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Stupidity on a global scale


Vol. 4, No. 8, 19/3/2003

From the editor
Writing is easy?
Web content tip
Email tip
Readers write
The Y Files
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Weekly thought
Top links from last week
AD - Guide to Net info for Aussie journalists
Things that make you go huh?

From the editor

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What are you supposed to do on the eve of war?

More to the point, what can you do against stupid men with stupid pride, stupid grudges, stupid values and stupid weapons (is "smart bomb" an oxymoron or what")?

Aren't we living in the enlightened 21st century? Have we exhausted all weapons of mass communication?

When you come down to it, most conflict is a result of a breakdown in communication. In an era of information and communication technologies how could we arrive at such a ridiculous impasse?

My restaurateur baby brother (who turned 33 yesterday) and his young teacher wife live in Dubai, just across the Persian Gulf from Iraq. They're saving money to raise a family.

How many other brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, nephews, nieces, partners, grandchildren, colleagues and friends have been forced into this stupid conflict?

Alas I don't have children but I pity the poor parents and teachers who have to explain this war - "But Mummy you said it's wrong to hit back."

What message are we sending to the kids?



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Web content tip

How will journalists and other online content creators cover the war in Iraq? Many of you sent in war-related sites to share this week. Thank you.

Covering the next war online -

A forum for journalists covering war and terrorism -

A letter from Michael Moore to George W Bush -

Democratic Underground -

Disinfopedia -

Not in our name -

Women for a Free Iraq -


Email tip

As junk mail threatens to clog communication's arteries, businesses count the cost -



Readers write

A cheeky baboon gives an African boy a run for his bananas in this richly illustrated new kids' book -


The Y Files

Thanks to Robyn from Brisbane for her question -

Q - From a web perspective is double inverted commas better than single? I imagine the double is easier to see than single so I've probably answered my question. I figure that you being the guru on web
would certainly know.

A - Yep, I'd agree with you on that, Robyn. The test for any punctuation online is which is more readable (or what does your online style guide dictate)?

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Surf Club (web site reviews)

When youíre far from home, itís comforting to know help is only a mouse click away. Meet up with other Aussies abroad in your areas, get the news and sport from Oz, see whoís touring, order your Vegemite, sports clothing or videos,, or download an Aussie-flavoured screensaver.
In a net shell: Cooee.

Cook It Quick
If youíre like 70 per cent of the population, you donít have a clue what's for dinner until 4pm or later. The University of Nebraska prepared this site with timesaving tips for preparing quick, healthy meals, from organising recipes to cooking with children (as helpers, not ingredients).
In a net shell: Quick sticks.

Letter Project
Type in a message, hit "go" and your words will appear letter by letter. So what? Each letter is held up by one person who has sent in his or her photograph to be part of this unusual dynamic alphabet. Follow the link to send an e-card version to a friend.
In a net shell: Personalised messages.

Keep it together wherever you go with this simple, easy-to-use web-based personal information manager. Use it to create, manage and share notes or reminders accessible anywhere, anytime. You can even send email reminders to your mobile phone or email address. Get it while itís fr*ee.
In a net shell: Portable.

"If you canít motivate employees with vision, why not try inspiring them with fear?" The creators of Despair.com aim to increase success by lowering expectations. Inspire your staff to new lows with the "demotivators". If you want to be really disappointed, buy the pessimistís mug or DespairWear.
In a net shell: Bitter truths.

Classical Music Search
Ever get a melody stuck in your head but you canít remember the title or composer? Key in the notes on the melody search engine and it will search a database of more than 1500 classical music melodies for the one you seek.
In a net shell: Sanity saver.

Reader choice

Save Wollumbin
Wollumbin State Forest, on the slopes of the extinct sacred volcano Mt Warning in far north-eastern New South Wales, has one of the highest conservation priorites in Australia. Without your help, the forest and its inhabitants could become extinct at the hands of loggers. Find out how you can help.
- Submitted by Pete of Uki

Send a brief review of your favourite site to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Weekly thought

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." - Albert Einstein.


Top links from last week

(not available this week due to technical difficulties)

* to reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web site in your own publication, please email yvette@brizcomm.com.au


AD - Guide to Net info for Aussie journalists

Find experts, contacts and Net-based sources of Australian facts, figures and background information in Belinda Weaver's Guide to Internet information sources for Australian journalists -

And keep up to date with whatís new at http://journoz.blogspot.com/


Things that make you go huh?

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Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
PO Box 2026 Bardon Qld 4065 Australia

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