Repatriated to Canberra

Mar 28
“But this week, it was the Abbott government which turned its back on mainstream opinion to pander to a couple of mouthy conservative commentators wanting to legalise hate speech, a cloister of protected banks wanting to reintroduce skimming, and a tiny cluster of 19th century monarchists.” Tony Abbott’s pre-budget fortnight of blunders and stuff-ups

Mar 22
“But the left does itself no favours if it resorts to insult, vitriol, and mad muttering in dark corners of the internet. It does much better if it communicates with sense and civility, like Timothy Pembroke, who I hope will keep buying the Herald even though we disappointed him this once.” March in March: Two sides to the story we didn’t run

Mar 13
nah-itscanberra:

The “Gotham Building”, Singapore.
Nah, it’s the Robert Marsden Hope Building, Barton.

I hope that you didn’t fall afoul of security guards getting this picture. Ingress players have discovered that they shouldn’t trespass after dark as the ONA guards take a dim view of it.

nah-itscanberra:

The “Gotham Building”, Singapore.

Nah, it’s the Robert Marsden Hope Building, Barton.

I hope that you didn’t fall afoul of security guards getting this picture. Ingress players have discovered that they shouldn’t trespass after dark as the ONA guards take a dim view of it.


Feb 21
“Precisely what has happened, we do not know. The government’s commitment to secrecy should be a concern for everyone. Secrecy is completely inadequate for democracy but totally appropriate for tyranny. If the minister will not inform the public, then we are within our right to assume the worst. No free and fair nation operates with secrecy as a blanket policy position. Democracies are based on the foundation of public scrutiny and open government.” Manus Island: so many questions, one simple solution

Feb 4
“The reason this is problematic is the impacts of climate change necessitate government action. Those who are worst impacted by climate change are both least equipped to respond to it and the least responsible for its cause. The impacts of climate change effectively act as a regressive tax imposed by the planet on our severe dependency on fossil fuels.” Why I quit climate’s dark art

Feb 3
“It hardly needs to be said at this point, but it’s quite obvious what will happen from here. The already record levels of Australian piracy of Game of Thrones will go even higher, if that was even possible. And Australians are just going to hate Foxtel even more than they already do, if that was even possible. *sigh*” Screw you, Australia: Game of Thrones goes Foxtel-only - Delimiter

Jan 23
“Major heatwaves are Australia’s deadliest natural hazards, particularly for cities. Major heatwaves have caused more deaths since 1890 than bushfires, cyclones, earthquakes, floods and severe storms combined.” FlagPost: The heat is on: BOM launches heatwave forecasting

“And in my spiritual life it’s the same. If somebody is giving me a guilt trip, they’re on my pillow. I believe much of evangelicalism is influenced by leaders who don’t realize they are standing all over their congregation’s pillows. Some leaders feel incredibly insecure unless they are managing the lives of everybody around them. Make no mistake, this isn’t strength, it’s incredible weakness. Just tell the truth, explain the consequences, and let people make their own decisions.” How to Know if You’re a Controlling Person | Storyline Blog

Dec 16
“Boy, if only everyone talked about drones this much when they killed children.” Amazon Drones: As Ye Sow, So Shall Ye Reap | TechCrunch

Dec 10
“What do we have in Australia? We have the ALP and the Coalition hiding-cringing, in fact-behind the statement ‘We do not comment on intelligence matters’ or they claim that everything happening here and in the US is entirely within the law. Why then refuse even the mildest terms of reference for a thorough inquiry into these matters? Until fairly recently the government’s tactics were nothing more than denial, obfuscation, ‘pretend it’s not happening’, the political equivalent of curling up into a tiny little ball under your desk and just pretending and hoping that this will all go away.” Labor, Coalition reject Intelligence committee reformation - Delimiter