I’m beginning to worry about Tony Abbott and how his war on the ABC is affecting him (Photo above by Jeremy Piper, News Corp Australia). I don’t agree with all his policies (too many to mention here), but I’ve considered him a nice bloke since I got to know him in the late 2000s. In … Continue reading Tony Abbott: No longer Mr Nice Guy
WordPress.com wished me Happy Second Anniversary this week, but I’ve actually been blogging for 32 months and tweeting for 56 months. In my first post in March 2011 (http://wp.me/p1Ytmx-a), I explained how I chose the name of my blog from Hunter S. Thompson, the inventor of Gonzo journalism, and how I got into Twitter (http://twitter.com) … Continue reading Twitter Twitter Little Star
I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?
Back in the mid 1990s, when Pauline Hanson was espousing her views on Aborigines – that they received more benefits than non-Aborigines – I noticed something I called “Fourth Beer Syndrome," or "Fourth Beer Truth Serum." The syndrome occurred in pubs, of course, and it went like this: One regular said to the other regular: … Continue reading Adam Goodes makes a point about racism
The judges of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award have decided not to declare a winner this year in the nation’s most prestigious prize for young writers. They said none of the entries had the “special quality” of previous winners, and it would damage the award to “pick a winner just because a winner had to be … Continue reading The Observer Effect: A TV show with time to reflect