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Wednesday 14 April 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2008 November

30th November 2008

Review: The Collected Plays of Charles Ludlam

Posted by: Craig Young

 Collected Plays of Charles Ludlam: New York: Viking/Perennial: 1989
I must confess, I’d never heard of the late great New York gay playwright before I was fortunate enough to get freebies to The Mystery of Irma Vep at the beginning of this month.  Happily, though, when I scoped out NZBD for references to the author’s work, […]

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Tags: General

29th November 2008

DPF: Squawks from an Extinct Kiwi Party MP…

Posted by: Craig Young

Some time after I drew attention to it, centre-right blogger DPF has drawn attention to the rather amusing autobiography of ex-Kiwi Party solo MP Gordon Copeland. I spotted the tome in question in the National Library, and had much fun giggling at the inane comments in question. “Satan” attacked Copeland in Bangkok through the avenue […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

28th November 2008

Office of Film and Literature Classification: Annual Report 2008

Posted by: Craig Young

On the whole, I think our Chief Censor Bill Hastings and his OFLC colleagues do an excellent job, and I was interested to read our censorship regulatory agency’s annual report on its website earlier today.
Bill explained that the OFLC are not a pack of mad scissor happy killjoys, and that while they restricted access to […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

28th November 2008

Johann Hari: Is Proposition 8 Really More Important Than HIV/AIDS? No.

Posted by: Craig Young

Johann Hari is one of the most respected LGBT journalists in the United Kingdom. In  a recent Huffington Post article, he asked why it was that gay men are getting so angry about same-sex marriage discrimination, and not similarly incensed at the renewed spread of HIV/AIDS?
It’s an excellent question. Hari began his article with a […]

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Tags: Politics

28th November 2008

Australia: Roxon Sacks Extremist “Men’s Health” Ambassador

Posted by: Craig Young

Irate Australian LGBT groups are refusing to relent over condemnation of Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon after her appointment of two antifeminist and antigay male backlash extremists as “men’s health ambassadors”, which are fortunately voluntary posts.
Respected Tasmanian LGBT activist Rodney Croome referred to the two individuals at the centre of the controversy as ‘hatemongers’,  which […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

27th November 2008

Religion and Politics: Some Additional Notes

Posted by: Craig Young

What’s happening in the wide, wild world of religion and politics?
Australia: What the hell is wrong with the Australian Labor Party? Why is it so out of synch with its counterpart socially liberal organisations across the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Canada? Is it Kevin Rudd’s Queensland origins, his liberal-conservative Anglican religious beliefs, or is […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

26th November 2008

Israel: Domestic..Neofascists??!!

Posted by: Craig Young

 Israel is probably the last place on Earth that one would expect to find domestic overt fascists, but on Sunday, a horrified court jailed eight ex-Soviet emigre Israeli skinheads for beating up Orthodox Jews and vandalising their synagogues, as well as engaging in gaybashings and violence against the elderly.
As well as that, they beat up […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

25th November 2008

France: Nudist Civil War!!??

Posted by: Craig Young

According to the UK Times, nudist factions in France have found themselves pitted against each other. And the SPCS is waving its finger at the spectacle (…), probably going stop it, stop it.
Placid Cap D’Agle (Provence) has always been a clothing-optional magnet, but more recently, trouble has come to the Mediterranean idyll. Echangists (polyamorists) have […]

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Tags: General

25th November 2008

Ulster: Free Presbyterians, Boyzone and Homosexual Propaganda Machines!!!

Posted by: Craig Young

In Ulster, the original site of what Matt Lucas and David Walliams would one day recreate as Little Britain, a silly fundamentalist Free Presbyterian minister has seen the work of a “homosexual propaganda machine” in a Boyzone pop video.
According to Rev. David McCullough of Dromore Reformed Presbyterian Church, the video is a subtle effort by […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

25th November 2008

Sarah Palin and the Killing of Other Turkeys!!!

Posted by: Craig Young

Traditionally, George W.Bush used to pardon two turkeys ahead of the national Thanksgiving celebration, probably because he realised that he could easily have been on the other side of the cage. If the Republicans are still angry enough at him after he hands over to Obama, that could still happen, though…
Sarah Palin, however, is red […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion