Recent Posts - page 25

  • Media Circus: Shame Shorten Shame – Spineless Opposition Edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    The Shorten Opposition is there voting with the government in the House without rigorously debating the bills or using the Senate conscientiously as a House of Review, so these bills are being fast-tracked into legislation without adequate scrutiny let alone electoral transparency. Why?

    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?

  • Music Monday: Dub Side Of The Moon

    I’ve gotten out of the habit of regular posting (some of you may have noticed). I’m going to work on building the habit back up by just posting bits of anything at least once every other day. So today you get a different take on some classic Pink Floyd.

  • Quick Link: the 2014 Ernies are in

    Cartoon of a range of women performing widely varied activities, with the Ernies logo of a flying pink pig centre.

    The riotous annual event recognising the most sexist statements by Australian public figures over the past year has just happened this week.

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

    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.

  • Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day

    A text macro: text above the skull and crossbones flag says "to err is human". Text below the flag says "to arr is pirate".

    Doing anything Awrrrrrsomely Piratical today, m’hearties?

  • Dawkins stirs the pot again

    A woman in early twentieth century dress, gazing into a yawning chasm 5000 feet deep, Moran's Point. (c1902-1903) rift

    I’ve just posted at Feministe about the latest developments in the skeptosphere’s Deep Rifts TM. For those who’d rather discuss the ongoing cyberstorm that began with Elevatorgate here, this is the thread for you. Links to other people’s posts especially welcome.

  • 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.