Monday, 30 November 2015

The more we overreact to terrorism the more we will get

The Threat Is Already Inside | Foreign Policy:
"The cheapest and easiest way to reduce the benefits of terrorism is to stop overreacting. That 129 people were killed in the Paris attacks is a terrible tragedy and a vicious crime, but 16,000 people in the United States are murdered each year in “ordinary” homicides, 30,000 die in accidental falls, 34,000 die in car crashes, and 39,000 die of accidental poisoning. We should mourn each and every death, and we should take all reasonable steps to prevent more deaths from occurring and punish those responsible for intentionally inflicting harm. But we need to stop viewing terrorism as unique and aberrational. The more we panic and posture and overreact, the more terrorism we’ll get. "

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Some things never change: Greens demand action against Japan whaling

Greens demand action against Japan whaling:

"The Greens are demanding the federal government use submarine contracts to pressure Japan out of sending whaling ships to the Southern Ocean. The Japanese government says it will dispatch a "research" whaling mission to the Southern Ocean on Tuesday. The announcement came as Attorney-General George Brandis told parliament Australia was making diplomatic representations at "the highest levels" in a bid to get Japan to change its mind. He told the Senate on Monday the government would consider sending a Customs patrol vessel to the Southern Ocean if talks weren't successful. Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson says Japan are "thumbing their nose" at the Australian people."

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Vote buying

Election-day vote buying: Evidence from monetary aggregates | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal:

"Central bank independence was supposed to end politically driven monetary policy. This column discusses new evidence showing a sizeable spike in the growth rate of cash and overnight bank deposits centred on election days. The spike is present in countries with weak political institutions, but not in OECD countries. The cycle seems to be related to the cash demand created by systemic vote buying."

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Pope Francis on the new Colonialism’

Pope Francis, in Nairobi Slum, Denounces ‘New Forms of Colonialism’ - The New York Times:
"When it came time to speak, Pope Francis delivered his sharpest remarks yet on his first trip to Africa. He lashed out against what he called “new forms of colonialism, which would make African countries parts of a machine, cogs on a gigantic wheel.” Francis said that “countries are frequently pressured to adopt policies typical of the culture of waste, like those aimed at lowering the birthrate.” He called the slums “wounds” inflicted by the elite. “How can I not denounce the injustices which you suffer?” he said."

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Climate change policies doing more harm than good?

A view worth thinking about from Scientific American

Climate Change Will Not Be Dangerous for a Long Time - Scientific American:

"The climate change debate has been polarized into a simple dichotomy. Either global warming is “real, man-made and dangerous,” as Pres. Barack Obama thinks, or it’s a “hoax,” as Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe thinks. But there is a third possibility: that it is real, man-made and not dangerous, at least not for a long time. This “lukewarm” option has been boosted by recent climate research, and if it is right, current policies may do more harm than good."

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Newspoll 2013 to ...

DateALPLibNatCoalitionDemGreenOneNatFamFOther2 Pty ALP2 Pty LNP
22/11/2015334611104753
08/11/2015344610104753
25/10/201535451194852
11/10/2015354312105050
20/09/2015354411104951
06/09/2015393912105446
23/08/2015393813105446
09/08/201539391395446
19/07/201539401295347
05/07/2015374013105248
14/06/2015344014125149
31/05/201537411395248
17/05/2015374012115347
03/05/2015353912145248
12/04/2015364111125149
07/04/201532481194555
22/03/2015374111115149
08/03/2015393812115545
22/02/2015383812125347
08/02/2015413512125743
14/12/2014393812115446
30/11/2014373713135446
16/11/2014393611145545
02/11/2014363813135446
18/10/2014343814145347
18/10/2014343814145347
21/09/2014344111145149
07/09/2014353914125248
24/08/2014344011155149
10/08/2014344013135248
27/07/2014363612165446
13/07/2014373611165446
29/06/2014373513155545
15/06/2014363710175347
01/06/2014373612155446
18/05/2014383611155545
18/05/2014383611154445
04/05/2014343814145347
06/04/2014344311124951
23/03/2014364013115248
09/03/2014354111135149
23/02/2014393910125446
09/02/2014354112125149
08/12/201338409135149
24/11/2013454310124852
10/11/2013324512114753
27/10/2013314710124456

Newspoll 2010 to 2013 elect

DateALPLibNatCoalitionDemGreenOneNatFamFOther2 Pty ALP2 Pty LNP
07/09/201346.553.5election
05/09/201333469124654
01/09/2013334610114654
25/08/20133747974753
18/08/201334479104654
11/08/201335461184852
04/08/201337449104852
21/07/201337451084852
07/07/201338429115050
30/06/2013354311114951
23/06/201329489144357
02/06/201330499124258
19/05/201331469144456
05/05/2013314710124456
21/04/2013324610124555
24/03/2013305010104258
10/03/2013344411114852
24/02/2013314711114555
03/02/201332489114456
13/01/20133844994951
09/12/2012324611114654
25/11/2012364311104951
11/11/2012364210114951
28/10/2012364110135050
07/10/2012334510124654
16/09/2012364112115050
02/09/201233468134555
19/08/201235451194753
05/08/2012334510124654
22/07/2012284611154456
08/07/2012314811104456
24/06/2012304612124555
10/06/2012314414114654
27/05/2012324612104654
13/05/2012304512134555
29/04/2012275111114159
15/04/2012294812114456
26/03/201235451194753
25/03/2012284711144357
11/03/2012314212144753
12/02/2012324611114555
29/01/2012304512134654
04/12/2011314413124654
20/11/2011304810124357
06/11/2011324412124753
23/10/2011294515114654
09/10/2011294912104357
18/09/2011264813134258
04/09/2011275012114159
21/08/2011274714124357
07/08/2011294712124456
24/07/2011294713114456
10/07/2011274912124258
26/06/2011304611134555
12/06/2011314611124555
29/05/201134441484852
15/05/2011334610114654
01/05/2011334412114753
03/04/2011324512124555
20/03/2011364012125149
06/03/2011304515104654
20/02/2011364113105050
06/02/2011324414104852
05/12/2010344114115050
21/11/2010363914115248
07/11/2010344313104852
24/10/2010334314104852
10/10/201035421495050
12/09/2010344114115050