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MUSIC TO SET FIRES BY

Corrosion of Conformity (‘COC’ to terrified Marketing Departments everywhere) were a ragged agit-prop hardcore band who released albums with names like AnimosityEye for an Eye and Technocracy in the mid to late ‘80s.

PATRONS ONLY - BOOTS ON THE GROUND

Remember how quickly the world slipped past, and now you’re on the cusp of 42, it’s 2019 and Ridley Scott’s dystopia looks positively cuddly, considering the very real prognostications for climate calamity by 2050 - just another quick 30 year jump, maybe less - being made by, oh, 97% of scientists globally?

PATRONS ONLY - FARGO ROCK CITY

Imagine, if you will, growing up in isolated, pre-internet far western NSW.

So isolated that the closest capital city, 500ks away, is Adelaide, and not the actual capital delineated by that future spear-cushion fuckwit James Cook back in 1770.

That's Sydney, for the record, which is a lazy 1200ks east of Broken Hill, which, of course, I am talking about, because you're lovely and know me well.

BENJAMIN LAW'S MORAL PANIC 101

AS I prepare this review, the Coalition government’s same-sex marriage postal survey is entering its second week.

The Australian Christian Lobby, led by Lyle Shelton, is presently staging a ‘no’ campaign launch in Adelaide, the City of Churches.

DAVID MARR'S THE WHITE QUEEN

IN his seventh Quarterly Essay, The White Queen - One Nation and the Politics of Race, journalist David Marr examines Pauline Hanson and One Nation’s re-emergence in our current global political context.

INTO FASHION

Why are vampires such ponces?

This is what vexes Jack Crow.

Alpha bastard protagonist of the unremittingly awful John Carpenter’s Vampires, Jack is an disturbingly ardent commentator when it comes to the vampire rag trade.

Yep, when he’s not sucker punching the ladies or swapping smouldering homoerotic glares with the sweatiest Baldwin (Daniel), Jack, Vatican Vampire Slayer and Misogynist Extraordinaire, plays second rate (if there could feasibly be such a thing) Kyle Sandilands to a procession of disturbingly attired plasma quaffers.