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  • Our watch-dogs do their duty

    Our watch-dogs do their duty

    About 6:30 this morning our two dogs, who sleep in the kitchen at night, began quietly woofing. Thinking they wanted to go outside to relieve themselves I got up and opened the kitchen door for them. However they chose to remain inside, so I closed the door and returned to bed. A little while later the…

  • Farewell Gough Whitlam – an intellectual giant

    Farewell Gough Whitlam – an intellectual giant

    Gough Whitlam: 11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014   Yesterday Gough Whitlam died at the age of 98. I listened to our local ABC radio station (702) all day, as the anecdotes and eulogies flooded in from listeners, friends and colleagues. It was a rollercoaster ride of happiness and sadness. I had lived through perhaps the greatest…

  • Show me the Science

    Show me the Science

    When was the last time you read a book about science? Or listened to a science program or science podcast? Or watched a TV program about science? Science is perhaps the most important influence in shaping our world and our lives. It’s not just physics and chemistry either; it covers Natural Science, Social Sciences, Formal…

  • The Tamil asylum seekers and the cricket bats

    The Tamil asylum seekers and the cricket bats

    This would be funny if it were not so tragic. The story so far… One hundred and fifty seven Tamil asylum seekers travelled to India and then by boat to international waters near Australia They were detained and held captive on board an Australian Customs vessel at sea for four weeks. They were then taken to the…

  • Evidence for vitamin C supplements

    Evidence for vitamin C supplements

    Many people take vitamin C supplements in the belief they will: prevent or reduce the frequency of the common cold, or lessen the duration and severity of the common cold. But is there any evidence that vitamin C supplements work? In Jan 2013 the Cochrane Collaboration* published online the results of a meta-analysis of twenty-nine vitamin…

  • A group of heavily tattooed men were in court today…

    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 to my parents some 50…

  • Social media safety for the aged

    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 these people protect themselves? People…

  • School vacation, bored kids and my grandparents

    School vacation, bored kids and my grandparents

      Yesterday afternoon I was listening to James Valentine on ABC radio  702. The topic was school holidays, and James asked kids to call in to talk about just how boring their holiday was. One girl phoned in and said she was bored beyond belief: all she’d done all day was text her friends and…

  • ABC being politicised by adversarial games?

    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 former deputy Liberal leader Neil…

  • Politicians working for the people – Gun Control

    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 their political future on the…