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Video Blog

This is my attempt at video blogging, made as part of a workshop at the Making Links Conference last week. It’s a response to the This is Oz anti-homophobia campaign.

Thanks to the lovely people at SYN Media for a great workshop.

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“Every time we fuck, we win”

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Image from faggotz.org, via Kellan on Facebook.

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Things to do today

A couple of worthwhile exercises for your free time which have come my way in the last couple of days:

  • GetUp’s new campaign is called Equal Before the Law – if you support equal rights for Gay and Lesbian Australians, sign the petition calling on the government and oppostition to implement the recommendations of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report released last week.
  • Australia’s most intelligent, stimulating and thoughtful magazine, The Monthly, is offering to send a free copy to anyone in Australia who asks for it. Just go here and fill in your details. If you’re not a Monthly reader I really recommend you give it a go.

Wednesday agit-prop

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Yes, the country’s going to Hell in a Handbasket, but you don’t have to just lie there and take it:

From the ACTU:

Casual workers at Darrell chocolates shops have been left with a less than sweet taste in their mouths after their employers served them up an AWA that cut public holiday pay by more than $100 a shift. Weekend rates are also slashed, and there is no pay rise factored in over the life of the five year agreement.

John Howard likes to trumpet that AWAs are “flexible” and allow workers to “negotiate” with their employers. But surprise, surprise: at Darrell Lea, every AWA is the same… and if you don’t sign, you lose shifts.

Tell Darrell Lea boss John Tolmie to pay his workers fairly! Send him an email from our website today.

From GetUp:

The Federal Government has passed extraordinary legislation that will close the rolls for new voters at 8pm, on the very night the election is officially called. In the last election, 83,000 first-time voters enrolled in the first week after the election was called. Hundreds of thousands more registered at their new address. But this time they won’t get that chance – unless we act urgently.

That’s why whether you’re enroled to vote or not, there’s a crucial role for you to play right now. Visit the GetUp website to demand this law be revoked, and help friends and family enrol correctly in the next two weeks — before new changes and extra red tape come into effect on April 16 making it even harder!

Go get ‘em, Tiger!

CC-licensed photo by woowoowoo

Sydney readers: something for your diary

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If you’re a Sydney resident (or if you’re not and you happen to be in Sydney on 25 January – Australia Day eve), you could do a lot worse than make you way to the Manacle:

MANACLE are proud to be supporting ethel yarwood enterprises for the 2007 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. Last year MANACLE sponsored this crazy crew of performers as The Kate Moss Line Dancers (above), which won the Funniest Parade Entry Award. Since 1988 this team has produced some of the more legendary parade entries including Keith Haring (1997), Dick van Dykes on Bikes (1998), The Happy Little SODOMITES (2000), The Bougainville Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (2001) and Jenny & Craig (2004) which also all won awards.

And believe us, this year the ethel yarwood enterprises’ entry is up to their usual level of humour and parody.

The staging of parade entries of this standard requires investment in time, effort and money. The ethel yarwood enterprises team obviously expend the time and effort to create these extravaganzas. MANACLE are pleased to be able to assist with financial aspects. On the Australia Day eve (25th January, 10pm – 1am) MANACLE is hosting an entry-by-donation fundraiser. A simple, inexpensive, painless gold coin donation to the lads at the door will put you in a raffle draw.

Prizes include:

  • a double pass to the Opening Night of the Mardi Gras Queer Screen Festival My Queer Career film competition which includes the fabulous after party
  • three-course dinner for two at Razors Edge restaurant, Enmore
  • $50 bar tab at MANACLE
  • MANACLE lager

The raffle will be drawn on the night with the winners being notified by sms or phone.

Also ethel yarwood enterprises team are looking for participants for their parade entry. If you’ve ever wanted to be in the parade this is an opportunity to be involved in some of the lunacy. Just contact Kabi at kabi@yarwood.com.au (casting couch optional ;-)).

I am sworn to secrecy, but I can say that this is the parade entry we had to have – and it’ll only cost you a couple of bucks and a few minutes at the Manacle to make it happen. Go.

Scary/hilarious anti-privacy propaganda

We’ve been watching season 2 of Battlestar Galactica here at Buggery Acres — there’s nothing on the box during the silly season, so the DVD player’s been getting a workout. At the end of each disc is the lamest and possibly most hilarious anti-privacy message I’ve ever seen.

The ad, by the UK-based Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) but customised with an Australian freecall number so you can dob in your mates, features a fat, sweaty, lascivious and evil-eyed “pirate” who is busily manufacturing knock-off DVDs in his handy pirate’s forge (so that’s how they do it!):

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The claims made in the voice-over would be hilarious if they weren’t meant to be serious:

Piracy funds organised crime, and will destroy our film and video industry. Piracy costs jobs, and will destroy our music and publishing industry. Piracy funds terrorism, and will destroy our development and your future enjoyment. Don’t touch the hot stuff: cool is copyright.

Given the audience to whom this bollocks is being pitched, it’s hard to imagine such a lame and ham-fisted scare campaign doing much but encouraging laughter and piracy. Of course, the real truth about “copyright theft” is less scary — piracy hurts the bottom line of some of the biggest and richest global media companies, but not by much (they’re certainly still profitable).

Does this advert discourage piracy? Doubtful. The claims it makes are laughable, and it makes them in a comically melodramatic way which reminds me of the Grim Reaper AIDS adverts from 1987.

The DVD spot can be viewed at YouTube.

There’s still time

There’s still time to sign up for my Pledge to raise money to help bring justice to David Hicks. It’ll only cost you 25 bucks.

Sign up today or the baby chickens get it:

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Bringing justice to David Hicks

More than 50,000 Australians have signed a petition to Alexander Downer demanding that David Hicks, who has been in a prison cell in Guantanamo Bay for five years, should be given a fair trial in an Australian court. But our Foreign Minister has twice refused to meet with the people from GetUp.org.au, who collected the signatures.

GetUp are asking for donations to help pay for billboards strategically placed where Downer, Phillip Ruddock and John Howard will see them (along with thousands of other Australians). Seems like a good idea, and I’m ready to put my money where my mouth is.

But only if you do too!

I’ve lodged a pledge with pledgebank.com in which I’m promising to give $100 to the campaign, but only if ten other people agree to give at least $25 each as well.

If you can spare 25 bucks to help this campaign along, together we can raise $350 to highlight the government’s shameful behaviour towards and Australian citizen. David Hicks is spending 23 hours a day in solitary confinement in an illegal foreign prison. He has been in jail for five years without trial, yet there is no evidence that he ever committed any crime. We need to end this despicable chapter in our history — immediately. Hicks should be brought home and, if he has committed a crime, he can be tried here. If not, he should be set free.

If you agree, and if you can spare $25, sign the pledge.

Manifesto mashup

I like this animated mashup of cartoons set to the Communist Manifesto:

(Via Boing Boing)