Australians in Antarctica have held an Anzac Day dawn service against a “backdrop of icebergs”.
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By Nick Baker
Australians working in Antarctica have held the southern-most Anzac Day dawn service, at temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius.
A team of 26 expeditioners who are spending the winter at the Casey research station gathered at the station’s flag-pole just before dawn.
They lowered the Australian flag to half-mast, listened to several readings and held the traditional two minutes of silence.
The rapidly spinning maelstrom which has become the abnormal normal of the Administration of Donald Trump over the year plus that has elapsed since his inauguration has seemed to accelerate in recent weeks. Whether the news concerns primarily new developments in the Special Investigation led by Robert Mueller, more self-inflicted turmoil in terms of hiring, firing and/or otherwise dealing with turnover in his cabinet and other key White House staffers, or using his inimitable style to either create or deal with chaos on the international scene, the 24 hour news cycle seems to be covering our President almost to the exclusion of anyone or anything else.
As a week began with a ratcheting up of the Mueller investigation with a related warranted search of a key Trump lawyer’s home, office and hotel gave the vaunted Trump twitter feed a not-unexpected jolt. Speculation continues unabated as to how he will react…
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Several years ago, after Thanksgiving dinner at my parents’ house in Vermont, lightning struck a backyard maple tree. There was a ferocious crack and the darkness outside the kitchen windows briefly turned day-bright. It wasn’t until spring that we knew for certain the tree was dead.
Politics today is characterised by polarisation. To be able to choose between two clearly demarcated opposing positions has come to be perceived as truly “having a choice”. Reflection and compromise are seen as admitting weakness, defeat, and even a betrayal of one’s position.
From Donald Trump to Brexit, this polarised discourse is built on the distinction between “the national” and a threat from the outside.