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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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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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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Boards, Chairs, and Revolving Doors – It’s Like a Corporate IKEA

07/02/2019

NAB CEO Andrew Thorburn and Chairman Ken Henry have both announced they have officially resigned from the company following the release of the Royal Commission report into the finance sector. Hayne’s final report, while it didn’t offer as much as some would have wanted, was a scathing review of the banking industry’s misconduct. But can resignation, undoubtedly accompanied by severance packages in the millions, with a plethora of opportunities for future endeavours, really be considered punishment? Apparently, yes.

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Lenin and the Russian Revolution: A Reflection Pt.2

06/02/2019

Nationalism and Imperialism

In part 1, I talked about the possibility of a socialist revolution taking place today. The chances are quite small in my view, and one of the reasons for that is the ideological divides and how people perceive different –isms. In this piece, I just want to touch on nationalism and imperialism, with reference to ideas of Lenin’s quoted in Christopher Hill’s Lenin and the Russian Revolution.

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Lenin and the Russian Revolution: A Reflection Pt.1

06/02/2019

Revolution

It took longer than I intended (it was a relatively short book), but I have finally finished Christopher Hill’s brief book on the Russian Revolution, which spoke of it through the lens of Lenin’s ideas and actions. I’ll most definitely have to read some other books about the time period to have a more in depth understanding and context surrounding the Revolution as it was rather limited. Despite this, it did offer a fair amount of introductory insight to the years (approximately) 1903-1924, and there are ideas worth exploring.

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Culture of Greed: Banking Royal Commission Report Released

04/02/2019

The Final Report of the Royal Commission into the banking sector has officially been released, following an icy media op between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Commissioner Kenneth Hayne. Frydenberg tried to lighten the mood as photographers tried to urge them to shake hands, but Hayne refused to even look at the Treasurer – the utter contempt was palpable. Given the findings, and how most of the government voted north of 20 times to try and hold back from the RC, that comes as no surprise. (Link to the report below).

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