Australia Is Googling For New Spies?

from the what-keywords? dept

For those of you who are Australian and always wanted to be a spy, perhaps you should be watching the ads that show up on your Google searches. Apparently the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation is testing out its latest recruiting method: buying job ads on Google. Seems a bit odd that a spy agency would use such a method to find potential spies… but, then again, the article doesn’t note what keywords they’re using.

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The Queen's English says:

Re: Re: Re: What their searching for...

I, too, am annoyed by the butchering of the language that occurs in these online forums–their, there, they’re being a prime example. However, “they’re” is a CONTRACTION of “they are.” The only CONJUNCTION in your message is your “but.”

Spacelemur says:

Re: Re: Re:3 What their searching for...

You’re right that he said conjugation, in which case for “they are”, “are” is the third person present conjugation of “to be”.

But, you’re wrong in that “but” is a conjunction, specifically a coordinating conjunction. A conjunction is any word or group of words, other than a relative pronoun, that connects words, phrases, or clauses.

Google “english conjunctions”, I’ll wait… see? I told you.

Christopher says:


While it is funny to think of Australia as a country only interested in hanging out at the beach, Australia is actually one of the most developed countries in the world (except in broadband usage!) and most people don’t have a beach – Australia is 99.99999% inland nothingness/scrub/desert. I would assume that the beach myth propagated as a result of bad soapies exported from Sydney to the UK, like neighbors. *shudder*

Australia is also in a big diplomatic dispute with Indonesia at the moment. New Zealand is a close ally, and would not pose much of a threat in any case.

The Australian defence force and police peace-keeping force have thousands of soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and East Timor.

Nothing to spy on? I’d say they had too much on their plate! πŸ˜‰

DocSparkle says:


Chris, I think your beach % is a little overboard. I would figure it to be more along the lines of 4 decimal places rather than 5. πŸ˜‰

And I think “Home and Away” *double shudder* is the perpertrator of the beach myth.

And Aussie’s call it “Neighbours”. Aussie’s like to add a “u” to the word, its an English language thing indulged in down under as a bit of a laugh, Aussie’s add it to colour as well. πŸ˜‰

Although Australia’s forces may be well trained and spread across the globe the simple fact remains that any foreign power with the nouse would only fail to overtake Australia because of the sheer magnitude of the task, not the country’s defences. The air force is non existent and the navy is only borrowed from the US. Sad but true. πŸ™

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