Thursday, July 31, 2003

I'm going away for the weekend, and so posting probably won't resume until early next week. Not that it'd concern anyone anyway, but hey.

Argh. University. Ugh. Ergh. I can't think of any other cool-sounding groan and/or heave sounds, but you get what I mean.

Before I go, Frank J., one of the funniest bloggers on earth, has requested that everyone link to him due to him being relegated to a lowly monkey in the blogging ecosystem. Well, it's a bit late for me to be linking right now, as he's a mortal human now, but hey. Don't say I never done nothing for the peoples. Or people.... Person.... Whatever. Shut up, I have a 3-day weekend. And you probably don't. Sucker.

OH YEAH!!! I'm number one in Google search! Well, I am at this very point in time, anyway. Don't burst my bubble!

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Oh dear.

Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

The last week has, for once, actually left me without a reasonable amount of time to consistently update this blog. When I haven't posted at least once per day, it's like a weight on my shoulders that I know I should do, but just never get around to it. I enjoy it, but I just haven't had the time lately! To make things worse, I think I'm developing some kind of RSI in my right wrist due to over-using computers. Damn university studies! Damn them to hell! Anyway, because of this, I'm trying to spend as little time in front of a computer as possible, although I'm sure that I'll inevitably end up spending a fair bit of time there anyway. I have assignments piling up and I need to start now! On a vaguely related note; I finally got my hands on my last textbook for this semester today! "The Growth of the International Economy 1820-2000" by A.G. Kenwood and A.L. Lougheed. Although it's an economics textbook, it's actually rather interesting as it's not all graphs and technical garbage. Neat.

Anyway, enough about me and my lousy excuses. I'm going to see how I'm going for time management over the next while, and if I'm good, I'll be able to do at least one bit of writing per day and put it up on this blog. Times are a-changin', and I'm thinking I'll take this lowly blog in a new direction. Any ideas would be appreciated. My email is on the page. If you can't find it, you're just a damn dope.

Anyway, until I decide where I'm going to take this page, you're going to have to bear with me while I fumble my way to reaching a decision, as well as outdoing my marks from semester 1. Fun!

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Oh no!! I was trying to do a full week of solid blogging, but my attempt has been foiled once again! Usually, the only blogging time I get is of an afternoon or evening, but I was occupied this afternoon and evening with other matters. Whoops!

I'll see how I'm going for time tomorrow. Expect a super-sized update!

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

I've been especially taking the piss out of communism and socialism lately and I know should stop, but it's just so fun and easy! Anyway, here's proof that anything a communist organisation tries won't work:

The Communist Youth of Australia web site!

UPDATE: Good God! The page works! It seems to arbitrarily decide whether it wants to work or not. Oh well, evidently those stupid communists aren't prepared to pay somebody else for the service their offering (hence the free Geocities domain). It's all everybody else's fault but theirs!

It's good to keep an eye on what's going on around me, especially around my general area. I just found out about a protest in Brisbane on the 13th of September [article in question written by (I'm guessing) Dave Charlton].

An organising meeting for all who want to be build a protest in brisbane as part of a global protest agianst war and poverty on 13th September when the WTO meet in Mexico.

I know a few people out there like to whinge and whine about stuff like this, but if I were to attend one of these protests, I'd at least insist that it was organised properly. Preferably by somebody who had somewhat more advanced grammatical and spelling skills (the average primary school graduate would suffice). Another thing; I'm sure protesting directly against poverty will make it go away. Let's read on a bit more:

It is a powerful reason for anti-war activists and those opposing the destructive policies of free trade to come together and protest against the priorities of war and profit.

In Cancun, world leaders, treasury bureaucrats and bankers will be planning how they can continue to drive through the neo-liberal agenda of privatisation and austerity.

Free trade? Destructive? Listen, pal, your entire way of life came from gradual liberalisation of trade and the economy. Us right-wingers are just so evil, aren't we?

Agreements such as GATS—the General Agreement on Trade in Services—if successfully negotiated will open health, education and other vital public services to assault by profit-driven corporations.

It isn't open up to it already? Anyway, although it's not advertised, non-profit organisations (including the government) run on a profit-driven agenda. Everybody must have pure evil spewing out their ears! The horror!

The free trade agenda of Western multinational corporations, debt and structural adjustment is creating poverty and hardship for millions in both developing and developed countries who are regarded as “collateral damage”.

Read up on the economic progress of South Korea, Taiwan and, well, any recently-developed Asian country. Where did they begin? What's your plan to slow the economic leaders down to let the slow guys catch up, smart guy? As for "collateral damage", I thought politically-correct types such as yourself like those dumbed-down, sugar-coated expressions? I know I'm not alone when I say I don't really care how "collateral damage" is expressed. We all know what it is they're talking about.

