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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:01 Source

By Leith van Onselen RP Data has today released its home price results for the month of June, with the daily index recording a solid 1.4% bounce following May’s 1.9% decline. As shown above, value gains were recorded across all major markets, except for Adelaide and Darwin. The rebound is values in May was expected, […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:59 Source

A couple of months ago, I read an amusing post on Facebook which basically said that the Left should stop fighting among themselves and work together to defeat the Abbott Agenda. The writer then went on to say that Bill Shorten was hopeless and the Labor was gutless for not forcing a DD.

Presuming that by “DD” he meant Double Dissolution, I calmly pointed out that there was no way that Shorten could “force” a Double Dissolution and that it seems strange that a call for unity should be followed by an attack on the Labor leader.

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Drag0nista's Blog Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:59 Source

First day of Senate kindy. Weekly post for The Hoopla.Filed under: Politics Tagged: crossbench, Labor, Liberal, Palmer United Party, Senate, senators, The Hoopla

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:54 Source

In the third and final article of a  three-part series, Carole Reckinger and Antoine Lemaire explore some of the reasons why the HIV epidemic is spreading in Papua.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:53 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:32 Source

The Dun and Bradstreet business expectations survey is out today and it is weathering the storm in consumer confidence with profit expectations still high: Sales too: Capex and employment strengthening: And selling prices are still high if easing: Business credit is back in vogue: Encouraging stuff. The problem with this survey is that expectations very […]

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:24 Source

Police escorted a supporter of the ABC's Ramp Up website from it's Melbourne offices late yesterday. Ryan Struk reports.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:18 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ANZ-Roy Morgan Research (RMR) consumer confidence index continues to languish following its Budget-induced shellacking, falling by a modest 0.3 points in the week ended 29 June to be around 7% below the long-run average reading of 113.7, and some 10% lower than at the end of April (see next chart). […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 09:48 Source

By Leith van Onselen Opposition to the Abbott Government’s asset privatisation agenda, which will see the federal government provide financial incentives to states that sell-off their assets, appears to be growing, with coal mining group, Glencore Xstrata, slamming the recent sale of state-owned ports, arguing that they have driven-up freight costs for users. From The AFR: […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 09:17 Source

The latest Australian manufacturing PMI is out and nations around the world enjoy bounces- from China to the US – ours sags endlessly on: The latest Australian Industry Group Australian Performance of Manufacturing Index (Australian PMI® ) remained in contraction for an eighth consecutive month in June. It moved down very slightly, by 0.3 points, […]

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 08:59 Source

I saw The Trip thirteen times, and was disappointed by the sequel The Trip To Italy.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 08:55 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 08:47 Source

I would like to congratulate Terry McCrann for being the first mainstream commentator to realise that MacroBusiness is setting the economic agenda in Australia and for engaging with it. Here is his latest assault: The second primeval scream of pain and inchoate anger at Palmer assuaging the Climate Anti-Christ came from David Llewellyn-Smith on his […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 08:31 Source

Hi MBers, You will no doubt have noticed that the partial pay wall has launched. For those that missed the deadline, we’re happy to offer the special $99 deal for another couple days. If you’d like to take it up please send an email to info@macrobusiness.com.au with your phone number and we’ll contact you. If you […]

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 08:06 Source

At Blunty:

Can I just state for the record that I have lots more followers than The Cat and nobody from the Premier's office made anything of my offer to go gay for billionaire Apple tyrant Tim Cook, as long as there was a staff discount on a Mac Pro in it for me? Nobody complained about my appalling language, my frequent references to my bodily functions or my recurring habit of referring to News Limited trollumnists as toothless crack whores.

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 07:47 Source
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Popular Science Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 07:47 Source

According to plan, the Federal Aviation Administration will let drones into American skies by 2020. A report released last week by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Transportation is very, very skeptical that all is going according to plan. Titled, subtly, "FAA Faces Significant Barriers To Safely Integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems Into the National Airspace System," the report outlines significant challenges to a future filled with flying robots.

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 07:47 Source

If we’re lucky enough to survive Armageddon, our precious electrical grids won’t. But we needn’t pine for energy as we build a new civilization from the scraps of the old one. Inside every abandoned car is a lead-acid battery just waiting to power a makeshift arc welder. 

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 07:40 Source

By Leith van Onselen Another day, another report on the huge surge of foreign investment in Australian property, this time from The Australian: In the first nine months of this financial year, sales to foreigners are almost double the total from the whole of last year and represent a record 13 per cent of the […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 07:28 Source

Al Gore continues to weigh into the Australian climate debate and not in an altogether constructive fashion. From the News: AL GORE has warned Tony Abbott to “change or get out of the way” of sensible environmental policy, labelling the Prime Minister a “straight-out climate denier”. Speaking to Vice after forging an unlikely alliance with Clive Palmer, […]

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 06:36 Source

In a new study, computer scientists wrote algorithms for robots to arrange blocks into designs that a human would recognize as a car, a turtle, a house, and other things. But the designs weren't programmed in. Instead, the robots learned from in-person (in-robot?) demonstrations... plus asking questions on a crowd-sourcing website called Mechanical Turk.

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 06:36 Source

The production tax credit for renewable energy expired—most recently—at the end of 2013, and it’s unclear if Congress will renew it again. The program gives wind farms 2.3 cents for every kilowatt-hour of renewable energy they pump into the U.S. grid. Since it was enacted in 1992, the incentive has driven a sevenfold increase in the number of U.S. turbines. “Wind has grown so much that it’s approaching hydroelectric in scale,” says Gwen Bredehoeft, an analyst with the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 06:36 Source

Today is the 10th anniversary of the spacecraft Cassini's arrival in Saturn's system of rings and moons. But to make that 2.2-billion-mile journey from Earth, Cassini had to launch on October 15, 1997. So really it's been 17 great years. The International Space Station and the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity all launched after Cassini did. Yet Cassini is still in working order, and still sends data and—our favorite—images back to Earth.

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 06:36 Source

I never thought anybody took the phrase "chemical-free" seriously, because, obviously everything contains chemicals. But it has become a marketing slogan that a lot of people apparently subscribe to, and indeed some of the top Google search results, for example this site authored by a PhD, no less, pursue this angle without strenuously qualifying that the term is meaningless

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 06:36 Source

The Porsche 918 can make a claim that other supercars can’t: It’s a blueprint for what everyday sports cars will be like in the next few years. Unlike models in the past, they won’t have huge engines with bad fuel economy. Instead, they will rely on electric motors and quick-charging batteries supplemented by smaller gas engines.

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Popular Science Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 06:36 Source

To keep a handful of rat livers super-fresh, researchers kept them supercool—that is, stored at temperatures below the freezing point of water.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 06:12 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 05:22 Source

Roy Morgan released its latest poll today and the result will not please the government: If a Federal Election were held today the ALP would win in a landslide (57.5%, up 2%) cf. L-NP (42.5%, down 2%) on a two-party preferred basis according to today’s multi-mode Morgan Poll conducted the last two weekends  –  June 21/22 & […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 05:01 Source

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