“We don’t know who we are”

In a frank article Deirdre Macken (1) writes that the discussion around Australia Day has exposed how much Australia has changed. “For instance we’re no longer a white and Christian nation. We are off-white, yellow, brown and often red at this time of the year. What’s more, we are mostly non-believers, lifestyle believers or firm…

Did you get a university offer?

Did you get a university offer this week? Universities in Australia are sending out their offers to new students this week. For Western Australia, first round offers were released yesterday. Many students will receive an offer, hopefully their first preference, but many other students won’t. Why? For some it could be because their ATAR score…

France in Crisis. Why?

In an article headed France: A Decomposing Civilization Italian journalist Giulio Meotti (1) describes what many consider is the gradual disintegration of France. Meotti’s summarises: “France’s authorities and elites are tearing up, piece by piece, the country’s historical, religious and cultural legacy so that nothing remains. A nation dispossessed of its identity will see its…

Celebrating a birthday?

Matthew 14:6 records a birthday celebration in honour of King Herod. John Calvin in his commentary on this verse makes some very thoughtful comments about birthday celebrations in general. He first writes about the preparations for Herod’s feast: “It is scarcely possible that such magnificent preparations should not draw luxury, pride, unbridled merriment, and other…

Australia wants to sell pot to the world

“Australia legalized patient access to medical cannabis at the federal level in 2016, but rules differ at the state level. Recreational news is still forbidden nationwide.” Thus CNN reports in its section ‘Money’. One can wonder why CNN reports this in its ‘Money’ section. The answer is: Marijuana, or cannabis, is big money today. Australia…

USA reverses Obama-policy on marijuana

While more and more countries and other jurisdictions (individual states or provinces) are working to legalise marijuana, the police in many countries is warning drivers that driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. There is quite some discussion about how dangerous and it is clear that the working of marijuana cannot be equaled with…