Tax fraud at the top

No surprise if the charges stick. I’m just surprised that most people don’t yet understand that corruption and fraud are predominantly to be found among those in senior positions. Not only that but it seems that the more senior, the more corrupt. Right across society, those who are most readily regarded as “respectable” and “upstanding” citizens are usually the most hypocritical and parsimonious among us. High office is rarely achieved…

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Rape – Why do men sexually assault women?

This  The actions behind the Dutch backpacker’s brave escape are sadly familiar  is an unfortunate article for at least two reasons: firstly that the reality of rape and attempted rape gave cause for it to be written at all, and secondly because its extensive generalisation tends to reinforce the notion of females as victims and males as grossly deviant and prone to sexual assault of women, often accompanied by aggression…

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LNP derision of ABC is succeeding.

I dislike the use of expletive-ridden abuse and hateful criticism on social media. However, Chris Uhlman does not report objectively, far too often offering extremely superficial, flawed, and even apparently intentionally biased views. Virginia Trioli is guilty of a similar inability to report objectively, as are many others. Chris Uhlman,Virginia Trioli, and others will, of course, have their own take on issues and they are entitled to do so. However,…

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Northern Territory abuse reflects OUR ‘blame’ culture.

BLAME! Sadly, in Australia today we have a culture of blame. When things go wrong, usually the first response is to start pointing fingers. We have to have a culprit. Not only that but, far too often, we then seek revenge. That revenge can take many forms. It may mean public shaming, imprisonment, excessive claims for “compensation”, calls for harsher penalties or longer sentences. Whatever its nature it reflects the…

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Movement Against Police Violence Condemns Violence Against Police

America has a violent history, a racist history, and a gun culture. All of these factors contribute to the current unhealthy climate of prejudice, hatred, discrimination and mindless violence. The police have many dedicated officers who are sincere in their belief that they are an asset to the community and that enforcing the law is a positive, even essential asset for a civilised society. The black community and the poor…

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Open justice and the public’s right to know

In a democracy, it is important that justice is not only done but that it is seen to be done. Indeed, many of us would argue that this principle should apply whatever the political system of a society. Certainly, few open-minded, caring and fair-minded people would disagree that the justice system should be as transparent as possible. Unfortunately, in practice, achieving that goal is not as simple as it might,…

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Report Shows How War Profiteers Are Now Refugee Profiteers, Too

As Europe comes to terms with a Brexit vote fueled in large part by anti-immigrant hate-mongering, a new report exposes how war profiteers are influencing EU policy to make money from unending Middle East conflicts as well as the wave of refugees created by that same instability and violence. Source: Report Shows How War Profiteers Are Now Refugee Profiteers, Too | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the…

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Leonard Bernstein on the Only True Antidote to Violence and His Moving Tribute to JFK

Human beings have been making war on one another and persecuting one another throughout recorded history. During that time, human beings have also made enormous strides in understanding their world and the how, why and what of the environment in which they live and the the universe in which our planet revolves. One wonders at this contradiction. Why have we accomplished the incredible achievements in science that we have and…

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Icac: the NSW Liberal party scalps claimed so far – full list of MPs

OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM IS IN STRIFE. Corruption is rife. Deceit is commonplace. Lies are so ubiquitous they become accepted as reality. The electorate has no say in what happens to it – it is told what will happen to it. Accountability is claimed as existing through the calling of elections each 3 years. In fact, once elected, each government does what it wants, even abandoning or doing a complete about…

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7 Things You Should Know About The Death Penalty, Even If You Support It

No one with a developed and exercised intellect will support the death penalty. The death penalty is simply legalised murder. The death penalty is vengeance – not sanction. For the religious, it is just more hypocrisy for: “Vengeance is mine”, said the Lord and “Judge not others lest you be judged” For the non religious, it is no less a hypocrisy for: Many, many, completely innocent people have been convicted…

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