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The Tally Room Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 12:00 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 11:00 Source

By James Moylan There has been a lot of talk about the possibility of ‘privatising’ Medicare recently. Unfortunately very few commentators have bothered to drill down into how the word ‘privatisation’ is being used by the various protagonists. Just what the term means when used by a conservative politician, as opposed to a progressive politician,…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 09:00 Source

By Dr George Venturini* Testing the thesis . . . Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause (continued) In a Report of the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, prepared by Juan E. Méndez, formerly Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights…

The post The facets of Australian fascism: the Abbott Government experiment (Part 24) appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 06:00 Source

Contributed by Clarence Valley residentThe Daily Examiner, 25 June 2016, page 5:A "POP UP" protest at tomorrow's Yamba Markets could be the start of early and concerted opposition to a proposed mega port for the Clarence River estuary.The Greens candida

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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 00:18 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 00:16 Source

All the major economic sectors in the lower Clarence Valley are dependent to a considerable extent on understanding and protecting the estuary’s and floodplain’s natural processes and values. [DLWC, Umwelt (Australia Pty Ltd, 2003, Clarence Estuary Management Plan: The Clarence Estuary - A Valued Asset]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Clarence Valley Independent, letter to the Editor:The author of this letter asked me to note that to be factually correct line fourteen should actually have read “28 of the 50 accompanying species that make up the end

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Skepticlawyer Friday, June 24, 2016 - 22:46 Source

The 52%-48% win for Brexit in the June 2016 referendum has already been framed many ways, but what should be an obvious one (though for many it will not be) is how much of a failure for the EU this represents.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 20:48 Source

In 2008, when the full impact of the GFC became apparent to the then Secretary to the Department of the Treasury, Ken Henry, his advice to prime minister, Kevin Rudd was, “Go early, Go hard, Go households.” Rudd didn’t equivocate. A $40 billion stimulus package that put money into the bank accounts of all taxpayers was…

The post Why the Brexit result should favour Labor appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Rational Radical Friday, June 24, 2016 - 20:38 Source

It is a sad and ironic indictment on the state of the global Left and the progressive agenda, that the very compelling reasons to support a Brexit have been lost amongst the rightful consternation with the racist views and actions of far Right political forces in the UK and Europe, and their conflation with the demagogue Donald Trump. Anyone with a genuine understanding of the political and economic machinations of the EU, knows that the institution operates as a bureaucratic/technocratic dictatorship, working against democratic justice, social justice and economic justice.…

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Poll Bludger Friday, June 24, 2016 - 18:13 Source

The latest weekly ReachTEL campaign poll for the Seven Network has two-party preferred unchanged at 51-49 in favour of the Coalition. However, the Coalition is down 1.1% on the primary vote to 42.4% on forced response primary votes, with Labor up 0.2% to the Greens up 1.3% to 10.5%, translating into a 1% shift to Labor if preference flows from the previous election are applied.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 18:05 Source

Who exactly are all these jokers? And how am I supposed to figure out who they are among all the acronyms?  The Weasel provides a quick run-down of the players in multiple electorates… The Senate There are 76 senators; 12 from each state and two each from the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.…

The post The Weasel’s incomplete guide to the 2016 Senate appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 17:59 Source

Good evening, we’re very lucky to have someone from the Liberal Party to interview. They’ve agreed to be interviewed on the condition that I don’t ask any questions on what exactly their Strong Economic Plan is and that I don’t reveal their name. Good evening, Lee Kerr (not his real name but a homonym… which…

The post Plebiscite Is The Best Course Of Action Because It Gives People A Say appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 17:39 Source

  In the ocean of Brexit analysis, here is my drop. I am going to oversimplify and stereotype and generalise all at once by saying the very obvious thing: Britain doing what Nigel Farage and Rupert Murdoch and Boris Johnson wanted isn’t just about an anti-immigration xenophobia agenda, although it is related to that. No,…

The post The Disenchanted Brexit appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Delimiter Friday, June 24, 2016 - 17:17 Source

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. Queensland Health CIO Colin McCririck has reportedly resigned for a job with IBM in the US.

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Delimiter Friday, June 24, 2016 - 16:35 Source

On Wednesday night, one man stood up for the truth. My hope is that eventually that number will swell to many.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, June 24, 2016 - 16:04 Source

Dear ABC I would like to make a complaint about numerous journalists over the past two days using the phrase ‘Mediscare campaign’. As a supporter of Australia’s universal healthcare system, who has watched the Liberal government first under Abbott and now under Turnbull chip away and chip away at Medicare in their ideological quest to…

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Club Troppo Friday, June 24, 2016 - 15:44 Source

I fantasise about the day when the people who fancy themselves the champions of liberal capitalist democracy – you know the Business Class set – will realise that they are munching through the landscape and, as Schumpeter argued – following Marx – that they were undermining the very foundations of their good fortune.

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Jack the Insider Friday, June 24, 2016 - 15:44 Source

Back in 1975 the UK formally endorsed the move in to the European Union by referendum with an overwhelming majority. More than two-thirds of the…

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John Quiggin Friday, June 24, 2016 - 14:50 Source

A big win for tribalism. Have your say, bearing in mind the comments policy.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 24, 2016 - 14:12 Source

Solar Impulse crosses the Atlantic in 71-hour non-stop flight from New York to Seville, powered only by the sun.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 24, 2016 - 13:44 Source

As Barnaby Joyce answers awkward questions about his support of wind farms, renewables look like becoming the number one growth industry of his electorate.

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Renew Economy Friday, June 24, 2016 - 13:33 Source

The Australian is once again cherry-picking data in campaign against wind and solar. Here are some of its claims, followed by… facts supported with sources!

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Drones are a tool of precision. Flying overhead, their cameras scan for targets. The agri-drone is a small-scale adaptation of the same premise. Developed by researchers at Japan's Saga University, the agri-drone scans crops for clusters of bugs, and then delivers a precision dose of pesticide to the plant-eating critters below.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Forecasting a volcanic eruption is difficult and nearly impossible with particularly restless volcanoes that constantly shudder and emit gas and steam. But a team of volcanologists led by Diana Roman of the Carnegie Institution for Science has found a way. Like the proverbial "calm before the storm," the researchers say that restless volcanoes go quiet just before they erupt.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

In a paper published this week in Nature, researchers used observations of x-rays to peek inside the action of a star getting torn apart by a black hole.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

It was a much a technological demonstration as it was a trial run for the future. Yesterday, a small hexacopter collected medical samples from people on the land, flew to its home ship, and then returned to shore, carrying medicine. Operated by drone delivery service Flirtey, the promise is better medicine after coastal tragedies.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Carl Sagan dreamt of navigating the cosmos on sails pushed by the solar wind—the steady stream of charged particles emanating from the Sun. These solar sails may one day carry humans to other planets and maybe even other star systems. The Planetary Society, led by CEO Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, aims to make this dream a reality.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Jimmy Kimmel has been doing a pretty convincing impression of Karl Malone for decades, but it took scientists with real-time face mapping software and a digital overlay to really nail the execution.

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Popular Science Friday, June 24, 2016 - 12:47 Source

Google is one of the companies at the forefront of robotics and artificial intelligence research, and being in that position means they have the most to worry about. The idea of a robot takeover may still be an abstract, science fictional concept to us, but Google has actually compiled a list of behaviors that would cause them great concern, both for efficiency and safety in the future.

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