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  • Media Circus: No Vaccination No Benefits edition

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 @ bluebec.com, 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!

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

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

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    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 ›

  • Friday Hoyden: Hildegard von Bingen

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    Long ago I promised a set of the “three wise H’s”. After Hrotsvit and Heloise, we are overdue to hear about Hildegard, and Good Friday seems like the perfect time to promote one of the great medieval Christian philosophers. She… Read More ›

  • Daylight Saving and ANZAC Day holiday

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    When does Daylight Saving end? Does the clock go forward or back? Do I get to sleep in? Do I get an ANZAC Day public holiday on Monday the 27th (chances are no)?

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