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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, February 21, 2014 - 20:44 Source

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I know times are tough and that we will all have to tighten our belts (well so the government keeps telling me).  The list of things we can’t afford grows longer and more depressing every day.

But take heart.  The list of things we can afford is also growing.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, February 21, 2014 - 19:31 Source

A question to the Minister for Immigration: Is Reza Berati’s murderer in custody? Or is he back at work in the compound, scaring the witnesses? Why is he still at large? Why are you protecting him? Are you not afraid …

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Political Owl Friday, February 21, 2014 - 17:57 Source
Writing The Snowden Files: ‘The paragraph began to self-delete’ - Was it the NSA? GCHQ? A Russian hacker? Who was secretly reading his book on Snowden while he wrote it, wonders Luke Harding in The Guardian
A fascinating insight into the strange world of spies this morning. Luke Harding, author of the recently published book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, writes of the day the paragraph he was writing started to self delete.
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Inside Story Friday, February 21, 2014 - 17:44 Source

“At least you’ll get a book out of this”: Michael Ignatieff takes a moment away from campaigning in 2010.
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Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics
By Michael Ignatieff
Harvard University Press | $41.95

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 17:13 Source

There are a number of interesting themes being widely discussed today, and a series of trades that are getting more attention. Firstly, there are a handful of global indices testing either all-time or multi-year highs and momentum traders would certainly be looking to buy the break outs here. Moves in the ASX 200 have been [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 17:00 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation Another record trade deficit for Japan is raising doubts about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” strategy for economic revival. The new figures follow poor manufacturing sentiment numbers earlier this month. Abe had promised it would be a good year for the Japanese economy. His government made some progress last year in [...]

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Delimiter Friday, February 21, 2014 - 16:56 Source

Under siege from all sides of politics over the Federal Coalition's reluctance to pursue a full Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) broadband rollout in Tasmania, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has spoken to NBN Co about the possibility of conducting FTTP trials in the state that would test Labor's plan to deploy fibre on aerial electricity poles.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 16:44 Source

Westfarmer’s chief, Richard Goyder, has today declared that Australia needs to go for growth to spur “real job creation”. From The Australian: Backing Joe Hockey’s call for the world’s 20 biggest economies to set a global growth target, Wesfarmers chief executive and B20 Australia chairman Richard Goyder said Australia needed growth above 2.5 per cent. “To [...]

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Delimiter Friday, February 21, 2014 - 16:30 Source

The National Broadband Network Company today confirmed it would shortly kick off real-world trials in several locations in major Australian cities of the Fibre to the Node and Fibre to the Basement technologies which the Coalition plans to use as key parts of its own Broadband Network project, which is seeing Labor's all-fibre NBN vision heavily modified.

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Croakey Friday, February 21, 2014 - 16:06 Source

  By Kellie Bisset Conflict on the menu Conflict of interest has featured heavily on the health agenda this past fortnight and the story of the hour is the controversy over Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash’s office pulling down a...

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 15:58 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation Everyone knows there’s a problem with copyright. Artists get paid very little for their work, and legitimate consumers aren’t getting a very fair deal either. Unfortunately, nobody agrees about how we should fix it. Speaking at the Australian Digital Alliance forum last Friday, the Attorney-General and Arts Minister George Brandis said [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 15:37 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a new report, Going for Growth, which warns that the world is at the “beginning of a new low-growth era”, unless it can find ways to boost productivity. From the AFR: “The global economy’s momentum remains sluggish, heightening concerns that there [...]

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Delimiter Friday, February 21, 2014 - 15:36 Source

The nation's largest telco Telstra has launched two new ranges of mobile phone plans, in addition to offering customers the option to pay $10 a month extra for the ability to trade in their smartphone once a year for a new model.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 14:42 Source

By Leith van Onselen Interest.co.nz has published a disturbing report today on how China is using New Zealand as a back door to export potentially hazardous frozen foods into Australia: While a great deal is being said about how seriously China takes the safety of imported foodstuffs (vis a vis Fonterra’s woes) it pays scant [...]

