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Your Democracy Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 19:16 Source

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By trying to egg on — and possibly attack — North Korea, after creating a "false flag" event, Trump is showing signs he might be a worse psycho madman than Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock. But then most of the US Presidents have been mad warriors — all elected to promote the Empire by hook or by crook... 

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 17:31 Source

by Chris Becker Stocks were broadly positive across Asia today taking the good level from US stocks overnight, with the USD weakening against the majors and gold, which is closing back in on the $1300USD per ounce level. The lack of economic and geopolitical catalysts are definitely calming markets this week. In mainland China the

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Harrangue Man Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 17:09 Source

I had two days of EMDR treatment for PTSD and it helped change the memory of recent attacks from initially recalling the terror I felt to the Zen of recognising and dealing with the attack. The memory had been re-framed as a positive; that I had an attack but I had got through it.We talked about where next and I have another session soon. It's not as intense as exposure therapy which sounds challenging but it is still emotionally draining.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 16:50 Source

We typically think of insects as pests or pestilences, carrying disease or gnawing their way through our gardens before we can get a bite. But they are also gorgeous creatures, as photographer Levon Biss explores in his latest book, Microsculpture: Portraits of Insects. The book is a continuation of his Microsculpture exhibit at Oxford's Museum of Natural History, which displayed bugs from the collection in a larger-than-life way.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 16:50 Source

Most people are probably familiar with the classic fight or flight response to a feared stimulus. If a snake were to fall from the ceiling on top of you as you read this, you have two options: fight off the snake or get away from it as quickly as possible.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 16:50 Source

There's an old man sitting just outside the frame of this photo of the sea. Trust us.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 16:50 Source

We all hear about how bad red meat is for both the planet's health and our own. Planet-wise, there's no argument: The detrimental effects of greenhouse gases from livestock production on the earth's atmosphere can't be overlooked. So, for the month of October, members of the PopSci staff are abstaining from all forms of red meat (#NoRedOctober) for the sake of the environment, and, by extension, for our own good. We have to live here, after all. It's in our best interest to minimize the cow farts.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 16:50 Source

 
This might sound like sacrilege, but it's not hard to understand why over half of all people in the U.S. avoid getting the flu shot every year. It's a real pain—let's just start there. Lots of people hate needles or are outright afraid of them, and that's reasonable enough. Very few people want a stranger to poke them in the arm with something sharp. Sometimes you even get fatigue, or aches in your muscles. Then, to add insult to injury, you sometimes end up coming down with the flu anyway. What was even the point? And they want you to do this every year? Voluntarily?

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Popular Science Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 16:50 Source

As the male field sparrow soared through the smoke-laden Illinois sky on May 6, 1906, it had no idea that the end was near. It also had no idea that its feathers were collecting scientific data—information that would prove invaluable to researchers more than a century later.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 16:50 Source

If you've got a pulse and a decent memory, you must admit that there are some dreams you had as a pre-teen that you wish you hadn't given up on for practicality's sake. It's the kind of thing you think about rarely, when you read an article about an astronaut or meet a novelist at a party.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 16:50 Source

The shortfin mako is a strikingly blue, athletic shark with a dubious honor: its meat is considered delicious. While other species are spurned as being tough or unappealing, mako frequently shows up on restaurant menus.

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Popular Science Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 16:50 Source

The Shanghai-based Institute for Quantum Information and Quantum Technology Innovation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences unveiled this quantum computing device in May 2017.

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Political Owl Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 15:58 Source
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Inside Story Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 15:48 Source

A little news item can tell a big story. This week the Guardian reported on a survey revealing that Australian parents want schools to teach more social skills. It raises many questions: whose job it is anyway; what will fall off the curriculum to make space; how will we know if it works? But in one sense it is certainly timely: right now, the Gonski 2.0 review is giving us a once-in-a-decade opportunity to have a say about what schools should and shouldn’t do.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 15:06 Source

Australian outfit Synergy Wind has proposed building a 34 turbine wind farm in Victoria's south-east.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 15:05 Source

Australian energy politics might have reached peak stupid, but Australia’s energy revolution – led by innovators and incumbents alike, all focused on delivering smarter, cheaper power – is just hitting its stride. And consumers are getting into it.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 15:05 Source

Australian energy politics might have reached peak stupid, but Australia’s energy revolution – led by innovators and incumbents alike, all focused on delivering smarter, cheaper power – is just hitting its stride. And consumers are getting into it.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 14:42 Source

A field trial to develop highly efficient solar energy heliostats made from plastic has opened in South Australia.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 14:35 Source

Some days this place truly is a mad house, Domainfax: Self-driving cars on roads with solar panels, hologram commercials, drones making deliveries, skyways between buildings, a magnetically-levitating train pulling into Circular Quay and trees. Lots more trees. It’s a view of how Sydney could look in 20 years. A virtual reality vision of the future city has been launched

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 14:09 Source

Life imitating art today as the One Nation fruit cakes take their turn in the High Court: Dividing people into different classes of citizens based on whether or not they are born in Australia is “fundamentally unAustralian”, One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts’ barrister told the High Court on Thursday morning. …”There should be no place in

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 13:15 Source

By Leith van Onselen Today’s housing finance data for August posted a 1.2% fall in the number of new home finance commitments (both construction and new), although commitments also up by 16.4% over the year: Looking at the state-by-state breakdown, which is presented below on a rolling annual basis since it is not seasonally adjusted,

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Inside Story Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 13:13 Source

The BBC charter is up for renewal, and members of senior and middle management have been co-opted onto a working group “to identify what the BBC does best and find more ways of doing less of it better.” Actually, that’s fake news — or news fiction. It’s a summary of the first episode in the latest series of BBC Two’s satirical documentary W1A.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:41 Source

Dalian iron ore is falling again today: The Aussie dollar is trying to climb back above 78 cents today, former support now resistance: Big Iron charts are starting to break. BHP is still in a bullish ascending triangle but is also threatening to double top: RIO is more bullish but has been turned away at

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:05 Source

Technology troglodytes in conservative media have collective meltdown over "demand response" – a new initiative to encourage consumers, particularly industry, to shift loads to help manage demand peaks and moderate prices.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:05 Source

Technology troglodytes in conservative media have collective meltdown over "demand response" – a new initiative to encourage consumers, particularly industry, to shift loads to help manage demand peaks and moderate prices.

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:03 Source

By Leith van Onselen Today’s housing finance data for August, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), posted a large rise in lending to first-home buyers (FHBs) and well as an increase in lending to investors. According to the ABS, the total number of owner-occupier finance commitments (excluding refinancings) was dead flat in August

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:56 Source

The Clean Energy Council congratulates the winners of the 2017 Solar Design and Installation Awards, which were announced yesterday at the All-Energy Australia Exhibition and Conference in Melbourne.

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Renew Economy Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:54 Source

Carnegie is pleased to announce the appointment to its Board of Directors of two new, non-executive directors

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:32 Source

Via ABC: Weaker mining exports and housing investment hurt by bad weather earlier this year have prompted the International Monetary Fund to cut its growth forecasts for the Australian economy. In what appears to be a blip, the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released overnight has sharply revised Australian growth down to 2.2 percent in

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MacroBusiness Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:18 Source

By Leith van Onselen I have noted previously that one of the key reasons why Australia’s high population growth (immigration) is lowering the living standards of existing residents is because of the strain that it places on infrastructure, which inevitably leads to more congestion on roads, public transport, as well as more expensive housing. Basic

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