Women’s Liberation

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/womens-liberation-2020-conference-tickets-92854260593 Join us for a range of speakers talking on issues of vital importance to women's liberation. *Blowing the whistle on women’s sport *There is no such thing as Homogenderality: “gender identity” and lesbian erasure *The sex industry: Making connections, recognising harm *Self Identity legislation Panel *Why "sex work" is NOT work Followed by group … Continue reading Women’s Liberation

Chile Wakes Up! Social Upheaval and Territorial Assemblies

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 4th of March at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.  It will be addressed by long-time activist in Chile, Penny Glass, who is about to return to Santiago, Chile, where she has recently been observing and participating in … Continue reading Chile Wakes Up! Social Upheaval and Territorial Assemblies

Assange Extradition trial

It is easier to extradite a person from Britain to the US than the other way round. The US requires evidence from the Brits that a crime has been committed. When an US intelligence office's wife killed a teenager on his bike while exiting an army base in the UK on the wrong side of … Continue reading Assange Extradition trial

Local government and Land Rights

"Native title is not Land Rights and Reconciliation is not Justice" – Gary Foley at Sam Watson’s funeral 6 December 2019. Paradigm Shift Friday 28 Feb 2020 4ZZZ fm 102.1 at noon. Yesterday on Thursday 27th Feb I drove out to Deebing Creek near Ipswich about an hour from Brisbane. I went via the Centenary … Continue reading Local government and Land Rights

Solidarity with Julian on ‘Only Human’

Julian Assange took on the US Wikileak'd ten years war in Afghanistan Julian roams downstairs in Woolwich Court ... Waiting to be taken through tunnel to Belmarsh Prison ... No Wikileaks today about Sapper Jamie Larcombe No mention of his Afghan mate Both dead in Mirabad - Ian Curr, Last Train to Mirabad On Monday … Continue reading Solidarity with Julian on ‘Only Human’

How Labor governs in Ipswich

“Opportunism will always produce Opportunists. Once you allow the politician to boss the show, he will give away everything to save himself, because he believes himself indispensable to the show, and in fact ends by becoming the show himself, and making a holy show of the rest of us. The supposed strong point made by … Continue reading How Labor governs in Ipswich

Climate Justice – when King George Square is full

Climate Change rally, King George Square, 10 Jan 2020. The following statement was released by various organisations calling for a national day of action to demand climate action on February 22, 2020. *** National Day of Action on Climate Change 2019 was the year the climate crisis became impossible to ignore for millions. School strikers … Continue reading Climate Justice – when King George Square is full

At the theatre – ‘The Neighbourhood’

Real Stories.Real people. Presented by La Boite & Multicultural Australia, in association with Empire Theatres The revelatory work tracks seven individual, real-life journeys from the experience of fleeing homelands, to seeking refuge and creating, fostering and discovering a new community (or neighbourhood) in Australia. The Neighbourhood promises an evening of honest, authentic, and deeply moving … Continue reading At the theatre – ‘The Neighbourhood’

Witness K

The Timor Sea Justice Forum is launching #Drop the Prosecutions today! (Why today? See below **)Please read the Statement below and pass it on to your networks.  Here's a pdf. Australians were ashamed and angry when reading reports that our government spied on the East Timorese Prime Minister’s cabinet rooms during critical oil and gas negotiations. The aim was to gain economic advantage illegally … Continue reading Witness K

Mission Critical – is saving our planet still possible?

Dr John Sinclair AO, founder of the Fraser Island Defenders Organisation (FIDO) died on 3rd February 2019.FIDO is honoring the outstanding contribution John made to conservation generally, and Fraser Island (K’Gari) in particular, by establishing the John Sinclair Memorial Lecture.This pioneering conservationist spent decades fighting first sand mining and then logging on K’Gari before it was … Continue reading Mission Critical – is saving our planet still possible?

Assange solidarity in Brisbane

WBT posts this message from Ciaron O'Reilly from the local Bring Julian Home Campaign. Ciaron's leaflet from UK vigil *This week we continue with a Mon - Fri/ 9am - 1pm Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange outside the UK consul 100 Eagle St Brisbane.** Julian's extradition hearing in London begins Mon Feb 24th - we … Continue reading Assange solidarity in Brisbane

Local Government in Queensland, broken?

Clock strikes the hourtrains roar down the linechildren are playing their gamesroad workers digmother pleads with her sonboard meeting counts out the gain - Sounds of Our Town by Jumping Fences Paradigm Shift on community radio 4zzz (fm 102.1 Fridays at noon) is covering Queensland local government elections. This is the second in a series … Continue reading Local Government in Queensland, broken?

Statisticisation

Thanks Andy for your essay on statistics.

During the industrial revolution in the 19th century, people were concentrated in towns often near factories. To entertain themselves, the new urban classes gambled on horse races, on sport, on anything really.
In order to calculate the odds of a horse winning (say) required a knowledge of probability and therefore statistics.

Well, that’s my take on how statistics evolved under capitalism.

andypaine

“There are three types of lies,” the old saying goes: “lies, damned lies, and statistics”. Learning to distrust the supposedly simple mathematical truths of statistics is an essential survival mechanism for navigating our way through advertising promises and endless conflicting reports.

