Mar. 22nd, 2016

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Mar. 22nd, 2016 10:49 pm
elfinblaze: (zamonia dangerous books)
- This is hilarious:
As question time began, Fairfax journalists walked out on strike in protest against 120 job cuts. The former Labor treasurer Wayne Swan was named and banned from the chamber for 24 hours. His colleague Stephen Conroy played Candy Crush while heckling the defence minister, Marise Payne.

A summary of the last sitting of parliament before the Easter break. And it's all true! (Well, I don't have a second source for the Candy Crush claim, but all the other activities described in the article are true.) They just forgot the mention the pyjama party at the end of the day. Yes, there are photos of politicians in pyjamas in the halls of parliament! I should also point out that Bruce Billson's valedictory speech went for an hour. An hour!

I can't help but think of The Muppets' song Cabin Fever. Imagining politicians as Muppets makes everything less headdesky.

- This is a good read too:
No healthy debate or productive engagement is ever going to be possible when attack on a person is considered equal to criticism of a property. That's flat-out ludicrous.

It a good job of explaining how people can sometimes over-identify with fiction in a way that becomes very personal. Too personal. I get that, but not the need to attack others who disagree. I'm a big fan of love what you love, live and let live.

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