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No Dollars, No Sense: A Government Beholden To ‘Economic Morons’

Australia is headed towards a recession, aided by a federal government that appears to know not what it is doing, writes Ian McAuley. New Matilda Ian McAuley The National Accounts released last week confirm what economists already know: the Australian economy is in poor shape. The headline news is the 0.5 per cent quarterly fall in… No Dollars, No Sense: A Government Beholden To… Read More »

German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant Culture’ On Refugees

The German state of Bavaria passed a new law Friday to force the local “dominant culture” on refugees. The Daily Caller Jacob Bojesson The ruling Christian Social Union (CSU) argues the law is necessary after the massive influx of refugees during the last two years. Extra funding will go to schools and daycare centers where… German State Passes Law To Force ‘Dominant… Read More »

Retiring Chief Justice Robert French stands by silence on asylum seeker ruling

As he nears the end of eight years as the nation’s top judge, Robert French is standing by his response to critics of a controversial ruling on Australia’s asylum seeker policy. ABC Damien Carrick When the High Court struck down Labor’s Malaysia Solution in 2011 it ignited an attack on the courts from politicians the likes of which had not been seen since the Mabo and Wik decisions of the 1990s. Then prime minister Julia Gillard accused the court of… ... Read More »

The Undoing Project review – ‘psychology’s Lennon and McCartney’

Michael Lewis tells the compelling story of Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman, whose behaviourist theories led to his own bestseller Moneyball Tim Adams The Guardian All love stories involve the science of decision making – for better or worse, richer or poorer. No romance has been as alive to the fallibility of that process as the one described in this book. Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman were both the grandsons of eastern European rabbis. Chance and fate brought them together ... Read More »

Yale Neuroscientists Can Now Determine Human Intelligence Through Brain Scans

Do you feel like you were born to do something? There is just a certain skill like playing an instrument or sport, or a certain subject, like math, which you naturally excel in? Philip Perry big think It might have to do with the way your brain is wired. Different people have different aptitudes. The repositories for these lie in different parts of the brain and, as… Yale Neuroscientists Can… Read More »

Why Egyptian women are taking to the streets in 1960s-style dresses

A new Egyptian initiative is calling upon women to wear 1960s-style dresses as a way to fight sexual harassment. Al Monitor Menna A. Farouk The initiative, dubbed “Dresses of the Past When Our Streets Were Safe,” seeks to normalize the sight of women on the streets wearing dresses as it was in the 1960s, when sexual harassment rates were at their lowest. Hadia Abdel-Fattah, the feminist activist behind the… Why Egyptian women are taking to the streets in… Read More »

Did Clinton win more votes than any white man in history?

As mail-in and absentee voter ballots continue to trickle in and the country braces for President-elect Donald Trump to step into power, Hillary Clinton quietly marked a milestone. BBC News The latest election totals showed that Mrs Clinton, who lost to outsider Mr Trump last month, has received more votes than Mr Obama did in his 2012 victory, according to data from the National Archives and a running total by… Did Clinton win more votes than any white man in ... Read More »

NT Royal Commission ‘officially a farce’

The Royal Commission into Child Protection and Detention in the Northern Territory is now officially a farce. Sky News Matt Cunningham Called in a moment of panic by two leaders under immense public pressure, the shoddily planned inquiry unravelled this week during the latest Darwin sittings. The commission rode into town on Monday, accompanied by… NT Royal Commission ‘officially a… Read More »

Arnold Zable: Greek tale a chance to reflect upon immigration in Australia

Over the past two years, Australia has observed a series of World War I centenaries peaking with the commemoration of the Gallipoli landings. The Age Arnold Zable Ongoing centenaries continue to be observed, accompanied by events and publications marking battles fought in Europe. December 10, 2016, marks the… Arnold Zable: Greek… Read More »

Dutch letter spurs calls for Canadian transparency ahead of military deployment

The federal government is being urged to follow the example of the Dutch government, which laid out its rationale for a military deployment to Mali in detailed 14-page letter to Parliament. The Star By BRUCE CAMPION-SMITH, Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA—As the Dutch government prepared to deploy its military to… Dutch letter spurs… Read More »

Justice in the dock

The island’s legal system is ailing and urgently needs restructuring from top to bottom but it is not corrupt, Bar Association head Doros Ioannides told the Cyprus Weekly in an interview. InCyprus By Annie Charalambous He also sent a strong message to the island’s 110 judges, saying that no one is above the law and… Justice in the… Read More »

N. Korea military drill targets South’s presidential office

South Korea warned Dec. 11 of “fatal” consequences for Pyongyang’s leadership if provoked into conflict, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw a military drill simulating an attack on Seoul’s presidential Blue House. Hurriyet Kim watched with binoculars as North Korea’s special operation forces conducted an… N. Korea military… Read More »

It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory leadership hopeful Pierre Lemieux says

The former Ontario Conservative MP’s announcement has raised concerns that a debate could reopen old party divisions. The Star Andy Blatchford OTTAWA—A candidate for the Conservative leadership says it’s time for Canada to have a free and open debate about sex-selective abortion — an announcement that has raised concerns that it could reopen old party divisions. Pierre Lemieux, a former Ontario Tory MP, said in… It’s time to debate sex-selective abortion, Tory… Read More »