“best argument against democracy is 5 min conversation with the averag VOTER sa winston churchil who was aktualy not bad and looking at colection of numskuls oiks roters bulies and cads of st custards he may hav a point.” ~ Nigel Molesworth esq, the goriller of 3b


Sex, Sexuality, Sexual/Gender Stereotypes: Cristy’s post at LP on the American Psychological Association’s report on the emotional harm caused by immersion in a culture of sexualised representations of girls. (also at her own blog) Anna’s post at LP on another… Read More ›

The Un-Australian Government

Go take a look at Weez’s suggested election poster for the Libs. (To minimise confusion for my American visitors, understand that the Liberal Party in Australia are actually conservatives, Tories to the core.)


Someone (Atrios? Ezra Klein?) posted a link to this post last week from TPMCafe’s Reed Hunt, 10 Events that could change the election’s dynamics, and I quoted one line from it last week in an article I posted at LP… Read More ›

Woo-woo gold

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged any woo-woo doomsaying. But just as I was checking my Gmail and reading a discussion of the US midterm elections, my eye was caught by one of google’s ads that they place in… Read More ›

Education preoccupations

An article in Thursday’s The Australian caught my eye regarding Labor backbencher Craig Emerson proposing mandatory school-based education until the completion of Year 12 for all students. The ideal of an extended education so school-leavers have more skills and knowledge… Read More ›

How to squander goodwill amongst the liberated

Ties to GOP Trumped Know-How Among Staff Sent to Rebuild Iraq: Rajiv Chandrasekaran, summarising part of his book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, argues that one large contributor to the current distrust and militancy amongst Iraqis is the way that the Bush Administration chose people to oversee the transition from dictatorship to democracy under the aegis of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Jim O’Beirne of the Pentagon vetted who went, and the people he passed as suitable were mostly not qualified experts in the Middle-East or post-conflict reconstruction, but they were known Bush loyalists:

A 24-year-old who had never worked in finance — but had applied for a White House job — was sent to reopen Baghdad’s stock exchange. The daughter of a prominent neoconservative commentator and a recent graduate from an evangelical university for home-schooled children were tapped to manage Iraq’s $13 billion budget, even though they didn’t have a background in accounting.

The decision to send the loyal and the willing instead of the best and the brightest

Spineless against the neocons

The Australian Labor Party is not in quite so parlous a state of spinelessness against the reigning neocon agenda as the Democrat party is in the USA, but neither party can be called either honestly progressive or clear on what… Read More ›