Meaty chunks of political news and commentary from former political operative and Canberra insider Richard Farmer.
Australia is in the top 20% of performers among OECD countries in terms of well-being, but the GFC has had a profound effect. Plus other political snippets of the day.
According to a two-year study by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations, medical professionals helped design, enable and participated in "torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment" of detainees at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA.
Remember when MPs actually asked meaningful questions during question time? Alas, those days are over, but in the UK at least one retiring Lib-Dem has stuck his neck out. Plus other political snippets along the way.
The union bosses are back in charge of the Labor Party, to no one's surprise. And why is jam and the traditional British breakfast under threat?
British naval officers have a new weapon in their fight against piracy. Somali pirates, it seems, are frightened off by the sound of Britney Spears.
The police and the mainstream media are dealing softly, softly with Friday's assault on members of Sydney's Jewish community as they walked at Bondi after a Jewish Sabbath dinner.
Climate Action Tracker [has] concluded that against a background of stalled climate talks, current analyses of climate policies show that governments are less likely than ever to deliver on the Copenhagen pledges, let alone keep global warming below 2°C.