Married at First Sight: The Tragic Endgame of Commercial Media

21/02/2019

If there is one thing I hate more than the commercial news stations, it is the other garbage that they spew out year after year to boost ratings and make absolute bellends ‘famous’. Shows like Master Chef used to have a level of prestige, where the personality was important but second to the cooking ability of the contestants. After the first few seasons, however, it quickly became all about the personalities and drama, with the actual cooking taking passenger seat in a cooking show. Nowadays, these types of shows don’t even bother trying to hold substance and go straight for the ratings fix. No more is this evident than with the absolute depths of media depravity, Married at First Sight.

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Sanders Doesn’t Have to Win, He Needs to Make Waves

21/02/2019

Bernie Sanders, one of the few US politicians I can look to with a modicum of respect, has announced that he will be running for President of the United States in 2020. Given the DNC’s shitshow trying to force Hillary Clinton onto the masses didn’t work out so well, public opinion of Sanders so far has been highly positive. While a Sanders presidency would be groundbreaking, attention appears to be leaning towards younger, if slightly less palatable, candidates. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter if Sanders wins or not because he has already inspired a massive grassroots uprising in the US.

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How to Make Refugees

20/02/2019

If the conditions within a country are so terrible as to force their civilian population to flee and seek refuge elsewhere, then we should be doing everything that we can to alleviate their suffering, and everything we can to deescalate whatever tensions sparked such conditions. One country in particular, where the conditions are incredibly abhorrent, receives relatively little coverage – Yemen. But instead of a humanitarian approach to such a devastating situation, the “West” has been directly and indirectly responsible for the suffering of millions since 2015. Australia, usually a bystander unless in coalition with US interests, is now about to actively participate in this suffering.

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Medivac Bill Scare Clouds Paladin Contract

17/02/2019

After what has been called the ‘medivac’ bill was passed, ensuring that the refugees on Manus and Nauru would be brought to Australia for health reasons, the Coalition has gone all out on a scare campaign to smear Labor and the Greens (not so much the Independents who initiated this bill, though), reviving lovely slogans about an endless stream of boats. A few points have been picked up by the media that put this into question, such as the reopening of the Christmas Island detention centre and the fact that the bill only applies to the current cohort of refugees, and not to any new arrivals. More importantly, but (from what I could tell) hardly mentioned in comparison, is the new contract with a security firm, Paladin.

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Quick Quips: (Literally) Bloody Hell

16/02/2019

I have been slack and haven’t posted in a couple of days – I am still ahead on my goal to reach 365 posts this year, but I’ll admit I was having a bit much fun testing out my new laptop’s capabilities and didn’t get around to writing much. But while I’ve been quiet, the world sure has not been. Neither has our government here in Australia, despite the fact they are so inept they can’t even do their job.

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Australian Game of Thrones

13/02/2019

A massive Game of Thrones fan friend of mine tagged me in a post shared by our local Federal MP, Andrew Laming. The original post was from a meme page that supported the National Party, and with the GoT poster background and font, they had photoshopped Bill Shorten onto it with the words “The Boats Are Coming”. Funny in a way, if entirely untrue, but as my friend pointed out, there are some relatively trivial but accurate comparisons between the show and real life.

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Calling Out AIPAC and Israel Is Not Anti-Semitic

12/02/2019

The notion that legitimate criticism of a lobbyist group and of Israel’s government is somehow anti-Semitic is absurd. Both the Democrats and the Republicans in the US, however, firmly believe this is the case, as does Israel. So much so that they have introduced laws in defence of Israel that actually restrict the actions of states to participate in any kind of boycott of Israel, laws that stifle freedoms in the land of the free.

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Early Election Unlikely but Possible

12/02/2019

With the success of what has been called the medivac bill to bring the refugees from Manus and Nauru detention centres on medical grounds (i.e. every person is eligible, according to doctors and human rights groups), fresh calls have arisen to call for an early election, or for a vote of no confidence. With only 7 more sitting days in Parliament (what do we pay these people for anyways?) however, it probably will not happen.

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AOC Targets… Everyone in US Politics

11/02/2019

US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made headlines a number of times before, during, and after the midterm election last November in the US. Depending on your sources, she’s either the hero the country needs, leading younger grassroots campaigns inspired by Bernie Sander’s run for POTUS in 2016, or a spawn of the devil with the word ‘socialist’ written in blood above her head. But her recent line of questioning didn’t stand up to just the Republicans – what she had an uncomfortable room confirm applies to most Democrats as well.

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Disaster Survivors Speak Up

09/02/2019

Over the last few weeks we have had a number of environmental catastrophes, from countless fish dying, to floods in Townsville, to bushfires in Tasmania. Scott Morrison went on a trip to Townsville that brought ire for his lack of response. He was asked about the role of climate change in the increased number of extreme weather events around the world and, on a foray that was simply for public image leading into the election, said he didn’t want to bring politics into the issue. He no longer has the choice – the people are bringing it to him.

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