"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself." - Friedrich Nietzsche
08.03.14 2:39 am
• And ... the cookbooks have all gone; now that was quick!
A Rational Fear
05.03.14 7:28 am
Tony Abbott gave a speech to the Australian Forest Products Association that was a little light on facts. Understandable since the coalition have shut down many of their independent science and fact finding bodies. So here at A Rational Fear we made some phone calls and found some facts and decided to pump up his speech with them.
18.02.14 10:00 am
Right now, more than ever, Australia needs to challenge the conservative agenda and we need a good laugh!
Mark Fletcher, Guardian
13.02.14 8:04 am
This must be the world’s first propaganda campaign in which the country producing it is portrayed as the villain. What was the government thinking?
Craig Macaulay, CSIRO Environment Group MR
13.02.14 5:40 am
Climate science must be part of national curriculum, says AMOS guest speaker
Martin Flanagan, The Age
12.02.14 12:08 pm
Waiting to have a colonoscopy is bad enough. Waiting to have a colonoscopy and reading Andrew Bolt approaches a definition of existential horror. His subject? The ABC, or the tyranny thereof. A few pages on was a column by Rita Panahi. Most articles take off from somewhere. Hers started in midair and, given its speed and trajectory, I have no doubt she will go a long way. Her subject? The ABC and SBS. People may think the present furore about the ABC is just a passing issue. It’s part of a screaming crescendo that’s been emanating from News Corp for months now. It’s been like watching a mediaeval siege and, right now, the castle wall looks to be on the verge of cracking.
directed by Éléonore Pourriat
09.02.14 7:05 am
“Oppressed majority” takes place in an alternate reality where women jog half naked and work while the men take care of the kids and endure daily sexual harassment.
This Powerful Video Shows Men What It Feels Like To Be Subjected To Sexism And Sexual Violence
Anthony Bieniak, New Internationalist
08.02.14 6:48 am
It was May 2012 when Ranjini, then pregnant, was called in for a meeting with the Immigration Department in Melbourne. It would prove her last moment of liberty. She had failed the ASIO security check which was fatal to her visa application and she would be shipped to Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney. In one short day, her new life had fallen apart. Without the ASIO clearance, Ranjini was in a legal catch-22. Her refugee status meant she could not be returned to Sri Lanka, while the security issue precluded her from receiving a visa in Australia. Effectively stateless, Ranjini become one of about 50 people facing indefinite detention in Australia. Worse still, our national security laws left her without even the basic right to know what she was suspected of doing.
Bridie Jabour, Guardian
03.02.14 6:00 pm
User complaints about prime minister’s video, titled Delivering on our Promises, led to temporary suspension of account.
30.01.14 6:30 am
30.01.14 4:30 am
The prime minister, Tony Abbott, has mounted a fresh attack on the national broadcaster, suggesting the ABC instinctively took “everyone’s side but Australia’s” and should show “some basic affection for the home team”.
27.01.14 1:01 am
Amazing Scenes: Adventures of a Reptile of the Press (The Fairfax Library, 1987) is a collection of Evan Whitton’s journalism. @EvanWhitton1.
Mercury. Pic of Matt Deighton
27.01.14 12:30 am
MATT Deighton has been appointed editor of the Mercury.
• Betrayal in Journalism: Who Owns the Story? Presented by Michael Gawenda. Thursday, 28 February 2013.
Evan Whitton. Pic: of Evan Whitton
13.01.14 2:12 am
Amazing Scenes: Adventures of a Reptile of the Press (The Fairfax Library, 1987) is a collection of Evan Whitton’s journalism. @EvanWhitton1. Willy-nilly, the pieces amount to a sort of how-to (or how-not-to) do it in various genres: sketch, celeb interview, pattern, travel, sport, politics, the law. One or two are in the style of the “new” journalism: reportage using the techniques of the novel. The book is on a section of a website maintained by Dr Bob Moles, an international authority on miscarriages of justice: netk.net.au/whittonhome.asp .
John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Martin Gilmour. First pub: Jan 7
08.01.14 4:00 am
In Sunday’s Examiner Martin Gilmour, aka the Whistle Blower, continued his anti-Green rants — this time over electricity prices.
• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Just a short list of bad decisions: Selling - Royal Derwent Hospital for $350 thousand when it was valued at $65 million. - Using Retirement benefit funds to buy a grossly overpriced Hobart Airport. - Flogging off Brighton Army base for $180 thousand when it was valued at $6.5 million. - Selling the Old LGH because it was a derelict building (now it is a 5 star hotel and conference centre). - Basslink. - Tamar power station. - Gunns special deals, compensation and gifting them our native forests and paying them to take it. Bringing Ta Ann to Tasmania to finish off the pillaging of our forests. When do they have to take responsibility.
• Steve, in Comments: Since the supply of witches dried up, they write editorials about the Greens instead.
Jonathan Holmes, Fairfax
06.01.14 4:00 am
A Moroccan visit reminded this tourist of how media clamps and baksheesh shackle people ...
01.01.14 4:30 am
... and what will the New Year bring? *Rob Walls’ mountaintop shot is brimming with expectation ... tassietimes enters its 12th year; 11th Christmas done and dusted. Happy New Year all gentle readers. A couple of piccies have been added to the reader piccies of beautiful Tasmania, sent in to celebrate the first day of the month (a couple repeated!)!x
• Isla MacGregor: ... and tho’ the last lights off the black West went ...
• Estelle Ross: Evening reflections on the Tamar River
John Hawkins, Chudleigh. Pic: of Martin Gilmour
23.12.13 3:15 am
Martin Gilmour in the Sunday Examiner 22- 12- 2013 - under the spurious title “Whistle Blower” - proves that he is indeed the bosun still whistling to our community that “A Pulp mill is more vital than ever” ( Here ) while heading in the same direction as the Titanic. Gilmour, here is a quick lesson on the real world; these are facts that have occurred on your watch as the public Whistle Blower:
23.12.13 3:00 am
A US billionaire has donated 380 sq km (147 sq miles) of land to help create a new national park in the south of Chile, it’s been reported.
James Bresnehan, Mercury
23.12.13 2:45 am
IT says something about his status as a local legend that former Mercury journalist David Stockdale was simply known as “Stockers”, even by those who had never met him.