Something poetic about the tedious vexation and annoyance the immovability of the notion and emotion of ennui provides to one’s day could be written here simultaneously describing the general boredom that is a life on hold due to the stresses, distresses and general duresses one is under that leads to a range of feelings that incur a lack of sexy caresses caused by a severe lack of investment in time, lubricating slime or indeed the joyous feeling of the sublime yet one can not ignore the fact that the door of opportunity is ajar, unable to be taken not because it is so far, but because this immovable and flexible quicksand is so bizarre in that it creates a state of mind, that try as you might to find, cannot be forced to describe in any words or phrases or language of any kind the thoughts, feelings and ideas floating around, not hiding in shadows waiting to be found, but indeed dancing and sparkling and waiting to be brought to life from your words making a sound … but if that were so simple to do, the feeling would have faded through, like a stray scared away with a well timed ‘shoo!’ but that is not the case today, as the ends of my emotions fray into a state of disarray.
We are even fond of comparing how we grieve our losses and their scale of impact in our lives—was my loss greater than yours? Did I grieve the same as that other widow; was it long enough; was it too long?
I do know one thing: it’s not a contest. Everybody experiences grief differently.
Make politicians use the same services we do. Have their kids attend public (ie state) schools, make them travel using public transport.
I wonder how long they would be prepared to put up with what the rest of society takes for granted…
New laws must be beta-tested. All pro-voters of new laws must undertake a 3 month beta-test of the bill they voted into existence prior to being ratified.
Salary payment will be based on a percentile of the Net Profit of the country … starting from the fifth and ending on the tenth year after their term.
Make corporate buyout of politicians illegal. Calling it campaign sponsorship doesn’t change what it is.
Socialise insurance. Seriously.
Implement actual democracy? I mean, we have the technology to do so. An IP Telephone in every household with a 12” LCD screen to allow you to place your individual vote on a bill, or designate your proxy vote to a specific candidate - any candidate - not just the one in your region - who you feel has your interests at heart … thus ensuring that each and every single vote actually counts, each and every time. But then again, democracy gives every voter a chance to do something stupid by enforcing the notion that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”
Taiss… I love you… but I don’t really give a rat’s rear-end what you or anyone thinks about this or any book or movie or restaurant or whatever…. I decide for myself… and I liked it… so put that in your pipe and smoke it… and since WHEN have you EVER told me to base my thoughts or actions on what ANYONE else thought or said…? Hmmm???? Seriously???
Did I ask you to decide otherwise? I was sharing a link to what (to me) is a very amusing, review and elongated blog of anguish. By all means, please feel free to go and read all the books you want, eat at all the places you want to and watch all the daytime tv you want to — you are indeed your own person and should make up your own mind.
Oh, also: IT IS NOT ALL ABOUT YOU JAN!
Aww, and you love me … that’s so sweet … love you too … you nutcase …
Thinking to yourself “hey, a bunch of desperate housewives and pre-teen girls think this is the greatest! Maybe I should read it!?”
Perhaps you might be interested in a review?
How about this:
So, last night I started reading 50 Shades of Grey, with the expectation that I wouldn’t like it and for the express purpose of saying mean things about it on this blog.
I was entirely blindsided by how earth shatteringly awful this book actually is. I had a notebook on me to take notes so I could remember what I didn’t like about it. After ONE chapter I had two pages of notes, largely written in all caps and containing insightful criticisms such as “I hate everyone in this book” and “Go die”. After TWO chapters I was actually yelling. Out loud. At a book. Halfway through the third chapter I realized I was taking notes about every single page and went downstairs to try and buy a copy I could write in, but the book store was sold out of it and I knew humanity was doomed.
So starts the first of the entries of reviews for the book (Titled: 50 Heaves of Puke)
Which are followed by : 50 Screams of Hate 50 Yawns of Boredom 50 Stabs of Disgust 50 Shrieks of Rage 50 Sobs of Anguish 50 Tears of Woe 50 Gasps of Horror 50 Frowns of Disappointment
With chapter by chapter quotes, literary criticism, social commentary and despair … lots and lots of despair.
(This is just a quick statement a wrote up for a mailing list I’m on where people were promoting a vigil for Assange without mentioning the assault allegations. I feel extremely uncomfortable going to any activist event which minimises the allegations by failing to mention them or, worse, acting as if there is no way they could possibly be true. This is by no means perfect, more a beginning attempt to show the kind of balance I think we should be aiming for. Also, I should note that I feel nervous putting this online, knowing the kind of harassment which I’ve faced in the past for writing about sexism in activist communities, and knowing what other women writing about Assange have come up against.)
We recognise that Assange has been alleged to have assaulted two women. These allegations should be taken seriously, because we as a community must make sure that all activists within the community are safe. We also recognise that there are structural issues which make it difficult for women to prosecute cases of assault, and that the women who made the allegations have had their names made public and have been subject to death threats and other harassment as a result of the allegations becoming public. Assange is entitled to an assumption of innocence (regarding the allegations), and the women concerned are also entitled to an assumption of innocence (regarding claims that they have lied).
However, we state firmly and clearly that if Assange is to face prosecution for these charges it cannot be used as a pretext for extradition to the US. This is particularly important given the US’s willingness to ignore due process and subject prisoners to cruel and inhumane treatment, as we have seen in Manning’s case.
Life is complex.
