Recent days have seen a widespread outpouring of concern for refugees fleeing the broken country that was once Syria. I suppose this is positive, in some way, that now there is a focus on the plight of nearly 12 million displaced individuals. There is now broader awareness of the fact that over 220,000 people have died in the conflict, and that almost one and a half million people have been injured [See: http://syriasurvey.aa.com.tr/%5D. And, of course, we are now preparing to aim more bombers in the general direction of the Daesh ‘death cult’ that has infiltrated Syria from Iraq. There’s … Continue reading Better Late? (My Little Syria Rant)
One could easily say that any act that induces a feeling of terror in its victim/s might rightly be called ‘terrorism’. In which case, the most terrible aspect of the #SydneySiege would be that moment of terror when the police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place, accompanied by the blinding percussive terror of dozens of flash grenades and 27 rifle shots. Prior to that, the event was simply a hostage situation – albeit one with an imposed flavour of ‘Islamic extremism’. There are some concerning elements of this siege situation, which took place in the centre of Australia’s largest … Continue reading Some Call It Terror – #SydneySiege
Distraction. The only thing our fantastical and terrible Federal government is good at. Distraction. Here’s a little 3-dot-point list of (some of) the failures of this government, and the actions employed (by design or by pure luck) to distract from them. 1. Promises made in campaign-mode – Broken (too many to put a number on). A plane disappears (MH370). “Look over there! Look, I will find that plane. Look, the world has made me the king of plane-finding.“ Operational result: FAIL Distraction result: 100% 2. A Federal budget so horrible, that it remains un-passed even as we draw closer to … Continue reading Look Over There! No, Not There; Over There!!