Blog

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…

Will the Mueller probe examine Trump’s Russian business ties?

Robert Mueller, who was recently appointed as a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the Presidential election, will have the opportunity to look at the elephant in the room behind Donald Trump’s presidency and his links to Russia. The bottom line is Trump has extensive business ties to Russia. As Kevin Hall and Nicholas…

Hypocrisy over Chloe Shorten’s necklace

In another example of how bad political discourse in Australia has become, there’s the big controversy which broke out during the week with Liberal MPs texting journalists alerting them to the way Chloe Shorten removed a glistening necklace about 30 minutes into Bill Shorten’s budget-in-reply speech. They had assumed it was an expensive piece of jewellery and…

Macron vs Le Pen: France is no longer one country

The latest opinion polls had Emmanuel Macron extending his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Friday. An Ifop-Fiducial survey on Friday afternoon, hours before official campaigning closed at midnight, showed Macron on course to win 63 percent of votes in the second round and Le Pen 37 percent, the best score…