i've just posted over at the hand mirror, on a couple of topics related to workers rights.
it's been a bit of stressful afternoon over there, in the comments section. the worst of the comments have been deleted by me, and they certainly weren't as bad as some of the stuff we got last year when we covered the rape allegations against an aussie sports commentator. still, the threat to derail our blog in a rather aggressive way was unsettling. reminds me why i still choose to moderate here.
the attitude of this particular troll was quite telling. the need to intimidate, control the environment and dictate terms. all classic tactics used in domestic violence situations. luckily he backed off once his bluff was called (and after he got some wonderfully robust responses from other commenters). even if he had persisted, i would have turned on the moderation until he got bored. but really, i can't understand people with so little empathy or caring that they would try to impose themselves in that way.
oh well. i did want to write something about the new australian proposals to deal with asylum seekers, but i've run out of steam just now. maybe tomorrow.