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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 16:50 Source

He's chatting here with Andrew McMillen after their interview for Talking Smack: Honest Conversations about Drugs.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:52 Source

To use cricketing parlance cracks are beginning to show in the pitch. The pitch that is that Tony Abbott is making to the Australian public. In fact some of the cracks might indicate a turning wicket.

For some time I have been suggesting that the Prime Minister and his team have been playing the ball with a negative bat-mentality, totally against the spirit of the game. Take for example his budget, which was hit for six by all and sundry.

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Popular Science Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:35 Source

On its trip around the Moon this week, China’s lunar test probe, Chang’e 5TI, snapped this mind-bending image of the Earth and its satellite, putting the objects in a unique perspective. The photo is taken from just beyond lunar orbit, and it gives the illusion that the Moon is actually the more sizable of the two, and that Earth is the tiny orbiter.

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Popular Science Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:35 Source

What’s a country to do with a chain of disputed islands? One option is just “go ahead and build a dock to claim them,” and attach it to some of the islands. Shown off at the Shiptec China 2014 exhibition, China has a plan for floating docks it wants to put in the disputed Spratly Islands.

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Popular Science Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:35 Source

What if there were an enormous war and all of our intercontinental means of transportation were destroyed? Perhaps then an isolated population of people would live apart from the rest of us for so long that they would no longer be able to successfully interbreed. Just listen to all the dialects we have for speaking English. When human populations are even a little bit separate, they start talking differently. Other bigger changes might happen with more profound separation.

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Popular Science Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:35 Source

Planes, trains and automobiles create the noisy background to our lives--especially in urban areas. In addition to getting us from point A to point wherever-we're-headed, the swift movement of transportation creates plenty of noise and vibrations. But the low-frequency noise of these vibrations is usually completely unnoticed by humans, until now. Scientists presenting their research at the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) meeting this week announced that they can monitor those vibrations using seismic networks. 

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Popular Science Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:34 Source

Andrea Thomaz, who directs Georgia Tech’s Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, teaches a one-of-a-kind student: a robot with light-up ears, named Curi. We asked Thomaz how she envisions life with robots unfolding.

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Popular Science Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:34 Source

The latest pharmaceutical candidate on scientists’ radar is called rapamycin, a drug typically used to suppress the immune system and prevent kidney transplant rejection. As an added bonus, the drug also appears to extend the lives of some mammals. Before humans can get their hands on it, though, the drug will be used on other patients first: pet dogs.

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Popular Science Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:34 Source

There’s a growing, looming shadow over the private spaceflight industry. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, a suborbital rocket designed for tourists, crashed on Friday, Oct. 31 due to an “in-flight anomaly" during a powered test flight over the Mojave Desert.

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Popular Science Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 15:34 Source

Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 14:59 Source

Growing madder by the day, Gerard Henderson cited ‘proof’ that the ABC was biased against the Coalition. ’46 percent of Coalition voters said it was,’ he railed, fervidly, ‘Nielsen said so’. And, worse, ’36 percent of Coalition voters said it was, Newspoll said so.’ That the Newspoll figures mean 83 percent of the nation think the ABC is not biased, or biased towards the Coalition, he gamely concealed, or did not notice. He iw, as is well known, not well in his mind.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 14:47 Source

Hardly a week goes by without receiving an email from a right-winger about how boat people, greenies, Muslims, Aborigines (or any non-White, non-Liberal extremist) is undermining the entire fabric of Australia and the God fearing Western world.

I usually press delete after reading two words of their crap.

This one I read:

In May 2010 Tohseef Shah spray-painted a British War Memorial with “Islam will dominate  Osama”.

He was fined £50 and walked free  from court.

In November 2010 Emdadur Choudhury burned a Poppy during the 2 minutes silence.

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En Passant Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:14 Source

Antony Loewenstein wrote an article in the Guardian recently about feminism lite. He made the entirely defensible argument that those feminists defending Gillard ignored her attacks on women and those feminists supporting Hillary Clinton were silent about her role as a pro-war woman killer. It has provoked a huge reaction. Here is a link to Antony’s well argued article, “‘Feminism lite’ is letting down the women who need it the most“.

What do you think?

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The Tally Room Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Mornington1-2PPMornington is a safe Liberal seat on the southern fringe of Melbourne, covering Moorooduc, Mornington, Mount Eliza, Mount Martha and parts of Balnarring North.

