Half-arsed hyperboles are one of the worst things ever

Recently on ABC TV, newsreader Jeremy Fernandes referred to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service as “What’s thought to be one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in South Africa’s history”. This hyperbolic vagueness is nothing out of the ordinary. Our language harbours a growing cancer of over-the-top uncertainty.

Adventures in satellite navigation

Your GPS tells you the road to the winery is the other side of a farm gate across a dirt road. Instinct tells you the other side of the gate is a sheep paddock.

Relax, our nation’s bacon supplies are safe

The story circulating the world about a looming crisis in the bacon supply has turned out to be a load of porkies, just self-serving propaganda by the British National Pig Association. Who saw that coming? (The dead giveaway was that the media release urged consumers to  “make a point of selecting pork and bacon with the…

Local elections form guide: People’s Republic of Marrickville

Tomorrow is local government elections day across New South Wales and in my little organic tofu patch deep within the latte belt, we’re not spoiled for choice. For the first time in history, or something, the Liberal party is running candidates. If they poll anything like I expect, it’ll be the last time, too. They…

GST on overseas online sales: for fuck’s sake, do the maths!

New South Wales Treasurer Mike Baird has proposed lowering the GST-free threshold for online purchases from overseas from the current $1,000 to $30. This, he says, will raise hundreds of millions of dollars in additional GST revenue. He claims this could pave the way for abolishing stamp duty on housing and other state taxes. Bullshit….

I keep adding things to the list, so here’s the list

People who think the phrase ‘as a mother…’ lends moral authority to anything that comes after Media outlets that invite non-scientists to ‘have your say’ on topics of scientific debate People who say ‘…[person] that…’ or ‘…[non-person] who…’ (I’m looking at you, Tyra Banks) Inbox Zero zealots who are so pleased with their efforts to…