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Social conservatism and intelligence

February 11, 2023 - 08:51 -- Admin

In reply to an attack made upon him by Sir John Pakington for calling the Conservative party “the stupid party,” John Stuart Mill, while admitting the phrase did occur in his ‘Representative Government’, went on to say, “I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.

Patients first?

February 5, 2023 - 12:25 -- Admin

At the meeting of the National Cabinet on Friday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (I’m still feeling relieved Morrison is no longer PM) said that Medicare needs reform and that care needs to be patient-centred1. It is hard to disagree with that, as it is stating the bleeding obvious.

Damnation: a review of ‘Bulldozed’

February 3, 2023 - 18:14 -- Admin

Savva, N. 2022. Bulldozed: Scott Morrison’s fall and Anthony Albanese’s rise. Scribe, Melbourne, 391 p.1

Before I had finished Van Badham’s wonderful book on QAnon2, I had to kill a bit of time in a shopping centre (while my partner was buying clothes for the anklebiters) and I wandered into a bookshop and stumbled onto Niki Savva’s book, so I thought I’d give it a crack, as I was not really in the mood to get into the other books in my bedside stack. Maybe I will, soon.

It’s not over

January 26, 2023 - 15:01 -- Admin

Despite all the fannying around by politicians indicating that the Covid-19 pandemic is over and that we are in a post-Covid-19 time1, 2, and despite all the prognostications, by some people like Fabio Codswallop (i.e. Nick Coatsworth), who should know better, that the Covid-19 pandemic would end last year3, it is not over, not by a long chalk.

The wrong conspiracies

January 22, 2023 - 08:56 -- Admin

An active online cooker was aghast at a YouTube video (apparently his main source of information; he doesn’t trust the mainstream media). The video was from Michael West who runs a superb media organisation that pokes, prods and uncovers the nefarious financial dealings of assorted governments and other entities.