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This is the accusation: that the nominee for the Supreme Court, when he was 17, which is thirty or so years ago, did the following:
One summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend both stumbling drunk, Ford alleges corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.
While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.
I thought he might inadvertently kill me, said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.
Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaughs friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.
Ford said she told no one of the incident in any detail until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband. The therapists notes, portions of which were provided by Ford and reviewed by The Washington Post, do not mention Kavanaughs name but say she reported that she was attacked by students from an elitist boys school who went on to become highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington. The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapists part. Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two in the room.
Notes from an individual therapy session the following year, when she was being treated for what she says have been long-term effects of the incident, show Ford described a rape attempt in her late teens.
In an interview, her husband, Russell Ford, said that in the 2012 sessions, she recounted being trapped in a room with two drunken boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed, molested her and prevented her from screaming. He said he recalled that his wife used Kavanaughs last name and voiced concern that Kavanaugh then a federal judge might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.
On Sunday, the White House sent The Post a statement Kavanaugh issued last week, when the outlines of Fords account became public: I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.
Through a White House spokesman, Kavanaugh declined to comment further on Fords allegation and did not respond to questions about whether he knew her during high s...
By Henry Johnston Auguste RodinsThe Thinker is universally regarded as a symbol of science and philosophy. But Rodin originally called it The Poet as a detail of a larger work known as The Gates of Hell to be used as an entrance to a Parisian museum. Neither the museum nor the bronze doors the
Breaking news.well kind of. Company linked to alleged foreign bribery conspiracy in Nauru received $2.5m Australian government contract Shock horror. Our AFP have discovered corruption in Nauru.eventually. Which leads me to repost an article I wrote over two years ago.. August 14, 2016 In June , in an interview with A Current Affair, Naurus Justice Minister
Regardless of the prognostications of politics in Australia, the message delivered by politicians from the larger parties is always professional, well-rehearsed and well delivered. Even as the dust was settling on the Turnbull/Dutton/Morrison brouhaha recently, Morrison had his message sorted (hes representing us in case you didnt pick up on it). Its just like a
In 2016, Labour
promised that they would withdraw kiwi troops from Iraq if
New Zealand will extend its military presence in Iraq until June 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.
Cabinet signed off on five military deployments on Monday.
The deployment in Afghanistan has also been extended to September 2019 alongside three smaller peacekeeping missions.
Over the weekend the government announced an ambitious plan to
make Waiheke Island predator-free:
Waiheke Island is set to become the world's largest predator-free urban island under a bold new $11 million plan to rid the Hauraki Gulf Island of rats and stoats.
Millions of passengers visit the Auckland tourist destination each year and the head of Fullers ferry company says it will be extremely difficult to introduce biosecurity measures similar to those imposed on other pest-free islands which involve checking visitors' gear, ensuring food is in sealed bags and cleaning footwear.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage will today announce plans to make the island, which is already free of possums, free of other pests by 2025.
This would enable North Island kk, kkriki, kerer, t, korimako or bellbird, piwakawaka or fantail, tturiwhatu or New Zealand dotterel, i or grey-faced petrel and koror or little blue penguins to breed safely and increase in number on Waiheke, she said.
Think back to university or high school. Were you or your classmates ever left bored or wondering whether one of your subjects would ever help you get a job? When was the last time most of us wrote an essay on literature or foreign policy, or solved an advanced mathematical equation? Youre not alone: An Australian government survey recently reported that more than a quarter of the nations graduates say their degrees are close to useless for their jobs, while more than half of employers say management and commerce degrees, the most popular field of study, are not important. Yet Australian taxpayers spent about $87 billion on education last year, $31 billion of which is spent on university education. Is that money well spent?
Economics Professor Bryan Caplans provocative, well-written and sometimes witty book, The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money, argues that taxpayers wastefully sponsor students to study courses that many wont enjoy, dont find relevant, dont learn much from, and dont remember much of after graduation.
So why do students study boring, irrelevant subjects? Graduating from university is valuable because it signals to employers that students are hard-working, capable, and willing to tolerate serious boredom as demonstrated by years of study. Indeed, graduate salaries tend to grow dramatically compared to nongraduates but mostly after they graduate. Thats called the sheepskin effect. The sheepskin effect even works for near-failing graduates, who still earn substantially more than students who drop out with one semester lefteven though theyre often separated by sheer luck. By graduating, students signal their work ethic.
