I was very, very tired in the first half of the week of Monday 21 to Sunday 27 June 2021, and a tad depressed. But I also managed to write a bit, and plan a bit, and get some medical appointments out of the way before the Greater Sydney area went into COVID lockdown on Saturday. Oddly enough I’m kinda feeling OK with all that.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 578: A sleepy week before a lockdown”
I’m quite pleased with my week of Monday 15 to Sunday 21 June 2020. I wrote two articles, both of which were interesting. And I did four radio spots, two of which have had their audio posted here.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 525: Productivity returned, and then there was the Solstice”
Monday 8 to Sunday 14 June 2020 was another unproductive week, alas, thanks to the coronablues. It also saw the start of a police search in the valley below.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 524: Coronablues and a corpse, probably”
A disturbing new news genre emerges from Florida. We discover certain frustrations in relation to the Pie People. And we learn the correct way to respond when Australia’s education minister Christopher Pyne speaks.
In this podcast, there’s talk of government, spin, Joe Hockey, Bill Shorten, and selfies. And Florida. Obviously.Continue reading “The 9pm Government by Fools”
For nearly two weeks now, Australians have been more afraid of the fear of the risk of terror that ever before. We’re going to war, and the defence minister is an idiot. But don’t worry about why an event on the other side of the world is suddenly a threat here. We’re going to go butt chugging.
What does any of this mean? Who knows.
But we do hear how terrorism alert rankings serve no purpose beyond encouraging a burst of panic and how we won the war on Thai chilli sauce, as well as the evacuation of the Westfield Burwood shopping centre and how that did not relate to any contemporary issue.Continue reading “The 9pm Get Some Goddam Perspective”
Following on from Wednesday’s conversation about swatting on 2UE’s afternoon program, I spoke about the topic again on Thursday’s drive-time program, because they had more to discuss.
First, they’d been contacted by a listener named Greg, who a couple months back had been a victim of swatting — or at least his son had — with the result that a dozen police cars were outside his house for a “friendly chat”. The swatter had told them that three people were being held hostage in the house.
Second, they’d wondered whether that meant that a more elaborately crafted swatting attempt couldn’t cause much more disruption. Short answer, yes it could.
This is the full conversation with presenter Justin Smith.
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