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Your Democracy Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 15:57 Source

 

teeth extraction...teeth extraction...A Likely Way that Trump Would Be Forced Out of Office

 

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Harrangue Man Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 14:32 Source

Every Christmas statements of worth from 2013 and 2014 re-appear above the laptop from where the Christmas decorations are stored. With the boxes gone I can see what I wrote about me from years before on the inside of the shelving unit. It's pretty powerful stuff. They're reminders from past-me to now-me to never, ever feel shit about myself again. I can still feel shitty; just not about me. Thanks, past-me, for looking out for now-me and I'll see you next Christmas.WFTW.

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AustralianPolitics.com Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 13:39 Source

Video, audio and text of press briefing with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Skepticlawyer Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 13:12 Source

It is a commonplace that the victors write history. But which victors? The victors that are claimed to write history are normally taken to be those who win wars and other conflicts. But just because one side wins a war or conflict, it does not follow that its ideas triumph in the longer term.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 12:30 Source

By Miriam English I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently, as have many people, I expect. The usual reaction is to blame the Russians for spreading it. And while the Russians are clearly culpable, there is much more to it. It should be easy to ignore fake news because it should be obvious that…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 11:03 Source

By Erin Chew Well that was short lived. Shan Ju Lin has been dumped in less than a month since she announced she was running as a candidate for One Nation in 2018. Her rise and fall must have broken some world records, and it should come as a relief that she is no longer…

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Under The Milky Way Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 10:46 Source

Dear Sir,

We met recently while I was visiting friends and talking about Jesus. You said that it would be OK if I left you a short note. You said that there are about 4,200 religions in the world and Google basically agrees with you, though there is significant double-counting with each Christian denomination being counted as a separate religion even though their beliefs are basically identical. You indicated that you had studied a representative number of these religions.

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Your Democracy Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 10:05 Source

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In 2007, Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop accused Deputy Opposition Leader Julia Gillard of behaving like a “fashion model or TV star” rather than a politician.

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Poll Bludger Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 06:50 Source

With less than two months to go until the March 11 state election, The West Australian today carries a ReachTEL poll showing no change since October on two-party preferred – but with very substantial change on the primary vote, thanks to the inclusion of One Nation as a response option for the first time. Support for One Nation is recorded at 10.8%, which is in the ballpark of the 9.6% the party recorded at the peak of its fortunes in 2001 – keeping in mind that this substantially over-performed what pre-election polls had said.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 05:57 Source

Saturday 14 January 2017 1 It is probably fair to say that you cannot be a good leader without character. Character is the defining point of leadership. Character is a combination of traits that etch the outlines of a life, governing moral choices and infusing personal and professional conduct. It’s an elusive thing, easily cloaked or…

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North Coast Voices Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 00:15 Source

The Washington Post front page on 6 January 2016…..How it should have looked…..

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AustralianPolitics.com Friday, January 13, 2017 - 18:27 Source

The Health Minister, Sussan Ley, has resigned from the Turnbull ministry. Ley announced her resignation after a week of adverse political reaction to publicity about her travel expenses and visits to the Gold Coast. On one visit, Ley purchased an investment property. Investigations by the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 13, 2017 - 17:57 Source

An ominous disquiet ripples across Australia. Anger, fear and frustration bubble away, with the occasional fiery flare on social media manufacturing outrage and another short-lived hashtag. Voter discontent, fury and helplessness simmer. Class and generational warfare grow stronger with hastily implemented Government policy unfairly clawing back billions from pensioners, families, the disabled and unemployed. Punctuating…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 13, 2017 - 13:03 Source

In 2007, Federal Education Minister Julie Bishop accused Deputy Opposition Leader Julia Gillard of behaving like a “fashion model or TV star” rather than a politician. “You’re not a celebrity, you’re an elected representative, you’re a member of parliament. You’re not Hollywood and I think that when people overstep that line they miss the whole…

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Popular Science Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:52 Source

It's deja vu all over again: According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Fiat Chrysler is the latest car manufacturer to use secret software to violate the Clean Air Act.

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Popular Science Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:52 Source

While many animals become less fertile as they age, only three species—humans, pilot whales, and killer whales—have females that regularly live well beyond their reproductive prime. These are the only species where we see grandmas acting like grandmas: they've long stopped producing offspring of their own, so they pivot to helping care for their children's children.

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Popular Science Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:52 Source

We like to think that human speech is special. It defines our species and separates us from those animals that we'd rather think of as inferior. The trouble is that it's difficult to know when and how human speech arose because “language expressed via speech leaves no fossils behind.”

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Popular Science Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:52 Source

Pretend for a moment you are a climate scientist, or maybe a layperson curious about climate change research. Which of the following intro sentences would prompt you to keep reading a study?

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Popular Science Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:52 Source

California is usually drenched with sunlight. But this week, it's just drenched. A series of storms have pummeled the state, dropping staggering quantities of rain and snow—leading to flooding, mudslides, and a whole lot of water pouring into reservoirs that were just about dried out. But is it enough to end the state's persistent drought?

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xkcd.com Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:00 Source

Further out to the right, it works correctly, but the reason it works still involves the word 'firmware.'

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Cheeseburger Gothic Friday, January 13, 2017 - 10:21 Source

<p>Could be a long lead time. Six months for submissions.</p><p>Anyone interested?</p><p> </p>

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AustralianPolitics.com Friday, January 13, 2017 - 10:04 Source

Text of statement by former prime minister Paul Keating on remarks by US Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson.

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En Passant Friday, January 13, 2017 - 07:05 Source

My letter in Friday’s print edition of the Canberra Times, online now.

NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE

If the Tax Office sent out deliberately incorrect assessment notices to big business, the Commissioner of Taxation’s resignation letter would be on the Treasurer’s table that day. One rule for the rich, another for the poor.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, January 13, 2017 - 06:03 Source

Friday 13 January 2017 Conventional wisdom would have it that while a Government is conducting itself in a fashion that will lead to its eventual downfall you do nothing to interfere with it. Nevertheless, the political watchers are starting to get restless. “Where are you, Bill?” they ask. Is it reasonable given that everyone needs…

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Antony Green's Election Blog Friday, January 13, 2017 - 04:24 Source

Who fills the WA Senate vacancy if Rod Culleton no longer holds the seat?

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North Coast Voices Friday, January 13, 2017 - 00:16 Source

These are items that cannot be near Donald J. Trump during what he refers to as "the show" aka the presidential inauguration.

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Harrangue Man Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 23:37 Source

Not only was Obama an awesome technocrat who gave a shit about people not himself or family he could carry a tune.I hate that he is forced into a role as opposition leader. He should have been able to just fuck off into the sunset leaving a fellow technocrat in charge.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 23:33 Source

Nothing shows a Coalition government in trouble more than playing the national security card, but even Tony Abbott wouldn’t go this far. Malcolm Turnbull is “planning a major shake-up in counter-terrorism and domestic security.” “Mr Turnbull has held high-level talks with cabinet colleagues about a new ­department and ministry to form a co-ordinated counter-terrorism effort. …

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Political Owl Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 23:26 Source

The corporate bookies don't seem to have a market yet on the weekend's major political event but the money at the Portsea Hotel tonight suggests Julie Bushop will be a no-show at the annual polo. The boys at the very upmarket hotel think the Foreign Minister will squib it after the flack this week about charging taxpayers for her appearance money last year.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 19:39 Source

Dear Mr Turnbull We have received information from the Australian Tax Office about your employment income. Apparently you have been paid as Prime Minister when it is clear that you have been paying no attention to the mess your government is creating. What You Need To Do 1. Please check what ridiculous things your MPs…

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