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Criminal Justice

Tonight's episode of ABC's Four Corners contained shocking revelations about the brutalisation of children behind bars in Australia's Northern Territory. 20 years after a Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, have we learned nothing!?

#auspolitics #CriminalJustice
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What an abhorrent system that these boys had to go through. Some of the actions by the guards could be considered to be rape.
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Trump's supporters more racist than Clinton's

No big surprise in this survey's result. Trump is more racist than Clinton too, so it's hardly surprising that his supporters tend to exhibit more racist attitudes than Clinton's supporters by a wide margin, but his supporters' degree of racism also stands out from that of other Republican candidates, one of whom's supporters' attitudes are little different to those of Clinton's supporters. Once again it's no big surprise to learn that that candidate is Kasich.
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Hey dumbass you're stupid is showing.

Ironically, that sounds like something a president Donald would say durning his acceptance speech ;-)
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SACRAMENTO, CA—Admitting that her lack of a Facebook account often leaves her feeling disconnected, local woman Laura Starling confirmed Wednesday that she’s entirely out of touch with her friends’ prejudices.
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WOW. You mean I'm not the only one on the planet that doesn't have a Facebook account! 
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ABC's Catalyst Wi-Fi Episode Canned

The "Wi-Fried" episode disturbed many people and forced some Australian schools to justify their use of Wi-Fi to frightened parents.

I agree with Fairfax journalist Michael Lallo's conclusion:

It's not enough for a reporter to declare, "We're encouraging debate", then wash their hands of the consequences. Especially if those consequences include needless anxiety in viewers.
And when a science program – on our national broadcaster, no less – repeats this mistake, that's a problem.
Comment: ABC's Catalyst failed viewers not by investigating statins or mobile radiation – but with bad journalism.
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People are trying to play lawyer for a lifestyle. When I have to go into lawyer mode, I'm not trying to make friends. 
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Philosophy - Homogeneous and Provincial

It seems that philosophy departments need to diversify their curricula – and, if they don't, according to some critics, should rename themselves departments of ‘Anglo-European Philosophical Studies’.
 
"The lack of #diversity in #philosophy is blocking its progress"

HT Rachel Amoroso

#higherEd #edu #policy
Philosophy is a remarkably un-diverse discipline. Compared with other scholars who read, interpret and assign texts, philosophers in the United States typically choose a much higher percentage of their sources (often, 100 per cent) from Europe and...
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Easy, beings having a human experience with chemical perception and imagining a life.

When your expectations are being met your being misled with them, or doing what you want and happy. 
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Access to Academic Research Needs to Improve

It is common for researchers submitting papers to academic publishers not to get paid despite handing over their copyright. This results in publishers getting their articles, including peer reviewing and most of their editing for free. Anyone not affiliated with a university must pay the publisher to access the material despite the fact that much of it was commissioned and published by taxpayers through government research grants. Thankfully, times are changing.

The last few weeks have been a momentum time in the sciences: not because of a breakthrough in gene therapy or quantum computing, but because world leaders have twice called for scientific papers to be made freely available to all.
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Najib thinks he can get away with this!

With political opponents and critics afraid and under pressure from the police and judiciary, it seems that Malaysia's corrupt PM might just be right. I hope for the sake of Malaysians that he isn't and that he is forced to step down. The evidence against him and his associates continues to mount and, in any normal democracy, his resignation would have happened long ago.

#NajibMustGo
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Malaysians should remove him, if they value their nation. 
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Kate Bush! ...

... as far as the eye can see! #WutheringHeightsDay Melbourne 2016.
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Handy - Translations now 'on tap'!
 
When Google first introduced Now on Tap a year ago it seemed like a potential game changer for Android devices. Press a button and get more information about just about anything on your screen. But once the feature rolled out, many people found that it wasn’t all that useful. I’m not the only person that simply turned …
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Some practical advice on living

Here's some worthwhile advice on living from +Massimo Pigliucci together with some wise and some possibly not so wise quotes from stoic philosophers.
 
Practical suggestions for a prokoptôn (someone who wants to make moral progress): https://howtobeastoic.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/practical-suggestions-for-a-prokopton/
A “prokoptôn” is someone who is making progress in his study, and especially practice, of Stoicism. Hopefully, we are all prokoptontes. From time to time, I like to go back to the basic…
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Excellent article - good site! - and no mention of hot coals. Thanks John.
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Education and Equity

In her keynote address at ISTE, Ruha Benjamin described a societal landscape in crisis where children “live in parallel realities” with entrenched social practices that empower some and handicap others along racial, financial and gender fault lines.

Benjamin says teachers should ask, "How do we make our schools laboratories of democratic participation, rather than sites where inequity is reproduced?” 
Princeton University professor highlights social biases built into technology and how educators can help students overcome them during ISTE 2016 conference.
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Australian elearning pioneer - part entrepreneur, part teacher & part geek. Google Certified Teacher.
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Australian elearning pioneer, teacher and entrepreneur. Founded Dataworks in 1985 - a company which grew to become Australia’s leading curriculum software publisher. Brought Australia’s best loved children’s characters to interactive format including The Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas, Hi-5, Play School and others. These award winning titles broke local sales records and were licensed for resale in more than 50 countries worldwide. Sold business in 2007 and moved to Victoria's Central Highlands. Focused on helping teachers, students and school communities make the most of the transformative potential of new technologies.
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  • DET/DEECD
    Teacher, Consultant, Professional Developer, 2009 - present
  • DWA Australia Pty Ltd
    Founder & Sole Director, 2007 - present
  • Easy2Learn Pty Ltd
    Founder & Managing Director, 2000 - 2006
  • Dataworks International Ltd
    Founder & Managing Director, 1997 - 2001
  • Dataworks Australia Pty Ltd
    Founder & Managing Director, 1990 - 2007
  • CP Softime
    Manager, 1989 - 1990
  • Dataworks
    Partner, 1985 - 1990
  • Dept of Ed/Ministry of Ed
    Teacher, 1977 - 1989
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Subjective experience could be more widespread in the animal kingdom – and older, in evolutionary terms – than we realize

Abuse at New Year's Eve - “It also has to do with Islam” | Cicero Online
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