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Popular Science Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 07:32 Source

Do you wonder what doing climate science in remote locations might be like? Read the Greenland Thaw blog, which is being updated regularly from the fjords of northwest Greenland, where the giant island's glaciers meet the ocean. With Greenland's ice sheets melting faster than ever, the study's scientists want to document and understand why the Alison Glacier, on Greenland’s northwestern coast, is flowing to the sea faster than other glaciers in the area.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 06:34 Source

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 06:32 Source

The evidence considered in the next few days will spell the end, politically, of Scott Morrison and may see him put in gaol for piracy, kidnapping or child abuse, of all of which he is guilty, and also, possibly, complicity in murder, the latter if he has already sent back to Sri Lanka children who have been killed or ‘disappeared’.

It is my opinion, and I may be wrong, that the Court has no option but to let the imprisoned Tamils come to Australia, at least in order to testify, and almost certainly to live here.

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George Monbiot Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:51 Source

Get ready for a radical rightwing insurgency that could be stirring within the Conservative Party.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 23rd July 2014

Beware the self-pity of the governing classes. Ministers of the Crown might look powerful and oppressive to us; often they see themselves as lonely heroes confronting a sea of troubles. That has been Tony Blair’s schtick from the month he took office. We now see him dripping with other people’s blood; he appears to perceive only the scars on his own back.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:44 Source

From the AFR: In May, amid concerns lending standards were slipping, APRA published landmark guidelines on how it expected banks to manage and monitor their mortgage risks. But a new submission on behalf of the banking industry has hit back at the plan, saying it will add costs and invites a “tick the box” mentality […]

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Digitopoly Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:37 Source

Possibly and since I want to make the case be warned this post is a tad self-serving.

Back in March I wrote the following:

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 05:27 Source

From the World Steel Association today: World crude steel production for the 65 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) was 137 million tonnes (Mt) in June 2014, an increase of 3.1% compared to June 2013. World crude steel production in the first six months of 2014 was 821.3 Mt, an increase of 2.5% […]

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Peter Martin Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 02:00 Source

Ask the minister responsible to explain Australia’s present system of support for childcare and she can’t. “It's impossible to explain,” she told ABC radio on Tuesday. “The current payments are so complicated.”Sussan Ley isn’t alone.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:59 Source

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:42 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. The China Banking Regulatory Commission’s (CBRC) Shanghai office is two for two in its previous warnings on the dangers of steel firm borrowing and copper borrowing. Now Yicai is reporting that it’s the real estate sector’s turn. The CBRC’s Shanghai office is warning banks about risks in the real estate market, […]

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you said it... Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:29 Source

You do of course remember Victoria Police groupie and podium bigot Debbie Stavro.

This week in Victoria the focus is on the International AIDS Conference which brings together scientists and activists from all over the world who are on the front line of fighting this devastating disease.

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you said it... Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:29 Source

You do of course remember Victoria Police groupie and podium bigot Debbie Stavro.

This week in Victoria the focus is on the International AIDS Conference which brings together scientists and activists from all over the world who are on the front line of fighting this devastating disease.

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:15 Source

Not content with keeping Australian voters in the dark over the fate of one hundred and fifty men, women and children being detained at sea, these asylum seekers are literally not seeing much daylight.The Sydney Morning Herald 22 July 2014:Family members among 157 asylum seekers being held on the high seas are being held in separate rooms on a customs vessel but are allowed out for meals, according to documents lodged with the High Court

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:05 Source

Preparations for a North American gas boom are going gang-busters. From LNGWorldNews: In another important step forward for the Alaska LNG project, an application to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) was submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy. The export application requests authorization to export up to 20 million metric tons per year of LNG for a […]

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:01 Source

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North Coast Voices Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 00:01 Source

An I can't believe my ears musing: The July 2014 Clarence Valley Council Environment, Planning And Works Committee meeting stuck in the memory of many in the valley because of the number of times various councillors stated that they were concerned about a development application/s but were going to vote for it anyway. One councillor stated words to the effect that he had concerns or objections covering one entire DA but was voting it through anyway.

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Politically homeless Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 22:56 Source

In 2007, Labor MP Kelly Hoare propositioned a Comcar driver. Apart from this sleazy effort to smear the then rising ALP with that episode, it was largely reported in the sympathetic context of what a lonely place Canberra can be.

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 21:52 Source

The enduring international silence around Israel's assault on Gaza has prompted a passionate plea from four prominent human rights activists.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 21:39 Source

So Jacqui Lambie talks like a character out of Girls and therefore shouldn’t be a Senator?

Wow.

So, I guess, should everyone who won’t say grace and sing God Save The Queen.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 21:30 Source

Peter Robinson is a very competent writer of police procedurals.  There are sixteen stories featuring DI Alan Banks before this one (2007), and three more after it. You can read my review of one of the newer Banks stories, Watching the Dark (2012), here. I enjoyed Friend of the Devil, but not as much as I usually do police procedurals. I don’t think this is Robinson’s fault; it’s rather that I’ve perhaps overdosed on the sort of story that seems a natural fit for the police procedural, and this one is a perfect example of it.

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New Matilda Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 20:39 Source

The power of imagery forces us, half a world away, to stop and take notice, writes Liz Conor. 

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laberal Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 20:22 Source

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En Passant Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 19:58 Source

The comment on commercial radio by Jacqui Lambie, the Palmer United Party Senator for Tasmania, that any prospective partner ‘ must have heaps of cash and they’ve got to have a package between their legs,’ has seen a few middle class male political gossip mongers go into meltdown and Destroy the Joint condemn her for her ‘sexism’.

Calling her comments ‘sexist’, in response to a sexist question, misunderstands the nature of women’s oppression.

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Your Democracy Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 18:19 Source

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The boogeyman as promoted by the merdia press...

Have you ever been in a classroom where the same pupils seem to always get the blame for misdeeds?... Whether it's the class bully or the poor simpleton, it's rare the real culprit for a misdeed is punished. I've seen some angelic clever kids doing their worst to see how someone would react for being blamed for something they did not do...

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:39 Source

Are you, Prime Minister, as good as your word?

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 16:05 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets The positive momentum witnessed post Barack Obama’s speech in US trade has extended into the Asian session, and seen most of the major Asian bourses edge higher. While US equities finished the session in negative territory, this is actually quite deceiving as markets managed to […]

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:59 Source

I know Abbott quite well and it occurs to me what a conversational coward he is. He hasn’t yet rung even one of the bereaved, and there are about a thousand of them. He hasn’t been, and he’ll never go, to the crash site. He hasn’t been to the United Nations. He didn’t ring Putin for three days, it didn’t occur to him that he ought to. And when he got through to him, he had I suspect a grovelling conversation with him, as he used to with me, ‘Australia’s finest writer,’ he told me often enough. ‘After the crime, the cover-up,’ he said a few minutes ago.

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John Quiggin Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:59 Source

I was very pleased with my post on this topic, making the point that standard microeconomic analysis only works properly on the assumption that the economy is at a full employment equilibrium.

But, it turns out, exactly the same point, using the same title, was made by David Colander 20 years ago

Colander (1993), The Macrofoundations of Micro, Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4 (Fall, 1993), pp. 447-457

And he wasn’t the first. The term and the idea have a long history, including a contribution by my UQ colleague Bruce Littleboy

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The Melbourne Urbanist Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:52 Source

Read the latest article by The Urbanist, Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan secret? 

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John Quiggin Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 15:48 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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