Today at The Guardian - 'whistleblowers play a crucial role in keeping the "public reason" alive. Assange, Manning, Snowden, ... one should not exaggerate the softness of the US: true, the US doesn't treat prisoners as brutally as China or Russia – because of its technological priority, it simply does not need the brutal approach (which it is more than ready to apply when needed). In this sense, the US is even more dangerous than China insofar as its measures of control are not perceived as such, while Chinese brutality is openly displayed. It is therefore not enough to play one state against the other (like Snowden, who used Russia against the US): we need a new international network to organise the protection of whistleblowers and the dissemination of their message. Whistleblowers are our heroes because they prove that if those in power can do it, we can also do it.'
Update after the brawl: at http://vtr.aec.gov.au/SenateStateFirstPrefs-17496-NSW.htm
it is a sad look. Three states had candidates and of their 9,978,000 registered voters,
64,658 gave the WLP their Primary Vote.
There has been great discussion of the negative effect of the Preferential Voting system, and the ballot paper being more than a human arm-span wide. We get the government we deserve. *sigh*