September 21 – People’s Climate Mobilisation (Perth)

People's Climate Mobilisation - Perth, September 21, 2014

Let’s make this an event to be remembered. It’s time for us to step up and commit to taking actions which create and protect the safe climate future we all need.

On September 21 there will be actions we can take on the day, actions we can take in our personal lives and things we can begin doing together.

We need to use ALL our political, financial and collective power in order to secure the urgent action necessary for a safe climate future.

Promoting this event is a great vehicle for those conversations and it’s also far more effective than just mass-clicking invite button.

So let’s start having those conversations and inviting people along!

Click here to go to the Facebook Event

Missed the deadline. #100daysofblogging #Day76

Technically it’s Day 77 of the blogging challenge already; but I haven’t slept so I’m still counting this as a #Day76 post.

Today has been a busy day!

Working in the garden, sorting out stuff around the house that I’d been putting off for way too long, and having an interesting meeting with an important bunch of local activists.

I also put my (amateur) photoshop skills to work today, piecing together the banner below for the People’s Climate Mobilisation here in Perth on September 21.

All in all a very productive day.

Click here to join the “People’s Climate Mobilisation – Perth” on Facebook.

People's Climate Mobilisation - Perth, September 21, 2014

The Internet gives me hope. #100daysofblogging #Day53

A snapshot of Internet ConnectivityThe internet is one of very few things which gives me hope for the future of humanity.

Well actually it’s much more than just ‘the internet’ as a tool which give me hope.

It’s not just the sheer volume of information. It’s not just the ability to communicate instantly with dozens of people from different locations all at once.

It’s more than that.

It’s the communities I’ve become a part of and the huge variety of people I’ve met online.

From the random US citizens I spoke to on IRC in 1996, to Iraqi bloggers I met online in 2004, to local activists I met through Twitter and Facebook in 2011.

The fact that I can meet these people from the safety of my own home has made me a different person than I would have been otherwise. It broke cultural barriers and freed me from relying on mainstream sources to learn about other parts of the world.

The shareware, freeware and open source culture of online communities supply endless, high quality free to use applications for nearly every task imaginable.  Continue reading The Internet gives me hope. #100daysofblogging #Day53

‘High’ cost for dole tests – #100daysofblogging #day1

Yesterday I started a controversial debate on my Facebook wall after posting a status about the Liberal Party’s proposed mandatory drug testing of people receiving unemployment benefits. So far the post has 39 likes, 4 shares and 257 comments.

Mandatory drug testing is a ‘feel good’ policy that in actuality would be ineffective. It would not create employment. It would be very expensive to implement is likely to lead to higher crime rates.

Mandatory drug testing won't work

Punishing the unemployed by removing their life-support payments – because lets face it most of us would struggle to live on $255/week – is not going to help people gain employment.

Nor for that matter will quadrupling the cost of a diploma from TAFE and then forcing people under 30 to ‘earn or learn’, despite there being 100,000 too few opportunities.

Then on top of that you want to remove peoples right to privacy too?

How would you like it? Imagine this: every week for the next 6 months you will be forced to line up awkwardly with a bunch of other people for the pleasure of having someone watch you pee. Continue reading ‘High’ cost for dole tests – #100daysofblogging #day1

The Liberal Party & Worldwide Online Printing – Demonising Refugees

Today I received one of the abhorrent Liberal party flyers going around the nation which dehumanise and demonise refugees by continually associating their arrival via boat with the term “illegal”. Clearly a political stunt aimed at exacerbating public ‘fear of the other’ at the expense of genuine refugees, in the hope of scoring political points.

Yep, that’s bad. But the story gets worse. The flyer I received was printed by Worldwide Online Printing, who no doubt have made a profit in the process. That is to say, they directly profited from a POLITICAL FLYER which demonises refugees and was delivered to my home.

I have a problem with people profiting off creating further misery for people who are fleeing persecution, so I went over to Worldwide‘s Facebook page and left the following reasonable criticism (mind the typos, I was a little worked up):

Worldwide Online Printing profiting off the LNP's demonisation of refugees, my comments. Continue reading The Liberal Party & Worldwide Online Printing – Demonising Refugees