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Popular Science Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:52 Source

On the day that Lonesome George died, in June 2012, Eleanor Sterling made a panicked phone call.  “George!” she recalls saying. “What do we do now?”

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:52 Source

There's a new prototype glue that sticks like mussels to a rock—literally. The glue, which works underwater, incorporates proteins that mussels normally use to adhere to rocks, jetties, and larger sea critters. But the manmade adhesive isn't an exact replica of mussel glue. Its ingredients also include proteins that E. coli produce when they make slime colonies. The result is the strongest bio-inspired adhesive that works underwater, according to the glue's engineers.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:52 Source

In early 2015, Apple will release its first major product since 2010 -- a health tracker dubbed Apple Watch -- that will reportedly log a litany of biometric information using 10 different sensors. The wrist device has the same aesthetic as the Nike Fuelband, FitBit Flex, and the countless other fitness bands already available. With a rising number of wearables hitting the shelves, you’d better know what information is vital and how to make the most of it.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:52 Source

Over the past century, Australia has quietly participated in more major wars than expected. From a disastrous assault on the Ottoman-held Gallipoli in World War I to fighting alongside British forces in World War II and Korea, as well as fighting alongside American forces in Vietnam and participating in the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Australia’s military was present in many major 20th and 21st century conflicts. Only 12 countries spend more than Australia on defense, and this year, some of that money is going towards a new armored vehicle.

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Popular Science Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:52 Source

You could call it a rainy-day fund. A team of MIT researchers has built an all-liquid battery prototype that's designed to store excess energy from solar and wind power plants. When the sun isn't shining, or the wind isn't blowing, future versions of this battery could release energy captured during more productive times into nations' power grids.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:23 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 08:20 Source

‘Degrade’ is a new word in the vocabulary of war.

It means ‘do damage to the enemy, delay his rate of conquest, and limit the extent of his victory’.

It means ‘losing, but giving a big, fierce, impactful impression of trying to win’.

It is a useful word for a country, the USA, that has lost eleven wars — Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Chile, Nicaragua, Iran, Somalia, Lebanon, the Cold War, Iraq 2 and Afghanistan — it likes to pretend it won.

It is no longer about winning any more, since we’re no good at that. What we do is ‘degrade’.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 07:52 Source

By Leith van Onselen Industry groups representing accountants and real estate agents have slammed a proposal outlined last week by Liberal MP, Kelly O’Dwyer, to extend the penalty regime for illegal foreign investment in Australian residential property to those that aid and abet such purchases, such as accountants, lawyers and real estate agents. From The […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 07:48 Source

by Chris Becker Monday nights with no real data releases are always fun on macro markets – not. But at least last night we saw the broad return of volatility, with a relatively big slide in the S&P500 down 17 points to below 2000 at 1993. This “slump” (I love how the negativity on reporting […]

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Cheeseburger Gothic Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 07:39 Source

At Blunty.

I suspect the Prime Minister is lying to you. This may come as no surprise, but lying your way to war, even a little one, is an order of magnitude more serious than simply lying your way into office and out of your promises. Some lies lead only to disappointment, perhaps to resentment. Some lead to violence and tragedy and death.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 07:31 Source

making goebbels proud ....

You have to admire the Abbott Government’s chutzpah.

Islamic State released a statement calling on believers to kill, among others, Australians. On the 7.30 Report Attorney-General George Brandis explained that they hate us for our democracy, our freedoms, our respect for women.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 07:08 Source

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John Quiggin Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 06:54 Source

Judging by the comments on my “derp and denialism” post, we seem to be mostly agreed on the proposition, amply demonstrated by economic studies, that the global economy could be decarbonized at a very modest cost in terms of foregone growth. On the other hand, it is equally obvious that the commitments made so far are nowhere near enough to achieve this goal[^1], and that the reasons for this lie in the operation of political systems, most importantly in the US, China and India. This raises several questions

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 06:05 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 06:04 Source

Cross posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks Handan’s housing crisis is centered on illegal fundraising. Earlier this year, banks that used illegal fundraising collapsed, and now developers are going down. Ten of thousands of residents and roughly ¥10 billion is at stake. The local government has formed work groups to deal with the situation, with […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 06:00 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: They do ring a bell at the top – Alibaba IPO proves the rule – Zero Hedge Is there an Obama Doctrine? The Diplomat Dr Doom warns on 20% drop in AUD – The Age (h/t Gunnamatta) Bubble in US bonds to end in bad way – Bloomberg (like […]

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Global Guerrillas Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 03:31 Source

Last night I watched "Transcendence."  It's a movie about an AI (artificial intelligence) that becomes a threat to humanity.  The movie is a redux of the classic rogue AI we saw in "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (worth watching on DVD).

