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Renew Economy Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 13:01 Source

When it comes to energy poverty, Bill Gates (and the Australian government) is arguing for outdated and ineffective solutions that will keep people energy poor. It is time we deploy 21st century energy solutions and put power directly in the hands of the poor.

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Your Democracy Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 11:52 Source

poor people...

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Peter Garcia-Webb Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 11:48 Source

Dr Swee Ang is a skilled surgeon and a patron of Medical Aid for Palestinians. Recently she and colleague who is a consultant surgeon went to Israel with a view of entering Gaza to provide much needed surgical expertise. Both Dr Swee Ang and her colleague were denied entry by Israeli authorities and deported. What follows is a diary of events as they happened. It provides a rare glimpse of the Israel "security" and the way it hampers outside medical aid coming to the people of Gaza. It makes compelling reading.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 11:16 Source

For those who would like to read it I have completed my essay on beheading. I recommend Peter Fitzsimon’s essay on Pell in the Sun-Herald this morning. I am doing a piece on Letters From Iwo Jima on Ellis Gold. …

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:19 Source

Ok, if you go to this site, you’ll find some interesting information about what’s happening.
http://www.dpmc.gov.au/women/
In particular, you’ll be told

Refer to this page regularly for updates.

Which is interesting because when I started clicking on the side bars at the bottom of many of them I found:

Last updated 21st June, 2012.

Still, there were some which had been updated more recently, like “Priorities” and “News”.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 10:08 Source

“[The budget] will do for people what they cannot do for themselves, but no more.  Nothing is free. Someone always pays.”

A common refrain from Tony Abbott and his band of miserly men is that the taxpayer is footing the bill for all those “leaners” and that people should take more personal responsibility for themselves.  User pays seems to be the pervading Coalition strategy in most areas – education, health, fuel excise, road tolls, GST.

It is somewhat ironic that Tony Abbott is leading this spin considering how much he has been given.

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Your Democracy Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 08:58 Source

 

militarisation of the us police...

In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of ‘barbering without a license’…

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 07:04 Source

John Elliott, thought to have embezzled sixty million dollars but let off on a technicality, offered himself for the seat of Hawthorn. But Jeff Kennett, who sold off three hundred and ten schools to property developers, and had been rancorously discarded as leader of his Party thrice, was thought by some a better candidate. The resigning member, Ted Baillieu, was among the property developers he sold off the schools to. The criminal tendency in the Liberal Party was thus emphasised, as it had been lately in New South Wales.

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North Coast Voices Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 00:16 Source

ABC News 20 August 2014:Gas company Metgasco says it's shocked and disappointed by a north coast council move against the gas industry.At last night's council meeting the Richmond Valley Council made clear its view on unconventional gas mining.The motion was as follows -"That the Richmond Valley Council believes that given its current understandings and existing knowledge base around the unconventional gas industry, the potential effects on the environment, the uncertainty surrounding fracking and the strongly expressed community views against the unconventional gas

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North Coast Voices Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 00:15 Source

It is becoming harder and harder to tolerate the arrant folly on display when Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his ministers trot forth their justifications for unlawful behaviour, bad policy, foreign relations gaffes or garden variety political fibs. This assertion quoted in The Guardian on 18 August 2014 has to be the most brazen example so far of their blame Labor mantra:In the wake of the resignation of two NSW Liberal MPs over corruption allegations, the prime minister has said the “problem” was the former Labor

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Peter G-W Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 23:54 Source

The possibility of borrowing an ebook from your local library is relatively new in Australia. The Australian National Library has taken the lead in that it has suggested the ways in which this can be done. Each individual library in the various States and Territories can then implement an ebook library within these guidelines as they see fit. The system uses a commercial eBook supplier called OverDrive. OverDrive OverDrive Inc was founded Cleveland, Ohio in 1886. […]

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Hoyden About Town Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 23:25 Source

No longer HaT's Dr Who abstainer, I saw the 50th anniversary episode, the last Christmas episode and I have every intention of watching the first Capaldi episode and seeing how it goes. Thus, a thread!

Once the ABC and BBC broadcasts begin, this...

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 22:02 Source

Peter Costello will ascend to the Senate, and be appointed Treasurer round October 15, in a last-ditch effort by Abbott to ward off the Turnbull Risorgimento. Costello will then conspire the overthrow of Abbott, and a Victorian seat in the House.

A new round of ‘Who’s on first?’ jokes will occur.

Costello will be Prime Minister by March.

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Political Owl Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 21:24 Source

From the front page of Tuesday's Sri Lankan Daily MirrorFrom the front page of Tuesday’s Sri Lankan Daily Mirror

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 20:25 Source

I have no idea how long this Saturday gig filling Mike Carlton's spot will roll on, but it's been good fun so far. Today I turned one mid week tweet into a whole column, a riff on Team Straya.

