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Peter G-W Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:42 Source

Just 15 days before the 9/11 attacks, a well-connected Saudi family suddenly abandoned their luxury home in Sarasota, Fla., leaving behind jewelry, clothes, opulent furniture, a driveway full of cars — including a brand new Chrysler PT Cruiser — and even a refrigerator full of food. 0

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New Matilda Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:40 Source

An endangered bird, a government-owned logging corporation and a desperate plan to get better green bragging rights. Thom Mitchell reports.

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Harrangue Man Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:27 Source

I honk up goobs in the shower. I do. It's not pleasant, not for anyone. I try to angle it so the lump flies downward and thus gets swirled away with the fetid soppings of my man coating but it's not always easy to tell success. You're naked, there's steam, hissing water, the lump is small and you just can't be sure if you don't see it go down that it didn't go down.I was in the shower. There are livid cracks in the shower glass, splintered in all directions like the arc on a plasma globe.

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Rational Radical Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:47 Source

Cross-posted from Prosper.org.au, by Karl Fitzgerald, April 17 2015

Cycling into work yesterday I bumped into the good Senator Nick Xenophon. I had to yell out “No super access for First Home Owners”! He responded so I hit the brakes and we had a short chat. In good news, Nick said that he had changed his position: ‘I’ve been listening to the people’.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:17 Source

From time to time, people in the comments section disagree with me. Sometimes, they even tell me that I shouldn’t be writing on a particular subject because it’s not worth talking about, which always bemuses me. It’s not worth writing about, but it’s worth commenting on the fact that it’s not worth writing about. Other times, the comments will lead to a healthy debate between people, even on a topic that wasn’t the subject of the post.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 07:58 Source

After four years of supplying the MB daily email to readers that choose (and often pay) to receive it, the monopoly popularly known as Google has mysteriously recategorised your daily MB email into the “promotional” tab within your gmail account. To reverse this inconvenience please follow the steps below. Step one: Click on the “promotions tab” at the top

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 03:23 Source

Barnett after COAG said he was ‘angry’ and hinted again that Western Australia might leave the Federation. Abbott hinted he might show mercy, and fine his old friend only half his income, not two thirds. Barnett quietly threatened to murder him.

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Peter G-W Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 01:00 Source

Americans are seeing this corruption before their eyes and speculating about its causes. Journalists owe it to their audiences to begin exposing why Congress is so responsive to a foreign power. Published in Mondoweiss

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North Coast Voices Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 00:16 Source

Destroy The JointSince 1 January 2015 thirty-one women have died in violent incidents.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 00:15 Source

North Coast Voices received this email from the Leader of the Green Party of England & Wales on 14 March 2015.__________________________Greetings from London, where we Greens are in the final weeks of our biggest-ever national election campaign.Did you know that all Australian adults currently in the UK are eligible to vote in British elections? It’s true. So are most British citizens living in Australia.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 17, 2015 - 23:12 Source

In August 2013, a journalist asked Joe Hockey “Should you win the election, at what stage will you own the economy and at what stage will it no longer be Labor’s fault?”

Hockey responded “We will own the economy from day one, whether it’s Labor’s fault or not. I’m not afraid to accept responsibility and I’m not afraid to be accountable. We will own it from day one. We will be responsible for the Australian economy.”

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 17, 2015 - 22:51 Source

Now with added Gunnamatta … Global Macro / Markets / Investing: How The World Bank Broke Its Promise To Protect The Poor  – Huffington Post Oil slips below $64 as ample supplies weigh – Reuters Big-Bank Profit Engines Accelerate  – WSJ Why we need to rethink capitalism – TED Bonds beware as money catches fire

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The Tally Room Friday, April 17, 2015 - 21:11 Source

Earlier today the NSW Electoral Commission “pushed the button” for the Legislative Council election, and approximately half an hour we had a result in the Legislative Council.

As expected, the Coalition won nine seats, Labor won seven, the Greens won two and the Christian Democratic Party and the Shooters and Fishers each won one seat. But the last seat was not clear before the button was pushed, and ultimately the Animal Justice Party’s Mark Pearson, ahead of No Land Tax’s Peter Jones and Liberal Hollie Hughes.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 17, 2015 - 21:04 Source

 

 

Ever wondered where the long road to achieving the rights of the common man began?

Guest blogger Graham Parton, explains.

If 2014 was the year we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, 2015 will be the year we commemorate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, April 17, 2015 - 19:00 Source

Over the last couple of days, the Twittersphere has been full of congratulations for Waleed Aly’s The Project segment on the Renewable Energy Target (RET). If you haven’t watched it yet, here it is. Apart from the fact that it’s fairly amusing that journalists like Aly get congratulated for talking about the details of a policy, and showing that they actually care about policy outcomes, (because shouldn’t they all be doing this all the time?), the segment was, on the whole a good one. 

