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Federal election 2010: The ghost of culture wars past

Gary Sauer-Thompson at Public Opinion has skewered David Burchell’s latest op/ed, which includes a typification of two different types of voters:

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Posted in elections, environment, Howardia, immigration, sociology

Holidays and unfinished blog business!

I’m going to be away from Brissie for about a week – visiting a friend who lives outside Toowoomba (and expecting to freeze!) – so won’t be around the intertubes though I’ll be scheduling the Saturday Salon post before I

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Posted in culture, Developing world, feminism, life, Notices, Women

Disabled in a disaster? Just wait until we've helped all the real people, all right?

Lauredhel had a post a few days ago noting the plight of a quadriplegic man abandoned while the ablebodied passengers were evacuated during the train breakdown on the Sydney Harbour Bridge recently and told he would be evacuated “in two

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Posted in Disability, Disasters, Transport

Labor premiers do the differentiation? And other reflections on Mohamed Haneef

There were some suggestions on the thread about Mohamed Haneef that the Labor response to wedges is for Rudd or a shadow minister to agree with the government, only to have Premiers and other state Labor figures cast doubts as

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Posted in Authoritarianism, Crime, Developing world, elections, Howardia, immigration, Law, politics, Terrorism

So, is it OK?

crossposted at Hoyden About Town and at Feministe Feminist bloggers Jessica, Amanda, Twisty and Violet Socks (and Melissa too!) have all written about this article: Is it OK to Demand An*l S*x? (asterisks for the benefit of corporate filters). The

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Posted in feminism, Relationships, sexuality, Women

Mohamed Haneef and protecting liberal democracy in the age of terror

Balancing civil liberties with the need to have an effective counterterrorism campaign has long been a difficult issue for liberal democracies. The arrest, detention, release and now detention of suspect Mohamed Haneef has raised important questions about the protection of

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Posted in Authoritarianism, Law, Policy, Terrorism

Indigenous emergency… still an emergency

I had intended to do what I did after the first week of the Indigenous emergency, and put up a comprehensive links post, but time got away from me a little, and there is a lot less to link to

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Posted in Authoritarianism, indigenous, media, politics, Poverty, Race, sociology

Whom, exactly, is Joe de Bruyn representing?

Possibly because it can’t be spun as a story about TEH EVIL UNION BOSSES or something (or at least not the right kind of story, but more of that later), there’s not much debate around the traps on the ALP

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Posted in Lesbian and Gay, media, politics, Relationships, religion

Reprise: What's it like to have one leg?

I don’t blog on disability issues very much, but I noticed at tigtog’s place a link to a blog that’s new to me – The Gimp Parade, and also via that link, I became aware of one of the very

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Posted in culture, Disability, life, Philosophy, Technology

Truthiness

A new study, whose findings were released today, provides further evidence to suggest that there is no link between induced abortion and breast cancer. A 2003 international expert panel convened by the National Cancer Institute reviewed and assessed research regarding

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Posted in feminism, health, Medicine, politics, science

I'm a dedicated black one piece fan

…But that’s my business really. Women are either hussies or oppressed. Either way, we’re objects for a lot of folks. Go read all about the incredible tale of a Muslim woman who was reduced to a symbol of teh Islamic

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Posted in culture, feminism, religion

Cyber choice activism for Australian-Americans

Yes, we do exist! 🙂 Tigtog wrote last week about the reactionary Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v. Carhart. If you’re an American citizen, and are concerned, you should urge your Senator and Congressperson to co-sponsor and support Barbara Boxer

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Posted in activism, feminism, Law, politics

QUT farewells the "old" humanities?

I’ve always been perplexed, and annoyed, by the tone of much of the conservative criticism of university education in the humanities and social sciences (I deliberately omit the words “logic” and “argument”). Either pundits, pollies and culture warriors extrapolate from

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Posted in education, Markets, politics

Sour Cherries from the Orchard of M Arouet

While simply following the historical wire of the small Jewish nation, one sees that it could not have another end. It is even praised it to have left Egypt like a horde of robbers, carrying all that it had borrowed

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Posted in history, Philosophy, politics

Cyberbullies again

DeviousDiva, a pseudonymous British expat living and blogging in Greece, has been harassed by Greek nationalist bloggers, threatening to out her, for writing a series on the maltreatment of the Roma in Athens. Thankfully the major culprit blog has now

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Posted in activism, Ethics, Race
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