Bill praised by video game, music industry groups
Some copyright holders voiced their support for the bill. The Entertainment Software Association of Canada, the video game industry's lobby group, praised the legislation for trying to protect Canada's industries and artists from theft.
“It’s simple: Every time someone acquires an illegal copy of a video game, money, in turn, is not going to those Canadians who work so hard to develop and publish games. That’s money that cannot be reinvested in creativity, job growth and industry development,” Joan Ramsay, president of the group's board of directors, said in a statement. “Copyright reform is essential to strengthen our competitiveness as an industry.”
Don’t mention the sex
Helen Epstein says there was one sufe-fire way to fight AIDS that the UN’s top AIDS group and the Lifestyle Left never wanted to mention:
When I read through every UNAIDS document I could find that had been produced in the decade before… 1996, I found almost no mention of partner reduction… When independent consultants, some of them hired by UNAIDS itself, reported to the agency that partner reduction, not condoms, was largely responsible for Ugandas’s HIV decline, their reports were ignored or never made public. The agency’s “Best Practice” collection of briefing documents contains issues on condom programs, voluntary testing and counseling, STD treatment services and many other things, but as of this writing, there was no Best Practice document about encouraging partner reduction or fidelity. It was only in 2006 that UNAIDS officials began to stress that the reduction of multiple sexual partnerships should be a key goal for AIDS prevention programs in southern Africa.
Partner reduction? Mention that and people might soon think that’s something the West could think about, too. And we’d rather let blacks die than interfere with white pleasures.
Obama must have won already
Right Wing Nut House:
Is all this talk about Obama being the savior of America – the man who can bridge the gap between the races, heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and return America to the good old days of grovelling at the feet of the UN and other tyrants going to the candidate’s head?
I swear to God this is one the creepier things I’ve ever seen in politics…
Mr. Obama is not the president. And while the US Senate has their own seal, I don’t recall individual senators adopting personal seals for their own use.
Tsvangirai withdraws from sham election
ZIMBABWE'S opposition leader has pulled out of Friday's presidential runoff, after an intimidation campaign by Robert Mugabe.
Teacher's dumb blonde slur ends in payout
PRIMARY school students are being subjected to escalating levels of teacher bullying, discrimination complaint figures reveal.
Mugabe murders his way to another win
Robert Mugabe steals another election:
ZIMBABWE opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai late last night pulled out of Friday’s presidential runoff, after a campaign of murder, assault and intimidation by supporters of Robert Mugabe… Mr Tsvangirai bowed to an “avalanche of calls” to withdraw from the poll after 85 MDC members were killed and evidence mounted of attempts by the ruling ZANU-PF to rig the voting.
It’s now up to the rest of Africa. Are they democrats or the supporters of tyranny?
New houses won’t save sick society
Sticking new houses in a sick community changes nothing but the decor - for the few months it will take to destroy that, too:
THE Indigenous Affairs Minister, Jenny Macklin, has offered to spend $50 million on a comprehensive clean-up of the notorious Alice Springs town camps - home to some of the worst incidents of domestic violence and alcohol-related crime in the Northern Territory…
More Qs than As
Choosing panellists like SBS RocKwiz host Julia Zemiro is one reason the ABC’s Q&A is struggling:
TONY Jones (host): Most Australians opposed the invasion of Iraq. Do you think they’d feel differently about a direct intervention in Zimbabwe?
Julia Zemiro: I don’t ... I think people ... have been frightened by what’s happened in Iraq because of the war and because of the losses and in this case, I wouldn’t, I mean I don’t know but you know war ...
Going, going … and her seat with her
The Liberals should be hunting already for a high-flyer to run in Robertson, a seat Belinda Neal has now made near unwinnable for Labor - whether in a byelection or a general election:
THE besieged federal Labor MP Belinda Neal could face a charge of conspiring to pervert the course of justice over her former employee’s claim that the MP made her staff complete untrue statutory declarations about the Iguanas nightclub affair.
