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Equal Community Part 2

Posted on Apr 15 by

If you missed it, here is part one of my blog series on creating an equal community.

White supremacy in Australia only involves a small number of people. There is no current information about the size of the white supremacy movement in Australia. However, white supremacy groups are active in Australia and being involved with one can be a really negative experience. Young men aged 14-25 are the typically the target of recruitment strategies and are also the most at risk of becoming involved with white supremacy movements.

The main bulk of what I work on is online extremism. White supremacists, just like the rest of the world are taking advantage of the World Wide Web to communicate their ideas. The Internet is increasingly used as a key tool for recruitment. It offers a way to communicate that is not limited by geography and allows for an unbalanced, heavily biased discussion that can promote white supremacist motives. White supremacists’ websites and forums typically featured selected news, articles, and topics that are aimed at reinforcing white supremacists views and offer evidence to support their claims that the white race is under threat. They are not designed to offer a balanced view. The Internet is unlikely to be useful for recruiting people that have not previously been interested in white supremacy. It is primarily a way for individuals to get in touch with like-minded people.
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Breaking Down the Door Day

Posted on Apr 11 by

 

Arno Bay has a population of just 220 people. Dayna has lived there her whole life and says she’s probably related to half the people in town. Dayna’s proud to be a young woman from the country but there was one thing about life in Arno Bay that wasn’t sitting right with her.
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Equal Community – Part 1

Posted on Apr 08 by

Exit aims to debunk the myths which exist

I’m in my early twenties and currently studying at University. I am also a volunteer research assistant with Exit White Power, a project run by All Together Now that aims to offer an alternative view for Australians who are considering joining white nationalist movements. I’m writing this to share what I have learnt during my research and highlight the effects that white power movements can have on youth within Australia.

A key role that I perform is monitoring online extremist activity, on white supremacy websites and also on social media websites such as Facebook. I follow discussions on news events from the perspectives of white nationalists; I read their theories and arguments about “white genocide” and I share this with the rest of the team so we are able to produce rational, logical arguments that debunk these claims.
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How to Recover from an Operation: Simple Hints

Posted on Apr 01 by

"3rd Day on the Couch" by Krista Kennedy

A few weeks ago I had to head into hospital for a day procedure – mostly to check that certain parts of me were working effectively. I don’t know if anyone reading this will ever need to have an operation but, if you do, keep the below in mind so you can recover – not just physically, but mentally.

Follow the Doctor’s/Nurse’s Advice

This might be obvious, but so many people jump off the bandwagon simply because they think they can handle it just fine, thank-you-very-much. If your doctor says to stay on the painkillers (whatever painkillers you are told to take) for at least two days, then DO IT. It’s not a case of you being able to handle the pain and show that you’re tough, it’s a case of needing to give your body a break from the pain so it can mend properly. By not taking the painkillers, you are effectively slowing your recovery and putting yourself at risk of causing yourself more pain. (However, I will add that if you are experiencing side effects, then talk to your medical practitioner as soon as you can.)
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No one has to be superman/women

Posted on Mar 25 by

Leave the superheo job to Superman. "Superman!" by Madolan Greene

It started with what I thought was a bad case of the flu that didn’t go away – and so the doctors’ visits began. Waiting rooms began to blend into one another, blood tests became as normal as eating breakfast, and results came back as negative as I felt. No one could give me an answer, despite all the questions and tests.

The day I finally got a diagnosis was incredible; while it was essentially something I would have for the rest of my life, this proved that I wasn’t just going crazy. Giving it a name, particularly for an illness with no test, meant that I could move on – and here is what I learnt.
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Getting my priorities straight

Posted on Mar 19 by

Finding time for some fun can go a long way towards getting the balance right.

Someone once told me that I ‘needed to get my priorities straight’. That ticked me off. Here I was, studying year 12 as well as working weekends and someone had the gall to tell me I needed to get my priorities straight – ha!

