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News you can use - New York arrests over 700 Wall Street protesters

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Jesus, the anti anti-pokies campaign gets increasingly farcical, after a rugby league commentator/recovering gambling addict was told to express his outrage over the proposed laws by Channel Nine management. I'm finding this entire campaign immensely dispiriting, because it's such an explicit and real example of rich people profiting off the suffering of the poor and vulnerable, yet trying to dress it up as fighting for their rights. Hearing Jeff Kennett, a purported patron saint of depression and board member of a company that deals in pokie maintenance, and Eddie Macguire, one of the richest and most powerful men in Australia, opine about their concerns for the clubs that rely on pokies has made we want to vomit in rage, preferably directly into their smug, hypocritical faces. Here's a handy hint: if your business model is predicated upon stealing money from addicts while actively destroying their lives, then get a new business model.

Fresh from a sequence of unpleasant accusations of police brutality against Occupy Wall Street protesters over the last couple of weeks, police decided to up the ante by arresting over 700 of them on Saturday. At a time when the world's attention is occupied by the mass and arbitrary arrests of non-violent protesters in a number of Arab countries, some of whom America has been militarily involved against, may I suggest that this is perhaps not the best look? Although at least it produced this typically superlative New York Post cover.

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Speaking of said Arab countries, tiny Bahrain, quiescent ever since Saudi Arabia decided to send in their own tanks in order to crush the rebellion, has really upped the asshole stakes by sentencing to jail, for up to 15 years, 15 doctors who had the temerity to treat peaceful protesters that had been shot by the Bahrainian army. Tragically beyond parody.

Speaking of said American military involvement, the US assassinated another high level al-Qaeda commander on the weekend, this time in Yemen. Drone killings, coming soon to a restive Arab nation near you. Although, given the almost total power vacuum in Yemen right now – can anyone say "failed state"? – there's every possibility al-Qaeda is in a stronger position than ever.

Egypt's military rulers have spent the weekend hanging out with the dozen odd political parties that have sprung up in the post-Mubarak era and it now looks like elections will be held in November this year, with an eye to the new Parliament creating a new Constitution and Presidential elections perhaps being held off until 2013. There will, apparently, also be foreign election monitors allowed and for some reason Sean Penn is getting involved in the protests.

Shell, never the most salubrious of companies, apparently spent much of the 1990s giving money to the Nigerian military to brutally stamp down on people who were trying to impede its work. Quite a few people died. In other news: yikes!

US Presidential candidate Rick Perry wants to send the US Army into Mexico to help fight the drug war. One does wonder how Mexico might feel about that, considering the only reason they have a drug war on their hands in the first place is because America is so goddamn keen for drugs. Also, you know, they've been in Colombia for four decades and isn't that place just a thriving hotbed of peace and democracy.

It's Nobel Prize week! Hooray! Will Wayne Swan win the prize for economics? Almost certainly not, although I'm certain Joe Hockey would find some semi-racist way to rag on him if he did. However, these three guys just won the prize for medicine for their work in immunology. Well done, you... Well, except for the man who died three days before the award was announced.

Features

In the wake of the Racial Discrimination case against Andrew Bolt last week, the collective mass of Australia's opinion writers has gotten down to the task of unpicking the decision's implications strand by arduous strand. Two excellent, but very different contributions to the debate: Media Watch's Jonathan Holmes on why the decision should worry anyone interested in media freedom; and David Marr on why the decision has less to do with freedom of speech and more to do with it perhaps being wrong to print patently false claims.

Inside Gaddafi's opulent, audacious compound
- Libya's very own Never Never Land.

Oddities/Curiosities

Um. Man rips own eyes out in church. Yes, well. Yes. That would take some serious mass rebuilding.

A fascinating/slightly overwhelming take on the extreme reach of Google's information gathering project. When the Internet becomes self-aware, Google will be king.

Smuggling project or wacky animal fetish? Either way, this guy has a whole bunch of hummingbirds in his pants.

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Video

This seems to be about the degree of respect that the Kardashians actually deserve.

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    Tuesday 04 Oct 2011 - 11:01 AM
    Man, if, after being on a base salary of four million dollars for a couple of years as Nine CEO, not including all other investments and holdings, plus earnings as host of a breakfast radio show, numerous hyper-successful TV commitments, the President of the richest football club in Australia and whatever else he quietly has his nose in, Eddie McGuire still isn't one of the richest people in his street, he needs to get a better financial manager and/or move suburbs. He might not be tackling Gina Rinehart, but he's certainly probably in a reasonably high fraction of a percentile.
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    Tuesday 04 Oct 2011 - 8:31 PM
    I thought the same actually - he is certainly well off but calling him "one of the richest and most powerful men in Australia" is just inaccurate. Like Shabbadu, I totally agree with your point and I really like your blog but this kind of hyperbole lessens the impact of your writing.
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    Wednesday 05 Oct 2011 - 10:31 AM
    Wow, defending Eddie McGuire, nice one guys. Comparatively speaking he is one of the richest people in Australia and that's completely relevant to his position on "getting richer than he already he is through other people's misfortune". So shuddupayafaces. Back on topic though, Luke is right, this pro-pokies campaign is fucking abominable. Do you know how much pokies put back into their sacred clubs? 2.7% of total takings on average. Yep. How generous. By the way Luke, don't listen to Fanny, I'm across all news sources and News You Can Use is the only one I really look forward to reading. Keep up the sterling work my friend.
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    Wednesday 05 Oct 2011 - 11:40 AM
    Why hate when you can mate!... Yeah, I'll let myself out.
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    Wednesday 05 Oct 2011 - 11:43 AM
    [P.S. I take your point. Sometimes I just get a little carried away with my broader rhetorical flourishes. Blame my wildly firing 7 am brain.]
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    Wednesday 05 Oct 2011 - 11:43 AM
    *sigh* I see the Vine community is still AWESOME at receiving constructive feedback! And Yellowhead - Luke wasn't talking "comparatively". If the claim was just that Eddie is a rich and powerful man rather than one of the richest and most powerful then it would have been all good. But more importantly, I HATE EDDIE MAGUIRE!!!! That is why the suggestion that he is something greater than he actually is grated on me so much. And you are right - the pro-pokies campaign is forked. So how about you shuddupayaface. Jeez man! And Luke - keep on doing that thing you do because it is awesome. Just keep it real is all we are saying.
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    Wednesday 05 Oct 2011 - 4:42 PM
    Ah crap - Luke I hadn't seen your comments before my comment popped up and made me look like a bit of an arse. Although, at least I got to make my most important point - that I hate Mr Maguire. Almost an unreasonable hatred. AI especially hate how smug he is on Millionaire when he is taunting the contestant. As if he would have A FRICKING CLUE what the answer is if it wasn't written on a FRICKING CARD for him. There is other stuff that I hate him for too but that show really makes me go green and rip my pants.
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    Wednesday 05 Oct 2011 - 5:11 PM
    I can still hear you.
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    Wednesday 05 Oct 2011 - 5:17 PM
    Yay!
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