ASIO pours cold water on Dutton’s false equivalency

As expected, in their submission to the parliamentary inquiry into political extremism, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation had almost nothing to say about left-wing violence and plenty to say about right-wing violence.

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Banning Trump putschists from Twitter is not “censorship”

This is the first part in what I plan to be a two part series on free association on the Internet. No guarantees on that second part though.

Last week, Donald Trump incited a riot at the US Capitol building with the intent of overturning the result of the election he undoubtedly lost. In response, the major social media networks and platform holders banned Mr Trump and perhaps millions of his supporters on the grounds that it had become clear that Trump et al. would defend the indefensible and possibly incite more violence.

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Sticker-Fearing

This article was originally posted on skymann.net in 2016. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

Halal certification is the practise of inspecting food items to make sure that they fit within the Islamic dietary requirements, usually resulting in a sticker featuring the phrase Halal in Arabic script (حلال) . This practice is completely voluntary on the part of the food corporations sending their products to these clearing-houses and completely outrageous to the far right.

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The Worst Possible Responses to the Paris Attacks

This article was originally posted on skymann.net in 2015. It is presented here without editing or modification from the version which was published.

A rant in article form.

As French and Belgian authorities continue raids across Western Europe against Daesh sympathisers in the aftermath of the deplorable atrocities in Paris that killed at least 130 people (AFP), it is important to call out the bullshit. These are the worst responses to the recent attacks.

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