A note on self-defence
The phrase “Israel has the right to defend itself” is said almost-reflexively in response to every single Israeli airstrike on Gaza. Of course, few here in the West would challenge this notion (and I certainly don’t seek to). Instead, I argue that the term self-defence has been erroneously deployed in this instance. The airstrikes, largely […]
Banning Trump putschists from Twitter is not “censorship”
Last week, Donald Trump incited a riot at the US Capitol building with the intent of overturning the result of the election he undoubtedly lost. In response, the major social media networks and platform holders banned Mr Trump and perhaps millions of his supporters on the grounds that it had become clear that Trump et al. would defend the indefensible and possibly incite more violence.
Liberals and homophobia: reflections on the ACT campaign so far
The Liberal-National coalition is the only major Australian party that seems to openly invite homophobes into their ranks. They do not nearly enough to openly condemn homophobia among their members and supporters and even have homophobes in public office.
Transphobe Kirralie Smith endorses conversion torture in bizarre ACT election blackmail campaign
Kirralie Smith is an outrage merchant who peddles conspiracy theories about people who are either from non-white or non-straight backgrounds for attention.
The Xbox One’s television gimmick was unfairly dismissed.
Back at E3 2013, everyone pooh-poohed the Xbox One. Perhaps it was the TV, TV, TV, TV, sports, sports, television, television, TV, sports.
Abbott calls for “special courts” for returning jihadists
Terror needs to be dealt with. With the presumption of innocence intact.
‘Today’ hosts interview cartoon meerkat in cringeworthy product integration
Behold folks, we have reached peak breakfast TV.
Bolt gives NYT moral lecture over their moral lecture
Andrew Bolt, a News Corp columnist whom the courts have found repeatedly to be a liar, has given his opinion on an opinion piece by A. Odysseus Patrick published in the New York Times that called the Australian government’s apparent preference for Syrian Christians as immoral as it leaves non-Christians (regardless of religion) to die a violent and painful death. Of course, if Bolt had actually read the lede paragraph of the piece, he would know that author was saying that the fact that Christians are being given preference over non-Christians is immoral. Not the fact that 78% of the refugees are Christian.