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MacroBusiness Monday, April 24, 2017 - 00:01 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: The operation and demise of the Bretton Woods system – VOX March for Science: Worldwide protests begin – CNN March for Science: Rallies worldwide to protest against political interference – BBC Water streaming across Antarctica surprises, worries scientists – CBS News Despite Mounting Losses, Mystery Trader “50 Cent” Doubles Down With Massive VIX

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 23:06 Source

  Mr Turnbull identified Australian values as freedom, equality of men and women, the rule of law, democracy and “a fair go”, and claimed these were “uniquely Australian”. “They are shared with many other democracies but they are in and of themselves unique. There’s something uniquely Australian about them,” he said. A haze of fake…

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Harrangue Man Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 20:06 Source

I had an Epic Cook Off—in title case so I can intialise to ECO. It was sparked by a casual mention of a topic and it cut straight through my ego defence and I lost it; I had fight AND flight. I ended up crying in the street and it took about an hour to come down from it. Fully ghastly. I had to have a couple of drinks and a shower to take the edge off; my top was soaked from rage and scare sweat.  I loathe that I had an ECO—it's been a while since I had one.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 20:00 Source

Former minister and Liberal Party director Andrew Robb recently completed an investigation into the poor performance of the Liberal Party in the 2016 federal election. Yes, they won by a whisker, but losing 14 seats is a drubbing. Former PM Abbott’s chief of staff, Peta Credlin, writing for the Daily Telegraph has her theory On…

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En Passant Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 18:12 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:25 Source

When asked about the conditions of the written agreement between the Liberals and Nationals to form a Coalition government after last year’s election, Barnaby Joyce said “The first aspiration is the agreement remains confidential. That’s aspiration one, two, three, four, five and six.” What did they have to hide? As Mark Kenny put it, “to…

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Your Democracy Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:17 Source

citizenship

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Your Democracy Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:02 Source

educating  Donald ...

We are fighting in Korea so we won’t have to fight in Wichita, or in Chicago, or in New Orleans, or in San Francisco Bay.”

-  President Harry S Truman, 1952

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 10:48 Source

Looking at the register of pecuniary interests, one can’t help but notice the number of politicians with more than one property. Actually, when you look at the number of properties, it’s tempting to suggest that were they all required to divest themselves of all real estate investments, then that’d go more than halfway toward solving…

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Harry Clarke Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 10:15 Source

Some of the fees charged by local investment advisors, such as local accountants, seem more than hefty. Particularly when investments are in equities. Often there is a fixed fee of around $300 per month or $3600 per year. There is also often a trailing fee of 1% of the value of the portfolio. Thus on a $1m investment with gross earnings of 5% the total annual fees would be $13,600 which, ignoring taxes, would be 25% of the total return. A big slab since it would now take about 20 years for your investment to double if all returns were reinvested whereas it would take only 14 years without the fees.

 

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The Political Sword Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 10:10 Source


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Your Democracy Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 08:03 Source
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Your Democracy Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 07:40 Source

on legacy ...

 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 05:54 Source

Sunday 23 April 2017 It’s a lazy Sunday. There’s not much on. Rain is falling on corrugated roof creating a rhythm of thought-provoking questions that are not easily put aside. The word democracy keeps insinuating itself upon me. I know I have written about it unendingly but the political person who lives within me tells…

The post Day to Day Politics: Destroying what we stand for. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 00:16 Source

In June 2016 when APN News & Media announced that it was selling its faltering Australian regional newspaper operations to News Corp, staffing levels at APN east coast regional newspapers had long ago been pared to the bone.Now News Corp is also embarking on yet another round of staff reductions and work practice changes across its mastheads.The Guardian, 11 April 2017:Rupert Murdoch’s Australian tabloids are making the majority of their photographers and subeditors redundant in a radical cost-cutt

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 19:45 Source

By Christian Marx The smell of death is in the air Rotting bodies everywhere Killed by Uncle Sam That great murderous sham Killed by greed Bombs rained down upon Sovereign nations in need The corporate filth salivate Stealing food from babies While they bask in hate 10,000 years has taught man naught Ego and avarice…

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Your Democracy Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 18:37 Source

the Von Trump Syndrome ...

