Sexual assault is a symptom, not the disease. The disease is the patriarchy, and we’re treating the symptom

CW: sexual assault and violence My argument is simple: right now we have an unprecedented opportunity to effect social change, most specifically to redress large gender inequities in Australian society, and we risk squandering this opportunity if we concentrate on the symptoms and not the disease. What are the symptoms? “Mansplaining” is a symptom. Gender-unequal […]

I Have Vaccine Questions, Morrison’s Still Not Answering

There’s less than three weeks to go before Australia’s largest, most complex and most crucial public health initiative, and all we’ve got for answers is four PowerPoint slides8. Where are all the details? We don’t know.

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Bullshit Vaccine Needed Against Vaccine Bullshit

“The first casualty of war is the truth”
For months I’ve watched with growing alarm the obvious bullshit being fed to us by politicians on the subject of Covid-19 vaccines. Even more alarming sometimes has been bullshit from government health experts. For politicians to lie, obfuscate or evade is second nature, but when experts and scientists start playing fast and loose with facts, or decide that “you can’t handle the truth” then it’s past time to call it for what it is.

What a Super idea!

A short musing about the black-hearted superannuation release by the Morrison government, and the ensuing, totally predictable “if only we had realised” news cycle from the MSM. It’s really a very simple problem. Workers’ superannuation is deliberately and explicitly locked away from early access because it’s meant for a very specific purpose – retirement income. […]

Explaining Morrison’s Momentary Munificence

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. J. K. Galbraith   There are many questions raised by the headline graph, but to begin with I want to focus on just one: the unemployment benefit. Here’s the question: […]

The Religious Right Aren’t Anti-Discrimination, They’re PRO Discrimination

I’ve already written about religion and discrimination in Australia here and here, about the fundamentally un-Australian, constitutionally dangerous and inegalitarian nature of mixing religion with our secular law. However the publication of the second drafts of the proposed “Religious Discrimination” legislation, and the collected examples of permitted exemptions published in The Guardian have prompted me […]

How To Drink From The Firehose

In the video clip, the man hits the woman in the face. There’s no audio, and it’s a very short clip, less than two seconds, so it’s impossible to say what happened beforehand, or what happens afterwards. All you see in the video is the pair of them, some distance away: the man, hitting the […]

We are all equal under the law

Or – a dam doesn’t care where the river starts In a secular society like Australia the source of an individual’s moral code should be irrelevant; what matters is their behaviour. If the law says you may not throw stones at people, then if two individuals both throw stones at someone, one of them isn’t […]

Arguing with a tornado, 6,000 times

You don’t reason with a tornado. It’s not a sentient being. You don’t reason with toddlers. They haven’t developed the capacity for logical thought. Even in adults, reason is pointless against grief, rage or belief, because they’re not based on logic or rational thought. They’re supported by emotions and values, not logic and facts. Which […]