The Future of Reading

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

In a word: creepy.

Paranoid Nonsense

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

From The Sydney Morning Herald: "I personally think it's over-the-top paranoia to make you feel scared," said Anthony Miller, manager of the Museum of Sydney Cafe in Bridge Street, which was surrounded yesterday by wire fences, hordes of police and undercover officers. "On Monday an APEC security officer asked us to limit ...

New political blog

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Margo Kingston, author of "Not Happy John", has been driven off the net (geez, she copped some abuse). I hadn't read her for a while, but I'm still disappointed, particularly by the nasty comments her farewell message received. I found senator Andrew Bartlett's blog last night. He comes across ...

Sedition Laws and Blogging in Australia

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Australian bloggers muzzled Australian blogs will never be as hard-hitting as their overseas counterparts because of our ridiculous laws. Many local bloggers are unaware that they may be liable for everything they write on their sites, not to mention all of the colourful comments made by contributors. Our new ...

Cricket while an Aussie hangs

Monday, November 28th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Nguyen to gallows, PM to cricket Prime Minister John Howard will attend the PM's XI cricket match on Friday, the day of Australian Nguyen Tuong Van's scheduled execution, and he believes Australians will understand. Mr Howard says he has a duty to attend the game, in Canberra, and ...

Liberals lose NSW by-election

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

From ABC News Online: Liberals lose NSW by-election The New South Wales Liberal Party has suffered a devastating defeat in the Pittwater by-election. The seat has fallen to Pittwater mayor and Independent candidate Alex McTaggart. The Libs have poisoned themselves lately with their treatment of John Brogden and the industrial relations reforms. The seat ...


Monday, November 21st, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Mr Howard said at a government level there was nothing he could do for Nguyen. He said it was not sensible to change Australia's trade relations with Singapore over the death sentence. "As a instrument of policy I certainly am opposed to saying well, because the Singaporean Government ...

It is forbidden…

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

How far from a bag do you have to be before it is 'unattended' and you become a terror suspect?

I have friends who buy petrol: PM

Friday, September 9th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: I have friends who buy petrol: PM September 9, 2005 - 12:08PM Prime Minister John Howard's family and friends are letting him know how difficult life is with sky-rocketing petrol prices. Mr Howard, who is driven in an official government car, today defended himself against suggestions he was unaware ...

Douglas Wood rescued

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Douglas Wood has been rescued. He has got to be the luckiest Australian alive. I thought he was doomed, like so many of the other hostages in Iraq. Congrats to Sheikh Taj Aldin Alhilali for all the good work.


Thursday, May 12th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Corby flew out the same day May 12, 2005 The day police allege a Sydney drug ring brought almost 10 kilograms of cocaine through Sydney Airport with the help of corrupt baggage handlers is the same day Schapelle Corby flew to Bali from the same airport. Corby, who faces ...

Poor Aussie

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

That poor Australian, Douglas Wood, who has been kidnapped and ransomed in Iraq. :-( I know what will happen. John Howard will proceed to do nothing whatever to save him, and will attempt to glorify his lack of action by saying he won’t be submitting to terrorists. Then Douglas Wood will ...

The great class divide of Gen X

Monday, April 18th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: The great class divide of Gen X April 18, 2005 After the postgraduate degree, it's either low-paid jobs or soulless ones, writes Natasha Cica. Three Dollars, the movie based on Elliot Perlman's debut novel, tells the story of Tanya and Eddie. She's a brilliant arts student encouraged to pursue an ...

Don’t think of an elephant

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Don't think of an elephant Commentary by Margo Kingston February 22, 2005 12:25 AM G'day. Here's something to really get your teeth into, a review by Hamish Alcorn, my brother and convenor of my soon-to-be-launched website yourdemocracy, of the American bestseller Don't think of an elephant. After the review, ...

Chained, gagged man dragged onto jet

Friday, January 28th, 2005

From The Age: Chained, gagged man dragged onto jet By Andra Jackson January 28, 2005 An airline passenger who witnessed a shackled and gagged asylum seeker being deported to Pakistan from Australia has spoken out against the man's treatment. The 36-year-old environment consultant was on a flight from Thailand when the struggling man, with chains ...

Another reason to hate Howard

Wednesday, January 19th, 2005

Battle to junk food ads hots upy 19, 2005 A report recommending action on junk food advertising has been shelved for more than a year, reports Nick Galvin. Junk food moved "a little closer to becoming as socially unacceptable as cigarettes", a Los Angeles Times editorial said after the food giant Kraft ...

At last

Wednesday, January 12th, 2005

From The Sydney Morning Herald: Habib set free from Guantanamo Bay By Cosima Marriner, Nadia Jamal and Cynthia Banham January 12, 2005 Mamdouh Habib will be released from Guantanamo Bay and flown home to Sydney following an admission by his US jailers that they do not have enough evidence to charge him with terrorism ...

Teenagers are just cavemen and women at heart

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

Teenagers are just cavemen and women at heart By Ellen Connolly December 15, 2004 After three decades of the feminist revolution, this is where attitudes have evolved to: teenage boys want a future of wealth, sex with many beautiful women, fast cars and sport. Girls dream of romance, a career, meeting Mr ...

Donkey John

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

A comment on Australia and our local political situation. Help Xanana Gusmario stop Donkey John taking all East Timor's oil. I used to play a game exactly like this when I was in school. Minus the politics, of course.

Balanced madness

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

From The Age: Creation theory gets boost By Misha Schubert Political Correspondent Canberra November 18, 2004 Schools should teach the biblical creation story alongside evolutionary theory, Family First chairman Peter Harris said yesterday. While his fledgling party - arising out of the Assemblies of God church - had no formal policy on school curriculums, Mr Harris said ...