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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 06:03 Source

Sunday 28 August 2016 Before Tony Abbott came along Australia had never elected a Prime Minister so ignorant of technology, so ill informed of science, so oblivious of the needs and aspirations of women, and so ideologically out of touch with a modern pluralist society. Both his party and the electorate witnessed his dreadful leadership…

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Antony Green's Election Blog Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 01:29 Source

All results to be reported on election night are now in. The ABC election website has been switched to post election night mode, which means the fancier predictive tools have been turned off. There will be no counting on Sunday....

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North Coast Voices Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 00:16 Source

Access to the national database containing the corporate history of all companies, trusts and business names registered in this country to be controlled by an Australian or foreign-owned company – what could possibly go wrong?GetUp!

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North Coast Voices Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 00:15 Source

There was only four Primary Health Network Areas in Australia which came near to meeting the aspiration health target of 95 per cent full childhood immunisation of all children by 5 years of age.None of those areas were on the NSW North Coast. In fact North Coast Primary Health Network Areas had the lowest percentages of fully immunised children in Australia in 2014-15 – achieving only 89.2% by 5 years of age.From the Clarence Valley to the Tweed there were 2,100 children (aged 1 to 5 years of age combined) who were not fully immunised.

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The Sniper Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 23:03 Source

The third article in an occasional series on woodworking by self-taught furniture maker, Barry Tucker.

I was considering ways of fixing a broken beam for the back of my entertainment console when I began thinking of the Gothic arch, renowned for its weight distribution. That was the spark for a dining suite featuring curved legs.

Dining Suite 2

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The Tally Room Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 18:30 Source

9:32pm: The fourth booth has reported from Blain and Terry Mills has moved into second place. We don’t have a preference count between Labor and Mills, but he would need to pick up a lead of about 9% off the back of 27% of the vote for the CLP and 5.3% for another independent. If Mills can hold on to second place, I don’t think we’ll know the result in this seat tonight.

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The Tally Room Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 10:19 Source

Voters are now at the polls in the Northern Territory to elect a new Legislative Assembly after four tumultuous years of Country Liberal Party rule. The limited polls we’ve seen suggest Labor will sweep back into power.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 07:14 Source

Scott Morrison might be trying to scare us with his latest warnings of a $1 trillion gross debt within a decade, or he might be trying to avoid being the fall guy for a failed economic plan. Either way, he is doomed. Eerily reminiscent of some of Joe Hockey’s worst efforts, Morrison’s comments at the…

The post Oh God! Another Train Wreck appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 05:57 Source

Saturday 27 August 2016 1 In what can only be described as a moment of divine intervention Treasurer Scott Morrison has undergone a remarkable conversion. After telling the Australian public in the most affirmative terms, since he became Treasurer, that we only had a spending problem, he now says that we also have a revenue…

The post Day to Day Politics: Astonishing, Morrison has a Damascus moment. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Global Guerrillas Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 01:46 Source

I'll get some down and dirty insurgent thinking up tomorrow.  

In the meantime, here's some of my thinking on a strategic concept that could direct the development of autonomous robotics.  It's called cognitive dominance.  

Cognitive dominance is the ability to make more and better decisions than the competition through the use of autonomous robotics.  This scenario, written in pentagon speak, applies some of the ideas I outlined earlier.   

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 00:16 Source

This tweet is by a journalist with The Age & The Guardian newspapers

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 00:16 Source

“That east coast low the other week was just the ticket to show the dreamers what can happen to the ocean and the coast in only a few hours during one of Mother Nature's tantrums. Those massive movements of wind, water and sand are why we'll never see big offshore wind farms hereabouts and, hopefully, why that greedy, crazy grab for a Clarence River mega-port will never get off the drawing board. This is a very exposed coastline that doesn't have a great deal of respect for human engineering.” [The Northern Star, 19 August 206]

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Skepticlawyer Friday, August 26, 2016 - 20:57 Source

The Hugos, for those unaware, are (speculative fiction/science fiction/fantasy) SF awards voted on by people at Worldcon.  Along with the Nebulas, they have long been the premier awards in SF.