The real kicker in the long run is Shorten and Turnbull supporting the insane Von Trump family who are intent on running the US middle class and poor into the ground while saving themselves by joining the inner circle of US war mongers driven by an out of control Military Industrial Complex. He is not simply “Clinton Light” … he is now Clinton’s clone.

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John Quiggin Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 16:07 Source

I’ve been on holiday over Easter, going to the National Folk Festival in Canberra, which is why I haven’t posted for a while. One thing that struck me during my break was the Easter editorial in the Oz. In place of the usual vague pieties, it was a full-scale blast of Christianism, demanding that Australians respect the specifically Christian nature of the holiday. This was followed up by Nikki Savva (not someone who has ever struck me as showing any religious feeling) denouncing Bill Shorten for desecrating this sacred holiday with mundane politics.

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Your Democracy Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 15:03 Source

 

another dumb deal

The Trump administration and its allies will "deal" with North Korea if China does not force the rogue state to abandon its nuclear weapons program, US Vice-President Mike Pence declared following talks with Malcolm Turnbull at Sydney's Admiralty House.

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Your Democracy Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 14:01 Source

 

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Club Troppo Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 13:58 Source

The OECD is getting pretty serious about bridging divides – you know righting the world’s injustices – that kind of thing. It’s making a difference. It’s probably thinking to itself “there’s got to be change” – or thoughts to that effect.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 13:37 Source

The world is bat poo crazy. Barnaby Joyce is our Deputy Prime Minister, Pauline Hanson is dictating policy, and Spud Duddy is being touted as our next leader. Action on climate change is seen as too expensive. We can’t afford foreign aid for our neighbours but we can afford $400 billion for new war toys…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 11:31 Source

By LeftOfCentre U.S. Secretary of State, Rex (RExxon) Tillerson forged a massive venture with Russian-owned oil company and Putin’s gravy train, Rosneft in 2012. But then Vladimir decided to invade Ukraine and Obama had no choice but to issue sanctions upon Russia, putting a halt to any progress on this massive project. This was a…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 05:56 Source

Saturday 22 April 2017 1 It was calculated that with a Newspoll due on Monday that the blatantly racist political moves on Citizenship and 457 visors would cause a lift in the polls for the Coalition and the Prime Minister. Although both were announced with all the characteristics of a party at war with itself,…

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North Coast Voices Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 00:16 Source
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North Coast Voices Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 00:15 Source

The president doesn’t want to shoot this hostage [ObamaCare], but Democrats should be calling him up and begging him not to shoot the hostage. They should be grateful for the chance to negotiate a deal in which he merely cuts off all the hostage’s fingers. After all, who is the public gonna blame for the hostage’s murder: the people who loved it, or the guy with the gun shouting all of this through a bullhorn?

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MacroBusiness Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 00:01 Source

MB Radio: Rort of the ElitesGlobal Macro / Markets / Investing: Panama Papers law firm boss sees tax shelter boom in US – Yahoo Fixing the Financial Crisis Was the Easy Part – Bloomberg The Blockchain Could Change the Backbone of the Stock Market – Visual Capitalist Digitisation shakes up corporate-bond markets – The Economist The Emerging Markets Consumer

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Your Democracy Friday, April 21, 2017 - 23:50 Source
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Under The Milky Way Friday, April 21, 2017 - 22:54 Source

A few weeks ago I had a chat with a neighbour who is a Mormon who kindly gave me a bit of a run-down on the Mormon faith. I made some notes on our conversation

Here are some reasons to become a Mormon:

  1. Traditional Christianity Has Splintered Into Dozens Of Competing Sects

You mentioned that traditional Christianity has splintered into dozens of competing sects whereas the Mormon Church has remained one church. The continuity of Mormonism as a single church with a single doctrine proves that it is the true Christian Church.

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