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Jeremy Byrne
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This Adani thing has become more than a little surreal. The apparent political underpinnings of the deal make it probable it will proceed regardless of public opposition. Perhaps there's another approach.

Maybe the time has come to make this more personal for Ms. Palaszczuk.

It's a notoriously difficult, long and complex undertaking to successfully prosecute elected officials for corruption in Queensland⁽¹⁾ and indeed Australia generally, but it's still a jailable criminal offence for an elected official of Queensland to engage in Corrupt Conduct (per http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/qld/consol_act/caca2001219/s15.html).

Perhaps some kind of fundraising campaign could be undertaken, aiming to ensure her part (and perhaps those of other responsible ministers) in what is emerging as a major national scandal is thoroughly investigated in the years to come.

Such a campaign could also help the Adani group rethink its position. As discussed on this useful summary page:

https://www.claytonutz.com/knowledge/2014/november/doing-business-in-australia-anti-bribery

there exist a number of State and Federal anti-bribery laws under which the Adani Group and its principals might be prosecuted, and proven instances of bribery could empower a future Queensland or Australian government to rescind the contract, seize the assets under contract, and recover the initial loan. (Such laws apparently extend to situations where the bribes were offered by an agent, rather than the principal itself, but may impact the principal directly.)

Of course, a campaign of that nature could potentially be ajudged to be inducement to or actual blackmail, defamation, or similar, so I'd certainly need to hear detailed and competent opinion on its legality before supporting any such idea.

Thoughts, anyone?

[1. Important definitions in the legislation were considerably weakened by the outgoing Newman government in 2014 (and apparently not fully restored by the Crime and Corruption Amendment Bill 2015), and the relationship between the Crime and Corruption Commission is currently being reviewed by the Palaszczuk government (https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/PCCC/inquiries/current-inquiries/Review-of-operation-of-Section-329-of-the-Crime-and-Corruption-Act-2001). Additionally, although corruption in elected officials can be reported directly to the CCC (http://www.ccc.qld.gov.au/corruption/report-corruption), they then need to investigate, and subsequently decide to report to a person or body with prosecutorial powers for any criminal action to proceed. A case such as this could well require a (drumroll) Royal Commission.]
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Just saw Peter Hook and the Light playing "Unknown Pleasures" and "Closer", thanks to +Lev Lafayette. It was extraordinary, and eye-opening. Some of the album tracks I'll admit to never really getting into were transformed by their new arrangements and live performance (standouts for me amongst these were "Interzone" and "I Remember Nothing"), and I discovered new love for songs I'd relegated to also-rans (including a powerful rendition of "New Dawn Fades").

The New Order "support set" largely or perhaps entirely--didn't pay enough attention--followed Monday's Sydney show's setlist below ("Ceremony" was incredible, if clearly in the wrong section), but the Joy Division set mixed up the non-album tracks a bit. (I was surprised and ecstatic when "Digital" kicked in.) The "encore" tracks were the same, though. Is it me, or is "Love Will Tear Us Apart" a bit of a downer after the unsurpassed brilliance of "Transmission"? Judging by the audience, it's just me.

Apparently there are still tickets for the "Substance" show at The Astor in Perth on the 16th, when I'll happen to be over there. It won't have the intimacy of The Corner, and there'll only be four more JD tracks to hear (oh yeah, and some New Order), but after tonight I can't see how I can say no.
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Apparently the brain is a Wang's Carpet (per Greg Egan's least available short story, presented here in a bad photocopy of the chapter from "Diaspora" adapted from the original short story: http://bunny.xeny.net/POTC/optional-reading/Egan%20-%20Wang%E2%80%99s%20Carpets.pdf).

Still think we'll be uploading consciousness any time now, kids?
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I was born in Subiaco, a suburb of Western Australia. When I was four, in the winter of 1968, my family moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where I attended grades one through three at Edward Devotion Elementary School. Every morning of those three school-years, along with the rest of my class, I faced the American flag, placed my hand on my heart, and said:

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

We left the US permanently in 1973, and I have lived in Australia ever since (brief attempts to migrate to New Zealand aside). I am an Australian citizen, and have never held other than an Australian passport. Nevertheless, I have at no time formally renounced my oft-repeated oath of allegiance to the United States of America.

Section 44, subsection (i) of the Australian Constitution states that any person who "[i]s under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power [...] shall be incapable of being chosen or of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives."

It's unclear to me whether I am eligible for election to my own Federal government and, if I am not, what steps I might need to take to so become. What is clear is that it's well past time someone rid us of this turbulent provision.
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I love "Transparent" so much. Everyone is desperately selfish and fucked up, but they're all so wonderfully human. And the politics! When Ali went to the men's side of The Wall I was so caught up I actually shouted "yes!" at the TV. One minute I'm laughing out loud at Aaron Sorkin-clever lines like "My weapon of choice is self-loathing," and the next, crazy Shelly's secret pain has me wiping my eyes.

Why isn't there any genre TV even close to this good (other than the very occasional "Rick and Morty" episode)? New Trek is shockingly stupid. Marvel TV has all been downhill since "Jessica Jones". I can't even seem to find the time to watch GoT these days. Get it together, you hod carriers of the imagination; you're embarrassing us.
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That Tuk-Tuk Mafia with the nazi name is getting another kicking.
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Kim Jong-Un on Trump: "I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire."

Points for style and consistency.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/21/trump-says-the-u-s-will-impose-new-sanctions-on-north-korea/?utm_term=.a3645c382ca1
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