Two More Thoughts

First: ‘Social justice’ is a key identifying phrase, a shibboleth, for liberal/progressives. Conservatives are assumed not to care about social justice, being concerned only with making money and reducing taxes. Then why is it that conservatives give more to charity, and are more likely to be involved in their communities as volunteer fire fighters, ambulance …

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Sophie Mirabella

Sophie Mirabella is one of my favourite Australian politicians. She is hard working, honest and intelligent¬†–¬†a possible future Prime Minister, and one who would be vastly more effective, in part because she has vastly more integrity, than the present incumbent. Ben-Peter Terpstra calls her a Greek goddess in comments on the Australian Conservative website on …

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Have an Nice Day, and Naked Pictures at the Airport

I remember seeing a guy a guy who had been asked to leave several supermarkets interviewed on TV. He objected to being told ‘Have a nice day’ by checkout operators. Fair enough. It is a silly, empty phrase. But he responded by abusing the employees. These were mostly teenage girls in their first jobs, who …

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‘Proof’ of Psychic Powers, Fish Numbers and HIV

Proof of psychic powers? Actually, no. Just proof that academics are not easily able to think beyond their preconceived notions. Professor Daryl Bem says his work shows most people have psychic powers. He conducted nine different experiments on over 1000 students. Eight of the experiments showed some psychic ability. I am willing to bet that …

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