Entire Australian internet could be monitored by just one warrant

Disheartened and worried by this news:

“the entire Australian internet could be monitored by just one warrant if ASIO wanted to do so, according to experts and digital rights advocates including the Australian Lawyers Alliance, journalist union the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and Electronic Frontiers Australia.”

Seriously, this does not seem like a liberal government. “Small government”? “Reducing intrusion into people’s lives”? All there seems to be is a racketing up of government powers, with little regard for public concerns or rights. All in the name of ‘safety’. This is not proportional, at all.

Proof in science

I like this quote by referenced in this article in The Conversation by Geraint Lewis. It comments on the general media saying things like ‘science proves X’, when really most results only give a slightly improved likelihood of representing reality.

“I have approximate answers and possible beliefs in different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything.” — Richard Feynman

Prove: from Latin probare ‘test, approve, demonstrate’ - it is not about being certain.

New Anti-terror Laws

I am appreciative and scared by this speech by The Greens’ Scott Ludlam in the Austrlian Senate:

“We have not been given the courtesy of even seeing the government’s amendments to this bill. If this bill were trivial, that would be bad manners. But, on a bill as important as this, I say you are treating us with contempt. You are treating your own backbenchers with contempt or anybody who might come in here with a will to do, with due diligence, the job that we were sent here to do, whatever our political affiliations, with contempt by asking us to come in here and debate a bill that we have not read. That is treating us with contempt.”

“I am appalled that the Attorney-General, who falls over himself in interviews to say he would be the last one to arbitrarily sign off on the coercive powers of the state-I believe he considers himself a true Liberal in the original sense of the word-would allow the criminalisation of reporting of national security material.”

“Deradicalisation and prevention in the first place-which I understand everybody in here is interested in-need resourcing. I know it is not as dramatic, and it might not get you on the front page of the Daily Telegraph tomorrow, but it is an essential part of preventing the further spread of violence. Cutting $11 million from the Building Multicultural Communities Program is really [showing your attitude]. Cutting the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor is unforgivable. Cutting humanitarian foreign aid and our humanitarian refugee intake. Gov’t zeroed, earlier this year, our foreign aid contribution to Iraq, which we helped demolish. These are decisions that come back to bite us. These are things that matter. People notice.”

Investment, Spending, and Debt

From this article in The Conversation - Menzies, a failure by today’s rules, ran a budget to build the nation:

“What corporations do, and what governments used to do, is to distinguish between capital spending (spending that delivers future benefits) and recurrent spending (spending that delivers transient benefits). Only the portion of capital spending that is “used up” in the current year is included as an expense, and this portion is called “depreciation”.”

“The reason that companies and households rack up huge debt is because they think the things they are investing in will deliver long-run benefits that far exceed the combination of the upfront costs and interest paid on the debt. Investment markets rarely complain about the “interest burden” carried by such companies. Rather, they often accuse them of having a “lazy balance sheet”, which means they haven’t borrowed enough to invest in growth.”

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee

I just played Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee for the first time in many years. I still remember the secrets on the first few screens, and even how to do them!

Such a creepy, vicious, gory, yet satisfying game.

(don’t follow the instructions on the first few screens. They’re getting you to do horrible things…)