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NSW Police Bring Shame to Sydney During APEC

ninemsn has video footage of an incident in which a 52-year old father was thrown to the ground and arrested in front of his young son for attempting to cross the road, apparently unaware of an approaching motorcade: 9RAW: Police arrest a man in Sydney’s CBD

Overnight, the man was then held without bail or even access to a lawyer for 22 hours. It’s just sickening, isn’t it?

This incident, which has rightfully had some media coverage this weekend, is just one example of NSW Police overstepping their mark during the APEC summit here in Sydney. Other incidents include the police attempting to arrest protesters peacefully sitting in Hyde Park, until they realised that the area was outside the APEC exclusion zone and allegations abound that police removed required identification while around protesters so it would be harder to identify them later and accuse them of assault.

When I was in the northern part of the city on Thursday, walking through the concrete and steel fence jungle that is fortress Sydney, with unprecedented police presence at every intersection and the sound of helicopters constantly flying overhead, I was truly amazed at the overbearing atmosphere that has taken over our beautiful city — it really felt like I was in some sort of city under siege or moments away from full-scale rioting and massive civil unrest. We let what happen to our city? And for what?!

Of course, none of the expected violence ever eventuated. Not that you’d know the way our police were more than happy to abuse the unnecessary and extraordinary powers granted them. In fact, they are proudly unrepentant.

(Update: It looks like international media like the BBC are starting to give this the coverage it deserves… on their website for now, at least. And I forgot to mention originally… no wonder the police don’t see humour in their bungled waving of the Chaser team through two security checkpoints, as to do so would mean they need to accept they failed miserably in simply doing their jobs!)

Add comment 13 years ago

I Hate Incompetence and I Hate Mediocrity

Arrrrrrrrrgh! :evil:

I hate incompetent people. I’m sick and tired of people who don’t give a shit and just do a crap half-arsed job all the time. Whatever happened to striving for excellence, in everything that we do? Be confident in all that you do, but please, learn to do it well.

I also hate mediocrity. I would in the end rather you aim high, genuinely try and then fail, instead of aiming for the bare minimum and not trying at all. At least in the former, you have a chance of do something great. Too many people choose the latter option and are thus destined to mediocrity. In fact, the world seems increasingly full of them.

Please, don’t give up. Don’t be one of them. :cry:

2 comments 13 years, 2 months ago

What is Wrong with the United States?!

As if I needed another reminders why the United States has issues…

Here in Australia, our federal government (which is conservative, mind you) has recently introduced a national vaccination program for Gardasil, a vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) which is one of the causes of cervical cancer.

But what’s happening in the US? According to the NewScientist.com article US conservatives block cancer vaccine for girls:

Plans to vaccinate young girls against the sexually-transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer have been blocked in several US states by conservative groups, who say that doing so would encourage promiscuity.

Because of what?! I don’t fucking believe it.

Continue Reading 5 comments 13 years, 4 months ago

I’m Cleaning Up My Room!

I just thought I’d announce to all that I’m defragmenting my stuff and repartitioning the space in my room cleaning up my room. This way, maybe it’ll feel like I can’t just stop and forget about it since you all know I’m supposed to be doing it.

As many of you will know, it’s currently a complete disaster because I stopped halfway through a clean-up a few years ago and things have just been piling up since. Take a look at the photos of what it was like in Aug 2005 – and it’s only gotten much worse since!

So why am I cleaning up my room now? I’m glad you asked! ;)

  • My sister is away for two weeks, so I can use her room as a temporary buffer to cache my stuff space to store my stuff.
  • I am seriously going to try and fit both my 30″ and 27″ LCD monitors on my desk (more on that story later).
  • I recently watched an episode of Amazing Medical Stories about people who have a hoarding OCD. It was scary. :cry:

4 comments 13 years, 5 months ago

NSW State Election — Tough Choice Indeed

Another election down! I just got back from my local primary school, it being the polling place closest to me. (I’m in the Hornsby electorate.) Let me make a few observations about things that piss me off:

  • I saw a number of young people who appeared to have no clue what they were doing. They picked up a number of how to vote cards and were apparently deciding between them at random. Go the apathetic youth of today!
  • I saw a mother carefully instruct her daughter how to vote exactly as she was going to herself. Didn’t mum ever teach you to think independently?
  • The electoral official who gave me my ballot paper gave me an incorrect answer when I asked about the optional placement of preferences. (She failed to tell me that I need to number at least 15 candidates if I decide to vote below the line on the Legislative Council paper.)

