Tag Archives: law

BDS is BS

I recently attended a meet the candidates event sponsored by the Inner West Courier at Marrickville Town Hall. The Liberal candidate, Rosana Tyler, was invited but declined to attend. That was probably wise – it was packed with Labor and … Continue reading

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Sometimes the system works

Thank you, Premier Kristina Keneally, Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell and Nationals leader Andrew Stoner for allowing a conscience vote in the NSW lower house on the Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Bill (No.2). Why every vote is not a conscience … Continue reading

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This dude gets it

Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians. The evidence shows conclusively that Proposition 8 enacts, without reason, a private moral view that same-sex couples are inferior to opposite-sex couples… Proposition … Continue reading

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Won’t SOMEBODY think of the ninjas?

The day before Bastille Day, French symbol of justice and freedom, the French lower house overwhelmingly approved a law that is unjust and takes away freedom, banning face coverings in public places. And they have the gall to dress it … Continue reading

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Win-win turns into lose-lose

Well, that certainly didn’t turn out how I predicted. Israel boarded the flotilla, as expected, though (unusually and critically) did so in international waters. I suspect that detail is going to be important. Violence ensued, with conflicting stories about who … Continue reading

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Levantine blood feud, part MMXXXIV

As I type this, a motley group of  ships are sailing from Cyprus towards the Gaza Strip in an effort to deliver 10,000 tonnes of supplies, in direct opposition to Israel’s blockade of the territory. The blockade has been in … Continue reading

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Taking the Laura Norder bus, last stop Dystopia

A worrying development in the United States – the Katie Sepich Enhanced DNA Collection Act of 2010 was approved by the House of Representatives. It gives money to states if they abide by certain rules, which would require anyone arrested … Continue reading

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Just say no… to the war on drugs

What would you do with $1 trillion? Don’t answer too quickly, lean back and think about it for a while. Physically, using the highest-value banknote I know of (the €500 bill that will be excluded in Britain due to its … Continue reading

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Those who would give up essential liberty…

Two opinion columns in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, one by Ross Cameron on Vladimir Putin and one by Paul Sheehan on terrorism trials, shared a common theme of minimising the importance of human rights. Ross Cameron, a conservative Christian former … Continue reading

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Competition. It works, bitches.*

I’ve long extolled the benefits of companies competing for consumers’ business. According to orthodox economics, it reduces prices, and therefore profits, and thus shifts the division of the economic surplus towards consumers. Competition is generally a Good Thing. Unless you’re … Continue reading

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