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I think my apathy toward institutionalised patriotism reached a new level today. Earlier I was watching the news they were saying something about australia day celebrations being a good distraction out in the bush. I thought it odd that places were celebrating aus. day today – instead of tomorrow. Isn’t the 27th the right day? I thought – afterall that’s when the public holdiay is. And then I just had a look on the calendar and it says that I was wrong – it actually was today. Anti-patriotism is waking up and gnashing your teeth first thing in the morning — apathy is getting to 7:21 in the evening and going “huh?”. [or maybe it’s thickness.]

But really I’m very grateful to have been born here. There’s a lot of space, it’s not too crowded, has all kinds of climates – and then the really fortunate bits – it’s in the 1st world and australia still has a pretty damn decent social welfare net. That kind of thing matters to professional slackers like me. In comparrison, the US seems shocking and insane, the UK is rotting from the inside. Some parts of Europe believe in social welfare, but (as far as I can tell) you’d have a hard time finding a tree to take a slash behind without someone seeing you. Also – it’s pretty cold over there.
The only thing I can say is that I seem to be able to buy significantly less since the intro of the GST. Just normal stuff like food, utility bills cost more.
Plus we have one seriously fucken deluded leader at the moment, but that’s temporary.

While I’m rattling on about bigger issues, i’d like to say that germany and france rock bigtime for saying that they won’t participate in the Iraq invasion at all. It’d be wishful thinking to think that their motivation was purely altruistic but I think it’s more like that they could’ve got a better trade deal on oil from Saddam than the corporate petro-puppet that they US wants.
Either way – it’s a big turning point – them saying that regardless of what the UN verdict is, they won’t be in the boat. Also with them being the EU movers n’ shakers, it might get other EU countries thinking too.
Also, this anouncement by Saddam that if Iraq’s invaded they’ll torch their own oil wells — makes me giggle darkly at the ingeniousness. It reminds me of a scene out of the Simpsons where, at the dinner table, Bart and Homer are fighting over the last pickle. Bart licks it to claim it as his own and render it inedible to Homer. Homer dumps it in a nearby glass of milk, saying “Checkmate”. Bart in admiration: “Always thinking two moves ahead”.
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I think summer jumped the shark with that 42 yesterday. It’s all downhill from here.

For the first time ever i got the Nvidia graphics driver worked out for Linux today! I’d tried several times over the last year or two. So I also got to play Tux racer properly too, and it’s neat downhill racing on your belly fun.

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I was just having a discussion about our “leader” with a friend of mine over a pint of Guiness. My friend and I don’t agree very often on anything that is important, I am sometimes astounded at the views of people who I would otherwise consider intelligent (but i guess that’s just egocentrism at work)… anyway i was saying how I thought John Howard is a complete twit for (amongst other things) his views on the middle east and lap dog support of the US. Pre-emptive strikes??!!!! Insanity!!

Anyway, my friend did argue that our economy is doing well (especially in comparison to much of the rest of the world) and that JH did seem to care about the plight of Australians. This I couldn’t argue with.

I should be wary of rattling off without having thought things completely through (who’s blog is this anyway??) but I do find your view on patriotism interesting. I’m also very grateful for having been born in Australia. It’s a great place for very many reasons (there’s a lot that I don’t like – but lets not get into that). I often wonder about my rights when it comes to living here though.. does birth in a place really give me some ownership of it? Or is it the fact that I pay taxes – contribute economically? Or is it just a question of contributing to the society in whatever manner? Why do I have the right to be here more than someone else?

… I have obviously lost the plot here 🙂 Better have a think about it.

Again, your words have provoked thought. This is good thing.
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Yeah – I’ve been think a fair bit about howard and his reasons for participating in this invasion lately too. The only thing I can think of is that it’s a traditional thing for Liberal governments to be staunch supporters of US foreign policy — and this is why.
As fertile as my imagination is, i can’t quite imagine there being someone from the US directly saying to someone from here that if australia participates then there’ll be kickbacks for australian companies (or at least aust. branches of global companies, like Mobil).

As 19th Century as his values are, Howard has always had this look of sincereity – which I think is genuine too. It’s entirely subjective, but that look he has – you contrast it to Bush – Bush knows exactly why they need to invade Iraq, he knows what kind of human cost there will be but is dead-set determined to do it. Also it’s no secret that the Bush family have a lot of fingers in oil pies.

I think being born here just means you won’t be kicked out, unless you do something *really* bad.. :^)
This reminds me that people in gaol don’t get to vote.
I think ‘they’ don’t even really care if you contribute to society, as long as you don’t rock the boat too much. But almost all people do want to contribute, and that’s one of those things about humans that goes beyond national borders.
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..ahh but it’s the idea that we should care about or own, contribute for our own good – before we care for those outside our borders that gets me sometimes… it’s a natural thing i guess.. but we have it soooooo much better than others.. and there seems to be a lot of “No this is ours – get your dirty mits off!” going around
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yes. I suppose my original para was stemming from the thought of, ‘gee, i’m glad i wasn’t born as a little hungry black kid in africa’. Rather than spin off into the metaphysics and possibles of how souls are born into bodies…
I’d never thought that if i was that little african kid, then I’d probably want to go to australia 9or which erver country) because they have eskimo pies there (among other foods).

I really don’t know wht the answer is to these problems caused by globalisation and sovereignty and unfair trade deals. Maybe abolish all national borders and we’ll all just have free-for-all.

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