Paul Gregoire

tech

I Tried Using VR to Cure My Crippling Fear of Spiders

"A tank appeared on the table with a spider inside. It was black with a red stripe down its back. Pieter assured me it wasn't dangerous, but I felt very, very uncomfortable."
Paul Gregoire
11.29.16
Culture

A Day Inside Australia's Booming Cosplay Scene

Cosplay came to Australia around 15 years ago as a niche hobby. Now we're giving Japan a run for its money.
Paul Gregoire
8.22.16
Travel

After Living Here for Decades, Tibetan Refugees Still Believe They'll Return Home

China's grip on Tibet has only tightened, while international concern has waned. But for refugees in India, going home is only a matter of time.
Paul Gregoire
7.28.16
Travel

Even Those Trying to Save the Ganges From Sewage Insist on Bathing in it

India's Ganges River is one of the most heavily polluted bodies of water on the planet. Yet a myth endures that bathing in it, or drinking it, is completely safe.
Paul Gregoire
7.19.16
Locked out of Sydney

If You Thought NSW Had Enough Shitty Police Laws, Here’s Four New Ones

Each will affect civil freedoms in several ways, and only serve the relentless quest to turn NSW into a soulless hellhole.
Paul Gregoire
5.26.16
Legal Weed in Australia

Everyone at Sydney's First Hemp Expo Loved Weed, Just Don’t Mention Getting Stoned

The inaugural Hemp Expo held at Sydney's Rosehill racecourse embraced medicinal marijuana, while revealing how far we from legalising recreational weed.
Paul Gregoire
5.19.16
Stuff

Did Patriotism in Australia Always Look Like This?

Let's talk about why pride and celebration so often dissolves into flag capes, Southern Cross tattoos, and racism.
Paul Gregoire
4.25.16
News

Will This Week's UN General Assembly Accept the War on Drugs Has Failed?

On Tuesday 193 member states of the UN will convene in New York to discuss drugs. Sadly, their draft document indicates they're still hung up on backwards policies.
Paul Gregoire
4.18.16
News

Three NSW Police Officers Have Been Caught Trolling an Anti-Sniffer Dog Facebook Page

Sniff Off allows users to post alerts when they see police dog operations around Sydney. The page's administrators contacted us when officers were caught denying their whereabouts.
Paul Gregoire
3.29.16
Stuff

A NSW Court Has Provided a New Defence for Drug Driving

Joseph Carrall was booked for driving nine days after he'd smoked a joint. A Lismore magistrate then found him not guilty, saying he'd made an "honest and reasonable mistake of fact."
Paul Gregoire
2.18.16
Stuff

Australia Is Making Progress but Trans People Are Still Being Attacked

According to members of the trans community, as well as the police, cultural acceptance hasn't translated into less violence.
Paul Gregoire
2.4.16
Stuff

Why Does Australia Still Have Only One Supervised Injecting Room?

The one in Kings Cross has ended overdoses and curbed crime, but there's resistance to open any more, anywhere
Paul Gregoire
1.27.16
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