Pumping Up The Volume

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In the early 1990’s a film was released to eventually gain a cult following, especially amongst detached, disaffected teenagers of the time.

That movie was ‘Pump Up The Volume, the story of a teenager trapped in the banality, mediocrity and monotony of life in suburban USA, rebelling against his parents, school and ‘the system’ . This was all done under the alias of ‘Happy Harry Hard-on’, a pirate DJ and, as we see throughout the course of the film, more the protagonists true persona than the meek, misunderstood teen we see in public.

The premise of the story was simple enough, but it’s timing unfortunate, catching the end of the ham-radio pirate DJ wave of uncensored free speech and shock jocks. It also arrived at the same time as the first common vestiges of the internet… now the vehicle for most amateur reporting, dissemination of (mis)information and ‘free speech’.

And now it’s Australia’s turn to fall under the boot of censorship.

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Pulling the rug…

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Ever hear the expression “Having the rug pulled out from under you”?

I’ve lived that experience more than a few times. And this time, a follow up expression comes to mind.

“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Why? Because I’ve recently had the rug pulled out from under me… professionally… and worse, the same exact thing, twice in a row, by the same people.

Only this time, my options are far clearer. Read the rest of this entry »

For the love of the game.

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This post marks my 100th… a minor milestone in the land of blogging. Admittedly it would have been good to have it coincide with a year writing this blog. So, onto the shellacking…

I hear a lot of criticism about professional sports people and those who officiate in various sports.

Umpires, referees, whatever you want to call them.

Armchair generals with no applicable knowledge of the game, players or officials they criticise, making sweeping statements in such a way that to the casual observer, these people are speaking as though they are the sole source of truth.

Well folks, things are coming to a head… time for a wake up call. Read the rest of this entry »

Be careful where you leave your footprints.

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I’m forever astounded by how easy it is to trace people nowadays.

Sure, the internet has made much of modern life incredibly convenient, with information aplenty literally at fingertips. The potential for this is enormous, for uses both good and ill.

And why has this topic interested me… and why now? Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping things fresh…

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I’ve struck the inevitable ‘no mans land’ of blogging… almost a month of nothing written.

How do I write something new, interesting, entertaining, funny, inciteful that doesn’t cross the territory and material of previous rants? How do I write something that is more than a self indulgent, oroboros prose, about why I haven’t been able to blog?

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Half of history is hiding the truth…

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It’s been an interesting news week so far…

And despite Paul McDermott returning to Channel 10 with ‘Good News Week’, there is little to laugh at, unless you’re like me and have to laugh at the ridiculous things you see in order to avoid breaking down and crying.

And interestingly enough, some of the juiciest news has avoided the media altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

Turning things around…

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I sometimes get asked why I’m angry…

Whatever you want to call it… angry, pissed off, annoyed, irritated, ticked, mad, enraged, offended, outraged, ill-tempered…

Fired up.

It’s very simple. This world has so much potential… so many ways that things can be better… but the part that creates the frustration for me is being unable to put it into words.

So I’m going to let Henry Rollins do the talking… Read the rest of this entry »