The media, war and North Korea: How ‘yellow journalism’ injects fear into society

There has been a revival of international (especially Australian) media interest in recent weeks regarding North Korea (DPRK) and its nuclear and missiles program. News Corp, Fairfax, ABC, Channel 7, Channel 9 — you name it — are reporting on the possibilities of war between North Korea and the West, and a nuclear missile attack on Australia. But is there legitimate substance behind these reports? North Korea threatens to nuke Australia: … Continue reading The media, war and North Korea: How ‘yellow journalism’ injects fear into society

Buying locally: How it benefits you and your community

You’re out shopping. The milk is $1 cheaper at the bigger store than your local. The vegetables, despite lacking glow, mean you save $10 — and all the stuff you need is in one place. By the end of the week, shopping at the big guns has unknowingly saved you time and money. However, in an increasingly modernised world, the benefits behind supporting local businesses have … Continue reading Buying locally: How it benefits you and your community

Ten surprising things you may not know about North Korea

It’s currently the year 106, the roads are empty and there are only four TV channels — welcome to North Korea. While there’s plenty of controversial hoo-ha to discuss and widespread structural violence and famine to address — here are 10 weird and surprising facts about one of the world’s most culturally isolated countries. 1. The country uses its own calendar — It’s currently the year 106 Rather than … Continue reading Ten surprising things you may not know about North Korea

The Phix: Strawberry Moon

A spinoff of Death & Co‘s ‘Muddled Mission’, the Strawberry Moon is an energetic drink of pure elegance. The sharpness of London Dry Gin partners St-Germain, which has warm floral, lychee and pear notes; the cocktail is finished with a dash of sweet, spicy and herbal Chartreuse. Strawberry adds the colour and tart — egg white gives that creamy texture — while a squeeze of lemon provides the extra kick. Images (left to … Continue reading The Phix: Strawberry Moon

Poll: How do you feel about Aussie music festivals?

Festivals are one of the most popular ways for Aussie music fans to see their favourite artists and enjoy a good time with mates. But with current reports of poor crowd behaviour, rising ticket prices and scalping, more rules and regulations, and less star-studded (more localised) lineups — Australian music festivals like many other things in life, are evolving. As the big music festivals continue to fold, we … Continue reading Poll: How do you feel about Aussie music festivals?

Spotlighting Adelaide in Australia’s destructive gambling addiction

The ratio of poker machines to people is almost double in Adelaide’s poorest councils than the city’s most well-off areas, a PHACTORY investigation has found. The LGAs (local government areas) of Playford, Salisbury, Port Adelaide Enfield and Charles Sturt, average around 120 people per EGM (electronic gaming machine), while Burnside, the Adelaide Hills, Mitcham and Unley councils average over 210 people per machine. The research … Continue reading Spotlighting Adelaide in Australia’s destructive gambling addiction

What’s Section 18C and all the uproar about?

Section 18C? What on earth is that? Are news headlines and social media projecting that it’s something to do with racism and white men? If this is what you’re thinking — you’re not alone. Section 18C makes it unlawful to commit a public act that is reasonably likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of people based on their race. The Australian … Continue reading What’s Section 18C and all the uproar about?