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Global Guerrillas Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 08:13 Source

ISIS isn't a state and it's not your typicaly insurgency.

It's much more interesting than that.

ISIS is a marketplace -- a freewheeling bazaar of violence -- and it is rapidly expanding.   

So far, it's been very successful:

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Popular Science Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 07:41 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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Popular Science Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 07:41 Source

Whenever NASA’s space shuttle was launched into orbit, it made the trip with the help of a very important tagalong: the external tank. Acting as the shuttle’s “gas tank,” the massive orange chamber housed all of the liquid hydrogen fuel—and oxygen to burn it—that powered the ship’s main engines.

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Popular Science Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 07:41 Source

Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht has taken fashion to a shocking new level: She recently donned a custom-built metallic dress and zapped herself with nearly half a million volts of electricity. The stunt came about when she met ArcAttack, a band that makes music with giant Tesla coils. Together they decided to craft a shockproof costume for an upcoming show. Wipprecht built a spiked helmet and plate-metal dress and secured them over a head-to-toe suit of chain mail. For extra flair, she hacked toy plasma balls into shoulder ornaments. “Normally I work with fashion models,” Wipprecht says.

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Popular Science Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 07:41 Source

Hydraulic fracturing has increased seven-fold across the United States since 2007. Over that time period, scientists' knowledge of the environmental impacts of fracking has not progressed nearly this much. Startlingly little research has looked at biological effects of this process on the environment and wildlife. But what we do know is alarming enough that more research is urgently needed, according to a new study, and the lack of knowledge quite stunning.

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Hoyden About Town Saturday, August 2, 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.
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Otterday! And Open Thread

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 05:34 Source

5.30 am

Watching al-Jazeera and the changing stories — a young man blows himself up; a firefight ensues; a soldier is captured; for this heinous iniquity, hundreds must die — I’m reminded of the Jewish word chutzpah, and how many infants, lately, it’s killing, and what it means. Enthusiastic, optimistic cheek, is one way of describing it.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 05:00 Source

How many years on Nauru have these 157 Tamil refugees been sentenced to? Is it in excess of ninety years? What are they charged with? What were they told they were charged with? Why were they not allowed to see …

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Duck Pond Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 03:17 Source

So what is “the greatest good” for Dexter and Hannah?

They as four-legged canines have some advantages. This particularly noticeable when coming down the incline. Dexter, in particular, would get ahead of me, if I let him. I don’t believe they are complaining too much about the conditions. Like most of us they probably have a whinge about somethings. Still they don’t have to put in forty job applications a months to keep their benefits. They would settle for thirty walks.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 00:16 Source

The Australian 1 August 2014:

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Imagine there was a vicious dog living in your street, and that pretty much every time you and your neighbours went past it the dog reared up and barked menacingly. Imagine your entreaties to the owners were met with abuse, or jeers at your powerlessness.

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you said it... Friday, August 1, 2014 - 23:02 Source

Jason checks his eyelashes and nose hairs before taking a selfie

Self-absorbed self-referencing troll addicted to selfies and as racist as fuck.

The use-by date on his condoms has expired.

Congratulations pin-head you’ve been NOTICED – but not in a good way.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 1, 2014 - 20:41 Source

A 56MW solar farm near NSW town of Moree – the first large scale solar array to use tracking in Australia – is ready to build after reaching financial closure.

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Political Owl Friday, August 1, 2014 - 20:00 Source

We had a classic proof earlier this year that Australian brewers don’t mind engaging in a little bit of deception.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 1, 2014 - 19:42 Source

“Sorry, I can’t stay for another beer – I’ve got a doctor’s appointment.”

“You what?”

“I’ve got a doctor’s appointment. I have to go and get a mole checked out. My wife thinks it might be skin cancer.”

“No such thing, mate.”

“What do you mean?”

“This skin cancer stuff is just a conspiracy so that scientists can get more money.”

“How do you know?”

“It’s just my opinion. But I did read something about it on the Internet, and someone rang up a talkback show and said it was a load of crap and the host said that he wasn’t convinced that it existed either.”

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En Passant Friday, August 1, 2014 - 18:30 Source

How fitting that multi-billionaire Twiggy Forrest has advised the Abbott government on the need for welfare recipients to be income managed on 100% of their welfare payments.

What expertise does he have in this field? I can almost hear those latté-drinking inner city types ask.

