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About Coffee with Ruby

Ruby is a writer, lecturer and thinker who blogs mostly on politics, environment and social philosophy. She has been at the coalface of the political process, but is now strictly an observer. Join Ruby for coffee and musings over whatever is going on at the time ...

Let’s just relegate the curtsy once and for all

I never thought I would find myself writing a piece about curtsying, and these are certainly the first and last words I will have to say on the subject, but the storm in the Royal Doulton teacup that has apparently … Continue reading

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Taking it to the streets: Occupy or be damned

Occupy Wall Street began some months ago as a movement to reclaim for the public the symbol of capitalism. In the wake of two economic collapses in three years, questions are being asked about the efficacy and sustainability of the … Continue reading

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Pssst, wanna buy a drug that’ll make you live forever?

When asked what surprises him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama replied: Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money, then he sacrifices his money to recuperate his health, and then he is so anxious about the … Continue reading

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Doing the grandchildren proud: a cautionary tale of self-interest and brainwashing

On Wednesday this week the government’s Clean Energy Bills passed both houses of parliament and will become law. Australia finally has a market mechanism to deal with greenhouse emissions and joins the European Union and New Zealand as a developed … Continue reading

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Lack of judgement? Blame the staff.

Last week the opposition leader, Tony Abbott, again found himself in an uncomfortable situation regarding his surroundings. On a routine political visit to a factory he was photographed, wearing the de rigeur bright yellow vest and safety goggles, while being … Continue reading

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Heroes of the week beginning 3/10/11

With the Nobel Prizes announced during this week and the deaths of two prominent achievers, there are several contenders for Hero of the Week  I’m going to concentrate on them and bypass the nomination of a villain for this week. … Continue reading

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We don’t need another hero – or do we?

After a hiatus of some months, during which time I moved house – indeed, states – changed employment conditions and was disconnected from the internet for what seemed an eternity, but was, in fact, only a matter of weeks, it … Continue reading

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