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New Matilda Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 15:00 Source

Call him paranoid, but Chris Graham is starting to get the distinct impression that The Australian newspaper doesn't much like New Matilda.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:52 Source

Phill said Barry Humphries wasn’t funny and was banned for a week. He then went into a snit and said he would never, ever write a single word in these columns ever again. Taking him at his  word, I have made it temporarily impossible for him to interpose his ragged stupidities in this blog any more. If he wants clemency he must apologise between dawn on November 1 and sunset on November 3, after which the iron door will close on his flailing fists forever.

I really dislike his tone, and a good deal of his content, and suspect he is a sexagenarian cunt, now living alone.

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Political Owl Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:17 Source

It’s not often to hear a politician talk openly and honestly about what is given in return for campaign donations. Full marks then to the former Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister David Tollner for declaring donations would open his door “if you ever need to talk to me about something”. Speaking on 105.7 ABC Darwin on Friday Mr Tollner said people who did not donate faced “a line-up at the door”, explaining “you have to start prioritising”.The ABC website reports:

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New Matilda Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:12 Source

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Unless you go in for plastic surgery. Then things can get a little complicated.

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New Matilda Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:12 Source

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Unless you go in for plastic surgery. Then things can get a little complicated.

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The Tally Room Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Narrewarrensouth1-2PPNarre Warren South is a Labor seat in south-eastern Melbourne, covering Hampton Park and Narre Warren South and parts of Berwick and Lynbrook.

Labor’s Judith Graley has held the seat since 2006, and holds it now by a 7.4% margin.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:58 Source

Lying in his teeth, Gerard Henderson, a Liberal voter, said Labor failed in 1974 to get an absolute majority in the Senate. It got an absolute majority in the Senate, but two of its votes were stolen after one of its Senators, Bert Milliner, died, another, Lionel Murphy, went to the High Court, and they were replaced, unprecedentedly and improperly, by a Liberal and a Country Party premier, who had constitutionally the power, never used till then, to act unfairly and undemocratically in this way, and appointed Albert Field and Cleaver Bunton, two anti-Labor Independents, in their place.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 09:00 Source

As I like pointing out from time to time – particularly after I’m dismissed as a typical Labor supporter by those who seek to dismiss any criticism of the current government by citing Labor’s record in government – I have never been a member of the Labor Party. Neither am I a member of The “that’s even more loony” Greens. What’s Labor’s record got to with what I’m saying about Abbott, I wonder, as I’m talking about the current government and to me, any argument about the past is like asking why you’re annoyed that I punched you when someone else kicked you yesterday.

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En Passant Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 08:25 Source

The Illawarra Mercury on opponents of the higher education reforms and Pyne’s supposed back down.

John Passant, of protest group UOW Uncut, said the concessions were a temporary measure designed to persuade undecided senators.

‘‘This is a strategic retreat – one step back to enable the war to continue,’’ Mr Passant said.

‘‘The real game is fee deregulation. The moment they get that up, then over time they can increase the funding cuts and start to think again about real interest rates.’’

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:41 Source

So much written this week about the mythologizing of hte Gough Whitlam. Most of it on the Right, moaning about the Left. Greg Sheridan's column on Thursday was an example of the form. But in fact a lot of the Whitlam myth was manufactured on the Right. In hindsight his economic policies, especially in the era of OPEC driven catastrophe can be seen as unremarkable and the call his government made on the public purse was significantly less than that of economically dry John Howard.

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Hoyden About Town Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 06:00 Source

Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by an otter with a ball.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.
Related posts:

Otterday! And Open Thread

Otterday! And Open Thread

Otterday! And Open Thread

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En Passant Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 04:52 Source

Carol Roe – justice for Julieka: My granddaughter died in a cell begging for help. Please give us answers.

My granddaughter died in a cell begging for help. Please give us answers.

 

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Duck Pond Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 04:49 Source

Dexter and Hannah have the expectation that they will go out. They know the way. They seem to find scents that are interesting.

