Politics

* For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. – H.L. Mencken
* The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy – Alex Carey

Pop quiz: Women in Parliament

Pop quiz! Pick the comment that came from the WA Liberal Party Women’s Affairs Spokesperson: 1. “There’s a definite flirtation level (from some male MPs) that does make you feel a bit awkward at times, you know because some of the members do think they are superstars when they see themselves on the news.” 2. “It is just another in… Read more →

2008 State of the Union tag cloud: addressing priorities and themes

This tag cloud was generated from the 2008 State of the Union address. The words which come up in the very largest font are no surprise. Saddening to see “liberty, freedom, progress, peace” quite so much smaller than “terrorist, security, fighting” though. The relative size of “tax” compared to “health” or “schools” too. “Plan” is hardly there at all. Uploaded… Read more →

Fong Gonged

The most highly paid civil servant in the country, chaplain and footy bigwig Neale Fong, has fallen off his golden Health Department perch. Fongy has been under investigation by the Crime and Corruption Commission for some months in relation to his disclosure (or lack of it) about dealings with Brian Burke. Appearing to suffer from the same amnesia affecting so… Read more →