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Your Democracy Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 18:12 Source
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Harrangue Man Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 17:58 Source

It's easy to dwell on shitty crap. One way to break out of it is to notice nice moments when they happen then live in those moments. So here are three.As I waited for the bus I watched a pair of galahs in a tree.I caught a bendy-bus to the shops—and I was the only passenger.After an exhausting pain-wracked walk home I had a shower then hopped in the blow up pool. I sat for 10 minutes with my eyes closed and just blissed out.Moments grabbed, lived and loved for the win.

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Your Democracy Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 17:56 Source

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Centrelink management has ordered frontline staff working in branches not to process disputes over the Federal Government's controversial debt claw-back scheme and instead refer welfare recipients to an online portal.

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Under The Milky Way Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 17:52 Source

Islam teaches that 99.6% of the Earth’s population lives in an undiscovered icy wasteland, the exact location of which is presently unknown. This proposition is patently false thus showing that Islam is obviously in error and is not the religion of God.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 15:18 Source

“Now fable night hath with her ebon’ robe, Darken the Surface of this earthly Globe, And drowsy Morpheus, with his leaden Key, Locked up the doors of every mortal eye, Come, let us fall into our wanton games…” “Thus I tamper Poison for myself; but, were I sure to drink the baneful Draught …” (from…

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Prosper Australia Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 12:32 Source

The Western Australian election 11 March will be a furious battle, but don’t bother with the popcorn – the ALP led by Mark McGowan is set to win easily and the fireworks of One Nation will prove a damp squib. Facing certain defeat, the Liberal–National Coalition are playing hard-ball to minimise their losses. The close […]

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Political Owl Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:44 Source

The Owl is introducing a new feature as he gets into the swing of a new political year - the political singalong. And who better to honour first up than:To do the honours and lead the chorus we have

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Popular Science Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:39 Source

I'm three and half years into a lifelong diet. It's not to lose weight or build muscle, and there are no cheat days—no, not even for a freshly-baked chocolate croissant that I can smell a block away. I get a metal probe put down my throat every year so my doctor can confirm that I'm really, truly, 100 percent adhering to my diet. As if that wasn't awesome enough, I also get to pay anywhere from 30-500 percent more for basic food.

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Popular Science Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:39 Source

It's a fact frequently shared at parties and across social media: urine is sterile, so you should drink it if you find yourself in a waterless pinch. But like so many cocktail party factoids, this one is absolutely not true. Urine ain't sterile, friends, and neither is any part of you.

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Popular Science Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:39 Source

The population of rusty patched bumblebees has declined by 87 percent since the 1990s. It is just one of many species suffering in the global pollination crisis.

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Digitopoly Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:15 Source

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Political Owl Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 11:13 Source

My quick piece of googling research this morning throws this up as the last reference by Andrew Bolt to global temperatures being stable:

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Harrangue Man Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 10:58 Source

I started watching the first 2017 Donald Trump press conference and when it came to Trump's turn to appear his intro music started up ... and kept going, cutting over his actual speaking after he got to the podium.My immediate thought was "why does he have intro music?". Intro music on the campaign is part of that scene, but he's the president elect ...

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Politically homeless Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 09:56 Source

Annika Smethurst from the Herald-Sun did the investigative journalism that led to Sussan Ley standing aside as Health Minister. I was wrong to declare on Twitter that there was no press gallery involvement in this, when Ms Smethurst is based there.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 06:02 Source

Thursday 12 January 2017 Author’s Note. Today I have given over my post to some friends who have some thoughtful things to say on a variety of matters. Its only for today. Tim Dixon on ”Welfare overpayments v GP’s expenses”. (Tim has a sardonic sense of humour). ”As part of the Government’s welfare overpayment crackdown,…

The post Day to Day Politics: The other point of view. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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North Coast Voices Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 00:16 Source

Publicly saying your piece before neo-McCarthyism hits Hollywood - replacing the 1940s & 50s persecution of alleged Reds Under Beds with Let's Get People Who Don’t Agree With Trump in 2017.

https://youtu.be/NxyGmyEby40

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North Coast Voices Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Given that at this time of year so many holidaying people are still on the move, this is a health alert that should not be ignored.NSW Health, Media Release, 5 January 2017: Measles warning following contraction by international traveller NSW Health is warning the public to be alert to the symptoms of measles after a passenger travelled on an international flight to Sydney while infectious. The young woman travelled on Virgin Australia Airlines flight VA 70 from Denpasar, Bali to Sydney, arriving at 7:40 am on 1 January.

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AustralianPolitics.com Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 23:19 Source

Video, audio and text of President-elect Donald Trump's press conference in New York.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 20:50 Source

In September last year, Social Services Minister Christian Porter addressed the National Press Club with the findings of an actuarial study conducted by PwC which “shows that we face a total estimated future lifetime welfare cost of the present Australian population of $4.8tn”. What an absolutely meaningless figure.  Its only purpose could be to find…

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 20:30 Source

By Dave Chadwick I’m a teacher myself but I’m not angry about Andrew Laming’s bizarre attack on my profession. A common cliché teachers and parents use when someone fails to show the expected responsibility or maturity is to say “I’m not angry, I’m disappointed,” but I’m not even disappointed. It is not like I expect…

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laberal Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 20:17 Source

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AustralianPolitics.com Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 19:13 Source

Statement by Senate President Stephen Parry advising of the disqualification of Senator Rodney Culleton due to bankruptcy.

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En Passant Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 17:51 Source


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There is nothing fair about the Turnbull Government’s pension cuts and Centrelink crackdowns, no matter how they spin it, I write in Independent Australia.

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George Monbiot Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 17:46 Source

Brexit could wreck the British countryside – or it could save it. It depends on getting our voices heard.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 11th January 2017

We will leave the European Union like a drunk tumbling out of a pub at closing time, perhaps with the barman’s boot on our backside. We’ll find ourselves face down on the pavement wondering what just happened. The idea of an orderly, negotiated exit retreats to the margins of possibility: the more likely outcome is chaotic rupture.

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George Monbiot Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 17:44 Source

This explains how the rough estimates of the area occupied by sheep in the UK were derived.

By George Monbiot, published on monbiot.com, 11th January 2017.

The total average consumption of lamb and mutton in the UK, both in and out of the home, is, according to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, 5.0kg per person per year.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 17:30 Source

By Neil Hogan I think the time has finally arrived where we call all politicians for what they have become: parasites. They will not change their ways until we ‘force’ them to change their ways, so I suggest we all become active players in the game of politics. Namely, as many people as possible should…

The post Hold our politicians to account? We can only try. appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 11:13 Source

Sunday marked the 70th birthday of David Bowie—the space-loving, gravity-defying pop star who died in 2016—and NPR's Skunk Bear has come up with a fantastic tribute.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 11:13 Source

Everyone poops, but not everyone farts. Or at least, not every thing farts. You probably didn't know that soft-shell clams do not fart (though they do puke), but that hedgehogs do. Thanks to the science-side of Twitter, all of this knowledge is now at your fingertips.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 11:13 Source

Scientists are just starting to figure out how the bacteria that live in, on, and around us can influence our health—and the vagina remains one of the most mysterious human microbiomes. Now, research suggests that certain vaginal bacteria can actually their hosts more vulnerable to HIV.

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Popular Science Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 11:13 Source

It's Friday night (well, maybe Saturday morning) and you're drunk. Like, really drunk. No shame, dude, it's the weekend. But even though you pre-gamed on pizza and beer before starting your downward spiral of an evening (which, we might add, included about a thousand calories worth of alcohol), you find yourself craving food at 1 am. Like, a lot of food. All of the food.

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