corin tucker

Leaf Blowers

Really, World? Leaf blowers?

Why?

I mean, sure, the leaves are in a nice little pile, but the air stinks of diesal and is full of dirt, which is all slowly settling to cover the ground you just "cleaned". And you just pissed off everyone in the vicinity with exposed eyes, ears, or allergies.

And i watched you doing this for a period of time that surely exceeded the amount of time it would have taken to sweep.

In fact, i'm not sure anyone would have bothered to sweep such a paltry scattering of leaves. And you had this (big, expensive) generator sitting on your back the entire time, that cannot possibly have been good for you.

I don't know why they even exist.

Why?

I don't know.

Leaf blowers.

Just... why?

*throws arms up in the air*

Leaf blowers!
corin tucker

Hāt

Blah.

Really annoyed at world.

Hate landlords.

Hate real estate agents.

*Absolutely* hate blinkered, mean-spirited, selfish and evil people.

Hate the way that such people get their poisonous ideas normalised because their psychopathic nature makes them open to threatening and intimidating the other people in their life. Maybe we should all go around shoving people about, then we'd all be so fucking happy. (I wish we would all just shove such arseholes back.)

Hate washing dishes. Hate mould. Hate copper in tapwater. Hate cracks in walls, broken flywire and doors that don't close properly. And lack of room.

(Did i mention landlords?)

Most of all, hate missing out on kismet, time, space and security with friends.

Especially as a result of any of the preceding hateables.

(Yes, that broken flywire is always foiling my plans with my friends.)

(that last one was a joke.)
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G20 protests again...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/07/video-g20-police-assault

'Dramatic footage obtained by the Guardian shows that the man who died at last week's G20 protests in London was attacked from behind and thrown to the ground by a baton–wielding police officer in riot gear.

Moments after the assault on Ian Tomlinson was captured on video, he suffered a heart attack and died. ...
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The video shows the guy ambling along, a group of police with batons, dogs, etc... come up behind him, he gets prodded and has a dog nip at his heels for a bit, one of the cops gives him a nasty shove (the guardian says it looks like he's hit with a baton, but i don't think the cop is holding a baton - still, hardly the point (but see the link provided by an anonymous commenter; a BBC reporter playing the footage frame-by-frame says "one officer appears to hit Tomlinson in the back of the legs with a baton")) and the guy falls over.

The police kind of crowd over him while he's on the ground. You see him protesting his treatment from the vantage point of the sidewalk, and apparently he had a stroke soon afterwards.

Also note, as the friend who sent this to me puts it, "it's interesting that it was a hooded anarchist who helped the man up to his feet after the assault...supposedly the anarchists were throwing bottles at him in the fairy-tale released to the media by the police."

From the Guardian article again;

'Witnesses said that, prior to the moment captured on video, he had already been hit with batons and thrown to the floor by police who blocked his route home.

One witness, Anna Branthwaite, a photographer, described how, in the minutes before the video was shot, she saw Tomlinson walking towards Cornhill Street.

"A riot police officer had already grabbed him and was pushing him," she said.

"It wasn't just pushing him – he'd rushed him. He went to the floor and he did actually roll. That was quite noticeable.

"It was the force of the impact. He bounced on the floor. It was a very forceful knocking down from behind. The officer hit him twice with a baton when he was lying on the floor. ..."
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IMF Menu!

Oh my! Abusive TV star and occasional abusive chef Jamie Oliver served dinner at the G20;

http://slackbastard.anarchobase.com/?p=1797

Missed opportunity!

He could have made a friendly joke out of the G20 leaders support for "austerity measures", and given two of the delegates (say, Barak Obama and Gordon Brown) access to the fairly heavy menu advertised, while everyone else got tins of beans.

To cut down on government spending (i know thats something they all beleive in!), a single spoon could have been shared between the bean-eating delegates.

And because they're such supporters of free trade, a competition could have been held to determine who gets hired to help Jamie prepare the meals! Talent scouts could have been sent around the world to find the right kitchen staff. Start at a dollar an hour wages, and see who can bid the lowest! Bonus points if you're willing to put up with a few floggings to make up the night's entertainment.

