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View commentsView articleData-Driven you say? Well, allow the data to drive!
The economic, social, physical, and mental cost of indefinite and harsh lockdown measures with a rinse-repeat cycle is threatening to have lifetime effects. Costs are mounting with each day.
By Matthew Rehn - 11/8/2020
176 hours ago
View commentsView articleJordan moves to resolve West Bank sovereignty problem it created
Razzaz has raised the possibility of a 'one-state solution' to replace the 'two-state solution'.
By David Singer - 11/8/2020
126 hours ago
View commentsView articleSo many levers, why don’t we use them?
In the pursuit of suburban and regional renewal, have we fallen into the trap of thinking this is a responsibility for local governments?
By Ross Elliott - 12/8/2020
66 hours ago
View commentsView articleWill General Michael Flynn's 'Russiagate' prosecution be dismissed?
Since late 2019, the main focus of Flynn's case has been the underlying relationship between sentencing judges and the dominant role of the prosecutor in the contemporary US criminal justice system.
By Laurence Maher - 12/8/2020
27 hours ago
View commentsView articleDeath from the sky: Hiroshima and normalised atrocities
On a certain level, it was merely another weapon, one to use, a choice sample in the cabinet of lethal means and measures.
By Binoy Kampmark - 10/8/2020
1518 hours ago
View commentsView articleHow did we get to this dire state of affairs?
As I survey our state of the Union, I feel deeply troubled and dismayed, wondering why and how we here in America got to this dire state of affairs in which we find ourselves.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 4/8/2020
312 days ago
View commentsView articleHiroshima reconsidered
The threats to world order are climate change and the coronavirus, not nuclear fission. The fear of nuclear energy should be exorcised.
By Wade Allison - 10/8/2020
103 days ago
View commentsView articleWhat is morally wrong with discrimination? A Kantian analysis
Consequences, intended or otherwise, are irrelevant in determining the moral worth of an action.
By Sam Ben-Meir - 3/8/2020
173 days ago
View commentsView articleFSC forest certification: not the better standard
In the most recent evolution of VicForests public bid for forest certification, the government forest agency has lodged a formal complaint against three directors of FSC for breaching standards and articles of constitution.
By David Hutchens - 4/8/2020
43 days ago
View commentsView articleVictorian lockdown blues
A Melburnians diary and ruminations of lockdown under Daniel Andrews, and not under Donald Trump.
By Lyn Bender - 7/8/2020
273 days ago
View commentsView articleMealy-mouthed universities: academic freedom and the Pavlou problem down under
Overt political opinions, notably when expressed in a manner that might threaten brands and compromise lines of funding, are being hunted down by cadres of paranoid officials.
By Binoy Kampmark - 7/8/2020
154 days ago
View commentsView articleChina-India standoff: a perspective from the Great Indian Mutiny of 1857
In early July 2020, Chinese and Indian forces clashed in the Galwan Valley on the disputed border between the two countries at the edge of the remote Aksai Chin Plateau.
By Warren Reed - 6/8/2020
34 days ago
View commentsView articleIs Trump going the way of Herbert Hoover?
I would then joke that, despite his brilliant business career, Hoover presided over the slide into the Great Depression. Would Trump go the same way?
By Keith Suter - 29/7/2020
175 days ago
View commentsView articlePulling out of Germany: Trump adjusts the military furniture
One noisy theme in the Donald Trump Disruption Show in an otherwise chaotic assemblage of messages has remained fairly constant: winding back US troop commitments.
By Binoy Kampmark - 3/8/2020
265 days ago
View commentsView articleThe pandemic of racism In America
We are now reaping the harvest of the seeds of racism and discrimination - the devaluation of black life.
By Alon Ben-Meir - 21/7/2020
205 days ago
View commentsView articleThe new uni-fees schedule rates a 'C' for economics and equity
Dan Tehan's new uni-fees arrangements are (a) increasingly onerous for students (b) inconsistent in government contributions (c) shallow in economic rationales and (d) not serious about equity issues.
By Stephen Saunders - 5/8/2020
175 days ago
View commentsView articleCommon sense: quarantine is for sick people
At no stage did we ever think lock down was a sustainable measure. We were told we only had to flatten the curve.
By David Pellowe - 6/8/2020
297 days ago
View commentsView articleThe facts don't matter
'A quantitative, scientific method for deriving estimates of koala populations and trends was possible, in the absence of empirical data on abundances.'
By Vic Jurskis - 5/8/2020
137 days ago
View commentsView articleMan and God: Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now
The book also counters many of the Gospel and secular truths that many people hold. Income inequality for example is not that bad.
By David Hale - 30/7/2020
129 days ago
View commentsView articleThis is not the time for Australia to reduce its aid to PNG and the South Pacific
As the federal government prepares to hand down its pandemic-delayed national budget in October, it will be looking for areas in which spending can be cut.
By Jeffrey Wall - 30/7/2020
99 days ago
View commentsView articlePreposterous political posturing
I just couldn't believe it. 'Coon' is no longer to be the name of a well-known style of cheese.
By Don Aitkin - 31/7/2020
5610 days ago
View commentsView articleSingapore electoral results an opposition golden opportunity
A closer analysis of the polls has unsettling implications for the party now that the Lee family is slowly drifting away from power.
By Murray Hunter - 31/7/2020
312 days ago
View commentsView articleBritain shamefully betrays the Jewish People again
The architect of the San Remo Resolution and Treaty of Sevres in 1920 has yet again shamefully betrayed the Jewish People by warning Israel not to extend its sovereignty into Judea and Samaria.