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Delimiter Friday, February 21, 2014 - 14:34 Source

The New South Wales Police Force has revealed plans to deploy a low level document management system somewhat akin to the easy access storage solutions offered by vendors like Dropbox and Box, as its existing systems continually struggle to deal with massively growing data volumes of files being used by its staff.

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Delimiter Friday, February 21, 2014 - 13:56 Source

The Queensland Government has committed to replacing the ageing payroll systems used to support its emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) workers with a cloud computing platform, in the second major planned deployment of a cloud payroll application in the state following its billion-dollar on-premises payroll disaster at Queensland Health.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 13:23 Source

By Leith van Onselen China’s “field of dreams”, “build it and they will come”, approach to construction shows no signs of slowing. In 2011, China opened the the world’s longest sea bridge and an underground tunnel in Quingdao (pictured below). The bridge stretches 42.4 kilometres and links historic Qingdao with the city’s industrial zone Huangdao. [...]

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Delimiter Friday, February 21, 2014 - 13:18 Source

Everyone knows there’s a problem with copyright. Artists get paid very little for their work, and legitimate consumers aren’t getting a very fair deal either. Unfortunately, nobody agrees about how we should fix it.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, February 21, 2014 - 13:12 Source

I won’t be morally blackmailed into not applauding cut-throats.

They’re my kind of people.

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:53 Source

By Leith van Onselen HSBC has released a short note today on Asia’s increasing appetite for Australian residential property, with Australia ranked as a top destination for investment by affluent Asians: Australia is one of the most sought-after property investment markets globally among affluent Asians. And amongst the future investment in Australia, affluent Asians are [...]

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Jack the Insider Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:46 Source

AND lo, there was a great injustice upon the land and thus mighty tectonic forces shifted and compressed the elements beneath with tremendous force into…

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:41 Source

This bit over at Slate looks like it could have been stolen from the Burger. Instead I'm stealing it from them. Full article is worth a jump. Props to Darren Bloomfield for the heads up.

Could the U.S. Military Easily Take Omaha Beach With Modern Weapons?

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New Matilda Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:25 Source

Organised vigilante groups in Michoacan, Mexico, have had success in driving out a major drug cartel and their police colluders. Their victory is part of Mexico's DNA, writes Antonio Castillo

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Croakey Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:51 Source

Stephen Duckett writes: Should the rich pay more for their health care? This question has raised its ugly head again after health minister Peter Dutton announced the Coalition government was considering more user-pays options – including a $6...

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:47 Source

Mac Bank today weighs into the great Chinese iron ore port stocks debate today with a bullish explanation: The apparent destock reported by Mysteel certainly explains the recent price weakness but it contrasts with widely publicised data showing a strong rise in the volume of iron ore inventory being held at ports in China. In [...]

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:42 Source

From Westpac’s Elliot Clarke comes an interesting update on US public finances following release of the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) revised long-term fiscal forecasts: The CBO released its latest update on the US’ long-term fiscal position in early February. In the near-term, the CBO expects the deficit to decline by a further $166bn in FY2014 [...]

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New Matilda Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:17 Source

The belief that allowing overt discrimination to flourish is the first step towards bigots learning the error of their ways flies in the face of experience, write Sarah Burnside and Helen Burnside

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MacroBusiness Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:00 Source

From the Government’s favourable Herald Sun today comes more bad press for Arty Sinodinos’ cowboy super reforms: Australian Super chief executive Ian Silk told the Herald Sun on Thursday that financial planners’ and big banks’ profits were being put ahead of retirees’ interests. …“This is not in the best interest of consumers,” he said. “One person’s red [...]

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xkcd.com Friday, February 21, 2014 - 11:00 Source

I sympathize with the TPP protagonist because I, too, have progressed through a surprising number of stages of life despite spending entire days stuck against simple obstacles.

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