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Your Democracy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 16:38 Source

Mr Fraudband

Mr Fraudband you’ve screwed our dream

Made the biggest mess that we’ve ever seen

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John Quiggin Friday, March 24, 2017 - 16:29 Source

If you’re a bank customer, you’re doubtless getting plenty of messages urging you to go online and stop the waste involved in receiving paper statements each month. It’s an appealing pitch, but, at least for customers of ANZ, my advice is “DON’T !”. I recently had to replace a lost secondary card on my credit card. This used to be a painful process, involving reissuing all the cards, but it’s a lot simpler now, or so I thought. That is, until I checked my online bank statements and discovered they had disappeared.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, March 24, 2017 - 16:19 Source

I spent all day on this topic. It was a lot harder than I expected.

If only Andrew Bolt was free to speak his mind, none of those people would have died in London yesterday. If only the Bolter could just be free to tell us exactly what he thought of the mud races and their heathen ways, we would no longer have to live in fear of being violently disassembled by bearded nutters in chocolate shops or on the public thoroughfares.

He would give them a jolly good talking to and they would fold up like a cheap umbrella in a high wind.

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Your Democracy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 14:29 Source

trading insults

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 24, 2017 - 14:00 Source

I am having trouble understanding this energy debate. For starters, we own the resources and we make the rules.  Remembering that would be a good first step. Secondly, it is glaringly obvious that privatisation has not worked to keep retail prices down.  The bastards won’t even turn the generators on unless they get paid enough.…

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 13:47 Source

RenewEconomy wishes to advise subscribers that our website will be down from 8pm on Friday March 24 ADST due to an upgrade to our servers.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 13:40 Source

The town of Coober Pedy is in uproar. What should have been a positive plant to shift to a renewable-focused mini-grid based around wind and solar and storage is causing outrage in the community, and embarrassment to the developer, and the federal agency that backed it.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 13:40 Source

The town of Coober Pedy is in uproar. What should have been a positive plan to shift to a renewable-focused mini-grid based around wind and solar and storage is causing outrage in the community, and embarrassment to the developer, and the federal agency that backed it.

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Harrangue Man Friday, March 24, 2017 - 13:39 Source

Each day I wake up and delve into the latest government atrocity committed by the Trump administration and read the typifying nonsense babbled by the orange one himself and I struggle to understand why the GOP are not doing anything about it.The Republicans created this situation by their actions in opposition that were antithetical to government, with a purely political focus of obstruction with no merit, and by fostering the cloud of unbelief and myth that soaked into their support base. They stood and stand against science, for fuck's sake.So Trump is on them; they made his rise inevitable.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 13:35 Source

Because of the lack of competition that could have been introduced if RET policy was held steady, fossil fuel generators can use their market power to artificially inflate prices, and somehow convince media and politicians that it is all the fault of wind and solar.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 13:05 Source

Queensland says proposal to lower voltage standards will allow networks to more easily accommodate rooftop solar and other technologies.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:50 Source

Coalition publishes climate policy discussion paper amid CCA resignations, claims of right-wing, anti-science bias.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 12:41 Source

The NSIDC doesn’t usually release data for both poles simultaneously, but has done so this time because of what scientists have dubbed an “exceptional” year in 2017..

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:56 Source

What is a reasonable Feed-in Tariff (FiT) and why should a solar household in Bundanoon receive less than a solar household in Ballarat?

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:30 Source

Changes in the approach to frequency control on synchronous units has resulted in changes that have compromised the resilience of the power system to frequency variations.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:30 Source

Changes in the approach to frequency control on synchronous units has resulted in changes that have compromised the resilience of the power system to frequency variations.

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Peter Martin Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:24 Source

In the past 12 months, 82,800 Australians have moved to Victoria from interstate, around 500 carloads a week.

At the same time, 65,600 Victorians have left.

The gap - a net influx of 17,200 - is an all-time record. Victoria's population is being swelled by more migrants from interstate than ever before, and by far more than any other state, even Queensland, which used to be the go-to state for the rest of nation.

Perhaps as a result, or perhaps as a driver, employment in Victoria has surged by 97,300 in the past year, accounting for almost all of the nationwide employment growth of 104,600.

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En Passant Friday, March 24, 2017 - 10:46 Source


Slightly corrected version of the gloating NewsCorpse broadsheet (Image via @TheFinnigans)

Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class, I write in Independent Australia

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 24, 2017 - 06:00 Source

Friday 24 March 2017 Author’s note. Today I give up my daily article to a long-time friend Max Odgen. We played football together and share a love for cool Jazz. We have kept in touch over some 50 years. Max is well-known on the left of Australian politics, particularly in the Union movement as an activist.…

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Global Guerrillas Friday, March 24, 2017 - 01:24 Source

Jewish Community Center Bomb Threats

Last summer I wrote about how hacking the phone system could be used to automate terrorism.  That analysis is proving to be spot on.  Today, we learned that a 19 year old American-Israeli living in Israel, hacked satellites and phone equipment to make 120 fake bomb threats Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in the US, Australia, and New Zealand.  

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 24, 2017 - 00:15 Source

During this decade there have been three cases close to the hearts of the far right of the political spectrum in Australia.The first was Pat Eatock v Andrew Bolt and the Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd in the Federal Court of Australia, the second the Cynthia Prior complaint to the Human Rights Commission and, the third was the co

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 24, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Photograph by Janette AscheOn 15 March 2017 the longest navigable river in New Zealand, Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui), was granted full rights as "an indivisible and living whole" (a living

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Under The Milky Way Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 19:16 Source

This is a description of my families cat: Swishy. She had green eyes, brown and white fur, cute, little, white paws and an innocent face expression.

One day when I was 18 months old, my sister was 2 years old and my brother was 5 years old, our family were playing a game of UNO. In the middle of my sister’s turn my dad heard a meowing sound and saw……….

A CAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Once everyone had seen the big suprize we started to think what to name this mysterious cat. We ended up calling her………… SWISHY!!!!!!

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John Quiggin Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 18:17 Source

Earlier today, I wrote to Josh Frydenberg, the Minister for Energy and Environment, resigning as a Member of the Climate Change Authority. Mine is the third recent resignation: Clive Hamilton resigned in February, and Danny Price a couple of days ago. There’s a story in the Guardian here. My resignation statement is over the fold.

Resignation from the Climate Change Authority: Statement by John Quiggin

I have written today to the Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP to submit my resignation as a Member of the Climate Change Authority.

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Prosper Australia Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 16:32 Source

Peter Martin, Australia’s clearest economic writer, has turned his icy gaze to Stamp Duty. This vile tax causes real harm to all of us and begs to be struck from the statute books. Yes, it is a state tax. Yes, the feds can push reform along and add $85.5 billion to the economy. “There’s no […]

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 15:32 Source

Australia’s wind farms could soon become “core providers” of crucial grid stability services, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:52 Source

Australian PV manufacturer Tindo Solar has a new owner, with plans to create nation's largest vertically integrated solar retailer.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:27 Source

Cohda Wireless today announces it has received two grants from the Government of South Australia, totaling $2 million, as part of the Future Mobility Lab Fund.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:26 Source

We think this is the best number-plate on a Tesla electric vehicle that we have seen to date.

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Renew Economy Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 14:26 Source

We think this is the best number-plate on a Tesla electric vehicle that we have seen to date.

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