This new page points to material posted on political websites, initially in Australia. It can be accessed by clicking the Blog Watch link in the upper right margin under 'site pages'. It is provided as a service along the lines Crikey provides Richard Farmer's Breakfast Media Wrap, which make perusing the daily online newspapers much easier.
As many visitors to political blogs are unable to visit daily, the updates will be in weekly batches, so that users can see the whole week at a glance. Where possible links are provided. The sites will be grouped under three categories initially: psephology, political, and social/economics
The sites listed to date are:
The Poll Bludger
The Political Sword
The Piping Shrike
Social and economics blogspots
On Line Opinion
Time will tell if I can keep this page sufficiently up to date.
As we emerge from four years of disastrous Trump politics, fervently hoping for a modicum of normality in US politics, we find ourselves confronted with a growing phenomenon: the desire of many to live in a bubble of their own choice.
We saw this coming as the likes of Fox News in the US fostered ...
Older folks will remember the musical Hair with its opening song Aquarius:
”This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, When the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars."
Devoid of poetic imagination, astro...
There is an old joke about the boy who lived in Inflatable World who, after going on a rampage with a pin, was lying deflated in a bed in the Inflatable Hospital. His school principal was sitting beside him and giving him a lecture on ethics and morals; ‘your rampage has caused a lot of damage, you’...
I might have titled this piece ‘Rage’, but not wishing its thrust to be confused with Rage, the all-night music video program broadcast on the ABC on Friday nights and Saturdays, I have stuck with the less emotive word ‘anger’. You all know what ‘anger’ means.
It is with some trepidation that I w...
You might remember 2020. It was the year that Australia’s state and territory leaders demonstrated who really ran the country. At various times during 2020 a number of states and territories restricted entry to and movement around their jurisdictions on the basis of minimising the transmission of th...
First, you may be interested to read what I wrote over ten years ago, in September 2008, in a piece titled Welcome to the Political Sword blog. The history of The Political Sword though goes back further.
It began when Possum Comitatus (aka Scott Steel) gave me my first opportunity to have a blog...
Another year is behind us. It’s been the most torrid since the end of WWII. I don’t need to elaborate. Yet it has not bowed us. The human organism has a vast capacity to adapt and accomodate. While some have complained, most have simply ‘sucked it up’. Can you remember when last we have had to endur...
When we entered 2020, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was ‘livin’ the dream’. He had narrowly won the 2019 election and after a few months of pushing the tautological fiction that the Australian budget was already in surplus next year, he was kicking back in Hawaii with ‘Jen and the girls’ having a gr...
As we exit the year past, what do you consider to be the most significant event of 2020?
Among a plethora of extraordinary events, as a doctor, the occurrence of COVID-19 gets my vote. Why?
Look at the statistics:
At the time of publication, this is the stark situation worldwide:
The world is redolent with danger. Even small children know the dangers in their playground: he knows he can fall from the monkey bars; she knows she can be injured by the seesaw if it gyrates unexpectedly. Every bulletin of news reminds us of dangers: on the road, at the seaside, on the ocean, at t...
Given recent events in Australia, you could say the price of political ideology is $1.2Billion, as that is the settlement the Coalition government negotiated to make the ‘robodebt’ class action go away without a court case. Probably more telling is there appears to be nothing for the thousands that ...
You know him well. He’s been in the public eye for decades. Now, he’s Donald Trump’s attorney, caught in the middle of Trump’s futile campaign to wrest the presidency from Joe Biden, the acknowledged and certified winner of the recent election. That he is prepared to join Trump in this ...
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumberJoseph Goebbels
Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber
While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom, there will be no State.Lenin
While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom, there will be no State.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.Winston Churchill
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
In politics you must keep running with the pack. The moment you falter... the rest will turn on you.R. A. Butler
In politics you must keep running with the pack. The moment you falter... the rest will turn on you.
His promises were, as he was then, mighty. But his performance as he is now, nothing.William Shakespeare: Henry VIII.
His promises were, as he was then, mighty. But his performance as he is now, nothing.
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USA society has so many Hannity types, dogshit dressed up up as delicious, nutritious,, but always suspicious. If politics and society are full of said dogshit types in a suit, a nation is deficient, regressive, understrength in education, information, reasoning. From the top down, delusion and u...
How sad that we live in a world this is true