Tuesday, September 28, 2004

I stopped the boats

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Happy Birthday, we have you on file

Today in my mail I received a birthday card. Although it was a bit late (my birthday is on 01/09, note down) I was still happy to get it.

On the front it says:

Happy Birthday

At 13, you wanted to save the whales.

At 16, you wanted world peace.

Now that you've turned 17...

Inside page:

... You can start doing something about it!

Just fill in the green enrolment form and you'll be a fully fledged voter when you turn 18!

Best wishes,
Electoral Commissioner

Indeed, birthday wishes from some anonymous Electoral Commisioner, an interesting start to the day. I must say I was quite pleased about it though. But I did wonder how they got my details.
It turns out that the VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) under law has to provide my name and address to the Victorian Electoral Commission. Hmmm curious. Now my information can be released to the ATO, DFAT, Centrelink and others, most probably including ASIO. Is it just me or do you find this a little scary. If you do VCE you inevitably get an ASIO file.
UPDATE: I'm visiting the ASIO website and I'm disconnected from msn, coincidence I think not.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The ABC and the RCN Corporation are monitoring this site

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

US Election

With all this talk about the impending Austraian election I seem to have forgotten that other important election coming up (no I'm not talking about the Lithuanian election) the US election. John Quiggin has a basic summary here. You can also read about the celebrity endorsement angle of the campaign at Natasha's blog.

Monday, September 20, 2004

Robert Manne

Robert Manne has an interesting article in today's age. He makes some very interesting inferences as to why Labor's tax and family package benefits dual income families over single income families. But his assessment of Labor's education policy leaves a little to be desired. I would probably agree with him that it was not smart politically, as we have seen a lot of negative press concerning the cuts rather than the boosts, but Manne suggests that it is bad policy as well
'The reduction of public funds from private schools is not only dubious politics; it is a policy mistake. Parents most affected by this will be those struggling to pay their private school fees. As a result such schools will become even more exclusive than is the case. In my opinion it would have been far more sensible if, instead of promising to reduce public funds to private schools, Labor had devised a scheme for opening such schools to a broader social base by making the continued provision of public funding to high-fee-charging schools contingent on their willingness to make an agreed proportion of their places available to less affluent students through a fully government-funded and carefully means-tested scholarship scheme.'

This seems very odd to me. He seems to be saying that there should be more access to private schools rather than improving the funding to public schools. He proposes a fundamentally wrong scholarship program for poorer people to access private schools. This is really a serious proposition. He is implying that we should maintain the elite level of private schooling whilst funding people that wouldn't be able to afford it to leave the public system. I don't see how this is meant to strengthen our public education system. It just reinforces these top schools as 'the best' when this clearly shouldn't be the case in an equitable system.


You may have noticed recently that I have not been blogging very much. The main thing that I've been doing with this site is to establish alist of links to other blogs and websites. Its become something of a compulsion. Its become a lot of what I do on the internet, going to blogs and sites linked off other blogs and sites and assessing them. At the moment I'm contemplating linking to


Aswell as linking to all the blog Znet recommends, some other sites I've bookmarked and putting back up some of the lighter links I had up. Wish me good luck and I hope you appreciate all the effort I'm going to in establishing this list.

Greens to win up to 5 senate seats

I've just been reading Antony Green's predictions for the Senate and it seems something interesting has happened in Victoria.

'Some interesting preference deals have been done in Victoria. In the Number 3 seat of death for Labor is Jacinta Collins, from the conservative right wing of the party associated with the SDA (or Shoppies) union. Three conservative groups on the ballot paper, the Democratic Labor Party, the Christian Democrats and Family First, have all given her first preferences ahead of the third candidate on the Liberal ticket. In a tight contest, these preferences could be critical in giving Labor a third seat.
However, both the DLP and the CDP first sieve their preferences through Family First, as do several other minor parties. It could be that if Family first poll well, the party could be a player for the final seat, or even primarily determine whether the Labor or Liberal Parties win three seats. The way the conservative parties have channelled preferences to help Labor's Jacinta Collins does suggest a deliberate attempt to split the state 3-3 and shut the Greens out. Even the Democrats and the Labor Party puts Family First ahead of the Greens, suggesting that if the final seat comes down to a battle between Labor the Greens and Family First, the Greens will be struggling for preferences to win. The Greens may need to get close to a full quota in their own right to win a Senate seat.'

You can read a bit more about it here. I had previously thought that the preference deal between Labor and The Greens for the senate was for 2nd preferences but it seems it was just a deal to put the Greens ahead of the Democrats, and it seems the dems are having a severe attack of sour grapes. You can read Andrew Bartlett's defence in response to my questioning here. It seems quite sad and dispiriting that Labor in particular are directing preferences to the extreme Right family first party ahead of the Greens or the democrats in a desperate bid to get their senator elected. But as Andrew Bartlett says in his comments 'There's so much I could say, but suffice to say that the Greens got rid of the Democrats' Vicki Bourne from the Senate in NSW by, among other things, preferencing an Abolish Child Support candidate ahead of the Democrats.' It seems that senate preference are in no way reflective (despite some public show of false principles, as the coalition has done in their preferencing decisions) of ideological agreeance, they are just cynical deals done by parties to get their senators elected.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Three-year-old Sophia Parlock cries while seated on the shoulders of her father, Phil Parlock, after having their Bush-Cheney sign torn up by Kerry-Edwards supporters on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004, at the Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va. Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards made a brief stop at the airport as he concluded his two-day bus tour to locations in West Virginia and Ohio. (AP Photo/Randy Snyder)


