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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 06:36 Source

Morgan, accurately, shows 54 percent of Australians want this war in Iraq, 62 percent of men, 46.5 percent of women. But 59 percent of 18-24 year olds don’t want it, 52.5 percent of 25-34 year olds, 42 percent of 35-49 year olds, 41 percent of 50-64 year olds, and 46.5 percent of over 65s, some of whom have experienced war in the 1940s.

54 percent approved sending 600 troops to Iraq. Had it been 6000, the votes would have been lower. Had it been 600 turning round each year for ten years, it would have been the other way.

After the first Australian death, it will be 50 percent. After the first Australian beheading, 45.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 06:09 Source

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 06:02 Source

Cross-posted from Investing in Chinese Stocks. Many businesses went into real estate development post-2008 in order to earn big and easy profits, but now they are beating a retreat as the profits disappear. “From what we’ve monitored, this year real estate transactions are up at least 20% from last year, involving more than ¥10 billion,” […]

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Global Guerrillas Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 05:24 Source

Last night I watched "Transcendence."  It's a movie about an AI (artificial intelligence) that becomes a threat to humanity.  

The movie is a redux of the classic rogue AI we saw in "Gog" (worth watching on Netflix Instant).

Unfortunately, it's not as good a movie, despite the addition of some ideas from Vinge's Singularity and a much bigger budget.

However, the problem I have with this movie, and movies of this type in general, is that they are wrong about the threat.

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MacroBusiness Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 00:47 Source

Global Macro / Markets / Investing: The Return of the Currency Wars – Wall Street Journals OECD slashes growth forecasts for leading economies - The Guardian Can real estate stocks cope with rising rates? – Alliance Bernstein Market bears are capitulating – Wall Street Journal Has the market already incorporated all the positive economic surprises? […]

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North Coast Voices Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 00:15 Source

One irate Fairfax reader had this to say about Australia's historically illiterate prime minister......The question and answer at a 14 September 2014 Darwin

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En Passant Monday, September 15, 2014 - 22:05 Source

This is the link to my 30 minute interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp, talking about, among other things, the new old war in Iraq, the death cult that is Western imperialism, the war on the poor, Abbott in Arnhem Land, a treaty, and the need to fight back against the Budget war on the poor and the war in Iraq.

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John Quiggin Monday, September 15, 2014 - 19:07 Source

I have a request[^1] for help from scientifically literate readers. A lot of my research work is focused on the problem of unforeseen contingencies, popularly, if ethnocentrically, described as “black swans”. In particular, I’m interested in the question of how you can prepare for such contingencies given that, by definition, you can’t foresee exactly what they will be. One example, with which I’m very pleased, is that of the precautionary principle.

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Your Democracy Monday, September 15, 2014 - 18:06 Source

 

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Whistleblower Edward Snowden says New Zealand prime minister John Key has not been telling the truth about mass spying on citizens, just days before the country goes to the polls.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 18:00 Source

Stan Shamu for Chris Weston, Chief Market Strategist at IG Markets Asia has begun a key week for global markets on the back foot, as investors react to yet another round of disappointing China economic data. Money supply, financing and bank lending figures all missed estimates. Perhaps what rattled investors even more was the drop […]

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Club Troppo Monday, September 15, 2014 - 17:59 Source

artiste_207Well gentle readers, it’s come to this. Scottish independence is going down to the wire. It is hanging by a thread, though if you are concerned that I am mixing my metaphors, I think you’re flogging a dead horse after it’s bolted.

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 15, 2014 - 17:22 Source

Last May when Labor endeavoured to boast what they stood for, the following email was circulated en masse:

Some time ago I wrote to you asking you to complete a survey so I could see what you believed was Labor’s direction for the future.

Today our party – the oldest organised labour party in the world – is undergoing a process of grassroots reform and revitalisation. That’s why this was such a tremendous opportunity to hear from you.

