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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:47 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:27 Source

I could be wrong about this, but what I saw last night at the Holocaust Museum, an unrehearsed reading called The Handkerchief, seemed to me to prefigure a play on the world stage as good as the best of Arthur Miller, though not, of course as good as the best of Tony Kushner, the finest English-language playwright in three centuries.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:19 Source

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:06 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. China calculates the real estate growth figure as a running total. I calculate the year on year figure for one month alone. In July this growth figure was 11.9%. In August, it slumped to 9.9%. The trend is not looking good for GDP growth in Q3. Here’s the real estate detail […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:04 Source

The national auction clearance rate slid over the weekend on the back of declines in Sydney and Melbourne. According to RP Data, the national weighted average preliminary auction clearance rate was 70.8% over the weekend, which was down 3.6% from the 74.4% preliminary clearance rate reported last weekend. Sydney’s clearance rate fell by 4.1% to […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 07:03 Source

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Poll Bludger Monday, September 15, 2014 - 03:18 Source

Red and blue numbers respectively indicate size of two-party Labor and Liberal polling booth majorities. Click for larger image. Map boundaries courtesy of Ben Raue at The Tally Room.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 00:21 Source

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Your Democracy Monday, September 15, 2014 - 00:19 Source

so long, farewell, goodbye & good riddance …..

There's one good reason for why Scotland should vote yes for independence: the breaking up of the United Kingdom would be an imminently good thing for the sake of world peace.

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North Coast Voices Monday, September 15, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced that the terror threat level has been raised from medium to high. He has stressed that people should continue to go about their normal lives and that there is no intelligence on a specific plot. [The Sydney Morning Herald 12 Se

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North Coast Voices Monday, September 15, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Tony Abbott is determined that recognising indigenous people in Australia's constitution is a "national crusade'' that should be important to everyone…. He has promised to finalise a draft form of words for changing the constitution by September.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 22:54 Source

It is strange Tony Abbott thinks it a good idea to answer a beheading by sending in six hundred troops. All that will happen is more beheadings, in Strathfield perhaps, or Longreach, and a falling away of any support there still is for a war already three times lost.

Soldiers’ wives will hate the idea. Traumatised veterans will detest it. Crippled veterans will demonstrate against it. No general likes it. No historian thinks it makes any sense. What is he doing?

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Political Owl Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 22:03 Source

The small German island of Heligoland, a popular tourist destination, is undergoing dramatic change as the wind industry takes over. Video Credit By Erik Olsen on Publish Date September 13, 2014.The small German island of Heligoland, a popular tourist destination, is undergoing dramatic change as the wind industry takes over.

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New Matilda Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 21:47 Source

After a harrowing visit to an immigration detention centre with her son, Julie Pynt will remain silent no longer.

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Your Democracy Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 21:19 Source

no war

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En Passant Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 19:34 Source

Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad.

Prometheus in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “The Masque of Pandora”.

 


Truth in placards

 

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 19:17 Source

Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian tax accountant who acted for an American client Bill Browder who went to Russia as a hedge fund trader. He discovered an incredible identity theft – fraud – that Bill’s companies had been used without his knowledge by a syndicate of crooked police and tax officials, who used them to steal $250M of public money.

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The Political Sword Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 18:30 Source

Tucked away in one of the last Fairfax-Nielsen public opinion polls in mid-July is the intriguing fact that although the ALP was leading on a two party preferred basis, and Bill Shorten was preferred as Prime Minister to Tony Abbott, Abbott was ‘way ahead of Mr Shorten on the issue of “vision for Australia's future'’, leading 54 to 38 per cent’. It’s an odd finding in the sense that while voters appeared to think Abbott has a vision, a good number of them don’t seem to like it.

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Club Troppo Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 18:05 Source

institutional innovationMiles Kimball, for the uninitiated a sensible centrist commentator on economic policy is also an admirer of John Stuart Mill and has supported the case for decriminalising drugs.  At the same time, since he thinks drugs – certainly recreational drugs or the new ones – are bad news or likely to have substantial social downsides - he wants to hem i

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New Matilda Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 17:21 Source

As the world lumbers once more to war John Pilger looks at the rise of the people admist the predicatable silence of the media.

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Your Democracy Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 15:34 Source

divine turds

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 15:12 Source

A few years ago I wrote a play that examined the taking away of some of our rights in the wake of the September 11th attacks. My stage manager’s parents came to see the show – they were from Czechoslovakia. The next day, my stage manager informed me that they thought that I was “very brave”.

They don’t understand, I thought at the time, I’m hardly likely to be thrown into a re-education camp over a play.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 14:31 Source

It’s a while since Reagan funded rockets that, in outer space, would shoot down other rockets in outer space, put up there by Russians for reasons he could not clearly specify, and spent hundreds of billions of dollars trying to do so. It was thought then modern wars would be fought in this way. Now we know this is wrong.

Modern wars are fought by kidnappers, who, on the internet, threaten with beheading western journalists who, before their decapitation, applaud their executioners, defame their native lands and scare the shit out of western leaders who know there is no way they can fight this.

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Political Owl Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 13:31 Source

2014-09-14_gillardslushAnother gem this morning to add to my “Views of Miranda Devine” collection. This time our intrepid Sydney Sunday Terror columnist has found a granny to hide her views of Julia Gillard behind.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 11:32 Source

Stephen King's The Stand was the first book I ever bought with my own money. This end of the world opus remains one of my favorites, and one of the few books (along with Michael Herr's Despatches) that I've read multiple times. The collapse of civilization brought about by the superflu is superbly detailed at both the personal and global level. It could stand on its own (see what I did there?) as a novel, but of course da King takes it so much further by introducing Randall Flagg and his second Armageddon.

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Croakey Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:35 Source

I recently had the privilege of participating in the Consumers Health Forum’s ‘Health in a time of change’ national workshop in Melbourne. The Workshop brought together a large number of consumers and other health stakeholders to debate current...

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:33 Source

The global population continues to grow, and climate change is already tangibly reducing food harvests. Can agriculture adapt to be both more productive and more resilient?

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:33 Source

The archetypical robot is a man of metal, a harsh mechanical construct contrasted sharply with the soft fleshiness of the humans that built it. A team of engineers, led by Michael T. Tolley of the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory, created instead a soft robot. Using a flexible body, the robot moves like a flailing starfish over all terrain.

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:33 Source

Remember that early ‘90s horror-themed video game, Doom, where you roamed around a Martian landscape, killing everything in sight? Well, now the game isn’t just for shooting demons and zombie Marines anymore. A construction company called DIRTT (which stands for Doing It Right This Time) is using software based on the old Doom engine to blueprint hospital walls and office spaces. They’re hoping the technology will eradicate the two most expensive words in the construction industry.

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Popular Science Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:33 Source

Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly will throw a water balloon at Bob whenever you throw a water balloon at Molly. Maybe Bob will splash both of you whenever he goes five minutes without getting hit -- or if it gets too warm out or if it's seven o'clock or if he's in a bad mood that day. The details don't matter.

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