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The Language of Mistrust

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Language constantly evolves, and we coin new words and phrases to fit the zeitgeist – the dominant set of ideals and beliefs at any time. While usually language and pop culture are reflections of this zeitgeist, features of said culture can be hard to identify because we are deep inside of it. However, by studying the new words that have been coined, we can get a greater insight into the trends around us. I’ve noticed the increased use…

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Run-off vs Two-candidate-preferred

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The recent French Presidential election highlights the differences in voting systems between the run-off and the two-candidate-preferred system used (but not that well understood) in Australia. The outcome of the election process is to determine which (one) candidate is the choice of the people, and therefore has a mandate to rule on behalf of the people. When there are exactly two candidates, this is easy: one candidate would usually have more than 50% of the vote, and the…

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Jimmy Carter opts for Encephalectomy

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In a remarkable press conference, former US president Jimmy Carter announced a radical course of treatment for his cancer-riddled body. Doctors found a small tumor on his liver and diagnosed melanoma, which was later found to have spread to four spots on his brain. On hearing the news, Carter consulted with experts from the Carter Centre for Peace, the Carter Centre for Human Rights, and the newly established Carter Centre for Fixing All World Problems….

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How to win a PR war

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Here is a simple, step-by-step, guide to winning a public relations war. 1. Be a victim. The world loves a victim. Victims are by definition helpless, so they need someone to help them (see 2a), and there are no shortage of do-gooders out there looking for victims to help (whether or not they can actually help them). It doesn’t matter if you actually were a victim, if you were a victim yesterday, 20 years ago, 200…

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Federal Election – who is the Biggest Loser?

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Well, after seventeen excruciating days, we finally have a result to our federal election. Or do we? What will really result from this national experience? Most elections have winners and losers, although it’s hard to spot a winner anywhere this time. So who are the losers? Firstly, Julia Gillard. She called an election following her coup to take over from Kevin Rudd, to seek a mandate from the Australian people for her leadership. She didn’t…

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Deconstructing the Left

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I might have finally understood the Left. These days, the stance of the Left is best explained by one of my favourite jokes – the social worker joke: Two social workers are walking down the street late at night. As they turn a corner, they see a man lying in the gutter. He is bruised and bleeding, his clothes torn, and moaning with pain; clearly he has been attacked. He sees the two people and…

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