He's such an intelligent, witty person, i'm sure he could have come up with something.
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corin tucker

G20 protests in the UK

I caught some of the G20 protests on Lateline last night.

The bias in the journalism was fairly predictable, there are some things about it that struck me as worth noticing;

* No exploration of the problems people have with the G20 conference and those involved. Nothing but vague references to there being "a range of groups". Compare this with the unquestioning relaying of news from within the G20 itself - we get lots of information about the disagreements between G20 members, and the plans these people have come up with - almost nothing at all on any plans or opinions or disagreements from outside the conference.

* Despite the violence of the protests, we only ever get to see a couple of short clips or shots of broken glass. Nothing to indicate widespread violence.

* A lot of the shots of the "violent" nature of the protest look a lot like police officers pushing people around (and getting yelled at in return), but the narration always discusses protestor violence. In stark contrast to the clips already on YouTube showing lines of shield & helmet clad police waving batons and surging forward into masses of unarmed, unprotected people. Clips not used in "official" news reports.

* A report that one protestor was killed, with no follow-up comments, analysis or signs that the journalist tried to figure out what the circumstances were. Leave it to crazy lefties to fill in the witness reports and analysis that the media aren't interested in reporting.

* A predictable bias in favour of the arseholes World Leaders inside the G20 conference, with the reporter making adoring reference to those brave men and women working to solve the worlds problems.

The journalist involved was practically suckling on their toes.

I guess some of us know our proper place: kneeling before these mighty Giants of the World Stage as they tirelessly work - outside of democratic oversight or public input - to decide what should happen in the world we adoring servants dwell within.

Enough?

Okay, i'll move on then.

* The interesting suggestion - implicit in everything the reporter said - that the smashing of windows at the Bank of Scotland was somehow innapropriate.

Okay, we can argue about whether or not "destruction of property" is an appropriate form of protest. I argue about that with myself.

But the scale of destruction supported by various G20 attendees should surely get some comparable treatment by a noble, objective journalist - why not be consistent? Or at least recognise the power imbalance in what is being reported.

And the lack of distinction between violence against people and violence against the Bank of Scotland's windows is a little terrifying, when you dwell on it. If one were to draw a coherent message out, one would have to be a little concerned that journalists have trouble making such distinctions.

I rambled a bit, all i wanted to do was link to Slackbastard, who suggests that police are using the protests as a pretense to rummage through the belongings of squatters.
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By the way...

...i've somehow managed to not-mention-this so far (you all know how shy i can be when it comes to politics), but i help out when i can with Students For Palestine, a university-based cross-campus group that opposes Isreali policies re: Palestine.

Recently the Monash Student Council voted to punish one member of the council for using his printer privileges and his good name to support SfP. Their main objection (supposedly) is that he's the Education / Public Affairs Officer, and it's not an Education / Public Affairs issue.

Leaving aside the general uselessness of the Environment & Social Justice officers, and the fact that officers are hardly forbidden from using their position to support issues not immediately related to their portfolio, there's actualy a pretty well-established history of Education officers being involved in international social justice issues at Monash. Unfortunately the current student council is quite conservative, and most of the people involved made up their mind to rather vigorously victimise the dissident council-member (whose crimes also include being an outspoken member of "Socialist Alternative") before semester began.

In any case, the picture at the top of this article pretty evocatively marks out the relevance a violent apartheid state has to university students in some parts of the world, at least:

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10428.shtml

In other news, Antony Loewenstein spoke on our campus the other day; he mentioned a lot of the ideas in this article:

http://newmatilda.com/2009/03/31/time-running-out-israel-adapt
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Two cold fronts approaching, one after the other. Thunder and greyness outside (weee!).

I've only started paying attention this year, so i don't know if this is normal or not, but since early March it seems that the belt of low-pressure systems shifted south. I wonder why that is.
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exploited by an incubator

Just watching a Channel 7 report about Australian parents who pay upwards of $20-60,000 to have Indian women carry their babies to term.

They pay poorer foreigners to use their bodies as incubators.

One of the Indian surrogate parents in this report wanted more money. The Australian woman involved said, on camera, with full seriousness, "We're being exploited. If we could've had a surrogate in Australia, we would have!"

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Where exactly does a society go from here?

What the FUCK?