Category Archives: By The Way

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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It’s not racism, stupid

By Andrew L. Urban. Those who accused Bill Leak of racism over his August 4, 2016 indigenous policeman, father & son cartoon and see racism in Pauline Hanson’s policies on migration make the same mistake; they reach for their racism … Continue reading

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Fact-fluidity the new journalism

By Andrew L. Urban. Gender-fluidity leads to fact-fluidity, it seems, and as gender fluid floods the schools (that are safe), so fact-fluidity is being introduced into our profession like a virus, direct from the University of Columbia Journalism Review distributed … Continue reading

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Australian Republic a cause not a reality

By Andrew L. Urban. It is not the idea that our system is broke but the emotive plea “our Head of State should be Australian” that drives the movement for an Australian republic. It needs no explanation and brooks no … Continue reading

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Not offended, insulted – laughing

By Andrew L. Urban I can claim to have interviewed someone from perhaps the smallest and potentially most vulnerable minority group in contempo Australia: a club footed black dyke. Rachel was a delightful interview subject and anything but a victim. … Continue reading

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Godswallop

30/5/2013: One definition of Godswallop? Is it perhaps the fuss over the Pope’s misspeak (love that word) about atheists being redeemable. Here’s a report from The Huff Post on it: “Shortly after Pope Francis gave an homily in which he … Continue reading

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The lessons of Salem

By Andrew L. Urban By a fateful coincidence Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film, The Hunt, opened in Australia (May 2, 2013) just two weeks before Vinterberg walked the red carpet at Cannes as the head of the jury for Un Certain … Continue reading

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How Islam went rogue

By Andrew L. Urban In the age of postcolonialism, Muslims have become largely preoccupied with the attempt to remedy a collective feeling of powerlessness and a frustrating sense of political defeat, often by engaging in highly sensationalistic acts of power … Continue reading

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Australian democracy and the lesson of the frog

By Andrew L. Urban You know the story: if you put a frog in water and slowly bring it to the boil the frog won’t notice it is being boiled alive. In the first half of 2013, Australian democracy is … Continue reading

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Labour distressing democracy – Part 2: Sky is not the limit

By Andrew L. Urban   The most alarming sign that the Gillard Government has no qualms about stomping on democratic principle was the mess that was the Australian Network tender process, in which two independent assessments, departmental and legal advice … Continue reading

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