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North Coast Voices Friday, December 9, 2016 - 00:16 Source
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North Coast Voices Friday, December 9, 2016 - 00:15 Source

And so the downward spiral continues.........UNCLASSIFIEDSENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS QCATTORNEY-GENERALLEADER OF THE GOVERNMENT IN THE SENATEMEDIA RELEA

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En Passant Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 20:44 Source

Still free

I walk with the dog every day
Past the dam of sunken dreams
The ducks were there today
With six children in tow
Four shepherds protecting them
From dogs and men,
And other predators

They are safe from us
As they glide the water
To their distance
The ripples ride the surface
And reach us on foreign shores
The other side of nowhere
In the midst of city

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AustralianPolitics.com Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 18:57 Source

Data on the ALP's results in federal elections since 1910, as measured by seats won in the House, primary votes and two-party-preferred votes.

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John Quiggin Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 17:59 Source

While working on my long-forthcoming book, Economics in Two Lessons, I came across an interesting article by Edwin Dolan published (with commendably openness to criticism) in the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics. The conclusion

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John Quiggin Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 17:10 Source

The site outage that has kept the blog off air for several days has now been resolved, so here’s a once-off Thursday Message Board, for comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language, please.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 16:20 Source

As I listened to Sue Boyce on the Drum telling us, in an exasperated “why can’t you understand” sort of tone, that we can’t have a price on carbon because it isn’t politically expedient, it really hit home to me that my family’s future is now in the hands of Cory Bernardi and George Christensen.…

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Harrangue Man Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 16:04 Source

I went to help an old lady onto the bus—she had two cast-clad legs and six grocery bags hanging off her arm. She said thanks but no thanks, because I could only help by taking the bags and she explained they needed to stay on her arm for when she got off.She then talked at me for the rest of the trip.

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En Passant Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 15:56 Source

This is a Queensland Labor Party ad in the run up to the Queensland State election in 2015, when they were elected. The Party, in government, approved the Adani mine.

 

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Harrangue Man Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 15:56 Source

I had my remaining natural hip scanned for degradation. Yes, some of that, but I don't need surgery yet—my comfort will determine when it gets done.In the meantime he gave me praise for doing the right thing—exercise biking being the best exercise for a failing hip because it tones the muscle that keeps it together.He had a work experience person in and he explained to her that I had been young for my surgery and that the damage to my left hip was likely caused during gestation; by the position I lay within my mother and the way she lay as well. This damage in addition to that caused by my breech birth.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 15:14 Source

The market is now pricing wholesale electricity contracts for next year at levels higher than what prevailed when the carbon price was in place.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 14:32 Source

QUT engineers mimic the design of a fly's eye to create a nano-material that could significantly boost solar cell efficiency.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 14:31 Source

It's obvious there is not much rational thought in some quarters of the conservative parties, and Malcolm Turnbull will come to regret his change of tone on climate change just as Kevin Rudd did.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 14:14 Source

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been tapped to run the Environmental Protection Agency in the Trump administration.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 14:10 Source

RES, Lloyds Register look at 100MW battery storage plant in SA to show cheaper and more secure option than new transmission lines or gas plants.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 14:03 Source

Sudden changes in output from ageing gas-fired generators may have worsened impact of storms in South Australia blackout, new study suggests. Inverter controlled solar, wind and storage may have ridden through the problems and kept the lights on.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 13:48 Source

AEMO report cites future of gas-powered electricity generation as “greatest variable” in fortunes of Australian gas industry.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:30 Source

Monash University issues $218m Climate Bond – a world first, targeting sustainable development in the tertiary education sector.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:03 Source

Renewable energy companies are lining up to be part of Renewable Newstead’s bid to lead change in the renewable energy industry.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:46 Source

Transitioning to a fully renewable energy system would be the cheapest option for South America and it is possible in the next 15 years.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:45 Source

From next year Google will purchase 100 per cent of the energy it uses from renewable sources, mostly wind and solar. Because it is cheaper.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:43 Source

Renate Egan has been chosen as part of the Homeward Bound Antarctica voyage; a groundbreaking leadership, strategic and scientific initiative for women.

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Renew Economy Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:37 Source

EnergyAustralia to write contracts for 500MW of wind and solar farm, as solar projects expected to meet half of renewable energy target as costs fall.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:30 Source

From the fiery Note 7 debacles to exploding hoverboards, lithium-ion batteries aren't doing so hot lately. A new study helps to explain how these popular power sources can turn into safety hazards.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:30 Source

Cassini just entered the second-to-last phase of its mission, where it will perform so-called ring-grazing orbits (shown in yellow). The blue loops represent orbits that it made previously in its nearly 20-year mission. Next year, it will enter the grand finale phase, which will end with Cassini's destruction.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:30 Source

For centuries, if a doctor wanted to stop a bleeding wound, he would use the tourniquet method: Tightly wrap a piece of cloth around the area, which would essentially cut off blood flow to and from the wound. That ancient practice is still the go-to method today, and works well for most bleeding areas that are outside the body. But internal bleeding is much trickier to stop, and it can be just as life-threatening.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:30 Source

Delivering objects via drone is a tempting notion bound by hard constraints: drones are small, so the cargo has to be small. Drones need power to fly, and any additional weight requires more power to cover the same distance, which further limits the size of the cargo. For a drone delivery to make sense, then, the small cargo has to justify both its weight and the urgency of a drone flight. Pound for pound and ounce for ounce, few cargoes match that limitation better than blood.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:30 Source

An iceberg the size of Delaware is starting to break away from Antarctica. It began with a small crack, but has now grown 70 miles long and more than 300 feet wide. When it reaches the edges of the ice sheet, the state-sized chunk will drift away into the sea.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:30 Source

Eighty percent of Greenland is covered by a wall of ice thousands of feet thick. If the wall melted completely, the water it contains would be enough to raise sea levels by over 20 feet.

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Popular Science Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:30 Source

Bacteria carrying a gene that grants resistance against a powerful antibiotic have been found on a pig farm in the United States, researchers reported this week in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

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