Thursday, December 30, 2004
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
I wrote a poem tonight, which can be found at my site, http://writingcorner.cjb.net, and I did a little bit on my novel (refer to meter at left).
Also I got a digital camera for christmas, which is great. But I'm having trouble, getting the photos onto the computer, I even wasted $30 on a compact flash card reader. The thing is, it's my computer. Well in the process I managed to make my computer faster, give it more free space, and remove some virus' and spyware, but still no pictures to show you. It's a shame, I really want to change my profile picture to something less formal. I'm still alive, are you? Leave a comment if your still here reading.
Friday, December 24, 2004
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Monday, December 20, 2004
Darfur is not getting any better, further raids, including by air have ravaged the region. The African Union are trying desperately to enforce peace in the region, but unlike the Iraq situation, international assistance is limited. With 70,000+ people dead and over 2.3 million homeless, isn't this a real problem, instead of a problem the US created in Iraq, they invaded them, not the other way around, why should they get help. But yet again the media falls silent on real problems, in favour of quibbles that feature the dictatorship of George W. Bush.
Friday, December 17, 2004
There are fears for the mental health of those hunger striking at Baxter Immigration Detention Centre. An alliance of independent psychiatrists and GP's have been formed to access those hunger striking, including those who have sewn their lips together. But the group has been denied access, the government claims that there is to much hype about the ordeal, and they shouldn't be negotiated with. Does the government have any compassion, for someone to take such a drastic stand would require some sort of severe suffering. Dr Newman said: "This latest outbreak of despair and self-harm is entirely predictable. Long-term detention damages psychological health and the prospect of indefinite detention results in hopelessness and mental deterioration."
Thursday, December 16, 2004
Whilst watching iRobot, which has a cool message at the end, I came up with a little bit for my novel when I was daydreaming. So tonight I'm ready to keep typing away, at the detriment of my parents, who find the 'tatter tatter' of the keyboard increasingly irritating.
One other thing, my results are in tomorrow, so I'll be on the net in the morning in a rush to release the pressure, and then either party hard or drown my sorrows.
Monday, December 13, 2004
An Asylum seeker from Iran has been seen protesting on the roof of Baxter Detention centre screaming, "I am a Christian, and I cannot go back to Iran.", he is part of 22 other detainees who have been on a hunger stike for just over a week, five stiching their lips together. The man said his rooftop protest was the only way he could show his plight to the Australian public.
Last night I got writing again, it was only a little bit, and I did a little bit more this evening. Tomorrow I'm off to the beach, so I'll have to wait until tomorrow night to do some more, but then again I might get into it tonight, I'll keep you posted.
Saturday, December 11, 2004
With no writing, you'd think I'd be doing nothing, but I have been doing something. I have been working on an article for a webzine, from the US. The article is on the Australian refugee issue, and it's basically an overview of the whole issue. I sent the article away to the editor for a first look and he sent it back with notes for me to fix it up, this experience is extremely enjoyable and worthwhile.
Friday, December 10, 2004
George Bush is going to cut humanitarian aid to countries that wont grant the US immunity from a future war crimes tribunal. By doing this hasn't he basically admitted to war crimes? If not, why would he do something so drastic? I know that the US are guilty of atrocious acts during the war, even though the mainstream media in Australia won't peep a word of it. It's because I care, I enough to find the real truth, and not some fake story telling me the American's are doing a noble thing. The problems run right into the American Army culture, the music in the comms, the kind of culture that instills killing people as an ok thing, and a way to create peace. Sorry you don't have to be a rocked scientist to realize invading a country does not equal peace, especially when it involves a large amount of civilian casualties. This really does prove that George W. Bush has no compassion.
UNICEF have released a report detailing the suffering of Children in the world. It produced some heart-breaking statistics, and makes you worry, with all the starving and sick children inhabiting the world's poorest countries, why aren't countries such as the US, Australia, UK and other healthy countries helping? They say it's not their responsibility to help out. Maybe countries should stop caring whether or not their responsible and just help out because they can. I mean the main way they do help, is to give out loans, but this leaves the country with a debt that is hampering the country from climbing out a vicious hole of poverty. A main source is conflict as stated in the report: "Fifty-nine wars were fought around the world between 1990 and 2003, and 16 of the world's 20 poorest countries suffered violent conflict in the past 15 years."
Thursday, December 09, 2004
A senate inquiry has officially found that Howard had misled the public during the 2001 election campaign over the children overboard claims.
Mr Howard and other Liberal MPs claimed that children were thrown overboard when the SIEV X 4 sank on route to Australia, full of Refugees. They used this as a major political tool to deceive the Australian public into attaching an unfair stigma to Asylum seekers. I didn't need an official inquiry to tell me that Howard lied.
But what will come of it? Will the media actually report on this adequately, the report came out at about 5pm this afternoon, and I still haven't heard anything about it except for from the Age. Isn't it a shame that I have to search articles from a Melbourne newspaper to be adequately informed when I live in Sydney, isn't it even more of a worry, that I have to turn to an amateur journalist/blogger to get some truth about the battle of Fallujah via www.fallujahinpictures.com.
A great book has been published on the SIEV X tragedy where hundreds of Asylum seekers were left to drown outside Australian waters because if the government saved them they would have to bear the responsibility of their claims for Asylum. I have put the book on my chrissy wish-list. I just hope my racist grandparents won't realize what the book is all about and then decide not to get it for me because they are too ignorant to care.
update: since writing this major news sources around Australia have made a mention but not much.
