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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Australia Owes Timor-Leste Reparations

16/06/2019

I have written before about the shameful way in which Australia (and the US and Indonesia by extension) has treated the young country to our northwest. Our support of the Indonesian dictator Suharto, involvement in forming the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) (and subsequent withdrawal in 2002), and the espionage we committed against Timor-Leste during negotiations have all had massive consequences.

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Amnesty International Calls for Rethink on Myanmar Relations

15/06/2019

Amnesty International (AI) released a report on May 29th calling on the UNSC and international partners to rethink the current approach to Myanmar in the wake of new atrocities and potential war crimes. A few years ago, there was international outrage over the Myanmar military’s treatment of the Rohingya, an ethnic minority in the region. Australia has been indirectly involved in these atrocities since the start.

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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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Quick Quips: Blame America – I Do

03/06/2019

Having been busy with university work the last two weeks, I have regrettably let my daily post spree falter yet again – although dare I say the 2000 words in the previous post counts for three or four standard posts? I think not, but I should have more time in the coming weeks. There’s no real limit to the number of things to talk about these days – mostly due to the US, as always.

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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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Molecules of Anything but Freedom

30/05/2019

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it is that any topic can be made comedic with little to no exception. The problem today is, instead of hearing these kinds of jokes from actual comedians, they come from our governments. And actually, they aren’t even joking, they’re serious. It’s just better to laugh ourselves to extinction than dwell on the future. It’s a free world, after all.

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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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Double Standards: Attacks on Jeremy Corbyn

28/05/2019

In my very first piece I referred to a disagreement (over North Korea) I had with an American I generally respect, although his political opinions sometimes baffle me. This week, in the wake of Theresa May announcing her resignation, he had the same thought I did – Boris Johnson will likely take control, for ill, of course. But in the comments of that post he completely discarded the Labour Party and smeared Jeremy Corbyn with shaky accusations – mainstream media accusations.

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