By way of settling an odd bet, here are some footnotes from an old essay on financial crisis, national debt and disciplinary practice in the 1930s (pdf):

Sex, Lies and the Political Spincycle

Over at Flat7, there’s a bracing list of all-too incredible lies that are routinely dispensed through most media and in the Australian parliament about undocumented migrants who arrive by boat. The hysteria in Australia about the relatively tiny number of people desperate enough to risk the voyage is mind-boggling and devastatingly brutal in its effects.