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
This is easy, the situation in Darfur is far worse. Whilst I feel for the vicitims of Terrorist attacks, the situation in Sudan recieves vastly less attention then the 'War on Terror' or the Iraq (which isn't even against Terrorists). How many died in 9/11 ...2,000 ...3,000. Yeah that's alot. But try around 70,000 people dead and millions homeless. But no one says much about that. Why? Because people only care when American's die. We all mourn the death of Americans but we are cut off from feeling compassion for people over the other side of the globe. Tell me where would troops be better off. In Iraq, fighting an unnessary war, or in Sudan protecting the people. No, not invading Sudan, but going into the Darfur region and protecting them and providing food and care. That would make a real difference.
An Indian family that migrated to Australia are facing deportation because their son is Autistic. When their visas expired, they had to apply to the immigration department to stay in Australia. The discriminatory system has the ability to reject applications if people aren't of sound health, this includes this family because their son is Autistic. Is this really fair?
Monday, December 06, 2004
Russian president has labeled George Bush a dictator over global affairs, saying a unipolar world would only worsen the threat of Terrorism. I whole-heartedly agree when the Russian leader says, "Even when dictatorship is beautifully gift-wrapped in pseudo-democratic phraseology, it has never been capable of resolving systemic problems. On the contrary, it can only make them worse,"
Trail of al-Qaeda fades away- SMH
The search for Osama bin Laden has gone cold, and the Pakistani president has said the US bears a large amount of responsibility for that. He said that there was a lack of troops in the region to fill in the 'voids.' Mr Bush said there was "nobody more dedicated" to tracking down bin Laden. That I agree with, as Mr Bush seems to think Iraq is more important than tracking down a mass-murdering Terrorist.
Images of Fighting in Fallujah Compel at Different Levels - Washington Post
A Blogger's coverage of the Battle of Fallujah is much more graphic and truthful than a US military slideshow. Isn't it a sad time for the media, when the main-stream media fails to adequately show the effect this war has on civilians and it is left up to a part time blogger to tell the world the truth. 'Iraq in pictures' gives a more in depth and truthful look at the horrors of this war. (Warning: Some pictures are extremely disturbing)
Egypt using laws to 'stifle' free speech - Middle East Times
Egypt's opposition left-wing party is moving to remove laws that ban gatherings of more than five people without the approval of the government. This has the effect of removing the threat that is faced from opposition demontrations.
Israeli, Palestinian doves spread message - Middle East Times
There is re-newed hope for piece in the region, when prominent groups from both sides of the divide will air presentations promoting peace to region prompting new talks.
Israel, Egypt Swap Prisoners in Sign of Warmer Ties - Reuters.com
Egypt-Israeli relations have been given a boost with the swapping of political prisoners.
And that's my wrap, also my post on the refugee issue has been cross-posted to In Search of Utopia
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Well I have basically finished the prologue. I think that more of what happened prior to the main part of the story can be explained during the story. It is finished for the time being, and will undoubtedly require tweaking/re-writing like the rest will when the first draft is finished.
Tomorrow I will turn to other writing projects like an article from an ezine on the refugee issue, and I will also finish a poem, that started with two stanzas that popped in my head at 3am, when I was trying to sleep.
Oh and one more thing, leave questions for my FAQ.
from the Sydney Morning Herald.
The new photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq sicken me. My grand-father said in relation to the Abu-Graib torture scandal, "But it's only physiological", well this is a lot different even if you think psychological torture is ok. Why are the right supporting this? Also the resistance "problem" isn't getting better for the US, so get the fuck out of there it isn't your country.
I sent his letter to the Sydney Morning Herald in regards to this article, where students have defended the reputation of the school, criticizing a rape victims actions and this hit me with anger:
In response to the article titled, "Students challenge rape victim's story", It disgusts me to think people can put the reputation of a school above the well-being of this victim. It is not acceptable to cover up her story, and then make excuses for the rape. Rape isn't excusable no matter what, and the school should be held accountable for it's reckless actions. Private schools receive little admiration or respect from me for their ability to keep students from connecting with different cultures and socio-economic classes, and therefore institutionalizing a lack of tolerance in their education. The fact that they cover up a rape and then try to defend the reputation for the school, lowers my view of Private School further.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
On another subject, some bloggers have had readers submit questions to compile a FAQ on themselves for other readers. I am interested in doing the same, so please leave some questions so I can get started.
Also I little piece at the start allowed my mind to wander to a solution to one of my holes in my novel, and things are slowly falling into place.
Friday, December 03, 2004
Ok, I really am trying to get into a rhythm when I'm writing this, I have brought a big event to start the story, this is a way of hooking the reader in. I have developed my character, and now seems very 3D, but he can be so even more. As I sleep every night, I usually get thoughts on stuff that can happen, filling in more doubts so as I write I am getting even more confident.
But...There's always a but. I'm having a kind of moral dilemma. My writing especially if you read Spontaneous homicide, McSean or Journey out of this place is very graphic and disturbing. Now there are other writer's like this, but the thing that gets me is while I describe in vivid detail how my totally screwed character disembowels someone or hacks out their eyes with a toothpick. I am still someone who is very politically and morally challenged, and I strive for compassion, human decency and equality. Is their a problem with me?
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Excuse the language, but the refugee issue has laid reasonably dormant, the last couple of days, but it has fumed up again. Read this:
"We have been locked up like animals for a long time and we are not criminal people.
