There Is Much to Fear

By: Monday September 29, 2014 9:03 am

One of the exceptional things about Post-Constitutional America is how instead of using the traditional tools of an autocracy– secret police, torture, mass round ups– the majority of Americans have given up their rights willfully, voluntarily, almost gleefully. The key tool used by government to have accomplished this is fear-mongering.

 

Former NSA Chief Gives Longest Interview Yet to Australian Reporter Critical of Journalism on Snowden Documents

By: Thursday May 8, 2014 6:44 am

Former NSA director, Gen. Keith Alexander, gave the most “comprehensive public interview” to date since his retirement. The interview was granted to Christopher Joye of the Australia Financial Review.

TPP and ‘Pivot to Asia’ Facing Backlash

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 2:57 pm

For those unaware of the new US “grand strategy” it involves not just overthrowing governments in Ukraine to expand power into Eurasia but also trying to encircle East Asia’s newest power, China. Called throughout Washington policy circles as the “Pivot to Asia” the plan to encircle China involves both moving greater military forces into the region as well as an anti-democratic “trade deal” known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

Protesting Illegal in Australia?

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 6:00 pm

Last week, the Legislative Council of Victoria passed the Summary Offence Act 2013, which outlaws the right to protest in Victoria, by a vote of 20-18.

Penguin Sweaters: The Internet Yarn Keeps Spinning

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 12:34 pm

Knitting sweaters for penguins, a perfect storm of squee and awww that hits every hipster button: Cute widdle birds, knitting, helping some faraway land during an environmental disaster, and social media. Except the sweaters don’t get put on the birds; they are used for fundraising.

It’s possibly one of the best yarns that the internet has even spun.

Late Night: Here Be Dragons! (Well, At Least One Dragon…)

By: Sunday January 12, 2014 8:00 pm

Sophie Lester, having seen the film How to Train Your Dragon, was keen on having a dragon of her very own. On the advice of her parents, she wrote to the scientists at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, asking them if they could possibly make a dragon for her.

Australian Prime Minister Rudd Creates ‘Historic Moment’ for Marriage Equality

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 2:00 pm

This video is being called a “historic moment” in Australian politics. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd simple answer to New Hope Church pastor Matt Prater’s question regarding marriage equality has supposedly caused a lot of controversy – much of it positive – on the subject of marriage equality in Australia. Oh if we only had moments like this in America.

Snowden Reveals America and Britain Spied On G20 Members

By: Monday June 17, 2013 6:40 am

Something tells me the State Department staff are not Edward Snowden fans. The first set of Guardian leaks came right before the Sino-American summit on cybersecurity where the United States was preparing to take a firm line with China regarding alleged cyber-attacks. Now the Guardian is reporting that documents disclosed by Snowden reveal that British and American intelligence services spied on other countries at the G20 summit in London in 2009 which comes as Britain hosts the 39th G8 summit beginning today.

Imagine…A Minimum Wage Your Daughter [Or Son] Could Live On

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 4:52 pm

The Australian minimum wage this year is $15.96 per hour. I know this mostly because my daughter lives in Melbourne these days (not forever, I hope). When she arrived there 18 months ago, she got a job at a minimum-wage restaurant. She earned enough to cover her rent and other expenses.

Just another isolated instance (of a horrifying trend)

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 1:30 am

Time for another round of … hey the arctic is opening up for oil exploration articles in the Wall Street Journal.

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