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Fear and Loathing 2016: Hunter S. Thompson, George Wallace and Donald Trump

Fear and Loathing ’72 is … “a kind of bible of political reporting. It’s given birth to a whole generation of clichés and literary memes, with many campaign reporters finding themselves consciously or unconsciously making villainous Nixons, or Quislingian Muskies, or Christlike McGoverns out of each new quadrennial batch of presidential pretenders.” Matt Taibbi, 2012

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Strider: The loss of an extraordinary environmental elder

Strider will be missed by an enormous network of friends, students and fellow campaigners across the Northern Territory, Australia and indeed the world. Strider passed away on Tuesday night in his home in the Solar Village, Humpty Doo, surrounded by loved ones after a long journey with cancer and associated illnesses. He dealt with this journey over the last year with the same dignity and grace in which he lived his full and purpose filled life.

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Felco No. 2 secateurs. My favourite thing no. 1,278.

One of my favourite things … Felco No. 2 pruning shears.

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Delia Lawrie and a “wilful disregard of the known facts”

“Mr Maurice submitted that in fact Ms Lawrie, Mr Wyvill and Ms Spurr had conspired to engage in a course of deceit and despicable behaviour to make it appear that the plaintiff had not adopted a strategy to ignore, disengage and discredit the Inquiry. The case depended upon Ms Lawrie, Mr Wyvill and Ms Spurr getting away with an outrageous deception of the Court. Justice Stephen Southwood.” Lawrie v Lawler (No 2) [2015] NTSC 46.

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Un’altra dimostrazione di sostegno ad Adamo Goodes.

Chips Mackinolty and the long view (from Palermo) on the Adam Goodes furore: “La dimostrazione di sostegno è di circa un uomo aborigeno, un calciatore molto importante, che viene abusato dai tifosi razzisti … simili in modi ad alcuni appassionati di calcio europei. Il suo nome è Adam Goodes, e in questa foto è sostenuto dagli aborigeni della regione centrale del deserto dell’Australia.”

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Robyn Lambley: We stand at a crossroads for the Territory

Robyn Lambley on the CLP and Chief Minister Adam Giles: “The Northern Territory Country Liberals have been betrayed, and taken over by a dark, unpleasant, amoral cabal” … “the Chief Minister whose modus operandi is to eliminate, execute, annihilate and assassinate – and of course has no use for the truth.”

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Set the budgies free! Indian Courts find for the birds

The court favoured constitutional status for rights of animals like citizens. It said, “Parliament, it is expected, would elevate rights of animals to that of constitutional rights, as done by many of the countries around the world, so as to protect their dignity and honour.”

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Speaking truth to power: Northern Land Council CEO Joe Morrison. National Press Club, 11 February 2015

I believe that northern Australia is in the midst of enormous economic and social change. In that context, the ongoing traditional connection that north Australian Indigenous people have with their country must be seen as an asset for this nation, and to northern development, not a problem.

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Jurlak lintarrwaji ngujkaji ngarrungkap tankuwaji – Gurindji bird knowledge

Karrkany-ju-ma ngumpit nguyina panana kurnpirlirn-pirrji. Karnti ngurla-nyanta nyanuny puya-ngarna yuwanana. Nyamu-wa nyila-ma ngumpit-ma panana karrkany-ju-ma karrinyana nyangunyangu na. This bird makes Aboriginal people into traditional healers. It does this by throwing a stick at someone’s body. When bird hits the person with a stick, they become a traditional healer or ‘clever man’.

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The Gurindji people farewell that “jangkarni marlaka”

“As a mark of respect, Gurindji people will now refer to this man as ‘kulum Whitlam’. This great man helped us get better wages, health, education and housing, and most importantly, gave us our land back. Our people pay their respects to the family of kulum Whitlam,” Gurindji elder Michael George

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