Not only are WTO-style policies often responsible for generating the political tensions that lead to war in many parts of the world.

But the US-led war on Iraq shows how the US and its allies like Australia see war as simply another means of extending the neo-liberal project around the globe.

Memo to Dave Charlton: Try to pass your next English class. It'll be worth it. Now, I like how you made the initial accusation without any trace of evidence (probably because it's rather lacking), and also how you changed the subject almost entirely when current conflicts are brought up. Anyway, you want the U.S. and it's allies to rebuild Iraq, right? And yet you'd be opposed to the rebuilding of Iraq being paid for by taxpayers because you didn't want the war, right? So, who else can we turn to? It's those evil, nasty profit-driven corporations! Keep the Iraqi's out of jobs!

Has there been a more sickening sight than the US, Australian and British governments squabbling over lucrative contracts to “rebuild” Iraq?

You know nothing about Saddam Hussein, do you?

Activists from organisations such as the Greens, Friends of the Earth and Aidwatch in Sydney and Melbourne have already met to begin planning for protests in Australia.

Don't forget the Australian Communist Party and the Socialist Alliance! Oh wait, the people you're trying to convince to attend your protest don't like those filthy, stinking commies, do they? Oops.

Look at this garbage. It says below the picture:

Presented in the spirit of peace activism, human rights and sustainable futures.

Um, am I the only person who looked at the "satire", read that bit of text below the picture, and then cracked up laughing? I mean, if these guys are going to run Australia into an apathetic, socialist hell-hole, you'd at least want them to be a little more mature when taking on their opponents. Right?

Thanks to Tim Blair's latest edition of Media Watch Watch, I am really ... um... annoyed. Yes, that's the word. Annoyed at the ABC.

Monday, July 21, 2003

The British Formula One Grand Prix was very controversial and action-packed. It's a shame that I missed the telecast.

I saw a clip on the news tonight that featured the commentator James Allen exclaiming "we have a lunatic on the track," or something along those lines. An inquiry has been launched.

To add further insult to injury, the race weekend was also rocked by tragedy.

Whoa! Reggie won Big Brother!

I have a hunch that she'll go on to promote Toyota cars.

Sound the alarms! Brisbane city is under attack from socialists!

Wait, that's not news at all. Many people, including myself, would have been aware of it for quite a long time. It's kind of weird, considering how Queensland was the birthplace of the One Nation party, but all the socialists and other assorted wet lefties had to move somewhere I guess. Anyway, I'm not sure whether it's laughable or just ri-goddamn-diculous to walk down the street every day, like I do, and see all these posters on light poles and walls that read along the lines of "STOP THE U.S. HEGEMONY!"; "BOOKS NOT BOMBS!"; "SOCIALIST REVOLUTION IS THE ONLY TRUE REVOLUTION!" amongst other garbage.

Anyway, I think it's time to fight off this "resistance" using fire. In a manner of speaking, anyway. Here are my suggestions for Crushing The Dissent™:

- "Only freedom from taxes is true freedom!"

- "Not employing smelly hippies is awesome!"

- "Quit yer bitching!"

- "How can the focus be on progress and destruction at the same time?"

And my personal favourite:

- "No, it's true. We really are out to get you!"

Friday, July 18, 2003

Even a storm can beat up the French. Heh heh heh.

We are all led to believe that lasagne is an Italian food, right? Well historians have changed the outcome by measuring it.

Yeah, that's right. British lasagne apparently predates Italian lasagne. Take that!

I'm almost completely sure that Frank J. doesn't know who I am, but I do know that he is the funniest bastard on the face of the earth. Well, one of them anyway.

Today (actually I'm pretty sure it was yesterday, but I was busy yesterday, so I'm linking to it today), he knows how to fix those North Koreans.

If you're a fan of reality tv, prepare to witness the next new wave in vaguely related entertainment! Reality blogging!

Yeah, that's right, my friend Ryan is going through some tough times. Give him some viewer sympathy like only you know how to!

Another war has broken out (read comments on both posts). Sort of. It's a Tim vs. Tim affair!

What sparked the conflict was a third party blogger, known as Matt, who commented on Delta Goodrem's diagnosis of cancer, expressing his (lack of) feelings on the subject. Soon enough, both Tims had jumped in and an army from the right quickly got on to the side of Bulletin columnist Tim Blair (who mentioned me in one of his columns), and in what would seem like a remarkable paradox, an army of leftoids have formed to defend Tim Dunlop's viewpoint. There are also a number of "independents" in the battle too, as one would probably expect.

I haven't put in any comments, and probably won't, due to the fact that anything I would have said has already been said. But it's quite interesting reading. Well, I found it interesting.

I sure am back. It was a bit of an ordeal getting internet access back, but I now have it. Second semester studies have begun at uni, but I'm still going to try and maintain the blog to a better standard than I have previously. Let's go!