Tagged With politics

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Scottmorrison.com.au - the official website of Australia's current prime minister - has been brazenly purchased by an internet prankster for $50. It appears the PM's social media team forgot to renew the domain name.

The site has since been stripped of all content and now plays the punk ditty ‘Scotty Doesn’t Know’ on a loop over a picture of Scott's smiling face. Wow. Just... wow.

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They don't really want to debate you, those randoms who crawl into the comments of your Facebook posts and your tweets and your blog posts (hi!) asking to "debate" you over crap we should all agree on by now. You can't debate them in any meaningful way, because they are mouths without ears. You can block them or take your account private, but maybe that leaves you feeling frustrated and powerless. How do you leave this situation feeling any type of satisfaction?

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When major shifts in history take pace the participants in those events don't often realise the magnitude of what's happening around them. After over a decade of travelling to the USA regularly, dipping in and out of different cities several times a year, it's clear that the country is in decay.

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The news cycle is enough to make you lose hope. Every day brings some fresh horror, or an update on an ongoing horror, or rumblings of horrors to come. It’s like being repeatedly smacked in the face with a tetherball. The events of the last couple of years have pushed some of us to be more politically active, which obviously leads to more political awareness... which can lead to despondency. (See tetherball, above.) Activists digging in for the long haul have to learn how to pace themselves and keep their spirits up.

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In this episode, Coss Marte tells us how he went from drug kingpin to fitness entrepreneur using a regimen he developed in prison. Then we head outside to find out how people have reinvented themselves, and chat with television pundit Lawrence O’Donnell about how he reinvented himself as a socialist (and why some people are so scared of socialism).

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Video: Lawrence O’Donnell, television pundit and author of the recently rereleased book Deadly Force: A Police Shooting and My Family’s Search for the Truth, visits the Lifehacker studio to talk about why his book was rereleased now, how police brutality is hardly new news, and what you should do if you witness an event in which a police officer commits a crime.

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Love them or hate them, politicians are a part of our lives that, like death and taxes, we cannot escape. We often hear critics say that politicians could never earn the money they make in the "real world". But exactly how much money is that? Are politicians well paid? Let's take a look at whether a career in politics can fatten the bank balance.

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Despite loud accusations Twitter hasn't shadow banned anyone, and certainly not due to people's political affiliation. But they did hide some accounts for two more embarrassing reasons.

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How can the average citizen prepare themselves for having to speak to a hostile audience? The best people to answer these questions, of course, are politicians and former politicians, so I got Michael Dukakis, the three-term former governor of Massachusetts and the 1988 US Democratic presidential nominee, on the phone.

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Earlier in the week, US President Donald Trump was blasted by multiple commentators for “treasonous” behaviour, after siding with the Kremlin over his own government agencies. These are obviously very serious charges - but how closely does his behaviour meet the legal definition of 'treason' under US law? Let's find out...

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You probably know that Michelle Wolf delivered the standard "roast" at the White House Correspondents' Dinner over the weekend and delivered some choice lines skewering the Trump administration and the media. From the reaction, you'd be forgiven for thinking that Wolf spent the entire evening mocking Sarah Huckabee Sanders' looks.

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When you're reading the news, it can feel reassuring when the journalist backs up their claim with survey results. But not all surveys are equally trustworthy. Thankfully there are a few telltale signs of untrustworthy polls - as well as polls you can kind of trust. Yeah, it's a spectrum.

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I read an email the other day that contained this bummer of a statement: "Cigarettes are the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users."

It's not news, but it's true.

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Yesterday the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists pushed the Doomsday Clock forward to two minutes from midnight. The last time the Bulletin got this grim was in 1953, after the US and USSR tested their first hydrogen bombs.

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A humanitarian crisis is unfolding on Manus Island, where more than 600 people remain at a now shuttered detention facility cut off from water, food, power and important medications and health services. Most of these people have already been found to be refugees. Watching this entirely avoidable disaster of the Australian government's creation, it's easy to feel both helpless and culpable as an Australian resident. Here's how you can take action.

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President Trump's campaign chairmen, Paul Manafort, was indicted yesterday and ordered to surrender to authorities. According to the New York Times, he is charged with funelling "millions of dollars through overseas shell companies and the money to buy luxury cars, real estate, antiques and expensive suits." His associate Rick Gates was also charged. The Times notes that this represents "a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over Mr. Trump's first year in office."