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The Left to Die Boat - 360documentaries - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Left to Die Boat - 360documentaries - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'An epic saga of life and death on the Mediterranean.  Producer Sharon Davis investigates how the combined military power of NATO failed to prevent more than 60 people dying on board a small boat as it drifted for 15 days through the most heavily monitored ocean on earth.'

 

'........ The case of the so called “Left To Die Boat” has become the focus of a deepening scandal in Europe involving NATO and some of the world's most powerful nations.'

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China's cupcakes and Australia's Asia fear - Eureka Street

China's cupcakes and Australia's Asia fear - Eureka Street | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Looking at Australia from Asia, you quickly conclude that Australian approaches to the region are fickle and opportunistic. It's hardly news that the fastest growing economies and greatest opportunities for Australia are at our doorstep.
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In Burma, Another Round of Ethnic Unrest Threatens Fragile Reforms | TIME.com

In Burma, Another Round of Ethnic Unrest Threatens Fragile Reforms | TIME.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
These days, flights to Burma are filled with wide-eyed tourists and foreign investors keen to profit from a hot new frontier market.

 

'Over the past few days, violence between the Arakanese (or Rakhine) and Rohingya communities erupted again in the country’s far west, leaving at least 56 dead, according to an Arakan state official’s estimate. (State media on Friday put the death toll at 12.) In June, scores were killed and more than 70,000, mostly Rohingya, were left homeless in another bloody spasm in Arakan state. Many remain without shelter today, living in the most basic of refugee camps.'

 

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Twitter frenzies shake up traditional debate tactics - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Twitter frenzies shake up traditional debate tactics - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
In cyber space no-one can hear you scream but they can sure tell if you're off your game. Barack Obama is finding that out the hard way.

 

'It's a strange and unfamiliar territory we're in. There have been a few notable exceptions but since 1960 the TV debate has generally been seen as an equation of style over substance - stay upright, don't get wrong-footed, peel off a few one liners and the campaign will move on undisturbed and unaffected by what had become little more than a political ritual.

 

But the frenzy of online engagement is like performance algebra - a jumble of characters, symbols and short, sharp calculations that somehow end up reaching a conclusion, faster and more efficiently than the old-school campaign long division.

 

As a result 90 minutes of prime time TV became a political eternity. In cyber space no-one can hear you scream but they can sure tell if you're off your game. They used to say you could tell who won a TV debate even with the sound turned off - but no-one can control the volume of instant messaging. And politicians all over the world are being caught flat-footed by it.'

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Episode 10 | WikiLeaks World Tomorrow

Episode 10 | WikiLeaks World Tomorrow | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'A new and significant force is taking form in Pakistani politics, coalescing around the person of former cricket champion Imran Khan, and his party, Tehreek-e-Insaf. Once dismissed in US cables as a “one-man party,” Khan’s persistent critique of the status quo began last year to resonate with the population. Since late 2011, he has been drawing tens of thousands into the streets to rally against corruption and national subservience to U.S. interests. He promises to dislodge from power Pakistan’s cartel of dynastic political parties, and to restore to independence a judiciary weakened by successive constitutional crises. Now regularly topping popularity polls, Imran Khan’s party has become a serious contender in forthcoming national elections – which may be called during the next year.'

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Peter Shergold: political staffers aren't killing the public service

Peter Shergold: political staffers aren't killing the  public service | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'While I believe strongly that public information should be as transparent and accessible as possible, the ability to speak truth to power in confidential discussions remains vital to the Westminister system of democratic governance in which professional public servants are required to serve successive governments with equal commitment. My experience was that every time policy advice was leaked by some public servant who foolishly imagined that they had a better view of the “national interest” than elected government, the trust necessary to the minister-public servant relationship was corroded.'

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Go ahead for one of world's largest coal mines - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Go ahead for one of world's largest coal mines - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Approval has been given for one of the biggest open-cut coal mines in the world in the state's north-east.
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When Michelle Obama Talks, Do Women Listen?

When Michelle Obama Talks, Do Women Listen? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
With Mitt Romney threatening to close the gap among female voters, the first lady could be one of the greatest assets her husband's reelection campaign has.
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Pew: Religious Intolerance Is On The Rise Worldwide : NPR

Pew: Religious Intolerance Is On The Rise Worldwide  : NPR | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
For the first time since 2007, the United States saw a rise in government restrictions on religion.

