Category Archives: The Resident Judge Reckons

The Resident Judge Reckons 30 Dec 2009

Is Santa actually the Grim Reaper in drag?  What is it with Christmas and death?  As you may know, one of my daily activities is to carefully peruse the death notices in the newspaper.  I reassure myself that people who read The Age live to a ripe old age because most of the notices are for elderly people: I do acknowledge, however, that my reasoning may be a bit suspect here.

But did you see how many death notices there are in today’s paper??  A whole page of them!!  There are a few recording deaths before Christmas, but most of them are for deaths in the days immediately following.  Come to think of it, my aunt died on Christmas Day, waiting to be picked up to go to church- rather a positive, engaged way to go really, although very difficult for her family.  But  I don’t think I’ve seen a whole page like this before!  I wonder if there’s a statistical correlation between Christmas and death rates, or whether it’s a function of classified deadlines (no pun intended).

The Resident Judge reckons 28/11/09

that she would have trouble answering the recent Age Poll of 24 November about the ETS that had just been announced the previous day.

The question was:

Do you agree with the deal struck between the Government and the Opposition over the Emissions Trading Scheme?

Yes, or No was the choice.  Some choice.  What about the “I want us to have something concrete at Copenhagen rather than sitting around daring each other to go first”  option?  What about the “It’s a poor effort but better than nothing” option?

I wonder what motivated the 32% to say ‘yes’?  And conversely, the 68% who said ‘no’?  ‘No’ because they didn’t want an emissions trading scheme at all?  or ‘no’ because this one is too weak,  gives away too much to polluters and deflects the need to make changes in the way we do things?

Actually, I felt a little frisson of history-in-the-making when Malcolm Turnbull made his speech about climate change the other night.  I suspect that he will be rolled this week, but I came over all goosey hearing some genuine conviction being expressed, instead of just snarkiness and point-scoring.

The Resident Judge Reckons 8/11/09

that newspapers are increasingly being used as an outlet for the activities of lobbying firms.  It’s just “he said/she said” being mouthed by ventriloquist politicians, ‘spokesmen’ and ‘independent’ commentators.

The Age yesterday had a register of the climate-change lobbying companies- easily found yesterday;  I couldn’t find it on the site today- I had to find it through the Centre for Public Integrity which then had a link to it through the Sydney Morning Herald.   The PDF file showing the large companies, the lobbying companies who contract to them, and the lobbyists and their policitical connections can be found at

The advisers and staffers, on both sides,  are coming out to play.  And we’ll uroll our newspapers in the morning and think that we’re reading “news”.

Meanwhile, Rupert and Little Johnny are whipping themselves up into a frenzy.  A plague on all their houses.

The Resident Judge wonders 6/10/09

…if the American private security firm Blackwater changed its name to “Xe” so that people would stop talking about it because no-one could pronounce the name?

The Resident Judge reckons 4/10/09

…that the clutch bag, which is supposed to be all the rage for Fashions on the Field is another way of ensuring that women remain decorative and useless.  As if the hobbling high heels are not enough, now we have to shuffle along,  clutch bag in hand or wedged tightly under the arm.   How is one to hold a drink, hold on to one’s hat, nibble on a canape etc. with just one hand?  Not really my problem and not high on the world’s priorities but frustrating and demeaning nonetheless