Is governance, in NSW in particular, about representing your constituents, or is it about following the party line?
While the NSW government grapples with perhaps the worst state budget deficit ever this week – along with neverending scandals revolving around their lack of a moral compass, greed and hubris – there’s a bill making its way through Parliament that should concern those interested in the neverending and ridiculous ‘war on drugs’.
Something doesn’t feel quite right. It appears the NSW Liberal Nationals are moving towards a cleaner future, one that recognises climate change and isn’t coal-fired.
In case anyone missed the memo, there’s almost no housing, let alone affordable housing, available in Byron Shire. With so many people escaping the cities, Byron Shire is under enormous pressure.
Terrific news! Australia is beating this global virus back and lockdowns will soon be eased.
Want to clear a room? Say ‘economics!’ Except – there is an extraordinary modern economist named Mark Blyth.
Happy birthday, James Baldwin (August 2, 1924 – December 1, 1987). As one of the more obscure figures who championed human rights, his activism spanned race, sexuality, and class, which contributed to major political movements of the ’60s.
‘Civilisation is in a race between education and catastrophe’, H. G. Wells once said. One ongoing catastrophe – and there are many – is the uncertainty of food supply for the planet’s seven billion odd humans.
What do bureaucrats do if they want to simplify complex planning laws? Create another one!
What’s your relationship with power and authority?
Not being able to socialise, or go to work, or be abroad for any but officially approved purposes certainly gives a body room to think.
Have you taken the time to stop lately? I did recently on a park bench.
Yet another IPCC report has come out on the dire circumstances of the planet from human burning of fossil fuels, this time with a particular focus on our oceans. As Rolling Stone put it ‘UN Climate Report: Oceans Also F-cked’
As a parent it is hard at times not to fall into the trap of authoritarianism. It always seems like a simpler, clearer way forward – I’m the boss and I want you till do what I tell you for your own good. You’ve got to the count of three – I know best!
Jordan Peterson. On the surface he appears quite reasonable, despite sounding like a Muppet character. He should pose no threat, right?
Governments around the world are out of step with advice from experts on how to tackle illegal and recreational drug use. From the police to border control and health experts, the call has been going out long, loud, and clear: drug policy needs to be rethought.