The Pickering Post
Sunday, 22nd October 2017

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NEWS IN A TIME WARP the way the cartoon is apropos of nothing

I was on a gurney being wheeled into a forbidding theatre. I stretched to see a wall clock that showed 3.20. “This will help you relax”, said an anaesthetist shoving some pink stuff on my tongue. I figured this would be a good time to review my atheist status. Hmmm, not likely.


Cosmic Cycles, not Carbon Dioxide, Control Climate.

Those who think the political war on carbon will lower Earth’s temperature or keep climate stable need to study climate history. Temperatures on Earth dance to a cyclic rhythm every hour, every day, every month, every season, every year, and to every beat of the sun-spot and glacial cycles.


The Incredible Transformation Of Stan

Stan came from an ethnic minority community. He says he faced racism. So have I. As have millions of others. Stan faced racism as a white man with aboriginal background. I faced it as a wog dago. My surname was a curse, in that it made me a target in the 1970s. I wasn’t ashamed of my surname, but was called all sort of names I can’t repeat here.

Dutton Plays The GetUp! Rentacrowds Off A Break

IMMIGRATION Minister Dutton showed why he’s considered one of the best government performers with his announcement ‘Baby Asha’ will be moved to an onshore community detention centre.


First there were the rumours. Soldiers based at Puckapunyal were told that halal ration packs were on the way. That was about a year ago. Then came the facts.

Voters flocking to ALA

(A re-post of Kirralie Smith's column in The Daily Telegraph)

THE Daily Telegraph recently ran a story written by Catherine McGregor. That article quoted former PM Tony Abbott saying: “At the moment no ­serious senior conservative figure has come out and ­demanded the formation of a new political party to combat extremism."

Reconciliation - Or The New Racism?

Three students in one of Queensland’s top Universities wandered into an unmarked (or at least under marked) facility looking to use a computer. They were stopped and questioned about their ethnic ancestry. When it turned out that they belonged to the “wrong” ethnic group they were refused access to the computers and asked to leave the facility.

Australians ‘Wrong’ On Islam - Liberal MP

DON'T you hate it when you’ve accidentally joined the wrong party, stood for pre-selection, got yourself voted in, then look around and find you’ve got almost nothing in common with your parliamentary colleagues?

The Write Stuff

Most people cannot spell… they think they can but they cannot. So a whole irrecoverable generation is basically unable to pass on a valuable treasure-house of true word meanings… thanks to that delinquent Whitlam who was besotted with phonetics.


Muslim Charities And Not For Profits Under The Spotlight

Finally, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC) is facing serious scrutiny. It could soon lose its status as a charity as the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) investigates ‘inappropriate use of funds’ at AFIC. And that should be simply the start of matters.

Hell hath no fury…

Cate McGregor had a hell of a hissy fit on Australia Day. They say that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Well, actually, William Congreve said that. William looks familiar. That’s because he is basically what you would get if you combined David Morrison (who we are all sick of seeing) and his jaded speechwriter, Cate McGregor (who we are also sick of seeing).

Me, Bubba and Banjo

One day we were given homework by the English teacher, Bubba Powell. He was the spitting image of Kevin Rudd with his ruddy baby face, insipid little quivering mouth and white hair. He was dentally challenged and avoided baring his grey, uneven teeth.