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Inside Story Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 11:52 Source

True encounter: The Queen Elizabeth speaks at Dublin Castle, Ireland, during a state dinner on the second day of her four-day visit to Ireland in May 2011. “With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all,” she said.
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Cheeseburger Gothic Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 11:20 Source

Paid a visit to the Apple store on Friday. I've been looking at Retina MacBook's but it was an iPhone issue took me in, or two of them. I'd been getting complaints that my phone muffled the audio on calls. It doesn't. My Pad & Quill wallet/cover muffles them, as I thought might be the case. Still, it's a good cover and I won't be changing it. I rarely use the phone as a phone anyway. Who does these days?

The other issue was more serious - a battery and a data problem with Anna's iPwn5 (my old pre 5S unit). I wasn't really expecting any joy, since the phone was 2 years old. But joy I was to have.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:56 Source

I have been roundly criticized for speaking my mind in these pages, enough that any sensible person would probably learn to keep his opinions to himself. But the more the media bombard us with outrageous propaganda and fear mongering, the more compelled I feel to offer an alternative reading of events. At very least I find it therapeutic to share my thoughts.

Crisis Engineering and the Petrodollar

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The Australian Independent Media Network Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:51 Source

Ok, I realise that Tony and Joe know almost nothing about the AFL, but a lack of knowledge hasn’t stopped them in other areas and I just thought that they may be able to help out the once proud Melbourne Football Club.

For the information of those not interested in sport or the AFL, the Club has spent a number of years near the bottom of the ladder as well as suffering financial losses.

“THE MELBOURNE Football Club has reported an operating loss of $1.7 million for the year ending 31 October 2013.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 10:00 Source

Ignoring the debt and deficit disaster, Abbott spent twenty million dollars on some bullet-proof BMWs in which Pyne, for instance, could jeer at insurgent students while they threw pies at him, and a tap-dancing Shoe Bomber on the car bonnet could do no harm to Warren Truss. A bullet-proof bubble over the Prime Minister’s bicycle was for some reason rejected, as were body-searches of likely looking brunettes on Opera House opening nights.

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Poll Bludger Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 02:45 Source

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

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North Coast Voices Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 00:16 Source

There were probably many Yamba residents muttering “I told you so” under their breaths after reading this in The Sydney Morning Herald on 10 August 2014:Sales at McDonald's have recorded their worst results in over 10 years.Global sales at the fast food giant dropped 2.5 per cent in June and July.Not since March 2003, when global sales plunged 3.7 per cent in consecutive months, has the world's biggest restaurant chain suffered such losses.Australia is part of McDonald's Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa operation, which was the worst perf

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North Coast Voices Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 00:15 Source

 Second-hand rose: Margie Abbott in the Salvation Army store in Manly after launching National Op Shop Week on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Munoz/Getty Images.

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Duck Pond Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 00:01 Source

We have continued to experience rain throughout the week, so that Dexter and Hannah did not go out as much as they would have liked.

This winter seems to have been colder and wetter. Memory is a poor guide, but the figures do tend to confirm the suspicion. Longer memories support climate change. George who is 95 and has lived in this area all his life asserts this by saying the August west winds no longer are blowing.

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Duck Pond Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 00:01 Source

We have continued to experience rain throughout the week, so that Dexter and Hannah did not go out as much as they would have liked.

This winter seems to have been colder and wetter. Memory is a poor guide, but the figures do tend to confirm the suspicion. Longer memories support climate change. George who is 95 and has lived in this area all his life asserts this by saying the August west winds no longer are blowing.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 20:01 Source

The world’s most tiresome commentator, Peter (Malvolio) Hartcher, a Liberal voter, praised Abbott, calling him a ‘wartime statesman’.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 18:25 Source

When an area is considered of state significance, June Bullivant OAM asks who the area is significant for.

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WixxyLeaks Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 18:23 Source

Charity shags, turbo spa’s in the Red Room brothel, and judicial gang-rapes.

An alternate universe for most of us, but just another day for Kathy Jackson.

Fridays Royal Commission hearings into the HSU had been a boring affair, particularly given the outlandish events the previous day, however things certainly turned from mundane to insane when Kathy Jackson stopped for a doorstop chat with the press with her shadow Marco Bolano.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 16:03 Source

It is pretty much a no-brainer these days when the government is in trouble to resort to some kind of scoundrel activity in an effort to win back support. With the government haemorrhaging from a budget disaster and multiple gaffes from ministers and also criticism from within its own ranks, Team Liberal is reverting to a fall-back position it believes is a winner; that of national security.

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En Passant Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 15:03 Source




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you said it... Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 14:34 Source

Sadly despite the successful apprehension and prosecution of racist abusers  and the increased willingness of normal members of the public to make a stand against these abusers we still get stories like these surfacing.

