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Annual Reading Diary 2014

January 4th, 2015 · Comments Off on Annual Reading Diary 2014 · Uncategorized

2014 “Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy“, Christopher Hayes. Buy –Borrow – Toss “The Narrow Road to the Deep North“, Richard Flanagan. Buy –Borrow – Toss “The Blunders of Our Governments”, Anthony King and Ivor Crewe. Buy –Borrow – Toss “A Premier’s State”, Steve Bracks. Buy –Borrow – Toss “The Australian Moment: How we were made for these times”, George Megalogenis. Buy –Borrow – Toss “How Labour Governs”, Vere […]

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Good Career Advice – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Good Career Advice – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg · Uncategorized

Levitt told his students they would be smart to live below their means, so they could always have the flexibility to afford taking a different job if it was lower-paying.

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I Had Known it and Rejected it – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner

November 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on I Had Known it and Rejected it – “Leaving the Atocha Station”, Ben Lerner · Uncategorized

Various people greeted us and Teresa detached from me to kiss them and I was acutely aware of not being attractive enough for my surroundings; luckily I had a strategy for such situations, one I had developed over many visits to New York with the dim kids of the stars: I opened my eyes a […]

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November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on · Uncategorized

Perhaps the most surprising fact in T-Bone’s ledgers was the incredibly low wage paid to the young members who did the dirtiest and most dangerous work: selling drugs on the street. According to T-Bone’s records, they barely earned minimum wage. For all their braggadocio, to say nothing of the peer pressure to spend money on […]

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Journeys are the Midwives of Thought – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton 

June 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Journeys are the Midwives of Thought – “The Art of Travel” – Alain de Botton  · Travel, Uncategorized

Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than moving planes, ships or trains. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is before our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, and new thoughts, new places. […]

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“Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Democracy, Uncategorized

..most parliamentarians saw very little of Canberra, and from their point of view there was not much to see.

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Statement of Views: Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby

May 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on Statement of Views: Baz Luhrmann’s Gatsby · Uncategorized

I don’t usually use this Tumblr as a forum for commentary, but I can see from the reaction to the release of the trailer of this movie that I need somewhere to put my views on this on the public record. The below was originally posted at a now virtually extinct social media site when […]

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“The Fall of Berlin 1945” – Antony Beevor

April 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on “The Fall of Berlin 1945” – Antony Beevor · Communism, Uncategorized, WW2

Then Roosevelt announced without warning that United States forces would not remain in Europe for more than two years after Germany’s surrender. Churchill was privately appalled.

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Australian Labor Leaders

March 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Australian Labor Leaders · Uncategorized

stopitiloveit: Party likes, Public likes, Winners. Updated to account for feedback.

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Leadership in the Environment Movement – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on Leadership in the Environment Movement – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Environmental Policy, Ideology, Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics, Uncategorized

(Keating) said the environment movement no longer had leaders, just people ‘matching press release for release’. The lobbies thought they had a ‘moral lien’ over the environment, but they had no such thing, he said—the issue belonged to the nation.

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