Category Archives: Non-science (but not nonsence)

Liberals Cutting Out the Middleman

This hasn’t got a lot of attention outside New South Wales, but today, while South Australia and Tasmania are almost certainly putting the Liberal Party back in power, there will be a by-election on Hurstville Council. Now I will admit … Continue reading

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Burn Explanations

Asylum Seekers turned back to Indonesia claim they were beaten and forced to hold onto a hot engine until their hands were burnt. The government has dismissed these claims, saying that the asylum seekers are untrustworthy and they believe the … Continue reading

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The Inevitable Conclusion of Mia Freeman’s Logic

So Mia Freedman (backing up someone on Slate whose name I can’t be bothered researching) thinks that part of the answer to stopping rape is to warn women about drinking to much and getting into dangerous situations. My friends¬†Amy Gray, … Continue reading

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Outside and In

On the night of the Wills by-election in 1992 there was much excitement amongst members of the left who saw Phil Cleary’s win as the start of a new wave. Some people discussed the idea of running progressive independents in … Continue reading

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Refugee Me

I don’t write much about issues around asylum seekers, here or elsewhere. I spend relatively little time thinking about the issue for someone of my politics, basically because I find it so depressing. I think I am up to tackling … Continue reading

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The Other Problem With Conspiracies

One of the first things I saw on my facebook wall this morning was a link to this. http://imgur.com/gallery/gsOQo Having woken up sufficiently to tackle heavier fare I turned to Paul Krugman to encounter this: Truly, we live in bizarro … Continue reading

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Trying For Balance, If Not Respect

The death of Margaret (or if you prefer Baroness) Thatcher has led to a lot of debate about how we should respond to the death of public figures. This is an ethical question well outside the bounds of science, but … Continue reading

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Fundraising Project

Note: Not really science related, but I want to have something online I can send people to. All through this year, and quite possibly the start of next, I’m going to be fundraising to bring Heather Corinna out to Australia. … Continue reading

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Might Obama Go Big? And If So On What?

Most of the responses I’ve seen to Obama’s second inauguration speech don’t seem to think the more left wing rhetoric amounts to much. The expectation seems to be for four years of the same tepid compromises in most areas mixed … Continue reading

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Surviving on Pensions, Some Extra Thoughts

I got what is, by the standards of this very humble blog, quite a lot of response to the last three posts. I’m going to attribute that to the topics, not to the time of year, and post some related … Continue reading

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