My response to comments like "Knock yourselves out - track me all you want. I don't care what you see, hear or keep. I've got nothing to hide from anyone. If it helps establish patterns of behaviour that could lead to stopping a terrorist attack or solving a crime then go right ahead. " by Peter to an article about mobile phone tracking in Brisbane's Queens Street Mall.
To those repeating the 'nothing to hide, then nothing to fear' argument. Please. You might think this is innocent. You might think it is not targeted at you. You might think you've done nothing to warrant attention. This is not the point.
"First they came for our privacy, and I didn't speak out because I'd done nothing wrong. Then they came for the bikies, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a bikie. Then they came for ........, and there was no way left to speak."
Way late to this, but as a secular humanist AND a feminist, I find it doubly offensive when people say “‘Feminism’ is too exclusionary, I’m a ‘humanist’” because it’s an inaccurate use of “humanism,” which is a secular worldview that suggests that our “moral” values should come from our life experiences rather than religious dogma, and that life can have meaning and value without belief in a higher power or afterlife. Humanists generally do believe in equal rights for all people, but that’s not what “humanism” is about. Humanism IS NOT an alternative to feminism, it is a complex world view. — belongsomewhere commenting on FAQ: WHY "FEMINISM" AND NOT JUST "HUMANISM"? OR "EQUALISM"? ISN’T SAYING YOU’RE A FEMINIST EXCLUSIONARY?.
A recent science literacy survey is floating around, noting particularly the lack of knowledge about how long the Earth takes to orbit the Sun, and whether dinosaurs and people existed at the same time. While great fodder for jokes and superficial talk about science education, I'd prefer some more pressing, and perhaps more probing, questions be asked. here are some examples:
Open-ended question: Should government policy be guided by public opinion or scientific evidence?
Open-ended question: If a policy or initiative of the government does not involve you, should you care about whether it does what it was intended to do?
Open-ended question: Is investment in alternative energy sources important?
Open-ended question: Do you think it is more important to remember specific information and concepts, or be able to effectively search for and evaluate specific information and concepts?
Do you think there is scientific consensus that global climate change is primarily driven by human activities? [answer: yes]
Approximately how many Australians require food relief each year? [answer: 2 million]
Are water quality problems in the Great Barrier Reef catachment area and climate change two of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef? [answer: yes]
Good or useful ideas do not have to be new ideas. Combining, improving and building on what exists is completely valid, and in many ways is what the software market and most web development is these days.
Analysis around the changes that may be in store for Kevin Rudd's electorate of Griffith (harder for the challenger), Wayne Swan's electorate of Lilley (easier for Swan),and Craig Emerson's electorate of Rankin (he's not running, so the incumbent vote won't apply). I just hope that the Katter and Palmer parties don't get much of a look in.
"At what point must a female Senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?” was one of the best quotes of the night. "Let's protect women's sacred wombs, but GOD FORBID they ever try to make their own decisions or speak or take care of their spine."
The last paragraph was a good, brief summary of how I see Feminism.
... feminists who echo Flavia Dzodan’s battle cry "My feminism will be intersectional, or it will be bullshit." Feminism is not just built to cater for rich, white, cis women any more - it’s there for everyone. It’s there to ensure that everybody gets the same opportunities in society, and to do that it has to fight for everybody - even you, Men’s Rights Activists. Feminists hate the patriarchy, not other people.
I really get annoyed when I read this in a news article, or quote or show of some sort. There's rarely reasonable discussion about it, and almost never pressure against it. Identity fraud is usually the only push-back, and that's usually responded to with "oh, it's not likely to happen to you".
"if somebody's not going out to cause trouble they shouldn't have any problems having their ID scanned" - ID scanner company director Joel Sheehan quoted in ID scans raise privacy fears on The Age
The guy obviously has a vested interest. Some good discussion on why this is never a reasonable point of view. E.g. "Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we're doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance." - Bruce Schneier