Future of this blog

Kia Ora

I am considering the long term future of this blog, which will either have a substantial overhaul of the existing page or a whole new blog will be started.

An announcement will be made before Christmas. And the overhaul/replacement will be done during the Christmas holiday period.

Watch this space.

Best,

Rob

天安门屠杀事件:25年后

Goddess of Democracy

1989年是一个值得纪念的一年里有很多原因,这两个个人和国际事件。 我的家人更好地记住,而这主要是由於错误的理由:我在走廊上崩溃,严重高血压和几乎死在医院。 世界会记住它大致上有两个事情:柏林墙的倒塌和一个十分血腥一天在北京中国人民解放军完全疯了并杀死了数以千计的无辜示威者。

Unarmed P.L.A. soldiers begin their first attempt on 04 June 1989 to clear Tiananmen Square. PHOTO CREDIT: Telegraph (UK)

Unarmed P.L.A. soldiers begin their first attempt on 04 June 1989 to clear Tiananmen Square. PHOTO CREDIT: Telegraph (UK)

从官方数字中国,完全低估了暴行的程度。 中国政府容忍没有提到的任何问题的,如果我要开机自检这伟柏公司开发的中美两国,或另一个中文站点的普通话、粤语或另一种语言的华人,它可能会在数分钟内删除。 这是一个完整的主题的制止,非法进行这种讨论的人在中国,广播,举办会议或其他组件。

25年后,大赦国际呼吁中国政府承认这次屠杀事件。 自己到什么您做的,和停止说谎,您的员工。

如果你是幸运的,我生活在一个国家或地区不同政见者是不能容忍的,在那里人们可以批评政府,但却没有害怕坐牢,永远不再出现,行使这种自由。

天安门广场:不被遗忘。

最好的情况下,行劫

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Tiananmen Square Massacre: 25 years later

Kia Ora

Goddess of Democracy

Goddess of Democracy statue in Tianamen Square. SOURCE: A.F.P.

The year 1989 was a memorable year for many reasons, both personal and in terms of international events. My family better remember it for largely the wrong reasons: me collapsing in the hallway at home with severe hypertension and nearly dying in hospital. The world remembers it largely for two things: the fall of the Berlin Wall and one very bloody day in Beijing where the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army went completely mad and killed thousands of innocent protesters.

Unarmed P.L.A. soldiers begin their first attempt on 04 June 1989 to clear Tiananmen Square. PHOTO CREDIT: Telegraph (UK)

Unarmed P.L.A. soldiers begin their first attempt on 04 June 1989 to clear Tiananmen Square. PHOTO CREDIT: Telegraph (UK)

The official figures from China, completely understate the magnitude of the atrocity. The Chinese Government tolerates no mention of the subject whatsoever and if I were to post this on Sino Weibo, or another Chinese site in Mandarin, Cantonese or another language of Chinese origin, it would be deleted probably within minutes. There is a complete suppression of the topic – it is illegal to discuss it in China with anyone, to broadcast anything about it, to host meetings or other assemblies.

25 years later, Amnesty International is calling on the Chinese Government to recognise the massacre. Own up to what you did and stop telling lies to your people.

And if you are as lucky as I am to live in a country where dissent is tolerated, where people can criticise the government without fear of going to jail and never being seen again, exercise that freedom.

Tiananmen Square: NOT FORGOTTEN.

Best, Rob

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Long zoom shot of the Tank Man incident unfolding near Tiananmen Square (05 June 1989). PHOTO CREDIT: STUART FRANKLIN

Kia Ora

Unfortunately I have to stop the blog again. More unfortunately, I cannot tell you when – if at all – this blog will resume. I have 40 hours a week of work commitments, 15 hours a week of varsity commitments, to say nothing of Amnesty International or N.Z. First commitments. If I commit to something I commit my time as best as I am able to, or not at all. There is no such thing as 50% commitment with me. But now I feel I am fully committed. No more commitments to charities or other organisations. I am full up. All the best people, because this blog might not be coming back. I cannot and will not commit to a restart date – if at all.

If I stop the blog permanently, I will post status messages to the Facebook page that used to host Will She Be Right. They will be designed to make you want to debate questions. If t such as:

“The U.S. drone war does more harm than good. Discuss.”

Best, Rob

Downsizing my internet presence

Kia Ora

Over the last few years since the latter days at Environment Canterbury I have been experimenting with a substantial array of programmes on the internet. When I started in January 2011, knowing that I would soon be unemployed because my work at Environment Canterbury was running out of funding, I was thinking of blogging and going into online media formats to see if I could create some sort of supplementary income stream.

I delved into programmes such as Google Analytics, Adsense, Feedburner, Youtube. I have accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube and elsewhere. I tried monetising my blog when it was on Blogspot and Youtube. I was perhaps naive about what I might achieve – if anything at all – since I had no prior experience with any of this and what I did was all based on trial and error. I have learnt a lot and developed a respect for those who have managed to make a career out of developing an internet presence of some sort and making it sustainable.

But in the last year or so a slowly developing tide of concern has started to well up in me about whether I am over exposing myself on the internet. I have started to wonder whether the fact that spying by surveillance agencies around the world and the inability of governments to deal with privacy breaches by corporates is heralding some sort of new era where the only way to be private is not be on the internet at all. Of course that has always to some extent been the case, but more now than ever with the U.S. PRISM programme, the National Security Agency having allegations levelled against it. Even our own Government does not seem to be so squeaky clean as it would want us to believe.

I have accounts with Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube. I used to be on Reddit. This blog is on WordPress – though I am starting to have doubts about whether I should have quit Blogger.

This, coupled with the realisation that I don’t have time any more to play around with many of the Google services, that I signed up to when I was trying to build a blog, has made me reconsider what I want my presence to be like on the internet. I know that I still want a presence, with a blog and a Youtube account, but everything else, including Twitter and to a lesser extent, Facebook is very much up in the air.

Be interesting to see what happens. How many of you have this problem?

Take Care,

Rob