Thursday, October 06, 2011

News Items and comments

World-wide web of terrorist treachery

Piers Akerman – Thursday, October 06, 11 (05:50 pm)

IT would seem a huge fetch to tie accused underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, US-born terrorist recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki, al-Qaeda propagandist Samir Khan and a renegade US army major in a web with a Sydney mosque, but there is a clear link.

One other distinguishing factor that should not go unmentioned. They all get about while wearing women's clothing. Not because they are enlightened. Possibly they like the feel of it. - ed
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Everybody hurts, but we’ve all got to eat

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, October 05, 11 (06:33 pm)

IT sounds very kind to swear off eating meat because you looked into the eyes of a cow, which former High Court judge Michael Kirby explains as the reason for his latter day vegetarianism.

Did not realise he was seriously involved with Susan Mitchell!

Angus of wa (Reply)
Wed 05 Oct 11 (07:53pm)
D Malfoy replied to Angus
Thu 06 Oct 11 (01:42am)

Extracts from MD’s diary:-
Tuesday: Book released with Tony Abbott cooking sausages on cover.
Thursday: Must tell population to eat more meat - and vote Tony.

DD Ball replied to Angus
Thu 06 Oct 11 (01:21pm)

It is science fiction now, but it is possible to grow meat and not kill an animal. I don’t mean those old pigmy herders in Africa who used to cut meat from live animals. That sounds like torture. But it is possible to grow meat in a mixture of chemicals.

It took a few hundred years to change Newton’s theory of optics int laser light, but I am sure it will happen one day. So that no animal need be farmed. It will probably mean extinction for many common farm animals. But that is preferable, apparently, to killing.

It is also possible Mitchell will write a book worth reading. That too, for the moment, is fiction.

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Thank you, Steve

by RUSS ROBERTS on OCTOBER 5, 2011

in BEAUTIFUL

He filled the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run. Wish he were still with us. Grateful that he was here.

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Prof. Peter Morici
Professor of Economics
University of Maryland

Dear Peter:

According to your essay today at FoxNews.com, “Jobs creation remains weak, because the U.S. economy suffers from inadequate demand for what Americans can make” (“Our Economy Is Teetering On the Brink of Recession“). Without here questioning the correctness of your mercantilist/Keynesian theory that employment is chiefly and straightforwardly a function of aggregate demand, I doquestion your identifying America’s trade deficit as one of the alleged causes of inadequate aggregate demand in the U.S.

You claim that the trade deficit “is a tax on domestic demand that erases the benefits of tax cuts and stimulus spending…. Simply, dollars sent abroad to purchase oil and consumer goods from China, that do not return to purchase U.S. exports, are lost purchasing power and cannot be spent on U.S. made goods and service.”

Simply, this claim is wrong.

As former Chief Economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission, you must know that another name for a trade (or, more accurately, a “current-account”) deficit is “capital-account surplus.” Except for the tiny number of dollars that foreigners literally hoard, dollars in America’s capital-account surplus (aka “trade deficit”) return to America as demand for assets – that is, as investment demand in America.

Therefore, the dollars so invested – to create, or purchase equity in, U.S.-based firms; to lend money to the government and private parties; to buy real estate in America – do not disappear from the U.S. economy. They return to the U.S. no less certainly than do dollars spent buying U.S. exports. The only difference is that dollars that return as export demand are recorded on the current-account while dollars that return as investment demand are recorded on the capital-account.

You seem to be misled by a mere accounting convention into supposing that dollars that foreigners invest in the U.S., rather than spend on American exports, are somehow castrated of their capacity to serve as demand for American-made outputs. But in fact these invested dollars are not only often used by foreigners to directly demand goods and services in America (as when, say, Ikea spends dollars building stores in New Jersey), but are spent on outputs also by Americans who receive them as loans or in exchange for assets sold to foreigners.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

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… is from page 361 of Frank Knight‘s monumental 1921 book Risk, Uncertainty, and Profit:

The real trouble with bureaucracies is not that they are rash, but the opposite. When not actually rotten with dishonesty and corruption, they universally show a tendency to “play safe” and become hopelessly conservative. The great danger to be feared from a political control of economic life under ordinary conditions is not a reckless dissipation of the social resources so much as the arrest of progress and the vegetation of life.