I have always been a high achiever – with school work, I had to get straight A’s; this unfortunately requires a considerable time effort and once combined with choir, student leadership teams, work commitments and any other possible thing I could be involved in, I didn’t have a lot of spare time. As a result, I felt pretty lonely in grade 11 and 12. My friends would all do stuff together, but I was too busy trying to get that extra point on my essay to go.
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You never know how you can make a difference

Posted on Mar 13 by

This post is from a story submitted to our Tune In Not Out to Youth Health campaign by Emily

Image Credit: a n a n d h a m Flickr

One day, when I was in primary school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was daniel. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.” I had quite a weekend planned, so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said,”Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.”
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9 helpful tips for those having a hard time

Posted on Feb 05 by

This is the winning entry to out TINO:YH 2013 competition where 100′s of you shared your tips and personal Stories.
Samantha’s entry was written for her friend and others who may find these tools helpful when they too are finding it hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Paint the future you want to see

Lately I’ve had to deal with a lot of changes happening in my personal life. At first, describing them to my friends, I kept calling them endings, but afterwards I began to feel as if it was a process of renewal. There is a Chinese saying that goes “if the old doesn’t go, the new cannot come”. Keeping that in mind, I’ve begun to view these difficult events as a shedding of things for me to grow forward, and so I’ve come to call them “changes” instead of “endings”.

Difficult as it may, I know a friend who is also going through some tough changes of his own. This post is really for him and others because I want to share some tools I’ve found to be useful for me in managing my emotional state to navigate through the difficult times. I’m prone to worry and depression myself so I’ve had to learn how to pull myself through, and the beliefs and techniques.
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What To Do When Nobody Knows What’s Wrong With You

Posted on Jan 21 by

Not knowing can be scarey and frustrating.

Hi there! The title of this post may sound pretty gloomy and… maybe even a little judgemental now that I think about it, but for those that have read previous blogs of mine, this is just a continuation of one of my main topics: chronic illness.

Sometimes in the course of our lives, we start to get persistent symptoms that interrupt our daily lives. Often they can start out super small, but if we ignore them, they can get bigger and more present until it feels like our body is shouting at us to DO SOMETHING. And that’s when (hopefully) we head to the doctor to find out what’s going on.

And sometimes, we will be sent for routine tests – blood tests, maybe an ultrasound or a scan of some sort – just to ‘check’. And then those tests come back ‘normal’, when we are still feeling anything but.  And that’s when we have to confront something we may not want to – not only do WE not know what’s happening to us, but our doctor doesn’t either.
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Synesthesia: Taste the Rainbow

Posted on Jan 10 by

Image by Otherthings@flickr

Is Wednesday red? Is the number 5 an upbeat young girl in a floral dress? Is that new pop song on the radio the most perfect triangle that you’ve ever heard, and is July somewhere to the right, just above your shoulder?

Confused?

Welcome to the world of Synesthesia.

Defined as sort of “mixing of the senses”, Synesthesia is a broad condition where two (normally unrelated) things get linked together in the brain, creating all sorts of awesome connections and sensations. Letters and numbers could be seen in colour. Days of the week might feel like a rectangle, laid out on a table or hanging in the air. Songs might feel like shapes, show as colours, taste like a three course meal. Numbers could be linked to personalities – the number three could be timid, or number 8 loud. It’s a huge range – any of the senses or bits of the brain could be linked together, and a synesthete might have only one link or lots of them. The only thing in common is that it’s not a conscious choice: to a synesthete, it’s just the way the world is.
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Becoming Me

Posted on Jan 06 by

Image Credit Daniel Star 1977 Flickr

Your value doesn’t decrease based on someones inability to see your self worth.

Throughout school, I was liked by everyone. I was the quiet, community orientated girl who would do anything for anyone…essentially, I done what I was told.

As I never wanted to stand out or like things that other people didn’t, I started having issues and questioning who I was as a person. I was torn between my Nirvana listening, dark clothes wearing friends (and whilst there is nothing wrong with that) I wanted to openly be the Britney Spears loving, bright clothes wearing, over the top happy person that I knew I was and It wasn’t until tenth grade I finally started to understand that people weren’t making friends with me, they were essentially making friends with a clone of themselves, basically.
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