Recent Posts - page 25

  • Media Circus: Is Welfare “Dependency” Really Our Greatest Social Evil? Really? Edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    Given a choice between a welfare system in which some people get money they don’t deserve but nobody dies miserably, and a welfare system in which nobody gets money they don’t deserve but people die miserably, which do we prefer?

    Contrast the government’s war on welfare with the rhetoric surrounding critics of the increasing wealth gap as advocates of “class warfare”. Hmm.

    What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

  • The 76th 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'.

    All the details on the latest edition and how to submit to the next one!

  • Media Circus: Blaming/Shaming Women Edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    In just the last week Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn and over 100 female showbiz celebrities brought it all on themselves, doncha know.

    Also in the last week our current Federal LNP government has kept on working to push its ideological agenda through Parliament, against what seems horribly likely to be insufficient opposition despite the best efforts of the Greens.

    What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

  • All those people giving Lego the benefit of the doubt?

    2 Lego minifigs, one a girl from 'friends' one a boy from regular set.

    The news has come in that the “female scientists” Lego set, produced after a huge grassroots campaign and petition from parents who wanted more variety in female minifigs, will only exist as a limited edition set. Despite selling out almost immediately, it will not be released as a standard line.

  • Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi’s first episode discussion thread

    Twelfth Doctor in the Tardis

    No longer HaT’s Dr Who abstainer, I saw the 50th anniversary episode, the last Christmas episode and I have every intention of watching the first Capaldi episode and seeing how it goes. Thus, a thread!

    Once the ABC and BBC broadcasts begin, this thread should be assumed to contain spoilers.

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

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    Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by an otter with a ball.

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.

  • Media Circus: No Snappy Title edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    I have been mostly speechless/typingless at the latest news, taking refuge in offline activities. But I should still put up a post for the rest of you to vent/rant or even ideally substantively discuss these issues, because disengagement is never going to be a solution, even if it’s sometimes necessary for some self-care. Go for it.

    What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

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    Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by an otter with a ball.

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.

  • Friday Hoyden: Emma Goldman

    B&W early C20th of young white woman.

    Emma Goldman was a Russian Jewish immigrant to the USA, who spent her life being persecuted for her work campaigning for the rights of workers and marginalised groups of all kinds.

  • Life at 9: discussion thread

    Life at 5: group shot of parents and children

    Here we are at Life at Nine already. How quickly they grow up! The ABC’s documentary series tracking the growth and development of a sample cross-section of Australian children only appears every two years. The two episodes of this edition are designated ‘Independence’ and ‘Creativity’.