By Daniel Lang - Managing Director
Welcome to the weekly wrap of the interesting news doing the rounds across the weird, wonderful web.
It was a good week for...
Fans of terrible trophies.
We all have them, those dodgy, cheap generic trophies that were handed out for the most minor achievements of our youth. The faux 'gold' atop what's supposed to be a marble-styled plinth which were made to make us feel a little better about forcing mum and dad to shell out hundreds in rego fees, but the latest trophy to surface takes the cake.
Full credit to Scott Morrison, the winner of Australia's most recent prime ministerial musical chairs, he might be a terrible human, but he leans right into his role.
Morrison, the man who spouted the 'stop the boats' line which became the mantra on which Tony Abbott's leadership was developed on, clearly takes a perverse pride in his efforts to deny legitimate refugees and asylum seekers a chance of finding a new life on Australian soil.
A New York Times journo who sat down with ScoMo made the discovery which was later verified and captured by an AAP photographer.
Morrison really does have a trophy in his office of a boat with the phrase "I stopped these" emblazoned on it.
Let that sink in.
An election and a clean out of the once proud Liberal party cannot come soon enough.
It was a bad week for...
The former prime minister and current member for Warringah has held the safe seat for the Liberals since he took the seat from fellow LNP member Michael MacKeller way back in 1994 but he could be under serious pressure to keep it moving forward.
Grace Irvin, a lawyer who lives in the electorate has started an online campaign to oust the long-serving minister and it appears to have gathered some serious momentum as the safe conservative seat grapples which serious shifts in social thinking.
The seat voted overwhelmingly in support of legalising same-sex marriage during the Turnbull government's plebiscite and appears at odds with Abbott's more old-school conservative views. The fact he was so openly against same-sex marriage reform was not taken lightly in the affluent northern beaches area either.
Throw in Abbott's likely hand in the political assassination of Malcolm Turnbull, the man who ousted Abbott himself from the gig and the people of Warringah are facing some serious political thinking over the next few months until a federal election is called.
A recent pre-selection meeting saw 30 of the 100 members take a stand against Abbott which is clearly not a majority, but is a big number given his public face and place within the LNP over the years.
Give it a listen...
I'm not breaking any ground when I suggest rapper Eminem is amongst the most well-known and respected artists of his generation and that folks my age (read rapidly approaching 30 and feeling old) are rather partial to a few of his better known hits.
That said, I finally got around to grabbing a copy of his new album 'Kamikaze' which was released back in late August and I have to put my hand up, it's a tremendous album.
His tenth studio album, there's little denying Eminem's street cred these days, but this latest release is wall-to-wall bangers.
Picture credit: The Independent
Worth a watch...
It definitely isn't as well known as other Hank Azaria projects like The Simpsons or Sex and the City, but if you're into a little dark comedy and racy jokes with a good story and compelling protagonist, check out IFC's Brockmire starting Azaria, Amanda Peet and Tyrel Jackson Williams.
Set around the crumbling life of former Big League Baseball announcer Jim Brockmire, you'll try to remain composed as his life drifts after he finds his wife engaged in, well let's just say it's far more on the dark side than merely an extra-marital affair.
Jackson Williams is amazing as Charles while Amanda Peet plays the unique Jules in all her glory.