Cyclone Yasi Part 3: Return of the Disorganisation (aka Why So Disorganised?)

joker-1 (Small)Oh, before I get onto a cynical spin, I would like to say I was pleased that just about everyone stayed so safe.  Being an ex-NQ guy myself (Cairns and Townsville), Ive seen the mixture of panic and apathy the public presents when a Cyclone looms. It looks like the North Queenslanders may have paid attention to the cyclone preparation.

Now, on to the real cynicism 😉

It’s all rather self serving. Ie.  If the government and the media have exaggerated the danger presented to start with, then after the threat passes we find less damage and problems than they told us would occur, people will automatically assume that they did an excellent job and that’s kept people safe.  When in reality there was less danger to start with…

I thought I’d check off all the usual stuff that happens after a cyclone (some mentioned in a previous post):

Other things that always happen after a cyclone, that I didn’t put in the post (they are so obvious it’s probably not worth mentioning, but I will just for completeness 😛

You’d think by now they would be pretty well versed in how to respond to a disaster in North Queensland by now, especially after Cyclone Tracy, Cyclone Larry, and many others.  But, I have a friend who has registered to volunteer with the cleanup etc, but as yet none of the organisations (he registered with multiple) have not called him back, even just to tell him whats going on, let alone to tell him to head to North Queensland to clean up after Cyclone Yasi.

Maybe someone should point out to Gillard and team that they could probably set up a template in their preferred word processor software?  😉

Cyclone Yasi Part 1: Cyclone Yasi (2011) vs Cyclone Olivia (1996)

Fark, I’m already over cyclone-friggin Yasi and it hasn’t even gotten to the coast yet.  Talk about people getting all hyped up…. Not to say that its not serious and that it will cause major problems, but seriously, does the media need to bash it so much when its not even here yet?

I think people just love drama and this is better to them than any reality tv show, because people might die! And houses will be destroyed! I have had so many ICQ’s, facebook messages etc about it and how terrible it is…

…But checking YouTube shows a very different picture… just a bit of wind and rain.  Even a live stream on UStream from Innisfail shows there is barely any wind worth mentioning.  Looks like the rain is picking up though (@ 7:20pm EST).

In looking at past cyclones, I saw that a world record, in terms of wind speed, was claimed by Cyclone Olivia.  Anyone remember that one?  Just because it crossed over a less populated area, it didn’t seem to make many headlines, not compared to the barrage of sensationalism the media is vomiting out already for Yasi.

Just to highlight how much the media is making a spectacle out of this, and for those that want to go on about how big it is, have a look at this comparing the two (copyright remains that of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology of course):

Cyclone Yasi (2011) vs Cyclone Olivia (1996)

Not much difference in size eh?

How about people pull their heads in, calm down, free up the phone lines for emergency personnel, and wait until something happens before getting all worked up….

I wonder how many people have died in the last 24 hours in situations that probably wont even make the news.  Just to really push the point, Heart Disease apparently kills 500,000 Americans each year (and that’s the conservative number from the website).  Thats 1,369 people per day, 57 per hour, or nearly 1 every minute.  How often do you see this kind of media blitz for Heart Disease?  Hell, there are over 2,100 suicides (2005 statistics) in Australia each year, or over 5 per day.  Where is the government support, financial aid etc for them and their families?

BTW, if you have a problem with this post, let me know 😉

*shakes head*

Update @ 10pm EST:  The UStream feed from Innisfail is still going strong (occasional drop out), so things cant be too bad yet.  I do hope people in the area are tucked away somewhere safe by now.

Oh, and I’m calling it now:  We will be hearing about this for months and months (years?) – the politicians will be fighting over payments / relief to the area, there will be whingers who will get their 15 minutes of fame because a tree blew over on their house while they were in it, postage/freight problems, electricity problems, the council not cleaning up enough quick enough, should the tax payers help foot the bill, insurance companies wont pay out because they’ll argue flooding (which most people aren’t covered for), charity ribbons and crap like that, telethons, relief concerts, looters, scum suckers who will abuse the relief funds…. should I keep going?

Australia Post – Encouraging us to Gamble and Increase Debt?!

Since Ive moved to Tasmania, I’ve set up a mail redirection service with Australia Post. As part of this service, they have started sending me junk mail.

Thats bad enough, but what has me totally gobsmacked is that the junk mail I have received so far has been from the notorious Citibank, offering me a huge amount of credit with no checks on my financial situation (or at least without my permission), as well as a letter offering me information and an application for a Tatts card. The Tatts card can be used to buy lotto tickets etc (which is really just another form of gambling).

To further illustrate the point – I know someone who at one stage had been unemployed for 18 months, and Citibank offered them a $25,000 credit card, when this person knew they could never meet the payments if they got the card.

I don’t get it?! Why the hell would an Australian Government organisation be offering the public deals to encourage gambling, and encouraging us to go into huge amounts of debt? Especially in the current financial climate.

