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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 14:00 Source

by Chris Becker As distasteful as having an ex-financial speculator as your country’s leader, I’d still rather have former FX trader John Key than a Luddite as my Prime Minister. Because at least he knows how to smack down the currency in co-operation with its central bank, the RBNZ – from Bloomberg: The kiwi dropped against […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 13:55 Source

By Martin North, cross-posted from the Digital Finance Analytics Blog In the current discussions about macroprudential, stimulated by the RBA comments last week and likely to be stoked further as the RBA appears before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday, many are claiming that household balance sheets and incomes are supporting the growth in house […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 13:40 Source

by Chris Becker I really hate bad news – to the point that I pointedly do not watch any regular news or read the mainstream dailies (especially the terrorism mongers at Newscorp). There is an amazing amount of positive informative things happening around the world all the time – especially in exciting fields of biotechnology, […]

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New Matilda Monday, September 29, 2014 - 13:27 Source

One of the most disadvantaged communities in the nation will get a new water supply. Not that it apparently needed one, according to the NT government.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:59 Source

By Leith van Onselen More arse covering from the RBA today, this time arguing that a lower dollar could not have saved Australian manufacturing. From The Canberra Times: A lower exchange rate would not have helped manufacturing during the mining boom, according to modelling conducted by the Reserve Bank… But the Reserve Bank paper, Exchange […]

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Croakey Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:54 Source

Kelly Briggs writes: My first suicide attempt...Read more

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Croakey Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:54 Source

Kelly Briggs writes: My first suicide attempt was when I was still a teenager. I had been in a serious relationship that had ended badly, included domestic violence and drastically reduced my self-esteem. When the relationship ended I was jubilant...

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Renew Economy Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:52 Source

Why it's easier to attack science than listen to Morwell fire death statistics.

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New Matilda Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:41 Source

Real or imagined, the threat of Muslim terrorism can no longer be ignored. In this NM exclusive, we bring you the shocking death toll of Australians on Australian soil at the hands of Muslim terrorists.

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Drag0nista's Blog Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:07 Source

How we’re exploiting the terrorism threat. Weekly column for The Drum.Filed under: Politics Tagged: Coalition, exploit, extremist, Iraq, Islam, Muslim, radicalisation, terrorism, terrorist, War on Terror

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:53 Source

by Chris Becker There’s a fascinating article in The Australian this morning that is sure to give the folks (and their astroturfing minions) at the Australian Minerals Council conniptions. The by-line is hilarious and the fact that the “premier” broadsheet is publishing what amounts to the exact opposite of its cheerleading for the past decade […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:22 Source

by Chris Becker One of the world’s largest funds with nearly $2 trillion under management, PIMCO, recently gave its views on the global economy and specifically China and Australia, downgrading growth forecasts for each, well below the consensus view. Here are some excerpts from their site: With ongoing growth slowdowns in China and Japan, the […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:12 Source

Today’s Newspoll showing Labor in South Australia on 51 (translation: 53) and today’s Essential showing Labor in Victoria on 52 (about right) means Abbott will be in a panic this time next month and looking atremble at certain losses in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, no power ever again in South Australia (where the Libs have won legitimately thrice in a hundred years) and an even-money chance of losing Western Australia in two years’ time.

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Popular Science Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:11 Source

In the time it takes to blink, the Phantom v2511 has already captured more than 7,500 frames of video. Expand that rate to one second, and the v2511 captures 25,600 frames at a resolution of about 1 megapixel. That’s still a far cry from the 1-trillion-FPS camera MIT researchers developed in 2011, but unless you plan to record the motion of light, it should work just fine.

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Popular Science Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:11 Source

After four years of lobbying by the Motion Picture Association of America, the Federal Aviation Administration announced yesterday that movie producers can fly drones to shoot film. This is good news for commercial drone use in the United States, but it might be too little, too late. As the FAA stalls on defining drone regulations, leaving commercial UAVs grounded throughout the U.S., other countries are leading the world in civilian drone applications.

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Popular Science Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:11 Source

As the Ebola outbreak continues to spread throughout West Africa, one thing is on everyone’s minds: finding a cure. But while many researchers are toiling away, trying to fulfill this desperate need, others are trying to capitalize on it. Various companies are claiming to have treatments that can cure or prevent Ebola, and those treatments can be yours! For a fee, of course.

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Popular Science Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:11 Source

Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.

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Popular Science Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:11 Source

165: number of pounds Lonesome George weighed at the time of his death, before scientists stuffed and mounted him for display.

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Popular Science Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:11 Source

The dusty hills around Lima sprout concrete at all angles. There are many words here for the gray delineation of poverty-struck areas: áreas tugurizadas (slum zones), the less formal tugurios (projects), solares (tenements), barriadas asistidas (assisted shanty towns). The average shanty-town income is less than $150 a month, which makes it a difficult place to conduct public health campaigns. In the 1990s, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, now the president of the World Bank, worked with the non-profit Partners in Health (PIH) to identify and then control an epidemic of multiple-drug-resistant tuberculosis in Lima. Kim called it “Ebola with wings.”

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 11:06 Source

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Hoyden About Town Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:15 Source

I've gotten out of the habit of regular posting (some of you may have noticed). I'm going to work on building the habit back up by just posting bits of anything at least once every other day. So today you get a different take on some classic Pink...

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John Quiggin Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:14 Source

That’s the title of my latest piece in The Guardian. Opening paras:

Throughout his first year as opposition leader, Bill Shorten has adopted a “small target” strategy, which has been the subject of considerable criticism. “Missing in action” has been among the kinder phrases used.

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John Quiggin Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:12 Source

That’s the title of my latest piece in Crikey. Paywalled, but I’ve reposted over the fold

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John Quiggin Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:09 Source

It’s time for another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:04 Source

by Chris Becker Thin early morning Asian trade in the Aussie dollar (AUDUSD) is pushing on to the 87 handle: Its already down nearly 7% for the month, starting at 93 cents and now sitting on support at its January lows: The 81 to 84 cent range is likely the medium term bottom but its […]

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xkcd.com Monday, September 29, 2014 - 10:00 Source

 'Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You [are the best. The best thing ever]', 'Revenge is a dish best served [by a group of people in my room]', and 'They may take our lives, but they'll never take our [money].'

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Your Democracy Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:49 Source

the great game .....

Almost a third of Australia's largest companies are paying less than 10¢ in the dollar in corporate tax, according to a report that exposes a gaping hole in government revenues over the past decade.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:43 Source

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Your Democracy Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:43 Source

in history's page .....

One might think that by now even Americans would have caught on to the constant stream of false alarms that Washington sounds in order to deceive the people into supporting its hidden agendas.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 29, 2014 - 09:38 Source

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