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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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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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Smokes and mirrors

If one were to assess the importance of issues facing Australian society simply by column inches and the shrillness of politicians’ voices, one might be forgiven for thinking that the biggest threats to our environment, economy and indeed, our very … Continue reading

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Footballers behaving badly … again

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting very sick of seeing, on average once a week, the spectacle of a footballer, dressed in suit and club tie, looking contrite for the TV cameras and reading from a prepared script … Continue reading

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PM’s opposition to gay marriage out of line

The Prime Minister, asked recently whether she would support same-sex marriage, replied that she is ‘on the conservative side of that argument’, claiming that she opposes gay marriage on the grounds that marriage as it stands – that is, the … Continue reading

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The exclusive club of happy families

Something’s been disturbing me about the new car sticker fad that’s been catching on recently. These are the stickers depicting stick figures of people, and, in some cases, animals, under the cheery banner of ‘My Family’. The stickers, usually displayed … Continue reading

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