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Let’s say you’ve stumbled upon a new blog, and for argument’s sake we’ll say it’s mine, and you’re wondering where to start reading. Sure, you could just read the most recent entries, but what if you want to delve further than that? What if you want to rummage through the dozens of entries already posted to see which ones are the best?

That’s what this page is for. I won’t claim it’s perfect but these are the entries that I think are some of the best I’ve posted. To be honest I also think the vast majority of the entries posted in the Current Events category are very good, so if the entries I’ve publicised here aren’t enough for you, you should also go through that!

World

  • Land of the free?, published August 9, 2008, criticised the US for criticising China’s human rights record when it wasn’t doing so well itself.
  • Cold War, part two, published August 27, 2008, looked at the war in Georgia and what Russia hoped to achieve. Oh, but contrary to what the title might imply, I didn’t think another Cold War was going to happen.
  • Self-determination, published October 29, 2008, was another look at South Ossetia but this time a broader look at the concept of self-determination itself. Basically, I like the idea of self-determination, but I think it’s overused.
  • Arresting the sick, published November 22, 2008, was about the way tuberculosis sufferers in parts of South Africa can be locked up in badly-maintained hospitals surrounded by barbed wire, just to prevent them from infecting anyone else. The problem is, the tuberculosis sufferers being imprisoned have forms of the disease immune to medication. You wouldn’t want anyone to contract a terrible illness that can’t be treated, but at the same time, imprisoning people who have done nothing wrong? That’s not right either. So what should be done?
  • Stephen Harper, published December 5, 2008, probably shouldn’t be on this list but I’m putting it here anyway because when I reread it I cracked up really hard at my mockery of his speech. I don’t care if you don’t read the rest of the entry, but read the speech!
  • Scattered thoughts on Gaza, published January 14, 2009, consisted of some rambling about Israeli attacks on Gaza and about the Arab-Israeli conflict more generally. It’s not that I think Israel has no right to exist, but they do need to stop killing, starving and oppressing innocent people, because that’s why they get so angry that they resort to terrorism.

Australia

  • National service, published January 24, 2009, was posted in response to the Young Liberals’ plan for compulsory national service, which I think is a TERRIBLE IDEA. Young Labor was no better though; their criticism of this plan wasn’t, “That plan sucks,” but, “But that was our plan! You stole it!
  • Censorship, revisited, published March 20, 2009, is about the Rudd Government’s plan to impose a compulsory firewall on the Internet to prevent us from seeing undesirable content. It’s “revisited” because it’s the second entry I wrote about the topic.
  • Labor’s Plan for Cyber-Safety, published April 6, 2009, is an examination of the actual plan in accordance with which Labor is imposing its censorship scheme.
  • The last thing we need is…, published May 16, is about the Rudd Government’s attempts to blackmail the Opposition into passing certain legislation, by threatening a double dissolution. Of course the reason they need to blackmail the Opposition is because they were dumb enough to start collecting a tax without implementing it, which isn’t the best idea a government could have.
  • The Chaser’s War on Everything, published June 6, is about how a hilarious program got suspended for two weeks just because some whingers (incl. the prime minister) were offended that they’d parodied the Make A Wish Foundation. I thought this was ridiculous.
  • The PR State, published June 9, 2009, is about how the Rudd Government controls the media to prevent proper scrutiny or criticism from occurring.
  • Patriotism, or lack thereof, published July 3, 2009, is about my “joking-around, inconsequential” style of patriotism in which I refuse to follow rugby because it’s a New South Welsh sport and demand my sister use Australian English because it’s ours and just as valid as any other form.

Life

  • “Limited democratic rights”, published November 9, 2008, complained about the completely undemocratic process through which my school elected its school captains. Plus the silly justifications offered for such a system.
  • My IS classmates, published December 17, 2008, is about the crazy people that studied International Studies with me. I only attended four seminars, but they definitely made an impression!
  • Good citizenship: part one and part two, published January 5-6, 2009, are about my History teacher’s scheme to indoctrinate us all into being “good citizens”, and my scheme to oppose him. It’s in two parts because it got to be a very long entry.
  • Cynical teachers, published March 2, 2009, is about my Geography teacher’s idea that he could make us remember the Geography curriculum by making us hate it. Through slideshows.
  • Community service, published May 18, 2009, tells the story of how I got a detention for being late three times to homeroom “team meetings”. I didn’t really care about having a detention, because really, it’s not much of a deterrent. Unfortunately, my school was way ahead of me and decided to trial their new idea for punishments: community service.

Miscellaneous

  • A beautiful novel, published May 22, 2008, is about the kinds of things I love to see in novels.
  • Writing an “About” page, published June 26, 2008, is about the kinds of things people should be thinking about when putting together their “About” pages. When I wrote it I hadn’t actually written an “About” page myself (and wouldn’t for months), so it was a trifle hypocritical.
  • I Am the Cheese, published October 2, 2008, is a book review. Briefly, I loved the book, except for the characterisation which I thought relied on stereotypes too much.
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