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New Matilda Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:26 Source

There's no room for nuclear power in Australia - or anywhere else - argues Australian Conservation Foundation's Dave Sweeney.

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Croakey Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:22 Source

Jennifer Doggett writes: It’s a scenario familiar to anyone used to attending health conferences and workshops:  a presenter gets up and talks about a problem they are trying to solve in their city-based health service or program. Inevitably, after...

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New Matilda Friday, August 29, 2014 - 13:13 Source

Some have plenty. Others have none. And those with plenty need to stop telling us all about it, writes Joshua Dabelstein. 

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:59 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:57 Source

As a young boy I remember with some delight the arrival of the latest comics from overseas. I suppose I would have been about nine or ten when my elder brother and I frequented the local West Brunswick news agency in search of the latest Phantom , Batman and Robin, Superman, and many others comics. At that time after the Second World War luxuries such as comics were hard to come by. Australia’s involvement in the Second World War had cost the economy dearly and restrictions were imposed on imports thus giving local publication a distinct advantage.

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Digitopoly Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:48 Source

The cookie turned 20 just the other day. More than a tasty morsel of technology, two decades of experimentation have created considerable value around its use.

The cookie originated with the ninth employee of Netscape, Lou Montulli. Fresh out of college in June 1994, Montulli sought to embed a user’s history in a browser’s functions. He added a simple tool, keeping track of the locations users visited. He called his tool a “cookie” to relate it to an earlier era of computing, when systems would exchange data back and forth in what programmers would call “magic cookies.” Every browser maker has included cookies ever since.

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Digitopoly Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:48 Source

The cookie turned 20 just the other day. More than a tasty morsel of technology, two decades of experimentation have created considerable value around its use.

The cookie originated with the ninth employee of Netscape, Lou Montulli. Fresh out of college in June 1994, Montulli sought to embed a user’s history in a browser’s functions. He added a simple tool, keeping track of the locations users visited. He called his tool a “cookie” to relate it to an earlier era of computing, when systems would exchange data back and forth in what programmers would call “magic cookies.” Every browser maker has included cookies ever since.

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Jack the Insider Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:35 Source

IT is often said that police corruption can be traced back to the Rum Rebellion but really that brouhaha was more of a military coup…

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:32 Source

From Ifeng via Investing in Chinese Stocks: Three more Chinese cities have announced the cancellation of home buying restrictions: Hangzhou, Xian and Guiyang. Only 9 cities have yet to lift the restrictions, among them the four first-tier cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, plus Zhuhai, Sanya, Nanning, Xining and Lanzhou. In Hangzhou, buying restrictions are […]

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New Matilda Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:31 Source

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas gets underway in Sydney this weekend. Wendy Bacon and Ben Eltham take a closer look at one of the organisations behind the event.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:15 Source

Chile to become the first country in South America to institute a carbon tax, and the second in Latin America after Mexico.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:14 Source

Solar industry says proposed changes to RET could signal end of commercial scale solar market in Australia.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:13 Source

Greg Hunt has spent the last year saying the costs of the RET are modest. Now, he says, meeting the 41,000GWh target would entail "extraordinary" penalties.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:13 Source

Greg Hunt has spent the last year saying the costs of the RET are modest. Now, he says, meeting the 41,000GWh target would entail "extraordinary" penalties.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:12 Source

IEA says renewables growth headed for 5-year slump if govts and utilities fail to rise to challenge of increasing deployment. Meanwhile, in Australia...

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:12 Source

IEA says renewables growth headed for 5-year slump if govts and utilities fail to rise to challenge of increasing deployment. Meanwhile, in Australia...

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 12:11 Source

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FACTS FIGHT BACK Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:55 Source

The Renewable Energy Target (RET) is generally considered as having a target that will mean 20 per cent of electricity is generated from renewable sources by 2020.

The Warburton RET review modelled five options for changing the RET and recommended two.

The first is what is known as “grandfathering” the RET. This is a process where the RET will be closed to any new renewable projects, and the amount of renewable energy supported by the RET will stay at its current level.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:34 Source

“Australians don’t want another election”, says Tony Abbott. Naturally, this reflects both his own achievement of the goal – personal power – and the government’s standing in the polls. For Tony Abbott, elections are not about fulfilling the will of the people. They are about putting the right people into government.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:21 Source

Coal-fired power plants are the largest contributors to atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:20 Source

Experts - including Alan Pears, Andrew Blakers and Dylan McConnell - respond to report which has recommended deep cuts to RET scheme.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:14 Source

On Facebook every day I post “My Thought for the Day” and every now and then I put the question: “What word best describes you?” My personal word is ‘observation’ because it covers a multitude of experiences. With very limited formal education, observation became an integral part of my private classroom. From an early age I became a keen observer. Nothing escaped my scrutiny or sensory surveillance’s. I watched people, nature and life in general. I examined and considered.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:11 Source

Atlas Iron reported yesterday and UBS has this to say today: Despite reporting underlying EPS of just 0.9cps, AGO has announced an unfranked 2cps final dividend (UBSe No Div). We are surprised by the dividend given AGO now has net debt as of 30 Jun 14, and based on UBS forecasts for iron ore to average US$103/dmt cfr […]

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:01 Source

The predictable findings of the RET Review panel will deliver massive windfalls for fossil fuel generators. But as they celebrate a victory of short term interests over long term public benefits and good policy, their Kodak moment looms larger than ever.

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Renew Economy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 11:01 Source

The predictable findings of the RET Review panel will deliver massive windfalls for fossil fuel generators. But as they celebrate a victory of short term interests over long term public benefits and good policy, their Kodak moment looms larger than ever.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:49 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Abbott Government has backed away from its draconian plan to require unemployed jobseekers to apply for 40 jobs a month in order to receive the dole, admitting the plan would have created a “meaningless” burden on employers that would have had to sift through piles of sham job applications. From […]

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John Quiggin Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:47 Source

That’s the unsurprising outcome of the Abbott government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target, undertaken by climate denialists associated with the fossil fuel industry. It’s hard to see why they bothered with the formality of holding an inquiry.

It now looks possible that the Climate Change Authority, of which I’m a member, will survive long enough to conduct a further review. The Authority is answerable to the Parliament, not the government, which makes for interesting times when the two are directly opposed, as at present.

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Popular Science Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:25 Source

After Amazon teased us with potential aerial deliveries, the skies remained free of pizza winging its way to hungry mouths. But now Google's Project Wing has been outed - a secretive test by the Google X team into the feasibility of drone deliveries. Suddenly the future of package delivery is looking a whole lot brighter.

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MacroBusiness Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:23 Source

From the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind today: Australia’s great rebalancing act is underway, but its pace has been slow, largely because of the persistently high AUD. As expected, mining investment is falling sharply and, although resources exports are ramping up, the mining sector is contributing less to growth than it had been in previous […]

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Your Democracy Friday, August 29, 2014 - 10:04 Source

an open mind

"My thoughts are well-known to many people, but that had no bearing on this report whatsoever," he told ABC radio.

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