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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on August 10, 2011 - 4:47pm.
A V's-Eye View of social and fiscal anarchy
People Power has come a long way since the initial London riots early this year- revoltng populations, communicating via social networks, have appeared all over the world as humanity learns it doesn't have to tolerate what it'sbeen told to.  The earlier anarchy in the UK has travelled, mutated and returned in a new, more virulent form.
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on August 5, 2011 - 8:18pm.
GFC Mark II
STEVE KEEN: Level of assets have got three letters at the front ASS. I think we should take them importantly. Assets can collapse in value overnight, as we've seen today, your liabilities remain there, and it's liabilities that are driving this debt crisis.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on August 4, 2011 - 3:04pm.
Freedom of Choice: Australian Alcohol and Tobacco Party Launch Speech
There is no evidence to suggest that plain packaging will change anything!  This is interventionist legislation that is dogmatic and draconian with no logical end in sight as to where it might stop.
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Submitted by Paul Walter on July 28, 2011 - 11:37am.
Cultural warriors and civilized societies
I look back on the week somewhat amazed, both at the events and the strange treatment of them in the press and wonder what lies in the future, as a sort of lawlessness now permeates once civilised societies.
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Submitted by Geoff Pahoff on July 25, 2011 - 6:55pm.
Are you an Antisemite?
The reason I ask is because I would prefer it if people stopped asking me. I have no idea. Just as well. That would require an exploration of the darker inner reaches of your mind and that thankfully is not my line. Ultimately it's a question for you really. Just as ultimately it's up to you to do something about it.
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Submitted by Marilyn Shepherd on July 22, 2011 - 9:42am.
Then and now
This is what Chris Bowen said in 2006. What a contrast to the ALP Government's current behaviour.
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Submitted by Margo Kingston on July 19, 2011 - 9:53pm.
Margo on Murdoch
Hiya, Webdiary tragics. I wondered if any of you are feeling as strange and disbelieving as me while watching what happens when the emperor is seen to have no clothes. Is there a media debate going on about what inquiries our nation needs to have in the wake of the British revelations?
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Submitted by Geoff Pahoff on July 19, 2011 - 2:28am.
Getting rid of extremists
It is strategically important for the Liberals to put the Greens candidate last at least in Melbourne and explain why. It is because this party has become a carrier of extremist policies many of which have nothing to do with the environment.
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Submitted by Geoff Pahoff on July 18, 2011 - 5:18pm.
Some early morning gardening in Canberra
There's something especially contemptible about attacking scientific research. Messing around with the genes of wheat is hardly vivisection so this is straightout rank and irrational fear of the unknown. Next thing the Greens will be baying at an eclipse.  A good thing Halley's comet is decades away. With this bunch it would spark a leadership spill.
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Submitted by Jay Somasundaram on July 18, 2011 - 12:23am.
If you don't shit, you die..
The Carbon Tax is not going to make one iota of difference to whether our grandchildren have a Great Barrier Reef. What it will achieve is a rapid exodus of Australian manufacturing. Australia, the land of solar roofs, manufactured in China. Australia, the overseas-owned quarry.
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Submitted by Paul Walter on July 14, 2011 - 2:20am.
BSkyB: Murdoch's Waterloo ?
The real wolves, back in the US are likely sharpening their knives (teeth?) in its wake, to find out who will be the new tycoon when the old man gets kicked upstairs.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on July 10, 2011 - 3:30am.
If we had a Carbon Tax, we'd all live in a Carbonation
It's to be hoped that Julia willl vindicate the need today, and that the propoganda war being fought on the issue will be assuaged and mollified.. but don't count on it!
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on July 8, 2011 - 10:01am.
Gathering the news of the world
Obviously the ramifications for Murdoch spread much further than the readership of this one newspaper.  However popular it might be, he''s prepared to sacfice this journal so that the tarnish of perceived lack of journalistic integrity doesn't spread to his other titles across the world.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on July 4, 2011 - 7:07am.
"Little white lies" when our prisoner dies
The gist of the SMH story is that while 20 SAS troops removed a busload of "enemy" from their vehicle, searched them and recorded their details, it was the lone American soldier who formally took them prisoner.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on July 4, 2011 - 4:55am.
Slapping the other cheek
In other words, nope, you won't see a Jesus-son-of-God billboard in Iran.. The Iranians don't think he is.  However, Christianity has been aware of Jesus' Islamic status for a very long time.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on June 20, 2011 - 5:13pm.
Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die: Global crises and political failure.