 

'Religious intolerance is on the rise worldwide, according to a new study from Pew's Forum on Religion and Public Life. The study finds that during the past year three-quarters of the world lived in countries with "high government restrictions on religion or high social hostilities involving religion." That's five percent higher than a year earlier.

 

One thing that is important to note is that this rise in intolerance holds true even if you rule out the recent unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.'

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Why we're losing the battle of the bulge: the politics of obesity prevention

Why we're losing the battle of the bulge: the politics of obesity prevention | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
There’s no doubt that obesity has received considerable political attention over the past decade.

 

'One might argue .......... that political responses to date have been more about creating a spectacle of “doing something” rather than actually solving the obesity problem.

 

The question is why.'

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The Mouse That Roared - a documentary film

The Mouse That Roared - a documentary film | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Birgitta Jónsdóttir—parliamentarian, activist, poet, Buddhist, single mom—fights to make Iceland the free speech capital of the digital world.

 

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IMAGINE A NATION that offers a safe haven to whistleblowers risking their lives to stand up and speak the truth.

IMAGINE AN INTERNET that empowers “netizens,” rather than collecting data and spying on them.

Well, the tiny nation of Iceland is working together to do just that, and a unique woman, an Icelandic MP named Birgitta Jónsdóttir is leading the fight for digital democracy.

I'm Judith Ehrlich, and I was nominated for an Academy Award when I directed “The Most Dangerous Man in America, Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.” This film expands on the issues of my previous film, in the context of the 21st century.

TRANSPARENCY!

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Assange - a Freedom of Information request to Foreign and Commonwealth Office - WhatDoTheyKnow

Assange - a Freedom of Information request to Foreign and Commonwealth Office - WhatDoTheyKnow | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

per Wikileaks facebook post:

 

'UK threat text to Ecuador over Assange revealed under FOIA http://t.co/kVKZwAdw http://t.co/z9zLyZft

 

Assange - a Freedom of Information request to Foreign and Commonwealth Office - WhatDoTheyKnow
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This request has an unknown status. We're waiting for Steve Elibank to read a recent response and update the status.'

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NAFTA on Steroids | The Nation

NAFTA on Steroids | The Nation | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would grant enormous new powers to corporations, is a massive assault on democracy.

 

'Think of the TPP as a stealthy delivery mechanism for policies that could not survive public scrutiny. Indeed, only two of the twenty-six chapters of this corporate Trojan horse cover traditional trade matters. The rest embody the most florid dreams of the 1 percent—grandiose new rights and privileges for corporations and permanent constraints on government regulation. They include new investor safeguards to ease job offshoring and assert control over natural resources, and severely limit the regulation of financial services, land use, food safety, natural resources, energy, tobacco, healthcare and more.'

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Media pass: citizen journalists need an industry body - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Media pass: citizen journalists need an industry body - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The idea that social media can help its users influence debate in the public square has been given quite a boost over the last few weeks.
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Hurricane Sandy Blows a Wrench Into the Presidential Campaign

Hurricane Sandy Blows a Wrench Into the Presidential Campaign | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
How the storm poses tests for Mitt Romney, President Obama, and elections authorities up and down the eastern seaboard...
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Jose Ramos-Horta on East Timor's progress - Late Night Live - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Jose Ramos-Horta on East Timor's progress - Late Night Live - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'On 20th May this year, the tenth anniversary of East Timor's independence, a new president was sworn in. The former president, Jose Ramos-Horta, for so long central to Timorese politics, reflects on the challenges faced by emerging democracies, the progress of his country, his relationship with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, and his own plans for the future.'

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As it happened: Australia in the Asian century - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As it happened: Australia in the Asian century - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Julia Gillard launches the Government's Asian Century white paper and pledges to increase the focus on students learning a priority language from the region.

 

'The policy document sets out 25 objectives for Australia to take advantage of the Asian boom by 2025 which are divided into five key areas: the economy, education and skills, commerce, regional security and culture.

 

The Prime Minister described it as a road map for national success as Asia's unstoppable rise continues.'

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How the negative trumps the positive in politics

Negatively framed political attitudes ("I don't like Romney") are stronger than positively framed attitudes ("I like Romney"), and this effect is strengthened when people think more deeply about the issues involved.

