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Renew Economy Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:31 Source

Advertising authorities have told Peabody Energy that it can no longer freely dangle its “clean coal” mythology in front of consumers without explanation.

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New Matilda Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:30 Source

A NSW Court's decision to prevent a protest because it would disupt traffic should affront all Australians.

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John Quiggin Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:28 Source

After a long break, it’s time for another weekend reflections, which makes space for longer than usual comments on any topic. Side discussions to sandpits, please.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:28 Source

We’re an average family doing everyday things. The difference between your morning and ours is that you’re probably pulling your power from the grid.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:28 Source

We’re an average family doing everyday things. The only difference between your morning and ours is that you’re probably pulling your power from the grid.

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John Quiggin Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:27 Source

A few days ago, the Courier-Mail ran an editorial supporting privatisation. They were kind enough to run a reply from me, which I’ve reproduced over the fold. The headline picked up the point at the end about the choice between higher taxes and reduced services, which is relevant more general

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Renew Economy Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:22 Source

By 2050, India could rely entirely on renewable energy to create a sustainable energy future.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 22, 2014 - 11:13 Source

By Leith van Onselen Roland ‘Prezbo’ Pryzbylewski: I don’t get it. All this so we score higher on the state tests? If we’re teaching the kids the test questions, what is it assessing in them? Grace Sampson: Nothing. It assesses us. The test scores go up, they can say the schools are improving. The scores […]

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New Matilda Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:50 Source

Good public policy relies on scientific evidence, but also on an honest debate about our ideologies.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:32 Source

George Pell, a Liberal voter, claimed never in his seventy-four years to have seen a priest in ‘sexual difficulty’; this condition was news to him. He compared priests who buggered choirboys after charming their parents with truckies who, in petrol stations, pick up loose women and have sex with them in the front or back seats of their throbbing vehicles. In each case consent is involved, he insisted. The buggered choirboys were not the fault of the Church, he emphasised, nor of its intense, crazed cult of priestly celibacy. These things were separate from each other, he swore. And he, anyway, had never observed any priest so inclined.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:20 Source

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:20 Source

From Nomura: After very strong growth in Q1, the Australian economy is entering a period of slightly below trend growth of between 2.5% and 3.0%. This means that RBA is likely to retain its neutral policy stance. Moreover, recent communications from RBA Gov Stevens highlighted the probable intention to not cut rates saying „cumulative movements in interest rates since […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:08 Source

One thing I have tried to teach my children is that, when you make a mistake, tell the truth, apologise, do what you can to make up for it, and learn from the experience.

The example being set by our nation’s leaders makes it hard to reinforce that message.

According to Tony Abbott, the Coalition’s woes at ICAC are due to the Labor government making rules about donations from developers, implying it is the rule that is wrong rather than the breaking of it.

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FACTS FIGHT BACK Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:04 Source

Senator Day claimed on Sky News that: “evidence from around the world is that if you want more revenue, and I’m not suggesting we give them any more revenue, but if they want more revenue, they should lower taxes and not increase them.” [15 August 2014]

Day has previously cited examples to support this theory from Sweden, the USA, Russia, and Australia.

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xkcd.com Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:00 Source

Ugh, today's kids are forgetting the old-fashioned art of absentmindedly reading the same half-page of a book over and over and then letting your attention wander and picking up another book.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 22, 2014 - 09:27 Source

From Martin Armstrong: We still see the US share market rising sharply. The cash SP500 should reach the 3000 level. We have an important Monthly Bullish Reversal standing at 212342. Only an August closing below 193000 would be short-term bearish. There remains no other game in town. With the lethal combination of the Sovereign Debt […]

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:58 Source

By Leith van Onselen Business Spectator’s Adam Carr has fired another shot across the bow of us ‘doomsayers’ who believe that the unwinding of the biggest commodity price and mining investment booms in the nation’s history will cause income growth to decline and weigh on living standards. Instead Carr argues that recent weak wages growth […]

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Croakey Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:52 Source

In his recent Wonky Health column, Dr Tim Senior reviewed a new book by former MP Rob Oakeshott, The Independent Member for Lyne. The review noted that “health as a topic is notable for its absence”, and also suggested the book would have benefited...

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Renew Economy Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:13 Source

For more than 120 years, homes and businesses have been buying electricity. Now rooftop solar is changing the way hundreds of thousands of homeowners get energy.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:13 Source

For more than 120 years, homes and businesses have been buying electricity. Now rooftop solar is changing the way hundreds of thousands of homeowners get energy.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:45 Source

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Prosper Australia Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:36 Source

A Petition by Rational Radical Hi, my name is Matt, and I’m one of many young Australians currently locked out of home ownership by record high prices. My friends know me as very vocal and frequently angry about housing affordability issues. Well the latest development in the saga that is the Ozzie housing market truly […]

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Popular Science Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:02 Source

While the Mars rovers’ drivers sit in relative comfort here on Earth, the rovers themselves do get beat up a bit.

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Popular Science Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:02 Source

Over the hills, across the stone bridge, past the giant pony, around the lake of questionable test, and beyond the giant rainbow barrier sits a work of great artifice on a grey plain. Far larger than any single inhabitant of this virtual world, the contraption is a complete, working computer, run entirely within the rules and universe of Minecraft. The hard drive stores up to 4 kilobytes of data, and it is covered in torches to keep zombies from attacking it at night.

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Popular Science Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:02 Source

The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics released today its latest report on American teenagers having babies. The results are both happy and strange. American teens are having babies at their lowest rate ever -- and that rate is falling fast. Yet, as Vox discovered, nobody knows why this is happening. One of the steadiest trends in American life is inexplicable.

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Popular Science Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:01 Source

Cosmonauts have apparently discovered plankton and other microorganisms on the outside of the International Space Station’s windows, according to an announcement from a Russian official.  NASA has not yet confirmed or denied the findings. 

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Popular Science Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:01 Source

Over the past week, scientists have published the results of studies analyzing two very strange -- and very different -- lakes. One is Pitch Lake, a lake made of asphalt and filled with hydrocarbon gases on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. The other is Lake Whillans, a freshwater body located 800 meters under the surface of a glacier in West Antarctica. You might say the lakes seem unearthly, although they're located right on our home planet. Titan, Saturn's moon, has hydrocarbon lakes like Pitch Lake, and several moons in our solar system are thought to host liquid water underneath a thick layer of ice.

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Popular Science Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:01 Source

As it turns out, the scanners are actually pretty easy to fool.

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Popular Science Friday, August 22, 2014 - 07:01 Source

Fortunately for everyone who isn't a fighter pilot, John Kristensen, a Danish Air Force pilot who flew missions in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2003, brought along his GoPro for a flight in an F-16 Fighting Falcon over Greenland. The resulting video is stunning, as he races past icebergs, glaciers, ice floes, snow-covered plains, and fjords. There's a lot that's frozen on the Greenland ice sheet, it turns out.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Friday, August 22, 2014 - 06:56 Source

What Abbott has been attempting lately is what might be called a daily scramble to change the subject. Operation Bringing Them Home. Threatening Putin. Denouncing an independent Scotland. Praising the cross-benchers. Denouncing Clive Palmer. Declaring there is no Budget emergency after all.

His latest wheeze is Team Australia; and how, as George W Bush might have put it, you’re either with us, or you’re with the terrorists. It’s probable, though the competition is large, that this is the most idiotic thing he’s said in a fortnight.

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