"We want to live in Australia as free people. That is our reason for hunger strike."
The immigration department said the hunger strike was over-exaggerated.
Over-exaggeration! What the Fuck! Let me ask everyone who sits at their computer all day browsing through blogexplosion not giving a shit (this is not all of you) If you were going to be given the death penalty for being a Christian would you flee your country anyway you could? How would you feel when you arrived at a so-called 'country of freedom' and then you were locked up? This problem is not getting any better. Most of the world and even most of Australia don't know enough or don't fucking care. I'm sorry if I blew up over this, but I am very frustrated that this is being ignored on every TV station, that most newspapers ignore this, that most people are so cheap and greedy to forget that they are human and only see them as criminals out to take our welfare.
Good news on the refugee front, 27 Iraqis have been granted refugee status, but the problem is not fixed and this announcement doesn't come without it's problems. Australia will only settle 11 of the refugees, that were detained in Nauru. Leaving the others no better off, they have to find countries that will have them. Why doesn't Australia except them? This is the problem with the so called 'pacific solution' They use Nauru to house Asylum seekers and they are not held accountable because they aren't with in Australian borders. How cheap and cruel can the government get. These people are fleeing persecution, they desperately seek protection and we lock them up, and try as best as we can, even after it takes us three years to find them as refugees, to not have them in our country. THREE YEARS! The government took that long to realize that these people were genuine, come on give me a break Vanstone and get some fucking compassion.
Ok, my politics posts have been kept to a minimum, but today will be an exeption, there are some good news and bad news, so read them, learn and bear with me:
Today there have been reports of a KKK style attack in The Age, "A man and his son were yesterday accused of tying a noose around the necks of two Aborigines...After they broke into a hut...Aboriginal leaders have claimed the youths had nooses tied around their necks and wrists and were dragged around while being beaten for almost an hour along a river bank."
This is a good example of the recent influx of racism against aborigine's. There was an incident where an Aboriginal man died in suspicious circumstances, causing to community to riot. I naively thought that the racism problem was gone for the aboriginal people but it's being brought back up again.
How can someone judge someone based on what colour they are. To put them in a stereotype. This is a fundamental principle that some people fail to understand. Aborigine's are stereotyped as drunk no-hopers, Muslims are stereotyped as angry terrorists. Please this is a problem that deeply troubles me. So before you judge someone, you better have to right knowledge to judge them, otherwise quite bluntly. Fuck You!
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Labor has retracted today all it's policies that were mildly differing from Howard and his racist, right-wing cronies. They moved in line with the Liberal policy on industrial relations with would slowly phase out any union involvement and they even backed down on their policy to protect the old growth forests. The Labor party are making it worse for themselves not better. I can tell you quite simply why Labor lost. It didn't offer an alternative, they are moving further and further towards the right and now they fail the represent the middle and lower class workers and which they were founded. They're just a cheap right-wing alternative. Maybe my dad, a staunch unionist, will change to the greens now.
This is the same in the US, Kerry lost the election because he didn't offer and alternative. Most of the left-wingers in the US voted for Kerry even though he was going to sustain the war. He wanted to try Osama Bin Laden in a US court, like all the things he did to other countries didn't matter. He puppeted Bush on gay rights. And yet, the left still supported him. I love Michael Moore's film, but I am confused as to why he supported Kerry, when he was for the war. Nader had the best policies of them all, but Moore campaigned to have him off the Ballot.
And nothing will change until lefties get off their asses and do something. Protest, go see your local member and campaigning. Blogging has made a big influence in getting out messages across, but we are still trying to combat the large number of right-wing bloggers that offer their racist taunts and puppet Bush and Howard'ss lies and right-wing hysteria.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Ok, while I sit at this computer churning out my novel, here is a link to my profile at fictionpress.com complete with 6 fiction pieces and 3 poems. Please read them and leave your comments.
Monday, November 29, 2004
Well I finally got the guts to scrap the first 1106 words I wrote, and replace them with better ones. But first I did some more research and planning. I did some character profiles so I could better understand my two main characters, Hadeon and Aleksander. What was more I went on some of those lame questionnaire sites and did personality tests for Hadeon. This let me gain a better understanding of this really quirky and out there character I have created in my head. The profiles and quizzes allowed me to fill in the gaps that hadn't crossed my mind.
Well I wrote 1255 words and later may follow tonight, and I am pleased with what I have produced as it shows more motivation and introduces Hadeon further. Overall there is more depth in what I have written which is essential in writing a novel.
Writing has occupied my thoughts lately, but never the less, I have not given up on the refugee issue. This article says that a group of lawyers are working for reform, and they are trying to "demonstrate it was possible to achieve the Government's objective of national security while also maintaining people's right to liberty." Also I have been invited to write a series of articles for an e-zine on the refugee issue, the magazine is American based, and the articles will focus on all areas in trying to create world wide awareness of the issue. Remember that this is a human rights issue, these people have come to seek protection, they have done nothing wrong and they don't deserve to be locking in limbo in inhumane prisons.
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Ok, if you refer to my previous post, you might notice I am not feeling that confident about my writing. So I thought some light reading might be in order. I found this link via The Writing desk of the Scribe. It talks about "Tightening the sagging middle", and it did help...a bit. It's not the fault of anyone but myself, I just need to get it all together and start writing.
