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February, 2009


Open thread 25 Feb ’09

We love having you comment here at Pure Poison but it’s a little bit difficult for discussion to continue uninterrupted on specific posts when off-topic comments land in the middle of them. So each day we’ll launch an open thread where you can leave comments that don’t quite fit on one of the other posts. [...]

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Compare and contrast

Andrew Bolt has clearly been sweating bullets since Pure Poison was launched. Just now he has written about us for the third time since we kicked off last Thursday, and for the third time he has refused to name or link to this blog for fear that his readers might get the other side of [...]

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Good article ruined by self-promotion and teacher-bashing

Another week, another Piers. Mr Akerman’s latest piece starts off innocently enough as an analysis of the nature and mechanics of mourning in the wake of the tragic Victorian bushfires, but inevitably (and inexplicably) ends up in familiar Piers territory: self-promotion and eeeeevil leftist teacher-bashing. Takes a few pars, though. At the head of the [...]

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The Australian can’t be wrong forever

Fellow Crikey blogger (and supportive friend of this site in its first days) Mark Bahnisch has been mocked by both Tim Blair and The Australian for failing to predict the calling of the Queensland election. Bahnisch remained skeptical long after the Australian had decided, weeks ago, that an early election was about to be called [...]

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Pure Science: Seeing ideological bias in research findings

Most of our work here at Pure Poison deals with taking on specific instances of intellectual dishonesty in the media. We’re aiming to dismantle the flawed arguments and promote a genuine exchange of ideas. But it’s also important to step back and look at the processes of thinking and communication that help intellectual dishonesty to [...]

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Open thread 24 Feb ’09

We love having you comment here at Pure Poison but it’s a little bit difficult for discussion to continue uninterrupted on specific posts when off-topic comments land in the middle of them. So each day we’ll launch an open thread where you can leave comments that don’t quite fit on one of the other posts. [...]

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Closing the loop

Recycled dishonesty. I noticed much the same with the wind farm near Wonthaggi during the worst of Victoria’s heat wave: 28/1 3:00pm CALM 28/1 09:00am 4km/h 28/1 06:00am 4km/h 27/1 3:00pm 7km/h 27/1 09:00am 9km/h 27/1 06:00am 4km/h 26/1 03:00pm 15km/h 26/1 09:00am CALM 26/1 06:00am CALM Recycled rebuttal. Of course, Andy has selectively selected [...]

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More false allegations from rattled News Ltd. blogger

Just to set the record absolutely straight, Pure Poison is in no way responsible for a supposed attack on Andrew Bolt’s blog by identity-stealing insurgents, for which Bolt points his finger squarely at us. Dear readers, I have just deleted from this thread a comment from a reader saying he wished he’d “assassinated” Bob Brown [...]

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If you disagree with Clive Hamilton, you want children to view porn

Clive Hamilton’s flimsy defence in The Australian last week of Stephen Conroy’s ill-conceived internet filtering scheme, is a nastily flawed polemic that I can’t let pass without comment. First, he spends the first five paragraphs, a quarter of his article, on a bizarrely detailed fictional tale of a young boy finding pornography on the internet [...]

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How to fail a smear in three easy steps

Announce that regular commenters at your blog have had their names stolen by trolls, with racist comments posted in those names.  ALERT: We have detected in past two days a number of new readers – or old readers using new fake names – posing as racists and claiming to be my keenest supporters. This is [...]

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