Google denies Oz-blurring black op
Sydney goes fuzzy ahead of APEC summit
Internet world superpower Google has denied conducting an Oz-blurring black op with its client state the US of A, which appears to have thrown out of focus swathes of Sydney ahead of the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
For those of you not up to speed on APEC, the Lucky Country will from 2 September host 21 world leaders including George Bush, necessitating the mobilisation of 5,000 police and army personnel who have been assigned to "lock down the city", as the Sydney Morning Herald puts it.
Accordingly, the Sydney Opera House, Convention Centre, and the NSW Government House will be off-limits to law-abiding citizens and al-Qaeda alike. And just in case the Friends of Ozzie decide to rain airborne death on the city's central business district, it appears they won't be using Google Earth to do it:
Yup, whereas before the Opera House could be seen in all its glory, the sat images have been replaced with terror-busting lo-res snaps evidently designed to thwart al-Qaeda's Down Under comedy kamikaze cadres.
Google has, naturally, denied even the faintest sound of black helicopters. The company's Australia spokesman Rob Shilkin insisted: "This has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with APEC. We're re-sourcing our imagery for parts of Sydney as a result of a commercial issue with one of our suppliers, so some of the highest-res images have been temporarily replaced."
Well, he would say that, wouldn't he? ®
Lucky Country ????
Oh yes Sydney is about to descend into even more chaos than usual - How Lucky we are.
We have had Blackhawks thundering up Pitt St on anti- terrorist exercises then turning around and thundering down the other way again.
At the moment we have some other helicopter (looks like a police logo on it) Flying around Circular quay and up Pitt st doing goodness knows what.
I am sure we are in more danger from these Helicopters (and so called anti-Terror exercises) than from Terrorists - of course if I was a Terrorist I would not muck about with explosives and stuff I would string a few steel cables between buildings down Pitt st and just wait for one of the Helicopters to run into them or if you wanted to be a bit more sophisticated and still have something go bang throw the cables across when ...... Oh hang on don't want those Terrorist nut-cases to get any ideas.....
If they can get all mobile phones in Sydney CBD shutdown...
I'm sure it's no big deal to get Google to temporarily change a few fiddling photos when they have the power to get all mobile phones in Sydney CBD shutoff for the duration.
Not to mention the mass street closures, rail closures and the all-but-essential restriction of civilian traffic into the city. You'd think we were living in 1963 Poland, not 2007 Australia.
Of course, you could always just use the government's photos
We don't need no stinking Google Earth when the state is printing its own satellite photos of the APEC meeting site.