Blogging is dead, long live multimedia-sharing and Twitter
Wired says blogs are dead. Blah blah linkbait, blah blah everyone’s on Twitter these days, blah blah. Read it if you can be bothered.
Most amusing moment: the author complains that blogs attract abusive commenters, and suggests Youtube instead.
Most overlooked problem with the multimedia explosion: accessibility. The move to podcasting and Youtube has meant that blind and D/deaf users are left out in the cold, unless someone is transcribing. Here at Hoyden About Town, we try to make our blogging as accessible as possible. If you ever are unable to access a video or audio component to a post, please let us know, and one will be provided as soon as possible. I’d like to also spell out the fact that abuse of people for requesting accessibility will never be tolerated here. This ought to be a given in the progressive blogosphere. Apparently, it’s not.
Titties and Beer for Breast Cancer Awareness:
Jingle Jugs, the giant dancing wall-mounted breasts that sing “Titties and Beer”, are available in a pink ribbon breast cancer awareness version. Go, crazysexycancer! *vomit*
See The Assertive Patient for more.
Australia to start paying its debt for illegal immigration detention?
Immigration Department’s chief lawyer Robyn Bicket has told a Senate committee hearing that nearly 200 people could be in line for compensation as a result of the Australian government’s “Detain now, ask questions later” policies. Most of these cases are from the John Howard era. WA Today reports:
“Currently, we are at 191 cases where we believe there is risk of legal liability for compensation and 56 cases where we believe there is no compensatable risk involved,” she told a Senate estimates hearing.
Last year, a report by the Immigration Ombudsman found that 247 Australian citizens, permanent residents and lawful visa holders had been unlawfully held in immigration detention between 1993 and 2007.
New South Wales health system continues to crumble
The reports are coming thick and fast of problems in the NSW health system. Last time, it was Dubbo Base Hospital doctors paying out of pocket for essential diagnostic equipment, and nurses buying bandages and urine dipsticks from the local vet, when the Greater Western Area Health Service hadn’t paid its bills to suppliers.
This time, a woman birthed in an ambulance on the side of Great Western Highway after being turned away from the Blue Mountains District Anzac Memorial Hospital in labour. The woman, 10 days overdue with broken waters and in well-established labour, was stuck in an ambulance and sent off toward Nepean because there was “no anaesthetist available” and she was considered “high risk”. Paramedics did not want to transport her because her labour was so advanced, but the hospital insisted on turfing her. Mother and baby returned home the next day.
The Net is Not for Porn
An ACMA report reveals that most Australians use the internet for email, banking, news and weather, bill-paying, shopping, and maps. Also popular with power users are social networking, online forums, health and education information, and streaming video and radio.
Yet internet connections are set to become slowed and more expensive for fifteen million Australians (73% of us are online), because Rudd and Conroy are terribly concerned that we’re all looking for or stumbling across illegal and fetish porn and “inappropriate material”. Read more about their Australian internet censorship plans, and what you can do to resist, at No Clean Feed.