Archive for June 7, 2004

The Demise Of China

June 7, 2004

Responding to an unprecedented boom in computer game popularity, China’s government established a censorship task force this week to monitor the content of imported games for offensive or politically sensitive content.

Ministry of Culture officials said all online and wireless games produced outside the country will now be subject to examination first before they can be legally distributed within the country. Foreign producers of online games already in distribution must submit those products to MOC examinations by Sept. 1, or face punishment.

First off the rank would have to be the latest expansion to Civilization 3, “Conquests“. Why? Because mighty China, the undisputed king of the original Civ3 and its first expansion “Play The World”, has been well and truly nerfed by the new game rules.

Those not interested in Civ 3 (which is probably most of you), kindly skip to the next post.

Election Poll

June 7, 2004

Tim Dunlop is seeking indications of how the bloggers will vote in this year’s federal election. Read the comments and maybe leave your own here.

Bag End

June 7, 2004

Why does Mark Latham hate plastic bags so much? Could it be that the trauma of having a heavily laden plastic bag split and spill one of your two tins of beans strikes a little too close to home for Australia’s most beloved stag?

Consumers will have to pay extra for plastic shopping bags under a Labor plan to slash the number of bags that end up as litter.

Opposition Leader Mark Latham said yesterday that a Labor government would stop retailers giving away plastic bags by the end of 2007 and set a minimum charge for bags.

“We all know the system where you put your groceries in the plastic bag,” he said. “That is what we are hoping to phase out and then ban.”

Luckily, the West Australian contains handy cheat codes for those readers who are unable to determine the good policy ideas from the bad:

The Democrats and Greens have long been supporters of a levy on plastic bags.

On the plus side, it’s good to know that Mr media darling has already solved all the big problems, and now has time to play around with the fine tuning. I can only guess that he’s saving the killer “Be Excellent To Each Other – And Party On Dudes!” policy for closer to election time.

WA Police Are Cowardly Thugs

June 7, 2004

I wasn’t able to blog on the disgusting actions of WA Police last week due to my phone troubles. So let’s take a look now:

Police Minister Michelle Roberts said she was appalled by what she had been told about the incident.

“I wouldn’t have thought that any police officers would engage in this kind of behaviour, on duty or off duty,” she said.

In which case, lady, you are a fucking idiot and not qualified to hold the position. Have you been living in a cave? Resign.

And how are the officers being dealt with?

Mr Atherton says seven officers have been moved out of the tactical investigation group pending the outcome of the inquiry.

It’s truly disgusting that these corrupt pieces of shit are getting away with this. Police hold the threat of retaliation over the head of any citizen who so much as looks sideways at them in the street.

When they are caught behaving like the corrupt, power-addicted psychos most of them are – whether it’s ramming kids heads through patrol car windows or threatening police harassment in civilian disputes – they should be punished to full extent of the law.

And as for the cop who tried to charge the US student with assault because he lost a fight? You’re a coward and a crybaby. I would say you are a disgrace to the force, but the fact is that the actions of the officers last week are nothing out of the ordinary for WA Police.