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Here – in the 575 words alloted to me twice a month by the good folks at thePittsburgh Tribune-Review – is my take on Pres. Obama’s proposed “infrastructure bank.” A slice:

This failure [of government of late to supply reliable infrastructure in the U.S.] isn’t the consequence of inadequate funding. According to a 2010 Congressional Budget Office report, inflation-adjusted annual spending by all levels of government on transportation and water infrastructure (which includes, among other items, roads, airports and harbors) increased steadily from 1982 through 2003. In 2003, that spending was 88 percent higher than it was 21 years earlier.

Between 2003 and 2007 this spending did decrease, but only by 6 percent.

Are we to conclude that such a puny decrease in annual infrastructure spending — coming after a steady 21-year rise in such spending — is responsible for all the crumbling going on? If so, what does this fact reveal about how well government spends taxpayers’ dollars?

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The Great Stagnation in the UK

by RUSS ROBERTS on OCTOBER 5, 2011

in STANDARD OF LIVING

Words should mean something. They often do. But not always. This report out of the UK purports to show stagnating living standards there. But the numbers tell a very different story:

Many people in middle and low income jobs have barely seen any improvement in their incomes over the past 30 years, a report from the TUC says.

FYI: the TUC is the Trades Union Congress. According to their website: “The TUC is the voice of Britain at work. With 58 affiliated unions representing 6.2 million working people from all walks of life, we campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.”

Low income workers have seen their pay rise by 27% in real terms over the past 30 years but rises for the top 10% of earners have been four times higher.

Hmm. One percent a year, corrected for inflation isn’t exactly “barely any improvement.” And that may understate the gains if British inflation measures are overstated as they are here in the US.

Its report found a “sharp divide” in earnings growth between professions.

While medical practitioners saw a 153% rise since the late 1970s, bakers’ wages fell by 1%.

Wages grew by over 100% for judges, barristers and solicitors, while they fell by 5% for forklift truck drivers and 3% for packers and bottlers in the same period.

Yes, some occupations are in high demand and some in low demand.

Its report, called “The Livelihood Crisis” by Stewart Lansley, says there has been a steady growth in “bad jobs”, offering poor wages and job security.

It says there are almost twice as many people now earning a third less than the median compared with 1977.

Hmm. That’s a bit confusing and hard to believe. The population is larger. Did Lansley correct for that? I’ll check out the report. Meanwhile, here is some seemingly horrible news:

It added that a significant proportion of workers have received little if any financial benefit from the doubling in size of the British economy in the last 30 years.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “People often cite the recession as the source of this income squeeze but a livelihood crisis has been brewing in Britain for decades.

“The financial crash has exposed decades of limp wage growth offset by soaring household debt.”

Mr Barber says the nation’s entire economy needs to be radically transformed.

“The financial crisis should have led to a fundamental economic rethink but instead our discredited model of market capitalism has somehow emerged unscathed.

“Far from making the changes that we need, the coalition is instead introducing more punitive measures against those on low and middle incomes.

“Unless we radically transform our economy – from recasting the role of the state to prioritising a fairer distribution of new wealth and jobs – we will simply be storing up more problems for the future.”

And the bottom line? It’s in the data at the end of the article. Check it out:

Rise in real earnings % 1978-2008 (male full-time)

BRITAIN’S LIVELIHOOD CRISIS, TUC
Medical practitioners153
Judges, barristers, solicitors114
Secondary school teachers67
Quantity surveyors65
Accountants60
Welfare/social workers60
Median (mid-point of sample)57
Electrical and electronic engineers55
Bricklayers37
Architects; town planners36
Mechanical engineers34
Skilled motor mechanics34
Carpenters and joiners30
Plasterers30
Toolmakers/toolfitters21
Heavy goods vehicle drivers19
Bus and coach drivers11
Sheet metal workers8
Bakers-1
Packers, bottlers, fillers, canners-3
Fork lift truck drivers-5

So the median (worker? occupation?) grew a measly 57 percent in real terms over 30 years. That’s 2% per year. That’s a crisis? That requires radically transforming society? They’re even crazier across the pond than we are here.

