Month three of the Trumpocalypse

Welcome to my third roundup of Trump news and commentary. The Trumpocalypse has officially begun. Donald Trump is an American business, television personality, and 45th President of the United States. The inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President was held on Friday, January 20, 2017. We’ll get to that, but first let’s look at some significant events leading up to the inauguration. #GoldenGate #GoldenGate dominated the news in early January. There are two parts to this…

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Month two of the Trumpocalypse

As I blogged last month, the Trumpocalypse doesn’t officially begin until 20 January, but we’ve been feeling the effects since the election. Here’s a look at some of the things that happened during the second month. The big news in December was that Trump became the President-elect, for real this time. The Electoral College formally voted for the president and Trump secured 306 electoral votes. Like every other President, Trump was selected as TIME’s 2016 Person…

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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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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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My Place in Australian Politics

You know how Buzzfeed has all those quizzes? Which Contemporary Artist Are You? Which “Twin Peaks” Character Are You? What Kind of Pocket Are You? Really, I’m not making that up. I need What Australian Political Party Do You Belong In? There are several political parties, but the two major players here are the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and the Liberal Party of Australia (Libs). At first glance, this sounded to me like two sides of the U.S. Democratic…

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The Auspol Election Spill 2013

I haven’t talked much about Australian politics on this blog because I struggle to understand it, but the political environment is so hot right now that I feel I need to say something especially for the benefit of my American Facebook friends puzzled by my updates on the subject (although my fellow expats and even Aussies are expressing confusion over recent events as well).

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Moving to Australia?

Barack Obama

One hundred million votes later, Election Day 2012 is over and Barack Obama is victorious.

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