Ok for some reason I haven't written in a while. Not just because I have been busy. There are some nights that I have had a lot of time, but instead I wasted this time doing something completely pointless or mind-numbing. I thought about the first thousand words I have written, and I read it for a little bit. The writing is good, I sometimes surprise myself with the descriptions and ideas that come out of my head when I'm 'in the zone.' However, does it lead me anywhere? I think I've bitched about this in a previous post, but I am seriously considering re-writing the first thousand words to add a bit of meaning and introduction of the character. But I want to keep some of the great lines I have come up with. This is not the predicament I want to be in. Help?
Saturday, November 27, 2004
An Australian artist is holding an exhibition of works about the refugee issue. She said "This is the saddest it's been as a nation. There is no excitement in a country where most people are only concerned about the size of their mortgage."
Prime Minister John Howard has refused to sign a non-agression pact with our South-East Asian and pacific neighbours. Why? Every other country including China has signed. Are you hinting at anything? If I put myself in Mr Howards mindset this move still strikes me as odd. Why would Howard attack them, there isn't much oil in South-East Asia.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Sunday, November 21, 2004
Well when I left you, I was leaving to get ready for my formal on Friday night. I met my friends at a park in Campbelltown to drive a limo to the venue. When we arrived our parents were snapping lots of photos and video, Geez! We went to Appin House, a very cozy venue. Everyone looked great. There were some speeches, dinner, and then some awards. Our group of friends did well snatching 10 of this years awards, including me as Bachelor of the Year! What the...
Afterwards there was dancing, where we had a ball, it included a congo line and a wicked mosh pit.
But the night didn't end there. I went to a friends house, for a mediocre after party. It was fairly calm, not much drinking was done, but we did watch Robin Hood: Men in tights, Shrek, and Pirates of the Caribbean till about four the next morning, where I was woken up at 8 to go to the dentist, Grrr!
When I got back, I was meant to go a family barbecue, but after one of my friends pleaded me to go partying with him, I got out of it. I went to his place, where he was going for his license so we could get to this wicked party. Lucky being only luck, he didn't get them and three of us spent to night playing a new game that I've been dying to get!
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is the best game I have ever seen. You can do anything, I found myself acting very childish as I got all excited when I discovered a cool new feature. The character can now swim, instead of just drowning when he fell in the water. You character's clothes can be customized, including hair and tattoos. You have to eat, and work out, you character gets better skills with experience, and that game is two player. Wow, I am a mega game geek aren't I, well I might be getting the game on Wednesday.
Friday, November 19, 2004
After the Boar war before the 20th Century, the major powers held a talk in Geneva where they signed the Geneva conventions. These conventions established a set of rules for the humane treatment in the 'unavoidable' event of war. It established the Red Cross/Red Cresent. One clear rule stated that you can't kill someone if they are injured and/or unarmed. What happened with that US soldier killing that Iraqi resistance fighter (the term terrorist and insurgent are both incorrect), was a clear breach of these conventions and he should be held accountable. For those people who said he did it in the heat of battle, you are quite bluntly, stupid. That is problem with the army culture. It is common place knowledge that a heavy metal song with the words 'Burn Muddafucker Burn!' are played through the coms in some cases. A soldier has a job, and he should be responsible. A soldier is someone that defends our way of life, not someone who destroy's every other countries way of life.
Hi to all those right-wing bloggers that are reading this and bursting to make a comment of lies or hysteria or plain ignorance. All are welcome!
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Last night I managed to come up with a skeleton for the novel. All major doubts have been eradicated, and now I have a coherent story line to go off. So about 10 minutes ago I started! I have begun to churn out the prologue, the bit before the main story. This bit is the bit that really excited me. So I may reduce blogging to maybe one post a day whilst I continue to tell my tale. Here's one line from my first paragraph, hope you like it.
"The mark left from the first lashing was deep and encased all his pain, it stung like all the mistreatment he had received as a slave in one single blow."
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
In order to fill a gap in the story, I went to do a little bit of research on the supernatural to trigger ideas. This is a page on Telepathy and may subtly be included in my story. I have some issues, would Telepathy weaken my story? Is it too clicé? Please leave your thoughts.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
During the day I hung out with Socialist Alternative, whom I met at the Fallujah rally on Thursday. Over the past year or so, I have begun to become increasingly self-conscious and therefore moving further and further left-wing. So with me agreeing with the true definition of socialism, I joined up and now am a proud member of Socialist Alternative. They have a cool magazine that can be found on their website at http://www.sa.org.au. I will definitely refer to some of their articles.
* apologies for spelling Fallujah wrong in previous posts
Monday, November 15, 2004
Sunday, November 14, 2004
I found this site on the minds of serial killers, it's late so I haven't read alot of it, check it out it looks interesting. I am also watching a documentery on TV at the moment (it's an ad break right now) about the trail side murders, which is interesting.
About writing, well I should start but I've been really busy, tomorrow I am home by myself so my meter might get off zero if you read this time tomorrow.
Saturday, November 13, 2004
This is the short story of serial killer Anatoly Onoprienko. I found it whilst looking for serial killers from Russia or the Ukraine. I have not read the whole thing yet, but some things have given me ideas and I might be able to start very soon, because I'm itching to start.
