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Submitted by Andrew Glikson on August 12, 2010 - 11:29am.
Extreme weather events around the globe: manifestations of runaway climate change
June, April to June, and Year-to-Date Global Temperatures are Warmest on Record Last month’s combined global land and ocean surface temperature made it the warmest June on record and the warmest on record averaged for any April-June and January-June periods … Worldwide average land surface temperature was the warmest on record for June and the April-June period, and the second warmest on record for the year-to-date (January-June) period, behind 2007. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US)
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on August 12, 2010 - 11:26am.
glikson extreme weather events fig 1
glikson extreme weather events fig 1
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Submitted by Chris Saliba on August 11, 2010 - 9:39pm.
The quality of the politician depends on the quality of the vote
Democracy must be a constructive working partnership between citizens and the politicians they vote to represent them. Despite the cynical attitude of many, politicians are not installed by themselves. The quality of the politician ultimately depends on the quality of the vote. It’s up to us to ensure the political candidates we vote for are good enough to represent us.
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Submitted by drmarkhayes on August 9, 2010 - 7:58pm.
Fiji – No Endgame in Sight
While the absorbing intricacies of the sometimes daily twists and turns of developments in Fiji, which I have chronicled closely since Easter, 2009, when any pretence to not being a fully-blown military dictatorship was removed, are fascinating, I want to here focus on how Fiji might, eventually, be returned to democratic governance. The first important point to at least try to establish is exactly what Commodore Frank is seeking to achieve in Fiji. This is trickier than might be initially expected because of the sometimes daily shifts or twists in his expressed thinking or planning.
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Submitted by Democratic Audit on August 9, 2010 - 1:38pm.
Democratic Audit Update August 2010
The latest update from the Democratic Audit program at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, on how our democracy is working.
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on August 8, 2010 - 7:41pm.
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming - reviewed by Robin McKie of The Observer.
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Submitted by Sol Salbe on August 6, 2010 - 2:48pm.
Attacking Iran: US options
It’s not the fear of Iranian nuclear weapons that makes the US Joint Chiefs of Staff so reluctant to get involved in a war with Iran. Those weapons don’t exist, and the whole justification for the war would be to make sure that they never do. The problem is that there’s nothing the US can do to Iran, short of nuking the place, that would really force Tehran to kneel and beg for mercy. (Gwynne Dyer)
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on August 5, 2010 - 3:58pm.
The Privacy Imperative in the Information Age ‘Free for All’
Paul Keating: I take issue with and repudiate those who assert that privacy in modern times is dead and, that we should get over it. And with those who claim the current framework within which the media deals with privacy issues and concerns is effective and works well. It is of course, ineffective and works, in the main, to the benefit of media organisations.
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on August 3, 2010 - 6:53am.
Weather(vane)man: The 28th Prime Minister of Australia?
Laurie Oakes: "You told Malcolm Turnbull once that you were a weathervane. Does Australia need a weathervane as a Prime Minister?"
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Submitted by Sol Salbe on August 2, 2010 - 7:57pm.
Yes, Virginia, There WERE Crimes
Indeed, those sympathies of mine only reinforce just how foolish and self-defeating Israeli obstinacy has been in regard to accountability for Gaza. The diplomatic fallout has been immense, and the momentum it has given to boycott movements is something no one but Israel could have provided.
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Submitted by John Pratt on August 1, 2010 - 11:20pm.
Prosperity without growth?
Is it possible to have prosperity that isn’t about rising income? A prosperity that would give us health and security, at the same time allowing us to participate socially with hope for the future – a life that gives us the ability to flourish as human beings on a finite planet?... We are social beings, not isolates. To be complete we need to free our imagination: our prosperity should be about caring for others – a prosperity of hope.
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Submitted by Claude on July 30, 2010 - 8:29pm.
Claude's Election Dairy 2010 Day Sumthig or Arfur
Well, Fat and Rude has finally done it: MALCOLM BRUCE DUNCAN INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE FOR WENTWORTH
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on July 30, 2010 - 8:27pm.
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on July 30, 2010 - 8:26pm.
young MBD
young MBD
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Submitted by GetUp on July 26, 2010 - 4:46pm.
Democracy on trial
An email from GetUp: Two days ago I wrote to you with a question: should we pursue legal action to defend Australians' right to vote? An overwhelming 86% of GetUp members voted yes - so just moments ago, GetUp filed our case for online enrolment in the Federal Court. In addition to this, we're filing a related case in the High Court of Australia challenging the constitutionality of the Howard Government's 2006 Amendments to the Electoral Act. This is the piece of legislation that led to the situation we faced early week, where people had only one business day to enrol to vote.
