Today’s gratuitous advice to the internet:

You can’t just take an American political meme, change a couple of names but not the numbers, and repost it to an Australian audience claiming that the principle is the same. That’s just as unprincipled as you claim the politicians are.


If it means that much to you, do the research and make a genuinely local version based on the same premise. It wouldn’t be too hard to find out what the actual figures are for Australia, and while you’re at it, you might learn that we don’t call them majority and minority leaders. Mind you, if you did do the research, it might turn out that the numbers don’t support your point as much as the numbers that just seemed about right.

By the way, the American figures are bullshit too.

If the media doesn’t rip Turnbull for “neoconrovianism,” the way they did Keating for “recalcitrant,” Beazley for “boondoggle,” and Rudd for “programmatic specificity,” then we will know something is up.

Where did my other question go?!?

The one about the service?

Should i use a service or build my own?

You should build your own service and use that.

You know how people always say "don't worry, You'll get there" as a form of encouragement when you're feeling blue. Where is "there" exactly?

Buggered if I know, Mal.

No, Tumblr! I know what you’re trying to do and it won’t fucking work!

No, Tumblr! I know what you’re trying to do and it won’t fucking work!

In nearly 15 years of political discussion online, I am yet to meet a right-winger who will calmly and rationally explain to me why I’m wrong and they’re right.

I would genuinely like to know. I honestly want to hear their reasoning.

But if I am able to break through the slogans, accusations and non sequiturs, then they’re suddenly too busy to talk.

I’m beginning to think they don’t really know.

Do you know what I hate most about the internet?

Yes, I know it’s a crowded field but this one is way out in front - even ahead of idiots who go Godwin at the drop of a hat and and people posting hoaxes that were debunked five years as if it’s brand new research.

Whenever there is some well-justified outrage online, it won’t be long before some compassion hipster pipes up and says something along the lines of:

Oh, everyone is upset about [thing we’re actually talking about] but nobody cares about [thing that we’re NOT actually talking about].

Most adults are able to hold more than one thought at once. Even being compared to Hitler takes some kind of creative thinking but the compassion hipster just wants to bag you for not being as visibly upset about their particular crusade.

If you need it spelt out for you, here it goes:

Just because I’m angry about the stupid slaughter of a giraffe DOES NOT MEAN I don’t care about the slaughter of cows in abattoirs. (and yes, I am a vegetarian, but that shouldn’t be a prerequisite of giving a shit).

Just because I am upset about the treatment of animals in the live export trade DOES NOT MEAN I don’t care about refugees.

Just because I’m bothered by the treatment of asylum seekers DOES NOT MEAN I don’t care about people in refugee camps OR homeless Australians.

Just because I am concerned about conditions for workers in Chinese factories DOES NOT MEAN I don’t care about child slavery. (and yes, I do own a smartphone. Judge me as you see fit.)

Just because I care about the tens of thousands of civilians killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars DOES NOT MEAN I don’t care about the western soldiers sent to those wars OR anyone caught up in other wars around the world. 

Are we clear now? Did I even need to say that? Because if I did, then fuck you! Anyone who thinks I am that simple-minded, or even allows for the possibility, can FUCK RIGHT OFF.

Perhaps you can only think of one thing at a time, but don’t project that onto me.

Okay, what do you want to know?