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Hoyden About Town Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 10:42 Source

I haven't been letting myself feel bad-tempered enough about all the world's bullshit.

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WixxyLeaks Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 08:17 Source

With Australia’s Senate looking more diverse than ever there is a lot of talk about Pauline Hanson and One Nation’s desire for a Royal Commission into Islam.

While most think the idea is a preposterous one there is actually a certain amount of merit to it. Perhaps a closer look at those falsely calling themselves Muslims and preaching radical hate and extremism is warranted.

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Politically homeless Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 08:12 Source

Involvement in Vietnam was not - as the critics were later to assert - a conspiracy of the best and brightest brought into government by Kennedy and inherited by Johnson but the application of principles pursued for a decade by two presidents of both parties. Like his predecessors, Kennedy considered Vietnam a crucial link in America's overall geopolitical position. He believed, as had Truman and Eisenhower, that preventing a Communist victory in Vietnam was a vital American interest.- Henry Kissinger

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Peter Martin Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 08:01 Source

prod·i·gal (prŏd′ĭ-gəl)

adj. Rashly or wastefully extravagant: a prodigal nephew who squandered his inheritance.

Western Australia wants the rest of us to bail it out.

Without warning, the GST lifeline it needs to fund its operations has collapsed, or so it says.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 06:13 Source

There are many reasons for the current woes facing the government but, considering their habit of rewarding incompetence, it is hardly surprising. Joe Hockey’s budget has been widely recognised as the root cause for public disaffection very early on in the Coalition term.  When the heat got too great, they moved him on to the…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 06:11 Source

Thursday August 18 2016 1 The mainstream media yesterday, as a precursor to an economics speech by the Prime Minister saturated their headlines with words of what Turnbull expected from Labor. Rather than an appeal for bipartisanship their words reeked of ultimatum. What poor and corrupt memories they have. In similar circumstances Julia Gillard led…

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Global Guerrillas Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 01:04 Source

During this year's US election, what is the most common form of political communication?

Is TV, print, or online advertisements?  No.  

Is TV, print, or online journalism?  No.

The most common form of political messaging is found on social networking.  It's called a meme.  

A meme is an image and with a bit of text that conveys a very precise emotion or idea.  Up until this election, they were usually packaged like this:

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North Coast Voices Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Former mining engineer and former Galileo Movement project officer, Senator Malcolm Roberts, is as politically bizarre as it is possible to find in the Australian Senate.Below is an understandable response to CSIROh! Climate ofDeception? ...

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North Coast Voices Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 00:15 Source

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, media release, 15 August 2016:Statement on immigration detention centres15 August, 2016The Royal Commission does not ordinarily comment upon operational matters.

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Delimiter Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 23:11 Source

The cloud has sparked true IT transformation, and could potentially usher in a new Industrial Revolution, according to an opinion piece penned by Michelle Bendschneider – Telstra's Executive Director, Global Products.

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En Passant Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 21:47 Source

Car firebombed in Perth mosque attack (image via


The Gosford incident, the Nauru files, Don Dale and increasing racial violence are indicative of wider systemic racism, writes John Passant in Independent Australia.

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Your Democracy Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 21:06 Source



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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 21:01 Source

Two of the three ex-prime ministers who were deposed by their own political party have been in the news in recent weeks. Kevin Rudd requested backing from the Coalition government to bid for the Secretary-General position at the United Nations and Tony Abbott claimed there are factional divisions in the NSW Liberal Party. On face…

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Harrangue Man Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 19:19 Source

One of the effects of medication and psychological injury is dropping things; my fingers spring open of their own accord and whatever I am holding falls. I just dropped my dinner. Sure, it was just toast but it dropped onto the kitchen floor and, well, that toast is toast.That's the bullshit I have to put up with for being injured. Dropping things or not not being able to do things that require fine hand-eye coordination because of trembling fingers—another manifestation of wound and medication.It is what it is.

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Club Troppo Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 17:31 Source

One for the Clever Country culture warriors

The Economic Impact of Universities: Evidence from Across the Globe
by Anna Valero, John Van Reenen – #22501 (ED LS)


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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 14:22 Source

China considers compulsory quotas for carmakers, requiring them to produce more electric vehicles or purchase carbon credits from their peers.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 14:15 Source

Coalition takes new tack on stripping funds from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, and seeks to wedge Labor on the issue.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 14:14 Source

South Australia was supposed to show the limitations of renewables but instead has highlighted the abuse of power and price gouging by fossil fuel incumbents. Energy ministers can either seize the moment and push for change, or protect the narrow business interests of a few powerful players.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 14:02 Source

It has been announced that the 4th ERF auction will be held in November this year. Here is a summary of the announcements made by the Regulator and re-state our price and supply expectations for auction four.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 13:58 Source

ACT, ARENA launch 3-year trial of eight leading battery storage technologies to see which works best for consumers.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 13:54 Source

Australia’s National Energy Market is hamstrung by an out-dated, ‘dumb’ grid, and must be updated to face the realities of low carbon, low marginal cost energy generation.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 12:57 Source

The windbacks to solar subsidies may be a good sign for the industry, by encouraging larger systems.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 10:48 Source

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Hoyden About Town Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 10:07 Source

An article has appeared in today’s Conversation suggesting that doctors need training to feel confident in bringing up their patients’ “excess weight”, so they can broach the topic more, including with patients who have come...

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Then we move to phase two. Gas stations store fuel in underground tanks. Normally, these are inaccessible except via the pump. However, with hydraulic fracturing, we-- Wait! Come back!

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Your Democracy Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 09:59 Source


I have been trying to place a date on this very funny cartoon, published say between 1960 and 1980 in The New Yorker... 

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The Political Sword Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 09:45 Source

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 08:10 Source

NSW Health, media release, 16 August 2016: Protect vulnerable people as flu cases rise: NSW Health​NSW Health is urging people with flu symptoms to stay away from aged care facilities and vulnerable groups following a spike in influenza presentations to emergency departments and 22 new influenza outbreaks in residential aged care facilities in the last week.   NSW Health's latest Influenza Report shows that more than 1950 confirmed influenza cases were reported from across the state last week.Most cases are caused by the influenza A(H3N2) strain of the virus, which is c

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Delimiter Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 08:06 Source

The Australian Labor Party has criticised a Government statement saying NBN Co has "exceeded" its targets for the financial year 2016, suggesting that the national broadband network is actually "hardly on target".

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Delimiter Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 08:04 Source

The Federal Government has said that the National Broadband Network rollout is "exceeding its connection and financial targets", following the release of NBN Co’s latest full-year results.

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