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The Tally Room Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 17:00 Source

Party
Votes
Raw %
Projected
Swing
Electorate seats
List seats
Total seats

National
0
0.00
0.00
0.00
0
0
0

Labour
0
0.00
0.00
0.00
0
0
0

Green
0
0.00
0.00
0.00
0
0
0

New Zealand First
0
0.00
0.00
0.00
0
0
0

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Antony Green's Election Blog Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 16:58 Source

New Zealanders get two votes at elections, the two votes cast on a single ballot paper. One vote is for a local member, elected by simple majority or 'first past the post' voting. The second vote is for a party...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 16:47 Source

UN World Leaders Meet in New York to Discuss Climate Change

Except for ours (and India and China though China did send their Deputy Premier). Prime Minister Tony Abbott will not attend the meeting, even though he is due in New York a day later to address the UN and hold a series of meetings with world leaders in an effort to combat terrorism.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 16:15 Source

While Australia and New Zealand have much history in common, the constitutional structures of the two countries are very different. Where Australia's Commonwealth's Parliament is divided between the House of Representatives and a powerful Senate, New Zealand has only a...

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Croakey Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 15:51 Source

The current Federal Government is very keen to tell us what our responsibilities are as citizens of this beautiful country. Apparently we need to engage in some “heavy lifting”  and there is some team or something we are supposed to join. When it...

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Antony Green's Election Blog Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 13:49 Source

Some summaries of New Zealand Elections since the introduction of MMP in 1996.

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Croakey Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 12:55 Source

By Frances Gilham Ebola, experimental medicine and evidence The Ebola crisis is worsening. ABC news reported on Liberia’s plea to the US for help, and Barack Obama’s response to send 3,000 troops to West Africa. A fascinating article in the New York...

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you said it... Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:58 Source

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Craig Kelly is the Liberal Federal MP for the seat of Hughes.

When this story and picture surfaced of a man allegedly bashed by police during a  raid on his home connected to Operation Hammerhead, Craig joined in the jeers from his anti-Muslim Facebook fans with a swipe at the ABC for *gasp* reporting the news.

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you said it... Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:58 Source

#mikebairdMP                 #jrobertsonmp

Craig Kelly is the Liberal Federal MP for the seat of Hughes.

When this story and picture surfaced of a man allegedly bashed by police during a  raid on his home connected to Operation Hammerhead, Craig joined in the jeers from his anti-Muslim Facebook fans with a swipe at the ABC for *gasp* reporting the news.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 09:59 Source

the house always wins .....

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The Tally Room Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 09:48 Source

Voters are now going to the polls in New Zealand to elect the next Parliament – and therefore their new government – for the next three years.

Polls close at 7pm tonight New Zealand time – which is 5pm where I am in Sydney. I will be covering the results from the time polls close tonight.

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WixxyLeaks Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 09:41 Source

Unless you have been involved in deep space exploration you would be aware of the massive raids on houses across NSW and Qld in relation to alleged terrorist plots and alleged links to terrorism.

It is fair to say that this type of event brings out the nutters on both sides of the fence, and authorities have stated that they are on alert for any information regarding any sort of threat to public safety from either Islamic extremists or right-wing extremists.

Call me a cynic, but I have a tendency to think that there may be a little less emphasis on looking into the right-wing side of things.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 09:12 Source

Julie Bishop told the United Nations it would be nice if Putin betrayed his friends, disarmed them, and let them be tortured and killed by those they were in conflict with. Putin, the most powerful man in the world, dictator and brutal ruler of eleven time zones, would surely obey her, she assured her spellbound audience, when he came to Brisbane and she spoke to him about it. She was regarded as a lunatic by many attending nations, the French, for instance, who compared her proposal to the English cutting off all help, which they did not, to the French Underground in World War 2.

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Popular Science Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:55 Source

What do the Curiosity rover and a bone allograft have in common? They both have got to be super duper clean.

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Popular Science Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:53 Source

It’s not often that a military advertises a weapon on what it doesn’t do, but at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exposition in Pretoria, South Africa, that’s exactly what Chinese arms manufacturer Poly Technologies did. The “Shoulder-Launched Rocket with Low Collateral Damage” is a weapon designed to give troops all the utility of a wall-piercing explosion, with a lot less of the accidental casualty downside.

