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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 19 comments
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.
Environment - David Hutchens - 2 comments

Monday, August 3, 2020

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.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 22 comments
Consequences, intended or otherwise, are irrelevant in determining the moral worth of an action.
Political Philosophy - Sam Ben-Meir - 15 comments

Friday, July 31, 2020

I just couldn't believe it. 'Coon' is no longer to be the name of a well-known style of cheese.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 56 comments
A closer analysis of the polls has unsettling implications for the party now that the Lee family is slowly drifting away from power.
International - Murray Hunter - 3 comments

Thursday, July 30, 2020

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.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 9 comments
The book also counters many of the Gospel and secular truths that many people hold. Income inequality for example is not that bad.
Science & Technology - David Hale - 12 comments

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

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?
International - Keith Suter - 15 comments
'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.'
Domestic Politics - David Pellowe - 6 comments

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The very fact that the Malaysian government made a deal with Wall Street's Mephistopheles should have also done its bit to cause alarm.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
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.
Law & Liberties - Don Aitkin - 14 comments

Monday, July 27, 2020

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.
Media - Mal Fletcher - 6 comments
George Pell, Dyson Heydon: the church and the law, both human institutions, subject to human failings
Law & Liberties - Ian Keese - 9 comments

Friday, July 24, 2020

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.
Law & Liberties - Edie Wyatt - 38 comments
The seized accounts were duly used to spread some fun in what transpired to be cryptocurrency scam centred on a Bitcoin account.
Science & Technology - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments

Thursday, July 23, 2020

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.
Political Philosophy - Peter Sellick - 10 comments
Hospital data is now going directly to the Trump administration rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
International - Sam Ben-Meir - 13 comments

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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?
Society - John Avery - 17 comments
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.
International - David Singer - 14 comments

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

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.
Law & Liberties - Paul Collits - 4 comments
We are now reaping the harvest of the seeds of racism and discrimination - the devaluation of black life.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 18 comments

Monday, July 20, 2020

Instead of sustainable management by mild burning across the landscape, ‘education’, emergency warnings and evacuations are the new deal.
Environment - Vic Jurskis - 7 comments
A few years ago the ACT Government declared that it would so organise things that the ACT would be carbon-neutral before very long.
Environment - Don Aitkin - 7 comments

Friday, July 17, 2020

... merchandising director, Phil Bishop, noted that the retail giant had a “zero-tolerance approach” to illegally-logged timber
Environment - Mark Poynter - 11 comments
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.
Health - Peter Curson - 18 comments

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The reason Australia has had low rates of Covid-19 infections to date is that we are an international travel backwaters.
Health - Brendan O'Reilly - 17 comments
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.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 20 comments

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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.
Law & Liberties - Tim O'Hare - 13 comments
Bunnings has announced they will stop selling Victorian native timber species after a Federal court decision against Vicforests – the state harvesting agency.
Environment - David Hutchens - 7 comments

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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.
Political Philosophy - Chris Lewis - 55 comments
Gan and Malaysiakini are said to have permitted the publication of over five reader comments critical of the judiciary.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment

Monday, July 13, 2020

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.
Health - Graham Young - 46 comments
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.
Law & Liberties - David Leyonhjelm - 26 comments

Friday, July 10, 2020

Before journalists had time to file, or arm chair warriors time to muster their thoughts, the coronavirus beast had gotten away from an Australian state that had prided itself in reining in numbers and playing the game of suppression.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 27 comments
A bigger concern is, first, that people will be missing out on the office interactions. Office politics can be poisonous and time-wasting. But the politics is part of office life.
Health - Keith Suter - 11 comments

Thursday, July 9, 2020

It does not explain everything, but it offers fresh insights into the way our modern, diminished politcs function.
Political Philosophy - Paul Collits - 10 comments
The optimism which preceded the French Revolution, and the disappointment which followed a few years later, closely paralleled the optimistic expectations of our own era.
Environment - John Avery - 39 comments

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

There is still no recognition that the need for this retreat indicates that the current level of opening up is already unsustainable.
Health - Arthur Dent - 16 comments
In effect, the low and middle-class taxpayers of India are subsidizing the luxurious perks of UN officials who have an average salary of about $75,000 per year.
International - Sukrit Sabhlok - 10 comments

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

As China works vigorously to increase its influence in the region, it is stepping up its efforts to undermine Australia's influence in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific, and Australia is unprepared to counter Beijing's push.
International - Jeffrey Wall - 29 comments
The United Nations is disgracefully trying to prevent a miracle happening 100 years after the world first gave its historic imprimatur to an impossible dream becoming a possible reality.
International - David Singer - 50 comments

Monday, July 6, 2020

The article argues that humility is the secret to leadership by first quoting Socrates and his famous observation that the wisest people are the first to admit how little they really know.
Society - Chris Golis - 11 comments
Environmental degradation, anthropogenic meddling and all around beastliness to country, has made Australia a titan of destructiveness.
Environment - Binoy Kampmark - 13 comments
In dealing with Turkey's President Erdogan, the EU and the US have forsaken their values by allowing Erdogan to run wild with impunity.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 1 comment


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