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I have a few questions for you

December 15, 2016 - 16:29 -- Admin

Do you think corruption in politics can be addressed by a new political party, one specifically designed to deal with the problem?

Is corruption in politics inevitable? Is it the inevitable consequence of adult behaviour?

Is it true that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely? Is this a cliché, with some truth to it? Is Queen Elizabeth II corrupt? Is the Pope corrupt? Is the UN Security Council corrupt?

Pallets to Dining Suite

August 27, 2016 - 23:03 -- Admin

The third article in an occasional series on woodworking by self-taught furniture maker, Barry Tucker.

I was considering ways of fixing a broken beam for the back of my entertainment console when I began thinking of the Gothic arch, renowned for its weight distribution. That was the spark for a dining suite featuring curved legs.

The chisel box

August 10, 2016 - 20:28 -- Admin

An occasional blog on woodworking by The Sniper, Barry Tucker

When I wanted to build a chisel box to transport and protect my chisels I ran into some unexpected problems. The identifying and solving of them might be of interest to some woodworkers.

Project: Vegie patch work bench

February 21, 2016 - 20:17 -- Admin

Something new from The Sniper, Barry Tucker, who joined the Men’s Shed Movement a few months ago to pursue a long-held interest in carpentry.

The project is to salvage a battered low table, restore its metal legs, extend them somehow, rebuild the structure supporting the table top, replace the top and end up with a taller work bench. The timber will come from salvaged pallets.

Why religion?

February 20, 2016 - 17:25 -- Admin

I’m an atheist. A hard core non-believer.
Religion grew out of Mankind’s increasing self-awareness and a feeling that somehow we were just too significant for our life to end with our death. Hard to say when it began, but Neanderthals showed reverence for their dead and ancient Egyptians (and not only the Pharaohs) went to extraordinary lengths to provide for their afterlife.

Why TURC is a farce

August 31, 2015 - 19:49 -- Admin

The Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (TURC) is a farce. It is not hard to prove this.

Proof hangs on a single item: A Royal Commission has been established to do the job existing law enforcement agencies should be doing. It is as simple as that.

Tony Abbott — leader or destroyer?

August 20, 2015 - 11:56 -- Admin

A small heading in today’s Sydney Morning Herald said Tony Abbott is not a bad leader. But how do you judge?
If you judge him by his party’s 2PP polling he would fail the test. If you judged him by his personal popularity polling he would fail the test.
If you judged him on party loyalty, based on continuing Cabinet leaks, he would fail the test.
If you judged him by his ability to deliver balance in government and policies for all citizens he would fail the test.

The injustice of non-recognition

July 6, 2015 - 17:41 -- Admin

The failure of white Australia to recognise Indigenous inhabitants in the Constitution from the very beginning has been an on-going disaster.
Reports to the English government and instructions to Governor Phillip make it clear the land was occupied and the original inhabitants were to be treated with respect.
Pretty weird when you think about it. We’re going to invade them and steal their land for settlement, but be nice about it.

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