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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 26, 2016 - 21:05 Source

By Dr Strobe Driver Introduction: Terrorism as a ‘dynamic’ Recently in The Australian, an article entitled ‘We’d be fools not to use the ‘best in the business’’[1] was written suggesting that the Australian Army—specifically TAG East, the special forces team based in Sydney—should have been used to stop the gunman Man Haron Monis in the…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 26, 2016 - 19:00 Source

Just when you thought the Australian government’s treatment of refugees held on Manus Island and Nauru could not descend any deeper into the slough of moral repugnancy, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces that he will accept for resettlement refugees from camps in Costa Rica. At the same time, the PM gave fleeting mention to the…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 26, 2016 - 17:57 Source

By James Moylan I dislike Christians. However this is not bigotry. It is not an irrational dislike. Rather it is a dislike that is born out of a perfectly rational appraisal of what Christians generally say they believe and from watching what Christians do in our society. If anyone asks me what I believe about…

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, September 26, 2016 - 17:11 Source

I've been getting some awesome briefing from my O Group. Dirk sent me a couple of maps of occupied Europe to help keep everything straight, including a suggestion for corraling the Scandinavian states into the Western alliance. A suggestion I might take up.

Gen Havoc, meanwhile has been getting down to business with a useful mark up of thte Soviet advance.

I'll reconcile the geogrpahies in the draft.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 26, 2016 - 16:10 Source

It seems extraordinary that Social Services Minister Christian Porter would unveil a $96 million plan to outsource “new, novel and brave” ways to break the cycle of welfare dependency in Australia, when in doing so, he concedes that the Government does not have the answers. One might admire his approach as “new, novel and brave”,…

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 15:15 Source

Prices were mostly unchanged except in Victoria where futures prices jumped 5% amid talk of first big coal closure.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 14:35 Source

Having obliterated almost all the effective federal climate and renewables policies, the focus is now switching to state-based targets, using the old arguments of higher costs and little abatement.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 14:29 Source

The first installation of the revolutionary GCL solar storage battery has taken place in Brisbane this week at Instyle Solar of Brendale.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 13:31 Source

Hazelwood closure could come as early as April 2017. Engineers your time starts now.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 13:30 Source

Solar Analytics, Wattwatchers lend technology and expertise to international effort to install smart solar on world leaders' rooftops.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 13:04 Source

A closer look at Hazelwood Power Station as murmurs of its potential closure grow louder.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 12:57 Source

Grattan Institute’s latest report suggest rapid expansion of renewable capacity means higher electricity prices. But is that true?

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 12:42 Source

Australia's public desire for climate action is strongest it has been since 2008. The question, now, is how will our politicians respond?

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 12:36 Source

South Australia’s electricity shock exposed an emerging conflict between Australia’s climate policies and the demands of our energy market.

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Harrangue Man Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:58 Source

I didn't know how I'd go at being a dad. It turns out I love the experience and I am good at it. Mind you thewife does 90 per cent of the actual work—because of my disabilities and her preference for domestic excellence—but in terms of emotional and actual availability I am there with boots on.When I had my seventh psych assessment the assessor asked about my childhood; how it was. I said it was "neutral". He I asked what I meant.

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Under The Milky Way Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:27 Source

Muslims note that The Bible used by Catholic Christians has extra books than the one used by Protestant Christians. They then claim that the inclusion of these extra books by Catholics constitute proof that the message The Bible has been corrupted. Specifically Muslims state that Christians have deliberately altered The Bible in order to conceal the truth about the supreme prophethood of Mohammed and to fabricate claims about The Deity of Jesus.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:21 Source

Hydrogen fuel cells are firing the imagination about the future of energy.

