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Your Democracy Friday, December 30, 2016 - 14:29 Source

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United States President Barack Obama has announced a coordinated series of punishments against Russia over hacking allegations, expelling dozens of diplomats and naming intelligence operatives.

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xkcd.com Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:00 Source

Things are looking good for the eclipse--Nate Silver says Earth will almost definitely still have a moon in August.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, December 30, 2016 - 10:36 Source

By Dave Chadwick A fairly common theme I have heard from a number of conservative and progressive commentators has been to blame Donald Trump’s election on the air of moral superiority taken by Democrats and social rights activists. The exact way this was phrased varies, from the very progressive Jonathon Pie imploring people to have…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, December 30, 2016 - 10:00 Source

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

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Harrangue Man Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 21:50 Source

One of the immense joys of parenting is imparting the knowledge of kewl movies, books and music. And TV shows ... and movies inspired by TV shows.And that's how it came to be theboy finally saw Wayne's World. He loved it; he's seen WW on SNL before but never the whole movie. I paused it more than once to explain a joke and point out excellence in craft by the director. It's amazing to give those gifts to your child; to show them genius and for them to recognise it and love it too.I would have been pretty devo had he hated it.

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Peter G-W Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 20:44 Source

To what extent are stories a reflection of the author's innermost thoughts, fears and hopes?

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George Monbiot Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 18:31 Source

A strange tale from the forests of West Papua

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th December 2016

This story has no message or purpose. It is one of the winter’s tales – accounts of the many bizarre incidents that have marked my life – that I tell at this time of year. For once, I am not trying to make a point.

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Club Troppo Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 16:44 Source

Image result for Wile E. CoyoteIn a recent speech “Who owns a company?”, Andy Haldane has this to say:

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John Quiggin Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 16:13 Source

Here’s another excerpt from my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons. As usual, praise is welcome, useful criticism even more so. You can find a draft of the opening sections here.

In the section over the fold, I’m looking at education.

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Hoyden About Town Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 13:45 Source

2016 has not been a good year at large. 2017 must be better, surely? Although...

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Harrangue Man Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 11:26 Source

On my last day I sent out another ping; a broadcast one to the senior peeps I'd worked for along with my CV, for if any work comes that they can see me doing.It felt good to do it—except I got a date wrong and had to recall it then resend with a correction.On that same last day I got a beautiful farewell from someone leaving his role but staying with the org.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 10:03 Source

SPOILER WARNING. Seriously. Stop now if you haven't seen the film yet.

I heard Cushing had been digitally reborn for R1 just before I saw the film. I wish I hadn't. I couldn't help but watch his scenes with a hypercritical eye, looking for the contours of the uncanny valley. I don't know that I'd have noticed much if I hadn't already known.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 10:00 Source

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

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Your Democracy Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 22:12 Source
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En Passant Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 20:54 Source

It has been a bad year hasn’it? What with Carrie Fisher and Richard Adams joining a long list of other celebrities like Bowie, Prince and Cohen, to many 2016 seems like a bad year indeed.

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 18:56 Source

The other day I was atop the exercise bike in an ensemble of ladies PJ pants and no top but also no underpants.I'm in my mid-forties and it had been about a year since I'd attempted a no undies ride.I should have done what I did then and got off and got a pair but I elected to push on without them. The result? As Dr Seuss may have put it:Old balls ... saggy balls ...

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 18:55 Source

State election since 2013 have again shown how a party being in Federal office is bad news for brethren parties facing state elections.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 15:39 Source

By Denis Bright Revisiting the 2016 Federal Election Results From small primary votes at the 2016 federal elections, candidates from the religious right and the secular right played a vital role in protecting marginal LNP seats. Family First, Christian Democrats (Fred Nile Group) and Australian Christians were the main standard bearers for the religious right.…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 15:39 Source

By Denis Bright Revisiting the 2016 Federal Election Results From small primary votes at the 2016 federal elections, candidates from the religious right and the secular right played a vital role in protecting marginal LNP seats. Family First, Christian Democrats (Fred Nile Group) and Australian Christians were the main standard bearers for the religious right.…

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John Quiggin Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 15:19 Source

As we saw in Section …, Lesson 1 does not apply to public goods, which can be used all, without any diminution of their usefulness, and for which no price can be charged. Many of the core activities of government may be regarded as providing public goods. These include public health measures, the control of air pollution, urban planning, police services and national defense.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 14:08 Source

By sad, unplanned coincidence we chose A New Hope as our first pick of the front yard outdoor cinema season last night. I wasn't thinking of Carrie Fisher when we settled on that. I just thought it'd be cool to revisit the story after Rogue 1.

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xkcd.com Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 11:00 Source

Sometimes, parts of a slowly-rising mountain suddenly rises REALLY fast, which is extra interesting.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 10:00 Source

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

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Your Democracy Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 20:25 Source
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Harrangue Man Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 19:40 Source

I was heading up the stairs to a public toilet when a teenage boy skidded his bike to a halt behind me. The loud, sudden noise sparked a fight (slash) flight reaction and I recoiled into myself, my fist raised and scream-yelled "JESUS" as per my default decidedly-lapsed x'tian upbringing go to curse. An old man, red-faced and portly, laughed at me—"you look like you're going to punch on, mate!" he said with giddy abandon at my response."No, mate," I said icily, "I have PTSD and that sparked my anxiety."Without stopping to view his reaction I went in, went, then went back outside.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 15:05 Source

“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” – William Casey, CIA Director, 1981 In 1933, Joseph Goebbels, following closely the recommendations of Edward Bernays, nephew of Sigmund Freud, created some of the most effective propaganda the world has ever seen. Bernays’ prescription demanded the complete domination of…

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Your Democracy Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 12:51 Source

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Millionaire Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was asked, as he and his Kaminski-millinered wife Lucy served a few Xmas lunches to people doing it tough, about the death on Xmas eve of Faysal Ishak Ahmed, 26, a refugee held illegally on Manus Island by the Turnbull government.

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The Piping Shrike Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 11:19 Source

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Howard’s attempt to rehabilitate Menzies this year on telly may have been unconvincing, but its timing wasn’t too bad, since right now Australia is going through a late Menzies period – politically paralysed in the face of international change.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 10:00 Source

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 09:03 Source

Millionaire Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was asked, as he and his Kaminski-millinered wife Lucy served a few Xmas lunches to people doing it tough, about the death on Xmas eve of Faysal Ishak Ahmed, 26, a refugee held illegally on Manus Island by the Turnbull government. Mr Ahmed had been ill for some time. According…

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