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May 23, 2024 - 09:21 -- Admin

Over two months ago, I was issued (dated March 8) a fine notice from the New South Wales (NSW) government, alleging I had stopped my vehicle in a taxi zone. As I noted at the time, it was incorrect, as the available image of the rear of the offending vehicle showed a Nissan with NSW registration plates, whereas my vehicle is a Mazda with Australian Capital Territory registration plates.

The things you find

May 20, 2024 - 10:18 -- Admin

After the Second World War, with the demise of Nazi Germany, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) occupied most of eastern Europe, and in most of these countries they installed puppet communist governments. In Germany itself, the western allies (USA, UK, France) occupied what became West Germany, while the USSR occupied what became communist East Germany. In addition, the former capital of Germany, Berlin, was divided up between the USSR, USA, UK and France.

Into hiding

May 13, 2024 - 09:45 -- Admin

Some days ago, one of the asylum-seekers released by the decision of the High Court after what has been called the NZYQ ruling, one Majid Jamshidi Doukoshkan, 43, was one of several people charged over an alleged home invasion and robbery in which 73-year-old Ninette Simons and her husband were attacked. Ms Simons was struck unconscious, requiring hospitalisation with head injuries, while her husband was tied up during the attack1.

The nexus

May 10, 2024 - 09:10 -- Admin

Some days ago, I saw a meme someone had posted which was obviously from a rabid racist, but it does demonstrate the nexus between the far right and the religious, something I have written about here before, if only peripherally1.

Pride in profound ignorance

May 8, 2024 - 17:43 -- Admin

One Matt Walsh, an idiot right-wing nutjob from the US, posted something on Twitter (or X as it has now been renamed by its idiot owner): “Remember when they spent years telling us to panic over the hole in the ozone layer and then suddenly just stopped talking about it and nobody ever mentioned the ozone layer”.

Freedom Day

May 5, 2024 - 19:21 -- Admin

On April 27th, South Africa celebrated the 30th anniversary of the end of apartheid, as it is 30 years since the beginning of the first democratic elections in which all South Africans could vote. That vote ended white minority rule, elected Nelson Mandela president, and brought massive positive changes in human rights, housing, education, healthcare, freedom of movement, and more.

On the dangle, part 2

April 29, 2024 - 08:34 -- Admin

Last month, I wrote a piece about doing geological fieldwork along the southern Tasmanian coast, which is only accessible by boat, floatplane, helicopter or a two day walk along the South Coast Track. I related how our RAAF Iroquois transport was organised through a fortunate coincidence*. 

Anzac Day 2024

April 24, 2024 - 15:58 -- Admin

As readers of this blog may know, we are downsizing from a house to a unit, as in the former, we only use about half the space. Going through a filing cabinet with the aim of culling stuff, turned up a few letters from my parents and letters from mates, cards from relatives and friends on birthdays and other events, but we also stumbled across some postcards in a small plastic bag which had been stuffed in the hanging file.