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Scrap the states? Would we have to scrap the constitution too? - On Line Opinion - 4/1/2013

Scrap the states? Would we have to scrap the constitution too? - On Line Opinion - 4/1/2013 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Bob Hawke has reprised his call from 1984 for the abolition of the states. Is it that easy?
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Government should not divert foreign aid - On Line Opinion - 24/12/2012

Government should not divert foreign aid - On Line Opinion - 24/12/2012 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
No matter how the try to define the issue away, the government's diversion of resources from foreign aid will make the very poorest pay.
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shameful abuse of valuable resources anyway you look at it

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Border protection word games - Eureka Street

Border protection word games - Eureka Street | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
On Saturday Scott Morrison's border asylum meter registered the arrival of the 150th boat since Julia Gillard's announcement of the Pacific Solution Mark II in August.
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Afghan Contractors Feeling Drawdown Pinch : NPR

Afghan Contractors Feeling Drawdown Pinch : NPR | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

The Afghan construction industry has been one of the big winners since the fall of the Taliban. NATO and the international community have pumped billions of dollars into building roads, schools and bases.

 

'With the drawdown of troops and NGOs, however, comes a drawdown in construction spending, and that has Afghan contractors scrambling to find new business.'

 

Could it be that the the growth in construction and related activity was never meant to benefit the local economy but to swell the coffers of multinational corporations??? Cynical? Moi?

 

 

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Let Fury Have The Hour | Tribeca Film Festival

Let Fury Have The Hour | Tribeca Film Festival | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'A generation of artists used creativity as a response to the reactionary politics that came to define our culture in the 1980s.

 

In his feature directorial debut, author and visual artist Antonino D'Ambrosio spins a lively social history that chronicles how a generation of artists, thinkers, and activists channeled their creativity into an organized response and resistance to the reactionary politics that increasingly defined American culture in the 1980s. This idea of art as political statement came to be known as "creative response," and, through insightful and energetic interviews with more than 50 influential creative voices, D'Ambrosio traces the movement from its earliest inklings in the Reagan-Thatcher era through three decades of social and political change.

 

An exuberant mixed media collage that incorporates graphic art, music, animation, and spoken word, Let Fury Have The Hour is a distinctive perspective on an era in time, retelling the history of modern America through the voices of the artists that interpreted and influenced it through their work, including Shepard Fairey, Eve Ensler, Wayne Kramer, Edwidge Danticat, John Sayles, Chuck D, Tom Morello, Lewis Black, and dozens more. D'Ambrosio's stylish and inspirational film pays due homage to the parallel creative history of late 20th-century America in the words and work of the artists themselves.'

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Buddhist Scholar Says Norquist Pledge Is Treason, Goes Viral (VIDEO)

Buddhist Scholar Says Norquist Pledge Is Treason, Goes Viral (VIDEO) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
These people have signed a sworn oath that contradicts their oath of office. It’s actually a kind of seditious oath, a treasonous oath.

 

'[And] Professor Thurman thinks the Grover Norquist pledge is a “seditious oath, a treasonous oath,” and he wants to “start a meme” that stirs up the people of this country to give serious thought to what that means.

 

To that end, he has recorded a video that is going viral, presumably because it so well articulates – in his calm, reasoned, but very persistent voice – what is so objectionable about our elected officials swearing an oath to this scruffy man named Norquist who is, ostensibly, holding hostage the GOP congress people he’s blackmailed into acquiescence.'

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There Are Questions To Be Answered! | newmatilda.com

There Are Questions To Be Answered! | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

There Are Questions To Be AnsweredCartoon By Fiona Katauskas 

New Matilda 29 November 2012

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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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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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Who's To Blame? | newmatilda.com

Who's To Blame? | newmatilda.com | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Primary image: Whos To Blame [nid:12508]Text Description: Cartoon by Fiona KatauskasCartoon by Fiona KatauskasContributors: fkatauskasNewsletter weight: -10...
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Words Excusing Exclusion. Professor Michael Clyne

Michael Clyne is Professorial Fellow in the School of Languages at the University of Melbourne and Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Monash University. His main fields of research and publication are bilingualism/language contact, sociolinguistics, inter-cultural communication and second lan- guage acquisition. Among his books are Australia’s Language Potential (UNSW Press, 2005), Dynam- ics of Language Contact (CUP, 2003), The German Language in a Changing Europe (CUP, 1995), and Inter-cultural Communication at Work (CUP, 1994).

 

'The ‘war against terror’ with its ill-defined enemy has unleashed a new kind of exclusionary discourse which allows people to imagine an enemy among the unknown and strange. This paper focuses on the discourse on asylum seekers employed by Australian politicians from main parties and sections of the media.'

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The GOP: Shutting that whole thing down: Todd Akin, rape, pregnancy and abortion

The GOP: Shutting that whole thing down: Todd Akin, rape, pregnancy and abortion | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'An entire political party in one of the most advanced and educated countries on earth has become a caricature of the most basal evolved insecurities about masculinity. They seem terrified of losing control over the means of reproduction and petrified of cuckoldry.'

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A Book Every Progressive Should Read: Language Intelligence

A Book Every Progressive Should Read: Language Intelligence | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'..........if Language Intelligence explains why progressives lose, it also tells us why conservatives are doing so well.

The practice of rhetoric is simple, but not easy. This is only a partial recipe, but here are the main ingredients:

 

Use short words;

 

Repeat, repeat, repeat – “if you don’t repeat, you can’t compete;”

 

Use key figures of speech, especially metaphors.

