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Tom Wolfe the Parajournalist Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

As is the nature of his creepy totality, President Donald Trump has a habit of suffusing the obituaries of the famous and pampered. Tom Wolfe, it is said by such figures as Maggie Haberman in The New York Times, conceived of Trump as a formidable figure before Trump himself came to prominence. The..

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THE INFORMATION EXPLOSION Monday, May 21st, 2018

I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled “The Information Explosion”. This book discusses the role of information in evolution, and especially in the evolution of human culture. Articles and book chapters that I have previously written on this subject are incorporated in..

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A Very Republican Sickness: Loving Royal Weddings Sunday, May 20th, 2018

“Thinking that you actually know a public figure – in the intimate, best-friend kind of way – is not healthy.” -Katie Stow, Harper’s Bazaar, Oct 17, 2017. The citizenry of the US Republic might well insist on the sanctity of its laws, a prided exceptionalism and the genius that is the..

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China: Naval Drill And Regime Legitimacy – Analysis Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

President Xi Jinping reviewed the largest naval exercise in China’s history in the disputed South China Sea (SCS) on 12 April, barely two days after the USS Theodore Roosevelt sailed through the same troubled sea as in what the US called normal routine training. The timing and venue of the..

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The Commercial Heavens: The New Australian Space Agency Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Politicians have been clambering to the top extolling something that has yet to exist. Scientists are claiming a job boom that has yet to transpire. Much fantasy and speculation dominate the creation of Australia’s Space Agency, an organisation that remains inchoate despite being launched on..

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Trump’s Plan For Iran, Put Terrorists In Charge – OpEd Monday, May 14th, 2018

Back in the 2008 presidential race, I explained to then-candidate Rudy Giuliani the concept of “blowback.” Years of US meddling and military occupation of parts of the Middle East motivated a group of terrorists to carry out attacks against the United States on 9/11. They didn’t do it because..

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Forces of Corruption Are Horrified of a Trump Impeachment

If you do a daily web search for “impeachment,” here’s what you’ll get used to seeing. Most use of impeachment is outside the United States. Most use of impeachment within the United States is outside of Washington, D.C. Most media mention of impeachment in relation to Trump is strongly..

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WHAT AILS INDIAN CHEMICAL INDUSTRY ? Friday, May 11th, 2018

In several conferences and seminars, one usually hears about the rapid strides made by Indian chemical industry in multiple directions and boastful talk about break through in research and development efforts and Indian entrepreneurial initiatives However, a careful study of the ground realities..

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Revisiting Love Serenade Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Australian life can seem defiantly absorbed, the defiance induced by insularity and isolation. The characters that inhabit the continent are mere specks of life before the enormity that is its nature, one bound, at any point in time, to swallow them up. Those in the city are thereby invested with..

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New outlook in Nepal’s relations with India and China Monday, May 7th, 2018

The past month has seen significant activities in Nepal’s diplomatic sphere, starting from Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s state visit to India as well as Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali’s visit to China. To cap it off, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to arrive in Nepal on..

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Post-Brexit Israel – OpEd Sunday, May 6th, 2018

The UK will be leaving the European Union at precisely 11 pm on March 29, 2019 . There will be significant consequences for Israel. Israel’s current relationship with the EU, of which Britain has been an important member for the past forty years, might best be described as “creative tension”..

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Irresistible Urges: Surveilling Australia’s Citizens Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

The authoritarian misfits in the Turnbull government have again rumbled and uttered suspicions long held: Australian residents and citizens are not to be trusted, and the intelligence services should start getting busy in expanding their operations against the next Doomsday threat. This became..

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Sugar Demons, Sweet Lobbies and Taxes Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

It came across on the ABC’s Four Corners as something of a junkie’s confession: I am an addict, and I know. The conservative MP for the Australian federal seat of Dawson, George Christensen, was not mincing words so much as spouting them in crude confessional form. Regulating the sugar industry..

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Without a US Ambassador: Australia Awaits Monday, April 30th, 2018

It was cheered and embraced with enthusiasm bordering on self-praise: Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. of the Pacific Fleet would be making his way to Canberra to assume the post of US Ambassador. Washington had supposedly appointed a big fish to monitor even smaller creatures in the Pacific. But..

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RECENT BONHOMIE BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA MAY LAST Saturday, April 28th, 2018

The two meetings on Friday 27th April,2018 ; one between North Korean leader Kim Jong- un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the other meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping caught the world by surprise, leaving everyone wonder whether the..

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What Mass Killers Tend to Have in Common Friday, April 27th, 2018

It may almost seem too obvious to mention, but I don’t think that’s why we so seldom mention it. I don’t mean being male, or being mentally disturbed, or having been cruel to women, or living in places like the United States where it’s easy to acquire weapons of war. These and many other..

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Plunder Down Under: The Rot in Australia’s Financial Services Thursday, April 26th, 2018

It has all the elements of a crudely crafted if effective tale: banks and other financial services, founded, proud of their standing in society; financial service providers, with such pride, effectively charging the earth for providing elementary services; then, such entities, with self-assumed..

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The Decline and Fall of the State Department

The distinction between employing diplomats whose opinions are allowed to matter only when they agree with the Pentagon and not employing them at all is not as sharp a distinction as people may imagine. As with the distinction between drones that fire on unknown people when some poor schmuck is..

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