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Table Talk: Bob Ellis on Film and Theatre Monday, September 15, 2014 - 16:48 Source

Phill and Historian have been banned for life. Phill accused of me of lying about my experience of war and wanted a cripple kicked to death in gaol and Australian soldiers forgiven for killing children. It may be just me, …

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New Matilda Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:37 Source

There's more to a recent announcement that one of Australia's largest superannuation funds has 'gone green' than meets the eye.

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New Matilda Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:37 Source

There's more to a recent announcement that one of Australia's largest superannuation funds has 'gone green' than meets the eye.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:36 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ABC’s Ian Verrender has published an interesting article today on the challenges facing the Budget as iron ore prices and Australia’s terms-of-trade slump: Joe Hockey is facing his very own Wayne Swan moment. It is the point in time when it suddenly dawns on a treasurer that all those revenue […]

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New Matilda Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:14 Source

A study by the CSIRO has found that the majority of waste which ends up on the Australian coastline has not washed in from other countries. Amy McQuire reports.

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Inside Story Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:13 Source

Still popular: Philippine president Benigno Aquino.
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John Quiggin Monday, September 15, 2014 - 15:00 Source

Michael Gallagher of the Go8 has put out a press release in reaction to my piece in The Conversation on higher education reform, accusing me of “an attack on a straw man”. It’s a fine example of John Holbo’s two-step of terrific triviality.

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Inside Story Monday, September 15, 2014 - 14:39 Source

None of the above: former British PM Gordon Brown speaks during a “No” rally in Glasgow last Friday.
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Croakey Monday, September 15, 2014 - 14:30 Source

Today in an Editorial the Sydney Morning Herald  published its intention to “campaign for the federal government to outline its vision for the country’s future, a plan that brings together science, innovation and education”. This...

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 14:19 Source

By Leith van Onselen AFR Sunday included an interesting segment yesterday (above) on the diverging opinions on internet piracy, with content providers and incumbents coming to blows with internet service provider (ISP) iiNet over the best way to deal with the issue. The incumbents, like Village Roadshow and Foxtel, who want to maintain their current […]

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The Australian Independent Media Network Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:53 Source

This blog in the near future will broaden the category of Literature to include the arts in general.

Last week out of the blue a friend on Facebook asked me to submit my 15 best ever movies. I only had 15 minutes to do so. When I did, a number of people joined the conversation including Race Matthews, (Race has a list on his web site) former minister in the Whitlam government, and a well-known movie buff. And Labor Politician Brendan O’Connor (Shadow Minister for employment) joined in the discussion.

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:46 Source

BofAML think so: Demand & Pricing: near-term strong Q4 restock upside We believe that near term, a Q4 seasonal restock should still support prices for  the rest of this year. Despite a gloomy longer-term price outlook, we still see  several reasons why mills may pick up seaborne inventory in the fourth quarter: 1) Inventories of […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:23 Source

Here’s the latest UBS chart on iron ore miner break evens. This is all-in costs and grade discounts:   The only one of surprise to me is Ferrexpo, which I thought was cheaper. Everyone to the left of FMG is dead f its left to market forces and FMG itself has one foot in the […]

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MacroBusiness Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:12 Source

From the AFR: James Aitken, the elder brother of high profile stockbrokers Charlie and Angus, has been consulting to some of the world’s largest investment funds and policymakers via his firm Aitken Advisers since leaving UBS in 2008. Before that he worked at insurer AIG at its infamous derivatives unit. …In China, all is not […]

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Renew Economy Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:05 Source

WA cattle farmer: "No-one in their right mind could put up an argument and say wind turbines aren't of benefit."

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Core Econ Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:05 Source

My brothers, did I not tell you that “None of you becomes a true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself” and that “Being a true Muslim is achieved by loving for people what you love for yourself”?

And what can you want more fervently for your brothers than that they have wives of their own? What is more despicable, more lecherous, and more an affront to god than to deny your brothers a wife by taking all the desirable young women for yourselves?

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Renew Economy Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:04 Source

State-based renewable energy targets and tight emissions standards - on mercury and CO2 - will slash coal burning in US.

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Renew Economy Monday, September 15, 2014 - 13:04 Source

State-based renewable energy targets and tight emissions standards - on mercury and CO2 - will slash coal burning in US.

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