World Day of Peace – the Pope’s Message (8 Dec 2004)

His Holiness Pope John Paul II and I have disagreed on many issues over many years (e.g. birth control, ordination of women, homosexuality, etc). However, there are many elements of his message for this World Day of Peace with which I do agree. But this message also raises some very deep issues for the Catholic Church to consider and deal with. The message starts with … Continue reading World Day of Peace – the Pope’s Message (8 Dec 2004)

Paranoia – The Conspiracy Reader

Paranoia – The Conspiracy Reader: “Since 1992 Paranoia: The Conspiracy Reader has enlightened readers with alternative views and marginalized theories of the inner workings behind sociopolitical events.” This is one of my favourite rainy day with nothing to do sites to visit. Although, if you really are paranoid then perhaps it is best to avoid this site? Continue reading Paranoia – The Conspiracy Reader

Junkscience.com – “all the junk that’s fit to debunk”

Junkscience.com – this site is fun to peruse from time to time. It takes Junk science, which is defined as “faulty scientific data and analysis used to advance special and, often, hidden agendas” and debunks the the theories. Heaven knows we need this sort of help with the vast amount of correlational data that is treated as demonstrating causation. Continue reading Junkscience.com – “all the junk that’s fit to debunk”

Olympics – two sides of the same coin …

Picture two different women competing in the Australian team at the recent Athens Olympics. The first had the misfortune to injure herself a few weeks prior to competition. She had surgery & vowed to compete in the games. Jan Pitman ran in the 400m hurdles at the Games, but she came 5th largely due to her recent knee surgery. Her response to the disappointment? ” … Continue reading Olympics – two sides of the same coin …

More on Compulsory Voting …

Chris in a recent post over at Points of Information has a nice perspective on compulsory voting: “forcing indifferent people to turn out means that you drastically increase the amount of noise in your electoral system, reducing the quality of the results you get”. One thing Chris might not understand about the Australian electoral system (him being a ‘foreigner’ to these shores and all) is that … Continue reading More on Compulsory Voting …

Strange thoughts on women & men …

According to Yvonne Roberts, society has not shaken off stereotypes of mothers, homemakers or tarts : “It is striking how a number of recent events have revealed the enduring power of traditional stereotypes – not least the bad girl and the good mother, now defined by the Vatican as showing the traits of “listening, welcoming, humility, fruitfulness, praise and waiting”. The bad girl is, for … Continue reading Strange thoughts on women & men …

Labor returning to IR ‘dark ages’

John Howard claims that “Labor [is] returning to IR ‘dark ages’“, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 7, 2004 “The Prime Minister, John Howard, has slammed Labor’s workplace relations plan as antiquated and irrelevant, warning of a return to the regulatory dark ages should the Opposition win government. But the Opposition workplace relations spokesman, Craig Emerson, said Labor was proposing a federal system similar to that … Continue reading Labor returning to IR ‘dark ages’

American Presidential Candidates & their Hair

It is fascinating to note the abundant and well groomed hair of all of the Presidential candidates in the US. This is very different to Australia where neither of the current contenders for Prime Minister has very good hair at all. In fact, a recent survey by Wahl – the hair clipper manufacturer – indicated that: “the majority of Americans overwhelmingly voted for Bush’s hair over … Continue reading American Presidential Candidates & their Hair