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I had an old friend who worked in the oil industry, sometime around 2008 he told me he was going to Syria to do some oil related work.
Clearly I was concerned for his safety, he was a little concerned but he was assured he would be safe by his employers and the money they were offering was good.
After his trip I was relieved to hear from him and heard his experience there.
He told me it was very safe, there was no crime or danger to himself. Of course an oil industry worker is going to be treated well, but it’s difficult to rose tint the experience that much.
Apart from the language barrier there we no real issues apart from the heat.
But the story that really amazed me was this:
He was walking back to his hotel one night at 10pm and walked past a playground as saw kids playing in a park unsupervised on a the typical kids park thing, swings slides climbing frames and he was very surprised and asked one of his translator hosts.
“Is this is safe and normal?”
The host seemed surprised as to why the scene could be so strange and said;
“Yes this is totally safe and normal”.
My friend thought to himself he would not feel safe in his own neighborhood park in a wealthy city the UK at 10pm, let alone children there.
But times have changed;
now the children of Syria can look forward to civil war, chemical weapons and it seems firing squads and arbitrary execution.
So you can say all you want about Syria under Assad, but at the very least law and order was under control, and now clearly it is not.
Yes this is a true story, maybe not exactly the same park as pictured but definitely a park in Syria no more than 5 years ago.
Many of you will be using a PC based computer or one of its many inspired clones or competitors to read this right now.
So how did the PC enter our world?
Here the birth weight stats:
Name: 5150 IBM PC
CPU: 8088 4.77MHz
RAM: 16 Kb -256Kb
Graphics: Mono chrome monitor
Removable media: 5 1/2 ” floppy Mylar discs
Hard drive: optional extra
And all it would cost you in todays money is about $4000 AUD (unless you bought it in a pub from a guy you don’t remember the name of, come to think of it, what he looked like).
A computer today has about 1 million times the processing power for less than a tenth of the cost.
And what is a computer? A question we don’t but probably should ask our selves…
It a tool which is good at mimicking the functions of another tool, provided it has the correct added hardware and the task can be thoroughly described.
It can be a tool of oppression or a tool of liberation, the choice is yours.
So what we do now, we take for granted; ‘someone’ types something into a computer or smart phone and suddenly many other ‘someones’ can know that thought stream, and even respond to it over vast distances in more or less real time.
It hasn’t always been ‘beer and skittles’ however.
The IBM corporation has a murky past with the first major contracts being gained by selling and supporting tabulating machines to Nazi Germany to catalog the population, particularly dissidents.
One of todays Tech giants Apple, uses what could easily be described as slave labor to produce many of its products in Asia (particularly China).
The conditions of people who make these wonderful( but taken for granted) electronic devices often work in arduous conditions, with some factories installing anti suicide nets on their multistory buildings.
Many PC’s still run 32 bit operating systems as a hangover from Windows XP and Intel’s successful attempts to stifle AMD’s innovation into 64 bit processing in the mid 2000′s.
So to the PC: happy 32 (bit) birthday.
I’m sure Denis Napthine thought he got away with it not being mentioned here yet, well we did give you a chance to break the mould of the same BS we get from politicians. But Denis you have failed.
Two major political standoffs are have not been resolved. The Tecoma No McDonalds protest is well into its 10th month, and now ambulance paramedics are audacious enough to want to be able to afford to eat when they go home.
There is little point in having McDonalds restaurants causing terminal illnesses and traffic congestion (and accidents) in Tecoma, if the paramedics cant afford to eat what McDonald’s tries to pass off as ‘food’.
So what is Emperor Napthine doing about all of this? Just threaten them all to shut up and don’t cause a fuss. And don’t use social media to promote your cause, that might make me look bad, I wanna get re-elected you know.
It’s no secret that the Ambulance service in Victoria has been staring down the barrel at a massive budget blow out for many years, the aging population bubble, the penchant the aged have of going for a tree change or a sea change requiring long expensive ambulance ride to the vanishing hospitals. The Victorian State government can’t say this came as a surprise. Their only response is to cut costs at the most critical part of the operation, the paramedics (already low) wages.
Soon when you call 000, the ambulance will no longer be one of the options relayed to you, McDonald’s will have paid for a promo spot there, so you can have fries delivered to your cardiac arrest.
No paramedic does their job for the money, so when they are asking for more money,
I can assure you it’s from need, not greed
Death? Can I have fries with that?
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In what appears to be a blatant attack on Victorian Ambo’s right to political communication, the Napthine government requested that a facebook page run by paramedics be deleted.
The page was used to discuss issues that paramedics face and to help raise awareness in the community.
Was: Ambulance Employees Australia, Victoria. 331 likes · 20 talking
The government has now ordered that paramedics cease writing political campaign slogans on their vehicles and have threatened legal action against them.
An anonymous paramedic responded to Napthine with the following statement about the use of LIQUID CHALK on the side and rear windows of vehicles.
I note that the recent examples of paramedics writing with chalk on the windows of ambulances seems to have caused quite a stir. Just to confirm, these are paramedics writing with chalk markers on glass windows. This chalk washes and wipes off with no lasting effects. No defamation has occurred.
Here at occupy Melbourne we can confirm that the use of chalk on surfaces DOES NOT cause any damage and is in no way a health and safety issue for paramedics or other motorists.
It appears to be a common strategy for these so called liberal governments to try crack down on “non-controllable” mediums such as the internet and to harass those who are unable to afford multi-million dollar commercial advertising campaigns.
Chalk has always been used to convey political messages. It is cheap, non-destructive and is accessible by almost anyone.
If you have ever driven a vehicle, then you know it can be exhausting, especially in high density traffic like in Melbourne. On top of simply having to drive from one call out to another, paramedics primary role is to save lives and that requires a clear mind.
Paramedics also have to deal with rising social anxieties, drug overdose waves and violence should not be their priorities in an ideal world and the state has done little to ensure that other issues are dealt with to take pressure of emergency services.
Victoria’s paramedics are the best trained yet lowest paid and under staffed in Australia and it is absurd that the only choice they have is to use their vehicles to call out for help.
It is intolerable that paramedics are forced to campaign for their own basic rights on top of their work.
Unfortunately Napthine knows if he ever has a heart attack, paramedics will be there to try save him, he knows this but because he is what he is, he is happy to just take them for a ride.
It is government strategy to starve funding to government services in order to weaken them for privatisation.
As Victorians we must assist ambo’s with their struggle. Because you never know when you will need them.
Support your paramedics: https://www.facebook.com/AEAVic
Contact Denis Napthines office and tell them what you think:
Denis Napthine MP
phone (03) 9651 5000
fax (03) 9651 5054
Please spread the word that our emergency services are under attack by the government.