Thursday, May 24, 2018

Bicentennial memories

May 9th was the 30th anniversary of the official opening of Australia's permanent Parliament House in Canberra. Despite being a news junkie, I completely missed that occasion.

www.canberratimes.com.au/canberra-news/parliament-house-turns-30-it-s-still-a-joy-to-work-here-20180501-p4zcqu.htm

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Pointless fury

Picture this situation. A football team loses a game to another football team. A supporter of the losing team is so upset, he leaves the stadium in disgust, and burns his club merchandise outside. This action is not that far removed from renouncing one's religious faith. This is a first world problem. Considering the current state of the world, it's hardly worth getting upset about, surely. Some sports fans take things way too seriously.

https://thefirstreserve.com.au/essendon-fans-scarf-stops-burning-half-way-through-ok/

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Misrepresentation

Portraits of Jesus similar to this one can be found hanging on the foyer walls of Mormon places of worship. As I regularly drive past one of their premises in my home town, and this portrait is large enough for me to see it from my car, I know this for a fact.

Notice that I haven't used the noun church to describe their buildings, because I believe that should only be used for places of worship used by legitimate Christian denominations. The Mormons are not a legitimate Christian denomination.

The other problem with this painting is that Jesus is depicted as blonde haired and Caucasian, whereas he was actually Jewish, and would have had a darker complexion.

It seems apt that a pseudo-Christian religious group that does not proclaim belief in the true Jesus would also have portraits of a fake Jesus on the walls of their places of worship.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

No cause for celebration

Today is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, the founding father of communism. Will those who see fit to celebrate this occasion spare a thought for the millions of people who were killed during the 20th century as a direct result of his ideas being implemented? Communist regimes killed millions of people in the former Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, North Korea, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, East Germany, and Ethiopia? Don't let the facts of history spoil your party, comrades.

http://nationalpost.com/news/world/happy-birthday-karl-marx-we-could-have-done-without-the-millions-dead

Friday, May 04, 2018

Uneven competition

Surely the real issue here is how the AFL is able to obtain government funding to build its stadiums, when other sports are arguably neglected.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-04/afl-is-supposedly-in-crisis-but-crowds-keep-turning-up/9723818?section=sport

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Looking up

Could North Korea and South Korea eventually reunify? It's not out of the question. It wasn't that long ago that the idea of German reunification was considered to be unlikely. 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Eccentric


Author Tom Bower has written a sensational new biography about Prince Charles, Rebel Prince. This article from the Sun, a quality masthead, has Clarence House refuting the allegations in this book, then says that it could not be reached for comment. Yes, that makes perfect sense. When I was a student, I was marked down for writing contradictions in assignments.

http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/charles-said-to-be-difficult-to-work-for-wants-to-sack-royal-staff-if-he-became-king/news-story/669e77f2657f0906bb133b435ed4d622