The problem? Taxpayer sponsored education encourages excessive credentialism. Competent high school graduates benefit from a university degree even if it doesnt offer a career path, simply because it allows them to further demonstrate their pre-existing work ethic. But those too poor to enrol in university or complete it are effectively left behind when competing with tertiary graduates in the workforce. Thats because employers prefer to hire university graduates over high school graduates, even though both may be equally capable. State-sponsored higher education punishes university graduates by forcing them to engage in years of make-work while also punishing high school graduates who cannot afford university studies.
Moreover, and contrary to popular belief, students dont gain critical knowledge, reasoning skills, networking, discipline and social skills from studying the humanities. Studies conducted by educational psychologists indicate that most students dont learn these skills from the humanities, dont transfer what theyve le...
National's charter schools are now
All 12 of New Zealand's charter schools have been approved for transition to state integrated schools.
It marks the end to a rather short era.
"We have worked with the charter schools to find a way forward for them within the state system and no existing charter schools are closing their doors," Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.
The last two schools to be approved for transition were Tranga Tangata Rite in Gisborne and Waatea School in Auckland.
Te Kura Mori o Waatea will open as a year 1-8 state integrated school in 2019, and Tranga Tangata Rite, which was not yet up and running, will open as a state-integrated school in 2020.
Back in March, the State Services Commission began an inquiry
into government departments' use of Stasi-as-a-service firm
Thompson & Clark. But there's one significant group which
appears to have a deep and disturbing collaboration with TCIL which
isn't covered by the inquiry:
There are calls for the inquiry into government agency links with controversial private investigation firm Thompson & Clark to be expanded to also take in the police, after a Stuff Circuit investigation exposed a long history of contact between police and the company.
"It's completely extraordinary that the police are not covered by the inquiry into Thompson & Clark," said Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman.
When police undertake surveillance there is oversight, from the judicial warrant system, for instance.
"Thompson & Clark don't go through any of those processes," says Norman. "They pay people who then turn up at groups and pretend to care about whatever the issue is and then if they're passing that information on to the New Zealand police without ever getting any proper judicial oversight of what the police are up to, that is very problematic."
As Australias tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced from the paper clip conspiracies of Canberra and the energy cliques
Reading some academic literature by warming alarmists on the appropriate way to respond to criticism suggests that we have a shift in the meaning of key concepts in the debate. Cutting to the chase, in this literature the role of human emissions has shifted from likely one of the causes of warming in 1988 through discernible human influence in 1995 to causing most of the Earths warming since then.
So the image or the connotation of human-generated CO2 has shifted from traces of plant food added to the air by human activities that could have some influence on the climate to a global emergency that calls for trillions of expenditure to fix although it might be too late.
The technical term for this kind of thing is semantic drift or shift.
Awful Originally meant inspiring wonder (or fear), now usually
has negative meaning.
Demagogue Originally meant a popular leader from the Greek dmos people + aggs leading, guiding. Now a politician who panders to emotions and prejudice.
Egregious Originally meaning good from the Latin egregius illustrious, select, literally, standing out from the flock, now really bad or flagrant.
Gay Originally meant (13th century) lighthearted, joyous or (14th century) bright and showy, it also came to mean happy.
Disinterested, once even handed or objective, now not interested.
In Climate scepticism and the manufacture of doubt [Ref below for nerds] we read Since at least the mid-1990s there has been a consensus that most of the Earths warming over the last half a century is likely due to increases in greenhouse gas emissions. In 1988 James Hansen testified [that it is] very likely on one of the causesIn 1995 the IPCC Second Assessment concluded that the balance of evidence suggests that there is a discernible human influenceand since that time the debate within the field of climate science [re the dominant contribution of human emissions] has largely been settled.
Observe the drift from likely one of the causes (1988) through discernible (IPCC 1995) to most of the Earths warming and debate largely settled since that time. Moreover the warming is alarming and it is mostly CO2 that is to blame.
Observe how the drift is propagated by the Reuters report on the 97.4% consensus paper by Cook and others. Incidentally the paper itself, read closely, indicates that most of the climate scientists think like most climate realists, that there has been some warming in recent times and there is a human influence (magnitude of both unspecified).
