Is this meant to be a recommendation? or just a statement that he is connected?

Most recently, Podesta served as co-chair of President Obama’s transition, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming administration’s agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.

How is the appointment thing going?


Information obesity

It occurred to me that I was suffering from information obesity. Prosperity has caused most of us to go from problems associated too little food to problems associated with too much food. Until you adjust to the change, hoarding and binging can make you fat, sick, and miserable. Once I started thinking about information the same way, I could just picture the greasy fat folds in my brain.

There’s nothing wrong with data as such, but please! Lay off the carbs and get some exercise. Make decisions and move on. And remember to wipe down the equipment before you leave.

this post makes me feel better about my data addiction. but worse about prospective camping trips.

Not too long ago this would have been the basis for an entire article in Monday’s paper

Update: Joe Hockey has been meeting with Peter Dutton at his Sydney home, sparking speculation that his run is on. Presumably his meeting with Howard yesterday gives symbolic legitimacy to some sort of claim to be in the Liberal apostolic succession, unlike Turnbull. It seems unlikely that if Hockey does run, Turnbull will step aside. Andrews might also run as a candidate of those who won’t support a moderate under any circumstances.

The meeting would have been reported as be ‘speculation’ not fact.

Police to have power to strip-search at random

Proposed new powers

Police can search anybody in a ”designated area” even if officers do not have any reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing by that person.

■ Any area where there has been an incident of violence involving a weapon in the past year can be deemed a designated area; as can any place where police suspect there may be trouble; or any major event precinct.

■ There are no limits on the size of a designated area, although it can only last 12 hours.

■ A new offence of disorderly conduct has been created.

■ Police will get power to fine people for the offences of drunk and disorderly, disorderly conduct and for being drunk.

■ Officers can demand somebody ”move on” if they believe they may be going to commit a breach of the peace.

ah yes the much heralded Human Rights Charter:
The ”stop and search” tactic is part of a law and order crackdown set to be passed by State Parliament, despite the Government conceding that the legislation breaches the Victorian Human Rights Charter.

AFP: Washington to pay 13.7 million to mistreated protesters

Washington to pay 13.7 million to mistreated protesters

(AFP)–3 days ago

WASHINGTON — The city of Washington has agreed to pay 13.7 million dollars to some 700 demonstrators and bystanders mistreated by police during demonstrations against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in 2000.

“We think it’s an historic settlement. It’s the largest settlement for a protest case in Washington D.C. and we believe in the country,” Partnership for Civil Justice, which filed the class action lawsuit, said in a statement.

The settlement after nine years of legal action was signed Monday and needs to be confirmed by the courts in the coming months, Partnership spokeswoman Mara Verheyden-Hilliard told AFP on Tuesday.

Around 680 demonstrators and some unsuspecting tourists and reporters were arrested in April 2000 during World Bank and IMF meetings in the US capital. The marches followed similar protests during a World Trade Organization meeting months earlier in Seattle, Washington state.

“Some of them were held on a bus with their hands tied behind their back for up to 12 hours. They were denied food, water, people were not allowed to go to the bathroom. People on the bus would be forced to urinate on themselves,” the spokeswoman said.

None of the people arrested were charged. Verheyden-Hilliard said the police action as a “mass false arrest.”

Each member of the class action suit is to receive about 18,000 dollars in the settlement.

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Around 680 demonstrators and some unsuspecting tourists and reporters were arrested in April 2000 during World Bank and IMF meetings in the US capital.

None of the people arrested were charged.