"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act" - George Orwell

Aaron Swartz, the godfather of free information take his life at age 26.

Aaron Swartz, the babyfaced godfather of free information, champion of the open world, defender of our right to know things, has taken his own life this week. Many in the internet community say that the pressure of an overzealous US prosecution team, seeking to send him to prison for 50 years for the simple crime […]

Matters of society and security. Why people protest.

I was chatting to an Australian at our guest house this morning and we, as I always seem to manage to do, fell into discussing comparative politics. He were talking about road infrastructure and why Vietnam in general has FAR better roads than Australia despite being a much poorer nation. He asked “Why is that […]

Killing children by remote control

Spiegel Online published this story about unmanned drones and the operators who pilot them. It’s a very eye-opening and alarming insight in the silent and deadly way that war is waged via remote control from the other side of the planet. Here is a short excerpt from the full article. Thanks to Jacob Applebaum for […]

People smugglers ? Or heroes ? What is racism ? Who are refugees ?

People smuggling is a huge big deal to people. The word is extremely emotive. It’s not “immigration assistant” it’s “people smuggler”. The word “smuggler” is used to make it sound like an awful, illegal act of sneaking some dirty, dangerous contraband over the border illegally. But is it ? Or is it people helping those […]

I have something important to say about government and media

No, not “the” government. But all forms of government. I was chatting in a channel when someone linked me to a blog post about US proposition I-502 which will make it a criminal offence to get caught driving a motor vehicle with virtually any trace of marijuana in your blood without any right to a […]

Pirate Bay founder arrested in Cambodia

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, or anakata as he is known online, has been arrested in Cambodia, reports Peter Sunde via Twitter saying the arrest occurred in Phnom Penh where Warg was residing for several years. This has happened at the request of the Swedish government for his failure to turn up to his trial in and […]

Letting your 9 year old go the park gets you locked up. But giving them a loaded Uzi is ok ?

Letting your 9 year old go the park gets you locked up. But giving them a loaded Uzi is ok ?

Aaron Gourvela writes in this piece for Time Magazine You should be absolutely terrified that a 9-year-old’s constitutional right to fire an Uzi trumps your right to decide at what age your kids can play at the park unsupervised Parents who allow their 9-year-old to play unsupervised at a playground can be arrested, but handing […]

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Black man taken to jail for sitting in public area

Since the Ferguson issue, the internet world has exploded with stories of African Americans being racially profiled, harassed and murdered by police in cold blood. But some commenters on these stories have been quick to call the victim a “thug” or a “criminal”. This is clearly not an excuse for murder. Police are not judges […]

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Australian supermarkets pretend not to know about Thai fishing industry slavery

Australian supermarkets pretend not to know about Thai fishing industry slavery

The Guardian produced a news piece this week about slavery in the Thai fishing industry detailing how it uses slaves who are tortured, starved, abused, murdered and driven to suicide in order to produce low-priced seafood products, especially prawn food for use by companies such Charoen Pokphand (CP) Foods in Thailand. This practice is not […]

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We need a better solution to asylum seeker children in detention

We need a better solution to asylum seeker children in detention

The issue of asylum seekers is a tough one. I accept that Australia does not want to open its borders and allow immigrants and “economic refugees” to come to Australia because the flood of people would be nearly unstoppable. Everyone in South East Asia sees Australia as the “lucky country” of hope and high salaries. […]

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Queensland police quotas - "find some people to arrest"

Queensland police quotas – “find some people to arrest”

Police arrest quotas are a contentious subject. In many countries we suspect they exist but don’t always have proof. Recently a small nugget of evidence that this practice exists in Australia appeared in the form of a leaked email from one South Australian police senior sergeant. Once the public release of this email was discovered […]

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Turkey's "Standing Man"

Turkey’s “Standing Man”

I don’t have much time to cover this. I need to fly out in a few days and I have to start packing and moving. But there is a movement going on right now all over the world that needs your attention. It was started by one man. After the violent protests of Taksim Square […]

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Miama police beat up on 14 year old boy for “looking at them”

From Russia Today: A 14-year-old teenage boy was choked, slammed to the ground and arrested by Miami police officers who claim the teen stared at them in a “dehumanizing” way. Tremaine McMillian, an African-American teenage boy from southern Florida, spent Memorial Day on the beach with his family. While he was ‘rough-housing’ with another teen […]

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We Steal Secrets – The Wikileaks movie trailer

The trailer for Alex Gibney’s upcoming movie “We Steal Secrets” has gone online for you to view. While the Australian Tele-movie “Underground” was a fascinating and very entertaining story about Assange himself, it’s hard to not imagine that as the co-author of the story, the man who is not known for his modesty might have […]

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LAPD officers slam cuffed nurse to the ground, celebrate

LAPD officers slam cuffed nurse to the ground, celebrate

This week there seems to be have an unpleasant incident involving the LAPD. Michelle Jordan, a 34 year old nurse from Sunland was driving in her car while using her mobile phone. Two officers pulled her over and then arrested her. One officer pulled her out of the car with force and then slammed her […]

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OPINION: Shut up about democracy and freedom, you don't know what it is

OPINION: Shut up about democracy and freedom, you don’t know what it is

I seem to be in a lot of arguments with “white” foreigners recently. Europeans mostly. Americans at least are disgruntled about their government. They are constantly complaining about the Illuminati and the New World Order and such. But I don’t think they really know what’s good for them. They also oppose gun control and universal […]

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