Barnaby Joyce Vs Women’s Choice

25/08/2019

Barnaby Joyce has taken credit for stalling the abortion decriminalisation bill in the NSW upper house. He recently led a rally opposing decriminalisation, spruiking the same “moral high ground” talking points that we’ve seen appear both here and in the US. Only straight white males appear to be able to make choices.

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Quick Quips: So Many Loud Voices, Not Enough Sense

21/08/2019

I will, if I have time, write an actual piece about it later this week, but I read something earlier today and had one of those realisations where you feel like an idiot for not picking up on it much earlier. Moral of the story: read, read a little more, and don’t forget to read. Another perspective, another idea – it all adds up, and you’ll never know everything. Bask in that ignorance and strive to learn more.

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Crackdown on LGBT+ in West Bank, Omar and Tlaib Targeted (Again)

20/08/2019

While I only check Twitter on occasion when posting there, it can offer some interesting points (if you follow the right people and topics). A recurring one is the constant attacks against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, the latest I’ve seen carrying over from their ban from visiting Israel and Palestine. It’s as though people can’t differentiate between support for a people and support for everything certain groups do.

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Banerji and the Threat to Free Speech

14/08/2019

The High Court has ruled that Michaela Banerji’s sacking from the (then) Department of Immigration and Border Protection – Home Affairs sounds much nicer for the PR – was legitimate. This ruling has (to borrow the frequently used phrase from everywhere) rather chilling effects for democracy and free speech, and also has implications for other areas as well.

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Unconscious Bias: Why Perspective Matters

04/08/2019

Everyone has some form of unconscious bias, and most of the time it’s not necessarily the fault of the person who was unaware. But many of them are, at times, damaging stereotypes, or can be hurtful or exclusionary (inadvertently or blatantly) towards whichever demographic or group it’s targeted at. Understanding perspectives other than your own – particularly those that are the opposite of your own – is incredibly important.

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Ideas, Individuals, and… Nationalism?

04/07/2019

We’ve all heard the saying: “If you don’t love it here, leave!” The irony of those kinds of statements though, usually disseminated online towards ‘leftists’ of various sorts (whether on cultural or economic concerns), is that the people who most often assert them are the ones with gripes over their country’s wellbeing. This inconsistency can reach comical standards at times, and also helps reveal other hypocrisies.

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Civility With ‘Enemies’ – Can It Be Done?

01/07/2019

I have not written anywhere near as much in the month of June as I would have liked. To put that in perspective, I missed a week’s worth of pieces (7) due to university, visiting friends, other commitments, and whatever other excuse I can convince myself of. While I am not displeased with the pieces I have written, it leaves much to catch up on. But I can draw from those other activities, starting with a friend’s party.

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The Folau Saga

21/06/2019

I find the constant reporting on Israel Folau’s actions tiresome. With that being said, I’ll paraphrase The Simpson’s Sideshow Bob by saying: “By the way, I am aware of the irony of writing about Folau in order to decry it, so don’t bother pointing that out.” But this has gone on for far too long and it’s become, quite simply, pathetic. And yes, admittedly this is more a rant-like piece, I was out most of the day and a bit tired.

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US Election Interference

12/06/2019

In the UK! Forget Russia’s miniscule impact on the 2016 election in a country that can hardly call itself a democracy in the first place, the US is reversing the imperialist narrative. What was once a world dominated by European, mainly British, interests has now become one of American interests. It has gone full circle, with the US being quite forward about their UK leadership preferences.

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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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