XYZ SATIRE: Australian Greens Express Enthusiastic Support for Iranian Nuclear Program!

The leader of the Australian Greens, Richard Di Natale, announced today that his party had pledged its full support to Iran's fledgeling nuclear program. He described the UN sponsored sanctions regime against Iran as...

On Missing the Point Completely

Today’s musings begin with a personal disclosure – Boethius is a partnered philosopher. The POB (‘Partner of Boethius’) is a very gentle soul, not given to expletive peppered rants during late night repeats of...

A special Q&A next week

A special Q&A next week. For the first time we are live from a pre school in the heart land of Australian suburbia. With affordable child care sure to be an issue in the...

The Nanny State and the Reasonable Man

Following on from some reflection about the Nanny State, I would like to explore the nanny state's relationship with the reasonable man. "In law, a reasonable person (historically reasonable man) is a composite of a...

It’s time to end our abusive relationship with the ABC.

If I can risk a little self mockery, it seems that our forum doubles on Mondays and Tuesdays as a self-help group for those who can't believe what Q&A did this time, and surely...

Staying in the closet

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to attend a session of LGBTIQ training. The presenter of this training, a woman from a homosexual human resources advocacy organisation stressed that there are still some gay, lesbian, bisexual,...

What will be the next ‘big thing’ in the anti-Civilisation movement?

It was reported this weekend that change in the Sun's activity will plunge the earth into a mini ice age. New models of the Sun's solar cycle is generating 'unprecedentedly accurate predictions,' suggesting that...

10 things I’d rather be doing at 9.30pm tonight instead of putting myself through...

10 things I'd rather be doing at 9.30pm tonight instead of putting myself through another Q&A: 1. Watching 'An Inconvenient Truth' over cocktails at a Greenpeace fundraiser 2. Listening to Philip Adams on Radio National 3. Attending...

The coming insect apocalypse and how to avoid it…

One of the weirdest films I had to watch at school in the early 1970’s as part of my education was ‘The Hellstrom Chronicle,’ a sort of science fiction documentary presented in an earnestly...

Sarah Sea Patrol

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is to spend the winter break from federal parliament in the sunny Mediterranean, taking part in search and rescue operations with the Italian navy. The Senator was reported to be very...

Who is really responsible for the Nanny State?

On a very superficial level I agree with the basic arguments of this article - idiots spoil it for everyone, people who move into the inner-city shouldn't complain about the noise, etc. But there is...

The Arrogance of the ABC

The arrogance of the ABC together with its utter contempt for the taxpayers who fund it, is perfectly captured in the quote below from a 'senior ABC source,' in today's Sneering Morning Herald. It's...

Tattoos – a modern attempt to find meaning?

I find it startling how mainstream tattoos have become in just the last few years. I remember that up until the late 1990s, tattoos were the choice tribal and identity markers for those on the...

‘Weather’ is not climate, stupid!

As I write, a massive cold front is sweeping its way across South Eastern Australia. Blizzards are expected in the Victorian and New South Wales Alpine Regions, and parts of Queensland may even get...

Labor no ‘U’

When Boethius was a much younger, and fitter, sage, he entered the workforce direct from spectacularly failing first year Arts at a well known University by obtaining a labouring job in an abattoir. The...

XYZ Weekend Arts: Why you should present music to your children in chronological order,...

In part 1 of this essay, I discussed how a child can absorb 600 years worth of "Classical Music," through from conception to the end of their blissful years of school-free life. In part...

Pop Princes in the Poop

Pop star Ariana Grande has sparked controversy in America after she licked a donut she did not buy, and was caught on camera saying that she "hates America" and "hates Americans." She offered a...

Greens defend political donation record…. So nobody else can hold it.

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for an urgent reform of political donation laws to ensure that the Greens continued to hold the record for the largest single political donation ever made in Australia. Comrade...

Kyrgios calls Fraser a “Racist Dyke.”

The war of words between Nick Kyrgios and Dawn Fraser continues unabated. After Kyrgios tanked a couple of points in his fourth round loss at Wimbledon, Dawn Fraser said in a TV interview that...

Lies and statistics

Over the last few days in the wake of the Greek financial crisis, a great deal of confusion and misinformation has been injected into the public forum. One of the most starling pieces of misinformation...