Monthly Archives: January 2017

Qld police appeal Palm Island decision

Justice Mortimer found the use of the Special Emergency Response Team in the raids was “unnecessary, disproportionate and undertaken as a show of force against local people who had protested about the conduct of police”.

“I have found that police acted in these ways because they were dealing with an Aboriginal community.” Continue reading

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Clive Palmer’s plans for new open-cut mine outrages sacked Queensland Nickel workers

The problem with welfare for the rich.

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Transforming a war-torn Colombia

“Colombia’s spirit, once buried by war, has risen again. In the last 10 years, international investment is up over 100 percent. Tourism 240 percent. Not long ago, it was too dangerous to go out at night, now clubs in Bogotá are bursting with locals and foreigners. ” Continue reading

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Australian Christian Lobby Still Not Satisfied With Police Explanation For Van Explosion

“The head of the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), Lyle Shelton, remains dissatisfied with police assurances that a December van explosion outside the ACL’s Canberra headquarters was not a targeted attack.” Continue reading

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The Two Questions That Determine Your Scientific Literacy

“In short, they can expect their quality and quantity of life to be greater and superior to even the kings and queens of the past, all because humanity has invested itself in learning how the Universe works and how we can apply that knowledge to bettering our lives.” Continue reading

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Gates Foundation research can’t be published in top journals

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds much research but the findings and datasets must be made immediately available in an Open Acres arraignment. This is interesting because it highlights issues with the funding models of journals and research in general.  … Continue reading

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Bolivia could teach Venezuela a thing or two

“Socialism, it turns out, explains nothing about why some countries turn into economic basketcases. Instead, it muddles the debate for political ends, delegitimising progressive policies that have often been shown to work while convincing conservatives that it’s OK when they recklessly overspend.” Continue reading

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Danny Price: Turnbull blames renewable power – funded by his Government – for poor supply and high prices in SA

“If renewable power is to blame for the decline in power security and high prices in South Australia, as the Prime Minister loves to say, and it is his Government’s scheme that funds these developments, then it is axiomatic that the Federal Government is to blame for South Australia’s power system woes.” Continue reading

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Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy

“If you say that something is technically correct, you are suggesting that it is wrong – the adverb before “correct” implies a “but”. However, to say that a statement is politically correct hints at something more insidious. Namely, that the speaker is acting in bad faith. He or she has ulterior motives, and is hiding the truth in order to advance an agenda or to signal moral superiority. To say that someone is being “politically correct” discredits them twice. First, they are wrong. Second, and more damningly, they know it.” Continue reading

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The Long, Slow Death of Religion

“Magical thinking is suspect, ludicrous. It’s not for intelligent, educated people.” Continue reading

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