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Bullshit names

October 29, 2019 - 09:54 -- Admin

I had a bloke called
Sheldon (?) remind me of all the dodgy characters who have created
superficially respectable names for their nefarious activities. He was an ‘antivaxxer’
(i.e. an anti-vaccination activist) and referred to a group calling themselves ‘Physicians
for Informed Consent’. The people involved in this group are not all
physicians, nor are they very much about informing people. The phrase, ‘informed

Excuse my cynicism

October 23, 2019 - 09:42 -- Admin

The survival of any democracy
is completely dependent on the survival of a ‘free media’ that are not
constrained to publish only what the government wants. Over the past decade, media
freedom has deteriorated all around the world as populist demagogues have
attempted to throttle independent media. While this is concerning everywhere,
it is most concerning where it impacts on democracy. As soon as the content of

Morrison and Houston

October 22, 2019 - 08:52 -- Admin

Prime Minister Scott
Morrison has been asked numerous times whether he tried to get his ‘mentor’,
Hillsong church ‘pastor’ Brian Houston an invitation to the Rose Garden soiree
at the White House, but each time he has refused to answer. The story was
initially reported in the US media (Wall Street Journal), but it took a while
for the Australian media to pick the story up. Initially Morrison stated that

Toilet water

October 18, 2019 - 14:01 -- Admin

The Coalition state
Minister for Western New South Wales, Adam Marshall, has vowed to support any local
government councils that want to use recycled waste water to supplement their
drinking supply. Even though he considered that the subject was ‘taboo’ in some
quarters, he wanted his support for the process to be on the record1.
This reminded me of the case of Toowoomba, a city of some 95,000 residents,

The unlucky country

October 11, 2019 - 13:09 -- Admin

I get sick of people using
the epithet ‘lucky country’ in referring to Australia in a laudatory way, without
realising the phrase’s original intent. Donald Horne used it as the title for
his 1964 book in which he opined that Australia’s climb to prosperity was based
entirely on luck and the nation was run mainly by second rate people who shared
its luck. Horne also regarded our political and economic system as second rate,