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Free West Papua!

The bluster by Indonesia, feigning great indignation that Australia this time actually met it's obligations under the U.N Charter of Human Rights and accepted West Papuan refugees from the abuse by Indonesian military, is hardly surprising.

Howard channels Pig-Iron Bob

Howard's desire to sell uranium to China has significant reminiscences of Robert "Pig-Iron Bob" Menzies selling iron-ore to the Japanese totalitarian empire while it was engaging in human rights abuses in Nanking, China in the 1933 invasion of Manchuria.

Howard channels Pig-Iron Bob

Howard's desire to sell uranium to China has significant reminiscences of Robert "Pig-Iron Bob" Menzies selling iron-ore to the Japanese totalitarian empire while it was engaging in human rights abuses in Nanking, China in the 1933 invasion of Manchuria.

Chalabi as AWB's nemesis

As reported in the Melbourne Age, it seems Ahmed Chalabi was behind the Australian Wheat Board monopoly investigation for kickbacks to the Hussain regime. This is a man who was basically in cahoots with the U.S. neocon Israel Lobby (thanks Brett for the heads-up), in placing the U.S. in the same morally compromised position as Israel by occupying another country. Such compromise has now allowed Israel to escalate it's starvation of the Palestinian people while the U.S. has no moral authority to sanction it.

Listening Experiments

A project I've been involved with at the Music Cognition Group of the UvA is an online experiment into the ability of listeners to discriminate timing and tempo changes in Classical, Jazz and Rock music.

Listening Experiments

A project I've been involved with at the Music Cognition Group of the UvA is an online experiment into the ability of listeners to discriminate timing and tempo changes in Classical, Jazz and Rock music. It's an online experiment anyone can do and is actually quite fun, there are some vouchers for Amazon to be raffled if you participate. Earlier experiments in music perception usually require listeners to be physically present in the laboratory in order to gather their responses. The work of the MCG is new in placing the experiment on the internet as a web site accessible to anyone.

The Cost of Globalisation: McJobs

Straight from the mouth of corporate America and using the U.S. Federal government statistics higher educated wages are falling, while lower skilled jobs wages ("McJobs") are actually increasing in the U.S. As the article itself posits, it could be a statistical anomaly, or it could be the result of outsourcing as a result of globalisation starting to really impact the white collar workers.

The Cost of Globalisation: McJobs

Straight from the mouth of corporate America and using the U.S. Federal government statistics higher educated wages are falling, while lower skilled jobs wages ("McJobs") are actually increasing in the U.S. As the article itself posits, it could be a statistical anomaly, or it could be the result of outsourcing as a result of globalisation starting to really impact the white collar workers.

Relativism

As the debate rages over whether to fund Hamas, "a democratically elected terrorist organization", it's worth considering how the claim of the state of Israel and it's terrorist group, the Ergun, responsible for bombing British hotels in Palestine in 1946, were allowed to be legitimate.

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