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Your Democracy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 22:26 Source

They're going to throw the switch tonight to turn the filters on

Soon certan ways of thinking will be forever gone

"The New Age Of Serenity" they say it's going to be

but this gun against my head says that the bastards won't get me.

 

Waiting for "The Switching Hour" I think where this began

bank acounts and smartphones in the hands of all of Man

While the phone booths fled like Tardises, and coins to cash cards fell

and without your electronics you weren't anyone at all

 

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The Failed Estate Monday, November 24, 2014 - 22:16 Source

The existential attack on the ABC in Australia is just the latest extension of creeping libertarianism, imported wholesale from the US and promulgated by the Murdoch press and the now dominant right-wing fringe of the Liberal Party. For these people, there … Continue reading →

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Politically homeless Monday, November 24, 2014 - 22:04 Source

I don't care how many prima donnas there are so long as I am prima donna assoluta.- Gough Whitlam (1916-2014)

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, November 24, 2014 - 21:37 Source

After a week which saw Tony Abbott’s government berated by both Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt,

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Popular Science Monday, November 24, 2014 - 21:18 Source

At the crack of dawn on Friday, the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft was transported via specialized train car to its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Russian rocket is scheduled for liftoff this afternoon and will be carrying an eclectic mix of astronauts to the International Space Station.

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En Passant Monday, November 24, 2014 - 21:09 Source

Mark Scott, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s managing director,  has announced job cuts of 400 staff, almost ten percent of staff. He has also announced cuts in particular to regional and rural services, local current affairs, some international bureau reorganisation women’s sport broadcasts and some TV programmes exploring politics.

I understand the job losses will be through sackings and non-renewal of contracts.

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WixxyLeaks Monday, November 24, 2014 - 18:13 Source

The last two weeks have been the end of an era for many politicians.

Many have been preparing and then giving their valedictory speeches before parliament.

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New Matilda Monday, November 24, 2014 - 18:06 Source

The long-running 'Frances Abbott secret scholarship' saga is expected to come to a head tomorrow, with the sentencing of whistleblower Freya Newman.  

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, November 24, 2014 - 18:00 Source

I was organizing my work files when I came across a series of character work ups for The Disappearance series. Tusk Musso was in there, still carrying all of the baggage we loaded him up with in that 'Build Me a Marine' entry back at JSpace.

And Caitlin. My beloved Caitlin. It was fascinating to read the bio I wrote her before I wrote even a single word of Without Warning. Before I got anywhere near that first line:

The killer awoke, surrounded by strangers.

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Croakey Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:46 Source

Karleen Gribble and Julie Smith write: Alongside this week’s announcement of a free trade deal between China and Australia came reports of Gina Rinehart’s investment in a Queensland dairy operation to supply infant formula to China. Australia’s...

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Poll Bludger Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:39 Source

Another Morgan SMS poll, a very current one conducted from Friday to today from a sample of 1173.

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MacroBusiness Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:15 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets There will certainly be a number of money managers outperforming benchmarks wishing that the year would end abruptly so they could lock in performance. Still, there is much water left to flow under the bridge, so traders need to stay vigilant. There are five weeks to Christmas […]

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:31 Source

The former Palmer United Party's new turn as an Independent means the RET is even more likely to be sliced and diced, but not by the Coalition you think.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:29 Source

The share of coal in China's electricity market has shrunk more than 6 per cent in a single year, and imports have shrunk dramatically.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:28 Source

Report highlights rise of renewables – and demise of new coal – in US as wind power provides nearly 70% of new generating capacity in October.

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Your Democracy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:18 Source

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Once the undisputed world leader in robotic technology, Japan's supremacy in the field is being challenged by rival robot producing countries.

Now the government is pouring money into regaining that place to ensure the robot age starts in Japan.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:12 Source

NRG Energy sets target of cutting its carbon emissions 50 percent by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:11 Source

Francesco Paraggio has developed a wind farm locator app. It’s quite simple, but a lot of fun and actually has a few neat features.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:11 Source

US retail giant committed to 100% renewable energy, but its slick greenwashing hides its massive coal consumption.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:10 Source

Australian battery storage maker RedFlow caps off year of commercialisation and fund raising with appointment of top tech investor Simon Hackett.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:09 Source

Push by utilities to slash tariff for solar, and to increase fixed charges, is going to accelerate grid defection rather than stop it. New study recommends new tariffs that could encourage solar and storage by putting a proper value on their network benefits.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:09 Source

Slick media strategies and strong narratives are of no help to a flailing government if its political decisions are flawed and its policies untenable.  Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Abbott Government, ABC The Drum, Budget, Coalition, communication, media, narrative, PR, Tony Abbott

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The Tally Room Monday, November 24, 2014 - 15:00 Source

Westvic-LCWestern Victoria is one of eight regions used for the Victorian Legislative Council. The region covers eleven seats in western Victoria, including four seats in the greater Geelong region as well as Ballarat and Warrnambool. The Liberal Party holds six seats in the region, Labor holds four seats, and the Nationals hold one seat.

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MacroBusiness Monday, November 24, 2014 - 14:56 Source

From the AFR: Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung said he is still committed to building the $8.5 billion integrated casino resort at Yorkey’s Knob in Far North Queensland, despite failing to acquire the Reef Casino in Cairns. …The acquisition of the Reef Casino was crucial to Mr Fung’s plans as the Cairns casino licence was […]

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New Matilda Monday, November 24, 2014 - 14:44 Source

As the coal industry heads into decline, progressive unions should stand up for new jobs in the renewable industry, writes Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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The Sauce Monday, November 24, 2014 - 14:06 Source

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Former Palmer United Party Deputy and large penis enthusiast Jacqui Lambie has today split with her party and former boss Clive Plamer, expressing her intention to create a well hung senate that will better suit her ideologies.

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MacroBusiness Monday, November 24, 2014 - 13:55 Source

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 13:34 Source

The climate-friendly bonhomie of BHP Billiton’s Chairman, Jac Nasser, didn’t last long into question time at the company’s AGM in Adelaide late last week.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 13:20 Source

Tackling CO2 emissions is undoubtedly the main game in climate action, but urgently phasing out HFC’s offers a contribution we cannot afford to pass up.

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Renew Economy Monday, November 24, 2014 - 13:20 Source

Tackling CO2 emissions is undoubtedly the main game in climate action, but urgently phasing out HFCs offers a contribution we cannot afford to pass up.

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