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Ten.

University is not entirely conducive to learning. There’s far too many shiny things and it can be argued that there’s too many places to have a cigarette, making it easier to ‘just nip outside for a minute’.

That being said, while the internet does exist in university land, thankfully it isn’t very good. So there’ll be no watching of episodes of ‘Always Greener’ today.

I almost wish there was a once you’re here you’re stuck policy; the temptation to just leave, whatever, is great. Especially when I can see my car from the window.

Also, by the way, when do I get my office?

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Nine.

The election is almost here. How scary. Who am I going to vote for? Or rather, who do I desperately want to keep out of office? I have shamefully consulted news.com.au and made myself a spreadsheet to consider.

I’ll start with environment. Of course, the major issue is climate change. Is it real? Yes. We’ve all seen ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and we’ve all seen the polar bears on small pieces of ice. It’s not practical to believe that just because I’ve ignored it, it’s not there. So something has to be done. Julia has planned a cap on pollution, and good on her. But what’s even better, if Australian’s (note, the country speaks) don’t agree with it, it get’s scrapped. Abbott has taken the standpoint that it’s complete crap. The Greens vote for action. Now. Thank christ.

The other issue that troubles me is Asylum Seekers. I don’t understand why it’s easy for people to be so heartless. Population cap has it’s perks and I can see why, economically, it must be done. If natural resources are dwindling, if money is dwindling.. sure. But are these people not fleeing persecution? Is it not a basic human right to aid those in danger? While Abbott is all for bringing back Howard’s horrible, horrible TPV’s and Pacific Solution, the Greens say that they can be allowed in and that they are no threat to security. As far as I can see, Gillard considers mandatory detention essential. I just don’t understand why it is so difficult to let asylum seekers and refugees into the country, and process them in the country.

My other favourite is Work Choices. I really loved being under the WorkChoices scheme, where penalty rates were a no-no, and unfair dismissal wasn’t a bad thing. Tony Abbott has the wrong idea about spreading his love for work Choices. The phrase ‘whatever the name, never again’ continues to pop up on our television screens and i really, really hope this has an impact.

Education. How do we make education appealing to kids? DO we remove computers in schools? Do we want to hand all of the budget money to principals, to spend it how they wish? Or do we want teachers to have an incentive to do well bu rewarding them, but at the same time, comparing schools to each other to make lower performing schools do worse? I’m torn on this one.

Finally, hands up who wants faster internet? The one condition, is that the faster internet with be censored. Hand up who wants slow internet? But since the guy cutting it is more than likely lying, who wants slow internet with censorship?

If a donkey vote would solve problems, I’d be all for it. But unfortunately in doing so there’s a higher chance of me allowing Tony Abbott to be the next prime minister. Not only would I lose the vote but I wouldn’t be surprised if migrants would all be sent home to their home countries. Climate change would be left to its own devices and devour Mauritius and educations downward spiral has no hope of re-cooperating.

In one of the most important elections of all time, I urge everyone to consider Tony Abbott as Prime Minister. The bumbling misogynistic fool talking to world leaders in his budgie-smugglers. The world thinks we’re stupid enough, let’s not re-iterate that.

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Eight.

Okay, hair. It’s you and me. I can only hope that I haven’t missed a huge chunk of you to cover in what looks like diarrhoea. Oh dear I think I’ve made a mistake.

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Seven.

I really tried to re-live my childhood this morning. Taking the cats for a walk on the property where I grew up, only to find that all of the superb walking tracks had been filled in and I was surrounded by signs saying “Keep Out. Private Property”. Since when? I used to be able to hop, skip and jump all over that place (we once made it to the fences where there were cows).

Not only that, but the tracks where I used to walk home from school had been replaced with gravel. I don’t want gravel, I want adventure and the high possibility of falling and breaking my ankle!

Damn you civilisation. Damn you.

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Six.

Bought my second semester Uni Books today and for once I have to say, thank god for Centrelink. I absolutely love the government for giving students a 650 dollar bonus simply for learning; it’s about time. I hate to think how much science students have to spend on books if mine were a mere 230 bucks. It’s well ridiculous.

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Five.

Why I hate technology: This can be summed up in one simple word: Kindle. This bloody device has sparked an amazing wave of e-readers all around; Barnes and Noble’s Nook and the latest edition, Apple’s iPad. There are so many things wrong with this, that I probably can’t express them all. I work in a bookshop, so naturally I’m fairly opposed to the whole idea of people not buying books, but instead buying the souls of books. It doesn’t make it any easier to deal with that my boss has given a lecture to each of the staff members about how fantastic they are; not only displaying how easily and cheaply he has downloaded an e-book to his very own iPhone, but then making strange remarks about how the e-book age is very similar to how VHS was overtaken by DVD. It is suffice to say that he is wrong. Every person I have spoken to about it has been strongly opposed to the idea of a library in one small piece of technology. I cannot imagine how the feel of a book can be surpassed by a touch screen.

I am tired of hearing “but they’re so cheap and easy to buy!” because they’re not. I think it’s about $10US on Amazon for an average paperback; it’s a mere nine dollars more to buy a hard copy. The supposed savings you are making on books is immediately wasted on the price of the thing anyway. And since when was it so terribly difficult to go to a bookshop and pick up a copy?

What’s more, one of the greatest things about hard-copy books is that fact that you can lend them to people. I personally have about four or five friends who have a large proportion of my books at their house, most of which they have loved, and have not had to buy their own copy. How are you supposed to lend a copy of a DRM encoded e-book? Do you lend them your entire iPad?

There are many questions I would like to have answered about e-books. The perks of e-book readers can often be replicated in a real book, and better. “The battery lasts for ages”, for example. Well, does the battery last for fifty years? One hundred? Cause I’m fairly sure that’s how long a book’s ‘battery’ lasts for.

The e-book phenomenon can only last so long. It’s a novel idea which people will jump on simply because it’s new. But to be perfectly honest, people will get bored of downloading a book, looking at it, and then downloading another one. And then probably going out to buy a real book that they’ll actually read. If I’m wrong, I’ll eat my own foot.

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Five.

Two weeks and two days until exams. Feeling good about Politics, not so good about everything else. I see an issue here; politics is meant to be my most hated subject.

I have to thank (most) of the friends for having birthday parties post-12th June. You guys rock.

On a side note, I’ve started re-listening to 936. They told me on Friday evening about an article in the Saturday Age that would be directly related to my exam. I was very excited, and sent Simon out on Saturday morning to buy aforementioned Age for me. Of course, the one time that I am buying a paper specifically for an article THE ENTIRETY OF HOBART DOES NOT RECEIVE THE AGE. Fortunately, the article is on the interwebs.

http://www.theage.com.au/national/asylumseeker-clamp-breaches-treaties-lawyers-20100521-w1xy.html

Please observe, and please hate the Australian Government more. kthx.

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