From ‘fascists’ to ‘feminazis’: how both sides of politics are biased in their political thinking

Fascism - The Conversation

Any frequent user of social media is probably aware of the tendency for both sides of politics to view the other as fundamentally immoral and ignorant. The Conversation Sam Moreton Interestingly, longitudinal data suggests that political polarisation is intensifying, at least in the United States, with the recent US election seeing partisanship reach an all-time high. One important contributor to this phenomenon is… From ‘fascists’ to ‘feminazis’: how both sides of… Read More »

It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our attachment to facts

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Even Donald Trump’s own team knows that what he says often isn’t true. The Guardian Richard Wolffe But the problem isn’t his lies – it’s our naiveté The late, great Daniel Patrick Moynihan used to say that… It’s Trump’s America now. Time to get over our… Read More »

Harris should meet parents of babies with life-limiting conditions

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More support services needed for parents who choose to continue with such pregnancies The Irish Times Breda O’Brien <img src=”http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=2&c2=8946263&cv=2.0&cj=1″ /> Parents whom I know whose baby was diagnosed with a life-limiting condition before birth not only had to cope with the Harris should meet… Read More »

Facts are dead, long live facts: there’s no simple solution for how to dissolve the fog of lies

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So now it is just being baldly stated: facts are dead. This week Trump henchman Scottie Nell Hughes said on NPR that “there are no such thing as facts”. SMH Julia Baird Just like that. On air. When people were listening. I think we can all agree that is as daft as it is dangerous. Facts are dead, long live facts: there’s no simple solution for… Read More »

Let’s speak about, not shout about, abortion


Heaven is filled with boys and girls, who though unwanted by their earthly parents, have been welcomed by a Father who is committed to their eternal good and joy. On Line Opinion Murray Campbell Every year in Australia 10,000s of children are aborted, a practice that is not only supported by the law in some states, but it is something celebrated by many Australians. Over the weekend Jane Caro has come out to defend and… Let’s speak about, not shout ... Read More »

Why Matteo Renzi should vote no in the Italy referendum

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Italian PM Matteo Renzi has perhaps not contemplated that a yes vote on the referendum can be to his detriment. Al Jazeera By Silvia Mazzini A referendum should be nothing to be worried about. It is a… Why Matteo Renzi… Read More »

This is the most dangerous time for our planet

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We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it The Guardian Stephen Hawking As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around… This is the most dangerous time for… Read More »

Killing The Electoral College Is A Dumb Idea Pushed By Ignorant People

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Some very nice, apparently well-educated people are peddling absolute Pablum about the Electoral College. The Federalist By Donna Carol Voss If you want to get rid of the Electoral College, you don’t understand how it works. I mean the… Killing The Electoral… Read More »

We’re under siege from a new breed of intellectual: The pseudo academic

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Iain Dooley shows us how to deal with the paranoid delusional ravings of pseudo academics, like the Alt-Right in America and Australia’s serial pest, Malcolm Roberts. Independent Australia Iain Dooley THE PHENOMENON has made its mark across a huge range of topics, aiming to convince us that climate change is fake, Muslims are amassing at our borders crying out for blood, and that Hillary Clinton and George Soros are funding teams of left wing protesters in the U.S. who just want to ... Read More »

Keep off the grass: Parliament House fence is unfortunate but unfortunately we need it

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Believe it or not, federal parliamentarians have little choice but to enact new security arrangements. SMH Mark Kenny Few relish additional restrictions on public access to the parliament. But how should leaders respond when… Keep off the grass: Parliament House fence is… Read More »

Hey libertarians: Do you want more freedom and less government? You can’t have both

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Government is the only organization that can enforce freedom. Salon Jeremy Sherman I’m glad to pay my tax dollars for government services that enable me to be left alone to live the life I want without other people spoiling my party or me spoiling theirs. Libertarians think more freedom results from… Hey libertarians: Do you want more … Read More »

Parliament protesters played into the government’s hands

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Wednesday’s and Thursday’s over-the-top protests at Parliament House could not have been more poorly timed. The Canberra Times David Ellery They made the rapid passage of a multi-million dollar security upgrade that will effectively deny visitors access to the building’s roof-top lawn almost a foregone conclusion. The plans, revealed by Fairfax earlier this… Parliament protesters played into… Read More »

Aliens Don’t Exist, But They Tell Us A Lot About Atheists

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Lacking any evidence of an actual alien, Hollywood’s aliens speak more about the modern psyche fueling the imaginations of their designers. The Federalist By Peter Burfeind  In his movie “Expelled,” Ben Stein challenged Richard Dawkins about the remarkable phenomenon of life on planet earth: how … Aliens Don’t Exist… Read More »

Support the answer to our drugs problem

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There wasn’t a lot of support for Greens leader Richard Di Natale this week after he claimed that the war on drugs had failed and so, Australia should decriminalise drugs. The Examiner It was an audacious, bold call – one that was quickly slapped down by leading medical experts across the country. The Australian Medical Association jumped out of… Support the answer to… Read More »

Simon Jenkins: How liberals paved way for populism to emerge

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I have no tribe. I have no comfort blanket, no default button that enables me to join the prevailing hysteria and cry in unison, “Of course, it’s all the fault of X.” The Irish Times <img src=”http://b.scorecardresearch.com/p?c1=2&c2=8946263&cv=2.0&cj=1″ /> Simon Jenkins Meanwhile we everywhere see the familiar landscape clouding over. There are… Simon Jenkins: How… Read More »

America Needs More Energy To Power Its Manufacturing Resurgence

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Due to a confluence of technology, existing infrastructure, workforce, rule of law and markets, America is on the verge of a massive manufacturing boom that will boost domestic energy demand while adding jobs and lifting incomes. The Daily Caller Chuck DeVore The fuel for this coming boom is simple: the… America Needs More… Read More »