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Catnip makes me laugh

When I see a post open like this I do a double take:
Because I am sure that “exclude” does not fit in that context as the definition below demonstrates:

ex·clude  (k-skld)
tr.v.ex·clud·ed, ex·clud·ing, ex·cludes

1. To prevent from entering; keep out; bar: a jar sealed to exclude outside air; an immigration policy that excludes undesirables.
2. To prevent from being included, considered, or accepted; reject: The court excluded the improperly obtained evidence.
3. To put out; expel.

[Middle English excluden, from Latin excldere : ex-, ex- + claudere, to shut.]

In fact if you follow that instruction reading the post you are left with this:

Yesterday’s Law Report provides useful context for last week’s High Court decision that overturned the unjust process put in place by the ALP and the Liberals for dealing with asylum seekers who arrive by boat.
(Please exclude the following large slabs of quoted material; believe me, the details are both interesting and outrageous.)
First, who’s actually been making these life and death decisions:
And how they’ve been acting unjustly:
There have been even worse injustices:
And outright cockups:
And the ultimate cause of all this? Mandatory detention itself:
Could it be any clearer? The whole stupid system, founded in xenophobic panic, needs to be restored to the way it was before we started locking up people without charge. And promptly.

Hmm I think the word that he was looking for is “excuse” isn’t it amazing how just one word use in the wrong context can undermine even the most passionate argument for a cause that the author is so  keen on promoting?

Cheers Comrades



  1. Leon Bertrand says:

    I started reading the High Court’s resons for decision in that case, but then got distracted and haven’t visited it since.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    well Leon I just noticed the faux pas and the piss and vinegar in the post and I could not help but think that the mistaken use of “exclude” in the preamble made me laugh too much to even consider his argument.

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