Police sources confirmed they would consider charging Ms Neal while the Prime Minister will come under pressure to expel Ms Neal from the Labor Party tonight, when her former staffer, Melissa Batten, tells Channel Nine’s A Current Affair that she no longer stands by her statutory declaration about the Iguanas nightclub fracas. She wrote the statement in Ms Neal’s presence.
Final insurgent holdout stormed: NYT gives in
Iraq is going so well that even the New York Times can no longer ignore it:
Violence in all of Iraq is the lowest since March 2004. The two largest cities, Baghdad and Basra, are calmer than they have been for years. The third largest, Mosul, is in the midst of a major security operation. On Thursday, Iraqi forces swept unopposed through the southern city of Amara, which has been controlled by Shiite militias. There is a sense that Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s government has more political traction than any of its predecessors… American military commanders are seeing a new confidence among Iraqi leaders.
Where is that civil war that the Age‘s Australian Journalist of the Year, atrocity-mongering Paul McGeough, so eagerly predicted, again and again and again. Where is that catastrophe Fairfax readers were assured was already obvious?
Iraq is a standing indictment of Western journalism. Nothing we see there today remotely matches what the vast bulk of Western reporting told us to expect.
A computer for every student, a bill for every state
One of the biggest promises Kevin Rudd made turns out to be unaffordable:
A brawl is brewing between the NSW and Federal governments over the education revolution, risking the roll-out of thousands of computers to NSW schools.
Other Labor states are warning the Federal Government that its pledge to spend $1.2billion on computers for schools could cost the states up to four times that to implement…
NSW number-crunchers have assessed that to implement the round one roll-out to its state schools, it needs $59.1million in capital and $28million in recurrent funding from the Commonwealth. NSW Labor has warned its federal counterparts it will not help them honour their election commitments.
Shut up and smile
The politics of race in Britain is tricky - and tripping over hidden wires can cost you plenty. Example one:
A MUSLIM woman who said she was rejected for job in a trendy hair salon because she wore a headscarf has picked up £4,000 for her hurt “feelings"…
(Salon owner Sarah) Desrosiers said Ms Noah, of Acton, west London, was turned down because she needed stylists to reflect the “funky, urban” image of her salon and showcase alternative hairstyles…
“I never in a million years dreamt that somebody would be completely against the display of hair and be in this industry. I don’t feel I deserve it.”
There are four good things about this latest petition by the country’s leading alarmists:
Global warming is accelerating. The Arctic summer sea ice is expected to melt entirely within the next five years… (W)e risk huge human and societal costs and perhaps even the effective end of industrial civilisation. We need to cease our assault on our own life support system, and that of millions of species. Global warming is only one of many symptoms of that assault… This is a last call for an effective response to global warming.
Cooling kills children
Global cooling will be deadlier than warming, as Peru now shows:
As Peru remains in the grip of intense cold — meteorologists have registered temperatures dipping to -22°C, or 7.60 F — the cold weather death toll continues to rise. Sixty-one children have died since April 13.
An $8 billion green tax (UPDATE: And blowtorch backdown)
Yes, but who pays for all that?
THE Rudd Government faces a massive payout of more than $1.6 billion a year to families, to offset rising energy and fuel prices under a new emissions trading system (ETS)… A landmark CSIRO study… also finds an emissions trading system to be introduced from 2010 will raise more than $8 billion in additional revenue for Canberra.
All that in an election year. When the world hasn’t warmed since 1998. When this wouldn’t lower temperatures anyway. And put a tough, economics-savvy leader in charge of the Liberals…
Tracy Bevan says Jane McGrath's legacy will live on
Tracy Bevan says Jane McGrath would be thrilled to see the level of support the public have given to her family and friends.
Comedian George Carlin dead at 71
Highly influential comedian George Carlin has died of heart failure at the age of 71.
We can stop pandering to Mid East dictators
The middle east is holding the rest of the world to ransom with their control of oil supply. It's about time we started taking control back, according to Alan Jones.