Kate Orman's Writing CV
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Completed Writing Projects, 2014
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Playing For Time, short story
Why Robbie Can't Dance, short story
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Books read, 2014
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Non-Fiction
John Blofield. Bodhisattva of Compassion: the Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin.
Michael Coogan. The Old Testament: A Very Short Introduction.
Barbara Demick. Nothing to Envy: Real Lives in North Korea.
J.H. Patterson. The Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo.
Salman Rushdie. The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey.
Eric Schlosser. Command and Control. Couldn't put it down.
Ronald Takaki. Hiroshima: Why America Dropped the Atomic Bomb.

Fiction
Janet Frame. Owls Do Cry.
Nalo Hopkinson. The New Moon's Arms.
John le Carré. The Looking-Glass War.
Steven Sherrill. The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break. Superb.
Koushun Takami. Battle Royale. (Trans. Yuji Oniki.) You must read this and then watch the movie, or vice versa.
Fay Weldon. Watching Me, Watching You. Breathtaking.

Manga
Hatori Bisco. Ouran High School Host Club vol 1.
Hino Matsuri. Vampire Knight vols 1-9.
Kishimoto Masashi. Naruto, vol 5.
Tite Kubo. Bleach volume 3.
Mayu Shinja. Ai Ore volume 8. Well that was confusing.
Yana Toboso. Black Butler, vol 1. Holy ^&*$^%$. vols 2-11

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Poverty
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It Is Expensive to Be Poor: "What I discovered is that in many ways, these [minimum-wage] jobs are a trap: They pay so little that you cannot accumulate even a couple of hundred dollars to help you make the transition to a better-paying job... in some ways, it is actually more expensive to be poor than not poor. If you can't afford the first month's rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel."

Tony Abbott's work for the dole scheme doesn't add up: "University of Sydney Workplace Research Centre director Professor John Buchanan points out that the latest statistics show there are 146,000 job vacancies for 727,000 people unemployed and 922,100 under-employed. 'If all the unemployed filled all official vacancies, there would still be 580,900 unemployed,' he said. "That is, over 1.5 million people either unemployed or underemployed. This, and not work-shy welfare recipients, is the problem that needs to be fixed."

ACOSS call for single welfare payment to cover 'life essentials': "... the Australian Council of Social Service argues that welfare payments should be based on people's financial needs and not on assessments about their potential to do paid work. It recommends that payments for people of working age should be based on two components: a basic income support payment for all recipients and add-ons for extra needs such as disability, caring, rental assistance and single parenting." (According to the previous article,currently "Australia's unemployment benefits are the lowest in the industrialised world and that their recipients live well below the poverty line.")

What happened to the fair go?: "The information was completely compelling regarding growing inequality around the world, and the fact that wealthy people generally pay a much lower percentage of their income in tax, one way or another. It's not just me: all sorts of wealthy people have said it's a ridiculous situation."

"Why Don't the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans: "...73% of those enrolled in the country’s major public benefits programs are, in fact, from working families -- just in jobs whose paychecks don't cover life's basic necessities."

Elderly pensioners will be hurt most by GP fees: researchers: "These people need to use the services, they're not making a choice."

Australia's minimum wage is $16.87 an hour. The minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 an hour.
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Refugee Update: holy cow, they're releasing 1,500+ children
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Govt to release asylum seeker children

Asylum seeker children held in residential detention to be released into community

Scott Morrison announces release of 150 children before facing detention inquiry

Asylum-seeker children to be released from detention

IIUC some of the children and families will be released from mainland immigration detention, and some from community detention facilities. The kids and their families will be in the community on bridging visas and with improved support. Only children under 10 who arrived before 19 July 2013 are eligible.

No children will be released from Nauru or Christmas Island, where about 300 children in total are held, and some of the worst conditions and harm have been reported. (Immigration Minister Scott Morrison faces the inquiry into children in detention this Friday.)

Refugee Update
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Sign the J'Accuse open letter to the government.

Life intervened once again to delay this update. I'll try to keep it as concise as possible.

As of 21 July no suspects in the killing of Reza Barati had been interviewed by Papua New Guinean police, although witnesses are not allowed to voluntarily return to the countries they have fled (unless they withdraw their statements, apparently). No-one has been sent to Manus since the killing, and there is speculation the centre will be closed.

The 157 Tamil asylum seekers held at sea for a month are now on Nauru. During their captivity they were taught to operate orange lifeboats, as the Australian govenment hoped to return them directly to India. The group's lawyers continue to push for the legality of their detention at sea to be tested in the High Court.

The group includes 50 children, who face a two-month wait to see counsellors. Humanitarian workers on Nauru have described the savage conditions which children and families face in the camp: shit, sickness, and verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. (A sixteen year old boy told he would be returned to Nauru slashed his arms.)

Parents of six year old girl suffering apparent PTSD from her detention on Christmas Island are suing the Australian government. An asylum seeker detained on Manus Island attempted suicide. On Christmas Island sick asylum seekers are being treated via video conference in lieu of doctors' examinations. On Christmas Island, adults' and children's glasses, hearing aids, and medications are removed on arrival, with the obvious consequences for (for example) an epileptic three year old. Permission was withdrawn for a paediatric specialist to examine detained babies after her arrival on Christmas Island.

The psychiatrist formerly in charge of mental health in immigration detention has compared the treatment of asylum seekers to torture. He also stated that the Immigration Department attempted to cover up evidence of extensive psychological damage done to child detainees. He reported that as of July there had been 123 incidents of children self-harming over 15 months, not including Nauru. 659 children are currently in detention. Church leaders have described their treatment as "state-sponsored child abuse" and have called for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to no longer be the child detainees' legal guardian.

Australia will reserve 4,400 places in offshore refugee intake for Iraqis and Syrians endangered by Islamic State (aka ISIS). Last year our total intake was reduced from 20,000 to 13,750. Asylum seekers who reach Australia by themselves are counted against that quota, reducing it further.

The Apple
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We watched this original Star Trek episode last night. A planet on which even kissing without tongues has been punishable by death for possibly thousands of years finds itself depending on the Federation for sex education. Federation officers cannot complete a sentence on the subject without blushing and saying "... you know". People of Gamma Trianguli VI: you're fucked.

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yay 2, orange 1, *hooray!
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Day of forty-fifth birthday: happiness, celebration
Day after forty-fifth birthday: existential collapse

I'm reading the Malleus Malificarum
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It's a laugh a minute, as you can imagine. It's also not short. I'm not far in, and Sprenger and Kramer are still laying out their lengthy arguments about whether it's heretical not to believe in witchcraft. It's fascinating to visit a world just pre-science, where the truth is dictated by a combination of reason and what is in accordance with Scripture and the Church - a logical but completely self-referential system.

However, it's not all dry references to Saint Augustine. I'm up to the juicy bit about whether incubi and succubi can beget children. They can, by a sort artificial insemination; but the authors assure us that anything other than procreative sex is too filthy for even a demon to consider. Also: "there are some things in nature which have certain hidden powers, the reason for which man does not know; such, for example, is the lodestone, which attracts steel and many other such things". Or, to put it another way: "Fuckin' magnets! How do they work?!"
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Where it's at
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Strange Device:

word-count-bar---SD-11000

Slow progress due to bad sleep. Luckily I had already written about 4800 words before I started.

ETA on the 10th: When I turned forty I set myself a goal of publishing an original novel by the time I turned fifty. Halfway there and I have one very rough draft of one novel and one-eighth of a second one. Better get my skates on! XD

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