Archive for August, 2009
The International Space Art Network is a new Ning group which should be on interest to all our readers. There’s some truly awesome stuff there so check it out!
The adoption of a charter or bill of rights would represent the final triumph of elitism in Australian politics: the notion that typical citizens, elected by ordinary Australians, cannot be trusted to resolve great issues of public policy, and that the really important decisions should be taken out of their hands and given to judges who, after all, have a superior capacity to determine these matters.
The three great guarantees of Australian democracy are a robust parliamentary system, an independent and incorruptible judiciary and a free and sceptical press.
Our parliamentary system has many flaws but ultimately it sets the tone of national debate and ought to be the ultimate decision maker. It is the identifiable and collective representation of public opinion.
I do miss our former Prime Minister.
A STRIP club isn’t the only place in town you can see a pole dance – amazed passengers on an L train in New York watched in awe as a naked young woman competed with straphangers for space on a pole.
The performance by actress Jocelyn Saldana, 19, lasted just 30 seconds, and some of the passengers probably thought they were hallucinating or dreaming.
Most were blasé, however one woman started screaming and an elderly man next to her got the shakes.
That free show in mid-June – as well as similar ones from Times Square to Chinatown – were the creation of photographer Zach Hyman, 22, whose portraits are never under-exposed.
The photographer and his volunteer models don’t spend much time on location.
The model quickly disrobes and Hyman gives himself only 30 seconds to fire off 10 shots with his Hasselblad 500 film camera.
THE hours are long and the work monotonous, but begging pays well for at least one of Sydney’s homeless men who earns up to $50,000 a year from good samaritans.
Ken Johnson, 52, makes his living on busy George and Market St, outside the Myer store in Sydney’s CBD, where he sits for up to 16 hours daily, seven days a week.
On a good day, he said, he takes in $400 from generous passers-by.
I’ll believe it when I see it.