02 January, 2016

Thinking of linking

This week I have been mostly reading...

Lorne shopkeepers gives firefighters the keys and says "help yourself.' More like this please!

Australians to face 2016 with lingering fear of political comebacks

Coalition voters reject cut in Sunday penalty rates

Freight train derails spilling sulphuric acid

The growing assault on our democratic rights 

Jamie Briggs, Mal Brough quit Turnbull Government ministry

Jamie Briggs resigns as minister over incident in Hong Kong bar with female public servant

Mal Brough steps aside as minister while police investigate Slipper affair

Minister Jamie Briggs quits Malcolm Turnbull's cabinet after 'incident' abroad

Malcolm Turnbull looks at February reshuffle after 'taking out the trash' with ministerial exits - "the IQ quota has gone up and the talentless arrogance quota has gone down"

Former staffer to MP Jamie Briggs says she quit after 'sexist' comments

It is time for Australia to set the refugees free

John Howard: there was no genocide against Indigenous Australians - Just stop talking!

The 10 worst moments of Tony Abbott - Helen did a listicle.

Malcolm Turnbull rules out return of Tony Abbott in cabinet reshuffle

The hits, the misses and the zealous overreach of the trade union royal commission

Where Do We Go From Here? – The tip of the TURC iceberg

This was not a sex scandal. Jamie Briggs resigned over an abuse of power.

The Kouk’s Top 11 for 2016

Govt uses Border Force gag law to protect itself in court

Why we'll have to pay polluters to stop polluting, as soon as possible

Calling Donald Trump a 'jerk' doesn't seem to be helping Jeb Bush

The Gay 'Jihad,' The Charleston 'Accident' And The 10 Worst Right-Wing Moments of 2015

In the Year of Trump, the Joke Was On Us

Obama to announce new executive action on guns

The Inside Story Of The Horrible Days After The Worst Day Of Obama's Presidency 

Was Trump a 'draft dodger'?

If Trump wins the nomination, prepare for the end of the conservative party

Florida mom shoots daughter dead after mistaking her for an intruder

Why Politicians Want You to Panic 

Microbead ban signed by President Obama - Good!

Old man wanted more than money in Branson bank robber

Muslims tweet why they're too busy to answer IS 'rise up' call - why don't we ever... oh, I give up!

Muslims Protect Christmas Mass After France Heightens Security at Churches

Israeli gov't votes to support bill targeting left-wing NGOs - "Proposed law would force human rights NGOs to sport special labels and badges indicating that they receive foreign funding." What about disclosing the Israeli government's foreign funding?

ITUC: “7,000 construction workers will die in Qatar before 2022 World Cup”

Russia Before the Revolution, in Color

The emancipatory basic income experiment

Video Shows Jewish Radicals Celebrating Wedding by Stabbing Photo of Dawabsheh Baby

Can I keep my charity impulse going all year?

The reason why straight men are having sex with straight men

Carrie Fisher blasts Star Wars body shamers on Twitter 

Could hipster bushes be the new beards? It's time for pubic hair to be cool again 

No, it’s not you: why ‘wellness’ isn’t the answer to overwork

We betray our children by making them afraid to fail

Easybeats singer Stevie Wright dies at 68

Stevie Wright was the prototype rock frontman despite his demons

Lemmy dies at 70 

Lemmy interview: The Motörhead frontman on heartbreak, ageing and his penchant for Nazi memorabilia

What Happened to Kesha?: A Timeline

50 Favourite Albums of 2015

Five thoughts about Damon Albarn and his OBE

Discogs Turns Record Collectors’ Obsessions Into Big Business

Listen to the world’s first concrete record

Under the microscope: Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells 1966 Fender Telecaster

The 10 best electric guitars of 2015

Ed Kuepper continues to rage against the dying of the spotlight

Natalie Cole dies at 65

and, because we need a smile after all those losses...
‘Drummers On Drugs’ Reveals The Differing Styles Of Drumming When Taking Various Narcotics

The ABC is like a victim trapped in an abusive relationship – with the government

The Cardinal Pell defence shows even someone as smart as Amanda Vanstone can be caught out

Katie Hopkins and Donald Trump: You aren't brave free speech pioneers fighting 'political correctness'

How the internet misled you in 2015

Saatchi & Saatchi defends $500,000 'Stoner Sloth' anti-marijuana campaign

Twitter unveils revised rules regarding hate speech in posts - In my experience, it's not the rules that are the problem, but the fact that Twitter wouldn't recognise a breach of those rules if it walked up and introduced itself.

Edward Clarkin Is The Most Important Man In Journalism Today — And He’s Probably Not A Real Person

Cameron, Osborne and Murdoch back together at mogul's Christmas knees-up - all back to normal, then.

13 Mysterious Facts About 'Clue’

George Lucas Quips He Sold 'Star Wars' to "White Slavers," Criticizes "Retro" Tone of New Film - Oh dear!

2015: the year that was!

Guy Beats Fallout 4 Without Killing Anyone, Nearly Breaks The Game

Carrie Fisher is a national treasure. There's no other valid opinion about her 

Bob Hawke looks back: former PM on his feud with Keating, leadership and reform 

Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: “No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed” 

Ian Murdock, Founder of Debian Linux, Dead at 42

VeinVeiwer Vision2 uses near-infrared light to generate real-time imagery of patient’s veins

Teeth — The Next Frontier Of Stem Cell Development?

Books of the year 2015 - a scientist's reading list

Pope Francis Calls for Ending Tax-Exempt Status of Churches That Don’t Help the Needy

The Problem with “Finding Christ” in “The Least of These”

Whatever happened to animal rights?

Humour and satire:
'Twas two days after Christmas

An Open Letter From A Death Star Architect

Turnbull quotes as motivational gym posters

This one cartoon says what I've been trying to explain for 15 years...

Clickbait of the week:
10 Hotel Secrets from Behind the Front Desk

What Did We Get Stuck In Our Rectums Last Year?

I got stupid on me and now I'm wiping it off on you:
How I learned to love wearing glasses - The being-able-to-see-where-I'm-going bit was the clincher for me

Jeb Bush Claims 'Trump Is A Creature Of Obama'

Restore Australia: the party that would ban Islam

The least boring photo on my camera roll:
Best. Cake. EVAH!

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