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Sunday, 13 March


Australian federal election date must be getting closer - Border Protection has been trotted out to spin indefinite, arbitrary offshore detention of asylum seekers North Coast Voices

Given the level of public and parliamentary debate, it would be hard to be completely oblivious to human rights issues surrounding Australia's asylum seeker policies, however Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Michael Pezzullo appears to have managed an Olympic-level feat of amnesia, denial and spin.

Dept. of Immigration and Border Protection, news release, 8 March 2016:

Immigration detention and children: separating fact from fiction

A message from Michael Pezzullo - Secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection



Fighting in Apple Inc's corner in court battle wth US Federal Bureau of Investigation are...... North Coast Voices

In the matter of the search of an Apple iPhone seized during the execution of a search warrant on a Black Lexus IS300, California license plate 35kgd203 and the demand that Apple Inc. create new software to break its own privacy safeguards and potentially its encryption codes, the IT world steps in to help.

Apple Inc media release, Amicus Briefs in Support of Apple, 3 March 2015:

Amicus Briefs

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Saturday, 12 March


ASADA at the Senate Catallaxy Files

Transcript here.

HT: John Madigan


Government negligence and Australia's water crisis Independent Australia

Government negligence and Australia's water crisisIn a world heading for a major water crisis, CSIRO cuts to water science will guarantee Australia cannot manage its most valuable resource into the future, says Bruce Haigh.  read now...


Chicago ’16 Catallaxy Files

Chicago ’68 – which I only didn’t get to because my girlfriend of the time (bless her) preferred to visit the architecture of colonial New England – handed the election to Richard Nixon. Now the chaos is worse than ever. More here.


No to #Votefor4 Independent Australia

No to #Votefor4In just under a week, Queenslanders will go to the polls to vote in the State’s eighth referendum since federation on whether to establish fixed, four-year, parliamentary terms. History editor Dr Glenn Davies argues against the proposition. read now...


Are you now or have you ever been a climate change denier? Catallaxy Files

Climate has fallen somewhat into the background, in some small part because the planet is not actually warming. Not that it matters to some: AG Lynch: DOJ Has Discussed Whether to Pursue Civil Action Against Climate Change Deniers

Attorney General Loretta Lynch acknowledged Wednesday that there have been discussions within the Department of Justice about possibly pursuing civil action against so-called climate change deniers.

“This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on,” Lynch said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department operations.

So stay tuned. The comparison with tobacco is so spurious that even to have raised it shows how intellectually challenged these people are. But as they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, jail ‘em.


In which, thanks be to Niall, it's revealed that teh Donald isn't a fascist, except when he is ... loon pond

After that little light HUNstr photoshopped humour to get proceedings underway, the pond confesses it fell into the folly of reading the completely useless Niall Niall orange peel once again ...

It will be recalled by devotees of loonacy that there has been a great debate going on ..

And the pond wasted precious moments of valuable life, oh cruel and fleeting time, reading Niall Niall lemon peel calling for a beard count as evidence of what he says ...

And so on and so forth ...

But that was...


Fist of Frydenberg political geometry

Josh Frydenberg

That fist is coming down hard on 85 year old eco-terrorists


Turnbull restores hope for Australian Muslims Independent Australia

Turnbull restores hope for Australian MuslimsJunaid Cheema discusses Turnbull's approach of restoring confidence for the Muslim community and addressing the issues of extremism.  read now...


When reptiles indulge in a mock fight, and the dog botherer is involved, first check the genuinely discounted price ... loon pond

And more most excellent Popery here, as he sets the tone for yet another survey of lizard follies at the pond, and what better way to start proceedings than to note the fine effort by Paul "Ned" Kelly, the man with whom Louise Adler is besotted ...

But enough already of a doddering old codger spluttering and dribbling into his porridge of indignation, because bullying has been a way of life for the reptiles for yonks, and who would dare stand in the way of such a fine tradition (talk sometime with an insider about the culture at News Corp and you'll know what the pond means).

Never mind, there are plenty of other fine sights at the circus this day, not least Dame Groan piteously sighing about the suffering of the rich:



What Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan did not tell the Grafton Chamber of Commerce's February breakfast meeting when he was asked about foreign ownership of land and overseas workers North Coast Voices

This was the incumbent Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan as reported in The Daily Examiner on 22 February 2016:

A member of the chamber executive, Mark Butler, asked Mr Hogan what the government was doing to combat countries like China buying up large tracts of Australian land and the prospect of those owners employing Australian workers……

Mr Hogan said the government, led by the Nationals, was fighting foreign ownership.

