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Archive - 2009

Submitted by Guest Contributor on January 16, 2009 - 4:40pm.
For most conspicuous acts of gallantry in action in a circumstance of great peril...
Today marks a milestone in Australian military history - the first award (following abolition of Imperial honours in 1991) of a Victoria Cross for Australia.
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Submitted by John Pratt on January 16, 2009 - 3:25pm.
Arne Naess will be missed
Arne Naess died on 12th January 2009, aged 96. He was a Norwegian philosopher who promoted an all-embracing relationship between humans and the earth. He was an inspiration for many Green political activists.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on January 15, 2009 - 1:50pm.
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu...
Presidents can try to avoid hard decisions and therefore avoid controversy. That's just not my nature. I'm the kind of person that, you know, is willing to take on hard tasks, and in times of war people get emotional; I understand that. Never really, you know, spent that much time, frankly, worrying about the loud voices. I of course hear them, but they didn't affect my policy, nor did they affect – affect how I made decisions. (President George W. Bush)
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on January 15, 2009 - 1:27pm.
Torture used at Guantanamo Bay: Susan J. Crawford
Throughout the Bush years, politicians and the media, both in Australia and abroad, have been prepared to play brazen Alice in Wonderland games with definitions. ... You can admit to the use of stress positions, sleep deprivation, sexual humiliation and the rest of it – brutalities long familiar from the dungeons of the most sinister regimes in the world – so long as you barefacedly announce, as Bush did in 2006: "The United States does not torture. It's against our laws, and it's against our values." (Jeff Sparrow)
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on January 14, 2009 - 1:39pm.
The Fed's response to the global financial crisis
A clear lesson of the recent period is that the world is too interconnected for nations to go it alone in their economic, financial, and regulatory policies. International cooperation is thus essential if we are to address the crisis successfully and provide the basis for a healthy, sustained recovery. (Ben Bernanke)
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on January 13, 2009 - 11:22pm.
Demand for more change on immigration detention
The Australian Human Rights Commission says asylum seekers are still being treated like political footballs and enduring "miserable" conditions at some immigration detention centres...The Government says conditions are improving and it is committed to a set of immigration values. But the Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes, has told Naomi Woodley in Canberra that he's still waiting to see if those values translate into actual changes. (Brendan Trembath, Radio National's AM)
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Submitted by Norman Abjorensen on January 12, 2009 - 11:02pm.
State of Exception
New South Wales likes to think of itself as Australia, but it isn’t. Back in 1887, the redoubtable Henry Parkes even proposed that the colony of New South Wales change its name to Australia – a move not unexpectedly opposed (and ridiculed) by the other colonies. But the sentiment persists. The former prime minister John Howard was a typical Sydneysider (an early Victorian term for those who lived on the Sydney side of the Murray). He professed not to recognise state identities or loyalties; we are, after all, simply Australians. (Norman Abjorensen)
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Submitted by B.A. Brown on January 12, 2009 - 11:39am.
Thoughtful wishing: in the days of terror from the air, patriot acts on the ground
If we wish an end to terror, then we need to act to halt terror from the sky. Well-resourced airstrikes, slowly improving blasts from Gazan shanty-towns and mad mullahs invoking the gods; they all reign over terror, with innocent civilians too often on the receiving end. Bearded cult-leaders from all three Apocalyptic or Messianic faiths have to be reined in. Their ill-considered orthodoxies, centred on out-dated doctrines damage children, be they blasted bodily as cost of war, or blitzed conceptually by head-rocking rote drills from holy scrolls of one era or another.
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Submitted by admin on January 11, 2009 - 11:07pm.
We're baaaaaaack
Webdiary returns, in fighting trim for an interesting 2009.
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Submitted by Andrew Glikson on January 11, 2009 - 11:06pm.
The Faustian Bargain
The sensitivity of the Earth’s atmosphere to anthropogenic carbon gases has been underestimated. As the orgy of burning carbon products of 400 million of biological evolution continues unabated, pushed by business, advertisers and consumption-promoting governments, global warming proceeds at a pace faster than projected by the IPCC, tracking toward likely climate tipping points.
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on January 11, 2009 - 11:05pm.
Cruci-fiction at Christmas: Murdoch's annual Hicks attack
The paper started this summer's attack on Hicks just before Christmas, as the restrictive control orders expired.  There was no messing around as every point possible was fired into the public mindset, accompanied by a command that Hicks should reveal all.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on January 11, 2009 - 11:04pm.
But the greatest of these is love
There is nothing like the prospect of a radical life change to concentrate the mind on things that really mater. So I want to identify, if I can, the most important thing that we discover in life. At least, it is the most important thing that I have discovered. I will share it with you, like a precious jewel, fit for this occasion. I refer to love. Love for one another. Love for our community. Love for others everywhere in the world. Love transcends even scholarship, cleverness and university degrees. It is greater than pride and wealth. It endures when worldly vanities fade.
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Submitted by Guest Contributor on January 11, 2009 - 11:03pm.
Gaza Media Statement
We are Australian Jews who join thousands in Israel and around the world condemning ongoing Israeli military attacks on Gaza. Together with Israeli peace group Gush Shalom, we condemn the current war as "inhuman, superfluous" and "abominable". While Israel has the right to protect its citizens and to demand an end to the crime of Palestinian rockets that target civilians, this cannot be used as a pretext for the grossly disproportionate military assault on Gaza ...(Australian Independent Jewish Voices)
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Submitted by Solomon Wakeling on January 11, 2009 - 11:02pm.
New Year's Resurrection
Tolstoy argues that no class of man has the right to punish or sit in judgement upon another, and, from out of the crucible of complexity which he has painstakingly built his story, gives a conclusion almost point-by-point worthy of a lesser evangelist.
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Submitted by Ernest William ... on January 11, 2009 - 11:01pm.
The Senate
Do most Australian voters ignore the importance of their vote in the Senate? Webdiarist Ernest William Graham is concerned that they do, and warns in this contribution that this tendency allows the Senate to be used to negate the will of the majority.
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Submitted by Andrew Glikson on January 10, 2009 - 4:18pm.
The Faustian Bargain: References
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on January 10, 2009 - 4:02pm.
Faustian Bargain Frontispiece
Faustian Bargain Frontispiece
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on January 10, 2009 - 4:00pm.
Faustian Bargain Fig 5
Faustian Bargain Fig 5
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on January 10, 2009 - 3:59pm.
Faustian Bargain Fig 4
Faustian Bargain Fig 4
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on January 10, 2009 - 3:59pm.
Faustian Bargain Fig 3
Faustian Bargain Fig 3
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on January 10, 2009 - 3:58pm.
Faustian Bargain Fig 2
Faustian Bargain Fig 2
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on January 10, 2009 - 3:57pm.
Faustian Bargain Fig 1
Faustian Bargain Fig 1
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