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Global Guerrillas Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 07:05 Source

During the 2012 US Presidential election, the Romney campaign was accused of buying fake Twitter followers from a bot network after he gained a whopping ~150,000 new followers in one day.  Romney's following jumped 17% in one day, providing him with a significant bump in the general perception of his grassroots popularity and support for a paltry ~$2,700 ($18 per thousand followers). 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 05:52 Source

Thursday 19 January 2017 1 It was only last Friday in my piece “Where are you Bill” that I enquired as to where the Labor leader was. I also suggested a popular thing, amongst others, to do, would be to advocate for a National ICAC of something similar. Almost on cue Tuesday he advocated for…

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Prosper Australia Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 00:43 Source

by Philip Soos reposted from The Guardian Australia’s historically high and rising housing prices are widely debated and have prompted a number of government inquiries into housing affordability. The question stands open: is housing affordable in Australia? Affordability is often confused with related concepts such as ease of entry, serviceability and valuation. Ease of entry […]

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North Coast Voices Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 00:18 Source

New York Daily News, 16 January 2017:Whether he knows it or not, the specter of Lyndon Baines Johnson haunts Donald John Trump. There are some jarring similarities -- two big fleshy men given to vulgarities and gauche behavior, boastful, thin-skinned, politically amoral, vengeful, unforgiving and, most important, considered illegitimate presidents. For Johnson that took some time to sink in; Trump is already there.Johnson ascended to the presidency upon the death of John F.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 00:16 Source

OVERVIEW2017 Edelman Trust Barometer:The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer finds that two-thirds of the countries we survey are now "distrusters" (under 50 percent trust in the mainstream institutions of business, government, media and NGOs to do what is right), up from just over half in2016. This is a profound crisis in trust that has its origins in the Great Recession of2008. The aftershocks from the stunning meltdown of the global economy are still being felt today, with consequences yet unknown.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 00:15 Source

The Turnbull Government (like the Abbott government before it) once again demonstrates why it is unfit to govern……ABC News, 17 January 2017:The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has been accused of mismanaging offshore detention centre contracts, with an independent audit alleging more than $1 billion was spent over the last four years without proper authorisation.A report from Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) detailed "significant shortcomings" in the management of contracts for security and welfare servic

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Club Troppo Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:39 Source

Do anti-poverty programs sway voters? Experimental evidence from Uganda
By: Blattman, Christopher ; Emeriau, Mathilde ; Fiala, Nathan

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 14:11 Source

Origin Energy should consider a bid for NSW network operator Endeavour Energy and/or make a serious push into the Queensland renewable energy market, with the aim of developing Australia’s first large scale “renewables energy on demand” business.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 13:21 Source

The bailout of the Portland aluminium smelter is arguably the dumbest thing the normally sensible Andrews Labor state Government will have committed to. And it will bear direct subsidy and power costs that amount to more than $500,000 per direct employee, per year.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:51 Source

China's National Energy Administration announced that 104 planned and under-construction coal power projects have been suspended.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:49 Source

Worldwide spending on clean energy fell 18 percent from 2015’s record high. However, even as spending ebbs, the amount of wind and solar connected to power grids around the world is still climbing.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:48 Source

German company Senec-IES has begun shipping its battery storage units to the fast-growing Australian storage market, with 2,000 units to be supplied in the first six months of 2017.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:44 Source

The strong growth in large scale renewable project financing in Australia could be just the beginning of major wave of investment, and points to RET being met by 2020.

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Global Guerrillas Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:41 Source

Russia has two exports: energy and kompromat. Since energy isn't nearly as valuable as it was a decade ago, Putin has increased Russia's production of kompromat to compensate. So far, he's been fairly successful with this, but for an unexpected reason.

What is kompromat?  Kompromat is any material that can be used to discredit, mislead, blackmail, coerce, or confuse a targeted person or entity.  This material spans the gamut, from a leaked sex video to a financial document proving corruption. In short, any material can be used as long as it is effective at damaging an opponent.

