February 14, 2013
From James Paterson
This week President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address for 2013. Marco Rubio responded on behalf of the Republican Party and Rand Paul responded for the Tea Party. But the best speech delivered in the US this week was by Dr Benjamin Carson. It’s 27 minutes long but worth watching in full. If you’re short on time skip to 2:40 to hear what he has to say about free speech and 18:07 to hear what he has to say about excessive government spending and taxes.
But the funniest video this week comes from CNN. It’s about how meteors are caused by global warming. You have to watch it to believe it.
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Everyone seems to be excited by the upcoming launch of The Guardian Australia, backed by Greens mega-donor and Global Mail-funder Graeme Wood. But what can they offer that Fairfax doesn’t already? I guess even Fairfax wouldn’t sell socialist t-shirts.
Two fascinating long reads this week. The first is from the excellent City Journal on how pension funds are killing California. The second is from Esquire on what life is now like for the Navy Seal who killed Osama bin Laden. Unfortunately they got one major fact wrong.
The IPA is delighted to be hosting Wall Street Journal Editorial Board member Mary Kissel in Australia next month. Mary will be speaking at the National Press Club in Canberra on 5 March and in Melbourne on 6 March.
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Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Chris Berg, Lincoln sheds little light on some of history’s dark deeds – The Sunday Age
- James Paterson, James Paterson on Q&A – highlights – Q&A
- James Paterson, James Paterson on Q&A – full video – Q&A
- John Roskam, The adulteration of innocence - The Australian Financial Review
- Peter Gregory, Agricultural blocks squander our chance to play vital food role - The Courier Mail
- Julie Novak, Social spending plans will be a hit…in the pocket – The Canberra Times
- Simon Breheny, Retrospective laws undermine the rule of law – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, No, Senator Xenophon, this is not about free speech – FreedomWatch
- Tim Wilson, UK Parents can no longer be trusted to feed their kids – FreedomWatch
- Simon Breheny, Legal rights stripped under changes to anti-doping laws – FreedomWatch
- Peter Gregory, Vague ‘governance standards’ give massive power to bureaucrats – FreedomWatch
- James Paterson, Three great articles on free speech – FreedomWatch
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