Category Archives: By The Way

On mercy and cancel culture – by Nick Cave

Musician, song writer, performer and enigmatic Australian, Nick Cave’s compassionate, enlightened and moving words from the latest edition of his Red Hand Files blog deserve – nay, demand – sharing. This is an edited extract from his reply to the … Continue reading

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A pigment of their imagination

Andrew L. Urban “Burn the place down!” screams the angry young Aboriginal woman on the TV * screen (in a blue dress and in high heels, after a fake attempt at defecating on stage), in a frenzy of hatred for … Continue reading

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Fluid factism grips the world

Andrew L. Urban For holiday reading I dived into non-fiction books filled with facts and hard evidence (cod, salt, volcanoes, earthquakes), to escape the woke fictions of today’s irrational world. Sex is fluid, climate science is wrangled to support opposing … Continue reading

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Wrong, Penny Wong

Andrew L. Urban. How can some leading Australian politicians be so misguided and so wrong-headed as to call for the recognition of a Palestine state, as Senator Penny Wong did at the recent Labour National Conference?  “Fatah and Hamas have … Continue reading

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Just a bunch of white males …

Andrew L. Urban. We get a bad rep these days, men. Whether middle aged or old … We are the all powerful patriarchy, suppressing women and gays, racist the lot of us, sexist and misogynistic. And too much mansplaining. We’ve … Continue reading

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It’s Jewrusalem, stupid

Andrew L. Urban. Nothing so infuriates the fervent anti-Semites, angry Islamists and narrow minded Arabs as a confirmation of Israel as a legitimate, sovereign, democratic state. They don’t have one themselves, you see, and historic enmities remain – are forever … Continue reading

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Lunch with Leo and Sir Francis – on the black comedy of climate change

Andrew L. Urban. I was having a chat with renowned Russian writer Leo Tolstoy and brilliant British empiricist and champion of the scientific method, Sir Francis Bacon, the other day during a rare time warp event at my kitchen table … Continue reading

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Memo to Republicans: Australia not a real colony

Andrew L. Urban The fundamental difference between Australia as a ‘colony’ and every other colony of an imperial power is that Britain sent its own citizens (however unwilling) to establish it. Never mind the reasons, the important point in any … Continue reading

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Book reviews: Mark Latham, David Leyonhjelm: Australian Warriors for Liberty

Outsiders – ‘I won’t be silenced’  By Mark Latham Wilkinson Publishing, paperback, 208 pages,  October 2017, rrp $39.99 Freedom’s Salesman By David Leyonhjelm Wilkinson Publishing, paperback, 367 pages, October 2017, rrp $44.99 By Andrew L. Urban. It is sobering if not downright … Continue reading

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Debunked: climate hypothesis elevated to ruling theory

By Andrew L. Urban. Even as President Donald Trump was rescinding Obama era climate policies last week, respected and disenchanted climate scientist, Dr Judith Curry, was giving evidence to the US Congress as to why climate science has failed public … Continue reading

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