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Hoyden About Town Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:54 Source

The giants who strode the political landscape of my youth are toppling one by one, leaving only gnats swarming over the entrails of serious political principles while Big Money shakes shiny things at us all, politicians very much included.

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Croakey Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:40 Source

It seems that the relationship that doctors have with pharmaceutical companies is under increasing scrutiny.  As evidence mounts on the impact of pharmaceutical marketing techniques on prescribing, there is an increasing push for transparency. While...

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New Matilda Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:39 Source

A young university student at the centre of the Whitehouse Institute secret scholarship story is facing up to two years jail. Max Chalmers reports.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:34 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:33 Source

From The Australian: THREE out of five Australians are in favour of Tony Abbott confronting Russian President Vladimir Putin over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 when he visits Australia next month. But despite endorsing the Prime Minister’s tough talk, the latest Newspoll, taken exclusively for The Australian, shows overall support for the ­Coalition has […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:19 Source

Experts said MH 17 was shot down by Ukrainians not Russians, which meant Abbott, when he ‘shirtfronted’ Putin, would have to apologise to him in Brisbane, and meekly shake his hand. Bronwyn Bishop called off her persecution of women in burqas, and, asked if Abbott had told her to call it off, said, ‘No.’ Abbott said she had, which meant, if protocol was followed, he or she would have to resign.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:02 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 08:01 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 06:58 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 05:24 Source

Find below an excerpt from a Michael Pettis post that pretty much captures everything that MB has been arguing since it was created (in part thanks to Michael Pettis!) After last week’s tumultuous markets one of my clients sent me an email saying “I am so relieved your constant talk about worsening imbalances kept us […]

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 05:08 Source

The Wall Street Journal has a report from the Conference Board on a slowing China: China’s growth will slow sharply during the coming decade to 3.9% as its productivity nose dives and the country’s leaders fail to push through tough measures to remake the economy, according to a report expected to come out Monday. …Foreign […]

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Club Troppo Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:09 Source

A Tale of Repetition: Lessons from Florida Restaurant Inspections
by Ginger Zhe Jin, Jungmin Lee – #20596 (IO)

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 01:01 Source

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:18 Source

Metgasco Managing Director Peter Henderson gave evidence in Metgasco Limited v Minister for Resources and Energy (Case # 201400165970) before the NSW Supreme Court on 20 October 2014.ABC News reported on the same day:Managing Director Peter Henderson told the Supreme Court drilling at the Rosella well was not in order to find coal seam gas but rather "conventional" gas.But he agreed there was community concern the extraction could involve fracking.Mr Henderson could not recall police at one stage telling him there may have

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:16 Source

NIKON-WALKLEY COMMUNITY/REGIONAL PRIZE 2014Adam Hourigan, The Daily Examiner, “Images from The Daily Examiner”Eric Lyons and the iconic caravan on the Yamba Rd at Palmers Island Adam Hourigan shows strong skills and creativity in a body of wor

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:15 Source

The problem that the Labor Party has today is that Bill Shorten is an economic girlie man. [Australian Finance Minister Senator Mathias Cormann, Sky News Agenda, 18 October 2014]On 18 October 2014 another Liberal Party politician was caught dragging his knuckles along the ground, when Finance Minister Mathias Cormann called Opposition Leader Bill Shorten an economic girlie man.He obviously wasn't expecting the reaction to this comment and sought to douse the flames in a somewhat unusual manner:The Belgian-born MP argued that “girlie man’’ was a gender free zone. “I am not talking about girls.

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Digitopoly Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 00:03 Source

Since Paul Krugman wandered into my field of economics today, I thought this might be an opportune moment to recount various things I have said about Amazon and its dispute with Hachette over the last few months. Krugman’s problem: Amazon has too much power, plain and simple. Well, it isn’t that plain or simple.

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Poll Bludger Monday, October 20, 2014 - 22:49 Source

A tale of four pollsters:

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The Sauce Monday, October 20, 2014 - 21:31 Source

Never forget who's watching you with this handy new browser extension.
It changes the privacy options of each post to "Friends and ASIO", "Only Me and ASIO", "Custom (Must include ASIO)" and more.

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En Passant Monday, October 20, 2014 - 21:08 Source

The other day Australia’s Finance Minister, Mathias ‘the terminator’ Cormann, called Opposition leader Bill Shorten an economic girlie man.

Cormann of course is a tough economic he man. So tough in fact he is picking on the poor, pensioners, the unemployed, the sick, the disabled, students and low paid workers. He is not a he man; he is a bully, a bully for the rich and powerful, picking on the powerless.

Cormann is not just a bully for the 1%. He is also a sexist. He views the world through gender stereotype eyes and lives in a world where being a girl signifies weakness and softness.

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Hoyden About Town Monday, October 20, 2014 - 21:01 Source

Being opposed to expression of certain political positions *IS* taking a political position, not “neutrality”.
Related posts:

QOTD: Neutrality is not neutral. Neutrality supports the status quo.

QOTD: Pinkification

QOTD: Louis CK on his HBO...

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, October 20, 2014 - 18:14 Source

Everything in the public discourse is politically motivated, writes Jennifer Wilson. Whether it be asylum seekers, racism or distant wars, politics can be found lurking deep within. It is even at the core of Australia’s response to the Ebola threat.

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Hoyden About Town Monday, October 20, 2014 - 18:05 Source

So what happened at McHappy Day last Saturday? Kathleen Robertson, a woman with an ACROD (Disability Parking) permit, was looking to head in to McDonald's at Tuart Hill, WA. She arrived only to find that McDonald's had a bouncy castle set up in the...

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Prosper Australia Monday, October 20, 2014 - 17:17 Source

Thursday, October 30th 6.30 – 8pm Level 2, 22 Punch Lane, Melbourne Presenter: David Collyer RSVP, donations appreciated Join us for the launch of David Collyer’s investigations into the land holdings of Australia’s largest property developers. Englobo 2014 – Land Banking Profits during a Housing Supply Crisis is set to be an explosive report – just how […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 16:17 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia is off to a solid start to the week, with the stars starting to align for equities yet again. After a sharp pullback recently, investors appear to be regaining confidence that we may have seen a bottom for now. Sentiment is vastly improved […]

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WixxyLeaks Monday, October 20, 2014 - 16:03 Source

There is a strange and surreal mood across the country at the moment. A kind of “expect the unexpected” feeling is in the air.

The fear of terrorism is being whipped up on one side and hosed down by those who think eats all a beat up for political reasons.

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Cheeseburger Gothic Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:27 Source

Really lovely article in the Herald (originally NYT) about a mother's discovery of her autistic son's burgeoning friendship with Siri. She makes the point that her boy might have grown close to any AI, and investigates some of the potential for software 'sidekicks' to help integrate those growing up on 'the spectrum'.

But whether Siri or Cortana or el Goog, it's a lovely piece.

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:21 Source

By Leith van Onselen ANZ Chief, Mike Smith, has warned that Australia’s Big Four banks risk becoming “globally uncompetitive” if they are required to raise capital levels to withstand external shocks. From The Canberra Times: Mr Smith said despite concerns around the housing market, there was no need to raise the amount of capital banks […]

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The Sauce Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:07 Source

The first result for 'old student' on Google

The first result for 'old student' on Google

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MacroBusiness Monday, October 20, 2014 - 15:03 Source

By Leith van Onselen Coalition finance minister, Mathias Cormann, has today announced details of the float of Medibank Private, claiming that the sale would raise between $4.3 billion and $5.5 billion for the federal government. From The Guardian: Cormann said this would place the business among the top 100 companies on the ASX. About 2.7bn […]

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