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Buzzfeed, the Garma Festival and the noble savage

Buzzfeed, the Garma Festival and the noble savage

For mine it is but a few short steps from the Buzzfeed treatment of this year's Garma Festival to a neo-romantic and naive view of contemporary Aboriginal society as "noble savages". But Buzzfeed can easily do better than 16 Photos, as we can see in this piece by Simon Crera, 16 Powerful Photos Of The Oldest Living Culture On Earth, which looked at the 2014 Garma Festival.

“Soft as, bruss!” Tony Jones flogs Adam Giles with a feather

“Soft as, bruss!” Tony Jones flogs Adam Giles with a feather

Giles can win this election, even with the odds stacked against him. Incumbency and being cashed-up will help with that but, with most of his senior list retiring he'll be hard pressed to put together a quality team if he does win, and the NT's economy is set to all-but-collapse in the next 12 months.

Daniel’s Law – a bad law gone for good

Daniel’s Law – a bad law gone for good

“Mr Deputy Speaker … I seek leave to withdraw Daniel’s Law from the Notice Paper.“ With those few words in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory on the first day of December 2015, NT Attorney-General John Elferink rang the death knell for “Daniel’s Law,” more properly the Sex Offender and Child Homicide Offender Public Website (Daniel’s […]

When bad cases make bad law. Jeremy Geia, the Yidindji and tilts at the windmill of indigenous sovereignty

When bad cases make bad law. Jeremy Geia, the Yidindji and tilts at the windmill of indigenous sovereignty

[Geia] was informed that he was entitled to bail under Section 8 of the Bail Act but given he did not recognise the Australian Law System bail was refused under Section 22 of the Bail Act. Watch House Bail was refused as the defendant stated that he would not attend court as per the undertakings required.

The Church Without Christ – Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood and the ‘Sunday Assembly’

The Church Without Christ – Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood and the ‘Sunday Assembly’

"Much of modern religion is a side show. The better your pitch, the more freakish your display, the more likely you are to get an audience."

Is the Flinders LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre an accomplice to Lance Armstrong’s fantasy?

Is the Flinders LIVESTRONG Cancer Research Centre an accomplice to Lance Armstrong’s fantasy?

I do not know whether Flinders did pay Armstrong or any organisations associated with him for the use of the trademark LIVESTRONG™ or the other matters raised here ... I think it is important that these questions be asked – particularly because we know so little ... about the arrangements between Armstrong and the South Australian government and other agencies in that state.

Bird of the Week: the Bush Stone Curlew as a harbinger of death … and more

Bird of the Week: the Bush Stone Curlew as a harbinger of death … and more

Young people, feeling hopeless, began to tell each other to follow their ancestors and kill themselves like Purrukapali. But the real story said something else. The true story was about creation, how our first man died to create the Curlew, from the spirit of our first woman, his wife, and how the moon was created from the spirit of Purrukapali's treacherous brother. This was the real story. How can we sort it out?" he asks. "How can we change the ending of the story?"

Po’ Monkey’s Lounge – Merigold, Bolivar County, Mississippi

Po’ Monkey’s Lounge – Merigold, Bolivar County, Mississippi

Dan Hipgrave: "A poster on the door warned: "Bring your liquor inside but not your beer." The walls were cluttered with posters and age-old postcards, while toy monkeys swung from the rafters. It was low lit – smoky but inviting, with beer and whiskey flowing freely."