 

Republicans have mastered these, and have been using them for years.'

 

'A big part of the reason progressives fail is that they lack language intelligence. Yes the media, is owned by plutocrats. Yes, the money machine owns politics. All the more reason to learn how to communicate. To go around the middle men (and yes, most are men) who censure the news and construct a powerful message that appeals directly to the people. A message capable of blasting through the corridors of power, smashing down the walls of the wealthy, and penetrating into the homes and hallways of everyday people.'

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The problem of gun control: the myth of American uniqueness - On Line Opinion - 20/12/2012

The problem of gun control: the myth of American uniqueness - On Line Opinion - 20/12/2012 | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The debate on gun control in the United States is a case in point, the flipside of a fictionalised form of American exceptionalism.
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Islamic Capitalism and Finance: Origins, Evolution and the Future | Murat Cizakca

Islamic Capitalism and Finance: Origins, Evolution and the Future | Murat Cizakca | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
For a millennium, from the seventh to the seventeenth century, Muslims controlled the intercontinental and transoceanic trade between Europe and the Indian Ocean. While doing this, they also created one of the greatest civilizations of the world.
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"It was a humbling experience to read the product of such a remarkable feat of scholarship. It is all at once an exploration in analytic history and a comprehensive text of Islamic finance theory and application. It is also one of the most succinct renditions of evolution of Islamic finance embedded in a comprehensive account of particularities of economies as diverse as Malaysia and Turkey. This is a unique contribution to Islamic finance and Islamic economic history. It has been a rewarding learning experience. It is truly a breathtaking effort."

 
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The Business of Trafficking: Risks and Rewards

The Business of Trafficking: Risks and Rewards | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

It’s an old cliché for businesses to talk about people being “our greatest assets”. Many a Human Resources department will wax lyrical on this point, to win the best recruits and, in turn, the highest profit margins.


Whether or not you buy into the cliché, there’s one area in which it holds true…


Human trafficking.

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Refugees, women: pawns in political power equation - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Refugees, women: pawns in political power equation - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
How can we have a government that has a simultaneous eye for the curse of sexism and of institutional sexual abuse, but then resorts to cruelty as its response to equally desperate and determined asylum seekers?
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How To Win At Forecasting | Conversation | Edge

How To Win At Forecasting | Conversation | Edge | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

'INTRODUCTION
by Daniel Kahneman

 

Philip Tetlock’s 2005 book Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? demonstrated that accurate long-term political forecasting is, to a good approximation, impossible. The work was a landmark in social science, and its importance was quickly recognized and rewarded in two academic disciplines—political science and psychology. Perhaps more significantly, the work was recognized in the intelligence community, which accepted the challenge of investing significant resources in a search for improved accuracy. The work is ongoing, important discoveries are being made, and Tetlock gives us a chance to peek at what is happening.


Tetlock’s current message is far more positive than his earlier dismantling of long-term political forecasting. He focuses on the near term, where accurate prediction is possible to some degree, and he takes on the task of making political predictions as accurate as they can be. He has successes to report. As he points out in his comments, these successes will be destabilizing to many institutions, in ways both multiple and profound. With some confidence, we can predict that another landmark of applied social science will soon be reached.'

 

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, 2002, is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and author of Thinking Fast and Slow.

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Miss Representation Extended Trailer: An overlook at the Hegemonic society that utilizes the media as a tool to dictate gender expression

An overlook at the Hegemonic society that utilizes the media as a tool to dictate gender expression. This sets into motion the subordination of womyn in our society and that value that they hold as individuals politically and socially.

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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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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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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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Rwandan Greens - Late Night Live - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Rwandan Greens - Late Night Live - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
A fledgling Green party in Rwanda had violent beginnings. The party's president is about to return to Rwanda, and is being supported by the Australian Greens' former leader, Bob Brown, who will visit Rwanda soon.
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The Legitimate Children of Rape

The Legitimate Children of Rape | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Writing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Felicia H. Stewart and Dr. James Trussell have estimated that there are twenty-five thousand rape-related pregnancies each year in the United States

 

'..................the relationship between rape and pregnancy has been a topic of highly politicized debate since long before Todd Akin’s comments on “legitimate rape,” Paul Ryan’s bill with its category of “forcible rape,” and Sharron Angle’s suggestion, two years ago, that women pregnant through rape make “a lemon situation into lemonade.”

 

There is a veritable war of statistics about rape and pregnancy, and the confusion is exacerbated by the competing agendas of the pro-choice and anti-abortion movements.

 

Historically, rape has been seen less as a violation of a woman than as a theft from a man to whom that woman belonged, either her husband or her father, who suffered an economic loss (a woman’s marriageability spoiled) and an insult to his honor. There was also the problem of bastard children, who were considered a social burden

 

One [also] sees the problem abroad, where the Helms Amendment is taken to mean that no agency receiving U.S. funding can mention abortion even to women who have been systematically raped as part of a genocidal campaign.

 

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A rare challenge to Abbott's free pass - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A rare challenge to Abbott's free pass - The Drum - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
When Jon Faine interviewed Tony Abbott on ABC's 774, something unusual happened. The Opposition Leader's careless use of words was actually challenged. Abbott did not further dispute the point

 

'Tony Abbott did not further dispute the point. Like an errant school kid, he seemed to accept the admonishment. Yet within 24 hours, he was again referring to asylum seekers as illegals. Nobody in the media pulled him up. He knew they wouldn't. They rarely do.

 

For the record, he is wrong in domestic and in international law.'

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