The Reuters item leads off with a summar...
I have a piece in The Guardian under the headline Adanis rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate, starting with the observation
The recent announcement by Adani that it will halve the costs of its rail line to the proposed Carmichael coalmine by building a shorter, narrow-gauge line raises an obvious question: if such a massive cost-saving is feasible, why didnt Adani go that way in the first place?
I also address the broader question
If coal is doomed, why has the price recoverd
Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.
This is the Instapundit post which already has more than 1300 comments. If the right is going to fold every time some woman makes an accusation from decades before, they are not only sensationally vulnerable but fantastically stupid. Not one Democrat believes any of it, but they know some Republicans will, or at least will pretend to. Remember Roy Moore?
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From the wisdom of Thomas Sowell:
What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise peoplelike themselvesneed to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.
If there is ever invented a proven and working potion of youth, Spartacus would vote that Sowell be the first recipient if he wants it that is.
Complete with a new leader, this Government remains in complete disarray merely keeping the seat warm for Labor. read now...
Received a note from a friend, but not a Facebook friend but a real friend since I am not on Facebook. He wrote, in part:
If you are my friend on Facebook, you wont be seeing me for a month. I have been sin binned again.
Didnt know you had been sin binned at all not to mention that this is well past the first time. Quite a mark of honour in its own way, although part of an extremely dangerous trend. The leaders of industries in the old days ran railroads and steel mills so their personal opinions about anything mattered not at all. Now these morons are at the centre of the information economy and their prejudices and ignorance affects everything. We are definitely in need of some means to fix this up.
Having seen the chap who runs twitter before Congress the other day and then the video of Googles post-election mass meeting, and knowing what I know about Zuckerberg, it is depressing to see how utterly out of their depth they are on any political or philosophical issue. They really are ignorant to a fantastic extent. They have immense power over the messages that are able to reach us all, and act as gatekeepers to prevent the ones they dont like from being received.
This should not be tolerated. If anyone any longer really does care about free speech, the ability of social media to censor what we say to each other should be stopped dead in its tracks. Google, Twitter, Facebook and others of their kind are supposedly designed to provide a platform for each of us to talk to each other or to learn from each other. The right to stop us from communicating among ourselves is intolerable and must end.
THE CREEPY LINE: It is all coming out as a movie. A big issue with growing momentum.
Back in April, it was announced that The Wire creator David Simon plans series based on Spanish civil war, one which will follow the adventures of the Abraham Lincoln and George Washington battalions and their contributions to the International Brigades. Continue reading
You are a fucking mendicant, Scott Morrison tells Tassie Treasurer, Peter Gutwein, reports Paul Bongiorno who quotes a Herald Sun article, Wednesday, citing senior Liberal sources. Gutwein doesnt dispute the claims. Bean-counter Gutwein cant find a good word for Morrison when asked how it feels to be so bullied and abused by his new leader.
There has been a lot of commentary over the past 2 weeks on the
faith of our new PM, Scott Morrison. Here is my two bobs
Politicians and prophets have very different callings. Prophets, or in their secular version, social activists, point us to what we can and should be. They are not satisfied with simple improvements in the human condition, but long for a world in which every person finds justice and is treated with dignity.
We need prophets. They force us to recognise the vulnerable; they dispel the myths that the powerful create to justify the neglect of those with little power; and they call us dream of equity, love, grace and justice in our societies.
Politicians are not prophets. When forming policy and passing legislation politicians are constrained by the demands of their colleagues, their party policy platforms, what they can get through the Parliament, their budgets and the demands of the electorate. This means that government policies nearly always include compromise and concession. They will rarely be the best policy imaginable but rather will be the best policy a government deems achievable in the given political context.
When it comes to prosecuting policy in the public domain, Ministers of the government are not free to speak their own opinions but speak as representatives of the Government. They are responsible to publicly makes the case for the policy of the government even when they have deep reservations about it.
This means we cannot read the personal convictions of Ministers (or their opposition counterparts) off the policies they present. This is particularly the case with areas such as refugee policy, where there are no ideal outcomes. I have not spoken with the Prime Minister on this issue, but I have spoken with a number of politicians from both the Coalition and the ALP, including Ministers and Shadow Ministers and I have not met one who is not troubled by our policies towards asylum seekers arriving without visa authorisation. Yet they are also convinced that the current policy regime (or the one their party proposes to introduce) is the most preferable of what are only suboptimal possibilities.
