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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 06:39 Source

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 06:21 Source

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Global Guerrillas Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 05:56 Source

My new booklet, "The American Way" is now on Amazon.  

If you are wondering what is wrong with America.  This booklet provides a concise answer.  

Also, this booklet provides a way to get us back on a path towards economic progress.  

Be forewarned, this booklet is just the start.  I'll have more concrete ways to do it in booklets to be released over the next three months.  

Enjoy.  

PS:  I've got a booklet on iWar coming out next month too.

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Poll Bludger Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 05:44 Source

Three new polls this week provide an early indications of a slight revival in the Coalition’s fortunes after the MH17 disaster and, some might claim, the carbon tax repeal. However, this week’s BludgerTrack poll aggregate result differs only slightly from the one I published a week ago, for two reasons. The first is that a data entry error led an undercooked Labor lead last week of 53.5-46.5, which should have been 54.1-45.9. The second is that this week’s polls only imperfectly capture the effect of a news event which Australia woke up to on Friday morning.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:58 Source

From Nomura via FTAlphaville today comes a very important chart:   China’s over-building and excess real estate supply is widely regarded to be concentrated in lower tier cities, especially tiers 3 and 4, where nearly three quarters of construction is currently taking place. Is it any wonder that Soc Gen’s sees it this way: In summary, […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 04:35 Source

Chinese authorities attempts to balance their reform and growth agendas have resulted in another bailout of a looming bond default. From Reuters: A troubled Chinese construction company avoided a landmark bond default at the last minute on Wednesday, raising enough funds to pay off both principal and interest on a 400 million yuan ($64.51 million) bond, people […]

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Digitopoly Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 03:11 Source

I saw this paper by Chris Nosko and Steve Tadelis presented two years ago. I have wanted to blog about it in all that time but because it came out of ebay Research Labs, it was not available. Happily, that constraint has now been lifted. It is a wonderful piece of research and the application of economics.

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you said it... Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:43 Source

As the ADL League (yet another mini-group in the fail franchise) raises its bullet heads above the parapet and peers myopically around…

Seeing as the ADL ‘s only contact with women is either via porn sites or the bit when their mothers ask them every ten years or so when they are going to leave home like normal men do, we are constantly surprised at the amount of attention  they give to discussing women, their clothing and their genitals.

Jealous fellas?

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you said it... Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:43 Source

As the ADL League (yet another mini-group in the fail franchise) raises its bullet heads above the parapet and peers myopically around…

Seeing as the ADL ‘s only contact with women is either via porn sites or the bit when their mothers ask them every ten years or so when they are going to leave home like normal men do, we are constantly surprised at the amount of attention  they give to discussing women, their clothing and their genitals.

Jealous fellas?

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:19 Source

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North Coast Voices Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:16 Source

Letter to the editor in The Northern Star on 23 July 2014: Koalas threatenedOur Pottsville wetlands koalas may have lost a unique opportunity to survive the relentless stressors that have put them on the brink of extinction.At the recent council meeting councillors voted in favour of supporting the construction and operation of a men's shed on the Black Rocks sports field, which is surrounded by primary koala habitat, at the junction of three koala/wildlife corridors, is a recognised koala breeding hub, and is one of three koala hotspots on the coast.I commend the invaluable service that men's

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North Coast Voices Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:15 Source

The Northern Star 23 July 2014:Government documents have revealed up to 800 police officers were to be sent to Bentley from May 19 to "ensure public safety" and enable Metgasco to move its drill rig on to the site.And Metgasco wouldn't have been charged for the police operation, scheduled to continue until June 7....Senior government officials warned the safety risk to the public and police during the installation of the drill rig would be "high to extreme".The situation was described as an "unprecedented public order challenge" requiring a "significant deployment of police officers".The inform

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:05 Source

Some nice research from the International Energy Agency (IEA) puts recent Russian sanctions in perspective. From LNGWorldNews: Russia is a major exporter of crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas. Sales of these fuels accounted for 68% of Russia’s total export revenues in 2013, based on data from Russia’s Federal Customs Service, the U.S. Energy Information […]

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MacroBusiness Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:04 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: Why the narrative about emerging markets is likely to shift – The Irrelevant Investor A better measure of bond market sentiment – Humble Student of the Markets Market inefficiencies are interesting only to the degree they can be exploited – A Wealth of Common Sense Can individual investors time […]

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Croakey Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 23:41 Source

Marie McInerney reports: Australian Indigenous health researcher James Ward has called on the international HIV and AIDS community to identify Indigenous peoples as a “priority population”, warning that they are often invisible in international...

