Month one of the Trumpocalypse

It’s been almost a month since Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th President of the United States. Although we’re still two months away from the official beginning of the Trumpocalypse, we’ve been feeling the effects of it since election day. Here’s a look at what happened during the first month of the Trumpocalypse and how you can help the resistance. Hate crimes Suicide hotlines across the US received record numbers of phone calls after the…

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Processing the 2016 presidential election results

On Wednesday, I gathered with a large group of American Democrats, their families, and friends at a Richmond pub to watch the 2016 presidential election results live with America. There were about 100 people there and it was jovial at first, but it turned sour quickly. I thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win. Surely the most experienced candidate would beat the least experienced one who also happens to be a vulgar, tax-evading, exploitative racist and…

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On the 2016 US presidential election

It’s not only American expats watching the US presidential election with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Australia is watching too. I imagine that a great portion of the world is watching. And wondering how Trump became a candidate and if he can win. It is mind-boggling how anyone can support Trump. The reasons I’ve heard all fall apart under closer scrutiny. He’s not of or for the people, or self-made. He was born with a silver spoon…

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Black Lives Matter in Melbourne

Originating in the African-American community, the Black Lives Matter activist movement has arrived in Australia. Last weekend, there were Black Lives Matter (BLM) demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne. There was also rally in Perth this weekend. I was sick with a cold when I got the invitation on Facebook to go the Melbourne rally, but I couldn’t stay home. I’ve been watching the BLM movement with great interest since the 2013 shooting death of African American teen Trayvon Martin. I’d been…

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No lives matter to the NRA

“The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” “An armed society is a polite society.” How’s that working out, my dear America? Black Lives Matter Let me start at the beginning. Well, the beginning is in 1600, but this little blog entry ain’t got time for that. Let’s start at the hazy beginning of the latest series of shootings. July 5, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Two White police…

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4 lessons from the 2016 Australian federal election

Australia’s 2016 federal election took place Saturday, but the results aren’t in yet. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. The sausage sizzle is a big deal “Sausage sizzle” refers to both the community fundraising event and the sausage-on-bread food. Volunteers prepare barbecued sausages which are served typically on a single slice of white bread with optional grilled onions and sauces. Sometimes you’ll see other kinds of breads or a roll, but white bread is cheaper and…

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Scenes from the Midsumma Pride March

Rainbow flags waved proudly in St. Kilda this weekend. Yesterday was Melbourne’s iconic Midsumma Pride March, which recognises and celebrates Victoria’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender community. In almost four years of living in Melbourne, I had not attended, but this year I had a friend marching to honour the memory of someone he and his friends lost last year. The theme was Marriage Equality. It was a great event. Of course, there were various…

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Australia Day, Invasion Day

Isn’t today’s Google Doodle beautiful? For its 2015 Doodle 4 Google competition, Google asked Aussie kids, in years 1-10 to draw a doodle based on the theme “If I could travel back in time I would…” Out of more than 24,000 submissions, this is the National Winner. It’s called Stolen Dreaming by Ineka Voigt of Canberra High School, ACT. If I could travel back in time I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother…

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Refining the fine art of not giving a f*ck

Warning: This entry contains a lot of profanity. Without asterisks. When I was a teenager, I didn’t give a fuck what people thought of me. Frenemies made fun of me for wearing combat boots (the real deal purchased from a military surplus store) with short, floral dresses. I did not give a fuck because I knew I was fucking awesome. Boys made fun of me because I was a card-carrying feminist. I did not give…

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An Introduction to Effective Altruism

Most people I know are concerned about the world. Some care deeply about the environment and many are passionate about a variety of social issues. We support crowdfunding campaigns, attend public demonstrations, sign petitions, and generously donate to charity. But how effective are we? I’ve been thinking about this question for some time. The search for answers led me to the Effective Altruism movement. I think Effective Altruism is something anyone can do. What is Effective Altruism? Effective Altruism…

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International Women’s Day Carnival

It’s International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Every year, there is more to celebrate and it’s also a reminder of the work there is left to do. Here’s a carnival roundup of some great articles about International Women’s Day. In Long live International Women’s Day? I certainly hope not, Georgina Dent reminds us why we even have such a day. Do they consider the reason such events, or such an occasion, remains…

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Australia Day

If you were to ask me how Australian I feel, I’d say very little. There isn’t a day that goes by where I’m not reminded that not only am I a foreigner, which is bad enough, but that I’m American, which is probably the worst kind of foreigner. My otherness is highlighted most strongly on Australia Day. What is Australia Day? Celebrated annually on the 26th of January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of…

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