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Mar 17, 2012

Weekend Open Thread 17 March 2012

Welcome to a new weekend open thread, for discussing anything we haven't managed to post on yet. To inspire you, here's

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Welcome to a new weekend open thread, for discussing anything we haven’t managed to post on yet.

To inspire you, here’s Gerard Henderson arguing with himself.

It’s some years now since Dr (for a doctor she is) Margaret Simons broke off all contact with The Sydney Institute. Why, you might ask. [No. I didn’t – Ed]

[Yes. You did – First Gerard] [No. I didn’t, it was entirely rhetorical – Ed] [Oh, I see. I should’ve known – First Gerard] [Particularly since we’re the same person – Ed] [True. Do you think putting “Ed” remarks in my own text makes me look a little odd? – First Gerard] [Not at all, you’re extremely cool and everyone who matters thinks you’re awesome – Ed]

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26 thoughts on “Weekend Open Thread 17 March 2012

  1. Deziner

    A terribly biaseed intro to a piece in the Brisbane Times this morning. Starts with “Indonesian children caught on people smugglers’ boats” (emphasis mine).

    And the media wonders why we question their integrity.

  2. Angra

    AR – Sands was NOT interned without trial. He was tried and convicted of terrorist offences several times.

    In 1972, Sands joined the Provisional IRA. He was arrested and charged in October 1972 with possession of four handguns which were found in the house where he was staying. Sands was convicted in April 1973 sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and released in April 1976.

    On his release from prison in 1976, he returned to his family home in West Belfast, and resumed his active role in the Provisional IRA’s campaign. He was charged with involvement in the October 1976 bombing of the Balmoral Furniture Company in Dunmurry, although he was never convicted of this charge with the presiding judge stating that there was no evidence to support the assertion that he had taken part. After the bombing, Sands and at least five others were alleged to have been involved in a gun battle with the Royal Ulster Constabulary, although he was not convicted due to lack of evidence. Leaving behind two of their wounded friends, Seamus Martin and Gabriel Corbett, Sands, Joe McDonnell, Seamus Finucane and Sean Lavery tried to make their escape in a car, but were apprehended.

    Later, one of the revolvers used in the attack was found in the car in which Sands had been travelling. His trial in September 1977 saw him being convicted of possession of firearms (the revolver from which the prosecution alleged bullets had been fired at the RUC after the bombing) and Sands was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment within HM Prison Maze, also known as Long Kesh.

    He died of suicide after a prolonged hunger strike having previously become famous by daubing the walls of his cell with his own excrement.

    Nice bloke.

  3. Fran Barlow
  4. Matthew of Canberra


    Assange to run for senate. Nice one


    You can easily pick the really serious campaigns for senatorness. They’re the ones that don’t bother to pick a state, preferring instead to just run for “the Australian Senate”.

    That said, he does look like a cross between tintin and liam neeson in that picture.

  5. SHV

    Imagine someone winning a place in the Senate running on a single issue! Never happen!


    I see he got 14.8% and therefore was elected outright without the need for any preferences.

    If Assange ran in my state I’d vote for him.

  6. Matthew of Canberra

    Just listening to this week’s “On The Media”


    The first article is an interview with the guy behind “invisible children”, the maker of the youtube video that sent the world’s opinionators into a derp-frenzy. It’s worth a listen. There’s nothing TOO surprising in it, assuming you’re a basically-sensible person who took the thing on its face value. But it’s nice to hear a response from the author after all the nonsense that’s been written about it. And, this being NPR, there’s a fairly sensible range of questions about various differing points of view, including that of africans themselves. And yes, criticisms of the paternalist instinct and the attraction of easy virtue are indeed considered.

    There is still intelligent life on radio.