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Learning all the wrong lessons

[I've brought this post over from Thoughts on Liberty, in part because I don't know whether David Cameron's desire to channel Stephen Conroy has yet reached Australian shores. Australia is a small country - one should expect its experiences to be either ignored or misunderstood in larger countries - however, I think that this level […]

Protect teh Kiddies

I attended a religious school for the first three years of High School. I’m afraid that it went in one ear and out the other, because I didn’t even realise that Jesus was God according to Christian doctrine until I was about 25. I have a fantastic ability to be able to switch off during […]

The Lady in the Lodge

Julia Gillard has been sworn in as Australia’s first female prime minister after a surprise leadership vote in the ruling Labor Party ousted Kevin Rudd. Mr Rudd chose not to take part in the ballot knowing he would suffer an embarrassing defeat to his deputy. Ms Gillard said she believed “a good government was losing […]

Call to new PM on net censorship

Heath Gibson reminded me in a post this morning that we have a renewed opportunity to persuade the Labor party to drop its ridiculous bid to impose net censorship. As he notes, because of the change in leadership, the party can now back away from previous policies without losing so much face (as it has […]

Offence, the Net and the Law

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” (Evelyn Beatrice Hall, biographer of Voltaire) Disapproving of what someone says but defending their right to say it is sometimes very hard. It sounds fine in principle…until you see something that is really challenging to your ideas […]

Jacob’s Ladder

It was all polite smiles and meticulous protocol as Jacob Zuma met the Queen yesterday afternoon. But just hours before he left for his state visit to Britain, South Africa’s flamboyant President revealed what he really thought of his hosts. In an astonishing interview given shortly before he boarded his flight to London, Mr Zuma […]

Word, Pat

You may not agree with everything notable atheist and skeptic Pat Condell says, but it needs to be said all the same. You may not like Geert Wilders much, either, but this is appalling. More (mainly in Dutch, alas) here.

Political correctness on campus

Via a friend, I came across this interesting piece on political correctness on US university campuses. The author starts out with a salutary tale: In 2007 a student working his way through college was found guilty of racial harassment for reading a book in public. Some of his co-workers had been offended by the book’s […]

Oh, the squick, it burns…

I have never seen this film, and I’m not sure I want to see it either, as it seems to consist of humour that makes you excruciatingly uncomfortable at the same time as being funny. Of course the premise is unbelievable: it is economically impossible for a state with significant chattel slavery ever to develop […]

Fancy an Indian?

An Indian man is in a serious condition in a Melbourne hospital after being attacked and set alight by a gang. It comes a week after an Indian graduate student was stabbed to death in the city, prompting a travel advisory from the Indian government. Melbourne police said the latest attack appeared to be random […]