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Month: January, 2012

Without their mohawks, what would the punks be?

Over 60 teenagers of the Punk Community were captured by the local police officers after a charity punk concert event they attended in Banda Aceh. They were dragged to a camp and were shaved all the way, left with not an inch of hair.

As the shaving was not enough, they were forced to join several trainings including the training of religious acts, as well as morality ones.

They were also thrown into a pool to do a communal “spritual cleansing” as the officers took off their studs and dog collar chain necklaces.

There were not any significant reason of why the officers captured these self-expressed teenagers. It would most likely because they are considered as disturbance. Especially in Banda Aceh where the religious (Islamic) norms are strictly applied.

This whole phenomenon causes different reactions around the world.

From Jakarta Post to the worldwide BBC news has different opinions and news angle on this incident.  BBC news portrays Aceh as “Indonesia’s most devoutly Moslem province” as the police re-educated the punks with this treatment.

The age stated that Aceh is the most conservative province in Indonesia and was having an Islamic Crackdown with this matter.

On the other side of the story, numerous teenagers that claimed themselves as the Punk Community, had their own reaction. Some in Los Angeles apparently had demonstration in front of the Indonesian embassy to release their mates down here in Indonesia, when the punk community in Jakarta did their demonstration in the one and only place to hold a demonstration, The Hotel Indonesia roundabout.

In the end, whether the punks are disturbance or not, it all depends on the way we see them. However, it is hard to see them as a positive community as the punk image in the society is equally seen as criminals.


Australian Water shortage has yet to find an effective way out



 Example of possible desalination plant project

Drought, crop failure, water restrictions – is this the future for Australia without a secure water supply? There are solutions, but we may not like them. And will the just completed Wonthaggi desalination plant help Victoria’s water system?

The citizens of Australia have considered the water shortage phenomenon as a part of their lives. They have been conserving water for as long as they can remember. However, this still is an issue for the Australian government to fix. Water recycling and/or desalination plant are the next two solutions that are likely to be applied to Melbourne, Victoria.

CEO of Environment Victoria, Kelly O’Shanassy, argued that the water desalination plant will take up too much energy and will cause the climate problem to become worse in Victoria.

Another possible way to overcome the crisis is with recycled water. That means making sewage water fit to drink. This solution has not been fully accepted by the Victorian citizens, who may understandably show some reluctance to try it.

However, O’Shanassy supported this idea, she claimed that the idea would be more effective if applied, and would not do critical damage to the environment. In the end, the water would be clean and purified, and surely safe to be consumed. She is convinced that the purified water would be way cleaner than the water in the Yarra river right now.

So it comes down to the choice of the citizens, but it seems like we have no choice, do we? Desalinated or recycled, it is better than no water at all.