Photo: Liz Waddle - 2UE, Red-eyes reduction: Ben Harris, Cropping: Benjamin Solah
My friend Ben Harris removed the red-eye from this photo for me, plus I did a bit of cropping. Look at me, I'm a journalist...well kind of. Today was a bit of a bludge and I haven't managed to finish the last scraps of research just so I can start writing, but the night is young so I might get something done soon. But at the moment an old favourite of mine is on TV, Jurassic Park. I was obsessed with dinosaurs when I was a kid, and I would watch this movie over and over until I got sick of it. Well I haven't seen it in a couple of years so it would be worth a look, the best parts are when the lawyer gets eaten off the dunny and the raptors in the kitchen scene. Have a nice day, and leave a comment.
I found this page on slavery during 10th century Kievan Rus'. I really have a good angle and I am trying really hard to get started but there is life after the HSC, and it's been pretty busy. I went with my friends to see Bridget Jone's Diary 2, which was good considering it was a chick-flick. Tomorrow I might do a bit of planning, maybe even some writing, but Sunday, Tuesday, Friday and next Saturday are very busy days.
Friday, November 12, 2004
Photo: Liz Wadle, 2UE
Today I went to the 2UE studios in Greenwich, North Sydney. I got to record my 45 second editorial and also got a cool tour of the studio from the promo co-ordinator Liz Wadle. My editorial will be aired a little after 7.30am on Tuesday on the Mike Carlton show at 954 AM. It will also be mailed to me as a cd and e-mailed to me as an mp3 so I can show all you guys even if you don't live in Australia. Also another picture is to come.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
Then the best news of all came by e-mail just moments ago. I sent in an editorial to Radio station 2UE for a contest expressing young people's views...and I won! I get to record my editorial and it will be played on radio, also I get a real cool NEC product.
I am glad I am given an opportunity in this country to express my points of view, and we in Australia and other free countries that we have the Liberty to oppose our government.
Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Some information of Kievan society in medieval times, with which my character comes from. Kievan society lived in modern day Ukraine, I never knew anything about this civilisation until I looked it up for myself, studies of the middle ages back when I was at school ('Back when' I like the ring of that) focused on England. If you don't like history don't mind me, I'm a history geek.
Earlier I expressed my interest in writing in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month), well as my exams are over, I can begin writing my novel. Nanowrimo will give me a deadline to complete 50,000 words this month. So I've just got to put together some last pieces of research, and then I'm off. There's the meter to your write to count the words and I'll add this graphic somewhere on the sidebar too...if I can find the room.
ASIO has been made to pay $200,000 to a refugee who was mistakenly classified as a security risk and locked up for two years in a detention centre.
Another case, another tragedy, yet this decision won't change anything, unfortunately
I have finished school completely, returned my textbooks, that include three just for modern history. I am free, and it hasn't really sunk in yet, hopefully Uni next year and a new experience for me. But in the meantime it's my novel, parties and a few protests, visit's to detention centres and promoting causes. Basically until March next year, I will be having a lot of fun.
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Monday, November 08, 2004
Sites I visted:
- John of England - http://www.fact-index.com/j/jo/john_of_england.html
- Medieval Russia -- Economy, Government, and Law -- Law Codes of the Kievan Russia - http://medievalrussia.freeservers.com/economy-laws.html
- Exile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exile
- Law enforcement in the past - http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Studio/3015/decap.htm
Stephen King - Best book, The Green Mile
I also like Dean Koontz
2. Who would you consider your least-favorite author? How many books have you read by this person, and why do you dislike them? (Again, if there is more than one, list away!)
Scott Monk - Read Raw for HSC English, I don't like him because his descriptions are very flat and the book therefore isn't interesting
3. Do you ever purchase a book solely based on the author's name, without even knowing what the book is about? Have you ever been disappointed by something they wrote?
I usually hear about a good author from friends and then start with their most popular book, and I've never been disappointed
4. Have you ever met one of your favorite authors, such as at a book signing or a reading? Did they act as you had expected, or were they completely different from the way you had pictured them?
Haven't met a famous author before
5. Do you check out your favorite author's website or blog on a regular basis?
No, to busy with my own site
From the Book Worm
Sunday, November 07, 2004
A Fijian women who overstayed her visa, will be deported to Fiji leaving her Australia-born children behind. "I don't know when I will see them again," she said from inside the detention centre yesterday. I urge the government to have a little compassion, this was done a couple of years ago with a Russian women, who could not see her child because she was in detention. How can people see this as fair.
My political rants will begin to be minimized to maybe just the issue of mandatory detention of Asylum seekers, and rare outbursts of disgust at racism and the Iraq war. This is because I am about to beging writing my novel and so that will return the centrepiece of this blog, a it was before. As I write this post I am currently under attack from spyware. Oh and I have a look at my new tagboard/shoutbox, and drop me a line
Saturday, November 06, 2004
This is the first update on the progress of my novel, which doesn't yet have a working title. Ok, because this is online and anyone can read I'm not going to give away the story or my idea, but will update you on various aspects.
Now I know I said I wouldn't start writing till after the exams, but this doesn't really count because it's only research. This is a link to a source book on stuff about Medieval history. I have always liked this period the most, but it isn't offered as a HSC course, like Ancient and Modern. I'm looking for information on the trial of murderers and the like, also to do with people being exiled. So I'm browsing this, I might set the prologue during the time of the war of the roses.
If you have any information/links that would help me it would be much appreciated.
