Quick Quips: What Is a Lie?

18/06/2019

The Economist posted a video a couple of months ago discussing whether or not politicians lie. I didn’t agree with most of it, seeing as their conclusion was that something was only a lie if the person telling it had the intent and knowledge they were doing so. They instead try to palm certain things off – even Trump’s antics – as things like ‘exaggeration’, ‘untruths’ (isn’t that just synonymous with lies?), ‘nonsense’, or (quoting the academic prowess of a philosopher) ‘bullshit’. How trite.

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Queensland Labor has Failed

14/06/2019

Coal. One of the major factors behind the Coalition’s re-election almost a month ago, as QLD and regional areas voted against sensible environmental policy to instead receive more propaganda from a failing government about a dying industry. Labor was never perfect on this issue, but they at least had a plan. But now Queensland Labor has put the final nail in the coffin – Adani edges closer and closer.

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Institutionalised Racism in Australia

11/06/2019

The new series on Netflix, When They See Us, has taken America and the media by storm. I have not watched it myself, but have read into it and watched an interview the director of the series did with Democracy Now!. There really is very little to say other than take the time to look into and understand it, because the clips I have seen, and details of the story, are damning proof, if anyone was still in doubt, about the rampant institutionalised (or in some cases blatant) racism that exists in Western societies. Australia is not exempt.

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What Australia Can Look Forward To

29/05/2019

Having elected the Coalition in for another three years really helps solidify who I am as a person; that is, a contradiction. Visions of an ideal society collide with the cynical prediction of the destruction of organised human life (to borrow Chomsky’s phrase). The non-confrontational pacifist who is ever ready to vehemently argue their point with anyone who challenges it. The student who understands they know very little, yet denounces the unaware masses for their ignorance. The line between these two sides only continues to blur the more our leaders sink the world lower and lower into their pit of corruption and negligence. Buckle up, Australia.

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Facebook Crackdown More than Freedom of Speech

03/05/2019

It was announced that some despicable people, the most popular being Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos, have now been banned from social media sites like Facebook and Instagram. This has been met with applause from many and screams of authoritarian censorship from the figures’ supporters. There is a simple reason why these bans aren’t exactly attacks on freedom of speech. However, I find the reason that is to be much more concerning.

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We Need the Union Movement

02/05/2019

I was talking to a lady I know (she used the term debate, but I fear that – without wishing to cause offense – would require knowledge on the topic) about a few political topics. It wasn’t so much a coherent discussion as it was a rushed scattering of vaguely connected points we each made, but one point took centre stage. The union movement.

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Church or the Planet? Humanity’s Chosen

20/04/2019

Notre Dame, a building with much spiritual, cultural, and historical value to the people of France, burned. The world (i.e. the West) wailed in dismay, and well over $1B has been raised for the rebuilding effort (if only the Church was so generous with its obscene wealth?). But there is a hypocrisy that many appear to have overlooked in all of this – what about our planet?

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Quick Quips: Out of Line

28/03/2019

David Draiman’s song Out of Line, featuring Serj Tankian, is easily my favourite song on his album Device. It doesn’t hold back on its criticism of abusive power, which remains undefined but can be applied to any autocratic or plutocratic institution. From the chorus:

“You try to justify the pain that you’ve wrought,

But you’re out of line, you’re out of line.”

It is safe to say in recent months, many have stepped out of line.

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We Don’t Have To Apologise, We Need To Acknowledge

29/01/2019

As the Australia Day hype pretty much dies after it happens, there has been a recurring image online that has sparked controversy. Quite frankly, it is just an ill-informed post looking for some quick attention from an equally ill-informed crowd.

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“Invasion Day” Protests Across the Country

26/01/2019

Protests were carried out across the country today, calling for the changing of the date of Australia Day from the 26th to something more inclusive. Of course, it made media headlines and caused a bit of a ruckus online. But is the date of the national day the issue worth protesting?

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