Palandromic Film

This is very clever. Watch it all the way through.

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Rudd to Blame for Recession.

While markets may be beginning to show what some are calling “glimmers of hope,” the current economic crisis is showing no signs of improvement.

Unemployment is skyrocketing with some 1,000 Australians losing jobs every day.

The Liberal party, unsurprisingly, is on the offensive, blaming Rudd’s economic stimulus packages as a waste of money and not resulting in creating a single job. In their defence Julia Giddard argues that job losses would have been worse without the Government’s decisive action.

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Torture Memos

I have been reading the torture memo’s recently released by the US, and note that the following comment at the end of a memo from Steven Bradbury (Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General) to the CIA – note that the text is exactly as it is in the PDF:

Finally, we emphasize that these are issues about which reasonable persons may disagree. Our task has been made more diffIcult by the imprecision of the statute and the relatiwabsence ofjudicial gUidance, but we have applied our best reading of the law to the specific facts that you have provided.

When you read the full memo, I believe that any “reasonable” person would conclude that the “techniques” would constitute torture as defined in the law (18 U.S.C, §§ 2340-2340A). And note yje “the specific facts you have provided” part.

He says elsewhere in the memo that:

As we have previou’sly advised, however, ‘-‘courts tend to take atotality”of-the-circumstaoces approach and consider an entire course of conduct to detennine whether torture has occurred,”

And:

In conducting this analysis, there are two additional ill’eBS ofgeneral concern. First, it is possible that the application ‘of certain techniques might render the detainee unusually susceptible to physical orniental pain or suffering.

So it seems that they did have concerns that the “techniques” could be construed by “reasonable” persons as being torture.