I just saw a ad for Swordfish and misheard it as blah-di-blah “must find the world’s best haircut” but actually they said “world’s best hacker”. I think the search for the world’s best haircut would more interesting.

Especially for those dirty perverts Leon and Julian:
Last night I had an ecstasy-fuelled lesbian orgy. It was really great. I wish I could tell you how great it was in detail, but words fail me.

“The Australian understands the cabinet signed off yesterday on the changes, which will define marriage as an exclusively heterosexual relationship between a man and a woman and will outlaw recognition of foreign gay unions.”
What a horrible day. I can’t believe a country at war took time out to ban some people from a relationship others get by default.
“One government source said last night that critics would find it harder to attack the changes as homophobic because the bans on adoption and marriage were counter-balanced by the superannuation reforms.” (news.com.au) They’re being bloody naive if they think that’s that case. Superannuation, taxation, property and custody rights should be the same for cohabiting gay or straight couples, not a special favour granted begrudgingly.
“Democrats senator Brian Greig, who is openly gay, has accused Mr Howard of “aping the reactionary politics of (US) President Bush” ? who moved earlier this year to ban gay marriage in his nation.” Well, der. I would bet a large sum of money that Bush has put pressure on Howard to rush this through.
“Despite being lobbied by gay rights groups such as Rainbow Labor, the Opposition has indicated it will support the Government’s controversial legislative amendments.
Labor plans to remove discrimination against gay couples through changes to other legislation.” (news.com.au) Gee, thanks Labor. You wouldn’t need to change legislation if gay and straight relationships had the same status. I’ve voted Labor all my life but I won’t be voting Labor in the next election.

“TERRORISTS are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack in the new few months, new “highly credible” intelligence indicates.” (news.com.au)
At least there’s some light-hearted news today: “The good news for Singapore’s secret army of clandestine chewers: gum is going on sale legally for the first time in 12 years. The bad news: if you want some, you will have to register as a gum user and show an identity card every time you buy a packet.” ()
And a good music site: blentwell.com, “an ongoing document of the evolution of blended music. A daily updated link log of hot mixsets and fresh new tracks heard online”.

So much for Melbourne’s culinary reputation: “A restaurant solely dedicated to the culinary delights of baked beans opened in Melbourne today.” (news.com.au)
“The restaurant, in the popular beachside suburb of St Kilda, will be open for only two days to test its popularity, the company said today” so hopefully it may all blow over soon.

“Growing consumer demand for shrimp is fuelling an environmental crisis in some of the world’s poorest nations, according to a new report.”

It claims “shrimp farming is destroying wetlands, polluting the land and oceans and depleting wild fish stocks.
Millions of people depend on the fish stocks for their food and livelihoods.”

“Global mangrove deforestation rates now exceed those of tropical rainforests.
The damage is being caused by pollution and by clearing of the vegetation to make way for new farms.
Chemical pollutants used in the process include antibiotics, fertilisers, disinfectants and pesticides, which could be harming human health as well as the environment, the report’s authors say.” (BBC)
Ok, it’s crap, but you can help by signing the petition and by contacting supermarkets and sandwich shops that use shrimps/prawns and asking if they ask their suppliers about possible pollution, bycatch, seabed destruction caused by trawling or farming and letting them know you won’t be buying their seafood products if they’re not using sustainable methods and ethical suppliers. Yes, I am a hippie, if not a proper vegie.