By David Singer - 22/7/2020
1414 days ago
View commentsView articleQld Labor MP’s brazen attack on churches
'No money for state roads and now giving taxpayers' money to churches, who don't even pay taxes. Deb Frecklington thanks for the 2 free kicks today.'
By David Pellowe - 29/7/2020
615 days ago
View commentsView articleWriting to the Queen
One side of the dispute, which continues, says that they show how the Queen was deeply involved in the dismissal. The other says that the letters absolve the Palace from any involvement.
By Don Aitkin - 28/7/2020
1415 days ago
View commentsView articleMephistopheles of Wall Street: Goldman Sachs, 1MDB and the Malaysian Settlement
The very fact that the Malaysian government made a deal with Wall Street's Mephistopheles should have also done its bit to cause alarm.
By Binoy Kampmark - 28/7/2020
216 days ago
View commentsView articleThe hot response culture (why reason and compassion should prevail)
According to a number of studies over the past decade, we may have become so enamoured with emotional over-reaction that we're permanently changing the way our brains work.
By Mal Fletcher - 27/7/2020
616 days ago
View commentsView articleReflections on some recent legal matters
George Pell, Dyson Heydon: the church and the law, both human institutions, subject to human failings
By Ian Keese - 27/7/2020
917 days ago
View commentsView articleHuman nature
What is human nature? Are we humans good or evil? To what extent is the character of a person produced by heredity, and to what extent by environment?
By John Avery - 22/7/2020
1717 days ago
View commentsView articleSquirreling away from truth
According to progressives, the diagnosis of all societal inequality and injustice is due solely to institutional and systematic sins of patriarchy, racism, homophobia, islamophobia and transphobia.
By Edie Wyatt - 24/7/2020
3817 days ago
View commentsView articleHow the idea of liberty became Liberalism
The mechanisms of the free market were thought to be woven into the fabric of reality ie were part of God's plan for the universe.
By Peter Sellick - 23/7/2020
1018 days ago
View commentsView articleTime to play dirty? Lessons from the David Starkey affair
Cancel culture is all around. It crushes rational debate and destroys freedom of thought and speech. The latest victim is the eminent British historian David Starkey.
By Paul Collits - 21/7/2020
420 days ago
View commentsView articleZombie seizures: the hacking of twitter
The seized accounts were duly used to spread some fun in what transpired to be cryptocurrency scam centred on a Bitcoin account.
By Binoy Kampmark - 24/7/2020
220 days ago
View commentsView articleLess transparency will worsen the pandemic
Hospital data is now going directly to the Trump administration rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By Sam Ben-Meir - 23/7/2020
1320 days ago
View commentsView articleShould Australia's Liberal Party be more conservative?
However, for the most part, the best way conservatives can contribute to influence the mainstream political parties is to keep utilising public forums to inform the public of its ideas.
By Chris Lewis - 14/7/2020
5523 days ago
View commentsView articleBlack Summer whitewash – a preview of Armageddon
Instead of sustainable management by mild burning across the landscape, ‘education’, emergency warnings and evacuations are the new deal.
By Vic Jurskis - 20/7/2020
723 days ago
View commentsView articleBunnings’ virtue signalling shows contempt for regional Australia
... merchandising director, Phil Bishop, noted that the retail giant had a “zero-tolerance approach” to illegally-logged timber
By Mark Poynter - 17/7/2020
1124 days ago
View commentsView articleThe impossible claim
A few years ago the ACT Government declared that it would so organise things that the ACT would be carbon-neutral before very long.
By Don Aitkin - 20/7/2020
724 days ago
View commentsView articleWe are killing more people because of lockdown than we are saving
We’ve taken a radical, unconventional approach as a country. It’s past time to see what worked, what could have worked better, and then communicate to the people.
By Graham Young - 13/7/2020
4624 days ago
View commentsView articleSevere recession, huge debts: Australia's Covid-19 strategy
The reason Australia has had low rates of Covid-19 infections to date is that we are an international travel backwaters.
By Brendan O'Reilly - 16/7/2020
1724 days ago
View commentsView articleThe Black Death is here to stay
The truth is that Bubonic Plague has never disappeared and is here to stay. In addition, believe it or not, Bubonic Plague is today more geographically widespread in our world than at any time in the previous 1000 years.
By Peter Curson - 17/7/2020
1824 days ago
View commentsView articleThe problem with the police
For libertarians, maintaining a criminal justice system, of which the police are a major component, is viewed as one of the few legitimate roles of government.
By David Leyonhjelm - 13/7/2020
2626 days ago
View commentsView articlePapua New Guinea sides with China on Hong Kong
By voting to support the crushing of free speech and freedom of assembly, among other basic rights, PNG voted against the spirit of its own constitution, adopted at independence in 1975.
By Jeffrey Wall - 16/7/2020
2027 days ago
View commentsView articleA politically-correct guide to film censorship
Of course, once the values of 2020 are obsolete, we must limit film choices further because the only way we are to progress as a society is if everyone thinks the same.
By Tim O'Hare - 15/7/2020
1327 days ago
View commentsView articleBunnings: no one’s moral compass in timber retail
Bunnings has announced they will stop selling Victorian native timber species after a Federal court decision against Vicforests – the state harvesting agency.
By David Hutchens - 15/7/2020
729 days ago
View commentsView articleSpiteful authority: Malaysia goes for the journalists
Gan and Malaysiakini are said to have permitted the publication of over five reader comments critical of the judiciary.
By Binoy Kampmark - 14/7/2020
130 days ago
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