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Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard wrote a piece in the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday on Australia’s experience with gun control.  Howard was a quite conservative prime minister for nearly twelve years and was close to former President Bush while in office.  It was some surprise then, as he recounts, when he gave a speech to a conservative American audience in 2008 and in answer to a question on what were his proudest moments in office, responded that it was the national gun control laws he passed in 1996.

Having applauded my references to the liberation of East Timor, leaving Australia debt free, presiding over a large reduction in unemployment and standing beside the US in the global fight against terrorism, there was an audible gasp of amazement at my expressing pride in what Australia had done to limit the use of guns.
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Thu Jul 26, 2012 at 03:20 PM PDT

Ending the Cold War and Creating Jobs

by Sky Net

One of the last vestiges of the Cold War is set to end soon as Congress prepares to extend permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia and end the Jackson-Vanik Amendment that restricted trade for so long.  Jackson-Vanik was put in place in 1974 to pressure countries that did not allow free emigration, in particular the Soviet Union and their refusal to allow Jews to emigrate freely.  The law served its purpose at the time but it has been an anachronism for the last couple decades.

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There are regular diaries here on the evils of free trade and calls to abandon our current trade policies and pursue something more fair in our trade relationships.  But twelve years after the protests against the WTO in Seattle that really brought opposition to free trade to the fore, I have yet to see an alternative trade policy that’s been thoroughly thought out and detailed, a plan for a new policy direction that goes beyond vague directives to be more fair.  Is there an alternative trade policy out there that some brilliant policy expert has laid out?  If there isn’t, why isn’t there one?

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Thu Sep 10, 2009 at 03:33 PM PDT

Conspiracy Theories Are All The Same

by Sky Net

In advance of September 11 and the perennial attempt to post a 9/11 conspiracy diary on Kos, I took a look through the various conspiracy theories out there and looked for the common threads among them all.  From Birthers to Truthers, Kennedy assassins and faked moon landings, black helicopters to Area 51 coverups, in the end they're all about the same.

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