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Public Address 08/10/04 - 'Nuff Blogs!

PUBLIC ADDRESS 08/10/04 - 'Nuff blogs!

Golden Weather again | Oct 08, 2004 10:50
Russell Brown's Hard News

As the light now falling on the grim history of bullying and abuse at the Waiouru cadet school finds its most grim artefact yet - allegations of pack rape - we should bear in mind that it is a mark of our times that these stories can finally...,

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The clash of optimisms | Oct 08, 2004 08:43
Che Tibby's view from Melbourne

My foolish adventure this past weekend was a foray into designer lifestyling. Living in a rental property usually means you can't live out your full home renovation fantasies, but if you're really sneaky it's not too difficult to make small adjustments that the landlord might like...,

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Escalation of threats | Oct 08, 2004 08:37
GUEST: David Williams' Dateline London via Sydney

It started well enough. When Ariel Sharon took over as Israel's Prime Minister in March 2001 he offered Palestinians the hand of peace, saying he was willing to make "painful compromises". But, as Bill Clinton found out, peace in the Middle East is no easy feat...,

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Distant Summer | Oct 08, 2004 08:31
GUEST: Brenda Leeuwenberg in Amsterdam

It's been the wettest summer on record in this part of the world. The kind of rain that makes you realise where the phrase 'soaked to the bone' really comes from. After a few days of sitting at work with dripping wet jeans and looking like some kind of bad-hair-day...,

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Keith Rankin: Basic Universal Income And Economic Rights
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Binoy Kampmark: Foreseeable Risk: Omicron Makes Its Viral Debut
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Binoy Kampmark: Totalitarian Cyber-Creep: Mark Zuckerberg In The Metaverse

Never leave matters of maturity to the Peter Panners of Silicon Valley. At their most benign, they are easily dismissed as potty and keyboard mad. At their worst, their fantasies assume the noxious, demonic forms that reduce all users of their technology to units of information and flashes of data... More>>

Gasbagging In Glasgow: COP26 And Phasing Down Coal

Words can provide sharp traps, fettering language and caging definitions. They can also speak to freedom of action and permissiveness. At COP26, that permissiveness was all the more present in the haggling ahead of what would become the Glasgow Climate Pact... More>>

Globetrotter: Why Julian Assange’s Inhumane Prosecution Imperils Justice For Us All

When I first saw Julian Assange in Belmarsh prison, in 2019, shortly after he had been dragged from his refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy, he said, “I think I am losing my mind.”
He was gaunt and emaciated, his eyes hollow and the thinness of his arms was emphasized by a yellow identifying cloth tied around his left arm... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed other parties doing better – they are not... More>>