If I want your opinion I’ll give it to you.

It is easy to defend the right of people to say what you want to hear – not so when they say what you don’t want to hear. Group hysteria is rarely, if ever, a basis for rational consideration of issues and competent decision-making. Days After Free Speech Rally, France Arrests 54 People for Offensive Speech | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.

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Children ‘likely serving excessive jail time’ after Queensland strips right to appeal against sentences

Queensland has long been a state in which government has either sanctioned injustice against groups and individuals in the community or actually perpetrated those injustices and, in many cases, built them into the law. From Invasion Day in 1788 (Curiously celebrated as “Australia Day” when it was actually a shameful day on which began the theft of a continent from its inhabitants, accompanied by some of the worst racial prejudice…

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The Copyright Monopoly

Intellectual content is valuable and it is not unreasonable to expect the creators of it, in whatever form, to be able to benefit from their work and creativity. Copyright legislation was first created with the intention of providing reasonable exemptions from penalty or cost in order to allow the sharing of that content for the benefit of all. Unfortunately, over time and with the increasing ethos of Profit Before People…

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Censorship – Always a tool of dictators …

It appears that Tony Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister, and Vladimir Putin, have much in common: Aggression, Megalomania, Opacity, the dictator’s fear of opposing views – hence a tendency to stamp on individuals or media outlets that air them … Perhaps all of Abbott’s posturing is actually a disguise for what will become a Russo-Australian alliance? Russian Media Watchdog Threatens To Shut Down Radio Station Critical Of Putin.

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