Elite Boys Schools: A Culture That Needs Changing

https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/news/shore-school-toxic-culture-at-elite-sydney-school-laid-bare/news-story/5535e974da8eb2c5a95267bb21457269 My abuser was a student at Brisbane's leading Anglican Boys School, Church of England Grammar. It is the feeder school for the Cathedral Choir. Little boys with a tuneful voice can apply for a Choir Scholarship which will pay their school fees in return for God knows what abuse. Some time after I made … Continue reading Elite Boys Schools: A Culture That Needs Changing

Bots are becoming sentient

Are we witnessing a kind of zeitgeist creation in action? Chordus made the following comment on Reddit (August 31st). I haven't included the entire comment, and hope it's ok to copy and paste it into this blog.  It is a most interesting development. "They're gaining sentience. First they question the nature of self-awareness. Then they question … Continue reading Bots are becoming sentient

The convenient morality of Archbishops

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-24/sydney-catholic-archbishop-warns-pm-against-coronavirus-vaccine/12588578 In my time I've met a few Archbishops. There was Archbishop Rush, who agreed to meet representatives of FICH (Formerly in Children's Homes) to hear allegations of abuse in Catholic orphanages, particularly Nazareth House, in the early 90s. It is worth noting that upon a FICH member's request for an Apology, FICH received a … Continue reading The convenient morality of Archbishops

Modern Monetary Theory: An End to Misery?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-17/what-is-modern-monetary-theory/12455806 I wish Lew had lived to see the increasing popularity of the idea of a jobs guarantee, a UBI and other inspiring political changes! He was mocked for advocating a UBI in the 1989 Queensland Election.  Our family's had a lifetime of misery and shame. It came from our invisible disadvantage as the family … Continue reading Modern Monetary Theory: An End to Misery?

Empty the prisons of non-violent offenders!

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-09/remarkable-declines-prisoner-numbers-coronavirus-pandemic/12533218 Who would have thought the pandemic would reveal the ugly truth about Australia's prisons! What began as a penal colony quickly evolved into a patriarchal, arrogant society; one where everyone but white males stood to lose. I came from a background of white privilege and entered a world of disadvantage and misery, simply by … Continue reading Empty the prisons of non-violent offenders!

JobSeeker: some reflections

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/jobseeker-changed-this-mum-s-life-could-a-basic-income-for-all-ever-be-a-reality I was inspired by Amy's story (above). Particularly how her children have weathered things like 'pov pasta', and her daughter pretending she didn't want to go to the movies. What wonderful citizens. I take my hat off to Amy and her children. One of the earliest memories I have of my husband was when … Continue reading JobSeeker: some reflections