after the East Timorese leader was shot and wounded by rebels at his home in Dili.

    “I’m deeply shocked by developments this morning in East Timor,” Mr Rudd said.

    “What we had, apparently, are coordinated attacks aimed at assassinating the democratically elected leadership of East Timor, a close friend and partner of Australia.”

    Mr Rudd said Dr Ramos-Horta had received treatment at an Australian military hospital in Dili, and Australia stood ready to offer further assistance including evacuation to Darwin.

    “That offer has been extended and, I’m advised, in the last quarter of an hour or so has been activated,” he said.

    Mr Rudd said Australia would boost its Australian Defence Force deployment to East Timor, where about 800 Australian troops are already on peacekeeping duties.

    Mr Rudd said following a request from the East Timor governnment the National Security Committee of the cabinet met today and authorised a “substantial and immediate” reinforcement of Australian defence force personnel as well as an additional contingent of Australian Federal Police personnel.

    He said the Australian-led international security stabilisition force in east Timor had already secured key buildings and deployed more broadly throughout Dili and increased their presence in East Timor’s districts.

    Mr Rudd said he would travel to East Timor later in the week, following a request from the prime minister.

    “Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao has also asked if I could visit East Timor later in the week and I intend to take up his invitation to do so,” he said.

    “My reason for doing that is to reinforce in person Australia’s resolve, Australia’s determination to stand with East Timor at this time of deep challenge to its democratic processes.”

    Mr Rudd said he had spoken to Mr Gusmao, whose car was also shot at today. He was unhurt.
    Gusmao’s family, including his Australian-born wife Kirsty Sword Gusmao, have been moved to a safe location.

    “I have spoken to Xanana Gusmao twice this morning and spoken to his wife Kirsty on two separate occasions as well,” Mr Rudd said.

    Both were safe and Mr Gusmao had indicated he would make efforts to ensure that stability in East Timor is secured.

    “Australia will stand resolutely behind East Timor at this time of crisis in their democracy.

    “Australia is a long-standing partner and friend in past and will remain that way in the future including at this time of national need,” he said.’

    Hmmm…more troops and more East Timorese widows by the sounds of things. Still at least they’ll enjoy our resolute determination to see they get democracy just like Afghani widows. As for Iraqi widows, well some widows are more equal than others my dears.

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