Sorry I’ve been AWOL folks, but there hasn’t been any time to scratch my nose, let alone blog. I’m involved in a sort of side project that has ballooned, and looks set to become my new full-time career when it’s complete in a year’s time.
Anyway, I’m off on holidays as of today. I have a couple of half-completed articles that I may get around to finishing at my leisure, so if you’d like to be notified when they come out then subscribe to this site if you haven’t done so already.
In the meantime, may you and yours have a very merry Christmas and a New Year filled with joy, prosperity and freedom.
Federal Senator and former national representative athlete Cory Bernardi is today facing numerous calls for his sacking, after News Limited’s South Australian outlet, the Adelaide Advertiser, this week published a series of explosive e-mails detailing his scandalous misuse of public funds prior to his entering parliament in 2006.
Politicians (of all stripes) are such gifted liars, that you often don’t even smell the BS until someone points it out, say, by compressing years of them into a montage. Credit to this article by Andrew C. McCarthy in the National Review, via Catallaxy:
It’s one pretty much certain way to determine that you have won a debate. Your opponent, having despaired of countering your arguments one by one, having consulted Shopenhauer’s 38 Stratagems, and found nothing to aid him there, finally, in desperation, is reduced to calling you either a Nazi (an abject admission of utter defeat anyway), or…
Is there anything Australian actors can’t do? ;-)
Seriously, though. I got sick of publicizing an ex-politician at the top of my blog, and thought a discussion of Scotland’s secession vote next week might be worthwhile.
…but they grind exceedingly small.
The Heydon Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption, which opened proceedings in Sydney in April this year and is due to report to the Governor-General by 31st December, has heard testimony from an impressive number of witnesses in the time available to it. But as the hearings have dragged on, week in and week out, the names on the daily witness list have been getting bigger and bigger. And now, we’re at the pointy end. Tomorrow’s schedule, Wednesday 10th September, has been cleared to take testimony from just one witness.
This is the reality.
What’s happening in Israel and Gaza at the moment is a catastrophe, no doubt about it. But it’s a tiny part of the real picture. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people are dying in an internecine religious war, being financed by fanatical plutocrats.