Author Archives: Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

About Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

I'm a retired general who occasionally gets called back to save the republic before returning to my plough.

A modern religious newspaper

The Guardian claims to be scientifically-based but will always take the side of an extreme climate change policy. It is a work of fiction, as it rejects scepticism and sees the current bushfires through one lens: Australia is burning and … Continue reading

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2019: peak stupidity? Can Donald help?

We live in a weird world, at least in those western countries wealthy enough to afford indulgences and inefficiencies that are not able to be tolerated in poorer countries. For superstition has returned with a force not seen since medieval … Continue reading

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Christmas eve (2)

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Peter van Onselen and logic

For a man who majored in philosophy and therefore should have a reasonable grasp of classical logic, van Onselen’s latest op ed “Too small to matter doesn’t cut it” has an appalling lack of logic and an over reliance on … Continue reading

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A small request

With bushfires raging across Australia, there have been a large number of media reports about the need for ‘urgent action’ on climate change. These include a group of former fire chiefs “Emergency Leaders for Climate Action” and some medical practitioners … Continue reading

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A tale of two girls

One is creative, the other destructive. They are about the same age, although the latter is much more famous given today’s zeitgeist. It should be the other way – the world should be celebrating the former. Yet the destructive one … Continue reading

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Sophistry

Australia has an ageing population – that’s well known. Over time it is likely to lead to higher outlays (medicare, pension etc) and fewer taxes and hence pressure on the budget balance. Along comes Ian Silk of Australian Super who … Continue reading

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Weasel words and dog whistling by ABC Managing Director David Anderson

A Q&A episode has been pulled under instructions from Ita Buttrose because participants advocated advocate violence, arson and extrajudicial killings. Both Mona Eltahawy and Nayuka Gorrie called for unspeakable acts of violence. But David Anderson was less than forthright in his condemnation of … Continue reading

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ABC Classic lacks diversity

It is profoundly disappointing that there remains a huge gender disparity at ABC Classic FM. For example, for the top 100 composers countdown, only six were women. The channel celebrated Beethoven as the number 1 composer, what about Elena Kats-Chernin or Hildegard … Continue reading

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Recycling bins

Back in the early 2000s the great Penn and Teller had a series called Penn and Teller: Bullshit. One episode was about recycling bins – how many bins could be pushed out to residents before they would object. I think … Continue reading

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