David Morris has held the seat since 2006. Prior to that, the seat was held by Robin Cooper from 1985 to 2006. Morris holds Mornington by a 16.2% margin.

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WixxyLeaks Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 08:53 Source

Late yesterday afternoon the Trade Union Royal Commission dropped a bombshell.

Counsel Assisting Jeremy Stoljar yesterday made his submissions which can be seen in full via this link, and while this does not mean the Commissioner will follow suit it certainly gives a strong indication of where things are headed.

I have not had the time to plough through all of the documentation as there is a mountain of it, however there are a few things to note.

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Duck Pond Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 04:37 Source

Things are not what they seem. Who know what Dexter and Hannah make of them. Friday was a perfect day, borne out by the photos, but a something happened.

We met Lexi. Both her and Hannah’s lead broke. There were frolics aplenty and high speed action. Unfortunately Lexi was injured. That might not have been noticed, but I suggested her owner look at her. When I looked, I suggested that she be taken to the Vet. It then turned out that Lexi has to have an operation. To my inexpert eyes the injury did not look serious. We will have to see how that goes.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 00:18 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 00:16 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Headline at German language on 27 October 2014:Australien – der Folterstaat…..Verstümmelungen und Selbstmorde sind in den Lagern Alltag. Selbst Kinder leben hinter Stacheldraht, dem Wahnsinn nahe. Und das Volk klatscht Beifall.Australia - State of torture….mutilations and suicides are everyday life in the camps. Even children live behind barbed wire, close to madness. And the people applauded.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 23:52 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Why Taxation Must Go Global – Wolfgang Schäuble Some countries getting killed by cheap oil – CNN Apologizing to Japan – Krugman. Big Banks Brace for Penalties in Probes – WSJ The case for corn.  – Andrew Thrasher Americas: Is Military Spending Driving U.S. GDP Growth? – WSJ The U.S. Shale […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, October 31, 2014 - 20:09 Source

There’s no denying that many supporters of The Greens were taken offside by Nick Kenny’s article yesterday. One comment was made that Nick should have been more concerned with attacking the ‘real enemy’ – the Liberal Party. Today Nick does just that as he breaks down another myth about Gough Whitlam.

Myth # 2: “Gough stuffed the economy, blew the budget, and made a mess of the joint” (The Liberals).

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John Quiggin Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:56 Source

That’s the title of a piece of mine the Chronicle of Higher Education ran a little while ago. It’s paywalled but they have graciously given me permission to republish it here.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:30 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Japan has been the main point of focus in Asian trade today, with the Nikkei significantly outperforming the region. While the BoJ meeting and raft of data out of Japan have been pinned as the highlights of today’s session, the Government Pension Investment Fund […]

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Peter Garcia-Webb Friday, October 31, 2014 - 16:08 Source

Yesterday, Malcom Turnbull introduced new legislation for his metadata retention scheme. Among other lies, we are told that the metadata will not contain the website addresses that you may happen to visit. Out of interest I looked at the metadata of the article in the Sydney Morning Herald that carried the story: Malcolm Turnbull introduces legislation for metadata retention scheme.


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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:48 Source

I could be wrong about this, but it seems to me that Abbott has crossed, this week, a shadow-line, and nobody believes a thing he says any more, and nobody wants to hear his voice any more.

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Your Democracy Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:48 Source

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This in response to an article by Victoria Rollison as a comment on Russell Brand and Helen Razer complaining Russell has no economic qualifications or such...

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Prosper Australia Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:35 Source

by David Collyer Policy Director Land in Australia should be dirt cheap.  All levels of government must explicitly recognise outstanding access to land for all is a key national advantage that simply cannot be imitated by other countries.  For state governments, close scrutiny of planning and a review of exemptions from State Land Tax are […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:12 Source

By Leith van Onselen In what could easily be some kind of Halloween joke, the Illawarra Mercury this week spruiked a new home deposit scheme that would provide low-to-middle income first home buyers (FHBs) with assistance to get “into the housing game”: The West Dapto Home Deposit Assistance Program is the first of its kind […]

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Croakey Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:52 Source

It’s rare for the Australian Medical Association, the Public Health Association and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation to be singing from the same hymn sheet.  But their collective criticisms of the Government’s response to the Ebola...

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 31, 2014 - 14:31 Source

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