To me, Ad Astra, “Time to say goodbye” are among the saddest
words in our language. Yet say them now we must. I chose Ad Astra
as my moniker because my secondary school’s motto is ‘sic itur ad astra’,
which can be liberally interpreted as: “Here is the way to the stars”.
How inspiring these words have always been to me.
There is a conspiracy theory that suggests that birds (in the USA
at least) aren’t real. The claim is that all the birds in the USA were
hunted down by the government between the late 50’s and early
70s and replaced with bird like drones to spy on you.
You may not have heard of Mike Rinder. A Scientologist for most
of his life, at the age of 52 he walked out, and as a result lost his
family, friends, employment and pretty well everything else in his life.
RInder has written a book on his time in Scientology, runs a
website that questions Scientology beliefs and practices...
Prior to becoming President, Joe Biden was a US Senator for around
36 years. He is known as Amtrak Joe as he routinely took the daily 90
minute each way train trip (on the USA’s national passenger train network
- Amtrak) from his home in Delaware to Washington DC to represent his state.
Last September, you might have seen Qantas CEO Alan Joyce
received a pay increase of $278,000 per annum. It seems that Joyce
has met or exceeded the performance goals set by his employers and
contractually has earned the reward. It does, however, raise a larger question.
In his recent Budget reply speech, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton
laboured (pun intended) on the increasingly difficult to achieve promise by
Prime Minister Albanese that power bills will be $275 less in 2025. While the
government is claiming the modelling done in 2021 supports the accuracy of
the promise, 2021 modelling doesn’t account for changes in circumstances since then.