“Such is the saturation of guns in the US, it has given rise to a persuasive, if perverse, logic: a sensible person would be armed. For decades now, the American people have engaged in an arms race against themselves.”
Despite this year averaging one mass shooting a day, and pleas from the president for legislative changes, the United States clings to its literalist interpretation of the right to bear arms.
“A new Australian dream is needed. I like to imagine a future where the housing affordability crisis creates something amazing and unintended. A life that isn’t trapped in the foothills of shelter and safety, that instead draws its meaning from love and belonging and self-esteem.”
Letters, Poem & Editorial
Game already over
I enjoyed James Brown’s comprehensive, as can be, coverage of the players in the Game of Syria (“The deepening quagmire”, October 3-9). Without a shadow of doubt in my mind (as a former …
Acclaimed director Jocelyn Moorhouse returned from the US because family was more important than the Hollywood machine.
Incoming QTC artistic director Sam Strong on not always sticking to the script.
Studies suggesting dogs can detect cancer may lead to innovative early detection technologies.
A visit to a theme park where the theme is the nation itself, and the tourists are locals.
Weightlifter Simplice Ribouem’s journey from Cameroonian asylum seeker to Australian Olympic Games hopeful.
Alabama. (Bonus points: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas.)
The air capacity of lungs.
North Queensland Cowboys; Hawthorn.
“According to what the Bible is presenting it does appear that 7 October will be the day that God has spoken of: in which, the world will pass away.”
The leader and founder of the eBible Fellowship foretells of the Apocalypse. In fairness, he is a full four years closer than his previous prediction of May 21, 2011.
“I’m only a little person, but it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
The cancer survivor celebrates a High Court win against the patenting of genes by drug companies. There is no joke about this: it is good and sensible news.
“I am confident that the record will be well appreciated as time goes by.”
The former prime minister talks legacy with political journal the Manly Daily. The record in question was not, alas, for number of onions eaten while in office.
“The Premier’s Literary Awards were not cancelled, they were not banned, we simply took away some sponsorship.”
The former Queensland premier speaks on the launch of his biography. He didn’t lose the last election, either; the public just took away some votes.
“It was a prophecy that has come true.”
The former honorary federal treasurer of the Liberal Party celebrates the resignation of federal director Brian Loughnane, who in this telling is a kind of Banquo to Higginson’s witches.
“Smiling, happy Holy Father leaving after most effective visit ever.”
The media magnate continues to use Twitter to communicate with the Ghost of Christmas Past. Or whatever it is he’s doing.