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Popular Science Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:53 Source

Among the 2.5 tons of cargo that's set to go up to the International Space Station this weekend, there will be five mice with a particular genetic mutation. The mice lack a gene that normal mice have, called Muscle Ring Finger 1, or MuRF-1 (rhymes with Smurf). Scientists are hoping the missing gene will keep those mice healthier in space than their five ordinary compatriots that will be riding up with them.

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Popular Science Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:53 Source

Picture this: You're on a cross-country road trip with your kids, passing through some dusty corner of Nevada in your self-driving 2030 Chevrolet Lumina. Your car then sends an invisible message across the desert: Three passengers. Two in child seats. Sixth hour without a break. A distant server whirrs, combs through a database of your and your kids' past online behavior, and beams a command back to your car. A grinning clown dances across your windshield and a familiar jingle plays. "McDonalds!" your kids squeal. Suddenly you have lunch plans.

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Popular Science Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:52 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, September 20, 2014 - 08:52 Source

Next week is Climate Week in New York City. The happenings begin on Sunday with what promises to be a massive march demanding action to curb human-propelled global warming. On Tuesday, the United Nations will hold an all-day climate-focused summit for world leaders.

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Popular Science Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:52 Source

Sierra Leone’s attempted lockdown is unprecedented: The whole country has been placed on house arrest and 20,000 volunteers have been recruited to help identify suspected Ebola carriers. “Some of the things we are asking you to do are difficult, but life is better than these difficulties,” President Ernest Bai Koroma said.

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Popular Science Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:52 Source

50: number of cameras researchers are using to study penguin populations in the Antarctic. You can help researchers identify penguins in adorable photographs, all while helping to train their artificial penguin-spotting intelligence.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:43 Source

(First published by Independent Australia)

Shouting ‘fire!’ in a crowded theatre is frowned upon in most societies, and thought an example of a limit on freedom of speech we can all agree on. Tony Abbott did something far, far worse yesterday. He told an entire nation they could be randomly beheaded at any moment.

He then told us to calm down, and behave as if he hadn’t said it. He added to the usual terrors female shift-workers endure on late night buses, late night trains, and the long walk from a railway station home at 1.30 a.m., the ultimate horror of having your head cut off.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:20 Source

keeping us safe ....

The core government responsibility of protecting lives should not have to come at the cost of illiberal privacy subversions, as represented by the data retention proposal.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 08:19 Source

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Islamic State in Iraq'They Know Exactly What They Are Doing'

Interview conducted by Dieter Bednarz

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi played an infamous role in spurring the 2003 American invasion of his country. In an interview, he tells SPIEGEL about the rise of Islamic State, why the West misjudged the jihadists and whether it is time to cooperate with Assad.

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Your Democracy Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 07:42 Source

organised crime .....

 

Select your preferred relaxation technique – a few deep breaths, a stiff drink perhaps, or some yoga – for you are about to hear how you have just paid for something twice.

Worse still, you will hear how you have been paying for something, on a quarterly basis for the past 10 years, which you have already paid for. We are all victims of a high-brow rort by governments and energy companies.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 07:12 Source

  China China’s job market said ‘severe’, finding work difficult – survey (SCMP) China debates how to impose carbon caps (FT.com) ...and a call to Australia may not help them... Amid Market Downtown, China’s Developers Dig In (Caixin) In Praise of China’s New Normal (Project-Syndicate) 500 Bln Yuan Question: Is PBOC Going to Ease Liquidity […]

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Hoyden About Town Saturday, September 20, 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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North Coast Voices Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 04:05 Source

Intermittent but persistent problems with the quality of drinking water in the Lower Clarence continue, with episodes of discoloured/dirty water becoming a characteristic of Yamba’s water supply in 2014.Clarence Valley Council’s explanations for this state of affairs have been varied, however little appears to have been done to rectify the situation to date.This was the colour of Yamba township’s drinking water in February 2014:

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Duck Pond Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 03:51 Source

Spring has arrived.  The creek may soon be running dry, but Dexter and Hannah will appreciate it while it still flows.

The case may be, or seems to be, at least in relation to Dexter and Hannah, if I behave well, provided I have them under control, they behave well. Anyway, Sally Hibbard says dog owners can get it wrong in several ways. She writes:

Dogs are complex creatures still retaining many of the instincts and behaviors of their wolf ancestors.

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you said it... Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 03:31 Source

#mikebairdMP                              #jrobertsonmp

Received by a Muslim family in Sydney

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