This weeks links (2014-03-03)

In brief:

❝ The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.❞
— Hermann Göring (Nuremberg Diary(1947))

* Australians are wimps for allowing asylum seekers to be ill-treated and killed (2014-Feb-25) [Canberra Times]
I’m sure neither Scott Morrison nor Tony Abbott gives a shit about what the UN thinks. Rather, Abbott’s world view is one of goodies and baddies, wimps and those whom he considers decent. But The New York Times ran a story on Saturday quoting the UN’s human rights’ office saying Australia’s treatment of refugees was “cruel, inhuman and degrading and it violates international law”.

* World Reputation Rankings 2014 (2014-Mar-06) [Times Higher Education ]
The University of Melbourne was ranked 43 in the world in the 2014 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings cementing its position as Australia’s leading university.

* Australian universities slip in global reputation rankings (2014-Mar-06) [The Guardian]
As a country, Australia has slipped from third to equal fourth on the prestige index.
It has five institutions in the 2014 Times Higher Education reputation rankings released on Thursday, down from six in 2013, with Monash University slipping out of the top 100.
Melbourne University is still leading the local pack but it fell to 43 on the table (from 39 in 2013).



Some reading/listening:

* 50 books, 50 offers, 25 hours [Book Depository]
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Something from Bandcamp:

Clockworks by InDirections

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