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Royal Flush

April 19, 2016 - 18:21 -- Admin

Was there ever a better example of the necessity of an Australian republic than yesterday’s farce with the Governor-General?

I come here not to mourn Abbott, but to bury him

September 17, 2015 - 00:00 -- Admin

(Ahh the difference between my last post and this!)

Tony Abbott is no longer Prime Minister of Australia. Let that fact sink in. Tony Abbott is no longer Prime Minister of Australia.

This sentence carries with it the same sense of solace as “the cancer is in remission”. Jubilant news to be sure, and a relief, but not without the knowledge that for a time there was a lethal, malignant tumour growing inside you.

Lost in La Mancha

July 19, 2015 - 20:06 -- Admin

“Just then they came in sight of thirty or forty windmills that rise from that plain. And no sooner did Don Quixote see them that he said to his squire, “Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them.

Race Hate Videos For Dummies

July 4, 2015 - 22:29 -- Admin

So I’ve been watching, with mounting horror, the rise of the “patriot” movement in Australia. They’ve been active of late, hitting Youtube hard, proselytizing their special brand of cognitive dissonance and unabashed racism to anyone unwary enough to click through. 

These videos, from various “patriots” of all walks of life, nonetheless show a number of similarities across the board. 

Anchors Aweigh

May 13, 2015 - 10:27 -- Admin

I always get excited when my two passions, politics and applied psychology, mesh together in such a delicious fashion, like two Lego bricks of the same size that once connected will never be torn apart. Today is just such an occasion. Buckle up Dorothy, we’re going on an adventure.

Checkpoint Charlie

January 10, 2015 - 14:13 -- Admin

A colleague of mine, Theo, has the one of the most delicious turns of phrase (usually delivered just prior to doing something…risqué) - “fuck ‘em if they can’t take a joke”. Which, as far as distilled bon mots go, is just about perfect.

Fuck 'em if they can’t take a joke.