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Michael R James

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Animal slaughter: the world isn’t all about us

July 1, 2011 11 Comments

There was something slightly obscene about a majority of Australians -- bogans and latte sippers united -- reaction to the clear brutality in some Indonesian slaughterhouses.

Sun King survival tips: what it takes to be a Murdoch man

June 24, 2011 6 Comments

There's a long history when it comes to Rupert Murdoch's preferred choice of editors and style of journalism and control.

The crisis in governance in two-party systems

The crisis in governance in two-party systems

September 3, 2010 20 Comments

Our cozy political duopoly has run into trouble -- time for some new thinking on two party systems.

Cash for clunkers: $1b for clapped-out, world’s worst-polluting coal generator

July 30, 2010 5 Comments

For the past 15 years Hazelwood has returned profits to its private owners who are not even in Australia. Now they effectively want the state to pay for the replacement of Hazelwood.

We have a shameful record when it comes to Timor aid

July 13, 2010 6 Comments

One dangerous anomaly is that the refugees may well end up living in better conditions than most Timorese, which would be difficult to avoid.

Geoengineering does not remove the need to decarbonise

June 11, 2010 10 Comments

Bio-sequestration has enormous potential in the form of iron seeding of oceans and charcoal in soils.

Population in Australia: 2050 versus 1950?

April 7, 2010 14 Comments

There's a difference in population between crowded and congested. The real issue they ignore is that Australia and Australians must change their ways -- that business as usual is inadequate.

We need new fast trains … fast.

October 28, 2009 26 Comments

We are all to blame with our pathetic mimicking of the American arrogant entitlement to drive anywhere we want. But fast rail lines, like those seen in Spain, are exactly what Australia's public transport system needs.

More smoke and mirrors from the coal lobby

May 6, 2009

What happened to the analyses by Nicholas Stern and Ross Garnaut who showed that spending big on renewable energy could be a net benefit to the economy?

Carbon capture and storage is an expensive pipe dream

April 17, 2009

Carbon capture and storage may be possible, but it certainly does not look commercially feasible.