Just as well you aren’t depending on this blog to keep you up-to-date, as there has been a bit of a break here as I nursed my remaining data allowance. And in that time we’ve had so many things happen, most recently the charging of Cardinal George Pell for alleged historic sex offences against children. He will be fronting court in Melbourne next month. I can’t help wondering what an old internet friend, Father Ken Sinclair, who died in 2005, would have had to say. Back in 2001-2 he was foreshadowing some of this stuff in conversations we had on ICQ. See my post Back to very early days–and the strange immortality of the internet.
Then today we have had Donald Trump showing what a small-minded vindictive arsehole he really is. no great surprise surely. Presidential? Pull the other one… And we’re supposed to trust the judgement of this person on the most important issues in the world? God help us all!
And here in Oz Tony Abbott is in full feral mode. Rather liked former leader of his party John Hewson on this today.
…say what he likes, Abbott is still quite bitter and twisted about Turnbull seizing his job, and getting worse with time. His IPA speech this week was a clear example of “disloyalty”. Sure, he dressed it up as a speech of “principle” and “conviction” and true conservative “ideology”, but it was blatantly a direct attack on Turnbull, and his more “centrist” strategy, designed to undermine, and constrain Turnbull.
And a major part of the data from the 2016 Australian Census was released this week. That part concerning religion interested quite a few of us. Here are a couple of graphics from the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail and the Sydney Daily Telegraph made much of a “surge in the number of Muslims”. As you might expect these days. Headline:
Muslim population in Australia soars to 600,000 as religion becomes the nation’s second-biggest – a 77% jump in the past DECADE, according to Census
Soared to 2.6% of the population, of whom “radicals” must constitute… Well, you guess…
The really interesting figure was the rise of “No Religion” — whatever that might actually mean.
But now for the really important stats: in June the most viewed posts on this blog have been:
Home page / Archives 614 views in June 2017
Friday Australian poem: #NS6 – Mary Gilmore “Old Botany Bay” 21
Testing for English competence? 18
A week of multicultural yums 17
On terror — just for the record 15
65 years on I recall Vermont Street 12
Otto Warmbier’s death underlines plight of thousands of North Koreans 12
Tangible link to the convict ship “Isabella” and the immigrant ship “Thames” 11
Going, going… Myers in Wollongong 11
Neil’s Family Specials — a reminder 10
Wollongong High: more on the centenary More stats 10
Flowers and grief: for my mother 9
Tom Thumb Lagoon 9
Some great stories, and some of them new to me… 9