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Trump vow to declassify Kennedy files is a distraction

So President Donald Trump has tweeted that he will declassify the long-awaited files into the assassination of President John Kennedy in 1963. Of course its bullshit. Trump is trying to make out that it’s his decision when the long-secret files are scheduled to be released by the National Archives next week as the 25-year deadline set by…

What’s ahead for the Minerals Council of Australia?

There’s no doubting the power of the Minerals Council of Australia. Bankrolled by mining giants like BHP, Rio and Swiss-owned coal giant Glencore it will launch campaigns and destroy politician that don’t fit in with its agenda. Witness the way it got rid sitting Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, from office with its $22 million advertising blitz…

Australia’s energy crisis shows the stupidity of privatisation

This week saw the Turnbull government monstering AGL to keep its loss-making power plant open. That’s right, a Liberal government, supposedly the champion of private enterprise, telling a business to keep its unprofitable operations open. That of course followed the warning from the Australian Energy Market Operator that the closure of Liddell would lead to blackouts. And…

Why climate change will devastate Florida

So Irma is now zeroing in on Florida After causing devastation in the Caribbean leaving at least 21 dead and thousands homeless, there are now forecasts that it will have an impact on the US economy. There are forecasts of damages topping $135 billion in Florida. And other economic losses could push the price tag as…

Laws of mathematics don’t apply to Australia: Malcolm Turnbull

The laws of mathematics state there are problems breaking end to end encryption. As Pursuit points out, modern encryption uses maths. How so? Well, there’s an algorithm on your computer that transforms your message into a sequence of ones and zeros that’s meaningless except to a reader who knows the secret key that can transform it back,…

Political backlash over the Grenfell fire

People have died in an entirely preventable fire that engulfed a24-storey Grenfell tower block in west London 100 are feared dead. The bottom line is that landlords clad it in flammable materialand council chiefs, together with MPs, failed to review safety. It’s significant that Grenfell Tower, in Notting Hill, is in the Kensington Parliamentary constituency that was taken…

A win for Macron is a lesson for Theresa May

Having won the French presidency. Emmanuel Macron is about to deliver Theresa May a big lesson. Whereas May completely humiliated herself and the Tories, Macron will go from zero members in parliament to being its largest party so he can implement his legislative agenda. France goes back to the polls today. There are nearly 8,000 candidates standing…

Attacks in London could change the election

British Prime Minister Theresa May says today’s terrible attacks in London are a “potential act of terrorism“. She said: “Following updates from police and security officials, I can confirm that the terrible incident in London is being treated as a potential act of terrorism. She will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee on Sunday.…

Why Donald Trump will survive and be re-elected in 2020

The anti-Trump forces were hit with the news that Greg Gianforte, the Republican who has been charged with assault won a special electionon Thursday and will soon take his seat in Congress as Montana’s lone representative. This was bad news for those who believed the Montana election would see American politics returning to some level of…