From Neil Gaiman's Journal:
I don't know if it's mentioned in the sequel itself but in the game Enter the Matrix, Morpheus has a phone number that leads to a front so other rebels can contact him in the Matrix. The name of the fake buiness is called The Daniel Institute of Dream interpretation. Now I didn't get it the first couple of times because I went straight from the Morpheus Dream connection it was only the third time or so that I read it that I realised that Daniel was a definite Sandman reference. I admit once I made the connection I was very pleased to see they had made a little shout out for Sandman fans.
Do you know if Morpheus in general was a direct shout out to your Sandman work?
There was an article someone forwarded to me when the first Matrix film came out, an interview where Lawrence Fishburne talked about meeting DC Comics' Head Jenette Kahn on a plane, and how she gave him some Sandman books, which he didn't read until he was cast in the Matrix, and was told by the Wachowskis that his part should be played like Morpheus in the Sandman comics. But that was the only mention I've ever seen.
How is Sandman supposed to sound? You know, black dialogue boxes and all...
Like the voice inside of your head. Or failing that, like the voice inside of my head...
Finally, the EU is moving towards common sense:
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) takes up nearly half of all EU spending and is blamed for encouraging massive overproduction - creating notorious "food mountains" and exports at subsidised prices.
The European Commission wants to abolish the subsidies, and replace them with a single payment which would reduce over time, leaving farmers to make decisions according to what consumers want, rather than how much subsidy they could earn.
BBC environment correspondent Tim Hirsch says there is great pressure to reach agreement this week ahead of world trade talks in Mexico in September where farm subsidies will be a major issue.
Under the proposed plan, the money saved from scrapping subsidies would be used to help boost rural development and environmental protection.
The EU subsidies on farming make it much harder for the African farming communities to export produce to Europe, making their financial situation much worse. By changing this, we can hopefully improve their situation dramatically.