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En Passant Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 18:33 Source

Plus ca change. From the UK’s Daily Mail in the 1930s. Sound familiar?

 

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Club Troppo Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 18:07 Source

The video above is a recording of the speeches at a funeral for my mother who died at around 10.15 am on Sunday 7th June.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 16:38 Source

With thanks to the French Revolution.A side effect of passion is feeling the negative emotions as keenly as the positive ones. Anger hit after I'd starting riding SoTPC, my exercise bike, and when I was about a tenth of the way into it. But I subsumed into the ride, heart pumping and my mind cleared. WFTW.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 15:26 Source

Unless you’ve been on a desert island or in a coma, you’ve heard Tony Abbott boast over and over and over again that:

We’ve had a lot of really significant achievements over the last year: We stopped the boats. We scrapped the carbon tax. We scrapped the mining tax

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 14:04 Source

Our Constitution does not guarantee free speech. It only implies that we have it. That being said, we assume that anyone has a right to express a view. There are some, like Andrew Bolt, who despite us supposedly living in an enlightened society want to enshrine in law the right to hate each other.

What I am getting at here is that having an opinion about booing Adam Goodes has turned into a national pastime. However, all this week, despite the right to free speech, I have been questioning the moral right of some to do so.

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Your Democracy Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 13:20 Source

boo again ....

Did you hear about the man who entered New Orleans’ airport with explosives and a machete? No? Well, you would have if he’d been Muslim.

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Your Democracy Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 13:14 Source

I'm back .....

The Speaker is under further pressure as revelations emerge that she hired a corporate aircraft to travel from Sydney to Nowra for a Liberal party fundraiser.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 12:37 Source

The Adam Goodes’ saga reminds us that racial vilification is one of sport’s most contentious issues.

Racism in sport historically has been a display of taken for granted behaviors and attitudes. Without recourse, Indigenous Australians have been racially abused from the day they first stepped into the sporting arena. AFL, in particular, had fostered an environment where racist behavior happened systematically, and arguably racism become a sporting institution.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 12:13 Source

“Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future, here in Australia, and right around the world.”

Tony Abbott.

Now you’ve probably read something about the wonderful humanitarian efforts of Adani and Shenhua and their plans to create thousands of jobs with new coal mines. Of course, when I say “thousands” that’s at the upper estimate, so a more realistic estimate might be dozens of jobs by the time both mines are operational. Mainly in the PR industry.

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En Passant Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 11:56 Source

I have just sent this letter to the Canberra Times in response to Jack Waterford’s article today arguing for an ACT ICAC and using bullshit from the trade union witch hunt to justify it. Given the Canberra Times no longer publishes my letters my guess is this too will go the way of all flesh.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 09:45 Source

The PM can’t shake Choppergate, while Labor continues to refuse to implode, rather...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 09:28 Source

The Adam Goodes booing saga has me shocked. I’m not shocked at the incident itself; as a lifelong AFL supporter I’ve seen a lot of booing in my time. I’m not shocked at the accusation of some of the booing being racist; clearly we can all acknowledge that even though many of the booers have no racist intent, some of them do and obviously all the booing of Goodes must stop. I’m not even shocked at the saturation media coverage of the story, and the fact that everyone who is anyone has weighed into the debate; social media has also been in a lather all week. This all comes as no surprise to me.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 06:57 Source

When Julie Bishop appeared in Harper’s Bazaar in December last year she said women should “stop whingeing and just get on with it.”

“Please do not let it get to you and do not become a victim, because it’s only a downward spiral once you’ve cast yourself as a victim,” Bishop told the fashion magazine.

Is this woman who has come from a very privileged background, who has never faced hardship in her life, who jets around the world at our expense “living the dream”, telling women that it is their own fault if they become victims?

She seems to agree with Joe that we should just go and get a good job.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 06:32 Source

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Hoyden About Town Friday, July 31, 2015 - 22:53 Source

Feeling so much rage right now against the troglodytes showing their arses all over the internet and mass media this week.

What's piqued your media interests lately?

