The time has come …

I mentioned a few months ago that I’d be moving this blog to a new site. I decided to try WordPress, a program which gives a better idea of what readers are commenting on. I’m hoping this will encourage more comments and provide a smoother discussion flow. The new blog also has the added advantage…

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My first blog meme

One of the features of blogging which I have regularly witnessed but not engaged in myself is the circulating of memes, which, at least in the blogosphere, is a sort of internet phenomenon where one person posts an answer to a question or series of questions, and then ‘tags’ other bloggers to do the same….

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Blog Birthday Highlights

I’ve noted other blogs often mark their blog’s birthday by listing significant posts over the previous year. In keeping with that tradition, and in case any political science people can see anything significant in it, here’s a few posts from my first year of blogging that stand out for me for various reasons. As I’m…

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First Birthday for this Blog

I posted my first blog entry a year ago today. It started out by saying “I’m currently trying to think of ways to break through some of the limitations of our political process.” I then went on to talk about mandatory detention and basic principles of the rule of law in a democracy, topics I…

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China cracksdown further on bloggers

China’s poor record on human rights and the threats to dissidents have been receiving a rare degree of serious attention from the mainstream media following the defection of Chinese Consul official Chen Yonglin. It should be mentioned that there are many other asylum seekers in Australia whose cases aren’t in the public domain (and it…

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UK election – last one standing

There are a sizeable number of UK politicians who have genuine blogs, mostly focused on their local electorates (which is not a bad thing) and many of reasonable quality. It doesn’t seem to have caught on in Australia yet, and I wonder if it ever really will (This is something I’ll talk on at greater…

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More on Electoral Laws and Blogs

A few weeks ago concern was expressed on many blogs about the possibility of the federal Government changing the law to regulate websites, including blogs, containing electoral comment. I did a posting on it here, and also made comment in debates about the matter on some other sites. A story in the Blog Herald mentions…

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Live and Let Die

Not surprisingly, there is an enormous amount of debate around about the battle in the USA over whether or not to withdraw the feeding tube for Terri Schiavo, a woman who has been in a vegetative state for the last 15 years. Cases like these raise immensely difficult issues and strongly held views. My view…

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The ever-expanding blogosphere

I’ve spent most of the past two weeks hanging around at home, reading a low – moderate amount of newspapers, watching a small amount of cricket and regular snippets of news updates on the tsunamis horrors and very little else except for the weekly episodes of West Wing and South Park. Apart from spending a…

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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Following a suggestion from a reader of this Blog, I’ve just finished reading “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”. I’m fairly sure this was the book I remember hearing about a little while back that caused some controversy winning a literary award, because some people suggested it was a children’s book….

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Greens and a blog

A weekend of watching the AFL Grand Final on the TV (a sad result in my view, but still an amazing effort from the Lions over 4 years), preparing for and then doing Meet The Press on Sunday morning. I was followed by Andrea Mason from Family First party. The exaggerated claims about Family First…

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