A group of heavily tattooed men were in court today…

The title of this post appeared in an ABC news story this morning, and it immediately reminded me of my parents’ prejudice about tattoos, or more exactly, those who had tattoos. They believed you could identify the less desirable elements of society simply by the presence of tattoos. So, according … Continue reading

Social media safety for the aged

Most articles about social media safety focus on kids and teenagers. You’ll find plenty of warnings about: Luring and grooming Cyberbullying Sexting and Privacy settings But what about the elderly? We have now reached the point where many elderly people using social media are facing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Can … Continue reading

ABC being politicised by adversarial games?

“We’re sick and tired of the ABC being politicised by adversarial games, whether it was the Labor Party in power or the Liberal Party in power.” says Quentin Dempster, a former staff-elected director on the ABC board. His comments follow appointment of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation columnist Janet Albrechtsen and … Continue reading

Politicians working for the people – Gun Control

In 2013 the US television news satire, The Daily Show, put to air a three part mini-documentary comparing US action on gun control with Australia’s. Strip away the comedy and you’re left with a story of politicians in Australia who were so incensed by the Port Arthur massacre that they put … Continue reading

Science versus Religion

Discussions of science versus religion often devolve into this sort of standoff: Person 1: “I do not accept the Bible as an authoritative source”. Person 2: “But the Bible says you’re wrong”. From this point in a conversation, how can you have any meaningful discussion about science and religion? Well, I’ve just … Continue reading

Crime on the rise? Check the evidence.

If you live in Sydney you’re probably concerned by the rising crime rate. After all, the nightly news is full of home invasions, car thefts, drive-by shootings, rape and myriad other crimes. And if that’s not enough evidence, then what about the reality shows such as The Force: Behind the … Continue reading

Guns make you safer? Check the evidence.

Last night I watched Bowling For Columbine, Michael Moore’s award-winning film about U.S. gun culture. It was released in 2002 in the wake of the Columbine High School massacre. In this intensely disturbing program, the comment that jumped out at me was this one by a Canadian being interviewed: If more guns … Continue reading