Really great site

In other news we had the debate today. Here's a list of things I learnt

  • Brendan Bailey is a poo
  • The socialist alliance talk a lot of rhetoric but they're pretty insubstantial
  • Lindsay Tanner is scared of the Greens
  • Gemma Pinnell has a speech impediment
  • Zoe Kenny was definitely not as hot as I'd previously thought
  • JC is back
  • Teishan can lay the smackdown when he wants to
  • Eliza is a nong
  • There's an attractive journalist out there somewhere doubling as reporter for the Herald Sun and SYN FM
  • Lindsay Tanner may have been the best politician there, but he had trouble trying to make the best out of his party's policies
  • The Greens brought a preprogrammed student for the media
  • Tanner was the only one without a bunch of hippies with him

Thursday, September 16, 2004



Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Good Stuff

Monday, September 13, 2004

The Panel

Ok the other night on the panel (Wednesday nights Channel 10), There was a scene that went a bit like this. Santo Cilauro had polled the audience and asked them whether the election result would impact on their lives. Something like

%77 of people said it would not. Kate says 'nooo nooo its not going to change anyone's life'. Then they ridicule the other 23% of people who said that the election would impact on them.

Flash forward to this afternoon, I was walking home from Alex's house and on a corner near my house I happen to spy some posters for this campaign by the Brotherhood of St Lawrence. And what I realise is that these people's lives can and should be changed by the government.

These people

850,000 Australian children growing up in jobless households

1.2 million Australians who can't afford to rent or buy a home

880,000 Australians who can't get full time work

24,000 older Victorians on waiting lists for beds in aged care facilities

206,000 teenagers missing out on education or full time employment

265,000 Indigenous Australians expected to die 20 years earlier than white Australians

9,000 refugees on who need the chance for a safe future and to make a positive contribution to our culture and economy.

When people on The Panel say that they won't be affected by the outcome of the results of the election, then I say good for fuking them. But other people need help from our government and just because they are rich does not mean that everyone else is.

The government affects nearly everyone. Although my family is relatively rich I've missed out because of poor government funding under Kennett when I was in primary school. And we at government schools are still missing out when compared to wealthy private schools.

Government schools educating over two-thirds of Australia's children receive less than one-third of Commonwealth school funding.

The problem is that the Labour party will not fix a lot of these issues. But at least they're addressing some of them.

Thursday, September 09, 2004

A song of you

I'v just been reading some more HST in the form of a published collection of his letters spanning between 1955 and 1967. The book is titled The Proud Highway. i though i'd share some of his writing with you. This is an extract of a letter he wrote to a girl that he had some sort of brief relationship with.

For all my talk of orgies and the like, I can only take them for a little while, and theni'm ready to go looking for my idealistic bubble to crawl into. Don't tell anyone: I have a reputation to uphold.
Although I couldn't help but get the idea tha the "art" of flirting fascinates you no little, you wouldn't even have had to mention it and I would still have gotten the idea. I think you were trying to excite me. Witness these excerpts from your last letter: " I just tuggeg on my too-little bathing suit...have to pull up and down...another end to take care of'- "I am constantly flirting"-"Cracked my cerebrum; it must have been the side of controlling inhibitions" - "I had an urge... for a midnight swim in the Gulf." (That wasn't really your fault: you couldn't have known that we never wear any swimming suits at night.) Maybe I'm wrong after all: here I notice a passage where you say you've decided to become "the world's most frigid woman." Your confusion is obvious - contradictons galore, references to passion and frigidity in the same breath _ pther references to nudity, lewd old men, etc. - you obviously need a few restful days in Xanadu.
I must go for i have a sacred trust. Write immediately and tell me when you plan to arrive. I must make plans and all that sort of thing. Bring anyone you want (except Charlie); we have plenty of room for all. Until then , I remain,

Unsullied - Hunter

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

I'm not entirely sure why that passage appeals to me. Its probably because of the picture of HST you get, his romantic ,uncynical, youthful enthusiasm and love.

Today Hooray

Hello, well today wasn't too bad at all. Jackie Chan

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Oh man is this site...

You get new confessions everytime you reload. Like

I secretly sort of like all the bands I say I hate. Like Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Sum41 etc.Even though I secretly like the bands, I look down upon any person who says that they are their favorite bands.I sort of wish I could listen to them without consequence, but then I too would be looked down upon by my fellow friends.

This may be cliched, but I really want to fuck my kids' babysitters. One in particular, BB, is so hot that I jerk off to her all the time.

I feel incredibly stupid for wasting so much emotion on this one guy who I thought liked me but never acted on his feelings. I thought about him all the time and always thought he truly liked me - yet I felt like I was never good enough for him. I mean, he stared at me all the time yet never made any attempts to talk to me or even say hi. Jerk. I hope that I never see him again - he caused me so much pain and sadness by making me feel unwanted.

My brother's an asshole all the time, so one time, when he pised me off a lot, I went upstairs and pissed all over his bathroom wall.

i never thought of black girls as hot but today i was in an elevator with 7 of them and they all smelt like cocoa butter .... i pictured them naked sucking my dick like a bannana and my penis moved ... does that make me racist? ps im chinese

OMG that is so funny. I can't stop laughing. This is easily one of the best sites either.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Hooray for Australia

The PM is getting the smackdown laid on him as he campaigns. And so he should be. If I saw him, i'd have some things to say to him aswell. But i applaud these people's courage in standing up to this vicious brute. In other news students at PHSC will have the chance to lay the smackdown and investigate the values and policies of the candidates for the seat Melbourne. Submit your questions here.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Do I come off as female?

Cost of the War in Iraq
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