Tag Archive > politics

Who’s a pretty pollie?

CELEBRITIES, for the most part, aren’t allowed to be ugly. Hirsute warts, sniff-round-corner snozzes, complexions that fester and belch: all these imperfections are screened out by the fame machine so our deified red-carpet dwellers remain easy on the eye and pleasing to the lens.
Even beautiful people aren’t permitted to be celebrities unless they strive to [...]

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Barackitsch and Mount Crapmore

AS the US convulses in the throes of economic holocaust and political revolution, it’s reassuring to know that some things remain exactly the same. I speak, of course, of Western capitalism’s unshakable ability to transform the sublime into retail ridiculousness.
If you’re thrilled by the election of America’s first black president and are desperate to express [...]

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Who you calling rich?

AUSTRALIAN newspapers should be carrying big, red “Oh the humanity” warnings so readers can brace themselves for the horror that lies within. Death and destruction in China. Death and despotism in Burma.
And most harrowing of all: the unspeakable deprivations suffered by victims of the Rudd Government’s first budget.
Cyclone Swan and Earthquake Kev ripped through the [...]

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US election skanks

ACCUSATIONS of sexism are ricocheting round the American presidential campaign like bullets in a bank safe.
There are so many shooters firing from so many ideological angles, it’s hard to work out who, if anyone, is landing a shot.
First, the Hillary Clinton campaign. While some claimed it was sexist that Billary got a shot at the [...]

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Stunning pre-election satire from The Daily Show…

Samantha Bee versus John “in air quotes” McCain and his strictly abstract views on abortion…

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Pimp my penal code

THE law books of most countries are like crumbling inner-city terraces: their lino curls, their chimneys sag and their walls crack into hellish abysses whenever there’s too much rain or not enough.
Thanks to a mishmash of additions and subtractions, the average legal system is best described as a quaint little fixer-upperer and is in [...]

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Wanted: One nanny state

IF you’re downwind of Doug* you can smell him before you see him.
Partly because the main road he sleeps beside is one of those icy, inner-city wind tunnels, but mostly because he reeks.
If Doug’s seen a roof over his head or bar of soap lately, he’s hiding it well.
Everything about him is black: his minced [...]

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Weather with Chinese characteristics

CHINA has defended its decision to launch a bloody military crackdown on Beijing’s weather for the remainder of the Olympics.
“All Chinese patriots enjoy freedom of climate in accordance with the law,” a government official said beneath a suddenly blue Beijing sky. “But rain and stifling humidity are not weather. They are the enemies of [...]

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Wild knitting

LIKE many Australian women, what I really wanted for Mother’s Day was a plate of paid maternity leave with a side of quality, tax-deductible child care.
Sadly, the Australian Prime Minister and his flunkies are like a gaggle of well-meaning youngsters who promise mum breakfast in bed, then struggle with the harsh realities of the modern [...]

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