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BALI BABY

Tim Blair – Thursday, October 06, 11 (04:19 pm)

This’ll be big:

A 14-year-old boy from New South Wales has been arrested in Bali on drugs charges and is being held in the police jail …

He is understood to have been on holiday in Bali and is now being held in the jail cells at Denpasar’s police headquarters.

Maximum penalty: 12 years in jail.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT RACE

Tim Blair – Thursday, October 06, 11 (11:20 am)

Canada’s left-leaning Globe and Mail kindly explains why conservative white men are more likely to deny climate change and asks:

What do you think of the link between climate change skeptics and conservative white men? Do you know any liberal-minded women from minority backgrounds who deny that climate change exists?

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STEVE JOBS

Tim Blair – Thursday, October 06, 11 (09:58 am)

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died at 56:

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives,” Apple said in a statement. “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

Earlier, Apple fans announced that October 14 would be Steve Jobs Day. Click here for a brief biography of this gifted man.

UPDATE. Further sad news. Graham Dilley, the former England fast bowler, has died at just 52:

He was always Dill or Picca to those who knew him. This great galumphing fast bowler with a heavy, gently arcing run-up that began in a different postcode and with a groin-straining action that showed the batsman the studs on the sole of his left boot and which would have dragged the toe out of his right were it not encased in steel.

Observe Dilley at his peak.

I remember the cricket score note “Lillee, caught Willey, bowled Dilley. I don’t know if it actually happened .. I remember Dilley tearing Australia apart as batsman and bowler.

I am very disappointed with the death of Jobs. Some years ago he ran a site called iCompositions. I was on that site. I showed him some of the work I was doing online, including something praising his new iPod product. He warned me it was misleading and I eagerly offered to take it down and he said ‘no’ and later remarked to another on the chat site he felt I was weird. He knew me. I would have liked to have shown him who I really was. He was that inspirational.

DD Ball of Carramar/Sydney (Reply)
Thu 06 Oct 11 (01:28pm)

iSad…

Adam of Potts Point (Reply)
Thu 06 Oct 11 (10:09am)
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THEY HAVE A TUBA

Tim Blair – Thursday, October 06, 11 (09:43 am)

A note from Mr Bingley, whose unfashionable hobby of actually working on Wall Street grants himfine views of that area’s roiling protest community:

Just saw an Occupier walking down the sidewalk with a tuba.

Once we’ve lost the brass bands capitalism is truly doomed.

Perhaps not. People of colour don’t seem to have fallen under the Occupier spell, and numbers overall aren’t large enough yet to consider any Gloria-style tactical responses. Further on these entertaining types from Roger Simon.

UPDATE. Ann Coulter:

I am not the first to note the vast differences between the Wall Street protesters and the tea partiers. To name three: The tea partiers have jobs, showers and a point.

UPDATE II. The Occupiers don’t like Jews.

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Palin out

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, October 06, 11 (12:39 pm)

A distraction disposed of:

Sarah Palin pledged to stay an active part of the political discussion as she announced she wouldn’t be making a 2012 White House run.

On Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show Wednesday night, Palin told supporters that she’s sorry if they are disappointed that she passed on the race.

“I apologize to those who are disappointed in this decision,” she said. “I’ve been hearing from them in the last couple of hours but I believe that they, when they take a step back, will understand why the decision was made and understand that, really, you don’t need a title to make a difference in this country. I think that I’m proof of that.”

So when do the Republicans get their winning candidate? Time is running out.

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Rudd’s plotters named

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, October 06, 11 (12:37 pm)

Richo keeps stirring the pot, but burns two of the plotters:

FORMER Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson has named two MPs he believes are behind the push to have Kevin Rudd reinstalled as prime minister.

“Richo” used his self-titled Sky TV show tonight to “out” them as Victorian MP and former veterans affairs minister Alan Griffin and West Australian senator Mark Bishop.

Mr Richardson said Mr Griffin, the member for Bruce in suburban Melbourne, was “leading the push”.

“He’s doing a lot of the telephoning, a lot of the ringing around. He’s a very clever operator this bloke, no fool,” he said.

I think Richo just wants Gillard gone, gone, gone. But if he’s right, Rudd has two capable allies.

UPDATE

Arthur Sinodinos treats it as a done deal:

But as the battlefield shifts so do your tactics. Rudd will not come back to the leadership and simply rehearse well-worn Labor positions. He will try to neutralise Labor’s negatives and move on to fresh and sunnier terrain.

