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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 22:30 Source

Today, the first sitting day of a new parliament, thirteen, yes thirteen coalition backbenchers defied their Prime Minister and called for an amendment to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act that would see the words “insult” and “offend” removed. Thirteen white Liberal backbenchers want to be legally permitted to racially offend and insult. So desperately…

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En Passant Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 20:04 Source

 

If Labor really wants to win marriage equality then my suggestion is they build and lead a mass, radical, civil rights campaign rather than playing parliamentary games.

When the Government defeats the various private members’ bills in the House of Representatives it will be time to begin a campaign that brings in tens and tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, on to the streets.  Labor is the one party that could do this.

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Harrangue Man Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 17:33 Source

The compressing of time is upon me and I am experiencing it physically. Last night I was awake until 2:30 then woke at 6:30 with four hours sleep. At one pm it was back to bed for three more hours; my wake-sleep cycle is lapping. Then, during the day, jitters and extended, jagged space outs, both good and bad, until sleep comes to claim me. It's what I've experienced before but squished into a near-montage rate of speed.It's a bizarre ride but I just got to push on through.WFTW.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 17:06 Source

Thanks to everyone who"s been noodling around the beta of Paris. It"s shaping up nicely. I"ll leave it in there for another week or so and then flick it to Deonie for the blow torch treatment.

I had an email from Dirk de Jager when he"d finished his first read thru; a suggestion that a map would nice. Which it would. I"ll see what I can do about that. If anyone knows of any copyright free map generating magic sites on the interwebs, please let me know.

I"ll have to go read Final Impact again to remind myself of how all the chips fell in the end.

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Club Troppo Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 16:02 Source

Who Should Own and Control Urban Water Systems? Historical Evidence from England and Wales
by Brian Beach, Werner Troesken, Nicola Tynan – #22553 (DAE HE PE)

Abstract:

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John Quiggin Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 15:50 Source

Over the fold, some concluding comments from a chapter I’ve written about the rise and decline of neoliberalism. I’m drawing on the “three-party system” analysis I’ve put forward before, in which neoliberalism (in both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ forms) is increasingly breaking down under pressure from tribalists on the right, and from an amorphous, but still resurgent left.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 14:17 Source

ACT brings $180m investment in hydrogen storage, including an electrolyser, a hydrogen-fuelled car fleet and a renewables-to-gas program.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 14:12 Source

Report commissioned for networks lobby predicts zero large-scale solar plants built in Australia between 2020 and 2030. But a lot of gas generation. Really?

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 14:03 Source

Redflow's Simon Hackett sees strong interest in Australian flow battery technology, and is rolling up his sleeves and giving installation instructions himself.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 13:30 Source

As parliament reconvenes, it’s timely to reassess the scope for Australia to establish a clear, enduring path to efficiently meet its current and future carbon targets.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 13:27 Source

Much has been said about the divisive nature of a plebiscite to decide the question of same-sex marriage. Much has been said about the simplicity of a parliamentary vote. Politics is a cruel animal when it comes to delivering on divisive issues. It reduces otherwise intelligent people to the level of school children misbehaving in…

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 13:26 Source

Auto industry execs must already know that Tesla is set to deliver, and is set to be a cost-competitive with gas cars.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 13:24 Source

AGL sees virtual plants in CBD buildings and manufacturing sites, as well as suburban homes, and says Australia will lead the world in energy innovation.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 13:09 Source

Study published in Climate Journal casts significant doubts on nuclear energy as the answer to combating climate change.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:45 Source

Major insurers have urged governments to commit to phasing out fossil fuel subsides by 2020.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:22 Source

Santos’ estimates of the future oil price makes some very bold assumptions that will test the bullishness of brokers and analysts.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 12:12 Source

Denis Bright invites discussion of the importance of linking complex policy issues to the practical concerns of people in a more stridently market economy. The federal LNP has successfully eulogized its policy message in defence of its market ideology throughout the entire post-war period to encourage many constituents to vote against their own self-interest. In…

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 11:49 Source

Innovation will be stifled right across the clean energy sector if the Australian Parliament supports legislation to remove future grant funding available from the ARENA.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 11:48 Source

It’s hard to overstate the bizarre nature of the gas market in Australia.

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Renew Economy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 11:43 Source

Risen Energy has announced their scope of operations expansion in Australia.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 11:21 Source

insults versus vilification...

The house of reps members are heading over to the Senate for the speech by the governor general, Sir Peter CosgroveBill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull are walking together.

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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 11:16 Source

I spent last Friday meeting many wonderful women before and after this Feminist Writers Festival panel discussion. Our chair @bluemilk had prepared some great starting points, the audience was engaging and asked some really interesting questions, so...

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 09:59 Source

Of all the many criticisms of high-rise living in Australia’s capitals, the charge that it reduces “chance encounters” and is socially isolating is the weakest Do high-rise apartment towers promote social isolation?

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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 09:51 Source

The 45th Federal Parliament of Australia should be interesting. As in ancient curse/benison "interesting".

But as the Canberra politicians put on their solemnest faces today, the world keeps turning: what news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed...

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Popular Science Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 09:51 Source

Global Hawks were built for the still skies above wars. The surveillance drones, America's largest, fly in the calmer altitudes of around 60,000 feet above the ground, where they can wait for over a day, cameras pointed down, watching. The same characteristics that make a Global Hawk a useful tool of war against insurgents also lend its power as a storm watcher. NASA has a Global Hawk, painted bright white and not Air Force gray — and last week it flew over a tropical storm Gaston, determining it was, in fact, a hurricane.

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Popular Science Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 09:51 Source

Hey, remember all those tongue-in-cheek jokes we made about advances in robotics and how eventually they'll turn on us?

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Popular Science Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 09:51 Source

Shipping drones capture the imagination unlike almost any robot. We see visions of skies filled with small robots, worrying and planning for the day packages that come by aircraft directly to our doorstep Yet most drones can't really carry all that much, and are built for cargoes of around a few pounds. To truly compete with, rather than just supplement, other delivery technologies, drones will need to go bigger.

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Popular Science Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 09:51 Source

Two US state election databases have been hacked by foreign hackers, according to a new report by the Federal Bureau of the Investigation. The FBI says these actions may have been carried out by either Russian government hackers, or cybercriminals who are seeking to find and use protected tax information.

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Popular Science Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 09:51 Source

A generic EpiPen that will cut the cost of the life-saving injection tool in half is soon to come. Mylan is releasing the tool at a time when the price per pen of the on-brand product (which Mylan also makes) has been increased so aggressively as to warrant accusations of price gouging.

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Popular Science Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 09:51 Source

Yesterday, six people stepped onto the ground at Mauna Loa in Hawaii, breathing in air unfiltered by a spacesuit or habitat for the first time in a year. They had spent the past 365 days living as though they were part of a mission to Mars.

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