Unfortunately both stories are from Perth this time. Curiously too, the attacks were both from people from ethnic minorities.

The first involves a series of unhinged racist tweets made to West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui by Vinh Nguyen.

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Your Democracy Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:37 Source

letting slip the dogs of war .....

With the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine turning a local civil war into a U.S. confrontation with Russia, U.S. intelligence veterans urge President Obama to release what evidence he has about the tragedy and silence the hyperbole.

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Your Democracy Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 12:20 Source

tony's faith book .....

Imagine this: A Muslim zealot hands out offensive brochures in a public school. The material tells impressionable children that girls who do not cover themselves invite sexual assault by tempting men (who are famously weak of flesh - it's the way God made them).

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:16 Source

$80,281,391.78

This is how much we will spend every single day this year on defence.  And this figure is conservative.  It does not include funds appropriated to the Defence Housing Authority, those administered by Defence for military superannuation schemes and housing support services, nor the additional funds provided directly to the Defence Materiel Organisation to buy equipment.  Equipment investment will grow from around $3.5 billion last year to $6.1 billion this year.

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Harry Clarke Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:11 Source

Yesterday I made an application to depart my university of employment and to accept a redundancy.  It was an emotional moment for me as I had never contemplated exiting employment in this way. I always thought I would work until I dropped.   My decision partly reflects what I want to do with my life in the future (more leisure, greater freedom from obligation) but it mainly reflects my pessimistic assessment of where the Australian universities are going.  I enjoy teaching and doing my research but side issues, related to the way universities are being currently administered, provide an overwhelming rationale for my decision.

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Peter G-W Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:25 Source

There is a harshness in our modern world that presses in around us. A dark void, a black hole. Left unopposed it invades our souls and leaves no space for compassion and for love. Here is a simple poem that may bring some light, some colour, some softness. Take a moment, and dream. I Dream I see, I dream I float among the stars. An opening leaf, a budding rose The softness of the setting sun. […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:23 Source

It is undeniably apparent that the Abbott Government is jumping hoops to save their chaplaincy program, reports Adam Cass.

Subtly certainly hasn’t been an apparent characteristic of the Abbott Government. The government’s latest attempt to ram an ideologically motivated school chaplaincy funding model into Australia’s public education system further demonstrates its ineptitude and negligence with regard to developing responsible public policy for Australia.

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Your Democracy Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:21 Source

from the world of phoney tony .....

The independent Parliamentary Budget Office has called into question claims health spending is spiralling out of control, noting government spending is projected to grow in line with the economy over the next decade and that health will account for only a small amount to that growth.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:07 Source

Today's column was supposed to be thematically arranged around development politics. But instead it seems to be all about helicopters.

© Glen Le Lievre

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The Sniper Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 09:57 Source

By Barry Tucker

The News media should be all over Tony Abbott’s latest expenses rort. The implications of this moral failure are more serious than sending warplanes to Iraq.

The affair was mentioned in newspapers, on TV and radio (I can confirm hearing it on the ABC RN Breakfast show). However, it was merely mentioned and then dropped as an issue.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 09:43 Source

I have completed The Three Worst Things The Liberals Did Yesterday (44) and will complete The Three  Worst Things The Liberals Did Yesterday (45) soon. It is possible I will be late with today’s. It has become a consuming task …

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:18 Source

Tony Abbott has obviously learnt nothing from last year's travel rort scandals. He and his Team Australia bombard us with brainwashing messages like the age of entitlement is over, budget emergency and that the country can't afford leaners. He then attends at private function in Melbourne and  arranges a quick "work" visit and press conference to conveniently justify claiming entitlements rather than paying his own way.

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Letter to the editor in The Daily Examiner on 26 August 2014:Aussie IslamistsGiven the unhappy world situation at this time and the present exposure of the unholy and bestial practices that Australian Islamists, amongst others, are pursuing in Arabia, a whole rethink of where we stand in world affairs is overdue.At this stage the United States of Australasia, incorporating our Christian neighbours, is worthy of serious consideration.Thomas MacindoeYamba

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North Coast Voices Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 00:15 Source

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Peter Garcia-Webb Friday, August 29, 2014 - 23:24 Source

Too little too late. This is what Gaza's fishermen thought of Israel's decision to re-extend the fishing zone to 6 nautical miles. A comment on the recent peace negotiations between Gaza and Israel? No. The comment was made in May 2013. The limit had been reduced from 6 nautical miles to 3 in March 2013. A direct Israeli violation of the Egyptian brokered cease fire agreement of November 2012.

Time Lines of Illegal Fishing Limits

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