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Why War: Einstein and Freud’s Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature. Despite his enormous contributions to science, Albert Einstein was no reclusive genius, his ever-eager conversations and correspondence engaging such diverse partners as the Indian philosopher Tagore and a young South African girl who wanted to be a scientist.

Why War: Einstein and Freud’s Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others. The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says. Taxpayers slugged for former treasurer Joe Hockey's babysitting bills as US ambassador. Joe Hockey is charging taxpayers thousands of dollars for babysitters to watch his kids while he wines and dines VIPs in Washington.

Taxpayers slugged for former treasurer Joe Hockey's babysitting bills as US ambassador

Despite already collecting an estimated $360,000 salary as US ambassador - and also double-dipping into his $90,000-a-year pension - Mr Hockey billed taxpayers almost $2500 for child minding during the five months in his new role. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% The 12 ages of Joe Hockey. Abbott government misled the public on advertising, may have breached the law: auditor. The Abbott government misled the public in a $10 million taxpayer-funded advertising campaign promoting its higher education policies after the Education Department was warned the advertisements could breach Australian consumer law.

Abbott government misled the public on advertising, may have breached the law: auditor

The revelation is contained in a major review of government advertising by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) which also criticises the Department of Education and the Treasury for failing to set specific goals for controversial recent advertising campaigns. Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Dr Karl to donate payment for IGR ads Badgerys Creek residents split on future Government's AAA battle. NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others. Privacy lobby digs trench, sets gun. An Australia Card scale row is brewing between the government and the Australian Privacy Foundation over the proposed national digital identity regime.

Privacy lobby digs trench, sets gun

#CensusFail Submission. Barnaby Joyce needs to rethink blatant pork barrelling move. Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, is finding it harder and harder to make a case for his relocation of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority from Canberra to Armidale.

Barnaby Joyce needs to rethink blatant pork barrelling move

The scheme is one of the most blatant examples of pork barrelling in Australian politics in recent times. Map Australian of coal and gas. New mapping reveals that 37.3% of Australia is covered by coal and gas licences and applications.

Map Australian of coal and gas

That amounts to 285 million hectares - an area almost 13 times the size of Great Britain! State governments have failed to properly protect water supplies, food-producing lands or communities across Australia.The Federal Government has constitutional powers to make laws relating to coal and gas mining through its external affairs, corporations and trade powers.We are calling for measures to protect nationally significant water resources, support the ‘dining boom’ and ensure the health of people and communities.We are calling on candidates to publicly state their support for the #Water4Life index in the lead-up to the Federal election. Parakeelia software 'illegitimate': Jensen.

Independent candidate for Tangney Dennis Jensen says the Liberal Party is using a taxpayer-funded program for illegitimate reasons.

Parakeelia software 'illegitimate': Jensen

Yesterday, Fairfax revealed nearly all Liberal MPs paid private data-mining firm Parakeelia $2500 a year for use of voter tracking software, with the money coming from MPs taxpayer-funded office allowances. Last year Parakeelia donated half a million dollar to the Federal Liberal division, making it the party's second-biggest single source of funds. Election 2016: Ballot mishaps across four states plague the AEC - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting... ICAC: Operation Spicer report to be released. The inquiry into secret donations from developers led to four Hunter MPs leaving the parliament RELEASE: Former Newcastle billionaire Nathan Tinkler after giving evidence to Operation Spicer in May 2014.

ICAC: Operation Spicer report to be released

PICTURE: Nic Walker THE findings of an Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry that brought down four state MPs from the Hunter will be released on August 30. Search Panama Papers. Joe Hockey's Australian budget crisis manufactured: OECD. China free trade agreement to invite wave of Chinese workers, drive down wages: report. Exclusive Chinese workers - what's the truth?

China free trade agreement to invite wave of Chinese workers, drive down wages: report

Will the China free trade agreement mean Chinese workers can take Australian jobs? Peter Martin examines the evidence. If the China-Australia free trade agreement proceeds without labour market protections, the Turnbull government will "effectively surrender autonomy over its migration laws" and invite a wave of Chinese workers into Australia, driving down local wages and conditions, a new report has found. The politically-explosive findings are contained in a report by employment migration expert Dr Joanna Howe, a senior law lecturer at Adelaide University and Rhodes Scholar who has advised the current Coalition government on its temporary worker 457 visa program. TPP secretly trading away your rights - Consumer rights and advice.

Are you concerned about the increasing cost of medicines? Do you want to know if your muesli bar contains palm oil? Want the government to be able to implement health policies like plain packaging? Then you really should care about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement being negotiated in secret between Australia, Brunei, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

A conspiracy to stiff gas consumers. Illustration: michaelmucci.com. Coal prices have crashed, the carbon tax has gone, yet the cost of electricity continues to rise. Oil prices have halved, yet the price of gas, which is linked to oil, is going up 17 per cent. This used to be a country which thrived on an abundance of low-cost energy. Now virtually every consumer and every business is shackled by spiralling energy prices. There was ominous news in The Age this week.