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Unlawful metadata access is easy when we’re flogging a dead law

Dec 13, 2019 07:26 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

After watching this years media raids and the prosecution of lawyers and whistleblowers, its not hard to see why Australians wonder about excessive police power and dwindling journalistic freedom. But these problems are...

In its anti-'Medicare for All' push, the health insurance industry pulls from an old playbook

Dec 13, 2019 07:24 am UTC| Insights & Views Law Health

As a debate continues to rage within the Democratic Party over Medicare for All, the health insurance has quietly girded itself to fight the elimination of for-profit health care. In the summer of 2018, trade groups...

A year after the first CRISPR babies, stricter regulations are now in place

Dec 11, 2019 03:58 am UTC| Insights & Views Law Science

Its been just over a year since the dramatic announcement of the worlds first genome-edited babies using CRISPR technology. Since then, to the chagrin of some and the relief of others, there have been no more such...

British Columbia's vaping crackdown could offer a roadmap for the rest of the world

Dec 10, 2019 09:48 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

In Canada, the government of British Columbia is cracking down on vaping products. The plan is to reduce nicotine content, limit access to flavoured pods, mandate plain packaging with health warnings and raise the tax on...

Payday lenders have embraced installment loans to evade regulations – but they may be even worse

Dec 10, 2019 05:21 am UTC| Insights & Views Law Business

Installment loans seem like a kinder, gentler version of their predatory cousin, the payday loan. But for consumers, they may be even more harmful. Use of the installment loan, in which a consumer borrows a lump sum and...

Legal win doesn't mean Ontario student associations are in the clear

Dec 10, 2019 05:12 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

The Ontario governments so-called Student Choice Initiative was recently declared unlawful following a court challenge launched by the Canadian Federation of Students and the York Federation of Students. The Ontario...

Litigation is the real reason financial reports are becoming harder to read

Dec 09, 2019 06:01 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

Westpac can expect a bumper turnout of shareholders at its annual general meeting in Sydney on Thursday, many of them angry at its alleged role in facilitating child exploitation in the Philippines, its 23 million alleged...

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Economy

GDP update: spending dips and saving soars as we stash rather than spend our tax cuts

Australians saved rather than spent most of the budget tax cuts, almost doubling the proportion of household income saved, leaving spending languishing. The September quarter national accounts show that in the first...

A global downturn looks likely, yet it's being totally ignored in the UK election

For all the marked policy differences between the different parties in the UK election, they share a common blindspot. They all seem to assume that the UK is the sole determiner of its economic fate. There is nothing in...

This small German town took back the power – and went fully renewable

The case for ambitious and transformative environmental policy is being made with increasing fervour and a series of Green New Deals a reference to Roosevelts economic reform programme in the 1930s have been proposed...

Economic democracy: why handing power back to the people will fix our broken system

Behind the superficial froth of the UK election campaign, the competing parties are offering fundamentally different visions of the economy, who controls it and who benefits from it. The Conservatives and, to some extent,...

Global and historical lessons on how land reforms have unfolded

What can South Africa learn about land reforms from wider global and historical experiences in the 20th century? Most land reforms have involved transferring rights of ownership from wealthy landlords to poor, small-scale...

Politics

The truth about Barack Obama, Michelle Obama divorce rumors

Barack Obama might no longer be working in the Oval Office but that does not mean that the former president and his wife Michelle Obama are out of the limelight. In fact, rumors about the two divorcing have been going on...

Donald Trump criticized for his mocking Greta Thunberg tweet

President Donald Trumps Twitter post targeting teenage activist Greta Thunberg drew criticisms from various sectors. The tweet, which came after Thunberg was named Person of the Year by Time magazine, suggested to the...

Melania Trump's shocking expenditures on clothes revealed!

Melania Trump is a former model turned First Lady of the United States so no wonder she likes to be fashionable. However, it was recently revealed that she has been spending a staggering amount to replenish her wardrobe...

Why Michelle Obama defended Ellen DeGeneres against bashers for her friendship with George W. Bush

Michelle Obama took the side of Ellen DeGeneres and defended the popular host from bashers who criticized her for her friendship with the former POTUS George W. Bush. Barack Obamas wife explained that there was nothing...

Melania Trump, Donald Trump divorce rumors: What are their terms?

United States President Donald Trump is known for having married three times. However, rumors are circulating that his marriage to First Lady Melania Trump may be declining. The rumors started when Melania delayed her...

Science

Pacific Ring of Fire: Volcanologist reveals the most dangerous volcanoes

When it comes to earthquakes and eruptions, the Pacific Ring of Fire is what geologists and volcanologists are watching out for. A recent report reveals which of these volcanoes in the Ring of Fire are the most dangerous...

Aliens: Distant exoplanets may contain water sources

Space agencies are continuously studying the entities that are beyond the Earth, including one of the biggest mysteries in space. A new report reveals that distant exoplanets may have sources of water. One of the...

Antarctica shrank the brains of some scientists stationed there

For most people, Antarctica is a place they will never set foot in their entire lifetime. Its unbearably cold and covered year-round in ice, there are no hotels or fast food joints and there are no commercial ships or...

Particle X17: Mysterious particle can potentially be the 'fifth force of nature', experts say

Over time, more and more discoveries are being made in Science, and it still continues today. Scientists have made a breakthrough in discovering a particle that could potentially be the fifth force of nature. Express...

The big one: Cascadia fault can potentially trigger San Andreas and cause major earthquake

With the news of many natural calamities that have affected the West in recent years, it appears that another one may occur. A new report reveals that the Cascadia fault can once again trigger San Andreas, therefore...

Technology

Google helps you detect spams texts with new Messages app features

Google rolled two new features for its Messages app so users can better combat spam and phishing. The tech giant just added on Thursday a spam detection to the popular Android messaging app which would make it easier for...

AirPods holiday sales now live on Walmart, Best Buy

Those with tech-savvy and music-loving friends and are starting their holiday shopping early are in luck because several AirPods deals are now up online. Several discount offers can be found in different stores; however,...

iOS 14 announcement is very likely in June 2020

The launch of iOS 13 has been an underwhelming experience even to avid fans of Apple products. It is then not surprising if many iPhone and iPad users are now looking forward to having iOS 14. iOS 13 was just fully...

iPhone 12 price increase is unlikely to exceed $100

Every year, major tech companies are expected to refresh its flagship product lineups. It has also been customary for them to announce major specs and features upgrades since these are necessary to entice the public to...

iPhone SE 2 may end up being called iPhone 9

The iPhone SE 2 has been a recurring subject on tech fans weekly dose of Apple rumors. People now have a good idea of what to expect from the device, but a new report about its official name appears to be the most...
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