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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



The cops murdered Eric Garner

New York police were captured on video in the act of killing Eric Garner


Danny Katch in Socialist Worker US ┬áreports on the Staten Island grand jury decision in the Eric Garner case – and the bitter anger of opponents of police violence as they mobilize yet again. Here is a snippet.

But the video wasn’t the key. As in Ferguson, the real key was the unspoken rule of the criminal injustice system: Killer cops are above the law – and they can get away with murder.

Click here to read the article.







Comment from Lorikeet
Time December 5, 2014 at 9:44 am

I think the police become very jaded and hardened from dealing with sociopaths, which very likely causes some of them to eventually crack and go too far. Sometimes they are also forced to make a split second life-or-death decision.

This problem is compounded by the high turnover of police officers, partly due to the general public trying to blame them for everything and, here in Australia, the government’s penchant for making experienced older people redundant. This means there are more inexperienced, potentially testosterone driven rookies on the beat who are more likely to overreact and make mistakes.

This reminds me of a case where a high school Head of Department became so tired of having his classes disrupted by rude obnoxious students that one day he lost his temper and hit a teenage boy on the chin. Although the boy had barely a scratch, the teacher was blamed for the incident and redeployed to a desk job.

In the photograph (above), the person with a vise like grip on the man’s neck does not appear to be wearing a police uniform. What I see are 2 police officers and 3 other guys, including the alleged criminal. The 2 cops do not appear to be mistreating anyone.

Comment from Fred
Time December 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Maybe you should be looking at the laws the police are enforcing. Cracking down on selling cigarettes?

If you ban everything, then everyone becomes a criminal.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time December 5, 2014 at 3:18 pm

On TV, someone was saying that 93% of black American murders occur at the hands of their own race.

According to ABC news, the other 2 guys are also cops. Maybe the police force needs to be more careful who it recruits. These guys aren’t even wearing appropriate clothing and shoes, and one seems to be covered in tattoos.

Comment from Ross
Time December 6, 2014 at 10:27 am

This is not a one off fatality.500 US citizens per year are killed by police officers.

The jails are privatised and so the the Govt has to guarantee that enough inmates will be available to make them economically viable. The USA has the largest prison pop per head on the planet.

50 million in the USA are on food stamps so a lot of desperation causes much crime. How many bankers have been arrested for their crimes that caused this crisis ?

Comment from John
Time December 8, 2014 at 7:01 am

And 82% of white murders are at the hands of other whites. Not surprising when the biggest cause of murders is family members or friends. Maybe black cops should be policing white neighbourhoods to stop this white on white violence? Your 93$ comment still doesn’t address the fact that cops kill blacks. And blacks feel intimidated.

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