Urban Hiking


One of the problems with hiking is finding suitable and convenient locations to keep active and maintain or build fitness between our more serious adventures. Australia is fortunate in that we have large expanses of land. Even for the majority of us who reside in the cities or the surrounding suburbs, finding a local park […]

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EJ Whitten Legends Game


Every year when the E.J. Whitten Legends game rolls around, I can’t help but think the concept misses a serious opportunity to fill a void left in the competition since it nationalised. State of Origin is dead and cannot be revived at the elite level: the stakes are too high for the clubs and the […]

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Neglected Rules of Civilised Discourse: Dog Whistling


The main problem with dog whistling is its entire concept. Claims to have perceived a dog whistle are simply an excuse for ideologues to get outraged, end conversations, indulge in ‘shaming’ culture, and revel in their own falsely assumed moral superiority, and to do so over absolutely nothing. If pressed, the indignant can’t point to […]

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What People Are Getting Wrong About The #GoogleMemo


What people are getting wrong about the #GoogleMemo (Read the memo here: Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber) Or rather, how badly they are understating it. The common, and entirely obvious, observation has been that the reaction by Google and much of the press confirms the concerns of the author, James Damore: a difference of opinion is […]

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Why I’m Converting to Islam


I think I will have to convert to Islam. First is the simple matter of convenience. It is hard for us in The West – especially if you happen to be the reviled trifecta of a straight white male – to fathom the benefits of Islamic association. With the backing of Islam you can imprison, […]

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A Tale of 3 Tragedies


The online feminist community has been rocked by the news that one of their own has been arrested for second degree murder. Aleksandr Kolpakov, from YouTube channel The Skeptic Feminist, has apparently shot and killed one of his co-creators and intimate partners (yes, plural). Regardless of the eventual outcome of the criminal investigation, one life has been extinguished and […]

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Lessons from Hiking


Well, my planned hiking expedition was an epic fail. The original plan was to traverse Lerderderg State Park from O’Brien’s Crossing along the Lerderderg river to Mackensie’s Flat and back, turning the overnight one-way hike into an extended four day trek. My pre-hike was successful. I explored the local region, learned my starting point was […]

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