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20th-Apr-2009 10:12 pm - Words
appalling_cynicism: (I'd kiss you if it wouldn't kill me)
I was told I blaspheme too much today. Seriously. I'd beg to differ on that. Swear too much, maybe, but blasphemy? I do blaspheme, but creatively rather than frequently. I have a policy, if it would make my Catholic grandmother laugh rather than look disapproving, it is acceptable. Yeah, she is a good Catholic, but not a great one.

I have done my last undergraduate mid-semester! This is awesome!

I need a life. I want a life. Having approximately one quarter the workload of any of your friends does not lend itself to spending time with them. They are all busy and I am just bored.
30th-Mar-2009 03:09 pm - Can we get a new Communications Minister, please?
appalling_cynicism: (Default)
Oh, Stephen Conroy, you really are a fucking idiot. After many months of bleating about how mandatory ISP filtering was necessary to stop kiddie porn, you can't now turn around and tell us you never said that. Okay, you never said it would stop P2P file sharing, but you ignored everyone who warned you that that was the primary method of distribution. It amounts to the same thing. Also, blocking web sites is censorship; it doesn't matter how you try to dress it up.

I'm not saying that kiddie porn shouldn't be blocked. It is highly illegal for a very good reason. I am saying that having a secret blacklist that covers not just kiddie porn, but regular porn and political content (anti-abortion sites and sites about suicide) is absolutely not on. I mean, make it optional, sure. Parents should be allowed to control what their children see, and more, er, sensitive people would probably appreciate such an option as well. However, some of us are grown up and know what is out there, and choose to brave the big wide web anyway. The government should not be able to make our viewing decisions for us.
17th-Jan-2009 01:37 pm - For Christ's sake!
appalling_cynicism: (WTF world?!)
Seriously, Australia, quit it with the insane censorship. First you refuse to give R ratings to games, because adults don't play video games and shouldn't have access to, y'know, adult video games. Instead you just ban them. Now you give us an internet filter, but refuse to tell us what will be on the blacklist. Seriously? You don't see anything wrong with that? To piss us all off even more, you then spew this 'you're either with us or a paedophile' rhetoric that makes no sense! Trust me when I tell you you can be anti-censorship without being pro-kiddie porn. Artistic merit truly does go out the window when children are being exploited and abused. These things are mutually exclusive. Furthermore, it is damn near impossible to just stumble on to kiddie porn, it is just not distributed that way. This means that the filter will do sweet shit all to protect anyone anyway.
1st-Jun-2008 09:05 pm - Bill Henson
appalling_cynicism: (WTF world?!)
I will say, I am somewhat ashamed of the reaction to the Bill Henson exhibition. I can understand why those photos make people uncomfortable, I really can. They should make people uncomfortable. However, it is important to consider the context. These are not sexualised photos. It is entirely possible have a sexualised photo of a fully clothed child. I'll be honest, I find the photos of children all tarted up to look like grown ups far more offensive. They are not pornographic images. They were photos taken with the full consent and supervision of the parents of adolescents who have suffered no notable consequences as a result. Well, until now when they are being splashed across the media and having their images referred to as 'filth'. Children should be protected, but this isn't something they need protecting from.

And to Bill Sheehan at the Sydney Morning Herald who wrote that paedophiles have had an easy run in society, then proceeded mention "a subculture of pedophilia among gays ... ". That, I just find horrible, offensive, and, well, wrong. Utterly, utterly wrong. Well, assuming he didn't mean it as maliciously as it came out, then not wrong so much as misleading and poorly worded (I hope). Such a subculture exists, but no more than it exists among 'straights'. I don't think paedophilia really has a gender preference.

There is always going to be someone who finds any given image erotic. People are incredibly twisted like that.

To lighten the mood after such a serious post, I offer picspam!

James McAvoy, ahoy! I'm sorry, I couldn't help it. )
1st-Jun-2008 01:25 am - I miss hugs
appalling_cynicism: (My brain hurts)
I adore my flatmate more than I can express with words, but she is useless at physical affection. Poor girl looks absolutely terrified when she thinks I need a hug, practically pushes me out the door to go find another, more cuddly, friend. She tries though, and I appreciate that.

I will never understand the uni students who are only in it for themselves. Being a student is hard enough without everyone hoarding their knowledge, unwilling to help or share. Honestly, the only students worse than the suck ups that ask questions during the lectures, are the ones who just look at you when you say you need help. I'm sure you all know the look I mean, the if you can't do it by now, you should just drop out look. Surely it is not that hard to try to help. I know it is not that hard to try to help, because that is what I do when someone asks me.

There is a rant about the debacle that was the Bill Henson exhibition building. For now though, so many people have said so many things that have pissed me off so much that I just have no coherent thoughts about it any more. I am looking at you, Sydney Morning Herald opinion pieces.
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