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Sympathetic suffering

Man, the amount of stuff people write when you're gone for two and a half days...

Well, I have an excuse. Jye was sick you see, and I was looking after him and making sure he was okay. He was okay, of course, I was just majorly concerned for him because I love him and I don't like seeing dumb animals suffer. :) Which is all fine and good until tuesday rolls along, and being in close proximity with his sickness, combined with being incredibly run down, leads to me getting sick.

Not just any sort of sick, oh no. The sickest I have been in my memory. I lost about 1.5 kg in 24 hours, that's how sick I was. Yesterday I was so exhausted and worn out from my sickness that just getting up to make myself a cup of tea wore me out and I had to have a rest. I've pulled all of the muscles in my abdomen, and I'm still not keen on solid food. Surviving on Sustagen and tea at the moment. Jye on the other hand, is hunky dory.

On the bright side, we got a copy of "Tenchu - Wrath of Heaven", the third Tenchu game (done by different developers, but still very fun).

In world news: I am amused that my degree has actually taught me something. After theorising that the SARS agent would probably be a virus of animal origin, the World Health Organisation confirmed yesterday evening that they have isolated the pathogen responcible - a virus, originating in animals. Fear my l337 science skills. As for the supposed 'cure' they are close to finding, any microbiologist worth his or her salt will tell you that there is no way that this cure will be very effective. The best they'll be able to manage on short notice is serum developed in animals, and is hardly very useful.

There are very few anti-viral agents avaliable, due to the very nature of viruses. That's one of the reasons it is so hard to find a cure for AIDS. And a vaccine would simply take too long to develope (and even if the DID develope it, if it is an influenza type virus it would have mutated so much by the time they developed the vaccine that it would probably offer only partial immunity).

In other world news... I'm actually scared about the war that can no longer be stopped. I'm scared about how fast the whole situation degraded, I'm scared that I didn't get a choice in the matter. Yeah, I'm part of the public that elected Howard as PM, and yeah, that theoretically means that we have faith in him to make these sorts of decisions, but... I guess it has been so long since Australia was involved in a full on, blown out war situation that I niavely assumed that the public would get some sort of say in the matter.

I'm frightened by the fact that once someone gets in power over a country, they really *can* do just about anything that they want to do, and they public cannot stop them. Sure, the rest of the government can, but not the general public. That is a frighteneing thought.

I think next election, Australians may take the whole PM vote thing a little more serious.

I don't like bloodshed of any form, but I know that the world wide events are now beyond my control. All I can do is hope for a swift action by who ever is going to take it, and that there is as little fighting and suffering as possible. I do not blame those who go to fight on either side, I do not blame their commanders. I do not blame anyone. It's just all very sad, and a little frightening.

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miss_rynn
Mar. 19th, 2003 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Maybe for you...
Sorry, Australian politics confuses the hell out of me. I have to keep reminding myself that the Liberal party isn't. And I think I voted by placing One Nation as close to the bottom as possible and working my way up, chosing between the lesser of evils as I went along.
delwyn
Mar. 19th, 2003 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Maybe for you...
Living in North Melbourne (and presuming that's where you're actually registered to vote with the AEC ;) kinda limits your democratic rights with regards to voting, being one of the safer Labor seats around. Not that that means you shouldn't vote with how your conscience says you should vote - after all, crazy things can happen in politics.
niki_chan
Mar. 20th, 2003 07:20 am (UTC)
Re: Maybe for you...
(Deep shameful admission) - I don't have a clue about Australian politics either. Or rather I have a clue, but not enough to call myself 'informed'. So, every year, I find someone who is informed, and get them to tell me (in words of two syllables or less) who I should be voting for.

I have to say, though, "Liberal" never even occurred to me. It's like including "chickens" on a list of potential dates.

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