Opinion

Your Brain Has A “Delete” Button–Here’s How To Use It

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This is the fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more. JUDAH POLLACK AND OLIVIA FOX CABANE FastCompany There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is why, to quote another old saw… Your Brain Has… Read More »

The Voter Fraud Lie We Can’t Shake

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Early voting is underway, and according to Donald J. Trump, so is voter fraud. By DALE HO  Almost daily, he proclaims that “large-scale voter fraud” is happening and that the election is “rigged.” Politicians across the spectrum have criticized this nonsense as divorced from reality, deleterious to our democracy and… The Voter Fraud… Read More »

Destination ‘great Muslim democracy’: Time to get off the train

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Every new day adds fresh validation to the adage that “Turkey is fun unless you have to live in it.” BURAK BEKDİL In one recent speech, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan described himself as an enemy of interest rates “because interest rates are a means of abuse.” Where did Mr. Erdoğan say that? At a ceremony at the… Destination ‘great Muslim… Read More »

Powering Australia’s Economic Surge

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MELBOURNE, Australia — If you were designing a nation from scratch, it would look something like Australia. By GEORGE MEGALOGENIS A Eurasian people, boring politicians, and an economy that virtually runs itself. Australia, uniquely, has avoided every major shock of modern globalization. Its… Powering Australia’s… Read More »

Creating child poverty for a whole new generation. Take a bow, Theresa May

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I have seen how the new household benefit cuts will tear poor families apart. Aditya Chakrabortty Even Margaret Thatcher would have balked at this In a little council house in Birkenhead, Steve is panicking over how he’ll find an extra £304 rent money a… Creating child poverty for a… Read More »

Paid parental leave: Young mum unpacks experience as a ‘double dipper’

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I thought maternity leave would be a retreat of sorts. Opinion By Emily Bourke I planned on reading an impressive pile of books, of cooking gourmet meals for my husband and wowing the step-children with home-baked treats. I wanted to turbo charge my… Paid parental leave… Read More »

The Guardian view on child refugees: too little, too late

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The Calais camp has been allowed to grow from problem to crisis, a disaster for the migrants and shaming for the government Editorial At last, child refugees are being rescued from the squalor and danger of the Calais camp and brought to Britain. But the process has taken far too long; and even now it… The Guardian view… Read More »

Australia’s Poisonous Refugee Policy

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MELBOURNE, Australia — Governments tend to dislike being called torturers. By WALEED ALY That’s why the George W. Bush administration went through such legal contortions to exclude waterboarding from the definition of torture. That this relied on a definition too idiosyncratic for anyone outside the Republican Party hardly mattered because it allowed President Bush to say, “the United States does not torture,” with a… Australia’s Poisonous Refugee… Read More »

The fetishisation of work is making us miserable. Let’s learn to live again

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Long hours and poor pay are wreaking havoc on our lives. Rather than fixating on growth, if we restructured the working week it would allow people to flourish Anna Coote Mounting pressures at work are taking a heavy toll on life at home. Employees say their bosses want them to put job before family, and… The fetishisation of… Read More »

Robert Manne: How we came to be so cruel to asylum seekers

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­ If you had been told 30 years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed. Robert Manne In 1992 we introduced a system of indefinite mandatory detention for asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Since that time, we have accepted the… Robert Manne: How… Read More »

The Goldman Sachs tape shows May is not leading on Brexit, but following

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In private comments pre-referendum the prime minister warned companies would relocate if the UK left the EU. So why is she pursuing hard Brexit? Anne Perkins The road on which Theresa May currently finds herself is well travelled. Most successful politicians rely on a… The Goldman Sachs… Read More »

Why the rich can’t be trusted with money

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The members of the investor class are programmed to destroy. by Larry Beinhart Every time the rich get too much money – as marked by a sharp rise in income inequality – the same things always happen. A bubble! A grand, exuberant, investing, spending, paper profits spree. It… Why the rich… Read More »

Enough is enough: we’ve reached a tipping point on sexual assault

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In the words of Elizabeth Warren, “women have had it” with guys like Trump, and the others who grab, insult and harass us. There’s a new defiance in the air Jessica Valenti Most times, it’s easier to say nothing. When a man gropes you on a subway. If a stranger tells you to smile as you walk down the… Enough is enough… Read More »

Letter signed by gun control advocates calls for ‘unbiased’ review of laws

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Open letter to Australian justice minister Michael Keenan asks for opportunity to put forward their case in the same direct way as the firearms lobby • Michael Keenan criticised over ‘one-sided’ meetings with gun lobby Dear Minister Keenan, Australia’s gun control laws are the envy of the world. Since the landmark 1996 national firearms agreement (NFA) our state, territory and… Letter signed by… Read More »

The other Bob Dylan

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Dylan’s silence and support for the Israeli oppressor makes a mockery of his stature as an “angry humanitarian”. by Ali Saad As the media hype surrounding Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature begins to fade away, the coverage – so far – appears to be concentrating only on one corner of the… The other Bob… Read More »

The Books My Dad Won’t Read? Mine

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Last November, a week after I had last seen him, my father passed out while sweeping the driveway (he’s the kind of man who sweeps the driveway, the kind of man who thinks something like passing out is caused by either having had too much coffee or not enough coffee), and within 24 hours of being admitted to the emergency room, he was told he had leukemia. By JENNINE CAPÓ CRUCET The doctors said that, without treatment, he… The Books ... Read More »