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Health, International

Fuck yeah

American Political Batshit: Health Care

I want to tell you about the time I got sick. Not like, “Oh, I have a cold” sick, but “I could very easily die” sick. by

by × December 22, 2014 × 0 comments

Health

I could have chosen far worse photos for this story. You're welcome.

Should I shave my balls?

Dear Slightly Slutty Barren Spinster I am a gentleman who likes to maintain a high standard of personal appearance and hygiene. by

by × December 18, 2014 × 0 comments

General

Have modern kids got game? My parents decide

Have modern kids got game? My parents decide

I’m going to start an infrequent series where my parents are going to assess the dating rituals of today’s youth. But for this to happen I need YOUR help.  by

by × December 18, 2014 × 0 comments

International, News, Politics

The case for stricter surveillance laws/the case for fewer surveillance laws

The case for stricter surveillance laws/the case for fewer surveillance laws

On the afternoon the Martin Place Siege was happening, I tweeted the following (and no, don’t worry, it’s not flippant): by

by × December 16, 2014 × 1 comment

Politics

The 4th Estate and Dirty Politics.

The 4th Estate and Dirty Politics.

By Scott Milne There has been quite a bit of discussion about the role of the press, and some on the left – me included – perhaps a bit critical of the role that the press has played in Dirty Politics. by

by × December 15, 2014 × 1 comment

General

Close. But not quite.

Ruminator’s 2014 Person of the Year

Following on from last year’s controversial decision to award Ruminator’s Person of the Year to Miley Cyrus, I took some suggestions from the Twitterazis as to who it should be this year. by

by × December 11, 2014 × 1 comment

Politics

I was a Mormon, then I wasn’t: Jacinda Ardern

I was a Mormon, then I wasn’t: Jacinda Ardern

She’s pretty much everyone’s favourite Labour MP. Despite all the in-fighting and muck-raking and general ickiness that has beset the Labour party by

by × December 9, 2014 × 1 comment

Health

So many hotties, so little compassion: Our Agony Aunt responds

So many hotties, so little compassion: Our Agony Aunt responds

Dear Slightly Slutty Barren Spinster I have been in a relationship for quite some time and, to be perfectly honest, I prefer drinking heavily and wishing my moral compass wasn’t pointing me on a course to propositioning an attractive co-worker to actually being in my relationship. by

by × December 4, 2014 × 0 comments

Politics

No bullshit: Andrew Little

No bullshit: Andrew Little

Andrew Little is straight up and down. He’s a man of no bullshit. What you see is what you get. He’ll give you answers that are honest and thoughtful. That’s the narrative that he wants to build. by

by × December 2, 2014 × 10 comments

General

YOU

Possibly wanted: one curator

Hello Ruminator readers by

by × November 26, 2014 × 0 comments

Feminism, Humour

This is you. Dying alone.

Dying alone: Agony Aunt answers

Dear Slightly Slutty Barren Spinster, I too am terminally single and offspring free, have sex as I please, and am committed to this lifestyle. by

by × November 25, 2014 × 0 comments

Politics

Chin up kids, it’ll be ok

Chin up kids, it’ll be ok

So the election of Andrew Little was met with a wailing of teeth from my Twitter feed. by

by × November 19, 2014 × 3 comments

Feminism, International

A tale of two sinners

A tale of two sinners

Recently in the news we’ve had a couple of examples of inappropriate behaviours from white men in positions of power. by

by × November 18, 2014 × 5 comments

International

American Political Batshit: The Media

American Political Batshit: The Media

Have you ever heard of “Morning Zoo” programs? In Australia I think they are referred to as “Breakfast Programs,” and I’m thinking you guys might call them the same thing. by

by × November 17, 2014 × 2 comments

Reviews

Let’s give Him a name: ‘The Children Act,’ by Ian McEwan

Let’s give Him a name: ‘The Children Act,’ by Ian McEwan

By James J. Robertson There’s a lot of naming in Ian McEwan’s most recent novel, ‘The Children Act.’ by

by × November 17, 2014 × 1 comment

Humour

Can you feel my satire?

Laughing my fucking ass off

*Possible trigger warnings* The latest outrage for us to express our outrage over and be outraged came in twos this week, when our Prime Minister made a joke about a paedophile and then RedFoo (from LMFAO) side-kicked in a song called “Literally I can’t“. by

by × November 13, 2014 × 2 comments

International, Rights

American Political Batshit: Guns

American Political Batshit: Guns

Have you ever wondered why armies back in the 18th Century used to just line up and plug away at each other? The answer is simple. Their weapons sucked. by

by × November 12, 2014 × 3 comments

Feminism, General, Rights

How do I hit on people safely? Our first agony aunt response!

How do I hit on people safely? Our first agony aunt response!

Our first letter to our slightly slutty barren spinster was a very topical one. One where our protagonist is clearly paying attention to the world around him and needs some old fashioned tips on dating. by

by × November 10, 2014 × 0 comments