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Catch up on: NEWS INTERNATIONAL PHONE HACKING SCANDAL

Well the Brits are probably tired of this smeary old news story in the glowy light of their golden Olympics (that sounds bitter, it’s not I promise), but I have to say that this is one I’m enjoying. ‘Media’ and ‘phone hacking’ and ‘scandal’ ought to belong together in a sentence; it’s about time something rumpled the dicky ways of the tabloid media. And this has been more than a […]

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Catch up On: THE ASYLUM SEEKER TRAGEDY

Julia Gillard’s Malaysia solution bill was passed in the lower house yesterday and is the subject of a highly emotional debate in the upper house of parliament today. This in response to  the death of 94 boat people on their way from Indonesia to Australia in the last week. I have written a full background to this previously so you can get the dummies guide here, but I have a […]

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A LETTER TO NAN CHAUNCY (Catch up on Indigenous reconciliation)

A note about Nan Chauncy: she was a Tasmanian author who wrote classics like “The Found a Cave”, “Devil’s Hill” and my favourite, “Tangara” – the story of Lexie, a white Australian who befriended an Aboriginal girl, Merinna. It was one of many Nan Chauncy publications that addressed Aboriginal issues. Nan Chauncy lived on a property named Chauncy Vale, near Baghdad, north of Hobart. She died in 1970.  Warning: The links […]

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Catch Up On: Israeli – Palestinian Conflict

~ I am ashamed to say that whenever the news headlines something to do with Israel, Palestine, Gaza, Hamas etc, my eyes glaze over and my brain switches off more than usual in the face of this bewildering world. But I did catch that yesterday (15th May) was the Palestinan’s Nakba Day, which marks the day they lost Palestine to Israel in 1948. Then I did a search on the […]

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Catch Up On: American Elections

This topic has always seemed way too complicated for me to delve into, but it bugged me yesterday that I didn’t know the difference between caucus, cabinet and congress. I looked them up and decided that bugger it, given that the US presidential election is happening this year, I might as well suss out how it all works over there under ol’ Uncle Sam*. Little did I know how convoluted […]

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Catch up on: GREECE’s ECONOMIC CRISIS

I read that a kindergaten teacher in Greece recently found this note with one of her students: “I will not return to collect Anna. I do not have any money and I can’t bring her up. Sorry. Her mother.” Bejesus; here I was worrying about losing an earring. I think the excesses and indulgences of the silly season have caused me to lose some of my perspective on things, not […]

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Catch up on: PEAK OIL

I heard a new expression the other day – Peak Oil. And now I feel like Queen of the Stoopids for not having heard it before. I mean I know that oil is a finite resource, that we will run out one day and that’s what all the sustainable living, renewable energy clamour is about. But I hadn’t heard of the Peak Oil Movement and that the whole running out […]

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Catch up on: THE LIBYA SITUATION

OK so what the bloody hell’s going on in Libya? My personal thoughts are that fella Gaddafi has been beaten half to death with the ugly stick – good grief, it’s like he wears two sanitary pads under his eyes and what’s with the facial hair? Did he eat a mud pie then dip his chin in it? But looks aside, further reading suggests he is likely to be beaten […]

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Catch Up On…THE WAR IN IRAQ

(Megoracle’s First Post – insert stirring bugle music, or is it trumpet? Bugle is a funny word. Anyway…) As the last 33 Aussies are brought home from Iraq this week, it seems timely to catch up on the War in Iraq. It all ended officially with the withdrawal of the last US combat troops in August 2010.  Aussie combat troops left in 2009. These days, around 46,000 US troops are […]

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