A Short Study In Fake News

‘Post-truth’ was the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016. If that (now) dubious honour doesn’t go to ‘Fake-news’ in 2017 – hyphenated for eligibility purposes only – then nobility and integrity must be counted as things of the past at the Oxford. No one phrase has embedded itself in political discussion quite like it this year. Fake News – now capitalised for effect – is now commonly recognised as “anything that Donald Trump doesn’t agree with”. But there was a time, quite recently, when Fake News actually meant something more than that. Fake News, at the outset, was […]

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Up To Our Necks In It

I wouldn’t normally reproduce a friend’s Facebook status on here, but this has been with me all day. Thanks Nige, for letting me reproduce this post from yesterday: We were just driving over the Tasman Bridge and I saw a young lady climbing over the rail. I said to Rachael look she is going to jump. Took eyes off her, back onto road as we passed. Then I looked in the mirror and I saw her fall. Please, if you are feeling this way, seek help. There’s a picture of the Tasman Bridge at the top of this post. It’s […]

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Like the Minority of US Voters, I’m Choosing The Blue Pill

Theoretically, one should never say never, but as my mind stands right now, this will likely be my final post loosely based on the lying liar that a minority of voters chose to ascend to the office of President of the United States – Donald J Trump. It’s just my opinion, but most of those who voted for Trump took the blue pill on November 8. They chose to ignore the fact that their country is changing in a way that is unstoppable. They chose to ignore the fact that Trump lied over, and over, and over again. They chose […]

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Thoughts On The Election of Donald Trump

I didn’t see it coming, but then I’m far from the only one who’s saying that today. I am quite convinced that the Trump camp themselves didn’t see it coming, which is why they built the voter fraud narrative around a month ago as a side dish to the ‘rigged system’ main course. Notice how nobody’s complaining about the rigged system now? Donald J Trump is the President-Elect of the United States. I take only very slight solace from the fact that he’s the fifth president in US history to lose the popular vote and still win the presidency via […]

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Broken

How many of you are exhausted now that we’re down to the last weekend before the election? I know I am. I’ve been watching this debacle since the primary season began and the only solace that I can take is at least it’s not my country that’s beating itself up – again. A few things that have happened recently…. This week, Donald Trump either twisted the truth or blatantly lied in his stump speeches about the following: the likelihood of an investigation into Hillary Clinton leading to charges, the number of emails under investigation, the destruction of emails, the Clinton […]

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The Outsider View of Hillary Clinton

I wrote a piece last week on Donald Trump so it’s only fair that I write a piece this week on Hillary Clinton, right? It should be noted that an hour or so before I began writing this article, the FBI announced that it has discovered a bunch of new emails that it considers may be relevant to the previously closed investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. Consequently, the FBI is going to review these emails to see if any classified information is included and whether the emails appear relevant to the enquiries they’ve made previously. This […]

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Donald Trump and the End Game

NOTE: This is a long read. 3400 words. I tried a shorter version but it felt like I was selling the effort short. Sorry. —— If there’s one thing you can say about the western political landscape prior to 2008, it’s that we generally accepted the results of elections and got on with our lives. Here in Australia, we’ve had a bunch of contentious, polarising Prime Ministers over the years but we usually accepted our lot and got on with things after an election – until the sacking of Kevin Rudd in 2010. He was replaced by Julia Gillard after […]

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When I Am King…….

Do you ever wish you could be the world’s benevolent dictator? We’re actually all better off than we think. We’re living longer, we’re more educated, richer and believe it or not, more peaceful as a species than we’ve ever been (thanks to Jeroen for that link). That’s not to say we’re over the screw-ups, though. That’s not to say we couldn’t all benefit from an omnipotent kick in our collective pants. I wouldn’t mind getting in on the whole dictator thing and of course, I have a few people and things I’d get out of the way so that we […]

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Why Cars?

A little bit of personal philosophy to start the week….. I’ve been in a position recently to think about why some of us obsess about cars so much. I remember a time back in 2011, a year or so after the sale of Saab to Spyker was completed, but when Saab were beginning to show the first signs of trouble. I was still writing Saabs United at the time and there was much debate going on about how things were going under Victor Muller’s leadership. I was a stout defender of Victor but there were a number of people who […]

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