Friday News Picks

Posted on 17 December 2010

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An explanation of life for someone who is trying to seek refuge with their fellow humans who we insist on calling queue jumpers and terrorists. Something that I wish didn’t have to be explained but that our major newspapers, Today TonightA Current AffairSixty Minutesthe Today Show and Sunrise, plus almost all talk back radio make it necessary to explain.

A broader look at the Wikileaks malarchy. Will more open information and less control over its distribution mean people in power are behave more ethically or that they will get better at hiding? Also, how’s this bit:

If you work for the [US] Air Force, don’t try using your work computer to read The New York Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, or 21 other publications that have published a portion of the WikiLeaks cables; you’ll just get a big fat “ACCESS DENIED.”

A really interesting take on the Harry Potter v Twilight discussion. Plus racism in the Twilight series, which leads to an article on media representations of indigenous Australians that says things like

Even where other issues, such as the intervention are covered, it’s consistently white people giving their opinions on the issue, and not Indigenous Australians themselves. They are muted and continually in the midst of crisis.

Notes from a Jewish mother on life in the West Bank.

The best argument against gay marriage and why it fails. I especially like this line: ‘Because same-sex couples cannot create this child-producing combination by themselves, their relationship is a recreational activity more like tennis than like marriage.’

And a way better argument against gay marriage from someone who thinks gay marriage should be legal  including such statements as

While liberal, secular types view marriage as the coming together of two people who love each other and want to spend the rest of their life together, anti-gay marriage lobbyists view it as a union for the production of families and children (never mind that a growing number of same-sex couples are building families and having children of their own).

Ever wonder who would win between an electric eel and an alligator?

Happy weekends!

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