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Canberra to Queanbeyan via Florida

November 26, 2023 - 11:53 -- Admin

Another moderate Liberal, Senator Marise Payne has resigned from parliament, effective at the end of September, after 26 years in parliament1. Her exit is symptomatic of the malaise affecting the Liberal Party ever since Howard became Prime Minister, and which has taken on a new evangelical urgency in recent years. The Party has become a haven for religious nutters, cookers and bigots, such that moderates like Payne are leaving the party and, in many cases, parliament2.

Irresponsible citizenship

November 19, 2023 - 18:14 -- Admin

A week or so ago, I wrote an article about the organisation with the bogus name, the Alliance for Responsible Citizenship (ARC) which is fronted by the spiv Jordan Peterson. To get an idea of the main concerns of this organisation, all you have to do is look at the people on the advisory board1. While they appear to be a disparate group, they do have many things in common. 

The stupidity of denialism

November 8, 2023 - 11:16 -- Admin

Geology, also known as ‘geoscience’ or ‘Earth science’, is the study of the structure, evolution and dynamics of the Earth and its natural mineral and energy resources. Geology investigates the processes that have shaped the Earth through its approximately 4600 million year history and uses the rock record to unravel that history1.

Speaking of religious fruitcakes

November 2, 2023 - 08:52 -- Admin

Republican Trumpette, Mike Johnson, has been elected speaker of the US House of Representatives as the fourth candidate since Kevin McCarthy was ejected by a group of far-right representatives in his own partyearlier this month1. Johnson is a religious nutter. Prior to being elected to this position, he was almost unknown federally2. 

Where we are headed: sea level

October 29, 2023 - 09:42 -- Admin

Back in late 2017, I wrote an item about sea level rise and how climate change deniers lie about it1. At the time, the mean sea level rise for the interval between 1993 and 2015 was 3.3 millimetres (mm) per annum2. The data used, as noted, only went up to 2015. However, since then, the rate of sea level rise has increased, and it seems that rate is itself increasing. The average sea level rise in the interval between 2013 and 2022 was 4.62 mm per annum.

The price of conjugation

October 25, 2023 - 10:26 -- Admin

The Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS for short) is a right wing nationalist populist party which has been in national government in Poland since 2015. It has often been considered a Christian nationalist party, and a de facto political proxy of the Polish Catholic Church. Like Christian nationalist parties in other countries, it is decidedly authoritarian and illiberal; and like them it has attempted to dismantle democratic checks and balances1.