I went straight from Java One to a mini-vacation, thus mostly missing the Live 8 noise. But it’s not too late to get your name or your face on the list, and—more important—send a personal communication (I’d suggest FAX or voicemail) to your own Member of Parliament or Deputy or Congressperson, saying you’re a voter and you think they should pass the word along to take the Live 8 message seriously. I’ll do that, and for those who wonder why the Live 8’ers are moaning about trade policy, here’s why. And on that subject, there’s good news: Apparently, President Bush said this morning that he’d drop the idiotic US agribiz subsidies if the Europeans would drop their even-more-idiotic ones. Good on ya, W, and to my American readers: right now would be a good time let your local politician know you approve.