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www.alexaobrien.com
Recent laws proposed (and being passed) here in Australia and elsewhere are really justification for what our "law enforcement" and "intelligence" agencies have been doing all along. This page is very long but worth a read.

Basically, using metadata (you know, the stuff the Australian government says is safe to keep) you can be easily put onto a terror watchlist with no recourse.
Posted: October 2, 2014 @ 13:32
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mashable.com
Australia did not send anyone to the UN Climate Change Summit. Clearly the biggest issue facing humanity is not important enough - even though Tony Abbott and his entourage were going to be in the same city next week.
Posted: September 24, 2014 @ 12:25
Modified: September 24, 2014 @ 12:55
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newmatilda.com
And a friend of mine said this best:

Benjamin Franklin's commentary that “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” still holds true in my opinion.
Posted: September 23, 2014 @ 14:47
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firstlook.org
I wonder how much we (can't) trust the Australian government.
Posted: September 15, 2014 @ 15:32
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theaimn.com
The violence in the middle east is abhorrent and ISIS are clearly a malevolent force. But just wandering in blindly now (well after there should have been a considered international response) - and considering our (global) failure to bring peace to the region (and even the creation of various groups by fiddling there in the first place) we should be very careful.
Posted: September 15, 2014 @ 08:57
Tags: Politics
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theaimn.com
It's a pity the other parties are just as bad.
Posted: September 5, 2014 @ 09:54
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tech.slashdot.org
At least our government wants some sort of high speed broadband - even if it isn't progressive enough to go for the newest technology. So the Liberal government aren't quite luddites - at least their ahead of Iran.
Posted: September 1, 2014 @ 11:36
Tags: NBN, Politics
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newmatilda.com
So the mainstream media gets all upset when other (Labour) politicians screw the taxpayer for a few hundred dollars in taxi fares - why not the same squealing when it is the PM? To admit that you created a media event just so you could go to a private party the night before is not only dishonest but probably illegal. And that's not to mention the $400-odd dollars in travel expenses - what about the rest of his entourage?
Posted: August 27, 2014 @ 12:37
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www.abc.net.au
When you've got conservative commentators telling you (Tony Abbott) you're doing it wrong there is definitely something wrong with what you're doing.
Posted: August 23, 2014 @ 15:53
Tags: Politics
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www.abc.net.au
No, really? And the government is listening to them, not the science.
Posted: August 18, 2014 @ 11:46
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www.npr.org
Scary to think that Obama campaigned on the back of cleaning up Bush's mess - but hasn't done a lot of the big things he promised. Yes, there has been some marginal improvement but a lot of the big, behind-the-scenes stuff that happened with Bush still happens now.

Pity.
Posted: August 14, 2014 @ 16:05
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theaimn.com
In addition to the Joe Hockey "the poor don't drive as much" comments here's a good summary of how out of touch Tony Abbott is. His denial of broken promises is stunning.
Posted: August 14, 2014 @ 13:54
Tags: Politics
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www.cato-unbound.org
My opinion on this is divided but this is an interesting article from someone who calls themselves a libertarian - so in theory, to the right of politics. It's a good read.
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 12:30
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www.bloomberg.com
Crypto currencies are very interesting - they decrease the friction with which money can be shifted around - good for consumers as you don't have to worry about banks clipping the ticket along the way - but there are also significant legal hurdles. And there are volatility issues - no-one wants their money to devalue overnight.

Having a government come forward and back a currency gives it legitimacy and an actual real value. Very interesting times.
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 10:23
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www.abc.net.au
Shame on the AFL to banning advertisements for humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Posted: August 7, 2014 @ 08:56
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newmatilda.com
IMHO a very balanced commentary - in short, we have an incredibly right-wing government with no viable opposition. And a hostile "free" press.
Posted: August 4, 2014 @ 17:11
Tags: Politics
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www.newscientist.com
Repealing the carbon tax - just another conservative move to please big business because the replacement systems will not be anywhere near as effective.
Posted: July 19, 2014 @ 07:01
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tech.slashdot.org
By any reasonable measure (payload; range; speed; theatre survivability) the plane is a dog. We should cut our losses. And it is a political football in the US too.
Posted: July 11, 2014 @ 17:19
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www.glennmurray.com.au
While I think it is unwise to me randomly spending money we don't have a debt crisis but our current Liberal government is manufacturing the belief that we do. If we do have a debt crisis, why are we giving money to healthy companies (witness Cadbury at the lower end of the scale) and spending money on warplanes (the highly compromised F-35)?
Posted: July 8, 2014 @ 11:49
Tags: Politics
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tech.slashdot.org
I'm guessing that lawmakers in every country of the world really don't understand technology that much. Taken literally, this would pretty much stop the Russian people accessing the Internet.
Posted: July 5, 2014 @ 13:03
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