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Skepticlawyer Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 14:45 Source

Using US Census data and FBI homicide statistics, if one excludes African-Americans, the US homicide rate is 1.10 per 100,000–in other words, the same as Australia’s at around 32nd out of the 218 jurisdictions listed by Wikipedia, and unremarka

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 14:22 Source

In the lead up to the last election, the vast majority of voters indicated the economy was the most important issue.  There is no doubt the supposed debt crisis had an impact on the electorate when it cast its vote, even though the Coalition was embarrassingly wrong on the issue.

Asylum seekers was a clear but distant second, ahead of issues such as health, climate change and education.  Defence barely rated a mention.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 13:49 Source

If you’re a terrorist, we don’t want you back. Better you stay there, beheading innocents in Grenoble.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 13:21 Source

I have always been among the first to be critical of Bill Shorten, but when he deserves more favourable recognition I want to be among the first to offer it. And he certainly deserves recognition for his speech on Matters of Public Importance in Parliament on June 25 when he unleashed probably the best attack on Tony Abbott since Julia Gillard’s famous ‘misogyny speech‘.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 11:00 Source

Cassidy versus Turnbull on Insiders.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:52 Source

Zaky Mallah said nothing remarkable, got applause for some of it, and the government therefore rapidly changed the subject, in the way Roger Ailes recommends, to ‘the character issue’. What was his history? Who had he threatened? Why was he allowed, unfrisked, in the studio?

What Zaky said, roughly, was if you curse young troubled Muslim kids here in Australia, they’re more likely to leave Australia and go fight for ISIS overseas. No-one can argue with this, it’s a no-brainer. It stands to reason. It cannot be contested as a proposition.

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En Passant Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:30 Source

I sent this to the Sydney Morning Herald in response to an article quoting me. What chance?

John Passant

My thanks to Gareth Hutchens for using me as an example of those who have condemned the Greens’ shift further to the neoliberal right. (‘Meet the new Greens economics team preparing to shake up Australian politics’, The Sydney Morning Herald 27 June 2015.)

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Cheeseburger Gothic Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:23 Source

I have already pre-ordered this bad boy. A graphic novel of the good doctor's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Seems odd at first, given the integral role of Ralph Steadman's drug fucked illustrations to the original text, and the twisted beauty of Hunter S. Thompson's prose. How could it work.

I dunno. But I'm willing to take a small plunge on finding out.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 10:19 Source

It shouldn't work, but it totally does.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 09:36 Source

If Kathy Donnelly couldn’t trust Tony Abbott, neither should you.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 08:34 Source

It is a hundred years and one hundred and ninety-two days since an Australian was killed by a terrorist attack in Australia.

When, at last, another death occurs in this way it will be noted here.

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Duck Pond Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 01:31 Source

The Winter Solstice came and went this past week. The Southern Hemisphere expression does not seem to be given the same significance as that in the Northern Hemisphere. It is not associated, for example, with Christmas, the dying sun and the rising sun. Still, it may be expected that the weather might start to get warmer from here on. And what will follow?

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 17:55 Source

Obama’s eulogy. Well worth the fifty-one minutes.

One of the best three or four speeches, in English, in this century, so far.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 16:33 Source

While many Australians are also celebrating the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the United States, they are appalled that our own government treats this as an issue they consider irrelevant to our society, writes Paul McMahon.

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Your Democracy Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 14:37 Source



The Supreme Court has ruled the US Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry in a historic triumph for the American gay rights movement.

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New Matilda Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 14:36 Source

New Matilda has launched a major national campaign to restore political posturing and boundless ego to Q&A. We hope you’ll join us.

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Drag0nista's Blog Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 14:29 Source

The Political Weekly: Terror and lies lay at the heart of federal politics...