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Harry Clarke Friday, August 26, 2016 - 19:53 Source

Introduction. One of the important constraints on tax reform in Australia is widespread ignorance about notions of tax incidence. A mistaken theory of tax incidence – the “flypaper theory” – suggests that taxes impact on those groups that they are directly levied on.  So, payroll taxes and superannuation levies fall on the companies they are levied on.  Economists call this type of incidence “nominal incidence” and distinguish it from “effective incidence” which shows who ultimately bear the impact of a tax.  Nominal incidence varies from effective incidence because agents can take actions that transfer the tax to others.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 26, 2016 - 18:57 Source

Where to start… Let’s see, let’s begin with the idea that the Liberals are telling Labor that they should agree to pass all the savings measures that they said they would prior to the election or it’s a “clear broken promise”, while Malcolm is writing to Bill Shorten to suggest that he should abandon his…

The post The Knots And The Taxed, As Well As The Not Taxed And the Tacks That Are Holding Up The Government. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 26, 2016 - 18:21 Source

Denis Bright invites discussion on new funding options for tourism promotion at national and regional levels.   The extent of tourism in national and regional economies in Australia is difficult to estimate precisely. Formal statistics probably underestimate the value of the tourism to the national economy. Is there indeed really a precise dividing line between…

The post Social Market Solutions: The New Tourism? appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 14:10 Source

Many of Australia's nearest neighbours in the Pacific Islands have far more ambitious renewable energy targets.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 13:30 Source

Australian company proposes 100MW solar farm with single axis tracking technology, going into "merchant market" with no additional grants.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 13:28 Source

The fourth ERF auction has recently been announced. This matters immensely for the waste and local government sectors.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 13:25 Source

The state’s new climate goals are far more ambitious than those of the US overall, and they’re in line with ambitions in Europe,

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 13:25 Source

The state’s new climate goals are far more ambitious than those of the US overall, and they’re in line with ambitions in Europe.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 13:25 Source

JinkoSolar today announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

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Jack the Insider Friday, August 26, 2016 - 13:19 Source

The raft of polling data coming out of the US shows Donald Trump is well behind Hillary Clinton both in margin and trend and faces…

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 13:11 Source

The Governor of New York State says Americans will be reading by candlelight unless nuclear is subsidised. But how about a look at the data.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 12:08 Source

Coal fired cars? Climate campaigner John Hewson promotes a discarded technology that his business partners say could turn coal into a "universal fuel" and ensure the long term survival of the coal industry - in the Latrobe Valley and elsewhere. Environmental campaigners are horrified.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 12:08 Source

Coal-fired cars? Climate campaigner John Hewson promotes discarded technology that his business partners say could turn coal into a "universal fuel" and ensure long-term survival of coal industry – in Latrobe Valley and elsewhere. Environmental campaigners are horrified.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 26, 2016 - 11:38 Source

According to BNEF, used electric vehicle batteries will amount to 29 GWh by 2025.

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Popular Science Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:52 Source

As the planet warms, insects will migrate into new habitats and environments as they adapt. However, the cockroach is already among the most adapted animals on the planet—will it weather climate change unfazed? For some insight into the not-so-humble cockroach and its future, Nexus Media News reached out to journalist Richard Schweid, author of The Cockroach Papers: A Compendium of History and Lore.

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Popular Science Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:52 Source

Large-scale groundwater pumping is opening doors for dangerously high levels of arsenic to enter some of Southeast Asia's aquifers, with water now seeping in through riverbeds with arsenic concentrations more than 100 times the limits of safety, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, MIT, and Hanoi University of Science.

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Popular Science Friday, August 26, 2016 - 10:52 Source

Jeff Williams' father was a seasonal Park Ranger with the National Park Service, taking his family out to Wyoming every summer.

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