"The simple systems which sustained people in monetary poverty but in reasonable harmony with nature and the seasons and with what was sustainable and what was not have only been suborned and abandoned on a global scale in the last 100 years or so."-   Rob Scott
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on June 20, 2011 - 12:11am.
A sense of "self-direction": Jewels' and Sienna's Diary
"When giving Sienna a bath, Sienna needs assistance to get undressed.  Her nappy and clothes need to be ready.  Her hearing aids and glasses needs to come off.  Her hearing aids need to be turned off.  The cloth around her gastrostomy needs to be taken off.  I lift her from her wheelchair onto the toilet chair, then wheel her to her bedroom, undress her in there and then wheel her to the bathroom, where her bath is ready"- Jewels Smith
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Submitted by Geoff Pahoff on June 5, 2011 - 1:06pm.
A nasty Echo from the past
In the Tweed and Byron Shires there are a lot of Greens. They are everywhere. They are like blowflies at a Barcaldine barbeque. They even have their own newspaper, the Echo. It is the only openly politically aligned newspaper around. While one can respect their industry they show all the hallmarks of their party, including a marked intellectual cowardice.
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Submitted by Jenny Hume on June 1, 2011 - 5:05pm.
Four Corners report on Indonesian slaughter of our cattle
In all my years of working in animal welfare I have never seen anything to equal that. If you did not see it then go to IView, or there is footage on our Animals Australia website. Just google it but be warned. It is more than shocking.
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on May 5, 2011 - 7:46pm.
Running Bears and Waterfalls
Inflation is up, and apparently it surprised the lads at the RBA, who immediately signalled the possibility of another interest rate rise. The market immediately factored that one in. As I write this we can now exchange our AUD for 1.092 greenbacks. Wow, over a 100% rise in only 10 years. But who wants greenbacks?
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Submitted by John Pratt on May 5, 2011 - 7:31pm.
Wave Power
Surely it is time to get on with the job. Rather than debating carbon tax we should be investing in alternative energy, instead of a two speed economy (miners doing well everyone else struggling) we should be rolling out technology such as this. Projects like this create jobs in regional areas and massively reduce our use of fossil fuels.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on May 4, 2011 - 2:36pm.
The Murder Of Osama
Despite the appearance that western culture is revelling in bloodlust, perhaps people should be asking their neighbours what they think of this.  Maybe it's the company I keep, but I'm getting a sense of strong disagreement with the glorifying.
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on April 27, 2011 - 10:25pm.
Dear Australian Head of State
We would like to place ourselves at your mercy and request a stay of execution for our television program, The Chaser's Royal Wedding Commentary.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on April 19, 2011 - 2:25am.
Save Our Suicides - "people power" prevention
Why am I so passionately supporting this cause?  When I first saw the picture with the rope, a day after Trevor died, it was with a chilling realisation of "There but for the grace of God go I"  Actually God didn't have a lot to do with it ... my family and friends did.
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Submitted by John Pratt on April 18, 2011 - 10:23pm.
The Big History Project
History should be at the core of all education. Without an understanding of our incredible history - the story of life - life itself can become meaningless. We must realise that we are a tiny part of a very big picture. Our future is unlimited. Our ancestors understood the need for stories of origin. Now more than ever we need to pass on to the coming generations an incredible story based on truth.
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Submitted by John Pratt on April 13, 2011 - 11:32am.
Where are we getting our leadership?
We are really struggling for good leaders when we end up with the likes of Abbott and Gillard as our only choice of Prime Minister, too much bullshit from these two. As many of us do not attend church regularly where are we getting our leadership? We certainly do need a bullshit detector!
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on April 12, 2011 - 1:22pm.
Why?
"Your conduct is a most fundamental breach of trust and it is an attack on the institution of the family which is so dear to the community." - His Honour Justice Coghlan on sentencing Arthur Freeman to life in prison for the murder of his daughter Darcey.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on April 9, 2011 - 8:21pm.
Feeling free by acting free
"Like all anti-censorship campaigns, Tharunka emerged from a particular political context. From today’s perspective, it appears like the period piece it is, and my early defiance seems optimistic, even naive. Nonetheless, I still believe that direct action and resistance is the best way to counter censorship in whatever form it comes." - Wendy Bacon
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Submitted by Andrew Glikson on April 6, 2011 - 4:14pm.
A Warning from the Past
Inherent in IPCC climate change projections are continuous trends toward mean global temperatures of 1.8 to 3.6 degrees C by 2100, depending on emission scenarios, as adopted in the Stern and Garnaut reports, giving an impression as if mitigation and/or adaptation can be undertaken at any economically or politically chosen time over the next several decades. Unfortunately this is not the case.
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on April 6, 2011 - 3:44pm.
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