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  • Media Circus: Lest We Forget edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    The enduring lesson I learnt about ANZAC Day from the family members who served in either/both World Wars is that political incompetence costs lives, and that the sacrifices made by the dead are best honoured by the rest of us keeping a really close eye on our political class. I wish our mainstream media understood this ongoing need for vigilance better right now.

    What’s piqued your media interests lately?

  • Quickhit: Another Woman Appointed To High Court


    New High Court judge Michelle Gordon lauded as a ‘fabulous’ lawyer and jurist: her appointment will keep both the state balance and the gender balance stable within the High Court.

  • Media Circus: No Vaccination No Benefits edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    The Australian government has announced that it intends to stop welfare payments to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.

    I have some reservations about this policy.

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

    text graphic over a line drawing - an otter circled into an O shape

    Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by this otter getting a faceful of water. Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

  • Vale Richie Benaud

    an elderly paleskinned man with silver hair smiles as he watches a cricket match

    I’m an occasional cricket fan rather than a diehard, but Richie Benaud’s commentary was always one of the best reasons to tune in. I was never entirely convinced that cricket was as essential to the concept of Western civilisation as Benaud seemed to believe, but he made me believe there might be something there.

  • 2014 Tiptree Awards announced: Byrne and Walton winners


    The James Tiptree Jr. literary prize for science fiction or fantasy published during 2014 that expands or explores our understanding of gender was announced over the Easter weekend. Congratulations to Monica Byrne and Jo Walton, this year’s winners, and congratulations also to those authors selected for the honour list and the long list.

  • The 83rd Down Under Feminists Carnival is up!

    In blue on a white background, the DUFC logo: in a square with rounded corners, there is the female/feminine symbol; with the Southern Cross inside, above which it says 'Down Under' and below 'Feminists Carnival'.

    At Opinions @, Rebecca presents DUFC #83! Go have a read. The next edition of the Down Under Feminists Carnival is planned for 5 May, 2015, and will be hosted by Siv Parker at OnDusk. Submissions to sivparker2013 [at] hotmail [dot] com. Submissions… Read More ›

  • Hopeful crowdfunders unite!

    Glass jar containing US coins

    What fundraisers, creative projects and new products are overcoming your inner cynic at the moment?

  • Otterday! And Open Thread


    Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by this otter looking like it could use a decent sleep-in this Saturday morn. Photo by monkeywing. Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there… Read More ›


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