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How we flag our racial prejudice

Andrew L. Urban Australia is a systematically and institutionally racist country; that is the story peddled by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC ) at last week’s Senate Committee hearings. Well, yes, that must explain why the Aboriginal flag is … Continue reading

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Truth, justice, guilt – and war

PETER VERSI reflects on some of the most fundamental aspects of the human condition – truth, justice, how war bends both – through his own life experiences. Guilt by accusation is not truth; truth is not always comfortable. I have … Continue reading

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PayPal joins the thugs choking democracy

Canada-based Rebel News has issued an urgent request to its user base for funding to fight a legal action against PayPal, following what they call an ‘ambush’ to shut down the news service, which has often reported on Australian protests … Continue reading

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Availability entrepreneurs ruin everything

Andrew L. Urban An availability cascade is a self-reinforcing process of collective belief formation that triggers a self-perpetuating chain reaction: the more attention a danger gets, the more worried people become, leading to more news coverage and greater alarm. Because slowly increasing … Continue reading

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The Deep Rig and the Sharpie switcheroo

Andrew L. Urban Working with what he calls ‘white hat hackers’ – cyber forensics specialists aka ‘cyber-ninjas, geeks, dolphin-speakers’ – Patrick Byrne* documents ‘How Election Fraud cost Donald J. Trump the White House – by a man who did not … Continue reading

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Who’s got the ticker?

Andrew L. Urban A recent survey (Skeptic Research Centre) in the US showed that 44% of liberals (lefties) believe that white police killed 1,000 or more unarmed black men in 2019. The factual figure is 25. In 2020 it was … Continue reading

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How we fool ourselves: scientific consensus building

Judith Curry* “Like a magnetic field that pulls iron filings into alignment, a powerful cultural belief is aligning multiple sources of scientific bias in the same direction,” says policy scientist Daniel Sarewitz. Statistician Regina Nuzzo summarizes the problem. “This is … Continue reading

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Biden does a Merkel … oooops

Andrew L. Urban In 2015, Angela Merkel opened her heart – and Europe’s borders – to all comers wanting refuge and/or a better life from effectively anyone living East/South East of Germany. Over a million surged towards the country that … Continue reading

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Democracy needs the power of truth

Andrew L. Urban Information is power – and democracy needs the power of truth to fight the onslaught of authoritarian urges and ruling orthodoxies, such as the fanatical global warming aka climate change movement. Media has collectively failed democracies in … Continue reading

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Stream of consciousness & a mysterious rejection

One of the advantages of the digital age is the ability of newspaper readers to interact with the medium and the journalist by way of moderated comments. I do this a lot. But the other day, a comment was mysteriously … Continue reading

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