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“Free speech” is often raised as a defence in the court of public opinion, particularly when people are called out by their ideological opponents. “You’re attacking my right to free speech!” However, either through forgetfulness or ignorance, many Australians don’t appear to realise free speech is not a legal right they hold.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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At some point in your life, you've probably experienced that awkward moment where your friends make plans to do something that you can't afford. Or maybe you helped make the plans but they have since changed and you can't afford it anymore. Here's the best way to handle those situations.

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Random tidbits, factoids and conversation points pulled from the latest broadcast of NPR have always been my conversation fuel. But this stuff can turn you into an insufferable intellectual know-it-all if you're not careful, and that makes people not want to talk you. Here's how I've learned to rein that in.

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A few years back, a friend of mine experienced a classic foot-in-mouth moment. "Congratulations!" she said to a coworker, who dryly replied, "I'm not pregnant." An embarrassment like that makes you want to crawl under a rock and never show your face again. Tempting, but it's probably healthier to recover from that moment.