And yet I feel like over the years I’ve seen statistics becoming more and more prominent in our culture, taking on influence where once they seemingly had no relevance.

One of those areas is sport. American sports always loved statistics, and cricket by its bizarre nature always lent itself uniquely to mathematical analysis. But in recent years this has been taken to newheights – each year the television coverage boasts of some elaborate new way of crunching numbers. Popular website cricinfo has a regular feature of statistical analysis so detailed it has to be seen to be believed.

Other sports too have seemingly become obsessed with stats – soccer…

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No tales past Gailes

'No Tales past Gailes' I wonder how residents of Ipswich and neighbouring shires feel about this claim? People who for over 40 years said that Pisasale was a crook. Workers who witnessed the rip offs and yet saw how Pisasale was cleared by the CCC on at least one previous occasion. How do such claims affect the credibility of the Pisasale's deputy, the most experienced councillor in Queensland, Paul Tully, who maintained a code of silence for so many years?

350.org – #CutAllTies

It’s a short 800m walk from the Minerals Council office to Parliament House in Canberra. The well-worn path between the coal lobby and our elected representatives was lined with bushfire debris yesterday as bushfire survivors, Pacific Climate Warriors and activists highlighted the coal lobby’s 20 years of blocking government action on climate change. If you’re keen … Continue reading 350.org – #CutAllTies

Climate of Hope

It is curious that people place emphasis on the threat of nuclear power being introduced in Australia when there is such abundance in solar and wind power which are much cheaper than the nuclear alternative. More needs to be done to stop uranium mining and export to countries that already have nuclear power which endangers lives and produces radioactive waste.

Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ) coverage of 2020 local government election

Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ FM 102.1 Fridays at noon is covering of the 2020 local government elections. Emphasis is being placed on independent candidates. So far we have interviewed anti-corruption campaigners Rob Pyne (Cairns), Jim Dodrill (Ipswich). This week we will be interviewing Gary Duffy (Ipswich) and Chelle McIntyre (Toowoomba). Brisbane City Hall 1958 If people … Continue reading Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ) coverage of 2020 local government election

The ‘good oil’ on Climate Change

When discussing the Climate Crisis with others, you need good reliable information – here are my recommended websites Drawdown – give the solutions in order of environmental, economic and social prior for addressing climate crisis by drawing down CO2 and other greenhouse gases to safe levels https://www.drawdown.org/solutions Converting the Australian Economy especially energy / transports / heavy industry … Continue reading The ‘good oil’ on Climate Change

Cuban cyclist, Arlenis Sierra performs well in Australia

Feb 6: After winning the yellow jersey in the first stage of the 2020 Herald Sun Tour, being held in regional Victoria, Cuban cyclist Arlenis Sierra, riding with the Astana team has finished third overall in the race. This comes on the back of winning Cadel's Race in 2019 and coming second this year in … Continue reading Cuban cyclist, Arlenis Sierra performs well in Australia

Cuba Friendship

General Meeting - All Welcome 2020 National ConsultationCuba sends message of support to the Australian peopleCuban cyclist, Arlenis Sierra performs well in AustraliaPunishing travel, a constant goal in Trump's policy against CubaHeadlines General Meeting - All Welcome Tuesday 11th February 6.30 pmMeeting Qld Council of Unions Building Level 2 16 Peel Street South Brisbane The Australia-Cuba Friendship … Continue reading Cuba Friendship

Harry, Meagan and Marx

So reads the headline for Bagehot' s column for The Economist on January 18, 2020.A sub-head warns that 'Brand Sussex represents the biggest threat to the monarchy so far.' The Suss-exiters threaten 'to unleash the spirit ofcapitalism on the very core of the monarchy.' (Full text follows.)What's new? 'By Appointment' has adorned labels for soap, … Continue reading Harry, Meagan and Marx

Electric car costs $6,000 to build

Far away from Tesla HQ in California, Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car. https://www.facebook.com/wbt2006/posts/1492816570883743 Far away from Tesla HQ in California a Nigerian student builds a cheap electric car Change parking meters into charging meters!

Change Toowoomba

Toowoomba is second largest city in the Murray Darling Basin. It is probably Queensland's most conservative population centre (in the south-east, at least). For a long time Toowoomba has been a racist town with fascist organisations such as the League of Rights based there. Toowoomba's main football stadium was offensively named the Nigger Brown Stand. … Continue reading Change Toowoomba

2020 Qld Local Government Elections

“These are dangerous daysTo say what you feel is to dig your own grave” – Sinead O’Connor Paradigm Shift on community radio 4zzz (fm 102.1 Fridays at noon) - Friday 7 Feb - is covering Queensland local government elections. This is the first in a series in the lead-up to voting on 28 March 2020. … Continue reading 2020 Qld Local Government Elections

Vigil in solidarity with Julian Assange

*Make phone contact (preferably text) if you can join me at any stage  over the next three weeks in a solidarity vigil with Julian outside the U.K. Consul 100 Eagle St. Brisbane Ciaron Ph. 0402 252 354 Monday 10 FEB to Friday 14 FEB9AM - 1PM Monday 17 FEB to Friday 21 FEB9AM - 5PM Monday … Continue reading Vigil in solidarity with Julian Assange