Online experiences depend on you. #100daysofblogging #Day73

The internet brings out both the best and worst in people.

It allows the making of pacts between people who feel the same way; pacts to survive at least one more week, pacts to stay alive, but also pacts for suicide.

It allows you to find voices that agree with what you are thinking. But it will also expose you to those who disagree and those who wish to change you.

It can be good for you or bad for you, depending on the choices you make.

The intense reality of being connected all the time and the incessant vibrating of notifications can exacerbate insomnia or other sleep problems. The background thought “I’ve got to check twitter” can damage you concentration when you need it.

But the internet can also be a place to clear your thoughts, whether it be to a friend or to someone you have never even met. I’ve often found solace in talking to someone I don’t really know about quite personal things.

Solutions to many of life’s problems can be found, when you ask for them online. Not just from your real-life friends, but from experts far and wide.

Find the right hashtag on twitter and you can have a mental health worker, doctor or psychologist reading your tweets in no time.

They may not be close by, but they are there.

Blog meet random park dog #100daysofblogging #day57

Today on my way home from work I found a beautiful obedient dog that had been running around the park for hours.

Park dog!

Consequently I’ve spent the whole rest of the night posting about and looking after said dog.

In the morning we will take him to the local rescue shelter where they can scan him for a chip and hopefully help us find his owners.

Though I will be asking questions about the shock collar they had on him and will not be giving it back.

This dog does not need a shock.collar. I’ve only known him for about 5 1/2 hrs and he’s already walked fine, dealt with loads of dogs and  people. Shared toys and treats with my dog and now both of them are sleeping quietly.

All with minimal barking or fuss. Even with my grumpy middle aged dog 🙂

Procrastination kicks in #100daysofblogging #Day56

Procrastination Not many times have I sat here staring at the screen procrastinating on what to write during this #100daysofblogging challenge, but that’s what happened today.

Of course it would happen on the night when I need to leave by 6:40am in the morning for important work stuff.

I am also craving a round or two of TF2, after all what’s better than blowing up some online opponents before bed? Oh well, guess I wont be doing that tonight.

Aaaaand then someone said ‘write about procrastination’, so I did. Thanks Donna. Better to write something tonight than nothing tonight, right?

Got to keep the challenge going. Continue reading Procrastination kicks in #100daysofblogging #Day56

Book Review: Profits of Doom by Antony Loewenstein

Profits of Doom book cover

Antony Loewenstein’s book “Profits of Doom – How Vulture Capitalism is Swallowing the World” is an apt extension of the investigations conducted in Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine” and Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater – Rise of the Words Most Powerful Mercenary Army”.

What does the book promise/offer?

Antony’s focus on giving a voice to those directly impacted by vulture capitalism makes for a refreshingly honest and compelling read. There is no false pretext of neutrality in this book. Antony’s purpose is clear from the get go – to pick up where Klein & Scahill left off exposing massive international industries which profit from the perpetuation of human misery – and there is no doubt he achieves this goal.

Naomi Klein exposed the history of vulture-like multinational corporations and their exploitation of disasters both natural and man-made to reap massive private profits. Jeremy Scahill examined how unaccountable privatised military organisations grew to be the favoured tool of exploitative governments and corporations, used to enforce unpopular policy and redistribute military spending to achieve maximum private profit from the public purse.

In Profits of Doom Antony expands this research to include a variety of other contexts, including how disaster capitalism has made itself at home in Australia. Continue reading Book Review: Profits of Doom by Antony Loewenstein