Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Thought Police: Home and Abroad


Well, after less than two months, and a reading public of , um, dozens?, looks like this blog has already attracted the attention it apparently deserves. Today we had the honour of receiving some extensive attention from none less than the OZ Government's Department of Communication, Information Technology and the Arts. These are the guys who look into any complaints that you good readers care to make about objectionable material on the Internet.

Anyway, imagine my surprise to see the following on my meagre traffic statistics:


proxy.dcita.gov.au (Department Of Communications And The Arts)
Australia, 0 returning visits
Date Time WebPage
18th January 2006 12:31:59 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 12:43:29 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 12:47:43 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 12:54:26 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 13:52:04 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 13:55:16 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 14:02:15 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 14:04:57 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 14:15:58 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 14:19:49 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 14:21:28 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 14:25:48 Six Days No referring link
18th January 2006 14:25:55 Six Days: Gagging Us sixdaysmore.blogspot.com/

18th January 2006 14:27:34 Six Days: Gagging Us sixdaysmore.blogspot.com/

18th January 2006 14:30:30 Six Days No referring link

That's right folks, your tax dollars, quite probably at work.
You will note that:
This individual felt compelled to press "refresh" every two or three minutes. A tad obsessive perhaps ?
They took a well-deserved, Government-regulation lunch break, and were dilligent enough to return to work in 58 mintues, donating 2 minutes of their valuable time to important Government business.
They initially satisfied themselves with constantly reloading the home page of the blog, perhaps because they could not believe what they were reading, or were paralysed in politically correct rage. The really interesting bit is towards the end of their walk on the wild side, where, most ironically, they homed in on the article titled "Gagging Us", which they felt compelled to refresh only once.
Ironically, "Gagging Us" is about the loss of freedom of speech, and the use of Thought Police along with "tolerance" and "hate speech" laws to silence essential debate...
IF this was instead an innocent, friendly visit from a well-meaning individual misusing their work computer for private purposes (highly doubtful):
1. Welcome to Six Days, please drop a comment to let me know what you think of the site !
2. Shame on you for goofing off at work. Doesn't your Department have important work for you to do?
Otherwise:
Hi, please leave a comment anyway, and please let me know what was so objectionable and why. Lets talk about this. Perhaps you may even convince me, and I will amend the matter in question.
Perhaps this was all to be expected. This blog has attracted some rather odd attention for a long time. Every day, without fail, for as long as this blog has had a statcounter, we receive a home page scan from a rather curious visitor: The ISP is in Dubai, but the origin is in Ar Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Perhaps this is some poor Western schmo looking for a glimmer of truth behing the Great Anti-Kufr Firewall of Saudi Arabia. Then again, they did get past the firewall, didn't they ? Perhaps it is the kind of guy whose job it is to keep the firewall up in the first place.
So, a heartly Kufr Aleikum from Six Days to any muttawa who might be monitoring this site with such relentless and unnatural interest, and a "Hi, Welcome to Six Days, what the hell are you doing in Saudi, are you insane?" to anyone otherwise innocently curious.

Bravado aside, yes, if anyone is wondering, this kind of thing does upset me.
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