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Moveon.org are running a competition for the best anti george bush ad. Its well worth having a look at http://www.bushin30seconds.org/

Two of my favourites are "If Parents Acted Like Bush" and "If The Bush Administration Was Your Roommate"
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The Shins - "Things to come" is a one of the most beautiful songs of 2003.
You must listen to it!

Download Kazaa Lite http://www.k-lite.tk/index.asp
and search in audio for The Shins Things to come

Eyeless in the morning sun you were
pale and mild, a modern girl
taken with thought,still prone to care
makin tea in your underwear
went out in the yard to find

something to eat and clear your mind
something bad inside me went away

quaking leaves and broken light
shifting skin the coming night
the bearers of all good things arrive
climb inside us, twist and cry
a kiss on your molten eyes

myriad lives like blades of grass
yet to be realized
bow as they pass

they are cold,
waiting in the ether
to form,
only to die

they are cold,
waiting in the ether
to form,
only to die

they'll end,
and strangely
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"Maybe I'm missing something here. I mean, we're going to have kind of a nation-building corps from America? Absolutely not. It needs to be in our vital interest, the mission needs to be clear, and the exit strategy obvious. I'm not so sure the role of the United States is to go around the world and say this is the way it's got to be. I think the United States must be humble … in how we treat nations that are figuring out how to chart their own course." - George W Bush

Thhis is the platform that Bush was elected on. Can we believe anything he says?
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I'm tired of live journal. Here's why.

One person I know writes the most unbelievably boring posts all the time.

Another, who I liked offline, spends all their time seeking attention by describing their childish anxieties in excruciating detail, while doing nothing about it.

A third who Ive known for over 20 years. Has written 8000+ entries describing her depression, her anxieties and her husbands idiocies. Where as I know that her husband is a very generous although sometimes thoughtless man, she has a mild mental illness and refuses to do anything about it except whine, complain and moan. Worse an online "friend" has been encouraging her to abandon her husband and run off for a lesbian affair with her. When I said her husband was generous her lesbian internet lover jumped down my throat.

A fourth person who I know through gaming used her journal to attack and slander me for something trivial in order to get some sort of power advantage in a games club. The rest of the time her post are as boring as mud.

A fifth young soldier in Iraq who I like has had his journal taken over by a right wing American fascist female friend after he was wounded in Iraq. She got all her red neck online friends to gang up on me when I said he shouldn't support a government that had nearly got him killed for no good reason. Now his journal has become a republican propaganda machine.

The rest of the time I post things to my journal and no-one responds.

Im bored with the whole thing. So many Live Journal people are so childish, so anxious, so boring, so narrow minded and so ignorant. Live Journal has damaged my relationship with people I knew offline by revealing just how horrible they really are.

Ive just gone and removed a whole bunch of people from my friends list. If your still on my friends list I am still interested in what you have to say. Probably because you write well, your interesting and your open minded.

I like to write. Im creative, intelligent and well educated but Ive had it up to here with Live Journal.

If anyone knows any really witty, intelligent, open minded and sophisticated journals by mature people who like to talk about the world not just their anxieties, please let me know.

I think this will be my last post for a while. Im just exhausted by the whole experience.

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I'm trying to get all my Livejournal friends' locations plotted on a map - please add your location starting with this form.
(Then get your friends to!)
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On the plus side work is going well, with one of my project teams deploying a major project to the web on sunday morning.

We have to deploy to the web server on saturday night because thats when the fewest users are impacted by the site going down. We had a team of eight people in the office from 10pm to 7am. Two developers, three testers, one DBA, one Architect, one network engineer and myself the project manager. The mood was festive with party food, a sony playstation, pizza and office football. During deployments people basically take turns doing things so there is a lot of downtime unless there is a problem to be fixed. As project manager most of my work is involved with organising things before hand and managing stakeholders so at midight I went home. All went well really, with the new sections of the site changed and a number of bugs found and fixed in production, however one back end section had to be completed monday (today) because extensive testing was required. Lots of running around today fixing bugs.

I had some good feedback from my manager on the project:
* Developers are happy with your level of ownership and involvement
* Obviously managing stakeholder and external communication well
* Felt your involvement has kept the project on track
* Good work basically

Ah positive feedback. I love it.

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For the last few weeks I've been helping to organise Arcanacon. An Australian Games playing convention where 350+ gamers get together for 4 days each January to play role-playing games (D&D / Vampire etc) and miniature war games. Its been going for 21 years and it's lots of fun. See http://www.arcanacon.org

I went into the organising committee enthusiastically but I've found it a very frustrating experience. While many of the committee members would see themselves as being quite alternative or tolerant in a sexual and political sense I have found the committee to be very resistant to suggestions for doing things differently to last year. There's a strong undercurrent of hostility to questioning or suggesting things. Some people just seem to want me to shut up and do what Im told. I've been in management roles for several years and I'm very confident in my professional skills in project management and marketing so I don't appreciate being treated like a junior.

Thinking about it again I realise that I joined the Arcanacon organising committee because I enjoy role-playing and I wanted to get more involved in it again after a long absence. Also, I wanted to get to know some of the people on the committee better because I enjoyed meeting them at conventions. Lastly I wanted to apply the professional skills I've developed in management and marketing in a creative way to a hobby I enjoy.

Now I wonder why I bother, because really there is far more to my life than Arcanacon and there doesn't seem much point in doing it if I'm not enjoying it. I've decided therefore, that I will scale back my involvement to observer status and just see what happens. I’m curious to see how it turns out and perhaps I can find some small task that needs doing that I will enjoy doing. That way I can take a low stress approach and enjoy peoples company more.

I wonder if this is the nature of volunteer organisations or is it just that organising things brings out the worst in gamers.

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Liberals: http://www.csmonitor.com/specials/neocon/quiz/neoconQuiz.html

Are wary of American arrogance and hypocrisy
Trace much of today's anti-American hatred to previous US foreign policies.
Believe political solutions are inherently superior to military solutions
Believe the US is morally bound to intervene in humanitarian crises
Oppose American imperialism
Support international law, alliances, and agreements
Encourage US participation in the UN
Believe US economic policies must help lift up the world's poor

Mind you Im an Australian - but we are heavily impacted by US policy as well. Especially since 80 of our people were blown up in Bali by muslim suicide bombers last year and our special forces are in Iraq.

Learn all about the new US imperialists and find out whether you are a "neo con" at http://www.csmonitor.com/specials/neocon/index.html

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Sum up your opinion or impression of me in one word, leave it as a comment in this posting, and then post this sentence in your own journal.
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You might be interested to know that before the war The CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency and other U.S. spy agencies unanimously agreed in a "National Intelligence Estimate" report to the President that Baghdad had not sponsored past terrorist attacks against America, was not operating in concert with al-Qaida, and was not a terrorist threat to America. http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=34930 And despite all efforts the US has not yet found any stocks of weapons of mass destruction of any kind. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/3160602.stm The vice-president of the Senate Intelligence Committee - Jay Rockefeller, a Democrat - said America's armed forces had been put at risk, based on a threat that appeared not to have existed.

On a personal note let me say that I think its great that US tropps have overthrown a terrible tyrant who treated his people viciously. However, I dont think that was the real reason why they were sent there. After all the US was a supporter of Saddam Hussein when Iraq was at war with Iran and he was just as much a vicious tyrant then.

So why are US forces in Iraq?

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