I’m so angry with the Terrorist events in Christchurch. I’m angry at the rhetoric over the years in Australia towards anyone from a different or non-White background. I’m angry that Australia is so quick to label someone different as a threat. But when it comes to your own, you export them to my homeland, they destroy the peace as people are praying and the rhetoric is less.
Where’s the call to strip this Australian of his citizenship? Where’s the call to stop and ban all types of people with extremist white nationalist views? Why are major political parties in Australia, this morning, still publishing attack ads against immigration? Why is the news headlines labeling the attacker as a “angel” or “working class”.
There are hundreds of Australian based social media pages that express and support these extremist viewpoints. Why are there events in Melbourne this afternoon where speakers are encouraging these viewpoints to grow? Extremism is a disease that is nearly impossible to cure, once someone is radicalised there is little hope for rehabilitation. Yet these pages and groups remain. I’m all for free speech, but not for active and permitted hatred towards the other.
It’s time to stop saying “Australia is racist” and time for Australia (as a whole) to do something meaningful about it.
A few weeks ago the NBN became available in my street. Initially I was excited, until I started getting all the promotional and scare tactics filled material in my mailbox.
The TLDR version: switching to the NBN is expensive and not worthwhile until it is forced upon you.
The two worst offenders in the mail blitz were:
Telstra: I received advertising from Telstra telling me that I had already received notification that my current phone connection would be terminated soon. The reality was I had received no notification of this, and checking the NBN rollout map showed that the date of termination of my existing phone service was yet to be determined.
NBN CO: About a month after getting the letter from Telstra I got official notification of when my current phone service would be terminated, it is a little under a year way. This letter was filled with fear such as “Act now… before existing services are switched off” and it then continued further to state “NBN does not charge for standard installation”.
At this point I checked the NBN plans which my current internet provider offers. To meet my existing usage and to even match the speed I get on my ADSL connection would cost at least $15 more per month as well at least $100 in additional connection costs.
So much for no charge for installation. Annoyed I then checked against a number of other ISPs. All but one charges installation fees and all are a least $10/month more than my current connection.
With millions of people still to connect to the NBN these increases in fees will raise millions in profits for a variety of ISPs. None of which is good for consumers.
Given that the NBN has a reputation for poor service and support I will not be switching to the new network any time soon.
2018 has been a great year. I left academia, started working in the financial industry, set up a new apartment, and celebrated good times with friends.
I have also posted very few blog posts (only 4!), I’m well over a year behind in editing photos from trips. However, life has been busy and I’m being slightly more restrained in what I chose to post online.
Some of the highlights from the year are shown below.
This month is R U OK Day and next month is Mental Health Awareness Month, in light of this I’m writing this piece to share some of my story, but more importantly a few of the techniques, articles and videos which have been a tremendous help for me over the last year. Ultimately, the key piece of advice I can give is to seek professional help if you are overcome with thoughts or emotions, it has done me a world of good.
The final weekend of my trip was spent visiting a friend who lives in the cowboy town of Calgary. During the weekend we headed off to Canmore at the base of the Rocky Mountains and did some hiking in the mountains immediately behind Canmore and then up to Big Beehive and on to The Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House at Lake Louise.
I flew to Vancouver, Canada after a week and a half of visiting friends across the USA. Although I usually love time to myself it was quite a shock to be travelling alone in a city where I knew no one.
Many of my friends had told me great things about Vancouver, however, on arrival I was shocked at the number of beggars and those less well off. After walking along the waterfront, through Chinatown and Gaston I ended up traversing through a very rough few streets between Chinatown and Gaston. This was not the first impression I was expecting and suggested to me that although Canada is considered very progressive there is still work to be done to look after those in need.
The following day I walked through Yaletown, caught a ferry to Gainsville Island, where I had lunch and explored the markets, before hiring a bike to ride to Stanley park.