The US Government poses the greatest threat to US trade, all for the illusion of increased security


The United States Government has thrown a cat amongst the pigeons with its ramped up forced data exposure policies affecting travellers to their country. There are reports that increasing numbers of travellers are being forced to unlock and hand over their electronic devices to Border Control agents, who may then download an unencrypted clone of your device's … Continue reading The US Government poses the greatest threat to US trade, all for the illusion of increased security

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Words


Words. Crafted by a determined agitator, words can divide a nation. Spoken by a peaceful activist, they can unite a people. A single word contrasted by an azure canvass can extend the hand of brotherhood to a fellow countryman, conveying the hurt and shame felt for a previous generation's wrongs. Written by a devious man … Continue reading Words

Upcoming presentations at Embiggen Books which you’ll want to see…


Now that Warren and Kirsty have managed to clean up and re-open their superb Melbourne bookshop after a recent plumbing mishap, they've lined up some superb talks and presentations which you're going to want to see. First up, tomorrow (October 13), is Professor Tim Berra, an "acknowledged Darwin expert [and] ... author of over 75 … Continue reading Upcoming presentations at Embiggen Books which you’ll want to see…

Queensland floods, La Niña and impacts of Global Warming


Like so many of my countrymen and women, throughout the last two days I have sat transfixed by the horrific scenes of the flood-induced tragedy occurring in Queensland, our second-largest state. Known as 'The Sunshine State', Queensland covers a huge area, three-quarters of which has been officially declared a 'Natural Disaster Area', an area almost double … Continue reading Queensland floods, La Niña and impacts of Global Warming

The conservative right’s alliance with anti-science


I posted the original version of the following as a comment on my "A skeptic responds to a climate sceptic" post, but since most visitors don't read the comments, I've reposted it here with some minor embellishment. There is an interesting perspective of the Australian political climate-change denialism contrasted against various other western democracies in … Continue reading The conservative right’s alliance with anti-science

Independents, passion and towing the Party line


Whilst watching the National Press Club press conference the other day featuring independent MPs Bob Katter, Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Greens MP Adam Brandt, I was struck by how fresh it was to hear unrehearsed, unscripted, impassioned opinion from politicians, something which has been long absent from our screens as the big parties' campaign … Continue reading Independents, passion and towing the Party line