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Popular Science Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 13:03 Source

We've seen robots designed to move inside bodies before. Carefully shaped magnetic objects, these miniature robots are moved by external magnetic forces, like those found in MRI machines. Last month, researchers from Boston Children's Hospital and the University of Houston demonstrated a system of small magnetic "millirobots" designed not only to swim through a person's bloodstream and spinal fluid, but assemble into an electromagnetic gun once inside.

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Popular Science Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 13:03 Source

Metal wires are so old school. Nowadays, most of our information (whether on the Internet, TV, or phone) is communicated over fiber optic cables, long strands of material that can transmit information as light over distances. And with a new discovery, fiber optic cables could become cheaper, more efficient, and could literally cover more ground.

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Popular Science Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 13:03 Source

The halls of science fiction are well-decorated with dreams of holograms—Jules Verne introduced holography to literature in 1893 with The Castle of the Carpathians, and how else would we know that Obi-Wan was Leia's only hope?

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Popular Science Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 13:03 Source

“Camera in the hole!" police officers soon shout, as they toss the new Explorer camera orb into a dangerous room before entering. Made by MIT alumnus at Bounce Imaging, the Explorer is a small, grenade-sized sphere full of cameras that first responders can throw into a space ahead of them, and when remotely activated, it assembles a panoramic image of what's inside said space. Now, there are plans to get 100 Explorers into police departments. See them in action below:

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Popular Science Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 13:03 Source

The two brightest stars in the sky aren't actually stars. They're the planets Venus and Jupiter, and next week, they'll be snuggled up next to each other in the evening sky. The configuration, called a conjunction, isn't all that rare, but it does look cool.

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Popular Science Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 13:03 Source

Just last year, three startups threw down the gauntlet in the race to dethrone Google Earth as the king of satellite imaging. In recent weeks, another startup entered the fray, offering more satellites in its toolbox than any competitor which preceded it.

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Popular Science Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 13:03 Source

An engineer in Perth wants to mechanize one of humanity's oldest jobs. His robot is named “Hadrian,” after the Roman Emperor who built a wall in Northern Britain, and it can lay 1,000 bricks an hour. With a building plan programmed in, it calculates the location of each brick, then uses its 28-foot-long arm to them in place and secures them with mortar.

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Popular Science Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 13:03 Source

Elon Musk's Hyperloop is an idea as ambitious as it is fantastical. A train that travels at 760 mph through a pressurized tube is a hard sell, even with it gracing the latest cover of *Popular Science magazine. So it's pretty cool to see a real, working version — albeit in miniature.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 12:16 Source

Dear Tony Abbott,

I will try to keep this letter brief as I know you have a short attention span and since you’ve never responded to my previous correspondence, I can only guess it was because they were longer than your brain capacity could absorb. The main topic of this letter is to let you know that I think you’re an opportunistic, petty, vindictive creep and that you’re running the country as if you would like to imagine that all Australians are equally as petty and vindictive as you. But we’re not. And you’re not going to win your soon to be announced election because we’re better than that.

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Your Democracy Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 12:07 Source


As "terrorism" is spreading like an ebola infection in the "extended" Western World, (presently in Tunisia-38 dead, France-one decapitated and Kuwait-27 dead), one has to ask where it's coming from. Because let's face it, according to the press, such as the glorious merde-och press, "Evil Rocks World" and of course IS (ISIS or ISIL) is blamed fair and square. Okay. No argument.

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New Matilda Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 11:56 Source

New Matilda recently tightened up its commenting policy. Not everyone appreciates it. Chris Graham explains.

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Prosper Australia Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 11:31 Source

Australia’s most high profile business reporter, Alan Kohler, turned up unannounced this week to find out about the group behind the rising interest in Henry George and Land Value Tax. Cross-posted from Business Spectator ($):   Almost 120 years after his death, Henry George may finally be coming into his own. In the 19th century he was […]

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New Matilda Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 11:12 Source

The ABC has been under fire all week. But it's not just the Australian right who hate Aunty. Max Chalmers explains.


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