Why Northcote By-election Matters: The Australia gambling industry “is the equivalent of the NRA” and politicians are turning a blind eye to harm

Recently Peter Costello compared Australia’s gambling industry to the NRA. I think he’s on the mark, just have a look at the donations the gambling industry donates to politicians, or the revolving door between government and gambling industry or the harm the products make or the regulatory capture. The casino and gaming industry in Australia is the equivalent … More Why Northcote By-election Matters: The Australia gambling industry “is the equivalent of the NRA” and politicians are turning a blind eye to harm

If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound. If Vaxxed is shown at MUFF has it really been shown at a festival?

Like Milo Yiannopoulos controversy, attention and exposure is what Richard Wolstencroft wants and its what he needs for the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF). The 2018  catalogue was just released (see here) and it falsely frames the screening of Vaxxed in order to maximise the potential for controversy. I wanted to deflate the manufactured controversy. … More If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound. If Vaxxed is shown at MUFF has it really been shown at a festival?

VAXXED, CLIFF and THRUSSELL: How a cancelled film was everything about consequences of poor decision making and nothing about freedom of speech.

So it looks like ‘Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe’ by Andrew Wakefield is finally going to get an Australian film festival premiere care of the Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF). For good measure the notorious documentary the Red Pill (named after the matrix like epiphany Elam had when “his mother tried to force him to take … More VAXXED, CLIFF and THRUSSELL: How a cancelled film was everything about consequences of poor decision making and nothing about freedom of speech.

Wolsentcroft’s relationship to holocaust denial

Richard Wolstencroft has recently ended up in hot water over a post after the marriage equality survey result which was not only homophobic but was also anti-Semitic. I previously wrote about his position on other issues and penchant for getting attention after wiring about him playing the anti-vcxx film ‘vexed’ so thought I’d put it … More Wolsentcroft’s relationship to holocaust denial

An Inconvenient Truth – A Climate Denial Talking Point

We have heard from some of the extremists of the environmental movement over recent years — people like Al Gore, for example. Remember his infamous movie, An Inconvenient Truth? The whole movie was an inconvenient truth for him, because it had more holes in it than Swiss cheese. It was proven time and time again … More An Inconvenient Truth – A Climate Denial Talking Point

Limits to growth: policies to steer the economy away from disaster

Limits to growth: policies to steer the economy away from disaster The earth is a finite place. Earth image from http://www.shutterstock.com Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne If the rich nations in the world keep growing their economies by 2% each year and by 2050 the poorest nations catch up, the global economy of more than … More Limits to growth: policies to steer the economy away from disaster

The fossil-fuelled political economy of Australian elections

The fossil-fuelled political economy of Australian elections AAP/Lukas Coch David Holmes, Monash University The endorsement for coal mining from the Labor-Coalition duopoly that the election campaign has seen in the last week makes the token appeals that have been made about tackling climate change even more disingenuous. In this election campaign, the major parties have … More The fossil-fuelled political economy of Australian elections

Resurrecting Civil Society – Trust and ghettoization in Czechoslovakian dissent and lessons for Trump’s America

Many moons ago I went to a uni in the Czech republic on exchange, while there I did this essay for a subject called ‘Resurrecting Civil Society’. Although it’s an extreme example there are lessons and warning signs here for today especially in the era of Trump and post-truth “alternative fact” universe.   His pen had … More Resurrecting Civil Society – Trust and ghettoization in Czechoslovakian dissent and lessons for Trump’s America