The myth that is ANZAC Day

April 23rd, 2014

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Ruling classes around the world have their national myths. These attempt to tie working people to the capitalist class through the false idea of nationhood – a recent historical development.
The Australian version of this national myth is ANZAC Day. It is supposedly the day Australia became a nation. It celebrates the defeat of Australia’s invading troops at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915.

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El Niño looking a little more likely

April 23rd, 2014

Rainbow Reporter wrote an intriguing post today on
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A hotter and drier summer than normal in eastern Australia is looking a little more likely with the Bureau of Meteorology reporting today that the likelihood of El Niño remains high, with all climate models surveyed by the Bureau now indicating El Niño is likely to occur in 2014. Six of the seven models suggest El Niño thresholds may be exceeded as early as July.

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Baptists and bootleggers and other news and views for Wednesday 23 April

April 23rd, 2014

Rainbow Reporter wrote an intriguing post today on
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Asteroid impact risks ‘underappreciated’

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Is there any point to cyber-comment?

April 23rd, 2014

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Dr Trevor Kerr – who provides regular comment on Croakey posts – has written in, wondering whether there is any point to providing online comment about health policy issues.

Of course there is (but I would say that, wouldn’t I) – if you see some value in open and engaged debate. I often pick up new and interesting takes on issues from Croakey comments myself. But I do agree with Kerr’s point below that fragmentation of public debate is a potential downside of the online publishing revolution.

Kerr writes:

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Somebody’s Having a Birthday

April 23rd, 2014

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It’s Shakespeare! Today is Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. Probably. Nominally. Well, we know he was baptised on the 26th, and it was usual for that to happen about three days after the birth. Also he died on April 23rd, 52 years later, so it appeals…

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