(Thanks to reader Mark.)

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The new enemies of free speech are many

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, October 06, 11 (12:24 pm)

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Peter Coleman gets a very worrying insight into the totalitarian instincts of today’s Left - and many in the media who cater to it:


Few issues have provoked upholders of free speech more than the Bolt case. Everyone knows the judge was judicially applying the statute to the words Andrew Bolt wrote in his newspaper columns a couple of years ago. But that only adds to the sense of shock or outrage. It means not just that the law is an ass but that we have been living under an asinine law ever since the Keating government introduced it in 1995. ...

But the hundreds of liberals who endorsed the statement of principles published this week in the Australian by the Institute of Public Affairs would be foolish to blind themselves to the reactionary passions of the many who welcome any restrictions on free speech and want more of them. Take the IQ2 debate last weekend in the Sydney Opera House, broadcast, we were told, to 80 million people in 25 countries. The proposition debated was ‘The media have no morals’. (Decoded this meant ‘Conservative journalists have no morals’.) Leading for the proposition Stephen Mayne was applauded whenever he named a conservative or independent journalist or broadcaster he wanted sacked for lèse majesté: Miranda Devine, Piers Akerman, Col Allan, Glen Milne, Alan Jones, not to mention the unspeakable Andrew Bolt. Mayne had no problem with the idea of licensing journalists. He was not distracted by the suggestion that this is the technique used by dictators from Hitler to Mugabe to enforce a servile press....

Compared with Mayne, Senator Bob Brown who supported him was almost moderate.... Senator Brown also had no problem with licensing journalists. ‘They licence brothels, don’t they?’

For the rest, with the results of the audience vote, read the latest Spectator.

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Hello, I’m Kevin

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, October 06, 11 (05:54 am)

Kevin Rudd markets himself nicely on the 7pm Project.

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Soon you’ll need legal advice on how to breathe

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, October 06, 11 (05:48 am)

We seemed increasingly ruled by people who live in worlds of paper:

TEACHERS could be forced to warn students as young as 10 about their legal rights before counselling them after a remarkable court decision.

A 14-year-old boy who confessed to his teacher that he robbed a service station and stabbed the attendant with a knife, has been acquitted after the District Court refused to allow the teacher’s statement into evidence because he had not “cautioned” the boy.

It could change the way teachers and students relate to each other, NSW Teachers Federation President Bob Lips- combe said yesterday. “This is potentially very serious for teachers,” Mr Lipscombe said.

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Turnbull does it again

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, October 06, 11 (05:39 am)

Communications spokesman Malcolm Turnbull speaks outside his portfolio, wildly exaggerates China’s green “revolution” and undermines the Liberals:

MALCOLM TURNBULL has issued a fresh call for leadership on climate change only a week before the Parliament is due to vote on the Gillard government’s controversial carbon tax.

In a speech in London overnight the opposition spokesman on communications urged “long-term thinking and leadership” to compete with China in fields such as climate change.

“While politicians in the West argue about whether or not climate change is real, in China, the world’s largest emitter, billions are being invested in wind, solar and electric vehicles,” he said in a speech at the London School of Economics.

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Clark offended

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, October 06, 11 (05:06 am)

A person I offended, according to a judge last week, is given yet more reason to feel offended:

FORMER Aboriginal leader Geoff Clark has lost one of his last bastions of support after he was suspended by a new board of the Framlingham Aboriginal Trust, which also moved to seize the trust’s financial records.

Last week, Mr Clark had a court victory as one of the nine “pale-skinned” Aboriginal people who brought a successful racial discrimination action against Herald Sun columnist Andrew Bolt. Mr Clark, the last chairman of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission before it was disbanded by the Howard government, wore a possum skin coat to the Federal Court for the decision.

But in a community coup on Monday, Mr Clark was suspended from his long-held position as chief executive of the Framlingham Aboriginal Trust.... It is understood the decision to oust Mr Clark came after trust shareholders were presented with a confidential forensic audit ordered by Aboriginal Affairs Victoria last year.

The Victorian government confirmed last night the findings of the audit had been referred to Victoria Police…

A civil jury found in 2007 that Mr Clark had taken part in two pack rapes of Carol Stingel in 1971.