You leftie pinko communist types just don’t get it.

Perhaps it is because he has so successfully income tax managed his own affairs.

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Your Democracy Friday, August 1, 2014 - 17:50 Source

a legend in his own mind ....

from politicoz …..

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Hoyden About Town Friday, August 1, 2014 - 17:00 Source

It's cold outside, so spend time inside looking at these things instead. Or at least it is cold here. Please share any bits and pieces you have come across recently that have surprised, delighted, intrigued or otherwise positively engaged...

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 1, 2014 - 16:51 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia has picked up the negative leads from US and European trade, with the major bourses enduring some selling. News that the S&P suffered its first monthly decline since January really seems to have rattled confidence and already we are starting to hear calls for […]

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, August 1, 2014 - 16:05 Source

I ran the trailer for this a while ago and peeps seemed to like it. Now there's a 21 min feature at Kickstarter which is well worth a look.

Can't embed it here, sorry, but you can follow the link.

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WixxyLeaks Friday, August 1, 2014 - 15:55 Source

The woman whom Tony Abbott thinks is so admirable and heroic has had a rapid fall from grace.

However Abbott must not be alone is his disappointment, there is a long list of Liberal Party figures that have sung Kathy Jackson’s praises for years and now find themselves with the same sudden amnesia that Jackson is suffering from on the Royal Commission stand.

Then there’s Christopher Pyne, George Brandis, Eric Abetz, former Liberal MP’s like Peter Reith, right-wing commentators like Andrew Bolt, Piers Ackerman, Miranda Devine, Ray Hadley, Chris Smith, Paul Murray and a host of others.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 1, 2014 - 15:19 Source

We have been given the impression by certain members of the media recently that Tony Abbott is being hailed as some sort of world leader in the aftermath of MH17. Try as I did to find any reference to him in any of the major news dailies around the world, I couldn’t. I found several negative references concerning his abandonment of the carbon tax and his attempts to deregulate university fees, but nothing that linked his name to MH17. That, however, has not stopped people like Gerard Henderson and Michael Stutchbury praising Abbott’s performance on ABC’s Insiders.

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John Quiggin Friday, August 1, 2014 - 14:29 Source

The Oz (no link) is touting a campaign by Andrew Forrest to introduce an Australian version of the US “food stamps” system, replacing cash payments with a card that can only be used to buy an approved list of items. This is yet another step in the abandonment of economic rationalism by the political right. I’d be surprised if Forrest could get the support of any economist for this (though the recent performances of the IPA crew give me some pause). Free market advocates, following Milton Friedman, have long sought the replacement of in-kind benefits with cash.

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New Matilda Friday, August 1, 2014 - 14:20 Source

A little boy wants to kill himself. A little girl is 'fasting'. In their own words and drawings, here's what our nation is doing to children in immigration detention.

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Jack the Insider Friday, August 1, 2014 - 14:12 Source

Every time I hear the word ‘Art’, my eyes glaze over knowing that I’m about to be exposed to something knocked out by some self-proclaimed…

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Renew Economy Friday, August 1, 2014 - 13:46 Source

IMF report calls for energy taxes to be raised to reflect environmental and health impact, singles out coal as 'about the dirtiest of all fuels.'

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 1, 2014 - 13:41 Source

From The Australian: Gindalbie Metals (GBG) last night suspended trading in its shares as it awaits the outcome of a review of the value of its shareholding in the Karara iron ore project, which is a joint venture with China’s Ansteel. …The Chinese company is already on track to earn more than a 60 per […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 1, 2014 - 13:34 Source

From the CBA today: Prices cut as cost deflation and new supply outweigh healthy demand We downgrade iron ore prices across our forecast horizon. Falling Chinese production costs, relentless growth in new cheap seaborne supply and slower growth in Chinese pig iron output relative to crude steel combine to weigh on the iron ore market even as Chinese and global […]

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Inside Story Friday, August 1, 2014 - 13:29 Source

There was a “natural tendency in covert intelligence operations to create a cloak of secrecy over what might in fact be quite legitimate inquiries,” observed Sir Keith Waller (above).

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New Matilda Friday, August 1, 2014 - 13:26 Source

Max Chalmers sat through yesterday's Human Rights Commission inquiry into children held in immigration detention. It was a harrowing day.

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