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TruthInNewsMedia Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:58 Source

By Barry Tucker                   23 August, 2014

Australian Press Council chairman Professor Julian Disney has decided not to adjudicate on News Corp cases after two of its editors accused him of bias.

The APC’s executive director, John Pender, issued a statement on Disney’s decision.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:28 Source

Ok. call me sexist, but I’ve always felt that having a woman around the house was more likely to lead to a cleaner house, so when Kevin moved out and Julia moved in, I figured that the house would be just as clean. And – if I’m being honest – I never really noticed much difference.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 08:43 Source

At the Inquiry Scott Morrison said ‘detention’, into which he proposed to lock up children on Nauru for a hundred years, was nothing like ‘prison’, and shouted at Gillian Triggs and frightened her. Asked if he was ill-treating children, he said yes but only to stop other children from drowning. Those who had not drowned he proposed to torture in revenge for their success in not drowning. He called this a ‘humanitarian response’.

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Digitopoly Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 06:25 Source

OK, as it is Friday afternoon, it is time to examine the monkey in the room: who owns copyright when some narcissistic non-human takes a selfie with a human’s camera? According to legal opinion, the answer is: not the human. What that means, is that as only humans can own copyright — well, and there isn’t an obvious corporation around — that no one owns the copyright.

Up until recently, this was, basically, a law school exam question. But then the monkey in the picture changed all that.

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Hoyden About Town Saturday, August 23, 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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Duck Pond Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 02:50 Source

There was much rain this week. As expected the creek, which has not flowed for months, flowed again. Dexter, in particular, seemed to take the opportunity this afforded.

The flow in the creek is transient. It is there for now, but perhaps will not last long. I have seen it with a greater volume. Yet, I feel a sense of exuberance that the water is coursing again.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 02:29 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Tech race fueld bitcoin mining bubble – FT ‘Robot Overlords’ Job-Stealing Exaggerated: Jackson Hole Paper - Bloomberg Natural gas to gasoline for $1/gallon – SFGate Central Bankers Wrestle With Easy Money -WSJ Developing Nations Anxiously Watch Fed at Jackson Hole – Foreign Policy How Significant is the BRICS New Development Bank? […]

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Peter Garcia-Webb Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 00:26 Source

Five weeks ago I wrote an article titled Israel wins, Gaza and Hamas Lose: an analysis. Sadly I was largely correct. Today's article brings that analysis up to date and includes a section of the price Israel has willingly paid to achieve its objectives: undermine Gaza, undermine Hamas, install a weakened puppet Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza. And get access to the offshore gas in Gaza Territorial waters.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 00:18 Source

Elite Energy website:YAMBA is becoming NSW's own North Coast early season festival with a difference.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Audio of The Disgraced Former Young Liberals Club (including anthem) click here.* First Dog On The Moon's shop here.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 00:15 Source

This weekend Abbott will be on the Pollie Pedal, a familiar and comforting excursion. He gives the impression of a leader for whom the core task of governing and delivering has become very hard. [The Conversation 15 August 2014]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 00:14 Source
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Your Democracy Friday, August 22, 2014 - 22:30 Source

lest we remember .....

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Digitopoly Friday, August 22, 2014 - 22:21 Source

lochnessTheory and common sense dictate that piracy should threaten new product creation. If it costs money to bring new works to market, then a reduction in revenue – all else constant – should render some projects uneconomic. So compelling is this theory that the content industries share it with lawmakers at every opportunity.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, August 22, 2014 - 21:06 Source

In order to stop children from drowning, we must imprison those children who have not drowned, and torture them.

You know it makes sense.

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Political Owl Friday, August 22, 2014 - 20:52 Source

Perhaps the Swedish opinion polls hold the key to the rather cryptic prediction by Julian Assange that he will soon be leaving the protection of the Embassy of Ecuador in London. The centre-right Alliance for Sweden coalition government (comprising the Moderate Party, Liberal People’s Party, Centre Party, and Christian Democrats) is trailing well behind the probable left of centre left coalition led by the Social Democrats.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 22, 2014 - 19:23 Source

Speaking on Adelaide radio yesterday Tony Abbott said that the last thing voters want is another election. Given the shocking polls, the shocking budget, and the shocking run the government is having, I’d say that the last thing Tony Abbott wants is an election. I’m sure that voters can make up their own minds.

