We took Louis to the zoo for his first visit on the weekend with his grandparents and cousin Abigail. We all had a fantastic time, and Louis now has a few more animals he can recognise and whose noises he can mimic. Awesome!
You know what this office needs? A pit of eternal despair. Yeah. Every time someone microwaves something with garlic in it, they should be seized and thrown into a black abyss of pain and darkness and infinite sorrow
I am very uneasy about laws limiting free speech.
This is the man fighting a court battle about free speech, aiming to protect his right to vilify Aboriginal people who aren't Aboriginal enough by his standards. So of course he doesn't actually say "we should shut this down", but a principled free speech advocate would say "I don't like it but I'll fight for their right to say it".
Principles and Blot. They don't go together.
Last night Holly and I had a grandmother looking after Louis and tickets to a gig. Date night! Lots of fun was had.
I've been having a bit of a twitter debate with my mate Josh about Marrickville Council's Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resolution, when I realised I hadn't read the actual text of the piece. Given the amount of misinformation already going around about it, I thought it would be worth having a web-based source for the full text, rather than it being hidden in Marrickville council's PDF-based archives.
I've attempted to keep the formatting consistent with the original documents. I'm also attaching the PDFs in case they disappear from Marrickville Council's site, get moved or whatever.
- In particular recognition of it’s sister city relationship with Bethlehem and the strong support for that relationship from local progressive faith communities and other community members, Marrickville Council support the principles of the BDS global campaign and report back on any links the council has with organisations or companies that support or profit from the Israeli military occupation of Palestine with a view to the Council divesting from such links and imposing a boycott on any future such links or goods purchases.
- Marrickville Council boycott all goods made in Israel and any sporting, academic institutions, government or institutional cultural exchanges.
- Marrickville Council write to the local state and federal ministers ( Carmel Tebbutt and Anthony Albanese ) informing them of Council's position and seeking their support at the State and Federal level for the global BDS movement.
- Marrickville Council support the principles of the BDS global campaign and report back on any links the council has with organisations or companies that support or profit from the Israeli military occupation of Palestine with a view to the Council divesting from such links and imposing a boycott on any future such links or goods purchases.
- Marrickville Council boycott all goods made in Israel and any sporting, academic, government or cultural exchanges.
- Marrickville Council write to the local state and federal ministers (Carmel Tebbutt and Anthony Albanese) informing them of Council's position and seeking their support at the State and Federal level for the global BDS movement.
- halting any military cooperation or trade with Israel;
- refraining from participation in any form of sporting events, academic and cultural cooperation, collaboration or joint projects with Israeli institutions or teams;
- advocating a comprehensive boycott of Israeli institutions at national and international levels, including suspension of all forms of funding and subsidies to these institutions;
- Divestment from companies that provide goods and services to the Israeli state that assist the continued occupation and colonisation of Palestinian territorites
- Economic, diplomatic and cultural sanctions against the Israeli government .
- Boycotts of Israeli goods.
- Victorian Trades Hall Council;
- The South Coast Labour Council (SCLC);
- Australian Services Union, NSW and ACT branches;
- Council of the Queensland Teachers' Union;
- Liquor, Hospitality & Miscellaneous Workers Union, Queensland branch;
- Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union, NSW Branch;
- Maritime Workers of Australia, WA Branch.
- the British Trade Union Congress;
- Irish Trade Union Congress;
- British University & College Union;
- Canadian Union of Public Employees;
- Canadian Union of Postal Workers;
- as well as unions in Brazil, Norway, and France.
If you're going to call yourself a "web producer", surely you could take the time to learn a little about the field in which you work? I would expect a "TV producer" to know the difference between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. A web producer who doesn't know what an iframe is, and hides behind "oh I'm not technical", is not fit for purpose. Show some professional curiosity fercrissake.
For your reference, as approximately the lowest person on the org chart for Ogaki City (it’s in Gifu, which is fairly close to Nagoya, which is 200 miles from Tokyo, which is 200 miles from Miyagi, which was severely affected by the earthquake), my duties in the event of a disaster were:
- Ascertain my personal safety.
- Report to the next person on the phone tree for my office, which we drilled once a year.
- Await mobalization in case response efforts required English or Spanish translation.
Ogaki has approximately 150,000 people. The city’s disaster preparedness plan lists exactly how many come from English-speaking countries. It is less than two dozen. Why have a maintained list of English translators at the ready? Because Japanese does not have a word for excessive preparation.
Excellent perspective on the tsunami disaster in Japan. (via @tkinson)