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AustralianPolitics.com Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:54 Source

Revised statistical analysis of the Turnbull ministry, following minor changes due to the resignation of Sussan Ley.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:43 Source

Saudi Arabia says it will focus on solar and wind energy in a new $US50 billion energy plan that is about to be unveiled.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:26 Source

Investment in American innovation demonstrates growth opportunities in solar with energy storage

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AustralianPolitics.com Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:00 Source

Greg Hunt has become Health Minister and Ken Wyatt the first indigenous minister in changes to the Turnbull ministry announced today. Video and audio here.

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xkcd.com Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:00 Source

Dvorak words may sound hard to pronounce, but studies show they actually put less stress on the vocal chords.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:02 Source

Over the course of six decades, James Bond dodged thousands of enemy bullets, averted global wars and deactivated some potent bombs. But he may have also encouraged kids to try smoking cigarettes.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:02 Source

A gentle pulse of electricity can make bacteria dance (or rather, swim) to scientists' tune. Researchers reported on Tuesday in Nature Communications that electricity can flip certain genes in Escherichia coli cells on or off, making the microbes wave their limb-like flagella or relay info to their neighbors on command.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:02 Source

The latest bomber to make its debut over Iraq has four engines, no cockpit, and a flight time limited by the length of its battery. ISIS, the radical insurgent group holding territory in both Syria and Iraq, is fighting for its life in Mosul, the large city in Northern Iraq it has held since 2014. Most of the weapons ISIS uses are are familiar, if still horrific: rifles and mortars, artillery and suicidal car bombs. To that arsenal, ISIS recently added commercial drones, converted into tiny bombers.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:02 Source

It's often said that in New Zealand, there are more sheep than people. In Wyoming, there's way more energy than people.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:02 Source

Tabby's Star probably isn't surrounded by an energy-sucking alien super-structure. But it may have eaten a nearby planet.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 09:54 Source

Of course, Greg Hunt has to be our Health Minister. After all, he’s the “best minister in the world” according to some group somewhere. And the idea that Arthur “What Was I Doing Again” Sinodinos could take on such an important portfolio is just ludicrous. Why he might easily lose track of where the all…

The post Greg Hunt To Become Health Minister And Other Good Jokes! appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 09:43 Source

Is anyone eligible to nominate works, or to vote in the Hugo's? It occurs to me that not only should Cady and Smith try their luck (granted, they have zero chance), but the Hugos have categories for fan writing and everyone in Buttecracke is eligible! I don't see why that crazy Vos or Vox or whatever the fuck his name is should be the only one gaming this system.

I'm not a member of WorldCon or any of the baby cons that would afford nominating rights, but maybe somebody here is.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 07:00 Source

Tonight it really hit home. It hit home that the Australian people are more interested in trashing the fair go, than holding it dear as a true Australian value. Once the fair go is well and truly gone; we, as a people are nothing. Two Girls, Two Flags,Two Tweets As I browsed Twitter, two tweets had a huge…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 05:56 Source

Wednesday 18 January 2017 I learnt at an early age that if I deliberately lied or even lied by omission, or I tried to deceive, it would inexplicably, in some implausible way shape or form come back to haunt me. After several costly lessons that severely bruised my conscience I modified my idea of what…

The post Day to Day Politics: A Government full of liars. No kidding. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 00:16 Source

Green Sea TurtleABC News, 17 January 2017:The latest report on the New South Wales shark netting program

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 00:15 Source

It is no secret that the world is an unequal place when it comes to the distribution of wealth and the free exercise of political power.This month Oxfam International released its Oxfam Briefing Paper January 2017, AN ECONOMY FOR THE 99%: It‟s time to build a human economy that benefits everyone, not just the privileged few.This paper pointed out that new estimates show that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world.That’s eight men in a global population of over 7 billion people.The briefing pape

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