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  • Friday Hoyden: Amy Schumer on Showbiz Realities for Older Women

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    A sketch from this week’s Inside Amy Schumer: Amy stumbles upon a group of her show-business heroes celebrating a rite of passage – for one of them this is her Last F**kable Day (transcript included).

  • Media Circus: Lest We Forget edition

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    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

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Hands Up Who Saw This Tweet Coming

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    So in Rupert’s world, if you are famous and popular enough to make oodles of money for people like him, then you should be allowed to punch people and everybody else should just shrug and move on.

  • Media Circus: Fraser Condolence Motions Edition

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    I missed out on a memorial post for Malcolm Fraser over the weekend, so here is a Media Circus to focus on his achievements.

    As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).

  • ObEquinox: Happy Turn Of The Seasons To You

    a photograph of Earth's moon showing a brightly sunlit crescent contrasted against the finally earthlit rest of the surface

    The March equinox happened a little over an hour ago here in Sydney, at 9:45am AEST. APOD, of course, has an informative image for us today, and a London headmaster showed us what not to do when a few voices complain about a school taking note of a once in a lifetime event.

  • Happy Epic Pi Day

    A pie with the symbol Pi carved into its crust.

    Only really works when one writes the date in that teeth-itch-making USian way, but today, 3.14.15 9:26:53 captures the first ten digits of pi – which happens once a century (according to David Brin on FB).

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