Friday, November 05, 2004
Jacarandas are in bloom. For countless generations of Australian students this time is always associated with exams. One unfortunate candidate who has lived here for three and a half years on a Bridging Visa E with study rights, sat the first day of her HSC and then kept an appointment with DIMIA relating to her permanent residency application. Her lawyer had been assured she wouldn’t be detained but – you’ve guessed it, she was.
Can you imagine it? All that hard work, that preparation, those years of preparation, that anxiety thrown away by the momentary actions of a bureaucrat. Whatever the circumstances, the girl concerned was not responsible for coming here. What would it have cost us to at least let her sit the exams and have something to show for the years she has spent here? She is very distressed, alone and has been told she will be deported on Friday. Please contact the NSW Minister for Education and Training, Dr Andrew Refshauge to ask if he is happy with this waste of investment in 18 year old Velicia and if he can intervene. Likewise we’d like to think our Federal Education Minister, Dr Brendan Nelson might be concerned? Couldn’t they arrange for her to access her study materials and still take the exams? She is only 18. Does she have to be treated like this?
Dr Andrew Refshauge's e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
- From ChilOut newsletter
I am also sitting my exams, and I can imagine what she would be going through, this just isn't right. Sorry I know many of you do not know the full details, but you still must be able to sympathise with these people, we have liberties that they do not
Reports in the Sydney Morning Herald today say that there are plans to test smart bombs on Australian soil. Do these people just do these things to piss peaceful people like me off? I don't want to have my country used as a testing ground so America can find other countries with lots of oil to blow up. I can't remember when, but a while back Britain tested Nukes in the Australian desert with disastrous effects on the Aboriginal population for year to come. I hate weapons, they cause so much suffering, not just to the countries they bomb, but to their own country. Instead of wasting ridiculous amounts of money on weapons, there could be more money spent on other things. It really sickens me that people continue to take the lives of innocents. Violence solves nothing, Bush claims to fighting for freedom, but you can't do that by taking over a country, it's a total contradiction. Please the divide between the west and the Arabic world will never be fixed until armed conflict is taken out of the diplomatic arsenal.
Thursday, November 04, 2004
Now just one more, Legal studies and I'm pretty confident I'll do well in that, it's on next Wednesday.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
The ChilOut Bus to Canberra - Tuesday 16 November
ChilOut invites you to join us in Canberra on Tuesday 16th November outside
Parliament House. It is the first sitting day of the new parliament, to be opened by the
Governor-General at 12:30pm. Refugees and their advocates will be on the front lawn
reminding the politicians that we have not gone away! We will plant a sea of hearts.
ChilOut Ambassadors and others will address the crowd. Sydney people can come on
the ChilOut bus (details below).
Departure time 7am sharp
Where Jones Street, Ultimo. Coming along Broadway towards the city, turn left before
you get to the UTS Tower. Coming along Broadway from Central Station, cross Harris
Street on the UTS side of the road, and it's the first right after the UTS Tower.
Return time: bus will return to Sydney at around 6pm.
How to book: first phone Kirsten on 0402 434 601 to reserve your spot.
Cost: $35 (Concession $25)
How to pay:
Cheque or money orders - make out to Refugee Action Coalition, to PO Box 433,
Cash - take to the Resistance Centre, 23 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale.
No credit cards. You must pay by Sunday 12 November to secure your spot.
We hope you can make it!
Well I'm going, I've paid my money and it should be good, if you live in Sydney please consider going, even if it's not on the bus.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
So another one down, and I've got a day off before Ancient History on Thursday
Monday, November 01, 2004
So it's Modern History tomorrow, this is a big one. So no Internet tonight because I'll be cramming my little brain out.
If you are a HSC student or anyone please leave your comments.
Sunday, October 31, 2004
Yes we have a voice, this article in the Sydney Morning Herald today said that bloggers (like me) are keeping check on the bias news coverage of the mainstream press. I agree bloggers have a voice, but really we are biased, there are so many pro-Bush blogs out there backing Bush up, but even bloggers on the civil rights/anti-bush side, we seem to be inherantly biased. Though I think the difference is, although we are biased, I speak the truth. My biased opinion is not wrong because it is biased, I have gained my opinion from the truth. Bush bloggers have an opinion, however racist, but it is based on lies. Bush lied to the world when he said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. He lied when he said he would do anything to capture Saddam Hussein. Bush bloggers are just puppets to the Fox new channel
Saturday, October 30, 2004
This is evidence of yet more 2004 'Floridas' and this is obviously aimed at removing potential democrat voters. This is because the majority of the African-American population vote Democrat. Other members of the Progressive Blogger Alliance have blogged this. Including, Progressive Blog Alliance HQ and In Search of Utopia.
Bin Laden has gone on television telling the people of America that in four years since September 11, he has failed to capture him. He was mocking the president and his diversion from the war on terror to Iraq.
He then told of his inspiration for the September 11 attacks saying "As I watched the destroyed towers in Lebanon, it occurred to me to punish the unjust the same way ... to destroy towers in America so that it can taste some of what we are tasting and to stop killing our children and women," He was referring to an Israeli attack on towers in Lebanon that the US was accused of supporting. Maybe people will realise terrorism is running both ways.
Excerpts from Bin Laden's message
An article in the L.A. daily news says that the pentagon know where Osama is but arn't going to get him because "There is an American presence in the area, but we can't just send in troops. If we did, we could have another Vietnam, and the United States cannot afford that right now."
