Friday 18th of January 2019

John Richardson's blog

organised crime ...

organised crime

‘Rent-seeking’ is a term understood by most economists. It refers to the ability of powerful groups to extract special concessions and favours at the expense of the wider community.

the fear meme ...

the fear meme ...

How much fear do we want? Enough of it preserves our lives. Too much of it diminishes our lives. Currently, the balance is skewed by an overload of fear. Anxiety, its clinical name, is in epidemic proportions.

on luck ...

on luck ...

We celebrate our good luck in Australia but, writes Dr Samuel Douglas, when things don’t always go our way, we’d be glad to live somewhere that values the "fair go".

what's app ...

what's app ...

It's been a pressing theme for Australian authorities since September 11: certain spaces of communication are to be questioned and controlled. Despite amassing a set of rules and regulations that make Australia a leader (in a dubious sense) in accessing communications, the Turnbull government wishes for more.

business as usual ...

business as usal ...

the 25% ...

the 25% ...

We are being lied to - official poverty rates need to be doubled since data on unemployment and income markers is derived from inauthentic starting points, says Gerry Georgatos.

playing the village idiot ...

playing the village idiot ...

on trust ...

on trust ...

open season ...

open season ...

We need a royal commission into the corruption and decay of Australian politics

looking for real Labor ...

looking for real Labor ...

The result of the British election should produce seismic change in Australian politics. But it almost certainly won’t.

Orwell would be pleased ...

Orwell would be pleased ...

Within hours of the bombing at Manchester Arena last month, police had identified the lone wolf suicide bomber they alleged was behind the attack.

self-inflicted wounds ...

self-inflicted wounds ...

but we wear the white hats ...

but we wear the white hats ...

The terrorist attack in Manchester where 22 people, including children, were killed and scores were injured, many critically, provoked an understandable sense of outrage into how and why this could happen. The answer to that question unfortunately has been to repeat the half-truths and stereotypes that have followed each of the terrorist attacks in western cities in recent years.  

on laying down with dogs ...

on laying down with dogs ...

The breathless hypocrisy of Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia should leave us all reeling. The fact that the new president could make his first overseas journey to the very country he previously castigated, rightly, as the mother lode of 9/11 is bad enough. But the sycophancy he displayed to his hosts, especially King Salman, demonstrated just what a dangerous chameleon Trump is.  

 

 

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