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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 21:05 Source

In Zimbabwe, the police have the power to detain somebody without charge or questioning, the government is able to overrule the judiciary, small crimes like drug possession or dangerous driving are punishable with over 20 years in jail, freedom of assembly and association are restricted, free speech is stifled as outspoken people can be taken to court for saying peaceful but “wrong” comments, subsections of society are banned from certain jobs, the internet is censored, the right to silence has been removed, and the government is involved in surveillance programs against their own citizens that sound like they come directly from 1984.

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laberal Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 19:42 Source

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Left Focus Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 17:41 Source

above: newly published by Connor Court - 'Turning Left or Right'The essay that follows was an original draft of an essay on 'The Democratic Mixed Economy' - written for “Turning Left or Right – Values in Modern Politics”: a book edited by Carlo Carli, Tim Wilson and Paul Collits, and published by Connor Court.

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WixxyLeaks Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:37 Source

Last week saw some substantial developments in the HSU saga, in Sydney relating to Michael Williamson and in Melbourne relating to Craig Thomson.

Michael Williamson was back before the court to face the music for his multiple charges relating to defrauding the NSW Branch of the Health Services Union of close to $1 Million dollars.

A date for sentencing has been set for March 3rd 2014.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 11:31 Source

A public servant who was injured while having sex in a motel room during a work trip is not eligible for compensation, the High Court has ruled.

The Federal Government employee, who cannot be named, was injured in 2007 when a light fitting was dislodged and fell on her as she was having sex …

The common sense solution ultimately prevails. There is something wrong with our legal system that something so trivial gets to go all the way to our High Court.

(HT: CL)

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Popular Science Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 03:25 Source

A new paper in Nature suggests that we've been thinking about neurons all wrong. Namely, it suggests that dendrites, the tree-like branches of wiring that extend out from the soma, or cell body, aren't just passive information relayers, but are active "mini-computers" that process information.

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Digitopoly Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 00:37 Source

All students of the computer industry have heard of Bill Lowe, the leader of an IBM Boca Raton facility that launched the IBM PC. That launch was a signal event in computing. It catalyzed growth in the small systems market.

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Digitopoly Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 23:37 Source

draft_lens12786811_1282015757spinning-wheel-macHere is why I love Apple. You go into a retail store or talk to a consumer representative on the phone and you get very responsive service. They are helpful and more often than not leave you far better off than you expected going in.

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Digitopoly Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 23:14 Source

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 8.07.16 amThere is a very interesting Planet Money podcast about Amazon reviewers. The podcast focusses on top reviewers.

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you said it... Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 21:33 Source

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laberal Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 18:30 Source

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 18:19 Source

The full story coming soon.

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 17:07 Source

Why are Australian guards suddenly taking names at a longstanding vigil, where asylum seekers meet the community through a chain-link fence?

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 16:43 Source

“The Coalition’s massive victory”. “A loss that will see the ALP in opposition for potentially a decade”. “A massive win for Tony Abbott that will guarantee him the next election.”

I’m sure we’ve all heard something along these lines over the past couple of months. We’ve been told the story that the Coalition romped it home in the 2013 election, that they have a massive mandate to implement their agenda (whatever that is) and that there is no chance that the ALP could turn things around in the next three years. The ALP needs to start licking its wounds and prepare for a long stint in opposition.

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Red Bluff Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 15:46 Source

The Road to Transformation is a film for The Hot Potato campaign of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

It follows the #thehotpotato caravan with 10,000 spuds on its journey from Melbourne to Brisbane:

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 13:06 Source

Efforts to eliminate violence against women have long been in need of bipartisan support and more resources. Perhaps that time has finally arrived, writes former senator Natasha Stott-Despoja

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 12:12 Source

Wind farms are usually accused of making people sick. Now critics claim they also threaten endangered birds. Bill King, Emma Bennett and Lynn Trakell debunk another wind farm myth

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 11:20 Source

Tony Abbott has called the carbon tax 'socialism masquerading as environmentalism'. If that's the case, many of the world's conservative leaders are actually raging pinkos, writes Jamie Hanson

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 10:14 Source

US President Barak Obama has reached out to Angela Merkel after it emerged US Government agencies may have been tapping the German Chancellor’s phone for more than ten years. “I … Continue reading →

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We are all dead. Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 08:38 Source

My previous post summarised the findings of a recent paper published in Agenda about the extent to which the Australian welfare state is biased towards older households. Peter Whiteford from ANU left an important comment:

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 08:04 Source

The twelve-year war in Afghanistan and the ten-year bugging of Merkel make us ask the question of what the fuck the Americans think they are doing.

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Café Whispers Monday, October 28, 2013 - 20:30 Source

This is purely speculation as no one can predict the future.  However, the future close and more distant can be based on past experience.  This is of course what this blog and many others have been attempting to do for almost as long as blogs have been a vehicle for public opinion – that is, take reports from mainstream media sources, and apart from analytical assessment and commentary, predict what an Abbott led government might have in store for us in the future.

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laberal Monday, October 28, 2013 - 19:33 Source

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Monday, October 28, 2013 - 13:48 Source

This morning, I spoke with Tim Lester about some of the stories making news today: surveyed economists rejecting the government’s Direct Action policy to limit climate change, the unwelcome prospect of Australia Post delivering Centrelink services and Tony Abbott’s uncouth comments in a Washington Post interview. Here’s the transcript:




Subjects: Centrelink and Australia Post, Direct Action, Foreign Affairs.

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Monday, October 28, 2013 - 11:44 Source

In the wake of the Angela Merkel surveillance scandal, European governments are standing against the US in a way not seen since the Iraq war. Charles McPhedran reports on the growing outrage 

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Monday, October 28, 2013 - 11:18 Source

Jake Lynch and Stuart Rees were threatened earlier this year by an Israeli law centre for their support of an Israeli boycott. The support they got shows many will defend the right to dissent

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Monday, October 28, 2013 - 10:29 Source

Environment Minister Greg Hunt released a statement this morning, praising the career of the late Lou Reed, who died at his New York home yesterday. “He scored 1.7 million points, … Continue reading →

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Monday, October 28, 2013 - 10:27 Source

Tony Abbott sends a strong message when he volunteers to fight fires. Australia would do the same if we stuck to our guns on climate. It's time to axe the carbon tax rhetoric, writes Ian McAuley

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Digitopoly Monday, October 28, 2013 - 03:04 Source

650px-Fichtenfoo-slave1-00In a New York Times piece entitled “Slaves of the Internet, Unite!” writer, Tim Kreider, revisits a theme common amongst writers — particular writers now of my age-vintage — that they do not like

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you said it... Monday, October 28, 2013 - 00:51 Source


Posted on October 25, 2013 by @ndy

Yeah yeah … Just when I thought I was out … they pull me back in.

Very briefly, a couple of people have contacted me regarding the distribution of some White supremacist propaganda at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. Here’s a sample:

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