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INTENTIONALITY, AUSTERITY AND UNEMPLOYMENT August 7, 2014

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Gary at Public Opinion posted on “tabloid politics” and the unemployed. The facts of the situation seems to be there is a mismatch between the available advertised positions and the applicants.
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UN(FOR)SEEN IRAQ June 27, 2014

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So who is ISIS? Where do they get their money from? Why are they so well trained and effective? Are they part of a holy war that might loosely be interpreted as a jihad or struggle?

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DUSTING OFF THE NEO-LIBERAL PLAYBOOK June 20, 2014

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The budget was unanticipated and a shock. Neo-liberalism is the Government’s pervasive ideology.

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WAR AGAINST THE HUMAN FUTURE June 13, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Humankind/Planet Earth, US Politics.
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This is a provocative suggestion. However, for governments to allow the cutting down forests, the source of oxygen,thus destroying ecosystems we cannot recreate, and particularly refusing to take effective actions on climate change the case is clear.
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HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE REAL WORLD May 23, 2014

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On PM, Christopher Pyne waxed lyrical on the educational possibilities of fee deregulation:
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HOMELESSNESS May 19, 2014

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Now that border fascism has been brought home by the cruelty of the Federal Budget, as could have been predicted, the question and ramifications of homelessness might merit consideration.
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A BUDGET REFLECTION May 15, 2014

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The Federal Budget will affect everybody, perhaps in different ways, including those people who live and work, or at some future point once lived and worked around the neighbourhood.
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A LIAR’S ALLOWANCE! May 4, 2014

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Rule of thumb, somewhat nasty with respect to the PM:When he makes a promise or declaration take it he means the opposite of what he says. That presupposes you can bear listening to him, which I find difficult. I find it difficult to listen to Tony Abbott.
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MANUS ISLAND MILLSTONE May 1, 2014

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The story of the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers in the “concentration camps” on Manus Island will not go away. Conditions on Nauru are also inhumane.

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WARMING OR COOLING? April 25, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, CLIMATE CHANGE, Duckspeak, Humankind/Planet Earth.
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Good to see that Maurice Newman is holding to his position that dismisses the scientific theory of climate change caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere in which Carbon Dioxide gas emissions play a critical role.

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ONE FELL SWOOP April 17, 2014

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Barry O’Farrell resigned suddenly this morning. He should have declared the $3,000 bottle of wine – or possibly returned it. And now the political game has been changed in NSW.
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SENATE COUNT April 14, 2014

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At Crikey, Casey Briggs, a mathematician suggest we need to focus on how the votes are counted. In summary, rather than giving a long quote, the transfer value of the largest blocs of votes depends on when they are counted.
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WA SENATE BY-ELECTION April 7, 2014

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This election was always going to produce unusual results in detail, although it does not seem to have changed the post-July Senate. There are remaining 31.28% of first preference votes to count on the latest figures from the AEC.

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GRACE NOTE: KNIGHTS AND DAMES March 26, 2014

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It seems that Tony Abbott consulted Quentin Bryce and Peter Cosgrove and now to become notionally “dame” and “knight of the realm”

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REFUGEE DISGRACE March 24, 2014

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The treatment of refugees in off shore detention continues to witness disturbing developments. Australia has now become party to likely violations of human rights, including murder. The Prime Minister does not know what is going on, and the Cabinet process appears broken.

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THE HUMANITARIAN NATION March 14, 2014

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The question arises in relation to the treatment of refugees: What lead to this?
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MANUS VIDEO March 1, 2014

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The Immigration Minister commented that the refugee/prisoners at Manus Island were given breakfast the next morning after the riot that he initially attributed to the asylum seekers. Now The Guardian has published video footage describing the situation as a “war zone”.

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PRAYER AND “TERRORISM” February 3, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Internet Age, Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
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I found the story of the Ballarat mosque on Facebook. It was put up by the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In its way it is an illustration of how in the era of developing modern communications, the local and global merge.
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REFUGEE POLICY: “MORALLY CORRUPT AND INDEFENSIBLE” January 30, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Humankind/Planet Earth.
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Former Naval Captain John Ingram was reported by ABC News that turning refugee boats away and forcing them back to Indonesia was not the Navy’s way of doing things. He is most likely right. It seems that the Government has involved the Navy and Military in “Operation Sovereign Borders” in a way that politicizes them, and in a way that by inference ignores their advice about these operations.
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EDWARD SNOWDEN: A TRAITOR? January 24, 2014

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Many events occur, with some having more historical significance than others. Perhaps representative of a pervasive maladroitness richly on display by Australian Federal Ministers, it nonetheless interesting, if trivial, to hear the Australian Foreign Minister describe Edward Snowden as a “traitor”.
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