It is. Also, when a combination of language differences, brevity and lazy reporting are swirled into the mix, you have a western view of the man being a rapist - when in fact, he was charged with “surprise sex rape”.
Now, that sounds odd, right? But, hey, it’s still called rape … but what is the “sex by surprise” part of it?
Turns out that in Sweden, you can have consensual sex. You can have consensual sex a few days in a row even. You can have consensual sex with the implied understanding that you must wear a condom. You didn’t wear a condom? Oh,no … well, you have now breached the implied contract of the consent, and thus have raped the partner through non-consensual sex by breach of the implication of consent.
No, seriously - that is the law.
So, what is the charge for this horrendous act? The charge is actually quite a minor one, and the punishment? A $700 fine.
Yeah, there is a lot of shit happening in the background here that has nothing to do with the sex laws of Sweden.
I suggested he pled guilty, sent over the $1400 and got on with it.
This is not in support of assault … nor is it in support of withdrawal of consent rape. As far as I am concerned, no means no - even if it does come after three yes, fuck, yes statements and you are halfway done … once a no is given, you stop. Period.
The man wasn’t charged with withdrawal of consent rape.
Having said all that, I agree with the sentiment of the OP. I just think everyone is better served by having the full set of data rather than being served the brevity sound bite of “sexual assault charges” as this alters the truth of the matter based on the differences in language and definitions of other countries.
Tag! You’re it! The rules are to state 10 random facts about yourself. Then, go to ten blogs and tell them that they are it! :)
10 Random facts? Umn …
I need something to aim for. To achieve. I hate not having a structure.
However, I am stifled by too much structure. Rules are meant to be broken. They are a guide. Though, this may be the ODD talking.
I am an obsessive collector. Well, at least I would be if I had more disposable income. I have collected many things in the past - stamps, non-sport collector cards, movie posters - but the mainstays are my collection of cameras and my growing library of books.
My frustration with having had to put my farm, house and education programmes on hold is starting to affect me … but the reasons for doing so have not yet gone away. So …/>.<\ … I suppose that’s more of a whine than a fact … but now the whine is a fact.
I sent out the first of the cards I started writing last December recently. I wrote each one because I wanted those I sent them to know how I felt. I did not do it for any kind of reciprocal, but the responses I have received have been worth their weight in huggles. I haven’t finished sending them all out. I am slowly making my way through my list … but they take a while to write. You know, between states of procrastination and avoidance.
I have very little actual artistic skill. It’s taken me nearly 40 years to realise this. I have the vision. I can visualise entire productions, giant canvases, books of orchestral scores and the inner curves within a block of stone … but my hands and my brain just don’t meet eye to, well, reality. This is why I often get so very frustrated with my previous ventures — I’m artistically impotent. However, if you need a critic or director, give me a yell :)
My favourite season is Spring. Specifically the last month - where the temperatures are still mild, new life has sprouted, the rain still falls and the days are long.
I seem to be the weird one amongst the population. I tend to be equal in the way I treat people. I don’t respect authority, position or status because it means nothing to me. I expect people to treat each other with respect and understanding. I believe that certain things are earned, not bestowed. This seems at odds with most people - even those who claim to want equality.
I think it’s funny that if someone is attracted to chests they are a breast or Pecs person. If they are attracted to legs, well, they’re a leg person. If they are attracted to feet, they have a foot fetish. Ditto for arms and necks.Tell someone the favourite part of the body is the face, and they look at you weird … then ask you again what your favourite part of the body is again, because you must not have understood the question. Faces, my friends, are fucking sexy. Call it a fetish if it helps. That’s what I like.
I hate tagging people to do these memes. I don’t mind being tagged - but I’m not going to tag ten people. Instead, I hope that you’d want to share and tag your post “10 random things” and “xntrek” so I am alerted to them if I miss them on my dash.
There were 21,727,200 people in Australia on August 9 last year, according to the first results of the Census released today.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Australia’s resident population (excluding overseas visitors) was 21,507,700, so we are 8.3% bigger than we were in 2006.
The 2011 census provides important information on the characteristics of Australia’s population, such as residential location, ancestry, birthplace, Indigenous status and religious affiliation, and shows how the population has changed over the past five years.
21.7 million people with 40% of the population in just two cities …
- 4.6 million in Sydney - 4.2 million in Melbourne
Removing the 2 million each from Brisbane and Perth and the 1.2m from Adelaide leaves 7.6 million who are spread across the rest of the continent … with the biggest of the regional towns (and Canberra and Darwin both come under this category) having under 600,000 residents …
my mum sent me this link to some project that scans through masses of astronomical data to look for data that couldn’t have been caused naturally so basically it searches for extra terrestrial activity and by having lots of people install and collect data from personal computers at home the scientists can collect a vast amount of information so i installed it because why not lets help some nerds try and find aliens
OMG, I can’t believe this is still going! I remember being a Systems Administrator at a Dot-com company in ‘98 through to ‘01 and installing the command line version of the client (rather than the GUI based screensaver version) on practically every web server we ran … unsurprisingly, our corporate SETI account was in the top 10 teams each week …
…this is going to lead to issues with people because they want to believe every “feel-good” they hear…
But Depo-Provera is NOT a monthly injection, which calls into question whether the person making the statement has actually ever had it. Which probably means that story is more allegorical than anything.
No, no flames … yeah, some basic research would have shown it’s a quarterly injection … you are right, and reminds me that sometimes we need to remember our ACBs … Avoiding Confirmation Bias.