So here you have one of the consequences of the UK’s CHIS Act (see relevant link post) – violent, misogynistic far-right extremists given free reign to abuse their girlfriends because they’ve been granted immunity from prosecution for anything. Just outrageous.
Good article from the BBC here. Australia’s ethnic diversity is not at all well represented in our parliament, and the article points to the recent cases of Kristina Keneally sidelining the already-preselected Tu Le in Fowler, and Andrew Charlton pre-empting a preselection vote at all in Parramatta, as examples of how diverse representation is a very low priority for Labor (but not at all a priority for the Libs).
What a ghoulish facet of modern-day capitalism. How a person’s “publicity rights” can get acquired by some profit-minded institution who sells licensing in a way the actual individual would’ve hated.
Article about the British “spycops” scandal, and how the British state is still prioritising the cops’ “rights” over their victims’. Quote from the article:
“It’s always about their dignity and their right to family life and their right to privacy” — versus its care for those they have manipulated and emotionally tortured.
Just an incisive piece ripping into Scott Morrison, his Pentecostalism predicated on a complete lack of empathy for the “less fortunate”, and his opposition to the secularism that characterises Australia (and is even set out in our constitution). Good stuff.
Link: “The time SUSE, the German Linux company, banned mentioning Jewish holidays.” by Brian Lunduke
To me this is a genuinely shocking story of anti-Semitism, mostly because it’s all so petty. Like, telling the social media guy to keep up the posts wishing everyone a happy every-other-religion’s-holiday but delete the Jewish ones? And immediately firing anyone who points out how dodgy this is? Then purposely scheduling your annual conference during the High Holy Days when there were other days that would’ve worked better anyway? Like, FUCKIN’ WHY? It’s so bizarre. My sympathies go out to any Jewish person who had to work in that environment (not that I expect any of them to read this, but just in case, hah).
Had not been aware of this episode in history, but this is great! How striking schoolchildren managed to force the abolition of corporal punishment in London’s state schools in 1972.
Short account of the banning of Esperanto and the beginning of persecution of its speakers in Nazi Germany.
Good article about the Black Panthers, and particularly their free breakfast program.
There are cultural, financial and emotional gaps that exist between working-class creative people and the affluent, networked and mostly private school-educated gatekeepers of Australia’s arts and culture. There are extra hurdles faced by people of diverse gender, sexuality, ability and race, and by those living outside the major cities – leading to an entire creative culture that, to an outsider, looks largely monolithic: a lot of white, wealthy people who seem to already know each other.
Such an important (and true!) article. Another part (in addition to the quote above) that stood out to me was this about average wages earnt in the arts, showing just how likely you are to be able to make a living off them (particularly as a writer) if you do not come from a wealthy, well-connected, private school background:
In 2017, in the last major study done on the issue, the Australia Council found that artists made on average of $18,800 a year from their creative work. For writers it’s a lot lower, with nearly 50% earning less than $2,000 a year according to a survey run by the Australian Society of Authors in 2020.