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Submitted by Keith Warren on July 26, 2010 - 4:40pm.
A wedge we must not tolerate
Taking a firm stand on one’s position with regards to their religious beliefs has, for the past generation or so, been an area where political attacks are generally considered to be a no go zone. This is a good thing. Australia has developed into a tolerant society, where people’s beliefs are respected. Why then should atheism be any different?
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Submitted by Claude on July 24, 2010 - 2:35pm.
Claude’s Election Diary 2010
From the Other Side, in that great kitty litter tray in the sky, Claude comments on the 2010 Federal Election. Read on ...
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on July 24, 2010 - 11:44am.
A single thought: Facebook and telepathy
Now that we have audiovisually interactive mobile phones and permanently net-connected portable computers I wonder how far away a human-implantable Facebook Chip could be. Our heads already have cameras and microphones installed, so you'd only need a thought-to-font translator, video and audio uploading equipment and a Wi-Fi transceiver. With the flip of a mental (or physical) switch, any human could interact with the social network carried in their mind.
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Submitted by Democratic Audit on July 24, 2010 - 10:14am.
Democratic Audit Update July 2010
The latest update from the Democratic Audit program at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, on how our democracy is working.
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Submitted by Scott Dunmore on July 17, 2010 - 1:43pm.
The Frozen Continent v II
My first blog ever was a damp squib; deservedly so given the amount of effort I put into it. I've decided to give it another go for the reasons that there's a growing awareness of the subject and that next to climate change and sustainable population this is the most important issue facing us.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on July 16, 2010 - 4:17pm.
Moving forward to a stronger and fairer economy
"Today, guided by my values, I want to share with you how I intend to move Australia forward to a stronger economy, with sustainable growth that delivers for hard-working Australians." - The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister for Australia
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Submitted by John Pratt on July 16, 2010 - 2:31pm.
What do we (really) want?
Gandhi used non-violent actions to bring freedom to India. Maybe if we want to fight for a future for our grandchildren or bring equity to the children unfortunate enough to have been born in the third world we too will have to resort to non-violent action.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on July 13, 2010 - 1:42am.
Richard's (very short) Wither Webdiary
I invite anyone who is interested in seeing Webdiary continue to donate a piece on whatever they care to write about.
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Submitted by Harry Heidelberg on July 4, 2010 - 2:59am.
Webdiary Turns Ten
If you're younger you may not get the significance of this. This was world Internet and media history and Margo was making  it. In 2000 there were no comparable models. Not in the New York Times, not in the Washington Post and not even in that stupid bloody British rag that you wretched lefties love so much, the Guardian".- Harry Heidelberg
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on June 22, 2010 - 5:11pm.
Waltzing New Matilda Away
"Really, though, I'd lost the taste the day I was rooting around the glovebox of a car in the wreckers' yard to find out who'd had the prang.  Looking up from my endeavours I noticed one of the driver's teeth embedded in the steering wheel.  I thought to myself "so, this is journalism?" - Richard Tonkin
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Submitted by Paul Walter on June 18, 2010 - 7:49am.
The Beautiful Game
"There is a Homeric, epic quality about this tournament.  Mighty teams like the Spanish and the French choke at psychological moments and unheralded teams like the Koreans and Swiss take the opportunity for a moment in the sunshine perhaps anticipated for a generation"- Paul Walter
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Submitted by Keith Warren on June 15, 2010 - 4:53pm.
God's Next Army
"When global leaders of any religious persuasion are delusional to the point where they believe they are doing "God’s Work", what hope is there for humanity when these fanatics have their fingers on the nuclear triggers?"- Keith Warren
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Submitted by Paul Walter on June 9, 2010 - 8:34pm.
The decline and fall of the Rudd Labor Empire?
We were all glad to see the back of Howard at one stage, but now the People are calling on Rudd Labor, in no uncertain terms, to unpack its alternative and fulfill its promises to Australians, rather than just slumming with those interests whos aims are contrary to the ordinary Australian.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on June 3, 2010 - 5:14am.
The Gulf Leak disaster: from those who know their stuff
"The enquiry will tell whether this is the case or whether there has been a monumental screw-up by BP and or the drilling contractor. One would imagine a deepwater drilling moratorium will be in place in the meantime."
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on June 1, 2010 - 9:21am.
Israel and the Freedom Flotilla
Depending on which reports you believe, the number of dead killed by the Israelis numbers between eight and fourteen, and many more wounded.  The deaths have been condemned around the world  The European Union has condemned the attack, and an emergency session of the UN Security Council is now debating a response.
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