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February 22, 2019
President Trump's proclamation of a National Emergency on the Southern Border ensures the consequences of the illegal entry of drugs, criminals and foreigners through that porous border will now be owned by the Congress.
International - David Singer - 1 comment
 
At the time, with the rising popularity of Donald Trump, political certainties were collapsing, and this was a convenient pejorative to cast at one's political opponents.
Political Philosophy - Jason Beale - 3 comments
 
The Y2K scare was nevertheless a boon for consultants and IT specialists. It is estimated that US$300 billion was spent worldwide to audit and upgrade computers.
Environment - Brendan O'Reilly - 27 comments
 




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Thursday, February 21, 2019

If the driver's behaviour caused the accident which required others to suffer psychiatric trauma while helping him, then the emergency responder can seek compensation through the driver's insurer.
Law & Liberties - Trent Johnson - 13 comments
 
Men aren't at their best and there is no returning to the old days when women cut us too much slack.
Religion & Spirituality - Mark Christensen - 5 comments
 
Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance.
Law & Liberties - Spencer Gear - 16 comments
 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Since the previous qualitative poll completed by the Australian Institute for Progress 12 months ago, the Coalition has improved in just about every ­aspect, apart from its vote against the ALP.
Domestic Politics - Graham Young - 10 comments
 
In the years to come we’re going to have plenty of motley parliaments, with fewer major party parliamentarians and larger crossbenches of independents and minor parties.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 4 comments
 
The Church is spurned by educated men and women because it is presented by Evangelicals as a collection of beliefs that, ironically, do not connect with our experience of the world.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 18 comments
 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The immutable fact is that the responsibility for all personal thought, action, and speech lies solely with the initiator. No one else has the authority to direct you.
Religion & Spirituality - Ian Nance - 23 comments
 
Ironically, the Balkan countries who wish to join the EU seem to ignore that freedom of expression is one of the fundamental prerequisites to EU accession.
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 2 comments
 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Today we are faced with multiple interrelated crises, for example the threat of catastrophic climate change or equally catastrophic thermonuclear war,and the threat of widespread famine.
Environment - John Avery - 20 comments
 
For fashion designers and producers size labels are about aspiration
Society - Lisa Hackett - 7 comments
 

Friday, February 15, 2019

What do heat waves, floods, droughts, rising sea level, forest fires, hurricanes, African wars, mass extinctions, disease outbreaks, and migration from South America and the Middle East have in common?
Environment - Jay Lehr and Tom Harris - 42 comments
 
Like many of President Vladimir Putin's projects, tackling the internet has all the elements of the improbable, the boastful and the grandly quixotic.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 2 comments
 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Getting rid of Maduro would be a step in the right direction (such as by encouraging him to retire to Cuba). But the next leader will still have immense economic problems to sort out.
International - Keith Suter - 18 comments
 
Those who bothered to keep an eye on matters had to come to the conclusion that Australian officials were taking a leaf out of the book of police regimes in Latin America: people had, quite literally, been 'disappeared'
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 15 comments
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Hayne might have been a High Court judge, but he seems singularly lacking in commercial understanding. And he is a lawyer. Lawyers are better at tearing things down than they are building up, or reconstructing.
Economics - Graham Young - 3 comments
 
That Australia has so readily embraced the populist-right politics of nationalism and xenophobia perpetuated by former prime minister John Howard in the 2001 Tampa incident and beyond will be seen as a great error.
Political Philosophy - Greg Barns - 20 comments
 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

In any other country, a ‘liberal’ defends individual rights against encroaching police powers.
Political Philosophy - David Leyonhjelm - 15 comments
 
I well remembered 2016. The Fed did not just pause interest rates for a quarter. The Fed paused interest rates for a whole year.
Economics - Michael Knox - 2 comments
 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Both the WHO and the CDC believe that we are overdue for another pandemic of influenza and that it is just a matter of time.
Health - Peter Curson and Kevin McCracken - 16 comments
 
