Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Rain, Dark, Traffic- choose any two

Anecdotal evidence suggests that most motorcycle deaths on Western Australian roads happen in the Spring months, late September through to early December. And again from anecdotal evidence most of those are riders whose bike sat all, or most of, the winter out. We have a term for them- fair weather cowboys, because they only ride when the sun is out. I love being on the bike and I've tried to get experience in all road conditions. Experience makes the rider and you never know when you might get caught out. I commute to work most days and I've become pretty comfortable riding in traffic. Cornering in the dark can be hair raising as can judging road surface condition but again I'm comfortable, especially for the route of my commute. Rain still makes me nervous but it doesn't freak me out. I even cope well with combinations of two of the three. But tonights trip home it was dark, raining and the traffic was thick. Which leads me to the title of this post. Choose any two.

Artistic Immunity

There's a whole lot of hooha going around over Bill Henson's latest exhibition. As far as I can tell the opinions on both sides completely miss the point. Every-one is focussed on either his right to "artistic expression" or "protecting the children". This has nothing to do with art. It's to do with the law. But none of the people speaking about this are asking if the law was broken. If the Police have reasonable grounds to suspect that the law was broken then they must investigate. Every-one else should butt out until the investigation is complete and charges are laid or not laid. No criminal act should be forgiven in the name of "artistic expression". If you break the law then artist or not you should face the consequences. Crime is crime. You can't have "artistic immunity" for committing crime.

Update: Seems like I spoke too soon:
Senator Brandis says artists must act within the boundaries of the law. "No artist has a carte blanche to say, 'Because I'm an artist, I'm entitled to breach the criminal law in relation to matters like child pornography'," he said.

Arts Minister Peter Garrett says artists have a right to confront audiences but must operate within the law.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Support This

For Bee:
Inspire Journal -a new bi-monthly journal dedicated to bringing a positive focus to life.

For Jaime:
Recreate Incorporated -dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable young people.

For the Hills:
Save Perth Hills -advocating sensible and sustainable development in the Perth Hills (video).

For the green world (my old and ongoing favourites):
The Wilderness Society
The Australian Conservation Foundation

Friday, May 2, 2008

deTabbed

Finances
Squanderville versus Thriftville (by Warren Buffet) The Dow Is Crashing, Germans Fear Meltdown of Financial System (and apparently so do the Brits-) Bank bail-outs to be kept secret, The Story of the Mexican Fisherman

Interesting
Why I hope the search for extraterrestrial life finds nothing -it may be all speculation but I found it interesting and thought provoking.

Pirate Box look for "Stories For Parents, Children and Grandchildren" found via the very cool Pirate Coelho Paulo Coelho is way cool, buy his books.

Funny
Whose line is it anyway? -Best Stand, Sit, Bend

Sledge Of The Week
J.K. Rowling, Lexicon and Oz -Orson Scott Card gives J.K. Rowling a damn fine sledging "Rowling has now shown herself to lack a brain, a heart and courage. Clearly, she needs to visit Oz."