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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Australia’s “Inauthentic Opposition”

06/06/2019

For a number of decades now, the Democrats in the US have been referred to, along with the Republicans, as ‘neoliberal’, ever plodding along to the ‘right’ to slowly normalise the inequalities that plague Americans each day, and which was one factor that led to Trump’s successful election. The term “inauthentic opposition” has been used to describe this slow but obedient drift, which most certainly leaves many people disillusioned about how their system works, when the flawed two-party system functions as one corporate body. Here in Australia, the Labor Party is definitely earning themselves this abysmal title.

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Labor Has A Choice

31/05/2019

After losing an ‘unlosable’ election (where have we heard that before?), Labor has a lot of choices to make, especially in regards to how they fared in Queensland. The only problem is, the issue that they need to consider is one that will lose and gain voter support no matter how they approach it – climate change.

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Can We Blame Queensland?

20/05/2019

As a Queenslander, my first response to that question would probably be a defensive retort – as a Greens voter it most certainly was not my fault these corporate con artists won again. But I am almost an anomaly here, the bluest state of our country, in one of the safest LNP seats in SEQ. While I can understand the vitriol being thrown at QLD, and don’t doubt there are some who can directly be blamed, this goes beyond what the individual voter can be accountable for.

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Too Much Complacency is Dangerous

16/05/2019

All too often I see and hear people who could not care less about the political aspect of life or the events of the world beyond their experiences. I do not necessarily begrudge these people, for many are my friends and I can see why certain things are considered ‘boring’ or of relatively little interest. But there comes a point where this lack of knowledge becomes troubling. Some people are unable to explain or understand simple things like how parties work (or even what parties there are) or how the voting system works (good, profanity filled video here on that). I do not begrudge these people, but the complacency is dangerous in our current world.

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Reject the Media Narrative – It’s Undermining Our Democracy

11/05/2019

I still often see attacks on the ABC for being a ‘leftist rag’ and for being supportive of a ‘communist’ Labor-Greens government. Never mind the fact that Labor and the Greens aren’t the best of friends, nor in any context communist or socialist. Also never mind the fact that the ABC has had its budget cut drastically by the Coalition, with threats of privatisation, and that many of the ABC’s top positions are stacked with friends of the Liberal Party and/or private interests – Ita Buttrose comes to mind. But it’s not just the ABC – almost all of our media is rooting for the Coalition.

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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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Don’t Know Who to Vote For?

29/04/2019

I know many people who, due to a lack of interest in politics or such a simplistic view of it that they believe all the parties are as bad as each other, have said that they do not know who to vote for in the upcoming Federal election. Coalition, Labor, One Nation, Greens, god forbid Palmer – tough choice indeed. But if you really don’t know who to vote for, then there is one issue that you should base your vote on – climate change.

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