Unfortunately, it's not as good a movie, despite the addition of some ideas from Vinge's Singularity and a much bigger budget.

However, the problem I have with this movie, and movies of this type in general, is that they are wrong about the threat.

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Political Owl Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 01:11 Source
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North Coast Voices Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 00:16 Source

One letter to the editor in The Sydney Morning Herald on 19 September 2018 slyly identifies those terrorizing Australia.........Image found at  

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Coal seam-tight gas exploration and wannabee production company Metgasgo Limited - having first failed to convince the NSW Government that it had fully lived up to the terms of its PEL16 exploration licence and then apparently failed to convince that same government to voluntarily hand over $120 million in go away money compensation because there was no possibility of it extracting any commercial gas from its Northern Rivers tenements in the foreseeable future - appears to be reordering its books to maximise the dollar potential with regard to hoped for court-ordered compensation once legal proceedings have wended their way through the sta

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 00:00 Source

Backward Glances, which appears daily in Grafton's Daily Examiner, is a very popular column with the paper's readers.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, September 22, 2014 - 23:15 Source

10.45 pm

Morgan showed, correctly, Labor on 54.5, up by 0.5, after Abbott declared war on a number of countries and proposed the torture and shaming of a hundred thousand Muslim women he suspected of not much wanting to appear topless on Manly beach as part of Team Australia.

In an hour or so a Newspoll will show Abbott, war leader, ahead of Shorten as preferred Prime Minister and Labor and the Coalition both on 50. It will show Abbott has warmed the nation with his threat of beheadings in Martin Place and the bombing without end of those Syrian children not already bombed or gassed by Assad.

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Your Democracy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 23:08 Source

To me the Alpha state you get when sitting on a shitter

gives one the perfect state of Zen in which to think up Twitter

It's easy since the implant hooked us all up to the net

Hi, just call me Cyberman- you haven't met me.. yet.

 

With eyeballs set to HD I take Foodies every day

Status updates bore me, so I've found a better way-

a realtime channel open that everyone can get

Hi, just call me Cyberman- you haven't met me.. yet.

 

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Political Owl Monday, September 22, 2014 - 23:05 Source

Of the world’s five warmest years on record – 2010, 2005, 1998, 2003, and 2013 – all but 2013 began during a mature El Niño event. Hence the interest always paid to this measure reflecting ocean water temperatures in the Pacific and to the speculation that 2014 might be another record high temperature one when the climate model makers earlier in the year were putting the chances of an El Niño at 80%.

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Poll Bludger Monday, September 22, 2014 - 22:54 Source

The latest fortnightly Newspoll has Labor leading 51-49, which is down a point on last time and equal with the time before (and also the same as the ReachTEL poll conducted on Thursday). Primary votes are 41% for the Coalition (up two), 34% for Labor (down one) and 11% for the Greens (down three on last time, back to where they were the time before). Tony Abbott has enjoyed a big hike in his personal ratings, up six on approval to 41% and down two on disapproval to 52%, and he has gained a 41-37 lead on preferred prime minister after being level at 37-37 last time. Bill Shorten is up one on approval to 38% and steady on disapproval 43%.

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The Failed Estate Monday, September 22, 2014 - 22:08 Source

“ The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety – by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”– H.L. Mencken In a … Continue reading →

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En Passant Monday, September 22, 2014 - 20:38 Source

You have to admire the Abbott Government’s chutzpah.

Islamic State released a statement calling on believers to kill, among others, Australians. On the 7.30 Report Attorney-General George Brandis explained that they hate us for our democracy, our freedoms, our respect for women.

The nationalities Islamic State named were Americans or Europeans – especially the accursed French – or Australians or Canadians.

Why is that Senator Brandis? Could it be perhaps because these nations are the ones re-invading Iraq?

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Your Democracy Monday, September 22, 2014 - 20:38 Source

freedom and terror

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned Australians that the balance between freedom and security "may have to shift", given the current "troubling" and "darkening" security situation.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 22, 2014 - 20:10 Source

Are we all getting a little too edgy courtesy of the publicity around our upgraded security level?

From an old friend comes this Facebook comment today:

The train stations I use have closed their rubbish bins for “security reasons”. They’ve been closed with masking tape and cardboard. Sec-ur-it-y.

There’s a new message on the train PA, telling passengers what to do if they suspect or see a “security incident”. It’s a long message. You might have to wait a bit.

I smell dystopia.

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Croakey Monday, September 22, 2014 - 18:04 Source

In the wake of the federal budget, uncertainty about the future is facing many areas in the health sector – and GP training is no exception, writes Dr Tim Senior in his latest Wonky Health column. By Tim Senior   The last ever GP Education and...

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