lie
Fragments of my life

Buying and selling the lie

Lets be honest. We all lie. Even if it’s only to ourselves. Nobody’s perfect. Lying is part of being human. It isn’t a nice part but it’s a human frailty that we all share. Some of us have made it an art form. Others hardly ever do. But we all …

division
media
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Division by design

The politics of division are as old as politics itself. Variations of the divide and conquer model have been used by Julius Caesar, Napoleon and the British Empire. The concept is simple. Keep people divided in order to rule effectively. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is becoming increasingly …

dogma
Politics
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All dogma is dangerous – religious or otherwise

I was educated in a catholic school and subjected to catholic dogma constantly. Fortunately at that time there was sufficient other influences in my life to allow me to gain some perspective. I quickly learned not to trust those in charge. In fact, I lost all faith in the religion …

victimhood
Fragments of my life

Victimhood – a cultivated state of mind

According to the Cambridge dictionary victimhood is: the condition of having been hurt, damaged, or made to suffer, especially when you want people to feel sorry for you because of this or use it as an excuse for something https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/victimhood It’s an easy trap to fall into – one that I could be accused of myself . I am acutely aware of the risk in …

believe Tump will win
media
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Why I believe Trump will win in November

Just three days before the 2016 US election I told a fellow ALP member, “I believe Trump will win.” He looked at me incredulously. “What about the polls?” I shrugged and smiled. “What about the tape of him bragging about grabbing them by the pussy?” “It won’t matter,” I replied. …

media cycle
media

Does the media cycle kill stories deliberately?

Have you noticed how the media cycle never follows through on a story? Is that deliberate or is just the news cycle? Or haven’t you noticed? Have you become absorbed in the news of the hour? Do you salivate at the latest contrived scandal/crisis/manufactured outrage? Do you rush to social …

Philanthropy
media

Philanthropy can be a trojan horse

At first glance, philanthropy appears to be a noble practice. It often is. Particularly when done at a local level. Philanthropy becomes dangerous when it is used to gain control over an industry or cause. Alternate philosophies, practices and businesses are squeezed out. This leaves the philanthroper and their chosen …

Australian media hate Assange
media
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Australian Media Silent for 407 Days on Julian Assange

The Australian media seems transfixed by events unfolding in the United States. Seemingly addicted to propaganda mainstream outlets like CNN and the Washington Post, they bay for Donald Trump’s blood. Surely, they surmise, the people will not elect him again. This narrow focus sells copy. It won’t change a vote …

Journalism is in crisis
media

Journalism is in crisis and so is democracy

One of the great eyeopeners of the current Covid 19 “crisis” for those of us who still care is the absolute lack of integrity of corporate mainstream media in all Western countries. There seems to be a determination to shape and mould the news to fit a narrative, regardless of …

do you sleep well
Musings

What is your state of mind? Do you sleep well?

Hey, I’m glad you stopped by – you’re just the person whose opinon I need right now. Take a seat, grab your favourite beverage and let’s have a little chat. Nothing serious really – I’d just like to take your soul’s temperature. What’s that? You don’t believe in souls? Let’s …