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The Impact of Murdoch’s News Corporation Media Monopoly on Democracy.

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On May 21, 2022, Anthony Albanese won Australia’s federal election and took power for the Labor Party. In doing so, he defeated Scott Morrison of the Liberal National Party and prompted Morrison to relinquish the Liberal Party leadership.

Looking back on the election, it is possible to see a clear link between Morrison and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire.

As a media tycoon, Murdoch owns a large proportion of influential media, and his printed newspapers account for nearly 70% of the domestic market in Australia, which means that Murdoch is able to exert huge influence on domestic public opinion in Australia through the media.

Morrison was fully supported by News Corp newspapers and Sky TV. The Independent Australia magazine found that News Corp had significantly less coverage of Morrison’s scandals than the public broadcaster, the ABC, and Nine / Fairfax.

In September 2021, it was announced that Morrison would attend the Glasgow climate summit. It was later revealed that he held talks with News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson in light of News Corps well-known stance against environmental protection. Then, in support of Morrison’s attendance,

Murdoch ordered News Corp’s media to stop vehemently opposing emissions cuts, and published 16 pages of commentary in newspapers touting the benefits of cutting emissions.

 In addition, Morrison’s tenure has demonstrated a link between LNP and News Corp personnel. For example, Morrison speechwriter Matthew Fynes-Clinton was previously employed at Murdoch’s Courier Mail, and Thomas Adolph was a journalist at The Australian before becoming Chief Advisor on Media and Government Relations.

The various actions of the Murdoch group have seriously affected the health of the political ecology and the development of the economy and culture. Former prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull have both spoken out, accusing the Murdoch media of behaving more like a political party than a news organisation, and argue that this had a huge impact on the health of Australian democracy.

Murdoch media’s influence in Australia goes beyond controlling the media. Setting the agenda on climate, war, immigration or media regulation is still often pushed by Murdoch Media and then blindly followed by public broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

News Corp. has long been criticised for the amount of tax it pays. The Australian government has often been called upon to at least force Murdoch’s parent company, News Corp, to pay the taxes it owes.

It is worth mentioning that since February this year, the political alliance between Murdoch and Morrison has produced a gap. Conservative commentator Andrew Bolt touted then Defence Minister Peter Dutton in an article in Murdoch’s Australian newspaper, The Herald Sun. Bolt called on Dutton to be ready to succeed Morrison, because Morrison looked hopeless, like a clown. Bolt proposed that no matter when Morrison steps down, Dutton is the obvious choice for Prime Minister. This eye-catching article caused a shock in the Australian political arena. The former Australian Prime Minister pointed out that Bolt’s remarks were actually instigated by Murdoch, the boss of the newspaper.

 With the new Prime Minister Albanese taking office, the Australian people have felt new hope. At present, Australia is still facing many problems. Albanese needs the guidance of reason and wisdom to avoid repeating the mistakes of Morrison. The breakthrough has brought a new atmosphere to Australia’s political, economic and social climate.

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Vice reports that a physicist working at the University of Bristol in the UK has potentially discovered quantum wormholes. Researcher Hatim Salih has proposed an experiment that makes a type of teleportation called “counter-transportation” realistically feasible. However, this isn’t exactly the Star Trek transporter many sci-fi fans have dreamed of over the years. Here’s everything you need to know about Salih’s quantum wormhole experiment.

Salih’s quantum wormhole is a huge scientific breakthrough.

The general theory of relativity of the famous scientist Albert Einstein affirms that hypothetical “bridges” are possible between two points in space-time. However, since 1935, when Einstein presented his theory, the existence of wormholes has been purely hypothetical. However, Salih’s experiment paves the potential way to achieve the longstanding goal of traversing a rift in space-time.

Counterportation comes from “counterfactual” and “transportation” and while similar to teleportation, the two terms are not synonymous. “Counterportation gives you the end goal of recreating an object in space,” Salih said. “[B] but we can make sure nothing happened.”

Although unfortunately, for Salih to achieve true counterportation, they’ll have to wait a few years. The quantum computers necessary to perform the task don’t exist yet in 2023. “If counterportation is to be realized, an entirely new type of quantum computer has to be built,” Salih said. However, development is underway, and Salih hopes to complete it in three to four years.

Wormholes are a classic trope of science fiction in popular media, if only because they provide such a handy futuristic plot device to avoid the issue of violating relativity with faster-than-light travel. In reality, they are purely theoretical. Unlike black holes—also once thought to be purely theoretical—no evidence for an actual wormhole has ever been found, although they are fascinating from an abstract theoretical physics perceptive. You might be forgiven for thinking that undiscovered status had changed if you only read the headlines this week announcing that physicists had used a quantum computer to make a wormhole, reporting on a new paper published in Nature.

Let’s set the record straight right away: This isn’t a bona fide traversable wormhole—i.e., a bridge between two regions of spacetime connecting the mouth of one black hole to another, through which a physical object can pass—in any real, physical sense. “There’s a difference between something being possible in principle and possible in reality,” co-author Joseph Lykken of Fermilab said during a media briefing this week. “So don’t hold your breath about sending your dog through a wormhole.” But it’s still a pretty clever, nifty experiment in its own right that provides a tantalizing proof of principle to the kinds of quantum-scale physics experiments that might be possible as quantum computers continue to improve.

“It’s not the real thing; it’s not even close to the real thing; it’s barely even a simulation of something-not-close-to-the-real-thing,” physicist Matt Strassler wrote on his blog. “Could this method lead to a simulation of a real wormhole someday? Maybe in the distant future. Could it lead to making a real wormhole? Never. Don’t get me wrong. What they did is pretty cool! But the hype in the press? 

The success of this experiment could change the field of physics forever. 

Additionally, Salih posits that this work is tantamount to the particle acceleration work at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). “This work will be in the spirit of the multi-billion ventures that exist to witness new physical phenomena,” Salih said. “[…] But at a fraction of the resources.” 

The ultimate goal of the quantum wormhole experiment is to “explore fundamental questions about the universe,” Salih says. And if successful, the experiment could allow scientists to research “higher dimensions.” 

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