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Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 04:00 Source

Imagine a future where the economic system has taken its course, and the same trends have kept repeating. Countries, first world, third world, democratic and authoritarian, have continued to increase their debt levels to unsustainable amounts, as decided by banks and financial institutes.

Go and check this link to see an estimation at the rising of the debt levels:

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 14:52 Source

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 11:40 Source

Islands of the elderly in a sea of unemployed youth? That's Europe's future, experts say. It's a pity that demographics aren't a thrilling political vote-winner, writes Charles McPhedran

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:34 Source

Thanks to new bio-gas and hydro projects, the Indonesian island of Sumba will soon run on clean energy. For many Sumbanese, it's the first time they've had electricity, reports Rebecca Henschke

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Antony Green's Election Blog Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:31 Source

A summary of the distribution of preferences for the Northern Territory Senate count.

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The Tally Room Monday, September 30, 2013 - 09:15 Source

Moving on from the Australian federal election, I have gone through my New Zealand election map and clarified the boundaries to ensure they are as accurate as possible.

While doing this, I have produced time-series maps for the general electorates and the Māori electorates. Each file includes the national map for both the candidate and party vote at the 2008 and 2011 elections, which you can toggle.

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laberal Monday, September 30, 2013 - 08:30 Source

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 08:08 Source

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 07:28 Source

I don't get it....

I don’t get it….


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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 07:18 Source

From today’s The Australian

“From 1980 on, country after country moved to greater economic and political freedom. A report released last week by Canada’s Fraser Institute shows that since the global financial crisis, that wave of liberalisation has come to an end, and in some cases, reversed.”

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Monday, September 30, 2013 - 07:10 Source

According to news reports, a boat sank within Indonesian waters carrying an estimated 120 people from Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen. This claimed the lives of 22 people, including several children, with other passengers missing.

Some in the media have labelled this tragedy as Tony Abbott’s “first asylum seeker tragedy”.

Tragedy, yes, but not an Australian asylum seeker tragedy. No more, that is, than the Costa Concordia sinking was an Australian tragedy.

It is an Indonesian tragedy.

Yet the Australian Government is being attacked for being tardy in its response.

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The Angle Monday, September 30, 2013 - 01:42 Source

scoville scaleThere is a measurement scale available for measuring the hotness of a chilly or any product that is a derivative of chili pepper which is referred as scoville scale.

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The Angle Monday, September 30, 2013 - 01:42 Source

scoville scaleThere is a measurement scale available for measuring the hotness of a chilly or any product that is a derivative of chili pepper which is referred as scoville scale. The main compound namedcapsaicin is the chemical compound which is the chemical active component that is reason behind the hotness in chili pepper which makes the human to feel the heat sensation while consuming it.

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The Angle Monday, September 30, 2013 - 01:42 Source

scoville scaleThere is a measurement scale available for measuring the hotness of a chilly or any product that is a derivative of chili pepper which is referred as scoville scale.

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Red Bluff Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 13:29 Source

My post for Global Voices Online:

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Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 11:00 Source


Keep Calm and Stay On Topic

So it’s time for another Overflow thread, as part of our system for keeping other threads on-topic.  There are Rules here.

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you said it... Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 08:46 Source

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#auspol #ausmedia @juliagillard

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Digitopoly Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 04:46 Source

marcoMarco Arment, who has been responsible for some popular apps including Instapaper, is a leader in the app world on discussions of mobile app strategy. For that reason, when he makes a pronouncement that tends to start a discussion.

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you said it... Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 22:30 Source

@slatergordon #auspol #ausmedia

Frustrated pests/Islamaphobes/keyboard warriors/drunken yobbos The Australian Defence League are (get ready for it) suing Facebook, apparently utilising the services of Slater & Gordon lawyers.

Under the leadership Facebook administration of John Abberton and Ralph Cerminara, the group is outraged that they’ve had to *gasp* cop short bans from Facebook for being racist fucktards.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 17:27 Source

When you have even Seymour Hersh saying this about Obama then we have come to a defining moment in the history of media’s lying for the left. Having been one of the worst of them himself, but from a previous generation, he finds the present generation even more despicable than his own. Yet in this instance I am sure he is pretty right about most of what he says:

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Café Whispers Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 12:46 Source

On AFL Grand Final day – the biggest day of the year – comes the biggest news of the year. Fitzroy are to be re-admitted into the competition. Speaking at the Grand Final breakfast this morning the Prime Minister let slip this policy announcement to a stunned audience.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 09:31 Source

‘We support genuinely liberal policies based on “Austrian economics” in contrast to the Keynesian claptrap routinely espoused,’ Day explains.

This is a quote from Bob Day, Senator Elect from South Australia in today’s Australian.

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Digitopoly Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 06:34 Source

Precisely how does the online world provide public goods? That is the question for this column.

Public goods in the digital world contain some of the same features as those in the offline world. Yet, there are some key differences in the boundaries between public and private, and that shapes what arises and what does not.

That will need an explanation.


Let’s start with a breezy description of the economics behind a public good, and translate it to the digital world.

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Friday, September 27, 2013 - 20:18 Source

You do have to admire the chutzpah – the real problem isn’t that there has been a pause in warming, but rather that there has been no cooling.

The slowing in the rate of warming over the last 15 years is not in the least surprising. We have seen a combination of the solar minimum, anthropogenic aerosol emissions and back-to-back La Niñas.

What is surprising – and what is deeply concerning to me and almost entirely missed in the media commentary – is that we have not cooled dramatically over the last 15 years.

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Friday, September 27, 2013 - 18:07 Source

… and what the implications are for Australia.

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Friday, September 27, 2013 - 14:30 Source

Do you find that there are some ‘commentators’ that are not only wrong all the time, but are completely barmy when it comes to any reasonable interpretation of issues?

Now there are a few on the list, but Michael Pascoe of Fairfax is top of my list.  (I find that I can occasionally agree with Colebatch and Martin (good on NBN, for instance), and very occasionally with Gittins), but never Pascoe.

Here is his most ridiculous defence of Swan’s management of the budget (I hope you are not eating or drinking when you read this):

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Friday, September 27, 2013 - 12:53 Source

Amid the wreckage of Australia's climate change infrastructure, one piece of environmental policy has survived. Could the Coalition's wind farm review have unintended benefits, asks Ketan Joshi

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Friday, September 27, 2013 - 12:14 Source

The Grand Final parade is just outside my door here on Swanston Street. And I may have mentioned this before but part of the way I think the Australian personality has been molded into possibly the most tolerant nation on earth is because we began with our football leagues only local. The AFL not all that long ago was the VFL. So when you went to the footy, there you were standing shoulder to shoulder with people who barracked for Collingwood or Essendon. And most of the time – not always but most of the time – people learned to be civilised in spite of all the mean things people said to each other.

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The Global Mail - Syndicated Stories Friday, September 27, 2013 - 11:35 Source

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s Nobel-winning politician, makes a diplomatic visit to Singapore, the enabler of her former enemy.

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, September 27, 2013 - 11:25 Source

Voters in the southern Sydney seat of Miranda will go back to the polls on 19 October for a by-election following the resignation of Liberal MP Graham Annesley.

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