I recently prodded Marco for not posting anything much for a while, and now I find myself in the same position. I am not entirely sure, but I may have already said everything I wanted to say.
I am sure 'Et tu' means 'And you', but I can't be bothered looking it up just now.
I read Jared Diamond's 'Guns, Germs and Steel,' on the suggestion of winstoninabox (the other one wasn't in the library) and didn't find much in it to disagree with. It all seemed very reasonable. You all ought to read it too, so there isn't much point in me trying to condense it to a few paragraphs. As far as it giving guidance to the cultures that are most likely to be successful, it strongly suggests that ones with a range of different power centres, where no single bureaucracy has the power to stifle innovation, are the way to go.
I am following the West Papuan situation with interest. This is one of those rare occasions where what Australia does will make a significant difference to the world.
It seems to me that the Australia/Indonesia relationship is nuch like the US/China relationship writ small and involves pretty much the same essential quandaries.
Every day I thank God that Latham is not Prime Minister. I am disappointed that politicians are lying weasels, but lying about your position on the foundation of our foreign policy is an order of magnitude more significant than lying about whether you will introduce a GST or whether you are giving hundreds of millions of dollars to Saddam Hussein. Rotten weasels. It would be nice if there was a working opposition party in Australia. It would be nicer if it had some principles. It would be even nicer if it had principles that were vaguely sensible. I finally got to see 'Serenity' the other day and was rather disappointed. Politically it was sound, though, and confirmed me in my earlier opinion that there is a 'Buffy Conservatism' which is different from, and nicer, than 'South Park Conservatism'. I should like to see a political movement based on the work of Joss Whedon. Perhaps I should see if there is something on 'Serenity' in 'Film Forensics' that I could comment on? I shall wander off and check...