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Your Democracy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 23:17 Source

the republic of despair .....

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Your Democracy Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 23:15 Source

througfh a looking-glass darkly .....

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Croakey Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 21:47 Source

The achievements, challenges and limitations of community-driven suicide prevention efforts were profiled at a workshop in Perth yesterday, ahead of today’s official opening of the National Suicide Prevention Conference. The Communities Matter:...

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En Passant Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 20:49 Source


Palestinian flags at Israeli embassy protest in Cairo, May 2011. Photo: Maggie Osama.

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Croakey Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 20:19 Source

Today Associate Professor Brian Owler, President of the AMA, made the news with his speech at the National Press Club expressing the concerns that the AMA holds regarding the federal budget and the current vision of future health services. Dr Tim...

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Poll Bludger Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 19:19 Source

Nielsen’s farewell polling salvo for Fairfax today brings us a state voting intention result from Victoria that is rather better than what the Napthine government has lately been used to, putting them 51-49 behind on two-party preferred compared with 56-44 in the previous poll. The primary votes are 41% for the Coalition (up four), 35% for Labor (down seven) and 16% for the Greens (up two). This is reflected in Denis Napthine’s personal ratings, which have him up six on approval to 54% and down three on disapproval to 34%.

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Poll Bludger Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 18:19 Source

A ReachTEL automated phone poll conducted last night for the Seven Network, encompassing what for a state electorate poll is a pretty large sample of 805, finds Campbell Newman trailing 53-47 on two-party preferred in his Brisbane electorate of Ashgrove – a swing approaching 9% off the 2012 state election, but a one-point improvement for Newman on the last such poll conducted in March.

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En Passant Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 17:06 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:52 Source

In what film did James Garner glory in his cowardice before D-Day? Who was his co-star? Who wrote it?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:45 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets It’s been risk-on through Asian trade today with some of the major markets breaking key levels after a solid lead from US trade. A combination of US earnings optimism, positive US economic data and a slight downgrade to Russia risk has ignited markets today. […]

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Antony Green's Election Blog Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:43 Source

The new voter Id laws used at the Stafford by-election saw only 0.9% of voters turn up without an acceptable form of Id.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:38 Source

“The question was how we should manoeuvre them into the position of firing the first shot without allowing too much danger to ourselves.” Henry L. Stimson, U.S. Secretary of War, 10 days before the bombing of Pearl Harbour.

From the sinking of the Lusitania to the Gulf of Tonkin, right up to 9/11 and the Bali Bombing, false flag operations have long been used as a pretext to war.

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Inside Story Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 16:20 Source

The economic benefits of mining investment have been exaggerated, argues John Edwards.
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Dragon’s Tail: The Lucky Country After the China Boom
By Andrew Charlton
Quarterly Essay | $19.99

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 15:22 Source

‘Brought to justice’, a meaningless phrase much used in the comic books of the 1940s, was picked up last week by Julie Bishop, then quickly replaced this week by ‘called to account’.

This was because it had proved that ‘brought to justice’ was nowhere near as meaningless as she had first thought it was. It turned out to imply, in this case, that we hang Vladimir Putin, or bring him before a firing squad, or lock him up in The Hague for a minimum of twenty-five years. Or that we treat in this way some drunk teenage gunner for his part in what proves to have been an accident.

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Popular Science Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 15:14 Source

Late last month, something extraordinary happened at the edge of the rainforest in Acre, Brazil. Members of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe voluntarily approached scientists from the Brazilian government, Science magazine reports. This is the first time in decades that an uncontacted community chose to meet with outsiders.

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