The Nun and the Stripper

by Peter McCarthy One of the challenges of being a sweet and innocent young lad recently escaped from the iron grip of the Sisters of Occasional Mercy, is that your fellow male Aussies feel it is their duty to thrust you into a world full of adventure. It all sounds like fun, but when you start […]

Can the Pope Be Detained?

by Peter McCarthy (reporting from Australia) This last week has seen some interesting commentary about whether the current Pope can be put on trial for covering up child abuse when he was Cardinal Ratzinger as late as November 2002. This report from St Oswald Foundation is one of the better ones for covering the options. […]

SPACE – The Final Y Front-ier?

The return of the space shuttle Endeavour on July 31 marked a great leap forward in the history of underpants. Returning to Earth was Astronaut Koichi Wakata of the Japanese space agency, JAXA, who had secretly been testing super jocks during his four months on the International Space Station. According to this daring astronaut, he […]

Pissy Could Drink

The township of Tom Price was full of interesting characters with different motivations. Some were there simply for the money, while others were trying to disappear from a former life. Pissy was a vet from WWII who survived 90-something missions as a navigator on a Lancaster bomber. He carried plenty of scars from shrapnel suffered […]

Do Violent Video Games Actually Teach Us to be Peace-loving?

It’s fashionable at the moment to present the world as diving into chaos and to claim we are suffering ever-reducing personal standards and that, as a result, governments should legislate away every last bit of free will in the misguided theory that to do so means all their new rules will be followed without question. […]

Australia’s Reaction to the Election of Barack Obama

In an unusual turn of events for Australia, and more than likely as a measure of relief felt around the country, the inauguration of Barack Obama was telecast on several television stations, which indicated that the expectations in Oz are easily as high as those of his fans in the States. After an initial acceptance […]

Where to Hide the Bodies?

With folk looking to lessen their impact on the environment, the subject of burial has popped up. It makes for a very interesting discussion. In Oz, cremation is used for 90% of burials. That is a total turnaround from the early 1900’s when it was very rare not to be buried “6 feet under“. When […]

Living Under a Yellow Sky, or Detecting the “Mad Scientist”

As a fan of science fiction, I have been wondering how long it would be before someone started talking about terraforming planet Earth, and it has finally come up for discussion with scientists talking about pumping sulphur high into the atmosphere. (See the transcript of Radio National’s Background Briefing here) Anyone nervous yet? History, rather […]

The Island of Lesbos Sues Lesbian Groups

News Flash – The island of Lesbos has taken exception to “lesbians,” or as the spokesperson gently put it, “certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos,” using the term “lesbian.” As he so aptly stated, “My sister can’t say she is a Lesbian.” I note he forgot to add the Australian (and Jerry […]

Why Does America Think it Has the Right?

Five years after “Mission Accomplished,” I still marvel at how Americans feel it is their “right” to interfere in the politics of other countries. And not just Iraq. A number of smaller countries have been subjected to their interference. It seems that if a politician can drum up a case of national security, they automatically […]