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North Coast Voices Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Sometimes the Internet demonstrates just how weirdly incorrect some posts can be.This post flows effortlessly from the pen of a U.K.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 23:10 Source

China Ministry Said to Propose Local Gov’ts Issuing Bonds to Cover Debts – Caixin Three major nations absent as China launches World Bank rival in Asia – Reuters Why China No Longer Wants Cheap Coal – Peterson Institute How China plans to rewrite the rules of solar energy – China Economic Review CHINA’S BANKING: HOW […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 21:50 Source

A lot of my respondents have said Barry Humphries isn’t funny. And none of them have seen his stage show. Those that have, please signify.

Following the rule that you do not judge what you have not seen I must ban the rest for life.

And then where are we?

This is just too fucking awful.

I think I am closing down the blog altogether.

What a bunch of nongs you are.

How dare you.

How dare you.

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Political Owl Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 18:15 Source

Forget about politically trendy liberals being influenced by their green credentials. The the single most important factor driving whether people instal solar is peer influence. That, at least, is what two researchers at Yale and the University of Connecticut have discovered.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 18:01 Source

9.34pm. Since the Labor-versus-Greens results yet to be reported are barely even of academic interest (Labor currently leads 64-36), I’ll more or less wrap it up here, although I’ll have another look at the numbers later tonight given that we should get some pre-polls and postals. To summarise: Labor has easily won Charlestown, being just a shade under 50%, but has struggled a bit in the face of a strong performance from independent Karen Howard in Newcastle, who seems to have inherited the Liberal vote. Nonetheless, Labor’s 37.1% to 25.9% lead over Howard on the primary vote is too big for her to run down on preferences.

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The Tally Room Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 18:00 Source

Charlestown – Primary vote results

Candidate
Party
Votes
%
Swing

Luke Arms
Independent
4,696
12.25
+12.25

Marc Sky
Independent
1,024
2.67
+2.67

Jane Oakley
Greens
5,404
14.09
+5.66

Suellen Wrightson
Palmer United
2,433
6.35
+6.35

Jodie Harrison
Labor
19,045
49.67
+20.76

Luke Cubis
Independent
1,333
3.48
+3.48

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 17:55 Source

An interesting history of Australia's early serial killers. I used to have a theory that the increasing number of serial killers was somehow related to the metastisizing of material culture. Probably because I read too much Bret Easton Ellis.

Anyway, I was asked to look at a manuscript by Robert Cox, for A Compulsion to Kill. A history of early serial killers. I used to find these sort of books really useful when researching Leviathan. Often more useful than general historical texts.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 17:30 Source

It’s been a sad week. I wasn’t alive when Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister, but my parents brought me up to understand that he was a hero. When I asked mum this week how she and dad, who were around my age when Gough was dismissed, could live through this time without being driven insane with the injustice of it all, she told me how they stayed up all night, too angry to sleep, plotting revenge on Malcolm Fraser. But what more could they do back then? There was no quick way to start a protest movement like there is now, via Facebook and Twitter. There wasn’t even a way to send chain emails to bring people together.

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New Matilda Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 15:00 Source

Call him paranoid, but Chris Graham is starting to get the distinct impression that The Australian newspaper doesn't much like New Matilda.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:52 Source

Phill said Barry Humphries wasn’t funny and was banned for a week. He then went into a snit and said he would never, ever write a single word in these columns ever again. Taking him at his  word, I have made it temporarily impossible for him to interpose his ragged stupidities in this blog any more. If he wants clemency he must apologise between dawn on November 1 and sunset on November 3, after which the iron door will close on his flailing fists forever.

I really dislike his tone, and a good deal of his content, and suspect he is a sexagenarian cunt, now living alone.

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Political Owl Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:17 Source

It’s not often to hear a politician talk openly and honestly about what is given in return for campaign donations. Full marks then to the former Northern Territory Deputy Chief Minister David Tollner for declaring donations would open his door “if you ever need to talk to me about something”. Speaking on 105.7 ABC Darwin on Friday Mr Tollner said people who did not donate faced “a line-up at the door”, explaining “you have to start prioritising”.The ABC website reports:

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New Matilda Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:12 Source

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Unless you go in for plastic surgery. Then things can get a little complicated.

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New Matilda Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:12 Source

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Unless you go in for plastic surgery. Then things can get a little complicated.

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The Tally Room Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Narrewarrensouth1-2PPNarre Warren South is a Labor seat in south-eastern Melbourne, covering Hampton Park and Narre Warren South and parts of Berwick and Lynbrook.

