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Suffering is good for you

June 23, 2019 - 08:59 -- Admin

The Victorian assisted
dying legislation has now come into force, and is one of the most conservative
pieces of legislation of its kind in the world. This legislation has a large
number of safeguards and is only available to Victorians with more than 12
months residence who are over the age of 18. The patient must be capable of giving
informed consent and be able to communicate their decision, and either have

You thought it was about jobs?

June 19, 2019 - 10:11 -- Admin

There has been much (purposeful)
misinformation regarding the jobs to be provided by the Adani coal mine.
Initially, gullible politicians were promised 10,000 jobs, and those in the
Coalition thought this was wonderful. However, at the same time, Adani told
their investors that the entire project would be automated from coalface to
port. This, strangely enough, was to reduce labour costs. Adani was forced to

Creationist taxonomy

June 17, 2019 - 10:23 -- Admin

A taxonomist is a
person who studies organisms in part to work out their relationships and the
classificatory framework (i.e. their taxonomy) which explains those
relationships. Creationists have little understanding of taxonomy nor an
understanding of time frames. Some days ago, one creationist asked me, as if to
refute evolution ‘how come there are no humanzees?’ (presumably he meant chimpanzee-human

Christian love/hate

June 16, 2019 - 09:34 -- Admin

Most people would have heard of Israel
Folau’s transgression on Instagram, where he stated: “Warning: Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves,
Atheists, Idolators: Hell Awaits You. Repent! Only Jesus Saves.” This caused
him to lose his contract with Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby, because it
breached the Professional Players Code of Conduct1. This was not so
much because he denigrated drunks and others who more or less choose how to

Just a theory

June 13, 2019 - 14:42 -- Admin

Time and again,
creationists have told me that ‘evolution is only a theory’. And so it is. The
problem with this assertion is not with evolution, but creationists, and their
absolutely blinding ignorance of science. Their understanding of the word ‘theory’
is based on the (very) colloquial meaning as in ‘that is my theory and I’m
sticking to it’ or alternatively ‘that is my story…’. These everyday quotes are

Forgive my disappointment

June 10, 2019 - 10:44 -- Admin

Someone showed me an
e-mail they received from the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA).
This organisation is the trade union for those involved in journalism, acting,
theatre and amusements. It was registered in 1992 and was formed from the
merger of the Australian Journalists Association, Actors Equity of Australia,
and the Australian Theatrical and Amusement Employees Association, with the