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Director's cut — December 2005

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December 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

2005 is like a limping old dog that needs to be put out of its misery. This year will be remembered as a time of confusion, denial and loss, when the crisply pressed linen line between good guys and bad guys — the white hats and the black hats — frayed and crinkled. George W Bush's pronouncement on CNN that "you're either with us or against us" after the Twin Towers were threaded by airliners is now a refrain of resistance.

We cannot support the crazy hawks with their claws exposed ripping the civility and tolerance from the skin of society. Blood-soaked news continues to ooze from a supposedly (post) war Iraq. Xenophobia walks the streets of Australian cities. Respect and thoughtful tolerance is required for those who resist, critique and do not acquiesce to the directives of the market economy. Being an outsider is not an act of sedition, but necessity.

Outsider status is difficult to sustain in popular culture. Popularity often requires compliance, smiling on the Red Carpet, answering stupid questions from journalists, knowing the best designers and starving on the most fashionable diets.

It has been a great year for the PCC. We've patrolled the boundaries of the popular and the unpopular, looking with ridicule, confusion and sometimes anger at the hypocrisies around us. But through belief, struggle and respect, we've moved forward, built our community and made a difference.

As we approach 2006, I thank all members of the Collective for their interest, involvement and community spirit. May the planet's citizens show as much light, love and peace as all of you.

Be well.

T XXX

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