Another Vietnam? Can't just send in troops? Excuse me Mr. 'I don't give a damn about a country's sovreignty' Bush, isn't that what you've done in Iraq.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Like other refugee advocates I am appalled at the comments by Labors new shadow immigration minister, she claimed "they would have a more realistic view if they lived in areas where most refugees resided."
Ok I wont lecture people on the issue because I do it freqently on this blog, but he also said "a sizeable proportion" of asylum seekers had fraudulent cases and manipulated the legal system to stay in Australia.
Ok, these people are unable to obtain the correct papers, do you think countries such as Iran and China want to allow people to obtain refugee status. The fact is 93% of those detained for lengthy amounts of time are found to be refugees. The other 7% surely includes those that have given up on rejected claims, and gone back to their country to live the rest of their lives with a burden percecution, rather then the Australian government accepting their applications.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Please click the above link to sign the for the end of mandatory detention of Asylum seekers, including the detention of children, some who have been born there.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
George Bush's latest ad and campaign angle is quite frightening, not that it reminds you of the real terror threat, but it plays with people's fears. People who don't really know, are sucked into the republican propaganda rather than an informed choice between the two parties policies. To say you would be better to throw your family to the wolves rather than vote for Kerry is absurd and unethical. George Bush did nothing before 9/11, and when 9/11 came he wasn't thinking of the tragedy of all the innocent Americans that got killed, he wasn't thinking of stopping Osama Bin Ladin. All George W. Bush cared about was taking out Saddam Hussein because he has lots of oil and George wasn't happy he beat his daddy a decade ago. Bush thinks about money, and that's it, not about freedom or doing things the humane. If he wanted to stop terrorism wouldn't the troops be better off looking for Bin Ladin in Afghanistan rather than killing people needlessly in Iraq.
Monday, October 25, 2004
This is a man’s account of Australasian Correctional Management (ACM) and immigration department (DIMA) staff’s attempt to forcibly deport him from Villawood detention centre.
I’d been informed by the DIMA for the first time on 11 October 1999 I am denied a visa. So I expressed my denial by hitting the desk before the DIMA officer ... To prison for one week [for] frightening the immigration agent ... And from there I’ve been taken to the airport without any previous informing on the 17th October 1999 [and] handcuffed again.
Two policemen took me [and] treated me exactly like an animal. The first policeman drew me by my throat which caused me congestion and difficulties in swallowing and eating for the consequent week. The other drew me by my hand fiercely ... by the handcuff chain, [which] has left [an] obvious scar till now. They’d put me on the airplane which the captain had refused to carry me on after I discussed the matter with him, so they got me back to the prison.
One week later on 24th October 1999 and in the same unexplained procedure another correction officer attended my cell, handcuffed me and asked me to come ... to the reception where [I was] received by ACM officials, including a doctor and a nurse.
Soon the doctor entered the cell carrying an injection with four tablets asking me to choose either the injection or the tablets. I refused them both ... the doctor ordered the security officers to do their job and he and the officers laid me down on the floor and [both sat] on my back, took my pants down [so that the doctor could] inject me. So then I accepted to receive the tablets since I got an old medical problem with injections.
The doctor told me how those tablets are only tranquillisers. But they didn’t work. So they forced me to take a fifth tablet at the airport when they got me on the airplane with a wheelchair accompanied by a nurse, two companions and three other ACM officers. All that continued for about five to six hours with three types of handcuffs and ties of leather, plastic and steel around my hands and belly that gathered my arms to my trunk!
I stood screaming and asking for help from the passengers there. I immediately regretted that [because] those companion escort officers started to hit me and beat me fiercely and cruelly with kicks all over my body, especially my genitalia with their knees and feet which subsequently caused left testis congested lesions and pain. The testis swelling is still evident ...
The nurse on trying to inject in my leg missed my body [and] hit the plane seat where the needle got bent. but he didn’t change the needle and injected me again with the contaminated, bent needle in a completely odd side on my leg, immediately above my left knee where the scar and pigmentation still [can be] clearly seen.
I continued to scream and ask for help until a few passengers cried and [came] to relieve my oppression. But they [were] rejected ... So the officers got me to [Silverwater prison] for the third time where they put me in a special quarantine room for the addicts for five days because I became physically and medically sick.
On the 2nd December 1999 I’ve been moved from the prison to the detention centre again where I am now. Since then I haven’t consulted any medical personnel in detention since losing the trust in any of them who works for this ACM to deal with psychological trauma.
[Five years later, this man remains in Villawood detention centre. He resists any offers of help with his immigration case, which remains static to this day.]
From Green Left Weekly, October 20, 2004. Visit the Green Left Weekly home page.
I was watching 60 minutes tonight and I watched a touching story about a couple from Canberra who adopted two children from Ethiopia. It was a very moving story to see the conditions they were in and then to see the impact the adoption had on the children and the new parents, how this drastic move acheived so much. It gives you hope in humanity
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Ok, people such as shutuped and The Scribe have expressed there interest in this event and so I signed up. Basically everyone attempts to write 50,000 words in November, should be good, and it'll get me started writing my novel. Can't wait for November 1 now, when I start. Except for the fact that I have a drama exam in the afternoon, and a Modern History exam the next day.
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Ok, this is a special time, I'm am no.1 on Blogrank.net. So I took a screenshot so I can gloat.
Keep me there by clicking http://www.blogrank.net/cgi-bin/blogs/rankem.cgi?id=bsolah
I found this site via all my refugee activist friends, where you can sign a major online petition, so go and sign it if you live in Australia
also I'm going to the swearing in of our Federal Parliament, with ChilOut we're are picketing outside for a just refugee policy, so stay tuned I might be on the news.
