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The Canadian Election: Why they need preferential voting

I like Canada and I like elections (it’s my largest tag word at the moment, which I should really do something about). Canada had an election a couple of days ago hence I shall discuss. For a country considered fairly liberal the political system is somewhat backward. The Senate is not elected (and there have

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Links of the week

This week I wanted to share a few videos. First is an amazing collaboration between the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and a dancer by the name of Lil Buck who does bone bending. I’ll let the video speak for itself.   A friend linked this video of Glenn Crytzer’s Blue Rhythm Band at DCLX –

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NSW State Election Contests: The Wash

It’s taken some time but all the results are finally in. Time to review the contests I previewed. The Legislative Council After what ended up coming down to what Green’s candidate Jeremy Buckingham described as a ‘neck and redneck battle‘ the final results are in. Thankfully Pauline Hanson, despite getting a surprising portion of the

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Links of the week

Although the result in Balmain has finally been sorted, the race for the last seat in the NSW Legislative Council is still ongoing. Antony Green tracks the progress. I’ll post my wash up of the results when this contest is finally decided. Despite the Greens poorer than expected performance in the State election Greens MLC

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Links of the week

I’ll review the results of the State Election once the fallout from the LC and Balmain are known, probably by this weekend. In other news: Gavin Atkins on The Drum and Adam Brereton on New Matilda document last week’s anti-carbon-tax rally. Jeremy Bass writing in the National Times is concerned that it represents the rise

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NSW State Election Contests: The Swing

This is the final in my series of NSW State Election Contests posts, previewing the interesting contests for election watchers beyond the obvious conclusion of the poll. I’ll be back after March 26 to make more commentary. In this post I’ll examine the swing. What is the swing?For those Lindy Hoppers out there I’m not

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NSW State Election Contests: The Side Contests

Just because the election is all but a foregone conclusion doesn’t mean there still aren’t some exciting contests happening. I’ve put together a list of electorates to watch on the evening of the 26th. They won’t change the result of this election but could set up an interesting contest in 2015 with the rise of

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NSW State Election Contests: The Legislative Council

The outcome of the upcoming NSW State Election seems to be done and dusted. You might think that for a politics-watcher and self-confessed election geek there might be nothing in it for me. But you’d be wrong. There’s a number of contests that will shape the course of politics in the state, some for the

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Why Men Lead and Women Follow – 10 Wrong Reasons

Spuds posted a link on Yehooid to this article written by a dancer named Lloyd on his blog. It claims 10 ‘good’ reasons why men should lead and women should follow in partnered social dance. He doesn’t refer specifically Lindy Hop much but it’s definitely relevant to the Lindy scene. Enough preamble – here’s why

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Links of the week

Today is International Women’s Day. Here’s a few articles from women that consider a range of issues about the status of women (and men) in contemporary society. There are still many challenges facing women around the world – but few men seem to be writing about them. The closest I could find to an opinion

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