As the stealthed Blackhawk passed over the border into separatist-held territory, Agent Peta Credlin –Double-O-Credlin– checked the heads-up display on her night vision goggles.

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John Quiggin Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 19:46 Source

As well as my Courier-Mail piece on privatisation published yesterday, I had this one, at the Guardian on the obsolescence of the late 19th and 20th century idea of the Press (or the media) as an institution with special rights and responsibilities.

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Political Owl Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 16:37 Source
School days, school daysDear old Golden Rule daysReading and ‘riting and ‘rithmeticTaught to the tune of the hick’ry stick
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En Passant Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 13:03 Source

The Abbott government remains in stasis, unable as yet to pass the worst aspects of its Budget. Treasury analysis revealed that 98.9% of the Budget had already been implemented because Labor and the Greens passed the Appropriation Bills in the Senate but some big picture items like the GP co-payment require separate legislation to be implemented. They won’t pass the Senate unless the Government does a deal with a rag tag of minor parties and interest groups and the Palmer United Party. Not just one or two of them but all of them.

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laberal Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 12:21 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 11:25 Source

I’ll start by saying I know I haven’t got a very good sense of humour. Things that other people find funny I often find embarrassing or sad. But I don’t really think my lack of sense of humour was the problem with this week’s episode of the ABC’s Utopia. It just wasn’t funny.

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TruthInNewsMedia Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:58 Source

By Barry Tucker                   23 August, 2014

Australian Press Council chairman Professor Julian Disney has decided not to adjudicate on News Corp cases after two of its editors accused him of bias.

The APC’s executive director, John Pender, issued a statement on Disney’s decision.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 10:28 Source

Ok. call me sexist, but I’ve always felt that having a woman around the house was more likely to lead to a cleaner house, so when Kevin moved out and Julia moved in, I figured that the house would be just as clean. And – if I’m being honest – I never really noticed much difference.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 08:43 Source

At the Inquiry Scott Morrison said ‘detention’, into which he proposed to lock up children on Nauru for a hundred years, was nothing like ‘prison’, and shouted at Gillian Triggs and frightened her. Asked if he was ill-treating children, he said yes but only to stop other children from drowning. Those who had not drowned he proposed to torture in revenge for their success in not drowning. He called this a ‘humanitarian response’.

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Digitopoly Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 06:25 Source

OK, as it is Friday afternoon, it is time to examine the monkey in the room: who owns copyright when some narcissistic non-human takes a selfie with a human’s camera? According to legal opinion, the answer is: not the human. What that means, is that as only humans can own copyright — well, and there isn’t an obvious corporation around — that no one owns the copyright.

Up until recently, this was, basically, a law school exam question. But then the monkey in the picture changed all that.

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Digitopoly Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 06:25 Source

OK, as it is Friday afternoon, it is time to examine the monkey in the room: who owns copyright when some narcissistic non-human takes a selfie with a human’s camera? According to legal opinion, the answer is: not the human. What that means, is that as only humans can own copyright — well, and there isn’t an obvious corporation around — that no one owns the copyright.

Up until recently, this was, basically, a law school exam question. But then the monkey in the picture changed all that.

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Hoyden About Town Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 06:00 Source

Our Open Thread this weekend is hosted by an otter with a ball.

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.
Related posts:

Otterday! And Open Thread

Otterday! And Open Thread

Otterday! And Open Thread.

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Duck Pond Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 02:50 Source

There was much rain this week. As expected the creek, which has not flowed for months, flowed again. Dexter, in particular, seemed to take the opportunity this afforded.

The flow in the creek is transient. It is there for now, but perhaps will not last long. I have seen it with a greater volume. Yet, I feel a sense of exuberance that the water is coursing again.

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Duck Pond Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 02:50 Source

There was much rain this week. As expected the creek, which has not flowed for months, flowed again. Dexter, in particular, seemed to take the opportunity this afforded.

The flow in the creek is transient. It is there for now, but perhaps will not last long. I have seen it with a greater volume. Yet, I feel a sense of exuberance that the water is coursing again.

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MacroBusiness Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 02:29 Source

Global Macro / Markets: Tech race fueld bitcoin mining bubble – FT ‘Robot Overlords’ Job-Stealing Exaggerated: Jackson Hole Paper - Bloomberg Natural gas to gasoline for $1/gallon – SFGate Central Bankers Wrestle With Easy Money -WSJ Developing Nations Anxiously Watch Fed at Jackson Hole – Foreign Policy How Significant is the BRICS New Development Bank? […]

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Peter Garcia-Webb Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 00:26 Source

Five weeks ago I wrote an article titled Israel wins, Gaza and Hamas Lose: an analysis. Sadly I was largely correct. Today's article brings that analysis up to date and includes a section of the price Israel has willingly paid to achieve its objectives: undermine Gaza, undermine Hamas, install a weakened puppet Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza. And get access to the offshore gas in Gaza Territorial waters.

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