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loveship

you are the compass that offers direction you are the rudder that shifts the course you are the sails that bear life forward you are the the mast that holds aloft you are the scope showing far futures you are the anchor preventing drift you are the wood making it whole you are the pitch […]

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“Ground Wars”, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen: Field Organising

Field campaigning on a competitive 21st-century congressional race: First, targeting. Specialists draw upon voter records outlining who is registered and how frequently they’ve voted, combining it with commercially-available information about consumer behaviour. Each voter has been assigned a unique ID so their information can be updated over time even as they move house or change […]

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“Upheaval of Thought”, Martha Nussbaum: Emotion’s Intelligence

Emotion occupies a privileged yet vulnerable place in human life. We treasure it, bathe in it, and let it make decisions for us. Yet at times we scorn it or disparage its worth, blaming it for poor decisions and questioning its judgement. Likewise, in the field of philosophy, emotion has been given more attention and […]

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me wearing only a towel, but it covers most my body.

Content in the Body

This is a curious thing to say, but I rather like my body. It has been quite good to me. In 2012 my feet took my hundreds of kilometres from Port Augusta to Adelaide. They complained a bit, they griped, but they obligingly, companionably, took me all the distance. My legs served me well during […]

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Divestment is really rather good

Last year I heard Bill McKibben speak in Canberra as part of his “Do the Maths” tour. It was sensational. What most impressed me was less his oratory, less his analogies, and more the simple strategic brilliance of the divestment campaign. With the Abbott Government tearing up clean energy laws, and the climate movement regrouping […]

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Opened borders, closed minds

It alarms me how rapidly people who want to be on the side of open-mindedness and tolerance will close their mind to, and judge, people who have different, less tolerant views. People who want harsher treatment of asylum seekers are ‘rednecks’, are racist, are, essentially, bad people. Someone opposed to ending marriage discrimination is homophobic […]

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“Your Money or Your Life”, by Robin, Dominguez, and Tilford

Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin, Joe Dominguez, and Monique Tilford, was recommended to me by The Simple Dollar author Trent Hamm. Not personally, that is, more recommended to everyone in this blog post of his. He said that, although the author’s politics might not be your cup of tea, the book was […]

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The real reason Tony Abbott won’t spend money for poor people

With a newly-elected right-wing Government, and a “budget emergency” on our hands, it seems inevitable that some tough budgets are on the way. After all, the Liberal Party loves fiscal responsibility, right? They are the responsible hand on the tiller of the economy. As the story goes, the ALP gets elected when voters feel like […]

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Most rape happens on dimly lit streets, egged on by Clover Moore. But never in the well-lit home.

A darker shade of pink

The rape of an employed woman in a dark alley in Potts Point last month is a warning that women’s emancipation will take a terrible human toll. The 25-year-old Paralegal was walking down Victoria Street to buy food at 8.30pm when a man forced her into the alley between two terrace houses. It is unclear […]

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five years since graduating high school

About five years ago I finished Year 12 at Saint Ignatius’ College, Athelstone. I missed schoolies weekend but attended a Graduation Ball with the rest of the year level. Afterwards some of us friends sat round a table and wondered about what to come. Us same friends later holidayed in Victor Harbour, playing “Castle Crashers”, […]

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