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 22:37 Source

China Letting China’s Bubble Burst – Project-Syndicate China’s little secret – a thriving free market in shares – SCMP China securities regulator asks for stock trading records from Hong Kong and Singapore in hunt for short sellers – SCMP Hebei’s Big Idea for Clean Coal Yields Few Results – Caixin Villain or Hero for Stock

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Croakey Friday, July 31, 2015 - 19:49 Source

Public health advocates need to get over the conceit that their work will inspire political action simply because it is worthy, according to Michael Thorn, Chief Executive of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, and guest tweeter this...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 31, 2015 - 19:48 Source

Adam Goodes is an Australian I rate highly as not only a footballer but as a pillar of our society. His performances off the field are just as outstanding as those on it. Unfortunately, because of the continued racist abuse he receives from fans he may not grace the football field again.

Most games I’ve seen him play will at some stage see me applauding his legendary skill, but one game in 2008 I booed hysterically (at the TV in the comfort and safety of my lounge room) after he engaged in some fairly rough play . . . against a team I follow (hence the fanatical booing).

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Croakey Friday, July 31, 2015 - 19:10 Source

Paul Smith, deputy editor of Australian Doctor, writes: Next week marks the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Some 80,000 people, the vast majority civilians, were killed instantly. At Australian Doctor we thought the bomb...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 31, 2015 - 18:29 Source

w21 It’s difficult to criticise Labor’s proposal to impose the so called Buffet Tax on the rich when the Australian Taxation Office had found that in 2011-12 75 Australians earning more than $1 million a year had paid no tax at all. In fact combined annual incomes of those millionaires was $195 million, but through elaborate accounting tricks, the super-rich 75 had been required to stump up just $82 in total.

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Poll Bludger Friday, July 31, 2015 - 18:16 Source

The latest ReachTEL automated phone poll for the Seven Network, conducted last night from a sample of 3148, has Labor’s two-party lead up from 52-48 in last month’s poll to 53-47, from primary votes of 40.6% for the Coalition (down 1.3%), 38.0% for Labor (up 1.0%) and 12.9% for the Greens (down 0.2%).

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, July 31, 2015 - 17:28 Source

This week we have witnessed white people instructing Aboriginal people about what is or is not racism. We have witnessed the Speaker of the House who has been exposed to be a serial breaker of rules, receive backing from the Prime Minister to remain in the job which will decide who else breaks the rules. Now we have Jamie Briggs, Member for Mayo, a former PM staffer elevated into a blue ribbon seat by The Boys Club, giving his opinion on ‘quotas and the quality of women in parliament.’  Has the world gone mad?

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Harrangue Man Friday, July 31, 2015 - 17:08 Source

With thanks to the mirror universe The Reels.I had a nasty flare of anxiety which left me trembling. It was hard to sleep and when I woke at four knew sleep was now denied.I had a work thing I had to do before tagging out to shiver in bed so I got up and still in my nondescript ladies grey PJ pants and Tenacious D t-shirt—but with a jumper added—drove to work to get it done.As I neared the complex I saw the near full moon above me—and then earwormed myself with the above linked-to song.I badged into the building, switched on the after hours lights, then headed to my desk.

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Jack the Insider Friday, July 31, 2015 - 16:52 Source

The spiritual leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan, Mullah Omar is dead again. According to reports, Omar died two years ago and then again yesterday,…

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:53 Source

For a week I have been in a kind of delirium. And the same things are happening.

Day after day, fourteen times a day, Adam Goodes, a millionaire football star, the Australian of the Year, has complained that he is being victimised by racism, and commentators have agreed with him, and have said he should not have been so persecuted, with millions, and national acclaim.

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MacroBusiness Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:45 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Afternoon trade in Australia seems about as quiet and lethargic as the Australian supporters in the Edgbaston stands. If we look at price action though, there hasn’t been a huge amount of concern about holding mining stocks into the weekend and the release of China manufacturing PMI

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

Yesterday, President Obama signed an executive order to establish the National Strategic Computing Initiative, intended to advance American research efforts that require high-capacity computing (HCC). The main thrust of the program, according to a blog post from the White House, would be to create the world's fastest supercomputer, which would be 20 times faster than today's fastest supercomputer, China's Tianhe-2.

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

Enhanced-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have revealed long, reddish streaks across one of Saturn's moons.

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

Since Biblical times, people have been fascinated with the idea of walking on water. Now researchers have built a robot that can jump on it.

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Popular Science Friday, July 31, 2015 - 15:25 Source

For over a decade, drones have hunted men abroad. Overseas, Predators and Reapers have flown over war zones, their powerful cameras below looking for threats. Back home, the Air National Guard deployed a Reaper for a far more humanitarian manhunt: a search to find a lost teacher.

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