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May 21, 2018
A royal wedding offers a unique opportunity to celebrate the bonds that tie a society together and particularly the deepest of these, the family.
Society - Mal Fletcher - 2 comments
 
Black spirituality tagged on to exaggerated feminist values mixed with traditional forms certainly gave an impression of difference, but these were daubs rather than extensive splashes.
Society - Binoy Kampmark - 1 comment
 
North and South Korea had to convince Donald Trump that a small achievement is a grand victory.
International - Felix Imonti - 1 comment
 




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Friday, May 18, 2018

I am orchestrating a campaign to protest the dismissal of Rob Tiller who was forced out of his job for posting on his private Facebook page an article I wrote on domestic violence.
Law & Liberties - Bettina Arndt - 34 comments
 
The Economics Infinity War, in a nutshell, is a story of do-gooders versus good-doers of the economic variety. The former are all about intentions, the latter results.
The Arts - Darren Nelson - 6 comments
 
Bigotry is bad business, so why not let the consumer determine who gets away with what in the marketplace.
Law & Liberties - Chris Fotinopoulos - 18 comments
 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Having Disney as a constituent business would be a gold mine, I presumed, and something any Mayor would give their eye teeth for.
Economics - Ross Elliott - 5 comments
 
The country is consumed by internal conflict and beleaguered by a dysfunctional political system, while its citizens live with a heightened sense of insecurity.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 12 comments
 
The US State Department in the immediate aftermath of the North Korean announcement said it had no information from North Korea about any threat to cancel the 12 June summit.
International - Russell Grenning - 1 comment
 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

What has been most interesting has been the determination to continue to see the world as bad, dangerous, awful in the face of good global data that say the opposite.
Political Philosophy - Don Aitkin - 3 comments
 
Space has been turned into patriotism, cash and incentives; and there is a sense that Australia has been lagging.
Science & Technology - Binoy Kampmark - 3 comments
 
Trad needs to show how she can reduce state debt from its current level of $71 billion, or at least prevent it from blowing out to nearly $81 billion, as currently projected for 2020-21.
Economics - Gene Tunny - 4 comments
 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

With a 'progressive' income tax scale, and fixed $ values for tax bracket thresholds, a taxpayer's average tax rate increases for every extra taxable dollar received.
Economics - Geoff Carmody - 6 comments
 
A very long list of so-called celebrities announced prior to the presidential election in 2016 that they would leave the USA if Trump won.
International - Russell Grenning - 7 comments
 

Monday, May 14, 2018

When someone does something they shouldn't, it's often the cover-up that heralds their downfall rather than the original error.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 12 comments
 
The time is right for a reformist government. Is there any chance that we will get a reformist ALP government?
Domestic Politics - John Murray - 5 comments
 
When the country was founded and its constitution was created, a clause was inserted restricting citizenship to just those of African descent and to create 'a refuge and a haven for freed men of colour'.
International - Russell Grenning - 5 comments
 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Christianity is by-far-and-away the most compatible religious faith or spiritual belief with Liberty.
Religion & Spirituality - Darren Nelson - 73 comments
 
This election result is only surprising if one considers the seemingly immutable nature of BN's rule, which has lasted six decades and resisted change with studied fanaticism.
International - Binoy Kampmark - 8 comments
 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The budget combines good luck with good management.
Economics - Michael Knox - 4 comments
 
It is dangerous that neither Trump nor Netanyahu appears to fully grasp the dire regional and international implications of the unilateral decertification of the deal by the US.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 17 comments
 
News that the world's human peoples seem to be steadily improving their lot in life ought to reduce our fears of angry mobs invading our shores because we have it and they don't.
Economics - Don Aitkin - 9 comments
 
China's government wants its people to spend their money and invest inside China, rather than foreign countries. That's why it's going to lower tariffs and liberalize foreign ownership rules.
International - Zegang Ren - 3 comments
 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

'The rule will ensure that the regulatory science underlying Agency actions is fully transparent, and that underlying scientific information is publicly available in a manner sufficient for independent validation.'
Science & Technology - Darren Nelson - 6 comments
 
Protecting the Hashemite regime and Jordan's borders - coupled with massive injections of American financial aid - could see Jordan replacing the PLO as Israel's Arab partner.
International - David Singer - 1 comment
 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A much deeper issue is how the Australian economy can evolve to grow in a more balanced manner and reduce its exposure to falling commodity prices.
Economics - Andreas Chai - 10 comments
 