This country is going down the drain faster and faster… I really am starting to feel that this is no longer the ‘Lucky Country’

** UPDATE: So, I need to add stupidity to the blatant oversight by Australia Post… After asking them to stop mailing me this rubbish, they send me ANOTHER Tatts Card.  Either that’s some poor management, or the Australian Government wants us financially down the toilet…

What I Have Learned So Far…

I thought I would start recording all the things I have learned about life, maybe in an effort to clear my head a bit.  Maybe as a bit of an experiment… Also a way to vent my frustrations at the world… whatever the reason, here they are.  In no particular order…

  1. People are selfish and rude
  2. Not everyone is selfish and rude, but most are.  A few will surprise you
  3. Ignorance really is bliss
  4. No matter how much you try to prepare for something, something you hadn’t thought of will almost always happen
  5. People are deluded and do not live in reality
  6. Living in reality sucks, and thus why people delude themselves
  7. The world isnt as nice and as good as people will have you believe
  8. Most people take and dont give
  9. When someone strenuously objects to something, its usually because its true
  10. People often project their problems onto others (Transference)
  11. If you want to see the worst in people, go for a drive when traffic is busiest
  12. If you want to see the best in people, look at a disaster, war, or other tragedy.  Difficulty, trouble, and adversity seems to bring people together.
  13. People like drama and trouble, and thats why ‘Reality TV’ is popular
  14. There is no one path in life, everyone has their own, and some are easier than others
  15. Dont judge someone too quickly, but trust your instincts
  16. People love to talk about themselves, and don’t want to hear about you very often
  17. If you are nice to others, and helpful, you will get used by most people
  18. Women are selfish, ambiguous, confusing, have no idea of their emotions
  19. Complimenting people just makes them arrogant and self centered, and you will not be appreciated or respected for it.  You will just get used.
  20. Everyone lies, even to those that may matter.
  21. The few who do not lie do not get respected for it
  22. People mostly only care about themselves.  If they care about someone else, its only usually only to pad their own ego
  23. Love makes you vulnerable and weak, and you will be exploited for it, or it will be thrown in your face

Interesting…

I finally got around to reading the third issue of Black magazine (a good read if you like dark culture, horror movies, etc).  I was flicking through it and came to a page with the following list:

1. Satan represents indulgence, instead of abstinence
2. Satan represents vital existence, instead of spiritual pipe dreams
3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom, instead of hypocritical self-deceit
4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it, instead of love wasted on ingrates
5. Satan represents vengeance, instead of turning the other cheek
6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible, instead of concern for psychic vampires
7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development”, has become the most vicious animal of all
8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification
9. Satan has been the best friend the church has ever had, as he has kept it in business all these years

I was, to understate, surprised.  I have been searching for a religious aspect to life as I have felt for some time that this important aspect of life has been missing for me.  Indoctrinated in traditional societal rules, I initially dismissed the article, but after giving it an open minded view, I quickly learned that “Satanism” is not at all what the popular media and religions have portrayed.

I have always leaned towards mysticism, the supernatural, and other darker aspects of life, but have been told by the hypocrites that this is bad.  So, I wandered around aimlessly in the spiritual landscape, adrift because I have not found a faith that represents my experiences and understanding of the way the world works.

Out of desperation I read the full article, only to learn that the naysayers have completely misrepresented the views of Satanism.  In fact, they need Satanism in order to justify their own existence (see #9 above).  To me, this seems to be the other side of the same coin.  Both necessary for existence and balance, but one side represents abstinence, piety, control, and faith without evidence.  The other seems to represent hedonism, vital existence, realism, freedom to feel and experience without guilt, and a way of explaining the rocky road of life.  For me, it seems to fit, more accurately than many others would have me believe.

So, I found a copy of The Satanic Bible by Anton LaVey.  I have started to read it (and for those worried about my immortal soul, I have also started to read The Quran, and The Christian Bible), and so far I have found some interesting outlooks on life that seem to fit in with today’s society.

It is not an easy religion to adopt in a society ruled so long by Puritan ethics. There is no false altruism or mandatory love-thy-neighbor concept in this religion. Satanism is a blatantly selfish, brutal philosophy. It is based on the belief that human beings are inherently selfish, violent creatures, that life is a Darwinian struggle for survival of the fittest, that only the strong survive and the earth will be ruled by those who fight to win the ceaseless competition that exists in all jungles – including those of urbanized society. Abhor this brutal outlook if you will; it is based, as it has been for centuries, on real conditions that exist in the world we inhabit rather than the mystical lands of milk and honey depicted in the Christian Bible.

That quote is by Burton H. Wolfe (from the prologue of The Satanic Bible) stands out to me.  I have found myself drawing the same conclusion about life and people, on my own, by my own experiences.  I have always felt that religion should be self evident, the rules spoken clearly by interactions with people and the world in general.  So far, I am quite surprised to say that The Satanic Bible so far has represented the most pragmatic and realistic viewpoint of how to view and deal with life.

I will read on, take on the lessons that I need to learn, and maybe I have found something that I can hang my hat on and fill the void in my life?

Puppy Tortured and Killed

This is beyond words…

http://www.dailymercury.com.au/storydisplay.cfm?storyid=3788552

Please sign the petition here:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/maximum-penalty-for-the-men-who-hacked-up-a-puppy

I don’t care how mentally fucked up they are, Trent William Cunniffe and Jonathon Connor Blake should rot in hell after what they did.  Give the two of them as much leniancy and care as they gave that puppy…. none.