around the traps

I saw this: Twitter / vanbadham: I despaired about Tony Abbott ... then looked up a few more quotes from Abbott's book.

Conservatism starts with an appreciation of what is and what has been and tries to discern the good from patterns of conduct. Conservatism prefers facts to theory; practical demonstration to metaphysical abstraction, what works to what’s in the mind’s eye. To a conservative intuition is as important as reasoning; instinct as important as intellect…

- Tony Abbott, ‘Battlelines’ (2009)

...which is interesting as it captures the twisting of the words 'fact', 'theory' and 'good'. Facts to Abbott means solely 'what feels right to Abbott' (In the case of the Coalition v the ABC, 'feelpinions' have become evidence | World news | If someone presents facts that contradict his comfort zone, he will dismiss them as 'theory' and anything he does is 'good'. This goes a long way to understanding how he can glibly dismiss leading global economists, the entire climate change scientific community or even his own sister's sexuality. I suppose people with the same comfort zone will applaud him for trusting his gut over science, economics, human rights and diplomacy.

around the traps

around the traps

around the traps

2013 mix tape

(There used to be a Grooveshark playlist here, but then record companies happened.)

  1. Sex Rocket (Original Version) - Tycho Brahe (who can resist, particularly with the lego film clip...)
  2. JAL to Tokyo - Underworld (the sound of flying and culture shock, perhaps? ;))
  3. Walk On - Hilltop Hoods (probably the track of the year for me, in many ways)
  4. Screenwriter's Blues - Soul Coughing (just love the feeling this captures a little moment)
  5. Nightswimming - R.E.M. (a song for moments of transition)
  6. The Staunton Lick - Lemon Jelly (a track that's rattled around in my head for years, finally bought the album)
  7. Hat Full Of Sunshine (feat. Sadie Jemmett) - Professor Elemental
  8. The Attic - Professor Elemental (was going to see the Prof at Steamfest, but in the end he couldn't make the event)
  9. Steampunk Revolution - Abney Park
  10. Throw Them Overboard - Abney Park (DID see Abney Park at Steamfest, which was awesome)
  11. All Time Low - Nine Inch Nails (awesome new album)
  12. Last Dance - Covenant (another awesome new album)
  13. Retaliate - VNV Nation
  14. Aeroscope - VNV Nation (another aweseome new album... it was a nice run :))
  15. Washington Square - Chinese Man (recommendation from a friend)
  16. Ghostwriter - RJD2
  17. Time to Go (feat. Aloe Blacc) - Wax Tailor (think I found this and RJD2 entirely via Spotify)
  18. The Seed (2.0) - The Roots (was lucky enough to be given a ticket to see these guys live)

To hear Loveless check out Triplex Part 1 over on spotify. Plus there was a bit of a sidetrack into electro-jazz, if you've already had a couple of coffees...

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