As Ms Stingel pursued him for the $20,000 she was awarded for the rapes, and lawyers sought costs of more than $300,000, Mr Clark declared himself bankrupt in July 2009.

(No comments for legal reasons.)

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Make-believe summit ends with make-believe decision

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, October 06, 11 (12:04 am)

Treasurer Wayne Swan tries to dignify the tax summit with a decision:

THE Gillard government has committed to lifting the tax-free threshold to at least $21,000 in a bid to improve work incentives.

The catch:

The Treasurer said the government would announce a timetable for the reform when it was satisfied it was affordable but “we think it is important to declare in advance our intention to move in that direction”.

Summed up: gunna one day. Maybe. If we can afford it.

UPDAE

The man who demanded the summit praises its “outcome”:

ROB OAKESHOTT: We got a couple of very real outcomes: the increasing of the tax-free threshold to 21,000 is pretty significant, the ...

TONY JONES: I’ll just interrupt you there. That’s not an outcome, is it? That’s a promise that may happen sometime in the future. There’s not even a date set on it. It could be something that probably won’t happen in the course of any Labor government in the near future.

ROB OAKESHOTT: Well, we’re better off than we were 48 hours ago....

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More reaction

Andrew Bolt – Thursday, October 06, 11 (12:01 am)

From Hal G.P. Colebatch in the American Spectator:

September 28 was a black day for Australia, a society in which until now freedom of thought has been as deeply entrenched as anywhere in the world. Now, however, a journalist and blogger, Andrew Bolt, has been found guilty of a crime for expressing an opinion.

Mr. Bolt’s thoughtcrime was to question the fact that certain light-skinned people were claiming benefits as Aborigines. Yes, that’s right, I’ll say it again in case you had trouble understanding or believing it the first time: Mr. Bolt was prosecuted, not for making racist or derogatory remarks about Aborigines, but for saying that some of those claiming the generous benefits paid to Aborigines had pale skin.

Former Liberal Minister David Kemp:

IF any comfort is to be found in the Andrew Bolt case it can only be that it will lead to the repeal of the law that declared his opinions illegal and not to be republished.

Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is contrary to the principle of freedom of speech that underpins our democracy, and we cannot afford to allow it to stand if we wish to preserve our freedom....

The person responsible for this law, Michael Lavarch, has justified it (The Australian, April 9) on the basis that “history tells us that overblown rhetoric on race fosters damaging racial stereotyping and this in turn can contribute to societal harm well beyond any deeply felt personal offence"…

Lavarch and his ilk tell us that what people say is potentially too dangerous to be left to the uncertain processes of freedom of speech and the sanctions of public opinion. What is needed, he says, is a government tribunal to counsel and warn, to secure retractions and ban republication like the medieval church. If his view is accepted then liberal democracy becomes a historical interlude between the ruling classes that preceded it and the bureaucracies and tribunals that Lavarch would apparently like to see replace it.

This is a truly grotesque process that has no relationship to our democratic tradition and, dare I say it, one contrary to the inalienable natural rights of people to freedom of speech, on the observance of which, ultimately, the legitimacy of the democratic state depends…

The processes of this law I find obscene in the full meaning of the words: offensive, loathsome, ill-omened, disgusting.

The law that has made these events possible must be abolished as soon as possible.

UPDATE

Brian F McCoy, a senior research fellow, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health at La Trobe University, thinks he’s criticising my (unlawful) opinion on the abilitiy of “fair-skinned Aborigines” to choose their identity when he actually seems to be agreeing that such a choice can indeed be made - an opinion which a judge has now ruled is factually inaccurate in the case of the nine fair-skinned Aborigines I wrote about.

I also know people who have not taken up their Aboriginal ancestry and that I respect their decisions. However, her story reminds me that there is still much unfinished business in relation to race in my own country. Andrew Bolt might argue that his comments are about freedom of speech. I argue that they are more about freedom of identity.

Decisions? McCoy should consider better what it means to have inadvertently uttered an opinion which could be taken as in breach of the values of the Racial Discrimination Act. Brian, this really is about free speech - as well as, yes, the freedom to identify that I thought fair-skinned Aborigines truly had.

(Apologies, but it is not safe for us to publish your comments. And thus an attack on my free speech becomes an attack on yours.)