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Harrangue Man Friday, April 17, 2015 - 18:28 Source

We all have heroes growing up—people whose talent we wish we had. For me one of them was Bill Cosby. Not for his TV show but rather his stand-up, my Dad having brought back pirated cassette tapes from a field trip to Indonesia. We listened to them on holiday trips in the car. I listened to them alone in my room. I loved the Chocolate Cake bit so much I tried to write a Basic program on an Apple IIe to have the computer write on the monochrome green screen "Dad is great ...

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Your Democracy Friday, April 17, 2015 - 18:13 Source

 

crapulaJeb Bush Embraces George W. Bush’s Foreign Policy

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Harrangue Man Friday, April 17, 2015 - 18:02 Source

One of our senior people is leaving. He's about my height and on the cusp of retirement. He's also one of the most approachable-yet-hard-working senior people I've met. When I first arrived in my new role I went to an event to support him and we had an instant connection. He was even kind enough once to ring me at home to tell me how much he liked something I'd written.I popped in to see him about some final work and, after we completed it, he asked how I was travelling. So I told him. I told him about what had happened and how I'd had all this support and been looked after.

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Poll Bludger Friday, April 17, 2015 - 17:50 Source

The New South Wales election was finalised today with the pressing of the button for the Legislative Council count, which turned up a surprise win for Mark Pearson of the Animal Justice Party. It had been clear that the last seat would go to a micro-party, but the expectation was that the winner would be Peter Jones of the No Land Tax Party, who had made a very considerable investment in his party’s campaign and won the ballot draw lottery by securing first place.

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Duck Pond Friday, April 17, 2015 - 17:33 Source

So what is going on with Yemen? It is puzzling, to say the least.

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 17, 2015 - 16:44 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Markets in Asia have closed the week on a mixed note, with China continuing to march on and Australia and Japan under pressure amid. Behind the scenes the VIX (or volatility index) index is trading at 12.6% and testing low levels thematic of complacency, so it’s worth

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Prosper Australia Friday, April 17, 2015 - 15:38 Source

By Leith van Onselen Hot on the heels of Prime Minister, Tony Abbott’s gutless announcement that he won’t reform negative gearing, prime spokesman for the property industry, the Property Council of Australia (PCA), has released the following statement: Executive Director, Nick Proud, said providing certainty on the future of this tax measure will benefit housing […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 17, 2015 - 15:29 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Two cheers for resolving the East-West toll road project mess. The agreement reached by the Andrews Government in Victoria to pay the consortium $339 million for its bid costs and early work is unprecedented, but also honourable and transparent. It was always going to involve considerable pain on all sides, because

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Core Econ Friday, April 17, 2015 - 14:52 Source

Australia as a whole seems finally to be taking serious notice of the sorts of trends that some of us academic economists have been rattling the chain about for years in regard to academic standards, university corruption, and international students.

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Prosper Australia Friday, April 17, 2015 - 14:49 Source

Comedy central, this guy says it all. If only there was a transcript! The emotions this video elicit will only grow following Tony Abbott’s forceful ruling out of Negative Gearing reform today. He wants ‘lower, simpler, fairer taxes’ and then goes on to say it was the former government’s excess spending to blame. Tax loopholes […]

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Your Democracy Friday, April 17, 2015 - 14:35 Source

You can talk of trading currency, share markets and stuffbut here's way to know we're screwed that's adequate enoughForty hours a week you go out working like a dogand then the bastards go and shrink the size of of your Freddo Frog

Chocolate is spendable, as everybody knowsWhenever things are plentiful, interest in it growsIt's value's more important than the price of a mug of grogand then the bastards go and shrink the size of your Freddo Frog

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MacroBusiness Friday, April 17, 2015 - 14:29 Source

By Leith van Onselen ANZ chief, Mike Smith, has delivered more hopium on why services exports could save Australia from the commodities bust. From The AFR: Services exports from Australia have already overtaken the minerals trade and have greater potential for long-term growth, a new study shows, providing an optimistic outlook for the economy despite

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Renew Economy Friday, April 17, 2015 - 14:02 Source

Queensland’s peak demand at near record highs, and may have set new record were it not for distributed small-scale solar PV.

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Renew Economy Friday, April 17, 2015 - 14:00 Source

AGL vows to close coal fired power stations by 2050. But that still means several more decades for Australia's most polluting power plants

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Renew Economy Friday, April 17, 2015 - 14:00 Source

AGL vows to close its coal-fired plants by 2050. But that still means several more decades for Australia's most polluting power plants.

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