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GET A WARRANT! March 25, 2015

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Human Rights.
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In this instance, Get UP were nicer than I am prepared to be. They merely suggested a  specific warrant is necessary, as in the case of that other country moved to oppose and dispose the general warrant of the King, now 239 years ago.  Now we are under officially surveillance by the state. This is both totalitarianism, and of doubtful utility for achieving its stated objectives. Representative Democracy necessarily involves trust which when broken goes deeper than a mere constitutional crisis. (more…)

THE CLIMATE CHANGE PROBLEM February 10, 2015

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, CLIMATE CHANGE.
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Climate change is a problem that will not go away. It is as Kevin Rudd said: “the greatest moral, economic and social challenge of our time” I would prefer to describe it as “the defining issue of our time” – a rhetoric co-opted for income inequality.
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ARISE SIRE ABBOTT! February 9, 2015

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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The chances are good that Tony Abbott will be given his priors today. And then again he might survive the ship wreck. The problem with shipwrecks is that the boat cannot float any longer. Ask the captain of the Costa Concordia how that goes.

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WHERE TO FOR THE FEDERAL LNP? January 30, 2015

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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I don’t claim any special insights into Australian federal politics. I am just wondering.
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AN UNQUALIFIED FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION? January 12, 2015

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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The denizens of Catallaxy are too concerned with matters of great moment to be bothered to response to my propositions this morning. Furthermore, I might well have been censored.
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CORPORATE TRIUMPHALISM, DEMISE OF DEMOCRACY? December 23, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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If this is the challenge, how do we meet it? Let me quote myself from a comment posted in response to “The Ship of Fools”:
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MORALITY AND REFUGEE POLICY December 5, 2014

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Green Senators spoke with emotion on the treatment of refugees in the last evenings debate on the amendment to the legislation. The debate, such as it is, was delivered to a near empty Senate chamber.This is a moral case, and as democratic citizens we have to take responsibility, and hold those who presume to rule us to account.
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DEMOCRATIC REVIEW AND PROSPECT November 21, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Humankind/Planet Earth.
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Australian democracy is in crisis. The crisis is exemplified in the observations and comments of the prime minister.
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SYNTHESIS REPORT OF IPCC’S FIFTH ASSESSMENT REPORT November 6, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, CLIMATE CHANGE.
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The  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an interesting institution within which climate scientists from around the globe work together.  What is possible for science, remains impossible for politics. I notice that the report is dedicated to the memory of  Stephen H. Schneider 1945 – 2010.

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CLOUD COVER AND OCEAN CYCLES October 3, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, CLIMATE CHANGE.
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It may seem odd that political attention and resources are focused now on Sunni extremists, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and not on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa or Climate Change. We are told that the Government’s focus is to keep Australians safe.
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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

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Modern History.
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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

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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HOMELESSNESS May 19, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Human Rights, US Politics.
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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

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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A LIAR’S ALLOWANCE! May 4, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics.
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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

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Human Rights.
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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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