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xkcd.com Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:00 Source

Whenever I see a picture of the moon where the points go more than halfway around, I assume it's being eclipsed by one of those Independence Day ships and interpret the rest of the image in light of that.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Monday, September 26, 2016 - 09:37 Source

The cycling helmet law is contentious, but it’s time to call bullshit on those who reckon bicycle helmets are useless or, worse, actually increase the risk of injury Do bicycle helmets work?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 26, 2016 - 06:03 Source

 Monday 26 September 2016 Somewhere along the way Australia again followed America’s lead with the arrival of ‘opinion’.  As staff were sacked, decreasing the ability of newspaper journalists to investigate and research they began the concept of ‘opinion writing’. Radio had been doing it for 30 years or so but the right of radio decided…

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North Coast Voices Monday, September 26, 2016 - 00:16 Source

On 23 September 2016 ABC News reported:Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham says he is not expecting to broker a final deal on the highly-charged school funding debate as he meets state and territory counterparts in Adelaide today.Senator Birmingham yesterday attacked the Gonski funding model, which expires at the end of the next school year, saying it had been "corrupted" by a patchwork of individual deals with state governments."The Turnbull Government is determined to right this corruption," Senator Birmingham 

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North Coast Voices Monday, September 26, 2016 - 00:15 Source

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently  investigating the proposed acquisition of APN News & Media Limited (APN)'s Australian Regional Media division (ARM) by News Corporation (News) – with the aim of establishing what if any the impact of the proposed acquisition will have on on competition, and whether it will: lower the quality of content, especially local news content; reduce the choices available to readers for local news content; increase newspaper prices and/or increase the price of advertising, especially in newspapers in Queensland and northern New South Wales.As to lowering the quality of conte

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 19:15 Source

As I like to point out from time to time, I’m not a left-winger. Of course, when I’m compared to that famous left-winger, Malcolm Turnbull, I must say that I come across a bit more of a radical than he does. Granted, we both own real estate and shares, and therefore neither of us are…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 19:00 Source

By Ad astra When you reflect on the dilapidated state of federal politics; when you question how on earth we have become encumbered with so many appalling policies, do you ever ask: ‘Why is it so?’ I do often. And when I do, one culprit emerges over and again. Who is it? Who in the…

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Your Democracy Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 17:46 Source

fractured fairy tales ...

The Turnbull government would have us believe that they have been successful in job creation – it’s their mantra – but a closer look at the figures suggests otherwise.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 15:01 Source

When Greg Hunt moved on from the Environment portfolio, he smugly told us his job was done.  He had successfully destroyed carbon pricing and replaced it with his Direct Action Plan which he assured us has achieved greater emission reductions for a fraction of the price. What a load of bullshit. In May, the government…

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Harrangue Man Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 12:00 Source

I was up until just before five am, awash with gas pain and unable to sleep. I woke before ten still bloated and pain wracked. I had pain meds then spent the morning drifting about in a haze of fuddled mind and bloated distention. Then I saw I hadn't take my head pill last night—the one my brain now chemically needs in order to fall asleep. I'd been in that kitchen more than a dozen times during the failed mission to sleep and I can't believe I didn't notice it.

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Peter Martin Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 10:45 Source

If the Reserve Bank's official cash rate is 1.5 per cent and home loans are 4.4 per cent, why are credit card rates as high as 20 per cent?

It was the question that had the new Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe stumped.

On Thursday he confessed before the Parliament's economics committee: "I wish I knew the answer to that".

"If you ask the same questions in your subsequent hearings, I will be interested in the answers," he added. His usual reply would have been that given time competition will sort it out. But it doesn't, for credit cards.

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The Political Sword Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 09:40 Source

When you reflect on the dilapidated state of federal politics; when you question how on earth we have become encumbered with so many appalling policies, do you ever ask: 'Why is it so?'

I do often. And when I do, one culprit emerges over and again. Who is it?

Who in this motley collection is the culprit? Who is responsible for these policy calamities?

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 06:09 Source

Sunday 25 September 2016 “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” – Malcom X. Facebook makes you dive into humanity, hear things you do not want to hear, and…

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