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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Megan Phelps-Roper


Everyone should watch this TED talk by Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church. I remember defending this girl, and her family, after I first saw Louis Theroux’s documentary, ‘The Most Hated Family In America’. She was always a good person; a strange blend of polite, dismissive rudeness topped with a smile […]

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There’s Nothing Left


The Left has forgotten the first rule: Think global, act local. Their approach is actually perfectly reasonable, given their historical principle of wanting to advance the little guy. That is exactly what they are doing, globally. Unfortunately that is the ‘wrong’ little guy; a little guy in another country, a little guy with no vote […]

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A Divisive Figure


It has been common following latest developments in the tragedy of James Hird to preface any discussion with the acknowledgement that he is a ‘divisive figure’. Many have rushed to point out that whether you ‘love him, or hate him’, you should have the decency to look beyond his ‘mistakes’ and treat him as a human […]

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Why the Left Should Vote for Trump


On paper, and by their documented histories, there is little difference between Trump and Clinton. Trump is not a Republican, and Clinton is about as progressive and liberal as the church on Sunday. They both occupy similar territory on the political map and have been friends and associates for a great many years. If pushed, […]

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Violence Against Men: What The Tostee Case Teaches Us About Gendered Violence


Violence against men is rarely discussed. Those who dare raise the topic are silenced by a dominant culture that predetermines men to be either the perpetrators of violence or unworthy victims. The former likely informs the latter with our prejudices outweighing our compassion, and the obvious error of logic. Statistics the world over demonstrate that men constitute around […]

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Cognitive Dissonance: Lehmo vs Trump


“As a straight white male I rarely have the opportunity to be offended…” Comedian, television and radio host, Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann, joined an international chorus in denouncing Donald Trump in the wake of his latest scandal. His dismissal of Trump’s suggestion that vulgar comments caught on a hot mic over a decade ago were simply typical male ‘locker-room’ banter was […]

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