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Do as Cate says, not as she flies

Andrew Bolt – Wednesday, October 05, 11 (05:14 pm)

What Cate Blanchett preaches:

What Blanchett does:

Cate Blanchett went to great lengths to hide herself from the photographers awaiting her return from James Packer’s country estate this week. Could that have something to do with her eco unfriendly mode of travel?

The controversial environmentalist – who was attacked by Tony Abbott and other opponents to a carbon tax following a polarising TV campaign in May – was without the eco-friendly hybrid vehicles that take her everywhere in Sydney, instead opting for Packer’s private helicopter.

The chopper is a 12-seater Sikorsky S-76.

(Thanks to reader Ana.)

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Libertarians don't run things.
If libertarians were "in charge" of Congress and the presidency you'd have more freedom and prosperity. How's that sound to you?
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We don't have accept being bullied. It is always disappointing when responsible people endorse it. Like the unionist leaders threatening Quantas' Joyce. Or the Dept. of Education harassing staff who have done nothing but act responsibly.
I can't begin to tell you the number of times I went home and hid in our big backyard tree and cried.
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I'm surprised Obama hasn't hired him
A Philadelphia newspaper reporter assigned to cover the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York is moonlighting as a Media Matters activist—tweeting in support of the protest as works on stories for his newspaper.
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I respect her decision, and think it is good for her young family.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin announced Wednesday that she won't enter the 2012 presidential race, making it all but certain that the current crop of candidates has been set.
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If Democrats oppose the investigation they will be seen to be covering up
The committee stepped up its investigation after newly released emails showed administration officials had been concerned about the company’s finances
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We'll miss ya. I am sorry you never got to see that you mistook me.
Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.
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Just in time for schoolies
TAXPAYERS could be footing the bill for new bras for Queensland Rail workers after they were told not to wear colourful undies.
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Were they warned?
A TEENAGE girl has been charged after another teenage girl was allegedly stabbed in the head at a high school in Tara this afternoon.
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Idiots are bad
DRUGS that enhance abilities or are used for recreation shouldn't be written off as bad, a researcher says.
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Desperate ALP resort to smears
CAMPBELL Newman faces a possible Crime and Misconduct Commission probe into his financial interests as the political spite surrounding his family business interests boils over.
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It could have been a tragedy
A MOTHER will face court next month after allegedly leaving her 10-month-old baby locked in a car at a shopping centre for 45 minutes while she shopped yesterday.
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Conservative government works
A NATIONAL hotline has been set up to dob in con artists who rip off consumers with dodgy home repair jobs.
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Under ALP ICAC were asleep
COUNCIL workers across NSW had thousands of dollars in upscale household goods secretly delivered to their homes in return for the council ordering large amounts of particular types of cleaning chemic...
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Stoner is being responsible whereas the ALP only want the pork
A FULL state electricity sell-off is on the cards but the National Party wants jobs and price guarantees built into the deal, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner says.
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Yet another reason why drugs, alcohol and caffeine are bad for kids
TEENAGERS could be stroppy and antisocial simply because their brains are not working properly, according to scientists.
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Some confuse marriage with prostitution
A TEENAGER who claims her Indian husband only married her so he could get Australian citizenship has failed to have the marriage declared null and void.
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I am sure the killer is known. And has been freed.
A JUDGE says student Meredith Kercher's killing in Italy in 2007 is now "unsolved" after a successful appeal.
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Unions are needed. But not the way these ones behave.
A UNION boss has confirmed making "legal" threats against Qantas management - a day after it emerged the airline's chief, Alan Joyce, had received death threats.
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They have the right to remain silent
TEACHERS could be forced to warn students as young as 10 about their legal rights before counselling them after a remarkable court decision.
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I like our kid to be safe. Not subject to robbery.
fairfield-advance.whereilive.com.au
A 16-YEAR-OLD girl will face court over the alleged robbery of another teen in Cabramatta last month.
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Zaya is right. What protections are in place for the people of Fairfield?
fairfield-advance.whereilive.com.au
THREE, four and five-level apartment blocks could soon be allowed in medium density residential areas across F
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Obama owns his own failure
George W. Bush is not to blame for President Obama’s dash to the far left wing of his party. Mr. Obama is.

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