At this time of the year the seasonal dialectic between winter and summer is happening. The weather has been both quite cold and quite warm. September was reported globally to be the hottest on record, which on some days was seemingly contradicted by local experience.

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En Passant Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 04:28 Source

Glenn Greenwald:

Canada learns you don’t get to run around for years wallowing in war glory, invading and bombing others, without the risk of having violence brought back to you.

Read the full article re-posted in the Stop the War Coalition here.

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George Monbiot Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 03:42 Source

Only 0.01% of our seas are protected, and even the top conservation sites are up for grabs.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 02:37 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Ten insane things people on Wall Street believe.  – The reformed broker Shanghai exchange ready for options rollout – FT Losses Jump at Amazon, as Investments Pile Up – NYT Americas: New Home Sales increased slightly to 467,000 Annual Rate in September – CalculatedRisk Weekly initial unemployment claims are sitting at […]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:37 Source

A one-eyed musing:One regular North Coast Voices reader is so crooked at The Daily Examiner that he sent me a message on 7.10.14; Check out its self centered article in today’s rag. "Projects to help AREA rebound'. Apparently Grafton is the only community in the Clarence Valley that needs to rebound.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Some of the political cartoons which were picked up by social media....... 

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:16 Source

"Before I take my pension out I check to see if it's still in there because I'm scared that Tony Abbott has stopped it."[Participant in a discussion group quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October 2013]

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Poll Bludger Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 Source

October 25

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Skepticlawyer Friday, October 24, 2014 - 19:28 Source

The case of Gordon College (via) in Massachusetts, which propounds a traditional Christian view of homosexuality with a rather less traditional coda of sympathy, puts into sharp relief the “orientation is not sinful, acts are” position.

The policy of Gordon College is:

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Croakey Friday, October 24, 2014 - 18:48 Source

Many thanks to John Menadue for allowing us to republish this personal farewell to Gough Whitlam which was originally published on his blog Pearls and Irritations earlier this week. John Menadue writes: Few public figures have left their mark on...

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New Matilda Friday, October 24, 2014 - 18:37 Source

Our very own Lindsay Foyle is off to the Walkleys after a colourful career of cartooning, and much more.

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Poll Bludger Friday, October 24, 2014 - 18:13 Source

The Seven Network reports a ReachTEL automated phone poll conducted yesterday has Labor’s lead at 52-48, up from 51-49 a month ago. More details to follow (although it may take a while).

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:50 Source

Open Culture has kindly gathered up all the free HP Lovecraft audio books in existence and bundled them in one terrorlicious post for you download at your convenience.

How many Lovecraft works? Pretty much all of them. The stories have slipped into the public domain and mad fans of the Olde Ones have been recording their own versions. There are also professional readings of everything from The Call of Cthulu to The Dunwich Horror, and a radio dramatization of The Color out of Space.

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 16:08 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia equities had been looking fairly upbeat, pricing in the lead from both Europe and Wall Street until news broke that Ebola had made its way to New York. S&P futures have pulled back, with traders concerned that the Ebola patient had travelled on the subway from […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 15:52 Source

You’ve got to love the Fairfax property spruik machine: Australia’s property prices will be “flat as a pancake” over the next decade, Domain Group senior economist Dr Andrew Wilson says. The resources boom is over, the international economy “can’t get its act together” and investors will soon start to lose interest. “Going forward we are […]

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Popular Science Friday, October 24, 2014 - 15:15 Source

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is growing exponentially. The latest reports suggest that at least 9,915 people have been infected, and 4,555 have died. And this is just the beginning. Previously, the CDC estimated that a startling 1.4 million West Africans could be infected by January.  

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 14:18 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) is one of the few pieces of national public health policy with unquestioned democratic legitimacy. It was established by the vote of a majority of citizens in a majority of states in a referendum in the late 1940s. Since then, it has lowered the cost of […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, October 24, 2014 - 13:06 Source

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