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Under The Milky Way Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 21:36 Source

This is a genuine remark made by our Kazakhstani friends about the wild Pelicans living in King’s Park, Perth.
I told our friends that the Pelicans are not palatable because they do not come with wafers.

And, just in, I had to define ‘Pet’ for my ESL class. I settled on

small animal that lives in your house which you don’t eat

On reflection, this does not exclude Cockroach.

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En Passant Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 20:35 Source

The long term truce is a win for the people of Gaza and their political leadership, Hamas. The agreement commits the parties to ending hostilities, partially lifts the blockade and opens the borders. The two thousand Palestinians the Israelis murdered in Zionism’s war crimes carnival can’t join the other 1.8 million Gazans in celebrating.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 19:30 Source

Will there be full body searches on Opera House opening nights? Why not?

There are terrorists already at work in Australia, ASIO says so. The Prime Minister says so. How shall we stop them?

Well, the way we stop them at Parliament House. We will go through the pockets and purses and orifices of everyone going to a football final, a rock concert, a Labor Party conference, Opera in the Park. We have to do this. The danger is too great. Well, isn’t it?

The Abbottites’ inability to join any dots, finish any sentence, follow to its conclusion any line of thought, is evident in these fool new laws.

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Skepticlawyer Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 18:49 Source

Humanities and social science academics write a remarkable amount of nonsense about “neoliberalism”, typically understanding neither the reasons for the general shift in public policy nor the motivations and ideas behind it.

A nice example of such nonsense is provided in a post by philosopher Robin James:

neoliberals think everything in the universe works like a deregulated, competitive, financialized capitalist market.

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The Melbourne Urbanist Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 18:32 Source

Is Labor genuine about building Melbourne Metro?

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Inside Story Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 17:35 Source

Absolute ambiguity? Venice from above, with the Doge’s Palace in the foreground.
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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 17:20 Source

Sometimes a comment is worth pulling out and running as a standalone entry even if I disagree with it. Or sometimes, especially if I disagree with it.

Simon Garlic's rant about the first Capaldi episode is so drenched with ranty spit balls it seemed a shame few would see it at the end of comment thread half a week old.

So, here's Simon's take on the first ep of the new Doctor:

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 16:25 Source

Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets We enter a new and crucial stage in the multi-year equity cyclical bull market, with the S&P 500 now commanding a two handle and showing little sign the bulls will let their grip slip. If you want to point to a negative from yesterday’s US cash session, […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 16:18 Source

From Standard and Poors this arvo: Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services said today that its ‘AA+/Stable/A-1+’ issuer credit ratings on the State of Western Australia are not immediately affected by the recent fall in iron ore prices to less than US$90 per ton. The potential loss in the state’s iron ore royalties would not by […]

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Inside Story Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 15:05 Source

A colourised transmission electron micrograph reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology of an Ebola virus virion.
Cynthia Goldsmith/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:50 Source

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Prosper Australia Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:43 Source

If taxpayers are to endure the upset of tax reform, then the change should be to best practice – the tax bases economists have identified as causing the least harm.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:37 Source

Fairfax's media flagship has called on Tony Abbott to protect the RET, and then recommended a raft of policies to do exactly the opposite. It's another example of why the Abbott government's destruction of a $20 billion industry is and will not be questioned in mainstream media.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:34 Source

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:23 Source

Reports emerge that the Chinese government is considering putting $US16bn towards electric-vehicle charging facilities, to spur demand for EVs.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:17 Source

Cross-posted from The Conversation: The long-awaited cost-benefit analysis of the National Broadband Network suggests the days of politicians shooting from the hip with taxpayer dollars are numbered. As Labor’s NBN unfolds amid reviews and revelations, it’s apparent the NBN was a political move based on romantic notions of policy-making ending in Labor’s electoral defeat in […]

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New Matilda Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 14:16 Source

It’s one thing to back a Prime Minister. It’s another thing altogether to die in a ditch for him. Over to you Rupert. Chris Graham explains.

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Political Owl Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:36 Source

27-08-2014 elninowatch

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Inside Story Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:32 Source

A stroke of genius: William Russell, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill and William Hartnell in the first Doctor Who story, “An Unearthly Child.”

Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who re-enters the universe groping and spluttering. He has trouble recognising his companions from the Tardis, confuses genders and species, doesn’t understand the purpose of a bed or a bedroom. “What’s gone wrong?” he cries.

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Hoyden About Town Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:13 Source

The news has come in that the "female scientists" Lego set, produced after a huge grassroots campaign and petition from parents who wanted more variety in female minifigs, will only exist as a limited edition set. Despite selling out almost...

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Your Democracy Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:13 Source

psycho tony

 

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has seized on leaks from the government party room saying they show the Prime Minister is unfit to govern the country.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:13 Source

By Leith van Onselen Australian Super chief executive, Ian Silk, has bemoaned that the financial services industry is using the compulsory superannuation system to enrich themselves, rather than look after their members. From The AFR: As pressure grows on super funds to cut fees, Mr Silk on Tuesday warned there was a risk that savings […]

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The Tally Room Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 13:00 Source

Electorate
Margin
Electorate
Margin

Bay of Plenty
NAT 49.69% vs LAB
Rangitīkei
NAT 29.55% vs LAB

Coromandel
NAT 37.86% vs LAB
Rotorua
NAT 29.06% vs LAB

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Your Democracy Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:58 Source

young lifters .....

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Inside Story Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:47 Source

Robert Farquharson arrives at Melbourne’s Supreme Court during his retrial in mid 2010.
Luis Enrique Ascui/AAP Image

This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial
By Helen Garner
Text Publishing | $32.99

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:36 Source

There is a looming disconnect between the rapidly evolving new world of distributed energy technologies and the old world of electricity pricing.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:23 Source

Pacific Hydro CEO Lane Crockett warns of 'catastrophic consequences' of Abbott government's plans to dump or wind back the Renewable Energy Target.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:19 Source

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Jack the Insider Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:18 Source

It is rare I feel the need to hold columnists to account but this spray has been a long time coming—so much so that I…

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Renew Economy Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:06 Source

What might Australia’s climate policy end up looking like, and could Palmer’s ETS – even with a zero initial price on emissions – act as a stopgap?

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