The Thaw Generation

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Gay Marriage, ey?

I just can't believe that this is still even an issue.
Why would there be some kind of gender distinction in marriage? Why does it have to be about only a man and a woman?

I found this little piece of gold in my relentless trawling of YouTube. Ah, it's always a pleasure to hear conservatives resort to stupid arguments such as: "Gay people are part of families, they're sons and daughters..." Only to be shot down by any person within distance who obtains a brain: "So that is the gay ceiling??!!" Aaaaahhh, better than sex, my friends, better than sex.

As soon as we accepted that marriage did not have to be a religious event, surely the realisation that whatever kooky shit them crazy christians are getting out of that over-read ol' book (ie., man and man/woman and woman love is BAAAAAAAAAAD) no longer needs to apply either. I know I like to take the simplistic line here, but why the fuck does it scare people so much? And to pretend that to object to gay marriage is to not be homophobic or to harbour some kind of desire to discriminate against people with different sexual preference to you is flat-out, bat-shit craaaaaaazee!

Okay, I think that we've had enough of this rant for today. But this is not finished. Everyone who has a computer, a pen and paper, or just a screwed up piece of torn out Spirax notebook and a chewed up stump of an HB pencil, should be writing informed and rational letters to whoever your fancy takes:

- The Shadow Federal Attorney-General:
- The Federal Attorney-General:
- The Victorian Attorney-General:

I would suggest (not that I know anything about this, wink wink, nudge nudge) going straight to the ministers, instead of the heads of government (eg, Premiers and Prime Minister) as it just gets flicked to the departments anyway. My personal fav would have to be Nicola Roxon, as it appears that the ALP are yet to really make up their minds on this platform, and maybe we can apply the pressure.

Anyway, that's enough of that, I just know that invariably it is the crazy conservatives that pull out their fine blue fountain pens and inundate the ministers with mail pimping their intolerance, so anything that they get that is reasoned and reasonably succinct is immediately a stand-out.

So I say: Go public, inform your leaders! As a lovely man named Michnik once said: "Nothing instructs the authorities better than pressure from below." Sure he was talking about totalitarian Poland, but really, think about young Johnny's recent bullshit efforts, how far off are we!?


Friday, June 02, 2006

The goodness, the badness, and the... oh I don't know.

Sorry about the shitty title. I couldn't really think of anything else that fit in with the goodness and the badness. Anyhoo, the goodness: I handed in my resignation at work. Then the best thing happened, they offered me a job doing only 2 days a week in a area where I will actually see real people, and then they gave me a raise (per hour, less hours, so overall less pay, but you get the point), and THEN they let me have two weeks off to finish all my uni stuff and to freak the fuck out about how I am going to get it all finished in time.

Uh oh, I kind of let slip as to what the badness was (i.e., uni work), but the point is that I have a job that is :
- more interesting
- involves interaction with real people
- more money
- less hours


But, in reality this is just a procratinatory (word?) post, in order to stop me from my research/exam study. Man, I really don't understand why I wanted a double major. I should have just stuck with history, but instead I decided to do a double (psych is the other one), and now I have to learn lots of shitty stats and boring CRAP that I really can't stand. I don't know why I bother really. I should've quit when I had the chance, but by the time I finished all the 2nd year subjects (around about the same time the rest of my friends were finishing their degrees and becoming "people with real lives") I felt like I had committed to the bloody thing and should keep going with it. BIG MISTAKE! Oh well. If anybody knows anything, anything at all about multiple regression feel free to email me, because I have nothing, abso-fucking-lutely NADA.

In other news, how great is Big Brother? I know I have mentioned it before and that I said that I didn't like some of the people, but I have backflipped totally on nearly everyone. I seem to be totally obsessed with these people. I actually check the website for BB06 at least twice a day. Is this wrong?!?! (NB Please do not answer) But my obsession is mainly centred around Jamie and Katie, I think that they are adorable, and the idea that they might end up together (Marty and Jess, pre-divorce style) makes me very happy. Although on the topic of Marty and Jess, what on earth did they think they were doing moving to Darwin? I mean really, how is that going to help things, isolating yourselves like that. Crazy pants.

Okay, that is really enough of this procrastination. Although I guess that today has not involved any references to Chris Issaak, so this is positive. Oh, and I discovered this blog (don't worry, it's not new, I'm just very slow) and very much like it. I'm not too sure why I am pimping this, as she clearly has a lot more readers than I do, but I like it, and wanted to share it with the two people who check this blog occasionally. Wish me luck for exams/essays/thesis planning etc.