Friday, October 22, 2004
A feature article in the Age today argued that the treatment of refugees in Australia was among the best arguments for a bill of rights in Australia. AndI agree. Howard said a bill of rights would "get in the way of how the Government does business"
Ok I wont say much but here's an article about the trauma a detainee suffered whilst in Woomera detention centre, this trauma prompted him to escape detention. Mercy please, a criminal record will do only harm.
So now I have a week off to study for my four exams that are left, next is Drama on Monday the 1st of November.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
I found this site, as many people have added a banner like the one above and the one now on my side bar. This is a great cause, and something everyone should follow, treating everyone equally and not judging them based on their race/culture/religion/sexual preference/etc please go to http://www.typical.net/crayon-box/ and get a code for a banner and add it to your site.
Ok, Downer today critised the comments made by the SBS journalist that gave a different perspective of the hostage situation. Downer can't critise. Was he there? No.
Mr Downer said today it was pretty much the most appalling thing any Australian had said about the Iraq war.
Well I'll leave that decision up to you
An article in the Herald today states that France is facing a surge is racist and anti-semitist attacks. France likes to call itself the 'cradle of human rights.' Then what do you call the ban on religious symbols. I look up to France for their stance on Iraq and their general stance in most area's but I think the surge in racism has something to do with the ban. Maybe, some of the people believe it is ok to show resent against other cultures/religions by what the President has ordered. What is this world coming to?
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
So many times people have told me to look at the other side of the story, well that's all I ever here, The Telegraph in Australia is the most biased source of media aside from Fox News, of course their from the same company. Ok, so for all those Bush-lovers, and Howard lovers, and anyone else who loves their leader and he's a Bush ass-licker read this article. This guy got away because he didn't support the war. "They're not actually just killing people willy-nilly."
"They talk to you, they think about things."
"(From their perspective) there was a reason to kill (British hostage Ken) Bigley, there was a reason to kill the Americans; there was not a reason to kill me (and) luckily I managed to convince them of that."
I pose this question to all who are in favour of the war, what would you xenophobes do if someone invaded your country?
Note: In no way to I support the torture and cruel treatment of hostages by the kidnappers, but you have to look at their extremely desperate situation.
Yesterday it was the three year anniversary of the SIEV X, I was unaware of this until I searched for articles, it was in the Age so I had to find it online, but this opinion piece horrifies me even more than the sketchy details I have been given by others. For those who don't know what happened, the Australian authorities guarding the coast of Northern Australia would not let a boatload of Asylum seekers into Australian waters as to keep them out of Australia's responsibility, but they fail to realize even though the International 'Law of the Sea' is not binding it still matters in the caring hearts of those who have a humane conscience. The boat sunk, 353 people drowned, and the government covered it up.
It is still barely known today as the majority of Australians refuse to remember that in a supposedly multi-cultural society, our government does this sort of thing and even worse gets away with it. As soon as an Islamic country does something everyone jumps on the media bandwagon and criticizes, but as soon as Australia is guilty of something as horrendous as this, the media is silent, or too quiet for anyone to hear and take notice.
I will leave you with a quote because quotes are powerful things, this quote is from the Age's opinion article.
"On October 19, 2001, a woman gave birth on a sinking boat en route from
Indonesia to Christmas Island...Like many of our ancestors, she was in search of
that precious gift called freedom. She was last seen drifting with her baby
attached by the umbilical cord."
I hate this law, they say the ban is to protect them, but to do so would go against their religion. The french government is just giving in to the racist people of France, they should try to educate and promote tolerance, isn't this why assimilation in Australia was scrutinised, for denying the right to practise their own culture.
I will leave you with a quote from 'The Russians' by Sting, I used it one of my essays today because it was a related text. "We share the same biology, regardless of ideology"
I wrote about 6 pages for all of them and now my hand really hurts. Overall what I wrote was good, I just wanted to write more but my hand wouldn't go fast enough, I wish I could attach a V8 engine. Because after a while my hand started to ache and as I forced my hand to write my hand writing started to become really messy, but still readable, I hope.
Well next exam is Entertainment on Friday, which is really easy.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
I don't get people who do this sort of thing, why would they want to cause so much trouble and what do they get out of it?
I found this blog, wow, what a kool concept, it's a novel as a blog and each page is a post. I get the feeling it's kind of like 'Bridget Jone's diary' except a heap more tasteful. I've added it to my blogroll so have a look.
Monday, October 18, 2004
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Over all I did pretty well. I aced unseen texts, then I did my essay because someone on the Bored of Studies forum (yes I spelt bored right) said strong creative writers should leave it last. The essay went well, I wrote flat out, and managed to fill the whole eight page booklet. One of my related texts was a chapter called 'No room at the inn' from a book by Heather Tyler called 'Asylum - voices from behind the razor wire' So I could obviously cover that in depth as it's one of my favourite books.
Creative Writing went really well, I regurgitated the story I wrote in my half-yearlys and the trials. It's about a Russian sniper who kills a general of the german army, then he takes the general to Petrograd on a snowmobile. It worked really well, pity we don't get our papers back, just the marks. I would like to show it to you.
Well, my hand hurts now from writing so much. Next exam is English 2: modules, good luck all other HSC students for this paper, and it would be great to hear your comments on this paper.