NATO and the EU have forced Macedonia to change its name, constitution, identity, history and culture as pre-conditions for eventual membership of these unethical and unsustainable organisations.
International - Ordan Andreevski
 

Friday, February 8, 2019

By 2024, demand growth halves, falling to just 0.6 million barrels per day (mb/d), down from 1.2 mb/d this year.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 17 comments
 
The solution to how the infinite can dwell in the finite without mutual destruction was eventually solved in the personalist/relational mode.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 20 comments
 
'How much does tone and prominence distort the real picture? Is some coverage self-fulfilling prophecy? Does it spread fear and anxiety way beyond the rational?'
International - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

That is to say that postmodernism depends on the very system it attacks for both material resources and moral status.
Political Philosophy - Stephen Hicks - 15 comments
 
The longest war in American history may come to an end following an agreement in principle between the US and the Taliban which was recently concluded in Doha.
International - Alon Ben-Meir
 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The start of the year is an opportune time to take a big-picture view of the state of passenger transport in Australia’s major urban areas. The key challenge for policy-makers is to
Nation Building - Alan Davies - 15 comments
 
What is the line between factual account and mere myth? Between history and legend? Between fact and fabrication? Between the literal and the figurative?
Religion & Spirituality - Rowan Forster - 36 comments
 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Wastes to energy incineration is the choice of an increasing number of our world's cities, especially where land is in short supply. Our world needs plastic.
Environment - Ken Calvert - 23 comments
 
Author and urbanist Richard Florida in The Creative Class more or less defined the case for lavish inner urban investment as central to attracting and retaining talent.
Nation Building - Ross Elliott - 1 comment
 

Monday, February 4, 2019

'The last time there was a meaningful agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians was 1993. A lot has happened since 1993.'
International - David Singer - 8 comments
 
It's been a decade of lows for commodities after posting 7 declines in 11 years, but we've seriously underestimated lithium. It's back with a vengeance in 2019.
Economics - Alex Kimani - 8 comments
 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Is the threat of a ban the right approach? After all, huge numbers of people rely on these platforms, as gateways into news gathering and business opportunities.
Law & Liberties - Mal Fletcher - 17 comments
 
The oil market downturn that began in 2014 led to steep cost deflation, with falling costs for services, equipment and labor. But those cost reductions appear to have bottomed out.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 6 comments
 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Any time the censor steps in as defender of morality and safety citizens should be alarmed. Such attitudes are precisely the sorts of things that empty libraries and lead to the burning of books.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 
Renewables accounted for 26.5 percent of global electricity generation in 2017 compared to nuclear power's 10.3 percent.
Environment - Jim Green - 14 comments
 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Those who profess to believe there is no objective difference in effect debase the good and nourish the bad.
Education - Allen Greer - 38 comments
 
Unemployed Australians aged 60 to 64 are on unemployment benefit, on average, almost twice as long as those aged 25 to 29.
Economics - Marcus Riley - 4 comments
 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

An aspect of war's evolution is that as firepower becomes more technically progressive, the intrinsic resourcefulness of those being targeted becomes more marked.
International - Ian Nance
 
OPEC's largest producer continues to expect global oil demand to keep rising at least by 2040 and sees itself as the oil producer best equipped to continue meeting that demand.
Economics - Tsvetana Paraskova - 6 comments
 

Friday, January 25, 2019

Whereas American and European Jews are focused on liberalism, equality, and pursuing a more tolerant society, Israeli Jews remain occupied with the perceived threats to their security .
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 4 comments
 
The gospel according to Mark (70CE), the earliest of the gospels, is curious for its ending that does not include appearances of the risen one.
Religion & Spirituality - Peter Sellick - 37 comments
 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Corruption is endemic in all major international sports from drug taking to match fixing, it seems that the entire sporting supply chain is diseased.
Law & Liberties - Vince Hooper - 9 comments
 
The explosive production figures in 2018 seem higher than last year's rig count justified.
Economics - Nicholas Cunningham - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

'Our biosphere is being sacrificed so rich people can live in luxury.'
Environment - Vivien Langford - 33 comments
 

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