Friday 5 January 2018
I know the people who read this blog are ardent political followers otherwise they wouldn’t do so. However, have you ever considered just how much information actually passes you by?
I am in the habit of placing the stuff I haven’t had time to digest in my “to read” box with the intention of going back and reading it later. When you write a daily blog as I do one has to be across a broad spectrum of subjects. Leading up to and during Christmas my box got so full that yesterday I decided to empty it.
I started to do so when the thought occurred to me that I should be sharing some of this stuff with readers of The AIMN.
So I have edited it down to small snippets of the subject with a link to where you can read the full piece should you desire.
“I will have to stop reading all these books. It’s affecting my brain.”
1 The first one is a Quarterly Newspoll survey that points out just what a battle the conservatives face on several key fronts in the new year.
2 This piece in the Guardian points out how Labor is seeking to exploit divides within the Coalition, targeting the Queensland Liberal National party where it sees the greatest weakness.
3 This one voices the opinion of Peter Dutton that Victorians are boycotting Melbourne eating houses because gangs are roaming the streets looking in windows. If that’s the case why aren’t they staying away from major events when he scares them about terrorism.
4 The ABC asks what are Australia’s powerful pressure groups asking for?
“We should all read with an openness to the possibility of being radically changed.’’
5 I would have to agree with Tim Fischer when he says that the US is perpetrating a ‘diplomatic insult’ on Australia. Where is the US ambassador?
6 the mandarin.com.au tells us that three-quarters of Australians want a federal ICAC and a majority want a greater say in what government does. New research has been published just as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull entertains a corruption watchdog rethink of his own.
7 This one tells us how our Private schools are not accountable for how they spend government funds.
8 An excellent piece by Mike Seccombe in The Saturday Paper tells us that it’s all John Howard’s fault.
9 This article by Michael Gordon reveals that the cost of stopping the boats has been calculated at more than $9.6 billion since 2013.
“The pathway to the riches of knowledge is in the reading, the exchange of creative ideas and in the doing.”
10 foreignpolicy.co reports that: “The United States of America Is Decadent and Depraved” A recommended read.
“The mainstream media will only ever print or say whatever is in its best interests. Then it might say something interesting and truthful”
11 This addition to my reading list was well worth the wait.
I study liars. I’ve never seen one like President Trump.
12 mph.com.au publishes the “First Speech: Hon Linda Burney MP Member for Barton, New South Wales”
13 The Essential Poll came up with some interesting numbers in its 17 December survey. Well, worth some deeper analysis.
14 Sean Kelly writing for The Monthly gives our leaders some explicit advice.
“Say it like you mean it.Our leaders need to spend more time considering their words.”
They speak without conviction.
15 Buzzfeed has a piece on Michaelia Cash’s Office “Refused To Release Communications With Her Staff On AWU Raids” She will have loads of questions to answer when the Parliament first sits in 2018.
16 I was also attracted to the web pages of the “Resilience Project”
17 As if to confirm much of what I write about vice.com comes up with a headline that reads. Australians-hate-our-politicians-and-political-system.
18 And Psychology Australia has a piece “Haters, haters everywhere!” Why is there so much hate still floating around in the collective consciousness, when we have evolved so much in so many other areas?
There we have it.I had many more but I understand you are on holiday or you only have the weekend.
My thought for the day
“What I know is only surpassed by what I haven’t read.”