The actual choice we faced today pissed me off as well, of course. Return Morris Iemma’s gang and face another term of gross incompetence in the management of NSW infrastructure? Or vote in Peter Debnam and face the prospect of an even worse future? Vote for the Greens in protest even though their policy (or lack thereof) for so many things I find astounding?

I’m not really going to tell you how I voted, except to say you can rest assured I ultimately gave my preferences to Labor before Liberal for both the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly. And I still put Liberal ahead of lunatics like the Christian Democratic Party and Australians Against Further Immigration.

Some of you are well aware of my tendency to hang on to the remnants of a certain dead party anyway (they didn’t even have anyone where I was today to hand out how to vote cards).

How depressing. :cry:

1 comment 13 years, 6 months ago

Crikey! Steve Irwin is Dead?!

When it comes to larger-than-life character, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin was certainly on the list… but reports are in he’s just been killed in Queensland by being speared in the chest by a stingray! OMG.

Of all things, I never thought he’d be killed by wildlife, even if it was in the ocean! How horrible. RIP, Steve! :|

SMH: Steve Irwin killed by stingray

1 comment 14 years ago

Poor Pluto, Sad Pluto

Let’s all shed a tear for Pluto, for it has been demoted and is no longer considered a planet — as far as the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is concerned anyway.

On Thursday, at their 26th General Assembly in Prague, an clear majority passed a resolution to define separate categories for bodies in the Solar System that have mostly cleared their orbit of other objects (‘planets’) and bodies that have not (‘dwarf planets’). Furthermore, a specific resolution was passed to create a category of Pluto-like objects starting with the text “Pluto is a ‘dwarf planet’…”, making it unequivocally clear.

Personally, I think it’s about time it was recognised that while Pluto may once have been unique, today it is only one of many such bodies out beyond Neptune, some of which may be bigger than Pluto. On the other hand, culturally, Pluto has long been considered a planet and seems to be well-loved. (Lucy and I even had a fight once because she thought I didn’t care about Pluto… :roll: )

Ah well, such is science. Too bad we can’t just make exceptions… but don’t worry Pluto, you’ll still have a special place in the hearts of many of us. If you can get over that “damn you Earthlings, shove it up Uranus” feeling, that is! :D

New Scientist: Pluto gets the boot as the planet count drops
BBC News: Pluto loses status as a planet

1 comment 14 years ago

Damnit, I’m still not over it! Not sure whether it should have been a penalty? Take a look at these photos from the SMH. We were robbed. add


It’s past five in the morning, more than two hours since we were knocked out of the World Cup by Italy, but I still can’t believe it.

Julian and I were in Circular Quay where it was just pandemonium, with people climbing trees to get onto the top of bus shelters, too many girls in miniskirts in the freezing cold and too many people to be able to actually see the big screen and watch the match. So we escaped to Jase’s place.

The Socceroos could have played better. Even playing 11-on-10 (admittedly Marco Materazzi’s red card was harsh) we had very limited opportunities on goal and failed to convert what few chances we had. But we did fairly hold off Italy for the first 50 minutes and extra-time was waiting, with the Socceroos one of the fittest teams in the tournament and two substitutions up our sleeves. We had all dared to dream. And then…

What happened out there in the 93rd minute looked to be an unfortunate challenge by Lucas Neill, sure, but one without malice or possibility for actual injury… what followed though, was an open invitation for Fabio Grosso to forget about just stepping over Neill, and instead take a nice swan dive fall over him. Lo and behold, Spanish referee Luis Medina awards a penalty kick as literally the last play of the match to see Australia sent packing in the most cruel way possible.

We’ve all seen bad refereeing descisions, including plenty in this World Cup alone (indeed, all three of our prior matches)… just not at the very end of stoppage time of a goal-less round-of-16 match to hand the result away on a silver platter.

Socceroos: you did Australia proud and made it futher than any of us would have dared dreamed last November. Guus Hiddink: you are an absolute legend and all Australians salute you. It’s lost somewhat in the chaos now, but I’m sure we’ll wake up and remember the enormity of what’s been accomplished.

But for now, good night, cruel world. :cry:

Add comment 14 years, 2 months ago

Tim Cahill, the first (and second) man to ever score a goal for Australia at the World Cup finals — Australia fucking loves you! Aloisi, Kennedy and the rest of the Socceroos too… three goals in the last 10 mins? Absolute legends. 1

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