Begun in 2008, it's unlikely that I'll regularly make entries to this blog, so do check my main site at

This blog is more likely to include posts of a political nature - and one that requires sisu on the part of many!

Archives dated prior to March 2008 are entries moved across from either LiveJournal or Octant.

Recent Posts


forecasting the new Pope

There will no doubt be numerous conflicting predictions as to who is likely to be elected our next Pope. Back prior to the election of Benedict XVI, I forecast the wrong individual (I thought he did not have much of a chance) but correctly predicted the name he was to adopt (Benedict).

Papal name

Of the names […]

'Meet Tarek Fatah'

ideacity on Broadcast Live Free

Why Children Shouldn't have the World at their Fingertips

The following originally appeared in Orion Magazine – well worth a read as a counter-balance to the all too common push towards extreme impulses.

By Lowell Monke*

THOMAS EDISON WAS A GREAT INVENTOR but a lousy prognosticator. When he proclaimed in 1922 that the motion picture would replace textbooks in schools, he began a long string of […]

'The Daily Bell' does it again!

Perhaps I am far more libertarian than I realise, or perhaps the past ten years under a State government that has seen the erosion of individual liberties fallen far more than anyone could have imagined, or perhaps it is the destructive elements being promulgated by our Australian Federal government over the past few years that […]

On a new Palestinian State

The PLO is seeking support for a new Palestinian State. Personally, I don’t see any problem with this, as long as it genuinely seeks for the proposed state to be a workable model. To this end, its surrounding countries need to be willing to cede small regions of their territory to allow for the formation […]

Australian 'Greens' – what an unfortunate stinking joke

OK – I’ll admit it. I too was conned in the past and in fact in a number of previous State and Federal elections voted, as second or even first preference, Greens. This was before Adam Bandt proved, by both his actions and his involvements, that the various rumours that had been circulating with regards […]

Why I voted NO to Labor in Victorian State election

Perhaps I should begin by coming out clean with regards to my own political leanings – and ‘leanings’ are all they are. I tend towards individual liberalism with a ‘social conscience’. In practical terms, this means that there are a number of areas in which, over the course of the history of Australian political parties, […]

Victorian elections 2010

Just curious… not so much about which side of politics we may each vote for, but rather the kinds of issues or processes we go through prior to voting…

Please answer honestly if participating 🙂


Please note that all answers below are randomly ordered. Ie, refreshing your browser will display the same answers in a different order. […]

Hey, UNESCO! Rachel's Tomb in Israel is NOT a mosque!

This is just another step showing how dysfunctional UNESCO and the UN in general have become. To classify Rachel’s Tomb in Israel as a mosque shows that it has become no more than a rubber stamp for islamicists.

It’s about time that nations spoke clearly about the fundamental failure of the high ideals that UNESCO once […]

'Triumph of the Tea Party'

Having recently mentioned (a couple of posts ago) The Daily Bell as one of the few socio-economic-political subscriptions I value, it was pleasing to read a quote with which I can only concur.

Arriving back at Heathrow late on Sunday night I felt – as you do on returning to Britain these days – as if […]