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An invitation to participate in the Special Species Timber Management Plan

This email arrived in my inbox on Friday from Minister for Resources Paul Harriss. This may be interesting. Or else it will be the same old stuff we’ve seen before – or worse!! 214 more words


The Best Bad Robot TV Series Never Made

J.J. Abrams’ production company Bad Robot has given us, apart from movies, a number of great TV shows. Except for Person of Interest, they’ve all come and gone, but there must be a way to create a sort of ‘best of’ (event) series. 647 more words


The BS Brigade

There has been a bit of discussion recently about the decision made by the Australian government to cut benefits to parents who don’t vaccinate their children. 574 more words


 1 Cup of Introversion, 1 Cup of Detachment, and a Teaspoon of Germaphobia

Becoming a germaphobe is a logical addition to the existence of a detached introvert. I have a minor touch of germaphobia – it is transparent to most of the world (I think). 321 more words


On Taiwan, Hard Choices, and Determinism

Every now and then, there is an editorial or essay that takes on issues pertaining to Taiwan that just get pretty much everything wrong. … 954 more words

My Publications

Edgar race heats up with Final Silence

I’ve got to tell you, 2015 is the toughest race yet for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel.  So far I’ve reviewed two books by well-known and well-loved authors of the police procedural, the UK’s Ian Rankin and USA’s Karin Slaughter.   655 more words


Falling Birth Rates and the Importance of the Traditional Wife and Mother

Sex Education in Europe Turns to Urging More Births

So let me get this straight…You want us girls to do our “duty” and have babies to save the future of a civilization that has been telling us for decades now that we are… 67 more words