1.3.03

I'm having computer problems which can't be looked at easily for a couple of days. I'm currently on husband's setup which is really inconvenient to use. He's out or would be on here himself. Not too sure when I'll be back on deck

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26.2.03

Warringah Council in Sydney is under threat of dismissal for various reasons. It also last week declared that for a few weeks, householders can cut down any tree which they see as dangerous, without applying for permission. Today's Herald has an article on the council and I noted that the general manager's name is Blackadder. Is this a case of life imitating art?

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Here's a link my son found. I'm not discounting the work of Satan, but this? The Register USA I know nothing about this site but it reminds me of a few others.

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24.2.03

I've been thinking about the very large numbers of protesters who walked in peace rallies here a few days ago. I don't think Australians in general are given to this sort of behaviour and it takes something really major to bring them out. The walk for Aboriginal reconciliation was one such event. This is another. I think that very often protesters are seen by most as members of the "loony left" or as perhaps the local " rent-a-crowd." Obviously, rent-a-crowd did not come into it this time and the "loony left" must have gained some apparently atypical members! There were people there who had never taken part in such action before.

I sense a change in mood among us, and that is in just the small circle in which I move. I read letters in the paper which give me the same impression. There seems to be some frustration which has finally reached a point where we are not prepared to continue with it and its causes. The government has much to do with this: the Tampa incident and all its fallout, the dreadful treatment of refugees, the committing of Australian support to war with or without UN sanctions for it. All these have contributed. The bombing in Bali probably added to it, as did threats of terrorist action here.

I think too that there are other causes of our frustration. The drought will drastically affect our economy. We can see that there are farmers suffering. We can see too that the "A List" in society is out there having a good time partying while others suffer. We can see that such things as education and medical welfare are suffering badly. It appears that there is little we can do to remedy these situations.

Many of us have had more than enough. Our existence, insular in more ways than one, has been threatened. I am only sorry that it seems to have taken this dreadfully imminent war to rouse us from our stupor, to rouse us from lives lulled to sleep by programmes such as Burkes Backyard, Changing Rooms, Celebrity Chef (with its dreadful host Aristos) Location, Location. I think we need to leave our insular existence and to wake up.

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My son had a letter published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday. He remarked that John Howard has finally learnt that Saddam Hussein was ill treating his own people. Now he knows that, said Tim, why doesn't he do something about releasing those refugees who are imprisoned here in refugee camps and who have been saying that about Saddam for a long time?

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