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THE NAKED CITY – EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE POTUS

Jello Biafra, Ralph Nader, Dr Benjamin Spock, Dick Gregory and Gracie Allen – just a few of the independent candidates who have thrown their hat into the ring for a run at the US presidency over the past two centuries. Some have done so with serious political and ideological intent, others purely as an elaborate […]

THE NAKED CITY – DAGS IN SPACE

There’s a certain irony as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, we also recall the 40th anniversary of Skylab plunging to earth in the wilds of Western Australia. The latter was clearly an affirmation of the old adage, ‘what goes up must come down’, much to the joy of the many treasure […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE PARANOIA AUSTRALIAN PARTY (PAP!)

Scaremongering has always been a part of the political process but has reached an even more insidious level in recent years with the manipulation of social media like Facebook, US style attack adverts and politicians fanning the flames of paranoia. Donald Trump has made a fine art of it with his blatant appeal to a […]

Strange Political Bedfellows

BY MERRILL WITT Political pundits are predicting that candidates from One Nation, the Christian Democratic Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Australian Conservatives or the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party could possibly hold the balance of power in both houses after the NSW state election. While the prospect of a far-right agenda dominating the next parliament […]

THE NAKED CITY – MAN V MACHINE

If like the ill-fated Family Feud, they surveyed 100 people to name eight things that are highly addictive, the possible result might be – Ice, Heroin, Cocaine, Cigarettes, Fat, Sugar, Mobile Phones and Poker Machines. However, it’s unlikely the pokies would come in as the number one selection, given the climate of denial that currently exists […]

THE NAKED CITY – SPACE IS THE PLACE!

In the 50s and 60s, for a child growing up in Australia, space and the cosmos were a magical engagement. Our vision of the galaxy was largely defined by comics, toys, B-grade movies and some rudimentary science teaching at school. Long before the moon landing in 1969, the spaceships of Hollywood travelled to distant planets […]