Tag Archives: Freedom

It’s not about the baggie

It seems certain that Andrew Chan and Myu Sukumaran will be executed over the next few days, and there’s no question that executing them is a greater crime than importing all the heroin in the entire golden triangle. It’s a simple … Continue reading

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on a level playing field…

Late last year US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, crossed the Pacific and came to hang out with her Australian counterparts. At a news conference in Perth she said that the rise of China, in the context of the political … Continue reading

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machine sans fantôme

After the fag ends of the cricket yesterday afternoon I found myself at the pub discussing the forthcoming technological singularity. This is supposed to be the point where all the creations of humanity reach a point of superabundant intelligence that those creations … Continue reading

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gamekeeper to poacher to gamekeeper

I took the Chooks away last weekend, down the coast a bit. We did next to nothing while away. There was lots of Dr. Who, Sea Devils & Warrior’s Gate; treaty chocolates; a few beach trips with water spitting competitions; … Continue reading

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the market ate my homework

So here’s a whinge, an unreconstructed rant really: markets are inventions. We make them, we devise them, we regulate them, and we invoke them as tikis to an all-powerful naturalizing force that absolves all of us for the injustices that … Continue reading

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the monkey and the plywood violin

I have been having a lot of conversations recently about trying to reform the system from within. It’s a conversation about how to behave ethically and how to act with a view to a future in which good things are … Continue reading

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glad animal action

I’m sometimes asked why cricket caught my imagination so strongly when I was a kid. I usually answer that it was something to do with masculinity and those magnificent moustaches that early eighties Australian test players sported, especially fast bowlers. … Continue reading

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