 

"Our prior research showed that framing an opinion in terms of opposition yields stronger attitudes than does framing it in terms of support. The most interesting point from our latest research is that this effect is actually stronger when people process the messages more deeply -- when they are motivated and have been able to think about the issue. But when people are not motivated and able, the effect goes away. So, perhaps counter-intuitively, the people who care the most about the issues or candidates seem more likely to be affected by the bias."

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Making the world a more dangerous place – the eager role of Julia Gillard

Making the world a more dangerous place – the eager role of Julia Gillard | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Gillard has returned Australia to its historic relationship with Washington, similar to that of an eastern European satellite with Moscow.

 

'The day before Barack Obama arrived in Canberra last year to declare China the new enemy of the “free world”, Gillard announced the end of Labor’s ban on uranium sales to India.'

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David Pizarro: The strange politics of disgust | Video on TED.com

TED Talks What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote?
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Deep Blue Sea Film Road Trip by Chris Kamen

Deep Blue Sea Film Road Trip by Chris Kamen | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
What turns a person into a boat person?DOCUMENTARYhttp://www.deepblueseafilm.com/When she was 9, Zainab's parents made the heartbreaking decision to leave their home in northern Afghanistan.
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If You Like Sarah Palin, You’ll Absolutely Love Cory Bernardi

If You Like Sarah Palin, You’ll Absolutely Love Cory Bernardi | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The senator from South Australia is an ideological entrepreneur, importing the faux-grassroots campaigns first cultivated by the American right. ...
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“DDT Was So Safe You Could Eat It” — And Other Killer Myths Of Modern Technology

“DDT Was So Safe You Could Eat It” — And Other Killer Myths Of Modern Technology | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Rachel Carson’s brave, science-based book — the beginning of the environmental movement — turns 50. Have we learned anything from giant blunders in the name of progress?

 

'"It just rang true," says Bob Brown, former leader of Australia's Greens Party. "It slowly led to the formation of green politics globally; the establishment of departments of the environment and

ministers, the US's Environmental Protection Agency and eventually their Clean Air Act. Then the formation of the world's first green party in Tasmania in 1972. It was the watershed in modern eco-history."

 

"The natural systems upon which we are totally reliant have their limits," says Stephen Boyden, emeritus professor and founding professor in 1965 of the human ecology program at the Australian National University in Canberra.

 

"Tobacco, or thalidomide, or CFCs are examples of cultural maladaptation," says Boyden, "initially defended by vested interests until reversed by a decisive cultural shift by first-order reformers like Carson." He believes that the current backlash against the clear scientific evidence that humans are accelerating global warming, and the accompanying belief that we can produce a mechanical "fix" to adapt to an

earth with an altered biological cycle, are examples of, "the folly of our minds".'

 

 

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New Statesman - While we wring our hands over Syria, there’s silence over torture in Bahrain

New Statesman - While we wring our hands over Syria, there’s silence over torture in Bahrain | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The unrest in Bahrain is quietly ignored by our leaders and relegated by journalists to the box marked “news in brief”.

 

'Over the past 18 months, Bahraini security forces, aided by troops from Saudi Arabia, have engaged in a brutal crackdown against the island nation’s own Syria-style uprising. Bahrain is home to the Arab Spring’s forgotten revolution. Since February 2011, there have been near-daily protests against the regime, a repressive Sunni monarchy ruling over a Shia-majority country. These have been met with tear gas, live ammunition, mass arrests and torture. While the fighting in Syria is debated in the corridors of the United Nations building and reported on the front pages of the world’s newspapers, the unrest in Bahrain is quietly ignored by our leaders and relegated by journalists to the box marked “news in brief”.'

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Rape in Syria: a weapon of war or instrument of terror?

Rape in Syria: a weapon of war or instrument of terror? | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
In Syria, rape is being used by armed groups as a means to an end.

 

'Last month, Human Rights Watch issued a report documenting sexual violence used by government agents in detention centres. Men, women and boys have reported rape, penetration with foreign objects, groping, forced nudity, and genital trauma while in the custody of the state.'

 

The attacks aim to instill fear and terror in not just the immediate victims of sexual violence, but the wider community connected with the victim. The effect on the audience, in this case, is at least as important as, if not more important than, the effect on the victim.

 

[This] function of sexual violence in Syria shows how rape can be used as an instrument of terror.'

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