The 'work-like' activities undertaken by CDP participants creates a façade of employment, which ignores the fact that in the majority remote areas in which the program operates there are very little prospects.
Economics - Charles Jacobs - 16 comments
 

Monday, May 7, 2018

It is so extraordinarily Orwellian that even its own President Mark Huddleston has admitted that he is 'troubled by many things' that it contains.
Law & Liberties - Russell Grenning - 8 comments
 
UBI may not work in practice, but at least it is addressing the right problem, and there is enough money to take this approach.
Economics - Gwynne Dyer - 5 comments
 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Albanian citizens must realize that Erdogan's investments in their economy are but a façade to cover his larger goal of making the Balkans increasingly dependent on Turkey.
International - Alon Ben-Meir and Arbana Xharra - 5 comments
 
The Summit's declared
International - David Singer - 2 comments
 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Antidepressants come with side effects ranging from weight gain and hair loss through to suicide and various kinds of persistent or permanent disablement.
Health - John Murray - 9 comments
 
Every group Rosling sought answers from saw the world as 'more frightening, more violent, and more hopeless - in short, more dramatic - than it really is'.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 46 comments
 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Christensen's individualist acceptance is standard form for industries that have found certain costs and regulations unnecessary and damaging to the purse strings.
Health - Binoy Kampmark - 7 comments
 
When many diverse voices come together as 'one voice' on a regular basis the outcomes are transformational.
The Arts - Tania de Jong - 3 comments
 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

eclaring mission accomplished in the context of the continuing unfolding tragedy being inflicted on the Syrian people is cynical and disheartening at best.
International - Alon Ben-Meir - 16 comments
 
Importantly, the White working class is also the largest block of Democratic Party voters. Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton only won 28% of White working class votes.
International - Michael Knox - 11 comments
 

Monday, April 30, 2018

At the heart of the problem is a failure both to follow good research design practices and to understand statistics properly.
Science & Technology - Don Aitkin - 28 comments
 
The obvious conclusion is that the price was deliberately supressed in order to encourage a favourable anti-dumping decision and to highlight material injury.
Economics - David Leyonhjelm - 1 comment
 
The rotten core that is at the heart of the banking industry is just the tip of the iceberg. The decay in honesty and integrity is evident throughout the entire business world.
Society - Everald Compton - 2 comments
 

Friday, April 27, 2018

These pseudo-taxes are almost always on the rise like real taxes (as per the diagram below), and also like the latter include all of the predictable inefficiencies associated with government.
Economics - Darren Nelson - 5 comments
 
R2P was and is a step in the right direction, as it openly challenges the previously sacred notion of 'national sovereignty'.
Law & Liberties - Barry York - 5 comments
 
It's the modern gold rush. Around the world, the most sought-after mineral isn't a precious metal, nor is it oil and gas…it's lithium.
Economics - James Stafford - 8 comments
 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Despite his exit from the front bench, Powell haunted conservative immigration policy sufficiently to influence Heath when in government to pass the 1971 Immigration Act.
Law & Liberties - Binoy Kampmark - 4 comments
 
Underemployment and unemployment are being affected by growing use of artificial intelligence in the workplace.
Economics - Tania de Jong - 11 comments
 
No one is denying that gender dysphoria is real and students who identify on any spectrum must be treated with respect and yes, love!
Education - Wendy Francis - 19 comments
 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The banks and the media outlets who carry their advertising can no longer fool us into believing that their interests are identical with our own.
Economics - John Murray - 4 comments
 
Lab workers addict monkeys to drugs, drill holes into their skulls, burn off the skin of sheep and pigs, crush rats' spinal cords...and give rats seizures.
Law & Liberties - Emma Hurst - 6 comments
 
The problem with any discussion on nuclear power is that it is fraught with misinformation promoted by hysterical nuclearphobes.
Environment - David Leyonhjelm - 67 comments
 
It is a witty and savage satire of the rise of Hitler - recast by Brecht into a small-time Chicago gangster's takeover of the city's greengrocery trade.
The Arts - Chris Golis - 7 comments
 

Monday, April 23, 2018

A distracted president has the potential to leave power vacuums which will be filled by others. This is not in Australia's interest.
International - Daniel Steedman - 8 comments
 
Governments have a long history of spending billions to knowingly build ‘roads to nowhere’ when they could have built efficient infrastructure instead.
Nation Building - Vladimir Vinokurov - 3 comments
 
Egypt's popular President Sisi offers the best chance to improve both the country's dismal socio-economic situation and its human rights record.
International - Alon Ben-Meir
 

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