Friday, August 22, 2014
All weeds must die! Get lost Gazania! F*** you Fumaria! Morning glory, you will never see the sun rise again. African Pelargonium, your harsh stink will soon be nothing more than an unpleasant memory. Castor oil plant, prepare to be cast into the darkest depths of the wheelie bin. Whatcha think you’re doing in my garden, Watsonia? Wild oats, you will not live to cast your seed. Onion weed, I shall dig you out completely and carefully, bulbs and all. Goodbye forever Lantana! You will soon be replaced by a local native species of plant that is every bit as pretty and attractive to butterflies. You will not be missed. Shitplant.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
The Conversation has closed comments on this incomplete and biased article. This is political censorship and an affront to free speech in Australia, and pretty much what I'd expect from this tame and lame bit of light reading for the enjoyment of the chattering classes.
Leunig's controversial cartoon about Zionism, Palestine and the strong forces against free speech in Australia:
When it comes to the job of telling the world the truth about the war crimes that are currently happening in Gaza, Mike Carlton looks like a martyred hero in my eyes, while the UN's General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon looks like a complete arsehole.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Woke up this morning to the sound of Geraldine Doogue having a pleasant chat with an Australian celebrity psychiatrist who is also a serial plagiarist. What a completely bullshit start to the day.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with cured patients, or a safe and secure career in medicine in Western Australia? Choose one.
Below is an excerpt from a New Scientist interview with Australian Nobel Laureate Dr Barry Marshall who was at one time a Registrar at Royal Perth Hospital. I don't think Australian medicine has changed enough since the time described, in fact I'm convinced that psychiatric labels are still used liberally as a way of illegitimately dealing with unsolved or uninvestigated medical and genetic problems.
If the H. pylori story isn't endlessly fascinating to philosophers of science, then it damn well should be.
You famously experimented on yourself with H. pylori. Was that a risk for your career?
At that point my colleagues were treating ulcer patients as psychosomatic cases – using antidepressants, tranquilisers, psychotherapy, all that kind of thing. My career was already very shaky because I was ignoring the mental state of the patient and giving them antibiotics. Then my boss's patients started secretly coming to my clinic for treatment. The politics have always been difficult in medicine. There is some truth in the way medical practice is portrayed in TV dramas.
Hey Dr Marshall, you are my hero.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Todd Sampson talks science for National Science Week? Really? I thought he's an ad company executive. Is he a scientist? Sure thing, the ABC television series that he was the host of, Redesign My Brain, "was a ratings winner", but was it good science or junk science? I have argued the latter in a post at this blog posted in October of last year.
Once again, National Science Week is more of a concern to me than a positive thing, and that is saying a lot for a person whose interest in science is a driving force.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
"Australia bans reporting of multi-nation corruption case involving Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam"
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Philip Nitschke is/was a very dangerous doctor. In stark contrast with his professional colleagues he gives the suffering and the right to autonomy of his patients proper consideration and proper respect. His colleagues would like us to believe that human suffering is a curable mental illness caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, and they would also like us to believe that a qualified and registered medical doctor is the only person who has the right to make a decision to end a human life. Bullshit on both counts.
Friday, July 18, 2014
I'm wondering whether the residents of the area of Ukraine occupied by pro-Russian separatists enjoy picking up pieces of young Aussie kids from their fields, backyards and wastelands.
Diana Magnay was right, the Israelis on the hill sure are scum.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Give your immune system a mid-winter boost the natural way! Clear out the leaves and brown sludge from your garden pond, de-clog the bathroom hand-basin drain with a plunger and eat a bag of Imperial mandarins.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Impressed by Jason Padgett's art that is supposed to depict mathematical concepts? You should check out the real thing at Discover magazine:
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
So, it turns out that plenty of media people knew (some from first-hand experience) that Rolf Harris is a sex offender (yes, groping strangers of any age without consent is sexual assault), but they all chose to not report this to their readers, listeners or viewers. Maybe these media people didn't think of themselves as journalists, or maybe they decided that the possible personal costs of speaking out was greater than their loyalty to journalistic principles. Maybe some had no idea what journalistic principles are. Either way, the Harris scandal and the other disgusting sex scandals involving male celebrities serve as a massive warning to us all about the mass media and journalists. These people make a living based on the idea that they serve the public interest and will expose the truth without fear or favour. We now know for sure this is crap.
Does anyone out there besides me remember the interview story that Australian 60 Minutes did on Jimmy Savile? It must have been recorded before October 2011 because that is when Savile died. Clearly the reporter wanted quite desperately to ask Savile about some serious thing, but in the end Savile admitted nothing of any importance and the only question posed on camera was something to the effect of "Is Jimmy Savile too eccentric?" I wondered what the point of the whole thing was. I only know by hindsight.
I was so pissed-off to notice that in Rolf Harris's mugshot he has far fewer worry-lines on his forehead than I do, despite the fact that he is a generation older than me. I hope he catches up fast.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Australian toy retailers - you've got to stop selling gender stereotypes to our children!
How are you going to celebrate World Humanist Day? Aussies could mark the day by reading RSA Daily or by letting the Abbott Government know what you think of their aspiration to cut funds to just about everything except religious chaplains in government schools. What humanist, rationalist or atheist organizations operate in your neck of the woods?