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HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE REAL WORLD May 23, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy, Social Environment.
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On PM, Christopher Pyne waxed lyrical on the educational possibilities of fee deregulation:
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A BUDGET REFLECTION May 15, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy.
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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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CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE February 21, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in CLIMATE CHANGE, Democracy.
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The climate crisis is not going to go away. The Government has abolished the Climate Commission, and intends, when it has the numbers in the Senate to abolish the Climate Change Authority and the Carbon Tax.

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WHAT WAS THE ELECTION ABOUT? September 6, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy.
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Who knows, whether it is nothing much, or something significant? Does it really matter that Tony Abbott is due to become Prime Minister, at least for the next three years?
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USA v PRIVATE MANNING August 23, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Human Rights, The Political Internet.
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Clearly, Private Manning is a remarkable and good person. In addition the evidence implies a very intelligent person.
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THE DREYFUS CASE August 16, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy.
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Mark Dreyfus, Attorney-General of the Caretaker Government, has declared that neither Bradley Manning or Edward Snowden are whistle-blowers.
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PURPOSES, PROFITS AND TAXES May 29, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Humankind/Planet Earth.
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At The Guardian, Joesph Stiglitz makes the prescient observation that multinational corporations are not just about profits but about taxes as well.
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THE ONE AND ONLY WAY May 21, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy, Global Warming (climate change).
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Group Think as might be expected is the way of corporations, as is propaganda. When these two characteristics combined with money as political influence, the mere semblances of democracy process are cast into disrepute.
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MARGARET THATCHER’ S FREEDOM LEGACY April 10, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Global Electoral Politics, Modern History, Social Environment.
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Not that I know much, if anything about economics, but it seems to me that there was the Thatcherite rhetoric and an underlying economic problem of stagflation that was not supposed to happen and the recipe was monetarism(1).

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TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE AGREEMENT April 3, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Social Environment.
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The national media in Australia across the spectrum has been covering the implications and ramifications of the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement, especially those matters relating to internet access and copyright.
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“POWER STUPEFIES”? April 1, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Israel-Palestine, Modern History.
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Veteran journalist, Uri Avnery at Counterpoint, attributes idiocy specifically to the behavior of the Israeli Government in the case of the Mavi Marmara and makes the wider case.
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MASKED DEMOCRACY March 12, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy, US Politics.
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The case for the unrepresentative nature of  US democracy seems overwhelming. Could not the same observation be equally made in Australia?

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DIALECTIC AND DEMOCRACY March 3, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Democracy, US Politics.
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Last week Bradley Manning made a statement to the Military Hearing, after a period of incarceration now exceeding three thousand days, with incidental torture along the way. So much for the presumption of a speedy trial.
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CYBER-CIVILIZATION: PUNKS AND POLITY December 5, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Social Environment, Terrorism Issues.
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Julian Assange, perhaps understandably, given his experience,  is wary and pessimistic about the future of a world embroiled with the internet. We have become the victims of pervasive surveillance and we should encode our communications to protect ourselves.
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ASSANGE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW August 22, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Duckspeak, Human Rights.
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In an editorial The Washington Post suggests  economic trade sanctions should be imposed on Ecuador for providing political asylum for Julian Assange.
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THE CLIMATE AIN’T WARMING? April 30, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in carbon emissions, Democracy, Natural Environment.
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Three days after the program was aired on ABC television I caught up with the program featuring Nick Minchin and Anna Rose.

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THE SECRET SOCIETY April 25, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Duckspeak, Peace.
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One, among the several reasons, people form societies is to organize the process of justice.
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ACTION AS RESPONSIBILITY April 15, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy.
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As far as I can tell Leah Bolger has received no notice in The New York Times or The Washington Post. She is the former naval officer, who with articulate expression momentarily interrupted the hearing of the Super Committee formed to reduce social spending. She faced jail for her action.
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DYSFUNCTIONAL (CORPORATE) DEMOCRACY April 10, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Peace, US Politics.
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It is passing strange to observe that in a self defined democracy that the voice of the people is not allowed in the Congress or the Parliament.
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POLITICAL POWER AS VIOLENCE April 4, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Human Rights, US Politics.
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The American democratic project conceived in the opposition to a monarch is sliding, seemingly inexorably, on the the slipway to the sea of fascism. How could this happen?

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