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Political Owl Friday, August 22, 2014 - 19:16 Source

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Poll Bludger Friday, August 22, 2014 - 19:03 Source

The Seven Network tonight brings results from a ReachTEL poll showing Labor’s lead at 51-49, the narrowest it has been from ReachTEL since February. The only news on the primary vote at this stage is that Palmer United is down from 8.2% to 6.7%. The poll was conducted last night, so this would have caught any effect of Clive Palmer’s China-baiting performance on Q&A on Monday.

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TruthInNewsMedia Friday, August 22, 2014 - 18:05 Source

By Barry Tucker                    22 August, 2014

News Corp newspapers are leaking cash like a sieve, according to internal documents leaked to Crikey.com.

News Corp executives are not happy with this headline news, threatening to sue anyone who quotes from the leaked docs.

Twitter folk and Facebook fans had a field day with the news; many of them eager to hear about the last edition of Murdoch Press.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, August 22, 2014 - 17:27 Source

UPDATED. See entry below for extract.

Took a few hours off deadline last night to launch Andrew McMillen's 'Talking Smack', a series of profile/interviews with musicians forcussed largely, but not entirely on drug use.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, August 22, 2014 - 17:18 Source

Amphetamine is best known as a drug of alertness: snort or shoot a line of speed and you"ll be awake far longer than the body can usually tolerate. The avoidance of sleep is one of its major benefits, especially for creative people who feel compelled to spend their time on this earth productively, rather than being laid out in bed for one-third of every day. But the drug can be used medicinally in this sense, too, especially if you"re in a band where others are burning the proverbial candle for days on end.

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New Matilda Friday, August 22, 2014 - 16:18 Source

A Human Rights Commission inquiry into children in detention has today heard disturbing new evidence of the treatment of young asylum seekers.

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New Matilda Friday, August 22, 2014 - 16:18 Source

A Human Rights Commission inquiry into children in detention has today heard disturbing new evidence of the treatment of young asylum seekers.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 22, 2014 - 16:05 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Equities have drifted higher in Asia, with a cautious tone prevailing as investors look ahead to Jackson Hole and Janet Yellen’s speech. It seems the market is broadly expecting Yellen to remain fairly dovish, focusing on measures of labour market slack that support continued […]

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New Matilda Friday, August 22, 2014 - 15:52 Source

A split-screen and a news anchor's tantrum provide the perfect metaphor for the gradual decline of conservative white America. Chris Graham explains.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 22, 2014 - 15:37 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) has issued another warning that that government spending would balloon to nearly $700 billion over the coming decade without reform. From The Australian: Warning of future economic shocks, the independent agency forecasts a rise in government spending from $384 billion to $682bn over the coming decade […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 22, 2014 - 15:35 Source

Once again, it seems, the Liberal party spin doctors are trying to cloud our minds and muddy the waters with yet another two or three word slogan. This time it is ‘Team Australia’.

As if we were not already dumbed down enough with the pathetic, ‘stop the boats’ and ‘axe the tax’ not to mention, ‘fix the budget’, here we are, once more, being ask to leave our basic intelligence and our common sense at the front door and enter this extraordinary world of the mystical, unquestioned, not to be doubted, dumb-arse quotes of the day.

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Croakey Friday, August 22, 2014 - 15:24 Source

Why are consumers willing to overlook the contribution that Coca-Cola’s products are having in driving Australia’s poor health?  And why do organisations with public health objectives buy into the message that it is somehow part of the health...

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Croakey Friday, August 22, 2014 - 15:22 Source

By Frances Gilham The Ebola crisis deepens A dangerous new chapter has begun in the deadly Ebola epidemic, as crowds of people clashed with law enforcers trying to maintain quarantine zones to halt the disease spread in Liberia, the New York Times...

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