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Losing Users: Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Problems

November 2, 2018 - 13:30 -- Admin

His detractors and enemies have been waiting some time for this, but it must have given them moments of mild cheer. Facebook, the all-gazing, accumulating system of personal profiles and information, poster child, in fact, of surveillance capitalism, is losing users. At the very least, it is falling to that mild phenomenon in business speak…

Scott Morrison’s appalling judgement

November 2, 2018 - 10:33 -- Admin

Since seizing the reins a little over two months, Scott Morrison has demonstrated the most appalling judgement on pretty much everything. Businesses are loudly expressing their despair about the lack of any policy on climate change and energy and we are hardly likely to get one with the people he chose for Environment and Energy…

Shackled by Ideology

November 1, 2018 - 19:00 -- Admin

By Ad astra Can the body politic ever be freed from entrenched beliefs? How many of you despair of our politicians? How many of you fume at the incoherence of the positions they take? How many bristle at their intransigence, their stubbornness, their adherence to outmoded dogma that is no longer supported by the facts?…

Moving Right in Brazil: The Rise of Jair Bolsonaro

November 1, 2018 - 15:02 -- Admin

Moving left has been a Brazilian political tendency for some time, a tendency affirmed through the 1990s and 2000s with the presidential administrations of Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. But this is the same country also famed for its share of murderous military dictatorships and political convulsions. The worm would eventually…

How Craig Kelly cons the punters

October 31, 2018 - 10:42 -- Admin

Member for Hughes and chairman of the Coalition backbench environment and energy committee, Craig Kelly, seems to split his time between appearing on Sky After Dark and 2GB, and posting clickbait headlines on his facebook page. But the most cursory investigation shows Craig is either deliberately misrepresenting the articles he links to by cherry-picking a…

Murdoch strikes at democracy

October 30, 2018 - 11:02 -- Admin

By Stephen Fitzgerald The first German chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, said there were two sights the public should not see: The making of laws and the making of sausages. To this list of enduringly nauseating spectacles we should add one more: The political machinations of media moguls. It’s called “one-sided censorship.” So, it only goes…