Tony Abbott running from the law "Abbott doesn’t set out to break the law. That’s not the point. But when the law stands between him and a quick win, he shows contempt for its values, its customs and the part they play in national life." (David Marr)
Also: Lost for words (Don Watson, The Monthly, possible paywall)
Assassination in Moscow "Boris Nemtsov remained one of the most visible and consistent figures of the opposition, and was a forceful speaker at nearly every demonstration in Moscow’s short-lived season of protest in late 2011 and early 2012."
The elastic brain "A child’s brain can master anything from language to music. Can neuroscience extend that genius across the lifespan?"
A day at the Adelaide Zoo "My son wishes to see a ‘goat has a tail’, but the children’s zoo is a long, hot walk away and would likely mark the end of our visit. It also has a dark history." (Anna Goldsworthy)
Just checking in "For no particular reason we’ve started sending emails to see who can make the other person experience the most profound sense of dread and panic."
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