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If it's a matter of picking sides, then I'll fly the ABC flag rather than the Aussie one.
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There is something quite seriously wrong here and I suspect it's the ABC's fault. Somehow, in spite of being a media outlet, they have no faith in their ability to direct the public discussion. The coverage of the QnA issue is deeply worrying on all levels. Firstly, the accusation is shrouded and lightly referred to, the guilt is loudly proclaimed. Why? Because the accusation isn't true. What was wrong with what the guy said? As far as I can tell, it was not eloquent and got a little petty. Just as well he isn't in federal parliament making serious not petty decisions like extra-judicial punishment of Australian citizens.

So what did the guy say? On being told that he lives in a country run by people who would gladly take his (and personally, specifically his) one and only citizenship away and kick him from the country he was born and raised in, he said that it was that politicians views that cause people to go overseas to fight for ISIS and he thought the politician should be kicked out of the country. A bit of "you're ruining this country so much people are becoming disenfranchised" and tit for tat "you're a bully so I wish someone would bully you back". Perhaps I'm reading too much into the words of an intemperate young man prone to speaking his mind before using his mind.

Does this constitute an incitement to commit terrorist acts? As far as anyone can tell (and we can't, the accusations are clouded but the guilt is "clear") they are being accused of giving a platform for an Islamic radical to encourage people taking up arms and becoming militants. It is not what happened.

Then the discussion quickly turns to the hysterical "What were they thinking letting a convicted terrorist near a serving politician??" which sounds a lot like "Who will think of the children?" The QnA show is about political debate on social, justice, state and international issues. A convicted terrorist (which isn't what we're talking about here, he admits saying stupid things and was eventually convicted for making serious threats, criminal in any parlance, not just in terms of terrorism) has a political view that is worth being debated. Lots of abhorrent views are not only worth debating but need to be debated. QnA isn't a platform for someone to promote their views, it's a platform for someone to test their views. Abhorrent views are bad when they're promoted in places they aren't or can't be contested, like the pulpit, your own opinion piece of a television show, or any despatch box placed opposite a table from Bill Shorten. When abhorrent views are tipped into a cauldron like QnA the idea is open to contest and ideas don't go unchallenged.

So were the ABC guilty of allowing a convicted terrorist onto their show (they didn't) and giving him a platform to spread pro-terrorism ideas (he didn't, and is frequently on record advocating anti-radicalisation and anti-ISIS ideas) then by the fact that QnA is a discussion forum where ideas are hotly contested, they are not guilty any more than a court is guilty of the acts of the criminal before them.

Except for one thing: Tony Jones promptly ruled the subsequent comment out of order, and stopped the debate on a blisteringly important issue. No one mentioned that the questioner would have been rendered stateless by the acts advocated by Ciobo. The loss of the debate in presence of a vivid and personally affected example is, I think, worth chastisement. The ABC could turn this around, they are a public broadcaster, after all, but in taking the view that it isn't their role, they forfeit the role to angst-mongers and dog-whistlers who have no investment in truth, fact, or a level playing field for debate.
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GOTO 10 if you want to live.
PROBLEMO COUNT: ZERO. THERE ARE ZERO PROBLEMO(S).
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I knew it is sometimes visible, but it didn't occur to me to really try to find it.
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There was a reason why the Chinese use it to create their calendar.  It's a very visible "wandering star."
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Outstanding stuff.
 
Truth, and not funny.
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Very well said, Greg.
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Rare footage of an actual drop bear attack.  The sound is chilling.
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Koalas don't scream like that but they do grunt like that. 
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`Could it be that our teachers, who taught us that since we were children that "new physics will show up at the TeV scale" were just wrong by a factor of two ?'
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Found it!  It was patiently waiting for warmer weather.
 
Fantastic news! Philae’s alive and kicking. The lander “spoke” with its team on ground via Rosetta for 85 seconds — its first contact since going into hibernation in November. Signals were received at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt at…
Fantastic news! Philae's alive and kicking. The lander "spoke" with its team on ground via Rosetta for 85 seconds — its first contact since going into hibernation in November. Signals were received...
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In space no one can hear the hardware slacking off 
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I utterly detest this government, even more so than the Howard government in its last years (they at least had a veneer of competence and could look back on one or two achievements).  But is it a surprise that the government runs amok when there is no opposition to hold them to account?  If Blunt Sputum is ever PM, it will be by default: he has done nothing to deserve it.
 
Dear ALP, I hoped you were a viable alternative to the Liberal party, goodness knows we need one. Here is proof you are not. I cannot vote for a party that supports this. Ever.
Does Labor serve any purpose other than to rubber stamp the Abbott government’s decisions and wait for their turn to be in power?
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It's worth noting that votes aren't truly accumulative from election to election. Your margin is based only on the last election and holds little power over the next. You're only as good as your last gig but only as representative as your next election. 
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Grateful to Richard, the journo,  for the nice job he did of this.  He spent quite a bit of time with us, and I think he did well to distil our rather large, complicated hobby down into a newspaper sized article.  (And with big pictures!)
For medieval re-enactors, it's a weekend of swords, song and chivalry.
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it's really fantastic - I really like the print version (which I forgot to bring to work today to scan opps)
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"Opposition to the government on its ever-more draconian counter-terrorism laws has instead come from a rough alliance of the Greens, the libertarian right and, on the citizenship issue, classical liberals within the Liberal Party who are under the illusion that the current version of their party stands for individual rights, small government and checks and balances on executive power. Labor has forfeited its role as an opposition entirely."
 
The Shorten-led opposition has had it too good for too long.
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Some shots I took during my Adelaide trip last Christmas.  Every time I go back, I'm shocked by the change in colour palette.  NZ is aggressively green, Oz looks yellow and somewhat "washed out".  Truly the Sunburnt Country, that sky is really blue, and shade acquires a particular beauty.  And the blackened remains of the previous year's bushfire reminds us she still has her terror.
A visit to Jan's farm.
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Yes, Canterbury in summer reminds me of SA.
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I went along to Celebrate Greater Takapuna a free show at the Pump House Theatre.  (I only knew about it because Edit was dancing.)  It was a good and varied program (http://pumphouse.co.nz/shows/celebrate-greater-takapuna/).  When I found out it was on, I ran out and bought a new lens: last time I photographed dancing I was constantly wanting to swap.  The Nikon 18-140mm worked quite nicely.  I shot the whole thing manually; it's a tough challenge shooting rapid movement in stage lighting. 
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  • Massey University
    Senior Lecturer, 2006 - present
  • Florida State University
    Postdoc, 2000 - 2002
  • University of Adelaide
    Postdoc, 2002 - 2003
  • Indiana University
    Postdoc, 2003 - 2006
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Immune to kryptonite
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Theoretical physicist, Mediaeval recreator
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