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Poll Bludger Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 18:19 Source

A ReachTEL automated phone poll conducted last night for the Seven Network, encompassing what for a state electorate poll is a pretty large sample of 805, finds Campbell Newman trailing 53-47 on two-party preferred in his Brisbane electorate of Ashgrove – a swing approaching 9% off the 2012 state election, but a one-point improvement for Newman on the last such poll conducted in March.

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En Passant Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 17:06 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:52 Source

In what film did James Garner glory in his cowardice before D-Day? Who was his co-star? Who wrote it?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:45 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets It’s been risk-on through Asian trade today with some of the major markets breaking key levels after a solid lead from US trade. A combination of US earnings optimism, positive US economic data and a slight downgrade to Russia risk has ignited markets today. […]

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:43 Source

The new voter Id laws used at the Stafford by-election saw only 0.9% of voters turn up without an acceptable form of Id.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:38 Source

“The question was how we should manoeuvre them into the position of firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves.” Henry L. Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War, 10 days before the bombing of Pearl Harbour.

From the sinking of the Lusitania to the Gulf of Tonkin, right up to 9/11 and the Bali Bombing, false flag operations have long been used as a pretext to war.

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Inside Story Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:20 Source

The economic benefits of mining investment have been exaggerated, argues John Edwards.
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Dragon’s Tail: The Lucky Country After the China Boom
By Andrew Charlton
Quarterly Essay | $19.99

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

‘Brought to justice’, a meaningless phrase much used in the comic books of the 1940s, was picked up last week by Julie Bishop, then quickly replaced this week by ‘called to account’.

This was because it had proved that ‘brought to justice’ was nowhere near as meaningless as she had first thought it was. It turned out to imply, in this case, that we hang Vladimir Putin, or bring him before a firing squad, or lock him up in The Hague for a minimum of twenty-five years. Or that we treat in this way some drunk teenage gunner for his part in what proves to have been an accident.

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Popular Science Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 15:14 Source

Late last month, something extraordinary happened at the edge of the rainforest in Acre, Brazil. Members of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe voluntarily approached scientists from the Brazilian government, Science magazine reports. This is the first time in decades that an uncontacted community chose to meet with outsiders.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 14:55 Source

Construction begins on largest single rooftop solar PV system in Australia, with installation of 990kWp array at the IKEA in Tempe, NSW.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 14:52 Source

Aurizon CEO Lance Hockeridge needs a new speech writer: Aurizon chief executive Lance Hockridge has claimed the expansion of a coal export terminal at Queensland’s Abbot Point will be done in an “environmentally sensitive manner” as he reiterated confidence in Asian demand for Australian resources. “The ‘Chicken Little’ view of resource demand does not recognise […]

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Jack the Insider Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 14:50 Source

The nation’s political conversation descended further into the dismal yesterday when Jacquie Lambie was interviewed on a Hobart FM radio station, 107.3…

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 14:29 Source

From our old friend Chris Joye this arvo: The elevated inflation results in the June quarter...demolishes the case for a near-term cut. And with house price growth compounding at 9.5 per cent in 2014 (or triple wages growth)…the RBA is going to have to eventually normalise the cheapest borrowing rates in history. The curve-ball in this […]

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Inside Story Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 14:13 Source

Standardised and empowered? Tabasco at Costco.
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The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs and Boost Profits
By Zeynep Ton
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Your Democracy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:54 Source

swimming in it

It is clear that neo-fascist capitalism does not like freedom... This could seem an idiotic statement, but it is true. When most neo-fascist capitalists talk about freedom, it is only on their own term, within the box that they create, including justifying the destruction or conquest of "others" for the box to exist.

 

Capitalism is only a tool of trade.

 

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:45 Source

In case you’re wondering why the air is coming out of the ASX rally and the iron ore juniors this afternoon, the dollar is up and threatening and Dalian iron ore futures are down 0.6% points in China. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:43 Source

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services becomes latest market heavyweight to warn that coal assets will end up stranded in a carbon constrained world.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:39 Source

Hydro Tasmania boss says the Apple Isle could provide 1,000MW of zero emission "baseload" power through wind and hydro, replacing one of big brown coal generators in Latrobe Valley.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:39 Source

HydroTas boss says Apple Isle could provide 1GW of zero emission 'baseload' power through wind and hydro, replacing brown coal generators in Latrobe Valley.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:36 Source

Research shows rooftop solar exports are higher than most estimates, which means most systems are paying network fees for well over half their generation.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:36 Source

Research shows rooftop solar exports are higher than most estimates, which means most systems are paying network fees for well over half their generation.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:35 Source

New player in solar leasing says Australian market could reach $100 billion. It sees huge demand from businesses, as well as homes when battery storage becomes cost competitive in a few years, and it sees huge appetite from banks and super funds for an annuity style infrastructure investment.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:35 Source

New player in solar leasing says Australian market could reach $100 billion. It sees huge demand from businesses, as well as homes when battery storage becomes cost competitive in a few years, and it sees huge appetite from banks and super funds for an annuity style infrastructure investment.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:33 Source

Abengoa looks to sign giant iron ore miner to support Australia's first large scale solar tower power plant with molten salt storage.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:26 Source

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:26 Source

Carnegie Wave lends its technology and experience to ARENA-funded CSIRO wave mapping and resource development project.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:21 Source

Victorian planning law amendment marks small win for Australia's wind energy industry. And in NSW, Maurice Newman has the wind put up him.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:19 Source

From The West: Rio Tinto is working on plans to build the biggest single pit iron ore mine in the Pilbara, filing environmental applications for a 70 million tonne-a-year monster at its Yandicoogina operation. …The documents suggest the Pocket and Billiard South pit would be about 7.5km long and nearly a kilometre wide. Rio told […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Call me paranoid if you like, but starting with the Right and Centre Right of the British press in late December 2013, and continued through the past seven months, there has been a steady conjecture by the mainstream media that the world is headed for another global war.

On December 30, The Telegraph carried an article by historian Tim Stanley entitled ’2013, The Year We Stepped A Little Closer To War’

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:55 Source

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