Given my comments on APEC and the water cannon the other night, I was struck my this letter in the SMH today:
Well suited for protest
Memo to security: my business colleague and I have decided to march on our APEC holiday. Could you bear in mind that we'll be the ones in suits and ties? I know I'll be OK, but I fear my friend is getting too old to flee the water cannon.
T. Thornett Wollstonecraft
Gerry has also posted on the subject as he is involved in non-violent protest but I fear, as does he, that what my deputy headmaster in years 10-12 used to call the "lunatic fringe" will fuck it up for the genuine protesters.
Iemma has cleared 200 cells for the anticipated tally and if you don't think that the police will be under orders to ensure that there's standing room only, you're deluded. Shows of force are meant to keep the populace docile and submissive, and APEC is a massive opportunity for the forces of right.
In fact I'll be in Sydney but gone before the stuff starts, I hope.
In the absence of any recollection of stuff over the last couple of days that I may have thought interesting at the time, I'll be leaving it here.
Update - oh no, not yet. Class joke in the comments at Harry Hutton's place:
A Buddhist walks into a pizza takeaway and says 'make me one with everything'.
Hadn't heard that one before. Very good!
Update 2...I remembered a discussion with a like-minded mate during the week. We were discussing the Haneef affair and agreed that it was no longer possible to have any confidence at all in the Federal Police. We also agreed (I told you we were like-minded) what a terrible thing this was - if we are in increasingly dangerous times as we are constantly reminded, not least by a barrage of government TV advertising, then shouldn't we have complete reliance on the Federal Police? What happens if the Army is proven to be politically compromised?