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The Allegory

by Mark Pooley Alice lived alone in a little house on a beach on an island off an island off an island at the bottom of the world. Her widowed father had raised her and had built the house from … Continue reading

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Scovid19 by Jon Cocks

This was Jon’s entry in the Greens essay contest I organised in 2020. Australian readers will recognise all the news items he indirectly cites. For people from other lands, “Scomo” is what Scott Morrison, Australia’s hopefully temporary Prime Minister, wants … Continue reading

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Yvonne Rowan on the second American Civil War

June 6, 2021 I hate writing depressing missives, but right now, I think it’s all I’m capable of. To do otherwise would require a mask far heavier than I have the strength for. My heart is breaking. I’m constantly on … Continue reading

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Are we just delaying the inevitable with climate change?

Originally posted on Bobbing Around:
I answer questions on Quora. For some reason, this one got me going, and my typing fingers took flight. Please read my answer, and if you approve of the message, share it around. With metta,…

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Guilty under the law, but acquitted anyway

Gandhi, Mandela, Martin Luther King — and Jesus — all said that when a law is immoral, it is our duty to break it. This is what Extinction Rebellion is about. In 2019, a bunch of people were arrested for … Continue reading

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The benefit of refugees

Last night, my local branch of the Australian Greens had a guest speaker: journalist Iain Gillespie, who spoke with passion about asylum seekers. Some years ago, The Age gave him the task of reporting on the activities of the Asylum … Continue reading

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How to confront the double standards of misogyny

No one would have paid me to work as a topless waiter/waitress. I don’t have what it takes. But if I had used some such legal job that does no harm to anyone to earn some money, so what. It’s … Continue reading

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Robert Reich on taxing the super-rich

I like this bloke, not only for his policies, but because of his name. I used to be Robert Reich until I graduated to Bob Rich. In his latest article, he sets out how all the necessary public services of … Continue reading

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Michael Mann on floods and fires in my country

Michael Mann is one of my heroes. He was one of the first to present undeniably strong evidence for catastrophic climate change. For this service to humanity, he suffered threats to his life, was sued in court on charges the … Continue reading

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A worthwhile cause

David Dungay had diabetes from an early age. He was arrested and put in jail. While there, he was murdered by the people responsible for his welfare. There is no softer way of saying it. If you want independent confirmation, … Continue reading

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