Blogotariat

Oz Blog News Commentary
Renew Economy Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 14:22 Source

Google signs deal to power its Netherlands data centre with 100% renewables, including complete output of local wind farm currently under construction.

Read more Views: 20
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 14:05 Source

By Leith van Onselen Little by little, Foxtel’s stranglehold on subscription television services is being loosened, with Netflix announcing its entry into Australia next year. From The Australian: Netflix announced internet-connected users will be able to access its library in high definition and 4K where available, although it has not announced pricing. Expectations are it […]

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 20
Renew Economy Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 14:02 Source

Research from around the world is bringing artificial photosynthesis – the conversion of sunlight into fuel rather than electricity – closer to reality.

Read more Views: 8
New Matilda Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 13:56 Source

The public broadcaster does an incredible job of holding the political middle ground. That's exactly why the Bolts and Albrechtsens of the world hate it so much.

Read more Views: 27
Renew Economy Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 13:48 Source

Victorian Greens pledge to shut down Victoria's dirtiest coal power plants as soon as next year, if they win the balance of power in next week's election.

Read more Views: 10
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 13:24 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation. If you use the full Kyoto period — 1990 to 2020 — the US is minus 5% and Australia is almost exactly the same. Environment minister Greg Hunt, Radio National, November 17. We and the United States are pretty much on the same page. Over a 30 year period from 1990 to 2020, […]

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 23
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 13:18 Source

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 24
New Matilda Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 13:17 Source

An inquiry that will shine a light on private education and training providers is expected to be voted on next week.

Read more Views: 31
Prosper Australia Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 13:12 Source

My partner and I are 28. We went to an open for inspection of a house we liked and thought we could afford. We turned up just before he closed. There was an older couple there in their 50-60’s. The price was ‘from $600k+’ on the sign in sheet we left with him.  On it […]

Read more Views: 24
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 13:11 Source

By Leith van Onselen More evidence of the Chinese economy slowing this afternoon, with the HSBC Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for November registering a fall, decreasing to 50.0 from 50.4 in October – a six month low. The result missed analyst’s expectations, with economists polled by Bloomberg expecting the flash PMI to fall […]

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 29
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:57 Source

By Leith van Onselen A new report by Professor David Cousins and former ACCC head Professor Allan Fels has found that Western Australians taxi users are being ripped-off by the deliberate rationing of taxi plate numbers by the State Government, which has inflated taxi fares by some 16%. From WA Today: “Inclusion of the lease […]

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 23
Croakey Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:49 Source

The health sector must keep talking about the dangers of climate change and highlighting the wide-ranging risks, according to Wonky Health columnist Dr Tim Senior. The aged, children, big-city residents, and the poor are among the groups most at...

Read more on the blog...

Read more Views: 23
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:46 Source

Courtesy of Westpac’s Phat Dragon, more Chinese house price charts than you can handle here. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit + -

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 22
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:38 Source

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 26
John Quiggin Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:29 Source

I once read a remark about the kind of bank advertisement that shows a proud young couple outside their first home, to the effect that it would be better to show them middle-aged, making the final payment on their 25-year mortgage, at which point the home would truly be theirs.

Read more Views: 21
Prosper Australia Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:27 Source

Catherine Cashmore discusses the 7th Speculative Vacancies report on ABC TV.

Read more Views: 18
The Tally Room Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 12:00 Source

Albertpark1-2PPAlbert Park is a marginal Labor seat in the inner south of Melbourne, covering Albert Park, Middle Park, Port Melbourne and South Melbourne and parts of St Kilda.

Labor’s Martin Foley has held Albert Park since a 2007 by-election. The recent redistribution cut the Labor margin from 2.1% to 0.9%.

Read more Views: 18
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:56 Source

By Leith van Onselen As part of the Australia-China Free Trade Agreement (FTA), concluded on Monday, the foreign investment limits on Australian commercial real estate will be increased from $54 million currently to $1.078 billion, effectively giving Chinese developers unfettered access to Australian land. While many argue that increased participation by Chinese property developers will […]

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 22
Popular Science Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:45 Source

You can now buy your own, tiny, 3D printed livers. Haven't you always wanted one?

Read more Views: 23
Popular Science Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:45 Source

Scientists have been trying to figure out whether bed bugs can make people sick for more than a century. In the early 1900s, they tested the bugs for everything from leprosy to plague; in the 1970s, it was hepatitis B; and in the 1980s, especially during the height of the AIDs panic, scientists were feeding bed bugs blood laced with HIV to see if the virus could replicate in their tiny bodies. From these tests and others, dozens of pathogens have been detected in the bed bug, but, so far, none have proven capable of spreading from the pest to a human.

Read more Views: 25
Popular Science Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:45 Source

The National Security Agency still has the authority to collect wide-ranging metadata about your phone calls, at least for now. A controversial bill aimed at reforming the intelligence agency failed to pass the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, with some arguing that it went too far in curtailing the NSA's powers, and others contending it didn't go far enough.

Read more Views: 27
Popular Science Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:45 Source

Most everyone supports efforts into space exploration, but there’s always one aspect of space travel that can be a deal breaker: the price tag. Thanks to gravity and our pesky atmosphere, getting off the ground (and back down safely) requires a lot of propulsion and engineering prowess, and that doesn’t come cheap.

Read more Views: 32
Popular Science Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:45 Source

After 10 years of chasing down Comet 67P—and then landing on it—a robotic space mission has returned a tantalizing discovery: the rubber ducky-shaped rock is home to organic molecules of mysterious composition.

Read more Views: 27
Popular Science Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:45 Source

The padlock icon is our friend. We've all been trained to look for it in the address bar of our browser, especially when we're shopping online, logging into our webmail, or accessing sensitive information from our bank. But shouldn't secure browsing be the rule, rather than the exception? A project called Let's Encrypt wants to encourage just that, starting in mid-2015.

Read more Views: 27
Popular Science Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:45 Source

Talk about a polar plunge. This week all 50 states experienced freezing temperatures on the same day. Preparations for the (possible) deep freeze of this winter are already hitting cities and states where it hurts: in their wallets.

Read more Views: 26
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:38 Source

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 13
New Matilda Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:29 Source

When you actually do the maths, Christopher Pyne's plan for the 'Americanisation' of Australian universities looks as shaky as it is expensive.

Read more Views: 21
MacroBusiness Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:19 Source

[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

Read more Views: 21
New Matilda Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:03 Source

The Productivity Commission has claimed some progress in Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, but the report also includes harrowing figures on Aboriginal 'child protection'.

Read more Views: 21
New Matilda Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:03 Source

The Productivity Commission has claimed some progress in Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, but the report also includes harrowing figures on Aboriginal 'child protection'.

Read more Views: 6

Pages