Labor’s Judith Graley has held the seat since 2006, and holds it now by a 7.4% margin.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 10:58 Source

Lying in his teeth, Gerard Henderson, a Liberal voter, said Labor failed in 1974 to get an absolute majority in the Senate. It got an absolute majority in the Senate, but two of its votes were stolen after one of its Senators, Bert Milliner, died, another, Lionel Murphy, went to the High Court, and they were replaced, unprecedentedly and improperly, by a Liberal and a Country Party premier, who had constitutionally the power, never used till then, to act unfairly and undemocratically in this way, and appointed Albert Field and Cleaver Bunton, two anti-Labor Independents, in their place.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 09:00 Source

As I like pointing out from time to time – particularly after I’m dismissed as a typical Labor supporter by those who seek to dismiss any criticism of the current government by citing Labor’s record in government – I have never been a member of the Labor Party. Neither am I a member of The “that’s even more loony” Greens. What’s Labor’s record got to with what I’m saying about Abbott, I wonder, as I’m talking about the current government and to me, any argument about the past is like asking why you’re annoyed that I punched you when someone else kicked you yesterday.

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En Passant Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 08:25 Source

The Illawarra Mercury on opponents of the higher education reforms and Pyne’s supposed back down.

John Passant, of protest group UOW Uncut, said the concessions were a temporary measure designed to persuade undecided senators.

‘‘This is a strategic retreat – one step back to enable the war to continue,’’ Mr Passant said.

‘‘The real game is fee deregulation. The moment they get that up, then over time they can increase the funding cuts and start to think again about real interest rates.’’

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 07:41 Source

So much written this week about the mythologizing of hte Gough Whitlam. Most of it on the Right, moaning about the Left. Greg Sheridan's column on Thursday was an example of the form. But in fact a lot of the Whitlam myth was manufactured on the Right. In hindsight his economic policies, especially in the era of OPEC driven catastrophe can be seen as unremarkable and the call his government made on the public purse was significantly less than that of economically dry John Howard.

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Hoyden About Town Saturday, October 25, 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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En Passant Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 04:52 Source

Carol Roe – justice for Julieka: My granddaughter died in a cell begging for help. Please give us answers.

My granddaughter died in a cell begging for help. Please give us answers.

 

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Duck Pond Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 04:49 Source

Dexter and Hannah have the expectation that they will go out. They know the way. They seem to find scents that are interesting.

At this time of the year the seasonal dialectic between winter and summer is happening. The weather has been both quite cold and quite warm. September was reported globally to be the hottest on record, which on some days was seemingly contradicted by local experience.

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En Passant Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 04:28 Source

Glenn Greenwald:

Canada learns you don’t get to run around for years wallowing in war glory, invading and bombing others, without the risk of having violence brought back to you.

Read the full article re-posted in the Stop the War Coalition here.

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George Monbiot Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 03:42 Source

Only 0.01% of our seas are protected, and even the top conservation sites are up for grabs.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 02:37 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Ten insane things people on Wall Street believe.  – The reformed broker Shanghai exchange ready for options rollout – FT Losses Jump at Amazon, as Investments Pile Up – NYT Americas: New Home Sales increased slightly to 467,000 Annual Rate in September – CalculatedRisk Weekly initial unemployment claims are sitting at […]

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 01:37 Source

A one-eyed musing:One regular North Coast Voices reader is so crooked at The Daily Examiner that he sent me a message on 7.10.14; Check out its self centered article in today’s rag. "Projects to help AREA rebound'. Apparently Grafton is the only community in the Clarence Valley that needs to rebound.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Some of the political cartoons which were picked up by social media....... 

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North Coast Voices Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:16 Source

"Before I take my pension out I check to see if it's still in there because I'm scared that Tony Abbott has stopped it."[Participant in a discussion group quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 October 2013]

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Poll Bludger Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 Source

October 25

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Skepticlawyer Friday, October 24, 2014 - 19:28 Source

The case of Gordon College (via) in Massachusetts, which propounds a traditional Christian view of homosexuality with a rather less traditional coda of sympathy, puts into sharp relief the “orientation is not sinful, acts are” position.

The policy of Gordon College is:

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Croakey Friday, October 24, 2014 - 18:48 Source

Many thanks to John Menadue for allowing us to republish this personal farewell to Gough Whitlam which was originally published on his blog Pearls and Irritations earlier this week. John Menadue writes: Few public figures have left their mark on...

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