I dont think they have lifted their sights high enough. Our options are not limited to an awful choice between deaths at sea or locking up the innocent. I stand with the Prophets calling for political leaders willing to draw our nation down the path of moral greatness that will involve the acceptance of much larger numbers of refugees. Politically difficult but not politically impossible.
We should read the character and the personal values of Prophets off the policy positions they put forward. We should condemn the policy prescriptions of the Government when they all short of our longings for a better future. But I think we err when we try to read the character and integrity of politicians, particularly those in Ministries, off the policies of the...
Ive been busy finishing the manuscript of my book, and dealing with policy issues as they came up, so I havent paid a lot of attention to the Liberal leadership saga. One thing that strikes me is that Josh Frydenberg has had exceptionally favorable coverage, apparently on the basis that hes likable and popular. Thats fine, but if youre going to appoint someone as Treasurer, shouldnt a successful track record be a necessary (though not sufficient) condition? Morrison, for example, had a political success in stopping the boats (whatever the morality of the policy) and was generally seen as a successful Social Services minister (unlike his successor, who messed up the robodebt program). He didnt impress as Treasurer, but at least his previous career justified giving him a go. And while he looks underqualified as PM, the alternatives were even worse.
Frydenberg has essentially had one ministerial job, covering environment and energy (though with various titles and temporary add-ons like Northern Australia). In this capacity, his big contribution was the National Energy Guarantee. It was a terrible policy, made necessary by the failure of Turnbull and Frydenberg to face down the denialists in the government. Designed to be all things to all people, it ended up being nothing to nobody. Frydenbergs failure to secure agreement on the NEG was the proximate cause of Turnbulls downfall as PM, and the policy was promptly abandoned the moment Morrison took over. In what possible world is this a basis for promotion?
fn1. Bishop was ruled out on tribal grounds. Her weakness as Treasury spokesman years ago was also held against her, even though she wasnt obviously worse (in retrospect) than Morrison, and much better than Hockey. About Dutton, the less said the better. After that, its daylight.
Mark Broatch's Word to the Wise gives substance and authenticity to this text's subtitle: Untangling the mix-ups, misuse and myths of language. read now...
First speeches in parliament can be revealing and so it was with the speech delivered by our new Minister for the Environment, Melissa Price, back in December 2013. She began by congratulating Bronwyn Bishop for her elevation to the role of Speaker of the House, assuring us that Bishops grace and good humour, will bring dignity
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Is President-for-Life Xi Jinping tightening the screws in China because he knows trouble is coming? Chinese expert Brian Hennessy reports. read now...
Swedens elections are normally dull affairs. The same political arrangements have been in place for decades, featuring mild oscillations around the centre between the green-red bloc (Social Democrats, the Greens and the Left Party) and the conservative Alliance (the Moderates, Christian Democrats and the Centre and Liberal Parties). The favoured line for political watchers of
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Back in May, I interviewed UK journalist Johann Hari at the Sydney Writers Festival about his new book, Lost Connections, on fresh ways to see depression and anxiety. It was a sold-out event and the full audio is now available:
I was interviewed yesterday by US radio station Loud and Clear, the hosts are Brian Becker and former CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, on Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the ways in which disaster capitalism affects both the relief effort and long-term trends:
After threatening to bring into the House of Representatives files he kept on members of parliament when he Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister for Home Affairs and Liberal MP for Dickson Peter Dutton made sure two particular files were very visible on 11 September 2018.
"QT was on fire today Good work, team. https://t.co/M6UWcQO0HU"
Three hours after he posted this tweet on 13 September 2018, Australian Prime Minister and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison deleted it;
Some hours later he apologised for the profanity included in the Fat Man Scoop "Be Faithful" hip hop song, part of which he had embedded in video of that afternoon's HoR Question Time - pleading ignorance.
The reason why the government benches were conspicuous for so many arms upstretched in unison in the video is because, in true tent revival-style, Morrison was asking his colleagues to raise their hands:Good morning!BuzzFeedOz Politics (@BuzzFeedOzPol) September 13, 2018
The prime minister deleted a tweet while you were asleep because it contained a song about fucking tonight. pic.twitter.com/oRxrIJi8aP
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