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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 04:55
Nothing coming from Albanese and the Labor government offers any hope for public schools. Minister for Education Jason Clare’s recent public sermons, in response to the latest Product Commissions findings on Australia’s failure to produce a quality education system, will challenge his courage and integrity. His declared position ‘I don’t want us to be a Continue reading »
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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 04:51
British government’s latest six-monthly report on Hong Kong should in the name of ending blatant hypocrisy be its last. In a standard ritual of keeping the Communist Party of China (CPC) on its toes, the British government published on January 12, 2023, the 51st six-monthly report on the situation in Hong Kong, which at some point in history played a role of Continue reading »
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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 04:50
The classmates of 7-year-old Rayan Suleiman sit near his body during the boy’s funeral in Tuqu, a village south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Rayan had a heart attack when Israeli soldiers raided his home while they were chasing Palestinian children returning home from school. Once again I did not go to Habima Continue reading »
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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 04:30
Lookee here: A lawyer for former Vice President Mike Pence discovered about a dozen documents marked as classified at Pence’s Indiana home last week, and he has turned those classified records over to the FBI, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNN. The FBI and the Justice Department’s National Security Division have launched a review of the documents and how they ended up in Pence’s house in Indiana. The classified documents were discovered at Pence’s new home in Carmel, Indiana, by a lawyer for Pence in the wake of the revelations about classified material discovered in President Joe Biden’s private office and residence, the sources said. The discovery comes after Pence has repeatedly said he did not have any classified documents in his possession. It is not yet clear what the documents are related to or their level of sensitivity or classification. Pence’s team notified congressional leaders and relevant committees of the discovery on Tuesday.
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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 02:30
If you have the self-control A former federal official facing multiple criminal and civil investigations does not know when to shut it. Keep talking, pal. Fani’s listening (NPR): A Georgia judge will soon decide what, if any, parts of a special grand jury report will be made public following an eight-month investigation into efforts by former President Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the state’s 2020 election results. The special purpose grand jury, which was dissolved earlier this month after completing its work, did not have indictment powers but could use gathered evidence and testimony to recommend that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis seek charges. Several people, ranging from Trump’s onetime personal attorney to Republicans who falsely claimed to be presidential electors, were informed they were targets of the investigation. Jurors voted to release their report to the public, but the extremely rare nature of the special grand jury and limited legal authority have led to hurdles that could delay disclosure of the findings. Is reflexive self-incrimination a (disordered) personality type? This guy below, for example.
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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 01:24

What makes a good society? Is it a guaranteed right to pursue happiness, as our Declaration of Independence proclaimed? Perhaps, as Gandhi said, it’s providing the poorest and most vulnerable among us with the means to control their own lives. But what happens when it’s the pursuit of happiness that makes someone most vulnerable? Let me introduce you to my child, my one and only. They — and, no, it wasn’t as hard as I expected to get used to the gender-neutral plural pronoun that they prefer — are brown-skinned, Mexican-American, secular-Jewish, and gay-married. In a country where Donald Trump is still admired by some 40% of the public, don’t imagine for a second that my child, with all those... Read more

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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 01:23


Yukihiro Takahashi has died.  He may have been the most intelligent drummer in the history of rock and roll.  Quite the techie braniac.

For this early solo record he imported some side-men from Roxy Music, halfway round the world.  That lonesome saxophone and weird guitar sound like arrivals from another planet.  The English-language lyrics are also quite cryptic and astral.

Forty years later and it sounds more like a philosophy statement than a pop album.

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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 01:18

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, discusses her book on the Ukraine conflict, the dangers of escalating military spending, peaceful negotiations, and international cooperation in preventing nuclear war and promoting peace.

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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 01:05

“[Dylan’s] ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song,’ an entire tome of wild, erratic writing about music that is sure to bedazzle and befuddle.” — Slate

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Full House

This is a show about the hell of modern life. The milkman, the paperboy, the evening TV—where did it all go? Vanished into the endless vacuum of time. You once had San Francisco in the palm of your hand. Now your wife is dead, and you’re a widower with OCD and three daughters to raise. Your Windex can’t save you now. Your best friend needs to move in to help you. Your brother-in-law moves in. Still, you can’t cope. Your daughter drives a car through your kitchen wall, which seems to symbolize the pointlessness of it all, the inevitability of disaster, the futility of trying. The hilarious goddess of chaos laughs in the corner.

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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 01:00
Redistricting, partisan balance and voter turnout U.S. House district lines will shift again in as many as a dozen states before the next general election. The fight, writes Ron Brownstein, resembles teams “changing the dimensions of the playing field even after the game is underway.” In the last two elections, both major parties managed thin five-seat majorities (CNN): While it’s not likely that all of these states will ultimately draw new lines, a combination of state and federal lawsuits and shifts in the balance of power in state legislatures and courts virtually ensure that an unusually large number of districts may look different in 2024 than they did in 2022, with huge implications for control of the House. “It’s just trench warfare back and forth,” says Kelly Burton, president of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, the leading Democratic group involved in congressional redistricting.
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Wed, 25/01/2023 - 00:00

“[Dylan’s] ‘The Philosophy of Modern Song,’ an entire tome of wild, erratic writing about music that is sure to bedazzle and befuddle.” — Slate

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Full House

This is a show about the hell of modern life. The milkman, the paperboy, the evening TV—where did all go? Vanished into the endless vacuum of time. You once had San Francisco in the palm of your hand. Now your wife is dead, and you’re a widower with OCD and three daughters to raise. Your Windex can’t save you now. Your best friend needs to move in to help you. Your brother-in-law moves in. Still, you can’t cope. Your daughter drives a car through your kitchen wall, which seems to symbolize the pointlessness of it all, the inevitability of disaster, the futility of trying. The hilarious goddess of chaos laughs in the corner.