This included setting a minimum property sale of $15 million before the sale was brought to the Foreign Investment Review Board.

Mr Hogan said the limit in 2013 had been $250 million.

"Even then I think that's ($15 million) too high, but at least it's cumulative so, if they buy an $8 million and a $7 million property, they appear on the board's radar," he said.



{Not} Honouring the Best Minister in the World* courtesy of The Wilderness Society North Coast Voices

* Federal Environment Minister and Liberal MP for Flinders Greg Huntwon the inaugural Best Minister in the World award at the 4th UAE World Government Summit (7-10 February 2016) permanently hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Dubai. The award was created by the summit organisers. It definitely wasn't something his mum made up - it really happened.


Australian Federal Election 2016: and the slurs quickly become childish North Coast Voices

This time it is independent candidate in the NSW New England electorate, Tony Windsor, on the receiving line for daring to stand in a seat held by Nationals Deputy-Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and it’s the Murdoch media which is behaving like toddler in full tantrum mode: 
Image found on Twitter

Friday, 11 March


Obama seeks to define his foreign policy legacy Catallaxy Files

Obama has given massive access to his private thinking and discussions on foreign policy to Jeffrey Goldberg who writes for the Atlantic.

Obama sounds positive when he says, “For all of our warts, the United States has clearly been a force for good in the world. If you compare us to previous superpowers, we act less on the basis of naked self-interest, and have been interested in establishing norms that benefit everyone. If it is possible to do good at a bearable cost, to save lives, we will do it.”

He is quoted as saying words that would resonate with many of us, “I believe that we should be promoting values, like democracy and human rights and norms and values, because not only do they serve our interests the more people adopt values that we share—in the same way that, economically, if people adopt rule of law and property rights and so forth, that is to our advantage—but because it makes the world a better place. And I’m willing to say that in a very corny way.”

His basic strategy is, he says, one of “realism” and pragmatism – keeping strong men in place as long as they don’t harm us and, though this does not always accord with his actions, it is better than some of the belligerence coming from Rubio and Trump.

And he rails against the European and Middle East “free riders” who urge US action but spend little themselves and will shirk from the boldness they advocate.

But such wisdom is juxtaposed with this dreamy metaphysics. “isis is not an existential threat to the United States. Climate change is a potential existential threat to the entire world if we don’t do something about it.”

Goldberg’s study commences with a discussion of Obama rescinding the “Red Line” threat to Assad over his use of chemical weapons.  Obama maintains this “prevented the U.S. from entering yet another disastrous...


The economics of cheating on campus plus an update on scientists telling porkies to get research grants Catallaxy Files


A new study anonymously interviewed 50 senior academics from two research-intensive universities – one in the UK and one in Australia – who had experience writing “pathways to impact” (PIS) statements, as they are called in the UK, and in some cases had also reviewed such statements.

It was normal to sensationalise and embellish impact claims, the study published in Studies in Higher Education found.

We reward those who exaggerate, then wonder what happened to the straight-talkers.

Respondents said that future projections of impact were “charades” or “made-up stories”. As one UK professor put it: “would I believe it? No, would it help me get the money – yes.”


During the mid to late nineties I was consulting for $350/hour to various members of the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) program. I was also collecting data on the CRC program on 1788 individual CRC research projects towards my doctoral dissertation (not submitted). A forty year old PhD student rolling in cash.

I collected interesting data over five years on ~$6 billion of CRC research cash and ‘in-kind’ expenditure during that period – sourced from commercial partners, research partners and Federal and State Departments of Innovation and Other Buzz Words.

To cut a long story short, I discovered through both my consulting role, where I helped them write their applications, and as a PhD student, that the researchers had churned through their mountains of cash and produced hundreds of cardboard boxes of research reports and published papers but little in the way of...


The resurrection of Tony Windsor Independent Australia

The resurrection of Tony WindsorWindsor taking New England off Barnaby Joyce would be a bigger blow to the Coalition than Howard losing Bennelong to McKew in 2007, writes Jonathon Ireland. read now...

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